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Wednesday, October 4, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Young loses two-year fight for conservation package -- for now
ANCHORAGE (AP) - The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a huge increase in conservation spending after rejecting a last-minute appeal to block the measure because it did not provide cities and states the certainty of funding contained in the foundering Conservation and Reinvestment Act.

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.

Appropriations bills contain money for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- House-Senate conferees working on a 2001 spending bill for the U.S. Department of Transportation have agreed to add $80 million for a couple of highway projects in Alaska.

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.

Judge rules state violated firefighters' rights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A judge has ruled that the state violated the constitutional rights of firefighters stationed at Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage by forcing them to be in the military as a condition of employment.

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.

Juneau rejects flightseeing limit
JUNEAU (AP) -- A ballot measure to limit sightseeing flights over Juneau failed Tuesday by a wide margin as voters refused to continue a trend of measures aimed at the booming tourism industry.

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.

Judicial panel recommends judge be disciplined for jailing witness
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended Tuesday that the state Supreme Court publicly reprimand a state court judge who jailed a witness to keep her sober.

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.

Pastor blesses pets, big and small
SITKA (AP) -- The pastor of St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church welcomed animals, big and small, for the Blessing of the Pets.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Texas man drowns in Chilkat Lake boating accident
HAINES (AP) -- A man from Texas died after a boating accident in Chilkat Lake, northwest of Haines, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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
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

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
Anti-smoking program begins todayHelp on financial issues offeredCandidates to address chamberChamber luncheon will feature candidate forumPresentation on child development offeredHistorical society to meetComputer classes offeredSoldotna artist's work on display

Election Results
Borough assembly School boardKenai City CouncilSoldotna City CouncilPropositions 1-3:

Poindexter beats 2-termer Larned
The two races for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board ended quite differently.

Propositions OK'd
Voters turned thumbs up on all three ballot propositions Tuesday, approving a school bond (see related story, this page), creating a fire and emergency medical service area on the southern peninsula, and giving the borough road construction powers.

Assembly to have new look
There will be two new faces on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly following Tuesday's low-key election.

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.

City council incumbents reseated
Much to nobody's surprise, David Carey and Jim Stogsdill were re-elected to the Soldotna City Council Tuesday. Running unopposed, the pair received all but a handful of write-in votes.

School bond approved
Kenai Peninsula voters approved a bond for school repairs by a 70-percent-to-30-percent margin Tuesday.

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.

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.

Snowmachine racing may come to Kenai airport
Representatives of the Cook Inlet Lions would like to replace the summertime roar of floatplanes taking off at Kenai Municipal Airport's floatplane basin with the wintertime roar of snowmachines drag racing down a one-eighth-mile track.

Warren C. Call
Former Kenai resident Warren C. Call died Aug. 31, 2000, in Scottsdale, Ariz., after losing a long battle with lung cancer. He was 65.

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

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

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Two detention centers needed: one for children, one for parentsLots of dividend check will go to pay for increases in prices Passage of Proposition No. 5 will open Pandora's Box

Community support just ducky for annual race, say Kenai Lions
On behalf of all the Kenai Lions and the many local individuals who benefit from the numerous service projects sponsored by our club, this letter is to thank everyone who "adopted" a duck during our Ninth Annual Rubber Ducky Race which was Sept. 16 at Cunningham Park on the Kenai River.

Student councils learn to lead
Student government shoulders much of the responsibility for making school events happen. In the process, teen officials learn a lot about leadership and human relations.

K-Beach students taught new traditions of the land
The students are preparing to perform "Subsistence Is," a multimedia theatrical presentation about Native traditional skills and links between people and the land and resources of the Kenai Peninsula.

Students choose representatives
In the official business meeting, delegates at the districtwide student council meeting elected student representatives to serve on school district committees. Those chosen were:

Preschools help more children
More children are entering kindergarten with preschool experience.

Around the district
Students get long weekendSubstitute teachers neededMind A-Mazes competition SaturdayJuniors get second chance on exam Club seeks parents, scientistsKCHS announces Students of the MonthSkyview Students of the Month named

School Menus Wednesday, October 4 through Tuesday, October 10
Monday and Tuesday schools will be closed due to a teachers' in-service day.

School news around the district
Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena Elementary School Soldotna Middle SchoolKenai Alternative SchoolKenai Central High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSeward Middle-Senior High SchoolSkyview High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenai Cooperative PreschoolKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

Business, industry division keeps busy with programs, projects
Business and industry updateArt gallery presents 'Greeting Laticia'Anthropology department newsBookstore manager gets scholarship

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care CenterHomerKenaiNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSterling

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.

Senior Menus
HomerNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSewardSterling

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

All-Great Land Conference Selections
All-Great Land Conference Selections named

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.

New superhero for New Yorkers
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The Green Lantern had arrived, complete with T-shirt, ring and special powers. Or was that just New York Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet playing the part of superhero?

Yankees can't snap slide
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Even the comfort of the postseason couldn't rescue the slumping New York Yankees, who were destroyed by the bottom of the Oakland Athletics' lineup.

Nikiski highlights All-Great Land Conference team
The All-Great Land Conference Football Team was announced Monday, with 10 Nikiski Bulldogs named to the first team, led by Offensive Player of the Year David Holloway and Lineman of the Year Gabe Lavigueur.

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