Tuesday, October 17, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Carnival: Federal grand jury seeks lines' environmental records
MIAMI (AP) -- Carnival Cruise Line says it has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to provide company documents about environmental practices on all its ships.

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

Newest oil merger may have more impact at gas stations in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unlike some recent oil mergers, such as BP Amoco's takeover of Atlantic Richfield, industry observers say the latest big oil deal won't have much impact around Alaska.

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.

Athabascan chief honored at 100th birthday potlatch
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Chief Peter John, the traditional chief of Interior Athabascans, was honored at a 100th birthday celebration over the weekend.

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.

AFN convention to have global focus this year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's largest annual meeting, the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, opens Thursday in Alaska's largest city.

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.

Anchorage woman dies in single-vehicle rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman died in a single-vehicle accident Sunday night, police said.

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.

Oil refiner receives $1.3 million research grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage oil refiner has received a $1.3 million grant for a project to determine if a new process to remove sulfur from diesel fuel can be used by small and medium-sized refineries.

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.

Supreme Court: Knowles can withhold some ANWR papers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has agreed with a Superior Court judge that Gov. Tony Knowles did not have to provide the Gwich'in Steering Committee with a handful of documents regarding the governor's lobbying efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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.

New dictionary describes Koyukon culture
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new Koyukon dictionary combines the work of two scholars who each spent a quarter of a century compiling Koyukon words and culture, one of them toiling more than 70 years ago.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

New fire training device simulates oil and gas blazes
KENAI (AP) -- Firefighters can now battle simulated oil and gas fires at a training institute in Kenai, using a new $245,000 amalgamation of pipes and vessels designed to simulate blazes at sites such as oil refineries and wells.

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
Candidates to address chamberSoldotna chamber meets todayVolunteer training session offeredChallenger Center offers workshopsChugach National Forest open house offeredAmerican Red Cross offers coursesPotluck dinner to celebrate medical assistants

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.

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

Subsistence halibut fishing proposed
The proposal to open subsistence fishing for halibut could have had a huge effect on Cook Inlet, said Alaska Board of Fisheries member Ed Dersham of Anchor Point.

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

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

Williams calls economic planning meeting tonight
Kenai Mayor John Williams has asked the city council to meet tonight to plan an economic development summit for early next year.

Speed bump rattles residents
An experiment in traffic control is receiving mixed reviews from Soldotna residents. A speed bump, designed for motorists traveling 5 mph, was placed on Riverside Drive at the request of some residents who feel too many cars were breaking the 25 mph speed limit.

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.

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.

Photo feature: 'Berry' good
A northwestern crow jumps into a mountain ash tree for another serving of berries while feeding with others alongside the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai recently.

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 Woodrow Byrne
Longtime Ninilchik resident Edward Woodrow Byrne died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, of natural causes at his home. He was 85.

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

Margaret Vivian Wolfe
Nikiski resident Margaret Vivian Wolfe died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 76.

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

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.

Event teaches science, as well as team-building, problem-solvingKCHS football boosters express thanks for contributions, support

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.

Letters to the Editor
Emil Dolchok speaks for many with his eloquent responseWanting people to vote on budget plan not same as wanting your PFD

Backers of pot measure blowing smoke; it should go down in flames Nov. 7
Passage of the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana, which will be on the November ballot, would turn Alaska into Dope, U.S.A.

Vote 'no' on proposed tax cap
Some people are surprised that I am so vehemently against Proposition No. 4, the so-called "tax cap." After all, I am a Republican, and I ran for governor on a platform of no new taxes. What am I doing arguing against a proposition that would limit taxes?

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Senior Menus
HomerKenaiNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSeward Sterling

Web site sponsors contest to find new word for life after certain age
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. -- Howard and Marika Stone don't like to call themselves retired. Graduated, maybe. Or refined.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care CenterHomerKenai NikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSterling

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Let it snow
Winter fun begins.

SoHi duo has good times together
When Soldotna senior Joshua Gemmell touched the wall after the 50-yard freestyle to complete the second best boys performance in the 21 years of the Soldotna Pentathlon this year, his reaction did not fit the accomplishment.

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.

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

Jaguars lose clash with Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Another Tennessee win over Jacksonville and even Titans coach Jeff Fisher is providing the Jaguars with excuses.

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

Cards draw blood, Mets take series
NEW YORK -- Mike Hampton and the Mets did their part. Now it's up to the Yankees to give New York the Subway Series the city has been waiting for since 1956.

Fun run raises $5,000 for Seward High sports
The annual Seward Seahawk Hawkwalk fund-raiser took in over $5,000 on Oct. 9 as racers raised pledges to support the Seward High athletic program.

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