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Monday, November 20, 2000

Two held after raid on Wasilla home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Wasilla residents were arrested on drug charges Thursday in connection with a raid on a marijuana grow operation.

Mentasta man dies in snowmachine accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old Mentasta man died Friday morning after his snowmachine collided with another near Tetlin.

Uncle found guilty of bilking niece out of $111,000
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A jury found a California man guilty of stealing over $111,000 from his niece, money she received after her parents died in a murder-suicide.

:November 17: Anchorage Daily News on state and cruise ship industry progress:
The North West CruiseShip Association, representing nine cruise lines that call at Alaska ports, this week agreed with the state on five basic points:

Governor's legislative director charged with harassment
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' new legislative director has been charged with harassment over allegations that he inappropriately touched two women.

November 18: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on a trans-Alaska gas pipeline:
Gov. Tony Knowles' announcement of the state's preferred route for a gas pipeline is the first shot in what could be an interesting battle.

Study finds good environment, good jobs go hand in hand
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A study finds that states that do a good job of protecting the environment also do well drawing and holding jobs.

November 19: Juneau Empire on state and cruise ship industry progress:
After years of contentiousness and mistrust, it is important to acknowledge the positive steps that appear to have come out of Monday's meeting between Gov. Tony Knowles and representatives of the cruise ship industry.

Revenue commissioner: Gas line would not be 'another Prudhoe'
The Anchorage Daily News

November 16: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on a proposed trans-Alaska gas pipeline:
Gas commercialization project proposals have been kicked around in this state for decades. But recent developments add solid currency to the prospect Alaskans will be putting their torches to the pipe in the near future.

Ahtna president wants name cleared on ship purchase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of Ahtna Inc. has asked his board to investigate allegations that he and the head of an Ahtna subsidiary personally profited in a deal to purchase a ship.

Biologists urge people not to feed wood stem-browsing moose
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In summer, moose are garden gorgers, gobbling up heads of cabbage and broccoli in single bites. In winter, the ungulates turn to hay as an easy alternative food source.

UA Regents approve budgets, tuition increases
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved an operating budget Friday that calls for a $16.9 million increase in general funds next year.

North Slope-Dinosaurs
BARROW (AP) -- Scientists from the University of Alaska visited here recently to discuss a dominant species on the North Slope. But they weren't talking about the polar bears or bowhead whales of the present. Rather, the focus was about dinosaurs from the distant past.

Anchorage man gets six years for drunk driving, assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for driving drunk and injuring a man.

Kenai Peninsula Borough to consider push for new prison
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Officials with the Kenai Peninsula Borough are floating a proposal that backers say could lead to construction of a huge new medium-security prison within a year.

State considers cow hunt to curb growing caribou herd
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state is considering a cow hunt next fall to rein in the Kenai Peninsula's Killey River caribou herd.

State to study Parks Highway and try to predict its future
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State transportation officials are planning an extensive study of the Parks Highway.

Woman arrested after threatening hospital staff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A woman was arrested after threatening Fairbanks Memorial Hospital medical staff, just two months after she shot herself in the chest in front of the hospital, Fairbanks police said.

Alaska Airlines Crash
A federal investigator says there is only one explanation for the deadly crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 in January: A piece of the plane's tail-control mechanism broke off in flight, keeping pilots from pulling the jet out of its sudden dive into the Pacific.

Senate Republicans pick Halford as president
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugiak Sen. Rick Halford will return to the Senate president's chair when the Legislature convenes next year.

Clinton plane stops for refueling in Alaska
President Clinton stopped Sunday in Alaska while returning from his historic trip to Vietnam to have his plane refueled at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Cabin fire kills 18 dogs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eighteen dogs, including six puppies, died in a cabin fire off Goldstream Road northwest of Fairbanks early Friday.

Revenue commissioner: Gas line would not be 'another Prudhoe'
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A natural gas development project would give the state only a modest amount of money compared with the billions Alaska gets from oil, and would not solve state government's chronic budget shortfall, state officials said.

