Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Anchorage police investigate sexual assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred early Sunday near downtown.

Police find body of missing Anchorage woman near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of an Anchorage woman, missing since mid-May, was found in a shallow grave near Wasilla, police said.

Aug. 29, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Gov. Knowles' Katie John decision
It wasn't so long ago that Gov. Tony Knowles stood in front of the Tanana Chiefs Conference and bravely declared that if Alaska loses the Katie John case, ''...we lose navigable waters to the federal government and, with it, Alaska's ability to control her destiny in so many areas.''

Demolition training begins at Fort Richardson
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Anchorage and Eagle River could hear the sounds of demolition training Wednesday and Thursday coming from Fort Richardson.

Tougher limits affect drinkers differently
JUNEAU (AP) -- If a couple goes to a restaurant and shares a bottle of wine over dinner do they now have to take a taxi home to avoid arrest under a stricter alcohol law which took effect Saturday?

Lime Village tries redesigned energy hybrid system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The southwestern Alaska town of Lime Village is the test site for a project on the usefulness of hybrid power.

Teen charged with shooting brother in Unalaska
UNALASKA (AP) -- A 16-year-old has been charged with the shooting death of his brother Saturday on board a boat anchored near Unalaska.

Chickaloon tribe seeks broad tax exemptions on land
SUTTON (AP) -- The Chickaloon tribe is asking that it receive broad tax exemptions on land in exchange for bringing development to the Mat-Su Valley.

University study of salmon issues will be wide-ranging
KENAI (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton said the university is committed to a long-term study of Alaska salmon issues, despite the concerns raised by Cook Inlet commercial fishermen who fear it will favor sport fishing interests.

Privacy summit convenes in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A three-day summit on privacy issues convened Wednesday at a downtown hotel in Anchorage.

Alaska fliers complete general aviation flight to Russia
NOME (AP) -- A group of Alaska pilots made a weekend trip to the Russian Far East as part of an effort to open up a flight corridor for general aviation flights.

North Pole man mauled by bear
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 52-year-old North Pole man was mauled by a bear Tuesday morning while hunting in the Interior.

Seattle fishing crew rescued in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A Coast Guard cutter rescued four members of a Seattle-based fishing vessel that capsized off the coast of Alaska.

Herbicide plan opposed by tribal groups
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Native village corporation is seeking permission to spray herbicides on its logging lands on Long Island near Prince of Wales Island.

Most Fairbanks borough student immunized
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- All but 29 elementary school students in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have up-to-date immunizations, including the new hepatitis A and hepatitis B requirements, said borough superintendent Jim Holt.

North Pole man mauled by bear
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 52-year-old North Pole man was mauled by a bear Tuesday morning while hunting in the Interior.

Aug. 25, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News on shipyard dispute with state
State transportation officials appear determined to sink Ketchikan's shipyard.

Gateway files for reorganization in bankruptcy court
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Gateway Forest Products has filed a reorganization plan in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that would isolate the company's veneer mill from its other affairs.

Aug. 28, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News on Gov. Knowles' Katie John decision
In one firm stroke, Gov. Tony Knowles gave the state of Alaska a chance to get back on the right side of rural subsistence policy Monday when he dropped further appeals of the Katie John lawsuit. The job now is to summon the political will to get the issue onto the ballot for Alaskans to decide in November 2002.

Regulators plan overall review of Cook Inlet pipelines
KENAI (AP) -- With several recent spills from aging or abandoned pipelines in and around Cook Inlet, state regulators say they're planning a comprehensive look at the web of pipes on the inlet floor.

Economist disputes number of jobs created by ANWR developmen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An economist is disputing claims about the number of jobs that would be created by oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

First frost shows up late in Fairbanks area
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Winter has left its calling card in the Fairbanks area.

Most Fairbanks borough student immunized
All but 29 elementary school students in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have up-to-date immunizations, including the new hepatitis A and hepatitis B requirements, said borough superintendent Jim Holt.

Revelers drenched trying to stop Juneau firefighters dousing bonfire
JUNEAU (AP) -- Firefighters doused a North Douglas bonfire over the Labor Day weekend, drenching more than a dozen revelers who tried to stop them.

