Wednesday, September 11, 2002

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.

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

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.

Sockeye price-fixing case set for trial Feb. 3
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Peter A. Michalski on Wednesday set a Feb. 3 trial date for a class action lawsuit alleging price fixing in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery.

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.

Retired Coast Guard commander finds himself on FBI list
JUNEAU (AP) -- Larry Musarra's trouble with the FBI began in late June, when the retired Coast Guard lieutenant commander, his wife Linn and their 12-year-old son Tim checked in at the Juneau Airport.

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.

Contract negotiations resume for Kenai teachers
KENAI (AP) -- Contract negotiations are set to resume Saturday for Kenai Peninsula teachers.

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.

Alaskans remember attacks a year later
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans marked the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks with ceremonies, processions, prayers and flowers.

Princess to unveil smaller cruise ship
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Princess Cruises is adding a smaller vessel to its Alaska lineup next summer.

Security measures stepped up in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Security agencies stepped up their vigilance around the state after the federal government raised the terror alert to its second-highest level, based on intelligence warnings of possible strikes on the Sept. 11 anniversary.

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.

Alaska's homeland security czar works on communication
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Homeland Security Commissioner Drew Dix says his office is trying to develop techniques to condense cumbersome intelligence data into information that people throughout the state can quickly and easily interpret.

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.

Light quake rattles Kodiak
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Kodiak Island Wednesday morning but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

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

Alaska Airlines doesn't avoid post 9-11 fiscal losses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Before last September it looked as if Alaska Airlines was one of a few commercial airlines in the nation that was avoiding, however slimly, the financial crises other air carriers were facing.

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.

GTL plant misses startup goal
KENAI (AP) -- BP Exploration Alaska Inc.'s gas-to-liquid plant in Nikiski failed to meet its startup goal, but officials aren't worried.

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.

Former Alaska family mourns loss in Pentagon attack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The last time Bob Hemenway saw his son Ron alive, they stood over the grave of another son, a boy who died decades ago as an infant.

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.

Juneau wharf redesign project awarded to local company
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau construction company has been chosen for the city's Steamship Wharf redesign project.

Six seafood companies get new fish and crab harvest shares
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six seafood companies that represent Western Alaska villages have been issued new Bering Sea fish and crab harvest shares that are similar to existing allocations.

Weaver, Pettitte pick up wins as Yankees sweep Baltimore
NEW YORK -- Raul Mondesi homered and Jeff Weaver pitched well in a rare start as the New York Yankees completed a sweep of a split doubleheader with a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Righty stops Padres for 23rd victory of year
PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling has won more games than any pitcher in consecutive seasons since 1976, and he's not finished.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Opinions on attacks' effects differ
The extent to which Sept. 11, 2001, has affected or changed the lives of Americans is a matter of speculation and difference of opinions. The following people were asked if and how they thought the events of and following Sept. 11 had impacted their own lives and the lives of their fellow Americans. Interviews were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

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.

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.

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.

Sept. 11 increases awareness, little else
Until one year ago today, Americans were comfortable in the way they lived their lives, taking for granted such things as safe passage to and from work or school, relative safety when traveling by air and an impregnable national defense system. Terrorists armed with hijacked airliners changed all that.

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.

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

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.

Residents say not much has changed
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 in New York and Washington, D.C., affected people both directly and indirectly, even as far away the Kenai Peninsula.

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

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

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

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.

A year later: This is our normal
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- It is morning on an ordinary day in an ordinary place the locals call ''Everybody's Hometown.'' In the downtown square, an elderly couple walk arm-in-arm, quiet and serene. A woman intently pushes a stroller along the same route. Another walks her dog. A man sits on a bench, reading his newspaper, expressionless.

Applause
Habitat for Humanity says thanks for support in building new home

Freedom was attacked, but freedom will prevail
(Editor's Note: The following editorial was printed in the Peninsula Clarion on Sept. 12, 2001.)

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001
Why should Americans, present and future, remember Sept. 11, 2001?

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold candidate forumKPC council to hold meetingSoroptimists to meet ThursdayBasketball registration plannedEducator ice-cream social plannedLeague of Women Voters to host forumOpen house slated at PenDOG

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

Spokane police to reinstate school officers
SPOKANE -- Officers are going back to school after the Spokane Police Department received a $750,000 federal grant to reassign resource officers to six middle schools.

Menus
White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

Frequent questions about test answered
Q: Does this mean the test is being "dumbed down?"

Around the District
ACT test registration deadline approachesPhi Delta Kappa offers classroom money

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

District School News
News from schools around the district

Puyallup teachers deadlocked in contract talks
After 70 hours of ''frustrating'' talks, Puyallup teachers said contract negotiations with district administrators are deadlocked and have asked for a state mediator.

With new professor on site, physics isn't just for rocket scientists
It's been more than five years since Kenai Peninsula College has had a full-time physics instructor, but the wait is finally over. Andreas (Andy) Veh comes to KPC most recently from Pendleton, Ore., where he taught physics for seven years at Blue Mountain Community College. Previously, Veh held a position in Scottsbluff, Neb., at Western Nebraska Community College where he taught physics, astronomy, math, geology and German.

School talks to continue
Negotiating teams for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and employee unions end a three-month hiatus this week, heading back to the bargaining table Thursday and Friday to work toward new contracts for teachers and support staff members. The meetings come despite a series of legal complaints tossed back and forth between parties.

District geared up for graduation test
For those of us in education, we know the high-stakes testing based on Alaska standards becomes a huge deal next year.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu 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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Kenai Golf Report: Caribou pays visit to tourney
Let us all unite in hope, freedom and love on this day one year after the tragedy that may well have changed not only our lives as Americans but those all around the globe. In these times of global unrest and change we need more tolerance, patience, prayers and empathy.

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

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

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
Georgia RB tries to move on after secret revealedWebber vows to fight chargesPerez refuses to enter Monday's gameSampras, Agassi pass on Davis CupBaseball schedule unchanged by security alertWashburn investigated for alleged sexual assaultIshii improving after nasal passage surgery

Being in New York on Sept. 11 changed Parnevik
Jesper Parnevik's golf game is in sad shape with the Ryder Cup quickly approaching, although he's making progress in other areas.

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.

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.

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.''

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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