Thursday, September 11, 2003

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marlins remain red hot
NEW YORK Juan Encarnacion and Derrek Lee hit back-to-back doubles that broke a fifth-inning tie and helped the Florida Marlins to a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday.

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.

Martinez, Red Sox shut out Baltimore
BALTIMORE Pedro Martinez allowed three hits over eight innings and Kevin Millar drove in two runs as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Wednesday.

Allstate again writing policies for homeowners in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Insur-ance giant Allstate has started writing new Alaska homeowner policies again, a month after the company stopped.

Gas now flows from Ninilchik
Marathon Oil Co. and Unocal Corp. struck pay dirt, announcing on Wednesday the startup of their joint natural gas venture in Ninilchik.

WTO seeks to level trade field during talks
CANCUN, Mexico Negotiators from 146 countries sat down to thorny trade negotiations Wednesday, with rich and poor nations pushing conflicting agendas on agricultural reform and leaders cautioning that their decisions could mean life or death for billions of people.

Evergreen Resources testing wells in Mat-Su
Although Evergreen Resources is not currently looking for coal bed methane gas on the Kenai Penin-sula, the company's senior executive in Alaska told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that the company does do business with oil and gas industry suppliers here.

Business Briefs
Soldotna resident wins gas for a yearHEA's Snowden recognized for serviceUSDA announces $885,000 in home loansEstate planning seminar to be offered today

River trail offering autumn views
Fall is still officially more than a week away, but that hasn't stopped Mother Nature.

Art Briefs
Chorus looking for membersSong of the Year deadline nearsMuseum seeks artwork

Postcard book offers nutty nostalgia
So far, the 21st century hasn't offered much to cheer Alaskans. Twenty years ago there were crab in the sea, surpluses in the state coffers and good-paying jobs in the classifieds. The early 1980s are starting to look like the good old days.

Simon, Garfunkel reunite in concert tour after 20 years
NEW YORK Dusting the cobwebs off their friendship, the folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announced Tuesday they were reuniting for a concert tour of North America this fall.

Still on a roll, Kidman showcases 2 dramas
TORONTO Everyone's asking Nicole Kidman why.

Americans to bring Greek tragedy home in Sept. 11 theme
ATHENS, Greece Under the Acropolis, a company of Amer-ican actors will perform a version of the Oedipus myth in a trip to the play's homeland that was conceived in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

On new sitcoms, home is where the heart is
NEW YORK There's no place like home especially for characters on many of the new fall TV comedies.

Artist transforms past journeys into current art
A new art show at Kenai Peninsula College challenges visitors to use their eyes, minds and memories when viewing it.

Two years later, United States really not safer than it was
As we mark the second anniversary of the Sept. 11th tragedy, we need to be reminded that, in the immediate aftermath, the public thought that the massive appropriations made by Congress would somehow make our 2001Thanksgiving travel safer.

Bush in no position to demand anything of other countries
Concerning Hal Spence's opinion piece in the Sept. 7 Peninsula Clarion: Mr. Spence very rightly draws parallels between the present American occupation of Iraq and our involvement in Vietnam more than a quarter century ago. That mistake accomplished nothing except to kill or wound many thousands of Americans, and many more thousands of Vietnamese, and cost the American treasury billions that could have been better spent on other things. While history doesn't repeat itself in exactly the same way, it would appear to me that we are heading in exactly the same direction in this case.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Crashing others to get the win has become common
LOUDON, N.H. If Johnny Sauter had purposely rammed Matt Kenseth to send him caroming toward the fourth-turn wall midway in last Friday's NASCAR Busch Series race, he probably would have been called off the track for a penalty, then called to the NASCAR hauler for a more formal reprimand.

Fines given for post-race altercations
LOUDON, N.H. Stock car racing did very little to shed its worsening image last week at the Richmond International Raceway with post-race collisions and fights highlighting the Craftsman Truck, Busch and Winston Cup races.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 3,8642. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,4463. Kevin Harvick 3,423

Newsmaker: Mike Skinner
A pole position last week at the Richmond International Raceway was the kind of help Mike Skinner needed most as he tries to find full-time work in racing. He talked about being dedicated to helping MB2 Motorsports as driver Jerry Nadeau continues to recover from serious injuries sustained in a crash last May, while trying to make a future for him once Nadeau returns.

Money Leaders
1. Kurt Busch $4,145,1452. Kevin Harvick 3,835,7593. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,738,652

This Week's Race: Sylvania 300
Where and When

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.

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.

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.

Mayors to honor community service
Today marks the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the mayors of Kenai and Soldotna will host the Twin Cities Mayors' Blood Drive and Salute to Community Service at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

Kenai woman receives national award for work
A Kenai woman who spends her time far from the spotlight has found herself in the glow of national recognition after winning an award for her work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Tourism numbers show mixed effect
When terrorist attacks two years ago crashed airliners into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the World Trade Center in New York City and a field in Pennsylvania, the U.S. travel industry was ground to a halt.

Sept. 11 still leaves mark on peninsula
If the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a wake-up call to how vulnerable the nation's infrastructure is, steps taken since by the federal government have attempted to make everyday life safer for Americans.

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

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

Anniversary of terrorist attacks can be time for reflection, pride
In the octave of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on America, there have been many attempts by the media to remind all citizens of the horror and heroism associated with the attacks on the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and the American way of life.

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.

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.

Not many understand how road from Sept. 11 led to Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq When the picture of a jetliner slicing into the World Trade Center flashed on the television in Rabia Ibrahim's Baghdad apartment, his friend exclaimed ''God is great!'' a superpower had been humbled.

Today should be time to renew commitment to making world better
As the nation marks the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks today, one thing stands out: For the majority of Americans, life remains blissfully and blessedly normal.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Health group to meetNutritional classes begin todayLoston to speak at KPCSoldotna seniors to hold fund-raiserBoys and Girls Club to hold auctionHazard mitigation meeting setDonations sought for Community ClosetUnited way annual kick-off plannedChild custody clinic scheduledArtists needed for harvest fund-raiser

White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

De La Hoya-Mosley rematch brings back fans
LAS VEGAS Oscar De La Hoya wasn't the only one stunned when Shane Mosley beat him the first time they met. Promoter Bob Arum was, too, though it had nothing to do with the outcome of the fight.

Birch Ridge Report: Season coming to close
Lethargy has settled itself comfortably in my brain; hence a shortness of golf info this week. I hate being banal, but the crisp and bright days of fall are beckoning me to ... blah, blah, blah.

Ducks ink Giguere to four-year pact
LOS ANGELES A relieved Jean-Sebastien Giguere agreed to a four-year contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Wednesday, a day before training camp opens.

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.

Desperate times lead Packers to Freeman
GREEN BAY, Wis. Antonio Freeman and Mike Sherman are trying to work things out.

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.

Prosecutor lays out case against Bryant
EAGLE, Colo. A prosecutor outlined the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant for the first time Wednesday, saying there are photographs of injuries to the woman and a videotaped statement from her.

Sports Briefs
Devils sign 42-year-old LarionovLeading rebounder kicked off Bulldogs' team

Clarett suspended for 2003 season
COLUMBUS, Ohio Maurice Clarett was suspended for the season Wednesday for violating NCAA rules, tarnishing Ohio State's national title and clouding the future of one of the nation's most talented running backs.

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