Sunday, September 10, 2000

Ketchikan shipyard gets ferry upgrade deal
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A $5.3 million upgrade for the state ferry Matanuska has been awarded to a Ketchikan shipyard, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Girdwood hunter sues state over Tier II permit process
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Girdwood man has sued the state after failing to receive a Tier II subsistence permit to hunt caribou from the Nelchina herd.

Education board approves five new child vaccines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The State Board of Education has approved five new vaccines for children that go into effect in the school year that begins in the fall of 2001.

4.5-magnitude earthquake hits north of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit 25 miles north of the city early Sunday morning, causing minor damage, officials said.

Anchorage teacher sues district over forced job switch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A kindergarten teacher has sued the Anchorage School District for breach of contract for forcing her to switch jobs and schools without sufficient notice.

Grade-school students perform well on state exams
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Results of a statewide exam show that Alaska's grade school students are holding their own in reading and writing, but they have trouble as math gets more complex.

Congress may double Denali Commission budget next year
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Denali Commission could have millions more to spend in the coming year.

State Board approves passing scores for high school exit test
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Passing scores for Alaska's high school exit exam were approved unanimously Saturday by the state Board of Education and Early Development, even though two-thirds of the sophomores taking the test last spring missed the mark in math.

University of Fairbanks purchases $3 million computer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has purchased a $3 million computer to upgrade the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center.

Bristol Bay Native Corp. reports higher profit DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Bristol Bay Native Corp. has reported higher profits in fiscal year 2000 compared to a year earlier.
The Dillingham-based corporation said it earned $11.2 million in the year that ended June 30. That was more than double the $4.6 million earned in fiscal 1999.

Y-K residents opposing proposed fly-in camp
BETHEL (AP) -- Southwest Alaska residents are opposing a fishing guide's plan to run a fly-in camp on the Holitna River that would cater to hunters and catch-and-release fly fishermen.

Royals waste all their runs in first game
DETROIT The Kansas City Royals scored a team-record 26 runs in the first game of their doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, winning 26-5, then went scoreless in a 8-0 loss in the second game.

Astros split twin bill with Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH Jeff Bagwell, Brad Ausmus and Lance Berkman drove in two runs each and the Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Thursday night for their 13th victory in 14 games and a doubleheader split.

Mutual fund proxy votes tell all
NEW YORK (AP) We finally get to know some of the deep, dark secrets of the mutual fund business: Are funds really protecting shareholder rights or just rubber-stamping the agendas of corporate leaders?

Older workers and retirees wonder about pensions' security
CHICAGO (AP) Older workers and retirees who have toiled for their companies for decades have long viewed their pensions as money in the bank, even years before the checks arrived.

Around the peninsula
SPCA clinic to visit peninsula55 Alive to hold classSupport group to meetBasketball referee clinic slatedComputer program class offeredCheerleading clinicAYEA registration availableCPGHA meeting plannedSupport group to meetMonthly meeting rescheduledLibrary to hold raffleWinter bowling leagues formingRestoration of rectory discussed today

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.

Rivalry weekend also features Kardinals looking to ruin Nikiski's homecoming
When Soldotna takes to the field at rival Skyview at 2 p.m. Saturday, Panthers coach Phil Sheridan will be entering unchartered waters.

Peninsula High School Football STATS
Through Sept. 4

Sexy Seniors keeping busy with cleaning projects
The Cooper Landing Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners had several projects going on this year dealing with trash and litter.

Republican favors Knowles for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat
I am a Republican who plans to vote for Tony Knowles for U.S. Senator for several reasons.

Organizers appreciate support for contest
Sue Gill with Alaska's Hairlines, Karen Cowan with Crosshairs of Alaska, Glen and Becky Martin and the Peninsula Center Mall merchants would like to thank our community, contestants, judges, volunteers and sponsors for making our nonprofit-sponsored Sing From the Heart contest a wonderful success.

Say 'Aaaahhh'
Most of us don't enjoy a trip to the dentist, even to ease the pain of a rotten molar. But having a tooth pulled or filled is less of an ordeal today than it was 50 years ago, especially if the patient lived in an isolated area such as the Kenai Peninsula was in the 1940s and '50s.

Rebuilt cabin reminder of peninsula's colorful past
Sixty-five years ago, an old man alone in the forest hewed a cabin from the spruce trees around him. Saturday, dozens of people gathered at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters to pay homage to his feat.

Cabin builder good example of early settlers
The cabin restoration project is a labor of love for Ranger Gary Titus, who has spent years tramping the peninsula's backcountry and researching the trappers and hunters whose crumbling homes he discovers there.

RV park cleanup moving forward
State officials have finalized a plan for cleaning the underground dry cleaning fluid spill by the Kenai River in Soldotna, and they hope the work can begin in early October.

Harry W. Casebeer II
Soldotna resident Harry W. Casebeer II, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 63.

