Friday, November 8, 2002

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.

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.

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.

GOP control means ANWR drilling becomes possible
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska is in line to see substantial gains from the Republican takeover of the Senate, following Tuesday's elections.

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.

Wiseman School closed due to low enrollment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Yukon-Koyukuk School District this week closed the Wiseman school, citing low enrollment.

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.

Tununak teens threatened attack on school thwarted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three 14-year-old boys who said they were tired of being picked on took guns to their school in the Western Alaska village of Tununak on Wednesday and threatened to kill fellow students but were stopped before anyone was harmed, Alaska State Troopers said

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.

Green, Republican Moderate parties fall short of voters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two of Alaska's smaller political parties will have to scramble to keep their place on the ballot for the 2004 election.

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.

State hearing officer supports doctor's suspension
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state hearing officer has recommended that the license of an Anchorage doctor remain suspended, citing sufficient evidence that Dr. Jay Van Houten ''violated the medical standard of care.''

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.

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

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.

Shortfall prompts Tanana Chiefs Conference layoffs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A budget shortfall being blamed for planned layoffs by the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

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

Ratfish named after Ketchikan artist Ray Troll
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan artist and fish enthusiast Ray Troll has achieved immortality in the world of ichthyology.

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.

Therriault picked as new Senate president
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Sen. Gene Therriault, a Republican from North Pole, was chosen Senate president by his GOP majority caucus, Republicans said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

44 named in Alaska Drug indictments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The following were listed on federal indictments unsealed Thursday in what federal drug enforcement authorities said was Alaska's largest drug bust:

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.

Zito takes Cy Young
NEW YORK -- Now Barry Zito can stare at a Cy Young Award every day.

Cubs start sales pitch for Baker
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs didn't waste much time letting Dusty Baker know they want him as their manager.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pros and cons to using debit cards online
NEW YORK (AP) -- As debit cards grow in popularity, more Americans are starting to use them to shop on the Internet. Before you join their ranks, there are pros and cons you should weigh.

Pitt out, but who will even want to step in to helm of SEC?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wanted: Experienced candidate to head regulatory agency.

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.

Hedge funds may be unwise for smaller investors
NEW YORK (AP) -- Once reserved for the wealthy, hedge funds now offer the promise of hearty returns to smaller investors in the worst of financial times. But the loosely regulated ventures come with substantial risks and aren't for everyone.

Boomers head to nursing school seeking stability, satisfaction
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mary Darden McLeod reached several milestones in 2002: She turned 50, celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary and marked her 20th year as a university marketing professor.

GAS MONEY: With the holidays approaching, your budgetary planning will soon turn to expenditures such as cards, presents and turkey. But don't forget the part where you drive or fly to Grandma's -- travel expenses add up, too.

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

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

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

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.

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.''

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.

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

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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

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

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

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.

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.

School board OKs revisions to budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will dip into reserve funds to cover a 100-student shortage in enrollment and the cost of a new charter school.

Making the most out of collisions involving moose
As daylight hours dwindle, drowsy area drivers once again face the prospect of dealing with the Kenai Peninsula's most infamous commuter: alces americana, the dreaded moose.

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.

Fire closes Soldotna McDonald's
The Soldotna McDonald's was expected to reopen this morning after a grease fire late Wednesday night closed the restaurant.

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.

Funding tops school district's priority list
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will dip into reserve funds to cover a 100-student shortage in enrollment and the cost of a new charter school.

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.

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.

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.

William Charles Smith
Soldotna resident William Charles Smith died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 85.

Oilers Corner Gorski returns to Oilers
Tim Gorski has returned his signed contract for the 2003 season. Gorski was among team leaders in games started, earned run average and fewest walks-per-innings pitched for the 2002 Oil

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.

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

Many contribute to successful Pop Warner football season No snow, but snowmachine kickoff event was lots of fun

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

Quake, flooding provide warning to 'be prepared'
Sunday's 7.9 earthquake and recent flooding should have Kenai Peninsula residents asking themselves: Are we ready for a major disaster?

Letters to the Editor
Guides have too much influence on Board of Fisheries decisions Alaska stands to lose Medicaid funds for not complying with act

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.

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.

