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Sunday, August 11, 2002

Homeowner thwarts robbery, but shoots own finger
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 81-year-old man thwarted a robbery in his home Saturday, wounding one of the intruders but also his own finger.

Lutheran pastor completes trek across America on unicycle
NEW YORK (AP) -- The rubber tread on the huge wheel was worn, but the humble unicycle tire took Lutheran pastor Lars Clausen across America in his effort to help the Eskimos to whom he once ministered.

Sitka police question suspects in theft of giant salmon
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka Police say they've traced the final hours of the giant king salmon stolen from a processor and know what happened to the heisted fish: it went to a party.

Four candidates tackle issues at Fairbanks forum
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Only four of the 16 gubernatorial candidates tackled policy issues at a candidates forum in Fairbanks, Thursday night.

Researcher takes a close look at particles in wildfire smoke
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When smoke from wildfires blew into Fairbanks last week, researcher Glenn Shaw couldn't resist. He had to study it.

Juneau man takes homemade submarine for test cruise
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cal C. Giordano has been building a homemade submarine in a garage near Juneau Airport since late June. Recently he took the 20-foot craft, for a test float.

Two men hurt in parking lot shootout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men were wounded Saturday in a shootout at a fast food restaurant parking lot.

Juneau mayor takes anti-move message on the road
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Juneau Mayor Sally Smith took her anti-capital move message on the road in Southeast this week, warning that the entire regional will be hurt if the Legislature moves north.

Police say young killers plotted woman's murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Suspects in the murder of 20-year-old Rachael J. Peace planned for weeks to kill the woman so they could sell her truck and steal $6,000 from her bank account, investigators said Friday.

'Officer Bob' slows down Port Townsend speeders
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) -- Officer Bob won't give you a ticket, even if you don't slow down. Guaranteed.

Wildfires make 2002 one of the smokiest for Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When the smoke from wildfires finally clears, the summer of 2002 will go down as one of the smokiest ever in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks girl dies in Alberta traffic accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 7-year-old Fairbanks girl died Wednesday in a traffic accident south of Edmonton, Alberta.

Sitka solves school rat problem
SITKA (AP) -- With a few weeks to go before children return to classrooms, the Sitka School District believes it has flushed out the rodent problem at Baranof Elementary School.

Fairbanks man sentenced in theater robbery, car theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man convicted of robbing a movie theater and stealing more than $100,000 in automobiles was sentenced to five and a half years in prison Thursday.

Tuluksak man charged with attempted kidnapping
BETHEL (AP) -- A Tuluksak man was charged Tuesday with attempted kidnapping.

Man charged with shooting pipeline sentenced in unrelated case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man charged with shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been sentenced for an unrelated conviction.

Alaska Railroad receives $10.2 million for track work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state-owned Alaska Railroad Corp. is getting $10.2 million in federal funds to straighten tracks on and near Anchorage military bases, said Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

Woman reported missing found safe
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman and her son reported missing last month have been found safe.

Indicted man remains on job at Corrections
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An internal affairs investigator for the Department of Corrections remains on the job, despite having been charged in a federal indictment with bankruptcy fraud.

Pumped-up Unalaska cop brings home medals
UNALASKA (AP) -- Bill Simms looks like a guy who belongs in a weight room, not a police squad room.

Snow days require contingency plans
On days when excessive snow or other natural occurrences happen, there is a chance school may start late, dismiss early or be closed completely.

Peninsula's private, cyber schools offer families a range of educational options
The Kenai Peninsula is home to diverse educational offerings for students from preschool to college and beyond.

School sign-up starts now
Students new to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District or starting kindergarten will need to register for classes before school begins.

New administrators join Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Welcome back to the 2002 school year.

Study: Early Head Start helps toddlers learn, families get along
WASHINGTON -- Toddlers enrolled in a federal program that coaches their parents in learning techniques are less likely to need discipline and more likely to read than children not participating in Early Head Start, a government study says.

Did you know... KPBSD facts paint picture of district
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employs 1,222 people and serves 9,876 students.

Academic calendar for 2002-03 year
Here are some important dates to remember for the 2002-03 school year:

Board of Education meets throughout school year, sets policies
Seven people, elected at large by Kenai Peninsula residents, serve on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. Members serve three-year terms.

District policies online
Copies of all Kenai Peninsula Borough School District policies and procedures, set

Schools offer education services for exceptional children
The Individuals with Disabili-ties Education Act, amended in 1997, mandates a free, appropriate public education for each exceptional child who attends school.

Health clinics offer back-to-school shots
Before entering a district school for the first time, a child must have a physical exam that includes tests for vision and hearing.

School times for 2002-03
Aurora Borealis Charter 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Parents can help keep schools safe
Parents and teachers together must teach the five Rs. There isn't just reading, writing and arithmetic; there's also respect and responsibility.

What is a charter school?
Generally overseen by an independent board and given greater freedom over budgets, hiring and purchasing, charter schools can be opened by nonprofit groups, churches, parents, groups of teachers and school districts.

