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Monday, September 9, 2002

Group moves trees to protect Juneau creek sockeyes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Boy Scouts, the U.S. Forest Service and adult volunteers planted spruce trees along eroded banks of a Juneau salmon creek in a weekend project to protect sockeyes from silt buildup.

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.

Bering Sea snow crab harvest expected to be small
KODIAK (AP) -- State and national fisheries officials expect the 2003 Bering Sea snow crab harvest to be one of the smallest ever.

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.

Independence Mine closes for the season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Independence Mine is closed to the public for the year.

High court rules that wards can sue conservators
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A recent Alaska Supreme Court decision allows an Anchorage woman to sue the Office of Public Advocacy on allegations that case workers improperly managed her money.

Couple to be sentenced for sex abuse in Sitka
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sentencing for a Sitka couple convicted of sexually molesting three young girls on Bauer Island has been scheduled for Nov. 15 in Sitka.

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.

Trash strategy beginning to bear fruit in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau city officials say they are beginning to see progress one year after new local laws were put into place to keep hungry bears away from trash.

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.

Della Coburn chose as Green Party's Lt. Gov. candidate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Green Party has chosen Della Coburn as its lieutenant governor candidate, party officials said Monday.

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.

Sea patrols watch Alaska waters post Sept. 11
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Elite squads of anti-terrorist maritime police embarked on a new mission in Alaska last September.

State signs to replace roadside memorials
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to remove roadside memorials for people killed in traffic accidents and launch a program to erect memorial signs along highway rights of way.

Fairbanks considers strip club regulations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council is considering an ordinance that would impose new regulations on strip clubs in city limits.

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.

Five-month-old reindeer, Star, dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Star, the five-month-old reindeer kept as a pet in Downtown Anchorage, has died.

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.

Body of Angoon man found off Admiralty Island
(Angoon-AP) -- The body of a man missing since last month has been found in the waters off Admiralty Island, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Sept. 1, 2002 Juneau Empire remembers civil rights leader Stella Martin
The measure of a community is more its people than scenery or commerce. For all its beauty, a forested mountain does not bestow dignity on the residents below; trade may create jobs and generate wealth, but it does not of itself address the problems of human relationships.

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.

Sept. 5, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner notes progress on Interior gas line
The hunt for natural gas within the Nenana Basin -- a possibility that holds real and important promise as a future energy supply for the Interior -- received a major boost last week with the state's approval of a seven-year exploration license.

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.

Sept. 7, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on PFD promises during campaign season
Later this month the Alaska Department of Revenue will announce the exact amount of the 2002 Permanent Fund dividend check. It's usually a front-page occasion. Last year the announcement came without such fanfare, shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. Let's hope the number, expected to be in the $1,500 range, fits on page one again.

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.

Sept. 5, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on arrival of militia leader on Kenai Peninsula
Alaska may soon have to cope with an outbreak of a different kind of hatred. Self-styled Michigan ''militia leader'' Norman Olson announced he is heading her

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.

Boat driver flees after colliding with skiff
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 6-year-old Napakiak boy was being treated at an Anchorage hospital after a boat collided with his family's skiff on the Kuskokwim River.

Rural educators say new law not feasible in Bush
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- School administrators say a new national law seeking to improve student performance wasn't designed to tackle the difficulties educators face in the Bush.

Anaheim soars over skidding Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Troy Glaus hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning and added a solo shot in the eighth as the Anaheim Angels won their 10th straight game Sunday, 6-2 over the skidding Baltimore Orioles.

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.

Expos blank Braves; ruin Atlanta's division streak
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves missed a chance to clinch their 11th straight division title, losing to Bartolo Colon and the Montreal Expos 7-0 Sunday.

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.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Swimfan
I didn't expect Swimfan, the hip, new, teen thriller, to be the movie-going experience of a lifetime. However, it looked like trashy fun, so I was kinda pumped about seeing it. I should have recognized the signs, (didn't Mel Gibson teach me anything?) and saved my money.

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.

