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Friday, December 1, 2000

Yukon Pacific for sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Yukon Pacific Corp., the company that has been working for years to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope, is up for sale.

Fairbanks killer gets 25 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for stabbing his cousin to death in Fairbanks in 1998.

Kodiak borough to wait until next year for special mayoral vote
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has tentatively set Feb. 20 for a special election to choose a new mayor.

Russian air force denies plans to fly its bombers off Alaska
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian air force on Friday dismissed a claim by the Pentagon that it plans to fly its Tu-95 bombers close to U.S. airspace off Alaska and described the aircraft deployment as a routine training mission.

State investigates two spills
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating two oil spills detected Tuesday.

Defunct online retailer throws lifeline to Alaska sled dogs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a final act of corporate kindness, Pets.com tossed a lifeline to Alaska dog mushers faced with the cruel reality of either killing their dogs or watching them starve.

Three escape fiery crash in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A motorist, her daughter and a police officer narrowly escaped serious injury Wednesday night when their vehicles collided and burst into flames.

Homer men rescued from burning boat near Shuyak Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Homer men made it to safety after spending more than three hours Wednesday on the deck of a burning boat 60 miles north of Kodiak, wondering whether anyone would come to their rescue before fire forced them to jump into rough seas.

Alaska, like Florida, had its close precincts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Add one more weird fact to the presidential election of 2000: Ralph Nader won in Sen. Ted Stevens' neighborhood.

Murder suspect may die before trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The man accused of killing an 11-year-old Tazlina girl nine years ago is dying of lung cancer and is unlikely to make it to his March retrial date, according to court documents filed by his attorney.

Date set for court-martial of soldier charged with murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier charged with unpremeditated murder in the death of his infant stepson faces a court-martial Dec. 4.

NMFS proposes more restrictions on fishing to protect sea lions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service has propsed new restrictions on commercial fishing to protect the endangered Steller sea lion in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

Airport design problems cause eight-month delay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Redesigning a $90 million expansion at Anchorage's international airport so that the new terminal meets earthquake standards will delay the project at least eight months and cost several million dollars, state transportation officials said Wednesday.

State child protection division may look to temporary workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Morale is low, turnover is constant and caseloads are unbearable. So what else is new at the Division of Family and Youth Services, where workers have the unenviable job of sorting out troubled families and sometimes must remove children from their homes.

Chalkytsik man indicted on murder charges for Thanksgiving stabbing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man from the village of Chalkytsik man was indicted Wednesday on first-degree murder charges for stabbing a man Thanksgiving night.

Kenai fire chief resigns
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Fire Chief Jason Elson is retiring after 24 years of service.

Kodiak Museum wins national honor
KODIAK (AP) -- The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository will be one of three museums across the country to receive honors from the Smithsonian Institution later this month.

Alaskans to attend treaty talks on poisons
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six Alaskans will attend treaty talks on poisons next week to tell how toxic chemicals accumulate in the state even though they're not generated here.

Fairbanks shook by strongest earthquake in five years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Karen Nierenberg realized quickly it wasn't a windstorm rocking the Earthsong Lodge in Healy.

Greenpeace seeks dismissal of criminal charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Greenpeace is asking the state to drop corporate criminal misdemeanor charges filed over the group's protests against North Star, BP's offshore oil installation in the Beaufort Sea.

Alaska fire chief helps capture Pennsylvania bank robbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Mat-Su fire chief visiting his mother in Pennsylvania helped foil bank robbers who set fire to an elementary school and led police on a wild shootout.

Defunct online retailer throws lifeline to Alaska sled dogs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a final act of corporate kindness, Pets.com tossed a lifeline to Alaska dog mushers faced with the cruel reality of either killing their dogs or watching them starve.

Man sentenced in sexual assault case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Barrow man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at a Fairbanks apartment Sept. 17.

Sulfur-smelling steam could be birth of new volcano
KODIAK (AP) -- Steam that smells of sulfur spewing from the belly of a glacier on the Alaska Peninsula could be the first gasp of a new volcano, a scientist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said.

