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Thursday, August 17, 2000

Schaible donates $1.1 million to University of Alaska Museum expansion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former state attorney general Grace Berg Schaible finally fessed up: She is the secret benefactress of a generous fund created over a decade ago that today is helping the University of Alaska Museum expansion on the Fairbanks campus.

Knowles to start marketing Alaska natural gas for domestic use
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is inviting governors from the midwestern states to meet with him in Columbus, Ohio, next month for discussions about the possibility of bringing Alaska natural gas to the region.

Coast Guard seizes Chinese fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard seized a Chinese fishing vessel after it was spotted illegally fishing in U.S. waters, federal officials said.

Labor leader leaves smiling after convention holdout
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mano Frey left the Democratic National Convention smiling Thursday, confident he had planted in Al Gore's campaign the notion of responsible development on Alaska's federal lands.

FAA gives OK for 360-foot antenna tower
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration in Washington has reversed a decision on building a 360-foot antenna tower at Point MacKenzie.

Shaggy mane explosion reported around Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- There is fungus among us.

Platform passes without ANWR protest, but fight not over
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alaska delegates didn't carry through on their threat Tuesday to vote against the Democratic platform to protest a plank against development in the Arctic National Refuge and the Tongass National Forest.

Hunting season open around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Here is a partial listing of the hunting seasons opening around Alaska, listed chronologically:

Alaska's Gore chairman faces tough sledding
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As tall orders go, Willie Anderson faces a doozy -- getting Alaskans to vote for Al Gore for president.

Pike's spread makes biologists change trout, salmon management
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- From a distance, Andy Hawk thought the long, lean fish someone had tossed on the bank of Campbell Creek was a Dolly Varden char. After all, a Dolly was what an angler would expect to find in the cold, clear waters draining out of the Chugach Mountains into the heart of Anchorage

Schaible donates $1.1 million to University of Alaska Museum expansion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former state attorney general Grace Berg Schaible is donating $1.1 million for the University of Alaska Museum expansion on the Fairbanks campus.

Once-certain Native vote could be in play
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For decades, the rural Alaska Native vote has gone to Democratic presidential candidates.

Tanana Valley rivers overflow, flooding some homes
SALCHA (AP) -- Rain-swollen Tanana Valley rivers overflowed this week, flooding low-lying homes in their way.

Deaths from work injuries down last year, to 6,023
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There were 6,023 Americans who died from injuries at work last year, 32 fewer than in 1998 despite an increase in employment, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Power outages blamed on blustery, stormy weather
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- What utility officials say was one of the worst power outages here in 20 years came with two sequels.

Alaska military bases renew milk contract with Matanuska Dairy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Matanuska Maid dairy has won a contract to supply Alaska's major military bases with milk, the state-owned dairy said.

Windy, stormy weather blamed for power outages
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Windy, stormy weather is being blamed for three power outages in as many days, including one Tuesday that left 15,000 customers without electricity, said a spokeswoman for Municipal Light & Power.

Crab fisheries closed; low stocks blamed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game says the St. Matthew Island blue king crab fishery and the Pribilof Islands red and blue king crab fisheries will be closed again this year because of low crab populations found in this summer's Bering Sea research survey.

Administrative Commissioner Bob Poe stepping down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Administration Commissioner Bob Poe is stepping down to take a job as head of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

Report urges that Alaskans bridge urban-rural divide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new Urban-Rural Unity Study says voters must elect legislators who think as statesmen and not just as representatives of their particular districts.

Weather Service issues fire warnings for Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island are facing a wildfire alert as unusually windy and dry conditions persist well into August, which is supposed to be the rainy season for much of Alaska.

Truck driver dies in accident at Alyeska Marine Terminal
VALDEZ (AP) -- A Valdez man died Wednesday night when the dump truck he was driving rolled over an embankment at the Alyeska Marine Terminal.

Alaska Pacific's stock soars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Juneau-based Alaska Pacific Bancshare Inc.'s stock climbed 21 percent this past week, closing Tuesday at an all-time high of $12.25 a share.

Kenai Peninsula lawmakers call for public aid after poor red runs
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula say many families who rely on Cook Inlet red salmon for a living won't be able to pay their bills this winter without some sort of public assistance.

Company and owner arraigned on manslaughter charges in employee's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Washington engineering company and its owner were arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court on manslaughter charges in the death of an employee killed in an avalanche near Cordova.

Holdout delegate gets meeting with Gore adviser
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An Alaska labor leader's threat to withhold his vote for Al Gore paid off Wednesday when he was granted a meeting with a top Gore aid to discuss natural resource development on the state's vast expanses of federal land.

Cook Inlet areawide sale attracts little attention
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state held its latest Cook Inlet areawide lease on Wednesday, and no one went away a loser.

