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Tuesday, October 23, 2001

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

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.

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.

Preparing for next summer's tourists
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tourism industry officials are trying to gauge what next summer might bring to Southeast merchants.

Murkowski announces bid for governor
Ending months of speculation, U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski threw his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate for governor in 2002.

Troopers investigate death after fight at Palmer jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An inmate punched at a Palmer state jail Saturday died about seven hours later but preliminary autopsy reports do not indicate the altercation was the cause of death.

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.

Police say man lied about girlfriend's shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old man tried to concoct a story after he shot his girlfriend during an early morning car ride in Eagle River, Anchorage police said.

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?

Human skull found in Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU (AP) -- Remains of a human skull were found near a Gastineau Channel dock used by cruise ships, Juneau police said Tuesday.

Two children missing from Napaskiak
BETHEL (AP) -- The search continued Monday for two toddlers missing from the village of Napaskiak.

Anchorage teen arrested for shooting friend in abdomen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Anchorage for shooting a friend during a night of heavy drinking, police said.

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.

UAF plate research published by major science journal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A longtime argument over plate tectonics in Asia is settled in a research paper published this month in a national journal, according to its authors, scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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 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.

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.

Anchorage man dies after being struck by a snowmachine
HOUSTON (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed in the Houston area after being hit by a snowmachine, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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.

Search for wreckage of helicopter continues; autopsy reveals no clues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews continued the search Monday for the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed into Cook Inlet Oct. 18 and the bodies of two of those still missing, while an autopsy of the pilot yielded no clues to the cause of the crash.

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.

Yakutat guiding service convicted of violating use permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Yakutat guiding service was convicted Monday of violating the terms of the Forest Service special-use permit under which it operates.

Report: Wage gap between sexes narrows slightly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska women continue to earn less than men, but the disparity between the wages of the two genders is shrinking, a new state study showed.

Organizers of popular seafood event look beyond Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is about to conquer a new frontier outside the state.

Poor Piniella
He stood on the top step of the visiting dugout transfixed, his eyes mournfully tracking the arc of another baseball about to disappear over the left-field wall of Yankee Stadium.

Yankees dismiss Mariners, return to World Series
NEW YORK -- This was the best one, Joe Torre said, for many reasons. To come back and beat Oakland after being down two games. To beat the best team in baseball. And to do it for a city that needed something to cheer about.

Alaskans urged to enlist in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge effort
According to Arctic Power board member Mike Navarre this is a critical time for Alaskans to help support the effort to open ANWR for environmentally safe oil and gas exploration.

Udelhoven makes improvements to Osprey Platform...
After months of planning, the steel framework has been hoisted into place to complete a deck modification project that will expand and move the living quarters of Forest Oils Osprey Platform, the newest platform in Cook Inlet. The modification is a joint project between Udelhoven Oilfield System Services and Forest Oil.

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.

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.

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

Culverts pique interest of state agencies, property owners
It isn't only vehicular traffic on the Kenai Peninsula that interests the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Clint Adler, DOT research engineer in Fairbanks, said a cooperative effort including DOT, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and peninsula property owners has its eye on salmon in peninsula streams and how they are affected by culverts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anthrax could be cause in postal worker deaths
WASHINGTON -- Anthrax probably killed two postal workers from a facility that delivers mail to the nation's capital and left two more hospitalized, officials said Monday as the country suffered fresh casualties in a mushrooming bioterrorism war.

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.

Tolerance Commission comes to Kenai
Intolerance and discrimination is not just slinging racial epithets or frozen paint balls at people who are different. Intolerance and discrimination can manifest itself in many ways: lack of educational or employment opportunities, birthday cards that make fun of growing old, stair steps that are too high, bullying in school, and perhaps worst of all, indifference.

peninsulaclarion.com - Oct. 18, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. mourns for those lost in air crash 10/22/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Big Unit chops Braves' playoff hopes 10/22/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Oct. 15, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News on state school rankings 10/22/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Oct. 19, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 10/22/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Oct. 12, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News scoffs at 'organic' logic 10/22/01

peninsulaclarion.com - GED test getting first makeover in 13 years 10/22/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Fairbanks man faces numerous charges in weekend rampage 10/22/01

peninsulaclarion.com - Yankees answer Pinella's promise with a win 10/22/01

Joan Widener
Soldotna resident Joan Widener died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 69.

Karl Frederick Baun
Former North Kenai resident Karl Frederick Baun died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Willamette Valley Medical Center after a year's illness. He was 68.

Martha Kanana (Riley) Peterson
Former Seward resident Martha Kanana (Riley) Peterson died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001. She died peacefully in her sleep at home in Anchorage due to complications from strokes and cancer. She was 83.

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.

Americans more likely to die by drowning than by anthrax exposure Reacting to risk factors
Baruch Fischoff chuckles when he thinks about it. On Sept. 10, he spent some time with a reporter for The New York Times, talking about the risk of shark attacks.

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.

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.

War details often remain secret years later
WASHINGTON -- A decade later, Americans still don't know how far special operations forces went inside Iraq during the Gulf War. Some parts of the fighting in Kosovo and Vietnam -- even Korea -- remain sketchy.

Early detection plus information best way to fight breast cancer
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.

Around the Peninsula
Middle school open to parentsHomer High sponsors sports exchangeMusic classes for kids availableWRCC to hold monthly meetingViolence awareness quilt on displayOpen house planned for health building

Peninsula People
Soldotna graduate starts student teaching

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.

Photo feature: Cold shoulder
Everyone needs a shoulder every now and then, especially when the weather is bringing you down. This couple have made their home on the football field at Kenai Central High School.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Fed work force aging fast
WASHINGTON -- A wave of retirements set to spread across the federal government in the next few years could seriously hamper the war on terrorism.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our local seniors

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

Sports Briefs
Agassi, Graf wed in Las VegasNuggets acquire Williams in three-team tradeEarnhardt's crew chief fined $25,000, victory standsFlyers' Tocchet out at least another monthNelson rallies in final round for SBC ChampionshipRobinson to miss rest of seasonBaseball owners to meet after World Series

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.

Eagles take advantage of Giants' inept offense
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't do much against New York's defense. So they took advantage of the Giants' stodgy offense instead.

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.

Miami ranked No. 4 in BCS
Miami, No. 1 in the AP media poll and the coaches' poll, was fourth in rankings that determine which teams will play for a national championship at the Rose Bowl in January.

Turek shows up Blues in return
ST. LOUIS -- Dave Lowry scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Craig Conroy had a goal and an assist, as the Calgary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Monday night.

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.

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.

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.

Faulk again questionable for Rams
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Marshall Faulk might miss another game with a bruised right knee, and St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said it has nothing to do with Trung Canidate's brilliant starting debut.

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.

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.

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