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Monday, November 18, 2002

Kenai companies feud over Cook Inlet gas reserves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two companies are in a tug of war over Cook Inlet's natural gas reserves because of cutbacks in gas supplies.

Skagway pursues borough status
JUNEAU (AP) -- Skagway is determined to become a borough, despite a ruling by the Local Boundary Commission that doesn't meet certain characteristics of a regional area, as outlined by the state.

University hires vice president for fund-raising
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska has hired a new associate vice president for development, a job intended to boost private donations.

Dandelions threaten other flowers in Exit Glacier area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While some ecologists in Alaska worry about toothy invaders such as northern pike gobbling up native salmon and trout, others focus on the dangers posed by little yellow dandelions.

Anchorage men arrested at Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Anchorage men have been arrested in Fairbanks on drug charges, FBI officials said.

Better GOP organization gets credit for victories
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It was 7 p.m. on election night. The polls wouldn't close for another hour. But in a littered back-room office at Frank Murkowski's campaign headquarters, Alaska State Republican Party chairman Randy Ruedrich could smell victory.

Municipal League backs away from sales tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Municipal League is backing off of its call to have the state consider an income tax to help solve the state's fiscal problems.

Transition shakes up state jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As the outgoing administration of Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles yields to the incoming administration of Republican Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski, hundreds of jobs hang in the balance.

Man suffers apparent heart attack during arraignment
KENAI (AP) -- A Kasilof man suffered an apparent heart attack while being arraigned on two counts of failing to show up for court.

Barrow bids farewell to the sun
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow residents were saying goodbye to the sun Monday, which won't make another appearance until Jan. 23,2003.

Two aftershocks rattle Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two light earthquakes struck in the Interior.

Natives share culture with Fort Wainwright soldiers
FORT WAINWRIGHT (AP) -- Even though the building was warm, Morgan Solomon donned his heavy-duty ceremonial parka before addressing the audience.

Knowles makes two judicial appointments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has made his last judicial appointments, naming two lawyers in private practice to handle civil cases in Anchorage Superior Court.

Weapons thief gets 17 months in prison
FARIBANKS (AP) -- One of two Fairbanks men charged with stealing several guns from a police officer's personal car and trying to sell them on the street more than a year ago has been sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Man dies in Fairbanks shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man is dead after shooting himself in the head while playing Russian roulette Friday, according to Fairbanks police.

Alaska Municipal League drops call for income tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Municipal League has dropped its call for the state to consider an income tax as a way to solve its fiscal problems. Instead, the group is calling for development of additional sources of revenue.

Coast Guard cutter retired after serving Alaska well
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After half a century of service to Alaska mariners, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sedge was retired from duty.

Judge says Wal-Mart violated Alaska worker's rights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled that an employee fired from the Wasilla Wal-Mart store should be reinstated and given back pay, saying the company had ''eviscerated'' the worker's rights.

BP pays $675,000 for Prudhoe spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has agreed to pay $675,000 to the state to settle claims and cleanup monitoring costs from a pipeline leak on the North Slope last year that spilled crude oil and methanol.

Costs of cleanup from grounded vessel tops $250,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cost of cleaning up the wreck of the 150-foot Genei Maru is at $250,000 and rising.

Trustees urge Legislature to alter fund structure
KENAI (AP) -- The board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. repeated its support for a new way of organizing the state's huge savings pool at a two-day meeting here.

Jonrowe gets Taco Bell as sponsor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali Foods Inc., the owner of the state's Taco Bell franchises, has entered into a multiyear sponsorship agreement with Iditarod musher Dee Dee Jonrowe.

Officials say bear-car collisions unusually high
KENAI (AP) -- State officials said an unusually high number of bears have been killed by cars in the Kenai Peninsula.

State gets federal grants for wetlands protection
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state of Alaska has won $2.6 million dollars in federal grants to protect coastal wetlands.

Aftershock reported near Paxson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Another aftershock was reported early Sunday from the big earthquake that shook Alaska earlier this month.

Sitka couple sentenced in sex abuse case
SITKA (AP) -- A Sitka couple convicted of sexually abusing three girls were sentenced to prison Friday.

Marlins to deal Hampton to Atlanta, source says
MIAMI -- Mike Hampton will try to rejuvenate his career with the Braves after a whirlwind weekend that had the left-hander dealt from Colorado to Florida and then to Atlanta.

Photo: Biting cold
A fisher waits for a bite in the icy waters of the Chagrin River in Gates Mills, Ohio, on Thursday.

Study: Substance could be powerful predictor of chances of surviving cancer
Measuring levels of a certain protein in a tumor could give doctors an astonishingly accurate way of predicting whether early breast cancer is likely to spread to the rest of a woman's body, a study suggests.

