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Sunday, September 1, 2002

Used car dealer, manager plead innocent
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former consignment used-car dealer and his former sales manager pleaded innocent Friday to federal charges that they swindled people who brought in cars for sale.

Merger of Phillips, Conoco completed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc. merged Friday to create the third-largest U.S. oil and gas company after receiving federal approval for the $15.1 billion deal.

Helicopter crashes in wilderness area east of Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two people are dead after a helicopter crashed into a lake 30 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said.

Arizona man dies in Anchorage traffic accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Arizona man died Friday night from injuries suffered in an afternoon traffic accident on the Old Seward Highway.

Knowles names Wood to Superior Court bench
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks District Court Judge Mark Wood is getting a promotion.

Army clarifies gun-registration policy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Army is backing away from enforcing a rule that hunters have to register their guns with the military before bringing them onto military land. The Army now says only people who want to bring guns on the main post have to register them.

Prosecutor enters plea in DWI charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal prosecutor Friday pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and serve three days in a halfway house.

North Pole man wins hearing in pot bust appeal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man in federal prison could be freed if his attorney can prove drug agents never showed him a complete search warrant before raiding his home and discovering marijuana plants.

Huge numbers of polar bears crowd into Point Barrow
BARROW (AP) -- Large numbers of polar bears have crowded into the Point Barrow area this month, and scientists are at a loss to explain exactly why.

Education Board revises rules for school closures
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The State Board of Education on Wednesday voted unanimously to tighten rules for closing Alaska public schools.

Green Party's Jacobsson drops out of governor's race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three days after the primary election the Green Party is looking for a new gubernatorial candidate.

New law means more Anchorage seized cars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dozens of Anchorage drivers learned the hard way over the past week that getting caught driving with a suspended license might mean losing their cars.

Palmer boy repeats as cabbage king
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nine-year-old Seth Dinkel edged nurseryman Scott Robb with a repeat win Friday in the Seventh Annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair.

Giants take seventh straight
PHOENIX -- Kirk Rueter and three relievers combined on a five-hitter Saturday as the San Francisco Giants won their seventh in a row, 5-0 over Curt Schilling and the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks.

A's keep streak alive
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics extended the majors' longest winning streak in 49 years to 17 games Saturday night, beating the Minnesota Twins 6-3 behind four RBIs from Eric Chavez.

Flurry of last-minute bargaining lets baseball continue
NEW YORK -- Strike or settle? Six hours before the deadline, baseball players and owners still weren't sure.

Army clarifies gun-registration policy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Army is backing away from enforcing a rule that hunters have to register their guns with the military before bringing them onto military land. The Army now says only people who want to bring guns on the main post have to register them.

Kodiak experiences growing pains vs. Skyview
Friday, Skyview was trying to ready itself for the start of its Northern Lights Conference schedule next week. Meanwhile, Kodiak was trying to ready itself to jump into NLC play in a year or two.

Homer rocks Dimond JV
The Homer High School football team notched its third win of the season Friday, defeating the Dimond Lynx junior varsity 66-0 in Anchorage.

Soldotna's defense kennels up Bulldogs
Soldotna High School football coach Sarge Truesdell knew just what to expect from Nikiski Friday night at Justin Maile Field: A hard-nosed, hard-hitting football game.

Lions not kings of Kards' jungle
Pick any aspect of the game, and the Kenai Central High School football team was dominant in Saturday's 67-0 drubbing of Anchorage Christian Schools at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.

Smoking ban gets 3 public airings
The Soldotna City Council wants to give residents plenty of time to clear the air on a proposed smoking ban for restaurants within the city.

Kenai, Seward exempt from food initiative
With the initiative to exempt non-prepared food items from borough sales tax on the general election ballot Oct. 1, the question isn't just will it pass, but will it apply to cities on the peninsula.

Tax break considered to encourage removal of beetle-killed timber
The danger that a catastrophic wildfire could one day erupt in the beetle-infested forests of the Kenai Peninsula is a reality with which borough residents have lived for several years, and one they will continue to live with for many more.

