Thursday, August 16, 2001

Forest Service worker dies after being struck by tree in logging camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. Forest Service worker died after being struck by a tree in a logging camp near Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

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.

Flight diverted because of agitated passenger
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A flight from Los Angeles to China was diverted to Anchorage after a passenger stripped to his underwear, threatened passengers and the flight crew, and attempted to open one of the jet's doors, authorities said.

Anchorage police release name of man who died after street fight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police Thursday identified the man who died after a street beating as Larry K. Brown.

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.

Natives and urban representatives clash over a subsistence co-management system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Offering words given to her by her adoptive Tlingit Indian family, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer urged a panel seeking a fix to the state's subsistence dilemma to work as a team and row the canoe together.

Symphony orchestra director files suit against association
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The musical director and conductor of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra has filed a civil suit against the association that runs the symphony.

Consumer prices rise in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage residents paid more for items ranging from groceries to housing in the first half of this year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Task force meeting to discuss gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A task force is meeting in Fairbanks to consider issues surrounding the building of a proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Light earthquake occurs near Ruby
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A light earthquake occurred Thursday morning near Ruby in Alaska's Interior.

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.

Fairbanks man sentenced to two years in prison
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who was charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to two years in prison.

Alaska Guardsmen win international parachute competition
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five members of the Alaska Army National Guard are the winners of an international parachute competition.

State says fishing vessel not properly registered in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fishing boat that sank in Prince William Sound and spilled more than 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel was not properly registered with the state and did not carry enough insurance to cover cleanup costs, a state official says.

Two pioneering conservationists honored
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two pioneering conservationists were honored Wednesday by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

Holland America to open Denali hotel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Holland America plans to open a 300-room hotel at the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve, according to a company official.

Man found guilty of raping 13-year-old girl
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai man has been convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Chena Hot Springs Resort settles case out of court
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The criminal case against Chena Hot Springs Resort has been settled in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutor recommends jail, community service in paintball attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage District Attorney's office has recommended a man who videotaped his brother and another boy shooting paint balls at Alaska Natives should receive some jail time and perform 1,500 hours of community service.

Ex-skipper of Exxon Valdez completes community service in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former skipper of the tanker Exxon Valdez has completed his community service work in Alaska as part of his sentence for the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound.

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.

Fishing interests tell panel Alaska should serve as model
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska fishing interests testifying before the Pew Oceans Commission cautioned Wednesday against any broad-brush solutions to restore and protect the nation's fisheries.

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.

Man dies from injuries received in Anchorage fight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man died early Wednesday morning after an argument between a group of homeless people turned violent, Anchorage police said.

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.

Asphalt company employee dies after hitting power line
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An employee of an asphalt paving company was killed when the four-wheeler he was riding hit a power line, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

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.

Subsistence divide emerges in first day of subsistence summit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Paul John and Rob Holt lead very different lives, but ones that are equally intertwined with the Alaskan wild.

Increase in bears brings Juneau committee out of hibernation
JUNEAU (AP) -- A growing number of bear reports has prompted Mayor Sally Smith to bring back an urban bear committee to grapple with the problem.

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.

Indians upend Twins in AL Central race
CLEVELAND -- Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer and Cleveland's defense bailed out Chuck Finley for five innings Wednesday night as the Indians increased their lead in the AL Central with an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Cubs best Astros to extend NL Central lead
HOUSTON -- Jon Lieber pitched a three-hitter and Joe Girardi drove in three runs as the Chicago Cubs defeated Houston 5-1 Wednesday night and extended their NL Central lead to 1 1/2 games over the second-place Astros.

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.

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

Reliability of anti-missile system questioned
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Pentagon's missile defense programs said Wednesday he is not fully confident in the ''basic functionality'' of the anti-missile system that successfully intercepted a mock warhead in space last month.

