Monday, December 11, 2000

Anchorage man pleads guilty to embezzlement charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage accountant pleaded guilty Friday to three counts connected to the embezzlement of $368,830.

Coast Guard, biologists free whale from line
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Coast Guard patrol boat crew and biologists from the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding network freed a humpback whale Saturday that had become entangled in a shrimp pot line in Taiya Inlet between Skagway and Haines.

New teaching program at UAF in the works
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks, hoping to train more teachers for the state's rural schools, is working to reinvent and revive a four-year teaching program.

Sitka area's chum bonanza may be headed for a bust
SITKA (AP) -- The chum salmon bonanza may be over in Sitka Sound, at least for now. Fisheries managers are estimating that returns to an area hatchery will be 75 percent lower next year than they were this season.

Anchorage man dies in traffic accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died Saturday morning after he apparently failed to stop for a stop sign and his sedan was hit by a pickup truck.

Former Fairbanks resident named Rhodes scholar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks resident was among 32 top-ranking American students chosen as Rhodes Scholars over the weekend.

Coast Guard begins assessment of Valdez port safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six weeks after a spark flashed off the deck of an oil tanker in Valdez, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday it will launch an assessment of the safety of oil port operations and shipping in Prince William Sound.

Fund shifts investments among managers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The board of the Alaska Permanent Fund has fired a New York City company that managed about $300 million of the fund's stock investments using the so-called ''value'' style.

Nenana picks new chief
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Nenana Traditional Council has a new chief to replace longtime leader Mitch Demientieff. Jack Irwin defeated four other candidates in the Dec. 3 election.

Rick Ross stepping down as Kenai city manager
KENAI (AP) -- Rick Ross plans to step down as Kenai city manager, saying it's time for a change after nearly 30 years of public service.

Veneer plant wants another loan
KETCHIKAN -- Gateway Forest Products officials will ask the Ketchikan borough for a $5 million loan in addition to the $7 million loan the company received from the borough when the company purchased Ketchikan Pulp Co.'s mill site at Ward Cove.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on fisheries science:
The National Marine Fisheries Service has delivered another body blow to Alaska's fishing community. The service's latest biological opinion on Steller sea lions could cost the fishing industry losses of up to $191 million and Alaska communities many millions more.

Doyon declares dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Doyon Limited declared a $4.62 per share dividend for its nearly 14,000 shareholders at its board meeting Saturday.

Juneau Empire on Elmer Rasmuson
Alaska has lost one of its most dedicated and generous citizens. Elmer Rasmuson, who died Friday at the age of 91, was a giant of a man whose legacy will live on in Alaska, an

Hotel chain pays for landmark Santa makeover
NORTH POLE (AP) -- The world's largest Santa Claus is getting a makeover.

December 8: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on oil producers and donations:
The donation of $2.5 million from the state's two biggest oil producers to the University of Alaska offers yet another example of the benefits flowing from industry's continued investment in Alaska.

Alaskans may get Iridium service again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A decision by the U.S. military may help Alaskans who want to communicate from remote parts of the state.

Fund shifts investments among managers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The board of the Alaska Permanent Fund has fired a New York City company that managed about $300 million of the fund's stock investments using the so-called ''value'' style.

Driver crashes new $33,000 sports car within minutes
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Richard Gregoire apparently couldn't wait to test the acceleration on his new 2001 Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk.

Rick Ross stepping down as Kenai city manager
KENAI (AP) -- Rick Ross plans to step down as Kenai city manager, saying it's time for a change after nearly 30 years of public service.

Adak copes with end of flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Normally, residents of Adak would be expecting holiday goodies in the mail about now.

Anchorage Daily News on national monument status for ANWR:
If President Clinton intends to declare national monument status for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, he's not letting out any hints. We hope he doesn't do it.

Fisheries council rejects sea lion restrictions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North Pacific Fisheries Management Council members on Saturday rejected new fishing restrictions in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea aimed at helping endangered Steller sea lions.

Animal welfare groups push for law barring trade in bear gallbladders
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Some animal welfare groups want Congress to pass a law banning trade in bear gallbladders, saying it's an action that could help reduce poaching in the United States and overseas.

