Thursday, September 28, 2000

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.

Canada set to impose gun transit fee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- People driving through Canada with rifles or shotguns will have to make a written declaration describing their guns and pay a fee of roughly $33 to Canadian Customs starting Jan. 1.

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.

Princess promises plugged-in ships to lessen smoke
JUNEAU (AP) -- In another bid to repair the cruise ship industry's tattered public image in Alaska, Princess Cruises announced plans Thursday to plug ships into Juneau's power supply next year as a way to lessen the smoke that gathers in the capital city's skies during the busy tourist season.

Donors gather dog food to help prevent killing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Several groups are getting together around Alaska to help prevent what could be a large kill-off of sled dogs in villages along the Yukon River.

Search continues for missing hiker
SKAGWAY (AP) -- Searchers looking for a missing Canadian hiker who left a Skagway hostel Tuesday without overnight gear found no sign of him Thursday.

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.

ACS fights competition order
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Communications Services is asking state and federal courts to block an order to share local telephone markets in Juneau.

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.

Algae bloom likely cause of huge fish kill
KODIAK (AP) -- An algae bloom probably caused a large fish kill discovered in Monashka Bay on Monday, the Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday.

Nenana begins work on boarding home
NENANA (AP) -- The Nenana City School has broken ground for a boarding home for nearly 100 students. The additional students could more than double the local high school population once the project is finished.

Trophy mounts require special care
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks taxidermist Dennis Goldbach has a simple philosophy when it comes to caring for animals in the field that you plan to have mounted.

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.

Coast Guard warns kayakers about blue-water paddling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The death of one kayaker and the rescue of another within 10 days at the end of August have the U.S. Coast Guard warning people to think about the risks of blue-water paddling.

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.

Biologists use radio for tracking rainbows
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Five years of study already has proved the Kenai River's rainbow trout are tough enough -- they've got battle scars -- to thrive despite the annual attack by anglers skilled and not so skilled.

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.

UAF doctor loses last college-level appeal to keep her job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The president of the University of Alaska has upheld a decision to release a doctor at the school's Health and Counseling Center, leaving Melinda Evans with no more appeals at the college level in the fight to keep her job.

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.

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.

Northstar gas line may start pumping next week
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Natural gas will soon be shipped through the first subsea pipeline system in the Alaska Arctic, helping power BP Amoco's development of its offshore Northstar oil field.

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.

Church group set to speak out against tax cap
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Tanana Valley Conference of Churches, in an unusual move for the ecumenical association, is preparing a statement detailing objections to the statewide 10-mill tax cap initiative.

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.

5,000 fish die in bay near Kodiak; cause a mystery
KODIAK (AP) -- State officials and the Coast Guard are investigating a die-off of 5,000 to 7,000 fish in Monashka Bay, just west of Kodiak.

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.

Conservation bill compromise appears in trouble
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Compromise legislation that would fund parks and wildlife programs with money from federal offshore oil development appears to be in trouble as House and Senate appropriators insisted on a narrower, less costly program they can control.

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.

Denali cited by readers as nation's top park for viewing wildlife
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve is the best park in the nation for viewing wildlife, according to the readers of Backpacker magazine.

Orthodontics goes high-tech
SAN FRANCISCO -- The 100-year-old orthodontics industry is getting wired: A new company says its 3-D computer imaging system is the key to straightening teeth without uncomfortable metal braces.

Long appeals trek ahead for Microsoft
SEATTLE -- With the U.S. Supreme Court opting not to immediately hear Microsoft's appeal of its antitrust case, the final say on whether the company will be broken up could be years away.

Business Briefs
Marathon seeks spill plan renewal

Mining company seeks underpass
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A mining company has buckled under public pressure and now wants to build a $1 million Steese Highway underpass. Fort Knox Mine had proposed allowing its ore trucks to cross the highway about every four minutes to take boulders from True North, a mine the company wants to bring into production

Community Calendar
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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
United Way exec to address chamberWorkshop offers self-employment informationCPCS board of directors meets todayCPGH offers parenting programGenealogical society meets tonightSoprano, pianist will perform at KPCWomen's hockey team takes to the ice SundayParent support group to meetFund-raiser scheduled for support group

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'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Proposition 3 would give borough road construction powers
One of three propositions on the ballot, this one asks voters if the borough should adopt road construction powers within borough boundaries.

