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Tuesday, December 26, 2000

Kenai Peninsula mourns loss of pilots
KENAI (AP) -- For longtime Kenai Peninsula pilot Kearlee Wright, Jim Munson was a mechanic without peer, a skilled aviator and a good man.

Bethel opts to invest in Kusko 300 rather than forgive tax
BETHEL (AP) -- The city of Bethel is getting into the dog mushing business.

Volunteer fire department extinguishes fire outside district
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks area volunteer fire department saved an area home from destruction Sunday even though it fell outside the department's service area.

Kenai Peninsula Borough scopes out its own prison plans
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough is scoping out plans to build a medium-security private prison now that a Delta Junction prison project has stalled.

Soldotna family copes with muscular dystrophy
KENAI (AP) -- On Thanksgiving, Kathy Freestone glanced out her Soldotna kitchen window and remarked to her husband that the Lifeguard helicopter was landing at nearby Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Thomas says he's being considered for Bush administration job
JUNEAU (AP) -- Native leader Ed Thomas said he's being considered for the top job in Indian Affairs in the Bush administration.

Fairbanks man recovers stolen car, dog
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The owner of an 11-year-old boxer had some kind words for the thief after the dog -- stolen along with the man's car -- was recovered a day later.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Pres.-elect Bush:
This newspaper made no presidential endorsement.

Legislative audit critical of way AHFC handled Fairbanks housing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A legislative audit is critical of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for its efforts to demolish the old Spruce Park low-income housing units in South Fairbanks.

Peninsula Clarion on playing together in the Chugach:
It has all the makings of a typical Alaska brouhaha over natural resources -- who gets what when.

Effots to recover plane crash victim suspended until Tuesday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Efforts to recover the body of a man killed in a plane crash near Redoubt Volcano won't resume until Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Anchorage Daily News on sea lions and $1 billion fishery:
The congressional showdown over new protection measures for the endangered sea lion of western Alaska ended about as well as could be expected. Conservationists, some fishing interests and Sen. Ted Stevens all claimed a degree of satisfaction.

Study finds Alaska Natives susceptible to bacteria infection
JUNEAU (AP) -- A study on a harmful bacteria common in Alaska Natives has produced some alarming preliminary findings, according to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on return of the Russian Bear:
Throughout much of the Cold War, the Soviet Union frequently sent its bombers winging toward Alaska, occasionally crossing into Alaska airspace.

Federal money aims at boosting children's fitness
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Five million dollars to boost physical education in school districts across the nation isn't much, but that's what Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, managed to squeeze into a spending bill the president signed into law Thursday.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on return of the Russian Bear:
Throughout much of the Cold War, the Soviet Union frequently sent its bombers winging toward Alaska, occasionally crossing into Alaska airspace.

Nome fire chief retires
NOME (AP) --Nome Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Doyle is retiring after 30 years with the department.

New seafood marketing course to be offered at UAA
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new course in seafood marketing will be offered next semester at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Winter games liven Barrow between holidays
BARROW (AP) -- Christmas in Barrow is pretty much the same as it is everywhere else in the United States, but a day later, and up until New Years Day, the holidays belong to the Inupiat community. This is the time of the Winter Games.

Three Alaska ferries taken out of service for maintenance
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three vessels from the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet are undergoing long term maintenance this winter.

Trooper web site searches for missing Alaskans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Michael Palmer was riding a bicycle in a subdivision near Wasilla. Jonnie Renee White was sitting in a pickup on a Kodiak beach. Magdalena Perez was being dropped off at her Anchorage apartment.

Vocational school gets state-of-the-art simulator
SEWARD (AP) -- Dennis Lodge steered the 1,000-foot oil supertanker hard to starboard but missed the berth and slammed into the dock at the Valdez oil terminal.

Two seeking to become next Unalaska mayor
UNALASKA (AP) -- Two people have filed to fill the seat vacated by Frank Kelty who resigned as mayor.

