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Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Knowles backs boost in university spending
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is backing a request from the University of Alaska regents to boost spending for the state university system by $16.9 million.

Education board wants former commissioner back
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's Board of Education and Early Development voted unanimously Saturday to endorse a former commissioner to take the job again.

Police trying to determine how the Grinch Stole Christmas trees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- And then there's the story about how the Grinch stole Christmas trees in this Interior city.

Light quake shakes Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A light earthquake shook parts of the Interior Tuesday night, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Two tugboats sink at Hoonah dock
HOONAH (AP) -- Two tugboats sank over the weekend, spilling about 250 gallons of diesel fuel.

International pollution treaty could help reduce pollutants in the north
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials and environmentalists say a global treaty reached by representatives of 122 countries will help curb the northward flow of pollutants to Alaska.

Snowmachiner was not in closed area of Denali National Park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who was killed in an avalanche was not snowmachining inside a closed area of Denali National Park and Preserve as first suspected, authorities said.

Tourism industry holds job fair
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tour companies will hold a job fair in Anchorage on Dec. 20, hoping to reach college students home for the holidays who want to work in the tourism industry next summer.

PenAir begins Adak flights; assumes some Reeve routes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- PenAir has begun three-time-weekly flights to Adak, returning scheduled air service to that Aleutian island community.

Thirty-two Anchorage students suspended for watching fistfight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thirty-two Service High School students who were videotaped watching or participating in an after-school fight at a nearby park have been suspended. School officials said the number could grow.

Gunshots fired into police officer's home
BETHEL (AP) -- Someone fired gunshots into a Bethel police officer's home early Saturday, city police said.

Former North Pole mayor ordered to pay city $8,000
NORTH POLE (AP) -- Former Mayor Tim Peters has been ordered to reimburse the city of North Pole $6,187 plus interest in a final judgment of a lawsuit he filed against the city two years ago.

Police trying to determine how the Grinch Stole Christmas trees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- And then there's the story about how the Grinch stole Christmas trees in this Interior city.

Troopers receive donation for dog
PALMER (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers will receive $5,500 in donations to buy a new K-9 police dog.

Panel targets railroad and ships
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A legislative-appointed panel is recommending that cargo ships, cruise ships and other large vessels and the Alaska Railroad have spill-response plans and stockpile cleanup gear around the state.

Investigators open hearing on Alaska Airlines crash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilots of Alaska Airlines doomed flight 261 struggled vainly to save their plane before it crashed into the Pacific Ocean last January, a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder shows.

Gateway seeks $5 million start-up loan for Ketchikan veneer plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The operators of a new veneer plant for this Southeast Alaska city have been give the go-ahead to submit an application for a $5 million short-term loan to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Holloway named education commissioner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has selected Shirley Holloway to replace Rick Cross as commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development.

U.S. general plays down Russian flyover incident
MOSCOW (AP) -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday dismissed the recent buzzing of an American aircraft carrier by Russian planes, saying Washington does not view the incident as a threat.

Revenue Department predicts end-of-year surplus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The recent high price of oil means the state should produce a budget surplus this year, according to the fall forecast released Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue.

Bottomfish harvests set
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's 2001 bottomfish harvests will open Jan. 20, according to Penny Dalton, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Juveniles escape custody at Palmer courthouse
PALMER (AP) -- Two juveniles who were brought to the Palmer Courthouse escaped after attacking a counselor in the parking lot, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Bethel police have difficulty filling vacancies
BETHEL (AP) -- The Bethel Police Department is sharing in a national problem -- too few officers to fill vacancies.

Agency starts preparation of new OCS leasing program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An agency is starting the process of preparing a new, five-year Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program.

Mackie added to board of cruise line's new company
JUNEAU (AP) -- Retiring Sen. Jerry Mackie has been appointed to the board of a new tour company created by a major cruise line. Former Sen. Steve Frank of Fairbanks is also on the six-member board.

Woman dies in Glenn Highway wreck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River woman died in an accident Tuesday when she lost control of her truck on the Glenn Highway near the Boniface Parkway overpass.

Cordova residents to vote on cruise ship passenger fee
CORDOVA (AP) -- Cordova residents in March will vote on a whether to approve a $5 fee for on cruise ship passengers.

Minnesota man among many who raise, race homing pigeons
LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) -- Homing pigeons mystify Fred Haring.

Proposal would protect Permanent Fund from inflation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s board of directors want a constitutional amendment approved that they believe will better protect the state's $26.6 billion oil wealth savings account from inflation.

Rage not confined to roads, as hunters fight over deer stands
ISLE, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Conservation Officer Bruce Hall has seen his share of bitter arguments and even violence between deer hunters since Minnesota's firearms season opened Nov. 4.

Top Anchorage school post goes to acting superintendent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board has named a new superintendent -- Carol Comeau, who has been acting in the job since September and who was an assistant superintendent for nearly eight years.

Era of Tundra snowmachines is coming to an end
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Over the last decade, Roger Siglin and his traveling companions have logged more than 50,000 miles across the Alaska and Canadian arctic on Tundra Ski-Doos, most of the time while pulling sleds loaded with 500 or more pounds.

Udland steps down as Anchorage police chief for NANA job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Police Chief Duane Udland is leaving the department for a security job with NANA Development Corp.

