Thursday, October 11, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Woman pleads no contest for covering for son in sexual abuse case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 53-year-old woman has pleaded no contest to one count of hindering prosecution in a child molestation case against her son.

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.

Dillingham crash victims names released
PenAir released the names of those killed in the carrier's crash at Dillingham Wednesday. They are:

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.

High school student shot in head with BB gun
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A high school student was waiting for a city bus when someone from a passing car shot her in the head with a BB gun, Anchorage police said Thursday.

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.

Carlile truck driver says he found disassembled bomb parts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Carlile Enterprises Inc. truck driver said he found a disassembled explosive device in a Coldfoot parking lot last week and then forgot about it, Fairbanks police said.

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.

TV president Martin Sheen tapes anti-ANWR theater ad
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Martin Sheen, the actor who portrays a fictional U.S. president on the TV show ''West Wing,'' has taped a theater ad for a campaign against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Terrorism expert: Tourism industry is vulnerable
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The travel industry is particularly vulnerable as far as terrorism is concerned, terrorism expert Peter Tarlow told a tourism group this 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.

Skipper attempts first circumnavigation of Arctic ice in an open motorboat
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Just after midnight on Sept. 1, a wall of fog moved in, the wind howled, and the waters of the Beaufort Sea whipped into a violent break dance that threw the 19-foot motorboat ''Olga'' airborne.

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

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

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.

Oil spill dominating topic at pipeline hearing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A citizen's watchdog group should be set up to oversee the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, several speakers said during a hearing on the pipeline's lease renewal.

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.

Panel works to formulate a subsistence amendment
JUNEAU (AP) -- A final solution on solving the state's subsistence dilemma could include changes to both state and federal law, said the head of a panel appointed by the governor to resolve the issue.

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.

Depressed fisheries industry spawns unusual real estate
KENAI (AP) -- One by-product of hard times for Cook Inlet fish processors is a supply of vacated fish processing plants.

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

Barrow woman found dead in smoke-filled home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Barrow woman found dead Tuesday may have been asphyxiated by carbon monoxide from her stove.

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.

Kenai Peninsula fish processing season winds down amid uncertainty
KENAI (AP) -- As Kenai Peninsula fish processors wind down for the winter, they are reviewing the year and making plans for next year.

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.

Two indicted on real estate fraud charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted a real estate agent and a former mortgage company employee for allegedly falsifying documents to obtain a loan for a man who wanted to buy rental properties, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

New Haines city mayor elected by two votes
HAINES (AP) -- David Black was elected mayor of Haines, besting the second place finisher by only two votes.

A's cut Yanks down to size
NEW YORK -- With Mark Mulder's presence on the mound, the Oakland Athletics showed the poise they lacked in their first playoff game at Yankee Stadium last year.

Bonds adds another record
By hitting home run No. 73, Barry Bonds did more than just set a standard for future sluggers. He broke ol' Joe Bauman's record.

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.

Three Americans win Nobel
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Three Americans won the Nobel prize for economics Wednesday for research into how the control of information influences everything from used car sales to the recent boom and collapse in high-tech stocks.

Nordstrom reduces 3rd-quarter expectations
SEATTLE -- Citing the economic effects of the Sept. 11 attacks, Nordstrom Inc. on Tuesday markedly reduced its earnings expectations for the third quarter and said it had laid off about 900 more people than originally reported.

Business Briefs
Summit Cleaners relocatesAurora announces Nicolai Creek field productionPhillips contracts for spill responseFeds fund labor-relations trainingSBA seeks award nominationsFirst National Bank Alaska earnings growLower 48 job losses could increase state claimsAlaska says no layoffs, full schedule to resume

Miss Wilderness Alaska
There I was in the wilderness of Alaska fishing with a coworker Richard Tish along a small stream. We were working for H & R Drilling in Beluga and spending our free time before work fishing. After spending most of the past four years working on the platforms of Cook Inlet this job was a real treat for me. Our crew got off work at midnight and by the time we drove back to the Veco camp, ate, and showered it was usually about 1:30 am before we got to bed. I would get up at 6:30 am each morning and go fishing some place.

