Sunday, October 20, 2002

City hosts national MADD convention
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 750 people from around the country are gathered in Anchorage this week for the national convention of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

UAF championship rifle teams gets new coach
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- There's a new commander in chief for the University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle team, but the cast of characters remains pretty much the same as the Nanooks prepare to open the season.

Elections division sends pamphlets to wrong address
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 40 percent of Alaska voters are getting the wrong state election pamphlet in their mailboxes this week because of an error by the Division of Elections.

Board to revisit limits on winter king salmon
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries is going to take a second look at limits imposed on the harvest of so-called ''winter'' king salmon in Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska.

Stevens, Palin stump for Murkowski
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and former Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin are making appearances to promote Frank Murkowski's bid for governor, the candidate said.

Officers aboard cruise ship issued subpoenas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to officers aboard a Holland America cruise ship in connection to the illegal dumping of about 40,000 gallons of wastewater in to Juneau harbor.

State assesses storm damage to Northwest coast
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials with the state Division of Emergency Services have traveled to Northwest Alaska to inspect damage from a fierce storm that ate away the shoreline of coastal communities last week.

Richardson overpass is completed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new overpass at Badger Road on the Richardson Highway was opened this weekend to travelers.

Ketchikan clamps down on motor vehicle racing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- It's now officially illegal to race a car in Ketchikan.

Aurora Gas buys interest in new Cook Inlet gas field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aurora Gas has made two purchases toward increasing its production tenfold in the next year, according to company President G. Scott Pfoff.

GOP expects to retain smaller majority in Legislature
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For a decade, Alaska's ship of state has tilted right, with Republican majorities calling the shots in both the House and the Senate.

More Alaskans hanging on to PFD money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sales of big-ticket items are slightly slower this year as many Alaskans appear to be hanging on to their Permanent Fund dividend checks longer.

Man hit, killed by van
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was struck and killed by a van Thursday night while crossing Minnesota Drive near Spenard Road, police said.

Survey indicates sea lion population on rise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new survey indicates that the Steller sea lion population in Alaska is increasing for the first time in decades.

Gov. Knowles demands military disclosure on test site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is demanding that the Department of Defense reveal all Cold War-era chemical or biological weapons testing in Alaska.

Murkowski looks to increased oil flow to plug state's fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- Frank Murkowski thinks a little belt-tightening and a lot more oil could plug the nation's largest state budget gap.

Federal subsistence board looks at sales of salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal subsistence board is taking public comment on the sale of salmon taken by subsistence fishermen.

Forest Service seeks permit for log transfer facility
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service wants to reopen what was once the busiest log transfer facility in the nation.

Murkowski says ANWR issue is dead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has made it official.

Home run jump-starts San Francisco to Game 1 victory
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Challenge Barry Bonds and this is what happens: Your 90 mph fastball goes flying far over the right-field fence.

Local boy Snow stars in Game 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The other famous son got the biggest hit in the World Series opener.

Study says duct tape effective for removing warts
CHICAGO (AP) -- Duct tape, the all-purpose household fix-it with hundreds of uses, can also remove warts.

When it comes to surgery, are redheads harder to knock out?
WASHINGTON -- The genetic quirk that makes red hair red may also make carrot-tops harder to knock out -- in the operating room, that is.

Smalley, Wolf split on taxing Alaskans
Taxes may be a dirty word to many Alaskans, but House District 33 Democratic Party candidate Hal Smalley said Thursday he would consider them if that's what it takes to create a workable long-range fiscal plan for Alaska.

Public split on proposed Soldotna smoking ban issue
Last Wednesday outside the Soldotna Public Library, library patrons -- most, but not all, from Soldotna -- were asked what their feelings are toward the Soldotna City Council's proposed restaurant smoking ban ordinance.

Chenault, Price not touching PFD fund
Squaring off at a political forum in Soldotna on Thursday, Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Chenault and his Republican Moderate challenger, James R. Price, who are seeking the House District 34 seat, promised to make fiscal responsibility cornerstones of their legislative terms.

Smoking ordinance sparking controversy
The Soldotna City Council will decide Wednesday if smoking should be snuffed out in all restaurants within the city limits.

