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Friday, August 23, 2002

Eielson guard unit returns home from desert of Oman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Members of an Alaska Air National Guard unit have returned to Eielson Air Force Base after following a deployment in the desert of Oman.

Coalition wants new studies of pipeline impact
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A coalition of environmental, Native and public interest groups wants new studies done on the environmental impact of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Alaska airports to hire more screeners
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Federal officials expect to hire dozens of passenger and luggage screeners at Alaska's largest airports.

GTL workers settle labor dispute
KENAI (AP) -- Thirteen people who were laid off while building the BP Gas-to-Liquid plant in Nikiski will receive $233,000 in back wages.

Company officers indicted in waste dumping; Companies plead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five more people have been indicted by an Anchorage federal grand jury for their roles in an ocean pollution conspiracy involving oil dumping from cargo ships that regularly travel in Alaska.

Several legislative races will be won on Tuesday
JUNEAU (AP) -- Partisan voters in Tuesday's closed primary will decide eight legislative races around the state months before the final vote in the November general election.

New crisis nursery opens in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new crisis nursery is opening up in Anchorage to replace an emergency residential program run by the Anchorage Center for Families, which folded last month.

Troopers suspend search for missing hunter
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said Friday they have suspended the search for an Angoon hunter who disappeared last week on Admiralty Island.

Coast Guard saves charter vessel from sinking-
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard cutter Anthony Petit saved a charter boat that was in jeopardy of sinking.

Committee to pay legal fees in redistricting plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Legislature's Budget and Audit Committee has agreed to pay the remaining legal fees of a law firm that represented the Alaska Redistricting Board, which drafted the new legislative redistricting plan.

Ulmer says new taxes will be needed
KENAI (AP) -- Democrat Fran Ulmer has set herself apart from other candidates in the governor's race by declaring that new taxes will be needed to solve the state's budget crisis.

Hobo Jim fan creates fund to replace stolen guitar
KENAI (AP) -- A longtime Soldotna fan of Hobo Jim has established a fund to help replace a $6,000 guitar that was recently stolen from Alaska's official balladeer.

Man tries to save rare white black bear from hunters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pat Costello first saw what he calls the ''Spirit Bear'' last week -- a ghostly blur of white, disappearing into some woods near Juneau.

Deadlines on child protection reports clash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Conflicting deadlines could hamper the efforts of a new commission examining the state's child protection system.

Masek back in her district with days left in the campaign
JUNEAU (AP) -- After being absent from the campaign trail for most of the summer, Republican Rep. Beverly Masek is trying to make up for lost time.

Anchorage police release tapes of Godfrey 911 call
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have released tapes of Patti Godfrey's 911 call after her husband was shot to death and she was critically wounded inside their Eagle River home.

Stevens cautions against locking up state seas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens cautioned against closing large areas of water to the state's oil and fishing industries.

Adak to get nearly $1 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Adak Reuse Corp. will receive nearly $1 million in federal money to help turn the Adak Naval Air Station into an industrial park.

Godfrey shooting details emerge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The thunder of a gunshot from somewhere inside her Eagle River home was Patti Godfrey's first inkling of trouble the night her husband died.

Tourist hit by van in downtown Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- A tourist from Washington was seriously injured after being hit by a van and becoming trapped under the wheels.

Throng of opponents poised to take on Young and Stevens
JUNEAU (AP) -- Voters in Tuesday's Democratic primary will select from two candidates who are vying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in November.

NorQuest Seafoods official floats cold storage idea
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Norquest Seafoods official is floating the idea of a community cold storage in Ketchikan as a way of helping the struggling seafood industry in Alaska.

AEL&P CEO steps down 19-year veteran McLeod to replace Corbus as president
JUNEAU (AP) -- A family dynasty ended Wednesday with Bill Corbus' retirement from the presidency and day-to-day management of Alaska Electric Light and Power, the company his forefathers bought in 1896.

Four file suit for more time on absentee ballots
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Talkeetna homesteader and three other Alaskans filed suit Thursday seeking more time to receive and send in absentee ballots.

Nome students to start school a week later than planned
NOME (AP) -- Nome Public Schools students will report to class a week later than planned.

