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Nikiski groundwater study underway Surveyors still seeking private landowner wellheads for hydrological testing By RASHAH McCHESNEY Peninsula Clarion

In addition to Alaska LNG project managers, and planners from Trans-Foreland Pipeline Company, Nikiski landowners will soon have another group Fallknocking back on of surveyors their doors as contractors Turn your clocks from backbegin one hourtesting DOWL HKM to standard area wells. time at 2 a.m. The study, which will cover Sunday. an area between the McGaAP han Industrial Park, the AIMM Monofill site, the Cook Inlet and the eastern Fallproperty back line of Nikiski High School, Turn your clocks was contracted byback theone borough in hour response to community to standard contime at 2 a.m. sites cerns about contaminated Sunday.

If you go: Nikiski Environmental Study project organizers will attend the Monday Community Council meeting at 7 p.m. in the Nikiski Senior Center on Island Lake Road. Fall cal study will Fall not include water quality testing. Rather DOWL back back HKM surveyors will be docu-

in Nikiski. The hydrogeologi- location, what it would mean to the aquifers in the area — where the contaminant would go, how fast it would be able to Remember Remember menting groundwater moveget to another place,” said Keto set your to set your ment back and generate model for nai Peninsula Borough Capital clocks clocks a back the Kenai Borough. Projects Director Kevin Lyon. from 2 a.m. Peninsula from 2 a.m. to 1“They a.m on have to 1 a.m on tasked been Currently, employees from File photo contributed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Sunday Sunday . . with building a model, so that DOWL HKM are gathering The Arness Septage Site in Nikiski, shown here from the air in we can figure out — if a con- publicly available water move- September 1985. The site was contaminated with thousands of taminant was introduced at “x” See WATER, page A-11 gallons of oil and other industry wastes.

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HOMER, Alaska Sunday. (AP) — An 88-year-old Homer man AP AP AP was seriously injured in an BACK TIME 110410: Graphic reminder to turn clocks back one explosion apparently causedFALL hour from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2; stand-alone; three sizes; when he used gasoline to1c x 1 3/4 inches, 46.5 mm x 44mm; 1c x 1 1/4 inches, 46.5 mm x 32 light a woodstove. mm; 1/2 c x 2 1/2 inches, 17 mm x 64 mm; CK; ETA 7 p.m. Alaska State Troopers say the gasoline explosion started a fire. The home, valued at $160,000, was destroyed. Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Trooper say the homeownKenai police investigator Paul Cushman searches the wooded area northeast of Wildwood Corer suffered life-threatening rectional Facility Thursday in the latest search for the missing family of four. Police renewed the injuries. search to take advantage of the changing season and iced over marshy grounds before snow He was transported to By DAN BALMER blankets the ground. South Peninsula Hospital. Peninsula Clarion

Kenai PD host media tour of wooded area to be combed

Correction A story in Thursday’s Clarion contained incorrect information. Regarding the lighted pedestrian path project on Poppy Lane, after a grant agreement is in place, the path will be constructed along a section line where an easement from Kenai Peninsula College would not be required. The Clarion regrets the error.

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The ice cracked below the feet of five Kenai police investigators, and several members of Alaska media, Thursday as the group traversed frozen swampy meadows, crossed streams and searched a wooded area northeast of Wildwood Correctional

Facility in search of answers to a five-month mystery. As fall turns to winter, the window of opportunity to search for the missing Kenai family of four grows shorter by the day. Rebecca Adams, 23, Michelle Hundley, 6, Jaracca

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Hundley 3, and Brandon Jividen, 37, were reported missing in early June after the family missed a rent payment for their apartment on California Drive in north Kenai. In an area where it’s more common to find moose and bears, a two-day search led by

By BEN BOETTGER Peninsula Clarion

Portions of Kenai lost power around 6:20 Wednesday night. Homer Electrical Association Spokesperson Joe Gallagher said that 1, 947 meters were affected by the outage. “It was related to a problem with an insulator, which is a piece of equipment on a power pole that is basically heat protection,” Gallagher said. “The insulator failed, and that’s what caused the outage.” The failed insulator was located near Little Ski Mo’s Burger-N-Brew restaurant on the Kenai Spur Highway. “Our crews responded quickly, and we had the power back on in about an hour,” Gallagher said.

Kenai police last week resulted in the discovery of an article of outerwear found in the northeast wooded area a couple miles away from the family’s home. While police haven’t confirmed if the clothing belonged to the Reach Ben Boettger at Ben. family, it is one of the few leads boettger@peninsulaclarion. See SEARCH, page A-11 com

Micciche,20 Treider 14 compete for Senate seat By DAN BALMER Peninsula Clarion

On Tuesday, voters in Senate District O will decide which candidate between incumbent Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna and Eric Treider, of Soldotna, would best represent them in Juneau. Micciche compares his role as a state lawmaker to that of a deckhand with 40,000 skippers in charge of a ship named District O. “I’ve spent 32 years as a community activist and commercial fisherman that understands the oil and gas industry in a district of active commu-

2014 nity people that fish and work in the oil and gas industry,” he said. “I feel my balance between responsible development and demand for a high quality of life is the right balance to be an effective legislator.” Treider took the leap into politics because he believes state politicians have forgotten who they work for and he felt compelled to help facilitate change from “big business” interests to addressing the social

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needs of the people in the community. Treider said he has three vital legislative priorities with no room for compromise: health, safety and education. “Everything else is on the table,” he said. Micciche and Treider are both candidates for Senate District O, which encompasses Soldotna, Nikiski, Cooper Landing and Seward. Treider, the non-affiliated candidate, works as an oilfield technician for Schlumberger in Nikiski and volunteers for Kairos Prison Ministries. His only experience in politics was as a campaign director in Green

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Bay, Wisconsin, working for Sen. Edward Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign, he said. Treider said he decided to run as an independent because he would like to be someone who pulls together competing factions and works toward solutions rather than be “labeled and pigeonholed.” “We all share common goals,” he said. “We want security, opportunity, education, and we want people to earn what they get.” Micciche was first elected to the senate in 2012. The most important lesson he learned during his first year was that politics is a team sport that hinges

on the relationships developed with the other senators, house representatives and the governor, he said. “You have to be trustworthy, do the things you say you are going to do and your word has to be good,” he said. “We have a great team in Juneau. This district has benefited significantly from this administration.”

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Wolf-like animal seen roaming in Arizona By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— An animal resembling a gray wolf has been spotted roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona, officials said Thursday, and tests are planned to determine exactly what it is. The animal has been seen and photographed in Kaibab National Forest north of Grand Canyon National Park with a collar similar to those used in a wolf recovery effort in the Northern Rockies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The animal could be from that population of about 1,700 or a wolf-dog hybrid, said

agency spokesman Jeff Humphrey. Officials will test its feces to determine further details. Humphrey said the animal should be treated as endangered until more is known about it. “Our immediate concern is the welfare of this animal,” he said. A group of fewer than 100 endangered Mexican gray wolves lives in portions of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, but Humphrey said the animal does not appear to be from the Southwest population. Wolves in the Northern Rockies have fuller bodies and less pointed ears than Mexican gray wolves. Wolves largely were exterminated early last century across

Cheap shrimp imports sold off as Gulf caught By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn’t taste juicy or salty enough? Maybe it wasn’t from the Gulf. From New York to New Orleans to Oregon, consumers are being misled about the shrimp they’re buying, according to a survey by the advocacy group Oceana. Cheap, imported farm-raised shrimp is being sold as prized wild-caught Gulf shrimp while common, more plentiful shrimp is being sold as premium. And shrimp of all kinds is sold with no indication whatsoever about where it came from, the group said. Shrimp caught in the open oceans is considered superior in taste, texture and healthiness compared with farm-raised shrimp that tend to be more rubbery and without the distinct salty taste of the sea. Imports of farmraised shrimp have skyrocketed in recent years, coinciding with shrimp’s ascent as the nation’s most popular seafood. Oceana said it found about 30

percent of 143 shrimp products bought from 111 vendors were not what the label said. Bad labeling was discovered on shrimp sold at national and regional supermarkets and smaller grocery stores alike. Restaurants, from national chains to high-dollar eateries, were also selling poorly labeled shrimp, the group said. The survey looked at shrimp sold in Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico as well as New York City, which it deemed the worst offender.

the lower 48 states, except in the western Great Lakes area. They’ve been absent from the Grand Canyon region since the 1940s. The Fish and Wildlife Service in recent years lifted protections for the animals in the western Great Lakes and the Northern Rockies. A federal judge recently ordered the protections re-instated in Montana after wildlife advocates sued. Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said the park has received a couple of reports about an animal that resembles a wolf at the North Rim. He said park officials will be on the lookout for it. Wolves often roam vast dis-

tances in search of food and mates. Packs from the Northern Rockies have been found as far south as Wyoming. Environmentalists said the confirmed presence of a gray wolf around the Grand Canyon would be welcome news but remain concerned about a proposal to remove them from a list of protected species. “There’s an increasing number of people who have learned about the pivotal role wolves play in natural ecosystems, know they have been persecuted relentlessly over decades and cheer the return of wolves,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Thursday Stocks Company Final Change Agrium Inc............... 96.60 _1.07 Alaska Air Group...... 52.14 -0.77 ACS...........................1.37 -0.04 Apache Corp........... 75.81 -0.58 AT&T........................ 34.51 +0.11 Baker Hughes.......... 52.08 -0.44 BP ............................43.11 +0.21 Chevron................... 117.20 _0.06 ConocoPhillips..........71.35 +0.06 ExxonMobil.............. 94.45 -0.14 1st Natl. Bank AK...1,668.00 -12.00 GCI........................... 11.74 +0.11 Halliburton............... 53.92 -0.50 Harley-Davidson...... 64.94 +0.92 Home Depot.............97.52 +1.10 McDonald’s.............. 93.38 +0.65 Safeway................... 34.78 +0.08 Schlumberger...........97.62 +0.21 Tesoro...................... 68.10 +1.15 Walmart................... 76.45 +0.06 Wells Fargo.............. 52.48 +0.29 Gold closed........... 1,1198.81 -13.26

Silver closed............ 16.50 -0.59 Dow Jones avg..... 17,195.42 +221.11 NASDAQ................ 4,566.14 +16.91 S&P 500................1,994.65 +12.35 Stock prices provided by the Kenai Peninsula Edward Jones offices.

Oil Prices Wednesday’s prices North Slope crude: $83.47, UP from $82.77 on Tuesday West Texas Int.: $82.20, UP from $81.42 on Tuesday

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Corene ‘Corey’ A. Hall

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Longtime Kenai resident Corene “Corey” A. Hall, 55, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at home. Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Monday at the Kenai Senior Center in Kenai. Chaplain Frank Alioto will officiate. Please bring any pictures and memories that you have about Corey to the service. Refreshments will follow the service. Corey was born Oct. 11, 1959 in Brattleboro, Vermont. She graduated from high school and furthered her education, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She came to Alaska on vacation in 1982, with her then fiancé, Bruce Hall. They flew back to New Hampshire in 1983 to get married. They were blessed with their son, John in 1985 and daughter, Ammi in 1987. Corey taught at the Kenai Cooperative Preschool and then became the Children’s Librarian at the Kenai Community Library. After 14 years at the Library, she transferred to the Kenai City Hall, where she worked in the Finance Department and in the City Clerk’s office. She retired in the summer of 2014. Corey was involved in the Imagination Library Board. She also took an interest in literacy and enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and reading. Corey is survived by her husband, Bruce Hall; daughter, Ammi Hall; son and daughter-in-law, John and Shawna Hall; and granddaughter, Kynzie Hall, all of Kenai; her parents, Donald and Marilyn Underwood; brothers, Steven and Daniel Underwood, all of Chesterfield, New Hampshire; and sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Robb Boudreau of Brattleboro, Vermont. Rather than flowers, the family prefers memorial donation to the Imagination Library. Donations may be made through their website at ksimaginationlibrary.org. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.  Condolences may be left online through her obituary at www. alaskanfuneral.com.

It’s time to fall back Sunday and Kenai firefighters want to remind residents with the end of daylight savings time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Kenai firefighers visited nearly 1,000 students from pre-school to fifth grade in the month of October to remind kids to ask their parents to check the batteries in smoke detectors. Two months ago a Kenai home caught fire and a working smoke detector alerted the family of three and saved their lives.

Scott McKeirnan Scott McKeirnan, formerly of Kenai, passed away on Oct. 25, 2014, in Thailand. Services will be announced at a future date.

HEA Energy, Conservation Fairs coming up

Homer Electric Association is offering its members an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in energy conservation and efficiency. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., HEA will be hosting its annual Energy and Conservation Fair at the Kenai Middle School in Kenai. The Fair will be repeated Nov. 8 at Homer High School in Homer. The Fairs will feature vendors and energy conservation experts displaying a variety of energy efficiency related products and information. Topics covered will include appliances, recycling, construction materials, doors and windows, heating sources, lighting options, and alternative energy. The Fairs, which are family-oriented, will also feature door prizes, popcorn, hot dogs, refreshments and the announcement of the winners of an energy conservation student contest sponsored by HEA. For additional information, please call HEA Director of Member Relations Joe Gallagher at 283-2324.

Bake sale benefits Spay and Nueter Fund

Marvin Olaf Mattson, 76, passed away on Oct. 24, 2014 at his home in Kasilof. A viewing will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at The Kasilof Community Church on the corner of Kalifornsky Beach and the Sterling Highway. Funeral services will follow the viewing. Marvin will be interred at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Anchorage at a later date.

The Peninsula Spay/Neuter Fund will be having a Bake Sale at Save-U-More today from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Happy

Former Homer resident Jessie Lee Spaulding of Honolulu, Hawaii, died on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. She was 29. Private services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in Honolulu. Ms. Spaulding was born on Nov. 6, 1984 in Homer. She studied at Penn State and Hawaii University. She was active with the the American Diabetes Association. Her family writes, “The light of her parents’ life from birth. Her beautiful blonde hair and brown eyes lit up the room and touched the hearts of everyone she came in contact with. As an adult Jessie was a free spirit traveling to many different places, Pennsylvania, Chicago, California, Hawaii and even Scotland. Her smile and laughter will be carried in our hearts always.” She is survived by he father Michael Spaulding, mother Leah Harrelson, sister Aurora Spaulding, brother Andrew Spaulding, grandmother Alene Dunwoody, aunt Gemi Spaulding, cousin Amber Spaulding, and nephews KC Cyluss Southerland and Karter Kai Bond. Condolences may be addressed to 4338 W. Myrtle #B, Visalia, CA 93277.

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Soldotna Historical Society to meet The Board of Directors for the Soldotna Historical Society will hold a board meeting on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at Fine Thyme Cafe, Soldotna. For additional information call 2624157.

Kenai Historical Society recalls Wildwood AFB

On Sunday, the Kenai Historical Society will have a round table discussion about Wildwood Air Force Base. Wildwood was constructed in the early 1950s and information from local citizens would be much appreciated. If you worked construcKiddie Kare participating tion, communications or served at the facility please join us at in USDA food program 1:30 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors Center. Pictures or thumb drive Soldotna Kiddie Kare is participating in the USDA Child would be appreciated. Please come and share your historical and Adult Care Food program, administered by the Alaska information. Any questions call Betty at 776-8590. Department of Education and Early Development. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge 5-k fun run at Mountain View Elementary without regard to race color, national origin, sex age or disA 5-kilometer fun run fundraiser will take place Nov. 1 at ability. Anyone who believes they have been discriminated Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai. Registration is at against should write immediately to the USDA Director, Of9:30 a.m., with the race starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the fice of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and event will go toward the fifth grade’s Marine Science Explorers Indepen- dence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or field trip in April. Entry fee is $15 and $10 for each additional call 202-720-5964. family member. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume. For more information, email kmorrow@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

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Community Calendar Today 8 a.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous As Bill Sees It Group, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Unit 71 (Old Carrs Mall). Call 398-9440. 9:45 a.m. • TOPS #AK 196 meets at The Grace Lutheran Church, in Soldotna. Call Dorothy at 262-1303. 10:15 a.m. • Visit the Soldotna Public Library for a 45-minute free “Yoga Strength” session. Set to modern music, this class makes for a perfect introduction to yoga or a fun addition to your existing routine. Bring your own mat! Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 71 in the old Carrs Mall in Kenai. Call 262-1917. 12:30 p.m. • Well Elders Live Longer exercise (W.E.L.L.) will meet at the Nikiski Senior Center. Call instructor

Mary Olson at 907-776-3745. 8 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It Works” at URS Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. • AA 12 by 12 at the United Methodist Church, 607 Frontage Road, Kenai. • Twin City Al-Anon Family group, United Methodist Church, 607 Frontage Road in Kenai. Call 907-953-4655. Saturday 8 a.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous As Bill

Pinochle club has new venue The Pinochle Club, formerly from Kasilof, will be playing at Hooligans Bar & Restaurant in Soldotna Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Bring a partner and come along for some winter fun. Questions? Cal Jay Vienup at 907-252-6397.

Health insurance sign-up class offered Peninsula Community Health Services will provide access to affordable insurance via: Affordable Care Act, Denali Care, Medicare and VA Enrollment. This is a free service. This is an open house style class. Fully qualified staff will be on site to help answer questions. For more information call 260-3691. Services are available from 7-9 p.m. at Soldotna Prep (formerly SMS) on the following dates: — November 4 — November 18 — December 2 — December 16 Submit announcements to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

Sees It Group, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Unit 71 (Old Carrs Mall). Call 398-9440. 9 a.m. • Al-Anon book study, Central Peninsula Hospital’s Augustine Room, Soldotna. Call 907-9534655. 10 a.m. • Narcotics Anonymous PJ Meeting, URS Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. 7 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous support group “Dopeless Hope Fiends,” URS Club, 11312 Kenai

Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. 8 p.m. • AA North Roaders Group at North Star Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 242-9477. The Community Calendar lists recurring events and meetings of local organizations. To have your event listed, email organization name, day or days of meeting, time of meeting, place, and a contact phone number to news@ peninsulaclarion.com.


