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Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Valdez permanent fund nearing $71 million
VALDEZ (AP) -- Carried along by a strong bull market in international stocks, the Permanent Fund of the city of Valdez has surged by more than $7 million. The city's rainy day savings account now totals nearly $71 million.

Orphaned harbor seal to be released near Aialik Glacier
KENAI (AP) -- An orphaned harbor seal pup found on Easter Day is headed to a new home in Resurrection Bay after being rehabilitated at Alaska SeaLife Center.

Kenai Peninsula mayor declares salmon disaster
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley has declared an economic disaster, requesting state and federal aid for commercial fishermen, processors and others hurt by dismal Cook Inlet sockeye salmon returns.

Dutch airliner makes emergency landing at Los Angeles airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The front of a Boeing 747 engine that broke apart shortly after takeoff had been damaged, investigators said Monday, and they were trying to determine whether a bird could have been pulled into the engine.

Harbor seal takes up kayaking in Prince William Sound
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Harbor seals are supposed to haul out on beaches, not kayaks.

Midnight search finds one boater dead, another alive
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- One fisherman died but his partner was discovered alive on a beach early Tuesday during a search for a sinking boat in dense fog about 18 miles northwest of here.

Dillingham voters to consider sales tax hike
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Dillingham voters will consider a 1 percent increase in the local sales tax in the October municipal election.

Changes to Alaska's concealed carry law take effect
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's new handgun law took effect Tuesday.

Nikiski fifth at Chugiak Invitational
Volleyball teams looking to have their weaknesses pointed out, and exploited, could have found no better place to be Friday and Saturday than the Chugiak Invitational.

Some Alaska farms could lose organic label under new federal standards
PALMER (AP) -- Farmers in Alaska who began officially certifying their produce as organic last year are concerned that they may lose that label if standards being considered by the federal government are approved.

FAA tests new navigation technology in Alaska commuter planes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is testing some new navigation aids for pilots in Alaska.

Dutch airliner makes emergency landing at Los Angeles airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The front of a Boeing 747 engine that broke apart shortly after takeoff had been damaged, investigators said Monday, and they were trying to determine whether a bird could have been pulled into the engine.

Democratic candidate for U.S. House gets winning word from mother
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska's Democratic nominee for the U.S. House says he learned that he won last Tuesday's primary after phoning his mother.

Mat-Su man sentenced to 17 years on pot charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla marijuana-grower was sentenced Monday to 17 years in federal prison on money laundering charges.

Fish and Game concerned about Atlantic salmon threat akpa-oa
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- Commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska have caught more than 20 Atlantic salmon, raising concerns that the farmed salmon will spread disease to wild species.

Alaska exports increase 11 percent
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's exports for the first half of the year increased 11 percent compared to the same period last year, the governor's office said Monday.

Cruise ship wastewater tests find high bacteria count
JUNEAU (AP) -- An analysis of wastewater dumped from cruise ships in Southeast waters shows violations of federal standards on fecal coliform.

Juneau police say 'no' to enterprising youngsters
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two enterprising brothers, ages 6 and 9, decided they could earn money for Pokemon cards by playing violin and guitar for tourists on the city's downtown streets.

Utah man killed in climbing accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Utah man was killed in a weekend climbing accident near Ketchikan.

Planes and birds can be deadly combination
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of bird-airplane collisions occur every year and usually they are routine. But sometimes they can be deadly -- if birds are sucked into a plane's engine.

Subsistence Moose
Aug. 26 under an Anchorage dateline, are asked to use the following story.

Cook Inlet clams studied for pollutants
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Five researchers will spend the next week studying the creatures that live in Cook Inlet's muddy beaches.

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
Free car seat checkup set for this weekCeremony marks official opening of fishing areaKenai book club set to meet tonightTax cap topic of Kenai chamber luncheonCenter announces weekly programsSeedlings available at state ForestryKenai library to be closed for Labor DayHealth center to be closed FridayFrontier Community Services to hold contest

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
Soldotna chamber to hold meetingPeterson to speak to Homer chamberVolunteers needed for training programBusiness Opportunities Network session plannedAKC agility match scheduled

Kenai Peninsula Online - News 08/29/00
Denny Willeck of MTNT Development works last weekend on the base of a new handicap accessible fishing platform at Centennial Park in Soldotna. A ceremony is scheduled at the park at 3 p.m. today to dedicate the improvement.

