Sunday, August 25, 2002

Circle man charged with assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Circle man was charged with assault and misconduct involving a weapon early Thursday after shooting at a relative, Alaska State Troopers said.

Cat reunited with family after more than a year
KODIAK (AP) -- ''Rascal'' the cat has been reunited with his family after being on the lam for more than a year.

Chickaloon woman convicted in counterfeiting scheme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted a Chickaloon woman of making and transferring counterfeit money so that it would be used as genuine money.

Fairbanks man changes plea to attempted murder charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man who fired at an Alaska State Trooper during a stolen vehicle investigation in December will serve 26 years in prison after pleading no contest Friday to attempted murder and other charges.

New Bishop installed in Fairbanks Diocese
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new bishop for Fairbanks was installed during a ceremony at the Carlson Center attended by nearly 1,000 people.

Defense department awards polar-orbit satellite contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Defense Department has awarded a contract to operate a new polar-orbiting satellite system to TRW Space and Electronics.

DEC completes testing of Sitka clams and mussels
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Environmental Conservation has completed its testing of clams and mussels collected from Starrigavan Bay in Sitka.

Murkowski says he'll support mining with roads, permitting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican candidate for governor Frank Murkowski laid out an aggressive pro-mining policy Friday, saying the state should help build roads to open remote mining areas.

North Pole man charged with pointing gun at girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been indicted on charges he pointed a gun at a 12-year-old girl because he thought she and a group of friends had poached a moose.

James, Coghill face off in battle of incumbents
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The only two incumbents facing off in a state House race are giving their constituents ammunition for choosing.

White 'Spirit bear' saved from hunting season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A rare white-colored black bear got a reprieve from the hunter's gunsights Friday morning.

North Pole council discovers lack of local gun ordinance
NORTH POLE (AP) -- City council members considering a night noise ordinance scrambled into action last week after discovering there was no local law prohibiting the firing of guns within city limits.

Hundreds shift party affiliation after mailings
JUNEAU (AP) -- A mail campaign aimed at Libertarians, Republican Moderates and Alaskan Independence Party voters encouraged hundreds to flee their party to cast ballots Tuesday in the GOP primary, said the head of the state Republican Party.

Knowles declares western Alaska fishing disaster
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Western Alaska fishing communities suffering another poor salmon season will get state aid after Gov. Tony Knowles declared the entire region an economic disaster area for the fifth time in six years.

Owners slam players' new proposals
NEW YORK -- Owners immediately slammed baseball players Saturday for making what management called backward proposals on the key issues of revenue sharing and a luxury tax.

Dodgers best Braves
LOS ANGELES -- Right fielder Gary Sheffield lost track of Cesar Izturis' fly ball and it fell for a double, keying a seventh-inning rally Saturday that sent the L.A. Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves 4-3.

Appier, Angels stay on top for wild card
BOSTON -- Kevin Appier (12-9) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter and the Anaheim Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Saturday.

Kentucky team advances to face Japan in Little League title game
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Zach Osborne pitched unbeaten Louisville, Ky., into the championship game of the Little League World Series. Next up is a Japanese team that's just as perfect.

Investors try to hang on during market's roller-coaster phase
As the joke goes, a guy invested heavily in several big-name stocks over the course of several years, while his pal collected soda cans to recycle.

Hundreds shift party affiliation after mailings
JUNEAU -- A mail campaign aimed at Libertarians, Republican Moderates and Alaskan Indepen-dence Party voters encouraged hundreds to flee their party to cast ballots Tuesday in the GOP primary, said the head of the state Republican Party.

Peninsula voters voice concerns on issues
Changes to this year's primary election have left some voters angry, some confused and others ambivalent.

Mariners chain Bulldogs in nonconference tilt
Following Homer's 38-0 romp over nonconference foe Nikiski Friday night, it's beginning to look like Mariner tailback-cornerback David Drake is a ball hog.

Panthers chew up ACS
The Skyview Panthers feasted on the Anchorage Christian Schools Lions Friday night at Skyview, but the Panthers are still hungry.

Kenai defeats Service
The Kenai Central High School Kardinals played a winning game of football Saturday against a Service Junior Varsity team sent to fill the spot in the schedule created by Ketchikan's abrupt withdrawal from the season. The Kardinals won 75-0.

