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Thursday, September 6, 2001

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.

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.

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

Workers bolster highway near mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Workers should be finished by the end of the month filling a 95-foot hole that the state believes is causing a section of the Parks Highway just east of Ester to crack and slide.

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

Delta makes wish list for missile-related projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city of Delta Junction plans to ask the federal government for more than $13.5 million in Title 10 funding to mitigate the impacts of the National Missile Defense Test Bed Project at Fort Greely.

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.

Legislators vote to join redistricting suits
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Republican-dominated legislative committee voted along party lines Wednesday to join the lawsuits challenging the plan that redraws the state's political boundaries.

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.

Cause of large sheen on Kenai River remains a mystery
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- State environmental investigators are trying to determine the cause of an oil sheen that showed up on the Kenai River.

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.

Elmendorf begins contamination cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Elmendorf Air Force Base has begun removing debris and contaminated soil from a construction site near its Boniface Gate.

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.

Celebrity Cruises settles with state over air quality charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Celebrity Cruise Lines has reached a settlement with the state over emission violations charges, the Attorney General's office announced Wednesday.

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.

Lt. Gov. Ulmer approves gasline initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has certified an initiative aimed at creating a state authority to oversee development of the state's natural gas resources.

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.

Forecast for 2002 Opilio crab season brighter than 2001 season
KODIAK (AP) -- The Alaska Fish and Game Department said Wednesday the 2002 Opilio crab season will open with a quota of nearly 31 million pounds, up from 27.3 million in 2001.

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.

Kotlik toddler drowns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A toddler from Kotlik died after she apparently drowned in the Kotlik slough, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

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.

Hand-held radios violate rules for fair chase
WASILLA (AP) -- One hunter reclined in a lawn chair with a spotting scope trained uphill on a moose in Hatcher Pass. He was giving radio directions to his two companions as they picked and dodged their way though thick brush.

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.

Schilling chalks up 20th win of season
SAN FRANCISCO -- Curt Schilling became baseball's first 20-game winner, striking out 12 as the Arizona Diamondbacks kept Barry Bonds in check and beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2.

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.

Seattle tops Rays for 100th victory
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners posted their 100th victory as Edgar Martinez and John Olerud each drove in three runs against Tampa Bay in a 12-6 win.

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.

Gateway Forest 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.

Southeast tribal groups oppose proposal to spray herbicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Native village corporation is seeking permission to spray herbicides on its logging lands on Long Island near Prince of Wales Island.

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

Business Briefs
Tesoro to expand refining, retail holdingsRed Robin wants to knowNew store opens at Peninsula Center MallSeasonal jobs boost July employmentBusiness planning seminar offeredChamber announces Seafair winnersAssociated Builders & Contractors offers trainingLoggers plan conventions

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.

'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.

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.

Retailers hope releases boost lackluster sales
NEW YORK -- For music retailers, autumn can't come fast enough.

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.

Boat-building expert details life on the sea
Don Ronda has been building model ships for almost 60 years, and in the process, has become something of a historical expert on the ships he replicates.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

'Outlaws': Entertaining if taken lightly
The authorities could hang up a ''Wanted'' poster on ''American Outlaws'' for the crime of impersonating a western, but that would be paying the movie far more serious attention than it merits.

Art Briefs
Poetry slam scheduledDo you have a midlife story?Oral histories now available

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400
Where and When

Points Standings
1. Jeff Gordon 3,708 2. Ricky Rudd 3,366 3. Sterling Marlin 3,230

Red flags put racers in danger
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The moment NASCAR displayed the red flag with seven laps remaining in Sunday's Mountain Dew Southern 500, drivers expected a big crash at the finish. So did the nearly 75,000 fans at Darlington Raceway and a national television audience.

Nascar Schedule
Feb. 18th to Nov. 18th.

Roar of engines can lead to hearing damage
ATLANTA -- Richard Petty is deaf. The man with more NASCAR Winston Cup victories than any other driver found the roar of a race engine to be intoxicating. What he didn't know was that it was stealing a little more of his hearing with every lap.

Money Leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $5,423,379 2. Dale Jarrett 3,533,189 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,270,059

Auto racing can't afford more mistakes
ATLANTA -- If critics had their way, every driver at this Sunday's Mountain Dew Southern 500 would be wearing a neck brace. Their cars would have collapsible bumpers, air bags and enough padding to withstand a head-on collision with a freight train.

NASCAR lets drivers test options on rule changes
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- A year ago NASCAR was lauded for changing its rules for the two fastest raceways on the Winston Cup Series schedule.

Sheen reported in river
Kenai River watchers raised an alarm Tuesday afternoon when a rainbow sheen appeared in the water.

Kenai Chamber of Commerce hosts election forum at weekly meeting
About 100 residents of Kenai got to better know the people seeking their vote next month.

