Monday, October 23, 2000

Congress OKs legislation to preserve lighthouses
JUNEAU (AP) -- Congress has approved a bill sponsored by Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski that will make it easier for private groups to preserve historic lighthouses, if it gets President Clinton's signature.

Environmental group warns of salmon habitat damage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Copper River salmon runs are endangered by a proposed logging road, a national environmental group said Thursday, but state and company representatives say the risk is likely overstated.

Fuel oil truck overturns, spills load
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 5,000-gallon fuel oil delivery truck overturned and spilled much of its contents near Salcha on the Richardson Highway Saturday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

AFN singles out Thompson family, others for honors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The weeklong Alaska Federation of Natives convention ended here over the weekend, but not before the organization honored some of its own.

Fairbanks man arrested on threat charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police arrested a Fairbanks man Friday after he allegedly made threats to shoot Fairbanks Memorial Hospital employees.

Cruise discharges continues to show high waste levels
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ongoing analysis of wastewater discharges from cruise ships continues to show high levels of fecal matter and some heavy metals but no hazardous wastes, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said.

Murkowski: Timber contract cancellations could $1 billion or more
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 1994 decision to cancel Tongass National Forest and other timber contracts could cost the federal government as much as $1.5 billion.

INS revokes shore privileges after cigarettes seized
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service says it revoked the shore privileges of six Russian fishermen accused of illegally selling discounted American cigarettes in Unalaska last week.

Army begins petroleum cleanup of Umiat site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin a $20 million cleanup this winter at a remote former military site southwest of Prudhoe Bay. But North Slope residents contend that the Corps isn't doing enough to find the source of PCBs and other toxins that have showed up in the nearby Colville River.

German passenger traffic up at Ted Stevens Anchorage International
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The number of German visitors to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport rose 32 percent last summer.

Former House speaker faces challenge
ANCHORAGE -- State Rep. Ramona Barnes and election challenger Harry Crawford are polite when they appear in public forums, but the civility disappears during other aspects of their hotly contested race for state House.

October 18: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on the military presence in Alaska:
The prospect is very real that the military presence in Alaska will increase if changing political alignments in Asia indicate the need to shift U.S. forces now stationed in the area

Deal could mean highway lights for moose-rich area of Glenn
PALMER (AP) -- Motorists crossing the Palmer Hay Flats at night often don't see moose on the road until it's too late.

October 20: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on initiative reform:
Regardless of the outcome of Ballot Measure No. 1 -- the proposed constitutional amendment banning initiatives affecting wildlife -- major changes are needed in Alaska's provision for voter-enacted laws.

Volunteers help fix up lighthouse
JUNEAU (AP) -- Edward McIntosh spent so much time at Five Finger Light over the summer that he began to recognize specific whales and name them.

October 21: Anchorage Daily News on the death of Kay Fanning:
Kay Fanning died Thursday night at 73. She was an exceptional woman and an exceptional Alaskan. Her passing has special meaning for the Anchorage Daily News as she was owner, editor and publisher of the paper in years past, but she was also a friend, neighbor and colleague of hundreds of Alaskans, especially here in Anchorage.

North Pole may consider ambitious annexation
NORTH POLE -- A new city councilman here has proposed a plan that could increase the population of this city of 1,600 to nearly 15,000.

October 22: Juneau Empire on property tax cap initiative:
With a notable exception, persuasive arguments are being made on both sides of statewide ballot measures that range from hemp to hunting. The exception is the lack of positive persuasion provided by supporters of Ballot Measure 4, the tax cap initiative.

Former Irani happy to win U.S. citizenship
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who faced deportation only a few weeks ago because of an old drug conviction achieved a dream Friday that he feared would never happen: He became a U.S. citizen.

Man wounded; Soldier held
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was in critical condition Sunday after an altercation that escalated into a shooting, according to Anchorage police.

Bristol Bay crab season winds up
KODIAK (AP) -- Bristol Bay crabbing was scheduled to down shut Friday night when fishermen were expected to reach the 7.723 million pound guideline harvest level for the 2000 season.

Declining angler numbers spur fishing surveys
KENAI (AP) -- The state is preparing a mail-out survey in efforts to learn why residents are buying fewer sportfishing licenses despite the boost in Alaska's population and an explosion in the sale of nonresident licenses.

AFN requests United Nations help on subsistence rights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives and the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council requested Friday that the United Nations investigate the issue of subsistence rights for Native Alaskans.

Alaska Anchorage 3, Alaska Fairbanks 2
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Junior Center Steve Cygan scored two goals, including the game-winner, as Alaska Anchorage defeated cross-state rival Alaska Fairbanks 3-2 Sunday and swept the opening two-games of the four-game Governor's Cup hockey series.

Pipeline companies pledge millions to Native foundation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Owners of the trans-Alaska pipeline pledged a gift of $20 million to the First Alaskans Foundation endowment fund on Saturday at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention.

Democratic legislator want API rebuilt at current site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rep. Sharon Cissna is drafting legislation to build a new state psychiatric hospital on the grounds of the existing Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

Seldovia split by fight over ATVs
SELDOVIA (AP) -- This Kachemak Bay town is bitterly split over a decision by the Seldovia Native Association to close the Seldovia Valley to all-terrain vehicles.

Man charged with attempted murder after shots fired into house
WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla man was charged with attempted murder after troopers say he fired several shots at a home early Saturday.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to host District 8 candidatesBook fair planned at Mountain ViewNikiski carnival scheduled for Saturday Painting class offeredSwim lessons slated Deadline for contest approaching Applications 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.

