Tuesday, December 19, 2000

World Plus investors recover 24-cents on the dollar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The World Plus airline ticket fraud case began to unravel five years ago this month, plunging more than 1,000 investors into a nightmare of bitterness and lost savings.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Northern Intertie:
Critics of the proposed new intertie were quick to pounce on a local utility official's assertion that Monday's outage wouldn't have happened if the power line project was finished.

Gordon Wright inspires Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Most conductors don't take lip from their players. But Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra musicians, like a lot of folks in Alaska's Interior, aren't shy about confronting officialdom.

AIDEA plans to pay dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority plans to pay a $17.5 million dividend to the state treasury next year, based on its fiscal 2000 profit of $35.6 million.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on small oil fields:
Some parts of Alaska's economic picture remain unclear, especially wh

Mastriano named to head of Division of Labor Standards and Safety
JUNEAU (AP) -- Richard Mastriano, a wage and hour specialist with the state, is the new director of the Alaska Division of Labor Standards and Safety.

Three die in two-car Seward Highway accident
SEWARD (AP) -- Three people died over the weekend in a two-car accident on the Seward Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Beluga recovery plans go to judge for review
KENAI (AP) -- The next word about a proposal that would allow Native subsistence hunters up to two strikes per year on Cook Inlet beluga whales will come from a federal judge.

Well-known restaurateur charged with Macedonia murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A well-known Anchorage restaurateur was arrested on an international warrant charging him with murder in Macedonia.

Alaska in for $250 million share of omnibus budget bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The fisheries industry and social programs aimed at villages across Alaska were the state's largest beneficiaries in the omnibus budget bill approved by Congress last week.

Juneau Empire on noise mediation and open meetings:
With so many influential people involved in Juneau's noise mediation effort insisting that black was white and vice versa, it was comforting on Wednesday to see retired Alaska Supreme Court Justice Jay Rabinowitz rule in favor of commonsense.

Stevens' buyout plan may help Alaska crabbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska crab fishermen are hoping a $100 million boat buyback program steered through Congress by Sen. Ted Stevens last week might save them from mass bankruptcy because of crashing crab stocks in the Bering Sea.

Anchorage Daily News on Alaska budget debate:
Gov. Tony Knowles has served notice that next year's state budget will have to go up j

Native corporation to end Cube Cove logging
PETERSBURG (AP) -- After 20 years of logging at Cube Cove on Admiralty Island, the Shee Atika Native Corp. plans to halt logging operations and sell the property back to the federal government.

Concerns arise about Native allotments being sold off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ''Own a lot in Alaska's great wilderness,'' touts an Internet advertisement for the Nushagak Shores Subdivision, located along a premiere fishing river that empties into Bristol Bay.

Teen-age unknown wins Henry Hahn 200 sled dog race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Teen-ager Jessica Hendricks won the Henry Hahn 200 sled dog race.

Malfunctioning valve causes fuel spill in Juneau office building
JUNEAU (AP) -- A malfunctioning valve sent fuel cascading down the walls of an eight-story state office building on Sunday.

Flightseeing Noise
JUNEAU (AP) -- A mediator hired to deal with the politically charged issue of aircraft noise in Juneau has quit, saying a panel representing the different interests couldn't even agree on ground rules.

Half-million dollars allocated for contaminants research
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A half-million dollars in federal money has been allocated so that Alaska tribes can work with state government to research contaminants in the state.

Alaska's electors cast their ballots in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- There were no surprises as Alaska's three electors gathered Monday to cast their ballots for President-elect George W. Bush and Vice President-elect Dick Cheney.

Commercial fishers could see higher individual quotas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial halibut fishers who hold individual fishing quotas could see an increase in their catch limits.

Barrow under rabies quarantine
BARROW (AP) -- The city of Barrow is once again under a rabies quarantine.

Community Calendar
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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.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber luncheon held todayBook club to meet Board meeting slated Phillips to speak at chamber luncheonComplete survey to win prizeStill time to get a Christmas tree

Around the Peninsula
Christmas concert today Friends of the Library to meet today String trio to perform Wednesday 911 board meets ThursdaySnowplowing guidelinesMount Marathon race designs sought DAV to meet ThursdayCARTS board meeting canceledYoung Marines recruits sought

Second round of exam scores arrive
Hundreds of high school juniors will get something besides Christmas cards in the mail over the next few days.

Sports center could expand
A vast development plan for the area around the Soldotna Sports Center was presented to the Soldotna City Council.

Parents attend meeting to find out about drugs
After three hours of listening to the harsh reality about "new" drugs used in Kenai Peninsula schools, parent uttered two simple words in unison -- "Thank you."

A tradition for the birds
This is a season of traditions -- holidays, holy days, family visits or bowl games. One group with its own special event of the season is bird watchers.

Three die in collision on Seward Highway
A Kenai man and a Seward couple were killed Saturday after a two-car, head-on collision on the Seward Highway.

