Saturday, November 18, 2000

Daughter and mother-in-law arrested
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A daughter and her mother-in-law were arrested after allegedly stealing more than $7,000 of goods from a department store, Fairbanks police said.

Warm weather delays Alyeska Resort opening
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Skiers and snowboarders will toss their old equipment on a bonfire at Alyeska Resort this weekend to appease the snow god.

Timber Regulations Board considers new guidelines for timber harvests near waterways
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Board of Forestry is considering strengthening guidelines and regulations for commercial timber harvests on public and private lands near waterways.

Murkowski wants BLM tract in city's hands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said the U.S. Department of the Interior acted inappropriately in extending its hold on the 730-acre Campbell Tract here by up to 20 years.

Alaska unemployment creeps upward
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The end of the tourist, fishing and road-building seasons helped push Alaska's unemployment rate up nearly a half-percentage point in October.

Swift buys Morris' Western Slope newspapers
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Swift Newspapers on Friday purchased Morris Communications Corp.'s newspapers on Colorado's Western Slope, including the daily Glenwood Post and five weeklies. Morris owns several publications in Alaska, including the Juneau Empire, Peninsula Clarion, and Homer News.

Napakiak man drowns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a 47-year-old Napakiak man feared drowned Wednesday was recovered by searchers Thursday.

Second custodian appointed for ex-doctor accused of sex-drug trades
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former doctor charged with trading sex for drugs got a second third-party custodian Thursday.

Alpine oil field starts production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. announced Thursday that its new Alpine oil field on Alaska's North Slope -- North America's largest onshore oil discovery in a decade -- has started production.

University of Alaska seeking $16.9 million budget hike
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents was expected to approve a proposed budget increase of $16.9 million at its meetings here this week.

Teacher Honored Juneau man named professor of year
JUNEAU (AP) -- An assistant professor of diesel technology at the University of Alaska Southeast has been named the Alaska Professor of the Year by two national education groups.

Knowles prefers Alaska Highway route for gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants a proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline to follow the Alaska Highway route into Canada and he thinks construction could start in as little as two years.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Garage sale to benefit TOPSChristian women's club to hold craft bazaarFlu shots available at Nikiski Senior Center Homer chamber to hold mixerFish fry to be held at Sterling Senior CenterMeeting on Chugach plans to be held in SoldotnaBlood drive plannedBridges board of directors to meet SaturdayBazaar and bake sale slated for SaturdayCommunication issues to be discussedScholarships available for womenWomen's resource center to hold annual meeting

Florida Secretary of State blocked by Florida Supreme Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court blocked Secretary of State

Federal appeals court denies Republican request to stop recount
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court in Atlanta has denied Republican requests for an immediate halt to the manual recounting of presidential ballots in Florida.

Training session slated
Learning the ropes is the theme of Saturday's training session for old and new members of Kenai Peninsula Borough service area boards and advisory planning commissioners.

Photo Feature:'Tis the Season
Rich Sawyer hangs a winter ornament on a light pole alonRich Sawyer hangs a winter ornament on a light pole alongside the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna Thursday afternoon.

Small manufacturers get assist
Small manufacturers in the state have a new resource to help them grow and be profitable.

City commission gets disbanded
Kenai's Historic Commission is history.

Obvious ecological changes continue to reshape peninsula
Many significant ecological changes are occurring on the Kenai Peninsula. Some have occurred so slowly or are so subtle that they escape the notice of th

Jasper Bitterich
Nikiski resident Jasper Bitterich died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 70.

Community schools provides framework for life-long learning
Earlier this week a couple of dozen people gathered in the commons of Soldotna Middle School to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Soldotna Community Schools.

