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Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Southwest Alaskans say bird is the size of a small plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Reports of a giant winged creature seen in Southwest Alaska in recent weeks have biolgists and residents puzzled.

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.

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

UAF students charged with impersonating firefighters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three University of Alaska Fairbanks students have been charged with impersonating firefighters and waking two female students up at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 10 to check their dorm room for a gas leak.

Appeals court sides with Wards Cove in sablefish case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An appeals court sided Tuesday with a Seattle-based commercial fishing company that argued it was eligible under federal regulations to harvest both sablefish and halibut.

Police try to determine how man was critically injured
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was found hypothermic and critically injured by the side of a road Tuesday morning and no one seems to know how he ended up with severe head and chest injuries.

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.

Number of caribou killed by avalanche jumps to 143
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At least 143 caribou were killed in a devastating avalanche in the Kenai Mountains last winter, according to a biologist who helped count the skulls.

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

New Alaska Airlines ads feature Alaska images
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Walruses sunning themselves may not be the first image conjured up by the mention of a Mexican beach, but it's the picture Alaska Airlines is using to tout its trips south of the border.

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.

Naneng elected to head Bethel-based AVCP
BETHEL (AP) -- The Association of Village Council Presidents chose a former leader, Myron Naneng, as its new president in an election at the group's annual convention last week.

Fate of suspended doctor up to hearing officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state administrative hearing officer will decide whether to uphold the license suspension of Anchorage Dr. Jay D. Van Houten.

Bear shot after entering Deadhorse hotel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bear that was well known to oil field workers is dead after wandering into a hotel in the oil field outpost of Deadhorse.

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.

Gubernatorial candidates hold wide-ranging debates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Candidates in the race for governor sparred over everything from plowing snow to the state seal in debates Tuesday in Kenai and Anchorage.

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.

Criminal charges won't be filed in pedestrian death
JUNEAU (AP) -- Criminally negligent homicide charges will not be filed against a driver whose pickup truck struck and killed the 77-year-old granddaughter of Juneau's co-founder, Richard T. Harris.

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.

Two moose killed by the same truck in Fairbanks area
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jim Remington wasn't seeing double when his pickup truck struck a moose as he drove around Fairbanks. That's because he hit two moose.

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.

Two Alaskans selected for national taxpayer panel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaskans have been selected to serve on a new nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday.

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.

Southeast Native groups want disaster area declaration
JUNEAU (AP) -- Five Alaska Native groups want Gov. Tony Knowles to declare Southeast Alaska an economic disaster area.

Alaska Airlines to test jet for turbulence data
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines jet will make numerous landings at the Juneau Airport over the next few weeks, but not to deliver passengers.

Sitka Seafoods closes its Yakutat plant
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka Sound Seafoods plans to close its fish buying and processing plant in Yakutat.

Giants veterans seek first World Series ring
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kenny Lofton raised his arms in celebration, well before David Bell belly-flopped home with the winning run.

Collapse leaves Cards with unfulfilled feeling
ST. LOUIS -- This wasn't how the St. Louis Cardinals' storybook season was supposed to end.

As World Series looms, Angels try to devise strategy to deal with baseball's greatest hitter
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Everywhere the Anaheim Angels go, the question is the same: Pitch to Barry Bonds or walk him?

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.

All-California series a challenge for Fox
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Fox will chase World Series viewers with two surprising California teams and a manic monkey, but history casts doubt on the odds of TV ratings glory when the rest of the country is left out.

Piniella drawing tons of interest
NEW YORK -- Lou Piniella may not be out of work very long.

Angels overcome 'California curse'
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- They were the team that couldn't win, the team that's cursed, the team that choked just one strike away.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Smith trial to wrap up next week
Defense witnesses in the trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith were expected to begin testifying today in Superior Court in Anchorage.

Murkowski, Ulmer voice different opinions on state's economic future
There may not have been much room for seating, but there was plenty of room for differences of opinion Tuesday at a governor's debate sponsored by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Seldovia faces decision on emergency services
Facing a chronic budget crunch, city officials in Seldovia are exploring formation of service areas that could help provide new revenue to pay for fire, medical emergency and police services extended beyond the city limits.