Hawkins, Wagoner agree on priorities
Two of the four candidates for Senate District Q showed up Thursday evening to answer voter questions at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, but Jerry Ward, the Republican incumbent and clear front-runner in the polls, was not among them.

Judy F. Jorgensen
Soldotna resident Judy F. Jorgensen died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage from complications of a lifelong illness with diabetes. She was 58.

James Tearle Howard
Soldotna resident James Tearle Howard died early Friday morning, Oct. 18, 2002. He was 34.

Proposed smoking ban should include input of businesses
Depending on one's viewpoint, the proposal to ban smoking in Soldotna's restaurants is either good public policy or a good example of government going too far.

Time-honored tarp may be edged out by more subtle hues of white, silver
Alaska blue. To some, the words conjure up images of the tiny little blossoms of the forget-me-not, dubbed the state's official flower.

Letters to the Editor
Proposed no-smoking ordinance violates business owners' rightsSmoking not victimless act; Soldotna moving in right direction

Catch,release fishing offers dependable opportunities
As the Alaska Board of Fisheries wrestles with regulations for the Kenai River early-run king salmon, a controversy has sprung up among anglers around the state about catch-and-release fishing. Debate has spread from the ethics and morality of catch-and-release, to the use of catch-and-release as a conservation tool, to the need for providing diverse fishing opportunities.

Campbell, Shoemaker marry in Idaho
Jennifer Campbell and Jonathan Shoemaker were united in marriage Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at the Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Meridian, Idaho. The Rev. Chuck Taylor officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank facing shortageCommunity school to offer Celtic classArt gallery exhibit scheduledWRCC to hold workshopRally for Proposition C plannedRed Cross offers first aid classSeaLife Center to show documentary

Japanese seek more customized, cheaper weddings
TOKYO -- Back in the 1980s, a wedding reception in Japan was something to see. Brides would go through two or three changes of dress. The guests -- and there were often hundreds -- would be treated to expensive French meals and then sent home with bags of lavish gifts.

Questions help find ethical leaders
Who is the most ethical person you know? List three characteristics you associate with the most ethical person you know.

My Best Friend
Alec Wik of Kenai catches Princess Furgie in the act of getting a drink -- or is she trying to figure out how to take a shower?

Nikiski woman shows why giving is better than receiving
Saying that she just can't out-give God, Nikiski resident Retha Hall decided 20 years ago to be a giver -- to develop a lifestyle of giving -- and God has blessed her over and over again in return.

Graham: It's impossible to name best QB ever
SARASOTA, Fla. -- One of the greatest quarterbacks ever sits in the cozy little den of his home, surrounded by reminders of his Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Browns.

Oklahoma crushes Iowa State
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma delivered a brutal blow of reality to Iowa State.

DiMarco claws way to front
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chris DiMarco might not be playing golf for a living if not for Skip Kendall, who taught him the ''claw'' putting grip and rescued his career.

Glaus ties record
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Once again, two homers by Troy Glaus weren't enough to give the Anaheim Angels a victory.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski third at Grace InviteMaine tops Alaska AnchorageOhio State ties Alaska FairbanksAlaska Anchorage ties with Iona CollegeSource: Dolphins attempting to sign Cris Carter

Panthers take fifth at invite
The Skyview and Soldotna volleyball teams ended up amongst the best in the state after a whirlwind of volleyball Friday and Saturday in the Service/Dimond Volleyball Invitational.

Flyers stay unbeaten under new coach Hitchcock
PHILADELPHIA -- John LeClair and Simon Gagne scored 1:39 apart in the second period to lead the unbeaten Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Skyview, Seward, Kenai enjoy small tri-meet
Good things come in small packages. Out from under the crush of the large invitational meets, swimming and diving teams from Seward, Kenai Central and Skyview had a chance to shine Saturday at Skyview High School.

Galaxy's Jones must beat Revolution for first MLS Cup
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The dreadlocks and youthful looks remain. So does the energy he showed when he first played for the U.S. national team in 1992.

Stars take on state's best in Lynx, Cougars
The Soldotna High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams proved to be right in the mix of things heading into region and state competition with strong showings in a tri-meet with Dimond and Service in Anchorage Friday.

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