Sunday, November 11, 2001

Prudhoe study raises safety questions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A report by oil field workers and outside experts has identified safety concerns about operations at the giant Prudhoe Bay oil field. Among them are outdated fire suppression systems, valves that don't close completely, and a growing backlog of maintenance items. Field operator BP says the report is on target.

Delta Junction medical flights affected by loss of Army airfield
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delta Junction officials say the Army's decision to save money by not plowing Fort Greely's airfield may endanger local residents needing fast medical assistance.

Woman wounded during standoff with troopers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper fired at a woman during a standoff Friday in Gakona.

Fairbanks man charged with raping babysitter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was charged with raping a live-in babysitter hired to care for three children, police said.

Rocket destroyed after launch from Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A rocket sent aloft from the Kodiak Launch Complex had to be destroyed seconds after liftoff Friday when trackers lost communication with the missile.

''Woman of Ounalaskha'' home after 223 years away
UNALASKA (AP) --The Woman of Ounalaskha left town 223 years ago with a dashing sea captain. Now, she's back home.

Problem bears keep Kenai Peninsula residents on alert
KENAI (AP) -- A few Kenai Peninsula bruins have been staying up past their bedtime and it's causing problems around the central peninsula.

Mayor's budget would leave police jobs vacant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The police department in Alaska's largest city is facing a serious shortage of officers, an Anchorage police official said.

Sailor missing from ship docked in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Philippine sailor is missing and authorities fear he fell off a ladder while trying to reboard his cargo ship while it was docked at the Port of Anchorage.

BP tries ozone to kill foreign organisms in ballast water
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Using the same basic process that sterilizes luxury hot tubs, a team of scientists and technicians working for BP have been pumping ozone through ballast water in an Alaska oil tanker to kill hitchhiking organisms.

Anchorage drunk driver sentenced to 15 years for killing woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man with a 20-year record of drunken driving convictions who hit and killed a young woman while driving drunk last year was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Pipeline cleanup continues despite winter's arrival
LIVENGOOD (AP) -- Mile 400 of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is calmer now. The blackened trees are cleared and the noxious petroleum stench is gone from the air.

Backhoe topples, crushes pickup truck
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 115,000-pound Caterpillar hydraulic excavator operated by the Alaska Railroad rolled over at the Fairbanks rail yard Thursday and flattened a 5,000-pound pickup truck.

UA regents vote to seek budget increase
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents passed a 2002-2003 budget proposal Friday that will seek a state funding increase of nearly $17 million.

Legislature may be asked to fund redistricting fight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With an expensive court battle looming over Alaska's new election districts, board members who approved the map are worried that the board will run short of money to defend the plan.

Consultant recommends more welfare system reform in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than four years after state leaders shook up Alaska's welfare system, they are looking at overhauling it in ways that could mean more help to parents working at low-wage jobs but harsher treatment for those who refuse to look for work.

Ferry cancels sailings for repairs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry system has canceled the published sailings of the LeConte through Nov. 14 so a shipyard can make improvements required by the Coast Guard, state officials said Friday.

Alaska in line for more federal rural sanitation money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska may get more federal money next year for plumbing in rural Alaska homes.

Knowles to ask for $33 million in education funding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will ask the Legislature for $32.7 million more in education spending next year, including more money for statewide testing, teacher incentives and aid to rural schools.

Pohlads ask Twins staff not to leave
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In a letter that acknowledges they do not oppose the elimination of the Minnesota Twins, owner Carl Pohlad and his son asked employees to stay despite the uncertainty.

Kenai couple's artistic gifts enrich communities of central peninsula
Ricky Gease and Bunny Swan have more in common than having bird-sounding last names, although it makes for a good wedding joke.

Evernham seeks first victory
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Ray Evernham's drivers, Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood, will start 1-2 in the Pennzoil 400.

Nemechek takes Live Well 300
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Nemechek took advantage of series champion Kevin Harvick's tough luck Saturday, making a late charge to win the season-ending GNC Live Well 300.

U.N.: Global fight must address root causes of terrorism
UNITED NATIONS -- At a U.N. General Assembly session delayed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, world leaders took to the podium one by one Saturday and declared that the war on terrorism must be a global fight that also addresses root causes ranging from poverty to political repression.

Bush to U.N.: All nations targets
UNITED NATIONS -- President Bush, in a warning to world leaders, said Saturday all nations are possible targets of terrorism and must join with the United States in a campaign to prevent more attacks. ''Each of us must answer for what we have done or what we have left undone,'' he said.

Hospital's CFO leaving for Wisconsin position
Central Peninsula General Hospital will soon be looking for a new member to add to its team as the hospital's chief financial officer vacates the position Friday.

Taliban forces retreat south toward Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan -- After abandoning a key northern city, Taliban forces retreated south Saturday toward the capital, Kabul, where the opposition threatened to launch a major attack within days. Opposition forces claimed to have seized three provincial capitals in what may signal the collapse of Islamic militia's rule in the north.

