Wednesday, October 23, 2002

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

EPA seeks public input concerning Point Thomson project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking the public's help in identifying environmental issues stemming from a proposed gas development project at Point Thomson on the North Slope.

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

Alaskan among the missing after Bali attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who grew up in Eagle River is missing and feared killed in the bomb attack at a Bali nightclub nearly two weeks ago.

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.

Murkowski and Ulmer face off in two debates in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Facing off twice in Fairbanks Tuesday, the two leading candidates for governor held fast to their strikingly different approaches to bringing state spending and income closer together.

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.

Crewman swept overboard from Bering Sea rescue ship; Coast Guard suspends all searches
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A crewman was swept overboard Tuesday from a ship searching for survivors from a Bering Sea fishing vessel explosion and fire, raising to three the toll of those lost in the frigid water.

Hells Angels sue state over seized property
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Hells Angels are suing Alaska.

Anchorage driver killed in trucking mishap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 27-year-old man died Tuesday when his tractor trailer ran over him in Anchorage's Ship Creek area, police said.

Voters to decide state ownership of gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A longshoreman is heading an effort to have the state build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez, saying Alaskans have waited too long for big oil to do it.

Voters again asked about a Constitutional Convention
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Voters again on Nov. 5 will be asked this question: ''Shall there be a Constitutional Convention?''

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.

Fort Wainwright soldier pleads innocent to sex abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier has pleaded innocent to charges of sexual abuse of a minor involving a 13-year-old Fairbanks girl.

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.

Backers say legislative move effort will live on
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Promoters of a ballot measure to move legislative sessions out of Juneau have been all but silent during the campaign season this year, while anti-move ads blanketed much of the state. Still, Uwe Kalenka, leader of Alaskans for Efficient Government, says the issue is hardly dead.

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.

Plane makes emergency landing on Elliott Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A plane made an emergency landing on the Elliott Highway near Fairbanks, but no one was injured.

Wayward polar bear settles into new territory
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wayward polar bear has made itself at home more than two weeks after it was found wandering along the Dalton Highway far from its habitat in the Beaufort Sea.

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.

Angels trample Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- They were relentless. At the plate, on the bases.

The Giants' odd couple
Dusty Baker, a movie buff and clubhouse psychiatrist, compares Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent to two men handcuffed together, hating one another but needing each other.

Tampa Bay reportedly offers big money; Mets still talking
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Lou Piniella was offered the job as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday and now must decide if he wants to work at home or merely closer to it.

Teen who beat Royals coach pleads guilty
CHICAGO (AP) -- The 15-year-old boy who ran on the field with his father to attack a Kansas City Royals coach pleaded guilty and was released to his family.

Players' sons make Pac Bell their playground
SAN FRANCISCO -- Darren Baker is shorter than the average bat, and his jersey is so big and bunched together that it looks as if the sewn-on ''GIANTS'' lettering is missing its ''T.''

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.

Soldotna man dies from injury sustained on barge
A Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response Inc. worker died Saturday from wounds sustained while working on a barge Thursday morning in Nikiski.

District 33 candidates differ on insurance, budget, tourism
Candidates for House District 33 expressed differences Tuesday over the role of the state government in making health insurance affordable to Alaskans.

Teachers urge board to settle talks
The borough assembly chambers overflowed with teachers and support staff members wearing identical "Stand Up for Schools" T-shirts Monday night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District school board meeting.

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.

Jury asks for tapes in trial
ANCHORAGE -- After spending the morning deliberating a verdict in the murder trial of Billy D. Smith, the jury asked Tuesday to once again listen to tapes of police interviews of Smith when he confessed to the 1994 double murder.

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.

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.

Board approves capital improvement list
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved a 49-point, six-year capital improvement project list Monday night at its semimonthly meeting.

Connie Noreen McDaniel
Kenai resident Connie Noreen McDaniel died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. 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.

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

Mary Ellis Sisson
Heritage Place resident Mary Ellis Sisson died Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 78.

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

Letters to the Editor
Smoke-free restaurants better for business, better for employeesIt is time for smoke-free ordinance to take effectSoldotna council would feel right at home in California

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.

