Saturday, September 15, 2001

Ketchikan man accused of rape, kidnapping
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan man has been arrested on sexual assault and kidnapping charges.

Alaska airports take steps to reopen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's airports took small steps toward returning to full operations Thursday with the departure of stranded flights, the resumption of limited commercial flights and the go-ahead for private aircraft to take to the skies.

Man arrested at Sitka airport on assault and terrorist threat charges
SITKA (AP) -- A 58-year-old Washington man was arrested Thursday at the Sitka airport after he allegedly made threatening comments to an airline worker, Sitka police said.

Former Fairbanks woman among Trade Center missing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks woman is among those missing following Tuesday's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

Lawsuit seeks to force Knowles to appeal Katie John case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lawsuit was filed in Superior Court Thursday asking a judge to order Gov. Tony Knowles to appeal the Katie John subsistence lawsuit to the nation's highest court.

Governor cancels trip to Washington
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has canceled his trip to Washington, D.C., to promote federal legislation guiding a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48.

Alaskans asked to join National Day of Prayer
JUNEAU (AP) -- Memorial services are planned in Anchorage and Juneau on Friday to coincide with a National Day of Prayer commemorating those killed in terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and New York City, the governor's office said.

Anchorage man dies when struck by Amtrak train
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A Fresno City College football player was killed when he was struck by an Amtrak train.

East Coast attacks strangles mail service in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- There's no bread and milk in Nome.

Iani appointed to head Region 10 of the EPA
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Alaskan John Iani has been appointed to head Region 10 of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Alaska senators say attacks reinforce need for missile defense system
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's senators say the jet attacks on the World Trader Center and Pentagon don't weakon arguments for a proposed national system to defend the United States against intercontinental ballistic missile attack.

Kenai city officials vote in support of prison project
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai city officials have voted in support of a resolution supporting the building of a private prison on the Peninsula.

Quake detected near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake was detected Thursday morning in Southcentral.

Borough Assembly votes to form military base closure task force
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Borough Assembly has voted to establish a military base closure task force.

Preseason N-H-L hockey games in Anchorage canceled
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Preseason games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Anchorage between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues have been canceled.

St. Louis Blues hold intra-squad game in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Exhibition games between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks this weekend were scrapped Thursday after the NHL canceled all Saturday games in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the Lower 48.

State decides not to prosecute man arrested at Sitka airport
SITKA (AP) -- The state decided Friday not prosecute a 58-year-old Washington man who was arrested at the Sitka airport after allegedly threatening an airline worker.

Baseball to remain silent until Monday
NEW YORK -- Major league baseball postponed all games through the weekend and will resume play on Monday, a move that could push the World Series into November for the first time.

Economic rebound expected
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that $50 billion will be made available to European banks to help them meet emergency withdrawal needs, while the Bush administration proclaimed prospects still bright for an economic rebound.

Fall fishing
Anglers reeling in coho salmon dot the shoreline of Gastineau Channel in Juneau Saturday, near the new Public Fishing Dock.

Area football playoff races heat up
There's just three weeks to go in the high school football season, and the peninsula's teams are in the thick of a battle for playoff spots.

Bush promises all-out retaliation; Pakistan urged to close border
WASHINGTON -- President Bush called the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington ''the first war of the 21st century'' on Thursday and his administration labeled fugitive Osama bin Laden a prime suspect.

NATO lines up Russian support for anti-terrorism
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- NATO won Russian support Thursday for a campaign against global terrorism, but a key alliance member played down speculation that military action was imminent following the attacks on New York and Washington.

Bin Laden reported to have quickly moved after attacks
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Osama bin Laden moved to a new hiding place within minutes of the terrorist onslaught in the United States, refusing to tell anyone where he was going or where he had been when the attacks occurred, sources in Pakistan's intelligence service said Thursday.

Kenai Municipal Airport open
Peninsula plane service has resumed, but don't expect normalcy for at least a week.

Response won't be quick strike
WASHINGTON -- The United States will launch sustained military strikes against those behind the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington as well as their support systems, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.

Human tragedy overshadows stock market reopening, area brokers say
U.S. stock markets are to resume trading Monday, but local brokers say that since the catastrophe in New York, central Kenai Peninsula clients have been focused elsewhere.

