Thursday, December 7, 2000

Aide: Knowles 'flattered' but not contacted for cabinet job
JUNEAU (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Tony Knowles is trying to knock down rumors that the Democratic governor is being considered for a cabinet job in a Republican Bush administration.

Greenpeace seeks injunction to halt ice road construction at Northstar
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Attorneys for Greenpeace went to court Tuesday seeking an injunction to halt BP's use of water for construction of ice roads for the company's Northstar project.

State Park passes are boosted for 2001
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state has begun selling passes for parking, camping and boat launching at Alaska parks for next year, and prices are going up.

Iditarod veteran mushes the Internet
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It is possible, virtually speaking, to mush the 'Net.

CIRI officials plan for possible shareholder dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials at Cook Inlet Region Inc. are trying to dampen rising expectations among shareholders that the Alaska Native corporation is preparing to pay them a large dividend.

Adventure-racing boom gives Iditasport big boost
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The human-powered little brother to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is bulking up its wallet and its field.

Anchorage man sentenced after 12th drunk driving conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced to 26 years in prison Tuesday on assault, reckless endangerment and felony drunk driving after his 12th driving while intoxicated conviction.

Safety at issue for hunters using elevated platforms
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- John Robinette is careful not to make any potentially deadly mistakes when hunting for white-tailed deer from the treetops of his family's western Michigan apple orchard.

Fort Wainwright soldier pleads guilty in death of stepson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A soldier from Fort Wainwright has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after assaulting his 9-month-old stepson and then making a false statement about it.

Ice anglers invited to go catch fish before they die
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Consider it a mission of mercy.

Moderate quake shakes Aleutians
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook the Aleutians Tuesday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Anchorage man charged with bank fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal agents arrested an Anchorage man Wednesday on charges of bank fraud.

Fort Wainwright soldier pleads guilty in death of stepson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A soldier from Fort Wainwright has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after assaulting his 9-month-old stepson and then making a false statement about it.

Day care operator charged with assaulting children
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police on Tuesday arrested a day care operator suspected of injuring two children under her care.

Ferry stranded by generator damage
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Kennicott is stranded in Juneau for at least a week because of damage to an enormous generator that provides electricity for the ship.

Ice anglers invited to go catch fish before they die
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Consider it a mission of mercy.

North Slope gas producers announce joint pipeline project to Lower 48
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's three major North Slope natural gas producers announced a joint agreement Wednesday to build a pipeline out of the state for gas delivery to Canada and the Lower 48.

Tuntutuliak Spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than half of the diesel fuel spilled in Tuntutuliak has been cleaned up.

Knowles proposes veterans' preference, budget increase for pioneers' homes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles marked the anniversary of Pearl Harbor by proposing a veterans' preference for admission to the state's pioneers' homes and calling for a $2.4 million budget increase for the facilities.

BP, Phillips donated to UA Foundation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP and Phillips Petroleum presented the University of Alaska Foundation with checks totaling $2.5 million Wednesday.

Reeve Aleutian suspends flights, to file for bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Reeve Aleutian Airways Inc. suspended all of its regularly scheduled flights Tuesday, laid off 250 workers and will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, company President Dick Reeve said.

Three Native corporations form wireless consortium
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Alaska Native corporations have banded together to bid on wireless telephone licenses expected to be auctioned off by the Federal Communications Commission later this month.

Missing Craig hunter found dead
JUNEAU (AP) -- The body of a hunter missing near Klawock was found Tuesday.

Reeve departure sparks run at Adak grocery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Word that Reeve Aleutian Airways was cancelling flights and filing for bankruptcy sent a scare throughout Adak.

Willow woman dies in Parks Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Willow woman died and a man was injured when their vehicles collided on the Parks Highway near Talkeetna on Monday afternoon.

Stevens holds up budget bill to get fishing restrictions lifted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A dispute over protections for Steller sea lions and a mini-revolt by a group of conservative House Republicans has blocked a budget deal between President Clinton and GOP congressional leaders.

State backs off from Charter North option for psychiatric hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is withdrawing its attempt to purchase the Charter North Hospital as a replacement for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

Federal subsistence board deals with fishery issues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board made several decisions in favor of subsistence users at its first fisheries meeting this week, but none would mean major changes to either sport or commercial fishing.

