Tuesday, November 19, 2002

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.

Big quake spikes hits on earthquake center Web site
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that shook the Interior earlier this month sharply spiked the number of hits on the Alaska Earthquake Information Center's Web site.

Woman arrested in Barrow stabbing
BARROW (AP) -- A Barrow woman is accused of fatally stabbing her live-in boyfriend last week.

Wasilla woman faces charges for running over man
WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla woman is facing charges of attempted murder, assault and drunk driving for allegedly running over a man.

Sealaska Corp. wants to develop Yakutat gravel deposit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sealaska Corp. wants to develop a high-grade sand and gravel deposit near Yakutat and is looking for a partner to help it pursue the venture.

Anchorage police warn of seasonal jump in car thefts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are warning motorists not to leave their cars running while unattended.

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.

Murkowski transition team gets down to work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski's transition team includes former state legislators, appointees from the administration of former Gov. Wally Hickel, industry representatives and even a cabinet member who once served under current Gov. Tony Knowles.

Juneau man pleads guilty in summer Juneau arson fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man has pleaded guilty in a case involving a summer fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to a Juneau storage facility.

Lack of snow forces mushers to put sleds on hold
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scant snowfall across the state has forced frustrated mushers to leave their sleds in the garage and turn to training on four-wheelers.

State unemployment rate flat in October
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate remained at 6.3 percent in October, unchanged from the previous month, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Murkowski spends last day in Washington
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski was wrapping up business in Washington D.C. Tuesday before he returns to Alaska to take the helm as governor.

Fairbanks companies who bet on Condor get money back
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Small interest checks have been distributed to 15 Fairbanks businesses, organizations and individuals who pledged $100,000 to Condor Airlines to fly to the Interior city.

Trial of accused pipeline shooter begins
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A lawyer for Daniel Lewis, the man charged with shooting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline last year, plans to present evidence discrediting the main witness in the case, Lewis' brother Randy.

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.

Katz resigns as head of Alaska's Washington, D.C. office
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The man who has headed up the Alaska governor's office in Washington D.C. for the past two decades is stepping down.

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.

Aftershocks continue to rattle Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aftershocks from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nov. 3 continue to rattle the Interior.

New state regulations on cruise ship waste begin
JUNEAU (AP) -- New state rules to regulate wastewater discharge from cruise ships and other passenger lines will be in place for this summer's cruise ship season.

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.

Commish approves Hampton deal, millions change hands
ATLANTA -- Mike Hampton got his wish to leave Coors Field -- but only after tens of millions of dollars changed hands in a baseball trade that resembled a complex corporate merger.

An Executive Haven opens in Kenai
Ever since the discovery of oil and gas at Swanson River, Kenai has been a destination for executive level people. Now, almost half a century later, Cheney McLennan has created an "Executive Haven" in Kenai that caters to the special needs of all levels of executives from large corporate types to small business people, and even families with too many in-laws or out-laws visiting for the summer or the holidays.

Operation Christmas Child 2002 gets ready to take off
If you would like to share the joy of Christmas with a needy child in Far East Russia, there are only a few shopping days left to fill your shoebox.

First snow falls on Veteran's Day
The first snowfall of the season didn't deter local residents and community officials from coming out to the traditional Veterans Day ceremony at Lief Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai. Families gathered to remember and honor those who serve at great risk to preserve our freedoms and keep our communities safe, and while officials offered spoken tribute to the men in women who serve our country, perhaps it was the children who freely and securely rolled up the first snowball of the season that summed it all up.

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

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 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.

Report confirms bleak outlook for gas
At current demand, the known reserves of natural gas in the Cook Inlet Basin will last about 10 years, and unless more gas is found here or piped in from elsewhere, the Kenai Peninsula Borough economy could suffer.

Woman's story inspires couple to build new home
In March, Soldotna's Cindy Wood told the Kenai Peninsula a story about challenges.

Agreement sought for nurse contracts
Central Peninsula General Hospital nurses and hospital administrators will sit down with a federal mediator Thursday and Friday to attempt to reach an agreement on 3 1/2-year nurse contracts that expired Oct. 31.

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.

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.

School district, unions begin mediation today
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees head back into negotiations this week, but this time the union and district teams will be sitting at different tables.

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.

Donald E. Hallstead
Kasilof resident Donald E. Hallstead died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 68.

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.

Sandra K. Hayes
Kenai resident Sandra K. Hayes died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 59.

Omer Ray Floyd
Anchor Point resident Omer Ray Floyd died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at his home. He was 62.

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.

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.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Court personnel should not have removed Mr. Hallstead's familyClarion misses big event: Kenai cheerleaders win championship

State's new senator needs to get started on energy committee
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski is most publicly associated with a single issue: the drive to open a sliver of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Congress goes nowhere fast Frustrated, lame ducks wade through unfinished business as year nears end
WASHINGTON -- For politicians who are retiring or lost re-election, lame-duck sessions of Congress can be an empty experience. They are not much of a winner, either, for many of those sticking around.

Kenai football team gives to othersNursing students say thanks

Photo feature: Airborne
Luke Mese finds air off a snowball ramp behind Sears Elementary School in Kenai on Saturday. There was just enough snow on the ground to keep Mese and a few other snowboarders airborne.

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.

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.

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

Peninsula People
Soldotna student inducted into honor society

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold luncheonSchool to host financial aid nightLove INC to celebrate accomplishmentsAdvisory council to hold meetingsDomestic violence group to meetCommunity school sponsors fairCenter to hold danceResidents warned about snow hazards

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

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Library patron loses privileges for stealing items
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- A man lost his library privileges for three years after admitting he stole more than 3,000 books and videotapes.

'It definitely unlevels the playing field'
It's not like the kid is short on walking-around money. Earlier this year, Julius Peppers became the No. 2 pick in the draft and the highest-paid player in Carolina Panthers' history -- as much as $62 million over seven years.

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.

Scoring Spree: Sprewell leads Knicks to win
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell returned to the starting lineup and scored 23 points, helping the New York Knicks defeat the Detroit Pistons 94-91 Monday night despite nearly blowing a 32-point lead.

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.

Doing the right thing at any cost is more important than winning at all costs
Mike Slaughter wonders what it says about society when a football coach does the right thing and it gets treated like a big deal.

Bulger remains unbeaten as Rams starter
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger is going back to the bench unbeaten. The man who began the season as St. Louis' third-string quarterback carried the Rams to their fifth straight victory Monday night, 21-16 over Chicago, then prepared to give way to Kurt Warner.

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.

Rainwater fires up gridders, grapplers
There are three things Skyview High School senior Justin Rainwater will tell you right up front.

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

Habs nip Pens in OT
MONTREAL (AP) -- Donald Audette scored 1:12 into overtime for the Montreal Canadiens, who got a career-best three goals from Saku Koivu in a 5-4 victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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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