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Thursday, November 9, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Cape Fox Hotel signs agreement with WestCoast Hospitality
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Cape Fox Lodge here has signed a management and franchise agreement with WestCoast Hospitality Corp. of Spokane.

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.

Light quake shakes area near Tanana; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook a wide area around Tanana early Thursday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says.

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.

Nenana school officials forget to administer exit exam
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Nenana City School District is in trouble with the state Department of Education after school officials there forgot to administer the high school exit exam in early October.

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.

Salcha man killed in fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha man was killed in a house fire Wednesday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

Game Board approves protection plan for Toklat wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game passed a measure aimed at protecting the Toklat wolf pack in an area outside Denali National Park. But it's drawing fire from wildlife groups as well as hunters and trappers.

GCI posts third-quarter loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communications Inc. posted a third-quarter loss of $2.4 million.

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.

Legal services agency considers cuts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Legal Services Corp. is struggling to find the money to keep three of its eight offices open.

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.

Injured bear cub rescued by hunters
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A grizzly bear cub rescued by three Kotzebue-area hunters is recovering from injuries sustained in the wild.

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.

Dog sniffs out fish and game violators
SEWARD (AP) -- Fish and wildlife poachers beware. There's a new breed of law enforcement on the Kenai Peninsula -- a chocolate-colored Chesapeake Bay retriever to be exact.

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.

Caribou thick on road through Donnelly Flats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If you want to see some caribou, then take a drive down the Richardson Highway to Donnelly Dome, about 120 miles south of Fairbanks.

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.

Aleutian sea otter decline prompts move for federal protection
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal agency on Thursday made sea otters in Alaska's Aleutian Islands candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Morgan leads in Bush district, GOP majorities prepare to organize
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican incumbent Rep. Carl Morgan of Aniak held a 78-vote lead Wednesday in the race for a sprawling Bush district as the winners of Tuesday's election turned their attention to choosing the leaders of the next Legislature.

Cape Fox Hotel signs agreement with WestCoast Hospitality
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Cape Fox Lodge here has signed a management and franchise agreement with WestCoast Hospitality Corp. of Spokane.

Alaska Congressional delegation announces grants and awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dozens of state agencies, nonprofit groups and businesses have received federal grants and contracts totaling more than $100 million in the past month, Alaska's congressional delegation says.

One dead, one injured when pickup truck swerves off highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla teen-ager died early Wednesday when his pickup truck spun out of control and crashed into a cliff near Mile 71 of the Seward Highway.

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.

Proposed utility sale fails in advisory vote but issue not dead
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A majority of voters in Seward approved selling the city's small electric utility, but the count wasn't large enough to get it done.

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.

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 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.

Tax cap goes down to defeat

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dog sniffs out fish and game violators
SEWARD (AP) -- Fish and wildlife poachers beware. There's a new breed of law enforcement on the Kenai Peninsula -- a chocolate-colored Chesapeake Bay retriever to be exact.

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.

Voter turnout falls short of record
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Division of Elections estimated that total turnout in Tuesday's election would be about 50 percent, far short of a record despite a close presidential race and hot-button ballot measures.

Exit poll findings on the Marijuana Initiative
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Supporters, opponents say other side misled on wildlife measure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite strong support by their legislators, Alaska voters soundly defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have taken away their opportunity to bring forward wildlife initiatives.

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:

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.

A Bush win would benefit Alaska congressional delegation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If Texas Gov. George W. Bush emerges as winner of the ballot cliffhanger in Florida, it would create the most hopeful future Alaska has enjoyed in Washington, D.C., since statehood.

Business Briefs
Tax seminar for professionals Prudhoe plant wins top health and safety ratingTesoro third-quarter earnings riseCloud Nine has new officeSymphony of Seafood entries soughtSeminar offered for the self-employedPeninsula Center Mall hosts crafts fairJob center can help employersMcDonald's wins EPA recognitionPetro Star studies sulfur-removal processGas-to-liquids conference plannedFish commission to coordinate salmon research

We the People
NEW YORK (AP) -- After a year of listening to candidates, it may dismay many people to learn that government didn't create the boom or the budget surplus and had less to do with containing inflation than claimed.

Business Highlights,
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's Daewoo Motor Co., teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, got a one-day reprieveTuesday as did creditors trying to negotiate the sale of the ailing car maker to General Motors Corp.

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

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.

