Monday, November 27, 2000

Chalkyitsik Man faces murder charges in stabbing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 20-year-old Chalkyitsik man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of another village resident in a Fairbanks apartment.

Judge sentences career criminal to 30 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court judge sentenced career criminal Laurence Kompkoff to 30 years in prison for attempting to rape a woman and shooting her finger off during a struggle.

Geoduck season opening with bigger quota
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Southeast Alaska divers are expected to boost their catch of geoduck clams this year with a larger quota and the opening of new harvest areas on the west side of Prince of Wales Island.

November 23: Anchorage Daily News on calling elections:
The television networks goofed mightily in calling the presidential election. By now, everybody knows that.

Man acquitted in killing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was acquitted Friday of murder charges in the February killing of a Moose Creek man after testifying that he fired in self-defense.

November 24: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on highway route for gas pipeline:
The beauty of routing a natural-gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway is it actually enhances other North Slope gas commercialization projects.

Supreme Court affirms registration of medical pot users
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has rejected a North Pole man's challenge of the registration requirements in the medical marijuana law.

November 26: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on policing Permanent Fund dividend claims:
Alaska residency requirements and allowable absences have changed somewhat in the years since Alaska Permanent Fund earnings yielded the $386 dividends

State struggles to fill job vacancies
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state is scrambling to fill jobs that are usually in demand.

November 24: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on Alaska voter tabulation:
Since statehood, Alaskans have joked about the laughable prospect that a presidential election might be decided by Alaska's three electoral votes.

Opinion mixed on whether Viagra is drying up gallbladder market
JUNEAU (AP) -- When Viagra first became available in the United States to treat impotency, there was speculation it would dry up the illegal market for bear gallbladders.

KJNP still in tune after all these years
NORTH POLE (AP) -- When Gen Nelson came to Alaska in 1956 with her husband Don on a church mission, she told friends and family back in Minnesota they'd be back in three years, five at the most.

New dock may be vulnerable to quakes
WASILLA (AP) -- The new Matanuska-Susitna Borough port at Point MacKenzie may not be able to withstand an earthquake, according to a preliminary review by the Army Corps of Engineers.

BLM changes mining rules to include small-scale operators
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management is changing its rules, requiring that even small-scale hardrock miners on federal claims guarantee they can clean up any mess they might leave.

Stevens spurns $75 million in compensation for sea lion closure
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Clinton administration proposed paying Alaska fishermen $75 million to compensate for a halt to groundfish harvests near habitat of endangered Steller sea lions, Sen. Ted Stevens says, but he rejected the money as inadequate.

Dillingham uses junked cars to help halt erosion
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The City of Dillingham is resorting to some desperate measures to keep the coastline along Snag Point from being washed into the Bering Sea by the Nushagak River.

Holiday celebrations gone bad in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Isn't Thanksgiving supposed to be a time of togetherness and sharing?

Cleanup continues in oil spill at New Port Walter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup crews have collected tar balls and other oil-soaked debris following a spill in an environmentally-sensitive area on Baranof Island, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

Recalling heroic past during World War II
JUNEAU (AP) -- Doug Wahto is a member of what network anchor Tom Brokaw calls ''the greatest generation any society has ever produced.''

Federal wildlife technicians wage war on city pigeons
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials for years have waged a war to rid the city of pigeons.

Tagging project might help reveal where halibut spend the winter
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A small, electronics-packed bobber that one day may help unlock the mysterious ocean life of salmon is being tested right now on seven Resurrection Bay halibut.

High court cuts damage award in Era discrimination case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's Supreme Court has reduced a punitive damage award against Era Aviation for discriminating against a woman pilot and later retaliating when she filed a bias claim.

Around the peninsula
Refuge open for cutting holiday treesResource center to hold workshop Weekly mothers group slatedHomer health center to give vaccineAnchor Point Community Association to meetAdvisory committee to meetPeninsula college to hold blood donationsBusiness center to host seminarMeeting to research historical backgroundSoldotna club in need of computersPractice for annual cantata to continueNext class of recruits sought

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
Parenting issues to be discussedEnvironmental monitoring committee to meetBusiness financing to be discussed at seminarExplore your roots Help replenish critically low blood suppliesSing-a-grams availableComputer classes being offeredTeleconference will provide MS support

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.

