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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Fast ferry dock work slated for fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) State transportation officials plan to construct a dock at Auke Bay to accommodate the new fast ferry Fairweather, set to begin operation in May 2004.

Fund cuts may hurt job-retraining group
JUNEAU (AP) A Ketchikan-based organization that helps struggling commercial fishermen obtain training for work in the maritime industry may be in dire straits due to decreased federal funding.

Anchorage killer sentenced to 99 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man who killed as a teenager was sentenced to 99 years for murdering his lover.

Former Anchorage teacher faces sexual abuse charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former Anchorage teacher has been charged with 15 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, Anchorage police said Wednesday.

Troopers identify officer in Wainwright shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers identified the North Slope Borough police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Wainwright man as Kim Spalding, a 12-year veteran of the force.

Man pleads no contest to robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) A burglar who police believe broke his ankle while fleeing pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of robbery and criminal trespass.

Bush plan to streamline forest rules nears completion
WASHINGTON (AP) Managers of the nation's 155 national forests are getting more leeway to approve logging and other commercial projects with less formal environmental review under a Bush administration plan on track to be in place by the end of the year.

Man shot, killed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in an apartment in the Mountain View neighborhood.

Stevens backs Bush on Iraq spending
WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has endorsed President Bush's request for another $87 billion related to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts but said he expects ''substantial problems getting it through.''

School boards say state should decide waivers to exit exam
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage School Board has joined Fairbanks and the state school board association in saying the state not local boards should decide which students can get out of taking the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

Alaska export values increase so far in 2003
ANCHORAGE (AP) The value of Alaska's exports rose roughly 13 percent during the first half of this year, signaling a sharp turnaround from the same period in 2002, according to the state Division of Trade and Development.

Stevens moves to end funding for tribal courts
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, with a few sentences tucked into a spending bill, is moving to end federal funding for Alaska tribal courts and tribal police officers.

Wilson vying for state senate seat
KETCHIKAN (AP) Rep. Peggy Wilson is seeking the state senate seat vacated by fellow Wrangell Republican Sen. Robin Taylor.

Bikes jam Juneau bridge to protest reconfiguration
JUNEAU (AP) Bicyclists jammed the Douglas Island Bridge during rush hour Tuesday to demonstrate their displeasure over a state plan to remove bike lanes.

Fairbanks Council asks for recount of sales tax measure
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks City Council ordered a recount of petition signatures to put a city sales tax measure on the Oct. 7 municipal ballot.

Man dies in ultralight aircraft crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) An ultralight aircraft pilot was killed at the Birchwood Airport in Chugiak on Tuesday afternoon after his single-seat airplane circled, clipped a tree and crashed beside the runway.

Allstate again writes policies in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Insurance giant Allstate has started writing new Alaska homeowner policies again, a month after the company stopped.

Three charged in murder of restaurant owner
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage restaurant owner carrying about $3,000 worth of proceeds in her purse was fatally shot in the head and robbed late Monday night as she arrived at her East Anchorage home.

Alaska projects included in Senate spending bills
WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and his band of appropriators completed the final three federal money bills of the season last week, again proposing to send multimillions to Alaska.

Very old fish trap found in the lower Chilkoot River
HAINES (AP) While walking along the lower Chilkoot River just over a year ago, a Lutak resident noticed a pattern in some wooden stakes embedded on the bank.

Wainwright man killed by North Slope police officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old Wainwright man who authorities say pointed a rifle at a North Slope Borough police officer.

Armed men break in home, menace children
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two young men apparently looking for a marijuana grow broke into a Wasilla-area home and held three children at gunpoint before being chased off by the children's father, Alaska State Troopers said.

Gas authority appealing to Legislature for money
JUNEAU (AP) The head of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority will ask lawmakers for $3 million to push ahead with work on a state-owned gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas facility.

