Sunday, October 1, 2000

Educators sort out statewide student test scores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State test scores show high school girls doing significantly better than boys on reading and writing, while boys scored slightly higher than girls on math.

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.

Alaska governor signs order recognizing 227 tribes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a move to support tribal sovereignty, Gov. Tony Knowles signed an administrative order Friday acknowledging Alaska's 227 federally-recognized tribes.

Three Alaska educators win excellence award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Alaska educators were recognized for excellence Saturday at the Alaska Education 2000 Summit.

Alcoholism study takes close look at sobriety
BETHEL (AP) -- A three-year study is getting underway that will look at what makes sobriety work for some Alaska Natives.

Governor wants delay in graduation exit exam requirement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles told educators Saturday he wants to delay the date in which high school students will be required to pass competency exams to receive diplomas.

Marathon Oil investing in Cook Inlet fields
KENAI (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co.'s recently finished Cannery Loop gas well is one of a half-dozen it is drilling as part of an $18 million investment in Cook Inlet.

UAF to receive federal disaster grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks will receive $100,000 in federal money to develop a plan to reduce property damage from natural disasters.

Slana man dies in one-car crash
GLENNALLEN(AP) -- An 88-year-old Slana man died Thursday night of his injuries after a one-car crash on the Tok Cut-off earlier in the day, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Abandoned mine shafts being filled with dirt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Abandoned mine shafts that were dug into Ester Dome by gold miners are being filled with dirt to protect unsuspecting passers-by.

Alaska Airlines service to Unalaska being scaled back
UNALASKA (AP) -- Alaska Airlines is scaling back air service between Unalaska and Anchorage beginning early February.

Cordova students get lesson in cleaning whale bones
CORDOVA (AP) -- Students at Cordova High School have a big project on their hands -- cleaning the bones of a killer whale that beached itself in Hartney Bay.

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
Wanted: Halloween costumes, unusual petsVocal recital slated Basketball officials to meetSupport group to hold fund-raiserCommercial fishing assistance availableSled dog racing association to meetCouncil to organize action planFirewood offered

When I got back to my empty house around midnight on the night I went to see The Exorcist, I immediately turned on all the lights and gathered my dogs around me. This was definitely the wrong movie to have chosen on the weekend my wife went out of town.

A walk on the beach
As a singer and songwriter, Butch Leman knows a good story when he hears one. And having grown up on the Kenai Peninsula and commercial fished along its beaches, the smell of the salty air, the currents of Cook Inlet and the contours of the beach are as familiar to him as the songs he sings.

Soldotna road issues given go-ahead
The Soldotna City Council gave its approval for the city to assume maintenance of three more roads and discussed adding two others at its meeting Wednesday night.

Many forces driving gas value
The price of natural gas is rising in Kenai, but for different reasons than it is in the Lower 48 states.

Photo feature:Champions on parade
Soldotna High School's boys cross country team runs back to its school shortly after accepting awards for first-place individual and team wins at the state championship meet held at Skyview High School Saturday.

Pipeline, economic development on Phillips' Canada trip agenda
Alaskans aren't the only ones considering more than one route for a natural gas pipeline, according to Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer.

Hopes up for Russian oil potential
Hopes for an oil boom in the Russian Far East are returning.

'The Drug Games': The legacy Sydney doesn't want
SYDNEY, Australia -- It began with an opening-ceremony promise from Australian hockey player Rechelle Hawkes, speaking for all the 11,000 athletes competing at the new millennium's first Olympics. No drugs, she vowed as the world watched. No doping.

Postcard No. 20 from Australia
Surf's up, so let's head to Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Australia.

Slay takes silver after controversial match
SYDNEY-Brandon Slay, of Amarillo, Texas, lost the Olympic gold medal in anger but celebrated his silver by praising God, family and friends.

Sailing in Sydney stands alone
SYDNEY -- For the last two weeks, ridiculing the 1996 Olympics has been sport in Sydney.

U.S. women's basketball snatch gold from Aussies
SYDNEY - If it was going to go bad for the United States women's basketball team, this is when it was going to happen, in the not-so-final stages of the final game of the tournament and against a country that has been turning everybody else into the road team here in Sydney.

Dream Team cruises to gold; wrestlers, boxers bruised
SYDNEY, Australia -- High hopes gave way to harsh reality on the last day of the Sydney Games.

Is it possible to be cool, calm, constructive when you teach your child to drive?
Parenting has entered a new phase for us. Our first born has acquired a "License to Terrify," more commonly known as a learner's permit.

Smoke alarms, exit plans help save lives when fires break out
In September, a Kenai man lost his life in a fire. It's very likely that man would be alive today had there been a working smoke detector in his home.

My best friend
Ranger has a dapper attitude about life.

Couple wed on Kachemak Bay
Jennifer Jolly and Evan Toolajian were married Aug. 19. during a small ceremony in San Juan Cove in Kachemak Bay.

Arestad, Dysert plan October wedding
The future bride is the daughter of Juline and David Arestad of Sterling. She is a 1998 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy. She currently works for Matsu Federal Credit Union.

QB Reilly racks up 211 yards, three TDs
Attitude -- it's been the Kenai Central High School football team's one-word motto all season.

Nikiski gains revenge
The Nikiski High School volleyball team avenged its only Region III/3A loss of the season Saturday, downing Seward in four games in Nikiski.

Soldotna earns shot at championship
The Soldotna High School football team was caught a little bit off guard Saturday in a small-schools state semifinal game at Justin Maile Field.

Liebner paces Stars; ACS grabs 1-2-3A crown
The Stars aren't ready to fall from the heavens just yet.

Randall, East girls team complete three-peat
Think it's hard trying to keep up with East senior Kikkan Randall? Try keeping up with Randall's aunt.

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