Wednesday, September 19, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Late and great for some, moose ''season'' is just starting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The animal had been down more than 20 minutes by the time his brothers arrived. But Brett Bostian's story rolled off his tongue as if he were still wrapped up in the event.

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.

Sex book should stay put, school panel says
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School District's Controversial Issues Review Committee voted Tuesday to leave the sex education book ''It's Perfectly Normal'' on school library shelves.

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.

Fire Department secures vehicles after getting warning from FBI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Fire Department stations secured vehicles and equipment early Tuesday morning after the FBI put out an erroneous warning that fire trucks could be stolen by terrorists and used as bombs.

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.

Air travel congestion easing at Alaska's largest airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air travel is improving at Alaska's largest airport one week after terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., grounded all national flights.

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.

Two pipelines make sense, Foothills says
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- It would be cheaper to build two separate pipelines to ship natural gas south from the North Slope and from the Mackenzie Delta in Canada than a single line that includes a Beaufort Sea link, says a study by Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd.

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.

Three shipbuilders interested in building fast ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three shipbuilders have indicated an interest in building fast ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System, the agency 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.

Ferry Security being tightened in wake of bombings
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Marine Highway System is instituting new security measures in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

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.

Washington doctor apologizes for threatening comments
SITKA (AP) -- The Washington doctor who was arrested in Sitka for making threatening comments to an Alaska Airlines ticket agent apologized Tuesday for his actions.

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.

State panel plans hearing on air safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Senate's Transportation Committee has scheduled a hearing in Anchorage Monday on air safety. The state session follows a hearing Wednesday of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House. That committee is led by Alaska Rep. Don Young.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Timber interests applaud judge's ruling on Tongass
JUNEAU (AP) -- A timber group is applauding an appeals court ruling that blocks efforts to reinstate a ban on logging in parts of the Tongass National Forest.

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.

Players back on field, pennant races kept in perspective
Derek Jeter thinks baseball might be just what Americans need to take their minds off the horror.

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.

Phillies rally past Braves
PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Rolen singled home the winning run off John Smoltz in the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Atlanta Braves 4-3 Tuesday night, further tightening the NL East race.

Tigers spoil Radke's no-hitter bid with a pair of homers in the eighth
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Radke took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and got 18 hits of support as the Minnesota Twins returned from an eight-day layoff Tuesday night with an 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Tough months ahead for economy -- then a roaring comeback?
WASHINGTON -- Car sales, home sales, tourism, business travel and other major parts of the economy suddenly look very vulnerable, and many economists no longer doubt that the country will suffer a recession this year.

Government of the people, by the people, continues
The day after the worst terrorist attack in America's history, the process of a free government of the people by the people continued undaunted in Kenai. With Municipal elections scheduled for October 2nd, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce declared September as the "Month of the Educated Voter" dedicating their regular noon luncheon meeting to a series of candidate forums.

Benefit for RAINN draws local Bluegrass fans to Kaladi Brothers
August 22nd was Pop singer Tori Amos 38th birthday. The celebrity spread the word among her fans that she would like them to help her celebrate with a birthday bash and donate the proceeds to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

60th Birthday Bash planned for KNWR
The general season moose hunt on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) concludes September 20 and according to Refuge manager Robyn West, it's been a fair season.

Editors Note: This is a continuation of an article which ran last week.

Alaskans are lining up to donate blood
According to Rita Wydra, local manager of the Blood Bank of Alaska, they started coming in about 8:30am on the second day that will live in infamy for all Americans, September 11th.

Alaska's Teacher of the Year shares message with the Kenai Peninsula
Speaking on perhaps the darkest day of our nations history, Patricia Truman told those who turned out for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

Late and great for some, moose ''season'' is just starting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The animal had been down more than 20 minutes by the time his brothers arrived. But Brett Bostian's story rolled off his tongue as if he were still wrapped up in the event.

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.

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.

FBI slowly pieces together terrorists' plot, support network
WASHINGTON -- The FBI has meticulously pieced together a broad terrorist plot, securing evidence the hijackers trained for months or years without raising suspicions in the United States, received financial and logistical support from others and identified additional targets for destruction.

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.

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

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.

Rallying the world
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, reaching out to build a global alliance, said Tuesday he hopes to ''rally the world'' in the battle against terrorism and predicted that all ''people who love freedom'' would join. French President Jacques Chirac said his nation stands firmly with the United States in the effort.

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.

Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is $1,850.28
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is $1,850.28, the state Re venue Department said Wednesday.

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.

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.

Parade of visitors begins in capital
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has been in contact with Sudan and Cuba -- both on the U.S. terrorist list -- in search of cooperation in last week's terrorist attacks, the State Department said Tuesday.

