Sunday, November 4, 2001

Civilian aircraft slides off runway at Elmendorf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A civilian cargo jet slid off the runway on Elmendorf Air Force Base as it began its takeoff early Friday morning, but the accident did not significantly disrupt military operations, according to the U.S. Air Force.

State and shipyard agree to mediation in ferry dispute
JUNEAU (AP) -- A mediator will attempt to resolve a dispute between the state and a Ketchikan shipyard operator. Each contends the other owes millions due to delays in returning the ferry Columbia to service last summer.

Game Board member will not seek reappointment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Board of Game member Mike Fleagle of McGrath announced Friday that he will not seek another term after his board appointment ends Jan. 31.

Anchorage seafood plant considers processing farmed fish
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Seafood International might use some farm-raised fish to help make the business work, the plant's chief executive said.

Army mum on next launch date at Kodiak rocket complex
KODIAK (AP) -- The Army is keeping silent for now on the date of the next rocket launch at Kodiak.

State completes antibiotics survey
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A survey of pharmacies in Alaska indicates there's enough antibiotics to treat almost 15,000 Alaskans for five days if they're exposed to anthrax. National stockpiles would have to be tapped after that.

Judge denies request for home confinement in paintball incident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A judge has refused to recommend home confinement for the man convicted of videotaping paintball attacks that targeted Alaska Natives last winter.

Renowned Bering Land Bridge researcher dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of Alaska's most eminent scientists, an expert on the Bering Land Bridge, died early Friday morning.

Postal Service says North Pole Santa letter effort will go on
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (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.

Native educator Effie Kokrine dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Effie Kokrine spent the last day of her life singing, dancing, telling jokes and laughing a lot with other elders in Tanana, an Athabascan village at the confluence of the Yukon and Tanana rivers.

Haines reinstates student who brought toy gun to school
HAINES (AP) -- Reaction in Haines is mixed over the Haines Borough School Board's decision last month to reinstate a high school junior arrested for bringing a realistic-looking plastic toy gun to school in his backpack.

Fairbanks borough considers tax break for some historic buildings
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough will consider an ordinance to exempt historic properties from paying property tax if they are owned by nonprofit organizations.

Delta boy injured when trailer slips
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 10-year-old boy was injured when the tongue of an Atco trailer fell on his torso at the Big Delta pipeline camp Thursday.

Man who furnished alcohol to teens before crash reaches plea agreement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of supplying alcohol to teen-agers before their fatal car crash with a police officer in July has agreed to plead to two counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor, the prosecutor on the case said Friday.

It's Schilling vs. Clemens in Game 7
PHOENIX -- Roger Clemens did not mince words. Convinced that a promising pitcher was throwing away his talent, the Rocket dressed him down, calling him every name he could.

Diamondbacks answer back
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks made the New York Yankees pay dearly for all the merriment in the Bronx.

Phillips gears up Anchor Point oil exploration
ANCHOR POINT -- As the tungsten steel bit below the towering Nabors Drilling Rig 273 last week chewed nearly 3,000 foot deep in the rock and mud near Anchor Point, Phillips Alaska officials said the oil company's Cosmopolitan Exploration Project has progressed smoothly since a planned 90-day drilling operation began Oct. 21.

Cleanup, monitoring continue at spill site
Recovery of the gasoline and diesel fuel spilled from a truck accident Monday at Mile 52 of the Sterling Highway has been slow going and is expected to continue for a few more days at the least, said John Brown of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Just waiting in Vietnam
A year ago, sisters and single moms Denise and Melinda (Lindy) Cox, of Nikiski, each dreamed of adopting sons. They even had names picked out. Denise planned to name her son Martin Luther Cox III after her father. Lindy had her heart set on Hamilton Clark Cox, after her grandparents.

Anthrax attacks remain mystery
WASHINGTON -- Puzzled investigators were conducting a second round of environmental testing in hopes of figuring out how a New York woman was infected with a deadly case of anthrax. Authorities examined suspicious packages and powders, including a letter whose postmark and handwriting raised concerns at the Treasury Department.

Don H. Ballard
Longtime Homer resident Don H. Ballard died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at his home in Homer. He was 74.

Clifford C. Porter
Longtime Alaska resident Clifford C. Porter died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at home surrounded by his family near Kenai. He was 74.

