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Posted: Monday, February 14, 2000

Tuition at UA expected to increase

ANCHORAGE - Tuition at the University of Alaska will rise 3.2 percent beginning in the summer of 2001, if the Board of Regents take no action against the increase, officials say. The university's administration recommended the increase.

Tuition for this summer increased $2 to $3 per credit hour for undergraduates and $5 per credit hour for graduate students. Tuition increased $5 per credit hour for nonresidents.

If the Board of Regents take no action, tuition rates for next year will increase again by about $2 per credit hour. The increases in tuition add about $1.2 million per year to university coffers.

The Coalition of Student Leaders is opposed to the tuition increase. It will have representatives at the board's meeting this week in Juneau to speak out against the increase.

Candidates line up for House seat

KENAI - Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Pete Sprague says he will challenge Soldotna Mayor Ken Lancaster for the legislative seat held by Rep. Gary Davis, a Soldotna Republican.

Davis said last month that he will not seek a fifth term.

Sprague was elected to a three-year term on the borough assembly in 1998. Prior to that, he served one year on the Soldotna City Council. ``I just saw it as another opportunity to serve the community,'' said Sprague, a retired postal worker.

Sprague said, if elected, he would focus on the state's fiscal and educational futures. Sprague, who is running as a Democrat, said he is unconcerned about competition.

In January, Lancaster announced he would run for Davis's District 8 seat on the Republican ticket. Lancaster said he was not surprised to see competition for the seat come forward and, in fact, expects more people to file.

``The best person'll win,'' Lancaster said. ``I look forward to the debate.''

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