Monday, November 6, 2000

Gas line affect Usibelli Coal business
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. is keeping an eye on proposed North Slope natural gas projects, which could pose a long-term threat to the company, company officials say.

FBI looks into Fairbanks shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) The FBI has launched its own investigation into the police shooting of Corwin Vent in Fairbanks Sunday night.

Yute Air plane runs off runway
BETHEL (AP) -- A Yute Air airplane attempting a takeoff Friday afternoon ran off the Bethel runway.

Moderate Quake shakes Kodiak area; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook a wide area around Kodiak Island early Monday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

State, tribes disagree on sovereignty issue
KENAI (AP) -- Recognizing the sovereignty of the state has become a sticking point for a group that's working to establish government-to-government relations between Alaska Native tribes and the state.

Program changes fish nets to bicycle seats; profits go to schools
SEWARD (AP) -- The Russian fishing crew caught in May illegally stretching 40 miles of driftnet into the Bering Sea to intercept salmon had no idea their net one day might become bicycle seats.

Insurance rates climb for Alaska air carriers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An increase in aviation insurance rates could mean fewer seats and higher prices for air travelers in Alaska, some commercial air carriers say.

Demers sentenced to halfway house for embezzlement
JUNEAU (AP) -- Embezzler Jim Demers has been sentenced to serve six months in a halfway house and pay up to $24,000 in restitution.

Knowles meets with BP officials
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles stopped in London on Friday on his way home from a trade mission to Asia to discuss oil and gas opportunities with officials from BP.

Growing air traffic creating problems in skies over Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The skies over Alaska's largest city are getting so crowded that federal aviation officials acted this summer to avoid disaster, and they say still more work needs to be done to keep the airspace safe.

Hooper Bay woman killed in Anchorage accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman from the village of Hooper Bay was struck and killed early this morning while crossing a street in Anchorage.

Search called off for missing hunter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The search for a missing hunter was called off Sunday after five days of looking failed to turn up the Palmer man, Alaska State Troopers said.

Alaska Right to Life takes aim at judges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Mary E. Greene's decision that forced the University of Alaska to offer benefits to companions of unmarried employees has made her a campaign target for Alaska Right to Life.

Commission agrees to coordinate salmon research
JUNEAU (AP) -- The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission has agreed to coordinate salmon research in three areas, said Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, president of the four-member nation commission.

Police question singer's statement in radio ad
ANCHORAGE(AP) -- Alaska law enforcement officials are questioning claims made by country music legend Willie Nelson in radio political advertisements urging Alaskans to legalize marijuana.

Alaska Symphony of Seafood puts out call for 2001 entries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Symphony of Seafood has placed its call for new product entries for the 2001 competition.

Republicans file second APOC complaint
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Republican party filed a second complaint Friday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, again accusing the Alaska Conservation Voters of violating campaign finance laws.

Scores show low-income children need more math help
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Test scores reveal that Anchorage children, particularly those in poorer neighborhoods, need help in math.

U.S. attorney appoints Alaska election officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An assistant U.S. attorney has been appointed district election officer to investigate voting day violations.

Report values Alaska's mining industry at $1.12 billion in 1999
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's mining industry was valued at $1.12 billion last year, the second highest amount on record, officials said.

Democrats complain about Voice of the Times
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Democratic Party condemned the Voice of the Times as political attack advertising Friday and accused publisher Bill Allen of making illegal campaign contributions in the form of support from the conservative editorial page.

People weigh in on new Chugach National Forest plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sides are lining up on the Chugach National Forest's new management plan and whether the Copper River Delta should be designated a wilderness area.

Teen mock vote favors Bush, pot
JUNEAU (AP) -- George W. Bush and legalized marijuana both came up winners in a mock election among Alaska teen-agers.

Veneer plant set to begin production
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The opening of a veneer plant at the site of a closed pulp mill later this month is a boost to the struggling timber industry of southeast Alaska.

