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Thursday, August 31, 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.

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.

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.

Fort Wainwright F-16s headed for Persian Gulf
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Several F-16s will leave Fort Wainwright Friday to fly combat search and rescue missions in the Middle East.

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.

Anchorage seafood plant lays off workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage seafood factory laid off 40 production workers Wednesday while equipment is being upgraded.

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.

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.

Coalition supports measure to bar wildlife ballot initiatives
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A coalition in favor of wolf control passed two resolutions Wednesday, one in support of a ballot measure to end wildlife management by ballot initiative.

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.

Federal program to speed unemployment claims for ex-military residents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ex-military personnel in Alaska who are between jobs are getting a break from the federal government.

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.

New trooper named for Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper from Delta Junction has been named to head up the trooper post in Kodiak.

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.

Woman dies after falling and hitting her head
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state medical examiner has determined that a Homer woman died of head injuries after falling and hitting her head.

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

Engineer's report on Northern Intertie rejected
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state's independent engineering firm has rejected much of a California engineer's report that offered alternative routes to the Northern Intertie.

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.

Tanana school district flies in school lunches
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tanana is putting a whole new spin on distance delivery.

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.

Fairbanks man gets 10 years for shooting Fort Wainwright soldiers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in the shooting of two Fort Wainwright soldiers last year.

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.

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.

VPSO charged with assault pleads innocent
PRINCE of WALES ISLAND (AP) -- A village public safety officer from Thorne Bay charged with assault has pleaded innocent.

Farmers may lose organic label
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.

Business briefs
NMFS ponders limits on Pacific cod fisheryA-1 Video has new ownersSeafood processing boosts July job totalsHomer chamber takes award nominationsPTI renamedChugach overhauls Beluga generators

Picture phone makes debut
NEW YORK -- The picture phone is coming. Again.

Judge allows class-action case to proceed against Microsoft
SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge has allowed the first class-action suit to proceed against Microsoft Corp. on allegations that the software giant's monopoly harmed California consumers. Dozens of similar suits linger nationwide.

Around the peninsula
Troopers stepping up holiday patrolsFirefighters fight muscular dystrophyMobile mammogram unit visits central peninsula

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.

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
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

Homer artist paints her way onto national scene
Nancy Yaki gets many of her ideas just as she's falling asleep, especially when she has a fever.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Point standings
Nascar point standings so far this year.

MONEY LEADERS
NASCAR money leaders so far this year.

Cars built for speed, not comfort
Jimmy Spencer admits his mind sometimes wanders when he's be hind the wheel of his Kmart Ford Taurus.

Points title up for grabs in final stretch
Crunch time on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts more than 4,000 miles short of the finish line.

Schedule
2000 NASCAR Schedule

Natural gas utility seeks new supplies
Enstar Natural Gas Co. is negotiating contracts for new natural gas to encourage Cook Inlet exploration and development.

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.

Handicapped access improved at Soldotna park
Fishing enthusiasts with special needs gained additional access to the Kenai River Tuesday with the opening of a new walkway in Centennial Park in Soldotna.

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

Middle schools grapple with cuts
Adolescence is an awkward time fo

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

Photo feature: On the move
Antlers on a bull caribou catch Wednesday morning's first light near Marathon Road. A herd of the animals has been moving back and forth across the Kenai Spur Highway at the edge of town for several weeks.

Hospital board loses longtime member
The nonprofit corporation that runs the borough hospital in Soldotna is seeking a new board member following Dolly Farnsworth's announcement that she will retire, effective today.

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.

Joseph 'Chad' VanVolkenburg
Seldovia resident Joseph "Chad" VanVolkenburg died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, in Seldovia. He was 17.

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

Beast fish hides near Unalaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unalaska's reputation for big halibut brings an interesting breed of angler to its remote Aleutian Island waters -- the record seeker.

Float hunting book prompts some buyer undercurrents
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Larry Bartlett knows there will be people who don't like his book, ''A Complete Guide To Float Hunting Alaska.''

Master bladesmiths revive dying art
WASHINGTON, Ark. (AP) -- Fingers of green smoke encircle the highest rafters as Jim Batson, soaked in sweat, pounds hot steel. His hammer strikes his anvil, reverberating through air acrid with sulfur and laden with the heat of a 3,000-degree fire.

Outdoor: Llamas carry on nicely for high-country hikers
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- They shoulder the load, offer companionship, inspire the kids and open the door to the great outdoors. A llama can be a hiking family's best friend.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Too close to call
The high school football season is approaching the midpoint with this weekend's games, and teams in the realigned Northern Lights Conference are seeing something they have not seen in recent years.

Mets hold on to tie for first in NL East
NEW YORK -- Rick Reed (9-4) and two relievers combined on a three-hitter to make an early run stand up, and the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros 1-0 Wednesday night to hold on to their share of the NL East lead.

Pedro treats brawl like just another night at the ball park
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez didn't budge, before or after the fight. If anything, he got nastier.

Sampras sends message at 133 mph
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras loves to deliver a message on the first point of a match, and the one he sent to Justin Gimelstob -- a 133 mph service winner up the middle -- was emphatic.

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

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.

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