Wednesday, September 20, 2000

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.

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.

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

Survivors of Nuiqsut crash knew landing was flawed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Survivors of Monday's fatal plane crash in Nuiqsut felt the plane bump the runway then begin to climb, and for a moment they thought the pilot was going to pull them out of danger.

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.

Boy mauled by bear recovering
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A teenager was recovering from a broken arm, cuts and scrapes after being mauled by a brown bear on a hunting trip near Hope, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Faults beneath Cook Inlet could produce earthquake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A network of comparatively shallow folds and faults beneath Cook Inlet could produce earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 and greater in the Anchorage area, according to a new analysis of seismic data.

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.

MTA takeover bid fails
PALMER (AP) -- Matanuska Telephone Association turned down a $187 million takeover offer for the cooperative from Alaska Communications Systems Tuesday night after a vote by members failed.

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.

Federal regulators propose $25,000 fine for Alyeska Pipeline Co.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A pressure relief valve set too high at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s North Pole metering station could cost the company $25,000.

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.

Air Force to hold hearings on F-22 deployment in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Air Force has scheduled a series of meetings to solicit comments on the possible impacts if Elmendorf Air Force Base is chosen as home base for two squadrons of F-22s.

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.

Daylong forum on Native issues held in nation's capital
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Subsistence and other Alaska Native concerns were the focus of a day-long forum Wednesday in Washington D.C.

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.

Governors focus on rising heating prices
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Fears of high heating bills this winter should not be used to restrict the country's embrace of natural gas as a new energy source, officials at a national meeting on natural gas prices said Wednesday.

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.

Moderate quake felt in Old Harbor
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook Kodiak Island Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Barrow man charged with sexually assaulting Fairbanks woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Barrow man was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a Fairbanks woman, police said.

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.

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 Conservation 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.

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.

Delta farmers try to salvage crops
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delta Junction farmers, already struggling with three times the usual amount of rain, woke up to find snow covering their partially-harvested crops.

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.

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.

Flu vaccine in short supply
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Flu vaccine is in short supply in Alaska.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency Planning Committee meets today Chamber luncheon features live audio addressSelf-employment workshop offeredRegistration available for after-school programChurch choir meets tonightSmall business seminar offeredHarris to address committeeLeague of Women Voters will meet in SoldotnaCareer exploration seminars scheduledCollege council to meetClub will hike Slaughter GulchClearing of ski trails planned

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.

Prime Time Family Reading Time aims at strengthening children's literacy
Snuggling on mom's or dad's lap for a favorite bed time story can build treasured memories of childhood. But it also can build literacy skills that can spell success for youngsters.

Photo feature: Taking a breather
A family of trumpeter swans paddle across Tern Lake while feeding earlier this week.

Truck overturns on Sterling Highway
An 18-wheeler pulling two trailers overturned in Cooper Landing Tuesday night closing the Sterling Highway in both directions.

Knowles to seek low-interest loans
Gov. Tony Knowles' Disaster Policy Cabinet has recommended against declaring a state disaster following dismal returns of upper Cook Inlet sockeye salmon.

City officials get 'spacey'
The councils and administrations of the cities of Soldotna and Kenai set aside their gentle sister-city rivalry Friday night and got together for a little wine, a little cheese and a large meteor shower that threatened to send their space station crashing to earth.

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.

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.

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.

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

Eloy E. and Margaret 'Maggie' A. Garcia
A joint memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday for former Kenai Peninsula residents Maggie and Eloy Garcia. Father Stan Allie will conduct the service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 1201 Bogard Rd. in Wasilla. A reception will follow.

Nancie Allemann
Nikiski resident Nancie Allemann died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 46.

Samuel Welton
Nikiski resident Samuel Welton died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, from a fire in Wasilla. He was 14.

Olympic postcard
How ya doin', mate? When you're in a foreign country trying to figure out the money is always a problem. But at least in Australia they use dollars and cents.

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.

Lifting medal lifted
SYDNEY, Australia -- On the same day a Bulgarian weightlifter kissed his silver medal goodbye in a drug scandal, a hamstring strain forced American sprinter Inger Miller to bid farewell to her 100-meter medal hopes.

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

More US rowing teams advance
SYDNEY-Four more American boats advanced in Olympic rowing Wednesday, including the women's quad sculls which trains in Augusta.

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

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.

Could the US Baseball team be the USA's chance to shine?
SYDNEY - This call that could backfire, could turn out to be worse than "gee, hon, I think that Home Depot has topped out at $18.'' It could end up making the thankfully brief instant-beer fad seem a capital idea.

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

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

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.

Seniors step in to help students improve reading skills
Once upon a time, there were some children who were having trouble keeping up with their classmates in reading. The teachers wanted to help more, but they had to be with all the other children, too.

Elementary School Menus
Menus for this next for for elementary schools in the district.

Secondary Schools lunch menu
Secondary schools lunch menu for this coming week.

School district goes online for staff training session
Saturday, 19 Kenai Peninsula teachers sat down for a staff development class called "Best Practices of Reading." But this class was special, because not all of them were in the same room.

Schools around the district
Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena ElementaryKenai Middle School Soldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High School Nikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSeward Middle-Senior High SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenai Cooperative PreschoolKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

Around the district
Organization invites essays on ConstitutionMind A-Mazes invites competitorsCollege test deadlines comingState begins study of school adequacy

Braves cruise by Mets
ATLANTA -- Javy Lopez tripled and singled during a season-high seven-run second inning and the Atlanta Braves once again beat the New York Mets at Turner Field, 12-4 Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Seward netters sweep NikiskiRomanowski makes court appearance in drug caseSlow recovery for Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews

White Sox move magic number down to seven
DETROIT -- Sean Lowe pitched five shutout innings and Chris Singleton hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-2.

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.

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

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