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Monday, September 18, 2000

Police say jail spat involving administrator not assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have concluded that an incident at the Sixth Avenue jail between two Department of Corrections employees was not a prosecutable assault.

Woman injured in ferry collision removed from life support
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) -- A 71-year-old Anchorage woman who was critically injured in a collision between a jumbo ferry and a pleasure boat died after being removed from life support Sunday evening, a regional health spokesman said.

Oil companies say they'll have gas pipeline plan next year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After decades of waiting, the three companies that own 95 percent of Alaska's vast natural gas reserves said at a Senate hearing this week that next year they should pick a project to move that gas to market. If all goes well, the gas could be sold starting in 2007.

Anchorage man indicted on murder charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was indicted Friday on murder charges, Alaska State Troopers said.

Chugach forest plan put more emphasis on recreation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugach National Forest's 10-year management plan, now out for final review, so far is more oriented toward recreation and habitat than logging and mining.

Washington teen arrested in murder of father in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Washington teen was arrested in Ketchikan Saturday and charged with murdering his father earlier this year.

Young blasts Murkowski proposals on cruise ship pollution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Just a day after Gov. Tony Knowles blasted Sen. Frank Murkowski for weakening the Clean Water Act in a bill on cruise ship pollution, the senator's Republican colleague in the House, Rep. Don Young, launched a torpedo at him for going too far.

Alaska regulator appointed to universal service board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chair of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska was named to the federal state Joint Board on Universal Service by the Federal Communications Commission.

Tax cap has slight lead in new poll
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new poll shows a proposed property tax cap has a narrow lead among Alaskans, but ten percent still say they're undecided.

Governors focus on rising heating prices
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A one-day summit here involving Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles will address natural gas issues as consumers around the country are facing a long winter of high heating bills.

Chugach forest plan put more emphasis on recreation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugach National Forest's 10-year management plan, now out for final review, so far is more oriented toward recreation and habitat than logging and mining.

House approves salmon recovery bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Monday approved a bill that would earmark up to $600 million over the next three years for salmon habitat improvements and research in Alaska and four other Western states.

Fairbanks man accused in truck theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man apparently decided he didn't need to buy a vehicle, just make a copy of the key and drive off the lot with it.

Two earthquakes hit Alaska Sunday
PALMER (AP) -- Two earthquakes hit Alaska on Sunday, one near Adak and one not far from Sutton. No damage or injuries were reported from either quake.

Man convicted of DWI that hurt four wants license back
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man convicted in a 1996 drunken-driving crash that left a mother severely brain-damaged is seeking a limited driver's license so he can return to work as a truck driver.

Chinese officials inspect Alaska potatoes for possible import
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Chinese officials visited Alaska's agricultural areas this fall to decide whether to allow Alaska potatoes to be imported.

Wireless Internet gets early test in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's largest city will be one of the first places nationwide to get a new service that bypasses traditional wires, instead beaming phone calls and high-speed Internet directly into homes.

Federal government rejects Alaska claims to Southeast waters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal government has rejected Alaska's claims to submerged ocean lands in Southeast Alaska, setting the stage for what could become an extended dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Workers rush to change valve during pipeline shutdown
FAIRBANKS -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. workers hurled themselves into round-the-clock labor in North Pole Saturday as they raced to switch out a damaged valve while the pipeline is shut down for a scheduled 27 hours.

Denali Borough ponders taxes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Denali Borough needs nearly $600,000 to pay for school maintenance projects, so its assembly is considering utility, sales and excursion taxes to help raise the money.

Juneau shops mislead tourists on Native art
JUNEAU (AP) -- Half of Juneau's downtown tourist shops use cheap, foreign knockoffs to mislead customers seeking Alaska-made Native art, an investigation by the Juneau Empire showed.

