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Friday, September 15, 2000

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.

Budget bill boosts grants for sewer, water projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government will boost its spending for village sewer and water projects by ten percent, to $55 million, if a spending measure that has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee becomes law.

Animal weasels its way into Kenai police headquarters
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The subject was barricaded in the Kenai Police headquarters, stated the press release issued to the local media. He was brazen, maybe foolhardy, but one lucky little weasel.

''Alaska Class'' tankers for $630 million
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- BP has ordered three new, double-hull tankers to work the Alaska trade. The order is worth more than $630 million.

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.

Archaeologist uncovers human bones from Yukon River sandbar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An archaeologist combing land near Eagle found human bones that may be more than 50 years old, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Former borough official pleads no contest in charity scam case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anthony Kesler, the North Slope Borough's former chief of staff who is accused of running a phony charity, pleaded no contest Friday, the Attorney General's office said.

Alaska unemployment drops to 4.3 percent
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska unemployment decreased to 4.3 percent in August as seasonal industries such as fishing, tourism and construction hit peak levels, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Coast Guard helps sinking yacht
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued a 70 foot yacht Friday that struck a rock northwest of Ketchikan.

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.

Alternative to halibut charters offered to anglers
KENAI (AP) -- A Soldotna man who thinks halibut charters are out of the price range of most Alaskans will be offering another option next summer -- a barge anchored off Anchor Point.

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.

Crawford named director of Alaska State Troopers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Maj. Randy Crawford has been named director of the Alaska State Troopers, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Friday.

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.

Hoonah man shoots attacking bear
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Hoonah man shot a brown bear to death as it attacked him while deer hunting.

Gray Line changes name
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gray Line of Alaska will be renamed Holland America Tours effective Monday, according to parent company Holland America Line Westours Inc.

Bear carcass found in Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau fisherman snagged a dead bear with a gunshot wound Wednesday in Gastineau Channel.

Stevens amends spending bill to include monoxide study at Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The National Academy of Sciences would be directed to study carbon monoxide buildups in the winter air around this Interior city under language added to an appropriation bill approved by a U.S. Senate committee.

Moon pleads innocent in fish case
KODIAK (AP) -- Sun Myung Moon, head of the Unification Church, and his wife Hak Ja Han, both pleaded innocent in Kodiak District Court Wednesday to charges of taking more than the legal limit of silver salmon from Marka Bay on Afognak Island.

Barrow captains delay fall whaling
BARROW (AP) -- Whaling captains in Barrow have decide

Oil companies say Slope gas could be ready by 2007
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North Slope natural gas could be ready to flow to the Lower 48 as soon as 2007, top executives from BP and Phillips Petroleum told a Senate committee in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

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.

Judicial commission lawyer backs reprimand for Bethel judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The lawyer for the state Commission on Judicial Conduct says the commission should recommend a public reprimand for a Bethel judge who jailed a witness to keep her sober for trial.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teen-ager dies in house fire
WASILLA (AP) -- A teen-ager whose body was found in an upstairs bedroom was killed Friday in a house fire, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

New Kenai River Center Opens
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A new $2 million Kenai River Center was dedicated Thursday, along with a library named for former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Don Gilman.

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

Man gets nine years imprisonment in drunken driving fatal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a drunken driving incident that killed one person and injured another.

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.

Welding suspended at Alaska Airlines
SEATTLE (AP) -- Welding has been suspended at Alaska Airlines following questions by federal investigators about the training and qualification of welders.

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.

Kenai man dies in house fire
KENAI (AP) -- An early morning house fire Wednesday claimed the life of a Kenai man and forced the evacuation of a nearby apartment building.

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.

Tug that went aground in Unalaska was nearly new By JIM PAULIN
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Millennium Star was practically brand new when it grounded at the entrance to Dutch Harbor early Monday morning. The tug had left its shipyard less than a month earlier.

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.

Runway project completed at Eielson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Aircraft are moving back to Eielson Air Force Base now that the $12.5 million runway project is complete.

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.

Wasilla man dies in accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man who was driving home from work was killed in an accident Friday at mile 5.5 of Knik Goose Bay Road, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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.

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

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.

$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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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
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

LIO Schedule
The Denali Commission will hold a public hearing. Testimony will be taken.

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
Registration wraps upLearn to paintMembership meeting slatedRacing finals plannedSeminar held for refereesPCI offering Quickbooks help After school program plannedLibrary offers genealogy research resourcesExplore a career with new seminars

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.

'Budget' fishing platform coming to Cook Inlet
A belief that halibut charter boats are too expensive for most Kenai Peninsula residents has led an enterprising Soldotna man to develop an alternative.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

$2 million facility praised as model of cooperation and public outreach
Thursday was an auspicious day for the grand opening of the Kenai River Center.

