Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Jury sides with officer in excessive force suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court jury unanimously sided with an Anchorage police officer in a civil suit against the city, saying he did not use excessive force while arresting an apparently intoxicated woman.

Trade center site flags raised in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- An American flag and an Alaska flag that flew over a medical tent at the World Trade Center ruins for two weeks were raised Monday morning in the plaza across from the state Capitol.

Alaska charter schools get federal funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Education has received a $737,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide ongoing support to charter schools.

Anchorage man charged with shooting a bear cub in Nome
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 56-year-old Anchorage man is accused of shooting a brown bear cub in Nome.

Man arrested in illegal border crossing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 54-year-old man was arrested near Chicken after apparently walking more than 100 miles from Dawson City, Yukon.

Man arrested for cocaine smuggling on Seattle-to-Fairbanks flight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man is charged with smuggling almost 2 pounds of cocaine into Fairbanks on a flight from Seattle.

City official says police response fell short in alley death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Police Department failed to follow correct procedures in its response to a man who died after he was found in a downtown alley last month, a city official said.

Man accused of drugging, raping woman aboard fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old man is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman aboard a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea last month.

Tribal organizations get substance abuse grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaska tribal organizations have received grants for drug and alcohol abuse treatment from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

New Cook Inlet gas well begins production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aurora Gas LLC has begun production from its Nicolai Creek well, located on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Alaskans upbeat about fiscal outlook
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans are more optimistic about the economy than are most other Americans, said state labor economist Neal Fried.

Anchorage police, fire officials say no anthrax found in 30 calls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police and firefighters have investigated more than 30 reports of biological agent threats but so far none have been confirmed as an actual hazard, Mayor George Wuerch said Tuesday.

Fairbanks assembly mulls proposed Alaskaland name change
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is considering a proposal to change the name of Alaskaland, one of the area's main tourist attractions.

Numerous security gaps found at Anchorage international airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Government agents testing security at Anchorage's international airport last year penetrated security at least eight times over a month, sneaking bombs through x-ray machines and strolling unnoticed into restricted areas.

Dividends wrongly credited to college savings accounts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- George Ferree saved half of his 17-year-old daughter's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend for college this year.

Olympic torch to be carried by more than 30 Alaska residents
JUNEAU (AP) -- More than 30 Alaska residents will carry the Olympic torch when it winds its way through the state on the way to the winter games in Salt Lake City.

More than 90 Alaskans contract viral meningitis
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State health officials said 91 Alaskans have contracted viral meningitis since summer, and many of the cases are linked to a camp held in Prince William Sound.

Man charged with pipeline leak pleads innocent
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man charged with shooting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline Oct. 4 and causing a 285,000 gallon oil leak pleaded innocent Tuesday in state Superior Court.

Alaska Science and Technology Foundation hurt by earnings drop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation is cutting its operating budget and deferring approval of new grants, due to a drop in earnings from its endowment.

Conference committee approves military appropriations bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A conference committee approved a military appropriations bill Tuesday that includes funding for military housing and improvements for training facilities in Alaska.

Anthrax threats inundating state and local officials
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Veterans Administration clinic is cleared for several hours after an anthrax threat is received. A passenger jet is kept on the ground overnight after cleaning crews discover a powdery substance on a seat that later turns out to be coffee creamer.

Eagle River, Soldotna teachers win national awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teacher from Eagle River and another from Soldotna have been honored with national awards worth $25,000.

Red king crab season begins in Bering Sea
KODIAK (AP) -- The Bering Sea red king crab season began Monday.

Anthrax threats inundating state and local officials
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Veterans Administration clinic is cleared for several hours after an anthrax threat is received. A passenger jet is kept on the ground overnight after cleaning crews discover a powdery substance on a seat that later turns out to be coffee creamer.

Search for hiker suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search for an Eagle River man who never returned from a day hike in Chugach State Park has been suspended.

Quake rumbles in ocean southeast of Sand Point
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 4.7 magnitude earthquake southeast of Sand Point in the Aleutian islands Monday night failed to generate a tsunami, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Yankees complete comeback vs. A's
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter dived headfirst into the stands. He was not going to let this ball, or this series, get away.

Johnson K's Braves in Game 1
PHOENIX -- Move over Curt Schilling. There's another big-game pitcher in town after all. With icy calm and magnificent heat, Randy Johnson buried his reputation as a postseason flop Tuesday.

Atlanta, Arizona enter NLCS with aces up sleeves
PHOENIX -- Get ready for more big-time pitching in the National League championship series.

Moyer comes through
SEATTLE -- Jamie Moyer will get his chance in this AL championship series.

Jeter does it all for Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter beat the Oakland Athletics every way he could.

