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Monday, October 16, 2000

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.

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.

Togiak VPSO singled out for honors
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Unarmed, Stanley Active has faced a pistol pointed at his head, wrestled shotguns from drunks and guarded a homicide scene for three days until the Alaska State Troopers could respond.

Sheldon Jackson enrollment down, but beats expectations
SITKA (AP) -- Fall enrollment is down at Sheldon Jackson College, but administrators say it still exceeded expectations.

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.

Alaska Ferry Tustumena plays the Great Pumpkin
KODIAK (AP) -- Jack-o-lantern grins will be seen again along the Aleutian chain this Halloween thanks to the ferry Tustumena and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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.

October 4: Anchorage Daily News and Alaska's tax burden:
How burdensome are taxes in Alaska? Not federal taxes but state and local taxes.

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.

October 8: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on Hemp Initiative:
Passage of the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana, which will be on the November ballot, would turn Alaska into Dope, U.S.A.

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.

October 16: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Hemp Initiative:
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner's refusal to pay homage to the 1975 Ravin decision has the legalized-marijuana lobby in quite a dither.

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.

Bad weather delays scheduled start of Bristol Bay red king crab fishery
UNALASKA (AP) -- High winds delayed the scheduled start of the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery.

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.

Caribou team to disband; Wolf control plan is credited
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Fortymile caribou herd has grown so fast in recent years that state biologists have declared a program to sterilize and trap wolves a success and plan to call it quits after this winter.

Legendary Galena musher dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mushing legend Carl Huntington, who won the 1974 Iditarod, died Friday in an apparent suicide, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Court appoints administrator in Alaska states-rights dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court appointed a law professor and former Supreme Court law clerk with a conservative pedigree Monday to help referee a dispute between Alaska and the federal government over who controls a large swath of coastal water in protected areas.

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.

BP finds it tough to clean up spills in Arctic ice
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After failing to satisfy state and federal officials in three recent spill cleanup drills, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. could see the drilling season limited seriously at its new offshore Northstar field.

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

Something about bull's urine puts cow moose in the mood
STERLING (AP) -- Mattie the cow moose sniffed two sponges placed in front of her long, bulbous nose at the moose research center here.

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.

Cargo jet aborts takeoff after tires blow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Northwest Airlines cargo jet aborted its takeoff run early Sunday morning after at least two tires blew out, airline officials say. The three members of the 747 crew were unhurt.

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.

Canada territories spar over gas line
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Leaders of two northern territories in Canada are sparring over whose area would provide the friendliest route for a proposed natural gas line from Alaska to the Lower 48.

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.

Floating bridge tourney on state ferry for quarter century
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ferry riders sometimes play cards to pass the time. This weekend, 40 bridge players rode the ferry just to play cards.

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.

Russia, United States agree on polar bear protection
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States and Russia, concluding several years of negotiations, are signing an agreement Monday to increase the protection of polar bears in Alaska and northeastern Siberia.

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.

New investment officer to oversee Permanent Fund
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has hired Allan Moore as its new chief investment officer.

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.

Missing hunter finds search party on Afognak
KODIAK (AP) -- A hunter missing overnight because he was treed by a bear walked into his rescuers' camp on Afognak Island Saturday, according to the Coast Guard.

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.

Fish processor being liquidated
KENAI (AP) -- A former Kenai fish processor will be liquidated, but it's not clear whether the proceeds will cover more than $2 million in debts to fishermen, vendors and workers.

Infant suffocates between bed, playpen
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A North Pole infant died Friday in an accidental suffocation when she became wedged between a bed and a playpen, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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
Swimming registration slatedLegislature candidates forum setBusiness Network to hold free sessionChamber will not meetHealth center to close WednesdayHospice orientation for volunteers setAARP to hold meetingDisabled vets plan discussionMountain View to hold book fairCandidate forum slated for Thursday Painting class offeredLeague in need of skaters

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.

Something about bull's urine puts cow moose in the mood
STERLING (AP) -- Mattie the cow moose sniffed two sponges placed in front of her long, bulbous nose at the moose research center here.

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.

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.

New transport system gets off to a fast start
For those without a car, an affordable lift is now only a phone call away.

Photo feature: Boo!
If dogs could talk, Roscoe would probably say, "Skip the tricks and give me the treats."

KeyBank plans Soldotna branch
Central Kenai Peninsula residents will have another choice in banking once KeyBank opens a branch in Soldotna.

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.

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

New trout pond will benefit nonprofits
There will be a new trout fishing pond at next year's Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show. And it will not only bring smiles of joy and accomplishment to the littlest fishers, but it could bring a few dollars to the coffers of area nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers show community spirit in cemetery cleanup effort
When the Anchor Point Cemetery Committee put up notices asking people to help with a cemetery cleanup, they thought 20 people might show up.

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.

Emogene Soper
Longtime Soldotna resident Emogene Soper died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. She was 62.

