Friday, September 1, 2000

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.

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.

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

Drilling to start on Cook Inlet project while Enstar seeks new contracts
KENAI (AP) -- Enstar Natural Gas Co. expects drilling to start soon on a project in western Cook Inlet, officials said this week.

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.

High PSP levels close Kachemak Bay area to mussel harvesting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental officials said Thursday they've closed a part of Kachemak Bay to commercial mussel harvesting after high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning were found in samples.

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.

Villages expand medical services with virtual video link
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Three Northwest Arctic Borough villages are the first to take advantage of new video technology that virtually allows doctors to do just about everything short of hands-on surgery.

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 sentenced for faking pregnancy, scamming gifts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman has been sentenced to spend five days in jail for pretending she was pregnant last year and collecting more than $500 dollars worth of gifts and cash.

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.

FAA cited by OSHA for safety violations at Anchorage control center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Federal Aviation Administration for alleged safety violations at the Anchorage Air Traffic Control Center.

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.

Sitka national park visitor center to close for renovations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The visitor center at the Sitka National Historical Park is closing for the winter for renovations.

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

Juneau plane crash kills one
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Sitka man died Thursday in an early morning plane crash at the Juneau International Airport.

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.

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.

Anchorage court to launch drug court program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grant will pay for a 2-year pilot program at Anchorage Superior Court targeting non-violent offenders with substance abuse problems, state court officials announced Thursday.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
DEC closes mussel harvesting in Kachemak BayGrief support for bereaved mothers offeredBack to school night scheduledComputer workshops offeredLibrary fund-raiser plannedRadiothon for WRCC plannedAYEA training session slatedAKC agility match scheduled

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.

Fall fishing means change of pace
The yellows and reds of autumn are beginning to appear on the flora of the Kenai Peninsula, and with the change in seasons comes a shift in angler patterns.

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

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.

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.

NASCAR money leaders so far this year.

Point standings
Nascar point standings so far this year.

2000 NASCAR Schedule

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.

Tire recall, replacement ongoing for peninsula residents
No one on the Kenai Peninsula has been negatively impacted by the Bridgestone/Firestone tire voluntary recall, according to Seekins Ford General Manager John Lohrke.

Villages to benefit from federal grants
Some students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough's most remote schools are getting back-to-school presents. Thanks to two federal grants, children in Tyonek, Nanwalek and Port Graham get free Sony Playstations.

Photo feature: Smells good
Pat Porter's dog Ranger stops to smell the flowers as Porter pulls weeds from one of the city of Kenai's planters that she and Tim Wisniewski adopted earlier this summer alongside the Kenai Spur Highway. She said other community planters were available and that people interested in volunteering could contact the parks and recreation department.

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.

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.

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

Cleanup deemed successful
A fueling crew and employees of a local bulk fuel aircraft service quickly contained a spill on the tarmac of the Kenai Municipal Airport Thursday, but not before some 200 gallons spilled near the airport's fuel service pumps.

Federal education programs focus on Native students
Native students on the Kenai Peninsula are eligible for special programs via the federal government.

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.

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

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.

Seeing eye to eye with wildlife
ANCHORAGE -- Dorothy Keeler doesn't see the wolf walking toward her. The photo shows her sitting cross-legged beside a gravel road in Denali National Park. She is in profile, gazing off into the wooded distance; the wolf stands just feet away, gazing at her.

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.

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.''

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

Carcasses no good as trail markers
When I came to Alaska three years ago, fresh off four years of city living, I was terrified of bears.

Outdoor Briefs
Mushroom hunt slated for SaturdayHomer halibut derby update

Church Briefs
Fire conference starts todayWomen's ministry plans Bible studiesSoldotna, Kasilof plan Bible classesMethodist garage sale slatedAdult Bible classes scheduled

Biblical season of self-examination, repentance upon us
God has a heart to warn people before He brings judgment. He does not want anyone to receive the wrath that is poured out from His righteous judgment. "Return O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take words with you, and return to the Lord." (Hosea 14:1-2)

Evangelicals pick top 20th century biographies
CAROL STREAM, Ill. (AP) -- ''The Hiding Place'' by Corrie ten Boom and ''Surprised by Joy'' by C. S. Lewis top a list of best 20th century biographies and autobiographies picked by Christian Reader, an evangelical Protestant magazine.

Researcher: If churches want to help, they should answer their telephones
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- An organization that phoned 3,764 Protestant congregations to test their availability was unable to establish contact with anyone at 40 percent of them, despite repeated attempts.

Sports Briefs
Blazers trade O'Neal to Pacers for DavisLindland replaces Sieracki on U.S. Olympic teamElliott to play one more season with SpursBarron shoots 65 to share first-round lead Buha had nine birdies and three bogeys.

Skyview's quick start finishes off Homer
It took just 15 seconds for the Skyview High School football team to get on the scoreboard Thursday -- just long enough for Ian Leach to field the opening kickoff at his own 20-yard line, slip a few tackles around midfield and scoot up the left sideline and into the end zone.<

U.S. basketball beats up Canada
HONOLULU -- Despite ''O Canada'' somehow turning into Beethoven's ''Ode to Joy,'' Vince Carter and his American teammates came up with a virtuoso performance.

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.

Agassi's ouster ends summer of sorrow
NEW YORK -- There was no sadness in Andre Agassi's eyes, no regret over the listless loss of his U.S. Open title, no excuse that his thoughts were on his cancer-stricken mother and sister more than his tennis.

Braves knocked out of first place
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves fell out of first place in the NL East for the first time since April 19, losing to the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Thursday night on Sean Casey's tiebreaking double.

Soldotna boys, girls looking to keep Region III championships in their pool
Last year, the Soldotna boys swimming team went to the State Swimming and Diving Championships in Anchorage gunning for a state title only to finish as the runner-up, just 19 points behind Dimond.

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.

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.

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.

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