Sunday, November 3, 2002

Man gets six years for rape
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former school janitor has been sentenced to six years in prison for sexual assault on a relative.

Old ad becomes part of Fairbanks senate race debate
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As Tuesday's election approaches, an advertisement that is more than three years old has become part of the debate in the Fairbanks Senate race between Democrat Rep. John Davies and Republican Ralph Seekins.

Ralph Seekins' daughter in trouble for mass e-mail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Senate candidate Ralph Seekins' daughter is in hot water for sending out a mass e-mail on the University of Alaska Fairbanks computer server urging people to vote for her father.

Police investigate Anchorage fatal hit-and-run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was killed in an apparent hit-and-run traffic accident in Anchorage over the weekend, police said.

Ulmer, Murkowski campaigns focus on money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forget public education. Forget hunting and fishing rights. Forget more troopers on the road, or whether those roads will be plowed.

Police look for missing Anchorage hot tubs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are looking for thieves who stole several hot tubs in October.

Fairbanks residents spot white raven
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- When people call the Alaska Bird Observatory to report that they just saw a white raven, they have a hard time believing it themselves.

Anchorage basks in balmy weather
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a month that often sees skiing, Southcentral golfers are still on the links.

Scientists, cave experts unhappy with Kosciusko logging plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Beneath a swath of forested limestone in Southeast Alaska where the Forest Service is planning a logging operation, are networks of caves that scientists and cave experts say could provide clues to the origins of the region.

Prudhoe Bay worker recovers from explosion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Don Shugak's long ordeal in Seattle's Harborview Medical Center finally ends, he plans to pick up his guitar again and sing with his gospel group, the Freedom Band.

Sputnik sighting means historic site for outhouse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The site of Dexter Stegemeyer's old outhouse now sports a plaque designating it as a historic place.

Earthquake rocks Interior, Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A major earthquake rocked a sparsely populated area of interior Alaska early Sunday afternoon, cracking highways and roads, knocking over fuel tanks and shaking rural homes.

Inlet's oil platforms could be used for other functions
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

3-year-old boy dies in house fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 3-year-old boy died Saturday in a house fire in south Anchorage.

Man who exposed himself to girls gets one year in jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man arrested in February for exposing himself to half a dozen girls has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Man charged with sexually assaulting girls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with a string of sexual assaults involving young teenage girls.

Knowles files appeal in Red Dog decision
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal ruling that forces the Red Dog mine to use expensive anti-pollution technology for its power generation.

Boys armed with knives steal candy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Boys armed with knives stole trick-or-treat candy in two separate incidents, Anchorage police said.

Supporters of term limits change their stripes
WASILLA (AP) -- Republican legislator Scott Ogan was once a staunch supporter of term limits but after eight years in office he's changed his mind. In fact, he's running again.

Bankruptcy issue surfaces in debate
Kelly Wolf, the Republican Party candidate for House District 33, told a Kenai radio station audience Thursday he had never filed for bankruptcy, when in fact he had.

Bethel herbalist turns to nature for ailments
ANCHORAGE -- Diaper rash is hardly a springboard for a new career. But a stubborn case turned out to be just that for Bethel resident Gloria Simeon, an herbalist who was marketing her wares at the Alaska Federation of Native convention in Anchorage last week.

How I long for the days when Eddie Murphy was cool. Anybody remember Beverly Hills Cop? 48 Hours? Those were great action/comedies. Even their respective sequels weren't too bad.

Wallace needs win to prolong streak
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Rusty Wallace is on edge. All his energy is channeled into just one thing: winning a race.

Crash puts McMurray out in front
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Jamie McMurray's great luck continued Saturday with his second straight Busch series victory, achieved because leaders Jeff Green and Michael Waltrip wrecked each other with one lap to go.

Elks honor Kenai's Williams with award
For 16 years, John Williams has been contributing his political knowledge and expertise as mayor of Kenai to help the city grow and prosper. This year, a section of the community gave something back to Williams to thank him for his years of service.

Is it winter yet? Weather pattern keeps snow at bay
Is it really November? That's a question on many Kenai Peninsula residents' minds lately as above-normal temperatures have made the peninsula seem downright balmy.

Police find minor trouble brewing on Halloween
Halloween revelers did a little more than trick-or-treat in Soldotna on Thursday night, according to police reports there.

Remembrance memorial celebration planned today
Hospice of the Central Penin-sula will conduct its annual community memorial, Celebration of Remembrance, today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church on Kenai Spur Highway near the Soldotna "Y."

Wesley Bridger Mitchell Thomas
Kenai resident Wesley Bridger Mitchell Thomas died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, in his mother's arms at Providence Hospital after cardiopulmonary arrest. He was 5 1/2 weeks old.

