Tuesday, October 1, 2002

'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.

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.

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.

Judge backs state's rural law enforcement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's law enforcement system in remote, predominantly Native villages is not unconstitutionally inferior to law enforcement in Alaska's road-accessible communities, a state Superior Court judge has ruled.

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.

Judge finds Chignik salmon coop legal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Juneau judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Alaska Board of Fisheries in a lawsuit challenging the legality of a commercial salmon fishery cooperative at Chignik.

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.

Anchorage retailers say no shortages for a while
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A labor dispute continued to idle West Coast seaports and hold up shipments of goods to Alaska, but major Anchorage retailers said consumers won't notice shortages unless the dispute stretches out far longer.

Congress weighs issue of fishing quotas as moratorium expires
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the federal moratorium on fishing quotas expires Monday after six years, fishermen, conservationists, processors and others are waiting to see if Congress will extend it.

Municipal elections held around the state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two dozen municipal elections were being held around the state Tuesday.

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.

Elmendorf gets new commander
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lt. Gen. Carrol Chandler has replaced Lt. Gen. Norton Schwartz as the senior military officer at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

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.

Subsistence board approves changes to advisory boards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Interior Department has approved a plan to change the makeup of the Federal Subsistence Board's regional advisory councils.

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.

DNR closes Hatcher Pass Road
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday closed the Hatcher Pass Road for the winter at the summit.

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.

State's largest small party battles with Wright
JUNEAU (AP) -- Officials with the Alaskan Independence Party have refused to publicly support gubernatorial candidate Don Wright.

Metcalfe plan would have oil companies fill budget gap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican Moderate state House candidate Ray Metcalfe has resurrected his old plan for closing Alaska's fiscal gap by boosting taxes on oil companies. The proposal is drawing some support from three other small political parties.

Alaska public broadcasters get federal grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Public broadcasting stations in Alaska will receive more than $1 million in federal grants to help with their conversion to digital broadcasting.

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.

Judge backs state's rural law enforcement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's law enforcement system in remote, predominantly Native villages is not unconstitutionally inferior to law enforcement in Alaska's road-accessible communities, a state Superior Court judge has ruled.

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.

Petersburg man missing, boat found
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescuers launched a search for a Petersburg man who disappeared after setting out on a trip from Wrangell, Alaska State Troopers said.

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?

Contractor defends Marathon Oil seismic mapping plan
KENAI (AP) -- Wells and other underground structures in Sterling should not be affected by Marathon Oil Company's plan to use dynamite and vibrating tools to seismically map the area, according to the contractor hired to do the job.

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.

Two Southeast Alaska lighthouses on Norton's list
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two historic lighthouses in Southeast Alaska are on a list of 20 nationwide that could be turned over to new owners by the federal government.

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.

Alaska air carriers endorse Murkowski
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Air Carriers Association wants Sen. Frank Murkowski to be the next governor.

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.

Man missing after boat overturns near Togiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers continued to look Monday for a Togiak man whose boat overturned on the Togiak River, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Anchorage man dies in crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died in a head-on collision with another car over the weekend, police said Monday.

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.

Hoonah man building floating greenhouse
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Hoonah man is building a floating greenhouse to feed himself in his retirement and in case violent world events cut off Alaska from its food supply.

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.

Health insurer converting to for-profit entity
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The biggest private insurer in Alaska wants to become a for-profit company and give all its stock, at least at first, to a pair of foundations here and in Washington state.

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.

Knowles seeks exemption for Alaska-bound cargo
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Cargo ships lay at anchor offshore, waiting to be unloaded, and trucks with fresh produce lined up outside West Coast ports Monday after dockworkers were locked out in a dispute that could cost the U.S. economy $1 billion a day.

Mineta promises $20 million to UA and other schools
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The University of Alaska and four other universities will receive $20 million over the next decade for aviation safety research, U.S. Secretary Norman Mineta said Monday.

Small-market miracles, slugging records were overshadowed by threat of strike
NEW YORK -- It was a baseball season full of angst and drama, collapses and comebacks.

Bonds still swinging for World Series
Now that Barry Bonds has all those records, he wants that ring. The same one Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson waited so long to win.

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.

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.

