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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Man awaits trial on lewd photo charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 76-year-old man was arrested after photographs of unconscious and nude women were found inside his wallet lost on the Douglas Bridge, Juneau police 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.

Sitka man sentenced in theft of big salmon
SITKA (AP) -- One of two men charged with stealing a giant king salmon from a seafood processor has been fined and ordered to perform 150 hours of community work service.

Crabb's Corner roadhouse in Central sold again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the second time in six years Jim and Sandy Crabb have sold Crabb's Corner, a well-known roadhouse in the mining enclave of Central.

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.

Fire destroys Trident warehouse in Akutan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire destroyed a large storage facility owned by Trident Seafoods in Akutan Monday.

GOP alleges nonpartisan candidate accepted loan from Dems
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state GOP claims that Democrats illegally loaned $1,200 to nonpartisan candidate for state House Jim Crary, a claim Democrats immediately denied.

Federal government buys pink salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal government will buy $1.3 million in Alaska pink salmon for its food assistance programs.

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.

Haida rejects Sitka Tribe of Alaska appeal
SITKA (AP) -- The Haida Corp. has rejected an appeal from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to choose other lands than those in Sitka Sound.

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.

Anchorage police find body beneath bridge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the death of a person whose body was found on a ledge under the A Street bridge.

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.

Pull-tab parlor robber gets 15 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of four men charged with participating in the Aug. 7 armed robbery of a Fairbanks pull-tab parlor, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after reaching a plea agreement in Superior Court.

Ketchikan man shoots marauding bear
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A black bear that raided a family's outdoor freezer was shot early Monday morning.

DEA bolsters its presence in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is beefing up its presence in Alaska to crack down on the increasing flow of illicit drugs into the state and to curb manufacturing of illegal substances here.

Census: Alaska has most equal distribution of income
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has the smallest gap between rich and poor of any state, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. House approves Adak land transfer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House has cleared the way for final transfer of the old Adak Naval Base to the Aleut Native Corp.

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.

Kenai man arrested for allegedly pulling gun on officer
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai man was arrested after allegedly holding a police officer at gunpoint, according to police.

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.

Baby girl dies at Fort Wainwright
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 3-month-old girl has died on Fort Wainwright, according to a post spokeswoman.

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.

Haida rejects Sitka Tribe of Alaska appeal
SITKA (AP) -- The Haida Corp. has rejected an appeal from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to choose other lands than those in Sitka Sound.

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.

UAA may shrink outdoor program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska Anchorage administrators are considering a plan to fold the university's outdoor education program into the four-year degree program offered by the physical education department.

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.

DEA bolsters its presence in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is beefing up its presence in Alaska to crack down on the increasing flow of illicit drugs into the state and to curb manufacturing of illegal substances here.

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.

Crabb's Corner roadhouse in Central sold again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the second time in six years Jim and Sandy Crabb have sold Crabb's Corner, a well-known roadhouse in the mining enclave of Central.

Alaska Teacher of the Year finalists named
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State education commissioner Shirley Holloway has named four finalists for 2003 Alaska Teacher of the Year.

Diamondbacks clinch playoff berth, lose Gonzo for remainder of season
ST. LOUIS -- A day after the Arizona Diamondbacks lost Luis Gonzalez, the World Series champions made it back into the playoffs.

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.

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.

Angels remain one shy of postseason
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Anaheim Angels once again failed to clinch a playoff spot, losing their third in a row as Ivan Rodriguez homered to give the Texas Rangers a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Dyson says he offers school board just the change it needs
"Career candidate" -- that's what Gene Dyson calls himself.

Gilman sees negotiations, lower enrollment as key issues
Margaret Gilman may be the newest member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education, but experience is no shortfall.

Lancaster promises attentive borough administration
Rep. Ken Lancaster, currently serving in the Alaska House, chose not to seek re-election to the Juneau job in favor of a public service position closer to home.

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.

Mullins sees technology as way to expand course offerings
Debra Mullins' background may be in health care, but education is her biggest priority these days.

Bagley still has more to accomplish as borough mayor
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley says a lot has been accomplished in his first term, but unfinished business remains, and he wants another term to pursue those goals.

For Anderson, serving on school board learning experience
Dr. Nels Anderson is no stranger to education. With 16 years of post-high school education himself and a wife who is a child development specialist, he is thoroughly familiar with the topic.

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.

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.

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.

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.

School board candidates face tough issues
The race for Kenai Peninsula Board of Education may not be the most hotly contended election on the Oct. 1 ballot, but that doesn't mean it's short on issues.

