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Saturday, December 2, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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