Wednesday, November 6, 2002

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

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.

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.

Pipeline expected to restart Wednesday morning
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The slow process of restarting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline began Wednesday morning, according to pipeline officials.

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.

Three indicted on kidnapping charge
FAIRBANKS -- Three Fairbanks residents have been indicted by a grand jury on charges they tried to kidnap a woman they claim stole money from their home.

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.

ACS reports $7 million loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. has reported a third-quarter loss of $7 million, compared with a $1.4 million loss during the same three months of last year, according to financial filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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.

Homer city manager resigns
HOMER (AP) -- City Manager Ron Drathman has resigned, but he will remain on the job for three months to tie up loose ends.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oops! Bad choice of words for Red Sox CEO
BOSTON -- When they bought the Boston Red Sox, the team's new owners knew they were inheriting a legacy of futility and dumb deals -- and a fandom that's extremely sensitive about it.

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.

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

State-owned natural gas line gets go-ahead
ANCHORAGE -- Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that would open avenues for a state-owned natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

House loses 1 incumbent, keeps GOP majority
ANCHORAGE -- Buoyed by the defeat of a Fairbanks incumbent and a strong showing in Alaska's largest city, Republicans won at least 27 seats in the state House of Representatives and easily kept control of the 40-member body.

Republicans retain control of state Senate, despite loss of 2 seats
ANCHORAGE -- Republicans held on to a majority in the state Senate on Tuesday but two familiar faces were sent packing.

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.

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.

Young, Stevens sail to easy re-election
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska's Republican congressional delegation coasted to re-election victories Tuesday, easily besting a crowded field of lesser known and underfunded challengers.

Murkowski beats Ulmer
ANCHORAGE -- Republican Frank Murkowski, who has been Alaska's junior senator for 22 years, rolled to a victory on Tuesday in his bid to become Alaska's next governor.

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.

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.

Welding torch ignites Nikiski business
Thick, black smoke filled the sky Tuesday afternoon as flames shot through the roof of the R&K Industrial maintenance building just off Kenai Spur Highway at Thunder Road in Nikiski.

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.

Student threatened with what looks like gun
Soldotna police received a report Monday afternoon from Soldotna High School that a student from Soldotna Middle School had been threatened with a pistol.

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.

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

Leah Rachael Ragsdale
Kenai Peninsula resident Leah Rachael Ragsdale died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 82.

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.

America again to play the bad guy
Every story needs a bad guy, even if we know the villain has been ginned up to set a tantalizing mood and create false drama. Enter Uncle Sam in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. In the year-plus since the attack on America, the United States has gone from the recipient of world sympathy to the object of its scorn. In the days immediately following the attacks on New York and Washington, world leaders lauded the Bush administration for not lashing out in rash retaliatory attacks on the Muslim world.

li> Tustumena Halloween event proves to be great success Community support for race to help DeeDee Jonrowe appreciated

You can quit losing sleep over this myth
One of the intended consequences of the Internet is the flood of information available to anyone with access to the Web. One of the unintended consequences of the Internet is the flood of misinformation that gets out there too.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Chamber luncheon planned Task force plans hearing Area closed to goat hunting Roundtable meeting slated Nov. 7 CARTS to be focus of Nikiski chamber luncheon Childrens carnival planned Committee to discuss trapper requirements Senior center to host benefit dinner Traditional Norwegian dinner planned Childrens association to hold meetings Chamber pushes Christmas spirit Well test kits available

Parents rate themselves 'fair' to 'poor' at raising children
NEW YORK -- Sixty-one percent of parents rate their generation as ''fair'' or ''poor'' at raising children, according to a study that shows parents are struggling in instilling values in their kids.

In high-achieving Greenwich, Conn., even teen-agers need power naps
GREENWICH, Conn. -- Three boys are sprawled out on the classroom floor, their heads resting on their backpacks. Nap time in kindergarten? No, a meeting of the Power Nap Club at Greenwich High School in this wealthy community of high achievers.

University officials warn of future enrollment caps
SEATTLE (AP) -- Officials at Washington's two biggest universities say they may have to cap enrollment unless they get an increase in state funding.

Despite extra hours, U.S. students perform no better than foreign counterparts
WASHINGTON -- Teachers in the United States spend hundreds more hours in front of their classes than their counterparts in other developed countries, according to a report that also says U.S. students, on average, perform no better than the rest.

Students of Month
The following students were named October Students of the Month at Skyview High School:,/i>

Economy, declining tax revenues raise tuition prices
A study released Monday says declining tax revenues and the overall malaise in the economy caused college tuition and fees to increase an average of more than 5 percent for both two- and four-year institutions this school year.

College implements 'Ask the Director' line to address student questions
KPC has developed an avenue of action for students, faculty and staff who may have a problem they can't seem to get solved. Or perhaps there is someone they would like to recognize for a job well done. The new director's action line has been set up to communicate questions, comments and concerns straight to the director. It's as simple as calling 262-0342 and leaving questions or comments on the voice mail. If callers would like a personal response, they need to leave their name and phone number. Callers also can remain anonymous. Questions of general interest to the college community will be published in the KPC Connection, online at Calls will get Director Gary Turner's personal attention and be answered in a timely manner.

School lunch menus for next week

Music, performance helps cements science lessons in Sears students' minds
"Rain, rain, go away, come again another day."

Around the District
No school Monday Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Nikiski Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle Soldotna Middle Connections Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Kalifonsky Christian Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

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.

On Tap
Peninsula high school sports this weekend

Johnson wins fourth straight Cy Young
NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson won yet another Cy Young Award and then he teed off.

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

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.

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.

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?''

Making a splash
Oops, she did it again.

KPHA Squirt B team takes two
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team played two games this weekend on the central Kenai Peninsula.

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

Beard on top of voting for All-America team
Her team is No. 1, and so is Alana Beard.

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.

Blues extend winning streak to nine games
MONTREAL -- Pavol Demitra had a goal and two assists as the St. Louis Blues extended their NHL-best winning streak to nine games with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Magic, McGrady overthrow Kings
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady broke the 40-point barrier for the second straight game, scoring 41 points Tuesday night as the Orlando Magic held off a Sacramento rally and beat the Kings 125-121.

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