Thursday, August 23, 2001

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

Juneau mayor asks Knowles to back study of road to Skagway
JUNEAU (AP) -- Mayor Sally Smith has asked Gov. Tony Knowles to back completion of an environmental impact statement on a plan to build a road from Juneau to Skagway.

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

Tourist killed on Mount Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 17-year-old tourist who failed to return to his cruise ship was found dead Thursday on Mount Juneau, police said.

Man charged with assault after in-flight incident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A North Carolina man was jailed on a federal assault charge Tuesday after a Northwest Airlines international flight was diverted to Anchorage.

Judge rules against state in subsistence argument
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is not sure it will appeal a Superior Court judge's ruling on subsistence hunting and fishing in Southcentral Alaska.

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.

Killing wolves is Alaska's touchy subject
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Killing wolves is a touchy subject in Alaska.

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.

Grant to help provide homes to Mountain Village
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $630,000 grant will help provide new rental homes for low-income and special needs families in Mountain Village.

DEC says Nabors Alaska failed to immediately report drilling mud spill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc. failed to immediately report a 672 gallon spill of hazardous drilling mud in the North Slope Sunday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said.

State to use money to fight drunken driving
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $668,000 grant Alaska received from the federal government for lowering the blood alcohol level to .08 will be used to fight drunken driving, the governor's office said.

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.

Toddler dies in apartment fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 4-year-old girl died in a fire she started with a cigarette lighter, said Fairbanks Deputy Fire Marshal Ernie Misewicz.

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.

Federal Civil Rights Commission meets in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Civil Rights Commission began meeting Thursday to hear testimony about the racial climate in Alaska, including the paintball attacks earlier this year on Natives in Anchorage.

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.

Former Mat-Su teachers pleads no contest to sexual assault charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former teacher at Colony High School in Wasilla pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of fourth degree sexual assault of a minor.

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.

Two injuries reported in four plane crashes around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people were injured in one of four planes that crashed Tuesday after takeoff from locations around Alaska.

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.

Police release name of victim in fatal motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have released the name of a man killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon.

Elderly man hikes three hours to rescue 85-year-old wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bob Buzby hiked for three hours Sunday evening, wading glacier-fed creeks several times in high-top leather slippers, to find help for his injured wife who fell off a four-wheeler.

Rangers down Yanks to win season series
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Darren Oliver and the Texas Rangers took advantage of New York's sloppy play and clinched the season series against the Yankees with an 8-1 victory Wednesday night.

Sosa hits three homers vs. Brewers
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit three homers and drove in six runs, helping Kevin Tapani (9-10) win for the first time in almost 11 weeks, as the Chicago Cubs routed the Milwaukee Brewers 16-3 Wednesday.

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.

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.

Stocks rebound on bargain hunt
NEW YORK -- Placing some bets despite their worries about the economy, bargain-hunting investors sent the stock market higher Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Nikiski plant boosts Agrium earningsOil and gas drilling proposed at KatallaForest Oil announces record earningsUnocal earnings fall

Regulators will mandate insurance coverage of birth-control
OLYMPIA -- Lois Walker says it's a simple matter of fairness: If men get their Viagra prescriptions covered by insurance, why do many women have to pay for birth-control pills out of pocket?

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.

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.

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.

Extreme sport isn't for amateurs -- or the faint of heart
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It's been said the best teacher is experience. Sometimes, though, a lot depends on which experience you let teach the lesson.

New HBO series features little actors
NEW YORK -- On HBO, Carrie is worried about being engaged. Miranda is battling body-image depression. And Samantha has lust in her heart for a $4,000 Hermes handbag.

'Summer Catch': Lots to look at, not much to see
''Summer Catch'' is a good opportunity to ogle attractive young men and women, especially Freddie Prinze Jr., who goes shirtless within minutes of the opening credits, and Jessica Biel, whose character likes to swim -- a lot. But it's not much more than that.

