Sunday, November 10, 2002

Tanker loading resumes in Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. resumed loading fuel onto tankers at the Valdez Marine Terminal early Friday.

Anchorage firm rolls out high-tech courtroom
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new firm in Anchorage is helping put high-tech into the state's courtrooms -- and even provides a courtroom of its own to practice in.

Native village in charge of its own tourism destiny
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tourists making a port call at Metlakatla can count on dropping dollars in the Tsimshian Indian community in Southeast Alaska.

Alaska will get federal disaster aid for earthquake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive federal disaster aid to help recover from the damage caused by Sunday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake.

State plans major improvements for stretch of Glenn
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is planning major improvements on one of the most dangerous stretches of the Glenn Highway.

Native corporations look to Outside real estate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Faced with the downturn in the stock market, several Native corporations are reconfiguring their moneymaking strategies and looking to Outside real estate opportunities.

Aftershocks from the big one continue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aftershocks from Sunday's big earthquake continued Friday.

Rural airports beef up security
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Airports in Alaska's rural communities are part of the new front line in the U.S. war on terrorism, and travelers can soon expect the same scrutiny as they get in big cities.

Eagle River Rep. Pete Kott chosen as House speaker
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Pete Kott, who has served in the House of Representatives for 10 years, has been selected speaker of the House, replacing Brian Porter, House Republicans said Friday.

Navajo code talker remembers World War II
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Shortly into World War II, breaking the American military code was like solving a daily crossword puzzle for Japanese cryptographers.

Game board makes white black bear protection permanent
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rare white-colored black bears are now off-limits to hunters in the Juneau area.

Five suspects arraigned in District Court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five men suspected of being involved in the largest drug operation ever in Alaska were arraigned Friday in District Court.

Trans-Alaska oil pipeline withstands big quake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was designed to withstand an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, but could it?

Game board makes white black bear protection permanent
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rare white-colored black bears are now off-limits to hunters in the Juneau area.

Fog sends planes to Kenai
Kenai Municipal Airport didn't have much chance to roll out the red carpet for its large and unexpected visitors Friday, unless the red airport rescue and fire-fighting vehicles count.

Navajo code talkers memorized language to stump Japanese
FAIRBANKS -- Shortly into World War II, breaking the American military code was like solving a daily crossword puzzle for Japanese cryptographers.

PFD board hitting town for meetings
The six people most responsible for the management of the nearly $23 billion dollar Alaska Permanent Fund will be in Soldotna this week for the regular meeting of the Permanent Fund Corp.'s Board of Trustees.

Prepay rubbing some peninsula customers the wrong way
In response to an increase in the number of people driving off without paying for gasoline, many service stations are now demanding payment before gasoline is dispensed.

Elizabeth Wilson
Alaska Native and lifetime Kenai resident Elizabeth Wilson died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 79.

Growing into middle age at 25
Growing up, sports were always a big part of my life. In high school I bounced from one sport to the next, playing football, soccer, basketball and track. I even had a short, highly unsuccessful wrestling career that ended with me scraping myself off the mat following not one, but two decisive (and painful) pins at the hands of the Seward J.V. squad.

Permanent fund board has tough, but appreciated job
The Kenai Peninsula this week hosts a regular meeting of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s six-member board of trustees. The meeting, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Best Western King Salmon Motel in Soldotna, provides a catalyst for reflection on the importance of the permanent fund to Alaska and Alaskans.

GOP celebrations may be short-lived
WASHINGTON -- Newly empowered Republicans are rejoicing on Capitol Hill, but turning last week's midterm sweep into legislative victories won't be a waltz. The shellacking Democrats took could make them more focused and combative, especially in the run-up to the 2004 presidential election.

Amphibious sightseeing vehicles make a big splash
PORTLAND, Maine -- Moments before Captain Dan revved up the Superduck's diesel engine and steered the bright yellow behemoth onto the road, First Mate Eriq advised passengers, ''Don't be afraid to be obnoxious. Quack away!''

Around the Peninsula
Young Peoples Concert todayCollege to present vocal recitalVeteran's Day Ceremony plannedThanksgiving-Christmas food drive under wayPermanent fund representative to speak at chamberSPCA to hold spaghetti feedWell test kits available

Parents plot holiday shopping strategies
NEW YORK -- The annual scramble for the holiday season's hottest toys could be especially ugly this year because of labor trouble on the West Coast docks.

My Best Friend
Dillon Jensen spends some time getting to know his horse Sally. Dillon is the son of Karen Jensen of Soldotna.

Shaffer, Csiga announce engagement
Holly L. Shaffer and Bryan M. Csiga formally of Kenai will be married Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Cahal Pech Archaeological Site, an ancient Mayan ruin in Belize.

Father, son honor memory of loved one by adopting cemetery cleanup project
Throw the stereotype out the window, because these two men are not afraid to make a commitment.

Newsletters help first-year parents
The Extension Office has received a newsletter series from the University of Wisconsin-Extension entitled, "Parenting the First Year." This free parenting information is presented in 12, eight-page newsletters that focus on the month-to-month development of a child during the first year.

Seward maintains district dominance
The top-seeded Seward volleyball team swept Grace Christian Saturday in Seward for the District 3/3A championship.

Skyview stops Moose for title
Fortunately, Skyview High School lined up Alaska Game Bags as a sponsor for the Region III/4A volleyball tournament, because the Panthers bagged themselves one heck of a trophy Moose.

Capitals' Kolzig makes 43 saves to stop Flyers
WASHINGTON -- Olaf Kolzig made 43 saves, and Sergei Gonchar sparked a four-goal second period with his first goal of the season as the Washington Capitals beat Philadelphia 4-1 Saturday night.

Soldotna girls top Service for first state championship
Time has proven that there is no such thing as a sure thing.

State gets sweeping view of Stars
Sharing is an important lesson many children learn young and carry with them into their adult years. The Soldotna High boys swimming team exemplified the virtues of sharing Saturday when it and the Juneau-Douglas boys tied to share the Alaska School Activities Association State Swimming and Diving Championship team title at the Bartlett natatorium in Anchorage.

Monroe takes two from Nikiski skaters
While the scoreboard didn't reflect it, the Nikiski High School hockey team got off to a good start Friday in a 6-1 Greatland Hockey Conference loss to Monroe Catholic at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Kenai Central skaters top Panthers in game full of penalties
In a game that had a total of 27 penalties, Kenai Central took the best advantage of the odd numbers of players on the ice Friday in a 5-1 defeat of Skyview at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Sports Briefs
Alaska-Fairbanks tops Nebraska-OmahaCarter sidelined with possible kidney ailmentBeane receives permission to speak to Red Sox

Capriati advances to semis
LOS ANGELES -- Once Serena Williams got warmed up, Jelena Dokic had no chance against the world's No. 1 player.

Kenai hosts duals
Kenai Central hosted Skyview, Soldotna and Kodiak in a series of dual meets Friday and Saturday. Team scores were not kept because the emphasis was on getting wrestlers good matches.

Celtics trip up Minnesota for fourth straight win
MINNEAPOLIS -- Antoine Walker made nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points as the Boston Celtics won their fourth straight game Saturday night, 105-99 over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Slow-starting Homer snatches state berth
The Soldotna High School volleyball team came out strong in the third-place match at the Region III/4A tournament Saturday at Skyview High School, recording a 15-5 win over the Homer Mariners in the first game.

Texas A&M puts big dent in Oklahoma's title hopes
The hunt for college football's national championship almost feels like a single-elimination tournament now: Entering last weekend's play, there were eight undefeated teams, but that elite group shrank to four after an incredible day of upsets.

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