Murkowski protests new BIA rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New Bureau of Indian Affairs rules that could keep Alaska Natives from receiving certain BIA benefits should be immediately suspended, according to Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Former Fairbanks resident named Rhodes scholar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks resident was among 32 top-ranking American students chosen as Rhodes Scholars over the weekend.

Craig hunter probably died of heart attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Craig man found dead Tuesday after a hunting trip apparently died of a heart attack, according to a preliminary report by the state medical examiner.

Sitka area's chum bonanza may be headed for a bust
SITKA (AP) -- The chum salmon bonanza may be over in Sitka Sound, at least for now. Fisheries managers are estimating that returns to an area hatchery will be 75 percent lower next year than they were this season.

Denali National Park opens for snowmobile use
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More of Denali National Park and Preserve is now open for snowmobile use.

Pets around Fairbanks caught in traps
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Brian Stanford's dog, Stella, didn't come home for seven days from what is normally a short evening romp on Cleary Summit. And when the 8-year-old Rottweiler limped in, she was missing half of her left front leg, apparently chewed off to get out of a trap.

Anchorage police chief to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Police Chief Duane Udland plans to retire after four years as head of the state's largest department, according to a spokesman in the mayor's office.

Education board wants former commissioner back
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's Board of Education and Early Development voted unanimously Saturday to endorse a former commissioner to take the job again.

Reeve says carrier won't file for bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Reeve Aleutian Airways Inc. has staved off bankruptcy, at least for now, company executives announced Friday.

Magazine cites Unalaska school district as one of top 100
UNALASKA (AP) -- A national parenting magazine has named the Unalaska City School District as one of the top 100 districts in the country.

Knowles proposes budget increases for education, child care
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles plans to ask the Legislature for $10.5 million from the general fund to offset decreases in state aid to education, along with a series of smaller increases for other education and child care programs, the administration announced Friday.

Fairbanks snowmachiner killed by avalanche
CANTWELL (AP) -- A Fairbanks snowmachiner died Saturday when he was hit by a 300-foot-wide avalanche and buried under four feet of compacted snow, according to officials of Denali National Park and Preserve, where the accident occurred.

Unalaska hoping to keep sketch from Cook visit
UNALASKA (AP) -- The sketch is a simple one, of a young Unangan woman. She is adorned with traditional Aleut jewelry and tattoos, and wears a faint smile.

Board of Education wants four-year delay in exit exam penalty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Board of Education members say they want to put off consequences of new state tests for high school graduation for four years.

Around the Peninsula
Scrapbook making club to begin Nikiski senior citizens meeting plannedRotary club in need of computers Homer public nurse to visit schoolBusiness seminar slatedHospice volunteers to sing message of cheerMonthly health meeting to be heldTotem Tracers potluck plannedHousing advice to be discussed at seminarEvents planned at Kenai libraryCARTS to provide rides for those in needNext class of recruits soughtTree cutting in time for Christmas

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Around the Peninsula
Motorized vehicles banned from national forest Celebration planned for todayDessert potluck slatedSocial worker meeting plannedDevelop a business planBecker to speak at chamber luncheonComment period closes soonSanta to visit Peninsula Center MallSoldotna to host decorating contestRefuge wood cutting area reopenedCenter in need of equipment donations

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NOW PLAYING
The hype surrounding the hostage thriller Proof of Life has nothing to do with the story. It's all about the burgeoning love affair of it's Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe. It turns out, however, that there is a lot more to see than just secret glances between the stars.

Quest for knowledge
When the Kenai Peninsula contestants show up at the international awards ceremony for the ThinkQuest Internet Challenge, it will be for the third year in a row.

Choat, Curtis plan wedding in 2002
Harmony Choat and Matt Curtis have announced plans to be wed in June of 2002.

Tips offered to help eliminate problems
In the midst of the holiday bustle, post office officials urge customers to send holiday related mail as early as possible.

Tests get mixed grades
Statewide education reform is making this a time of turmoil for the educators overseeing student test scores.

