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Tuesday, September 12, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Alaska's small caribou herds declining; large herds thriving
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several of Alaska's caribou herds are growing to immense size, but three small bands are shrinking so rapidly that some biologists believe they may become extinct within the decade.

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.

Jay Barton II, former UA president, dies at age 78
SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) -- Jay Barton II, an educational administrator and promoter of international development who headed the statewide University of Alaska system for five years, is dead after a brief illness. He was 78.

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.

Knowles seeks to overturn judge's action on endangered sea lions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state will try to overturn broad fishing closures ordered by a federal judge to protect endangered Steller sea lions, Gov. Tony Knowles said Monday.

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.

Clinton administration looking at rewriting wilderness policy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old Interior Department policy barring additional wilderness studies of Bureau of Land Management lands in Alaska will be getting another look by the Clinton administration.

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.

UAF Tanana campus gets new director
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- John C. Poole has been named the new director of the University of Alaska Fairbank's Tanana Valley Campus.

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.

Tug runs aground near Dutch Harbor
KODIAK (AP) -- A tug ran aground near Dutch Harbor on Monday, spilling up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel, the Coast Guard said.

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.

Upgrade to Sterling Highway nears completion
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- An eight-mile upgrade to a stretch of the Sterling Highway bordering sensitive salmon habitat is finally wrapping up, two years late and overbudget.

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.

Some areas of Yukon River tributaries re-opened to coho subsistence fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State and federal authorities on Monday re-opened some areas of Yukon River tributaries to subsistence fishing.

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.

Publisher reverses stand on Potter contest; Alaska and Hawaii are in
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books has changed its rules after getting an angry letter from the mayor of the Southeast Alaska city of Ketchikan.

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.

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.

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.

More federal money on way to help Galena fight inroads by Yukon River
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More federal money may be on the way to Galena to help the community fight erosion caused by powerful Yukon River currents.

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.

Rural schools work harder to recruit teachers in tight market
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When administrators with the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Southwest Alaska try to woo prospective teachers, they emphasize the intangibles -- the spare beauty of the landscape and the opportunity to live among people of another culture.

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.

Seized vessel charged with illegal fishing
KODIAK (AP) -- Civil charges of illegal fishing have been filed against a 170-foot Korean trawler seized last week by a Coast Guard cutter.

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.

Craig police seeking suspect in Monday murder
CRAIG (AP) -- A Craig man was killed this week with a chopping tool, and his sometimes roommate is the suspect, police said.

Body of fisherman recovered near Hope
HOPE (AP) -- The body of a Hope man was found a mile downstream from where he had parked his truck to go fishing, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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
Computer courses availableUnited Way director to speak at Soldotna chamberKenai library closed for two daysHospital volunteers to meetRegistration for basketball offeredSupport group for bereaved mothers to meetSenate candidate to speak at Nikiski chamberKenai River Center to openHistorical society begins new season

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
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

Fire truck donated to Funny River
Funny River Emergency Services may soon be able to fight house fires, thanks to a donation from Tesoro Alaska Petroleum Co.

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.

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.

CPGH Inc. board seeks new member
CPGH Inc., the nonprofit corporation that runs the borough hospital in Soldotna, is soliciting applications from people interested in filling a vacancy on the corporation board of directors.

Photo feature: Just passing through
A contrail follows a Boeing 747-400 as it passes several miles above Soldotna recently.

Hope man reported missing found dead
The body of a Hope man reported overdue from a day fishing trip near his home was found dead Monday after a two-day search by Alaska State Troopers and volunteers.

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.

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

Kenai, Soldotna get 335, 714 prefixes
If new friends or business contacts give you their phone number and the prefix reads 335 or 714, don't assume they are from out of town. The Kenai and Soldotna areas now have those prefixes to supplement the existing numbers.

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

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.

Aaron S.M. Shervanick
Former Kenai resident Aaron S.M. Shervanick died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000. He was 22.

Altha Rebecca Majeske
Soldotna resident Altha Rebecca Majeske died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 39.

Connie Jean Burton
Former Soldotna resident Connie Jean Burton died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, in Okeechobee, Fla. She was 63.

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?

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

Backdoor cut helps U.S. basketball slip past protesters
SYDNEY, Australia -- The U.S. basketball teams ran their first backdoor play of the Olympics, slipping out of a Melbourne hotel surrounded by demonstrators after a mohawk-haired protester gave the NBA stars his OK.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

While Olympics take center stage, Sydney will provide a sideshow
SYDNEY, Australia -- Most any Aussie will tell you Mick Dundee was a crock, and prawns, not shrimp, go on the barbie. The world outside just doesn't get it. But maybe, many hope, the Olympics will help.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Births
Krista and Chad Arthur Shannon and Tod McGillivray

Chrebet catches two late touchdowns to beat Patriots
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Skeptics kept telling the New York Jets they needed a No. 1 receiver to replace Keyshawn Johnson.

Bringing home hardware
Members of a Soldotna martial arts school recently proved they belong to a world class outfit, traveling to Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 11 and 12 for the World Tang Soo Do Championship.

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.

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.

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

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

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