Friday, November 15, 2002

Man dies of injuries sustained in Nov. 1 accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has died of injuries sustained in a Nov. 1 vehicle accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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

Murkowski releases list of possible successors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski has released his short list of choices to replace him when he resigns from the U.S. Senate next month.

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.

Board maintains doctor's license suspension
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has voted unanimously to uphold a hearing officer's recommendation that Dr. Jay Van Houten's medical license remain summarily suspended.

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.

ANWR activists end trek to Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two activists who criss-crossed the country to rally opposition to oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reached their goal.

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.

New APOC rule targets soft money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission has adopted a regulation requiring political parties to disclose where they got so-called soft money donations and how they spent them.

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.

Members approve Mat-Su hospital deal
PALMER (AP) -- Valley Hospital, the only such facility in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, will enter a joint venture deal with a Texas company that has promised to build a new $75 million hospital in the Palmer-Wasilla area.

Outcry sparked by proposed changes to Medicaid program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Parents, foster parents and private agency workers spoke out this week against changes proposed for a Medicaid program that serves Alaska children and adults.

Ciri sheds real estate holdings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. has unloaded a huge slice of its real estate holdings over the last few years.

New inter-island ferry restaurant shuts down
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Travelers on Southeast Alaska's new ferry run between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island had raved about the gourmet meals offered on board.

FAA tests laser lights to prevent runway collisions normally''
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Laser lights are being tested at an Anchorage airport to help prevent pilots from making a sometimes fatal error -- crossing in the path of other aircraft.

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.

Man arrested in Anchorage bar shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man suspected of shooting and killing a man inside an Anchorage bar has been arrested, police said Friday.

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.

Lawyer says couple innocent of animal cruelty innocent
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- The lawyer for an Alaska couple says they will plead innocent to charges of misdemeanor cruelty for crowding 170 dogs and 11 cats into a tractor-trailer without food or water for a 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.

Borough considers fishing charter tax plan
HOMER (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering a plan to tax charter fishing businesses on a daily, per-passenger basis.

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.

Barrow man dies after being stabbed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North Slope Borough Police on Thursday were investigating the stabbing death of a Barrow man.

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.

Man robs Anchorage credit union
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man robbed a South Anchorage credit union Thursday afternoon, the FBI said.

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.

Park Service wants ideas on backcountry use
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Park Service is collecting opinions on how Glacier Bay National Park and two other parks should be managed.

FAA tests laser lights to prevent runway collisions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Laser lights are being tested at an Anchorage airport to help prevent pilots from making a sometimes fatal error -- crossing in the path of other aircraft.

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.

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.

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.

Boomers more active than younger Americans in some online tasks
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Kathleen Hargan needs information about ailments and diseases, she turns to the Internet. When she wants to learn more about the stock market, she also goes online.

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."

History shows market volatility can last decades
NEW YORK (AP) -- OK, time for a little reality check. You've lost $25,000 in the terrible bear market, but just maybe the worst is over, so you can sit back and watch your stocks go up, up and away again.

GROUND RAGE: You've heard the air rage horror stories. Now British Airways is trying to tackle the issue of ground rage, the phenomenon of bellicose passengers in the airport.

'Victory Garden' gives viewers tips so gardens at home can bloom
SOUTHBORO, Mass. (AP) -- On a country road, tucked away behind a white picket fence, Michael Weishan is hard at work cultivating inspiration in his back yard.

It's snowing on my garden. Fresh cucumbers, anyone?
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Legend has it the Emperor Nero plucked serenely on his harp while watching Rome burn. It isn't too far-fetched to imagine him snacking on a few cucumber slices at the time, delivered fresh from his hobby greenhouse.

Organic and nonorganic: Never the twain shall meet
SEATTLE (AP) -- Finding organic grapes or poultry has gotten easier in grocery stores across the country -- a very intentional byproduct of a new federal requirement that retailers keep organic and nonorganic foods separate.

Quotas filled for three goat hunts
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued emergency orders to close registration hunts for mountain goats in areas RG336 and RG344 in Game Management Unit 7, and area RG365 in Unit 15C. The quotas for hunts in these areas have been met.

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.

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

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.

This week's race: Ford 400
Where and when

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

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.

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.

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

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Changing way fund managed
After two days of meetings, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees sent an exact message to Alaska legislators: change the way the fund is managed to combine both fund principal and earnings into a single pool of money.

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.

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.

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.

Highway crashes take toll on bears
A brown bear hit on Sterling Highway in Soldotna Sunday night was the seventh brown bear killed by a car on the Kenai Peninsula this year -- an unusually high number.

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: 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.

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.

Summit helping to build dreams
More than 80 representatives from about a dozen local rural communities and organizations showed up at last week's Greater Kenai Peninsula Funding Summit for Small Communities in Soldotna at the Aspen Hotel, blowing away the expected attendance.

Man has heart attack during arraignment
A 68-year-old Kasilof man suffered an apparent heart attack, and his son was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Kenai District Court Thursday afternoon.

Salmon fishers voice their ideas during recent task force hearing
HOMER -- Kenai Peninsula salmon fishers took some time last week from fall chores of boat-winterizing and gear-mending to voice their concerns and opinions on the future of their industry.

Chenault picked to lead House oil-gas panel, co-chair resources committee
House District 34 Rep. Mike Chenault of Nikiski, about to begin his second two-year term in the Alaska House of Representatives, has been tapped to co-chair the House Resources Committee. He also will chair the House Special Committee on Oil and Gas.