Torgerson 'excited' about committee post
The state Senate's Republican majority may be gearing up for the new legislative session, but priorities are yet to be cast in stone.

Driver crashes brand new, $33,000 sports car
It was a vision on the showroom floor: a sleek, black, dream machine, the first 2001 Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk at the Hutchings' dealership in Soldotna.

Forum stresses planning
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton recalled the popular bumper sticker: "Please, God, let there be another oil boom. I promise I won't fritter it away this time."

Advocacy group urges voters to stay involved
Voters' responsibilities continue beyond the election of legislators, a League of Women Voters official said.

Private prison plan on assembly agenda
The public is being invited to comment Tuesday evening on the possible construction of a privately run, 1,000-bed, minimum-security prison being considered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Scores concern educators
Kenai Peninsula public school students are scoring above state averages, but there are causes for concern, educators said at the annual review of assessment results.

Items still needed to fill holiday boxes
While stores are filled with many holiday shoppers charging their way through the season, many families on the central Kenai Peninsula are needing help with Christmas this year.

Debate erupts over talk of private prison
The private prison being proposed by the Kenai Native Association received a lot of attention at the Kenai City Council meeting Wednesday night, with testimony lasting well over an hour.

Economic forum draws praise of participants
Reaction was positive to Friday's Kenai Peninsula 2000 Economic Outlook Forum.

Bagley looks back at 1st year in office
With a year under his belt, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley reviewed the past and looked toward the future. Others also took the opportunity to offer their evaluation.

Holidays makes for busy season Area post offices deal with rush to get packages, cards out
The waiting line at the Kenai Post Office was not very long Friday, but Kenai Peninsula postmasters are getting ready for the busy season they know is around the corner.

Ongoing election a jolt to the system
Our hope from the beginning has been that the presidential election dispute would end with a result that as many members as possible of the losing side would regard as fair. Part of fairness plainly involves adherence to the law.

Robotic pets give reality new spin Lessons from latest toy rage enough to send shivers down sensitive spines
I hear that robotic dogs are the hot selling toys for this Christmas.

Development plan essential to future of Kenai Peninsula
Before embarking on a journey, it's a good idea to have a map and a plan for getting from where you are to where you want to be. Otherwise, you're likely to wander about aimlessly, wasting precious time and money. You may see some beautiful sites, but never reach your ultimate destination.

Guest Column
Of the many facts and figures we learned during the recent state of Alaska trade mission to China, this one still wows me.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on fisheries science:
The National Marine Fisheries Service has delivered another body blow to Alaska's fishing community. The service's latest biological opinion on Steller sea lions could cost the fishing industry losses of up to $191 million and Alaska communities many millions more.

December 8: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on oil producers and donations:
The donation of $2.5 million from the state's two biggest oil producers to the University of Alaska offers yet another example of the benefits flowing from industry's continued investment in Alaska.

Anchorage Daily News on national monument status for ANWR
If President Clinton intends to declare national monument status for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, he's not letting out any hints. We hope he doesn't do it.

Juneau Empire on Elmer Rasmuson
Alaska has lost one of its most dedicated and generous citizens. Elmer Rasmuson, who died Friday at the age of 91, was a giant of a man whose legacy will live on in Alaska, an

Kele Kaona and Ryan Hathaway
Kele Kaona and Ryan Hathaway, of Kenai, announce the birth of their daughter, Malia Rose Keounona Kapuuaala Hathaway at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Hotel chain pays for Santa makeover
NORTH POLE (AP) -- The world's largest Santa Claus is getting a makeover.

Mail carrier goes the extra mile
JUNEAU -- Talk to residents of the capital city's First, Second or Third streets, and you soon learn that one of the small advantages of living in that area of Juneau is Conrad.

Arnett named new director
The board of directors for the Women's Resource and Crisis Center recently named Heather Arnett as the new executive director.

'Tis the season to share
Fifth-grade students from Bev Edward's Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School class present a Christmas program Friday for the older adults who attend the Forget-Me-Not Care Center.

