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Friday, September 7, 2001

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.

North Pole man recovers from bear attack near Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man is recovering from serious wounds suffered in a bear attack in the Interior this week.

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.

Spokesman: Gas producers will shut down study if route is mandated
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A spokesman for Alaska's three main gas producers is warning lawmakers that the companies will shut down their study of a gas line to the Lower 48 if government ends up deciding the route.

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.

University enrollment up for second year in a row
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second year in a row, the number of students enrolled at the University of Alaska's three main campuses in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau has increased.

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.

Man indicted for allegedly secretly videotaping girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been indicted on charges he secretly videotaped a teen-age girl while she was in various states of undress.

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.

Costo joins competition for thrifty gas buyers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Discount club store Costco has joined the competition for thrifty gas buyers.

Fairbanks man sentenced for sexual abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former employee of the Boys and Girls Club of Tanana Valley has been sentenced to serve two years in prison for sexual abuse.

Report: cruise ships not meeting wastewater discharge standards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A report to be released Friday says cruise ships that sail Alaska waters continue to have problems with wastewater discharges, according to a former regulator.

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.

Fishing head doesn't expect new rules to curb sea lion decline
SITKA (AP) -- Proposed new rules for commercial fishing in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska will not halt the decline in Steller sea lion populations there, according to the nation's new top fish manager.

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.

Council to take up stellar sea lion concerns
SITKA (AP) -- Poor salmon prices have forced commercial fishermen in five villages of the Aleutians East Borough to depend on the same groundfish that environmentalists say are essential to endangered Steller sea lions.

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.

Kaktovik whaling crew gets first bowhead of season
BARROW (AP) -- A whaling crew in Kaktovik harvested the first bowhead of the fall season.

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.

Man sentenced in crash that killed two
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for a crash that killed two young boys and injured their grandparents last year.

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

Piece of Alaska granite imbedded in Chicago's Tribune Tower
JUNEAU (AP) -- A piece of Alaska granite is now embedded in Chicago's Tribune Tower, thanks to the efforts of Michael Orelove of Juneau.

Emmonak man charged with sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Emmonak man has been charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile, Alaska State Troopers said.

Bonds rips 60th tater
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds doesn't think he's going to have too many more chances to hit home runs. The pennant race is just too tight

Indians dismantle Red Sox
BOSTON -- Chuck Finley (6-6) gave up four hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Juan Gonzalez drove in three runs Thursday night in the Cleveland Indians' 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mums enliven autumn: Ancient flower comes in numerous varieties
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- With fall nearing, mum's the word.

Mums enliven autumn: Ancient flower comes in numerous varieties
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- With fall nearing, mum's the word.

With adult children separated from aging parents, geriatric care managers stepping in to help
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sandy Van De Graaf was trying to raise a teen-ager, care for her husband, tend a household and help an ailing father 1,000 miles away.

With adult children separated from aging parents, geriatric care managers stepping in to help
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sandy Van De Graaf was trying to raise a teen-ager, care for her husband, tend a household and help an ailing father 1,000 miles away.

Soldotna man bags bison
Despite describing it as the hardest hunt he's ever been on, Timber Wolf Lodge owner Michael Beals is thrilled with the 1,800-pound bull bison he bagged last week on the Cheshnina River in the Copper River drainage.

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

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.

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

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.

Skyview, Soldotna set to renew rivalry
Central peninsula schools Kenai, Skyview and Soldotna all sit atop the Northern Lights Conference with 1-0 records. Beginning this week, hotly contested rivalries will break the logjam at the top of the standings.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400
Where and When

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Mother's drinks haunt daughter
Annie Street is a pretty girl with honey-colored hair, a wide smile and blue, blue eyes. Meeting a stranger, she shyly turns her face to the wall. Annie will never graduate from high school, drive a car or live on her own. She has full-blown Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Photo feature: Solitude
Patsy Collins walks her dog Lady on the wind-swept beach in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

FAS: What everyone should know
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a collection of mental, physical and behavioral defects caused by a baby's exposure to alcohol before birth.

Land issues heat up assembly meeting
They might disagree on other issues, but the nine members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assem-bly unanimously supported a resolution that Kenai assembly member Bill Popp described as "the strongest worded resolution" the assembly has written since Popp began serving in 1997.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Stan Hansen
Kenai resident Stan Hansen died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2001, at his home. He was 50.

How can you help? Ways to make impact too numerous to count
It's been said so much that sometimes it sounds insincere: The Kenai Peninsula is a generous community. Very generous.

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.

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.

School district appreciates Teachers of Excellence program
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District would like to send special thanks to British Petroleum of Alaska for the development and sponsorship of the BP Teachers of Excellence program.

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.

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

Legislature takes steps to improve education
Alaska's schools are once again hives of academic activity as students return from their summer vacations and take up their studies. From pre-schools to universities, Alaska's educational system is in full swing, and it is an opportune time for the rest of us to reflect on the Alaska Legislature's work last session to support education.

