Tuesday, November 5, 2002

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

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.

Atheist says he's been booted from Boy Scouts
SEATTLE (AP) -- An Eagle Scout who has earned 37 merit badges in a decade with the Boy Scouts said Monday he has been kicked out of the organization for refusing to declare a belief in a higher power.

National Guardsmen rescued by Coast Guard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaska National Guard soldiers had to be rescued Monday by the Coast Guard after running into trouble during a weekend training exercise near Valdez.

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

Commercial fisherman goes overboard in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man who fell overboard from a commercial fishing vessel in the Bering Sea.

Police release name of pedestrian killed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have released the name of a pedestrian who was killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident in Anchorage over the weekend.

Man charged with pipeline shooting faces 10 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man charged with shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline last year, causing a 285,000-gallon oil spill, faces 10 years in prison for a weapons violation.

Federal agency questions Kensington Mine plans
JUNEAU (AP) -- The latest proposal to operate the Kensington Mine calls for using an alpine Southeast lake to hold the thickened mixture of water and crushed rock that results from extracting gold.

Aftershocks continue to shake Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Moderate aftershocks from Sunday's big earthquake continued to rattle Alaska late Monday and early Tuesday.

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.

Police identify victim in Saturday fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have identified a 3-year-old boy who 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.

Native groups launch bone marrow drive
KENAI (AP) -- Several Kenai Peninsula organizations are addressing a serious shortage of Alaska Native and American Indian bone marrow donations.

No charges filed against nonprofit treasurer
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau police said there are no plans to press charges against a former nonprofit official who admitted taking more than $2,000 from the group's bank account.

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

Raised in Soldotna, Dr. Hu returns to serve Alaskans and his community.
Just a couple of blocks from where Dr. Jerry Hu now practices family dentistry in a beautiful new building on Binkley Street, is the Redoubt Elementary School playground where he played as a young

Mini Miss Soldotna competes at Mini Miss Alaska All American Girl pageant
Three-year-old Kaitlyn Leckband is off to an early start representing her community. Kaitlyn applied to be Mini Miss Soldotna and entered the Mini Miss Alaska All American Girl pageant in Anchorage earlier

A Sign of the Times
A new Ford sign was put in place last week at Great Bear Ford, at the "Y" in Soldotna. The sign stands 35 ft tall and the official blue Ford oval is 17 ft wide and over 7 ft tall.

Where to vote
Below is the list of where to vote in House Districts 33, 34 and 35. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Gubernatorial hopefuls in last minute push
JUNEAU -- Democrat Fran Ulmer and Republican Frank Murkowski spent a hectic final day campaigning for enough support to be Alaska's next governor.

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.

Assembly wrapping up borough wish list
Come this evening, not long after the polls close, Alaska House and Senate seat winners from the Kenai Peninsula will have to start thinking beyond the hypothetical to the hard realities of the day-to-day demands of legislative office.

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.

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.

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.

Plane owners jumping ship?
Private plane owners came back for round two of a debate with the Kenai City Council about personal property tax exemptions.

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.

Homer city manager submits resignation; plans to tie up loose ends
Homer City Manager Ron Drathman submitted a letter of resignation Friday but agreed to remain on the job for three months to tie up loose ends on several projects that are close to completion.

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.

Earthquake damage holds Alaska oil flow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The last oil stored at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminus in Valdez has been loaded and no more crude will be shipped south until the pipeline is repaired and restarted.

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.

Sally Ann Bollinger
Soldotna resident Sally Ann Bollinger died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

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

Elsie Orene Blevins
Soldotna resident Elsie Orene Blevins passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at her home in Soldotna. She was 81.

Applause
Scholarship dinner and auction big success thanks to area support

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

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

Applause
Middle school activity gives girls chance to participate in sports Kenai Teen Centers middle school dance a big hit thanks to volunteers Sixth-graders camp experience aided by numerous supporters Mountain View Halloween carnival successful thanks to lots of support Boys and Girls Club basketball league gives introduction to sport School nurses applaud those who donated boots to local students Nikiski Middle-Senior High School students show how much they care Despite rain, Tesoro team helps hospice with roof upgrade Homer band teacher appreciates, urges community recognitio Veterinarian shows support for arts 4-H program appreciates support

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:

State gives Alaskans more time to comment on wildlife strategic plan
The director of the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation announced he is extending the deadline for public comment on the division's newly released draft strategic plan.

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

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

Club News
Elks announce table tennis results

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

Births
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.

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.

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

Menus
Lunch menus for senior centers throughout the peninsula

Retired teacher reels in big fish tail
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Grant Martinsen's fish tale is a whopper.

Senior Briefs
Christmas bazaar slated Activities at senior centers throughut the peninsula

With little else to do, gray-haired Hong Kong Chinese earn pocket money
HONG KONG -- Tucking several coins beneath his crossed legs as he sat on the ground in a park, the 53-year-old former carpenter was on the lookout for the law.

Canucks stay unbeaten on road at Avs expense
DENVER -- Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi each had a goal and two assists, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 Monday night.

Making a splash
Oops, she did it again.

Hunter jumper downs Bulls
TORONTO -- Lindsey Hunter made a jumper with 1.2 seconds remaining in overtime as the shorthanded Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 109-105 Monday.

Buckeyes overtake Miami for No. 2 in BCS
Ohio State, helped by a big quality win over Washington State earlier this year and Miami's drop in The Associated Press poll, has overtaken the Hurricanes in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

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.

The heart of an accountant
Say this for Bill Belichick: Beneath that cautious exterior beats the heart of an accountant.

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

Wait a New York minute -- Big Apple Olympics far from done deal
The heart of New York's bid for the 2012 Summer Games is the ''Olympic X,'' an unfortunate phrase that carries a sense of mystery and uncertainty, and leads inevitably to the Olympic ''Why?''

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.

Favre, Pack freeze Dolphins
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Both Brett Favre and Cris Carter were stiff and sore. Favre was the only one smiling.

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.

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