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Wednesday, August 28, 2002

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.

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.

Radio repeaters on Kenai Peninsula shutting down
KENAI (AP) -- Seven FM radio repeaters serving areas on the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak are set to be silenced Wednesday in compliance with a temporary court injunction requested by the Federal Communications Commission.

Two dead, two injured in Kodiak crash
KODIAK (AP) -- Two people are dead and two injured after a plane crash 30 miles west of Kodiak.

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.

Pilot killed in floatplane crash
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- An Anchorage man died and two other men were injured when a floatplane flipped while landing on a lake Tuesday afternoon in Wood-Tikchik State Park in southwestern Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said.

Interior school closed for lack of students
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A $1.7 million school built to serve the Interior community of Healy Lake has been closed after just one year of serving students.

Fishing Lawsuit Correction
KODIAK (AP) -- The Associated Press reported erroneously on Aug 27 that George J. Mannina is an attorney for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit by environmental groups against the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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

State's credit outlook downgraded
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A major New York bond rating firm said Tuesday that Alaska should reduce the gaping chasm between its income and expenses or expect to pay higher interest rates when it borrows money.

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.

Anchorage man indicted on child pornography charge
ANVCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a child pornography case, the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday.

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.

Timber sale planned near Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is planning a timber sale that would harvest about 25 million board feet of timber from Point Couverden, about 30 miles west of Juneau.

Pair sentenced for stealing from Stony River council
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former president and secretary of the Stony River Traditional Council are being sent to federal prison for stealing $24,345 from the organization, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Man convicted of killing ex-wife, her friend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a jury less than two hours Tuesday to decide that Mark Edwards was guilty of killing his ex-wife, Mona Edwards, and her roommate, Maela Crabtree.

Nenana district short of cash for dorm loan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Nenana City School District will fall short of the money needed for one of two payments this year on a federal loan used to build a dormitory for high school students in the community.

Pilot killed in floatplane crash
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- One person died and two others were injured when a floatplane flipped after landing on a lake Tuesday afternoon in Wood-Tikchik State Park in Southwest Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said.

Groups sue over marine mammal bycatch
KODIAK (AP) -- A coalition of conservation groups has filed suit in federal court against the National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the agency is violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act by not taking steps to reduce bycatch in Alaska commercial fisheries.

State's credit outlook downgraded
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A major New York bond rating firm said Tuesday that Alaska should reduce the gaping chasm between its income and expenses or expect to pay higher interest rates when it borrows money.

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.

Senior legislators easily win races
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who over three decades has raked in hundreds of millions in federal funds for Alaska projects, won Tuesday's Republican primary as expected.

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.

Alaska's political heavyweights coast to primary wins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski and Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer claimed their places at the top of their tickets Tuesday, easily winning over lesser known opponents in Alaska's primary election.

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.

Instant runoff initiative defeated at polls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A ballot initiative to create statewide runoff elections in Alaska died at the polls Tuesday night.

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.

Leman apparent victor in tight race for No. 2 governor spot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Loren Leman has apparently won a tight Republican primary race for his party's nomination for lieutenant governor.

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.

Partisan voters pick candidates for November election
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Republican vying to be the next Speaker of the House squeaked out a narrow win while a four-term incumbent lawmaker notable as much for missing work as she is for running the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race cruised to a primary victory in the statewide primary on Tuesday.

UAF names dean of enrollment management
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has named a marketing professor to the newly created post of dean of enrollment management.

Company gets Nenana gas license
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state has issued a seven-year exploration license to Colorado-based Andex Resources to look for natural gas in the Nenana basin. While not a permit, the license gives the company sole rights to any natural gas within the nearly 500,000-acre basin about 50 miles south of Fairbanks.

Players says drug testing deal reached; Selig to join talks
NEW YORK -- Baseball players said the union agreed to a drug-testing deal Tuesday, while commissioner Bud Selig planned to join the talks and teams began pushing back flights to prepare for a strike.

Ballpark vendors would be hardest-hit by strike
DENVER -- The biggest losers in a baseball strike won't be the owners, the players or even the sport itself. They'll be people like Rose Williams.

Fehr isn't so bad -- once you get to know him
NEW YORK -- He is known for his perpetual scowl, the man who says ''no'' to all the owners who want changes that would slow baseball's spiraling salaries.

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.

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.

KPC Fall registration features free feed
Some 400-community members turned out for the Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) fall semester kick-off and free Barbeque last week.

Sunny skies doubles Ninilchik Fair attendance
In contrast to last year's cloudy rainy weather, clear sunny skies greeted fair-goers at the Ninilchik State Fair this year.

Hundreds turn out for Gubernatorial candidate debate
Some three hundred people turned out for last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce gubernatorial debate.

Nikiski Guardsman chosen NCO of the Year
A Nikiski High School teacher and Alaska National Guardsmen received national recognition this summer for his military achievements after winning the Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year award for U.S. Army Pacific.

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.

