Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Stevens, Young looking toward for rural mail changes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young want to redesign the way mail is handled in the Bush.

Shell returns to Alaska with lease bids
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The company that discovered the Northstar oil field is once again showing an interest in Alaska. Shell Exploration and Production Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Group, was one of the two top bidders in a North Slope lease sale last month.

Survey: Many Western Alaska fishermen want new line of work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After years of dismally low salmon prices and runs, many commercial fishermen in Western Alaska are ready to leave their jobs, according to a state survey of 1,410 fishermen.

Anchorage woman named to Census advisory committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman has been named to the U.S. Census Bureau's advisory commitee on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Troopers find four dead dogs on Sterling property
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two dead dogs were discovered inside an old tourist bus a Sterling woman was using as a kennel and two other dead dogs were found frozen to the ground outside, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Biolgists to track Kenai Peninsula caribou
KENAI (AP) -- Biologists hope to have a better idea of the range of the various Kenai Peninsula caribou herds after fitting some with data logging devices linked to satellites.

More Alaska Air National Guardsmen mobilized
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More Alaska Air National Guardsmen will respond to the campaign against terrorism.

Council approves annual public reading of Bill of Rights
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council has approved a public display and annual recital of the Bill of Rights.

Avoiding Moose
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recommends the following steps to avoid moose encounters:

Nonprofit sues Fairbanks North Start Borough, citing discrimination
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A nonprofit is suing the Fairbanks North Star Borough, citing discrimination against the disabled.

Game board eases bear hunting restrictions on Seward Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game has eased bear hunting regulations on the Seward Peninsula in Northwest Alaska to allow the killing of more grizzly bears.

Borough Assemply approves Mat-Su drag strip deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly has unanimously approved the creation of a buffer zone around a drag strip in Butte.

Fairbanks enrollment continues slide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Enrollment in Fairbanks public schools has continued to fall, with about 275 fewer students attending this year than last.

Stevens and Murkowski make do with makeshift Senate offices
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski are still using alternative office space in Washington, D.C., while the building where they usually work is cleared of anthrax contamination.

Regulators begin analysis of pipeline spill response
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Regulators have begun working on an analysis of the spill response to last month's shooting of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Two Mat-Su men arrested in commercial marijuana grow busts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men were arrested and charged with running commercial marijuana grow operations in Willow and Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said.

Northernmost truck stop open for business all winter
BARROW (AP) -- Winter can't keep the nation's northernmost truck stop down. The Coldfoot Truck Stop will be open for business all winter, manager Linda Stanford said. And it will be open longer hours.

Cell phone comes to rescue of injured musher
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks dog musher used her cell phone to call for help after she hurt her leg and lost her five-dog team.

Lawyers probe health claims of Exxon Valdez spill cleanup workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers who suspect they suffered serious health problems from helping clean up the 11-million-gallon Exxon Valdez oil spill are being asked to come forward.

Committee meets for final time to draft subsistence amendment
JUNEAU (AP) -- A panel appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles completed its work Tuesday on a series of proposals aimed at breaking a decade-long stalemate over subsistence.

Moose encounters increase as days grow colder, darker
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kitty Hoch's 8 year old son, Andrew, had just walked up to the front porch of a house to deliver a newspaper one morning last week when she saw the moose that was bedded down in the yard stand up only about 10 feet away from the boy.

New study highlights problem of arsenic in Kenai Peninsula wells
KENAI (AP) -- New federal rules and a new scientific report are giving new urgency to an old problem in Kenai Peninsula wells.

North Slope crude continues sliding downward
JUNEAU (AP)-- Alaska North Slope crude continued its downward slide on Monday, trading below $18 a barrel for the first time since July 1999.

Healthy moose numbers raise questions about wolf-control plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game say they've counted more moose than they expected in the McGrath area during a recent survey.

Solar flare produces light, radiation event on Earth
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When southerners report red northern lights, it means something big probably happened the day before 93 million miles away.

Major League owners vote to nix two unidentified teams
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Two cities will not have baseball teams next season, if owners get their way, and players will not be locked out when the labor agreement expires Wednesday.

Rodriguez gets 10th Gold Glove
Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez won his 10th straight Gold Glove award Tuesday, tying his idol Johnny Bench for the most by a catcher.

Owners to discuss cutting teams, labor agreement
PHOENIX -- Less than 48 hours after the last out of a riveting World Series, owners meet Tuesday uncertain whether to try to eliminate teams or start baseball's ninth work stoppage since 1972.

Schilling to Clemens: 'Let's do it again next year'
PHOENIX -- Roger Clemens had one last thing to do before he left Bank One Ballpark.

