Tuesday, December 12, 2000

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.

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

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.

Panel targets railroad and ships
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A legislative-appointed panel is recommending that cargo ships, cruise ships and other large vessels and the Alaska Railroad have spill-response plans and stockpile cleanup gear around the state.

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.

Snowmachiner was not in closed area of Denali National Park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who was killed in an avalanche was not snowmachining inside a closed area of Denali National Park and Preserve as first suspected, authorities said.

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.

Gateway seeks $5 million start-up loan for Ketchikan veneer plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The operators of a new veneer plant for this Southeast Alaska city have been give the go-ahead to submit an application for a $5 million short-term loan to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

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.

Police trying to determine how the Grinch Stole Christmas trees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- And then there's the story about how the Grinch stole Christmas trees in this Interior city.

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.

U.S. general plays down Russian flyover incident
MOSCOW (AP) -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday dismissed the recent buzzing of an American aircraft carrier by Russian planes, saying Washington does not view the incident as a threat.

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.

Udland steps down as Anchorage police chief for NANA job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Police Chief Duane Udland is leaving the department for a security job with NANA Development Corp.

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.

PenAir begins Adak flights; assumes some Reeve routes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- PenAir has begun three-time-weekly flights to Adak, returning scheduled air service to that Aleutian island community.

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.

Bottomfish harvests set
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's 2001 bottomfish harvests will open Jan. 20, according to Penny Dalton, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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.

Top Anchorage school post goes to acting superintendent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board has named a new superintendent -- Carol Comeau, who has been acting in the job since September and who was an assistant superintendent for nearly eight years.

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.

Knowles backs boost in university spending
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is backing a request from the University of Alaska regents to boost spending for the state university system by $16.9 million.

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.

Proposal would protect Permanent Fund from inflation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s board of directors want a constitutional amendment approved that they believe will better protect the state's $26.6 billion oil wealth savings account from inflation.

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.

Police trying to determine how the Grinch Stole Christmas trees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- And then there's the story about how the Grinch stole Christmas trees in this Interior city.

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

Cordova residents to vote on cruise ship passenger fee
CORDOVA (AP) -- Cordova residents in March will vote on a whether to approve a $5 fee for on cruise ship passengers.

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.

Two tugboats sink at Hoonah dock
HOONAH (AP) -- Two tugboats sank over the weekend, spilling about 250 gallons of diesel fuel.

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.

Mackie added to board of cruise line's new company
JUNEAU (AP) -- Retiring Sen. Jerry Mackie has been appointed to the board of a new tour company created by a major cruise line. Former Sen. Steve Frank of Fairbanks is also on the six-member board.

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.

Gunshots fired into police officer's home
BETHEL (AP) -- Someone fired gunshots into a Bethel police officer's home early Saturday, city police said.

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.

Bethel police have difficulty filling vacancies
BETHEL (AP) -- The Bethel Police Department is sharing in a national problem -- too few officers to fill vacancies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to host SoHi studentsPratt Museum hosts WHIZ Kids Airport commission to meet ThursdayMS group meeting planned ThursdayOpen house scheduled at Boys and Girls ClubSterling Community Club cancels meetingFirst aid classes offered

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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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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.

Wireless Internet service coming
Many central Kenai Peninsula residents still drive gravel roads to the proverbial information highway. However, wireless Internet service could someday put rural peninsula residents in the fast lane.

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.

Snowmachine accident puts Kenai man in Homer hospital
The back country of the Kenai Peninsula can be dangerously remote when someone gets hurt.

BP gets ball rolling on plant
Kenai and Houston businesses will team up to build the latest addition to the Nikiski industrial area.

Knowles backs UA spending increase
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles is backing a request from the University of Alaska regents to boost spending for the state university system by $16.9 million.

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

Kenai council passes fire safety ordinance
Bed-and-breakfasts and in-home day care centers in the city of Kenai must now adhere to stricter fire inspection guidelines.

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.

Photo Feature - Horse Power
Michael and Rhonda Sykes ride Bud and Shawnee though snow near Kalifornsky Beach Road last weekend.

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.

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.

Alfred C. Nichols
Alfred C. Nichols, formerly of Soldotna and most recently of Kelso, Wash., and Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Lake Havasu City. He was 64.

Applause
Kenai Middle School appreciates those who gave up day off to helpMany contribute to success of Voice of Democracy program

Letters to the Editor
Private prison best hope for new economic development in areaVictim hopes vandals learn what it's like to have thing of value ruined

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.

Presidential race hinges on 2 votes Justices Kennedy, O'Connor hold key to who moves into White House
WASHINGTON -- The day's first questions came from the two people who may have the last word in the presidential election, Supreme Court swing voters Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy.

Benefits of oil industry show in investments back to communities
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Community News
Postal Service urges resident to send early

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.

Peninsula People
Arnett named new directorPingpong resultsSeaLife Center contest results

'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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Turnabout is fair play
Losing is never easy, but absorbing defeat after defeat in wrestling, an individual and physical sport, can be one of the most deflating and discouraging tasks of all.

Spotlight shines away from Indy's Manning, James and Harrison
INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison?

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

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

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.

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.

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