Thursday, November 16, 2000

Inuits are sure the world is getting warmer, no matter what scientists say
While governments and scientists still debate climate change, Inuit tribal members on Banks Island in the far northern Canadian Arctic are already convinced the world is getting warmer.

Ahmoagak succeeds Hove as head of municipal gas line consortium
The mayor of the North Slope Borough has been named the new chairman of the municipal consortium that's pursuing a natural gas pipeline.

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.

Kensington mine plans on hold
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Plans to open the Kensington Gold Mine north of Juneau are being postponed due to a cool response from federal environmental regulators to a proposal to dump tailings into a headwater lake, a spokesman for the mining company said Wednesday.

For cold-weather comfort, leave the cotton at home
KENAI (AP) -- There's nothing worse than being cold and wet while skiing, and that's why there's nothing worse than wearing cotton while skiing.

Environmental group to file lawsuit for sea otter protections
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A California-based environmental group filed notice this week that it will sue the federal government, charging it is moving too slowly to protect the disappearing Aleutian Islands sea otters.

Survey finds Alyeska workers continue to fear harassment
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.

Conference addresses rural economic development
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 140 rural residents arrived in Fairbanks Wednesday for a conference on how to create jobs back home.

Nome Superintendent resigns
The Nome superintendent of schools has resigned.

Western Canada provinces looks to Alaska gas for economic lift
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With talk of a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's

Alaska Supreme Court hears arguments on assisted suicide
The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the state should allow physician-assisted suicide.

Martin awaits count of absentee votes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than a week after the general election, East Anchorage Senate candidate Terry Martin says don't count him out just yet.

Subarctic Spinners make dog fur hats and ear bands
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Robin Underwood found out a new law outlawing the selling or making of products with dog fur didn't apply to hair that is brushed or shed, she breathed a little easier.

Couple arrested after police find methamphetemine lab
WASILLA (AP) -- A couple was arrested at their home outside Wasilla after a police search uncovered a methamphetemine lab set up in the home, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Cruise industry agrees in principle to monitoring, fees
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.

Medical board takes action against three doctors
The Alaska State Medical Board disciplined or reprimanded three doctors for violations of professional regulations or law at a recent board meeting in Anchorage.

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.

Drunk driver sentenced for Juneau men's death
A Kenai Peninsula man has pleaded guilty to murder and assault charges in connection with the traffic deaths of two Juneau residents.

Clinton signs Southeast intertie authorization
President Clinton signed legislation Tuesday authorizing construction of an electrical transmission intertie through Southeast Alaska.

Supreme Court hears arguments on state-funded abortions
The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether the state should have to pay for medically advised abortions for poor women.

Off-Season Tourists,0428 Study: Thousands visit Anchorage but few see, do or spend much
A recent survey of winter air travelers shows that thousands of in-state business people flock to Alaska's largest city during the tourism off-season.

Nenana mayor reelected
Nenana's mayor has been reelected after six weeks of electoral limbo.

Congressional recess; presidential race, leave Alaska issues in limbo
More than a score of priorities for Alaska's congressional delegation remain unresolved now that lawmakers are leaving Washington until Dec. 5 or later.

Frances Coghill, wife of former lieutenant governor, dies
Frances Maye Coghill, wife of former Lt. Gov. and state legislator Jack Coghill, died Wednesday.<

Oil and gas lease sale indicates interest in gas development
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's lease sale of oil and gas properties on the North Slope and the Beaufort Sea on Wednesday marked a turning point for the state's energy industry, with companies bidding on areas likely to hold natural gas.

Palmer Police Chief leaving for try at overseas job
Palmer Police Chief Laren Zager is planning to step down after 10 months on the job because he hopes to get hired by an international law enforcement agency.

An Internet depression may be lurking
Here be dragons. That's how Business Week economics editor Michael Mandel sums up his argument that we rest on the cusp of an Internet Depression.

Simplifying your life can help ease tension, reduce cost of holiday season
NEW YORK (AP) -- As we go into the holiday season -- a time of overdoing, overeating and overspending -- it might be helpful to touch base with people who promote the idea that less is more.

