Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Plant to continue pumping warm water into Chena River
FAIRBANKS (AP) Federal environmental regulators say a Fairbanks power plant can continue to pump warm water into the Chena River.

Despite setbacks, AT&T Alascom fights over rural rates
FAIRBANKS (AP) A federal regulatory official has rejected arguments by long-distance telephone provider AT&T Alascom to justify a rate formula change the company says would lower fees for rural customers.

Shuttle launches create Arctic clouds
ANCHORAGE (AP) A benign and previously unknown aspect of shuttle flights links the space vehicles with the Arctic.

Anchorage trail plan unveiled
ANCHORAGE (AP) Municipal officials unveiled details of a new trail patrol program that they hope will field more than 1,000 volunteer patrollers by spring.

Inflatable golf dome towers over Anchorage neighbors
ANCHORAGE (AP) An inflatable dome as tall as a six-story building has sprung up in South Anchorage, much to the dismay of its neighbors.

Flooding hits Interior roads again
FAIRBANKS (AP) Heavy weekend rain again lifted the Chena River over its banks and onto a highway east of Fairbanks.

Minto man drowns in slough
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Minto man drowned after he lost control of his boat and fell into a slough of the Tolovana River, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Former commissioner, racketeer dies in Portland
ANCHORAGE (AP) Lewis M. ''Lew'' Dischner, who served as Alaska's first state commissioner of labor and was convicted of racketeering after leaving office, died Tuesday in Portland, Ore. He was 85.

Borough official arrested on drunken driving charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) The presiding officer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough is charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a sobriety test.

Alaska could lose 100 AmeriCorps jobs without more federal funding
ANCHORAGE (AP) More than 100 full-time AmeriCorps-funded jobs in Alaska could be lost next year without a $100 million infusion from Congress, supporters of the program said.

National Democratic Party sends specialists to Juneau
ANCHORAGE (AP) National Democratic campaign specialists are in Juneau to launch the groundwork for what is expected to be the state's hottest U.S. Senate battle in decades.

Feds approve state's plan to fix child protection services
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's two-year plan to improve its child protection services was approved by regulators with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state officials said Tuesday.

Unalaska plays host to legislators
UNALASKA (AP) Unalaska will host what could become the city's largest legislative fly-in ever.

Barrow Native corporation buys oil consulting firm
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Barrow Native corporation has bought a controlling interest in Emerald Consulting Group, an Anchorage-based firm that provides services to the oil industry.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man died after losing control of his motorcycle, Anchorage police said Sunday.

University sees enrollment increase
FAIRBANKS (AP) A record 600 students showed up for orientation activities at the University of Alaska Fairbanks last weekend.

Boy dies after fall from Kodiak cliff
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 6-year-old boy died after he fell from a cliff near Kodiak, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Contract awarded for Kodiak Launch Complex
KODIAK (AP) The Alaska Aerospace Development Corp. has been awarded a contract of up to $8 million to handle two or three Missile Defense Agency launches in the next year from the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Governor wants feds to recognize Alaska trails
FAIRBANKS (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski wants the federal government to recognize some Alaska trails as public rights of way.

Tundra Joe escapes from university station
FAIRBANKS (AP) Tundra Joe, the 5-year-old bull reindeer that went on the lam from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agriculture and Forestry Experimental Station, has been sighted but not captured.

One man hurt in gas line fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) A natural gas main ruptured and a fire ignited Tuesday in the city's Midtown area, injuring one road construction worker, a deputy fire chief said.

Fatigue can't stop hot Bonds
PHOENIX Hours after being released from the hospital, Barry Bonds hit a two-run, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Boston remains hot by winning Sox battle
CHICAGO Trot Nixon and Gabe Kapler hit solo home runs, and John Burkett finally got his 10th win Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1.

Cubs, Cardinals split day-night double dip
CHICAGO Matt Morris outpitched Kerry Wood and Jim Edmonds hit his second homer of day as the Cardinals beat Cubs to split their day-night doubleheader Tuesday night.

New Fitness Place plans grand opening
Moving the Fitness Place to it's new location next to the King Salmon Restaurant in Soldotna has been a major undertaking for new owner Melissa May, but this week all the work will be rewarded when May, her staff and members celebrate their grand opening.

Following in his father's footsteps
At the turn of the last century following in your father's footsteps was commonplace in most societies. However, the cultural and social changes over the last hundred years changed what was once commonplace into something exceptional and cause for celebration.

