Saturday, October 7, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Swimming Bests
Through 9/30/00

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

Sports Briefs
Kenai Recreation accepting hoops entries

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

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

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.

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