Monday, September 25, 2000

Coast Guard searching for missing cruise ship passenger
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Coast Guard was searching Saturday for an elderly cruise ship passenger who may have fallen overboard.

FAA had recommended airline use two pilots
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration had recommended to Cape Smythe Air that it use two pilots whenever flying the same kind of aircraft that crashed Monday, killing four people and injuring six.

Tanana Forest plan includes significant increases in timber harvest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The draft management plan for the Tanana Valley State Forest includes large increases in the allowable timber harvest, but state officials don't expect a surge in logging.

Alaskan helps apply lessons learned from Exxon Valdez spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lessons learned in Alaska were used recently to help save thousands of penguins impacted by an oil spill off the coast of South Africa.

Coastal communities in Southcentral to lose mail service
CORDOVA (AP) -- Cape Yakataga is about to lose its mail service.

Flightseeing limit vote nears
JUNEAU (AP) -- A measure on next week's municipal ballot would ground sightseeing planes and helicopters in the capital city after 5 p.m., before 9 a.m. and all day on Saturday. The measure's just the latest chapter in an argument that's been going on for more than a decade over the growth of tourist flights in Juneau.

Cantwell man charged with assault, kidnapping
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Cantwell man awaiting trial on a domestic violence charge was jailed for allegedly holding his girlfriend and her disabled 12-year-old daughter captive for two days, authorities said.

Man charged with DWI blames accident on dog
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When in a pinch, blame it on the dog.

Former IRS officer sentenced to prison
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Internal Revenue Service officer was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison for using money his ex-wife embezzled.

Proposed Chugach management plan big on wildlife; no logging
KENAI (AP) -- Fish, wildlife and recreation would be the focus of a new management plan for Chugach National Forest with no large-scale logging under a proposal to be offered at public meetings beginning next month.

Police, Native groups working together to reduce rapes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Native groups and police are working together to fight a vexing problem: the rape and sexual assault of Native women.

Two quakes shake southcentral
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two light earthquakes shook Southcentral Alaska Monday morning, but there were nor reports of any damage or injuries.

Cantwell man charged with assault, kidnapping
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Cantwell man awaiting trial on a domestic violence charge was jailed for allegedly holding his girlfriend and her disabled 12-year-old daughter captive for two days, authorities said.

Opponents of Bering Sea crab quota proposal seek delay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles is urging Sen. Ted Stevens to block an effort by Bering Sea crab fishermen and processors to divide the fishery into lucrative private shares.

Too few chum may force mushers to kill sled dogs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mushers may decide to kill hundreds of good Alaska sled dogs this winter because there aren't enough salmon to feed them.

Russian vessel detained in Bering Sea
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Russian fishing vessel was turned over to Russian authorities Saturday after it was spotted illegally fishing inside U.S. waters, Coast Guard officials said.

FedEx considering expanding Anchorage hub
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- FedEx is considering expanding its Anchorage hub to keep pace with a burgeoning Asia market.

Yukon cruise boat draws complaints
ON THE YUKON RIVER (AP) -- On a crisp September weekend, tourists aboard the riverboat Yukon Queen II took in the blazing yellows and burnt ochers of dying aspen and birch leaves as they sipped wine and nibbled turkey tetrazini.

Coastal communities in Southcentral to lose mail service
CORDOVA (AP) -- Cape Yakataga is about to lose its mail service.

BLM pays out more than $9 million in lieu of taxes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Local governments around the state are getting an annual windfall from the federal government.

Republican Moderate challenges Republican's eligibility in House race
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a political squeeze play, Republican Moderate Party leader Ray Metcalfe asked a court Friday to disqualify his Republican opponent for an Anchorage seat in the state House, calling her ineligible because she was briefly registered to vote in another district.

Venetie man dies in 4-wheeler accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Venetie man was killed Friday after an apparent four-wheeler accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Inmates come to blows in fight over remote control
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sgt. Scott Waggoner wasn't joking as he explained the cause behind an unually vicious fight this week between two inmates at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Police, Native groups working together to reduce rapes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Native groups and police are working together to fight a vexing problem: the rape and sexual assault of Native women.

