Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Fairbanks girl wins Harry Potter essay
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sarah Brown is going on a Harry Potter-inspired adventure.

Organizers say trails system would showcase Southeast Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Organizers are hoping they can create a system of trails across Southeast Alaska that would make the region a world-class adventure travel destination.

Poll on oil development in ANWR inconclusive, despite statement
FAIRBANKS -- The day after Al Gore and George W. Bush debated whether to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a congressman stood on the floor of the U.S. House and delivered what would no doubt be surprising news for many Alaskans.

Governor meeting with oil executives this week
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The governor is meeting with oil executives in Oklahoma and Texas this week to discuss developing Alaska's natural gas supplies on the North Slope.

Haines city management to change next October
HAINES (AP) -- Voters in Haines have decided to switch from a strong mayor system of government to a city manager.

Survey: Oil market remains 'on edge' despite improvements
PARIS (AP) -- The world oil market remains ''on edge'' despite encouraging developments, including the easing of prices since OPEC and the United States moved to increase supply, a key oil industry watcher said Tuesday.

Bids open for next round of Idid-a-riders
WASILLA (AP) -- The Iditarod Trail Committee is taking bids again from people who want to ride with mushers at the start of the race from Anchorage to Nome.

Tax cap foes winning fund-raising race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The campaign against the statewide property tax has raised nearly $240,000, about 16 times as much as the initiative's backers, according to reports submitted to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Bosnian foresters learn about warfare's effects from UAF study
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Officials from the Republic of Bosnia are meeting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this week to discuss the future of the forest in that war-torn European country.

Dividend eligibility verification project finds problems
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first random check of the eligibility of 700 Permanent Fund Dividend applicants has raised enough red flags that officials with the state Department of Revenue plan to continue the checks to protect the program from fraud.

Bear mauls man on Kodiak Island
KODIAK (AP) -- A 43-year-old man was reported in stable condition at a hospital here after being mauled by a brown bear over the weekend.

Seized Korean fishing vessel to be auctioned off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A South Korean fishing boat seized earlier this year in Alaska waters goes on the auction block next week.

Budget bill could bail out Kake Tribal Corp.
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill headed to President Clinton's desk could bring economic revival to Kake Tribal Corp., which filed for bankruptcy a year ago.

Alaska Legislature to look at lower drunken driving standard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lawmakers say a tough new federal standard for drunken driving probably will be adopted in Alaska after the next legislative session to avoid some stiff financial penalties.

Million Dollar bridge may be repaired
CORDOVA (AP) -- The state Transportation Depart-ment is looking at making repairs to the Million Dollar Bridge, which spans the Copper River near Cordova.

Kodiak area pollock fishery reported to be slow going this year
KODIAK (AP) -- The October pollock season in the Kodiak area is going pretty much as predicted -- slow mixed with frequent periods of fish-stopping storms.

Kenai teen killed in vehicle accident
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A Kenai teen died Friday in a single-vehicle accident, Soldotna police said.

A look at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
--Geography: 19 million acres in the northern corner of Alaska.

Dividend spurs spending spree
KENAI (AP) -- This year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is giving a billion-dollar boost to Alaska's economy.

Beauty of Alaska preserve definitely in eye of the beholder
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jim Waldman of the Wilderness Society has been there only once, but he remembers it as ''like nothing I've ever seen'' and one of ''the most spectacular wildlife areas in North America.''

Washington man dies in boating accident year Yakutat
YAKUTAT (AP) -- The body of a man from Olympia, Wash. who was swept away in a fast-moving river was found Sunday.

Kidnapping suspect arrested in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was arrested in Wasilla and charged with multiple crimes after he allegedly kidnapped a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint, Anchorage police said.

Church members re-erect monument at Nushagak Bay
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A monument to faith and determination towers again 40 feet above the ground and can be seen clearly across Nushagak Bay.

Hatcher Pass-Summit Road is closed for the winter
PALMER (AP) -- The Hatcher Pass-Summit Road has been closed for the winter, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

GCI receives clearances to enter local markets
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication, Inc. has received the necessary clearances for entering the local telephone markets in Fairbanks and Juneau, the communications company said Monday.

Bear mauls man on Kodiak Island
KODIAK (AP) -- A 53-year-old man was reported in stable condition at a hospital here after being mauled by a brown bear during the weekend.

Around the Peninsula
After-school program to hold orientationCouncil to meetFall festival slated, pets welcomeBooster club to hold swapChamber to hold weekly luncheonSenior center to hold German mealSeaLife center to hold haunted house

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Around the Peninsula
Chamber luncheon meeting todayOrientation for after-school program offeredRegistration for classes plannedFree Medicare seminar offeredCommittee meeting planned ThursdaySenior center to hold German mealSPCA fund-raiser canceled

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.

