Friday, November 9, 2001

Canadian airline gets protection from creditors
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's second-biggest airline was granted protection from creditors Thursday after negotiations with unions on cutting hundreds of jobs failed to reach an agreement.

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.

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.

North Pole woman enters plea deal in child abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman accused of beating and abusing three children in her care has pleaded no contest to a single assault count.

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.

Man accused of having sex with 13-year-old and burglarizing a home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 36-year-old Anchorage man is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met online and breaking into the home of an 18-year-old woman he had chatted with on the Internet.

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.

Kayak instructor dies during lesson
SITKA (AP) -- A kayak instructor died Thursday at New Thomsen Harbor while teaching a student to perform maneuvers, Sitka police said Friday.

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.

Former DMV clerk pleads no contest to fee thefts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former clerk for the state Division of Motor Vehicles has pleaded no contest to stealing from more than 70 customers who were reinstating suspended driver's licenses.

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.

Company says gold mine shows promise despite hurdles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's Pogo gold deposit is worth pursuing although the effort is barely economically feasible, given high project costs and low gold prices, a TeckCominco executive said.

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.

Montoya honored as Teacher of the Year
JUNEAU (AP) -- Elementary teacher Vivian Montoya was named Alaska's top teacher for 2002 during a ceremony Friday in Anchorage.

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.

Business owner shot outside Juneau mall
JUNEAU (AP) -- The owner of an ice cream store was airlifted to a Seattle hospital after she was found shot in the head in the mall parking lot, Juneau Police said Friday.

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.

Ski hill requires military escort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Skiers who want to use the Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area on Fort Wainwright will need a friend in uniform.

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.

Prosecutor says ease of Medicaid fraud costing taxpayers millions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It's easy for unscrupulous doctors to cheat Alaska's Medicaid program through fake or inflated billings, a problem that could cost taxpayers tens of million of dollars each year, according to a state prosecutor.

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.

Appeals court: judge was wrong to revoke concealed carry permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A judge was wrong to revoke a man's permit to carry a concealed handgun because she believed he was mentally ill, the Alaska Court of Appeals has ruled.

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.

Panel proposes tax cut for aircraft, new tax on boats
JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to offset reduced taxes on local air carriers with a new tax on smaller commercial passenger boats was approved by a Juneau Assembly committee on Wednesday.

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.

AT&T Alascom requests rate increase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- AT&T Alascom is seeking a 24 percent rate increase, matching the increase requested by ACS Anchorage.

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.

Yakutat wants mail service to return to normal
JUNEAU (AP) -- New airline cargo restrictions after Sept. 11 and changes imposed by Alaska Airlines have reduced mail service in Yakutat to only a few times a week.

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.

Intense Aurora, CORRECTIVE,
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a Nov. 7 story about observations of the aurora borealis in much of the country, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the speed of solar wind, the particles of ionized hydrogen and other materials continuou

Fairbanks man enters pleas in sex assault case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man charged with felony sexual assault has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

Players start battle over contraction
NEW YORK -- Baseball players began their fight to stop owners from eliminating two major league teams, filing a grievance claiming their labor contract was violated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Watch out for 'experts'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Among the many lessons to be derived from the late and unlamented collapse of stocks: Investors should be discriminating in choosing among those so often referred to as experts.

Ease Thanksgiving travel hassles by arriving early, traveling light
NEW YORK (AP) -- Randy Petersen, editor and publisher of InsideFlyer magazine, spent the last two weeks on airplanes, taking 72 flights among more than four dozen cities to survey the security procedures put in place after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

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.

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.

Boomers yearn for their music while radio, recording industry look to younger market
Growing up, Geoffrey Littlehale formed a high school band called The Sultans that was inspired by the rock music world's supergroups: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.

To weight or not to weight, that is the question splitting fly fishers
STEAMBOAT, Ore. (AP) -- The people who fly fish have long felt that the demands of the long rod set them on a truer path to that confusing mix of blood lust and spiritual quest that is steelhead angling than those mere flingers of bait and lures.

