Thursday, September 19, 2002

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.

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

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.

Fire destroys lodges in Shungnak
SHUNGNAK (AP) -- Two lodges in the village of Shungnak in northwestern Alaska are said to be total losses after a fire Monday.

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.

West Nile virus case turns up in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has confirmed its first reported case of West Nile virus, in a 77-year-old man from the Chicago suburbs who is hospitalized in Anchorage.

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.

Republican Moderates and Dems change candidates
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican Moderate Party is proposing that someone from outside their party run for governor in November.

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.

SE Conference considers alternate ferry management
CRAIG (AP) -- The Southeast Conference is considering backing a request for legislation to restructure the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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.

Drug agents arrest two in meth bust
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rachel Pinson was familiar with the scene she saw being played out when she looked out her window. Drug agents were poking around her neighborhood.

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.

Scores of non-native trees planted in Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Several test plots containing more than 8,000 non-native trees were set up on Kenai Peninsula Borough land this summer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

AIDEA looks for operator of Healy coal plant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is sticking with its plans to use the clean coal burning technology originally proposed for the Healy Clean Coal Project.

A's draw even with Angels in West
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito got his league-leading 22nd victory and Ray Durham hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer as the Oakland Athletics moved into a tie for the AL West lead with Anaheim, defeating the Angels 7-4 on Wednesday night.

Giants remain on top
LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Russ Ortiz hit a tiebreaking homer and the San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles 7-4 Wednesday night to open a two-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL wild-card race.

Retail companies add to inventories
WASHINGTON -- For the third straight month, U.S. companies replenished their stockpiles in July, providing a bright spot for the struggling economic recovery.

Soldotna business caters to gluten-free dietary needs
The natural food selection is still growing at Healthy Alternatives Foods in Soldotna. However, the nutritional information is abundant.

Business Briefs
Girdwood tourism company receives awardAlliance annual meeting scheduledPourchot opposes pipeline watchdog group

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

Railroad to cease coal shipments to Port of Seward
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.

Mining companies seek to develop mineral deposits in Alaska Range
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mining companies are pressing the state to take possession of more than 200,000 acres of federal land in the Alaska Range to develop mineral deposits in the area, 160 miles south of Fairbanks.

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.

Channel Drive fishery provides food, camaraderie
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A different kind of market has been operating this month in Wayside Park near Douglas Island Pink and Chum's Macaulay Hatchery on Channel Drive. Coho salmon, most of them weighing around 8 pounds, are being pulled out of the ''grocery store'' of Gastineau Channel at a surprisingly fast rate.

A struggling population of trumpeter swans is threatening hunt. Or is it the other way around?
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Utah wildlife officials are preparing for business-as-usual: a tundra swan hunt with no penalty for the accidental shooting of its larger, less numerous, almost indistinguishable cousin.

Eyes on optics -- Experts offer tips to buy binoculars, scopes and range finders
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- When Paul Payne needs to convince somebody about the importance of binoculars, he tells a story about a knob. With his $350 glasses -- glasses that he was extremely proud of -- he couldn't find an animal in the sagebrush about 2,000 yards away.

Chronic wasting weighs heavily on hunters' minds this season
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- It's a deer season that every deer hunter has a right to be excited about. Deer populations are high in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Minnesota will offer more doe permits than it ever has before. State wildlife officials in both states are counting on hunters to shoot plenty of deer to keep populations in check.

Art auction raises money for area groups, artists
Buying a new painting, sculpture or other work of art may in some cases, be considered an unnecessary luxury expenditure, but collectors can appease their financially responsible tendencies by knowing that any piece bought at the Harvest Art Show and Auction is a luxury purchase that benefits local causes.

Rolling Stones, Whitney, Elvis among fall's big music releases
NEW YORK -- This fall looks to have plenty of blockbuster releases from some of music's biggest acts -- on paper, that is.

Art Briefs
Poems sought in contestDonated art needed for Pratt showPratt Museum changes scheduleCoastwalk program seeking volunteersAuditions held for symphonyWatercolor submissions wantedCash raffle under way

Details don't matter much in film 'The Four Feathers'
''The Four Feathers'' is a war epic for 15-year-old girls, the dunderheaded saga of a dreamboat who loses his courage and his girl, fights to win them back, succeeds and, unfazed by it all, goes back to being a dreamboat again.

