Thursday, October 10, 2002

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

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

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.

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.

Survey shows anemic tourism season in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's tourism industry weathered an overall lackluster summer as cruise ship passengers spent less and fewer independent travelers made the trip, according to a survey for the state's top travel association.

Bill collectors seize 5 percent of dividends
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bill collectors will grab about 5 percent of Alaskans' permanent fund dividends this year, according to the state Department of Revenue.

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.

With dividends in hand, Alaskans head to stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Annie Slater, human calculator, performs math on demand, a talent that served her and her kids well Wednesday afternoon.

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

Defense Department outlines Fort Greely chemical, biological testing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Details of a dozen chemical and biological weapons testing programs at Fort Greely were released Wednesday, including one in which soldiers in protective suits walked through contaminated areas.

Anchorage man charged with second-degree murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was charged with second degree murder after fatally shooting his wife.

Nikiski man charged with sexual abuse of a minor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Nikiski man was arrested Tuesday on two sexual abuse charges.

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.

Man pleads guilty to abuse, assault in Bettles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Bettles man has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of a minor and assault as part of a plea agreement.

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.

Circle Hot Springs closes for winter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A slow economy, a dip in tourism and world turmoil entered into a decision to close Arctic Circle Hot Springs for the winter, starting Tuesday.

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.

Waterfront taxi business opens in Ketchikan.
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A new water taxi service has opened for business in Ketchikan.

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.

DeeDee Jonrowe fund-raiser brings in $27,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A weekend fund-raiser for cancer-stricken Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe brought in $27,000, organizers said.

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

Flags lowered for Machetanz
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered that state flags be lowered Thursday in honor of Alaska artist Frederick Machetanz, who died Sunday at 94.

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

Southeast seafood plant to move operations
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Glacier Seafoods is expanding and will move its operations to Auke Bay.

Fairbanks opens parking garage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A chronic shortage of parking spaces in downtown Fairbanks was relieved Wednesday with the opening of a new 380-space parking garage.

Bonds has more success in playoffs
ST. LOUIS -- Barry Bonds was smack in the middle of everything -- driving in runs, scoring them and even flashing his temper in the NL championship opener.

Tigers hire Trammell, others still searching
One down, five to go. Detroit became the first team to hire a new manager Wednesday after a half-dozen jobs opened in the days following the end of the regular season. The Tigers reached into their past for Alan Trammell, who played shortstop for them from 1977-96.

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

Angels go beyond thunder Dome
MINNEAPOLIS -- So much for Minnesota's Metrodome dominance.

Supreme Court considers airwaves licenses dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court debated Tuesday whether the government was out of line when it seized unused wireless licenses from a young company that had promised to provide better, cheaper cell phone service.

Business Briefs
Alaska receives $1.4 millionTobin named outstanding AlaskanXTO donates two rescue boatsFishers' business counseling offeredTwo Denali Hotels incorporate brand

House GOP pushing higher investment loss deduction
WASHINGTON -- Concerned about rising voter anxiety about the economy only weeks before a crucial election, House Republicans on Tuesday began pushing a pair of tax cuts for investors whose retirement accounts and stock portfolios have suffered from the stock market swoon.

Cooper Landing chamber to open visitor center by spring
Cooper Landing is looking to take on the task of welcoming road system visitors from the north to the Kenai Peninsula, said some Cooper Landing business owners.

State aids Great Alaskan Seafood
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.

Photo: Rolling out
Trucks line up to enter the Matson shipping terminal in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday. Despite the 10-day port shutdown.

Play commemorates anniversary of refuge, environmental activist
A rare conjunction of anniversaries has led to an even rarer opportunity for theatergoers and environmental enthusiasts in the central peninsula.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

It's curtains for 'Les Miserables' in March
NEW YORK -- ''Les Miserables'' is pulling down its barricades and folding its flag of revolution.

Networks offer 34 new shows this fall
NEW YORK -- Ride a new wave of familiarity as another TV season begins.

