Saturday, September 23, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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