Thursday, October 31, 2002

Sales of first Velma Wallis book pass one million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sales of ''Two Old Women,'' the first book written by Fairbanks writer Velma Wallis, have topped one million.

Stebbins man sentenced in shooting of village mayor
NOME (AP) -- A Stebbins man was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the shooting of the village mayor last year.

Fog stalls air traffic in Juneau again
JUNEAU (AP) -- Thick fog continued to ground Juneau flights Tuesday and weather forecasters said no clearing was expected until Wednesday.

Alaska businesses unsure about cruise company merger
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska tour operators say they're waiting to see how the pending $5.4 billion takeover of Princess Cruises by Carnival Corp. will affect them.

Kenai Peninsula gets more rain; repairs continue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More rain on the Kenai Peninsula Tuesday caused minor washouts in Homer and Cooper Landing, but did not stop dozens of projects to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by last week's rain and flooding.

Fairbanks man sentenced to 13 years in sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison on a charge stemming from allegations the man molested an 11-year-old girl three times last year.

Kasilof man charged with illegal trapping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kasilof man is charged with illegally trapping along the western edge of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, killing three bald eagles among other animals, according to a federal grand jury indictment.

Jurors in Kenai murder trial say they are deadlocked
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After seven days of deliberation, jurors in the Billy Dean Smith murder trial reported themselves deadlocked Wednesday.

Pneumonia delays Anchorage murder trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A prosecutor's bout with pneumonia has put an Anchorage murder trial on hold.

Light quake shakes Homer
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook the lower Kenai Peninsula early Thursday.

Consultants play key role in both Murkowski and Ulmer campaigns
JUNEAU (AP) -- The leading candidates for governor in Alaska are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on outside experts to help them shape their message at home, campaign records show.

Biologist Steiner calls for herring permit buyback
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The panel that oversees spending of the Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement is giving a cool reception to a proposal to buy back herring permits in Prince William Sound.

Murder for hire case goes to Oregon judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A case involving two people accused of hiring a hit man to kill a federal judge and a local prosecutor has been reassigned to a federal judge in Oregon.

Alaska businesses unsure about cruise company merger
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska tour operators say they're waiting to see how the pending $5.4 billion takeover of Princess Cruises by Carnival Corp. will affect them.

Strong winds cause damage in South Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- South Anchorage was battered by winds gusting to 80 mph Tuesday.

Ketchikan's Boyer Barge merges with Seattle company
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan barge company has joined forces with a Seattle company in a merger announced this week.

Two killed in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people were killed in a head-on collision on the Seward Highway Tuesday evening.last night on the Seward Highway.

Kivalina residents test positive for tuberculosis germ
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State health officials said a recent tuberculosis flare-up in Kivalina is too small to cause alarm.

Vintage plane crash-lands in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- No one was injured when a World War II vintage plane crash-landed at Fairbanks International Airport Tuesday afternoon.

Ketchikan jury finds man guilty of second-degree murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan man was found guilty of second-degree murder in the beating death of his former friend.

State parks director joins national conservation group
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State parks director Jim Stratton is joining the National Parks Conservation Association as director of the organization's Alaska regional office.

Juneau group board members resign in protest over theft
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two board members of a Juneau nonprofit group have resigned to protest charges not being brought against a treasurer reportedly pocketed more than $2,000.

Nikiski park could cost more than expected
KENAI (AP) -- Construction of an industrial park in Nikiski could cost far more than expected.

Salmon fishermen consider taboos to save jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With the value of their catches plunging, commercial salmon fishermen are beginning to embrace once taboo ideas to save their livelihoods.

Unocal shutting down two Cook Inlet rigs
KENAI (AP) -- Two Cook Inlet Unocal oil platforms will shut down within the next six months as the company reduces its scale.

Tribe tabs Wedge; Yost chosen Brewmaster; Macha to Oakland
Eric Wedge became the youngest manager in the major leagues Tuesday at age 34, while Ned Yost took over in Milwaukee and Ken Macha officially got the job in Oakland.

Angels on high
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With Jackie Autry riding alongside Minnie Mouse, tens of thousands of Angels fans cheered the team's first World Series championship on at a Disneyland parade and later at a huge rally at Edison Field.

South Anchorage Chili's Grill sets national sales records
ANCHORAGE -- A busy South Anchorage corridor has proven successful for the franchise operator of Chili's Grill & Bar. Now, two other restaurateurs are moving to the neighborhood: national hamburger franchise Carl's Jr. and Alaska-operated Wayne's Original Texas Bar-B-Que.

Business Briefs
VECO ranked 31st by engineering magazineHomer chamber supports Proposition C

Midwest fish farms growing
URBANA, Ohio -- Farmers worried about making a living off their land are turning to water.

New discoveries fuel Kenai Peninsula jobs
Oil and gas employment on the Kenai Peninsula, where the petroleum industry began in Alaska, is growing again.

Farmed salmon boycotted
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Chefs, scientists, fishing interests and conservation groups have begun a campaign to boycott farm-raised salmon from British Columbia.

