Monday, September 16, 2002

Native corporation considers huge power plant in Bethel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An ambitious project that would put a

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.

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.

Ambler girl dies after ATV accident
AMBLER (AP) -- A girl from the village of Ambler died of head injuries after a weekend accident involving two all-terrain vehicles, Alaska State Troopers said.

Co-op ordered to pay lawyer fees over board suit
PALMER (AP) -- Matanuska Electric Association has been ordered to pay $100,000 in attorney fees for a case in which the co-op board refused to seat the winning candidate on the board after an election.

Dog takes her tips from patrons
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's Monday night at the Midnite Mine and bar owner Bob Moloney is keeping a sharp eye on his patrons. So is his yellow Labrador, Sam.

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.

Police investigate death of Fairbanks woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found behind a recreational facility.

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.

Fairbanks to impose new storm water regulations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city of Fairbanks will have to take on new storm water regulations as a result of 2000 federal census data that determined the region is an ''urbanized'' area.

No endorsement from teachers' union
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska chapter of the National Education Association decided Saturday that it will not endorse a candidate for governor.

Sept. 12, 2002 The Juneau Empire argues for a road to the state capital
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly's action to support completion of the Juneau Access Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has placed the issue of ''the road'' squarely on the front burner.

Soldotna OKs funds to fight tax exemption
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The Soldotna City Council has voted to spend $10,000 to fight a proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough sales tax exemption on nonprepared food items, and to coordinate with the city's Chamber of Commerce on the ''education'' effort, with the chamber planning to kick in a like amount.

Sept. 10, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on Bush administration's courtroom secrecy
In the fight against terrorism, government often must operate in sec

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

Sept. 11, 2002 Juneau Empire says 9-11 anniversary offers opportunities
A year and a day ago, it might have been hard for many Americans to understand President Franklin D. Roosevelt's expression of concern in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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.

Sitka Democrat concedes in close primary race
SITKA (AP) -- Denny Pearson will take on incumbent state Rep. Peggy Wilson in November after winning a close race for the Democratic nomination.

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

Two face felony charges over theft of 93-pound king
SITKA (AP) -- The fish was only worth about $100, but at an estimated 93 pounds, the king salmon was one of the largest ever brought in here.

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.

History group, old-timers meet
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Hundreds of old-timers and history buffs will converge here this week for two conventions. The Pioneers of Alaska and the Alaska Historical Society will each meet Thursday through Saturday.

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.

Murkowski proposes more roads, rail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Frank Murkowski is laying out a far-flung vision of new roads and railroads across Alaska that he says he would pursue if elected governor, but he wouldn't say Saturday how the state would pay for building or maintaining those ambitious projects.

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.

Padres scuttle Giants' wild-card advance
SAN FRANCISCO -- Trevor Hoffman struck out Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to preserve the San Diego Padres' 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

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.

Twins beat Cleveland; clinch AL Central title
CLEVELAND -- The Minnesota Twins, the small-market survivors baseball couldn't eliminate, will be hanging around a little longer than anyone could have imagined.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Newman wins in New Hampshire with help from rain
LOUDON, N.H. -- Ryan Newman's determination and a convenient rainstorm made him a winner Sunday for the first time in his Winston Cup career.

Studded tires legal
Today is the first day you can legally drive with studded tires in Alaska.

Center taking shape Plans under way on Nikiski facility
There are certain facilities found in most cities and towns that serve to bring the residents of even the most far-flung communities together. Up until this time, Nikiski has done without one of those facilities -- a community center.

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.

Planned endowment to help area
Where should central Kenai Peninsula charitable organizations turn for help when state and federal coffers run low?

Photo feature: Metamorphosis
Leaves colored by autumn's paint brush shine on a slope in the Kenai Mountains near Seward last week.

Area oyster farmers brave storm of state regulations
Editor's note: Kachemak Bay water taxi operators are often asked about the purpose of dozens of buoys clustered in the coves lining the south side of the bay. The answer is simple: oyster farms.

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.

Culture lines broaden at Miss America
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Peggy Willman is an Inupiaq Eskimo from Alaska. Vanessa Shortbull is a Lakota Sioux from South Dakota.

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.

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.

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

Catch-and-release a bad policy
Ken Marsh, former editor of Alaska Magazine, in the September issue says, "Few places in the civilized world retain a stronger connection to ... eating well from the country than Alaska."

Proposition No. 2: It may not be sexy, but it's necessary
When Kenai Peninsula voters go to the polls Oct. 1, they'll be asked to authorize the sale of $12 million in general obligation bonds for improvements to the regional solid waste facility near Soldotna.

CES Fill the Boot effort supported by numerous community members Nikiski Elementary appreciates support from community

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Peninsula People
Kasilof airman visits Seattle for Seafair Kasilof student earns honors in college Former peninsula woman celebrates birthday

4-H'ers earn recognition at state fair
Area 4-H participants won the following awards at the 2002 Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik last month:

Community News
VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Elks offer college scholarships Historical association to meet next month

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.

Around the Peninsula
Volunteer orientation scheduled Christian education program to be offered Mushroom identification workshop to be held Community blood drives planned Domestic violence education to be offered

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Soldotna netters splits weekend play at Kodiak Kournikova loses in straight sets in Shanghai final

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.

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.

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.

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.

Greatest show on turf puls up lame, again
ST. LOUIS -- Kerry Collins was nearly flawless for the New York Giants, while the St. Louis Rams are looking more and more imperfect.

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.

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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