Tuesday, October 29, 2002

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.

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.

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

Alyeska Pipeline to move to BP Building
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s corporate staff in Anchorage will be moving from its current Bragaw Street location into the BP Building next year.

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.

Murkowski touts McCovey field to close fiscal gap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As part of his plan to close the state's fiscal gap, Republican candidate for governor Frank Murkowski is touting what he says is a new North Slope oil field that could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the state treasury within the next few years.

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.

Rahoi launches write-in campaign against Whitaker
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State representative Jim Whitaker will have some competition in next week's election.

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.

Soldotna mayor decides to back smoking ban
KENAI (AP) -- Soldotna's mayor is siding with the majority in a restaurant smoking ban.

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.

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.

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.

Murkowski campaign dismisses column as speculation
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski dismissed a report that Teamster official Jerry Hood would be a possible replacement to fill his U.S. Senate term if he's elected governor.

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.

Dockworker lockout cost Anchorage port $60,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The West Coast dockworker lockout cost the Port of Anchorage about $60,000 in revenue earlier this month.

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.

Juneau man kills problem neighborhood bear
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man killed a troublesome black bear after it attacked his dog over the weekend.

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

Ulmer protests ads attacking legislative record
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican political advertisements blasting Fran Ulmer for actions as a legislator distort her record and attempt to mislead voters, Ulmer said Monday.

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.

Wasilla woman sentenced in son's arson death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Suzette Welton was sentenced to 99 years in prison Monday for a Wasilla house fire that killed her 14-year son, Samuel.

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.

Anchorage Chili's Grill sets national sales records
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Chili's Grill & Bar is a hit.

Light earthquake felt in Anchorage
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A light earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4, was felt in Anchorage Monday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

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.

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

Indians, Mets, Devil Rays, Athletics hire new managers
In the latest round of managerial shuffling, four teams settled on new skippers Monday.

K-Beach 6th graders learn by teaching others from their own perspective
At K-Beach elementary school, one of their "kick-off" units for 6th grade deals directly with the Kenai River watershed and the life cycle of the salmon, according to Terry Carter, a teacher at K-B

Long awaited Soldotna Elks Little League Skate Board Park opens
A quality skateboard park has been on the wish list of young people in the Soldotna area for over a decade. Attempts have been made by individuals over the years to build and place wooden ramp

Peterson picked as Superintendent of the Year
Through the best and the worst of times, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) Superintendent of Schools Donna Peterson has become known for her energy of excellence as

Fall Canning
Perhaps your fall is a time for relaxation and a time when you take a break from our busy Alaskan summers to rest up before it actually hits. But for many Alaskans the fall is the busiest time of the year as many people are cutting their winter firewood, getting vegetables put away, getting all their summer gear tucked away for winter. Those that raise animals and chickens are scurrying around to provide comfortable shelter for their creatures.

UAA Officials tell of local benefits from Prop C
UAA officials are optimistic that when voters go to the polls November 5th they will be supporting Prop C, a proposition for the issuance of

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.

Ulmer blasts political ads attacking her record
ANCHORAGE -- Republican political advertisements blasting Fran Ulmer for actions as a legislator distort her record and attempt to mislead voters, Ulmer said Monday.

House District 34 race hinges on fiscal plans
The race for House District 34 pits a one-term lawmaker determined to return to Juneau for another two years as a member of the majority Republican Party, and his Republican Moderate challenger, a man fresh from recent initiative battles he's both won and lost who says he's ready to sponsor radical changes in the way the state spends money.

El Nino year could mean some deviance from average climate -- but not much
Alaska is heading for a winter that will be a little warmer than last year with close to normal precipitation totals, according to the National Weather Service.

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Some warning signs of SAD include:

Safety tip No. 1: Slow down
With winter comes almost double the car accidents, according to the state Department of Transport-ation's accident statistics.