Tribe can't scratch Ichiro, Mariners
SEATTLE -- Shut out at home. Blown out on the road. Down to their final nine outs. Twice in danger of having their record-setting, season of seasons end in failure.

Baseball fans salivate over ALCS
SEATTLE -- With dazzling plays by Derek Jeter, bat wizardry by Ichiro Suzuki, late-inning drama and determined comebacks, the AL championship series emerged as a baseball fan's delight.

Anchorage group kicks off new Peninsula chapter of Resource Development Council recently...
Members of the board of directors of the Resource Development Council (RDC) in Anchorage came to the Kenai last week to help kick-off the first meeting of the Kenai Peninsula chapter of the RDC.

CARTS celebrates 1st Anniversary with new handicap access vans...
It was a year ago that the Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) provided their first ride in the Central Peninsula, and now they are doing almost 3,000 rides a month, according to executive director Kristin Lambert. "We're surprised

KNWR celebrates 60th Anniversary with family fun...
As the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) turned 60 years of age, hundreds of families from the local community turned out to enjoy a sunny day and a Birthday bash that will long be remembered.

Safe Sitter classes at capacity...
Baby-sitting looks like it's going to be as popular in the coming century as it was in the last. For many it was the way they earned their first money, and for even more American families having a babysitter was the only way they were able to make it to the PTA meeting, private anniversary dinner, or a night of square dancing while the kids were growing up.

My wife handed me the phone in the early am hours and in a sleepy stuper I answered in my usual way, "Yeah." The lady on the other end answered, " Is this John?" I again replied, "Yeah, in the best sleepy voice I could muster." This is Fish & Game Wildlife Protection calling. We have a moose that has been hit on the Spur Highway. Are you available to harvest it.? Again I replied, "Yeah." By now the person on the other end is thinking, Boy, do I have a sleepy person on the phone this time! After getting the directions one more time I hang up and sit up in bed.

Now Showing: Corky Romano
Public interest in the mafia has made it one of America's tried and true cinematic bailiwicks. From The Godfather to The Sopranos, there is a wealth of clever, moving, exciting, and even funny mob films out there that have played a part in molding our society's ideas about such lofty subjects as honor, loyalty, cruelty, and the American dream. And now, coming along to join the family during the twilight of the genre, is Corky Romano. Let's pray he gets whacked before he can do too much damage.

Craven can stop cravin' first Winston Cup win
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Ricky Craven lingered in Victory Lane, talking to anyone in sight and reveling in the moment -- his first Winston Cup victory.

Letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tests positive for anthrax
WASHINGTON -- A letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tested positive for anthrax on Monday as the bioterrorism scare rattling the nation reached the halls of Congress.

Soldotna teacher wins national prize
Bruce Rife, a biology teacher at Soldotna High School, has received a 2001 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Anthrax scares in area harmless
Saturday's mail scare at the Sterling Post Office was one of three such occurrences on the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend.

Kenai River banks to benefit from federal grant
Communities from Seward to Seldovia will receive close to $2 million in seed money for harbor, river, health and other projects under federal grants announced this month.

No answers yet in pizzeria fire
Investigating officials have stalled their probe into the cause of the second fire that destroyed Pizza Pete's in Soldotna a week ago.

Census figures causing changes on planning panel
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission will change shape now that 2000 census figures show the percentage of the population on the peninsula living in a first-class city has dropped.

Photo feature: Snow business
The remains of a cow parsnip flower hold the season's first snowfall in a meadow near Sterling last weekend.

President praises donors; strikes set Red Cross warehouses ablaze
WASHINGTON -- President Bush personally collected $1 donations for Afghan children Tuesday, visiting the American Red Cross headquarters on a day when U.S. airstrikes set Red Cross warehouses afire near Afghanistan's capital.

Photo feature: Waiting for the treats
A dog takes a nap against a backdrop of Halloween decorations on a house on Norman Street in Kenai Tuesday afternoon.

Borough settles Nikiski land-use controversy
There's more than one way the public wants to access land owned by the Kenai Peninsula Borough. A 10-acre Nikiski parcel, valued at $88,000 and scheduled for public auction this Saturday is a prime example.

Safety not guaranteed; America must fight, win war against terrorists
Word of additional possible anthrax cases Friday made a jittery nation more so. It also gave new force to calls for the Bush administration to do a better job of reassuring Americans.

'No' vote on private prison should send clear message to legislators
The overwhelming "no" vote to a proposed 1,000-bed private prison on the Kenai Peninsula is another illustration that Alaskans can't be bought by outside corporate interests. The record 3-to-1 landslide tally of votes experienced Oct. 2 should also be enough to convince legislators that they are out of touch with Alaskans on this issue.

Achieving homeland security responsibility of all Americans
"The task for us is difficult, but not impossible," said Tom Ridge, America's new director of homeland security.

