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Wednesday, November 8, 2000

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.

GOP supermajority on the line in Senate elections
By PAUL QUEARY

Alaska voters choose Bush
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While the presidential race was a nail-biter nationally, Alaska voters handed Texas Gov. George W. Bush an easy victory.

Alaskans cast votes on judges in controversial campaigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans were siding with controversial judges in the normally bland judicial retention section of the general election ballot.

Phillips has ambitious plans for Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. has ambitious plans for tapping Alaska's oil and natural gas, beginning this month with the planned startup of the Alpine field, company executives say.

Voters reject legalizing marijuana and hemp in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Voters soundly rejected a ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana and hemp products, and would have made Alaska's marijuana laws the most liberal in the country.

Exit poll findings on the Marijuana Initiative
11/7/0 9:46 PM Inches: 4.6 REGULAR BC-AK-ExitPoll-Glance-M 1stLd-Writethru 11-08 0186

Voters reject land-and-shoot, wildlife initiatives ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska voters affirmed their distaste for hunting wolves with airplanes, then sent a strong message to hunting and trapping advocates that they don't want to be removed from the initiative process on wildlife issues.

Three more sign for 2001 Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The field for the 2001 edition of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has grown to 32 entrants with the addition of two rookies and a veteran.

Political powerhouse Don Young easily wins re-election to House
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Faced with a slate of political novices, U.S. Rep. Don Young easily secured a 15th term as Alaska's sole U.S. Representative.

Among the findings of the Voter News Service exit polling of Alaska voters on the Presidential race in Tuesday's election:
Among the findings of the Voter News Service exit polling of Alaska voters on the Presidential race in Tuesday's election:

Voters reject limits on judicial intervention in amendments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska voters have rejected an attempt to limit the power of state courts to alter proposed constitutional amendments.

Murderer loses bid to replace attorney
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A judge has rejected a request by convicted murderer Burns Frank to replace his lawyer before his sentencing date later this month.

Voters rejecting changes in oversight of state boards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska voters made it clear they did not want to change the governor's ability to make wholesale changes in the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s board of directors.

Grant pays for Kenai River project
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Anglers soon will have more trails and environmentally friendly access to fishing sites on the Kenai River in Soldotna thanks to a $1 million grant arranged by Republican Sen. Ted Stevens.

Alaska voters choose Bush
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The presidential race may be a nail-biter nationally, but Texas Gov. George W. Bush had an easy time of it in Alaska.

GOP supermajority on the line in Senate elections
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Conservative Sen. Jerry Ward was holding off a tough challenge as Republicans tried to maintain their lopsided majority in the state Senate.

Tax Cap Initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have capped property taxes statewide at 1 percent of a property's assessed value.

Voters rejecting changes in oversight of state boards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Voters said Tuesday they did not want to change the governor's ability to make wholesale changes in the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s board of directors.

Barnes falls, GOP retains or increases control of House
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Legislature will convene next year without veteran Republican Ramona Barnes for the first time in more than a decade.

Murkowski dynasty stalls on second daughter
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- The extension of Sen. Frank Murkowski's family into Alaska politics stalled as one of the Republican's daughters failed to unseat a popular Democratic incumbent.

Exit Poll-Glance-President,
Among the findings of the Voter News Service exit polling of Alaska voters on the Presidential race in Tuesday's general election:

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.

Grim red salmon run predicted for Bristol Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a Bristol Bay red salmon commercial catch of 15.6 million fish in 2001.

Tax cap goes down to defeat

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

Fort Knox owner adds anti-takeover measure
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kinross Gold Corp.'s board has adopted a plan to protect shareholders in the event of a takeover or other changes in control of the Canadian company that owns the Fort Knox Mine.

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

Bond posting doesn't keep accused parole violator free
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with violating his parole was freed Monday after being arrested for the third time in a week due to apparent mixups over a warrant from California.

Judge throws out kidnapping charge in murder trial
KODIAK (AP) -- A judge here has thrown out a kidnapping charge lodged against Rocky Seaman, but the defendant still faces several other charges, including murder.

Woman hits fallen couch
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A North Pole woman was injured slightly Sunday when she hit a couch that fell out of a truck in front of her, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Elim man missing after snowmachine goes into river
NOME (AP) -- A 19-year-old Elim man is missing after his snowmachine went through the ice on the Inglutalik River on a trip to Koyuk last week, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Exit poll findings on the tax cap
Among the findings of the Voter News Service exit polling of Alaska voters on the Tax Cap Initiative in Tuesday's election:

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.

