Friday, September 22, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Five UA community campuses get grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five University of Alaska community campuses are sharing a nearly $9.4 million federal grant to support programs and services for rural students.

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.

Fort Yukon Natives fight asbestos disposal plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tribal leaders in Fort Yukon are planning to fight the state's decision allowing debris containing asbestos to be buried in a landfill near the village.

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.

State officials seek financing help for seafood plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials plan to travel to Taiwan next week to try to salvage foreign financing for the new but idled Alaska Seafood International factory in Anchorage.

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.

Clinton calls for passage of Conservation and Reinvestment Act
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President Clinton has called on the Senate leadership pass legislation dedicating $3 billion a year in federal offshore oil drilling revenues to parks, recreation and wildlife programs.

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.

Lynx remains missing after vandalism at Alaska Zoo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lynx that was among the animals released by vandals at the Alaska Zoo remained missing Friday and zoo officials said those who broke into the zoo could face federal charges.

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.

Report: Juneau helicopter noise more long than loud
JUNEAU (AP) -- Aircraft noise during Juneau's bustling summer tourism season is less a problem of volume than of duration, according to preliminary results of a city-sponsored study.

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.

Agreement signals new era Adak Naval station
UNALASKA (AP) -- Officials with the Navy, the Department of the Interior and the Aleut Corp. have reached an agreement transferring the former Adak Naval Air Station to the regional Native corporation.

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.

Vandals loose tiger, other animals at Alaska Zoo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lynx that was among the animals released by vandals at the Alaska Zoo remained at large Thursday evening, zoo officials 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.

Five UA community campuses get grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five University of Alaska community campuses are sharing a nearly $9.4 million grant to support programs and services for rural students.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough to hold auction
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough is holding an auction of more than 5,500 surplus items.

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.

Newark, Philadelphia reporters win top religion news awards
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- David Gibson of The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., and Mary Beth McCauley of The Philadelphia Inquirer won top prizes awarded at the annual Religion Newswriters Association convention. Contest judges chose winners from among 251 entries.

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.

New Buckland school represents past and future
BUCKLAND (AP) -- The new building dominates the skyline of the village. It is a landmark, both physically and mentally for this community of about 450 residents.

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.

New anti-beetle device shows promise after recent Peninsula tests
SEWARD (AP) -- What could be bad news for the spruce bark beetle could be good news for Alaska's environment, according to scientists who are trying out a new experimental device that could keep the voracious pest from further destruction.

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

Yakama Nation asks judge to dismiss state lawsuit as 'groundless'
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Yakama Nation has asked a federal judge to dismiss a state lawsuit challenging the tribe's right to use an 1834 federal law to ban the sale of liquor to anyone -- including non-Indians -- on the 1.2 million-acre Yakama reservation in southern Washington state.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Girl killed in Anchorage crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage girl was killed early Friday in a vehicle accident, police said.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Women's luncheon plannedGirl Scouts Sports Day slatedCommunity blood drive plannedHockey registration scheduledClub will hike Slaughter GulchFree development clinic offeredSeason begins for young bowlers Oct. 1 Center offers science programs for home schoolers

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai. For more information on teleconferences, call 283-2030.

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

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.

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

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

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.

MBNA.com 400
Dover Downs International Speedway (Dover, Del.)

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
Money leaders so far

points standings
Points standings so far.

Schedule
2000 schedule for Winston Cup

$1,963 check has people talking
With the announcement of the $1,963.86 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend Thursday, Alaskans began to move forward with their many plans for the check.

Photo feature: Stakeout
Photographer Greg Daniels stands on his roof to see if he can spot a bull caribou that has been wandering back and forth along Bridge Access Road with other caribou recently.

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.

Elected officials ponder fiscal woes
The good news for some 585,800 Alaskans is that the checks are almost in the mail. Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks, that is.

Cajun theme spices up tourism conference
Leadership, teamwork and marketing -- and a healthy dose of Cajun cooking -- are the themes of the Regional Tourism Conference today and Saturday in Kenai.

Five injured in Nikiski plant incident
An ammonia leak at the Alaska Nitrogen Products (formerly Unocal) plant sent five workers to the hospital Thursday night. None were severely hurt, according to company officials.

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.

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

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.

Five injured in Nikiski plant incident
An ammonia leak at the Alaska Nitrogen Products (formerly Unocal) plant sent five workers to the hospital Thursday night. None were severely hurt, according to company officials.

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:

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

Eloy Eduardo Garcia Sr.
Wasilla resident Eloy Eduardo Garcia, Sr. died Sept. 9, 2000, at Wesley Center in Seward. He was 81.

Samuel Edward Welton
Longtime Nikiski resident Samuel Edward Welton died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, due to a house fire in Wasilla. He was 14.

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

Eric Curtis Reisdorf
Homer resident Eric Curtis Reisdorf died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at his home in Homer. He was 49.

Barrie Wilkins
Soldotna resident Barrie Wilkins died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Page, Ariz.

