Monday, August 12, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Soldotna eyes ban on smoking in restaurants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city of Soldotna is considering a ban on cigarette smoking within its restaurants, following the lead of Anchorage, Juneau and Barrow.

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

Money flows into Republican lieutenant governor race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A crowd of prominent Republican hopefuls for lieutenant governor has turned the race into a high-spending battle.

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.

Gov. Knowles signs Regulatory Commission reauthorization
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed into law a bill that extends the Regulatory Commission of Alaska through next June.

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 fire departments in line for federal grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaska fire departments will split more than $400,000 in federal grants to enhance basic services, Sen. Ted Stevens said Monday.

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.

Stevens recommends consolidation of relocated villages
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says it is likely to cost as much as $1 billion to relocate 10 coastal Alaska villages threatened by erosion and that's more money than he's likely to get from the federal government.

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.

Aug. 8, 2002 Anchorage Daily News offers way to help state recruit more teachers
Alaska is finding it harder and harder to recruit people who will take on the challenges of teaching in public schools. Alaska used to top national rankings for teacher pay, but no longer. That salary slippage has thinned the ranks of recruits from the Lower 48.

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.

Aug. 7, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on continued operation of the oil pipeline
Well, is the trans-Alaska oil pipeline a marvel of engineering with a sterling track record or a disaster waiting to happen?

'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.

Soldotna teen killed in Sterling Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old Soldotna boy was killed in a head-on collision on the Sterling Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Police say note shows no sign of Godfrey shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Anchorage police have acknowledged they found a note written by Karen Brand before she fatally shot retired Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey, critically injured his wife and then killed herself.

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

Aug. 10, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner marks sad end to Grizzly 001's life
Valiant attempts by state biologists to reform one of Alaska's most famous and photographed bears ended this week.

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.

Two men indicted in $1 million Juneau blaze
JUNEAU (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted two men on arson charges in connection with a $1 million fire that destroyed a Juneau Self Storage building in June.

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.

Home health workers holding largest union vote in state history
EVERETT (AP) -- They take care of people who can't care for themselves. But many home health-care workers say the state hasn't taken good care of them.

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

July 5, 2002 Voice of the Times blasts federal timber policies
The huge forest fires that raged in July in western states and in Alaska finally have put a national spotlight on the big Washington, D.C., environmental lobbies, revealing policies that have cost millions and millions of dollars and wasted millions of acres of prime timberland.

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.

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.

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.

New equipment to cut mine's cyanide use
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- New equipment at the Fort Knox gold mine is expected to cut cyanide use by 25 percent and enhance gold recovery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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

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."

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.

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.

Staying in touch with schools
District school phone numbers

Major league baseball players likely to set strike date at today's meeting
NEW YORK -- All the drama in baseball this season hasn't been confined to the field.

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.

Many issues open for discussion in baseball labor dispute
Issues in baseball's labor dispute:

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.

Stewart drives to victory at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Tony Stewart doesn't think Sunday's victory at Watkins Glen International will help cure his emotional problem.

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.

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.

District's claim has merit, says agency
The Alaska Labor Relations Agency has found merit in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's claim of unfair labor practices by the Kenai Peninsula Education Association, but resolution to the situation is likely still months away.

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

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.

Photo feature: Trail blazing
Mike Gatling of Moore's Landscaping applies erosion control mats to a freshly seeded hill alongside the Unity Trail extension under construction alongside the Kenai Spur Highway last week. People are using the path even though it has not been paved yet.

New Chugach plan emphasizes conservation, recreational uses paves way for improvements
For the first time in 18 years, the United States Forest Service has issued a revised Land and Resource Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest.

Bid now goes to ArcTech
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has decided a bid submitted March 20 by a Kenai logging firm to cut 1,027 acres of beetle-killed timber near Ninilchik was legal and the company should win the right to cut the trees.

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.

Summer sees increase in shoplifting incidents
Unless a big-name celebrity is involved, such as the recent Winona Ryder case, shoplifting often goes on with little media attention.

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.

Juel Richard 'Dick' Nielsen
Former Alaskan Juel Richard "Dick" Nielsen died of age-related causes Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at his home in Florence, Ore. He was 86.

Teen-agers say continuing conflict robs kids of their childhood innocence
The violence between Israelis and Palestinians -- bombings, assassinations, incursions -- makes peace in the Middle East seem elusive at best.

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.

Political, financial, scientific woes hamper field seen as vital to treating diseases
SAN FRANCISCO -- A year after President Bush restricted federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research to a select number of existing cell lines, leading scientists say the field is hampered by political, financial and scientific chaos.

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

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

Environmental lobby to blame for wildfires
The huge forest fires that raged in July

Why is government forcing switch to digital televisions?
There is nothing, the federal government obviously believes, that is not within its purview as nanny for the nation.

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.

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

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.

Hero of the week
On Aug. 6, while on vacation in Kenai, I lost my mauve-colored coin purse at a local market.

Around the Peninsula
Peninsula wildlife to be analyzed in KVCC program Tryouts for NHS volleyball team to be held Peninsula Grace Preschool to hold registration Salvation Army to help prepare for school year Borough sales tax subcommittee to meet General registration for KPC set for Aug. 22-23

Scouting out skills
Rob and Marlene Meyer of Sterling hosted Cub Scout Day camp at their home Aug. 1 and 2. About 40 boys and 20 adult v

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.

Community News
Blood bank needs donors Boys and Girls Club seeks flag football players Skyview swim and dive team starts practice Seafair Safety Rodeo set for Homer Nikiski High class of 1993 plans reunion

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.

Misty McQueen and Marcquis Pulliam of Anchorage announce the birth of their daughter, RaShae Khirsi Pulliam, at 2:33 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2002. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Garden of the Week
The city of Kenai Parks and Recreation Department presented the Kenai Senior Center with this week's Kenai Beautification Garden of the Week award.

Harley riders raise funds for charity
The patented roar of Harley Davidson motorcycles filled the Sterling Highway July 27 as more than 140 bikes rolled from Anchorage to Soldotna in the second annual "Live Ride."

Ask a Trooper
Question: I recently heard talk between some co-workers that an acquaintance was arrested for drunk driving and is now facing possible felony charges. I recall reading about some changes in the law this year. What are they?

Peninsula People
Area student earns Rowan scholarship

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.

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.

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.

Anderson wins Kenai Chrysler Open
The final round of the Kenai Chrysler Open was a showcase of the swift and the brave Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course as Saturday's professional leader had to run to keep ahead of a closing competitor, and the two top amateurs faced off for a duel that would leave only one standing.

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.

Woods hangs on at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods has won the PGA Championship two ways: by playing the previous week and by practicing and resting.

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

Swingin' in rain
Weather be darned.

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