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Saturday, September 16, 2000

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.

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.

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.

''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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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.

$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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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