Saturday, December 30, 2000

Census: Alaska's population grew 14 percent in past decade
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's resident population has grown 14 percent in the past decade, from 550,043 to 626,932, according to Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

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

Searchers look for missing teens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers on Thursday were looking for two missing teen-agers who were traveling from Golovin to Elim, Alaska State Troopers said.

Search continues for missing plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search continued Friday morning for two men onboard an overdue airplane from Juneau.

Southeast crabs get tagged for study
Petersburg (AP) -- Hundreds of Dungeness crabs in the Petersburg-Wrangell area are wearing blue tags, courtesy of the state Department of Fish and Game.

Haines transportation project recognized for environmental quality
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Wayside and Trail has been recognized for reducing the environmental impacts of people visiting the area while blending into the scenic beauty of the area.

Delta Junction woman sentenced in arson death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction woman has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for playing a role in the arson murder of an elderly business partner last year.

State park fees up this year
Campers, sport fishers and boaters will have to dig just a little bit deeper for recreating on state parks this year.

Wreckage of missing plane believed found
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers believe they've found the wreckage of a plane missing with two Juneau men on board, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Alaska Commercial reports third quarter profits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Commercial Co., a major Bush retailer, has reported a trading profit of $2.1 million for the third quarter. That's up 2 percent from the same period a year ago.

Sitka Native corporation considers logging contract
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka's urban Native corporation is considering a contract to log its corporate lands at Kaitlian Bay.

Palmer: Shore-power project moves forward in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Electric, Light and Power and Princess Cruises are working toward installing a substation so the line's ships can plug into electrical power while docked at the capital city next season.

Oil merger, fishery troubles mark Alaska 2000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The year 2000 in Alaska was marked by a big oil merger, weak salmon returns, the crash of Alaska Airlines flight 261, a battle over the Steller sea lion and a crackdown on cruise-ship waste.

APU approves five-year tuition freeze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Students at Alaska Pacific University won't have to worry about tuition hikes disrupting their undergraduate studies.

CIRI shareholders issued one-time windfall of $50,000 each
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thousands of Native corporation shareholders were each issued a one-time windfall of $50,000 Thursday as part of a record $314 million payout.

Audit may end vehicle insurance exemptions for some rural villages
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- People in a dozen rural villages around Alaska may lose their exemptions soon from the state's mandatory vehicle insurance law.

Governor honors four for heroism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaskans were honored Thursday with the State Medal for Heroism.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Advisory board to meetBlood drive slated, supplies in demand Youth basketball game registration under way

Now Playing: Cast Away
Many people may look at the previews for Cast Away and think, "Didn't I just watch a whole season of this on CBS?" While the movie and the show may share a common setting, don't be fooled into thinking that this film is mere exploitive entertainment.

CIRI pays out record dividend
Roughly 680 Kenai Peninsula residents are beneficiaries of the largest distribution to shareholders ever made by an Alaska regional Native corporation.

New vehicle crash-data recorders pit safety concerns against privacy rights
The auto industry says crash-data recorders will help re-searchers design safer cars, but privacy advocates say they could be Big Brother under your hood.

Mayor chairs last council meeting, resigns post after 7 years
One journey ended for Soldotna Mayor Ken Lancaster Wednesday night when he turned in his resignation to the Soldotna City Council and chaired his last meeting.

n Nevada, Colorado, Arizona register biggest population gains nationwide. -- See story, page A-6
Alaska's resident population has grown 14 percent in the past decade, from 550,043 to 626,932, according to Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

Energy problems await Bush
Three days before George W. Bush is inaugurated president, OPEC oil ministers will meet in Vienna and in all likelihood slash oil production, raising crude prices worldwide.

Applause
On behalf of the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Post 10046, we'd like to say thank you to Carol Cookson, Arlene Enfield, Avis Hayes, Kris Henderson, Clarisse Kipp and Helen Wynkoop, the judges who reviewed and scored the entries in this year's Young American Creative Patriotic Arts Program.

Peninsula's weather should be counted as economic asset
It's a part of our culture: Alaskans spend a lot of time talking -- some would say whining -- about our weather.

Letters to the Editor
I'm writing this letter to get help for a young man who had his money taken.

How to keep feathered friends happy all winter
In the bleak days of winter, few things are more cheering than a flock of birds filling the skies with vibrant activity and perky song.

Our day will come
Justin Schmidt of Bethlehem, Penn., pulls a pickerel out of Promised Land Lake Tuesday, in Promised Land, Penn.

Just for the art of it
JUNEAU -- Trevor Gong takes a few snips of exotic peacock feathers and golden pheasant crest, silver tinsel and bright silk floss and goes to work on a vintage Atlantic salmon fly pattern.

New year brings promise of change on wildlife refuge
Have we just finished the first year of the new millennium or are we just entering it? I don't know, but I do know that we are entering another new year along with its opportunities and uncertainties.

State takes advantage of winter resources, sees sport thrive in face of environmental threats, restrictions
Wisconsin may have lost its milk production crown to California and its cheese production lead may be slipping, but there's still plenty of the white stuff.

Religion Briefs
SolFirst holds service for unborn Special service slatedWomen's studies to start soon

Sabbatical helps battle burnout of ministers
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Steve Thomas cherishes the decade he's spent as pastor of Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind.

NFL playoff seedings just don't mean as much as they used to
The St. Louis Rams would be frustrated spectators if not for an unlikely win by Chicago in Detroit last weekend.

Timberwolves prey on Hawks
MINNEAPOLIS -- Anthony Peeler scored 22 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat Atlanta 88-81 Thursday night to end the Hawks' season-high four-game winning streak.

West Virginia enjoys Music City
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brad Lewis threw five touchdown passes as West Virginia ended Don Nehlen's coaching career with a 49-38 victory over Mississippi on Thursday in the Music City Bowl.

NFL's greatest comeback belongs to Saints' Johnson
NEW YORK -- For Joe Johnson, the operations were outnumbering his sacks. That's no way for a defensive end to live.

Road favorites defy the seedings
The St. Louis Rams are seeded sixth and last in the NFC playoffs. The New Orleans Saints are third.

Peninsula Mic Macs in action
The Peninsula Mic Macs men's senior advanced hockey team will be in action tonight, facing off with the top-ranked senior squad from Anchorage at the Soldotna Sports Center. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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