Thursday, December 28, 2000

Public comment period begins for proposed land swap
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comment on a proposed land swap that involves trading about 220 acres off the Eaglecrest Ski Area Road near here for approximately 100 acres on Admiralty Island.

TAPS employees say workplace improved, but more action needed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers feel better about their job environment and the effectiveness of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s employee concern programs, but more action is needed, a federal agency says.

Three injured in moose-car accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were hurt on Tuesday when a car struck a moose near Mile 48 of the Parks Highway.

Frustrated worshippers hold church service in parking lot
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Parishioners of the Korean Presbyterian Church, dressed in their best overcoats, held their Christmas eve services in subzero weather in the church parking lot.

Minnesota company's new product keeps anglers out of the dark
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) -- The series of blips that lit up the depth finder screen meant a group of crappies were swimming below the hole.

Privacy violation reignites Fairbanks man's interest in community
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- John Shackley admits the Fairbanks police officer had good reason to pull him over last July. He was driving with expired tags and he didn't have his driver's license on him.

Man impaled while running snowmachine near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 22-year-old snowmachiner spent most of his Christmas weekend at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in serious but stable condition.

North Pole receives federal grant to clean up creeks
NORTH POLE (AP) -- North Pole has received a federal grant to help clean up debris-filled creeks in the city.

Neighbors pitch in to help man who lost home, 18 dogs in fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Richard Hall's Goldstream neighbors were annoyed by the noise and smell of his large dog yard, but when he lost 18 dogs and his cabin in a fire they reached out.

Permanent Fund proposal would help bankroll capital projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Rep. Jim Whitaker has pre-filed a bill that would use income from the permanent fund's earnings reserve to help pay for capital projects.

Snow removal rattles skiers, mushers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nordic skiers who hit the Chester Creek Trail through the heart of the city got a ski-stalling surprise recently.

Juneau man turns fly-tieing into art form
JUNEAU (AP) -- Trevor Gong takes a few snips of exotic peacock feathers and golden pheasant crest, silver tinsel and bright silk floss and goes to work on a vintage Atlantic salmon fly pattern.

Photographing the aurora takes practice, patience and warm clothes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Contrary to what most photographers say, you need more than a 35 mm camera mounted on a tripod and equipped with a wide-angle lens and cable release to take time exposures to capture the aurora borealis on film.

Juneau wastewater superintendent indicted
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted the superintendent of Juneau's wastewater utility on felony charges that he violated the Clean Water Act.

Sealaska Corp. facing tough financial year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It has been a difficult year for Juneau-based Sealaska Corp. The regional Native corporation is expected to report significant losses for the first time in 17 years of operations.

Vandals strike vehicles parked at Turnagain Pass trailheads
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Vandalism is becoming common at some trailheads around Alaska, authorities say.

Searchers look for Bethel man missing on snow machine trip
BETHEL (AP) -- A man who was traveling to Bethel by snow machine last week is missing.

Alaska Licensees, With Low Power Radio
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here is the list of Alaska applicants awarded licenses by the Federal Communications Commission for new low-power, noncommercial FM radio stations.

Interest rates on student loans declines
JUNEAU -- A strong economy and changes in how Alaska student loans are administered is enabling the state to reduce the interest rate on future and some past student loans.

Railroad says it should have been informed of house crossing tracks
A driver moving a house that was struck by an unscheduled train Saturday night never told the railroad he would be moving it across the tracks, a railroad spokesman says.

Businessman makes his life and business in an old-fashioned manner
BILLINGS (AP) -- Skip Meier is part Jeremiah Johnson, a little Henry David Thoreau and a pinch of Andy Griffith. He hunts and fishes, treasures his solitude and has a down-home charm that makes strangers feel like friends.

Sister, brother killed in car accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman and her brother died Tuesday night when their car lost control and flipped on a city street.

RECYCLING BRAZIL: Poised to join leaders in recycling aluminum cans
Brazilians don't pay deposits on containers, rarely separate their trash and think little of tossing empty soda cans.

Investors: Spring is coming
NEW YORK (AP) -- Investors, take heart. The days have started to get longer and brighter. The Federal Reserve might lower interest rates. And the odds favor a rising market in 2001.

PAINFUL LESSONS: Stock-market tumble top AP business story of 2000
NEW YORK -- Remember how good ''irrational exuberance'' used to feel?