Kali going back to the wild
A orphaned harbor seal pup found on Easter Day is spending her last few days at the Alaska SeaLife Center before finding a new home in Resurrection Bay.

Soldotna legislator turns roads director
Rep Gary Davis, R-Soldotna, will not be out of a job when he leaves the Legislature this winter. He started work Monday as roads director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Exit exam scores arrive
High school juniors and their parents will find out over the next week if the students passed the new, high stakes Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. The scores now are in the hands of high school principals, who decide how to distribute them.

Photo feature: Running for funds
Lynne Meek and Suzie Kendrick pull Daniel Meek (dressed as a monkey) down Park Avenue in Soldotna at the start of the Soldotna Lions Club's Dollars For Scholars Bed Race last weekend. The event raises funds for the five scholarships the club gives out each spring.

Bagley fills assessing, emergency management posts
New faces head the Kenai Peninsula Borough's assessing and emergency management offices.

Land sale steps forward
The proposal to sell Kenai Peninsula Borough land near Point Possession finally may move forward, if a recently approved subdivision survives reconsideration.

Assembly OKs sales, postpones Russian Gap vote
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recently authorized the sale of several previously offered parcels but put off a vote on whether to offer a new subdivision in Cooper Landing.

Technology gives hearing back to Kasilof boy
'It's like the difference between an old 8-track tape and a CD, as far as sound quality goes. It was real exciting to put them on him and watch his reaction.'

John 'Scotty' Taylor
Soldotna resident John "Scotty" Taylor died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 68.

August 27: Anchorage Daily News on voter turnout:
Turnout in Tuesday's primary election was in the neighborhood of 18 percent. That's the poorest primary turnout in memory.

August 27: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on tapping Alaska's natural gas:
The prospect that construction may begin within two years on a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope is heartening at a time when Alaska's economy is mostly lukewarm.

August 23: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on gas pipeline economics:
The economics look best, we're told by the industry, for developing North Slope natural gas by means of an Arctic pipeline extending offshore from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the MacKenzie River Delta.

August 27: Juneau Empire on Knowles and Carter and ANWR:
The exchange of comments between former President Jimmy Carter and Gov. Tony Knowles was another example of the dark side of politics and society as usual.

4-H Club fair results
The following are the winners of the 4-H entries in the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik. The key is as follows:

Fair News
Kenai Peninsula State Fair officials reported that about 11,000 people attended the event in Ninilchik Aug. 18-20. Attendance was up approximately 35 percent over the past year.

Baseball locks up labor peace through end of 2001 season
NEW YORK -- Assuring baseball will have labor peace through next season, the players' association on Monday exercised its option to extend the sport's collective bargaining agreement through Oct. 31, 2001.

El Nino reigns on Tiger
PALM DESERT, Ca. -- Under the weather and under the lights, Tiger Woods still proved tough to beat.

Peninsula netters hold up well at Colony
Volleyball teams looking to have their weaknesses pointed out, and exploited, could have found no better place to be Friday and Saturday than the Chugiak Invitational.

Nikiski fifth at Chugiak Invitational
Volleyball teams looking to have their weaknesses pointed out, and exploited, could have found no better place to be Friday and Saturday than the Chugiak Invitational.

Sampras survives at Open
NEW YORK -- Sometimes surviving to fight another day is good enough.

Lightning steals Vick's thunder
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Michael Vick was upstaged by Mother Nature.

Sports Briefs
Quinney beats Driscoll in U.S. AmateurUnsigned Hardaway says he may play for Pacers

Time remains still for Tiger
He was a silhouette in the fairway, 168 yards from the green, trying to complete another landslide victory. The swing was unmistakably pure. The result was vintage Woods, the ball dropping from the dark haze and landing 2 feet from the pin.

Penn State booted off AP Top 25
Penn State lost more than the Kickoff Classic over the weekend: The Nittany Lions are out of The Associated Press Top 25 college football poll for the first time since the end of the 1992 season.

Mets up wild-card lead over Arizona
NEW YORK -- Mike Hampton (13-7) showed no ill effects from the cracked rib that sidelined him, pitching eight sharp innings as the New York Mets, despite being robbed by Steve Finley's spectacular catch, beat Arizona 2-1 Sunday.

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