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Thursday, September 7, 2000

Moose hunters in Lower 48 have higher success rates than those in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The biggest difference between moose hunting in Alaska and the Lower 48 is not the size of the animal or number of hunters.

State delivers donated chum salmon to Nome subsistence users
NOME (AP) -- The Alaska National Guard has delivered 15,000 pounds of chum salmon to this historic Gold Rush community to help people impacted by the collapse of salmon returns.

Valdez man gets two years for stealing from accident victim
VALDEZ (AP) -- A Valdez man accused of stealing between $500 and $600 from a man who was either dead or dying was sentenced to two years in prison.

Exxon Mobil considers gas pipeline option
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. says it's considering a pipeline option to the Lower 48 to get the company's share of the massive North Slope gas reserves to market.

Uncertainties have Alaska duck hunters guessing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A convergence of climatic events in Canada may have created a boom in Alaska ducks this year, though so far the number of waterfowlers in some popular areas has been low.

Authorities come up empty in search for possible stowaways
UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) -- Coast Guard and immigration officials began another search Thursday after initial efforts to find the source of a mysterious pounding sound aboard a ship diverted to this mid-Aleutians port came up empty.

Southeast coho fishing below par
PETERSBURG (AP) -- After years of good silver fishing in Southeast Alaska, gillnetters and trollers have had to venture into outside waters to find coho this summer.

Fairbanks man sentenced for torching own home
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was sentenced to two years in prison for burning his home last winter before Alaska State Troopers could evict him.

Haines seeks role in gas pipeline
HAINES (AP) -- The mayor of Haines wants a a branch of a proposed natural gas pipeline to stretch to his Lynn Canal community, making it an export site for sending gas to other Southeast Alaska towns and overseas.

Chicago man winds Homer Halibut Derby with 337-pound fish
HOMER (AP) -- A Chicago man is more than $31,000 richer for landing the largest fish in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Pounding from deep within ship puzzles crew
UNALASKA (AP) -- A California-bound cargo ship plans an emergency stop at this mid-Aleutian port because crew members heard a pounding noise coming from a deeply buried container, raising fears that it might contain stowaways.

Exxon Mobil considers its own gas pipeline option
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. says it's considering building its own pipeline to the Lower 48 to get the company's share of the massive North Slope gas reserves to market.

Gottschalks opens seven stores around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fresno-based Gottschalks opened seven of its department stores around Alaska on Thursday.

Authorities come up empty in search for possible stowaways
UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) -- Immigration officials began searching cargo containers for stowaways Thursday on a ship that was diverted to this Aleutian port after crew members heard mysterious pounding noises.

Disarmament group to unleash anti-missile defense ad campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Television ads critical of a proposed missile defense project shelved by President Clinton will start appearing on cable political shows Wednesday in congressional districts where pro-missile defense candidates face the stiffest competition.

Corporate getaway proposed for Kenai Peninsula
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A Colorado developer is considering two sites on the Kenai Peninsula for a $7 million lodge complex for corporate retreats -- assuming he can find private investors willing to put up the money for the project.

State proposes bear-hunting restrictions in Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Fish and Game wants to shorten some bear hunting seasons in Southeast Alaska, especially for nonresidents, but it would allow more hunting of elk, moose, beaver and wolves in selected areas if the Board of Game agrees.

Anchorage school superintendent resigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bob Christal, longtime superintendent of the Anchorage School District, resigned Wednesday in the wake of a public uproar over a special contract he negotiated with the school board.

Southeast Alaska land rising as glaciers recede
SITKA (AP) --Southeast Alaska is growing, and scientists are puzzling out why and how fast the land at the northern end of the panhandle is emerging from the water.

Korean trawler seized, accused of fishing in U.S. zone
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has detained another Asian fishing vessel accused of illegally fishing in the U.S. zone in the Bering Sea, officials say.

Fairbanks attorney suspended for Bar Association violations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Attorney Warren A. Taylor II has been suspended by the Alaska Supreme Court for violations of the Alaska Bar Association's rules of professional conduct.

