Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Searchers drag Yukon River for missing Mountain Village man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Volunteers headed out Tuesday to drag the Yukon River in search of a missing Mountain Village man, Alaska State Troopers said.

Alaskans wait for gasoline price drop
KENAI (AP) -- Gasoline prices that had been steadily climbing nationwide since early last year recently plummeted to below $1 a gallon in parts of the Lower 48.

Kenai looks for ways to boost airport activity
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Airport Commission and Kenai City Council are looking for ways to attract more aircraft to the Kenai Municipal Airport.

UA Regents make new Lena Point fisheries facility a priority
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new $18 million fisheries and ocean sciences building at Lena Point just north of here tops the list of new construction projects requested by the University of Alaska.

Knowles outlines rural legislative agenda at Native convention
KAKE (AP) -- Entering his last year in office, Gov. Tony Knowles told a group of Alaska Natives he has much unfinished business to take up when the Legislature returns to session in January.

In-state supplies of Cipro could treat about 5,000 people
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If there was mass exposure to anthrax, in-state supplies of Cipro could treat about 5,000 people until emergency medical supplies arrived, a state health official said.

Quake strikes near Attu Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck near the western end of the Aleutian Islands early Tuesday morning.

Educators and lawmakers say labeling schools premature idea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some legislators and educators meeting in Anchorage this week said Alaska isn't ready to start labeling every public school as good, bad or somewhere in the middle.

Governor: Nearly $100 million needed for possible terrorist attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles announced a nearly $100 million initiative Monday to better prepare Alaska for a possible terrorist attack.

Barrow gets record snowfall
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow received a record amount of snow Monday for Nov. 12, the National Weather Service said.

Kenai Peninsula juvenile facility moves forward
KENAI (AP) -- Design of the Kenai Peninsula Youth Detention Facility has been completed and the project is ready for bidding, state officials said.

Palmer teens win $25,000 top prize in national video contest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Palmer High School seniors have won a national video contest, beating out more than 700 entries to take the $25,000 top prize.

Two brown bears charge man and woman at Mendenhall Glacier
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two brown bears charged a couple who were walking along a trail at Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, just weeks after some residents downplayed the danger of grizzly bears in the area.

State and univerity forecasts give gloomy outlook for Bristol Bay salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the University of Washington have released grim forecasts for Bristol Bay's next red salmon harvest.

Dismal summer sockeye run predicted for Bristol Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The forecast for Bristol Bay reds doesn't look promising.

Barrow gets record snowfall
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow received a record amount of snow Monday for Nov. 12, the National Weather Service said.

Fairbanks police investigate robberies with similar suspect
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police are investigating two robberies that occurred within 24 hours and had a similar suspect.

Explosive exercise planned at Elmendorf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Numerous explosions will be heard in Anchorage Thursday.

Anchorage man charged with assaulting officers in chase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested on multiple charges Monday after he tried to shake a police officer who was hanging onto the door of his vehicle, police report.

North Pole man sentenced in landlord attack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for attacking his landlord with a wrench and a gun.

Huslia man arrested for hitting teen on head with baseball bat
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Huslia man is accused of breaking into a house and hitting a 15-year-old boy over the head with an aluminum baseball bat.

State transportation team gets award for repatriation project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of state transportation employees has won national recognition for working with families of long-dead tuberculosis victims contained in a bunker that had to be moved during an airport expansion in Sitka last year.

Contraction's legal issues to be aired
NEW YORK -- Lawyers for baseball players and owners hope to agree Wednesday on dates for hearing the union's grievance to stop two major league teams from being eliminated.

Suzuki, Pujols voted top rookies
NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki has a lot more confidence than the average rookie. Then again, he's not the average rookie.

Big Unit collects third consecutive NL Cy Young award
NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson didn't have to share this award with Curt Schilling.

Believing in achieving, Skyview High School launches mentor program...
Skyview High School is the first school in the local area to implement the Aspirations Advocate Program, thanks to Principal John Pothast and his wife Sheilah-Margaret.

Workshop focuses on "Building Assets in Youth"...
Rebecca Reichlin, Four Valleys Community School Coordinator, was on the Peninsula last week to present the "Building Assets in Youth" workshop for the Soldotna Community Schools.

Now Showing: Heist
Director David Mamet is a master of the con game. He can spin webs of deceit and grift so complex that they make Steven Spielberg's dinosaurs look like wind up toys.

Adopted Vietnamese boys added to family
Gut-wrenching parental uncertainty has been transformed to exhausted relief.

'I thought we were being bombed' -- crash strikes fear
NEW YORK -- Janet Barasso ran blindly through thick, black smoke with her two sons Monday and feared the worst after an American Airlines jetliner crashed just a block from her home.

Gas prices slow to change
Gasoline prices that had been steadily climbing nationwide since the spring of 2000 recently took an abrupt U-turn. Although prices in the Lower 48 reportedly have plummeted to sub-dollar marks, Alaska prices -- including those on the Kenai Peninsula -- have been slow to change -- if at all.

