Sunday, September 16, 2001

Three Europeans die in Yukon crash
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Three Europeans died in a plane crash in the Yukon Thursday, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Sitka battles spread of pesky knotweed
SITKA (AP) -- Japanese knotweed is spreading in Sitka, choking out native plants around the Southeast town.

A flood of support for Muslims
SEATTLE (AP) -- Linda Lavin threw her arms around Abdul Qadir and said she was sorry someone threatened the Islamic Idriss Mosque, where he worships. Then she hugged the federal agents investigating the case.

In Alaska, the closest competition is more than 500 miles away
PALMER, AK (AP) -- As the top-ranked football team in Alaska, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears are obligated to play a few games on the road.

Anchorage man beaten to death on Canadian highway
PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia (AP) -- An elderly man who was beaten to death and left at a remote Canadian rest stop was from Anchorage, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Former Kodiak man named EPA region chief
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Washington state seafood industry executive with roots in Kodiak will lead the Environmental Protection Agency's operations in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Call for reservists may not affect Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President George W. Bush has authorized the Pentagon to call up as many as 50,000 reservists or National Guardsmen in response to East Coast terrorist attacks but there has been no indication that the orders will affect Alaskans.

Bethel immersion school gets Yupik, English principals
BETHEL (AP) -- For the first time since it opened in 1985, Ayaprun Elitnaurvik School, Bethel's Yupik immersion school will have two principals -- one who speaks English and one who speaks Yup'ik.

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.

Young seeks higher security on board airliners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New airline security measures should include air marshals on every flight, surveillance cameras in the cockpit and the passenger cabin, and more secure doors between them, according to U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.

Alaskans in the farthest reaches mourn those killed by terrorists
From the remote reaches of Barrow to the urban centers of Anchorage and Juneau, Alaskans mourned the deaths of those killed in Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

Judge denies change of venue for man accused of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man charged with beating a Native woman to death last year cannot have his trial moved out of town, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Attorney General: Beware of scams exploiting terrorist attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Attorney General's office and the Better Business Bureau warned the public Friday against falling prey to scams arising from Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Former Wasilla High, UAF man among the missing at Pentagon
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Navy officer who grew up in Alaska and chose to work in the Pentagon to be closer to his family is among those missing after a commercial jet hijacked by terrorists struck the building Tuesday.

Man knifed in Skagway
SKAGWAY (AP) -- A South African man faces a charge of first-degree assault in the stabbing of a Skagway man early this month in a local bar.

Attorney general stays on lookout for gasoline price gouging
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Attorney General Bruce Botelho said the state is watching for gasoline price gouging following the terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

Venetie man missing during moose hunt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers and volunteers are searching for a Venetie man who disappeared on a hunting trip on the Christian River Monday morning.

Thousands gather for 'day of remembrance' around state
SEATTLE (AP) -- Thousands of people gathered around the state Friday to bow their heads, wave flags, light candles and cry, joining a national day of remembrance for victims of the terror attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Study links long-haul airline flights and the development of blood clots
The farther people fly, the more likely they are to suffer a potentially fatal blood clot in their lungs, according to the largest study so far to estimate the risks of long-haul flights.

As nation's health improves, small-town Americans suffer
WASHINGTON -- Small-town Americans tend to smoke more, lose more teeth as they age and die sooner than suburban and many big-city residents, a government snapshot of the country's health shows.

Kenai remains perfect
The statistics were pretty much dead even at the end of Friday night's Northern Lights Conference matchup between host Skyview and Kenai.

Bulldogs cruise past Seahawks
The Nikiski High School football team is getting tougher and tougher to beat.

Homer mixes up playoff race by edging Soldotna
Turnabout is fair play. A year ago, the Soldotna High School football team spoiled Homer's homecoming game, defeating the Mariners 30-0.

