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Monday, November 12, 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 Among them are outdated fire suppression systems, valves that don't close completely, and a growing backlog of maintenance items.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.

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.

''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.

Nov. 5, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News says no to a constitutional amendment to cap state spending
Long, long ago, in a financial galaxy far, far away, the State of Alaska might have needed a limit on spending written into the state constitution. In that distant OPEC-like world, oil paid for everything Alaska could reasonably want, with room to waste money on a whole lot more. Even though the Permanent Fund swept a good chunk of oil money off the table, it looked as if Alaska's appetite for oil-funded goodies would know no bounds.

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.

Nov. 9, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion weighs digital democracy against partisan parochialism
Alaska, of course, is known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife.

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.

Nov. 8, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. honors those who fought for freedom
What does a veteran look like? Some veterans wear visible signs of their service: a missing leg, a jagged scar, a haunted look in the eye. Others hide the evidence within them, perhaps a pin holding a bone in place or a piece of shrapnel in the arm. One cannot tell a veteran just by looking.

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.

Nov. 7, 2001 The Voice of the Times sees hope elsewhere in the war on terrorism
Terrorism strikes at innocent men, women and children -- because that's the nature of this ugly beast. It is so as much in Northern Ireland as it is in Manhattan or the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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.

Nov. 6, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News urges resolution to state, shipyard dispute
Fall is a brisk season at the Ketchikan Shipyard. Workers are completing jobs and gearing up for winter, the busiest part of the ship-repair calendar.

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.

Nov. 8, 2001 Tundra Drums editor R.A. Dillon questions the balance of energy politics
''They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.'' - William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice.

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.

Nov. 7, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner thinks ANWR should be part of the solution
Whether or not Congress will open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling has been an on-again, off-again issue for a long time. At least for now, it seems more likely to be leaning toward the ''off-again'' side, but that is subject to change.

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.

Marijuana legalization move cleared for signature gathering
JUNEAU (AP) -- A ballot measure seeking to legalize marijuana has cleared its first major hurdle, but it's unclear whether sponsors have enough time to put the question to voters in 2002.

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.

New York crash recalls 1993 engine loss in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The disastrous crash of an American Airlines jet in New York recalls a 1993 incident in Anchorage when an engine from a 747 cargo jet fell off and landed in a residential neighborhood. No one was injured then and the plane was able to land with its three remaining engines.

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.

Fire at Nome hospital forces evacuation
NOME (AP) -- A fire at Norton Sound Regional Hospital Friday night forced the evacuation of the building.

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.

Alaska snow heads to Puerto Rico so children can make snowmen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In what could be a first-of-a-kind shipment, a truckload of Alaska snow is headed to Puerto Rico so children there can build snowmen.

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

Anchorage police seek youth who robbed disabled child
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police in Anchorage are looking for a young man who robbed a disabled child of a new electric scooter last month.

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.

Quake strikes near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake near Talkeetna shook parts of Southcentral Alaska Monday morning.

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.

Coast Guard seizes Korean trawler
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Korean trawler was heading for Dutch Harbor Monday after authorities seized it for illegal fishing in U.S. waters.

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.

Anchorage police seek applicants from the Bush
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Faced with a dwindling staff, the Anchorage Police Department is intensifying its recruitment efforts, including visits to the Bush in search of Alaska Native applicants.

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.

Anchorage woman critically hurt in Hatcher Pass avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was in critical condition Monday, a day after she was caught in an avalanche.

Celebrity adds third cruise ship for Alaska tours
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Celebrity Cruises has added a third ship to provide tours of Alaska next summer.

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.

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.

McGwire to retire
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire, the former single-season home run king, announced his retirement from baseball Sunday following two injury-plagued seasons.

China trip offers alternative ideas Area pharmacists use visit to boost options for new consulting business
When Jacksonville pharmacists Anne Cordes and Suzanne Meadows went to a nursing home in China, they were impressed.

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.

Newspaper reports auto racing kills 22 each year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At least 260 people, including 29 spectators, died at auto racing events in the United States since 1990, The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday.