Handbook now available online
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Parent-Student Handbook is now available online at the district's Web site, www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Staying in touch with schools
District school phone numbers

Student Nutrition serves up education
Staff of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Student Nutrition Services welcome students back to another exciting school year and thank families for continued support of the meal program as they "serve education every day."

Income eligibility for meal service aid
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District provides free and reduced price meals to students under the National School Lunch Program.

When can your child start school?
A child who has turned 5 before Aug. 15 may be admitted to kindergarten. A child who turns 6 before Aug. 15 may be admitted to first grade.

District policy puts student safety first
The safety and well-being of all students in the educational system is a top priority of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Dist-rict.

San Francisco cheers as Bonds contemplates life after 600
SAN FRANCISCO -- The morning after Barry Bonds joined one of baseball's most exclusive home run clubs, he wandered through the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse carrying a large wicker basket.

Pedro's scoreless string reaches 31 innings
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez extended his career-best scoreless streak to 31 innings, blanking Minnesota through the eighth and pitching the Boston Red Sox past the Twins 2-0 Saturday.

Pirates can't successfully rob Bonds
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds set the major league record for intentional walks in a season and Benito Santiago hit a grand slam as the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 Saturday.

Soldotna teen dies in Saturday accident
A Soldotna youth died early Saturday morning after the car he was driving collided with a Carlile Trucking commercial vehicle near Mile 89 Sterling Highway.

Photo feature: Meteor show
A meteor streaks through the southern sky above spruce trees in Kenai at about 3 a.m. Saturday during a 15-minute time exposure.

Akita visitors see Alaska from unique point of view
Sometimes it takes a different perspective to see what's right in front of you.

Kenai looks at options for harbor
Change is in the air at the city of Kenai harbor. Small catches in recent years and low prices this fishing season have started a ripple effect that could end with the city relinquishing its control of the facility to a private operator by the end of the year.

Borough, city elections drum up scant interest
The filing deadline for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Oct. 1 municipal election is Thursday at 4:30 p.m. So far, though, races have drawn mostly incumbents if they've drawn candidates at all.

Nicholas James Merriett Allen
Lifelong Soldotna resident Nicholas James Merriett Allen died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, in Soldotna from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was 17.

Long-running tragedy plays on
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Legs line the shelves and arms hang from hooks, each one a portrait, in molded propylene, of the human tragedy of Afghanistan.

So, how old is really old?
I'm not old, I'm not old, I'm not old.

Ignorance damages hunting's reputation; education first step
Fall is in the air. Fishing is winding down. Hunting is under way.

Haakenson, Haga plan August nuptials
Emily Haakenson and Jeremiah Haga have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at the Church of Christ in Anchor Point.

Around the Peninsula
Visitor center offers upcoming events Realtors to hold elections College to dedicate nature trail Boys and Girls Club seeks football players Borough inservice planned Fish and Game schedules hunter classes

After 100 years, 4-H still helps families stay connected
In the dawning years of the 20th century, the world was a different place than it is today. Though the times have changed, 4-H , which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2002, has remained a constant for generations of children.

Sonberg, Espy announce wedding plans
Becky Sue Sonberg and Rory Lee Espy have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church in Soldotna. Pastor Scott Stubbert will officiate.

Edelen, Cole wed in June ceremony
Shanna R. Edelen and Kenneth W. Cole, both of Kenai were married Friday, June 21, 2002, in a ceremony at the Kenai Golf Course. Ed Aisenbrey officiated.

My Best Friends
James Kufhta of Kenai kicks back with his favorite pooches, Keeneye and Theadore J. Mooney. James said all of his pets including two cats came from the pound.

Voices lead down trail to Boyd Shaffer
Do you hear voices? I don't mean the kind of voices in the movie, "A Beautiful Mind," but rather voices like in the movie, "Field of Dreams." I have to admit, I have heard voices that have given me directives several times during my adult life.

Carews commemorate 50 years of marriage Jim and Joy Carew celebrated their 50th anniversary July 14.
The couple was married July 14, 1952, in Kent City, Mich. Jim worked as a chemist for Dow Chemical where he invented the vapor phase chromatography column that is now used in hospitals, doctors' offices and labs.

Stars light up Seahawks
It didn't take long for the Soldotna High School varsity football team to get its revenge.

Browns top Vikings, lose Pro Bowl player to injury
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland's offense worked well against the Minnesota Vikings in a 27-15 preseason victory Saturday night, but the Browns' defense suffered a major blow with the loss of Pro Bowl linebacker Jamir Miller to a torn right Achilles' tendon.

Swingin' in rain
Weather be darned.

Running for fun, good cause
On to each race, a little rain must fall.

Woods takes one-stroke lead
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods kept things interesting in the Buick Open with a shaky start Saturday.

Sprint cars invade area, tear up dirt at state's biggest oval track
With its three-eighths-of-a-mile dirt track, Twin Cities Raceway has the biggest oval in the state. That allows it to have big shows like it did Friday night.

Bulldogs pick up where they left off
Rumors of Nikiski's demise may have been greatly exaggerated.

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