Friday, October 13, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Son of Homer family uninjured when bomb rips through Navy destroyer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer couple's son was among the survivors of the apparent terrorist bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.

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.

Wasilla man dies in rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 28-year-old Wasilla man died early Friday when he lost control of his truck and it rolled over several times, the Alaska State Troopers say.

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.

Anglers vie for the beautiful, mysterious steelhead
KENAI (AP) -- Fanaticism is alive and well on the Anchor River.

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.

Korean air force concludes F-15 flight review at Elmendorf Air Force Base
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Korean air force has completed a flight evaluation of F-15s at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

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

Flags ordered lowered for former-Sen. Jack Weise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska flags were ordered to fly at half-staff Friday in memory of Jack Weise, the first state senator to represent Bethel.

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.

Alaska delegation fights Beringia park plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's congressional delegation wants Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to resist the creation of a Beringian Heritage International Park bridging the Bering Sea.

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.

Alaska students to be given chance to vote before general election
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- High school students around the state will have a chance to cast their votes for candidates in this year's general election and it will happen before most adults even see a ballot.

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.

Judge: State ignored process in allowing BP to use North Slope water
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage judge has ruled that at least two oil company permits to withdraw water from North Slope reservoirs are invalid.

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.

Detained Korean vessel released after paying $750,000 fine
UNALASKA (AP) -- A South Korean factory trawler was released from custody in Dutch Harbor Thursday after paying a $750,000 fine for illegal fishing in U.S. waters, federal officials said.

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.

Asbestos found during work at Seward High School
KENAI (AP) -- Asbestos has been found at Seward High School when students helped remove an old platform in the wrestling room.

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.

Freezer shortage stalls free salmon to Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- A shortage of freezer space is stalling the shipment of 48,000 pounds of free salmon to Bethel.

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.

Legislature spends $160,000 on legal fees in Katie John case
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislative leaders spent $160,000 on a legal brief supporting Gov. Tony Knowles' controversial appeal of the landmark Katie John subsistence lawsuit without consulting the rest of the Legislature.

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.

Winter outlook: a little bit of everything
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For much of the country, this winter may be a bit more wintry than the last few. Alaskans, however, can expect the usual weather.

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.

Groups want Arctic toxin study; Pollution said to be on the rise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Native groups and others are seeking a study of toxins in the Arctic. That comes after another report was released this week indicating that pollution is rising in the North's food chain.

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.

Local governments eye bond sales should tax cap pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Local governments statewide are planning to sell millions of dollars in bonds for public construction projects should Alaska voters approve the property tax initiative next month.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Wildlife amendment campaigs spar over contributions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The campaign for a ban on wildlife-related initiatives took $75,000 from a coalition of out-of-state interests that includes the National Rifle Association. Meanwhile, groups campaigning against Ballot Measure 1 won't disclose their individual donors.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Water service interrupted todayBoard of directors meeting canceledDinner planned in SterlingMusician to sign CDsCraft fair plannedGenealogy society to meet at libraryFall field trip slatedScholarship dinner setMs. Ritz 2000 crowned at fund-raiserOpening reception plannedRegistration deadline approachingRaffle tickets still availableMothers' group meeting plannedContra dance plannedFlu 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.

Visitors, residents enjoy ritual of fall fishing
One angler introduced to the steelhead fishery as well as fly fishing in general Saturday was Matanuska-Susitna Borough manager Mike Scott, who made the five-hour trip from the valley for a weekend of angling with friends. He landed his first steelhead on a fly rod after a 10-minute tussle.

Anchor River fishery attracts serious anglers
Fanaticism is alive and well on the Anchor River.

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.

NOW PLAYING - Remember The Titans
You know, I pretend to be objective. I act like I am going to go into a movie unbiased and with a critic's eye for even the most minor of flaws. The thing is, I love football movies.

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.

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

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.

Points standings
Point standings so far the NASCAR 2000

Nascar 2000 money leaders.

Nascar 2000 schedule of events.

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.

The Winston
Where: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

'Beauty queens' to strut at Lions Club fund-raiser
Think of it as a Miss America pageant -- with a burly twist.

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.

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.

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.

Free gun locks may be recalled
A question about the safety of gun locks distributed by local law enforcement agencies has at least one department urging residents to return them.

PRISM gets new training equipment
The Pacific Rim Institute of Safety Management in Kenai has a new tool to help firefighters battle industrial blazes. Called an industrial outside prop, the amalgamation of pipes and vessels is designed to simulate fire emergencies at heavy industrial sites, such as oil and gas refineries and wells.