Skyview Interact Club plans for second year
Last year the Soldotna Rotary Club founded the second Rotary Interact Club on the Kenai Pen

Hobo has a new guitar!
Alaska's Balladeer Hobo Jim for more than 30 years has captured the mystique and spirit of Alaska in song, hundreds of them.

Lions annual "Bed Race" helps raise dollars for scholars
It was a slow beginning for the unique idea of Soldotna Lions Club president Tim Musgrove, but then again it was a bed race that he thought up to raise money for the Club's scholarship fund.

Alaska Christian College begins second year
Alaska Christian College (ACC) is now in session. Last year, according to Keith Hamilton, President of ACC, the College graduated 18 of its inaugura

Wet Feet, Bugs, and No Moose
I was informed that I was going to be laid off from my job on the SDC Drill ship this fall when I took the job last May.

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.

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.

Home loans surge with low interest rates
Record low interest rates have created a roaring business for banks in home purchase lending, refinancing and construction loans.

Photo feature: Colorful contrasts
Mountain ash berries contrast with the yellow leaves of autumn in the Kenai Mountains recently. Fall colors are at their peak in many areas of the peninsula.

Alcohol sellers, buyers stock up
An 18-can case of beer is on sale at the liquor store of the Big Kmart for $10. Is it any wonder that Monday afternoon there weren't any of those sale cases to be found in the store, and customers were being given rain checks?

Fish folks top list of jobs
If you were sliming salmon, halving halibut or filleting other kinds of fish here in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 2001, you were working in the single largest occupational group in the borough, according to the Alaska Depart-ment of Labor.

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.

Teachers study reading, writing, relaxation
Many Alaska teachers took the weekend off from grading homework -- and started doing some themselves.

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.

Proof of insurance needed in vehicles
A new law went into effect in Alaska today requiring motorists to carry proof of vehicle liability insurance in their cars, and some Kenai Peninsula residents were one step ahead of the law.

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.

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

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.

Erma E. Morgan Obituaries
Soldotna resident Erma E. Morgan died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 88.

Jerome (Jerry) Pfaff
Alaska and Clever, Mo., resident Jerome (Jerry) Pfaff passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Mo. He was 72.

KRSA invites sport-fishing public to share ideas about Kenai kings
Now that the fishing season is coming to a close, it's time for anglers to once again turn our attention to the regulatory process. Following its meeting last February and a series of meetings since then, the Alaska Board

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

Applause
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

Letters to the Editor
Tradition of U.S. Color Guard includes people carrying weapons

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.

State looks for management approach that sustains early-run kings, satisfies people
Even though Kenai River king salmon anglers have stowed their gear for the winter, the future of early-run Kenai River king salmon fishing remains on the minds of many.

Permanent fund should be managed as true endowment to protect it
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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Pease to speak at Soldotna chamber Safari Club program planned Chamber to hold luncheon Marketing seminar offered Goblins, ghosts, Wonder Women wanted

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Briefs
Activities at senior centers throughout the peninsula.

Senior Menus
Menus for lunches at senior centers througnout the peninsula

Flu immunizations for seniors offered
Kenai Public Health is offering flu immunization clinics in October for high-risk individuals. Clinics will be held at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center fr

Technology helps elderly live independently
DENVER -- Ken Nixon sees his 84-year-old mom, Louise, every day. They chat in the morning and sometimes have dinner together, and he watches as she takes her Alzheimer's medication, even though they live about 250 miles apart.

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.

After a quarter of the season, parity reigning as usual in the NFL
The St. Louis Rams, thought to be above and beyond everyone else when the season began, are 0-4. The San Diego Chargers, who lost their last nine games a year ago, are 4-0.

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. gets singled out
So much for rugged individualism.

Sports Briefs
Wrestling referee clinic slated for Thursday Basketball officials meeting Oct. 7 Pujols, McRae fired Rams QB Warner out 8-to-10 weeks Oracle wins on first day of Cup challenger racing

NFL-record 108-yard return highlights first victory of season for Baltimore
BALTIMORE -- Ray Lewis is known for ferocious tackling. On this night, the Pro Bowl middle linebacker threw a devastating block to carry the Baltimore Ravens to victory.

Flying high
One day during a summer swimming session, Kenai Central High School swimming and diving coach Will Hubler told Rachel Knowles, then in fourth or fifth grade, to go take a leap -- and leap she did.

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

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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