Friday, November 2, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Crash survivors say Era Aviation helicopter went down with no warning
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Era Aviation helicopter that crashed in Cook Inlet last month went down without warning as it flew low over the water, according to investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board.

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.

Brevig Mission man arrested after shots fired into village building
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Brevig Mission man was arrested after he fired a shotgun into a village building, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

State defense force wants more recruits
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Taking advantage of the sudden spotlight, the Alaska State Defense Force announced it was looking for new recruits.

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.

Moose makes off with Nikiski family swing set
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wildlife biologists on the Kenai Peninsula are looking for a moose that dragged off an 18-foot swing set from a Nikiski yard.

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

Wedding guests fight at Hydaburg reception when man exposes himself
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were treated at a Hydaburg clinic after a fight broke out at a wedding reception when a man exposed himself, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Troopers appoint first female lieutenant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have promoted three officers, including the first woman with the troopers to reach the rank of lieutenant.

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.

Officer fires shots to stop police car theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A police officer fired three shots at his own patrol car early Friday morning after a drunken driving suspect got in and drove away.

APOC fines ballot campaign for failing to disclose source of poll
JUNEAU (AP) -- A poll by a committee supporting a 1999 advisory ballot measure improperly attempted to influence voters, the Alaska Public Offices Commission said.

Postal Service says North Pole Santa letter effort will go on
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Letters to Santa Claus mailed to the town of North Pole from all over the world will be opened this holiday season despite the anthrax scare, the U.S. Postal Service said Friday.

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.

Legislature to spend $250,000 in limited fight against new map
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature will spend $250,000 for expert witnesses and other legal fees in its challenge to the state's 2002 Redistricting Map.

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.

Alaska farmer pins hopes on fresh cheese curds
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- Gary Beu had two loves and had to figure out how to make them get along. He loved farming but loved Alaska, too.

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.

Quest now has 30 mushers entered
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- The number of mushers set to run the 2002 Yukon Quest has reached 30 with the recent entry of five rookies and one veteran, Carrie Farr of Nenana, who finished eighth last year.

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.

Alaska's economic future looks dark
KENAI (AP) -- Changing demographics and jobs, the decline of tra

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.

Kenai Peninsula schools see drop in enrollment
KENAI (AP) -- Enrollment at Kenai Peninsula Borough public schools has fallen below last year's level and below the district's projections. The new numbers continue a downward trend that began in 1997.

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.

Man convicted of assault on an aircraft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A North Carolina man was convicted of assault on an aircraft Thursday in federal court.

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.

Gas council sends final report to governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles'

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

BP begins production at Northstar Field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP has begun production from its Northstar field.

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.

Jury find doctor guilty of prescribing narcotics to drug-seekers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A doctor was found guilty Thursday of lying to get a medical license and prescribing powerful narcotics to drug-seeking patients, even though he knew some of the drugs were being sold to buy illegal drugs.

Troopers investigated death of Fort Yukon woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fort Yukon woman died alone at her home Wednesday and Alaska State Troopers have requested an autopsy.

Deja vu all over again as Yankees rally for extra-inning victory
NEW YORK -- Once was amazing. Twice was too hard to believe -- even for Joe Torre and the New York Yankees.

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?

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.

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

Stay the course with 401(k) retirement plans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many Americans saw their retirement savings accounts shrink last year, and results so far this year also have been negative.

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.

Bison industry feeling the pinch from many sides
ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK, Utah (AP) -- A frigid fall morning is turning balmy on Antelope Island as park rangers and volunteers wait for the first rumbling herd of bison to gallop from behind a ridge.

The old argument: Should taxes be cut or government spending increased?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Again, as so often before, the country is facing the question of whether it is wiser for government itself to try spending the economy up from recession or turn the task over to the private sector.

Wills, life insurance rise in demand since attacks
CHICAGO (AP) -- As Americans reorder their financial priorities in the wake of Sept. 11, writing wills and putting estates in order have risen on many to-do lists.

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.

Discount, closedown Web sites insist they're bucking e-commerce downturn
BOSTON (AP) -- Recession? Not in the bustling back-room buying office at

Weighted flies banned on Oregon steelhead stream
STEAMBOAT, Ore. -- The people who fly-fish have long felt that the demands of the long rod set them on a truer path to that confusing mix of blood lust and spiritual quest that is steelhead angling than those mere flingers of bait and lures.

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.

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

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.

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."

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

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.''

'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.

