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Friday, September 27, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Safety commission to into ATV regulation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking into whether regulations are needed to prevent children under age 16 from using all-terrain vehicles made for adults.

Southeast pink salmon harvest in the midrange
PETERSBURG (AP) -- About 44 million pink salmon were harvested in Southeast Alaska this season, putting the catch in the midrange for the 10-year average, but prices were low.

Coast Guard rescues hunters near Round Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Coast Guard rescuers battled high winds in a harrowing effort to pluck two hunters from a sandbar early Thursday morning.

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

Suspect in child killing arraigned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man charged with killing his 2-month-old daughter, was jobless and staying at home caring for four children while their mother was having an affair with a jail inmate and leaving the family's trailer home for periods of time, according to charging documents

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.

Indictment alleges man planned to fake his death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal indictment says a man charged with insurance fraud in the death of his wife originally intended to fake his own death as part of an insurance scam.

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.

Usibelli Coal ships last coal to South Korea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Railroad train Thursday carried the last load of Healy coal bound for Korea.

Ulmer disputes message in soft money issue ads
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fran Ulmer says an Alaska group airing a soft money issue advertisement on television is trying to mislead voters about her stand on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Deadline looms for voter registration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans have until Sunday, Oct. 6th to register to vote in the general election Nov. 5.

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.

Anchorage man sentenced to probation in assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation for his role in holding a 16-year-old boy against his will.

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.

Owners attempting to sell cabins via essay contest
JUNEAU (AP) -- Brian Johnson is selling his cabin rental and youth hostel business in Haines for the asking price of $200 and 400 well chosen words.

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.

Anchorage pastor drives down cost of dying in the Bush
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Just as it's more expensive to live in rural Alaska, it costs more to die there, too.

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.

Fairbanks snowmachiners fighting ballot proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks 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.

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.

Judge denies mistrial in double murder trial
KENAI (AP) -- A Superior Court judge in Kenai refused to call a mistrial in the trial of a man charged in a double murder.

Expert chef Andres Cadiente dead at age 97
JUNEAU (AP) -- Andres Cadiente left the Philippines in 1929 for a new life halfway around the world. He spent most of it in Juneau, raising nine children and developing a reputation as an outstanding chef.

Pilots union blames Alaska, FAA for events leading to crash
SEATTLE (AP) -- The airline pilots union is blaming what it calls a profit-seeking culture at Alaska Airlines and lax oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration for setting the stage for the January 2000 crash of Flight 261 that killed 88 people.

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 finally clinch palyoff spot
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Scott Spiezio homered as the Anaheim Angels finally clinched their first playoff berth since 1986, beating the Texas Rangers 10-5 Thursday.

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.

Cards' Drew homers in third straight game to drop Brewers
ST. LOUIS -- J.D. Drew homered for the third consecutive game and Matt Morris rebounded from two shaky starts, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 Thursday 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.

Bankrupt firms still can pose long-term threat to rivals
NEW YORK (AP) -- To most people, bankruptcy means failure, hitting the bottom and having no way out. For companies, it often spells the beginning of the end, and those that make it through are often stigmatized, shrunken and saddled with huge legal bills

Long-term unemployed need to take care of their psyches, pocketbooks
NEW YORK (AP) -- It has been almost 14 months since Frank Riggio lost his job as an information technology manager for a national retailer, and money is tight.

Investors, already unnerved by weak third-quarter earnings, brace for more bad news
NEW YORK (AP) -- Now for the really bad news on Wall Street, and it's not just today's disappointing earnings. It's the fear that tomorrow might be even worse.

In computer games, the young at heart catch up with the merely young
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the computer gamers get excited in her household, Lisa Ackerman's husband sometimes has to tell them to keep their voices down so he can watch television. Never mind that the gamers are Lisa, 55, and her 13-year-old son.

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.

Zimmerman: Process should be responsive to citizens
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 7 candidate Paul Zimmerman said one of the prime duties of the borough is to provide for stable economic opportunities for residents and ensure adequate funding for education, transportation, senior citizen services, health care, emergency services and waste management.

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.

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.

Martin: Roads among important issues before assembly
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Milli Martin, running for re-election from assembly District 9, lives in a mostly rural district, areas where residents have long lived with variable road conditions.

Fischer: Borough can do more to attract new businesses
The Kenai Peninsula Borough needs to do more to lure new businesses and industry to the peninsula, said borough assembly member Paul Fischer, who is seeking re-election in a three-way race for assembly District 7.

Moss: Growing population means more land-use conflicts
Incumbent Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Chris Moss of Homer is running unopposed for re-election to the new assembly District 8 seat.

Ruzicka: Reducing taxes would help existing businesses
How to entice more businesses and industry to the Kenai Peninsula Borough is the million-dollar question, said assembly District 7 candidate Doug Ruzicka of Anchor Point.

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 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; 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.

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.

Schade: Money management key issue before borough
It's all new territory for the 36-year-old rancher from Kachemak Bay.

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.

Photo feature: Reaping what she sows
Barbara Dickerson harvests a cabbage from her plot at the Kenai community garden alongside Main Street Loop Thursday afternoon. Her son Matt helped her pull the potatoes, cabbage and flowering kale that remained from a summer of labor.

Kenai Peninsula brown bear hunt called off
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game made it official Wednesday, closing the fall hunting season for brown bear on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.''

Art Briefs
Auditions for symphony todayWatercolor submissions wantedPenDOG holding open house

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

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.

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

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

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

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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.

Witness says he helped Smith to protect family
Saying that he helped accused murderer Billy D. Smith dispose of evidence in order to protect the lives of nieces and nephews, one of five state witnesses testified Thursday about his involvement in the 1994 crime.