SoHi stymies Houston
After spending the week watching tape of the Houston High School football team, Soldotna coach Sarge Truesdell figured the Stars would put a few points on the board in Friday's nonconference competition at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

Gordon ends winless streak at Sharpie 500
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- When two desperate drivers with lengthy winless streaks came to the end, one was bound to be disappointed.

During industry day festivities, Lancaster announces EADS plans to set up shop at airport
Adding a new industry to the Kenai economy is something everyone can appreciate.

Poll workers get ready for changes
Voters going to the polls Tuesday will face more than a handful of party ballots, and state elections workers are busy getting ready to clear up any confusion.

Area businesses, individuals earn awards
The following awards were presented at the 10th annual Industry Appreciation Day, held Saturday in Kenai:

Margaret K. Benson
Soldotna resident Margaret K. Benson died at her home Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. She was 75.

Senator responds to 'poison pen' letters
It must be nearing the end of a primary election season. You can tell by the poison pen letters to the editor that do their best to assassinate character in the ending days of a campaign.

College senior seeks life-after-college plan
I don't have a plan. And, for someone like me, who gets inordinate amounts of pleasure from making lists and then crossing items off said lists, this is a big problem.

One vote does make a difference
There may be lots of reasons not to vote in Tuesday's primary election, including the six party ballots voters must choose from in order to vote, new legislative districts and new polling places.

Letters to the Editor
Ballot Measure 1 eliminates 'spoiler' problem in elections1 percent for art program offers surprising cultural experienceCommunity should help Hobo Jim get guitar back

Glass museum dazzles with craftmanship
SANDWICH, Mass. -- A visit to the Sandwich Glass Museum gives the impression of walking through a kaleidoscope: turn a corner, and a dazzling new array of ruby, emerald and cobalt glass dances in the light.

Prevention needed with sweet spreads
Many Alaskans take pride in sharing their homemade berry sweet spreads with friends and relatives. To prevent unsatisfactory results and to assure a safe, top quality product check with the Cooperative Extension, USDA, major manufacturers of home canning equipment, or other trained professionals to make certain you have the most current canning information.

Around the Peninsula
Courtwatch seeks volunteersWRCC searching for Radiothon volunteersBusiness planning seminar plannedRed Cross offers CPR classCruise tickets still available

Malston, Grossl wed
Kathi Malston and Joe Grossl, both of Kenai, were married Friday, Aug. 16, 2002.

My Best Friend
Sara Landwehr of Clam Gulch is thrilled with her golden retriever Noodle Ridges. She said she has a wonderful personality, likes to run, catch snowballs, play with her toy pelican or simply lounge around in chairs.

Kasilof man dedicates time to rebuilding the past
Early settlers along the Kasilof River built their homes as close to the waterway as possible, as there were no roads and the waterway provided easiest transit. Over the years, these homesteaders' dwellings -- many of them log cabins and barns -- succumbed to the weathering of nature and time and, in many cases, lost much of their initial usefulness.

Travel Briefs
Caribbean group says islands should charge feeSwedish opera singer turns quarry into stageThailand launches public toilet design contest

Freshman leads Buckeyes past Raiders
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett became the first true freshman to start at tailback in an Ohio State season opener, then rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 13 Buckeyes beat Texas Tech 45-21 on Saturday in the Pigskin Classic.

SoHi cruises in Skyview's pool
While waiting for some maintenance on the pool to be finished, the Soldotna High swimming and diving team spent the first seven days of its season practicing at Skyview High School.

Nature, nurture works at Skyview Invite
Palmer High School's Aaron and Drew Dickson have solved the age-old question of nature vs. nurture. It's not just nature and it's not just nurture. It's both.

Sports Briefs
Moto-cross riders stage final city race of seasonAllenby, Parry lead NEC InvitationalPriestley released from hospital

Soldotna nets title at Homer
The Soldotna High School Stars won the season-opening Homer Volleyball Jamboree Saturday at Homer High School.

White 'Spirit bear' saved from hunting season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A rare white-colored black bear got a reprieve from the hunter's gunsights Friday morning.

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