Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Kodiak launch rescheduled for Monday
KODIAK (AP) -- The launch of a Lockheed Martin rocket from the Kodiak Rocket Launch Complex has been rescheduled for Monday, officials said Sunday.

Divers lasso sea lions for study
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As populations of the endangered Steller sea lions crashed throughout the Gulf of Alaska and the Aleutian Chain, biologists began worrying about low survival among juveniles.

State unemployment rate unchanged at 5 percent
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's August unemployment rate remained steady at 5 percent from the previous month, the state labor department said.

Deadbeat dad sentenced to 10 days in Juneau jail
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for refusing to pay child support for nine years.

Sept. 20, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. put the Sept. 11 attacks and subsistence in perspective
The attack on the World Trade Center a week ago was thousands of miles and several time zones away from Alaska, but it couldn't have hit closer to home.

Kalskag boy arrested for shooting brother
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 11-year-old boy from the village of Kalskag has been arrested for shooting his 5-year-old brother, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Hatcher Pass Road closes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The road over Hatcher Pass is closed, effective Monday.

Republicans urge streamlining of energy legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Minority members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee say the focus of energy legislation should be narrowed in the remaining days before Congress adjourns.

Grant will continue rural exchange program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Humanities Forum is getting a $1 million grant to extend an urban-rural exchange program.

Wasilla, two Southeast businesses in line for federal loans
PALMER (AP) -- The Department of Agriculture has awarded loans to the city of Wasilla and two Southeast businesses.

Sara Machentanz dies at 83
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sara Machetanz, wife of renowned Alaska artist Fred Machetanz, has died at age 83.

Man stabbed in argument dies of wound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man stabbed last week has died.

Sept. 20, 2001 The Voice of the Times says America has rediscovered its national spirit
America has rediscovered its old values. Prayer and patriotism suddenly have been found again as essential ingredients to freedom and liberty.

Thanks, but no thanks, on the booties
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A veterinarian overseeing disaster programs for the American Veterinary Medical Association is requesting that people do not send any more booties for search and rescue dogs at the World Trade Center.

Vandals attack Anchorage print shop owned by Arab-American
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Vandals smashed several hundred thousand dollars in computers, presses and other equipment at a printing company owned by a prominent Arab-American businessman and scrawled anti-Arab graffiti on a wall, Anchorage Police Chief Walt Monegan said.

Debate intensifies on Coastal Trail extension routes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants the design work begun on a 12-mile extension to the Coastal Trail before he leaves office next fall.

Missile defense opponent speaks in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former aerospace engineer turned arms control advocate says the Bush administration's missile defense plan won't work and its funding should be redirected to prevent more likely terrorist threats.

Restricted access to military bases hurting local businesses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Restricted access to Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base in response to the terrorist attacks on the East Coast is hurting Anchorage businesses that cater to the military.

Airline passenger arrested after bomb joke
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines passenger was arrested Monday after allegedly joking his lost luggage contained a bomb, Juneau Police said.

Anchorage residents rally around Syrian-born businessman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Help is pouring in for a Syrian-born businessman who was targeted for a hate crime following the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Anchorage considers establishing dog parks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of dedicated dog owners is proposing that dog parks be established for Anchorage's estimated 50,000 canine citizens.

Panel considers needs of urban subsistence users in drafting amendment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Meeting the needs of urban subsistence hunters and fishermen is emerging as a key element in the search for a solution to the state's subsistence dilemma.

Connecticut man pleads no contest to hunting violation
KENAI (AP) -- A Connecticut man pleaded no contest to charges he took an antlered moose without being in possession of a nonresident hunting license near Trading Bay.

Man sentenced in murder case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man convicted of killing a rival karaoke performer was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison.

Kodiak launch postponed until Tuesday
KODIAK (AP) -- The launch of a rocket from Kodiak was delayed again Monday -- this time because of a solar flare.

Airline passenger arrested after bomb joke
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines passenger was arrested Monday after allegedly joking that his lost luggage contained a bomb, Juneau Police said.

Sept. 23, 2001 . . . and The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner offers its solution
At this point it is fruitless to consider what could have been done differently to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings of four commercial airliners and the resulting deaths of thousands of Americans.

Kodiak launch postponed again
KODIAK (AP) -- Once again, the launch of a rocket from Kodiak is being delayed.

