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Thursday, September 14, 2000

Iowa man asphyxiated in tent
TOK, Alaska (AP) -- An Iowa man who had been camping near the Taylor Highway was found dead Monday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Cracks found in Seward Highway light poles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Inspectors have found cracks in the 150-foot-tall, six-ton light poles along the Seward Highway.

State says BP needs to be more prepared for oil spill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A test in the Beaufort Sea shows that BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. needs to be more prepared to clean up any oil spill in ice-choked waters, state environmental officials say.

Big run of humpies provides youngsters opportunity to catch fish
WILLOW CREEK (AP) -- On what would otherwise be a quiet and peaceful Tuesday evening, 5-year-old Emily Eckroth jumped and squealed in the throes of salmon fever.

Oil price rise could ease budget gap woes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The price of Alaska North Slope crude has been hovering at a 10-year high in recent days. But experts caution against counting on oil prices to close the state's fiscal gap.

Agents target hunters trespassing on railroad tracks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- While thousands of Alaska hunters are prowling the country for a moose, a handful of agents for the Alaska Railroad are patrolling the woods looking for hunters who illegally use the railroad tracks.

Skeleton found near Eagle
EAGLE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the discovery of a skeleton near the town of Eagle.

Denali road lottery to go on regardless of weather
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The yearly road-lottery trek at Denali National Park and Preserve is set to kick off Friday, despite a bout of wet, cold and snowy weather, park officials announced Wednesday.

FAA plane makes emergency belly landing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Federal Aviation Administration plane made an emergency landing on its belly Tuesday after its landing gear failed to deploy.

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium obtains grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has received a federal grant intended to give uninsured Alaskans better access to health care.

Light quake shakes Southcentral quake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska early Wednesday morning.

Alaska Native group to get money to help youth
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Eagle Village Council has been selected to receive federal money to help make tribal communities safer.

Kawasaki recalls 47,000 ATVs after injuries reported Eds: Also moving on national lines
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Kawasaki Motors Corp. on Thursday recalled about 47,000 four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicles after 12 riders were hurt when faulty drive belts caused the vehicles to stop suddenly.

Fairbanks breast cancer center receives $250,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks breast cancer organization is $250,000 richer these days.

States prepare for flu vaccine delay
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Health departments across the West say they will limit flu shots to high-risk people and take other steps to cope with an expected shortage of the vaccine this winter.

United to end cargo business out of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- United Airlines is ending its cargo flights out of Alaska's largest airport, the airline announced Wednesday.

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.

Trident Seafoods facing criminal charges
UNALASKA (AP) -- Trident Seafoods faces seven criminal charges for the late reporting of 595,000 pounds of Pacific cod, according to a complaint filed by state Fish and Wildlife Protection troopers in Unalaska court.

August primary draws record low turnout
JUNEAU (AP) -- Voter turnout in last month's primary election was just over 17 percent, the lowest since records have been kept, according to certified results released Tuesday by the Division of Elections.

Unprecedented year for urban bear sightings
PHOENIX (AP) -- Bears have left Arizona's mountains and headed for the cities, drinking from swimming pools and hanging from trees in the booming suburbs that are pressing closer to the animals' homes.

Commission holds hearing on conduct of judge who jailed witness
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Alaska Supreme Court justice testified Tuesday that Bethel Judge Dale Curda was simply trying to do the right thing when he jailed a witness in a criminal case to ensure that she remained sober.

Forest Service offers less Tongass timber for sale
JUNEAU (AP) -- About 80 million board feet of Tongass National Forest timber has been offered for sale this fiscal year, about 35 million less than last year and only 40 percent of the amount approved in the Tongass Land Management Plan, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Gas stations face fuel tank inspection deadline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A deadline looms for some Alaska gas stations to comply with new state regulations requiring third-party inspections of underground fuel tanks every three years.

Three juveniles charged in Point Hope sexual assault
BARROW (AP) -- Three juveniles are facing sexual assault charges after an alleged assault in Point Hope Aug. 9, North Slope Borough police said Thursday.

Fairbanks Borough Assembly votes against tax cap initiative
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly unanimously voted to oppose the statewide 10-mill tax cap initiative at a meeting Tuesday night.

Knowles blasts cruise ship industry over pollution tests
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles blasted the cruise ship industry Thursday, saying recent tests of the sewage and wastewater dumped by ships in the Inside Passage show disgraceful violations of state and federal pollution standards.

State says BP needs to be more prepared for oil spill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A test in the Beaufort Sea shows that BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. needs to be more prepared to clean up any oil spill in ice-choked waters, state environmental officials say.

Flow of oil from Alpine field delayed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Oil will not begin flowing from the giant Alpine oil field until at least October, more than a month behind previous estimates, Phillips Alaska Inc. officials said.

