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Saturday, November 16, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Watercooler
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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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