The A-B-C's of prescription burning: Careful planning goes into process
A fairly nice early July day in South Central Alaska, one can just imagine it. Sunny and downright warm, the first reds are in, flowers are out, and the motor homes are honking their way into town

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

Around the Peninsula
Senior center to host benefit dinner Traditional Norwegian dinner planned KPC showcase features 'Popera' Clinic cancels immunizations Children's association to hold meetings Crisis center offers clothes closet Chamber discusses tax changes PFLAG to hold meeting Chamber pushes Christmas spirit Well test kits available

Miami-Dade company founder guilty of defrauding Jehovah's Witnesses
MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida businessman was convicted of bilking mostly elderly members of his Jehovah's Witness congregation.

Interfaith Internet site emerges from bankruptcy
NEW YORK (AP) --, an interfaith Internet site, said it has emerged from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection it sought last April, and that October was its first month with a net gain in operating cash flow.

Only one of Canada's Anglican bishops plans go-ahead on homosexual blessings
TORONTO (AP) -- All but one of the Anglican Church of Canada's 30 bishops have apparently agreed to prevent blessings of same-sex unions until a national synod in 2004.

Kentucky's largest church plans $26.5 million expansion
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- With membership and attendance booming since a move to new quarters four years ago, Kentucky's largest church is planning a $26.5 million project to add buildings.

Only months old, Voice of the Faithful has become U.S. Catholicism's most disputed organization
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) -- Formed by rank-and-file Roman Catholics alarmed at clerical sex abuse, in just 10 months Voice of the Faithful has gone from meeting in a single Massachusetts parish to claiming some 25,000 lay members.

Nation of Islam's Farrakhan speaks at Mississippi church
TCHULA, Miss. (AP) -- Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan told about 1,000 people at a Sunday church dedication that American blacks should unite, regardless of religion.

New archbishop of Canterbury caught up in controversy over homosexuality
LONDON (AP) -- He has not even been enthroned as leader of the Church of England yet, but the next archbishop of Canterbury already is caught in a conflict -- between what he believes and what the Anglican Communion teaches on homosexuality.

New York City defends policy blocking churches from public school rentals
NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawyer for New York City warned a federal appeals court Monday that churches would move permanently into public schools if a Bronx church wins its eight-year fight to rent a middle school near Yankee Stadium for services.

Religion briefs
Lutefisk and lefse dinner offered Home for the holidays event slated Native outreach fellowship to mee Christmas bazaar planned Great dads seminar planned Clothing ministry open Healing Rooms open weekends Friendship closet open Wednesdays Bible study groups meeting Texas group seeks poetry from Kenai Writers sought for faith anthology

Christ offers freedom from all fears
On Sept. 13, I flew from Seattle to Dallas with a layover in Minn-eapolis.

Soldotna conquers Warriors
It may have been Skyview's house, but the Soldotna Stars brought the roof.

SkyHi zips into semis
Skyview High School's Laurel Creel might not have had her best stuff for the skills competition Thursday at the Region III/4A Volleyball Championships hosted by the Panthers as both of her spikes hit off the net and got a minimal reading off the radar gun

Nikiski gets past Huston
The Nikiski High School volleyball team opened the District 3/3A Championships in fine fashion Thursday at Seward, defeating the Houston Hawks in five games.

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.

Fortunes of Rams, Chargers have switched
At the start of the season, it seemed far more likely that when San Diego visited St. Louis to start the second half of the season, the Rams would be 6-2 and the Chargers 3-5.

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.

Sakis leads Moose past Kards
Playing hurt, Palmer middle hitter Emily Sakis put a hurt on Kenai Central Thursday in the opening round of the Region III/4A Volleyball Tournament at Skyview High School.

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

Devils snap Flyers' six-game winning streak
PHILADELPHIA -- Jamie Langenbrunner scored with 7:43 left and the New Jersey Devils snapped the Philadelphia Flyers' six-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Thursday night in the first meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division rivals.

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.

SoHi, Homer aim for rare state swimming titles
Since 1985, the only swimming and diving team from the peninsula to win a state championship was the Soldotna boys in 1993.

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

Celtics pile defeat on depleted Lakers
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce scored 28 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:54 left in overtime that gave the Celtics the lead for good, and Boston beat the depleted Los Angeles Lakers 98-95 Thursday night.

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

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