NOW PLAYING: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Potter fans rejoice; Chamber of Secrets is a great time at the movies. But was there really any question? Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was the smash hit of last year, a successful sequel has been a foregone conclusion. Sometimes these expectations can be the kiss of death (see, or rather, don't see Men in Black II) but the second installation of Harry Potter meets them head on, and embraces them.

Stewart on cusp of NASCAR crown
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- If he stays out of trouble long enough, Tony Stewart can cement his reputation as one of NASCAR's biggest stars by wrapping up his first Winston Cup championship Sunday.

Stewart wins NASCAR title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Tony Stewart got the job done Sunday, winning the Winston Cup championship with an 18th-place finish as Kurt Busch raced to victory in the Ford 400.

Kasilof man dies from heart attack during court appearance
A 68-year-old Kasilof man who suffered an apparent heart attack during a Kenai District Court arraignment hearing Thursday has died.

Police try to piece old crimes together
A 65-year-old woman was killed near Kasilof in 1977. Another woman was shot to death in her house in 1985. A college coed was murdered in 1994. An aircraft mechanic was killed in his Nikiski hangar earlier this year.

Alaska job rate higher than national average
Better than 71 percent of Alaskans older than 16 years of age either have a job or are actively seeking one, which is a markedly better average than the nation as a whole, according to an Alaska Department of Labor and Workplace Development analysis of recent U.S. Census data.

Paved roads topic generates discussion for Soldotna council
Having finally cleared the air on a restaurant smoking ban last month, the Soldotna City Council returned to more routine matters at Wednesday's meeting. The council only passed two resolutions, both unanimously on the consent portion of the agenda.

Peninsula's coast could get high-tech focus
Using high-tech imaging gear, the Kenai Peninsula Borough soon could make detailed topographic maps of the borough's eroding shoreline from Anchor Point to Kachemak Bay, a necessary step for future erosion studies.

State's natural resource development could be streamlined by Republican control
With Republicans now firmly in control of Congress and the White House, and with GOP majorities leveraging the Alaska Legislature led by a governor-elect promising aggressive development, the political tools may be in place for reform of the state's complex, multi-layered natural resource permitting process.

Intertie startup slated for 2004
Barring any major shocks, construction on a new 138,000-volt electrical transmission line is expected to begin in 2004.

Lack of dental options may be thing of the past
Getting toothaches is a routine part of life. Having to travel nearly 200 miles to seek treatment for a toothache is not routine, but it is a scenario many people, especially children, in the central Kenai Peninsula face due to a lack of dental care access for uninsured or underinsured people.

Bruce A. Nevitt
Former Kenai resident Bruce A. Nevitt died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, in his home in Bellingham, Wash., after battling leukemia. He was 69.

Letters to the Editor
Compromise possible only when rhetoric takes back seat to realityNegotiations indicate teacher strike becoming a foregone conclusionNumerous individuals, businesses make food bank a success

Martha Stewart, move over
Let me get this out of the way right from the start: Martha Stewart I am not. Perhaps if I were, this never would have happened.

U.S. will benefit by taking multilateral route with Iraq
The first cutoff date is Dec 7. By then the world will know if Iraq's Saddam Hussein intends to comply with the United Nations Security Council's demand that he dismantles his weapons of mass destruction. It is thus really up to Saddam now. If he cooperates fully and unreservedly, he will lose his weapons but keep his head; if he does not, he will lose both.

Rebuilding Afghanistan will require cooperation
The Pentagon's shift from bombing Afghanistan to rebuilding it recognizes that although much has been done to provide emergency food and shelter for Afghans, longer-lasting remedies are needed. Doubling to more than 300 the number of civil affairs troops dispatched to bases around the country would allow for the building of more roads, bridges and schools.

Are Saddam, bin Laden possible allies?
WASHINGTON -- Suddenly, President Bush is tangling with not one but both of his most denounced international villains: Osama bin Laden and Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

Alaska 20/20 gives opportunity to help direct path of state
Maybe you were thrilled with the outcome of the Nov. 5 general election. Maybe you weren't.

DNC chair's job safe -- for now
WASHINGTON -- Terry McAuliffe led the Democratic National Committee through a midterm election campaign in which his party lost control of the Senate, lost ground in the House and fell short of its goals for governorships.

Photo feature: Frosty forecast?
Warm weather affects a snowman's posture on Katmai Avenue in Soldotna earlier this week. Forecasters are calling for more snow this week. However, with temperatures hovering around the freezing point, it may be mixed with rain.