Raye Cheryl Espinoza
Longtime Kenai resident Raye Cheryl Espinoza died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at her home in Kenai.

Doris M. Day
Kenai resident Doris M. Day died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage following a lengthy illness. She was 81.

Homelessness is real on peninsula; but so is assistance
Stereotypes of the homeless drum up images of grizzled Vietnam veterans sleeping on park benches in big cities.

Loose llama surprises Interior hikers
FAIRBANKS (AP) Hikers in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks have been bumping into a loose llama and authorities are trying to figure out where it belongs.

Fair weather bolsters West's summer tourism
DENVER Camping in forests free of wildfires for the first time in years. Boating on lakes crippled by drought. Driving to see spectacular scenery despite frustratingly high gasoline prices.

Carving life out of wood and birds
MINNEAPOLIS Pat Meneely is in his element, whether hunting over a spread of decoys on a half-frozen slough or hunkered in his dusty garage workshop transforming a block of cedar into a handsome canvasback.

Cool view
Bob and Sacha Harris on vacation from West Palm Beach, Fla., take in the sight o Exit Glacier last month while halfway through their climb to the Harding Ice Field overlook near Seward.

Short, Richardson announce engagement
Megan Ann Short and Travis Clark Richardson have announced their plans to marry at a future date.

Bassettis celebrate 25 years together
Tom and Terry Bassetti celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Saturday, Sept. 9, at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai.

Former nuns start retirement community for spiritual exploration
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) When she was a nun, Dene Peterson had expected to grow old in the convent, in the care of her other Roman Catholic sisters.

Nationalist Turks clash with police in protest at international Orthodox patriarchate
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) Police clashed with hundreds of rock-throwing nationalist Turks at a protest outside the seat of the spiritual leader of the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Republicans' platform mentions God less often than Democrats'
NEW YORK (AP) Sidelight on the political conventions: God is mentioned in the recently approved Republican Party platform four times, compared with seven mentions in the Boston platform of the Democrats.

Looking for happiness? Shoot for the bronze
Few things stir the heart like the Olympics. There, a lifetime of tra

California parishes defy Episcopal bishop, hold services
LOS ANGELES (AP) Three breakaway Episcopal parishes held services last Sunday despite moves by the local bishop to regain control after the congregations affiliated with an Anglican diocese in Uganda.

Presbyterian Church's controller challenges dismissal
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A man who was fired after 16 years as controller of the Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plans to challenge his dismissal.

High Holy Days time for cantors to shine
It's an overwhelming annual challenge, both musically and spiritually. For Jewish cantors, the High Holy Days are a tense time.

Baptist pastor's comments spur move of Illinois polling place
ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) A suburban Chicago church whose pastor suggested that even moderate Muslims fund terrorists will no longer be a polling place for the Nov. 2 election.

Federal court clears the way for South Dakota teacher's involvement with Bible club
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A federal appeals court ruling further clears the way for teacher Barbara Wigg to participate in an after-school children's Bible club held in city public schools.

Pastor of prominent North Carolina church resigns, admits he plagiarized sermons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Rev. E. Glenn Wagner, senior pastor of Charlotte's prominent Calvary Church and former minister-at-large with Promise Keepers, has resigned after admitting parts of some sermons were stolen from other preachers.

Church Briefs
Clothing to be given away Bible study schedule announced Back-to-school service planned Womens prayer group to meet Family worship offered

Stars sweep Kards
The Soldotna High School volleyball team is firing on all cylinders right now.

Kenai whips Homer
The Kenai Central High School football team turned a corner Saturday, pitching a 40-0 shutout at Homer in a Northern Lights Conference game.

Kardinals take first two games before momentum shifts to host Bulldogs
Get a few balls to fall their way in the early going, and the Kenai Central High School volleyball team just starts hitting even harder.

SoHi boys, girls win Homer Invite
The Soldotna boys and girls swimming teams swept the team titles at Friday's and Saturday's Homer Invitational.

Amen, Krusen lead Kardinals girls to third-place finish at statewide competition
The Kenai Central High School girls cross country team turned some heads Saturday, running to a third-place team finish in the 4A competition at the Palmer Invitational.

Panthers, Stars lose to Juneau
The Juneau-Douglas volleyball team is efficient in both its scheduling and play.

Focus tips volleyball match in favor of Skyview
Saturday's nonconference volleyball match between Nikiski and Skyview wasn't so much about bumping, setting or spiking as it was focus.

While his dad broadcasts, Holloway grabs three TDs
It wasn't exactly like Babe Ruth hitting home runs for hospitalized boys, but it was close enough.

Kings' growing pains continue vs. Soldotna
For 15 guys who traveled 800 miles to lose a football game without even scoring, they were in good spirits. They weren't ecstatic, they weren't stomping their feet or waving their hands. But they had come a long way to lose what was, for them, a very long game, and they weren't bitter.

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