Pair held as material witnesses in terrorist attacks
NEWARK, N.J. -- They worked 12-hour days at the Newark Penn Station newsstand, selling newspapers to commuters headed to the World Trade Center and other Manhattan destinations.

EDD director switches gears for Boys and Girls Club post
After serving 18 months as the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, Betsy Arbelovsky is going back to what she loves most: working with children.

Letters to the Editor
Veterans Day remembrance comes in shadow of Sept. 11Nation must take time to reflect on sacrifices of its veterans

No disrespect meant in patriotic displays
The patriotic revival sweeping the nation since Sept. 11 has resulted in a lot of flag waving. And discussion about the proper way to display the flag.

Father's love of sea helped safeguard freedoms daughter enjoys
If there is a common thread running through my father's life, binding the separate chapters together, it is his relationship with the sea. In his blue eyes I see the tide-pushed waters of Cook Inlet. The rolling swells of the Gulf of Alaska. The inland waters of Southeast.

Terrorist attacks reminder of high price of freedom
The events of and since Sept. 11 have pricked the nation's collective conscience about what it means to live in "the land of the free, the home of the brave."

Around the Peninsula
Dance to benefit Twin Towers FundAnnual arts, craft fair continues todayImmunization clinic scheduleCarnival for youngsters set for FridayHistorical society board of directors to meetCPR and first aid training offeredChristmas bazaar slated for SaturdayHealth center holiday scheduleChristmas festival announcedHospital service board meeting rescheduled

Less worry about diets amidst stress of Sept. 11 attacks
IRVINE, Calif. -- Robert Zumberge can't seem to get enough cowboy coffee -- a steaming concoction of hot java and dark chocolate miniatures. For Kim Almquist, it's candy.

Four simple steps to food safety at Thanksgiving
Every meal, every day provides us with the opportunity to apply the Four Simple Steps to Food Safety. However, the Thanksgiving meal is the perfect time to focus attention on food safety because there are usually more people involved in the food preparation and more distractions.

Anthrax fears may cause program to lose its heart -- and postmark
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) -- Valentine's Day is still three months away, but organizers of the city's 55-year-old Sweetheart remailing program fear that anthrax may keep them from playing Cupid.

Nov. 11 set aside to honor veterans
In 1919, one year after the 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918, signing of the armistice that ended World War I, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation honoring those whose lives had been sacrificed. He referred to the day as "armistice day."

Kenai couple's artistic gifts enrich communities of central peninsula
Ricky Gease and Bunny Swan have more in common than having bird-sounding last names, although it makes for a good wedding joke.

Veterans remember
Renewed flames of patriotism burn bright against the dark night of Sept. 11.

After turmoil, Goldsmith back in game
FRANKLIN, N.C. (AP) -- The walls bear no pennants, pictures or plaques to mark his well-traveled past. It's as though he's always been here.

Winter Olympians wary, willing
Britain's Alexandra Coomber is used to danger. A Royal Air Force officer, she thinks nothing of streaking down a sheet of ice at 70 mph with just a few inches of air separating herself and her sled from disaster.

Daly, Lickliter charge to lead
NAPLES, Fla. -- John Daly and partner Frank Lickliter shot a 13-under-par 59 Saturday to take a one-shot lead over defending champions Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron after two rounds in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Hall of Fame set for Shark attack
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Ben Hogan pursued perfection. Sam Snead had that sweet swing. Jack Nicklaus set the standard for greatness with his 18 major championships. Arnold Palmer and his swashbuckling style brought golf to the masses.

Canucks reacquire Linden from Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks reacquired former captain Trevor Linden from the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

SoHi girls swim to second
The state swimming and diving championships lived up to expectations as the boys competition was anybody's race and the girls competition was a sure thing Saturday in Anchorage.

Bulldogs take third at state
The Nikiski High School volleyball team left the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A volleyball championship Saturday feeling satisfied.

Blue Jackets buzz past Bruins
BOSTON -- Blake Sloan, Mathieu Darche and Ray Whitney each scored their first goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets broke out of a season-long scoring slump with a 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

Tiger tries to sell golf in China
SHENZHEN, China -- Tiger Woods pulled at his cap and gazed down the fairway toward the mountains. The ceremonial Cantonese dragon was hardly hidden: All 300 feet of it were dancing quite obtrusively around the first tee.

New Jersey tops Cavs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenyon Martin scored 18 points, and Jason Kidd made two free throws in the closing seconds as the New Jersey Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 87-84 Saturday to improve to 5-1 for the first time in team history.

Panthers fall in title game
Surviving in the state tournament long enough to be playing on Saturday is one thing. Making an appearance in the state championship game on Saturday night is quite another.

Eagles nearly knock off No. 1 Hurricanes
BOSTON -- The last bounce went Miami's way, and the top-ranked Hurricanes are still in the chase for the national title.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski takes ACS InvitationalHenin, Clijsters get Belgium into Fed Cup final

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