Preliminary autopsy completed on Turnagain Arm torso
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state medical examiner's office has completed a preliminary autopsy of a torso found on the shore of Turnagain Arm and Anchorage police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Three injured after boat strikes breakwater
JUNEAU (AP) Three people were injured when a charter boat smashed into a concrete floating breakwater at the entrance of Auke Bay Harbor.

Fish swing big sticks at Shea
NEW YORK Alex Gonzalez tripled in two runs with two outs in the ninth to keep the Florida Marlins atop the NL wild card standings with a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets Tuesday.

Killer B's propel Astros to win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE Roy Oswalt returned from the disabled list and Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman each had three RBIs as the Houston Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 Monday night.

White Sox take two-game lead in AL Central
CHICAGO Mark Buehrle got another win against Minnesota, and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Twins 8-6 on Tuesday night and take a two-game lead in the AL Central.

First day of classes for KPC features free lunch
Fall semester got off to a flaming start at KPC last week, with the first day of classes coinciding with the annual open house and barbeque at the local UAA campus.

Project Grad signs on the dotted line
The Kenai Peninsula is the first community in Alaska to join a Houston-based school reform program known as Project Grad USA. The partnership with school districts and communities provides graduation incentives and personal support for students, curriculum consistency and staff development.

Aspen Dental Center opens in Kenai
It all started several years ago when a questionnaire went out from Bridges and Healthy Communities Healthy People to identify the greatest health needs of the people of the Kenai Peninsula.

Workers celebrate Labor Day
Hundreds turned out for the last hurrah for summer and America's labor force at the annual Labor Day free picnic sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council (KPCLC).

Playing in traffic pays off for MDA
The annual Fill The Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has become a Labor Day tradition at the "Y" in Soldotna, a tradition that has wrought cash dividends for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.

If development continues as is, Kenai's salmon runs will be gone
A recent letter reminded me of a letter I wrote to this newspaper in the 1980s. I pointed out that if development was allowed to continue unabated along the Kenai River and its tributaries, the Kenai would end up like the nearly sterile Muskingum River in Ohio.

Ray Metcalfe proposes sensible fiscal solution for Alaska
After being discredited as "Disco Ray" by the Republican Party and subsequently life-flighted to Washington state with heart problems, Ray Metcalfe continues to be upbeat about the prospects of the fastest growing political party in Alaska, the Republican Moderate Party. He continues to fight for all Alaskans through a lawsuit against the state to uphold the right for cooperating political parties to conduct an open primary. He continues to press forward by educating Alaskans to demand that we receive fair market value for our oil production.

In tight budget times, does Kenai really need new ambulance?
I lived in and around Kenai for several years. I was Badge No. 6 of the volunteer fire-ambulance department when Kenai was very small. We had an ambulance that we would have to stop and reconnect the tie-rod back together to move on.

Americans want nation's actions, policies to be example for others
Who wants some freedom fries to go with their crow?

Kenai's Hancock lets his actions do his talking
Calling Kenai Central High School senior T.J. Hancock the strong silent type is probably an understatement.

Too fast, too furious
Stock car racing is an adrenaline and testosterone world, fumes and fury at murderous speeds for hours. It's bumping and brawling, clashes and crashes, and fans love it for that.

Search continues for EDD director
A search is under way for a new executive director for the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District.

Dialysis patients get glimpse of future
Kenai Peninsula residents needing treatment for kidney disease will have a treat Wednesday when a new program begins that could bring monthly treatment closer to home. Specialists from the Renal Care Group in Anchorage will be at Central Peninsula General Hospital to visit kidney patients who are participating the home dialysis program.

Area outages cause some problems, but not serious
Wednesday morning, as a customer at the Kenai branch of the U.S. Post Office waited for a clerk to print out a money order, all the lights in the building went out and the printing stopped.

Out of this world
Saying that NASA is a learning organization with a lot to learn, the agency's associate administrator of education told Soldotna business leaders Tuesday that NASA will respond to all the recommendations in the recently released report about the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

School board deals with state business
In addition to district business Monday night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education also dealt with some state business as members considered a call for resolutions from the Alaska Association of School Boards.

