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Sunday, August 18, 2002

Hopefuls, wannabees and alsorans enter final days of campaign
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's Republican Party may not have Wayne Anthony Ross to kick around much longer.

Godfrey honored as good cop, leader and family man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Those who knew him said that, more than anything else, Glenn Godfrey was a joy to be around. Hundreds of people considered him a friend. The state's law enforcement community looked up to him. He had faith in God and cherished his four children and dozen grandkids more than just about anything.

Washington man missing from Norton Sound tugboat
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard suspended the search Friday night for a crewman from Washington who apparently fell overboard from a tugboat in Norton Sound sometime Friday morning.

State sues federal government over tardy cleanup payment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to collect $17,994.08 from the Department of Interior for costs incurred during environmental cleanups on federal land.

Fire, explosion injure Prudhoe Bay worker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An oil field worker was hospitalized with injuries after a powerful explosion and fire early Friday morning at a Prudhoe Bay oil well.

Flooding closes Dalton Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rain-swollen rivers on the North Slope and in the Brooks Range have washed out several sections of the Dalton Highway, forcing its closure and prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the area.

Soldier indicted on attempted murder charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier has been indicted on an attempted murder charge.

Brown bear attacks woman, son
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A startled brown bear attacked a Soldotna mother and her son along Resurrection Pass Trail on Friday afternoon, about three miles from the Cooper Landing trail head.

Sitka woman appointed head of Pioneers' Home
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman with deep roots in Sitka has been appointed to be administrator of the Sitka Pioneers' Home.

State will add tests to meet federal school requirements
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's education officials will have to expand existing state tests or add new ones to meet federal education legislation signed by President Bush in December.

Alaska-Siberia War Memorial gets boost
JUNEAU (AP) -- Efforts to build a memorial to recognize the cooperative efforts between Russia and the United States during World War II has received a half-million dollar boost.

Grand jury indicts pair in murder, evidence tampering
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state grand jury Friday charged Peter Andrews with first-degree murder in the death of Rachael J. Peace.

GOP field crowded to become next second in command
JUNEAU (AP) -- If it seems odd that four prominent Republicans would clamor for an office viewed by many politicians as a dead end job, it isn't to Steve McAlpine.

North Pole man sentenced in attempted murder case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for shooting at a neighbor. Craig Wiese, 41, was found guilty in April of attempted murder.

Fishermen look at healthy increase in crab quota
KODIAK (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced its harvest guideline for Bristol Bay crabs on Friday, and fishermen can look forward to a healthy increase.

Troopers seize marijuana plants in Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks couple was charged Wednesday with growing 75 marijuana plants, the latest in several Interior arrests made this month by the Alaska State Troopers or their statewide drug enforcement unit.

Kenai Peninsula College nature trail named
KENAI (AP) -- A nature trail at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna will be named in honor of retired instructor and naturalist Boyd Shaffer.

Two die in plane crash near Skwentna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people died Thursday or Friday in a plane crash near Skwentna, Federal Aviation Administration officials said late Friday.

Trapper Creek teen dies in accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An accidental shooting killed a Trapper Creek girl in her home Friday afternoon.

Almonte still not in his age group
NEW YORK -- Danny Almonte just can't act his age.

Time to ignore hardliners at baseball's labor talks
Cutting through the smoke screens and spins, there's a good chance baseball can end its labor losing streak and avoid a strike.

Players and owners meet on side issues
NEW YORK -- A day after baseball players set an Aug. 30 strike date, negotiators met twice on Saturday to discuss issues not related to the central economic differences.

Harlem wins World Series opener
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Jeremy Lopez urged his cousin Javier to join his Little League team this summer. Good thing he did, because the two make a potent pair for Harlem.

Senate Q race heats up as election nears
The Aug. 27 Alaska primary election is just over a week away, and candidates are entering the last few days of the campaign.

Hawkins: Alaska cannot cut its way out of budget crisis
If he's elected in November, Senate District Q Democratic Party candidate Patrick Hawkins said he would put away the kind of partisan politics that he believes has helped stymie development in Alaska.

Budget tops list for candidates
The race for House District 33 includes three Republicans and one Democrat. Kelly J. Wolf of Kenai, David L. Richards of Soldotna and Mel Krogseng of Soldotna will all appear on the Aug. 27 primary Republican Party ballot. Former legislator Harold "Hal" Smalley will appear alone on the Democratic Party ballot.

Ward: Spending limit needs to be part of financial plan
Incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward, candidate for the seat from Senate District Q, says the state doesn't have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.

Candidate forums planned for governor's race
The Alaska governor's race is coming to Kenai. On Wednesday, most of the top gubernatorial candidates -- and a few long shots, will be in Kenai for two separate political forums.

Stroman: State needs to get involved with community
Unchallenged in the Aug. 27 primary election and certain of appearing on the November general election ballot, the Green Party of Alaska candidate for Senate District Q isn't expending much energy on the campaign yet.