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

Oilers Corner
Adrian Schau has signed to return to the Oilers for the 2003 season. The right-hander from Villanova University was the 2002 teams closer and spent a great deal of the season in the outfield. On the mound the junior was credited with two wins against no losses while compiling a 2.02 ERA.

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.

Unions: Settlement depends on willingness of district to rethink priorities
There is not a single teacher or support employee in the Kenai Peninsula School District who wants to strike!

Even without TV spotlight, Kenai event will be bright
Regardless of whether the Home and Garden TV Channel cameras film it, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce is planning a Christmas celebration that's full of lights and action.

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.

Administration: Employees' 'unrealistic' expectations need to be revised
As we all know, in life, very few things are mandatory -- a teachers strike is not one of them.

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

Program brings nature's lessons indoors
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Two things are certain about what goes on almost every Saturday morning at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center kids' day program: It's as educational as school, and it's more like play than homework.

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

Around the peninsula
Domestic violence support group to meet Center to hold ice challenge dance Snaring seminar to be offered Two pregnancy classes offered Swim team to begin tryouts Advisory council to hold meetings Soroptimists to begin fund-raiser Residents warned about snow hazards

Spielberg makes private visits to Cuban synagogue, Jewish cemetery
HAVANA (AP) -- American director Steven Spielberg remembered Holocaust victims and gathered with Cuban Jews during a visit to this Caribbean nation.

Iowa Episcopalians elect bishop
DES MOINES, Iowa, (AP) -- An Oxford University-trained California priest has been elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa.

New York preacher starts national religious TV show
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) -- The Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, who twice finished second in voting for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA, has won a national pulpit, this time on television.

Arab paper's publication of 'Protocols' tracts spurs calls for apology
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations has joined U.S. Jewish leaders in demanding an apology from a New Jersey-based Arab newspaper that published excerpts from an anti-Semitic tract.

Author of Joshua books aims to go 'ever deeper into what Jesus was like.'
ALTAMONT, N.Y. (AP) -- Joseph Girzone could always tell a story.

Lutherans cut back services to refugees, immigrants
CHICAGO (AP) -- Restrictions on immigration since Sept. 11 and a drop in donations have led Lutherans to make extensive cuts in one of their joint programs for refugees and newcomers to the United States.

Cupholders, cushions taking seat in churches
PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) -- Laurie Wuerfel and her two young sons slipped their coffee and hot chocolate into the cupholders, eased into cushioned chairs and waited for the sermon to start.

Pittsburgh diocese develops Catechism guide to improve homilies
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has published a 228-page guide to help its preachers include more church doctrine into their sermons.

Religion briefs
Lutefisk and lefse dinner offered Home for the holidays event slated Native outreach fellowship to meet Christmas bazaar planned Great dads seminar planned Clothing ministry open Healing Rooms open weekends Friendship closet open Wednesdays Bible study groups meeting Texas group seeks poetry from Kenai Writers sought for faith anthology

Late winter leaves skiers few options
HATCHER PASS, Alaska -- A kind description for the snow here 3,500 feet high in the Talkeetna Mountains would be ''springlike crust.''

Snowmobile plan could cut Yellowstone access
HELENA, Mont. -- Business leaders in West Yellowstone, Mont., the self-proclaimed ''snowmobile capital of the world,'' fear the Bush administration's plan for managing snowmachines in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks could spell doom for business in their town.

Road rules
Now that it appears there will be a snowmachine season on the Kenai Peninsula this year, Alaska State Troopers and Kenai police are reminding enthusiasts to practice safe snowmachining and to follow some rules of the road.

Kenai Central skaters come up short in opening round of Challenge
Soldotna's Peter Kim put the Stars on the scoreboard 27 seconds into the opening game of the Peninsula Ice Challenge hockey tournament Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center, and ended the game against the North Pole Patriots with a power-play goal 3:23 into overtime.

Sports Briefs
SoHi wrestlers stop Nikiski Delta skaters top Nikiski Peninsula Piranhas to hold tryouts

Sixers stop Spurs
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson 37 points, including a go-ahead basket in the final minute after coming back from an ankle injury to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the San Antonio Spurs 99-94 Thursday night.

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

Bruins continue hot play, Islanders slump
BOSTON -- Glen Murray had a goal and an assist as the streaking Boston Bruins beat New York 4-1 Thursday night in a game in which the Islanders lost captain Michael Peca to a knee injury in his first meaningful action of the season.

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.

Homer makes semis, Seward falls to Valdez
Bartlett defeated Skyview 15-9, 12-15, 15-13 and 16-14 Thursday in the opening round of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament at West High in Anchorage.

No. 8 Alabama edges No. 3 Oklahoma
NEW YORK -- A veteran Top Ten team had to lose Thursday night, and No. 8 Alabama had enough Mo Williams to make sure it wasn't the one on the short end of the score.

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.

Kenai spirit squad captures state title
Zip, zip, zippy; Zap, zap, zappy; H-A-P-P-Y; the Kenai Central cheerleading squad has a lot of reasons to be happy.

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.

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.

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

Protection sought for killer whales sought
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.

Wolf color patterns: Why do some gray and black wolves turn white?
I recently co-authored a report on wolf color patterns, which is the first study of wolf colors covering western North America and Alaska.

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