Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Storm again batters eroding Shishmaref
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gale force winds and driving rain thrashed Shishmaref for more than 12 hours, tearing away at the thin barrier island in the Chukchi Sea and forcing at least one family from their home.

Chena Hot Springs Resort sentenced to 2-year probation, $1 fine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A legal battle between the state and Chena Hot Springs Resort has ended.

Second trial begins for Ketchikan man accused of murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Jury selection began Monday in the retrial of Jose M. ''Che'' Mateu, charged with first-degree murder in the January 2000 death of his father, Jose R. Mateu, in their home.

Nine killed, one injured in Dillingham plane crash
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Nine people were killed and one injured Wednesday morning when a PenAir plane crashed soon after taking off from the airport in Dillingham.

Man charged with murder in Iliamna shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Iliamna man has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of another man in the isolated community last week.

First of the Permanent Fund checks go to Alaskans
JUNEAU (AP) -- Banks stocked up on cash and merchants braced for an annual shopping spree to rival Christmas as about 400,000 Alaskans awoke on Wednesday flush with cash.

State considers checkpoints, restrictions on Dalton Highway traffic in response to attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials are considering restricting traffic on the Dalton Highway to protect the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and North Slope oil facilities from terrorist attacks.

Two students hospitalized following school bus accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two high school students were hospitalized Wednesday after the bus they were riding in got in an accident in Anchorage.

Anchorage school board restricts student access to sex book
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board has decided to limit student access to a controversial sex education book.

Anchorage burglary suspect slashes man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was slashed in the neck after he confronted a burglar Wednesday morning.

Stevens says Alaska troops face deployment in anti-terrorism war
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Troops from the Army brigade in Alaska would be among the first called up if regular ground troops are needed in the war against terrorism, according to U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

Fairbanks man arrested for breaking into houses, fondling sleeping woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man is accused of breaking into a house and fondling a woman as she slept.

Mother charged with assault in crash that injures kids
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A woman is charged with felony assault and drunk driving after a car crash that injured two of her children, police said.

Explosive device parts found in Carlile truck
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police evacuated as many as 40 people after a disassembled explosive device was found inside a Carlile Enterprises Inc. truck being retured to the company lot.

Man charged with stabbing school children pleads no contest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Frank De La Cruz and his 10-year-old brother Sam came face-to-face Monday with the man charged with attempting to murder five of their friends.

Anchorage jury hears excessive police force case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage jury is hearing the case of a woman who says a police officer used excessive force during a drunken-driving arrest three years ago.

President skips Alaska stopover during Asia trip
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President George W. Bush will not stop in Alaska next week on his way to an economic summit.

Fairbanks woman pleads guilty to prostitution conspiracy charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring with a massage parlor owner to run a prostitution ring out of the facility.

Police release name of man who died in rollover of stolen car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have released the name of an Anchorage man who died early Monday when he lost control of a stolen car.

Anchorage tackles on escort services
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has put five Anchorage escort services on legal notice about offering prostitution, an action the city hopes will lead to closing what it claims are brothels.

Salcha man drives car into party bonfire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old Salcha man drove his car into a bonfire at a weekend party near North Pole, Alaska State Troopers said.

Travel experts fear Alaska tourism could take big hit from attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's travel industry is worried that last month's terrorist attacks and the U.S.-led strikes on Afghanistan will devastate the state's 2002 tourism season.

Alaska Airlines begins flights to Washington, D.C.
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Airlines has begun offering flights to the East Coast, nearly a month after the terrorist attacks.

Ballot initiative would lift restrictions on Alaska brewpubs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A popular brewpub is launching a ballot initiative that would lift the production cap placed on Alaska brewpubs and allow them to own restaurants and bars.

First National Guard troops posted at airports on Monday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- National Guard troops began providing added security at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks on Monday and were expected to be posted at the airport in Valdez later in the day.

Kenai Peninsula school district cancels school trips abroad
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has suspended district-sponsored trips abroad.

Kwethluk man drowns
BETHEL (AP) -- A Kwethluk man drowned while traveling by boat from Bethel to Kwethluk early Friday morning.

Democrats say energy bill to be sent to floor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An energy bill will head to the Senate floor without a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for oil.

Veneer mill reopens after running out of wood
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Gateway Forest Products resumed operations at its veneer mill after being idle for a week by a lack of timber, the company said.

Former Ketchikan legislator was active to the end
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Oral Freeman was at Alaska Outboard on Saturday, just as he'd been on many days since buying the shop in 1955.

Oral Freeman instrumental in creating Permanent Fund
JUNEAU (AP) -- Oral E. Freeman, a former lawmaker who played a major role in creating the Alaska Permanent Fund, died on Saturday in Ketchikan. He was 85.

