Tuesday, November 12, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Knowles honors veterans at Wasilla Wall of Honor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles paid tribute to Alaska veterans Monday at the Wasilla Veterans Monument and Wall of Honor.

Supreme Court hears challenge to Alaska sex offender law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case Wednesday challenging Alaska's sex offender registry law.

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.

North Slope crude production rises in October
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Production of crude oil on Alaska's North Slope averaged nearly 992,000 barrels per day in October -- an increase of 11.3 percent over September.

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

Ketchikan doctor put on license probation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has put a Ketchikan doctor's medical license on probation for five years.

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.

Vessel thought to have sunk turns up on Afognak beach
KODIAK (AP) -- A commercial fishing vessel that ran aground at Afognak Island, 25 miles north of Kodiak, has been identified as a Japanese fishing boat that was thought to have sunk last May.

Knowles to announce progress on Anchorage coastal trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will announce the latest progress toward extending the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail during a news conference at Westchester Lagoon on Tuesday.

Village Aviation switches to cargo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Market changes and increased regulation of the airline industry forced Village Aviation Inc. owner Don King to make a tough decision for the future of his company.

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.

Body washes up on St. Lawrence Island
NOME (AP) -- A body washed up on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, about 20 miles east of the village of Savoonga, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Alaska Railroad to get millions in funding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad is going to get millions of dollars in federal funding for Seward, according to Sen. Ted Stevens.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai officials say remote oil project could benefit city
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai City Council is urging federal approval of an exploratory drilling program in a remote location on the eastern side of Prince William Sound.

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.

Juneau halfway house inmate arrested in attempted assault
JUNEAU (AP) -- A developmentally disabled inmate at a Juneau halfway house was being held without bail Monday, accused of trying to rape another inmate who was sleeping.

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.

Engineers to help assess best port expansion proposal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of engineers will help choose between two proposals for the Port of Anchorage expansion.

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.

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

Bonds unanimous pick for fifth MVP
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds is winning Most Valuable Player awards so fast and so often, he doesn't know what to do with them.

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.

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

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.

Not all soldiers treated with respect when it comes to serving country
Veterans battled the elements during Monday's Veterans Day ceremony, but the fresh snow falling did not freeze their memories of war and the struggles faced when coming home to the United States.

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.

Murkowski expected to replace state Board of Game appointees
JUNEAU -- The Alaska Board of Game, probably convening for the last time in its current makeup, wrestled with ethical as well as biological issues in its latest meeting.

Floods draw more attention to culverts
When last month's flooding washed out sections of Kenai Peninsula roads, many area residents found themselves isolated and stranded -- much like juvenile salmon can be cut off from their homes by impassable highway culverts.

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.

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.

Hospital wants $400,000 to plan future expansion
In the fall of 2003, Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area voters could be asked to approve approximately $45 million in general obligation bonds to fund expansion of the Soldotna medical facility.

June Lindgren Gagnon
Lifetime Kenai resident June Lindgren Gagnon died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 74.

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

Time to put away nasty campaign, build bridges
The election campaigning is over, thank goodness. Now let's pray for a fast return to civility that will remind us that we are, after all, Alaskans and neighbors.

Halloween dance great success

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.

Letters to the Editor
City of Kenai's tax policies driving businesses awayFake bird entrapment poor use of state's money, workers' timeBorough, school district, cities need to learn to live with lessRecycling worth the effort; life of landfill space extendedAllowing all U.S. citizens equal access to fish, game unrealisticBoosting commercial fishing is way to help state, not one community

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

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.

Jamie T. Harris and Tara Colleen O'Brien

Club News
Soldotna Elks table tennis winners announced

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

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

'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.

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

Peninsula People
Soldotna grad makes dean's list in Denver

Around the Peninsula
Permanent fund rep to speak at chamberPFLAG to hold meetingSociety plans historic presentationNorth Peninsula holds lights contestHealthy Communities meeting plannedHospital community area board to meetHospice to host open houseWell contamination may be present

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

Program aimed at helping seniors live independently
CREVE COEUR, Mo. -- Researchers are looking within one square mile of the St. Louis suburbs to help solve a growing national problem: How can senior citizens live out their lives in their own homes independently and safely?

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Coyotes yelp, howl as Lightning strikes
TAMPA, Fla. -- Dave Andreychuk scored his 249th career power-play goal to tie Phil Esposito's NHL record, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Monday night.

Clijsters stuns Serena Williams to win WTA title
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kim Clijsters couldn't believe what she'd just done. Clijsters stunned top-seeded Serena Williams 7-5, 6-3 to win the season-ending WTA Championships on Monday night, handing Williams only her fifth loss of the year.

Jimmy lives up to family's standard on ice, in class
Anybody with any familiarity with the area hockey scene knows the name Gabriel is to Kenai Peninsula hockey what Ford is to American automaking.

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.

Dallas trips up Blazers
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and had a season-high 17 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 82-73 Monday night to remain the NBA's lone unbeaten team.

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.

Sports Briefs
Age requirement will be implemented for bat boysPettitte, Nen, Wakefield make free-agency decisionsBulger to start next game for St. Louis; Faulk outHoltz says he'll return to South Carolina next yearWind scraps start to next round of America's CupBonds homers but Japanese stars rally for 8-2 win

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.

Johnson won't admit female for Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A green jacket was draped over Hootie Johnson's broad shoulders and the hint of a smile played above his square jaw as he spoke. The chairman of Augusta National hardly looked like someone who felt threatened, even at the point of a bayonet.

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.

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.

Raiders blow Broncos a mile high
DENVER -- It took a record-setting performance from their old folks to get the Oakland Raiders out of deep trouble.

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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