Proposition 1 asks voters to approve school repair bond
Behind all the big words, Proposition 1 on the Kenai Peninsula Borough's municipal ballot is about fixing roofs. Specifically, it is about replacing the tops of 10 aging borough school buildings.

Proposition 2: Fire service area proposed near Homer
Voters living in the area surrounding Homer and Kachemak City will decide whether to create a fire service area independent of Homer.

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.

Biologists use radio for tracking rainbows
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Five years of study already has proved the Kenai River's rainbow trout are tough enough -- they've got battle scars -- to thrive despite the annual attack by anglers skilled and not so skilled.

For fly fishing aficionados, cost is secondary
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Watching a trout flash in the water and take a fly has gotten awfully pricey.

Trophy mounts require special care
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks taxidermist Dennis Goldbach has a simple philosophy when it comes to caring for animals in the field that you plan to have mounted.

What's Happening
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New book about Alaskan artists an in-depth look at state's creative wealth
Considering the fact that so many people, many of them artists, move to Alaska for its extreme beauty, it is not surprising that a book about Alaska's artists has emerged.

Greed behind expansion of race schedule
The house of cards that is the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule grew taller this week. The sanctioning body, which also moonlights as a race promoter, piled on a couple more racing weekends to push the sport beyond overtime and into insanity.

Schedule
NASCAR 2000 schedule

points standings
Point standings so far for Nascar 2000

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders so far in Nascar 2000

Denial of risks commonplace
ATLANTA -- Neil Bonnett was a racer who thought too much emphasis was placed on the dangerous side of the sport.

NAPA AutoCare 500
Where: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

Governor's policy cabinet cites economic diversity in rejection of declaration
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and commercial fishers are panning a state decision to deny a disaster declaration following the dismal returns of upper Cook Inlet sockeye salmon.

Youth detention center back in play
Construction of the Kenai Peninsula's own youth detention facility could begin as early as next year -- but only if the Alaska Legislature provides the $4.5 million needed to build it.

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.

Marathon steps up drilling program
The new gas well Marathon Oil Co. just finished in its Cannery Loop field is one of a half-dozen it is drilling under its $18 million Cook Inlet capital program.

Photo feature: Bring on the snow
Mary Bixby uses a mower to chase the last leave from her yard Tuesday afternoon. Soon the mower will get a break and the snow blower will have to go to work.

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.

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

U.S. wrestler upsets Russian Goliath
SYDNEY, Australia -- Lake Placid becomes Sydney. A sheet of ice yields to a shiny rubber mat. One magical night it is a group of thrown-together college hockey kids; 20 years later it is the Wyoming farm boy they once called Fatso.

Norway beats American women to get soccer gold
SYDNEY -- The team that brought new life to American soccer ran out of lives Thursday night, a wild game and a magic ride both ending on the sting of one final kick.

The Aussie goofiness factor
It's nice to know the goofiness factor is as high in Sydney as it is in the United States. I'm a big fan of goofiness because I think too many people take themselves too seriously, so we need a little silliness now and then to lighten things up.

Gold medals in diamond setting
SYDNEY, Australia -- No way, no how -- no gold medal for Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan.

U.S. boxing hopes still bright
{This comes with a photo of Jermain Taylor (in red) fighting Adnan Catic (in blue).}

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.

U.S. overturns reigning Russisan wrestling king.
SYDNEY-Remember the name Brandon Slay. In just his first major international wrestling competition, the Amarillo, Texas, native became the talk of the Olympic tournament Thursday night by upsetting the best active freestyle wrestler in the world, Bouvaisa Saitiev, a three-time world champion and Olympic champion from Russia.

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.

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

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

Denali cited by readers as nation's top park for viewing wildlife
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve is the best park in the nation for viewing wildlife, according to the readers of Backpacker magazine.

Coast Guard warns kayakers about blue-water paddling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The death of one kayaker and the rescue of another within 10 days at the end of August have the U.S. Coast Guard warning people to think about the risks of blue-water paddling.

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

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:

School Lunch Menus
Menus for Wednesday, September 27 through Tuesday October3

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

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.

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.

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.

Long, winding road for Titans' Embray
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Keith Embray could have given up.

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.

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