Is worst over?
WASHINGTON -- The nearly yearlong deterioration in industrial production slowed in July, raising hopes that the worst may have passed for the battered manufacturing sector

Business Briefs
Popular home loan program returnsSeafair rodeo promotes marine safetyFoothills appoints executive vice presidentConstruction law is conference topicFirm distributes oil spill cleanup productsTobacco settlement builds Alaska schoolsAward to help first-time home buyers

Task force to discuss pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A task force is meeting in Fairbanks to consider issues surrounding the building of a proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Archery season offers more hope for hunters
SANDY, Utah (AP) -- The first full-contact sport of fall is about to begin. Shop professional Roger Hutcheon loves his fellow archers, but he look

Lack of moose and complex rules will likely make for poor season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sometimes now, moose hunter Larry Engel wonders whether it's worth it -- the getting up early, the tromping out into rainy fall weather, the analysis that must be done when finally, luckily, a moose is spotted.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Rascal Flatts finds success
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- They call their music edgy, funky and fresh. ''There's a twist to our music and I think that at the time we came out that's what people wanted,'' said Gary LeVox, lead singer of the trio Rascal Flatts.

Art Briefs
Retreat planned for storytellersOral histories now availableSeldovia concert plannedSoldotna museum open for summer

Sterling artist creates colorful works with glass
While most people don't see beauty in a piece of broken glass, Jana Coffey sees possibilities.

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

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."

Gordon awaiting fire explanation
CONCORD, N.C. -- Nobody would blame Robby Gordon for pointing fingers over his latest racing disappointment. After all, it seems like someone should pay for his chance at victory going up in flames.

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 3207 2. Ricky Rudd 3013 3. Dale Jarrett 2942

Crash report should effect major change
ATLANTA -- The findings of the investigation into Dale Earnhardt's death are certain to include a mountain of paperwork and even more guesswork.

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $5,023,870 2. Dale Jarrett 3,255,490 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,035,020

Schrader never a body at rest
When Ann and Ken Schrader got married 17 years ago, the honeymoon -- if you can call it that -- was over in less than a day.

Race Schedule
Feb. 18 to Nov. 18

Pepsi 400
When and Where

Gordon's Surge
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Atlanta Motor Speedway feels a lot better about its future position in NASCAR's racing lineup.

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.

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.

Teachers focus on renewed purpose
Teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officially returned to work Wednesday -- exactly one week before students.

Photo feature: Strictly business
Workers from Alaska RoadBuilders did not take time to stop and smell the flowers as they put a final layer of asphalt on the Kenai Spur Highway in front of Leif Hansen Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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.

DOT's way to be High way
The new Department of Transportation and Public Facilities superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula held a question-and-answer session with members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon Wednesday.

Ninilchik fair celebrates half a century
It's fair time. And with 50 years of momentum, this year's Ninilchik Peninsula State Fair promises to be the biggest and best since it opened its doors in Ninilchik in 1951.

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.

Faith Anne Clark
Faith Anne (Bailey) Clark died Sunday, July 1, 2001, in Show Low, Ariz. She was 62.

Charles Joseph Varano
Nikiski resident Charles "Charlie" Joseph Varano died at his home on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001. He was 69.

Richard Lowell "Dick" Rumfelt
Soldotna resident Richard Lowell "Dick" Rumfelt died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at his home. He was 69.

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

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

Governor should appeal Katie John decision or risk impeachment
Gov. Tony Knowles must appeal the "Katie John" case or Alaska will lose its opportunity to manage Alaska's fisheries under Alaska Law.

What others say
Cloning, stem cell research in dire need of serious regulationSpin over tax 'rebate' misleading to public

Letters to the Editor
Governor should take responsibility for defending state's sovereignty

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.

Outfitters try to make the outdoors easier for the disabled
EMIGRANT (AP) -- Fishing didn't stop for John Sjolund just because he lost the use of his legs.

Around the Peninsula
Clinic canceledBlood donations neededBook signing scheduledSummer program endingVictim information service updatedBooth space availableArt show scheduledSoup supper planned

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

No hot tubs for Olympic village
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An IOC panel of athletes rejected organizers' plan for hot tubs at the Olympic Village at Salt Lake City because it could encourage late-night parties.

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.

Mickelson still looking to escape 'best player never to ...' tag
DULUTH, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson is in exclusive company, just not the kind he prefers.

Player's death raises questions
CHICAGO -- Rashidi Wheeler lay on his side, struggling to catch his breath, telling his Northwestern teammates he was dying.

Patriots suspend Glenn for season
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- His teammates wished Terry Glenn well Wednesday after the wide receiver was suspended for the season by the New England Patriots. They also expressed relief the issue was resolved.

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:

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.

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

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.

Wildlife officials propose plan to monitor falcons
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The peregrine falcon has been hailed as one of the Endangered Species Act's success stories. Now, federal wildlife officials want to make sure the bird populations continue to thrive.

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