Thursday, November 7, 2002

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.

Wasilla man suffers burns from power lines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man was severely burned after climbing a power line tower, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Pipeline restarted, governor seeks disaster money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed disaster declarations Wednesday for parts of the Interior rocked by a powerful earthquake and areas of the Kenai Peninsula damaged by fall floods.

Boys accused of bringing guns to Tununak school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Tununak juveniles were taken into custody Wednesday after taking rifle and a pellet gun to school, Alaska State Troopers said.

Couple gets more than simulation at earthquake display
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- To learn more about their adopted community of Anchorage, Susan and Jerry Wortley decided Sunday to visit the Alaska Experience Theatre and its earthquake simulation auditorium.

Woman indicted on murder, other charges for fatal crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges stemming from a drunken-driving crash in July that killed a South Dakota teen.

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.

Alaskan confirmed dead in Bali bombing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Family members of a missing Alaska woman have received confirmation that she was killed in the bombing of a Bali night club last month.

Murkowski and Knowles quickly begin transition process
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One day after his decisive victory, Governor-elect Frank Murkowski began the process of taking office.

Eagle River man pleads guilty to disrupting flight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a charge of interference with a flight crew.

Knowles seeks protection from Chilean salmon exports
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is urging the Bush administration's chief trade negotiator to take strong steps against Chilean salmon exports.

Man charged with assaulting baby gets 8 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man charged with causing the near-suffocation of his 7-week-old daughter by sticking his fingers in her mouth last February will spend eight years in prison for that incident and two others.

Alaska jet fuel demand sets records
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The West Coast dockworker lockout has become a temporary bonanza for air cargo carriers, fuel companies, Alaska Railroad Corp. and the state's two largest airports.

Fairbanks drama teacher is Alaska teacher of the year
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A drama and choir teacher at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks is Alaska's new teacher of the year for 2003.

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.

Election changes face of legislative leadership
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- There will be big changes in legislative leadership come January, as a result of Tuesday's election and recent retirements.

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.

Strong quake reported in North Pacific
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A strong quake was reported in the North Pacific early Thursday.

Flags at half staff for Alaska Constitution writer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State flags were flying at half staff Thursday to honor a man who helped write Alaska's Constitution.

Scioscia, La Russa nab Manager of Year prizes
NEW YORK -- Mike Scioscia was surrounded by screaming youngsters once again Wednesday. Only this time, they weren't his Anaheim Angels, they were fifth-graders on a field trip to a botanical garden.

Baker gone due to feud with Giants ownership
SAN FRANCISCO -- Not even a World Series trip was enough to patch up the problems between San Francisco manager Dusty Baker and Giants owner Peter Magowan.

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.

Use kerosene heaters wisely, safely
Winter is near and energy experts predict that the cost ofnatural gas and heating oil will substantially increase this year. Increased fuel prices may drive some homeowners to use supplemental heating to warm parts of their houses. Portable kerosene heaters have become a popular choice of supplemental heating over the years.

Pitt successor debated
WASHINGTON -- The Senate's ranking Republican persuaded President Bush on Wednesday to appoint someone who has ''the confidence of the American people, the markets'' to succeed Harvey Pitt, the embattled SEC chairman who resigned on Election Day.

ACS down $7 million in 3rd quarter
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.

Business Briefs
Peninsula Realtors donate to charitiesNew dentist comes to Soldotna practiceAgrium announces Zacharias promotionHomer travel agents complete trainingCharles Schwab sponsors free workshop

Fed makes surprise half-point percentage cut in interest rates
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday reduced a key interest rate by one-half of a percentage point as the central bank tries to keep America's stop-and-go recovery from stalling amid rising worries about a war with Iraq.

Winter boosts fitness market
With winter just around the corner, staying active can be a good way to keep up morale. As nights get longer and the days get colder, many Alaskans who don't want to brave the outdoors will have to find ways to get into or to keep in shape.

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.

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.

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Kenai students celebrate family, nation in new play
National and international events of the past year provide ample fodder for theatrical interpretation. Finding material for dramatic plays representing the negative events and emotions generated post-Sept. 11, 2001, is as easy as finding a drop of water in an ocean.

Hollywood serves up Christmas early
LOS ANGELES -- Even Santa makes concessions for the kids of Hogwarts and the little folk of Middle-earth.

