Saturday, November 2, 2002

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Potters guild says thanks

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

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.

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

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

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?"

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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