Sunday, October 21, 2001

Fairbanks school officials seek exit exam appeals process
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Administrators with the Fairbanks school district want to see an appeals process built into the law governing the high school exit exam.

Fairbanks woman pleads no contest to assault, DWI charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A woman who drove her car into the Chena River, seriously injuring her young daughter, pleaded no contest to assault and drunk driving charges Friday.

Ulmer announces bid for governor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer made it official Saturday -- She's running for governor.

Helicopter wreckage remains submerged
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were able to hear an electronic signal being sent from a helicopter that crashed in a snow storm, but the wreckage -- and likely the bodies of two victims -- remained submerged.

Bristol Bay red king crab fishery closes
KODIAK (AP) -- Boats were headed back to port Friday after the closure of the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery.

Worries increase about saving Rika's Roadhouse
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- In the early 1900s, weary travelers would pause at the log-hewn Rika's Roadhouse for a hot meal and break from the rigors of wilderness Alaska.

Subsistence plan could include some urban residents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new draft plan for a state constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to create special subsistence categories for city dwellers with long histories of subsistence.

Oil companies diverge in plans for winter drilling season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's two biggest oil companies are parting ways when it comes to exploring the state's biggest oil frontier.

Fairbanks woman protests pro wrestling in public venue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Professional wrestling may be mostly theatrics, but Diann Darnall says it conveys a message that violence is OK.

Alaska Native stories carry lessons for living in a harsh land
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Vera Metcalf learned about her Siberian Yupik world from stories told during long winter nights nestled in a bed covered with reindeer hides, listening to the voices of her mother and father.

Nulato man reaches plea agreement in murder case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man pleaded no contest Friday to second-degree murder for killing his brother.

Military wives carry on with community holiday bazaar
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AP) -- Regina Beaupre was getting pretty nervous. The night before her club's biggest holiday season event of the year, she was worried that no one would come.

Delegation, staffers continue work despite anthrax threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens, like hundreds who work in or visited the Hart Senate Office Building, had a test for anthrax exposure and is on the antibiotic Cipro, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

Coast Guard patrols Russian-U.S. border
OVER THE BERING SEA (AP) -- We fly for hours over icy, lonely waters. And then, a crowd -- dozens of huge fishing boats, some more than 300 feet long, from Russia, China, South Korea, Japan, Poland.

Legislators seek answers to Alaska teacher shortage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rich Kronberg got a big raise 20 years ago when he moved from New York to Anchorage for a job as a special education teacher. If he moved back today, he'd get another.

Drunk driver sentenced to 13 years for accident that killed companion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man convicted of second-degree murder in a drunken driving accident that killed a companion was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison.

Diamondbacks beat up on bad news Braves
ATLANTA -- Who are these guys losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks? Surely it's not the Atlanta Braves, making their 10th straight trip to the playoffs.

Source: Manuel will return as Indians manager
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Charlie Manuel, who led Cleveland to an AL Central title this season despite health problems, will return to manage the Indians next year, a team source told the Associated Press on Saturday.

Mariners embarrass Yankees, cut gap to 2-1 in ALCS
NEW YORK -- The Seattle Mariners had no must-win games as they coasted through their record-setting regular season. They're quickly getting the hang of how to win them in the postseason.

Legislators seek answers to teacher shortage
ANCHORAGE -- Rich Kronberg got a big raise 20 years ago when he moved from New York to Anchorage for a job as a special education teacher. If he moved back today, he'd get another.

Peacekeeping force possible at conflict's end
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan said Saturday the international body will probably play a major role in stabilizing the country after the current conflict.

Ulmer adds hat to ring
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer made it official Saturday -- She's running for governor.

Photo feature: Crash landing
Micah Carpenter mows the grass while sledding on the bluff above Cook Inlet at the end of Forest Drive Saturday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for snow to taper off today.

Governor's Tolerance Commission to meet in Kenai
With a goal to help create "a more tolerant Alaska that celebrates our diversity of people and cultures," the Governor's Tolerance Commission is coming to Kenai.

Covert missions seek out Taliban
WASHINGTON -- U.S. secret warriors launched dark-of-night covert missions into Afghanistan in addition to assaults by airborne Army Rangers on a Taliban-controlled airfield and a residence of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, U.S. officials said Saturday.

