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Friday, December 29, 2000

Census: Alaska's population grew 14 percent in past decade
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's resident population has grown 14 percent in the past decade, from 550,043 to 626,932, according to Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

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.

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.

Search continues for missing plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search continued Friday morning for two men onboard an overdue airplane from Juneau.

Southeast crabs get tagged for study
Petersburg (AP) -- Hundreds of Dungeness crabs in the Petersburg-Wrangell area are wearing blue tags, courtesy of the state Department of Fish and Game.

Haines transportation project recognized for environmental quality
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Wayside and Trail has been recognized for reducing the environmental impacts of people visiting the area while blending into the scenic beauty of the area.

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.

State park fees up this year
Campers, sport fishers and boaters will have to dig just a little bit deeper for recreating on state parks this year.

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

Alaska Commercial reports third quarter profits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Commercial Co., a major Bush retailer, has reported a trading profit of $2.1 million for the third quarter. That's up 2 percent from the same period a year ago.

Sitka Native corporation considers logging contract
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka's urban Native corporation is considering a contract to log its corporate lands at Kaitlian Bay.

Palmer: Shore-power project moves forward in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Electric, Light and Power and Princess Cruises are working toward installing a substation so the line's ships can plug into electrical power while docked at the capital city next season.

CIRI shareholders issued one-time windfall of $50,000 each
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thousands of Native corporation shareholders were each issued a one-time windfall of $50,000 Thursday as part of a record $314 million payout.

APU approves five-year tuition freeze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Students at Alaska Pacific University won't have to worry about tuition hikes disrupting their undergraduate studies.

Oil merger, fishery troubles mark Alaska 2000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The year 2000 in Alaska was marked by a big oil merger, weak salmon returns, the crash of Alaska Airlines flight 261, a battle over the Steller sea lion and a crackdown on cruise-ship waste.

Delta Junction woman sentenced in arson death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction woman has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for playing a role in the arson murder of an elderly business partner last year.

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.

Searchers look for missing teens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers on Thursday were looking for two missing teen-agers who were traveling from Golovin to Elim, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Wreckage of missing plane believed found
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers believe they've found the wreckage of a plane missing with two Juneau men on board, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Governor honors four for heroism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaskans were honored Thursday with the State Medal for Heroism.

Efforts to recover plane crash victim suspended until Saturday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Efforts to recover the body of a man killed in a plane crash near Redoubt Volcano won't resume until Saturday, weather permitting, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Audit may end vehicle insurance exemptions for some rural villages
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- People in a dozen rural villages around Alaska may lose their exemptions soon from the state's mandatory vehicle insurance law.

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

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.''

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Advisory board to meetBlood drive slated, supplies in demand Youth basketball game registration under way

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.

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.

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.

Art Brief
Quilters sought for exhibit

Now Playing: Cast Away
Many people may look at the previews for Cast Away and think, "Didn't I just watch a whole season of this on CBS?" While the movie and the show may share a common setting, don't be fooled into thinking that this film is mere exploitive entertainment.

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

Mayor chairs last council meeting, resigns post after 7 years
One journey ended for Soldotna Mayor Ken Lancaster Wednesday night when he turned in his resignation to the Soldotna City Council and chaired his last meeting.

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.

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.

n Nevada, Colorado, Arizona register biggest population gains nationwide. -- See story, page A-6
Alaska's resident population has grown 14 percent in the past decade, from 550,043 to 626,932, according to Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

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.

CIRI pays out record dividend
Roughly 680 Kenai Peninsula residents are beneficiaries of the largest distribution to shareholders ever made by an Alaska regional Native corporation.

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.

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

New vehicle crash-data recorders pit safety concerns against privacy rights
The auto industry says crash-data recorders will help re-searchers design safer cars, but privacy advocates say they could be Big Brother under your hood.

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.

On behalf of the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Post 10046, we'd like to say thank you to Carol Cookson, Arlene Enfield, Avis Hayes, Kris Henderson, Clarisse Kipp and Helen Wynkoop, the judges who reviewed and scored the entries in this year's Young American Creative Patriotic Arts Program.

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.

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.

Energy problems await Bush
Three days before George W. Bush is inaugurated president, OPEC oil ministers will meet in Vienna and in all likelihood slash oil production, raising crude prices worldwide.

Peninsula's weather should be counted as economic asset
It's a part of our culture: Alaskans spend a lot of time talking -- some would say whining -- about our weather.

Letters to the Editor
I'm writing this letter to get help for a young man who had his money taken.

New year brings promise of change on wildlife refuge
Have we just finished the first year of the new millennium or are we just entering it? I don't know, but I do know that we are entering another new year along with its opportunities and uncertainties.

Just for the art of it
JUNEAU -- 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.

Our day will come
Justin Schmidt of Bethlehem, Penn., pulls a pickerel out of Promised Land Lake Tuesday, in Promised Land, Penn.

State takes advantage of winter resources, sees sport thrive in face of environmental threats, restrictions
Wisconsin may have lost its milk production crown to California and its cheese production lead may be slipping, but there's still plenty of the white stuff.

How to keep feathered friends happy all winter
In the bleak days of winter, few things are more cheering than a flock of birds filling the skies with vibrant activity and perky song.

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.

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.

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.

Sabbatical helps battle burnout of ministers
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Steve Thomas cherishes the decade he's spent as pastor of Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind.

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.

Religion Briefs
SolFirst holds service for unborn Special service slatedWomen's studies to start soon

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.

Timberwolves prey on Hawks
MINNEAPOLIS -- Anthony Peeler scored 22 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat Atlanta 88-81 Thursday night to end the Hawks' season-high four-game winning streak.

NFL's greatest comeback belongs to Saints' Johnson
NEW YORK -- For Joe Johnson, the operations were outnumbering his sacks. That's no way for a defensive end to live.

Road favorites defy the seedings
The St. Louis Rams are seeded sixth and last in the NFC playoffs. The New Orleans Saints are third.

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

Peninsula Mic Macs in action
The Peninsula Mic Macs men's senior advanced hockey team will be in action tonight, facing off with the top-ranked senior squad from Anchorage at the Soldotna Sports Center. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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.

West Virginia enjoys Music City
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brad Lewis threw five touchdown passes as West Virginia ended Don Nehlen's coaching career with a 49-38 victory over Mississippi on Thursday in the Music City Bowl.

NFL playoff seedings just don't mean as much as they used to
The St. Louis Rams would be frustrated spectators if not for an unlikely win by Chicago in Detroit last weekend.


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