B.C. ferry collides with boat as vessel leaves Swartz Bay; one person dead, one injured
SIDNEY, British Columbia (AP) -- A small pleasure boat from Port Angeles, Wash., and a massive British Columbia ferry collided Thursday as the ferry left the Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island, leaving one person dead and another seriously injured

Senate passes aid bill for timber towns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate passed a bill Wednesday evening that would provide additional aid to communities that have been dependent on the timber industry.

Suspect in Craig murder caught by police
CRAIG (AP) -- The suspect in this week's murder in Craig was caught Thursday, according to police on Prince of Wales Island.

Alex DeMarban named Editor in Chief of Alaska Newspapers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The managing editor of the Seward Phoenix Log has been named editor in chief of Alaska Newspapers Inc., the company announced Thursday.

Blitz of tourists don't materialize in Whittier
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Prince William Sound community of Whittier wasn't overwhelmed with tourists this summer, as city officials had feared.

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.

University considers market-driven fund for college savings
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska is exploring the possibility of creating a savings plan that would allow parents to save for their child's college tuition in a fund that would invest in the stock market.

Enrollment jumps 7 percent at UAS
JUNEAU (AP) -- Enrollment at the University of Alaska Southeast increased nearly 7 percent this fall compared to the same time last year.

Unalaska death investigated as homicide
UNALASKA (AP) -- An Unalaska man's recent death is being investigated as a homicide, an Unalaska official said Wednesday.

Fuel tank inspection deadline looms
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A deadline looms for some Alaska gas stations to comply with new state regulations requiring third-party inspections of underground fuel tanks every three years.

$25 million given to expand nonprofits' tech access
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. is giving a Seattle area nonprofit agency $25 million to help it provide technology services to other nonprofits around the country.

Court case affecting Microsoft political donations
SEATTLE -- The chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. says the federal antitrust case against his company has affected the way Microsoft approaches politics, including contributions to candidates.

Chase and J.P. Morgan learn the realities: Adapt or else
NEW YORK (AP) -- A long pedigree of elitism and power earns few privileges in a business world with its competitive eye on creating tomorrow and a disdain for the ways of yesterday.

Visa USA to launch smart card
NEW YORK (AP) -- After success with its smart card in Europe and Japan, Visa is aiming squarely at the U.S. market with an upgraded version that contains more memory.

Steps taken now can help families deal with rising heating oil, natural gas prices
NEW YORK (AP) -- In these waning days of summer, it may seem premature to start thinking about keeping your house warm this winter.

Tips for increasing a home's energy efficiency, which can cut fuel bills By The Associated Press
The Washington-based Alliance to Save Energy suggests that increasing the energy efficiency of your home can produce three benefits at once -- cut costs, reduce air pollution and increase home comfort. Here are some of the alliance's ideas:

Business Brief
Third Millennium tanker under constructionComments sought on Cook Inlet oil and gas saleCad-Re celebrates 30th anniversarySmall businesses can air regulatory concernsHomer Chamber hosts assembly candidatesSeminar highlights business plansWomen's Roundtable meets today Interior Space Design renamed

Oil price rise could ease budget gap woes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The price of Alaska North Slope crude has been hovering at a 10-year high in recent days. But experts caution against counting on oil prices to close the state's fiscal gap.

Around the Peninsula
55 Drive course offered Choir meets tonight at United MethodistSmall business seminar planned United Way to kick off fund-raiserPhillips President to speak at fund-raiserMS group to meetCourse on healing to meet at churchEnvironmental seminar to include trip to glacier

Around the Peninsula
Hospice offers grief support for bereaved mothersUnited Way to kick off fund-raiserPhillips president to speak at fund-raiserPicnic planned for Habitat projectBridges board of directors to meetFirst aid, CPR class offeredOutdoor club to hike to Juneau Creek FallsSeminar for referees scheduledLibrary offers genealogy research resourcesLand parcels available

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.

Big run of humpies provides youngsters opportunity to catch fish
WILLOW CREEK (AP) -- On what would otherwise be a quiet and peaceful Tuesday evening, 5-year-old Emily Eckroth jumped and squealed in the throes of salmon fever.

Agents target hunters trespassing on railroad tracks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- While thousands of Alaska hunters are prowling the country for a moose, a handful of agents for the Alaska Railroad are patrolling the woods looking for hunters who illegally use the railroad tracks.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and Exhibits EntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Art Briefs
Library will host new reading programKPC Showcase to open 16th seasonPerforming Arts Society season opens soonEntries wanted for exhibitWalela to headline Native concert

Ceramic fever
Above a table filled with half-finished projects is a sign that reads: "Warning, ceramic fever, very contagious, no known cure."

NASCAR, drivers work for safety
Two weeks ago, the racing community faced what it considered a life-or-death problem the New Hampshire International Speedway. Drivers complained of safety concerns; NASCAR said little; and raceway officials insisted nothing was wrong.

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders for the 2000 NASCAR season.

Dura Lube 300
New Hampshire International Speedway (Loudon, N.H.)

Labonte remains stoic about points
ATLANTA Former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson had a favorite saying: ''The wind always blows hardest at the top of the mountain.''

