Thursday, November 15, 2001

Scientists, Natives work together for marine species research.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hundreds of times each year, Alaska Native hunters pause beside their freshly killed seal or whale to perform a careful chore. They take a tiny sliver of tissue -- then send it to a state or federal lab for genetic analysis or contaminant tests.

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

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

Construction worker killed in accident at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A welder was killed Wednesday when he fell from the roof of the new concourse under construction at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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.

Rollover accident kills Kenai man
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai man was killed in a rollover accident on the Spur Highway in Nikiski Tuesday night.

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.

Woman faces arrest for assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have obtained an arrest warrant for a 37-year-old woman wounded during a shooting incident involving troopers Friday in Gakona.

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.

Fairbanks Borough weighs security needs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks security chief Tim Biggane says the area was pretty well prepared for disaster before Sept. 11.

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.

Exxon agrees to Point Thomson development plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. and the state have agreed to a plan to develop a large Point Thomson field on the North Slope.

Searchers recover missing man's four-wheeler from Yukon River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The four-wheeler of a missing Mountain Village man has been recovered from the Yukon River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Michele Stickney named deputy commissioner of Military affairs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Michele Stickney was named deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on Wednesday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

City employees brave cold for first citywide evacuation drill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With the temperature a chilly 4 degrees, city employees -- some with hands tightly wrapped around coffee mugs and clutching pastries -- filed out of City Hall Wednesday in the first citywide evacuation drill.

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.

Fish board keeps opilio season in January
ANCHORAGE (AP) - A proposal to change the opening date of the Bering Sea snow crab fishery from January to April failed Wednesday, with the Alaska Board of Fisheries voting 0-6 against it.

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.

Alaska gets more than $67 million for school programs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has received more than $67 million in federal funds for school programs, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday.

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

Kenai left off GAO list of oil and gas producing refuges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was left off a government list in a report of refuges where federally owned oil and gas is produced.

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.

Lawyers argue over moving St. Paul murder trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Prosecutors want the trial of a man accused of murdering a U.S. Coast Guard officer moved from the town of St. Paul.

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.

Dividend amount expected to dip in 2002 because of economic woes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The next payout of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is expected to shrink by 12 percent because of weaker returns, fueled in part by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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.

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.

GAO report sparks new arguments over ANWR drilling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Supporters of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge say the fact that almost no new oil and gas leases have been issued on the nation's wildlife refuges in 35 years offers little justification for blocking efforts in Alaska.

Bowa, Piniella voted best managers
NEW YORK -- Lou Piniella looked at Larry Bowa a year ago and saw a lot of himself in his third-base coach at Seattle. It turned out he was right -- both wound up with Manager of the Year awards Wednesday.

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.

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

How the landslide started
Some of us actually worried they'd split enough ballots to cancel each other out.

OPEC confirms plan to cut output
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC has agreed to reduce its daily production target for oil by 1.5 million barrels, or 6 percent, but only if non-OPEC producers share the burden by making a deep cut of their own, the cartel announced Wednesday.

Canadian chamber calls for settlement to lumber dispute
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce has taken its case against U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber to allied business groups south of the border.

Stock prices continue upward
NEW YORK -- A record jump in retail sales and better-than-expected earnings by Hewlett-Packard sent stocks higher Wednesday for the second straight session.

October sales surge
WASHINGTON -- Consumers snapping up zero-interest car deals sent retail sales surging by a record amount in October, only a month after terrorist attacks had stopped the economy cold.

Hoisting Highway lamplights
Lane closures on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna may be coming to an end as the DOT puts the finishing touches on the urban highway project.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai visitors center displays annual 'AlaskaWild' exhibit through Wednesday
Photography buffs or people who just like to stop and enjoy the scenery will find something of interest at the "AlaskaWild/01" photography exhibition at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Alaska Junior Miss 2002 to be chosen Saturday
Eighteen high school senior girls from around the state have arrived in Kenai to compete for the title of Alaska Junior Miss 2002. This year's program will be hosted by 2001 Alaska Junior Miss winner, Kara Merrill, and will be held at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Community dances bring a touch of New England to Kenai Peninsula
Swing your partner round and round, promenade left, do-si-do and, above all, don't forget to have a good time.

