Monday, October 2, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Tour operator says he'll stop baiting eagles for photo ops
HAINES (AP) -- A jet boat tour operator who baited eagles for two years in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near here said he would stop the practice after an hour of mostly critical testimony before the preserve's advisory council late last month.

Tlingit mask headed for space station
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Tlingit bear mask owned by Sealaska Corp. is going into space this week.

Number of guided brown bear hunting permits frozen in Tongass
SITKA (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is clamping down on guided brown bear hunts in the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska.

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.

Washington man dies in logging accident near Haines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Washington man was killed over the weekend in a logging accident near Haines, the Alaska State Troopers say.

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.

Cordova fishermen still wait for final resolution of Exxon Valdez case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Those who live in the Prince William Sound fishing community of Cordova were pleased but not particularly excited about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a $5 billion punitive damage award against Exxon Mobil Corp.

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.

Hatchery uses grant to fight salmon virus
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal grant is helping to ward off a virus that killed an entire year's worth of smolts at a sockeye salmon hatchery near Juneau.

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

Light quake shakes Southcentral
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska Monday afternoon.

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.

Akiachak man dies after drinking fuel additive
BETHEL (AP) -- A man from the Kuskokwim River village of Akiachak died Sunday after trying to get drunk by drinking a fuel additive, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Court refuses to free Exxon Mobil from paying $5 billion damage award
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to free Exxon Mobil Corp. from having to pay $5 billion in damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the nation's worst ever.

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.

Number of boating deaths down
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The number of people who died in boating accidents in Alaska is down so far this year, but state and Coast Guard officials aren't ready to attribute the drop to Alaska's new boating safety law.

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.

Fairbanks teen killed in Steese Highway crash
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 17-year-old girl died during surgery after a head-on collision Saturday on the Old Steese Highway, Alaska State Troopers 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.

Anchorage man charged with murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man suspected in one of a string of slayings of Native women was being held on $1 million bail after being charged with first-degree murder.

Robbery suspect fatally shot by trooper in Ambler
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper shot and killed a robbery suspect over the weekend in the Northwest Arctic Borough village of Ambler.

Search continues for hiker missing near Skagway
SKAGWAY (AP) -- The search for a hiker missing since Tuesday near Skagway continued Sunday.

Community Calendar
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Homer Community Schools
Make weird, wearable, fitted rubbery masks to wear for Halloween at the Mask making workshop 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25. Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Homer High School.

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

Around the Peninsula
It's prime time to readChallenger center has program for home schoolersChamber to meetDoctor to visit preschoolCandidate forum planned

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.

Voting advocacy group not only for women
In sharp contrast to citizens whose absence from the polls produces those staggering record lows in voter turnout is the League of Women Voters.

NOW PLAYING
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.

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.

'Experts' offer differing ideas
If you believe the tabloid headlines in the grocery store checkout line, we're headed for the worst winter ever. But before you put that extra log on the fire, check out other predictions.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Until next year...
Volunteers secure a tarp to one of the greens at the Kenai Golf Course Friday morning in anticipation of the approaching winter months.

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

John Monfor
Alaska native John Monfor died Thursday, Sept 28, 2000, in Seattle, Wash. He was 56.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

Olympics go out with a bang
SYDNEY, Australia -- The Sydney Games bid farewell to the world Sunday in an Aussie-sized extravaganza of exuberance, sparkling the skies and rocking Olympic Stadium in a closing ceremony bursting with the exhilaration of the land they call Oz.

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.

September 29: Anchorage Daily News and how the Alaska Permanent Fund works:
One thousand nine hundred sixty-three dollars and eighty-six cents.

September 29: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the vocational training myth:
There's less and less truth associated with the traditional notion that students struggling in academic classrooms can seek refuge, inspiration and, eventually, that shimmering road to success via the school wood shop, TV repair bench or some other vocational-training program.

September 30: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on the proposed tax cap:
All things considered, the prospect is that people in Anchorage -- and maybe all of Alaska -- are too content to put a 10-mill cap on property taxes.

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.

Changes afoot for sled dog race
While the race will still wind its way through the Kenai Peninsula's wilderness, there are some changes afoot for the next Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, according to race vice-president and co-coordinator Nema Arndt.

Community People
Nikiski resident joins Navy

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Woody's growth spurt Ringed sea receives treatment Center gets grant to study sea lion decline

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.

Area women send holiday cheer to troops around world
Boosting the morale of United States troops should not stop when wars end.

Hero of the week
We would like to recognize a wonderful athlete we have enjoyed watching this year.

Births
Kelli and Kevin Sweatt, of Soldotna Former Kenai resident Charlie Blatchford III and Julie Launceford Tony and Leah Jackson, of Nikiski

Community Events
Put on the Ritz with the LionsFall festival slated, pets welcomeChild care takes part in programChristmas mail countdownHospice to hold orientation for communityVOD program offered to high school studentsHost families in need

My best friend
Ranger has a dapper attitude about life.

Experience evolves into lasting memories
Editor's Note: Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, offers graduating high school seniors the opportunity to spend a month in his Washington, D.C., office. Melinda Haring, a 2000 graduate of Kenai Central High School, spent the month of June as one of 10 Alaska interns. The following are some of her summer memories.

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.

Senior citizens group turns trash to cash
When it comes to recycling trash, no one does it better than Cooper Landing's Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners.

SoHi, Homer swimmers split
The Homer girls swim team defeated Region III rival Soldotna 166-159 in a dual meet Friday at Soldotna.

Yankees facing questions after ending season on seven-game losing streak
Thanks to Tim Hudson's arm, Alex Rodriguez's bat and Chipper Jones' glove, baseball's playoff confusion was cleared up Sunday.

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

Stars enjoy museum, volleyball wins in Kodiak
From the museum to the fishing boats to the volleyball court, Friday and Saturday was a picture perfect time in Kodiak for the Soldotna girls volleyball team.

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.

Sports Briefs
Fun run to raise cash for Seward athleticsStewart wins from pole at MartinsvilleVasser wins race; de Ferran adds to series leadDuval bolts back into winner's circle

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.

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