Tuesday, October 22, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Game board to tackle range of Southeast issues
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game will meet in Juneau in November to decide among conflicting interests of people who shoot or trap wildlife and those who just want to view animals.

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.

Plan targets pike in the Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Soldotna Creek drainage has yielded more than 250 pike since an experimental netting program began in May.

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

Federal grant aids telemedicine efforts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded distance learning and telemedicine grants to two Alaska health organizations.

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.

Quakes strike near False Pass and Alaska-Canada border
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two light earthquakes struck around Alaska Monday afternoon.

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.

Stevens stumps for Murkowski in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If Sen. Frank Murkowski is elected governor, his choice for his senate successor would likely rank higher than other freshmen senators, according to Sen. Ted Stevens.

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.

Bering Sea search fails to find missing mariners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers found no trace Monday of two men missing from a vessel burning in the Bering Sea.

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.

Manokotak woman found dead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers were investigating the death of a Manokotak woman.

Travel industry group wants state funds to lure more visitors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Travel Industry Association wants $14 million in state funding to help market Alaska.

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

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.

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.

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.

Plan targets pike in the Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Soldotna Creek drainage has yielded more than 250 pike since an experimental netting program began in May.

NOW PLAYING: The Ring
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.

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.

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

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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

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

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

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.

Navarre parts from assembly
Tim Navarre last week cautioned his former Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly colleagues to consider carefully before putting new borough land on the auction block or reducing the size of the borough's fund balance, arguing neither move is appropriate at this time.

Industrial park, dock plan heads agenda for borough
Looking to improve the economy and business environment of the central peninsula, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly early this year hired an Anchorage firm to study the feasibility of building an industrial park and deep-water dock in Nikiski.

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.

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

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

Murder trial goes to jury in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE -- The defense's case in the trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith is a mirage made out of thin air, assistant district attorney John Wolfe told jurors in Anchorage as he presented the prosecution's closing argument Monday.

Nikiski boy's 4-H medal project goes global
Eleven-year-old Walker Boyle is working to help one big problem in a place far away -- and so far people have been more than willing to help.

Connie Noreen McDaniel
Soldotna resident Connie Noreen 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.

Tressa Darlene Mansfield
Soldotna resident Tressa Darlene Mansfield died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 57.

Vannoy 'Doc' Clifford Cason
Longtime Sterling resident Vannoy "Doc" Clifford Cason died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 83.

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

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

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

Letters to the Editor
Sen. Ward should answer allegations in advertisementWard effective senator; Clarion treats only Republicans badlyContributions from Anchorage interests are Issue in Ward raceCatch-and-release disenfranchises one class of anglers for another

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

Bush fails to make case for pre-emptive attack
President Bush's speech ... seeking support for war against Iraq was a succinct reiteration of the reasons he thinks Saddam Hussein poses a threat to U.S. security. But once again, we think he failed to make the case that a unilateral, pre-emptive attack by the United States is necessary or even advisable. ...

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.

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?

Applause
Performance offers reminder of fragility of environmentResponse to Oct. 10 bomb threat at Soldotna High appreciatedSchool board member deserves recent recognition

Iraqi dictator masters art of denial, deception
Iraq has made denial and deception a finely tuned art designed to convince the world Saddam Hussein's regime isn't cooking up deadly weapons of mass destruction.

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.

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.

Births
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.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game issue emergency orderDevelopment center to sponsor workshopCrisis Center to hold support groupAssociation spaghetti dinner slatedFish House to host Chamber MixerRefuge to hold trapper classChallenger center recruiting board members

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

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

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Colvin, Carpenter, Salverda keep Skyview near the top
Something intangible -- call it fate, call it chance -- brought them together. But it's something tangible -- a coach, smarts, drive -- that keeps them together.

Sports Briefs
Sprewell sues New York Post, gets suspendedDevil Rays will make formal offer to PiniellaJordan pleased with preseason debutPuckett declares innocenceAll-Italian race postponed again at America's CupBack injury could sideline Davis for start of season

BCS puts Hurricanes at No. 2, Irish at No. 3
Miami is No. 1 just about everywhere but where it counts most -- in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Miami welcomes back Carter
MIAMI -- Cris Carter ended his retirement and joined the Dolphins on Monday, leaving the broadcast booth in hopes of bolstering Miami's injury-depleted receiving corps.

Joseph snuffs Flames for first shutout in red
DETROIT -- Curtis Joseph made 24 saves for his first shutout with Detroit and the Red Wings scored two short-handed goals in the second period to beat the Calgary Flames 4-0 Monday night.

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.

Steelers stamp out Colts
PITTSBURGH -- Benching Kordell Stewart for journeyman Tommy Maddox three games into the season seemed like an act of desperation. It might be the best move Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher could have made.

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

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

Photo feature: Traffic hazard
Traffic passes one of several caribou browsing alongside the Kenai Spur Highway near Soldotna last week. The animals frequently have been seen near Pickle Hill, just outside of town.

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