Solving budget problems marks difference in Senate candidates
With the withdrawal of Pat Hawkins, the Democratic Party hopeful, the race for Senate District Q has become, for all intents and purposes, a two-candidate contest.

Speakers tout state control
According to Scott Heyworth, Alaska -- not big oil companies -- needs to step forward to ensure North Slope natural gas makes it to the world marketplace.

Consulting firms aid campaigns
JUNEAU -- The leading candidates for governor in Alaska are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on outside experts to help them shape their message at home, campaign records show.

Stevens stumps for Murkowski at chamber lunch
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens blamed "extreme environmentalists" for a lack of growth in Alaska's economy, called Iraqi president Saddam Hussein "a monster" and urged Alaskans to vote for fellow Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski in next week's gubernatorial election.

Hardly child's play, celebrities try writing books for children
NEW YORK -- Jerry Seinfeld, John Lithgow, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Andrews, Marlee Matlin and Spike Lee are bringing boldface names to a world long dominated by unknowns: the children's book industry.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Here on the Kenai, there were only two major movies opening this weekend: Ghost Ship, and it's idiotic competitor, Jackass. People, my students, especially, have been asking me for days, "What're you going to review this week?" Generally this question is answered with a little more than my customary sarcasm, because I want to make the point clear that I'd rather be strapped to my seat and forced to sit through a twenty-four hour Pay It Forward-o-rama than go to see what will, I'm sure, be biggest movie of the weekend.

Painter displays interest in boats, forms
To most people, a stack of dishes and miscellaneous counter-top clutter signals a pesky chore that needs to be done. To Thor Evenson, that same scene offers an array of forms, designs and structures that have captivated his interest and inspired his art since he was a child.

Art Briefs
Artists could win business servicesArtists in Schools Program accepting applicationsAlaska cookbooks wanted

Points standings
1. Tony Stewart 4,4282. Mark Martin 4,2823. Jimmie Johnson 4,278

Cope says he's ready to drive
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Derrike Cope is like a punch-drunk boxer who doesn't know when to throw in the towel.

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

In the spotlight: Mike McLaughlin
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Hopefuls know what it's like to win a title
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- The drivers who best know how to win a NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship have faded in the past couple weeks. A title chase that once involved as many as eight drivers three weeks ago has dwindled to a mere four, and none of them has ever won a Winston Cup championship.

Money leaders
1. Mark Martin $4,856,1812. Ward Burton 4,596,2443. Jeff Gordon 4,569,849

This week's race: Pop Secret 400
Where and when

Jury still mulling over verdict in Smith trial
The jury entered into its second week of deliberations in Anchorage Tuesday in the murder trial of Billy D. Smith.

Area police offer Halloween safety guidelines
Boo! Thursday evening young little creepies will be crawling, and little gremlins will be howling with one thing on their minds: treats.

Trick-or-treatng tips
Several things to keep in mind while your children are trick-or-treating.

Rivers rise once again; Peninsula prepares for 2nd flood in week
Residents in low-lying areas along the upper and lower Kenai River were once again keeping a close eye on rising water levels Wednesday afternoon as the river reached minor flood stage for the second time in a week.

River swelling around Cooper Landing area
The state highway department began working to repair flood damage on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing on Tuesday, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough started soliciting damage reports from property owners throughout the borough.

Unocal closing 2 rigs in inlet
Two Cook Inlet oil platforms will go off line within the next six months as one of the oil and gas companies operating on the Kenai Peninsula reduces its scale.

Nurses' contract expires
Central Peninsula General Hospital nurses' 3 1/2-year contracts expire today at the close of business. But negotiations already have been set to extend beyond that deadline with help set to come from the federal government to reach an agreement.

'Dream Team' of agencies plan summit
High unemployment, low income and poverty is a difficult fact of life in many of Alaska's smaller communities, including those on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kudos to road workers

District Q: Looking at the record
This has been one of the nastiest campaigns I have ever seen on the Kenai Peninsula. Mudslinging galore. And most of it aimed at me.

Politics should not delay new security department
A new study showing America's lack of preparation for a large terrorist attack should get the attention of public officials in Washington and across the country.

Alaskans know what Minnesota is experiencing
There are few who can sympathize more with the loss of U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota better than the people of Alaska. Sen. Wellstone's death in a plane crash along with his wife, daughter, three staff members and two pilots closely reflects the same loss the people of Alaska experienced 30 years ago this month when Alaska's Congressman Nick Begich was lost in a plane crash along with his staff member, Russ Brown, bush pilot Don Jonz and U.S. Speaker of the House Hale Boggs of Louisiana.

Sniper killings provide proof that morality is old-fashioned concept
The dreadful sniper killings in the Washington, D.C., area are but the latest tragic reminder that all too few people appreciate the value of human life.

