Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Search for wreckage of helicopter continues; autopsy reveals no clues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews continued the search Monday for the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed into Cook Inlet Oct. 18 and the bodies of two of those still missing, while an autopsy of the pilot yielded no clues to the cause of the crash.

Police say man lied about girlfriend's shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old man tried to concoct a story after he shot his girlfriend during an early morning car ride in Eagle River, Anchorage police said.

Murkowski announces bid for governor
Ending months of speculation, U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski threw his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate for governor in 2002.

Search continues for missing children in Napaskiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers have continued to look for two small children missing since late Sunday afternoon in the Southwest Alaska village of Napaskiak.

Anchorage teen arrested for shooting friend in abdomen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Anchorage for shooting a friend during a night of heavy drinking, police said.

Man stabs bulldog when it attacks his dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Animal Control is investigating an incident involving a man who repeatedly stabbed an American bulldog to stop it from attacking his dog.

Report: Wage gap between sexes narrows slightly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska women continue to earn less than men, but the disparity between the wages of the two genders is shrinking, a new state study showed.

Borough assemblywoman revs up action on Alaskaland
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is circulating a plan that aims to spur quicker renovations at Alaskaland.

Anchorage man dies after being struck by a snowmachine
HOUSTON (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed in the Houston area after being hit by a snowmachine, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Permanent Fund portfolio of Alaska CDs falls 80 percent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The portion of Permanent Fund money invested in Alaska certificates of deposit shrunk about 80 percent after a major bank decided not to renew the CDs.

Human skull found in Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU (AP) -- Remains of a human skull were found near a Gastineau Channel dock used by cruise ships, Juneau police said Tuesday.

Lesser known candidates surfacing in gubernatorial race
JUNEAU (AP) -- The perceived heavyweights of the 2002 gubernatorial race have emerged.

UAF plate research published by major science journal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A longtime argument over plate tectonics in Asia is settled in a research paper published this month in a national journal, according to its authors, scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Era continues search for victims of helicopter crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Era Aviation continued to search the waters of Cook Inlet Tuesday, trying to locate the victims and wreckage of an Oct. 18 helicopter crash.

Yakutat guiding service convicted of violating use permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Yakutat guiding service was convicted Monday of violating the terms of the Forest Service special-use permit under which it operates.

Murkowski says it was time to get campaign rolling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday that uncertainty over when Congress will finish its work this year prompted the abrupt announcement of his candidacy for governor.

Two children missing from Napaskiak
BETHEL (AP) -- The search continued Monday for two toddlers missing from the village of Napaskiak.

Eskimos ask IRS to investigate group opposed to ANWR drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eskimos living in the only village inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge filed a complaint Tuesday with the Internal Revenue Service against a group opposed to drilling for oil in the Alaska refuge.

Organizers of popular seafood event look beyond Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is about to conquer a new frontier outside the state.

Troopers investigate death after fight at Palmer jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An inmate punched at a Palmer state jail Saturday died about seven hours later but preliminary autopsy reports do not indicate the altercation was the cause of death.

Preparing for next summer's tourists
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tourism industry officials are trying to gauge what next summer might bring to Southeast merchants.

Desperately seeking Suzuki: MLB looks for the next Japanese star
TOKYO -- Now that Ichiro Suzuki's season is over, the search for the next Japanese baseball sensation is on. It won't be easy finding one to match the quality of the Seattle Mariners' star.

Yankees ride bounce to series berth
NEW YORK -- Shane Spencer's throw was bouncing to nowhere, along with the New York Yankees' season. The dynasty was about to go down.

Maybe next year for Safeco Field
SEATTLE -- One Seattle Mariners fan was so desperate to extend the season another day he called the team to ask if he could come to Safeco Field just to sit in his seat for a while.

Poor Piniella
He stood on the top step of the visiting dugout transfixed, his eyes mournfully tracking the arc of another baseball about to disappear over the left-field wall of Yankee Stadium.