Missile defense continues to divide U.S., Russian leaders With BC-UN-Millennium Summit
NEW YORK -- With both sides refusing to budge, President Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin remained at odds Wednesday about an American program to build an anti-missile defense system, most likely in Alaska.

Judge refuses bail reduction for former hunting guide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hunting guide who eluded Alaska State Troopers for more than six months will not have his bail reduced.

Gates Foundation awards $4.9 million grant to help children
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the Alaska Council of School Administrators a $4.9 million grant to improve education in Alaska.

Highway damaged by mine
ESTER (AP) -- A 500-foot stretch of the Parks Highway near Fairbanks is showing deep cracks as the ground beneath it slumps toward a nearby abandoned gold mine.

Kodiak hires new city manager
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak Island Borough official has been selected to be the city of Kodiak's new city manager.

Native corporation lobbies against monument idea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chairman of Eskimo-owned Arctic Slope Regional Corp. says making Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge into a national monument would amount to taking away the corporation's development rights within the refuge coastal plain.

Oil field electricians return after one-day safety walkout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Veco Construction electricians have returned to work at the Northstar oil field construction site after a one-day walkout protesting what they called unsafe working conditions.

Some techniques for ensuring rifle accuracy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When you go to the rifle range to sight in your weapon before a moose, caribou or sheep hunt, remember what Master Guide Pete Buist says.

Vessel seized for illegal fishing had Alaska salmon in its hold
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A vessel seized in May for illegal fishing had Alaska salmon in its hold, federal officials said.

Fisherman crushed to death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A fisherman was killed in Ketchikan when he was crushed between the side of a fishing vessel and an airport floatplane dock, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Judge clears Szymanski to run for state Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- A judge rejected a Republican challenge Tuesday to Democrat Mike Szymanski's eligibility to challenge incumbent GOP Sen. Jerry Ward for the District E seat that stretches from south Anchorage down the Kenai Peninsula.

Laid off workers eligible for NAFTA assistance
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- About 200 former timber workers in Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island will be eligible to apply for assistance under the North American Free Trade Agreement, a federal agency announced Wednesday.

Entrepreneurs bring Web-based job hunt to Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt -- They were college buddies and they could have stayed just that after graduation. Instead they've become successful partners in a business whose potential shows the possibilities of the Internet even in Web-challenged Egypt.

This isn't the way it was supposed to be
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the past 15 months the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates six times to slow the economy, which it believes was bound to burn itself out in the fires of inflation.

Failed campaign forces Nordstrom to reinvent itself
SEATTLE -- Earlier this year, Nordstrom Inc. marked the launch of its ''Reinvent Yourself'' campaign by bringing bright new colors and hip music to its stores, putting cutting-edge fashions on the racks and creating trendy new ads urging customers to give something new a try.

Business Briefs
Regional Tourism Conference will convene in KenaiPie auction is Oct. 21Tourism awards announcedWine & Beer Experience on tapGCI boosts Internet capacityAlaska USA introduces online credit card servicesSoldotna chamber speakers announcedNorth Peninsula chamber speakers announcedOil exec to speak at Boys and Girls Club fund-raiser

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
Mobile mammography unit in SoldotnaSmalley to speak at North Peninsula chamberSPCA clinic in town for last time this yearFree marketing seminar offeredGroup to reconstruct historic cabin Fly-fishers host clean-up Sears Elementary plans barbecueDefensive driving course offeredCheerleaders to hold clinic

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
Mobile mammography unit to visitKenai chamber to feature United Way directorSmalley to speak at North Peninsula chamberSPCA clinic in town for last time this yearUnited Methodist choir meets weeklyPCI offers computer classesCultural center will celebrate photographers

Ideas outlined at forum
Candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's school board met Tuesday for their first forum, a cordial affair hosted by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Szymanski cleared for Senate run
Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link has ruled Democrat Mike Szymanski is qualified to run for the Senate District E seat now held by Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage.

