Saturday, October 26, 2002

Knowles pledges disaster relief for Arctic storms
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles issued a disaster declaration for Kotzebue and Kivalina, two communities struck by a sea storm earlier this month that caused extensive damage.

Heavy rains cause major flooding on Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several roads were closed, bridges were washed out and people were evacuated from their homes on the Kenai Peninsula Thursday after heavy rainfall caused major flooding and raised rivers to their highest levels in 30 years.

Bidders pay $2.7 million for oil and gas leases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bidders ranging from a wildcatter to big oil paid $2.7 million Thursday for 106,200 acres on Alaska's North Slope in an areawide state oil and gas lease sale.

AFN convention opens with call to protect sovereignty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Challenging times lie ahead for Alaska's tribes, ranging from anticipated cuts in their federal funding to challenges to their legal status. But on the opening day of their annual convention, members of the Alaska Federation of Natives were urged to work to protect tribal sovereignty.

Effect of rocket launches called minimal
KODIAK (AP) -- The first five launches at the Kodiak Launch Complex had minimal impact on the environment, according to University of Alaska Anchorage scientists.

Judge reverses own sentencing ruling in murder case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks judge has reversed his own sentencing ruling for a Koyukuk man convicted of double murder last year.

Murkowski launches attack on Ulmer attack ads
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a gubernatorial campaign that is growing more bitter by the day, Republican Frank Murkowski on Thursday angrily accused his Democrat opponent of distorting his stance on the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Fog maroons hundreds of Southeast travelers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau continued to be socked Thursday in by fog that has disrupted flights this week.

Several vying for long-shot chance to be governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Small third parties have played a large role in some of Alaska's gubernatorial elections.

Soldotna bans smoking in restaurants
KENAI (AP) -- Lighting up in Soldotna restaurants is now illegal.

Sobriety activist awarded a high school diploma
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A World War II veteran and Wasilla sobriety activist was awarded a high school diploma this week.

Knowles makes final speech as governor to AFN
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Native people will remember Gov. Tony Knowles for something he didn't do, the co-chairman of the Alaska Federation of Natives said Thursday.

Piniella to direct D-Rays
Lou Piniella has agreed to a $13 million, four-year contract to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

Howe gets $9.4 million to manage Mets
NEW YORK -- Blocked from pursuing Lou Piniella and unsure that Dusty Baker would be interested, the New York Mets turned to Art Howe as their new manager.

San Francisco blows out Anaheim to take 3-2 lead
SAN FRANCISCO -- He's got everything else. The home run record, a batting title, MVP trophies, a sure spot in the Hall of Fame.

Cardinals play 49ers for top spot in NFC West
Believe it or not, the Arizona Cardinals are about to play a midseason game with the division lead at stake. Perhaps it most has to do with being moved into the new NFC West.

NC State rips Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Now that North Carolina State has achieved the best start in school history, the Wolfpack are trying hard not to think about where this special season might lead them.

Kenai angler lands world-record Dolly Varden
"I wanted to go fishing, and I caught this world-record Dolly," said 18-year-old Mike Curtiss of Kenai.

Daylight savings time ends this weekend
Daylight savings time ends Sunday. Everyone is reminded to "fall back" and turn their clocks back one hour.

Peninsula rivers rise
Kenai Peninsula rivers and creeks swelled Thursday following two days of heavy rains, and the National Weather Service was alerting residents to prepare for possible flooding.

Fall rains turn to floods
Hammering rainfall throughout much of Wednesday and early Thursday morning made driving the Sterling Highway an adventure in automotive aquatics, as swales in the pavement filled with rivers of wet and what passed for visibility often vaporized in the spray from other vehicles.

Road closures reported across Kenai Peninsula
At the earliest, the Sterling Highway from Homer to Soldotna will not be open until Saturday, officials said late Thursday afternoon.

Era adds flights between Kenai and Homer
Era Aviation added two flights between Kenai and Homer on Thursday to accommodate any travelers left stranded due to road closures.