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.

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.

Fund-raiser nets $10K for Boys and Girls Club
Friends of the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula crowded into Paradisos restaurant Thursday afternoon for the annual Friends Luncheon fund-raiser and to hear from Phillips Alaska Inc. president Kevin Meyers, the keynote speaker.

High School Football Standings
NORTHERN LIGHTS CONFERENCE GREAT LAND CONFERENCE

Harold Ray Hollon
Former Soldotna resident Harold Ray Hollon died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, in Anchorage. He was 62.

They're not so different than us, really.
SYDNEY. For weeks now, all we had been hearing was how the Sydney Olympics would be the Subdued Games, that Australians were far too circumspect to conduct the boosterism that often accompanies this event.

Dazzling opening show is a tribute to Austrailia's long history and culture.
SYDNEY-The Olympics Millennium Games opened with a splashy tribute to Australia's long history and diverse culture Friday night in Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

American women bounce Norway in soccer competition; Houston may miss first basketball game
SYDNEY, Australia -- There was a sense of deja vu Down Under: The Olympic opening ceremony was a day away, and buses were missing and lost -- much like at the 1996 Summer Games.

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.

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.

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

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.

Opening ceremonies are spectacular
SYDNEY-Australia swept the gold medals in opening ceremonies with a spectacular show that mixed artistry, engineering, stirring music, emotion and humor.

Time outside the stadium reaps friendly rewards.
G'day mates, Hey, if Juan Antonio Samaranch can try to sound Australian, so can I. Hearing him say G'day with his thick Spanish accent was one of the funnier moments of Opening Ceremonies.

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.

Australian wedding tempers crushed olympic dreams
SYDNEY - The groom, by his own estimation, would have qualified as old. The rings were new, the tuxedoes borrowed.

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.

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.

Olympic mascots are the unexpected
Remember Izzy? He was the odd sort of energy creature who could morph into all those Olympic icons in 1996. Cute, but nobody liked him or understood him.

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.

Trails, awash in color, beckon peninsula hikers
Bill Shuster of the U.S. Forest Service said fall colors on the Kenai Peninsula remind him of Trix cereal -- "raspberry red, lemon yellow and orange orange."

Elderly Jews try to keep alive spirit of Alexandria's once thriving Jewish community
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) -- The elderly woman sinks slowly onto a seat next to a brass plaque

Federal appeals court refuses to block Virginia's minute of silence law
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Public school students across Virginia are observing a mandatory minute of silence each day, after a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 not to block a new state law. A few students are protesting by walking out of class during the daily observance.

Researchers say North America's Jewish population could drop by a third
NEW YORK (AP) -- If present trends continue, by the year 2080 North America's Jewish population will drop by a third, to 4 million, according to projections in the new ''American Jewish Year Book.''

Episcopal leader in good condition after surgery
NEW YORK (AP) -- Doctors are fully satisfied after prostate surgery on the leader of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold, the denomination's headquarters announced.

U.S. church leaders say Clinton ignoring Christians on Jerusalem issue
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fifteen top U.S. Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox church leaders have sent President Clinton a joint letter complaining that the administration has ignored Christians' concerns about the status of Jerusalem.

Mormons transforming the biggest U.S. private junior college
REXBURG, Idaho (AP) -- Ricks College students aren't yet attending ''Brigham Young University-Idaho'' this fall, but officials are busy planning the transition to a four-year school.

Program launched to fight prejudice between Catholics and Jews
DENVER (AP) -- In a program to counteract prejudice, Colorado Jewish and Roman Catholic students are learning about each other's beliefs this fall.

Crucifixion relic featured as Greek clerics launch petition drive on ID cards
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A relic believed by some devout Greek Orthodox to be from the actual cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified is coming to Greece as part of a church campaign to retain a religious designation on state identity cards.

Congregations join together to repair what Floyd put asunder
LAWRENCE, N.C. (AP) -- When the ceiling-high floodwaters receded from the Batts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, members discovered that a century and a half of history had floated away.

Religion Briefs
Ministry with healing touchesWomen's ministry planned Guest services plannedCanopy of Blessings slatedMusic group, evangelist to visit

Salvation Army to modernize marriage rules for officers
LONDON (AP) -- The Salvation Army has decided to let regional units throughout the world decide whether to loosen marriage rules for officers, including a 135-year-old ban on marrying persons outside the organization.

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.

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

Once more, with feeling
Finally, something's going to be hanging in the balance at a Kenai-Soldotna football game besides just bragging rights.

Bulldog's engine powered by steam
There's no question Nikiski senior Seth Tauriainen treats his 5-foot-9, 210-pound body rough. The big mystery is how he gets away with it.

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.

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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