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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Knowles names Larry Wood to APOC
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has named a lawyer for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Yukon-Kuskokwin District opens correspondence school
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Yukon-Koyukuk School District is launching a statewide correspondence program -- Raven Correspondence School -- in an effort to keep its students.

Marine experts to convene on ocean policy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marine experts will testify this week in Anchorage before the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, beginning Wednesday. The meeting will continue Thursday.

Temporary Dalton closure puts trucks behind schedule
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The temporary closure of the Dalton Highway has put Carlile Enterprises a week behind schedule to get 20 million pounds of drilling mud to a Beaufort Sea barge in September.

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

Earthquake rattles Andreanof Islands region
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake struck in the Andreanof Islands region Wednesday morning.

Trial for alleged pipeline shooter delayed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The trial for alleged oil pipeline shooter Daniel Lewis has been postponed until Nov. 12.

Fairbanks police arrest accused sex offender
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A newly hired mental health clinician for a Fairbanks teenage substance abuse treatment program is accused of molesting a boy in his former Idaho town.

Toddler sneaks solo trip on commuter plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Trevor Amukon is just 3 years old, but he already has the travel bug.

Air cargo firm announces layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Central Express Inc. has issued more than 40 layoff notices to workers after the Postal Service told the airline this week it no longer will be allowed to carry bypass mail.

Two people charged with Nome murder
NOME (AP) -- Two people are facing charges in the ax slaying of a Nome man whose bloodied body was found Sunday, police said Monday.

Fairbanks celebrates new bishop
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Diocese of Fairbanks on Wednesday began celebrating this week's ordination and installation of Monsignor Donald Kettler as bishop.

Two men charged in Anchorage carjacking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men were arrested Tuesday and charged in the carjacking of a woman visiting from Dillingham, Anchorage police said.

Group says ATV use should be curbed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Consumer and environmental groups are urging the licensing of all-terrain vehicle drivers and they say children should be kept off the machines.

Light earthquake strikes Cook Inlet region
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake struck the Cook Inlet area Tuesday morning.

Leaks hamper pipeline cleanup effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An abandoned Cook Inlet pipeline sprung several leaks while it was being pressurized by cleanup crews.

New moose-illuminating lights working well
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Moose-illuminating lights installed on a stretch of the Glenn Highway appear to be doing their job.

NovaGold moving quickly to capitalize on big find
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- NovaGold, the company that hit it big when it identified 23 million ounces of gold in Southwest Alaska, is progressing quickly to develop the find.

Swingley takes on Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doug Swingley may have retired from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but not from competitive mushing.

Officials warn against feeding sea lions
KODIAK (AP) -- Wildlife officials are warning people not to feed Kodiak's Steller sea lions in what they say is a worsening problem.

Worker injured in Prudhoe Bay well explosion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. worker was badly injured in an explosion caused by an underground casing failure at Prudhoe Bay.

Ulmer presents four-part plan for Alaska education
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Under Fran Ulmer's education plan, school districts would be in line for more money and would have more time to figure out how to spend it.

Coast Guard, searchers hunt for missing Angoon hunter
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Searchers looking for a missing hunter near Admiralty Island's Mitchell Bay found an overturned canoe and a pair of shoes on Monday.

Coast Guard, DEC investigate cruise ship discharge
JUNEAU (AP) -- An investigation is being conducted into reports that a Holland America Line cruise ship discharged a brown substance into the water while docked in Juneau.

Soldotna family seeks normal life for daughters
KENAI (AP) -- Cindy and Fritz Miller of Soldotna live in a home that is anything but average.

Murder suspect back in jail
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A man charged with murdering a man Christmas Eve is back in jail for allegedly violating the conditions of his bail, Ketchikan police said.

Kotzebue and Kotlik to benefit from Farm Bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The communities of Kotzebue and Kotlik will benefit from the recently-enacted federal Farm Bill, officials said Tuesday.

Fishing permit broker sentenced in scam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer fishing permit broker has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing $335,000 from commercial fishing clients.

With flagging attendance, would Marlins welcome strike?
MIAMI -- As the grounds crew grooms the infield shortly before the game on a balmy weeknight, the ballpark is so empty the rakes smoothing the dirt can be heard from the upper deck.

Yankees knock down Angels
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams singled three times, giving him 10 straight multihit games, and Jason Giambi homered and drove in three runs to lead the New York Yankees over the Anaheim Angels 7-5 Tuesday night.

