Wednesday, August 15, 2001

August 10, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on efforts to train teachers for rural Alaska
Alaska's track record of retaining teachers in our rural villages is not good. In fact, in some small villages the turnover rates of teachers trained at Outside universities can be as high as 100 percent.

Hovercraft carries mail, passengers around Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- Inside the lower cabin of what looks like a very strange tugboat, dozens of cases of pop sit next to shrink-wrapped orders from Wal-Mart and Kmart. In front of the cargo, eight passengers sit in three rows of worn airline-style seats.

NIOSH begins survey of pilots, air services
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is asking commercial pilots and air taxi operators for information that could help prevent fatal plane crashes.

Yukon's fall chum season looks good
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The fall chum salmon season on the Yukon River is shaping up to be the best in half a decade.

August 9: Alaska Newspapers Inc. on the subsistence summit
In convening a leadership summit to help resolve the subsistence dilemma, Gov. Tony Knowles has set three lofty goals. One already seems destined for failure.

Western states seek help of Alaska firefighting crews
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Western states are turning to Alaska for help in fighting fires in four states that have charred over 190,000 acres.

One dead, one injured in plane crash near Kotzebue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage pilot was killed Monday and his son was critically injured when their plane crashed after striking a radio tower in Kotzebue.

Rescuers find disoriented, stranded hunter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Army helicopter crew rescued a disoriented caribou hunter who became stranded about 10 miles off the Steese Highway.

Family files wrongful death lawsuit against hit-and-run driver
JUNEAU (AP) -- The family of a Juneau biologist killed in a hit-and-run crash are suing the man now serving a prison term for the crime.

Anchorage Assembly members want changes to smoking ban study
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage assemblymen want to make changes to a proposed study on the economic impact of the smoking ban that took effect Dec. 31.

Fall chum season on the Yukon looks good
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The fall chum salmon season on the Yukon River is shaping up to be the best in half a decade.

Kodiak residents hit the water to escape heat wave
KODIAK (AP) -- Residents are hitting the beach in Kodiak, which is experiencing a spell of unusually warm, dry weather.

August 12: Anchorage Daily News on the subsistence summit
The toughest assignment in Alaska politics this week belongs to Judge Thom

Man charged in Anchorage sexual assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 27-year-old convicted sex offender is being held in connection with the sexual assault of a woman early Saturday morning in midtown-Anchorage.

August 5, Peninsula Clarion on safe oil development operations in ANWR
Opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration and development won a key vote in Congress last week, but the battle over ANWR is far from over.

Environmental group seeks added protection for Alaska sea otters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An environmental group filed a petition Tuesday to get increased federal protections for Alaska's dwindling number of sea otters.

Subsistence summit to begin in Anchorage
JUNEAU (AP) -- A panel of about 40 people will have two days to reach a conclusion about a subsistence issue that has mired state lawmakers for more than a decade.

Homer woman rescued after fall during hike
HOMER (AP) -- A Homer woman was recovering Tuesday after getting stuck on a ledge for five hours during a hike near Kachemak Bay, Alaska State Troopers said.

Tesoro plans to dig up an acre to clean up spill
KENAI (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. likely will excavate about an acre of c

Man pleads no contest in landlord attack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man who allegedly attacked his landlord with a wrench and a gun will serve time in prison.

Oregon aircraft maintenance company says it was blindsided by lawsuit
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Officials at Evergreen International Aviation said Monday they were blindsid

Fishing vessel sinks further, continues to leak fuel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Windy Bay, the fishing vessel that sank in Prince William Sound and spilled almost 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel, is continuing to leak, the Coast Guard says.

White supremacy group distributes fliers in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A white supremacy group has plastered east Anchorage with two fliers, one which warns parents not to let their children date minorities, police said.

Seats on Kenai Peninsula Borough and other panels up for grabs
KENAI (AP) -- Several seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, as well as other local panels, are virtually up for grabs as campaigns remain unopposed, despite Wednesday's filing deadline.

A's earning A's for their plays
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi still wore his dusty uniform as he stepped over the remote-control cars on the clubhouse floor and stood below the glossy photos of pro wrestlers that decorate his locker.

Indians edge ahead of Twins in Central
CLEVELAND -- Juan Gonzalez hit a winning single in the 11th inning, moments after Minnesota right fielder Chad Allen was carried off on a stretcher, to give the Cleveland Indians an 8-7 comeback win Tuesday night over the Twins.

Sosa smash puts Cubs back on top
HOUSTON -- Sammy Sosa hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night to reclaim first place in the NL Central.

Twins fail to find Rays of hope
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Bierbrodt pitched seven scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays completed a four-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins with a 5-1 victory Monday.

McGwire cares not for singles, doubles
Cardinals slugger's last 11 hits have all sailed over outfield fence

Astros bomb Cubs
HOUSTON -- The leap from second place to first place in the NL Central isn't getting the Houston Astros too excited.

