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Sunday, September 30, 2001

Polling places moved off bases near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Polling places at Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base will be moved to non-military locations for Tuesday's election because of heightened security at the installations.

State High Court dismisses lawsuit against Fairbanks police
JUNEAU (AP) -- A police department can't be sued for failing to arrest a person who later commits a crime with no prior warning, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Investigators find no food contamination outside mine port
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Preliminary results from testing berries and greens about a mile from the Red Dog mine port suggest locals are not risking their health by gathering wild foods there, state officials said last week.

Athena rocket fired from Kodiak deploys four satellites
KODIAK (AP) -- Four satellites carried on board a Lockheed Martin Athena 1 rocket were successfully deployed Saturday night after a launch from the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Search for missing Coghill continues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The search for the grandson of former Lt. Gov. Jack Coghill is continuing, three weeks after the 26-year-old North Pole man was last seen floating down the Tanana River clinging to a 15-gallon plastic fuel tank.

New federal rules prompt two airlines to bypass Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal security rules in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks are causing delays for foreign airlines at Anchorage's international airport, so lengthy that two carriers have stopped landing at the airport.

Commissioner approves Tanana Valley Forest plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After seven years and almost 50 public meetings, the commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources has signed off on a new Tanana Valley State Forest management plan, the first complete rewrite since the original plan came out in 1988.

Girl killed in California standoff, suspects have Alaska ties
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The 9-year-old girl killed during a standoff with FBI agents and police in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., nine days ago was a former Fairbanks resident.

State High Court: Ketchikan neighbor's behavior not too outrageous
JUNEAU (AP) -- An unneighborly feud between a Ketchikan couple and an Oregon woman who owned rental property below their hillside home went all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Young women meet emergency services need in Aniak
ANIAK (AP) -- Last month three teen-age girls hopped out of their fire truck and extinguished a blazing smokehouse fire before any adult volunteers arrived on the scene.

Coast Guard stops fishing vessel over safety problems
JUNEAU(AP) -- Coast Guard officers found safety problems on a fishing vessel and escorted it back to port Thursday.

Anchorage youth sentenced to nine years for ambush shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old Anchorage youth was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for the ambush shooting of a man outside a movie theater.

Silver mine in Yukon set to reopen
WHITEHORSE, Yukon -- A privately held company plans to reopen silver mines at Elsa, not far off the Alaska Highway between Dawson and Carmacks. The purchase of the mine's assets by Advanced Mineral Technology Inc. was approved this week in the Yukon Supreme Court.

Koyukuk killer sentenced to 50 years
FAIRBANKS -- A Koyukuk man was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for killing another village man and his 2-year-old son.

Man sentenced to 5 1/2 years for DWI death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 33-year-old Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for manslaughter in the drunk-driving death of a 17-year-old girl last year.

Former Ester fire chief convicted of embezzlement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former Ester Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Oden was convicted Friday of embezzlement.

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, officers and crew members rushed to take action.

Bonds launches home run No. 69
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 69th home run, moving within one of Mark McGwire's record, a tiebreaking drive in the sixth inning that led the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego Padres 3-1 Saturday.

Tribe clinches tie for first
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland clinched at least a tie for first place in the AL Central when Travis Fryman hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying the Indians to a 9-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Painter turns to canvas during tragedy
Artistic creation can be relaxing, stimulating or even therapeutic. Kellie Smith of Sterling realized the therapeutic nature of art by using painting as a way to express her emotions after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

NOW PLAYING: Don't Say A Word
Don't Say A Word is the undeniable truth that a bankable star and an interesting premise can't make you forget that you're basically watching the ABC Movie of the Week. That said, sometimes when you go to the movies, the Movie of the Week is all you really want to see.

Bulldogs unleash defense for fourth straight shutout
In bagging the Cats, the Nikiski High School football team have let the cat out of the bag.

Stars take conference's top seed, send Kardinals to the 'Dawgs
The Soldotna High School Football team spoiled the Kenai Kardinals' winning streak Saturday, claiming the Northern Lights Conference championship and sending Kenai to a first-round, away-game nightmare with a 13-8 win at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.

2002 ballot taking shape
It isn't just the municipal election on Tuesday that is drawing interest. Competition in Alaska's 2002 primary election has started to heat up.

Diplomatic efforts fail
WASHINGTON -- President Bush condemned Afghanistan's Taliban rulers for harboring Osama bin Laden and his followers on Saturday and the United States pressed its military and diplomatic campaign against terror.

Campaign war chests already being loaded
Campaign dollars are already rolling in for Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Nikiski, and Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski. Both have officially filed their intent to seek re-election in Alaska's 2002 primary. (See related story, 2002 ballot taking shape)

Low prices could hamper Arctic gas development
CALGARY (AP) -- The same low natural gas prices that suggest it's not economical to build a U.S.-based pipeline accessing Alaska's large gas reserves could cause problems for a Canadian line tapping gas in the Northwest Territories.

