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Wednesday, October 3, 2001

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

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.

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.

Justice approves redistricting plan over Aleut objection
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice approved Alaska's 2001 Redistricting plan this week, finding that it doesn't dilute the overall political clout of Natives.

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.

Concrete barriers set up around FBI building as security precaution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Concrete barriers surround the FBI building in Anchorage these days.

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.

Two men accused of sexual abuse of 14-year-old
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Charges have been filed against two men accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl who was the alleged victim in another abuse case filed last month.

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.

Anchorage skycaps face unemployment as airport curb service is stalled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 20 skycaps at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport are expected to lose their jobs in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

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.

Committee investigates pets caught in trappers' snares
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A committee appointed by the Alaska Board of Game is investigating the problem of pets caught by trappers' snares.

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.

Kenai private prison goes down to defeat, Mat-Su rejects sales tax again
Kenai Peninsula Borough residents voted overwhelmingly against a plan to proceed with a private prison project in municipal elections Tuesday and voters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough voted down a sales tax for the fourth time.

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.

Alaska Dept. of Public Safety gets $585,000 Justice Dept. grant
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The Justice Department is awarding a $585,000 grant to the Alaska Department of Public Safety to improve criminal record-keeping systems.

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.

Anchorage police investigate home invasion robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating a home invasion robbery Monday night in which two armed men demanded prescription medication.

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.

Terror attacks lead to changes for Alaska pilots
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Art Warbelow tuned his aircraft radio and heard the tail end of an air traffic controller's instruction to a fellow pilot: ''Squawk 1200 now or they're going to scramble on you.''

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.

Man gets 18 months for church gun incident
JUNEAU (AP) -- A gunman inside a Juneau church who held police at bay for six hours was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison by a Superior Court judge.

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.

Anchorage officials take steps to manage local bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State biologists will organize a task force to plan how to manage bears, which have been showing up in abundant numbers in many parts of Anchorage this year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Knowles, Legislative leaders appoint suicide council
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles and legislative leaders have appointed a 15-member panel that will focus on the issue of suicide in Alaska.

Yankees defeat White Sox, maintain edge for home field over Cleveland
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada each homered and drove in two runs Tuesday night as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4.

Sosa hits No. 60; Bonds stuck at 69
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa became the first player in major league history with three 60-homer seasons, connecting in the first inning off Lance Davis, but it wasn't enough to keep Chicago from being eliminated from postseason contention as the Cincinnati Reds picked up a 5-4 win Tuesday.

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.

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.

Central Peninsula gets its very first Tearoom
The Brit's would have to agree that civilization has finally arrived in the Last Frontier. It wasn't the first traffic signal, golden ar

Suzanne Little honored by Borough Assembly
After two decades of living and serving in Alaska, Suzanne Little is heading south with her husband, Mark Burgener, and daughter Hattie. "A good part of me is sad to be going. Alaska is my home; it's sad and a hard thing to leave this place I love. However, it is a move that we have wanted," said Little Tuesday evening outside the Homer City Hall where she was waiting to introduce the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to the new director of the Homer Boys and Girls club.

Spring cleaning in the Fall
As a way of helping keep the community clean, as well as enjoying a little of the Alaskan Indian summer last week, members of the Soldotna Rotary Club formed a litter brigade for the mile of highway from the State Troopers building to Cook Inlet Academy. According to Bob Lamb, Soldotna Rotary Club President, it's part of the Adopt-a-Highway program sponsored by the Alaska Department of Transportation. "My understanding is that anyone that adopts a section of highway has the responsibility to clean it at least twice a year and register with the DOT," said Lamb.

Life Alaska, Inc. promotes donations
Three years ago Nancy Davis had a five-year-old son who was waiting for a heart and lung transplant. The Davis family lived in Los Angeles at the time and waited for about 20 months until, unfortunately her son passed away never having received the needed transplant. Since then Nancy has been committed to donor recruitment and spreading the word about how important transplantation is and that it really does save lives.

Aces and Want-a-be-Aces at Soldotna Sports Center
The team effort of Kenai and Soldotna has successfully wooed the Anchorage Aces to the Central Peninsula for the team's fall training camp. The full-blown media event is expected to draw faithful fans and hard hockey enthusiasts from all over Alaska to the Soldotna Sports Center September 28th - October 4th.

Williams returned to office
When Kenai City Council member Duane Bannock announced in June his intention to run for mayor against 15-year incumbent John Williams, the mayor welcomed the challenge.

School board president clings to small lead
The school board races for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District were full of surprises. In the end, one incumbent lost a seat, another swept into office again with a strong mandate and the third race was too close to call.