Now playing - 102 Dalmatians
Apparently, the folks over at Disney think that all they have to do have a hit movie is throw a few cute puppies on the screen and watch the audience come running. They're right.

Around the State
State struggles to fill job vacanciesStevens spurns $75 million in compensation

Homesteaders' dream
Marge Mullen grew up on the far south side of Chicago. Newly married at the age of 24, she flew with her husband, Frank, in their two-seater Stinson plane north to Alaska.

Campen, Cissell plan December weddingArledge, McConahy tie knot at Princess LodgeBanks, Hanson marry at historic Colorado hotel

Photo Feature:Light Show
Children watch fireworks explode Friday night during the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's "Christmas Comes to Kenai" festivities.

School enrollment below projection
Population changes continue to cost peninsula public schools money.

Nikiski girl among 21 completing boot camp
Parents, friends and instructors gathered on Veterans Day to celebrate the graduation of 21 young marines from a 13-week initiation.

Photo feature: Long gone
The sun sets over Cook Inlet last weekend. The days continue to get shorter as the winter solstice approaches.

Kenai earns project honors
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's Project Impact was named one of the top 10 such programs in the nation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently.

Bluff project studied again
The Kenai City Council took the next step toward someday building a sea wall and coastal trail by approving a $70,000 expenditure for further study.

Schoolchildren face new vaccinations
Parents be warned: Next year the state will require more vaccinations for children entering day care or school.

Early shoppers keep cash registers busy
The sensible still were sleeping off overloads of Thanksgiving turkey, but the dedicated already were saving the peninsula economy.

SOA seeking volunteers
It is estimated that 2,750 athletes and co

Peninsula organization regroups after July fire
Two area Special Olympics athletes will travel to Anchorage in March to compete against athletes from regions around the globe.

CPGH plans new addition
A new laboratory for Central Peninsula General Hospital could open next year, if all goes according to plans.

Henry Jacobi
Sterling resident Henry Jacobi died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at Edmands Elder Care in Kasilof. He was 83.

Tanya Hodges
Kasilof resident Tanya Hodges died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 53.

Nelson Marks
Nelson Marks died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, in Sterling. He was 55.

Nelson Patrick Marks
Anchorage resident Nelson Patrick Marks died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000. He was 54.

Clifford Kirkland
Ninilchik resident Clifford Kirkland died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna of natural causes. He was 88.

Mary Caroline Dalton
Anchorage resident Mary Caroline Dalton died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, surrounded by her family and friends. She was 46.

Trails, community schools featured during winter extravaganza eventStudents show their generosity during annual canned food driveSterling school learns what it means to be part of community

One way or another, our judges turn out to be political animals
When Florida's Supreme Court breathed life into Al Gore's quest for the White House, the response from some Republicans was immediate: What do you expect from six Democratic justices and an independent, all appointed by Democratic governors?

Should we pay off the national debt?
Now that presidential vetoes have killed all chances for significant tax

Night sky declares it's winter
"But I am constant as the northern star, of whose true-fix'd and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament."

School district receives kudos from new substituteK-Beach Elementary School fifth graders make splash with seniors

Despite oil prices, Alaska still needs sound fiscal plan
A mild heart attack gives a 40-something man a strong warning he needs to develop healthier habits -- or suffer the consequences.

Clinton Vietnam visit cause for celebration as well as wonder
The last American president to visit Viet-nam was Richard Nixon, who traveled to the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon i

Arledge, McConahy tie knot at Princess Lodge
Chastity Arledge and Mike McConahy were married Nov. 4 at the Kenai Princess Lodge in Cooper Landing. Willy Johnson of Cooper Landing officiated.

Campen, Cissell plan December wedding
The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Terri Campen of Sugarland, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Austin, Texas with a degree in science in public relations.