Political powerhouse Don Young easily wins re-election to House
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Political powerhouse U.S. Rep. Don Young was returned to Congress for a 15th term in Tuesday's general election, winning by a wide margin over a slate of political novices.

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.

Alaskans cast votes on judges in controversial campaigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans were siding with controversial judges Tuesday in the normally bland judicial retention section of the ballot.

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.

Voters rejecting limits on judicial intervention in amendments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska voters Tuesday night were rejecting an attempt to limit the power of state courts to alter proposed constitutional amendments.

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.

House races come down to the wire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In what could be end of one of Alaska's most colorful political careers, veteran Republican Ramona Barnes lost her seat in the House Tuesday, but the GOP was apparently maintaining or even increasing its majority in the House.

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

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.

Voters reject legalizing marijuana and hemp in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Voters said no Tuesday to legalizing marijuana and hemp products under a ballot initiative that would have made Alaska's marijuana laws the most liberal in the country.

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
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
Blood donors needed Public health nurse to visit NinilchikPrincipal to address chamberKenai chamber to meetChoir rehearsals open to publicRecycling group offers forumCheerleaders need coach

Too close to call
Texas Gov. George W. Bush fought Al Gore in an agonizingly close presidential election Tuesday that came down to one state and a few thousand votes. Gore called Bush with congratulations, then called back to say he wasn't ready to concede.

Chenault upsets Smalley
Rep. Hal Smalley, D-Kenai, is not prepared to burn his campaign signs, despite losing his seat in the state House to Charles "Mike" Che-nault, R-Nikiski.

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:

Scalzi also easy winner
House District 7 voters turned a page of history Tuesday, naming Republican Drew Scalzi of Homer to suceed long-time legislator Republican Gail Phillips, who chose not to seek re-election.

Young wins 15th term in Congress
ANCHORAGE -- Voters across the state turned thumbs down on all but one of six ballot initiatives and gave a big thumbs up to their incumbent representative in Washington.

Kenai, Nikiski return Ward to state Senate
Republican Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, said there is no question who put him back in office.

Soldotna mayor handily defeats former postman for right to represent District 8
The House District 8 race between Ken Lancaster and Pete Sprague, both longtime residents and public servants of the central Kenai Peninsula, ended in victory for Lancaster.

Alaska voters turn out big for Texas governor
ANCHORAGE -- While the presidential race was a nail-biter nationally, Alaska voters handed Texas Gov. George W. Bush an easy victory.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

'Near miss' in Valdez serves as warning shot
A spark recently flashed between a vapor recovery device and the deck of an oil tanker docked for loading in Valdez.

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

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

Operation Blackout powers minds
Soldotna Middle School is sponsoring a reading program throughout the school year called Operation Blackout. It encourages students and their families to eschew the distractions of electronic media in favor of reading.

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

Applause
Generous donation warms hearts, bodies in Siberia Primetime Reading Program offers fun, food for thoughtCurly Ashfield fund makes participation in sports possible

Two new AmeriCorps volunteers join KPC staff
AmeriCorps getting things doneStudent Union activitiesPeterson attends meetingSimmons re-elected to boardSpring schedule on Web site

Around the District
Head Start meeting planned in SterlingCooper Landing to host school potlatchChallenger Center offers magnets classSkyview presents the Roaring TwentiesAmerican Education Week starts SundayMountain View announces Students of the MonthSMS announces Students of the MonthNikiski High announces Students of the MonthPDK invites educators on space missionAurora Borealis CharterKalifornsky 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 StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

KCHS actors b ring classic to the stage
The beloved classic "Anne of Green Gables" comes to life this weekend on the Kenai Central High School stage.

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Nikiski thespians offer play on words
Last year, the drama, debate and forensics club at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School brought home three medals from state competition. This year, they are going to strut their stuff for a hometown audience.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care CenterHomerKenaiNikiskiNinilchikSewardSoldotna Sterling

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Sports Briefs
All Stars sweep KPHA PeeWeeUAA hockey coach agrees to contract extensionBattier, Murphy lead preseason All-America votingUSOC bickering rocks Olympic group

On Tap
Peninsula high school sports

Houston takes down champions
HOUSTON -- Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley decided it was time to knock the NBA champions down a notch.

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

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

Colorado's Roy breaks up Wild party
DENVER -- Patrick Roy made 23 saves and Joe Sakic and Shjon Podein scored second-period goals as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Tuesday night.

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

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