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Friday, September 6, 2002

Judge rejects lawsuit challenging school bus contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging the award of the Anchorage School District's bus contract.

Hooper Bay has state's highest cost of living
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks says it costs more to live in Hooper Bay than in any other community in Alaska.

Anchorage to host meeting with Russian governors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage will host a three-day meeting of Russian and American officials later this month to talk about trade between West Coast states and the Russian Far East.

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.

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.

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.

Knowles asks feds to review Chilean salmon dumping
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is asking the International Trade Administration to widen a review of Chilean farm-raised salmon exports, which he said is responsible for depressing prices paid to Alaska fishermen.

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.

Central Peninsula General raises rates
KENAI (AP) -- Central Peninsula General Hospital is increasing its rates by an average of 6 percent, the hospital has announced.

Former Ketchikan lobbyist sentenced for stealing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Geoffrey Bullock has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution for stealing that amount from two Russian men in 1997.

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.

Phillips miffed at GOP over complaint
JUNEAU (AP) -- Brad Phillips says he was ambushed by the Republican Party.

Anchorage doctor's license suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has suspended the license of an Anchorage doctor after a state review said ''irresponsible and erratic'' practices led to the death of two patients.

Geese flock to Fairbanks refuge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a sure sign that winter is coming, Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is filled with thousands of Canada geese.

Natives get grant to go to international whaling meeting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grant will allow three members of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission to travel to England to discuss subsistence quotas for bowhead whales.

Anchorage pedestrian dies after being hit by car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 64-year-old man died Thursday after he was hit by a car while trying to cross a six-lane street during rush hour, Anchorage police reported.

Anchorage Police identify body found Sunday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have identified the body of a man found Sunday on the mud flats of Cook Inlet.

Convicted sex abuser hurt in jail fight
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Sitka man convicted of molesting three young girls in a sex camp on a remote island suffered injuries last weekend during a prison fight, according to officials at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Three Kodiak residents indicted in meth bust
KODIAK (AP) -- Three Kodiak residents have been indicted in connection with a methamphetamine drug bust last week.

Anchorage goose controls apparently succeeding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Efforts to reduce the number of Canada geese in Anchorage have succeeded, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Chinese visitors to Juneau take interest in hatchery
JUNEAU (AP) -- Many Juneau tourists take home a fish or two, but the delegation from Mishan, China, has its eye on a hatchery.

State DOT truck collides with black bear
SUMMIT LAKE (AP) -- A state truck collided with black bear near Summit Lake on the Seward Highway.

Light quake shakes Southeast
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake was recorded in Southeast Alaska early Thursday.

Troopers investigate vandalism to DOT trucks
McCarthy (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating a report of vandalism done to trucks owned by the state Department of Transportation working on the McCarthy Road.

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.

Man charged with killing bear sow in den with cubs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man from Clear Air Force Station has been charged with crawling into the den of a black bear sow and cubs last winter and fatally shooting the sow with a handgun.

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

Tuntutuliak residents block poaching investigation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Western Alaska hunters have been charged with illegal moose hunting in a case that has heightened tensions in a region already anxious over the sensitive issues of tribal sovereignty, subsistence rights and moose management.

Chugach gets contract for Kwajalein Atol missile work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Chugach Alaska Corp., the regional Native corporation for the Prince William Sound area, has tentatively been selected to provide support services for the missile defense testing site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Lodge owners along Denali Highway seek help
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lodge owners along the Denali Highway are looking to legislators for help.

Democrats pick new candidate for Anchorage Senate seat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Democratic Party has chosen a new candidate for an Anchorage-area state Senate seat after the previous candidate withdrew, the party said Wednesday.

Republicans claim Ulmer underpaid for use of boat
JUNEAU (AP) -- Democrat gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer improperly received a $13,200 discount from a charter boat company for a May fund-raiser held in Whittier, the state's Republican Party leader said.

Democrats charge GOP lawmakers violated ethics law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Democratic Party officials on Thursday accused GOP lawmakers of violating state ethics laws barring politicking on the state's expense.

Chignik fishing cooperative wraps up its first season
ANCHORAGE -- More than 50 commercial salmon fishermen made $20,000 each this summer in a remote Western Alaska salmon fishery without ever getting their nets wet.

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.

Astros break out in 11th inning for win
SAN DIEGO -- Jeff Bagwell broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the 11th and Brian Hunter capped Houston's five-run inning with a bases-loaded triple to beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Thursday.

Anderson, Angels thump Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Garret Anderson homered twice and tied a career high with seven RBIs as the Anaheim Angels beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-1 Thursday night for their seventh straight victory.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Borough mayoral candidates agree on much
Candidates for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor squared off Wednesday before a standing-room only Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd and pitched their respective visions for the future of the borough.

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.

