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Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Railroad begins night rail grinding project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad will begin grinding rails in Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley this week and railroad officials say people should not mistake the sparks for fires along the tracks.

State targets schools, other institutions for FAS prevention
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Where there should be a mouse paw, there's a flipper, with fused bones instead of fingers. Where there should be a mouse eyeball, there's only a pin prick in the skull and no orb.

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

Wolf reintroduction proposed in Southern Rockies
An environmental group that successfully campaigned for the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park wants the federal government to do the same in the southern Rockies.

New study pinpoints deadliest type of Alaska plane accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A newly released aviation study singles out a specific kind of aircraft accident that kills more Alaska travelers than any other, and it gives safety officials the most detailed focus yet about how to reduce fatalities.

Pipeline company rejects call for more vapor equipment at terminal
Pipeline company rejects call for more vapor equipment at terminal

Alaskan makes war memorial presentation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska kicked in $15,000 for a World War II memorial on the National Mall on Friday, with a check delivered by retired Lt. Col. Pat Carothers of Juneau.

Five teen-agers run into trouble in rising tidal waters
Five teen-agers ran into trouble over the weekend when they were trapped by a rising tide at the mouth of the Kenai River.

Kenai public transit system provide personalized service
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The new public transit system on the central Kenai Peninsula is proud of its personalized service.

Survey finds Alyeska workers continue to fear harassment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new survey finds workers at the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. continue to experience intimidation and harassment for reporting safety concerns along the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the many sacrifices of veterans:
Veterans Day marks both freedom's triumph, and the sacrifice necessary to preserve it.

Cruise industry agrees in principle to monitoring, fees
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise industry officials have agreed in principle to permanent monitoring of treated sewage and wastewater discharges into Alaska waters, along with fees to pay for the testing, Gov. Tony Knowles and the chairman of an industry group said Monday.

Body found of Elim man who went through ice on snowmachine
NOME (AP) -- The body of an Elim man missing after his snowmachine sent through the ice has been found, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

DEC clears Kachemak Bay East mussels for human consumption
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kachemak Bay East mussels are back on the menu after the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced it was reopening area beaches for mussel harvest.

Air carrier ends Kenai service
KENAI (AP) -- Another air carrier is giving up on the Kenai-to-Anchorage run. Anchorage-based TransNorthern Aviation suspended operations Wednesday.

Pipeline company rejects call for more vapor equipment at terminal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials with the company that runs the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline and tanker port at Valdez say they won't be installing any more equipment to capture toxic vapors released during oil loading.

Injured musher remains in serious conditions
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha musher injured when his dog team ran into a low-hanging tree is paralyzed and in serious but stable condition.

Exxon, Justice argue whether company can challenge ship ban
SEATTLE (AP) -- Exxon and Justice Department attorneys were back in court Monday quibbling over the aftermath of the 1989 spill of 11 million gallons of crude oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez into Alaska's pristine Prince William Sound.

Body found of Elim man who went through ice on snowmachine
NOME (AP) -- The body of an Elim man missing after his snowmachine sent through the ice has been found, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Roadless ban would cut Tongass harvest by two-thirds
JUNEAU (AP) -- Including the Tongass National Forest in the ban on logging in roadless areas in 2004 would cut the forest's annual timber harvest by about two-thirds, the Forest Service said Monday.

Lucky Unalaska woman wins big
UNALASKA (AP) -- Val Donaldson, a bartender at Carl's Bayview Inn, can't believe her luck.

War Memorial
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a Nov. 11 story about Alaska kicking in $15,000 for a World War II memorial on the National Mall, The Associated Press reported

November 11: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on Alaska's cluttered ballot:
Many Alaska voters in Tuesday's election came away from the polls asking themselves: ''What was that all about?''

Storms prompt walrus hunters to seek earlier season
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- This fall's walrus hunt on Round Island was such a difficult fight against high winds and freezing rain that the Qayassiq Walrus Commission will be asking state game regulators to move the hunting season to earlier in the year.

Sitka Sound herring quota higher for 2001
SITKA (AP) -- The preliminary guideline harvest level for next spring's Sitka Sound herring fishery is 9,492 tons, up from a 5,120-ton quota last spring.

Sitka Sound herring quota higher for 2001
SITKA (AP) -- The preliminary guideline harvest level for next spring's Sitka Sound herring fishery is 9,492 tons, up from a 5,120-ton quota last spring.