Refresher course keeps peninsula ready for disaster
A varied group of area law enforcement, emergency services personnel and management leaders got a refresher course this week in dealing with disasters.

Council gets look at airport fire station
The Kenai City Council got its first look at the new fire station and warm storage building that will soon be at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

Photo feature: Heated up
Chris Stephl throws another log on the fire while clearing brush from his Soldotna yard Sunday afternoon.

Photo feature: A better view
Daisy, the Brueckner family dog, checks out the neighborhood from the top of a pile of spruce boughs in their Kenai yard Sunday afternoon.

Strategic plan is first goal for borough's Community, Economic Development office
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's new business development manager is Wanetta Ayers, and her first goal is to develop a strategic plan for economic development boroughwide.

Kenai man objects to mayor's comments
Prominent Kenai businessman Randy Daly gave the Kenai City Council a piece of his mind Wednesday night regarding comments that were made at the previous meeting about buying locally.

Barrie Lee Wilkins
Soldotna resident Barrie Lee Wilkins died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Page, Ariz. He was 61.

Truman Douglas
Kenai resident Truman Douglas died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Nicholson's Assisted Living in Kenai. He was 82.

10 years later, reunified Germany looks back, ahead
Reunification, with all its difficulties and shortcomings, is a rousing success, and the overwhelming majority of Germans, both east and west, know and appreciate that.

Applause
To all the Nikiski football champions, I wish to express how proud I am of your accomplishments this year. You are top dog this year and I can only imagine what it feels like.

Applause
4-H says thanks for successful auctionSoldotna seniors well supplied with salmon, wild game

Another fortress-like wall tumbles down
Once again, Thursday, the awesome strength and unpredictability of democratic will was on display, this time in Belgrade.

New woman: Kenai resident gets makeover on Oprah Winfrey Show
Diana Pierce isn't the only Alaska woman to wear coveralls, steel-toed boots, safety glasses, a hard hat and gloves. And she isn't the only Alaska woman to feel like she's lost her femininity to the challenges of ice, snow and cold.

Juneau woman helps patients deal with the details of dying and terminal illnesses
While most of us think about death only when a loved one is injured or ailing, death constantly whispers in Jan Young's ear.

Just ducky
Joan Schrader poses at a recent Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon with her winning duck and a $6,000 check.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Coastal Cleanup Day planned Murre research project continues Membership appreciation day nears

Births
Kelli and Doug Brewer, of Nikiski

Peninsula People
Kasilof man selected as R.A.

Church celebrates 40 years in area
Though few were around for the beginning, many will gather Sunday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star of the North Lutheran Church's presence in Kenai.

Community Schools
Soldotna Community Schools is celebrating 25 years of Community Education (1975-2000).

Community News
Action plan to be discussed at meetingElectric Light Parade plannedRecognition week plannedDifferent type of beauty pageant slatedWomen's applications soughtProgram honoring young women launchedChild care announces food programWin a new homeKenai Community Library news

School district awaits test scores
Testing is on everyone's mind this week within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Senior Briefs
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Developer's family continues tradition of helping elderly
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) -- The elderly in Merrimack have found their guardian angel in a family of developers.

Senior Menus Tuesday, 10/10 through Monday, 10/16
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Skyview netters earn tourney win in Juneau
The Skyview volleyball team came back from losing two games to Juneau in Friday's pool play to sweep the Crimson Bears in Saturday's championship game of the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza, also known as the JIVE tournament.

Good day for New York. Bad day for California.
NEW YORK -- Bobby J. Jones made a name for himself and carved out a place in postseason lore.

Post-season includes many who played at Seymour Park
When the New York Mets needed a pitcher to close out their National League playoff series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, the Mets turned to one of the many players with Alaska League ties in this year's playoffs.

Yankees end season for A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Stanton strolled through the New York Yankees' clubhouse, dripping with champagne and waving a bottle of bubbly in his left hand.

Moss thrives again under Monday night's bright lights with 118 yards receiving
MINNEAPOLIS -- Unlike his Tampa Bay counterpart, Keyshawn Johnson, Randy Moss doesn't have to ask for the ball.

Season ends for peninsula Pop Warner
The Pop Warner football season ended for Kenai Peninsula teams Sunday. The Kenai League hosted the Tundra Bowl for the Kenai, Anchorage and Eagle River Leagues at Kenai Central High School and Skyview High School. It was the first time a Pop Warner bowl has been played on the peninsula.

Arness' rock-solid play easy to miss
When a spectator first takes in a Nikiski High School volleyball match, Jessica Arness might not be the first player noticed.

Steelers get on Bus, Jets left at station
There are now just two unbeaten teams in the NFL.

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