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Iranian caviar back on U.S. menus after 13-year absence
In a cold, gray building, lost among dozens of warehouses and auto-parts dealers in outer Queens, Hossein Aimani keeps an immense treasure -- billions of tiny, glistening eggs smelling of sea and salt that have been packed into blue-and-gold metal tins stamped ''Paramount Caviar.''

Alyeska workers happier
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers feel better about their job environment and the effectiveness of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s employee concern programs, but more action is needed, a federal agency says.

High-tech company turns to Idaho mining town
WALLACE, Idaho -- Wallace may be an old mining town, but when TightLink employees mention prospecting, they aren't talking picks and shovels.

Waste contractor gets $8 million in deal with North Slope Borough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The North Slope Borough has agreed to pay $8 million to Colville Environmental Services in an out-of-court deal.

Carnival Cruise Lines to place Internet cafes on its ships
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carnival Cruise Lines is installing Internet cafes throughout its fleet.

NAME THAT TUNE: Bob Moog regains his identity, develops new synthesizer
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- His name is synonymous with electronic music, but for years someone else owned the right to use it. Bob Moog now has regained his identity, and he's again stepping onto the stage as a technical innovator.

Belgian investors heartsick, angry over L&H collapse
IEPER, Belgium -- In the eyes of the people of Flanders, Jo Lernout could do no wrong.

Alaska Aerospace signs contract with program management firm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Aerospace Development Corp. has signed a contract with RISE Alaska Inc., an Anchorage program management firm, to support the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Business Briefs
Nikiski refinery benefits from utility cost hikesTesoro announces capital spending plansKroger Co. earnings rise Alaskans take fewer home loansSeasonal job losses sting peninsulaTesoro names new board memberHomer chamber seeks award nominationsAlliance names new general manager

LISTEN AND LEARN: Interior design firm gives nursing-home clientele their say
ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A Southwestern decorating theme would seem natural for a health care complex in Sun City, Ariz. But interviews with the people who were going to live there showed that they had other ideas.

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
North Peninsula chamber meeting canceledPhillips offers high school scholarships Firewood area openChugach areas open to snowmachines Snowmachiners are cautioned to stay away from areas not covered by snow or ice.

Around the Peninsula
North Peninsula chamber meeting canceledPhillips offers high school scholarshipsFirewood area open Chugach areas open to snowmachines

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.

Celebrate!
Got plans for Sunday night?

Book Review: 'Wildflowers' tells about artist as well
Gail Niebrugge, as an artist, captures the contrasting moods of scenic Alaska in her newly published "Alaska Wildflowers."

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and ExhibitsEntertainmentIn the future Down the road

Art Brief
Quilters sought for exhibit

Proposal would help fund capital projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Rep. Jim Whitaker has pre-filed a bill that would use income from the permanent fund's earnings reserve to help pay for capital projects.

Decorating contest results announced
Results are in for this year's Christmas decorating contests in Kenai and Soldotna.

River mishap chills 3
Curiosity about river ice led to a frigid ordeal for two Soldotna youngsters Wednesday afternoon.

Park fees increase
Campers, sport fishers and boaters will have to dig just a little bit deeper to play in state parks in the new year.

Painkiller abuse increasing in area
Widespread abuse of a potent painkiller is making some Kenai Peninsula physicians reluctant to prescribe it.

Kenai agrees to help ice rink
The Kenai City Council has agreed to subsidize a portion of the ice maintenance at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility, after an appeal by the ice rink operators.

Taste of professional lifestyle opens eyes of young dancer
After Kathryn Lindow attended a competitive and world-class dance school in July she returned home with memories and a taste of professional ballet.

Council sidesteps dispute in Eadie's liquor license case
The Kenai City Council wants to stay out of an estate dispute in the case of Eadie's Frontier Liquor license transfer but was forced to skirt around the edges of it at its Dec. 20 meeting.

Family deals with first ordeal, faces second
Last year, the Cutting family of Soldotna had a good reason to celebrate during the holiday season.

E-mail virus attacks peninsula computers
The director of an area nonprofit agency got a shock when she opened the attachment to an e-mail from a similar agency in California.

Photo Feature: Heave ho-ho-ho
Up on the roof top, click, click, click. Down from the chimney comes Old St. Nick. With a little help from Doug Bookey, of course.

