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Thursday, October 18, 2001

New Cook Inlet gas well begins production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aurora Gas LLC has begun production from its Nicolai Creek well, located on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Anchorage woman passionate about fishing for fickle steelhead
ANCHOR POINT, Alaska (AP) -- The sky was pale, the breeze October-raw and vaguely damp. Cottonwood leaves fluttered down in bright yellow flurries and through it all the river muttered, flowing like an oily ribbon between banks of alder and wild straw.

Man charged with pipeline leak pleads innocent
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man charged with shooting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline Oct. 4 and causing a 285,000 gallon oil leak pleaded innocent Tuesday in state Superior Court.

Inmate injured in van crash with moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An inmate was injured when a van taking nine prisoners from Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility in Kenai to Seward's Spring Creek prison hit a moose just outside Soldotna, Alaska State Troopers said.

Man arrested for cocaine smuggling on Seattle-to-Fairbanks flight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man is charged with smuggling almost 2 pounds of cocaine into Fairbanks on a flight from Seattle.

Mat-Su mayor vetoes decision to join redistricting lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Tim Anderson has halted an effort to join a lawsuit challenging a state plan to redraw election district boundaries.

Numerous security gaps found at Anchorage international airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Government agents testing security at Anchorage's international airport last year penetrated security at least eight times over a month, sneaking bombs through x-ray machines and strolling unnoticed into restricted areas.

Attorney for paintball perpetrator asks for house arrest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The attorney for a man convicted of videotaping paintball attacks on Alaska Natives in Anchorage wants a judge to let his client serve the rest of his jail time on electronically monitored house arrest.

Knowles to ask Legislature for more anti-terrorism funds
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will ask the Legislature for additional funding to pay for state anti-terrorism measures, including creating a new office to oversee state security concerns.

Young, Republicans seek to arm pilots, put officers at airport screeners
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young and fellow Republicans have introduced an aviation security bill that would allow pilots who are properly trained to carry guns.

Anchorage man charged with shooting a bear cub in Nome
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 56-year-old Anchorage man is accused of shooting a brown bear cub in Nome.

Panel says Alaska salmon doesn't qualify as organic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has suffered a major blow in its efforts to win the federal government's official organic label for wild salmon.

Man accused of drugging, raping woman aboard fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old man is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman aboard a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea last month.

Paddling in the Yukon
JUNEAU (AP) -- Choosing the mighty Yukon River for your first extended canoe trip may seem a bit ambitious. But knowledgeable canoeists say it's feasible for those with limited experience and a willingness to follow some common sense safety rules.

Anchorage police, fire officials say no anthrax found in 30 calls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police and firefighters have investigated more than 30 reports of biological agent threats but so far none have been confirmed as an actual hazard, Mayor George Wuerch said Tuesday.

Anthrax threat causing much consternation in mail handling
JUNEAU (AP) -- State employees will undergo training on mail handling in light of national reports of letters laced with anthrax.

Olympic torch to be carried by more than 30 Alaska residents
JUNEAU (AP) -- More than 30 Alaska residents will carry the Olympic torch when it winds its way through the state on the way to the winter games in Salt Lake City.

Women described as career criminals receive stiff sentences
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two women described by a federal prosecutor as career criminals received stiff sentences after a judge determined they could not be rehabilitated.

Conference committee approves military appropriations bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A conference committee approved a military appropriations bill Tuesday that includes funding for military housing and improvements for training facilities in Alaska.

State supreme court upholds subsistence injury verdict
BETHEL (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a jury award to six Yupik women who said they were limited in the subsistence activities they could perform after a 1998 traffic accident.

Candidate who won close election in Houston dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 63-year-old city council candidate who won a tight election in Houston died of a heart attack the day before he was to be sworn in.

Seattle opens ALCS with loss to Yankees
SEATTLE -- Chuck Knoblauch shot a knowing look to Derek Jeter, and the star shortstop nodded back. No words were needed, the silent signals said it all: The New York Yankees were ready to take it to these Seattle Mariners.

Lopez jump-starts Braves in NLCS
PHOENIX -- With one swing of the bat, Javy Lopez jolted the Atlanta offense to life and made his manager look like a prophet.

Baseball fans salivate over ALCS
SEATTLE -- With dazzling plays by Derek Jeter, bat wizardry by Ichiro Suzuki, late-inning drama and determined comebacks, the AL championship series emerged as a baseball fan's delight.

Guillen back in saddle for Seattle
SEATTLE -- After a battle with tuberculosis, Carlos Guillen had his job back. At least for a day.

Johnson K's Braves in Game 1
PHOENIX -- Move over Curt Schilling. There's another big-game pitcher in town after all. With icy calm and magnificent heat, Randy Johnson buried his reputation as a postseason flop Tuesday.

Alaska Air reinforcing cockpit doors
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines has begun reinforcing cockpit doors with a tough locking mechanism and bullet-resistant Kevlar, a fabric widely used in protective police vests, officials said.