Minnesota deer season looks promising
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The halcyon days of Minnesota deer hunting are here.

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

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.

'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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

Race Schedule
Feb. 18th - Nov. 23rd

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.

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.

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

School board divided - Members split on redistricting
This year, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly questioned fair representation on the school board, and the question has vexed the board ever since.

Pipeline committee wraps up meeting in Kenai
The Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines, chaired by Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, wrapped up two days of hearings in Kenai Thursday. The purpose of the meetings was to evaluate the supply and demand for natural gas in Cook Inlet.

Assembly discusses its process
"If you build it, they will come," might work for ball fields and baseball fans, but it doesn't guarantee public participation in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oilers sign a pair of Illini
The Peninsula Oilers have added a pair of juniors from the Big Ten Conferences University of Illinois.

Election message: Don't reinvent wheel
The biggest disappointment for Republicans in Tuesday's election was the defeat of Bret Schundler for governor of New Jersey. The Wall Street Journal has been lauding him for years, not only as the savior of New Jersey, but possibly of the conservative wing of the GOP. Yet, Schundler lost to Democrat Jim McGreevey.

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

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.

Technology making government more accessible; politics not
Alaska, of course, is known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Old clashes with new in Afghanistan fighting
WASHINGTON -- More than half a century after the U.S. Army gave up on four-legged warfare, Americans are supplying horse feed to Afghan rebels and watching them ride their steeds toward battle.

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.

Neither snow nor ice stops winter bicyclists
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The first time I rode a mountain bike in winter was quite by accident.

Outdoor Briefs
Alaska State Park fees waived for Veterans Day

Firewood gathering can be a fun, family activity
Some of you will probably think I'm crazy when I say, "Firewood gathering is fun." It can be a fun family activity ... if you can get your family or a friend to join you, that is. I know that for many readers who use wood heat as their primary source, firewood gathering is a mandatory subsistence activity.

Ridin' herd -- buffalo, that is
MOIESE (AP) -- In his best-selling history, ''Undaunted Courage,'' Stephen Ambrose describes the buffalo as ''the quintessential animal of the North American continent'' and the ''magnet that drew men to the West.''

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

Around the Peninsula
Investment specialist to host seminar Arts and crafts fair announced Ladies bowling tournament slated Firewood area to open ABATE fund-raiser planned Health center will close on holidays KPRCDD monthly meeting coming upFarewell luncheon announced Historical society meeting planned Junior Miss competition to be held

Accuracy elusive when counting followers of religion
An expert on Islam, authors of a highly respected religion encyclopedia and analysts from the University of Chicago and the City University of New York all studied the same, straightforward question: How many Muslims are in the United States?

Baha'i community to celebrate anniversary
Monday, the Baha'i community of the central Kenai Peninsula will join millions of Baha'is around the world in observing the 184th anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith.

Missouri Baptists oust moderate church, seek to regain control of five agencies
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- A 1,000-member suburban Kansas City church was ousted from the yearly meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention because it left the national Southern Baptist Convention for becoming too conservative.

Jerry Falwell's media representative for 17 years ends professional ties
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell's media representative the past 17 years has ended professional ties with the Virginia preacher, who was denounced over remarks after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Volunteers sought for breakfast programs
Love INC (In the Name of Christ) is seeking church volunteers to help serve breakfast at Redoubt and Sears elementary schools Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

Roman Catholic bishop warns priests not to attend woman's ordination
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Bishop Matthew Clark has warned priests in his diocese not to attend the upcoming priestly ordination of an excommunicated woman by a breakaway parish.

He sends his own son to do it
Paris. The first half of the 17th century. St. Vincent de Paul is running an orphanage and seeing to his duties before he is to have a meeting with some of the wealthier women of the city. He opens the front gate and is shocked.