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Make sure the scares are just for fun tonight Peninsula residents beware: Ghosts

and goblins will be in out abundance this evening. In their mad rush to get as much trick-or-treat booty as possible, many children aren’t as aware of traffic as they should be during Halloween. Running from house to house, they often fail to look both directions while crossing the street — a situation that’s rife with danger. Before kids go out, it’s up to parents to remind them how important it is to be mindful of traffic and obey basic safety rules. Kids need to know that just because they’re free to run about the neighborhood after dark, they shouldn’t forget that motor vehicles have the right of way, and that cars and trucks rule the road. But because children are notorious for their singleminded pursuit of candy, drivers should bear the brunt of responsibility for keeping the streets safe this Halloween. That means driving extra slowly and staying aware that costume-clad youngsters can come darting out into the roadway at any time. There’s no reason to hurry through residential neighborhoods to begin with, but Friday night motorists need to be especially vigilant. Here’s a few more ideas for ways kids can stay safe this Halloween: n Go trick-or-treating with a parent, guardian or a grown-up that’s been approved by your parents. n Wear reflective clothing. n Wear warm boots and warm clothing. It is usually cold this time of year. n Watch out for cars. They may not be able to see you very clearly. n Walk on the sidewalk, unless there isn’t one. If not, walk on the side of the roadway. n Always carry a flashlight or reflective chemical light. n Don’t go inside a stranger’s home. n Don’t walk across people’s yards. Use their pathway or walkway. n Don’t run. Running is a dangerous thing on Halloween night because costumes don’t always fit right and you may trip and fall. n If you are wearing a face mask, be especially careful. Masks can make it difficult to see and hear. n Walk in groups of people for personal safety. n Don’t accept unwrapped candy or baked goods. n Have your parents look at your candy before you eat any of it. Halloween falling on a Friday also means plenty of parties for grown-up goblins, too. For those who choose drink at those gatherings, please, be responsible. Designate a driver, call a cab, or stay the night. Let’s make sure the scares are all in good fun, and not a real-life nightmare. Halloween is fun and exciting time for kids and adults. By following a few basic safety rules, our community can ensure that this year’s event is a screaming success for all involved. Have a safe and happy Halloween.

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Editor’s note: The following opinion pieces were requested by the Clarion to offer our readers the viewpoints of those running for office in the Nov. 4 general election. Each candidate also received a ques-

tionnaire, the answers to which may be found on Page A-5. Today’s focus is on candidates running for state Senate District O, which includes the Kenai-Soldotna area, Nikiski, Sterling, Funny River and the eastern Kenai Penin-

sula. Incumbent Peter Micciche, a Republican, is running against Democrat Eric Treider. Each response is printed exactly as it was received.

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Micciche: People come before politics District O Friends and Neighbors: I was raised to generously give my time and resources back to my community. I served honorably as Soldotna’s Mayor and recent service has been as your Senator. Most of you know about me, my family and our commitment to our Kenai Peninsula community for the past 30 years. I am a proud conservative with a pragmatic approach to solving problems. Balance is the key. I support responsible development, yet I am unwilling to sacrifice our unique quality of life. I believe you can have both — a strong economy with good jobs, as well as healthy and sustainable fisheries. I often vote independently without compromising relationships. In other words, I always place people before politics. I have demonstrated that District O Alaskans come first. I am always available. I address your concerns and it brings me great satisfaction when constituents thank me for listening. The ADN quoted me as being accountable to my constituents when I said, “I am a deckhand to the 40,000 skippers I represent in District O.” On Nov. 4, I am reapplying for my job representing District O in the Alaska Senate. Past job performance is important. As a freshmen senator last session, we had a successful term leading and serving on two-thirds of the Senate’s important com-

Peter Micciche mittees. As anyone on either side of the aisle will tell you, I energetically fight for the issues that are important to you. I was influential in passing critical legislation. I was also successful in defeating legislation that was bad for Alaskans. District O constituents and I have served as a great team. You have actively shared your ideas and concerns and I have carried them through the process. My background in business, energy and fisheries served us well. We have accomplished much, but have more to do to ensure a path for the next generation. I believe in an efficient, limited role of government related to education, transportation, reasonable regulation, sustainable fish/game, responsible development and quality services for those truly in need. Government should help Alaskans succeed without providing handouts for those simply unwilling to contribute. Another critical employee attribute is an understanding of your supervisor’s expectations. Therefore, an important part of representing people is to know them, what concerns them and what they care about. I remain in contact with my constituents, including those in the most distant reaches of

the district. My cell phone number is 3986759. I often request and respond to your feedback on key issues. My record is transparent and I can provide many references. For one, Mayor Wythe of Homer recently said, “Working with Senator Peter Micciche and his staff has been a pleasure. They provide valuable insights regarding legislation of interest to our area. Senator Micciche is committed to serving those he represents, regardless of location.” There is a lot of work to do this legislative session. We must reduce spending to a responsible, sustainable level. Other key issues include evaluating large capital projects, establishing a long-term education plan, ensuring fishery and habitat sustainability, and working toward a long-term, statewide energy plan. Primary social issues include solving problems related to suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault, and crime. A constructive discussion must also begin regarding a path forward to best deal with health care. I am up for those challenges and I will make a positive difference. There is a bright future ahead and I would appreciate the opportunity to commit my energy toward working for you through your support next Tuesday. I would be honored, once again, to serve as your Senator.

Treider: Yearning for something different What an incredible feeling! I walked into Safeway and an employee looked at me and asked, “Are you Eric?” I answered, “Yeah...?” She grinned big and then she got serious and said with conviction, “I VOTED for you!” and then she gave me a smart high-five. Our message resonates with people who work for a living and who are tired of lawmakers who care a lot more about corporations than they do about you and me. It resonates with people who watch helplessly as drug and alcohol addiction wreck loved ones’ lives and destroy our peace of mind as out-of-control people steal from us and harm us — and yet our lawmakers invest public money in private refineries instead of in the treatment resources we need. Our message also resonates with restless, discouraged and disillusioned people who yearn for something different and who are willing to take a chance on a brighter future....one that doesn’t solely revolve around resource extraction. Recently, Senator Micciche and I discussed building a new Alaskan industry around renewable energy technology — proactively investing some of our poorlyperforming Permanent Fund bond investments in employee-owned ventures that would design, develop and manufacture

Eric Treider tide-powered turbines, smaller and more efficient vertical axis wind turbines, solar panels and wood gasification systems. Our need for renewable energy will grow even stronger and we’ll need the clean, enduring, high-tech jobs this industry could create as fossil fuel production winds down. We disagree about the timeline. Peter feels that we can ride the oil and gas wave a while longer and I believe that a project of this size and scope needs to begin now. We need to build a culture around it and that will mean introducing our young people to these concepts and equipping them with the skills to perform the necessary engineering, development and manufacturing work throughout their formative years. It will take a generation. In my mind, this would be the result: Whenever anyone, anywhere in the world, needs the technology to harness nature’s energy, they’ll turn to Alaska for the very best solutions. It’s a big idea but we can grow into it. And we MUST grow into it if we want our children to have a future and if want to keep the lights on after the oil and gas are gone. In recent years, our political discourse has devolved into a despicable spectacle

laws, regulations, and restrictions on their activities throughout each state where they spend billions of dollars to purchase Federal and State Senators and Representatives, In this election, Governors, right down to Mayors and local follow the money city, county and borough officials...before Follow the money. Insurance is being you vote, look at who is funding ‘your’ purchased by corporations buying politi- candidate. Americans for Prosperity (Koch cians in order to get undying loyalty to avoid money), Crossroads (Karl Rove money),

Letters to the Editor

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— a battle of accusations and checkbooks, not ideas and dreams. Let’s stop focusing on the differences that divide Alaskans and celebrate the things we all agree upon: We value friends and family, a place to call our own, education, a clean environment, honest and efficient government, peace, privacy, security, respect and genuine opportunities instead of handouts. Let’s quit listening to those who label others and who turn us against one another and begin talking with each other about what we can achieve together. Instead of climbing all over one another to get to the top, let’s cooperate and all get there together. As a non-partisan candidate, I am well-positioned to draw everyone together. And as one candidate who has accepted no special interest money and who has sharply limited individual donations, I don’t owe anyone any favors — and that’s why I don’t have a ton of signs. In a sense, my opponent’s signs are actually MY signs. Think about that. Regardless of who wins these races — including ours — stay informed and watch the victors carefully! Ego and ambition can cause even well-intentioned people to venture down the wrong path. Please join me in building an exciting, prosperous, secure future for our children! look at the ads while they are running, but read the fine print. Then ask yourself...who will that candidate be beholden to after the election? You? Highly unlikely. His or her funding support? More than likely. So what kind of legislation will those politicians be passing? Favorable to you or your kids or your state or community, for things you See LETTERS, page A-5

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Senate District O candidates share views 1. With the recent drop in oil pro2. Are there steps the Legislature cess, the Legislature will face some can take to diversify the state’s revtough decisions in 2015. What will be enue stream? your top priorities for funding? Are there areas you think should be cut? Micciche: Alaska’s status quo economic model has not served us well. Peter Micciche, Senate District Since territorial times, Alaska’s econO: Due to our natural resource wealth, omy has been at significant risk due to Alaska is one of seven states without a our reliance upon the value of single personal income tax, one of only five commodities. Granted, we have benwithout a state sales tax, and the only efitted greatly during fish, oil or timstate with neither. My primary objec- ber higher-price environments. Howtive is for Alaska to remain the only ever, when demand falters and values state in the “neither” tax column. crash, our economy has historically The requirement to reduce spending followed. to sustainable levels exists regardless Last session, the foundation was of today’s oil price. We’ve increased laid for diversification through legisproduction and received more revenue lation enabling the Alaska LNG Projunder SB21 with my 35% base oil ect to come to fruition. AKLNG will tax amendment (the highest in Alaska provide the distribution of natural gas/ history). However, the approximately LNG to energy-starved segments of 25% reduction in oil prices since June our state that have been significantly exacerbates the problem. hindered from feasible development The 29th Legislature must draw the due to high energy costs. line between constitutionally-required In addition to assisting in the essential and non-essential services, growth and diversification of oil and prioritize programs, make tough deci- gas production, responsible mining, sions and have the courage and lead- renewable timber production, fisheries ership to reduce spending through a and tourism, we need to find our way comprehensive, multi-year budget back to our Alaskan enthusiastic, pioplan. We must also set a significantly neering roots to produce value-added higher bar to ensure the greatest value products from our natural resources to Alaskans when it comes to funding and become a global leader in sustaincapital projects. able arctic technologies. Eric Treider, Senate District O: Treider: Miners have gotten a free Public health, public safety and public ride in Alaska. The tax on mining ineducation are off the table. Let’s stop come could probably be slowly raised funding the Knik Arm bridge — a proj- without jeopardizing many of Alaska’s ect that principally benefits real estate operators. speculators and building contractors. I believe that a bed-tax is reasonI’d also take a hard look at the capi- able. Peninsula communities shell out tal budget. We must maintain the fa- a lot of money to maintain the infracilities we already have but we should structure required to handle all of our raise the bar for the approval of new visitors who converge on the Kenai facilities and upgrades. over the six-week peak in fishing acAnd let’s rescind the $150 million tivity. refinery tax credits approved during I will also seek to incorporate the the last session. If we really believe in best of SB21 and ACES, maintaining the free market, we need to let market the 35% floor up to $110 a barrel and forces determine the winners and los- then implementing ACES-style proers. gressivity at higher prices. Tax credits The $7/square foot monthly lease for “new oil” would be decreased subfor the Anchorage Legislative Infor- stantially. mation Office is a shameful example of hypocrisy and waste; at a time when 3. Are there aspects of the state’s lawmakers are threatening cuts that education policy you would like to will affect the quality of life for many address during the next legislative Alaskans, ordering up an opulent of- session? fice building is pretty insensitive and irresponsible. Micciche: Reducing spending is

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need like roads, schools, health care, senior housing, day care, early education, bridges? Don’t bet on it. More likely they will legislate new laws, regulations, and fewer restrictions on their corporate activities to increase their bottom lines, all on your financial backs. Think. Pay attention. And do, by all means vote an informed vote that you researched so your choice is beholden to you and not to some shadowy corporation that doesn’t give a flying fig about you or your concerns. And vote early! In Kenai go to City Hall

downstairs! They have ballots for all precincts. In Soldotna, the portable across from the Borough Building…. Whatever else you do, vote. It is your right. Snooze and lose. Say it doesn’t matter…it does. Many elections have been won by under 100 votes…one of those votes could be yours. Marilyn Wheeless Kenai

Voter supports Thornton A vote for Shauna Thornton is the smart vote! Her campaign has been run in person, going from door to door, talking to people face to face about the issues that personally

imperative to protect Alaskans from taxation and the next generation from debt. While we evaluate where to cut costs, we must remember to adequately fund essential services required by the Alaska constitution. Education is very clearly one of those constitutionally-guaranteed core services. I met with the KPBSD board and administration last week (School Board Consider New Approach, Clarion, October 21, 2014) to dialogue on thoughts and plans for the future. Frustration exists from both legislators and educators regarding gaps related to expectations of results from the legislative side and funding challenges from the educators. Although the KPBSD has enjoyed positive results, statewide we are not performing adequately in the preparation of K-12 students for life ahead. I support active communication between both sides to develop key performance indicators that demonstrate educational effectiveness, a gap analysis to identify specific areas of improvement and a measure of responsible fiscal management. Treider: I support private education and home-schooling but I oppose the use of public money to fund private schools because it violates the spirit of the laws which separate church from state and because it would be an impossible task to insure that privatelyeducated children would be receiving the same high-quality education they’d receive in public schools. Also, our public schools serve as a focal point in our communities and they provide our young people with a common experience that brings us all together. At little expense, we can strengthen public education by simply stabilizing funding so that educator’s don’t find themselves in limbo at year’s end, not knowing if they will have a job the following year. And I disagree with the heavy emphasis on students’ test results as the basis for teachers’ evaluations — there are so many other factors which contribute to children’s scholastic success or failure.

of health care?

Micciche: My priorities in the 28th Legislature were to kick-start Alaska’s economy through reasonable taxation reductions and by enabling employment opportunities for Alaskans. I also passed health-related legislation such as the Nisi Act that improves monitoring of infant health in rural communities. The 29th Legislature must focus on the cost and availability of health care for Alaskans. Unlike my opponent who actively, financially supported Obama/Obamacare, I want to be clear that I feel that the plan was ill-conceived and laced with unintended consequences for Alaskans. We are a state with the resources that could have widened the pool of coverage without the negative impacts we are experiencing. However, it’s clear that the current health care system is broken and unsustainable with exponential annual cost increases. We must sit down, evaluate the impacts of Medicaid expansion and identify creative, collaborative solutions to ensure coverage for a greater proportion of Alaskans during the next legislative session. Treider: If Sean Parnell is re-elected, the legislature must pursue measures to expand Medicaid to protect 43,000 low-income Alaska workers who can’t afford health insurance but who aren’t poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. And when these folks use the ER for their primary care, it drives up everyone’s insurance premiums. Parnell’s administration approved health insurers’ rate hikes without adequate study and justification: these rate increases must re-examined. And his choice of contractors to administer the Medicaid program has been a disaster, causing serious cash flow problems among the few providers willing to accept Medicaid patients. Figures from a Harvard study suggest that 100 Alaskans will die needlessly without Medicaid expansion. Eventually, we’ll adopt a national health care plan in order to make sure everyone receives high-quality care and to drive down costs. Canadians pay 40% less for equivalent health 4. As a member of the Legisla- care — and they are much happier ture, what can you do to help Alas- with their system. kans deal with access to and the cost

concern them. This hasn’t been an ambiguous distance campaign run from behind an expensive radio advertisement. She’s run her campaign effectively on a limited amount of resources. She knows the value of money and manages it with precision. She hasn’t relied on a corporation to keep her afloat, so she can stay true to the convictions of the People. Shauna is a working mom and knows how to balance the care-giving tasks with her family’s economy. On so many levels of life, she just “gets” it! Like most women, she’s a multi-tasker & can take home the bacon & fry it up in a pan with precision, skill, and style! Shauna advocated for 34,000

5. Will you pre-file any bills for the 2015 session? On what issues? Micciche: I often ask constituents for feedback to evaluate my performance. However, I am not in Juneau to pass shallow legislation unless I identify significant deficiencies requiring a legislative solution. My legislation has been and will be designed to correct conflicting/outdated conditions, improve academic and vocational education, facilitate a stronger business climate, improve health and wellness, provide consumer protection or unleash employment and economic opportunities. Being supportive of smaller government, I remind the reader that it takes legislation to eliminate an unnecessary law. Our team is working on several pieces of legislation important to District O. For a couple of examples, our courts seem more focused on the criminal perpetrator’s rights than the rights of our law-abiding citizens. I am crafting a bill to help folks feel secure in their own homes. We are also designing legislative solutions to assist those with substance abuse problems to redirect their poorly chosen path toward a healthier, more fruitful outcome. Treider: I will pre-file the Shareholders’ United Act patterned after a bill that will be introduced in the Maryland state legislature. The bill would require that all corporations post political contributions on their corporate website within 48 hours and it would forbid corporations from spending on campaigns and political candidates unless they can prove that the contributions reflect the “majority will” of their shareholders. In cases where the majority of corporation’s shareholders are institutional investors that can’t take political positions — such as pension and retirement funds, universities, insurance companies and non-profits — that corporation would be forbidden from contributing to political campaigns. Until we can reverse Citizens United — the U.S. Supreme Court decision that decreed that “corporations are people” — this might be our best hope of freeing ourselves from the perverting influence of big money on our political system. The Sullivan/Begich race is but one disgusting example.

of Walker/Mallott for Governor because Bill Walker has campaigned to accept the Medicaid Expansion money that “to be” former Governor Parnell conveniently left on the table and in doing so, left many Alaskans (40,000-plus) without any health care. Bill Walker promised if elected, he would immediately take the Federal money made available to Alaska under the Take the money Affordable Care Act of 2009 on the table and use it to provide healthI strongly support the ticket care for Alaskans who need students state-wide as the Speaker of the Coalition of student leaders. She’s already proven that she’s an effective leader by listening to her core. Let’s keep the momentum of progress going by sending her to Juneau! That’s our Shauna! Working for you! Kate Veh Soldotna

assistance in obtaining quality healthcare. In doing so, this will also employ an additional 4000 Alaskans and attract quality health care providers to Alaska. I encourage all Alaskans to Vote for Bill Walker for Governor of Alaska. It’s time we have a Governor who will fight for all Alaskans; not just the left or right. Joseph Raymond Skrha Kenai


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US considering empowering Sunni tribes By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is considering ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq’s Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that expanding U.S. train-and-advise efforts to include the tribes is one of three key elements of a strategy designed to roll back IS fighters in northern and western Iraq. The other elements are advising and assisting Iraqi government troops and creating socalled national guard units as a sort of quasi-military force that must first gain legal approval

‘That’s what we’re now beginning to explore. We’ve got a program in place where we’re beginning to restore some offensive capability and mindset to the Iraqi security forces. We need to think about how to do that with the tribes.’ — Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Iraqi government. “You need all three of those eventually,” Dempsey said. However, a condition for training and advising the tribes would be the willingness of the Iraqi government to arm them, he said. Speaking alongside Dempsey, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed that the tribes are an important component of the strategy.

