Saturday, October 6, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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