Thursday, November 30, 2000

So much for hibernation; bears still roaming Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Bears around the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island still are walking around and are not denning up despite the short days and colder weather.

Army plans to launch four missiles a year from complex
KODIAK (AP) -- The Army plans to launch up to four missiles a year over the next five years from the Kodiak Launch Complex, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Tuesday.

Study compares stress in urban moose with that of their country cousins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage moose may seem at ease munching willows in Kincaid Park or strolling suburban streets, but science suggests the city moose live with twice the stress as their rural counterparts.

Utah fugitive arrested in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man wanted in Salt Lake City on a robbery charge was arrested Wednesday in Anchorage by the Alaska Fugitive Task Force.

Second trial scheduled for Fairbanks rapist
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Charles Pengilly has scheduled a March trial for a convicted rapist accused of attacking a second Fairbanks woman.

Airport design problems cause eight-month delay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Redesigning a $90 million expansion at Anchorage's international airport so that the new terminal meets earthquake standards will delay the project at least eight months and cost several million dollars, state transportation officials said Wednesday.

Group forms to protest backcountry closures
KENAI (AP) -- Snowmachiners on the Kenai Peninsula are incorporating into a nonprofit organization to oppose new restrictions on backcountry access.

Railroad installs new switches between Anchorage and Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first of 80 heated, radio-controlled switches at Alaska Railroad sidings from South Anchorage to Fairbanks goes into operation Thursday.

Fairbanks assaults may be linked
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are looking for a man who could be linked to three attacks on women since August.

Guard faces credit card theft charges
PALMER (AP) -- A guard at the Palmer Correctional Facility is facing charges for allegedly stealing and using the credit cards of two inmates, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Former Anchorage man arrested in Oregon on sexual abuse charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage resident was arrested in Coos Bay, Ore. on Tuesday in connection with a sexual abuse case dating back to 1993.

Yukon Pacific for sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Yukon Pacific Corp., the company that has been working for years to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope, is up for sale.

Any Bush cabinet likely would be without Young or Murkowski
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's beginning to look a lot less likely that Rep. Don Young or Sen. Frank Murkowski will be taking cabinet posts if Gov. George W. Bush is elected president.

Chalkytsik man indicted on murder charges for Thanksgiving stabbing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man from the village of Chalkytsik man was indicted Wednesday on first-degree murder charges for stabbing a man Thanksgiving night.

Hungry moose feed peoples' temptation
KENAI (AP) -- Winter is a harsh time for wildlife on the Kenai Peninsula.

Three escape fiery crash in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A motorist, her daughter and a police officer narrowly escaped serious injury Wednesday night when their vehicles collided and burst into flames.

Ketchikan may consider a $5 head tax for cruise ship passengers KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Supporters of a proposal that would set a local head tax on visiting cruise ship passengers can start collecting signatures.
Borough Clerk Susan Bethel certified a petition Tuesday asking residents if the Ketchikan Gateway Borough should begin assessing a $5 passenger fee.

Kodiak Museum wins national honor
KODIAK (AP) -- The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository will be one of three museums across the country to receive honors from the Smithsonian Institution later this month.

Design fears delay airport construction ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City officials have delayed issuing building permits for expansion of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport until engineers improve the terminal's structural design.
Ron Watts, Anchorage's chief building official, said Tuesday that his department will not issue a permit to allow steel work until engineers improve the structural design for Concourse C.

Kodiak borough to wait until next year for special mayoral vote
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has tentatively set Feb. 20 for a special election to choose a new mayor.

Berkowitz, Ellis return as minority leaders
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage Democrats Ethan Berkowitz and Johnny Ellis will return as minority leaders of the House and Senate when the Legislature convenes in January.

Fairbanks shook by strongest earthquake in five years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Karen Nierenberg realized quickly it wasn't a windstorm rocking the Earthsong Lodge in Healy.

Flu shots get back on normal schedule
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center has lifted its flu shot preference and is offering the shots to anyone who wants one until the supply runs out.

Alaska, like Florida, had its close precincts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Add one more weird fact to the presidential election of 2000: Ralph Nader won in Sen. Ted Stevens' neighborhood.

Prince of Wales bones part of archaeological site
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Human remains found this week on Prince of Wales Island are part of an old grave site, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Cruise company to introduce new ship
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Holland America Line will send one of its newest vessels to Alaska next year.

