Thursday, September 21, 2000

Students don't have to stand during pledge
JUNEAU -- Juneau students won't be required to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance under a new policy approved by the Juneau School Board.

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.

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

Alaska says it wants to settle major Flight 261 lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Alaska Airlines has said for the first time that it wants to settle a lawsuit stemming from the Jan. 31 crash of Flight 261, which killed all 88 people aboard.

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.

BP aims for North Slope gas sales by 2007
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP's global production chief says the company wants to begin selling North Slope natural gas within seven years.

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.

FAA investigated safety of Cape Smythe Air Service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The company that operated the plane involved in a fatal crash in Nuiqsut Monday was the subject of an in-depth safety investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year.

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.

Vandals loose tiger, other animals at Alaska Zoo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Al, one of three Siberian tigers at the Alaska Zoo, wandered the grounds for a brief time early Thursday morning after vandals broke into the zoo and used bolt cutters to break the locks on about 10 animal cages.

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.

Seafood processor indicted for buying illegally harvested halibut
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai seafood processor was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy and four counts of buying illegally harvested halibut.

Supreme Court hears PFD eligibility arguments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether the state statute on Permanent Fund dividend eligibility discriminates against some legal aliens.

List of Alaska's Permanent Fund dividends
Here are the annual amounts the Alaska Permanent Fund has paid Alaskans since 1982, when the dividend program began:

Pilot dies in plane crash near Aniak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old pilot died Wednesday when his plane crashed about 60 miles southeast of Aniak, Alaska State Troopers said.

Alaska Permanent Fund dividend reaches $1,963.86
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- More than half a million Alaskans can pay for a snowmachine, a round of drinks in a really crowded bar or just a few months' groceries with the largest dividend ever paid by the Alaska Permanent Fund -- $1,963.86.

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.

Juneau police kill fourth nuisance bear
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau Police killed their fourth nuisance bear of the summer season early Thursday morning.

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

Ketchikan Indian Corp. reaches agreement on hospital care
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Indian Corp. has reached an agreement with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, the Village of Saxman and the Indian Health Service on hospital care for Natives in the Ketchikan area.

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.

Author and wife of Anchorage Pulizter Prize winning writer dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The wife of Anchorage Pulizter Prize winning writer John Strohmeyer, and a published author herself, died this week in Anchorage.

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.

Diesel fuel leak closes Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 34-year-old Anchorage man was seriously injured Wednesday in a collision that also caused a diesel fuel spill on the Seward Highway near Beluga Point, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Cook Inlet not a disaster, state says
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Cook Inlet's 2000 commercial fishing season may have been among the worst on record but it still falls short of a disaster, the state's disaster cabinet said.

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.

Barge incident spills three-thousands pounds of fertilizer in Whittier harbor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were trying to clean up 3,000 pounds of fertilizer that spilled in the Whittier harbor Wednesday after a railcar containing the material was being taken off a barge.

Bigger ships could mean more cruise passengers next year
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Cruise ships may bring more passengers to Alaska next year as companies replace older ships with larger vessels, an industry official said.

Researcher: lean summer means tough winter for bear cubs
DENVER (AP) -- Half of the black bear cubs will not make it through hibernation this winter because they didn't get enough to eat and don't have the built-up fat of adult bears, Colorado's top bear researcher said.

Girdwood-area tram makes river crossing more manageable
GLACIER CREEK -- Just back from hunting goats in the mountains above the headwaters of the Twentymile River, Dan Schilling welcomed the Four Corners Tram with a sense of relief.

Officials to announce amount of permanent fund dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It's a moment that's dear to every eligible Alaskan's heart -- and this year it happens Thursday.

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.

Two faces charges for illegal moose hunt in Anchorage bowl
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men new to Alaska are facing charges in connection with illegally killing a moose on the Anchorage Hillside.

Retirees need to carefully analyze investment assumptions
DENVER (AP) -- Smart investors know it's dangerous to assume too much about how well their portfolio will perform in the future.

Held hostage by the imbalance of trade
NEW YORK (AP) -- It is generally described as the U.S. trade deficit problem but it's really the world's problem. And foreigners as well as Americans are responsible for it.

For use anytime. Financial education for teen-agers going online
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you don't think teen-agers need help learning the ins and outs of personal finance, consider for a moment the case of the $84 pizza.

