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Friday, November 24, 2000

Governor seeks exemption for Tongass, Chugach in roadless plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has asked the federal government to exempt the Tongass and Chugach national forests from President Clinton's roadless plan.

Commercial fishermen seek to challenge fishing restrictions
KENAI (AP) -- Cook Inlet commercial fishermen are trying again to put together the money for a lawsuit to challenge increasing restrictions on their livelihood.

Final tally puts Davis in Senate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Bettye Davis has won a tight race with Republican Terry Martin for an East Anchorage Senate seat.

Denali musher finds late-season bear tracks on the trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As soon as Denali Park musher Bruce Lee saw the bear tracks in the middle of the trail, he knew they were fresh.

Governor seeks exemption for Tongass, Chugach in roadless plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has asked the federal government to exempt the Tongass and Chugach national forests from President Clinton's roadless plan.

Special Olympics organizers begin 100-day countdown
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thousands of volunteers will be working in 100 days to help make the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games at Anchorage, Eagle River and Girdwood a success.

Man pleads in daylight assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A young Fairbanks man admitted he was responsible for a brazen daylight attack on a 33-year-old woman jogger when he changed his plea in Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

Highmarking results in snowmachine ban on Hatcher Pass slopes
WASILLA (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources has set aside a 950-acre area on the Palmer side of Hatcher Pass for backcountry skiing and snowboarding and has closed the area to snowmachines.

Report on worker's death cites lax Alyeska safety procedures
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The government agency that regulates the trans-Alaska pipeline has criticized maintenance and work procedures at the Valdez tanker port before a fatal truck accident in August.

Internet service worker on trial for alleged sexual abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 22-year-old Internet service worker is on trial for allegedly forming sexual relationships with two 15-year-old girls he met in chat rooms.

Light earthquake shakes Homer area; no damage or injuries reported
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook a wide area around Homer early Friday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Governor names Mike Abbott as legislative liaison
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has named Mike Abbott to be his new liaison to the Legislature.

Old tank at abandoned saltery leaks bunker oil
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As much as 600 gallons of bunker oil spilled from an old steel fuel tank into the shore near an environmentally sensitive area of Port Walter on Baranof Island.

Five people become sick with trichinosis after eating bear meat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five people became seriously ill this year after eating meat from two Alaska bears, more than doubling the cases of trichinosis reported nationwide, Alaska health officials said.

Knowles announces winners of yearly WorkStar program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Wednesday announced the winners of the second annual Governor's WorkStar Awards to pay tribute to Alaskans who successfully make the transition from welfare to work, as well as businesses that make it possible.

Stevens considers resurrecting a couple election ideas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is considering resurrecting a couple of election ideas after reviewing the Nov. 7 election.

Man enters plea in baby's beating
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused in the beating of his 3-month-old son pleaded no contest Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child.

Woman pleads innocent to killing her son in fire
PALMER (AP) -- A woman pleaded innocent to charges she killed her 14-year-old son and tried to kill an older boy to collect their life insurance.

Cheap turkey tempts former Alaskan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's been a few years since Scotty Dawkins left the 49th state, but he still remembers the great turkey prices offered by Alaska stores at Thanksgiving time. So he ordered one.

1990s a deadly decade for Bering Sea crabbers
UNALASKA (AP) -- In the 1990s, while work-related fatalities steadily declined in Alaska, crabbing deaths in the Bering Sea increased, according to the Coast Guard.

Sealaska dividend set at $2.08 per share
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Sealaska Native Corp. will pay a dividend of $2.08 a share on Dec. 1. That's $208 for a typical shareholder with 100 shares.

New homes coming to Nunapitchuk and other Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages
BETHEL (AP) -- There's good news for some residents of Nunapitchuk and surrounding villages. They're getting new homes this summer.

Dorfmeister gives Austrian women first win
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria took a World Cup super-G Friday on Aspen Mountain, but Alaska's Megan Gerety made a strong showing after missing two of the last three seasons with knee problems.

Mushers get 20,000 pounds of salmon to feed dogs
BRISTOL BAY (AP) -- When King Triton Fisheries declared bankruptcy earlier this year and abandoned its Wood River operations, it left behind 20,000 pounds of sockeye salmon in a container.

Bristol Bay profits reported up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bristol Bay Native Corp. earned a $3.5 million profit in the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from a $2.4 million loss during the same three months of last year, the regional Native corporation said.

Low-interest loans not generating much interest
KENAI (AP) -- Commercial fishermen and businesses have filed just 27 applications for low-interest loans to compensate for a weak sockeye salmon run in the upper Cook Inlet.

Elderly pedestrian hit and killed by truck in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An elderly man died Wednesday morning after he was hit by a pickup truck, Anchorage police said.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Snowmachine drag racing planned Totem Tracers meeting rescheduledConcert helps food bankBlood bank plans drivesHospice offers musical messages of holiday cheer

Hungry moose feed residents' temptation
Winter is a harsh time for Kenai Peninsula wildlife.

Photo Feature:Slick Maneuvers
Colton Bennett, right, and his brother Philip work on their winter driving skills in Soldotna earlieColton Bennett, right, and his brother Philip work on their winter driving skills in Soldotna earlier this week.r this week.

Winter groups feel pitted against each other
Taking center stage at Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting was testimony from area winter sports enthusiasts who accused proposed changes to the Chugach National Forest's Resource Management Plan of trying to pit user groups against each other. They said they fear the Forest Service will follow through with a recommendation to close areas now open to the public.

Christmas comes to Kenai -- today
The 23rd annual Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration, sponsored The 23rd annual Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration, sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, is today.by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, is today.