Keel laid for new airport ferry
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Residents of this Southeast Alaska city celebrated the start of construction on a new airport ferry over the weekend.

Nikiski teen-ager killed in rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teen-ager from Nikiski was killed over the weekend in a vehicle rollover on the Sterling Highway.

Noorvik children, older Alaskans get EMS awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two first-grade Noorvik girls are among Alaskans honored with the Governor's Emergency Medical Services awards.

Usibelli acquires leases
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Usibelli Coal Mine has acquired 12,400 acres of state coal leases that it plans to develop within the next decade.

Co-owner of Anchorage Press injured in avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The co-owner of the Anchorage Press weekly newspaper remained hospitalized Sunday after being seriously injured in an avalanche.

Anchorage Daily News on the many sacrifices of veterans:
It has been 82 years since the guns fell silent. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I was over.

Thieves vandalize Catholic church
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An attack on a Roman Catholic church made a mess but probably was not religiously motivated, according to the church pastor.

Keel laid for new airport ferry
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Residents of this Southeast Alaska city celebrated the start of construction on a new airport ferry over the weekend.

Fairbanks man convicted of assault charges
FAIRANKS (AP) -- A man whom Fairbanks police say is a serial rapist was convicted Wednesday of two counts of first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping and third-degree assault.

New study pinpoints deadliest type of Alaska plane accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A newly released aviation study singles out a specific kind of aircraft accident that kills more Alaska travelers than any other, and it gives safety officials the most detailed focus yet about how to reduce fatalities.

Unalaska woman indicted on manslaughter charge
UNALASKA -- A 29-year-old woman has been indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges in connection with the death of an Unalaska man in September.

Mushers signing up for Kuskokwim 300
BETHEL (AP) -- Mushers are signing up for the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race and a chance at the $100,000 purse.

Co-owner of Anchorage Press injured in avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The co-owner of the Anchorage Press weekly newspaper remained hospitalized Sunday after being seriously injured in an avalanche.

Nome police look into dog shooting deaths
NOME (AP) -- Each of the three sled dogs was shot three times with a rifle at point-blank range. There's no apparent motive and no suspects at this point. So nervous mushers have taken to sleeping in their dog lots.

Around the Peninsula
Dead trees blamed for Moose Pass outage Soldotna chamber to meet todaySoldotna chamber to meet todayComputer workshop offered Youth facility committee invites public to commentNinilchik firefighters to hold membership meetingAARP to meet ThursdaySmall business center to hold open houseKDLL board to meet

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
Community first aid class held Chamber meeting slated Service area board to meetBoard of directors meeting planned Open house scheduledFlu shots offered in Nikiski Mexican feast planned KDLL meeting slated

NOW PLAYING - Pay It Forward
Pay It Forward, starring Oscar darlings Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Spacey, and Helen Hunt, is the story of a Las Vegas 7th grader who gets an assignment to change the world and sets out to do it. He devises what is basically a pyramid-scheme of random acts of kindness. You do three big favors for someone, and they each do three big favors for three other people and so on until the whole world is holding hands and singing Kum-bah-yah. Sounds great. Unfortunately, like a real pyramid scheme, someone always gets the shaft in the end. In this case, it's the audience.

Labonte celebrates series title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Bobby Labonte shook the huge bottle, then sent champagne spraying on his car, his crew, his wife and the championship trophy he had just won.

Two accidents leave 1 dead, others injured
Two vehicle accidents occurred Saturday, resulting in various injuries and one death.

Five rescued from rising tide
Five teen-agers were rescued by Kenai Fire Department personnel at the mouth of the Kenai River on Sunday afternoon, after being trapped by the rising tide.

City goes ahead with waste water treatment upgrade
At Wednesday's meeting, the Soldotna City Council accepted $350,000 from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to install an ultraviolet system at the waste water treatment facility.

Flu shots well under way on peninsula
After delays in receiving orders for the seasonally coveted flu shot, area medical and senior centers are now operating clinics to administer the vaccine.

Defense rests in Seaman's trial in Kodiak
KODIAK -- Defense attorneys in the trial of a Nikiski man charged with murdering a Kenai woman rested their case Monday.

Proposed closures spark controversy
The Lost Lake Trail near Seward is the center of a controversy over snowmachine access to trails in Chugach National Forest.