Race schedule
Feb. 18th - Nov. 23rd

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

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)

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.

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

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.

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.

Trend shows slowing economy
The state of Alaska, just over 40 years old, is entering middle age, and just as humans do, it is slowing down a bit.

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.

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:

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.

Residents look to assembly
It's all about guarding their quality of life, according to residents of Poppy Woods Subdivision. However, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission could find nothing in borough code to substantiate the residents' 24 separate appeals.

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

Peninsula music buyers help send patriotic CD to top spot
Thanks, in part, to sales on the Kenai Peninsula, the album "God Bless America," a benefit for The Twin Towers Fund, reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 album charts. In its first week in stores, it sold 180,984 copies.

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

Izetta Mae O'Loughlin
Soldotna resident Izetta Mae O'Loughlin died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at her home. She was 90.

Oilers Corner
Copeland returns to Oilers

Terrorist attacks put new perspective on getting away from it all
It's impossible to guess how the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will hurt Alaska's economy, but there's little doubt there will be a ripple effect.

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.

Letters to the Editor
If pet owners let animals roam, they should expect consequences

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

Challenge from philanthropist helps raise money for food bank Nikiski seniors appreciate scholarship fund-raiser support

Property rights vs. oil-gas development
Have you received a request to lease the oil and gas rights under your property? Unocal Corp. is now contacting landowners in Anchor Point and surrounding areas to obtain mineral rights to oil and gas resources under private property. If you expect oil and gas activities on, under or around your land, you should know your legal rights.

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.

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.

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

Trapping then and now on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
A cold north wind blew in the early morning light as I strapped on my snowshoes. My trail took me across a frozen lake and then into the woods where my trap line started.

Photo feature: Shining bright
A lighted tree stands alone in the crowd at the corner of Airport Way and Willow Street Thursday afternoon.

Snowmachines, ski trails don't mix
The director of the city of Kenai's Parks and Recreation Department will be channeling renewed energy to the attempt to keep snowmachiners off the Kenai Nordic Trails this winter.

Outdoor Briefs
Tsalteshi Trail Association plans Winter Kickoff

Riders must earn freedom
The vandalistic act of a snowmachiner putting ruts in the groomed snow at Tsalteshi Trails late last week got me to thinking about freedom, particularly the freedom allowed snowmachiners in Alaska.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Seafood specialist at Merit Inn today Separation, divorce support group meets tonight Blood drive slated Winter gear swap meet Saturday Anchor Point commission meets Tuesday KRSMA board seeking members Coping with holidays workshop planned Nonprofit board training next week United Way board seeks members Long-married couples sought Computer class being offered Crafts fair slated

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

Conservative Judaism has become less conservative, judging from its official commentary on the Torah
NEW YORK (AP) -- For the better part of a century, Judaism's Conservative branch worshipped with the same Torah commentary -- a volume written by a rabbi born and educated in the 1800s.

Religion Briefs
Christian book fair planned Clothing ministry to open Saturday Kenai Baptist church to host speaker Bragg family to perform Saturday SolFirst offers additional service Bible classes to start in November Soldotna church to host missionary Family game night planned Lutefisk dinner to be held Kenai Aglow sets November meeting Volunteers sought for breakfast programs

An equation of love: Volunteers make a difference in many ways
What happens when you mix together J-B Stor N'Lok, a men's breakfast group from Peninsula Grace Brethren Church with donated appliances and furniture, then add Love INC? An equation that puts talents, abilities and resources together to minister to the needs of our local community.

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.

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.

Region III meet heats up pool
Hot and humid, the deck of a pool is an easy place to sweat. But even so, Soldotna swim coach Sohail Marey rarely has had to sweat out a victory by his boys team at the Region III meet.

Lang notches goal, assist for Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -- Robert Lang scored a goal and assisted on another as the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Thursday night.

Skyview, Seward win tournament openers
The Skyview High School volleyball team started the Region III/4A tournament at Wasilla off on the right foot Thursday, defeating Kodiak in five games to advance to the semifinals.

Wrestlers warm up engines at Skyview
Skyview, Homer, Ketchikan and Soldotna warmed up for the tons of wrestling that will be offered at the Peninsula Duals Friday and Saturday at Nikiski by doing tons of wrestling Thursday night at Skyview.

Jordan nets 31 points to lead Wizards to win
ATLANTA -- Michael Jordan scored 31 points in Game 2 of his latest comeback and showed he hasn't lost the winning touch, leading the Washington Wizards to a 98-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

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.

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.

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.

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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