Ducks may derail Unalaska harbor project
UNALASKA (AP) -- A flock of threatened ducks could scuttle plans for a proposed new Unalaska harbor.

State working on bringing back village constables
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is working on a plan to bring 20 constables to Bush Alaska in the next three years.

Searchers find missing hunter's ATV
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An all-terrain vehicle used by Alfred Kochendorfer was found Friday, but searchers came across no sign of the missing Palmer hunter Saturday.

BP considering Russian Far East for oil development
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP is looking to join the world's other big oil companies in an emerging oil hot spot, Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East.

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
Mother's group to be heldContracting and eCommerce workshop plannedAssisted living discussion plannedPublic invited to 'election central' Tuesday nightBlood donations neededFlu shots availableFish and Game advisory committee to meetPie auction slatedDeadline approaches for Junior Miss

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
Flu vaccine now availableSafety course to be held for seniorsArea social workers forming associationRegistration for elementary basketball plannedChamber to hold weekly meetingPublic nurse to travel to schools Self-help meeting at hospital slatedSmall business seminar scheduledHead Start meeting planned in Sterling

Election workers dedicated to duty
Voter numbers increase or decrease in any given election, but one thing stays the same: election workers' commitment and dedication.

NOW PLAYING - Charlie's Angels
Beautiful girl walking away. Freeze. She turns her head, tossing her perfect hair and flashing her perfect smile. Freeze. Now strike a karate pose! That about sums up the very silly, yet somehow very charming remake of that bastion of seventies TV excellence, Charlie's Angels.

Biathlete shares spirit of Olympic lifestyle with aspiring competitors
Since the eighth grade, Miller, who now resides in Soldotna, has had a clear idea of what her passion in life would be. That's when she discovered biathlons -- a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship.

My Best Friend
John and Marjorie Torgerson of Soldotna couldn't resist catching their dog Chino on film after Chino took the empty ice cream carton out of the wastebasket in an attempt to get the last drop.

Patience pays off for Burton
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Burton knew he had the best car. It was overcoming adversity that was the problem.

Boroughs, industry groups challenge beluga suit
The Resource Development Council, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and three municipalities filed papers last week to intervene in a lawsuit that could bring Endangered Species Act protection for Cook Inlet beluga whales.

Road work grinds to halt for season
The snowfall the past week signaled the end of the road construction season in Kenai, though what has been completed has caused some controversy.

Soldotna studies new gun rules for city parks
If you want to bring a firearm into a Soldotna park, make sure it's concealed. That could be the city's law if a new regulation being drafted now is approved this winter by the Soldotna City Council.

Organizers gather Christmas cheer for Russian children
Flashlights, candy canes and T-shirts are no great shakes to the wealthy children of the United States.

Homer man returns to home port
It's always good to know your children are safely home. On Friday, Don and Laurie Heckert of Homer received word their oldest son, Rick, was home safe in Durham, N.C

Photo feature: Getting ready for winter fun
Dave Litchfield and his family listen, at right, as Swix Ski Co. representative Gustave Hanson explains a waxing technique during Friday night's Winter Kick-Off Extravaganza at Tsalteshi Trails and Skyview High School.

Borough seeking to improve quality of water in area schools
While anxious families await blood test results to determine lead levels, Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance workers continue their long-term battle against water problems.

Two local businesses crack magazine's 'Top 49ers' list
Two Kenai Peninsula businesses appear this year on Alaska Business Monthly's list of Alaska's top 49 businesses ranked by gross revenues.

June Alice Trimmingham
Longtime Alaska resident June Alice Trimmingham died of natural causes Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at her home in Hope. She was 80.

June Alice Trimmingham
Longtime Alaska resident June Alice Trimmingham died of natural causes Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at her home in Hope. She was 80.

Tax cap initiative won't make Alaska better place to live
The idea of capping property taxes has a lot of appeal -- on the surface. After all, when was the last time someone complained of paying too few taxes or receiving too many services for those taxes they pay?

