Monday, October 7, 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.

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.

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.

Neighbors fault Habitat for Humanity homes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A report critical of Habitat for Humanity practices in Anchorage, including complaints that the houses built are of unattractive design, has been distributed to about 30 Habitat donors.

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.

Oct. 6, 2002, The Juneau Empire says gubernatorial candidates can't fix the fiscal crisis
All candidates vying for the state's top job have grappled with the $64,000 question: ''How will you solve the state's fiscal crisis?''

Juneau absentees tip vote for bonds
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $15 million bond proposition that would fund harbor and utility upgrades in Juneau passed after a count of absentee and questioned ballots Friday.

Oct. 4, 2002, The Voice of the Times urges a 'no' vote on constitutional convention
Voters at the Nov. 5 general election will be asked whether Alaska should convene a constitutional convention. We urge all to vote ''No.''

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.

Oct. 2, 2002, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges legislators to do their jobs in the open
Gov. Tony Knowles made what would likely be his last visit, as governor, with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial board on Tuesday.

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.

Oct. 6, 2002, The Peninsula Clarion says moving the legislature 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.

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.

Oct. 6, 2002, The Anchorage Daily News says rural law enforcement issue for legislature, not the courts
Residents of small rural Alaska communities understandably would like to have better police protection. So would a lot of people in Anchorage, where emergency dispatch is badly short-staffed and the city is desperately trying to fill vacancies in police department ranks.

Goldbelt plans tourism development south fo Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Goldbelt Inc. Native corporation plans to build a cruise ship destination at Hobart Bay, 70 miles south of Juneau.

Historic Fairbanks cabin saved from wrecking ball
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 64-year-old historic log cabin rolled through downtown Fairbanks just after midnight Friday, preserved from the wrecking ball as a local hotel expanded.

Woman sentenced in mother's death
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A Soldotna woman charged with killing her mother by setting their house on fire in 1999 has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison, with ten years suspended.

Anchorage bear deaths decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Just five black bears and one brown bear were killed in Anchorage this year, the lowest number since the early 1990s.

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.

Alaska artist Fred Machetanz dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's most identifiable and honored artist, Frederick Machetanz, died Sunday at Valley Hospital in Palmer. He was 94.

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.

Peace demonstrators march in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 150 demonstrators took a peace message on a march around the Dimond Center mall on Sunday.

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

FEMA creates Alaska Citizens Corps Council
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency will create a Citizen Corps Council in Alaska.

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.

One dead, one missing after ATV flips in creek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One man died and another was missing after an Argo amphibious ATV flipped in a creek south of Tyonek Friday night, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Whooping cough cases reported in Homer
HOMER (AP) -- State health officials have confirmed two cases of whooping cough, also called pertussis, in Homer.

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.

Wasilla gets council member through write-in race
WASILLA (AP) -- Wasilla voters picked grocery store salesman Robert Sande in a write-in race for a City Council seat, city officials announced Friday. The write-in contest came after no one filed for the seat in time.

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.

Air tanker commander perseveres in Qatar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In the month that Alaska Air National Guard Col. Tim Scott has been deployed to Qatar, he has to endure getting four to five hours of sleep a night, well above 100-degree weather and the constant wind-swept sand that leaves him feeling perpetually grimy. As commander of the 168th Air Refueling Wing at Eielson Air Force Base, Scott has had a busy year in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Kenai Peninsula, Juneau, Fairbanks in hunt for Arctic games
KENAI (AP) -- Three Alaska communities are in the running to host the Arctic Winter Games in 2006. Fairbanks has hosted the games twice before, in 1982 and 1988. Juneau and the Kenai Peninsula Borough are also submitting bids.

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

Giants, Braves go to Game 5
SAN FRANCISCO -- Livan Hernandez boasted about his postseason perfection, then went out and backed it up.

Twins drop A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Not only are the Minnesota Twins here to stay, now they're going home -- to open a most unlikely AL championship series.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The film opens with a symphony. The beautiful, sweeping strains wash marvelously over the crowd, with one exception. A particularly inept flute player has picked the worst possible night to perform poorly. For in the audience sits one afficionado whose musical tastes run only a slight second to his culinary. The music lover is, of course, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, pre-infamy, and at a dinner party a few weeks later, it becomes gruesomely apparent how deeply the unfortunate flautist's playing had offended.

