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Friday, October 11, 2002

Former Marine pleads no contest in man's drowning
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Marine accused of drowning a man in Lake Spenard in 1998 has pleaded no contest to manslaughter.

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

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

Problem shuts down tanker in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two tugs escorted a tanker loaded with oil to a safe harbor after the crew heard a loud thud in the engine room and shut the tanker down at the entrance to Prince William Sound.

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

Alyeska promises to do better job of keeping state informed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. officials this week promised to do a better job of keeping state environmental officials informed about their efforts to improve on pipeline leak responses.

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.

Polar Bear wandering 100 miles from shore
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Security personnel on the Dalton Highway got a surprise visit recently from a wayward polar bear.

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.

Pro-move group drops its legislative move fight
JUNEAU (AP) -- A ballot initiative to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough lost its chief backer this week.

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.

Happy Valley hunter bags enormous moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Danny Presley trudged for miles through ankle-deep mud, stopping every few feet to hand-saw a spindly spruce tree as rivulets of rain poured from the rim of his white Stetson. He didn't complain.

Body of shooting victim found in garage stairwell
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man who had been shot was found inside the stairwell of a parking garage in downtown Anchorage, police said.

Kenai borough gives emergency volunteers tax break
KENAI (AP) -- Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians in the unincorporated parts of the Kenai Peninsula Borough are now eligible for a partial exemption on their borough property taxes.

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.

Man shoots and kills bear trying to break into house
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau-area man fatally shot a bear that was trying to break into his house.

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.

Mat-Su school district, staff reach tentative agreement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna School District and the union representing nearly 700 support staff have tentatively agreed on a two-year contract.

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.

Game Board considers protections for Denali wolves
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A buffer to protect a wolf pack that occasionally strays outside Denali National Park and Preserve is working well, but another pack is under pressure from hunters and trappers, the Alaska Board of Game was told Thursday.

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.

Board looks at change in permanent fund rule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A ban on tapping the principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund

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.

Trustees move more money into stocks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund will move three quarters of a billion dollars out of its bond investments and put that money into the stock market, the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees decided Thursday.

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

Senator Stevens supports probe of weapons tests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is considering calling for congressional hearings to learn more about chemical and biological weapons tests the Army conducted near Fort Greely in the 1960s.

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.

Summer ridership increases on ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ridership on the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries increased this summer compared to last year's season.

Tour association announces new marketing plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Travel Industry Association said Thursday it will improve its efforts to market the state as a tourist destination.

Giants deliver Busch-whacking
ST. LOUIS -- Rich Aurilia, Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants set down the Cardinals without much of a fight.

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.

Goodbye Homer Hankies, hello 'rally monkey'
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goodbye wacky dome, hello sunny California.

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

This rivalry has great potential
Everybody knows where the commotion started. Nobody is prepared to say where it might end.

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.

When kids move on, many boomers more open to job relocations
NEW YORK (AP) -- A distant job opens up, and your resume makes you an ideal candidate. Your spouse works from home and the new location seems exciting.

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.

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.

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.

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

Are Mom and Dad OK? Ways to check up on parents' financial health
NEW YORK (AP) -- As you've watched your savings accounts shrink, have you given any thought to how the 2-1/2 year market slide and depressed interest rates have affected your parents' retirement nest egg?

Investors rush into bond market, but will the big payouts last?
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you play the stock market these days, there's a good chance that anything you put in, you won't get back out.

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.

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

Ninilchik hunter harvests 74 3/8-inch moose
Few can call themselves big game hunters and truly mean it. Ninilchik hunter Dan Presley is one of those few who earned such a moniker when he harvested a 74 3/8-inch trophy bull moose last month near Tustumena Lake.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Title time - Kardinals, Stars tee it up for small-schools crown
How bad do you want it?

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.

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

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.

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

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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

Soldotna woman to face charges in Wisconsin
A Soldotna woman was being extradited from Portland, Ore., to Madison, Wis., this week after being charged with interfering with child custody.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Riding into the sunset
A truck heads west and into the setting sun on the Sterling Highway just outside of Sterling Wednesday night. The area is losing more than five minutes of light each day as winter approaches.

Bomb scare empties SoHi; reward offered
Soldotna High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon when someone called the school saying a bomb had been planted there.

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.

High tides, big surf pound Homer's new anti-erosion project in Homer
HOMER -- The waves hit the seawall so hard on Tuesday afternoon that the ground shook atop the bluff it was built to protect. The sound was like distant cannonfire, and the eruption of water off the corrugated surface was part Old Faithful, part Las Vegas fountain.

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.

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.