Giants hand Mets 11th straight loss
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Jensen pitched six strong innings to win for the first time in eight starts and the San Francisco Giants extended the New York Mets' longest losing streak since 1991 to 11 games with a 3-1 victory Thursday.

Brewers are all wet against Phillies
MILWAUKEE -- With rain pouring through Miller Park's leaky roof again, Bobby Abreu homered and drove in four runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 13-3 Wednesday night.

Both sides feel deal still possible
NEW YORK -- With a week to go, negotiators for players and owners expressed optimism that they have enough time to reach a deal and avoid another baseball strike.

Owners try to heat up labor talks
NEW YORK -- Baseball owners presented a new revenue-sharing deal to the union to try to spark talks, calling the offer a significant step toward what players want.

Ramirez belts Red Sox past Rangers
BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez had two homers and six RBIs and Dustin Hermanson won his official debut as a Red Sox starter as Boston beat the Texas Rangers 12-3 Thursday night.

Angels keep pace in torrid race in AL West
NEW YORK -- Scott Spiezio hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Anaheim Angels matched last year's victory total by beating the New York Yankees 5-1 Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Assistance available for oil workersChamber Web site to get new lookFishing charter winner announced

Banks tightening up on lending
WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the accounting scandals that have rocked corporate America, the nation's banks have tightened up on their loan approval procedures, the Federal Reserve reported Monday.

U.S. deficit decreased in June
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit decreased only slightly in June to $37.2 billion, still the second biggest deficit on record, as an improving economy pushed demand for imports to the highest level in 15 months.

Consumer myths
Consumers lose thousands of dollars each year due to common misperceptions. The Better Business Bureau wants you to know the facts. Here are some popular assumptions:

Continental cutting back
HOUSTON (AP) -- Continental Airlines announced Tuesday that it is cutting capacity, grounding airplanes and charging for certain services to low-fare customers in order to combat an industry downturn that persists nearly a year after the Sept. 11 attacks.

McLennan House means business
Business class is not just reserved for flying. A new Kenai venture is opening up the possibilities of taking the office on the road. The McLennan House in Kenai will be an executive haven, owners said, giving business travelers a place to stay where they can set up shop all to themselves. Those living on the central Kenai Peninsula who need a place to hold conferences, seminars or small business functions have a place to hold court, as well.

Big bucks, shoestring budgets finance races
It may be conventional wisdom that it takes money to win a campaign for elected office, but not every candidate in the hunt for a Kenai Peninsula seat in the Alaska Legislature and working to win Tuesday's primary is spending hand over fist.

Happy anglers
Perhaps the best way to judge just how good the fishing is, is to ignore the fish tales and instead, pay attention to the grumbling, or lack thereof, from folks after they spend time on the river.

Art Briefs
Art show soliciting piecesEntries accepted for photography showCash raffle to be heldDonated art needed for Pratt showWriting classes offered through UAA

Bluegrass fest rocks Ninilchik
It may be 15 miles off the beaten path, but on a warm summer weekend, the open grassy fields, remote location and rolling landscape of the Straight Inn in Ninilchik make a great place for a bluegrass festival.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Painter receives acclaim
Jim Evenson's painting "Mountain Glow" was accepted in the San Diego Watercolor Society XXII International Exhibition 2002.

Winning everything in Scrabble tourney
SAN DIEGO -- Nigel Richards used obscure words such as genros, awee, and butut to beat his opponent in a tense game of Scrabble. Just don't ask him for the definitions.

Pier One delves into 'life, death and poetry'
Bonita Banks will throw up seven times this week. But that's not what has her worried. It's the other hour and 24 minutes of the next Pier One Theatre drama, "W;T," in which Banks plays a woman with ovarian cancer, that have her anxious.

Photo feature: Fair fun
Jasmine Clock, a 10-year-old from Sterling, laughs at her mother, not shown, while getting her face painted by Ila Treat of Ninilchik last weekend at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair.

Soldotna puts loss in rearview mirror
The Soldotna High School football team took one on the chin a week ago against West Valley in Fairbanks, but coach Sarge Truesdell said his squad was still feeling pretty good about its performance.

