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Friday, October 26, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Caribou numbers added to Fortymile winter hunt quota
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The quota for this winter's Fortymile caribou hunt is likely to be increased by 100 caribou.

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.''

Conservationists plan to sue federal agency to protect whales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A conservation group is planning to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the federal agency failed to assign critical habitat to two endangered Alaska whales.

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.

AFN postpones plan to take subsistence fight to Congress
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. crisis has stalled an effort by the Alaska Federation of Natives to take its subsistence fight to Congress.

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.

AFN keynote speaker stresses cultural resilience
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Federation of Native's 21-year-old keynote speaker urged Alaska Natives to bring the resilience of past generations to the modern battle against alcoholism.

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 boys charged in anthrax hoax
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have charged a pair of 14-year-old boys with making a false report and harassment in connection with an anthrax hoax last week.

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.

Forest Service names new Alaska regional forester
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on Friday announced that Dennis Bschor will the Alaska regional forester.

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.

Alaskaland gets new name
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaskaland is officially now Pioneer Park.

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.

NANA Corp. president to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Charlie Alasuk Curtis, the president of NANA Regional Corp., has announced he is retiring at the end of the year.

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.

Coast Guard investigates Unalaska spill
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Coast Guard is investigating a 500 gallon diesel fuel spill in Dutch Harbor.

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.

Arrival of winter slows pipeline spill cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cold temperatures and snow have slowed the cleanup of oil spilled earlier this month when a man shot a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline north of Fairbanks.

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.

Taylor to run for lieutenant governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican state Sen. Robin Taylor said Thursday he will run for lieutenant governor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Children Missing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers headed out again Friday morning to look for two Napaskiak children feared drowned in the Kuskokwim River.

Rivera separates Yankees from rest of pack
NEW YORK -- The real Mariano Rivera isn't the pitcher with the cold-blooded stare on the mound.

Breaking out the bubbly
Few people would think of California's Napa Valley as Yankees territory, but along comes further proof of how baseball sometimes makes for strange bedfellows.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.''

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.

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

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

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

Nascar schedule
Feb. 18th - Nov. 23rd

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Subsistence, hate crimes top agenda
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

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.

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

Bioterrorism scare mounts
WASHINGTON -- A State Department mail handler lay ill with inhalation anthrax Thursday and the besieged Postal Service set up spot checks at facilities nationwide as the bioterror scare widened.

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.

Photo feature: Cold lunch
A cow moose ambles through the snow while browsing near Kenai Thursday afternoon.

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

Time to change clocks, detector batteries
The time change Sunday gives people a chance to sleep in an extra hour but also brings with it a responsibility to protect their homes and families from fire by changing the batteries in smoke detectors.

Airline safety on lunch agenda
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, which shut down air travel in the United States for three days, severely affected the viability of airlines across the nation. Most have not returned to 100 percent service, and those that have are struggling to break even as passengers stay away in droves.

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.

Oilers Corner
Brian Green has agreed to return as head coach for the 2002 season.

Kenai planning session worthy of residents' time
Kenai residents have a unique opportunity to shape their community's future Saturday by participating in a planning session with the theme: "What will Kenai look like in 20 years?"

Knowledge best weapon to kill fear
I keep thinking of that T.S. Eliot line: "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." This is what the terrorists -- whoever they are -- have shown us with their malevolent mailings. By sowing their seeds of anthrax, they hope to reap a harvest of anxiety, fear, panic.

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

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. ...

Alaska's wild salmon deserve to be known worldwide as 'organic'
What comes to mind when you hear the word "organic"? Natural? Healthy? Safe? Pure? Real? Nothing artificial? As good as it gets?

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.

Searching for No. 1 terror suspect like looking for needle in haystack
WASHINGTON -- President Bush says the goal of the Afghanistan campaign is to rout the terror network of Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice ''dead or alive.'' Nearly three weeks into the bombing, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says bin Laden is proving tough to catch.

Body-warming fire can be lifesaver
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

Small native species -- 'nature's bug zappers' -- great for mosquito control
Bats, as they flit about in the gloom of darkening skies, are spooky to many people. But the little-known bats of the Kenai Peninsula are more treat than threat.

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.

