Saturday, September 22, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Amy Jackman
Kenai City Council, 2-year term

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

Michele DeMilta - School Board Seat G
Age: 43

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.

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

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

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.

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

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).

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

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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