Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Nov. 8, 2001 The Petersburg Pilot laments passing of ebullient, beloved former teacher
The community bid farewell to Harold Bergmann last week. He died Oct. 31 at age 84.

Scientists drawing maps to outline tsunami danger zone
HOMER (AP) -- Scientists will draw new maps this winter outlining the tsunami danger zones of Homer and other Kachemak Bay communities.

Whitewater fined in worker's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Whitewater Engineering Corp. has been fined $150,000 by a state court judge and ordered to pay approximately $17,000 in costs to the family of a heavy equipment operator.

Stevens supports governor's homeland security initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is supporting Gov. Tony Knowles' initiative to prepare Alaska for a possible terrorist attack and will work to find federal money for it.

Nov. 16, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner also thinks $5 billion was just fine
To put an exact price tag on the long-term economic and environmental effect of the devastating 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill would be a difficult -- if not impossible -- task.

Searchers find lost Shishmaref elder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescuers have found a missing Shishmaref elder in good shape, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Troopers suspend search for missing Mountain Village man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said Monday they've suspended the search for a missing Mountain Village man who is believed to have driven his four-wheeler into the Yukon River.

Anchorage skiers encounter wide-awake grizzly and other bruins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A young brown bear was spotted at an Anchorage park's trails, leaving claw marks on the snow and surprising several skiers.

Barrow residents see sun for last time this year
BARROW (AP) -- The sun set on Barrow Sunday for the last time this year.

State sends frozen salmon to Nome families hit hard by poor runs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is sending almost 10,000 pounds of chum salmon to Nome families following another disastrous year for Norton Sound subsistence fishermen.

Nov. 12, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News urges better state oversight of a valuable state asset
Add BP's own study to the pile of complaints and reports about safety, maintenance and cost cutting at the Prudhoe Bay oil field. What's most striking is that BP's work -- based on interviews with 300 workers -- largely substantiates questions raised by whistle-blowers who argue that operations aren't safe enough at North America's largest oil field. There's a pattern here that looks chillingly close to the inattention and neglect that preceded the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989.

Fairbanks council mulls change in domestic violence law
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council is considering repealing a local domestic violence law.

Nov. 15, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. on the Exxon Valdez punitive damage decision
Exxon agrees with the decision by a federal appeals court that a $5 billion punitive damage award for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill is too much.

Charges dropped against Wasilla mother accused of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Murder charges have been dismissed against a 38-year-old Wasilla woman accused of killing one son in a fire and trying to kill another to collect their life insurance.

Nov. 17, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News questions mix of mental illness and conceal carry law
In the fall of 1998, a clerk in an Anchorage store noticed a man who was completely soaked, with water dripping off him. The clerk asked if he needed help. Timothy Wagner replied that he needed to soak out the chemicals that had been injected into him, or else the chemicals were going to kill him. He also said a computer chip had been implanted in his head. What he didn't say was that he was carrying a concealed weapon in his briefcase.

State closing Nelchina caribou hunt
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing the Nelchina subsistence caribou hunt, after deciding that hunters have probably reached the target harvest of 1,000 bulls.

Higher rent closes Eagle River natural history museum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A rent hike is forcing a natural history museum in Eagle River to close its doors.

Murder suspect's bail doubled
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Murder suspect Terry Simpson Jr., 19, of Klawock, has been taken back into custody for violating his conditions of release, and his bail on the murder charge has been doubled to $100,000.

Galena man holds police at bay before surrendering
GALENA (AP) -- An armed Galena man held authorities at bay for nearly 12 hours before surrendering, Alaska State Troopers and Galena police said.

Mining industry hurting due to low prices
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Low prices for minerals have led to a big drop in mine production and exploration spending in both Alaska and the Yukon this year, according to geologists.

All quiet at Dalton Highway checkpoint
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Mile 40 Dalton Highway checkpoint is often swept by strong winds which obscure the lights that identify the recently opened checkpoint just south of the Yukon River bridge.

Analysts says Phillips-Conoco merger is a matter of survival
NEW YORK (AP) -- While executives promoted their $15.6 billion deal to unite Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc. as a merger of equals, analysts described it Monday as a simple matter of survival.

Judge rules city, state does not have to extend benefits to gay partners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge ruled that the city of Anchorage and the state of Alaska do not have to extend benefits to gay or lesbian partners of employees and retirees.

Soldotna police chief featured on cable series
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Police Chief Shirley Warner says she's honored by her choice as one of the subjects of a TV series on women in law enforcement. But she says it's a little intimidating as well.