Letters to the Editor
Ulmer best person to encourage business, appropriately regulateResident fears for Alaskans' safety under Ulmer administrationVote for Fran is vote for taxes; vote for Frank is for prosperityVoters should choose candidates who will 'walk their talk'Children recognize candidates who careAlaskans should not give up right to elect U.S. senatorBonds would pay for Murkowski projectsWard will win by landslide because of his integrity Wagoner should focus on issues, not Ward's trailerRepublican Moderate candidates are not RepublicansCandidate needs to speak about issues of importanceMuckrakers do dirty work; voters clean House, SenateWard returns calls; voters know where he standsWhat's wrong with living in trailer?Ward's honesty, hard work appreciatedAttack campaigning not welcome on peninsula

Letters to the Editor
With no facts, anti-Ward group resorts to arguing loudly Anyone who has problem with Ward should talk to him Minor party candidates dont get opportunities to be heard

Fran will protect dividends; Frank has unfinished business in D.C.
The governor's race may hinge on whom voters believe will best protect dividends. Each candidate says they will. How? There are three ways.

Most fitting tribute to Sen. Wellstone: Stand up and vote
Sen. Paul Wellstone's politics did not exactly inspire apathy. But whatever anyone thought about the liberal leanings of the Minnesota democrat, you can't argue that he was passionate and dedicated to his beliefs - and his constituents. ...

Photo feature: Trick or treat
A jack-o-lantern is prepared for Halloween spooks Wednesday afternoon at the Landry residence on the corner of Channel and Equinox ways in Kenai. Trick-or-treaters will take to the streets this evening in search of candy.

Around the Peninsula
Blood Bank in need of blood Refuge to hold trapper class Chamber pushes Christmas spirit Hospice celebrates November Community council plans meeting

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold meetingTrick-or-treating planned at mallProgram celebrates caregivers monthSubsistence comments due FridayStock cars, drivers wantedRemembrance planned SundayAnchor Point checking interest in centerHistorical association plans auctionClub to hold basketball registrationChamber's Christmas lights competition planned

Costumes, carnivals mark Halloween, harvest
Around these parts, All Hallows' Eve isn't just a single night of frightful fun -- the revelry lasts all through the month of October.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the A and b honor rolls for the first quarter at Wings Christian Academy:

Experts: Halloween has roots in pagan, Catholic traditions
In searching for answers about the origins of Halloween, The Associated Press turned to Edmund Kern, an associate professor of history at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and Chris Riddle, creative director and Halloween expert at American Greetings in Cleveland

School news around the district
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Nikiski Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle Soldotna Middle Connections Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Kalifonsky Christian Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

School lunch menus for next week

Around the District
Public schools closed Public schools closed Thursday, Friday School board meets Monday in Seward

Halloween happenings
Today and tomorrow

Parents file suit against drug testing
CONWAY, Ark. - Four parents filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of their children to stop random drug testing of students involved in extracurricular activities.

KPC encourages community to exercise right to vote Tuesday
Alaskans again have the privilege to go to the polls Tuesday and express their views by voting for the candidates of their choice. There also are several important ballot propositions that deserve careful consideration by peninsula residents.

Tour commissioner still behind Augusta
ATLANTA (AP) -- PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem refused to back down from his position on the Augusta National controversy, saying the tour will recognize the Masters as an official event and he expects his players to compete.

Senior Tour changes name
ATLANTA (AP) -- The PGA Tour is changing the name of its 50-and-over circuit to the ''Champions Tour'' with hopes of appealing to a broader base of fans.

Sports Briefs
Oracle wins all-American duel with OneWorldTCU thumps Southern MississippiWrongful death suit filed against WilliamsWoodson fined $75,000 by NFL

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B finishes road trip

Problems begin early for BCS
That sure didn't take long. The BCS trotted out just its second poll of the season earlier this week, but the man-vs.-machine debate is already at a full-throated roar.

Seahawks bring in George as backup
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks, needing help at quarterback after Trent Dilfer's season-ending torn Achilles' tendon, signed veteran Jeff George on Tuesday.

Soldotna girls favored to repeat as Region III swimming, diving champs
Last year, the Homer High School boys swimming and diving team unseated Soldotna as Region III champion.

Depleted Lakers drop opener to Spurs
LOS ANGELES -- Without Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Fox, the three-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers simply didn't have enough firepower against the San Antonio Spurs

Sooners bracing for Colorado's Brown
Chris Brown is running over defenders again, and that could mean trouble for No. 2 Oklahoma.

Devils continue to have trouble trying to calm Hurricanes
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jeff O'Neill had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes again got the best of New Jersey, defeating the Devils 2-1 Tuesday night.

Khabibulin picks up 29th career shutout
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikolai Khabibulin made 24 saves for his 29th career shutout as the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 3-0 Wednesday night.

Woods: Augusta spat shouldn't harm golf
ATLANTA (AP) -- Tiger Woods expects Augusta National to have a female member by the next Masters because ''it's the right thing to do,'' and he believes golf won't be hurt by the controversy.

Yao fails to wow in Rockets debut
INDIANAPOLIS -- In a fitting start for soft-spoken Yao Ming, the 7-foot-6 Chinese rookie had a quiet first appearance.

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