Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Grant aids Ketchikan shipyard expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $5 million economic development grant, the largest in the nation this year, to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to finance half the cost of a second shiplift for the Ketchikan Shipyard. AIDEA owns the yard.

Names of helicopter crash victims released
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have recovered the bodies and released the names of two men killed late last week in a helicopter crash.

Earthquake jolts Homer, Alaska
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A light earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 jolted the town of Homer, 130 miles southwest of Anchorage, on Sunday night.

Aug. 28, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says now is time for the 'real' election
The first result of Tuesday's election seems to be that it's pretty clear that one of the first jobs awaiting whoever is elected our next lieutenant governor will be to work on the primary voting system.

Hunters find body near Anchorage trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the discovery of a body found on the Cook Inlet mud flats, near the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

Aug. 30, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on primary election results
Alaska's electoral history boasts some tales to tell: missing ballots, elections gone to court (long before the 2000 presidential race) and an election night power outage that had the conspiracy theorists all squint-eyed and muttering darkly.

FBI names special agent in charge for Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thomas C. McClenaghan has been picked as the FBI's Special Agent in Charge for Anchorage, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller III.

Aug. 28, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on state's debt rating outlook
Alaskans may not care how they do it Outside, but some folks Outside care about how we do it here.

Restaurant worker found dead in trash compactor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police said a worker at a Midtown McDonald's restaurant was killed Sunday in the restaurant's trash compactor in an apparent suicide.

Aug. 28, 2002 Voice of the Times applaudes proposed change forest policy
President Bush is moving in the right direction on management of America's national forests.

Greens choose Benson to replace Jacobsson
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Green Party of Alaska has chosen a replacement for gubernatorial candidate Desa Jacobsson, who dropped out of the race.

Healy coal project in limbo
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Golden Valley Electric Association and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority have parted ways again over the Healy Clean Coal project.

Another airline sues over bypass mail law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Evergreen International Inc. is the suing the federal government over new mail-hauling rules in Alaska, the second airline to file such a lawsuit.

Knowles agrees to appoint new student regent
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has agreed to appoint a new student to sit on the University of Alaska Board of Regents before his term ends Dec. 2.

Dockworkers' contract not extended, both sides declare breakdown in talks
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- West Coast ports could see labor disruptions late this week after both shipping lines and the dockworkers' union said Sunday that talks over a new contract have broken down.

Busy fire season brings cash, habitat improvements
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's biggest wildfire season in more than a decade is winding down, leaving ash and cash as the forests cool.

Murkowski: Resources can pay for education
JUNEAU (AP) -- If he's elected governor, Frank Murkowski says he'd use revenues from state timber sales and mining operations to fund an endowment for education and Alaska's young people. The Republican candidate says he'd also emphasize parental involvement and measures to attract and retain teachers.

Tourism businesses gear up for convention season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most Alaska event organizers expect the upcoming convention season to be a good one, despite earlier concerns stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Michigan militia group founder buys Nikiski farm
KENAI (AP) -- The founder of a Michigan militia group plans to retire to a Nikiski farm and hopes to work as a morning radio talk show host.

Fairbanks firm builds mats to protect tundra from rigs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lots of innovative ideas have gone from scribbles on cocktail napkins to reality.

Kenai borough eyes tax break for cutting bettle-killed timber
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering an ordinance that would encourage property owners to clear land of beetle-killed spruce trees by exempting landowners from paying tax increases linked to timber clearing.

Oakland notches AL-record 19th consecutive victory
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Miguel Tejada and the Oakland Athletics simply refuse to lose -- even when the degree of difficulty gets higher and higher.

Follow steps to food safety
September is National Food Safety Education Month, an annual observance to focus attention on the importance of safe food handling in both home and commercial kitchens. This year's theme is "Four Steps to Safety."

Janson's speed helps Kenai soar
After a recent game, Soldotna High School football coach Sarge Truesdell gave a quick scouting report on the rest of the peninsula's football teams. When he got to Kenai, he mentioned that the scary thing about the Kardinals is their speed, and how fast the running backs can get around the corner.

Roads still on agenda
A controversial ordinance requiring developers of new subdivisions to build roads to borough standards, as well as a measure prohibiting former assembly members from accepting borough jobs within a year of leaving office will be on the agenda at tonight's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Monday morning fire displaces family
A Kenai family woke to find their apartment ablaze Monday morning. Two men suffered minor injuries as the family of five left the building -- most still in their nightclothes. The apartment was completely destroyed.

