Thursday, October 3, 2002

Incumbents regain seats in Ketchikan local election
KODIAK (AP) -- Incumbents in Kodiak's local elections retained their seats in Tuesday's election.

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.

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.

Study says St. Lawrence Island natives have high level of PCBs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Saint Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea show high levels of PCB contamination, according to a four-year study.

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.

Fairbanks officers use stun gun on man making threats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police used a Taser to stun a man after he allegedly threatened a Safeway employee with a knife Tuesday night.

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.

Anchorage man pleads guilty to identity theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft.

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

Rural construction workers to see increase in pay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wages paid on state construction projects in rural Alaska will go up and eventually will equal those paid in urban areas under a state administrative order signed Tuesday.

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

BP comes up with gas line tax alternative
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- At the request of the Bush administration, a major North Slope oil company has come up with an alternative tax credit to boost prospects for development of a North Slope natural gas line.

New map documents spill history of Kenai River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new map created by the state Department of Environmental Conservation is one of the first tangible changes emerging from a four-month review of the state's handling of environmental problems near the Kenai River.

Proposed ANWR compromise includes wilderness designation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Congressional Republicans have offered to designate much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness in an effort to open the coastal plain of the refuge to oil drilling, but Democrats are not impressed.

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.

Panel recommends changes at DFYS
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An advisory panel says the state's child protection system should put more emphasis on families, streamline record keeping, hire more caseworkers and provide additional services including alcohol treatment and counseling.

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.

Bird hunter injured in weekend shooting accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was accidentally shot by another man during a weekend bird hunting trip in Devil's Pass, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Kenai murder trial moved to Anchorage
KENAI (AP) -- The trial of a man charged with killing two people in 1994 is being moved to Anchorage.

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.

Woman dies in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seward woman died and another was seriously injured Wednesday in a traffic accident on the Seward Highway near Moose Pass, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Unalaska voters approve dock
UNALASKA (AP) -- An advisory measure to build a new boat harbor passed muster with Unalaska voters.

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.

Juneau man puts global twist on balloons for charity
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man organized a worldwide balloon-twisting event involving more than 500 people in 11 countries on Wednesday.

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.

Southeast voters go to polls to elect new blood
JUNEAU (AP) -- Local elections ended in Southeast Alaska on Tuesday with voters picking a host of new leaders, including a mayor for the newly consolidated government of Haines.

Voters keep Kotzebue damp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kotzebue voters have said no to bars and liquor stores.

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

San Francisco pounds Braves
ATLANTA -- Barry Bonds didn't have to come up big for the San Francisco Giants to get a jump on the Atlanta Braves.

Late rally pushes Angels past Yanks
NEW YORK -- Having watched how comebacks are created in the Bronx, the Anaheim Angels put together one of their own.

Brewers can Royster after 106-loss season
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jerry Royster knew he was out as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers after last week's front office shakeup.

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.

Nikiski business sprouts from roots
After following her family to Alaska, then going outside again, a Nikiski woman follows her dreams and takes root in the North Peninsula business environment.

Business Briefs
Unemployment rate rises in AugustSupport association has electionsRealtor association meets in FairbanksBP warns of lower production output

Internet-in-the-sky dives
SEATTLE (AP) -- Envisioned by cellular phone pioneer Craig McCaw, backed by software genius Bill Gates -- and financed in part by their bottomless wealth -- the idea of delivering high-speed Internet connections via a constellation of satellites seemed almost a sure thing.

Alaska energy bill issues continue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As Congress' work on the energy bill comes to a head, groups ranging from Friends of the Earth to oil and gas producers have joined to block the proposed tax incentives for an Alaska natural gas pipeline.

House panel approves airport aid, but it may be too late
WASHINGTON -- A key House panel approved a bill Wednesday to help struggling airlines, but the effort may be too late to become law this year as Congress nears the end of its session and the Senate hasn't yet acted on a similar bill.

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

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.

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.

Election Results
Election results in the Kenai Peninsula Borough

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.

Preserving trophies for the taxidermists
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Whether it's taking a 200 plus-inch Boone and Crockett mule deer, a 350-inch bull elk or a first-year hunter bagging a young buck, each is a trophy, with a story that will provide years of memories.

Twin Falls native takes duck-calling skills to world competition
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- You could just call Mike Plein an expert in fowl language.

Indiana Jones fantasy comes to life
CAIRO, Egypt -- Gaston Maspero, the first director of Egypt's national storehouse of ancient treasures, is said to have believed his museum should resemble pharaohs' tombs -- crowded with paintings and statues, furniture and jewelry.

