Friday, October 18, 2002

Murkowski meets with congressional leaders on energy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski, who interrupted his gubernatorial campaign in Alaska to return to Washington, met with fellow Republicans over the energy bill.

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.

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.

Phone customers complain to regulators about service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Telephone customers say they've been caught in the middle of bickering by phone companies and getting bad service as a result.

Fairbanks, North Pole mayors to meet with young people
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The borough and city mayors of Fairbanks and the mayor of North Pole are having a community planning session Friday, but there won't be any business leaders or politicians at the meeting.

Man shot at Fairbanks area home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was shot at his Fairbanks area home, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

86-year-old pedestrian fatally injured in Juneau accident
JUNEAU (AP) -- An 86-year-old pedestrian died after he was hit by a car on a Juneau street, police said.

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.

EPA says planning commissioner broke clean water law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau Planning Commissioner Jody Vick is accused of violating the federal Clean Water Act by filling tidelands near his Douglas home without federal permits.

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.

Man shot at Chena Hot Springs home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was shot at his Chena Hot Springs home, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Dispatcher error causes delay in fatal shooting responsee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage police dispatcher's mistake on a 911 call resulted in an hourlong delay in the response to a fatal shooting last week, police and city officials said Wednesday.

Marathon Oil executive says better incentives needed
KENAI (AP) -- A Marathon Oil executive says oil and gas companies could use better incentives to continue work in Alaska.

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.

Student loan rates at all-time low under new program
JUNEAU (AP) -- Under a new state program, Alaska student loan interest rates are the lowest they've ever been.

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.

Judge to reconsider banishing sexual offender
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The wife of a convicted child abuser believes her husband should come home to Kivalina. And this week the Alaska Court of Appeals gave her reason to hope.

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

Report shows Kenai Peninsula Borough is growing, aging
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai is now the sixth largest incorporated municipality in Alaska, according to U.S. Census Bureau 2000 figures cited by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Community and Economic Development Division.

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.

Knowles declares salmon industry emergency
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles declared a statewide economic emergency Thursday for a state salmon industry suffering from poor prices.

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.

Bristol Bay red king crab fishery brings second top price
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery opened this week in the Bering Sea with the second-highest price ever paid to fishermen.

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.

Playwright Hanley named state writer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska State Council on the Arts has named Fairbanks playwright Anne Hanley as the next state writer.

Unemployment rate rises in September
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent in September, up more than a percent from the figure a year ago, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

World Series gives every player a chance to get noticed -- by everyone
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- J.T. Snow just chuckled as the compliments poured in.

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.

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.''

Mets deny they've secured permission to talk to Piniella
BOSTON -- The New York Mets denied a report Thursday night that they have received permission from the Seattle Mariners to speak to manager Lou Piniella.

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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

New program puts student loan rates at all-time low
JUNEAU -- Alaska student loan interest rates are the lowest they have ever been thanks to a new state program, said Diane Barrans, executive director of the state Commission on Postsecondary Education.

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.

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.

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.

Winter fly fishing hooking more and more anglers
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- Each year more and more people are finding they can catch more than powder during a Colorado winter.

Untrained rescuers jolt movement for public defibrillators
BOSTON (AP) -- No medical degree? No job on an ambulance? No sweat!

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.

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.

Wasting disease concerns not deterring hunters
CRAIG, Colo. -- Orange banners reading ''Welcome Hunters'' outnumber the few political placards in this small town enveloped by the sagebrush-dotted hills of northwestern Colorado's high desert.

'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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

No matter how you read weather, winter is on its way
When the Dena'ina Indians were the sole occupants of the Kenai Peninsula, each village had a sky reader -- a person whose only job was to watch the sky for any unusual little changes that might help predict the weather, according to a Kenai Peninsula College anthropology professor.

Winter king fishery back before board
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will revisit controversial limits imposed on the harvest of so-called "winter" king salmon in Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska at its regularly scheduled meeting Sunday and Monday at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage.

Bottom line of survey: more revenue
Though the meeting Tuesday between Era representatives, the council and the airport commission included many debates about air fares, other topics of discussion led to progress being made on the city's planned air travel marketing survey.

Early-run Kenai kings focus of talks
King salmon caught in saltwater are not the only local salmon stocks that have generated debate among area fishers and fish managers. Recent rules regarding the early-run of Kenai River king salmon have also come under fire from local fishers.

