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Friday, December 15, 2000

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.

Borough misses chance for $250,000 grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough missed out on a chance to get a $250,000 grant for the proposed 100-Mile Loop Trail System.

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.

Investigators focus on jackscrew grease in crash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three days after an Alaska Airlines jet crash killed all 88 people aboard, the company received an alert to check the jackscrews in its airplanes, an airline official testified Friday.

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.

Alaska unemployment rose last month
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate edged up to 5.8 percent last month from 5.5 percent in October.

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.

New organization grants seriously ill youngsters' wishes to hunt
PITTSBURGH -- The Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted thousands of requests from children with life-threatening illnesses, sending youngsters to Walt Disney World or introducing them to their favorite pop stars.

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.

Escaped teens found at Wasilla home
WASILLA (AP) -- Two teens who beat a guard and escaped while leaving the Palmer courthouse Monday have been taken into custody and the father of one of the boys is facing charges of hindering prosecution, Alaska State Troopers said.

NTSB report says over-the-counter drugs possible factor in fatal crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- Over-the-counter drugs might have contributed to a plane crash that killed four Juneau residents last year, federal investigators say.

Knowles' name surfaces among possible nominees for Energy Secretary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles' name has come up as a possible member of President-elect George Bush's cabinet.

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.

New cutter headed for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new Coast Guard cutter, to be based in Sitka, is being christened and launched Saturday in Marinette, Wis. where it was built.

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.

Stocking plan available for comment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Fish and Game is taking public comment on its draft fish stocking plan.

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.

Petroleum geologist named state oil and gas director
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A veteran petroleum geologist has been named as the new head of the state Oil and Gas division.

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.

Concern mounts over sea lion plan
KENAI (AP) -- A new Steller sea Lion protection plan could devastate affected fishing communities in Alaska, critics say.

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.

Eagle River man pleads no contest to wasting dogfish sharks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A charter boat operator has pleaded no contest to wasting dogfish sharks during sportfishing trips.

Kodiak advisory panel wants lower deer bag limits
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Fish and Game Advisory Committee is recommending lowering Kodiak deer bag limits next year to help herd recovery after several successive years of high winter mortality.

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.

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Santa to visit mall Pictures with Santa Chambers holding decorating contestsSanta visits KasilofBirders flock to holiday countNext class of recruits soughtSafe Sitter classes slatedCalenders are in

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.

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.

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

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

State won't retry Seaman
A Kenai prosecutor has decided not to pursue a retrial against a Nikiski man after a mistrial was declared on one of three charges last month.

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.

Natives hope Bush presidency will mean jobs on Arctic tundra
ANCHORAGE -- The village of Kaktovik lies on the flat, frozen tundra of the Arctic coast, thousands of miles from the courtrooms of Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.

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.

Date-rape drug topic of public seminar
"In my 20 years of nursing, I've never seen a drug that scares me this bad," Deb Blizzard said.

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.

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.

Photo:Santa's Helper
Nanook looks out from the back of Joe Henderson's dog truck at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000.

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.

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.

Private prison plan panned, praised
What price a prison?

Anna Wade Cline Jackinsky
Ninilchik resident Anna Wade Cline Jackinsky died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, at her home in Ninilchik after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 81.

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

Richard F. P. "Dick" Inglima
Longtime Homer resident and retired storekeeper Richard F. P. "Dick" Inglima died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 75.

Applause
SoHi Christmas concert earns rave

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

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.

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.

At best, decision disappointing
Even with the presidential race finally settled, it seems clear that the debate will continue for some time to come.

Letters to the Editor:
Maximum sustained yields controlled by nutrient levels

Sharing the Spirit brings Christmas to those in need
With the lack of snow, it may not look alot like Christmas on the Kenai Peninsula.

Wily coyote finding life on Kenai Peninsula much to its liking
The box says Acme Explosives: the target is that pesky roadrunner that zips through the desert canyons with one goal in life -- to tantalize Wile E. Coyote.

Trapping class 101
Trapping has been a part of the fabric of life for many Alaskans for generations. And whether drawn by a desire to make money or simply to pursue the challenges of tracking a wild animal, those seasoned in the craft can offer a wealth of information.

Iditarod veteran mushes in cyberspace
FAIRBANKS -- It is possible, virtually speaking, to mush the 'Net.

Adventuring women claim niche in travel market
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Dori Passmann says the party on the beach was in full-swing when a couple of young studs from a neighboring camp showed up unannounced.

Era of Tundra snowmachines coming to an end
FAIRBANKS -- 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.

Adventure-racing boom gives Iditasport a boost
ANCHORAGE -- The human-powered little brother to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is bulking up its wallet and its field.

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

Methodist conservatives accuse church magazine of promoting homosexuality
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Three independent conservative organizations contend that a United Methodist Church magazine violated a policy that bars use of denominational funds ''to promote acceptance of homosexuality,'' the Methodist news agency reports.

Church leaders oppose Idaho's religious freedom act
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Some Idaho church leaders want to repeal or amend Idaho's Free Exercise of Religion Act because it might let people do harm in the name of religion.

Jewish scholar wins $200,000 book prize
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- James L. Kugel of Harvard University has won the annual $200,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his 1997 book ''The Bible As It Was,'' which treats ancient interpretations of the Bible's first five books.

Religion Briefs
Women's club to get to heart of ChristmasCantata slated for Sunday Kids' Club plans Christmas specialBible club program presentedSpecial services slated at SolFirstJesus' birth to be commemoratedService targets other side of holidays Children's program plannedChristmas Eve service scheduledCommunion Services plannedPeninsula Grace Brethren to hold servicesCandlelight service plannedChristmas services request

Buddhist temple unifies Vietnamese, American culture
SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) -- The gilded temple shimmers in the dusty air as the sound of jackhammers carving out pagodas competes with a mockingbird's song.

Interfaith leaders pledge new commitment to eradicate racism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A broad coalition of U.S. religious leaders has issued a statement calling racism ''an evil that must be eradicated from the institutional structures that shape our daily lives, including our houses of worship.''

Couple sues town for barring home prayer meetings
NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A couple is suing the town zoning commission in federal court over a Nov. 29 order to halt weekly prayer meetings at their home. Robert and Mary Murphy say the town is violating their constitutional rights to freedom of religion and peaceful assembly.

Church hires minister with criminal record to replace imprisoned Baptist leader
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church chose a clergyman with a criminal past to replace its pastor, who went to prison for racketeering and grand theft for actions while he was president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Federal judges mull Christmas as a holiday and Ohio's God motto
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Christmas as a legal holiday was challenged at a hearing in the 6th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals, which also heard arguments against Ohio's state motto, ''With God All Things Are Possible.''

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.

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.

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.

Capitals move above .500 with Wild victory
WASHINGTON -- Sergei Gonchar and Peter Bondra scored second-period goals Thursday night as the Washington Capitals moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

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

Kenai gets taste of mat mania
With the preliminary work out of the way and a few bumps in the road smoothed out, more than 320 high school wrestlers got to the business at hand Thursday at Kenai Central High School -- the pursuit of individual and team titles at the Alaska School Activities Association Fall State Wrestling Championships.

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.

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