Saturday, October 19, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

'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.

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.

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.

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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