Food Bank offers game processing classes
It' hunting season in Alaska, a time when thousands of men and women head into the woods to fulfill the ancient thrill of stalking wild game. However, as any successful hunter will agree, once the game is on the ground, the trill is over and the work begins.

Just for the Hecht of it
Paul Hecht has touched a lot of lives, young and old on the Kenai Peninsula. Whether behind an umpires mask or volunteering for youth or senior citizen activities, Paul has a knack for helping people feel like they are at a party.

Clear skies for 11th Industry Appreciation Day
For the eleventh year in a row Mother Nature shined on Industry Appreciation Day and the organizing committee couldn't have been happier to see the sunny summer weather return after a week of wind, rain and chilly temperatures on the Kenai Peninsula.

NOW PLAYING: Jeepers Creepers 2
Let me just say at the outset, that Jeepers Creepers 2 was on the low end of the list of films I would have preferred to review this weekend. I mean, c'mon. Have we gone sequel crazy or what?

Luncheon brings back memories
We would like to thank Rachel and her staff at the Kenai Senior Center and all the volunteers who helped make our Old-timers Luncheon a success. We know this was a lot of extra work, and we appreciate it.

Hospice appreciates support
The volunteers, staff and board of directors of Hospice of the Central Peninsula wish to express our appreciation to the Kenai Peninsula Board of Realtors for its continued support and commitment to our organization. We thank all those who worked so hard and those who participated in the Realtors' annual Spring Fling for Hospice. Special thanks to Dorothy Cunningham for her efforts to organize this special event.

Kenai Central's defense dominates Kodiak
It was smooth sailing to Kodiak, it was smooth sailing in Kodiak, and it was smooth sailing home from Kodiak for the Kenai Central football team.

Borough's 911 system focus of new study
The same consultants who recommended a revamp of the Anchorage 911 system in the wake of the shooting a year ago of a retired public safety commissioner and his wife are now evaluating emergency communication systems throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Challenger Center adds to surroundings with sign, fountain
Although the Challenger Learn-ing Center of Alaska's financial ground is somewhat shaky of late, the grounds surrounding the building have noticeably improved.

Borough gets grant to develop plan for disasters
Severe storms, floods, wildfires, eruptions and earthquakes are all part of life in Southcentral Alaska, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough currently lacks a comprehensive plan for easing the impact of such disasters.

Agrium avoids more staff cuts
In spite of a second natural gas supply cutback from the Unocal Corp., the Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operation has been able to avoid further staff reductions.

Picnic-goers pay tribute to unions
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a time for working men and women to celebrate the fruits of their labor.

SBS landmark down temporarily; DOT needs land to make improvements
Motorists who rely on the quotes on Soldotna Spenard Builders Supply's sign for inspiration, enlightenment, a chuckle or a way to pass the time as the Kalifornsky Beach Road-Sterling Highway intersection traffic lights slowly change from red to green may be shocked the next time they pass through the area: The sign is gone.

Murkowski picks Kenai, Kodiak judges
An Anchorage assistant attorney general was appointed to the Kenai Superior Court bench Tuesday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

University of Georgia's treatment of Vince Dooley sad commentary on America
My love for watching football would seem to have little to do with a column dedicated to analyzing public opinion on weightier topics. But the start of the gridiron season reminds me that there's something afoot in the world of college athletics that should be of interest to anyone who's reached age 70, whether they like sports or not.

North Korea must not be allowed to continue nuke weapons program
North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability threatens the peace and security of not only the Korean peninsula but also the whole of Northeast Asia. The meeting in Beijing is the first historic opportunity for all countries with direct interest in the issues, and with influence in their resolution, to be represented.

Patience should remain at core of U.S. efforts in reconstructing Iraq
Three items of news ... have collided and will likely cause some to wonder about the wisdom of having the United States continue its effort in Iraq.

Multitude of reasons for high gas prices, but are any of them good?
There probably is some truth in published reports saying the massive power failures of Aug. 14 caused refinery outages, which in turn were a factor in the spike in gasoline prices.

For true believers in smaller government, states' fiscal woes have silver lining
It looked like the stands at a high school football game. Fans clad in red, hooting for their side. Hundreds of opponents waving banners, chanting, cheering and booing.

Around the Peninsula
Driving safety class offeredHealth group to meetHelp available for day care providersGrandparents day breakfast plannedHospital service area board to meetDiscount cards benefit cancer fundHead Start registration under way

Ask a Firefighter
Every day, Americans experience the horror of fire. But most people don't understand fire. Only when we know the true nature of fire can we prepare our families and ourselves. Each year more than 4,000 Americans die in fires. An additional 25,000 are injured and some $3.5 million in property is damaged. Most of this could be prevented.

