Saturday, October 14, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

Outdoor Brief
Mandatory trapping class offered at refuge

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Kenai Peninsula Swimming Bests
Through 10/7/00

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

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.

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