Edward Byrne
Ninilchik resident Edward Byrne died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 85.

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.

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.

Margaret Wolfe
Nikiski resident Margaret Wolfe died, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at her home in Nikiski. She was 76.

No suprise here: Hollywood aims for audience among pre-teen set
How fitting. One of the federal agencies in charge of regulating meat has released a report on something else that can be cold, bloody and raw: American pop culture.

Gasoline Port Authority details plausible plan for getting gas to market
For more than a decade, every proposal for selling North Slope natural gas has hinged on the presence, or lack of, or timing necessary to meet a market window in the Pacific Rim.

Letters to the Editor
Store contest never intended to promote one school over othersStop ballot box biology by casting "yes" vote on Ballot Measure No. 1

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."

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.

Caribou team to disband; Wolf control plan is credited
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Fortymile caribou herd has grown so fast in recent years that state biologists have declared a program to sterilize and trap wolves a success and plan to call it quits after this winter.

Births
Cindy and Dan Wurst, of Clam Gulch Di Ann and Brian Biddlecome, of Kenai Breanna Marie Stuller, of Soldotna

Hero of the Week
Last December, we had a large earthquake -- it must have shook my home pretty hard. My husband and I were in California at the time, so we were unaware of any problems that may have arisen as a result.

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.

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.

Area scouts raise funds
A knock on the door and friendly smiles will once again mark the Western Alaska Council Boy Scout troops' popcorn sale.

Peninsula People
KCHS graduate attains degreeNikiski woman joins NavyHomer man enrolls in law schoolNikiski graduate completes programProfessional guide announces retirementPeninsula soldier featured in Army magazine

Community News
Travel promotion offers awardsMiss Alaska Teen search is onRed Cross offers emergency training classesVolunteers sought

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Halibut research progressing Membership appreciation slated for Saturday Haunted house planned New sea life on display

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

The forecast: a normal winter, but slightly colder
According to meteorologist Dan Keirns of the U.S. Weather Service, Kenai Peninsula residents can expect fairly normal weather.

Winter reflections
Ken Lucas reflects his work while using a chain-equipped tractor to plow snow and water from a parking lot last year.

Sweating the details important in considering home fire safety
As winter approaches, sweating the details with a bit of preventative maintenance can mean the difference when it comes to fire safety.

Winterizing homes can save money, lives
By now, you have raked the leaves and picked up the yard in advance of the snow.

Unique recipes can spice up winter menus
Eating snowFruitful endeavorsGot moose?

Carbon monoxide a silent killer
Warmth is an important asset to have during the winter, but without proper care of heating systems, carbon monoxide can accompany that comfort.

Winter activities make the season appealing to many
It's August, and it's dark in the quiet bar. It's after nine, and it's light on the street. The air outside is still warm, and the air inside the place is stale. The conversation turns to winter, which seems like years away. The patrons grumble about the subzero temperatures, the ice on the roads, the seemingly endless darkness, and the price of vegetables.

Resources for handling the winter blues
Warning signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder:

Storing canoes, kayaks a seasonal challenge, but well worth the effort
Stowing canoes and kayaks for the winter can be a challenge, but considering the investment in a good boat, it makes sense to put in a little extra effort before putting it in dry dock until next spring.

Drivers can prepare by carrying winter safety kit
Blizzards, black ice, avalanches or accidents can transform a winter car trip into a potentially hazardous exposure to the elements. To ensure that you and your passengers will stay safe in the event of an emergency stranding along the road, heed these tips from the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Alaska State Troopers.

Let it snow
Winter fun begins.

Warmth, fresh food and water essential to keeping pets happy
When the snow flies, human needs are not the only needs to be considered. The warmth of domesticated animals during the winter also is important.

Weathering the winter in good spirits
Human beings are creatures of the day. Through millions of years of evolution, our waking and sleeping patterns have been tied to the sun and the moon. We are active in the daylight and go into a nightly hibernation when it grows dark.

Proper storage of camping gear can yield benefits
For a few hardy souls, the camping gear will stay out year round. For the rest of us, the time has come to think of other things -- moving the fire from the campsite to the wood stove, for example -- and a little bit of effort now will pay dividends when we grab our gear for the first trip next spring.

Winter demands a change in driving habits, preparation
It happens every year. With the first snow, roadside ditches fill with cars.

Sky watching
A beam of light from the aurora borealis shimmers above a spruce forest last year.

Mariners alive thanks to ARod
SEATTLE -- Alex Rodriguez didn't want it to end. Not his career with Seattle. Not this AL championship series with the Yankees.

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.

Sports Briefs
Seward takes Houston InvitationalMourning to discuss kidney ailment Earnhardt takes Winston 500Gold Coast IndyExcite 500Andrade edges Mickelson at Las Vegas ClassicLPGA World ChampionshipDunhill CupGold Rush Classic

Ram-pant scoring continues
The St. Louis Rams didn't have to worry about rustiness -- or losing their placekicker on Sunday.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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