Thursday, August 15, 2002

Anchorage man sentenced to 10 years in toddler's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest in the beating death of a 2-year-old boy.

Intense storm in Southeast injures one, disrupts ships
JUNEAU (AP) -- A storm that blew through Southeast Alaska on Monday that brought high winds was responsible for one injury and caused two cruise ships heading for Skagway to turn back.

Representative Masek misses day in court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Rep. Bev Masek, whose absences during the legislative session and from the campaign trail raised questions, has missed a court hearing in her divorce case.

Nurses reject contract, OK strike
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Regional Hospital nurses voted overwhelmingly to rejected a proposed contract and to authorize a strike.

Salmon branding program helps establish learning curve
KENAI (AP) -- In its first year, the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding program helped establish a learning curve for program officials.

Republicans charge Democrats with spending violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska filed a formal complaint Thursday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, charging state Democrats with sloppy accounting and improperly sending party money to candidates.

Sterling woman charged with animal cruelty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sterling woman has been charged with nine criminal counts of animal cruelty for keeping dozens of underfed, filthy dogs

Loggers offered extensions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Forest Service is offering loggers in Southeast Alaska three-year extensions to existing timber contracts to give companies time to ride out one of the worst timber markets in recent times.

Third man arrested in Juneau school vandalism
JUNEAU (AP) -- Police have arrested a third man believed to be one of several young people responsible for three break-ins, thefts and vandalism at a middle school

Alaska Native groups get policing funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six Alaska Native organizations have been awarded more than $600,000 in federal grants to hire police officers, train the officers and buy crime-fighting equipment.

Knowles plans to fight Red Dog decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state will fight a federal appeals ruling that requires the Red Dog mine to use more expensive anti-pollution technology for its power, Gov. Tony Knowles said Tuesday.

Hunter shoots unusual white deer
JUNEAU (AP) -- A hunter from Hoonah shot and killed a rare Sitka black-tailed deer.

Citizen panel idea gaining momentum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The idea of forming a citizen panel to oversee the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is gaining momentum.

Group proposes initiative to protect permanent fund
JUNEAU (AP) -- Voters would have to approve using earnings from the Alaska Permanent Fund for state government under a proposed initiative sponsored by Alaskans for Efficient Government.

Alexander named to policy job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The dean of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences has been appointed to a newly-created position.

Brig. Gen. John M. Brown to lead Alaska command
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Brig. Gen. John M. Brown took over command of the Alaska Army during a ceremony Thursday at Fort Richardson.

Anchorage man goes on trial for 1998 murders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trial of an Anchorage man accused of murdering his ex-wife and her house mate in December 1998 is under way in state court in Anchorage.

U.S. Post Offices cutting back on hours
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a nationwide cost-cutting effort, the U.S. Postal Service is cutting back on hours post offices will be open, including those in Alaska.

Patient rapes patient at Alaska Native Medical Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A patient at the Alaska Native Medical Center raped another patient Sunday night, said Anchorage police.

Glacier dam breeeched, water races out of Russell Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The dam formed by the advancing Hubbard Glacier near Yakutat sprang a giant leak Wednesday, releasing a torrent of water and ice from 70-square-mile Russell Lake.

Voters to decide on North Pole community center
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Voters in North Pole could decide whether they want a community center in their city.

Gardeners on alert for first frost
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jane Kucera wrestled against the wind trying to secure a giant sheet of Visqueen over her prized patch of tomato plants Tuesday afternoon at the Fairbanks Community Garden, she realized she was probably fighting a losing battle.

Ulmer unveils ''Republicans for Ulmer'' group
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer is looking to the Grand Old Party to muster support for her bid as Alaska's next governor.

Former UAA hockey coach files lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dean Talafous, the fired University of Alaska Anchorage hockey coach, has filed a civil suit against the university.

Troopers shoot aggressive bear in Girdwood
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers shot and killed a brown bear in Girdwood after it repeatedly charged residents and efforts to chase the bear off failed.

Man gets four years for kicking uncle to death
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Haines man received four years in prison for kicking his uncle and causing his death.

