Saturday, December 23, 2000

Conflicting data confuses sockeye salmon forecast
KENAI (AP) -- Two conflicting sets of data have muddied the Cook Inlet sockeye salmon forecast for next year.

Plane wreckage found, two presumed dead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pilot and co-pilot of a cargo fuel plane were presumed dead Thursday after wreckage was found strewn over a steep mountainside southwest of Anchorage.

Jury rules in favor of Polaris in snowmachine suit
NOME (AP) -- A Nome Superior Court jury has ruled in favor of Polaris Industries in a case between the company and the estate of a Shaktoolik man.

Two boys drown in Akiachak
BETHEL (AP) -- Two little boys from the village of Akiachak apparently drowned after falling into open water while sledding Thursday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers said.

Clinton mulls over legislation for Alaska Native war casualties
FAIRBANKS -- At the end of a twisted legislative path, a bill that would benefit survivors of Alaska Natives who died in the Vietnam needs only President Clinton's signature.

Two men hang themselves at Anchorage jails
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men being held at state-operated jails in Anchorage killed themselves in separate incidents this week, Corrections Department officials said.

Celebrating winter solstice with the holidays
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Winter solstice may not get the same reverence as its summertime antithesis, but the occurrence, which happened in Fairbanks at 4:39 Thursday morning, is still a marker of rituals.

Study finds oil cleanup efforts in icy waters ineffective
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A state report completed this week details BP's inability to mop up spilled oil in slushy water off the Arctic Coast.

Two arrested in Juneau drug raid
JUNEAU (AP) -- Narcotics officers arrested two people after a raid at a Juneau home Wednesday.

State takes over extension of Anchorage coastal trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three state agencies are taking over development of a planned 12-mile extension of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from Kincaid Park to Potter Marsh, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Thursday.

Earthquake strikes Alaska Peninsula area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula area Thursday afternoon.

Anchorage restaurant owner waives extradition proceedings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Restaurant owner Nick Shabani has decided not to fight extradition to Macedonia but will, instead, return willingly to that country to face a murder charge.

Statewide school union has its own labor troubles
JUNEAU (AP) -- It represents school employees statewide, but now the National Staff Organization of Alaska is having union problems of its own.

Native diabetes study shows benefits of diet counseling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A researcher studying the effects of diabetes in Alaska Natives has found that people who get one-on-one counseling on their diets tend to eat better.

Free Fairbanks buses boosting ridership
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough bus system's free ride program is boosting ridership.

Flags lowered Friday for former state Rep. Al Nakak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has ordered that state flags be lowered Friday in tribute to former state Rep. Alfred Charles Nakak, who died Tuesday.

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Around the Peninsula
Community dinner held on Christmas Day Clinic closes next week Completed surveys neededMount Marathon race designs soughtGift ideas to help allCenter to provide for those in need

Tesoro pulls plug on Kenai store
A Tesoro gas station next to McDonald's in Kenai is the latest casualty of Tesoro's effort to make the company more profitable.

Police, troopers to increase street patrols over holidays
Area law enforcement officials are reminding holiday revelers to think twice before climbing behind the wheel of a car in the coming days.

Everts Fuel plane goes down near Redoubt
Two central peninsula men are presumed dead after an Everts Air Fuel plane crashed north of Tuxedni Bay on the west side of Cook Inlet Wednesday.

Pilot of downed cargo plane also an accomplished engine mechanic
For longtime peninsula pilot Kearlee Wright, Jim Munson was a mechanic without peer, a skilled aviator and a good man.

It's too soon to condemn BP's decision to hire Texas-based contractor
When BP Amoco announced in June that Nikiski would be the site of an $86 million pilot plant to test technology for turning natural gas into high-quality synthetic crude oil, there was nothing but excitement about the project.

Christmas, at its core, is holy-day
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's that time again in the nation's capital. Now that the post-election confusion

Skiers hopes dashed by weather
By mid-December, peninsula cross-country skiers usually have a buffet of options before them.

Lack of snow puts Iditarod mushers on the go
Mitch Seavey is dreaming of a white Christmas -- at least one he doesn't have to drive 450 miles to enjoy.

Skiers hopes dashed by weather
By mid-December, peninsula cross-country skiers usually have a buffet of options before them.

Birds of a feather
A pair of ravens admire their work after they took turns pruning themselves on a light pole above the Kenai Spur Highway Thursday afternoon.

Outdoor Briefs
Some areas of Chugach open to snowmachines Kenai River yields record king salmon

Tougher sledding for small teams
While some of the big-name mushers on the Kenai Peninsula have the resources to bring their teams to the snow this winter, things haven't been so easy for the peninsula's smaller mushing outfits.

For 2-faith families, a year of holiday 'convergence''
NEW YORK -- Red-and-green miniature Christmas candles. A blue prayer rug. A black Quran. A red Bible.

Religion Briefs
Central peninsula churches plan services for Christmas

Minister's Message
Peace on Earth and peace in her heart. Migan McKenna tells the story of a woman who desired peace more than anything.

Hoops Classic tips off at Kenai Central High
The Holiday Hoops Alumni Classic basketball tournament will tip off for the fifth straight year Saturday at Kenai Central High School. The one-day tournament gets under way at 9 a.m., with championship games scheduled for 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Dafoe shuts out Maple Leafs
BOSTON -- Byron Dafoe earned his first shutout of the season, and Eric Manlow picked up his first NHL point on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hometown Rebels stomp Razorbacks
UNLV wide receiver Nate Turner catches a game-tying touchdown pass during the second quarter of the Las Vegas Bowl Thursday Las Vegas.

One last salute for Denver's Mile High Stadium
DENVER -- It was erected in 1948 on the site of a dump. Cynics might say the rusting, rotting structure has come full circle.

Alumni renew rivalry on Sports Center ice
The holiday season is traditionally viewed as a good time to renew old friendships. But as the Kenai-Soldotna Alumni Classic hockey game shows every year, the Christmas season also isn't a bad time to renew rivalries.

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