Village Native corporation buys Nashville office building
JUNEAU (AP) -- Kootznoowoo, Angoon's Native village corporation, has purchased a 40,000-square-foot office building near the airport at Nashville, Tenn.

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
Homer immunization clinic canceledBlood bank announces holiday schedule Soldotna calenders are in

Opening adoption records gains popularity
Attitudes toward adoption have changed tremendously, said Pat Greenwood, supervisor at Catholic Family Service in Amarillo, Texas.

After 20 years, reunion unites mother, daughter
On the morning of Dec. 16, Margie Warner of Soldotna stood by the arrival gate at Kenai Municipal Airport clutching a teddy bear and a bouquet of roses waiting for the most important stranger in her life: her daughter.

Anchor Point man receives purple heart
The ceremony recognizing Robert Clutts for honorable deeds came 50 years late, but it was better late than never.

Borough takes next step toward possible prison
Where there is no counsel, the people fail; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety, according to the wise man Solomon.

Committee ponders solution to bear problem in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau does not have a bear problem, the city has a garbage problem, according to initial findings of a committee researching ways to cut down on encounters between humans and black bears.

Fletcher Gilbert Machen
Soldotna resident Fletcher Gilbert Machen died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in an aircraft accident that occurred near Crescent Lake in the foothills of Mount Redoubt. He was 33.

Applause
Dale Bondurant is man of wisdom, changing those lives he's touched

Is 'miracle' economy finished?
WASHINGTON -- Whatever else is said about President Clinton's stewardship over the last eight years, one fact is indisputable: he presided over one of the most remarkable periods of prosperity in the nation's history.

What others say
To solve election woes, U.S. must modernize machines used in votingMore talk needed of nation's role in post-Cold War worldPacific Northwest's energy crisis deserves attention

Anchorage Daily News on sea lions and $1 billion fishery:
The congressional showdown over new protection measures for the endangered sea lion of western Alaska ended about as well as could be expected. Conservationists, some fishing interests and Sen. Ted Stevens all claimed a degree of satisfaction.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Pres.-elect Bush:
This newspaper made no presidential endorsement.

Peninsula Clarion on playing together in the Chugach:
It has all the makings of a typical Alaska brouhaha over natural resources -- who gets what when.

Peninsula People
Soldotna man named as fraternity officerKenai woman studies abroadMedical degree earned by Kenai residentArt award program winners announcedPhi Delta Kappa installs new members

Ask a Trooper
Question: My daughter is interested in becoming an Alaska State Trooper, but she is afraid that she needs at least some college.

Hero of the week
Dr. Barton Richards and his staff are our heroes for saving the life of our little yorkie.

Jeff and Heather Tubbs
Jeff and Heather Tubbs of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Jeffreyna Jean Tubbs, at 4:11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Community News
New address helpful for young men

Dr. Patrick and Amy Reedy Huffman
Dr. Patrick and Amy Reedy Huffman of Homer announce the birth of their son, Elias Firewolf Huffman, on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, at the Huffman home.

Family gives grandfather special gift
SEWARD -- It was all business at the Odhner household, as two young brothers perched on chairs on either side of the kitchen table, sinking colorful candies into a frosting-covered gingerbread house centered between them.

Love lost, found and lost again
WOODBURN, Ore. -- Every morning, Lula's brother lifts her into the living room chair, and she sits there for hours, a blanket draped over her withered legs.

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Titans defense trashes Dallas
Tennessee Titans defensive ends Jevon Kearse (90) and Keith Embray, right, pull down Dallas Cowboys quarterback Anthony Wright (2) for a sack in the second quarter Monday in Nashville, Tenn.

Kenai ices SoHi in Alumni Classic
The Kenai Central High School alumni team captured its first winning trophy since 1995 by beating a squad of Soldotna alumni 6-4 Saturday in the sixth annual Kenai-Soldotna Alumni Hockey Classic at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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