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Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Fairbanks teacher cleared of sexual abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks high school teacher has been acquitted of charges that she molested her three grandsons.

Civil suit seeks damages over pregnancy of disabled woman
KODIAK (AP) -- The lawyer for a developmentally disabled woman says the Kodiak Island Borough failed to protect her client, who was sexually assaulted by a worker at the borough's mental health center and gave birth to a child.

Greenpeace seeks injunction to halt ice road construction at Northstar
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Attorneys for Greenpeace went to court Tuesday seeking an injunction to halt BP's use of water for construction of ice roads for the company's Northstar project.

Fort Wainwright soldier pleads guilty in death of stepson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A soldier from Fort Wainwright has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after assaulting his 9-month-old stepson and then making a false statement about it.

Grants to aid Native women
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Native organizations in Alaska have received nearly $750,000 in federal grants to help women who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The grants were announced by the Justice Department Monday as part of $6.35 million awarded to 82 tribal organizations in 23 states.

State Park passes are boosted for 2001
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state has begun selling passes for parking, camping and boat launching at Alaska parks for next year, and prices are going up.

Anchorage man convicted of sixth DWI after injury accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man with five drunken driving convictions collected a sixth Monday when he pleaded no contest to injuring two young women, one of them seriously, in a collision July 5.

North Slope gas producers announce joint pipeline project to Lower 48
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's three major North Slope natural gas producers announced a joint agreement Wednesday to build a pipeline out of the state for gas delivery to Canada and the Lower 48.

Scientist: Columbia Glacier retreating up to 100 feet per day
DENVER (AP) -- The Columbia Glacier near Valdez is retreating so quickly that tour boats should be able to work their way up to its face within the next decade or so, a scientist says.

Perdue says Knowles will seek $2.3 million increase to fight disease
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Knowles administration will seek a $2.3 million budget increase next year to fight tuberculosis, hepatitis and other communicable diseases, Health and Social Services Commissioner Karen Perdue said Tuesday.

Denali State Park opened to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali State Park was opened to snowmachines Monday after new snow covered the vegetation enough to protect it, park officials said.

Anchorage man sentenced after 12th drunk driving conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced to 26 years in prison Tuesday on assault, reckless endangerment and felony drunk driving after his 12th driving while intoxicated conviction.

Scientist: Columbia Glacier retreating up to 100 feet per day
DENVER (AP) -- The Columbia Glacier near Valdez is retreating so quickly that tour boats should be able to work their way up to its face within the next decade or so, a scientist says.

Knowles 'flattered' but not contacted for cabinet job
JUNEAU (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Tony Knowles is trying to knock down rumors that the Democratic governor is being considered for a cabinet job in a Republican Bush administration.

Perdue says Knowles will seek $2.3 million increase to fight disease
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Knowles administration will seek a $2.3 billion budget increase next year to fight tuberculosis, hepatitis and other communicable diseases, Health and Social Services Commissioner Karen Perdue said Tuesday.

Environmentalists protest tourism operation in Haines State Forest
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two environmental groups and a Haines neighborhood association are suing the state Department of Natural Resources over a large-scale tourism operation in the Haines State Forest.

Missing Craig hunter found dead
JUNEAU (AP) -- The body of a hunter missing near Klawock was found Tuesday.

Ferry stranded by generator damage
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Kennicott is stranded in Juneau for at least a week because of damage to an enormous generator that provides electricity for the ship.

Man arrested after unruly behavior on plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport allegedly after raising a ruckus and frightening other passengers during a long flight from Minneapolis.

North Slope gas producers announce joint pipeline project to Lower 48
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's three major North Slope natural gas producers announced a joint agreement Wednesday to build a pipeline out of the state for gas delivery to Canada and the Lower 48.

Fairbanks teacher cleared of sexual abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks high school teacher has been acquitted of charges that she molested her three grandsons.

Aide: Knowles 'flattered' but not contacted for cabinet job
JUNEAU (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Tony Knowles is trying to knock down rumors that the Democratic governor is being considered for a cabinet job in a Republican Bush administration.