Career development grant helps teacher share trip with classes
It helps to have friends in high places. Kenai residents Nate and Gina Kiel met President Bill Clinton and actor Tom Hanks at the White House on Veterans Day, thanks to an old peninsula connection.

Kevin Biastoch, and wife Maria Robert and Leah Handley

Alaska SeaLife Center
Diving birds are back Tagged halibut released

Photo feature: Being fire wise pays.
Members of the Kenai Fire Department show off their Alaska Award of Excellence from the Alaska Municipal League for its FireWise program.

Peninsula People
Student earns degree Area men enlist in Army Doctor receives training

Pottery on display.
Alisa Carroll's "Java Pot and Mug" took first place in the Kenai Potters Guild's 13th annual Kenai Clay Exibition.

Juneau veteran recalls heroic past during World War II service
JUNEAU -- Doug Wahto is a member of what network anchor Tom Brokaw calls ''the greatest generation any society has ever produced.''

My Best Friend
Tara, who belongs to Satoko Makino and John Arnold of Kenai, enjoys fishing at Johnson Lake.

Banks, Hanson marry at historic Colorado hotel
Sherril Ann Banks and Duke Wright Keith Hanson of Boulder, Colo., were wed Aug. 25 at St. Bartholemew's Episcopal Church in Estes Park, Colo. The Revs. Bill Huth and Elsie Dame, aunt of the bride, officiated.

Garcia wins big at Skins Game
INDIO, Calif. -- Fred Couples was pleased to win the opening hole of the Skins Game and reach the $2 million mark in his eight appearances in the event. Now if he can just win the final hole.

Mic-macs fall to Strawberry Lakers squad
The Strawberry Lakers relied on an old trick -- a hat trick, that is -- to beat the Peninsula Mic-macs 5-3 Thursday in the fourth annual Hall of Fame Memorial hockey game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Federov score sinks Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Sergei Fedorov's second goal of the game with 4:05 left gave the Detroit Red Wings a come-from-behind 4-3 victory Saturday night over the New York Islanders, who lost their eighth straight game.

Texas' Simms all smiles
Two seasons after arriving at Texas as the most-heralded high school quarterback in the nation, Simms cast aside mistakes and unfulfilled expectations with the game of his life.

New Orleans, Philly, Miami notch big division road victories
The New Orleans Saints are suddenly in position to win the NFC West.

Pistons' Smith shows he's no ordinary Joe
DETROIT -- Joe Smith shouldn't been surprised by the rousing fan reaction to his Detroit Pistons debut.

Davis triple-double does in Cavaliers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Baron Davis had his second triple-double in three games as the Charlotte Hornets overcame a sluggish start Saturday night to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-98 for their fifth straight victory.

Great Alaska Shootout
Above, DePaul's Andre Brown, right, hangs from the rim as his shot misses the mark, while Alaska-Anchorage players Greg Freeman, far left, and G

Great Alaska Shootout
Misssouri's Tajudeen Soyoye (33) gets a hand on the ball as he blocks a shot by Syracuse's Allen Griffin during a Great Alaska Shootout game Saturday.

Last-second block sets up Purdue stunner
Arizona's Jason Gardner, left, looks to pass after being stopped by Purdue's Joe Marshall during the second half of the John Wooden Tradition game at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday.

First franchise hat trick sparks Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Antti Laaksonen recorded the first hat trick in Minnesota Wild history as his expansion team extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday.

Lady Vols dispose of Illini at Maui
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Second-ranked Tennessee scored on 11 of its first 12 possessions and beat No. 21 Illinois 111-62 in the championship game of the inaugural women's Maui Invitational on Saturday.

Davenport finishes off Fed Cup win over Spain
LAS VEGAS -- It turns out the U.S. Fed Cup team didn't need Venus and Serena Williams after all.

Sooners still perfect with win over Cowboys
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma survived an off day by Josh Heupel and a scare from Oklahoma State to beat the Cowboys 12-7 Saturday and complete its first perfect regular season since 1987.

Opinion mixed on whether Viagra is drying up gallbladder market
JUNEAU (AP) -- When Viagra first became available in the United States to treat impotency, there was speculation it would dry up the illegal market for bear gallbladders.

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