“The Sunni tribes are going to have to be part of this,” Hagel said. Enlisting the help of Anbar’s tribes was critical to the success of U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq in the latter stages of the Iraq war in 2007-2008. Since that period, the tribal leaders have grown disillusioned with the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad, although Washington has staked its hopes on a

more inclusive approach to the Sunnis and Kurds by new Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. Dempsey said the U.S. strategy’s first focus is on Iraqi government and Kurdish regional fighters. But the tribes could be an important complement to those. “That’s what we’re now beginning to explore,” he said. “We’ve got a program in place where we’re beginning to re-

store some offensive capability and mindset to the Iraqi security forces. We need to think about how to do that with the tribes.” Asked about progress in the administration’s project to train members of the Free Syrian Army as a moderate opposition force, Dempsey said the process of recruiting and vetting candidate fighters has not yet begun. Some have questioned the viability of that project, for which Congress has approved spending $500 million to train up to 5,000 fighters. President Barack Obama’s special envoy for the coalition opposing the Islamic State group, retired Marine Gen. John Allen, said in an interview Wednesday that U.S. support for the Free Syrian Army will ultimately achieve a “political

outcome” in Damascus that “does not include” Syrian President Bashar Assad. Allen told the Al Arabiya Arabic news channel that the goal is to build the Free Syrian Army into a force with “battlefield credibility” to “deal with” IS and to defend itself again Assad regime forces, according to a State Department transcript of the interview. The Free Syriana Army is a loose coalition of rebels groups fighting to topple Assad. The group’s political leadership is based in Turkey, where fighters often seek respite from the fighting. There are various factions within the group whose ideologies are constantly shifting, but generally range from mainstream moderates to deeply conservative Muslims.

Justice Dept. watchdog faults agency grenade probe By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal agents and prosecutors in Arizona made multiple errors in their investigation of a U.S. citizen who was suspected of smuggling grenade components to Mexico, including failing to arrest him when there was more than enough evidence to do so, the Justice Department watchdog said in a harshly critical report Thursday. The inspector general’s report found parallels between the investigation into Jean Baptiste Kingery by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and “Opera-

tion Fast and Furious,” an ATF gun-running operation along the Southwest border that relied on flawed tactics and became a political firestorm for the Justice Department. Those similarities include poor supervision, weak oversight and a failure “to take or insist on overt enforcement action against the subjects of the investigations.” “Our reviews of both cases concluded that, in failing to act, they did not adequately consider the risk to public safety in the United States and Mexico created by the subjects’ illegal activities,” the report states. In a statement, the Justice Department said that in the past

six years it had taken “aggressive action” to ensure that the mistakes of the Kingery case “are not repeated.” The department said the officials responsible for the operation have either left the department or have been reassigned. It also noted that the deputy attorney general last year issued guidance to U.S. attorney’s offices around the country about “overseeing sensitive operations.” The ATF has also developed specialized training to deal with intelligence matters and legal issues. According to the report, the ATF learned in 2009 that Kingery was ordering grenade components from an online

military surplus dealer that agents suspected were being transported into Mexico and converted into live grenades for use by drug cartels. Agents over the next few months intercepted two deliveries of grenade components that were intended for Kingery. But instead of trying to arrest him for the illegal export, agents marked the components so they could be identified later, delivered the items to his shipping address and set up surveillance to determine whether the parts were being taken into Mexico. The operation came under public scrutiny in 2011 after Mexican soldiers involved in

a shootout with members of a drug cartel found grenade hulls bearing markings similar to the ones the ATF made as part of its investigation. The inspector general’s report also faults the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona for failing to prosecute Kingery after he was stopped at the border in June 2010 transporting hundreds of grenade hulls and fuses. A prosecutor said Kingery was not arrested because the ATF wanted him as an informant, though ATF agents said he was never used as an informant and that prosecutors simply refused at the time to bring charges, according to the report.

Kingery returned to Mexico, where he was arrested in August 2011. Mexican authorities are prosecuting him for allegedly violating organized crime laws. In “Operation Fast and Furious,” federal agents permitted illicitly purchased weapons to be transported unimpeded in an effort to track them to highlevel arms traffickers. Federal agents lost control of some 2,000 weapons, and many of them wound up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S. Two of the guns were found at the scene of the December 2010 slaying of border agent Brian Terry near the Arizona border city of Nogales.

FTC accuses Gerber of making false claim on baby formula By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Babyfood maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children. In a complaint filed Thursday in federal court, the Federal Trade Commission alleged that the company misled consumers by suggesting that its formula was the first to meet government approval for reducing the risk of allergies.

The FTC said it wants Gerber to pull its claim from labels and advertisements and left open the possibility of asking the court to require Gerber to issue refunds for the $20-plus packages sold since 2011. Gerber Products Co., also doing business as Nestlé Infant Nutrition, said it didn’t violate the law. “We are defending our position because we believe we have met, and will continue to meet, all legal requirements to make these product claims,” said Kevin Goldberg, vice president and general counsel

for the New Jersey-based company. At issue is how far Gerber went when claiming that its formula could prevent one type of allergy in infants known atopic dermatitis, a skin rash known as baby eczema. According to the FTC, Gerber had petitioned the Food and Drug Administration in 2009 for permission to connect its use of partially hydrolyzed whey proteins to reducing atopic dermatitis. The FDA agreed, but only if Gerber qualified its statement by making clear that there was “little scientific evidence” for

the relationship. Instead, packages of Good Start Gentle formula in 2011 suggested it was the first formula approved by the FDA to reduce the risk that a baby would develop allergies in general. No qualifier was included, and the labels could easily be interpreted to mean that the formula could prevent a child from developing life-threatening food or environmental allergies. “I love mommy’s eyes, not her allergies,” said one advertisement, released by the FTC. “Parents trusted Gerber to tell the truth about the health

benefits of its formula, and the company’s ads failed to live up to that trust,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection. “Gerber didn’t have evidence to back up its claim that Good Start Gentle formula reduces the risk of babies developing their parents’ allergies.” In its statement released Thursday, Gerber reiterated the claim that its formula can help prevent baby eczema, and said the company had been authorized by the FDA to feature that claim. “Gerber always has and will

continue to treat its mission of delivering nutrition and benefits to infants as its top priority,” Goldberg wrote. “We believe the information conveyed in our marketing is important for parents who have children at risk for atopic dermatitis, the most common allergy in infancy.” With Gerber suggesting that it refuses to settle, the case will likely be decided by a district court in New Jersey, where Gerber’s headquarters is located. An FTC spokesman said the agency hasn’t determined yet whether consumer refunds might be necessary.

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Around the World Obama campaigns in Maine for Democrat in governor race, avoids spat over Ebola PORTLAND, Maine — In a final-week burst of campaigning, President Barack Obama sought to mobilize Democratic voters Thursday in the race for governor in Maine while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and the nurse who has defied them. Obama was headlining a rally in Portland for Mike Michaud, a six-term congressman who is running to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a neck-and-neck race. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler is running a distant third. The president, who has been praising health care workers who have volunteered to fight Ebola in West Africa, had no plans to visit with Kaci Hickox, the returning nurse who is challenging a state requirement that she isolate herself for 21 days. Hickox worked in West Africa with Doctors Without Borders. She returned to the U.S. last week but has shown no symptoms of the disease. She has been under what the state has called a voluntary quarantine in remote northern Maine, but on Thursday she went on bike ride with her boyfriend. Obama has urged states to consider how their policies will affect the willingness of other doctors and nurses to volunteer for Ebola work in the afflicted nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Health care are higher priorities than social issues days before 2014 election DENVER — As a season of campaigning enters its final, intense weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group and Ebola, the poll finds. And hovering over each of these individual issues is a broad dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress. Only 32 percent of likely voters called gay marriage an important issue, compared with 91 percent ranking the economy important, 78 percent with similar concerns about health care and 74 percent naming Ebola important. The issue that some Democrats have emphasized most of all — abortion rights — also has been a relatively low priority, with only 43 percent of likely voters in a September poll ranking it important. Yet women’s health and reproductive rights have been at the center of campaigns for U.S. Senate in Alaska, Iowa, North Carolina and especially Colorado. There, half of the ads aired by Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and those backing his re-election have criticized his GOP opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, on women’s health issues. They include a contention the 40-year-old congressman from eastern Colorado wants to ban some forms of birth control. “Democrats this year clearly think that all that you need is that silver bullet of social issues,” said Katy Atkinson, a GOP political official in Denver. “It’s not. You need more.”

Last-minute ads so in demand, campaigns being told shows are overbooked MANCHESTER, N.H. — A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire’s one network station — and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded. Hours before it was set to run, however, WMUR-TV had to revise its contract with Senate Majority PAC and credit the group’s account. The reason: “Oversold inventory.” Such is the life of even a deep-pocketed political action committee at this late stage of the 2014 campaign. Many of these groups want to keep spending in a final push before next Tuesday’s elections, as Democrats defend their Senate majority and Republicans drive for the six seats required to command it. But often there’s simply no ad time left. — The Associated Press

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Terminally ill woman may postpone taking life By STEVEN DUBOIS Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — A terminally ill woman who expects to take her own life under Oregon’s assisted-suicide law says she is feeling well enough to possibly postpone the day she had planned to die. Brittany Maynard said in early October she expected to kill herself Nov. 1, less than three weeks before her 30th birthday. She emphasized that she wasn’t suicidal, but wanted to die on her own terms and reserved the right to move the date forward or push it back. While she hasn’t completely ruled Saturday out, Maynard says in a new video she feels she has some more of her life to live. “I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy — and I still laugh and smile with my friends and my family enough — that it doesn’t seem like the

‘I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy — and I still laugh and smile with my friends and my family enough — that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now.’ — Brittany Maynar right time right now,” she says in the video. “But it will come because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week.” Maynard said she was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer earlier this year. Because her home state of California does not have an aid-in-dying law, she moved to Portland and has become an advocate for getting such laws passed in other states. Maynard’s story, accompanied by photos from her pre-illness wedding day, broke hearts

across the globe while igniting a national debate on the issue of physician-assisted suicide. One opponent is Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina. He, like Maynard, has inoperable brain cancer and is plagued by headaches and seizures. After learning of learning of Maynard’s choice, he wrote an article explaining his view that “suffering is not worthless,” and it’s up to God to take life. “There is a card on Brittany’s website asking for signatures ‘to

support her bravery in this very tough time,’” Johnson wrote on the diocese website. “I agree that her time is tough, but her decision is anything but brave. I do feel for her and understand her difficult situation, but no diagnosis warrants suicide.” Oregon was the first U.S. state to make it legal for a doctor to prescribe a life-ending drug to a terminally ill patient of sound mind who makes the request. The patient must swallow the drug without help; it is illegal for a doctor to administer it. Oregon voters approved the Death with Dignity Act in 1994, then reaffirmed it — 60 percent to 40 percent — in 1997. It took more than a decade for another state to join Oregon, but four other states now have such laws. More than 750 people in Oregon used the law to die as of Dec. 31, 2013, most of them elderly.

Five Utah family members found dead Deaths not accidental, relatives suspected poisoning By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press

SALT LAKE CTIY — Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month suspected the deaths weren’t accidental, and revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions, according to a statement released Thursday. Jacob Strack said his family is struggling after learning from search warrants Wednesday that police found cups with a red liquid inside next to each of the bodies, some of which appeared to have been positioned after death. Empty packages of methadone and cold medicine were in the family’s trash. Benjamin and Kristi Strack were found Sept. 27 in a bed with three of their children, ages 11 to 14, lying around them tucked into bedding up to their necks. Kristi Strack had a red liquid coming out of her mouth. The family was shocked and upset by the information, but it unfortunately confirmed their fears, according to a statement from Jacob Strack, who is

Benjamin Strack’s brother and acting as a family spokesman. He declined to elaborate, saying the relatives are working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to release more information later. The bodies were found by the couple’s older son and Kristi Strack’s mother, who said she couldn’t believe “she” would do this to the kids but wouldn’t elaborate, according to the search warrants. Court records show the couple had a history of legal and financial problems, and had gone through court-ordered drug treatment several years ago. The methadone found in the home had been dispensed by a drug treatment clinic, the search warrants said. Methadone is a prescription drug used for decades to treat drug addiction, but is increasing prescribed for pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the Stracks’ troubles appeared to be behind them, said Alex Short, owner at AK Masonry, a bricklaying company where Benjamin Strack worked.

“When he came over, he was kind of at the tail end of all those problems,” said Short, who employed Benjamin Strack for about seven years on-andoff. He was at times a solid employee, but would occasionally stop showing up for work for periods of time, explaining his absences by saying he was doing things for his wife, Short said Thursday. He hadn’t been at work for more than a week when he died. Police in Springville are awaiting toxicology results next month that could pinpoint an exact cause of death, and speculating before then would be unprofessional, said Lt. David Caron in a statement Thursday. Investigators found empty methadone bottles, 10 empty boxes of nighttime cold medicine and two boxes of allergy medicine in the family’s garbage, along with a red liquid

substance in Pepsi cups. They also found a pitcher of red juice, a purple bucket with yellow liquid, a bag of marijuana and other medications, including sleeping pills. Kristi Strack was last seen alive at 6 a.m. by the older son’s girlfriend, who also lives in the home. The girlfriend went back to sleep after talking with her, and the house was quiet when the couple left that afternoon. When they returned at 7 p.m. and found it still quiet even though all the cars were in the driveway, they knocked on the master bedroom door. After no one answered, the couple called Kristi Strack’s mother and her friend, who helped them force it open. The five were identified as Benjamin Strack, 37, his wife, Kristi, 36, and three of their children: Benson, 14, Emery, 12, and Zion, 11.


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Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on gas supply By RAF CASERT Associated Press

BRUSSELS — Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flows into Ukraine throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. In a signing ceremony following protracted negotiations, the two sides promised to get the gas flowing into Ukraine again after a long and bitter dispute over payments. European Union energy chief Guenther Oettinger said that “we can guarantee a security of supply over the winter,”

not only for Ukraine but also for the EU nations closest to the region that stood to suffer should the conflict worsen. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced the “very important agreement” between the two sides. “There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter,” he said. The agreement long hinged on the question whether Ukraine was in a position to come up with the necessary cash to pay for the gas. “Yes, they are,” a confident Oettinger said. He said the $4.6 billion deal should extend to the spring.

‘There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter.’ — European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Oettinger said it was “perhaps first glimmer of a relaxation in the relations between neighbors.” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the amount his government would pay for Russian gas would fall in line with global oil prices, which have tumbled in recent weeks.

Yatsenyuk said at a Cabinet meeting in Kiev that Ukraine could pay $365 per 1,000 cubic meters from the start of next year, down from the $385 rate agreed earlier this month. He said that figure may be adjusted downward to $378 until the end of the year. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian

counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, agreed earlier this month on the broad outline of a deal, but financial issues, centering on payment guarantees for Moscow, have since bogged down talks. But with each week, the need for a resolution becomes more pressing, since winter is fast approaching in Ukraine, where temperatures often sink below freezing for days. Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June after disputes over Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March. Ukraine since then has been relying on gas transfers from other European countries and its own re-

serves. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso conferred “a number of times” Wednesday with Poroshenko in Kiev, stressing that “an agreement was within reach,” a Commission statement said. The EU has said previously that Ukraine would settle its energy debt to Russia with a $1.45 billion payment by the end of the month and $1.65 billion more by the end of the year. It has said for new gas deliveries, Ukraine would pay $385 per 1,000 cubic meters, which Russia should deliver following advance payments by Ukraine.

Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency By BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGO Associated Press

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup. It was not immediately clear where President Blaise Compaore was following the announcement that also called for an end to the demonstrations. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded earlier in the day amid the melee, authorities said. Army Gen. Honore Traore, the joint chief of staff, later announced that a curfew would be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The government and parliament also have been dissolved, he said. In a concession to the opposition, Compaore agreed Thurs-

day to withdraw a bill from consideration in the parliament that would have allowed him to extend his 27-rule through a fifth term in office. While demonstrators managed to block the highly controversial parliamentary vote, the violent opposition unleashed Thursday underscored the threat Compaore now faces as frustrations mount in one of the world’s poorest countries. In a sign of the growing unrest, crowds also attacked the homes of government ministers and looted shops in the country’s second-largest city, Bobo Dioulasso, witnesses said. “It is over for the regime!” and “We do not want him again!” shouted demonstrators when they heard that the vote on term limits had been stopped. Flames enveloped the main building in the parliament complex, and many lawmakers fled to a nearby hotel. “It is difficult to say what happens next, but things are out of control because the dem-

‘It is difficult to say what happens next, but things are out of control because the demonstrators do not listen to anyone.’ — Ablasse Ouedraogo, an opposition lawmaker onstrators do not listen to anyone,” said Ablasse Ouedraogo, an opposition lawmaker. The images of cars on fire and plumes of black smoke in the capital of Ouagadougou prompted alarm from the international community. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all parties to end the violence, and is “saddened over the loss of life resulting from recent events,” a statement said. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a U.N. Special Representative, said he “deplores the deterioration of the security situation” and is scheduled to visit the country Friday. In a bid to restore calm, military leaders met Thursday afternoon with the influential

traditional chief of the country’s largest ethnic group, the Mossi, according to Jonathan Yameogo, a spokesman for the ruling party. Burkina Faso has long been known for its relative stability in volatile West Africa, though tensions have been mounting over Compaore’s plans to extend his rule. He first came to power following the October 1987 coup against then-President Thomas Sankara, Compaore’s longtime friend and political ally who ultimately was killed in the power grab. Compaore has been elected four times since, though the opposition has disputed the results.

