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Thursday, September 27, 2001

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.

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

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.

Livey to replace Perdue as health and social services commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles picked a deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services to head the agency when outgoing Commissioner Karen Perdue leaves in October.

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.

Cut birch trees angers Coastal Trail lovers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Birch trees in front of ex-governor Bill Sheffield's home next to the Coastal Trail were cut to provide a better view of Mount Susitna across Knik Arm, resulting in hard feelings and at least one complaint to the police.

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.

Two generals in charge of deciding whether to shoot down threatening jetliners
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Air Force generals have been authorized to order the military to shoot down any civilian airliner that appears to be threatening U.S. cities, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

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.

Anchorage security firms experiencing a surge in business
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The terrorist attacks in New York and the Pentagon this month are generating a surge in business for Anchorage security firms.

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

Solar flare sidelines rocket launch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A strong solar flare has sidelined the first orbital-bound rocket from the Kodiak Launch Complex.

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.

Salvation Army breaks out red kettles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Salvation Army is breaking out the red Christmas kettles early this year.

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.

Fairbanks man pleads no contest to murder charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has pleaded no contest to a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of a woman.

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.

Impact of onboard gunfire uncertain, aviation experts say
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A bang and then a whistle. A bullet fired to thwart a would-be hijacker misses its intended target and pierces the cabin of a jetliner cruising at 40,000 feet.

9th Circuit denies Greenpeace challenge to Northstar oil development
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a challenge to the development of the Northstar oil field in the Beaufort Sea.

Craig man sentenced for disturbing Native grave
JUNEAU (AP) -- A self-described amateur archaeologist who pleaded guilty to disturbing a 1,400-year-old Alaska Native gravesite was sentenced to three months in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.

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.

Elmendorf Air Force Base opens privately financed housing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Where spruce trees grew six months ago, 120 new homes have sprouted up on Elmendorf Air Force Base, the first privately financed housing on base and an attempt to improve living quarters for airmen and their families.

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.

Fuel spills in plane mishap on North Slope airstrip
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Northern Air Cargo plane skidded off the Alpine oil field airstrip, catching fire when some fuel tanks on board ruptured, the Alaska Department of Conservation said Wednesday.

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.

Big marijuana bust in Big Lake
BIG LAKE (AP) -- Drug enforcement officers made a big marijuana bust in Big Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Is nation prepared for germ attack?
Stashed in secure government warehouses around the country are 400 tons of antibiotics and other medical supplies ready for what seemed until two weeks ago to be an unimaginable catastrophe -- a terrorist germ attack.

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.

Tribal group developing regional trash plant
KAKE (AP) -- Kake Tribal Corp. hopes to build a regional solid-waste incinerator on its land on Kupreanof Island northwest of Petersburg, corporation officials said.

Oil companies say North Slope gas pipeline too pricey
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Oil companies looking into the feasibility of building a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to the Lower 48 say the project is too pricey.

Mariners complete sweep of Angels
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bret Boone ran his RBI total to 135 with a two-run single as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Henderson takes back seat to Bonds
SAN DIEGO -- Don't forget about Rickey! While Barry Bonds chases Mark McGwire's home-run record, and Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn collect retirement gifts, Rickey Henderson has been quietly -- yes, Rickey can do things quietly -- pursuing a record that's as simple as it is important.

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.

Phillies stay one game behind Atlanta
PHILADELPHIA -- Randy Wolf pitched a one-hitter, giving up Raul Gonzalez's first major league hit in the opening inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 Wednesday night.

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.

Salmon sale to aid N.Y. firefighters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cordova fishermen are teaming with the Anchorage Fire Department for an Alaska-style fund-raiser to benefit New York City firefighters: a salmon sale.

Senators say ANWR drilling chances better after attack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's senators are not bringing up the subject, but when asked, they say that prospects for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge improved after hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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

Cruise ships promote onshore shops -- for a price
SKAGWAY -- When cruise ship passenger Evonne Yfantis attended an on-board lecture listing ''recommended'' shops in Skagway, she had no idea the shops had paid for the exposure.

