Friday, December 8, 2000

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

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.

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.

Commerce Dept. releases $7 million in crab disaster funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Commerce Department has released $7 million in emergency funds to help communities in the eastern Aleutians and Pribilof Islands hurt by the Opilio crab disaster.

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.

School board looks at exit exam delay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Another 1,100 Alaska high school students passed the state exit exams during testing in October.

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.

Stevens to add fisheries provision to budget bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens said Friday he would add a provision to a catchall spending bill that would bar the National Marine Fisheries Service from implementing its latest Steller sea lion protection plan.

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.

Icy sidewalks leave Anchorage residents sliding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When the seasons changed this year, Anchorage went from fall to slip-and-fall.

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.

Logger bounces back from sawmill fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kasilof-based wood products company is bouncing back from a fire last May by marketing wood chips and selling pulp logs that are turned into newsprint purchased by Alaska newspapers.

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

Despite ruling, trawl ban still in effect
KODIAK (AP) -- Despite a federal judge's ruling in Seattle, a trawl ban is still in place in areas designated as critical habitat for the endangered Steller sea lion.

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.

Alaska Quake,90 Quake ''lightly felt' in Anchorage
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5 was ''lightly felt'' in Anchorage and Palmer Thursday night, a geophysicist said.

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.

Mining executive: this is war
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Montana's law prohibiting new open-pit mines that use cyanide to process gold and silver ore is the opening salvo in a nationwide war against mining, a mining company executive said Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Business Highlights,
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Intel Corp., joining the increasingly pessimistic chorus from high-tech businesses, warned Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue will fall short of projections because of poor computer sales worldwide.

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.

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.

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

Stock market's extreme optimism giving way to extreme pessimism
NEW YORK (AP) -- What makes the current economic scene so strange is the reaction to news of a downturn. Extreme confidence seems now to have been replaced by unwarranted pessimism, with little else in between.

Around the Peninsula
EDD forum slatedCIRCAC meets today in AnchorageKCHS girls' basketball team plans 'Funday'Cookie luncheon plannedHomer chamber presents demonstrations at 'mixer' Pictures with Santa, anyone?B and B meeting plannedDrive-through Nativity presentedSing-a-grams availableDecorating contest in progressSnow removal safety stressed

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.

Halibut Lasagna
Lasagna Noodles (I usually add a chicken bullion cube and garlic to the water when I cook these)

Make Shopping Simpler, Safer, and Even More Fun
(NAPSA)-It's that time of year again, so ready, set...shop. But wait. Taking a few minutes for some pre-planning can save you time, money, and bother this holiday season.

Christmas Eve Tradition With An Alaska Flair
" Christmas Eve was spent at my Grandparent's country home in rural Minnesota when I was a child. I can still feel the welcome embrace of the rush of warm, sweet smelling air that greeted us when we walked in the door of their home, and the fantastic sense of anticipation that filled me at the prospect of playing with my cousins and enjoying the festivities. This was an evening of tradition, one of which, like families around the world, involved the meal.

Casino-Themed Holiday Gifts: A Sure Thing
(NAPSA)-At many holiday celebrations this year, the traditional tinsel and twinkling lights will be traded in for the glitz and neon of the Las Vegas Strip.

Cranberry Pecan Pie
"This is a recipe from my Great Grandmother."

Loose Change Can Add Up To Holiday Cheer
(NAPSA)-The majority of Americans expect to spend as much on the holidays this year as they spent on them last year-or more. The Coinstar National Currency Poll showed that 80 percent of Americans will be spending the same or more during the 2004 holidays-an average of $892 per household.

Cranberry Cake
Yummmm

Cherry Cranberry Salad
"It tried this recipe from a magazine. Even people who don't like cranberries will like this dish. It adds tang to a bland meal."

Grandma's Recipes Leave Handful of Memories
"Can you imagine preparing a meal without ever consulting a cookbook or looking at a recipe?

Scandinavian Spice Cookies
"My Great Gramma's special treat every Christmas from Erskine, Minnesota."

