Sunday, October 6, 2002

State receives oil information grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the state $1.4 million to develop information technology systems that support increased oil and gas production.

Grants help launch nanotechnology program at UAF
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dave Woodall has big plans for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To make them come true, he's thinking small.

Saxman voters approve bond, reject tax to pay it off
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Voters in Saxman have approved a ballot measure to let the community incur debt to complete a project but they also rejected a measure to help repay the funds.

Looming budget crunch gets another look
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three panels made up mostly of former politicians agreed Saturday that the state does face a real fiscal crisis, and cutting government spending isn't going to cure it.

Cargo moving to Alaska again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska-bound cargo was being loaded at the docks in Tacoma, Wash., again on Friday, relieving concerns that Alaska store shelves would start to look bare in a few days.

Environmental groups remain opposed to UA land grant bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska environmentalists remain opposed to a bill that would give 250,000 acres in federal land to the University of Alaska.

North Pole couple indicted on meth charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole couple is facing a combined 14 counts of drug charges, nearly six months after authorities raided their home searching for a methamphetamine lab.

Anchorage men investigated in bear snaring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating whether three men found in Prince William Sound with black bear gall bladders and legs violated laws prohibiting the shipment of illegally taken game.

Fairbanks bars sued in DWI death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The parents of a 17-year-old Fairbanks girl who was killed in a car crash involving a drunken driver are suing two bars where the man allegedly was drinking.

Murkowski counters attack ads
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A broadcast ad campaign launched by a soft money-powered political group says Sen. Frank Murkowski voted against federal education spending numerous times in recent years, and they have a list of specifics to back up the claim.

Missing man's body found near Turnagain Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a missing Anchorage man was found near Turnagain Pass, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Earthquake rattles McGrath
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook up residents of McGrath on Saturday.

Juveniles suspected in Selawik fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Selawik teenagers were referred to juvenile authorities after Alaska State Troopers connected them to a fire at the city's high school.

Old Fairbanks safe reveals trash, historical treasure
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An old City Hall safe opened for the first time in nearly a decade revealed limited financial treasure but a bounty of the historical kind.

After 42 years, Angels taste first postseason series victory
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels ended 42 years of frustration in stunning fashion -- blowing out the big, bad New York Yankees.

Braves pitching pushes San Francisco to brink of elimination
SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the best control pitchers in history plunked a player in the head. That was about the only mistake Greg Maddux made.

Twins force deciding game with Oakland
MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Oakland Athletics are finding out, the Minnesota Twins are a tough team to eliminate.

Cardinals shock Diamondbacks with sweep
ST. LOUIS -- As the Cardinals ran onto the field to celebrate their sweep of Arizona in the NL division series, Matt Morris remembered to carry the No. 57 jersey of Darryl Kile.

Scientists find clue to cause of carcinogen
WASHINGTON -- Scientists have found a clue to the chemical reaction that may cause potato chips, french fries and other fried or baked starchy foods to build up high levels of a possible cancer-causing substance.

Another reason why I love losers
The Seward football team did Friday night what the Alaska Schools Activities Association failed to do earlier in the week, and that's make a bold statement about the dignity of a loser.

Kenai's Craig rushes for 170 yards in defeat of Houston
For the past two seasons, the Kenai Central High School football team has been pretty straightforward when it comes to Plan A: Put the ball in the hands of Cory Janson and let him do his thing.

Soldotna's rushing attack too potent for Seahawks in small-schools semifinal
The hype before Soldotna's small-schools semifinal playoff game against Seward was all about deja vu.

Soldotna woman sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter
A Soldotna woman charged with killing her mother in a house fire in 1999 has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Arctic Winter Games 2006 bid, logo unveiled
The sign of things -- possibly -- to come was unfurled Friday at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building, as borough and area officials revealed the borough's bid to bring the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to the peninsula, plus the accompanying logo.

Seniors pursue assisted-living facility
Having a local assisted-living facility is on the top of Kenai senior citizens' wish list. A grant offered by the Alaska Housing Finance Cooperation may help make that wish a reality.

Barbara Ann (Blatchford) Barnes
Seward resident Barbara Ann (Blatchford) Barnes died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, in an automobile accident. She was 52.

David Forbes
Kenai resident David Forbes died early Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 55.

William 'Uncle Billy' Garcia
Alaska resident William "Uncle Billy" Garcia died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was 63.

Unfettered growth of guide industry destroying balance between user groups
Dear candidates for public office and the Board of Fisheries, The Kenai River Property Owners Association, an organization dedicated to preservation of the Kenai River, requests your help in resolving the decades-old problem with commercial sportfishing on the Kenai River.

Congress may not bolster U.N. case
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is looking for a strong show of support from Congress on the Iraq war resolution to help strengthen his hand at the United Nations.

Move won't make government better
When Alaskans return to the polls Nov. 5, not only will they be selecting a new governor and lieutenant governor and filling almost all 60 seats in the Legislature, they also will have before them a variety of ballot measures.

Gagnon, Lewis wed in San Francisco
Diane Gagnon and Terrell Lewis were married in San Francisco Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at the Harrington Hotel.

Herbs add flavor to variety of vinegars
The flavors of many fresh herbs can be preserved in vinegars. It's simple to do. Popular herbs to use include mint, basil, tarragon, dill, oregano and chives.

Dukowitz, Auldridge marry in Nikiski
Tammy Dukowitz and Gary Auldridge were married July 28, 2002, at her parents' home in Nikiski.

Soldotna dentist uses Chinese art of feng shui in business
Soldotna dentist Jerry Hu moved into his new offices last month. The move was not out of the ordinary. But the manner in which he initiated his new building was unusual.

It's a scary year for costume makers
NEW YORK -- It's a scary time for Halloween costume importers and retailers.

My Best Friend
Pat Cruz and her "pardner" Dallas said "happy trails" to Alaska and moved from Ninilchik to the Southwest in June. The two lived in Alaska for nine years.

Around the Peninsula
Basketball officials to meet at SkyviewCouncil to hold meetingBlood bank closed MondayZirul to speak at Soldotna chamber weekly meeting4-H rendezvous plannedGuitar class offeredEmployment seminar planned at Job CenterKPC council to meetAdvisory committee meeting planned Thursday

Sorenstam tied for lead at Samsung
VALLEJO, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr shared the lead entering the final round of the Samsung World Championship on Saturday.

Defense leads Ole Miss to upset of Gators
OXFORD, Miss. -- Matt Grier and the rest of the Ole Miss defense shut down Florida's offense, allowing the Rebels to outscore the Gators 15-0 in the second half of their 17-14 victory Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Seldovia takes JV Spike FestSeattle's OneWorld remains unbeatenPolice: Suspect had Jordan's bank account numberToccet takes Champagne at Belmont ParkGolden Apples wins Yellow Ribbon

NHL '02-'03: New rules, new fan protection, new Red Wings
This NHL season, all eyes will be on the new-look Detroit Red Wings to see if they can repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The view of the ice might be a little blurry, however.

Soldotna stars at Bartlett
The Soldotna swimming team had an impressive showing at the Bartlett Invitational Saturday in Anchorage, placing first in eight out of 24 events. No team scores were kept at the meet.

Member at Augusta speaks up for women
NEW YORK (AP) -- Citigroup chairman Sanford I. Weill offered his guarded support to the women's group pushing Augusta National to admit female members.

Photo feature: On guard
A young marmot scans the horizon in the Kenai Mountains north of Seward after hearing another marmot whistle a danger signal nearby recently.

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