Friday, October 6, 2000

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.

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.

Barrow whaling crews nearing harvest quota
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow whaling crews have harvested eight of the 12 bowheads in their fall whaling quota, whaling leaders said 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.

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.

Letterhead turns back clock on state politics
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Walter Hickel is still giving out orders.

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.

Interior appropriations bill loaded with Alaska earmarks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A spending bill for the U.S. Department of the Interior is loaded with about $100 million in financial earmarks for Alaska.

Seattle company plans hotel in Soldotna
KENAI (AP) -- A Seattle-based firm announced it plans to begin construction next summer on a 63-room hotel near the Kenai River in Soldotna.

NCAA to stage ski championships in Alaska in 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The NCAA Ski Championships will return to Kincaid Park and Alyeska Resort in March of 2002.

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.

Toxic pesticide found in wastewater of three cruise ships
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pesticide banned in the United States in the 1980s has turned up in the wastewater of three cruise ships operating in Alaska.

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.

SeaLife Center director quits
SEWARD (AP) -- The executive director of the Alaska SeaLife Center has stepped down. Mark Lloyd is the second director to leave since the struggling research center opened in May 1998.

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.

BP to step up its exploratory drilling on North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) BP is planning its most aggressive exploratory drilling effort on the North Slope in more than a decade.

Nashville man sentenced for PFD fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage resident has been sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to repay $5,449.36 for illegally collecting Permanent Fund Dividends.

High-tech equipment, speedy lifts revolutionize skiing
SALT LAKE CITY -- Norm Burton remembers holding on for dear life the day Snowbasin opened its first single chairlift in 1946, when he was 9. The metal rattled and clanked and he feared bouncing right off the seat.

Decision to rename Mount Logan for Trudeau stirs controversy
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Ottawa's snap decision to rename Canada's highest peak after former prime minister Pierre Trudeau has angered those with personal ties to the mountain.

Senate approves CARA alternative; Sends measure to Clinton
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The fight to enact the Conservation and Reinvestment Act ended Thursday when the Senate overwhelmingly approved a less generous program as part of an Interior Department spending bill for the year 2001.

Tlingit mask's space trip delayed
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Tlingit bear mask scheduled to blast into space on the space shuttle Discovery has been bumped.

Reeve unlikely to resume service to Dutch Harbor this winter
UNALASKA (AP) -- Reeve Aleutian Airways says it has no plans to resume service to Dutch Harbor this winter, despite a decision by Alaska Airlines to cancel half its jet service there.

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.

1Alaska gets federal grant to bolster future natural gas supplies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska project will receive nearly $430,000 in a Department of Energy grant aiming to bolster future natural gas supplies, senators Ted Stevens, Frank Murkowski and Rep. Don Young announced Thursday in a joint statement.

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.

Sunday is deadline for voter registration
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Those who want to vote in next month's election have until Sunday to register to vote.

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.

Drug agents bust three suspected methamphetamine labs in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Following two months of investigations, drug agents raided three suspected methamphetamine labs on two neighboring Fairbanks properties this week.

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.

Fairbanks woman struck, killed by vehicle
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman was struck and killed by a car Wednesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Barrow man struck, killed by vehicle
BARROW (AP) -- A Barrow man was killed Wednesday when he was struck by a truck.

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.

Northern lights show awes Fairbanks convention goers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mother Nature cooperated with the Alaska Travel Industry Association's convention this week by flashing an after-dinner northern lights show.

Sitka man charged with assaulting VPSO
HYDABURG (AP) -- A Sitka man accused of threatening Hydaburg's village public safety officer could face 30 days in jail.

Logger with injured nose airlifted
JUNEAU (AP) -- A logger at the Shrimp Bay logging camp had to be airlifted to Ketchikan Thursday morning after he suffered an injury to his nose.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Around the Peninsula
Christmas boutique plannedHistorical society board to meetOktoberfest planned for HomerScouts kick off popcorn saleMedicare topic of meetingTopics to be discussed at council meeting

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

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.

Legislative candidates spar at chamber lunch
Lunchtime guests of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce got a double-dip of politicians Wednesday, as candidates for both House District 9 and Senate District E participated in an open forum.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Nascar 2000 schedule

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

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

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.