Proposition 3 seeks OK for capital upgrades
A decision to upgrade the Borough Building is in the hands of voters Tuesday.

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.

Crawford: Incumbent committed to continued improvements
Retired teacher and Kenai resident Lorraine "Sammy" Crawford was appointed to fill a school board vacancy in 1998, then elected to retain the seat. She is now running for a second term.

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.

Soldotna council hopefuls debate
The two candidates running in the only contested race in Tuesday's Soldotna City Council election faced off before the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week.

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

Holle: Board needs better communication with district parents
Debra Holle manages the Kenai Peninsula office of the American Red Cross, but she's ready to take on the challenge of restructuring the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board.

Fletcher: Candidate advocates new approaches to education
Homer parent Barrett Fletcher said he did not want to run for school board, but felt duty-bound to do so because the Kenai Peninsula district needs leadership in a new direction.

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

DeMilta: Candidate pushes for more parent power in schools
Michele DeMilta said the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District lets problems slide, and she wants to get on the school board to fix them.

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

Germano: Board president's priority is increased state funding
Deborah Germano was first elected to the school board in 1995. The Homer parent, restaurant owner and telephone technician is now the board president.

School board races offer options
Voters can make a real difference this year in the future of area schools.

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.

Gilman: Board would benefit from her classroom perspective
School Board Seat 'C' candidate Margaret Gilman has invested a lot of time into the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

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.

Wassilie: Incumbent gives eastern peninsula voice on board
Sandra Wassilie said she is the first representative from the eastern peninsula to run for a Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board seat in eight years.

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.

Reynolds: System critic wants to return focus to kids, parents
Linda Reynolds has lived on the Kenai Peninsula since 1974 and first threw her hat into the political ring last year, when she ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for a legislative seat.

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.

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.

Dyson: Retired school custodian would offer fresh perspective
Gene Dyson retired from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District three years ago, but he remains involved with education issues.

Art Briefs
Mozart concert read-through todaySoldotna area singers will begin rehearsing Oct. 18.'Nutcracker' auditions plannedGoblins, ghosts, Wonder Women wantedArt proposals sought

Plays sought for Prince William Sound theatre conference
The Prince William Sound Community College Last Frontier Theatre Conference, featuring Edward Albee and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Playwright Award, is preparing for the 10th annual Last Frontier Theater Conference June 15-24.

Home run: 'Hardball' combines humor, drama, life lessons
''Hardball'' is a two-hankie sports soap opera, but don't hold that against it. With surprising melodrama, the film packs some powerful emotional swings that will hearten the toughest of jeering crowds.

Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center
Area arts group changes namePeninsulawide arts meeting Oct. 20'Earth Fire and Fibre' opens in Kenai'First Thursdays' to be launched in October2002 Summer art exhibitionContacts needed for new arts directoryCenter receives museum grant

Animal hospital gallery lets owner, artists shine
An animal hospital may seem like an unlikely place for an art gallery, but believe it or not, the walls and loft of the Soldotna Animal Hospital are exactly that.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and ExhibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadUpcoming EventsAnchorage EventsFilms

Fonda to lead parade
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Peter Fonda will lead the Hollywood Christmas Parade of Stars.

Protection One 400
Where and When

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 3,928 2. Ricky Rudd 3,716 3. Tony Stewart 3,516

Nascar Schedule
Feb. 18 through Nov. 23

Dale Jr. rescues racing when it needs it most
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. helped stock car racing get back on its feet in July with an emotional victory at Daytona International Speedway the same track where his father died five months earlier.

NASCAR's allure goes to Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sherryl Dennison-Creek more has spent the past three years trying to tell her three children about the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Now she has the chance to show them.

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $5,627,028 2. Dale Jarrett 3,738,438 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,544,970

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

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.

