Thursday, September 20, 2001

Fairbanks man gets three years in prison in drug case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who allegedly tried to sell cocaine to members of the armed forces has been sentenced to three years in prison.

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.

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.

Southeast mayors back Juneau's capital fight
PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia (AP) -- Southeast Alaska mayors have rallied around Juneau in its fight against a ballot measure to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Sen. Ted Stevens: Honor those who died responding to terrorist attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens wants to extend the Public Safety Medal of Valor to those who died responding to last week's terrorist attacks.

Second twin sentenced in flight disruption
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An all-expense-paid trip to China for a modeling competition turned into a nightmare detour through an Anchorage jail for two Michigan twin sisters convicted of disrupting a flight and sentenced this week in federal court.

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.

Katie John reaches celebrity status in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kathryn Martin has found that traveling with her grandmother, Katie John, is like hanging around a celebrity.

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.

Meeting held to review Alaskaland's future
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Proposals are being reviewed on an $18 million plan to renovate Alaskaland with the goal of attracting more tourists.

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.

Man pleads no contest to trying to murder his wife and son
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man charged with trying to murder his wife and 8-year-old son has pleaded no contest to the charges.

Kodiak launch now set for Friday
KODIAK (AP) -- A rocket firing at the Kodiak Launch Facility delayed by last week's airline travel restrictions has been rescheduled for Friday, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Disk jockeys changing playlists out of sensitivity to terrorist attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Disk jockeys are changing the lineup and dropping songs they feel are inappropriate given the anguish the country is feeling over last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

Twin sentenced to probation in flight interference case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the twin sisters convicted of getting drunk and disrupting an international flight that had to be diverted to Anchorage five months ago was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation but no additional jail time.

Joseph chosen as exec dean of UAF College of Rural Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bernice Joseph has been chosen as the new executive dean of the College of Rural Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Marshall Lind announced Wednesday.

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.

In aftermath of terrorist attacks, layoffs among U.S. airlines climbs to 70,000
NEW YORK (AP) -- The avalanche of U.S. airline job cuts has more than doubled to 70,000 as carriers, hit by airport shutdowns and dwindling demand, slash payrolls in anticipation of multibillion-dollar losses.

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.

List of Alaska's Permanent Fund dividends
Here are the annual amounts the Alaska Permanent Fund has paid Alaskans since 1982, when the dividend program began:

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.

Two killed in Soldotna crash
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Two Soldotna men were killed Wednesday in a head-on crash just north of Soldotna, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Bush to seek $5 billion bailout for airlines, but no immediate loans to avoid bankruptcies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush will ask Congress to give the nation's beleaguered airlines $5 billion in immediate cash aid plus significant help with their insurance liability -- but not, for now, the loans that the industry says it needs to avert bankruptcies, an administration official said Wednesday.

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 Permanent Fund dividend is $1,850.28
JUNEAU (AP) -- Nearly 600,000 Alaska residents will receive a check for $1,850 from the state this year, just for being Alaskans.

Canadian Mounties release sketch of hitchhiker sought in beating death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Canadian police released a composite sketch of a hitchhiker sought for questioning in the beating death of an Anchorage man found in British Columbia.

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.

A-Rod helps Mariners clinch
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez hit his career-high 46th home run and wound up helping his old team -- the Seattle Mariners -- clinch the AL West with Texas' 10-4 win over Oakland on Wednesday night.

Pujols sets NL rookie RBI mark
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris (20-7) struck out a career-high 13 to win his 20th game and Albert Pujols set an NL rookie RBI record as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday.

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.

Survey indicates layoffs coming to 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.

Attacks shake aviation industry
SEATTLE -- Barely a week after terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes in a terrifying and deadly attack on the United States, the nation's already weakened aviation industry is facing a crisis that includes tens of thousands of lost jobs and billions of dollars in vanished business.

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

Clarion publisher receives promotion
Peninsula Clarion Publisher Stan Pitlo has been named director of Alaska newspaper operations for Morris Communications Corp., effective immediately. Pitlo's promotion to the newly created position was announced earlier this week by Susie Morris Baker, vice president of Alaska newspapers.

Stocks fall again: Dow stages partial recovery
NEW YORK -- Economic fallout from last week's terrorist attacks sent stocks spiraling for the second time in three days Wednesday. Only a late burst of buying saved the Dow Jones industrials from their worst three-day point loss ever.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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."

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.

Barry Eldridge; Kenai City Council, two-year term
Kenai is the most beautiful city in Alaska. Some may dispute my claim and say that other cities are placed in more spectacular settings, but I'm talking about the city and the people. Kenai has well-kept parks, roadsides that are mowed and planted, property owners who take care of their property and just a sense of cleanliness and order about it.

Duane Bannock; Kenai Mayor, challenger
On Oct. 2, the voters of the city of Kenai will go to the polls to make some very important choices. We have the opportunity to shape our future, and I am asking for your vote to be the next mayor of Kenai as we move to the next level.

John Williams; Kenai Mayor
An issue of the utmost importance to the city of Kenai is the stabilization of the Kenai River bluff. So important is this major public works project to our citizens that your council has named it the number one priority of all city projects.

