Sunday, September 9, 2001

Friends, family hold out hope for missing Eielson sergeant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Civilian and military authorities have given up actively searching for a missing Eielson Air Force Base man but members of Steve Hockers' Air Force unit continue to search the woods for the technical sergeant last seen Aug. 17.

California man dies near Yakutat
YAKUTAT(AP) -- A California man died Thursday after he fell into the Italio River near Yakutat, according to Alaska State Troopers, but they say he may have suffered a heart attack.

Dall sheep ewe illegally shot in Chugach State Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Someone illegally shot a female Dall sheep 10 days ago along one of Chugach State Park's most popular recreation corridors and left the carcass unsalvaged by the side of the Powerline Pass Trail.

Missile defense opponents, supporters talk at Fort Greely protest
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- A protest of the proposed national missile defense system turned into a forum Saturday as protesters mingled with residents who back the project at Fort Greely, the Interior Alaska Army base targeted for closure.

Kodiak's otter population falls significantly
KODIAK (AP) -- A survey conducted this summer indicates that Kodiak's otter population is down 40 percent.

Bus company agrees to pay families in Bethel shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The last trial seeking to place blame for a 1997 school shooting in Bethel ended without a verdict Thursday when a local bus company agreed at the last minute to pay $1.1 million to the victims' families.

Miners resume search for platinum near Platinum on Bering Sea coast
PLATINUM (AP) -- Miners prospecting for platinum near the village that bears the same name are using new technology with old equipment to protect the area's pristine environment.

Higher U.S. unemployment rate may send jobseekers north
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 4.9 percent national unemployment rate has state economist Neal Fried and other business trend-watchers wondering if job seekers will be heading north.

Fuel spills at Anchorage airport when backhoe strikes pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gasoline leaked out of a Tesoro fuel pipe Friday at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport after a backhoe struck the underground line while digging a trench.

Man charged with attempted murder with pickup truck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was charged with attempted murder Saturday after apparently intentionally running over another man with a pickup truck.

Fairbanks man takes Peace Corps initiative fight to court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Halfway through two years of Peace Corps service in Ukraine, Shelly Brewer of Anchorage was frustrated to find out she was no longer eligible for an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.

Thieves steal ATM in Willow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After four attempts at stealing an automatic teller machine at a credit union in Willow, someone finally succeeded in stealing one from a convenience store in the community 69 road miles north of Anchorage.

Five sentenced for Anchorage murder during robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five young Anchorage men were handed sentences from 20 to 30 years for their roles in killing a man during a robbery last year.

Nine survive plane crash east of Cordova
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At least three people were injured when a private plane with nine people on board crashed in a remote, marshy area east of Cordova Friday, the Coast Guard said.

San Francisco tops Rockies to move into wild card lead
DENVER -- Jeff Kent homered and drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants, with Barry Bonds going homerless for the second straight game in hitter-friendly Coors Field, beat Colorado 7-3 on Saturday.

Posada suspended for six games
NEW YORK (AP) -- By the time Jorge Posada's suspension starts, the New York Yankees might have wrapped up the AL East.

Yankees defeat Red Sox for fifth straight time
NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina didn't come close to perfection, but still was too much for Boston as Tino Martinez homered twice to lead the New York Yankees over the Red Sox 9-2 Saturday.

Heartburn drug for adults promoted for children
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) -- A heartburn medication approved for use by adults was promoted by its manufacturer as a children's remedy, say lawyers for 155 plaintiffs who are suing the drug manufacturer for $1.2 billion.

The wild side of 5 A Day: Eating right keeps you healthy
This week, Sept. 9-15, is 5 A Day Week. The National Cancer Institute encourages everyone to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day to help reduce the risk of getting cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Tribal hospital blends traditional, western healing in diabetes treatment
SACATON, Ariz. -- He shakes the rattle in rhythmic pulses and sings a melodic Tohono O'odham prayer song, asking the creator to hear the group and to have mercy and forgiveness.

KPC professor follows Alaska dream with his camera in hand
Although we all dream of working at a job we love, Gary Freeburg's work requires doing what he loves.

Kardinals don't fear the Ravens
The Kenai Central High School football team continued its winning streak Saturday by defeating Eielson High School 34-14 at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai in a nonconference matchup.

