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Thursday, September 26, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Men foil theft of $33,000 in diamonds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are continuing their search for a man who tried to steal $33,000 in diamonds Saturday from the Captain Cook Hotel in downtown Anchorage.

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.

Anchorage woman found dead was homicide victim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman found under an Anchorage bridge was a homicide victim, Anchorage police said.

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.

Body of missing Nome man found
NOME (AP) -- The body of a 52-year-old miner missing since Monday was found Wednesday morning along a river north of Nome, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Anchorage man arrested in beating death of baby
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the beating death of his 2-month-old daughter.

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.

Dead woman's husband charged with insurance fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five years after a woman fell to her death from a bluff near Homer, the FBI has arrested her husband and charged him with insurance fraud.

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.

Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is $1,540.76
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is $1,540.76, a few hundred dollars less than last year, the state revenue commissioner said Wednesday.

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.

Exxon Mobil signs permitting agreement with Knowles administration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has signed an agreement with the Knowles administration to streamline permitting for the proposed Point Thomson gas field on the North Slope.

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.

Police arrest second Hell's Angels suspect
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police have arrested a second suspect in a high-speed chase over the weekend that resulted in a raid of a North Pole Hell's Angels compound.

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.

Fairbanks man suspected of abusing baby
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was arrested after hospital officials informed police that a baby had been brought in with bruising and fractured bones.

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.

Scientists says new species of worm lives in refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A scientist at the University of Alaska Anchorage says he's discovered a new species of bristleworm.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Fairbanks snowmachiners fighting ballot proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairban ks snowmachiners are fighting an Oct. 8 ballot proposal by raising more money and outspending those in favor of banning the machines in core residential areas of the city.

Giants top Padres
SAN FRANCISCO -- Livan Hernandez pitched a two-hitter and Reggie Sanders homered twice as the streaking San Francisco Giants beat San Diego 6-0 Wednesday night to maintain their lead in the NL wild-card race.

Brewers organization replaces Selig's daughter
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers, completing their worst season in the 34-year history of the franchise, replaced team president Wendy Selig-Prieb and general manager Dean Taylor on Wednesday.

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.

Angels fail to clinch spot
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Anaheim Angels missed another chance to clinch a playoff spot on their own, losing to the Texas Rangers 4-3 Wednesday night on Rafael Palmeiro's home run in the eighth inning.

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.

Borough Assembly District 4; Sprague: Borough's comprehensive plan needs update
In the latest budget cycle, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chose to lower the property tax mill rate. The half-mill cut was shifted, however, for residents of the unincorporated areas. Those taxpayers won't see a bottom-line reduction, but they will see more of their tax dollars going to roads, and that's important, said assembly District 4 candidate Pete Sprague, the unopposed incumbent in the race.

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.

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.

Borough Assembly District 2; Navarre: Borough should do more to attract businesses
Experience counts when serving the public in elected office, said Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Tim Navarre, the incumbent candidate for assembly District 2, who has been on the assembly since 1993.

Borough Assembly District 5; Merkes: Assembly's agenda not always what public wants
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on which she has served since 1991 could do a better job of listening to the public, said assembly member Grace Merkes of Sterling, who is seeking re-election from the new assembly District 5.

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.

Borough Assembly District 2; Glick: Borough should explore upgrading to municipality
Talking with residents of District 2, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Betty Glick said she hears the assembly doesn't listen to the public, that members sometimes go through the motions of a public hearing, but that they've already made up their minds.

Borough Assembly District 5; Anderson: Assembly could improve its communications
Sterling resident Marty Anderson, a candidate for Assembly District 5, said he has a lot of respect for assembly member Grace Merkes, the incumbent he's trying to unseat.

Borough Assembly District 1; Johnson: Bigger assembly would mean better decisions
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly should return to a 16-member body and give back to outlying areas the representation they once had, said Kenai resident Ronald Johnson, candidate in assembly District 1.

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

Borough Assembly District 1; Davis: Assembly should quit hampering Bagley's efforts
If voters support Proposition 4, which would remove the Kenai Peninsula Borough's sales tax from nonprepared foods, and the Alaska Legislature opts to institute a statewide sales tax, the borough will face a tough decision, borough assembly District 1 candidate John C. Davis said.

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.

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.

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

Steelhead season heats up
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- Those catching steelhead this summer and fall should take extra caution before clubbing their fish and throwing them in the cooler.

Television program is aimed for the average outdoorsman
GRAND LAKE, Okla. (AP) -- Shawn Jones didn't want to have an everyday-run-of-the-mill outdoors show. He wanted something to set it apart from the others.

Disabled hunters find activity still possible
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- As summer gives way to fall and hunters across the state ready their equipment for the woods, a local project may give disabled men, women and children a better chance to enjoy the outdoors.

Producers apologize for jokes in 'Barbershop'
CHICAGO -- Jesse Jackson says he's pleased the producers of ''Barbershop'' have apologized for the film's barbs about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others, but still wants the jokes cut from future DVD and video editions of the hit movie.

Art Briefs
Auditions for symphony todayWatercolor submissions wantedPenDOG holding open house

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Paintings come alive under artist's brush
Kasilof artist Cindy Brabec-King likes a challenge in her work. The medium she paints in, her style of painting and her favorite subjects to paint all have a degree of difficulty that require skill, planning and care to paint. But that's what she likes about them.

