Sunday, October 7, 2001

Fisheries council upholds IFQs for halibut
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has killed a motion to rescind a controversial April decision to assign individual fishing quotas for 1,100 Alaska halibut charter boats.

Sentence upheld in killing of taxi driver
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the prison sentence of one of the three men convicted for the 1998 slaying of a Fairbanks cabdriver.

Government to pay fishermen ousted from Glacier Bay
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Park Service expects to pay several hundred people and towns for changes caused by commercial fishing restrictions in Glacier Bay.

Alyeska stops leak from bullet hole, continues cleanup
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With a temporary repair in place on the trans-Alaska pipeline Saturday and work on a permanent fix under way, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. made plans to refill the pipeline Sunday and continue the massive job of cleaning up 285,600 gallons of crude oil spilled onto the Alaska wilderness.

Kidnap charges dropped in Tahoe murder case, to be refiled
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- Kidnapping charges against Lisa Platz and James Csucsai, former Alaska residents accused of the murder of Platz' daughter, were dismissed on a technicality but will be refiled.

Anchorage sues to shut down massage parlors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city of Anchorage has filed suit to shut down five massage parlors for allegedly running an ''interwoven franchise of brothels.''

Power line could cross Kenai refuge
KENAI (AP) -- A proposed high-voltage line linking the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage could cross the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Cave explorers help Forest Service develop timber harvest management
TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST (AP) -- The cave enthusiasts have left the cold, dank recesses beneath the rain forest of Southeast Alaska. The results of their summer exploration of the underworld of the Tongass are now transferred to notebooks and memories.

Judge rules Legislature can sue redistricting board -- for now
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Legislature can sue to challenge the plan that redraws the state's political boundaries, a Superior Court judge said Friday, but its participation may be temporary.

Commission recommends Homer limit annex plans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials recommended Friday that Homer be allowed to annex three square miles of housing and commercial strip development on the edge of town, but not the entire 25 square miles sought by the city.

State trying to alleviate fears of chemical or biological attack
JUNEAU (AP) -- State officials are advising Alaskans not to buy gas masks or stockpile vaccines or antibiotics to protect against chemical or biological attacks.

Kenai fill project meets opposition
KENAI (AP) -- A $10 million plan to put heavy rocks and fill along the north shore of the lower Kenai River is running into heavy opposition from state and federal agencies who say the move could harm habitat for fish and wildlife.

Companies may drop claim over gas line
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Several companies may drop their multibillion claim to earnings from a proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, an action that could remove a question mark hanging over the cost of the line's so-called southern route, a pipeline executive said this week.

Phillips signs spill response deal
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. has signed a deal with a spill response contractor, the company said Thursday.

Legislator mails out sex book drawings to alert parents to material
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rep. Joe Green has mailed out packages to voters that contain photocopied cartoons of people masturbating and having sex.

Man shot to death in Iliamna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old Iliamna man was shot to death Thursday night after an argument with another man, according to Alaska State Troopers.

More Alaskans join recovery effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska National Incident Management Team is heading for New York City Sunday to help with the effort to clear rubble and recover the dead at the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

Bonds doesn't bother stopping at 71
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' record-breaking homer had just plunked into a fan's mitt in the right-center field stands when vendors swept through the aisles at Pacific Bell Park hawking souvenir baseballs embossed with ''71'' in gold.

Cardinals take back NL Central lead from Astros
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds homered and had three RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals regained the NL Central lead by defeating the Houston Astros 10-6 Saturday.

Ripken lowers curtain on Hall of Fame career
BALTIMORE -- Cal Ripken went hitless in his last major league game, closing out his Hall of Fame career in a 2-for-48 skid as the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-1 victory Saturday night.

For accounting purposes, nothing 'extraordinary' about attacks
NEW YORK -- Imagine you're an airline CEO. For months, you've labored to contain the damage from a deflating economy. Then, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks turned a corporate crisis into a catastrophe, resulting in losses you couldn't possibly have foreseen.

Seahawks stop Stars, advance to final
The Seward High School football wasn't quite ready to call it a ballgame, not just yet.

Bulldogs return to state title tilt
The proverbial fat lady had to hold off her song until at least the second half, as Nikiski's football team allowed Kenai Central a glimmer of hope well into the third quarter before cuing up the music.

Grand opening
Left to right, Alex Spector, director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System and Regional Office, Kenai veteran Glenn Schrader, Dr. Ted Galey, director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network 20, and Dr. Cynthia Joe, chief of staff of the Alaska VA Healthcare System and Regional Office, participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Saturday.

Photo feature: Going up
Richard Markiewicz climbs a ladder Saturday to meet a roof truss a coworker is moving into position at the new fire station and storage facility under construction at Kenai Municipal Airport.

State trying to alleviate fears of chemical or biological attack
JUNEAU (AP) -- State officials are advising Alaskans not to buy gas masks or stockpile vaccines or antibiotics to protect against chemical or biological attacks.

