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Thursday, August 30, 2001

INS cites cruise ships for work done by foreign nationals
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service is citing cruise ships for allowing foreign nationals to handle cargo at the port in Seward.

Fairbanks school district grapples with substitute worker shortage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- There's a labor shortage in Fairbanks -- at least for people willing to work part-time for the school district.

Good Samaritans rescue three from sinking vessel
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three fishermen are safe after Good Samaritans pulled them from a sinking vessel about 50 miles southeast of Yakutat on Monday night.

Man and dog rescued after stranded overnight on river
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With only a personal flotation device and a red floating seat cushion to lie on, his dog for companionship, fuel for a fire and a watch to keep track of the 16 hours as they drifted by, Phillip Harris spent Sunday night stranded on a Tanana River logjam.

Langdon special to air on ESPN networks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A special on basketball standout Trajan Langdon will air Wednesday and Thursday on ESPN networks.

BBNC shows profit decline for year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bristol Bay Native Corp. earned a $796,000 profit during its fiscal year ended March 31, compared to $11.2 million profit last year, the company said.

Fairbanks area voters reject merger proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nearly 9,000 residents, or about 79 percent of voters, have rejected a proposal to consolidate the governments of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough

Russian immigrant sentenced in nude dancing scheme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a Russian immigrant to 18 months in prison in a case in which Russian dancers performed nude at an Anchorage club.

Drug enforcement officers seize marijuana plants outside Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 30-year-old man faces federal marijuana and weapons charges after a drug bust at his Fairbanks area home.

Club drug ecstasy showing up in the military
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The club drug ecstasy is becoming more of a problem in the military, an official said.

Moderate earthquake shakes King Salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook King Salmon Wednesday.

Dangerous ice arches force cancellation of nature walks
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Kenai Fjords National Park has canceled nature walks at Exit Glacier near Seward to keep visitors away from potentially deadly ice caves and arches.

Prosecutors pursue two counterfeiting operations
WASILLA (AP) -- A Mat-Su family and two Anchorage residents have been charged with making and passing counterfeit money.

Judge raises bail for man charged in ax murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A judge increased the bail for a man charged with hacking a man to death with an ax and seriously injuring his girlfriend after entering an Eagle River home early Tuesday.

Man gets prison term for his part in nude dancing scheme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who escorted a troupe of Russian dancers to Anchorage to perform in a local strip club received a stiff sentence from a federal judge.

Seward inmates carve 30-foot totem
SEWARD (AP) -- Inmates at Spring Creek Correctional Center have finished carving a totem pole that represents all Natives.

Bear committee goes back to work to tackle urban bear problem
JUNEAU (AP) -- Mayor Sally Smith issued an order Tuesday to resurrect an Urban Bear Committee. The change came as community members expressed worry about children chasing bears in the Lemon Creek area.

Ex-Ex-Tanana Valley Clinic doctor sentenced in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ex-Tanana Valley Clinic doctor Stephen Grandstaff, who was convicted of trading prescription drugs for sexual favors, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

Man in custody in Eagle River ax attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of killing a man and injuring a woman Tuesday morning in a hatchet attack in Eagle River.

Police say S-U-V driver had been drinking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The driver of a sport utility vehicle had been drinking before he was involved in an accident in which a motorcyclist was killed, according to Anchorage police.

Coast Guard rescues Canadian fisherman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued a Canadian fisherman Tuesday after his vessel grounded and broke apart 35 miles southeast of Ketchikan.

BP executive talks about natural gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) --Oil companies evaluating whether a natural gas pipeline should be built from the North Slope to the Lower 48 have not yet found a project that pencils out, a BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. executive said this week.

Jury finds woman innocent of manslaughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A jury found a woman innocent of manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend in Unalaska.

Huge returns, weak prices, mark 2001 Southeast salmon season
JUNEAU (AP) -- Most salmon species are returning to Southeast Alaska in force this season, but prices are down and fishermen are disappointed by a low catch of chum salmon, which are currently in demand in Japan.

Little League investigation picks up steam
MOCA, Dominican Republic -- A public records expert trekked to this remote farming town Wednesday to determine once and for all whether star Little League pitcher Danny Almonte is 12 or 14.

Indians' Sabathia befuddles Boston
CLEVELAND -- Rookie C.C. Sabathia matched a season-high with 11 strikeouts and Juan Gonzalez and Ellis Burks hit consecutive homers Wednesday night, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Business Briefs
Forest Service seeks comments on roadless ruleForest Oil buys back sharesHomer Seafair is MondayPhillips Alaska names vice presidentHomer chamber plans mixerTesoro earnings riseState inspects restaurants and food services

Economic growth slowest in 8 years
WASHINGTON -- The nation's economy inched ahead in the spring at the slowest pace in eight years. Still, the fact that there was any growth at all fueled hope that the economy may be ready to begin climbing again -- without tipping into recession.