State Park passes are boosted for 2001
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state has begun selling passes for parking, camping and boat launching at Alaska parks for next year, and prices are going up.

Study finds spilled jet fuel poses no environmental threat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new study has found that the 103,000 gallons of spilled jet fuel not recovered from last winter's derailment near Talkeetna poses little threat to human health.

North Slope gas producers announce joint pipeline project to Lower 48
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's three major North Slope natural gas producers announced a joint agreement Wednesday to build a pipeline out of the state for gas delivery to Canada and the Lower 48.

Judge orders restitution in Seward grass fire
SEWARD (AP) -- A teen-ager who accidentally started a wildfire in May has been handed a $14,000 bill to reimburse fire departments that fought the blaze and to pay for damages.

Environmentalists protest tourism operation in Haines State Forest
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two environmental groups and a Haines neighborhood association are suing the state Department of Natural Resources over a large-scale tourism operation in the Haines State Forest.

Phillips Petroleum sells Alberta properties
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. has reached an agreement to sell oil and gas producing properties and related infrastructure in the Zama area of northwest Alberta.

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

Cook Inlet beluga harvest would be determined by various Native groups
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Natives of various ethnic heritages would share responsibility for dividing up harvest of beluga whales in Cook Inlet under an agreement reached Wednesday.

Knowles 'flattered' but not contacted for cabinet job
JUNEAU (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Tony Knowles is trying to knock down rumors that the Democratic governor is being considered for a cabinet job in a Republican Bush administration.

Railroad wins three awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It's been a very bad year for the Alaska Railroad. But it has a few consolations this week: three awards for overall passenger service, onboard operations and outstanding uniforms.

Royal Caribbean pulls out of Haines
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a move local officials say will devastate Haines' economy, Royal Caribbean International announced plans Thursday to cancel all its ships' visits to the small Southeast Alaska port.

Phone association returns capital credit payments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska Telephone Association will return nearly $3 million in capital credit payments to members of the cooperative.

Peninsula lodges await snow, winter business
The temporary closing of Summit Lake Lodge means fewer rest stops for winter travelers, but it could be a boon for other highway businesses.

Business Briefs
GCI opens Seward dial-up Internet service Bed-and-Breakfast association meets Saturday Tanker escort reductions discussedHomer chamber plans Friday mixerMosaic will recognize visitor center donorsNative corporation announces dividendsOptometrists donate eye exams

Tree trimming a year-round effort
CORONA, Calif. -- Jacki Bell has her Christmas trees trimmed early. All 26 of them.

Peninsula lodges await snow, winter business
The temporary closing of Summit Lake Lodge means fewer rest stops for winter travelers, but it could be a boon for other highway businesses.

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.

Faculty demonstrates art skills in KPC exhibit
Without a doubt, there is some fine talent instructing students at Kenai Peninsula College.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Down the Road Anchorage Events Films

Art Briefs
Holiday events wanted Writers Night entries sought Talent sought for Soldotna show

United Way fund drive off to slow start
Organizers of this year's United Way fund-raising campaign are holding their collective breath as they wait for contributions to come in.

Secretary Knowles?
JUNEAU (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Tony Knowles is trying to knock down rumors that the Democratic governor is being considered for a Cabinet job in a Republican Bush administration.

Seafood forum puts emphasis on quality, innovation
"See fish, see food" was the thrust of a seafood forum Wednesday in Kenai.

Fish forum to focus on marketing area harvest
It might not be fishing season, but how to market Kenai Peninsula seafood is the topic of the day at today's seafood forum.

Bark of robotic dogs expected to highlight Christmas morning
Homes across the peninsula will be filled with the bark of robotic dogs on Christmas morn.

Soldotna postmaster sworn in
Soldotna's busy post office has a new master.

Processors weathering stormy economic seas
The holiday's fevered gift buying brings an increase in sales for some businesses on the Kenai Peninsula. But for area seafood processors, winter means having to work harder to keep the business afloat.

Photo Feature:Taking care of business
Brandon Sorrels with the state department of transportation spreads sand and scrapes ice and slush off the Kenai Spur Highway Tuesday afternoon.