Another Little League team from New York under scrutiny
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A team from New York captures the imagination of its community, then conquers the opposition on its way to the Little League World Series. But allegations swirl about ineligible players.

Maddux stymies Bonds, beaten by Kent
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves held Barry Bonds in check, but they couldn't stop Jeff Kent.

Baseball negotiations run into speed bump
NEW YORK -- Baseball's labor talks hit a snag when the sides delved deeper into the key economic issues, leaving the union's executive board on track to set a strike date Friday.

Owners: Deal possible
NEW YORK -- Baseball's top labor lawyer said Tuesday it was possible a bargaining agreement could be reached ''in the next several days'' to avert a threatened walkout by players.

Clemens notches win No. 290
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bernie Williams homered, doubled and drove in four runs and Roger Clemens got his 290th career victory as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 10-5 Tuesday night.

Business Briefs
Realtors association to hold annual meeting KPEDD seeks strategic committee members Agrium Kenai plant announces new hires Fishers business counseling offered Trend Alaska conference to be held Shell rebrands 21 Anchorage Texaco stations

With market down, it's important to make sure your investments are diversified
NEW YORK (AP) -- Financial advisers have been urging their clients for years to Diversify! Diversify! Diversify!

Husky Lumber will soon begin churning out lumber from area timber, dead or alive
Alaska's lumber industry has seen better days. And timber, one of the state's most bountiful natural resources, is being plagued on the Kenai Peninsula by spruce bark beetles.

Some companies restate finances as deadline falls
SEATTLE (AP) -- Even as Boeing's largest customer retrenches and U.S. airlines continue to struggle, the company's commercial jet division says its already-halved production plans have not changed and that overseas markets are offering glimmers of hope.

Slumping economy, market make it harder for baby boomers to foot kids' college bills
NEW YORK (AP) -- Working for a company that helps students get ready for college, Harriet Brand figured she would be prepared for the day when her two daughters headed to campus, even when it came to paying hefty tuition bills.

Boeing hurts
SEATTLE (AP) -- Even as Boeing's largest customer retrenches and U.S. airlines continue to struggle, the company's commercial jet division says its already-halved production plans have not changed and that overseas markets are offering glimmers of hope.

Reliance on price-earnings ratios called into question as best stock-picking gauge
NEW YORK (AP) -- An investor just doesn't know what to believe anymore.

Community Orchestra performs mini concerts
Enhancing the sunny days of August on the Kenai Peninsula has been the open air, impromptu concerts springing up at popular places from Kenai to Homer.

Brann receives Governor's TRAAK Award
Dave Brann of Homer is known as the "father" of the Baycrest ski trails.

KNWR opens to waterfowl and small game hunting
Small game hunting opened in most areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) August 10th. According to Bill Ken

President of Boys & Girls Clubs of America visits Alaska
For the first time since the Kenai Peninsula chartered it's first Boys & Girls Club some 14 years ago, the national President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has come to visit. Last week Roxanne Spillett, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America was visiting clubs throughout Alaska.

Russian Rotaract delegation visits Peninsula
Rotaract is a Rotary International sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18-30.

Borough hosts Sister City
For the last decade the Kenai Peninsula has been a Sister City with Akita Japan.

Blood Bank of Alaska celebrates 40th Anniversary
"Lordy, Lordy, look whose 40!" Goes the over the hill birthday greeting, but it was a celebration of great appreciation last week when the Blood Bank of Alaska turned 40.

District 33 candidates outline goals for chamber audience
House District 33 primary election candidates faced off Tuesday in Soldotna fielding questions on everything from the budget crisis and taxes to tourism and how to invest the Alaska Permanent Fund.

All the gizmos in the world don't guarantee a fish at the Gorge
MANILA, Utah (AP) -- Flaming Gorge is 400 feet deep in some places. There are kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, catfish, smallmouth bass, perch, carp ...

