Tuesday, September 19, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Witnesses say plane touched runway with wheels up
NUIQSUT (AP) -- Residents who witnessed the fatal crash of a commuter plane in this North Slope village Monday said the plane touched the gravel runway without lowering its landing gear before it went down.

Kayak fire strands pair on island
HAINES (AP) -- Two tour guides waded through two miles of frigid, sometimes neck-deep water to shore after a freak fire destroyed their kayaks and stranded them on an island in Chilkat Inlet.

Prospector searches the world for wind power
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Bob Baker blew into town last week looking for the wind, he went straight for the trees.

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.

Green groups lobby Washington lawmakers for ANWR protections
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Environmentalists have gathered in Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Protection Act 20 years ago and to talk about what they see as unfinished business -- the protection of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Ohio man hauls truckload of pianos north
JUNEAU (AP) -- When Robert Siegfried decided to haul a piano from Ohio to Alaska for his nephew's daughters, he didn't want to waste the space in his old moving truck. So he brought four pianos.

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.

Judge denies license to DWI offender
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After hearing from the widower of a woman severely injured in a 1996 crash, Superior Court Judge Charles Pengilly rejected a DWI offender Richard Deweese's request for a restricted driver's license so he could go back to driving trucks.

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.

History professor works to develop Kenai Peninsula historical archive
KENAI (AP) -- A history professor at Kenai Peninsula College is seeking old photographs, journals, letters and audio or video tapes for an archive of the area's history.

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.

Botelho named PermaFund trustee
JUNEAU (AP) -- Attorney General Bruce Botelho will join the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s Board of Trustees, replacing outgoing Natural Resources Commissioner John Shively.

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.

Tourism, mining venture loans available
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula businesses are showing interest in tourism and resource development loans being offered by the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank.

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.

Lost artificial leg found near dock
JUNEAU (AP) -- Hours after the Coast Guard abandoned the search for an artificial leg lost in the Tongass Narrows near Ketchikan, the limb was spotted bobbing near an inn's dock Tuesday morning.

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.

Firefighters use aerial platform to pluck parrot from tree
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's a good thing Gracie the parrot has friends in high places.

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

Toddler accidentally shot to death by 6-year-old
KASIGLUK (AP) -- A toddler from the village of Kasigluk was accidentally shot to death over the weekend by his six-year-old brother, according to Alaska State Troopers.

UAS gets students online without wires
JUNEAU (AP) -- Monica Kane can sit in her dorm room at the University of Alaska Southeast, fire up her laptop and do online assignments without plugging into the school's computer network.

Gas line hinges on Canada pact
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An agreement nearly a quarter of a century old could define the route and specifications for a pipeline to take natural gas from the North Slope to the Lower 48, unless the federal government and Canada alter that pact.

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.

Four killed in small plane crash in Nuiqsut
NUIQSUT (AP) -- Four people were killed Monday when a small plane crashed while landing at the Nuiqsut airport.

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

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 begins today for after school programTax seminar for small businesses takes place todaySoldotna chamber meets at noon todayEmergency planning committee to meet WednesdayRed Cross will hold first aid, CPR class Sept. 30

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.

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.

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

K-Beach upgrade almost done
By the end of the month, the daily traffic delays, the endless dust, the acrid smell of hot asphalt and the rumble of heavy equipment will be just memories on a six-mile portion of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

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.

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.

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

Tourism, mining venture loans available
The Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank recently began offering loans for tourism and resource development projects, and the early inquiries are from the Kenai Peninsula.

Ann Louise Perry
Nikiski resident Ann Louise Perry died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, in Soldotna. She was 55.

Tamara 'Tami' Lynn Cooper
Former Soldotna resident Tamara "Tami" Lynn Cooper died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, in Crossett, Ark., from injuries she received in a car accident. She was 37.

Moreton Bay Bugs just part of the delicacies in Sydney
This is the 8th postcard from Sydney.

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

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

Just what will be the USA Basketball's claim to fame?
SYDNEY, So, just who's Dream is this anyway, Vince McMahon's?

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.

USA boxing team is golden
SYDNEY-Look out world. The American boxers are having their coming out party at the Olympic Games.

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.

Japan snaps U.S. softball 112-game win streak
SYDNEY, Australia -- On a day when she needed help from her Olympic teammates, U.S softball pitcher Michele Smith didn't get much -- and the team's 112-game winning streak ended.

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.

Milton is just part of the family at home
SYDNEY Want to know how DeLisha Milton figured out she had made it big?

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.

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?

USA rowers advance to semi-finals
SYDNEY-Augusta rowers advanced in both their races at the Sydney Olympics Tuesday, moving a step closer to their Olympic dreams.

More impressions from Austrailia
SYDNEY-It's dangerous to define a country's psyche based on just a few days' impressions, but since I'm in Australia, land of the fearless, I'll do it anyway.

September 13: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on publisher's exclusion of Alaska from contest:
Alaskans who haven't yet sampled a Harry Potter book may be inclined to shrug off the outcry from youn

September 15: Anchorage Voice of the Times on the proposed missile defense system:
We don't want you to lose any sleep over it, but at least some folks are concerned that our little part of the world could be ground zero for a missile attack against which the U.S. would have no defense.

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.

Peninsula People
SoHi grad completes trainingTeens complete tough course

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

Star shows strong mind, strong body
Soldotna's Billy Moiles hasn't hefted a Volkswagen filled with people or harnessed himself to a Greyhound bus just yet, but where character is concerned, he's already moved mountains.

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.

Cunningham shines for Cowboys
LANDOVER, Md. -- Troy Aikman might not get his job back as the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback.

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.

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