Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Fourth annual We the People March gets underway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The fourth annual We the People March was to get underway Tuesday in Anchorage.

Woman dies in crash south of Healy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Healy woman died after she crashed her car on the Parks Highway a few miles south of her home town, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Man charged with murder in Kaltag death
KALTAG (AP) -- A 64-year-old Kaltag man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend.

Former White Pass railroad executive enters plea, averting third trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former executive with the White Pass and Yukon Railroad on Wednesday entered a guilty plea to one misdemeanor count in U.S. District Court in connection with a 1994 oil spill by the railroad near Skagway.

Organization to help animals displaced by disasters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new non-profit organization has been launched to help the Fairbanks North Star Borough take care of animals displaced by disasters.

Man dies in Anchorage rollover accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A one-car accident north of Anchorage killed a 22-year-old man Tuesday night.

Alaska lawmakers talking with Canadians about gas pipeline plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A delegation of Alaska lawmakers is touring Western Canada to talk with Canadian government leaders about a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Motorcyclist dies in crash near Chugiak High
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A motorcyclist died Tuesday afternoon after he collided with a car near Chugiak High School, Anchorage police said.

Point Retreat lighthouse transfer draws concerns
JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to convey the historic Point Retreat Lighthouse and more than 1,500 acres of adjacent land to a preservation group has drawn opposition from some outdoor groups.

Feds decline to charge accused in St. Paul murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal charges will not be filed against the 25-year-old man accused of fatally shooting the commander of the U.S. Coast Guard station on St. Paul Island.

Army tries again to get bids on Wainwright hospital
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Army is going into a second round of bids to build a new hospital at Fort Wainwright at a cost that could total more than $200 million dollars.

Man using propane torch to stay warm injured in Juneau car fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 61-year-old man was hurt and his dog killed during a car fire sparked early Tuesday by a propane torch he was using to stay warm, Juneau authorities said.

Calista to get lion's share of land deal payout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Calista and three Native village corporations will receive $39.4 million for land valued by the government at less than $5 million.

Court rejects additional protection for Cook Inlet beluga whales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet beluga whales will not join the endangered species list.

Arctic Science center in the works
BARROW -- Plans are in the works to replace Barrow's aging Arctic Research Facility with a new state-of-the-art science center.

Kodiak rocket complex eyes mid-range interceptor missile tests
KODIAK (AP) -- Missiles used for mid-range interceptor missile tests would be headed to the Kodiak Launch Complex under the newest proposal by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.

Six rescued after boat sinks near Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Six people were rescued near Hawk Inlet after the boat they were in was swamped by high seas, the Coast Guard said. No one was injured.

Coast Guard investigators again headed for sunken ship
UNALASKA (AP) -- Coast Guard investigators looking into the sinking of the Arctic Rose left Unalaska Monday night on another mission to photograph the sunken vessel.

Chugiak High School teacher killed in plane crash in California
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teacher at Chugiak High School was killed Friday night when her father's small plane crashed in California.

We the People March targets Katie John Appeal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 2,000 people turned out for the fourth-annual We the People March in Anchorage, while about 100 marched to the Capitol in downtown Juneau.

Woman raped in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was raped over the weekend after she accepted a ride.

Minority report filed in Subsistence summit
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska can solve its subsistence dilemma without creating a privileged class and trampling on the civil rights of urban residents, said a group of delegates to Gov. Tony Knowles panel studying the issue.

Police officer charged in assault on boy
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An off-duty Ketchikan police officer was charged with assault for allegedly striking a 15-year-old boy, police said.

EPA proposes penalty for Cordova seafood processor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Cordova seafood processor faces $22,000 in proposed penalties by the Environmental Protection Agency, which accuses the company of violating its discharge permit.

Utah woman killed in Parks Highway accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Utah woman was killed when she drove her car into a guardrail on the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Cuddy family member dies in California car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A young member of a pioneer banking family died last week in a car crash in California.

Russians overcome obstacles to play at Little League World Series
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Overlooking Little League's Howard J. Lamade Stadium, 11-year-old Alexey Kobrinets said the biggest difference between baseball in the United States and back home in Russia isn't the well-kept fields or the high-quality equipment.

Cards tie Cubs for second in NL Central
CINCINNATI -- Mark McGwire hit one of St. Louis' five homers Tuesday night as the Cardinals overpowered the Cincinnati Reds 11-6 and moved into a second-place tie with Chicago in the NL Central.

