Monday, October 29, 2001

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.

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.

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.

One dead, one rescued after shrimp boat sinks
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man died and his wife was hospitalized with hypothermia after their 42-foot shrimp boat sank in high seas, Coast Guard officers said.

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.

Moderate earthquake shakes Adak
ADAK (AP) -- An earthquake was felt strongly Monday on Adak in the Aleutian Islands, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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.

Mechanical failure possible cause of water spill in hotel basement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Authorities in Fairbanks said mechanical failure or failure to shut off a water line caused an estimated 182,000 gallons of water flood the basement of the Northern Lights Hotel in Fairbanks.

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.

Oct. 23, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News muses on the upcoming gubernatorial race
There's a temptation to say let's skip the primaries in the Alaska governor's race in 2002 and go right to the general election. That's because in the last few days the odds-on favorites in both the Democratic and Republican races have announced they'll run.

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.

Oct. 18, 2001 The Nome Nugget casts a skeptical eye on bio-terror hysteria
The fear of mystery powder and germ warfare and retaliation has taken some crazy turns. It's almost funny when someone says they won't open their e-mail because they don't want to get anthrax. Anthrax is not a computer virus. It is a bacterium.

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.

Oct. 19, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News blasts environmentalists' 'Top 10' tactics
There they go again. Like David Letterman with his nightly ''Top 10'' list, a national environmental group has produced yet another ''Ten Most Endangered . . .'' list.

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.

Oct. 22, 2001 The Voice of the Times applauds court ruling on gun rights
It must have been a black day, indeed, for gun confiscationists when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last Oct. 16 explicitly ruled the Second Amendment addresses an individual -- not a collective -- right.

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.

Trucking companies to exercise tighter scrutiny
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state has asked businesses with company trucks that pass through Alaska communities to be on higher road alert in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

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.

Problem culverts impeding spawning salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Video of salmon leaping into water spilling over a Ship Creek dam made for a rustic backdrop during an Anchorage TV weather forecast this summer, but the cute scene failed to charm Mike Roy.

One dead, one rescued after shrimp boat capsizes
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A man died and his wife was hospitalized with hypothermia after their 42-foot shrimp boat capsized, Coast Guard officers said.

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.

Johnson serves no-run special at Bank One
PHOENIX -- Everyone knew the Arizona Diamondbacks had a powerful pitching tandem.

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.

Williams' three-run homer hushes home-field haters
PHOENIX -- Matt Williams made the home crowd boos of two weeks ago seem like ancient history, and Danny Bautista proved his manager right again.

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.

Burton takes Checker
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Burton found the elusive sweet spot Sunday.

Kenai student focuses on Afghan children
While adults focus on the horrific events of Sept. 11, the immeasurable devastation that occurred and the unknown impact that day and those since will have on the world, Lauren Schams, 7, of Kenai has her eyes fixed on something more her size: children.

Eye exams available for low-income, uninsured families
Things are literally looking brighter for low-income, uninsured working Alaskans. Starting in March they will be eligible to receive free eye exams through the Vision USA program.

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

Porter, Moock sworn in to council
Four of the six seats on the Soldotna City Council are now occupied by women. Audrey Porter and Sharon Moock, both of whom ran unopposed in October's municipal election, were sworn in by City Clerk Pat Burdick at Wednesday's meeting.

Torgerson sees busy Senate year
A natural gas pipeline, the budget gap and subsistence will be the hot topics when the Alaska Legislature returns to business in Juneau, Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, said last Tuesday in what may be his final appearance as one of Homer's legislators.

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.

Memorial service held at ground zero
NEW YORK -- With the smoldering gray rubble of the World Trade Center a sorrowful backdrop, the families of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack gathered Sunday for a memorial service filled with prayer and song.

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.

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.

Struggling fishers search for solutions
Alaska's fishing businesses are in a world of hurt these days, reeling from the effects of everything from fish farms to climate change, but how to resolve the myriad problems facing fishers is a million-dollar question.

Media shares blame for Sept. 11
Why were we caught with our preparedness pants down on Sept. 11?

Giuliani right to return Saudi prince's check
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., has written a letter to Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal apologizing for New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's refusal to accept the prince's $10 million check for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. We think she should have let the matter lie and put the letter in a drawer.

Failure of U.S. agencies to predict terrorist attacks worthy of investigation
Congress is dithering over whether and how to investigate the failure of U.S. intelligence to predict and prevent the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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.

No play book to fight bioterrorism
NEW YORK -- If the doctors who examined Joseph Curseen had known where he worked, they might have recognized the Maryland postal worker had anthrax instead of the flu.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I know I have to slow down in school zones when the lights are flashing, but since the lights are automated, they still flash on holidays when there is no school. Do I still have to slow down then?

Brandi and Kevin RademacherSarah and Mike Hanson

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.

Peninsula People
Nikiski grad pursues master's degreeResident's daughter named Student of the MonthSterling senior enlists in Army

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club offers classesSatellite meeting tackles health care disparitiesStakeholder meeting slatedBrunch will honor pastorsChristian book fair plannedHistorical society meeting SundaySorority group to hold high tea

Club News
Ping pong tournament winners announced

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

Community News
CPGH awarded program certificationWinter gear swap to be heldReunion scheduledHomer Community Schools announcements

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

Soldotna Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

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.

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.

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.

Saints give Rams first one on chin
ST. LOUIS -- One of Kurt Warner's worst games doomed the NFL's last unbeaten team.

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.

Sports Briefs
Reilly, Holloway star at Shrine gameDenver skates past UAALake Superior St. defeats UAF

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.

'Huskers keep winning without fancy tricks
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The last time Nebraska started a season 9-0, the Cornhuskers needed a miracle catch to get there.

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.

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.

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?

Head horse named
NEW YORK -- Tiznow has made a late run at becoming Horse of the Year, while four Europeans have laid claim to North American championships.

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.

Selig says two teams may go
PHOENIX -- Two major league teams could be eliminated by the start of next season, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Sunday before Game 2 of the World Series.

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.

Monday game to be running duel
PITTSBURGH -- A familiar sight will be missing when the Pittsburgh Steelers play their first Monday night home game in two years. The only question is whether the Steelers or the Tennessee Titans will miss it more.

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.

Frenchman finishes first in World Cup
SOELDEN, Austria -- Frederic Covili of France used a big second run in the World Cup giant slalom Sunday and capitalized on the absence of Hermann Maier to win his first title at the season-opening race.

Sorenstam takes all in LPGA tournament
NARITA, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam won a showdown with Se Ri Pak, overcoming a four-hole deficit for a 1-up victory in the World Ladies Match Play Championship.

Penguin owner to sit out for month
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux, bothered since training camp by a sore hip, sat out Sunday night because of the injury.

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