Sunday, September 23, 2001

Kodiak launch delayed a day
KODIAK (AP) -- Blustery weather delayed a planned missile launch Friday, but officials at the Kodiak Launch Complex said the forecast looked good for Saturday.

Ethics panel says Mulder used ''poor judgment'' in pushing bill
JUNEAU -- State Rep. Eldon Mulder used ''poor judgment'' in pushing a bill to benefit the cruise ship industry at a time when his wife was employed by its lobbyist, but he did not violate ethics codes, a state panel concluded.

Alaska Airlines set to get $100 million in federal aid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon, are in line to get about $100 million, under a federal aid package for airlines approved by Congress Friday.

Cruise ships promote onshore shops -- for a price
SKAGWAY (AP) -- When cruise ship passenger Evonne Yfantis attended an on-board lecture listing ''recommended'' shops in Skagway, she had no idea the shops had paid for the exposure.

Orthodox academy turns gift skiff into fishing operation
KODIAK (AP) -- When St. Innocents Academy found itself in possession of a salmon jitney and skiff, a donation from a local fisherman, the course of action was amazingly clear for a group of people with not a single commercial fisherman among them -- they would go fishing.

Beluga whale takes detour up Yukon, Koyukuk rivers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wayward beluga swam more than 400 miles up the Yukon River from Norton Sound, made a sharp turn north at the Koyukuk River and was spotted Friday afternoon about 145 miles upstream heading for Allakaket.

Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline lease renewal work begins
ATIGUN PASS (AP) -- As it worms its way south from the North Slope, the trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline looms large on the flat tundra before being dwarfed by the mountains of the Brooks Range.

Alaska senators quietly say ANWR drilling chances better after attack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's senators are not bringing up the subject, but when asked, they say that prospects for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge improved after hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

High court rules against assisted-suicide case
JUNEAU -- Alaska's constitutional rights to privacy and liberty do not offer protection for physicians who participate in assisted suicide, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Fishermen, firefighters combine for New York relief effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cordova fishermen are teaming with the Anchorage Fire Department for an Alaska-style fund-raiser to benefit New York City firefighters: a salmon sale.

Quake shakes Atka
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake Friday afternoon shook the community of Atka in the western Aleutian Islands, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. No damage or injuries were reported in the village.

Agency pledges six years of support for UAF lab
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal agency has promised $24 million over the next six years to run an Arctic energy research laboratory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

BP orders fourth double-wall tanker to carry Alaska oil
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP has ordered a fourth double-walled tanker for carrying Alaska oil to the West Coast, the company said Friday.

Former halfway house employee sentenced for coercion
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former employee at a corrections halfway house was sentenced Thursday to four months in prison for coercing an inmate after the woman threatened to speak of a sexual relationship between them.

Alaska Airlines set to get $100 million in federal aid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon, are in line to get about $100 million if the federal aid package for airlines is approved.

Longtime Cordova grocer will close store doors
CORDOVA -- After a long fight to stay alive, a Cordova institution is going out of business.

Second twin sentenced in flight disruption
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Twin Michigan sisters sentenced for disrupting an international flight that was diverted to Anchorage were denied a ride home Thursday night by two airlines.

Private prison campaign heats up on Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As the Oct. 2 election approaches, campaigns are nearing full boil in the debate over a borough-funded private prison on the Kenai Peninsula.

Anchorage man stabbed with butcher knife
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man suffered a ruptured spleen when he was stabbed by another man in an argument after a day of drinking, police said.

Mets beat up Braves to move to 3 1/2 games out of first in NL East
NEW YORK -- Robin Ventura went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs as the Mets gave New York a pennant race to cheer about with a 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Athletics run Mariners' losing streak to three games
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Terrence Long, Ramon Hernandez, Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada homered as the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 11-2 Saturday and sent the Mariners to their first three-game losing streak in a year.

Kardinals get past Mariners
Kenai Central High School's Dakota Craig said there wasn't a lot of skill involved in blocking kicks -- just a lot of drive and determination.

Assembly hears land concerns
HOMER -- Buying and selling land was the topic at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly meeting in Homer.

Assembly takes time to remember Sept. 11
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States, the assembly's traditional opening of the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer was augmented by the singing of God Bless America, led by Renda Horn and Ann Keffer, of Homer.

Many cities not prepared for terrorism
WASHINGTON -- A spot check of America's cities provides evidence of a widespread lack of local plans to prevent or deal with terrorist attacks, especially in smaller- and medium-sized towns.

Bush bolsters coalition
WASHINGTON -- President Bush consulted at length with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday as the United States mustered a military assault on terrorism. Americans returned to their weekend games in a semblance of normalcy, but now their stadiums were no-fly zones.

Poll shows most Americans support military action
The results of a public opinion survey taken after President Bush's speech Thursday to a joint session of Congress outlining measures the government would take to respond to the terrorist attacks. Newsweek magazine polled 1,005 adults Thursday and Friday and had an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Bomb scare douses bonfire
A homecoming bonfire drew some unexpected heat Friday after the Kenai Police Department was notified that a juvenile was suspected of purchasing components for an explosive device.

Kenai airport tightens security
Baggage checks, security screenings, parking restrictions and an increased security presence are some of the changes that have been implemented at airports nationwide in the wake of the Sept. 11 airline hijackings and terrorist attacks on the United States. For airline passengers that can mean longer waits at the airport, tougher baggage restrictions and an inability to bring anything sharp, including knives, box cutters, scissors, nail files, tweezers and even the trusty Leatherman onto the plane.

