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Thursday, November 8, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Man enters no contest plea to providing alcohol to teens who later died
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of two men charged with supplying alcohol to teenagers involved in a fatal crash with a police officer has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors.

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.

Leman announces bid for Republican Lt. Gov post
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Senate Majority Leader Loren Leman will run for the Republican nomination as lieutenant governor, the Anchorage lawmaker said Thursday.

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.

State suspends appraiser's license
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has suspended the real estate appraisal license of Ronald W. Wendte of Ketchikan, a former legislator.

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.

Wire damage shuts down Interior communications
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A damaged section of wiring in Anchorage knocked out communications between Anchorage and Interior, for hours in some places.

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.

Retirement hasn't slowed down AFN Elder of the Year
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Richard Frank keeps six phones in his ranch style Aurora home so he can be easily accessible to friends who need his help.

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.

Anchorage woman sues police over handling of rape case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage artist is suing the police department, contending that officers mishandled her rape case because of their prejudice against intoxicated Alaska Native women.

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

North Pole man accused of sexually abusing young daughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 47-year-old North Pole man is accused of sexually assaulting his young daughter for several years.

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.

Next rocket launch from Kodiak complex set
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The next rocket launch from Kodiak is set to take place between Friday and Nov. 21, officials said this week.

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.

Former Anchorage lawmaker takes manager job in Haines
HAINES (AP) -- Marco Pignalberi of Anchorage, who served one term in the Legislature in the 1980s before being thrown off the ballot for not revealing a loan from a lobbyist, has been picked as the new city manager in Haines.

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.

Wasilla hires former trooper captain as police chief
WASILLA (AP) -- The former head of the Palmer detachment of the Alaska State Troopers is taking over as police chief in Wasilla.

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.

AIDEA sells Fairbanks hangar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former MarkAir facility at Fairbanks International Airport is once again in the hands of an airline. The structure, vacant since MarkAir's 1995 demise, was finally sold by the state agency that's owned it for a decade.

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.

Fresh oil remains in Prince William Sound 12 years after spill
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- More fresh oil remains in Prince William Sound than anybody would have imagined when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in 1989 in the nation's worst oil spill ever, officials said Wednesday.

Sterling woman agrees to give up nearly all her neglected dogs
STERLING (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula woman agreed Wednesday to give up nearly all her neglected dogs after a search of her property turned up four dead animals.

Alaskans shocked by court ruling on damages from tanker
JUNEAU (AP) -- While others waded the oil soaked shores of Prince William Sound following the Exxon Valdez disaster, Patience Andersen Faulkner was knee deep in something much worse.

MLB ready to discuss shrinkage
NEW YORK -- Baseball and union representatives could meet as soon as Thursday to discuss which teams will be eliminated, possibly before the new season starts next spring.

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.

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.

Education plus job search skills yields successful results
WASHINGTON -- Welfare-to-work programs that combine job searching with education may offer the best approach for keeping people off the rolls and earning more, a government-funded study says.

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.

Free tax seminar set for tonight
Matt Streiff, the Edward Jones investment representative in Kenai, will host a seminar entitled "Tax Changes that Matter to You" at 7 tonight at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Gates upbeat about antitrust case as shareholders' meeting begins
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. officials lauded the proposed settlement of the landmark antitrust case Wednesday, telling shareholders they can now focus on other aspects of the software giant's business.

9 states continue fight with Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- Antitrust enforcers in the nine states that rejected the settlement with Microsoft Corp. say they will have enough money for a sustained courtroom fight without the resources of the Justice Department and other former partners in the case.

Holiday shoppers likely to find big bargains
NEW YORK -- Even before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it was difficult for Elliot Cohen to attract shoppers to Chalano, his small, mid-priced jewelry store on Fifth Avenue. Now times are tougher, and that's why last week he decided to woo shoppers with discounts of up to 70 percent off, a markdown likely to continue through the holiday season.

'Shallow Hal' pales by comparison to other Farrelly films -- on purpose
Who would have thought one of the best things about the new Farrelly brothers' movie is a cameo by Tony Robbins?