Reducing the national debt not entirely good for retirees
Good news about reducing the national debt isn't necessarily all good news for retirees, an investment expert says.

Many visitors, few spenders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A recent survey of winter air travelers shows that thousands of in-state business people flock to Alaska's largest city during the tourism off-season.

Business Briefs
Gas opportunities highlight RDC conference ACS reports third-quarter loss Missing Alaskans owed tax refundsChamber mixer planned at Picture Alaska Art GalleryAHFC reports home loan delinquency ratesIndustry losses spark increased unemploymentFNBA backs Pratt Museum fund-raiserGary King gives upTesoro declares dividendPhillips allies with UOP

Gas opportunities highlight RDC conference
Expanding opportunities to develop North Slope natural gas are the first-day theme for the 21st annual conference of the Resource Development Council.

Pipeline consortium elects new leader
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The mayor of the North Slope Borough has been named the new chairman of the municipal consortium that's pursuing a natural gas pipeline.

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
Red Cross class offered Kenai chamber to meet Nonprofits to speak at Anchor Point luncheonForest plans are topic of Hope meeting Free HomeChoice seminar offered Workshop for bereaved individuals todayDAV meeting slated for ThursdayLeague of Women Voters meeting Thursday

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 shots available at Soldotna Senior Center Play and reading group meets todayNorth Peninsula chamber to meet Career exploration seminar offeredJob Center offers open houseAdditional performance of 'The Foreigner' offeredLeague of Women Voters meeting Thursday Parenting program offeredFlu shots available at Homer Public Health Center

Even Alaska's 'chosen few' differ on system's merit
Fighting through a dust storm of confusion resulting from the Nov. 7 presidential election, with ballots still to be counted and results unknown, Alaskans struggle to understand the election process, argue the merits of electors versus the voice of the majority and wonder about the outcome.

Peninsula voters speak out on issue
The current wrangling over the Florida ballot and the issues it has raised about the way Americans choose t

Throwing a successful party requires planning
'Tis the season to have friends over. And to host a successful holiday party requires three things: planning, planning and planning.

Nutcracker
Those traveling to Anchorage Nov. 24 through 26 to watch the Nutcracker Ballet may recognize four Kenai Peninsula dancers.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Art Briefs
Potters awards presentedWriters' Night entries sought

Elliott hopes Dodge move helps career
Bill Elliott was raised to believe it's better to push a Ford than drive a Chevrolet. Since he was old enough to stir red clay rooster tails of dust in the North Georgia mountains, Elliott has been loyal to Ford's blue oval on and off the racetrack.

Schedule
Nascar Schedule

MONEY LEADERS
1. Dale Jarrett $5,159,024

Waltrip rides off into broadcast booth
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Once the most hated man in NASCAR, Darrell Waltrip ends his long career as one of its most beloved drivers.

'Different sport, same feeling'
By Don Coble

Point Standings
Point standings for NASCAR

Sunday's NAPA 500
Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Chugach plans aim to preserve forest
It appears the Chugach National Forest will remain roadless.

Attorney calls drunken driving sentence one of most severe ever
A Crown Point man drew 22 years in prison Tuesday for the drunken driving deaths of two prominent Juneau residents and the injury of a third.

Sterling Elementary students to become presidential advisers
In an election year, separating the candidates and the offices they wish to fill from their sound-bite diatribes, the endless polls and the constant barrage of campaign ads can be difficult. It's a daunting task for mature voters.

Photo Feature:For the kids
Homer Electric Association's Nathan Smith and Bobby Taylor work to secure a pole at Kena Homer Electric Association's Nathan Smith and Bobby Taylor work to secure a pole at Kenai Middle School Friday afternoon during a project to update equipment used for the school's adventure education class.i Middle School Friday afternoon during a project to update equipment used for the school's adventure education class.

Caring for the Kenai welcomes Agrium
The annual Caring for the Kenai contest gained one sponsor when Agrium Inc. bought the Unocal fertilizer plant in Nikiski. Now it could gain more.

Open house at job center
The Peninsula Job Center will hold an open house on Thursday, but those attending Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting learned a little about the organization from the comfort of their seats at the Riverside House.

