Wednesday, October 9, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Fairbanks voters reject snowmobile ban
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks North Star Borough voters by a 2-1 margin rejected an initiative to ban snowmobile use within most of the city of Fairbanks. Voters also narrowly approved school bonds.

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.

Anchorage police investigate death as homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police say a woman found dead in her apartment was a homicide victim.

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.

Anchorage man charged with manslaughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man handling a hunting rifle was charged with manslaughter after the weapon fired and killed his wife.

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.

Pentagon: Some soldiers in chemical tests not fully informed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that some soldiers engaged in chemical and biological weapons testing in the 1960s may not have been fully informed about the secret experiments conducted at sea and in five states from Alaska to Florida. Some tests used the military's deadliest nerve agent, VX.

Forest Service plan designates Southeast tourism spots
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service wants to designate 47 spots in Southeast Alaska for use by large commercial tour groups.

Game Board takes up Denali wolves buffer zone
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game meets Thursday and Friday to decide whether wolves that stray out of Denali National Park and Preserve onto state land should continue to be protected.

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.

State commits more money for ailing seafood plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state again has come to the rescue of a fish factory in South Anchorage, agreeing to pour up to $2.5 million into the venture.

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.

Storm pushes barge on beach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fierce autumn storm hammering Northwest Alaska ripped a barge from its tugboat near the Red Dog mine port on Tuesday and pushed it onto a gravel beach about 30 miles south of Kivalina.

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.

Counterfeit bills crops up in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Merchants in Ketchikan are reporting a surprising influx of high quality counterfeit bills around town.

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

Black bear wanders into Juneau store looking for dinner
JUNEAU (AP) -- A black bear wandered into a Juneau convenience store Monday searching for supper.

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.

Anchorage police investigate unattended death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police on Tuesday were investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside an apartment in the city's Mountain View section

Winter hits Fairbanks with first snow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Winter unofficially arrived Tuesday in Fairbanks with the first measurable snowfall of the season.

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.

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

Minnesota wins ALCS opener
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins just won't go away.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CES captain 'Dunn' for now
The door was open and he walked through. This is how recently retired Central Emer-gency Services Capt. Jim Dunn described how he came to live, work and save lives in Soldotna.

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.

DEC to give update on sites
Many of the central Kenai Peninsula's messiest issues will be discussed Thursday night at the Soldotna Sports Center, when several state and local groups come together for a forum on contaminated sites in the area.

Wind whips area Lines go down, power goes out on peninsula
Wind gusts of more than 40 mph stormed up Cook Inlet on Monday, wreaking havoc on western Kenai Peninsula electrical lines and causing minor damage.

Nikiski man loses home, dog in fire
An investigation was turned over to the state fire marshal's office after a house burned down in Nikiski on Friday.

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.

Workshop aims to dispel stereotypes
People with disabilities face and overcome challenges in everyday life that many people without disabilities can't even imagine, including stereotypes, discrimination and ignorant assumptions about what they can and can't accomplish.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Forbes
Kenai resident David Forbes died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002. He was 55.

Letters to the Editor
Soldotna council meddling where it should not on smoking issue Setting the record straight; differing opinions one thing, lies another Clarion only prints opinions that agree with its viewpoint

Legislators should work more in public's eye, less in closed caucus
Gov. Tony Knowles made what would likely be his last visit, as governor, with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial board (last week).

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

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?''

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

Proposition C will benefit KPC
Which Nov. 5 issue has the undivided support of both primary gubernatorial candidates?

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

Around the Peninsula
Healthy Communities to hold meeting 4-H rendezvous planned Historical society to begin new season Speaker planned for disability awareness Testimonial meeting canceled Candidates forum planned Oct. 17 Goblins, ghosts, Wonder Women wanted

Dispute centers around credit transfers for vocational schools
The nation's second-largest higher education organization has withdrawn from the biggest umbrella group of colleges and universities, the American Council on Education.

Schools start testing teens for tobacco use
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. -- Breath mints won't cut it anymore for students who have been smoking in the bathroom -- some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teen-agers to find out whether they have been using tobacco.

Communities fight to keep one-room schools
MCKENZIE COUNTY, N.D. -- Josh Rockeman has braved miles of rough, windy roads deep in the heart of the Badlands and battled high water on the Little Missouri River.

Canadian district audited for use of Microsoft products
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- A suburban school district is investigating reports of software piracy involving Microsoft products at a high school, officials have confirmed.

Teacher's therapeutic dogs aid in classrooms
The kids in Teresa Owens' class don't do a lot of running and jumping. But that doesn't mean they don't have their own brand of fun.

School Menus
Next weeks lunch menus for schools around the disrict

Around the District
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Nikiski Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle Soldotna Middle Connections Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Kalifonsky Christian Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

School police survey finds schools unprepared for terrorism
WASHINGTON -- If terrorists ever strike Allen High School in suburban Dallas, school police officer Carl Osburn says authorities will be ready.

College council meeting, nature writing workshop top week's agenda
The Kenai Peninsula College Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in room 201 of the Ward Building at the Soldotna campus. The public is encouraged to attend.

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

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

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

Club could be headed for Charlotte
NEW YORK -- The NBA moved a step closer Tuesday to putting a team back in Charlotte, appointing an expansion committee to look at ownership groups willing to pay the expected price of at least $300 million.

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

Stars top all-Northern Lights selections
The Soldotna High School football team's perfect mark in Northern Lights Conference play was rewarded with nine selections to the all-conference first team, including six on offense, led by conference Coach of the Year Sarge Truesdell and Lineman of the Year Caleb Sizemore.

A year later, Canadiens captain full of hope
MONTREAL -- Saku Koivu can't forget about his cancer, and he doesn't want to.

Long drive champion swings through pain
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Sean Fister's discs in his back are collapsing, his knuckles are knotted and his tendons are stretched.

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.

2002 Northern Lights All-Conference Team
Defensive Player of the Year -- Adam Crum, Homer

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.

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