Flags flying off store shelves
American flags were selling fast on the Kenai Peninsula even before Thursday's U.S. House resolution urging citizens to display Old Glory in response to terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

Kenai mayoral candidates square off in debate
Fifteen-year Kenai Mayor John Williams and the man seeking to put him into retirement, Kenai City Council member Duane Bannock, debated at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

Photo feature: Much to ponder
Angela Leake joins with about two hundred other people Friday night for an observance at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and the Kenai Spur Highway in memory of the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Hobo Jim led the crowd in song as attendees held candles and waved at passing traffic.

Benefit bake sale on tap today
In the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the United States, people all across this nation have rallied to offer help in whatever way they can. Adults can donate blood and support in a number of ways. Kids, however, who are too young to give blood, are left with a desire to be involved but no avenue to do so.

Theodore L. Sundberg
Sterling resident Theodore L. Sundberg died Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, at his home in Sterling. He was 54.

Helping others best way to fight stress following tragedy
Like everyone else in the country, Kenai Peninsula residents are still reeling from Tuesday's tragedy.

To survive Tuesday's attacks, Americans must stand united
I am new to Alaska and to the Kenai Peninsula, and I am very glad to be here. Thursday evening, a week almost to the minute from when I arrived here, I received a peculiar welcome from the community.

Muslims not U.S. enemy
HEAD:Americans must not turn on each other as they look for justice

My Best Friends
Miniature schnauzers Little Man and Midnight are captured doing what they do best, when they're not looking for squirrels. Little Man belongs to Nancy Smith of Soldotna. Midnight is owned by Bill and Elaine Cessnun of Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Bake sale to raise funds for relief effortFinancing seminar offeredSkyview high holds open houseUnited Way topic of chamber luncheonLegislative teleconference schedule announcedHomer area kickoff for United Way set for Sept. 20Soroptomist meeting slatedBenefit dinner and auction to be heldAlaska's Best Water collecting relief donationsWells Fargo asks customers to contributeSwimming lessons offeredJob-seeking assistance offered

McNabb, Metzger wed in Florida
McNabb, Metzger wed in Florida

Green tomatoes still can be ripened
If your tomato plants survived the frost this past week, you may be trying to decide what to do about green tomatoes. The tomatoes need to be picked before they are nipped by frost. They can be ripened indoors in several ways.

Allison, Phillips plan Idaho wedding
Allison, Phillips plan Idaho wedding

Ionia grows grain, builds gentle life
The barley in the field stood ready to harvest, all green and golden. In the last halcyon days of summer, its seed heads shone blond in the sun.

Clergy offer Christian explanation
Following Tuesday's horror, came Friday's call to prayer.

Zanardi loses both legs after crash in Germany
KLETTWITZ, Germany -- Two-time CART champion Alex Zanardi lost both legs Saturday when his car was hit by another traveling about 200 mph in a race renamed the ''American Memorial 500'' following the terrorist attacks.

Stars swimmers sweep Kenai Invitational
Homer and Soldotna were heavy favorites going into Saturday's Kenai Invitational Swim and Dive Meet. Eight schools took part in the event held at Kenai Central High School's natatorium, including Seward, Valdez, Skyview, Cordova, Kenai and West from Anchorage.

McBride, Mohler run off with individual borough championships
Both the Kenai Central girls and the Soldotna boys were heavy favorites heading into Saturday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Meet at Tsalteshi Trails, so it's no surprise Kardinals coach Liz Burck and Stars coach Mark Devenney were ecstatic after the meet.

Sports Briefs
Aces to play Gold Kings at Sports CenterNFL leaning toward 16 gamesMichael Johnson bids farewell with victory

Athletes, fans worldwide honor attack victims
Michael Schumacher's race car had a black nose, German soccer fans waved American flags and Sydney's Olympic Park was silent Saturday as athletes and fans across the world honored the victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States.

Oft-injured Forsberg takes leave of absence
DENVER -- After two years of injuries, Colorado Avalanche star Peter Forsberg said Saturday he needs more time to heal and will take an indefinite leave of absence from hockey.

Panthers up to Peninsula Challenge
The Skyview High School volleyball team emerged victorious in the Peninsula Challenge volleyball tournament Saturday, defeating the host Homer Mariners in the championship game.

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