Sept. 19, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News finds U.S. airport security insecure . . .
It may be awhile before the country learns exactly how its airport security system failed on Tuesday, Sept. 11, but already one thing is clear. The system failed so thoroughly and drastically that the necessary repairs cannot be achieved with simple tinkering.

Assembly mulls Gateway Forest bankruptcy reorganization plan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is considering whether to oppose the financial reorganization plan of Gateway Forest Products, which filed for bankruptcy protection in February.

Eight deer carcasses left near Juneau highway
JUNEAU (AP) -- A hunter selected the best cuts from eight deer last week, then left the rest to rot alongside Glacier Highway.

Oil price takes major plunge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The price for a barrel of North Slope crude plunged nearly $4 Monday, bringing the figure below the $20 mark for the first time since the summer of 1999.

Anchorage man arrested on charge of operating meth lab
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police arrested a man on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab, having a pipe bomb in his trailer and domestic violence.

Alaska Native health researchers get sizable grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has received a $2.9 million grant to be paid out over a four-year period.

Trial for Manokotak man to begin in November
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The trial of a Manokotak man charged with killing a teen-aged girl and another village man is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Dillingham Superior Court.

Pot and beer the subject of ballot initiatives
JUNEAU (AP) -- Marijuana use would be legal and restrictions on beer makers would be lifted under separate proposed ballot measures filed with the state Division of Elections.

Seldovia tries to attract new industry
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Seldovia and the Seldovia Village Tribe are splitting millions of dollars in an effort to attract new industry to this historic seaport.

Homer man charged with escape
HOMER (AP) -- A 19-year-old Anchor Point man has been arrested and charged with escape, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Bonds' 67th pushes Giants past Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Barry Bonds' 67th home run did more than put him within three of Mark McGwire's major league record. His solo shot won the game.

Rhodes equals Japan's record for home runs
TOKYO (AP) -- It took 37 years and a fastball over the middle of the plate for an American to finally equal Japan's single-season home run record.

Yankees clinch tie in AL East
BOSTON -- Tony Batista had his fifth straight multihit game and the Baltimore Orioles beat Boston 5-1 Monday night, assuring the New York Yankees at least a tie for the AL East title.

A's wrap up AL wild card
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics clinched the AL wild card spot Sunday, capping a comeback from an abysmal April as Mark Mulder earned his 20th victory in a 7-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Bonds moves four from McGwire
SAN DIEGO -- Thanks, Tony. After Barry Bonds hit his 65th and 66th homers, leaving him four shy of Mark McGwire's record with 12 games to play, the slugger credited his big day to a chat he had with Tony Gwynn when they ran into each other in a stadium hallway before Sunday's game.

Maple, Barry make sweet combo
OTTAWA -- In the Mayflower Pub and Restaurant five years ago, an idea emerged that changed a life and just might help Barry Bonds break the home-run record.

A community gathering of candles, patriotic signs and stars and stripes
Everyone wanted to go somewhere to show his or her support for what was attacked last Tuesday. So a spontaneous gathering happened last Friday at the Y in Soldotna. Made up of hundreds of folks of all ages bearing candles and anything red, white, and blue they could find to remember the victims and the heroes of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

My family and I were awaken by an early morning phone call on Sept. 11th from our next door neighbors, The Thornton's who informed us of the terrorist attacks. How shocked we were to watch starry eyed at the T.V. as the most unbelievable attack on United States soil unfolded right before our eyes.......

Dan Skipwith

Pete Sprague

Mark D. Osterman

Paul A. Fischer

Gary Superman

Mark Powell

Mike Tauriainen

Borough Proposition 1: Private Prison
May the Kenai Peninsula Borough contract with the State of Alaska and one or more private for-profit firms for the operation of a prison or correctional institution containing a maximum of 1,000 beds in the Kenai Peninsula Borough?

Assembly seat numbers up to borough voters
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will decide Oct. 2 whether future borough assemblies will have nine or 13 members.

Seat D: Sturman challenges Stein
Stein brings background of involvement to councilSturman wants to lower taxes, increase business

Seat E: Porter runs unopposed for 3-year term
Audrey Porter, running unopposed for Soldotna City Council seat E, is taking a wait-and-see approach on issues facing Soldotna in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Proposition 1: Vote 'Yes'
As you are aware I support the construction of a new prison adjacent to the existing facility in Wildwood. During my tenure as a state senator and as borough mayor I actively sought economic development on the Kenai Peninsula. Although a project of this nature was not available during my tenure, I would have fought actively in favor of such a project had it been available.

