Friday, November 16, 2001

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

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.

Anchorage man charged with manslaughter in traffic death of motorcyclist
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was set to appear in court Friday on a manslaughter charge for the August death of a motorcyclist in what authorities said was an alcohol-related traffic collision.

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.

Arctic Village's longtime traditional chief dies at 89
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The longtime traditional chief of Arctic Village has died at 89.

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

State urges Fairbanks trout fishing before winterkill sets in
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's that time of year when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game urges anglers in the Fairbanks area to go out and kill fish before they die.

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.

Judge throws out recall petition request against Mat-Su assemblyman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage judge has thrown out a request to start a recall petition against Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver.

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.

UA Capital Projects, CORRECTIVE
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a Nov. 14 story about the University of Alaska capital budget request, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the amount of the overall budget. It proposes spending $272 million in fiscal 2003.

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.

Plummeting oil prices could bring badly needed relief to battered U.S. economy
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Oil prices plunged to their lowest level in more than two years despite efforts by OPEC to stop the free fall, which analysts said could further push down prices at the gas pump.

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.

Consortium's return sparks renewed hope in gas pipeline project
JUNEAU (AP) -- A natural gas consortium plans to resurrect its proposal to build a 1,700-mile gas pipeline through Alaska to the Lower 48, sparking renewed hope in the massive undertaking just as oil companies were doubting its viability.

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.

October unemployment rate near record low
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate posted a month-to-month increase in October, but was near record lows for the month.

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.

Man arrested for stealing gun from fred Meyer store
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was indicted Thursday for stealing a gun from the Fred Meyer store in South Anchorage.

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.

Nine men indicted on cocaine and gun conspiracy charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nine Anchorage men were indicted Thursday on federal charges of conspiracy, drug trafficking and use of firearms.

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.

Herring behavior could indicate link to Exxon Valdez spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New imaging technology shows that Pacific herring rise to the surface of Prince William Sound at night to gulp down air.

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.

Cruise ship companies to pay for pollution violations
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state will collect nearly half a million dollars from seven cruise lines for air quality violations in Southeast Alaska.

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.

ACS to get state telecommunications contract
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems Group is the apparent winner of a nearly $100 million contract to take over telecommunications services for state government.

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.

Minor earthquake felt in Mat-Su communities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small earthquake was sharply felt in Palmer and Wasilla Friday morning, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.

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.

Yankees ace adds another Cy Young Award to his collection
NEW YORK -- With his record sixth Cy Young Award en route to his crowded trophy room, Roger Clemens turned his attention to the Hall of Fame.

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.

Like a good parent, governments can nurture entrepreneurship
NEW YORK (AP) -- In dealing with constituents, governments concerned with promoting economic progress can benefit from a lesson familiar to any parent: Strike a balance between security and self-sufficiency.

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.

Steps taken now can save you taxes next April
NEW YORK (AP) -- The April tax season might seem far away, but now is the time to try to lower your tax bill. Steps to minimize your taxable income and maximize your deductions generally must be taken before year's end to count.

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.

Deflation? Not likely, but possible
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seldom has there been such a seismic change in American spending habits.

Companies bank on boomer interest in health foods
NEW YORK (AP) -- Naomi Voegtli used to never think twice about regularly eating fried chicken, pizza and french fries. But the 37-year-old attorney and mother decided to make some changes after her 65-hour work weeks began tiring her more than usual.

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.

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.

Erie shore hot spot for walleye in cold weather
HURON, Ohio (AP) -- Fishermen along Lake Erie's shoreline are in the fast food business much like the hamburger chains. Anglers have figured out that if you find a procession of hungry customers and put food where the traffic is, the action can be nonstop.

Sisters by chance, huntresses at heart; group of women travel and hunt together
GAP MILLS, W.Va. -- The Dianas are a small sorority, but strong strings tie them together.

On the trail with Texas' top bowhunter
AUSTIN -- Jack Brittingham is a hunter. It's his job and he takes it seriously.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

BP predicts late winter startup
The gas-to-liquid demonstration plant British Petroleum is building in Nikiski is about 82 percent done, and it's expected to start producing in February or March, says Steve Fortune, engineering manager for the project.

Showdowns loom in final strongholds
BANGI, Afghanistan -- Northern alliance forces and Pashtun tribesmen encircled two of the Taliban's last remaining strongholds at opposite ends of the country Thursday. The Taliban's supreme leader vowed to fight to the death and to seek the ''extinction of America.''

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.

Rep. Scalzi, Borough Mayor Bagley find trip to Chile useful, informative
Traveling halfway around the world to see it first hand, delegates from the Kenai Peninsula agree that fish farming isn't for Alaska. However, Chile, a major supplier of seafood to world markets, offered lessons in consistency and quality control.

Dividend amount expected to dip in 2002
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.

Economic forum to include address by Sen. Murkowski
Offering a peek into the area's economic future, a two-day forum organized by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District kicks off this morning at 8:30 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign two Wildcats

Interest rate cut may be right boost for economy
For the 10th time this year, the Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates a half percentage point to 2 percent the other day. The rates began the year at 6.5 percent.

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.

Swimmers, divers say thanks

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.