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

Officials say lead contamination at elementary school no cause for concern
Water at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School failed tests for toxic lead contamination. This week, Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance workers are installing a chemical system to fix the problem.

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.

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.

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.

Service area board openings filled -- mostly
Service area board vacancies grabbed voters' attention in the Tuesday Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal election, even if they did not grab the attention of potential candidates.

Community justice, victims' rights take conference spotlight
More than 100 law enforcement, social service and community officials are among the leaders in various capacities expected to attend next week's 2000 Community Justice Conference in Kenai.

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

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

Letters to the Editor
Initiative process needed to guard against poor wildlife policy, politicsWhen you cast vote Nov. 7, think about dividend checks

Habitat for Humanity grateful for help received from Key Bank

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center would like to thank Team Tesoro and the Kenai Central High School Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams for the wonderful work they did during this year's United Way Day of Caring.

CARTS brings new definition of public transit to peninsula
The new Central Area Rural Transit System -- popularly known as CARTS -- means more than just an affordable ride.

New Mexico to Montana: Refuge firefighters traveled extensively in 2000
Now that the 2000 wildfire season is over and most National Wildlife Refuge firefighters have returned to Alaska, I thought it would be interesting to share some of our experiences.

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.

Taking advantage of outdoor recreation
The Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club grew out of an inspiration. Steve Foley used to live in Colorado, where clubs of all sorts -- for climbing, hiking, skiing as well as general outdoor interest -- exist in abundance. When he moved to Alaska, he found no such clubs at all.

Autumn in Alaska -- crisper, colder, bluer
There's something stirring in the brief Alaska autumn -- trees and bushes wearing vivid colors, the musky smell of ripening highbush cranberries, and chilly mornings that give way to bright, crisp days.

Follow the leader
Sandhill cranes follow an ultralight piloted by Joe Duff as they leave the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge as part of Operation Migration Tuesday near Necedah, Wis.

Wiccan minister seeks to overturn ordinance against fortune telling
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A pagan worshipper wants an ordinance banning him from practicing witchcraft struck from the books.

The High Holy Days aren't just for Jews anymore
NEW YORK (AP) -- After years of high church, Andrea King wanted to try something different: the High Holidays.

Death row chaplain is last contact for the condemned in Texas
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- For some of the most vilified people in Texas, the comforting right hand of Jim Brazzil is their last human touch before they slip into unconsciousness and die.

Poll: More than half of Ukrainians consider themselves religious
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- More than half of Ukrainians consider themselves religious, with most of the believers adhering to the Orthodox Church, a poll released this week said.

Religion Briefs
Couple to visit Catholic ChurchStatewide conference plannedKenai Aglow set to meet Oct. 16Church conducts classes about Catholic faith Music group, evangelist to visit

Iranian Jews celebrate New Year while relatives languish in prison
SHIRAZ, Iran (AP) -- As Jews in this southern Iranian city went to synagogue this week to celebrate the High Holy Days, some visited the local prison to meet relatives who have been convicted of spying for Israel.

Alabama's first Episcopal congregation breaks away
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- The oldest Episcopal congregation in Alabama has voted to break away from the church to protest its recognition of gay and other relationships outside of marriage.

Feds sue plant for firing Muslim over refusal to shave
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a company for firing a Muslim worker who refused to shave his beard for religious reasons.

Workshops offered as part of convention
Workshops designed to encourage and provide practical skills for those who teach, lead or participate in other church ministries will be part of the Alaska Christian Ministries Association's convention in Soldotna next week.

Soldotna looks to slow Nikiski's offense in small-schools championship game
Call it the Black and Blue Bowl.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Recreation accepting hoops entries

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

The Next Level
Nikiskis Hill runs for University of OregonKenais McCubbins blocks for Brigham YoungKenais Hall continues solid play for Falcons Nikiskis Glazes do volleyball, cross country

Philadelphia gets good start on post-Lindros era
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers are doing just fine without Eric Lindros -- for one game at least.

Oiler's Corner
\With over 65 former Oilers playing minor league baseball in 2000, many had noteworthy achievements.

Kenai Peninsula Swimming Bests
Through 9/30/00

Clark's three-run homer gives Cardinals 2-0 series lead over Atlanta
ST. LOUIS -- After whipping Atlanta's two aces, the St. Louis Cardinals have the Braves right where they want 'em.

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.

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.

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

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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