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Tuesday, October 15, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Two arrested for selling alcohol in Emmonak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Village police officers in the Lower Yukon River village of Emmonak have made one of the biggest alcohol busts in recent memory, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Haines teens accused of plotting school murders
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two teenage girls are accused of planning to kill 22 fellow classmates and teachers at Haines High School.

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

Three men arrested on illegal fishing charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Metlakatla men are under arrest for illegally harvesting fish, including 10 halibut, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Search suspended for missing Anchorage hiker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search for an Anchorage man missing near Hope has been suspended, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Murkowski lays out four-part fiscal plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican candidate Frank Murkowski said on his first day as governor, he will order an audit of all state agencies to review their effectiveness.

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.

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

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.

UAA gets NASA space grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Anchorage will use part of a $100,000 NASA grant to incorporate geographic information systems into an aerospace work force development program.

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.

Alaska weathered lockout squeeze fairly well
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska weathered the West Coast dockworker lockout well, thanks to a deal brokered by the state's political leaders and increased truck, barge and air shipments.

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.

AFN convention an economic boost to Anchorage merchants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The upcoming annual meeting of the Alaska Federation of Natives is expected to bring as much as $4 million to Anchorage businesses.

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.

Player sentenced correction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In an Oct. 12, 2002, story about the court sentence for former University of Alaska basketball player Cameron Watts, The Associated Press reported erroneously one of his grand jury indictments as sexual abuse. The indictment was for sexual assault.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Giants win the pennant
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds sprinted across the field so fast, he could've run all the way to the World Series.

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

ACS Powers up Challenger Center with check for $25K
ACS Alaska has partnered with The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska to power up their distance education program.

Assembly and Borough Mayor take oath of office
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly certified the results of the October 1st municipal elections last week and Borough Clerk Linda Murphy administered the oath of office to Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, who was re-elected for a second three-year term, and six of the seven newly elected Assembly members.

Dr. Bailon offers free breast exams during Women's Health Care Month
In support of National Women's Health Care Month, Dr. Gladys Bailon, of the Soldotna Medical Clinic, is offering free breast exams during the month of October.

18th Annual Kenai Chamber event "Breaks the Mold"
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Wine/Beer tasting gala was another huge success. The sold out event actually had to turn folks away who came hoping to buy their ticket at the door.

Peninsula Arctic Winter Games proposal goes to Canada
The proposal to bring the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to the Kenai Peninsula is now in the hands of the International Committee in Whitehorse Canada.

HEA Youth Rally winner visits Washington D.C
The "Youth Rally" program, sponsored locally by Homer Electric Association (HEA), started back in the fifties, according to Mary Ann Snowden, HEA Market Coordinator.

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.

Seward's Draper named coach of year
Nobody dominated the Great Land Conference this year. Accordingly, nobody dominated the post-season awards, either.

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.

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.

School board member honored with award for community contributions
Donna Peterson wasn't just receiving awards this month -- she also was giving them.

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.

Peterson earns Superintendent of the Year title
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson was named Alaska 2003 Superintendent of the Year earlier this month at the Alaska Association of School Administrators annual conference in Valdez.

Fire, CO detectors a matter of life or death
As the temperature outside drops, heaters and fireplaces are roaring to life -- and that means it's time to make sure homes are safe from fire and carbon monoxide.

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.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Everyone in school district should be working toward same goalSponsor of attack ad must think people in Nikiski are idiotsPolitical sour grapes fuel attack ad against Jerry Ward

Revamping fund would retain dividends, help close state's fiscal gap
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.

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.

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

Applause
Three cheers for support of homecoming activitiesMany contribute to success of tourism conference, banquet

Photo feature: Colorful changes
A brightly colored tree stands out against the Kenai Mountains above Kenai Lake last week.

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

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.

Births
Debra and Doug RuzickaJenna and Brad Mabeus

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

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

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

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
HEA looking for people without powerChamber luncheon plannedHospice group to meetRealtors to hold meetingInternet class set for NovemberAuthor plans visit to libraryGoblins, ghosts, Wonder Women wantedPerformers to hold auditionsCommunity school to offer Celtic classFrontier Services to offer developmental screening

Internet pharmacy offers big discounts
PLAINSBORO, N.J. -- Worried about her elderly parents' struggles to pay for a dozen prescription medications each month, Karen Azarchi started researching how to get them cheaper from Canada.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B team takes twoAlinghi, OneWorld tied for firstNBA suspends Cavs center one game

Radcliffe running drug-free
Paula Radcliffe had the pedigree, the past performances and a track tailor-made to showcase what she does better than any woman in the world: run mile after mile after mile after mile with the precision of a metronome.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Bye-bye Piniella
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners said Monday they are open to letting teams interview manager Lou Piniella and will release him from the final year of his contract if adequate compensation can be arranged.

Coyotes pack up Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Daniel Briere assisted on two of Phoenix's three power-play goals as the Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Monday night.

Broken thumb sidelines Fiedler
DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler will miss at least four weeks because of a broken right thumb.

Niners receiver Owens owns Seahawks
SEATTLE -- Terrell Owens had some fun at Shawn Springs' expense -- twice.

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.

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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