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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Two die in separate mishaps in Matanuska Valley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage men died in separate accidents in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska State Troopers said.

Teen killed in ATV crash near Chevak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chevak teen died over the weekend from injuries suffered in an ATV, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Study finds impacts on Tanana Flats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Airboat traffic and power line construction are changing wetland vegetation and hastening permafrost melt in the Tanana Flats, two local researchers have found. What it means in the long run is unclear.

Penney resigns post on federal fishery council
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage developer Bob Penney is resigning his post on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council because of a business commitment out of state.

Sept. 22, 2002 The Voice of the Times blasts Wall Street Journal on gasline
Now the Wall Street Journal has swallowed whole the spurious arguments against an Alaska Highway gas pipeline put forth by a team of critics.

Shaktoolik man accused of child sex assault
NOME (AP) -- A Shaktoolik man has been arrested after investigation showed he had sexually abused a little girl in his village three times in the last five months, Alaska State Troopers report.

Two die in separate mishaps in Matanuska Valley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage men died in separate accidents in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska State Troopers said.

Third trial for man accused of killing father delayed
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The third trial of a former Ketchikan teen accused of murdering his father in Ketchikan two years ago has been postponed.

Two seek job as mayor of Denali Borough
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two current assembly members are facing off in the race to be the next mayor of the Denali Borough.

Manslaughter plea stops murder trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A homicide involving allegations of sexual abuse by the victim has been resolved on the eve of trial. The deal came following a claim that the death occurred by accident during an attempted citizen's arrest.

Illness forces energy secretary to curtail Alaska visit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has canceled most of his Alaska visit because of illness, a Department of Energy official said Sunday.

Anchorage district passes 50,000 mark
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- There were 50,048 students enrolled in classes in the Anchorage School District Sept. 16, the first time the district has passed the 50,000 mark.

Candidate chronically late pay tax bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ernie Hall, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, has a pattern of paying his city property taxes late.

Group seeks to spare petroleum reserve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 23 million acres designated as the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska should be ''cherished as a long-term bequest of nature'' and studied for possible wilderness protection, according to a new environmental group.

Rutting moose get tangled up in Anchorage yards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rutting moose are getting all tangled up in Anchorage yards, doing battle with volleyball nets, yard flags and hammocks.

APOC takes up soft money regulations, television ads
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission took on the issue of soft money in political campaigns Monday by considering new rules forcing disclosure and sanctioning a soft money group.

Sea reptile fossils found near Eureka
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fossils of a big extinct marine reptile have been uncovered in a rugged area near Eureka, the first discovery of these ancient creatures in the region, according to a scientist at the University of Alaska Museum.

ConocoPhillips moves forward with exploratory wells
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ConocoPhillips (Alaska) Inc. is moving forward with plans to drill exploratory wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the company said Monday.

Police raid Hell's Angels compound
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Hell's Angels compound off the Richardson Highway was raided over the weekend by officers from five law enforcement agencies.

Agency accepts winning bids in NPR-A lease sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management team looking at the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska lease sale held June 3 has accepted all the winning bids.

Juneau woman killed crossing street
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 77-year-old Juneau woman died over the weekend after being hit by a truck while crossing a street, Juneau police report.

Alaska companies gear up for PFD spending spree
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Companies large and small are gearing up for a retail whirlwind beginning in October when Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks are issued.

Sept. 17, 2002 The Ketchikan Daily News says B.C. allowing new fish farms a bad idea
The cat's out of the bag; the horse is out of the barn.

Two Christian churches say event promotes homosexuality
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Christian churches are asking school district administrators to make some changes in a high school event aimed at increasing tolerance of homosexuals.

Sept. 17, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News knocks Rep. Young's land measure for Native veterans
Don Young's too-generous federal land grant for Alaska Native Vietnam veterans

Illness forces energy secretary to curtail Alaska visit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has canceled most of his Alaska visit because of illness, a Department of Energy official said Sunday.

