Wednesday, October 31, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Geocaching combines orienteering, hiking and gadgetry
-- Somewhere near the Campbell Tract parking lot in wooded South Anchorage, a hidden treasure chest awaited.

State upholds order banning eagle baiting
HAINES (AP) -- A state agency has upheld an order banning a local tour operator from baiting eagles inside the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Anthrax scare might crimp popular North Pole holiday letter effort
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Anthrax fears may claim an unexpected casualty this year -- mail from Santa Claus.

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.

Worker injured when crew punctures natural gas pipeline in Eagle River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Natural gas leaking from a punctured gas main in Eagle River erupted into flames, slightly injuring a worker, Anchorage authorities said.

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.

Man dies after truck catches fire in Ketchikan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man died after the truck camper he was sleeping in caught fire in Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

State says Talkeetna sewer system a threat to groundwater and river
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental officials say the sewer system in Talkeetna is so overloaded and in such disrepair that it threatens groundwater and possibly the salmon-rich Talkeetna River.

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.

Alaska democrats say Murkowski violated ethics rules with press release
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Democratic Party says Sen. Frank Murkowski violated Senate ethics rules by listing his Senate press aides and their office number as contacts in a recent press release announcing his candicacy for governor.

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.

UAF language center gets $1 million grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Native language education program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $1 million, five-year federal grant.

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.

Anchorage airport begins inspecting vehicles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Uniformed airport safety guards began inspecting all vehicles at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Tuesday.

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.

Fishing industry looks to Chile for seafood marketing insight
KENAI (AP) -- A group that includes Alaska lawmakers, fishermen, and municipal leaders will be traveling to Chile to learn more about that country's success in the international seafood market.

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.

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.

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.

Sealaska announces dates for Celebration 2002
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska Heritage Institute will host its 2002 Native Alaskan cultural festival on June 6-8, the organization announced.

Terrorist threats prompt unprecedented highway checkpoint
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state civil defense workers to set up a temporary checkpoint along the Dalton Highway to scrutinize traffic near the 800-mile trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline.

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.

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.

Yankees pitchers shut down Arizona to crawl back into World Series
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera showed the Arizona Diamondbacks they know a little bit about pitching in the World Series, too.

Quilt commemorates National Domestic Violence Awareness month
According to Heather Arnett, executive director of the Women's Resource and Crisis Center in Kenai, a variety of things were done locally to participate in National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Local Salvation Army Commander returns from Ground Zero in NYC
Craig Fanning, local Commander of the Salvation Army, recently returned from a two-week tour of duty at Ground Zero in New York City and shared the experience with Kenai Rotarians.

Midnight Madness Skate-a-thon yields over $5K
Last month the members and students of the Denali Ice Club took to the ice at the Soldotna Sports Center from midnight to 2:00AM to raise funds to cover expenses for the coming year. They called it the Midnight Madness Skate-a-thon, and when the la

Transportation Chairman, Alaska Airlines official visits Kenai Chamber
Chamber members and visitors turned out in great number at the Old Town Restaurant in Kenai to hear last weeks update from Alaska Transportation Committee Chairman State Senator John Cowdery and Alaska Airlines account executive, Scott Habberstad.

The sun had not yet come up as I slide the small fiberglass boat into the lake and quietly paddled the boat towards the creek that emptied out of the small lake. The air was cold and crisp as I moved along through the weed bed in the early morning darkness.

Photo feature: On display
Artwork provided by clients of the Women's Resource and Crisis Center are featured on a quilt on display through today in the commons at Kenai Peninsula College. This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Now Showing: K-PAX
Every year, it seems like the holiday season starts earlier. K-Mart is trying to sell you plastic trees and light-up Santas before you've even picked out your Halloween costume. This year, Hollywood has joined ranks with the retailers and has already started deploying its troops of serious, "Oscar-worthy" weepers. First in line is the Jeff Bridges/Kevin Spacey "am I, or aren't I an alien" flick, K-PAX.

