Monday, October 28, 2002

State hands homicide case to federal prosecutors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a man accused in a downtown Anchorage shooting.

Ulmer gets loudest applause at candidates' forum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Fran Ulmer received the loudest applause Friday when she said, unlike Republican opponent Frank Murkowski, she doesn't pretend to have all the answers.

Road work begins as flood waters recede
NINILCHIK (AP) -- The big job of road repair has begun after flood waters surged this week over the banks of the Deep Creek and Ninilchik River.

Man charged in 1998 murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man has been arrested for the 1998 murder of a woman at an Anchorage mental health clinic.

Bethel herbalist turns to nature for ailments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Diaper rash is hardly a springboard for a new career. But a stubborn case turned out to be just that for Bethel resident Gloria Simeon, an herbalist who is marketing her wares at the Alaska Federation of Native convention in Anchorage this week.

Husband shoots wife, tries to kill himself
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man shot and killed his wife early Monday and then shot himself in a failed suicide attempt.

Solomon gets AFN's highest award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jonathan Solomon, the Fort Yukon orator and traditional chief, has received the Alaska Federation of Natives' highest award.

Road to Homer reopened after flood damage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Sterling Highway, which connects Homer with the rest of the Kenai Peninsula, was reopened Monday.

AFN resolutions focus on tribal sovereignty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Delegates to the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention voted Saturday to approve several resolutions to protect tribal sovereignty of Alaska Natives.

Dock strike boosts Alaska air traffic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The West Coast dock workers lockout has meant a short-term economic boom at airports in Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Flights resumed as Juneau fog lifts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Airlines resumed flights in Juneau Friday following days of delays caused by thick fog.

Huslia man dies when snowmachine goes into Koyukuk River
HUSLIA (AP) -- The body of a man from the village of Huslia has been recovered from the Koyukuk River.

Mat-Su raids net hundreds of pot plants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 280 marijuana plants have been seized in a series of recent raids in the Mat-Su area, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Ranger reported missing is safe in Cordova
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve ranger John Murphy showed up safe Sunday morning in Cordova, canceling a Sunday rescue that was planned when his plane didn't land in Yakutat on Saturday.

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

Candidates fight 'environmentalist' label
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Harry Crawford is an ironworker with a deep-fried Southern drawl and pro-union politics. It is difficult to imagine him in Birkenstock sandals or hugging a tree.

Sandhill cranes arrive in Texas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two sandhill cranes that left Fairbanks in late August and headed south have touched down in Texas.

Impaired urban Southeast stream shows signs of life
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the first time in the nine years he has lived near the headwaters of Duck Creek, Wilson Valentine has seen fish in the stream.

Wellstone's death revives memories for Stevens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone's death in a plane crash has revived memories for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Ward challenger drops out of senate race
KENAI (AP) -- The Democrat seeking to unseat state Sen. Jerry Ward has dropped out and thrown his support to the Republican Moderate in the race.

Cost of reprinting election books higher than estimated
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Division of Elections error that sent the wrong election pamphlets to 40 percent of the state's voters cost about $125,000, well above state officials' $95,000 estimate last week.

Teen charged after snowmobile accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police arrested an 18-year-old after he smashed into a car early Friday morning with a snowmobile taken from Northern Power Sports.

Workers hope to reopen Sterling Highway Sunday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Homer's only road connection to the world could reopen Sunday if flood waters recede enough so workers can repair the Sterling Highway, cut in three places this week by heavy flood waters.

Driver kills two moose in one accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the second time this month, a motorist hit and killed two moose in a single blow north of Fairbanks.

Fairbanks ice artists go into ice sculpture business
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As if six months of frozen fingers aren't enough, two local artists want to make ice sculpting a year-round art form.

Challenger questions Lincoln residency
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Georgianna Lincoln is claiming in advertisements that she no longer lives in the Bush.

Alaska Homeland Security office alerted to potential threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Office of Homeland Security on Thursday alerted officials of the Alaska Railroad and the state's banks of potential terrorist activity.

AFN makes no endorsement at annual convention
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives will not endorse a candidate for governor this year.

Man arrested for allegedly allowing sex abuse of minor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning in Palmer on suspicion of allowing another man to live in his home and sexually abuse a minor in his custody, Alaska State Troopers said.

Wasilla man charged with DWI
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Wasilla man with previous driving-while-intoxicated convictions was arrested last week south of Fairbanks.

Medical board suspends Eagle River doctor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has suspended the medical license of an Eagle River family practitioner.

Quake followed by more than 100 aftershocks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An earthquake this week near Cantwell has sent more than 100 aftershocks through the central Alaska Range.