Business Briefs
Homer, Seward are top halibut and sablefish portsBP orders double-hulled tankersNew tourism trade group plans conventionLand's End sells townhousesAlaska salmon fisheries certified sustainableKenai grad opens dental practiceRestaurants inspectedHalibut charter IFQs, sea lions on council agendaKeyCorp expands online insurance offerings

Onions: smelly and sweet, old and new
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Onions, garlic and leeks smell so pungent it's hard to believe they belong to the same family as the fragrant lily. But many a plant family has its two-faced Januses and some onions, to be sure, manifest their sweetness not in smell but in taste.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Free business seminar offeredAARP meets today in KenaiHarris to address committeeLeague of Women Voters sets meetingKDLL board meets tonightDog racing enthusiasts plan meetingCareer exploration seminars scheduledCollege council sets regular meetingClub will hike Slaughter GulchFree development clinic offeredSeason begins for young bowlers Oct. 1 Challenger Center offers science programs for home schoolers

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming Events Down the RoadAnchorage Events Films

Art Briefs
Wanted: Halloween costumes, strange petGrants available to Native artists

State's oldest juried art show enriches Kenai visitors center
Kenai Peninsula residents can get a firsthand look at the works of some of the state's top artists for the next month at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Race cars are too fast to be safe
ATLANTA -- Soft walls and restrictor plates. Smaller spoilers and engine kill switches. NASCAR keeps treating symptoms without considering the disease speed. Cars are too fast on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

points standings
Points standings so far.

Formula One makes U.S. comeback
Jacques Villeneuve is one of the few drivers on the Formula One circuit who has seen the Indianapolis Motor Speed way in person. That's why he wants fans attending Sunday's SAP U.S. Grand Prix not to expect a lot of passing.

Money leaders so far

2000 schedule for Winston Cup 400
Dover Downs International Speedway (Dover, Del.)

Borough supplies to go on auction block
As the saying goes, "One man's trash is another's man's treasure."

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.

14-year-old recovering after brown bear attack
A 14-year-old boy is recovering at Central Peninsula General Hospital from injuries he received from a bear attack while on a hunting trip near Hope Monday.

Photo feature:Wild tater
Pete Boris displays a moose shaped potato he dug from his Soldotna garden recently.

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

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.

List of Alaska's Permanent Fund dividends
Here are the annual amounts the Alaska Permanent Fund has paid Alaskans since 1982, when the dividend program began:

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

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.

Alaska Permanent Fund dividend reaches $1,963.86
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- More than 585,000 Alaskans will get $1,963.86 dividends from the Alaska Permanent Fund next month, the largest payout since the oil-royalty savings account began paying dividends in 1982, Revenue Commissioner Wilson Condon announced Thursday.

Knowles pushes Alaska natural gas ...
It is no longer a question of whether North Slope gas will be commercialized, BP executive vice president Dick Olver said Wednesday. It is a question of when and how.

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.

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.

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.

It's gut check time for the U.S. softball team.
SYDNEY - After losing twice in 36 hours-scoring one run in 25 innings-they look like anything but defending Olympic champions.

It's a small world
Hi, y'all, No matter where you roam, no matter how far from home, you will always run into someone from your hometown.

US Boxing team forges ahead with only one defeat so far
SYDNEY-The U.S. boxing team continued its dominating march to glory with another victory in the ring, but also faced its first loss of the Sydney Olympics.

USA sofball teams loses third straight game
SYDNEY - If the last one was only an irritant, this one could be a major impedement. While the first time an inevitable victory was merely diluted, this time one might have been dismissed.

US falls behind in the double sculls
SYDNEY-Augusta rowers Henry Nuzum and Mike Ferry just missed a chance to row for a medal in the men's double sculls Thursday.

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.

US continues to dominate swimming
SYDNEY-University of Georgia swimmer Kristy Kowal won a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics Thursday night.

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.

Olympics Roundup
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Two, one, zero. Lenny Krayzelburg captured Olympic swimming gold No. 2 for himself Thursday, Tom Dolan had to settle for one and Jenny Thompson came out of her last hunt for individual gold with none.

Olympic Live! sites draw U.S. spectators seeking the spirit of Sydney
SYDNEY - American visitors wandering the downtown streets have felt the energy of the Olympic games, even though they're miles from the stadiums wher

Village of Wales erects windmills
WALES (AP) -- Workers at the windblown village of Wales on the Bering Strait have erected two wind generators that should be capable of providing power at times to the entire village.

National park provides easy ways to see elk up close and personal
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) -- As dusk falls, an eerie, high-pitched squeal pierces the stillness of the alpine meadow.

Titanium cookware: where less will cost you more
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Ever try eating hot Ramen noodles with a spoon with the handle cut off? Instead of merely burning your tongue, you can scald your thumb, chin, throat, nose and lips all at once with big sputtering dribbles. Not to mention go hungry.

Girdwood-area tram makes river crossing more manageable
GLACIER CREEK -- Just back from hunting goats in the mountains above the headwaters of the Twentymile River, Dan Schilling welcomed the Four Corners Tram with a sense of relief.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

St. Louis first to win spot in MLB playoffs
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season, winning the NL Central on Wednesday night when Jim Edmonds' grand slam sent them to an 11-6 win over the Houston Astros.

Indians bleach Sox, grab wildcard lead
BOSTON -- The Cleveland Indians are finding the best route to the playoffs might be through tough enemy territory.

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.

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.

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