Friday, October 25, 2002

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.

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.

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.

AFN convention opens with call to protect sovereignty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Challenging times lie ahead for Alaska's tribes, ranging from anticipated cuts in their federal funding to challenges to their legal status. But on the opening day of their annual convention, members of the Alaska Federation of Natives were urged to work to protect tribal sovereignty.

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.

Judge reverses own sentencing ruling in murder case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks judge has reversed his own sentencing ruling for a Koyukuk man convicted of double murder last year.

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.

Fog maroons hundreds of Southeast travelers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau continued to be socked Thursday in by fog that has disrupted flights this week.

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.

Soldotna bans smoking in restaurants
KENAI (AP) -- Lighting up in Soldotna restaurants is now illegal.

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.

Sobriety activist awarded a high school diploma
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A World War II veteran and Wasilla sobriety activist was awarded a high school diploma this week.

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.

Effect of rocket launches called minimal
KODIAK (AP) -- The first five launches at the Kodiak Launch Complex had minimal impact on the environment, according to University of Alaska Anchorage scientists.

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.

Knowles pledges disaster relief for Arctic storms
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles issued a disaster declaration for Kotzebue and Kivalina, two communities struck by a sea storm earlier this month that caused extensive damage.

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

Murkowski launches attack on Ulmer attack ads
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a gubernatorial campaign that is growing more bitter by the day, Republican Frank Murkowski on Thursday angrily accused his Democrat opponent of distorting his stance on the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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.

Bidders pay $2.7 million for oil and gas leases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bidders ranging from a wildcatter to big oil paid $2.7 million Thursday for 106,200 acres on Alaska's North Slope in an areawide state oil and gas lease sale.

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

Knowles makes final speech as governor to AFN
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Native people will remember Gov. Tony Knowles for something he didn't do, the co-chairman of the Alaska Federation of Natives said Thursday.

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.

Several vying for long-shot chance to be governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Small third parties have played a large role in some of Alaska's gubernatorial elections.

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.

Heavy rains cause major flooding on Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several roads were closed, bridges were washed out and people were evacuated from their homes on the Kenai Peninsula Thursday after heavy rainfall caused major flooding and raised rivers to their highest levels in 30 years.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cardinals play 49ers for top spot in NFC West
Believe it or not, the Arizona Cardinals are about to play a midseason game with the division lead at stake. Perhaps it most has to do with being moved into the new NFC West.

Howe gets $9.4 million to manage Mets
NEW YORK -- Blocked from pursuing Lou Piniella and unsure that Dusty Baker would be interested, the New York Mets turned to Art Howe as their new manager.

NC State rips Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Now that North Carolina State has achieved the best start in school history, the Wolfpack are trying hard not to think about where this special season might lead them.

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.

San Francisco blows out Anaheim to take 3-2 lead
SAN FRANCISCO -- He's got everything else. The home run record, a batting title, MVP trophies, a sure spot in the Hall of Fame.

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.

Piniella to direct D-Rays
Lou Piniella has agreed to a $13 million, four-year contract to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Kenai angler lands world-record Dolly Varden
"I wanted to go fishing, and I caught this world-record Dolly," said 18-year-old Mike Curtiss of Kenai.

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.

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.

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

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.

Flooding's toll on future fish runs uncertain
High water on area rivers could impact juvenile salmon, but so far, area biologists aren't overly concerned with how future runs will be affected by this week's flooding.

Emergency shelters opened at 3 locations
Shelters have been established in the following locations:

Fall rains turn to floods
Hammering rainfall throughout much of Wednesday and early Thursday morning made driving the Sterling Highway an adventure in automotive aquatics, as swales in the pavement filled with rivers of wet and what passed for visibility often vaporized in the spray from other vehicles.

Absences nearly cost council member his seat
After four absences in four months, Kenai City Council member Joe Moore came within one absence of being removed from the council.

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.

Road closures reported across Kenai Peninsula
At the earliest, the Sterling Highway from Homer to Soldotna will not be open until Saturday, officials said late Thursday afternoon.