Earlier, police in the capital had pushed the crowds back with tear gas, but they regrouped in larger numbers, surged past police lines and broke into the parliament building. Since coming to power in a coup, Compaore, 63, has refashioned himself as an elder statesman who brokered electoral disputes and hostage releases throughout the region. He made no secret of his support for Charles Taylor, the Liberian warlord turned president now serving a 50-year sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone. The leader of Burkina Faso also has been accused of supporting rebel groups in Ivory Coast and Angola, though he later played the role as a peacemaker in Ivory Coast and elsewhere. More recently, his government was involved in negotiating the release of several European hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants in northern Mali. He also hosted the talks between Mali’s gov-

ernment and separatist Tuareg rebels, leading to the agreement which made the July 2013 presidential election possible. In 2011, Compaore encountered another crisis when multiple waves of protests washed over the country. The unrest began with students torching government buildings in several cities after a young man died in the custody of security forces, allegedly as a result of mistreatment. Ordinary citizens took to the streets over rising food prices, and soldiers looted shops and stole cars to express their discontent over low pay. At one point in mid-April of that year, mutinous soldiers occupied the palace, forcing Compaore to flee. But what would have spelled the end for many presidents was a mere temporary problem for Compaore, one he could maneuver his way out of by removing his security chiefs and appointing himself defense minister before returning to Ouagadougou.

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Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes ‘whitened’ By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel’s precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Officials first noticed the whitening patina in 2010 and immediately launched an investigation. The damage wasn’t visible from the ground, but close inspection showed pockets of frescoes covered with a powdery patina that caked them like cracked sugar icing. “The concern was not just aesthetic but also the danger for the integrity of the paintings,” Vittoria Ciminio, head of the Vatican Museums’ conserva-

tion department, told a conference Thursday. While the exact origin is still unknown, officials said the powder consisted of calcium carbonate and calcium bicarbonate deposits, believed to have formed from the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and humidity passing through the chapel’s porous plaster walls. The patina was easily removed and no permanent damage occurred, said Ulderico Santamaria, who heads the museums’ restoration laboratory. But officials warned that such calcium buildup can do lasting damage if left untreated. Vatican officials have said the Sistine Chapel’s new air conditioning and air filtration system, inaugurated this week, would prevent potential damage from the air pollution brought in by crowds nearing

6 million this year. But they never revealed that damage was already underway and that the new system was aimed at preventing further problems. Santamaria said studies showed that the patina was superficial, and hadn’t bleached or mixed in with the actual colors, meaning the frescos themselves weren’t harmed. He said the patina wasn’t found on all frescoes, but was concentrated in some areas of the chapel, presumably where there was greater absorption of water from the humid air or condensation inside the walls. “The state of the frescoes is good, and this whitening was reversible,” he said. Officials acknowledged that the major cleaning of the frescoes completed in 1994 — which removed centuries of built-up candle wax, dirt and

smoke — probably removed a barrier between the frescoes and the environment that allowed the whitening to take place. But they said the main culprit was the sheer number of human beings who cram into a tiny shoebox-shaped space that has limited natural air flow. The head of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci, has ruled out closing the Sistine Chapel to protect the frescoes, but has said that 6 million visitors a year is the limit. To allow crowds to continue to admire Michelangelo’s 500-year-old “Last Judgment” behind the altar, the Vatican has installed sensors to monitor humidity, dust and carbon dioxide levels, as well as closed-circuit TV cameras to count the number of visitors so that the new cooling and ventilation system can adjust itself accordingly.

The previous air conditioning system, installed in the early 1990s, was designed when only about 2 million people visited each year.

AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, file

In this Saturday, April 16, 2005 file photo, the Sistine Chapel is shown before the start of the Conclave, that elected Pope Benedict XVI on April 19, 2005.

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunting down ex-police By SAMEER N. YACOUB and SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was among some Sunnis in the security forces who surrendered, handed over their weapons and pledged to cut ties with the police. In return, the militants gave them “repentance badges” granting them some safety. But now, the Islamic State group

suspected Hassan was engaging in activities against it. So last week, IS fighters stormed Hassan’s house at night. Hassan and his son fought back, killing three attackers before they were gunned down. The militants then hung his mutilated body from a fence for several days near his home as an example, according to two residents who witnessed the battle and were aware of the events leading up to it. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. The past few weeks, the Islamic State group has been hunting down former police-

men and army officers in areas it controls, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. While world attention has been focused on the battle to fend off the extremists’ assault on the town of Kobani across the border in Syria, the group has killed dozens of its opponents this month in Iraq. In several instances, Sunnis have been lined up in public squares and gunned down or beheaded as a warning. The aim is to prevent the Baghdad government and the U.S.-led alliance from finding Sunni allies against it at

a time when Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias backed by U.S.-led airstrikes have made some gains, taking back several towns from the militants. The campaign of killings adds a new bloody chapter in

the Islamic State group’s legacy. In its blitz capturing a swath of Iraq and neighboring Syria, it gained a grisly notoriety for butchering its opponents and members of sects it considers heretical.

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hink outside of the box. I think it is a safe assumption that anyone reading this has heard that phrase hundreds of times. It began its life in corporate leadership seminars and creative workshops, and over the years it has made its way into our cultural vocabulary as a very common cliché. At face value, it’s a valuable concept. After all, who doesn’t like the idea of the maverick crusader who refuses to be corralled, who doesn’t play by the rules, and who gets things done in innovative ways? It brings to mind people like Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and whoever it was came up with the idea of using Doritos for a taco shell. However, as a Christian and consequently part of a love-your-enemy, give-your-life-to-find-it, servant-leader, inverse-culture Kingdom, I would like to challenge you to something revolutionary: think inside of the box. Please don’t misunderstand me; I believe innovation and fresh ap-

chastised. Even though he returned exactly what he was entrusted with, oices of he was punished for not putting that eligion one talent to work. When the other servants invested, why did this guy just hide them G rant Parkki away? There are lots of possible proaches are awesome. I enjoy Apple reasons to speculate. We see a hint products, I love Disneyland, and I of his motivations in his statement: think Doritos Locos Tacos are pretty “Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you amazing. The “thinking outside of the are a hard man, harvesting where you box” approach that hurts us, however, have not sown and gathering where is when we ignore or fail to utilize you have not scattered seed. So I was what is available to us already inside afraid and went out and hid your gold of our box. in the ground.” (Matthew 25:24-25). In Jesus’ famous illustration “the He knows about His master’s expecparable of the talents” (Matthew tations of an R.O.I., but he probably 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-28), the master thought that only having the one entrusted different portions of money talent kind of let him off the hook. to different servants. The servants Maybe he thought “well, since I only who invested their portion and got one stupid talent I’ll just sit it brought an increase, yet the servant here. There’s no way he can expect who was given the least buried it in me to work it with just this one talent. the yard. The servants who invested If I had more talents like those other were lauded by their master, and the guys, I would totally make bank, too.” servant who buried what he had was We can get trapped in this same

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Church Briefs Soldotna Bible Chapel hosts This Hope! Soldotna Bible Chapel will be hosting This Hope! Saturday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. Come be a part of an evening that will comfort, encourage and challenge you to fall in love with a God who cares deeply for you. Soldotna Bible Chapel is located at 300 W. Marydale.

Sterling Petencostal Church hosts Fall Festival The Sterling Pentecostal Church is sponsoring a Fall Festival on Friday, November 14 at the Sterling Community Center. It will be an exciting time for the kids with games, prizes, candy, and food. The activities begin at 3:30 p.m. and will continue to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome for a fun family night.

mentality. We can look outside of our resources, systems, and limitations and say “if I only had this other thing, if only I didn’t have to be stuck within these boundaries, then I could really fly”. Remember, the master didn’t chastise the servant for only having one talent, He chastised him for not investing the talent he was given. The servant wanted something that was outside of his box, but the master wanted him to use what was already in his box. One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much. Remember that influencers who truly innovate don’t start outside of the box, but they take what’s already inside their box and invest it in innovative, creative ways. The result is a success that will soon outgrow the box. In another miracle described in the New Testament, a child brought Jesus a box with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, and a crowd of thousands of families were fed. It’s interest-

ing that Jesus didn’t create food from nothing – though we know he certainly could have if He wanted to. Instead, He took what was already in that young child’s lunchbox, and brought about results more wildly productive than anyone could have ever imagined. Let’s not become discouraged with limitations in our time, resources, or systems, (“if only I had…”), but instead let’s realize that the God limitless power can take what’s in your box and blow it up beyond all of your expectations. Let’s take what we have, as large or small as it may be, and be faithful, creative, and passionate about it. Let’s think inside the box. Don’t worry, you won’t be stuck there for long. Grant Parkki is the Christian Education Associate Pastor at Kenai New Life. Kenai New Life is located at 209 Princess Street in Kenai, with Sunday services at 9am and 10:30am,

a.m. at the Nikiski New Hope Christian Fellowship, Mile 23 Pentacostal church hosts Prophecy Conference North Road. All are welcome to attend. Aglow International A Prophecy Conference, “Understanding The End Times,” is founded on prayer and compassionate outreach. It is global in ministry vision, yet rooted in small groups. Nikiski Aglow with Keith Fletcher, will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and is hosting the DVD teaching of Graham Cooke with “Game at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Kenai United Pentecostal Church, 43682 Changers.” The five themes are: 1. How you are known in Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. heaven; 2. Establishing your internal overcomer; 3. Mind of Christ; 4. Reinventing your walk in the fruit of the Spirit; 5. Bazaar to benefit mission projects Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ. For information call Bev at Lutheran Women’s Missionary League members and mem776-8022 or 398-7311 or Paulette at 252-7372. bers from the South Alaska Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are hosting a Christmas Bazaar to help fund mission Fear Not at Birch Ridge Community Church projects locally, nationally and internationally, Nov. 15 from 10 Birch Ridge Community Church is hosting its annual Fear a.m. to 4 p.m. at Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 N ForNot Festival on Oct. 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is a free est Drive in Kenai. Baked goods and craft items will be available for sale to provide funds for mission projects. For more event featuring games, prizes, candy, and much more. information call 283-4153.

Truth Time Machine at Soldotna Church of God

First Baptist hosts women’s Bible study

Visit Soldotna Church of God at the corner of Binkley and A nine-week women’s Bible study on I and II Thessalonians, Redoubt in Soldotna for the Truth Time Machine on Oct. 31 All Saints service bluegrass worship from 6-9 p.m. for Bible-based adventure, loads of fun and lots of called “Children of the Day” by Beth Moore is under way at the scheduled First Baptist Church of Kenai. The group begins with lunch at candy. For more information contact the church at 262-4729. noon, a video and discussion. Childcare is available. For more Bluegrass gospel worship is slated for the All Saints services information, call Carole at 283-7772 or Kassy at 283-7672. at Christ Lutheran Church, Soldotna, this Sunday, November Kenai New Life Church plans Harvest Carnival 2nd, at both the morning 11:00 service and the laid-back 6 p.m. evening service. Many of the bluegrass musicians who share Kenai New Life Church would like to invite kids and their Calvary Baptist resumes kids club their music at the monthly “bluegrass jams” on First Thursdays families its annual Harvest Carnival on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church has resumed its Awana Kids Club will be sharing their love of gospel music with worshipers. Ev- There will be dozens of carnival games, a bounce house, a cakeon Sunday evenings. The group meets at Kenai Middle School eryone is invited to come be a part of the upbeat celebration. walk, a snack bar, and (of course) lots of candy. Please avoid from 5:15-7:30 p.m. All kids, ages 3 through sixth grade, are Christ Lutheran Church is just a block up the Spur Highway scary or inappropriate costumes. welcome. See the Calvary Baptist Awana web page for further from the “Y” in Soldotna. For more information, visit kenainewlife.org or call the details and Club schedule: calvarykenai.org/awana. church office at 907-283-7752. Kenai New Life Church is located at 209 Princess Street in Kenai. Bible study with Nikiski Aglow Submit church announcements to news@peninsulaclarion. Nikiski Aglow meets each Saturday morning from 9-11

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in the case. Kenai Police Sgt. Ben Langham, the lead investigator on the case, said if investigators believe the article of clothing belonged to one of the family members they will have it lab tested. Kenai Lt. David Ross said the focus Thursday was to expand the search area near where the item was found. Officers also planned to search an island of trees a couple of miles northeast of the family’s home where an unidentified item was located in an aerial search

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ment data from area monitoring wells, well logs from drillers, and existing reports. Among those to be studied are six groundwater-monitoring wells installed by AIMM Technologies as part of its permitting process with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Study organizers are also looking for help from area residents. “Large portions of the study area lack any data,” said borough project manager Dan Mahalak. Borough and DOWL HKM employees will be at the Nov. 3 Nikiski Community Council Meeting to give a brief presentation on the project, Mahalak

Guard members sue over leaked records BECKY BOHRER Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four Alaska National Guard members have sued the U.S. Army, saying investigative and other records pertaining to them were improperly leaked to reporters and state officials. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C., said the plaintiffs have suffered humiliation, embarrassment and a potential loss of promotions as a result. It seeks unspecified damages and to have those found responsible for the leaks to be referred to the U.S. Justice Department for prosecution. It also wants inaccurate or derogatory records expunged from the plaintiffs’ records. The plaintiffs — Shannon Tallant, John Nieves, Jarrett

last week. Since Kenai police rekindled the field investigation last week, 20 officers and members of the Federal Bureau of Investigations have assisted in the search. Ross said investigators know Jividen was familiar with area and often hunted in the woods around his home. Ross, Langham were joined in the search by investigator Paul Cushman and officers Alex Prins and Dan Smith. Several Anchorage television and newspaper media members requested to join the search Thursday, Ross said. “It is important to bring the case back in the media spotlight,” Ross said. “Any information and tips we get back

said. To test the well, surveyors will not need to touch a resident’s water, Lyon said. “We can sound it from the top, just like a sonar, and then we can read the water levels there,” he said. “If we can get ahold of their well log, so we know the pump setting, what the pipe was and where the water was, that will work.” The borough’s $119,970 contract with DOWL HKM will eat up most of the $150,000 state money the borough received in 2013 for the project. The funds were part of a capital budget reappropriation written by State Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski. When the money was requested, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said he had heard from a number of Nikiski residents after the history of a site near the AIMM

Carson and Joseph Lawendowski — were all part of the Guard’s recruiting team. Their names also have appeared in recent news stories, based on leaked investigative reports. In a report released in September, the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations, called in by Gov. Sean Parnell to look into allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the Guard, noted a “high level of misconduct.” The lawsuit also claims the National Guard kept information in its records related to the plaintiffs that wasn’t relevant and was inaccurate. “We have not received a legal complaint with regard to this matter, and cannot confirm whether the U.S. Army has been served with legal documents at this time,” said Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, a spokeswoman for the Alaska National Guard, said in an email to Associated Press.

‘This is a big case for our department. A lot (is) on the shoulders of our investigators.’ — Lt. Davis Ross, Kenai Police Department would be helpful.” Langham said having the media along in the search is a benefit to keep the story in the public’s mind in hopes it could generate new leads. After five hours several miles from the staging area at the end of Borgen Road, the search came up empty. Ross said they located the item seen from the plane and it appeared

to be a shooting target frozen to the ground. A bullet-ridden vehicle was also found in the swamp area. “This is a big case for our department,” Ross said. “A lot (is) on the shoulders of our investigators. We don’t have a lot of serious, high profile crime in Kenai. It is frustrating to solve for the concerned family.” As officers went deeper in

‘We really just want people to come out and help us get the data so we can put it together.’ — Kevin Lyon, Kenai Peninsula Borough Capital Projects Director Monofill known as the Arness Septage Site was revealed. The site was the subject of a six-part Peninsula Clarion investigation that revealed at least 4,200 gallons of oil-contaminated waste,

sludge and other pollutants were dumped on the land in the early 1980s. Study organizers said having more wells to test would better the final model.

the woods past all-terrain vehicle trails frequented by hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, the frozen terrain made the search through the marshy areas easier to travel. Ross said the renewed search is not a result of any new leads, but another opportunity to concentrate on specific areas before the anticipation of snow arrives and blankets the area. “Last week we crossed a swampy area through water 10 inches deep,” said Kenai Lt. David Ross. “The freeze is an advantage to explore that area.” The latest search effort came up empty like the countless others performed by law enforcement and community members

alike. A black glove was found by a reporter from the Alaska Dispatch News during the search Thursday, but Langham confirmed it belonged to a FBI searcher who had previously scanned the area. Ross said the department has not received any new investigative leads into the family’s disappearance. Both Brandon Jividen and Rebecca Adams’ vehicles were left at the home along with camping gear and the kids’ car seats. With no leads on where the family could have gone, police couldn’t continue with search efforts, he said.

“We just really want people to come out and help us get the data so we can put it together,” Lyon said. “If we don’t have data points, we really aren’t going to have a good data set.” Once surveyors are done with the field research portion of the project, DOWL HKM will generate subsurface maps to conceptualize groundwater flow, depth and direction, according to a project media release. A report summarizing the findings and recommendations is scheduled to be released in

March, according to the release. Surveyors are planning to finish their field research in November, so any residents willing to volunteer their wells for testing should contact DOWL HKM’s Emily Creely at 907562-2000 or at ecreely@dowlhkm.com.

