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Friday, September 29, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moon and wife may have to hire new lawyer
KODIAK (AP) -- The Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife's legal problems may not be over. The couple may have to hire a new attorney to handle charges they exceeded the legal limit for silver salmon.

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.

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.

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.

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 leaders praise Bush backing for ANWR drilling
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski said Friday he supports Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush's position on opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain to oil exploration.

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.

Fast ferry cruises through narrows
JUNEAU (AP) -- A demonstration run of a fast ferry between Juneau and Sitka on Thursday showed the vessel could make the trip in the advertised four hours each way and navigate the tricky waters of Sergius Narrows.

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.

Search continues for missing hiker
SKAGWAY (AP) -- The search for a missing Canadian hiker near Skagway dragged through a third day Friday with no sign of the man, authorities said.

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.

Ahtna Native Corp. hired to build new Wrangell-St. Elias visitor center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Ahtna Native Corp. has received a federal contract to build a new headquarters and visitor center for the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

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.

Alaska to get $5.7 million to combat FAS
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has received a $5.7 million grant to help fight fetal alcohol syndrome, Sen. Ted Stevens' office said Thursday.

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.

Fort Yukon Natives unhappy with asbestos disposal near village
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Air Force has finished burying some asbestos-contaminated debris near Fort Yukon and Native leaders there aren't happy about it.

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.

BP to sponsor Top of the World Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- BP is teaming up with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to sponsor the Top of the World Classic preseason college basketball tournament.

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.

Group launches effort opposing wildlife initiative ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opponents of a measure that would bar wildlife management decisions from the ballot say the issue is not one of animal rights but of voters' rights.

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.

Stevens to undergo hernia repair
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens was to undergo a hernia operation under full anesthesia at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Friday.

Stevens to undergo hernia repair
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens underwent successful surgery Friday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to repair a hernia.

Business Briefs
Marathon seeks spill plan renewal

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.

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

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.

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
Hockey organization seeking participantsFree screening clinic for children offeredYouth bowling league begins season SundayHistorical society to meet SundayComputer skills classes offeredBasketball refs looking for company: association seeks new recruitsMothers group to meet

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.

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 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.

Service area boards lack candidates
Service area board positions? There are 21 up for grabs in the Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal election on Oct. 3.

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.

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.

Hiker's haven
Leyla Arsan, Jennifer Yates and Nathan Cornell are dwarfed by their surroundings as they hike single file down the Lost Lake trail north of Seward.

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
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

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.

points standings
Point standings so far for Nascar 2000

NAPA AutoCare 500
Where: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders so far in Nascar 2000

Schedule
NASCAR 2000 schedule

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.

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

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.

Summit to tackle exit exam issues
A delegation of Kenai Peninsula educators will join colleagues from around the state today at the second Alaska Education Summit.

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.

Veterans officials visit to discuss health care
Peninsula veterans have a new option for health care, with more help on the way.

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.

Reconsideration vote breathes new life into borough involvement in project
What a difference one vote can make.

Anchorage man rescued after boat takes on water in inlet
An Anchorage man was rescued Thursday afternoon after his boat nearly sank in Cook Inlet.

Photo feature: Sprucing up
Angela Haberthur and Andraya LaFleur clean rust and dirt from a fire hydrant as traffic flows past on Binkley Street in Soldotna.

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.

Joseph S. Carlough Jr.
Memorial services for Skipper Joseph S. Carlough Jr. will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Seafarer's Memorial on the Homer Spit. Pastor Rick Wise will officiate. A gathering will take place at the Homer Elks following the services.

Runyan Readies for 1,500-M Final
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Marion Jones' bid for history is over. Marla Runyan's personal quest already has succeeded, win or lose.

Jones intense focus puts an impossible goal in the realm of possibility
SYDNEY-Marion Jones' Olympic gold medal express keeps chugging along.

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.

An unpredictable flaw is found in Australian cusine
SYDNEY - They lost me on the vegemite. That's where I stopped understanding Australia.

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

Postcard from Australia
I have to admit it. I'm a junk food junkie. I've now sampled munchies on five continents and I like them all. Australia's got some good tucker, but some of it's not worth a brass razoo.

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.

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

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.