Letters to the Editor
Public safety is government's job, not one for private business

14-mile gravel and dirt path quickly leaves Talkeetna behind
TALKEETNA -- Some Alaskans call any place off the road system the Bush. But when people in Talkeetna told me you could reach the Bush by a path called the Chase Trail, I was dubious.

Paddling with a purpose
JUNEAU -- When Ian Kean loads a raft for a trip down the Taku River, he brings gourmet food, wine and a heavy environmental agenda.

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.

What are all those plastic-covered piles along Funny River Road?
Even though we live in the so-called Information Age, and you can send or receive just about any information you want -- around the globe, just by depressing a few keys on a computer keyboard --I am amazed at how poorly we humans communicate, sometimes. The Funny River Road fuel reduction project is a case in point.

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.

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
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

Around the Peninsula
Artist reception scheduled for todayFarmers' market scheduled for SaturdayDevelopmental screening to be offeredLow-cost spay clinic scheduledKenai Historical Society to meet SundaySpaghetti feed to help defray medical expensesResurrection Creek watershed meetings setKenai council schedules work session on prisonRegistration open for arts enrichment classesConsumer-Directed Program training session offeredGeologist to speak at Kasilof meetingRed Cross classes scheduled for Sept. 15Soldotna Historical Society plans 'Fall Fling'Alaska Independent Blind chapter to meet Sept. 17Food safety class offeredHospice schedules grief support programsBoaters warned to take care in high water levels

Mums enliven autumn: Ancient flower comes in numerous varieties
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- With fall nearing, mum's the word.

Foes of renovations squeeze Catholic parish's finances
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) -- Opponents of a $3.5 million dollar renovation of a century-old neo-Gothic church in this Lake Michigan shoreline town hope to sink the project in a sea of red ink.

Evangelist combines 'a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of Elvis'
DELAWARE, Ohio -- Evangelist Leroy Jenkins sings like Elvis and has the king's hairdo.

Presbyterian (U.S.A.) high court to hear case of gay elder
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The supreme court of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has scheduled arguments this month in the case of a gay man whose 1997 installation as an elder in a Connecticut church has been challenged.

Religion news in brief
Presbyterian (U.S.A.) high court to hear case of gay elderUnited Methodists begin first TV advertising campaignKansas museum focuses on Orthodox Christian immigrantsFoes of renovations squeeze Catholic parish's financesJewish lawmakers say Texas redistricting plan discriminates

Jewish lawmakers say Texas redistricting plan discriminates
AUSTIN (AP) -- Four Jewish members of the Texas House have accused Attorney General John Cornyn of insensitivity for dividing ethnic communities in their districts under the redistricting plan he shepherded.

With adult children separated from aging parents, geriatric care managers stepping in to help
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sandy Van De Graaf was trying to raise a teen-ager, care for her husband, tend a household and help an ailing father 1,000 miles away.

Mormon church, accused of protecting pedophile, to pay $3 million to abuse victim
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church has agreed to pay $3 million to an Oregon man who claims the church did too little to protect him from sexual abuse by a pedophile.

Religion Briefs
Crusade set at Kalifonsky centerSoldotna chapel to host performerTeacher affirmation service plannedGospel meetings scheduledUnitarian Universalist Fellowship to meetWorkshop designed to help church staffBible workshop offered

Nuns imprisoned in human rights protest cope with life behind bars
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) -- They wear the same green uniforms as the drug offenders and thieves incarcerated with them.

Kansas museum focuses on Orthodox Christian immigrants
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Heartland Orthodox Christian Museum opened this month, giving visitors a look at the culture, traditions and daily lives of Orthodox immigrants to the Midwest.

Christian coffeehouses are more than a cup of Joe
EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) -- Henry Sanchez was reluctant to restart his social life after his wife of 27 years, Barbara, died from breast cancer last December.

United Methodists begin first TV advertising campaign
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The United Methodist Church this month started its first television advertising campaign to draw new members to the Protestant denomination.

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.

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.

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.

Russian walker sets world record
BRISBANE, Australia -- A Russian walker named in honor of the Olympics set the first track world record at the Goodwill Games on Thursday night.

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

Salary cap working against both teams, players
Absolute parity is almost here as the NFL opens the 2001 season.

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.

Replacement referees to open NFL season
NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time in 14 years, replacements will be on the field for NFL games. Replacement officials.

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.

Roddick loses cool, match against Hewitt
NEW YORK -- The backward-cap kids took their turn in prime time at the U.S. Open, and for more than 3 1/2 hours Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt matched wits, aces and effort, applauding each other's best shots. Then Roddick lost his cool -- and the match.

Sports Briefs
Public invited to Riverskate FallfestTitans finish long-term contract for RolleKoivu prepares to fight abdominal cancerNCAA delivers letter of inquiry to Alabama

Skyview sweeps Kardinals
The Skyview High School volleyball team defeated Kenai in three games Thursday in a Region III/4A match at Kenai.

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