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Thursday, October 25, 2001

Committee to recommend against state ownership of gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A committee appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to evaluate state investment in a natural gas pipeline will recommend against the idea unless a compelling and overriding public interest becomes evident.

Era continues search for victims of helicopter crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Era Aviation continued to search the waters of Cook Inlet Tuesday, trying to locate the victims and wreckage of an Oct. 18 helicopter crash.

Man stabs bulldog when it attacks his dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Animal Control is investigating an incident involving a man who repeatedly stabbed an American bulldog to stop it from attacking his dog.

Tourism drop sparks layoffs at Goldbelt
JUNEAU (AP) -- Goldbelt Inc. will lay off 40 employees including nearly half of its executive staff following a drop in tourism income, company officials said Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines increases flights to Washington, D.C.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday that it is doubling the number of its daily, non-stop flights between Seattle and Washington, D.C. from one to two.

Anchorage man arrested after fleeing police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested after allegedly entering a man's home, demanding drugs, then fleeing in a car and forcing the driver to evade police.

Fairbanks to share bishop with Southeast for now
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Catholics in the Fairbanks Diocese will share Southeast Alaska's bishop, the Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel, until a new bishop is appointed.

Ice contest provides valuable climate change data for scientists
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An 84-year-old betting contest intended to amuse winter-weary Alaskans is providing valuable climate change data to Stanford University scientists.

Permanent Fund portfolio of Alaska CDs falls 80 percent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The portion of Permanent Fund money invested in Alaska certificates of deposit shrunk about 80 percent after a major bank decided not to renew the CDs.

BP to study frozen gas with grant money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP is one of six recipients of federal grants to study the viability of energy production from natural gas hydrates, a frozen form of the gas.

Eskimos ask IRS to investigate group opposed to ANWR drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eskimos living in the only village inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge filed a complaint Tuesday with the Internal Revenue Service against a group opposed to drilling for oil in the Alaska refuge.

Fewer gray whales turning up dead during migration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists say gray whales are no longer dying by the hundreds along their migratory path from Alaska to Mexico. But no one knows why.

Nearly three-quarters of rural Alaska homes have plumbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly three-quarters of rural households have safe drinking water and flush toilets after an initiative was launched several years ago to modernize sanitation systems in Alaska villages.

Agency rules in favor of firefighters in union dispute
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Labor Relations Agency has sided with the Fairbanks firefighters union in an unfair labor practice complaint.

Group suing to create 'non-partisan' political party
JUNEAU (AP) -- An activist is suing the state to create a party for the traditionally large segment of Alaskans whose political persuasion is ''none of the above.''

Study: Alaska is most improved state on healthiness meter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has shown the most improvement in healthiness among the 50 states. According to the United Health Foundation, a private organization, Alaska ranks in the middle for healthiness but has jumped more than 20 places in the past 12 years, from 45th place to 25th.

Search continues for missing children in Napaskiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers have continued to look for two small children missing since late Sunday afternoon in the Southwest Alaska village of Napaskiak.

Body-warming blaze can be difference between life, death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska adventurer Roman Dial still remembers the day when his numb fingers refused to work and fire became not just a comfort but a necessity.

Borough assemblywoman revs up action on Alaskaland
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is circulating a plan that aims to spur quicker renovations at Alaskaland.

Legislative audit critical of vocational rehab services
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative audit alleged several employees with the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation apparently violated ethics laws.

Lesser known candidates surfacing in gubernatorial race
JUNEAU (AP) -- The perceived heavyweights of the 2002 gubernatorial race have emerged.

Native convention to focus on subsistence, racism, substance abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 3,000 Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts are expected Thursday at the 36th annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Murkowski says it was time to get campaign rolling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday that uncertainty over when Congress will finish its work this year prompted the abrupt announcement of his candidacy for governor.

Three pesticides illegal in Alaska
PALMER (AP) -- Three pesticides are now illegal to sell in Alaska because of concerns over possible impacts on groundwater, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Anderson announces candidacy for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The pool of Democrats running for governor has grown to include a third candidate, who has vied for the seat before.

Knowles again calls for subsistence, hate crimes legislation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles reviewed his accomplishments and called again for subsistence and hate crimes legislation in a speech Thursday morning to the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Desperately seeking Suzuki: MLB looks for the next Japanese star
TOKYO -- Now that Ichiro Suzuki's season is over, the search for the next Japanese baseball sensation is on. It won't be easy finding one to match the quality of the Seattle Mariners' star.

