Monday, October 1, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Phillips announces plans to file for statewide office
HOMER (AP) -- Former state House Speaker Gail Phillips announced plans to run for statewide office on Monday, but did not specify which office she plans to seek in 2002.

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.

Valdez man dies of apparent inhalant abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old Valdez man has died of suspected inhalant abuse, Valdez police said.

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.

Fairbanks teen crushed to death by beam
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 14-year-old Fairbanks boy died Sunday when he was crushed by a beam at a North Pole construction site.

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.

Quilt store owner charged with employment violations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman has been charged with 17 counts of child labor and minimum wage violations involving her quilt shop.

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.

Anchorage area neighborhood forced to ration water supply
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of a Peters Creek neighborhood have million-dollar views of Mount McKinley but can't let their kids flush the toilet, at least not every time. A full-tub bubble bath would be extravagant.

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.

Alaska Guard joins war on drugs
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska National Guard has teamed up with law enforcement agencies to fight substance abuse throughout the state.

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.

Senate committee to take up gasline issue
FAIRBANKS -- Alaska natural gas owners and pipeline operators will gather in Washington D.C this week to deliver a message to senate committee members that has significantly changed from last year's message.

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.

Private prison top issue in local elections Tuesday
Voters go to the polls on the Kenai Peninsula Tuesday to decide whether to prohibit a private prison in the area. Meanwhile, residents in the Haines Borough will voice their opinions on heliskiing with an advisory vote on that issue. Another hot local issues is a proposal to add a sales tax in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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

Rocket finally gets off the ground in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A long-delayed orbital launch finally made it off the pad Saturday, with a 62-foot-tall Lockheed Martin Athena 1 rocket carrying four satellites into space.

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.

Haines gets money for new library
HAINES (AP) -- A big federal grant and loan package has pushed the Haines Borough's new library project over its fund-raising goal. The combined $1,355,250 award means the $2.3 million project can start early next spring.

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.

Woman's body found under bridge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A woman's body was found Saturday morning under a Fairbanks bridge, and police are investigating.

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.

Ketchikan officer pleads innocent to assault charge
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan police officer has pleaded innocent to charges of criminal trespass and assault.

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.

Two men accused of sexual contact with 14-year-old
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man and a Fort Wainwright soldier were arrested over the weekend on charges of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, according to police, who said the girl was drunk but there was no indication force was involved.

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.

Fairbanks residents march for peace
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 200 people joined a Walk for Peace organized by a pair of construction-worker brothers Saturday as the nation prepared for possible retaliation against those blamed for the terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

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.

Seattle's Suzuki breaks rookie hitting record
CLEVELAND -- Bartolo Colon (14-11) pitched eight shutout innings and Jim Thome hit his 49th homer as the Cleveland Indians clinched their sixth AL Central title in seven years, routing the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Sunday.

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.

Baseball's iron man completes his last away game
NEW YORK -- About 3 1/2 hours before the final road game of his career, Cal Ripken Jr. sat in the visitor's clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, watching a movie on a big-screen TV.

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.

Voters get last chance to hear answers
Hopefully voter turnout Tuesday will be stronger than the turnout at Soldotna City Hall Wednesday when Mayor David Carey, his council and staff held an open forum to talk about the proposed events center.

Photo feature: Handiwork
David Charlie and James Showalter make last-minute adjustments to a fish trap made from alder branches before they placed the trap in the Swanson River for the first time Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Threat of more strikes loom in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- The Taliban government confirmed Sunday that Osama bin Laden still is in Afghanistan but the White House flatly rejected an overture to negotiate his fate.

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.

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)

Soldotna honors its heroes
After the tragic events of Sept. 11 on the East Coast, and the heroic efforts of emergency responders in its aftermath, Soldotna Mayor David Carey looked for a way to honor those people.

Subsistence fishing proposals include salmon from peninsula
A federal advisory panel this week is to consider proposals to open federal subsistence fisheries for Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet salmon, trout, char, halibut and shellfish.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Thanks to community
In light of the recent tragedies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, 15 Kenai students, the majority from Kenai Middle School, held a bake sale recently to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The community support was awesome, and this letter is dedicated to them all.

What others say
America has rediscovered its old values.Alaska Newspapers Inc. put the Sept. 11 attacks and subsistence in perspective

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!

Reflections from ash of New York: It's high time to give war a chance
NEW YORK -- Think of the largest picture you've ever seen. A giant screen television? Not big enough. The Jumbotron in Times Square? Not large enough. An IMax screen that stretches from floor to ceiling and wall to wall in a movie house? Still too small.

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

Where did energy crisis go?
WASHINGTON -- Gasoline prices have dropped a nickel or more a gallon. The price of natural gas, once sky-high, is now so low producers are canceling orders for drilling rigs. And crude oil prices have taken a nosedive.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Ask a Trooper
Question: Twice this week I've seen someone pulling a car down the highway with a chain or tow rope. This isn't legal, is it?

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.

Peninsula people
New club president named

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

Births
Tammy Orr and Rocky Cordle Jr.Winona M. and John F. Rich IIIJenny Hamill and David Ratky

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.

Announcements
Disability Mentoring Day announcedBoys and Girls Clubs offer new activities for teensWomen's volunteer group announces election resultsFolk dance scheduledPerforming Arts Society gears up for season kick-offKenai Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla wins awardKenai library scheduleAlaska SeaLife Center news

Around the Peninsula
School board to meet in SewardCrisis intervention training slatedHistorical societies to gather in KasilofCommunity Schools brochures in the mailTickets available to chamber pie auctionKenai clay exhibition plannedVolunteering guide availableState offers birth control servicesGovernment offers food aid for day care

CARTS expands wheelchair services
Saturday CARTS, the Central Area Rural Transit Service Inc., celebrated the first anniversary of its ride service.

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.

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.

Patriots thrash Colts
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Otis Smith and Ty Law returned interceptions for touchdowns and the New England Patriots got their first victory of the season, 44-13 Sunday over previously unbeaten Indianapolis.

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.

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

Leonard fights off younger players for win at Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO -- Justin Leonard was all business in defending his title at the Texas Open. After his last putt dropped Sunday, though, there was a release of pent-up emotion.

Nikiski sweeps Grace, Heritage
The Nikiski volleyball team followed hurry-up-and-wait situations with hurry-up-and-quash-the-opponent situations Friday and Saturday in District 3/3A play.

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.

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.

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.

Hakkinen takes No. 20 at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- A race that started badly for Mika Hakkinen ended in his 20th career Grand Prix victory.

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.

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.

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.

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