Thursday, September 12, 2002

Sitka couple faces drug charges
SITKA (AP) -- A Sitka couple is facing charges for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab on their boat, according to police.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BP donates building for nonprofits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's nonprofits and education groups have been handed a building worth $7.1 million to use free of charge.

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.

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.

Troopers investigate shooting of 9-year-old boy
BETHEL (AP) -- A 12-year-old Newtok boy who was left unsupervised with two other boys allegedly shot a younger boy with a .22 caliber rifle, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Man accused of rape pleads guilty to lesser charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man accused of breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her pleaded guilty to reduced charges this week in Juneau Superior Court.

Alaskans remember Sept. 11 with flags, flowers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans marked Sept. 11 with quiet remembrances of heroes lost and preparations for possible follow up attacks that never came.

Expert questions doctor's pain care
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An expert witness for the state said Dr. Jay Van Houten's pain management care was ''substandard'' and that he gave more than a dozen patients relatively free access to medications that put them at risk for drug abuse.

Alaska Zoo gets rare snow leopards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Zoo has a new celebrity-in-waiting -- a rare snow leopard that is getting used to her new home and will soon be joined by a breeding partner.

Tribal oversight of hunts on hold
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Efforts to give Alaska Native tribes the authority to set management rules for seal, walrus and whale hunting appear to have stalled for another year in Congress.

Norton says citizen oversight of pipeline unnecessary
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton said Tuesday that a citizens' panel to oversee the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is not needed.

Assembly urges state to complete road study
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly is urging the state to complete a study on building a road to Skagway and linking the capital with the highway system.

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.

Light quake shakes western Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake shook the area west of Cook Inlet early Thursday.

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.

Police academy student accidentally shoots himself
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks police academy student accidentally shot himself in the right leg during firearms training Wednesday.

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

Woman charged with stabbing man at camp near Minto
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Nikiski woman has been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly stabbing a man at a hunting camp near Minto, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Assembly approves tax break for MacKay renovation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Assembly has approved waiver of some fees to help a developer renovate the MacKay building.

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

Zutz murder suspect to remain in adult jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has refused to release an Anchorage teen, facing first-degree murder charges, from adult jail.

Juneau Airport study delayed
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal study to evaluate the Juneau airport is taking longer than expected and now likely won't be completed until next year.

Nomo remains unbeaten in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hideo Nomo remained perfect in San Francisco and Brian Jordan hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-3 Wednesday to pull even in the NL wild-card race.

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.

Twins overpower Tigers, lower magic number to 3
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota backed Brad Radke with a six-run second inning, and the Twins lowered their magic number for clinching the AL Central to three with an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

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.

'That's what we're doing. Twice.'
President Bush threw a strike when it mattered. The baseball players' union didn't. The best moment of the best-yet Super Bowl came during a halftime show. And the Olympic torch provided the perfect second act for a bunch that produced the ''Miracle on Ice'' the first time around.

Business Briefs
State to offer outreach for commercial fishersLocal banker to join hospital boardFrontier Natural Health expandsEra; Coca-Cola to launch Books in the Bush

Norton says citizen oversight of pipeline unnecessary
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton said Tuesday that a citizens' panel to oversee the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is not needed.

University board of 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.

Commercial construction biggest in 7 years
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is experiencing its largest commercial building growth in seven years, officials said.

Tips to guard against fraud
Some suggestions from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to guard against mail fraud.

New hiking trail promotes tourism and unites groups
ALONG THE KAB-ASH HIKING TRAIL, VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- The voyageurs surely did their share of hiking, usually with canoes and heavy packs on their backs.

Gathering in Homer connects past, present
As kayakers from Nanwalek, Port Graham and Seldovia cut through the satin-like, misty water, onlookers were treated to the echoes of traditions hazed over by time.

Art Briefs
>Coastwalk program seeking volunteersEntries accepted for clay showBunnell asking for 'body adorned' art

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

One year after Sept. 11, the arts world confronts and avoids it
NEW YORK -- Jessica Hagedorn, a fiction writer, expects her next novel to feature a mother, a child and a detective in present-day New York City. What worries her is how, or if, she should weave in the events of Sept. 11.

Remembering Sept. 11
Homer High School Choral Director Mark Robinson conducts vocal soloists, members of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus, and Homer High School Chorus in a performance of Mozart's "Requiem" as part of a worldwide memorial to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Wednesday morning in the Homer High School gym.

The fabric of healing
Quilting is typically an activity done for entertainment, diversion or practical purposes. But for Samantha Cunningham of Homer, quilting became a cathartic healing experience after Sept. 11, 2001.