Nikiski missionary spearheads work in Nepal
In a Nepalese orphanage run by an old man, orphaned children find a place to escape the poverty and toil of street life. Thanks to this man, an orphan himself, the children are growing up in a place that resembles a home.

Commercial fishers renew lawsuit effort
Cook Inlet commercial fishers have revamped an old group for a new try at funding a lawsuit alleging that growing fishery restrictions constitute an illegal taking of permit-holders' property.

School board plays statewide role
Educators have honored Mari-Anne Gross as the Alaska School Board Member of the Year.

Winter groups feel pitted against each other
Taking center stage at Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting was testimony from area winter sports enthusiasts who

Applause
Act of kindness offers healing moments when needed mostDonation warms seniors' hearts

Skiers, snowmachiners should be able to play together in Chugach
It has all the makings of a typical Alaska brouhaha over natural resources -- who gets what when.

Democracy grinds slowly on -- for which we should be grateful
Are you and your family talking, this Thanksgiving weekend, about the electoral imbroglio in Florida? Freed for a few days from the pressures and distractions of the work week, have you and your loved ones noticed that we still don't have a president-elect? Are you demanding a resolution? Is it civil war at the dinner table?

Time not healing election wounds
WASHINGTON -- The fierce divisions of a presidential election campaign are supposed to have calmed well before Thanksgiving -- but instead, they are escalating.

Skiers, snowmachiners should be able to play together in Chugach
It has all the makings of a typical Alaska brouhaha over natural resources -- who gets what when.

Phasing out snowmachines
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The National Park Service will phase out snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks over the next three years to protect wildlife and the parks' natural beauty, the agency ruled Wednesday.

Beavers lay in winter buffet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Beavers had been chewing up the birch and willow along Campbell Creek at a frenetic pace, knocking down trees and spreading cuttings across slushy pans of ice that spread from shore.

Hunters head to North Woods to keep alive traditions of generations past
ELY, Minn. (AP) -- The tent was pitched on a knoll in a stand of white and Norway pines. The white A-frame, suspended from a balsam fir ridgepole, would have looked at home at any elk hunter's camp in the Rockies.

Snowmachine safety: Plan ahead before hitting the trail
Snowmachining is a popular winter recreation activity enjoyed by millions of people across North America and especially on the Kenai Peninsula. It also can be a dangerous activity.

State considers cow hunt to curb growing caribou herd
The state is considering a cow hunt next fall to rein in the Kenai PeThe state is considering a cow hunt next fall to rein in the Kenai Peninsula's Killey River caribou herd.ninsula's Killey River caribou herd.

Kenai man challenges Coldfoot Classic
It's a hundred miles from Galbraith Lake to Coldfoot, and the Brooks Range stands between the

Denali musher finds late-season bear tracks on the trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As soon as Denali Park musher Bruce Lee saw the bear tracks in the middle of the trail, he knew they were fresh.

Sheep not so steady
By CRAIG MEDRED

Outdoor Briefs
Avalanche hazard workshop plannedMystery Creek Road closed

Religion Briefs
Education and Christianity topic for Sunday Craft sale will raise funds for othersGays protest donation to Christian academy AIDS deaths among Catholic priests higher

All true leaders are true servants
Profound truth and M&Ms. He was only 5 years of age, but he was armed with both. Earlier that day his Sunday school teacher was talking about Jesus and service and she said this: "When you give something to another person, you're really giving to Jesus." And now he was in the park, the M&Ms weighing down his pocket.

Christian label presents crossover challenge
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sing about Jesus at your own risk. That's the conclusion of some rock bands that perform Christian music and then seek crossover success.

Winter groups feel pitted against each other
Taking center stage at Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting was testimony from area winter sports enthusiasts who accused proposed changes to the Chugach National Forest's Resource Management Plan of trying to pit user groups against each other. They said they fear the Forest Service will follow through with a recommendation to close areas now open to the public.

Phasing out snowmachines
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The National Park Service will phase out snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks over the next three years to protect wildlife and the parks' natural beauty, the agency ruled Wednesday.

Snowmachine safety: Plan ahead before hitting the trail
Snowmachining is a popular winter recreation activity enjoyed by millions of people across North America and especially on the Kenai Peninsula. It also can be a dangerous activity.

SoHi, Skyview, Nikiski triumph in dual meets
The Skyview High School wrestling team bested Seward 52-12 Tuesday, while Soldotna defeated Kenai 45-40 at Seward.

Government announces reintroduction plan; politicians vow court fight
WASHINGTON -- Grizzly bears, once barons of the Bitterroot, may be on their way back to those mountains of Idaho and western Montana despite complaints from local officials and ranchers about safety.

Newby collects hat trick
The only entity missing chances in regards to Soldotna junior forward Eric Newby Tuesday night was the Soldotna student section.

Sports Briefs
Army patrols, cameras part of Athens security Woods credits short putt for Grand Slam winIvanisevic creates some racket in EnglandKuchar shoots 69, one stroke back in pro debutButch Reynolds announces retirement

Mighty Moss
IRVING, Texas -- Randy Moss might ask the NFL if the Minnesota Vikings can play in Texas Stadium every Thanksgiving.

New England has no reason to be thankful
PONTIAC, Mich. -- Charlie Batch put on the performance of a gladiator.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign backstop from pitching-rich Rice

Syracuse knocks off DePaul
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Preston Shumpert scored a career-high 36 points and Syracuse held off a furious second-half rally to upset No. 21 DePaul 92-84 in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Thursday night.

SoHi, Skyview, Nikiski triumph in dual meets
The Skyview High School wrestling team bested Seward 52-12 Tuesday, while Soldotna defeated Kenai 45-40 at Seward.

SoHi skates by Skyview
The only entity missing chances in regards to Soldotna junior forward Eric Newby Tuesday night was the Soldotna student section.

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