Saturday, September 29, 2001

Jewish community in Juneau fears vandals on holy day
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some of Juneau's Jewish community were fearful this Yom Kippur about a resurgence of anti-Semitic graffiti that hit Juneau just before another Jewish holiday.

Alaska National Guard could be activated for airport security
JUNEAU (AP) -- More than 200 members of the Alaska National Guard could be called to active duty to provide security at the state's airports, state officials said Thursday.

Escopeta Oil and Gas announces Cook Inlet gas reserves
HOUSTON (AP) -- Escopeta Oil and Gas of Houston, Texas estimates it has 12 trillion cubic feet of natural gas near the East Forelands area of Cook Inlet.

Bear does $7,400 in damage to parked truck
FAIRBANKS(AP) -- An insurance agent in Cincinnati had a hard time believing a bear had caused $7,400 in damages to Jim Geier's truck.

Suspect in stabbing of children to plead no contest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jason Pritchard, the man charged with four counts of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing children at an elementary school in May, has agreed to plead no contest, prosecutors say.

Report faults cruise ship officers for response to fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When a crewman's hot water kettle set fire to a cabin on board the Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam 16 months ago in Glacier Bay, officer and crew members rushed to take action.

Unalaska OKs $100,000 donation to terrorist attack victims
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Unalaska City Council approved a $100,000 donation for the victims of the terrorist attacks.

Mayor wants nearly $11 million to prepare for terrorist attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor George Wuerch wants nearly $11 million in federal money to help prepare the city for a massive terrorist attack.

Threatened eiders get $550,000 federal conservation grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive federal funds to manage habitat for two threatened bird species on the North Slope.

Murkowski threatening to hold up Senate business for energy bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, is threatening to stall Senate business unless Democratic leaders agree to proceed with an energy bill.

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.

Man pleads no contest to kidnapping, raping Native women
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man charged with kidnapping and assaulting five Native women after offering them rides has pleaded no contest in a deal reached with prosecutors.

Butt deposit goes nowhere
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A proposal to charge cigarette buyers a butt deposit went up in smoke when the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly considered the measure this week. Only sponsor David Veazey voted for the measure.

Shock from attacks send joblessness skyrocketing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for unemployment benefits rocketed to a nine-year high last week as the terror attacks started showing up in national economic statistics.

Fate of private prison in voters' hands
At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the polls will close around the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and the borough government either will be seeing red or green. Red, as in a red light, means the proposed private prison deal is off. Green, as in green light, means the borough can pursue the project.

Sprague: Responsible development among borough's duties
Pete Sprague is the incumbent running for the District 4 spot on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. He is a 26-year Alaska resident and has served on the assembly since October 1998. He also served on the Soldotna City Council from October 1997 until January 1999.

Fischer: Experience equips him to solve constituents' problems
Paul Fischer has been in Alaska 32 years. He has served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly from 1976 until 1982, in the Alaska Senate from 1982 until 1992, and held the assembly's District 7 seat since 1999.

Skipwith: Prison example of 'poorly planned expenditures'
Dan Skipwith of Kasilof is a 25-year Alaska resident. He ran for borough mayor in 1999, and is currently a candidate for the District 7 seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly.

Superman: Borough should not be involved with private prison
The proposal for a private prison near Kenai is the defining issue in the campaign for the seat representing Nikiski and Tyonek on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, said challenger Gary Superman.

Incumbents challenged for borough assembly seats
One-third of the nine-member borough assembly is up for grabs in Tuesday's election. The openings are in Districts 3, 4 and 7, and each is for a three-year term.

Osterman: 'Necessities of human life' should be free of taxes
Mark Osterman of Kasilof came to Alaska in June 2000. He is seeking election as the District 7 representative on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Candidates discuss views at forum
The public heard Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly candidates answer questions from the League of Women voters on Sept. 20. After candidates introduced themselves, responded to four questions and gave a summation, the public questioned the individuals running for seats in District 3 (Nikiski), District 4 (Soldotna) and District 7 (Tustumena).

Powell: Existing industries should get borough's attention first
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 3 incumbent Mark Powell said he supports the people's right to vote on the proposal to build a private prison near Kenai.

Election won't fill some service area seats
Wanted: 31 Kenai Peninsula Borough hard-working and dedicated residents to fill 31 openings on nine borough service area boards.

Tauriainen: More land should be made available to individuals
Mike Tauriainen, a 40-year Alaska resident and former Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board member, is a candidate for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 4.

The tying nun
SALT LAKE CITY -- Sister Carol Ann Corley, the Tying Nun, is a fly-fishing whiz looking to teach children a great lifelong habit.

Fishing outing sparks memory
Five of us sat in the boat at 3 a.m. with hands stuffed into pockets for warmth on a clear night showing a million stars.

Grid season down to the wire
Put away those slide rules and calculators -- those aren't going to help in determining which high school football teams from the Northern Lights Conference will be making appearances in the small schools playoffs pending the outcome of this weekend's regular season finales.

