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Tuesday, September 17, 2002

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.

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.

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

Federal judge holds Norton in contempt for Indian trust debacle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge held Interior Secretary Gale Norton in contempt Tuesday for failing to heed his order to fix oversight problems with a trust handling hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties from Indian land.

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.

Beached boat hampers efforts to remove Chirikof cattle
KODIAK (AP) -- Difficult conditions were impeding efforts to remove wild cattle from Chirikof Island.

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.

Two agencies get funds for domestic violence funds
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Two agencies that assist victims of domestic violence have received federal grants from the Justice Department's Violence Against Women Office.

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

Railroad to cease hauling coal to Seward after 18 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After 18 years, the Alaska Railroad Corp. will haul its last load of coal this month from Healy to the Port of Seward.

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.

Knowles touts transportation improvements during tenure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles touted the accomplishments of his administration, including transportation upgrades and salmon habitat improvements, in a farewell address to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Rep. Moses suffers moderate stroke
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rep. Carl Moses, D-Unalaska, is recovering from a stroke suffered Sunday morning at his Anchorage residence, a spokesman for his office said.

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

Fairbanks police say body of woman may have been moved
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police say the body of a woman found dead near the Fairbanks Curling Club early Sunday was apparently placed there after she died elsewhere, possibly from a drug overdose.

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.

Tuition increase story correction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a Sept. 14, 2002, story about the University of Alaska Board of Regents considering a tuition increase, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Derek Miller, spokesman for the Coalition of Student Leaders, would be appointed as the next student regent. Gov. Tony Knowles, who appoints the student regent, has not yet made that decision.

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.

Mendias drops out of gubernatorial race
JUNEAU (AP) -- Dawn Mendias is dropping out as the Republican Moderate Party candidate for governor, the candidate said Monday.

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.

Light earthquake shakes area near Cape Yakataga
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake rattled the area near Cape Yakataga on the Gulf of Alaska coast early Monday morning.

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.

Trail closed that leads to Barrow polar bears
BARROW (AP) -- The local village corporation in Barrow has closed the trail to Point Barrow at the end of the road north of the old Naval Arctic Research Laboratory.

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.

Providence becomes No. 1 private employer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Providence Health System in Alaska has bumped Carrs-Safeway as the state's largest private employer.

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.

Alaska officials work on West Nile Virus program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska public health officials are working with other state, federal and local agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a statewide West Nile virus surveillance program.

Haida Corp. poised to take 63 acres near Sitka
SITKA (AP) -- A Native village corporation on Price of Wales Island is about to receive about 63 acres of national forest land in Sitka Sound, the U.S. Forest Service said.

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.

Cleveland splits double dip with Red Sox
BOSTON -- Brian Tallet pitched six shutout innings in his major league debut and Travis Fryman hit a three-run homer to lift the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox 7-1 for a split of their day-night doubleheader Monday.

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.

Marathon officials discuss new gas line
A new gas pipeline is being proposed to carry the recently discovered natural gas reserves in Ninilchik some thirty miles to the nearest infrastructure in Kenai.

A day of remembering 9-11-01
At schools, police stations, fire departments, churches and civic clubs across the Kenai Peninsula last week, ceremonies that included the striking of bells, sounding of sirens, singing of Mozart's requiem, and playing of taps, remembering those lost in

Outdoors
Anyone who has ever spent any time in the outdoors has their so-called secret hunting or fishing spot. A spot that meets all his or hers standards as being the perfect spot. A place where they really enjoy going whether or not they are successful in their harvesting of fish or game for the table. Often times it is the peace and quiet that these people find so special about this place but if you find such a spot that is also full of fish and game besides being quiet you hit the jackpot here in Alaska.

United Way Kicks off 2002 campaign
Another United Way campaign is under way on the Kenai Peninsula. The 2002 drive was officially kicked off last Thursday at the Kenai Senior Center with a free community reception that featured live entertainment, door prizes, and refreshments. It was the best attended Kick-Off ever, according to Evy Gebhardt, United Way executive director.

Reforestation project doing great along the North Road
Over a decade ago the old growth spruce trees across from the fertilizer plant on the North Road in Nikiski started dying off even before the spruce bark beetle infestation had reached them.

Family commitments force Mendias to drop out of race
JUNEAU (AP) -- Dawn Men-dias is dropping out as the Republican Moderate Party candidate for governor, she said Monday.

NOW PLAYING: City by the Sea
On the recommendation of my father, I went to see Robert DeNiro's latest, City by the Sea, skipping the newest release this week, Stealing Harvard. I must say I was both surprised and disappointed. What I thought was going to be another typical cop drama turns out to be awash with subtext. So deep does the meaning go, however, that at times the movie starts to founder instead of float.

Focus, technique help Staab overpower foes
Any coach will tell you that the best game plans focus on playing to your strengths. For Ryan Staab, a senior lineman on the Skyview High School football team, playing to his strength means using his head to overpower his opponents.

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.

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.

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

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

Murder trial set to begin
Jury selection was set to begin this morning in the 1994 murder of a Kenai Peninsula couple near Nikiski.

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.

CPGH negotiates nurses' contracts
Central Peninsula General Hospital is in the midst of the second labor negotiations in its history, as hospital nurses' 3 1/2-year contracts expire Nov. 1.

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.

Oysters farmers dig into dirty work of cleaning
Six orderly rows of buoys striping Peterson Bay are all that's visible of the Moss Island Oyster Farm. Like an iceberg, the lion's share of the farm is beneath the surface.

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

John McBride
Nikiski resident John McBride died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 49.

Ida L. Whetstone
Soldotna resident Ida L. Whetstone died Monday Sept. 16, 2002, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 94.

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.

Road to Capital City would help change inaccessible image
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.

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

Security changes pace, look of once-relaxed city
WASHINGTON -- Welcome to America's Main Street. Now, move along.

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."

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

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

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

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:

Around the Peninsula
NAMI to hold meetingChamber to hold luncheonFood bank to hold meetingEducator ice-cream social plannedMen's dart league startingCES board meeting plannedHospice offers grief supportADI to hold outreach with fishing harvesters

Seniors find 'fountain of youth'
HONOLULU -- Twice a week, about 100 people gather under a giant banyan tree at the foot of Diamond Head to closely follow the body motions and breathing of a martial arts master who believes ''health is wealth'' but it should be free.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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.

Dilfer takes aim at new streak
Talking about facing trouble, Trent Dilfer tells this story about getting beaten up in high school. He says he was a 17-year-old who got into a lot of fights.

Ewing expected to announce retirement
NEW YORK (AP) -- Patrick Ewing, an 11-time all-star in 17 NBA seasons, called a news conference for today amid speculation he will announce his retirement.

Time of the essence in America's Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- A single phrase, repeated almost as a mantra, resounds daily with varied emphasis and in several different languages from the America's Cup team compounds: ''There's never enough time.''

Eagles thump Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. -- On an odd night -- when the field was cleared because of pepper spray -- Steve Spurrier's offense didn't score a single point.

NFL shocker: St. Louis, Pittsburgh open 0-2
St. Louis and Pittsburgh, consensus preseason favorites to meet in the Super Bowl, both are 0-2.

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

Trail closed that leads to Barrow polar bears
BARROW (AP) -- The local village corporation in Barrow has closed the trail to Point Barrow at the end of the road north of the old Naval Arctic Research Laboratory.

Photo feature: Hanging around
A bald eagle watches over the Kenai River near Cooper Landing last week. While the eagles will stick around, many other birds are preparing to head south.

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