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Ninilchik State Fair under way Friday
The "Biggest Little Fair in Alaska" gears up this weekend at the fair grounds in Ninilchik. Fair hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Painters learn tips from watercolor artist
"Art has no right or wrong. In art, you really can't make mistakes, there are many ways to do it."

Popular character returns
Three words for all those Kate Shugak fans sitting on the edge of their chairs, eager to see what scrape this feisty Aleut detective gets herself into next: She is back.

In the spotlight

This week

Next generation waits its turn
Tony Stewart took the checkered flag Sunday during the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Raceway. It was Stewart's third win of the season. He has posted victories in Atlanta and Richmond, Va.

race schedule
Date Race Winner

Money leaders

Finances trouble sponsors
The NASCAR Winston Cup Series is learning what the rest of the country already knows: Corporate America is in trouble.

Points standings
1. Sterling Marlin 2,944

Kenai airport fire facility ready to open
The building is done, the parking lot is paved, the fire trucks have arrived and the ribbon is cut, meaning the new Airport Operations Facility in Kenai is ready to be put to use.

Assault report results in multiple charges; 5 enter 'not guildty' pleas
Five defendants in an assault case in Kenai pleaded not guilty in Superior Court Wednesday to charges ranging from robbery and burglary to coercion and evidence tampering.

Boys and Girls Club director hopes to build on community partnerships
Tina Herford, the new executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai, loves her job.

Salmon program making a splash
The end of the commercial fishing season means the close of the first year of the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding program.

Photo feature: This is only a test
The Central Emergency Servi es ladder truck es an annual check-up in Soldotna Tuesday. Underwriters Laboratories inspector Mike Chiburis, right, explains the process to CES engineer Brenda Johnson, who operates the truck wih its 75-foot extension ladder. Included in the inspection are structural soundness of the ladder, loat test, gauge accuaracy and mechanical fitness of the truck.

Chances slim virus will reach state border
No one's sure if the West Nile virus will come to Alaska, but experts at the Centers for Disease Control said they think there's a limited possibility, according to Louisa Castrodale, epidemiologist for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Kenai Peninsula marks summer's end with fair
The Kenai Peninsula State Fair is far more than canned green beans and livestock.

It's all about kids
How far can a little money go? If it's given to the Boys and Girls Club, the answer is, a long way.

Trash needs cash
It's time to take out the cash.

Rebecca 'Becky' R. Noble
Rebecca "Becky" R. Noble, formerly of Kenai, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, in Tucson, Ariz., after a short battle with cancer. She was 49.

Wildfires stoke political tensions
WASHINGTON -- The spate of wildfires this summer is inflaming more than just the Western landscape. Longtime allies are turning into adversaries as the fires stoke tensions between environmentalists and some normally supportive Democrats in Congress.

Enron art collection among company's few real assets
When now-bankrupt Enron Corp. appeared to be on solid financial footing, its amassing of a multimillion-dollar, cutting-edge art collection was lauded as supportive of this community, a move that fit the company's trend-se

Bush's decision: To attack Iraq -- or not?
WASHINGTON -- Harry Truman and the atomic bomb. John F. Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis. George W. Bush and Iraq.

Letters to the Editor
Voting is powerful tool for one person to make big difference

NFL fans pay big for shoddy service
Two subjects I rarely write about are my own personal experiences and race. This time I'm writing about both. And for those outside of the South, stick around, because this story ultimately touches on issues that affect all regions of the United States.

All of airline industry's troubles not caused by Sept. 11 attacks
Troubles in the airline industry are partly attributable to the Sept. 11 attacks, and federal loa

Don't worry, be happy, follow president's lead and take summer break ... Say what you will about our president, he knows the value of a good vacation. Right now, he's probably easing back in an overstuffed armchair at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and wondering if he can fit in a nap before tee time.
Good work, Mr. President.

Judge right to rule secret arrests don't belong in democracy
A federal judge in Washington had no hesitation last week in ordering the Justice Department to reveal the names of almost 1,200 people it jailed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Trade show offers high-tech solutions to the curses of simple camping trips
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's nothing like the smell of a wet dog inside your tent to put a damper on the wilderness experience. And boy, wouldn't a hot shower be nice on a long camping trip.

