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Thursday, December 14, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Kodiak brown bears chewing on communication cables
JUNEAU (AP) -- Brown bears on Kodiak are playing havoc with the Coast Guard Communication Station's antenna field.

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.

Knowles seeks budget increase for public safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is proposing adding $19 million to next year's state budget to strengthen public safety.

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.

Fairbanks sprint race gets new signature sponsor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Alaska-owned communications company has signed on as the prime sponsor of the Open North American Sled Dog Race.

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

Joint project may send pipeline south
KENAI (AP) -- A feasibility study has been commissioned to study bringing natural gas service to southern portions of the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Jury awards $1.35 million in Kodiak rape suit
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Island Borough was ordered Tuesday to pay $1.35 million to the mother of a developmentally disabled woman sexually assaulted by two borough employees at a residential treatment program.

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.

More Anchorage students suspended for watching fight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An additional 43 Service High School students were suspended Wednesday for watching a fight last week that left a boy unconscious and bruised.

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.

Jackscrew focus of Alaska Air hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tail jackscrew that helps to stabilize an aircraft was the focus of attention Thursday as engineers and inspectors offered their ideas on what caused the fatal plunge of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 into the Pacific Ocean.

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.

Alaska Marketplace stores may close
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several Alaska Marketplace workers notified their union Wednesday that the small chain plans to close its last two remaining stores in Anchorage by the end of the year.

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.

CIRI could see windfall with Voicestream investment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. moved a step closer to a windfall when the Federal Communication Commission approved a transaction to convert CIRI's interest in a wireless communications company to stock.

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.

Anchorage police release name of woman killed in Glenn Highway wreck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have identified the woman killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle wreck as Penny Harvanchik, 28, of Eagle River.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau woman sets up land trust
JUNEAU (AP) -- Businesswoman Deborah Marshall helped found the South East Alaska Land Trust five years ago because she didn't want other families to lose their land for failing to pay property taxes.

Kasilof logger rebounds from destructive sawmill blaze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kasilof-based wood products company is bouncing back from a fire last May by marketing wood chips and selling pulp logs that are turned into newsprint purchased by Alaska newspapers.

Business Briefs
State inspects peninsula food establishments Comments due on Chugach planBP aims new technology at ballast hitchhikersSoldotna grad takes Rhode Island jobCIRCAC announces volunteer awards Fishers to pay 1.8 percent for IFQ enforcementContractors elect presidentJob fair targets college students home for ChristmasAviation convention planned in Anchorage

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

Art Briefs
New Year's Eve events wanted Book signing planned Saturday

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment In the futureDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Tool time!
Let's face it. Most guys love tools. Walk into any hardware store, sidle up to the nearest guy and ask him to point out a drywall trowel. Nine times out of 10, he'll deliver.

Concern mounting over sea lion plan
A new plan meant to restore endangered Steller sea lions could devastate fishing communities from the Kenai Peninsula to Kodiak, critics say.

Holiday books add to family tradition
Soon schools will recess for the holidays and family members will gather. It is the perfect season to snuggle up in a chair with the children for story time, and Christmas offers wonderful books that keep on giving year after year.

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.

It's all over
Five weeks after Election Day, George W. Bush at last laid claim to the presidency Wednesday night with a pledge to ''seize this moment'' and deliver reconciliation and unity to a nation divided. Al Gore exited the tortuously close race, exhorting the nation to put aside partisan rancor and support its new chief executive.

Photo Feauture:Crunch Time
Members of the congregation at Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church box cookies 800 dozen of them to fill orders the church took earlier this month.

Increase sought for safety budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is proposing adding $19 million to next year's state budget to strengthen public safety.

Concern mounting over sea lion plan
A new plan meant to restore endangered Steller sea lions could devastate fishing communities from the Kenai Peninsula to Kodiak, critics say.

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.

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.

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.

Richard Inglima
Homer resident Richard Inglima died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 75.

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.

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

Kennedy, O'Connor decide election for Bush
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Sandra Day O'Connor effectively decided the outcome of Bush v. Gore and with it probably the election, but their names do not appear atop the majority opinion -- nor anywhere else in the 65 pages of overlapping opinions and dissents.

Huge challenges await Bush
WASHINGTON -- It is a herculean to-do list.

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.

Bush, Gore must turn attention toward task of uniting divided nation
Excerpts of editorials following the U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling out more recounts in Florida's contested election and putting Texas Gov. George W. Bush on track to become the nation's 43rd president.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
North Peninsula Chamber meets today Monthly health meeting slatedAirport commission meets tonightCARTS partners will not meet this monthVeterans center has open house Friday Eagles invite seniors to dinnerHouse shopping seminar offeredRobot class at space centerRefuge open for holiday tree cuttingGift ideas to help all

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.

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

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

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

Miami, FSU trios lead AP All-America team
The University of Miami is back in the All-America business.

Wrestlers take aim at state title
Upward of 300 wrestlers representing 60 high schools from all over the state of Alaska will begin competition for the Alaska School Activities Association Fall Wrestling Championships today at Kenai Central High School.

Mercer burns former mates
BOSTON -- Ron Mercer scored 27 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to just their third win of the season and their biggest since Michael Jordan retired, a 104-86 victory over the Boston Celtics.

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

Leafs scoring frenzy chills Pens
PITTSBURGH -- Gary Roberts scored late in the first period to start a streak of five consecutive goals that carried the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 7-4 victory Wednesday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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.

Sports
Seton Hall's Darius Lane passes the ball behind the back of Pennsylvania's Geoff Owens (51) during the first half Wednesday in East Rutherford, N.J.

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.

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