Photo Feature:Uneasy Driving
Kenai Police Department officer Dave Vroman directs traffic on the Kenai Spur Highway as Dan Twiet of Jim's Towing rights a pickup truck.

Pipeline closer to reality
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's three major oil producers announced an agreement Wednesday that could pave the way for construction of a natural gas line to the Lower 48.

Economic development plan on tap
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District is taking a new tack for writing a comprehensive economic development plan.

John Ostervold
Former Cook Inlet fisher John Ostervold died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, in Lake Havasu, Ariz., of natural causes. He was 72.

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.

James P. Wilson
Longtime Alaska resident James Pierson Wilson died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000. Memorial services are pending.

Charlene Rosalie Mason Hawkins
Former Nikiski resident Charlene Rosalie Mason Hawkins died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, in Hereford, Ariz. She was 67.

Time for voters to turn up heat for decision in presidential race
The Founding Fathers intended this country to be a constitutional republic, not a direct democracy. But with today's instant communication and the nation's long-standing practice of freedom of political speech, it's time to pressure those who represent us.

It's difficult to find doctor who treats pain aggressively
I'm in severe chronic pain, every second of every day, and I never get a break from it. I would like to talk about the subject of severe chronic pain.

Forest management should be by planning, not presidential order
Sen. Frank Murkowski is renewing his call

Forest management should be by planning, not presidential order
Sen. Frank Murkowski is renewing his call

Letters to the Editor Some suggestions to strengthen plan for Chugach National Forest
Here are my comments on your draft Land Management Plan. First of all, I'd like to congratulate your agency for emphasizing outdoor recreation and fishery habitat protection as important considerations on the Seward Ranger District.

Adventure-racing boom gives Iditasport big boost
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The human-powered little brother to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is bulking up its wallet and its field.

Iditarod veteran mushes the Internet
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It is possible, virtually speaking, to mush the 'Net.

Safety at issue for hunters using elevated platforms
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- John Robinette is careful not to make any potentially deadly mistakes when hunting for white-tailed deer from the treetops of his family's western Michigan apple orchard.

Multiple Sclerosis Society offers seminar today
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host an interactive teleconference across the United States and Canada from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today. Central Peninsula residents can attend in the Iliamna Room at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Library offers story times for children
Toddler story time is 11 a.m. today at the Kenai Community Library. Preschool story time will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The theme will be snowmen.

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring the 4-month-old corgi mix for $60.00 with spay surgery included.

School board OKs wish list
Construction and maintenance projects usually focus on concrete and wood. But the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is placing water at the top of its wish list of improvements.

Around the District
VFW announces Voice of Democracy winners Challenger Center offers contest School board seeks new memberSanta contributes to classHomer school nurse honoredSkyview recognizes studentsMountain View students honored

The Season of giving
During this season of giving, students learn firsthand the benefits of helping others.

School News
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary Nikiski ElementaryNorth Star Elementary Redoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena ElementaryKenai Middle School Soldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High School Cook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyHope for the Future PreschoolKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

Weber State representative plans visit to meet with nursing students
Betty Damask-Bembenek, an outreach coordinator for Weber State University School of Nursing, will be at the Kenai Peninsula College campus Thursday and Saturday.

Devils take Avalanche prevention measures
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur makes a save on a shot by Colorado Avalanche's Eric Messier (29) during the first period Tuesday night.

Spartans net same results
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Some of the faces have changed, but the result remained the same.

Quarterback Johnson says he's on his way out, accuses owner of being too involved in team decisions
ASHBURN, Va. -- Like Norv Turner, Brad Johnson figures his days with the Washington Redskins are over.

Malone in second with 31,443 points
SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone's first eight points carried him past Wilt Chamberlain. The Mailman's next 23 carried the Utah Jazz past the Toronto Raptors.

Leetch, Fleury set up Rangers for win over Caps
NEW YORK -- Brian Leetch and Theo Fleury assisted on all three Rangers goals Wednesday night to lead New York to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Feats of strength on display
What do get this holiday season for the sports fan who's seen it all? How about taking them to an event they haven't seen on the peninsula before -- the Soldotna Strongman Contest 2000.

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