Friday, October 20, 2000

Wildlife measures pit environmentalists against hunters, Natives
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska voters get two chances Election Day to cast another vote on the 1996 initiative that banned land-and-shoot wolf hunting.

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.

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

Hiker found unconscious, hypothermic near glacier
JUNEAU (AP) -- A visiting hiker found unconscious and hypothermic near the Mendenhall Glacier was recovering Friday.

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.

Rowling lets next Potter title slip, but no details about book
NEW YORK (AP) -- Author J.K. Rowling let slip the title for the fifth Harry Potter book in a breakfast Friday morning with a Fairbanks girl and nine other children who won an essay contest.

Legislation would speed reimbursements to Native health care providers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has approved legislation that would speed reimbursements for Medicare and Medicaid to Native health care providers.

Knowles appoints oil exec to UA Regents
JUNEAU (AP) -- Phillips Alaska CEO Kevin Meyers was appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Friday.

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.

End of fishing season boosts jobless rate
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate increased to 5 percent in September as the summer seafood processing and tourist seasons ended, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development..

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.''

Jury backs airline accused of defamation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A jury deliberated for only a few hours Thursday before deciding in favor of Era Aviation and an instructor accused of defaming a former ERA flight attendant. The attendant, Jolene Kearns, accused Era instructor Cheri Craig of defaming her by allegedly calling her a slut and mentioning her name when describing improper flight attendant behavior.

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.

Delegation's deal-making pays off for Southeast power grid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In congressional deal-making, getting from Point A to Point B isn't always a straight line. Such was the case this week when Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski and Rep. Don Young won approval of a $384 million authorization for an electrical power grid for Southeast Alaska.

Agriculture funding bill contains Alaska money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A funding bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture contains $20 million dollars for water and sewer systems in Alaska villages.

Police say tot was suffocated
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A toddler who died last weekend was the victim of a homicide, Anchorage police said Thursday.

Program music to Bethel students
BETHEL (AP) -- It's not exactly the New York Philharmonic.

Two men hold police at bay in separate Fairbanks incidents
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Several families were evacuated from an apartment complex Thursday while a neighbor kept police at bay, firing a warning shot at Fairbanks police before surrendering peacefully about four hours later. It was the second such incident in as many nights.

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.

Delegation's deal-making pays off for Southeast power grid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In congressional deal-making, getting from Point A to Point B isn't always a straight line. Such was the case this week when Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski and Rep. Don Young won approval of a $384 million authorization for an electrical power grid for Southeast Alaska.

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.

Fairbanks gold development meets opposition
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- True North's owners want to mine its gold now, saying it will boost the company's bottom line while they battle sagging gold prices. But opponents say plans to mine True North and other nearby holdings should be subject to more intense and time-consuming scrutiny before any permit is issued.

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.

U.S., Russian officials meet on Bering Sea enforcement
JUNEAU (AP) -- A U.S. Coast Guard admiral and a Russian general are meeting this week about policing the maritime border in the Bering Sea, a hotbed of illegal high-seas fishing.

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.

Bristol Bay crab fishery starts big but quickly levels off
KODIAK (AP) -- The Bristol Bay crab fleet enjoyed a bountiful start this week but the fishery is already leveling off to levels below last year's harvest, state Fish and Game officials said.

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.

Normally dull vote on judges spiced by controversy
JUNEAU (AP) -- A normally bland section of the ballot turns spicier this year as a group of high-profile conservatives tries to oust an Alaska Supreme Court justice and two Anchorage Superior Court judges over rulings on abortion and gay marriage.

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.

Knowles gets lukewarm reception at AFN
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles was greeted with a smattering of applause Thursday as he addressed thousands of Alaska Natives gathered for the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.

Alaska Science Foundation invests in potato chip research and more
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation has invested money into potato chip research as well in as experiments dealing with soil vapor research.

Boundary Commission approves Adak application
UNALASKA (AP) -- The state Local Boundary Commission approved Adak's incorporation as a state-recognized local government on Thursday, but with substantially reduced boundaries.

Drug team seizes six kilos of cocaine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State and federal drug investigators have arrested a man found with 13 pounds of cocaine in his baggage at the Ted Stevens International Airport.

Buchanan set to visit Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan will pay Alaska a visit Monday, stopping in the state's two largest cities.

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.

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.

Community Calendar
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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
Christian school invites public to carnivalMembership meeting slatedBlood drive plannedRaffle tickets on saleSnowmachining pot luck party plannedContra dance heldDeadline for contest approachingApplications sought for home upgrades

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

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.

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

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

Now Playing - Meet the Parents
Greg wants nothing more than to ask his girlfriend Pam to marry him. He's all set to do just that when

Team lets Rudd drive for fun
ATLANTA -- Little has changed for Ricky Rudd in the past 20 years. He's still racing, he's still running in the lead pack, and he's still fighting for his own place in stock car racing's consciousness.

Points standings
Point standings so far for NASCAR 2000

Schedule
NASCAR 2000 race schedule

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

Money leaders
Money leaders so far in the Winston Cup

Network plans to plug racing during Series
ATLANTA -- Starting Saturday, stock car racing will zoom into America's living room faster than a Roger Clemens fastball and with the same fanfare as a Mike Piazza home run trot during the World Series.