Soldotna makes patriotism a family affair
Mayor David Carey of Soldotna had hoped to have some 200 of the 388 fire hydrants in the city painted to a colorful red, white, and blue by the time 3:00 PM Sunday afternoon September 30th rolled around. The time he had scheduled for a rather spontaneous remembrance celebration of the local men and women who serve in the Greater Soldotna Emergency Services area. However, when the Mayor stood before those who gathered at the Soldotna Senior Center, he was delighted to announce that all but a few dozen remained yet to be painted.

Voters turned out in large numbers to cast ballots and watch returns
There were two large election night gatherings in Kenai, one at Kenai Chrysler Center where a computer projected the returns on a giant 10' X 15' screen, and the other at the Old Town Restaurant in Kenai where incumbent Mayor John Williams hosted a party for the community. Both parties were well attended and as the results poured in there were some smiles, and some disappointments, as is the case in all elections.

Katherine and Charlie Parker open 40 acre park in Soldotna recently
Katherine Parker was thrilled to see children and adults of all ages rushing along the paved trail of the Katherine and Charlie Parker Park last Sunday after the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Women of the Peninsula to attend conference
The women of the Peninsula are planning to come together to change their world, according to organizers Janet Poppin and Trudy Andree of Soldotna. "Trudy and I had a vision for women coming together for some time of reflection, inspiration, biblical teaching and personal prayer," said Janet Poppin.

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

Artists' rely on nature in annual Kenai exhibit
The "Earth, Fire and Fibre XXIII" exhibit, open through Oct. 26 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, offers viewers a chance to see the best of the best craft pieces being produced by Alaska artists in several mediums.

Do you have a midlife story to soothe the soul?
Do you have heart-warming, insightful and powerfully moving stories about midlife? It could be about anything that occurred from whatever age you feel is "middle age" -- somewhere above "youth" and below "old."

Show may go on -- perhaps at a military base -- for twice-postponed Emmy Awards
LOS ANGELES -- The show may go on for the twice-postponed Emmy Awards, and a military base is among the new locations being proposed for the ceremony, award show sources said Tuesday.

'Sheila the Great' to visit Kenai
A musical production of Judy Blume's award-winning book, "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great," will be performed by the ArtsPower's National Touring Theater group of New Jersey at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Art Briefs
Halloween photos wantedKenai clay exhibition plannedWriting workshop offeredPoems soughtArt proposals sought

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Sugary sweet premise connects long, lost lovers in 'Serendipity'
How apropos that ''Serendipity'' takes its title from an Upper East Side restaurant famous for its decadent desserts.

Race Schedule
Feb 18th to Nov 23.

Johnson learning the ropes from car owner Gordon
Two weeks before his scheduled Winston Cup debut, Jimmie Johnson was called in for a meeting with the boss. For the next few hours, car owner Jeff Gordon explained the rigors of racing to Johnson, his hand-picked protege.

Measures must be taken to protect drivers
CONCORD, N.C. -- They buried another stock car driver Tuesday afternoon.

Old Dominion 500
Where and when

Points Standings
1. Jeff Gordon 4,223 2. Ricky Rudd 3,986 3. Tony Stewart 3,833

Sabates speaks his mind
CONCORD, N.C. -- It took Felix Sabates awhile to get used to his newfound freedom of speech. But once he got the hang of it, he hasn't stopped talking. As a child in Cuba, Sabates was not allowed to speak his mind. Now that he's escaped Cuba to become a citizen of the United States, Sabates is not afraid to say what he thinks.

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $5,965,387 2. Dale Jarrett 3,927,972 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,730,316

No Guard planned for Kenai airport
Kenai Municipal Airport will stand unguarded, even after an announcement Monday by Gov. Tony Knowles that more than 230 members of the Alaska Army and Air National Guard will provide increased security in 19 airports across the state.

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.

Third anthrax case confirmed
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A third employee of a supermarket tabloid publisher has tested positive for anthrax and the case has become the subject of a criminal investigation, authorities said Wednesday.

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.

Restaurant fire prompts investigation
A predawn fire Wednesday destroyed the popular Pizza Pete's restaurant in Soldotna. No one was injured in the blaze, which investigators are calling suspicious.

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.

