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Friday, August 18, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Pilot survives plane crash on Montague Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was returned to Cordova after escaping injuries in the crash of his single-engine plane on Montague Island in Prince William Sound.

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

Man gets 15 years for manslaughter in cabbie's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A judge sentenced a man to 15 years in prison for beating a Fairbanks cab driver to death last year.

Interior flooding eases
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Water levels have started to recede along rivers in the Tanana Valley, easing the worries of residents who live along them. Flood warnings on the Chena, Salcha and Tanana rivers were lifted Wednesday.

Martha Stewart bringing production team to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Martha Stewart, the maven of good living, is bringing her production team to the Yukon and southeast Alaska, where she will fish, hike and make sourdough waffles with starter that came over the Chilkoot Trail 100 years ago.

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.

Arsonist torches Fairbanks milepost
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Boredom was behind the burning of a much-photographed milepost near the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, police say.

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.

Former Anchorage lawyer named to bench in Idaho
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the lawyers who helped bring down Alaska's subsistence preference law has been named to a judgeship in Idaho.

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

Defense portrays soldier accused in stepson's death as loving father
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A soldier at Fort Wainwright charged in court-martial proceedings for the death of his 4-year-old stepson is being portrayed by defense lawyers as a loving father.

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

From Democratic warmth, delegates head North
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From the warm sunshine of California and the coziness of their party's convention, Alaska Democrats head home Friday to the cold reality of Republican-dominated politics in their home state.

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.

Grease used on jackscrew examined in crash probe settk-oa
SEATTLE (AP) -- Grease used on the jackscrew assemblies for the horizontal stabilizer on Alaska Airlines MD-80-series jets is being examined in the investigation into the crash of Flight 261.

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.

Seiner sinks near Ketchikan; six rescued
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Six crew members of a seine boat were rescued after their vessel sank in rough seas 15 miles south of Ketchikan, according to the Coast Guard.

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.

Rasmuson donates $5 million to UAF museum expansion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Anchorage banker Elmer Rasmuson has donated $5 million to help expand the University of Alaska museum in Fairbanks.

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.

Coast Guard helicopter hoists Alaska fisherman from sea off Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Alaska fisherman stranded on a lifeboat 90 miles off the Oregon Coast was hoisted to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter Thursday.

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.

Seldovia man dies in collision with moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seldovia man died early Thursday when his car struck a moose on the Sterling Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

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.

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

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

Knowles plans to attend meeting in Ohio on energy supplies
Gov. Tony Knowles said this week that he will meet with other governors in Ohio next month to discuss what he calls the nation's ''looming energy crisis.'' The meeting is seen by Knowles as a way to advance a North Slope natural gas project.

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.

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.

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.

July joblessness ties record low for month
JUNEAU (AP) -- The unemployment rate dropped sharply last month to a level that ties the record low for July, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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.

SBA offers disaster aid help in western Alaska communities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Small Business Administration will be staffing disaster aid offices in eleven western Alaska communities this month to help those affected by low salmon numbers this summer.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
Captain Cook program features whalesPeak Oilfield Service plans benefit dinnerEagles to hold Hawaiian luauSkyline hike offers majestic view of the peninsulaSchool board meeting movedBerry picking and bird watching plannedFish and Game offers hunter education classKenai Peninsula United Way offers cruise 'KCHS Little Cheerleaders' clinic set for Saturday.Burn permit suspension lifted for small piles

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.

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.

William Bartee, Green Party
Candidate for Senate District E

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.

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.

Brad Brown, Republican
Biographical information

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.

Jerry Ward,Republican
Biographical information

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.

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

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

State GOP chairman calls action of incumbent Sen. Ward 'improper'
The Republican challenger for Senate District E cried foul Thursday when he found the name and logo of the Republican Party of Alaska on a local district's endorsement for the incumbent.

Chamber hosts District E slate
Voters from Senate District E had a chance to hear their candidates' views on Wednesday at a forum hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. The forum was held at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai and was moderated by Merrill Sikorski.

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

High tides favor coho anglers
The Cook Inlet tide book is probably one of the more abused reference materials for the Kenai Peninsula fisher. Shoved into back pockets, crammed into the bottom of tackle boxes or used as a dashboard coaster, it goes where the angler goes -- always ready to provide that bit of instant information.

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:

Art Brief
Photo exhibit entries sought

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.

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.

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.

points standings
Point standings this year.

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

Schedule
2000 Nascar Schedule

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders this year.

