Friday, September 20, 2002

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.

Alaska State Fair nets thousands of pounds for recycler
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Fair produced thousands of pounds of recyclable materials, according to recycling promoter Green Star.

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.

Driver pleads no contest in fatal drunk-driving crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A drunken driver who injured two people and killed a child in a fiery Parks Highway crash last year has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and other charges, according to a plea agreement presented Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court

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.

Scientists spot rare right whale calf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the first time in more than a century, a northern right whale calf has been sighted in the eastern North Pacific Ocean.

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.

Bear makes nighttime visit to Interior bed and breakfast
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Barbara Claspill advertises ''a view of the wilderness'' to potential guests at her Stampede Road bed and breakfast.

Anchorage pioneer Oro Stewart dead at age 85
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage pioneer Oro Stewart died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Alaska Regional Hospital. She was 85.

Labor group opposes moving Legislature
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's largest labor group is opposing a ballot initiative to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Mayors ask for state fishing disaster declaration
JUNEAU (AP) -- A panel of mayors representing Southeast Alaska are asking Gov. Tony Knowles to declare their region an economic disaster area due to the collapse of the salmon market.

Troopers investigate death of Alakanuk woman
ALAKANUK (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman in Alakanuk as a homicide.

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.

Energy secretary to visit Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The top U.S. energy official is making a stop on his way back from Japan to tour North Slope oil facilities and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

IWC appears likely to approve a quota for Alaska Eskimos
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The International Whaling Commission appears likely to approve a bowhead whale quota for Alaska Eskimo subsistence whalers, an official said.

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.

Four Alaska fire departments get federal grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaska fire departments have received federal grants aimed at enhancing basic fire services.

Anchorage hotel shut down in bankruptcy case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage businessman mired in bankruptcy has lost control of the Northern Lights hotel and it has been shut down.

GCI gets payment on WorldCom debt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- GCI has received $3.5 million of the money due from bankrupt WorldCom, the Alaska telephone and cable company announced Thursday.

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.

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.

With corporate boards under fire, reform necessary to make them more independent
NEW YORK (AP) -- Corporate boards are supposed to act in the best interest of their companies and shareholders. It's now pretty clear that many weren't doing enough of that.

Is zero percent financing too good to be true?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Zero percent financing is back at the nation's Ford and GM dealers. It has proved to be such an effective marketing technique that it's also being adopted by furniture and electronics retailers as well as some credit card companies.

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.

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.

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.

Technology being created for elderly to help them live independently
DENVER (AP) -- Ken Nixon sees his 84-year-old mom, Louise, every day. They chat in the morning and sometimes have dinner together, and he watches as she takes her Alzheimer's medication, even though they live about 250 miles apart.

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.

Boomer CEOs may buck retirement-age tradition
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dick Cook is an archetypal baby boomer: energetic, ambitious and bent on defying the aging process as long as possible.

Kenai area assembly candidates pitch positions to chamber crowd By JENNY NEYMAN
Candidates for the two Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly seats representing the Kenai area discussed their views on several issues at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

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.

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.

'Firewise landscaping' could help keep woodland homes from becoming forest litter
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- The nation's extensive, ground-cracking drought should prompt families with homes on woodland lots to consider doing some landscaping this fall. Otherwise, they could be throwing a real fire sale.

New fast-food restaurant caters to the health conscious
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- You won't have any grease seeping through your paper bag when you pull away from this drive-thru.

In Appalachia, homegrown docs answer the call to ease chronic shortage
WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) -- As a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Katherine Gish could have set up practice anywhere in the country. She chose to return to her hometown in rural Appalachia.

Report: Missouri hospitals facing staff shortages that could affect medical care, growing elderly population
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri hospitals are facing worker shortages because fewer people are entering medical fields while the demand for health care is on the rise, a report suggests.

Growth of new breed of in-hospital doctors saves money, raises concerns
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Samir Patel was doing his hospital residency as a new physician, he heard a chorus of complaints from primary care doctors who felt visiting their hospitalized patients was costing them too much time -- and money.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

Future up in the air
The small-schools playoff picture could be crystal clear after this weekend, or it could end up completely out of focus.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

District offers new pay proposal
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District presented teacher and support staff negotiating teams with new pay scale and health insurance plan offers Thursday during a collective bargaining session at the Borough Building.

Trial begins in '94 murders
Claiming that his client's confession was false, the attorney for accused murderer Billy D. Smith instructed jurors during opening arguments Thursday to decide what information about to be presented as evidence was reliable.

Merger does not mean changes for LNG plant
Though the names are different, changes at the new ConocoPhillips will be minimal, officials said.

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.

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.

Ida Lela Whetstone
Ida Lela Whetstone died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 94.