Senate passes Kake land exchange
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has approved a land deal between the Kake Tribal Corporation and the Forest Service designed to protect the Southeast Alaska town's watershed.

Missing cruise ship passenger found at home
DETROIT, Mich. (AP) -- A cruise ship passenger who officials feared had fallen overboard says she left the vessel because she got fed up with one of her traveling companions.

Fifth person dies from injuries sustained in Nuiqsut crash
BARROW (AP) -- A fifth person has died from injuries sustained in the crash of a plane at Nuiqsut last Monday, North Slope Borough Police said.

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
Hike planned todayHockey registration slatedSupport program plannedScreening clinic to check childrenWork party held to clean cemeteryVeterans picnic plannedRaffle tickets availableGenealogy library open to public

Around the Peninsula
Youth hockey registration starts todayVeterans picnic SaturdayPie auction SaturdayBowling leagues formingFlu vaccine in short supply

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.

Homer Community Schools
Recorder lessons A Transformational Breath Workshop

Matt Hall
Matt Hall

Stogsdill: Seeks third full term on Soldotna council
Soldotna City Council member and vice mayor Jim Stogsdill made his first appearance on the council to fill the seat vacated by Ken Lancaster when he became mayor, after Gary Davis was elected to the Alaska Legislature. Now, years later, history may be repeating itself.

Editors Note:
Editor's note: Although Matt Hall will appear on the election ballot for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 6 seat, last week he encouraged voters to support his opponent, Ron Long.

Carey: City council tenure has taught him much
David Carey, a one-year incumbent member of the Soldotna City Council, is seeking a full three-year term after filling out the remainder of a vacated seat. He, like fellow incumbent Jim Stogsdill, is running unopposed for re-election.

Long: Foreign trade zone needed
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly candidate Ronald Long says he is a good listener, is without a particular issue that caused him to run for office and has the ability to listen to all sides of an issue.

Keene: Assembly background sets him apart
HOMER -- Brent Keene says nine years on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly make more than qualified to represent his district again.

Popp: Borough facing education funding issues
"Focus on detail, works hard to get to the root of an issue, tries to balance all sides of an issue and is really motivated," is how Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly candidate Bill Popp describes himself. His qualifications are "a strong business background, a keen interest in education, lots of community experience and the recognition of issues facing our community."

Martin: Budget issues crucial for borough
HOMER -- Former school board member Milli Martin said she believes she is qualified to represent District 9 on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, and that her time on the school board gives her a perspective necessary to deal with current budget matters.

Steve Chmielowiec
HOMER -- Anchor Point resident Steve Chmielowiec said homeowners need a lot more representation on the assembly than they get now, and that's why he's running for the District 9 seat.

Unopposed candidates, empty seats fill borough ballot
There's something for everybody in the October 3 Kenai Peninsula Borough Regular Municipal Election.

Opposition lacking, but continuity remains
There's something to be said for continuity. There are no surprises when the players remain the same, and everybody has a working relationship with each other.

Seward contender gets unusual endorsement
A 37-page voter information pamphlet prepared by the Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk's office and distributed throughout the borough helps voters prepare for the Oct. 3 municipal election. But there's one thing it can't do -- take into consideration last minute surprises.

On The Ballot Propositions
Oct. 3 we have a borough election. I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the three propositions on the ballot. I also wanted to encourage people to vote. Municipal elections can affect your property rights and your pocketbook more than state and federal elections.

Torrance Shipman is not just a cheerleader. She's a full-fledged citizen of a cheer-world. A place where your execution of a basket toss can make you or break you, where your "spirit fingers" can propel you to fabulous heights of cheering ecstasy, and where just being perky goes a long, long way.

Horse play leads to top honors
She's such a pretty girl. Egypt's Heart Afire tosses a shock of tawny hair over her large, dark eyes and fidgets her dainty little feet. She cannot merely walk into her room, but must bound across the threshold like a gazelle.

Road trip
Traffic and reflecting lights become one on the Kenai Spur Highway during a rainy spell Saturday night.

Forcenergy to drill Tomcat prospect
The new platform on Forcen-ergy Inc.'s Redoubt Shoal prospect is not the only facet of its $55 million Cook Inlet capital budget.

