Wednesday, September 18, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Two new Kivalina school teachers quit after threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two new teachers have left the Kivalina school since classes started last month, citing threats of physical harm from students and disagreements over teaching philosophy.

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.

Debate host rehired by Anchorate public TV
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The host of a political debate program on Anchorage public television station KAKM will be returning to a newly revamped show.

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.

Mount Veniaminof volcano stirs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Volcano Observatory is warning that the Mount Veniaminof volcano is rumbling and might erupt.

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.

Mat-Su Borough adopts land-use controls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After years of trying and failing at similar efforts, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly Tuesday passed a measure adding more land-use controls to the most populated part of the Valley.

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.

Anchorage man pleads guilty to drug charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.

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

Permanent Fund dividend put in jeopardy by Dow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eligible Alaskans will receive a Permanent Fund dividend of about $1,550 in October, but for a brief time in July it looked like the state wouldn't be able to make the payment.

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.

Lawmaker accused of improper campaign spending
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former state lawmaker and his brother have accused state Sen. Dave Donley of using campaign and office funds to pay for personal expenses.

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.

GOP accuses state's largest paper of being biased
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Republican Party of Alaska in a new political commercial alleges that the Anchorage Daily News is biased in favor of gubernatorial candidate Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

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.

Design for $22 million center gets reviewed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough school board is getting a final look at a nearly $22 million renovation project for the new Hutchison Career Center.

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.

Man accused of stealing from Kmart shot
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from a Kmart store was shot over the weekend.

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

State backs coastal extension of trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is backing the so-called orange route that would mostly follow the coast to extend the popular Tony Knowles Coastal Trail south of the city.

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.

Environmental groups disputing Greens Creek mine permit
JUNEAU (AP) -- An environmental group claims a $24.4 million bond required to be posted by the operators of the Greens Creek Mine is inadequate to cover future cleanup costs at the site.

Holland America to introduce luxury dome cars in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A cruise line company is preparing four luxury double-decker dome cars for use in Alaska by next spring.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Mayor candidates find little to disagree on
In their second debate in as many weeks, Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidates Dale Bagley and Ken Lancaster again had trouble finding anything to actually debate.

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.

Photo feature: Bubble machine
Amber Souders blows bubbles during a field trip with her kindergarten class from Sears Elementary School Tuesday morning.091802art

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

Borough branches out with test plots
Some old seeds have brought new growth to the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Volunteers sought to keep eye on justice
CourtWatch needs you.

Emergency drill planned at airport
The Kenai Municipal Air-port, in partnership with Central Peninsula General Hospital, the city of Kenai, Central Emergency Services, Nikiski Fire Department, Era Aviation and other local providers, will conduct a large-scale drill today.

Versatile oysters delight chefs, diners
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.

Family oyster recipe earns song of praise
Editor's note: Homer News reporter Sepp Jannotta, who wrote the first two parts of the "On the Half Shell" series, contributed the following family recipe to help close out the series.

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.

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

Inez Landrum
Former Kenai resident Inez Landrum died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, after a short illness. She was visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Bullhead City, Ariz.

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

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

Oilers pick DiEduardo as next head coach
The Peninsula Oilers hired University of Cincinnati volunteer assistant Kyle DiEduardo as the 20th manager in the organization's history Thursday.

Florida election fiasco not funny
TAMPA, Fla. -- While speaking to a gathering of several hundred of Florida's movers and shakers this past weekend, I learned a valuable lesson: Don't crack any jokes about the state's growing reputation for election foul-ups. It's no joke to them.

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.

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

Envirothon team says thanks for great experience, education Day of Remembrance support appreciated

Letters to the Editor
Power players in local, state government dont listen to people Privatization is todays new word for fascism Lancasters work, values will be missed in legislative process

While people starve, corn sits untouched
If you think the world has gone mad, you have reason.

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

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold luncheon Transportation construction workshop slated RC&D District to hold meeting Veterans meeting to be held Candidates forum planned Sterling Community Club to meet Auxiliary to host dinner SeaLife center to sponsor coastal clean up

Electronics expert finds what he's looking for at KPC
Kenai Peninsula College is lucky Wolly Barabash did his homework when he was searching for a full-time teaching position. Barabash said he spent many hours researching where he would like to live, teach and write and only considered four states, one of which was Alaska.

Photo feature: Give patriotism a hand
Children at North Star Elementary School construct an American flag out of cut-out hand prints in honor of Sept. 11.

School news around the district
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Nikiski Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle Soldotna Middle Connections Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High

School district sues over custodian's job reference
YAKIMA, Wash. -- The superintendent of the Mabton School District wrote a glowing reference for Jesus ''Jesse'' Caballero when the former custodian went looking for a new job.

Internet becomes part of everyday life for college students
CHICAGO -- Andy Perez uses the library at Rice University in Houston for the quiet, not the books. He does his research online.

School lunch menus
School lunch menus around the district

Drug testing: Offer treatment, not expulsion
WASHINGTON -- High school students who use drugs should be treated and counseled, not simply suspended or expelled, according to a new guidelines from the Bush administration.

Around the district
ACT test registration deadline approaches Era sponsors UAA scholarships Challenger Center offers classroom scholarships VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Elks offer college scholarships State education board to meet in Anchorage

A-mazing outing
"I found something!"

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

Angels back on top in West
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Salmon homered in the 10th inning as the Anaheim Angels reclaimed sole possession of first place in the AL West with a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

Fall golf wonderful at Kenai Golf Course -- despite the occasional sprinkles
The fall golfing has been wonderful the past week in spite of a few little sprinkles. The fairways are lush and the greens are a little fuzzy, but still great for putting. Our days are limited and it is time to get those last rounds in before the winter.

Cats chain 'Dawgs
The volleyball match between Skyview and host Nikiski Tuesday night used rally scoring, an experimental scoring system in which a point is awarded on every serve, meaning a team does not have to be serving to earn a point.

Ewing calls it a career
NEW YORK -- As Patrick Ewing talked about his retirement, there was a softness in his eyes, a relaxed look replacing the glare he used while establishing himself as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.

Home field not an advantage
Enough already with this home-field advantage stuff, at least early in the NFL season. Road teams are prospering, and it's not a 2002 phenomenon.

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.

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.

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