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Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Greenpeace activists board barge with BP drilling equipment on board
BARROW, Alaska (AP) -- Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace boarded a barge containing oil drilling equipment early Monday as it was en route to BP Amoco's Northstar project in the Arctic Ocean.

Lake and Pen Borough seeks fishery disaster status
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The Lake and Peninsula Borough wants the Knowles administration to include Kvichak River villages in this summer's fishery disaster after low sockeye returns.

Gov. Knowles unveils jobs program
NENANA (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles unveiled a jobs program Saturday designed to employ youths in areas hit hard by the western Alaska fisheries disaster.

State health officials warn of vaccine shortage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State health officials are warning of the likelihood of a flu vaccine shortage this winter and are urging that shots be given only to those at high risk of complications from the flu.

Low enrollment threatens Haines-area school
HAINES (AP) -- Unless two more students enroll before Labor Day, Mosquito Lake School will fall below the state's minimum school size and could close its doors for good.

Foster mother enters no-contest plea in fatal beating of child
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sentencing has been set for November in the case of a former foster mother who pleaded no contest to manslaughter in killing one of her emotionally disabled children.

University program promotes wellness
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new program sponsored by the University of Alaska and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium seeks to save lives by promoting wellness rather than treating illness.

Low enrollment threatens Haines-area school
HAINES (AP) -- Unless two more students enroll before Labor Day, Mosquito Lake School will fall below the state's minimum school size and could close its doors for good.

North Pole could see third refinery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- North Pole may get a third refinery. Arctic Energy is proposing construction of an oil refinery adjacent to the Williams Alaska Petroleum refinery.

Senate hearing to cover Glacier Bay fishing issues
JUNEAU (AP) -- Restrictions on commercial fishing in Glacier Bay National Park, a related compensation program and a mineral deposit under a glacier will be the subjects of a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in Juneau this week.

Snowmachining groups file lawsuit to open Denali
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two snowmachining groups have filed a federal lawsuit aimed at opening 2 million acres of Denali National Park and Preserve to riders.

Juneau Empire publisher leaving
JUNEAU (AP) -- John Winters, the publisher of the Juneau Empire, has been named general manager of the Grand Island (Neb.) Independent.

Program drives more demand for dentists
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some Alaska kids who can now afford dental checkups thanks to a new state program are having trouble finding a dentist because many dentists don't accept Medicaid.

Greenpeace activists taken off BP barge
BARROW, Alaska (AP) -- Law enforcement officers boarded a barge carrying equipment for BP's Northstar oil field Tuesday afternoon and took several Greenpeace activists into custody, according to the environmental group and the North Slope Borough Police Department.

Southeast groups get funds for repatriation of artifacts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Southeast Native groups have received a total of $88,000 from the National Park Service for repatriation of artifacts currently held by museums.

Juneau to hold advisory vote on road out
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau voters get a chance this fall to say whether they want a road out of town or better ferry service.

Sorel bankruptcy sends shivers through Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If you're thinking about buying a new pair of Sorels you'd better step on it.

Young looking to chair another committee; perhaps get cabinet seat
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young says his chief political priority this year is to retain a major committee chairmanship if he's re-elected in November. But he isn't ruling out accepting a cabinet seat if fellow Republican George W. Bush becomes president.

Fairbanks bishop dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Fairbanks died of an apparent heart attack Sunday, minutes before he was to celebrate a confirmation mass in the western Alaska village of Emmonak.

A couple of unusual carry-ons wiggle their way to freedom
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seattle-bound airliner continued on its way from here last week after a flight attendant rounded up a couple of errant snakes that had been brought aboard the aircraft.

Up to 80,000 gallons of jet fuel leaks from pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An abandoned underground pipeline may have leaked up to 80,000 gallons of jet fuel in an Anchorage neighborhood, according to state environmental officials.

Feds fine Alaska Railroad for weed growth, citing safety hazards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal railroad safety regulators have proposed that a $20,000 fine be levied against the Alaska Railroad Corp. for allowing too much plant growth along some of its tracks.

Driver charged after hitting four vehicles on Seward Highway
MOOSE PASS (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with reckless driving and four counts of assault after he ran into four vehicles on the Seward Highway on Friday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Consortium moves on to second stage of planning
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A consortium working on a pipeline to ship natural gas from the North Slope to either Valdez or Nikiski is moving into the second stage of work on the project, now expected to cost around $7 billion.

Kodiak gets state approval to run harbor utilities
KODIAK (AP) -- State regulators have approved a request by the City of Kodiak to become a public utility operating its own electrical distribution system at the local boat harbors.

Medical examiner confirms heart attack killed Fairbanks bishop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state medical examiner has concluded that Bishop Michael Kaniecki of Fairbanks died of a heart attack.