Borough emergency management office getting 'new' space
Call the borough's Office of Emergency Management for the next few weeks and you're going to get one of the three employees at their homes rather than the familiar old offices in the Borough Building on North Binkley.

Proposal would lift ban on tapping principal; fund would work more like endowment
ANCHORAGE -- A ban on tapping the principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund, now enshrined in the state constitution, could be eliminated under a proposal backed by some of the fund corporation's trustees.

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.

Central peninsula in spotlight at state football championship
First, we'd like to congratulate both Kenai Central and Soldotna high schools for making it to this weekend's Alaska School Activities Association Small Schools Football Championship.

Letters to the Editor
Hawkins right about permanent fund; he deserves consideration Thoughts on First Amendment freedoms and gracious winners

Applause
Students appreciate visit from Nikiski firefightersColumn shows what sportsmanship about

Working toward agreement
As the process of finding a new set of contracts for school district employees unfolds, I think it is appropriate to provide an update to the community.

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

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.

Fall: A season full of wonder and enjoyment for everyone
Well here we are, another fall has come and swept all of its leaves and frost onto our doorsteps.

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

Around the Peninsula
Speaker planned for disability awareness Oktoberfest planned by Elks Refuge to host play Swim Team to hold registration Community dinner set for next week WRCC to hold workshop Chamber to hold lights tour

Church Briefs
Bedwell to share personal testimony Rummage sale to raise library funds National speaker to address groups Native outreach fellowship to meet Clothing ministry open Bible study groups meeting Religious poems sought Writers sought for faith anthology

World Evangelical Alliance reaffirms commitment to Jewish evangelism
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) -- The World Evangelical Alliance is taking issue with an August report from U.S. Roman Catholic bishops that opposes efforts to target Jews for conversion.

Thai police to live as monks in anti-corruption effort, report says
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- To fight police corruption, Thai authorities want to teach police officers the value of austerity by having them experience the luxury-free lives of Buddhist monks.

U.S. State Department report cites German discrimination against Scientologists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some local authorities and private firms in Germany use ''sect filters'' focused on the U.S.-based Church of Scientology in hiring and contracting, the annual report from the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom said.

With an attentive ear, truck-stop minister tends to constantly changing flock
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- Truckers and other weary travelers who pull into the Carlisle Travel Plaza in search of food, fuel or a rest room can find much more than creature comforts if the Rev. Donald Mason is around.

Church council joins Muslims in denouncing Falwell's comment that Muhammad was a ''terrorist''
NEW YORK (AP) -- The executive board of the National Council of Churches said the Rev. Jerry Falwell's remark in an interview that ''Muhammad was a terrorist'' was uninformed and dangerous.

Jesus offers the only eternity
The year was 1976. The powerful dictator of the Communist party in China for 27 years, Mao Tse-tung, had died.

Oregon sex abuse suit filed against Jehovah's Witnesses
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Tyler Davidow of Corvallis has filed a $3 million suit against two local Jehovah's Witness congregations and the faith's national headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., claiming leaders ignored sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

Presbyterian project brings Muslims, Christians together
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Muslims and Christians sat near each other, crossed-legged in their stocking feet, listening to a sermon that stressed connections binding people separated by faith and custom.

How many Muslims? Latest U.S. count is around 3.5 million, well below some claims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There are perhaps 3.5 million Muslims in the United States, according to the latest estimate from a Muslim researcher. That's fewer than other efforts to count the population have found.

Ready to ride?
Sooner or later, all this rain is going to turn into snow. Now is the time for snowmachiners to start getting their machines ready to ride the powder, because it's not that far away.

It's not Elway, Marino anymore for Dolphins, Broncos
Jay Fiedler and Brian Griese aren't Dan Marino and John Elway by any standard. But they'll be doing Sunday night what Marino and Elway rarely did in their long and distinguished careers: facing each other on the football field.

No. 4 Virginia Tech's rushing attack grounds Eagles
BOSTON -- Virginia Tech stayed unbeaten by doing what it does best -- run the ball and force turnovers -- and passed its toughest test so far.

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.

NCAA hires Brand as new president
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA hired Indiana University president Myles Brand as its president and chief executive Thursday, ending a seven-month search for a new leader.

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.

Koch fires 10-under, takes lead
MOBILE, Ala. -- Sweden's Carin Koch shot a 10-under 62 on rain-softened greens Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

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.

Leafs hang pasting on Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Alexander Mogilny and Mats Sundin scored twice each on Toronto's newly formed top line, and Ed Belfour had a shutout in his first start for the Maple Leafs, a 6-0 victory Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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.

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

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