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Monday, October 30, 2000

Fairbanks grand jury indicts doctor
FAIRANKS (AP) -- Former Tanana Valley Clinic doctor Steve Grandstaff was indicted Thursday on all but one of 106 charges that he exchanged narcotic prescriptions for sexual favors from his patients and defrauded Medicaid of more than $6,000.

Proposed B.C. bridges could shave marine highway travel time
KETCHIKAN -- Two bridges proposed near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, could cut two hours off a round-trip ferry ride from Ketchikan to the Canadian road system.

Kodiak master guide charged with hunting violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A master big-game guide from Kodiak has been charged in Kotzebue with hunting and guiding violations, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

October 27: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Ballot Measure No. 1:
Judging from the TV commercial blitz, denizens of Alaska's wild kingdom are bubbling over with political opinions.

Steller sea lions have become Alaska's spotted owl
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With new fishing seasons set to kick off mid-January, Alaska fishers are praying for a solution to the Steller sea lion problem.

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

Joint pipeline office wants to know cause of recent mishaps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Joint Pipeline Office is seeking answers from the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. following two mishaps at the Valdez terminal last week.

October 26: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on conservation voters and disclosure:
Republicans are right on the mark in questioning where the Alaska Conservation Voters obtains the funds it is handing out by the truckload to political candidates across the state. And they are right to ask whether the group broke campaign law in the process.

Missile system backers still see threat
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States' relations with North Korea may be warming but supporters of a missile defense system say it still should be built.

October 29: Juneau Empire on Ballot Measure No. 1 -- changing the initiative process:
It's ironic that so many residents up North seem willing to give away their voting rights if that's what it takes to prevent Outside money from influencing election campaigns in Alaska.

Salmon abundant in irrigation wasteway
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. (AP) -- An irrigation wasteway near this central Washington city is filled with spawning coho salmon this week, creating a problem for farmers, not to mention the fish.

October 28: Anchorage Daily News on Alaska Conservation Voters and disclosure
Alaska Conservation Voters, a coalition of environmental groups, decided Friday to disclose more information about the sources for their political funding.

Long-range bombers visit Alaska for exercises
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four B-1 bombers from Texas arrived at Eielson Air Force Base on Friday to act as enemy forces bent on invading Alaska.

Knowles orders flags lowered to honor Amos Joe Alter
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff Friday in memory of Amos Joe Alter, who worked to provide safe water and sanitation for Alaskans.

Grant to fund job opportunities for disabled Alaskans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $900,000 federal grant will help put disabled Alaskans to work, U.S. Department of Labor officials announced Friday.

Smithsonian returns Chugach masks; on display in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Seven ancient masks from the Prince William Sound region have been returned to Alaska after languishing for years in storage at the Smithsonian Institution.

Whitehorse musicians denied entry to Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. immigration officials denied entry to a popular Whitehorse Irish folk band last week, apparently for failing to produce work visas.

Park Service employees cited for valor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Kotzebue men are in Washington, D.C., to receive Department of Interior valor awards for their rescue of a Kivalina man lost on Chukchi Sea pack ice in April.

Alaska veteran to represent state at groundbreaking for memorial in Washington, D.C.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A decorated Alaska veteran will represent the state at a groundbreaking ceremony for the National World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., Gov. Tony Knowles announced Friday.

Bethel Search and Rescue prepares for another busy winter
BETHEL (AP) -- Bethel Search and Rescue is preparing for another busy winter.

Kodiak man killed in float plane crash
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man was killed when his Piper Cub floatplane nosed back into the water during takeoff and came to rest on a ledge.

Senate passes bill that contains $1 million for 911 centers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has passed a spending bill that provides $1 million to meld the six borough 911 dispatch centers into one.

Fairbanks borough assembly approves free bus rides
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- People can ride Fairbanks borough buses for free for the next few months in an effort to boost ridership and improve air quality.

