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Friday, November 10, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Harrington named new trooper commander for Western Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers have announced a new commander for Western Alaska.

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.

Gary King Sporting Goods closing its doors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gary King Sporting Goods is calling it quits after decades of being the place where outdoor enthusiasts here could find everything from cross-country skis to freeze-dried food.

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.

Stevens wants Congress to wait out outcome of presidential race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is urging congressional leaders to delay until after Thanksgiving a lame duck session that was called to complete work on 2001 funding bills.

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.

Anchorage goose count dropping; hunters may be aiding effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After years of effort, the number of Canada geese is down in Alaska's largest city. But it may not be because of the efforts of local wildlife managers.

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.

Salcha musher hurt after running into tree
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A musher from Salcha was reported in critical condition after his dog team ran into a low-hanging tree a half-mile from his home during a training run.

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.

Lawmakers huddle to chose new leaders
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers huddled Thursday to pick leaders for the new Alaska Legislature, but no announcements emerged from closed-door meetings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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
New ideas on treatment presented TOPS garage sale plannedHistory presentation slated Mothers group to meet MondayHospice to hold workshopCommunity dinner held to raise fundsContra dance plannedFlu shots offered in NikiskiAlaska Junior Miss deadline approachingSwim lesson registration under way

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

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.

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.

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.''

Torgerson urges Ninilchik students to get involved
Taking advantage of all the campaign energy charging the atmosphere, Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, sparked political involvement in the minds Ninilchik School students on Monday.

House, Senate choose leaders
JUNEAU -- Lawmakers huddled Thursday to pick leaders for the new Alaska Legislature, but no announcements emerged from closed-door meetings.

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.

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.

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.

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

Schedule
Winston Cup schedule

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.

Pennzoil 400
Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Points standings
Winston Cup point standings

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.

Money leaders
Winston Cup money leaders

Icy conditions plague drivers
A steady rain that began in the late morning played havoc with area drivers Thursday, creating treacherous driving conditions on side roads and causing several accidents.

Most, but not enough, voters favor utility sale
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.

Date-rape drug ups ante for area youth
Teen drinking is as old as Larry Kuhns, as the Homer state trooper puts it. But alcohol is not the only substance circulating at some parties this fall.

Carrier pulls plug on route
Yet another air carrier is giving up on the Kenai-to-Anchorage run. Anchorage-based TransNorthern Aviation suspended operations Wednesday.

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

Ceremony to be held in Kenai
These men have witnessed humanity's best and worst moments in its most ugly and terrifying act -- that pitiless macrocosm of human suffering: war.

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

Historic election holds invaluable lessons for U.S.
Is this a great country, or what?

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

Constitutional confrontation looms
WASHINGTON -- Step by incredible step, the overtime struggle for the presidency is inching toward the constitutional confrontation both sides declare they do not want. But stopping short of one will become increasingly difficult should the struggle go to court as the Democrats intend.

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.

Trails plan available to public
Alaska State Parks Director Jim Stratton announced Thursday that copies of the Alaska Recreational Trails Plan are now available. With only a limited number of copies printed, Stratton urges interested persons to visit the state's new trails Web page at www.alaskatrails.org, where a copy can be reviewed and downloaded.

Leave the cotton at home
There's nothing worse than being cold and wet while skiing, and that's why there's nothing worse than wearing cotton while skiing.

Pediatric group: Young kids should not operate snowmachines
CHICAGO (AP) -- With winter approaching, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants curbs on snowmobiling and says children should not be allowed to drive the vehicles.

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.

Firefighter goes from Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to 'The Abyss'
People come to Alaska for a variety of reasons. For some, it's definitely a fling: the great fishing, abundant wildlife, every day a Kodak moment, then returning home to the security of routines and the conveniences of modern lifestyles.

Forest Service sets motorized-use restrictions
Chugach National Forest lands are currently closed to motorized use. The normal opening date is Dec. 1, but depending on snow cover, the opening date may be delayed.

