Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Moderate earthquake shakes Adak
ADAK (AP) -- An earthquake was felt strongly Monday on Adak in the Aleutian Islands, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

FBI issues new terrorism warning; no specific target or method
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the second time this month, the FBI warned Americans on Monday that terrorists could strike here or abroad, possibly this week. The new alert was based on intelligence reports that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network may strike, officials said.

Oct. 19, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News blasts environmentalists' 'Top 10' tactics
There they go again. Like David Letterman with his nightly ''Top 10'' list, a national environmental group has produced yet another ''Ten Most Endangered . . .'' list.

IRS urges people to act quickly to claim returned rebate checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 1,100 Alaskans who did not receive their tax rebate checks are being urged to contact the Internal Revenue Service to claim their checks.

Truck accident causes fuel spill near Kenai River
COOPER LANDING (AP) -- A double tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of fuel overturned Monday on the Sterling Highway, causing a spill that may have fouled the Kenai River.

Commercial fishing group says changes needed to better defend industry
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's largest commercial fishing group wants sweeping changes made to help it stave off the effects of plummeting salmon prices.

Oct. 23, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News muses on the upcoming gubernatorial race
There's a temptation to say let's skip the primaries in the Alaska governor's race in 2002 and go right to the general election. That's because in the last few days the odds-on favorites in both the Democratic and Republican races have announced they'll run.

Man dies in early morning Glenn Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man traveling south on the Glenn Highway near the Eklutna Bridge died after his pickup truck went over a guardrail and down an embankment early Tuesday.

One dead, one rescued after shrimp boat capsizes
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A man died and his wife was hospitalized with hypothermia after their 42-foot shrimp boat capsized, Coast Guard officers said.

Big Lake man dies in fall at Alyeska Prince Hotel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Big Lake man died after falling off a railing at the Westin Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood, Alaska State Troopers said.

Forest Oil gets encouraging results from third inlet well
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forest Oil Corp. says results from a third well at its Osprey platform are encouraging and the company is confident the field will produce more than the 50 million barrels of oil predicted earlier.

Two men arrested after shots fired outside Anchorage bar
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men have been arrested after shots were fired outside a downtown Anchorage bar, police said.

One dead, one rescued after shrimp boat sinks
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man died and his wife was hospitalized with hypothermia after their 42-foot shrimp boat sank in high seas, Coast Guard officers said.

Fort Yukon man sentenced in cousin's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for his cousin's shooting death last year.

Mechanical failure possible cause of water spill in hotel basement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Authorities in Fairbanks said mechanical failure or failure to shut off a water line caused an estimated 182,000 gallons of water flood the basement of the Northern Lights Hotel in Fairbanks.

Shishmaref shores up against storms
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shishmaref is bracing for the next big Arctic Ocean storm. Villagers have been piling sandbags and building wire-mesh gabions to protect the tiny coastal community from the harsh elements.

Oct. 18, 2001 The Nome Nugget casts a skeptical eye on bio-terror hysteria
The fear of mystery powder and germ warfare and retaliation has taken some crazy turns. It's almost funny when someone says they won't open their e-mail because they don't want to get anthrax. Anthrax is not a computer virus. It is a bacterium.

Compromise amendment won't make provision for urban subsistence users
JUNEAU (AP) -- A committee drafting a constitutional amendment to end a decade-long subsistence stalemate has backed away from a compromise to allow some urban residents into the mix.

Problem culverts impeding spawning salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Video of salmon leaping into water spilling over a Ship Creek dam made for a rustic backdrop during an Anchorage TV weather forecast this summer, but the cute scene failed to charm Mike Roy.

Scientists track seal migration into Chukchi Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists working from Little Diomede Island in the Bering Strait have used satellites to track a ringed seal during its spring migration, logging a trip of more than 400 miles with dives as deep as 150 feet.

Oct. 22, 2001 The Voice of the Times applauds court ruling on gun rights
It must have been a black day, indeed, for gun confiscationists when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last Oct. 16 explicitly ruled the Second Amendment addresses an individual -- not a collective -- right.

Railroad repairs tank car suspensions to cut risk of fuel spills
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most of the railroad fuel tank cars in Alaska were overhauled during the summer to reduce the risk of derailments and spills, Alaska Railroad officials said.