Arizona in a New York state of mind
PHOENIX -- Arizona manager Bob Brenly, known for playing hunches and going against the book, is at it again as he prepares to lead the Diamondbacks into the World Series.

Yankees dismiss Mariners, return to World Series
NEW YORK -- This was the best one, Joe Torre said, for many reasons. To come back and beat Oakland after being down two games. To beat the best team in baseball. And to do it for a city that needed something to cheer about.

Alaskans urged to enlist in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge effort
According to Arctic Power board member Mike Navarre this is a critical time for Alaskans to help support the effort to open ANWR for environmentally safe oil and gas exploration.

Udelhoven makes improvements to Osprey Platform...
After months of planning, the steel framework has been hoisted into place to complete a deck modification project that will expand and move the living quarters of Forest Oils Osprey Platform, the newest platform in Cook Inlet. The modification is a joint project between Udelhoven Oilfield System Services and Forest Oil.

Sen. Murkowski says it was time to get campaign rolling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday that uncertainty over when Congress will finish its work this year prompted the abrupt announcement of his candidacy for governor.

Culverts pique interest of state agencies, property owners
It isn't only vehicular traffic on the Kenai Peninsula that interests the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Clint Adler, DOT research engineer in Fairbanks, said a cooperative effort including DOT, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and peninsula property owners has its eye on salmon in peninsula streams and how they are affected by culverts.

Soldotna seeking cemetery
The desire to keep deceased loved ones close to home is behind the latest drive by the Soldotna Historical Society to build a cemetery in or near Soldotna.

Tree hugger
A witch has her flight cut short in the Close family's front yard in Kenai.

Anthrax could be cause in postal worker deaths
WASHINGTON -- Anthrax probably killed two postal workers from a facility that delivers mail to the nation's capital and left two more hospitalized, officials said Monday as the country suffered fresh casualties in a mushrooming bioterrorism war.

Warplanes pound targets
WASHINGTON -- Taliban forces in Afghanistan may be hiding in residential areas to shield themselves from airstrikes, a senior military officer said Tuesday as the Pentagon acknowledged that an errant 1,000-pound bomb damaged an Afghan senior citizens' center.

Tolerance Commission comes to Kenai
Intolerance and discrimination is not just slinging racial epithets or frozen paint balls at people who are different. Intolerance and discrimination can manifest itself in many ways: lack of educational or employment opportunities, birthday cards that make fun of growing old, stair steps that are too high, bullying in school, and perhaps worst of all, indifference.

Frances Reilly
Kenai resident Frances Reilly, formerly Mrs. John Brown, died at her son's home in Anchorage Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001. She was 64.

Martha Kanana (Riley) Peterson
Former Seward resident Martha Kanana (Riley) Peterson died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001. She died peacefully in her sleep at home in Anchorage due to complications from strokes and cancer. She was 83.

Karl Frederick Baun
Former North Kenai resident Karl Frederick Baun died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Willamette Valley Medical Center after a year's illness. He was 68.

Joan Widener
Soldotna resident Joan Widener died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 69.

Islamic holy month adds new urgency to U.S. effort in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Muslim allies, whose support is considered essential to the U.S. anti-terrorism campaign, are pressuring the United States to score a major victory on the ground before the Islamic holy month Ramadan begins around Nov. 17 or agree to a lengthy delay in the Afghan operation.

'Militant religion' shows no tolerance toward those who dare to disagree A bishop's perspective on Islam
One sees many white, Anglo-Saxon, mostly Protestant members of Congress and others on television today vouching for the "peaceful" nature and intent of Islam. Oprah Winfrey has done a show on "modern Muslim women" -- none of whom would be allowed to dress in contemporary clothing, be educated or even appear on television if they lived in radical Muslim states.

Americans more likely to die by drowning than by anthrax exposure Reacting to risk factors
Baruch Fischoff chuckles when he thinks about it. On Sept. 10, he spent some time with a reporter for The New York Times, talking about the risk of shark attacks.

Early detection plus information best way to fight breast cancer
Much progress has been made in the 16 years since October was first designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, primarily through increased awareness of the importance of early detection.