Sept. 17, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says post-Sept. 11 vigilance unfortunately necessary
he three Muslim men stopped Friday on a Florida highway as potential terrorism suspects had no weapons or explosives.

Haines consolidation prompts rush of candidates
JUNEAU (AP) -- The recent consolidation of Haines city and borough governments has sparked a crowded run for new offices.

Police raid Hell's Angels compound
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Hell's Angels compound off the Richardson Highway was raided over the weekend by officers from five law enforcement agencies.

Rutting moose get tangled up in Anchorage yards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rutting moose are getting all tangled up in Anchorage yards, doing battle with volleyball nets, yard flags and hammocks.

Homer schoolchildren accused of terroristic threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Homer elementary school students are accused of making terroristic threats, including talking about using guns and other weapons to take over their elementary school.

Candidate chronically late pay tax bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ernie Hall, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, has a pattern of paying his city property taxes late.

Haines consolidation prompts rush of candidates
JUNEAU (AP) -- The recent consolidation of Haines city and borough governments has sparked a crowded run for new offices.

Homer schoolchildren accused of terroristic threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Homer elementary school students are accused of making terroristic threats, including talking about using guns and other weapons to take over their elementary school.

Kotzebue to vote on alcohol sales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alcohol is back on the ballot in Kotzebue, where voters will have another shot at allowing bars and liquor stores to open for the first time in nearly 15 years.

Seattle foils Angels' postseason clincher
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners prevented Anaheim from clinching a playoff spot as Ryan Franklin outpitched Angels ace Jarrod Washburn in a 3-2 victory Sunday.

Banished hit king takes his cuts again in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI -- The No. 14 jersey was untucked, concealing a cushy waist, and the bat was aluminum instead of a black wooden Mizuno.

Nostalgic send-off for Big Red Machine's old home, but Phillies beat Reds 4-3
CINCINNATI -- Rose and Morgan, Bench and Perez, Seaver and Browning, the Nasty Boys and the Big Red Machine.

Seattle foils Angels' postseason clincher
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners prevented Anaheim from clinching a playoff spot as Ryan Franklin outpitched Angels ace Jarrod Washburn in a 3-2 victory Sunday.

Gonzo separates shoulder in loss
ST. LOUIS -- Arizona star Luis Gonzalez separated his left shoulder in an outfield collision and the Diamondbacks again failed to clinch a playoff spot, losing 13-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

Nostalgic send-off for Big Red Machine's old home, but Phillies beat Reds 4-3
CINCINNATI -- Rose and Morgan, Bench and Perez, Seaver and Browning, the Nasty Boys and the Big Red Machine.

Companies gear up for PFD spending spree
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Companies large and small are gearing up for a retail whirlwind beginning in October when Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks are issued.

Exchange student helps Rotarians with highway clean up
For those clubs, organizations and businesses who belong to the Adopt a Highway program, the coming of fall means another trip with trash bags along their favorite mile of local highway.

New name for Soldotna Bridge honors local heroes
Since September 11th, 2002, Soldotna's only bridge has had a new name in honor of those who have put themselves in harms way to protect America's freedoms, and in particular Staff Sergeant David Quentin Douthit, of Soldotna.

Young Marines very active in honoring America
From Memorial Day services, to 4th of July and Progress Day parades, from Industry Appreciation Day set ups and Kenai river bank restoration, to presenting the Colors at September 11th commemorations, the presence of the Young Marines has become highly visible on the Kenai Peninsula.

Delectable treats spring up with autumn rains
The autumn rains offer a plethora of delectable mushrooms on the Kenai Peninsula. The Kenai Watershed Forum has had great response to their mushroom hunting and identification classes this fall. While many varieties such as the Shaggy Mane are edible, they are best harvested prior to the splendor of the specie photographed.

K-Beach summer readers set new record
Stimulating kids to read during the summer break is a proven benefit in helping students retain skills that help them pick up where they left off in the spring

Contra dancers kick-off new season
In the beginning when people first heard about the local Contras, they might have wondered if they were affiliated with the Nicaraguan Contras, but it didn't take long for the community to understand that this group of Contras was about as far away

McLane served on council in '80s, wants to do it again
M. Scott McLane says the reason he wants to again fill a seat on the Soldotna City Council is pretty simple.

