Monday, August 19, 2002

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.

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.

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

Independents crowd primary ticket for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaskan Independence Party is the most crowded in the gubernatorial race.

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.

Troopers release names of Skwentna plane crash victims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two men who died in a plane crash near Skwentna last week.

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.

Record silver salmon wins Seward derby
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- No one could beat Shirley Baysinger's catch after all.

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.

Man nearing end of 15,000-mile bike trek
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Stanley Brodaric has pedaled his mountain bike nonstop for nearly 17 months in hopes of sitting in the ''toondra,'' sipping champagne after reaching the Arctic Ocean.

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

Police to charge 16-year-old in missing girl's murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy will be charged with the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl who had been missing for six days after sneaking from her bedroom window.

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.

Aug. 18, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News notes the 100th birthday of a conservationist
Today marks the 100th birthday of Margaret Murie. She and her husband Olaus conducted wildlife studies in 1956 that ultimately contributed to the formation of the Arctic National Wildlife Range (later Refuge) in 1960.

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.

Aug. 15, 2002 The Voice of the Times says political agendas waste science
Ever wonder where politicians like Al Gore and California Gov. Gray Davis get the scientific facts on which they base their environmental agendas?

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.

Aug. 11, 2002 The Ketchikan Daily News urges a 'no' vote on legislature move
Ketchikan -- probably other communities in Southeast Alaska, too -- is just a little tired of being ''there'' for Juneau when it doesn't seem like Juneau is ''here'' for us when we need it.

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.

Aug. 15, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says it's easy to say 'no' to capitol move
In Alaska politics, statewide candidates have good reason to oppose

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.

Missile site beginning to take shape
FORT GREELY (AP) -- Workers at the new missile defense base here have installed a metal liner for the first of six missile silos dug more than 75 feet into the Interior soil.

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.

Man gets 60 years for massage parlor prostitution
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has received a 60-year term in federal prison after he was convicted of 96 felonies, mostly charging that Bruno Bordonici, 62, used a Fairbanks massage parlor as a front for prostitution and cocaine sales.

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.

Man shoots grizzly at Russian River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fisherman shot and killed a sow grizzly as she charged him in the early morning darkness Saturday on the banks of the Russian River.

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.

West Nile virus could hit Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's high latitude and cold weather may not protect residents from the typically temperate-dwelling West Nile virus.

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.

Flood water keeps Dalton Highway closed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Dalton Highway remained closed Sunday as a creek was running across about 50 feet of the road link to Prudhoe Bay and communities in the Brooks Range. Flooding also cut the Chena Hot Springs Road.

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage police look for second burglary suspect
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police continue to look for one of two men who broke into the home of an 81-year-old man earlier this month.

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.

Cubs snap Arizona's 8-game streak
CHICAGO -- Joe Girardi hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday as the Chicago Cubs, despite losing Sammy Sosa in an outfield collision, beat Arizona 3-2 to snap the Diamondbacks' eight-game winning streak.

Osborne strikes out 14; Louisville beats Harlem
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Zachary Osborne struck out 14 -- the last two with the bases loaded in the sixth inning -- as Louisville, Ky., beat Harlem 2-0 on Sunday night in pool play in the Little League World Series.

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

A-Rod at top of game; Rangers are at bottom
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez just might make AL MVP voters forget he's on a team headed for its third straight last-place finish.

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.

Wolf: Bureaucratic red tape bogs down private sector
Alaska's state government must be made more accountable and user-friendly, says House District 33 candidate Kelly Wolf of Kenai, who is running as a Republican in the Aug. 27 Alaska primary election.

Richards: Government out of control, too many regs
David L. Richards, a candidate on the Republican Party ballot in the race for House District 33, said it's been hard to find time to campaign in the middle of fishing season.

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.

Smalley: New revenue must be part of long-range plan
He's been there before and is ready to go back to help create a long-range fiscal plan for Alaska, said former Alaska House member Hal Smalley of Kenai.

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.

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.

Krogseng: Her government experience sets her apart
An income tax bill that made it through the Alas

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.

Governor races get ready for primary showdown
Hopefuls, wannabes, also-rans enter final campaign days

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.

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.

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.

Republican field crowded to be next second in command
JUNEAU -- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Panthers chew up 'Dawgs, 40-0
Turnabout is fair play. Right?

Jarrett shakes off spin for victory in Pepsi 400
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Dale Jarrett spun his fortunes around with a patient run to the front.

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.

Soldotna family stresses normal life for daughters
Cindy and Fritz Miller of Soldotna live in a home that is anything but average.

PBS to air special Tuesday night
Soldotna may be famous for fishing, but this week, the town will gain new notoriety as the home of the Millers, an exceptional family featured in a documentary on PBS.

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

Food bank adds to its menu
In a land overflowing with natural resources, it stands to reason that Alaskans shouldn't go without food. However, many people lack the necessary skills needed to properly take advantage of the edible wild game and vegetation available in the area.

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.

Nikiski firefighters put out blaze
The Nikiski Fire Department responded to a house fire on Ron's Avenue late Friday night. Fire-fighters were able to stop the fire from spreading and extinguish the blaze throughout the night. No one was injured.

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

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

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

Senate Q candidates share goals
Joe ArnessPatrick HawkinsRaymond VinZantJerry Ward

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.

District 33: Experience counts
Mel Krogseng, House District 33 Republican Hal Smalley House District 33 Democrat

Births
Anne and Alexander Schwartz

Peninsula People
Cooper Landing youth earns Eagle Scout rank Whitworth College honors area students Kasilof student chosen to lead college peers

Alaska to observe FAS Awareness Day
Alaska will join communities around the world by holding events to raise the awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Sept. 9.

Community news
Seward volunteer fire, EMS crew eligible for grant Event to raise cancer awareness in Anchorage Seafair Safety Rodeo set for Homer Nikiski High Class of 1993 plans reunion

Looking up
This photograph won 7-year-old Robin Glosser of Homer a national ranking at the ImageMakers National Photography Competition. Glosser is a member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula, where she competed in a clubwide contest and regional competition for digital photography.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Talent show planned High School plans back to school events Gubernatorial candidates to meet at chamber Toastmasters seek public interest Area business owner to speak at workshop Host families sought Kenai chamber looking for volunteers Soroptimist selling discount cards

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."

Hero of the week
I would like to thank and commend Kevin of Kev's Guide Service.

Panthers chew up 'Dawgs, 40-0
Turnabout is fair play. Right?

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.

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.

Beem showed more longing than sense
Rich Beem keeps a bottle of antacid in his golf bag and his old salesman's I.D. card in his wallet.

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.

San Jose wins ArenaBowl
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- John Dutton passed for 236 yards and five touchdowns as the San Jose SaberCats won their first ArenaBowl, shutting out the Arizona Rattlers in the first three quarters of a 52-14 victory Sunday.

'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.

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.

Surprise PGA Championship winner escapes Woods' patented victory run
CHASKA, Minn. -- Playing as if he had nothing to lose, Rich Beem buried Tiger Woods and captured a PGA Championship even he thought he had no business winning.

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

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.

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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