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Thursday, October 17, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Gubernatorial candidates face off by phone
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican Frank Murkowski and Democrat Fran Ulmer sparred over the state budget, subsistence and oil development in a debate via phone link.

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.

Anchorage pedestrian killed in hit-and-run accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Anchorage Wednesday morning, police 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.

Adak base transfer bill signed into law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President Bush signed a bill into law that completes the transfer of the old Adak Naval Base to the Aleut Native Corp.

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

Poll shows Ulmer closed gap with Murkowski
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer has closed the gap between her Republican rival Frank Murkowski, according to a poll released Wednesday.

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.

New director named for science and technology foundation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation announced Wednesday the name of its new director.

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.

Seldovia officials grapple with budget crunch
KENAI (AP) -- Seldovia officials are considering forming service areas to help bring in new revenue to pay for fire, medical emergency and police services beyond city limits.

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.

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. 9 to check their dorm room for a gas leak.

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.

Anchorage Assembly wants ex-candidate to pay legal fees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite a colleague's plea, Anchorage Assembly members have refused to back down from billing ex-Assembly candidate Robert Hayes for $1,721 owed the city for legal and collection fees in his failed legal challenge of the city election.

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.

Alaska could lose millions in Medicare payments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska stands to lose $10 million in Medicare payments to physicians by 2005 unless Congress intervenes, according to the American Medical Association.

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.

Haines residents express shock at teenage murder plot
JUNEAU (AP) -- News that two Haines teenage girls plotted to kill at least 22 classmates and teachers at Haines High School has shaken the Southeast community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saxman City Council candidate gives up seat after tie
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A run-off election in Saxman ended up in a tie, but the issue was resolved when one of the candidates yielded to the other.

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?

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.

Angels' Washburn a big game hunter, pitcher
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jarrod Washburn made a big postseason decision last year. ''I finally got a dish so I could watch the World Series,'' he said. ''We don't have Fox where I'm from.''

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

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.

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.

Could a monkey be the next Mr. October?
A monkey is in the running to become baseball's next Mr. October. Which means a mouse can't be far behind.

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

Photo: Check to Challenger
Chuck Stauffer, ACS Southwest district manager, and Mary Ann Pease, ACS vice president, present a $25,000 check for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska to Kenai Mayor John Williams, who serves as president of the Challenger board of directors, and Steve Horn, the executive director of the center.

HEA plans 'Member Appreciation Day'
Homer Electric Association will celebrate National Cooperative Month this month by hosting a "Member Appreciation Day" at its three locations:

Enron accounting firm gets probation, $500,000 fine in Enron case
HOUSTON -- Already shattered by the Enron scandal, the accounting firm Arthur Andersen was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation and fined $500,000 for thwarting the federal investigation of the fallen energy giant.

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

Alaska Airlines' ad campaign highlights firm's Alaska roots
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.

Sick days being used for personal reasons, study shows
NEW YORK (AP) -- More workers are taking sick days for family and personal reasons rather than illness, at a rising cost to employers, a study says.

Business Briefs
Blanton goes to work at Frontier Natural HealthNorthern Technology Group hosts open houseBailn joins Soldotna Medical ClinicWilcox named to CPGH Inc. board

Gubernatorial candidates face off by phone
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican Frank Murkowski and Democrat Fran Ulmer sparred over the state budget, subsistence and oil development in a debate via phone link.

Poll shows Ulmer closed gap with Murkowski
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer has closed the gap between her Republican rival Frank Murkowski, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Health agencies targeting breast cancer awareness
The city of Kenai will join the nation in declaring October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Friday as National Mammography Day, according to a proclamation issued Wednesday by Mayor John Williams.

Food for thought
Eating healthy doesn't have to be an all or nothing experience. People can have their cake -- or chocolate, hamburgers, candy, ice cream, etc. -- and eat it too. The key is to do it in moderation.