Religion Briefs
Special guests to speak about ministries Bible classes started Family game night planned Lutefisk dinner to be held Special services planned at Abundant Life Renee Smith to Minister at SolFirstKenai Aglow sets November meeting Women's group to meet Tuesday Churches to host Chosen People Ministries rep Thanksgiving sale to benefit artists Christmas choir open to community members

Archbishop of Canterbury calls for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Qatar visit
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, leader of the world's 77 million Anglican Christians, urged Palestinians and Israelis to resume negotiations and said he identifies with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the need for a viable Palestinian state and guaranteed security for Israel

Episcopal diocese will appeal loss of parish property in gay-related split
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Attorneys for the Episcopal Church's Diocese of South Carolina will appeal a state judge's October decision to grant local residents ownership of property at All Saints parish in Pawleys Island.

Anti-Soviet Russian church elects new head and orders medical tests for his predecessor
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, an international body formed in 1920 by refugees who protested Moscow-based Russian Orthodoxy's acquiescence to Soviet rule, announced its bishops have elected Metropolitan Laurus as new leader, or ''first hierarch.''

As Presbyterian Church begins gay policy vote, top leader denounces conservative activists
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- As local units of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) begin months of voting on whether to repeal a ban on actively homosexual clergy and lay officers, the denomination's titular head has denounced conservative activists.

Supernatural themes in 'Harry Potter' continue to anger certain conservative Christian critics
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The new Harry Potter movie heading to theaters next week has enflamed a small legion of conservative Christian critics who claim the boy wizard is a tool leading children to witchcraft and sin.

Matt Olson, on snowboarding's cutting edge
SEATTLE (AP) -- Mike Olson made his first snowboard at Sylvester Middle School in Burien as a project for his shop class.

Slip sliding away
On the heels of a tough winter for skiing last year, area skiers have been enjoying excellent early season skiing this year.

Photo feature: Well groomed
Bill Holt grooms a hill at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School Thursday afternoon. See today's Outdoors page for an update on local ski trail conditions.

NHL legends to skate at sports center
The Kenai Kings over-35 hockey club is taking the Oldtimers' Hockey Challenge Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Boys state swim meet should be close, Service controls girls meet
A quick look at Soldotna's qualifiers and their seed times for the Alaska School Activities Association State Swimming and Diving Championships suggests that the Stars won't be scoring quite as many points at the meet as they have in the past couple of seasons.

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.

Ducan's 33 points, 16 rebounds push Spurs past Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tim Duncan had 33 points and 16 rebounds and rookie Tony Parker added 22 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 105-95 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

Rangers jump all over Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Theo Fleury, Brian Leetch and Sandy McCarthy scored in a 65-second span in the first period as the New York Rangers ended the New York Islanders' Eastern Conference unbeaten streak with a 6-2 victory Thursday night.

The Next Level
Dougherty leads North Dakota State Edwards helps Northern Arizona to Big Sky title Bird finishes 32nd as Irish take Big East

Skyview knocks off Service
The Skyview volleyball team, making just its second appearance at the state tournament, swept Service, a program with eight state titles to its credit, in the first round of the state volleyball tournament Thursday at West High in Anchorage.

The wise guys don't think much of the Bears
Want to know how Las Vegas feels about the Chicago Bears? Just look at the line: Chicago is a 2 1/2-point underdog at home on Sunday against Green Bay.

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.

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.

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

Environmental group says Selkirk grizzlies facing extinction
NEWPORT, Wash. (AP) -- There are so few grizzly bears roaming the Selkirk Mountains that biologists have given many of them individual names.

It takes keen concentration, iron stomach to count moose
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group of a half dozen of Alaska's biggest ungulates appear as small, black dots on a carpet of white snow as wildlife biologist Don Young buzzes 200 feet over the foothills of the Alaska Range in the passenger seat of a Super Cub.

Ohio's bear population growing with migration
LEWISBURG, Ohio (AP) -- A pair of outdoor writers canoeing the Pymatuming Creek in northeast Ohio were trying to entice smallmouth bass a few years ago when one of the jigs hung up on a branch jutting out from the shore.

Garbage, dog food, bird feeders have a few bruins putting off hibernation
A few of the Kenai Peninsula's resident bruins have been staying up past their bedtime, and it's causing some problems around the central peninsula.

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