North Slope crude price lowest since July '99
JUNEAU -- Alaska North Slope crude continued its downward slide on Monday, trading below $18 a barrel for the first time since July 1999.

Interest rate drops to lowest level in 40 years
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve dropped a key interest rate to its lowest level in 40 years as it battled to prevent the ''heightened uncertainty'' following the terrorist attacks from sending the country into a deep recession.

OPEC expected to cut production
LONDON -- Alarmed by a relentless slide in oil prices, OPEC members are likely to agree to cut production by as much as 1.4 million barrels a day when the cartel's delegates meet next week, an OPEC official said Monday.

Hundreds enjoy "The Festival of Bacchus!"...
The Greater Kenai Chamber of Commerce drew hundreds to their 17th Annual Wine Tasting, auction and raffle event last week. The Festival of Bacchus was this year's theme, and with hundreds of volunteer hours along with the help of the Kenai High School Art department, The Diamond Rose in Kenai was decorated to resemble ancient Rome.

Hunters aim to get Kodiak Bear in cross hairs
By the time you read this I will already be on Kodiak Island in what will be the most serious hunt of my life. Hunting the Kodiak Brown bear is about as serious

Jack Frost "tricks" autumn to some early winter "treats" along the Kenai
Winter temperatures and beautiful scenes greeted Trick or Treaters last week on the Central Peninsula.

Borough employees dress up to give the gift of life for Halloween...
As the full moon rose on Halloween evening many Borough employees went home more like angels than the devilish costumes some were wearing. According to Pam Musgrove, public relations director for the Blood Bank of Alaska Kenai Peninsula Center, the turn out for Mayor Bagley's Halloween Blood Drive was terrific.

Unocal begins gas exploration on the Southern Kenai Peninsula...
Starting in early December, Unocal Alaska, plans to drill 3-5 wells on shore near Ninilchik and another 1-3 wells in the Anchor Point area. John Zager, Manager of Resource Development for Unocal Alaska, told the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance last week that if successful ultimately a pipeline would be constructed to Ninilchik, Anchor Point and eventually to Homer to transport gas north and to serve consumers along the way.

Now Showing: Monsters, Inc.
The discovery of Pixar is probably the best thing to happen to Disney in the last twenty years. The union of the two has produced some major home-runs, both artistically and financially.

Skies shine over Kenai Peninsula
As the aurora borealis crept across the mid-evening central Kenai Peninsula sky, this particular incarnation glowed with an uncommon color.

Nikiski sisters win OK to bring babies home
"We're coming home!" That was the excited message from Nikiski sisters Denise and Melinda (Lindy) Cox as of midnight Tuesday, Vietnam time.

Key towns reported captured
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- Backed by heavy U.S. bombing, Afghan opposition forces claimed the capture Tuesday of several key towns on the road to Mazar-e-Sharif in their first reported significant advance against Taliban defenses.

How to test for arsenic
Chemical laboratory testing is necessary to determine the amount of arsenic in a water sample.

Troopers find 4 dead dogs Sterling woman told to clean yard
A Sterling woman has been given until Friday to start taking better care of her collection of dogs, or Alaska State Troopers will confiscate the animals and recommend charges to the district attorney's office.

Nonprofits feel pinch after Sept. 11
Americans and Kenai Peninsula residents alike have been moved to become more giving since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Assembly looking at short agenda tonight
It might be short, but today's agenda for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly includes wide-ranging topics of interest to the peninsula's equally widespread communities.

What exactly is arsenic?
Arsenic is a metallic element notorious for its toxicity. It can cause skin, lung and bladder cancer in people. It also may have links to high blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems. It can accumulate in a body over time if a person is repeatedly exposed.

Anthrax testing moves past Washington
WASHINGTON -- Investigators looking for anthrax spores are moving far beyond the nation's capital, scouring Labor Department mailrooms in Philadelphia, U.S. embassies abroad and postal facilities from New York to Phoenix.

Gas prices up in Kabul; fuel convoys reduced to trickle
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Fuel supplies have dwindled to a trickle and prices have skyrocketed in the Afghan capital after U.S. jets targeted storage dumps and fuel convoys from Iran, fuel dealers and transport workers said Tuesday.

Spill enters final stages of cleanup
Cleanup continued Monday after a tanker truck passing through Cooper Landing crashed, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel into a pond across from the Kenai River.

Bush: U.S. needs help, not sympathy
WASHINGTON -- President Bush warned that Osama bin Laden is seeking chemical, biological and nuclear weapons to pursue ''mad global ambitions.'' To stop him, America needs action from its allies, not merely sympathy, the president said Tuesday.

Arsenic threats lurk in peninsula wells
Forget anthrax. Here on the Kenai Peninsula, the invisible threat may be arsenic Mother Nature slipped into the water.

