Current weather

  • Scattered clouds
  • 54°
    Scattered clouds

Thursday, August 29, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Ulmer presents her vision for health care
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has laid out her plan for health care.

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.

Earthquake occurs near Dutch Harbor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An earthquake occurred Thursday near Dutch Harbor.

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.

Second person identified in Kodiak crash
KODIAK (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have identified the second person killed in a plane crash Tuesday 30 miles west of Kodiak.

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.

Cruise ship discharge larger than previously thought
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Holland America cruise ship discharged much more partially treated wastewater than previously thought, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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.

Several Democrat leaders back Murkowski's bid for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Democrat Gov. Bill Sheffield and several other Democrats say Republican Frank Murkowski should be the state's next governor.

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.

State denies appeal to expansion of True North mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents living near the True North gold mine, north of Fairbanks, have lost another round in their effort to fight the expansion of the mine.

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.

Dalton Highway to be closed for repairs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Dalton Highway, from Mile 111 to Mile 144, will be closed for several days during the next month as construction crews work on the road and repair bridges damaged by flooding.

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.

New chief to take over Alaskan Command
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The military is changing commanders for the Alaskan Air Command headquartered at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

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.

Man survives being swept down waterfall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fisheries technician was swept down a 25 foot-waterfall and left clinging to a rock for 2 1/2 hours as torrents of water swept past him before he was finally rescued.

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.

State education board considers new exit exam scores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If the State Board of Education adopts new passing scores for Alaska's High School Graduation Qualifying Exam more sophomores will pass.

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.

Cruise ships better about waste
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cruise-ship industry has done a good job of curbing its air pollution, but needs to do more to improve wastewater discharges, according to a report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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

Ulmer says abortion will be key in governor's race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democratic candidate for governor Fran Ulmer says abortion will be a distinguishing campaign issue between her and Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski.

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.

Leman victorious in tight race for No. 2 governor spot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With nearly all votes counted, Loren Leman has won the Republican Party's nomination for lieutenant governor.

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.

Dipnetting for salmon allowed on Yukon, Koyukuk
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the first time ever, residents along the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers in District Four will be allowed to use a dipnet to fish for salmon, according to state fisheries officials.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State's first closed primary prompts several complaints, low turnout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Poor voter turnout and widespread complaints about the state's closed balloting system will likely provide the final punctuation to Tuesday's primary.

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.

Oswalt wins seventh straight start for Astros
HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt won his seventh start in a row, giving up four hits and pitching into the eighth inning as the Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Wednesday night.

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.

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 arrives in New York as negotiators search for labor deal solutions
NEW YORK -- As baseball moved within two days of another work stoppage, commissioner Bud Selig arrived at major league offices and negotiators worked late into the night to try to avert a strike.

Zito, Athletics mow down Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Barry Zito retired his first 16 batters as the Oakland Athletics won their 15th straight, 7-1 over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Russia's second largest oil company considers buying Williams refineries
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's second-largest oil producer OAO Yukos said it's considering purchasing two oil refineries in North Pole and Memphis, Tenn., from Williams Cos.

Merger not to blame
Hewlett Packard Company chief executive Carly Fiorina, left, holds up the stock exchange sign "HPQ" as she brushes off HP president Michael Capellas, holding the HP logo, in Cupertino, Calif., May 7. In the first financial results since closing its merger with Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. said third-quarter sales fell short of expectations though the integration of the companies remains on track.

Business Briefs
Carlile expands to TexasUnemployment rates decline in JulyNew real estate agent announced

Homer man wins hunting trip
Norell Moore of Homer is presented a free moose hunting trip and at Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon by Mike Sweeney and Tim Pope.

Corporate reports must be filed earlier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a season of corporate scandal, federal regulators unanimously adopted rules Tuesday that require companies to file financial reports earlier and force chief executives to take responsibility for their accuracy.

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

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.

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.

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.

New leader in August Homer derby standings
A new leader has emerged in the August standings of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Dipnetting for salmon allowed on Yukon, Koyukuk
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the first time ever, residents along the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers in District Four will be allowed to use a dipnet to fish for salmon, according to state fisheries officials.

