Monday, November 4, 2002

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.

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.

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.

UAF gets $1 million to strengthen Yup'ik education
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $1 million grant to strengthen Yup'ik language education in classrooms in the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta.

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

Earthquake damages roads, aftershocks rattle Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Aftershocks continued to rattle Alaska's Interior Monday and crews worked to repair highways left with huge gaps from the powerful earthquake that rocked the state.

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.

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

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.

Ketchikan man pleads in child porn
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan man has pleaded no contest to one count of possessing child pornography.

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

Fairbanks schools see bus driver shortage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Laidlaw Transit, the school bus contractor for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, is so short of bus drivers this year that the company is flying drivers up from Washington state to fill in a month at a time on routes with no permanent driver.

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

Fairbanks musher seeks help finding lost Iditarod sled dog
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fairbanks musher Christopher Knott wants his lost dog back.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Benson beats Martin to win Pop Secret 400
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Johnny Benson needs a new nickname. ''The Best Driver to Never win a Race'' no longer fits.

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.

Enrollment numbers will change funding formula
A lower-than-expected school enrollment plus a new charter school means the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking for ways to make less money go even further.

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."

Red Cross manager wades into position Flooding gets Hakkinen in flow of things
In less than a month of work at her new position with the American Red Cross, Annette Hakkinen has been flooded with work.

Need for Native bone marrow sparks testing
There is a serious shortage of Alaska Native and American Indian bone marrow. But it's a problem several Kenai Peninsula organizations are working to address.

Photo feature: Night lights
The northern lights dance in the sky above Kenai Saturday night in a display that lasted several hours. Forecasters at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks predict moderate displays for the next couple days but clouds are expected for much of the week.

Earthquake damage Seattle houseboats, sloshes swimming pool
SEATTLE (AP) -- Houseboats on the east side of Lake Union were torn from their moorings and a swimming pool was evacuated because of turbulence from a major earthquake in Alaska.

Quake's force felt across nation
NEW ORLEANS -- Peo-ple here saw water in ponds, bayous and pools slosh about caused, geophysicists say, by the awesome power of an earthquake in Alaska Sunday, over 3,000 miles away.

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.

7.9 shaker rattles peninsula
ANCHORAGE -- A major earthquake rocked a sparsely populated area of interior Alaska early Sunday afternoon, triggering an automatic shutdown of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and cracking highways and roads.

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

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.

Better ways to move nation than Amtrak
Let Amtrak ride into the sunset.

Scholarship dinner and auction big success thanks to area support

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.

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.

Aggressive secrecy has no place in democracy
Nearly a year after President Bush signed an executive order to withhold papers of past presidents from the public, the question remains:

Letters to the Editor
School board not looking hard enough for contract resolution Board figures misleading; teachers deserve simplified salary schedule Clarions front page news, pictures fail to cover newsworthy subjects Bush administration will bankrupt nation with war against Iraq

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.

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.''

Around the Peninsula
Community council plans meeting Chamber to hold luncheon AKC is topic of kennel club meeting RSterling seniors plan bazaar Business workshop scheduled Childrens carnival planned Historical society plans meeting

Club News
Elks announce table tennis results

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.

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.

CPCS to offer free, reduced-price meals
The Community Outreach Program of Central Peninsula Counseling Services will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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.

Community Schools
Past Lives/Life Between Lives: Fact of Fiction Beginning Knitting Girls 101 Santas Elves 101 Investing Basic Hospice Volunteer Training Alaska Concealed Carry and the Law Brain Gym Printmaking Kids Make-It-and-Take-It Craft Fair

Community News
Soldotna chamber sponsors light contest AMCC sells collection of Alaska recipes

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.

Photo feature: Rising water
Homeowners gather around an American Red Cross emergency response vehicle on hand to help in the Kenai Keys subdivision of Sterling Wednesday as flood waters completely cover a road into one section of homes.

Johnna and Greg Lemm of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Braden Eric Lemm, at 10:17 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at Alaska Native Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 4.8 ounces and measured 20 inches.

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.

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.

Edmonton upends Blackhawks
NEW YORK -- Scott Mellanby scored a goal and added an assist, and Doug Weight had two assists Sunday to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

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

OT kick atones for 4th quarter miss
OAKLAND, Calif -- Jerry Rice, Rich Gannon and the rest of the Oakland Raiders' offense might have had a chance to win -- if the San Francisco 49ers had let them get onto the field.

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.

Chepchumba, Rop win titles in NYC Marathon
NEW YORK -- The gloves came off in the New York City Marathon.

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.

Singh earns Tour Championship win
ATLANTA -- Annoyed by his two previous failures at East Lake, Vijay Singh left nothing to chance Sunday in the Tour Championship.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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