Wednesday, September 26, 2001

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.

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.

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

Police: Wind toppled grocery-laden truck
JUNEAU (AP) -- A tractor trailer carrying groceries to a local store was toppled by a gust of wind, Juneau Police said.

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.

Knowles orders flags lowered for Whittaker
JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags were ordered to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday in memory of Richard ''Dick'' Whittaker, a former state representative and journalist from Ketchikan who died last week.

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.

Large beluga whale found dead near the mouth of Campbell Creek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal biologists took tissue samples from a beluga whale that was found beached near the mouth of Campbell Creek on Anchorage's southwest coast.

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.

Three spills spoil Alyeska pipeline restart
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As much as 1,200 gallons of oil may have spilled during a routine restart of the trans-Alaska pipeline, according to regulators who oversee the pipeline.

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

Alaska rescinds offer to new medical examiner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has rescinded its offer to hire Dr. James Dibdin and reopened its search for a new medical examiner.

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.

High school graduation test being revamped
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The exam required for high school students to graduate is being revamped with major adjustments made in how the test is scored.

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.

Park confirms pregnant humpback was killed by cruise ship
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Park Service has confirmed that a cruise ship was responsible for killing a pregnant humpback whale this summer near Glacier Bay National Park.

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.

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

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.

Glycol spill at Williams refinery is larger than first thought
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A chemical spill at the Williams Cos. refinery last week turned out to be larger than first thought, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday.

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.

Earthquake rattles Dillingham area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dillingham residents felt a light earthquake centered in Bristol Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Juneau suffers $2.5 million in lost tourism business
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau lost nearly $2.5 million in lost revenues from tourists who weren't up to shopping after the terrorist attacks, according to the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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.

Money laundering counts added to Fairbanks racketeering case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal grand jury has expanded a racketeering, drug dealing and loan-sharking case against a Fairbanks businessman.

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.

State court judge denies injunction to force appeal of Katie John case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state court judge denied a request Tuesday for an injunction that sought to compel Gov. Tony Knowles to appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the United States Supreme Court.

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.

Bill would create vast Chugach wilderness areas
KENAI (AP) -- A Connecticut congresswoman wants to see more than half of the 5.6 million-acre Chugach National Forest designated as wilderness.

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

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.

Alaska Airlines focusing on getting people to fly again
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Airlines officials say operations are running smoothly under stricter security measures imposed after the terrorist attacks.

Braves edge Marlins to take NL East lead
MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves escaped jams in the ninth and 10th innings Tuesday night, then scored three times in the 11th to beat Florida 5-2 and take a one-game lead in the NL East.

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 AL East
NEW YORK -- Baseball returned to the Bronx on Tuesday night with a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks and another division championship for the New York Yankees.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors
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.......

Four races, 8 hopefuls: City of Kenai election offers plenty of choices
Interesting days indeed in the city of Kenai. The mayor faces a rare challenge to his 15-year incumbency, two council members are running unopposed for their second election in a row, and four people are vying for a single two-year seat on the council dais.

Bookey hopes to see coastal trail become reality
James Bookey, incumbent Kenai City Council candidate is seeking his fourth term in office after nine year on the council and is running his second unopposed race.

Moore says 'fiscal responsibility' key to his role
Joe Moore isn't concerned that he is running unopposed for his third term as a Kenai City Council member.

Proposition 3: No frill, improvements needed
Proposition 3: General Obligation Bonds

Race for mayor boast 2 Kenai boosters
Bannock: Campaigning for votes, not against WilliamsWilliams: Record includes new industry, infrastructure

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.

Daly chooses small business development, economic diversification as focus
Randy Daly, 36, is one of four people seeking a two-year seat on the Kenai City Council. He and his wife, Mary, own HiSpeed Gear, a computer and office equipment outlet in Kenai.

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.

Osborne's tenacity, desire to serve lead him to sixth campaign for council seat
For the sixth time in 19 years, and the fourth year in a row, John "Ozzie" Osborne, 60, has thrown his hat into the political ring that is the Kenai City Council race.

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

Jackman hopes to lead younger generation into public service in community
Amy Jackman, 30, said she is seeking a seat on the Kenai City Council because of her interest in serving the community. She is one of four candidates hoping to be elected to the two-year seat available.

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.

Eldridge, an experienced sea captain, wants to try hand at running city's ship
After living in, working in and visiting communities all around the state of Alaska, Barry Eldridge decided Kenai was the city he wanted to live in. Now he wants to be on its city council.