Bush tones down war rhetoric; thousands of layoffs announced
WASHINGTON -- Delta Air Lines announced thousands of layoffs Wednesday in a jarring prelude to a new administration bid to restore confidence in air travel following the terrorist attacks. Pakistan reported broad agreement with the U.S. military on a plan to strike Osama bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan.

Military reservists leave jobs, say goodbye to families
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A week ago, Terri Hall and her husband were planning their island honeymoon. Now the newlyweds are preparing for a separation; neither knows for how long.

Photo feature: Harvest
Martha Stevens helps her 2-year-old daughter Kendra pick berries Wednesday during a field trip with the Kenaitze Cuya Qyui' Anen Head Start Preschool. The youngsters visited the tribe's offices off Beaver Loop for the berry-gathering experience.

Homecoming bonfire plans rekindled
Kenai Central High School students were dismayed last weekend when plans for their annual homecoming bonfire went down in flames.

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

Soldotna Prop. 1: Events center plan deserves 'Yes' vote
When Soldotna voters go to the polls Tuesday, not only will they be asked about a private prison proposal, reapportionment and expansion and improvement of the Borough Building, but they also will be asked to approve the sale of up to $3.5 million in bonds for an events and conference center.

Letters to the Editor
Voting on Tuesday sends strong message about America's strengthHelp wanted ad doesn't indicate kind of wages Cornell promisesPrivate prisons only accountable to shareholders, not communityPrivate, public prisons operate on opposite philosophiesBorough residents should vote 'No' on propositions 1 and 3Prison will lower quality of life on Kenai PeninsulaThere's something in private prison proposal for everyone to dislikeAttacks on President Bush in 'Doonesbury' disgusting

Soldotna City Council: Stein should keep seat
Of the three open seats on the Soldotna City Council, there is only a race in one: Jane Stein and Fred Sturman are running for the opportunity to serve in Seat D for a three-year term. For the other open seats, Sharon Moock and Audrey Porter are running unopposed.

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

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

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.

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

Freakish bug outbreak exploits weaknesses of unnatural forests
TAMPICO, Wash. (AP) -- This is a story about a bug, a bird and a tree.

Ban on battery-powered ducks draws hunters' ire
SEATTLE (AP) -- A new species of duck, only recently spotted in the wilds of Washington state, has been forced into extinction.

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.

Small town getting more than its share of black bear problems
MONARCH, Mont. (AP) -- One tried to crash an outdoor wedding dinner. Another turned into a real-life Goldilocks, taking a nap on the just-right bed on someone's screened-in front porch.

Annual run of kokanee is just a trickle so far
STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR, Utah (AP) -- The kokanee are late. Or they're not coming at all. At this point no one is sure what to expect.

Unconventional hunter attracts bucks by rattling antlers
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- Marc Jackson defies most of the common wisdom about deer hunting.

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
Counselors' board meeting plannedKenai schools host benefitParenting class offeredIndustries sponsor blood driveGas station to host breast cancer benefitTown meeting looks at fiscal policyCanine Good Citizen class offered

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

District school news
News from schools around the district

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.

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.

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.

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.

School Menus
What's on the menu for area schools

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.

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.

Redskins cut QB George
ASHBURN, Va. -- Marty Schottenheimer thought he could be the coach to make it work with Jeff George. Two weeks into the season, he gave up.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Aces bring training camp to SoldotnaIron Dog represented at Winter Rec ShowKenai netters take down MarinersSeward spikers defeat GraceMarlins' Fernandez retires due to shoulder troublePosada suspension cut to five games

Wizards tickets a hot commodity
WASHINGTON -- Suddenly, everyone wants to see the Washington Wizards.

Second half pushes MetroStars past Galaxy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rodrigo Faria scored twice in a four-goal second-half outburst that gave New York-New Jersey a 4-1 playoff victory over short-handed Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

South Carolina looking for first win over 'Bama
South Carolina is favored, but Alabama has history on its side.

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.

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