Photo feature: Too many Binkleys
Dick Wilson and Robb Blair replace a sign at the intersection of Binkley and the Sterling Highway Tuesday afternoon in Soldotna. The new sign tells motorists Binkley is a circle south of the highway and a street north of the highway.

Camera to aid pilots in Lake Clark Pass
After brief delays, The Federal Aviation Association plans to activate a remote aviation weather camera in Lake Clark Pass by the end of the month. The camera, to be added to the 25 already in operation across the state, will give pilots a window to the weather they can expect going through the pass on the west side of Cook Inlet.

U.S. troops reach Kabul
WASHINGTON -- American special forces slipped into the Afghan capital to offer ''advice and counsel'' to triumphant opposition forces, and small numbers of U.S. troops are operating against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday.

New underwater cable powers Kachemak Bay villages
HOMER -- About 700 residents of Seldovia, Halibut Cove, Port Graham and Nanwalek have a fresh link with Homer Electric Association now that the utility has laid a new cable under Kachemak Bay.

Search on for another contaminated letter
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials said Tuesday they believe an anthrax-filled letter that has yet to be discovered sickened a State Department mail handler with the most serious form of the disease, a theory bolstered by the discovery of anthrax in eight places in the building where he worked.

Photo feature: Soup's on
Students from Kenai Alternative High School serve food during their 10th annual community Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday afternoon.

Council rejects $85,000 ice rink contract
The Kenai City Council rejected the only bid it received for maintenance at the city ice rink, saying it was far too costly.

Alliance cements control over Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghans brought their radios out of hiding and played music in the streets, savoring the end of five years of harsh Taliban rule as the northern alliance marched triumphantly into Afghanistan's capital Tuesday. Diplomats sought U.N. help in fashioning a government for the shattered country.

Youth detention center design completed
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Detention Facility has moved a step closer to reality.

Bush order would allow terrorist trials by military panel
WASHINGTON -- President Bush signed an order Tuesday that would allow the government to try people accused of terrorism in front of a special military commission instead of in civilian court.

Passenger jet crashes after takeoff
NEW YORK -- A jetliner en route to the Dominican Republic broke apart minutes after takeoff and crashed in a waterfront neighborhood Monday, engulfing homes in flames and sowing initial fears of a new terrorist atrocity. All 260 people aboard were killed, and at least six others were reported missing on the ground.

Crash probably accident, not terrorists
WASHINGTON -- The American Airlines jet that crashed in New York lost all or part of an engine in flight, and investigators said preliminary evidence pointed strongly toward mechanical failure rather than terrorism as the cause.

A new disaster for neighborhood struggling with scores of deaths in trade center attack
NEW YORK -- People in the close-knit Rockaways neighborhood have spent the past two months struggling to recover from the loss of their neighbors in the World Trade Center. Then disaster struck again, this time even closer to home.

Jean Woodson Flickinger
Sterling resident Jean Woodson Flickinger died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 58.

Royce Byron Thompson
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Royce Byron Thompson died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, from natural causes at the Pioneer Home in Palmer. He was 84.

William A. 'Bill' Tweedy
Kenai resident William A. "Bill" Tweedy died at his home in Kenai on Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, of natural causes. He was 72.

Jon Martin Wold
Minnesota resident Jon Martin Wold died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at his home in Bemidji, Minn. He was 86.

New York accident comes at a trying time for airlines, their passengers
NEW YORK -- Even if it's ruled an accident, Monday's plane crash rattled an already nervous nation and threatened to undermine efforts to woo travelers back into the skies for the holiday season.

What's next in Afghanistan? Second phase of war will present new challenges for United States, allies
WASHINGTON -- The next focus of the Afghanistan war -- in the south where Osama bin Laden is believed to be hiding in caves -- could present the U.S. military with a formidable challenge.

ANWR's status still on-again, off-again
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.

State, shipyard need to resolve dispute now
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.

Applause
Many contributions make 'Board 101' training possible

Letters to the Editor
Exxon Valdez decision reveals judicial system as part of problemPoliticians hold public hearings to fulfill letter, not intent, of lawLegislation needed to help deal with animal cruelty cases

Letters to the Editor
Peninsula solider serves to protect rights of all

Bush uses folksy way of talking, steely resolve to inspire country
President Bush is acquiring the ability to inspire. He exudes strength, confidence and, to use a biblical term, righteousness. These are essential qualities for a leader who wants to strengthen the nation's resolve and convince us the war against terrorism will not be over soon, if ever.

