Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Alaska military bases placed on high alert following terrorist attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Military bases in Alaska were placed on high alert Tuesday and the FBI was coordinating with other federal agencies following a series of terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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.

Semi crushes car on Dalton Highway; Car driver injured
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The driver of a car was rescued Monday after the car was pinned under a semi-trailer on the Dalton Highway.

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.

Knowles panel goes to work drafting subsistence measure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 11-member subsistence panel appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles was set to go to work Tuesday morning crafting language for a proposed subsistence amendment to the state constitution.

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

Wind generating tests planned for island near Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage companies are considering the idea of generating wind power on Fire Island, a chunk of land in Cook Inlet just west of Anchorage airport.

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.

Coast Guard rescues crew of Seattle fishing boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen from a Seattle-based trawler after the vessel broke down in rough seas near Cape Spencer in Southeast Alaska.

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

Experimental airplane crashes, pilot injured
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An experimental plane crashed Sunday night, injuring the pilot, Anchorage police said.

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.

Troopers kill man who opened fire on them
WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla man died Sunday night from a trooper's bullet after a gun battle with four officers, the Alaska State Troopers report.

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

Fairbanks greenhouse raises another giant pumpkin
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alert Linus Van Pelt: There's a great pumpkin in town.

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.

Knowles to seek tax breaks for proposed natural gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is headed to the nation's capital next week to propose tax breaks to aid in building a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to the Lower 48.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Penhale's life a menagerie of activity
Remember that old stereotype of high school where the nerds sit in one corner, the artsy-fartsy types sit in another, and the jocks earn the glory out on the football field?

Air Force jets intercept Korean Airlines jet near Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police ordered the evacuation of several major buildings in the city's downtown Tuesday after air traffic conrollers lost contact with a Korean Air Lines jet headed for the city.

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.

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

Airport tower was tipped off about World Trade attack
Atlanta, Georgia - Air traffic controllers at JFK National Airport in New York City intercepted communications this morning that indicated the two planes that later crashed into the World Trade Center were in the control of terrorists, according to IA sources with ties to U.S. intelligence. This is unconfirmed.

Alaskans shaken by terrorist attack
Alaskans were shaken by the terrorist attacks that occurred some 4,000 miles away, turning to television for details and churches for comfort.

Knowles: State government continues to function after national disaster
JUNEAU (AP) -- At least three state office buildings in Anchorage were emptied after an approaching Korean Air Lines flight transmitted an emergency signal, but by and large, state government continued to function.

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.

Security tightened on Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The company that operates the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline said security was heightened Tuesday in the wake of coordinated terrorist attacks on the East Coast, but was tight-lipped about how it was protecting the 800-mile line.

World Trade Center collapses in terrorist attack; Washington hit by coordinated attacks
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a horrific sequence of destruction, terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center and the twin 110-story towers collapsed Tuesday morning. Explosions also rocked the Pentagon and the State Department and spread fear across the nation.

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.

'I just saw the top of Trade Two come down.'
NEW YORK (AP)-- It was the scene of a nightmare: people on fire jumping in terror from the Trade Towers just before the buildings collapsed.

Photo feature: Discovery
Blowing fireweed seeds betray a spider's secret web strung between stalks of the plant alongside Beaver Loop.

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."

Alaskans respond to attacks with increased security, donations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As the shock of East Coast terrorism sunk in Tuesday, Alaskans responded with increased security measures and accommodations for people whose lives had been affected by the blast.

Boat launch selection tabled
Land along the Kenai River got a lot of discussion from the Kenai City Council at last week's meeting.

State reacts with sadness, anger and determination against terrorist attacks
Comments from around Alaska on Tuesday's terrorism attacks:

Radar aids Swanson River speed enforcement
Moose hunters, beware.

Security tightened on trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The company that operates the trans-Alaska oil pipeline said security was heightened Tuesday in the wake of coordinated terrorist attacks on the East Coast, but was tight-lipped about how it was protecting the 800-mile line.

Boys and Girls Club director steps down
After six years serving as the executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Penin

Military heightens security around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Military bases in Alaska, as all others across the nation, switched to high-security mode Tuesday in response to terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Growth encourages club's board to pursue expansion
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will face a change Oct. 1, when Suzanne Little vacates the position of executive director.

High alert, evacuations, closures nationwide after attacks at Pentagon and World Trade Center
NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities went on alert from coast to coast Tuesday, halting all air traffic, evacuating high-profile buildings and tightening security at strategic facilities following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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.

peninsulaclarion.com - Experimental airplane crashes, pilot injured 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Photo feature: Discovery 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Boys and Girls Club director steps down 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Radar aids Swanson River speed enforcement 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Cubs snap five-game losing streak 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Boat launch selection tabled 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Coast Guard rescues crew of Seattle fishing boat 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - There's no argument on this point: ANWR will be good for Alaska 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - World Trade Center collapses in terrorist attack; Washington hit by coordinated attacks 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - GOP wants action on economy 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Military heightens security around Alaska 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Letters to the Editor 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Fairbanks greenhouse raises another giant pumpkin 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Around the Peninsula 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Wind generating tests planned for island near Anchorage 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Jordan all but announces comeback 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Security tightened on Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Hendricks takes motocross title 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - 'I just saw the top of Trade Two come down.' 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Profits produced by parity 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - High alert, evacuations, closures nationwide after attacks at Pentagon and World Trade Center 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Broncos win game, lose McCaffrey 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Solvieg 'Sandy' Olson 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - John J. Springer 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Growth encourages club's board to pursue expansion 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Penhale's life a menagerie of activity 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Canine officer with Alaska State Troopers fitted with gold teeth 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Alaska military bases placed on high alert following terrorist attacks 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Troopers kill man who opened fire on them 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Semi crushes car on Dalton Highway; Car driver injured 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Knowles panel goes to work drafting subsistence measure 09/11/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Airport tower was tipped off about World Trade attack 09/11/01

John J. Springer
Kasilof resident John J. Springer died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage after a short battle with cancer. He was 78.

Solvieg 'Sandy' Olson
Homer resident Solvieg "Sandy" Olson died at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001. She was 83.

Letters to the Editor
Les Palmer misleads public with comments in Sept. 7 columnOpposing prison one thing, misinforming public anotherCornell Companies Govenor's dismissal of Katie John suit betrayal of Alaskans' trustSomething is wrong, but trouble not with out-of-state fishing visitorsElection offers opportunity to change Homer for the better

GOP wants action on economy
WASHINGTON -- His tax cut cleared by Congress and the economy in recession two decades ago, President Reagan memorably urged the nation to ''stay the course.'' Republicans paid a steep price in midterm elections, making it a course that House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate GOP leader Trent Lott would surely like to skip in 2002.

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

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.

There's no argument on this point: ANWR will be good for Alaska
Exactly how many jobs would be created by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling? It depends on whom you ask.

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.

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."

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

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
KDLL board meeting todayTri-CARE session slated for tonightCouncil meeting slated to discuss prison impactsHistorical society meeting announcedAllergy Network meeting slatedHealthy Communities meeting set for ThursdayBlindness workshop scheduledHarvest Art Show continues

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.

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

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?

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

Broncos win game, lose McCaffrey
DENVER -- It was a bittersweet celebration for the Denver Broncos.

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.

Profits produced by parity
There's a reason every team in the NFL is raking in money with a shovel.

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.

Jordan all but announces comeback
Asked for the millionth time about a comeback, a sly smile played on Michael Jordan's lips.

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

Hendricks takes motocross title
At 9 years old, Dylan Hendricks already is a wily veteran on the Alaska State Motocross Series circuit.

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.

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.

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.

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