Tuesday, September 10, 2002

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.

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.

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

Alaska Railroad in line for millions in federal funds
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad is receiving more than $16 million from the federal Department of Transportation toward a new railroad depot in Fairbanks and track straightening in the Anchorage area.

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.

Kenai-Kodiak looks to recoup firefighting costs
KENAI (AP) -- The forestry division of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is looking to recoup the costs from individuals for nine fires this year in the Kenai-Kodiak area.

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.

DEC warns of PSP danger from Excursion Inlet mussels
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental officials Tuesday issued a warning about paralytic shellfish poisoning in Excursion Inlet mussels.

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.

Minto man stabbed at hunting camp
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A woman has been charged in the stabbing of a Minto man, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Regents to take up tuition hike
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tuition at the University of Alaska would increase by up to $38 a credit hour under a proposal from university administrators.

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.

Son helps father who broke neck in hunting accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 12-year-old Chugiak boy is being credited with helping save his father after the man broke his neck in a four-wheeler accident during a hunting trip near Sutton.

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.

Light quake shakes Kenai Peninsula
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook the Kenai Peninsula early Tuesday.

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.

Murkowski, Ulmer to debate in late October
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Debates between the two leading candidates for governor will likely be limited to the two weeks in late October and that window could shrink if the Senate fails to adjourn by mid-October.

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.

BP reactivates Prudhoe oil wells
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP has begun putting dozens of Prudhoe Bay oil wells back into production after testing to see whether they presented a danger to workers.

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.

Thousands of gallons of diesel spilled near Paxson
PAXSON (AP) -- Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled north of Paxson when a daytank was overfilled at an AT&T repeater site along the Richardson Highway, state environmental officials said Monday.

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

United States facing huge Pribilof cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 100 years of government occupation has left Alaska's Pribilof Islands an environmental mess.

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.

Knowles creates anti-terrorism task force
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles created a 25-member state Task Force on Homeland Security on Monday that includes mayors of several cities and members of key industries to oversee Alaska's anti-terrorism concerns.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Rodriguez breaks own record for home runs
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of three-run homers, breaking his own major league record for shortstops with 53 home runs in a season as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 12-7 Monday night.

Braves wear NL East crown after Philly loss
PHILADELPHIA -- The Atlanta Braves clinched their 11th straight division title when the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 Monday night behind Mike Piazza's grand slam.

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.

Fill the Boot campaign meets highest goal ever . . . $15,500
Eight years ago, the firefighters of the Central Emergency Services (CES) in Soldotna, wanted to help raise funds for local children afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) so they started a "Fill the Boot" campaign at the "Y" in Soldotna in conjunction with the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

Special 9-11 pin for Memorial Blood Drive
When the Blood Bank of Alaska Kenai Peninsula Center at the Blazy Mall in Soldotna opened last September 11th, there were already people waiting to donate blood and they kept coming until some folks had to be turned away. "It

4-H Auction brings home the bacon
It was the largest and most profitable 4-H Livestock Auction in the history of the Ninilchik State Fair, according to Auctioneer Norm Blakeley, who has taken the bids ever since the auction was started.

Late run visitors still get "Hooked on Kenai"
As the Kenai Chamber of Commerce prepares for the "Holiday Hooked on Kenai" run, late run visitors are still voting for their favorite decorated King Salmon at the Hooked on Kenai Headwaters at the Kenai Airport and picking up tour maps that locate the 45 creatively decorated fiber glass salmon displayed at area businesses.

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.

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.

Knowles creates task force to fight terrorism
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles created a 25-member state Task Force on Homeland Security on Monday that includes mayors of several cities and members of key industries to oversee Alaska's anti-terrorism concerns.

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.

GTL plant misses initial goals
The goal BP Exploration Alaska Inc. had for its $86 million experimental gas-to-liquid plant in Nikiski was that the plant produce its first barrel of synthetic fuel by April. That didn't happen.

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.

United Way kicks off annual fund drive
It is difficult to determine how much money people will be giving to the Kenai Peninsula United Way this year.

Patriotism displayed in Soldotna twins' flag collection
Justin and Bryan Nusunginya of Soldotna are identical twins. The 16-year-olds mirror each other with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Peninsula events center on remembering Sept. 11
Several remembrance services are planned for Sept. 11, including the following:

Fire season costs add up
The Kenai-Kodiak area Forestry office is seeking to recover $55,477 in fire suppression costs incurred so far during the 2002 fire season.

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.

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.

Michael Larry Daugherty
Michael Larry Daugherty died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 57.

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

Sandra Jean Chilson
Sandra Jean Chilson died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 55.

Interior's economy gets boost with OK of exploration license
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 ... with the state's approval of a seven-year exploration license.

Letters to the Editor
Pact between Alaska Airlines, Era keeps competitors awayLibertarian candidates have lots of ideas worth considering

Habitat for Humanity says thanks for support in building new home

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

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

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?

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.

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
Memorial blood drive to be heldSpay-neuter clinic offers servicesJob center to hold meetingSBDC to host money finding seminarAdvisory council to hold meetingHospice offers grief supportHistorical society to hold membership meeting

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.

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

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

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.

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?

Community News
Pioneers meet tonightOld-Timer's Reunion approaches

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Optimism could help you live longer
Doctor's orders: Don't worry, be happy. Keeping a positive attitude about aging can extend life by seven and half years, which is longer than gains made by not smoking and exercising regularly, a study finds.

Sports Briefs
Former NBA player missing, relative saysIshii has surgery, remains hospitalized

Kings' Webber indicted for lying to grand jury
DETROIT -- Sacramento Kings star Chris Webber was indicted Monday on charges he lied to a grand jury about his dealings with a University of Michigan basketball booster more than a decade ago.

Will Open title be curtain call for Sampras?
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras kept saying it. After losing a second straight U.S. Open final a year ago, after exiting Wimbledon in the second round, after losing to a 77th-ranked nobody last month, he'd clear his throat and pronounce: ''I'm going to stop on my own terms.''

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.

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.

Brady, Patriots still on top
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are no fluke. They proved it again against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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

Hicks exploring unloading Stars
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks has hired a company to explore and manage a possible sale of the NHL team and his half-share of the company that manages and operates the American Airlines Center.

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

Strong will is Goldstein's way
Plenty outrun Soldotna senior Rachel Goldstein. Few outwork her.

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

Volunteering: Equal parts giving, receiving
While volunteering may be the epitome of giving, it also is a great way to get something back. As you help a group or individual in the Kenai Peninsula community, you may find that in a way you, too, are getting something out of the exchange.

Siblings learn value of volunteering at young age
Matt and KT Peters have made a lifetime out of volunteering, and they are only 20 and 18 years old, respectively.

Changing times mean agencies need to keep tabs on volunteers
It's been said that it is always better to give than to receive. Many a volunteer could tell you how true that statement is.

Volunteering keeps retiree busy
When one thinks of volunteering, it is natural for hands-on, grass-roots work to come to mind. However, the real nuts and bolts of a nonprofit organization like the Kenai Peninsula United Way, which disburses funds to other nonprofit agencies, are carried out by behind-the-scenes volunteers.

Quick tips
Agencies may want some or all of the following items before you can begin volunteering with them.

Hospice depends on others
Hospice of the Central Peninsula is a perfect example of how an organization depends on its volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities abound on Kenai Peninsula
United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading approximately 1,400 community-based United Way organizations nationwide. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.

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