Friday, October 4, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Coast Guard commandant sees increased Alaska security, safety role
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard's increased emphasis on national security is good news for Alaska because it means more boats in the water and more emphasis on safety as well, the agency commandant said Thursday.

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.

Vandals fire more bullets at pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A year after a bullet pierced the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, spewing 286,000 gallons of crude oil, three more bullet impacts have been found along the line north of the Yukon River.

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

Senate committee approves university land grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would give the University of Alaska up to 500,000 acres of federal land.

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.

State prods Alyeska on shooting response
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Company hasn't moved fast enough in correcting problems brought to light by last year's pipeline shooting and the resulting oil spill, state officials said.

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

State to add up bill for DFYS recommendations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has directed state agencies to figure out what it would cost to put in place the dramatically expanded services for troubled families that the Governor's Commission on Child Protection recommended this week.

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.

Alaska flagstop train service to continue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The last regularly scheduled flag stop service in the country is safe once more.

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.

Moderate quake shakes Aleutians
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook the Aleutians early Friday.

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.

Mediator tries to reopen ports as pressure for intervention rises
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- West Coast dockworkers and shipping companies returned to the negotiating table Friday while business turned up pressure on the White House to intervene and end further economic damage caused by a lockout at all 29 ports.

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.

Whaler dies when boat capsizes near Barrow coast
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A whaler died Thursday when his boat overturned off the coast of Barrow, North Slope Borough police said.

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

Coast Guard commandant sees increased Alaska security, safety role
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard's increased emphasis on national security is good news for Alaska because it means more boats in the water and more emphasis on safety as well, the agency commandant said Thursday.

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.

Mourners pay last respects to Athabascan priest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Rev. John Starr Jr., an Athabascan elder and Episcopal priest, has died at age 76.

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

Dogs attack woman in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 70-year-old woman was attacked by two dogs in a Fairbanks parking lot Wednesday.

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.

Democrats file compalaint against Murkowski
JUNEAU (AP) -- Democrats allege GOP candidate for governor Frank Murkowski is hiding thousands in campaign expenses by using credit cards.

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.

Frequent traveling state candidate asserts residency
JUNEAU (AP) -- An East Anchorage candidate for state Senate and his family have not applied for permanent fund dividend checks since 1999, saying vacations and work travel outside the state make them ineligible.

Anchorage car-window vandal gets prison sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in an Anchorage vandalism spree that left broken windows in 180 cars.

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.

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.

St. Louis leads series 2-0, but injury to Rolen dampens enthusiasm
PHOENIX -- They battered Randy Johnson and eased past Curt Schilling. The St. Louis Cardinals headed home needing one victory to finish off the World Series champions Arizona Diamondbacks.

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.

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.

Boomers, industry find hearing isn't what it used to be
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the ad, two laughing couples, perhaps in their late 40s -- their teeth flashing, skin tanned -- crowd together on a sofa, sharing a conversation and maybe a joke or two, and clearly relishing each other's company.

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.

Holiday spending planning a good idea
NEW YORK (AP) -- Autumn brings with it the approach of an event both loved and dreaded by many Americans -- the holiday shopping season.

Greater disclosure from mutual funds could cost investors
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you thought forcing more disclosure on Wall Street would automatically make things better for investors, it's not so cut and dried.

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

Global Crossing chairman's $25 million pledge to employees: PR move or real compassion?
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's hard to decide whether to cheer or jeer Global Crossing chairman Gary Winnick's offer to give $25 million of his own money to employees who lost it all when his company went bankrupt.

Winter gardens can be cool -- and colorful
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Your perennials have gone dormant, leaves are drifting down and the winds blow chill. But there's no need to mourn the passage of another growing season. Snow time can be show time with a winter garden.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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.

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.

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

Photo feature: 'Tis the season
Mike Christian bags birch leaves Thursday afternoon in his yard at the corner of Maple Drive and Oak Avenue in Kenai.

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.

$11,000 in reward money offered in Sibley murder
Friends and family of Gerald "Sib" Sibley have added $10,000 to the $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects in Sibley's murder.

Arson fires set challenges for investigators
When arson is declared as the cause of a fire, it does not necessarily mean someone will be arrested. First, investigators must prove arson; then, they must prove who did it.

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.

Homer has high hopes for new visitor attraction
Mindful of the winter's rapid approach, construction crews were hard at work in Homer this week laboring to enclose the wood and steel framework of the new Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center before the snow falls.

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.

Barbara Barnes
Seward resident Barbara Barnes died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 near Moose Pass.

