Monday, December 4, 2000

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.

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.

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

Hare-predator mix makes for strange food-fellows in Interior dog lots
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Every night at feeding time, Diane Marshall's dog lot gets noticeably larger. That's when the five foxes show up.

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.

Tribe loses Fred John Sr., Native leader and husband of Katie John
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The last traditional chief of the Mentasta Tribe is dead. Fred John Sr. died Sunday in Fairbanks. He was believed to be 91.

State-tribal talks break down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Talks broke down between delegates from Alaska's tribes and the state of Alaska on an agreement to work together as one government to another.

Suspect in Anchorage baby's death arrested in Florida
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man suspected of killing a three-year-old boy in Anchorage last June has been charged with second-degree murder, police said.

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

Western Governors support Alaska Highway gas line
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Western Governors' Association has approved a resolution backing a pipeline route that would take North Slope natural gas to market in the Lower 48 along the Alaska Highway.

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.

North Pole pot bust
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Drug enforcement agents discovered commercial marijuana-growing operation in the North Pole area Saturday and arrested a man on federal drug charges.

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.

Federal sea lion proposal criticized by Kodiak fishermen
KODIAK (AP) -- Fishermen are reeling from the new Steller sea lion protection plan filed in federal court late last week. The report by the National Marine Fisheries Service said commercial fisheries are contributing to the decline of the endangered Steller sea lion.

Chignik man facing federal sea lion charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chignik man was arraigned in federal court on charges that he killed endangered Steller sea lions.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on Clinton administration and the Tongass:
Sen. Frank Murkowski is renewing his call for Gov. Tony Knowles to sue the Clinton administration over its proposal to add more than 9 million acres of the Tongass National Forest to a nationwide ''roadless initiative.''

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

Hare-predator mix makes for strange food-fellows in Interior dog lots
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Every night at feeding time, Diane Marshall's dog lot gets noticeably larger. That's when the five foxes show up.

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.

News on Anchorage smoking ban:
Come Dec. 31, the law will ban smoking in Anchorage restaurants, bowling alleys, pool halls, workplaces, public buildings and common areas in private buildings.

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.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on every vote counts:
As we grimace and groan at the ignoble posturing over presidential votes down south, it strikes us that Alaska's election system offers the nation a sterling example of fairness and accuracy.

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.

Alaska Permanent Fund loses money in November
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund's portfolio of U.S. stocks fell in value by $900 million during November, ending the month at some $8.8 billion.

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.

Revenues dip from Bristol Bay red king crab fishery
UALASKA (AP) -- Processors around the Aleutians East Borough are reporting a dramatic dip in revenues from the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery this year.

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.

Election stalemate stalls any action on ANWR
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The presidential election stalemate is blocking any action on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Troopers looking for a few good people
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers are at a nearly all-time staffing low and are struggling to find new officers.

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.

Marine Highway System to begin taking summer reservations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Marine Highway System will begin taking reservations for next summer's sailings on Wednesday.

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.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Gift ideas to help allPeer counselors to lead mothers group Homer center to give flu shotsLibrary commission meeting plannedSafari club to meet, promote heritageKenai chamber to hold weekly luncheonB-and-B association to meet ThursdayBorough office to conduct siren testRefuge open for holiday tree cuttingCenter to provide for those in need

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

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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.

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.

Talks break down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Talks broke down between delegates from Alaska's tribes and the state of Alaska on an agreement to work together as one government to another.

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.

KCHS alumni plan honor for teacher
They came to watch Renee Henderson's jaw drop.

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.

Photo Feauture:Lightin' up
James Dye changes a few bad bulbs in the string of light's outlining his home in Kenai last weekend.

Hospital plans drug, alcohol treatment center on K-Beach Road
To really help a chronic drinker, you need to get the whole family involved, said Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Tim Navarre of Kenai.

Heritage Place opens new addition
The Heritage Place nursing home in Soldotna cut the ribbon last week on a $600,000 12-bed addition.

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

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.

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?

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.

'Black box' for cars raises questions about privacy issues
How much is enough, and how much is too much, when it comes to knowledge about crashes?Ski case verdict marks return to responsibility

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.

Gore wants ultimate entitlement: presidency
Most people associate liberal Democrats with entitlement programs, but Vice President Al Gore has claimed the ultimate entitlement: the office of President of the United States.

Letters to the Editor
On Oct. 24, I attended a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. The meeting was to vote on approving or disapproving the zoning of Diamond Ridge in the Homer area for mixed use (C-3) and industrial (C-4) districts. In my testimony, I directed several questions to the assembly regarding local option zoning ordinance 2000-02.

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.

Court may unite to avoid dividing nation
An AP News Analysis

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.

Birth
n Angie Plagge and Edward Challans, of Kenai, announce the birth their son Egan John Challans at 3:56 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Community Events
Cookies 'Buy the Pound' Adult lunch program offered Military school accepting applicationsHost an exchange student

Peninsula People
Soldotna senior selected for camp Soldotna woman receives scholarshipVolunteer firefighters place in symposium

New postmaster happy with move to 'banana belt'
NINILCHIK -- A page of history turned in Ninilchik Thursday, when newcomer Bob Welch picked up the reins at the community's post office.

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

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

Hero of the week
One of the best-kept secrets on the Kenai Peninsula is the Nikiski swimming pool. This lovely facility has exercised and delighted us through many years. The water is always balmy, the place is always clean and beautiful, and it is a pleasure to merely walk through the door. As delightful as the swimming and hot-tubbing experience has been, it always has been the staff that is the facility's crowning glory.

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.

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

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.

Devils manage tie with Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Sergei Brylin's goal with 7:26 left in the game lifted the New Jersey Devils into a 1-1 tie against the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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.

Florida shuts down Auburn
By The Associated Press

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

Area swimmers make splash at Age Groups
The Soldotna Silver Salmon Swim Club hosted the 2000 Speedo/Alaska Age Group Championships Friday through Sunday at the pool at Soldotna High School.

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.

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.

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.

One make, one miss put New York atop NFC East
Al Del Greco's kick went through, and Eddie Murray's didn't, putting the New York Giants ahead again in the NFC East.

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.

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.

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.

SoHi tops Kenai in goalie's dual
The Soldotna hockey team overcame a strong performance from Kenai goalie Steven Campanella Saturday night to defeat Kenai 2-0 at the Soldotna Sports Center in North Star Conference action.

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.

Sports Briefs
Love defeats Woods, Garcia Masters Cup gives Kuerten No. 1 reason to celebrateJockey Chris Antley found dead at homeBaldwin elected first female president of USOCNyberg tops Austrians in World Cup upset

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.

Complete list of bowl games Scoreboard/Page B-2
Florida State always seems to be in the mix no matter what system college football uses to decide a national champion.

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.

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

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