Emergency Nurses Offer Holiday Safety Tips
(NAPSA)-The holiday season can be filled with many pleasurable activities, although the hectic pace can sometimes be stressful. Holiday stress can result in people drinking too much, overeating, not getting enough sleep and generally failing to take care of their health. The Emergency Nurses Association's Injury Prevention Institute/Emergency Nurses CARE, recommends these tips to help you have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Quick Salmon Casserole
Great for that pot luck.

Individual Cheesecakes
This would be a fun recipe to make with kids!

A Touch Of Homemade Elegance For Your Table
(NAPSA)-With the holidays upon us, add a homemade touch to your celebrations by creating a wonderful Table Runner.

Grandma's Fattigmands
"Of all of the wonderful things that came from my Grandma Evelyn's kitchen, my favorite is a Scandanavian cookie that takes me back to childhood. They are pronounced futti-mund, and are one of my family's favorite to this day. Covered in powdered sugar, these deep fried cookies were a treat we cousins loved to snack on as we played and enjoyed the family gathering every Christmas Eve at my Grandpa and Grandma's house.

Evy's French Dressing
Homemade dressing

Baked Eggs
"Holiday brunch is one of the greatest ways to start your relaxed holiday morning. This recipe is a favorite of mine, and in addition to being simple to assemble, creates a lovely presentation. The recipe is suitable for a larger gathering, as it makes 10-12 servings, but can easily be reduced for smaller families. The dish does reheat beautifully in the microwave, so consider making the full batch."

Crab Muffins
Below, please find a recipe that has been in our family for over 60 years.

Spiced Pecans
The perfect appetizer -or gift

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

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

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

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

Tests clear schoolchildren of lead threat
Children at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School do not have lead poisoning, according to test results announced this week.

Hospice volunteers bring home meaning of loving care
Jeanetta Payment stops in daily to see Liz Van Sky. Sometimes they hold hands, reminisce about the past and discuss the day's events. Other times, Payment just pops in the Nikiski residence for her own peace of mind.

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.

Kenai to begin search for new city manager
An icon for 30 years in the city of Kenai plans to step down sometime next year.

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.

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

Remembrance service set for Sunday
Sometimes we all need a special time to mourn loved ones who have died, especially with the holidays approaching.

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.

Soldotna fire damages estimated at $150,000
Three people were displaced Wednesday after a fire heavily damaged a Soldotna home.

Firefighting officials urge safety first during holiday season
The Christmas season is a festive time filled with family, friends and celebration. Area fire officials want to keep it that way and are urging peninsula residents to consider fire safety along with their holiday plans.

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.

James P. Wilson
Longtime Alaska resident James Pierson Wilson died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at his home in Ninilchik of natural causes. He was 72.

Fred Eugene Carroll
Homer resident and former Fairbanks resident Fred Eugene Carroll died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Fern Ridge TLC Assisted Living Center in Homer. He was 90.

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

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.

Elmer Rasmuson's use of wealth, talents made lasting changes
"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."

Environmental protection regulations compromise between risks, costs
In the struggle to make sure the oil industry complies with regulatory standards, we citizens may risk losing sight of another important issue. Do those standards guarantee a clean, healthy environment?

Applause
Business donation increases educational opportunities

Letters to the Editor
To end Clinton legacy reason enough to vote for George W. Bush

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.

Outdoor Briefs
State parks passes now availableSkijoring group sets clinic Boating safety panel to meet

Avalanche workshop drives home hazards for backcountry enthusiasts
It wasn't Saturday cartoons, but the action on the screen definitely grabbed the attention of everyone attending Saturday's Avalanche Hazard Recognition workshop.

Avid snowmachiner has seen his share of slides
There aren't many things that will keep George Derkevorkian off his snowmachine. Especially on a Saturday in December.

Other voices just as valid
I am not a hunter. But I am not opposed to hunting. I have moose steaks and caribou sausage in my freezer, courtesy of hunting friends, and enjoy them as much as the next guy.