Proposition 1: Vote 'No'
Here are the reasons that I voted No on this legislation, and why I will vote No again on the ballot proposition concerning the prison.

Pot, beer subject of ballot initiatives
JUNEAU (AP) -- Marijuana use would be legal and restrictions on beer makers would be lifted under separate proposed ballot measures filed with the state Division of Elections.

Seat C: Moock runs unopposed for 2-year term
One of Sharon Moock's main goals as a Soldotna City Council member would be to get the public more involved, she said.

Anchorage considers special parks for dogs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of dedicated dog owners is proposing that dog parks be established for Anchorage's estimated 50,000 canine citizens.

Answers to some questions surrounding prison proposal
Question: Why has the private prison project been rushed through the borough?

NOW PLAYING: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
If you go by nothing more than pure laugh quantity, then I can say unequivocally that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is the funniest movie I have seen all year. It also ranks up there as one of the most cleverly scripted films I've seen in a while. That said, I would definetely have to be very careful who I recommended this movie to.

Junior takes American beauty
DOVER, Del. -- Inspired by Old Glory and its flag-waving fans, America's favorite driver -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- won the Cal Ripken Jr. 400 as NASCAR raced for the first time since the terrorist attacks.

Fire guts bluff apartment, no one hurt
Fire broke out in a Kenai four-plex late Sunday morning, gutting one apartment and damaging the others, according to Kenai Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Tilly.

Administration vows to give evidence against bin Laden
WASHINGTON -- A solemn President Bush returned the American flag to full staff Sunday as the United States promised to lay out evidence making Osama bin Laden's guilt in the terrorist attacks ''very obvious to the world.'' The administration scoffed at Taliban claims he cannot be found.

Oil takes major plunge
ANCHORAGE -- The price for a barrel of North Slope crude plunged nearly $4 Monday, bringing the figure below the $20 mark for the first time since the summer of 1999.

Photo feature: Family meal
Rosa M. Garcia and Manuel Luis have lunch under the watchful gaze of their dogs Bello and Tanner in Kenai recently. The dogs received a fair share of the couple's meal.

Bill would create extensive Chugach wilderness areas
A Connecticut congresswoman introduced a bill Thursday that would designate more than half of Chugach National Forest as wilderness.

Events center faces voters
Voters in the city of Soldotna will be faced with a choice to give a proposed events center the green light or red light Oct. 2.

New checks for airline workers, help with mortgages considered
WASHINGTON -- The administration considered new security checks for airline workers on Monday and granted mortgage relief to thousands of reservists called to active duty as part of the coming war on terrorism. The stock market rallied after last week's plunge.

Area brokers advise investors to stay calm as market rebounds
Following a week of record lows, the stock market enjoyed a mild upswing Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 8,603.86, up 368 points from Friday, and the NASDAQ closed at 1,499.40 points, an increase of more than 5 percent.

CPGH services expanded through new Kenai clinic
People needing health care in the Kenai, Nikiski and Kalifornsky area have a major new convenience: a Kenai clinic to provide services previously available only at the hospital in Soldotna.

Soldotna council's face in for a change
The Soldotna City Council has three seats to fill in the upcoming election. The new and old members will face several issues in the next council season.

Tommy Reed Corr III
Pioneer Alaskan Tommy Reed Corr III died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, at Providence Intermediate Care in Anchorage after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

Helen Jean Hunter
Helen Jean Hunter of Sandyville, W.V., died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, W.V., following a long illness. She was 77.

Connie Culley
Memorial services for Soldotna resident Connie Culley, who died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Place in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-4987.

Aboard Flight 564: Pilot reminds passengers they are not helpless in face of terrorists
As it was at most U.S. airports, last Saturday (Sept. 15) was the first near-normal day at Denver International since the terrorist attacks. On United's Flight 564, the door had just been locked and the plane was about to pull out of the gate when the captain came on the public address system.

Soldotna should say 'Yes' to events center
The decision of the Soldotna City Council to place a $3.5 million bond issue before the citizens of Soldotna for the purposes of building an events center is an example of democratic government at its best.

Borough Proposition 2
Choose one of the following plans for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly representation:

No doubt, the world is changing. Many of us who came to the Kenai Peninsula are finding the world barging in on our peaceful refuge. Anchorage is becoming more and more like Los Angeles. Its big city problems are spreading out, much like the fireweed spreading its seed. In a "me-first" world, where morals and self respect are no longer sought, it can be hard to hold on to the idea of a community that values it's people.

