Sunday, December 3, 2000

Banker, philanthropist Elmer Rasmuson dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Banker, philanthropist and Alaska pioneer Elmer E. Rasmuson died Friday night at a Seattle hospital. He was 91.

Stevens, Murkowski say they're not worried about split Senate
FAIRBANKS -- The prospect of a 50-50 split between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate has Alaska's senators pondering their roles as committee chairmen.

Report criticizes Alyeska safety procedures at terminal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard rapped the company that runs the trans-Alaska pipeline and oil port for poor training, lack of oversight on routine maintenance and shoddy procedures that led to a spark on the deck of an oil tanker in Valdez in October, according to a report released last week.

Grand jury indicts woman on felony drunk driving charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman was indicted Wednesday on felony charges of driving while intoxicated, less than a year after she was convicted of hitting a 10-year-old bicyclist while driving drunk.

Musher rescued after breaking leg
FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks musher was airlifted to safety Friday after breaking his leg on a training run in the White Mountains National Recreation Area.

Airplane mechanic crushed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An airplane mechanic died in Anchorage after he was crushed beneath the plane he was working on, police said Friday.

State's higher education performance earns average grade overall
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When it comes to higher education, Alaska is nowhere near the top of the class.

Copper River commercial fishermen have bad year
CORDOVA (AP) -- Commercial fishermen at the mouth of the Copper River are having a tough go of it this year.

North Slope Borough overturns planning commission on ice road
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The North Slope Borough Assembly overturned the borough planning commission this week and approved a permit that allows Phillips Alaska Inc. to build an ice road into the Beaufort Sea to explore for oil this winter.

Law helped define Alaska, but the road hasn't been smooth
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act is 20 years old.

Sea lion restrictions could be expanded to salmon, herring fisheries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's commercial salmon and herring fisheries might need to be restricted along with the giant pollock fishery to stop the steep decline in endangered Steller sea lions, federal officials said Friday.

Some Alaska Zoo animals getting old
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Zookeeper Todd Byard bangs on the roof of Morning's den and the arctic tundra wolf crawls out of her cozy home.

Kenai Peninsula managers keep trails closed to snowmachines
KENAI (AP) -- Minimal snowfall will keep trails closed to Kenai Peninsula snowmachiners in the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

At least 85 signed up for 2001 Iditarod
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Iditarod Sled Dog Race officials have received 85 entries for the 2001 Anchorage-to-Nome race.

Around the Peninsula
Box of Christmas decorations foundSend a sing-a-gram CARTS to transport kindergartnersRefuge wood-cutting area reopenedSafari club to meetRemembrance celebration slatedAnnual meeting plannedDecoration contest is on

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-Men of Honor
One of the great scenes in Men of Honor finds Robert De Niro, drunk in a bar, challenging new recruit Cuba Gooding Jr. to a contest to see who can hold their breath the longest. Hold their breath? What is this, second grade? No, it's Navy Diver Training where the ability to hold one's breath can mean life or death. And don't be surprised to find yourself holding your breath along with them.

Kenai Central students learn to communicate with hands and heart
Hands convey the emotions and thoughts of a group of students with both the will to learn a language and to communicate with fellow students.

Statewide trend away from cities
The issue of city incorporation raised an important question at Thursday's Nikiski meeting -- what other areas have succeeded in the effort?

Split U.S. Senate OK by Stevens, Murkowski
FAIRBANKS -- The prospect of a 50-50 split between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate has Alaska's senators pondering their roles as committee chairmen.

Residents mull pros and cons of forming a city
Question: How serious are Nikiski residents about their future?

Advisory group turns to computer model for Cook Inlet spill control
Predicting the future was once considered the domain of fortune tellers hunched over crystal balls. But now scientists do it using the technique called computer modeling.

Logistics, bureaucracy big obstacles to incorporation
Information, though not the kind Jack Brown and other incorporation enthusiasts were looking for, was brought to Thursday's meeting by Gene Kane, local government specialist with Alaska's Department of Community and Economic Development.

