Thursday, October 5, 2000

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.

Direct deposit puts $757 million in Alaskans' pockets
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans lined up at banks across the state Wednesday to withdraw some of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend money that showed up in their accounts.

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.

Alaska groups to get Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention grants
ACHORAGE (AP) -- A number of grants have been awarded in efforts to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome and alcohol abuse among Alaska's children, Sen. Ted Stevens announced Thursday.

Ambassador to U.S. says China needs more oil and gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- China will be looking to Alaska to provide more oil and gas as the Asian country's economy grows, the Chinese ambassador to the United States said Wednesday.

Cruise company still giving despite head tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise ship companies are donating about $1 million to Southeast Alaska charities this year, industry officials said.

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.

New barge launched for Seattle to Whittier service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first of three new barges has been launched for service between Seattle and Whittier.

New president picked for southwest village organization
BETHEL (AP) -- The Association of Village Council Presidents has picked a new leader to replace long-time president Myron Naneng.

Coast Guard, Fish and Game to inspect crab fleet
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard and the state Department of Fish and Game will be inspecting the crab fleet at Dutch Harbor for possible safety violations.

Poll Results
A look at questions and results from the Alaska Poll on Ballot Measures 4 and 5. The survey of 518 Alaska residents was conducted Sept. 21-Oct. 1 by Dittman Research of Anchorage and has a sampling error of 4 percent.

Mysterious tracks offer first evidence of mammals in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists have discovered fossilized footprints left 55 million years ago by primitive mammals and cranelike birds in an ancient forest bordering what is now the Talkeetna Mountains.

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.

GCI aligns with Norton Sound Health Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. has secured a $12 million contract to provide Nome's Norton Sound Health Corp. with telecom services so village health aides can consult more effectively with doctors.

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.

New fish farming restrictions slated for British Columbia
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fish farmers in British Columbia are about to face tighter regulations designed to prevent the escape of Atlantic salmon from fish farms in the province.

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.

AFN proposal would give villages the authority to regulate alcohol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives wants Congress to allow federally recognized tribes to regulate the sale, importation or possession of alcohol in their villages.

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.

Fairbanks school board opposes tax cap
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board has approved a resolution opposing the statewide 10-mill property tax cap. The board voted unanimously to urge Alaskans to vote against the measure in November.

Strandberg appointed to six-year term on Regulatory Commission of Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has reappointed Jim Strandberg to a full six-year term on the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

How well we've learned to sell
NEW YORK (AP) -- It is difficult at times to understand the insatiable desire of the American consumer for houses and automobiles until you appreciate the power of merchandizing.

On The Money
There are a variety of retirement savings options for small savers. Congress currently is considering legislation to raise the contribution limits on some of the accounts.

Business Briefs
Peninsula travel planner targets Alaska residents Candidates' forum is todayDeadline for halibut proposals is Oct. 31Peninsula gains jobsSoldotna chamber speakers announcedSoldotna chamber seeks board candidatesFishing vessel up for auctionCIRI declares dividendTobacco funds to secure school bondsFNBA will be open on Alaska DaySoldotna motel recognized

What will Alan Greenspan think?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Just suppose consumers are right about the economy, which often they are in spite of their reputation as innocents. What will Alan Greenspan think? What will he do?

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

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
S.P.C.A. has animals available for adoptionChamber luncheon will feature candidate forumLearning Center offers science classesProgram on parenting teens offeredChild development program offeredDinner to raise money for support groupSled dog racing group to meetYouth conservation program offeredHospice offers grief support programsResource Center offers various classesAlaska Christian Ministries to hold convention

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.

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

Election results on fast track
Tallying the municipal election results is easier than it used to be, thanks to automated ballot boxes and computerized data transmission.

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

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

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.

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.

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

First elk reported taken by bowhunter in Southeast Alaska
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Jack Hicks harvested an impressive elk on Etolin Island on the first day of the season -- collecting what's believed to be the first elk ever taken by an archer in Southeast Alaska.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Country Music Association awards winners
Winners at the 2000 Country Music Association awards:

Dixie Chicks triumph at Country Music Association awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Despite a little history made by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the Country Music Association awards, the night and the year belonged to the Dixie Chicks.

Art Briefs
Wanted: Halloween costumesOrganizational meeting planned for dancesTaste of Homer canceledGlass entries sought

Former KPC art student moves to the head of the class
Joy Falls has come full circle, you might say.

Points standings
Point standings so far in the NASCAR 2000 season.

Schedule
Nascar 2000 schedule

Company tries to soften blow
CONCORD, N.C. -- John Johnson will be one of about 170,000 fans at the Lowe's Motor Speedway for Sunday's UAW/GM 500.

Petty hires a calmer Buckshot
CONCORD, N.C. -- His race car was spewing steam and oil, but it was nothing compared to the volcano that was brewing inside Buckshot Jones.

Money leaders
Nascar 2000 money leaders

UAW/GM 500
Where: Lowe's Motor Speedway (Concord, N.C.)

Blindness awareness goal of convention
Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. Most Alaskans are unaware of the presence of blind and visually impaired people here. For the blind and visually impaired, that ignorance is a painful burden.

School board sizes up Seward situation
The roof on Seward Middle School is in such bad condition that the borough plans to spend nearly half a million dollars to fix it

Spring 2002 opening planned for 63-room facility near Kenai River
A Seattle-based firm plans to begin construction next summer of a 63-room hotel by the Kenai River in Soldotna.

Photo feature: Late-season landscaping
Randy Richeson breaks open a bag of dirt while working on improvements to the Kenai Christian Church sign alongside the Kenai Spur Highway Wednesday afternoon.

School board visits Seward prison school
Monday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education got its first look at the new prison school at the Spring Creek Correctional Center.

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.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
For the sake of wildlife, vote 'yes' on Proposition No. 1

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.

Applause
Habitat for Humanity grateful for help received from Key Bank

Busy firefighting season keeps boot maker on its toes
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- While weary firefighters look forward to the end of the West's wildfire season, White's Boots Inc. is beginning to return to business as usual after helping to wage the battle far from the fire lines.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Mariners go two up on White Sox, Yankees win
CHICAGO -- Seattle's bullpen bullied the Chicago White Sox again, pushed aside the majors' most potent offense and landed the road-tough Mariners a 2-0 lead in their division series.

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?

Best of the best
The All-Northern Lights Conference team, released Wednesday, reads like a who's who of peninsula high school football.

All-Northern Lights Conference Selections
All-Northern Lights Conference Selections named

Stars battle Avalanche to tie in NHL opener
DALLAS -- Ed Belfour and Patrick Roy were even on this night. ''Both goaltenders were good and they had to be. They were also lucky at times,'' Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said after the Stars and Colorado Avalanche played to a 2-2 tie Wednesday night.

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.

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

Biologists: Venerable Katmai bear unlikely to survive the winter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As the last tourists left Katmai National Park and Preserve this fall, the one-time lord of Brooks River came struggling back for what could well be his last hurrah.

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