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Tuesday, September 26, 2000

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

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.

Kodiak-based Coast Guard rescue swimmer wins national award
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- A Coast Guard rescue swimmer is to be honored Wednesday for saving three people who abandoned their capsized fishing boat in near-freezing waters near here.

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.

Other state's pulling up on Alaska in household income
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three other states appear to be catching up to Alaska in median household income, according to Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. As recently as three years ago, Alaska stood alone at the top.

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.

Forcenergy finishes driving pilings for Osprey platform
KENAI (AP) -- Forcenergy Inc. has finished driving the pilings that hold its new Osprey platform in place.

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.

Hunter loses legal round in Nelchina caribou lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has denied a Girdwood man's request to stop the caribou hunt in the Nelchina basin.

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.

Mulloy returns to UAF after making Olympic shooting finals
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Melissa Mulloy missed the first two and one-half weeks of school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but she had a good excuse.

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.

North Slope operators forecast large oil production boost
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Alaska is anticipating higher production from the North Slope -- as much as 17 percent higher over the next five years.

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.

South Korean trawler seized for illegal fishing
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard seized a South Korean trawler for illegally fishing inside U.S. waters in the Bering Sea, officials said Monday.

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.

Lynx released by vandals at Alaska Zoo is recaptured
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The lynx released by vandals who broke into the Alaska Zoo last week was recaptured Monday.

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.

Californians pay price to save salmon -- with higher energy bills
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Californians are paying a price -- through higher energy bills -- to save salmon.

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.

Seward SeaLife Center gets $900,000 NOAA grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is getting a $900,000 federal grant to study the cause of the Steller sea lion decline.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Lovelace: Army to move toward smaller, more mobile units
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Army plans to sport a new look by the year 2025, with troops that are more agile, versatile and lethal.

Homer Community Schools
Recorder lessons A Transformational Breath Workshop

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

Around the Peninsula
Grandparents wanted to work with childrenPolice lieutenant to address chamberFree self-employment program offeredUnited Way director to address Nikiski chamberVideo program available for raising teensGenealogy society to meetFree screening clinic offeredCemetery beautification plannedDriving course offered

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.

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.

Frazer: Economic development important to city
Bill Frazer likes to be involved with what's going on in his community. A member of the Kenai City Council for over a year-and-a-half, Frazer is seeking re-election to a full three-year term.

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.

Osborne: P & Z tenure will help council post
John "Ozzie" Osborne calls himself the original "Ozzie" Osborne, being a few years older than the famed British rocker of the same name.

Porter: Seeking first full term on Keni Council
Her one-year experiment as a Kenai City Council member has turned out so good, Pat Porter wants another term, this one three years in length.

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.

Three vie for 2 Kenai council seats
All three candidates running for the two open seats on the Kenai City Council are familiar to observers of city politics.

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.

State to examine sport-fishing decline
Fewer and fewer Alaskans are buying sport-fishing licenses, and now, the Alaska Division of Sport Fish is planning a study to find out why.

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.

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.

Couple finds serenity in Ohio-to-Alaska move
Like the Helen Keller quote on their new business card, Jim and Sue Kuhnsman chose the daring adventure over nothing when they decided to buy a bed-and-breakfast in Soldotna and move to the Last Frontier on a whim.

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.

Transit system funding goes before assembly second time
Parents were withdrawing their children from the kindergarten program at Sears Elementary School because their children had no way to get home. Kindergartners have only half-days of school and get out of class hours before buses arrive. Concerned, nurse Becky Johnson called Kristin Lambert.

Photo feature: Blowin' in the wind
Charles Bennett lets a tiny yellow blow dart loose as his friend David Wolf waits for his turn at the target Saturday afternoon in Kenai.

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

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

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.

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

Donald Delbert Metteer
Longtime Soldotna resident Donald Delbert Metteer died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, in Soldotna. He was 79.

Team USA got gold the hard way
SYDNEY-In the end it came down to heart, desire and a little bit of luck.

Cathy Freeman's gold more than just winning a race
SYDNEY A little more than a week ago, she lit a flame. Last night, Cathy Freeman warmed a country.

Two track stars make history
SYDNEY-This was more than a track meet. More than an Olympics.

U.S. beach volleyball underdogs strike gold
SYDNEY, Australia -- After another day dominated by drug woes, including the first gymnast stripped of a gold medal, Venus Williams and the U.S. beach volleyball team just went out and won.

Another postcard from Austrialia
So, how are ya? Every day for a week, on the way to rowing, our media bus passed Wonder World, a large amusement park usually called Wally World by Sydneysiders.

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.

Is a controvery free Olympics too much to ask?
SYDNEY-Can't we please just have one Olympics where there isn't some big American controversy?

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.

Team USA support each other
SYDNEY -- Internationally, USA teams play a lot of separate games. But Team USA plays together.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Births
Christine and Jed Watkins Chris and Michael Hanson

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

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

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

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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.

Striding for a great existence
Not every human body is born with the capability of running 10 kilometers in 27 minutes, 18.20 seconds, like Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie just did to win an Olympic gold medal.

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.

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.

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