Friday, September 21, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Valdez doctor convicted of trespassing on ski trails after ban
VALDEZ (AP) -- The Valdez physician who got in a confrontation with a snowmachiner on the Valdez ski trails has been fined $630 for violating an order from the city to stay off the trails for two months after the Dec. 23 incident in Mineral Canyon.

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.

Knowles, oil companies to testify before Congress
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is planning to travel to Washington, D.C., next month to push for federal legislation mandating that a proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 go through Alaska.

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.

Halibut market tanks due to air cargo snafus
KODIAK (AP) -- Even Alaska's halibut market has been disrupted by ripples from the terrorist attack on the East Coast.

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.

Southeast cruise ships carrying fewer passengers
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Cruise ships visiting Southeast Alaska are running far lighter passenger rosters in the wake of last week's terrorist violence on the East Coast.

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.

Sampson chosen as chairman of Permanent Fund Corp. board
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jim Sampson, the former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, was chosen this week to lead the board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

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.

Cook Inlet platform back in production
KENAI (AP) -- Unocal has resumed production at a Cook Inlet platform after investigators determined its pipeline was not the source of an intermittent sheen seen nearby in recent weeks.

Southeast Native group gets EPA grant
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Douglas Indian Association is receiving a $190,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Murder suspect accused of stealing from his own grandfather
KENAI (AP) -- An Anchorage man accused of shooting a man dead for his truck now faces charges that he also stole from his own grandfather.

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.

Man arrested in June stabbing of Kodiak officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fugitive suspect in the stabbing of a Kodiak police officer last June has been arrested, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Man charged with uncle's murder
HAINES (AP) -- A Haines man has been charged with beating his uncle to death in an argument over ownership of a trailer, Haines police report.

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.

Preservationists, owner at odds over historic barn
WASILLA (AP) -- Preservationists and the owner of a historic barn in the Mat-Su Valley are skirmishing over the property.

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.

Agriculture department gives rural Alaska $5 million grant
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state energy assistance program that assists rural communities with high energy costs will receive a $5 million federal grant, the U.S. Department of Energy said Friday.

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.

Man charged with uncle's murder
HAINES (AP) -- A Haines man has been charged with beating his uncle to death in an argument over ownership of a trailer, Haines police report.

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.

Ordinance would pay smokers to return cigarette butts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough is considering an ordinance that would pay smokers to return cigarette butts.

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.

Man found in Anchorage alley died of natural causes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man found dead in the alley behind the Egan Center early Wednesday morning died of natural causes.

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:

Hydaburg man faces jail after pleading guilty to assault
HYDABURG (AP) -- A Hydaburg man pleaded guilty to assaulting a village public safety officer earlier this week.

Shareholders vote in favor of bank name change
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shareholders of First National Bank of Anchorage have voted to change the name of the bank to First National Bank Alaska.

Officials in Alaska united in praise of president's speech
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles and other leaders in Alaska praised President Bush's performance Thursday night in his address to a joint session of Congress and a nation deeply shaken by the terrorist attacks.

Bonds launches No. 64, Astros score three-game sweep of Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as the Giants were swept by the Astros, Barry Bonds wasn't worried about his team.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amy Jackman
Kenai City Council, 2-year term

Michele DeMilta - School Board Seat G
Age: 43

Joe Moore
Candidate for: Kenai City Council, three-year term

Gene Dyson -School Board Seat F
I have an opportunity to submit a 500-word guest column and I don't know where to start.

'Ozzie' Osborne
Candidate for Kenai City Council 2-year term.

Deborah Germano - School Board Seat F
As I look back on my family's 12-year involvement in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, I realize there has been one very consistent issue. That is the issue of lack of funding schools, not only on the peninsula but the entire state of Alaska.

Linda K. Reynolds - School Board Seat F
Age: 44

About campaign coverage
All candidates for the Kenai Peninsula School Board were invited to submit a 500-word column for publication.

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.

Sammy Crawford - School Board Seat G
Public schools are a reflection of our democratic society. A large part of the responsibility of education is to promote active and involved citizenry. Participation in our democracy has never been more important.

Sandra Wassilie - School Board Seat C
Alaska is rapidly moving toward a standards-based education system that includes assessment through the Benchmark Exami-nations and the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE).

Debra Holle - School Board Seat C
What I wish the voters knew about me:

Margaret Gilman - School Board Seat C
I am running for the school board because I want to play an active part in making the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District the best education system in the state of Alaska. I have 30 years of experience with the district, as I hav

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.

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.

Barrett Fletcher - School Board Seat G
After several years of personal frustration with our local schools and the failure of the Board of Education to respond to our issues, I'm left with no choice but to run for the board myself. Here's what I would like the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to do:

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.

In the garden mailbox are notes of sympathy, advice, puzzlement
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Garden columns generate mail. Write about deer problems and the postman soon comes around with suggestions on how to keep Bambi out of your tulips.

Under pressure, hospitals are using expensive technology to reduce medication blunders
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- At Cooper Hospital in Camden, patients don't have to worry about a misread doctor's chicken scratch giving them the wrong drug or dose. Prescriptions are typed into a computer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Homer, Kenai meet in key NLC matchup
Six games down, two to go, and three of the four small-schools playoff berths have yet to be decided.

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

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.''

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anti-prison campaign ads anger supporters
Supporters of a proposed private prison are hitting the airways in s

Kenai City Council lukewarm on prison proposal
After nearly two hours of sometimes impassioned testimony, the Kenai City Council Wednesday night voted 4-2 to support "the concept" of a private prison -- with qualifications.