Data from 2 flights recovered
WASHINGTON -- U.S. investigators pressed Thursday to identify terrorist collaborators who may still be in a position to strike more Americans, and agents located critical ''black boxes'' from two of Tuesday's hijacked planes.

Kenai council calls for resolution of qualified support for prison
More people packed the Kenai City Council chambers Wednesday night than at any other meeting in recent years, as the council gathered information to make a decision about the proposed private prison that could be built on the city's doorstep.

Benefit golf event pits mayors against mayors
Kenai Peninsula mayors -- past and present -- are taking a swing at housing needs on Saturday.

Air service shutdowns postpone Homer science conference
One indirect casualty of Tuesday's mayhem is a Homer science conference that had been scheduled to start this evening.

World pays tribute to victims Special ceremonies bring Americans across the globe to tears
LONDON -- A military band played the U.S. national anthem at an unprecedented Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, ordered by Queen Elizabeth II in a show of solidarity with the American people.

Solvieg 'Sandy' Olson
Memorial services for Homer resident Solvieg "Sandy" will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai at 2 p.m.

Letters to the Editor
Oklahoma City bombing relived in wake of Tuesday's events Consolation, condemnation for Tuesday's terrorist acts

Americans respond to terrorist attacks with unity, strength
The enormity of this week's tragedy could make a weaker people feel helpless.

In our war against terrorism, we must not destroy liberty
About this week, we have come to certain understandings.

7,400-mile, 22-state trek will make history
BANNOCK PASS, Idaho -- Darkness is falling in the Bitterroots, but Brian Robinson can't stop walking.

Humble peat mosses store global carbon, show amazing variety
This is a story about some little plants with a big role. The plants in question are the humble peat mosses, collectively known as Sphagnum moss.

Family sets sail in homemade boat, 2 1/2 years in the making
JUNEAU -- When the Zeigers launched their sailboat in June, their neighbors were as happy as they were to see it in the water and out of the driveway where it was built.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Peninsula to join National Day of Prayer Nikiski community council to meet Monday Prison project to be subject of Alliance meeting Homer area kick-off for United Way set for Thursday Workshops on natural resources Web site set

South Dakota chaplains help police deliver bad news
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Seven clergy have volunteered to help Sioux Falls law enforcement officers when they must inform families that a loved one is dead, hurt or in trouble.

United Church of Christ to lobby for child abuse reporting bill
BOSTON (AP) -- The United Church of Christ is urging its ministers to support a bill that would require clergy to report suspected sexual abuse.

Tuesday's tragedy makes words from Bible more significant
Just this week we learned that terrorists have destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City. Airplanes have been hi-jacked. The president of the United States has been kept '"under wraps" so he may be kept safe.

Religion Briefs
Bible workshop offered Clothing ministry planned Saturday This Hope to perform in Kenai

Across U.S., people fly flags, gather for vigils
In towns across the nation, people flew American flags and gathered for vigils to remember the lives lost in this week's terrorists attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

New anti-death penalty group formed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Central Ohio clergy have formed a coalition dedicated to abolishing Ohio's death penalty.

Two years after scandal, National Baptists moving on
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As any spiritual adviser will tell you, the road to redemption is long.

New president of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod installed
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Gerald Kieschnick has been installed as the 12th president in the 154-year history of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Artist formerly known as Vanity preaches at Owensboro church
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- Denise Matthews, a former sidekick to the pop artist Prince, recalled an abusive childhood and years of cocaine abuse in an hour-long sermon that enlivened a church crowd.

League doesn't know if games will be made up or canceled
NEW YORK -- The NFL's decision to cancel Sunday's games was a simple one.

Grace Christian tops Soldotna volleyball
The Soldotna High School volleyball team clawed its way back from a two-games-to-none deficit Thursday evening to force a fifth game in a nonregion match against Grace Christian, but the big serves that helped the Stars get back into the match were a little too big in game five as the Grizzlies came away with the win.

America still needs playing
We're all a little edgy. Now. The dull roar of a plane overhead, the wailing siren of an ambulance a block away, the nonstop pounding of a construction site -- all those sights and sounds in the background of our own daily dramas register as never before.

Catching some rays
A walrus pup thought to be about four months old takes break on the beach in Kotzebue, Alaska Thursday Aug. 30, 2001 to soak in some sun.

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