Lauren Sue Kane-Robinson
Seward resident Lauren Sue Kane-Robinson died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 46.

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

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.

William Garcia
William "Uncle Billy" Garcia died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002 at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was 63.

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.''

Getting district back on track Ideas for improving school employees' morale, moving forward in negotiations
When I first came to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, I was 6 years old, a first-grader at Mo

Government too small if it doesn't welcome diverse points of view
There's nothing like an election to give residents a different perspective on the place we call home.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Borough ignores valid concerns about subdivision; public will suffer Will Alaskans soon hear about California Classic?

Refuge sponsors play about Rachel Carson
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host the play, "A Sense of Wonder," at Soldotna High School auditorium on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The play is based on the life of Rachel Carson, noted American writer and conservationist.

Photo feature: Wildgame classroom
Students in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's moose butchering class work to finish cutting up a moose Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2002, at the Fairbanks Community Foodbank in Fairbanks, Alaska. Participants paid $50 for the day-long class, which started with a lecture about field dressing a moose, handling the meat in the field and then the hands-on lesson of cutting and wrapping the meat for the freezer.

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..

Ligonberry Nut Bread
Recipe for Lingoberry Nut Bread

Low bush, high praise
While many on the Kenai Peninsula may lament the fireweed's final blossoms and the first hard frost of the season, there is a group of folks for whom this time of year brings another good reason to go into the woods: Lingonberries.

Colorado man's tepees considered top notch
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- When it comes to tepees, Dave Ellis sells to both the cowboys and the Indians.

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
Historical association to hold meeting Kayaking class to be offered School program to hold dinner next week Public meeting to be held for watershed

Baltimore cardinal's naming of accused priests stirs debate
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A report issued by Cardinal William Keeler naming all area priests who have been the object of credible sex abuse allegations over seven decades has provoked criticism from some Roman Catholics.

Pastors also need prayers, support
"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" -- Isaiah 52:7

Church Briefs
Native outreach fellowship to meet Childrens Bible program scheduledr Nikiski church begins AWANA Club Christian ministries convention slated Bedwell to share personal testimony Clothing ministry open Bible study groups meeting Religious poems sought Writers sought for faith anthology Christian Scientists open Mary Baker Eddy library Black Mormon pioneer honored with monument

In feud between colleagues, Episcopal Church bishops decline to take sides
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Bishops of the Episcopal Church delayed wading into a feud between a colleague who removed a conservative priest and another bishop who rehired the ousted clergyman.

Sermon titles on Georgia Baptist signboard are too explicit for some
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Some parents are protesting suggestive sermon titles on the signboard at a local church.

Opus Dei founder on eve of canonization still stirs religious fervor
FUENLABRADA, Spain (AP) -- When his alarm clock rings in the morning, Tello Aguilar never hits the snooze button. He says God doesn't want him to.

World body asks local Anglicans and Episcopalians for restraint on gay disputes
HONG KONG (AP) -- Concerned about possible schisms, an international governing body of Anglicans and Episcopalians wants local dioceses to consult with larger church bodies before taking positions that defy its traditional views against homosexual activity.

The 'VeggieTales' studio takes a $14-million gamble with its first movie
The star is an asparagus. His buddies include a tomato and a cucumber. And they're featured in a movie based on the biblical tale of Jonah, the guy who got swallowed by a whale.

Christian Scientists open $50-million Mary Baker Eddy library
BOSTON (AP) -- Some 25,000 pages of writings by Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy have been made available to the public for the first time at a newly opened library that collects her complete works.

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

Patriots-Dolphins showdown has a little less glamour
OK, so the Patriots and Dolphins are 3-1 instead of 4-0. Their meeting in Miami on Sunday is still one of the premier attractions as the NFL season enters its second quarter.

Skyview netters snare Kardinals
Because it was the last home game for Kenai Central's volleyball team, Thursday night was senior night, a time to pay tribute to the Kardinals' five seniors.

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.

Stars, Kards prepare for football playoffs
The small-schools football playoffs in Alaska , unlike the NFL, don't have a wild-card weekend. But with Seward and Houston in the draw, it might as well be a wild-card weekend for Soldotna and Kenai.

A football school -- and proud of it
Wars have been halted to play soccer games. A vote-swap was arranged in England's Parliament once so a Labor Party bigwig could watch his son's matches at Wimbledon

Bad teams abound in the National Fooball League
Dave Lapham was a guard for Cincinnati when the Bengals were a legitimate NFL team in the 1970s and early '80s.

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