Sunday, October 27, 2002

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

Workers hope to reopen Sterling Highway Sunday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Homer's only road connection to the world could reopen Sunday if flood waters recede enough so workers can repair the Sterling Highway, cut in three places this week by heavy flood waters.

Alaska Homeland Security office alerted to potential threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Office of Homeland Security on Thursday alerted officials of the Alaska Railroad and the state's banks of potential terrorist activity.

Quake followed by more than 100 aftershocks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An earthquake this week near Cantwell has sent more than 100 aftershocks through the central Alaska Range.

Fairbanks ice artists go into ice sculpture business
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As if six months of frozen fingers aren't enough, two local artists want to make ice sculpting a year-round art form.

Restitution accepted in Chena Fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two cabin owners who lost buildings in a fire this summer at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road have agreed to restitution amounts.

Man arrested for allegedly allowing sex abuse of minor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning in Palmer on suspicion of allowing another man to live in his home and sexually abuse a minor in his custody, Alaska State Troopers said.

Solomon gets AFN's highest award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jonathan Solomon, the Fort Yukon orator and traditional chief, has received the Alaska Federation of Natives' highest award.

Ulmer gets loudest applause at candidates' forum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Fran Ulmer received the loudest applause Friday when she said, unlike Republican opponent Frank Murkowski, she doesn't pretend to have all the answers.

Alyeska Pipeline pledges to continue Native hires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has pledged to continue hiring Alaska Natives.

Flights resumed as Juneau fog lifts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Airlines resumed flights in Juneau Friday following days of delays caused by thick fog.

Sandhill cranes arrive in Texas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two sandhill cranes that left Fairbanks in late August and headed south have touched down in Texas.

Bethel herbalist turns to nature for ailments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Diaper rash is hardly a springboard for a new career. But a stubborn case turned out to be just that for Bethel resident Gloria Simeon, an herbalist who is marketing her wares at the Alaska Federation of Native convention in Anchorage this week.

Road work begins as flood waters recede
NINILCHIK (AP) -- The big job of road repair has begun after flood waters surged this week over the banks of the Deep Creek and Ninilchik River.

State hands homicide case to federal prosecutors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a man accused in a downtown Anchorage shooting.

Wellstone's death revives memories for Stevens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone's death in a plane crash has revived memories for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Mat-Su raids net hundreds of pot plants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 280 marijuana plants have been seized in a series of recent raids in the Mat-Su area, according to Alaska State Troopers.

AFN resolutions focus on tribal sovereignty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Delegates to the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention voted Saturday to approve several resolutions to protect tribal sovereignty of Alaska Natives.

Cost of reprinting election books higher than estimated
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Division of Elections error that sent the wrong election pamphlets to 40 percent of the state's voters cost about $125,000, well above state officials' $95,000 estimate last week.

Medical board suspends Eagle River doctor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has suspended the medical license of an Eagle River family practitioner.

Angels come back from 5-0 deficit against Giants to force Game 7
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hard to believe a little ol' monkey could have done all this.

Bonds had brief Alaska stop
Mention the name of San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds and most baseball fans will tell you Bonds is a certain Hall of Famer.

Senate race drops to two
Democrat Pat Hawkins, candidate for Senate District Q on the Kenai Peninsula, announced Friday he is dropping out of the four-way race and tossing his support to Republican Moderate Tom Wagoner in an effort to unseat the Republican incumbent, Sen. Jerry Ward.

Hunters rescued after floods block path
Five moose hunters needed to be rescued from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday night after a rain-swollen creek flooded Mystery Creek Road blocking their return to safety.

Crews working to get highway open by tonight
Just when it looked like it was time to start building an ark, the foul weather that pounded the Kenai Peninsula beginning late Tuesday finally lightened up Thursday, giving peninsula residents and work crews a chance to dry off and repair the damage.

More wet weather on the way
A fortuitous break in the lousy weather Thursday allowed residents and work crews to begin repairing the damage caused by a storm that ravaged the Kenai Peninsula from late Tuesday through Thursday.