Trucking companies to exercise tighter scrutiny
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state has asked businesses with company trucks that pass through Alaska communities to be on higher road alert in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

Johnson serves no-run special at Bank One
PHOENIX -- Everyone knew the Arizona Diamondbacks had a powerful pitching tandem.

Williams' three-run homer hushes home-field haters
PHOENIX -- Matt Williams made the home crowd boos of two weeks ago seem like ancient history, and Danny Bautista proved his manager right again.

Diamondbacks want to keep Yanks rattled
NEW YORK -- Mark Grace waited his whole baseball life for this moment. So when he finished batting practice Monday night, he headed straight for Monument Park.

Burton takes Checker
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Burton found the elusive sweet spot Sunday.

Memorial service held at ground zero
NEW YORK -- With the smoldering gray rubble of the World Trade Center a sorrowful backdrop, the families of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack gathered Sunday for a memorial service filled with prayer and song.

Eye exams available for low-income, uninsured families
Things are literally looking brighter for low-income, uninsured working Alaskans. Starting in March they will be eligible to receive free eye exams through the Vision USA program.

Porter, Moock sworn in to council
Four of the six seats on the Soldotna City Council are now occupied by women. Audrey Porter and Sharon Moock, both of whom ran unopposed in October's municipal election, were sworn in by City Clerk Pat Burdick at Wednesday's meeting.

Highway, river issues top Cooper Landing meeting agenda
The Sterling Highway snakes along the banks of Kenai Lake and the upper Kenai River in the Cooper Landing area. Whether that proximity is good for either motorists or the river has been a topic of concern for years.

Rolled semi closes highway
A fuel truck rolled over at Mile 52 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing Monday afternoon, spilling fuel near the Kenai River and halting traffic.

Struggling fishers search for solutions
Alaska's fishing businesses are in a world of hurt these days, reeling from the effects of everything from fish farms to climate change, but how to resolve the myriad problems facing fishers is a million-dollar question.

Ski hill not quite ready for action in Soldotna
There may be more snow on the ground right now than all of last winter, but the Soldotna ski hill at Karen Street Park still isn't open yet.

Torgerson sees busy Senate year
A natural gas pipeline, the budget gap and subsistence will be the hot topics when the Alaska Legislature returns to business in Juneau, Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, said last Tuesday in what may be his final appearance as one of Homer's legislators.

Tourism task force revived
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration on Monday revived a dormant interagency task force on tourism and announced it would waive entrance fees at federal recreation lands on the Veterans Day weekend as a way to bolster the hard-hit travel industry.

Kenai student focuses on Afghan children
While adults focus on the horrific events of Sept. 11, the immeasurable devastation that occurred and the unknown impact that day and those since will have on the world, Lauren Schams, 7, of Kenai has her eyes fixed on something more her size: children.

Chile trip may shed light on seafood marketing
'If we're going to be comparing ourselves to these players and considering them our competition, we need to understand who they are and what they're doing.'

4-H volunteer leaders make big difference in young people's livesCooperative Extension Service Event offers more evidence of what great place Soldotna is to live, work

Giuliani right to return Saudi prince's check
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., has written a letter to Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal apologizing for New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's refusal to accept the prince's $10 million check for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. We think she should have let the matter lie and put the letter in a drawer.

Failure of U.S. agencies to predict terrorist attacks worthy of investigation
Congress is dithering over whether and how to investigate the failure of U.S. intelligence to predict and prevent the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Letters to the Editor
'Tax-and-spend' politicians better watch out in primary of 2002Letter did not accurately portray what everyone thinks of hospitalBike path, community center, refrigerated ice top Nikiski list

No play book to fight bioterrorism
NEW YORK -- If the doctors who examined Joseph Curseen had known where he worked, they might have recognized the Maryland postal worker had anthrax instead of the flu.

Second Amendment addresses individual, not collective, freedom
It must have been a black day, indeed, for gun confiscationists when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last Oct. 16 explicitly ruled the Second Amendment addresses an individual -- not a collective -- right.