Head Start may open in January
Sterling is on track to get its long-awaited Head Start program in January.

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.

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.

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

William H. 'Bill' Bujan
Kenai resident William H. Bujan died Sept. 13, 2000, at his home. He was 58.

Exxon's campaign to get out of paying jury award offensive
The nation's highest court has sounded a belated, yet welcome, note with its refusal to reopen at least one aspect of the Exxon Valdez liability case.

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

Art enriches life in countless ways
Art matters to all of us. More than the pastime of a privileged few, the arts are pervasive in our lives. During October, officially designated National Arts and Humanities Month, we should all take a moment to look more deeply than usual at the impact of the arts on our lives.

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.

Lifelong residents discriminated against when it comes to fish
After reading Don Johnson's Sept. 20 letter to the editor over again, I am compelled to write. I have lived in Kenai all my life and YES! I do believe we have super citizens' rights to access Alaska's fish and game. I call them "grandfather's rights."

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

Outdoor Brief
Mandatory trapping class offered at refuge

Time to shape up for skiing
Face it. For the better part of the next five months, the Kenai Peninsula will be covered with snow.

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.

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.

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.

Bark beetles hit west side of Cook Inlet in late 19th century
In late July 1899, the steamship Geo. W. Elder, of the Harriman Alaska Expedition, sailed into lower Cook Inlet, as far north as Iliamna volcano. The expedition was financed by railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman and had recruited some of the top scientific and literary talent of the day. The goal of the expedition was to collect as much data as possible on the natural history of Alaska and its native inhabitants.

Poland's church tries to follow pope's lead in reconciling with Jews
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A rabbi digs soil from the ground where a synagogue once stood. Across the market square, a Roman Catholic archbishop performs a similar rite at the site of a former church that, like the synagogue, was destroyed by Nazis in World War II.

Jehovah's Witnesses restructure their leadership
NEW YORK (AP) -- Leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses have ordered the biggest organizational shake-up since the evangelist sect was incorporated 116 years ago, saying it would help the 5.9-million member group expand worldwide.

Lobby warns 285,000 congregations against Christian Coalition voter guides
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A liberal church-and-state lobby is sending a letter to 285,000 U.S. congregations, warning they could risk loss of tax exemption by distributing Christian Coalition voter guides.

Notre Dame may limit ads in student newspaper
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A 1999 advertisement for a homosexual alumni organization could lead to a showdown over who controls future ads in the University of Notre Dame's student newspaper, the Observer.

Immigrant Muslims coming to grips with domestic violence
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- Imam Abdul Khan says some men at his mosque in Rockford, Ill., have asked him not to speak out against domestic violence during Friday prayers. But he speaks out anyway.

Troubled National Council of Churches reports improved finances
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Council of Churches, which ended last year with a $4 million deficit and severely depleted reserve funds, is reporting improved finances.

Sexual abstinence advocacy is a full-time job
ELM GROVE, Wis. (AP) -- Sex sells. But so does abstinence, at least for Trisha Magaw. The 23-year-old virgin from Elm Grove, Wis., commands $150 an hour to tell teens how to resist societal pressures and postpone sex until marriage.

Ministry for ex-gays ousts chairman
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A man who said he left homosexuality and encouraged others to do so has been removed as board chairman of a Christian group because he visited a gay bar.

Hindu nationalists tell India's Christians to split from missionaries
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- A Hindu nationalist group that is the ideological fountainhead of the ruling party urged Christians to form a national Indian church and break with foreign missionaries it accused of wrecking national unity, Indian newspapers report.

Religion Briefs
Statewide conference plannedChurch celebration slatedKenai Aglow set to meet Oct. 16Church conducts classes about Catholic faithMusic group, evangelist to visitSexual abstinence advocacy is a full-time job

Different season, same enthusiasm
One thing every wrestler knows how to do is make the best of an awkward situation.

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

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.

Sports Briefs
Panthers sweep Hawks in volleyball Jenny Carpenter notched six kills and three blocks.Commissioner says Iverson will change lyrics Sorenstam chips into four-way tie at Samsung

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.

Mets win wild one at St. Louis
ST. LOUIS -- Once Rick Ankiel zinged the first pitch of the game to the backstop, it was bound to be a wild one at Busch Stadium. And it was, with the New York Mets again finding a way to win -- this time, thanks to a late error by a first baseman.

Kenai Peninsula Swimming Bests
Through 10/7/00

Cats dominate against Nikiski
For those keeping score, Skyview High School out-pointed Nikiski 72-12 in a wrestling meet at Nikiski.

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