Tuesday, October 3, 2000

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

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

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

Teacher Awards-CORRECTIVE,
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a Sept. 30 story about three Alaska educators being the recipients of $25,000 Milken Family Foundations awards, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Michael Milken was ban

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.

IRS seeks $15 million in back taxes from Permanent Fund Dividends
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After keeping a low profile for the past few years, the Internal Revenue Service is, once again, going after its share of the Permanent Fund Dividend in a big way.

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.

Speeder sentenced to 11 years in prison
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A driver who injured a passenger in another vehicle while eluding police and Alaska State Troopers in a stolen van has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, the Anchorage district attorney's office says.

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.

CIRI announces dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc., the Native regional corporation for Southcentral Alaska, has announced a third-quarter dividend of $6.28 a share.

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.

Unocal completes sale to Calgary-based company
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unocal Corp. on Saturday completed the sale of its Nikiski fertilizer plant as part of a $321 million deal with Calgary-based Agrium Inc.

Survey shows continued decline in Steller sea lion numbers
UNALASKA (AP) -- Results of a survey by federal biologists indicates the Steller sea lion population continues to decline.

Sealaska invests in California casino
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska Corp. plans to wrap up negotiations to invest in a gaming operation on land near Escondido, Calif., belonging to the San Pasqual band of Indians.

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.

Young tries to muscle his CARA bill through House
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rep. Don Young was expected to lead a fight on the House floor today in efforts to kill the 2001 spending bill for the Interior Department because it shreds the massive Conservation and Reinvestment Act he worked two years to enact.

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.

Shortage of Alaska straw forces mushers to pay more -- way more
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska mushers could be facing a pricey winter when it comes to finding bedding and insulation for their dogs.

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.

South Korea Air Force F-15E flight evaluation begins at Elmendorf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Republic of Korea Air Force has begun flight evaluations of the F-15E Strike Eagle at Elmendorf Air Force Base as part of its next generation aircraft mix.

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.

Fairbanks museum to get nearly $400,000 grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks has received a nearly $400,000 technology grant to give students in the city and outlying areas access to the museum's programs.

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.

Search called off for missing hiker
SKAGWAY (AP) -- The search for a hiker missing almost a week has been called off, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Fishermen gear up for Bistol Bay red king crab season
KODIAK (AP) -- Crab fishermen are gearing up for the Bristol Bay red king crab season in a couple of weeks.

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.

Olympic marathoner Chris Clark returns home to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marathoner Chris Clark, tired but happy to be home after a 30-hour flight, returned Monday from the Sydney Olympics.

GCI to provide telecommunications services to Norton Sound Health Corp.
NOME (AP) -- General Communications Inc. has secured a $12 million contract to provide Norton Sound Health Corp. with telecommunications services so that village health aides can consult more effectively with doctors.

Around the Peninsula
Public health nurse to visit small communitiesLeague president to address chamberWorkshop on rockets offeredBasketball officials association to meet tonightNew president to address allianceBiologist to discuss bear huntingCandidates to address chamberChamber luncheon will feature candidate forum

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.

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.

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.

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.

Candidates await voters decisions at polls today
George W. Bush and Al Gore might not be watching voter turnout in today's Kenai Peninsula Borough regular municipal election, but 37 peninsula residents running for office are counting on friends and neighbors to be at the right place at the right time.

'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: 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.

Flu shots few, far between
Waking up with a fever, sore throat, cough, achy muscles and a runny nose is a good sign that the flu bug has struck.

Transportation system rolls, hits minor bumps on first day
A cab ride from Billie Dailey's Soldotna apartment to Kenai Peninsula College normally costs $11. Monday it cost her $5. When she heard the price, she was surprised. Surprised, and disappointed.

Agrium closes purchase of Unocal business
A cloud of uncertainty lifted for 290 Alaska Nitrogen Products employees Saturday when Unocal closed the sale of its agricultural products business to Agrium Inc. of Calgary, Alberta.

Photo feature: Straight ahead
Doyle Lewis, center, a representative from TMT-Pathway of Salem, Ore., measures the width of the paint strip being laid down by one of the Dura-Stripe trucks his company manufactures.

Gary Dee Harwood
Kenai resident Gary Dee Harwood died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at his home. He was 57.

Robert Edwin Ealey
Kasilof resident Robert Edwin Ealey died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, near his home in Kasilof. He was 79.

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

John Monfor Jr.
Lifelong Kenai resident John Monfor Jr. died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his winter home in Seattle. He was 56.

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.

Olympic marathoner Chris Clark returns home to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marathoner Chris Clark, tired but happy to be home after a 30-hour flight, returned Monday from the Sydney Olympics.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Community People
Nikiski resident joins Navy

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

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care CenterHomerKenaiNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSterling

Senior Menus
HomerNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSewardSterling

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.

Mental fitness
DENVER -- The students in Bonnie Fuller's fitness class sit in highback leather chairs with their arms folded in their laps. Listening to Bach.

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

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.

One play turns tide for Chiefs vs. Seahawks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rarely in the course of an NFL season will a game turn so quickly on just one play.

Resiliency in running
Skyview senior Erika Edwards has repeatedly shown throughout her running career that she knows how to win.

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

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.

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