Friday, October 27, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Schaeffer named interim director of UAF's Chukchi Campus
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former state Adjutant General John Schaeffer has been named interim director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Chukchi Campus at Kotzebue.

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.

Economist predicts solid job growth for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An economist based in Utah predicts the Alaska economy will add 7,000 new jobs this year.

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

SBA declares Cook Inlet an economic disaster
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Small Business Administration has declared an economic disaster for the Cook Inlet region because of poor red salmon returns to the Kenai River over the summer.

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.

Money for new Kake dam headed to Clinton's desk
JUNEAU (AP) -- Federal money to replace the broken dam in Kake is expected to receive President Clinton's signature soon.

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.

Shares in Alaska Air rise on word of Gates' stake in carrier
SEATTLE (AP) -- Shares in Alaska Air Group rose nearly 10 percent on Friday after it was revealed that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates owns 1.4 million shares of the group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

Visualization technology helps oil companies drill better wells
Associated Press Writer

State: Commercial fishing continues to top job-related deaths in Alaska
UNALASKA (AP) -- Commercial fishing again led the list of workers killed on the job last year in Alaska, the state Division of Public Health says.

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.

Kodiak-based plane joins search for missing Chinese fishing boat
KODIAK (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has joined in the search for a missing Chinese fishing boat about 750 miles southwest of Adak.

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.

Light quake shakes Kodiak; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says a light earthquake shook Kodiak early Friday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

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

Schlereth toys with idea of retirement
DENVER (AP) -- Veteran Denver Broncos guard Mark Schlereth, recovering from his 28th surgery, is using his strongest words to date that this season could be his last.

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

Federal Medicaid share to Alaska would go up under Murkowski provision
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal government would pick up an extra $200 million in Medicaid costs for Alaska over the next five years under a bill Sen. Frank Murkowski hopes will become law this year.

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

Former trooper homicide investigator temporarily ends retirement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Police Department has enticed a former Alaska State Trooper homicide investigator out of retirement.

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.

Flu vaccine arrives in Alaska, almost two months late
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's health department finally received its allotment of flu vaccine Wednesday -- almost two months later than usual.

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

Organizers deliver petition signatures for instant runoff in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thousands of petition signatures were delivered Thursday to the Division of Elections in an initiative that could result in an instant runoff system for most state offices in Alaska, though not the governor and lieutenant governor.

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.

UAF researchers finds dead salmon nourish lakes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has found evidence that decaying sockeye salmon nourish lakes in Alaska and lead to better salmon production.

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.

Opponents take aim at tax cap proponents' claims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Statewide tax cap opponents handed out bologna sandwiches at a news conference Thursday to dramatize their opinion of the revenue sources that cap proponents say will be available to fill in for lost property tax revenue.

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?''

35,000-gallon crude oil leak contained at site
LAUREL, Wash. (AP) -- About 35,000 gallons of crude oil leaked out of a vent along a pipeline that was being restarted after a shutdown for improvements to the line, officials said.

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

Cook claims self-defense in fatal shooting of police officer
PALMER (AP) -- Kim Michael Cook is claiming self-defense in the shooting death of a Palmer police officer last year.

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.

BC-AK--Salmon Disaster,269. Disaster aid for Cook Inlet fishermen
KENAI (AP) -- Commercial fishermen, processors and small businesses hurt by dismal Cook Inlet sockeye salmon returns this year are eligible for low-interest loans under an economic injury disaster declared Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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
Book fair held todayHalloween Carnival slatedMini-course plannedFall bake sale, bazaar scheduledSoldotna bazaar, art show slatedAARP driver safety class scheduledClass held for diabetes education

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.

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

Sterling hunter takes trophy of a lifetime
Sterling resident Lee Riley turned 63 in June, and as he reflected on successful hunts and the animals taken in Alaska and elsewhere, one trophy was missing -- a brown bear.

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.

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.

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

Money leaders so far this year.

NASCAR 2000 schedule

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Standard time returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's time for most Americans to get back to the old standard. Standard time, that is.

Program changes complicate training
People considering pursuit of education degrees through Kenai Peninsula College need to do some homework. Changes at the statewide University of Alaska have complicated the process.

District facing teacher shortage
If you have been considering a career in teaching, now is the time to make your move.

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.

