Thursday, November 1, 2001

Knowles creates task force to study cost of terrorism
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new state task force will study how terrorist attacks on the East Coast will ultimately affect Alaska's economy, Gov. Tony Knowles said Wednesday.

Alaska democrats say Murkowski violated ethics rules with press release
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Democratic Party says Sen. Frank Murkowski violated Senate ethics rules by listing his Senate press aides and their office number as contacts in a recent press release announcing his candicacy for governor.

Anthrax scare might crimp popular North Pole holiday letter effort
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Anthrax fears may claim an unexpected casualty this year -- mail from Santa Claus.

Second trial of Ketchikan teen accused of murder ends in hung jury
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The murder trial of Jose M. ''Che'' Mateu, charged in the January 2000 shooting of his father, again ended in a mistrial.

State upholds order banning eagle baiting
HAINES (AP) -- A state agency has upheld an order banning a local tour operator from baiting eagles inside the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Man allegedly carrying drugs scuffles with police in airport
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A man was arrested after he swallowed what appeared to be heroin during a scuffle with police in an airport terminal, Alaska State Troopers said.

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend in buttocks
FAIRBANKS -- A 41-year-old woman was charged Monday night with stabbing her live-in boyfriend in the buttocks with two small paring knives.

Delta Air Lines pulls out of Fairbanks for good
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delta Air Lines has left Fairbanks, saying business there wasn't good enough to make a profit.

Man dies after truck catches fire in Ketchikan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man died after the truck camper he was sleeping in caught fire in Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said.

Trooper suffers broken ankle in fight with drug suspect
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper suffered a broken ankle Wednesday after a man suspected of carrying drugs began fighting with officers at the Ketchikan Airport.

Anchorage airport begins inspecting vehicles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Uniformed airport safety guards began inspecting all vehicles at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Tuesday.

Spooked moose runs over trick-or-treaters in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bull moose trampled over two children trick-or-treating with their father Wednesday evening in Anchorage.

Sealaska announces dates for Celebration 2002
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska Heritage Institute will host its 2002 Native Alaskan cultural festival on June 6-8, the organization announced.

Man dies in Fairbanks home fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man died in a Fairbanks house fire when a kerosene lantern ignited a bed, fire officials said.

Nome man dies in weekend car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Nome man died Saturday morning when he ran off the Nome-Council Highway and was ejected from his car.

Experts say stored rural water could pose health risks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Inadequately stored drinking water could pose a health risk for rural households across Alaska, according to experts in the field.

Geocaching combines orienteering, hiking and gadgetry
-- Somewhere near the Campbell Tract parking lot in wooded South Anchorage, a hidden treasure chest awaited.

Students charged with weapons misconduct at middle school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two teen-agers were charged with misconduct involving weapons Tuesday at Colony Middle School.

Worker injured when crew punctures natural gas pipeline in Eagle River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Natural gas leaking from a punctured gas main in Eagle River erupted into flames, slightly injuring a worker, Anchorage authorities said.

One of Alaska's oldest citizens dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lucy Adams, who lived in Alaska for all 107 years of her life, died Sunday in Fairbanks.

State says Talkeetna sewer system a threat to groundwater and river
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental officials say the sewer system in Talkeetna is so overloaded and in such disrepair that it threatens groundwater and possibly the salmon-rich Talkeetna River.

Man files excessive force lawsuit against Troopers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A lawsuit has been filed against the Alaska Department of Public Safety and three Alaska State Troopers by a man who says troopers detained him unlawfully and used excessive force after he witnessed a Fairbanks bar stabbing in 1999.

UAF language center gets $1 million grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Native language education program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $1 million, five-year federal grant.

Judge allows Legislature to file 'friend of court' briefs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's Legislature will be allowed to participate in a lawsuit over the state's new political boundaries, but only on a limited basis.

Man dies in early morning Glenn Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man traveling south on the Glenn Highway near the Eklutna Bridge died after his pickup truck went over a guardrail and down an embankment early Tuesday.

Doctor allegedly prescribed powerful narcotics to drug seekers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A doctor who claimed to be an addiction specialist not only bilked Medicaid for over $240,000, but wrote prescriptions for powerful narcotics that he knew were being sold on the street, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Terrorist threats prompt unprecedented highway checkpoint
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state civil defense workers to set up a temporary checkpoint along the Dalton Highway to scrutinize traffic near the 800-mile trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline.