Restitution accepted in Chena Fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two cabin owners who lost buildings in a fire this summer at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road have agreed to restitution amounts.

Alyeska Pipeline pledges to continue Native hires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has pledged to continue hiring Alaska Natives.

Angels come back from 5-0 deficit against Giants to force Game 7
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hard to believe a little ol' monkey could have done all this.

Bonds had brief Alaska stop
Mention the name of San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds and most baseball fans will tell you Bonds is a certain Hall of Famer.

Bonds leaves little wiggle room
He leaves without the hardware. But perhaps with newfound respect.

Anaheim captures World Series title after Game 7 win over San Francisco
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- This is definitely movie material -- and the stars are the never-say-die Anaheim Angels.

District 33 candidates promise different paths to House
Divergent political philosophies separate the two candidates running for House District 33, and they've given voters plenty to think about on Nov. 5.

Senate race drops to two
Democrat Pat Hawkins, candidate for Senate District Q on the Kenai Peninsula, announced Friday he is dropping out of the four-way race and tossing his support to Republican Moderate Tom Wagoner in an effort to unseat the Republican incumbent, Sen. Jerry Ward.

Paralysis won't keep driver off the track
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Ray Pap rota has been in a wheelchair for 17 years. On Friday night, however, the man paralyzed from the waist down will try to make NASCAR history.

This week's race: NAPA 500
Where and when

NASCAR needs bad boys
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The timing of Todd Bodine's indiscretion two weeks ago at Concord, N.C., couldn't have come at a better time for NASCAR.

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

In the spotlight: Ted Musgrave
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin 4,752,6482. Ward Burton 4,493,6193. Jeff Gordon 4,444,871

Busch takes second straight NASCAR win
HAMPTON, Ga. -- His Roush Racing crew was telling anyone who would listen Sunday morning that Kurt Busch would win the NAPA 500.

Points Standings
1. Tony Stewart 4,2632. Jimmie Johnson 4,1813. Mark Martin 4,140

More wet weather on the way
A fortuitous break in the lousy weather Thursday allowed residents and work crews to begin repairing the damage caused by a storm that ravaged the Kenai Peninsula from late Tuesday through Thursday.

Early run kings swim to forefront
If last week's whirlwind series of meetings is any indication, local anglers like to talk about Kenai River king salmon almost as much as they enjoy catching them.

Few argue with moratorium on guide permits
More than 50 people crowded into the Kenai River Center's main meeting room Thursday to tell the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board how to alleviate congestion on the peninsula's largest river.

Repairs ongoing after flooding
Damage repairs to bridges, roads and culverts are moving ahead full force following last week's storms, but several concerns still linger.

Smoking ordinance gets signed
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey has signed Ordinance 766, which prohibits smoking in Soldotna restaurants.

Collapsed bridge causes accidents
The downpour that greeted the Kenai Peninsula last week left varying degrees of mayhem and damage in its path, from injury to home and property damage. Saturday, peninsula residents found themselves still picking up the pieces and counting their blessings.

Hunters rescued after floods block path
Five moose hunters needed to be rescued from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday night after a rain-swollen creek flooded Mystery Creek Road blocking their return to safety.

Crews working to get highway open by tonight
Just when it looked like it was time to start building an ark, the foul weather that pounded the Kenai Peninsula beginning late Tuesday finally lightened up Thursday, giving peninsula residents and work crews a chance to dry off and repair the damage.

Although well meaning, bill requiring political programming bad idea
The so-called "free airtime bill," which supporters plan to reintroduce in the Senate early next year, is based on the noblest of intentions. The road to disaster, however, is paved with noble intentions.

Letters to the Editor
Nonpartisan voters will elect Alaska's first female governorMurkowski will provide more opportunities for all AlaskansState officials should put road maintenance in private handsTo protect river, fish stocks, let's act now, meet later

District 33: Improving government
Opinions of Hal Smalley: District 33 Democrat and Kelly Wolf: District 33 Republican

A rose by another moniker may smell as sweet, but all cactuses aren't prickly
Yes, it's true, somebody would name their darling newborn child Cactus Rose.

Candidates revert to attack tactics
WASHINGTON-- Candidates of both parties are evoking old stereotypes in the midterm election homestretch, with Republicans depicting Democrats as ever ready to raise taxes and Democrats portraying Republicans as poised to raid Social Security.

One answer gives voters chance to show support: 'yes'
Alaskans can be a cantankerous lot, but there are a few issues on which they almost unanimously agree, among them: veterans deserve the state's support; roads could use some more attention; and education should be priority No. 1.