Reach Dan Balmer at daniel. balmer@peninsulaclarion.com

Clarion file material was used in this article. Rashah McChesney can be reached at rashah.mcchesney@ peninsulaclarion.com


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Survey ranks Alaska low in energy efficiency

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A new nationwide survey on how states are improving energy efficiency programs ranks Alaska near the bottom. But a state energy official said Alaska may not be given enough credit for the work it’s done in that area. The Washington, D.C.- based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has been

tracking energy inefficiencies for eight years. It issues an annual survey on how and whether states are making progress. This year’s survey ranked Alaska 47th in the nation. Annie Gilleo, the council’s state policy research analyst, said most of the states in the bottom have not made energy efficiency a priority in their policies. Much of Alaska’s low rating

was based on the state’s failure to develop energy-efficiency programs for utilities and the transportation sector. It faulted the state for not requiring commercial buildings to comply with thermal- and lighting efficiency standards, such as those required of public facilities, and for not requiring all new construction — not just statefinanced construction — to

adhere to the state’s buildingenergy codes. The survey gave credit to Alaska for its energy-efficiency think tanks and an energy-rebate program that gives qualifying homeowners up to $10,000 to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. It acknowledged efforts, such as legislation passed in 2010 that set renewable energy goals, but did not give the

state credit for that since the effort is voluntary. Sean Skaling, deputy director for alternative energy and energy efficiency with the Alaska Energy Authority, told KUAC he doesn’t think Alaska was given enough credit for energy-conservation efforts. “The state-government-led initiatives are where our score is very good, actually,” he said. “We’re well above average

there.” The council gave high marks for programs that provide audits for public buildings in remote communities and help pay for improvements and for qualifying private-sector property owners. Skaling suspects the council’s low rating for Alaska is based at least partly on statistical quirks.

New geologic materials library opens in Anchorage ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new state library in Anchorage is full of rocks, offering the public data core samples from around Alaska. The Geologic Materials Center opened Wednesday, replacing the library in Eagle River, where most of the samples will remain until the end of winter.

Operators say the new facility provides oil and gas developers a place to learn about the geology of areas they want to explore, KSKA reported. More than 100 people attended Wednesday’s opening, gathering in a concrete room where conveyor-like roller tables hold boxes of rocks.

The new, larger center will be able to house nearly four times the size of the current collection. Housed in a building formerly used by a Sam’s Club warehouse store, the facility took the state two years and $24.5 million to purchase and renovate.

State Department of Natural Resources geologist Dave LaPain said the core collection is a valuable resource for oil and gas developers. He said it can help the industry create predictive models without the larger expense of drilling new wells. “A facility like this, I think,

is an economic engine for the state,” he said. Ken Papp, curator of the center, said individuals as well as companies have access to more than 100,000 boxes of rocks. “So it’s kind of a back-andforth between promoting science and the knowledge of rocks we have here and yet

keeping things accessible and preserved for future generations to learn about,” Papp said. Eighth grade students from a local middle school also attended Wednesday’s opening ceremony. They walked down rows of shelves, with some students checking out private sample viewing rooms.

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bridge the economy until we have new sources of revenue.” Treider said he is not happy with how education has been funded during the last few years. He said it is difficult to attract the best teachers with instability that disrupts school staffing decisions. “Education is one area where we can’t compromise,” he said. “Children are our most important asset.” While both candidates work in the oil industry, they have a different view on energy issues. Treider said he would like to see Alaska transition to renewable energy and break the state’s dependence on oil. Micciche said research in renewable energy has already taken place. He said new sources of energy like tidal generation is a great idea and their time would come. While oil makes up 92 percent of the state revenue, Micciche said natural gas is the future driver of the state economy and hopes gas lines will connect to all Alaskans to provide more affordable sources of heat and electricity.

“My goal is to transition from heavier hydrocarbons that are not as environmentally friendly to natural gas,” he said. “Natural gas would be a dramatic improvement away from diesel economy we have today.” The Alaska LNG project and its proposed facility in Nikiski is an economy driver that could bring the benefits of improved infrastructure, more funding for schools and service areas, Micciche said. While economic responsibility is an important point of emphasis for the state, Treider said the social issues like domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and suicide also need to be addressed. “Whenever the oil and gas industry sneezes the legislature shows up with a convoy of trucks with Kleenex,” he said. “My concern, is the same level and commitment isn’t shown to Alaskans in general. We have a lot of quality of life issues we are dealing with now like crime fueled by drug abuse. Hardly anything has been done to facilitate drug treatment on a

statewide level.” Treider said he was disappointed by Gov. Sean Parnell’s decision not to expand Medicaid, a mistake that could cost lives, he said. Micciche, however, said he believes the current governor and legislators are willing to work on long-term social issues affecting Alaskans. At some point lawmakers will need to discuss how to deal with the affordable care act, he said. “I care about people and want to help get people’s lives turned around,” he said. “I’m also quite firm to defend the rights of the law abiding citizens before those that choose another path.” Campaign spending When it comes to campaign spending, the two candidates have noticeably diverged. According to his Alaska Public Offices Commission, or APOC, finance disclosure report, Micciche received more than $13,000 from Aug. 10 through Oct. 3. As of Oct. 14 his campaign had raised nearly $40,000. Micciche received $1,000

from Alaska General Contractors, a PAC in Anchorage. He also received support from local residents including Robert Ruffner, Wayne Ogle and local politicians Mike and Tim Navarre. Treider said he has limited his campaign donations to $100 increments because he has a problem with money from political action committees driving politics. According to APOC, Treider has collected more than $4,200 as of Oct. 3, including $100 from Talakai Finali, owner of AIC Contracting in Soldotna. Micciche said the important thing to understand about APOC, is the donations are traceable to individuals and it is the responsibility of a candidate to monitor where the money comes from and only accept it from legitimate sources. “The only thing people get out of contributing to my campaign is a better senator,” he said. “If people believe in you, they send you money because they know the cost of running a campaign and want you to be successful.”

Micciche said there are five aspects to being a legislator: Help citizens with state issues; keep constituents informed; create state operating and capital budget; evaluate existing legislation; and stop bad legislation. “I am a pro-responsible development Republican that also demands clean water, healthy forest, critters and fish,” he said. “We can have both and I will continue my record of defending both natural resource development and quality of life issues.” Treider said he is proud that he has been able to run a small campaign because he has stayed true to his ethics. If he won the election, he said he would quit his job and commit his time to meet the people’s needs. “I will work diligently to get big money out of politics and do away with conflicts of interest,” he said. “People deserve a full time advocate in their senator. I want to be available to handle issues personally.”

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repeal of Proposition 1 the August Primary. About 70 percent of the voters in District O voted in support of the bill. Despite the drop in the price of oil, SB 21 included a 35 percent base tax, the highest in Alaska history. It raised the state revenue from what it would have been under the ACES system, he said. Micciche said, if re-elected, his focus during the 29th legislative session would be to deal with the operating and capital budgets that has “gotten out of hand” and make the necessary changes to have the most efficient state budget. “We are going to get into the weeds and get into departmental budgets and challenge them first on efficiency and second on services we can no longer afford,” Micciche said. “Every time you make one of those changes you affect a constituency. We have to be stronger and make tough decisions to

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Growing up fast Bears’ Schachle goes from Wasilla to NHL Scouting List By JEREMIAH BARTZ Frontiersman.com

WASILLA — At this time last year, Tanner Schachle was getting ready for his junior year of high school hockey. But things are a little different for Schachle these days. In just a few months, Schachle went from high school standout to a junior hockey player with his name on the NHL Scouting List. Skating in his first season for the Kenai River Brown Bears, the former Wasilla High standout has played in all 14 games Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion for the Junior A team in the Brown Bears forward Tanner Schachle gets control of the puck and skates down the ice Friday Tier II North American Hockey League, which plays today, Satat the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna.

urday and Sunday on the road against the Wenatchee (Washington) Wild. The 6-foot-1 wing is fresh off a career night. He bagged a goal and two assists during a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wilderness on Saturday, and now has a pair of goals and two assists on the year. “It’s definitely a different game, faster, more hitting, bigger guys,” Schachle said recently. “But I like it a lot.” Schachle skipped his senior season of high school hockey in favor of playing for a Kenai club that netted him in the second round of the 2014 NAHL draft. After Kenai chose Schachle with the 37th pick, the Wasilla product wasn’t sure what to

expect. He did know that he definitely wanted to play for the Brown Bears. “I wanted to be a regular in the lineup. I didn’t want to be sitting in the stands or sitting on the bench,” Schachle said. Putting in the extra work has been key, he said. “Obviously I’m not the biggest,” Schachle said. “I’m trying to get bigger, work harder. You’ve got to go as hard as you can.” Skating from high school to the junior levels has been a transition, Schachle said. “After the first couple of games, you get the handle of it,” Schachle said. “Everything See BEARS, page B-4

Florida State topples Cards GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If trailing Auburn by 18 last season in the BCS Championship game didn’t shake Florida State, a 21-0 first-half deficit to Louisville surely wasn’t going to, either. Thanks to another remarkable comeback by the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston, their hopes of competing for a second straight national championship remain intact. Winston threw three touchdown passes to offset a threeinterception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night. “That was another heck of

a football game. Fun to watch, wasn’t it?” Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. Big rallies aren’t uncommon for Florida State, which trailed Auburn 21-3 in the title game before winning 34-31 in a thriller. The Seminoles also overcame a 24-7 deficit at North Carolina State in September before going on to a 56-41 win. Florida States latest comeback for its 24th straight win might have saved the season. Out of sorts and on the verge of having its College Football Playoff prospects damaged, the Seminoles (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 2 CFP) recovered behind their Heisman Trophy quarterback and Cook. Cook had a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and gave the Seminoles the lead for good with a 38-yard See FSU, Page B-4

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Kodiak’s Jeremiah Black warms up for the diving preliminaries of the Region III Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at Soldotna High School. The meet continues today and Saturday.

Saints roll past Region III chases after Kodiak fading Panthers By JOEY KLECKA Peninsula Clarion

STEVE REED AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Saints’ offense is potent enough with Drew Brees. But if they continue to get big games on the ground from Mark Ingram, they may just leave the rest of the weak NFC South in the dust. Brees threw for 297 yards and a touchdown and also ran for another score, and Ingram turned in another strong performance carrying 30 times for 100 yards and two TDs and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South.

Brees praised Ingram, who was coming off 172 yards rushing last week against Green Bay, for “carrying the load” and being the catalyst for the Saints’ recent turnaround the past two weeks. “Man, it’s when our offense is at its best,” Brees said of the Saints’ running game. The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to snap a seven-game losing streak on the road that dated back to last November. Brees said too much is made of the team’s road woes, but he knows it wasn’t going away until the Saints could find a way to win a big game on the road. Brees finished 24 of 34 and See SAINTS, Page B-4

The level of domination the Kodiak swimming and diving teams have exacted on Northern Lights Conference opponents in recent years can feel overwhelming at times. The Kodiak girls have won seven straight region crowns while the boys have won five in a row. And at the state level, three state records have been set in the past four years by a Kodiak swimmer. “If I was a betting man, I’d go with Kodiak,” said Kenai head coach Will Hubler. But if there is any team that may hold a shot at dethroning the Bears, it may be the Soldotna Stars. The Stars came the clos-

est to Kodiak at the Palmer Invitational two weeks ago. While the SoHi boys finished a distant runner-up to Kodiak, the margin of victory between the Kodiak and Soldotna girls was much slimmer — 88.5 points to 67 between the two schools. So does that mean the gap has shrunk? “There’s always a chance,” said Soldotna coach Lucas Petersen. “I’ve told my girls team, (Kodiak is) competitive ... but you never know, two points here and two point there, there’s always a chance.” Petersen acknowledged that things would have to go perfectly for his girls squad to have a chance to take the gold at the NLC meet, held today

and Saturday at Soldotna High School. But a glance at the past proves it is within the realm of possibility. Petersen brought up the 2002 state meet, when the Soldotna girls emerged victorious in two of the three relay races, which gave SoHi enough points to claim the overall state title by two points over Service, which suffered a disqualification in one of the events. This weekend, Petersen said he’ll be keeping close track of the points, but no matter the situation, he will have his team competing hard for personal bests. “When I was in college, my coach would say you either stay where you’re at, or you move up in races,” Petersen

said. The general consensus among local coaches is that Kodiak has a fair shot to grab another region title among the NLC teams, but the Colony boys and Soldotna girls hold the keys to an upset. “I’m excited to watch the boys, I think Kodiak and Colony have great squads, and they’re always faster than you expect,” Petersen said. “Everyone puts their A game on.” “My money’s still on Kodiak, but I think they’ll get a good run for their money,” Hubler added. Diving and swimming preliminaries begin today at 1 p.m., and finals for all events begin 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner of each race earns an See SWIM, page B-4

James, Cavs flop on big opening night against Knicks By The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar’s emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night. James, who returned to the Cavs and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also committed eight turnovers and never looked comfortable on a night when the entire city — and a star-studded crowd — celebrated his comeback. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and buried a jumper with James in his face with 25 seconds left to give the Knicks a 92-87 lead. Kyrie Irving scored 22 and Kevin Love added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavs, who have some work to before they can start thinking about

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ebrating the crown. J.J. Barea, the diminutive guard and 2011 NBA Finals spark who was re-acquired a day earlier, got a standing ovation when he came off the bench late in the first quarter. He had four points. Derrick Favors had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who fell behind by 30 points in the first half of a tough back-to-back after an opening loss to Houston at home.

CLIPPERS 93, THUNDER 90 LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, Chris Paul added 22 and Clippers beat Oklahoma City in their season opener to usher in a new era under owner Steve Ballmer. Los Angeles hardly resembled its new ad campaign of “Be Relentless” early on, when the Thunder scored the game’s first eight points as Ballmer cupped his hands and yelled to his team from his baseline seat near their bench. He paid a record $2 billion to buy the team after 33-year owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks. The Thunder sent the Clippers packing in the second round of the playoffs last spring, shortly after the Sterling scandal erupted. Already without injured Kevin Durant, the Thunder lost Russell Westbrook to a hand injury in the second quarter. Perry Jones scored a career-high 32 points, making 9 of 11 free throws. The Thunder are

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Cavaliers’ LeBron James tosses chalk in the air before the start of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Thursday in Cleveland. 0-2, having dropped their opener a from the franchise’s only chamnight earlier at Portland. pionship team in a home-opening victory over Utah. Tyson Chandler, the center and MAVERICKS 120, emotional leader when Dallas beat JAZZ 102 Miami for the title three years ago, DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki had 13 points and six rebounds in scored 21 points and Dallas cele- his first home game since leaving brated the return of two key pieces in free agency not long after cel-

ORLANDO, Fla. — John Wall had 30 points and 12 assists, and Washington held off a late surge to beat Orlando. Marcin Gortat added 20 points and 12 rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures as Washington earned its fifth straight victory over its division rival. The Magic trailed by three at the half, only to be outscored 2815 in the third quarter. Orlando recovered in the fourth and rallied to trim what had been a 17-point Washington lead to two with less than a minute to play. But Wall got free for a driving layup to help pre-

serve the victory. Nik Vucevic led the Magic with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Orlando finished with 18 turnovers, matching its total from its season opener.

TIMBERWOLVES 97, PISTONS 91 MINNEAPOLIS — Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 90 seconds to play to lift Minnesota over Detroit. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, eight assists and seven boards for the Timberwolves in their home opener. Caron Butler scored 24 points and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and six assists for the Pistons, who have opened the season with two straight losses on the road under first-year coach Stan Van Gundy. Andre Drummond had 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he was limited in the second half by foul trouble and the Timberwolves held off a late charge from Butler and the Pistons.


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Seward netters roll; Homer loses while Larsen Fellows added Grace Christian swept Hom- five aces and seven kills, Kyla er in three games Thursday Pitzman notched five kills and night in a Southcentral Confer- Jane Rohr had two aces. ence matchup in Homer. The Grizzlies won with Seward 3, Houston 0 scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25Seward dominated the court 23. After suffering a slow start, Thursday night in Seward, comthe Mariners came back to tie pleting a three-game sweep on the first set up at 22 apiece, Southcentral Conference opponent Houston with scores of 25-10, 25but Grace finished strong with 14 and 25-5. three straight points to take a “This is good for us rolling into 1-0 match lead. regions next week,” said Seward Homer coach Beth Trow- coach Jamie Frederickson. “We’ve bridge said her squad struggled gotta have that mindset.” Seward (4-7 in conference play) with offense in the second set, but came back strong in Game was led by Carri Anderson, who 3, taking a large lead. Unfor- had six kills on 11 hits. Fredericktunately, hitting errors erased son said that Houston was virtually much of that lead, as Homer unable to pick up and return Anderson’s hits. Libero Paige Cartergave up a total of 22 points Kurtz added two aces, and Chloe in the match on hitting mis- Baldwin notched four kills. takes and an additional 12 with “I made a point to my team of blocking errors. earning points, rather than letting McKi Needham led Homer the other team give us points,” with eight aces and 13 assists, Frederickson said. Staff report

Scoreboard Soccer MLS Playoffs KNOCKOUT ROUND Eastern Conference Thursday, Oct. 30: New York 2, Sporting Kansas City 1 Western Conference Wednesday, Oct 29: FC Dallas 2, Vancouver 1. CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Eastern Conference New England vs. Columbus Leg 1 — Saturday, Nov. 1: New England at Columbus, Noon Leg 2 — Sunday, Nov. 9: Columbus at New England, 1 p.m. D.C. United vs. New York Leg 1 — Sunday, Nov. 2: D.C. United at New York, Noon Leg 2 — Saturday, Nov. 8: New York at D.C. United, 10:30 a.m. Western Conference LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake Leg 1 — Saturday, Nov. 1: LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake, 4 p.m. Leg 2 — Sunday, Nov. 9: Real Salt Lake at LA Galaxy, 3:30 p.m. Seattle vs. FC Dallas-Vancouver winner Leg 1 — Sunday, Nov. 2: Seattle at FC Dallas, 5 p.m. Leg 2 — Saturday, Nov. 8: FC Dallas at Seattle, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT/AST

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Sports Briefs NCAA denies appeal of Gurley suspension ATLANTA — The NCAA upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on Thursday night, ending the school’s final hope of having its biggest star in uniform for Saturday’s game against Florida. In a statement released Thursday night, the NCAA’s studentathlete reinstatement committee denied Georgia’s appeal of Gurley’s four-game suspension. The NCAA announced the suspension on Wednesday, when it said Gurley accepted more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.

RG3 set to return Sunday ASHBURN, Va. — It’s time for RG3’s latest comeback. One of the NFL’s most dynamic play-makers — and personalities — is set to return Sunday, and the rest of the season could go far in determining his future in the league. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden made it all but official Thursday when he said he has “every intent” of starting Robert Griffin III against the Minnesota Vikings.

