Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Developers to build 154-room hotel near Denali entrance
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two local developers are building a multimillion, 154-room hotel near the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Flightseeing Noise
JUNEAU (AP) -- A mediator hired to deal with the politically charged issue of aircraft noise in Juneau has quit, saying a panel representing the different interests couldn't even agree on ground rules.

Beluga recovery plans go to judge for review
KENAI (AP) -- The next word about a proposal that would allow Native subsistence hunters up to two strikes per year on Cook Inlet beluga whales will come from a federal judge.

BLM transfers land parcel to Port of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Land Management has transferred nearly 10 acres of land to the Port of Anchorage.

Judge moves to end oversight in prison conditions case
JUNEAU (AP) -- Direct court oversight of Alaska's prison system would end under a judge's ruling in favor of a new law passed by the Legislature, the Department of Corrections said Tuesday.

State gives final approval to True North gold mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has approved a $30 million gold mine named True North for development near Fairbanks.

AIDEA plans to pay dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority plans to pay a $17.5 million dividend to the state treasury next year, based on its fiscal 2000 profit of $35.6 million.

Charges to be dismissed after death of defendant in murder case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Charles Smithart died over the weekend of lung cancer, which means he won't be facing another trial on charges he raped and killed 11-year-old Mandy Lemaire near Tazlina nearly a decade ago.

Native corporation to end Cube Cove logging
PETERSBURG (AP) -- After 20 years of logging at Cube Cove on Admiralty Island, the Shee Atika Native Corp. plans to halt logging operations and sell the property back to the federal government.

Fairbanks high school senior dies in snowboarding accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Lathrop High School senior died a day after fracturing his skull while snowboarding off a ramp near his home.

Commercial fishers could see higher individual quotas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial halibut fishers who hold individual fishing quotas could see an increase in their catch limits.

Fish and Wildlife Service offers reward for eagle shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal officials are investigating the shooting of an eagle Dec. 10 on a road near Mile 88 of the Parks Highway.

Fares aboard state ferries could be going up
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fares aboard state ferries could increase 10 percent for passengers and 5 percent for vehicles next summer.

Nearly 70 percent of rural homes have water and sewer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rural Alaska homes with water and sewer service increased 3 percent since last year to 69 percent, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Lawsuits filed to stop McCovey project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A lawsuit was filed by seven Inupiat Eskimos who are seeking to prevent exploratory drilling on the offshore McCovey Prospect in the Beaufort Sea.

Bethel woman killed in Anchorage accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Bethel woman was killed in an accident on the Old Seward Highway when the car she was riding in spun into oncoming traffic.

Mastriano named to head of Division of Labor Standards and Safety
JUNEAU (AP) -- Richard Mastriano, a wage and hour specialist with the state, is the new director of the Alaska Division of Labor Standards and Safety.

Alyeska offloading berth returns to service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Berth 4 at Alyeska's marine terminal in Valdez returned to service Saturday.

Stevens' buyout plan may help Alaska crabbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska crab fishermen are hoping a $100 million boat buyback program steered through Congress by Sen. Ted Stevens last week might save them from mass bankruptcy because of crashing crab stocks in the Bering Sea.

EPA charges seafood processors with polluting Alaska waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Alaska seafood processing companies have been charged with violating terms of the Clean Water Act.

Teen-age unknown wins Henry Hahn 200 sled dog race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Teen-ager Jessica Hendricks won the Henry Hahn 200 sled dog race.

Stuck float valve causes spill at DOT camp
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A trench was being dug Tuesday to try and recover thousands of gallons of spilled fuel near the Sag River.

Alaska's electors cast their ballots in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- There were no surprises as Alaska's three electors gathered Monday to cast their ballots for President-elect George W. Bush and Vice President-elect Dick Cheney.

Baby dies in traffic accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A car crash on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway killed a seven-month-old infant Monday.

Toxic fumes vented from state office building
JUNEAU (AP) -- Workers have ventilated a state office building enough to clear harmful amounts of diesel fumes, but the full scope of the damage caused by a weekend fuel spill won't be clear for days, state officials said Tuesday.

Alaska in for $250 million share of omnibus budget bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The fisheries industry and social programs aimed at villages across Alaska were the state's largest beneficiaries in the omnibus budget bill approved by Congress last week.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber luncheon held todayBook club to meet Board meeting slated Phillips to speak at chamber luncheonComplete survey to win prizeStill time to get a Christmas tree

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Anchor Point Chamber hosts Rep. PhillipsHospital board meets today Kenai seniors to celebrate holidays FridayString trio to entertain in Soldotna todayChristmas play in Ninilchik FridaySoldotna chamber calendars availableFirewood area openBecome an exchange student host parent

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.

Three die in collision on Seward Highway
A Kenai man and a Seward couple were killed Saturday after a two-car, head-on collision on the Seward Highway.

Alaska's electors cast their ballots in Anchorage
Dianna Rose's big blue eyes gleam as she joyfully plays with her mother in their home. The 3-year-old seems to be a positively normal little girl until her shirt uncovers her abdomen while she stands on her head.

Pretty as a 'Rose' Three-year-old blossoms, thanks to modern technology
Dianna Rose's big blue eyes gleam as she joyfully plays with her mother in their home. The 3-year-old seems to be a positively normal little girl until her shirt uncovers her abdomen while she stands on her head.