Art Briefs
Nutritional classes offeredPoetry contest ends SaturdayBunnell asking for 'body adorned' artHoliday bazaars, craft fair to be heldCash raffle continuesLast Frontier conference calls for plays

Princess Di's butler hosts TV show
LONDON (AP) -- Paul Burrell, a former butler for Princess Diana who has fascinated Britain with disclosures about her private life, will host a new TV quiz show called ''What the Butler Saw.''

This week's race: Checker Auto Parts 500
Where and when

Teams hire engineers to help them excel
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- As a teammate at Penske South, Rusty Wal lace can rummage through the classified setup notes for Ryan Newman's car.

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $5,002,1042. Ward Burton 4,678,3343. Jeff Gordon 4,676,562

Points Standings
1. Tony Stewart 4,5492. Mark Martin 4,4373. Jimmie Johnson 4,330

In the spotlight: James Ince
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Spencer fired by Ganassi
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- On Sat urday, team manager Andy Graves said Chip Ganassi Racing was ''100 percent'' committed to driver Jimmy Spencer. On Tuesday, Spencer was fired.

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Flooding raises questions
When flooding damaged the Sterling Highway two weeks ago in Ninilchik, both residents and officials from the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities began considering how the September closing of the Ninilchik DOT station may have played into response time to the Deep Creek bridge outage.

Knowles declares disasters
Gov. Tony Knowles has issued a state disaster declaration in the wake of the recent flooding on the Kenai Peninsula and has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to evaluate the area for a federal presidential disaster declaration.

Border police find truckload of sick, malnourished dogs, cats
SHELBY, Mont. (AP) -- A man and woman from Kenai are charged with animal cruelty after U.S. border authorities seized their truckload of malnourished dogs and sick cats at the Port of Sweet Grass near here.

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.

Tesoro examines battered pipe near Nikiski home
A gaping ditch in front of Jack Brewer's house on Alexander Road in Nikiski exposed 16-inch high pressure piping Tuesday night under the light of a mobile gas engine-powered, high-density lamp.

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.

Two groups make their case to serve as court observers
Normally, court battles are waged between the plaintiff and the defendant, toward the front of the courtroom in the area of the witness stand and the judge's bench, but a court battle of sorts is currently brewing in the public gallery section.

Geraldine 'Jerry' (O'Brien) Thomas
Cooper Landing resident Geraldine "Jerry" (O'Brien) Thomas died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 89.

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

Bush's re-election hopes get lift
WASHINGTON -- And they're off! The 2004 presidential campaign began with Tuesday's midterm voting that gave President Bush a launch pad for his re-election drive and spurred finger-pointing Democrats to look beyond their current leaders for a fresh face.

Recent Internet attack offers timely reminder that upgrades needed
Most Internet users experienced little if any disruption when an attack was launched against the 13 main computer servers that handle online traffic around the world. But the incident shouldn't be treated as a mere blip on the screen.

U.S. must do more to protect its borders
No nation can allow its immigration laws to be flouted. ...

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

Letters to the Editor
Is it too much to ask to save more trees?

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.

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.

Photo feature: Promise of better days?
A rainbow frames a small patch of sunlight in the Kenai Mountains near Cooper Landing earlier this week. Forecasters are calling for additional patches of sunshine and scattered rain for the remainder of the week.

Around the Peninsula
Senior center to host benefit dinnerTraditional Norwegian dinner plannedChildren's association to hold meetingsWell test kits available

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.

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.

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.

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

School lunch menus for next week

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
After 46 years and 1,274 wins, coach calls it quitsA-Rod marries longtime girlfriendMartinez, M's work into the night on possible dealNCAA places Texas baseball team on probationHolliday out two to five weeks

Kings drop third straight contest
NEW YORK -- Lee Nailon scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night as the New York Knicks beat Sacramento 95-88, handing the Kings their first three-game losing streak in two seasons.

Walton turns 50
He played for John Wooden, against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, alongside Larry Bird, and with the Grateful Dead in concert.

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

Heisman hopefuls have chance to strut stuff
There are still plenty of contenders for a national championship game. What about the Heisman Trophy?

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

Panthers freeze out Penguins in OT
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Valeri Bure scored at 2:19 of overtime as the Florida Panthers overcame a late goal by Mario Lemieux to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Wednesday 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.

Seward netters put undefeated record on line at District 3/3A tournament
'Twas the night before regions, and all through the house ... everybody was stirring -- they're getting ready for region volleyball championships, for goodness sake.

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.

On Tap
Peninsula high school sports this weekend

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

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