Saturday, December 16, 2000

Petroleum geologist named state oil and gas director
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A veteran petroleum geologist has been named as the new head of the state Oil and Gas division.

NTSB report says over-the-counter drugs possible factor in fatal crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- Over-the-counter drugs might have contributed to a plane crash that killed four Juneau residents last year, federal investigators say.

Concern mounts over sea lion plan
KENAI (AP) -- A new Steller sea Lion protection plan could devastate affected fishing communities in Alaska, critics say.

Escaped teens found at Wasilla home
WASILLA (AP) -- Two teens who beat a guard and escaped while leaving the Palmer courthouse Monday have been taken into custody and the father of one of the boys is facing charges of hindering prosecution, Alaska State Troopers said.

Stocking plan available for comment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Fish and Game is taking public comment on its draft fish stocking plan.

Investigators focus on jackscrew grease in crash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three days after an Alaska Airlines jet crash killed all 88 people aboard, the company received an alert to check the jackscrews in its airplanes, an airline official testified Friday.

Kodiak advisory panel wants lower deer bag limits
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Fish and Game Advisory Committee is recommending lowering Kodiak deer bag limits next year to help herd recovery after several successive years of high winter mortality.

New organization grants seriously ill youngsters' wishes to hunt
PITTSBURGH -- The Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted thousands of requests from children with life-threatening illnesses, sending youngsters to Walt Disney World or introducing them to their favorite pop stars.

Eagle River man pleads no contest to wasting dogfish sharks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A charter boat operator has pleaded no contest to wasting dogfish sharks during sportfishing trips.

Knowles' name surfaces among possible nominees for Energy Secretary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles' name has come up as a possible member of President-elect George Bush's cabinet.

Borough misses chance for $250,000 grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough missed out on a chance to get a $250,000 grant for the proposed 100-Mile Loop Trail System.

New cutter headed for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new Coast Guard cutter, to be based in Sitka, is being christened and launched Saturday in Marinette, Wis. where it was built.

Alaska unemployment rose last month
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate edged up to 5.8 percent last month from 5.5 percent in October.

Around the Peninsula
Santa to visit mall Pictures with Santa Chambers holding decorating contestsSanta visits KasilofBirders flock to holiday countNext class of recruits soughtSafe Sitter classes slatedCalenders are in

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.

Natives hope Bush presidency will mean jobs on Arctic tundra
ANCHORAGE -- The village of Kaktovik lies on the flat, frozen tundra of the Arctic coast, thousands of miles from the courtrooms of Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.

Date-rape drug topic of public seminar
"In my 20 years of nursing, I've never seen a drug that scares me this bad," Deb Blizzard said.

Photo:Santa's Helper
Nanook looks out from the back of Joe Henderson's dog truck at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000.

State won't retry Seaman
A Kenai prosecutor has decided not to pursue a retrial against a Nikiski man after a mistrial was declared on one of three charges last month.

Private prison plan panned, praised
What price a prison?

Anna Wade Cline Jackinsky
Ninilchik resident Anna Wade Cline Jackinsky died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, at her home in Ninilchik after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 81.

Richard F. P. "Dick" Inglima
Longtime Homer resident and retired storekeeper Richard F. P. "Dick" Inglima died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 75.

Letters to the Editor:
Maximum sustained yields controlled by nutrient levels

SoHi Christmas concert earns rave

Sharing the Spirit brings Christmas to those in need
With the lack of snow, it may not look alot like Christmas on the Kenai Peninsula.

At best, decision disappointing
Even with the presidential race finally settled, it seems clear that the debate will continue for some time to come.

Era of Tundra snowmachines coming to an end
FAIRBANKS -- Over the last decade, Roger Siglin and his traveling companions have logged more than 50,000 miles across the Alaska and Canadian arctic on Tundra Ski-Doos, most of the time while pulling sleds loaded with 500 or more pounds.

Adventuring women claim niche in travel market
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Dori Passmann says the party on the beach was in full-swing when a couple of young studs from a neighboring camp showed up unannounced.

Iditarod veteran mushes in cyberspace
FAIRBANKS -- It is possible, virtually speaking, to mush the 'Net.

Wily coyote finding life on Kenai Peninsula much to its liking
The box says Acme Explosives: the target is that pesky roadrunner that zips through the desert canyons with one goal in life -- to tantalize Wile E. Coyote.

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

Trapping class 101
Trapping has been a part of the fabric of life for many Alaskans for generations. And whether drawn by a desire to make money or simply to pursue the challenges of tracking a wild animal, those seasoned in the craft can offer a wealth of information.

Interfaith leaders pledge new commitment to eradicate racism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A broad coalition of U.S. religious leaders has issued a statement calling racism ''an evil that must be eradicated from the institutional structures that shape our daily lives, including our houses of worship.''

Methodist conservatives accuse church magazine of promoting homosexuality
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Three independent conservative organizations contend that a United Methodist Church magazine violated a policy that bars use of denominational funds ''to promote acceptance of homosexuality,'' the Methodist news agency reports.

Church hires minister with criminal record to replace imprisoned Baptist leader
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church chose a clergyman with a criminal past to replace its pastor, who went to prison for racketeering and grand theft for actions while he was president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

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.

Church leaders oppose Idaho's religious freedom act
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Some Idaho church leaders want to repeal or amend Idaho's Free Exercise of Religion Act because it might let people do harm in the name of religion.

Religion Briefs
Women's club to get to heart of ChristmasCantata slated for Sunday Kids' Club plans Christmas specialBible club program presentedSpecial services slated at SolFirstJesus' birth to be commemoratedService targets other side of holidays Children's program plannedChristmas Eve service scheduledCommunion Services plannedPeninsula Grace Brethren to hold servicesCandlelight service plannedChristmas services request

Federal judges mull Christmas as a holiday and Ohio's God motto
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Christmas as a legal holiday was challenged at a hearing in the 6th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals, which also heard arguments against Ohio's state motto, ''With God All Things Are Possible.''

Couple sues town for barring home prayer meetings
NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A couple is suing the town zoning commission in federal court over a Nov. 29 order to halt weekly prayer meetings at their home. Robert and Mary Murphy say the town is violating their constitutional rights to freedom of religion and peaceful assembly.

Jewish scholar wins $200,000 book prize
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- James L. Kugel of Harvard University has won the annual $200,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his 1997 book ''The Bible As It Was,'' which treats ancient interpretations of the Bible's first five books.

Kenai gets taste of mat mania
With the preliminary work out of the way and a few bumps in the road smoothed out, more than 320 high school wrestlers got to the business at hand Thursday at Kenai Central High School -- the pursuit of individual and team titles at the Alaska School Activities Association Fall State Wrestling Championships.

Capitals move above .500 with Wild victory
WASHINGTON -- Sergei Gonchar and Peter Bondra scored second-period goals Thursday night as the Washington Capitals moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

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