Bus tips for your child's safety
Are your children riding the bus this year? Here are some important safety reminders:

Homer Electric Association leaps into the century with plans for new energy
According to Homer Electric Association General Manager, Norm Story, HEA is presently involved in a feasibility study with Unocal and Enstar for the construction of a gas pipeline to serve consumers that live in the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. As envisioned, the project would be owned by HEA.

As summer ends schools get ready to open
Heading into her third year as Superintendent of Schools for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Donna Peterson is as enthusiastic as ever about the coming school year.

Kenai Airport dedicates weathervane in tribute to early aviators
Permanently up in the air, but flying hammerheads and barrel rolls no more, the Starduster SA 100, built by Harry Reger, serves as a tribute to early Alaskan aviators, and the new weathervane, at Soldotna Airport.

For the past two months I have been working in Swanson River and have never enjoyed working in any area of Alaska more than I have this one. The wildlife and scenery there makes going to work all seem just a little more special...and its also a daily reminder how lucky we are to be here in Alaska.

Russia inspiring new Rotaract clubs in Alaska
When retired American Airline pilot and legendary Alaskan Aviator, Fred Chambers, started the first Rotary Club on the Kenai Peninsula in 1979, the Iron Curtain was solidly in place and Rotary Clubs not allowed in the former U.S.S.R. With the end of the Cold War, and the opening of the former Soviet Union to free enterprise, Rotary Clubs on the Peninsula were the first to sponsor new clubs in Russia.

It was a great day for a parade in Soldotna
Whenever you call the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce you always know that, "It's a great day in Soldotna," because that's the way, rain or shine, sleet, snow or hail, Kim Mariman, Visitor Service manager, always answers the phone.

School calendar 2001-02
Here are some important dates to remember from the school district:

School board members
Seven people, elected at large by Kenai Peninsula residents, serve on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. School board members serve three-year terms.

School board meetings
Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Borough Building, 148 N. Binkley St., in Soldotna.

Changes won't affect education
Welcome back to the 2001 school year! As we transition 14 new-to-position administrators into our communities this year, we are once again reminded that things constantly change, and our ability to adapt to change is a hallmark of success in this millennium.

District introducing handbook for reference
This year, students will bring something new home from school.

District policies available
Copies of all Kenai Peninsula Borough School District policies and procedures, set forth and adopted by the Board of Educa

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

KPBSD facts: Did you know ...
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District covers 25,600 square miles and is the fourth largest district in the state.

Weingart tops August standings
Wayne Weingart of Streetsboro, Ohio, remained on top of the August standings at the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, while Anchorage's Tom Barkman remained the overall derby leader.

For a good cause
Leticia Haynes, Tiffany Simpson and Kjersta Larson count and sort canned goods donated during a food drive at Kenai Central High School last year.

Parents can help provide safe schools for children
A safe and orderly school environment is essential for students learning, and parents can play a key role in helping schools achieve that environment.

Emergency information form important for parents to fill out
At the beginning of each school year, your child will bring home an emergency information form for you to complete.

New rules in effect for immunizations
Before entering a district school for the first time, a child must have a physical exam that includes tests for vision and hearing.

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

reduced-price meals
Effective from July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002

Photo feature: Bloomin' busy

No magic bullet expected from summit
JUNEAU -- A panel of about 40 people will have two days to reach a conclusion about a subsistence issue that has mired state lawmakers for more than a decade.

Two dead, 2 injured in Seattle incident
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two people, including a toddler, were fatally shot Monday night in a south Seattle apartment and police shot and critically wounded a gunman.

Filing deadline nears; seats attract few takers
Several candidates are virtually guaranteed seats on city councils the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and the borough school board unless opponents file by the Wednesday deadlines.

Proposed center unlikely solo act
The city of Soldotna would like to build an events center that meets regional needs for banquet, wedding and convention space.

Photo feature: Light show
The northern lights dance above the "ghost forest" on Glacier Spit across Kachemak Bay from Homer at about 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Three hospitalized after Steese Highway rollover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three people were hospitalized after a sport utility vehicle rolled several times on a muddy stretch of Steese Highway.

Horse rescued after wilderness ordeal near Lost Lake Trail
A beautiful trail ride in the back country went wrong Sunday for Cheryl Hawkins of Soldotna. Her horse, Cabriola, slipped on a steep section of the Lost Lake Trail and fell into a canyon.

Hickey to leave KPBSD for job in Colorado
Patrick Hickey, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's assistant superintendent for business, has tendered his resignation.

One dead, 2 hurt in separate car-bus crashes in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was in critical condition following an accident involving a city bus, police said.

Groups to meet with university, oil officials
Cook Inlet commercial fishers were taken aback last week when University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton announced a study about the economics of Cook Inlet's commercial fishery. It could look at such extreme measures as buying out all setnet and driftnet fishers in the inlet.