Court-martial gets underway for Wainwright soldier
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The court-martial has begun for a Fort Wainwright soldier accused of beating his 4-year-old stepson to death.

Man's body found near motorcycle in Chignik Lake area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a 26-year-old man was found Wednesday lying near a motorcycle on a gravel road between Chignik Lake and a fish weir, Alaska State Troopers said.

Southeast fisherman concerned about possible hatchery reductions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fishermen in Southeast Alaska are concerned the state will reduce hatchery production in an effort to boost wild chum stocks in western Alaska.

Eight people missing in Interior backcountry found safe
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eight people reported missing during bad weather in Interior Alaska backcountry have been found -- all with happy endings, rescuers said Wednesday.

NTSB blames crash on unprepared pilot
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first of three helicopters crashed on Herbert Glacier last September because the pilot was unprepared to fly in poor weather, according to a final report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Ranger gains up-close and personal insights into black bear behavior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With the black bear circling just a few feet away, Carlin Kaufman thought about what it must feel like to be a moose or caribou.

Alaska natural gas to be marketed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is inviting governors from the midwestern states to meet with him in Columbus, Ohio, next month for discussions about the possibility of bringing Alaska natural gas to the region.

Business Briefs
Chamber meeting canceledTwo seminars plannedOnline training helps start businessesGCI reports second quarter financial resultsNew vice president announced by PhillipsNo-cost land-use permit offered

Juneau bank's stock soars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Juneau-based Alaska Pacific Bancshare Inc.'s stock climbed 21 percent this past week, closing Tuesday at an all-time high of $12.25 a share.

That old irrational exuberance
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market continues to bounce around every day, rising or falling or drifting sideways as it has always done since opening day 208 years ago on a sidewalk here.

AVTEC hosts career, technical ed symposium
The future role of vocational-technical education in Alaska was the topic of an open forum at the 21st Century Career & Technical Education Symposium at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward.

Union threatens to leave talks
WASHINGTON -- One of two unions on strike against Verizon Communications said it will quit negotiations at midnight Thursday if there is no agreement to replace a contract that expired Aug. 6.

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
Habitat for Humanity to host work daysVisitors center presents Dena'ina Heritage DayBurn permit suspension lifted for small pilesFish and Game offers hunter education classKenai Peninsula United Way offers cruise Mental Health Trust plans land auction

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber hosts District E candidates forumChallenger center offers teacher training classesAlliance to hold chapter meeting on ThursdayKenai Watershed Forum plans nature walkDisabled American Veterans to hold meetingChristian women's club plans 'School Daze Luncheon'Senators' mobile office to visit peninsulaSchool district to hold in-service meeting

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.

Brad Brown, Republican
Biographical information

Editors Note
Editor's Note: All six candidates for the Senate District E seat were invited to submit biographical informatio

Jerry Ward,Republican
Biographical information

Mike Chenault, Republican
Mike Chenault feels his business background will serve him well if he is elected to represent House District 9, which encompasses Nikiski, Kenai and much of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

William Bartee, Green Party
Candidate for Senate District E

James R. Price, Republican Moderate
Breaking the grip of special interests is the goal of District 9 Republican Moderate candidate James Price of Nikiski.

Hal Smalley, Democrat
Even though he has been a public servant for 13 years, Democratic Rep. Hal Smalley is ready and willing to serve at least two more years.

Melvin: More needs to be done for state's kids
Although Kurt L. Melvin does not have his campaign signs up yet, he said he believes listening to the views and opinions of community members is just as important to his campaign.

Ward: Promoting smaller government
Incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, said he is running for re-election because voters need a senator who understands that legislators work for the people.

Linda Kay Reynolds, Republican
Linda Kay Reynolds is running for House District 9 because she could not find anyone else she could trust to do the job.

Brown: Ready for more public service
Bradley D. "Brad" Brown said he was not done with public service when he retired from the Alaska State Troopers.

Hal Smalley, Democrat
Even though he has been a public servant for 13 years, Democratic Rep. Hal Smalley is ready and willing to serve at least two more years.

Mike Szymanski, Democrat
Anchorage Democrat Mike Szymanski said he would like to offer District E voters something better than the partisan bickering that has stymied the Legislature.

Bartee: Candidacy lets him promote Green Party issues
Although William Bartee is in the District E Senate race, he said he is not running to win.

New candidates mix with returnees on municipal ballots
Kenai Peninsula residents will have some new representation in the borough government this fall.

Soldotna chamber audience quizzes hopefuls for District 9
Candidates vying for the Alaska House seat representing Kenai and Nikiski faced questions from down the road a piece as they participated in a forum presented by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

Full field of candidates for District E voters
There is no lack of candidates to represent Kenai, Nikiski and South Anchorage in the Senate.