Points standings
Point standings so far for NASCAR 2000

Team lets Rudd drive for fun
ATLANTA -- Little has changed for Ricky Rudd in the past 20 years. He's still racing, he's still running in the lead pack, and he's still fighting for his own place in stock car racing's consciousness.

Network plans to plug racing during Series
ATLANTA -- Starting Saturday, stock car racing will zoom into America's living room faster than a Roger Clemens fastball and with the same fanfare as a Mike Piazza home run trot during the World Series.

Sunday's race
What: Pop Secret Popcorn 400

Kenai murder trial under way in Kodiak
KODIAK -- A murder trial originally slated to be held in Kenai will be tried in Kodiak instead, after the judge decided a fair trial would be impossible in the original venue.

Cellular phone company requests 5-year lease on parcel behind Skyview High School
Better cellular telephone coverage may be in the cards for peninsula dialers.

Phone plan opens options for consumers
Competition in the long-distance phone service market just got a little hotter.

Photo feature: On the move
A pair of ships head for their docks in Nikiski Thursday afternoon against a backdrop of Mount Redoubt.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Victor J. Kelly
Ninilchik resident Victor J. Kelly died October 18, 2000, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. He was 92.

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

Leonard Davis
Soldotna resident Leonard Davis died peacefully at home, amid his family, on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000. He was 79.

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. ...

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

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

Choice on Nov. 7 clear: Liberty or limits?
Most people who vote in next month's election will not enter their polling places able to pass a pop quiz on the details of each candidate's positions. Except for activists and the few for whom politics is life, most will vote their perceptions about which one can be trusted to say what he means and mean what he says.

Gore keeps distance from Clinton
WASHINGTON -- Given a final word in their final debate, Al Gore said he ''kept the faith with his family'' and his 30-year marriage. George W. Bush raised his right hand and pledged to ''uphold the honor and dignity'' of the White House.

Kenai officials take steps toward future
You've heard the old saying: There are three kinds of people -- the ones that make things happen, the ones that watch things happen and the ones that exclaim "What happened?"

Learning more
Get past that first day in good shape and eager for more? The following tips will help to refine and advance technique.

Getting off on the right foot vital for beginning cross-country skiers
For those interested in cross-country skiing this winter, nothing will be more important than the very first ski of the season.

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.

Future archeologists explore Kenai Peninsula's past
Within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, just a stone's throw away from combat fishing on the Russian River, a group of young campers, aided by professional archeologists, spent the summer learning the stories and history of the Dena'ina (Athabaskan) and Kachemak Tradition (Eskimo) peoples.

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.

Renegade bishop's church fights for property as Episcopal Church split widens
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- All Saints Church, home of a renegade bishop whose alternative Anglican group says the Episcopal Church has become too liberal, is fighting the Episcopal diocese over its property.

Vatican representative, Ukrainian official discuss possible papal visit
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Vatican representative and Ukraine's deputy prime minister met to discuss a possible 2001 visit by Pope John Paul II to the mostly Eastern Orthodox country, where Catholics and Orthodox have clashed bitterly over churches seized during the Soviet period.

Orthodox rabbi says new polling place means congregants can't vote
TEANECK, N.J. (AP) -- The township's move of a polling place from an Orthodox Jewish synagogue to a Lutheran school has drawn sharp criticism from a rabbi who says this effectively prevents his congregants from voting.

Catholic diocese to check criminal background of prospective priests
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Prospective priests hoping to enter seminary in Belleville's Roman Catholic diocese will now have to undergo criminal background checks beginning next year, just like lay employees.

Latest dispute over Shroud of Turin authenticity: plant pollen
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An article in Biblical Archaeology Review disputes claims that plant pollen embedded in the Shroud of Turin supports belief in the Italian relic as the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

Bush or Gore Supreme Court appointees could rewrite church-state policy
NEW YORK (AP) -- During the first presidential debate, Al Gore said the Constitution ''ought to be interpreted as a document that grows with our country and our history,'' while George W. Bush countered that the Supreme Court shouldn't supplant legislatures and ''use the bench to write social policy.''

'Ten Commandments Judge' seeking chief justice job in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Christian conservatives who have spent years opposing court rulings that limit religion in American public life have a new goal: electing one of their most vocal champions as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Religion Briefs
October luncheon plannedChurch to hold meeting about new schoolChurch conducting classes about Catholic faithMen's retreat plannedMusic group, evangelist to visit

Last Subway Series was a classic
NEW YORK -- The last time there was a Subway Series, tokens cost fifteen cents instead of $1.50 and the underground ride between ballparks took a little longer than it will starting Saturday.

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.

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.

For Yankees and Mets, Subway Series is all about logistics
NEW YORK -- George Steinbrenner was casually strolling through the locker room at Yankee Stadium on Thursday afternoon when he was stopped by a clubhouse boy.

Veteran Panthers hogtie youthful Stars
Experience collided with youthful energy Thursday night at Skyview High School. Experience won.

Lions sink Bucs' ship
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Detroit Lions gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a lesson in being resilient.

Bears making rounds
Kenai police are warning residents to use a little more caution during outdoor activities this week due to recent bear sightings in the city limits.

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