Jones takes 200, but her medal hopes take a hit
SYDNEY, Australia -- Subtracting two teammates could add up to disappointment Down Under for U.S. gold medalist Marion Jones.

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.

Coast to coast: First transcontinental walking route completed from Atlantic to Pacific
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Hikers who step onto the American Discovery Trail in Nevada's capital city must decide how ambitious they are: It's a relatively short trip west to the Pacific Ocean -- or a long, long journey east to the Atlantic coast.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Friends of refuge plan ski trail clearing

Hiker's haven
Leyla Arsan, Jennifer Yates and Nathan Cornell are dwarfed by their surroundings as they hike single file down the Lost Lake trail north of Seward recently.

Fall fishing a time to reflect, prepare
Between now and freeze-up, area anglers should find some of the best lake fishing of the year for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and kokanee. Temperatures lately have dipped into the upper 20s, and fish are hungry and on the move, stocking up on limited fall forage before winter sets in.

New refuge assistant manager fulfilling a life's dream
Few words can express the feelings that accompany fulfilling one's life dream. Standing on the boardwalk overlooking the Kenai River, watching moose browse alders, seeing eagles feed in the trees overhead brought me to the realization that I had indeed met one of my life goals -- coming to Alaska! When I was 4 years old, my parents spoke of moving from Georgia to Alaska to homestead. They never did, but I wish they had, for coming here is a bit like coming home for me.

Polygamists in British Columbia are part of U.S. probe
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- A polygamous community in southern British Columbia is part of a U.S. probe into the arranged marriages of underage American girls.

Changes in 'In God We Trust' sign are not enough, ACLU says
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The sign has gotten bigger and the word ''God'' has shrunk, but Shawnee County Treasurer Rita Cline still faces a lawsuit over a sign at her office proclaiming, ''In God We Trust.''

Congressman accuses group of intolerance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Ohio congressman has accused the Family Research Council of intolerance because its online newsletter described a Hindu priest's prayer before Congress as ''one more indication that our nation is drifting from its Judeo-Christian roots.''

Hundreds pray near vision of Virgin Mary
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) -- For days, hundreds of people have been gathering outside Romona Collado's two-story apartment to pray to the Virgin Mary.

Elderly Jews try to keep spirit alive in Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt -- The elderly woman sinks slowly onto a seat next to a brass plaque bearing the name of her deceased husband. With a faraway look in her eyes, she scans the rows and rows of wooden benches in the vast synagogue, where hundreds of nameplates memorialize the Jewish community that once thrived in this Mediterranean city.

At Jewish New Year, biblical crop sabbatical law stirs conflict
BET UZIEL, Israel (AP) -- For a while, farmer Eli Sella was caught in a vise. Whether he kept the Bible's commandments or defied them, he faced financial ruin.

Religion Briefs
Canopy of Blessings slated Couple to visit Catholic churchMusic group, evangelist to visit

Jewish community restores synagogue in eastern Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Jewish community in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk has reopened its synagogue after the temple stood closed for 71 years under the Soviet regime, community officials said.

Empty hoses help no one in the end
The annual contests have begun: Miss Shrimp Boat, Miss Skimmed Milk, Miss Napa Auto Parts, Miss America, Miss Universe and on and on. But special attention falls on the Mi

A detailed look at the state course
Cross country running is one of the few sports that is done outside on rolling terrain through the Alaska woods. Smart runners know the course like the back of their hand and plan their strategy accordingly.

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

Tour of the state course Page B-4
If you watch a cross country race from a single point on the trail it may seem like runners are just plodding along until they finish. Such is not the case.

It's double or nothing for Nikiski, SoHi
While the Nikiski High School football team has plenty of postseason experience -- the Bulldogs have won the Great Land Conference championship game in each of the past three seasons -- Friday's small-schools state playoff game against the Kenai Central Kardinals will have a slightly different flavor.

Big sports weekend on tap for peninsula
With cold autumn air setting in on the peninsula, action in fall's prep sports is heating up, especially here on the peninsula.

Stars look to defend Class 4A title at state cross country meet
It's tempting to say the course is going to decide what is expected to be a nip-and-tuck battle for the Class 4A boys team title Saturday at the state cross country meet at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

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