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

Elliott takes checkered flag at Penzoil
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- After seven years and 226 races without a victory, Bill Elliott wasn't even sure how to celebrate.

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.

Counting war expenses tricky, but discernible chunks adding up
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. helicopter lost in Afghanistan a week ago cost up to twice as much as the government spends yearly on scenic byways. Each cruise missile is worth several American homes.

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.

Boat launch site splits city council
In a 4-3 vote, the Kenai City Council endorsed a boat launch adjacent to the Cunningham Park fishing spot, over the objections of several citizens.

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.

Vets, families reflect
Just as Americans have for 82 years, citizens paused during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who've served in our military.

Airport commission tackles issue of increasing business
The city of Kenai Airport Commission and city council met Thursday evening to discuss ways of attracting more aircraft to the Kenai Municipal Airport, and how a possible personal property tax break on planes would affect the city.

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.

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.

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

Executive order should be reversed; history should not be secret
It may be an unworthy thought, but it seems that the Bush White House has taken advantage of the nation's preoccupation with other matters to slip a patently self-serving executive order past Congress and the public.

Big obstacles remain in U.S.-Russia arms pact
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.-Russia relationship has undergone seismic shifts since the Sept. 11 terror attacks. When Russian President Vladimir Putin visits President Bush this week, the two leaders will have a historic opportunity to solidify some of those changes.

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."

Veterans earn respect anew Young people discover new appreciation for veterans in wake of attacks
PELHAM, N.Y. -- The two teens paused before the ornate plaques in the lobby of Pelham Memorial High School and did something they had never done before.

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.

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.

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.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community Schools classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, please call the Soldotna Community Schools office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance. Details about each class can be found in the Fall-Winter 2001 Soldotna Community Schools brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: What should I do if I hit a moose, but my car has only minor damage and the moose walks away from the scene?

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

Announcements
Food Bank receives grantBig brothers soughtHospice to hold open houseContest looking for young artistsRed Cross to offer first aid/CPR classAvalanche warning workshop offeredHomer Community Schools announcementsKenai Community Library announcementsAlaska SeaLife Center newsPost office deadlines coming up

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."

Nikiski boy makes astronomy a winning hobby
Hello, my name is Walker Boyle, and I am doing an astronomy project for 4-H. I have done presentations on the relative size of our universe and displays on nebulae.

Around the Peninsula
Pioneers meeting setPublic info meeting plannedSocial Security representatives visitUnited Way seeks board membersEconomic outlook forum slatedChurch group to sponsor Christmas bazaarBereavement class plannedLong-married couples soughtChoir invites community members to sing

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.

NHL legends show they still have what it takes to beat the Kenai Kings Sunday
The Kenai Kings (over 35) Hockey Team wasn't quite up to the Oldtimers' Hockey Challenge Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center, but about 1,000 area hockey fans were up for watching the Kings fail, and that made a winner out of Special Olympics of the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Sonics deflate Jordan's Air
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan missed his first 14 shots Sunday and has a four-game losing streak for the first time in 11 1/2 years after the Washington Wizards fell to the Seattle SuperSonics 99-84.

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.

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.

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.

Nikiski takes ACS Invitational
The Nikiski wrestling team claimed four individual championships Saturday to win the 47-team ACS Invitational.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lindros saves Rangers with last-minute knee-bunt past Theodore
NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros scored 56 seconds into overtime, giving the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.

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

Packers hand Bears upsetting defeat
CHICAGO -- No amazing comeback win for the Chicago Bears this time. Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers' defense wouldn't allow it.

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.

US team clinches World Cup spot, exhibits love of game in Trinidad
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Its World Cup berth secure, the United States finished qualifying with a lackluster scoreless tie against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

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.

UConn women advance in NIT
STORRS, Conn. -- Diana Taurasi scored 21 points, and Swin Cash added 17 to lead top-ranked Connecticut over Florida International 91-47 Sunday in the second round of the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.

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.

Oklahoma beats Purdue in close game
DURHAM, N.C. -- Rosalind Ross scored 16 of her 24 points in the second half as No. 4 Oklahoma beat No. 11 Purdue 80-75 Sunday in the Women's Tip-Off Classic.

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