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Sunday, November 18, 2001

Boeing asks judge to limit data for families of Alaska Air crash victims
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Boeing has asked a federal judge to limit the amount of information it is required to provide relatives of those killed in the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 until formal settlement talks are finished.

St. George welcomes Santa
ST. GEORGE (AP) -- Santa Claus flew 670 miles in a droning C-130 Friday to deliver toys and Christmas dinners to this dot of land in the Bering Sea. It's part of a long tradition in Alaska.

BP's GTL plant nears completion
KENAI (AP) -- The gas-to-liquids demonstration plant British Petroleum is building in Nikiski is expected to start producing in February or March, according to Steve Fortune, engineering manager for the $86 million project.

Fish research center clears funding hurdle
JUNEAU (AP) -- Congress has approved the final chunk of money for a new federal fisheries research center planned near Juneau. A new funding bill includes $21.1 million for the $50 million center.

State Supreme Court sends abortion issue back to judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court, in a very narrow ruling, has rejected a Superior Court judge's summary judgment in an abortion case.

ACS gets permission to boost Anchorage phone rates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Many local phone customers will pay 24 percent more for basic phone service and other optional features starting next Saturday under a rate increase tentatively approved by state regulators this week.

Cargo jet loses wheel on takeoff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wheel popped off an Air France 747 cargo plane just before the aircraft lifted off from Fairbanks International Airport Friday, but the plane was able to return and land safely. No one was injured in the landing or by the errant 600-pound wheel, which ended up on a frozen lake off the end of the runway.

Lobbyist indicted on federal fraud charges
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Lobbyist Geoffrey Bullock, whose clients include the city of Ketchikan, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of wire fraud.

Proposal to cut airport trees meets opposition
JUNEAU (AP) -- Airport managers in Juneau want to cut down a 60-acre patch of forest to reduce the danger of birds smashing into airplanes. But some bird experts say eliminating the trees could actually force more birds across the runway area and increase the potential problems.

Cattle roundup planned on island near Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Despite protests from area ranchers, federal wildlife managers are forging ahead with plans to remove all cattle from a tiny island 175 miles southwest of Kodiak where the livestock have roamed for decades. Introduced foxes may also be eliminated in order to return Chirikof Island, part of the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge, to its native species.

BP moves part of Alaska exploration duties to Houston
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will no longer manage its more speculative Alaska oil exploration from Anchorage, moving the responsibility for those drilling decisions to Houston.

NextWave agrees to sell wireless licenses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government settled its long airwaves battle with NextWave

Appeals court decision could mean more rural trials
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A decision by the Alaska Court of Appeals could result in more criminal trials being held in small towns around the Alaska Bush instead of Fairbanks or Bethel, the only places in the sprawling Fourth Judicial District that have sitting Superior Court judges. The same reasoning would apply to other regions of the state.

Judge blocks baseball from axing Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota judge blocked major league baseball from folding the Twins, ordering the team to play its 2002 home schedule in the Metrodome.

Former Afghan leader returns
KABUL, Afghanistan -- In a convoy of vehicles with his picture plastered on the windshields, the Afghan president ousted five years ago by the Taliban returned Saturday to the capital to reclaim his post. His return raised worries over the effort to build a broad-based, post-Taliban government.

Forum looks ahead
Neither ice nor blowing snow could dampen the enthusiasm at the Kenai Peninsula 2001 Economic Outlook Forum.

Letter renews fears of yet more anthrax
WASHINGTON -- Authorities closed two Senate office buildings Saturday and awaited test results from a letter suspected of containing anthrax that was sent to a senator.

Tracking Taliban's last stand
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Huge plumes of smoke billowed into the air above the hilly battle lines, and commanders' radios crackled with urgent messages. It was another day on the northern front outside Mazar-e-Sharif, a Taliban-held city on the windy steppes of northern Afghanistan.

Bush plans to sign aviation security measure
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's signature on major aviation security legislation passed by Congress may reassure holiday travelers that the government is taking substantial steps to protect them from would-be assailants. Immediate signs of change, however, will be minimal.

Murkowski: Don't 'rest on laurels'
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski was right at home Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College, in spite of the fact that he has been forced to vacate two Washington, D.C., offices due to the threat of anthrax contamination. Murkowski, who recently announced his candidacy for governor, was the keynote speaker during the second half of the two-day Kenai Peninsula 2001 Economic Outlook Forum.

Terrorists among us identified
WASHINGTON -- The largest criminal investigation in American history has exposed the rough outlines of at least a half-dozen centers of terrorist support on U.S. soil operating underground before the Sept. 11 suicide attacks, officials say.

Government can remove impediments, says top fed
Calling him "Alaska's head fed," Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, welcomed Jeffrey Staser, federal co-chair for the Denali Commission, to the Kenai Peninsula Economic Outlook Forum. Staser was the keynote speaker Friday.

First lady blasts Taliban's harsh treatment of women
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Laura Bush took the lead for the administration Saturday in the latest public effort to discredit the Taliban, decrying the ruling militia's ''brutal oppression'' of women in Afghanistan.

Officials skeptical of claim bin Laden out of Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- A Taliban diplomat's claim that Osama bin Laden had left Afghanistan could be a ploy to thwart American-led efforts to find the terrorist suspect, U.S. officials said Saturday.