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:

Superman defeats Powell
Voters returned incumbents Pete Sprague of Soldotna and Paul Fischer of Kasilof to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly but picked challenger Gary Superman for the seat representing Nikiski and Tyonek.

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.

Soldotna, borough bond issues fail; assembly stays same size
Borough residents just said no to spending more money and changing the number of representatives in the assembly.

Prison initiative loses big
Private prison proponents can forget about building a prison in the Kenai Peninsula Borough -- at least any time soon.

Large turnout reported
Tuesday's borough elections saw a tremendous response as voters turned out to voice their opinions on subjects ranging from who should be Kenai's mayor to whether a private prison should be built within the borough.

Election results
How you voted

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

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.

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.

U.S., Britain turn up pressure against Taliban
WASHINGTON -- President Bush sent Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on a four-nation mission Tuesday that could be a prelude to military strikes against terrorists. Bush warned Afghanistan's ruling Taliban ''there will be a consequence'' if they fail to surrender Osama bin Laden and his followers.

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.

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

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

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.

Better protection from noncrude spills needed
When the fishing tender Windy Bay sank near Olsen Island on Aug. 4, it caused the biggest oil spill in Prince William Sound since the Exxon Valdez. It also set off a healthy debate about whether enough is being done about spills not involving crude oil.

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.

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?

Weapons of war include more than missiles, guns
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.

Letters to the Editor
Opinions differ, but when all is said and done, we are still a communityPeace is first choice, but we are grateful for those ready to fightWar should not be first or only solution United States seeks

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

Around the Peninsula
Lutheran youth plan activitiesFrontier Community Services board will elect officersFish and Game advisory committee meets tonightTheaters collect food for charitiesKenai chamber meets todaySiren tests are Thursday at noonRegister now for men's basketballState fiscal policy is Tuesday topicNorman Vaughan reception is Saturday

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

Show of patriotism encouraging for country's future
Driving down the three-mile span of Kenai, it's impossible to go around the corner without passing the bold banner of an American flag or a displayed "God bless America."

Kenai Alternative floats marine safety program
A new class is making a splash at Kenai Alternative School.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk are available at every meal.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Short courses make learning easy at KPC
Courses to build onGetting down to businessCollege Combats Stress

School trips canceled as travel worries grow following attacks
PHILADELPHIA -- Students at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts are still selling candy bars to raise money for a trip to Italy next spring, but whether they ever get there is another question.

Heroes a must for children's foundation
Take a minute to think about the next few questions. Who won the 1998 Miss America Pageant? Who taught you to fish? Throw? Sew? Cook? Read? Who inspired you to do your best?

Around the District
What's going on in your school district

Day care centers offer federal food program
Nikiski Day Care Center, Creative Play and Preschools Ltd. and the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. Child and Adult C

Study: Restrictive teen licensing programs reduce crashes
CHICAGO -- Restricting teen-agers' driving privileges until they prove their ability behind the wheel can dramatically reduce crashes involving 16-year-olds, according to studies of ''graduated license'' laws in Michigan and North Carolina.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for local seniors

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

Seward, Kenai split swim meet
The Seward and Kenai swimming teams split a meet Friday in Seward.

NFL, auto dealers still negotiating Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS -- Even though the mayor of New Orleans was all but certain the Super Bowl would be played there Feb. 3, the NFL and an auto dealers group were still trying to resolve problems Tuesday with switching dates.

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.

Kenai Golf Report
Well, here we are enjoying these gorgeous sunny fall days. The Kenai Golf Course is tucked away for another winter.

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.''

Sports Briefs
Canady nets goal in exhibition gameHawkwalk scheduled for MondayPSDRA set to meet Thursday>KPHA Ice Hawks drop two gamesMayfield out, Skinner lands ride in NASCAR

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.

Skyview netters dropped by feisty Seward squad
The Seward High School volleyball team dug down deep Monday -- literally -- to defeat Skyview in five games in a nonregion match at Seward.

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.

Amen answers Kenai's prayers
For Katherine Amen, attitude is everything, and with her positive outlook, the Kenai Central High School senior has made the most of her opportunities.

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.

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.

The other bear market: Cries for regulation increase as bruin viewing rapidly gains popularity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- While the brown bear viewing business in Alaska has been growing for more than a decade, in the last five years it has exploded, leaving land managers and biologists scrambling to figure out how to protect the bears and the sightseers.

Drought, fires cause increase in bear complaints
BRIDGEPORT, Wash. (AP) -- ''There's an old saying,'' Rick Desautel said as he threw dozens of old ham sandwiches into a live bear trap. ''If a leaf drops in the forest, an eagle can see it falling, a coyote can hear it falling, and a bear can smell it falling.'

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