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Dialing (809) is enough to raise some eyebrows

Messages all over the country are being left on answering machines, voicemails, and pagers to return a call to a phone number with the area code suffix (809). These messages may offer information about a family member who has been ill, or that someone has been arrested, died, or to let someone know they have won a contest. When people call these numbers they are not aware that they will be charged $2,425.00 per minute. Normally after the call is placed a long recorded message will be played to keep the caller on the phone as long as possible. The (809) area code is located in the Bahamas and this area code is used as a “pay-per-call” telephone number, similar to (900) numbers in the U.S. Since the (809) is not in the U.S., it is not covered by U.S. regulations that (900) numbers are, which require that a caller be notified and warned of charges and rates involved when a call is placed. So to avoid getting yourself in a financial mess and having to deal with legal dilemmas don't call (809) numbers and be weary of calling any numbers with area code 242, 246, 264, 268, 284, 345, 441, 473, 664, 758, 767, 784, 787, 868, 869, and 876.

 

Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung brings her bow to Anchorage

The Anchorage Concert Association presents violinist Kyung-Wha Chung accompanied by pianist, Itamar Golan. They are scheduled to perform at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center of the Performing Arts (PAC) on Mar. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Chung will direct the Atwood stage with her violin in a program featuring Bach, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. A truly gifted virtuoso Chung is considered as one of the best violinists of the late twentieth century. Golan leads a distinguished career as a chamber musician, appearing with outstanding soloists, such as Chung as well as many other ensembles worldwide. Tickets are available at http://www.anchorageconcerts.org, by calling 263-ARTS or 1-800-GRT-SEAT, at all Carrs Tix outlets, and the box office at the PAC. Ticket prices range from $16 to $28, discounts are available for military, seniors, and students. Group discounts for 10 or more people are available by calling 272-1471.

 

Local athlete will help carry flame in the 2001 Final Leg Torch Run

Local Special Olympics athlete, Mike Mulcahy will be one of 90 runners from around the world who will ensure the arrival of the "Flame of Hope' to the 2001 Special Olympics World Winder Games. The International law enforcement Touch Run Final leg is held prior to each Special Olympics World Games. On Feb. 17 in Athens Greece the "Flame of Hope" was lit in the ancient Olympic tradition at the sacred site of Pnyx. the journey of the "Flame of Hope" then began by a torch relay of Special Olympic athletes and law enforcement officers to the United States Embassy in Athens. The flame then traveled by air to Anchorage, Alaska via the North Pole. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the largest fun raising and public awareness tool worldwide. Each year officers carry the "Flame of Hope" through the streets of their hometowns and countries and deliver to their local, state, or national Special Olympics Games. This is the first year that Special Olympic athletes will join officers in the Final Leg Torch Run.

 

ANWR resolution passes the Alaska House of Representatives

The Alaska House of Representatives made clear their stance during a national discussion on energy policy, passing House Joint Resolution 7 (HJR 7) calling for oil exploration and development in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). HJR 7 calls on the U.S. congress to remove final barriers to development of what is considered the nation's best prospect for significant new petroleum discoveries. ANWR was created in 1980 and the coastal plain was set aside for study as a source of oil. Former President Bill Clinton vetoed congressional approval of exploration of ANWR in 1995, and his veto threat has effectively kept the region locked up for years. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates it could hold up to 16 billion barrels of oil, replacing 30 years worth in imported Saudi Arabian oil. HJR 7 passed the House 34 to 1 with five members excused or absent. Notice of reconsideration of HJR 7 was also granted.

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Award opportunity for excellence in student journalism

The Nation Institute's I.F. Stone Award recognizes excellence in student journalism. Entries should exhibit the uniquely independent journalistic tradition of I.F. Stone. Stone combined progressive politics, investigative zeal and a compulsion to tell the truth with a commitment to human rights and the exposure of injustice. The contest is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in college. Articles may be submitted by writers or nominated by editors of student publications or faculty members. The article can not be a part of a students regular course work. Investigative articles are encouraged and must be written between August 1, 2000 and June 15, 2001. Three separate entries are allowed but series or related articles will be considered one entry. Please send two copies of each entry, a query letter briefly explaining the article and a personal biography. The article that, in the judges opinion, represents the most outstanding example of the tradition of I.F. Stone may be published in a fall issue of “The Nation”, at the discretion of the editor and reserves the right to edit to conform to space limitations. The winner will receive a cash reward of $1000. All entries must be postmarked by June 15.

 

UAA teams with the Municipality of Anchorage to manage Mayor's marathon

The University of Alaska Anchorage teams with the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) to manage the 2001 Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon. Phillips Petroleum Company has agreed to sponsor the marathon this year also providing extra funds. The 28th annual Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon is scheduled for June 23 in Anchorage. Along with the marathon, a half marathon, a five-miler race, and the 1.6-mile youth runaround are coinciding with the event. More than 3,500 runners participated in 2000 and an equal or larger turn out is hoped for 2001. The agreement between the two public entities calls for UAA to manage the event, including administration, event management, volunteer coordination, corporate sponsorships, marketing, public relations and application processing. Michael Friess, UAA head cross-country running coach, will serve as Race Director for the marathon. The MOA will continue to offer traditional support for the technical aspects of the race to include permitting, traffic control plans, timing, equipment support, and transportation facilitation. For more information or to register as a runner visit the UAA Athletics web-site at http://www.GoSeawolves.com for by accessing the Municipality site at http://www.muni.org/parks/mayor.cfm

 

Kelly bill aimed to increase teacher pool

Sen. Pete Kelly introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow school districts more flexibility in dealing with the statewide teacher shortage. Kelly's bill, Senate Bill 86, would allow people with a bachelor's degree and five years work experience to teach in the subject matter of their degree. Senate Bill 86 aims to expand the options for placement to include those that are experts in a particular area and are hired specifically to teach in that area expertise. Provisions in the bill require subject matter teachers to adhere to the same security requirements as certified teachers. Subject matter teachers are allowed in secondary education only. Kelly's bill was referred first to the Senate Health, Education, and Social Services Committee.