Saturday, November 10, 2001

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.''

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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