Diversity of District 9 seen in its candidates
Alaska House District 9 teems with diversity, yet is a microcosm of the state as a whole. To successfully represent the 14,954 residents of Nikiski, Kenai and portions of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Juneau, a legislator must understand that.

Pike's spread makes biologists change trout, salmon management
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- From a distance, Andy Hawk thought the long, lean fish someone had tossed on the bank of Campbell Creek was a Dolly Varden char. After all, a Dolly was what an angler would expect to find in the cold, clear waters draining out of the Chugach Mountains into the heart of Anchorage.

Hunting season open around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Here is a partial listing of the hunting seasons opening around Alaska, listed chronologically:

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage Events Films

Biographer sums up the life of a writer still living
NEW YORK -- This fall, something highly unusual will happen in the world of literature.

A slice of cheese
MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael J. Nelson is a bad-movie addict. And luckily for readers, there is no 12-step program for him.

Art Brief
Photo exhibit entries sought

points standings
Point standings this year.

NASCAR tests alternatives to plate
The goal during Tuesday's special test session at Daytona International Speedway was to find a way around the restrictor plate.

Pepsi 400
Where: Michigan Speedway (Brooklyn, Mich.)

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders this year.

Nadeau becoming productive teammate
The decision by powerful Hendrick Motorsports to put unproven Jerry Nadeau in one of its cars was a major surprise.

Qualification should not be left to chance
ATLANTA Picture, if you could, the Atlanta Braves making a decision between two young prospects based on a cut of playing cards.

Schedule
2000 Nascar Schedule

Photo feature:Like watching grass grow
Carrie Lee Steiner and her daughter Kendra park themselves and their lawn chairs in the driveway of their Lawton Drive home as a sprinkler nourishes their newly-planted lawn.

Phased leasing upheld by court
An Alaska Supreme Court review of a controversial Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale has upheld the state's phased, sequential review of leasing, exploration and development.

Photo feature: Windy walk
Wind angles waves ashore on the beach in Kenai while walkers enjoy the warm weather Tuesday afternoon.

State disaster team to meet fishers Friday
Maj. Gen. Phil Oates holds a public meeting in Soldotna Friday to learn how dismal Cook Inlet sockeye salmon returns have hurt Kenai Peninsula families.

Staying on top of gas markets
Cook Inlet could be forgotten if industry opts for a pipeline to market North Slope natural gas to the Midwest, a former Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor said Tuesday.

Z.L. Taylor
Z.L. Taylor died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at the East Texas Medical Center in Pittsburg, Texas, after a long period of declining health and medical problems. He was 77.

Shura Alice Vicioso
Longtime Port Graham resident Shura Alice Vicioso died on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. She was 60.

Danny Neal Hansen
Kasilof resident Danny Neal Hansen died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near Cooper Landing. He was 45.

Meghan McCord
Kenai resident Meghan McCord died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital, the same hospital she was born in. She was 25.

Shaggy mane explosion reported around Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- There is fungus among us.

Kinder, gentler Hall still fastest at trials
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's a kinder, gentler Gary Hall Jr. who will challenge Alexander Popov at the Sydney Olympics.

Mets conquer Rockies in double dip
NEW YORK -- Todd Helton went 4-for-8 with three doubles and a homer to inch closer to .400, but Todd Zeile's tiebreaking homer in eighth inning helped the New York Mets sweep a doubleheader from the Colorado Rockies, 7-5 and 4-3 Tuesday night.

U.S. soccer downs Barbados
FOXBORO, Mass. -- A 7-0 game isn't unknown for the U.S. soccer team -- but usually it was a loss.

Cleveland routs Orlando to advance in WNBA playoffs
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Rockers picked a great time to play their best game.

Denver linebacker calls SI article a lie
DENVER -- Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski responded angrily Wednesday to a Sports Illustrated article, calling allegations that he made racist remarks ''an absolute lie.''

Packers struggling to stay on the field
Usually by mid-August, NFL teams can't wait to get the regular season started. The Green Bay Packers wouldn't mind if time stood still for a while.

Els' good finishes enough to beat everyone -- except Woods
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ernie Els knows better than anyone what it's like to finish second behind Tigers Woods. Twice in the last two majors by 23 strokes. Five times in Woods' last nine victories.

Boys' participation in Softball World Series draws complaints from parents, organizers
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Little League Softball World Series is in an uproar this year because boys who joined a girls team are playing in what has traditionally been an all-girls event.

Ranger gains up-close and personal insights into black bear behavior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With the black bear circling just a few feet away, Carlin Kaufman thought about what it must feel like to be a moose or caribou.

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