National Guard unit, State Defense Force participate in hostage rescue scenario
A routine military training session Saturday took on new meaning for those involved.

Board hopefuls speak in Nikiski
Candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education had a chance Tuesday evening to discuss their views at a forum sponsored by the Nikiski Elementary School Parent Teacher Association.

Helen M. Harris
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Helen May Harris died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 80.

Gerald L. Fisher
Gerald "Jerry" L. Fisher of Aztec, N.M., died Wed., Sept. 19, 2001, at his home after battling a long fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

Tommy Corr
Longtime Soldotna resident Tommy Corr died Saturday, Sept. 22, at Providence Intermediate Care Center in Anchorage. He was 73.

William Jonathan Squire
William Jonathan Squire of Kenai died in a head-on collision Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at Mile 91 of the Sterling Highway. He was 24.

Proposition 1: Voters should cast 'Yes' vote if they don't know
If you are philosophically opposed to private, for-profit prisons and think corrections is a function of government and not business, then your decision about which way to vote on Proposition 1 come Oct. 2 is easy. You clearly will vote "No."

Letters to the Editor
Prison would provide exactly kinds of jobs peninsula needsKNA did its research on prison projectMany reasons to support prison projectPrivate prison or corporate welfare?Prison questions, no answers

Miller, Zurfluh plan summer wedding
Dustie Jean Miller and Anthony Ryan Zurfluh have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, in Kenai.

Selling George: It's all in the location
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- We cannot tell a lie: George, Wash., is up for sale.

Around the Peninsula
Food safety class offered for food handlersSmall business development center offers classDisaster relief training offeredRemembering Sept. 11Young Marines host information nightSchool board candidates address Kenai chamberFirst aid and safety classes availableSoroptimists bord to meetInteragency council resumes meetingsCounseling board meetsChinese auction benefit to be heldCrisis intervention training offeredAssistance available for child care providers

Goblins, ghosts, ghouls, Wonder Women wanted
Did you ever dress up for Halloween?The Peninsula Clarion is seeking fun photographs of kids in costume for an upcoming edition.

Spady, Fulp wed in California
Naomi L. Spady of Soldotna and Brandon R. Fulp of Pollock Pines, Calif., were married Saturday, June 23, 2001, at First Baptist Church of Pollock Pines. The Rev. Michael Gower officiated.

Celebrate with Fido during National Dog Week
"Guess my lucky star fell the day you came along, To my lonely heart you are like a special song, Singing sweetly your tender melody, Thanks to you the child inside me lives again, Thanks to you I have found a peace within."

Catnip might work as mosquito repellent, but will it draw cats?
CHICAGO -- Catnip, the stuff that drives cats wild, also appears to drive mosquitoes away, research suggests.

Join activities while enjoying New England fall
Attention leaf-peepers: If the itinerary for your New England getaway is based on endless hours of admiring the fall foliage from behind your windshield, then it's time to get out of the car and get into the scenery.

My Best Friend
Two-year-old Chloe Newby decides she'll do the driving. Her passenger, Brewzer, leaves the door open -- just in case he needs to make a quick escape. Both Chloe and Brewzer belong to Tammy Newby of Soldotna.

Soldotna couple finds success in love, family, business, life
A lot of changes have happened in Alaska since Frank and Betty Kraxberger left their Nebraska home and headed north nearly 50 years ago. And from their 40-acre homestead on Gas Well Road, the couple views the changes with the same unshakable mixture of humor and inner strength that bound their paths together when they were 16 and 19.

North Carolina pulls off upset of Florida State
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Florida State took a major hit in its bid to return to a fourth straight national title game, turning the ball over five times in a 41-9 loss to North Carolina on Saturday.

CIA boys earn trip to state
Cook Inlet Academy freshman Brian Beeson won the boys race at the Region II, Class 1-2-3A cross country meet Saturday at Susitna Valley High School.

Vargas stops Flores
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Fernando Vargas helped rescue the career of Jose ''Shibata'' Flores by putting him on his undercards and making him a sparring partner. On Saturday night, however, his generosity went only so far.

Kenai keeps region title
The rain fell, the sun came out, the Stars shined and the Kardinals soared.

Bulldogs make quick work of Sitka
After a long day of travel Friday, the Nikiski Bulldogs still had enough energy to dominate the Sitka Wolves Saturday in Great Land Conference play.

Nikiski netters top Stars in four games
It's not every day that the Class 3A Nikiski High School volleyball team faces a Class 4A opponent like Soldotna.

Skyview volleyball takes second at Valdez tourney
The Skyview High School volleyball team finished second at the Valdez Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday, dropping the championship match to the host Buccaneers 16-14, 3-15, 14-16.

Sports Briefs
Another sign Jordan's ready to confirm comebackEverett probably out for season

Australia, France win in Davis Cup
U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt beat Thomas Johansson 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 Sunday as Australia clinched its semifinal against Sweden 4-1 to advance to a third consecutive Davis Cup final.

A different college football Saturday
Tributes, tears and touchdowns. From Chapel Hill to Champaign to Pasadena's Rose Bowl, college football returned Saturday, but with a very different look and feel.

Soldotna keeps Pentathlon crowns
The Soldotna High School boys and girls swimming teams weren't ready to give up their SoHi Pentathlon team titles -- not just yet.

Smith rushes toward Payton in more ways than yards
IRVING, Texas -- Connie Payton first noticed the similarities when she was invited to Dallas to be part of a new fund-raising campaign for kids.

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