Sunday, September 15, 2002

Youth charged in fatal hit-and-run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teen-ager has been charged with vehicle theft and leaving the scene of an accident following a fatal hit-and-run accident Friday.

Gomez re-signs with New Jersey Devils
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scott Gomez, Alaska's most accomplished hockey player, has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Jersey Devils and will end his brief holdout.

Dad gets 18 months for cutting off baby's monitor
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man who destroyed his infant son's breathing monitor because it wouldn't stop beeping has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison.

Woman saves husband in attack by wounded bear
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man attacked by a wounded grizzly bear was saved when his wife shot the animal three times at close range.

Ten injured in Wasilla bus accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nine Wasilla students were injured Friday when a car hit their school bus as it left a middle school.

Democrats name replacement in District 24
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrats have a new candidate vying for an open state House seat in Midtown Anchorage.

For grieving owners, pet cremation is a soothing option
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Laura Kelly has canine angel pins on her shirt as she answers the door at the Pet Emergency Treatment clinic and gently carries inside the blanket-draped body of an Alaska husky, which will be cremated.

Airliner makes medical stop in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An American Airlines passenger en route from New York to Tokyo made an unexpected stop in Fairbanks on Friday to drop off a woman suffering from stomach pains.

Prosecutors move to drop charges against Russian vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Russian fishing ship seized Sept. 4 on a charge of fishing illegally in U.S. waters was abruptly released from custody Friday at Dutch Harbor.

Regents lukewarm to tuition increase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska officials are moving away from a hefty tuition increase proposed by President Mark Hamilton.

Oakland stays tied for first by stopping Mariners
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson pitched a four-hitter to win his seventh straight decision as Oakland's pitching staff was near-perfect for the second straight day, defeating the Seattle Mariners 1-0 Saturday.

Arizona's Johnson earns 22nd victory by mystifying Brewers
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson earned his career-high 22nd victory Saturday, pitching a three-hitter and striking out 17 to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bottom-fishing banned on West Coast
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Federal regulators on Friday voted to ban bottom-fishing next year on most of the Continental Shelf from Canada to Mexico.

Master of the arts
A few miles outside Anchor Point on the way to Homer, an unassuming dirt road winds its way to the top of a bluff overlooking the Anchor River. Perched on top of that bluff is a building, a man and his life's work that simply have to be seen to be believed.

Skyview serves as homecoming foil in NLC contest
Fumbling away the opening kickoff generally isn't a good way to start off a must-win game.

Seward drops ACS
Anchorage Christian Schools fell to the Seward football team Saturday at Seward 28-6 in Great Land Conference action.

Nikiski breaks scoreless streak with 47 points against Sitka
The Nikiski High School football team's previous four games -- all shutout losses -- might seem ugly, but Friday's 47-0 victory over the visiting Sitka Wolves has the Bulldogs sitting pretty with a 2-0 mark in Great Land Conference play.

Stars turn Homer errors into playoff berth
Big plays and a stout interior defense against Homer's potent rushing attack were the difference for Soldotna on a drizzly Kachemak Bay evening that gave both teams fits trying to keep a handle on the ball.

Search volunteer finds Cooper Landing man
An 84-year-old Cooper Landing man was found by searchers three miles from the Resurrection Pass trail head after he had been reported overdue from a berry-picking hike Wednesday.

Talks planned for later this week
Contract negotiations for teachers and support staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District pressed forward Friday with bargaining teams exchanging a flurry of proposals. Among the proposals were offers from both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association.

Soldotna OKs funds to fight tax exemption
The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday voted to spend $10,000 in order to fight a proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough sales tax exemption on nonprepared food items.

Farming takes on new meaning near Homer
HALIBUT COVE -- A couple of years ago, Kevin and Lucinda Sidelinger's farm sank. If they'd been dirt farmers or dairy farmers and their property was under 200 feet of water, they would have been on the phone to their insurance company -- and perhaps the local ark builder.

Paramedics join CES, Nikiski staffs
Central Emergency Services and the Nikiski Fire Service Area are hiring additional paramedics.

Barbara Glode
Soldotna resident Barbara Glode died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 98.