Letters to the Editor
Skiers were on Resurrection Trail long before snowmachiners wereSkiers, snowmachiners need to find ways to play togetherAcademic, vocational studies should be No. 1 priority in schoolsAlaskans should refuse dividend checks as a matter of principle

Obvious ecological changes continue to reshape peninsula
Many significant ecological changes are occurring on the Kenai Peninsula. Some have occurred so slowly or are so subtle that they escape the notice of th

Warm weather delays Alyeska Resort opening
Skiers and snowboarders will toss their old equipment on a bonfire at Alyeska Resort this weekend to appease the snow god.

Pipeline to Lower 48 could make North Slope reserves economically viable
ANCHORAGE -- The talk during Thursday's meeting of the Resource Development Council was not so much about whether to bring North Slope natural gas to market as about how and when.

Peninsula skiers have options aplenty
Like a moviegoer in New York, a football fan in Texas or a wine connoisseur in Napa Valley, a cross-country skier on the Kenai Peninsula has plenty of enticing options.

Baycrest trails face changes
Cross-country skiing enthusiasts may soon have a new home for the trail head leading to the 25-kilometer Baycrest Ski Trail system.

Stamp to recognize Muslim festival
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States Postal Service has announced plans to issue a postage stamp next year to recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, or ''feast of fast breaking,'' that ends the annual fasting month of Ramadan.

Catholic bishops address colleges, Mideast, criminal justice, abortion
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Catholic bishops Wednesday discussed doctrinal limits for church-related colleges and hospitals, issuing statements on a series of contentious public issues.

Lutherans review ordination under Episcopal pact; reject gay rule
CHICAGO (AP) -- Clergy ordination rules that are part of a new unity pact between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be reconsidered, following questions by the national council of the 5.2 million-member Lutheran denomination.

Religion Briefs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States Postal Service has announced plans to issue a postage stamp next year to recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, or ''feast of fast breaking,'' that ends the annual fasting month of Ramadan.

World Orthodox patriarch on U.S. visit
PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) -- Compuware Ice Arena became the Detroit area's largest Eastern Orthodox sanctuary as eight U.S. bishops joined 4,000 worshippers for a three-hour liturgy led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Religious right didn't fade away in congressional vote, defying pundits
NEW YORK (AP) -- The religious right has not faded, as some pundits suggested before the election, but instead turned out voters who helped Republicans maintain their majority in the House, analysts say.

Armenian patriarch and pope pray together
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II and the patriarch o

Religion Briefs
Spiritual Renewal Week planned Workshop plannedCraft sale scheduled No.v 24, 25

Louisiana school board tangles with ACLU over prayer
DERIDDER, La. (AP) -- The Louisiana affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union plans a federal lawsuit against the Beauregard Parish school board for allowing certain types of student-led prayers.

Reflectors of God: Let the light shine through
I am sure we all have stood in awe as we watched a full moon on a clear starlit night. We probably have stared in wonder at the beauty of it and have marveled that human feet have indeed walked there.

Clergy urge Bush and Gore to shun self-interest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thirty-five religious leaders have endorsed an Interfaith Alliance call for George W. Bush and Al Gore ''to put aside partisan self-interest to preserve the integrity and trustworthiness of our electoral process.''

Sports Briefs
Kenai Central girls hoops holds fund-raiser Soccer players and coaches clinic offered in HomerKPHA Ice Hawks drop a pair of close games'The Body' set to analyze XFL games for NBC

Panthers win cat fight with Lions
The Skyview wrestling team's convincing dual meet victory Thursday against Anchorage Christian Schools wasn't so much about wrestling skill or endurance as it was about confidence.

Kent beats out teammate for National League honors
NEW YORK -- Jeff Kent planned to celebrate his National League Most Valuable Player Award in the same understated way that helped him win it.

Jets-Dolphins: It's a day game, so people will be awake at the finish
The New York Jets' 40-37 comeback win in overtime over Miami on a Monday night a month ago was supposed to send the Jets north in the AFC East standings and the Dolphins south.

Area hockey teams ready for first road test
Spectators taking in a high school hockey game at the Soldotna Sports Center may notice an extra set of orange arm bands added to the customary three officials on the ice this season.

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