Wednesday, October 25, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Delta Junction man sentenced in murder case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction man was sentenced to 75 years in jail Tuesday for his role in the murder of an elderly business partner.

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.

North Pole woman dies in house fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman died of smoke inhalation in a fire at her home Monday afternoon, authorities say.

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.

Passenger's rifle discharges while being checked in
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A passenger's rifle accidentally discharged over the weekend while being checked in behind the Alaska Airlines baggage counter at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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.

Fairbanks physician arrested on assault, theft, drug charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Tanana Valley Clinic doctor was arrested Monday and charged with trading narcotics for sexual favors and defrauding Medicaid.

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.

State approves restructuring plan for struggling seafood processor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state lending agency is giving the idled Alaska Seafood International plant in South Anchorage a $6.5 million reprieve.

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.

Conservation League gives Alaska Congressional delegation low scores
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The League of Conservation Voters has released its annual scorecard ranking members of Congress for their environmental record. Per usual, the league gave the all-Republican Alaska Congressional delegation low scores.

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.

Norris promoted to rank of major
ANCHOORAGE (AP) -- Capt. Doug Norris has been promoted to the rank of major, according to Col. Randy Crawford, director of the Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Trial begins in Kenai murder charge
KODIAK (AP) -- Prosecution and defense attorneys presented opening arguments Monday in the murder trial of Rocky Seaman of Kenai.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Today is last day to buy ticket for library raffleSwimming lessons offered at Nikiski poolKenai chamber to meetBusiness and office technology class offered

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.

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.

District 8 candidates highlight differences
District 8 candidates Ken Lancaster and Pete Sprague addressed the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at a candidate forum during the chamber's weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Riverside House.

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.

Photo feature: C'mon let's go
Buddy walks his human Michael Pugh near their home in Kenai recently.

Lack of evidence key to Seamen defense
KODIAK -- Opening arguments were presented to the jury Monday in the murder trial of Kenai resident Rocky Seaman.

Troopers mark annual rise in early winter vehicle accidents
Law enforcement officials are urging motorists to consider it time to take winter driving in stride as road conditions continue to mark the area's march toward six months of snow and ice.

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.

Man rescues toddler from road, mother from asphyxiation
It was a damp, overcast day and the toddler was barefoot, dressed only in a diaper and T-shirt. Clutching a kitten in one arm and a bottle in the other, he seemed unattended as he walked toward the speeding traffic on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Police arrest 3 for break-ins
A Soldotna man and two Anchorage residents are facing felony theft charges after Kenai police arrested the trio for a series of break-ins and thefts from vehicles in a Kenai subdivision Monday night.

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: 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.

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.

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.

Allen 'Abe' Thomas
Homer resident and lifelong Alaska resident Allen "Abe" Thomas died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at his home. He was 48.

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

Letters to the Editor
Hemp initiative would prove harmful to Alaska's quality of lifeCapping property taxes at 10 mills will mean cuts to vital services

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.

Your vote could help change world
Have you noticed how advertisers are aggressively targeting young adults? From pizza to gameboys to tennis shoes, there's no doubt expensive media campaigns are aimed directly at the younger generation. That's not all.

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.

Big changes needed in initiative process
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.

District school news
Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena Elementary SchoolKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start Peninsula Grace Preschool

School Lunch Menus Wednesday, Oct. 25 through Tuesday, Oct. 31
There is no school Thursday and Friday because of parent-teacher conferences.

Weekend offers variety of carnivals
For those who missed the carnival fun last weekend, plenty more is afoot at schools over the next week:

Schools go batty for fall carnivals
For some, this is the Halloween season. For others, it is time to celebrate the harvest and change of seasons.

Around the District
Conferences scheduled Thursday, FridayKCHS to hold sports gear swap Challenger offers anatomy campSkyview show tickets go on saleKenai Middle names Students of the MonthDistricts get grants to help students with tests

Student leader from KPC attends statewide conference
Sherri Dub, Student Union communications officer, represented Kenai Peninsula College at the Coalition of Student Lea

Senior Menus from October 24 through October 30
HomerKenaiNikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSewardSterling

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

Flyers beat Rangers to snap seven-game skid
NEW YORK -- Keith Primeau scored just 12 seconds into the game, and Simon Gagne had three assists as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Senior netters grab spotlight
Skyview seniors Amanda Bauer and Beth Massey took center stage before Tuesday's Region III/4A match against Homer and never really left it.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Mariners take swimming meetBerdahl earns all-tourney statusSohi, Nikiski meet on the mat

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.

SoHi says goodbye with win
The Soldotna High School volleyball team gave its four seniors a fine send-off Tuesday evening.

Mets back in Shea, back in series
NEW YORK -- New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens was fined $50,000 Tuesday for throwing the jagged barrel of a shattered bat toward New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza in Game 2 of the World Series.

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