Robert W. 'Bob' Bondurant
Longtime Alaska resident Robert W. "Bob" Bondurant died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at his home at Mile 39 on the Kenai River after a year-long battle with a brain tumor. He was 64.

Incorporation idea deserves study, straight answers
It may be the ultimate in political irony, at least on the Kenai Peninsula. Nikiski, a community not known for embracing the government establishment, is exploring the idea of incorporating as a city -- in other words, creating its own government.

Court may unite to avoid dividing nation
An AP News Analysis

Life's best gifts often disguised
It's the gift-giving season, with packages of all variety of shapes and sizes. Made by a child with plenty of tape and glue; ornately crafted by a skilled jeweler. Some gifts fit perfectly; others have to be exchanged.

Banks, Hanson marry in Colorado
Sherril Ann Banks and Duke Wright Keith Hanson of Boulder, Colo., were wed Aug. 25, 2000, at St. Bartholemew's Episcopal Church in Estes Park, Colo. The Revs. Bill Huth and Elsie Dame, aunt of the bride, officiated.

Christenson, Milliman wed in Anchorage temple
Christenson, Milliman wed in Anchorage temple Shannon Christenson and Eli Milliman were married July 22, 2000, at the Anchorage Alaska Latter-day Saints Temple. Michael Novakovich officiated.

My Best Friend
Thursday, or Kitter Kats, doesn't like to be ignored.

Armstrong applauds investigation, says he always competes drug-free
PARIS (AP) -- France's sports minister says she can't comply with a request from cycling's governing body to destroy Tour de France riders' frozen urine samples because judicial authorities want them for an investigation of Lance Armstrong's team.

House of Kards refuses to fold
The Kenai Central High School hockey team took an early lead Friday and withstood a third-period Skyview flurry for a 5-2 North Star Conference win at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Woods, Garcia set for showdown
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Sergio Garcia closed with a double bogey after hitting into the water on No. 18, but still finished with a 3-under 69 on Saturday to lead Tiger Woods by one shot in the Williams World Challenge.

Malone approaches Chamberlain's mark
Karl Malone isn't all that comfortable with what he's about to accomplish.

Lightning defense suffocates Detroit
Phoenix Coyotes' Keith Tkachuk, left, is thrown to the ice by Dallas Stars' Derian Hatcher in the first period Saturday in Phoenix.

Cyclones rough up DePaul
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Angie Welle scored 24 points while playing only 22 minutes and Tracy Gahan added 13 points and 12 rebounds as No. 8 Iowa State cruised to an 81-65 victory over DePaul on Saturday.

Agassi, Kuerten set for Masters Cup final
Pete Sampras returns the ball to Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten Saturday at the Atlantic pavillion in Lisbon, Portugal.

Wildcats snap out of slump
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Kentucky dug deep into its bench Saturday to beat No. 6 North Carolina 93-76 and end its worst start in 16 years.

Yankees say bulging payroll is shrinking
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yankees insist they will be spending less, not more, next season.

Skyview goes undefeated at Kenai Duals
Nikiski's Ryan Wicker and Soldotna's Johnny Howarth tangle at 145 pounds during the Kenai Duals Saturday afternoon.

Kenai Peninsula schools get together to finish preparation for postseason
The Kenai Peninsula's high school wrestlers had one more meet together before splitting up for next weekend's area meets, converging on Kenai Central High School Saturday for the Kenai Duals.

SoHi skaters top Kards
The Soldotna hockey team defeated Kenai 2-0 late Saturday night in North Star Conference action at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Florida shuts down Auburn
By The Associated Press

Perfect ending
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oklahoma is more than OK -- the Sooners are perfect and on their way to the Orange Bowl to play for the national championship.

Trinidad floors Vargas
LAS VEGAS -- Felix Trinidad Jr. knew his fight against Fernando Vargas would end in a knockout.

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