Births
Darcy and Klay McCaughey Shelly Gradwell and Jerry Brenneman Maggie Barbour and Mike Jensen

Peninsula People
Nikiski student earns Eagle Scout rankPeninsula man plays with Team USASterling woman earns degree

Around the Peninsula
Food bank sponsors butchering classesSoldotna chamber meeting todayKenai chamber meeting setNPC chamber meetings start upResidents sought for CPHC boardHomer to offer youth basketball, life-saving coursesSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaKCHS to raffle off quiltPotters needed to spin their wheels

Community Events
Library plans September eventsChallenger center to sponsor space exhibit

As parents wise up, kids find online time curtailed
Stephen Pearson saw his children's grades slip. His older daughter was falling asleep in school, after staying up until the wee hours chatting with friends online.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Kickin' off a new year at KPC
The summer break is over today as students at Kenai Peninsula College head back to classes in Soldotna, Homer and Seward.

Study: Student ACT scores hold steady
The high school class of 2003 earned an average composite score of 20.8 on the ACT college entrance exam, matching last year's total, but the test-maker warned that more than half of this year's students may not be ready for college-level coursework in either math or science.

Around the District
School board meets MondayKPC plans meeting, seeks council representatives

Juneau gravel pit becomes park, outdoor lab for students
JUNEAU No construction was done on the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School building this summer. But when students return to the school, they'll find a new laboratory to help them study wetland ecosystems.

First day of classes perfect time for a barbecue
Kenai Peninsula College invites everyone to join in the fun at the annual community "Welcome Back" barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. today. This year, the barbecue will be held behind the college's Goodrich and McLane buildings overlooking the Kenai River. Whatever the weather, count on grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, along with an array of salads and desserts.

School progress reports offer small glimpse of bigger picture
More than a decade ago, Alaska launched a massive effort called the Alaska Quality Initiative. Part of that initiative was defining what all students should know and be able to do as a result of their educational experience. Businesses, parents, students and educators came together, setting the Alaska content and performance standards. The next step was the development of tests and assessments to measure student performance against these standards.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Aging bikers keep on riding
TIVERTON, R.I. Benjamin ''Ben'' Lewis hops on his '89 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide motorcycle, and in the blink of an eye, swings the nearly half-ton machine off its kickstand and upright as if he were a gymnast mounting a balance beam.

Best of times, worst of times for U.S. track
SAINT-DENIS, France The head of U.S. track and field could not resist a literary cliche in summing up the performance on and off the track of the American team at the World Championships.

Sports Briefs
Twenty-six finish Homer Half MarathonSeward netters top SoldotnaLions running back Stewart to miss seasonBryant's attorneys ask for accuser's records

Kenai Golf Report: Weather being nice to golfers
The weather in unbelievable and the Kenai Golf Course is in wonderful shape. We're certainly hoping this coming weekend the weather continues during the Kenai/Birch Ridge Association tournament.

Applewhite wins title in playoff
Kenai's Billy Applewhite birdied the first hole of a three-man playoff to win the Donald Morgan Championship Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course.

Photo feature: Play time
James Libert and Nathan Byrd shoot hoops in Kenai last weekend.

Aussie takes control at Deutsche tourney
NORTON, Mass. He swings like Tiger Woods. He worships Greg Norman.

Sports Briefs
August winners named in Jackpot DerbyHomer's Borgman fourth at worlds

Team USA moves toward redemption
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Something strange happened on the medal stand: The Americans abandoned it just as their national anthem was played.

Clarett could miss entire season
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger said Tuesday night that he doubted sophomore tailback Maurice Clarett would return to the defending national champions this season.

Has Duval hit rock bottom?
David Duval no longer works on weekends, the result of a slump identified as much by his posture as the numbers on his scorecard.

Agassi pounds Dent out of Open
NEW YORK A long, rainy day turned into a short one for Andre Agassi.

Nikiski swan couple gives birth to 7 chicks
A pair of bird watchers in Nikiski were delighted to find that the trumpeter swans that return to their back yard lake year after year to nest successfully hatched seven chicks this year.

Photo feature: Laidback dinner for 1
A sea otter dines on a crab in the Homer small boat harbor last week. A gull swam close behind picking up leftovers.

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