Around the Peninsula
Alliance meets over lunch todayJunior Miss contestants guests at chamber lunchSmall business seminar set for WednesdayJob Center advisory committee meets WednesdayPractice for Christmas Eve cantata to be WednesdayJuvenile detention facility panel to meet ThursdayBuilders association's banquet slated for ThursdayMarketing council to hold its banquet FridayChristmas bazaar scheduled for SaturdaySanta's elves to gather Saturday

Around the Peninsula
ERA executive to speak at Kenai Chamber lunchHospice to hold open house todayEntrepreneur seminar offeredCARTS monthly meeting held todayFree legal clinic offeredCouncil work session to address signsDialogue about Sept. 11 to be heldResource conservation meeting plannedKDLL board meeting to be held

Nikiski sisters fight bureaucracy, win new sons
Gut-wrenching parental uncertainty has been transformed to exhausted relief.

Pet of the week, Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a female kitten for $50 with spay surgery included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Photo feature: In training
A DeHavilland Beaver from the Civil Air Patrol descends for a landing in Kenai in front of clouds lit by the setting sun Saturday. Rich Aber was flying the plane on a training mission with instructor Darrell Knackstedt and trained observer Ellen Knackstedt.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

College to host economic forum
Kenai Peninsula College announces the second annual Kenai Peninsula Economic Outlook Forum hosted by KPC Friday and Saturday.

Around the District
Kenai schools plan holiday charity driveSchool board meets MondayFish and Game seek student artwork for contestLifetouch offers school photo retakesMountain View announces Students of the MonthSMS announces Students of the MonthNinilchik announces Students of the MonthKCHS announces Students of the Month

District School News
News from schools around the district

Students whet their appetite for work
School to work programs offer students and businesses diverse opportunities to get acquainted. But for handicapped students, such chances to explore and develop career options are particularly crucial.

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home
Mmmm, the smell of freshly baked lasagna. The aroma of my favorite dish after a long day of lectures, taking notes and a practice full of conditioning: that's about enough to make me stay home from college. It's times like those when I wonder what life will be like without the comforts of home and family.

Some schools rethinking cellphone ban
WASHINGTON -- As students rushed to get in touch with their parents in the anxious hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, Principal Ann Monday decided she had bigger worries than enforcing her school's ban on cellular phones.

Honor Rolls
Ninilchick and Wings Academy honor rolls

Slow down or he'll blow you away!
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- For years, nothing crossing guard Dale Rooks did -- waving, signaling, even screaming -- made speeders slow down by his post outside an elementary school. Then he got out his hair dryer.

Confidence to take action tops pyramid
We have all heard of self-esteem, self-respect, self-worth, self-actualization or self-concept. Counselors or psychologists can distinguish between and support each one of these concepts, but what all these terms boil down to is believing in oneself.

Phone systems could be used to help detect callers' dementia
CHICAGO (AP) -- Automated touch-tone phone answering systems could help screen older callers for early signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, researchers say.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Titans come up just short against Baltimore
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have been involved in some wacky finishes in their short history. This was as wild of any of them.

Nebraska, Miami hold Nos. 1, 2 spots in BCS
Nebraska won big, Miami didn't, but both unbeaten teams remained on course to play for a national championship in the Rose Bowl.

Kidd, Van Horn pace New Jersey past Indiana; 76ers take second straight
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jason Kidd scored 20 points and had 10 assists, and Keith Van Horn added 15 points and 13 rebounds as the New Jersey Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 91-82 Tuesday night.

Stars get jump on Kardinals
Eric Newby had two goals and three assists to lead the Soldotna hockey team to a 7-4 victory over Kenai Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Colts hit with jaw, knee injuries to Manning, James
INDIANAPOLIS -- It'll take more than a broken jaw to keep Peyton Manning off the field.

Sports Briefs
Agassi gets his mind back on tennisOld foes go in together as Hall of Fame's latest class

Ole Miss, Butler top picks at Top of the World
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- It's not often a college basketball team gets to ride on a dog sled and make some noise in the national rankings on the same day.

Michigan State tops Detroit
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Aloysius Anagonye, Marcus Taylor and Adam Wolfe scored 14 points each and No. 15 Michigan State beat Detroit 80-70 in the Preseason NIT on Monday night to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 45 games.

Senators filibuster in Washington
WASHINGTON -- Marian Hossa had two goals and two assists during a five-goal first period as the Ottawa Senators routed Washington 11-5 Tuesday night, spoiling Jaromir Jagr's return to the Capitals.

Gaddis feels no pressure to follow his brother's lead
Instead of trying to fill footsteps, Skyview senior Vance Gaddis has made some impressive footprints of his own.

No. 8 Missouri opens with sloppy win over Tennessee-Martin
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kareem Rush scored 28 points as No. 8 Missouri opened the season with a sloppy 89-63 victory over Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the Guardians Classic on Tuesday night.

Warriors quell Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Danny Fortson scored 20 points and had 22 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors held on for an 86-79 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Sabres stop Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- J.P. Dumont scored three goals, the last into an empty net to seal the Buffalo Sabres' 5-3 victory Monday night over the Florida Panthers.

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