AP source: Hardy’s appeal trial postponed CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy’s domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night. The person said the new trial date has not been set. The person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. The change could signal the end of Hardy’s season — and perhaps his career — with the Panthers. The NFL and the Panthers have said Hardy would not play until after his trial was resolved, although he is still collecting more than $770,000 per week as Carolina’s franchise player. He will make $13.1 million this year. — The Associated Press

AMERICAN CONFERENCE East New England Buffalo Miami N.Y. Jets South Indianapolis Houston Tennessee Jacksonville North Cincinnati Baltimore Pittsburgh Cleveland West Denver San Diego Kansas City Oakland

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Sunday’s Games Arizona at Dallas, 9 a.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 9 a.m. N.Y. Jets at Kansas City, 9 a.m. Washington at Minnesota, 9 a.m. Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 9 a.m.

Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 9 a.m. San Diego at Miami, 9 a.m. St. Louis at San Francisco, 12:05 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 12:25 p.m. Denver at New England, 12:25 p.m. Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. Open: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee Monday’s Game Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants, 4:30 p.m. All Times ADT

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College Scores EAST Charleston, W.Va. 42, West Liberty 13 SOUTH Florida St. 42, Louisville 31 Georgia Southern 42, Troy 10 Valdosta St. 24, West Alabama 17

Basketball NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic DivisionW Boston 1 Toronto 1 New York 1 Philadelphia 0 Brooklyn 0 Southeast Division Miami 1 Charlotte 1 Washington 1 Atlanta 0 Orlando 0 Central Division Chicago 1

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Thursday’s Games Washington 105, Orlando 98 Minnesota 97, Detroit 91 New York 95, Cleveland 90 Dallas 120, Utah 102 L.A. Clippers 93, Oklahoma City 90 Friday’s Games Memphis at Indiana, 3 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 4 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 4:30 p.m. San Antonio at Phoenix, 6 p.m. Portland at Sacramento, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Dallas at New Orleans, 3 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Milwaukee at Washington, 3 p.m. Toronto at Orlando, 3 p.m. Memphis at Charlotte, 3 p.m. Indiana at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Denver at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. Boston at Houston, 4 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Phoenix at Utah, 5 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT

Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W Montreal 11 8 Tampa Bay 11 7 Detroit 9 5 Ottawa 9 5 Boston 12 6 Florida 8 3 Toronto 9 4 Buffalo 11 2 Metropolitan Division Pittsburgh 9 6 N.Y. Islanders 10 6 New Jersey 10 5 N.Y. Rangers 9 5 Washington 9 4 Philadelphia 10 4 Columbus 9 4 Carolina 8 0

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Thursday’s Games New Jersey 2, Winnipeg 1, SO Chicago 5, Ottawa 4, SO Minnesota 4, San Jose 3, SO Boston 3, Buffalo 2, OT Pittsburgh 3, Los Angeles 0 Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 3 Florida 2, Arizona 1 St. Louis 2, Anaheim 0 Colorado 5, N.Y. Islanders 0 Vancouver 3, Montreal 2, OT Friday’s Games Toronto at Columbus, 3 p.m. Los Angeles at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Anaheim at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Nashville at Calgary, 5 p.m. Saturday’s Games Ottawa at Boston, 3 p.m. Chicago at Toronto, 3 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. Philadelphia at Florida, 3 p.m. Columbus at New Jersey, 3 p.m. Winnipeg at N.Y. Rangers, 3 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m. Arizona at Carolina, 3 p.m. Colorado at St. Louis, 4 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Vancouver at Edmonton, 6 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at San Jose, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT

Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Exercised 2015 options on LHP WeiYin Chen and RHP Darren O’Day. BOSTON RED SOX — Agreed to terms with RHP Koji Uehara on a two-year contract. Announced C David Ross and RHP Burke Badenhop declined outright assignment and chose free agency. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Activated RHPs Aaron Crow, Aaron Brooks and Casey Coleman; LHPs Scott Downs, Francisley Bueno and John Lamb; OFs Lane Adams, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Peguero and Moises Sierra; 2B Johnny Giavotella; C Francisco Pena; SS Christian Colon; and 3B Cheslor Cuthbert. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Exercised 2015 option on RHP Huston Street. Declined 2015 option on LHP Sean Burnett. Returned LHP Brian Moran to Seattle. NEW YORK YANKEES — Reinstated 3B Alex Rodriguez from the restricted list. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Declined 2015 option on SS Hiroyuki Nakajima. Promoted Darren Bush to hitting coach. Named Scott Emerson bullpen coach and Marcus Jensen assistant hitting/catching coach. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Traded C Santiago Nessy to Kansas City for RHP Liam Hendriks. National League CHICAGO CUBS — Assigned OF Ryan Kalish outright to Iowa (PCL). Announced RHP James McDonald declined outright assignment and chose free agency. Declined 2015 option on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa. CINCINNATI REDS — Exercised 2015 option on RHP Johnny Cueto. Declined 2015 options on 3B Jack Hannahan and OF Ryan Ludwick. LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Announced RHP Dan Haren exercised his 2015 option. MIAMI MARLINS — Reinstated

RHP Jose Fernandez from the 60-day DL. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Declined 2015 option on RHP Mike Adams. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Exercised 2015 option on RHP John Lackey. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Declined 2015 option on RHP Josh Johnson. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Activated RHPs Louis Coleman, Juan Gutierrez, Kendry Flores, Erik Cordier, Brett Bochy, Chris Heston and George Kontos; OFs Gary Brown, Chris Dominguez, Daniel Carbonell, Angel Pagan and Jarrett Parker; 1B Adam Duvall and Angel Villalona; LHP Mike Kickham; and C Guillermo Quiroz. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Exercised the option of OF Denard Span. Declined 2015 options on 1B Adam LaRoche and RHP Rafael Soriano. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Named Malcolm Turner NBADL president. CHARLOTTE HORNETS — Agreed to terms with G Kemba Walker on a contract extension. FOOTBALL National Football League CLEVELAND BROWNS — Released DB Marcus Cromartie from the practice squad. Signed WR Phil Bates to the practice squad. NEW YORK GIANTS — Placed LB Jon Beason on injured reserve. Released G Brandon Washington and WR Kadron Boone from the practice squad and DB Jemea Thomas. ST. LOUIS RAMS — Placed WR Brian Quick on injured reserve. Signed TE Justice Cunningham, G Travis Bond, WR Emory Blake and OT Steven Baker to the practice squad and WR Damian Williams and G Brandon Washington. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Signed TE Keavon Milton to the practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Placed C Mark Letestu and D James Wisniewski on injured reserve. Recalled Cs Sean Collins and Brian Gibbons from Springfield (AHL). DALLAS STARS — Activated F Valeri Nichhushkin from injured reserve and assigned him to Texas (AHL) for conditioning. DETROIT RED WINGS — Recalled C Stephen Weiss from Grand Rapids (AHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS — Recalled F David Van der Gulik from Manchester (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD — Reassigned D Stu Bickel to Iowa (AHL). Recalled F Stephane Veilleux from Iowa. WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Assigned F Caleb Herbert from Hershey (AHL) to South Carolina (ECHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer MLS — Awarded a franchise to Los Angeles to begin with the 2017 season. Nort American Soccer League NEW YORK COSMOS — Signed C F Raul to a multi-year contract. COLLEGE CENTRAL CONNECTICUT Y STATE — Named Jason Marshall women’s assistant basketball coach.


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tight end Jimmy Graham had seven catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. But it was Ingram who kept the Panthers off balance by picking up key first downs. “The offensive line and tight end did a great job of hitting them, hitting them and hitting them,” Ingram said. “I think they started to wear down and we were able to get some leaky yards and some big gains.” The struggling defending NFC South champion Panthers (3-5-1) have only won once in their past seven games after opening the season with backto-back wins. They have 10 days before their next game to figure out how to turn things around. “We know we are better — simple as that,” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said. “It’s

nothing that someone has to say that hasn’t already been said. It’s a lot that hasn’t been done yet.” Brees said he didn’t let the team’s road struggles creep into his mind, even after he threw an interception and fumbled in the first quarter. He settled down late in the second, leading touchdown drives on four of the next five possessions. The Saints’ defense did its part, sacking Newton four times and forcing two turnovers. Newton, who spent much of the night under heavy duress playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters, was limited to 151 yards passing. Carolina had opportunities to seize momentum after New Orleans’ first two turnovers, but couldn’t capitalize. That’s nothing new. The Panthers had three trips in the red zone last week against Seattle, but came away with only six points.

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run with 3:46 remaining. All of Winston’s TD passes were big. He hit Travis Rudolph for 68 yards, Ermon Lane for 47, and Freddie Stevenson for the 35-yard clincher with 2:11 remaining. Winston was 25 of 48 for 401 yards passing. Florida State outgained Louisville 574-488, including 374 in the second half.

“We’ve been there before,” the quarterback said after rallying his team despite a twisted right ankle that required treatment on the sideline during the game. He said the pain was temporary. “Being down is nothing when you’ve got heart and you persevere. Personally, we play better when we’re down, honestly. More important for the Seminoles was maintaining their national championship hopes on a night that Louisville (6-3, 4-3, No. 25 CFP) nearly took them away twice.

The presence of Muhammad Ali was fitting in a game that the Cardinals initially dominated with a smashmouth approach that provided a 21-point first-half lead and knocked the Seminoles on the ropes. Michael Dyer had TD runs of 4 and 12 yards and Gerald Christian caught an 11-yard scoring pass from Will Gardner. Florida State began its comeback just before halftime when Winston, shaking off two interceptions that Louisville turned into 14 points, led the

Seminoles 78 yards on a drive that ended weird touchdown when Nick O’Leary recovered Karlos Williams’ fumble in the end zone. The intermission gave Winston and Florida State time to regroup, though not before his third interception and second by Louisville safety Gerod Holliman. Ironically, Winston’s biggest play came after the pickoff as he came up and stripped Holliman of the ball, which Travis Rudolph recovered at the Florida State 40.

Pens, Fleury shut out Kings By The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — MarcAndre Fleury made 35 saves in his 30th NHL shutout, and Chris Kunitz had two goals in a three-point game to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Thursday night. Kris Letang scored his first goal of the season, and Evgeni Malkin became the fifth player in team history to register 400 assists as the Penguins used their dominant power play and a steady performance from Fleury to hand the defending champion Kings just their second regulation loss. DEVILS 2, JETS 1, SO

watched the Panthers play Ottawa on Oct. 13th.

BLACKHAWKS 5, SENATORS 4, SO OTTAWA, Ontario — Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist in Chicago’s shootout win over Ottawa, reaching two milestones in the city in which he started his NHL career back in 1997. Patrick Sharp scored the only goal of the shootout. Jonathan Toews scored twice for Chicago (6-3-1), and Kris Versteeg added a goal. Scott Darling turned aside 28 shots for the win. Mark Stone, Clarke MacArthur, Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad had goals for Ottawa (5-2-2). Craig Anderson made 35 saves.

BLUES 2, DUCKS 0

NEWARK, N.J. — Jacob Josefson scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Cory Schneider made it stand up as New Jersey ended its tiebreaker frustration with a come-from-behind victory over Winnipeg. Michael Ryder forced overtime for New Jersey, scoring the tying goal with 3:27 left in regulation. The Devils earned the shootout victory after losing all 13 last season and one other this season. Josefson, the Devils’ second shootout shooter, lifted a shot over sprawling goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

ST. LOUIS — Alexander Steen and Ryan Reaves scored, and Jake Allen stopped 24 shots in his second NHL shutout, leading St. Louis over Anaheim. The Blues (5-3-1) won their third consecutive game despite playing without four of their top nine forwards. David Backes and T.J. Oshie sat out because of concussions, Paul Stastny was sidelined by a shoulder injury, and Joakim Lindstrom missed the game due to an illness. The Ducks (8-3) played the second game of a four-game, sixBRUINS 3, SABRES 2, OT day trip. Anaheim had won four straight against the Blues, includBUFFALO, N.Y. — Brad ing a 3-0 home victory on Oct. 19. Marchand had two goals, including the winner 1:20 into overtime, and Boston earned its third straight WILD 4, SHARKS 3, SO road victory by beating Buffalo. ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mikko Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis each had a goal and an assist for Koivu and Jason Pominville scored the Sabres, who are 0-4-1 at home in the shootout to lift Minnesota over San Jose. this season. Kyle Brodziak scored twice in Marchand added an assist on Adam McQuaid’s goal for the the third period, and Koivu had a Bruins. Niklas Svedberg made 13 goal in the second for Minnesota, saves for his second win of the sea- which for the second straight game son, both coming against Buffalo. overcame a 3-1, third-period deficit to win.

LIGHTNING 4, FLYERS 3 TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist, and Tampa Bay beat Philadelphia. Vladislav Namestnikov and Jason Garrison scored the other Lightning goals. Tampa Bay has defeated the Flyers seven straight times at home, dating to February 2011. Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl netted goals for the Flyers, who had won three in a row.

AVALANCHE 5, ISLANDERS 0 DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored his first two goals of the season and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots for his 14th NHL shutout, lifting Colorado over the New York Islanders. MacKinnon, the 19-year-old reigning rookie of the year, netted both of his goals in the second period, one on a power play. He later tipped a shot past goalie Chad Johnson.

PANTHERS 2, COYOTES 1 SUNRISE, Fla. — Scottie Upshall scored 10:56 into the third period, Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in front of another small crowd, and Florida edged Arizona. The announced crowd was 7,691, just 380 more than the franchise-record low of 7,311 that

CANUCKS 3, CANADIENS 2, OT VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 2:45 into overtime, off an assist from twin brother Henrik, and Vancouver bounced back from a blown lead and beat Montreal.

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starts to flow easier.” Schachle scored his first career junior hockey goal during a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Magicians on Sept. 27. It was a game-winning tally coming at the 4:19 mark of the second period. There has been a learning curve, but Kenai River head coach Geoff Beauparlant lauded the work ethic and potential he’s seen in the 17-year-old Schachle. “He has really started to mature into his role on this hockey club,” Beauparlant said recently. “He’s obviously a very talented young guy.”

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Palmer High School diver Gabe Waldhaus practices before diving preliminaries of the Region III Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at Soldotna High School in Soldotna. The meet continues today and Saturday.

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automatic spot at the state meet, and the next 12 fastest times in the state will fill the remaining spots. KENAI KARDINALS Hubler said his Kards have been slowly tapering after a strong season of hard work, which he hopes will translate to season bests at the right time. “Each athlete is a little different,” Hubler said. “Whether they’re a distance swimmer or sprint swimmer, they practice and taper differently.” At last year’s region meet at Kenai Central High School, the Kards finished sixth on the boys side and seventh among girls. Hubler said the team’s goals is to have everyone swimming their personal bests. At the Palmer Invite two weeks ago, the Kenai boys finished seventh and the Kenai girls placed eighth. “We have some strong kids,” Hubler said. “We expect to have at least four or five go to state, and a couple other ones could squeak in too.” A trio of athletes lead the state hopefuls for Kenai. On the boys side is senior Josh Peck, who is swimming the 500-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly. At the SoHi Pentathlon in mid-September, Peck finished 11th to place third among Peninsula swimmers. The top Kenai girls are senior Celestina Castro, swimming the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and sophomore Mikaela Pitsch, an adept diver. Castro finished 12th overall at the SoHi Pentathlon. Hubler also added that senior Kirsten Nyquist could get to state in the breaststroke. SOLDOTNA STARS Petersen said as much as

Beauparlant said Schachle is handling the transition from high school to juniors well, skating through the peaks and the valleys of hockey at a higher level. “It’s ups and downs. There’s been days he struggles and works through it. There’s days where he’s been the best player on the ice,” Beauparlant said. “It’s typical of any younger guy adjusting to the pace and physicality of junior hockey. He’s done well with it.” Beauparlant said Schachle is also an intelligent player. “He works very smart on the ice. He has a high hockey IQ,” Beauparlant said. “He’s not afraid to go in the tough area. For a young guy, I really like that.”

his team enjoys the chance to travel to other meets, he enjoys the chance to host the region meet at SoHi. It’s a perfect opportunity to win a team title as well. “We’ll be resting down, the kids are a little antsy,” Petersen said. “They’ve put in a good season, and I hope to continue the trend. I hope everyone drops a little more time.” Last year at the region meet, the SoHi boys placed second while the girls were third. Petersen said he hopes to see both teams finish in the top two at this year’s meet. He would also like to see at least eight to 10 swimmers qualify to state, along with four relays. “The girls race is a little tighter,” he said. “Our girls might be competitive with Kodiak, but if something goes our way, it could put us ahead.” Senior Alex Weeks leads the charge, competing in the 50 and 100 freestyle races — both events in which she holds the SoHi school record. Weeks’ biggest competition will be the same as it’s been for the last three years, Kodiak senior Ila Hughes. “I think their races are great,” Petersen said. “That could be the difference maker for us.” Weeks beat Hughes by a half-second in the girls 100 free at the Palmer Invite, but Hughes has gotten the better of Weeks each year at the region and state meets. In addition to Weeks, senior Megan English harbors state hopes in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke events, and senior Rachel Henry will add depth in the distance events, competing in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Henry was a state finalist last year in the 100 breaststroke. All three seniors were a part of last year’s region champion 200-yard medley relay team. On the boys side, Petersen