Community News
Postal Service urges resident to send early

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Research murres relocated to California Cecil sees the dentistArctic entry for bird habitat

Peninsula People
Arnett named new directorPingpong resultsSeaLife Center contest results

My Best Friend
Bob and Mary Haeg of Chinitna Bay captured granddaughter Kayla, 2, enjoying the wildlife from their lodge with some assistance from her friend Brandy.

Hero of the week
My hero is my wife, Deb Blizzard. Not only is she a wonderful wife and mother, but she also is a great asset to the community.

Kerry Ellen and Robert Warren Nelson
Kerry Ellen and Robert Warren Nelson of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Katlian Marie Nelson, at 4:32 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Lynx rout Soldotna
Dimond received a hat trick from Merit Waldrop Saturday night in defeating Soldotna 9-0 in nonconference action at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Aikman, 'Skins near end of line
IRVING, Texas -- Looking glum, Troy Aikman sat motionless on the Dallas bench. His arms were crossed and there was nobody around him. There was nothing, really, that they could say.

Baltimore makes playoffs for first time since 1977
The last time Baltimore reached the NFL playoffs, the team was called the Colts, and the memory of Johnny Unitas was still fresh.

Purple reign
The Area 4 Wrestling Championships ended up being just a numbers game for the Skyview High School Panthers.

Devils remain perfect
DURHAM, N.C. -- If No. 1 Duke is forced to pick a weakness, it has been inconsistency on defense. That got fixed in a hurry Saturday night.

Dimond scores early, often to hammer Kards in non-league game
The Soldotna High School hockey team flexed its scoring muscle Friday, downing the West Valley Wolfpack 10-1 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Spain finally collects its first Davis Cup title
BARCELONA, Spain -- Even Spain's king had to cover his eyes with victory so close.

Bulldogs rule Area 3
Behind Most Valuable Wrestler Neil Fucci, Nikiski won the Area 3 Championships Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Woods, Duval hold off Argentina at World Cup
BELLA VISTA, Argentina -- Tiger Woods made it sound as though David Duval single-handedly won the World Cup of Golf for the United States.

BCS stands for Bowl Confusion Series
How lucky we all are to have the Bowl Championship Series, launched a few years ago to end all the confusion over a college football champion.

Clemson upsets No. 3 Blue Devils
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Chrissy Floyd scored 23 points as Clemson upset No. 3 Duke 93-75 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

Bulldogs rule Area 3
Behind Most Valuable Wrestler Neil Fucci, Nikiski won the Area 3 Championships Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Skyview hockey defeats Palmer, loses to Colony
The Skyview hockey team split a road trip to the Matanuska-Susitna valleys Friday and Saturday.

Sprewell, Knicks unearth Nuggets
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell scored a season-high 29 points, Allan Houston added 21 and Larry Johnson hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead the New York Knicks past the Denver Nuggets 96-88 Saturday night.

Ramsay's firing sparks Flyers
PHILADELPHIA -- By firing Craig Ramsay, the Philadelphia Flyers management sent a message to its players.

Woods-Duval use best-ball format to make up ground
BELLA VISTA, Argentina -- Tiger Woods and David Duval took full advantage of the best-ball format in the third round of the World Cup of Golf.

Sports Briefs
Connecticut wins men's soccer title United States women's soccer tops MexicoTeam roper Joe Beaver wins third NFA all-around title'Yankee Killer' dies at age 72Cycle World publisher Joseph Conrad Parkhurst dies

Heisman winner Weinke gets better with age
NEW YORK -- Chris Weinke's age didn't matter -- his sensational season did.

No sale
DALLAS -- Alex Rodriguez narrowed his field to four teams and the Cleveland Indians virtually ruled out re-signing Manny Ramirez on a busy Sunday at baseball's winter meetings.

Avalanche rumble past Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Joe Sakic won another road game for Colorado.

Skiers go to Talkeetna to find suitable snow
Andy Liebner of Soldotna High School took the top spot at the Mat-Su Pursuit cross-country skiing competition Saturday, highlighting a boys race dominated by peninsula skiers.

Shaq's foul shots
LOS ANGELES -- There were his usual clunkers off the rim, and several other tries actually were close to the mark but spun in and out of the hoop.

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