Monday, September 11, 2000

Fair breaks attendance record
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sunny days and brisk advance ticket sales combined to make this year's Alaska State Fair an attendance record breaker.

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.

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.

Stevens intervenes in decades-old land dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens has stepped forward in efforts to help settle a long-standing land dispute near Girdwood.

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.

Chilkat chums rebound for second consecutive year
HAINES (AP) -- Fall chum salmon are running strong on the Chilkat River near Haines for the second year in a row.

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.

EPA proposes sewage dumping fine for Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a $60,000 fine Monday against the city of Juneau for dumping raw and inadequately treated sewage into the Mendenhall River and Gastineau Channel last year.

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.

Merger rumor sends shares of Chevron, Phillips Petroleum higher
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rumors that Chevron, the second largest U.S. oil company, is courting Phillips Petroleum at a reported price tag of $18.4 billion sent the stocks of both companies higher Monday.

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.

OPEC to boost official oil output by 800,000 barrels a day
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- OPEC, facing mounting international pressure to pump more oil to stem surging fuel prices, agreed Sunday to boost the group's official output of crude by 800,000 barrels a day.

Palmer pair arrested for growing marijuana
PALMER (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said drug agents uncovered a marijuana-growing operation Friday that contained more than 1,000 plants being cultivated in six rooms of a Palmer residence.

Olympic drugs preview
Rumors of drug use have swirled around the Olympic Games since the ancient Greeks, when athletes munched psychedelic mushrooms to boost their performance.

Health group puts together insurance plan for fishing families
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- Tony Kennedy could not sign up for health insurance with his employer. Like many in the fishing industry, he's an independent contractor.

Olympic preview
As the curtain is about to rise on the greatest show on earth, the star of the 2000 Olympics is sure to be Australia and its people.

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.

State agrees to cleanup plan for polluted site near Kenai River
KENAI (AP) -- State officials have approved a plan for cleaning up pollution from a dry cleaning operation near the Kenai River in Soldotna and work may begin by early October.

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.

OPEC to boost official oil output by 800,000 barrels a day
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- OPEC, facing mounting international pressure to pump more oil to stem surging fuel prices, agreed Sunday to boost the group's official output of crude by 800,000 barrels a day.

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.

Yukon Pacific exploring North American market for gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage-based company that's been promoting natural gas exports to Asia is rethinking its plans and is hoping now to sell gas in North America.

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

Young's conservation bill in trouble as Congress rushes to adjourn
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young and Sen. Frank Murkowski's massive conservation bill is in trouble.

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.

Injured hockey player graduates, moves on after accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A few yellow leaves dotted the trees at the Birch Hill Recreation Area as Erik Drygas and his sister, Holly, made their way along one of the ski trails.

Six nonprofits face ban on gaming profits
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Division of Taxation is barring six nonprofit groups from raising money through pulltabs after their pulltab cooperative was found to have violated state gaming laws.

Petersburg area bears develop a taste for targets
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Some foraging black bears near this Southeast Alaska community have developed a taste for targets.

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

Around the Peninsula
WRCC radiothon today Diabetes Support Group meets todayCheerleader clinic this weekBasketball registration open this weekBusiness plan development workshop ThursdayLuncheon fund-raiser ThursdayIntroduction to healing begins FridayAKC agility match slated for SaturdayTeacher training at Challenger Center

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Chain gang
Aquilina Active watches as her big sister Charlemagne and Nikki Trefon work to replace the chain on her bicycle.

Photo feature: Chain gang
Aquilina Active watches as her big sister Charlemagne and Nikki Trefon work to replace the chain on her bicycle.

Council in process of action plan
The North Peninsula Com-munity Council will meet today to discuss the $2,800 United States Forestry grant it recently received.

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.

Mayor has big plans for sport center area
A number of ideas for the continued development of the area around the Soldotna Sports Center were bandied about at a public meeting Thursday night in Soldot-na.

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.

Kenai's finances in good shape, says accountant
The city of Kenai got some good news and some bad news from its auditor at Wednesday night's city council meeting.

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.

Kenai council backs disaster declaration
The Kenai City Council unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's commercial fisheries disaster declaration Wednesday night, though the approval came with the reservations of several council members.

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.

USA's superwomen
It would be an unlikely but wholly appropriate departure if USA

These are the sports of the 2000 Olympics:
Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe-Kayak, Cycling, Diving, Equistrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Hand Ball, Judo, Modern Pentathalon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwando, Tennis, Track, Triathlon, volleyball, Water Polo, Weigtlifting

Olympic Preview: Daily Highlights
Previews of the daily highlights at the 2000 Olympics

Swim preview
Will it be Krayzelburg or the Thorpedo? Do Amy, Jenny and Dara have enough for one more medal run or will Susie and her mates drown the high hopes of America's golden grannies?

From there to here
SYDNEY--Australia would be a great place if it weren't so far away from everything else in the world. Then again, some people say that's what makes it so great.

Olympic preview - new events
Trampolining will be a medal event for the first time in Sydney. So will women's weightlifting, synchronized diving and women's pole vault. Women's trap and skeet shooting and sailing's 49er class will also be making their debuts at the Games this summer. But none of those will be considered new sports, not even sports, really.

Funny, but I don't feel upside-down.
So, this is what it's like on the other side, where it's warm in the north, cool in the south and the ocean to the east is the Pacific. That was before, when I just about had to stand on my head to get here.

Olympic memories
I'm ready. The Sydney Olympics begin Friday with what surely will be another spectacular opening ceremony. Aren't they all spectacular?

September 6: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on government by bumper sticker:
Legislatures are notoriously slow when it comes to crafting or revising laws.

September 8: Anchorage Daily News on jobs for Native youth:
If Alaska Native youth believe that the odds are against them, they're right.

September 8: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on Knowles v. EPA
Gov. Tony Knowles is becoming -- you'll forgive the expression -- a real hell-raiser.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Club News
KKC July results announcedInvitation to other lands offeredClass reunions planned

Krista and Chad Arthur Shannon and Tod McGillivray

Wanna go for a ride?
Bob Favretto of Kenai Chrysler Center hands the keys to a 2000 Chrysler Grand Caravan to Women's Resource and Crisis Center board president June Harris, seated, on Wednesday.

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

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

Peninsula People
Nikiski grad promoted Seward man finishes trainingPhysicians still learningPlanner becomes member of AICPNew board member selectedRaffle winner named

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Quoth Ravens to Jags: 'Nevermore'
Meet the new, exciting Baltimore Ravens, and the old, inept Cincinnati Bengals.

Safin thrashes Sampras to win U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras looked across the net as if he were staring in a funny mirror distorted by time.

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.

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.

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.

Area golfers battle showers to complete Kenai-Birch Ridge tourney
Seventy-three golfers met under clear skies Saturday to participate in the fifth Kenai and Birch Ridge Dual Association Tournament. Sunday's cold rain trimmed the number of golfers and, according to many players, added to scores.

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.

Knight-mare's over for Brand
INDIANAPOLIS -- ''Hey, what's up, Knight?'' started it all. A grabbed arm and lecture did the rest.

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.

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.

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

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

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