Sunday, September 29, 2002

Moose-cutting rookies learn butchery basics in class
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Chelsie Venechuk took a break from her job in Nikolai, her co-workers gave her an assignment for her stint in Fairbanks.

Students suspended after videotaped brawls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A videotape seized after a traffic accident captured three brawls near West High School and led to the suspension of 16 students, Anchorage School District officials said Friday.

Salcha homesteader, inventor dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha homesteader known for his businesses and his inventions died Thursday.

Kenai Peninsula brown bear season canceled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The fall brown bear hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula will close again this year because too many sows died in traffic accidents and self-defense shootings.

Ceremony held to dedicate Kaisei Maru artifact shelter
SITKA (AP) -- A ceremony was held at Sealing Cove to dedicate a shelter to hold artifacts from the Kaisei Maru, a Japanese vessel impounded at Sitka in 1909.

Teens charged with eating and running
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two teenagers were chased down in a stolen car Wednesday after eating at a Glennallen restaurant and leaving without paying.

Forest Service approves Juneau Icefield landing plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan to allow more helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield later this decade.

Student assaulted at UAA
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old student was sexually assaulted Friday morning and left unconscious outside a building at the University of Alaska Anchorage, campus police said.

Student assaulted at UAA
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old student was sexually assaulted Friday morning and left unconscious outside a building at the University of Alaska Anchorage, campus police said.

Worker, children hurt after chlorine leak at pool
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A maintenance worker was critically injured and dozens of children were hurt Friday afternoon by an accidental release of chlorine gas at the Alaska Pacific University campus swimming pool.

FAA wants passengers to play bigger role in air safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- That old image of the Bush pilot -- Alaska's cowboy of the air -- may be getting reined in a bit as safety officials try to cut the death toll in airplane crashes.

Married couple charged with stealing UA servers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two former University of Alaska Fairbanks student employees have been charged with stealing two computer servers and selling them on eBay.

Eielson commander heads to Qatar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A commander at Eielson Air Force Base has been tapped to lead troops in Qatar, according to military officials at the base.

Troops to Teachers starts attracting inquiries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 130 people have made inquiries about the Alaska version of Troops to Teachers, a program aimed at turning soldiers into qualified educators.

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.

Appeals court affirms convictions in Fairbanks beating
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of two of the four men found guilty of the fatal beating of teenager five years ago.

Migrating cranes leave Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two sandhill cranes equipped with satellite transmitters are still on the move and have left Alaska, according to state wildlife officials.

Ozone holds hope for treating tanker ballast water
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Trials of ozone treatments used to kill invasive bacteria and tiny animals in oil tanker ballast water are giving scientists hope that the creatures can be kept from taking hold in Alaska.

BLM finds no leaks so far at NPR-A abandoned wells
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management did not find anything alarming over the summer after it finished its first look at 37-years worth of abandoned wells and drill sites in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Can loser be MVP winner?
The race for American League Most Valuable Player has rekindled an age-old debate in baseball: Can a player on a losing team really be that valuable?

Angels notch team-record 98th victory
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brad Fullmer hit a two-run triple and a single during a seven-run sixth inning and the Anaheim Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 Saturday.

Bonds leads Giants into playoffs
SAN FRANCISCO -- With yet another big splash by Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants surged into the playoffs.

Photo feature: Cooling down
Hikers are dwarfed by the crevasse-filled face of Exit Glacier near Seward during a hike Friday on the 4-mile trail that leads to the edge of the Harding Ice Field.

Kenai Peninsula brown bear season canceled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The fall brown bear hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula will close again this year because too many sows died in traffic accidents and self-defense shootings.

Late Homer TD fizzles Skyview homecoming
In a game that featured a season's worth of trickery and unusual plays, the Homer Mariners defeated the Skyview Panthers 20-14 Saturday afternoon at Skyview High School.

Bulldogs' string of five GLC crowns snapped
The Nikiski High School football team wound up on the wrong end of a 27-2 score Saturday, dropping their regular-season finale to Great Land Conference foe Seward.

Stars rout Kards, earn three-peat in NLC
Stars 28, Kardinals 0. "We just got whipped today," said Kenai Central football coach Jim Beeson after his squad dropped its Northern Lights Conference finale to Soldotna at Justin Maile Field.