Habitat changes brings moose population decrease in Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Moose numbers are down in the Kenai Peninsula and will probably stay that way for years, according to state wildlife biologists.

Twin Cities protest Twins' contraction
MINNEAPOLIS -- Wearing her favorite Kent Hrbek-signed baseball earrings, Shirley Fisher spent Sunday standing in the rain outside the Metrodome with thousands of other Twins fans to say that Minnesota needs baseball.

Bonds nabs record fourth MVP
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds is looking for affection, not money or trophies. He's likely to wind up with all three.

Ventura blasts baseball
NEW YORK -- Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said Monday he wouldn't fund a new ballpark for the beleaguered Twins unless owners and players agree to a salary cap and increased revenue sharing.

Analysts says Phillips-Conoco merger is a matter of survival
NEW YORK (AP) -- While executives promoted their $15.6 billion deal to unite Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc. as a merger of equals, analysts described it Monday as a simple matter of survival.

Phillips, Conoco merging in $35 billion deal
TULSA, Okla. -- Phillips Petroleum Co. said Sunday it will buy Conoco Inc. for about $15.4 billion, creating the nation's third-largest oil and gas company.

Gordon wins fourth Winston Cup crown
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Jeff Gordon's fourth Winston Cup championship has put him in elite company.

Photo feature: Ongoing work
Cleanup of an oil spill in Cooper Landing is expected to continue throughout the winter and into spring. Crews from R and K Industrial, out of Kenai, are on the site removing fuel from a pond across the Sterling Highway from the Kenai River.

Opposition closes in on Kunduz
BANGI, Afghanistan -- The battle for the Taliban's last northern stronghold of Kunduz intensified Monday, and international negotiators reportedly agreed to meet this weekend in Germany to discuss forming a new broad-based Afghan government.

Signs must go, says DOT
The message from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities was clear: business signs must go; everything else, they'll talk.

Taliban offers deal; U.S. keeps bombing
BANGI, Afghanistan -- The Taliban offered on Sunday to surrender their last northern stronghold if Arab and other foreign fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden in the city are spared, an anti-Taliban commander said. The northern alliance, meanwhile, agreed to a conference on neutral ground to plan a multiethnic government.

U.S. fears terrorists have access to biological arms
GENEVA (AP) -- The United States accused Iraq, North Korea and four other countries on Monday of building germ-warfare arsenals, and said it worried one of them might be helping Osama bin Laden in his quest for biological weapons.

All-terrain vehicles recalled because of mechanical problem
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 12,000 all-terrain vehicles are being recalled by Polaris Industries Inc. because the rear wheels can lock, which could cause drivers to lose control and crash.

Warner takes part in 'Women and the Badge' series
Soldotna will have a new star in 2002. Not one of the high school athletic variety, but a bona fide television personality.

Bed-and-breakfast gets OK from council; lawsuit possible
A controversial bed-and-breakfast operation in an exclusive high-rent subdivision on the Kenai River received the approval of the Soldotna City Council.

Soldotna winter sport enthusiasts head for 'the hill'
After sitting fallow for a solid year due to the warmest winter in memory last year, the Karen Street Recreation Area snow hill is now open.

Remote schools struggle with test scores
This fall, when the Kenai Peninsula School District analyzed student test scores by school, some fell short. It was obvious some students were lagging.

Bush hosts Ramadan dinner for Muslims
WASHINGTON -- Reaching out to the world's Muslims, President Bush hosted a Ramadan break-the-fast dinner Monday at the White House.

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

Ned E. Clark
Longtime Sterling resident Ned. E. Clark died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at his home. He was 62.

Libya: U.S. friend or foe? Gadhafi seeks to change image from terrorist backer to elder statesman
TRIPOLI, Libya -- In the heart of Tripoli, off a boulevard lined with buildings from Libya's colonial past, is the building that until recently sheltered an organization led by one of the world's most notorious terrorists -- Abu Nidal.

Applause
Area businesses show support for great educational opportunitiesMany contribute to success of academic recognition program

Freedom vs. national security Will war on terrorism threaten liberties in this country, give U.S. black eye?
WASHINGTON -- The war on terrorism abroad has spawned a battle at home over civil liberties.

Exxon should pay Alaskans what they are owed from spill
To put an exact price tag on the long-term economic and environmental effect of the devastating 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill would be a difficult -- if not impossible -- task.

Building post-Taliban regime in Afghanistan
The U.S. has stepped up the military tempo in Afghanistan and the advances by its proxy fighters, the Northern Alliance, have been striking. Now is the time to accelerate efforts to agree on the makeup of a post-Taliban regime.