VinZant: Wasteful government spending should be cut
Raymond VinZant Sr. said his decision to run for the Alaska Senate District Q seat began as a fish story.

Arness: State needs to change way schools are funded
State lawmakers failed to meet the state's growing fiscal crisis head on, and what public policy they made, they made behind closed doors in private party caucuses, said Senate District Q Republican primary candidate Joe Arness of Kenai.

Panthers chew up 'Dawgs, 40-0
Turnabout is fair play. Right? At last year's regular season finale, the Nikiski High School Bulldogs football team blanked the Skyview Panthers at home 55-0 for Nikiski's fourth shutout of the season en route to the school's second straight Great Land Conference state championship.

Former KCHS grad gives fitness campers the boot
At 6:20 on a drizzly summer morning, 10 adults and one dog slosh along the trails behind Skyview High School in Soldotna. They move at various speeds -- some jogging, some walking, some running. The trails are wet and muddy from an all-night downpour.

Teamwork helps put Habitat home together
There was once a time when whole communities came together, rolled up their collective sleeves and pitched in to build a barn. For many on the Kenai Peninsula, that barn-raising spirit still exists in the form of Habitat for Humanity.

Fair weather makes for fair fun in Ninilchik
The summer may be waning, but the Kenai Peninsula State Fair is in full swing this weekend, giving fair-goers a golden opportunity to enjoy some fun in the sun before the warm weather is gone for the winter.

Guitar stolen from state balladeer
Legendary Alaska balladeer Hobo Jim opened his regular performance at BJ's in Soldotna Thursday night in a funk.

Patricia Ann Morey
Homer resident Patricia Ann Morey died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital. She was 58.

Fraser Ali Sandoz
Kenai resident Fraser Ali Sandoz died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, in Sterling. He was 48.

Maria F. Lechner
Kenai resident Maria F. Lechner died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 81.

Letters to the Editor
It's time to vote for change

Contract talks teaching lessons, but the right ones?
Life is full of all kinds of teaching moments. Unfortunately, during these impromptu sessions, the lessons learned are not necessarily the ones that were intended.

Senate Q candidates share goals
Joe ArnessPatrick HawkinsRaymond VinZantJerry Ward

Around the Peninsula
Talent show plannedExtended immunization hours to be offeredVisitors center plans programsCentral Peninsula Health Centers meeting slatedScholarship being offered by auxiliaryWRCC planning radiothon fund-raiserPositions open on advisory boardHost families soughtKenai chamber looking for volunteersSoroptimist selling discount cards

Kobylarz, Stinnett to wed
Christie Kobylarz and Michael Stinnett, both of Soldotna, have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at Soldotna United Methodist Church. Pastor Dale Kelley will officiate.

When and where of Alaska berries
This time of year the questions regarding fish fade to inquiries about berries, especially when and where to pick. Sources may vary on when to pick the different berries. The sources I am citing from are two Cooperative Extension publications -- "Wild Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska" and "Collecting and Using Alaska's Wild Berries."

Seafood in Taiwan is serious business
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- The clawing crabs and flopping fish inside the glass tanks stacked as high as televisions at an appliance store look like they're part of a low-budget, roadside aquarium show.

My Best Friend
Missy, a 2-year-old kitty belonging to Margaret Hodgson of Kenai, sits in her favorite bird-watching spot. Missy seems a bit perturbed at the moose for scaring away her feathered friends.

Airline bans aggressive dogs
DALLAS (AP) -- American Airlines banned aggressive dogs from its planes after a pit bull escaped from its cage in the cargo hold of a Boeing 757, and chewed up electrical cables.

'What's this golf ball doing in my soup?'
The ball came to rest alongside a white picket fence. It was so far right of the 18th fairway that with another bounce or two, it might have skittered into a corporate village tent and landed in somebody's soup.

Done in 30 seconds
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Everyone knew David Tua had power. On Saturday night, Michael Moorer quickly found out just how much.

SaberCats look for first championship
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Barry Wagner is a two-time Most Valuable Player who scored 26 touchdowns this season, yet few people who aren't die-hard fans of the San Jose SaberCats know his name.

Runners kick off season with Nikiski Class Races
Cross country runners from the peninsula's high schools, joined by squads from Grace Christian and Bethel, got a chance to stretch their legs for the first time this season at the Nikiski Class Races Friday at Nikiski.

Big move from the little Texan at the PGA
CHASKA, Minn. -- Justin Leonard has built a reputation of gritty comebacks in major tournaments under the toughest conditions.

Could one more title be in the Stars?
After the Soldotna High School boys cross country running team hoisted its third straight state championship trophy last fall, coach Mark Devenney commented that maybe other teams around the state would look to the Stars as a team to emulate.

Sports Briefs
Broncos' Davis to retire after latest knee injuryRhodes will miss season with torn ACLEarnhardt Jr. powers to first pole of the seasonBrowns, Johnson agree to terms

Pelicans return to Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- After disappearing for more than a century in Wisconsin, white pelicans -- with their long wing spans and orange beaks -- have returned in surprising numbers to the area.

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