Anxiety over attacks causing children to conjure 'revenge fantasies'
A few days after planes strike the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a 3-year-old girl on Long Island begins sleepwalking and muttering.

Photo feature: Patriotic paint job
Cassandra Johns, Tommy Wagenaar and Shane Sachwitz (not pictured) paint a Soldotna fire hydrant red, white and blue in honor of emergency workers who perished in this month's terrorism attacks. Mayor David Carey hopes to have volunteers paint all 388 of the city's hydrants.

Virgil O. Dahler
Sterling resident Virgil O. Dahler died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001. He was 82.

Forget etiquette: Talk politics
We've got to do something! Do something! Do something! What can we do? Change our lives! Change your life! Change my life! One thing to do might be start talking about politics!

Tragedy helps us redefine, clarify meaning of 'hero'
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Americans have focused their attention on the twin forces of "evil" and "good." The "good" being used to combat the "evil" of that fateful day has come to light in a number of way

Letters to the Editor
Kansas letter writer does not portray accurate informationAnti-prison arguments hogwash; project's impacts will be positiveMore examination needed on all aspects of prison planPrison opponents' scare tactics easy to see through; vote 'Yes'State employee unions should not be trying to influence prison votePrison proposal being pushed through without feasibility study'Yes' vote allows borough to begin feasibility study, contract negotiationsPrison project presents opportunity for stable jobs, economic growthTainted public process has not garnered support for prison

Park chronicles family's legacy
QUINCY, Mass. -- The election of the second pair of father-son presidents, plus a new best-selling biography, are sparking renewed interest in a park dedicated to the first father and son to occupy the White House.

A pie to die for
Anne Shill is a master of an art form that produces sweet rewards.

Lofstedt, Freeman to wed in Arizona
Curry Lofstedt and Troy Freeman have an-nounced their plans to marry Friday, Oct. 26 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

St. Clair, Wagner marry in Soldotna
Michelle St. Clair and Ryan Wagner were married Friday, Aug. 3, 2001, at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church in Soldotna. Pastor Chuck Thornton officiated.

My Best Friend
Stacy Warton of Sterling sent in this photo of her daughter Becky and their dog Lily, who just flips over snow.

Around the Peninsula
Sterling church plans special meetingsCornell representative to speak MondayRed Cross volunteers wanted for mass careSoldotna chamber lunch speakers slatedBlood drive scheduledEmergency Services director to speak at chamberYouth activities plannedFilm festival benefit to be held ThursdayNorth Peninsula Chamber lunch to be held ThursdayAlcohol and drug abuse council to hold meetingFiscal policy town meeting scheduledHospice seeks volunteersPublic health nurse to visit NinilchikSocial Security Administration makes its roundsFree lunch program offered

Low fares create traveling bargains
While many Americans are choosing not to travel, Susan Wieske will take her two young sons to visit their grandparents. Her plans are being spurred by the cheap air fare that she found from Portland, Ore., to Indianapolis.

Obese numbers going up in America
CHICAGO -- Nearly 40 million American adults are obese, new figures show, continuing a decade-long climb in numbers despite efforts by health officials to encourage a sensible diet and plenty of exercise.

Moose in a jar? Try it!
If you haven't tried canning meat such as moose, caribou, bear or venison, consider giving it a try with your big game harvest this year.

No. 3 Oklahoma fends off No. 11 K-State rally
NORMAN, Okla. -- Antwone Savage caught two long touchdown passes and threw for another on a razzle-dazzle fake punt as No. 3 Oklahoma beat No. 11 Kansas State 38-37 on Saturday.

Seahawks advance with win over Hawks
Seward defeated Houston during its homecoming and clinched the second seed for the Greatland Conference, setting up a semifinal game next week against the first seeded team of the Northern Lights Conference, Soldotna. The score was 33-6.

Skyview's Mohler places second at state competition
Skyview freshman Marci Mohler has this whole state meet thing down pretty well. It's her mother, Paula, who had a little trouble with the emotions of the big event.

Leonard plays big in Texas
SAN ANTONIO -- Justin Leonard shot a 3-under-par 68 Saturday to stay in front going into the final round of the Texas Open.

Hopkins beats Trinidad
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bernard Hopkins boasted he was the true middleweight champion, then went out and proved it by stopping previously unbeaten Felix Trinidad in the 12th round early Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The victory made Hopkins the undisputed middleweight champion.

Soldotna boys pull through for third state title
Now, they'll be talking about the Soldotna Stars for a long time.

Islanders nab Osgood in NHL's waiver draft
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Osgood knew his days in Detroit were numbered after the Red Wings traded for All-Star goalie Dominik Hasek.

New look for NHL in 2001-02
The landscape of the NHL has changed so much in a year, it might as well be a brand new league.

Stars net first volleyball win
The Soldotna High Schools volleyball team notched its first win of the season Friday, defeating the visiting Homer Mariners in five games in a Region III/4A match.

SoHi swimmers splash past Homer
Jenna Syverson won a pair of individual events Friday as her Soldotna High School swimming team visited Homer for a dual meet.

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