CSX announces new head of Yukon Pacific Corporation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The parent company of Yukon Pacific Corp. has announced a new director for the corporation.

Fishing industry looks to Chile for seafood marketing insight
KENAI (AP) -- A group that includes Alaska lawmakers, fishermen, and municipal leaders will be traveling to Chile to learn more about that country's success in the international seafood market.

Free bus service begins Thursday in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Free public bus service will begin Thursday in Fairbanks.

Truck overturns and spills acid on Prudhoe Bay tundra
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Response crews in Prudhoe Bay continued Thursday to clean up a spill of nearly 1,700 gallons of a hydrochloric acid mixture.

Yankees pitchers shut down Arizona to crawl back into World Series
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera showed the Arizona Diamondbacks they know a little bit about pitching in the World Series, too.

Jeter clinches Game 4 with 10th-inning home run to tie series at 2
NEW YORK -- Baseball fans, meet the first Mr. November -- Derek Jeter.

Brenly learns his lesson
His pitcher had his heart on his sleeve, but Bob Brenly had his head on the block. How many times does a manager -- a rookie manager, no less -- get second-guessed? Put it this way: How high can you count?

Business Briefs
Seafood specialist to speak at Friday meetingFree tax seminar set for next weekCSX announces new head of Yukon Pacific Corp.

Tentative Microsoft agreement is reached
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. and the Justice Department reached a tentative agreement Wednesday to settle the historic antitrust case against the software giant, and state attorneys general were reviewing terms of the deal, according to people familiar with the talks.

Threat of terrorist attacks clouds economic outlook
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, weak from a yearlong slowdown and battered by the terrorist attacks, declined in the July-September quarter in the strongest signal yet the country has slipped into a recession.

All corners of economy feeling pinch of attacks
NEW YORK -- From a drop in film use at tourist sites to declining copy paper purchases in corporate offices, the ripple effects of Sept. 11 are reaching into the far corners of the economy.

Midnight Madness Skate-a-thon yields over $5K
Last month the members and students of the Denali Ice Club took to the ice at the Soldotna Sports Center from midnight to 2:00AM to raise funds to cover expenses for the coming year. They called it the Midnight Madness Skate-a-thon, and when the la

The sun had not yet come up as I slide the small fiberglass boat into the lake and quietly paddled the boat towards the creek that emptied out of the small lake. The air was cold and crisp as I moved along through the weed bed in the early morning darkness.

Local Salvation Army Commander returns from Ground Zero in NYC
Craig Fanning, local Commander of the Salvation Army, recently returned from a two-week tour of duty at Ground Zero in New York City and shared the experience with Kenai Rotarians.

Transportation Chairman, Alaska Airlines official visits Kenai Chamber
Chamber members and visitors turned out in great number at the Old Town Restaurant in Kenai to hear last weeks update from Alaska Transportation Committee Chairman State Senator John Cowdery and Alaska Airlines account executive, Scott Habberstad.

Quilt commemorates National Domestic Violence Awareness month
According to Heather Arnett, executive director of the Women's Resource and Crisis Center in Kenai, a variety of things were done locally to participate in National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Art Briefs
First Thursday gets under way todayCeltic music slated for Saturday

Photo feature: On display
Artwork provided by clients of the Women's Resource and Crisis Center are featured on a quilt on display through today in the commons at Kenai Peninsula College. This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Disney-Pixar collborations go 4-for-4 with fun 'Monsters, Inc.'
Next to kicking off the feature-length cartoon business with ''Snow White,'' Disney's smartest animation move has been its partnership with Pixar, which produced the ''Toy Story'' movies and ''A Bug's Life.''

KCHS production proves 'there's no place like home'
Lions and tigers and bears -- not to mention amazing costumes, a choreographed fight scene and even magical kittens -- make for an "oh my" production of "The Wizard of Oz" put on by the drama department at Kenai Central High School.

Harry Potter: Here he comes
Howard Katz, a 75-year-old dentist in Manhattan, can't wait until mid-November. Neither can 11-year-old Anna Harris in Utah.

Now Showing: K-PAX
Every year, it seems like the holiday season starts earlier. K-Mart is trying to sell you plastic trees and light-up Santas before you've even picked out your Halloween costume. This year, Hollywood has joined ranks with the retailers and has already started deploying its troops of serious, "Oscar-worthy" weepers. First in line is the Jeff Bridges/Kevin Spacey "am I, or aren't I an alien" flick, K-PAX.