Indians won't bring back Gonzalez; Manuel to return
CLEVELAND (AP) -- All-Star right fielder Juan Gonzalez will not return to the Cleveland Indians next season because the team doesn't want to pay him another $14 million.

Maybe next year for Safeco Field
SEATTLE -- One Seattle Mariners fan was so desperate to extend the season another day he called the team to ask if he could come to Safeco Field just to sit in his seat for a while.

Yankees ride bounce to series berth
NEW YORK -- Shane Spencer's throw was bouncing to nowhere, along with the New York Yankees' season. The dynasty was about to go down.

Arizona in a New York state of mind
PHOENIX -- Arizona manager Bob Brenly, known for playing hunches and going against the book, is at it again as he prepares to lead the Diamondbacks into the World Series.

Retailers try to offer stress-free environment for holiday shopping.
Bergdorf Goodman will set up TV sets in its men's clothing department this holiday season, offer children's book readings and showcase home merchandise such as frames and candles on the first floor instead of the seventh.

Permanent fund portfolio of Alaska CDs falls 80 percent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The portion of Alaska Permanent Fund money invested in Alaska certificates of deposit shrunk about 80 percent after a major bank decided not to renew the CDs.

Talking finances with kids, a new challenge for boomers amid economic uncertainty
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Brian Hickey laid off a member of his staff because of slowing business, he found himself answering some difficult questions -- but not from his employees.

Paper chase: What to keep, where to keep it and for how long
NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the biggest benefits of putting your financial papers in order is that you can finally figure out what you have -- and what you don't need.

Spend, says Washington. In our own good time, says consumers
NEW YORK (AP) -- After a decade of spending rather than saving, consumers are showing mulish signs -- deciding to save at the very time the White House and the Federal Reserve want them to spend.

State officials preparing for next tourist season
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tourism industry officials are trying to gauge what next summer might bring to Southeast merchants.

Hardware store growing, moving
The Alaska Industrial Hardware store on North Willow Street in Kenai will be moving to roomier digs in the near future.

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

Exxon Mobil profits decline by 29 percent
DALLAS -- Lower prices for oil and gas drove Exxon Mobil Corp.'s third-quarter profit down 29 percent, missing Wall Street expectations.

Study: Alaska is most improved state on healthiness meter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has shown the most improvement in healthiness among the 50 states. According to the United Health Foundation, a private organization, Alaska ranks in the middle for healthiness but has jumped more than 20 places in the past 12 years, from 45th place to 25th.

Alaska Native stories carry lessons for living in a harsh land
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

Book Bites
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith'''The Shadow of the Sun''

Papers from author's family donated to university
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A collection of family papers said to have provided the context for some of Willa Cather's novels, including ''My Antonia,'' has been donated to the University of Nebraska.

Soldotna artist needles her way into third prize
Carol Simons of Soldotna cried in dismay the first time she attempted sewing an outfit. Now her original garments win her titles in international sewing contests.

Art Briefs
Writing workshop offeredEntries sought for KPC magazineContest open to poetsProposals sought for exhibitArtwork wanted for upcoming show

'God Bless America' CD debuts at No. 1 on album charts; latest patriotic hit
NEW YORK -- Americans are showing their patriotism in record stores.

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

Potency of 'Joy Ride' aided by other terror
The primal fear of shadowy menace has perhaps never been so potent -- something that works to the advantage of the new thriller ''Joy Ride.''

Racing turnout suffers
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Billboards throughout the south side of Atlanta many within earshot of the Atlanta Motor Speedway have promoted the races at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for the past two months.

NASCAR garage getting too busy for many
Walking at a brisk pace, Dale Earnhardt Jr. artfully maneuvers his way through a thick crowd of fans waving merchandise to be autographed and begging him to pose for pictures.

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 4,512 2. Ricky Rudd Evans 4,1173. Tony Stewart 4,043

NASCAR publicly addresses need for change
Drivers crash during "Happy Hour" before Saturday's EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR says it will make changes at the Alabama track and at Daytona International Speedway to increase competition and protect drivers.

This Week's Race
Checker Auto Parts 500 (Race 32 of 36).