Letters to the Editor
Drivers need to be reminded about correct rules of roadWhy are gas prices so high in Alaska, so cheap in Lower 48?

Around the Peninsula
School superintendent speaks at chamber lunchNo chamber lunch in Nikiski this weekChristmas comes to Kenai celebration FridayAnnual Kenai craft show starts FridayMission to Mars set for SaturdayHospital service area board to meet MondayAlaska Legal Services rep to visit SterlingShelter volunteers neededCookies for sale now

Around the Peninsula
Independent Blind meets tonightGobbles the turkey to be weighed TuesdayPhillips to speak at Kenai chamberCommunity Thanksgiving service plannedImmunization clinic canceled ThursdayKenai Peninsula SPCA seeks assistanceCanine Good Citizen test planned

4-H girl talks turkey at the Ninilchik State Fair
When we first got our turkeys at the end of March, they looked exactly like baby chickens do. But boy did they turn out different.

Announcements
Tyonek school awarded Challenger scholarshipHomer Community Schools announcements

Ask a Trooper
Question: Who's the new guy?

Community News
CARTS director elected president

Peninsula People
Table tennis winners announcedKenai grad advances in Army

Appeal made for oral history contributions from veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Library of Congress wants to collect the stories and recollections of World War I veterans, most of whom are past 100 years old, before it is too late.

Skyview teen wins Junior Miss title
Katie Lockwood says she comes alive on stage, and that's just what she did Saturday night on the stage of the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai when she was named Alaska Junior Miss 2002.

Teachers daunted by small schools with big challenges
While teachers in larger schools long for smaller class size, it is not a panacea. Bush teachers say the vast array of material and tasks they must cover creates a huge workload -- even with fewer numbers of students.

Appeal made for oral history contributions from veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Library of Congress wants to collect the stories and recollections of World War I veterans, most of whom are past 100 years old, before it is too late.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Soldotna winter sport enthusiasts head for 'the hill'
After sitting fallow for a solid year due to the warmest winter in memory last year, the Karen Street Recreation Area snow hill is now open.

Hokies upset Old Dominion
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Chrystal Starling scored 20 points and made key free throws down the stretch as Virginia Tech defeated No. 17 Old Dominion 68-62 Monday night.

Sports consume every season for Kenai's Pault
When your first word is "ball," it's a safe bet that, at some point, you're going to get some enjoyment out of athletics.

Miami's status improves
Miami spoke, and even the BCS computer listened.

Pitino returns to college
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino's debut as Louisville's coach was noisy and colorful.

Virginia soars over East Tennessee
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Adam Hall scored 19 points and No. 11 Virginia pulled away to beat East Tennessee State 85-62 Sunday.

L.A. clips the Knicks
LOS ANGELES -- Elton Brand scored 20 points and had eight rebounds, and reserve Quentin Richardson added 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 99-86 Sunday.

Kings cool down Rockets
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 25 points, and Doug Christie had 23 points and seven assists as the Sacramento Kings remained unbeaten at home with a 113-77 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

Webb, Sorenstam take top honors at LPGA Tour Championships
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam were the big winners Sunday in the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship.

Moss finally ready for some football
MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Moss, a no-show for much of the season, finally broke out.

No. 1 Connecticut triumphs over No. 3 Vanderbilt in Women's NIT finals
STORRS, Conn. -- Swin Cash had 19 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 3 Vanderbilt 69-50 Sunday to win the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Colorado avalanches over Devils' scoring
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Patrick Roy recorded his career-best third consecutive shutout, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the slumping New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Sunday in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup finals.

Miami is near perfect
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Larry Coker thought his top-ranked Hurricanes played a near-perfect game against then-No. 14 Syracuse. After reviewing the tape Sunday, he realized he was right.

Maple Leafs top Florida
TORONTO -- Mats Sundin scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers, who lost high-scoring forward Pavel Bure in a 5-1 defeat Monday night.

Huskies enjoy calm before Miami's storm
SEATTLE -- Washington usually has more than a month to savor a win over Washington State in the Apple Cup.

Blue Devils escape Pirates' upset bid
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Jason Williams made one of two free throws with 7.1 seconds to play, then stole the ball as the buzzer sounded as top-ranked Duke beat Seton Hall 80-79 Monday night to avoid another upset in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

Garcia rallies 'Niners to cardiac comeback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)-- Jeff Garcia threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens and made a 2-point conversion with 1 second left in regulation. Then the quarterback helped set up Jose Cortez's 26-yard field goal Sunday that lifted San Francisco to a 25-22 win over the Carolina Panthers.

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