Panel considers 7 sites for Soldotna cemetary
Soldotna moved one step closer to breaking ground on a new cemetery last week, when the city's Cemetery Task Force released its proposal to the city council.

Borough candidates forum set for Sept. 19
The League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum featuring candidates for borough office, including school board, mayor and assembly.

Kenai fire captain moving on
Capt. William Furlong left the Kenai Fire Department after commanding a shift for the last time before his retirement Tuesday. With him left three decades of firefighting experience and service.

Man, child hit with pellet gun; teen arrested
A man and his 4-year-old daughter were shot by a juvenile with a pellet gun Monday afternoon at the Williams Express on the corner of Bridge Access Road and the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.

Campaign season officially begins
WASHINGTON -- With control of Congress and 36 governorships at stake in the shadows of recession and terrorism, the traditional Labor Day campaign kickoff seems like a relic of elections past.

Changes needed in primary system; 'real' election begins
The first result of Tuesday's election seems to be that it's pretty clear that one of the first jobs awaiting whoever is elected our next lieutenant governor will be to work on the primary voting system.

Key Political Races: At A Glance
Some races to watch in the midterm elections:

Photo feature: Pretty, but poisonous
Colorful but poisonous Amanita muscaria mushrooms sprout on the forest floor near Cooper Landing recently.

Community News
Christian moms meet in SoldotnaChurch offers AWANA program for youthOld Timer's Reunion scheduledBoys and Girls Club plans annual auctionHomer Community School offers fall courses

Peninsula People
Kenai student named to honors listTalent show winners announced

Photo: Eat up
Janine Espy of Love INC, at left, receives a $931 check from the Fred Meyer Foundation, represented by Terry Rahlfs, Teresa Cochran, Lee Larson and Dorothy Sequin.

Photo: Contributors are no dummies
Bob Favretto, owner of Alaska's Kenai Chrysler Center, left, and Rick Morrison, president of EERO Auto of Anchorage, flank Jilian Campbell of the Bear Creek Fire Service Area who accepted a manikin similar to the one at far right on behalf of her fire department.

Elizabeth and Nathan Dunn of Salem, Ore. Pamela and Mykle Ables of Kenai

Kenai library plans upcoming events
The Kenai Community Library encourages everyone to pick up and read a controversial book during Banned Book Week, Sept. 21 to 28. The goal of the week is to bring attention to the importance of the freedom to read and the harm censorship does to society, library staff wrote.

Photo: What's in a name
Clayton Brockel, left, founding director of Kenai Peninsula College, and Boyd Shaffer stand at the head of the nature trail that was named for Shaffer in a ceremony last month at the college.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I have an acquaintance who, seven years ago, was arrested for domestic violence. He is sure that he can no longer have anything to do with firearms. What does the law say?

Around the Peninsula
Boedeker to discuss sales tax exemption's effectsTryouts for swim team to be held todaySpecialist to discuss vision loss at senior centerFinal visit for spay and neuter clinic scheduledKenai chamber to feature mayoral candidatesTwo speakers planned for chamber luncheonBoys and Girls Club taking basketball registrationsKDLL board of directors to meet

Pilot still flying at 96
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- John Miller taught himself to fly in 1923. A high school kid crazy about the freewheeling, barrel-rolling world of aviation, he inherited a rickety World War I-era biplane from a traveling barnstormer as thanks for a summer of mechanical work.

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

More people getting plastic surgery
After Hazel York's husband died, she moved into a retirement home, convinced the better part of her life was over.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Martinez, Matarrese score low at tourney
Pam Martinez finished up the Donald R. Morgan Kenai Golf Association Club Championship with a second-round 89 Sunday to move to the top of the leaderboard in the ladies' flight with a two-day gross score of 183.

Sports Briefs
Setian, Wiebe take Homer Half Marathon

French doping probe into U.S. Postal team closed
PARIS (AP) -- An exhaustive doping probe into Lance Armstrong's cycling team was closed last week because of a lack of evidence, a French judicial official said.

Swingin' in the rain: Sampras gets past Rusedski
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras unfurled a backhand return winner down the line and let out an excited yell: ''Aaahhh!'' The fans responded, applauding and chanting support.

Why 'Caddyshack' is funnier than real life
The increasingly noisy debate about whether women should join Augusta National Golf Club in time for next year's tournament or face some yet-to-be-named dire consequences reminds us one more time why ''Caddyshack'' is funnier than real life.

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