Soldotna pilot gets unexpected escort
On his first solo floatplane flight at Red Shirt Lake south of Willow, Bruce Besse of Soldotna had an eventful trip -- beautiful open sky above him, clear shimmering lakes below him and an F-15 fighter jet right behind him.

Bush: 'Time is running out'
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Saturday rejected Afghanistan's attempt to use jailed foreign aid workers as bargaining chips to pressure the United States to halt its planned anti-terrorist offensive.

Home improvements
After months of planning, the steel framework has been hoisted into place to complete a deck modification project that will expand and move the living quarters of Forest Oil's Osprey Platform, the newest platform in Cook Inlet.

CPGH names interim CEO
The board of the nonprofit corporation that runs the borough hospital in Soldotna has named Jay Seigfreid of Quorum Health Resources the hospital's interim chief executive through December 2002.

Soldotna legislator to hold town meeting
A long-range fiscal plan for Alaska is the goal, and input from the public is a step in the right direction, according to Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna.

Cave explorers help Forest Service develop Tongass management plan
TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST -- The cave enthusiasts have left the cold, dank recesses beneath the rain forest of Southeast Alaska. The results of their summer exploration of the underworld of the Tongass are now transferred to notebooks and memories.

Lonnie Hartwell Temple
Alaskan sourdough, Lonnie Hartwell "Harty" Temple, died Oct. 3, 2001, after surgery at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 76. No service is planned at Mr. Temple's request. His remains will be scattered at a later date. An informal gathering will be conducted on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Greg Bernard Norris
Former Cooper Landing resident Greg Bernard Norris died Sept. 30, 2001, in Gardenerville, Nev. He was 23. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at the Cooper Landing Community Center. His ashes will be buried in the Cooper Landing Cemetery at a later date.

Billie G. Anderson
Kenai resident Billie G. Anderson died Oct. 5, 2001, at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage after a battle with lung cancer. She was 70. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Elder Roger Jones will officiate. Her ashes will be buried with her husband's, Bobby D. Anderson, at a later date in Eunice, N.M.

Dealing with used car blues
Ah, the joys of car ownership. Forget napalm, there's nothing like the smell of unmufflered exhaust fumes, leaking break fluid, overheating radiators and burning oil in the morning.

Town meeting great start on worthwhile project for Alaskans
A week after shaping the landscape of the Kenai Peninsula at the polls, residents have another opportunity to mold the future.

Defeat of private prison proposition a community effortSchool district group says 'thanks' to Agrium for tourAuto dealership helped make homecoming a successElementary students appreciate help with recent fund-raiser

Letters to the Editor
An open letter to borough assembly member Paul FischerArea defense forces prepare, looking for new recruits

Lion research turns harrowing for Soldotna biologist
An area wildlife biologist had no idea what lay ahead when he took a trip to help capture lions in Zimbabwe.

My Best Friend
Barney, a 3-year-old boxer, loves people and playing with cats. He is owned by Ken, pictured, and Doreen Haag of Kenai.

Around the Peninsula
Find the right volunteering workDrug and alcohol abuse council to meetChamber panel to address state of visitor industryNikiski Fire Service Area board meeting movedChamber meeting location movedOpen house slated for new ChamberRC&D meeting slatedHealthy Communities meeting to be heldFamily, community folk dances resumeSoldotna Community School brochures mailed out

Toms holds two-stroke lead at Michelob tourney
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- David Toms battled chilly conditions and some early bungles to finish with a 4-under-par 67 Saturday, good for a two-shot lead in his bid to repeat his victory in the Michelob Championship.

Sports Briefs
Wrestling season gets under wayMarlins keep only one coach for 2002Lopez could be out for entire playoffsJordan 'willed' team to win in scrimmage

Attendance record falls in Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- What was once considered a joke became a record-breaking success Saturday night.

Skyview volleyball scores Region III sweep of Kenai, Homer
The Seward volleyball team put Skyview on the defense just in time for a pivotal Region III homestand.

Jagr debuts with goal, assist as Caps thrash Devils
WASHINGTON -- Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in his Washington debut, and the Capitals tied a franchise record for most goals in a season opener in a 6-1 victory Saturday night over the New Jersey Devils.

As Zurfluh tries to make team, Aces drop opener
With a roster loaded with newcomers, a new coach and a new vice president of hockey operations, the theme of the Anchorage Aces' Friday and Saturday exhibition games at the Soldotna Sports Center was new.

Sooners resort to chicanery to defeat Longhorns
DALLAS -- The Oklahoma Sooners didn't dominate the Texas Longhorns this time. They tricked 'em instead.

Seward teaches Bulldogs a lesson
You know what they say -- no pain, no gain -- and the Nikiski High School volleyball team's five-game loss to District 3/3A foe Seward at Nikiski Friday certainly was painful for the Bulldogs.

Area swimmers make waves at Bartlett swimming invite
The Soldotna High School swimming team competed at the Bartlett Invitational Saturday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Stars take Silver Division at Spiketacular
The Soldotna High School girls volleyball team won first place in the Silver Division of the West Spiketacular Friday and Saturday at West High School in Anchorage. Juniors Rachel Besse and Hillary Zobeck were named to the All Tournament team.

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