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Sunday, December 10, 2000

Board of Education wants four-year delay in exit exam penalty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Board of Education members say they want to put off consequences of new state tests for high school graduation for four years.

Fisheries council rejects sea lion restrictions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North Pacific Fisheries Management Council members on Saturday rejected new fishing restrictions in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea aimed at helping endangered Steller sea lions.

Craig hunter probably died of heart attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Craig man found dead Tuesday after a hunting trip apparently died of a heart attack, according to a preliminary report by the state medical examiner.

Coast Guard begins assessment of Valdez port safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six weeks after a spark flashed off the deck of an oil tanker in Valdez, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday it will launch an assessment of the safety of oil port operations and shipping in Prince William Sound.

Murkowski protests new BIA rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New Bureau of Indian Affairs rules that could keep Alaska Natives from receiving certain BIA benefits should be immediately suspended, according to Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Alaskans may get Iridium service again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A decision by the U.S. military may help Alaskans who want to communicate from remote parts of the state.

Doyon declares dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Doyon Limited declared a $4.62 per share dividend for its nearly 14,000 shareholders at its board meeting Saturday.

Knowles proposes budget increases for education, child care
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles plans to ask the Legislature for $10.5 million from the general fund to offset decreases in state aid to education, along with a series of smaller increases for other education and child care programs, the administration announced Friday.

Coast Guard, biologists free whale from line
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Coast Guard patrol boat crew and biologists from the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding network freed a humpback whale Saturday that had become entangled in a shrimp pot line in Taiya Inlet between Skagway and Haines.

Hotel chain pays for landmark Santa makeover
NORTH POLE (AP) -- The world's largest Santa Claus is getting a makeover.

Reeve says carrier won't file for bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Reeve Aleutian Airways Inc. has staved off bankruptcy, at least for now, company executives announced Friday.

Anchorage police chief to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Police Chief Duane Udland plans to retire after four years as head of the state's largest department, according to a spokesman in the mayor's office.

Anchorage man dies in traffic accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died Saturday morning after he apparently failed to stop for a stop sign and his sedan was hit by a pickup truck.

Anchorage man pleads guilty to embezzlement charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage accountant pleaded guilty Friday to three counts connected to the embezzlement of $368,830.

Denali National Park opens for snowmobile use
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More of Denali National Park and Preserve is now open for snowmobile use.

Veneer plant wants another loan
KETCHIKAN -- Gateway Forest Products officials will ask the Ketchikan borough for a $5 million loan in addition to the $7 million loan the company received from the borough when the company purchased Ketchikan Pulp Co.'s mill site at Ward Cove.

Around the Peninsula
Motorized vehicles banned from national forest Celebration planned for todayDessert potluck slatedSocial worker meeting plannedDevelop a business planBecker to speak at chamber luncheonComment period closes soonSanta to visit Peninsula Center MallSoldotna to host decorating contestRefuge wood cutting area reopenedCenter in need of equipment donations

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.

Quest for knowledge
When the Kenai Peninsula contestants show up at the international awards ceremony for the ThinkQuest Internet Challenge, it will be for the third year in a row.

Choat, Curtis plan wedding in 2002
Harmony Choat and Matt Curtis have announced plans to be wed in June of 2002.

Economic forum draws praise of participants
Reaction was positive to Friday's Kenai Peninsula 2000 Economic Outlook Forum.

Private prison plan on assembly agenda
The public is being invited to comment Tuesday evening on the possible construction of a privately run, 1,000-bed, minimum-security prison being considered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Forum stresses planning
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton recalled the popular bumper sticker: "Please, God, let there be another oil boom. I promise I won't fritter it away this time."

Advocacy group urges voters to stay involved
Voters' responsibilities continue beyond the election of legislators, a League of Women Voters official said.

Driver crashes brand new, $33,000 sports car
It was a vision on the showroom floor: a sleek, black, dream machine, the first 2001 Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk at the Hutchings' dealership in Soldotna.

Torgerson 'excited' about committee post
The state Senate's Republican majority may be gearing up for the new legislative session, but priorities are yet to be cast in stone.

Bagley looks back at 1st year in office
With a year under his belt, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley reviewed the past and looked toward the future. Others also took the opportunity to offer their evaluation.

Development plan essential to future of Kenai Peninsula
Before embarking on a journey, it's a good idea to have a map and a plan for getting from where you are to where you want to be. Otherwise, you're likely to wander about aimlessly, wasting precious time and money. You may see some beautiful sites, but never reach your ultimate destination.

Robotic pets give reality new spin Lessons from latest toy rage enough to send shivers down sensitive spines
I hear that robotic dogs are the hot selling toys for this Christmas.

My Best Friend
Bob and Mary Haeg of Chinitna Bay captured granddaughter Kayla, 2, enjoying the wildlife from their lodge with some assistance from her friend Brandy.

Purple reign
The Area 4 Wrestling Championships ended up being just a numbers game for the Skyview High School Panthers.

Bulldogs rule Area 3
Behind Most Valuable Wrestler Neil Fucci, Nikiski won the Area 3 Championships Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Sprewell, Knicks unearth Nuggets
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell scored a season-high 29 points, Allan Houston added 21 and Larry Johnson hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead the New York Knicks past the Denver Nuggets 96-88 Saturday night.

Heisman winner Weinke gets better with age
NEW YORK -- Chris Weinke's age didn't matter -- his sensational season did.

Bulldogs rule Area 3
Behind Most Valuable Wrestler Neil Fucci, Nikiski won the Area 3 Championships Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Avalanche rumble past Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Joe Sakic won another road game for Colorado.

Woods-Duval use best-ball format to make up ground
BELLA VISTA, Argentina -- Tiger Woods and David Duval took full advantage of the best-ball format in the third round of the World Cup of Golf.

Skiers go to Talkeetna to find suitable snow
Andy Liebner of Soldotna High School took the top spot at the Mat-Su Pursuit cross-country skiing competition Saturday, highlighting a boys race dominated by peninsula skiers.

Dimond scores early, often to hammer Kards in non-league game
The Soldotna High School hockey team flexed its scoring muscle Friday, downing the West Valley Wolfpack 10-1 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

BCS stands for Bowl Confusion Series
How lucky we all are to have the Bowl Championship Series, launched a few years ago to end all the confusion over a college football champion.

Shaq's foul shots
LOS ANGELES -- There were his usual clunkers off the rim, and several other tries actually were close to the mark but spun in and out of the hoop.

Skyview hockey defeats Palmer, loses to Colony
The Skyview hockey team split a road trip to the Matanuska-Susitna valleys Friday and Saturday.

Clemson upsets No. 3 Blue Devils
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Chrissy Floyd scored 23 points as Clemson upset No. 3 Duke 93-75 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

Devils remain perfect
DURHAM, N.C. -- If No. 1 Duke is forced to pick a weakness, it has been inconsistency on defense. That got fixed in a hurry Saturday night.

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