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Sunday, September 8, 2002

Connecticut man critically injured in collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Connecticut man was critically injured Friday in a two-vehicle collision at a busy Wasilla intersection, police said.

Tlingit adviser assists in all-Native bond purchase
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Tlingit investment adviser says the first-ever all-Native bond purchase has been completed.

Coast Guard seizes Russian fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard seized a Russian fishing vessel Wednesday after patrol crews spotted the boat fishing in U.S. waters.

Turtle found in Homer pond
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An alligator snapping turtle found in a pond near Homer will have to be killed if it's not adopted as a pet, according to state wildlife officials.

Tanana man charged after shooting through ceiling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Tanana man was arrested after firing a rifle into his ceiling while accusing a friend of stealing money, Alaska State Troopers said.

Murkowski declines campaign questions in federal offices
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, the Republican nominee for governor, said Thursday he will not respond to campaign questions from reporters while in congressional buildings.

Woman cited for attracting grizzlies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Two Rivers musher who left bags of dog food in her yard, attracting a family of grizzly bears, has been cited for creating a nuisance.

Judge affirms damages decision against biologist, animal group
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has upheld a Tok jury's decision to award damages to a trapper who claimed biologist Gordon Haber broke state law by freeing an injured wolf on his trapline in 1997.

Kotzebue fisherman turns entrepreneur to keep fishing
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Despite the almost nonexistent salmon market, despite the piddling salmon runs and a closed chum run, local commercial fisherman Seth Kantner still found a way to go fishing this year.

Police arrest suspects in gas station robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men were arrested early Friday and charged with armed robbery at a service station in South Anchorage.

Fortymile caribou extend range
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fortymile Caribou Herd crossed the Taylor Highway this year for the first time in many years, and hunters harvested more than 100 caribou over the Labor Day weekend near the roadway.

Two plead guilty to firearms theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men charged with stealing guns from a police officer's private car last year pleaded guilty to a federal firearms theft charge in U.S. District Court on Friday.

Absentee, questioned ballots don't change primary results
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Absentee and questioned ballots have sealed Anchorage Rep. Lisa Murkowski's narrow victory over political newcomer Nancy Dahlstrom.

San Francisco takes 10th game in 13 tries to stay in wild card race
SAN FRANCISCO -- Benito Santiago hit a game-winning single and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the ninth inning for the second straight game, 4-3 Saturday.

Tigers slip past Yankees for rare victory
NEW YORK -- Omar Infante lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning for his first major league hit, lifting the Detroit Tigers over Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees 2-1 Saturday.

Yankees pitcher injured in diner fight
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees pitcher David Wells was punched in the head and lost two teeth when he was attacked by a man waving a butter knife at a diner early Saturday, police said.

Nikiski can't slow Janson
By delaying the game against Kenai Central, Nikiski was merely delaying the inevitable Friday night at Nikiski High School.

Homer takes down Seward
The Homer football team defeated Seward 52-0 in Homer Saturday.

Stars control rivalry
Soldotna High School offensive lineman Josh Brantley couldn't wait for Friday's annual grudge match with the Skyview Panthers to get under way.

A year after Sept. 11, some still picking up the pieces
At that moment, it seemed as if nothing would ever be the same, that we had all been changed in some essential way.

Signs will replace roadside memorials
In the interest of safety, state highway workers will remove roadside memorials from along state roads this month. The state is offering to replace them with newly created memorial signs.

Smoking caused fire
The cause of a Monday morning fire at the Kaknu Apartments in Kenai was determined to be smoking-related, according to fire investigators.

Borough committee readies pitch to host 2006 winter event
In less than a month, the Kenai Peninsula Borough will submit a bid to bring the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to the peninsula.

Crowd favors exploration at Unocal hearing
A crowd of around 100 packed into a conference room at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna Thursday evening to discuss a draft of an environmental impact statement for Unocal's planned development at the Swanson River natural gas fields.

Josephine Dorothy Jurgeleit
Josephine Dorothy Jurgeleit died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 91.

Onis King
Nikiski resident Onis King died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

Could Dad be in the mob? Too many similarities, coincidences for daughter to ignore
First of all, I want to say that I am not an alarmist. Nor am I particularly gullible or apt to fall for conspiracy theories.

Survey shows many think First Amendment goes too far
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Support for the First Amendment has eroded significantly since Sept. 11 and nearly half of Americans now think the constitutional amendment on free speech goes too far in the rights it guarantees, says a poll released last month.

