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Monday, November 5, 2001

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.

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.

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.

October 31, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News encourages pursuit of a subsistence amendment
When Gov. Tony Knowles decided to drop the state's appeal of the Katie John case, he also decided to press the battle for an amendment to the Alaska Constitution that would provide a rural subsistence preference.

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.

Oct. 30, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner highlights the drunk driving problem in Alaska
Don't drink and drive. Drunk driving kills.

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.

Nov. 1, 2001 The Voice of the Times muses on media's role in the new war
The war against terrorism almost certainly will be one of the most unusual in American history.

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.

Nov. 2, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion on how 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.

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.

Man held in assault on officer damages cell
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A man jailed for allegedly assaulting a trooper at the Ketchikan airport broke a sprinkler in his cell over the weekend, causing at least $1,000 in damages, prison officials said.

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.

Murkowski, Ulmer separate official duties from stumping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two leading candidates to be Alaska's next governor are taking extra care with their travel plans these days.

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.

Knik Arm dock hurting for business
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After two years in business, the port at Point MacKenzie is struggling for business.

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.

Goose population decline stumps scientists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Biologists in charge of goose-reduction programs in Anchorage said they don't know why the Canada goose population declined so much this summer.

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.

Alaska takles FAS with $29 million federal project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fetal alcohol syndrome is simple: The only way a child can acquire it is when a pregnant woman drinks alcoholic beverages.

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.

Murkowski, Ulmer separate official duties from stumping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two leading candidates to be Alaska's next governor are taking extra care with their travel plans these days.

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.

Toklat pack accepts wolf
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wolf that was moved from its home range east of Fairbanks six months ago has roamed about 200 miles and joined the most famous wolf pack in the world.

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.

Better pay is luring state resource managers away to federal jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal takeover of subsistence fishing and hunting in Alaska has done more than take management authority away from the state. It has caused the state to lose some of its most experienced resource managers.

Cleanup, monitoring continue at spill site
Recovery of the gasoline and diesel fuel spilled from a truck accident last week 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.

Construction of ice radar begins in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Construction of the nation's first ice detection radar has begun on Prince William Sound.

Diamondbacks end Yankee dynasty
PHOENIX -- The final comeback belonged to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it was the greatest of all.

Brenly made the right decisions
He went through a season's worth of erasers working on the last lineup card alone. He used up more lifelines and was second-guessed more times in the past week than a month's worth of contestants on ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?''

World Series MVPs
1955--Johnny Podres, Brooklyn (NL) to 2001--Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, Arizona (NL)

Rivera loses first as closer
PHOENIX -- Mariano Rivera on the mound in the ninth inning, protecting a one-run lead in Game 7 of the World Series.

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

Pitchers share MVP nomination
PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson are linked in history now: World Series champions and co-MVPs.

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.

Nikiski residents list their wants
The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area asked and Nikiski residents answered -- with a vengeance.

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.

Peninsula caribou herds to be tracked by satellite
Biologists will have a better idea of the range different Kenai Peninsula caribou herds call home after fitting some with data logging devices linked to satellites.

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.

ASI considers processing farmed fish
Adding spice to the Resource Development Council's Friday luncheon in Kenai was a plate of tasty "salmon tenders," compliments of Alaska Seafood International.

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.

U.S. inserts more special forces
WASHINGTON -- More U.S. special forces entered Afghanistan to support anti-Taliban rebels as top commanders said Sunday the Taliban government is weakening but still controls substantial troops that will take time to thin out and conquer.

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

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.

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

Muslims in America differ widely Immigration from Mideast, racism helped Islam develop in United States
Arshad Majid's family came to America from India when he was 4, and they brought their religious devotion with them. Majid remembers waking up early, climbing onto his father's lap and watching him read the Quran.

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

War not against Muslims
President Bush is correct in saying that the U.S. war against terrorists and those who harbor them is not a war against Muslims in general.

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."

U.S. not winning Muslim hearts Scenes of war in Afghanistan turning sympathy for U.S. into anger
The front line of America's new war is a living room in the Old City of Jerusalem, where Vienia Naber is preparing sweet mint tea for her family gathered around a 21-inch television.

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.

No quick ending seen for war on terrorism
Some pundits apparently missed the message that the war on terrorism is going to be a long, difficult war, despite President Bush's almost-daily reminders that this struggle requires Americans' patience.

Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, on missile treaties
The need to test and quickly deploy a missile defense system is almost an article of religious faith within the Bush administration. And the president has variously described the 1972 ABM Treaty that prohibits most testing and any deployment as a useless Cold War relic.

Photo feature: Shoring up
Wind-driven waves churn ashore on the Homer Spit Saturday afternoon.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I am building my own house and will be bringing a lot of pipes and lumber home from the lumberyard in my pickup. How long can my load be before I will get a ticket?

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community Schools classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, please call the Soldotna Community Schools office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance. Details about each class can be found in the Fall-Winter 2001 Soldotna Community Schools brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

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.

Peninsula People
Area president elected to high officeStudent chosen for residence life programElks table tennis tournament winners announced

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.

Around the Peninsula
Register today for facilitator workshopUlmer coming to KenaiFish and Game committee to meetSanta seeks handy 'elves'Investment specialist to host seminarSouth peninsula planning body to meetJob center advisory meeting slated

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

Community News
Food Bank receives grantBig brothers soughtHospice to hold open houseHomer Community Schools announcementsSeaLife Center announces special eventsKenai Library announcements

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.

4-H participants guests of honor at ceremony
The following 4-H participants and leaders received awards and even money at the annual 4-H achievement and recognition awards ceremony held Oct. 28 at the Kenai Merit Inn.

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

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.

Births
Joe and Emily AleySarah and Luke HansonKari and Todd KnutsonAshley and Jason MillerDale and Holly SeguraNichole and Matt Streiff

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Weir wins Tour Championship in sudden death
HOUSTON -- Mike Weir holed a 5-foot birdie putt to win the Tour Championship on the first hole of a four-man playoff Sunday, giving the Canadian his first victory of the season.

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

Davenport drops out, Williams triumphant
MUNICH, Germany -- Lindsay Davenport's joy at ending the year at No. 1 was short-lived.

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.

Pack barely beats Bucs in Battle of the Bays
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre now has a 10-0 home record against the Buccaneers after Green Bay's victory.

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.

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.

Peninsula caribou herds to be tracked by satellite
Biologists will have a better idea of the range different Kenai Peninsula caribou herds call home after fitting some with data logging devices linked to satellites.

Toklat pack accepts wolf
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wolf that was moved from its home range east of Fairbanks six months ago has roamed about 200 miles and joined the most famous wolf pack in the world.

Goose population decline stumps scientists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Biologists in charge of goose-reduction programs in Anchorage said they don't know why the Canada goose population declined so much this summer.

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