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Wednesday, November 13, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Unocal to cut 59 jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unocal Alaska is cutting 59 jobs in Kenai and Anchorage and closing its Kenai office, in a move to increase the profitability of its Cook Inlet operations.

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.

Crews begin efforts to remove fuel from wrecked vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were beginning work Wednesday to remove fuel from a wrecked Japanese fishing vessel that washed up on Afognak Island last week.

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.

Members to vote on Valley hospital expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Members of Valley Hospital are deciding the future of the hospital this week.

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.

Magnitude 4.7 quake reported
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An earthquake rattled the Interior early Wednesday -- an aftershock from the magnitude 7.9 quake that hit the state Nov. 3.

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.

Report backs coastal route for Anchorage trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is giving a final push to a proposed extension of Anchorage's popular Coastal Trail, announcing a key report that supports a mostly coastal route from Kincaid Park to Potter Marsh.

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.

Nursing home data goes online
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's nursing homes generally compare favorably to those in other states, according to federal data released Tuesday.

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.

UA regents back 10 percent tuition increase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska students at the three main campuses will see tuition increase 10 percent starting next fall.

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.

Anchorage bank robbed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities in Anchorage were looking for a man who robbed a midtown bank Tuesday.

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.

Sitka man wins award for cultural contributions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Pacific Northwest nonprofit agency has honored a Sitka man for his efforts getting Alaska Native remains returned to the state and helping preserve Tlingit culture.

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.

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.

Oakland shortstop beats out A-Rod for award
NEW YORK -- Miguel Tejada beat all those more famous American League shortstops to the Most Valuable Player award.

Philadelphia moving alone in major league free-agent market
TUCSON, Ariz. -- While baseball's big spenders are looking to save money for a change, the usually low-budget Philadelphia Phillies are ready to spend.

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.

New Lt. Governor has family rooted for generations on the Kenai Peninsula
Newly elected Lt. Governor Loren Leman's great grandfather was Joseph Cooper, the man for whom Cooper Landing was named.

Independent Aurora Gas working hard in Cook Inlet
In the beginning it took the vast financial resources of the major oil and gas companies to develop the Cook Inlet's reserves, companies willing to invest mega billions of dollars to get the resource to market.

Voters pass Proposition 3: Now what?
The initiative creates the Alaska Natural Gas Development Author-ity as a state-owned public corporation to build an 800-mile natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to tidewater on Prince William Sound.

Kasilof rec site could get makeover
It's one of the most popular fishing sites on the Kenai Peninsula, but facilities at the Kasilof River State Recreation Site are woefully inadequate for the thousands of eager anglers who migrate there each summer in search of salmon, say officials with the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

First snow leaves mark
When the first snowfall of the season began looking like it would amount to something Monday, the talk among Kenai police and fire dispatchers involved predicting when the traffic accidents would start.

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.

Permanent fund still growing despite worst quarter
Alaska's Permanent Fund can expect continued growth and prosperity, despite the fact that the fund -- 53 percent of which is invested in stocks -- is coming off its worst quarter in history.

Photo feature: Gone fishing
Justin Miller fishes for trout in Beaver Creek Tuesday afternoon with his dad Jim, not pictured.

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.

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.

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.

June Lorraine Lindgren Gagnon
Soldotna resident June Lorraine Lindgren Gagnon died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, of complications from surgery at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 74.

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

Applause
Read this: Library event big hit Many make carnival successful

Applause
Halloween dance great success

Republican team takes center stage
Was it the aggressive campaign tactics?

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

Letters to the Editor
All candidates deserve pat on back for fast removal of campaign signs Why cant moose injured in car collision be treated, rehabilitated? Alaska Judicial Watch strives to look at system with neutrality Is this really progress?

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.

New heights of political punch
It's been amusing to read the various takes on the Republican sweep of the mid-term elections. Yes, polls revealed that there was a George W. "Bush" bounce that came with campaign visits from the popular president. But many of the elections clearly showed that there is also something to be said for fielding superior candidates.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold luncheon Transportation meeting planned Dog racing association to hold meeting Committee to focus on Kenai kings Chapter to hold luncheon Missionary sponsors bazaar Booster club to host bazaar CES to hold board meeting Community school offers classes

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

Project learning: Valuable education or busy work
An episode of television's "Everybody Loves Raymond," has father and daughter grappling with completing an overwhelming school project. T

Students of Month
The following students were named Students of the Month at Mountain View Elementary School:

Passage of Proposition C means planning, construction at campuses
Alaska voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition C to fund construction for schools statewide, and for Kenai Peninsula College that means planning and construction.

Around the District
School board meets Monday Schools to close for Thanksgiving Organizations planning literacy carnival

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School:

Kids quiz Museum displays new likeness of King Tut
LONDON (AP) -- A fiberglass bust that purportedly shows the true face of ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun went on display Monday at London's Science Museum.

CPGH nurse, Safety Seal talk winter wear with area students
The snow is finally falling, winter's here and, as most area school kids know, that means it's time for a visit from Safety Seal.

Around the District
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Nikiski Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle Soldotna Middle Connections IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska) Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Kalifonsky Christian Grace Lutheran READS Primary Wings Christian Academy Kenai Cooperative Preschool Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Menu
School lunch menus for the district

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.

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.

End of an era?
For five consecutive years, boys state swimming was punctuated by a Dimond High School stamp. For two years straight, Service was the last word in girls prep swimming in Alaska.

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.

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.

Cavs can't keep pace in 20-point loss to Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Reserve Ron Artest scored 22 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 95-75 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who benched leading scorer Ricky Davis early in the game Tuesday night.

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.

New Jersey slips past Anaheim in OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jamie Langenbrunner scored on a rebound 3:04 into overtime as the New Jersey Devils rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks Tuesday.

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

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.

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