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 shot available in Soldotna Preschoolers' play and reading group meets today Nurse to visit NikolaevskFree business seminar offered for self-employedMultiple Sclerosis self-help group to meetNorth Peninsula chamber to meetFlu shot available in HomerHealthy Communities/Healthy People to meetHead Start meeting is tonightExplorer Post open house planned at CESParenting program offeredParenting program offered

Still waiting ...
In an election for the history books, George W. Bush cautiously declared victory in the presidential race Wednesday even as Al Gore portrayed the outcome as uncertain and said Florida's crucial recount should be conducted ''without any rush to judgment.''

Peninsula voters turn out in force
Voters on the Kenai Peninsula flocked to the polls Tuesday. Turnout was about 50 percent, way up from the 18 percent in the October municipal election.

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.

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.

Lancaster follows in predecessor's footsteps; Chenault to quit school board
With Ken Lancaster preparing to take office as District 8's representative in Juneau, Soldotna will need to find someone to serve out the remaining two years of his term as mayor.

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.

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.

Alaskans ponder significance of close election
Ask Alaskans a question and you get a clear answer. On Tuesday more than 58 percent gave Texas Gov. George W. Bush their vote.

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.

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.

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

Preparing for 'The Foreigner'
Have you ever met a foreigner, or been one, or felt like one?

Denali anthology captures old and newer tales
"Denali: A Literary Anthology" depicts the power of Denali, the mountain, in Alaska thought and writing since primitive time. Publicized as "the first collection of original stories from a large and rapidly growing body of Denali literature," self-styled expert, Bill Sherwonit has compiled a literature of place spanning 101 years.

What's Happening
If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net.

Art Brief
The Kenai Visitors and Conventional Bureau will host the fourth annual Central Peninsula Writers' Night will be March 9 at 7 p.m.

Schedule
Winston Cup schedule

Points standings
Winston Cup point standings

Autograph seekers distract drivers
autographs in the garage area at Atlanta Motor Speedway before practice for the 1999 NAPA 500.

Slump doesn't slow Martin down
Mark Martin smiled when told that some people believe he might have lost his edge as the most intense driver on NASCAR's top circuit.

Slow start hurts Burton in long run
ATLANTA -- When it comes to making a late-season charge, nobody does it better on the NASCAR series than Jeff Burton.

Points standings
Winston Cup point standings

Money leaders
Winston Cup money leaders

Autograph seekers distract drivers
autographs in the garage area at Atlanta Motor Speedway before practice for the 1999 NAPA 500.

Pennzoil 400
Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Kidnapping charge dropped in Seaman trial
KODIAK -- A Nikiski man has been acquitted on a charge of kidnapping a Kenai woman.

James Patrick Westergaard
Ninilchik resident James Patrick Westergaard died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 86.

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.

'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.

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

Nation in suspense over election thriller that still has no end
After a vote count that stretched into ... (Wednesday) morning, Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore were locked in one of the most closely contested presidential contests in decade

Duo has duck calling down to a science
CORRELL, Minn. (AP) -- The sounds emanating over Marsh Lake were loud and shrill and rather unpleasant.

Ski bums not filling those ski resort jobs
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Where have all the ''ski bums'' gone? Time was when itinerant skiers would roam from ski hill to ski hill, working for low wages, but skiing when they wanted.

Dog sniffs out fish and game violators
SEWARD (AP) -- Fish and wildlife poachers beware. There's a new breed of law enforcement on the Kenai Peninsula -- a chocolate-colored Chesapeake Bay retriever to be exact.

Crime Stoppers
Information sought in theft of boat, trailer

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

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.

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.

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

School Menus
ElementarySecondary

Shirts, golf balls and perhaps a Tiger Tour, too
Tee shots are not the only thing Tiger Woods hits hard.

Slump doesn't slow Martin down
Mark Martin smiled when told that some people believe he might have lost his edge as the most intense driver on NASCAR's top circuit.

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

White Sox skipper named AL Manager of the Year
NEW YORK -- Jerry Manuel had just been voted American League Manager of the Year, and to listen to him speak, he had nothing to do with it.

Predators pounce on Brodeur
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Fitzgerald scored with 16.7 seconds remaining in the third period Wednesday night, spoiling the return of New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur, as the Nashville Predators pulled out a 4-3 victory over the Devils.

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.

Sports Briefs
Catchings happy with awards but wants titleTua fights like Tyson, has hair like King

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

Caribou thick on road through Donnelly Flats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If you want to see some caribou, then take a drive down the Richardson Highway to Donnelly Dome, about 120 miles south of Fairbanks.

Injured bear cub rescued by hunters
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A grizzly bear cub rescued by three Kotzebue-area hunters is recovering from injuries sustained in the wild.

Aleutian sea otter decline prompts move for federal protection
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal agency on Thursday made sea otters in Alaska's Aleutian Islands candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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