Unusual people make good photographers
CHICAGO -- Lee Godie was homeless and spent decades wandering downtown Chicago. She wore ragged clothes, but she wore them with flair, sometimes sporting a fine cameo and carrying a silver goblet.

Art students win acclaim in Anchorage
A class of watercolorists from the central Kenai Peninsula are making a big impression on a statewide show in Anchorage.

'West Wing,' 'Friends' score big at Emmys
LOS ANGELES -- Emmy voters showed a populist bent, mostly shunning the less mainstream in favor of familiar, top-rated fare including ''The West Wing'' and ''Friends.''

This week's race: Protection One 400
Where and when

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $4,411,7612. Ward Burton 4,110,1663. Jeff Gordon 3,903,154

Points Standings
1. Mark Martin 3,7202. Jimmie Johnson 3,6903. Tony Stewart 3,646

Southern roots are hard to dig up in diverse field
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The NASCAR Winston Cup Series has gone global.

In the spotlight: Michael Waltrip
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Drivers hope for improved racetrack
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- If Chicagoland Speedway is any indication, Sunday's race at Kan sas Speedway should be a little more competitive.

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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.

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.

Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is $1,540.76
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is $1,540.76, a few hundred dollars less than last year, the state revenue commissioner said Wednesday.

District employees vote 'no confidence' in superintendent
Teacher and support staff unions announced Wednesday that Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees cast a vote of no confidence in Superintendent Donna Peterson.

Legal issues slowly reaching resolution
Kenai District Attorney Dwayne McConnell said Wednesday he has decided not to press charges in the alleged e-mail security breach at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

13 candidates seek 7 seats on assembly
Thirteen candidates, including several incumbents, will vie for seven open seats on the newly redistricted Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Tuesday's municipal election.

Judge denies mistrial motion in Smith case
A defense motion for a mistrial ruling in the Billy D. Smith murder trial was denied Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link.

Sales tax ballot item could alter budgets
Of all the issues facing borough voters Tuesday, including the election of public officials, it is perhaps Proposition 4 that has the greatest potential for altering future municipal budgets.

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

Robert Sikora
Anchorage and Kenai Keys resident Robert Sikora died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, after a long illness in Surprise, Ariz. He was 87.

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

Emery Vincent Showalter
Kenai resident Emery Vincent Showalter died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at his home. He was 68.

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

Cecil Allen Hamilton
Cecil Allen Hamilton died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, in Phoenix, Ariz.

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

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.

FTC could do far more to unclutter America's spam-filled e-mailboxes
There's one simple reason why the volume of commercial junk mail known as spam is expected to increase more than fivefold over the next four years: It's cheaper than sand. For just $100, an advertiser can send out 50 million e-mail messages. Doing this by first-class mail would cost more than $18 million in postage alone.

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

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

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.

Assembly candidates share vision
Betty Glick, Borough Assembly District 2Tim Navarre, Borough Assembly District 2Pete Sprague, Borough Assembly District 4Marty Anderson, Borough Assembly District 5Grace Merkes, Borough Assembly District 5

The splendor of the Denali Highway doesn't include its crumbling surface
STIXKWAN CREEK, Alaska (AP) -- Twenty-some miles down the Denali Highway east of Cantwell, you start to wonder if you and your vehicle can endure the next 110 miles of pothole pounding along the south slope of the Alaska Range to Paxson.

Powell: How low will it go?
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Two years ago Jake and Kim Lund of Farr West vacationed at Lake Powell. They boated for miles up side canyons, visited sand hills next to the lake and jumped off rock features into the water.

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

Around the Peninsula
Dart league to hold meetingElection event plannedDoggie Dash to be held for Dee DeeRefuge to host playCenter to offer video programSenior center to hold bazaar

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Moss charged with two misdemeanors, released from jail
MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Moss walked out of jail whistling, charged with two misdemeanors instead of a possible felony for allegedly pushing a traffic officer a half-block with his car.

Central Kenai Peninsula figure skaters set for regional competition
Three area figure skaters will look to break new ground for the Kenai Peninsula at the Northwest Pacific Regional Championship Oct. 10 through 12 in Great Falls, Mont.

Uneven matchups mark college slate
It's Bully Week in college football. Just about every year, there's a Saturday in September that produces some of the most lopsided scores of the season. That day arrives shortly.

Sports Briefs
Panthers host Wasilla, Kodiak, PalmerRunning back practices with teamCards, Rolen close to $90 million, eight-year deaJordan announcement expected soonRangers' Bure to have knee surgery

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.

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

U.S. women take world hoops title
NANJING, China -- The U.S. women's basketball team wasn't about to make the same mistake as the men.

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.

Kenai Golf Report: Back nine closes Friday
Oops! Here is the Kenai Golf Report that should have appeared in the paper yesterday. Since the golf course was so soggy and my golf shoes were drying out, I decided to attend a bed and breakfast slumber party at Longmere Lake Lodge. It had been quite a few years since yours truly attended such a gathering.

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.

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.

Knock on wood
A three-toed woodpecker pries grubs from a spruce tree in Kenai recently.

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