Thursday, December 21, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Railroad to survey commuters for possible servie to Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad is trying to find out what it would take to persuade commuters from the Matanuska and Susitna valleys to ride the rails to work in Anchorage.

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

More teens arrested in burglary ring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Seven more teen-agers were arrested this week and accused of participating in a burglary ring that operated in Anchorage over the last three months.

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.

Fairbanks launches drunk driving patrols
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Police Department will use a $49,500 grant from the state Highway Safety Office and money from the city to provide $55,000 for overtime patrols starting Friday.

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

Nurse's license revoked seven years after homicide plea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Nursing this week revoked Ronald Steven Medley's licenses to practice as a registered nurse and advanced nurse practitioner.

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.

Air Guard, Civil Air Patrol search for missing plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search was underway Thursday for an overdue cargo plane with two people aboard, the Alaska Air National Guard said.

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.

Palmer police issue warrant for drug suspect
WASILLA (AP) -- A $50,000 arrest warrant was issued for a man accused of delivering drugs to a 13-year-old student at Palmer Junior Middle School.

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.

Kodiak borough officials ponder appeal of judgment
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is waiting for the opinions of their attorneys before deciding whether to appeal a $1.35 million verdict, plus legal fees, against the borough in a civil negligence suit decided last week.

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.

DOT official named director of construction in central region
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has named a longtime employee of the state Department of Transportation to a top construction job.

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.

Supreme Court rules on teen drinking law
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled it is unconstitutional to revoke the drivers licenses of minors cited for drinking alcohol unless the state follows the due process required in criminal prosecutions.

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.

Salmon ad has fishing industry rolling with laughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Imagine Jackie Chan vs. the grizzly bear, facing off on a gravel bar. They punch, they twirl and kick, they scream bloody murder, fighting over a fresh red salmon.

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.

Coast Guard offers safety checks for crab fleet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard is offering safety checks for the crab fishing fleet before the start of fishing Jan. 15.

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.

Seven arrested on cocaine charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal investigation has led to the arrest of seven Anchorage men on charges related to cocaine distribution.

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.

Youth workers plan lake revegetation
KENAI (AP) -- Two youth organizations will give Mother Nature some help next year restoring vegetation around a gravel pit turned into an 8-acre lake.

Part of state building opens
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska State Employees Federal Credit Union reopened its branch Wednesday in the state-owned Court Plaza Building, sealed since a fuel spill early Sunday.

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.

Phillips approves $2.5 billion capital budget
Phillips Petroleum Co. has approved $2.5 billion for capital projects in 2001, up from $2 billion this year, excluding the $6.7 billion spent to purchase Arco's Alaska assets.

Little kids make big market
DENVER -- The flat snow-sports retail business is getting a boost from parents spending record amounts of money on gear and clothing for their children.

Around the Peninsula
DAV plans meeting 911 board meets today Kenai Visitors Center closing for holidays Next class of recruits soughtHospice volunteers to sing message of cheerRefuge open for holiday tree cuttingChugach areas open to snowmachinesFamily History Library closes for holidays

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.

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.

Art Briefs
New Year's Eve events wanted Writers Night entries sought

The real deal
While another tie, sweater or toilet seat light would be a nice gift to give this year, maybe the receiver would be especially thankful for a one-of-a-kind locally made present that can be found in various area stores.

Music from the north
FAIRBANKS -- 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.

Determination, scholarship put teen single mother back on road to success
Sometimes bad choices can lead to happy endings.

Two dead in fuel plane crash
Two central peninsula men are presumed dead after an Everts Air Fuel plane crashed north of Tuxedni Bay on the west side of Cook Inlet Wednesday.

Fish and Game releases uncertain sockeye forecast
Two conflicting data sets have cast a fog of uncertainty over the sockeye salmon forecast for next year.

Hanukkah candles get lit tonight
As the dark closes in this evening, families around the world will light special candles and begin observing Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights.

Photo Feauture:Taking advantage of conditions
Youngsters take turns cascading down a sledding hill on the playground at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Jose Bravo
Services for Kenai resident Jose G. Bravo will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Amador (Don) Brazington
Former Sterling resident Amador "Don" O. Brazington died of leukemia on Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 67.

Small oil fields making big difference in state's overall economic health
What others say

Letters to the Editor
Supreme Court made mockery of American democracy

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

Applause
Many contribute to success of school's Christmas Fun Fest

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Football starts bowling
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Jeff Kelly's 29-yard touchdown pass to freshman Kenny Johnson with eight seconds left lifted Southern Mississippi to a 28-21 victory over No. 13 Texas Christian in the Mobile Alabama Bowl on Wednesday night.

Soldotna captures Grace title
The Soldotna boys basketball team held off Grace Christian 63-53 Wednesday night to win the Grace Christian Basketball Classic 2000 in Anchorage.

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.

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.

Belfour shelled by Devils
Patrik Elias had a goal and three assists in the opening 10:29 as the New Jersey Devils drove Ed Belfour to the bench and defeated Dallas 4-1 on Wednesday night in their first meeting since beating the Stars to win the Stanley Cup.

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.

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.

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