Thursday, October 24, 2002

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.

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.

Oil spill response worker killed in accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Cook Inlet oil spill response worker has died of injuries suffered in an accident aboard a barge last week.

Heavy rains cause flooding on Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several roads were closed, a bridge was washed out and a few people were evacuated from their homes on the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday after heavy rainfall caused flooding.

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.

State considers limiting guides on Kenai River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is considering freezing the number of Kenai River sportfishing guides while it examines a permanent cap.

Holland America exec to head Providence Health System
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tourism executive is taking the reins at Providence Health System in Alaska.

Stevens say too many tribes make funding unwieldy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The large number of tribal organizations in Alaska receiving federal money needs to be reduced to cut inefficiency and unfair competition between villages at a time of shrinking congressional funding, Sen. Ted Stevens said.

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.

Ulmer opposes processor quotas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer said this week she is opposed to granting seafood processors a guaranteed share of the catch of crab and other species.

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.

Companies fined in illegal dumping case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge fined four maritime companies $5 million Wednesday for their role in an ocean pollution conspiracy involving oil dumping from cargo ships that regularly transport goods from Alaska to Asia, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage.

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

Man pleads innocent to fraud charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of planning to fake his own death so his wife could collect insurance money has pleaded innocent to federal fraud charges.

UA Museum receives grant for cataloging marine tissue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Museum has received a $100,000 federal grant for archiving marine mammal tissues and specimens.

Murkowski pushes incentives for oil companies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican Frank Murkowski pledged not to raise oil company taxes if he's elected governor.

Salmonella outbreak strikes Elim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State health officials were searching for the source of a salmonella outbreak that afflicted 21 people in the village of Elim.

Fiscal gap dominates Anchorage debate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Both candidates in the race for governor were on the defensive Wednesday night as they again tackled the state's gap between revenue and spending in a televised debate.

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.

Woman behind Ponzi scheme gets three more years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman who was to be released soon from federal prison was sentenced Wednesday to three more years for running Alaska's largest-ever Ponzi scheme.

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.

Ketchikan shipyard wins ferry bid
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan shipyard is the apparent low bidder for a $3.37 million upgrade of the state ferry Malaspina.

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?''

Fog delays Juneau flights
JUNEAU (AP) -- Dense fog in parts of Juneau interupted Juneau flights this week.

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.

AHFC seeks backing for veterans home bonds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska voters will go to the polls in November to decide whether to back bonds that would give veterans lower interest rates when they buy homes.

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.

Man pleads innocent to fraud charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of planning to fake his own death so his wife could collect insurance money has pleaded innocent to federal fraud charges.

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.

Ketchikan court runs out of jurors for murder trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A new round of prospective jurors was called in at Ketchikan Superior Court Wednesday after the first pool of jurors was exhausted during jury selection in a murder trial getting under way.

Commission hears more phone service complaints
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Consumers voiced their frustrations over phone service and Alaska's two largest phone companies offered clashing explanations at a hearing Tuesday before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Strong earthquake with magnitude 6.7 hits near Denali National Park, jolting much of Alaska
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A strong, shallow earthquake shook a broad swath of Alaska early Wednesday, waking people and knocking items off shelves, but causing no major damage or injuries.

Fans whiff choosing memorable moments
They're kidding, right? The vote proclaiming Cal Ripken's ironman record as baseball's most memorable moment must be some kind of test to see if the rest of us are paying attention.

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.

Giants rally in late innings against Anaheim to even World Series at 2
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants proved the Kid was really Mr. Hittable, after all. And just in time.

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.

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.''

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.

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

Tourism official to head Providence Health System
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tourism executive is taking the reins at Providence Health System in Alaska.

U.S. scandals under scrutiny by world leaders
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Corruption in the Pacific Rim often conjures these images: Crooked cops in Mexico. Businessmen doling out bribes in South Korea. Midlevel Chinese cadres brokering back-room deals. Campaigners buying votes in Taiwan.

Shipping companies allege dock slowdown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- West Coast dockworkers deliberately are slowing the pace of work in response to a bitter labor dispute, according to documents shipping companies have filed with the Department of Justice.

