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Saturday, October 21, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

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

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.

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

Points standings
Point standings so far for NASCAR 2000

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.

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.

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.

Sunday's race
What: Pop Secret Popcorn 400

Schedule
NASCAR 2000 race schedule

Money leaders
Money leaders so far in the Winston Cup

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?"

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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