Carey: Retiring workers, infrastructure issues face city
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey said holding the city's top job has been one of the highlights of his life.

Race for Seat F features 2 candidates with experience
Joyce Cox believes that over the past three years, she has given the average person a voice on the Soldotna City Council.

Aaronson: Experience as business owner qualifies him
Dustin Aaronson has a vested interest in the growth and success of the city of Kenai. That interest led him to run for a seat on the Kenai City Council this year.

McLane served on council in '80s, wants to do it again
M. Scott McLane says the reason he wants to again fill a seat on the Soldotna City Council is pretty simple.

Osborne: Different views mean voters have choice
Persistence is one quality John "Ozzie" Osborne does not lack. What he is missing is his goal to serve on the Kenai City Council, but he hopes this year's election will change all that.

Parker's priorities include improving looks of Soldotna
After being appointed to fill the seat vacated by Soldotna City Council member Kurt Olsen earlier this year, Lisa Parker says she's ready to serve a full term on the council.

Bannock: Not only is it a privilege to serve, it's also fun
After nine years serving on the Kenai City Council, Duane Bannock considered giving it up this year by not running for re-election.

Race for Seat F features 2 candidates with experience
Joyce Cox believes that over the past three years, she has given the average person a voice on the Soldotna City Council.

Eldridge: Bluff erosion project essential to river, Kenai
Barry Eldridge hopes to use the experience he's gained from his years as a sea captain to help steer the city of Kenai as a member of the city council.

Parker's priorities include improving looks of Soldotna
After being appointed to fill the seat vacated by Soldotna City Council member Kurt Olsen earlier this year, Lisa Parker says she's ready to serve a full term on the council.

Swarner: Experience, love for city make her best pick pick
For the last 19 years, Linda Swarner has been involved in the inner workings of the city of Kenai's government, a tenure she hopes to continue.

Carey: Retiring workers, infrastructure issues face city
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey said holding the city's top job has been one of the highlights of his life.

Forums allow candidates chance to talk issues
A crowd of about 20 borough constituents remained through the last segment of the League of Women Voters-sponsored candidate forum Thursday night in the Borough Building to hear the candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly speak, and say much of the same things

Age separates mayor hopefuls
"What's the main difference between you and your opponent?" an audience member at the League of Women Voters' candidate forum Thursday night asked Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor candidates Dale Bagley and Ken Lancaster.

Age separates mayor hopefuls
"What's the main difference between you and your opponent?" an audience member at the League of Women Voters' candidate forum Thursday night asked Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor candidates Dale Bagley and Ken Lancaster.

Lack of Soldotna opposition could be good sign
When Soldotna voters go to the polls Oct. 1, they'll mainly vote to keep the status quo on the Soldotna city council.

School board races bring out 3
Three of four candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education spoke Thursday night at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Forums allow candidates chance to talk issues
A crowd of about 20 borough constituents remained through the last segment of the League of Women Voters-sponsored candidate forum Thursday night in the Borough Building to hear the candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly speak, and say much of the same things

School board: 7 or 9?
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have the opportunity to decide how school board members are elected at the general election Oct. 1.

Lack of Soldotna opposition could be good sign
When Soldotna voters go to the polls Oct. 1, they'll mainly vote to keep the status quo on the Soldotna city council.

School board: 7 or 9?
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have the opportunity to decide how school board members are elected at the general election Oct. 1.

School board races bring out 3
Three of four candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education spoke Thursday night at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Johnson ties record with Dover sweep
DOVER, Del. -- When Jimmie Johnson looked in the mirror, Mark Martin was almost too close to see.

Johnson ties record with Dover sweep
DOVER, Del. -- When Jimmie Johnson looked in the mirror, Mark Martin was almost too close to see.