Food bank hungry for donations, director
For the second time in less than a year, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors must undertake the chore of finding a new executive director.

Photo Feature:Green with Envy
Peter Mueller of Sterling secures a Christmas tree to the top of his vehicle after making a purchase from a stand in the parking lot at Three Bears in Kenai.

Judge moves to end oversight of prison conditions
JUNEAU -- Direct court oversight of Alaska's prison system would end under a judge's ruling in favor of a new law passed by the Legislature, the Department of Corrections said Tuesday.

Quartz Creek project on tap
Biologists say the natural revegetation of a gravel pit by Quartz Creek could take 15 or 20 years. Apply people power, though, and the area could be replanted next year.

Neither snow nor sleet keeps bird lovers inside Christmas count goes on despite wintry weather
Wind, snow, ice and too much to do: about 10 people ignored all that Sunday to take part in the Soldotna portion of the 101st Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

A tradition for the birds
This is a season of traditions -- holidays, holy days, family visits or bowl games. One group with its own special event of the season is bird watchers.

Let the sun shine in
Happy Zagmuk to you. Or Merry Saturnalia?

Benny Brooke Kerns
Homer resident Benny Brooke Kerns died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, in Homer. He was 60.

Jose Bravo
Kenai resident Jose G. Bravo, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at mile 34.5 of the Seward Highway in an automobile accident. He was 76.

Letters to the Editor
Wrong message being sent to young girls

Letters to the Editor
Supreme Court made mockery of American democracy

What others say
McCain right to press case for campaign finance reform bill

Applause
Sisters appreciate assist from foundation

Special interest money is real drug problem
Americans pay up to twice as much for the same drugs sold in other countries, including Canada.

Bad advice for the president-elect
It's not that we haven't seen this before when Republicans have won the White House.

Money, power still at heart of European Union controversies
Despite President Chirac's clumsy performance and an attempted revolt by the smaller members, the longest EU summit ever has at least produced agreement on institutional reform. As usual, however, settling the core arguments about influence over EU policy, and thus over money, has been like squaring the circle.

We need a little Christmas
Haul out the holly. After this spectacle of a presidential election, we need a little Christmas.

Pets of the Week Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shelter has a selection of both male and female kittens to choose from this week.

WolfLine offers students more than registration
Services are now available online through WolfLine. This includes getting your grades or unofficial transcripts by accessing your current personal information, as well as your account summary.

School News
North Star Elementary Soldotna Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik School Cook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademySoldotna Cooperative Preschool

Around the District
Peninsula schools continue vacation Seward High announces Students of the MonthChallenger Center offers holiday programsEssay contest focuses on ConstitutionRegister soon for college board testsSchool board seeks new member

After the Bell team attends conference
Representatives of After the Bell and Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula recently joined more than 500 other youth development professionals to talk about the most pressing issues facing America's children after school hours.

Breaking for fun
Working quickly to beat the setting sun, Tim Bullock, 15, and Emilee Bunker, 12, dig out snow caves in McCammon, Idaho, over the weekend.

Senior Menus
Homer KenaiNikiski SewardSoldotnaSterling

Alone for the holidays
'The loss of a spouse, friends or social network leaves you with nowhere to go. The holidays remind you of happier times when you had a lot of people around you.'

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Homer KenaiNikiski NinilchikSoldotnaSeward

Williams nets 14 as Stars keep unbeaten record intact
The Soldotna boys basketball team continued a string of strong early season play Tuesday, defeating Cook Inlet Academy 80-35 at the Grace Christian Tournament in Anchorage.

Astros give $85 million to hang on to Bagwell
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles finally made some moves on the free-agent market Tuesday, agreeing to a $28 million, four-year contract with first baseman David Segui and a $9.6 million, two-year deal with pitcher Pat Hentgen.

Boozer perfect in Duke victory
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Carlos Boozer made all 11 of his shots for 22 points, and Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 18 in his homecoming as Duke routed the University of Portland 97-64.

Williams pours in 30 points to lead SoHi boys to victory
Shaun Williams poured in 30 points as Soldotna defeated Sitka 70-53 at the three-day Grace Christian Tournament in Anchorage.

Capitals can't survive Sharks' attack
WASHINGTON -- Todd Harvey had his first hat trick in more than five years as the San Jose Sharks beat Washington 5-3 on Monday night and ended the Capitals' nine-game home unbeaten streak.

Williams pours in 30 points to lead SoHi boys to victory
Shaun Williams poured in 30 points as Soldotna defeated Sitka 70-53 at the three-day Grace Christian Tournament in Anchorage.

Wake Forest routs Radford
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Josh Howard had a career-high 22 points and No. 6 Wake Forest kept its defensive streak alive in a 92-52 victory over Radford on Monday night.

Lemieux gets in his first practice
Penguins Hall of Famer and owner Mario Lemieux takes a practice shot at goaltender Rich Parent near the end of his first practice with the team in Canonsburg, Pa., on Tuesday.

Dunn deal: Bucs run past Rams
TAMPA, Fla. -- The St. Louis Rams could not defend Warrick Dunn, Shaun King and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and now might not get a chance to defend their Super Bowl title.

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