Figure skating club to put on benefit for food bank
Around this time last year, low supplies were reported at the Peninsula Food Bank. At the same time, June Warta, an instructor for the Denali Figure Skating Club, was producing a figure skating exhibition.

Montana Piatt
Kenai resident Montana Piatt died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 88.

Ruth E. Gangloff
Sterling resident Ruth E. Gangloff died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital of cancer. She was 69.

William Joseph 'Bill' Lindow
Longtime Anchorage resident William Joseph "Bill" Lindow died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000, at his home of natural causes. He was 91.

Montana Margaret Piatt
Kenai resident Monatna Margaret Piatt died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 88.

Sylvia B. Wirth
Soldotna resident Sylvia B. Wirth died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at HeritaSoldotna resident Sylvia B. Wirth died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.ge Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Sylvia Wirth
Soldotna resident Sylvia Wirth died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Robert Wayne Beckham
Homer resident Robert Wayne Beckham died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 75.

Applause
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Applause
Our thanks to the Hospital Administration, the Board of Directors, many local doctors and to concerned staff members for seeing a need for a Special Procedure/Oncology department within our local hospital and providing the facilities and equipment as well as competent staff and support staff in bringing this service to our community.

Matriculating at Electoral College
Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton has, with characteristic bravado, proposed the elimination of the Electoral College. One must hand it to Mrs. Clinton. As with health care, on which she had little experience and no authority, the not-yet-senator likes to think big.

Indecision 2000
Business, Joe Polkowski will tell you, has been brisk. Absurdly brisk.

Letters to the Editor
Commercial fishers not to blame for problems on Kenai RiverOverseas servicemen help save day on presidential election Snowmachiners have rights just as cross-country skiers do

Voters shatter business as usual in U.S. politics Electoral College exists for reasons valid today
If he has any sensitivity at all, whoever ends up sitting in the White House for the next four years is going to be haunted by the nagging feeling that he doesn't really belong there.

Letters to the Editor
Commercial fishers not to blame for problems on Kenai River Overseas servicemen help save day on presidential electionSnowmachiners have rights just as cross-country skiers do

There's got to be better way to hold Alaska's judges accountable
Many Alaska voters in Tuesday's election came away from the polls asking themselves: ''What was that all about?''

Losing cultural icons
Dying just before the beginning of the 1999 Major League Baseball season was Joe DiMaggio's final act of dignity. DiMaggio slipped away before the New York Yankees' Opening Day, when he was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first ball. ...

Pet of the week:Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring this 2-year-old male Australian shepherd mix for $74.

School News
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Nikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementaryTustumena Elementary SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyKenai Cooperative PreschoolKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

School Menus
Elementry Secondary

Around the District
Nikiski drama team scores in first meet Peninsula musicians selected for honors festivalFriday set aside to honor principalsChallenger offers ballooning campSchool board meets MondayThis is Geography Awareness WeekWinter requires more clothesDeadline nears for Voice of Democracy programKCHS announces Students of the MonthOrientation meetings for subs planned Poetry contest seeks entries

Career Day allows high school students to explore opportunities
KPC's 11th annual high school Career Day will take place Friday morning on the campus. KPC will host hundreds of peninsula high school students for an industrious morning

Lessons abroad
Cheryl Schweigert never knew much about the country of China. That was until she traveled with 42 teachers from around the United States to interact and observe education in the Asian country.

A's slugger named MVP
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi still credits much of his success to Mark McGwire, even though they only played two years together in Oakland.

Sports Briefs
Boston holdout Carter traded for Guerin Griese will miss 3-4 weeks, maybe longer

Hull tally gives Stars a 2-2 draw
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Some 17 months since scoring his disputed Cup-clinching ''No Goal'' in Buffalo, Brett Hull was on the doorstep again to score the critical goal as the Dallas Stars tied the Buffalo Sabres 2-2 Wednesday night.

Sharks hand Devils sixth loss in a row
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike Ricci's goal nine minutes into the third period gave San Jose the lead as the Sharks beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Tuesday night, sending the Stanley Cup champions to their sixth straight defeat.

Big award for Big Unit
Unable even to throw the ball over the plate as a wild young pitcher, Arizona's Randy Johnson has joined elite company toward the end of his career.

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