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Monday, December 18, 2000

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

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.

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.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Northern Intertie:
Critics of the proposed new intertie were quick to pounce on a local utility official's assertion that Monday's outage wouldn't have happened if the power line project was finished.

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

Juneau Empire on noise mediation and open meetings:
With so many influential people involved in Juneau's noise mediation effort insisting that black was white and vice versa, it was comforting on Wednesday to see retired Alaska Supreme Court Justice Jay Rabinowitz rule in favor of commonsense.

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.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on small oil fields:
Some parts of Alaska's economic picture remain unclear, especially wh

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

Anchorage Daily News on Alaska budget debate:
Gov. Tony Knowles has served notice that next year's state budget will have to go up j

Well-known restaurateur charged with Macedonia murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A well-known Anchorage restaurateur was arrested on an international warrant charging him with murder in Macedonia.

World Plus investors recover 24-cents on the dollar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The World Plus airline ticket fraud case began to unravel five years ago this month, plunging more than 1,000 investors into a nightmare of bitterness and lost savings.

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.

Concerns arise about Native allotments being sold off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ''Own a lot in Alaska's great wilderness,'' touts an Internet advertisement for the Nushagak Shores Subdivision, located along a premiere fishing river that empties into Bristol Bay.

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

Barrow under rabies quarantine
BARROW (AP) -- The city of Barrow is once again under a rabies quarantine.

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.

Three die in two-car Seward Highway accident
SEWARD (AP) -- Three people died over the weekend in a two-car accident on the Seward Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Malfunctioning valve causes fuel spill in Juneau office building
JUNEAU (AP) -- A malfunctioning valve sent fuel cascading down the walls of an eight-story state office building on Sunday.

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

Gordon Wright inspires Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Most conductors don't take lip from their players. But Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra musicians, like a lot of folks in Alaska's Interior, aren't shy about confronting officialdom.

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.

Half-million dollars allocated for contaminants research
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A half-million dollars in federal money has been allocated so that Alaska tribes can work with state government to research contaminants in the state.

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.

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
Christmas concert today Friends of the Library to meet today String trio to perform Wednesday 911 board meets ThursdaySnowplowing guidelinesMount Marathon race designs sought DAV to meet ThursdayCARTS board meeting canceledYoung Marines recruits sought

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

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.

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.

Sports center could expand
A vast development plan for the area around the Soldotna Sports Center was presented to the Soldotna City Council.

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.

Parents attend meeting to find out about drugs
After three hours of listening to the harsh reality about "new" drugs used in Kenai Peninsula schools, parent uttered two simple words in unison -- "Thank you."

Second round of exam scores arrive
Hundreds of high school juniors will get something besides Christmas cards in the mail over the next few days.

Senior Santa ponders retirement
Forty years commuting from the North Pole, delivering sacks of toys around the world and hoisting hundreds of children on and off the lap can wear down even the jolliest old elf.

Beluga recovery plans go to judge
The next word on a proposal to allow Native hunters up to two strikes per year on Cook Inlet belugas will come from a federal judge.

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.

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.

Jose Bravo Sr.
Kenai resident Jose Bravo Sr. died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2000, in a traffic accident on the Seward Highway. He was 75.

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.

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.

Bipartisanship crucial to future of U.S. democracy
''The Perils of Pauline'' and ''The Adventures of Hairbreadth Harry'' of silent-film days were nothing compared with the election of the first U.S. president of the 21st century. ...

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.

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.

An AP News Analysis
WASHINGTON -- Neither President-elect Bush nor Al Gore nor anybody else will ever know with certainty who really got more votes in Florida.

Applause
Soldotna Senior Center benefits from bank's generosity Elementary school says thanks to Moose Lodge

My Best Friend:Pet Photo
Scotty tends to blend in with the birch leaves his owners were raking when they lived in South Anchorage in 1993.

Kristi and Ken Felchle
Kristi and Ken Felchle of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Connor Josh Felchle, born at 1:06 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches.

Community News
Funding needed for new shelterFox 4 KTBY in search of kid heroes

Peninsula People
SoHi grad receives degreeUnited Way allotted funds for emergency needs

Ready to ride
Excitement mounts as Mike Bailey with Alaska Petroleum Contractors cuts the ribbon to the new elevator in the remodeled Kenai School Building during the Boys and Girls Club open hous

Marty and Deedee Anderson Jr.
Marty and Deedee Anderson Jr. of Sterling announce the birth of their son, James Travis Anderson, born at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Julie and Bud Yocom
Julie and Bud Yocom of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Lucas William Yocom, born at 4:38 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Hero of the Week
For the past few years, my hero has been Ms. Elsie Seaman. Each month during my four years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she sent me a generous check which was much needed and appreciated. Her help was consistent, and it always seemed to arrive at the perfect time as saving grace for books, fees and groceries. I could rely on her help and could not have gotten as far as I did without it.

Rice goes out a winner
SAN FRANCISCO -- One last time, Jerry Rice left Candlestick Point a winner.

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.

Bryant's Lakers edge Carter's Raptors
TORONTO -- Kobe Bryant, facing Vince Carter for the first time this year, scored 40 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 in overtime Sunday.

Saints alive!
The New Orleans Saints were lucky -- they didn't have to deal with bad weather on a day when snow, rain and frosty conditions were the NFL's big winners.

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

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.

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.

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