Proposition fills need for more landfill cells
With a two- to three-year time table counting down and space running out, voters will be asked to approve borrowing up to $12 million to fund a 10-year expansion project of the Central Peninsula Landfill south of Soldotna.

Photo feature: Asleep at the wheel
Kenai Peninsula College students Reuben Rupp, Bethany Mercurio and Chase Griffith cheer the KPC team during the Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race in Soldotna Saturday. The annual event is a fund-raiser for the Soldotna Lions Club's scholarship program.

School must be fixed even if voters say 'no'
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will be asked to vote on a school bond at the general election Oct. 1.

Kenai council candidates say budget is hot topic
Kenai residents will have a choice between experience and new perspectives in the Oct. 1 election for the two open Kenai City Council seats.

Kenai man pulls gun on officer
A Kenai man was arrested Sunday evening after holding a Kenai police officer at gunpoint at the Anchor Court Trailer Park in Kenai.

Photo feature: Asleep at the wheel
Kenai Peninsula College students Reuben Rupp, Bethany Mercurio and Chase Griffith cheer the KPC team during the Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race in Soldotna Saturday. The annual event is a fund-raiser for the Soldotna Lions Club's scholarship program.

Fire damages Kenai Dental Clinic
The Kenai Police and Fire departments responded to smoke at the Kenai Dental Clinic early Sunday morning.

Peninsula survey shows Proposition 4 not popular
A survey commissioned by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce shows most Kenai Peninsula voters do not support an initiative that would exempt all nonprepared food items from sales tax.

Fire damages Kenai Dental Clinic
The Kenai Police and Fire departments responded to smoke at the Kenai Dental Clinic early Sunday morning.

Peninsula survey shows Proposition 4 not popular
A survey commissioned by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce shows most Kenai Peninsula voters do not support an initiative that would exempt all nonprepared food items from sales tax.

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Elizabeth Darien
Kenai resident Elizabeth Darien died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at her home. She was 43.

Dale S. Somers
Kenai resident Dale S. Somers died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at his home. He was 73.

Fedora Mae Encelewski
Former Ninilchik resident Fedora Mae Encelewski died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Alaska Native Medical Center after a valiant struggle with illness. She was 83.

Bill Chenault: Obituaries
Longtime Kenai resident Bill Chenault died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, in Bull Head City, Ariz. He was 67.

Dale S. Somers
Kenai resident Dale S. Somers died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at his home. He was 73.

Bill Chenault: Obituaries
Longtime Kenai resident Bill Chenault died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, in Bull Head City, Ariz. He was 67.

Elizabeth Darien
Kenai resident Elizabeth Darien died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at her home. She was 43.

Soldotna candidates seek support
About the candidates' columns: All candidates for Soldotna City Council were invited to submit a 500-word column for publication. Mayoral candidate David Carey and incumbent council candidate Joyce Cox responded. Incumbent Lisa Parker, who is running unoppposed for a three-year term, and Scott McLane, who is challenging Cox for a three-year term, did not submit columns.

'Yes' vote on Proposition 3 sends positive message
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have a chance to show their support for education when they go to the polls Oct. 1.

Soldotna candidates seek support
About the candidates' columns: All candidates for Soldotna City Council were invited to submit a 500-word column for publication. Mayoral candidate David Carey and incumbent council candidate Joyce Cox responded. Incumbent Lisa Parker, who is running unoppposed for a three-year term, and Scott McLane, who is challenging Cox for a three-year term, did not submit columns.

Kenai candidates love their city
Dustin Aaronson, Kenai City Council candidateDuane Bannock, Kenai City Council incumbentBarry Eldridge, Kenai City Council candidate'Ozzie' Osborne, Kenai City Council candidateLinda Swarner, Kenai City Council incumbent

Letters to the Editor
Short history of commuter aviation in Kenai provides some perspective State House record foreshadows performance as borough mayor Plenty of things differentiate borough mayoral candidates

British Columbia should reconsider its decision on more farmed fish
The cat's out of the bag; the horse is out of the barn. And, thanks to British Columbia, more farmed fish will be escaping the farm.