Henry T. Moniz
Homer resident Henry T. Moniz died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at his home in Homer. He was 82.

Douglas Allen Miskinis
Kenai resident Douglas Allen Miskinis died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001. He was 54.

Trade concessions during war on terrorism could hurt some industries
WASHINGTON -- President Bush faces tough choices on trade as he works to harness an unruly coalition of industrial powers and hesitant Islamic supporters. Russian steel, Pakistani textiles and Indian pharmaceuticals could wind up as unintended beneficiaries of the U.S.-led war on terrorism.

Adoptive parents put lives on hold awaiting decision
The plight of Nikiski residents Lindy and Denise Cox brings to mind the words to that old song: "What the world needs now is love, sweet love; no, not just for some, but for everyone."

Jobless numbers have faces
NEW YORK -- Perry Esposito didn't need a government report to tell him the jobs are disappearing.

Oxford collection features weird and wonderful words
LONDON (AP) -- At the risk of sounding like blatherskites, the compilers of the New Oxford Dictionary of English are striking a blow for florid and fanciful language.

My Best Friend
Pet photos either can be color or black and white and should be no smaller than 3-by-5 inches. They may include people. Limit one photo per household. They can be dropped off at the Kenai or Soldotna offices or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611.

Millers celebrate 50 years together
Earl and Joan Miller of Soldotna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 23 at Soldotna First Assembly Church.

Anthrax scare won't stop letters to Santa from being answered
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

Photo feature: Just poolin' around
Patricia John watches Cheyenne Dixon break while playing pool at the Kenai Recreation Center's teen center Friday night.

Around the Peninsula
Special church gathering held todayFree legal clinics being offeredNonprofit board training this weekSorority group to hold high teaUnited Way board seeks board membersBereavement class plannedLong-married couples soughtChoir invites community members to singComputer class being offeredCrafts fair slatedNonprofit board training next weekUnited Way board seeks membersLong-married couples soughtComputer class being offeredCrafts fair slated

Bible camp's a-mazing idea gives kids tunnel vision
Children lined up to enter the barn at Solid Rock Bible Camp last week, their cheeks ruddy with excitement and the frosty air.

Traveling? Renting child gear is easier
Michelle Lifton thinks flying with her 15-month-old daughter will be difficult enough with the increased airport security. So she's doing everything possible to make her life simpler.

Web site helps discover shape of diet
You've no doubt heard of the Food Guide Pyramid. If you've wondered how your diet compares to the pyramid but don't like to do the number crunching, here's an easier way to find out.

Ftorek enjoys return to Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Joe Thornton scored a power-play goal and set up another as the Boston Bruins defeated New Jersey 2-1 Saturday, snapping the Devils' six-game winning streak.

Verplank holds lead at Tour Championship
HOUSTON -- Scott Verplank held his own Saturday with a 3-under-par 68, a score that figured to be worth more than a one-stroke lead anywhere else but this year's edition of the Tour Championship.

Hamilton fills in for Air Jordan
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan couldn't take over the game, so Richard Hamilton did.

Bulldogs, Panthers make state
The Nikiski High School volleyball team will have the opportunity to defend its state title next week, earning the right by defeating Seward in the District 3/3A tournament title game Saturday in Anchorage. The Skyview volleyball team also will make a return trip to state.

Knight's return, Duke's defense highlight season
The eyes of college basketball will be on Texas Tech when the season starts, and most of the attention will shift to defending national champion Duke as it ends.

Homer boys break SoHi's dominance
Call it deja vu. Call it destiny. Call it dynamic. But Homer's boys swimming team and Soldotna's girls team can call the 2001 Region III swimming meet a done deal, as each team repeated its winning performances Saturday from a dual meet just a week earlier.

Sports Briefs
Alaska Anchorage tops Minnesota DuluthMichigan cruises past Alaska FairbanksTszyu shocks Judah with second-round knockoutDavenport passes Capriati for No. 1 ranking

Nikiski takes Peninsula Duals
The Nikiski High School wrestling team proved to be tough to beat Saturday, defeating the Ketchikan Kings 40-25 in the championship round of the Peninsula Duals wrestling tournament at Nikiski.

Spartans pull last-second shocker on Wolverines
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jeff Smoker, scrambling and off-balance, lobbed a 2-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Duckett on the last play as Michigan State stunned No. 6 Michigan 26-24 on Saturday.

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