Hospitals prepared for threat of anthrax
Anthrax outbreaks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Florida have caused a rash of copycat pranks, paranoia of any white, powdery substances and fear even in Alaska of a disease that, according to medical experts, is not as serious as people seem to think.

Postal service offers advice for spotting suspicious mail
Safety is certainly on the minds of postal workers in these days of anthrax scares, but being safety-conscious is nothing new for the post office.

Terrorism, domestic violence both threats to personal security
Since Sept. 11 -- the day now known alternately as the "Day of Terror" and the "Day of Tragedy" -- Americans increasingly have become aware of a faceless enemy that threatens their personal security.

New challenge beckons old reporter
The trouble with having two great loves is that it makes for difficult good-byes.

Some feuds forgotten after terrorist attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Sept. 11 attacks produced a seismic shift in the earth's political geography, nudging the United States ever closer to old adversaries like China and Russia to win their help for the war against terrorism.

Skateboarding terms
Things you might need to know when talking with a skateboard enthusiast

Life expectancy in U.S. reaches an all-time high
ATLANTA -- Life expectancy in the United States has climbed to an all-time high of nearly 77 years, while infant mortality has dropped to the lowest level on record, the government reported Wednesday.

Popular sports hurt many kids; treatment costly
WASHINGTON -- The eight activities that cause the most muscle and bone injuries to children -- bicycling and basketball top the list -- stick America with a bill of about $33 billion a year, a new study says.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital service area board meeting slatedDisaster training classes offeredSenator to speak at chamber lunchWRCC board meeting slatedSoroptimists to host open houseChristian book fair planned

My Best Friend
Kenai goes along for the ride in Watson Lake as ihs owners David and Kristin Thomas of Kenai try out the wooden triple kayak David built.

Winterize your auto with emergency kit
The golden leaves are gone and, with snow on the ground, it is evident winter has arrived on the Kenai Peninsula.

Seattle celebrates its sesquicentennial
SEATTLE -- As Seattle prepares to commemorate its sesquicentennial, the city is most known for giving birth to Boeing planes, Starbucks Coffee and grunge music. But the totem poles that pop up around town suggest the Emerald City has its roots in the culture of the area's original settlers.

Park gives youth place to get around
To most of us, popping a nollie kickflip off a fly box or doing a fakie crooked grind down a rail makes about as much sense as a lecture on the ins and outs of advanced subatomic particle physics.

Jordan of old pours in 41
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan was simply awesome. His team was simply awful.

Jordan shouldn't get in way of Lakers' title run
In case anybody forgot amid all the Michael Jordan hoopla, the Los Angeles Lakers rolled through the postseason unlike any NBA team ever before.

Kenai, Skyview split
The Kenai Central High School swimming team hosted Skyview in a dual meet Saturday, and while the Skyview girls and the Kenai boys posted victories in the team scoring, both squads were pleased with their performances.

Wrestling gets rolling
This weekend's Grace Invitational gave the peninsula's high school wrestling teams a look at what the rest of the state has to offer for the 2001 fall season, but the early season meets closer to home have given them plenty of cause for excitement for the upcoming campaign.

Sports Briefs
Bulldogs take four titles at Grace InviteUAF takes two from UAADavenport hands Capriati first loss as No. 1Hewitt loses shot at No. 1

Paterno ties victories record
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Joe Paterno needed help from an unlikely hero -- a freshman backup quarterback -- in the final two minutes Saturday to finally tie the major-college coaching record.

Coceres takes three-stroke lead at National Car Rental Classic
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jose Coceres of Argentina won the Saturday shootout at Disney, emerging from the pack with an 8-under-par 64 to take a three-stroke lead over Davis Love III in the National Car Rental Classic.

Lipinski feels no regrets
SIMSBURY, Conn. -- She's now a 19-year-old professional skater dabbling in acting and dealing with chronic hip problems. Hardly what anyone envisioned for Tara Lipinski as the Salt Lake City Olympics approach.

Last-minute goal gives Sharks a tie with Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Vincent Damphousse scored his second goal of the game with 5.1 seconds left in regulation to give San Jose Sharks a 2-2 tie Saturday with the New York Islanders.

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