Television network cancels segment on Soldotna police
A New York television network has canceled a visit with Soldotna police in the wake of terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Alaska Airlines increases flights as industry struggles
SEATTLE -- Alaska Airlines said Tuesday it was flying about 75 percent of its normally scheduled flights and hopes to increase service to 80-85 percent within the next few weeks.

Urban legends follow disaster
NEW YORK -- Did you hear about the police officer who miraculously ''surfed'' debris down a collapsing World Trade Center tower? How about Satan's face revealed in smoke billowing from the doomed buildings?

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

Lisa K. Salminen
Memorial services for Soldotna resident Lisa K. Salminen, who died on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, at the age of 40, have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 225 South Spruce Street in Kenai.

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

Katharine "Kaddie" Sherman Harvey
Former Soldotna resident Katharine "Kaddie" Sherman Harvey, of Eureka, Calif., died May 29, 2001, in Eureka. She was 80. A graveside service was held at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Eureka.

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

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.

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.

Market feels attacks' effects, but still stands
The American economy is amazingly resilient.

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Best use of U.S. military protecting homeland, not fighting AfghanistanCosts to preserve freedom may be high, but freedom will prevailTerrorists may see destruction, but they've made U.S. strongerWords matter; rhetoric diminishes enormity of last week's tragedyOnly way to stop terrorism is with strong military responseCorrection

S. Utah's Tushar range boasts wonderfully scenic ATV, hiking trails
TUSHAR MOUNTAINS, Utah (AP) -- They're by far the tallest mountain range in southwestern Utah, rising more than 12,000 feet above sea level. However, the Tushar Mountains remain relatively unknown.

Study tracks the decline in woodcock population
ONAMIA, Minn. (AP) -- Along with rail, snipe and Hungarian partridge, woodcock have few dedicated hunters in Minnesota. Yet the flush of the woodcock, whose quirky flight is unlike that of any other game bird, presents wing-shooters with a challenge on par with ruffed grouse.

6,100-mile journey ends on peninsula
While crossing North America on his bicycle, a Japanese visitor found comfort in the homes of Kenai Peninsula residents.

The Tying Nun: Sister Corley lands more than fish with her casts
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Sister Carol Ann Corley, the Tying Nun, is a fly-fishing whiz looking to teach children a great lifelong habit.

Late and great for some, moose ''season'' is just starting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The animal had been down more than 20 minutes by the time his brothers arrived. But Brett Bostian's story rolled off his tongue as if he were still wrapped up in the event.

Most runners just glad to finish 100-Mile Wasatch race
BRIGHTON, Utah (AP) -- Joe Winch appeared in the A-frame ski lodge shortly after midnight Sunday and announced to no one in particular: ''I feel great.''

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

Around the Peninsula
Disabled Veterans meet ThursdayRefuge to burn Funny River slash pilesHockey referees must be certifiedAll-you-can-eat dinner plannedChurch will give away clothesHomer chamber plans mixerHospice schedules grief support programsSafe Sitter class full for OctoberState offers birth control services

School Menus
White or chocolate milk available at every meal.

District school news
News from schools around the district

School children send sympathy cards
The tragic events on the East Coast are far away, but even young children in Alaska are touched by the circumstances.

Sample cards
I am sorry about what happed to your city and thank you for helping with everything that happed. Thank you for saving our people. Bye. Colton Bennett, sixth grade

Around the District
Parenting tips for times of crisisSoHi unveils community art projectNikiski meeting rescheduledKenai schools plan aid dinnerTeacher attends biodiversity instituteBorough student government to meetScholarship offered to student officers

Attacks change future for those stepping into it
Adventure and curiosity is a natural human instinct every one of us desires. Some of us consider this to be climbing mountain tops, learning the history of cultures or venturing off into new and enchanting places.

Russian school expresses
Skyview High School near Soldotna has an exchange program with a school in the Russian Far East city of Magadan. Last week Skyview Assistant Principal Allan Miller reported that he and his school received a message of solidarity from the Russians.

BP honors Teachers of Excellence
This summer, BP Exploration Alaska chose five teachers for its Teachers of Excellence for the second semester of the last school year. The program honors Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers for their expertise. The five are:

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.

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.

Salt Lake City residents fear terrorist attacks during Olympics
SALT LAKE CITY -- Stephen Pace never liked the idea of bringing the Olympics here. Now, with his home a scant mile from where the medals plaza will be, he fears for his life.

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

Officials voting on NFL labor proposal, sources say
NEW YORK -- NFL referees began voting by e-mail Tuesday on a plan that could end a lockout and have them back on the field when play resumes Sunday, two league sources said.

Homer netters cast for Stars
The host Homer High School volleyball team defeated Soldotna 15-5, 13-15, 15-4 and 15-9 Tuesday in Region III/4A play.

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

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.

NFL opts to play full slate of games
NEW YORK -- The NFL will play a full 16-game schedule this season, making up last week's missed games in the first week of January.

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