Saturday, September 30, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Friends of refuge plan ski trail clearing

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.

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

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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