Alaska's electors cast their ballots in Anchorage
Dianna Rose's big blue eyes gleam as she joyfully plays with her mother in their home. The 3-year-old seems to be a positively normal little girl until her shirt uncovers her abdomen while she stands on her head.

Pretty as a 'Rose' Three-year-old blossoms, thanks to modern technology
Dianna Rose's big blue eyes gleam as she joyfully plays with her mother in their home. The 3-year-old seems to be a positively normal little girl until her shirt uncovers her abdomen while she stands on her head.

Senior Santa ponders retirement
Forty years commuting from the North Pole, delivering sacks of toys around the world and hoisting hundreds of children on and off the lap can wear down even the jolliest old elf.

Photo Feature:Green with Envy
Peter Mueller of Sterling secures a Christmas tree to the top of his vehicle after making a purchase from a stand in the parking lot at Three Bears in Kenai.

Beluga recovery plans go to judge
The next word on a proposal to allow Native hunters up to two strikes per year on Cook Inlet belugas will come from a federal judge.

Neither snow nor sleet keeps bird lovers inside Christmas count goes on despite wintry weather
Wind, snow, ice and too much to do: about 10 people ignored all that Sunday to take part in the Soldotna portion of the 101st Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Jose Bravo Sr.
Kenai resident Jose Bravo Sr. died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2000, in a traffic accident on the Seward Highway. He was 75.

An AP News Analysis
WASHINGTON -- Neither President-elect Bush nor Al Gore nor anybody else will ever know with certainty who really got more votes in Florida.

What others say
McCain right to press case for campaign finance reform bill

Bipartisanship crucial to future of U.S. democracy
''The Perils of Pauline'' and ''The Adventures of Hairbreadth Harry'' of silent-film days were nothing compared with the election of the first U.S. president of the 21st century. ...

We need a little Christmas
Haul out the holly. After this spectacle of a presidential election, we need a little Christmas.

Applause
Soldotna Senior Center benefits from bank's generosity Elementary school says thanks to Moose Lodge

Applause
Sisters appreciate assist from foundation

Letters to the Editor
Wrong message being sent to young girls

Julie and Bud Yocom
Julie and Bud Yocom of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Lucas William Yocom, born at 4:38 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

My Best Friend:Pet Photo
Scotty tends to blend in with the birch leaves his owners were raking when they lived in South Anchorage in 1993.

Ready to ride
Excitement mounts as Mike Bailey with Alaska Petroleum Contractors cuts the ribbon to the new elevator in the remodeled Kenai School Building during the Boys and Girls Club open hous

Marty and Deedee Anderson Jr.
Marty and Deedee Anderson Jr. of Sterling announce the birth of their son, James Travis Anderson, born at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Community News
Funding needed for new shelterFox 4 KTBY in search of kid heroes

Kristi and Ken Felchle
Kristi and Ken Felchle of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Connor Josh Felchle, born at 1:06 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches.

Peninsula People
SoHi grad receives degreeUnited Way allotted funds for emergency needs

Hero of the Week
For the past few years, my hero has been Ms. Elsie Seaman. Each month during my four years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she sent me a generous check which was much needed and appreciated. Her help was consistent, and it always seemed to arrive at the perfect time as saving grace for books, fees and groceries. I could rely on her help and could not have gotten as far as I did without it.

Alone for the holidays
'The loss of a spouse, friends or social network leaves you with nowhere to go. The holidays remind you of happier times when you had a lot of people around you.'

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Homer KenaiNikiski NinilchikSoldotnaSeward

Senior Menus
Homer KenaiNikiski SewardSoldotnaSterling

Capitals can't survive Sharks' attack
WASHINGTON -- Todd Harvey had his first hat trick in more than five years as the San Jose Sharks beat Washington 5-3 on Monday night and ended the Capitals' nine-game home unbeaten streak.

Rice goes out a winner
SAN FRANCISCO -- One last time, Jerry Rice left Candlestick Point a winner.

Wake Forest routs Radford
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Josh Howard had a career-high 22 points and No. 6 Wake Forest kept its defensive streak alive in a 92-52 victory over Radford on Monday night.

Saints alive!
The New Orleans Saints were lucky -- they didn't have to deal with bad weather on a day when snow, rain and frosty conditions were the NFL's big winners.

Williams pours in 30 points to lead SoHi boys to victory
Shaun Williams poured in 30 points as Soldotna defeated Sitka 70-53 at the three-day Grace Christian Tournament in Anchorage.

Bryant's Lakers edge Carter's Raptors
TORONTO -- Kobe Bryant, facing Vince Carter for the first time this year, scored 40 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 in overtime Sunday.

Williams pours in 30 points to lead SoHi boys to victory
Shaun Williams poured in 30 points as Soldotna defeated Sitka 70-53 at the three-day Grace Christian Tournament in Anchorage.

Dunn deal: Bucs run past Rams
TAMPA, Fla. -- The St. Louis Rams could not defend Warrick Dunn, Shaun King and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and now might not get a chance to defend their Super Bowl title.

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