Points standings
Point standngs for this years racers.

Schedule
2000 NASCAR racking schedule.

Cigarette believed to be cause of blaze
An early morning house fire Wednesday claimed the life of a Kenai resident and forced the evacuation of a neighboring apartment building.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome subject of lunch talk
With nearly 150 children a year born with fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effect in Alaska, the battle to prevent the affliction is far from over.

Backyard rodeo
Bruce Hawkins lassos his little brother O.T. while playing in the yard of their home in Soldotna Tuesday afternoon.

Planning and Zoning Commission to consider exceptions to city code
Junk vehicles may be allowed to remain in people's yards under a code change resolution before the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission tonight.

Transit funding nixed
HOMER -- Driven to differing points of view, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly put the brakes on a proposed ordinance to adopt transportation funding powers.

Fund-raiser to benefit Boys and Girls Club
The annual Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula's Friends Luncheon will feature another in a line of statewide figures as keynote speaker Thursday.

Diesel detected at former site of tank farm
It is not 100 percent clear who is responsible for an underground diesel spill by the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, but for now, Unocal is paying the cleanup costs.

Funding woes threaten theaters
The curtain may fall on many peninsula performers due to declining school funding.

Bridge jumper rescued from river
A 43-year-old Sterling woman who jumped off the Sterling Highway bridge into the Kenai River in Soldotna Monday was recovering at Central Peninsula General Hospital Tuesday after being rescued by a fisher and the owner of a nearby lodge.

River center set to open
A host of dignitaries, including Ambassador James Pipkin, are expected in Soldotna today for the dedication of the new $2 million Kenai River Center at Mile 1.5 Funny River Road.

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

Cheryl Haworth is the first US medal contender in weighlifting since 1984
The last time an American weightlifter won an Olympic medal, Cheryl Haworth was not yet a year old. The last time the U.S. medalled when the world's dominant weightlifters weren't sitting back in their Eastern European countries in boycott, Haworth's parents weren't even married yet.

Fear of Sydney sharks has no teeth
SYDNEY, Australia -- The truth about the dreaded S-word is that Australians eat far more sharks than sharks eat Australians.

Cara Heads-Lane senses something spectacular is coming.
It's not the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics, which she will march in as a member of the United States women's weightlifting team. It's not a faraway reunion with her parents and sister, who will fly from Southern California to Sydney. It's not even stepping onto the lifting platform at the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour and competing in the women's 75kg class on Oct. 20, because Heads-Lane has visualized that act so thoroughly already that the experience might not seem entirely new.

U. S. boxing olympic team are tight lipped about expectaions.
SYDNEY-Boxers would rather fight with their fists than with words.

The 2000 Olymics is also introducing Australians to sydney.
If the 2000 Olympics is introducing Australia to the world it's also introducing Sydney to Australians.

Sydney games kick off with home team losing twice
SYDNEY, Australia -- The U.S. men's soccer team won't march in the opening ceremony at the Summer Games. Instead, it will settle for taking a small step forward in its Olympics debut -- which is more than the hosts can say.

Oscar Chaplin III is looking at the Olympics as just another competition.
By now, athletes all over Sydney are talking about lifetime moments, eagerly admitting that their impending competition in Australia will be the biggest one of their careers.

Overall, boxers received favorble draws.
SYDNEY-U.S. boxers received favorable draws in all but one weight class Thursday, increasing hopes for a strong showing.

Scientists bring back animals from brink of extinction
GRAND CHENIER, La. (AP) -- Alligator season opened throughout Louisiana this month, thanks in large part to the efforts of researchers at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.

Who's who in the district's central office?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is big business.

Harsh reality
This is homecoming season, a time of celebration for high school students and young adults.

School lunch menus
Lunch menus for this week.

Around the District
Deadline looms for discounted lunchesCoast Guard Academy seeks applicants Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSeward Middle-Senior High SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenai Cooperative PreschoolPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

Fired coach craves another job
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bob Knight wants to coach again ''in the worst way.'' He's just not sure where.

Athletics knocked over, 7-6
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jacque Jones homered and drove in three runs as the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Wednesday to snap their three-game losing streak.

Indiana hires interim coach
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Mike Davis, a Bob Knight disciple but an opposite in temperament and style, inherited one of college basketball's most visible jobs Tuesday as interim coach at Indiana.

Sports Briefs
Oilers' Garcia named summer All-American Hockey referees needed

Coach Knight bids IU adieu
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bob Knight bid farewell to Indiana University, saluting cheering students and urging them to forget about the freshman who played a part in the coach's firing.

New York moves to two games behind Atlanta in NL East
NEW YORK -- Benny Agbayani homered and drove in three runs as the New York Mets' bats awoke from their silent September to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 Tuesday night.

Unprecedented year for urban bear sightings
PHOENIX (AP) -- Bears have left Arizona's mountains and headed for the cities, drinking from swimming pools and hanging from trees in the booming suburbs that are pressing closer to the animals' homes.

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