Strength, generosity go together
The American psyche, if not American resolve, has been deeply shaken by the events of Sept. 11 and the subsequent anthrax scare. President Bush has warned that victory over the Taliban will not come quickly and the war against terrorism may never end. America could use some confidence-building measures right now.

Media shares blame for Sept. 11
Why were we caught with our preparedness pants down on Sept. 11?

Soldotna Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Club News
Ping pong tournament winners announced

Peninsula People
Nikiski grad pursues master's degreeResident's daughter named Student of the MonthSterling senior enlists in Army

Brandi and Kevin RademacherSarah and Mike Hanson

Community News
CPGH awarded program certificationWinter gear swap to be heldReunion scheduledHomer Community Schools announcements

Tough Homer dog makes way home, after losing paw during 12-day ordeal
HOMER -- Cheyenne, a 6-year-old husky mix dog, finally made it home last week, minus a paw that the Seymour family said it believes she left in a leg-hold trap set somewhere near Beluga Lake.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I know I have to slow down in school zones when the lights are flashing, but since the lights are automated, they still flash on holidays when there is no school. Do I still have to slow down then?

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC committee meeting scheduledSoldotna chamber to meet todayViolence awareness quilt on displayLogo design contest announced

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club offers classesSatellite meeting tackles health care disparitiesStakeholder meeting slatedBrunch will honor pastorsChristian book fair plannedHistorical society meeting SundaySorority group to hold high tea

Couple marry in funeral home; guests dress appropriately
NANAIMO, British Columbia (AP) -- Bride and groom exchanged vows in the chapel of a funeral home full of pointy-toothed vampires, horned devils, a few angels and an open coffin draped with heavy cobwebs.

Advocate for senior citizens' rights to carry Olympic torch
DENVER -- Nintey-one-year-old Helen Ginsburg was shocked to discover she'd be among those carrying the Olympic Torch through Colorado before the Salt Lake City Games.

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

Senior Briefs
Activities that are available for our area seniors

Nebraska moves up to No. 1 in BCS
Even with a loss, Oklahoma is still the choice over Miami in the Bowl Championship Series computer -- but just barely.

Saints give Rams first one on chin
ST. LOUIS -- One of Kurt Warner's worst games doomed the NFL's last unbeaten team.

Frenchman finishes first in World Cup
SOELDEN, Austria -- Frederic Covili of France used a big second run in the World Cup giant slalom Sunday and capitalized on the absence of Hermann Maier to win his first title at the season-opening race.

Rangers cloud over Stars
NEW YORK (AP) -- Theo Fleury and Mark Messier earned milestones with second-period assists as the New York Rangers scored three goals within five minutes to beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Monday night.

Selig says two teams may go
PHOENIX -- Two major league teams could be eliminated by the start of next season, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Sunday before Game 2 of the World Series.

Sports Briefs
Homer swimmers sweep SkyviewWorld Series Game 2 gets best ratings since '99Super-G champion Cavagnoud seriously injured

Penguin owner to sit out for month
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux, bothered since training camp by a sore hip, sat out Sunday night because of the injury.

Head horse named
NEW YORK -- Tiznow has made a late run at becoming Horse of the Year, while four Europeans have laid claim to North American championships.

Monday game to be running duel
PITTSBURGH -- A familiar sight will be missing when the Pittsburgh Steelers play their first Monday night home game in two years. The only question is whether the Steelers or the Tennessee Titans will miss it more.

'Huskers keep winning without fancy tricks
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The last time Nebraska started a season 9-0, the Cornhuskers needed a miracle catch to get there.

Jordan lifts off tonight
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan returns to the NBA at the arena where he's had some of his greatest moments.

Sorenstam takes all in LPGA tournament
NARITA, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam won a showdown with Se Ri Pak, overcoming a four-hole deficit for a 1-up victory in the World Ladies Match Play Championship.

Martin finds swimming's totally tubular
Soldotna senior Caitlin Martin has always thought swimming is totally tubular. It's just that when she started the sport, she had a different type of tubular in mind.

Steelers, Bettis snap seven-game skid against Titans
PITTSBURGH -- A whole lot of Jerome Bettis and Plaxico Burress and a new-found bag of tricks kept the surprising Pittsburgh Steelers in first place -- and put the Tennessee Titans in big, big trouble.

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