Company reduces Christmas flights to Kenai
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai air travelers may face layovers if they're flying through Anchorage on Christmas Eve or Christmas this year.

Railroad installs new switches between Anchorage and Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first of 80 heated, radio-controlled switches at Alaska Railroad sidings from South Anchorage to Fairbanks goes into operation Thursday.

Cruise company to introduce new ship
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Holland America Line will send one of its newest vessels to Alaska next year.

Utah fugitive arrested in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man wanted in Salt Lake City on a robbery charge was arrested Wednesday in Anchorage by the Alaska Fugitive Task Force.

Guard faces credit card theft charges
PALMER (AP) -- A guard at the Palmer Correctional Facility is facing charges for allegedly stealing and using the credit cards of two inmates, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Business Briefs
Business finance seminar is todaySeafood marketing forum planned for Kenai Long-distance deal overloads phone network Hotel group announces board, seeks award nomineesModest rise in Alaska exportsNorth Peninsula chamber announces speakers Soldotna chamber announces speakers

Making a business out of house calls
JUNEAU -- After spending nearly two decades caring for the elderly, Corrine Rago turned her career into a business.

Online merchant trying to counter organizing efforts
SEATTLE -- Online retailer Amazon.com is tackling efforts to organize its work force head-on in cyberspace, using e-mail to help its young managers counter union tactics and to spell out dos and don'ts for management.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
It's almost been a year, did you make it? WRCC annual meeting SaturdayHistorians to meet SaturdayAvalanche workshop setSafe Sitter courses offeredGovernment booklet offered Donations needed for community closet

Around the Peninsula
Financing business seminar today Junior Miss deadline is todayTotem Tracers meet tonightPublic radio board meets tonightTransit system offers ridesLions taking birthday calendar orders

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Once frozen, peninsula lakes offer variety
There is plenty of good ice fishing on the Kenai Peninsula -- once there is good ice. Following recent warm weather, though, sound ice may be hard to find.

Ice angler praying for cold
Frozen lakes have been hard to find this fall, but Soldotna's Spencer DeVito has his tackle ready.

Fishing for the masses
Ice fishing is a most democratic institution. It doesn't cost a lot of money, and the fish don't seem to care much about your pedigree when it's feeding time.

Art Briefs
Holiday events wanted 'Music Man' tryouts this weekend Pratt Museum cuts admission chargeKCHS presents Christmas stage classic

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and Exhibits EntertainmentIn the futureDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Child star Billy Gilman releases Christmas album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's hard to predict what effect the new Christmas album by 12-year-old country music singer Billy Gilman will have on his career.

Soldotna singer's music takes flight
"Fly high. Spread your wings and fly. So high."

Children's books amuse adults as well as kids
Quilt of Dreams celebrates the special relationships of grandmothers, mothers and daughters and their labors of love that result in spectacular, functional pieces of art quilts.

Photo Feature:Taking what they can get
Warren Snow and his niece Daylynn practice plowing what little snow remains in front of Snow's home in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

Prison proposal touted
Praising a privately run prison project for the peninsula, Kenai Native Association Inc.'s chief operating officer answered questions from a captive audience at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Deadline nears for sheep permit applications
Hunters may have less time than they think to apply for drawing permits for certain Alaska sheep.

Refuge, Chugach off limits to motors
Can't find the ultimate gift for the edgy snowmachiner on your Christmas list? These days, try the gift of patience.

1,050-gallon spill contained in Nikiski
State officials say they do not yet know the cause of a small crude oil spill from a pipeline within the Cross Timbers Oil Co. onshore facility.

Big Apple Christmas suits Nikiski couple
For the past five years Thomas and Michele Gilmartin have left their cozy Nikiski home to sell Christmas trees on the bustling streets of New York City.

Drivers lament lack of winter white -- and green
With snow staying away from the central Kenai Peninsula in droves, snow removal services are losing money in snowdrift-size piles so far this winter.