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

Crime Stoppers
Information sought in theft of boat, trailer

Baylor ousts think tank leader, advocate of 'intelligent design'
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor University has fired the head of a think tank who is a noted advocate of the ''intelligent design'' theory, which says scientific evidence shows that nature is so complex it must result from a higher power.

Survey examines attitudes toward intermarriage among U.S. Jews
NEW YORK (AP) -- A poll of American Jews finds a minority voicing distress over intermarriage with non-Jews. Some 39 percent say ''it would pain me if my child married a gentile,'' while 56 percent disagree. Twelve percent ''strongly disapprove'' of mixed marriages.

Church ministry features high technology, preaches community outreach
DALLAS -- High-tech gadgetry meets high-impact worship at Bishop T.D. Jakes' mammoth, $32 million sanctuary in southwest Dallas.

Pope to politicians: Be guided by moral values, service
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II concluded a two-day Holy Year event for more than 2,000 politicians from 92 nations, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, by telling them to be guided by moral values and a sense of service.

Pizza magnate puts riches behind Catholic causes
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- His childhood spent in and out of foster care, Tom Monaghan didn't dream of being a firefighter, doctor or astronaut, as kids often do. Even as a second-grader, he wanted to be a priest.

Church World Service postpones reopening West Timor work
NEW YORK (AP) -- Church World Service has postponed plans to reopen relief work in troubled West Timor.

Religion Briefs
Men's retreat plannedSpiritual Renewal Week plannedNew pastor arrives at Nikiski churchNew pastor celebration slatedPie served to welcome pastoral familyKenai Aglow to host speakerCommunitywide worship meeting plannedWorkshop scheduled for Nov. 18Music group, evangelist to visit

AIDS deaths among Catholic priests higher, newspaper says
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Star reports that the death rate from AIDS among U.S. Roman Catholic priests is higher than it estimated in a January series.

City modifications provide Orthodox Jews a Sabbath social life
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- After Steve Bickel finishes worshipping at his synagogue every Sabbath, he and his wife Eliyana have to do a little more praying. They pray their twin 2-year-olds won't be too tired to walk home -- because if Bickel or his wife had to carry them, it would be a violation of Jewish law.

Survey examines attitudes toward intermarriage among U.S. Jews
NEW YORK (AP) -- A poll of American Jews finds a minority voicing distress over intermarriage with non-Jews. Some 39 percent say ''it would pain me if my child married a gentile,'' while 56 percent disagree. Twelve percent ''strongly disapprove'' of mixed marriages.

Gays protest donation by AOL founder's wife to Christian academy
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A gay-rights group is criticizing an $8.35 million donation by the wife of America Online chairman Steve Case to the high school she attended. The school is run by a church that strongly opposes homosexual activity and sponsors ads saying gays can become heterosexual.

Kenai, SoHi up to Challenge
If you're going to host a brand new tournament, you might as well start the event off with a win.

Stars swimmers set for another run at Lynx
If the Dimond boys swimming and diving team walks off with its fourth straight title Saturday after the state meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, nobody will be able to accuse Soldotna of not learning from its mistakes.

Service gets by Skyview
Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid is convinced she had the team to beat Service Thursday in the first round of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament at West High School in Anchorage.

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.

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.

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

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

Service gets by Skyview
Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid is convinced she had the team to beat Service Thursday in the first round of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament at West High School in Anchorage.

Nikiski passes first test
The Nikiski volleyball team faced a pair of obstacles Thursday in the first round of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at West High School in Anchorage.

Bulldogs get first victory
Things are coming together for the Nikiski High School hockey team.

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.

Kenai, SoHi up to Challenge
If you're going to host a brand new tournament, you might as well start the event off with a win.

Sonics find sweet victory in Hornets' nest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vin Baker scored 22 points and Rashard Lewis added 19 as the Seattle SuperSonics got their first road win of the season, 102-94 over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

Bulldogs get first victory
Things are coming together for the Nikiski High School hockey team.

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.

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.

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.

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