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Wednesday, October 18, 2000

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.

Alaska Voters to decide California-style tax cap initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska may seem like an unlikely breeding ground for a tax revolt.

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.

Beetle Deterrent,CORRECTIVE
SEWARD (AP) -- In a story about spruce bark beetles, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of a San Diego company developing a small electric pump. The correct spelling is Med-E-Cell.

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.

Red Dog Mine plans encounter new regulatory snag
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Plans by Cominco Alaska Inc. to boost production at its Red Dog mine northeast of Kotzebue have struck another regulatory snag.

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.

Congress passes military pay raise; boosts veterans' benefits
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Congress has approved a 3.7 percent pay raise and some new benefits for military personnel and retirees.

Bush expected to win Alaska by healthy margin
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrats measure success a little differently in Alaska when it comes to the presidential race.

Blood tests show driver was legally intoxicated
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The driver of a truck involved in an accident in which a 17-year-old high school student was killed had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, Alaska State Troopers said.

Political novices to try and topple Don Young
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Political novice Clifford Greene has never even met U.S. Rep. Don Young, his opponent in the Nov. 7 election.

House veteran faces challenger with prominent name
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state House race in the district covering the University of Alaska Fairbanks features one of the state's most influential Democrats vs. a member of one of Alaska's royal Republican families.

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.

Murkowski makes videotape to counter opposition to ANWR drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has come up with an answer to those who oppose drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain.

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

Voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana and hemp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Voters will be asked Nov. 7 to legalize marijuana and hemp products in a sweeping ballot measure that opponents fear will turn Alaska into a haven for drug dealers and potheads.

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.

Fisheries service hears pros and cons on proposed whale regulation
JUNEAU (AP) -- Keeping boats 200 yards away from humpback whales in Alaska would harm tour companies, some boat owners told the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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.

Thieves try to steal mall ATM
BIG LAKE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the attempted theft of an automatic teller machine from the lobby of the EastLake Mall in Big Lake.

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.

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
Wanted: Kids in costumesAmerican Red Cross offers coursesHospital service board meets tonightHospice orientation program offeredFree business seminar offeredBasketball registration deadline ThursdayImmunization Clinic canceled

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

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.

Forum showcases legislative hopefuls
"Free cookies, free coffee and free information."

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.

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.

New board taking shape
Monday marked a changing of the guard at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

Photo feature: Just a peak
Lingering clouds partially obscure a fresh coat of snow on Mount Redoubt Tuesday afternoon.

Man blacks out, truck strikes wall of school
A 24-year-old Nikiski man was treated and released from Central Peninsula General Hospital Sunday after blacking out and striking a wall at Nikiski Elementary School with his truck.

Support group forming to help grieving parents
Grief is a heavy burden. Having people who can share that grief can be a way to lighten that oppressive weight.

Beluga whales make appearance in river
Beluga whales entered the Kenai River Tuesday morning and could be seen swimming near the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge.

Alaska Day
Today is Alaska Day. The event marks the acquisition of the land by the United States from Russia in 1867

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.

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.

Soldotna to buy HUD home, then transfer title
The city of Soldotna will own a home on Beluga Avenue for about one minute today. The city is taking part in a double transfer of the home's title by buying the home for $1, plus closing costs, and then turning it over to Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiatives for resale.

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

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?

'Nix on 6' will help wildlife management
What is Ballot Measure No. 6 about?

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

Applause
Sterling Community Club says thanks for community park signMany contribute to Nikiski's successful football seasonKCHS students appreciate donations for homecoming

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

U.S. should place more emphasis on improving our intelligence efforts
The bombing attack in Aden, Yemen, on the USS Cole resulting in injuries and the tragic deaths of at least 15 U.S. seamen on board the Cole has given the U.S. intelligence agencies another black eye.

Letters to the Editor
Past disagreements being inflicted unfairly on Soldotna's children10-mill tax cap will ensure taxes stay at reasonable level

School news around the district
Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski Elementary Redoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena Elementary SchoolKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

KCHS teen team invited to lead sex ed workshop
Postponing Sexual Involve-ment Teen Leaders from Kenai were invited to lead statewide training at the Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood Oct. 5 through the 7.

Choir festival held in Homer
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's 2000 High School Honor Choir Festival took place Monday and Tuesday at Homer High School. The festival ended with a concert Tuesday evening for the community in the Homer Mariner Theatre.

School Menus
School menus from Wednesday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 24.

Around the District
Quarter ends, conferences beginTeens invited to Red Ribbon DanceSchool business group honors district workerNikiski announces Students of the MonthNYO invites students to practicesSoldotna soccer program startsCollege rep from Hawaii visits

College entrance tests focus students on future
One calculator plus two sharp pencils plus four hours of intense, mental effort: College entrance tests add up to a big deal for many high school students. They know good scores on the tests can be tickets to opportunity.

Teamwork: Borough plus district helps students
We are so lucky to live on the Kenai Peninsula. Besides the quality of life and terrific people who live on the peninsula, we are extremely fortunate to have a borough government that fully and completely supports the heart of our future, educating our youth.

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

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.

Colorado goalie passes Sawchuk on all-time list
WASHINGTON. -- Patrick Roy wasted no time to make history. He just needed a few extra minutes.

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.

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

Get those tokens ready
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter thinks the city will go crazy.

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.

Hockey players set to drop puck for good cause
The first big hockey game of the year at the Soldotna Sports Center will be directly tied to one of the biggest news events on the Kenai Peninsula this summer.

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