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Friday, September 8, 2000

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.

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.

Former North Pole mayor Carleta Lewis dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Carleta Lewis, a former North Pole mayor and city council member, has died at age 65.

Petersburg man dies in crash
PETERSBURG (AP) -- A Petersburg man died early Friday in a vehicle accident, authorities said.

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.

Senate approves $7 million for new Kake dam
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has approved $7 million dollars to replace the dam in the Southeast Alaska town of Kake.

Two Yakutat residents sentenced for wildlife violations
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Yakutat residents were sentenced for wildlife violations after taking undercover investigators hunting on federal land, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Authorities suspend search for missing boaters
YAKUTAT (AP) -- Authorities called off the search Friday for two fishermen presumed dead after their skiff was found capsized near Yakutat, but friends and relatives held out hope for their survival.

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.

Juneau police kill third bear of summer
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau Police have killed their third nuisance bear of the summer.

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.

Pentagon's missile defense chief says technical know-how is at hand
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In his first public comments since President Clinton's decision last week to put off construction of a national missile defense, the Pentagon's missile defense chief told a House panel on Friday there is ''no technical reason'' that an effective defense against missiles could not be built.

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.

U.S. House democratic nominee hoping to embark on campaign tour
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Democratic candidate Clifford Mark Greene's war chest is empty and he's received little help from his party, but he plans to go out on the campaign trail.

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.

Seized fishing vessel forfeited to the United States
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A South-Korean owned fishing vessel seized in May south of Adak has been forfeited to the United States, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage said Friday.

Carlson proposes end to commercial fishing for salmon
SPOKANE (AP) -- Commercial net fishing for salmon should be shut down as a way to restore endangered runs without removing dams, Republican candidate for governor John Carlson says.

Dead whale identified as belonging to dwindling pod
CORDOVA (AP) -- A killer whale that beached itself and died in Hartney Bay has been identified as belonging to a pod that has dwindled in size since the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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.

Chinese delegation to look at buying Alaska natural gas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A delegation from China plans to visit Alaska and discuss the possible purchase of North Slope liquefied natural gas, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Hank Hove says.

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.

Anadarko expands holdings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has expanded its Arctic holdings, buying a 37.5 percent interest from Alberta Energy Co. in two exploration areas in Canada's MacKenzie River Delta.

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.

AFN to hold another forum in Washington
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives plans to hold a forum and reception in Washington, D.C., later this month to again rally support for new federal funding and legislation to protect Native interests and lifestyles.

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.

FAA finds Alaska Airlines supervisor gave false record
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has found that an Alaska Airlines supervisor falsified an aircraft-maintenance record, but an attempt to take away his mechanic's license has been stayed because he filed an appeal, The Seattle Times reported.

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.

Senate unanimously approves bill to boost pipeline safety
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to improve pipeline safety by increasing fines, boosting state oversight and requiring pipeline operators to disclose more information about the pipes.

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.

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

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.

State flags lowered when former legislator Milo Fritz dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Thursday ordered state flags lowered in memory of Milo H. Fritz, a doctor and former state legislator who died last week at age 91.

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.

UAF markswoman heading to Australia to compete in Olympics
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With daughter Melissa having moved thousands of miles from home to attend college in Fairbanks in 1997, John and Susan Mulloy decided this summer might be a good time to repaint her room in their house in Middleton, Mass.

Skiff overturns, boaters missing near Yakutat
YAKUTAT (AP) -- Two fishermen are missing and presumed dead after their skiff was found overturned near Yakutat, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Study: Lakes and rivers are freezing later, thawing earlier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a study that adds weight to global warming theories, an analysis of freeze and thaw records for lakes and rivers in the northern hemisphere shows the Earth's temperature has risen steeply over the last 150 years.

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

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.

Knowles, Yukon Premier renew accord
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles and Pat Duncan, Premier of the Yukon Territory, renewed an agreement Friday calling for the neighboring governments to work together on areas of mutual concern such as natural resources development and fish and wildlife management.

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

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
Water shut-off advisoryTotem Tracers to hold help sessionRiver cleanup slatedLocal church restoration to be discussedWRCC Radiothon plannedParents invited to workshop on homework

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.

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.

Upper Kenai yielding trophy trout, Dollies
The late run of silver salmon is beginning to trickle into the Kenai River and is expected to peak during the next week. But some of the best fishing on the river has been above Skilak Lake, where anglers are catching the rainbow trout and Dolly Varden of their dreams.

Chicago native wins Homer halibut derby
David Chapparo of Chicago is the winner of the 2000 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby and the derby's largest purse ever. Although derby officials have not counted all tickets, they say Chapparo's winner's purse will exceed $31,000. He bagged his winning fish -- a 337-pounder -- July 9 aboard Inlet Charters' Fringe Benefit, skippered by David Flower.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming Events Down the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

NOW PLAYING
When are the writers of these throw-away action/suspense thrillers going to learn that if you only give the audience one option as to who the bad guy really is, it's really not much of a surprise at all when he turns out to be the one you suspected all along? This is one of many problems facing moviegoers in Wesley Snipes' latest, The Art of War.

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.

NOW PLAYING
In The Cell, Jennifer Lopez plays a child psychologist who gets inside the head of a killer. Literally.

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.

Night racing offers new of challenges
RICHMOND, Va. -- On some levels, night racing seems ideal for NASCAR's Winston Cup series. The bright colored cars are easier to pick out under the lights, and the temperatures are more endurance friendly.

MONEY LEADERS
Nascar 2000 money leaders

points standings
Winston Cup Point Standings

Saturday's race
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400

Series feels domino effect of personnel shakeups
The first tremors, in what seems to be a never-ending quake of personnel shakeups on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, came March 10.