Clay exhibition offers variety of sizes, shapes
Anyone who likes the squish of wet clay in their fingers, who appreciates the shine from the glaze of a finished piece of pottery or who partakes in the simple pleasure of drinking their morning coffee from that one special mug every day will enjoy the 14th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition on display through Nov. 30 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

Artists nominated
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ten music artists who have received critical acclaim but lack commercial success have been nominated for the first Shortlist award.

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

Art Briefs
Booth space open for Kenai craft fairEntries sought for KPC magazinePoetry contest offeredExhibition accepting Alaska photographsArtwork wanted for upcoming show

Race Schedule
Feb. 18th - Nov. 23rd

Monotonous routine prepares race teams
Two cars driven by Mike Wallace are worked on in the garage area at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Roger Penske race team ran tests at the track to prepare for the Nov. 18 NAPA 500. Each team is limited to seven two-day test sessions.

Bodine emerges as voice of reason
ATLANTA -- For more than a year Brett Bodine's voice has been lost among the deafening sounds of NASCAR's race en gines and cash registers running at full tilt.

Money Leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $6,339,2202. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5,112,1833. Dale Jarrett 4,328,460

Harvick having memorable season
Kevin Harvick bent down to pick up his Busch series championship trophy and almost threw his back out. The glistening silver cup weighed close to 100 pounds, and Harvick wasn't prepared for it.

This Week's Race
Pennzoil Freedom 400 (Race 34 of 36)

Points Standings
1. Jeff Gordon 4,7502. Ricky Rudd 4,4243. Tony Stewart 4,349

Coordinated raids close businesses in 4 states
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration cracked down on Osama bin Laden's multimillion-dollar financial networks at home and abroad Wednesday, closing businesses in four states, detaining U.S. suspects and urging allies to help choke off money supplies in 40 nations.

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.

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.

Woman avoids criminal charges, agrees to give her dogs to SPCA
Pressure from the Alaska State Troopers has prompted Carolyn Boughton of Sterling to relinquish ownership of most of her 50-plus dogs, which the troopers say were being neglected.

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.

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.

Ulmer: Alaska now better prepared for any disaster
Exactly one year before general election day 2002, gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer, Alaska's current lieutenant governor, spoke before the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon.

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.

Lower gas prices could postpone pipeline plans
Millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs for the Kenai Peninsula may be at stake in the current debate about a potential gas pipeline across Alaska and Canada.

Ruling angers Alaskans hurt by '89 spill
JUNEAU -- While others waded the oil soaked shores of Prince William Sound following the Exxon Valdez disaster, Patience Andersen Faulkner was knee deep in something much worse.

Court rejects Exxon Valdez award
SAN FRANCISCO -- The $5 billion punitive damages award against Exxon Mobil Corp. in the 1989 Valdez oil spill is excessive, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, ordering a judge to determine a lesser amount.

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.

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

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Animal 'collecting' growing problem throughout countryKudos for northern lights photo; report, however, was inaccurate

Exhibit exploring monuments provides starting point for national discussion
WASHINGTON -- Tragedy cannot be erased, but it can be remembered. Marble and bronze do not enhance valor and victory and sacrifice, but monuments can tell the story, generation after generation.

Applause
Kenai library friends say thanks for another successful fund-raiser

All airlines should be required to provide passenger manifests
An important element was left out of the anti-terrorism package passed last month and signed into law by President Bush.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Self help group meeting scheduled todaySouth peninsula planning body to meetFund-raiser for Taylor plannedBoard member training class offeredHospice celebrated with open houseDetention facility committee to meetTourism marketing council to hostEconomic outlook forum slatedHospital service area board to meetDivorce support group to meet

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Raptors shut down Warriors
TORONTO -- Vince Carter scored 39 points and the Toronto Raptors broke their own NBA record with 24 blocked shots in a 109-92 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

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

Sports Briefs
KPHA still accepting registrationsIce Hawks win, lose and drawGalarraga, Tapani file for free agency

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.

Nikiski, Skyview netters in right 'state' of mind
Considering one is the defending Class 3A state champion and the other took the Class 4A state champion to five games last year at the state tournament, it would make sense if the pressure were on Nikiski and Skyview today when the state volleyball tournament begins at West High School in Anchorage.

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.

Holik powers Devils past Thrashers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Bobby Holik set up a goal and scored two others, including the game-winner with 1:44 to play, to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

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.

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

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