NTSB says lack of FAA oversight contributed to helicopter crash that killed 7
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that pilot inexperience, company pressure to fly in marginal weather and inadequate oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration contributed to a fatal helicopter crash on a glacier near Juneau last year.

Birds continue to plague airport runway in Kenai
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Municipal Airport has been fighting a two-front war against birds this summer, with seagulls loitering on the runway and geese hanging out at the floatplane docks.

State to end payments for school bus safety monitors, cameras
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state will be ending its payments for school bus safety monitors and video cameras after this school year.

Cohen announces delay in missile defense recommendation to Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon's assessment of how and when to move forward w

Weather lets farmers make hay while sun shines
The sunny weather is a welcome respite for Kenai Peninsula residents, but for hay farmers it makes all the difference between success and failure.

Troopers warned accused driver about effects of painkillers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man driving under the influence of painkillers crashed into another vehicle on the Parks Highway late last month, injuring a Lower 48 couple on vacation, Alaska State Troopers said.

Accused pleads no contest in folk festival embezzlement
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former Juneau Assembly candidate accused of embezzling money from the Alaska Folk Festival pleaded no contest to charges of theft and falsifying business records.

Community Calendar
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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
Emergency order issuedSafety classes for baby-sitters availableKenai Public Health Center offers immunizationsProfessional women invited to meetingDoctors' offices relocated

Around the Peninsula
Bowhunter program plans range daysVeterans officer to visit peninsula sitesKenai chamber to host candidates forumNikiski school registration this weekNorth Peninsula chamber to host candidateHealthy Communities meeting scheduled

Cuningham Park is good find for fishers
The squishy sound of mud, the whiz and plunk of a cast line, gentle lapping of waves, snippets of casual conversation and the inevitable shout of "fish on" are familiar sounds on the Kenai Peninsula.

North Slope LNG study to continue
An industry consortium announced agreement Monday to continue its feasibility study for a project to liquefy North Slope natural gas for export to Asia.

Experts puzzle over polar bear sighting in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE -- Texas tourist Betty Wasicek thought getting a picture of a polar bear was doing pretty good on her first tour of Alaska earlier this summer.

Road power decision on hold
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly postponed action Tuesday on a proposal to seek road powers that could facilitate extension of the Kenai Spur Highway to subdivisions north of Nikiski.

Weather lets farmers make hay while sun shines
The sunny weather is a welcome respite for Kenai Peninsula residents, but for hay farmers it makes all the difference between success and failure.

Birds continue to plague airport runway in Kenai
A scene reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, "The Birds," has been taking place all summer at Kenai Municipal Airport.

Kenai Plaza growing
Kenai will have a new outlet for use

Paul R. Padilla
Longtime Kenai resident Paul R. Padilla died on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at his home in Kenai. He was 77.

August 3: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on sled dog race sponsors:
Face it, those big checks from Outside sponsors are the bane of the sled dog racing circuit.

August 6: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on an Alaska-Canada rail link:
A proposal to build a rail link between Canada and Alaska, as approved by a Senate committee last week, is not new. The idea has been around a long time -- for decades, in fact. But the plans have gone nowhere.

August 2: Juneau Empire on Kake water supply problems:
Here in Southeast, we are surrounded and deluged with water. It's all around us and it seems to fall on us all the time. It's something we just take for granted.

August 3: Anchorage Daily News on collecting delinquent student loans:
With computer glitches solved, the Alaska student loan program will now report delinquent borrowers to credit bureaus. Already, the program can garnishee wages and say ''I'll take that'' when the state cuts a Permanent Fund dividend check for a deadbeat.

Peninsula People
Homer High grad enlists in ArmyKenai student participates in language programDelegates to Boys' and Girls' Nation visit StevensStudents name Peninsula Winter Games' mascotHeus named to dean's list

Community News
Soldotna summer beautification awards announcedSPCA announcementsHomer Community Schools summer additions

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Murre chick still thrivingSalmon Derby offer$1,000 drawing for fishers Children's activity timeAlaska SeaLife Invitational

Down to last strike, Peninsula surges for 18-9 victory at World Series
A two-out, two-strike comeback in the top amateur tournament in America is something that only happens once in a lifetime, right?

Post 20 Juniors lose first game
The Post 20 Twins Junior Varsity dropped its first game 3-2 to Service in the Alaska State American Legion Tournament Sunday afternoon at Mulcahey Stadium in Anchorage.

Mariners pound on Yankees again
NEW YORK -- Carlos Guillen hit his first career grand slam, and Alex Rodriguez and Jay Buhner also homered as the Seattle Mariners beat up on the New York Yankees for the third straight game, 8-5 Monday.

Venus wins third straight title
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Venus Williams beat Monica Seles 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-3 Sunday at the Acura Classic for her third straight tournament title and 15 match victory in a row.

Sports Briefs
Twins Junior Varsity moves to title game

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