Polar Air considers expanding in Anchorage
After keeping a relatively low profile since it was founded seven years ago, Polar Air Cargo is expanding its freighter fleet with new 747-400s. And the Long Beach, Calif., carrier could decide within six months whether to add a pilot hub in Anchorage.

Woman arrested after threatening hospital staff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A woman was arrested after threatening Fairbanks Memorial Hospital medical staff, just two months after she shot herself in the chest in front of the hospital, Fairbanks police said.

Man with gun arrested at day care center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who walked into a day care center with a pistol was arrested Friday afternoon, according to police.

High school wrestler dies in high-speed accident
JUNEAU (AP) -- A high school wrestler was killed in an auto accident in Juneau early Saturday, according to city police.

Rugrats movie has Juneau connection
JUNEAU (AP) -- With a little help from Juneau-born artist John Holmquist, Paris has been invaded by the Rugrats.

State considers cow hunt to curb growing caribou herd SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state is considering a cow hunt next fall to rein in the Kenai Peninsula's Killey River caribou herd.
The caribou herd that didn't exist until state biologists created it in the mid-1980s has grown to more than 600 animals.

State revokes pull-tab vendor license
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of the Mug-Shot saloon in Wasilla has had his pull-tab vendor license revoked after state officials discovered a $40,000 discrepancy in payments made to the Mat-Su Softball Association.

Study finds good environment, good jobs go hand in hand
A study finds that states that do a good job of protecting the environment also do well drawing and holding jobs.

Focus of Flight 261 probe shifts to Boeing
SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal

Fairbanks lays out warm welcome for tournament schools
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With warm-weather schools in Hawaii and Puerto Rico competing to draw top-notch basketball teams to their own tournaments, Top of the World Classic organizers can't offer enough northern hospitality.

Around the Peninsula
Sign ups to be held at Nikiski pool Chamber meeting canceled Production open to community membersChristmas Comes to Kenai planned FridaySterling school to host preschool groupSpace learning opportunity for studentsComputer workshop slatedWomen's center to hold membership meeting

Community Calendar
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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
Hospital to host book fairWeekly mothers group slatedFishers meeting to inform publicHomer chamber to hold luncheonAuction to raise money for centerAuction to raise money for centerFood bank in need of help

Friends, family play crucial roles in keeping sanity
If I had been crossing the street and a vehicle had careened out of control toward me, it would not have been worth my effort to step out of its way.

Now playing-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
While all the Whos down in Whoville await Christmas morn', all of us at the theatres are feeling, well, torn. To call this flick super would seem such a cinch, but, so sad, the truth has me feeling not unlike the Grinch. "It wasn't too bad" I can say that, at least. It simply is lacking, like who-pudding, without the roast beast.

Giving thanks
Family appreciates home for the holidays

KZXX off the air pending sale
Kenai classic rock radio station KZXX is off the air pending a stalled sale to a competitor.

Photo Feature: Benefit performance
Hillary Schneider skates to a Jewish folk dance during the Denali Ice Club's "Will Skate For Food" recital at the Soldotna Sports Center Friday night.

Juvenile detention facility closer to reality
Lobbying efforts in support of a proposed youth detention facility for the central peninsula have intensified in recent months, as backers seek to get the project on the governor's budget and eventually in front of the 2001 Legislature for funding.

Peninsula well represented at convention
Finding strength in numbers, delegates from the Kenai Peninsula joined 400 attendees from around the state at Alaska Municipal League's convention in Juneau during the week of Nov. 6.

Borough meeting triggers attention
Two items are attention-getters on Tuesday's agenda for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Anchor Point fire readiness questioned Rural fire departments hard to maintain
Aging equipment, unreliable vehicles, medical emergencies and an intermittent lack of volunteers available for fires are putting the 2,300 residents of the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area at risk, two former members of the department said this week.

