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Monday, October 8, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Oct. 6, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on restoring trust among the flying public
Many Americans seem to be more than a little nervous about taking to the skies since the Sept. 11 hijackings.

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.

Oct. 5, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News bemoans the present state of U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities
One of the few certainties in the debate surrounding the response to Sept. 11 is that U.S. intelligence-gathering needs a boost. The answer is apparent, but not easy: We need both brainpower and connections all over the world.

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.''

Oct. 4, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner laments voter turnout amid patriotic fervor
The results of Tuesday's local election weren't surprising. No, not who won or lost the races. We mean the incredibly low voter turnout.

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

Oct. 2, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News suggests a Permanent Fund day of reckoning
This year's Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation annual report arrives with a reminder on the inside front cover of one of the core facts of Alaska's economic future: While oil revenues are falling over time, Permanent Fund income is rising. The question is what to do with that fact.

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.

Locations where National Guard troops will offer airport security
Here's a list of the locations where the 230 Alaska National Guard troops mobilized for airport security will be stationed. Troops are expected to report to airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Valdez on Monday. They are expected to arrive in Juneau on Tuesday.

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.

Delta Junction in line for $1 million in federal funds for maintenance
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city of Delta Junction is in line to receive $1 million in federal funds for maintenance of city facilities and streets, including the existing landfill and the airport.

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.

Man dies in rollover of stolen car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died early Monday when he lost control of the stolen car and it rolled, according to Anchorage police.

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.

Famed attorney Johnnie Cochran to be featured speaker at fund-raiser
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. will speak at a fund-raising dinner in Fairbanks next month.

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.

Hells Angels property in Anchorage for sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Hells Angels in Anchorage are selling their clubhouse for larger digs. But don't expect the secretive motorcycle club to hold an open house.

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.

Environmental report says proposed project could hurt wildlife
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- According to a draft environmental impact study, a proposed high-power transmission line could hurt wildlife on the northern Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Postal restrictions put Wasilla hatchery in bind
WASILLA (AP) -- When the terrorist attacks back East grounded planes in Anchorage, Anthony Schmidt helped rescue thousands of stranded birds. The Wasilla area farmer took in 7,500 baby chickens headed for Korea that would have otherwise died.

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.

Board votes to expand state-required testing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Students in grades five through nine will be required to take achievement tests even though the chairwoman of the state Board of Education and the student member have called the tests useless.

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.

Cook Inlet walrus not dead after all
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- ''Wally'' the walrus apparently is not dead after all.

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.

Seminar paints grim picture of Bering Sea season
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A seminar on the Bering Sea and the people who depend on its bounty painted a grim picture of what is occurring off Alaska's coast.

Oil flowing again after repairs made to trans-Alaska pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Crude oil resumed flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline Sunday after workers welded over a bullet hole in the line that caused 285,600 gallons of oil to spew onto the Alaska wilderness.

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.

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.

Barry bombs 73rd homer
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds wrapped up his record-breaking season with his 73rd homer and shattered yet another of baseball's hallowed marks by topping the slugging percentage record that Babe Ruth had owned for 81 years.

Texas stops record chase
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners fell one win short of setting a major league record for victories in a year, losing their regular season finale 4-3 to the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

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.

Padres slugger caps off incredible career
SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn took batting practice early in the afternoon, spraying balls to all fields.

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.

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.

Women bike to raise money for AIDS cure
Trekking 500 miles on a bike from Fairbanks to Anchorage to raise money for an AIDS vaccine may seem philanthropic. To Nikiski resident Margo Chilson, who participated in the ride with her friend Kim Kenyon from New York, the kindness in participating was done to her, not the other way around.

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.

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

Arctic Power readies for ANWAR fight
Before Sept. 11, the possibility that Congress would authorize oil and gas exploration on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seemed remote, said former legislator Mike Navarre of Kenai.

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula school district rearranges administration
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has rearranged its top tier of administrators.

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.

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.

Assembly to swear in 3 before addressing business
Swearing in three recently elected assembly members will kick off Tuesday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly.

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.

U.S. launches missile attacks
WASHINGTON -- American and British forces unleashed a punishing air attack Sunday against military targets and Osama bin Laden's training camps inside Afghanistan, striking at terrorists blamed for the attacks that murdered thousands in New York and Washington.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

George A. Ioanin
Sterling resident George A. Ioanin died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was 78.

Keeping shaky Pakistan in fold essential for U.S.
Imagine the quandary facing Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf. He's a dictator, which creates awkwardness on its own. ... A growing number of his impoverished countrymen are fondly disposed toward Is

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

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.

Overcoming bipartisan heartburn in the capital
WASHINGTON -- Meeting with Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, top House Republicans pressed hard for the White House to issue executive orders designed to make air travel safer, rather than accept legislation federalizing airport workers.

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.

Applause
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

Women bike to raise money for AIDS cure
Trekking 500 miles on a bike from Fairbanks to Anchorage to raise money for an AIDS vaccine may seem philanthropic. To Nikiski resident Margo Chilson, who participated in the ride with her friend Kim Kenyon from New York, the kindness in participating was done to her, not the other way around.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

Around the Peninsula
State fiscal policy is Tuesday topicRC&D meeting slatedMultimedia art, craft show displayed in KenaiHealthy Communities meeting to be heldRed Cross seeks first aid-CPR instructorsGroup offers disabled travel aid to conferenceFamily, community folk dances resume

Nikiski Fire Chief elected president of AFCA
Nikiski Fire Department Chief Billy W. Harris was elected president of the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association on Sept. 29.

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.

Announcements
Distance learning scholarship offeredAglow meeting setKenai Library schedule

Women bike to raise money for AIDS cure
Trekking 500 miles on a bike from Fairbanks to Anchorage to raise money for an AIDS vaccine may seem philanthropic. To Nikiski resident Margo Chilson, who participated in the ride with her friend Kim Kenyon from New York, the kindness in participating was done to her, not the other way around.

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

Peninsula school district rearranges administration
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has rearranged its top tier of administrators.

Community Schools
Soldotna Community School brochures have been mailed to the 99669 zip code box holders, general delivery and city routes. Extra brochures are available at the Soldotna and Kenai public libraries and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building.

Rangers top Buffalo in OT
NEW YORK -- Brian Leetch scored with 2:15 left in overtime as the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 Sunday night.

Delasin takes Samsung world title
VALLEJO, Calif. -- Dorothy Delasin gave her roaring galleries plenty to cheer.

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.

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

Kenyan wins Chicago Marathon, shatters two-week-old women's record
CHICAGO -- Running the final 15 miles pretty much by herself, Catherine Ndereba of Kenya easily won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and broke the world mark set just a week ago.

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.

Sports Briefs
Gold Kings top Aces again

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.

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

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.

Jake Snakes Arizona past Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Plummer threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to MarTay Jenkins with 9 seconds left Sunday, lifting the Arizona Cardinals to a 21-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

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.

De Ferran takes control of CART championship
HOUSTON -- Gil de Ferran took control of the CART championship chase Sunday with an overpowering victory.

Does Rams-Lions spell huge rout?
PONTIAC, Mich. -- Mike Martz and Kurt Warner are saying all the right things.

U.S. tops Jamaica
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- The U.S. players huddled in the north end of Foxboro Stadium, waiting.

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.

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

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.

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