Resolution expresses support for United States
The Kenai City Council, by unanimous acclimation, passed a resolution Wednesday night supporting the United States of America in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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.

Reaction mixed to presidential address
Some reaction from around the nation to President Bush's address to Congress on Thursday night:

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.

Bush outlines agenda
WASHINGTON -- President Bush cautioned a shaken nation Thursday that there are ''struggles ahead and dangers to face'' as America and its allies combat global terrorism. He announced a new Cabinet-level office to fortify homeland defenses.

New group adds voice of opposition
Responding to the concerns of its membership, Public Employees Local 71 has joined the anti-private-prison effort and formed a group called Public Safety Yes -- Private Prison No.

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.

Elijah Saldivar
Elijah Saldivar, infant son of David and Lynnette Saldivar of Soldotna, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at home.

Gerald W. Bryant
Longtime Kenai resident Gerald W. Bryant died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at his home of mesothelioma cancer. He was 74.

Nell 'Annie' Racca
Kenai resident Nell "Annie" Racca died Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 81.

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

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Flawed prison process enough reason to vote 'No' 'Vote No' group misleads public with inaccuracies Kenai residents sought to connect after tragedy Americans should not risk freedom for security

Terrorist attacks put new perspective on responsibility to vote
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, there's been more talk than usual about patriotism and national pride. We've been flying Old Glory and wearing red, white and blue in record numbers.

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

Fowl time of year
JUNEAU -- Since the days of home-made bows and arrows, hunters have counted on a little sport and a full stew pot during duck migration season.

Late moose hunt pays off for Texas archer
FAIRBANKS -- 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.

Going south
The Grizzly bear triplets orphaned near Hoonah earlier this summer are being cared for by the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, where they are shown on Sunday.

Habitat protection award nominees sought
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association is accepting nominations for habitat and angler access projects to be considered for the 2001 Kenai Eagle Awards.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge concept born during 1897 hunt
Most of us at some time or another have enjoyed recreational activities on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, be it hunting, fishing, hiking or snowmachining, to name a few.

Tough time for air taxis
Rod Elg, of Regal Air, unloads a client's catch and hunting gear from one of the air service's floatplanes after picking up the hunters in the Alaska wilderness Thursday in Anchorage.

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
Car wash set to raise funds Hockey referees must certify Seminar planned for minority-owned businesses Private prisons are meeting topic Meeting planned to grieve for Sept. 11 Board meeting planned Alaska Junior Miss deadline nears Soroptimists encourage donations

Life lessons from Winnie the Pooh A look at the heart of Marriage Savers
Pooh Bear is walking along the riverbank. Eeyore, his stuffed donkey friend, suddenly appears floating downstream -- on his back of all things, obviously troubled about the possibility of drowning.

Religion Briefs
This Hope to perform in Kenai AWANA to start new year

College students rally for nonviolent resolution
Students staged peace rallies at campuses around the country Thursday and called for nonviolent justice -- not revenge -- for those responsible for last week's terrorist attacks.

Lubavitch, Bahais among groups chosen for Hawaii City Lights
HONOLULU (AP) -- Jewish and Bahai groups are among five private organizations chosen to display lights on City Hall grounds during the holidays in December.

Bush appoints Southern Baptist leader to religious freedom commission
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has named Richard Land, a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, to a panel on religious liberty.

Arizona's growing Asian population prompts building boom in mosques, temples
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- There's a construction boom for temples and mosques in Arizona, as more people of Asian descent make their homes here.

Judge: Christian group can use community room for display
PITTSBURGH -- A federal judge said a group that promotes a religious interpretation of the U.S. Constitution should be allowed to use a suburb's community building for free.

Church groups push to make voting easier for felons
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia churches are lobbying the state to make it easier for felons to regain their voting rights.

Wake-up calls not always wanted
How many times, after checking into a motel, do we request a wake-up call for the next morning?

Bishops to publicize hot line, Web site to help travelers find Mass
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roman Catholics don't have to miss Mass while they're traveling.

Unity School names first president from outside founding family
UNITY VILLAGE, Mo. (AP) -- The new president and chief executive officer of the Unity School of Christianity is the first leader of the 112-year-old religious movement from outside its founders' family.

Evangelist focuses on towns bypassed by Billy Graham and others
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Evangelist Rick Gage fills football stadiums just as full as the Rev. Billy Graham does. It's just that the stadiums are much smaller.

New memorial honors teacher who spread Buddhism in North America
RED FEATHER LAKES, Colo. (AP) -- Belinda Griswold stood in a pine-covered Rocky Mountain valley, dressed in a T-shirt, clogs and a cowboy hat. She looked toward the terraced, Buddhist shrine of white and gold and bowed.

Sports seem a little different
It will feel familiar. And it won't. It will look familiar. And it won't. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Kardinals outlast rival SoHi
Last one standing, get the lights.

Which teams will respond in wake of tragedy?
The NFL goes back to work this weekend. But which team will be motivated, which team still will be thinking about the terrorist attacks once play begins? Will the New York and Washington teams respond well or poorly?

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.

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

Region III runners could face muddy track
The only hint of track on Seward's cross country course is that the 5-kilometer run starts at the football field at the high school, which is surrounded by the track.

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 players, refs somberly get back to work
NFL players and coaches seem ready to play. The regular officials will be on the field.

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.

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

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.

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