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.

Peninsula rivers rise
Kenai Peninsula rivers and creeks swelled Thursday following two days of heavy rains, and the National Weather Service was alerting residents to prepare for possible flooding.

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.

Daylight savings time ends this weekend
Daylight savings time ends Sunday. Everyone is reminded to "fall back" and turn their clocks back one hour.

Era adds flights between Kenai and Homer
Era Aviation added two flights between Kenai and Homer on Thursday to accommodate any travelers left stranded due to road closures.

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.

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

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

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

Kester takes over as Oilers President
The Peninsula Oilers are pleased to announce that Karen Kester has been elected president of the board of directors.

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.

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

Parents help students have safe, fun time at outdoors camp

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.

Compromise solution on Iraq holds promise
Inch by inch, or rather centimeter by centimeter, the members of the Security Council of the United Nations appear to be moving towards a compromise resolution on Iraq.

Homeland Security should be priority with elected officials
The massacre in Bali and several other recent attacks make it clear that international terrorism has not been checked. The threat against Americans at home and abroad remains real.

Letters to the Editor
Voters should remember closed primary, private prison issuesTelevision stations take public opinion comments seriouslyAlaska voters should say 'No' to Constitutional ConventionUlmer deserves Alaskans' votesWard shows he cares for all Alaskans; ad is ancient historyHal Smalley will be fair on all issues; he deserves your voteClarion inconsistent concerning who can say what in paid ads

Ski swaps: Bargain or boondoggle?
It's hard to think about skiing when it's 40 degrees out and raining, and forecasted to be so for the next several days, but ski swap season is upon us.

Cast and blast -- fishing and hunting in one trip
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The ''cast and blast'' trip is an Idaho fall classic that ranks right up there with pigskin and pumpkins.

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.

Are peninsula beetle-killed trees rotting faster than they used to?
I am puzzled about how fast beetle-killed spruce trees are coming down. Every windy day seems to bring power outages somewhere around the Peninsula as dead spruce trees fall on power lines.

Outdoor Briefs
Trapper orientation scheduled for WednesdayNature Spooktacular haunts Portage Saturday

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
Center to offer video programBlood bank is having shortageAssociation spaghetti dinner slatedMoto-Cross banquet plannedWomen's center to hold meetingChamber to host luncheonBorough to offer avalanche workshop

Halloween: Day of pagan rituals or Christian celebration?
The contemporary Christian often finds Halloween an uncomfortable topic. Some want to blackball it all together because of the evil often associated with it, while others are reluctant to give up what is still a cherished childhood memory. How should a Christian respond to this holiday known as Halloween?

Religion Briefs
Dinner fund-raiser planned tonightReligious poems soughtNative outreach fellowship to meetPeninsula women conference slatedHome for the holidays brunch slatedGreat dads seminar plannedClothing ministry open

Kwan in first place after short program
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Not bad for a fill-in. With only a week's notice, Michelle Kwan pulled off a program that had an entire season's polish, easily winning the short program at Skate America on Thursday night.

Philadelphia soaring under Hitchcock
PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Handzus scored twice during a 2:10 span in the second period Thursday night to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

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.

Thinking global pays off
Imagine how many kids are picking up basketballs in China at this very minute. NBA commissioner David Stern did. Almost 20 years ago.

Super-secret judging system makes its debut
SPOKANE, Wash. -- There's no telling what the French judge did this time.

Sutton chosen to be U.S. Ryder Cup captain
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Hal Sutton gets emotional just thinking about seeing the American flag and hearing the national anthem during the Ryder Cup.

Sports Briefs
Flood cancels volleyball matchSprewell appeals suspension, $50,000 fineExpos to play some games in Puerto Rico in 2003

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

New Tour route likes Armstrong
PARIS (AP) -- Lance Armstrong's bid for a record-tying fifth Tour de France title just got easier.

Herron heats up Georgia
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Tim Herron shot a 9-under 63, his lowest score in three years, and held a two-stroke lead over seven players Thursday after the opening round of the Buick Challenge.

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.

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

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