Monday, October 21, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Whitehorse man found dead in Chilkoot River
HAINES (AP) -- A man from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory was found dead in the Chilkoot River near Haines.

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.

New wildlife management plan includes wildlife viewing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new strategic plan for the state Department of Fish and Game calls for increased emphasis on wildlife viewing, education and management of animals not sought as game.

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.

Fish board delays action on trout policy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries has decided to delay until next year consideration of a new policy aimed at conserving wild trout populations throughout the state.

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.

26 aboard as boat catches fire in Bering Sea
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Two crew members were missing after a 180-foot Seattle-based fishing boat exploded and caught fire Sunday in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard said.

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.

Norton Sound hospital gets trauma designation
NOME (AP) -- Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome has become Alaska's first Level IV trauma center, according to the state health department.

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.

Judge turns down request to evict church group
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has stopped the eviction of one church group by another, saying that just who owns a Fairbanks church and parsonage is still in dispute.

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.

Elite Wainwright troops scale Asian mountains to recover remains
(Fairbanks-AP) -- Three elite soldiers from Fort Wainwright are back home in Alaska after a visit to Tibet.

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

Company gets award for solar panels
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A local company, ABR Inc., has been recognized by the Department of Environmental Conservation for its conservation efforts.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

AFN convention opening in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The future of tribal status is likely to be a main focus this week as about 5,000 Alaskans gather here for the annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

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.

Anaheim ties series
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Like Barry Bonds, Tim Salmon waited a long time for his World Series moment.

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

Murkowski says more oil should plug fiscal gap
JUNEAU -- Frank Murkowski thinks a little belt-tightening and a lot more oil could plug the nation's largest state budget gap.

Ulmer chases odds to be first woman governor
JUNEAU -- She's been part of the inner circle for the past seven years, serving as lieutenant governor to a popular two-term governor.

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.

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.

As I was exiting the theater after seeing this week's new thriller The Ring, I saw a friend of mine getting into her car to leave. "What'd you think?" I queried, in a transparent attempt to get her to do my job for me.

Kards, Stars score big in all-state voting
Kenai and Soldotna played for the small-schools state football title, so it's no surprise the Kardinals and the Stars took the bulk of the major small-schools awards in all-state voting announced Sunday by the Alaska Coaches Association.

This Week's Race: Old Dominion 500
Where and when

In the spotlight: Jamie McMurray
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

McMurray will run in Busch race
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jamie McMurray is scheduled to receive four awards during the pre-race show Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway. He, however, will accept the additional bounty of his stunning victory last week as a civilian.

NASCAR is new experience for Fittipaldi
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Christian Fitti paldi didn't expect a lot of support and understanding from his comrades on the CART FedEx Series when he told them he was leaving for a better deal.

Points Standings
1.Tony Stewart 4,1282. Jimmie Johnson 4,0313. Mark Martin 4,006

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $4,668,3902. Ward Burton 4,386,9443. Jeff Gordon 4,354,118

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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.

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.

Where do recycled items go?
The journey recyclable materials take from the Kenai Peninsula is a long one.

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

Airport facility runs into communications glitch
The Kenai Airport Operations Facility has turned out to be a misnomer, since it isn't operational yet.

Recycling nothing new to some central peninsula residents
The owner of River City Books, along with several other businesses, is doing her part to help the environment.

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.

Connie N. McDaniel
Soldotna resident Connie N. McDaniel died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 57.

Sandra K. Hayes
Kenai resident Sandra K. Hayes died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at CPGH. She was 59.

Tressa Mansfield
Soldotna resident Tressa Mansfield died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at CPGH. She was 57.

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.

Jon Mudrick
Soldotna resident Jon Mudrick died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 31.

Bannoy Cason
Soldotna resident Bannoy Cason died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at CPGH. He was 83.

All Westerners targets of al-Qaida terrorists
Because the terror attacks of 9/11 occurred on U.S. soil, Americans could be forgiven for thinking that international terrorism is mostly a battle between the United States and the shadow figures of al-Qaida -- and it is only the world stage that provides the international dimension. The bombing ... of a nightclub in Bali shows that terrorists are not so discriminating; any Westerners can find themselves targets.

Letters to the Editor
Ad shows dirty politics not limited to Outside politiciansWard supporters guilty of hypocrisy when it comes to elected officialsBudget cuts alone won't solve state's financial problemsProposition C will fund education improvements across Alaska

North Korea presents new challenges to Bush administration 'Axis' problems abound
WASHINGTON -- North Korea's admission that it has a nuclear weapons program poses a huge dilemma for the Bush administration: Does it want to risk two crises by following the same hard line on Pyongyang that it has staked out for Baghdad?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Candidate forum planned at chamber lunchChamber goals are topic in KenaiCenter to offer video program

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?

Suzanne and Mark Ducker of Kasilof announce the birth of their son, Brandon Mark Steven Ducker, at 5:23 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches.

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.

Community News
Homer KPC students to host awareness eventAlaska Junior Miss applications availablePostal Service sets holiday mailing datesHomer Community School alters fall programWorkshop to focus on incorporationASSE seeks volunteers

Hero of the week
On Oct. 15, my car lost all power, and I was stranded on the highway. Several people almost hit my car, being the car's black with no power, and it was raining.

Community Schools
he following is a list of Soldotna Community School classes and activities that begin this week. The list is printed to serve as a reminder to registered participants.

Peninsula People
Kenai grad enters master's programArea people honored for volunteer serviceSoldotna grad completes basic training

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

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.

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.

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

Chargers, Tomlinson jolt Raiders in AFC showdown
OAKLAND, Calif. -- LaDainian Tomlinson ran 19 yards for the winning touchdown with 11:22 left in overtime as the San Diego Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders 27-21 Sunday in a game between the AFC West's top teams.

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

Galaxy nip Revolution for MLS title
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Give Carlos Ruiz enough chances, and he's going to come out a winner.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski third at Grace InviteBurns takes Disney World Golf Classic

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