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. ...

'Ballistic fingerprinting' won't stop violent crime
The serial sniper attacks around the Capital Beltway and Richmond, Va., have elicited a predictable Pavlovian response from those who believe there was never a violent crime another gun-control law couldn't have prevented.

Figuring out school funding
Our state seems to be in good company with the need to address adequate and equitable funding of schools. In a recent article in the New York Times entitled "Decent Education, Figured in Dollars," staff writer Greg Winter reported there are currently 20 states with active lawsuits which contend that state legislatures spend too little on schools.

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

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

Coaches, team volunteers help give Mitey Mite Saints a notable season

Around the Peninsula
Chamber goals are topic in KenaiSeaLife Center to show documentaryBuilders Association to hold meetingSki team to hold fund-raiserChallenger center recruiting board membersWinter kick-off planned for TsalteshiHospice to offer remembrance

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

Around the District
District seeks vocational education committee

KPC Oktoberfest, rally for Proposition C planned for today
The KPC Student Union is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration, in conjunction with a political rally for the passage of Proposition C today at the college. There will be music, sausages and root beer. Proposition C is the general obligation bond proposition for education. It is important to KPC students. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until the food runs out.

Nikiski day care offers USDA meal program
The Nikiski Day Care Center is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Students of the Month
The following students were named September Citizens of the Month or Students of the Month at Ninilchik School

Students tackle design, function problems
The 2002-03 Mind-A-Mazes Competition was held at Soldotna Middle School Oct. 12, with 53 teams, including 28 junior teams and 25 middle school teams, participating.

Skeleton aids anatomy, ecology lessons in Cooper Landing
The smell of boiled meat filled the air in the portable classroom building next to Cooper Landing Elementary School on Tuesday -- but it wasn't making anyone hungry.

District School News
News from schools around the district

School Menus
What's on the menu for our area public school students

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Sprewell 'absolutely' will play this season
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell will ''absolutely'' play for the New York Knicks this season, despite a strained relationship that took an ugly turn with a series of bizarre events on Monday.

Sabres knock Flyers from ranks of unbeaten
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Miroslav Satan scored the go-ahead goal at 10:42 of the third period as the Buffalo Sabres handed the Philadelphia Flyers their first loss of the season, 2-1 Tuesday night.

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

Source: Sutton to be next U.S. Ryder Cup captain
Hal Sutton's next role in the Ryder Cup is to make sure the American team shares his passion for the matches.

Lightning open with best mark in 11-year existence
NEW YORK -- A young, energetic team that's tired of missing the playoffs was on display at Madison Square Garden.

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.

Sharks re-sign Nabokov
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Goalie Evgeni Nabokov agreed to a two-year, $7.15 million contract with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, ending his holdout after five games.

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.

Seahawks would love to see Smith get the record -- later
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Chad Brown has been victimized in an NFL history highlight before. He hopes Emmitt Smith doesn't nab him again.

Sports Briefs
Flyers owners dismissed in Babych civil trialArchitect of East German athletic machine, dies

Emmitt Smith proved mettle, greatness in '93 finale vs. Giants
IRVING, Texas -- Emmitt Smith's right arm was dangling. The thigh pad wrapped under his shoulder pads for extra cushioning wasn't helping and the painkiller he'd taken at halftime couldn't relieve the agony of a separated shoulder.

Parseghian knows exactly what Willingham is going through
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Ara Parseghian feels like it's 1964 all over again.

Jones 'willing and ready' to fight Ruiz
Roy Jones Jr. is ready to move up to the heavyweight ranks and fight WBA champion John Ruiz on March 1.

Five great games by Cowboys' Emmitt Smith
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Emmitt Smith has played 192 regular-season games. Here are five that stand out, listed in chronological order:

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.

NCAA changes requirements for incoming student-athletes
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA wants to change eligibility requirements for incoming student-athletes by lowering the emphasis on standardized tests and increasing the weight of classroom work.

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.

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.

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.

Wayward polar bear settles into new territory
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wayward polar bear has made itself at home more than two weeks after it was found wandering along the Dalton Highway far from its habitat in the Beaufort Sea.

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