Tuesday, October 2, 2001

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 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.

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.

Juneau Assembly passes smoking ban measure
JUNEAU (AP) -- Local restaurants, offices and stores will have three months to comply with a new anti-smoking ordinance approved by the Juneau Assembly.

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

Man charged with assault for shooting at suspects
PALMER (AP) -- A man who fired a gun at two suspects in a Wasilla vehicle break-in in June has been charged with third-degree assault.

Suspect in 1986 hijacking that killed 22 gets hearing in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Jordanian man accused of hijacking an American airliner in Pakistan back in 1986 made a brief appearance in an Anchorage courtroom Monday before he was whisked back onto a government airplane headed for the nation's capital.

Producers say Alaska pipeline, favored by administration, lawmakers, is economically unfeasible
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Although lawmakers and the Bush administration say a proposed Alaska gas pipeline is critical to the country's energy security, major producers said Tuesday the $17 billion project makes little sense considering the highly volatile, and currently low, gas prices.

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.

Fire damages Cordova fish processing plant
CORDOVA (AP) -- Fire damaged a major fish processing plant in Cordova on Tuesday morning.

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.

Eruptive Russian volcano spews ash and lava
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A volcano in the Russian Far East shot an ash plume to 38,000 feet and dumped hot rock and ash down its flanks, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said.

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.

Murder charge dismissed in Talkeetna area case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A murder charge has been dropped against a Talkeetna area man whose wife was fatally shot last month.

Phillips files for statewide office, waiting on Murkowski
Former state House Speaker Gail Phillips launched her bid for statewide office on Monday, but said a decision to run for governor in 2002 hinges on the ambitions of the perceived GOP favorite.

Four men sentenced to prison in sexual assault case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four men have been sentenced to various prison terms for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl at an Anchorage party two years ago.

Flags at half staff for former legislator Dora Sweeney
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered that state flags be flown at half staff through Tuesday for former legislator Dora Sweeney.

Pipeline spill bigger than first reported
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental officials say a spill at Pump Station 5 of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is more than twice as large as initially reported.

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

Sept. 30, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner encourages revival of its Alaska Exhibition icon
Alaskaland had its beginnings as the site of the 1967 Alaska Exhibition, which celebrated the centennial of the purchase of Alaska. Since then, it has become a familiar and, for many people, well-loved part of the Fairbanks landscape.

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.

Sept. 27, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News applauds Katie John lawsuit denial
Superior Court Judge John Reese said most of what needs saying in denying an essentially frivolous lawsuit attempting to force Gov. Tony Knowles to go through with an appeal of the Katie John subsistence lawsuit -- an appeal he's already abandoned.

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.

Sept. 27, 2001 The Voice of the Times thinks it's not a good time to be a Taliban leader
In this new war against terrorism, President George W. Bush has pledged that nations harboring terrorists are as much a target as those who practice this deadly game. That includes seven nations already identified by the U.S. as havens for terrorists: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Sudan.

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

Sept. 27, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says no to arming commercial pilots
The collective cry from commercial pilots that they be given a way to fight back against would-be hijackers is a completely understandable response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, their proposal that pilots be allowed to carry guns in order to do is not the right answer.

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.

Knowles orders review of Alaska security
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In response to the terrorist attacks, Gov. Tony Knowles is asking a state panel to re-evaluate three critical areas of Alaska security.

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.

Alaska Airlines begins installing cockpit door locks
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines has begun begin installing crossbar locking devices on cockpit doors, officials of the West Coast regional carrier said.

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.

DEC Commissioner to serve on national children's health committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Michele Brown has been chosen to serve as a member of the national Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee.

Attacks prompt surge in patriotic tattoos
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Even if the surge in patriotism exhibited since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks fades as time goes by, people who have chosen red, white and blue tattoos will have permanent reminders.

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.

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.