Symbols say: Proclaim liberty
The United States of America is represented by many symbols. These symbols define us, as a people. They define us, as a nation.

Letters to the Editor
If prison needed, state should build itStory excluded important informationPrison about common sense, not centsTerrorist acts cannot go unpunishedA call to arms or a call to prayer?

What others say
U.S. citizens have led sheltered livesNo room for prejudice

Soldotna Proposition 1
Approving the Sale of up to $3,500,000 in General Obligation Bonds for Constructing and Equipping an Event/Conference Center within the City of Soldotna

Let peace begin with us
I don't have a television at my cabin, but after the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, I made it a point to stop in front of every TV that was on so I wouldn't miss any news.

Community News
Admission counselor to visit areaScholarship program deadline SaturdayRacing awards banquet slatedHomer Community Schools catalog available

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber luncheon todaySubsistence fisheries management meetingWRCC monthly meeting WednesdayBuilders association plans meetingHospice offers grief support programsAssistance available for child care providersKenai gas meeting canceledHospice Program Seeks Volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Small business workshop todaySchool board candidates to square offCommunity first aid class offeredCounseling board to meet Parenting class offeredChinese auction benefit plannedCrisis intervention training slatedHospice offers grief support programsAssistance available for child care providersKenai gas meeting canceled

Good cause
Members of the Ministry of the Living Stone Church in Sterling pose for a photo Saturday. The group sponsored a benefit car wash in front of Godfather's Pizza in Soldotna Saturday and raised more than $1,000 for disaster relief in New York.

Jenny and David Ratky of SoldotnaTamara Rae and Jesse Miller of SoldotnaJohn and Anna Mallory of KenaiCharlene and Tim Johnson of KenaiFred and Charlotte Saavedra of Kenai

Hoisting the flag rooted in disparate emotions
Not once in his 38 years, Alvin Ray says, did it occur to him to wear the red, white and blue of his country -- much less raise Old Glory at his home in Petworth, a black neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

Ask a Trooper
Question: When did the law change saying I had to register my snowmachines?

Peninsula People
Eagle scout receives recognitionStudent awarded scholarshipAirman graduates basic training

Long search: Army veterans find buddy injured during Korean War
BISMARCK, N.D. -- For almost five years, three Korean War veterans searched for a fellow soldier who, despite a wound that left his scalp ripped open, dragged an injured comrade off a hillside under machine-gun fire.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for area seniors

Jordan stalls comeback plan
WASHINGTON -- The five-month wait for the inevitable is nearly over. Barring an improbable, last-minute change of heart, Michael Jordan's comeback is about to become official.

Super Bowl could move back a week
The Super Bowl probably will be delayed a week and will be moved if a schedule change in New Orleans can't be arranged, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Sunday.

Packers roll to 37-0 win over Redskins
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins both verified their season openers were no flukes.

Ravens find Bengals bungle no more
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals are 2-0, with a victory over the Super Bowl champs.

Burn tie Fire
DALLAS -- Chad Deering scored as the Dallas Burn tied the Chicago Fire 1-1 Sunday to force a decisive game in their opening round MLS playoff series.

Flag football
Kansas City Chiefs fans cheered the New York Giants. The secondary of America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, ran onto the field carrying the stars and stripes.

Allenby finds second wind, win
LIGONIER, Pa. -- Once Robert Allenby found his focus, he never lost his lead.

Jordan makes fans play waiting game
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Jordan kept his mouth shut and fax machine off, and the sports world waiting.

NFL bargains with car sellers
NEW ORLEANS -- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and organizers of an auto dealers convention blocking a change in the date of the Super Bowl scheduled talks for Tuesday to resolve the problem.

Vermont's Redman stands willing to trade biathlon rifle for an M-16
SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawton Redman is one of America's best winter athletes, expected to earn a spot on the U.S. biathlon team for the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Swimming results
SOLDOTNA TRI MEET at Soldotna High SchoolSKYVIEW TRI MEET At Skyview High School

Sports Briefs
Meeting scheduled for basketball officialsPanthers down KetchikanMaine hockey coach dies at 46Bledsoe suffers internal injuriesGriffith to miss at least six weeks with broken legSeat belt partially tore in Mayfield crash

Seminoles tumble in new AP poll
Florida State stumbled, then tumbled in the AP media poll.

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