Art Briefs
Visitors center to close on Alaska DayCarolers, gift deliverers wantedNutritional classes offeredJuror's critique to be heldPoetry contest heldWHIZ Kids program availableDance group looking to start area chapterState writer available for residenciesBunnell asking for 'body adorned' artCash raffle underway

Irreverent cartoon history may offend major religions
SAN FRANCISCO -- Cartoonist Larry Gonick knew he might be asking for trouble when he set out to draw a comic-strip version about the birth of Islam.

New cable network takes on fine living
NEW YORK -- On Fine Living, there's no Robin Leach in sight. This new cable channel doesn't define ''fine living'' in terms of being rich and famous. Nor is it gauged by snob appeal.

'Chicago' on the move
NEW YORK (AP) -- ''Chicago," -- the musical -- is on the move. Broadway's longest-running musical revival will transfer to the Ambassador Theatre Jan. 29 after more than five years at the much larger Shubert Theatre.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Photo feature: Making music
The 2002 Kenai Peninsula Borough Honor Choir performs Tuesday night at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium under the direction of Dr. Gregory Dee Romines of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri. High school students from across the peninsula participated in the annual event.

Two shows still open
The 2002 juried watercolor show and "Structures," a group art show with painters Mark Anderson, Mary Whiteley and Carol Crump Bryner, are on display for free public viewing, but won't be for much longer.

'Good-luck charm' puts McMurray on fast-track to NASCAR stardom
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamie McMurray sat on the couch in his hauler, his hand casually resting on his girlfriend's knee.

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.

City, state offices to close for Alaska Day
Although there are no celebrations, parades or events planned on the Kenai Peninsula for Alaska Day, which is Friday, city and state workers will have the paid day off to celebrate as they please.

Oil firm plans to stay in inlet
Marathon Oil is committed to continuing natural gas exploration and development in Cook Inlet, but needs support from the community, Ben Schoffman, Ninilchik project manager for the company, told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

Annual report shows borough's population grows, residents age
Kenai ranked as the sixth largest incorporated municipality in Alaska in 2000, up from seventh in 1990, while Homer fell from 11th to 14th spot and Soldotna dropped from 13th to 15th, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures cited by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Community and Economic Development Division.

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.

Candidate forum slated for tonight
The League of Women Voters will host a candidates forum tonight in the assemby chambers at the Borough Building in Soldotna.

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.

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

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.

Jimmy Carter earns respect for his tireless work on behalf of peace
The announcement on Friday that former President Jimmy Carter had won the Nobel Peace Prize probably generated mixed feelings in Alaska. Seldom have a majority of Alaskans found themselves in agreement with the peanut farmer from Plains, Ga.

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.

Early detection remains key in fight against breast cancer
October marks the 17th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since the conception of the program in 1985, the number of women who have received mammograms has increased and the death rate has decreased.

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

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
Legislative candidates featured in League of Women voters forumMost people in his district think Jerry Ward does excellent jobMore questions than answers about early-run Kenai kingsClarification on feng shui story, and thanks to those who helped

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
Marathon Oil representative to speak at meetingAARP to hold meetingRally for Proposition C plannedGoblins, ghosts, Wonder Women wantedKenai recreation to start winter programsBlood bank seeks donors

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.

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.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

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.

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.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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

No discipline for T.O.s' MNF stunt
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Terrell Owens can't understand why others aren't seeing the humor in his latest innovation in touchdown celebrations -- pulling a pen from his sock to autograph the ball.

Penguins take advantage of NHL crackdown for third straight win
PITTSBURGH -- So far, Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins are enjoying the NHL's newly enforced crackdown on obstruction as much as any team in the league.

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.

Woods: Masters tiff should stay private
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Without taking sides or offering to be the mediator, Tiger Woods said the best way to resolve the membership debate at Augusta National is to hash it out in private.

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.

Sports Briefs
Rodriguez selected as union's player of the yearVick proclaims himself ready to start

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.

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.

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.

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.

Skier loses appeal in Olympic doping case
LONDON (AP) -- British skier Alain Baxter failed in his bid to reclaim the Olympic bronze medal taken away after he tested positive for a banned substance.

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.

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.

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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