Saturday, September 2, 2000

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Mushroom hunt slated for SaturdayHomer halibut derby update

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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