State seeks federal assessment of radiation at Amchitka
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's top environmental officials have asked the U.S. Department of Energy to look for signs of radiation leaks on Amchitka Island and in the surrounding sea and fish and marine mammals.

Pennsylvania hunter dies in boating accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Pennsylvania hunter died over the weekend when he fell out of a boat on the Hoholitna River in southwestern Alaska.

Aleutian Canada goose from SeaLife Center goes to Russia
The Aleutian Canada goose hatched at the Alaska SeaLife Center last month has found a new home and a purpose in life.

Labor Day weekend is busy one for medics
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Labor Day weekend proved to be a busy one for members of the 68th Medical Company Air Ambulance at Fort Wainwright.

Anchorage man killed in hit and run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are investigating an early morning hit-and-run collision that killed an Anchorage man Sunday.

Hunters flock to Tanana Flats for start of moose season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sitting on the bow of a friend's airboat in the bright sunshine at Chena Pump Landing, Mark Krenzelak and J.R. Stepp looked like quintessential Alaska hunters.

Vehicle crossings in Snow River drainage restricted to protect salmon
SEWARD (AP) -- Hunters who travel through the Snow River drainage each autumn in search of moose will have to leave their all-terrain vehicles behind.

New homes to be awarded to Alakanuk residents
ALAKANUK (AP) -- Nine families will find out Tuesday night if they are the ones to receive new homes in an ongoing effort to solve this village's housing problems.

Job is a labor of love for Fairbanks referee
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Rob Walkotte became a referee 23 years ago he was so happy to get the position he didn't realize until after he'd been working quite a while that a paycheck came with it.

USDA gives $6.3 million in grants for Alaska projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $6.3 million for six projects in rural Alaska.

Aug. 26, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion on alternatives to moving legislative sessions
Supporters of moving the legislative sessions from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susistna Borough are misguided in their efforts.

Homer retiree wins halibut derby
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A retired printer who landed a 322.8-pound halibut won this year's Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, beating another angler by just six-tenths of a pound.

Indians send Red Sox to ninth straight defeat; Blue Jays pound Yankees
BOSTON -- Jim Thome homered twice and Juan Gonzalez drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians sent the Boston Red Sox to their ninth straight loss, 8-5 Tuesday.

Martinez claims severe injury, adds to sinking feeling in Boston
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez said he has a minor tear in his rotator cuff and criticized Boston general manager Dan Duquette for saying he was healthy.

Jones keeps it up for Braves in win over Expos
MONTREAL -- Andruw Jones homered leading off the ninth to send the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Expos Tuesday night in front of the smallest Olympic Stadium crowd in 17 years.

St. Louis: This Bud's for you
SAN DIEGO -- Bud Smith became the 16th rookie in modern history to throw a no-hitter and the second unlikely pitcher to do it to San Diego this season in St. Louis' 4-0 win Monday night.

Yankees win fifth straight
TORONTO -- Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees rallied for their fifth straight win, 7-5 Monday over the Toronto Blue Jays.

'Ducktor' promotes 10th Rubber Ducky Race
Even to the most ambitious duck hunter, a 200-pound duck might cause one to want to check their glasses or the glass they had been drinking from. At last weeks Kenai Chamber luncheon however most folks just reached into their pockets for a twenty dollar bill to turn over to the good "Ducktor" and Kenai Lions Club member Dennis Swarner.

Clouds part for 8th Annual Industry Appreciation Day
For the eighth consecutive year, Industry Appreciation Days drew sunny skies over Kenai.

Outdoors
Editors Note: This is a continuation of an article which ran last week.

Legendary Alaskan Adventurer Walt Parker still on the go
Walter Parker's grandfather came to Alaska in the 1890's and helped to build Nome. According Parker's daughter Lisa, her Dad started his adventuring when he lied about his age to join the armed forces in World War Two. After surviving the war he had a choice of going to China or Alaska, and chose the Great Land of his grandfather.