Ganassi driver needs to reverse his fortunes at Bristol
Scott Pruett drove Jimmy Spencer's car Aug. 11 at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Spencer, who was to drive the No. 3 car for Chip Ganassi's team, failed to qualify for the event. Spencer has two top-five finishes this season and is 27th in the standings.

Points standings
1. Sterling Marlin 3,0942. Mark Martin 3,0513. Jimmie Johnson 3,034

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

This week's race: Sharpie 500
Where and when

Rudd joins Wood
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Eddie Wood was determined not to get involved in the torturous, unpredictable wrangling of silly season. Instead, he and Ricky Rudd became the lead domino, and now they can sit back and watch everything else unfold in front of them.

Money leaders
1. Mark Martin $3,908,0512. Ward Burton 3,647,8063. Tony Stewart 3,232,570

In the spotlight: Robert Yates
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Correction
Due to a reporting error, a story in Wednesday's Peninsula Clarion about Kenai Peninsula Borough school board action related to an Association of Alaska School Boards resolution on the Pledge of Allegiance was incorrect.

Kenai code takes dim view of abandoned cars, trash
With the city of Kenai stepping up enforcement of municipal code violations this year, Kenai residents who are in violation of code regulations stand a greater chance than ever of being called to task on them.

Peninsula to recognize major economic sparks
There's no guarantee of sunny skies for Industry Appreciation Day this Saturday, but organizer and co-founder Jack Brown, business development manager for the Kenai Peninsula borough, said there are sure to be lots of smiles.

Subdivision road ordinance still faces obstacles
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's new subdivision road standards adopted just two weeks ago are back before the borough assembly.

City tries new technique on old eyesores
Junk cars on blocks parked in driveways, broken down appliances left to rust on lawns, piles of yard waste, garbage and other debris rotting in backyards -- the city of Kenai has been cracking down on these and other code violations this year in an attempt to clean up eyesores and health and safety risks around town.

Hobo Jim fan sets up fund to help him replace guitar
A fan of 28 years has established a fund for Hobo Jim to help him replace an expensive guitar that recently was stolen.

Union dispute settled
Thirteen former craft workers who were laid off while building the BP Gas-to-Liquid plant in Nikiski last year will receive $233,000 in back wages from Austin Maintenance and Construction Inc. The payment is part of a settlement brokered through the National Labor Relations Board and finalized Thursday afternoon.

Potluck to raise funds for Clam Gulch Beach Road
The deteriorating one-lane gravel road, which is part of the Clam Gulch State Recreational Area, is in the process of becoming maintained thanks to local action.

Ward responds to letters, says he's not connected to KNA money woes
Calling them part an organized effort to hurt his chances in Tuesday's Republican Party primary race for Sen. District Q, Republican Sen. Jerry Ward responded to statements made in three letters to the editor appearing in Thursday's edition of the Peninsula Clarion.

Gubernatorial candidates court central peninsula voters
If you didn't hear six candidates for Alaska governor speaking in Kenai Wednesday, you weren't listening very hard.

Recent burglaries connected; stolen goods may be headed to Anchorage
Five burglaries Monday night brought to 25 the total number of central Kenai Peninsula businesses and churches that have been broken into in the past two months.

Annabelle Hageryup Eylar
Soldotna resident Annabelle Hageryup Eylar, died from a stroke Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 77.

Cassie Taylor
Nikiski resident Cassie Taylor died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at her home. She was 26.

Peninsula's 'big 3' industries to receive deserved recognition
State economists say one of the greatest strengths of the Kenai Peninsula's economy is its diversity -- oil and gas, commercial fishing, sports fishing, tourism, timber, retail, plus a broad-based public sector.

Ballot Measure 1 will make Alaskans' votes count more
Elections in Alaska have changed significantly since 1990. There are now six political parties plus independent candidates. That's because we Alaskans value our independence and political choice.

Letters to the Editor
Alaska Voters Organization offers insight on candidates' positionsCampaign tactics should not include removing opponent's signsArness knows how what happens in Juneau affects lives on peninsulaIssue before school board one of local control, not patriotism

Applause
Many contribute to success of summer reading program

Nationwide tracking system to detect disease needed
The anthrax scare and the bioterror threat have exposed a fundamental problem in homeland security: The nation has no nationwide tracking system to detect a surge in illness or disease. Rescue workers are trained to respond to bombings and other catastrophic events, but they lack a warning system to detect a silent spread of invisible killers. Congress took a step last year to close this gap, but continued funding will be required to make the safety net operational.

