Thursday, October 19, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fatal Accident, CORRECTIVE,
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kirk Jackson was the driver involved in a Sept. 30 fatal accident at Mile 3.5 Old Steese Highway.

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

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.

Alaska Forest Service chief is transferred
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief of the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska is leaving to oversee the agency's Rocky Mountain Region in Denver. Regional Forester Rick Cables has been in Alaska since May of 1999.

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.

Petro Star gets grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage-based Petro Star has received a $1.3 million grant for a $2.2 million project to determine if a new process to remove sulfur from diesel fuel can be used by small to medium-sized oil refineries.

Air carriers give and get while moving donated dog food to villages
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- This year's disastrous salmon returns are turning out to be a windfall for some small commuter airlines serving villages on the Yukon, Koyukuk and Tanana rivers.

Alaska Air National Guard personnel to deploy to Turkey
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Air National Guard is deploying some units to Turkey to support the Operation Northern Watch no-fly mission over Iraq. The no-fly zone was imposed by the United Nations after the end of Desert Storm in 1991.

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.

Amendment would lessen governor's power over PermaFund board
JUNEAU (AP) -- The governor's power to pack the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s board of trustees with his own appointees would shrink if voters approve Ballot Measure 3 on Election Day. The constitutional amendment proposed by the Legislature would also give lawmakers confirmation power over board members of some other state-owned corporations.

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.

Woman arrested in connection with September death of Unalaska man
UNALASKA (AP) -- A 29-year-old woman is behind bars in connection with the hit-and-run death of an Unalaska man in September.

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.

Winter search and rescue often a matter of life and death
KENAI (AP) -- 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.''

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.

Fishermen hope to delay Endangered Species Act pollock rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska fishermen and processors whose livelihoods depend upon pollock want a two-year suspension of the Endangered Species Act's application to the Steller sea lion.

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.

Lead spill cleaned up on road from Red Dog Mine
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- About 30 tons of lead concentrate has been cleaned up on the road from the Red Dog Mine to the port facility and is being reprocessed, officials say.

Bad brakes caused fatal crash at Alyeska terminal, probe finds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Inoperative brakes caused a fatal truck accident at the Valdez pipeline terminal last summer, according to an internal investigation by Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

Funding reduced for railroad study
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski didn't get quite as much money to study a rail connection to Canada as he had hoped, at least in the coming year.

Business Briefs
HEA wins communication awardsPierce named vice president of Unocal AlaskaFormer Clarion marketing director moves upKPTMC announces tourism awardsBoutique opens at River City mall4D adds 3 to staffProduction plans fuel tanker orderPeninsula restaurants inspectedU-Haul opens Soldotna self-storage centerTesoro obtains new credit facilityAHFC seeks nonprofit and agency helpPhillips sells coal interests for $191 million

There's terror in margin calls
NEW YORK (AP) -- There is terror in those stock market numbers. Anyone who has ever received a margin call knows all about it. They might try to tell you about it, but they'll probably end up stuttering instead.

Financial planners can help guide spending, savings, giving decisions
NEW YORK (AP) -- A young couple trying to figure out how to save for their children's education. A small business owner worried that he's not protected financially if something happens to his partner or himself. An elderly woman who wants to make sure her estate goes toward community projects.

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

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.

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
Book sale plannedAARP to meetSen. Ward to address chamber Career seminar offeredCandidates invited to speak at forum Sled dog racing club to meet

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

Toothy catch surprises angler
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Johnnie Peacock has a steadfast rule when fishing.

Volunteers saddle mules to deliver fish to remote mountain lakes
COFFEE CREEK, Calif. (AP) -- Charlie Steele wrestles coolers filled with tiny squirming fish onto his mule and lashes down the load with a rope hitch his family devised in 150 years of running pack trains into the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

Soldotna artist creates Alaska wildlife from wood
One step into John Nelson's workshop in Soldotna and there is no doubt that a wood carver has been at work.

Art Brief
Potters seek submissions for exhibit

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibtsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

'The Intimidator' still thrilling fans
With every pass, block or get-out-of-his-way bump, The Intimidator showed he still has it.

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.

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.

Photo feature:
Al Hershberger secures a sheet of gauze to his European bird cherry tree in front of his Soldotna home with the hope that the wrapper will discourage moose from stopping in his yard for dinner this winter.

Additions await legislative OK
Winning legislative approval for additions to the state park encompassing much of the Kenai River should be a top priority this winter, a parks official told an area advisory board.

Small grants yield big results
Sometimes good ideas need money to work. Not a lot of money, just a bit to get off the ground.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Lyn Mari Eichholz
Anchorage resident Lyn Mari Eichholz died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 49.

Melba D. (Robinson) Sandidge
Nikiski resident Melba D. (Robinson) Sandidge died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, en route to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

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

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

School will use donation to help families with emergency needsReader appreciates Berg's column explaining evolution of our forests

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

Letters to the Editor
What happened to Fish and Game's neutrality on ballot propositions?Only anti-hunting advocates benefit from wildlife ballot initiativesTax cap minuses outweigh any benefits from initiative

Debates don't assuage voters' doubts about presidential candidates
With the presidential debates complete, Al Gore and George W. Bush plunge into the last 20 days of the presidential campaign today still struggling to convince critical swing voters that they embody both characteristics the public wants in its presidents: competence and likability. ...

Fish and Wildlife Protection troopers launch wanton waste crackdown
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is cracking down on hunters who fail to salvage all the meat from game animals that they shoot.

Snowboard, sledding hills set to open
Karen Street Park in Soldotna was a sea of mud recently, but a pair of teens already was eyeing the city's new snowboard hill.

Pet of the week
The Kenai Animal Shelter has a selection of Labrador retriever mix puppies to choose from.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Small college back puts up big time numbers
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- He's a football player who once preferred baseball, a fullback with a tailback's mentality, a big man running up big yardage against small schools.

Minnesota's top draft pick Gaborik tallies twice in 6-5 victory
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It was only fitting that the Minnesota Wild's first draft pick helped the franchise earn its initial victory.

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

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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