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Tuesday, December 5, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Man arrested after unruly behavior on plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport allegedly after raising a ruckus and frightening other passengers during a long flight from Minneapolis.

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

Scientist: Columbia Glacier retreating up to 100 feet per day
DENVER (AP) -- The Columbia Glacier near Valdez is retreating so quickly that tour boats should be able to work their way up to its face within the next decade or so, a scientist says.

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.

BLM releases proposed policy for off-road vehicle use on its lands
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Land Management has released its proposed policy for off-road vehicle use for a 30-day comment period.

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.

Fairbanks teacher cleared of sexual abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks high school teacher has been acquitted of charges that she molested her three grandsons.

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.

Anchorage man convicted of sixth DWI after injury accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man with five drunken driving convictions collected a sixth Monday when he pleaded no contest to injuring two young women, one of them seriously, in a collision July 5.

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.

Alaska Rairoad President Sheffield to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Railroad President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Sheffield said Tuesday he will retire next month.

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

Perdue says Knowles will seek $2.3 million increase to fight disease
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Knowles administration will seek a $2.3 billion budget increase next year to fight tuberculosis, hepatitis and other communicable diseases, Health and Social Services Commissioner Karen Perdue said Tuesday.

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.

Federal appeals court denies Republican request to stop recount
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court in Atlanta has denied Republican requests for an immediate halt to the manual recounting of presidential ballots in Florida.

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.

Fairbanks teacher cleared of sexual abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks high school teacher has been acquitted of charges that she molested her three grandsons.

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.

BLM releases proposed policy for off-road vehicle use on its lands
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Land Management has released its proposed policy for off-road vehicle use for a 30-day comment period.

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.''

Scientist: Columbia Glacier retreating up to 100 feet per day
DENVER (AP) -- The Columbia Glacier near Valdez is retreating so quickly that tour boats should be able to work their way up to its face within the next decade or so, a scientist says.

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.

Man arrested after unruly behavior on plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport allegedly after raising a ruckus and frightening other passengers during a long flight from Minneapolis.

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.

Grants to aid Native women
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Native organizations in Alaska have received nearly $750,000 in federal grants to help women who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The grants were announced by the Justice Department Monday as part of $6.35 million awarded to 82 tribal organizations in 23 states.

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.

Sitka cracks down on sales tax delinquents
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka is stepping up attempts to collect sales taxes from businesses that haven't been paying the taxes or submitting reports, officials for the consolidated city and borough say.

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.

Denali State Park opened to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali State Park was opened to snowmachines Monday after new snow covered the vegetation enough to protect it, park officials said.

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.

Knowles budget increases start at $80.6 million
JUNEAU -- In the first of what will likely be a series of proposed budget increases, the Knowles administration on Monday called for at least $80.6 million more from the state's general fund next year to maintain or beef up existing services.

Civil suit seeks damages over pregnancy of disabled woman
KODIAK (AP) -- The lawyer for a developmentally disabled woman says the Kodiak Island Borough failed to protect her client, who was sexually assaulted by a worker at the borough's mental health center and gave birth to a child.

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.

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
Chamber welcomes League of Women VotersSafari Club meets tonightPublic health nurse to visit southern peninsulaMultiple Sclerosis Society offers seminar ThursdayCIRCAC board meets FridayLuau fund-raiser set for FridaySnaring seminar SaturdayRed Cross offering first aid classesRemembrance celebration plannedSmall business center sponsoring workshopYoung Marines accepting applications

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
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

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.

Medical board disciplines Soldotna physician, PA
State officials recently reprimanded a Soldotna physician for inadequate record-keeping and for leaving blank, pre-signed prescription forms in his office where a physician assistant improperly used them.

Peninsula retailers adjust to weather
Big storms on the Bering Sea have funneled unseasonable fall warmth through Southcentral Alaska, and local retailers are feeling the effects.

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.

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

Church group makes cookies by the dozen
Seeing a lineup of simple to extravagant Christmas cookies is a great way to get anyone into the holiday spirit.

Snowfall figures lag behind the norm
Southcentral Alaska usually sees snow by Halloween and lasting snow soon after.

Knowles budget increases start at over $80 million
JUNEAU -- In the first of what will likely be a series of proposed budget increases, the Knowles administration on Monday called for at least $80.6 million more from the state's general fund next year to maintain or beef up existing services.

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.

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

Photo Feature:Will it hold?
Rick Baldwin uses a fire hose to make ice at the Kenai multipurpose facility next to Kenai Central High School Saturday afternoon.

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

Kenai takes up fire inspection ordinance
On Wednesday night, the Kenai City Council finally will take up the question of requiring fire safety inspections of bed-and-breakfasts and in-home day care centers.

Applause
Support makes field trips for fifth-graders possible

'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

Alaska's election system model for entire country
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.

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.

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
Group wants to represent all areas of public land use Who do you call when crime not in anyone's jurisdiction? Critical fish, wildlife areas in Chugach need protection

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.

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.

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.

Senior Menus
Homer KenaiNikiskiSewardSoldotnaSterling

Retirement community on college campus built for elderly learners
NEWTON, Mass. -- Gertrude Barker comes to Spanish class with her homework tucked in the front cover of her book, extra pens stored in her purse, and her hearing aid turned up to its highest level.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center HomerKenaiNikiski SoldotnaSterling

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

Pats sizzle in Monday night fizzle
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Drew Bledsoe and the New England Patriots won't soon forget one of the season's least meaningful Monday night matchups.

All alone at the top
Going the extra mile has paid off for Skyview senior wrestler Neil Strausbaugh -- especially considering that extra mile is nearly a vertical one.

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.

ASAA looks at changing alignments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Responding to a recent trend of school-generated realignment, the Alaska School Activities Association board has forwarded a proposal that could drastically reduce the number of schools competing in Class 4A and Class 3A.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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