Friday, November 1, 2002

Heavy fog crippling life in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- It's desperation time for fog-blinded Juneau.

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.

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

Donley, French fight centers on military record
(ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The high-stakes race between incumbent Anchorage Republican Sen. Dave Donley and Democratic challenger Hollis French has turned into a nasty fight in its final days.

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.

Fairbanks police sued over 2000 shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An attorney representing the estate of Corwin Vent who was fatally shot by a Fairbanks police officer following a vehicle chase two years ago, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer, the city and the police department

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.

Light quake shakes Southcentral
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska Thursday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

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.

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.

UAF student named to board of regents
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska students now have a voting representative on the board of regents.

Feds applaud safety at True North mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The True North gold mine has been honored for its safety record.

DNA frees man accused of raping woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been freed after DNA evidence showed he wasn't the person who raped a 19-year-old student.

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.

Jurors in Kenai murder trial say they are deadlocked
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second time, the Billy Dean Smith murder trial has ended in a mistrial.

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.

Two Alaska educators win Milken awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaska educators have been honored with National Educator Awards from the Milken Family Foundation of Los Angeles.

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.

Search for missing longliner Galaxy called off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has dropped its search for the fishing vessel that caught fire and exploded nearly two weeks ago.

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.

Craig woman accused of dealing methamphetamine
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Klawock woman is accused of dealing large amounts of methamphetamine on Prince of Wales Island.

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.

Young eyes future bid as House speaker
KODIAK (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young said this week he is considering make a future bid for speaker of the House.

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.

Emergency order issued to protect Denali wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An emergency order was issued to halt hunting and trapping of wolves on state land just east of Denali National Park and Preserve, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Thursday.

Norton, Knowles stump for gubernatorial candidates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton touted the benefits of electing Republican Frank Murkowski governor Thursday while Democrat Fran Ulmer enlisted her boss to deny that development has been lacking the past eight years.

Fortymile caribou herd returns to historical range
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fortymile Caribou Herd has reached the point where Alaska isn't big enough.

Baseball may close dugout day care
After watching a handful of kids make the San Francisco bench look like a day care center during the World Series, major league baseball soon could put up a sign in dugouts that says ''Adults Only.''

CHARGES FOR CHANGES: Airlines are rife with fees, but some charges annoy travelers more than others.

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.

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

Case against Martha Stewart makes headlines, but is it worth all the attention?
NEW YORK (AP) -- This isn't about getting sympathy for Martha Stewart. If she is found guilty of insider trading, she deserves to be punished.

Home buyers should watch out for excessive fees, 'junk' fees at settlement
NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans are taking advantage of low mortgage interest rates to buy new homes or refinance their existing loans. But some aren't getting the best deals they could because they're being charged excessive fees when they close their new mortgage loans, experts say.

As work force ages, oil and gas industry prepares for future
As the baby boom generation gets older and starts thinking about retirement, the nation's oil and gas industry is worried that its supply of hig

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.

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.

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.

Oregon angler hooks huge chinook on fly-fishing gear
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A Grants Pass man made fly-fishing history this week when hooked and landed a fall chinook salmon that officially weighed 71 1/2 pounds.

Landscaping with amber waves of grasses?
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Gardeners wanting a decorative shoulder to lean on should weigh the considerable charms of ornamental grasses, which can be used for everything from erosion control to stiffening the spines of flower arrangements.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Inlet's platforms could be used for other functions
Since 1967 when the first production platform began tapping the oil and natural gas reserves of upper Cook Inlet, the Kenai Peninsula has been linked to the world's petroleum economy.

Experts: Alternate energy sources need research
WASHINGTON -- None of the known alternate energy sources are technically ready to take the place of fossil fuels, suggesting the need for a crash energy development program if the world is to avoid the threat of global warming, experts say in a new study.

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.

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.

'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.

Photo feature: Dazzling Vista
The sun sets Wednesday behind Skilak Lake and Hidden Lake (in the foreground). The central peninsula is down to about eight and a half hours of daylight each day.

Hung jury: No murder verdict
An Anchorage jury found Billy D. Smith guilty Thursday of three counts of tampering with physical evidence, but could not reach a verdict on two counts or murder charged against him.

Willie Maye Carter
Peninsula resident Willie Maye Carter died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, in her son's home in Seaside, Calif., surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 84.

Sen. Murkowski best choice to lead Alaska to new opportunities Alaskans face a can't-lose situation Tuesday when they pick their next governor.
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, the Republican nominee, and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, the Democratic nominee, have long and sterling records of service to the state of Alaska. No one can doubt their commitment to

Potters guild says thanks

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. ...

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.

Congress likely to remain closely divided
WASHINGTON -- Look for the Democrats to steer away from President Bush's economic policies if they win the House on Tuesday.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Ward needs to answer questions that have arisen during campaign

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

Big(horn) deal
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A herd of 18 bighorn sheep wanders along the banks of the Snake River in Hells Canyon, moseying from rock to rock, drinking from the river, and chewing on grass.

Outdoor Briefs
State Parks recruiting volunteers for 2003 Federal subsistence comments due today

Strange visitor questions keep Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff hopping
You might think that the job of an office worker at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is not very exciting. You might even think that doing the same job for over 12 years would be very boring and routine. Not so, dear reader.