When searching for game, let your eyes do the walking
FAIRBANKS -- The best way to find moose, or any big game in Alaska, isn't to cover a lot of country with your feet, four-wheeler or boat. You're better off letting your eyes do the walking.

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

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

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.

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.

Juicy rivalries fill weekend gridiron slate
Like many an area football enthusiast, Kenai Central coach Jim Beeson is going to have a problem tonight.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Not too hot, not too cold, but Kenai Peninsula's tourism season still not just right
Despite fears that Alaska would see a drop in visitors following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, this year's Kenai Peninsula tourism season was relatively strong.

'Fill the Boot' raises $15,500 for MDA
The turnout was just what Central Emergency Services had hoped it would be.

Airport survey doesn't fly -- yet
An air travel marketing survey proposed by the Kenai Airport Commission has Era Aviation crying foul and accusing the city of sticking its nose into private sector issues where it does not belong.

CIA student hit by car, escapes serious injury
A 13-year-old girl survived being hit by a car on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna Wednesday afternoon, despite being thrown completely over the car.

Conference to focus on Sept. 11
The Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue in cooperation with the Alaska Dispute Settlement Association will host an "Open Space Conference" this weekend.

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.

Bush should seek support for war among Americans
War is too important to become the political guessing game it has become under the current administration.

Applause
Center appreciates support

Blair puts convictions above party in backing U.S. president's plan
To many Labor supporters, by no means only those on the far Left, Mr. Blair's willingness to support a Right-wing American regime in what they see as an aggressive war is almost unforgivable. Labor's opposition to another Iraqi campaign is rooted in some of the most basic instincts that actuate that party's followers: suspicion of the United States in general and of Republicans in particular; support for the underdog; anti-colonialism; concern for Third World civilians; and, not least, a basic dislike of all wars.

Letters to the Editor
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day set for MondayHook-and-release fishing denies access to anglers fishing for foodMany deserve credit for standing up for rights of former Austin workersParents need to know who their kids are with, what they are doingEach school within district qualifies as being 'flagship'Pipeline regulators should heed call for citizen oversight

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

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down county's smoking ban
The Ohio Supreme Court is once again on the wrong side of history with its ridiculous decision striking down Lucas County's ban on smoking in public places.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Kenai River Cleanup slated for SaturdayDivision of Forestry urges caution with campfiresMountain bike plan available for comment

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.''

Before digging in, be sure that mushroom is edible
A certain mystique surrounds mushrooms. Often adding bright colors to the drab forest floor, some species are sought for their pictured beauty while many are craved for their flavorous attributes by culinary masters around the world.

'Foot-powered' adaptive management on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
For the last few years, a subtle change has been occurring in the amount of people who are using the "horse trails" associated with the Benchlands above Tustumena Lake on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Climber returns home after failed summit attempt on K2
SEATTLE -- Had it been up to Christine Boskoff, she would have made one more push for the summit of K2 before giving up on the world's second-tallest mountain.

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
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

Around the Peninsula
Spay-neuter clinic to extend scheduleRadiothon fund-raiser to be heldPFLAG to hold meetingAmerican Legion to hold Sept. 11 ceremonyRemembrance church service to be heldCommunity Service to be hostedMemorial blood drive to be held

Religion Briefs
Native outreach fellowship to meetSoldotna plans Sept. 11 memorial serviceSept. 11 memorial service slatedSterling church plans Sept. 11 remembranceLocal mothers take part in prayer rallyJames Grier to speak at Bible conferenceClothing ministry to close for two weeksUnitarian-Universalist Fellowship resumes meetingsBible study groups plannedWriters sought for faith anthology

Bishops restructure sex abuse committee
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday they have restructured their committee that drafts policies on how dioceses should discipline priests who molest children.

Man who accused Cardinal Mahony of abuse charged with extortion
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- A man who accused Cardinal Roger Mahony of molesting him two decades ago has been charged with extortion, filing a false police report and other crimes, authorities said.

Youth outserved: Sampras hammers Roddick
NEW YORK -- As Pete Sampras pumped his fist to celebrate a volley winner that closed the second set, Andy Roddick flashed an admiring thumbs up and then bowed, acknowledging that his idol still has what it takes.

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

49ers elude Giants' grasp
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. w-- What seemed like a dud of a season-opening party for the NFL actually turned into a thriller.

Sports Briefs
Homer netters bag BearsBaseball owners ratify labor deal

Houston begins against Dallas in battle of Texas
Hopes were high in Houston after the expansion draft last spring. Hopes were higher in Dallas when the Cowboys signed veteran defenders La'Roi Glover, Bryant Westbrook and Kevin Hardy.

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.

Too bad nobody thought of it sooner
Ten years ago, explaining the difference between USA basketball and the rest of the world was simple.

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.

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!

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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