Saturday, August 24, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Many contribute to success of summer reading program

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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