Art Briefs
Exhibition accepting Alaska photographsBooth space open for Kenai craft fair'Sound of Music' auditions planned

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

Willie Nelson to sing for food
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) -- Part-time Maui resident Willie Nelson will perform at a concert Saturday at the War Memorial Stadium to benefit the Maui Food Bank. Admission is free, but those attending are asked to bring a canned good, a nonperishable food item or make a monetary donation to the Maui Food Bank.

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.

Mishap at car wash leaves worker injured
A car-wash attendant in Soldotna escaped serious injury Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a pickup truck.

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

New security procedures, ticketing system instituted at Era Aviation
Terrorist attacks, the war and new computer systems are conspiring to effect a lot of changes at Anchorage-based Era Aviation.

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

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.

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.

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.

Workers brave cold for evacuation drill
ANCHORAGE -- With the temperature a chilly 4 degrees, city employees -- some with hands tightly wrapped around coffee mugs and clutching pastries -- filed out of City Hall Wednesday in the first citywide evacuation drill.

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.

Detained aid workers freed
WASHINGTON -- Eight foreign aid workers, including two Americans, held in Afghanistan by the Taliban militia for three months for preaching Christianity were airlifted to freedom Wednesday by U.S. military helicopters, the Pentagon said.

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.

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.

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
Nation having love affair with evil that looks like good

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.

Times force new war tactics Changed circumstances force Powell to change doctrine on intervention
WASHINGTON -- When he became secretary of state, Colin Powell had a clear idea of the kinds of wars the United States should fight and should avoid.

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.

Bill would help government keep tabs on toxic agents
... The FBI's failure to locate every lunatic who tries to cook up anthrax in a Baghdad bathtub is forgivable. But its inability after an intense, monthlong investigation to get even an inkling of which U.S. labs have pathogens such as smallpox and anthrax exposes an inexcusable lapse in oversight that has put the nation at risk.

Now is no time to jump to careless conclusions
Airplanes crash. Sometimes the cause is mechanical failure. Sometimes it is bad weather, Sometimes it is pilot error. And sometimes, it is a terrorist attack.

Applause
Many contributions make 'Board 101' training possible

Photo feature: Seasonal landscape
Winter weather along the upper Kenai River rims the trees with hoarfrost near the Russian River ferry landing.

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

Around the Peninsula
Superintendent to speak at chamberKPRCDD monthly meeting held todayJuvenile detention facility committee to meetMonthly DAV meeting setBuilders association's banquet todayUnited Way seeks board membersMen's conference slated for weekendHomer chamber mixer plannedChristmas party planning meeting to be heldAlaska Junior Miss competition coming upMeeting of Independent Blind chapter scheduledCookie sale taking orders

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.

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

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.

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.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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

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

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.

Honor Rolls
Ninilchick and Wings Academy honor rolls

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.

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

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.

Lindros goal lifts Rangers
NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros made up for some early jitters in his first game against his former Philadelphia Flyers teammates, scoring the New York Rangers' first goal in a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

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.

Nowitzki's 28 points lead Mavs past Cavs
CLEVELAND -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, Michael Finley added 22 and the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 107-94 win Wednesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were blown out for the fourth straight time at home.

Sports Briefs
Ice Hawks drop two to All StarsYouth athletic foundation recruiting ballplayersDuke, Krzyzewski agree to long-term contractFormer NL MVP Caminiti arrested on drug charges

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.

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.

Missouri grounds Air Force cagers
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Clarence Gilbert scored 20 points and Kareem Rush had 19 as No. 8 Missouri beat Air Force 86-58 Wednesday night in the second round of the Guardians Classic.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Lunch is served
A pair of ravens keeps watch as another drops into a pickup truck for a garbage snack Wednesday afternoon in Soldotna.

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