Homer angler hits halibut derby jackpot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A retired printer who landed a 322.8-pound halibut won this year's Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, beating another angler by just six-tenths of a pound.

Now Showing: Summer Catch
Rarely have I gone to a movie that I had less interest in seeing than the throw-away, end of summer trash that is Summer Catch.

Kenai runs behind its great Dane
While the Kenai Central High School football team's 4-0 record may not come as a huge surprise, the manner in which the Kardinals have been able to dominate their opponents has turned some heads.

Kenaitze young people learning, sharing story of their ancestors
Digging in the dirt is keeping some Kenai Peninsula youngsters busy. But this is more than just play. They are learning valuable techniques to slowly and patiently piece together the story of their ancestors, to accurately document their findings and, in turn, share it with others.

Thursday fund-raiser benefits rape hot line
Supporters around the world are hosting parties in honor of pop singer Tori Amos' 38th birthday to raise money for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network's (RAINN) rape hot line.

'Mock dig' helps Cooper Landing students piece together history
Cooper Landing Elemen-tary students are taking a step back in time through a project called "Windows of the Past," a study of the Dena'ina culture, and members of the Kenaitze tribe are guiding them in their exploration.

Pipeline review details in works
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is working toward initiating a Cook Inlet pipeline review and risk assessment as part of its larger review of the Alyeska and North Slope pipelines.

Transfer could give Kenai new wildlife viewing area, dock road
The city of Kenai could get a new wildlife viewing area and a second road into the city dock if the city council and the state Department of Fish and Game come to agreement on a conservation easement transfer.

Assembly tackles variety of issues
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members roll their sleeves up this morning, with a 10 a.m. review of the borough's spruce bark beetle program. The program's progress was questioned by assembly members at the Aug. 21 meeting.

Photo feature: Labor Day festivities
Eight-year-old Molly Nyland, right, strains to see the design Patty House is putting on her friend, Sam Bidwell, 10, during Monday's Labor Day Picnic, presented by the Central Peninsula Labor Council in Kenai. The picnic featured live music and free hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue chicken. Just a few of the scores of labor supporters lined up for the food are seen in the background. At times, the line numbered more than 100 people. The weather, which had been threatening early Monday morning, broke over downtown Kenai to make for a perfect end-of-summer day.

Shrew's Nest gets new owners; old name stays
This summer, Cooper Landing marked the end of an era when new owners took over a landmark business, the Shrew's Nest.

Soldotna captures attention of Aces
Anchorage Aces hockey team managers expect to decide in a couple of days whether to hold a training camp and exhibition games at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Fred H. McAlmond
Ninilchik resident Fred H. McAlmond died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 83.

Aubrey Gene Best
Soldotna resident Aubrey Gene Best died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at the Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle. He died from complications following hip replacement surgery. He was 63.

Michael Oskolkoff
Lifelong Alaskan Michael Oskolkoff Jr. died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a lengthy illness. He was 70.

Watching races for governor
WASHINGTON New Jersey and Virginia are the only states with governors elections this year, and Republicans have cause to be nervous about both races.

What others say
State transportation officials appear determined to sink Ketchikan's shipyard.The Peninsula Clarion on alternatives to moving legislative sessions

Are today's educators teaching kids how to think or what to think?
The beginning of another school year affords opportunities for politicians to complain that not enough money is being spent on education and for others to observe the disappointing results from the record amounts of money that have already been spent on our public schools.

Letters to the Editor
New development should not harm existing subdivisions quality of lifeTodays tragedy of the Commons exists in federally owned landGovernor broke his oath of office by not appealing Katie John ruling

Letters to the Editor
Trashy humans not only harm wildlife, they also endanger people

Group say thanks for picnic help
We wish to acknowledge and extend our thanks to Regal Foods and Fred Meyer for their contributions and aid in making our first picnic a success! Also, thanks to the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department for the cleaning and sprucing up of the Municipal Park. The picnic was a tremendous success and we look forward to our second annual one next year.