Soldotna scorches Skyview
Before Saturday's game against the Skyview Panthers, Soldotna High School football coach Sarge Truesdell told his squad they would ride on the shoulders of running back Cason Simpson for a game.

ACS no match for Nikiski
The Nikiski High School football team took the drama out of things early, scoring on its first play from scrimmage Friday en route to a 56-0 win over Anchorage Christian Schools in a Great Land Conference game at Nikiski.

Sterling man pleads to burglary, assault
An attempted first-degree murder charge against a Sterling man was dismissed Friday in return for his no-contest pleas to first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.

Pro-prison forces raise nearly 20 times more than opposition
Dollars contributed to the cause may vary by the thousands, but equal amounts of passion have both sides of the prison issue running toe to toe.

The price of out-of-state incarceration
FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Welcome to Anchorage in the desert, the undesired home away from home of 786 convicted criminals from Alaska and a handful of women who love them.

Photo feature: Shaded fan
Jewell Hunt uses an umbrella against the sun Saturday as she watches her grandson play football for Skyview High School in a game against Soldotna.

Skate park set to open
Area skateboard, in-line skate and BMX bike enthusiasts will have a park to call their own Saturday, with the grand opening of Kenai's new skateboarding park, located at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Upgraded cable TV, modem service in the works
Digital programming, more channels, more choices, pay-per-view specials and high-speed Internet service are coming to a cable TV near you -- as long as you live within the coverage area of GCI.

Lisa Salmine
Lifelong Alaska resident Lisa Salmine died in her sleep Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, at her Soldotna home. She was 40.

Social Security politics may be bad economics
WASHINGTON -- Many economists suggest politicians have it backward, that this is the time to be spending the surplus rather than hoarding it. And, they say, that includes the Social Security surplus if need be.

Dog day afternoon in Oregon
I expected to learn a lot, but I had no idea exactly what it would be.

State foster care system desperately seeking Solomon
It is easy to cite problems in the state's foster care system. Finding solutions, however, is not easy. Being devised and facilitated by humans, the system is, understandably, fraught with imperfection. But since the lives of so many people are affected by foster care and the decisions of involved family members, state agencies, courts and administrators, it is essential that a viable, compassionate solution be found.

Silverwood: Northwest's largest theme park is in remote lake country
ATHOL, Idaho -- The largest amusement park in the Northwest isn't in Seattle or Portland, Ore. It's not in Spokane, Wash., or Boise, Idaho.

My Best Friend
Tony -- the pug with a super personality -- shows his sad face when his owner Joe Groleske is away. They live in North Kenai.

KPC professor follows Alaska dream with his camera in hand
Although we all dream of working at a job we love, Gary Freeburg's work requires doing what he loves.

No. 23 Wisconsin falls victim to No. 19 Fresno State
MADISON, Wis. -- Bernard Berrian returned the second-half kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and piled up 300 all-purpose yards as No. 19 Fresno State continued its remarkable start with a 32-20 victory over No. 23 Wisconsin on Saturday.

Mariners top Hawks
The Homer High School football team survived a late rally by visiting Houston Friday to pick up a nonconference victory.

Panthers lose marathon match vs. Juneau
The Skyview High School volleyball team dropped a marathon match to visiting Juneau-Douglas Saturday in nonregion play.

Sampras, Hewitt set to square off in final
NEW YORK -- His stomach churning, Pete Sampras reached into the reservoir of talent that made him the all-time Grand Slam record holder to defeat Marat Safin in Saturday's semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Sports Briefs
Rudd wins Monte Carlo 400Verplank holds one-stroke lead at Canadian Open

Eastern Kentucky coach wins 300th game
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Eastern Kentucky coach Roy Kidd joined six other Division I coaches with 300 victories Saturday when the Colonels beat Liberty 30-7.

Venus beats kid sister for U.S. Open crown
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams loves her kid sister and told her so, right after giving her a very public spanking in a match that was far more historic than dramatic.

Kardinals girls take ACS Invite
Kenai Central senior Katherine Amen won the girls race to lead the Kardinals girls to a first-place finish Friday at the ACS Invitational in Anchorage.

Stars sweep Homer Invite
The Soldotna High School swimming teams swept the team titles at the Homer Invitational Saturday.

McBride leads boys to top at invitational
Soldotna senior Kyle McBride won the Class 4A boys 5-kilometer race Saturday at the Palmer Invitational to lead the Stars to the team title.

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