Friday, September 13, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Lawmakers put some gasline provisions in energy bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Congressional negotiators approved some Alaska provisions for the federal energy bill, but natural gas line tax credits and Arctic refuge oil development remained unresolved.

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.

Young's Native lands bill clears committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House Resources Committee has passed a bill that would give Alaska Native Vietnam veterans 160-acre allotments of federal land in Alaska.

Veterans honored with Kenai River fishing trip
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai River fishing guides came up with their own special way to say thank you to Alaska's veterans. They took them on a fishing trip.

Dalton Highway motorists slog through snow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The last of the tourists making their way up the Dalton Highway will encounter something they may not welcome: snow.

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.

Kodiak man convicted of tax fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Richard R. Blankenship was convicted by a federal jury of tax fraud.

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

Mat-Su teachers approve contract
WASILLA (AP) -- Matanuska-Susitna Borough teachers on Thursday approved a one-year contract with the school district.

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.

Forest Service cuts Tongass budget to pay for fires
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is making a big cut in the Tongass National Forest budget to help pay for firefighting expenses in Alaska and the Lower 48.

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.

Homer lagoon opened to snagging
HOMER (AP) -- Anglers are now being allowed to snag fish at the fishing lagoon on the Homer Spit and along the nearby shoreline.

Commercial building growth increases in Kenai Borough
KENAI (AP) -- Commercial building growth in the Kenai Peninsula Borough is experiencing its largest increase in seven years.

First time anyone sees tiny warbler in North America
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Bob Dodelson was relaxing at home in suburban New Jersey on Sunday evening when a call came in from St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.

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.

Radio stations dropping online service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five Anchorage radio stations are pulling the plug on streaming their music programming over the Internet because of costly copyright fees that went into effect Sept. 1.

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.

Retired UAF philosophy professor tunes into chickens
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sometimes when retired University of Alaska Fairbanks philosophy professor Walter Benesch attends a conference and addresses some of the greatest thinkers in the world, his German-born wife, Renate, can't help but have her doubts.

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.

Two arrested at Anchorage meth lab
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people have been arrested after a raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab in midtown Anchorage, police report.

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

Commission moves forward on Kodiak crab fishery
KODIAK (AP) -- The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission decided unanimously Thursday to go forward with developing a limited entry fishery for Kodiak Tanner crab. The plan also includes king crab for Kodiak.

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.

Two Cook Inlet platforms could be shut down
KENAI (AP) -- Unocal Alaska may shut down two oil platforms in Cook Inlet, the company confirmed this week.

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.

Defendant in Kodiak murder case gets new lawyer
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man charged with murdering his brother in 1993 has a new lawyer in a change that likely will delay the long-anticipated trial.

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.

Assembly to return funds seized from boy's bank account
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Anchorage municipal clerk threatened to resign Thursday unless the Assembly returned nearly $700 seized from a 6-year-old boy's savings account.

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.

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.

Hospitals give funds to university nursing school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five Alaska hospitals and health care agencies have committed to contribute nearly $2 million over the next three years to the University of Alaska's School of Nursing.

Vizcaino bomb propels Astros past Cardinals
HOUSTON -- Jose Vizcaino hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run rally in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros beat St. Louis 6-3 Thursday night to stop the Cardinals' eight-game winning streak.

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.

Angels rally to tie Athletics in AL West
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Spiezio's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Anaheim a 7-6 victory Thursday night over Oakland and vaulted the Angels into a tie with the Athletics atop the AL West.

'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.

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.

IPO system needs overhaul to be fair process not controlled entirely by bankers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Landing shares in hot initial public offerings during the stock market boom was like getting courtside seats at a big sports event.

Time can help heal wounds to college savings accounts
NEW YORK (AP) -- For many Americans, the slumping stock market has dealt a double blow: Their retirement accounts have tanked, and so have college savings accounts they set up for their children's education.

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.

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

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.

Boomers changing the way charities do business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Growing up, Mark Metz remembers his parents writing checks and making other donations to charities. As an adult, he does the same -- with some adjustments.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Skyview-Kenai, Soldotna-Homer, Sitka-Nikiski, ACS-Seward tee it up
Last week, area football fans hungry for conference play and meaningful games got the appetizer. This week, enthusiasts get the main course.

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

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

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Soldotna trooper commander injured in motorcycle accident
The commander of the Alaska State Troopers E Detachment in Soldotna was injured Tuesday when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing.

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.

Unocal studies options
Unocal Alaska has confirmed that it is considering suspending operations at two Cook Inlet oil platforms.

School district talks resume
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District tentatively settled four contract points with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and three points with the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association as collective bargaining for teachers and support staff resumed Thursday.

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.

Board favors home-school accountability
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District school board voted in favor of home-school accountability and national certification for teachers Monday night at its bimonthly meeting.

Roads plan hit by veto
After a year of debate, revision and controversy, the recently approved borough road standards ordinance was vetoed Wednesday by Borough Mayor Dale Bagley.

Prayer, hope mark remembrance ceremony
When I'm called to duty God Wherever flames may rage, Give me strength to save a life Whatever be its age. Help me to embrace a little child Before it is too late, Or save an older person from The horror of that fate.

