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Sunday, October 15, 2000

Governor orders flags to half-staff on state buildings
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Friday ordered that flags on state buildings be lowered to half-staff out of respect for the sailors who died aboard the USS Cole.

Cruise lines pay Juneau head tax quietly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise lines paid Juneau's $5 head tax on cruise passengers with no real argument this year, despite early complaints about constitutionality and worries about lawsuits.

South Carolina escaped prisoner captured in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who escaped from a South Carolina prison over a year ago was apprehended Friday after leading law enforcement on a car chase, authorities said.

Bethel Air Terminal holds grand opening
BETHEL (AP) -- The former Mark Air Terminal in Bethel re-opened Saturday with a new name and a new look.

New rules would allow subsistence halibut fishing
JUNEAU (AP) -- New federal rules would allow rural residents and some Alaska Natives living in urban areas to take 20 halibut a day for subsistence.

Wife turns in husband charged with having child pornography
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested after police say his new wife found electronic mail messages suggestive of child pornography on his computer.

Senator Stevens once again gets frugality award
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who has a bit of a reputation on Capitol Hill as a big spender, was recognized this week for his fiscal restraint.

Forest Service guide is batty for bats
CORDOVA (AP) -- Christal Czarnecki is batty for bats.

Senate bill bans dog and cat fur imports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Imports of products made from dog and cat fur would be banned under legislation that passed the Senate Friday.

Senate passes rail line legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Frank Murkowski to study a 1,150-mile rail connection to Canada.

Phillips orders fourth tanker
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc., has arranged to have Polar Tankers, Inc., build a $197 million tanker to carry crude oil from Alaska to the West Coast and Hawaii, the company announced Friday.

Eagle residents not worried as winter closes in
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It won't be long before winter shuts off the village of Eagle from the rest of Alaska's roadway towns. But the 150 or so residents of the small Yukon River town aren't sweating it.

Poor salmon runs leave Bethel family clinic in need of life support
BETHEL (AP) -- Poor salmon runs on the Kuskokwim River could spell the end of the Bethel Family Clinic, which has been crippled by the collapse in the fishery and the subsequently slow economy.

Michigan St. 5, Alaska-Anchorage 4
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Michigan State's John Nail scored in the third to give the Spartans a two-goal lead on way to a 5-4 victory Friday over the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Johnson Nissan Classic season opener.

Soldotna Police want free gun locks back because of safety concerns
KENAI (AP) -- Citing safety concerns, the Soldotna Police Department is asking residents to give back free gun locks distributed through a national safety program.

Interior Department poised to adopt new mining rules
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Interior Department is poised to adopt new mining rules designed to better protect the environment on public lands.

Cowdery retracts request for fund-raising help from lobbyists
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Rep. John Cowdery sent 103 lobbyists letters asking for their help in raising money for his Senate campaign from their spouses and clients. Alaska law prohibits lobbyists from raising money for legislative candidates.

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.

Winter search and rescue becomes matter of life, death
When Ron Poston of Homer described the events of last Feb. 4, he said, "It was just timing. Timing was everything. I just think it was meant to be."

My Best Friend
Sherry Spence of Soldotna claims her best friend is Sugar, a poodle mix. "It's always been difficult to capture Sugar on film," she said. "She is my constant companion." This was taken at Portage this summer with Sherry's son John.

Third NASCAR driver of year dies from crash
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Trucks series driver Tony Roper died Saturday, hours after a fiery crash in a race at Texas Motor Speedway, becoming the third on-track fatality this year in NASCAR.

Homer family relieved to find son among USS Cole survivors
Lines of defense come in varying shapes and sizes. Some are frighteningly vulnerable.

Fish processor faces liquidation
A former Kenai fish processor will be liquidated, but it remains unclear whether the proceeds will cover more than $2 million in estimated debts to processing workers, fishers and vendors.

Moose Pass seats close to being filled
Taking a step toward filling troubling vacancies on borough advisory planning commissions, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley submitted three names to assembly president Bill Popp on Friday.

Community boards frustrated by indifference, lack of voice
Blaming Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Duane Christensen announced his resignation from the Anchor Point Advisory Planning Commission on Wednesday. Christensen's charges bring to the surface heated frustrations surrounding the commissions and the mayor's actions. Or lack of them.

Swanson River spill drill brings agencies together for mock response
Preparation and readiness were the focus of a spill drill conducted last week.

Betty "Lou" Schwartzwald
Longtime resident Betty "Lou" Schwartzwald died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at the South Peninsula General Hospital in Long Term Care in Homer. She was 74.

Savanna Waisanen
Lifelong Alaskan Savanna (Suzanne) Lynette Waisanen died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She was 27.

Hilda Maxine Stephens
Anchorage resident Hilda Maxine Stephens died Oct. 11, 2000, at Alaska Regional Hospital after a brief illness. She was 78.

Will world events influence U.S. vote?
WASHINGTON -- Until now, voters have been able to consider Al Gore and George W. Bush in relative peace and quiet. No more.

No time like present to prepare for what we hope never hits
Most of us live as if "it" will never happen to us -- "it," of course, being any major disaster.

Cruising down Memory Lane
"If you drive it, you'll buy it," the man shouted through the open motel room window. "I think it's the most well taken care of Land Cruiser in the state."

Blazy, Royce marry in Seattle
Kelly Grace Blazy and Charles H. Royce, both of Seattle, were wed in a 4 p.m. ceremony June 10 at the Parish Episcopal Church in Seattle. The Rev. Paul Collins officiated.

McKnight, Bullock plan February wedding
Rainy McKnight and Paul William Bullock of Empire, Nev., announce their plans to marry in a 4 p.m. ceremony Feb. 17, 2001, at First United Methodist Church in Reno, Nev.

School district troubled by shortage of classroom, support staff subs
When the teacher is called away, who will mind the class?

Seward takes two matches
The host Seward volleyball team swept a pair of Region III/3A volleyball matches from Susitna Valley and Houston over the weekend to improve its record to 14-1 overall and 9-1 in the region.

Clemens, Yankees prove doubters wrong
SEATTLE -- So much for the doubts that Roger Clemens and these New York Yankees were too old to win.

Takedowns reign in Homer
Wrestlers from seven peninsula high school programs gathered in Homer Saturday for a takedown tournament.

Stars shine at Valley Invitational
The Soldotna Stars dominated the Valley Invitational swim meet at Palmer High School with wins for both the boys and girls teams. Ten schools competed Saturday at the Valley Invitational swim meet at Palmer High School. Soldotna, Juneau, Homer, Valdez, Palmer, Kenai, Skyview, Colony, Wasilla and Seward participated.

Nor-Pac picks up where WSHL left off
The Western States Hockey League has become a casualty of its own success. With four Junior B teams from Washington and Oregon ready to join the league for the 2000-2001 season, league officials decided to realign, forming the Northern Pacific Hockey League.

Junior hockey club, Soldotna Sports Center can't come together on a lease
The junior hockey season in Alaska is under way with a notable exception for Kenai Peninsula hockey fans: the Peninsula Chinooks, a team that has called the Soldotna Sports Center home since the fall of 1998.

Bulldogs overcome slow start
The Susitna Valley Rams met the Nikiski Bulldogs Saturday for a volleyball match that initially shattered a few expectations, only to re-establish them later.

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