Retailers report strong season
While many retailers nationwide say holiday sales fell short of expectations, the story is different on the central Kenai Peninsula.

James A. Munson
North Kenai resident James A. Munson died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in a aircraft accident near Crescent Lake in the foothills of Mount Redoubt. He was 44.

Eileen F. McKenzie
Soldotna resident Eileen F. McKenzie died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. She was 75.

Cold War may be over, but Alaska still remains strategic defense post
Throughout much of the Cold War, the Soviet Union frequently sent its bombers winging toward Alaska, occasionally crossing into Alaska airspace.

D.C. deserves fair representation, but not state unto itself
On Dec. 18, Barbara Lett-Simmons, 73, didn't cast an Electoral College vote for Al Gore, as she was supposed to do. Instead, she cast a blank ballot, as a protest that she and other residents of the District of Columbia cannot vote for and are not represented by any members of Congress.

Letters to the Editor
Green Party hurt ANWR protection by working to defeat Al Gore

Price of admission to political office reaches record figures
The price of admission to the House increasingly exceeds $1 million -- with the number of candidates raising seven figures in 2000 almost doubling from the last time Americans picked a president.

Applause
On behalf of the KCHS Basketball Booster Club, I would like to extend a thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their continual support, sponsorship and participation in this year's Holiday Hoops Alumni Classic:

Blame year's glitches on Y2K bug
What a year. The much-anticipated year 2000 -- Y2K -- might have started as a dud, but it came on strong, interestwise, at the end.

GOP not living up to thrify image
Republicans have made some political hay in recent years by accusing Democrats of being the tax-and-spend party.

Businessman makes his life and business in an old-fashioned manner
BILLINGS (AP) -- Skip Meier is part Jeremiah Johnson, a little Henry David Thoreau and a pinch of Andy Griffith. He hunts and fishes, treasures his solitude and has a down-home charm that makes strangers feel like friends.

Minnesota company's new product keeps anglers out of the dark
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) -- The series of blips that lit up the depth finder screen meant a group of crappies were swimming below the hole.

Photographing the aurora takes practice, patience and warm clothes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Contrary to what most photographers say, you need more than a 35 mm camera mounted on a tripod and equipped with a wide-angle lens and cable release to take time exposures to capture the aurora borealis on film.

Snow removal rattles skiers, mushers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nordic skiers who hit the Chester Creek Trail through the heart of the city got a ski-stalling surprise recently.

Pet of the Week: Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring this 5-month-old female great Pyrenees mix for $88.20 with license, vaccinations and spay surgery included.

Church women's group criticized for firings
NEW YORK (AP) -- A church women's group committed to interdenominational harmony sounded a note of discord when it fired half its staff before Christmas. Now at least two of its member organizations are considering withdrawing funds.

Billy Graham, at 82, plans two U.S. revival meetings next year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Rev. Billy Graham has announced a June 21-24 revival meeting in Louisville, and also plans to preach in Fresno, Calif., next October.

Professor says priest plagiarized her work for Sheen biography
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An authority on the late Roman Catholic Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has accused a New York City priest of borrowing heavily from her work for a book on the pioneer televangelist.

Cell phone companies woo churches as antenna sites
NEWBURY, Vt. (AP) -- If God calls, the members of the First Congregational Church will be ready -- especially if the deity uses a cell phone.

Church-state issue invoked in rape trial
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- A man charged with molesting three girls argues that meetings where he discussed the accusations with his Jehovah's Witness elders were confidential and can't be used as evidence.

Let the comeback begin -- Super Mario returns
The comeback the NHL never dared to dream for begins Wednesday night, and not even the man making it knows exactly what to expect.

Lemieux still magnificent
PITTSBURGH -- Nobody could possibly play like this after 3 1/2 years of retirement. Nobody, that is, except Mario Lemieux.

Jones' fleet feet make her year's ultimate athlete
NEW YORK -- Marion Jones failed to reach her goal of five gold medals at the Sydney Games. All she did was win more medals than any female track athlete ever had at a single Olympics.

Gilliam suffers apparent heart attack on Christmas Day
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Joe Gilliam Jr., who was one of the first black quarterbacks to start an NFL game but fell into drug addiction and spent two years living under a bridge in a cardboard box, has died at 49.

Sabres dull vs. Pens
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jan Hrdina had a goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Buffalo Sabres.

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