State targets 20 Soldotna business signs for removal
KENAI (AP) -- Twenty commercial signs encroaching in the state right-of-way on a busy Soldotna thoroughfare have been targeted for removal and business owners are expressing their displeasure to the Department of Transportation.

Cleanup work continues at spill site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About a hundred workers were cleaning up Monday at the site where a bullet pierced the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, causing a leak that spewed nearly 300,000 gallons of crude.

State considers checkpoints, restrictions on Dalton Highway traffic in response to attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials are considering restricting traffic on the Dalton Highway to protect the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and North Slope oil facilities from terrorist attacks.

Bomb-making instructions found in bags near Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two bags containing bomb-making instructions and military materials were found in the woods next to Fairbanks International Airport during a routine security patrol, airport police said.

Bonds: Record will be broken soon
SAN FRANCISCO -- In the 70 seasons from 1928 to 1997, the home run record was broken once. Now it's been smashed twice in the last four years, and Barry Bonds figures his new record of 73 might not last long.

As usual, pitching plays key role in playoffs
Greg Maddux is ready to renew the quest and the Seattle Mariners are eager to start, too. Mark McGwire might even join this party.

Major Leagues making up some ground on the Babe
This baseball season, the Babe took a beating. Long ago stripped of his single-season and career home run records by Roger Maris and Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth lost three more marks this season to the power and patience of Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson.

Mariners get whiff of Colon
SEATTLE -- Suddenly, the Seattle Mariners don't seem quite so invincible, do they? The Cleveland Indians sure don't think so.

Germano, Dyson race nears decision
The Kenai Peninsula School District Seat F race continued to boil as the margin between incumbent Deborah Germano and challenger Gene Dyson grew slightly from 20 votes to 27.

Germano retains school board seat
The closest race in last week's municipal election is finally settled.

NOW PLAYING: Training Day
Denzel Washington is a great actor. I'm not really going out on a limb by saying that; I think most people would agree that saying Denzel Washington can act is like saying Michael Jordan can jump a little. But I really mean it, Denzel Washington is a great actor.

NYC mayoral candidates adjusting to changed political landscape
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a city transformed by the attack on the World Trade Center, the two Democratic candidates for mayor have recast their campaigns to focus on leadership and how to pay for basic services.

Schools halt trips overseas
Traveling abroad can be one of the most exciting, memorable and educational experiences in a young person's life. But recent world events have reached into Kenai Peninsula schools and put a damper on planned trips.

Photo feature: Seasonal color
Fall colors make Devil's club leaves appear a little more inviting near Sterling recently. Forecasters are calling for more seasonably cool and overcast weather in the coming days, with snow even possible.

Depressed fisheries spawn unusual real estate
One by-product of hard times for Cook Inlet fish processors is a supply of vacated fish processing plants.

State official outlines fiscal challenges at meetings
In 1995, state budget forecasters predicted Alaska would be out of money by now. However, deep fiscal cuts, huge royalty settlements from oil companies and interest earnings have forestalled the Constitutional Budget Reserve from being emptied.

Processors mull glum outlook
As much of the Kenai Peninsula's economic activity winds down for the winter, businesses are reviewing third-quarter results and making plans for next year.

List of most-wanted terrorist suspects being compiled
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is readying a new ''most wanted'' list of suspected terrorists who are believed to be at large, seeking to bolster the pressure for their capture, officials said Tuesday.

Sterling Highway right-of-way issue not over yet, says DOT
Many signs along the Sterling Highway through downtown Soldotna are closer to being moved or removed, though a meeting not yet scheduled holds out the possibility of postponing the action.

Raids open skies
WASHINGTON -- The United States hit Afghanistan with a third day of airstrikes, crushing Taliban air defenses, radars and airports to the extent that American warplanes can fly virtually unchallenged night and day, the Pentagon said Tuesday. ''The skies are now free,'' President Bush said.

Parade, politics, patriotism meet in parade
NEW YORK -- With bombs falling on Afghanistan again and New York on high alert against a terrorist counterattack, the city held a flag-waving, red-white-and-blue Columbus Day parade Monday.

Germano retains school board seat
The closest race in last week's municipal election is finally settled.

Agencies to join forces for school drill
Passing citizens may see troopers, police and firefighters swarming Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna from 1 to 4 p.m. today.

U.S. pounds Afghanistan in day 2
WASHINGTON -- The United States pounded terrorist targets in Afghanistan from the air for a second night Monday in an effort to undercut the Taliban militia sheltering Osama bin Laden. Anti-Taliban forces inside Afghanistan appeared ready to strike in concert with the American barrage.