Drilling rig en route to Osprey
Miami-based Forcenergy Inc. last week finished driving and grouting the pilings that hold its new Osprey Platform in place. Officials hope to begin drilling by the end of October.

Falling colors
Falling yellow leaves join red foliage on the forest's floor following a shower Saturday morning in Kenai.

Business, village team for educational outing
Field trips, for most students, mean a ride in a van or, at most, a boat trip. But for students at E.L. Bartlett School in Tyonek, a trip out of town requires an airplane.

Annual tourism conference serves up motivation, Cajun cooking
Rain and wind definitely blanketed the peninsula with a chill on Saturday. But inside the Kenai Senior Center, where the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council was hosting its annual regional tourism conference, the air was charged with heated inspiration, warm camaraderie and some spicy cooking.

Ammonia leak sends 5 to CPGH
An ammonia leak at the Alaska Nitrogen Products (formerly Unocal) plant sent five workers to the hospital Thursday night. None were severely hurt, and no dangerous chemicals traveled outside the plant boundaries, according to company officials.

Erosion, pollution cause concern on south shore of Kenai River mouth
The Kenai City Council tabled an ordinance Wednesday night that would have kept motor vehicles off the fragile grassy sand dunes on the south shore of the mouth of the Kenai River.

What is LNG?
Liquid natural gas may look like water, but that's where the similarity ends.

Supporters say polls show numbers exist to make marijuana legal
Supporters of a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana say they'll make worldwide news on election day in November.

Figley Neketa
Soldotna resident Figley Neketa died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 84.

Anthony Paul Brown Jr.
Paul Brown Jr., "Our Ahnie" died Sept. 21, 2000 in Kenai. He was 18.

Wilma D. Williams
Alaska pioneer and Anchor Point resident Wilma D. Williams died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Mary Conrad Center of Alzheimer's, with her daughter, Pauline, by her side. She was 84.

Donald Metteer
Soldotna resident Donald Metteer died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 70.

Greene wins Mones 100
SYDNEY -- In 46 steps, most men could get to the refrigerator, maybe the car if they parked nearby.

USA Basketball continues to win
SYDNEY -- At least somebody is taking the Big American Bully role seriously.

Men's Beach Volley looks like another path for American gold
SYDNEY -- It started out as a challenge, but by the end of the day USA-USA was a chant again.

Light towers along Olympic Boulevard tribute to previous games
One of the central gathering places in Sydney this week has been Olympic Boulevard, a wide expanse of pavement that allows easy movement from one venue to another in Sydney Olympic Park. Almost any time of night or day it is packed with a mob of people having a good time.

Olympic Capsules
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) BASKETBALL Booed and jeered throughout the second half, the U.S. women's basketball team rolled past Poland 76-57 to remain unbeaten and claim first place in its preliminary group.

Jones gets distraction
SYDNEY, Australia -- The main event of the Sydney Games -- Marion Jones' pursuit of five Olympic golds -- suddenly has a sideshow, courtesy of her shot-putting husband C.J. Hunter's pre-Olympic positive test for steroid use.

USAs Jermain Tayler on his way to finals
SYDNEY-Jermain Taylor is two fights away from boxing for an Olympic gold medal and after another convincing win Saturday night he said he doesn't fear anyone who stands in his way.

Jones wins first gold in the Women's 100
SYDNEY -- It gets longer from here, each remaining event in the unprecedented gold chain Marion Jones is trying to put together in Sydney requiring more distance, more effort and perhaps more competition.

Americans remain impressive after 10 days at the Olympics
Laura Wilkinson, The Woodlands, Texas, won the first gold in 36 years by an American woman on the 10-meter platform.

This Olympics dissapointing for American rowers
SYDNEY-American rowers had a disappointing day at the Olympics Sunday, winning only a single bronze medal in seven races.

September 24: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on federal government and the states:
These gorgeous autumn days, in which Mount McKinley in all its majesty can be seen in stunning splendor from as far away as Anchorage, are a reminder that the feds still don't understand that Alaska is not Kansas -- or Georgia or Maryland or any other state you'd care to mention.

September 24: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on local politics:
When it became obvious back in 1988 that Pat Robertson wasn't likely to claim the Republican Party's nomination for the presidency, the candidate appealed to his Alaska supporters to enlist in a larger mission.