Business Briefs
Bagley to address buildersAlaska Airlines to visit Kenai chamberDome homes open for toursAgriculture symposium is Nov. 16-17State inspects food establishmentsNew Cook Inlet gas well begins productionACS seeks 24 percent rate hike for some servicesProposed Alaskaland name change mulled

Rapper to get probation in connection with attack
NEW YORK -- Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z was sentenced to three years probation on Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of stabbing a record producer during a fight in a nightclub.

Donated fabric gets new life as quilt for someone in need
Sterling residents who lose their homes or belongings to fire can rest warmer and in style this winter, thanks to the efforts of some dedicated and artistic women at the Sterling Senior Center.

Daniel receives No. 1 food ranking in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Daniel Boulud makes the best meal in New York City, according to the new 2002 Zagat Survey.

Rehearsal for Mozart concert set for tonight
The first vocal rehearsal of the Mozart Requiem for the Kenai-Soldotna area will be at 7 tonight in room 124 of Kenai Peninsula College.

Delayed Emmys may conflict with baseball
LOS ANGELES -- The Emmy Awards show, delayed twice by last month's terrorist attacks, have been rescheduled again in a move that could put the telecast in competition with the seventh game of the World Series.

Area artists, enthusiasts to brainstorm ideas on enhancing quality of life through the arts
Anyone with a creative mind, eye, hand, voice or soul and anyone who simply likes to appreciate art is invited to a first-of-its-kind arts summit meeting Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Cheese-y art project stirs up bit of stink
POWELL, Wyo. -- New York artist Cosimo Cavallaro aims the hose connected to the heated vat of pepperjack cheese and -- whoosh! -- splays the bedroom in a vacant little house with yellow splotches.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 4,366 2. Ricky Rudd 4,0323. Sterling Marlin 3,923

Race schedule
Feb. 18th - Nov. 23rd.

EA Sports 500
Where and when

The passion within Son's success helps Martin elude frustration
Mark Martin looks to snap 56-race winless streak in Talladega this Sunday.

Drivers showing restraints
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Bobby Labonte isn't taking any chances this week. He's bringing the HANS device and the Hutchens Device to the Talladega Super speedway for Sunday's EA Sports 500.

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $6,049,489 2. Dale Jarrett 4,042,224 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,797,939

President praises donors; strikes set Red Cross warehouses ablaze
WASHINGTON -- President Bush personally collected $1 donations for Afghan children Tuesday, visiting the American Red Cross headquarters on a day when U.S. airstrikes set Red Cross warehouses afire near Afghanistan's capital.

School board honors its own
On Monday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education held its first meeting since the municipal election, and it was about as close to an Academy Awards ceremony as a governing body can get.

Snow keeping drivers on guard
Wednesday morning's wintry wonderland caused cries of anticipation from excited children, whines of confusion from bewildered pets and groans of dismay from motorists -- especially the ones who had not yet gotten snow tires on their vehicles.

No answers yet in pizzeria fire
Investigating officials have stalled their probe into the cause of the second fire that destroyed Pizza Pete's in Soldotna a week ago.

Economic Outlook Forum slated for next month
Peninsula residents can help plot economic development strategy next month at the second annual Economic Outlook Forum, organized by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District.

Photo feature: Waiting for the treats
A dog takes a nap against a backdrop of Halloween decorations on a house on Norman Street in Kenai Tuesday afternoon.

Soldotna teacher wins national prize
Bruce Rife, a biology teacher at Soldotna High School, has received a 2001 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Anthrax scare rattles D.C.
WASHINGTON -- Thirty-one Senate employees tested positive for anthrax exposure, officials said Wednesday as the threat of bioterrorism rattled Capitol Hill. Hundreds more lined up nervously to be tested and leaders ordered the shutdown of the House and three Senate office buildings.

Borough settles Nikiski land-use controversy
There's more than one way the public wants to access land owned by the Kenai Peninsula Borough. A 10-acre Nikiski parcel, valued at $88,000 and scheduled for public auction this Saturday is a prime example.

Arafat reaps benefits from violence
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may be the world's biggest recipient of political welfare. He refuses to work toward peaceful relations with Israel. He honors none of his agreements. He continues to promote terror. And the world pays him anyway, at Israel's expense.

Safety not guaranteed; America must fight, win war against terrorists
Word of additional possible anthrax cases Friday made a jittery nation more so. It also gave new force to calls for the Bush administration to do a better job of reassuring Americans.

Applause
Denali Ice Club plans 'Will Skate for Food' eventCommunity support helps raise funds for center carpet

Spoonful of prudence will help blunt threat of anthrax exposure
News that an anthrax-contaminated letter was sent to the office of the Senate majority leader, coupled with reports that the child of an ABC News employee had contracted the disease, cranked public anxiety a notch higher Monday night.

Americans have reason to worry
WASHINGTON -- There is no guarantee against more terrorist strikes, but America is secure and getting safer, Tom Ridge, the nation's first director of homeland security, said Tuesday. ''The greatest fear is the fear of the unknown,'' he said.

Anthrax ups nation's anxiety
WASHINGTON -- The mail-borne anthrax scare has raised the stakes and the costs of the war on terrorism. Confusion and fear at the Capitol illustrate the vulnerability of what has for two centuries been a symbol of open, democratic government.

