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Wednesday, October 2, 2002

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NOAA awards Alaska grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $20.1 million in grants to study and preserve Alaska's marine and fisheries resources.

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.

Task force recommends state subsidize prescription drugs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska should join 34 states in creating a program to subsidize the rising cost of prescription drugs to those in need, said a state report issued Wednesday.

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.

Anchorage mayor submits budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor George Wuerch has unveiled a budget that calls for a nearly 3 percent increase in city spending next year.

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.

Ketchikan and Sitka voters go to the polls
JUNEAU (AP) -- Voters in Ketchikan backed an advisory ballot measure on building a bridge to Gravina Island and rejected one to do away with term limits for local officials.

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.

Reindeer Star died from bacterial infection
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bacterial infection similar to tetanus killed the little reindeer Star last month, the last in a long line of reindeer that lived in the fenced yard of a downtown Anchorage home.

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.

Bagley reelected; tax exemption for food defeated
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley easily won a second term in office.

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.

Keller elected new mayor of Wasilla
WASILLA (AP) -- Wasilla residents have elected a new mayor.

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.

Slim hope seen for Alaska-Russia travel link
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Oil, natural gas, timber and diamonds -- the Russian Far East has it all. But what the resource-rich region no longer has is a direct travel link to Alaska.

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.

Fairbanks firms happy with Condor guarantee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A financial guarantee by 15 Fairbanks backers to fill seats for Condor Airlines has proved to be a safe bet.

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

DeeDee Jonrowe struggles with battle against cancer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- DeeDee Jonrowe isn't used to this.

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.

Nome man sentenced in girlfriend's death
NOME (AP) -- A Nome man has received a 75-year prison sentence for the shooting death of his girlfriend last year.

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.

Bush aide in Juneau to meet with Forest Service
JUNEAU (AP) -- Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey will be in Juneau to meet with various government and environmental officials on Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service said.

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.

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.

Anchorage Archdiocese adopts standards code
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Roman Catholic leaders in the Archdiocese of Anchorage will gather Wednesday and Thursday for a workshop on a new code of standards, adopted locally in response to issues of sexual abuse.

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.

Twins regroup to beat A's in Game 1
OAKLAND, Calif. -- In the first two postseason innings of their lives, the young Minnesota Twins made three errors, allowed four unearned runs and reached their boiling point.

Yankees, Cardinals open with wins
NEW YORK -- Two outs, nobody on and behind in the eighth inning.

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.

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

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.

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.

Election Results
Election results in the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Soldotna elects new face to council; Kenai incumbents beat challengers
Voters in Kenai and Soldotna had a difference of opinion whether to vote for change in their city councils or go with the status quo.

Bagley wins second term
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters returned Mayor Dale Bagley to office for another three-year term Tuesday, handing him a decisive victory over his opponent, current Alaska House of Representatives member Ken Lancaster.

Voters keep 'grocery tax' in place
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will continue taxing nonprepared food items, peninsula voters decided Tuesday.

Mullins, Anderson, Gilman hang onto seats
Longtime school board member Debra Mullins will retain her seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education for at least one more year, according to unofficial election results released Tuesday night.

Smith's murder trial moved to Anchorage
After an unsuccessful attempt to select a new jury in Kenai Tuesday, the murder trial of Billy J. Smith was moved to Anchorage.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

James John Dahl
Homer resident James John Dahl died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at South Peninsula Memorial Hospital in Homer. He was 77.

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.

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.

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

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.

Legislative move would help Anchorage area, but harm rest of Alaska
Tempting to remember the times politicians in Juneau have acted in ways that haven't seemed in the best interests of their Southeast neighbors.

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

Tough re-election races ahead What once was seen as bold, competent leadership, now viewed as arrogance
Voters around the nation seem to view international affairs and homeland security as relevant to the upcoming congressional elections, but the same concerns don't appear to be any help to politicians who run state governments.

Letters to the Editor
Attitudes of city officials reveal why Soldotna flourishes, Kenai doesnt Ulmer shows she has better grasp than Murkowski of states situation Heres a question for Don Young Alaska should not be acting like California, or anyplace else KRSA needs to reaffirm that best use of fish is to feed Alaskans Why dont veterans who are in jail get the help they need?

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold luncheon Soroptimist International meeting set Shriners to hold benefit concerts Doggie Dash planned for musher Basketball association to meet Council to hold meeting College seeks representatives Fair association potluck, meeting set United Way chairs to host reception

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

Menu
School lunch menus

Classroom studies come to life at forest field trip
What is a forest? That question came to life last week for students in Shelli Furlong's fifth-grade class.

Student of the Month
The following students were recognized as September Students of the Month at Kenai Central High School:

Schools around the district
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Nikiski Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle Soldotna Middle Connections Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Kalifonsky Christian Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Alaska Troops to Teachers program starts attracting inquiries
ANCHORAGE -- More than 130 people have made inquiries about the Alaska version of Troops to Teachers, a program aimed at turning soldiers into qualified educators.

Around the district
Public schools closed Monday School board to meet Monday in Homer Sessions to focus on special education rights PDK distributes classroom funds

KPC student teams contribute to 'bedlam' for scholarships
For the first time, Kenai Peninsula College students entered the Soldotna Lions Club annual Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race, a benefit that raises money for scholarships.

Area prescools offer USDA meal program
Creative Play and Preschools LTD, Sonshine House Daycare and Preschool and Soldotna Kiddie Kare announce that they are participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low income families may qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Business, law schools offer recruiting perks
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Aspiring attorney Rosie Shatkin was delighted when she was accepted by the law school at the University of California at Berkeley, but not sure she wanted to move 400 miles north or pay for the airfare for a campus visit.

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.

Senior Menus
Menus for lunches at senior centers througnout the peninsula

Senior Briefs
Activities at senior centers throughout 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

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.

The longest 10 yards: Schools used 10-yard, 6-inch first-down chains
HELENA, Mont. -- For the past three years, high school football players who played at Vigilante Stadium had a tougher challenge than they realized:

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.

Greens covered for long winter
The back nine greens are covered, and the front nine also will be covered soon.

Another twist for Testaverde
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Benched? Vinny Testaverde has been there.

Peninsula High School Sports
High school sports schedule.

Rangers, Mets fire managers
NEW YORK -- For Bobby Valentine and Jerry Narron, last place meant no more last chances.

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.

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