Wednesday, September 4, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Man enters plea in ax attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man charged with killing one of his roommates with a hatchet and injuring another in an attack one year ago has changed his plea.

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.

Baby drowns near Sitka
SITKA (AP) -- A baby drowned Tuesday morning near Sitka.

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.

State drops certificate for emissions testing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Division of Motor Vehicles will take another step into a paperless electronic world.

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.

Ferry Columbia has electrical problems near Ketchikan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Columbia experienced electrical problems near Ketchikan last weekend, the Alaska Marine Highway System said.

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

Supreme Court to hear Alaska Native wireless case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of a group of Alaska Native corporations seeking to protect their disputed licenses to operate wireless phone businesses in major U.S. markets.

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.

Man enters plea in ax attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man charged with killing one of his roommates with a hatchet and injuring another in an attack one year ago has changed his plea.

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.

23 Alaskans lose jobs in Consolidated Freightways closure
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The bankruptcy filing and shutdown of Consolidated Freightways this week means the loss of 23 jobs in Alaska and a scramble among remaining freight companies for the customers left behind.

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.

Host of political show quits after Republican complaints
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The moderator of a political debate program on the Anchorage public television station KAKM has resigned amid complaints from Republicans.

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.

Old cabin gets temporary reprieve
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 64-year-old log cabin slated for demolition was granted a temporary reprieve by Westmark Hotel management.

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.

Youth charged with shooting father, daughter with pellet gun
KENAI (AP) -- A teenager accused of firing a pellet gun on a father and his 4-year-old daughter has been charged with felony assault, Kenai police said.

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.

Not all hunters approve of calf moose hunt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nearly 300 hunters this moose season will head out to the Tanana Flats with permits to shoot a calf moose.

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.

Milk is drink of choice for kids in cafe's club
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Kat Gorman moved to Dillingham and began waitressing at the Muddy Rudder restaurant a few years ago, she was shocked to see kids drinking soda pop with their breakfast, babies sucking down soft drinks in their milk bottles and children as young as 2 with silver-capped teeth.

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.

Teen arrested in Nikiski shooting
NIKISKI (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy was arrested on charges of attempted murder and weapons misconduct for allegedly shooting at a motorist Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Fire destroys Stevens Village power plant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents of Stevens Village formed a bucket brigade from the Yukon River and kept a power plant fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

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.

Giant cabbage weigh-off steals the show at state fair
PALMER (AP) -- Excitement runs high as the crowd packs the bleachers. It's raining and many people zip their jackets. It's fair time again in Alaska. Folks left standing huddle round the cattle barriers separating onlookers and contenders.

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.

Point Possession becomes part of Kenai refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Point Possession on the Kenai Peninsula has been sold to the federal government and will become part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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.

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.

Tour de Fran takes informal campaign across Railbelt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Democrat Fran Ulmer took a detour from her quest for governor while in the Railbelt last week to autograph an outhouse.

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.

Texas trio one-hits Baltimore
BALTIMORE -- An unlikely trio of Texas Rangers nearly combined to pitch an unusual no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Assembly recognizes Auto Dealers contribution of 12 CPR manikins
A year and a half ago, Bob Favretto, owner of Kenai Chrysler Center and Great Bear Ford in Soldotna, heard of a program that provides Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training manikins to health, civic, and educational organizations nationwide through the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.

Odie Pack "Beads up" the Peninsula
Odie's use to be known for the biggest sandwich in town, and now at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna, Odie's is known for the brightest and widest variety of beads around.

Wagon wheel weaving in Alaska
Even though the three "R's" of environmentalists, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, came about at the turn of the last century, re-cycling is a concept well rooted in American history.

Appreciation Day's for Industry
The tenth annual Industry Appreciation Day drew hundreds out under rain threatening cloudy skies last week.

New record set for Salmon Toss at Industry Appreciation Days
Not only was the summer of '02 the year to get Hooked on Kenai, it was the time for a new non-major league sport to evolve at Industry Appreciation Day.

Hay! That's a wrap...
There is a lot more agriculture on the Kenai Peninsula then meets the eye, according to Ron Sexton, of Trinity Green House in Soldotna, and Secretary/Treasurer for the Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau.

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."

Not all hunters approve of calf moose hunt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nearly 300 hunters this moose season will head out to the Tanana Flats with permits to shoot a calf moose.

