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Thursday, October 12, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Nabors Union, CORRECTIVE,
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In an Oct. 11 story about employees of Nabors Alaska Inc. voting to

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.

Conference looks at Community Justice concept
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska is beginning to embrace the community justice concept, which means preventing crime rather than simply reacting to it.

A beauty pageant, a gambling-crazy town, but never the two shall mix
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- They say Miss Iowa is the favorite to win the 80th annual Miss America Pageant.

Consumer protection offered on Department of Law Web site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Law has designed a Web site offering consumer protection information for Alaska residents.

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.

Report: Parts were on order for ill-fated Alaska Airlines plane
SEATTLE (AP) -- Maintenance logs for an Alaska Airlines jet that later crashed in the Pacific Ocean indicate that mechanics tried to quickly order parts for the plane, but that it was released from a maintenance check without them.

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.

Conference looks at Community Justice concept
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska is beginning to embrace the community justice concept, which means preventing crime rather than simply reacting to it.

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.

Light quake reported near Kodiak; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook the Kodiak area early Thursday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Report: Persistent contaminants found in Alaska's Arctic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report by a group of federal and state agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations, says contaminants and pollutants are continuing to show up in Alaska's Arctic.

Continental to offer seasonal service between Anchorage and Newark
NEW YORK (AP) -- Continental Airlines is planning to add seasonal daily service between Newark, N.J., and Anchorage.

Workers vote for union at Nabors drilling firm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers at Nabors Alaska Inc. voted to unionize the oil drilling company, according to election results released this week.

Court says fish processors entitled to punitive damages in Exxon case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the validity of a settlement agreement between Exxon and 10 seafood processors stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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.

Litter blooms in Alaska's backcountry
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As a new guy on the team, Chugach State Park ranger Tom Crockett gets the dirty work: litter patrol.

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.

Geese take flight in perfect V's
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In the misty morning light, a single goose suddenly rose from the pond in Chester Creek on the city's east side.

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.

Ducks get second pond at Creamer's Field
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first pond built in the middle of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge made such a splash with ducks that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game built a second, bigger one.

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.

Investigators find word 'panic' in maintenance log for ill-fated plane
SEATTLE (AP) -- The word ''panic'' was used on an Alaska Airlines maintenance log the day before a decision was made not to replace a worn part on a plane that later crashed off the Southern California coast.

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.

Scaled back Native veteran lands bill moving through U.S. House
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Descendants of Alaska Natives who died in the Vietnam War between 1964 and 1972 could apply for a land grant in the deceased veterans' names under legislation that surfaced on the U.S. House floor.

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.

Crab fishery decides against pre-season closing date
KODIAK (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will manage the upcoming Bristol Bay red king crab fishery by closing it once the fleet nears its quota, instead of setting a closure date before the fishing begins.

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.

Mississippi, Illinois win on second night of pageant prelims
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Miss Mississippi Christy May won in swimsuit and Miss Illinois Jennifer Powers in talent Wednesday in the second night of preliminary competition leading up to the 80th annual Miss America Pageant.

Video helps nab suspected vandals
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three Fairbanks men have been charged with vandalizing a cemetery after police recovered a stolen camcorder with about 30 minutes of footage showing them destroying crosses and statues, according to authorities.

Alaska Air Group down 14 percent after earnings warning
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Alaska Air Group Inc. slid Wednesday as the company announced a big downward revision in third-quarter profit guidance.

Two Americans win the Nobel Prize in economics
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Nobel Prize in economics Wednesday

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.

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.

State probes reports of waste dumping at Katmai Lodge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating reports that Katmai Lodge improperly disposes of kitchen waste by dumping it into the salmon-rich Alagnak River.

Business Briefs
KPTMC distributes 2001 vacation guideChamber raffles pickup truckHomer chamber hosts House candidatesHalibut fishers near season endCrowley names vice presidentPhillips acquires coalbed methane assetsAlaskan Brewing Co. leads small breweriesSBA seeks award nominations

Free checking harder to find as banks broaden, increase fees
NEW YORK (AP) -- Routine banking is getting to be an expensive activity. That's because fees are going up, there are more of them, and they're harder to avoid.

Bargain hunting limits Nasdaq losses after index hits year's low
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index flirted with its lowest close of the year Wednesday, saved only by afternoon bargain hunting in a market that again sank on fears of poor corporate earnings.

New style electric vehicle takes off
BEND, Ore. -- A new species of sparrow is taking off in central Oregon.