Stories on midlife wanted
Do you have heart-warming, insightful and powerfully moving stories about midlife? It could be about anything that occurred from whatever age you feel is "middle age" -- somewhere above "youth" and below "old."

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

'Concert in Contrasts' planned for Saturday
The Performing Arts Society of Kenai and Soldotna will present a "Concert in Contrasts" Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula College.

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $6,257,6402. Dale Jarrett 4,225,210Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,036,960

Race schedule
Feb. 18th - Nov. 23rd

Drivers race for sponsors
ATLANTA -- When Robert Pressley started last week's race at the Phoenix International Raceway, he wasn't in the mood to celebrate the fact it was his 200th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

This Week's Race
Pop Secret Popcorn 400 (Race 33 of 36)

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 4,662 2. Ricky Rudd 4,2823. Tony Stewart 4,198

Stewart makes hobby of complaining
ATLANTA -- When NASCAR required the use of a head-and-neck-restraint system for all drivers, the only angry voice came from Tony Stewart.

High speed limit slows discussion
A meeting intended to narrow down the route choices for a proposed bypass of a 15-mile stretch of Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing shifted gears Tuesday night, ending in a call for slower speeds in the area.

Borough picks spooky date for blood drive
He isn't aiming for the jugular, but Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley is definitely out for blood.

Bush EPA adopts Clinton arsenic water standard
WASHINGTON -- Reversing course, the Bush administration will accept a new, tougher arsenic standard for drinking water that was issued in the last days of the Clinton presidency.

Highway Options
The stakeholder's group that is planning alternative routes between Mileposts 45 and 60 on the Sterling Highway has identified nine possible sites for a bypass road that is designed to have eight- to 10-foot shoulders and accommodate speeds up to 60 mph. The following are the options:

Anthrax claims its fourth victim
WASHINGTON -- A New York woman died of inhalation anthrax on Wednesday, the fourth person to perish in a spreading wave of bioterrorism. A co-worker underwent tests for a suspicious skin lesion, heightening concern the disease was spreading outside the mail system.

Crews recover 4,200 gallons of fuel recovered from spill
Salvage crews recovered approximately 4,200 gallons of fuel in initial cleanup efforts after a tanker truck carrying 8,800 gallons of fuel overturned Monday afternoon in Cooper Landing. Damage from the spill appeared minimal.

Officials fear more attacks
WASHINGTON -- U.S. authorities suspect Osama bin Laden's inner circle may have issued new orders for attacks against Americans and are concerned the terrorists might strike even if they get cut off from their central command in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

School enrollments continue their slide
Attendance at Kenai Peninsula Borough public schools is below last year's and below the district's projections. The new numbers continue a downward trend that began in 1997.

Mad moose cuts loose with trouble
A large bull moose caused more problems in 24 hours Tuesday than Bullwinkle could have in a week.

Business leaders get update on Parks
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and the ongoing international strife, the Alaska Division of Parks on the Kenai Peninsula is poised to receive an influx of visitors next summer.

Goblins expected to fill streets tonight
As the ghosts and goblins venture out in search of treats tonight, there are a few precautions parents and kids can take to ensure tonight's witching hours are safe and fun for everyone involved.

Douglas Miskinis
Kenai resident Douglas Miskinis died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at his home. Services are pending.

Letters to the Editor
Few wild runs of salmon left in Alaska because of hatcheriesWild fish valuable for heart reasons

Terrorists can't take our sense of humor
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.

Don't expect quick ending to this war
In the seven weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the only significant military gain of the United States was that the country's subsequent losses were limited to the Guam and Wake islands.

Forget-Me-Not Care Center appreciates Day of Caring workSoldotna gardeners' work now gone, but certainly not forgotten

Letters to the Editor
Why accept personal responsibility when you can blame someone?

Today's situation with Afghanistan similar to that with Japan in 1945
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told The London Telegraph last week that Britain and the United States should expect a large-scale chemical and biological weapons assault on civilian targets by Osama bin Laden's terrorist group. The objective, said Wolfowitz, is to cause tens of thousands of casualties.

