Thursday, October 26, 2000

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.

Visualization technology helps oil companies drill better wells
Associated Press Writer

Man charged with killing officer gets trial delay
PALMER (AP) -- A man accused of killing a Palmer police officer has received a brief trial delay.

Taylor to run for lieutenant governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican state Sen. Robin Taylor said Thursday he will run for lieutenant governor.

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.

Arrival of winter slows pipeline spill cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cold temperatures and snow have slowed the cleanup of oil spilled earlier this month when a man shot a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline north of Fairbanks.

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.

Coast Guard investigates Unalaska spill
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Coast Guard is investigating a 500 gallon diesel fuel spill in Dutch Harbor.

GOP questions conservation group spending
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Republican party filed a complaint Tuesday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission accusing a conservation group of giving too much money to a political candidate and raising a broader question about the source of the group's funds.

NANA Corp. president to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Charlie Alasuk Curtis, the president of NANA Regional Corp., has announced he is retiring at the end of the year.

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.

Caribou numbers added to Fortymile winter hunt quota
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The quota for this winter's Fortymile caribou hunt is likely to be increased by 100 caribou.

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.

Conservationists plan to sue federal agency to protect whales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A conservation group is planning to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the federal agency failed to assign critical habitat to two endangered Alaska whales.

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.

AFN postpones plan to take subsistence fight to Congress
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. crisis has stalled an effort by the Alaska Federation of Natives to take its subsistence fight to Congress.

Congress approves electrical intertie for Southeast Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill authorizing a power grid to carry more reliable electricity throughout Southeast Alaska was approved by Congress on Wednesday.

Children Missing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers headed out again Friday morning to look for two Napaskiak children feared drowned in the Kuskokwim River.

Judge clears way for tobacco settlment money bond sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state can go forward with the sale of bonds backed by money it expects to receive from the multistate tobacco settlement, a Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.

AFN keynote speaker stresses cultural resilience
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Federation of Native's 21-year-old keynote speaker urged Alaska Natives to bring the resilience of past generations to the modern battle against alcoholism.

Humane Society of the United States joins dog food relief effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More relief is on its way for sled dogs in villages along the Yukon River.

Anchorage boys charged in anthrax hoax
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have charged a pair of 14-year-old boys with making a false report and harassment in connection with an anthrax hoax last week.

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.

Forest Service names new Alaska regional forester
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on Friday announced that Dennis Bschor will the Alaska regional forester.

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.

Quake shakes Kodiak
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake shook Kodiak Wednesday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Report bodes well for Alaska timber industry
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Changes in the Japanese housing industry could boost Alaska's ailing timber industry, according to a new report commissioned by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

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.

Coast Guard investigate spark on oil tanker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Goard and state and federal regulators are investigating how an electrical spark flashed on the deck of a docked oil tanker in Valdez last week, creating the potential for an explosion.

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.

Natives used in iodine experiments to be compensated
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Many of the Alaska Natives given low-level radioactive iodine in a medical experiment 43 years ago will receive $67,000 each under a settlement between the U.S. government and the North Slope Borough.

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.

D.C. deal reached on cruise ship waste
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A deal has been reached to curb cruise ship dumping of sewage and wastewater in the Alaska's waters.

Cruise waste task force wants another year of tests
JUNEAU (AP) -- A task force on cruise ship waste wants to continue this year's air and water emission monitoring program next year, but cruise line officials say they may not be willing to pick up another year's cost for air-monitoring equipment, water sampling and laboratory analysis

Alaska lighthouses could benefit from preservation bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten Alaska lighthouses could benefit from a preservation bill signed this week by President Clinton.

State Education Board approves district spending waivers
FAIRBANKS(AP) -- The state Board of Education has approved budget waivers for 24 school districts that anticipate spending less than 70 percent of their budgets on instruction this school year.

Alaskaland gets new name
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaskaland is officially now Pioneer Park.

Perkins replaces Pourchot as Knowles legislative director
JUNEAU (AP) -- Deputy Labor Commissioner Dwight Perkins will replace Pat Pourchot as Gov. Tony Knowles legislative director.

Troopers make wasteful hunters pay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 30 percent more hunters have been caught in Western Alaska this year wasting the meat of game animals, Fish and Wildlife Protection troopers say.