Painter sheds light on Kodiak
Another show at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center takes a closer look at art in one portion of the state -- Kodiak. The show is an exhibition of artist Daniel Ogan's "Myths of Kodiak" paintings.

Art Briefs
Walrus tusks to be auctionedWHIZ Kids program starts TuesdayUAA holding play auditionsAlaska cookbooks wanted

Exhibits showcase modern Alaska art
To get a look at the latest and greatest in Alaska art, one could go to the source of the art and travel the state visiting artists' studios, touring museums and checking out galleries from Ketchikan to Barrow, or one could let the art come to them by visiting the "All Alaska Juried Exhibition XXIX" currently on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Alabama movie 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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

In the spotlight: Greg Biffle
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Money leaders
1. Mark Martin $4,504,5942. Ward Burton 4,205,3193. Jeff Gordon 4,121,082

Points standings
1. Jimmie Johnson 3,8242. Mark Martin 3,8133. Tony Stewart 3,788

This week's race: EA Sports Thunder 500
Where and when

Expect the worst
Bobby Labonte (18) flipped in Turn 2 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Johnny Benson (10) lost control on the final lap of the NASCAR EA Sports 500 on Oct. 21, 2001. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race, which featured a 16-car crash.

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Marlin to miss rest of season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ster ling Marlin, who led the NASCAR Winston Cup standings for 25 weeks, will miss the rest of the season because of a fractured vertebra in his neck.

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.

West Coast labor dispute touches peninsula
Kenai Peninsula commerce has been somewhat affected by the continuing dock worker labor dispute on the West Coast, but the effects so far have been isolated.

Capital move foe: Measure too costly
A state ballot measure that proposes moving the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough would do nothing to improve government efficiency and would cost Alaskans and the Southeast region, Win Gruening of the Alaska Committee told members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Streams in good shape... but
Results from a multi-year study of four lower Kenai Peninsula salmon streams show the water quality of the fish spawning grounds is high, but human activity, nevertheless, may be having negative impacts on the popular fishing spots, according to a study to be released today by Cook Inlet Keeper and The Homer Soil and Water Conservation District.

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

Joe F. Upchurch
Joe F. Upchurch died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna in the presence of his wife, Nancy Marvilene, his son, Bill, and his daughter-in-law, Sharon. He was 79.

David Allen Reust
David Allen Reust died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, in Wilson, Wyo. He was 33.

Election-year politics should not be allowed to hurt national security
Among the very few positive outcomes of last September's terror attacks was a national resolve, embraced by both major parties, to take bold but reasonable steps to protect the homeland.

Americans debate in public forums, private thoughts wisdom of taking on Iraq
The young soldiers at upstate New York's Fort Drum are ready to fight in Iraq. A preacher near their base prays those orders won't come. Out in Ohio, a man who flew 35 combat missions against Nazi Germany ponders the prospect of a new war and says, ''I'd go a little bit slow.''

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.

Sophomores say thanksCar wash helps studentsVFW, Auxiliary make community better place

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?

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.

Road lottery winners get spectacular fall views at Denali Park
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) -- Being one of the 1,600 winners in the Denali Park Road Lottery doesn't carry a cash prize, but the reward is priceless.

Outdoors and dating firms form alliance for natural matchmaking
SEATTLE (AP) -- Singles tired of looking for soul mates in bars and on blind dates are scheduling time with the great outdoors in hopes that they may find love on the wild side..

Photo feature: Colors of the season
Autumn colors the trees in the valley surrounding Resurrection River recently. Forecasters are calling for more fall weather with cloudy skies and cool temperatures.

Around the Peninsula
School program to hold dinnerPFLAG to hold meetingPublic meeting to be held for watershed

Historical societies set to meet in Kenai Saturday
Historical societies from around the Kenai Peninsula will gather Saturday at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai for the semi-annual meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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

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.

School lunch menus

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

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

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

Birch Ridge Report: Weather holds fate of course
It was a beautiful year at Birch Ridge Golf Course -- the fairways and greens were in great shape throughout the entire golfing season. However, as the leaves fall, the days get shorter and temperatures drop, the golf season is coming to a close.

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:

Postseason tournaments, conferences change for area schools in hoops, volleyball
A recent vote for statewide reclassification by the state activities association will radically alter the basketball and volleyball postseason tournaments and conferences for peninsula high schools Kenai, Soldotna, Skyview, Nikiski, Homer and Seward.

Sports Briefs
Kenai netters top NikiskiSteelers bench Stewart, will start MaddoxU.S. women's soccer tops AustraliaBaseball gets drug intervention programGame 1 rating highest since '99

Peninsula High School Sports
High school sports schedule.

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