Knowles budget increases start at $80.6 million
JUNEAU -- In the first of what will likely be a series of proposed budget increases, the Knowles administration on Monday called for at least $80.6 million more from the state's general fund next year to maintain or beef up existing services.

State Park passes are boosted for 2001
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state has begun selling passes for parking, camping and boat launching at Alaska parks for next year, and prices are going up.

Sitka cracks down on sales tax delinquents
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka is stepping up attempts to collect sales taxes from businesses that haven't been paying the taxes or submitting reports, officials for the consolidated city and borough say.

Fort Wainwright soldier pleads guilty in death of stepson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A soldier from Fort Wainwright has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after assaulting his 9-month-old stepson and then making a false statement about it.

Man arrested after unruly behavior on plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport allegedly after raising a ruckus and frightening other passengers during a long flight from Minneapolis.

State backs off from Charter North option for psychiatric hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is withdrawing its attempt to purchase the Charter North Hospital as a replacement for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

BLM releases proposed policy for off-road vehicle use on its lands
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Land Management has released its proposed policy for off-road vehicle use for a 30-day comment period.

Reeve Aleutian suspends flights, to file for bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Reeve Aleutian Airways Inc. suspended all of its regularly scheduled flights Tuesday, laid off 250 workers and will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, company President Dick Reeve said.

Federal appeals court denies Republican request to stop recount
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court in Atlanta has denied Republican requests for an immediate halt to the manual recounting of presidential ballots in Florida.

CIRI officials plan for possible shareholder dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials at Cook Inlet Region Inc. are trying to dampen rising expectations among shareholders that the Alaska Native corporation is preparing to pay them a large dividend.

Alaska Rairoad President Sheffield to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Railroad President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Sheffield said Tuesday he will retire next month.

Willow woman dies in Parks Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Willow woman died and a man was injured when their vehicles collided on the Parks Highway near Talkeetna on Monday afternoon.

Moderate quake shakes Aleutians
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook the Aleutians Tuesday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

BLM releases proposed policy for off-road vehicle use on its lands
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Land Management has released its proposed policy for off-road vehicle use for a 30-day comment period.

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.

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
Chamber welcomes League of Women VotersSafari Club meets tonightPublic health nurse to visit southern peninsulaMultiple Sclerosis Society offers seminar ThursdayCIRCAC board meets FridayLuau fund-raiser set for FridaySnaring seminar SaturdayRed Cross offering first aid classesRemembrance celebration plannedSmall business center sponsoring workshopYoung Marines accepting applications

Peninsula retailers adjust to weather
Big storms on the Bering Sea have funneled unseasonable fall warmth through Southcentral Alaska, and local retailers are feeling the effects.

Knowles budget increases start at over $80 million
JUNEAU -- In the first of what will likely be a series of proposed budget increases, the Knowles administration on Monday called for at least $80.6 million more from the state's general fund next year to maintain or beef up existing services.

Medical board disciplines Soldotna physician, PA
State officials recently reprimanded a Soldotna physician for inadequate record-keeping and for leaving blank, pre-signed prescription forms in his office where a physician assistant improperly used them.

Bark of robotic dogs expected to highlight Christmas morning
Homes across the peninsula will be filled with the bark of robotic dogs on Christmas morn.

Photo Feature:Will it hold?
Rick Baldwin uses a fire hose to make ice at the Kenai multipurpose facility next to Kenai Central High School Saturday afternoon.

Fish forum to focus on marketing area harvest
It might not be fishing season, but how to market Kenai Peninsula seafood is the topic of the day at today's seafood forum.

Photo Feature:Uneasy Driving
Kenai Police Department officer Dave Vroman directs traffic on the Kenai Spur Highway as Dan Twiet of Jim's Towing rights a pickup truck.

Soldotna postmaster sworn in
Soldotna's busy post office has a new master.

Snowfall figures lag behind the norm
Southcentral Alaska usually sees snow by Halloween and lasting snow soon after.