Astros, Bonds both pursue two
HOUSTON -- The magic number for both Barry Bonds and the Houston Astros is two. Two more home runs will give Bonds 71 for the season, breaking the record of 70 set by St. Louis' Mark McGwire three years ago.

Mets lack spark in crucial loss to Pittsburgh
NEW YORK -- Gary Matthews Jr. hit a long homer and drove in three runs and Jimmy Anderson allowed just four hits in eight innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-1 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

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.

Votes already coming in
Voter turnout looks to be up from last year's election as absentee ballots have begun to pour into voting counters.

Where to vote today
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. The following are the precincts and polling sites in the Kenai Peninsula Borough:

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.

Inlet on block in 5-year lease plan
Some 5.3 million acres of sea floor from Afognak Island nearly to Kalgin Island could be up for oil and gas leasing under plans being developed at the U.S. Minerals Management Service.

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.

Kasilof Mercantile robbed at gunpoint
Alaska State Troopers are trying to find the man who robbed Kasilof Mercantile at gunpoint Saturday.

U.S. drives to strengthen forces
WASHINGTON -- Stymied in its drive to collar Osama bin Laden, the Bush administration is undertaking a concerted new effort to strengthen forces opposed to Taliban rulers harboring him in Afghanistan.

Phillips seeks state's top job
HOMER -- Former House Speaker Gail Phillips announced Monday that she wants to be Alaska's next governor -- unless U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski steps into the race, in which case she will run for lieutenant governor.

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.

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.

Michael Petrosik
Kenai resident Michael Petrosik died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 55.

Ethelyn E. Grimm
Longtime Soldotna resident Ethelyn E. Grimm died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 78.

Change your world: Make sure you vote
Kenai Peninsula residents can show their love of country in a concrete way today: They can go to the polls and make a difference in the local elections.

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.

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

Will terrorists fool U.S. again?
You know the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." How does that apply in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 act of war against our country?

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.

Congress tackles anti-terrorism laws
WASHINGTON -- The next two weeks will determine if the Bush administration's anti-terrorism proposals will become law this year or suffer the same gridlock that enveloped the last two such packages in Congress.

Photo feature: Hanging on
Leaves touched by the hands of autumn wait to fall in Kenai last weekend.

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?

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

Peninsula people
New club president named

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna Chamber to host luncheonWRCC offers crisis intervention trainingClothes Closet helps those in needSafari Club International meets tonightTickets available to chamber pie auctionCanine Good Citizen class offeredKenai clay exhibition plannedFind the right volunteering workState 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.

State rolls out welcome mat for retirees Officials hope small-town atmosphere as much a draw as outdoor activities
AUGUSTA, Maine -- When Ted and Toby Sanders started talking about where to retire, they considered the Caribbean. They both enjoy being near the ocean and had spent vacations on the islands before.

Senior Briefs
Activities available for our area seniors

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for local seniors

Armstrong finished for season
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders defensive end Trace Armstrong will have surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

Questions surround Mourning's health
MIAMI -- Alonzo Mourning's endurance test begins Tuesday, and it will be the most daunting challenge of his career. As he battles an incurable kidney disease discovered a year ago this week, the Miami Heat's All-Star center will try to coax his body through an entire NBA season.

Flame still burns at SoHi
One torch was passed over the weekend at the state cross country championships at Palmer High School. Another torch stayed resolutely where it was at.

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.

Bettman: Stanley Cup still can't be bought
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn't understand why the New York Islanders gave Alexei Yashin so much money and so long a contract, but said Monday that huge contracts aren't upsetting the league's balance of power.

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

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.

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.

Come and get him
They won't have to look far to find him. ''The young dogs are going to chase me around,'' Michael Jordan said. ''Well, I'm not going to bark too far away from them, either. I'm not running from nobody.''

San Francisco rushes past Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Of all teams, the San Francisco 49ers, inventors and purveyors of the West Coast offense, came up with the perfect East Coast running game.

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