Around the Peninsula
Fiscal policy is topic of meetingHospice program seeks volunteersAllergy support group to meetDonations neededKeyboarding class offeredRed Cross seeks instructorsFisherman's Fund to meetFolk dance plannedKenai center hosts exhibitSeaLife Center starts Senior Sundays

Deneace Gravening
Nikiski resident Deneace Gravening died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of cardiac arrest. She was 46.

I.V. Graham
I.V. Graham died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, in Spokane, Wash., at Sacred Heart Hospital of complications from asbestosis. He was 64.

Spill response readiness gets boost
If oil spills into the water, the first few hours are critical to a successful response. Either the spiller or government agencies must immediately begin deploying the necessary response personnel and equipment needed to contain the oil and protect sensitive areas.

U.S. begins war against terrorists
Newspapers from around the country on the U.S. retaliation

Letters to the Editor
Group wanted forum in neutral location; no boycott intendedComic strip 'B.C.' far more upsetting than 'DoonesburyAsk not what your community can do for you, but what you can do...Military action necessary part of U.S. response to Sept. 11 attacks

Around the Peninsula
Sept. 11 tourism effects are noon topicKenai to celebrate city hall anniversaryDevelopment district to meet ThursdayFire service area meeting plannedHomer chamber plans open houseHealthy Communities meets ThursdayNorth Peninsula chamber names new venueHospice seeks volunteersPie auction is SaturdayCanine Good Citizen class offeredCommunity schools brochures mailed outSeaLife Center starts Senior Sundays

KPC offers options to learn on all levels
There are many reasons people think they are not "college material." Reasons range from, "I didn't even finish high school" to "I'm too old to learn."

District school news
News from schools around the district

Around the District
Honor choir to performSoldotna seeks student repVFW offers essay contestsAdults invited to reading workshopsSchool board meets MondayNikiski Elementary students raffling prizesMountain View announces Students of the MonthNinilchik announces Students of the MonthSMS announces Students of the MonthDay care centers offer federal food programAfter the Bell plans open house

Artist, students 'Share' to make special projects
The stories inside books can be magical things and inspire flights of mind-expanding imagination for children. But the physical books themselves can be just as special.

Degrees of parent appreciation change with age
We've all been there. Strict rules you don't want to follow, drawn out arguments for days and everlasting punishment, usually followed by immediate remorse. So goes life with the parental units.

Accomplishment makes a difference
A young reporter once asked Thomas Edison how it felt to fail so many times when he was perfecting the light bulb. Edison's response was, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2,000-step process."

Boy pushes to change ban on ice cream trucks
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWN-SHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A 9-year-old boy has taken another step in his quest to bring ice cream trucks to his neighborhood.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for local seniors

Bruins rip Capitals, move record to 3-0
BOSTON -- Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists, and Byron Dafoe stopped 22 shots for his 100th win in Boston as the Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 4-0 Monday.

Woman wants player barred from game
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A woman who contends she was raped by a West Virginia football player when he attended Notre Dame four years ago wants university officials to enforce a ban that would keep him from playing against the Irish on Saturday.

Senators solve Irbe, blow past Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Martin Havlat had two goals and an assist as the Ottawa Senators solved Carolina goalie Arturs Irbe in a 6-2 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Homer teams advance
Two Homer Pop Warner football teams won their semifinal playoff games last weekend, earning tickets to the state championship games in Anchorage. The Homer Pop Warner program just started in 1999.

Panthers pounce on Nikiski netters
Before the Skyview volleyball team's three-game dismantling of visiting Nikiski Tuesday night, Panthers coach Sheila Kupferschmid told her team to focus on confidence and determination.

Northern Lights Conference names all-stars
All season, Northern Lights Conference running backs like Kenai's Cory Janson and Soldotna's Cason Simpson were quick to recognize their blockers when they talked about their success.

Lead 'Dawg
When coaches refer to go-to guys, they're usually talking about a runner they can count on to pop a good race at state, or a wrestler they can count on to tally up crucial points for the team.

Sports Briefs
Stefan to miss 4 to 6 weeks after surgeryBCS changes release date of first standingsPatriots receiver returns, problems remainHall of Famer K.C. Jones diagnosed with cancer

Rams batter, Lions whimper
PONTIAC, Mich. -- For the St. Louis Rams, remaining the NFL's only unbeaten team was as simple as pitch and catch.

Saints set the mood for Vikings' visit
NEW ORLEANS -- After the New Orleans Saints lost a playoff game to Minnesota in the Metrodome amid blaring music, the sounds of revving motorcycle engines and screaming fans, coach Jim Haslett knew just how to welcome the Vikings to the Superdome.

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