Schachle is also putting in the work off the ice, Beauparlant said. “He works hard in the weight room. He takes the extra time away from the link. He’s one of the guys who says, ‘Hey, can I get a DVD and watch the whole game?’ He utilizes that tool.” Beauparlant raved about Schachle’s potential. “His ceiling is unlimited,” Beauparlant said. That ceiling is part of what landed Schachle on the NHL Scouting Bureau’s “Prospects to Watch” list for players eligible for the 2015 NHL draft. Schachle is one of 10 NAHL players on the list, and the lone Kenai River skater. Players are ranked in three tiers. Schachle was given a “C”

said junior David Hall has looked strong in the sprint freestyle events. Hall won the boys 50 free at Palmer earlier this season. Hall’s sophomore brother, Jacob, also will be swimming in the freestyle events, albeit the longer ones. Jacob finished second and third, respectively, in the boys 200 and 500 freestyle races in Palmer. Two more sophomores make up a solid unit of SoHi boys. Jacob Creglow will be swimming the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, while Cody Watkins will compete in the 50 free and 100 butterfly events. Watkins led all Peninsula swimmers at the SoHi Pentathlon earlier this year, finishing sixth overall. Creglow was eighth overall. HOMER MARINERS Scott Smith enters his first region meet as head coach of the Mariners, and said since the Palmer Invite, he’s been happy with the results his team has produced. “I think we’ve had a good three weeks and everyone is swimming well,” Smith said. “With the practices we’ve seen, we’re improving every week. I think there’s absolutely a lot of room for improvement still.” Smith said fourth place is the goal for the Homer boys, while the girls side will be looking more at individual results. The Mariners finished tied for fourth with Lathrop in the boys standings at Palmer two weeks ago, led by a thirdplace result in the boys 200 medley relay. At the same meet, junior Ren Carrol took fourth in the boys 1-meter diving event, and Smith said Carrol should be a strong contender to pick up points again this weekend. Ian Paul is another junior diver that could grab points and positions. Among the swimmers, junior Greg Smith will com-

rating. According to Beauparlant, players with “C” ratings are projected to potentially be selected anywhere from the fourth through seventh rounds in the NHL draft. “It’s a big honor, but it’s just a preliminary thing,” Beauparlant said of being included on the list. “Just to be projected is a humbling honor for him. I do know he’s a player that wants to make this a career. No doubt in my mind, he has the potential to do that if he continues down the right path.” Schachle said one of his teammates told him he was on the list, which was released in late September. “I was pretty surprised,” Schachle said. “It’s just a list, but it’s cool to be on there.”

pete in the boys 100 backstroke and 50 free, while sophomore Remi Nagle will swim the 50 free and 100 fly. Nagle took fifth place in the boys 100 fly at Palmer, and at the SoHi Pentathlon finished 16th. Leo Castellani and Griffin Downey should add further depth, as Downey took fifth place in the boys 200 IM at Palmer and 21st at the SoHi pentathlon, while Castellani was 29th in the Pentathlon. Smith said there are currently five girls swimming for Homer, two of which took up the sport this year, so inexperience and lack of numbers has led to the athletes looking for personal bests. At the end of the day, Smith said the biggest joy he gets is seeing the hard work and effort from the entire season produce results at the end-ofyear meets. “What I’ve found fulfilling is that you gotta take these guys through the intense early season,” Smith said. “We had to erase the muscle memory of bad habits, and as they came out of that, they got into the max stage of aerobic building capacity. “That’s when they started swimming well. That’s a reward for me, watching them improving and then applying that to races.” SEWARD SEAHAWKS The Seward girls finished last year off with a fourthplace result at the region swim meet. Earlier this year, Seward coach Emilee Sawyer said senior Sasha Hamner plans on getting to the state meet this year. Hamner is the only cog remaining from last year’s state-bound girls 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay squads. Hamner took sixth in the girls 100 free at Palmer, and finished 14th overall at the SoHi Pentathlon earlier in the year.

Schachle said he was seen by scouts at a USA Hockey Summer Development Camp in Buffalo, New York, earlier this year, and at the NAHL Showcase in Minnesota earlier this season. Schachle said he’s trying not to base too much on being named to the list. He said it’s an honor, and his dream is to be drafted and play professional hockey. But at this point, he wants to continue to work. “It’s pretty cool. It’s a goal of mine to be drafted. I just want to work hard toward that, keep going, make the dream a reality,” Schachle said. Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman sports editor Jeremiah Bartz at sports@frontiersman.com.

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n the past 10 or 15 years years, I’ve found myself thinking more and more about my dad. The old man was a meat fisherman to the bone. When I was a kid, his baitcasting rod was a True Temper, a 5-foot long, solid, square shaft of tempered steel. Dad dragged in a lot of poundage with that rod without breaking it, a testament to the rod’s hardiness and to the U.S. steel industry of the 1930s. The old man’s baitcasting reel was also a product of the 1930s. It had no drag, and no hint of anything designed to prevent backlashes. One time when I was along, he hooked something that took a notion to run and keep going. Other than the occasional “dadburn it,” I’d never heard him use a swear word, but when he burned his thumb and rapped his knuckles trying to stop that fish, he came out with a good one. While it wouldn’t count for much by today’s standards, I duly entered it in my vocabulary for future use. Monofilament nylon fishing line came into widespread use by anglers after World War II, but the old man loyally stuck with the twisted linen line called cuttyhunk. When braided Dacron came along, it was an upgrade. By the time he got around to trying nylon monofilament, we were well into the 1950s, but it was just as well that the old man waited. That early mono was stiff, it stretched like rubber, and it liked to remember that it had been coiled around a spool. When cast, it went out through the rod guides in little curls. For saltwater work, mainly jigging for bottomfish in Puget Sound, the old man had a split Calcutta cane rod and a Pflueger “Taxie” reel. Strictly a meat-fishing tool, in a pinch this outfit could be used to pull stumps and winch trucks out of ditches. The reel’s “brake” was a thin tab of spring steel he jammed against the outside of the spool in the vain hope that it would stop a fish from running back to the bottom. More often, the golf-ball-size knobs on the spool, when applied to his knuckles, did most of the slowing. After a few years of hoisting big lingcod off the bottom, the rod took on a permanent set, as did the old man’s spine. As for terminal gear, the old man kept it simple. His favorite weapons were jigs, home-made from scrap lead. When scraped with a knife, they shined. When lowered to the bottom and jigged up and down, they caught fish. Dad was a master at boating fish. No nets for him, just a gaff hook and a bonker. Anything over about 20 pounds, he shot between the eyes with his .22 pistol, a semi-automatic Colt “Woodsman” loaded with hollow-points. There was no fish box in his homemade, wooden, 14-foot skiff. One minute See PALMER, page C-2

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This Clarion photo is of the front cover of “Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak” written by Andy Hall taken Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The 12 climbers were a part of the Wilcox expedition that summited the south peak in 1967, followed by the death of seven members.

They wanted to climb the mountain Andy Hall attempts to clear up Denali’s history By KELLY SULLIVAN Peninsula Clarion

In Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak former editor of Alaska magazine Andy Hall’s presentation responded to a four-decade old hole in mountaineering history. Twelve climbers, led by Joe Wilcox, worked together in two bids for the mountain’s south summit in the summer of 1967. Only five survived the trip, he wrote. Each man had varying degrees of experience, including Wilcox who received significant criticism for his role in the tragedy. The group was a last-minute combination of two teams, Hall wrote. A group from Colorado had two members back out at the last second, which put them below the minimum required by the park for an expedition; so they joined up with Wilcox. Hall presented the interviews from survivors, written and voice recordings from radio communications as evidence- not a way to place blame. He of-

fers personal analysis through out. A stove fire instantly incinerated a climber’s sleeping bag halfway through the trip. A glacial traverse resulted in a fall into a crevasse, followed fortunately by a successful rescue and altitude sickness punctuated the otherwise relatively smooth ascent. Wilcox required his team members, including the three from Colorado, meet for a climb to Mount Rainier in Washington. The trip was riddled with contention and discord amongst the members. While clear blue skies and light wind carried the second summit team to the top, after a successful bid by three members of the team the previous day, including Wilcox, a Class 6 storm pinned the five member group down just as they were about to descend. While Mt. McKinley is at lower elevation than Mount Everest, the climb from the base of the tallest peak in North America is 3,000 feet further. Supplemental oxygen is not necessary for climbing the peak but the air is still

extremely thin, and it comes with a unique set of obstacles. Technical ice climbing experience is key on Mount McKinley, and Hall presents evidence that wind speeds can reach up to 300 miles per hour on the peak. Following the Wilcox expedition climbers were required to carrying ice axes, for building caves and igloos for shelter. The Park Service worked with the Air Force and the Alaska Rescue Group once Wilcox made what some felt to be an unnecessarily delayed mayday call. No one was willing to attempt a rescue in the violent storm. The expedition almost meant the end for climbing on Mt. McKinley. Hall’s father George Hall was the superintendent of Denali National Park at the time of the disaster. George Hall received his share of criticism in the media storm that followed. George Hall successfully advocated for keeping the mountain open when the government threatened to shut it down for good in lieu of the trip. “The people making the climbs

generally were just doing it, they were just guys hanging around,” Hall quoted his father saying. “They were just people who wanted to climb the damned mountain. They had no money, and they usually gave up their jobs to come up and climb.” “He (Hall’s father) didn’t want those people shut out of Denali,” Hall wrote. Hall said that much of the evidence he tracked down in the course of doing his research was contradictory. Some of the perished men were never found on the mountain, and will likely never been uncovered from forty years of snowdrifts. Unfortunately there may never be a clear picture of what happened in the climber’s final moments, but it is important to dissect the various factors that contribute to a disaster the caliber of the Wilcox expedition. Hall spoke at Kenai Peninsula College on Oct. 31. Reach Kelly Sullivan at kelly.sullivan@peninsulaclarion.com

Adventure: Paddling the Nisutlin River By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN Morris News Service - Alaska The Juneau Empire

It’s fast becoming a fall tradition for my boyfriend Bjorn Dihle and me to head north and do a week-long paddle on a Yukon river in September, when the trees are turning, the moose are rutting and blue skies are an especially welcome sight. This year we decided on the Nisutlin River. After a ferry ride to Skagway, we drove north. It was evening by the time we dropped off two bikes in Teslin, on the Alaska Highway. A man we met as we were locking up our bikes next to a gas station told us the night was the

coldest the Yukon had seen since summer’s end. The night was clear, and he pointed up at the full moon. “That’s the rutting moon,” he said. We gave him a ride home (he was regretting his decision to wear shorts) and drove back along the Alaska-Canada Highway. Then we went partway up the Canol Road, until we realized the road was so pitted the 40 miles we planned to drive would likely take us a few hours. We set up camp, woke up with freezing feet and headed on the next morning. The Canol Road — so named because it was built as part of a failed Canadian oil pipeline project in the 1940s — is apparently quite the place to see spruce grouse. We, and the hunt-

ers who rolled in soon after sunrise, surprised quite a few clucking quietly on the side of the road, pecking at stones for their gizzards. When we got to the pullout along the river we got our double, inflatable kayak, a new purchase for the trip, and filled it up with gear as the river flowed quickly past us. Gray jays, known colloquially as “camp robbers,” perched on our luggage and our open car doors, looking for attractive scraps. We parked the car in a far corner of the put-in, wedged ourselves comfortably in place between our piles of roped-in food and luggage, and we were off. The first day was unequivocally the most memorable day of the trip. The

water flowed quickly; Bjorn got out his GPS and we figured that even without paddling, we were moving along at a steady four miles per hour. Inflatables are especially prone to whims of wind and current, so I steered from the back and we both paddled. Sometimes, we’d stop and watch the river bottom pass by not too far beneath us. After floating along for a few hours, Bjorn spotted movement in the high grass off the right bank of the river, ahead of us. “Is that a bear?” he whispered. We stopped paddling, attempting only to keep the nose of the boat pointing forward. The brown shape took form in the grass as it came into view. See RIVER, page C-2

Kenai Refuge has new Visitor Services Manager The other day I was in the garage unpacking boxes from our recent move from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to work as the Visitor Services Manager for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. I have heard people say, “It is like Christmas when you open your moving boxes.” This might be true if what I got for Christmas was a bunch of stuff that I already own, plugs and wires to computers that have since been disposed, keys with no known source, and used and dried paint rollers that I don’t remember ever using. One of the more interesting finds was a fireplace tool set. It had been owned by the previous occupants of our home in MN but, as we converted the fireplace to gas after moving in, the tools were left under the stairs and forgotten about. I had never

really looked at them until now and I was shocked to see that they had been hand forged from beautiful twisted iron. As I was admiring the tools, my 10-yearold son Wyatt walked into the garage and said, “Whoa, cool!” Wyatt was presently tending a fire in the backyard so I handed him the poker and told him he could use it. Perhaps there were still fumes emitting from the crusty paint roller and this is what lapsed my judgment to hand a 10-year-old boy a giant iron spear. Several hours later I was inside the house when I heard what sounded like a ruffed grouse beating its chest with its wings. I walked out to discover the sound was Wyatt beating something on the ground with the iron poker that I had handed him hours ago. I told Wyatt to

R efuge N otebook M att C onner bring me the poker and asked why he thought it was okay to treat something like this with such disregard for its care. He gave me his typical shrug and muttered something that sounded like “Idaho” (I don’t know). As the sun began to set I walked down the hill towards the creek and made a startling discovery. I saw that Wyatt had not being beating the ground with the poker; rather, he had been mutilating his sister Bailey’s pumpkin. I went back in the house and after more “Idaho” mumblings, Wyatt went

outside and picked up the remains of the pumpkin left in the yard. Later that night, a small figure stood in our doorway to say, “I threw up in my bed.” It was Wyatt and when the mess was assessed, it was found to be bright orange. I asked Wyatt if he had eaten the raw pumpkin that he had smashed with the fireplace poker. He smirked and said, “We eat what we kill!” He went back to bed and as I was falling asleep, I heard the dog hacking up in her kennel. She too had produced lovely orange slur containing pulp and seeds. I appreciated my son’s response, “we eat what we kill” for a couple of reasons. First it proved he had a sense of humor and knew it would illicit a positive response at 3:00 a.m.

It also indicated that he remembered some of the ethics we have discussed on several occasions while exploring national wildlife refuges. He has obviously heard me state this several times when hunting together at my previous position at the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, as well as the many hours the family spent bird watching and on canoeing trips when we were stationed at White River NWR in St. Charles, Arkansas. As a father, I feel that my children have a wonderful privilege to grow up around National Wildlife Refuges. We have spent many hours as a family fishing, hunting, watching wildlife, learning about nature and spending time outdoors because of the opportunities

offered by refuges. My hope is that my work at Kenai NWR will help offer similar experiences to all visitors of the refuge. Simply put, my job at Kenai NWR is to share the story and significance of the refuge as well as assist in managing the recreational opportunities of this amazing place. This is no small feat to accomplish, however, the new Kenai NWR visitor center will help us better inform our visitors. For 35 years, visitors to the Kenai Refuge have walked into the small lobby of the headquarters building to ask questions, obtain maps and maybe watch a video in the quaint exhibit hall. Soon, our visitors will have an entirely new experience! The new visitor center is being constructed next to the See REFUGE, page C-2


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Rural Tennessee museum a success in first year BY ADRIAN SAINZ Associated Press

UNION CITY, Tenn. — When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a “mini-Smithsonian” to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year. They exceeded that goal by 120,000, with a total of 270,000 people visiting since the museum opened Nov. 1, 2013. School groups and repeat visitors attracted by fun, educational exhibits have led attendance figures to blow past expectations for this one-ofa-kind museum located in Union City, Tennessee, a town of 11,000 located a few hours’ drive from Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis. Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy said attendance could hit 300,000 by the end of this calendar year. Union City resident Robert Kirkland, who built a fortune with a chain of home decor stores and smart investments, has given $85 million from his foundation to build and expand the museum, Rippy said. But when the museum opened, no-

body could predict whether visitors be willing to drive a couple of hours to the small-town museum, and if Union City had enough hotels and restaurants to accommodate them. So far, museum employees, city officials, townspeople and tourists are thrilled with the museum’s popularity. “We’re out here in rural America, and I think the exhibits are such quality and the word spreads,” Rippy said. “They don’t expect something like this to be out in the country. They expect something like this to be in Atlanta, Chicago, New York.” With its bright-white exterior and curved facades, Discovery Park sits near Interstate 55, U.S. Highway 51 and the Interstate 69 corridor. It has exhibits about natural and regional history, dinosaurs, Native Americans, energy, transportation, science, the military and space flight. An earthquake simulator causes the floor to tremble, a 120-foot (36-meter) glass observation tower offers stunning views, and a 50-foot (15-meter) metal replica of the human body includes a 32-foot (10-meter)

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out to his favorite reef could provide our family of five with enough fish to last us through Continued from page C-1 the winter. I remember him coming home with two gunny sacks full of lingcod and varia fish would be swimming ous other bottomfish, and filinnocently along, intent on leting and skinning them well finding something to devour, into the night. Mom would and the next minute it would find itself shot, gaffed and in a pack the fillets in coffee cans, fill them with water, and take gunny sack, wondering what them to the cold-storage lockhad gone wrong. I was seldom able to go salt- ers down the street from where water fishing with the old man, we lived. The old man wasn’t always and for good reason. At Rosario Beach, where he usually purely a meat fisherman. I remember him having a splitlaunched his boat, big waves bamboo fly rod, and a tackle sometimes rolled through the box with flies and small lures, Strait of Juan de Fuca from such as those used for trout the ocean. He knew it was and other “sport” fish. I also dangerous, launching a small recall that when I was in my boat in the surf and fishing in big swells. He sometimes had early teens, just learning to fish, I lost most of that tackle, to navigate through thick fog and the old man never got with only the pocket compass that he had used since his Boy around to replacing it. As near as I can figure, he stopped fishScout days. ing for sport at about the same He also knew that if there time he married my mother, was any sea running, I’d be when he was 22, but the urge hanging over the side of the to fish for food and to be out of boat, seasick. the salt lingered on. The old man didn’t fish often, maybe a couple trips Les Palmer can be reached a year. He didn’t fish for at les.palmer@rocketmail.com. “sport,” and one good trip

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existing headquarters building. Once completed in early 2015, the facility will be host to thousands of visitors looking to learn and understand more about the refuge. The visitor center will have multi-purpose rooms, a cozy fireplace to sit by while a ranger shares information about the refuge, and an exhibit hall that is best described as a manifestation of the majestic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. I was thinking about the opportunities for our family to explore and learn on the Kenai later the next morning at breakfast with my wife Stacey and our two children Wyatt (10) and Bailey

(8). As I sat daydreaming of future hikes, back country cabins, and wildlife of the refuge, Wyatt asked if he was in trouble for the pumpkin crime. I told him no, but I did have to ask one question. “Did you have a partner in crime in the pumpkin murder?” Wyatt smiled and said, “yes, our dog Lucy ate it too. How did you know?” “Oh,” I said, “I’m just smart like that. Now hurry up and finish breakfast because it’s your turn to clean out Lucy’s kennel before school today!” Matt Connor is the new Visitor Services Manager at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. You can find more information about the Kenai Refuge at http://kenai.fws.gov or http:// www.facebook.com/kenainationalwildliferefuge.

slide. The 50-acre (20-hectare) complex also boasts an old train depot, a century-old church, a rotating grist mill, antique tractors, log cabins and flower gardens, giving a glimpse of what life was once like in rural America. A children’s section includes the “Crawlers Cove” for infants and the “Fantasy Forest” for toddlers. Adults enjoy the “libation station,” where they can socialize on weekends, while outdoor concerts also keep the older crowd coming. Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance during Christmastime. “You can’t do it all in a day. That’s impossible,” said Rippy,

who adds that 17,000 memberships have been sold to repeat visitors. Susan Searcy, a guidance counselor at Union City Elementary, has visited several times with groups of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. She also goes regularly with her husband and three children. “The kids that I take, I see no dampening of their enthusiasm, even if it has been open for a year,” Searcy said. “Discovery Park is not a flash in the plan. It’s going to be here for a long time.” The next challenge is to AP Photo/Adrian Sainz maintain the momentum the museum created in its first An old log cabin settlement is one of the outdoor exhibits at Discovery Park of America on Oct. 7, in Union City, Tenn. year.