Union head says salaries under attack
NEW YORK -- Union head Donald Fehr made his most pointed criticism of the baseball owners' economic proposals, calling them ''a wholesale attack on the salary structure.''

Baseball returns to table
NEW YORK -- Baseball negotiators resumed talks Monday with the speed of a Trevor Hoffman changeup, not a Randy Johnson fastball.

Expos win what could be final game in Montreal
MONTREAL -- Playing what may wind up to be major league baseball's final game in Montreal, Bartolo Colon pitched a two-hitter for his first NL shutout to lead the Expos over the San Diego Padres 4-0 Monday.

Suit focuses on oil exploration in Colorado national monument
DENVER (AP) -- Four environmental groups announced Monday they have filed suit to stop vibrating trucks from exploring for oil at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

California fishers haul in big salmon catches, but prices low
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- California fishers are bringing home a huge haul of king salmon this season -- but it's been a mixed blessing.

Trey Howze, 6 years old, 56 lbs. Fish, age unknown, 57 lbs.
Trey Howze caught this 57 lb. fish while visiting Grandpa & Grandma Howze on the Kenai River. He only needed help netting it!

Chenault: Education funding would be his major focus
Completing his freshman term in the Alaska House of Representatives, District 9's Charles M. "Mike" Chenault acknowledges the Legislature didn't accomplish everything he'd hoped it would when he first left for Juneau in 2000.

Scalzi: Challenger misrepresents positions on fisheries
Incumbent Republican Rep. Drew Scalzi knows he's in a fight for the party nod in the House District 35 race, but he stands by the fishery bills he sponsored, the effects of which led his opponent, Paul Seaton, to try and unseat him.

Seaton: Frustration over fisheries bills fuels challenge
Frustrated over fisheries legislation, Homer resident and long-time fisher Paul Seaton decided to challenge Rep. Drew Scalzi in the Republic primary in the race for House District 35.

Price: Closed primary, lack of funds present challenges
House District 34 candidate James R. Price, who is running unopposed in the Aug. 27 primary as a Republican Moderate, said this week he thinks Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Chenault is vulnerable in the general election in November.

More money: Ulmer presents 4-part plan for education in Alaska
ANCHORAGE -- Under Fran Ulmer's education plan, school districts would be in line for more money and would have more time to figure out how to spend it.

Gubernatorial forums planned in area today
At noon today, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a candidate forum at its weekly luncheon for the governor's race. In order to accommodate the expected crowd, the luncheon will be held at the Diamond Rose in the Alaska Lanes building, instead of Paradisos Restaurant. The event will be catered by Paradisos. The cost is $10.50.

Six candidates seek AIP nomination for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaskan Independence Party is the most crowded in the gubernatorial race.

District 35 race pits Republican vs. Republican
Barring the unlikely election of a write-in candidate in November, the Republican Party primary on Tuesday will determine who goes to Juneau in January to represent House District 35.

Senate race draws a crowd
Senate District Q candidates faced each other once again Tuesday, this time at a candidate forum before a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience.

Primary won't eliminate candidates in District 34
Both candidates running in the Aug. 27 primary for House District 34 will appear on the November general election ballot.

Photo feature: Casting a spell
Bob Gardner of Colorado casts for a silver salmon at Cunningham Park in Kenai Tuesday afternoon. His brother and father were trying their luck nearby.

278.2-pounder leads Homer derby
A 278.2-pound halibut caught by Paul Lemek of Rockville, Conn., on Aug. 5 while fishing with Grizzly Charters leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby August standings.

Fishing hot as temperatures cool
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- While the fishing season may be cooling off for some anglers as the salmon runs begin to wind down and hunting season approaches, things are just getting hot for fly fishermen and women in Fairbanks. At least that's the way Howie Van Ness at the Alaska Fly Shop sees it.

How much water do you really need to drink?
WASHINGTON\ -- ''Drink at least eight glasses of water a day'' is an adage some obsessively follow, judging by the people sucking on water bottles at every street corner -- but the need for so much water may be a myth.

Improving hunters' image part of Fish and Wildlife plan
TACOMA (AP) -- Improving the image of hunters and boosting public support for hunting cougars and black bears are among the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's goals in a proposed six-year plan for managing the state's game species.