Stock markets decline on government's lackluster economic report
NEW YORK -- Investors sent stocks tumbling Wednesday for a third straight session on a government report showing the economy eked out only a slim gain in the second quarter, its weakest performance in eight years.

Searching for more good men and women
Geographically, Rotary District 5010 is the largest in the world, comprising the Yukon Territory of Canada, Alaska, and all of Russia east of the Ural Mountai

Kenai Chamber has new Executive Director
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has a reputation for attracting some of the community's finest individuals to the position of executive director. With the resignation of Amy Anderson who replaced Laura Measles, the Chamber Board of directors has selected another vivacious woman to fill the important position.

Week proclaimed to honor Fire Fighters
Recognizing that fighting fires is one of the most hazardous professions in our community, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley last week officially proclaimed the week of August 25th-31st as Central Emergency Services Fire Fighter Appreciation Week.

Attention: Duck Hunters...
According to Roxanne Sinz, manager of Public Affairs for Unocal Alaska, a drilling rig is being moved to the Ivan River pad, on the Susistna Flats, between August 24th and September 7th. The standing derrick is a

Outdoors
My cousin Tim Von Haden kept this diary of our mt. goat and black bear hunt. I was going to add to it however Tim pretty much says it

50th Anniversary Fair biggest ever for 4-H Auction
It might not have been that perfect sunny weekend that draws thousands to Ninilchik for the biggest little fair in the country, but the weather didn't dampen the spirits of fairgoers. More buyers paid higher prices at the annual 4-H Junior Livestock auction then ever before.

New Event Center is planned for Soldotna
Civic leaders and business people have been talking about a facility that would draw conventions as well as serve events within the Central Peninsula community for decades.

14-mile gravel and dirt path quickly leaves Talkeetna behind
TALKEETNA (AP) -- Some Alaskans call any place off the road system the Bush. But when people in Talkeetna told me you could reach the Bush by a path called the Chase Trail, I was dubious.

KPC gallery wheels into new season
The current exhibit at the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery is one of those pieces that reminds us of the harsher side of life.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFuture EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Art Briefs
Seldovia concert plannedPoetry slam coming upArt show scheduledSoldotna museum open for summer

Hollywood's fall includes Harry, hobbits, Ali
LOS ANGELES -- Autumn falls. The leaves turn. And one of Hollywood's more forgettable summers of quality-bereft action fare gives way to the season of style and sophistication.

'Rush Hour 2' has plenty of gas
In the closing-credits blooper reel for ''Rush Hour 2,'' Chris Tucker wisecracks that a freshly dead bad guy won't be back for the next sequel.

Panthers, Mariners set for rare Thursday tilt
A weekend off is never a bad thing, especially during moose season, so tonight at 7 p.m. Homer and Skyview will continue a tradition of playing their annual game on Thursday, and not the Friday and Saturday that is commonly used for high school football in Alaska.

Student scores improve
Standardized test scores for Kenai Peninsula public school students are up, but still show room for improvement.

Photo feature: Looking for lunch
Caribou browse near Kenai Municipal Airport against a backdrop of the Kenai Mountains recently.

Voting deadline looms
Attention, citizens of a free democracy: The deadline to register to vote in the municipal election is fast approaching.

Rain leads to warning of floods
Wednesday the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Kenai River in the areas of Kenai Lake, Cooper Landing and Kenai Keys.

Marketing specialist eyes development of value-added salmon products
Value-added salmon products have been the rallying point for commercial fishers in Alaska ever since farmed salmon started taking over the fresh market worldwide. Many ideas have been floated, though few have been successful, or even seen through to fruition.

Firefighters to 'shake their booties' for MDA
Motorists should be on the lookout for firefighters and emergency medical technicians at the "Y" in Soldotna Friday and Saturday. They won't be there for an emergency in the car-crash or house-burning sense, but rather in the stopping a crippling disease sense.

Photo feature: Another brick in the walk
Don Moffis and Evan Perkins of J.D. Contractors Inc. use a metal roller Wednesday afternoon to press a pattern into wet concrete bordering the Kenai Spur Highway near Forest Drive.

Borough settles lawsuit
A Voznesenka man has reached a $1.5 million settlement in a lawsuit stemming from paralysis suffered after he drove his 4-wheeler into a cable stretched across a road near the East End Road village.