U.S. should be wary of confusing signals
Dreadful shock waves have been reverberating out of control since the terrorists struck at the heart of Washington and New York, severely disrupting every aspect of human life and activity, not only all over the U.S., but worldwide. People have since been overtaken by paralyzing uncertainty, fear, total loss of direction and purpose.

War details often remain secret years later
WASHINGTON -- A decade later, Americans still don't know how far special operations forces went inside Iraq during the Gulf War. Some parts of the fighting in Kosovo and Vietnam -- even Korea -- remain sketchy.

Combatting terrorism can't be done merely by dropping bombs
How is one to combat terrorism in the Middle East? Even the United States knows that merely dropping bombs on Kabul will not suffice.

Pet of the Week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a young adult male Lhasa apso. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
Middle school open to parentsHomer High sponsors sports exchangeMusic classes for kids availableWRCC to hold monthly meetingViolence awareness quilt on displayOpen house planned for health building

Around the Peninsula
Chamber lunch to feature talk of transportationWRCC annual meeting this eveningGenealogist to speak ThursdayKenai planning session Saturday

Photo feature: Cold shoulder
Everyone needs a shoulder every now and then, especially when the weather is bringing you down. This couple have made their home on the football field at Kenai Central High School.

School Menus
What's on the menu for local schools this week

Friendships, relationships shape future paths
I will always remember the first two real friends I ever had. Tara, Jamie and I were an inseparable threesome of buds from the first day of kindergarten. Every afternoon we spent time building forts, playing dress-up or watching cartoons.

Parents should foster kids' curiosity, creativity
Do you remember those conversations you had with your children when they were constantly asking, "why?" They were full of questions. It was tempting at those times to ignore their questions or make up an answer just so they would quit being pests. Thank goodness they ask questions!

District School News
News from schools around the district

Around the District
Quarter endsStudents earn National Merit standingVFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contestSchool Bus Safety Week celebratedWorldwide education project comes to SewardPDK hosts meetingSoHi announces Students of the MonthAfter the Bell opens at SoHi on SaturdaysChallenger Center offers workshops

Sunday Showcase returns to Kenai Peninsula College this weekend
Is stress getting you down? Can't concentrate on your work? Kenai Peninsula College has just the prescription for you, and it doesn't come in pill form. Best of all, it's free.

Sterling children get a 'Head Start' for school
Getting children off to the best start can profoundly influence the rest of their lives. That fact inspired the federal Head Start preschool program and, since the beginning of the calendar year, Sterling children have had an opportunity to take advantage of the successful program.

Fed work force aging fast
WASHINGTON -- A wave of retirements set to spread across the federal government in the next few years could seriously hamper the war on terrorism.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our local seniors

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

Faulk again questionable for Rams
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Marshall Faulk might miss another game with a bruised right knee, and St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said it has nothing to do with Trung Canidate's brilliant starting debut.

Sports Briefs
Agassi, Graf wed in Las VegasNuggets acquire Williams in three-team tradeEarnhardt's crew chief fined $25,000, victory standsFlyers' Tocchet out at least another monthNelson rallies in final round for SBC ChampionshipRobinson to miss rest of seasonBaseball owners to meet after World Series

Eagles take advantage of Giants' inept offense
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't do much against New York's defense. So they took advantage of the Giants' stodgy offense instead.

Turek shows up Blues in return
ST. LOUIS -- Dave Lowry scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Craig Conroy had a goal and an assist, as the Calgary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Monday night.

Super Mario pots first goal of season for Penguins
ATLANTA -- Mario Lemieux decided just before game time he was healthy enough to play. The rest came naturally.

Defense lifts Eagles into first place in NFC East
PHILADELPHIA -- Andy Reid walked off the field at Giants Stadium, looked into the crowd and shouted, ''How about those cheesesteaks?''

Miami ranked No. 4 in BCS
Miami, No. 1 in the AP media poll and the coaches' poll, was fourth in rankings that determine which teams will play for a national championship at the Rose Bowl in January.

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