Whether a 'gluck' or a 'mu-wah,' moose-speak can draw out the bulls
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- I had never heard a moose grunt, but there was no mistaking the sound.

'Antler express' pricey, but will ship Alaska trophies despite Sept. 11 restrictions
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- It's going to cost more, but hunters from the Lower 48 will have their trophies delivered right to their door as a result of tighter shipping restrictions because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

NOW PLAYING: Blue Crush
Surfing movies generally fall into one of two categories. Big budget extreme sport action flicks like Point Break, or low budget zen experiences like The Endless Summer.

Questions raised as baggage screening deadline gets closer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Managers at some major airports believe big travel problems could lie ahead come the Dec. 31 deadline to begin inspecting every piece of checked luggage for explosives. They also are raising questions about whether the bomb-screening equipment is sophisticated enough and in adequate supply.

Congress considering new tax cuts
WASHINGTON -- Even before President Bush started talking about it, House Republicans were at work on election-year tax legislation aimed at easing the sting of stock market losses for investors and giving older people more time to build up retirement assets.

Food tax question on ballot
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will decide Oct. 1 whether they want to continue paying the 2-percent sales tax on nonprepared food items purchased at local grocery stores.

Borough sales tax code under review; recommendations expected later this year
A borough committee is weighing a list of proposed changes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's sales tax code that are meant to level the sales tax field for businesses, make application of the code more efficient and, in some cases, eliminate exemptions.

Unocal meetings look at restructuring
Unocal Oil Corporation is holding meetings this week in Anchorage to determine the future of the company's oil and gas drilling operations in Cook Inlet.

BP's plan to use pig on pipeline doesn't fly
This pig won't fly. British Petroleum abandoned a plan to use a foam pipeline "pig" to clean out an abandoned undersea Cook Inlet oil pipeline after determining the pipe was too leaky.

Accessibility means more than ramps
Nationally known disability rights attorney Steve Gold met with members of the state's Independent Living Council Monday in Soldotna during a day-long training session on housing needs and legal issues affecting people with disabilities.

Robert Haag
Kenai resident Robert Haag died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

District 35: 2 candidates, 1 party
Drew Scalzi, House District 35 Republican IncumbentPaul Seaton, House District 35 Republican Incumbent

Alaskans should vote 'no' on legislative 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.

District 33: 2 choices, 2 parties
We must not continue the failed policies of the past. With a shrinking economy and a growing government sector, we must have strong leaders willing to honestly address this reality and work together for long-term solutions. The days of giving partisan politics and special interest groups priority over public policy must end.

Senate should not use federal courts as club to beat President Bush
The American Bar Association sent an important message to the U.S. Senate: Stop using the federal courts as a political club for beating President Bush over the head.

Letters to the Editor
Alaskans must take careful look at who is seeking their votesAlaskans' outdoor lifestyle would be best supported by Loren LemanAlaskans encouraged to vote for Leman for lieutenant governor

Applause
Children's Spectacular proves to be fun for kids, volunteersVFW Ladies Auxiliary appreciates work of CIA girls basketball teamBusiness donation help send 19 athletes to football camp

Letters to the Editor
Outdoor council's political action committee supports TaylorVoters could send strong message by picking up third-party ballotWeb sites provide information about candidates, their positionsHouse District 33 candidate clarifies position on sales tax vs. income tax

Alaskans have reason to be optimistic
We Alaskans have reason for significant, but guarded optimism. We can be optimistic based upon our resource economy -- oil, gas, minerals, timber, fish, tourism -- all of which may provide opportunities for generations to come. We can be optimistic based upon our strong work ethic, our cultural diversity and our collective can-do spirit; intangibles which will ultimately define Alaska and its people. We most assuredly should be optimistic about the future based upon our financial situation; with $25 billion in the bank, and no individual taxes, we are the envy of the nation.

Wilderness Classic racers court death in July blizzard
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- At the start, the cold rain came down October-ugly. Only one of the 27 hardy souls gathered for the start of the Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Classic race through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park read the meaning of the snow line creeping down the mountains above and showed the sense to go home.