Proposition 2: Vote about representation, not government's size
Proposition 2: Reapportionment

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.

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.

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.

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.

2,000 more reservists summoned to duty
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon ordered 2,000 more reservists to duty Tuesday

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.

Troopers respond to stabbing in Nikiski
A Monday knife fight landed a Nikiski man in jail on charges of assault.

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.

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.

Contamination detected in river
Elevated fecal coliform counts in samples taken from the Kenai River and its tributaries should provoke concern but not panic, said Kenai Watershed Forum director Robert Ruffner.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

Letters to the Editor
Prison will generate jobs, more business in boroughIf in doubt, one should vote 'No' on private prisonState workers fear private prison will do better job

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

Proposition 2: Vote about representation, not government's size
Proposition 2: Reapportionment

Proposition 3: No frill, improvements needed
Proposition 3: General Obligation Bonds

Applause
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.

Soldotna to honor local heroes
The need for a pro-active response to the cowardly actions of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon calls to mind the great sacrifices made by the men and women of the emergency services of all levels of American government.

Cook Inlet Academy's river journey helps ease effects of national tragedy
An international school field trip is always exciting, but events this month made a Cook Inlet Academy outing to the Yukon doubly significant.

Photo Feature: Concentration
Keith Randall keeps watch as his son Tommy takes aim in the forest next to Marathon Road last weekend. The 5-year-old was using the bow -- a birthday present -- for the first time.

Pets of the week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring two neutered, declawed young adult male cats. Both are free to a good home. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
Red Cross seeks first aid/CPR instructors4-H seeks shooting leadersUdelhoven to address North Peninsula chamberBuilders Association meets ThursdayCommunity meeting to discuss prisonFirst meeting of development council FridayC.A.R.T.S. plans first-year celebrationUnited Way reschedules board meetingKenai gas meeting canceled

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 District
School board candidates to speakKenai schools plan benefitWalk to School Day comes to SoldotnaStudents to take exit exam againSchool board to meet in SewardStudents face college testing

Students aid rescuers with sandwiches
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- It's tough to talk about the recent terrorist attacks with 5-year-olds, so kindergarten teacher Jamie Laymon instead mobilized her 24 students to make peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for rescue workers in Washington.

Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of vouchers
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether school voucher programs like those favored by the Bush administration are a constitutional use of taxpayer money.

Will increase in patriotism increase turnout at polls?
Yes, our priorities have changed. Yes, our patriotism is more visible than ever. Now, the big question is whether those principles that are the bedrock foundation of our democracy will reflect the realigned priorities and patriotism.

Talking computers? KPC's the place to be
If you're interested in computers, there is a place close to home that will foster your interests and lead you to gainful employment.

Honoring Old Glory
Students in Kelli Wannamaker's third-grade class and Marsha Gustkey's fifth-grad class at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai pose with a hand-painted American Flag. The stars and stripes were created with the students' hand prints.

School Menus
What's on the menu for area schools

CDC: Schools' anti-tobacco programs strong, but weaker for older students
ATLANTA -- America's schools are doing a better job of warning students off of tobacco, but many scale back the message when it's needed most, a new government survey says.

District school news
News from schools around the district

Getting involved can have positive results
"Take that cap off son," directs new principal Berry Swenson as he enforces the new no-hat rule at Kenai Central High School.

Cook Inlet Academy's river journey helps ease effects of national tragedy
An international school field trip is always exciting, but events this month made a Cook Inlet Academy outing to the Yukon doubly significant.

School board candidates square off at League forum
Voters got another chance to check out school board candidates at Thursday's forum the League of Women Voters held at the Borough Building in Soldotna. Eight of the nine candidates attended and about 30 people were in the audience.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for area seniors

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 Menus
What's on the menu for area seniors

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.

Jordan makes return official
WASHINGTON -- The worst-kept secret in sports is out: Michael Jordan will play again in the NBA -- and not just for one season, but two.

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.

Remember this about Jordan's comeback: He was never afraid to fail
Remember this about Michael Jordan: He was never afraid to fail. Whether it was swinging at a baseball during his first hiatus, or his insistence on taking the last shot every time it mattered, Jordan never minded missing.

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

Kenai Golf Report
The Kenai Golf Course is preparing to shut down for another season.

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.

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

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