Thursday, October 4, 2001

Children's Trust unveils heirloom wedding certificates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials can't guarantee you an interesting marriage, but they're adding some color to marriage certificates.

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.

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.

Bear shot after running into seafood processing plant
CORDOVA (AP) -- When Brian Hollinger and David Prosser, two visiting anglers from Washington state, decided they wanted to get some bear video, they had no idea things would quickly go awry.

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.

Priest, anthropologist to receive humanities awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Humanities Forum will honor a priest who has served the Yupik people for 50 years.

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

Unorganized borough communities in line for $5 million federal payment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Communities outside Alaska's organized boroughs are in line for $5 million this year under the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, the governor's office announced Thursday.

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.

Voters reject sales tax increase and bond measure
SITKA (AP) -- Voters overwhelmingly rejected two tax issues tied to a proposed community and recreational center and said 'no' to regulating drivers who use cell phones.

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.

UAF library adds early college newspapers to index
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The public now has access to the first college paper at what is now the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

BP to pay state $36 million in back taxes
JUNEAU (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. agreed to pay the state $36 million to settle back taxes for Atlantic Richfield Co., which it bought last year, the governor's office said Wednesday.

Hearing officer: Wasilla Wal-Mart worker suffered racial harassment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state hearing officer has concluded that an employee of the Wasilla Wal-Mart suffered racial harassment on the job.

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.

Authorities investigate death of Western Cook Inlet's resident walrus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A solitary Pacific walrus that lived in Cook Inlet since the early 1980s was hardly lonely. For a generation, the whiskered giant would wave a flipper at passing fishing boats and allow thrilled visitors to touch him and pose next to him for snapshots as he sunned himself.

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.

Fort Wainwright soldier pleads no contest in sexual assault case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright sergeant has pleaded no contest to sexual assault charges in exchange for kidnapping charges against him being dropped.

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.

Anchorage teen in custody after high-speed chase in stolen car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen-ager was in custody Thursday after leading Alaska State Troopers on a high-speed chase on the Glenn Highway.

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.

Southwest Alaska sea otter populations crashing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Sea otters used to frolic and feed in reefs near Cold Bay just off the western end of the Alaska Peninsula.

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.''

NTSB probe puts blame on state for ferry fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire aboard the ferry Columbia, which cost the state more than $2 million, could have been avoided by a better inspection program, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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.

Haines helicopter votes too close to call
HAINES (AP) -- Results from a pair of advisory votes on helicopter tourism in the Haines Borough ran too close to call as of Wednesday, a day after municipal elections.

Ketchikan Borough next in line for private prison pitch
KENAI (AP) -- With a private prison proposal soundly defeated by Kenai Peninsula Borough voters, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough may be poised to pick up the private prison baton.

Fish fund-raiser nets $50,000
CORDOVA (AP) -- A fund-raiser by Cordova fishermen and processors raised $50,000 to help the families of New York firefighters following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Athletics on fire at home
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking blast in the seventh, as the Oakland Athletics headed to the postseason with a 17-game home winning streak by beating the Texas Rangers 5-4 Wednesday.

Braves on the verge
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves took a huge step toward their 10th straight division championship, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 Wednesday night.

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.

Producers: Alaska pipeline not viable
WASHINGTON -- 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.

Business Briefs
New store sells sports equipmentKenai chamber seeks board nominationsAHFC sells bondsState seeks information affecting lease salesChugach Electric rates riseThe check is in the mail from Homer ElectricFirst National Bank changes its nameWells Fargo accepts Red Cross donations

Business rebuilding after Trade Center attack
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Susan Webb entered her 3-year-old daughter's bedroom to put away laundry and had to laugh at the sight of a businessman on the purple-and-pink bed.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Election results
How you voted

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.

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.

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.

Final vote counts still being tallied
The votes have been cast and most of the winners have been named, but all is not said and done for the 2001 Kenai Peninsula Borough election.

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.

School board president's re-election still in doubt
The race for Kenai Peninsula School District School Board Seat F remains too close to call. As of Wednesday morning, only 20 votes separated incumbent and School Board President Deborah Germano from feisty challenger Gene Dyson.

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.

Young bow hunter takes his first ''great one''
BROOKS RANGE, Alaska (AP) -- His heart pounding, Ben Ferguson, after six days of hunting, had a barren-ground caribou in his bow sights. As the animal came at him, he had split seconds to make his shot.

