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Saturday, November 9, 2002

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.''

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

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.

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

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.

Watercooler
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 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

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.

Interfaith Internet site emerges from bankruptcy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Beliefnet.com, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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