Nation should debate what should be done with Saddam Hussein
It is reassuring that President Bush is listening to the gathering debate, at home and abroad, over whether to wage war against Iraq. As he made plain in comments at his Texas ranch, he is not ignoring the counsel of some elder statesmen of the Republican foreign policy establishment who are urging restraint amid the administration's drumbeat to oust Saddam Hussein from power.

Letters to the Editor
Vote 'No' on Ballot Measure 1Vote 'Yes' on Ballot Measure 1Phillips has made difference; she's best choice for lieutenant governorAlaska Outdoor Council endorses Taylor, Ward, Krogseng in primaryPrivate prison proposal offers reason to not reelect Sen. WardIs there connection between KNA's financial difficulties and Sen. Ward?Ward's past performance should lead voters to elect someone else

Around the Peninsula
Meetings target communication between schoolsMonthly care-giver meeting to be heldBlood donations soughtRCAC to hold meetingChamber seeks photos

Around the Peninsula
Meetings focus on communication between schoolsChance to improve speaking and leadership skillsWomen's Resource and Crisis Center board to meetMonthly caregiver meeting to be heldSled Dog Race Association meeting to be heldCIRCAC committee meeting to be heldChamber seeks photos

Mormons developing another new historic site
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. -- Always conscious of its past, the Mormon church has opened temples at two important historic sites in recent years and now has made another purchase inspired by faith -- about 25 rural acres contaminated by diesel fuel and other chemicals.

Religion Briefs
Teacher affirmation, children's services to be heldBible study groups plannedMinistry offers 'Direct Line 2 God'Writers sought for faith anthology

Believers must not doubt Jesus's truth
Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do men say that I, the son of man, am?" Jesus never doubted who he was. When he was tempted by Satan in chapter four of Matthew, it seems Satan was trying to make Jesus doubt who he really was.

Photo feature: First day
Mike Halbert gives his daughter Michelle a kiss goodbye after bringing her to Sears Elementary School on the first day of classes Wednesday. Michelle is in the first grade this year.

Woods three back at NEC
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- South Africa's Retief Goosen and Japan's Toshi Izawa shot 6-under 65s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the NEC Invitational.

Yao to face America's best in exhibition
OAKLAND, Calif. -- When the U.S. national team plays China in an exhibition game Thursday night, Yao Ming will get a rude welcome to the United States courtesy of the NBA's leading rebounder.

Sports Briefs
Homer Mariner Triathlon set for Aug. 31SoHi-Skyview JV game moves to SoHiTeens, legacies advance at U.S. AmateurPitchers dazzle at Little League World SeriesHaas advances after getting good news about father

Yao's first U.S. game draws sellout crowd
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yao Ming sold out the building, though it would be a stretch to say he brought down the house.

Homer, SoHi boys renew rivalry
For the past 22 years, the Soldotna Stars boys swimming and diving team has been the Ted Stevens of the Region III arena.

Los Angeles tops Starzz
SALT LAKE CITY -- DeLisha Milton seemed to be everywhere for the Los Angeles Sparks in the second half.

Sports Briefs
Williams' co-defendant pleads guiltyMassachusetts tops New York at SeriesWilliams, Davenport advance to semifinalsDefending champ reaches quarterfinals

Flutie sparks Chargers past Rams
ST. LOUIS -- Quarterback Drew Brees didn't think the San Diego Chargers did so well, despite a 31-10 exhibition victory Thursday night over the St. Louis Rams.

Birch Ridge Report: Seniors escape showers
Fourteen seniors arrived at the course for Senior League in time to beat the rain, which worked out great. The usual games were played with Don McGhee carding a 33 to capture first place in the low net contest and Chiya Bazan only three strokes behind him for second place.

'Noles, 'Huskers chomp at bit
Florida State and Nebraska begin the season in the uncomfortable position of defending their reputations instead of a championship.

Man tries to save rare white black bear from hunters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pat Costello first saw what he calls the ''Spirit Bear'' last week -- a ghostly blur of white, disappearing into some woods near Juneau.

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