Soviet documents offer insights into fighting in Afghanistan Reason to be wary of war
WASHINGTON -- America, take heed. Six years into its decade-long war in Afghanistan, with thousands of soldiers in their graves, the Soviet Union was still confounded by the traditions and terrain of the hardscrabble nation, according to recently translated documents in which President Mikhail Gorbachev admits:

Photo feature: Icy glow
Frost shimmers on tree branches near the Kenai River in Soldotna Tuesday afternoon.

Flounder head to the Gulf
BEAUMONT, Texas -- The southern flounder is a hero fish about this time year along the upper Texas Gulf coast for three reasons: It is fisherman-friendly, available in big numbers and one of the tastiest fish you'll eat.

Voluntary avoidance area could keep ducks in water longer
NICOLLET, Minn. (AP) -- Canvasbacks, redheads, mallards and gadwalls -- a mix of some 1,500 dabbling and diving ducks -- paddled and fed in a patch of open water recently on Swan Lake in southern Minnesota.

Illegal roads drawing lines in the sand
POKER PEAK, Idaho (AP) -- Parallel red scars twist from the valley floor, along a ridgelin

Around the Peninsula
State economics are topic at chamberSoroptimist group to meetFamily storytelling time slatedWinter trail kick-off coming upFamily game night plannedLutefisk dinner to be heldWomen's bowling tournament slated'Big Brothers' sought

Around the Peninsula
Alert siren test slatedChristian book fair plannedBazaar table space availableMorning lap swim closed FridayKRSMA board seeking membersBlood drive slatedSouth Coastal Trail meeting scheduledCrafts fair slatedComputer class being offered

Pet of the Week Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a 4-month-old female Siamese kitten for $62 with vaccines and spay surgery included. For more information, visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969.

Spirit of adventure: Taking risks makes things happen
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained, the adage goes, but times are different and more dangerous now. So why would we encourage our children to take risks?" (Quaglia, Fox and Hyatt 1998)

District School News
News from schools around the district

Super Notes
The first quarter of the school year ended Friday. Donna Peterson, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, compiled the following list of major events and projects from the past several months:

Aim is high as kids climb into new program
Kenai Peninsula students are climbing the walls -- and loving it.

School enrollments continue their slide
Attendance at Kenai Peninsula Borough public schools is below last year's and below the district's projections. The new numbers continue a downward trend that began in 1997.

Around the District
Parent-teacher conferences, in-services this weekStudents tackle mental featsSchool board meets MondayChristian book fair plannedReapportionment meeting changedAnchorage college, career fair plannedKMS announces Students of the MonthNikiski names Students of the MonthUpgrades transform peninsula schoolsCollege expands programFund for Afghan youngsters launchedSchools collect box topsAd opponents offer school contestDeadline nears for ACT test

New KPC semester offers new opportunities
It is never too early to plan for next semester at your community campus. Kenai Peninsula College is putting the spring class schedule together.

Huselius powers Panthers past Rangers
NEW YORK -- Rookie Kristian Huselius scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

It's old Jordan, not same ol' Jordan, in return
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan wasn't exactly the No. 23 of old. Jordan missed his biggest shot of the night and committed two crucial late turnovers in the Washington Wizards' 93-91 loss to the New York Knicks, Jordan's first regular-season game after a 3 1/2-year retirement.

Hornets open with victory
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Baron Davis scored 21 of his career-high 33 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 100-94 season-opening victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

NFL owners ratify labor deal
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- NFL owners on Wednesday ratified a three-year extension of the labor agreement that will assure the league of labor peace through the 2007 season assuming that the players ratify it.

Volleyballers' second season wide open
It's a whole new season. For high school volleyball teams playing in the Region III/4A and District 3/3A tournaments starting today, all the regular season has proved is that the battle for the three state berths in each tournament is wide open.

Kenai, Seward swimmers spend weekend in Kodiak
A squad of swimmers from Kenai and Seward competed as a unified team Friday and Saturday in Kodiak.

Skyview seniors use synergy to create success on court
Pick your slogan -- maybe the whole being more than the sum of the parts, or perhaps Together Everyone Achieves More.

Red Wings storm past Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mathieu Dandenault, Pavel Datsyuk and Brendan Shanahan scored in the opening 8 1/2 minutes as the Detroit Red Wings remained undefeated on the road with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Photo feature: Bottom's up
Three mallards present their "down" sides while feeding along the shore of the Kenai River earlier this week.

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