Tales wanted: Do you have a midlife story?
Do you have heart-warming, insightful and powerfully moving stories about midlife? It could be about anything that occurred from whatever age you feel is "middle age" -- somewhere above "youth" and below "old."

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFuture EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Chain saw artist mixes business with pleasure
Wood carver Scott Hanson puts his heart -- and home -- into his work.

Art Briefs
Seldovia concert plannedArt show scheduledSoup supper plannedOral histories now availableSoldotna museum open for summerFree poetry contest offered

Things are about to change on the NASCAR circuit -- a little
NASCAR finally admitted that opening up an R&D department might be a good idea.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Off to school
Tamara Passe, right, coaxes a goodbye kiss from her daughter Mariah Howarth Wednesday morning as the bus approaches to take Howarth and her friend Amber Chapman, left, to Mountain View Elementary School on the first day of classes.

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.

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.

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.

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

Tsunami detectors offer time to head for higher ground
HONOLULU -- It's not a matter of if. It's more a matter of when and where.

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

School shot clinics continue
The public health nurses are offering extended hours for back-to-school shots.

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.''

Plan would decrease permanent fund share
An Anchorage legislator visited Soldotna on Tuesday to promote spending more of the state's oil and gas revenues on state government and depositing less to the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Many students sent home for noncompliance with immunization requirement
Immunization requirements this year are turning out to be more a pain in the rear than a shot in the arm.

Canvass Board, precinct judges approved; ballot propositions heard, discussed
With only six weeks until the Oct. 2 municipal election, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly focused on getting things in order on Tuesday.

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.

Diana J. Allmon
Soldotna resident Diana J. Allmon died Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was 51.

Erna May Kloster
Homer resident Erna May Kloster died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. She was 77.

Donald Regan (Donnie) Morgan
Longtime Kenai resident Donald Regan (Donnie) Morgan died unexpectedly 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

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.

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.

Good news for families: Kids want to spend time with their busy families
Sometimes it seems like the only news about today's young people is bad news. Violence, drugs, delinquency and the general breakdown of the American family are familiar themes.

Sharpton's run would help GOP
The Rev. Al Sharpton, another minister without church portfolio, is forming an exploratory committee to run for president. Sharpton is following in the footsteps of his example and mentor, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been politically damaged and sidelined due to new, uh, parental responsibilities.

Aug. 18, 2001 - The Voice of the Times on Middle East tensions
Despite all efforts to find peace in the Middle East, every day brings more convincing signs that war -- real, all-out, no-holds-barred war -- is breaking out between Palestine and Israel.

Letters to the Editor
Attitude of some makes others reluctant to be heard on key issues

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

Ann Bancroft's book reveals the struggle of a South Pole expedition
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Many stories have been told about Ann Bancroft's physically rigorous journeys to the North and South Poles.

The rough and tough world of outdoor gear is targeting kids
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- For many outdoor adventurers it is the final frontier: shlepping the kids into the wilderness.

Network of locals offer quick help when hikers need it most
JUNEAU (AP) -- When hikers get lost in the woods or stuck on a mountain near Juneau, phones ring and beepers beep, alerting volunteers all over town.

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
Swap meet SaturdayBooth space availableBook signing scheduled for FridayDinner tickets for saleSoup supper plannedCPR/First Aid instructor course slated

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

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

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

District school news
News from school around the district

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

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.

Red Wings continue to over-Hull lineup
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings continued their reloading project Wednesday with the signing of free agent Brett Hull.

Birch Ridge Report
Words are hard to come by to express the sorrow we feel in the unexpected passing of our friend Donnie Morgan.

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.

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

McNown traded to Dolphins from Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears officially gave up on Cade McNown, their first-round draft pick of two years ago, by sending him to Miami on Wednesday for two low draft picks.

Seven games, four coaching debuts to kick off 2001 college football season
Coaching debuts are the order of business as the 2001 season begins with seven ''classic'' games this weekend.

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.

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?

Sports Briefs
Mohler, Smith take River to River Run

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