Thursday, September 5, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Earthquake occurs near Kodiak
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake occurred Wednesday near Kodiak, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.

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.

Ulmer unveils three-part fiscal plan
EAGLE RIVER (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Fran Ulmer stepped into Republican country Wednesday to announce her three-part fiscal plan for Alaska.

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.

Inmate faces charges for assaulting guard
SEWARD (AP) -- Charges are pending against an inmate at Spring Creek Correctional Center after he allegedly assaulted a correctional officer Saturday, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Baby drowns near Sitka
SITKA (AP) -- Efforts to revive a baby that had been under the water near Sitka for about an hour were unsuccessful.

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.

Fairbanks mayor douses fire station proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mayor Steve Thompson won't be introducing an ordinance to put a new Fairbanks fire station to a vote this October.

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.

Democrat drops from Eagle River senate race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mitch Schapira has been nominated to run as the Democratic candidate for Senate District P in November, the Alaska Democratic Party said Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

FAA gives Ted Stevens airport high marks for safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has received high marks for safety and operations, airport officials said Wednesday.

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.

Oakland sets American League winning-streak record
OAKLAND, Calif. -- What looked like the easiest win for the Oakland Athletics turned out to be the most improbable.

Johnson raises Arizona
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson threw a three-hitter to earn his 20th victory and stem Arizona's slide in the NL West on Wednesday as the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1.

Tourism market gears up for influx of business travelers
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.

Hospital raises rates 6 percent
Central Peninsula General Hospital announced last week that its charges will increase by an average 6 percent, effective this month.

Business Briefs
Homer Electric members receive $2 millionHousing hearing announcedHEA receives National Safety AwardKey chains recalled due to choking hazard

Consolidated shuts down
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.

Photo: A clearer view
Oracle Corp. Vice President of Global Practices Jacqueline Woods stands by a sign in Oracle headquarters in Redwood City, Calif., Aug. 27, 2002. Hoping to quell criticism of its sales practices, slumping business software maker Oracle Corp.

Use caution when buying Canadian drugs
U.S. citizens are reaching out to the Better Business Bureaus across the country seeking information about ordering drug prescriptions from Canada by mail, telephone and through the Internet.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Undercover: Camo-ing up for hunting season
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Camouflage gear has gone from Army issue clothing to uptown fashion, from children's playwear to weekend warrior outfits for playing paint ball. But to hunters it is a needed tool.

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Area artists create Soup Supper and Auction bowls for food bank
From the potters who make the bowls, to the cooks who fill them, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Soup Supper and Auction is a community volunteer effort, from start to finish.

Mixed-media art show reflects life's journeys
"Journey Fragments" is a mixed media collection by Paula Dickey, reflecting the journeys everyone takes through life. The Homer artist combined actual fragments of maps with watercolor and ink to create artificial landscapes.

Photo feature: In the swing of things
Kimberly Fena heads for the sky in Farnsworth Park Wednesday with a little help from Paulette Berry during an outing with Hope for the Future Day Care and Preschool.

Art Briefs
Photography show deadline todayDonated art needed for Pratt showPoems sought in contestPratt Museum changes scheduleAuditions held for symphonyWatercolor submissions wanted

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

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

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

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 ordinance clears assembly; borough mayor's desk is next stop
A controversial ordinance that boosts construction standards for new subdivision roads has once again cleared the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

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.

Comments sought on Unocal proposal
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service will take public comments on a Unocal proposal to expand commercial gas development in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Right-of-way issue holds up Unity Trail
The Unity Trail, a 5.3-mile bike path stretching from Kenai to Soldotna along the Kenai Spur Highway, is nearly done, state officials said.

Parents get slapped for student's truancy
Keeping kids out of school has always been against the law, but Kenai Peninsula parents may now actually face charges for the violation.

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.

Gene Hunter Smagge
Former Kenai resident Gene Hunter Smagge died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, in Klamath Falls, Ore., after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

Reality TV goes too far once again
Forty years ago, "The Beverly Hillbillies," a fish-out-of-water comedy about a newly rich backwoods family coping with Beverly Hills' haute lifestyle, pulled down big ratings.

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.

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.

Applause
Center appreciates support

Letters to the Editor
Only members of political party should pick party's candidatePrimary forces nondeclared voters to conform to 'Political Machine'No one but members of party should pick party's candidateClarion disappoints with story about militia group founderThose who don't know anything have no business casting a vote

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.

Bushwhacking, climbing and reclimbing -- all for simple fun
PLACER RIVER, Alaska (AP) -- At the base of the cliffs, with the enjoyable part of the trip finally about to begin, Jim Jager's advice could be summed up in one well-worn cliche: ''Kids, don't try this at home.''

Traveling light
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Imagine packing just two pairs of underwear for a two-week vacation. Gross? Gonna sleep alone?

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

Around the Peninsula
Speakers planned for chamber luncheonReception for art exhibition to be heldBoys and Girls Club registering for basketballFormer airline worker to speakPositions open on advisory boardAlzheimer's walk, workshops plannedHistorical society to hold membership meetingBlood drive scheduled

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Venus joins sister Serena in Open semifinals
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams reduced her U.S. Open quarterfinal against Monica Seles to something akin to an instructional video.

Argentina shocks United States
INDIANAPOLIS -- The basketball universe changed forever Wednesday night. The most powerful nation in the history of the sport lost a game.

Birch Ridge Report: Area pro impresses at Pro-Am
Tom Walsh shot 71 at the Creek Course at Moose Run on Labor Day that was good enough to make him the top pro in the most recent Pro-Am. His teammates of son Tim Walsh, Pat Cowan and Tim Cowan combined to finish fifth overall at 16-under. It doesn't seem like they labored too much on this difficult course!

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.

Giants-Niners usher in new NFL season
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.Y. -- This is no ordinary season opener for the NFL.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mountain goats like home on peaks
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Take a trek to Willard Peak or Ben Lomond and a close encounter with a scraggly, sure-footed beast is more than likely.

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