Letters to the Editor
Driver offers teachers more of a raise than district does

Letters to the Editor
Short history of commuter aviation in Kenai provides some perspective State House record foreshadows performance as borough mayor Plenty of things differentiate borough mayoral candidates

'Yes' vote on Proposition 3 sends positive message
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have a chance to show their support for education when they go to the polls Oct. 1.

Around the Peninsula
KDLL board to hold meeting Support group to hold meetings Open house slated at PenDOG Benefit for musher to be held ASPLS to hold seminar Kachemak land trust to hold event

Photo feature: never forget
Ella McFetridge and Vicki LaFleur designed a display recognizing the events of Sept. 11 for the ladies auxiliary showcase at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10,046 in Soldotna.

Births
Cheryl Fite and Justin Monette Dana and Joe Cannava Kim and Mike Beck Carrie and Robert Hanson

Photo feature: never forget
Ella McFetridge and Vicki LaFleur designed a display recognizing the events of Sept. 11 for the ladies auxiliary showcase at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10,046 in Soldotna.

SeaLife Center releases rehabilitated seals
The Alaska SeaLife Center announced that Dolly, a female harbor seal rescued in June from the Pribilof Islands, was released in early September at Starria Beach.

Around the Peninsula
KDLL board to hold meeting Support group to hold meetings Open house slated at PenDOG Benefit for musher to be held ASPLS to hold seminar Kachemak land trust to hold event

Peninsula People
Kenai man excels in Navy service Kenai men complete basic training Kenai man completes Army ROTC camp Homer woman completes Army training

4-H'ers win awards at state fair
The following 4-H students won awards at the 2002 Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik. This list is continued from last week's Community page.

SeaLife Center releases rehabilitated seals
The Alaska SeaLife Center announced that Dolly, a female harbor seal rescued in June from the Pribilof Islands, was released in early September at Starria Beach.

Births
Cheryl Fite and Justin Monette Dana and Joe Cannava Kim and Mike Beck Carrie and Robert Hanson

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold luncheonWomen's center to hold meetingCPGH to hold meetingDomestic violence education to be offeredJunior Archery to hold meetingsSeniors to hold benefit dinnerChamber to hold festivalForum to have motivational speakerCollege seeks representatives

Peninsula People
Kenai man excels in Navy service Kenai men complete basic training Kenai man completes Army ROTC camp Homer woman completes Army training

Photo feature: On the move
Dallas Dalton scoots around a corner of the parking lot at Skyview High School last weekend.

4-H'ers win awards at state fair
The following 4-H students won awards at the 2002 Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik. This list is continued from last week's Community page.

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What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Device the size of a deck of cards reads patients' prescription labels
OMAHA, Neb. -- Not all customers at Kohll's Pharmacy read their prescription bottles to learn about their medication. Some listen to them.

Despite height, Reilly leads volleyball team
Physically, at 5-foot-2 1/2, Nikiski senior Rainy Reilly isn't perfectly cut out for her role as an outside hitter on this year's Nikiski volleyball team.

Adam is at it again in overtime
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Super Bowl hero Adam Vinatieri's 35-yard field goal 4:40 into overtime Sunday gave unbeaten New England a 41-38 victory over Kansas City, which had tied the game on two touchdowns by Priest Holmes in the last five minutes of regulation.

Faulk injured as Bucs drop defending NFC champs to 0-3
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers really seem to have figured out the St. Louis Rams.

Adam is at it again in overtime
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Super Bowl hero Adam Vinatieri's 35-yard field goal 4:40 into overtime Sunday gave unbeaten New England a 41-38 victory over Kansas City, which had tied the game on two touchdowns by Priest Holmes in the last five minutes of regulation.

Irish coach finding way to smile
Sooner or later, Tyrone Willingham is bound to crack. A smile. In public.

Sports Briefs
Judge orders new trial in Raiders lawsuitU.S. advances to semifinals of World BasketballBengals changing QBs again; Smith to startTeenager held in attack on coach to stand trial

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