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Sunday, November 19, 2000

Governor's legislative director charged with harassment
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' new legislative director has been charged with harassment over allegations that he inappropriately touched two women.

Ahtna president wants name cleared on ship purchase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of Ahtna Inc. has asked his board to investigate allegations that he and the head of an Ahtna subsidiary personally profited in a deal to purchase a ship.

Mentasta man dies in snowmachine accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old Mentasta man died Friday morning after his snowmachine collided with another near Tetlin.

Focus of Flight 261 probe shifts to Boeing
SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal

Anchorage man gets six years for drunk driving, assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for driving drunk and injuring a man.

Study finds good environment, good jobs go hand in hand
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A study finds that states that do a good job of protecting the environment also do well drawing and holding jobs.

UA Regents approve budgets, tuition increases
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved an operating budget Friday that calls for a $16.9 million increase in general funds next year.

State considers cow hunt to curb growing caribou herd
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state is considering a cow hunt next fall to rein in the Kenai Peninsula's Killey River caribou herd.

Cabin fire kills 18 dogs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eighteen dogs, including six puppies, died in a cabin fire off Goldstream Road northwest of Fairbanks early Friday.

Uncle found guilty of bilking niece out of $111,000
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A jury found a California man guilty of stealing over $111,000 from his niece, money she received after her parents died in a murder-suicide.

Polar Air considers expanding in Anchorage
After keeping a relatively low profile since it was founded seven years ago, Polar Air Cargo is expanding its freighter fleet with new 747-400s. And the Long Beach, Calif., carrier could decide within six months whether to add a pilot hub in Anchorage.

Woman arrested after threatening hospital staff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A woman was arrested after threatening Fairbanks Memorial Hospital medical staff, just two months after she shot herself in the chest in front of the hospital, Fairbanks police said.

Two held after raid on Wasilla home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Wasilla residents were arrested on drug charges Thursday in connection with a raid on a marijuana grow operation.

Revenue commissioner: Gas line would not be 'another Prudhoe'
The Anchorage Daily News

Man with gun arrested at day care center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who walked into a day care center with a pistol was arrested Friday afternoon, according to police.

Senate Republicans pick Halford as president
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugiak Sen. Rick Halford will return to the Senate president's chair when the Legislature convenes next year.

Rugrats movie has Juneau connection
JUNEAU (AP) -- With a little help from Juneau-born artist John Holmquist, Paris has been invaded by the Rugrats.

Fairbanks lays out warm welcome for tournament schools
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With warm-weather schools in Hawaii and Puerto Rico competing to draw top-notch basketball teams to their own tournaments, Top of the World Classic organizers can't offer enough northern hospitality.

State revokes pull-tab vendor license
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of the Mug-Shot saloon in Wasilla has had his pull-tab vendor license revoked after state officials discovered a $40,000 discrepancy in payments made to the Mat-Su Softball Association.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital to host book fairWeekly mothers group slatedFishers meeting to inform publicHomer chamber to hold luncheonAuction to raise money for centerAuction to raise money for centerFood bank in need of help

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Now playing-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
While all the Whos down in Whoville await Christmas morn', all of us at the theatres are feeling, well, torn. To call this flick super would seem such a cinch, but, so sad, the truth has me feeling not unlike the Grinch. "It wasn't too bad" I can say that, at least. It simply is lacking, like who-pudding, without the roast beast.

Friends, family play crucial roles in keeping sanity
If I had been crossing the street and a vehicle had careened out of control toward me, it would not have been worth my effort to step out of its way.

Giving thanks
Family appreciates home for the holidays

Snowmachiners deliver an earful on Forest Service plan
The atmosphere bordered on hostile Saturday when more than 200 snowmachiners packed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers to fight a federal proposal to limit use of a popular trail.

Torgerson to chair Resources
After weeks of wrangling, a new-look Senate is taking shape.

Juvenile detention facility closer to reality
Lobbying efforts in support of a proposed youth detention facility for the central peninsula have intensified in recent months, as backers seek to get the project on the governor's budget and eventually in front of the 2001 Legislature for funding.

Meeting planned to explore incorporation
Calling it "one of the most exciting, historical things that's taken place in quite a while," Jack Brown, of Nikiski, is rallying the troops in an effort to bring incorporation to his hometown.

Photo Feature: Benefit performance
Hillary Schneider skates to a Jewish folk dance during the Denali Ice Club's "Will Skate For Food" recital at the Soldotna Sports Center Friday night.

Jasper Bitterich
Nikiski resident Jasper Bitterich died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 70.

Elizabeth A. McDowell
Soldotna resident Elizabeth A. McDowell died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 85.

My Best Friend
Greg and Jaimee Coon of Kenai said when their son Gabriel Layne was born in January, they weren't sure how their 6-year-old Rottweiler, Max, would respond to the new addition.

Sports Briefs
New league seeking hockey playersMankato skaters top UAA

Devils snap home losing streak
Patrik Elias scored with 39.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

No. 24 Oregon tops No. 16 Wisconsin
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Angelina Wolvert scored 19 points and No. 24 Oregon took advantage of poor free throw shooting by No. 16 Wisconsin to defeat the Badgers 71-57.

From the sideline
There is much to be learned from participation in high school athletics. Some of those lessons are much harder than others.

Florida still has no clear victor as Miami, FSU both notch wins
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State made a strong case for a chance to defend its national championship, beating Florida in the game that usually gives the winner a title shot.

Oilers Corner
Hills to join Oilers coaching staff

The Next Level
Queen and Kouf join the Vulcans at UHHMary Glaze keeps up the pace at NNUMary Glaze keeps up the pace at NNUCanady named to Four Nations Tournament

On the road in Ireland
It was, according to race officials and publicans alik

Panthers rumble to fame in Homer
With four individual champions and six runners-up, the Skyview High School wrestling team finished in the top spot Saturday at the Homer Round Robin Rumble.

Skyview wrestlers continue domination
The Skyview High School wrestling team didn't do anything flashy to win the Skyview Invitational Friday.

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