Achieving homeland security responsibility of all Americans
"The task for us is difficult, but not impossible," said Tom Ridge, America's new director of homeland security.

Declining numbers of pheasants and hunters are a concern
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Minnesota's pheasant hunters took to the field this month for the ringneck opener, they were missing someone: Thousands of fellow hunters

Anchorage woman passionate about fishing for fickle steelhead
ANCHOR POINT, Alaska (AP) -- The sky was pale, the breeze October-raw and vaguely damp. Cottonwood leaves fluttered down in bright yellow flurries and through it all the river muttered, flowing like an oily ribbon between banks of alder and wild straw.

Paddling in the Yukon
JUNEAU (AP) -- Choosing the mighty Yukon River for your first extended canoe trip may seem a bit ambitious. But knowledgeable canoeists say it's feasible for those with limited experience and a willingness to follow some common sense safety rules.

Strongest salmon run since 1938 in the Columbia Basin attracts sportsmen -- but may not last
MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) -- After a spring and summer chasing salmon with a boat, Harold Blackwolf savored fishing the way his ancestors did.

Despite drought, hunters expect more cases of ''buck fever'
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It starts with a wrenching tightness in the belly, then spreads to the hands as they start to shake. The eyes focus with ringing clarity but still don't believe what they see.

Students learn facts of salmon life on Delta Clearwater River
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- As fisheries biologist Craig Baer stood in the water holding up a bright-red, coho salmon in front of him, fellow biologist Fritz Kraus broke the news to the 100 or so grade schoolers lining the bank of the Delta Clearwater River.

Around the Peninsula
Sears Elementary plans reading coach workshopArmy Corps of Engineers opens office in KenaiSchool superintendent to speak at chamber lunchBuilders association to meetSoroptimist board meeting slatedKDLL board meeting plannedFree lunch program availableHalloween party scheduledState plans sport fish meeting

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a pair of 8-week-old kittens. One is male and one is female. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Photo feature: Joyful noise
Members of the 2001 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's High School Honor Choir perform under the direction of Dr. Axel Theimer Tuesday night at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. Students from across the peninsula participated in the event.

Around the Peninsula
Domestic violence awareness quilt on displayChamber's Festival of Bacchus date approachingStakeholder meeting slatedAlert siren test plannedMonthly story time announced at Kenai library

Fun, excitement spice learning in all its forms
A census taker approaches a house and asks the woman who answers the door, "How many children do you have, and what are their ages?"

Attacks prompt students to rethink college
PHILADELPHIA -- Sixteen-year-old Bennett ''Beano'' Zylber is starting to think about college. He is not sure about a major -- psychology, maybe -- but he is certain of this: He is sticking close to home.

School Menus
What's for lunch this week at our area schools

Washing hands best defense against bugs that can make us sick
Germs are icky. But trying to make that bit of information stick in the minds of young children -- the wipe-your-runny-nose-on-your-sleeve, share-the-Popsicle-with-the-dog, mud-pies-for-dessert set -- can be a challenge. After all, it wasn't until the middle of the 19th century that even adults caught on to the microbial facts of life.

Right Way to Wash Hands
First-graders at Tustumena Elementary School are learning about germs. The lesson on hand washing contains good reminders for people of any age.

Decision time is here: Which college is right college?
"What are your plans are after high school?" That frightening question is enough to make any senior student chime into a peppy conversation. For the majority of seniors, those words are now becoming a scary, but joyous, reality check.

Around the District
School funding workshop todayKCHS hosts winter gear swapWeek honors school lunchesKCHS announces Students of the Month

District School News
News from schools around the district

Public administration master's degree can be obtained at KPC
Did you know you could receive a master's of public administration degree at Kenai Peninsula College? Have you been working in public administration for years but never upgraded your education? If you did pursue a master's degree, could it help your chances for advancement or increase your salary?

Earthquakes, Galaxy advance to MLS Cup
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Troy Dayak couldn't have found a better opportunity to score his first goals of the playoffs.

Lindros makes presence known in Rangers triumph over Devils
NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros is rounding into game shape and he won't be deterred by a bad memory.

Sports Briefs
>CART, Texas Motor Speedway settle lawsuitJets' Robinson hit with weapons chargeNFL beats baseball in Monday night national ratingsJordan misses scrimmage with injured foot

Sports Briefs
NFL encourages teams to screen mail for anthraxOilers re-sign restricted free agent PotiMarcis set for Talladega finale

The Giants and Eagles: A real NFC East Monday night game
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles both will be coming off losses when they meet Monday night in the first of two games that will almost surely decide the NFC East.

Bulldogs take title with class
A major league shortstop leaves the organization that selected and developed him because more money is being offered elsewhere. A National Hockey League defenseman jumps ship after two decades because more glory is in the offing elsewhere.

Red Wings thwart third-period comeback by Blue Jackets
DETROIT -- Sergei Fedorov had a goal and an assist, helping the Detroit Red Wings hold off a third-period rally by the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

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