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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna senior center to hold bazaar Salmon task force to conduct hearing Friends to hold meeting Roundtable meeting slated for Thursday Chamber plans for speaker at luncheon Brunch to feature fashions and gifts Chamber plans publication

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.

Russia, turning inward, refuses visas to foreign religious workers and volunteers
MOSCOW (AP) -- Every three months, the Rev. Emile Dumas goes through the same, unsettling routine -- applying to the Russian government for an extension of his entry visa.

Religion Briefs
Native outreach fellowship to meet Womens conference starts today Clothing ministry open Healing Rooms now open Childrens ministry rally planned Musicians playing for God Friendship closet open Lutefisk and Lefse dinner offered Home for the holidays event slated Great dads seminar planned Bible study groups meeting Writers sought for faith anthology

Flight causes stir in religious isle
STORNOWAY, Scotland (AP) -- A 34-seat propeller plane landed at tiny Stornoway airport Sunday -- the first-ever Sabbath flight to the staunchly Presbyterian Isle of Lewis off Scotland's northwest coast.

First Sabbath flight arrives on Scotland's staunchly religious Isle of Lewis
STORNOWAY, Scotland (AP) -- A 34-seat propeller plane landed at tiny Stornoway airport Sunday -- the first-ever Sabbath flight to the staunchly Presbyterian Isle of Lewis off Scotland's northwest coast.

Federal investigations of Islamic charities complicate Ramadan for American Muslims
Omer bin Abdullah won't be leaving a paper trail this year when he makes his traditional donation to the poor during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Protests follow ouster of Muslim and Wiccan from Wisconsin clergy group
WAUPUN, Wis. (AP) -- The first Wiccan to serve as a prison chaplain in Wisconsin and a Muslim chaplain were both ousted from the Waupun Clergy Association, which now allows only Christians as members.

Man's dream job comes true in an outdoor paradise
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- If being in the outdoors somehow makes people feel more spiritual, half of Bill Young's work is done before he ever opens a Bible.

Nigeria's first lady denies funding tie to beauty pageant involved in Muslim disputes
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian first lady Stella Obasanjo has denied her charity for orphans and abused children is helping pay for the upcoming Miss World pageant, a contest that has drawn the ire of the nation's Muslims.

Mormon Church delays demolition of historic Hong Kong residence
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's Mormons agreed Monday to delay demolishing a historic building that once housed the first Chinese family allowed to live in an exclusive neighborhood of the former British colony.

Cincinnati Archdiocese criticizes Procter & Gamble on human embryo research
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is criticizing a new Procter & Gamble Co. research policy that does not ban use of stem cells from human embryos.

Episcopal Church's Kansas diocese reaffirms bishop on blessings for unwed couples
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Delegates in the Episcopal Church's Kansas Diocese narrowly defeated a resolution that would have questioned Bishop William Smalley for recognizing unmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples with blessing ceremonies.

Be ready for the future
"Dad, can I have that box?"

Knowles leaps to gaping lead
The divers had the pool all to themselves Thursday as competition began in the Region III Swimming and Diving Championships in Soldotna with Kenai Central's Rachel Knowles and Kodiak's Greg Rose leading after the preliminary and semifinal rounds.

Pats treat Bledsoe kindly in his return
This is supposed to be a grudge game: Drew Bledsoe and the Buffalo Bills against New England, which traded him away after he lost his job to Tom Brady last season.

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

Singh wants payback at Tour Championship
ATLANTA -- Vijay Singh wasn't sure his 5-wood could reach the green on the par-3 18th hole at East Lake Golf Club. His goal was to hit it straight, hit it hard and hope.

Wizards tag Celtics with 45-point loss
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards handed the Boston Celtics their worst defeat in franchise history.

Former player says NFL not ready for gays
NEW YORK -- On too many desperate nights in a life of lies as a gay player in the NFL, Esera Tuaolo drank himself to sleep, hoping he wouldn't wake up.

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.

Colorado St. keeps Air Force grounded
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Colorado State coaches asked Jeff Babcock to send the opening kickoff of the second half through the end zone.

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

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.

Ducks' Kariya pots hat trick to bash Bruins
BOSTON -- Paul Kariya broke out just when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks needed him.

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.

Hard hit can alter a life
A few minutes on the phone might be enough. An hour conversation would be better, and an afternoon spent listening to Darryl Stingley as he navigates the downtown streets in his wheelchair would be best of all.

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.

Skating tests another judging system
Another week, yet another new judging system for figure skating.

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.

New York exonerated in USOC ethics probe
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Olympic Committee president Marty Mankamyer visited a key booster of New York City's bid for the 2012 Games on the same day her daughter sought career advice from the man.

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.

Creamer's cranes finish trip in Texas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two sandhill cranes that left Fairbanks in late August and headed south have touched down in Texas.

Groups seek to restore Washington gray wolf
WASHINGTON -- Two conservation groups are calling on the federal government to restore gray wolves to Washington state, saying it's time to ''hear the call of the wild again'' in Western Washington forests.

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