Moving on shows American spirit will continue to triumph
We survived. Maybe we're even stronger. Maybe more gentle as well. A lot less innocent, certainly.

Wildwood attempts to help its inmates break vicious circle of substance abuse
It was an August Monday morning like any other at the Wildwood Correctional Facility in Kenai -- as normal as any Monday could be at an Alaska state prison.

Burzinski, Knutson announce engagement
Teresa Burzinski of Soldotna and Bryan Knutson of Coos Bay, Ore., have made their wedding plans for Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, in Lakeside, Ore.

New England's Great Warpath offers concentration of forts, battlefields
ORWELL, Vt. -- Pine trees murmur as they are jostled by a breeze coursing over a rocky promontory high above Lake Champlain -- spectral whispers, perhaps, of European, American and Indian warriors who fought in the Lake Champlain Valley during two 18th-century wars.

Around the Peninsula
Power outage hits areaRadiothon set for MondayToastmasters meeting scheduledSBDC to host money finding seminarUnited Way to hold public receptionSenior driving class offeredNikiski community dinner plannedOpen house slated at PenDOG

Sicily looks to burnish its image to attract tourists
ROME (AP) -- Sicily's government, determined to quash the image of the island as a Mafia backwater with scant tourist appeal, is launching a major campaign next month to persuade travelers worldwide to come visit.

Reid, Fish marry in temple ceremony
Lynita Fish and Ryan Dee Reid were married Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at the San Diego Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple. A reception was help in Temecula, Calif., the same day.

Look at 'Live Free or Die' state before traveling
Think about spending your next vacation relaxing or playing amid the farms, forests and mountains of New Hampshire, the historic ''Live Free or Die'' state.

The ins, outs of lingonberries
Lingonberries are also called lowbush cranberries. The ripe fruit is deep red and similar in appearance to the commercial bog cranberry but much smaller and more flavorful. They grow on low (up to 6 inches tall) plants with tiny, leathery, shiny leaves. Lingonberries are found in woods, thickets, mountain slopes and tundra.

Mariners navigate past Kardinals netters
The Homer High School volleyball team got in the last word Saturday, defeating Kenai Central in five games in a Region III/4A Southern Division match at Kenai.

Serena keeps title from sis
NEW YORK -- Take that, big sis! Serena Williams confirmed at the U.S. Open what's become clear since spring: She's not just No. 1 in the world, she's No. 1 in her home.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold final motocross raceAzzara takes lead in combined tournament

Blast from past: Agassi vs. Sampras
NEW YORK -- Andre Agassi smiled as the meaning of the moment became clear. He had just beaten one of tennis' young stars to set up an improbable U.S. Open final with an old one.

Kodiak beats Nikiski in matchup of youth
Young teams collided Saturday when the Nikiski volleyball team faced the Kodiak Bears in the Nikiski gymnasium. Kodiak walked away with a victory, winning three straight games 15-11, 15-2, 15-7.

U.S. loses to Spain
INDIANAPOLIS -- The U.S. team had one last debacle before leaving town. The United States lost again at the World Championships on Saturday night, falling 81-75 to Spain in the fifth-place game.

Homer takes down Seward
The Homer football team defeated Seward 52-0 in Homer Saturday.

Homer boys, Soldotna girls cruise at Homer Invitational
The Soldotna High School girls swimming and diving team left a field of nine teams in its wake, taking first in the team standings of the Homer Invitational Friday and Saturday at Homer.

Hurricanes blow through Florida at The Swamp
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Best in the state. Best in the country. Best in The Swamp.

Weimer second at Palmer; Kards sweep ACS
Seward High School won the boys Class 123A division at the Palmer Cross Country Invitational meet Saturday at the Michael Janecek Running Trails in Palmer Saturday and Soldotna's Jessica Weimer finished second in the girls individual 5-kilometer run.

Photo feature: Riding high
Jerry Meek does a 180 on the quarter-pipe at the skate park next to the Kenai Recreation Center Saturday afternoon. The park offers bikers and skateboarders a place to soar.

Caribou extend range
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fortymile Caribou Herd crossed the Taylor Highway this year for the first time in many years, and hunters harvested more than 100 caribou over the Labor Day weekend near the roadway.

Turtle found in Homer pond
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An alligator snapping turtle found in a pond near Homer will have to be killed if it's not adopted as a pet, according to state wildlife officials.

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