Mental Health Trust plans land auction
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office (TLO) will offer 80 parcels for sale through sealed bid auction. The parcels are typically existing subdivision lots in the Fairbanks, Nenana, Mat-Su, Kachemak Bay, Ketchikan, Thorne Ba

Photo feature: Long haul
Jason Brown leaves the trail behind him as he walks to football practice at Kenai Central High School Thursday afternoon.

Car lot changing hands
Cal Worthington is moving out, and Seekins Ford is moving in.

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.

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.

Jacey Drake Eddy
Kenai resident Jacey Drake Eddy died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at his home in Kenai. He was almost 2 years old.

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.

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.

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.

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

HEAD:Fantastic fungi
Mushroom enthusiasts take a walk on the wild side

Kenai's Renaissance man
The knowledge and accomplishments Kenai resident Boyd Shaffer accumulated by the time he was 30 might make a Noble Peace Prize winner look like a couch potato.

2000 peninsula prep football schedule
2000 prep football schedule.

Nikiski concentrates on basics, not titles
It doesn't do much good to make the conference title a goal if a team can't block, tackle or catch.

Newcomers set to make presence felt in Great Land
After going to the 'Dawgs in its first three years, is the Great Land Conference title ready to be thrown to the Wolves, or even the Lions?

Northern Lights is up for grabs
Part of newness is not knowing what to expect, so it is no surprise that coaches have said the new Northern Lights Conference is up for grabs this year.

Things are looking up this year for the Kardinals
In an election year, the question is, are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Skyview Varsity Roster
Skyview varsity players.

In order to beat Mariners, teams will have to catch up to them first
The Homer Mariners are hoping to make up for what they lack in size this year with speed and team unity.

Realignment shakes up football
As high school football players embark on the 2000 season, they will find themselves preparing for a slightly different goal when the playoffs roll around.

Kenai Varsity Roster
Kenai Kardinals varsity lineup.

Soldotna Varsity Roster
Soldotna Stars players.

Nikiski Varsity Roster
Nikiski Bulldogs varsity players.

New characters plyfamiliar roles at SoHi
The Soldotna Stars had a breakthrough season in 1999, posting a 6-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Northern Lights Conference to nab a berth in the state playoffs.

Panthers look to JV program to fill holes
The good news for the Skyview High School football program and head coach Wade Marcuson is that of the nine starters on offense from last year that graduated last spring, five have gone on to try out for college programs.

Seahawks bank on improvement
The Seward Seahawks are hoping their week one game against Sitka turns into a microcosm of their season.

Before Lieberman, many Jewish 'firsts' in U.S. government
NEW YORK (AP) -- Vice presidential hopeful

Catholic church officials in Mexico defend destroying 'sacrilegious' art
MEXICO (AP) -- Mexico's Roman Catholic church came under harsh criticism after church officials defended two men who destroyed a drawing at an art exhibition, calling it sacrilegious.

American Indian Catholics mix tribal beliefs with their faith
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- As a girl growing up on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska, Sarah Berridge was warned by the nuns about the consequences of embracing the spiritual teachings of her native tribe.

World's young people descend on Rome
ROME -- Twenty-three-year-old Pawel Matusik figures he's picked the best seat in the house for Rome's World Youth Day: St. Peter's Square itself.

Church Briefs
Kenai Christian Church offers Bible studies

Mormon bishop says law requiring clergy to report crimes unfair
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Mormon bishop charged with failing to report child sex abuse said it's unfair to expect him to act as a police officer.

Teachers gather for 1st day
With mixed emotions, they bid adieu to summer break and headed back to class Wednesday. The teachers, that is.

Making reading a priority
About 1,000 teachers from Kenai Peninsula schools heard Wednesday how they can help struggling students -- in any subject and any grade -- win literacy.

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.

Orioles cool White Sox with 5-3 dousing
BALTIMORE -- Jeff Conine homered to back rookie left-hander John Parrish, and the Baltimore Orioles took advantage of uncharacteristic wildness by James Baldwin in beating the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Thursday.

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.

Bulldogs ready to hunt down Wolves
The casual observer might have, after seeing a first-year Sitka team on the Nikiski High School football squad's schedule, penciled the Bulldogs in for an easy win in week two of the prep season.

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.''

High school coach and teacher close to becoming Cowboys kicker
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Tim Seder spent the last two years teaching health and helping coach the football, basketball and baseball teams at Lucas High in Mansfield, Ohio. He wasn't looking for another job.

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.

Rockers push around New York
CLEVELAND -- Usually, it's New Yorkers who get accused of being rude and pushy.

Woods impresses Nicklaus at PGA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jack Nicklaus got his first up-close look at Tiger Woods. He saw the same thing everyone else has all year.

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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