Monday, October 14, 2002

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.

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.

Labor veteran named to head unemployment insurance program
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Alaska Department of Labor veteran has been tapped to run the state unemployment insurance program.

Denali wolves correction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Associated Press reported erroneously on Oct. 11 that the Alaska Board of Game voted unanimously to add 55 miles worth of protection for wolves around Denali National Park and Preserve. The vote was actually 4-2.

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

State to install traffic lights at Denali park entrance
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two traffic lights are planned for the entrance area of Denali National Park.

Anchorage man charged with assaults
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man suspected of three sexual assaults was arrested Saturday.

Alaska to get funds for military projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two military bills on their way to President Bush for signature contain tens of millions of dollars in Alaska projects.

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.

Critics say APOC too slow on election complaints
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Last month, Republicans charged that the Democratic candidate for governor, Fran Ulmer, violated state campaign finance laws when she took a three-hour fund-raising cruise around Prince William Sound.

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.

Oct. 13, 2002, Voice of the Times says time to make use of the permanent fund
Revamping the Alaska Permanent Fund along the lines proposed by fund trustees and now endorsed by both leading candidates for governor would be a good first step toward resolving the state's fiscal problems.

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.

Oct. 7, 2002, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on political attack ads
Enough already. Alaskans have been inundated with attack ads paid for by groups that don't have to disclose who is buying the ammunition.

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.

Oct. 6, 2002, Peninsula Clarion on proposal to move the Legislature
When Alaskans return to the polls Nov. 5, not only will they be selecting a new governor and lieutenant governor and filling almost all 60 seats in the Legislature, they also will have before them a variety of ballot measures.

Man killed, woman wounded in shooting at Anchorage VFW
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old man was gunned down in the parking lot of a Muldoon Veterans of Foreign Wars post early Saturday morning, the fourth person to die violently at the hands of another in Anchorage over a six-day period.

Oct. 9, 2002, Anchorage Daily News supports endowment plan to protect permanent fund
Alaska lawmakers have been loathe to touch even the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund, because they feared cries of ''Raid!'' and the suggestion that using earnings to pay for government migh

Teenager charged in parking lot homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old Anchorage man has been charged in the death of a teenager found shot Thursday in the J.C Penney parking garage.

Group wants tanker Kenai banned from Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An oil tanker that needed a tow last week because of engine problems was cleared to leave Prince William Sound over the weekend and headed for a West Coast refinery.

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.

Funds for Alaska projects held up in spending bills
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska may miss out this year on funding for projects that Sen. Ted Stevens usually includes in federal spending bills because Congress is at an impasse with 11 of the 13 annual spending bills.

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.

Mat-Su residents mull new hospital deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A proposed deal to build a $75 million hospital in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has the backing of many political and business leaders, but not all residents are ready to support the idea.

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.

Two die in crash on Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A married couple died Saturday afternoon in a head-on collision near Bertha Creek on the Seward Highway after an oncoming driver reaching for a soda crossed into their lane, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Permanent fund helps students with internships
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As she rubbed shoulders with Ivy League interns last summer, University of Alaska Fairbanks business administration student Jane Pitakkoshkorn had a revelation.

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.

Dog that attacked woman to be euthanized
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The owner of a German shepherd that bit a 70-year-old woman while she was walking through a parking lot Oct. 2 has asked that the dog be euthanized.

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.

Fairbanks teen struck, killed along expressway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teenager walking on a South Fairbanks expressway was struck and killed early Saturday.

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.

Soldotna dedicates skate park
KENAI (AP) -- After years in the planning stages, the Soldotna skate park is no longer a halfpipe dream.

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.

Twins get ThunderStix struck
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Halo-lujah! The Angels are finally going to the World Series.

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

Santiago's homer defeats St. Louis
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds strolled to the plate and St. Louis manager Tony La Russa never hesitated, putting four fingers in the air for an intentional walk.

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

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Transporter
The invention of the video tape was a huge blow to the art of moviemaking. Suddenly, films that were meant to be experienced on the big screen with big sound could be watched in our living room, remote control in hand, ready to pause whenever we ran out of cheese doodles.

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.

