Sunday, October 28, 2001

Companies approach state for possible North Slope gas sales
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Though a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 is anything but assured, the state already has heard from companies interested in getting a piece of the action.

Private jet traveling to Washington, D.C., lands in Canada after false hijacking scare
BRANDON, Manitoba (AP) -- A private jet headed for Washington, D.C., was diverted to a Canadian town Friday because a signal it emitted indicated a possible hijacking, police said.

State, federal agencies sell salvaged walrus tusks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska ivory carvers found bargains at a government clearance sale Friday. Three agencies sold an estimated 500 pounds of salvaged walrus tusks to Alaska Natives eager to turn the ivory into artwork, carvings and jewelry.

Bill targets ex-military weapons
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Language in a Senate military funding bill that could force people to destroy their old military guns and equipment will be removed before it becomes law, Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday.

Anchorage mayor's 'line-item' veto of education budget upheld
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage's mayor has the ability to cut local school funding through his line-item veto power, the state Supreme Court said in a case handed down Friday.

Initial site work at Fort Greely to be completed by next month
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Initial site work at the National Missile Defense Test Bed at Fort Greely is expected to be finished early next month.

Helicopter that crashed into Cook Inlet found
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Era Aviation has apparently located the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed into Cook Inlet Oct. 18. Two people are still missing in that crash, while two survived and one body, that of the pilot, was recovered shortly after the crash.

Alaska troops likely to take a back seat in coming months
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's soldiers and airmen might seem like a perfect fit to fight a war in Afghanistan. They are trained in some of the harshest weather and terrain.

State and shipyard in talks over Columbia delays
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Ship and Drydock has asked the state to forgive $2.8 million in compensation for delays in returning the ferry Columbia to service after a fire.

Refueling tankers play larger role following terrorist attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Air National Guard's nine KC-135 refueling tankers are playing an increasingly larger role as the U.S. military forces mobilize for combat in central Asia.

BP pursues methane energy deposits
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- BP is launching an effort to map methane gas deposits beneath the North Slope tundra that geologists believe could dwarf Alaska's natural gas deposits.

Walrus hunt disappoints this year
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Hunting walrus on Round Island during October is never easy, but it's a lot worse when there aren't any walrus.

Arizona starts three ABL players
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A third of the Arizona Diamondbacks starting lineup in the World Series on Saturday had an Alaska connection.

Yankees collapse in Game 1
PHOENIX -- Yes, they looked and played like World Series winners, their pitching superb and their hitting relentless.

Exotic treatments draw health-minded clients to Iowa spa
VEDIC CITY, Iowa -- Down a narrow country road named Jasmine Avenue, past tractor crossing signs and fields of ripening soybeans, sits the oldest business in Iowa's newest incorporated town.

Antibiotic use spreads
WASHINGTON -- The Postal Service buried a mail handler killed by anthrax -- the second funeral in two days -- while the search for the bacteria widened Saturday to thousands of businesses in Washington and 30 mail distribution centers. Authorities worried that there might be a second anthrax-laced letter, or more, not yet discovered.

Photo feature: Trick or treat
Ithaca Bergholtz takes a sideways view of her world while attending Nikiski Elementary School's Halloween carnival Saturday afternoon.

Residents eye future of city
Residents of Kenai gathered in the frigid predawn hours of Saturday morning to gaze into the future. It wasn't a mysterious Halloween rite of some sort, rather a community meeting as part of the city's comprehensive plan, which is being developed now.

Kenai public health center officially dedicated
The new Kenai Public Health Center, , is more than just a place to get a flu shot or have an X-ray taken, it is a testament to what can be accomplished when an entire community gets behind a project, said Elmer Lindstrom, the special assistant to the state commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Taking aim at domestic violence
HOMER -- Terrorism on a global scale is on many minds these days, but the more hidden horror of family violence concerned a group of area residents recently.

Stylish fashions for 'husky'
I have outgrown Nordstrom. Not in the sense that I feel they've become too much a magnet for the hoi polloi and I now shop at swanky Saks Fifth Avenue, but more in the sense that Nordstrom does not carry pants in sizes for full-bodied kinda guys like that which I have become.

Americans note 'new normalcy'
WASHINGTON -- Outside his flower shop, smoking a cigarette that may be worse for him than anything in the mail, Joseph Filosa wonders whether the new way of life in America will be different from the old one.

'Districted' school board a better way to conduct business
Should Kenai Peninsula Borough school board members be elected at large or should they be elected by district, as assembly members are? That's the question currently under discussion by the borough's reapportionment committee.

Child-resistant packaging should save lives
A new safety standard will help prevent injuries and death to children under 5 years of age. Earlier this month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted una

Lewis and Clark trip celebrated with meal
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The Jerusalem artichokes had a rich, roasted garlic flavor, the buffalo tongue slathered in caper sauce was succulent and the fishhouse punch, by all accounts, unbelievably intoxicating.

My Best Friends
Kaylee and Kandee dress up every year to greet trick-or-treaters at their Soldotna home. The miniature schnauzers are owned by Ray, Connie and Anika Hocker.

Around the Peninsula
State economics to be topic at chamber lunchAlert siren test scheduledBlood drive slatedTrapper orientation class offeredFamily story time plannedForest Service cabin to be closed

Bulldogs conquer adversity
A little bit of adversity can be a good thing -- it can help a team develop character and learn how to perform under pressure. But a lot of adversity? With just a week until the District 3/3A tournament? Could that be a good thing?

Nebraska's trick and treat
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Eric Crouch scored on a 63-yard trick play as third-ranked Nebraska beat No. 2 Oklahoma 20-10 Saturday to snap the Sooners' 20-game winning streak.

Paterno rules wins column
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno spent the last three months saying his chase for the major college victory record was no big deal. Now that he's got it, he's changing his tune.

SoHi, Homer swimmers split
Although Homer and Soldotna split their Saturday dual swimming meet -- each team's final of the year and a possible preview of the top competition for next weekend's Region III championships -- a good time was had by all.

Coyotes' Burke stonewalls Avalanche
PHOENIX -- Sean Burke made 29 saves for his 27th career shutout as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Saturday.

Soldotna netters go five games to top Houston
The Soldotna Stars volleyball team survived five sets against the Houston Hawks Saturday.

Skyview crowned King of Mountain
The Skyview High School wrestling team took the team title in the King of the Mountain tournament hosted by Seward.

Kards sweep past Hawks
The Kenai Central volleyball team created a non-Newtonian twist to the cliche "What goes up, must come down" Friday night. The Kardinals' twist? What goes down, must come back up.

Edwards holds lead in Buick Challenge
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Maybe Joel Edwards won't have to wait so long for his second victory. Edwards, who needed 316 tournaments to win for the first time on the PGA Tour, defied chilly, windy weather to shoot a 7-under-par 65 Saturday in the third round of the Buick Challenge.

SkyHi gets two home victories
When you're up, you're up, and when you're down, you're down. That was certainly the case Friday night at Skyview High School where the host Panthers defeated the Colony Knights in five games in a Region III/4A match.

Kwan edges Hughes at Skate America
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The audience sensed a change at the top of U.S. women's figure skating, even if the judges and skaters did not.

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