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than five seconds, and then they were gone. “Wow,” Bjorn whispered. “I can’t believe we just saw that.” “You mean that you just saw that,” I said. “I feel like this is one of those pictures full of dots with hidden pictures inside them. I can’t believe I missed all those wolves.” “You saw one,” he said. “And they were far away. Let’s stay here. Maybe there are more.” We drifted along, watching the forest, and then it happened — about 30 seconds after the rest of the pack disappeared, a young wolf, maybe six months old, appeared much closer to the bank of the river, running easily in front of us for about 10 seconds. I scrambled for my camera and managed several pictures of the tops of trees. Bjorn hadn’t been sulking and had more luck. Lessonlearned. “Wow,” I whispered. We paddled on, looking for a place to camp, hoping maybe we’d have another encounter. And then they started howling. Call me crazy, but I love the sound of wolves howling; it was my favorite part of the whole encounter. It’s beautiful, and eerie, and plaintive, and sad, rising to a crescendo and then falling, carrying for miles. One howl rose after another as we pulled onto a track-covered sandy beach. The deeper parts of bear prints filled with shadow as the sun stretched long down the river. The wolves were howling on both sides of the river now. “I think they’re talking about us,” Bjorn said. The sounds faded as we set up camp. By the time we’d

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“It’s a moose!” Bjorn said. The moose stared at us, nostrils flaring and then dashed across the river in a splash of spray. It stood briefly on the opposite shore, sides heaving, and then ran into the brush along the river. We floated along quietly, listening to branches crack, and then it reemerged and trotted into the river again, heading downstream. It was a young male, the velvet on its small antlers hanging bloody and torn. It waded into the river until its legs were submerged and just barely visible. It stared at us, eyes bulging, nostrils still flaring. We floated closer. He stared at us. We stared at him. Bjorn got out his bear spray. He stared at us. We stared at him. And then, we were downstream, floating farther and farther away. The moose stayed standing in the stream of water, watching us until we disappeared. “I wonder why he was acting that way?” Bjorn said. “Maybe he was just really hormonal.” I shrugged. Last year, on the Pelly River, we’d seen a male moose across the water as we were breaking camp in the morning. We’d attempted to call it in but it stayed, not leaving and not coming, on the other side of the river. It was probably hard for male moose to negotiate hormonal pulls toward some things and adrenaline-fueled runs away from others, I thought. Maybe that was why he just stood there. About a half an hour later, however, we saw something that likely explained, at least in part, why the moose was acting so strangely. “Look!” Bjorn whispered, pointing ahead and to our right. “It’s a wolf!” “Where?” I said, scanning the forest where he pointed. “I don’t see it!” “Right there!” he said, still pointing. “Oh my God, there’s another one! And another one! And another — there must be ten or twelve wolves! Most of them are white!” “Where? I said, scanning frantically. “I don’t see them!” Then I saw one — the flash of a pale gray head leaping between two trees, farther back in the forest than I’d been looking. The whole thing from when Bjorn noticed them took less

boiled the water for Bjorn’s trademark camp drink, a Whiskey Tango, they were gone. The next few days dawned foggy and overcast, though the clouds rose toward afternoon. “Look at that!” Bjorn said, pointing, the afternoon of the second day. “It’s some kind of bird of prey.” The bird stopped, its wings flapping, beating in place. “It’s an osprey!” he exclaimed. I snapped a far-away picture against the now blue sky as he wheeled above us. Farther along the river, juvenile bald eagles bathed themselves in the shallows. We neared a flock of mergansers that spooked and flew downriver. We neared them, and they spooked again. And again. We passed moose hunting camps, some the skeletal remains of tee-pee like structures, some full-fledged cabins. Beavers dipped into the water, slapping their tails at night. The river slowed as, early on the third morning, we passed a flock of Canadian geese. They rose into the air and flew off in formation. The third afternoon, we passed the Wolf River and camped at the point of an island the water diverged around. The next morning, we entered into a protected delta that led to the wider open expanse of Teslin Lake. An immature eagle perched on a collection of driftwood branches that almost seemed a sculpture. We kept to the shore — like the ocean, the wind can sometimes whip the lake into a frenzy, though it stayed calm when we were on it. By midday, we were at Teslin Lake, where we

deflated the kayak and hid it and most of our gear in the woods. We were relieved to discover our bikes still locked to an old sign near the gas station. We pedaled the 30 miles or so west to Johnson’s Crossing, spending the night at a campground next to a gas station operated by some very nice people. I was borrowing a friend’s bike, and we were reluctant to risk more than two wheels worth of spokes on the pitted road. So, the next morning, Bjorn woke up early and pedaled up the pockmarked road as I (quite blissfully) read David Mitchell’s new novel, “The Bone Clocks,” by the Teslin River. (The Teslin River flows out of Teslin Lake, which the Nisutlin flows into.) By early afternoon, Bjorn found me. Relatively short wilderness sojourn complete, we headed to Whitehorse for some live music and hot springs. Bjorn had been curious about the Nisutlin, as one man he’d talked to had told him it was his favorite river. Just the same, it was more convenience than anything that made us choose it — it was what we had time for. We didn’t see anything that would make it our favorite, but it was a good time just the same. The water is completely flat, making it a good river for families with small kids or members who aren’t so into whitewater. The September river trip is a tradition I can get used to. Now we just have to figure out which river is next. Contact Outdoors writer Mary Catharine Martin at maryc.martin@juneauempire. com or at 523-2276.

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POLICE OFFICER Wage Range 15 Starting Wage $26.49hr-$37.70hr D.O.E. The City of Soldotna is recruiting for a full time grant funded Police Officer, and a regular full time Police Officer. These positions serve the City of Soldotna as Peace Officers in the administration of laws and ordinances. Becoming a member of the Public Safety Employees Association is a requirement of the positions. A complete job description and application packet is available on the City's website http://www.ci.soldotna.ak.us/jobs.html. Please submit a City application, F-3, Cover Letter and Resume to Human Resources at 177 N. Birch Street, Soldotna, by fax 1-866-596-2994, or email tcollier@ci.soldotna.ak.us by 4:30 p.m., November 21, 2014. First review will be November 4, 2014. The City of Soldotna is an EEO employer.

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Past abuse causes present shame for husband in hiding DEAR ABBY: A couple of years ago, I was arrested for domestic violence against my wife. We are still married, but since then, I have become antisocial. I don’t like to go to public gatherings where I know the friends we used to hang out with will be, and I rarely communicate with them. I am extremely embarrassed and feel they are judging me. What do I do? — ANTISOCIAL IN OHIO DEAR ANTISOCIAL: Stop hiding. You aren’t “antisocial”; you are ashamed of what you did — and that’s a GOOD thing. Many abusers lack that capacity, and because of it they are unable to change their behavior. I assume that after your arrest, you received counseling and have been able to find outlets other than violence for your frustrations. If you have, let your friends know about it. True friends won’t judge you — and people who do are not friends.

she refused. My daughter asked me not to tell my brother and sisterin-law what she said because she felt it would be betraying a confidence. I’m unsure what to do. On one hand, I know underage drinking is common. On the other, I would feel horrible if anything bad happened as a result of my silence. Should I tip them off or Abigail Van Buren keep my mouth shut? — TORN IN IDAHO DEAR TORN: “Kristin” appears to be immature, and her priorities are misplaced. Her grades might improve if she lived with her parents while taking classes until her judgment improves. Ask yourself this: If the situation were reversed DEAR ABBY: During a conversation with my and the girl with the problem were your daughter, daughter “Jessica,” who is a graduate student, I men- wouldn’t you want to be told? If the answer is yes, tioned that one of her teenage cousins who attends a then notify your brother and sister-in-law. nearby university is getting poor grades. Jessica replied that she wasn’t surprised. She said she knows her DEAR ABBY: I don’t know what to do about my cousin drinks and parties a lot. Jessica went on to say mother-in-law’s unwelcome involvement in my home. that “Kristin” asked her to buy liquor for her once, but She goes behind my back to rearrange furniture, buy

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various Halloween costumes and fun events. Opt to be different, and do something you want to do. Your uniqueness will be admired. You love this time of year! Tonight: And it goes on and on. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHYou might be uncomfortable with what is occurring at the moment. Having a certain person too close to you could make you jittery and reactive. Don’t make a big deal of what is happening; it’s likely just bad timing. Tonight: Accept a Halloween invitation. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHHYou’ll breeze through conversations and do the unexpected. You need to recognize that your mood might be contagious. Indulge a loved one to the max, even if this person is being testy. Your sense of humor could turn his or her mood around. Tonight: Be yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHHYou could be the host or hostess of a Halloween bash. Remember that efficiency is great, but it is also important to stop and enjoy even the preparations. Others will be delighted to help you with any last-minute details. Tonight: Drop the role of organizer, and go party! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHHH Reach out to someone who understands you well. This person will appreciate your attention, and he or she will lift your spirits as well. Getting what you need done could be a challenge, but do it anyway; you will enjoy the weekend more. Tonight: You are full of life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Be aware of what is going on

By Leigh Rubin

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A NOTE TO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN: Tonight is the night when wee witches and goblins collect their loot. Please supervise them so they’ll be safe. — Love, ABBY

Hints from Heloise around you, even if you would prefer to detach. An older person could reveal some important information. Be careful when asking questions; otherwise, you might interfere with this exciting news. Tonight: Greet trick-or-treaters with a smile. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You will be unusually jovial and might want to forget more serious matters. You even could decide to participate in a discussion about Halloween plans. Don’t forget to touch base with others; the topic might involve travel or the law. Tonight: Be whomever you want. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You’ll respond to someone and his or her needs. Be sure that this caring is mutual. You tend to project a strong presence, and you often refuse to let others see your vulnerability. How can people be sensitive to a quality they don’t know about? Tonight: Choose a favorite costume. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHHYou are the cat’s meow right now, but others might try to steal the limelight from you. Clear out important calls and emails, as they could determine your plans more than you realize. A friend might try to get you to go along with his or her plans. Tonight: Expect to be busy. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHYou might be much more direct than you should be today. Take in information, and refuse to offer your opinions just yet. A loved one will give you an earful. Listen politely, but don’t continue the conversation unless you are interested. Tonight: You might prefer not to be found.

Have Medicare, won’t travel Dear Heloise: A tip for seniors on Medicare if you are traveling to a foreign country: Buy trip health insurance. Medicare does not cover you outside the U.S. We learned the hard way. — Betty H. in Arkansas Betty, this probably is news to many of my readers! There are a few exceptions, one being if you are in the U.S. but the closest hospital is one outside the U.S., you are probably covered. For example, if you are living next to the Canadian or Mexican border, or traveling through Canada from Alaska and the closest hospital is in Canada. This is a simple, quick overview. — Heloise P.S.: Do check any health insurance when going out of the U.S.! Concise manual Dear Readers: Here is a hint I use all the time: Most manuals we get that come with a new item often are in other languages, too. To save space, I tear off the pages I can’t read! — Heloise Cleaning toilets Dear Heloise: I know there is a combination of vinegar and something to clean toilets. I am looking for a nonchemical way. Thanks. — Ruth M., Omaha, Neb. Ruth, it’s as simple as just pouring several glugs (maybe 2-3 cups) of vinegar into the bowl. Let sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub and flush. If you want to add some cleaning oomph, sprinkle in a cup or so of baking or washing soda. The powder acts like a scrubber, but it will NOT hurt the finish or scratch the porcelain. Safe, cheap and a friend to Mother Earth. — Heloise

SUDOKU

By Tom Wilson

By Dave Green

Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to Friday.

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decor “gifts” and take care of chores (often making things worse). Yesterday, I came home to find my dishes and silverware had been moved, new rugs and pillows in my living room, and my bedroom nightstand had been replaced! I have asked her to please talk with me first, and have asked her to stop altogether. My husband stands with me, but she keeps doing it. I don’t want to ban her from our home; my husband is her only child. Is there anything else we can do? — HURT IN SANTA ANA DEAR HURT: Your mother-in-law isn’t trying to be helpful; she’s trying to be the dominant female in your home. Stop “asking” and TELL her to quit the accessorizing and rearranging because her efforts are not helpful and they are making you angry. Then collect the pillows, the nightstand, etc., and return them to her or donate them to a thrift shop. If she has a key to your house, get it back. She should also not be allowed in your house unless she’s supervised.

Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars A baby born today has a Sun in Scorpio and a Moon in Aquarius. HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014: This year you open up to more excitement and more possibilities. You also will take more risks. Others notice the quality in what you do, no matter what it is. Often people will show their gratitude to you through bonuses and/ or gifts. If you are single, you make quite an impression on others. Be yourself from the beginning, and you won’t experience any problems. If you are attached, the two of you will be seen out on the town more often. A shared quirkiness marks your connection at home. You can count on AQUARIUS. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHHThe unexpected could occur, but it will add excitement to what would otherwise be somewhat of a boring day. Invitations from others will offer a variety of plans, and they even could have a Halloween twist. Let your sense of mischief emerge. Tonight: Where your friends are. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You could be sorry that you let someone know so much about your plans, as this person might be revealing information that you might not want shared. Consider this a lesson learned, and be careful about what you share in the future. Tonight: Think of yourself as the lead actor. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHHYour imagination probably has you elsewhere, visualizing

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Did you know? Getting the right fit in your new home so that you can sleep well!

If you are looking at a different home, it is sometimes hard to visualize the space in real terms when it comes to your existing furniture. Whether you plan to make the move with the bedroom set you currently have, or are considering the purchase of a new bedroom suite, keep in mind the dimensions for the five most common mattress options: Twin: 39” x 75” Double (or Full): 54” x 75” Queen: 60” x 80” King: 78” x 80” California King: 72” x 84”

Selecting the right size bed to match the dimensions of your new room will make all the difference in how the room flows. Also keep an eye on the access to the bedrooms. How wide is the stairwell? Will you have issues with maneuvering the rigid box spring over a banister or around hall corners? What about height? If you have a tall four-poster bed, will the bed dwarf the rest of the room visually? You want your bedroom to be as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Considering these elements before you start to move in, or in weighing the merits of one property over another for your new home purchase.


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When REALTORS® complete mandatory Code of Ethics training, they not only set themselves apart from other professionals in the real estate industry, they set themselves apart from many industries. When it comes to the business of buying or selling a home, it’s nice to know that there’s someone you can count on to be honest and maintain high standards of practice. Visit realtor.org/codeofethics to learn more about the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

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Did you know? Local Building Permit Basics Why bother with a building permit? • Building permits help assure safe, healthy homes built without sfaety code violations. • Plan review by professional city staff will identify any problem areas before construction begins. • Avoid penalties and there may be local tax breaks. • Inspections and signoff by the building department is usually accepted by financial institutions as “proof” that the building meets their standards rather than having to hire an expensive independent inspector or engineer who may not be able to verify hidden items. When is a building permit required? Generally, any new structure, addition or remodeling project will require a building permit. Limited “direct replacement” and some small structures will not require a permit but must meet code minimum requirements. Call your local Building Department if you have any problems.

Steps in the building permit process Submit an application and the following items to the Building Department for residential review: • 2 sets of detailed building drawings-label room uses. • Lot survey and site plans showing the building and utility locations, site grading and storm drainage. • Approval of on-lot water/sewer by Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation may be required. • Payment of the Plan Review Fees. Plan Review by the city to insure the proposed project meets local and national building codes, engineering standards, and local zoning ordinances. A permit is issued once plans are approved and the permit fee is paid. Inspections are performed at your request and must be approved before any work is covered. A Certificate of Occupancy is required for most commercial and residential construction projects. Often times banks will require a Certificate of Occupancy to approve financing on residential projects.


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Did you know? Protecting Your Home From the Harsh Winters

Alaska provides plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors in the summer months. As a homeowner, now is the time take a look at your home’s exterior and tackle the preparations that will make it ready to handle the harsh realities of winter. One of the worst culprits for damage to your home’s exterior is water. Moisture can penetrate paint and cause bubbles, cracking, discoloration and more. The best way to minimize water’s wear and tear on your home is with a quality paint job.

Follow these simple steps: Start with a good cleaning. Wipe out mildew with a commercial mildew remover, paying close attention to eaves, porches and near the ground. Power wash your existing siding and scrape loose paint. Once the surface is dry, seal the surface with a solid undercoat. This “Primer” is similar to paint, but designed to seal porous surfaces such as wood or brick. A layer of primer goes a long way in preventing water from seeping through your final paint layer – and into

your home. In areas where mildew had been present, consider special primers that contain a mildewresistant finish. Keep an eye on the clock. While its’ important to let your primer set, waiting too long before applying your topcoat color opens the door to cracking and peeling. Some folks in Alaska tend to start a project and get sidetracked with things like a salmon run. Normally your primer requires a few hours to set. If you do find yourself “lured” away from your project for longer than two weeks, you will need to go back and clean the primed surface to remove any dust that may have settled. Doing so will ensure a smooth, and durable topcoat. If the project seems a little larger than you are ready to commit to, check out the Peninsula Clarion’s daily Service Directory located in the classifieds section. You can find professional contractors that will get the job done while you go and play!


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