Users find Kalifornsky Beach trail smooth going
Seniors strolling hand in hand, boys on bikes, dog walkers, marathon runners-in-training, teens on in-line skates and mommies pushing strollers all have a great new place to play: the pedestrian trail next to Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Committee keeps campaign funding on the level
Voters' attention doesn't come cheap. Radio, television and newspaper ads, yard signs, bumper stickers and travel budgets aren't magically donated to candidates when they decide to run for office, but the bucks have to come from somewhere.

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.

Hemp initiative deserves to go down in flames
Of the six ballot measures before voters on Nov. 7, Ballot Measure No. 5 is the most ludicrous.

Recess time -- in memory of Ryan Flood
I had Ryan Flood as a kindergarten student in my classroom many years ago. Each child that has passed through my classroom over the years has become part of me, in some small, yet rather significant way. Although I have not seen or kept in contact with Ryan or his family since those kindergarten years, I wanted to share this memory I have of Ryan.

Letters to the Editor
Initiatives undermine state's sustained use wildlife policyBan on wildlife initiatives at odds with democracy

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

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

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

Many contribute to success of group's dinner-auctionNikiski seniors appreciate support for scholarshipVolunteers play major role in success of state meet

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?''

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.

Refuge offers excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities
As the snow starts to fly and the weather turns foul, it's time to dust off the over-under, mend the decoys, practice calling, start retraining the faithful Lab and get out to enjoy some of the excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Buying ill-fitted ski equipment can be costly
Buying the equipment for skis is pretty much like buying the equipment for anything else. Be prepared, or be disappointed.

Federal appeals court permits school prayer if initiated by students
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Atlanta says a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Texas school prayers doesn't prevent Alabama students from voluntarily talking about religion or praying publicly.

Presidential candidates often at odds with their denominations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush say they are guided by religious teachings. But not necessarily from their own traditions.

Religious Briefs
Church conducting classes on Catholic faith Speakers featured at conferenceMen's retreat plannedMusic group, evangelist to visit

Pakistan Christians in court to challenge separate status
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Charging discrimination, the Christian Liberation Front has filed a Supreme Court suit to challenge separate electorates for religious minorities in Muslim-dominated Pakistan.

Church ministry features high technology, preaches community outreach
DALLAS (AP) -- High-tech gadgetry meets high-impact worship at Bishop T.D. Jakes' mammoth, $32 million sanctuary in southwest Dallas.

Civil liberties union and Arizona mayor reach 'Bible Week' pact
PHOENIX (AP) -- A two-year legal battle over ''Bible Week'' in suburban Gilbert is finally settled.

Orthodox leader seeks to reconcile differences with Greek church
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of worldwide Eastern Orthodoxy, made a private visit to open a regional office, expressing hopes this will improve testy relations with the powerful Greek Orthodox Church.

Massachusetts tax break for charity giving: goodwill or greed?
BOSTON (AP) -- It seems like a relatively harmless way to boost charitable giving in Massachusetts: Provide state income-tax deductions for gifts to charity, as the federal government and 42 other states already do.

Nun named a top official for U.S. Catholic bishops
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sister Lourdes Sheehan, secretary of education for the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops' conference, has been promoted to be one of the organization's three associate general secretaries. Monsignor William P. Fay, who in February becomes general secretary, or chief staff executive, made the announcement.

Scientologists protest France's attitude toward their religion
PARIS (AP) -- Thousands joined actress Kirstie Alley and singer Isaac Hayes in a protest against the French government attitude toward the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology.

Pastor cleared in dispute over allowing woman speaker
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A pastor who allowed a woman to speak from the pulpit has been cleared of violating church doctrine by a judicial panel of the Presbyterian Church in America.

God's never too busy, just make sure you dial the correct number
In February, I was invited to give a presentation about the ministry of LOVE INC to the people of a church in Soldotna.

Stripes three!
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees took turns parading their World Series trophy around the field, hoisting it high so fans could see it gleaming gold in the lights.

Oilers Corner
Mike Colton recently was elected president of the Peninsula Oilers board of directors, replacing John Lohrke, who steps down after three years at the helm.

Keenan sets Bruins back on winning track
BOSTON -- Mike Keenan won his first game as coach of the Boston Bruins and Jason Allison scored twice in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

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.

Stern: Timberwolves put franchise's future in jeopardy
MINNEAPOLIS -- NBA commissioner David Stern said Thursday that ''shocking'' fraud by the Minnesota Timberwolves forced him to inflict record punishment over a secret contract for star forward Joe Smith.

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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