Photo feature: Icy landscape
Two people are dwarfed by the ice as they look at the toe of Exit Glacier just north of Seward earlier this week. This viewing area is at the end of a short walk on a wheelchair-accessible trail. A more adventurous hike follows the ridge line for about four miles parallel to the glacier and ends with a view of the Harding Ice Field.

Bridge officially renamed to honor hometown hero
On a day when the nation remembered the heroes who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the city of Soldotna remembered one of its own, officially renaming the Sterling Highway bridge the "David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge."

Haley Frankel Johnson
Haley Frankel Johnson died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at his home in Kasilof. He was 78.

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

Onis King's generosity, love of life touched everyone he encountered
This past week our community lost a very special person in Onis King. I had the honor of knowing Onis for the past eight years, and his generosity and love of life was infectious to all he encountered.

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

Report vividly depicts ANWR's economic importance to Alaska
If oil exploration in a small sliver of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) had not been killed by the Clinton administration in 1995, Alaska would be a very different place today.

Teacher learns valuable lessons from wilderness school experience Many contribute to success of state moto-cross race KPC appreciates donations for community barbecue 4-H fair animals purchased, donated to help feed hungry

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.

Letters to the Editor
Competition means lower prices, improved service for consumers

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.

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

Injured birds of prey have place on refuge
The Kenai Refuge is one of a handful of National Wildlife Refuges that has had an active bird rehabilitation program since the mid-1980's.

Just do it? Just did it.
I'm lazy. After hitting the hiking circuit hard at the beginning of the spring and through summer, I managed to make it through the entire month of August without spending any time in the great Alaska outdoors.

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.

Geese flock to Fairbanks refuge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a sure sign that winter is coming, Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is filled with thousands of Canada geese.

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

Alaska great to experience on horseback
BUTTE, Alaska -- 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.

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
Orchard to hold apple tasting Beautification committee volunteers needed Council to hold meeting NAMI to hold meeting State offers help to commercial fishers CES board meeting planned Homer Community School to hold registeration Chamber to hold pie auction

Woman Lutheran bishop quits World Council of Churches post over Orthodox deal
GENEVA (AP) -- Margot Kaessmann, a Lutheran bishop from Germany, has quit her leadership post with the World Council of Churches to protest changes the organization made last week to give Orthodox members a greater voice.

Milan's Cardinal Martini celebrates last Mass before retirement
MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Milan's popular Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, often mentioned over the years as a possible pope, celebrated his last Mass at the Duomo cathedral Sunday before heading into retirement in Jerusalem, where he plans to dedicate himself to prayer.

Conflict continues over defrocking and transfer of Episcopal priest
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A rift in the U.S. Episcopal church is widening over a bishop's decision to defrock a priest who says the church has become too liberal on issues such as ordaining women and recognizing same-sex unions.

Anglican 'flying bishop' rejected in Canada's dispute over same-sex blessings
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- British Columbia's top Anglican churchman says he will never allow an outside bishop to serve church conservatives who are protesting same-sex blessings.

Group alleging Jehovah's Witnesses abuse plans protest
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A group that claims child molestation is widespread among Jehovah's Witnesses is planning protests Sept. 27 at the denomination's world headquarters in New York City and elsewhere.

Church Briefs
Women's Aglow to hear Evelyn Glass Local mothers take part in prayer rally James Grier to speak at Bible conference Clothing ministry to close temporarily Native outreach fellowship to meet Bible study groups planned Writers sought for faith anthology

U.S. Muslim group launches new educational project
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations has launched a nationwide project to educate Americans about the faith and to counter anti-Muslim prejudice.

Religion can be force for good or evil
Sustainable development is an everyday concern in Alaska, where we constantly strive to hold a balance between forward-moving development and the immeasurable value of our state's spectacular natural beauty and abundant wildlife.

Psychiatrist vows to stay on Catholic review board despite criticism
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Ever since U.S. Roman Catholic bishops set up a review board this summer to monitor the church's response to the clerical sex abuse crisis, victims' advocates have been voicing concern about a prominent psychiatrist named to the group.

Christian network went global but missed U.S. Hispanics, until now
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When her faith wavers, Esperanza Falcone turns to where she first found God -- her living room. She settles into a couch, flips on the TV and tunes in to the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Unique outfit caters to rare breed of skier, snowboarder
KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) -- In January, when mountain snow is just reaching its finest quality, a rare breed of skiers will begin hitting central Idaho's slopes and giving true meaning to the cliche, ''high-flying adventure.''

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.

Mourning likely out for season
MIAMI -- Alonzo Mourning's kidney condition has deteriorated and will probably prevent him from playing this season, a source close to the Miami Heat center said Thursday.

Lemieux welcomes long-overdue NHL crackdown on obstruction
CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Mario Lemieux welcomes the news the NHL finally seems serious about eliminating obstruction, making the game more wide open and allowing its stars to score more goals.

Sports Briefs
Heisman Trophy winner Crouch to retire

Panthers go the distance to beat Kardinals
Both the Skyview and Kenai volleyball teams kept their fifth-game streaks this year intact.

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.

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.

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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