Friday, October 12, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Bristol Bay area mourns loss of Native leaders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A day after the crash of a PenAir flight in Dillingham, victims were remembered for their leadership and contributions to the Bristol Bay region.

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.

No National Guard protection planned for Kenai airport
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska National Guard will not be providing protection at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

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.

Council: Katie John appeal missed deadline
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Legislative Council was denied a request to appeal the Katie John case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a legislative leader said.

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.

Murkowski presses for organic label for wild Alaskan salmon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski is urging the Secretary of Agriculture to move forward with an organic label for wild Alaskan salmon.

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.

Alaska's commercial fishermen come up with marketing plan
PETERSBURG (AP) -- After years of losing a grip on domestic and Japanese markets, Alaska's commercial fishermen are now determined to fight for a fair market share for their wild salmon.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Review team says UAF making progress
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The chairman of the team reviewing operations at the University of Alaska Fairbanks says the campus is making progress toward recovering from the ''dark times in Alaskan education.''

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.

Seattle evens series with Tribe
SEATTLE -- Of the 117 wins the Seattle Mariners have amassed during their remarkable season, none meant nearly as much as No. 1 of the playoffs.

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.

A's one game away from sweep
NEW YORK -- These brash Oakland Athletics are one win from ending the New York Yankees' latest dynasty.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chinooks return -- in a big way
MAUPIN, Ore. -- After a spring and summer of chasing salmon with boat, motor and gillnets, Harold Blackwolf was savoring being back on a wooden scaffold over churning water, fishing the way his ancestors fished in a place they have come since the beginning of time.

Cheechako's guide to Skyline Trail
I had to slide, stumble or trip at least 15 times on my second trek on the Skyline Trail before I felt that the trail was truly my own. Even though it was my second time on the trail, it was still a new experience. This time out, it had been raining, and I struggled against my natural instinct to stay inside where it was dry.

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."

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

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.

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.

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

'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.

Familiar foes face off in title game
There will be an air of familiarity Saturday when the Nikiski squares off with Seward in the Alaska School Activities Association small-schools football state championship.

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.

Old Dominion 500
Where and when

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

Race Schedule
Feb 18th to Nov 23.

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

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

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.

Pizzeria fire still puzzles officials
Investigation continues into a predawn blaze that gutted a popular Soldotna eatery Wednesday.

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

Allies send help in defense of U.S.
The last time a European contingent came to the defense of the United States, there was scarcely a United States to defend.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: On the move
A cargo ship passes Mount Redoubt as it makes its way south recently. The active volcano is one of four that is visible from the Cook Inlet shoreline.

Assembly contributes to CIRCAC projects
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly appropriated $250,000 for environmental monitoring, oil spill contingency plan reviews and other projects of an oversight group formed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

'No place to run or hide'
WASHINGTON -- A month after the deadliest attack on America, President Bush said Thursday the government was

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

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

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.

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; 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.

Unresolved issues related to private prison face Alaska
Kenai Peninsula residents made it clear earlier this month they were not interested in a private prison proposal. Nevertheless, discussion of the prison raised other issues that remain unresolved. Those issues should be addressed statewide before memories of what happened on the peninsula completely fade.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Private prison: A thoughtful, thankful look back on issueIf borough wants to expand powers, it needs to ask residents -- firstPipeline shooting, lack of patrols show Alaska risks terrorist attack18 is old enough to join military, but too young to buy cigarettes

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

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.

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.

Chinooks return -- in a big way
MAUPIN, Ore. -- After a spring and summer of chasing salmon with boat, motor and gillnets, Harold Blackwolf was savoring being back on a wooden scaffold over churning water, fishing the way his ancestors fished in a place they have come since the beginning of time.

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.

Disappearing kettle ponds reveal a drying Kenai Peninsula
When the glaciers left the Soldotna-Sterling area some 14,000 years ago, the glacier fronts didn't recede smoothly like their modern descendants, such as Portage or Skilak glaciers.

Cheechako's guide to Skyline Trail
I had to slide, stumble or trip at least 15 times on my second trek on the Skyline Trail before I felt that the trail was truly my own. Even though it was my second time on the trail, it was still a new experience. This time out, it had been raining, and I struggled against my natural instinct to stay inside where it was dry.

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
Soldotna mall hosts health fairIndependent Blind meeting rescheduledSoldotna chamber's pie auction SaturdaySoldotna Historical Society board meets SaturdayFisherman's Fund meeting TuesdayMedical assistants to meet TuesdaySchool funding workshop WednesdaySci-fi adventure plannedSwimming lessons plannedPotters Guild to host exhibitTravel stipends availableKenai chamber to auction, raffleMen's city league basketball on tapClothing available for those in need

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

Religion Briefs
Special guest to speak at serviceKenai Aglow to meet MondayWomen's conference planned Oct. 19-20

Bridging the ethnic gaps
MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzego-vina -- Amid the rubble of Mostar's war-wrecked main square, Zoran Mandlbaum caresses the cornerstone for a new synagogue -- a temple of hope he prays will help reunite this ethnically divided city.

Soldotna couple gets Racial Justice Award
On Sept. 29, Dr. John and Sherry Kasukonis of Soldotna were recipients of the Racial Justice Award at the annual meeting of the United Methodist Women's Alaska Conference at Meier Lake.

God is good for all of the time
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."

Religious community could help reduce teen sex, pregnancy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Teens say morals, values and religion play a major role in their decisions about sex, according to a report that suggests religious institutions are allies in efforts to reduce teen pregnancy.

Packers' Favre faces fearsome Ravens defense
When Baltimore, the No. 1-ranked defense (of course), goes to Lambeau Field on Sunday, it will find (surprise!) the No. 2 ranked defense, which belongs to the Packers.

Green Bay should top Baltimore
Yes, the Baltimore Ravens slipped up in Cincinnati. No, people don't expect them to slip up again, not even at Lambeau Field.

Basketball gets blast of fresh Air
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- When Michael Jordan caught the perfect alley-oop pass from teammate Courtney Alexander, just about everybody watching thought they knew what was coming.

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.

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.

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.

Jordan's fine, Wizards stink
The news is not good. Not the news on Michael Jordan. He's going to be fine. In time. The Wizards are another story. Right now, they'd be lucky to beat the Washington Generals.

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.

Islanders top New Jersey, move record to 4-0
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mark Parrish scored three goals as the surprising New York Islanders became the second NHL team to ever open a season with four straight road wins, defeating the New Jersey Devils 6-4 on Thursday night.

Heavy Tyson ready to rumble
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Mike Tyson is the heaviest he's ever been for a fight. He also might be in the best shape.

Lehman fires 10-under 62 to set pace at Invensys Classic
LAS VEGAS -- Tom Lehman shot a career-low 62 Thursday to tie a PGA Tour record for 36 holes and put himself at the top of a trio of revitalized veterans in the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.

Sports Briefs
Capitals, Jagr close to $60 million extensionCooper fined $5,000 for San Francisco fightGwynn has right knee 'scopedSelig wants to add punch to All-Star game

No. 22 Maryland tops No. 15 Georgia Tech in OT
ATLANTA -- Nick Novak kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime and No. 22 Maryland remained unbeaten when Joe Burns fumbled for 15th-ranked Georgia Tech, giving coach Ralph Friedgen a 20-17 victory over his former school Thursday night.

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