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Wednesday, September 27, 2000

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.

Mining company proposes building $1 million underpass
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A mining company has buckled under public pressure and now wants to build a $1 million Steese Highway underpass.

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.

Crash victim had license revoked for prior accidents
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Sitka pilot killed in a Juneau Airport crash last month lost his license in 1991 because of two previous accidents, a Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

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.

Anchorage man dies of injuries suffered in head-on collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man injured last week in a head-on crash on the Seward Highway near Beluga Point has died.

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.

Permanent Fund selects manager for new portfolio; Gruening re-elected
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board of trustees has appointed a manager for a new $500 million portfolio.

Embattled tour operator running for city council
HAINES (AP) -- A Haines tour operator charged with violating the city's law against soliciting business on public property is running for the city council, a panel that's considering whether to revoke one of his business permits.

Pioneer publisher, wife of territorial secretary, dies at age 98
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Winifred E. Williams, a retired newspaper publisher and wife of a territorial secretary of Alaska, died Thursday at the Pioneers' Home here. She was 98.

Alaska could benefit from unspent money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska could benefit from the failure of 40 states to spend their federal money for children's health insurance.

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.

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.

Woman pleads guilty to unruly behavior on jetliner, a felony
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman has pleaded guilty to a felony count of interfering with a flight crew. The plea comes about three months after her in-flight behavior caused a Seattle-bound Continental Airlines flight to return to Anchorage.

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.

Congressional leaders deal on conservation bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Budget bargainers are narrowing differences on a number of issues, including a massive conservation measure, but lawmakers facing plenty of unfinished business have given initial approval to a stopgap bill providing extra time for negotiators.

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

Thousands of fish found dead in Manashak Bay
KODIAK (AP) -- Thousands of fish were found dead Tuesday in Manashak Bay on Kodiak Island, the Department of Environmental Conservation said.

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.

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.

Alaska at risk of losing millions in federal money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski says Alaska could lose millions in extra federal money to help with Medicaid costs if a bill he introduced isn't passed soon.

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.

Youth dies after snowmachine breaks through ice
BARROW (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy died after the snowmachine he was riding broke through an ice-covered lagoon, the North Slope Borough Police Department said.

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.

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.

Coast Guard rescues fishermen
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two Haines fishermen Wednesday from a stranded fishing vessel kin the Gulf of Alaska.

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
Police lieutenant to address chamberSchool board candidates to speakCounseling services meeting plannedProgram on parenting offeredVeterans picnic planned SaturdayHistorical society meeting features slide showPublic health nurse to make roundsTeens dared to take 'The Challenge'

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

Arness: Student population changes a concern
Five of Joe Arness' kids learned to read and write, to multiply and divide, to show up on time for class, in Kenai Peninsula Borough schools. Two more, ages 11 and 15, are getting their educations in those schools today.

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.

Poindexter: Vocational programs essential
Al Poindexter doesn't teach anymore, but his interest in education still gets him behind the wheel of a bus or an absent teacher's desk once in a while. Poindexter is running for Kenai Peninsula Borough school board Seat D and wants to devote even more of his time to schools.

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.

Owen: Schools must regain public trust
Eager to be involved with his children's education, Faron E. Owen, head of the Kenai Tourism and Marketing Council, wants to sit on the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board. He is running for Seat D.

Larned: Education funding a top priority
Isolated momentarily from the cheerful cries of her students at Ridgeway Preschool in Soldotna, Susan F. Larned sat comfortably in a children's chair and spoke candidly about the needs of the peninsula's public schools.

Dyson: More teachers needed in area classrooms
Gene Dyson, a retired custodian, keeps piles of information -- on schools, on budgets, on testing standards -- in his Soldotna home. He is running for Kenai Peninsula Borough school board Seat E against former board member Joe Arness, and he is passionate about the race and the issues.

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.

Challenges await new school board
A strong slate of five candidates are vying for two seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. The winners will join a board that faces a formidable array of challenges and changes entering the new century.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Story time
Carol Ford, standing at left, recants "Horton Hears a Who" as an appreciative audience follows along at the Kenai Community Library Monday night during the first meeting of a new children's reading program.

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.

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.

Kenai mayor tells city council to look to future
Saying the city can no longer rely on others to promote economic development within the city, Kenai Mayor John Williams called upon his city council to take steps to lure new businesses into town.

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

Ruby Annie Burns
Soldotna resident Ruby Annie Burns died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, in Soldotna. She was 84.

Weight lifters return home with pride and victory
SYDNEY - The luggage Team Savannah took to the 2000 Olympics was packed a long time ago, bags jammed with the clothes, equipment and personal belongings for a month in Australia.

Jones takes heat
SYDNEY, Australia -- Pressure? What pressure?

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

Olympics softball no ordinary tournament
SYDNEY, They wouldn't have imagined a situation like this.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

Postcard from Australia
I think I've found where they took all the poker machines that were pulled out of South Carolina: Australia. On just about every corner there seems to be a bar with "pokies," as they're called here.

Pet of the Week - Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring this 2-year-old male Labrador Chesapeake mix.

Kenai girls volleyball team makes homecoming a night to remember
Everything about my first homecoming dance as an upperclassman was going to be perfect. My homemade dress was ready, plans of preparation and dinner for the dance with my friends was going to be a blast and, best of all, Sports Illustrated magazine was to cover our school in the celebration.

Exam scores posted
Details are out on how Kenai Peninsula Borough high school students scored on the first round of the new state exit exam, but the implications are still unfolding.

School news around the district
Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears Elementary Soldotna ElementarySterling Elementary Tustumena ElementaryKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSeward Middle-Senior High School Soldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

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Menus for Wednesday, September 27 through Tuesday October3

Around the District
Next round of exit exams begins next week School board meets Monday in SewardSoldotna after-school programs to resumeStudents offer program to quit smokingChallenger Center expands workshop scheduleRedoubt's aquarium inspires winning writingSMS Students of the Month named

Exit exam scores at a glance
Percentages passing of those who took the test, school by school:

Field trips are rare, but Tyonek school likes its place in the district
When people think of Kenai Peninsula schools, they usually envision the town schools of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer or Seward, with hundreds of students and dozens of teachers.

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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Seward volleyball scores three-game sweep of Soldotna
Normally, it's the Soldotna High School volleyball team keeping its opponents back on their heels with their steady defense in the back row and their dominating play at the net.

Braves clinch NL East title
NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Braves clinched the NL East to win their record ninth straight division title, beating the New York Mets 7-1 Tuesday night behind John Burkett's pitching and Chipper Jones' home run.

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.

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