Chicago man wins Homer Halibut Derby with 337-pound fish
HOMER (AP) -- A Chicago man is more than $31,000 richer for landing the largest fish in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Moose hunters in Lower 48 have higher success rates than those in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The biggest difference between moose hunting in Alaska and the Lower 48 is not the size of the animal or number of hunters.

Some techniques for ensuring rifle accuracy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When you go to the rifle range to sight in your weapon before a moose, caribou or sheep hunt, remember what Master Guide Pete Buist says.

State proposes bear-hunting restrictions in Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Fish and Game wants to shorten some bear hunting seasons in Southeast Alaska, especially for nonresidents, but it would allow more hunting of elk, moose, beaver and wolves in selected areas if the Board of Game agrees.

Targeting tips from a rifle coach and hunter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Here are some tips on sighting in your rifle from University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle coach and hunter Randy Pitney.

Uncertainties have Alaska duck hunters guessing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A convergence of climatic events in Canada may have created a boom in Alaska ducks this year, though so far the number of waterfowlers in some popular areas has been low.

What's Happening
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Nikiski singer gets opening spot for Brooks and Dunn
She is at it again. Suzette Graham and company will provide the opening act for country music duo Brooks and Dunn on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Kenai Fine Arts Center exhibit highlights bounty of area talent
Visitors to the Harvest Art Show, on display now at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, can not only enjoy the wide variety of work by area artists, but have a chance to own some as well.

Awareness projects warn of alcohol's toll on children
Birth defects are tragic. They are doubly heartbreaking when mothers learn that their own actions have damaged their children for life.

Gottschalks opens today in Soldotna with much of Lamonts staff
There's a reunion going on at the new Gottschalks store that opens today in Soldotna.

World-class corporate getaway proposed for Kenai Peninsula
A Colorado developer is considering 48 acres near the Anchor River and 80 acres by the Kenai River as possible sites for a $7 million corporate getaway.

District juniors finish above state average
Scores for Kenai Peninsula students on the new high school exit exam are close but slightly higher than statewide averages.

Photo feature: It's in the air
A seasonably-yellow leaf from a devil's club bush stands in contrast against a recent blue sky.

United Way kicks off fall campaign
If fall is in the air, it must be time for the annual Kenai Peninsula United Way fund-raising campaign.

Titanium cookware: where less will cost you more
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Ever try eating hot Ramen noodles using a spoon with the handle cut short? Instead of merely burning your tongue, you can scald your thumb, chin, throat, nose and lips all at once with big sputtering dribbles. Not to mention go hungry.

Around the District
State seeks comments on exit exam scoresSchool board meets MondayStudents invited to enter poster contestBookworms invited to reading contest

Technology plan leads students into new era
Skyview Principal John Pothast pointed with pride to the computer stations rimming his school's library.

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School News
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The grass is always greener ...
Soldotna High School, or SoHi, may be No. 1 in the hearts of its students, but that opinion might not be shared by the students of nearby Skyview High School.

Glavine out-duels fading Johnson
ATLANTA -- Tom Glavine of the Braves became the NL's first 19-game winner and Arizona's Randy Johnson surrendered three homers to extend his second-half slide as Atlanta defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2 Tuesday night.

Venus' streak intact -- barely
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams hit bottom, so to speak, when she double-faulted three times in one game, whiffed at an overhead, stomped to her chair, missed the seat and plopped to the court.

Bulldogs fall behind Stars early, permanently in deciding game
After getting a late start on the high school volleyball season, the Soldotna Stars must have wanted to get the most out of their match Tuesday at Nikiski.

Campaign pitch
DETROIT -- Al Gore thought about hiding behind his Secret Service agents, but was soon enough strutting his stuff in a charmed outing Wednesday with the Detroit Tigers.

Davenport, Sampras advance
NEW YORK -- It was a night of paybacks for Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport, each of them conquering a personal tormentor and edging closer to regaining the U.S. Open titles they once held.

Texas Rangers' Sheldon plays all nine positions
CHICAGO -- Scott Sheldon gives new meaning to the term ''utility player.''

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