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.

Atlanta track owner promises exciting race or he'll pay up
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The window behind Ed Clark's desk provides a daily view of his greatest, never-ending challenge: filling every seat at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 3,2402. Mark Martin 3,1453. Jeff Gordon 3,129

This week's race: Mountain Dew Southern 500
Where and when

In the spotlight: Rick Hendrick
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $4,001,8692. Ward Burton 3,742,3513. Jeff Gordon 3,393,712

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Guerrero still seeks comfort
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Roberto Guerrero won the pole position for the 1992 Indianapolis 500 with four laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at an average speed of 232.482 mph.

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.

Point Possession now part of refuge
Point Possession has been sold to the federal government and will become part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Bees swarm Kenai
If you think you've been seeing a lot more bees lately than usual, and the bees seem to be more aggressive, you're probably not imagining things.

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.

Teen arrested for attempted murder
Alaska State Troopers arrested a 15-year-old boy Sunday afternoon for reportedly shooting at a vehicle traveling on Holt Lamplight Road in Nikiski.

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.

Sept. 11 remembrances planned
Bells will chime on Sept. 11 to honor and respect those who have given their lives. In remembrance of a disaster Americans will not easily forget, several events are planned.

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.

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.

James Wood Eddens
Kenai resident James Wood Eddens died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a lengthy illness. He was 59.

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.

Proposed change in forest policy will help reduce fire risk
President Bush is moving in the right direction on management of America's national forests.

Florida race could be interesting
For the next week, the Sept. 10 Democratic primary election for governor of Florida will be a focus of major national attention.

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.

As much as they hate to admit it, some tired of being reminded of Sept. 11
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dare she say it? Donna Nobles is fed up with being made to relive Sept. 11.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Butchering class to be held todayBorough to open satellite officeFood Bank auction to be heldWestern fall roundup to be heldKindergarten students tutored dailyTourism council to host regional conferenceChamber seeks photosKDLL meeting planned

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.

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

Peninsula People
Kenai student named to honors listTalent show winners announced

New instructors bring fresh ideas to college atmosphere
Kenai Peninsula College saw a number of longtime professors retire at the end of last semester. Consequently, there are a few new faces among the faculty this year.

Students prepare for life outside school
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are learning more than study skills in area classrooms these days.

Reading, writing -- and welding?
Eighteen high school students sit in class studiously taking a test. But while the crouched posture and quiet concentration are reminiscent of any quiz day, this is no ordinary classroom.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Study: Charter schools falling behind
WASHINGTON -- Students in charter schools, often seen as an alternative to failing neighborhood schools, are scoring significantly below public school pupils in basic reading and math skills, a new study shows.

Around the District
School board meets this weekNutrition Services to offer substitute trainingLearning Center grant applications availableDistrict committee needs members

School district offers exchange opportunity
Skyview High School will host the first in a series of classes for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District high school students interested in participating in an exchange program to Magadan March 14 through April 4.

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 Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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.

Serena rolls, Venus tested
NEW YORK -- No one has come close to testing Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. Here's how older sister Venus responded to her first challenge: She dug in, pulled out a three-set victory, then went right out and practiced.

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.

Madden, Michaels ready for some football
NEW YORK -- They've tried a comedian and old quarterbacks. Now, with John Madden and Al Michaels, ''Monday Night Football'' is turning to two old pros who promise an emphasis on games, not gimmicks.

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.

Sports Briefs
Setian, Wiebe take Homer Half Marathon

Sports Briefs
Homer Halibut Derby jackpot worth $46,000Racing Lions host state motocross finale

Kenai Golf Report: Kenai-Birch Ridge tourney next up on tee
The Kenai Golf Association will host the Kenai-Birch Ridge Golf Associations' annual 36-hole stroke play event on Saturday and Sunday.

Seles not done yet
Trapped in her hotel room by the rain, Monica Seles broke her own rule about not looking back.

Panthers scratch for win over SoHi netters
Maturation as a team is a process that can take years, or it can take a matter of a few hours, as seemingly happened Tuesday evening with the Skyview volleyball team.

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.

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.

Becoming less visible
A gull coasts above the Kenai River recently. As winter approaches the gulls will be less common and ravens will return to the cities.

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