Alaskans take to sand skiing in Hawaii
PAPOHAKU BEACH, Molokai (AP) -- Ah, another day in paradise. Blue skies without a hint of clouds. Bright sunshine. Temperatures in the 80s. Waves rolling gently ashore. Must be beach time.

Park Service ready to start setting fires again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly six months after starting a New Mexico fire that burned out of control and incinerated hundreds of homes, the National Park Service is ready to start setting fires again.

Dillingham walrus hunters get two
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Dillingham walrus hunters returned with two huge walrus to share with elders and Dillingham residents.

Jury convicts Slana man of police officer murder
PALMER (AP) -- A Palmer jury deliberated just two hours Friday before convicting Kim Cook of first-degree murder for killing a police officer who had stopped to check on his well-being.

Around the Peninsula
Weekly mothers group held today Radio station to celebrate with Halloween musicChamber to hold weekly luncheonExhibition to be held at arts centerArea social workers forming associationBorough to conduct alert siren testBusiness network to hold free session

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
Soldotna chamber meets TuesdayHealth center hours change TuesdayBereavement group meeting plannedTraining session tackles insuranceWinter kickoff program plannedSteering committee to meet

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.

Ken Lancaster, Republican House District 8
What the voters need to know about me is I am a true Alaskan. I was born and raised in Alaska. I have been involved and will be involved to make Alaska a better place to live, with opportunities and challenges.

Pete Sprague, Democrat House District 8
While knocking on doors recently, I had an interesting discussion with a concerned parent. During the campaign, I have been saying that we need to improve educational programs.

Candidates outline vision for state
I am running for the state House because I want to change the focus of the state legislature to promote excellent education and a vision for Alaska's future. The attitude that permeates the present Legislature says that Alaskans aren't motivated by anything but selfishness. I know better.

Amendment would limit control by courts over constitutional proposals
JUNEAU -- Judges would lose the power to alter constitutional amendments proposed by the Legislature, and lawmakers would regain power to propose broader changes to the Alaska Constitution, if voters approve Ballot Measure 2.

Ballot Measure 1 targets wildlife, constitutional issues
Alaska's wildlife are making tracks to the Nov. 7 general election voting booths, headed specifically for Ballot Measures 1 and 6. With any luck, their trail will be clearer than arguments from both sides of Ballot Measure 1 and the wording of Ballot Measure 6.

Scalzi: Assembly, other experience give him edge over opponent
HOMER -- Republican Drew Scalzi said the major difference between he and his Democratic Party opponent, Amy Bollenbach, is his experience in public office

Bollenbach: Republican-led Legislature disrepectful of Alaskans
HOMER -- Amy Bollenbach, Democratic Party candidate for House District 7, says she believes she is mor

Emphasis, not issues, separates candidates
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that action is character.

House District 7: Seat now held by Phillips eyed by both parties
HOMER -- With barely more than one week to go before the Alaska statewide general election, candidates for House District 7 are working hard to get out the vote.

Now Showing: Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows
Ok. Let's see if I can get this straight.

Proposed deal could lower electrical rates
Managers of Kenai Peninsula electric utilities believe economies of scale will help them survive when the state allows competition.

City council changes contractors
The Soldotna City Council rejected its own administration's recommendation for a contract award and chose another contractor to remodel city hall's basement.

Borough staff gets lesson in assessin'
"North by northwest" has a certain ring to fans of Alfred Hitchcock movies. But it has a completely different meaning to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's assessing department.

Photo feature: Pastel perfect
Fading light paints the Kenai Mountains as the Kenai River flats fade into the shadows during a recent sunset.

Photo feature: Planning for snow
Elyse Williams, right, is framed by skis as she receives help from Kenai Central High School ski coach Stephanie Kind during the team's sports equipment swap in the school's cafeteria Saturday afternoon.

Tribes, state to continue talks in Kenai
The group charged with the formidable task of negotiating an accord establishing a formal government-to-government relationship between Native tribes and the state of Alaska will meet in Kenai on Wednesday and Thursday.