Peninsula lakes sing weird song of the season
Perhaps you thought you heard a rumble, a reverberating ping, a sharp crack like a pistol shot or an eerie zinging that moved underfoot. Have the flying saucers arrived, or is Mother Nature playing tricks on your ears?

Kenai Fire Department head resigns
The call came over the emergency radio Thursday, "Noon toner test in honor of Kenai Fire Chief Jason Elson, who is retiring after 24 years of service."

Tanya Janette Hodges
Kasilof resident Tanya Janette Hodges died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, of natural causes. She was 53.

Alice Mae Liepold
Homer resident Alice Mae Liepold died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 76.

Hungry people do live on peninsula
Do you believe there are hungry people in your Kenai Peninsula community?

Kids' Santa letters, best holiday drawings wanted
At the Peninsula Clarion, all we want for Christmas are some holiday greetings from Kenai Peninsula kids between the ages of 5 and 10.

Applause
Today is last day to view 13th Kenai Clay Exhibition

Letters to the Editor
Al Gore will do anything to catch U.S. presidency

Now is the time to ask questions about KNA private prison proposal
Residents understandably have a number of questions about a private prison proposal being put forth by the Kenai Natives Association.

Revenue department shrewd to check PFD applications for fraud
Alaska residency requirements and allowable absences have changed somewhat in the years since Alaska Permanent Fund earnings yielded the $386 dividends of 1983. Olympic team members and Peace Corps volunteers, for example, have joined missionaries as members of groups who might feel Alaskan at heart, but no longer qualify for a dividend if their activities take them out of state for extended periods.

Revenue department shrewd to check PFD applications for fraud
Alaska residency requirements and allowable absences have changed somewhat in the years since Alaska Permanent Fund earnings yielded the $386 dividends of 1983. Olympic team members and Peace Corps volunteers, for example, have joined missionaries as members of groups who might feel Alaskan at heart, but no longer qualify for a dividend if their activities take them out of state for extended periods.

Letters to the Editor
Chugach plan recognizes skiing, snowmachining incompatible Feds recognize fishing rights; why doesn't Board of Fish do the same?

Things to remember when cutting that special Christmas tree
Each year, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opens refuge lands to individual household Christmas tree cutting from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Many local folks enjoy their annual holiday outing to find the perfect tree and consider the "tree hunt" to be one of their favorite holiday traditions. Others get into a hurried rush over finding their tree and find the experience a pressured ordeal.

Is that ice safe?
When judging the safety of ice, it is better to err on the side of caution, because there may not be a chance to make a mistake a second time.

Pet of the Week Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring this young adult female cat for $75.60 with spay surgery, license and vaccination included.

Taking inventory: What's on your mind?
What's on your mind? Christmas shopping? Politics? Figuring a way to cut a few pounds after Thanksgiving and before Christmas?

Religion Briefs
Christmas services request Holiday cookies ready for sale Carlson to serve missionChristmas Dessert scheduled this weekendDrive-through Nativity plannedNorth Kenai church schedules family film 'Plain Truth' slated at Grace Brethren

Jewish group issues warnings on school Christmas observances
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that advocates strict separation of church and state, has issued a ''December Dilemma'' pamphlet warning public schools about observing Christmas and other religious holidays.

First playoff spot goes to Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cris Carter took his place in NFL history.

Rangers still unable to solve Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Arnott scored twice in a four-goal third period for New Jersey and the Devils extended their three-plus year unbeaten streak against the New York Rangers to 20 games with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

All waxed up and no place with snow
When the season-opening Skyview Invitational ski meet was canceled in the middle of the week due to lack of snow on Tsalteshi Trails, it meant that for the third time in six years the start of competitive high school skiing on the peninsula was being delayed.

Huff finishes behind German student
Nikiski's Chris Huff did little to hurt Alaska's distance running reputation Sunday at the Seattle Marathon.

Sports Briefs
Iron Dog workshop slated for SaturdayGarcia leads Williams World ChallengeSuzuki gets first look at SafecoArizona State's coaching possibilities dwindleChina blasts British for opposing Olympic bid

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