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
Kenai chamber hosts Commerce repNikiski senior citizens meeting planned Scrapbook making club to begin Library offers story times for children Homer public nurse to visit schools Comment period closes tomorrowChambers holding decorating contests House shopping seminar offeredRed Cross wants you to rock with SantaCenter to provide for those in needSanta visits Kasilof

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to host SoHi studentsPratt Museum hosts WHIZ Kids Airport commission to meet ThursdayMS group meeting planned ThursdayOpen house scheduled at Boys and Girls ClubSterling Community Club cancels meetingFirst aid classes offered

Joint project may send pipeline south
Efforts to bring natural gas service to southern portions of the Kenai Peninsula took a significant leap forward Tuesday.

Photo Feature - Horse Power
Michael and Rhonda Sykes ride Bud and Shawnee though snow near Kalifornsky Beach Road last weekend.

Snowmachine accident puts Kenai man in Homer hospital
The back country of the Kenai Peninsula can be dangerously remote when someone gets hurt.

State surplus forecast
ANCHORAGE -- The recent high price of oil means the state should produce a budget surplus this year, according to the fall forecast released Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue.

Weird weather provides relief from winter wildlife woes
It's bad for skiers, snowmachiners and anyone behind the wheel of a car. But the season's slushfest is a boon to moose and many other wild critters.

Grant takes aim at underage drinkers
Area law enforcement agencies have teamed up with a social service provider and the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court in securing a state grant to combat underage drinking.

BP gets ball rolling on plant
Kenai and Houston businesses will team up to build the latest addition to the Nikiski industrial area.

Kenai council passes fire safety ordinance
Bed-and-breakfasts and in-home day care centers in the city of Kenai must now adhere to stricter fire inspection guidelines.

Photo Feauture:Snow where to go
Matt Parisen, Becca Cecil and John Leary climb a slope in Turnagain Pass with their dogs Hallie, Cliff and Zamboni for an afternoon of snowboarding Monday.

Wireless Internet service coming
Many central Kenai Peninsula residents still drive gravel roads to the proverbial information highway. However, wireless Internet service could someday put rural peninsula residents in the fast lane.

Knowles backs UA spending increase
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles is backing a request from the University of Alaska regents to boost spending for the state university system by $16.9 million.

Alfred C. Nichols
Alfred C. Nichols, formerly of Soldotna and most recently of Kelso, Wash., and Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Lake Havasu City. He was 64.

Letters to the Editor
Private prison best hope for new economic development in areaVictim hopes vandals learn what it's like to have thing of value ruined

Voters clear about education
While the 2000 presidential campaign season ended as it began, in uncertainty and confusion, in one area the voters' preference couldn't have been clearer.

Fight for vouchers continues
WASHINGTON -- School vouchers have taken hits at the ballot box, in legislatures and before the courts.

Applause
Kenai Middle School appreciates those who gave up day off to helpMany contribute to success of Voice of Democracy program

Benefits of oil industry show in investments back to communities
The donation of $2.5 million from the state's two biggest oil producers to the University of Alaska offers yet another example of the benefits flowing from industry's continued investment in Alaska.

Presidential race hinges on 2 votes Justices Kennedy, O'Connor hold key to who moves into White House
WASHINGTON -- The day's first questions came from the two people who may have the last word in the presidential election, Supreme Court swing voters Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy.

Effort to help sea lions devastating to state's commercial fisheries
The National Marine Fisheries Service has delivered another body blow to Alaska's fishing community. The service's latest biological opinion on Steller sea lions could cost the fishing industry losses of up to $191 million and Alaska communities many millions more.

Rage not confined to roads, as hunters fight over deer stands
ISLE, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Conservation Officer Bruce Hall has seen his share of bitter arguments and even violence between deer hunters since Minnesota's firearms season opened Nov. 4.

Era of Tundra snowmachines is coming to an end
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Over the last decade, Roger Siglin and his traveling companions have logged more than 50,000 miles across the Alaska and Canadian arctic on Tundra Ski-Doos, most of the time while pulling sleds loaded with 500 or more pounds.

Minnesota man among many who raise, race homing pigeons
LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) -- Homing pigeons mystify Fred Haring.

Pet of the Week - Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring this 4-month-old chocolate Labrador retriever mix for $88.20 with vaccinations, license and neuter surgery included.

Business, industry areas picking up speed at KPC
The new process technology degree and certificate program is progressing rapidly toward final university approval. Students are beginning this program as fast as the school can accept them, at approximately 25 new people each semester.

Around the District
Vacation begins Friday Seminar on date rape hazard planned Challenger offers robotics campScience and Technology Foundation offers grantsSoHi student chosen for national program Nikiski announces Students of the MonthDistrict offers online weather warnings

Schools Information
Cooper Landing Elementary Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star Elementary Redoubt ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena Elementary Kenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High School Nikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik School Skyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian Academy Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace Preschool

Building blocks
Holiday shoppers thronged the streets, scouting for bargains and checking their change.

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Ilgauskas helps Cavs with big fourth quarter
CLEVELAND -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas took over in the final minutes, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter and blocking Steve Nash's late layup Tuesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fourth straight, 92-87 over the Dallas Mavericks.

Turnabout is fair play
Losing is never easy, but absorbing defeat after defeat in wrestling, an individual and physical sport, can be one of the most deflating and discouraging tasks of all.

Spotlight shines away from Indy's Manning, James and Harrison
INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison?

Islander-hopping suits Caps
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Chris Simon's third-period power-play goal helped the Washington Capitals extend their unbeaten streak against the New York Islanders to 18 games in a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

McNabb making a run for MVP
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb is proving he can the throw the ball, too.

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