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Wednesday, December 27, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Railroad says it should have been informed of house crossing tracks
A driver moving a house that was struck by an unscheduled train Saturday night never told the railroad he would be moving it across the tracks, a railroad spokesman says.

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.

Businessman makes his life and business in an old-fashioned manner
BILLINGS (AP) -- Skip Meier is part Jeremiah Johnson, a little Henry David Thoreau and a pinch of Andy Griffith. He hunts and fishes, treasures his solitude and has a down-home charm that makes strangers feel like friends.

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.

TAPS employees say workplace improved, but more action needed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers feel better about their job environment and the effectiveness of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s employee concern programs, but more action is needed, a federal agency says.

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.

Snow removal rattles skiers, mushers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nordic skiers who hit the Chester Creek Trail through the heart of the city got a ski-stalling surprise recently.

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.

Minnesota company's new product keeps anglers out of the dark
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) -- The series of blips that lit up the depth finder screen meant a group of crappies were swimming below the hole.

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.

Photographing the aurora takes practice, patience and warm clothes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Contrary to what most photographers say, you need more than a 35 mm camera mounted on a tripod and equipped with a wide-angle lens and cable release to take time exposures to capture the aurora borealis on film.

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.

Public comment period begins for proposed land swap
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comment on a proposed land swap that involves trading about 220 acres off the Eaglecrest Ski Area Road near here for approximately 100 acres on Admiralty Island.

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

Sealaska Corp. facing tough financial year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It has been a difficult year for Juneau-based Sealaska Corp. The regional Native corporation is expected to report significant losses for the first time in 17 years of operations.

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.

Man impaled while running snowmachine near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 22-year-old snowmachiner spent most of his Christmas weekend at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in serious but stable condition.

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.

Searchers look for Bethel man missing on snow machine trip
BETHEL (AP) -- A man who was traveling to Bethel by snow machine last week is missing.

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.

Three injured in moose-car accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were hurt on Tuesday when a car struck a moose near Mile 48 of the Parks Highway.

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.

Interest rates on student loans declines
JUNEAU -- A strong economy and changes in how Alaska student loans are administered is enabling the state to reduce the interest rate on future and some past student loans.

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.

Neighbors pitch in to help man who lost home, 18 dogs in fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Richard Hall's Goldstream neighbors were annoyed by the noise and smell of his large dog yard, but when he lost 18 dogs and his cabin in a fire they reached out.

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.

Privacy violation reignites Fairbanks man's interest in community
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- John Shackley admits the Fairbanks police officer had good reason to pull him over last July. He was driving with expired tags and he didn't have his driver's license on him.

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

Frustrated worshippers hold church service in parking lot
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Parishioners of the Korean Presbyterian Church, dressed in their best overcoats, held their Christmas eve services in subzero weather in the church parking lot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
North Peninsula chamber meeting canceledPhillips offers high school scholarshipsFirewood area open Chugach areas open to snowmachines

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

Council sidesteps dispute in Eadie's liquor license case
The Kenai City Council wants to stay out of an estate dispute in the case of Eadie's Frontier Liquor license transfer but was forced to skirt around the edges of it at its Dec. 20 meeting.

Kenai agrees to help ice rink
The Kenai City Council has agreed to subsidize a portion of the ice maintenance at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility, after an appeal by the ice rink operators.

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.

E-mail virus attacks peninsula computers
The director of an area nonprofit agency got a shock when she opened the attachment to an e-mail from a similar agency in California.

Retailers report strong season
While many retailers nationwide say holiday sales fell short of expectations, the story is different on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Family deals with first ordeal, faces second
Last year, the Cutting family of Soldotna had a good reason to celebrate during the holiday season.

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.

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.

Decorating contest results announced
Results are in for this year's Christmas decorating contests in Kenai and Soldotna.

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.

Eileen F. McKenzie
Soldotna resident Eileen F. McKenzie died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. She was 75.

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.

GOP not living up to thrify image
Republicans have made some political hay in recent years by accusing Democrats of being the tax-and-spend party.

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

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.

Applause
On behalf of the KCHS Basketball Booster Club, I would like to extend a thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their continual support, sponsorship and participation in this year's Holiday Hoops Alumni Classic:

Cold War may be over, but Alaska still remains strategic defense post
Throughout much of the Cold War, the Soviet Union frequently sent its bombers winging toward Alaska, occasionally crossing into Alaska airspace.

Price of admission to political office reaches record figures
The price of admission to the House increasingly exceeds $1 million -- with the number of candidates raising seven figures in 2000 almost doubling from the last time Americans picked a president.

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

Letters to the Editor
Green Party hurt ANWR protection by working to defeat Al Gore

Minnesota company's new product keeps anglers out of the dark
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) -- The series of blips that lit up the depth finder screen meant a group of crappies were swimming below the hole.

Businessman makes his life and business in an old-fashioned manner
BILLINGS (AP) -- Skip Meier is part Jeremiah Johnson, a little Henry David Thoreau and a pinch of Andy Griffith. He hunts and fishes, treasures his solitude and has a down-home charm that makes strangers feel like friends.

Photographing the aurora takes practice, patience and warm clothes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Contrary to what most photographers say, you need more than a 35 mm camera mounted on a tripod and equipped with a wide-angle lens and cable release to take time exposures to capture the aurora borealis on film.

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.

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

Snow removal rattles skiers, mushers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nordic skiers who hit the Chester Creek Trail through the heart of the city got a ski-stalling surprise recently.

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.

Pet of the Week: Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring this 5-month-old female great Pyrenees mix for $88.20 with license, vaccinations and spay surgery included.

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

Community News
New address helpful for young men

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Homer KenaiNikiskiNinilchik SewardSoldotnaSterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward SoldotnaSterling

Sabres dull vs. Pens
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jan Hrdina had a goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Buffalo Sabres.

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.

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.

Let the comeback begin -- Super Mario returns
The comeback the NHL never dared to dream for begins Wednesday night, and not even the man making it knows exactly what to expect.

Gilliam suffers apparent heart attack on Christmas Day
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Joe Gilliam Jr., who was one of the first black quarterbacks to start an NFL game but fell into drug addiction and spent two years living under a bridge in a cardboard box, has died at 49.

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