Public brings ideas, suggestions
Many ideas came out of a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center to solve the looming budget gap the state of Alaska faces.

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.

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.

State officials bring budget woes to meeting
By this time in 2005 state economists estimate the state's "rainy day" account will be empty.

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

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.

Robin Edward Rader
Homer resident Robin Edward Rader died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. He was riding his beloved, white-flamed Harley when a large, bull moose ran out in front of him. He was 51.

Connie L. Lauria
Soldotna resident Connie L. Lauria died unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at her home in Soldotna. She was 46.

Oct. 10; The Boston Globe, on putting pressure on the IRA:
Once again the political institutions created by the Northern Ireland peace agreement are in crisis. The leading unionist party is threatening to pull out of the government, all the while blaming the Irish Republican Army and its political agent, the Sinn Fein party. It is time for the IRA to give the political process a fair chance by giving up the bulk of its weapons, especially the bomb-making Semtex explosive.

Why can't U.S. also drop food, medicine on Iraq?
Remarkably, some U.S. planes are dropping food and medicine for desperate people, while other U.S. planes are dropping bombs on the military facilities of their rulers. The bomb-'em-and-feed-'em strategy in Afghanistan may be a first.

Oct. 10; The New York Times, on censorship on Pashto and Arabic news sources:
Since the end of the cold war, the Voice of America's radio programs have metamorphosed from government echo into real journalism. ... Surveys of men in Afghanistan last year showed that 67 percent listened to the V.O.A. every day. The need to maintain a credible alternative source of news for Muslims today makes the administration's efforts to censor the V.O.A. all the more objectionable. ...

Oct. 10; Arafat has chance to prove he prefers peace to terrorism
With Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon now saying his country will take a ''low-profile'' approach toward the United States-led fight against terrorism, attention shifts to Yasser Arafat. Events Monday showed dramatically that of all the worldwide leaders with a decision to make, he has the most important choice.

Road crew truly appreciates delicious gesture of goodwillSoldotna Elementary students reap books from fun event

1 month after attacks: Nothing's the same; change comes from every direction
WASHINGTON -- One month later, Americans have removed 260,000 tons of rubble from the World Trade Center and created unknown tons in Afghanistan. Smoke spires from ruins in both lands.

Author finds writing book on 50 favorite climbs an uphill task
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The granite pinnacle on the east coast of Baffin Island that Conrad Anker free-climbed in memory of climbing pal Mugs Stump. The enormous rock face in the Canadian Rockies to which Mark Twight successfully applied his ''fast and light'' Alpine techniques. The Teton traverse that the late Alex Lowe completed in record time despite gouging a huge chunk of flesh out of his butt.

Chatting with elk an autumn thrill
LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- It's like a giant game of hide-and-seek, only you don't always know who's It.

Skipper attempts first circumnavigation of Arctic ice in an open motorboat
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Just after midnight on Sept. 1, a wall of fog moved in, the wind howled, and the waters of the Beaufort Sea whipped into a violent break dance that threw the 19-foot motorboat ''Olga'' airborne.

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

Around the Peninsula
Service planned today to remember victimsAllergy support group to meetKasilof history group meets tonightPublic health nurse to go to Ninilchik clinicFish and Game Advisory Committee to meetNikiski dinner, auction to benefit scholarship fundBazaar table space available

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.

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

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."

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.

District school news
News from schools around the district

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.

Microsoft to broadcast NHL games
SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will broadcast National Hockey League games through its Web site, part of a broader attempt to lure more users to its multimedia software.

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.

Red Wings roasted by Flames in Detroit
DETROIT -- Dean McAmmond, Scott Nichol, Igor Kravchuk and Jarome Iginla scored as the Calgary Flames beat Detroit 4-2 Wednesday night to spoil the home debut of the new-look Red Wings.

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.

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.

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.

Fusion open MLS semis with victory
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Preki's goal in the 53rd minute held up as the Miami Fusion defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Wednesday night in the opening game of their MLS semifinal playoff series.

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.

Winning streaks in trouble this weekend
Time for a winning-streak check. A few bigtime streaks are in serious jeopardy this weekend, the most impressive being No. 14 Florida State's 10-year unbeaten run at Doak Campbell Stadium.

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.

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