Sierra, Rangers pound Yankees
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ruben Sierra went 5-for-5 with two homers, including one of four Texas hit off Orlando Hernandez, as the Rangers beat New York 13-3.

Blue Jays deepen Twins' misery
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kelvim Escobar came within two outs of his second career shutout and Brad Fullmer hit a three-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays handed the Minnesota Twins their 10th loss in 11 games, 3-2 Monday night.

Cards' win streak has odd ending
CINCINNATI -- Four errors. A disputed obstruction call. The first homer over the majors' tallest wall. Ken Griffey Jr.'s first inside-the-park homer in 11 years.

Miss Teen Alaska Sondra Mize returns from Tennessee
Miss Teen Alaska, Sondra Mize, is a third generation Alaskan whose grandfather Morris Coreson cleared most of the homesteads in the Central Peninsula back in the late forties and early fifties.

The Last Frontiersman designs wheel chair accessible riverboat
Dan McDowell, advertised as the Last Frontiersman, is a professional Guide and Outfitter who has lived on the Kenai all his life. Dan, with the help of Mikes Welding in Sterling has designed the first wheelchair accessible riverboat on the Kenai.

Growing the market for Alaskan Seafood
Federal and State dollars may be on their way to obtain maximum social and economic benefits from harvestable marine resources, if a project proposed by the Phoenix Food Consulting, Ltd, of Anchorage, receives funding.

Snow covers Kenai as new City Manager
Linda Snow slides into the position as the new City Manager of Kenai. The former Kenai resident returns to the City from Petersburg where she was City Manager for seven years after being the city administrator at McGrath Alaska for nine years.

Soldotna's Summers family prepares for a yearlong trip around the world
When you are eleven and twelve years old and planning a yearlong global journey the first thing you want to be sure to pack enough of is cash, those good old U.S. greenbacks that spend so well when traveling around the world.

Seat belt a factor in driver's death
ATLANTA -- Six months, 54 experts and $1 million later, there are no definitive answers to all the questions about Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash.

Minority report filed from governor's subsistence summit
JUNEAU -- Alaska can solve its subsistence dilemma without creating a privileged class and trampling on the civil rights of urban residents, said a group of delegates to Gov. Tony Knowles panel studying the issue.

Judge upholds beluga status
A federal judge Monday ruled against environmental groups seeking an endangered listing to protect Cook Inlet beluga whales.

School board challenges state issues
The Association of Alaska School Boards works with legislators to shape state education policy. Every year it lines up resolutions from boards to take to Juneau.

Calista to get lion's share of payout in land deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Calista and three Native village corporations will receive $39.4 million for land valued by the government at less than $5 million.

Small plane crash injures 2
A Nikiski ambulance took two men to Central Peninsula General Hospital following a plane crash just before noon Tuesday.

Returning space station astronauts hanker for family, smells of Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It's been an expensive five months in orbit for returning space station astronaut Jim Voss. Back home, the air conditioner had to be replaced, the house painted and the termite-control man called.

Editors say they were duped into publishing made-up essay about Alaska suicide
CHICAGO -- The distinguished Journal of the American Medical Association says it got duped into publishing a medical student's phony account of an elderly Alaskan villager walking out onto the frozen Arctic Ocean to commit suicide.

Kenai mourns longtime resident
Kenai resident Donald R. "Donnie" Morgan died unexpectedly at his home early Monday morning. He was 52.

Artificial heart patient faces public
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- His face gaunt and his voice just a whisper at times, the first person with a self-contained artificial heart stepped into the public eye Tuesday and said with a smile that the whirring sound takes some getting used to -- but he likes it because it ''makes me realize that I'm alive.''

Peninsula homes on the rise
Falling interest rates and the need for housing have helped fuel an increase in construction on the Kenai Peninsula.

Winter weather up in the air
As summer winds down and the snowbirds turn south, the thoughts of full-time Alaskans turn to the inevitable, perennial question: What will the winter be like?

Photo feature: Missed shot
Cory Whiteley reacts to a missed serve while playing tennis with friends at Kenai Central High School Tuesday afternoon. Today the play is over as students return to school for another year of classes.

Donnie Morgan
Kenai resident Donnie Morgan died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at his home in Kenai. He was 52.

Vivian Jeanette Super
Homer resident Vivian Jeanette Super died at her home in Homer Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, after a battle with cancer. She was 57.