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
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
Kids, parents invited to play timePublic health nurse to visit NikolaevskSelf-help group to meetCommunity justice conference offeredCommittee meets todayHistorical society to meetParenting program offeredFund-raiser, dinner planned for SaturdayFlu vaccine in short supplyFree firewood offered

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.

Counting cohos
At some point this fall, just about every angler, boater or homeowner on a stretch of the Kenai River from Centennial Park in Soldotna to Skilak Lake has seen them. They ply the waters of the Kenai in boats with radio antennas and nets, tracking the movements of the coho salmon.

Hunters often disagree over which breeds produce best hunting dogs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- By a wide margin, Labrador retrievers will outnumber all other sporting-dog breeds during Minnesota's ringneck season.

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

Chamber quintet to perform in Soldotna
The Performing Arts Society will kick off the start of a new season on Saturday with a concert by the chamber music quintet Arioso at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Sixth-grader's essay earns her trip to meet Harry Potter author
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sarah Brown is going on a Harry Potter-inspired adventure.

Soldotna quilter makes viewers think about art
You easily and accurately could call Connie Goltz's artwork eclectic, but you'd be missing the point if you stopped there. Goltz's wall hangings, on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center through the end of the month, are more than mere displays of her talent as a quilter or passion as a collector of buttons, jewelry and literally countless odd items.

The Winston
Where: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

Athleticism essential for success
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Darrell Waltrip never has thrown a baseball 90 mph, but he's driven a car 190 mph.

Rules open door for cheating
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- No other place on the racing schedule offers as many certainties as the Talladega Superspeedway.

Schedule
Nascar 2000 schedule of events.

Points standings
Point standings so far the NASCAR 2000

MONEY LEADERS
Nascar 2000 money leaders.

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.

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.

Assembly seats new members
"The next three years of your lives are the public's," said Bill Popp, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly president, at the close of Tuesday's borough assembly meeting.

Prudhoe Bay gas-to-liquids plant also proposed
Forest Oil Corp., Dresser Engineering and Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids Co. also propose a 50,000-barrel-per-day gas-to-liquids plant at Prudhoe Bay. Forest Oil plans to merge with Forcenergy Inc. by Nov. 1. In recent testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Gary Carlson, Forcenergy vice president for Alaska operations, said the Prudhoe plant would cost roughly $2.7 billion. This week, ANGTL owner Richard Peterson said it probably would process state royalty gas since the major producers want to develop their own GTL technology.

Partnership could bring synthetic fuels plant to Nikiski
The plant BP is building to test technology for turning natural gas to synthetic crude is not the only gas-to-liquids plant on Nikiski's horizon.

Nabors workers unionize
Five years after the first attempt to organize labor at Nabors Drilling ended in a lawsuit against the company, Nabors employees voted Tuesday to unionize.

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

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.

Jeptha Thomas 'J.T' Hunt Sr.
Soldotna resident Jeptha Thomas "J.T." Hunt Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at his home near Soldotna. He was 84.

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

Just say 'No' on marijuana initiative in November
As parents and participants in public policy issues affecting Alaska families, we appreciate this opportunity to express our views on the so-called "hemp" initiative on this November's ballot.

Letters to the Editor
Nader should be included in presidential debatesMost vendors to city of Kenai likely satisfied with relationship'

People let freedom reign in Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic didn't fall. He was pulled down. He was pulled down by the quiet vote of the Yugoslav peopl

Applause
'Salmon for Seniors' program continues despite poor seasonKenai Watershed Forum thanks its members, many volunteersMany create successful picnic for Kenai Peninsula veterans

Ducks get second pond at Creamer's Field
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first pond built in the middle of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge made such a splash with ducks that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game built a second, bigger one.

Geese take flight in perfect V's
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In the misty morning light, a single goose suddenly rose from the pond in Chester Creek on the city's east side.

Litter blooms in Alaska's backcountry
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As a new guy on the team, Chugach State Park ranger Tom Crockett gets the dirty work: litter patrol.

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

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.

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

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.

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?

U.S., Costa Rica battle to scoreless draw
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Now, the United States has little margin for error.

Yankees break scoreless skein in win over Mariners
NEW YORK -- Sooner or later, the Yankees kept saying to themselves, their scoreless streak had to end.

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.

Kenai, SoHi athletes make splash at meet
The Kenai Central High School swimming and diving teams returned from the Bartlett-Chugiak Invitational Saturday with plenty to be pleased about.

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.

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

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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