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Sunday, December 17, 2000

Smokers bemoan ordinance as taming of Last Frontier
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Barber Jerry Whitsett ducks into the tobacco shop, lights up and begins puffing on a cigarette, tapping the ash into his cupped hand.

Knowles proposes $145 million budget increase
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles unveiled his proposed fiscal year 2002 budget Friday, a plan to spend $145 million more to shore up education, strengthen law enforcement, protect public health and lay the groundwork for a natural gas pipeline.

CIRI shareholders to get windfall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shareholders of Cook Inlet Region Inc. will be getting a major dose of Christmas cheer.

Company hired to recruit boarding school students
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks business will try to recruit students for a planned Nenana boarding school.

Reduced conservation bill passes Congress
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The much-reduced version of Sen. Frank Murkowski and Rep. Don Young's conservation lands legislation passed Friday as part of Congress' final spending bill.

Ten teens charged in Anchorage burglaries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A watchful neighbor's observation led to the arrest last week of 10 teen-agers in connection with a string of recent burglaries across the city.

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.

Anchorage man sentenced to 38 years in sexual abuse case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A convicted child molester was sentenced to 38 years in prison Friday.

Native corporations win wireless licenses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Alaska Native corporations are making a high-profile splash into the competitive world of wireless telecommunications.

Turnout of young voters increases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Voter turnout among Alaskans 18 to 24 year old jumped in the November election.

Good Samaritan cleared of scuffling with troopers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A jury cleared a Good Samaritan on Thursday of charges that followed a scuffle with state troopers during an investigation of a bar stabbing.

Juneau woman's cat returns home after 2 year absence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Judy Nelson already has her Christmas present: Her cat Sugar returned home after disappearing for more than two years.

Prosecutor won't seek murder retrial
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai prosecutor has decided not to retry a Nikiski man charged with first-degree murder.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Asian-Americans hold potluck Christmas party Kenai seniors host musical concert Free community skate open to all ages Chamber hosts holiday decoration competitionLegislator to speak at Anchor Point chamber lunchHospital service board meets Wednesday Community calendars are availableUsed computers are neededRefuge open for tree cutting

NOW PLAYING:Bounce
Sometimes you go to the movies looking to laugh and sometimes you go to cry. It's an old cliche, but one that actually rings true. Too often however, the studios take that literally, and all you're left with is a big mess ala Pay It Forward. Bounce is one case where they got it right.

'Wooden' it be nice
With so much good cheer in the air, none of the safety glass-wearing elves seemed to mind the cloud of sawdust hanging over their heads and the whine of power tools filling the room.

Seward thriving after construction of Spring Creek
While residents of the central Kenai Peninsula mull the pros and cons of a new private prison plan, Seward residents praise the positive effects of the correctional facility in their community.

Clock ticking on Fort Greely prison plan
Would development of a private prison at Fort Greely kill the plans for a privately run, 800- to 1,000-bed medium security prison currently being considered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough?

Champion of the underdog
Dale Bondurant ponders a question concerning the allocation of fish and game during a recent interview at his home off Funny River Road. He has been active in some of the most important court cases concerning access to Alaska's fish, game and water.

Natural gas bills expected to increase for peninsula users
The average Kenai Peninsula residential gas bill may soon rise by $11.54 per month thanks to the recent peak in the price of crude oil.

Texas company to build Nikiski gas-to-liquid plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Texas company has been selected for construction work on a BP experimental natural gas liquefaction plant in Nikiski.

Mary Jo Lawson
Former Kenai resident Mary Jo Lawson died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at her home in Ardmore, Okla. She was 53.

Howard A. Hersh
Kenai resident Howard A. Hersh died near Cooper Landing by drowning on Dec. 12, 2000. He was 63.

Electoral College prepares to cast final vote
Hold on -- there's one more election to go. But next week's meeting of the Electoral College should be wrapped up quickly, though with a great deal more attention than in years past.

Traditions best part of holiday
Christmas traditions are often as varied as the families who celebrate them. Some are handed down through the generations, while others are ushered in by young families eager to create their own. The stories are many. Mine is about walnuts.

Aftermath of election deadlock should provide opportunity for change
"I'm optimistic that we can change the tone in Washington, D.C. and I hope the long wait of the last five weeks will heighten a desire to move beyond the bitterness and partisanship of the recent past.

Hoops season begins for area high schools
Defending Class 3A girls state champion Nikiski opened up its season Saturday with a 49-29 nonconference victory over visiting Soldotna.

It's over for Redskins, Three Rivers Stadium
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers know how to say goodbye, even if the Washington Redskins don't.

Raiders blown away by weather, Seahawks
SEATTLE -- The Oakland Raiders claim they were robbed on a disputed safety. The officials insist they made the right call with 2:24 remaining.

Well-behaved Panthers cruise past Nikiski in nonconference tilt
The Skyview High School hockey team has been earning plenty of positive results lately, and much of it has to do with the Panthers playing good, clean hockey.

Top Cats
The Skyview High School wrestling team had a banner night Saturday.

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