Monday, October 22, 2001

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.

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.

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

HUD awards nearly $800,000 for employment training
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two campuses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been awarded nearly $800,000 for job training.

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.

October brings record snowfall to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- October is turning out to be a record-breaking month in Anchorage.

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.

Anchorage man killed in rollover accident on Dalton Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 56-year-old Anchorage man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on the Dalton Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Fairbanks city council considers pay cut for new mayor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Mayor Steve Thompson has been in office only two weeks and already he's facing a pay cut -- through no fault of his own.

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.

Russians working on plan for international park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of Russians is promoting the concept of an international park that would span the Bering Strait.

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.

Oct. 15, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News on state school rankings
By January 2003, the state is required by law to rank every school in Alaska. Each school will get one of four ratings: distinguished, successful, deficient or in crisis. Ever since the Legislature passed this mandate, educators and state officials have spent inordinate amounts of time trying to figure out a fair way to rank schools.

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.

Oct. 18, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. mourns for those lost in air crash
It is a contradictory position Americans are in: Support the economy, but beware of additional terrorist attacks. Not surprisingly, air travel is down after Sept. 11, and fewer people are frequenting public places such as malls and movie theaters for fear of anthrax attacks.

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.

Oct. 12, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News scoffs at 'organic' logic
Again we ask: Can you imagine any food more natural than an Alaska wild-caught salmon?

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.

Oct. 19, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Much progress has been made in the 16 years since October was first designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, primarily through increased awareness of the importance of early detection.

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.

GED test getting first makeover in 13 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- To keep up with modern times, the General Educational Development test is getting its first overhaul since 1988.

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.

Fairbanks man faces numerous charges in weekend rampage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man is accused of ramming seven vehicles during a drunken rampage in a stolen pickup truck.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Artists look toward center
The peninsula art community came out in force Saturday morning to support an arts summit hosted by the Kenai River Council on the Arts. The council unveiled preliminary plans for funding and building an arts center with the hopes of sparking the area economy and influencing tourism.

Now playing: From Hell
Imagine Sherlock Holmes as a drug addicted, 1890's version of Miss Cleo. Imagine Seven set at the turn of the century. Imagine a complicated conspiracy that rivals anything Oliver Stone could come up with. Finally, imagine Jack the Ripper, at last given his cinematic due with a gorgeous and highly entertaining, though periodically frustrating piece of filmmaking.

Jr. pops win at Talledega
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- For Dale Earnhardt Jr., this one was for the naysayers.

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.

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.

School board debate raises tough questions
The Kenai Peninsula may have its own version of the state's rural-urban divide. The reapportionment committee looking into potential changes for electing the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has turned up a host of thorny issues.

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.

Study would track watershed nutrient flow
Organizers of a study to track the flow of nutrients through the Kenai River watershed say it could shed light on rivers throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Assembly to elect new VP, president
With municipal elections in the past, the nine-member Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly moves to the next step Tuesday and elects a new president and vice president.

Photo feature: Making the rounds
Sean Moore rides his bike in Kenai during Saturday's snowstorm. "It's my first winter here. You probably can tell, huh?" he said. Moore moved to the area from Portland, Ore.

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

Study finds government help for private prisons
WASHINGTON -- Politicians have invested heavily in private prisons, but their communities are not necessarily seeing an economic payoff, a new report shows.

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.

Taliban front line hit hard by U.S. jets
QALAI DASHT, Afghanistan -- U.S. warplanes bombarded Taliban positions Sunday near a front line north of the capital, Kabul, marking what could be the start of a more aggressive campaign on behalf of opposition forces fighting the Islamic regime.

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.

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. - Oct. 18, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. mourns for those lost in air crash 10/22/01 - Oct. 12, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News scoffs at 'organic' logic 10/22/01 - Oct. 19, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 10/22/01 - Yankees answer Pinella's promise with a win 10/22/01 - Oct. 15, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News on state school rankings 10/22/01 - Fairbanks man faces numerous charges in weekend rampage 10/22/01 - GED test getting first makeover in 13 years 10/22/01 - Big Unit chops Braves' playoff hopes 10/22/01

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

War on terrorists gives Bush new clout
WASHINGTON -- Thrust into the role of wartime leader, President Bush has soared in the polls to a 90 percent approval rating.

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.

84-year-old veteran gives his last breath in Pentagon relief effort Heroes come in all shapes
WASHINGTON -- On the last day of his life, 84-year-old Anthony Bai dressed in his best day clothes -- a brand new gray flannel shirt and pressed jeans -- slapped Aramis on his freshly shaved face and hugged his daughter goodbye.

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.

America should not tarry too long in Afghanistan
After the Taliban, then what? None of its neighbors support the wayward regime in Afghanistan and the opposing force inside that nation has a new lease on life with U.S. support for its cause. As a result of these new pressures, the Taliban probably will fall.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I am amazed both at the number of hitchhikers I see on the roads and at how young they are. I recently saw a boy who looked about 12 trying to thumb a ride. This can't be legal, can it?

Navy vessel Cape Breton becomes world's largest artificial reef
NANAIMO, British Columbia (AP) -- The HMCS Cape Breton rumbled to the ocean floor over the weekend to begin its new life as the world's largest artificial diving reef.

Community News
New cross-stitch club set to meetEducational haunted house plannedTable tennis season to startPost office deadlines coming upHomer Community School announcements

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.

Soldotna Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

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.

Getting involved
The Kenai Central High School Interact Club recently inducted 32 new members, bringing the total club membership up to 52. The KCHS Interact Club is sponsored in part by the Kenai Rotary Club as part of the club's efforts to engage the youth of our community in public service through club activities.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Tolerance Commission taking testimony todayIndependent Blind chapter meets tonightHospital board meets this eveningCity league sign-up deadline todaySwimming lessons availableFirst aid class offered by Red CrossCity council to hold meetingPeninsula counseling services to host meetingEarth, Fire and Fibre on display through FridayBacchus festival on tap

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

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

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.

Peninsula People
Soldotna graduate starts student teaching

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.

Olympic committee gets new chair
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Olympic Committee is going with an outsider again, picking former Maytag chairman Lloyd Ward as its new chief executive officer.

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.

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.

Panthers, Bulldogs take brackets at Dimond-Service
The Skyview and Nikiski volleyball teams won brackets at the Dimond-Service Invitational Friday and Saturday.

St. Louis can't be beat
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Trung Canidate scored twice and accounted for 232 yards Sunday, helping the St. Louis Rams remain the NFL's only unbeaten team with a 34-14 victory over the New York Jets.

Seasoned Penn State coach reaches winning mark
With his big, thick glasses and even thicker white socks, Joe Paterno never has been what anyone would consider flashy.

Coceres leaves pack on Disney's greens
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jose Coceres pulled away from the pack with three straight birdies at the turn and never gave Davis Love III or anyone else much of a chance, closing with a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the National Car Rental Classic.

Bruins' Paus can pass with the best of them
PASADENA, Calif. -- UCLA has a quarterback, too. When California stacked its defense to stop DeShaun Foster on Saturday night, Cory Paus picked the Golden Bears apart, leading the fourth-ranked Bruins to a 56-17 victory before a Rose Bowl crowd of 65,366.

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.

US skater takes final shot at Olympic gold
SALT LAKE CITY -- Todd Eldredge thought he'd be long retired by now, making some money in ice shows and working on lowering his golf handicap.

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.

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

Nikiski's Holloway named GatoradePlayer of the Year
After becoming the first receiver in state history to go over 1,000 yards receiving in a season last year, all eyes were on Nikiski senior David Holloway at the start 2001 season.

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.

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

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.

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.

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