Safety becomes hot issue for NASCAR
Bobby Labonte's family celebrated his victory following last Sunday's Southern 500 in Victory Lane, knowing they could have just as easily been planning for his funeral.

Schedule
Nascar 2000 schedule

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.

Damages sought from school bus company, borough over 1997 accident
HOMER -- A civil trial arising from a tragic accident in January 1997 in which a 7-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle early in the morning while crossing East End Road to a bus stop began Thursday in Homer District Court.

Kasilof farmer joins Ag board
Farmers of the Kenai Peninsula now have an ally in high places.

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.

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.

Gas leak empties part of fertilizer plant
A methane gas leak recently forced the temporary shutdown of Ammonia Plant No. 1 at Unocal's Alaska Nitrogen Products fertilizer plant in Nikiski, officials said Thursday.

New director takes reins at WRCC
The new executive director of the Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center brings two decades of experience and a wealth of expertise on issues dealing with battered women and children. But for Evelina Giobbe, coming to Alaska was about change and finding a sense of community. And she said she's found both in the area.

Running out of summer
Winds churn the waves as a runner covers ground on the beach in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

Gebhardt featured at mushing workshop
The Iditarod Trail has led musher Paul Gebhardt from Anchorage to Nome five times. Now it is taking him to Missoula, Mont.

Milo H. Fritz, M.D.
Dr. Milo H. Fritz died at his home in Anchor Point on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, after a brief illness. He was 91.

Richard R. Hostetter Sr.
Longtime Ninilchik resident Richard R. Hostetter Sr. died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 76.

Raye Cheryl Espinoza
Kenai resident Raye Cheryl Espinoza died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at her home. She was 51.

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.

Wildlife refuge hosts cabin-raising party
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers the public a rare chance Saturday to get in touch with Alaska's sourdough heritage.

Tips on berry picking, preparation
The Alaska Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers some tips on berry picking and preparation from the book "Collecting and Using Alaska's Wild Berries and Other Wild Products," available at the extension office.

Many types of berries still in season
The sweet, cool gush of fresh berry juice is always a delight when hiking, hunting or berry picking. Many types of fruit are abundant in places all over the Kenai Peninsula, but few are still in season.

Change of seasons brings another kind of harvest
Pies and jams, jellies and cobblers, pink and purple and blue. Berries are the first fall colors on the Kenai Peninsula, and they grow in abundance near Fuller Lake.

Four Episcopal priests quit to join conservative group
DENVER (AP) -- Four priests have quit their Colorado parishes since July 15 to start new congregations under a conservative mission that views the Episcopal Church as too liberal, in particular on homosexuality.

Wisconsin's first Hindu temple opens
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -- After four years and $4.5 million dollars, Wisconsin's Hindus finally have their first temple, just off Interstate 94, less than an hour's drive from Milwaukee and half a world from India where 90 percent of the world's Hindus live.

Walking on fire Chaplain tends to souls of Army firefighters
NINEMILE, Mont. -- In the name of God, Steve Moser walks burning ground along the eastern flank of the Ninemile fire.

Religion Briefs
Methodist garage sale slatedAdult Bible classes scheduledSolFirst welcomes back missions teamSunday school classes beginAglow meeting slatedBible study plannedGuest services plannedMusic group, evangelist to visit

Americans call for reopening of Orthodox seminary in Turkey
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- Visiting Greek-Americans called for the reopening of the Theological School of Halki as they gathered in the empty halls of the Eastern Orthodox island campus, shut by Turkish authorities 29 years ago.

West Virginia radio station responds to football prayer ban
WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) -- Responding to the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on officially organized prayers at football games, a radio station announced plans to broadcast on-air prayers so the local high school's public address system won't be used.

Faith-based schools grow as students seek academics and spirit
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The 17-year-old standing under the ''Welcome New Students'' sign in a stiff Oral Roberts University ball cap is a college freshman far from home.

China says it suppressed an illegal cult, not an underground church
BEIJING (AP) -- China says 105 people arrested in what human rights campaigners consider a crackdown on an underground Christian church were really members of an illegal cult.

Wheaton College rated the nation's most devout campus
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the opinion of 59,000 students who rated campus life at their own schoo

Spiritualist community offers path to 'inner peace'
LILY DALE, N.Y. -- Maybe it's the drive, past farms and along the wooded shores of a quiet lake. Or maybe it's passing through a gate into a cozy community of 19th century gingerbread-like houses and streets not widened since their horse and buggy beginnings.

Leaders of two U.S. black Muslim groups still preach unity
CHICAGO (AP) -- The heads of the Nation of Islam and the Muslim American Society are repeating calls for unity between their formerly hostile organizations.

Nuns, friars invest with a purpose
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- When the Rev. Michael Crosby attends the annual meeting of Philip Morris shareholders, he recalls the image of John the Baptist, his voice crying out in the wilderness.

Gridiron logjam about to burst
With three games to go in the high school football season, something has to give.

Tiger gets stuck in woods at Canadian Open
OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Kevin Sutherland and Tiger Woods were not sure whether to come to the Canadian Open. Only one of them was glad he did Thursday.

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.

Martin doesn't make it look easy
NEW YORK -- Nothing comes easy for Todd Martin.

It's time for the Ravens to prove their point
In Jacksonville's five years in the NFL, the Jaguars have never lost to the team that is now the Baltimore Ravens. They're 8-0 against the Ravens and were 2-0 against the old Browns, who left Cleveland for Baltimore after the 1995 season.

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.''

Aspenites propose take-a-bear-to-lunch program
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Facing a nightly barrage of hungry bears banging to get into garbage bins and clamoring to climb into condo kitchens, some residents of this resort town want to start an emergency feeding program.

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