September 25: Anchorage Daily News on ''made in Alaska'' label:
A story out of Juneau confirms what many observers have suspected. The souvenirs in local shops that say ''Made in Alaska'' may have been made in Indonesia or China. Or if they were made in Alaska, they weren't made by Native artists, as buyers are lead to believe.

September 20: Juneau Empire on ''made in Alaska'' label:
We all are customers. Regardless of where we come from or whether we are shopping for Firestone tires, dolphin-free tuna or a Native-carved totem, we deserve to be told the truth.

No room for logging in new forest proposal
Fish, wildlife and recreation are the primary focus of the proposed management plan for Chugach National Forest, and none of the forest would be managed for large-scale logging.

Independent Living Council awards volunteer
The Alaska Independent Living Council has honored Mary Warrington with its 2000 Independent Living Service Provider Award for her volunteer work with the traumatic brain injury support group.

Community News
Homer beautification winners namedVFW Award Program announcedWomen's applications soughtProgram honoring young women launchedBlood bank in needInfant massage class plannedFood safety awareness stressed during September

Truesdells celebrate 30 years together
Pat and Patti Truesdell of Soldotna celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary Sept. 18.

Christine and Jed Watkins Chris and Michael Hanson

King, Shockley plan December wedding
Laurel King of Evans Mill, N.Y., and PFC James Shockley of Fort Drum, N.Y., will marry Dec. 23 in a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Kingswood United Methodist Church in Clovis, N.M. Mark Scott will officiate.

Juneau men create haven of tomatoes in Southeast Alaska
JUNEAU -- A south-facing window is sufficient to turn an Alaskan's thoughts to Early Girl, Oregon Spring and Beefsteak.

Anderson, Engel to wed in Minnesota
Lindsay Morgan Anderson of Ely, Minn., and Daniel Joel Engel of Kenai have announced their plans to marry in November at St. Mary's Church in Tower, Minn.

Robison-Burkhart, Miller marry in July
Lacy Robison-Burkhart and Airman E-3 Robert E. Miller were married July 22 in Bremerton, Wash., in a private ceremony.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Harlequin ducks have arrived Halibut project begins Early closure New Hours

SoHi's Petersen gets healthy
Up until Friday night's 2000 Soldotna Pentathlon, something wasn't right with Stars swimmer Lucas Petersen.

Stars slip past Chugiak in five
The Soldotna Stars met the Chugiak Mustangs at Soldotna for a five-game volleyball match Saturday. Both teams played hard, keeping the scores close until the last game.

New York scores two touchdowns in final two minutes to stay undefeated
Wayne Chrebet upstaged Keyshawn Johnson, catching an 18-yard touchdown pass from running back Curtis Martin with 52 seconds left to give the New York Jets a 21-17 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Panthers sweep Chugiak
Skyview defeated Chugiak in three games Friday. The Panthers beat the Mustangs 15-3, 15-11 and 15-5 in a nonregion match.

Playoffs are in the Kards
The Kenai Central High School football team knew its defense was good. The only question heading into Saturday's Northern Lights Conference showdown with Skyview was whether or not the offense could put some points on the scoreboard.

Liebner, Edwards run to individual victories on muddy day
The Kenai Central girls cross country team edged Colony Saturday in the Class 4A portion of the Region III Cross Country Championships to break the Knights' eight-year string of region titles.

Stars swimmers sink competition at tri-meet
The Soldotna Stars hosted a tri-meet Saturday, winning victories for both boys and girls teams against Palmer and Colony.

Nikiski netters sweep Mariners
The Nikiski High School volleyball team needed just three games to defeat Homer Friday at Nikiski.

Thomas played on 1993 NBC World Series championship team
If Oilers baseball operations manager Mike Baxter was to have sat down and written out a dream resume for his next manager, it probably would have looked something like the credentials of Aric Thomas, a former Oilers player and now an assistant coach at Oklahoma University.

Bulldogs' record remains spotless
The Nikiski Bulldogs unleashed a devastating aerial attack on Seward Saturday, downing the Seahawks 25-0 in a Great Land Conference game.

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