Michigan militia group founder purchases property in Nikiski
When the founder of a Michigan militia group "retires" to the Kenai Peninsula next summer, he would like to work as a morning radio talk show host.

Soldotna worries about lost money
The city of Soldotna stands to lose more than $1 million if Kenai Peninsula Borough voters pass a boroughwide sales tax exemption on non-prepared food items.

Letters to the Editor
Road ordinance doesn't properly consider poor

Amid economic uncertainty, U.S. workers thankful for jobs
WASHINGTON -- Many Americans this Labor Day are just thankful to have a job.

Voters need to turn anger into action, change primary rules
Low voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election should say at least one thing: The closed system used was not an improvement.

Alaska could reduce budget gap while raising participation at polls Increasing voters' interest
They're gonna take away your permanent fund dividend check! You won't have it anymore. It'll be gone! Kaput! No more! That is all.

The time is ripe for enjoying fresh herbs
I hope your herbs did as well as mine did this year. If you haven't been enjoying your herbs all summer long, it is time. It also is time to think about harvesting and drying some for use this winter.

My Best Friend
Coby McKeirnan, 12, and his Labrador retriever Sadie do everything together -- including fetch, according to Kelly McKeirnan. This shot was taken at Johnson Lake last summer. The McKeirnans live in Soldotna.

Culbertson, Deem wed in California
Celeste Renee Culbert-son and Adam Trayner Deem, both of Anderson, Calif., were married June 29 at Liberty Hill Christian Church in Cottonwood, Calif. Nick Rogers performed the ceremony.

Peninsula residents pleasantly perform the dirty jobs that someone has to do
Who would want to burn the midnight oil time and time again wading through voluminous state statutes and borough codes to ensure that an action proposed by a borough assembly member or the borough mayor doesn't conflict as the many layers of government interact?

Around the Peninsula
United Way fund-raiser set for todayLibrary closed for Labor DayCultural center returning to winter hoursSoldotna city manager to speak at chamber lunchBorough to open satellite officeAnnual Fall Roundup to take placeKindergarten students tutored daily

Trujillo, Bynum exchange vows in New Mexico
Antonia Trujillo and Dalon Bynum were married in Taos, N.M., Aug. 3 in a ceremony at the Kachina Lodge Hotel.

Late field goal gives Michigan upset of Washington
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Philip Brabbs kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give 13th-ranked Michigan a 31-29 victory over No. 11 Washington in the season opener Saturday, a sensational finish set up by a blunder by the Huskies.

McClain wraps up state Pro Class
Stick a fork in the Alaska Pro Class Racing motocross season, because competition for the 2002 champion is done.

Rainy day reflections
Kyle Martin reflects in a puddle as he returns from the concession stand Friday during a football game at Soldotna High School. While rain is forecast for today, sunshine is predicted for Labor Day.

Sparks wrap up crown
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks made sure that the WNBA champions list remained at two teams.

Sports Briefs
Walsh triumphs at Mid-Amateur eventDickerson, Faulkner win Homer TriathlonAlleged stalker of Williams arrested at Open

SoHi splits with Palmer, Wasilla
When the going got tough, Colony's tough defense got going. The Knights topped host Kenai Central 15-12, 11-15, 13-15, 15-12 and 15-11 Friday in the Region III/4A opener for both teams.

Garroutte, Mohler take Homer Invite
Monte Garroutte of Homer edged Anchorage Christian Schools' Jake Moe to take the Homer Invitational Friday in Homer. Other winners on the day were the ACS boys team, Skyview's Marci Mohler and the Homer girls team.

Matarrese, Botelho lead Morgan tournament
A good time was had by all -- and some golf balls were hit around, too.

Polar bears flock to Barrow early this year
BARROW (AP) -- Large numbers of polar bears have crowded into the Point Barrow area this month, and scientists are at a loss to explain exactly why.

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