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Tuesday, October 24, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Moose attacks Haines woman
HAINES (AP) -- An aggressive female moose was killed by wildlife protection officer after it attacked a Haines woman in her driveway.

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.

Congress orders report on costs of rescue missions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress directed the Interior Department Tuesday to prepare a report on how best to recover costs from rescue missions on Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America.

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.

Agrium president visits former Unocal plant
NIKISKI (AP) -- The president of Agrium Inc. told employees of the former Unocal Alaska Nitrogen Products plant that they are now part of a global corporation where the core business is agricultural products.

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.

Young PAC spreading wealth to Republican candidates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A political action committee formed two years ago by U.S. Rep. Don Young has spread at least $44,000 to other Republican candidates the last two years.

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.

BP, Occidental finalize details on exchange of assets
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP and Occidental Petroleum Corp. have reached an agreement that will give BP the remaining nine percent of the Milne Point field that it doesn't already own.

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.

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.

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.

Problems sideline tanker berths at Valdez terminal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mechanical problems and a small oil spill have slowed loading at the Alyeska Marine Terminal at Valdez.

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.

Anchorage police arrest fugitive sought for more than a decade
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police raided a secluded vagrant's camp in the city's midtown area over the weekend and arrested a fugitive who had been sought for more than a decade, officers say.

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.

Man accused of shooting Palmer police officer fires defense lawyers
PALMER (AP) -- The man accused of fatally shooting a Palmer police officer in a grocery store parking lot has fired his lawyers and is conducting his own defense.

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.

Fatalities involving teen drivers jump in Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The number of fatal accidents involving teen drivers in the Interior is up sharply so far this year.

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.

Processor agrees to pay penalty for no observer aboard
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 116-foot catcher/processor has agreed to pay a nearly $20,000 penalty for failing to have a certified observer aboard.

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.

Students at Soldotna elementary school to be tested for led exposure
KENAI (AP) -- Students at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School will be tested for lead poisoning, with the state picking up the cost of the testing.

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.

John Rindner named to Anchorage Superior Court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Monday named Anchorage attorney Mark Rindner to succeed Judge Karen Hunt, who retired.

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.

Murkowski bills pass House, await Clinton's signature
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two of Sen. Frank Murkowski's bills have passed the U.S. House and are awaiting President Clinton's signature.

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.

Arctic Wind sells at auction for $226,500
JUNEAU (AP) -- The high seas drift netter Arctic Wind was sold at auction for $226,500, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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.

Hunter plucked from rain-slicked ledge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A stranded hunter stepped from a rain-swept ledge near Juneau into a hovering rescue helicopter as darkness approached Sunday afternoon.

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

Port Angeles floats idea of acquiring the Kalakala
SEATTLE (AP) -- Port Angeles is gaga over the Kalakala.

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.

Around the Peninsula
District 8 candidates to speak at Soldotna chamberBook fair begins todayMore books, other goods for saleCrisis intervention class offered KDLL meeting planned for tonightTrapping orientation class offeredCharter school to host open house, potluck dinnerCourt clerk's office closed Wednesday morningSmall business development center movesNikiski hockey boosters to host swing dance

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
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.

Nader, Buchananm hope for second place in state
JUNEAU -- In one of America's most remote political outposts, Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan both hope to mine a rich lode of independent voters for the quirkiest of political coups -- beating Al Gore for second place.

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

Kenai to refund water, sewer charge
A home or building owner in the the city of Kenai must still pay for water and sewer service, even if the building is not occupied and the owner cancels the service.

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."

President tells staff there's possible expansion on horizon for Nikiski plant
Employees at the former Unocal Alaska Nitrogen Products plant in Nikiski met their new boss Monday.

Homer trial challenges bus company, clears school district
HOMER -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was not responsible for the tragic accident in early 1997 that left 7-year-old Ashley Logan badly brain-damaged and confined to a wheelchair, a Homer jury ruled Sept. 26.

Photo feature: Glow in the dark
A couple walks along the beach in Kenai as the day's last light fades behind Mount Iliamna following a recent sunset.

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

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.

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.

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.

Vivian L. McGrady
Longtime Kenai resident Vivian L. McGrady died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at her home after a long illness. She was 66.

Gayle Edwards
Soldotna resident Gayle Edwards died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 63.

Allen Thomas
Homer resident Allen Thomas died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at his home. He was 48.

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?

Gore, Bush give opinions on everything from energy to gun laws
This letter is not so much a result of the debates, but because of the liberals I hear calling in to talk radio and articles in the media and favoritism given to Al Gore by the media.

Alaska is natural place to post more U.S. troops for defense emergencies
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.

Gore, Bush give opinions on everything from energy to gun laws
WASHINGTON -- The presidential debates are over but Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush are still going head to head on the issues.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Politics at retirement community skews toward Republican Party
LADY LAKE, Fla. -- Driving past the strip malls and farmland of central Florida, there is no mistaking when you've arrived at The Villages.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center HomerKenaiNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSterling

Senior Menus from October 24 through October 30
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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.

Cheaters never win
MINNEAPOLIS -- As punishment for what it calls the worst rules violations in 20 years, the NCAA put the University of Minnesota men's basketball program on probation for four years and cut scholarships, according to published reports and also a school official who requested anonymity.

Pursuing perfection
Morgan Hansen's diving season has been a little like a diving board after the diver takes a leap -- it bounces up and down as the force and energy exerted by the diver dissipates.

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.

Jets' comeback stuns Miami
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- To all the fans who left the stadium or turned off their television sets, the New York Jets have a message: Don't ever give up on us.

El Duque looks to pitch Yanks to 3-0 lead
NEW YORK -- After an unbeaten start, the New York Yankees throw an unbeaten starter at the New York Mets.

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