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.

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.

Dennis J. O'Neal
Kenai resident Dennis J. O'Neal passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, surrounded by his family at his home. He was 64.

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.

Election outcome still anybody's guess
With Nov. 5 just three weeks away, we are swiftly approaching that critical time when the national electorate moves in imperceptible, eleventh-hour unison toward a surprisingly lopsided victory for either the Democrats or the Republicans, or instead splinters its support among countless individual candidates in the states.

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

Bali bombing shows U.S. alone not being targeted by terrorists
With the death of about 200 people in a bombing on the Indonesia resort island of Bali, the war on terrorism enters a new phase. As thinking analysts have said ever since Sept. 11, 2001, the war clearly isn't between al-Qaida and the United States; undeniably, now, it's between al-Qaida and the entire civilized world.

Letters to the Editor
Ward has been excellent senator for peninsula; he will be re-elected

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.

Around the Peninsula
Veterans to hold meetingSterling club meeting plannedSociety to hold demonstrationsSnowmachine club party slatedChapter to hold luncheonArt gallery exhibit scheduledMoto-Cross banquet plannedKenai recreation to start winter programs

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

Around the District
Area teacher wins national fellowshipSchool board meets MondayVocational education committee members neededProgram to address special education rights

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Washington wants more young voters
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Thirty years after 18-year-olds won the right to vote in the United States, they're not exactly lining up at the polls.

Pakistan election law narrows candidates
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Shahtaj Qizilbash has spent a career in the fray of Pakistani politics, advocating women's rights, campaigning for parliament and promoting peace with India -- and she says she had thought of running for office again.

Campus mourns loss of professor, appreciates community support
Kenai Peninsula College would like to thank peninsula communities for the outpouring of support and condolences the college received after the recent loss of long-time English professor Dave Forbes.

Some bilingual parents say English comes first
DENVER -- Juan Garcia read ''El Patito Feo'' -- ''The Ugly Duckling'' -- in Spanish to his 4-year-old daughter, his knees nearly to his chest as he sat in a tiny chair in the pre-kindergarten class.

Company introduces MBA exam to test business school graduates
Like the medical boards for doctors or the bar for lawyers, a testing company plans to offer an exam it hopes will someday serve as a measuring stick for business school students, giving students from second-tier schools a chance to compete with candidates in elite programs.

Russian-American exchange enlightens students
As the peninsula prepares to celebrate Alaska Day -- the anniversary of the sale of the state from Russia to the United States -- area students are getting a closer look at the similarities and differences between the two countries.

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 Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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.

Long hitters need short game, too
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The driving range on the Magnolia Course at Disney World could have been a day-care center Tuesday morning.

Langer leaning toward Ryder Cup candidacy
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Unless Europe changes its selection process, Bernhard Langer is ''seriously considering'' a bid to become the next Ryder Cup captain.

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.

LeClair nets four goals against Habs
MONTREAL -- John LeClair scored four goals and Mark Recchi had a goal and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

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

Brackens out for season with ailing knee
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tony Brackens decided to end the charade Tuesday, calling it quits on a season in which his injured knee kept him from practicing regularly or playing up to his standards.

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.

Play-calling gaffe latest of Florida's problems
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Rex Grossman surveyed the defense, called an audible, took the snap and threw for a touchdown -- to the wrong team.

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

Notre Dame sticks with plan
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- He's not going to criticize, he's not going to fret and he's not going to look too far ahead.

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

Talent-laden Wildcats aim for national crown
TUCSON, Ariz. -- With everybody back, and an outstanding group of freshmen, this Arizona team might be coach Lute Olson's best.

Lakers owner Buss collapses
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss collapsed at a fund-raising dinner Tuesday night and was rushed to a hospital, where he was in stable condition.

Southwest Alaskans say bird is the size of a small plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Reports of a giant winged creature seen in Southwest Alaska in recent weeks have biolgists and residents puzzled.

Photo: Well tested
Waste Management of Alaska put its new bear-resistant trash cans through what was said to be the final test Monday, with help from Alaska Zoo black bears in Anchorage.

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