The wake-up quake: Are you prepared?
The earthquake many of us experienced on Nov. 3 was what I would like to think of as the "wake-up quake." This experience should serve as a teachable moment for those of us not in the midst of cleaning up after what could have been a major disaster for us here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula
Singers to perform todayHospice to host open houseBorough to hold discussionCES to hold board meetingPerformers to hold auditionsIce club plans fund-raiserChurch to package cookies

Around the Peninsula
Booster club to host bazaarSwim tryouts to beginHospital service area board to meetProgram to stimulate economic developmentLove INC annual meeting scheduledBear activity presentation planned

Community Events
Soldotna chamber sponsors light contestJunior Miss contest applications availableCamp planned for families dealing with FASAMCC sells collection of Alaska recipes

Cozumel waters offer bounty of beauty
COZUMEL, Mexico -- It took only one dive into the blue Caribbean waters off the island of Cozumel for the late marine biologist Jacques Cousteau to declare the coral reefs among the world's greatest.

Elks table tennis winners announced
Ray Debardenlaben and Joe Szczesny won the weekly Soldotna Elks table tennis tournament Wednesday.

Retired couple trades tours for foot power when visiting Scotland
Sally and her husband Dave, both retirees living in Cooper Landing, spent six weeks in Scotland this summer, traveling like college students on a low budget -- and hiking about 100 miles through the Scottish wilderness.

Peninsula People
Soldotna student inducted into honor society

Natives share culture with soldiers
FORT WAINWRIGHT -- Even though the building was warm, Morgan Solomon donned his heavy-duty ceremonial parka before addressing the audience.

Recipe is just a 'Nutter' sandwich
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) -- It sounds like a recipe only Elvis could love: a peanut butter sandwich with chocolate chips, crispy rice cereal, powdered sugar and dried cherries.

There are no guarantees
The serious injuries to Tommy Maddox and Donovan McNabb illustrate just how fragile guarantees can be in the NFL these days.

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia face critical QB injuries
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans' best game in nearly two seasons was overshadowed Sunday by an injury to Pittsburgh quarterback Tommy Maddox that sent him to a hospital strapped to a stretcher with a bruised spinal cord and a concussion.

Sports Briefs
Faulk misses third straight practiceNorth Dakota sweeps UAA hockeySabres trade D Woolley to Red WingsWimmer wins Busch season finale

Bartlett up to Challenge
Bartlett High won the Peninsula Ice Challenge at the Soldotna Sports Center Saturday when it beat North Pole 5-1 in early afternoon play. But central Kenai Peninsula prep hockey fans were the ones who were rewarded with the final game of the tournament -- Kenai Central vs. Soldotna.

The Next Level
Kenai's Hansen takes top diving spot for ScotsBosick named to All-Tournament team

Calcavecchia, Couples lead three-tour event
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Mark Calcavecchia had five birdies and partner Fred Couples added three birdies to defeat the team of Peter Jacobsen and Scott McCarron 5 and 4 in the opening round of the $1.2 million Hyundai Team Matches on Saturday.

Ohio State slips past Illinois in overtime
A shot at the national championship and the Big Ten title comes down to one game for No. 2 Ohio State -- against rival Michigan next Saturday.

Legace leads Wings past Leafs
TORONTO -- Backup Manny Legace made 30 saves in place of Curtis Joseph as the Detroit Red Wings won their fourth straight game by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 Saturday night.

Morales pounds out decision over Ayala
LAS VEGAS -- An old adage in boxing is a good bigger fighter will usually beat a good smaller fighter. On Saturday night, Erik Morales was both too big and too good for Paulie Ayala.

Local Sports Briefs
Votes taken for Shootout Top-10 playersPanthers overtake Homer RumbleDelta skaters top NikiskiSoldotna tops Homer

Mavericks off to 10-0 start
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The unbeaten streak has reached double figures for the Dallas Mavericks, whose newfound commitment to defense helped them defeat the New Jersey Nets 96-88 victory Saturday night.

Skyview stops Nikiski in wrestling dual clash
A pair of injury defaults didn't help the Bulldogs cause Friday in a 56-12 dual-meet loss to Skyview at Nikiski.

Tampa Bay breezes by Hurricanes homestand
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cory Sarich scored with 1:15 left in overtime and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 Sunday.

Homer comes up short in third-place game
A week ago, the Homer High School volleyball team was thrilled to have taken third place at the Region III/4A tournament.

Seward finishes strong
The Seward High School volleyball team bounced back from a difficult opening-round loss, battling to a fourth-place finish in the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A Volleyball Championships.

Skyview takes fourth in state
The roller coaster ride that has been Skyview High School volleyball for the past two weeks came to stop Saturday with the Panthers capturing fourth place at the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Championships.

Seals distinguish between undersea noises
Researchers say they have found the first evidence that harbor seals can learn to tell the difference between the calls of roving, seal-hunting killer whales and their safer fish-eating killer whale cousins.

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