Diversity balances borough economy
Perhaps it was the improving weather, the approach of fishing season or even the thawing ground, but people and businesses appear to have been in a buying mood between April 1 and June 30, according to the latest economic data available from the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Community and Economic Development Division

Citizen: Taxes costing Kenai
A private airplane owner was treated to a largely unsympathetic response when he attended last week's Kenai City Council meeting to protest the 3.5 mills of tax the city levies on personal property, including airplanes, boats and vehicles. David Wart

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.

Anchor Point to decide harbor issue Tuesday
In response to a petition by Anchor Point-area residents, the Kenai Peninsula Borough voted in June to form the Anchor Point Port and Harbor Service Area contingent upon voter approval at the polls.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

James Spencer Evans
Homer resident James Spencer Evans died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at his home. He was 68.

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

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

Proposition No. 5 gives Anchor Point residents chance to chart course
On Tuesday, Anchor Point area voters will decide whether to create a new Port and Harbor Service Area.

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

Letters to the Editor
Working poor need help Proposition No. 1s Plan B offers better representation Soldotna resorts to fear tactics to defeat propositions Bagley deserves to be re-elected as borough mayor Many different reasons to support Lancaster for mayor Politicians lying about effects of Proposition No. 4 Lancasters record cannot be trusted Yes on Proposition No. 4 is vote for leaner government Seward students deserve better school

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.

Candidates eager to serve others
Paul Fischer Paul Zimmerman Milli Martin Faith L. Schade

Pack-out policy takes 'leave no trace' to a whole new level
MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. -- High upon the steep, icy eastern flank of this snowcapped peak, Ned White felt nature's untimely call.

Natural selection: Outfitter, matchmaker hook up
SEATTLE -- Singles tired of looking for soul mates in bars and on blind dates are scheduling time with the great outdoors in hopes that they may find love on the wildside.

Show aimed at 'average outdoorsman'
GRAND LAKE, Okla. -- 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.

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
Domestic violence education to be offered PenDOG holding open house Safari Club to hold program Chamber to hold luncheon Development center to offer seminar Ninilchik association to hold meeting and potluck

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

Syracuse gets first female Evangelical Lutheran bishop
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- The first female bishop elected to lead the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has promised to ''serve as the pastor to the pastors of our congregation.''

Concern for the environment a growing priority in many congregations
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Between bites of kugel and sips of matzoh ball soup, the conversation at Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen's Shabbat dinner each week inevitably goes in one direction.

Southern California FBI agents to learn Muslim traditions
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- FBI agents in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties will be trained to better understand the Muslim community and win its cooperation in the war on terrorism through an effort organized by local Muslim leaders.

Rome making Pope John Paul II honorary citizen
ROME (AP) -- Pope John Paul II is already bishop of Rome. Soon he'll be an honorary Roman.

Building a house takes help from God
The "American Dream" probably has numerous variations, but one of the common elements that many dream of is to own a home.

Worshippers pray for embattled Kentucky governor
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Worshippers at First Presbyterian Church prayed for Gov. Paul Patton and his family, after their most famous member confessed to a sexual relationship with a Kentucky businesswoman.

Religion briefs
Men's community dinner slated Clothing ministry open Children's Bible program scheduled Native outreach fellowship to meet Bible study groups meeting Writers sought for faith anthology

Parishioners volunteer to keep 100-year-old church open
CLEVELAND (AP) -- St. Lawrence Church, a Roman Catholic parish, was dying. Attendance had fallen, the Rev. Anthony Rebol was retiring and no one would be assigned to replace him.

Nashville minister, former country singer, tries to rebuild life after arrest
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) -- David Slater found success in two careers. As a country music singer, he won $100,000 on ''Star Search'' and recorded two albums for Capitol Records. As a Church of Christ preacher, he gained fellow ministers' respect and an affluent flock's admiration.

South Carolina pagans gather for 'Pride Day'
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- In the very conservative, very Christian upstate section of South Carolina, a group of pagans met to welcome the autumnal equinox, celebrate the harvest and study the tenets of their various faiths.

After the Bell director leaves for new adventures
When Jeanne Waldren arrived in August 2000 as program director for the Soldotna After the Bell program, attendance was not nearly has high as it is now that she is leaving.

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.

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.

Kenai-SoHi, Nikiski-Seward tilts get added spice from close races
With a week left to play in the regular season, games already are taking on a playoff atmosphere with exciting matchups and playoff implications.

Captain Strange looks to set different tone at this Ryder Cup
Still smarting over the last day of the last Ryder Cup, when a hard-charging, high-fiving U.S. team incited a near-riot, the PGA of America sent incoming captain Curtis Strange to charm school.

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.

CIA's Beeson aims for 1-2-3A crown
In the middle of September, Soldotna cross country coach Mark Devenney stepped to the microphone at a pep assembly and announced he wouldn't be naming the individuals on the girls team.

Battle of unbeatens: Patriots vs. Chargers
The San Diego Chargers, 6-26 over the last two seasons, already have won three games this year.

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.

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

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.

Sports Briefs
Seward to hold Hawkwalk Sunday Louisville upsets No. 4 Florida State Sixteen picked for driver development program Moss apologizes to team, fans, family

Love of game brings Jordan back again
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan plans to play another season with the Washington Wizards, confident his 39-year-old knees are healthy enough to allow him to finish his contract with the team.

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

Caribou herd reduction accomplished naturally
Sometime during this past winter an avalanche swept down a steep mountainside near Alpine Lake just west of Skilak Glacier.

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