Steve Gorlac
Sterling resident Steve Gorlac died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at his home. He was 85.

Elmer Pharris
Kenai resident Elmer Pharris died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at his home. He was 40.

Letter to the Editor:
Celebrating Halloween makes kids vulnerable to evil spiritsElection Day good opportunity to let individual voices be heard

Letters to the Editor
Language on ballot measures confusing; voters, beware

Proposed changes will not improve state's Constitution
Of the six ballot measures voters face Nov. 7, the first three are constitutional amendments.

Will there be any surplus when Congress is done?
While Al Gore and George W. Bush are running around the nation telling voters how they are going to dispose of the surplus, members of Congress are sitting in Washington making sure there will be very little surplus to dispose of.

Applause
Nikiski football program sets standard for word 'champion'

Hero of the week
I would like to thank Carl at the Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna and those involved in recovering and returning my personal belongings in Cooper Landing in September.

Peninsula People
SoHi graduate receives degrees

Pickle cash
Pickle Hill Public Broadcasting then-president Bill Hatch accepts a $250 contribution from Darlene Merlo of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at the Octoberfest celebration sponsored by the two organizations Oct. 14.

Births
Gabriele and Gary Reed Tara Coleen O'Brien Patricia and Rudy Thiele Katrina Thirwell and Eric Nelson

Community Schools
Community schools schedule for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Community Events
Programs grow from partnership

My Best Friend
Sparky Johnson Preston does 't look too threatening as a priate, but the 4-year-old Sato, who was found on the streets of Vieques, Puerto Rico, has adjusted comfortably to his surrounding in Kenai.

Stars, Bulldogs finish with wins
The Nikiski High School volleyball team finished out the regular season with a pair of Region III/3A wins, defeating Heritage on Friday and Grace Christian on Saturday.

Oklahoma derails Nebraska
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Josh Heupel threw for 300 yards and a touchdown, and Derrick Strait returned an interception 32 yards for a score as No. 3 Oklahoma beat No. 1 Nebraska 31-14 on Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Panthers are King of the MountainArea football players suit up for Shrine gameIce Hawks fare well in FairbanksCalling all snowmachine drag racersMinnesota, Alaska-Anchorage skate to tie

Panthers lose pair of five-game matches on weekend road trip
The Skyview volleyball team played East Anchorage at East Anchorage Friday. East Anchorage won, 3-2, after a series of close games.

Kardinals find pretty perch in national publication
Normally, Kenai Central High School coach Jim Beeson doesn't take time out of his busy schedule to read magazines until the weekend.

Good times by all
While Homer High School swimmers and divers swept a quad meet at Kenai Saturday, all teams involved came away from the competition with positive results -- clipboards full of personal-best times just in time for the Region III Championships.

Veteran signalcaller will be ready if needed against Seahawks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A proud man with much to be proud of. That's Warren Moon.

Skyview wrestlers are King of the Mountain
The King of the Mountain wrestling tournament took place at Seward on Saturday. Skyview won the 18-school event with 212.5 points.

Bucs snap four-game slide, hand Vikings their first defeat of season
Halfway through the season, the AFC East is a logjam and there are no undefeated teams anywhere.

Area high school hockey all-stars use four-goal early lead to put away Kenai Kings over-35 team
With 14 goals and just as many mind-bending saves, there was plenty to cheer about in Saturday's hockey exhibition game between the Kenai Kings over-35 team and area high school all-stars at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Thanks for keeping Kenai Peninsula a secret, SI
When are we going to get discovered? It's a question that inevitably and periodically creeps into the mind of every Kenai Peninsula resident.

Division III back breaks all-time NCAA record
BETHANY, W.Va. -- R.J. Bowers of Grove City College broke the NCAA all-division career rushing record a week later than he wanted, and now must wait another week for the next milestone: 7,000 yards.

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