EDD event will include speakers, brainstorming
Calling it "an opportunity to bring people together," the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District will host a summit next month in an effort to spur economic development around the peninsula.

Response boat protects Cook Inlet from oil spills
The industry cooperative that provides oil spill response for Cook Inlet has a new boat.

Roadless ban would cut Tongass harvest
JUNEAU -- Including the Tongass National Forest in the ban on logging in roadless areas in 2004 would cut the forest's annual timber harvest by about two-thirds, the Forest Service said Monday.

Little solace follows fishery disaster
State officials visited the Kenai Peninsula Borough office in Soldotna on Wednesday to discuss how they better can help commercial fishers and others hurt by this year's dismal sockeye salmon run.

Asbestos abatement boosts costs of project
The upgrade of patient bathrooms at Central Peninsula General Hospital will cost substantially more since construction workers discovered asbestos in the walls and plumbing.

Tax break benefits property owners
A new ordinance passed unanimously by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly provides for a four-year property tax exemption for landowners constructing habitat protection projects along rivers and streams.

Robyne Renae Johnson
Robyne Renae Johnson

Savanna 'Suzanne' Waisanen
A memorial service for Savanna "Suzanne" Waisanen, who died Oct. 4, 2000, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna United Methodist Church at 158 S. Binkley Ave. in Soldotna.

Robyne Johnson
Robyne Johnson died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, at Mile 74 of the Sterling Highway as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 16.

Electoral College:Final battle?
WASHINGTON -- Normally a rubber stamp, the Electoral College is getting a hard look as a possible battleground for the presidency if the postelection impasse drags on.

What others say
There is much to debate about global warm- ing: the probable shape of its regional impacts, the most promising ways to avert catastrophe -- even, in some respects, the precise mechanisms by which human activities warm and cool the earth.

Close election leaves unanswered questions
It reads like a novel. It looks like a scene from the film "The Matrix," in which all action is frozen.

Election recount stirs discussion of system, right course of action
Richard Nixon has never gotten such good press. His prompt concession in 1960 is being cited again and again as an example of putting country above self. He's become a shining figure at this murky moment. Who'd a-thunk it?

Applause
Anchor Point voters give poll workers reason to celebrateVeterans share experiences with K-Beach studentsSchool fun fest, rummage sale successful, thanks to supportSterling seniors host frightfully good Halloween party for kidsBusiness community helps support family reading time Arts patrons encourage work of Kenai Peninsula artistsBusinesses set good example with drug-free pledge, support

Letters to the Editor
Old Chicago trick explains evaporation of Bush's lead One person, one vote needed to give democracy meaningHungry wolves kill dog, cause humans to fear attack

Community News
Ball plannedPhotographer to present seminarAlaska SeaLife Center news

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.

Births
John and Claire LeClair Rebecca James and Richard Holben Sarah and Thomas Carver

Marine has Veterans Day to remember
JUNEAU -- With service in World War II and in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and the distinction of being the most decorated member of the Marine Corps when he retired after 36 years, Juneau's Lt. Col. Pat Carothers remains the essential military man.

Peninsula People
Kenai Girl Scout volunteer honoredPoster contest winners announced

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care CenterHomer KenaiNikiskiNinilchikSewardSoldotnaSterling

Senior Menus
Today, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday

Dawgs rule under this Roofe
Nikiski's Chris Roofe wrestles during the Peninsula Duals earlier this month.

Miracles run out
It took two rare gaffes by Al Del Greco for someone other than the Tennessee Titans to win at Adelphia Coliseum.

Sports Briefs
A-Rod wants treatment of a god Belgian teen-ager upsets Sanchez-VicarioSnowmachine drags schedule meeting

Soldotna skaters remain undefeated this season
So far, so good for the Soldotna hockey team.

Four champions help Panthers to big win
The Skyview High School wrestling team continued to rule the fall wrestling season Saturday at the Anchorage Christian Schools Invitational, cruising to a victory at the 43-team meet.

Woods' water world
Tiger Woods and Mark Calcavecchia prepare for their next shots after they both hit their balls into the pond during the American Express Championship in southern Spain Sunday.

With Griese feeling no pain, Broncos top Oakland again
DENVER -- Even John Elway never directed a game-winning drive with a separated throwing shoulder.

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