Gas authority appeals for funds
JUNEAU (AP) The head of the Alaska Natural Gas Devel-opment Authority will ask lawmakers for $3 million to push ahead with work on a state-owned gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas facility.

Mayors to honor community service
On Thursday, Kenai and Soldotna residents will get a chance to give something back to the community, as well as honor those who already have.

District sets aside money
Members of the Kenai Penin-sula Borough School District Board of Education voted Mon-day night to set aside about $1.6 million in district savings for upcoming increases to employee retirement funds.

Consumers may bear brunt of paying for better grid
COLUMBUS, Ohio Quick! How much of your monthly electric bill pays for firing up your coffee maker?

Abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy is best FAS defense
Dorothy Ahmakak-Pritchard is a volunteer at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center, working in the kitchen several days a week to set up the salad bar.

Edward O. King
Soldotna resident Edward O. King died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 77.

Gerard Edward Little
Longtime Alaska resident Gerard Edward Little died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, in Lawrence, Kan. He was 77.

Gerard E. Little Sr.
Kenai resident Gerard E. Little Sr. died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan.

Elected officials not serving public good
There is a trend in our democratic society that should be very alarming to all of us. It seems that our elected officials, whether on a national or state scale, no longer work for the common good of the United States of America or their constituents.

Cutting waste, fraud, abuse from budget could help lower deficit
Committee chairmen in the U.S. House are scheduled to report later this month on where 1 percent budget cuts can be made in mandatory federal programs.

Selling state's white elephants on eBay could help cut deficit
Give somebody in Juneau a real pat on the back for figuring out that the outmoded state ferry E.L. Bartlett could be sold for a handsome return on eBay, an online auction site popular with those looking for a bargain.

Higher taxes, fewer services not exactly what public has in mind
Will the recent promising trends in some of the leading economic indicators fail to provide practical and political relief to the American people? Unfortunately, it's easy to visualize that exact scenario.

Photo feature: Evening glow
The setting sun illuminates clouds above trees in Chugach National Forest on the eastern coast of the Kenai Peninsula last week.

Around the Peninsula
FAS awareness day plannedImmunizations availableKenai chamber to hear from EvergreenSenior service board to meetColbath to speak at North chamberCIRCAC board to meet FridayHistorical society plans fall flingGenealogy resource presentation scheduledParticipation sought for animal eye clinic

Around the Peninsula
KPC plans meeting, seeks council reps Funny River to celebrate new fire station Bowlers needed for mixed singles league Counseling services board meeting set Kenai Public Health Center closing for lunch Mission parish to celebrate anniversary Oktoberfest planned Indoor air quality research needs volunteers Christian women's club to sponsor brunch

Menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Skyview High
Homecoming week will begin Monday. Each day will be a different spirit day and students are encouraged to dress up.

Arts council seeks artists to work in schools
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is accepting applications for the State Arts Council's Artists in Schools residency program.

North Star Elementary
Several important meetings have been scheduled for this week, including a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting at 3:30 p.m.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to Sara Wood for finishing first in the junior varsity girls' cross country running race in Seward on Aug. 30. The next meet is Saturday at Su-Valley.

Redoubt Elementary
The PTA-sponsored gift and wrapping paper fund-raiser sale began Friday. The proceeds will be used to help Redoubt families in need at Christmas and for many other projects.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 will sponsor the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards. The contest was developed as a way to encourage high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism.

Sears Elementary
The school would like to thank the following community businesses for their help:

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
This weekend will be a busy one for Nikiski sports teams. On Friday, the Nikiski volleyball team will host Grace Christian and the middle school soccer team plays in Soldotna.

Soldotna Elementary
The Imaginarium will bring its reptile show to visit today. Students will learn about reptiles by getting an up-close look at them during the assembly.

Soldotna High
Homecoming activities continue through the week. On Thursday afternoon, pallet collecting for the bonfire will take place.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
On Tuesday, Mrs. Sotello's class was visited by the Kenaitze tribal members and cultural educators.