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.

... While teachers shine spotlight on education issues
Education is likely to be a major issue for the next Legislature, and candidates took time Friday to speak at a forum sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula's teachers' and school support staff unions.

League of Women Voters debate broadly focused ...
"Talking the talk" kept candidates on their toes Thursday night, as the League of Women Voters threw questions at eight of 10 legislative candidates seeking the support of Kenai Peninsula voters.

Incumbent draws opponent's raffle ticket
Reading televisions like tea leaves, Senate candidate Mike Szymanski said his future looks bright.

Declining license numbers spur study
A survey of attitudes about use or over-use of the Kenai River and regulations to minimize conflicts could begin next summer.

First snow: Brother determines start of family tradition
We talk about it all summer and fall but can't do it. We discuss when it will happen. The fascination intensifies. Although it will take place on my singularly owned 10 acres of the 110-acre family homestead, I am not allowed to make the decision about it. And even though we sisters are equal in status to our brother, Mark, he is the one who determines the time of the event.

Central Kenai Peninsula residents take to more creative side of pet ownership
Not so Drive down the quiet streets of most neighborhoods in the central Kenai Peninsula and you will probably see much the same thing: a few kids' toys in the yard, maybe a dog or cat patrolling its turf.

Jarrett wins; Labonte keeps big points lead
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- The last time Dale Jarrett won a race was eight long months ago.

Kenai council comes out against tax cap
The Kenai City Council has come out against Ballot Measure 4, the proposed 10 mill tax cap initiative that will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. The council did not, however, take any action -- pro or con -- regarding the proposed legalization of marijuana initiative.

Women's center brings community justice to domestic violence, sexual abuse dialogue
October is national Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and activities across the country have centered on raising public awareness concerning issues of abuse as well as prevention.

Round-table discussion aims to open options for care givers
Anyone with a radio and telephone can participate in the Alzheimer's and related dementia care givers round-table discussion on Sound-Off, Tuesday.

Photo feature: Falling into place
Mariah Howarth and her friend Kelsey Jose share a laugh while cleaning up leaves Saturday morning in Kenai.

Cancer survivor shares story of endurance
"When you fly against the wind, that's when you learn to soar your highest."

Month set aside to promote cancer awareness
Breast cancer -- two words many women fear.

Making a difference
Among the range of services provided by the WRCC is the Batterers Intervention Program, which often is included in sentencing conditions set by the courts for perpetrators of violence. The program will be the topic of Dr. David Shoemaker's speech to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday as part of the national awareness campaign.

K-Beach students to be tested by state for lead exposure
Students at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School will be tested for lead poisoning, officials announced Thursday at a meeting for concerned parents.

When you already have a full house, what can you do with stray in need of home?
Yes, once again my Sunday column is about pets.

Letters to the Editor
Advisory panels' concerns should be considered by borough officials

Debates of 2000 provide valuable bad examples
ST. LOUIS -- In their 270 minutes of prime-time debate television, Al Gore and George W. Bush left some lessons on what to do and what to avoid for the presidential nominees who will be the debaters of 2004 -- one of whom will surely be one of them.

Bush, Gore speak out on everything from abortion to welfare reform
WASHINGTON -- The presidential debates are over but Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush are still going head to head on the issues.

Economic policy may be most relevant issue in presidential election
Among the debates going on between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush is one on what to do with the so-called surplus in the annual budget. To begin, isn't it wonderful that the budget is now in the black annually?

Wildlife initiatives give people voice when all else fails
Ballot Measure No. 1 - Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Voter Initiatives About Wildlife

Forget-Me-Not Center shines as result of Day of Caring project

Godek, Phillips plan November wedding Katherine Godek of Kenai and Charles Phillips from Albany, Ore., have announced their plans to marry.
The wedding will be Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Community Schools
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Walk sparks awareness
Soldotna residents will gather Wednesday to participate in Alaska Walk Your Children To School Day.

Top-notch teacher
Kenai Central High School teacher Elizabeth Burck receives the award honoring her as the Kenai Peninsula BP Teacher of the Year at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday from Tammie Anderson of BP.

Donna and Art Anderson Monique Rene and Todd Douglas JacksonPatricia and Rudy Thiele

Community Events
Electric Light Parade planned Women's applications soughtProgram honoring young women launchedJunior Miss deadline approachesNorth Pole postmarks for the holidays

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Haunted house date change New birds arrive Eggs in the harbor bottom

Yankees lead 2-0 as Subway Series moves to Shea
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza were at it again. This time about a thrown bat, not a ball.

Soldotna upends Skyview
Volleyball rivals Soldotna and Skyview met Saturday at Soldotna for a grueling, competitive series of Region III/4A games that ended in a five-game victory for the Stars.

Skyview archer makes mark at national level
Talk about the art of drawing, and most people will think of pencil and paper.

Panthers wrestlers take Grace Invitational
The Skyview High School wrestling team took the team title in the first big meet of the season, edging Dillingham and Nikiski for the Grace Invitational Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Seahawks lose third-place game at Dimond-Service Tournament
The Dimond-Service Volleyball Tournament took place Friday and Saturday in Anchorage. Twenty teams participated. Seward, Nikiski and Kenai played against schools they don't normally face, and their coaches were generally pleased with the results.

SoHi swimmers sweep SkyHi
Friday's dual swimming and diving meet was a learning experience for both teams involved.

Lynx claw past Stars
Host Dimond swept Soldotna in a dual meet Saturday in Anchorage.

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