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.

Access key to gathering firewood on Kenai Peninsula
You might think that with the millions of dead spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula, getting a load of firewood should be a simple task. At almost any point on the road system where you can see mature stands of white spruce, you can bet that some of the trees are dead -- victims of the spruce bark beetle.

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.

Hebrew Union College president resigns
CINCINNATI (AP) -- An 11th-generation rabbi has resigned as president of Reform Judaism's leading seminary over accusations that he had inappropriate relationships with women before taking office four years ago.

Nebraska town removes, then restores, Nativity scene
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) -- A Nativity scene is back on public land after four attorneys volunteered to defend the city against possible American Civil Liberties Union action.

Buddhist temple unifies Vietnamese, American culture
SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) -- The gilded temple shimmers in the dusty air as the sound of jackhammers carving out pagodas competes with a mockingbird's song.

Officials defend school standards on evolution, creation
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- New academic standards that allow classroom discussions of creation as an alternative to evolution merely put in writing the freedom local school districts have always had on the subject, Pennsylvania state education officials say.

Mormons eager to share faith during Olympics
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mormon church leaders know misconceptions persist about their religion and want to seize on the 2002 Winter Games as a way to educate hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Church ends affiliation with Boy Scouts over gay policy
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) -- The Union Congregational Church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, has voted to cancel the charter of its Boy Scout troop as of January, forcing the scouts to find another sponsor and meeting place.

Congregation gets $60M gift -- and decides to give most of it away
ST. MARYS, Ga. (AP) -- Hundreds of letters fill a small file cabinet. Handwritten requests churn out of the fax machine and curl into a pile. And the office staff at St. Marys United Methodist Church has stopped answering the phone, which never stops ringing.

Nuns apologize for slave legacy
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- Three orders of nuns gathered to formally apologize for the use of slave labor by their predecessors in the early 1800s.

Nebraska town removes, then restores, nativity scene
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) -- A nativity scene is back on public land after four attorneys volunteered to defend the city against possible American Civil Liberties Union action.

U.S. Greek Orthodox discuss new church charter
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese announced that a panel of U.S. bishops, clergy and laity has discussed revisions of the church charter in Istanbul, Turkey, at the headquarters of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Mormon church is settling Internet test case, critics say
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two Mormon church critics who posted excerpts from the denomination's confidential policy handbook on the Internet said they have agreed on terms for settling a church lawsuit against them.

Religion Briefs
Cookie sale deadline todayChristmas cantata planned SaturdayDrive-through Nativity set for weekend New pastor to be installed SundayNorth Kenai church schedules family filmKenai Women's Aglow to meet Monday'Plain Truth' slated at Grace Brethren Kids' Club plans Christmas specialSpecial services slated at SolFirstChristmas Eve service scheduledChristmas services request

Minnesota church to defy Lutheran ban and ordain lesbian pastor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A local congregation has voted 176-0 to defy the policy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and ordain an openly lesbian minister next April.

Happiness of the season comes wrapped in swaddling clothes
'Tis the season to be jolly. Yes, the season is upon us again. Yet we wonder, where is the jolliness?

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.

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.

King of comebacks puts title on the line
Mario Lemieux never had a problem with comebacks.

Wolfpack hunt down Kardinals
Adrian Borchgrevink's third goal of the night pulled the Kenai Central High School hockey team into a 4-4 tie with West Valley Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center, but the Wolfpack netted the final three goals of the game for a 7-4 victory over the Kardinals.

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

No. 1 Panthers, No. 2 Bulldogs favored to take their respective Area Championships
Competition for the state high school fall wrestling crown gets pared down this weekend at the Area Championship meets.

ASAA hurts competition in wrestling
Competition. It's at the heart of what sports and America are today. It's also a concept that is being threatened in Alaska wrestling rooms by motions that have been passed by the Alaska School Activities Association.

Oilers Corner
The Oilers have added Trey Hendricks of Harvard University to their 2001 roster.

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