Emergency shelters opened at 3 locations
Shelters have been established in the following locations:

Absences nearly cost council member his seat
After four absences in four months, Kenai City Council member Joe Moore came within one absence of being removed from the council.

Flooding's toll on future fish runs uncertain
High water on area rivers could impact juvenile salmon, but so far, area biologists aren't overly concerned with how future runs will be affected by this week's flooding.

Kester takes over as Oilers President
The Peninsula Oilers are pleased to announce that Karen Kester has been elected president of the board of directors.

Letters to the Editor
Voters should remember closed primary, private prison issuesTelevision stations take public opinion comments seriouslyAlaska voters should say 'No' to Constitutional ConventionUlmer deserves Alaskans' votesWard shows he cares for all Alaskans; ad is ancient historyHal Smalley will be fair on all issues; he deserves your voteClarion inconsistent concerning who can say what in paid ads

Parents help students have safe, fun time at outdoors camp

Homeland Security should be priority with elected officials
The massacre in Bali and several other recent attacks make it clear that international terrorism has not been checked. The threat against Americans at home and abroad remains real.

Compromise solution on Iraq holds promise
Inch by inch, or rather centimeter by centimeter, the members of the Security Council of the United Nations appear to be moving towards a compromise resolution on Iraq.

Cast and blast -- fishing and hunting in one trip
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The ''cast and blast'' trip is an Idaho fall classic that ranks right up there with pigskin and pumpkins.

Outdoor Briefs
Trapper orientation scheduled for WednesdayNature Spooktacular haunts Portage Saturday

Are peninsula beetle-killed trees rotting faster than they used to?
I am puzzled about how fast beetle-killed spruce trees are coming down. Every windy day seems to bring power outages somewhere around the Peninsula as dead spruce trees fall on power lines.

Ski swaps: Bargain or boondoggle?
It's hard to think about skiing when it's 40 degrees out and raining, and forecasted to be so for the next several days, but ski swap season is upon us.

Around the Peninsula
Center to offer video programBlood bank is having shortageAssociation spaghetti dinner slatedMoto-Cross banquet plannedWomen's center to hold meetingChamber to host luncheonBorough to offer avalanche workshop

Halloween: Day of pagan rituals or Christian celebration?
The contemporary Christian often finds Halloween an uncomfortable topic. Some want to blackball it all together because of the evil often associated with it, while others are reluctant to give up what is still a cherished childhood memory. How should a Christian respond to this holiday known as Halloween?

Religion Briefs
Dinner fund-raiser planned tonightReligious poems soughtNative outreach fellowship to meetPeninsula women conference slatedHome for the holidays brunch slatedGreat dads seminar plannedClothing ministry open

Sports Briefs
Flood cancels volleyball matchSprewell appeals suspension, $50,000 fineExpos to play some games in Puerto Rico in 2003

Thinking global pays off
Imagine how many kids are picking up basketballs in China at this very minute. NBA commissioner David Stern did. Almost 20 years ago.

Sutton chosen to be U.S. Ryder Cup captain
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Hal Sutton gets emotional just thinking about seeing the American flag and hearing the national anthem during the Ryder Cup.

Kwan in first place after short program
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Not bad for a fill-in. With only a week's notice, Michelle Kwan pulled off a program that had an entire season's polish, easily winning the short program at Skate America on Thursday night.

New Tour route likes Armstrong
PARIS (AP) -- Lance Armstrong's bid for a record-tying fifth Tour de France title just got easier.

Super-secret judging system makes its debut
SPOKANE, Wash. -- There's no telling what the French judge did this time.

Herron heats up Georgia
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Tim Herron shot a 9-under 63, his lowest score in three years, and held a two-stroke lead over seven players Thursday after the opening round of the Buick Challenge.

Philadelphia soaring under Hitchcock
PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Handzus scored twice during a 2:10 span in the second period Thursday night to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

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