Chugach wins OK for power line for transmission line
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Construction could begin next year on a long-planned $100 million electric power transmission line from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula.

Terrorism's threat to trade shadows economic forum
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- As top Pacific Rim ministers streamed in Wednesday, members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum took up the most pressing topic that confronts them -- terrorism, and how it threatens to impede APEC's core mission to liberalize trade.

Powerful attack cripples key Internet computers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An unusually powerful electronic attack briefly crippled nine of the 13 computer servers that manage global Internet traffic this week, officials disclosed Tuesday. But most Internet users didn't notice because the attack only lasted one hour.

Salmonella outbreak strikes Elim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State health officials were searching for the source of a salmonella outbreak that afflicted 21 people in the village of Elim.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Nutritional classes offeredPoetry contest deadline todayBunnell asking for 'body adorned' art

Group goes to great lengths to recreate favorite days of yore
If it weren't for the 20th century accouterments like a copier machine, telephones, fluorescent lights and the swarm of SUVs parked out front, a visitor to the festivities Saturday at Bridges in Soldotna might almost believe they had been transported back in time into the Middle Ages.

Pop Warner program continues to get better
To put it in football terms, Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner Football isn't about the big play. The association is more about 3 yards and a cloud of dust.

Public weighs in on early-run king salmon regulations
Mark Duda caught a king-sized amount of opinion Tuesday evening at the Kenai River Center.

Rain causes floods around peninsula
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the upper Kenai River, including the Cooper Landing area, through 10 a.m. Saturday.

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.

Borough assembly elects new officers
It took just one secret ballot Tuesday to elect Pete Sprague of Soldotna the new president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

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.

Area advisory board to discuss restrictions tonight
In recent years, the problem of crowding on the Kenai River has been of major concern for both guides and nonguides. Now, the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board will discuss whether restrictions on the number of fishing guides allowed on the river should be addressed.

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.

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.

Soldotna OKs smoking ban in restaurants
The Soldotna City Council voted 5-0 Wednesday night to ban smoking in all city restaurants.

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

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

Sandra K. Hayes
Kenai resident Sandra K. Hayes died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 59.

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

James Tearle Howard
Soldotna resident James Tearle Howard died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at his home in Soldotna. He was 34.

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.

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

'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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Public must participate to change early-run management of kingsHal, Susan Smalley deserve recognition for their generosityVoters who continue to re-elect Sen. Ward are not paying attentionElections pamphlet glitch shows how Ulmer will run state's affairs

Sniper distracts America from obsession with Iraq
In some implausible political thriller the Washington sniper who is destroying America's last illusions of invulnerability would be on the payroll of the secret services of an Arab nation. The special assassin ''operates'' in the capital of the Empire giving his horrific acts the symbolism of a challenge. He ridicules an impotent United States which, with all its TV cameras and spy satellites, cannot catch him.

Indonesia can no longer ignore threat of terrorism
The deadly bombing of a popular tourist spot on Bali leaves little room for Indonesian officials to deny that terrorism is a problem in their country.

Photo feature: Flying away
Chris Amen is carried down the beach Wednesday afternoon under a special kite made for snowboarding. Rain -- but no snow -- is in the forecast.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hear from Boys and Girls ClubBlood bank plans driveSports swap set for this weekendTustumena plans annual carnivalSenior center prepares for bazaarChurch to hold carnivalWinter kick-off planned for TsalteshiHospice to offer remembrance

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Around the District
District seeks vocational education committee

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

Irish face tough test in Florida
Florida State is used to playing for national titles. Now it's trying to play spoiler.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Browns owner Lerner dies at 69
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Billionaire Al Lerner, who used his wealth from banking, real estate and credit-card giant MBNA Corp. to buy the Cleveland Browns, died Wednesday night. He was 69.

Lightning tie Blue Jackets, stay unbeaten
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Geoff Sanderson scored twice in the first period, and the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 2-2 tie Wednesday night with unbeaten Tampa Bay.

Sports Briefs
Reports: Howe agrees to manage MetsYao finally suits up with RocketsSniper prompts Redskins QB to moveJordan lawsuit claims $5 million extortion attemptAlinghi ends OneWorld's winning streak

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.

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.

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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