Poppy Woods controversy heats up
The hopeful attitude of Poppy Woods Subdivision homeowners was all but extinguished by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Plat Committee's decision regarding development of neighboring Zephyr Hills Estates on Monday. However, developer Clint Hall said he's still seeking solutions that will leave everyone smiling.

Legislators do their part to ensure all Alaskans are well protected
As Alaskans plan camping trips and cookouts for the upcoming Labor Day weekend,

Letters to the Editor
Governor did right thing by ending Katie John appealsBiologist should do more research before commenting on glowing fish

What others say
Condit has only himself to blame for his troublesInterview did nothing to help Condit clear air in Levy case

Money most needed gift during disaster
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some Americans must think hurricane victims need high heels or that people facing famine due to drought might appreciate a parka.

Ketchikan woman challenges reporting in Washington Post
A Ketchikan woman has challenged The Washington Post on a recent article the newspaper carried about a pending timber sale on Gravina Island, near Ketchikan.

Letters to the Editor
Some neighborhood traits worth far more than money

Congress, White House need to get busy fixing flaws in election system
Editor's Note: The League of Women Voters periodically submits articles describing its positions on relevant topics and rationale for taking them. The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

No Y chromosomes with women-only outdoor adventures
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- No makeup, no macho. No men. This isn't your husband's, brother's or boyfriend's outdoors.

Surf's up for industry catering to women
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Straddling a longboard, Kim Kennis scanned the incoming waves, searching for one packing enough height and force.

Ban on personal watercraft unpopular idea
BULLFROG, Utah (AP) -- They can be annoying, even a nuisance on busy days, but not so much that personal watercraft should be banished from Lake Powell.

Agencies to offer loan help to commercial fishers
Staff from the Alaska Division of Investments, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Alaska Business Development Center will be on the Kenai Peninsula doing outreach work with local commercial fishers Sept. 10-13.

Around the Peninsula
Peter Kalifornsky's stories topic of programBed-and-breakfast group to meet Sept. 8Mystery Creek Acces Road open through Oct. 21Coastwalk event planned for September

Around the Peninsula
55 Alive class plannedHomer Public Health Center closed MondaySafari Club InternationalRC&D monthly meeting scheduledBasketball league holding registrationsWestern dinner tickets on saleArt auction to be heldSocial Security representative to visitFarmers market openFree pressure canner dial gauge testingSeasonal opening of Mystery Creek Access Road

School menus
August 29th - Sept 4th

District school news
News from schools around the district

How many students use special services?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District provides special education services of some sort to about 15 percent of its students. A listing of the students, sorted both by ethnicity and by disability, is reported annually to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

Around the district
Schools close for Labor DayParent, student signatures neededBattle of the Books list availablePeninsula students score in contestMath lessons available online

Entering seniors have new outlook on high school
We all recognize the signs of going back to school. But for those students who are returning only one last time, the shorter days and colder weather are not such disheartening things.

Miami could be walking into Nittany Lions' den
An unwritten rule in college football these past few decades goes something like this: Give Joe Paterno more than a few weeks to prepare for an opponent and ... fill in the score in Penn State's favor.

Rays snap eight-game losing streak against Seattle
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Paul Wilson threw seven impressive innings and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays handed Seattle an improbable 6-0 defeat Tuesday night, ending their eight-game losing streak against the Mariners.

Kenai Golf Report
The greens are being plugged and sanded once again, as they are each year about this time. The crew has been working very hard until dark, and even after, to get the course ready for this weekend's Donald R. Morgan Kenai Golf Association Championship.

Birch Ridge Report
You can tell the summer season is almost over, even though some of us are trying to recall if we got to see much of it. Telltale indicators include:

Sampras considers himself 'strong favorite' at Open
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Sampras began his 13th U.S. Open in the uncustomary role of sentimental favorite and aging underdog.

NFL to use replacement referees
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL is about to learn what happens when its oft-criticized officials are not on the field.

Sports Briefs
Johnnie takes Trophy classLewis says he'll retire if he loses to Rahman againRed Sox place Garciaparra on 15-day DL

For now, Region III remains a mystery
With all of Region III/4A present, this weekend's high school volleyball jamboree in Homer should help dispel some of the rumors about who has what as teams prepare for the upcoming season.

Ivanisevic continues charmed existence
NEW YORK (AP) -- Goran Ivanisevic was about to serve on match point when a voice from the stands broke the silence at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Goodwill Games lose star to injury
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- For more than two years, sprinter Maurice Greene has been the advertising face of the Goodwill Games in Australia, shown on billboards and in television commercials ready to burst from the starting blocks.

Skyview opens by tipping SoHi
The Skyview High School volleyball team opened up its season with a big win Tuesday, defeating cross-town rival Soldotna in four games in a Region III/4A match at Skyview.

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