Burton cruises to fourth Busch win of season
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Jeff Burton made his fourth Busch Series victory of the season look easy, beating rookie Kerry Earnhardt by more than three seconds in the Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Soldotna council changes language of smoking ban
The Soldotna City Council deleted language in the city's proposed restaurant smoking ban Wednesday night that would have let restaurants allow smoking -- if they provided separately ventilated areas for smoking and nonsmoking customers.

Borough mayor race boils down to overall picture
When Kenai Peninsula Borough voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will be offered not only a multitude of choices in candidates, but also opportunities for change.

New districts mean new polling locations Tuesday
Redistricting after the 2000 census drew new political boundaries across the state, including here in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Voters in Tuesday's municipal election are finding local precincts changed as well, meaning in some cases that familiar polling places have moved.

Mistrial declared; New jury selection set to take place this week in trial of accused murderer
A mistrial was declared Friday in the jury trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith. Selection of a new jury is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Marathon sends rep to clear path for map
About 60 Sterling residents made some noise Thursday night at an informational meeting to discuss Marathon Oil Company's plan to use dynamite and vibrating tools to seismically map the underground structures of the area.

Plan B offers better representation on school board
Proposition No. 1 is not just about voting for seven or nine seats on the school board. The real issue is about how we select who sits in these seats, through either the present at-large system or proposed geographic districting.

In these uncertain times, nothing beats overdue visits with loved ones
I've done a little planet-hopping the past two weeks, touching down in New York and Washington states to be swallowed whole into the bosom of family.

Proposition 4 wrong road to tax relief
Over the course of time leading up to Tuesday's election, noticeable opposition to the food tax question has surfaced -- primarily from the borough's cities. This was to be expected, as the impact would be substantially more dramatic on their individual budgets in comparison to the borough budget. The cities' arguments rationally stand alone and deserve support.

Letters to the Editor
Police reports should give parents needed wake-up call

Professor keeps an eye on the evening sky
As a young boy growing up in Germany, Andreas "Andy" Veh spent countless hours staring up at the night sky. Now a professor at Kenai Peninsula College, Veh will have lots of time to do just that during the long Alaska nights.

My Best Friends
Caitlin Forbes of Cooper Landing couldn't resist taking this photo of her two cats, Fearless, sitting on the candle, and Sheba.

REI, team up in matchmaking
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.

Planetary views abound
I've just moved here, so what would I know about the night skies on the Kenai? Fortunately, the movements of planets, the sun and moon and the rotation of Earth -- yielding the stars' daily apparent motion -- are very predictable, so here we go.

Study finds dieting dogs are healthier, live longer
PHILADELPHIA -- If your pet's diet has gone to the dogs, consider this: A study finds that dogs who ate less lived nearly two years longer and developed fewer chronic diseases than those allowed to eat as much as they wanted.

Even canned, dry food has shelf life
Fall is in the air and people on the Kenai Peninsula are beginning to button-up their summer cabins for winter.

Dinosaur hunting thrives in Alaska
COLVILLE RIVER, Alaska -- Dallas Museum of Natural History curator Tony Fiorillo returned to Alaska's North Slope in July, intent on extracting the skull of a pachyrhinosaur spotted last summer north of America's northernmost mountains.

Around the Peninsula
Election event plannedPease to speak at Soldotna chamberSafari Club to hold programCollege seeks representativesForum to host motivational speakerKDLL plans board election

U.S. now tied in Ryder Cup
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- The game was familiar, just not the stage.

Bearcats coach Huggins hospitalized after heart attack
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) -- Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins had a heart attack Saturday at Pittsburgh International Airport during a recruiting trip, a hospital spokesman said.

Knowles takes diving in Valdez
A pair of swimmers from the Kenai Peninsula earned first-place medals at the Valdez Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet, held Friday and Saturday at Valdez.

SoHi girls nab third at state
Seward, Cook Inlet Academy and Soldotna were the top Kenai Peninsula finishers Saturday at the 2002 Alaska School Activities Association State Cross Country Championships at Palmer High School.

Hawkeyes, Cyclones celebrate big wins over ranked opponents
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Iowa might be known as the ''Hawkeye State,'' but on Saturday it celebrated big victories by both its major-college teams.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna, Homer split dual meetRaines announces retirement

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