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Monday, September 10, 2001

Tobacco sting nabs Unalaska merchants
UNALASKA (AP) -- A tobacco sting nabbed nearly all of the merchants contacted in Unalaska late last month, with most stores reportedly caught selling cigarettes to an underage buyer.

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.

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.

Sept. 4, 2001 Pat Lynn, editor and publisher of the Valdez Star, says goodbye
This is the last edition of The Star for the Lynns, Pat and Jean, who founded the paper a decade ago. It's also the end of the shift for Karen Cline, our devoted friend and colleague who shaped our paper each week with her creativity and remarkable computer skills. Starting tomorrow, new owner Michele Vasquez and her new editors, Tommy and Pattie Wells, will put their stamp on this newspaper. We wish them well and we plan to be on tap to assist as called upon.

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.

Sept. 6, 2001 The Nome Nugget applauds efforts to keep drunks from driving
East Front Street used to be Nome's version of a sobriety test. With all its pot holes, bumps and dips, Nomeites could tell the drunk drivers from the sober ones. The sober ones were weaving all over the place to avoid the pot holes, and the drunks were the ones driving straight.

Rumsfeld says he would recommend Bush veto Senate spending bill that cuts missile defense money, imposes testing limits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday he would recommend that President Bush veto a military spending bill that cuts $1.3 billion from his request for missile defense and restricts testing.

Sept. 1, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News chastises environmentalists over Exxon settlement
Gimme, gimme, gimme. That's the mantra of environmental organizations in Alaska.

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.

Fish and Game conducting coho tagging study
HOMER (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is conducting a study to try and determine short-term mortality of tagged silver salmon captured in salt water.

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.

Study recommends rail service between Mat-Su area and Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A study estimates it would cost $28.2 million to launch commuter rail service between the Mat-Su area and Anchorage.

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.

Crackdown on garbage sends Deadhorse bears inside for food
DEADHORSE (AP) -- The grizzly bears of Deadhorse have had a summer of trouble.

Native tribes form information technology firm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two tribes on Prince of Wales Island are taking the plunge into high tech.

Sept. 7, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner cuts through the ANWR job numbers
Exactly how many jobs would be created by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling? It depends on whom you ask.

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.

Sept. 6, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. praises governor's decision on Katie John
Gov. Tony Knowles should be applauded for his courageous decision not to appeal the Katie John case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

Alaska Army National Guard pushes to increase numbers
ALAKANUK (AP) -- The Alaska Army National Guard is making a push to increase the number of Alaska Natives who serve in the Guard.

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.

Inhalant abuse treatment center opens in Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- A $3.1 million inhalant abuse treatment center has opened in Bethel.

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.

Juneau Assembly takes up smoking ban
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly is scheduled to take public testimony Monday on an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in public places.

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.

Pro-prison forces raising funds for vote campaign
KENAI (AP) -- Backers of a proposed private prison on the Kenai Peninsula have collected $39,000 to wage a campaign, ahead of a borough-wide vote on the proposal Oct. 2.

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.

Holland America drops Valdez stops
VALDEZ (AP) -- Holland America will drop Valdez from its 2002 port of call list.

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

Residents of Little Diomede consider move
NOME (AP) -- The 150 residents of Little Diomede Island are considering moving their entire community to the Alaska mainland.

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.

Bonds bombs away at Coors
DENVER -- Barry Bonds is even amazing himself.

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.

Yankees increase misery of Red Sox
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte won for the first time in nearly a month, and Tino Martinez and Nick Johnson homered as the streaking New York Yankees beat the reeling Boston Red Sox for the seventh straight time, 7-2 Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Red Cross shelter kits help ready peninsula for unexpected disaster
The threat of floods, earthquakes and wildfires is something that's part of living on the Kenai Peninsula. In an attempt to better equip peninsula communities in the event of a disaster, the American Red Cross, Tesoro Alaska Petro-leum Co. and the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Emergency Management have partnered to purchase and assemble shelter kits that will be distributed in communities around the peninsula.

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.

Photo feature: Toning it down
Stacie Lemmon tames the paint on her garage door on Columbine Street in Soldotna last weekend. "I'm more of a mellow, easy going type," she said. "These bright colors just don't do it for me."

Soldotna boy overcomes fears to save friend's life
Irrational fears can have an amazing effect on a child. Nonexistent monsters in the closet, bogeymen under the bed and things that go bump in the night can paralyze a child with fear.