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

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

Points race tightens with 10 races to go
RICHMOND, Va. -- Not even 10 laps into the Monte Carlo 400 on Saturday night, a crash that ended Winston Cup points leader Sterling Marlin's night created an opportunity for his pursuers.

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.

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.

Council votes to keep city sales tax
The city of Kenai isn't taking any chances when it comes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot initiative to exempt nonprepared food items from sales taxes. Council members voted unanimously Wednesday to pass an ordinance that will allow the city to continue to collect its sales tax, even if the initiative is passed in the upcoming election.

Borough projects funded by grants
State grants promised by lawmakers at the end of the last legislative session have begun to arrive and make themselves felt in important economic development projects around the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Radiothon raises funds for WRCC programs
The Kenai Women's Resource and Crisis Center has just one major fund-raising event each year: the annual WRCC-KSRM Radiothon.

Second chances: WRCC helps turn life around
Huddled on the side of a Juneau mountain, with no food and little water, Lisa Greenleaf was as close to the emotional and physical breaking point as she could get.

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.

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.

Onis King
Onis King died at his home in Nikiski on Friday, Sept. 6, 2002. He was 80.

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.

Awareness first step in helping stop FAS
If you could prevent a tragedy, wouldn't you? If you could make life better for Alaska's children, wouldn't you? If you could prevent a child from being born with a birth defect, wouldn't you?

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.

Applause
Volunteers serve up sweet thanks during Industry Appreciation DayMany help provide fun, safe place for kids this summerHomer seniors enjoy donated 4-H lamb for meal programs

Letters to the Editor
How could Kenai River salmon plan remain so elusive all these years?

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.

Watching the river go by
Judy and Tom Johnson enjoy time in Cunningham Park last weekend. "We're river watchers," Judy Johnson said. The park, located on Beaver Loop, offers views of the Kenai River and the Kenai Mountains on a clear day.

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.

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.

University of Alaska Anchorage sponsors public seminars
The University of Alaska Anchorage began a new seminar series on environmental management last week. The series, sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program at UAA, encompasses strategies, tactics and methods used by agencies, industry, organizations and citizens to effectively communicate goals and objectives, legal or scientific concepts or agendas to set or modify public policy.

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

Community News
Pioneers meet tonightOld-Timer's Reunion approaches

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.

Births
Rachael and Nathan VerbaShanda (VanHoose) Horning and Airman Donovan HorningCharlene Marie Collins and Christopher Roy Spiers

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.

Photo: Wild ride
Above, Linnea Hassbring, Kenai Rotary's 17-year-old youth exchange student from Sweden, enjoys a day of motorcycling with Rotarian Chuck Stauffer, who also is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Goldwing Road Riders Association.

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.

Peninsula People
Cooper Landing man graduates from basic trainingKenai students earn honors at UAFArea students graduate from military academySenior center announces salmon count winners

Around the Peninsula
Alzheimer's walk, workshops plannedChamber to hold luncheonPFLAG to meet this weekRemembrance church service to be heldCommunity service to be hostedAmerican Legion plans ceremonyPlanning coalition to hold meetingOpen house slated at PenDOG

Ask a Trooper
Question: As a follow-up to the recent driving while intoxicated column, would you tell me what happens if a person is caught operating a boat while intoxicated? Is it the same penalty as when driving a highway vehicle? What about a canoe or other paddlecraft?

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.

Sampras slams 14th
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras was right all along: He did have a 14th Grand Slam title in him. And just like the first, all those years ago, it came in a U.S. Open final against his old rival Andre Agassi.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Botelho, Applewhite win twin cities' golf tourney
This weekend saw the central Kenai Peninsula's last official golf tournament of the season as Kenai golfers Rita Botelho and Billy Appl

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.

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

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.

Sports Views
Rivals chided him, friends gave him advice, and his family tried to console him.

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.

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.

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.

Texans upset Dallas in franchise's first game
HOUSTON -- Just one game into their inaugural season, the Houston Texans showed they know what it takes to win in the NFL.

Sports Briefs
Chargers, Jammer agree to dealKearse will be out 6-8 weeks with broken footRaiders' Crockett injured against Seahawks

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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