Community News
Seafair Safety Rodeo Set for HomerSeafair Safety Rodeo Set for Homer

Around the Peninsula
Council candidates to speak at Kenai chamberCPGH officials to speak at Nikiski chamber lunchUnited Way seeking volunteersLast low-cost spay clinic of season to be heldFred Bear returns to Fred MeyerPancake breakfast plannedFree children's developmental screening offered.

Peninsula People
New Kenai 4-H agent selectedMilitary academy graduates 1,000

Annual radiothon benefits Women's Resource and Crisis Center
The 17th Annual KSRM/WRCC Radiothon Fund-raiser, which supports the Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center, will be Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on KSRM radio 92 AM.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna Chamber lunch held todayRoad construction to begin on North RoadCouncil candidates to speak at Kenai chamberFirst aid and CPR class offeredCPGH representatives to speak at Nikiski chamberVolunteers neededLast low-cost spay clinic to be heldPancake breakfast plannedFree children's developmental screening offeredKSRM Radiothon plannedInvestment representatives announce local visitsConsumer-Directed Program training session offeredFood safety class offeredBoaters warned to take care in high water levels

Peninsula State Fair 2001 announces 4-H fair entries, prizes
Guide to ribbons

Ask a Trooper
Question: In your columns, you list how many points go on your license for each violation. Can you explain how points work?

Hard lesson: making money, still keeping a life
After taking a vacation in the Bahamas, going to the movies every weekend and buying a Chevy Cavalier, the realization hit me.

School Menus
Delicious food served fresh every day at your friendly school cafeteria.

Med school applications drop again
CHICAGO (AP) -- Applications to the nation's medical schools fell 3.7 percent in 2000 in the fourth straight year of decline.

Entire community can -- and should -- play role in helping students achieve their dreams
A couple of years ago I was talking with a 10-year-old child and asked him the question that children that age get asked frequently.

Around the District
School board meets MondayNikiski schools get together

There's a learning opportunity for everyone at KPC
Kenai Peninsula College is happy to report a significant increase in student enrollment -- up 18 percent compared to last semester -- and classes just started on Aug. 27.

District school news
News from schools around the district

Steeped in tradition, charter school still known for innovation
The first year at Aurora Borealis Charter School was so rocky organizers were not sure the fledgling school would survive. But this fall, as the school begins its fifth year, the mood is triumphant.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for local seniors

Improved seat belt systems could help elderly drivers survive crash
WASHINGTON -- Seat belt systems that are easier on fragile shoulders and ribs. Roads signs with bigger letters. These are some ways car companies and highway planners can help older drivers avoid and survive accidents, says an insurance industry group.

Senior Briefs
Activities available for local seniors

Homer angler hits halibut derby jackpot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A retired printer who landed a 322.8-pound halibut won this year's Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, beating another angler by just six-tenths of a pound.

1999 champion overcomes Davenport in thrilling match
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams kept building a lead, and Lindsay Davenport kept coming back.

Sampras, Agassi renew rivalry at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- For his next trick, Pete Sampras takes his high-wire act at the U.S. Open into a matchup against Andre Agassi, no simple matter for the Grand Slam title record holder.

Sampras shows he's back by topping Rafter
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Sampras rediscovered his greatness Monday, dominating a dangerous opponent with nearly flawless tennis punctuated by a brilliant sequence of shots on the final point.

Stars net Seahawks
The Soldotna High School volleyball team defeated Seward in five games Tuesday at Seward in a nonregion match.

Matarrese takes Kenai club title
Mark Matarrese loves golf. He spends his weekends working at the Kenai Golf Course, follows the PGA Tour and can speak authoritatively about what type of ball will play well around the green, and what type will play long off the tee.

Kenai Golf Report
Over the past weekend the Kenai Golf Association Donald R. Morgan Fall Classic golf tournament was held.

Green ready to hang 'em up
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Darrell Green launched his farewell tour with candor, grace and a plea for fans to support the charity that has become a huge part of his life for 13 years.

Juneau runs away with Homer Invite
Juneau-Douglas dominated the Homer Invitational Friday, with the Crimson Bears taking the team and individual titles in both the boys and girls races.

Kenai netters make history
The Kenai Central high school volleyball team has finally found a hole in the Knights' armor.

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