Former minister gets 6 years
A former Salvation Army minister drew six years in prison with 2 1/2 suspended following his no-contest plea to a single consolidated charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Summer busy, but initial count of visitors down
Despite mile-long traffic jams into Soldotna on some days, giving the impression there were more tourists than ever, visitor counts have been down there and in Kenai.

Sharon Rosalie Quandt Hanke
Kenai resident Sharon Rosalie Quandt Hanke died at her home Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, due to a lifelong heart condition. She was 57.

Charles "Charlie" Varano
Nikiski resident Charles "Charlie" Varano died in his home on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001.

Lawmakers may be on summer break, but lobbyists keep on working
WASHINGTON -- There's no place like home, and lobbyists know it.

University training for real world jobs
Alaska's track record of retaining teachers in our rural villages is not good. In fact, in some small villages the turnover rates of teachers trained at Outside universities can be as high as 100 percent.

Is peace possible in Northern Ireland?
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Like an American labor dispute in which the Taft-Hartley Act has been invoked, Northern Ireland has begun a six-week "cooling off" period following the suspension and then reinstatement by the British government of its Catholic-Protestant "unity" assembly.

Nader's back, hoping to heal Green rift
WASHINGTON -- Ralph Nader is back with a new organization, some new goals and the same dogged determination to make the Democratic Party squirm whenever it drifts toward the center.

Letters to the Editor
Private prison could show state bureaucracy there's a better wayOil companies have no say on how university spends funds

China, Russia pose threat to free world
When the presidents of China and Russia signed a friendship treaty July 16, it was reminiscent of the non-aggression pact between Russia and Germany signed 62 years ago this month.

There's no time like fair time in Ninilchik
Across the Kenai Peninsula, 4-H members and others are getting ready for the "biggest little fair in Alaska." Events marking the fair's 50th anniversary get under way Friday.

Around the Peninsula
Guided nature hike plannedCPR instructor training scheduledCommunity first aid classes availableVeterans meeting scheduledDinner cruise fund-raiser slatedMuscular dystrophy benefit planned

Around the Peninsula
Registration begins at area schoolsNurses offer back-to-school shot clinicsHomer immunization clinic cancelledUnscheduled board meeting plannedSew Saturday slatedNew regional DOT superintendent to speakChamber meeting scheduled todayDigital art presentation scheduledTibetan medicine consultations offeredSpay/neuter clinic slatedDipnet permits dueCongressional staff travel to peninsula

School times for 2001-02
Times peninsula schools start in the morning and let out in the afternoon.

How old do you have to be to go to 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.

Sign-up dates start early
Only students new to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District or starting kindergarten need to register before school begins.

Senior Briefs
Activities available for our area Seniors

Senior Menus
Tasty meals being offered for our local seniors

Lindros trade close to fruition
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) -- A deal that would send Eric Lindros to the New York Rangers could be finalized Wednesday if his father agrees to the trade, two sources close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Dolphins stop Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Quinn's 43-yard touchdown pass to Robert Baker on the final play of the game gave the Miami Dolphins a 17-14 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

Turf troubles cancel game
PHILADELPHIA -- New turf. Same old Vet.

Kenai Golf Report
The course is getting ready for the Kenai Chrysler Open. The Pro Am will be on Thursday and Friday. The Pro Am gives amateurs a chance to play with the professionals.

Sports Briefs
Boston ace moves closer to returnKentucky gives Morriss four-year extension

Most college athletes use supplements
INDIANAPOLIS -- Almost 60 percent of college athletes use nutritional supplements that are unregulated and may contain banned substances such as ephedrine, an NCAA survey found.

Family, friends mourn NU's Wheeler
POMONA, Calif. (AP) -- Rashidi Wheeler was remembered Monday as a gifted, humble and perpetually smiling athlete who was always there for people who needed help.

Cowboys turn reins over to Carter
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Quincy Carter era is beginning much earlier than expected in Dallas.

Sports Briefs
Weingart tops August standingsSoldotna's Johnnie takes Top Sportsman classAnchorage Aces hire former NHL coach

Anchorage Aces hire former NHL coach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Aces hockey team has hired a former NHL coach and player to lead the team, the Aces announced Monday.

Redskins already have quarterback problems
WASHINGTON -- With both Jeff George and Todd Husak injured, the Washington Redskins are doing some emergency quarterback shopping.

Establish good study habits at home
Establishing good study skills early in a child's school years teaches youngsters discipline and dedication.

Public schools offer education services for exceptional children
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, amended in 1997, mandates a free, appropriate public education for each exceptional child who attends school.

Education online: Web resources make learning easy as point, click
The Internet's resources include pages of particular interest to Alaska families involved with education. Here are samples:

Peninsula offers families a menu of school choices
The Kenai Peninsula is home to diverse educational offerings for all ages from preschool to college and beyond.

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