Quake felt strongly from Fairbanks to Anchorage, minor damage
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 caused minor damage and was widely felt from Anchorage to Fairbanks early Wednesday.

State investigates two spills
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating two oil spills detected Tuesday.

State tests prison for TB after four inmates turn up positive
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state is testing every inmate and employee at the Spring Creek maximum-security prison in Seward for tuberculosis this week.

Company reduces Christmas flights to Kenai
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai air travelers may face layovers if they're flying through Anchorage on Christmas Eve or Christmas this year.

BLM begins recruiting for next year's firefighting season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Winter-like conditions are just beginning to settle in around Alaska, but the federal Bureau of Land Management is recruiting for next year's fire season.

Date set for court-martial of soldier charged with murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier charged with unpremeditated murder in the death of his infant stepson faces a court-martial Dec. 4.

More and more people are getting hooked on ''poor man's mushing''
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Pat DeRuyter started skijoring back in 1988, she didn't know what she was doing except having fun.

Man sentenced in sexual assault case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Barrow man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at a Fairbanks apartment Sept. 17.

Fairbanks killer gets 25 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for stabbing his cousin to death in Fairbanks in 1998.

Alaska fire chief helps capture Pennsylvania bank robbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Mat-Su fire chief visiting his mother in Pennsylvania helped foil bank robbers who set fire to an elementary school and led police on a wild shootout.

Making a business out of house calls
JUNEAU -- After spending nearly two decades caring for the elderly, Corrine Rago turned her career into a business.

Business Briefs
Business finance seminar is todaySeafood marketing forum planned for Kenai Long-distance deal overloads phone network Hotel group announces board, seeks award nomineesModest rise in Alaska exportsNorth Peninsula chamber announces speakers Soldotna chamber announces speakers

Online merchant trying to counter organizing efforts
SEATTLE -- Online retailer Amazon.com is tackling efforts to organize its work force head-on in cyberspace, using e-mail to help its young managers counter union tactics and to spell out dos and don'ts for management.

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.

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
Financing business seminar today Junior Miss deadline is todayTotem Tracers meet tonightPublic radio board meets tonightTransit system offers ridesLions taking birthday calendar orders

Around the Peninsula
Red Cross seeks volunteers for disaster teamsKenai chamber to hear about prison optionsAdvisory committee to meet College to host blood driveChurch offers Christmas cookiesAnchor Point chamber meets todayKasilof Historical Society meets ThursdayKasilof Historical Society meets Thursday

Child star Billy Gilman releases Christmas album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's hard to predict what effect the new Christmas album by 12-year-old country music singer Billy Gilman will have on his career.

Soldotna singer's music takes flight
"Fly high. Spread your wings and fly. So high."

Art Briefs
Holiday events wanted 'Music Man' tryouts this weekend Pratt Museum cuts admission chargeKCHS presents Christmas stage classic

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and Exhibits EntertainmentIn the futureDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Children's books amuse adults as well as kids
Quilt of Dreams celebrates the special relationships of grandmothers, mothers and daughters and their labors of love that result in spectacular, functional pieces of art quilts.

NASCAR gets new president
Bill France Jr. stepped down Tuesday as president of NASCAR, the racing circuit his father founded in the backwoods of the South that has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry.

Incorporation: Would it benefit Nikiski?
Struggling with growing pains, Nikiski residents are covering all their bases.

Drivers lament lack of winter white -- and green
With snow staying away from the central Kenai Peninsula in droves, snow removal services are losing money in snowdrift-size piles so far this winter.

'City' status also on line
According to the state Department of Community and Economic Development, Alaska has two types of municipalities -- cities and organized boroughs -- which come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

User groups organizing to oppose backcountry limits in Chugach Forest Plan
Sterling snowmachiner Dennis Merkes said he had had enough after the last U.S. Forest Service meeting on the proposed Chugach National Forest management plan.

Air travelers could see inconveniences
Air travelers may face some serious layovers if they're passing through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport this Christmas -- though not as many as last year.

Photo Feauture:Where's the snow?
Members of Kenai High School's cross-country ski team run in the halls after school Tuesday afternoon.

Deadline nears for sheep permit applications
Hunters may have less time than they think to apply for drawing permits for certain Alaska sheep.

