Sunday, October 13, 2002

Appeals court overturns attempted murder conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state court of appeals on Friday overturned an attempted murder conviction against Evan Ramsey, who went on a shooting spree at Bethel High School that left two dead more than five years ago.

Anchorage security guard accused of stealing deposits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage security officer is accused of taking sealed deposits while working for Pinkerton Security Services last year.

Jet fuel leaks at Elmendorf Air Force Base
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A jet fuel spill at Elmendorf Air Force Base was quickly cleaned up and there was no harm to the environment, officials said.

Federal judge reconsiders Exxon Valdez award
ANCHORAGE -- A federal judge in Anchorage is reconsidering the $5 billion punitive award against Exxon Corp. for spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound 13 years ago.

Former UAF basketball player sentenced to five years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former basketball player at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been sentenced to spend more than five years in prison.

Dems, Natives blame Murkowski for '70s bank losses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of a village Native corporation and the state Democratic Party levied separate charges this week against GOP gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski, questioning his role in a series of devastating investment losses in the 1970s.

Man arrested in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old Anchorage man is in custody, accused of shooting another man in the legs.

Bond measures would upgrade school buildings, roads
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Joe Slats wants Alaskans to vote yes on Bonding Proposition C. The Yupiit School District superintendent believes first-graders in Tuluksak should not have to put their coats on when they go to the bathroom.

Teacher's dogs are good therapy for disabled students
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

Murkowski bill would boost transporation spending
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced a bill that would give the Denali Commission $440 million for transportation projects.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard on Saturday suspended its search for two men missing after an emergency signal was issued from a 48-foot fishing boat off the southwestern tip of the Kenai Peninsula.

Ulmer chases odds to be state's first woman governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- She's been part of the inner circle for the past seven years, serving as lieutenant governor to a popular two-term governor.

Village police officer says teens traded berries for marijuana
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It was unlike anything the village of Emmonak had ever experienced: All over town salmon berries, blackberries and blueberries were disappearing from freezers.

Coin toss settles Valdez City Council race
VALDEZ (AP) -- A coin toss has determined the newest member of the Valdez City Council after two candidates got tangled in a tie.

Game board extends wolf buffer zone
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game added 55 square miles worth of protection for wolves around Denali National Park and Preserve on Friday. The vote was unanimous.

Angels push Minnesota to brink
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Sixteen years later, the Angels are once again just one win away from their first World Series.

St. Louis homers three times to top Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- The St. Louis Cardinals held the San Francisco Giants at bay -- barely.

Green tomatoes are worth the wait
Are you trying to decide what to do with an abundance of green tomatoes? This is a common concern this time of year. If the tomatoes were moved indoors or picked before they were nipped by frost they can be ripened indoors in several ways.

Action taken against fake Native artwork
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An effort to help consumers identify Alaska Native-made products and get people to report fakes has resulted in a handful of investigations by the Federal Trade Commission.

Kardinals claim a classic
Whew. In one of the most exciting high school football games in recent memory, Kenai Central High School defeated archrival Soldotna 7-0 Saturday afternoon at Anchorage Football Stadium to claim the Alaska State Small Schools Championship.

Nikiski project shows promise
Developing an industrial park and deep-water dock somewhere in or near Nikiski could cost from $12 million to $29 million, according to a study released Thursday. But a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly expressed doubts Friday whether now is the right time to pursue such a project.

DEC explains handling of contaminated sites
Some confusion over how the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation deals with contaminated sites was cleaned up Thursday evening at an event designed to foster better dialogue between the department and the public.

Sites of concern
Six Kenai Peninsula contaminated sites were described at Thursday's contaminated sites forum at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Skate park opens
After years in the planning stages, the Soldotna skate park is no longer a (half) pipe dream.

Pizza Pete's owners rebuilding
The owners of the former Pizza Pete's, the Soldotna restaurant destroyed by fire a year ago, have begun construction on a new restaurant at the same site on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Larry L. Clendenen
Longtime Anchor Point resident Larry L. Clendenen died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 79.

Capital move: It's not good business
It's been said before that government would be much more efficient if it were run like a business. If you believe that, take a close look at Ballot Measure 2 in November and ask yourself if buying a new office building for a business that lost a billion dollars the year prior is a sound financial decision. Most accountants would find it hard to make those numbers work. I've already given up trying.

Endowment idea could help protect dividends, budget
There's something ironic about last Tuesday's announcement that Alaskans may not receive a dividend and the next day's direct deposit of $1,540.76 into many Alaskans' bank accounts.

Life doesn't happen to us alone Whether it's a fear of snow or a relationship crisis, we all share same cycles
I'm afraid of snow. I spent most of my life in moderate climates. There were four seasons and plenty of rain, but snow was a rare treat -- one with a short lifespan and little impact.

Buckmeier, Houser to wed
Sara L. Buckmeier of Boston and Adam A. Houser, formerly of Kasilof, announce their plans to marry on April 19, 2003, in Ashaway, R.I.

Around the Peninsula
Advisory committee to meetChristmas auditions plannedCourt system to hold public hearingHospice group to meetChamber to hold lights tour

Willamette Valley attracts wine-tasting travelers
DUNDEE, Ore. -- After sampling wines at a vineyard's tasting room atop a hill overlooking Dundee, a traveler heads for her car in the parking lot. She stops in her tracks, drinking in another Oregon specialty: the scenery.

Homeless pets stay in lap of luxury
RICHMOND, Va. -- Spacious living accommodations with modern European-style furnishings. Classical music piped into every room. A spa area with professional groomers.

My Best Friend
Richard and Cheryl Cummings of Soldotna have a lot of pets, including Gimblet, who appears to be fond of stuffed toys.

Huggins coaches two weeks after heart attack
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A hand-painted sign draped over the bleachers had an urgent message for Bob Huggins:

Revolution oust Crew
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Revolution reached their first MLS championship game, surviving a late collapse and tying the Columbus Crew 2-2 Saturday.

Griffin runs all over Texas in Sooners' victory
DALLAS -- Quentin Griffin ran for 248 yards and scored two touchdowns -- on an alert recovery of a teammate's fumble, then a 17-yarder that sealed the second-ranked Sooners' 35-24 victory over No. 3 Texas on Saturday.

SoHi swimmers dominate Mat-Su Invitational
When this year's Mat-Su Invitational needed a new home, Soldotna High School took control.

Sports Briefs
Rangers' Lindros suspended for high-stickingWizards sign Oakley to one-year contractOneWorld vs. Oracle called off againStewart appears to be NASCAR favorite

Lemieux scores twice as Penguins blast Rangers
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux scored his first two goals since late January and Aleksey Morozov had two goals in the opening six minutes as the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back from their worst opening game loss ever, beating the New York Rangers 6-0 Saturday night.

Lathrop, Dimond get best of SoHi
Dimond had no problem keeping its edge Friday night in a nonconference volleyball match at Soldotna High School.

Duval takes lead in Vegas Classic
LAS VEGAS -- David Duval, showing signs he might ready to reclaim his spot among golf's best, shot a 9-under 63 Saturday in the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas to get in position for his first win since last year's British Open.

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