Wednesday, August 30, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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

Man gets 25 years in attempted murder, rape of estranged wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping his estranged wife and then nearly choking her to death last year.

Motorists warned: Interior moose on the move
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Moose, on the move as they head toward their mating grounds, have been involved in four collisions with vehicles over a two-day period in the Fairbanks area.

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

Two men injured in plane crash on Alaska Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men conducting research for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were injured Tuesday night when their plane crashed on the Alaska Peninsula.

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.

Rev. Moon charged with overfishing in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, head of the Unification Church, and his wife have been charged with catching too many fish while on a visit to Alaska.

State seeks $1.5 million for ferry repairs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state plans to ask for bids on an estimated $1.5 million worth of repairs to the fire-damaged ferry Columbia.

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.

Fifth member named to redistricting board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- All five members have been named to the redistricting board.

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.

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.

Former borough official to change plea in charity scam case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anthony Kesler, the North Slope Borough's former chief of staff who is accused of running a phony charity, has asked to change his not-guilty plea, the Attorney General's office said Tuesday.

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.

Legislator out one job, in with another
KENAI (AP) -- Rep. Gary Davis will be out of a job this winter. But the Soldotna Republican just got another as roads director for the Kenai Pensinsula Borough.

Subsistence Moose
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Knowles his legislative director of the Department of Natural Resources
Pat Pourchot, a former state legislator, will succeed John Shively as natural resources commissioner. Shively, who is resigning next month, cited family reasons for his departure.

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.

Schools Superintendent becames independent contractor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Schools Superintendent Bob Christal became an independent contractor instead of an employee under a precedent-setting move by the school board this week.

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.

Phillips names borough assembly officer as spokesman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The presiding officer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough has taken a job with Phillips Petroleum Alaska.

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.

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Around the peninsula
North Peninsula chamber meets ThursdayHealth center closed FridayFirst aid, CPR classes offeredPhotography exhibit wraps up Sept. 8Basketball league registration setSafari Club plans meetingPublic health nurse visits listedSiren test scheduled for Sept. 7

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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

Photo feature: Rainy return
Rain drops on a window greet Brendon Hopkins as he returns to class at Kenai Peninsula College Tuesday afternoon. This is the first week of school for local college students and so far the week's weather has made warm, dry classrooms inviting.

PCB contamination addressed
Chugach Electric Association is checking Kenai Lake fish and sediments for PCB contamination and removing most PCB-contaminated materials from its Cooper Lake hydroelectric plant.

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.

Thrift store benefits more than Alaskans
David and Althea Urinko struck a balance between budget and benevolence in their Soldotna thrift store.

Snare puts Nikiski dog in brush with death
On July 29, Sarah disappeared.

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.

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

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

Sandra M. Dye
Alaska resident Sandra M. Dye died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, in Maui, Hawaii. She was 50.

Private Kenai school 'READS' young students well
A bevy of bouncing kindergartners chanted, "She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes." But the lyrics of the traditional song were changed so the children sang about sounds from the alphabet.

Students beaten, humiliated to join even church groups
WASHINGTON -- Almost half the high school students who answered a nationwide survey said they were made to eat disgusting things, abuse alcohol or drugs or perform humiliating or illegal acts to join athletic teams, the band, even church groups, university researchers said Monday.

Math SAT scores rise to highest level since 1969
High school students' math scores on the SAT climbed this year to the highest level since 1969, while verbal scores held steady for a fifth year.

Around the District
Labor Day gives students first holidayActivity cards offer admission bargainsTechnology advocates praise peninsula districtKalifornsky Beach Elementary School pictures will be taken Sept. 13.Mountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementarySears ElementaryKenai Central High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet Academy

Fall maintenance under way on Kenai Golf Course greens despite recent vandalism
It really saddened me to find out about the vandalism that was caused at the course. We have such a wonderful golf course here in Kenai -- one of the finest courses in the state.

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

Steinbrenner goes racing
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- The car with the pinstripes speeding down the drag strip later this season will belong to George Steinbrenner.

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

Martinez backs up bark with plenty of bite
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After hitting his first batter, Pedro Martinez was nearly perfect.

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

Advocacy group says improvements needed in rural education
WASHINGTON -- Eight Southern states and the Dakotas lead an advocacy group's list of troubled rural K-12 public education. The current national debate on school quality isn't addressing the problem, the group contends.

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.

Serena arrives, Rafter retires
NEW YORK -- Midnight madness struck again at the U.S. Open.

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.

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