Wednesday, August 9, 2000

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.

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.

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

New company to run Alaska's big arenas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new company will be managing Alaska's big arenas.

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.

ACS posts second-quarter loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. has reported a second-quarter loss.

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.

Valdez methamphetamine lab shut down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Valdez methamphetamine lab was shut down Thursday, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Geese headed south
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Canada geese have begun the flight south from their summer nesting grounds in Western Alaska, with several hundred of the birds touching down in Fairbanks in the past week.

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.

Organic backers resist labeling for fish
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A leading natural foods supermarket chain and a trade group have come out against certifying wild fish, including Alaska salmon, as ''organic.

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.

Knowles calls for end to interception of Western Alaska chum salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles upped the ante Wednesday in an already bitter fishing dispute by calling for an end to the interception of Western Alaska chum salmon by Alaska Peninsula fishermen.

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.

Small quake shakes Palmer area
PALMER (AP) -- A minor earthquake shook the Palmer area Tuesday morning, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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.

Quarter century later, case grinds on
SEATTLE (AP) -- A civil rights lawsuit filed by minority workers in Alaska salmon canneries back in 1974 has returned to court for yet another appeal.

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.

Fairbanks man killed in RV rollover in Thompson Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old Fairbanks man died early Tuesday after an RV went off the road in Thompson Pass and overturned, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Public health nurse to visit south peninsulaSoldotna City Council to meet tonightAmerican Red Cross offers classesSeaLife Center to close early on FridaySoldotna Historical Society to hold board meetingKachemak Heritage Land Trust to hold tours

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
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

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.

Photo feature: Show time
Virginia Shook's dog Baby watches the action Tuesday morning as she waits for her chance in the limelight during the Kenai Senior Center's Pet Parade. About a dozen dogs and one unhappy cat showed up for the opportunity to show off.

K-Beach project expected to be completed by September; Redoubt-Forest later
Motorists who have endured traffic delays and detours all summer can rejoice, as the light is at the end of the road.

Upgrades, repairs to schools lagging
This summer has been no vacation for Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance workers working on school repairs.

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.

Kenai Plaza growing
Kenai will have a new outlet for use

Kenai Natives begin logging
Beetles have infested enough of the trees on land Kenai Natives Association Inc. owns near Robinson Loop that managers think all of the spruce will die within five years.

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.

Fair exhibit to simulate real earthquake
Have you ever wanted to feel an earthquake without actually being in one? Wile E. Coyote, on the "Roadrunner" cartoon, ate a bottle of Earthquake Pills to get that effect, but there is an easier and safer way. You can visit the Earthquake Cottage, at the Alaska State Fair in Ninilchik Aug. 18 and 19.

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

Tournaments set to give golfers a season-ending evaluation
What a time for golfing! I think we are having some terrific days for golfing and getting ready for the upcoming tournaments that will test our skills and see how we have improved over the season.

Justice is delivered
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams and David Justice homered on the first two pitches from Jason Isringhausen in the bottom of the ninth, giving the New York Yankees a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Post 20 JV stopped by Service
The Post 20 Twins Junior Varsity came up one game short of winning the Alaska State American Legion Tournament at Kosinski Fields in Anchorage Tuesday.

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.

Sports Briefs
Visser returns to CBS Snyder declined comment.Dolls cause bomb scare at Skins training camp

Peninsula's 11-1 victory makes it one of six teams left standing in Wichita tourney
The Peninsula Oilers dominated the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos Tuesday in an elimination game at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., notching an 11-1 victory that was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

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?

Sports Briefs
Twins Junior Varsity moves to title game

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