Broadway quiet on Sept. 11; other stages fill void
NEW YORK -- With Broadway mostly dark this Sept. 11 in remembrance of the more than 3,000 people who were killed in last year's terrorist attacks, other New York stages filled the void with performances exploring the emotional resonance of that day.

Points standings
1. Sterling Marlin 3,4392. Mark Martin 3,4303. Jimmie Johnson 3,367

Stewart likes his chances
LOUDON, N.H. -- Although he's in fifth place in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series points standings, Tony Stewart has to feel like he's the favorite to win the championship.

Burton hoping crew chief change helps him get his groove back
Jeff Burton's last two Winston Cup seasons have been hard. Expected to challenge for the championship, he has instead struggled to win races, or to come close.

Rudd, Sadler ride out stints
Members of Kenny Wallace's pit crew raise American flags during the singing of the national anthem before the Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Matt Kenseth was the winner of Saturday night's race in Richmond, Va.

This week's race: New Hampshire 300
Where and when

In the spotlight: Kyle Petty
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Money leaders
1. Mark Martin $4,177,7352. Ward Burton 3,937,8863. Jeff Gordon 3,703,848

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.

Quiet services across Alaska honor victims of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
ANCHORAGE -- Alaskans marked Sept. 11 with quiet remembrances of heroes lost and preparations for possible follow-up attacks that never came.

Day full of civics lessons
The Soldotna Elementary School gym is silent. Children, decked out in red, white and blue clothes, bandannas and stickers, stand at attention staring toward the flag.

Soldotna pays tribute to its heroes
The ceremony at the Soldotna Police Department was not only a memorial for those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, it was for all the emergency responders who, every day, give to the community.

Guides honor vets with Kenai River fishing trip
An armada of Kenai River fishing guides hit the water Wednesday with boats staffed by crews of former soldiers, airmen and sailors.

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.

Ceremony marks year anniversary
A spotlight on three uniformed Kenai firefighters raising an American flag over a replica of the fallen World Trade Center broke through a pitch black auditorium Wednesday as about 200 people remembered the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.

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.

Fedora M. Encelewski
Fedora M. Encelewski died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 83.

Trying to put terrorist attacks in perspective
Difficult as it may be to step back and analyze dispassionately what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, and thereafter, a striving for lucidity can be the best antidote to fear and confusion, for statesmen as for individuals. Indeed, one of the most insidious dangers of being terrorized is that a person or nation may lose a sense of proportion.

Patriotism helps rally support for president
WASHINGTON -- Americans' love of country was on full display. Buses flashed ''United We Stand'' messages, Congress sang ''God Bless America'' and millions of U.S. flags fluttered across the nation Wednesday.

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
If current practices continue, there will be few salmon to manageFamily finds it cheaper to drive to Anchorage, than to fly

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

Germans see the forest for the trees
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- The differences between German and American forestry are a matter of scale.

Saddle Club teaches children, parents
BILLINGS (AP) -- Paul and Jackie Olsen raised their four children in the church and in the Saddle Club.

You don't need a lot of experience to escape to wilderness on top of a horse
BUTTE, Alaska (AP) -- After 20 minutes of plodding along in the saddle in a string of horses, we reached the top of the 881-foot Butte, 30 miles northeast of Anchorage. The view sprawled across the sky from Cook Inlet to Knik Glacier. Dead center, Pioneer Peak was draped in a layer of thin low-hanging clouds.

Around the Peninsula
Builders to hold membership meetingJob center to hold meetingSBDC to host money finding seminarAdvisory council to hold meetingOrchard to hold apple tasting

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

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

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.

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

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.

White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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
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

Goodbye, Johnny U
BALTIMORE -- Johnny Unitas, the Hall of Fame quarterback who broke nearly every NFL passing record and won three championships with the Baltimore Colts in an 18-year career, died Wednesday at age 69.

Sports Briefs
Heisman Trophy winner Crouch to retire

Birch Ridge Report: It's been an ace of a season
It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close and that we only have about a month left to play golf this year. And what an amazing summer we have had -- the weather has been great and the golf course remains in great shape.

Cornhuskers, Irish, Terps go hunting
The search is on in college football this weekend: Notre Dame is looking for an offense, Maryland for its first win over Florida State, and Nebraska for a happy return to Happy Valley.

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.

Falconry takes care, patience, work and time
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Scott Saunders' falcon often screams while taking prey. This time, it was different. ''This was a protective call,'' Saunders said.

Bear attacks trigger warning from wildlife officials
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- A number of bear attacks and encounters in recent weeks has prompted warnings from wildlife officials that such incidents will become more frequent as bears ready for hibernation.

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