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Around the Peninsula
KPC seminar plannedSpecial joint lunch plannedBusiness seminar slatedArt entries soughtWomen's club to hold luncheonCIRCAC board to meet

Around the Peninsula
Hike planned todayReferee seminar on iceAfter-school program offeredRussian leaders to speak at chamberSuccess seminar plannedSports day for girls slatedBlood drive coming

Community Calendar
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NOW PLAYING
I went to see Scary Movie a few months ago when it was released the first time. The next day I was talking about it at the of fice and one of my co-workers asked if I liked it. "Yeah, its really funny!" I replied. "Great," she said. "My kids really want to see it." Uh oh, I thought. That about sums it up.

Photo feature: Evening colors
A rainbow offers a promise of gold in the spruce trees east of Soldotna following a brief shower Friday night.

College strives to preserve heritage
The Kenai Peninsula has a fascinating history, but much of the evidence is hidden in piles of stuff owners may consider junk.

Photo feature: Scooting along
Bobby Schmidt, 7, reflects his efforts as he skates across a puddle on his scooter recently.

Legislators visit peninsula schools
Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, stood in front of a group Friday to speak about the importance of voter registration and the recent low voter turnout.

Conventions leave lasting impressions
Three Kenai Peninsula residents traveled great distances to represent this region in the national party nominating conventions.

Emphasis on biology urged
There is a new player in Cook Inlet fishery and subsistence politics.

Summer good for Era, TransNorthern
Another high-traffic summer for passenger airlines at Kenai Municipal Airport has kept both players in the local market satisfied despite a substantial hike in fuel prices.

Sewer treatment plans get airing
Nine different ideas for treating Soldotna's sewage in the coming decades were presented to the city council Wednesday night, though two plans were flushed by the consultants as not feasible.

Cooper Landing residents miffed
Most owners of the 60,200 pieces of real property in the Kenai Peninsula Borough don't find taxes appealing. But those who believed their properties were valued unfairly definitely thought them worth appealing.

New support group offers help to murder's 'other' victims
Murder means the tragic end of a life. But those whose lives go on, the friends and families of the dead or even of the perpetrators, are victims, too. They survive, but with a unique burden of grief.

Tamra Lynn "Tami" Cooper
Former Soldotna resident Tamra Lynn "Tami" Cooper died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, in Arkansas from injuries received in a car accident. She was 37.

Robert G. Meeks Sr.
Former Soldotna resident Robert G. Meeks Sr. died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, in Orlando, Fla. He was 79.

Olympic feelimgs never die for Olympian athletes
This is a column from Dennis Sodomka, with photos of Anne Martin and Jake and Tommy Pescatore. Tommy is the one standing with his mom waving the flag. Both boys are in the other photo.

Death of IOC head's wife marks end of era
SYDNEY, Australia -- On a day when the U.S. baseball team made its Sydney debut with a victory, the Olympic news was captured in a linescore: No hits, a stirring run, and the end of an era.

Women's first olymic weightlifting medal won by USA's Tara Nott
SYDNEY - Half of the United States' women's weightlifting team took the day off from training Sunday. But their hands were far from idle.

US women basketball less than impressive against South Korea.
SYDNEY - At the opening ceremony for the 2000 Summer Olympics, the two Koreas marched together and rivaled the United States in the ovation they received. The bigger surprise, though, was in the opening round of the women's basketball tournament, when one Korea alone rivaled the U.S. on the court.

Austrailian pride is running wild
Australian pride is running wild as their Olympians are off to a good start. They won some medals the first day and had a strong showing in several sports. But even if their athletes don't win medals, Aussies are proud of hosting the Olympics. They like showing off their country to the world.

US Women's Basketball wins over Korea by a surprisingly narrow margin.
SYDNEY - At the opening ceremony for the 2000 Summer Olympics, the two Koreas marched together and rivaled the United States in the ovation they received. The bigger surprise, though, was in the opening round of the women's basketball tournament, when one Korea alone rivaled the U.S. on the court.