Ninilchik seniors express appreciation for charter donations

New school year brings challenges, new opportunities
School bells welcomed students, faculty and staff back to class this morning. On the doorstep of another academic year, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District also finds itself at a crossroads, of sorts.

President Bush needs a new policy strategy
When President Bush returns to Washington, he'll face a carefully planned ambush by Democrats who will repeat their successful strategy of striking fear into the hearts of the uninformed.

Visit to war shrine highlights Japan's bitter symbolism
To Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine may have seemed a simple thing. Leaders should honor their nations' war dead.

Letters to the Editor
Out-of-state visitors say thanks for the hospitalityWildfire shows Forest Service not acting in interest of Alaskans

College student finds meaning in diversity, significance of where 'home' is
The fireweed's bloom is just beginning to reach the top of the stalk, leaves have not even begun to consider turning and the salmon run is not quite spent, but for me summer is already over.

Communitywide effort needed
I am presently writing a book, tracing the path of education from 1956 until the present.

Around the Peninsula
Mystery Creek access road openCooper Landing highway plans info availableOld-timer's reunion plannedPressure canner testing offeredSchool shot clinics continueParents from SMS invited to meetFood Bank seeks donationsBlood donations neededLow-cost prescription program available

Around the Peninsula
K-Beach to hold open houseSoldotna Elementary to greet studentsNew support group plannedInfo system upgrades slatedArtistic fish skin presentation setChamber to feature panelRealtors annual meeting setRadio station board meeting scheduled

District school news
News from school around the district

Around the District
Registration continues at collegeAfter the Bell fall registrationCalifornia may postpone exit examsNational Geographic encourages river studiesU.S. teachers work more, earn lessInfo available to aid stuttering studentsSoHi principal attends national summit

Lutheran elementary school prepares to open
The peninsula's newest Christian elementary school is preparing to open its doors for the first time.

School Menus
What's on the menu at our district schools

Christian college welcomes students
Soldotna is on the verge of becoming a two-college town.

Advocates: Drug-price increases hit seniors hard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The prices for medicines used by the elderly have been rising more rapidly than their other normal living costs, says a group that advocates federal aid for prescription drugs.

Senior Briefs
Activities available for local seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for local seniors

Jack, Tiger in a dead heat in the majors after five years
When it comes to measuring the majors, the records of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are nearly identical through their first years as a pro.

Sports Briefs
Homer netters down BulldogsCowboy Roundup crowns champsFresno State dismisses Maddox from teamMavs reach tentative agreement to get HardawayCoyotes re-sign Doan to multiyear dealLemieux expects to sit out one-quarter of season

Pederson pushes Pack past Denver
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Doug Pederson doesn't know if he wrapped up the backup quarterback job behind Brett Favre on Monday night.

Stringer's widow wants answers
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Kelci Stringer doesn't speak as if she's recently been widowed.

Rangers make trade for Lindros official
NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros was on the ice the last time the New York Rangers were in the playoffs.

Sports Briefs
Johnnie drives away with Trophy classKenai Central JV to face HomerAnchorage man takes Seward derbyMn from Idaho takes August lead in HomerTyson vs. Nielsen set for Sept. 8 in DenmarkWeekend arrests add to Nebraska's troublesMRI on Wood shows no damage to shoulder

Bolts lock up top pick
SAN DIEGO -- Running back LaDainian Tomlinson agreed Tuesday night to a six-year, $38 million deal with the San Diego Chargers, his agent said.

Liberty bump Miami from WNBA playoffs
NEW YORK -- Vickie Johnson scored 22 points and the New York Liberty advanced to their third straight WNBA Eastern Conference finals with a 72-61 victory over the Miami Sol on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles tops Comets
LOS ANGELES -- Lisa Leslie had 28 points and 18 rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks swept the four-time defending champion Houston Comets out of the WNBA playoffs for the first time with a 70-58 victory Monday night.

Kenai Golf Report
For five golf seasons I have written this golf report and have never had a problem with words. However, this weekly report has me fumbling from the start. What do I say? How do I express my feelings? What can any of us do or say to help in a time like this?

Family visits track where trampling death occurred
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- The family of jockey Isiah Sala visited Marquis Downs on Monday, a day after the 23-year-old died from injuries sustained during a race at the track.

Comeback kids make U.S. squad
DULUTH, Ga. -- Having staged the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history, the United States will try to retain the trophy with the help of two captain's picks who know something about beating the odds.

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