Scientists study voles as part of food chain at Denali National Park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- To understand why scientists are studying voles in Denali National Park and Preserve, all you need do is look at a chart of the park's ecosystem titled, ''Who Eats What?''

Shrinking government? A lot of claims, but take another look
NEW YORK (AP) -- Though the candidates promise smaller government (although with more services) neither promises nor good intentions by themselves are likely to get the job done.

Business Briefs
Kenai travel inquiries doubleExcel brings new long-distance optionComments sought on Chugach forest planPamphlet teaches seafood safetyHalibut season ends Nov. 15Chugach Electric takes communications awardsTesoro buys Russian crudeNMFS to assess effects of fishing on sea lionsHomer chamber plans Friday mixerSoldotna 1 generator moves to NikiskiVessel owners pay for lack of observersYouth clubs could win grants

Where rubber meets the road
Managers of the new Johnson's Tire Service Inc. store in Soldotna say they hope to do $2.5 million in business during the store's first year.

Around the Peninsula
Halloween carnival set for FridayChildren's Halloween party scheduled for FridayPreschoolers invited to play groupCandidate Chenault to address chamberParenting program offeredFinancial information for self-employed offeredBoard meeting plannedTotem Tracers to meetRed Cross courses offeredSwing dance scheduled Saturday

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

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.

Candidates to appear on televised forums
KAKM, cable channel 7, is hosting candidate forums on its "Running" series. The schedule is as follows:

Troopers make wasteful hunters pay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 30 percent more hunters have been caught in Western Alaska this year wasting the meat of game animals, Fish and Wildlife Protection troopers say.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Feast for the eyes
This year's AlaskaWild 2000 photography show up now at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is a visual feast for nature and wildlife lovers, as well as aficionados of cutting-edge digital imaging.

Busch Series race
What: Sam's Town 250

NASCAR will miss Bob Latford
Nobody knows NASCAR like Bob Latford.

Points standings
Point standing for NASCAR 2000

NASCAR 2000 schedule

Brotherly love
ATLANTA -- As far as Terry Labonte is concerned, blood is thicker than motor oil.

Money leaders so far this year.

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.

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.

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.

Help offered to commercial fishing industry
Commercial fishers, processors and small businesses hurt by dismal Cook Inlet sockeye salmon returns may be eligible for low-interest loans under an economic injury disaster declared Tuesday.

Where to go for assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened offices in Soldotna and Homer to help individuals and businesses affected by the Cook Inlet salmon disaster to complete loan applications.

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

Testimony heats up Seaman trial
KODIAK -- Rusty Seaman testified for the prosecution Wednesday in the murder of his brother, Kenai resident Rocky Seamen.

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.

Crime Stopppers alert
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for burglary and theft.

Photo feature:Wrap it up
Travis Penninger, a volunteer at the Kenai Recreation Center, wraps mountain ash trees in Leif Hansen Memorial Park to protect them from moose this winter.

Borough assembly elects new officers
While the United States waits to find out who the next president and vice president will be, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made short work of selecting new leadership Tuesday night.

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:
Legislators, not voters, hamper Department of Fish and Game'Yes' on Ballot Measure 1 puts wildlife management with Alaskans

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.

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

Bombing reminds U.S. it always should stand ready to protect itself
Today's volunteer military is sold to young men and women as an exciting job choice. But one needed only look

SoHi band-choir fall concert offers delightful evening of entertainmentCommunity involvement makes WRCC's radiothon huge success

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.

Water filters or purifiers a good addition for backcountry travelers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Y2K hype was good for something besides canned corn and green Jell-O sales.

Scientists study voles as part of food chain at Denali National Park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- To understand why scientists are studying voles in Denali National Park and Preserve, all you need do is look at a chart of the park's ecosystem titled, ''Who Eats What?''

Lewis and Clark critters tracked down
SEATTLE (AP) -- When Lewis and Clark led their Corps of Discovery west nearly 200 years ago they were familiar with the wolves they encountered. Just like the ones back in Virginia.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

With Game 4 win, Yankees assume familiar position
NEW YORK -- Putting Derek Jeter in the leadoff slot put the New York Yankees in a familiar spot.

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.

Hasek earns first victory of season
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Erik Rasmussen had a goal and an assist, and Dominik Hasek earned his first victory of the season as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Wednesday night.

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