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Monday, August 26, 2002

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.

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.

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.

State wants charities to get more from gaming
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For years, nonprofits in Alaska have turned to charitable gaming as an easy way to finance their good deeds.

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.

Body found at Anchorage port
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man was recovered Sunday evening from beneath the pier at the Port of Anchorage.

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.

Troops to Teachers opens Alaska office
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An office aimed at helping retired military personnel become teachers opened last week at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

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.

Rocker Ted Nugent stumps for Wayne Ross
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Wayne Anthony Ross is getting some fund-raising help from rocker Ted Nugent.

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.

Aug. 19, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on disclosure of contributions to political parties
Ever since a federal judge legalized unlimited soft money donations to Alaska political parties, they have merrily collected huge sums for ''party-building activities'' without reporting who gave the money or how they spent it.

Explosion prompts BP to shut off, test 150 oil wells
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. plans to shut down and test about 150 North Slope oil wells in response to an explosion that seriously injured a worker earlier this month.

Aug. 25, 2002 Voice of the Times on bracing for first anniversary of Sept. 11
The nation will be on edge, for sure, when Sept. 11 comes around. Understandably, we're sorry to note.

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.

Aug. 19, 2002 Petersburg Pilot on Wilderness designation in the Tongass
It's time to stand up for the Tongass National Forest and tell the Forest Service that 6 million acres of wilderness designations within its boundaries is enough for everyone to enjoy.

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.

Aug. 22, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on dealing with hunting violations
Our eyes popped when we saw the report of a man who was arrested after allegedly using his rifle in confronting a 12-year-old he suspected of poaching earlier this month, not only because a child may have been involved but because this was just no way to approach such a situation.

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.

Troopers say driver drunk in fatal crash near Nenana
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Chalkyitsik man was intoxicated when he slammed his car into another vehicle on the Parks Highway near Nenana in July, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Biologists kill nuisance twin grizzly cubs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Wildlife biologists have killed twin grizzly cubs that spent some of the summer in Two Rivers foraging for dog food with their mother.

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.

Bounty of coral discovered in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A research team has discovered more than 100 species of coral in three Bering Sea locations.

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.

Coast Guard plans sanctions against cruise line
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said it plans to take some kind of enforcement action against a cruise line whose ship discharged partially treated sewage into Juneau's harbor.

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.

Akhiok shareholders to get $200,000 each
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shareholders of a small Native corporation on Kodiak Island are each about to receive $200,000, tax free.

Alaska fire team heads to Oregon to fight blaze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of Alaska wildfire managers flew to Medford, Ore., Sunday to assist in the 495,000-acre Biscuit Complex fire.

Baseball play, negotiations continue; 5 days and counting
NEW YORK -- A day after criticizing players, baseball owners made a new economic proposal Sunday that moved toward the union in an effort to head off a strike later this week.

Unit earns 19th win; strikes out 16 Cubs
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson struck out 16 to earn his 19th victory as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 7-0 Sunday.

Lil' Louiville sluggers win
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Aaron Alvey homered and set three pitching records as Louisville, Ky., beat Sendai, Japan, 1-0 Sunday night to win the Little League World Series.

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.

A's top Tigers
DETROIT -- The Oakland Athletics won their 12th straight game, with John Mabry hitting a go-ahead double during a five-run rally in the eighth inning for a 10-7 victory Sunday over the Detroit Tigers.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Master of Disguise
Poor Dana Carvey. At one time considered one of the funniest men in America, and now this. Believe me, Dana, I take no pleasure in saying this, but this movie is truly awful.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Medical association director makes Soldotna site for annual meeting
It's a good bet the Soldotna Sports Center will be a safe place to be this week, as between 100 and 150 doctors, nurses and health-care providers will be in town for the 2002 meeting of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association.

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.

Kenai slash pile ordinance turned down -- for now
Kenai City Council members decided to practice what they preach by not requiring city residents to comply with an ordinance the city itself may not be prepared to comply with.

Sales tax issue comes with history
Alaska's sales tax-collecting boroughs and cities will have to lobby state lawmakers hard next year if they are to convince the Legislature not to impose a statewide sales tax, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Revenue told the Kenai Peninsula Borough Sales Tax Review Committee last week.

Care-givers honored
Five Kenai Peninsula care-givers were recognized for exceptional service Aug. 19 by the Alaska State Independent Living Council, meeting at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Summit sparks ideas to recharge economy
When President Bush held his economic summit... it was widely dismissed, by liberals and conservatives alike, as a photo-op heavy on I-feel-your-pain symbolism and light on substance.

Letters to the Editor
Campaign to get kids off ATVs misguided, not about safety at allDogs seem to take on personality of owners -- for better or worse

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.

Applause
CES appreciates participation in Progress Days' open houseCurly Ashfield fund helps athletes attend football campLadies Stars say thanks for memorable fund-raiser

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.

Around the Peninsula
School district plans volunteer training sessionsSoldotna chamber highlights health careToastmasters plans informational meetingCaregivers meeting set for WednesdayKenai chamber to host council candidatesWRCC board to meet this weekOutdoor Club meeting plannedCIRCAC committee to meet ThursdayTustumena 200 association begins planning for racePostponed workshop set for SaturdayDog agility trial planned for weekend

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.

Ninilchik State Fair results announced
The following are the results of competitions at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik Aug. 16-18

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.

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.

Births
Sheryl and Wilbur NelsonDesiree and John HouserAnne and Alexander Schwartz

Dancing in the sun
The Star Sensation Dancers pose at at the National Dance Alliance summer camp in Honolulu, Hawaii. The dancers include Dondra Mize, Mai Venaas, Alex Kiel, Bets Pindras, Makena Roesch, Molly Eastham, and manager Mindy Eastham. Coach Holly Boyle also attended. The team won three blue ribbons, three certificates, one red ribbon, three All-American nominations, one All-American medallion, one trophy, one plaque and one spirit pom.

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

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans' listsKenai daughter earns doctorate

Community News
Boys and Girls Club plans dance classesFood bank plans Soup Supper, resource classesMen's community dinner planned for SeptemberOld Timers Reunion planned

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

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

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.

Virginia Tech speed kills
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- By the end of the first quarter, there was no doubt coach Frank Beamer was going to celebrate his 150th win.

Parry plays like a world champion at NEC Invite
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Winless in 235 previous starts on the PGA Tour, Craig Parry played like a world champion Sunday to win the NEC Invitational.

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.

Lost Lake Breath of Life 2002 results
Lost Lake Breath of Life 2002

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

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.

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.

Photo feature: That's the spot
A female caribou stops browsing alongside Marathon Road last weekend long enough to scratch an itch.

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