Edward Odin Strandberg
Lifelong Alaska resident Edward Odin Strandberg died of cancer Oct. 29, 2002, at Valley Assisted Living in Palmer. He was 87.

Go to the polls: History shows us 1 vote does count
A recently released report suggests this year's general election campaign does not have the drive to move people to the polls come Tuesday.

Your vote makes a difference
Your vote does not count. Your opinion doesn't matter. So on Tuesday, continue on about your normal routine. Go ahead and spend the rest of that Alaska Permanent Fund dividend check you just got. Drive to work, or wherever, along state-maintained roads, without having to worry about paying one red cent for any of it. And by all means, don't bother voting.

Math favors Republicans on Election Day
WASHINGTON -- Both parties are pumping last-minute cash and other resources into a dwindling number of super-competitive House races. Democrats are looking for breakthroughs in Tuesday's elections, while Republicans emphasize they can keep majority control by just winning half, or even less, of the remaining tight contests.

Even amateurs can take aurora photos
Perhaps you've seen photos of the aurora, or tried to take one of an aurora, constellations or a meteor shower by yourself.

Mayor John Williams has built more than his life in Kenai
It would be difficult to live in Kenai for any significant length of time without at least hearing of John Williams.

My Best Friends
Cora the German shepherd and Addie the dachshund have a heart-to-heart talk, a frequent occurrence in the home of Bill and Kay Harris of Sterling.

Candy thief must give back to kids
ELYRIA, Ohio -- A candy thief has been ordered to pass out Halloween treats while wearing a sign saying ''I'm sorry. I will not steal from children.''

Thousands converge in Italy to celebrate chocolate
PERUGIA, Italy -- Chocolate statues, cocoa-flavored pasta, even solid chocolate ''Pinocchio'' noses are some of the sweets on display at an annual, weeklong festival dedicated to the food of the gods.

TLC for winter emergency kits
In my field of home economics, we have an internal joke that home economists teach what they need to learn. This article on winterizing your (my) automobile emergency kit is a prime example.

Four unbeatens, led by Notre Dame, go down in wacky Saturday
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame pushed its luck too far. After seeing a stadium full of green ''Return to Glory'' T-shirts this season, the Fighting Irish decided earlier this week to join the party. It wasn't a good idea.

Nets dismiss Wizards to remain undefeated
WASHINGTON -- Jason Kidd scored 18 points as the New Jersey Nets beat the Washington Wizards 87-79 Saturday night to improve to 3-0.

Runyan tries her first marathon
NEW YORK -- Marla Runyan went from Paralympian to Olympian, from heptathlete to distance runner. Now she's taking on another challenge: the New York City Marathon.

Devils take sixth straight against Blackhawks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jamie Langenbrunner got New Jersey going with a goal 10 seconds into the game and added another score in the first period, helping the Devils beat Chicago 5-1 Saturday.

Prep hockey opens with a thriller
When Soldotna faces off with Kenai Central on the ice, it's always an event.

SoHi girls, Homer boys retain titles
"They're going like crazy." This was Skyview High swimming coach Dennis Reger's words to describe the number of school and regional records that were shattered Saturday at the Region III Swimming and Diving Championships at Soldotna High. Eight new regional and seven new school marks were set as Soldotna's girls and Homer's boys took team championships.

Skyview netters finish Region III season at 9-1
The Skyview High School volleyball team secured the top seed heading into next week's Region III/4A tournament by blowing past Soldotna in three games Friday at Skyview.

Singh stretches lead at Tour Championship
ATLANTA -- Vijay Singh was in familiar territory Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Skyview second at Chugiak InviteOracle takes second place among Cup challengers

Barrera tops Tapia via unanimous decision
LAS VEGAS -- Marco Antonio Barrera and Johnny Tapia didn't need a title to put on a championship fight.

Neilson works hockey magic in Israel
When they induct Roger Neilson into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, it will be a celebration of 25 years in the NHL, a tribute to a man who has twice fought off cancer and coached eight teams for 1,000 games.

Cohen wins Skate Canada with help from new coach
QUEBEC CITY -- Sasha Cohen won Skate Canada International on Saturday night, her first victory since moving from California to Connecticut to work with coach Tatiana Tarasova.

Houston netters topple Bulldogs
The Nikiski High School volleyball team showed plenty of spunk in a losing effort Saturday, pulling within three points of forcing a fifth game after dropping the first two games of a District 3/3A match at home against Houston.

Fairbanks residents spot white raven
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- When people call the Alaska Bird Observatory to report that they just saw a white raven, they have a hard time believing it themselves.

Photo feature: Food on the fly
A raven eats mountain ash berries in Kenai earlier this week.

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