Proposition No. 1: Plan B makes it fair for all on peninsula
When Kenai Peninsula voters go to the polls Oct. 1, they will have five ballot propositions before them, including one which could change the size of the school board and the way members are elected.

Vote on Proposition 4: No
On Oct. 1, the voters of the Kenai Peninsula Borough will make an important decision. That decision is whether to exempt sales tax on "nonprepared" food. Currently, the borough has a 2 percent sales tax. Kenai, Soldotna and Seward have additional sales taxes of 3 percent. Homer's is 3.5 percent. The 5 percent total sales tax in Kenai compares to 8.8 percent in Seattle.

Vote on Proposition 4: Yes
There have been many comments made, including misinformation and half-truths, regarding the effect of our initiative to end the taxation of nonprepared food items.

Reveling in glow of Kenai autumn
The tourists are gone, it's constantly raining and the river stinks like rotten fish. That's right, folks, it's fall again. Don't blink, or you'll miss it.

Tourism poses tough dilemma in Michigan
CEDARVILLE, Mich. -- An early-morning geology lecture might strike some people as an unusual vacation activity.

Johnson, Thomson marry in Reno
Theresa Michelle John-son and Cameron Mathew Thomson were united in marriage Saturday, May 25, 2002, in a late-afternoon ceremony. at the First United Methodist Church in Reno, Nev.

Around the Peninsula
Beautification committee volunteers neededToastmasters luncheon scheduledTransportation construction workshop setCandidates forum plannedCommunity School registration plannedChamber to hold pie auctionOpen house slated at PenDOG

My Best Friends
Joshua Schmitt finds out if it takes one dog, Mo, or two, chocolate Labrador retriever Bug, to keep warm. Joshua is the nephew of Reean Pitts of Soldotna.

Berry pie: Something to crow about
Crowberries, also called mossberries or blackberries, are a shiny blue-black to purple color. They are found on low-trailing evergreens, with small, narrow, needle-like leaves. The round berries can grow up to one-half inch in diameter. Crowberries are found throughout Alaska.

Oakley, Chesney tie knot in Oregon
Emily Oakley of Boring, Ore., and Ed Chesney of Kasilof were married Friday, July 12, 2002, at the Damascus Community Church in Boring. Pastors Steve Hardy of Damascus and Michael Staton, formerly of Soldotna, officiated.

Turkington, Bishop plan July wedding
Ashlie Ann Turkington and Nathan John Bishop, both of Kirkland, Wash., have announced their plans to marry Saturday, July 12, 2003, in Woodinville, Wash.

Photo feature: Chillin'
Kenai Central High School senior Heather Benton keeps herself under wraps while watching a football game in a cold wind in Kenai Saturday afternoon.

De La Hoya takes down Vargas in 11
LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya settled a neighborhood feud and left no doubt who was the best 154-pounder in the world Saturday night, stopping Fernando Vargas with a vicious assault in the 11th round of their grudge match.

Nikiski splits district tilts in volleyball
The host Nikiski volleyball team split a pair of matches against district foes this weekend losing Friday night to Grace Christian and rebounding Saturday afternoon to put away Anchorage Christian Schools.

Mohler, Garroutte grab titles
Both the Kenai boys and Soldotna girls improved on second-place finishes from one year ago to take first place at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Meet Saturday in Seward.

Irish, Nittany Lions notch big victories
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Tyrone Willingham is in his first year as coach at Notre Dame, while Joe Paterno is in his 36th at Penn State.

Homer boys, SoHi girls take Kenai Invite
The Soldotna boys swimming and diving team didn't beat Homer Friday at the Kenai Invitational, but the Stars got significantly closer than just one week earlier.

Anchorage's Gomez re-signs with Devils
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scott Gomez, Alaska's most accomplished hockey player, has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Jersey Devils and will end his brief holdout.

Montgomery sets new world record in 100 at IAAF Grand Prix Final
PARIS -- Tim Montgomery of the United States set a world record in the 100 meters on Saturday, clocking 9.78 seconds at the IAAF Grand Prix Final.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions announce final points standingsUnited States women top RussiaFranchitti wins Rockingham 500Andrade leads Pennsylvania Classic

Wife saves husband as bear attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man attacked by a wounded grizzly bear was saved when his wife shot the animal three times at close range.

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