Nascar schedule
Feb. 18th - Nov. 23rd

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $6,148,5912. Dale Jarrett 4,128,7563. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,963,712

Warplanes pound targets
WASHINGTON -- Taliban forces in Afghanistan may be hiding in residential areas to shield themselves from airstrikes, a senior military officer said Tuesday as the Pentagon acknowledged that an errant 1,000-pound bomb damaged an Afghan senior citizens' center.

Soldotna seeking cemetery
The desire to keep deceased loved ones close to home is behind the latest drive by the Soldotna Historical Society to build a cemetery in or near Soldotna.

Sen. Murkowski says it was time to get campaign rolling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday that uncertainty over when Congress will finish its work this year prompted the abrupt announcement of his candidacy for governor.

KRSMA board looks for new members
The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board is recruiting applicants for two vacancies on the board.

Phillips settles for try at No. 2 spot
The speculation is over. Gail Phillips, R-Homer, is set on becoming Alaska's next lieutenant governor.

Navarre retains assembly presidency
It's a partial changing of the guard for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Canadian foreign minister asks U.S. to resume work streamlining border security
WASHINGTON -- Canada's foreign minister asked the White House on Wednesday to restart initiatives streamlining border security that had been put on hold after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tree hugger
A witch has her flight cut short in the Close family's front yard in Kenai.

Mail safety takes focus
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration struggled Wednes-day to make the nation's vast postal system and its 800,000 employees safe from anthrax. Surgeon General David Satcher bluntly admitted ''we were wrong'' not to respond more aggressively to tainted mail in the nation's capital.

Public health center to be dedicated Friday
With the completion of the Kenai Public Health building in July, central peninsula residents can receive state of Alaska Public Health Nurse services and Central Peninsula General Hospital outpatient services in one building, instead of having to go to three.

Frances Reilly
Kenai resident Frances Reilly, formerly Mrs. John Brown, died at her son's home in Anchorage Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001. She was 64.

'Militant religion' shows no tolerance toward those who dare to disagree A bishop's perspective on Islam
One sees many white, Anglo-Saxon, mostly Protestant members of Congress and others on television today vouching for the "peaceful" nature and intent of Islam. Oprah Winfrey has done a show on "modern Muslim women" -- none of whom would be allowed to dress in contemporary clothing, be educated or even appear on television if they lived in radical Muslim states.

Combatting terrorism can't be done merely by dropping bombs
How is one to combat terrorism in the Middle East? Even the United States knows that merely dropping bombs on Kabul will not suffice.

Many contribute to winning season for SoHi football team
The Soldotna High School football team would like to thank all of the people who helped make our NLC championship season possible. A special thanks to parents Angela and Billy Jo Goracke, Patty Brantley, Janet Gleason, Annette Weigle, Sandra Ghormley and all the other parents who helped with gate, chain gang, team snacks and concessions.

Letters to the Editor
Kenai's comprehensive plan too important to leave to a fewHospital top heavy on management; it should be run through boroughHere's hoping Afghanistan will see U.S. troops in honorable light

Islamic holy month adds new urgency to U.S. effort in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Muslim allies, whose support is considered essential to the U.S. anti-terrorism campaign, are pressuring the United States to score a major victory on the ground before the Islamic holy month Ramadan begins around Nov. 17 or agree to a lengthy delay in the Afghan operation.

Gas line to Valdez makes sense Alaskans should convince oil companies TAGS in their best interest
So, there you have it. The North Slope producers have come out and flatly stated that neither the governor's highway route nor the "over the top" route would pay the 15 percent return on investment they require to construct a natural gas pipeline.

Disagreements about economic package threaten bipartisanship
The mood of bipartisan good feeling in Washington may change soon if congressional leaders can't show some restraint in putting together an economic stimulus package. ...

U.S. should be wary of confusing signals
Dreadful shock waves have been reverberating out of control since the terrorists struck at the heart of Washington and New York, severely disrupting every aspect of human life and activity, not only all over the U.S., but worldwide. People have since been overtaken by paralyzing uncertainty, fear, total loss of direction and purpose.

One man's mission: feeding the hungry with donated deer
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Rick Wilson watches a butcher carving a deer carcass and sees the hand of God.

Rocky Mountain bighorns are among areas most prized species
TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- The wild sheep of North America are among the most beautiful and sought-after trophies by sportsmen.

