Tuesday, August 27, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Mat-Su teachers near contract agreement
WASILLA (AP) -- With less than a week to go before the start of school in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the district and teachers have reached a tentative agreement.

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.

Interior communities get rescue gear
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ambulances and other emergency gear are being distributed to rural communities in Interior Alaska with money from a federal grant.

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.

Alaska truck line adds Texas facility
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska trucking company has added a new terminal in Houston, Texas.

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.

Homer man gets 15 years for shooting at house
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer man who said he shot at his neighbors because he was mad about snowmachiners crossing his property was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for assault.

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.

Judge upholds decision on tribal child custody
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal court judge has upheld the state Supreme Court's landmark 1999 decision recognizing shared jurisdiction between the state and tribal courts in Alaska over child custody matters.

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.

Anchorage man killed in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed Monday afternoon when he was thrown from his motorcycle and then run over by a truck.

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.

Chenega Corp. gets $300 million contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chenega Corp. has won a 300 (m) million dollar federal contract to help run an Army installation in New Jersey.

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.

Boy killed in gun-cleaning accident
WASILLA (AP) -- A six-year-old boy was killed Friday in a gun-cleaning accident. It was the second gun-cleaning fatality in Alaska this month.

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.

Anchorage man killed in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed Monday afternoon when he was thrown from his motorcycle and then run over by a truck, according to Anchorage police.

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.

Report says genetically modified fish could pose danger
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Genetically modified fish from farms could eventually present ''considerable'' environmental risks, according to a federal science panel.

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.

Air cargo carrier sues over mail rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An air cargo company based in Anchorage is suing the federal government over new mail-hauling rules in Alaska, saying they are unconstitutional and unfairly limit competition.

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.

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.

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.

Selig envies balanced NFL salary system
MILWAUKEE -- A few times a year, Bud Selig puts aside the business of baseball and his crusade to save the game so he can catch a glimpse of what he desperately craves.

Boston notches comeback victory
BOSTON -- Johnny Damon hit a 320-foot homer to lead off the 10th inning and cap a stunning rally Monday night as the Boston Red Sox came back from a four-run, ninth-inning deficit to beat the Anaheim Angels 10-9.

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.

ACS plans staff cuts
Alaska Communication Systems Inc. will eliminate some of its store-front customer service positions in a 7 percent staff reduction planned by the end of this year, a company official said.

Where to vote
Here is the list of where to vote in House Districts 33, 34 and 35. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Injunction silences radio stations
Operations at seven FM radio translator stations serving the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak will be suspended beginning Wednesday, in compliance with a temporary injunction requested by the Federal Communications Commission.

Tests break down differently at schools
Assessment tests don't always tell the whole story. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District recently released a report detailing school and district averages on a series of assessment tests administered to students during the 2001-02 school year.

District tests reveal positive results
Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District scored at or above the state average overall on last year's assessment tests, according to a report recently released by the district.

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.

More people means more calls for CES
Central Emergency Services had a busy Sunday afternoon and early evening, but, according to the chief, that is becoming less and less unusual.

Meetings buzz on with four days until deadline
NEW YORK -- Just four days before baseball players were scheduled to strike, the sides stopped their public posturing and instead devoted Monday to a series of meetings that went on into the night.

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.

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.

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.

Ex-militia leader heading to Alaska
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The founder of a militia group in Michigan said he's planning to move to the Kenai Peninsula after he was cast aside by the militia's main body as being too radical and self-serving.

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

James T. Roderick
Eagle River resident James T. Roderick died of natural causes Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage surrounded by family and friends. He was 51.

Americans seek decisiveness
Months ago, this column focused on the fact that Americans seemed unusually unsettled and unsure about their personal views and their future,

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

Many contribute to bigger, better Progress Days event

Tongass doesn't need more wilderness areas
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.

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

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.

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

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

Sheryl and Wilbur NelsonDesiree and John HouserAnne and Alexander Schwartz

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber highlights health careNHS to hold Northern Exposure showcaseSchool district plans volunteer training sessionsKenai chamber to host council candidatesWRCC board to meet this weekChoir rehearsals begin for memorial serviceUnited Way fund-raising event plannedLast SPCA clinic scheduled

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
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

New mecca for 'Peanuts' lovers opens up in California
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- It's missing the shag carpet and classical columns, but to ''Peanuts'' fans the new Charles M. Schulz museum has all the lure of Elvis' Graceland.

Senior Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Photo feature: Sink or swim
Norman Dedrick, 16, of Kenai, makes a successful crossing of a pond near Marathon Road in Kenai recently on a snowmachine. Two companions weren't as lucky. Their snowmachines ended up on the bottom of the pond.

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.

U.S. Open starts with revival theme
NEW YORK -- The opening day of the U.S. Open was a celebration of comebacks: Corina Morariu's, Lindsay Davenport's, New York's.

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

Sports Briefs
Former Falcon agrees to deal with NFL champsFrerotte becomes Bengals' fifth starter in five yearsRockets sign Francis to six-year extensionVenue shift approved for Olympic boxing event

Photo feature: Hanging around
Joshua Thomas turns a gate at Skyview High School into a playground ride last weekend while waiting for a cross country meet to conclude.

'Canes, Sooners tied for top spot
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Miami and Oklahoma, the last two national champions, hope to wind up playing in the Fiesta Bowl in January for another title.

Packers look ragged despite beating Browns
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Renovations at Lambeau Field are 70 percent complete, and the Green Bay Packers' own makeover remains very much a work in progress.

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.

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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