Election results
See how everything turned out at the polls.

Stevens, Young easily win Republican primary
ANCHORAGE -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who over three decades has raked in hundreds of millions in federal funds for Alaska projects, won Tuesday's Republican primary as expected.

Leman holds slight lead over Palin in GOP race for No. 2 position
ANCHORAGE -- Republican candidates were locked Tuesday in a close fight in the Alaska primary for the No. 2 spot in state government.

Alaskans reject proposal for instant runoff voting
ANCHORAGE -- A ballot initiative to create statewide runoff elections in Alaska died at the polls Tuesday night.

Voters deal with new primary process
Central Kenai Peninsula voters had seven choices for voting in this year's primary election. They could choose one of six party ballots, or stay home.

Race just starting for some lawmakers
ANCHORAGE -- A four-term incumbent lawmaker notable as much for missing work as she is for running the Iditarod cruised to a primary victory while a Republican vying to be the next Speaker squeaked out a narrow win on Tuesday.

It's official: Ulmer vs. Murkowski
ANCHORAGE -- Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski and Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer claimed their places at the top of their tickets Tuesday, easily winning over lesser known opponents in Alaska's primary election.

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.

Seaton faces no other challengers
Driving home a message that closed-door caucuses hid legislative decision-making from the public, that fisheries bills sponsored by his opponent were ill-conceived, and wrapping it all in warnings that Alaska Permanent Fund dividends were in jeopardy, Homer resident Paul Seaton apparently has won himself a job in Juneau.

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.

Arness 'still staggered' at outcome
Incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward emerged from Tuesday's primary election the apparent victor in a three-way race for the Republican Party nod.

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.

Republicans nearly halfway to control of state House
ANCHORAGE -- Some of the faces changed Tuesday, but Republicans already hold nearly half the seats they will need to keep control of the state House.

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.

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.

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,

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.

Applause
Many contribute to bigger, better Progress Days event

Around the Peninsula
CPGH plans board meetingT-200 association planning for raceCIRCAC committees to meet this weekPostponed workshop set for SaturdayFirst aid, CPR classes offeredSpecialist to discuss vision loss at senior center

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

Interior school closed for lack of students
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A $1.7 million school built to serve the Interior community of Healy Lake has been closed after just one year of serving students. Healy Lake, a community of 37, is about 30 miles east of Delta Junction.

Police raid college dorm; 9 arrested
DOVER, N.H. -- Police arrested nine current and former McIntosh College students on drug charges Tuesday after a raid on a college dormitory that the police chief called ''an open-air drug market like we've never seen in the city.''

Menus
What's on the menu for area public school students

Around the District
District schools closed MondayAfter the Bell program to start soonTraining offered for substitute nutrition workers

SAT scores remain constant
SAT scores for the high school class of 2002 were even with last year's graduates, as a two-point increase in math proficiency was offset by a two-point decrease on the language portion of the college entrance test.

Protesters send kids back to school
LITTLE ROCK -- Leaders of a school boycott told parents Saturday to send their children back to class, saying the protest got state and district officials to listen their complaints about board elections and school conditions.

Study finds merit scholarships go to those who need them least
BOSTON -- Merit-based state scholarships tend to benefit college students who are least likely to need them, and in some cases are widening enrollment gaps between white and minority students, according to a study of programs in four states.

'Old school' shoes make the grade
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Matt Nybo, a 13-year-old with spiked blond hair, came to the downtown Lloyd Center Mall looking for a sports shoe -- but not the latest Nike Shox or Reebok Answer V.

KPC's Alan Boraas to travel to Finland for anthropology conference
Kenai Peninsula College announced professor Alan Boraas has been invited to make a presentation at an international anthropology conference.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Indiana University ranked top 'party school'
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University was crowned the nation's No. 1 ''party school'' Monday in an annual Princeton Review survey that school leaders and medical experts derided as irresponsible and unscientific.

Nenana district short of cash for dorm loan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Nenana City School District will fall short of the money needed for one of two payments this year on a federal loan used to build a dormitory for high school students in the community.

Homer students learn lesson in perserverance at environmental competition
Winning isn't everything -- or so five Homer High School students learned this summer when they traveled to Massachussets for the annual Cannon Envirothon competition.

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 Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Lunch Menus
What's on the menu 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.

Safin outlasts Keifer at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- The wheelchairs were there, if needed, resting side-by-side in the corridor leading from the court to the locker room.

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

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.

Kenai Golf Report: Morgan Memorial Fall Classic golf tournament fast approaching
The Morgan Memorial Fall Classic will be held Saturday and Sunday. All Kenai Golf Association Members are eligible to play in the 36-hole handicapped stroke-play tournament. There will be flights for men and women with an overall low gross (scratch) champion from any flight for both divisions.

San Francisco, New York in line for 2012 Games
CHICAGO -- Whether it's the picturesque views of San Francisco or the powerful story of New York, the United States is confident it has a winner.

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.

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.

'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.

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