Changes highlight arsenic problems
If you read the fine print on a future city water bill and find a reference to arsenic levels exceeding federal standards, don't panic.

James Morison Campbell
James Morison Campbell died in his sleep Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at his family's home in Kasilof. He was 2 months old.

War against terrorism not like any other fight
The war against terrorism almost certainly will be one of the most unusual in American history.

Kenai library friends say thanks for another successful fund-raiser

Sorting wartime fact, fiction
WASHINGTON -- The Taliban say 95 American soldiers have been killed since the United States started military action inside Afghanistan. The U.S. says three soldiers have died, none in combat.

Americans continue to respond to crisis in education system
In many ways, the Sept. 11 attacks have brought out the best in Americans.

Around the Peninsula
Ulmer coming to KenaiFish and Game committee to meetBlood bank planning trip to HomerNikiski chamber changes meeting locationSled Dog Club gearing upPioneers meeting setPublic info meeting plannedSept. 11 discussion to be heldWRCC seeking volunteersDetention facility committee to meetEconomic outlook forum slatedHospital service area board to meetDivorce support group to meet

Photo feature: Breaking for light
Gary Richardson watches light skip across the tops of waves in Homer at sunset Saturday. "I wanted to see the sun," Richardson said.

Around the Peninsula
Program gives legal advice for divorceAnchor Point commission to meetKRSMA board members soughtWorkshop focuses on 'Coping with the Holidays'Kasilof Historical Society to meet

Pet of the Week, Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a neutered adult male collie mix for $25.25 with shots and license included. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

Leadership and responsibility: Shattering the myths
Let's take a look at a few of the myths that surround leadership.

Commission: Senior year should be more demanding
WASHINGTON -- Delea Mowatt was bored. The Windham, N.H., high school junior, who had aspirations of majoring in neuroscience in college, couldn't find a decent science class at her rural high school.

Publishers rush to update history books with Sept. 11 references
WASHINGTON -- New editions of McGraw-Hill's history textbooks had were ready for the printer when terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Suddenly, the books seemed horribly outdated.

School team accused of using slick strategy
DENVER (AP) -- A defending state champion football team is accused of using some slick tactics.

Students no longer subject to searches by drug-sniffing dogs
LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) -- In a settlement of a lawsuit, the Lordsburg school system agreed to stop subjecting students to searches by drug-sniffing dogs.

Team friendships build memories that last a lifetime
As the last volleyball season comes to a close for senior athletes, my outlook on high school sports ends in a bittersweet victory. Team dinners, daily practice and the team that's been my home for the last three years are memories that cross my mind.

District School News
News from schools around the district

District works together after tragedy
Although all of us are trained in critical incident preparedness, none of us were prepared for the sheer horror of the events of Sept. 11.

Around the District
KCHS invites community to OzWorkshop on teaching writing comingChallenger Learning Center offers workshopsAmerican Education Week starts Sunday

Skyview, Soldotna show school spirit
Putting aside their ususal rivalry, Skyview and Soldotna high schools joined forces last month to show their combined school spirit in a contest sponsored by Safeway.

Senior Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
Activities available for our local seniors

Pain from sprain turns into Nowitzki's gain
DALLAS-- Dirk Nowitzki, listed as doubtful due to a sprained left ankle, had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 110-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Clippers' Odom suspended for drug violationCharge against Irvin dismissedChargers' Dwight has collapsed lungNearly 40 million watch Game 7

Sonics boom Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rashard Lewis had career-highs of 36 points and 19 rebounds, and Gary Payton scored 32 points as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Orlando Magic 123-119 in double overtime on Monday night.

Broncos' blows get resilient Raiders angry, not injured
OAKLAND, Calif. -- After Rich Gannon got clobbered, he took a long time getting back to the Oakland Raiders' sideline. Jon Gruden looked into his quarterback's eyes for a flicker of recognition. Instead of confusion, Gruden saw anger.

Bruins keep brewin' up a storm
BOSTON -- Brian Rolston scored 59 seconds into overtime, and Byron Dafoe made 20 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Kenai picks up victory over Nikiski
The Kenai Central High School hockey team defeated Nikiski 10-0 Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Matson takes small steps to big things
It's the little things that make the difference for Ninilchik senior John Matson, both on and off the wrestling mat.

Sports Briefs
Jason Williams a unanimous preseason All-AmericaFood poisoning sidelines MourningSaints fine tackle $25,000 for rampageConnecticut still No. 1 in women's hoops

SoHi skates past Mariners
The Soldotna High School hockey team opened its season with a victory over the Homer Mariners Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Miami moves to No. 2
Even with a win over lowly Temple, Miami moved into national title territory in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

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