Letters to the Editor
Legislation to help big airlines likely to hurt Alaska aviation Some things only God understands; even now, God remains in control

Letters to the Editor
Nation having love affair with evil that looks like good

Bottom line: Forum offers opportunity to see, shape future
Kenai Peninsula residents once again have the opportunity not only to learn more about where they live and do business, but also to shape the peninsula's future during this year's economic outlook forum.

McGovern was right about Vietnam
The publication of "Reaching for Glory: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1964-1965" by historian Michael Beschloss (Simon & Schuster) should end the argument as to who was right about the Vietnam War. George McGovern was right, and so were his Senate colleagues who opposed the war even before he did, including Mark Hatfield, R-Ore., Wayne Morse, D-Ore., and Ernest Gruening, D-Alaska.

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.

Snowy owl in Fairbanks provides local birders with rare treat
FAIARBANKS (AP) -- As Ron and Mary Teel stood in the snow Wednesday studying the snowy owl that was sitting 10 feet away on campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, they had a hard time concealing their excitement.

Dog-mushing legend Earl Norris was an Alaskan to the core
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wherever sled dogs showed up in the modern history of Alaska adventure and sport, there was Earl Norris.

Weekend Leonids display promises to be best 'in our lifetimes'
Brew some coffee. Unpack the lawn chairs. Astronomers predict this year's Leonids meteor display, expected to appear before dawn Sunday, will be a dazzler worth missing a little sleep.

Project Feeder Watch lets backyard birders assist in research
Winter discussion of birds in Alaska often centers on the bird feeder. Just imagine it's Saturday morning, the temperature is a whopping 3 degrees, and you are still in your pajamas sipping that first cup of coffee as the sun finally illuminates your back yard.

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

Forecast unfavorable for peninsula viewers
Alaska is poised to be a good vantage point to see one of the best meteor showers in recent memory late Saturday night and early Sunday morning -- if the weather cooperates.

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

Around the Peninsula
Farewell luncheon announced Homer chamber mixer to be held Marketing council banquet today Historical society board of directors meets Bereavement class planned CPR and first aid training offered Junior Miss competition to be held Community Thanksgiving service announced Voyage to Mars offered Legal representative to answer questions AA meeting held Tuesdays Senior center frying turkeys Soroptimist selling See's Candy

National Council of Churches installs first lay Orthodox president
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Chicago attorney Elenie Huszagh was installed as president of the National Council of Churches during its General Assembly.

Geezers are pleasers: Growing old leads down experienced paths
"Dad, lose the geezer look."

Graham moving headquarters from Minneapolis to Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Rev. Billy Graham announced Thursday he will move his ministry's headquarters to his hometown of Charlotte from Minneapo-lis, where it has been based for more than 50 years.

Britain's Muslim worshippers will outnumber Anglicans within years, researchers predict
LONDON (AP) -- Muslims in Great Britain who regularly attend mosque will outnumber worshipping Anglicans within years, a new survey predicts.

Man living in Philadelphia rowhouse, on $5,500 a year, recognized as ''canonical hermit''
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- He isn't part of a religious order, and his hermitage isn't on top of a mountain.

Jewish committee prepares a special ''haggadah'' for Thanksgiving 2001
NEW YORK (AP) -- Inspired by the haggadah that Jews recite at Passover meals, a Thanksgiving ritual for remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has been published by the American Jewish Committee.

Supernatural themes in 'Harry Potter' continue to anger critics
LOS ANGELES -- The new Harry Potter movie heading in theaters this week has enflamed a small legion of conservative Christian critics who claim the boy wizard is a tool leading children to witchcraft and sin.

Mormon church and Utah State University representatives to settle documents dispute
LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A joint panel representing the Mormon church and Utah State University will settle the fate of documents willed to the university by Leonard J. Arrington, official church historian from 1972 to 1982.

Religion Briefs
Men's conference slated for weekend Children's carnival planned Churches to host ministries rep Christmas bazaar slated for Saturday New 2 U clothing ministry under way Children's choir to perform musical Christmas choir open to community members Thanksgiving sale to benefit artists Live drive-through Nativity planned Volunteers sought for breakfast programs

Falwell sues Virginia over law that limits church property ownership
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell has filed a federal lawsuit against the state and city, challenging long-standing laws limiting the amount and value of land churches can own.

Martin Sheen of TV's ''West Wing'' joins appeal for retirees in Catholic religious orders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Martin Sheen of television's ''West Wing'' recorded TV and radio public service announcements to promote a Dec. 8-9 parish collection for retirees in Roman Catholic religious orders.

People of faith vulnerable to 'affinity frauds,' authorities say
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Jackson drove a $62,000 Humvee and wore a $2,200 wristwatch. His Covenant Broadcasting Network in Nashville, Tenn., was worth millions, he claimed.

Christmas choir open to community members
The choir at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai is practicing for its Christmas Eve Cantata.

Fresh snow fluffs up ski opportunities
An early Thursday morning snowfall on the Kenai Peninsula freshened up the trails for the weekend, according to area groomers.

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.

Soldotna, Kenai start tourney with wins
The Kenai Central High School hockey team finally got one up on the Lathrop Malemutes.

Pistons hit overdrive against Mavericks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse had 28 points and eight rebounds, and Cliff Robinson added 24 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 115-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

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.

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

Knight set for trying season
The made-for-TV movie will be called ''A Season on the Brink,'' and it's scheduled for airing March 10.

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.

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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