Monday, September 17, 2001

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

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.

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.

Sept. 14, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News muses on the ideals of this nation
In his book ''Lincoln at Gettysburg,'' historian Garry Wills writes of how the definition of an American changed with the upheaval of the Civil War. ''American'' became a broader, more powerful notion. No longer was it a matter of lineage, race, religion or even Western civilization.

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.

Sept. 12, 2001 Juneau Empire managing editor Steve Reed puts the suffering in perspective
You want answers, comfort and encouragement. So do I. But today I'm awash in a cold shower of reality.

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.

Sept. 14, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion highlights America's positive response to Sept. 11 attack
The enormity of this week's tragedy could make a weaker people feel helpless.

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.

Sept. 13, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the new kind of war facing America
We are simply not used to losing Americans to war. Our country has an entire generation that knows war only as the precise surgical air strikes of the Gulf War, of the quick in-and-out operations that put the least possible Americans in danger. Few ground troops, and relatively low risk of casualties and fatalities.

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.

Sept. 12, 2001 Juneau Empire publisher Don Smith reacts to the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
The world changed yesterday. As America and the world try to grasp the magnitude of what happened yesterday morning, we all share in the horror, sense of loss and anger. Terrorists rely upon randomness and surprise to demoralize and humiliate. The biblical scale of the destruction exacted on two powerful symbols of the free world and on the many thousands of human lives yesterday has raised the element of risk to new heights.

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.

Unocal platform production in Cook Inlet stalled by leaking oil
KENAI -- Unocal has halted production from its King Salmon Platform following the latest in a series of leaks from Cook Inlet oil and gas pipelines.

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.

Body of missing hunter found
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The body of a Venetie man missing for more than a week has been found, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Anchorage's plastics recycling program gets second chance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's last plastics recycling program was scrapped four years ago after it failed to make money.

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.

Three orphaned bear cubs readied for new home in Mexico
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three orphaned grizzly bear cubs in a couple of weeks will depart their home at the Alaska Zoo to delight zoo goers in Mexico.

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.

Girls donate celebration money to victims in terrorist attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shirley and Sophie Bell -- dressed in pink and blue regalia dresses -- danced to celebrate life and the world of possibilities ahead.

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.

Survey finds Alaskans want vote on rural subsistence priority
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three out of four Alaskans polled earlier this month said they want the chance to vote on a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a rural subsistence priority. Half said they would vote in favor of such an amendment.

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.

Forest Service examines Tongass roadless areas for protection
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service plans to examine 110 roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest for wilderness protection in response to a federal court order.

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.

Former Alaskan forced from home by World Trade Center attacks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nicole Hallingstad liberally sprinkles her conversations these days with the words ''fortunate,'' ''lucky'' and ''blessed.

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.

Web camera gives far-away family a chance to see newlyweds
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Al Guggisberg and Michelle Vlah made an unusual stop on the way to the reception hall after getting married Saturday at their home on Murphy Dome Road.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Celebration to bring attention to women's issues
Women from around the world will meet in a Christian gathering Wednesday through Saturday in Houston, Texas, to declare a global state of emergency against violence and injustices perpetrated against women.

Photo feature: Parading thier pride
Jesus Cazares, Jamie Brammeier and Robert Sterling parade a flag through Kenai last weekend. "Down with bin Laden" is written in the dirt on the side of the truck.

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.

Platform production stalled by leaking oil
The latest in a series of leaks from Cook Inlet oil and gas pipelines led Unocal to stop production Thursday from its King Salmon Platform.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Many good reasons to vote 'No' on Proposition 1 about prisonKenai voters must decide what makes city great place to liveLincoln's words serve nation well in this time of tragedyQuilt of remembrance, freedom could help stitch America together

What others say
Attacks take away nation's innocenceTerrorist assault creates a nation at war

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.

Team Tesoro helps preserve historyFund-raiser will help build garageVigil honors animals 'born to die'Donation benefits CARTS trainingSchool helps historical society

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

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

Students earn scholarships, distinctions
Kristin L. RombergMichelle Borden

Links of Love availableMake-A-Wish to recruit volunteers in AnchorageKenai Community Library scheduleCommunity council meeting held todayFamily support program offeredAlaska SeaLife Center Update

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.

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.

Community News
Employ the Older Worker Week announced

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
Alaska Independent Blind chapter meets todayNikiski council to discuss prison proposalPrison project to be subject of Alliance meetingFamily support group for gays to meetArt show auction plannedHospice schedules grief support programs

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

Campaign under way
Ginny Espenshade, right, executive director for Youth Court, Leroy Heinrich, campaign liaison for the Kenai Peninsula United Way, and his wife, Marcia Heinrich, celebrate the kickoff of the annual Kenai Peninsula United Way campaign Thursday.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Recently, some states and communities have banned the use of cell phones while driving. Do you foresee that happening in Alaska any time soon?

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

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

Area services focus on God's love, healing
The days since Tuesday's terrorist attacks on America have been filled with grieving and horror, but it also has brought many closer to their God as they try to come to grips with the national tragedy.

Shaken by terrorist attacks, Americans pack churches
Clutching patriotic flags and prayer books, Americans filled churches Sunday, struggling to comprehend the terror of the week before.

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.

Pro sports waits to exhale
NEW YORK -- As he does every weekend, Douglas Mackin took the bus to Manhattan, walked to a sports bar in Times Square and scanned the 14 TVs lighting up a wall.

All quiet on sports front
Nobody won. Nobody lost. No big-name coaches got fired. No pro ballplayers blew out ACLs. No home runs were hit or touchdowns scored. There was no need for box scores or football summaries in the newspaper.

Athletes perish in crash
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Eight University of Wyoming cross country runners were killed early Sunday in a head-on accident with a pickup truck driven by a fellow student, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Pro football observes silent Sunday
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The temperature was a pleasant 72 and the sky over Giants Stadium was cloudless -- unless you looked 10 miles southeast, where white smoke from the rubble of the World Trade Center still hung in the air.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ryder Cup to wait a year
U.S. captain Curtis Strange had just finished telling his players the Ryder Cup had been postponed when he started looking ahead to the rescheduled event next September.

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.

Will seeing a game be the same?
Fans return to ballparks Monday concerned about more than pennant races. Many are scared they could be targets for terrorists.

Sports Briefs
Zanardi stable after doctors amputate his legsBohn fires 58 to win Canadian Tour event

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.

Montoya wins sad Italian Grand Prix
MONZA, Italy (AP) -- Juan Montoya won Sunday's Italian Grand Prix on a somber day of auto racing at a track that is usually among the most boisterous in the sport.

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