Visiting conservator gives list of dos, don'ts in caring for antiques
Museums aren't the only places historic artifacts are found, and it shouldn't be just in museums that these objects are well cared for.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Illusionist tries underwater stunt in Times Square tank
NEW YORK -- Shackled and submerged in a phone-booth-sized tank of water in Times Square, Criss Angel meditated to pass the time -- and probably to calm his nerves.

Summer art shows emphasize women
WASHINGTON -- Women's achievements, their place in society and the way their beauty has been idealized are getting special attention from capital museums this summer.

Rookie driver apologetic after incident at Bristol Motor Speedway
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jimmie Johnson stood on the apron of the Bristol race track, angrily waiting for Robby Gordon to drive by.

Health care reform needed
Tomorrow's roads must begin being paved today. This was the message Charles Roadman, president and chief executive officer of the American Health Care Association, delivered to Soldotna Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday regarding health care reform.

Tourists spend $1.4 billion in Alaska in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tourists spent $1.4 billion in Alaska, or about $1,166 each, during the 2001 season, according to a study by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. It said about 1.2 million people came to Alaska during the year.

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.

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.

Primary brings complaints, low turnout
ANCHORAGE -- Poor voter turnout and widespread complaints about the state's closed balloting system will likely provide the final punctuation to Tuesday's primary.

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

Just in case: State prepares for visit from virus
In the unlikely event that West Nile Virus reaches Alaska, state health officials met with representatives from other state and federal agencies in Anchorage Tuesday to gather information and establish future protocols.

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.

Second airline slow to reach Kenai airport
Like a one-horse town, there's only one way out of Kenai for those looking to fly to Anchorage. Era Aviation is the sole commercial passenger airline service connecting the Kenai Municipal Airport to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and the rest of the world.

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.

Photo feature: Signs of change
Ming Mannausau, owner of Asphalt Marking Service, and employee Tamera Bonebrake wrap up work on lane markings on Binkley Street Wednesday afternoon. The previously four-lane road has been changed to two lanes with a center turn lane to help with traffic flow.

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.

Researchers find 1941 Japanese mini sub at Pearl Harbor
HONOLULU -- Researchers said Wednesday they found a Japanese midget submarine sunk more than an hour before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Peninsula turnout slightly better than rest of state
About one in four registered voters on the Kenai Peninsula cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election -- a slightly higher percentage than statewide, according to the Alaska Division of Elections.

Election results
See how everything turned out at the polls.

Race for Kenai council winds up
Now that the primary election is over, is it time for candidates in municipal elections to get their campaigns under way.

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.

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.

Linnea M. Sibayan
Homer resident Linnea M. Boerum Sibayan died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at Fern Ridge TLC in Homer. She was 91.

Arresting 'deadbeat dads' does not help them pay child support
Federal agents arrested dozens of ''deadbeat dads'' last week in a national crackdown on the thousands of divorced and separated parents who shirk their obligation to pay child support. That's a welcome step against an age-old problem. But what about the ''dead broke'' dads?

Letters to the Editor
Story of how unfair layoffs affect families should be told

Applause
Per Osmar makes it easier for those traveling Clam Gulch Beach Road

Around the Peninsula
North Peninsula chamber meets todayBlood Bank of Alaska to hold blood driveDonations of art to be collectedUnited Way to have annual Kenai Fjords cruiseCultural Center returning to winter hoursFinal visit for spay and neuter clinic setBorough announces opening of satellite officeNikiski flea market has booth space available

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

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.

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.

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.

District School News
News from schools around the district

'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.

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.''

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Anna's latest bust
It's getting tougher and tougher to justify the Anna fix. Nobody wants to watch tennis with his hands covering his eyes. But if you care about the game even a little, she keeps cutting down on the options.

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.

Sports Briefs
New leader in August Homer derby standingsState moto-cross coming to Twin City Raceway

German wins after sleeveless jersey deemed unacceptable
NEW YORK -- Little was ordinary about the start of the U.S. Open for third-seeded Tommy Haas, from being ordered to change out of a sleeveless shirt to three straight double faults in the fifth set.

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.

CONTACT US

  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS