Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Hunting guide fined, sentenced to nine months in jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hunting guide who eluded Alaska State Troopers for eight months was ordered to spend nine months in jail and pay a $1,000 fine.

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.

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.

Sealaska to pay out $2.08 per share
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska Corp. will pay out a $2.08 dividend, or $208 for the typical shareholder with 100 shares, on Dec. 1., the Juneau-based regional Native corporation announced.

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.

Dipnetters ask fish board to delay Copper River fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Copper River commercial salmon fishery could be delayed two weeks or more to allow more early-season fish to reach dipnetters. The state Board of Fisheries will consider the proposed delay at its January meeting.

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.

North Slope rejects ice road to offshore drill site
ANCHORAGE -- The North Slope Borough planning commission has turned down a permit application from three companies to build an ice road into the Beaufort Sea this winter to look for oil.

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.

Rocket launches won't harm sea lions, ducks, Air Force says
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Air Force says its plan to launch eight rockets from Kodiak Island over the next eight years shouldn't have significant impacts on local sea lions and eider ducks.

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.

Troopers tow cars parked along Petersville Road
TRAPPER CREEK (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers towed several vehicles over the weekend after winter recreation enthusiasts left their vehicles parked along the narrow, winding Petersville Road.

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.

Vote tally confirms Morgan won House seat
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Republican Carl Morgan has retained his House seat by 78 votes over former legislator Irene Nicholia. That's 72 votes more than his margin over the same opponent two years ago.

: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:

Fairbanks man shot accidentally
FAIRBANKS -- An 18-year-old Fairbanks man was in satisfactory condition at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Monday with a bullet wound. Police say he was shot accidentally with a stolen .357 revolver by a Fort Wainwright soldier Sunday night.

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.

No. 22 DePaul heads field in 23rd Great Alaska Shootout
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Great Alaska Shootout will, once again, serve up a Thanksgiving feast of Division I play for Alaska basketball fans. But a proposed NCAA rule change could spell the end of the state's premiere holiday tournament.

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.

Perkins quits after harassment charges
JUNEAU (AP) -- Facing harassment charges over allegations that he inappropriately touched two women, Gov. Tony Knowles' new legislative director has stepped down after less than a month on the job.

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.

IRS looks for Alaskans due refunds
The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 342 Alaskans who have $175,690 coming to them, according to the federal tax collector.

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.

New majority leader says PF earnings likely non-issue next session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Loren Leman, the new majority leader in the state Senate, said the thorny issue of whether permanent fund earnings should be used to pay for government operations likely won't come up.

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.

Parker drilling sells last land rig to Nabors Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Parker Drilling Co. said Monday that it sold its last U.S. land oil rig to Nabors Alaska Drilling Co. for $20 million.

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.

Alaska Postal Service turns to green vehicles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Postal Service is turning to more environmentally-friendly vehicles that burn both gasoline and ethanol.

Crew puts out engine fire
KODIAK (AP) -- The crew of a fishing vessel successfully fought an engine fire that broke out Monday near Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, the Coast Guard said.

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.

Community Calendar
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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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber will not meet todayFree business seminar offeredCommercial fishing group to meet tonightPies up for auctionDetention facility topic at chamber luncheonFlu shots available in HomerAnchor Point community group 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.

Salvation Army, volunteers ready to serve
Giving thanks over a big dinner surrounded by family and friends is, perhaps, the most traditional aspect of Thanksgiving. But for one Kenai Peninsula family, giving back is at the heart of giving thanks.

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

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.

Seaman jury rules on 2 of 3 charges
A Nikiski man has been found guilty on two charges related to the 1996 disappearance of a Kenai woman.

27 applications received by federal agency; July 24 deadline remains in place
Interest has been light so far in low-interest loans made available to commercial fishers and businesses hurt by this year's poor showing of upper Cook Inlet sockeye salmon.

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.

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

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.

Dividend group going statewide
The grass-roots organization that spearheaded the Vote No campaign in September 1999 over the plan to tap Alaska Permanent Fund earnings is taking its message statewide.

Writing final chapter on election
AUSTIN, Texas -- As one of the closest presidential elections in history hangs in the balance, George W. Bush and Al Gore concentrated on seven ''votes'' that could decide the outcome -- those of the justices of the Florida Supreme Court.

What others say
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.

Letters to the Editor
Aftermath of election shows some feel they are above lawWhen it comes to dying with dignity, laws defy logic

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.

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

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.

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

Applause
Many contribute to success of Alaska Moose Convention People, businesses help kick off snowmachine season with partyDay of Caring volunteers build boardwalk at Camp KushtakaAfter the Bell program possible because of collaborative effort

Community Schools
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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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Sports Briefs
Last-place Canadiens switch coach, GMMcEnroe quits as Davis Cup captain Red Wings' Chelios out three monthsSelig to testify on baseball disparityInjuries force Chapman's retirement from NBAIndians hope Burks can fill the Manny holeNorth Carolina fires Torbush as football coachMavericks owner Cuban fined by NBA, again

Wings hunt down Predators
Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer checks Predators defenseman Richard Lintner into the boards Monday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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.

Gleason coming of age for SoHi hockey
Meet John Gleason, Soldotna's 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior defenseman with a handshake as firm as his wrist shot, and it would seem that maturity wouldn't be an issue.

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

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.

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