A family of four make their way along the Appalachian Trail
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- At 6 and 8, Sage and Autumn Pratt of Twin Falls, Idaho, are like lots of kids their age.

Binoculars open up new worlds, 150,000 stars can be seen with a simple pair
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- It doesn't take a giant telescope and years of study to find your way through the maze of stars above.

Kids from the city spend a month learning about the outdoors
AUGUSTA (AP) -- The tents are arranged neatly, close together, almost huddling in the shade of tall pines. As the teenagers troop in from a work session on trails that lead to a basin above it, the camp begins to come alive.

Slumping outdoor market blamed on lazy people
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Some salesmen peddling outdoor gear at a trade show here say it's hard to sell their wares to lazy couch potatoes, more inclined to watch a movie that scale a mountain or paddle a kayak.

Collectors discover world-class fossil hunting in Southcentral Alaska
SUTTON, Alaska (AP) -- Bea Allen had been kicking over rocks with the toe of her boot for about five minutes when she found it.

Supreme Challenge: Snowbird to Provo -- in 400 grueling miles
SNOWBIRD, Utah (AP) -- Sometime during the evening hours of Aug. 16, 30 teams will be brought together and given a map, a compass and a heartfelt ''good luck'' -- and they'll need it -- and then sent off to bed to dream of jagged rocks, ice-cold water, sheer cliffs and unseen rabbit holes.

Around the Peninsula
Borough in-service planned Solid waste topic of chamber lunch Blood bank to attend fair Salvation Army to help prepare for school year Extended immunization hours to be offered Sterling Community Club to meet Superman to speak at Nikiski chamber KCHS class plans reunion Classes available at Homer Community Schools

Around the Peninsula
Realtors to hold elections College to dedicate nature trail NAMI to hold meeting Blood drive to be held at Ninilchik fair Schools to have open house Caregiver meetings scheduled Boys and Girls Club switches modes Farmers' market continues Saturday Outdoor club meets at new time WRCC offers aid, volunteer opportunities Primary election coming up Toastmasters meeting scheduled

District disputes claims by union
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District responded Tuesday to an unfair labor practices complaint filed against it by the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association.

Sports Briefs
Kardinals tweak football schedule Former UAA hockey coach files lawsuit

Open doesn't disappoint
Once again, the Kenai Chrysler Open provided some awesome golf at the Kenai Golf Course.

Priestley, injured in race car crash, was no Sunday driver
In an episode of ''Beverly Hills 90210,'' the gang is challenged to a street race and is all set to participate, when Jason Priestley's character arrives on the scene, explains the dangers and puts a stop to it.

Team bans beer bottles, implements other policy changes
BEREA, Ohio -- Instant replay hasn't been fixed, but the Cleveland Browns are making sure that last year's ugly bottle-throwing incident is never repeated.

Questions about insurance could sideline Nash
RICHMOND, British Columbia -- Steve Nash is caught in the middle of a fight between Mark Cuban and Russ Granik, the details of which could only be appreciated fully by Lloyds of London.

Jay Williams to replace Allen with Team USA
Jay Williams of the Chicago Bulls, an alternate on the U.S. national team, is expected to be added to the main roster as a replacement for the injured Ray Allen.

X Games VIII kicks off today in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- To stage the first X Games in 1995, ESPN sweated out a 4-3 vote from the city council of idyllic Newport, R.I.

Big Easy ponders mysteries of beating Tiger on Sunday at a major
CHASKA, Minn. -- Even after winning three majors and overcoming his own insecurities to win a British Open that nearly slipped away, Ernie Els still doesn't have the answer.

Seniors keep swingin'
A bunch of seniors, 11 in all, showed up in the rain Monday to play a one-person scramble -- each person hit two balls and played the best of the two -- in this week's Senior League event.

Terrell Davis could be contemplating retirement
Terrell Davis, the NFL's premier running back of the late '90s, is so discouraged with the lack of progress on his injured knees that he's contemplating retirement.

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