Few argue with moratorium on guide permits
More than 50 people crowded into the Kenai River Center's main meeting room Thursday to tell the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board how to alleviate congestion on the peninsula's largest river.

Collapsed bridge causes accidents
The downpour that greeted the Kenai Peninsula last week left varying degrees of mayhem and damage in its path, from injury to home and property damage. Saturday, peninsula residents found themselves still picking up the pieces and counting their blessings.

One answer gives voters chance to show support: 'yes'
Alaskans can be a cantankerous lot, but there are a few issues on which they almost unanimously agree, among them: veterans deserve the state's support; roads could use some more attention; and education should be priority No. 1.

Candidates revert to attack tactics
WASHINGTON-- Candidates of both parties are evoking old stereotypes in the midterm election homestretch, with Republicans depicting Democrats as ever ready to raise taxes and Democrats portraying Republicans as poised to raid Social Security.

A rose by another moniker may smell as sweet, but all cactuses aren't prickly
Yes, it's true, somebody would name their darling newborn child Cactus Rose.

Around the Peninsula
Women's center to hold meetingSchool district looking for committee membersRefuge to hold trapper classSenior center prepares for bazaarChurch to hold carnivalBorough to offer avalanche workshop

Raising puppy as guide dog both challenging, rewarding
"I couldn't raise a guide dog; it would break my heart to give it up."

Clark, McDonald marry in Soldotna
Cathy Clark and Don McDonald, both of Soldotna, were married Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, in a late-afternoon ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Soldotna. Roy Mullin officiated.

Jack-o-lanterns displayed in Rhode Island zoo exhibit
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Never in his wildest dreams did Charlie Brown's pal, Linus, imagine a pumpkin patch quite like this one.

Thirlwell, Shobe plan November wedding
Leilani "Loni" Marie Thirlwell of Kasilof and Robert Darrol Shobe of Anchorage have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at Soldotna United Methodist Church.

Kwan wins seventh Skate America title
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Alexei Yagudin dropped out of Skate America on Saturday night with a hip injury, and the Olympic gold medalist said he doesn't know when he'll compete again.

Petersburg declared King of the Mountain in Seward
Flooding didn't deter most of the state's top 1-2-3A wrestling teams from attending the King of the Mountain tournament in Seward Friday and Saturday.

Sports Briefs
High winds force more postponementsLSU safety suspended after skipping practiceMichigan cruises past Alaska Fairbanks

Notre Dame passes Florida State test
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Carlyle Holiday stepped out of the tunnel, back onto the field and was immediately surrounded by reporters. The band was playing, fans were cheering and Holiday was smiling.

Volponi pulls Breeders' Cup shocker
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Volponi means sly old fox in Italian. In the Breeders' Cup Classic, it meant upset.

Huston fires 61
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- John Huston made six straight birdies and flirted with golf's magic number Saturday before finishing with an 11-under 61, giving him a share of the lead with Tim Herron in the Buick Challenge.

Devils zap Lightning from ranks of unbeaten
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- John Madden scored twice and set up another and the goal-starved New Jersey Devils knocked the surprising Tampa Bay Lightning from the unbeaten ranks with a 5-1 victory on Saturday night.

Smith hoping to break Payton's record at home
IRVING, Texas -- Emmitt Smith usually plays his best when there's a lot at stake. So maybe it's fitting he needs his best day of the season Sunday to break the NFL career rushing record at home.

NBA '02-03: Lakers go for fourth title in a row
The Los Angeles Lakers' quest for a four-peat has begun, and so has the taunting and fighting with the Kings.

SkyHi sweeps weekend trip
The Skyview High School volleyball made a successful trip to the Valley this weekend, defeating Region III/4A opponents Colony and Palmer Friday and Saturday.

Class system returns to wrestling
With high school wrestling returning to class competition this season, the Kenai Peninsula 4A high schools are looking forward to matching their skills against teams from Anchorage, the Matanuska and Susitna valleys and Fairbanks -- competition they have missed out on over the past two split seasons.

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