Photo: Heritage
Danielle Kindall, 7, sings with the Nas Luudisk Gaaii Yat'x dance group during the first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage on Thursday.

Around the Peninsula
Women's center to hold meetingChamber to hold meetingChurch to hold carnivalFood bank to hold classesHealth Center to offer general clinicCommerce to have speakersHomer school to offer classes

Around the Peninsula
Women's center to hold meetingSchool district looking for committee membersRefuge to hold trapper classSenior center prepares for bazaarChurch to hold carnivalBorough to offer avalanche workshop

Peninsula People
Skyview grad wins scholarshipNikiski graduate earns top honorsSoldotna student recognized in college footballKenai grad competes in college tournamentNikiski grad earns place on college yearbookPeninsula students head to Dartmouth

Community Schools
he following is a list of Soldotna Community School classes and activities beginning this week. The list is printed to serve as a reminder to registered participants.

Births
Averie Edwards and Brandon WickTiffany E. and Jeremy R. Ley

4-H'ers earn honors at annual awards program
The following Kenai Peninsula 4-H participants won medals Oct. 13 at the annual 4-H Awards Program:

Dying man finds new family for his 4 children, begins saying goodbye
A reporter chronicled the lives of a dying single father and his four children for six months as he prepared them for how life would be when he is gone.

Thirlwell, Shobe plan November wedding
Leilani "Loni" Marie Thirlwell of Kasilof and Robert Darrol Shobe of Anchorage have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at Soldotna United Methodist Church.

Raising puppy as guide dog both challenging, rewarding
"I couldn't raise a guide dog; it would break my heart to give it up."

Community News
Church to host Sew SaturdayAMCC sells collection of Alaska recipes

Jack-o-lanterns displayed in Rhode Island zoo exhibit
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Never in his wildest dreams did Charlie Brown's pal, Linus, imagine a pumpkin patch quite like this one.

Clark, McDonald marry in Soldotna
Cathy Clark and Don McDonald, both of Soldotna, were married Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, in a late-afternoon ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Soldotna. Roy Mullin officiated.

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

Class system returns to wrestling
With high school wrestling returning to class competition this season, the Kenai Peninsula 4A high schools are looking forward to matching their skills against teams from Anchorage, the Matanuska and Susitna valleys and Fairbanks -- competition they have missed out on over the past two split seasons.

Sports Briefs
High winds force more postponementsLSU safety suspended after skipping practiceMichigan cruises past Alaska Fairbanks

Smith hoping to break Payton's record at home
IRVING, Texas -- Emmitt Smith usually plays his best when there's a lot at stake. So maybe it's fitting he needs his best day of the season Sunday to break the NFL career rushing record at home.

SkyHi sweeps weekend trip
The Skyview High School volleyball made a successful trip to the Valley this weekend, defeating Region III/4A opponents Colony and Palmer Friday and Saturday.

Minnesota and Avalanche skate to even finish
DENVER -- Colorado's Eric Messier had the first two-goal game of his career Sunday night, helping the Avalanche to a 3-3 tie with the Minnesota Wild.

Petersburg declared King of the Mountain in Seward
Flooding didn't deter most of the state's top 1-2-3A wrestling teams from attending the King of the Mountain tournament in Seward Friday and Saturday.

Notre Dame passes Florida State test
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Carlyle Holiday stepped out of the tunnel, back onto the field and was immediately surrounded by reporters. The band was playing, fans were cheering and Holiday was smiling.

Kwan wins seventh Skate America title
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Alexei Yagudin dropped out of Skate America on Saturday night with a hip injury, and the Olympic gold medalist said he doesn't know when he'll compete again.

Huston fires 61
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- John Huston made six straight birdies and flirted with golf's magic number Saturday before finishing with an 11-under 61, giving him a share of the lead with Tim Herron in the Buick Challenge.

Volponi pulls Breeders' Cup shocker
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Volponi means sly old fox in Italian. In the Breeders' Cup Classic, it meant upset.

Smith sets new all-time rushing record
IRVING, Texas -- Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton's career rushing record with an 11-yard fourth-quarter run Sunday, accomplishing a goal the Dallas Cowboys running back set for himself when he was a rookie in 1990.

Devils zap Lightning from ranks of unbeaten
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- John Madden scored twice and set up another and the goal-starved New Jersey Devils knocked the surprising Tampa Bay Lightning from the unbeaten ranks with a 5-1 victory on Saturday night.

Sports Briefs
Stars splits weekend playNikiski at ACS

NBA '02-03: Lakers go for fourth title in a row
The Los Angeles Lakers' quest for a four-peat has begun, and so has the taunting and fighting with the Kings.

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