Letters to the Editor
Why doesnt Murkowski offer every Alaskan dream vacation? Children belong to parents, not state bureaucrats or school board Bagley has great work ethic, no other business interests Proposition No. 4 about growth in government costs vs. tax relief

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.

Loving America doesn't mean never questioning U.S. actions
Maybe you've seen them, the host of e-mailed Sept. 11 anniversary commentaries kicking around cyberspace. Many have found their way to my inbox in recent days, including one titled "DO NOT FORGET."

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

Putting addicts in prison not way to win drug war
... Since a smaller share of Americans are breaking the law than at any time since the '70s, who's being locked up?

Safeguards would protect monument during seismic tests
If self-styled environmentalists ever stop to wonder why they're sometimes regarded as mindlessly obstructionist, they need only consider the determined effort being made to delay or prevent a small seismic mapping project in the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.

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.

Another milestone reached on 'El Cap'
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- With headlamps lighting the way out of the abyss, two rock climbers scrambled atop El Capitan and stepped into the record books on the most celebrated hunk of granite on Earth.

Outdoor Briefs
Fish Board to discuss rainbow trout policy Division of Forestry urges caution with campfires Mountain bike plan available for comment

Migratory Bird Treaty Act sets the ground rules for waterfowl hunters
As daylight slowly dwindles and temperature drops, our thoughts turn from chasing salmon and halibut to chasing moose, caribou and waterfowl. As an avid waterfowl hunter and enforcement officer, I'd like to discuss some of the sticky points about the many laws enforced under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).

Hold your fire
This year's hunting season for moose has been average. It is the seasons to come hunters might start to worry about, according to an area biologist.

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

Around the Peninsula
Auxiliary to host dinner Captain CARTS to make appearance Women's resource center board to meet SeaLife Center to sponsor coastal cleanup Homer Community School to hold registration Seniors plan United Way benefit dinner Kenai chamber gets ready for festival

Controversial new book theorizes Brigham Young ordered pioneer massacre
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Nearly a century and a half after California-bound pioneers were slaughtered by Mormon settlers and their Indian allies, a new book blaming the massacre on church leader Brigham Young is causing a sensation in the Mormon community.

Poll: Most Americans pray regularly
BOSTON (AP) -- While less than half of Americans regularly attend religious services, more than 60 percent said they prayed once or more a day, according to a poll by The Christian Science Monitor.

Wyoming Christians oppose anti-gay protests linked to Shepard's death
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- A group of Christian leaders has asked an anti-gay pastor and his Kansas congregation to stay away from Wyoming as the fourth anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard approaches.

Evangelist Jim Bakker to start TV ministry in Branson
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- Televangelist Jim Bakker, who was convicted of wire fraud and served five years in prison, plans to start another TV ministry, this time in Branson.

Spurning critics, Oklahoma Gov. Keating plans a vigorous campaign to cleanse the church he loves
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Led by Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, the lay board monitoring how Roman Catholic bishops comply with their new sex abuse policy showed critics and doubters this week it plans to be much more than a token group.

Philadelphia Archdiocese holds synod on future of Catholic church
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- For the first time in 68 years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is holding a synod to discuss the future of the church.

Time with God is how to get to know him
Ezekiel prophesied, "And from that day the name of the city will be 'Yahweh Shammah,' the Lord is there."

Catholic bishops say proposed plenary council needs more review
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A proposal by several Roman Catholic bishops to hold an extraordinary church council in response to the clerical sex abuse crisis will not be put to a vote when the nation's bishops meet in November.

Archbishop of Canterbury warns against Anglican divisions
LONDON (AP) -- The unity of the Anglican communion is increasingly being subverted by bishops taking unilateral action, mainly on sexual issues, the archbishop of Canterbury said.

Church Briefs
James Grier to speak at Bible conference Clothing ministry to close for two weeks Native outreach fellowship to meet Men's community dinner slated Children's Bible program scheduled Bible study groups planned

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.

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.

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.

'Bullet' Bob Hayes dead of kidney failure at 59
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bob Hayes, the gold-medal sprinter and Dallas Cowboys receiver who was impossible to catch and tough to cover, died at age 59.

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.

Athletics win, break tie atop AL West
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Terrence Long hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Oakland Athletics broke a tie for first in the AL West by defeating the Anaheim Angels 5-3 Thursday.

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

CIA, Ninilchik ready for competition
Cook Inlet Academy and Ninilchik will travel to Susitna Valley Saturday for the Region II, Class 1-2-3A meet.

Region III title in the Stars?
The Soldotna girls cross country team will be favored to win its first region title Saturday when the Region III Cross Country Championships come to Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

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

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