Wednesday, October 11, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Founding archbishop of Anchorage Diocese dies at age 86
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Reverend Joseph T. Ryan, the founding archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Anchorage and first archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, has died. He was 86.

NOAA issues proposed limits in beluga harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued its proposed limits on subsistence hunting of Cook Inlet beluga whales.

House approves compensation plan for sick atomic workers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House voted Wednesday to give $150,000 and government-paid health care to some of the workers dying from illnesses related to their jobs in nuclear weapons plants or uranium mines.

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.

UAF team briefs Bosnians about wartime forest losses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The multicolored image projected on the screen was dramatic to the Bosnian scientists and officials gathered in a conference room at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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.

New Anchorage-based commissioners worry Juneau officials
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau lost another state commissioner to Anchorage in the recent round of cabinet appointments by Gov. Tony Knowles, prompting concerns among local officials who fear ''capital creep'' -- the gradual northward migration of state workers.

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.

AHFC loan delinquencies reported down in August
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The delinquency rate fell in August on home loans funded by the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., the state lending agency says.

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.''

Northrim reports strong third quarter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Northrim Bank reported third-quarter profits of $1.5 million, or up 6 percent from the same three months of a year ago.

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.

UAF team briefs Bosnians about wartime forest losses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The multicolored image projected on the screen was dramatic to the Bosnian scientists and officials gathered in a conference room at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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

Pro-pot campaign draws big bucks from Outside
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The four Alaska campaigns working to legalize marijuana have taken in contributions of more than $160,000.

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.

Arbitrator rules against former Fairbanks firefighter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An independent arbitrator has dismissed three grievances against the city of Fairbanks by former firefighter Jim Rice.

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.

Study: Feasible to fly commercial flights over North Pole
OTTAWA, Canada (AP) -- Flying commercial flights over the North Pole would cut hours off the circuitous routes planes now fly between North America and Asia and save airlines hundreds of millions of dollars each year, according to a new study commissioned by Canada and Russia.

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.

Thirty tons of lead concentrate spills at Red Dog Mine
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Thirty tons of lead concentrate spilled on the tundra near the Red Dog Mine, the Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday.

Four community justice conferences to be held this week
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four conferences are being held this week to discuss crime and its effect on Alaska communities.

Federal Subsistence Board shortens lynx trapping season on Kenai
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has approved shortening the lynx trapping season on federal lands around the Kenai Peninsula.

Murkowski, Stevens introduce tax credit bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sens. Frank Murkowski and Ted Stevens on Tuesday introduced legislation to extend a tax credit to promote more energy development.

Man pleads no contest to assaulting former assemblyman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cecil Cox pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of assaulting former Fairbanks North Star Assemblyman Bob Logan.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
League president to address chamberCandidates to address chamberMedicare presentation offeredDance lessons offeredCouncil meets tonightHockey league needs skatersPCI classes begin MondayWanted: Halloween costumes

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.

First snow boosts tire sales
Snow tires have been selling fast since the first few snowflakes dusted the central Kenai Peninsula last week.

Slippery roads, no airport cancellations
Snow fell on the central peninsula Tuesday, making the day even more exciting for area students who already had the day off from school.

Winning teaching project fosters young scientists
Children start out with a natural, burning curiosity about the world around them and how it works. However, when they approach adolescence, girls often back away from science, math and technology, studies have shown.

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.

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.

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

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

Ivan A. 'Bud' Benson
Homer and Anchor Point resident Ivan A. "Bud" Benson died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 70.

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

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.

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.

Music, art, tacos highlight week at KPC
Direct From Ireland will perform a free musical stage production of traditional Irish music on the Kenai Peninsula College Campus today at 7 p.m.

School Lunch Menus for Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Tuesday, October 17
Elementary and Secondary school lunch menus for the week of Wednesday, October 11, through Tuesday, October 17.

Around the District
Next week honors bus safetyDistrict recruiting for calendar committee School board meets MondaySoHi announces Students of the MonthNinilchik names Students of the MonthMountain View announces Students of the MonthVFW offers essay contestsMind A-Mazes results announced

After the Bell rings in new year for students
School's out. Mom and Dad will be at work until dinner time. Junior is stumped by a homework assignment. What's a kid to do?

School news
Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena Elementary SchoolKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolConnectionsKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyKalifonsky Christian SchoolKenai Cooperative PreschoolKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartNikiski Daycare CenterPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

Senior Menus Tuesday, 10/10 through Monday, 10/16
HomerKenaiNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSterling

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 Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care CenterHomerKenaiNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSterling

Garcia, Seattle bullpen combine to strike out 13 against New York
NEW YORK -- While the Seattle Mariners looked like a team of the future in the opener of the AL championship series, the New York Yankees looked like grumpy old men.

Road trip enlivens Panthers
For the Skyview High School volleyball team, distance has made the team grow closer.

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.

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.

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.

As Belfour rests, Hurricanes whip Stars
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour and Bates Battaglia scored four minutes apart in Carolina's three-goal second period as the Hurricanes beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 Tuesday night.

Feds propose 2-whale limit
The National Marine Fisheries Service has released a draft environmental impact statement regarding the subsistence harvest of beluga whales in Cook Inlet. The preferred alternative, of the several proposed, is to allow two belugas to be hunted per year.

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