Wednesday, October 30, 2002

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

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.

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

Kenai Peninsula gets more rain; repairs continue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More rain on the Kenai Peninsula Tuesday caused minor washouts in Homer and Cooper Landing, but did not stop dozens of projects to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by last week's rain and flooding.

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.

Murder for hire case goes to Oregon judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A case involving two people accused of hiring a hit man to kill a federal judge and a local prosecutor has been reassigned to a federal judge in Oregon.

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.

Sales of first Velma Wallis book pass one million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sales of ''Two Old Women,'' the first book written by Fairbanks writer Velma Wallis, have topped one million.

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

Kasilof man charged with illegal trapping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kasilof man is charged with illegally trapping along the western edge of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, killing three bald eagles among other animals, according to a federal grand jury indictment.

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.

Two killed in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people were killed in a head-on collision on the Seward Highway Tuesday evening.last night on the Seward Highway.

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

Fog stalls air traffic in Juneau again
JUNEAU (AP) -- Thick fog continued to ground Juneau flights Tuesday and weather forecasters said no clearing was expected until Wednesday.

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.

Vintage plane crash-lands in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- No one was injured when a World War II vintage plane crash-landed at Fairbanks International Airport Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Pneumonia delays Anchorage murder trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A prosecutor's bout with pneumonia has put an Anchorage murder trial on hold.

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.

State parks director joins national conservation group
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State parks director Jim Stratton is joining the National Parks Conservation Association as director of the organization's Alaska regional office.

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.

Stebbins man sentenced in shooting of village mayor
NOME (AP) -- A Stebbins man was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the shooting of the village mayor last year.

Nikiski park could cost more than expected
KENAI (AP) -- Construction of an industrial park in Nikiski could cost far more than expected.

Strong winds cause damage in South Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- South Anchorage was battered by winds gusting to 80 mph Tuesday.

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

Angels on high
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With Jackie Autry riding alongside Minnie Mouse, tens of thousands of Angels fans cheered the team's first World Series championship on at a Disneyland parade and later at a huge rally at Edison Field.

Tribe tabs Wedge; Yost chosen Brewmaster; Macha to Oakland
Eric Wedge became the youngest manager in the major leagues Tuesday at age 34, while Ned Yost took over in Milwaukee and Ken Macha officially got the job in Oakland.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Solving budget problems marks difference in Senate candidates
With the withdrawal of Pat Hawkins, the Democratic Party hopeful, the race for Senate District Q has become, for all intents and purposes, a two-candidate contest.

Speakers tout state control
According to Scott Heyworth, Alaska -- not big oil companies -- needs to step forward to ensure North Slope natural gas makes it to the world marketplace.

Stevens stumps for Murkowski at chamber lunch
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens blamed "extreme environmentalists" for a lack of growth in Alaska's economy, called Iraqi president Saddam Hussein "a monster" and urged Alaskans to vote for fellow Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski in next week's gubernatorial election.

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.

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

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:

Emergency road kits
The basics:

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

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Some warning signs of SAD include:

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

River swelling around Cooper Landing area
The state highway department began working to repair flood damage on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing on Tuesday, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough started soliciting damage reports from property owners throughout the borough.

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.

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

Trick-or-treatng tips
Several things to keep in mind while your children are trick-or-treating.

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.

Area police offer Halloween safety guidelines
Boo! Thursday evening young little creepies will be crawling, and little gremlins will be howling with one thing on their minds: treats.

Unocal closing 2 rigs in inlet
Two Cook Inlet oil platforms will go off line within the next six months as one of the oil and gas companies operating on the Kenai Peninsula reduces its scale.

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.

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

District Q: Looking at the record
This has been one of the nastiest campaigns I have ever seen on the Kenai Peninsula. Mudslinging galore. And most of it aimed at me.

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

Sniper killings provide proof that morality is old-fashioned concept
The dreadful sniper killings in the Washington, D.C., area are but the latest tragic reminder that all too few people appreciate the value of human life.

Applause
Kudos to road workers

Letters to the Editor
With no facts, anti-Ward group resorts to arguing loudly Anyone who has problem with Ward should talk to him Minor party candidates dont get opportunities to be heard

Around the Peninsula
Blood Bank in need of blood Refuge to hold trapper class Chamber pushes Christmas spirit Hospice celebrates November Community council plans meeting

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

KPC encourages community to exercise right to vote Tuesday
Alaskans again have the privilege to go to the polls Tuesday and express their views by voting for the candidates of their choice. There also are several important ballot propositions that deserve careful consideration by peninsula residents.

School news around the district
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Nikiski Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle Soldotna Middle Connections Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Kalifonsky Christian Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Costumes, carnivals mark Halloween, harvest
Around these parts, All Hallows' Eve isn't just a single night of frightful fun -- the revelry lasts all through the month of October.

Experts: Halloween has roots in pagan, Catholic traditions
In searching for answers about the origins of Halloween, The Associated Press turned to Edmund Kern, an associate professor of history at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and Chris Riddle, creative director and Halloween expert at American Greetings in Cleveland

Menu
School lunch menus for next week

Parents file suit against drug testing
CONWAY, Ark. - Four parents filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of their children to stop random drug testing of students involved in extracurricular activities.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the A and b honor rolls for the first quarter at Wings Christian Academy:

Halloween happenings
Today and tomorrow

Around the District
Public schools closed Public schools closed Thursday, Friday School board meets Monday in Seward

Menus
Lunch menus for senior centers around the Peninsula

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

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

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B finishes road trip

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.

Depleted Lakers drop opener to Spurs
LOS ANGELES -- Without Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Fox, the three-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers simply didn't have enough firepower against the San Antonio Spurs

Seahawks bring in George as backup
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks, needing help at quarterback after Trent Dilfer's season-ending torn Achilles' tendon, signed veteran Jeff George on Tuesday.

Woods: Augusta spat shouldn't harm golf
ATLANTA (AP) -- Tiger Woods expects Augusta National to have a female member by the next Masters because ''it's the right thing to do,'' and he believes golf won't be hurt by the controversy.

Devils continue to have trouble trying to calm Hurricanes
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jeff O'Neill had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes again got the best of New Jersey, defeating the Devils 2-1 Tuesday night.

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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