Tuesday, October 8, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Poll shows strong support for education bonds
JUNEAU (AP) -- A ballot measure to approve a $236.8 million education bond package had strong support among Alaskans who participated in a statewide poll released last week.

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.

Mushing with Jonrowe offered on new eBay site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A two-day winter trip with Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe is one of 40 experiences being auctioned off on a new eBay site.

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.

FTC takes action against fake Native artwork
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An effort to help consumers identify Alaska Native-made products and get people to report fakes has resulted in a handful of investigations by the Federal Trade Commission.

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

Mat-Su schools, support staff far apart in talks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Matanuska-Susitna school officials and the nearly 700-worker support staff union have not met face to face for more than a month. But that hasn't stopped both sides from taking their contract battle public.

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

Fairbanks thieves steal costume parts from visiting performers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Thieves stole costume parts over the weekend from a Mexican dance group after two performances for school children.

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.

Nome man found dead in apparent four-wheeler accident
NOME (AP) -- A Nome man was found dead Saturday, the apparent victim of an all-terrain vehicle accident.

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.

Alaskans could have no dividend in 2003
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Be careful spending that permanent fund dividend this month. There may not be one next October.

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.

Juneau middle school students complete voter registration drive
JUNEAU (AP) -- They're too young to vote, but that didn't keep some Juneau middle school students from urging others to do it.

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.

Renovation work begins at Ketchikan airport
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Work crews began giving the Ketchikan International Airport a face lift Monday.

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

Knowles nominates Coffey to federal fish board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles nominated a former state Board of Fish chair to a federal panel overseeing North Pacific fisheries.

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.

Construction crews hustle on new Homer visitor attraction
KENAI (AP) -- Construction crews are hard at work in Homer hoping to enclose the wood and steel framework of the new Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center before winter sets in.

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.

Barrow digs out from brutal weekend storm
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow residents were recovering Monday from a brutal weekend storm while bracing for another, weaker, system expected to arrive Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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?''

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.''

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.

Bonds connects in Giants victory
ATLANTA -- The long wait is over. Barry Bonds is finally a postseason winner.

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

A season to warm misers' hearts
Everybody can find something to like in this baseball postseason.

New book highlights the Road We've Traveled
A new book is about to be published about life on the Kenai Peninsula. Written by those who have lived the history of the Kenai, the book entitled "The Road We've Traveled," is a project of the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association that features some twenty different chapters and over 400 photographs that chronicle early events of Peninsula communities.

Local runners enter Chicago Marathon
A group of eight local runners are heading to the Lower 48 this week to be among the 37,500 entrants competing in the World Class LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon October 13th.

Lila Krohn takes the Gold at national quilting competition in Seattle, Washington
Lila Krohn of Soldotna now has the distinction of being a national champion art quilter. Some 600 quilts, wall hangings, and wearable pieces of art were recently entered at the Pacific Northwest Quilt Fest in Seattle, by quilters from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northwest Territory, British Colombia, and Yukon Territory.

Local elections become history
With primary and local elections now history, it leaves only the November 5th elections yet to be decided. Low voter turnouts have become a concern for candidates working hard to get their message out to voters in the final weeks of the campaign.

Potato Harvest
The benefits of living in Alaska go way beyond the great hunting and fishing. There are so many other benefits we have here that we often take for granted. The unbelievable gardens we can grow here are just another example of how lucky we are to live here in Alaska. For the past four or five years my family and I have helped Billy and Rosie Spiers with their garden in Nikiski.

Contra dancing returns to the Central Peninsula
Old friends who hadn't seen each other for years, singles, couples, families, and community members of all ages and backgrounds filled the K-Beach Elementary School gymnasium last week for the Contra Dancing season kick-off.

Voters go for Trash Bonds in order to upgrade solid waste facility
By more than a 1,000 vote margin last week taxpayers of the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) elected to sell general obligation bonds to upgrade the Borough's solid waste facility near Soldotna.

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.

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

Proposal aims to make taxes fairer
Proposed changes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's sales tax code that are to be introduced tonight at the borough assembly meeting could pave the way to a simpler and fairer system for collecting taxes, say members of the assembly's Sales Tax Subcommittee.

Gwin's Lodge closing down for winter
A visible sign at Mile 51 of the Sterling Highway will not be lit this winter. Gwin's Lodge and Restaurant will be closed through the winter for the first time in seven years, said owner Robert Siter.

Alaskans could have no dividend in 2003
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Be careful spending that permanent fund dividend this month. There may not be one next October.

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.

Neighbors getting together to fight crime
Neighbors in Kasilof and Sterling are organizing into Neighborhood Watch communities in response to dramatic increases in burglaries and acts of vandalism occurring in those areas.

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).

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.

Winds keep HEA crews busy
Winds of up to 45 mph blew trees into power lines Monday, creating scattered power outages throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Homer Electric Association spokesperson Joe Gallagher said crews began responding to downed power lines around 1 p.m.

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.

Price plans to keep eye on borough changes
The man who led the unsuccessful ballot fight to remove sales taxes on unprepared foods also is watching a proposed ordinance that would amend parts of the borough's sales tax code.

Can gubernatorial candidates fix what Legislature has not?
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?''

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....

Online version of Clarion keeps Kardinals in limelight

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.

Letters to the Editor
Only Clarion's behavior petty, not that of Mayor BagleyAlaska's limited entry monopoly must be removed by this generation

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

Manikin donation appreciatedCommunity effort makes dog group's open house successfulEvent highlights safety issues for kids walking to schoolLocal businesses make first-time event a success

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.

Around the Peninsula
Zirul to speak at Soldotna chamberElection of officers tops agendaOptimum Health to present informationTrout Unlimited meeting plannedInternet class availableCenter to offer video 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.

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.

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

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.

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

Peninsula People
Homer man graduates basic trainingSoldotna woman completes Army training

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:

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.

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

Hospital staff shortages could affect medical care, rising older population
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri hospitals are facing worker shortages because fewer people are entering medical fields while the demand for health care is on the rise, a report suggests.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Sports Briefs
DJ fired for on-air prankVick doubtful for Giants gameStar Cuban pitcher, coach under INS controlSprewell fined $250,000 by KnicksHocking out of ALCS with injury from celebration

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

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.

NHL putting game-worn jerseys up for sale
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL wants to give fans the shirt off a player's back -- for a price.

Favre, Packers skin Bears
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brett Favre insists he doesn't save his best for the Chicago Bears. It just seems that way.

Adventurous spirit helps SoHi's Simpson prosper
Whether it's football, basketball or track, coaches speak glowingly about Soldotna senior Rick Simpson's selfless ability to try something different.

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.

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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