Claudia Marie (Derting) Baldwin
Nikiski resident Claudia Marie (Derting) Baldwin died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 45.

US starts track and field in a rush of gold
SYDNEY-The world's fastest man and woman will be crowned tonight, lighting the fuse on a week-long track and field explosion at the Sydney Olympics.

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

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.

Beach volleyball isn't for everyone
BONDI BEACH - Rock music blares from the loud speakers and fans scream as if Mick Jagger just walked on stage, but the thousands who've packed the beachside stadium have come to see Olympic beach volleyball, not a concert.

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.

U.S. softball bounces back with victory
SYDNEY, Australia -- It was a day for an Olympic double feature: ''The Exorcist,'' starring the U.S. softball team. And ''American Beauty,'' featuring the debut of U.S. track stars Michael Johnson, Maurice Greene and Marion Jones.

By the time you'vefigured out the transportation, it's time to leave.
Ga day, Luv, I know I've been at the Olympics or Pan American Games too long when I've figured out the transportation system.

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.

Billy Payne relaxes and cheers on the Americans this time around
SYDNEY-Billy Payne sat in the lobby of the Hotel Intercontinental in Sydney looking relaxed and happy, sipping a bottle of diet Coke.

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.

Media village houseing less than ideal
G'day gents and Sheilas, It's another lovely day in the land Down Under and I'd like to take you on a tour of my room in the Media Village.

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.

US Cheryl Haworth became youngst Amerivan weightlifter to medal
SYDNEY -- Now this is FUN. Cheryl Haworth was given that nickname four years ago because of a t-shirt she wore. And it was her all over again Friday, evident once more in what she was wearing: an air, a smile, a medal.

Noriega focuses on upcoming events
HOMEBUSH BAY - The only thing missing from Sarah Noriega's Olympic experience is her pillow.

Rowers tast dissapointment of not qualifying for finals
SYDNEY-The U.S. men's quadruple sculls tasted bitter disappointment Friday as they narrowly missed advancing to the medal round in Olympic rowing.

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

American dominence should begin with the start of track and field
SYDNEY This is when you stop counting how many days it is into the Olympics and start counting how many days are left, kind of the far turn on the calendar.

Storing canoes, kayaks can require special attention
Stowing canoes and kayaks for the winter can be a challenge, but considering the investment in a good boat, it makes sense to put in a little extra effort before putting it in dry dock until next spring.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Club to hike Slaughter GulchFriends of refuge plan ski trail clearing

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.

Tents should be clean, dry before stowing for winter
For a few hardy souls, the camping gear will stay out year round. For the rest of us, the time has come to think of other things -- moving the fire from the campsite to the wood stove, for example -- and a little bit of effort now will pay dividends when we grab our gear for the first trip next spring.

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.

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.

In ongoing Baptist battle, Texans weigh big funding cut for seminaries
DALLAS (AP) -- The Texas unit of the Southern Baptist Convention is considering cuts of more than $5 million from funding of denominational seminaries and other agencies.

Episcopal court finds bishop guilty of sexual exploitation
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A rare Episcopal Church court has ruled that Montana Bishop Charles I. Jones III sexually exploited a female parishioner years ago, which could result in his suspension or removal from office.

New video hopes to make Catholics familiar with 31-year-old wedding rites
BOSTON (AP) -- A nervous groom standing at the altar, waiting for his bride. An emotional dad giving away his daughter. A priest reciting the vows as the couple looks into each other's eyes.

Canopy of Blessings slated
The ladies of Kenai Grace Brethren Church will hold a Canopy of Blessing retreat Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the Anchor River Inn in Anchor Point.

Work begins toward an all-encompassing world Christian organization
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Representatives from the World Council of Churches met Roman Catholic, evangelical Protestant and Pentecostal leaders to discuss creating a ''global Christian forum'' to encompass as many of the world's Christians as possible.

Methodist named to head Church World Service
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Council of Churches has named the Rev. John L. McCullough the new executive director of its international relief agency, Church World Service. He formerly supervised foreign mission personnel with the United Methodist Church, the council's largest member denomination.

In case of disabled pope, church needs new canon law, expert says
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roman Catholicism needs the equivalent of the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, specifying what to do if the pope is ever incapable of governing, an expert in church law said.

SoHi spikers swing past Panthers
The Soldotna High School volleyball team was back in the saddle Thursday night, defeating the host Skyview Panthers in four games in a Region III/4A match.

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

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.

Kenai, Skyview prepare to play for playoff slot
The 2000 high school football playoffs have come to the Northern Lights Conference a week early.

Will SI attention jinx Kardinals?
Should the Kardinals fail to qualify for the postseason, perhaps they can blame it on the infamous Sports Illustrated jinx.

Kards girls, Stars boys take aim at Region III hardware in Palmer
Practice for Kenai Central cross country coach Liz Burck started Thursday with varsity girls runner Michelle Edwards mock interviewing her about how it felt to coach Marion Jones and Venus and Serena Williams.

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