Kenai takes up fire inspection ordinance
On Wednesday night, the Kenai City Council finally will take up the question of requiring fire safety inspections of bed-and-breakfasts and in-home day care centers.

Church group makes cookies by the dozen
Seeing a lineup of simple to extravagant Christmas cookies is a great way to get anyone into the holiday spirit.

Charlene Rosalie Mason Hawkins
Former Nikiski resident Charlene Rosalie Mason Hawkins died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, in Hereford, Ariz. She was 67.

John Ostervold
Former Cook Inlet fisher John Ostervold died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, in Lake Havasu, Ariz., of natural causes. He was 72.

Irene L. Mainwaring
Former Kasilof resident Irene L. Mainwaring died of the effects of a stroke on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Puget Sound Health Care Center in Olympia, Wash. She was 82.

Letters to the Editor Some suggestions to strengthen plan for Chugach National Forest
Here are my comments on your draft Land Management Plan. First of all, I'd like to congratulate your agency for emphasizing outdoor recreation and fishery habitat protection as important considerations on the Seward Ranger District.

Letters to the Editor
Group wants to represent all areas of public land use Who do you call when crime not in anyone's jurisdiction? Critical fish, wildlife areas in Chugach need protection

Alaska's election system model for entire country
As we grimace and groan at the ignoble posturing over presidential votes down south, it strikes us that Alaska's election system offers the nation a sterling example of fairness and accuracy.

Applause
Support makes field trips for fifth-graders possible

Forest management should be by planning, not presidential order
Sen. Frank Murkowski is renewing his call

Forest management should be by planning, not presidential order
Sen. Frank Murkowski is renewing his call

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring the 4-month-old corgi mix for $60.00 with spay surgery included.

Library offers story times for children
Toddler story time is 11 a.m. today at the Kenai Community Library. Preschool story time will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The theme will be snowmen.

Around the District
VFW announces Voice of Democracy winners Challenger Center offers contest School board seeks new memberSanta contributes to classHomer school nurse honoredSkyview recognizes studentsMountain View students honored

Weber State representative plans visit to meet with nursing students
Betty Damask-Bembenek, an outreach coordinator for Weber State University School of Nursing, will be at the Kenai Peninsula College campus Thursday and Saturday.

School News
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary Nikiski ElementaryNorth Star Elementary Redoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena ElementaryKenai Middle School Soldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High School Cook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyHope for the Future PreschoolKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

School board OKs wish list
Construction and maintenance projects usually focus on concrete and wood. But the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is placing water at the top of its wish list of improvements.

The Season of giving
During this season of giving, students learn firsthand the benefits of helping others.

Retirement community on college campus built for elderly learners
NEWTON, Mass. -- Gertrude Barker comes to Spanish class with her homework tucked in the front cover of her book, extra pens stored in her purse, and her hearing aid turned up to its highest level.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center HomerKenaiNikiski SoldotnaSterling

Senior Menus
Homer KenaiNikiskiSewardSoldotnaSterling

All alone at the top
Going the extra mile has paid off for Skyview senior wrestler Neil Strausbaugh -- especially considering that extra mile is nearly a vertical one.

Feats of strength on display
What do get this holiday season for the sports fan who's seen it all? How about taking them to an event they haven't seen on the peninsula before -- the Soldotna Strongman Contest 2000.

Devils take Avalanche prevention measures
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur makes a save on a shot by Colorado Avalanche's Eric Messier (29) during the first period Tuesday night.

Pats sizzle in Monday night fizzle
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Drew Bledsoe and the New England Patriots won't soon forget one of the season's least meaningful Monday night matchups.

ASAA looks at changing alignments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Responding to a recent trend of school-generated realignment, the Alaska School Activities Association board has forwarded a proposal that could drastically reduce the number of schools competing in Class 4A and Class 3A.

Malone in second with 31,443 points
SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone's first eight points carried him past Wilt Chamberlain. The Mailman's next 23 carried the Utah Jazz past the Toronto Raptors.

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