Lead shot alternatives performing, winning over hunters
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Thirty years ago the choice was simple. Waterfowl hunters used lead shot. It was cheap. It patterned well. It hit hard. It didn't damage gun barrels.

Mr. Washington goes to town in nasty way with 'Training Day'
TORONTO -- No more Mr. Nice Guy for Denzel Washington.

'Timeless Images' reflects regeneration of awareness through the eyes of the photographer
The saying "Life is a journey" is demonstrated in "Timeless Images," a photography exhibit currently on display at the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery.

Seldovia Arts Council presents Latin American vocalist Sunday
A Venezuelan-born daughter of the "Nueva Trova," Irene Farrera is a sultry Latina chanteuse. She will perform in Seldovia at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Susan B. English School commons.

Children draw to express emotions following attacks
When second-grader John Marlin of Ennis, Tex., drew a picture about the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, he did not show the people falling down from the towers. He drew them floating up, on angels' wings.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsAnchorage EventsFilms

Art Briefs
Film festival benefit to be held today'Nutcracker' auditions plannedGoblins, ghosts, Wonder Women wantedKenai clay exhibition planned

Picking the winners 'West Wing' looks poised for Emmy re-election as top drama
LOS ANGELES -- The trappings of glamour will be absent from the Emmy Awards: No fancy gowns, no cheering fans, a post-show ''Unity Dinner'' in place of the festive Governors Ball.

Drivers need to learn lesson in give and take
CONCORD, N.C. -- Sunday's race was barely four crashes old when a voice of reason came over the two-way radio.

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 4,108 2. Ricky Rudd 3,886 3. Tony Stewart 3,658

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $5,881,4052. Dale Jarrett 3,830,2653. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,625,393

UAW-GM Quality 500
Where and when

Teams make moves
CONCORD, N.C. -- Not since last year's Winston 500 has stock car racing seen so many unbelievable moves in such a short period of time.

Race schedule
Feb. 18 to Nov. 23

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.

What next for private prison?
The meaning of Tuesday's vote against a proposed private prison is still open for interpretation.

Anti-terrorism campaign to be varied
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday a prospective military strike in Afghanistan against the al-Qaida terrorism network would be only the first step in the U.S. campaign against terrorism. At the same time, the Bush administration was preparing to substantially boost its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Federal grant gives clinic plan shot in arm
The Kenai-Soldotna area will be getting a new health clinic for low-income residents.

What others say
'Enduring Freedom' says it all without any offenseSensitivity can go too far Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail, on suggested music not to playFort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, on railroads as national asset

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.

Sept. 11 attacks spawn mixed messages: Be normal, be alert
WASHINGTON -- The government says terrorists are likely to strike again but Americans should get back in airplanes. It says Americans are safe from biological attack but the threat of it must be taken seriously.

Letters to the Editor
Thieves make running golf course even more difficultPrayers are not only ingredient in battle against terrorists

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

Israel could become Sept. 11 attacks' last casualty
The Bush administration appears ready to make a serious foreign policy mistake at the moment it is trying to stamp out the evil of terrorism as practiced by Osama bin Laden and his followers.

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.

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

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."

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

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

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

NFL reaches agreement for Super Bowl in New Orleans on Feb. 3
NEW YORK -- The Super Bowl will be pushed back a week and played Feb. 3 in New Orleans, a move caused by the terrorist attacks.

Sports Briefs
Coffey retires after 21 NHL seasonsBrodeur signs $40 million contract extensionGuillen out for AL division series

NHL toughens stand on blows to the head
TORONTO (AP) -- The NHL intends to take a tougher stand on blows to the head this season and is considering changes regarding equipment and rinks in hopes of limiting concussions and other injuries.

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

Avs begin Cup defense with win over Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Vaclav Nedorost had a goal and an assist in his first NHL game and Patrick Roy, as dominating at the start of a new season as he was at the end of last season for Stanley Cup champion Colorado, shut down Pittsburgh in the Avalanche's 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

Birch Ridge Report
The course will remain open until either the snow flies or heavy frosts prevent continued play. The crews began putting the covers on the greens Monday and play will revert to temporary greens for the remainder of the year at reduced rates.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

Where have all the sea otters gone?
ANCHORAGE -- Sea otters used to frolic and feed in reefs near Cold Bay just off the western end of the Alaska Peninsula.

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