Randy Daly; Kenai City Council, two-year term
Why do I want to be a Kenai City Councilman? Kenai is a good city; I want to help it become better. By focusing on small business development and diversifying our economic base, the city of Kenai can become an even better place to live and do business.

Photo feature: Fishing for silvers golden on the Kenai
Frank Miller reels a silver salmon to shore in Centennial Park Thursday afternoon. Fishing is still good along the Kenai River.

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.

Fred Savage lands new kid role
LOS ANGELES -- The actor who captivated adults as 12-year-old Kevin Arnold on ''The Wonder Years'' is back on television, this time captivating children as the voice of Oswald the Octopus, star of Nickelodeon's newest cartoon series.

Art Briefs
Goblins, ghosts, Wonder Women wantedFilm night scheduled at KPCSoHi to unveil community art projectMozart concert read-through planned Soldotna area singers will begin rehearsing Oct. 18.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Humor muted as late-night shows return
NEW YORK -- David Letterman didn't try to be funny and Bill Maher didn't hide his anger as their late-night shows returned to television.

Kenai Fine Arts Center hosts annual multimedia exhibit
Art enthusiasts, collectors and decorators looking to obtain a new piece have many styles, colors, techniques and mediums to choose from at the Harvest Art Show and Fall Gala continuing through Saturday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Alaska, Soldotna Center.

Nascar Schedule
Feb. 18: to Nov. 23.

Money Leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $5,509,2002. Dale Jarrett 3,640,3003. Ricky Rudd 3,073,750

Racing fans face tighter restrictions
ATLANTA -- The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States are certain to change the way racing does its business this weekend and beyond.

Huge act of cowardice' stirs Burton
''It's just unbelievable to me that people could be so vicious to use a public airline as a missile to destroy the World Trade Center and Pentagon.''

Points Standings
1. Jeff Gordon 3,7682. Ricky Rudd 3,5463. Dale Jarrett 3,375

MBNA 400
Where: Dover Downs International Speedway's 1-mile concrete oval with 24-degree banking in the turns and 1,076-foot straightaways in Dover, Del.

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.

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.

Search goes on for missing
NEW YORK -- As rescue crews at the World Trade Center found more shattered concrete and twisted steel -- but still no survivors -- New York's mayor said Wednesday that a weekend memorial for the fallen will be held at Yankee Stadium.

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.

Planes ordered to Gulf region
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon ordered dozens of advanced aircraft to the Persian Gulf region on Wednesday as the hour of military retaliation for deadly terrorist attacks drew closer.

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?

Lost hunter returns after night in woods
A Kenai man gave a scare to family and friends Tuesday night when he disappeared while hunting, but he eventually found his way back to them.

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.

Unocal pipeline ruled out as source of spill
Investigators have ruled out the crude oil pipeline serving Unocal's King Salmon Platform as a source for a sheen seen intermittently near the platform in recent weeks.

Head-on collision kills 2 near Soldotna
A Soldotna homesteader and a Kenai man died Wednesday in a head-on collision just east of Soldotna.

Murder suspect faces new charges
The man accused of shooting a Soldotna man dead May 1 along the highway near Hope was indicted Friday on several new charges.

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.

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.

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.

Who should U.S. allow into anti-terrorism coalition?
There are several problems facing the United States as it formulates a response to last week's terrorist attack. Among them is knowing who should be a part of the anti-terror coalition the Bush administration is seeking to create. Another is the hatred for America taught throughout much of the Arab world, including in some of those nations Secretary of State Colin Powell has suggested might be welcomed into the coalition.

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

World also wonders: What happens next?
A sampling of opinions from around the world on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States:

Letters to the Editor
Terrorists are today's HitlersAssembly candidate gets endorsement

Many contribute to 'Invite's' successBusiness support for PTA appreciatedProgram encourages summer reading

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Candidate forum scheduledSoroptomists meet todayInteragency council meetings resumeSoil and Water Conservation District meetsHomer area kickoff for United Way setFood safety class offeredRacers plan awards banquetVolunteering guide availableSafe Sitter class full for OctoberState offers birth control servicesGovernment offers food aid for day care

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

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

School Menus
White or chocolate milk available at every meal.

District school news
News from schools around the district

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.

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:

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.

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.

Zanardi in thoughts around motorsports
As Alex Zanardi lies in a hospital bed in Berlin following a nearly fatal, career-ending injury, many in the sport are thinking about the man who transcended his role as a race car driver.

NFL officials accept league proposal
NEW YORK -- The locked-out NFL officials will be back on the field Sunday when the league resumes play after postponing last weekend's games following the terrorist attacks.

Racing Lions plan awards banquet
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions -- Drag Racing Division will stage its awards banquet Sept. 29 at the Eagles Lodge on the Kenai Spur Highway.

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.

Birch Ridge Report
As we reflect on this past summer, Birch Ridge Golf Course had a both a progressive and impressive year.

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.

Pro sports contribute to victim relief funds
Major league baseball and its players association contributed $5 million each on Wednesday to establish a relief fund to aid victims of last week's terrorism.

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.

Ryder Cup competition to switch years with Presidents Cup
LIGONIER, Pa. -- The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup are trading places on the calendar beginning next year, a change that golf executives described Wednesday as the only one that made sense.

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.

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