Tuesday, November 7, 2000

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.

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.

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.

House races come down to the wire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican control of the Alaska House was at stake Tuesday as voters cast ballots in races across 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.

GOP supermajority on the line in Senate elections
By PAUL QUEARY

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.

Doctor released into wife's custody; bail continues at $100,000
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former Tanana Valley Clinic doctor Steve Grandstaff has been released from jail into the custody of his wife after being accused of trading drugs for sexual favors from patients and defrauding Medicaid of more than $6,000 in bogus treatments and prescriptions.

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.

Murkowski sounds familiar themes: gas line and rail link to Canada
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski is back at home in Alaska, where he's touting the construction of a trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline

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.

Search continues for Elim man missing after snowmachine accident
NOME (AP) -- A man from the village of Elim is missing and feared dead after a snowmachine accident late last week, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Police make arrests after opium packages intercepted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were arrested after U.S. Customs investigators intercepted two shipments of opium sent from Thailand to Anchorage.

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.

Campaigns scramble for votes as Election Day nears
Candidates worked phones, volunteers braved the autumn chill to wave signs and political commercials clogged the airwaves Monday as campaigns scrambled for votes in tight races.

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.

Board rejects delaying Bering Sea snow crab fishery
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries has rejected a proposal by small boat fishermen to delay the opening of the Bering Sea snow crab fishery.

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.

Mouse causes two power outages
SITKA (AP) -- A mouse that got behind power distribution panels at the Blue Lake powerhouse caused a two-hour power outage that led to a second outage.

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.

Inter-Island Ferry Authority unhappy with ferry delay
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Inter-Island Ferry Authority will ask the state to restore a 2003 completion date for the second of two proposed ferries to serve Prince of Wales Island.

Further sampling of cruise ship wastewater finds no toxic pesticide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Further testing of wastewater from three cruise ships operating in southeast Alaska has found no evidence of heptachlor, a toxic pesticide banned in the United States in the 1980s

Christmas boxes going to needy children in Russia
KENAI (AP) -- Flashlights, candy canes and T-shirts are no great shakes to the wealthy children of the United States

Around the Peninsula
Caring for the Kenai winners featured today Public invited to tonight's 'Election Central'Presentation on assisted living offeredHistorical society to meet Registration for swim lessons under waySkyview seeking basketball cheerleading coachPrincipal to speak at Anchor Point chamberKDLL plans board meeting later this month

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

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.

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.

Where to vote on the Kenai Peninsula
When Kenai Peninsula Borough voters head to the polls today to vote in the election, here's where they should go:

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

More trails on tap
Anglers at Centennial Park in Soldotna soon will have more trails and environmentally friendly access to fishing sites, thanks to a $1 million grant arranged by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

State officials to discuss aid after salmon failure
Representatives of the Gov. Tony Knowles' administration will be in Soldotna on Wednesday to hear if there is anything more the state can do to help following last summer's dismal return of upper Cook Inlet sockeye salmon.

Changes ahead for B and Bs, day care facilities
Saying not enough of the people who will be affected have been involved in setting fire safety inspection policy for bed-and-breakfasts and in-home day care centers, the Kenai City Council postponed action on two ordinances until Dec. 6.

Behind the scenes at the Olympics Kenai man attends Sydney games as part of cycling team
While many of Kenai Peninsula residents watched the Olympic Games in Australia and cheered from their living rooms, Kenai resident Aaron Epperson had a chance to be a part of the games and at the heart of the excitement.

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

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.

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.

Lynn Herrick
Homer resident Lynn Herrick died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Clifford Trent 'Pete' Butler
Soldotna resident Clifford Trent "Pete" Butler died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000, from a battle with colon cancer. He was 63.

Sydney M. Foger
Soldotna resident Sydney M. Foger died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at her home on the Kenai River. She was 68.

Joseph E. Wilson
Former Kenai resident Joseph E. Wilson died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at his home in Arkansas, of massive heart failure. He was 69.

Opal June Bruhn
Soldotna resident Opal June Bruhn died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, from complications during heart surgery at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 75

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.

Applause
United Way Day of Caring project collects bed sheets for hospiceVolunteers, supportive businesses help create successful tournamentMany contribute to success of area's barrel racing seasonFall carnival once again will help fill gap in school services, benefits

Your vote will make a difference today
This is not a day to sit on the fence.

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

'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.

Letters to the Editor
Snowmachines only viable option to travel to some parts of AlaskaStory shows writer unfamiliar with sport of snowmachiningKenai children left out in cold when it comes to Halloween

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.

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.

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

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

Community news
Auxiliary installs new membersGirdwood tour slatedExchange students need homes

Peninsula People
Airman graduates basic training

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.

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

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.

Tyrannous Rex
When Rex Savely was in the fifth grade, he told his dad he wanted to take up wrestling.

Lambeau luck lifts Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Forget the Lambeau Leap. Now the Green Bay Packers have the Freeman Fluke.

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.

Kings finally discover defense
Strange as it may seem, the Sacramento Kings are winning with defense.

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