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.

Private prison proponents put pressure on Kenai council
Proponents of the proposed private prison plan gave the Kenai City Council the full-court press Wednesday night. The pressure to support the prison, which would most likely be built on Kenai's doorstep, was applied for an hour and a half at the council's regular meeting by members of Concerned Citizens for Responsible Economic Development, known as CCFRED, and others.

Construction set to become flashpoint over defense issues
WASHINGTON -- It hardly seems the stuff of geopolitical significance: In forested flatlands about 100 miles from Fairbanks, contractors are taking down 135 acres of fire-scorched spruce and birch trees on a closed military post.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tourism council makes good use of open space
Change is in the air for Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council.

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

Campaign finance reform: 208 votes and counting
Since Congress' return (last) week, two more House members have signed the petition to force a vote on campaign finance reform, and a third has promised to do so. That means the petitioners now have 208 of the 218 supporters they need only 10 to go, and several times that many prospects, if past votes are any indication.

Cross country meet owes success to host of volunteers
Skyview High School was host to 25 schools Sept. 1 for this year's Cross Country Running Invitational.

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.

Letters to the Editor
No appeal on Katie John paves way for permanent federal oversight

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.

U.S. should not play nice with China
The Bush administration wants to give the Chinese government an advance look at plans for testing its proposed missile defense shield. It hopes to persuade Beijing we mean them no harm. To "sweeten the pot," the administration is also prepared not to object if China wishes to resume underground nuclear testing in order to "modernize" its weapons stockpiles and keep them current.

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Financial outreach program visits communitiesRadiothon for WRCC held todayElementary volunteers orientation to be heldMayoral candidates to speak at chamber lunchBasketball league holding registrationsConsumer program training offeredSeminar for businesses plannedFire training slatedHealthy Communities meetingBlindness workshop scheduledHistorical association meeting slated

Hero of the week
We've all heard the term unsung heroes -- those individuals who quietly benefit our community and enrich our lives, without asking, "what's in it for me."

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.

Births
Lian and Arthur Sarukian of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Hasmik Sarukian, at 10:50 a.m. May 6, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Ask a Trooper
Question: If the car in front of me is slowing down to make a left-hand turn, am I allowed to go around it on the right?

Photo: Best foot forward
The Kenai Rotary Club and the local Salvation Army post partnered to provide snow boots to local students. With help from Kenai Chrysler Center, the Rotary Club purchased over 600 pairs of boots at discounted prices from the local Big Kmart that were donated to the Salvation Army in support of its "Back to School Help Program."

Announcements
Kenai Community Library scheduleEssay contest announced for high school students2002 Alaska Junior Miss competition slatedSoHi unveils community art projectUnited Way pie auction scheduled

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Chiswell Island still teeming with activityASLC collects array of fish near Granite IslandInflux of injured seabirds keeps rehab staff busyNew September hours for Center

Area grads earn distinctions
Antoinette M. GaussoinChristine L. GolodoffMatthew D. Sterchi

Photo: Cleanup crew
Members of the Kenai Rotary Club recently collected trash as part of the quarterly clean up of the mile of highway sponsored by the club as part of the Kenai Rotary Club community service effort.

Replacement referees avoid costly mistakes
Early in Sunday's Seattle-Cleveland game, replacement referee Bill Etzler inadvertently left his microphone on when he consulted umpire Wes Fritz about a call.

Baltimore smothers Bears
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens opened defense of their Super Bowl title Sunday by smothering the Chicago Bears and getting just enough offense in a 17-6 victory.

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.

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.

Botelho, Liedes take combo tourney
Ken Liedes and Rita Botelho took the Birch Ridge/Kenai Golf Association tournament Saturday and Sunday at Birch Ridge and Kenai golf courses.

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

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

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.

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

Fresno State moves to No. 11 in new poll
Fresno State is moving on up in the AP media poll.

Verplank takes Canadian Open
MONTREAL -- Scott Verplank hung on down the stretch Sunday to win the Canadian Open and douse any concerns about his selection to the Ryder Cup team.

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

U.S. wins basketball gold as Goodwill Games end
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- With no need for overtime in this game, the United States and its NBA players routed Argentina 91-63 Sunday to win the gold medal in basketball at the Goodwill Games.

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.

Hewitt's youth tops Sampras' experience
NEW YORK -- With one shot, Pete Sampras' remarkable resurgence at the U.S. Open began to unravel.

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.

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.

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