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.

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.

Nikiski explores 'home rule'
What is a home rule community? And do unorganized peninsula communities fit the definition?

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.

'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.

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.

Photo feature: Pot of gold?
A rainbow drops behind spruce trees in Kenai just before sunset Sunday night.

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.

Clyde W. "C.W." Reynolds
Kenai resident Clyde W. Reynolds, more commonly known as C.W., died at his home of natural causes Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001. He was 74.

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.

Lois R. Irvin
Homer resident Lois R. Irvin died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, from heart failure at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 82.

Robert Aikins
Anchorage resident Robert Aikins died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at Alaska Regional Hospital. He was 73.

Richard "Rich" Lewis Marsh
Oregon resident Richard "Rich" Lewis Marsh died at his home in Bend on Friday, Aug. 31, 2001. He was 62.

Nobody winning in Durban
The decision by Arab, Muslim and Third World countries to equate Zionism with racism, to banalize the Holocaust and to revive the worst anti-Jewish terminology in order to defend the rights of the Palestinians, has not only caused the failure of the U.N. World Conference against Racism in Durban, but has created an ideological rift unheard of since the Cold War ended.

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

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.

What is ultimate goal of racism conference?
As feared, the United Nations summit on racism in Durban crumbled into a certain amount of disarray (Monday) night as both American and Israeli delegations walked out in protest over attempts to criticize "racist" attitudes towards Palestinians. It is a great shame that the conference -- which had such ambitious, bold and noble aims -- should have been thus diverted.

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
Do Tesoro's profits have anything to do with high price of gasoline?Social cost of housing inmates out of state cannot be measuredPrivate prison will not provide kinds of jobs peninsula needsKnowles' actions divide Alaskans; favoritism fuels fires of racism

Checks not in danger, but surplus may be tapped to support budget
WASHINGTON -- Democrats hope to win the budget debate by accusing the White House of stealing from Social Security to pay for tax cuts and other priorities. President Bush is struggling to avoid that public relations trap.

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

Gadgets make outdoors far from simple
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Burn this newspaper! That is what former Chicago Bears player William ''Refrigerator'' Perry would like you to do with his combination barbecue grill and cooler.

Kayak builder, instructor takes hobby to next level
KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- At a class on Longmere Lake Wednesday evening, uncoordinated paddling sent colorful kayaks jerking in one direction and then another. It was clear that the kayaker-wannabes had yet to discover the rhythm of the sea. But the echo of laughter rolling across the water left little doubt that the students in Tom Wilkinson's class had found a vehicle to freedom.

Designs on a faster bicycle
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- He once took apart the family television to learn how it worked, and to see if he could reassemble it before his mother returned from work. Years later, Jeffrey James Caswell constructed a bicycle built for speed from a purposely bent muffler pipe, an office chair, the fork of a Schwinn bike, mountain-bike handlebars and other used bike parts.

Paddling and politics in the wild
JUNEAU (AP) -- When Ian Kean loads a raft for a trip down the Taku River, he brings gourmet food, wine and a heavy environmental agenda.

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.

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
Open house scheduled for todayCrusade begins tonight at Christian centerRegistration under way for basketball leagueSoup supper, auction to benefit food bankBed and breakfast association to meetTwin City Raceway to hold final race of seasonBoys and Girls Club benefit set for SaturdayHomer first aid class postponedBenefit spaghetti feed scheduled for SundayInvestment representatives announce local visitsConsumer-Directed Program training session offeredFood safety class offeredBoaters warned to take care in high water levels

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.

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.

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.

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.

District school news
News from schools around the district

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.

Around the District
School board meets MondayNikiski schools get together

Notre Dame gets another shot at Nebraska
Last time Notre Dame saw Eric Crouch, the Nebraska quarterback was rolling left and running 7 yards for the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

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.

Costa Rica whips U.S. soccer team
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Amazingly, the United States put itself in jeopardy of missing next year's World Cup.

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

Sports Briefs
Nikiski's Britton takes King of StreetIvan Rodriguez out for season with knee injuryLeaf fails physical, doesn't sign with DallasYashin signs 10-year deal worth nearly $90 millionBaffert bids Point Given farewell

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.

Birch Ridge Report
The Birch Ridge/Kenai Golf Association tournament is Saturday and Sunday. Players play one round at Kenai and one round at Birch Ridge. Entry fee is $65 and includes greens fees for both courses, plus a barbecue at Birch Ridge following the final round Sunday.

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.

Dragila, Johnson take Goodwill gold
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Stacy Dragila didn't have a logical explanation for her performance. Then again, she didn't need one.

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

Venus Williams, Capriati set up showdown in semis at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- They battled for 3 1/2 magnificent hours, then met at the net with smiles, a handshake and warm words for each other.

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

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