Goblins expected to fill streets tonight
As the ghosts and goblins venture out in search of treats tonight, there are a few precautions parents and kids can take to ensure tonight's witching hours are safe and fun for everyone involved.

Business leaders get update on Parks
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and the ongoing international strife, the Alaska Division of Parks on the Kenai Peninsula is poised to receive an influx of visitors next summer.

Officials fear more attacks
WASHINGTON -- U.S. authorities suspect Osama bin Laden's inner circle may have issued new orders for attacks against Americans and are concerned the terrorists might strike even if they get cut off from their central command in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

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.

Crews recover 4,200 gallons of fuel recovered from spill
Salvage crews recovered approximately 4,200 gallons of fuel in initial cleanup efforts after a tanker truck carrying 8,800 gallons of fuel overturned Monday afternoon in Cooper Landing. Damage from the spill appeared minimal.

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.

Borough picks spooky date for blood drive
He isn't aiming for the jugular, but Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley is definitely out for blood.

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.

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.

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.'

Forget-Me-Not Care Center appreciates Day of Caring workSoldotna gardeners' work now gone, but certainly not forgotten

Letters to the Editor
Few wild runs of salmon left in Alaska because of hatcheriesWild fish valuable for heart reasons

Terrorists can't take our sense of humor
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.

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.

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

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

Soviet documents offer insights into fighting in Afghanistan Reason to be wary of war
WASHINGTON -- America, take heed. Six years into its decade-long war in Afghanistan, with thousands of soldiers in their graves, the Soviet Union was still confounded by the traditions and terrain of the hardscrabble nation, according to recently translated documents in which President Mikhail Gorbachev admits:

Photo feature: Icy glow
Frost shimmers on tree branches near the Kenai River in Soldotna Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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.

Pet of the Week Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a 4-month-old female Siamese kitten for $62 with vaccines and spay surgery included. For more information, visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969.

Around the Peninsula
State economics are topic at chamberSoroptimist group to meetFamily storytelling time slatedWinter trail kick-off coming upFamily game night plannedLutefisk dinner to be heldWomen's bowling tournament slated'Big Brothers' sought

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

Super Notes
The first quarter of the school year ended Friday. Donna Peterson, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, compiled the following list of major events and projects from the past several months:

District School News
News from schools around the district

Spirit of adventure: Taking risks makes things happen
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained, the adage goes, but times are different and more dangerous now. So why would we encourage our children to take risks?" (Quaglia, Fox and Hyatt 1998)

Around the District
Parent-teacher conferences, in-services this weekStudents tackle mental featsSchool board meets MondayChristian book fair plannedReapportionment meeting changedAnchorage college, career fair plannedKMS announces Students of the MonthNikiski names Students of the MonthUpgrades transform peninsula schoolsCollege expands programFund for Afghan youngsters launchedSchools collect box topsAd opponents offer school contestDeadline nears for ACT test

New KPC semester offers new opportunities
It is never too early to plan for next semester at your community campus. Kenai Peninsula College is putting the spring class schedule together.

Aim is high as kids climb into new program
Kenai Peninsula students are climbing the walls -- and loving it.

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

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 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.

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

Skyview seniors use synergy to create success on court
Pick your slogan -- maybe the whole being more than the sum of the parts, or perhaps Together Everyone Achieves More.

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.

Red Wings storm past Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mathieu Dandenault, Pavel Datsyuk and Brendan Shanahan scored in the opening 8 1/2 minutes as the Detroit Red Wings remained undefeated on the road with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Kenai, Seward swimmers spend weekend in Kodiak
A squad of swimmers from Kenai and Seward competed as a unified team Friday and Saturday in Kodiak.

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.

It's old Jordan, not same ol' Jordan, in return
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan wasn't exactly the No. 23 of old. Jordan missed his biggest shot of the night and committed two crucial late turnovers in the Washington Wizards' 93-91 loss to the New York Knicks, Jordan's first regular-season game after a 3 1/2-year retirement.

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.

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

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