McGarry has his eye on the ball
It always stood to reason that the favorite sport of Skyview senior Mark McGarry would be basketball.

Livey to replace Perdue as head of Health and Social Services
JUNEAU -- 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.

Pro-prison forces well-heeled
Pro-private prison forces have combined to raise $147,213 in the race to pass Proposition 1 in Tuesday's election. That's nearly three-times as much as the $50,409 raised by those against the plan.

Forces mobilized
WASHINGTON -- Governors pledged Thursday to mobilize National Guard troops against terrorism at airports, where jobs are drying up because of travelers' jitters. The Pentagon said it has authority to attack hijacked airliners as a last resort.

Soldotna to paint hydrants, honor emergency personnel
The loss of more than 300 firefighters and police officers after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., has raised national recognition of the sacrifices these public servants make in the community.

Donna C. Freer
Kenai resident Donna C. Freer died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at the Providence Alaska Medical Center. She was 43.

Letters to the Editor
Mayor Williams' experience, connections will better serve citizens of KenaiSchool board needs people with vision to serve varied needs of all district's kidsIf problem is alcohol-related offenses, maybe there's better answer than prisonPrivate prison offers chance to break cycle of alcohol-induced recidivismWho stands to benefit most from private prison plan?

The tying nun
SALT LAKE CITY -- Sister Carol Ann Corley, the Tying Nun, is a fly-fishing whiz looking to teach children a great lifelong habit.

Nature's pallete
Tobi Tobison of Cologne, Germany, ambles along the Harding Icefield Trail last week amongst alpine tundra colored by autumn. Below, the tip of Exit Glacier empties into a Resurrection River valley similarly awash in color. The Harding Icefield Trail begins at the ranger station at Exit Glacier, which is located at the end of Exit Glacier Road in Seward. Those who plan to gain an overlook of Harding Icefield by venturing all the way to the top of the three-mile trail should be prepared to buffet frigid winds.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge celebrates 60th birthday
Saturday we will be hosting a birthday party. Sixty years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an Executive Order establishing the Kenai National Moose Range. President Roosevelt signed the order on Dec. 16, just nine days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. This has always been a source of amazement and some pride to me, because he must have thought that providing protection of the natural resources in Alaska warranted taking action, even though the nation was about to begin a prolonged period of war.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge invites community to birthday partyGood luck send-off planned for LittleFirst meeting of development council todayDragsters to celebrateFour schools serve spaghetti for disaster reliefCornell to pitch prison to seniorsCrisis intervention training slatedFish and Game committee to meet WednesdayFrontier Community Services meeting WednesdaySoroptimists to meet Thursday

Yom Kippur observance focusing on terrorism
The solemn tone of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, was made even more somber Thursday as worshippers remembered victims of the terrorists attacks.

Photo feature: Reflection
Todd Pollock's body reflects on a window as his mind reflects upon his class work in the library at Kenai Peninsula College earlier this week. He was studying for a test in his process technology class.

Nikiski, Seward, CIA teams set to shake up pack in 1-2-3A meet
Last year, the Nikiski cross country team sent two runners to the state meet. This year, the Bulldogs are sending two teams.

NFL bans ephedrine and other stimulants found in popular supplements
NEW YORK -- The NFL has banned the stimulant ephedrine after being told by experts that the substance often found in strength-building food supplements can cause seizures, strokes and even death.

Cincinnati, San Diego shooting for 3-0
The San Diego Chargers were supposed to be improved. The Cincinnati Bengals were supposed to be the same old Bungles. So it's not surprising that when the Chargers, 1-15 last year, host the Bengals on Sunday, San Diego will be favored by 6 1/2 points -- up from 4 1/2.

No. 1 'Canes pound Pitt
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Clinton Portis scored on three short runs set up by Ken Dorsey's precision passing and No. 1 Miami, showing no rust from a nearly three-week layoff, came out with its accustomed first-quarter flurry to beat Pittsburgh 43-21 Thursday night.

Unbeaten Bengals? At unbeaten Chargers?
It seems like decades since the Cincinnati Bengals played a game as meaningful as Sunday's in San Diego. Actually, it was the 1989 Super Bowl, when Boomer Esiason and Stanford Jennings took Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and John Taylor to the last 32 seconds.

Shooting Stars
When Mark Devenney coached his first cross country season at Soldotna High School in 1993, Anchorage schools were treated more with awe than they were as competitors.

Sports Briefs
Jazz sign Stockton to a two-year contractNASCAR changes rules after seat belt case

Pregnant whale 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.

Drought, fires cause rise in bear complaints
BRIDGEPORT, Wash. -- ''There's an old saying,'' Rick Desautel said as he threw dozens of old ham sandwiches into a live bear trap. ''If a leaf drops in the forest, an eagle can see it falling, a coyote can hear it falling, and a bear can smell it falling.''

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