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.

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.

Earnhardt tames Talladega again
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- It pays to have a friend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Anchor Point explores options; Failed service area proposition likely to resurface
The dream of a boat harbor at Anchor Point was not extinguished Tuesday when voters around the community voted down a service area that would have taken a significant step forward toward that goal, supporters of Proposition No. 5 said this week.

ATV accident leaves 1 dead, 1 missing
One man died and another was missing after an Argo amphibious ATV flipped in a creek south of Tyonek Friday night, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Smith trial starts in Anchorage today
A jury has been selected, and the new trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith begins today in Anchorage.

Doggie Dash brings out support for musher
Efforts to find relief for a member of Alaska's dog sledding community got a running start Saturday morning in Soldotna as the Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Club hosted the Doggie Dash for DeeDee (Jonrowe).

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.

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.

Assembly to approve grant appropriations
Several state grants are expected to be passed on to their respective designee organizations and agencies when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly votes Tuesday on authorizing ordinances.

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

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

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

Letters to the Editor
War leaves little time for problems at homeor lasting peace in this world.Clarion's small-minded tactics manipulate outcome of voteIs tax break soon to come?Idea for increasing voter turnoutEconomics lesson: the higher the taxes the lower the revenuePolitical party affiliation has no place in nonpartisan races

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.

Online version of Clarion keeps Kardinals in limelight

South Carolina federal district court outlaws secret settlements
In Boston, the Roman Catholic archdiocese secretly settled case after case of priests accused of child molestation and judges sealed many of the files. That freed some priests to move elsewhere and molest again....

Country needs a budget
Worries about new terrorist attacks. A possible war with Iraq. The stock market falling. And, oh yeah, the U.S. government's fiscal year starts today, and guess how many of the bills that keep federal agencies running have been passed? None.

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.

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.

Heroes of the week
On Sept. 19, my mom and I were on our way to the Kenai Community Library when our dog, Cooper, fell out of our Suburban window.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to host doctorCoast Guard rep to speak at luncheonOktoberfest planned by ElksSenior center to host auctionOpening ceremony set for Ninilchik libraryHistorical society to hold meetingCourt system to hold public hearing

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.

Peninsula People
Homer man graduates basic trainingSoldotna woman completes Army training

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

Community Schools
he following is a list of the first week of classes and activities of the Soldotna Community School Fall 2002 program. It is to serve as a reminder to registered participants.

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

Results of Doggie Dash benefit run announced
The following are the results of the Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Club's 5-kilometer Doggie Dash for Dee Dee (Jonrowe) held Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails:

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

Photo feature: Hanging out
The Kenai Teen Center's television attracts a crowd during a cold, rainy evening Saturday. The center is above the Kenai Rec Center.

Community News
Library announces October eventsPratt Museum raffle offers cash prizesHomer Community School updates program

Karri King and Chris Wilshusen of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Kaiden Christofer Wilshusen, at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Photo: Special donation
Girl Scout Troop 210 gives a check for $575 to Rob Wilusz, with the Special Olympics, on Sunday afternoon at the Pizza Hut in Kenai.

Nurse-midwives recognized with awareness week
Nurse-midwives in Soldotna and communities across the nation will be saluted this week during Nurse-Midwifery Week.

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.

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.

Sorenstam takes title
VALLEJO, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam shot a 7-under-par 65 Sunday to pull away from Cristie Kerr and win the Samsung World Championship.

Dolphins hand Pats second straight loss
MIAMI -- Jay Fiedler threw two touchdowns and ran for another -- all on third down -- as Miami defeated New England 26-13 Sunday to take over sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

Stars sweep quad meet
The Soldotna boys and girls swimming and diving teams swept a quad meet with Kodiak, West and Bartlett Friday at West High in Anchorage.

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
Seward volleyball sweeps NikiskiSkyview takes third at West SpiketacularOneWorld, Alinghi win on day of fickle windUnited States wins U.S. Women's Cup

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.

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

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.

Anchorage bear deaths decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Just five black bears and one brown bear were killed in Anchorage this year, the lowest number since the early 1990s.

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