How chickadees thrive in the long, cold Alaska winters
As winter approaches, we realize that the chores around the house are not quite complete, and there is a mad rush to get things in order before the snow flies. The birds fly south, the berries ripen, the salmon fishers depart, and then it happens -- the first snowfall. Just we hardy ones are left to enjoy the beautiful dark winters in Alaska.

Outdoor Briefs
Park ranger honored Instructor joins Outdoor Leadership Program Forest Service cabin to be closed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the peninsula
KCHS hosts winter gear swap VFW Auxiliary offers smoke detectors Red Cross offers first aid class Violence awareness quilt on display Chamber's Festival of Bacchus this weekend Satellite meeting tackles health care disparities Stakeholder meeting slated Brunch will honor pastors Bazaar table space available

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

Michigan Catholic leaders launch antisprawl campaign
DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan Roman Catholics who see urban sprawl as a moral issue are backing a campaign to promote balanced growth.

Lawsuit claims anti-Semitism at Minnesota's St. Cloud State University
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three Jewish professors and a student have sued St. Cloud State University, arguing Jewish faculty are paid less and are denied promotions, as part of a pattern of anti-Semitism at the school.

'Fear not': God's love helps
Several men recently attempted to row their boat across Tustumena Lake.

Rival Unitarian groups settle lawsuit over name of organization
BOSTON (AP) -- The Unitarian Universalist Association has settled a trademark lawsuit against a maverick group that accused the denomination of replacing spirituality with social activism.

Muslim chaplains support troops, U.S. campaign against terrorism
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- One day back in 1979, Qaseem A. Uqdah was in the mess hall line at the Parris Island boot camp when a cook slapped a piece of ham onto his outstretched tray.

Religious leaders ask Bush to remember the poor in his economic policy-making
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders have urged President Bush to remember the poor as he develops his economic stimulus plan.

Terror attacks are theme for displays at Hindu festival
CALCUTTA, India -- Giant, illuminated images of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York are drawing huge crowds at an annual Hindu festival in eastern India dedicated to ridding the world of evil.

Conservative Jewish scholars nix Internet minyan, but OK some Web, phone prayer
NEW YORK (AP) -- A panel of Conservative Jewish scholars has ruled that a person participating in prayers with other Jews over the phone or Internet cannot be counted toward the quorum needed for communal prayer.

Religion Briefs
Volunteers sought for breakfast programs Anchorage man to serve as interim pastor Reformation services planned Sunday Kids Harvest Carnival scheduled Wednesday Bible classes to start in November SolFirst to offer additional service

In the wake of Sept. 11, Muslim leaders criticized for statements on terrorism
In the days after Sept. 11, Imam Fawaz Damra of the Islamic Center of Cleveland represented Muslims at interfaith gatherings. When someone rammed a car into his mosque, Christian and Jewish clergy rallied around him.

In the wake of Sept. 11, Muslim leaders criticized for statements on terrorism
In the days after Sept. 11, Imam Fawaz Damra of the Islamic Center of Cleveland represented Muslims at interfaith gatherings. When someone rammed a car into his mosque, Christian and Jewish clergy rallied around him.

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.

80-acres broadens existing trail system
It's not often that the actions of one individual can make many different people happy, but with the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation's newly created Eveline State Recreation Site in Homer, outdoor enthusiasts should be thrilled for generations to come.

Totally '80s: San Francisco, Chicago meet in pivotal game
The last time the 49ers played the Bears in a game of major magnitude was Jan. 8, 1989 for the NFC championship, when Mike Ditka waited until the last minute to choose Jim McMahon over Mike Tomczak as Chicago's starting quarterback.

'Canes blow away Mountaineers 45-3
MIAMI -- Miami's Ken Dorsey has as many career touchdown passes as Steve Walsh and Vinny Testaverde.

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

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.

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

Shortest race should build intrigue all the way to Paris
PARIS -- They're trying to ''Lance-proof'' the Tour de France.

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

Indianapolis scores 28 after the break to outrun Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Only players as talented as Edgerrin James and Peyton Manning can afford to show up late for work.

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

Kards get chance to mix it up on the mat
The Kenai Central High School wrestling team played host to Ninilchik and Soldotna Thursday, giving grapplers from all three schools valuable mat time as they prepare for this weekend's King of the Mountain tournament in Seward as well as the area tournaments down the road.

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.

With nothing to lose, Stars win
With nothing to lose, the Soldotna volleyball team proved pretty hard to beat.

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