Press corps wrong about President Bush; he has not re-invented himself
Just before he left office in 1992, I told then-Vice President Dan Quayle that if he wanted to return to the national stage as a credible political figure he'd have to re-invent himself. I said, "The press will never admit they were wrong about you, so you will have to do things that will cause them to write about 'the new Dan Quayle.'"

Letters to the Editor
Wild vs. farmed salmon not issue; learning to stay competitive is

Americans have reason to worry
WASHINGTON -- There is no guarantee against more terrorist strikes, but America is secure and getting safer, Tom Ridge, the nation's first director of homeland security, said Tuesday. ''The greatest fear is the fear of the unknown,'' he said.

Escaped farmed salmon putting wild stocks at risk
Another day, another report of escaped Atlantic salmon showing up in West Coast rivers and streams.

Denali Ice Club plans 'Will Skate for Food' eventCommunity support helps raise funds for center carpet

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a pair of 8-week-old kittens. One is male and one is female. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
AARP to offer defensive driving courseDistrict superintendent to speak at chamberRed Cross to teach first aidWorkshop will train for starting a businessGovernment offers food aid for day careState offers birth control servicesFree lunch program available

Around the Peninsula
Sears Elementary plans reading coach workshopArmy Corps of Engineers opens office in KenaiSchool superintendent to speak at chamber lunchBuilders association to meetSoroptimist board meeting slatedKDLL board meeting plannedFree lunch program availableHalloween party scheduledState plans sport fish meeting

Attacks prompt students to rethink college
PHILADELPHIA -- Sixteen-year-old Bennett ''Beano'' Zylber is starting to think about college. He is not sure about a major -- psychology, maybe -- but he is certain of this: He is sticking close to home.

Washing hands best defense against bugs that can make us sick
Germs are icky. But trying to make that bit of information stick in the minds of young children -- the wipe-your-runny-nose-on-your-sleeve, share-the-Popsicle-with-the-dog, mud-pies-for-dessert set -- can be a challenge. After all, it wasn't until the middle of the 19th century that even adults caught on to the microbial facts of life.

Public administration master's degree can be obtained at KPC
Did you know you could receive a master's of public administration degree at Kenai Peninsula College? Have you been working in public administration for years but never upgraded your education? If you did pursue a master's degree, could it help your chances for advancement or increase your salary?

Around the District
School funding workshop todayKCHS hosts winter gear swapWeek honors school lunchesKCHS announces Students of the Month

Fun, excitement spice learning in all its forms
A census taker approaches a house and asks the woman who answers the door, "How many children do you have, and what are their ages?"

School Menus
What's for lunch this week at our area schools

Decision time is here: Which college is right college?
"What are your plans are after high school?" That frightening question is enough to make any senior student chime into a peppy conversation. For the majority of seniors, those words are now becoming a scary, but joyous, reality check.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Right Way to Wash Hands
First-graders at Tustumena Elementary School are learning about germs. The lesson on hand washing contains good reminders for people of any age.

Senior Briefs
Activities available for our area seniors

Elderly man spends life recording
EUGENE, Ore. -- Don Hunter's passion for sounds began with the night trains, huge steam locomotives that whistled past his house as he lay tucked into bed.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for area seniors

Red Wings thwart third-period comeback by Blue Jackets
DETROIT -- Sergei Fedorov had a goal and an assist, helping the Detroit Red Wings hold off a third-period rally by the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

Rangers edge Habs
MONTREAL (AP) -- Goalie Dan Blackburn picked up his first NHL victory, and Radek Dvorak scored the tiebreaking goal as the New York Rangers beat Montreal 2-1 Monday night, snapping the Canadiens' five-game unbeaten streak.

Faulk could play against Jets
ST. LOUIS -- Marshall Faulk hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game against the New York Jets despite a bruised right knee.

'Gutter Bowl' matches bad hype -- almost
IRVING, Texas -- For three quarters, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins looked like they really were playing the ''Gutter Bowl.''

Bulldogs take title with class
A major league shortstop leaves the organization that selected and developed him because more money is being offered elsewhere. A National Hockey League defenseman jumps ship after two decades because more glory is in the offing elsewhere.

Sports Briefs
>CART, Texas Motor Speedway settle lawsuitJets' Robinson hit with weapons chargeNFL beats baseball in Monday night national ratingsJordan misses scrimmage with injured foot

Penguins fire Hlinka after starting year 0-4
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- So much for the Pittsburgh Penguins' European Experiment. The Penguins fired coach Ivan Hlinka on Monday after an 0-4 start and replaced him with assistant Rick Kehoe, the team's best player before the Mario Lemieux era.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna's Green scores dramatic goal for UAASkyview wrestlers take Ninilchik InvitationalKPHA Ice Hawks team tops North StarNHL suspends Bertuzzi, Parker for brawl

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