Emergency road kits
The basics:

Pets need water, warmth in winter
When the temperature drops, humans can turn up the thermostat, drink some hot chocolate or put on an extra sweater to stay warm. Domesticated pets don't have those options, so they rely on their owners to protect them during the winter months.

Winter home safety
Fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are the two greatest winter dangers in the home. To prevent these threats, Central Emergency Services Fire Marshal Gary Hale recommends the following:

Safety comes first in winterizing homes
Carbon monoxide detectors top the list of items to be checked or installed to get homes ready for winter, according to the Kenai Fire Department.

If you can't stand the cold, get into the kitchen
A good way to pass the time during the long dark nights of an Alaska winter is to prepare and share good food and conversation. Not only will this take one's mind off of the endl

Reviving Winter Gear
Proper maintenance of winter gear can help keep seasonal bills low. The following tips can help keep apparel and gear in good condition for years to come:

Fight off winter blues with activity
Alas. Winter is here.

Regular service keeps cars running in winter
It takes more than changing to studded tires to make a vehicle winter ready, and now is the time to do the work that will keep a vehicle starting regularly and running smoothly all winter long.

Be prepared Emergency car kits can save lives
Many people realize they should have prepared for an auto emergency after it is too late.

Heavens above
The aurora borealis moves like a snake above the trees near Kenai several winters ago.

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.

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

This week's race: NAPA 500
Where and when

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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.

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

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

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.

More roads open
The Sterling Highway was reopened to all traffic Monday allowing motorists to travel the entire distance to and from Homer.

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.

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

Photo feature: Riding to new heights
Dewey Hancock rides a 180 on the quarterpipe at the new Elks-Little League Skate Park in Soldotna. The facility is located at the end of Karen Street and is used by bikers and skateboarders.

High costs estimated for Nikiski park, dock
Building an industrial park in Nikiski could cost dramatically more than earlier estimates predicted, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly was told Tuesday.

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.

Garner Ray 'Skeeter' McGinty
Former Homer resident Garner Ray "Skeeter" McGinty died Oct. 22, 2002, at his daughter's Anchorage home of lung cancer. He was 77.

District 34: Priorities for Alaska
My name is James Price, and I am running to represent you in House District 34. I'll represent the citizens of my district, not special interests or any party caucus that promotes legislation favoring their goals above the needs of average Alaskans.

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.

If seafood plant is such a great idea, where is private financing for it?
Well, here we go again. This time, the state has pumped $55 million into a star-crossed venture aimed at turning seafood into dollars and employing somewhere near 450 employees.

Letters to the Editor
Smalley is the kind of legislator Alaskans need working for them

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

Vote Ballot Measure 3 Yes
Ballot Measure 3: Initiative on Gas Pipeline Development Authority

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Ballot issue on chamber luncheon menu Book club meeting planned Chamber to hold luncheon Salmon task force meeting changes time Sew Saturday scheduled Church to hold rally Roundtable meeting slated Nov. 7 College to present vocal recital SPCA to hold spaghetti feed

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Veteran tries to motivate students to vote
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The young faces stared intently at the wrinkled visage at the front of the room.

Lunch menus for senior centers around the Peninsula

Senior Briefs
Halloween candy needed Fall bazaar planned Christmas bazaar slated Forget-Me-Not Center Kenai Nikisi Soldotna Sterling Homer Seward

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.

Hockey 101: Teacher Lemieux gets best of student Jagr
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux missed nearly 10 minutes to be treated for a bloody face, then returned to score the decisive goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

Sports Briefs
Stars splits weekend playNikiski at ACS

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.

Nikiski senior puts athletic skills to use in football, hockey, soccer
What Nikiski senior Josh Winters did with an old Toyota Tercel tells a lot about what he's been able to do on the athletic field and in the classroom for the Bulldogs.

Led by McNabb's 111 yards, Philadelphia piles up 299 yards on ground
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb dropped back to pass, quickly noticed his receivers were covered, took off and ran 38 yards.

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