Defense wins boxing match between USA and Russia.
SYDNEY-When you're a world champion you know how to win.

Baseball game between USA and Japan is a nailbitter
SYDNEY - One of the reasons Tommy Lasorda agreed to manage the United States Olympic baseball team was to get back some of the excitement he has missed since retiring.

America asserts itself at Olympics
SYDNEY, Australia -- Surprise, surprise: yet another record-breaking effort at the Olympic pool -- this time by an American swimmer chasing a gold medal. A pair of U.S. boxing victories, now six straight overall. And another easy American softball win

USA mens quad sculls advanced to semifinals
SYDNEY- USA rowers continued to fight through Olympic jitters as both the men's and women's quad sculls finished third in their heats Monday.

Zeiger happy with fouth place in women's triathalon
SYDNEY-What's it like to finish fourth in a race that awards only three medals? How does it feel to train for years only to see the glory slip from your grasp by 17 seconds in a two-hour race?

Women's first triathalon ends with an upset
SYDNEY-What's it like to finish fourth in a race that awards only three medals? How does it feel to train for years only to see the glory slip from your grasp by 17 seconds in a two-hour race?

Possibilities
Shooting accounted for the first medal of the 27th Olympiad Saturday, American Nancy Johnson marking her way to gold in the 10m air rifle competition. Maybe that was appropriate for the Sydney Games, a fitting first shot to start two weeks that will race like no others Australia has known. And to begin a time when most of that race will be run through a tightly bunched collection of venues that will make Sydney feel as close as it is united at the moment.

U S rowers off to a rocky start
SYDNEY-Augusta rowers got off to a rocky start in the first day of rowing at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Peninsula People
SoHi grad completes trainingTeens complete tough course

Kenai Lions annual event meets goals
It was a close race, but the winner of the ninth annual Lions Kenai Rubber Ducky Race on Saturday was lucky No. 415.

Births
Heidi and Leif Jacobsen Lisa (McCubbins) and Michael ThompsonWendy and Mark WinansTracy and Graham Davis Maggie Crowell and Jared Tapia Elisia Barlow and Robert PrescottChris and Michael Hanson

Mission trip leads to more than expected for Kenai man
The country of Ukraine is half a world away. However, for Jerry and Violetta Strait, it is close in thought.

Bulldogs pulverize Service JV
The host Nikiski football team got three rushing touchdowns from Josh Winters Friday night as it squashed Service's junior varsity team 58-0.

Panthers club Kings as homecoming party starts early
The Skyview High School football team gave its fans just what they were looking for in a homecoming game a decisive victory, leaving plenty of time for celebration in the stands.

St. Louis nears NL Central title
ST. LOUIS -- Right fielder Sammy Sosa's three-base error allowed three runs to score in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Sunday.

Soldotna sweeps Kenai Invitational
After Saturday's victory at the Kenai Invite, Soldotna High School's Swimming and Diving Team is bringing home the Mireille Thomson Memorial Aggregate Trophy again. The team has captured the trophy at nearly every Kenai Invite since Barry and Eleanor Thomson began awarding it in 1991.

Bulldogs sweep Region III/3A play
The host Nikiski volleyball team won Region III/3A matches on Friday and Saturday to improve its region record to 4-0 and its overall record to 5-2.

One play separates Soldotna from Kenai
Perhaps, when members of the Soldotna High School football team look back on this season, they'll call it "The Run."

Griffith takes Coeur Di Alene run
The sixth annual Coeur Di Alene Mt. Run-Walk was held Sept. 10 in Hope. Runners participated in 8- or 16-mile races to help raise money for the Hope School.

Skyview splits with Cordova
The Cordova swim team met the Skyview team at Skyview Friday. The Skyview girls swam strongly, and among them Stephanie Lambe performed especially well. She won the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly and the100-yard freestyle. Her time

Kenai girls make history
The Kenai Central girls cross country team has turned Liz Burck into a historical fact-finder as well as coach.

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