'Future' puts technology savvy to use
Those who couldn't attend the 2001 Kenai Peninsula Economic Forum Friday and Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College are still able to listen to the speakers and view the presentations via the World Wide Web at www.kpedd.org.

Jonathan Zundel
Nikiski area resident Jonathan Zundel died Nov. 13, 2001 in Groton, Conn. He was 18.

Annie Swanson Hatch
Alaska Native Annie Swanson Hatch died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Wesley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward. She was 102.

War changes Rumsfeld's image
WASHINGTON -- For a man whose epithets are not much saltier than ''by golly,'' Donald H. Rumsfeld can tick people off, and the list of the offended grew during his first months as defense secretary.

How far should inclusion go?
If you are easily offended, please stop reading now. For those of you who may be reading this who have thin skin, faint hearts or fragile egos, go on to another page. This shouldn't bother you, but one can never be too certain. So, just skip this column altogether.

Borough land sale exemplifies essence of 'American dream'
Too often, it's when things go wrong they get noticed. Let something go right, and it barely gets a nod.

My Best Friend
Molly, a 3-year-old miniature Pinscher, belongs to Jim and Betty West of Kenai. Her favorite activity is watching for squirrels on the deck. Sometimes she even recruits the Wests' grandson Ryan Heilala to assist her.

Fewer moms return to work a year after having a child
WASHINGTON -- The questions weigh on the minds of many mothers soon after giving birth: When should I go back to work? If I do, can I keep part-time hours, or work more from home?

Smashing pumpkin helps save dog's life
SPARTA, N.J. (AP) -- Neighbors tossed a pumpkin, then rocks, through the front window of a burning house so a dog trapped inside could escape.

Around the Peninsula
Craft fair slatedGolden anniversary couples to be honoredLive drive-through Nativity plannedAvalanche warning workshop offered'Fibber McGee and Molly' show plannedLogo design contest announcedChristmas bazaar to be heldWRCC seeking volunteersComputer class being offered'Big brothers' neededFirewood area open

Get stuffed safely this Thanksgiving
To stuff or not to stuff the turkey, that is often the question. Let's take a look at the safe way to get stuffed this Thanksgiving.

Smith, Hollers plan December wedding
Kristina Trylene Smith and Levi Don Hollers will be married Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, in an evening ceremony in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Holidays especially meaningful for those who overcome obstacles
Second family brings challenges, contentmentNurse finds inspiration in service.

Frost, Stuart wed in July
Jodi Frost and Lucas Stuart, both of Happy Valley, were married Saturday, July 7, 2001, at 3 p.m. at the Soldotna Church of God. The Rev. Alan Humphries officiated.

Maryland coasts past American
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Lonny Baxter scored 25 points and Juan Dixon had 22 as No. 2 Maryland opened its 47th and final season at Cole Field House with an 83-53 rout of American University on Saturday.

Flyers conquer slipping Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Simon Gagne scored the go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the slumping New Jersey Devils 3-1 Saturday.

SoHi claims Challenge championship
The Soldotna High School hockey team defeated Kenai Central on the strength of hat tricks from two players to claim the championship of the Peninsula Ice Challenge hockey tournament Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Stars provide own streaky display
Stargazers looking to enjoy the shooting Stars of Saturday night's Leonids got a preview Friday as the Soldotna High School hockey team defeated Lathrop 6-0 in the Peninsula Ice Challenge hockey tournament at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Hawks survive Celtics' barrage
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat Boston 112-103 Saturday night, despite an NBA-record 10 3-pointers by the Celtics in the third quarter.

Florida State's run in ACC comes to an end
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maryland and The Fridge slammed the door on Florida State's nine-year run as Atlantic Coast Conference champions Saturday night.

Sports Briefs
UAF skaters fall to Ferris St.St. Cloud State tops UAAHewitt wins tour finale to enhance his No. 1 spot

Iowa State downs Golden Eagles
MILWAUKEE -- Lindsay Wilson scored 21 points, and Angie Welle added 15 to lead No. 8 Iowa State to a 68-50 victory over Marquette on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Lewis makes Rahman noodle
LAS VEGAS -- Lennox Lewis kept his anger bottled up until it exploded with a tremendous right-hand punch that made him heavyweight champion again.

Knight certainly not restrained in return to college basketball
LUBBOCK, Texas -- In the first three minutes of his first game at Texas Tech, Bob Knight smacked his players on the behind, chewed out his point guard and questioned calls by officials.

Soldotna takes region rumble
The Soldotna wrestling team scored 141 points to win the Region III rumble Saturday in Homer.

LPGA Championship caught up in Webb
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Karrie Webb played the final 12 holes without a bogey, making back-to-back birdies late in the round that gave her a 1-over 73 and allowed her to regain control Saturday in the LPGA Tour Championship.

Bulldogs tie Homer
A tie game ending with no score could have been attributed to shoddy offensive play, but this was not the case when Homer's hockey team faced off against Nikiski Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. With 52 combined shots on goal, fierce defense held the score at 0-0.

Three Eagles suspended
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles leading rusher Correll Buckhalter and teammates Terrence Carroll and Darrel Crutchfield were suspended for Sunday's game after Carroll was arrested on marijuana charges, a source familiar with the players said Saturday.

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