Hunter continues squirrel hunting habit
WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Some call them tree rats. Others either attract them to their yard, or drive them away from their bird feeders. Some, like Doug Beeman of Goodview, hunt and eat them as a fall tradition.

Body-warming blaze can be difference between life, death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska adventurer Roman Dial still remembers the day when his numb fingers refused to work and fire became not just a comfort but a necessity.

Women found freedom amid Yellowstone's wilds
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The formally clad women who peer out from 19th century photographs of Yellowstone appear out of place in the wilderness surroundings. But even though these visitors look as if they should be in a drawing room sipping afternoon tea, they were trailblazers, nonetheless.

Montana hunting guides look to extend business by expanding bowhunting trips
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Guided hunting trips long have been an industry in Montana, and as more hunters take up archery hunting, outfitters are increasingly trying to lure those hunters, extend their guiding season and earn more money.

Around the Peninsula
United Way board to meetNorth Peninsula Chamber lunch held todaySchool board reapportionment committee meetsDivorce support group meeting slatedCIRCAC committee meeting scheduledSorority group to hold high teaLogo design contest announced

Pet of the Week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a young adult male Lhasa apso. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber lunch to feature talk of transportationWRCC annual meeting this eveningGenealogist to speak ThursdayKenai planning session Saturday

Photo feature: Dog day afternoon
Edna Jones and her dog Misty take a walk with their shadows on the Cook Inlet beach Wednesday afternoon. Shadows continue to grow as the area loses about five minutes of daylight each day.

Fairbanks to share bishop with Southeast for now
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Catholics in the Fairbanks Diocese will share Southeast Alaska's bishop, the Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel, until a new bishop is appointed.

Parents should foster kids' curiosity, creativity
Do you remember those conversations you had with your children when they were constantly asking, "why?" They were full of questions. It was tempting at those times to ignore their questions or make up an answer just so they would quit being pests. Thank goodness they ask questions!

Sterling children get a 'Head Start' for school
Getting children off to the best start can profoundly influence the rest of their lives. That fact inspired the federal Head Start preschool program and, since the beginning of the calendar year, Sterling children have had an opportunity to take advantage of the successful program.

Friendships, relationships shape future paths
I will always remember the first two real friends I ever had. Tara, Jamie and I were an inseparable threesome of buds from the first day of kindergarten. Every afternoon we spent time building forts, playing dress-up or watching cartoons.

District School News
News from schools around the district

School Menus
What's on the menu for local schools this week

Around the District
Quarter endsStudents earn National Merit standingVFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contestSchool Bus Safety Week celebratedWorldwide education project comes to SewardPDK hosts meetingSoHi announces Students of the MonthAfter the Bell opens at SoHi on SaturdaysChallenger Center offers workshops

Sunday Showcase returns to Kenai Peninsula College this weekend
Is stress getting you down? Can't concentrate on your work? Kenai Peninsula College has just the prescription for you, and it doesn't come in pill form. Best of all, it's free.

Bondra rallies Caps past Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Peter Bondra scored his second goal of the game 45 seconds into overtime as the Washington Capitals rallied past the Florida Panthers, 4-3 Wednesday.

Bruins trade Allison
BOSTON -- Jason Allison came to Boston in 1997 when the Bruins wanted to rid themselves of some high-priced, disgruntled veterans.

What's everybody else's excuse?
OK, so Babe Ruth's daughter is pulling for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Super Mario pots first goal of season for Penguins
ATLANTA -- Mario Lemieux decided just before game time he was healthy enough to play. The rest came naturally.

Sports Briefs
Rippley picked as crew chief of World SeriesOlympic gold medalist Drummond released on bailColangelo voted chair of NBA board of governorsFamily members to run for terrorist victimsSeahawks coach to Mariners: enjoy the journeySonics waive Rush

Defense lifts Eagles into first place in NFC East
PHILADELPHIA -- Andy Reid walked off the field at Giants Stadium, looked into the crowd and shouted, ''How about those cheesesteaks?''

Bears and 49ers: Reminiscent of old times, sort of
On Jan. 8, 1989, Mike Ditka ended a week of suspense by announcing to the world that Jim McMahon would start the NFC title game against San Francisco over Mike Tomczak.

Johnson vs. Flutie: The plot thickens
SAN DIEGO -- As soap operas go, it could have been called ''All My Quarterbacks.''

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