Kenai survey hits turbulence over air fares
The topic of air fares largely dominated the conversation at a meeting Tuesday between the Kenai City Council, the city's airport commission and representatives from Era Aviation.

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.

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.

Mateland Clinton Smith Jr.
Soldotna resident Mateland Clinton Smith Jr. died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 88.

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.

Letters to the Editor
It's time Kenai benefactor get headstone for her graveLimited entry designed to prevent deluge of thousands more boatsAd implies Ward's supporters not as sophisticated as his foesSmear-and-fear campaign against Ward will not work

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

Contaminated sites not forgotten; more work could be done
Recent appearances at public meetings by officials with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation indicate the department is making an effort to ensure contaminated sites on the Kenai Peninsula are getting the proper attention.

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.

Using wildland fire as a management tool can be a difficult pill to swallow
There is an interesting and very important debate occurring these days among scientists, land managers, environmentalists, politicians and citizens all across America. What -- if anything -- should be done about dangerous accumulations of forest fuels, especially in the western United States?

Nez Perce tribe rebuilds equestrian legacy lost in war
LAPWAI, Idaho -- Redwing Two Moons hung on to the reins as the exotic horse raced around a small circular corral.

Around the Peninsula
Church to offer quiltingMiddle Ages focus of Saturday demonstrationKachemak Heritage Land Trust to hold eventDistrict 33 candidates to speak at chamberFirst Aid class to be offeredWomen's crisis center to hold meetingSoldotna Senior Center plans bazaarHospice to offer volunteer trainingSchool district looking for committee members

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

Religion Briefs
Native outreach fellowship to meetAnniversary celebration plannedEnglish classes offeredClothing ministry openHome for the holidays brunch slatedBible study groups meetingWriters sought for faith anthology

When Murphy's law runs amuck
Sunday morning started so well. Friend wife and I were up on time. After bathing or showering, and the rest of our ablutions, we had a bit of breakfast, grabbed our Bibles and got off to church ... with time to spare.

Some churches use Harry Potter to spread Christian message
LONDON (AP) -- He's been attacked by evangelical Christians as glamorizing the occult, but young wizard Harry Potter could be a powerful means of spreading the gospel, an ecumenical church group said.

Ski tuneup: Time to start conditioning
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Skiers across the West are watching the skies, waiting for signs of snow.

Documenting Iron Dog 2000 a daunting task for filmmaker
Frozen faces, aching bones, exhaustion, high speed chases and the challenge of working with high-tech equipment in an Arctic environment: the Iron Dog 2000 Snowmobile Race has it all. And that's just the film crew.

Tour trends converge at Disney World Golf Classic
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Some of the most notable trends on the PGA Tour converged in the first round of the Disney World Golf Classic.

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

Iowa State seeks to end a trend at Oklahoma
For No. 9 Iowa State, Saturday's game at Oklahoma is an opportunity to make a statement, a proclamation that just because the Cyclones have beaten the Sooners only once in 40 years it doesn't have to stay that way.

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.

Red Wings raise banner, Montreal notches victory
DETROIT -- The night began with a celebration and ended with a loss for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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.

Tampa Bay tries to end Philadelphia's jinx
Jon Gruden has a chance Sunday to beat the team that helped end Tony Dungy's six-year tenure as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and brought Gruden from Oakland.

Can Bucs get more than the weather to break their way?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get at least one break when they visit Philadelphia on Sunday: The forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s. That's a lot warmer than it was the last two times the Bucs were in Philly, for consecutive playoff losses.

Lemieux enthused by NHL's new officiating
PITTSBURGH -- No player as old as Mario Lemieux has won an NHL scoring title. Not yet.

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.

Stars pick things up in win over Kards
The Soldotna volleyball team has seen how low it can go. Now, it would like to find out how high it can go.

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.

'That's where I've got a problem'
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has an open mind about officiating and all the respect in the world for Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

White moose off-limits to Idaho hunters
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- A group of eastern Idahoans smitten by a white moose have persuaded the state to make the animal off-limits to hunters.

Photo feature: Moose gazing
Vincent Brown, 3, watches a young moose as it munches grass Thursday afternoon in front of Ridgeway Preschool in Soldotna.

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