Grace Lutheran
Dennis Leckwee has 13 students in the upper-grade room. Marian Werth and Judy Schmidt have eight students in the lower-grade room.

Mountain View Elementary
School pictures will be taken Thursday. Preschool pictures will be available from noon to 1 p.m.

Nikiski Elementary
Gift wrap sales began Sept. 2. All orders need to be returned to the school by Tuesday. There will be prizes for students who turn in orders.

NASA associate administrator for education to lecture on campus
Kenai Peninsula College is honored to announce that Dr. Adena Loston, NASA associate administrator for education, will visit several venues around the peninsula, including a presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday in the student commons area at the KPC campus in Soldotna.

Sterling Elementary
There are a few new faces on staff since the loss of Mrs. Macdonald, Mr. Wheat and Mrs. Lawrence from last year.

Flights of fancy
Students in Jason Daniels' fourth-grade class at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School got an up-close lesson in biology Tuesday when Jim Robinson of Nikiski came to visit.

Students looking for flexibility turn to online classes
CHICAGO Joelle Contorno wanted to do it all in her last year of high school drama club, band, student council, part-time work and still take the classes she needed to graduate.

Officials ban short cheerleader skirts
ELMA, Wash. (AP) Sacri-ficing a game-day tradition to ward off the distraction of bare adolescent thighs, Elma High School has banned its cheerleaders' short skirts from its hallways and classrooms.

Former Congressman, 70, to attend Harvard with students
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Talk to Ron Mazzoli even for a little while and one thing becomes apparent: He is passionate about learning.

Connections
Space still is available for students ages kindergarten through 12th grade.

Tustumena Elementary
The first PTO meeting of the year will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Parents are encouraged to attend. Child care is available.

Soldotna Middle
Soldotna Middle School would like to welcome new staff members Allison Squires, Tracy Foister, Allison Morgan, Vernell Schneider, Trudy Peterson and Melissa Frates.

Wings Christian Academy
This week's cleanest desk awards went to Ashlynn Burger and Melissa Newton.

90-year-old Massachusetts golf champ has her eye on the ball
GREENFIELD, Mass. ''Concentration,'' says Lois Cronk, is the key to winning golf. And a little practice doesn't hurt.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Soldotna, Kenai notch region wins
The Soldotna High School volleyball team stepped up its game Tuesday, sweeping the visiting Skyview Panthers for a Region III/4A victory.

Sparks advance to finals
LOS ANGELES (AP) Lisa Leslie hit a tiebreaking jumper with 9.8 seconds remaining and a pair of free throws with 6 seconds left to send the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA Finals with a 66-63 victory Monday night over the Sacramento Monarchs.

Bucs clobber Eagles
PHILADELPHIA The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a taste of the ultimate feeling in sports, and they're hungry for more.

A few more chances
There will be a Last Chance Partners Tournament on Sept. 20. Scoring will b low gross and low net for golfers with GHIN handicap. Come play six holes scramble, six holes of best ball and six holes of alternating shots.

In Africa, players hope basketball will lead to a better life
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Near the squalor of Diepsloot squatter camp, basketball players dream of rim-rattling dunks and clutch 3-pointers that just might get them out of Africa.

IAAF rules Kelli White guilty of doping offense
LONDON Track and field's governing body wants American sprinter Kelli White stripped of her two gold medals from the World Championships. Now it's up to U.S. anti-doping officials.

Texans look to build first-ever win streak
HOUSTON The Miami Dolphins, traditionally strong in September, learned an important lesson: Nobody beats the Texans on opening day.

SEC school undertakes dramatic restructuring of sports administration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Vanderbilt will eliminate its athletic department in a major shakeup designed to curb the ills of big-time college athletics.

Byrd-Oquendo not your typical title fight
Chris Byrd is the IBF heavyweight champion.

Week 1 features surprising losers
Junior Seau was supposed to take the Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl. The St. Louis Rams were supposed to be the class of the NFC, and New England a prime contender in the AFC.

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