Around the Peninsula
Red Cross offers first aid classRedoubt to host open house tonightKCHS introduces new administratorsSears offers opportunity to meet teachersNAMI meeting planned for todayBoys and Girls Club ends summer programsWorkshop to address FASD youthSalvation Army offers back to school helpCaregivers to meet around peninsulaBP rep to speak at North Peninsula chamberSpecialist to discuss vision loss at senior center

Around the Peninsula
North chamber to host BP speakerCentral Peninsula Health Centers meeting slatedFirst aid, CPR classes plannedInterpretive Programs offeredKPC to hold registration, barbecueArea business owner to speak at workshopToastmasters meeting plannedVision specialist to visit senior center

Pet of the Week, Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a female adult German shepherd mix for $88.20. Spay surgery, license and vaccines are included. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

School district introduces 17 new administrators
As classes start today, students and parents may notice more than a few new faces around the district. There are 17 new in-school administrators in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District -- six moved from within the district, six promoted from district teaching positions and five hired from outside the district.

District School News
News from schools around the district

First day: Not everyone dreads end of summer
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will pack up their school supplies, don new clothes and head off to the first day of classes this morning.

Changes greet students
Parents and students can expect a few changes at area schools as classes kick off this morning -- both in structure and attitude.

Got spirit?
Kenai Central High School senior Kylee Vienna leads a group of incoming ninth-graders in a school cheer Monday night in the KCHS gym at the close of Freshman Night. The student council organized the two-hour event to help orient new Kenai Central freshmen to high school. Classes begin today.

Around the District
Boys and Girls Clubs offer After the Bell program

KPC kicks off new school year
Registration, barbecue plannedLiberal studies degree availableLate registration offered

Cooking star becomes part of history on 90th birthday
WASHINGTON -- Julia Child became an official part of the national heritage Monday, belatedly celebrating her 90th birthday by opening her kitchen as an exhibit of the National Museum of American History.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Hudson remains unbeaten in August
CLEVELAND -- Tim Hudson pitched 8 1-3 innings to remain unbeaten in August and Eric Chavez homered twice as the Oakland Athletics won their sixth straight game Monday night, 8-1 over the Cleveland Indians.

Kenai Golf Course: Greens get plugged, sanded
The greens recently were plugged and sanded. Each year about the same time this happens to the greens. It is a very important part of green maintenance. What would the greens be like without such attention?

Liberty cures Fever
NEW YORK -- Vickie Johnson scored 19 points to lead the New York Liberty into the Eastern Conference finals with a 75-60 win over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.

Camp helps Alaska divers soar
A few years ago, Bim and Vickie Blake of Kasilof were pondering the expense and commitment of sending their son Outside for offseason diving camps as a means to get him some training away from the high school season.

Sports Briefs
278.2-pounder leads Homer derbyMotocross riders prepare for state eventSerena Williams, Hewitt seeded No. 1Mathieu eliminates Sampras in second roundWilliams, Davenport advance to quarterfinals

X Games pull huge crowds
Fast and wild and totally sick, the X Games are everything that baseball is not.

Sports Briefs
Johnnie wins class at Alaska Raceway ParkBlair, Cartwright take Rescue RunRaiders win bidding war for Sam Adams

Fond farewell
Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, right, is hugged by teammate Shannon Sharpe after Davis was introduced prior to the start of Monday night's NFL exhibition game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos in Denver.

Texans open up Reliant Stadium
HOUSTON -- Thousands of Houston Texans season-ticket holders attended a Reliant Stadium dress rehearsal Tuesday as the team held its last evening practice of training camp inside its new $449 million home.

Woods equally impressive in defeat
CHASKA, Minn. -- Take away some wretched weather in the third round at Muirfield and two magical shots by Rich Beem at Hazeltine, and Tiger Woods might have a Grand Slam no one could debate.

WNBA official collapses
HOUSTON -- Referee Bill Stokes collapsed during Tuesday night's WNBA playoff game between the Houston Comets and Utah Starzz.

Beem's title brings celebrity
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Rich Beem is starting to get an idea of how life changes after winning a PGA Championship.

Haas makes off with medalist honors
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Bill Haas, son of longtime PGA Tour pro Jay Haas, shot a 68 Tuesday to earn medalist honors at 5-under 135 after two rounds of stroke play in the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.

Nebraska cheerleaders not flipping over new rule keeping them grounded
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Kellie Bowman doesn't feel much like cheering, even with the college football season days away.

Officials warn against feeding sea lions
KODIAK (AP) -- Wildlife officials are warning people not to feed Kodiak's Steller sea lions in what they say is a worsening problem.

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