Rookie's victory wows NASCAR
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jamie McMurray was so nervous about racing a Winston Cup car Sunday at Lowe's Motor Speedway that he had trouble sleeping for a few nights.

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.

Photo feature: Rough waters
Waves lap the bluff in Kenai at the mouth of the Kenai River last week during the wind storm that swept through the area.

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

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

2 die in collision on Seward Highway
Two people were killed and another two injured Saturday in a head-on collision on the Seward Highway.

Soldotna man helps salute fallen firefighters
Although the attendance to the National Memorial Service in Washington, D.C., was less than anticipated, Don Gibbs did not expect the magnitude of emotions that came through.

Woman's ability to overcome life's challenges inspires others
For most teen-agers with disabilities, niceties like "don't give up" and "you can do anything" don't always mean much coming from people who are not disabled.

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.

Special delivery: Powder packets no cause for alarm
The events of Sept. 11, 2001, changed the way a lot of people look at the world. The Kenai Peninsula may be far away from the center of those events, but the effects have been felt here. But things aren't always as bad as they appear.

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

Dividend means responsibility
Alaskans started receiving their dividends last week. The distribution of earnings from the Alaska Permanent Fund is welcomed by young and old, urban and rural. The dividend binds us all together.

Budget protocols must be renewed
In 12 troubling months, the federal government's fiscal condition has undergone the worst one-year reversal on record. A federal surplus that was heading into the trillions of dollars has given way to budget deficits as far as the eye can see.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Yes vote on Proposition C supports education facilities across AlaskaVoters should have right to vote for candidates, not political parties

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.

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.

Jeb Bush feeling political heat
There is news both good and a little bad for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in what is setting up to be the most closely watched political race in the nation. Here's the exclusive inside story. A poll, conducted Oct. 2-5 for the Internet news service InsiderAdvantage by the Marketing Workshop, shows Gov. Bush with 47 percent of likely voters to Democrat Bill McBride's 42 percent. Eleven percent was undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

Peninsula People
Soldotna child wins local pageantKenai student earns scholarshipNikiski woman completes basic trainingPeninsula people enlist in ArmyMullins honored with Don MacKinnon award

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

Community Schools
The following is a list of classes and activities that begin this week. The list is to serve as a reminder to registered participants.

Around the Peninsula
Principal to hold presentationOptimum Health to present informationTrout Unlimited meeting plannedAARP to hold meetingInternet class offeredHomer school to offer classForest Service to hold Nature SpooktacularCrisis center to hold meetingBooster club to host bazaar

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

Births
Debra and Doug RuzickaJenna and Brad Mabeus

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.

Homer area students win duck stamp awards
Eight Homer area students recently won prizes in the Alaska 2002 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

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.

Photo: Geronimo
A string of Indian Army and U.S. Army airborne infantrymen float earthward from a USAF 517th Airlift Squadron C-130H Hercules over the Malemute Drop Zone north of Anchorage on Oct. 1 as part of operation Geronimo Thrust. The first jump of the exercise took place despite rain, low ceilings and limited visibility.

Community News
WRCC to hold workshopApplications available for Junior Miss programHomer Community School classes change

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.

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.

Radcliffe smashes marathon record
CHICAGO -- Her short blond ponytail bobbing to the relentless pace, Paula Radcliffe ran the fastest marathon ever by a woman Sunday in just her second effort at the grueling distance.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Report: Piniella could be released from contractOneWorld tops Oracle, ends first round undefeatedMcDyess out indefinitely with fractured kneecap

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.

Two Florida teams head in opposite directions
Miami has itself a record-setting streak -- most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

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

Rams surprise Raiders
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis got its first victory of the season thanks to third-stringer Marc Bulger, who threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lift the Rams past previously unbeaten Oakland 28-13 Sunday.

Broken legs sideline tackles for Jags, Rams
The St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars both lost offensive tackles to broken legs Sunday.

Tataurangi rounds up first PGA Tour victory
LAS VEGAS -- Phil Tataurangi didn't think he had a chance to win his first PGA Tour title Sunday. Even after shooting a 10-under 62 to come from five shots behind to win the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas he had trouble believing it.

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

Blackhawks blank Sabres
CHICAGO -- Jocelyn Thibault made 26 saves for his 28th career shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season.

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

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

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

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