Mayor's race up to voters
Voters aren't likely to find much in the way of opposing views to differentiate the candidates for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Personalities, style and other such comfort factors may have more to do with determining the outcome Tuesday than any divergence over issues

Witness tests memory in court
The attorney defending accused murderer Billy D. Smith, Tuesday blasted a state witness' ability to remember details about the crime when he assisted investigating authorities.

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: Clinging in the rain
Fallen rain drops join a fallen leaf on the window of a car parked at Kenai Peninsula College Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters are predicting more "fall" for today as well.

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.

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.

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.

Bill H. Chenault
Nikiski resident Bill H. Chenault died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, in Bullhead City, Ariz. after a short illness. He was 66.

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.

Elizabeth Ann Darien
Nikiski resident Elizabeth Ann Darien died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 43.

Emery V. Showalter Obituaries
Emery V. Showalter Sr. died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at his home in Nikiski. He was 68.

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

Candidates detail assets for job
Dale Bagley, Borough Mayor, incumbent Ken Lancaster, Borough Mayor, challenger

Districting not way to improve borough schools
I respectfully disagree with the Peninsula Clarion's editorial on school redistricting. Before the editorial, there had been no public discussion and I had hoped Deb Germano, a member of the school board, could write a pro-districting article and I could write one favoring the current board. Ms. Germano declined, as she is opposed to a nine-member board.

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

Wall Street Journal misses mark when it comes to gas line
Now the Wall Street Journal has swallowed whole the spurious arguments against an Alaska Highway gas pipeline put forth by a team of critics.

Applause
Elections team deserves notice Good time for a good cause Delicious gift delights seniors Golf tourney support appreciated

Several key issues face school board
Gene Dyson, School Board Seat A challenger Margaret Gilman, School Board Seat C incumbent

Letters to the Editor
No vote on Proposition No. 4 will help preserve quality of life Tax on basic food items is wrong; vote yes on Proposition No. 4 Candidates in borough mayors race offer different political philosophies Lancaster did good job in House, will do a good job as borough mayor Words, actions should match; votes in House hurt Lancaster Lancaster, man about town, best choice for borough mayor Legislators who approved closed primary dont represent people

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Comments due on halibut plan Dart league to hold meeting Folk Dancers to hold first dance Election event planned Development center to offer seminar Frontier services to hold meeting Planning coalition to hold forum Doggie Dash to be held for Dee Dee

School Lunch Menu
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Conference to provide teachers extra training
Teachers from throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will converge in Cooper Landing this weekend for an ASLA Literacy Retreat.

Snohomish teachers approve contract
SEATTLE (AP) -- Teachers in Snohomish voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to accept a two-year contract offer from the school district, agreeing to start working Wednesday and end a strike that lasted three weeks.

Community college enrollment jumps with sour economy
RED BANK, N.J. -- When Jennifer Buono decided where to enroll after high school, she chose little-known Brookdale Com-munity College in central New Jersey over Rutgers University.

Student government important to college campus life
Having an active student government is one of the ways Kenai Peninsula College students can ensure their voices are heard. KPC has a new group of student officers who take their roles as student advocates seriously

Peace Corps pen pal adds to fourth-grade curriculum
Do you know where Cape Verde is?

Schools around the district
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Nikiski Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle Soldotna Middle Connections Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Kalifonsky Christian Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Students invest colleges' money
DAYTON, Ohio -- Rick Davis has more than a grade riding on his performance in an investment class at the University of Dayton: He could lose millions of dollars -- money that isn't his.

Opportunities still trail white students; graduation statistics remain steady
College enrollment increased 48 percent for minorities in the 1990s but their educational opportunities continue to trail those of white students, a new report from the American Council on Educa-tion found.

Around the District
Kachemak Bay Campus wins awards State education board to meet in Anchorage Business series offered at Kachemak Bay Campus ACT test late registration deadline approaches Era sponsors UAA scholarships Challenger Center offering classroom scholarships VFW Ladies Auxiliary to sponsor art contest College scholarships offered by Elks

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.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Moss arrested after traffic incident
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss was arrested Tuesday after being accused of bumping a traffic control agent with his car.

Hot tip helps Skyview netters defeat Seward
Speed kills. But as the host Skyview volleyball team showed Tuesday night, off-speed kills, too.

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

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.

Woods fired up about Ryder Cup
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Tiger Woods had a million reasons why he wanted to win the World Golf Championship. He came up with another one to explain why he caused such a fuss.

Supersized quarterback has Kentucky rolling along
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- When a quarterback's a big meal shy of 300 pounds and fills out a jersey like a lineman, people take notice.

Time to panic? Defending NFC champs are 0-3
ST. LOUIS -- January seems a long time ago for the St. Louis Rams. That was the last time they won a football game.

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

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.

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