Thursday, November 14, 2002

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.

Transportation officials release earthquake funds
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair roads damaged by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, the state's congressional delegation said Wednesday.

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

Native companies to get refund from wireless investment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Alaska Native corporations will get back the money they invested in a wireless telecommunications venture with AT&T Wireless.

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.

Dillingham man killed in ATV accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Dillingham man was killed in an an all-terrain vehicle accident.

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.

Murkowski team plans public meetings
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski's transition team plans to hold a series of public meetings throughout the state in coming weeks to give local residents an opportunity to express their viewpoints on different areas of state government.

Jury selection begins in alleged pipeline shooter case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Attorneys for both sides of the trial of alleged trans-Alaska oil pipeline shooter Daniel Lewis have voiced concerns that the case may have already been decided in the media.

Galena man sentenced for standoff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Galena man was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday on charges stemming from a 10-hour armed standoff with Alaska State Troopers and police nearly a year ago.

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.

High lead levels linked to shooting range
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Youth shooting programs at the Tanana Valley Sportsmen's Association shooting range have been halted after 10 members of the Lathrop High School rifle team were found to have high concentrations of lead in their blood.

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

Group seeks federal protection for orcas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eight conservation groups are asking the federal government to list killer whales in Prince William Sound as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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.

IRS seeks Alaska tax refund recipients
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service owes 409 Alaskans a total of more than $273,000 in undelivered tax refunds, the agency announced Wednesday.

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.

Barrow to again host Kivgiq dance celebration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Barrow will again host a traditional Native dance celebration, North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak announced Wednesday.

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.

Permanent Fund official delivers optimistic forecast
KENAI (AP) -- Coming off its worst quarter in history, the Alaska Permanent Fund can expect continued growth and prosperity, according to a fund official.

Charges split between two accused in Juneau arson
JUNEAU (AP) -- One of the men accused of starting fire that destroyed a Juneau self-storage building over the summer won't face a felony arson charge, under a plea agreement.

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.

A-Rod breaks Vizquel's nine-year Gold Glove winning streak
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez won his first American League Gold Glove on Wednesday, a vote that Omar Vizquel didn't handle too cleanly.

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.

Corporate America struggles to use slang to market to youth
CHICAGO -- Use a little slang and you've got their attention. That seems to be the growing thought in corporate America and the media, eager to hook the younger crowd.

Area retailers consider options of late hours
Anyone looking to stop after midnight at the Kenai Williams Express convenience store in the past few weeks may have been disappointed. Instead of getting late-night snacks, they were met with signs pasted on the fuel pumps saying that the store had gone to its "winter hours."

Homer-area businesses, owners weather floods
Homer took a beating Oct. 22-25, as torrential rains struck the town, causing the worst flooding in 30 years.

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.

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Nikiski production delivers comedy, drama in fall show
True to its name, "Encore! Encore!" will leave audience members cheering for more.

Art Briefs
WHIZ Kids program availableDance group looking to openState writer available for programsFilm contest open for entry

Harry Potter goes back to Hogwarts, theaters
Year two at Hogwarts certainly makes for better viewing than freshman year. Yet like any school calendar overstuffed with, well, school stuff, ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'' starts dragging its tail around midterms.

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $5,131,3222. Jeff Gordon 4,828,8903. Ward Burton 4,763,784

In the spotlight: Casey Atwood
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Roush disputes penalty
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- If Jack Roush has his way, the points race for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship will get tighter a day before the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This week's race: Ford 400
Where and when

Points Standings
1. Tony Stewart 4,6912. Mark Martin 4,6023. Kurt Busch 4,461

One of NASCAR's most controversial drivers could become its top star
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The only thing smooth about Tony Stewart is the way he wins championships.

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.

Assembly revamps committee process
Assembly President Pete Sprague of Soldotna assigned the nine members of the assembly to specific committees last week and revamped the way those committees will conduct their business.

Crime Stoppers alert
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the following crimes.

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.

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.

Unocal Alaska cuts 59 jobs
Unocal Alaska is eliminating 59 jobs in Kenai and Anchorage and closing its Kenai office in an effort to increase profitability in its Cook Inlet operations.

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.

Gas, oil plans under review
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday will consider a trio of proposed legislative priorities related to the oil and gas industry for consideration by state lawmakers next session, including support for a natural gas pipeline, regulatory reform and tax incentives to promote further oil and gas exploration.

For Crime Stoppers, tips equal success
Since its inception in December 1983, Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers have helped solve 228 crimes. In that time, the group has paid out $15,250 in cash rewards.

Photo feature: Flying high
A small plane skirts Hideout Hill in the Kenai Mountains above the fog that blanketed the central Kenai Peninsula earlier this week. Forecasters are calling for alternating rain and snow throughout the week.

Speaker praises Crime Stoppers
Addressing civic officials and members the Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers, a national speaker complimented the group on its successes and urged them to organize student Crime Stoppers groups at Kenai Peninsula high schools.

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

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.

Read this: Library event big hit Many make carnival successful

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?

Letters to the Editor
Is there any good reason to change name of Kenai's Christmas event?Do politicians know how to keep permanent fund permanent?Boats not exempt from taxes; airplane owners know how to lobby

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.

Sound bodies, minds linked
Childhood obesity is finally being seen for what it is -- a major public health issue that poses a lifetime of physical and emotional problems for those afflicted.

Protecting ports requires help from other countries
U.S. efforts to make our ports less vulnerable to terrorists don't begin and end along our own coastline. We also need the cooperation of foreign countries where U.S.-bound cargo originates.

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

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
SPCA to hold spaghetti feedKenaitze Indian Tribe to host blood driveHomer chamber mixer to be co-hostedNursing fund-raiser supports educationBorough to sponsor avalanche workshopLove INC to celebrate accomplishmentsProgram to help artisansResidents warned about snow hazards

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.

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

School lunch menus for the district

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

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

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

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.

Too soon to announce 'checkmate'
Martha Burk knows even less about chess than she does about golf.

Guerin finds net in Dallas victory
WASHINGTON -- Bill Guerin ended a seven-game goal drought with a pair of second-period scores and the Dallas Stars routed the Washington Capitals 6-1 Wednesday night.

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.

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.

Everybody's ready -- let's play hockey
The high school hockey season kicked off two weekends ago, and if the first games of the season are any indication, it's shaping up to be a dandy.

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.

Skyview, Homer, Seward shooting for state crowns
With the program's first region championship under their belt and a spiffy 16-1 overall record, it's easy to forget that the Skyview volleyball team has just two starters back from a year ago.

Sports Briefs
Alou hired as Giants managerHinske, Jennings head all-rookie teamJudge denies motion to dismiss Expos suit

Mavericks down Cavs to remain unbeaten
CLEVELAND -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas remained the NBA's only unbeaten team, improving to 8-0 with a 103-99 victory Wednesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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