Monday, November 11, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Fairbanks man charged with kidnapping former girlfriend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Fairbanks man whom they say kidnapped, robbed and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Wildlife group plans continued bear baiting
JUNEAU (AP) -- A wildlife group has criticized the Alaska Board of Game for not putting an end to bear baiting in Southeast.

Special court helps mothers get sober
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new court is helping Alaska mothers get clean and sober in an effort to reunite them with their children.

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.

Residents of Mentasta Lake picking up pieces after quake
MENTASTA LAKE (AP) -- When the earthquake struck this rural community in Interior Alaska, 20-foot-tall spruce trees whipped back and forth, slapping the ground on each side like windshield blades.

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

Troopers say Nenana men not missing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers say two Nenana men feared missing on a boat trip on the Tanana River are safe and are not overdue.

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.

Fire damages exterior of historic Juneau hotel
JUNEAU (AP) -- A weekend fire at the historic Alaskan Hotel was quickly extinguished after causing about $500 damage.

Troopers seek missing Nenana men
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers were searching for two men from Nenana who disappeared over the weekend.

Anchorage woman rescued after fall on Ptarmigan Peak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman, injured in a fall on Ptarmigan Peak was rescued Sunday afternoon by the Alaska Air National Guard, Anchorage police said.

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.

Conference looks for uses for fish processing waste
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A three-day conference in Anchorage will explore the science, technology and marketing potential of fish waste.

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.

Anchorage man dies in ultralight aircraft crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The pilot of an ultralight aircraft died Sunday morning after crashing into woods in Birchwood.

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

Two villages loosen alcohol restrictions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trickle of booze flowing into two rural Alaska villages is likely to increase after voters liberalized their alcohol-control laws.

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.

Three survive Merrill Field crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people and a dog survived after their small plane crashed just after takeoff Saturday afternoon from Merrill Field.

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.

Neighbors say charged couple kept flawed kennel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Neighbors of two Nikiski collie breeders facing 182 counts of misdemeanor animal abuse say the operation had a notorious reputation in the rural subdivision near Island Lake Road.

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?

Interior residents say quake made them safety-conscious
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Seismologist Doug Christensen was standing in the appliance department at Sears when a big earthquake hit Nov. 3.

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.

A's GM won't make Boston 'Beanetown'
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Billy Beane just wanted to explore what might have been a golden career opportunity.

Baseball market could be slow this offseason; teams to spend less money
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Baseball teams won't be quite as quick this offseason to dole out those megamillion contracts that characterized recent winter spending sprees.

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Santa Clause 2
Nothing new at the theater this week. Much to the dismay of the entire teen population of the peninsula, Eminem's pseudobiography 8 Mile was noticeably absent. So, rather t

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.

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.

Platform near Cordova could benefit Kenai
It may seem a little odd that oil exploration in a remote location on the eastern side of Prince William Sound would directly benefit the city of Kenai, but that's exactly what the Kenai City Council is hoping.

Skateboard, recreational parks at top of list for wannabe mayors
Sixth-graders in Alaska discovered being a mayor isn't quite as easy as it looks, although it sure would be a cool job to have.

Veterans ceremony today
Some veterans will receive a day off work today in recognition for their service in the U.S. military. However, just because it is Veterans Day does not mean all veterans will be relieved of their job duties.

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.

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.

Nikiski couple's dog kennel leads to cruelty charges
A Nikiski couple recently charged with numerous counts of animal cruelty is not thought of as bad people by members of the Kenai Kennel Club.

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.

Veteran's Day Today
At the end of World War I in 1918, agreements were made and a peace treaty was signed. The day and time was recorded and labeled "Armistice Day." Many years later, Armistice Day became Veterans

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.

If I were mayor...
The following essays were submitted to the "If I Were Mayor I Would..." essay contest conducted in October by the Alaska Conference of Mayors. The contest was open to students in the sixth grade. Jordan Jackson placed first in the contest, and Lacie Wortham was a finalist. Both are students in Susan Wells' sixth-grade class at Kenai Middle School.

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.

Recognition: Our veterans' sacrifices never made in vain
It was hoped World War I would be "the war to end all wars."

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!''

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.

Around the Peninsula
Speaker planned for Aglow meeting High school banquet planned Speaker planned at chamber luncheon Kenaitze Indian Tribe to host blood drive Chamber mixer to be co-hosted Nursing fund-raiser supports education Center to hold ice challenge dance Snaring seminar to be offered Program to stimulate economic development

Reaching new heights
Kenai Rotarian Rick Baldwin gives Rotarian Randy Daly a boost up a tree in Kenai Municipal Park on Nov. 2, while Larry Porter, right, and Rotar

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.

'Our flag was still there'
Four employees of R&K Industrial in Nikiski pose with an American flag, one of the few things that survived a Tuesday afternoon fire that destroyed the company's maintenance building.

United Way works to support community
People who invest in the Kenai Peninsula United Way are investing in the community, the agency's executive director told a Kenai Chamber of Commerce audience recently.

Community News
Kenai library announces raffle winner Ninilchik Native Association closes back roads Junior Miss contest applications available

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.

Club News
Soldotna Elks table tennis winners announced

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

Jamie T. Harris and Tara Colleen O'Brien

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

Peninsula People
Soldotna grad makes dean's list in Denver

Community Schools
Adoption Information Understanding Binge Eating Hunter Education Slide Show Presentation of Palmer Station, Antarctica Santas Elves 101 Kids Make-It-and-Take-It Craft Fair Youth Fine Arts Institute CDs

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.

QB showdown ends in draw
PITTSBURGH -- Outstanding performances by Tommy Maddox and Michael Vick, combined with two blocked field goals in overtime, resulted in the 16th tie in NFL history and the first in five years.

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.

Rockets fans honor Olajuwon's career
HOUSTON -- Hakeem Olajuwon relived a moment from his past, hearing the Houston Rockets' fans chanting ''MVP, MVP,'' just as they did when he won the honor in 1994.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Who says the NFL has no quarterbacks?
Kurt Warner says he can be back from his broken pinkie in time for St. Louis' game with the Bears next week.

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.

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.

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.

Seward has 2 top finishers at ACS Invitational
The Seward Seahawks had two wrestlers reach the medal round in the Anchorage Christian School Invitational wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

Vols open on fire
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gwen Jackson scored 22 of her 29 points in the second half Sunday to help No. 2 Tennessee open its season with a 94-68 win over No. 22 Oklahoma, last year's NCAA runner-up.

Photo feature: Going for a dip
An American dipper reflects in the still water of Lower Fuller Lake recently. The tiny birds have the ability to walk underwater on the bottom of streams.

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