Monday, September 30, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Tighter rule on car insurance goes into effect
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers will start citing motorists Tuesday if they can't prove they have insurance, as required by a law that went into effect July 1. Other law enforcement agencies are following their lead.

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.

Ulmer backs spending cap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fran Ulmer, the Democratic candidate for governor, is backing a spending cap to go with her support for new taxes.

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.

Two charged with robbing store using hammer
WASILLA (AP) -- Two men have been charged with armed robbery after one of them went into a Wasilla convenience store and threatened the cashier with a hammer, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Man arrested on drug charges after returning to stolen car
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police staking out a car that had been reported stolen arrested a Fairbanks man on an outstanding drug warrant Saturday, then added some new charges.

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.

Sept. 23, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News blasts outsiders with secret money
Why do you suppose a small business advocacy group based in the Washington, D.C., area all of a sudden has decided to broadcast ads telling Alaskans about U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski's record on education issues?

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.

Sept. 27, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says state-sanctioned memorial signs not the same
At their most basic level, roadside memorials mark the spot where someone lost a friend or family member on Alaska's highways. They are a reminder, often lovingly and carefully maintained, that something tragic and important happened at that spot. For many, they are a comfort.

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.

Sept. 23, 2002 The Voice of the Times proposes a new fix for the state's fiscal gap
The stock market gyrations that briefly threatened this year's Permanent Fund dividend were a vivid demonstration of the need to change the fund's marching orders.

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

Sept. 26, 2002 The Ketchikan Daily News urges leaving the Legislature in Juneau
Tempting to remember the times politicians in Juneau have acted in ways that haven't seemed in the best interests of their Southeast neighbors.

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.

Iditarod tightens rules on coaching
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is cracking down on ''outside assistance'' -- help mushers can receive from supporters at checkpoints.

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.

Body found in stream near Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man has been found dead under a bridge near Kodiak, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Man fires at police, escapes in crowd
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A suspect in an armed robbery fired at officers Friday night while a man suspected of being his partner sat in a police car.

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.

Alabama movie actually germinated in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's capital city may not be an obvious feature in the romantic comedy ''Sweet Home Alabama,'' which opened this weekend in theaters across the country. But Doug Eboch, who wrote the movie, said growing up in Juneau was a major influence.

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.

Shipping lines shut down ports again
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A frail labor peace between shipping lines and West Coast longshore workers collapsed Sunday when workers were ordered off their jobs indefinitely. The move could stall shipments of groceries and other goods to Alaska.

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.

New jury to consider double murder charges
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A man charged with killing two people back in 1994 will see his trial start anew on Tuesday with a new jury.

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.

'I'll see you in hell,' shooter told victim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sitting on a pillow in a hallway closet with a protein bar, a bottle of water and a .44 Magnum revolver lifted from the house she'd broken into, Karen Brand apparently passed the time with a Tom Clancy novel.

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.

Summit on Native education gap
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Education leaders held the first Fairbanks Native Education Summit over the weekend to address the achievement gap between Alaska Native students and their white counterparts.

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.

Liquor sellers, buyers stock up before tax hike
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's liquor merchants and drinkers are buying booze in unprecedented volumes to sidestep -- at least for a while -- a spike in alcohol taxes coming on Tuesday.

School board candidate gets equal time on local TV
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Candidate Joseph Easaw has been reading promos for TV news shows. It's not what he expected when he decided to run for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board, but it's one more way to get his face in front of voters.

Camera provides inside view of intestines
HOMER (AP) -- At $1,800 a pop, you don't want to take two of these pills and call your doctor in the morning. But taking just one of them could save your life. A physician in the fishing town of Homer is offering the pill.

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

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?

Bombers end season on win; will start postseason in the Bronx
BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees clinched home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs, using homers by Rondell White and Jason Giambi to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 Sunday.

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.

D'Backs go out shining
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks clinched home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs, with Chad Moeller homering twice and driving in six runs Sunday for an 11-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd's southern rock anthem has gone through quite a transformation in the two or three decades of it's existence.

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.

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.

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.

Johnson is first rookie atop Winston standings
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The immediate moment belongs to Jeff Gordon. The historic moment belongs to his rookie teammate, Jimmie Johnson.

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.

Hospital board makes plans for new facility
Central Peninsula General Hospital officials said the ball must keep rolling in planning and designing an improved hospital facility.

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.

Seward council rejects HEA offer
An $18 million offer made by Homer Electric Association in February seeking to purchase the Seward Electrical Utility was rejected Monday by the Seward City Council.

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.

Charity gathers shoes for kids
Children on the Kenai Peninsula are going to have warm feet this winter.

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.

Kenai takes 'wait-and-see' stance on rent tax exemptions
Despite complaints and ill feelings voiced about the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, the Kenai City Council decided to accept a borough ordinance exempting senior citizens and disabled veterans from paying sales taxes on their housing rents -- at least for the time being.

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.

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.

Kenai council hears appeal, presentations
The Kenai City Council held a board of adjustments hearing Sept. 18 in which a Planning and Zoning Com-mission denial of a conditional-use permit was appealed.

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.

KPC golf tournament a success because of community support Agrium employees help kids with toy donation program Sept. 11 event raises funds for local emergency workers

Cost of war too high
It is estimated that a war with Iraq would cost no less than $200 billion. This much has been confirmed by White House economic adviser Larry Lindsey. Yet this colossal expense does not seem to ruffle ... key advisers of U.S. President George W. Bush.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Bush policy on Iraq arrogant; U.S. should learn from past mistakes Oil spokesman unfairly criticized studys methods, says author

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.

Bush's reasoning not strong enough to justify war on Iraq
He has weapons with massive destruction capacity, threatens neighboring countries and is implacable with domestic opposition. This description is valid for Saddam Hussein, but it is also for Jiang Zemin, China's top leader; Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's President and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.

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

Photo feature: Hanging ten
Luke Jackson angles for the right wave during a brief session of body surfing on Friday night's high tide. Strong winds drove large waves ashore. He said he stays warm by wearing two dry suits.

Heroes of the week
On July 12, my wife and I aboard the MV Slip 'N' Away experienced motor failure in Kachemak Bay outside of Seldovia Bay in heavy seas, high winds and strong tide shift.

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

Karri King and Chris Wilshusen Kristin Mitchell and David Thomas Debra and Timothy Shaginoff Greg and Georgina Braun

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Area students start college Kenai grad earns degree Student attends art program

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.

Community News
Nikiski seniors plan bazaar Johnsons donates to Boys and Girls Clubs Homer Community School corrects fall program

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank to hold classes Committee to hold logo unveiling Flu immunizations to be offered Homer Community School classes offered Goblins, ghosts, Wonder Women wanted

Peninsula youth win big at horse show
The following awards were presented at the 2002 Kenai Peninsula 4-H District Horse Show:

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.

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.

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.

Homer wins Peninsula Challenge tournament
The Homer High volleyball team won the 2002 Peninsula Challenge Tournament held Saturday in Homer.

Giants can't stop Shipp
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Marcel Shipp, an undrafted second-year pro who didn't have an NFL carry before this season, ran 10 yards for one fourth-quarter touchdown and caught a 7-yard pass from Jake Plummer for another as Arizona (2-2) beat the bumbling Giants.

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.

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.

U.S. gets singled out
So much for rugged individualism.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna, Homer split dual meetRaines announces retirement

Underdog Europe outguns U.S. in singles competition
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Underdog Europe sent out its best players to bring home the Ryder Cup and got even more help from its unknowns for a shocking victory over the Americans.

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

Getting a leg up
A large octopus makes its way across a tank in the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward on Sept. 22.

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