Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Man held in wife's death near Talkeetna junction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 32-year-old man was arrested for the shooting death of his wife in the Talkeetna area over the weekend, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

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.

Phillips completes $7 billion Tosco acquisition
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. has closed its $7 billion acquisition of Tosco Corp. after getting regulatory clearance from the Federal Trade Commission.

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.

Whitehorse gets big weather vane back
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- The novel DC-3 weather vane at this Canadian city's airport is again telling aviators which ways the wind blows.

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.

Canadian authorities looking for hitchhiker in beating death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Canadian authorities are looking for a hitchhiker in connection with the beating death of an Anchorage man last week at a rest stop south of Prince George, British Columbia.

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.

Delta man gets four years for child sex abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction man has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl.

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.

Anchorage police investigate two bomb-making incidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man died after a pipe bomb exploded in his room at a motel and another was jailed after materials to make bombs were found in his apartment, Anchorage police said.

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.

High court finds merit in housing employee lawsuit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's highest court has overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a former employee of the Interior Regional Housing Authority.

Baby drowns in 5-gallon bucket
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A year-old girl drowned in a bucket of water in Chevak, Alaska State Troopers said.

Survey indicates layoffs in downtown Anchorage businesses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A survey of downtown Anchorage employers show that nearly half of those responding plan to lay off staff in coming months, according to the state Department of Labor.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Air back to normal schedule in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines was running essentially all its regular service in Alaska and between the state and the Lower 48 on Monday, according to airline spokesman Jack Evans.

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.

Huffing suspected cause of death of 11-year-old Togiak boy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 11-year-old Togiak boy died after apparently inhaling aerosol air freshner, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Alaska sends emergency manager to New York
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of Alaska's emergency managers is being sent to New York to aid in the recovery efforts there.

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.

Ex-bishop Robert L. Whelan dies in Spokane
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Robert Louis Whelan, retired bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, has died in Spokane, Wash.

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.

National conferences in Anchorage canceled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three major national meetings scheduled in Anchorage this month have been scrubbed because of repercussions of the terrorists attacks on the East Coast, and more cancellations could be on the way.

Despite losses, dividend checks will be nearly as big as last year's
JUNEAU (AP) -- Despite losing money for the first time in its 25-year history, dividend checks from the Alaska Permanent Fund are expected to fall only a little short of last year's record payout, a spokesman for the fund corporation said Monday.

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.

Rolen rolls Phillies past Braves, Maddux
PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Rolen hit two home runs off Greg Maddux (17-9) and the Philadelphia Phillies came back from baseball's six-day break to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Monday night and tighten the NL East race.

America gets pastime back
Baseball was awash in red, white and blue and patriotic songs Monday night when games resumed and flag-waving fans returned, ready to pick up where they left off six days ago -- when cheering came easier.

Soldotna running back Simpson does not let defense have monopoly on hard hits
It's not surprising to find out that Cason Simpson's football idol is Eddie George, the big, punishing running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.

Beware of unscrupulous solicitors in wake of attacks
Organizations far and near are warning against fraudulent appeals for donations that seek to use the terrorist attacks of a week ago to take advantage of Americans' generosity and concern.

Not all flags ready to wave
Some concerned citizens have called the city of Soldotna to ask why, in this time of national crisis, the city is not flying the American flags that flew over downtown during the summer.

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.

River sheen poses subterranean mystery
It's back. Sunday evening it rained, and when it did, Soldotna residents near the Kenai River noticed the sheen and smell of petroleum products on the water. The incident is a replay of reports during a Sept. 4 rainstorm.

Glacier-dammed lake drains Natural spectacle likely, central peninsula flooding unlikely
Rain in the coming days may determine whether Cooper Landing will see flooding.

Bin Laden wanted 'dead or alive'
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Monday the United States wants terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden ''dead or alive.'' The Federal Reserve cut key interest rates, but nervous investors sent Dow Jones industrial stocks plunging to their largest point loss ever.

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.

FBI investigating new internet worm
WASHINGTON (AP) Attorney General John Ashcroft Tuesday warned computer users about a new Internet threat that could slow the global network worse than the ``Code Red'' worm that struck earlier this summer.

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.

Despite losses, dividend checks will be nearly as big as last year's
JUNEAU (AP) -- Despite losing money for the first time in its 25-year history, dividend checks from the Alaska Permanent Fund are expected to fall only a little short of last year's record payout, a spokesperson for the fund corporation said Monday.

Galen Edward Gray
Former Nikiski homesteader Galen Edward Gray died suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. He was 83.

Ray Ellis Burney
Ray Ellis Burney of Sundance, Wyo., died Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was 68.

Connie Culley
Soldotna resident Connie Culley died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna of lung cancer. She was 68.

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

School district appreciates work of Soldotna Police Department
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District would like to send special thanks to Shirley Warner, Soldotna chief of police, and her entire staff for the extra effort put forth in helping keep our schools safe on the first day of school.

War against terrorists not like any other war
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.

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

Americans brace for war
War! headlines shout. It's coming, political leaders warn. How do average Americans respond? In six communities around the nation, the words uttered by old and young, black and white, men and women mostly boiled down to support for military action, though none could have imagined it a week ago.

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

Letters to the Editor
Only corporation, shareholders will benefit from private prison

Community News
Employ the Older Worker Week announced

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.

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
Social Security rep to visit areaCandidate forum scheduledKenai clay exhibitionFire training slated for WednesdayBlindness workshop scheduledHealing Touch classes slatedCoastwalk event plannedVolunteering guide availableHospice schedules grief support programsSafe Sitter class full for October

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?

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

Students earn scholarships, distinctions
Kristin L. RombergMichelle Borden

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.

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.

Seniors enthusiastic online once encouraged by children, grandkids
NEW YORK -- Senior citizens are among the most enthusiastic Internet users -- once their children and grandchildren encourage them to log on for the first time, according to a study released in August.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available to our local senior citizens

Wives make more decisions after retirement
SEATTLE -- Husbands are traditionally the top breadwinners, wielding more power in household financial debates. But after retirement, a new theory suggests their wives step in and call more of the shots when it comes to saving and spending.

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

Blimps, tailgating may suffer as NFL makes security No. 1 priority
Things will be different when the NFL reopens Sunday. Tailgating, the schedule and how many teams get to play for Super Bowl spots all could be changing.

Sports Briefs
Police investigate deadly crashRyder Cup leaning toward permanent moveIOC to review Salt Lake security

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.

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.

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.

An error on Air Jordan
NEW YORK -- He's back! He's back! Oops, well, he's almost back.

Source: NFL and referees agree to new contract
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL and its officials agreed to a new contract Monday, all but ending the lockout and the need for replacements, a league source told The Associated Press.

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.

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.

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.

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