Prison proposal touted
Praising a privately run prison project for the peninsula, Kenai Native Association Inc.'s chief operating officer answered questions from a captive audience at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Photo Feature:Taking what they can get
Warren Snow and his niece Daylynn practice plowing what little snow remains in front of Snow's home in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

1,050-gallon spill contained in Nikiski
State officials say they do not yet know the cause of a small crude oil spill from a pipeline within the Cross Timbers Oil Co. onshore facility.

Irene L. Mainwaring
Former Kasilof resident Irene L. Mainwaring died of the effects of a stroke on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Puget Sound Health Care Center in Olympia, Wash. She was 82.

Tanya Janette Hodges
Kasilof resident Tanya Janette Hodges died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, of natural causes. She was 53.

Alice Mae Liepold
Homer resident Alice Mae Liepold died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 76.

Revenue department shrewd to check PFD applications for fraud
Alaska residency requirements and allowable absences have changed somewhat in the years since Alaska Permanent Fund earnings yielded the $386 dividends of 1983. Olympic team members and Peace Corps volunteers, for example, have joined missionaries as members of groups who might feel Alaskan at heart, but no longer qualify for a dividend if their activities take them out of state for extended periods.

Applause
Soldotna Community Schools had a wonderful week of celebration for our 25th anniversary!

Lawyers enter election fray
WASHINGTON -- The public face of the White House battle has changed -- from dimpled ballots and tense recounts to legions of lawyers and dozens of lawsuits. Just as the nation's patience is wearing thin, the case is in the hands of a profession that America loves to hate.

Revenue department shrewd to check PFD applications for fraud
Alaska residency requirements and allowable absences have changed somewhat in the years since Alaska Permanent Fund earnings yielded the $386 dividends of 1983. Olympic team members and Peace Corps volunteers, for example, have joined missionaries as members of groups who might feel Alaskan at heart, but no longer qualify for a dividend if their activities take them out of state for extended periods.

Letters to the Editor
Chugach plan recognizes skiing, snowmachining incompatible Feds recognize fishing rights; why doesn't Board of Fish do the same?

Applause
Today is last day to view 13th Kenai Clay Exhibition

Alaska could teach Florida a few things about voting process
Since statehood, Alaskans have joked about the laughable prospect that a presidential election might be decided by Alaska's three electoral votes.

Study compares stress in urban moose with that of their country cousins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage moose may seem at ease munching willows in Kincaid Park or strolling suburban streets, but science suggests the city moose live with twice the stress as their rural counterparts.

Hungry moose feed peoples' temptation
KENAI (AP) -- Winter is a harsh time for wildlife on the Kenai Peninsula.

Prime out-of-season ram costs Ohio hunter more than $250,000
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- An Ohio trophy hunter who paid $172,000 for the rights to an exclusive out-of-season sheep hunt in British Columbia wants similar hunts made available in the name of conservation.

More and more people are getting hooked on ''poor man's mushing''
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Pat DeRuyter started skijoring back in 1988, she didn't know what she was doing except having fun.

Pet of the Week Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring this young adult female cat for $75.60 with spay surgery, license and vaccination included.

Red Cross seeks volunteers for disaster teams
The American Red Cross -- Kenai Peninsula board of directors meets at 3 p.m. today at the Red Cross office.

School News
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Around the District
KCHS presents Christmas stage classic School board seeks new member School board meets MondayKMS announces Students of the Month

Educators try new kindergarten approach
Kindergarten is not as simple as A-B-C, Kenai Peninsula educators say.

Last-second jumper shocks Heat
MIAMI -- Sam Cassell hit a 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 102-101 on Tuesday night.

Huff finishes behind German student
Nikiski's Chris Huff did little to hurt Alaska's distance running reputation Sunday at the Seattle Marathon.

No. 1 Duke survives scare from Illini
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jason Williams scored 23 points and Mike Dunleavy had 21 as No. 1 Duke beat No. 9 Illinois 78-77 on Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Close matches doom Bulldogs in riveting dual meet
If Tuesday's match was any indication, wrestling fans on the Kenai Peninsula are in for quite a treat as high school teams gear up for the Area and State Championships.

Goals pile up in Rangers win
NEW YORK -- Mike York scored twice and Adam Graves had a goal and an assist, his first points after a 10-game drought, as the New York Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 7-6 in a shootout Tuesday night.

Rangers still unable to solve Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Arnott scored twice in a four-goal third period for New Jersey and the Devils extended their three-plus year unbeaten streak against the New York Rangers to 20 games with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

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