Saturday, November 3, 2001

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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