Friday, October 5, 2001

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.

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.

Trans-Alaska oil pipeline shot, leaks oil
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bullet pierced the trans-Alaska oil pipeline Thursday, sending thousands of barrels of oil spewing from the line. A suspect was arrested about four hours after the leak was discovered.

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.

National guard troops begin FAA training for airport duty
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska National Guard troops began training on Thursday to provide added security at key airports around the state.

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.

Legislative Council files motion to appeal Katie John case
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Legislative Council asked the U.S. Supreme Court for permission to appeal the Katie John subsistence case on Thursday.

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.

Court rejects suit challenging Game Board moose quota along Koyukuk
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Mary Greene has rejected a civil case charging that the Board of Game did not impose strict enough limits on the number of nonsubsistence hunters along the Koyukuk River.

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.

Alaska among states getting additional unemployment funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The state of Alaska is getting an additional $908,000 in unemployment insurance funds from the federal government.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State to get additional funds for salmon habitat restoration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is awarding the Alaska Department of Fish and Game $9.52 million for salmon habitat restoration and recovery programs.

Mariners tie AL record for victories
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners tied the American League record of 114 wins set by the 1998 New York Yankees, routing the Texas Rangers 16-1 Thursday night as Tom Lampkin hit a pair of two-run doubles.

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.

Slugger finally gets October sunshine
Barry Bonds finally has an October memory worth keeping. By redirecting a belt-high fastball from a 22-year-old rookie reliever named Wilfredo Rodriguez, the man who is arguably the best ballplayer of his generation may have accomplished more than just tie a 3-year-old record for home runs in a season.

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.

Bonds bombs away for No. 70
HOUSTON -- Barry Bonds took out all his frustrations on a belt-high fastball and with one big swing, No. 70 went sailing into the upper deck in right field.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsAnchorage EventsFilms

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.

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

SoHi, Seward look to further turnarounds
The preseason is a long way from the postseason. Just ask the Soldotna and Seward football teams.

Kenai, Nikiski hook up in first round of playoffs
Nikiski High School football coach Scott Anderson said that making the state small-schools playoffs this year feels a lot like it did a season ago.

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.

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

Race schedule
Feb. 18 to Nov. 23

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.

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

UAW-GM Quality 500
Where and when

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.

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

Wildlife refuge land under consideration for planned utility power line
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been released for the Southern Intertie Project.

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

Unity Trail link to face environmental review
A key section of the proposed Unity Trail looping between Kenai and Soldotna is about to face an environmental review.

Bush pledges aid to Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- President Bush committed $320 million in humanitarian aid to the ''poor souls'' of Afghanistan on Thursday as he and allies from Mexico to Qatar moved ahead with plans against terrorists sheltered by Afghanistan's ruling Taliban.

Bluff project finds opposition
It will take more than the city's expertise to win approval for erosion control and a coastal trail along the lower Kenai River, Kenai Mayor John Williams said Wednesday.

Walter Chulin
Walter Chulin died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, in Glasgow, Mont. He was 65.

Voters clear about their vision for size, scope of government
A particularly divisive campaign over a proposed private prison is over. It is time for opposing sides to shake hands and move forward. It would be a shame to allow this issue to continue polarizing the community.

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
Borough officials not acting in best interests of residentsTerrorist attack was no surprise; next one won't be eitherBannock sets excellent exampleWar not only solution

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.

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

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

Modern technology keeps refuge scientists at forefront of research
This year, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Among the items on display last week at the refuge's special open house marking the occasion were a series of radio collars and dart guns. They are examples of the kind of technologies that have dramatically changed the way refuge biologists do their jobs.

Young hunter lands 'big one'
BROOKS RANGE -- 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.

Other 'bear market' raising concerns
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

Autumn's fall
What a difference two weeks can make. In the first photo, a hiker clutches his jacket against driving wind and hail as the trees behind him lose their autumn coats to a gale-force wind Wednesday evening on Skyline Trail in the Kenai Mountains east of Sterling.

Conservation pledge gives greater meaning to wilderness
I'm not sure when or how it happened, if there was a seminal moment in my life, or maybe it was a learning process that occurred over a period of years, or perhaps it was my destiny. But somewhere along the trail of my childhood, I decided I loved nature. I loved being outdoors -- escaping the confines of four walls (any four walls) and heading out "into the great wide-open," as the Tom Petty song goes.

Around the Peninsula
Breast cancer benefit planned at gas stationHistorical societies to gather in KasilofReading coach workshop offeredFirst aid classes offeredFind the right volunteering workState offers birth control servicesGovernment offers food aid for day careCanine Good Citizen class offered

Religion Briefs
Parenting seminar offeredMissionary to speak in KenaiWalleyball games planned for youthAuthor to speak in SoldotnaCatholic faith classes to start TuesdayMallette to speak at Aglow meetingWomen's conference planned

Schools, local governments turning to prayer, faith after terrorist attacks
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- A hush fell over the stadium as football players, cheerleaders and band members from both teams made their way to the end zone. Then, although people in the stands could not actually hear it, the students on the Waxahachie High field recited the Lord's Prayer.

Is the end near?
Predictions that the end of the world is at hand have come and gone for centuries, and they've always had one thing in common. They've always been wrong.

Tennessee could be looking at 0-3 start
The Tennessee Titans, thought to be one of the NFL's top two or three teams at the beginning of the season, are in danger of an 0-3 start.

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.

Toms bolts to lead at Michelob tourney
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Defending champion David Toms shot a 7-under-par 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Michelob Championship.

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

Bulldogs weird out Kardinals
The Nikiski High School volleyball team defeated Kenai Central in three games Thursday in a nonregion match at Kenai.

Bruins honor Bourque with victory
BOSTON -- On the night Boston retired Ray Bourque's No. 77, the Bruins beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-2 as rookie defenseman Nick Boynton started the scoring with the first goal of his career.

Duran seriously injured in crash
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Former boxing champion Roberto Duran was seriously injured when the car in which he was a passenger crashed on a Buenos Aires highway early Thursday, a hospital spokesman said.

Guillen sent home from Northwest Hospital
SEATTLE (AP) -- Mariners shortstop Carlos Guillen, diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis last week, was released from Northwest Hospital on Thursday.

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.

Sports Briefs
Alexander killed in ARCA raceBerard signs four-year contract with RangersChaney, Coach K head into Hall of Fame

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.

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.

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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