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Saturday, November 17, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign two Wildcats

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.

Applause
Swimmers, divers say thanks

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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