Snowmachiners deliver an earful on Forest Service plan
The atmosphere bordered on hostile Saturday when more than 200 snowmachiners packed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers to fight a federal proposal to limit use of a popular trail.

Meeting planned to explore incorporation
Calling it "one of the most exciting, historical things that's taken place in quite a while," Jack Brown, of Nikiski, is rallying the troops in an effort to bring incorporation to his hometown.

Torgerson to chair Resources
After weeks of wrangling, a new-look Senate is taking shape.

Where's the snow?
Winter is a time many Alaskans look forward to for its recreation possibilities. Skiing, snowmachining and sledding are all activities people enjoy during the dark snowy months.

Elizabeth A. McDowell
Soldotna resident Elizabeth A. McDowell died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 85.

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

All Alaskans can benefit from alcohol policy decisions
Alcohol is a serious problem in Alaska for which there is no "single solution." There are, however, key interventions that can make a difference in reducing the number of lives lost, injuries sustained, tax dollars spent, children abused and crimes committed.

Many lessons learned from Election Day 2000
The country's future often rides on small accidents of history, unpredictable turns that influence much larger events. (The Nov. 7) election was a prime case.

Applause
Rivalries notwithstanding, goodwill carried the day Many helped make KCHS banquet a success

What others say
Many lessons learned from Election Day 2000 Everglades restoration bill step in right direction

Births
Nichole and Bruce Smith Timothy Franke Connie B. Solomon-Stephan and Paul A. Stephan Ginnie and Don Handley

And the winner is ...
Raffle coordinator Nora Satathite, left, stands next to Valerie and John Kwietniak, the $7,500 grand-prize winners of the Friends of the Library raffle held Oct. 27.

Hero of the week
I would like to thank each and every person who stopped and assisted my daughter when she had her rollover accident on Pickle Hill recently.

Community News
Women's applications soughtSoroptimists donate to cancer fund Program honors young womenItems needed for cancer auction

My Best Friend
Greg and Jaimee Coon of Kenai said when their son Gabriel Layne was born in January, they weren't sure how their 6-year-old Rottweiler, Max, would respond to the new addition.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Ringed seal to be set freeIt's a party

Community Schools
Community Schools

Peninsula People
Area men enlist in ArmyMiller receives scholarshipLinfield speakers excel in tournamentSkyview graduate receives degree

Sports Briefs
New league seeking hockey playersMankato skaters top UAA

Glennallen skaters shut out Bulldogs
Glennallen defeated Nikiski at Glennallen on Thursday, 3-0. Bulldogs coach Irv Smith said that while fatigue is no excuse, the long trip was something he took into account in the loss.

No. 24 Oregon tops No. 16 Wisconsin
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Angelina Wolvert scored 19 points and No. 24 Oregon took advantage of poor free throw shooting by No. 16 Wisconsin to defeat the Badgers 71-57.

Panthers rumble to fame in Homer
With four individual champions and six runners-up, the Skyview High School wrestling team finished in the top spot Saturday at the Homer Round Robin Rumble.

From the sideline
There is much to be learned from participation in high school athletics. Some of those lessons are much harder than others.

Florida still has no clear victor as Miami, FSU both notch wins
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State made a strong case for a chance to defend its national championship, beating Florida in the game that usually gives the winner a title shot.

The Next Level
Queen and Kouf join the Vulcans at UHHMary Glaze keeps up the pace at NNUMary Glaze keeps up the pace at NNUCanady named to Four Nations Tournament

Skyview wrestlers continue domination
The Skyview High School wrestling team didn't do anything flashy to win the Skyview Invitational Friday.

Oilers Corner
Hills to join Oilers coaching staff

On the road in Ireland
It was, according to race officials and publicans alik

Seles falls in marathon three-set Chase Championships final
NEW YORK -- For Martina Hingis, it was vindication that she's the world's top player.

Bucs, Colts left out in cold
It was Cold Weather Sunday for the Bays. That was good for Green Bay, bad for Tampa Bay.

Devils snap home losing streak
Patrik Elias scored with 39.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

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