Saturday, September 28, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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