Exhibit displays unconventional abstract paintings
"Dull" is not a concept in Graham Dane's artistic vocabulary. Neither is subdued, reserved, bland or boring. The absence of these characteristics makes his work invigorating to look at.

Alan Jackson scores big in Country Music Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Alan Jackson was nominated for a record 10 Country Music Association awards, including best entertainer. Toby Keith followed with eight nominations. The awards are to be given Nov. 6 at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Summer art shows emphasized women in different roles
WASHINGTON -- Women's achievements, their place in society and the way their beauty has been idealized got special attention from capital museums this summer.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Sitka tops Skyview for second win
The Sitka football team used a rare Wednesday game to pick up a rare win.

Points standings
1. Mark Martin 3,5452. Sterling Marlin 3,5393. Jimmie Johnson 3,505

Roush nears history
DOVER, Del. -- Given what's already happened to Jack Roush this season, the fact he's in position to do what no other car own er on the NASCAR circuit has ever done seems almost trivial.

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Money leaders
1. Mark Martin $4,263,1682. Ward Burton 4,023,1863. Jeff Gordon 3,805,651

Culture, commercialism intrigue doctoral student
James Todd (right), talking with driver Mike Wallace before Sunday's race at New Hampshire, has spent more than two years studying the culture and business of NASCAR. He is a doctoral student at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

In the spotlight: Andy Petree
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

This week's race: MBNA All American Heroes 400
Where and when

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.

Report critical of inlet oil firms
A study released Tuesday by an environmental watchdog group is critical of two Cook Inlet oil companies' environmental record on underground pipelines in the Cook Inlet region.

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

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.

Volunteers sought to keep eye on justice
CourtWatch needs you.

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

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.

Mayor's veto of road ordinance takes hits in assembly meeting
HOMER -- Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley's recent veto of a roads standards ordinance came briefly under fire Tuesday night when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met in Homer.

Wednesday drill tests emergency response capabilities
The scene almost seemed real -- the mutilated bodies of 20 airplane crash victims spread across the runway. It wasn't.

John S. McBride
Nikiski resident John S. 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Bagley's track record one of keeping his promises

Bush, Saddam battle for position
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Saddam Hussein are trying to outmaneuver each other with strategies that turn with events and play to world opinion. Bush hopes to bolster his weakened hand with a show of unity from Congress.

Tonight's forum offers opportunity for voters to do some homework
Most students know the consequences of not doing their homework. The big one, of course, is lower grades. Students also often learn the hard way that once they let their homework start sliding, it's hard to catch up.

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

Around the Peninsula
CES board meeting plannedJunior Archery to hold meetingsHockey booster club to hold meetingKDLL board to hold meetingChurch to hold 'Men's Community Dinner'College seeks representativesChamber to hold pie auction

A-mazing outing
"I found something!"

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

School lunch menus
School lunch menus around the district

Birch Ridge Report: Winter can't stop golf yet
While the days are getting shorter and we keep looking at the tops of the mountain to see if winter is getting nearer, the golf course remains open and in great shape.

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.

James comes back full speed from injury
INDIANPOLIS -- Edgerrin James isn't hesitant about his comeback from a serious knee injury.

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.

Women gets hard decision with PGA qualification
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Suzy Whaley knows what's at stake as she decides whether to break a barrier in the tradition-filled game of golf. The history. The responsibility. The possible backlash.

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.

Pac-10 goes in search of perfect weekend
The Pac-10 is looking for perfection this weekend. A week after its teams went 8-1 in nonconference games, the Pac-10 has a chance to go 8-0 on Saturday.

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.

Vick calls Bears assistant dirty
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick said Wednesday that a Chicago coach screamed ''take his knees out'' during a loss to the Bears last weekend.

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.

Sports Briefs
Seward to hold Hawkwalk on Sept. 29Actress Kitaen agrees to plea bargainInvestigators look into Dele's disappearance

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