Bluegrass music increases in appeal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As its annual convention and awards show approaches, the bluegrass music industry continues to enjoy newfound popularity created by the Grammy-winning ''O Brother, Where Art Thou?'' soundtrack.

Art Briefs
Nutritional classes offeredCarolers, gift deliverers wantedPoetry contests heldArtists could win business servicesArtists in Schools program accepting applications

Museum fund-raiser opens in Homer
Once again, the Pratt Museum's annual art show, the Ritz, has drawn in many of the Cosmic Hamlet's renowned artists for a combined philanthropic effort.

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $4,586,9572. Ward Burton 4,304,6193. Jeff Gordon 4,228,340

This week's race: UAW-GM Quality 500
Where and when

Points Standings
1. Tony Stewart 3,9582. Mark Martin 3,8863. Jimmie Johnson 3,876

In the Spotlight: Brett Bodine
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Data used to improve on safety
CONCORD, N.C. -- Gary Nelson has worked both sides of the law in the NASCAR garage area, and in more than 20 years of turning wrenches and busting cheaters, he figured he knew everything about a stock car. He was wrong.

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Demanding season doesn't give drivers time to heal
CONCORD, N.C. -- The way the NASCAR Winston Cup racing season is structured, drivers have to play hurt.

Debate continues over Kenai king salmon regs
Since the Alaska Board of Fisheries enacted new fishing regulations for early-run Kenai River king salmon at its February meeting, fisheries managers have heard plenty of comments from the public.

School workers urge settlement
HOMER -- In the middle of a hiatus from contentious contract talks, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education met in Homer on Monday night and was greeted by a few voices of opposition to the way negotiations have been conducted.

Glick sticks to word -- and rules
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Betty Glick served notice Tuesday that she will be a stickler for procedure and averse to taking unbeaten paths when it comes to shepherding borough legislation from introduction to law.

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.

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.

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.

Some volunteers get tax break
Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians in the unincorporated parts of the borough are now eligible for a partial exemption on their borough property taxes, a benefit meant to recognize what they provide to their communities.

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.

2 motorists treated, released following Tuesday accident
Two motorists were treated and released from Central Peninsula General Hospital Tuesday afternoon following an accident at Mile 1.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna.

Feasibility study to be presented tonight
The findings of a Nikiski Industrial Park Feasibility Study will be presented in a public meeting from 6 to 8 tonight at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center.

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

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

Some of those pushing hardest for war have least experience on battlefield
WASHINGTON -- Some lawmakers pressing for war with Iraq never saw combat themselves. Some urging caution have fought. In a nation that does not require military service, one distinguishing factor in the war debate is who wore a uniform and who did not.

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

Destroying weapons best path to peace
The mere absence of war is not peace, President John F. Kennedy said in 1962.

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).

Students appreciate visit from Nikiski firefightersColumn shows what sportsmanship about

Around the Peninsula
School program to hold dinner4-H rendezvous planned todayMOMS to hold rummage saleChamber to hold pie auction

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

School Menus
Next weeks lunch menus for schools around the disrict

Galaxy gains finals by running Rapids
DENVER -- Carlos Ruiz scored in the 64th minute and the Los Angeles Galaxy advanced to the finals of the MLS playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.

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.

Sports Briefs
Glacier Pilots replace Miller with DidionKPHA Squirt B goes 2-0-1Homer volleyball tops KenaiOneWorld, Oracle, Alinghi show superiorityRavens' Lewis held out of practiceHambrick to play despite grand theft chargeClausen 'making progress' with shoulder

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.

Crash in practice kills ARCA driver
CONCORD, N.C. -- A driver in the minor league ARCA series crashed into a wall Wednesday and seconds later was broad-sided by another car, killing him and injuring the other driver.

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.

Seminoles take aim at Miami's streak
Florida State at Miami on Saturday should be an easy pick: Miami, by a lot. On the surface, it makes sense.

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

Trottier stops 'Canes in first Rangers game
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mark Messier scored twice in a three-minute span, and Mike Richter moved within three wins of 300, giving Bryan Trottier a victory in his first game as Rangers coach when New York beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Wednesday night.

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

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