Homework should be balanced with reality
A small public school system in New Jersey, concerned about children being overtaxed, has chosen to limit the amount of homework to no more than two hours per night, and weekend homework is discouraged.

'It's about as good as it gets'
WASHINGTON -- We are safer, richer and more satisfied with the way things are going. We are also fatter, less likely to save money and less inclined to be married. We're still glued to the TV, even as we find more time to go online.

Applause
Soldotna chamber's pie auction proves to be delicious success

Tax cap needed to put people's interests ahead of government's
Over the last few months politicians, bureaucrats and other special interest groups feeding at the public trough have been falling over themselves trying to defeat the tax cap initiative. Tax cap supporters and homeowners have been called parasites and other names. Deplorable tactics of this sort only split and alienate the population and show how weak the other side's arguments are.

Applause
Fund-raiser puts Kenai library closer to its goal of 'bigger''Walk Your Child to School' event helps teach pedestrian safetyCheers to all those who made KCHS 'Chili Feed' great success

Tax cap bum deal for peninsula
The tax cap initiative which will appear on Tuesday's general election is not a good deal for the

Community news
Auxiliary installs new membersGirdwood tour slatedExchange students need homes

Alaska SeaLife Center news
New feature tank The red light district Squid status report

Community gathers to help resident
Sterling residents will gather Nov. 17 at the Sterling Senior Center for an evening of food, music and an opportunity to help out a fellow area resident.

Macvie, Lance hold Renaissance wedding
Meagan Macvie and Gordon Lance were married Aug. 12, 2000, on Lower Summit Lake in Cooper Landing.

Births
Kim and Max Smith Sandie Hays and Ron Holmes Angela Glaves and Ron Galic

Reed, Jackson wed in Oregon
Katrinna R. Reed and Lloyd Brent Jackson were joined in marriage on July 29, 2000, at Hyak Park in Corvallis, Ore., by Pastor Steve Stewart of Portland in a double-ring ceremony.

Hero of the week
I just received a thank you letter for helping at the state cross country meet at Skyview High School, Sept. 30.

DeMello, White marry in Vegas
Courtney DeMello and Ken White were married Oct. 8, 2000, in a 4 p.m. ceremony at Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Peninsula People
Airman graduates basic training

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, call the Soldotna Community School office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance. Details about each class can be found in the Spring 1999 Soldotna Community School brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Bulldogs take home region title
A year after falling short of the state tournament for the first time in nine years, the Nikiski volleyball team rose to the top of Region III/3A again Saturday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

SoHi boys, girls swimmers sweep team titles for second straight year
The Soldotna boys and girls swimming and diving teams continued to dominate Region III Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Region III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Sports Briefs
KPHA PeeWee takes two from AnchorageFerreira wins first title in four yearGrant Hill out at least two weeksJapan rips MLB All Stars

Skyview stuffs Nikiski to take Peninsula Duals
Nikiski hosted the Peninsula Dual wrestling meet Saturday. Skyview's Panthers wrestled their way to the top of the 15-school tournament, defeating Nikiski in the championship round and earning a total of 191 points.

Warriors slip past Skyview
The Skyview High School volleyball team lost Saturday's Region III/4A Championship battle in three games to Wasilla.

SoHi skaters topple Kenai
Just how much potential does the Soldotna High School hockey team have?

Kards skaters flying after downing Skyview
It may be just the beginning of November, but Kenai Central hockey coach Brian Gabriel Sr. is already starting to feel as if it's after Christmas.

Oilers Corner
The Peninsula Oilers recently signed Bobby Spano for the 2001 season. Spano is a junior at Florida Atlantic University and is a recent transfer from Florida State University.

Titans steal one from Steelers
The Tennessee Titans won their eighth straight game the hard way Sunday, ending Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak 9-7 on Al Del Greco's 29-yard field goal with four seconds left.

Palmer sweeps Soldotna in third-place game
The Soldotna High School volleyball team certainly was reaching for the Stars at the Region III/4A Championship at Kenai Central High School.

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