Wednesday, November 20, 2002

State worker accused of embezzling funds
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former Department of Education worker is accused of taking almost $250,000 in government funds and using some of the money to buy illegal drugs.

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

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.

Loggers for Afognak raze banks of salmon stream
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is considering what action to take after loggers working for Afognak Native Corp. razed the banks of a silver salmon stream.

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.

Ice jam causes flooding in Salcha
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Warmer than usual weather has caused ice in the Tanana River to break apart and pile into a mile-long, 200-foot-wide jam.

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

Man sentenced to 26 years for shooting at trooper
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was sentenced to 26 years in prison for shooting at an Alaska State Trooper last December.

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.

Teacher at Christian school charged with sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teacher at a private Christian school was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

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.

Minor earthquake occurs near Slana
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A minor earthquake that was an aftershock to the massive quake that struck the Interior on Nov. 3 occurred near Slana Wednesday morning.

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.

State agency takes $91.3 million in write downs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state agency has taken $91.3 million in write downs after two huge development projects failed to make money.

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.

Vandals get six months for Juneau spree
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two men have been sentenced to six months in jail for their roles in a vandalism and theft spree at a Juneau middle school over the summer.

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.

Knowles names trade rep for China
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has named a trade representative for China.

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.

Guess holds lead over Worthen as absentee ballots are counted
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Tim Worthen still trailed Democrat Gretchen Guess for Senate District J in Anchorage after absentee and questioned ballots were tallied on Tuesday.

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

Anchorage shop owner charged after raid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage shop owner has been charged with four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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.

Troopers name new head of criminal investigation bureau
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have put a 16-year veteran in charge of the agency's Criminal Investigation Bureau.

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.

Five dead in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Five people were killed Tuesday when a tractor-trailer truck crossed the center line and smashed into a van transporting prisoners to Seward, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Report outlines bleak outlook for natural gas
KENAI (AP) -- A new report spells out a bleak future for Cook Inlet natural gas.

Fairhurst leads in Supreme Court race
OLYMPIA (AP) -- Mary Fairhurst, a veteran lawyer in the state attorney general's office, will fill a vacant seat on the Washington Supreme Court after one of the closest and hardest-fought races for the court in state history.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wagoner's election win challenged
Two Kenai Peninsula voters filed suit Monday claiming Senator-elect Thomas Wagoner, a Republican Moderate, failed to disclose business and financial interests as required by state law when he filed in May to run for the seat from Senate District Q.

Schools face budget crunch
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's annual independent audit is complete, and financial reporting in the district is up to snuff, according to an independent auditor.

Unions offer alternatives
Apprenticeship programs are a viable post-secondary education option for Kenai Peninsula students.

National director praises good will
God answers the prayers of the poor through the deeds of those who have been blessed with plenty. That's what the national president of World Vision and Love INC told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at its Tuesday lunch meeting.

Photo feature: Clearing the way
Larry Vallee shovels snow from the sidewalk at the corner of Fireweed Street and Redoubt Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for mixed rain and snow during the next few days.

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.

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

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.

Ray Edward Gates - Obituary
Soldotna resident Ray Edward Gates died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 46.

Donald Edison Hallstead - Obituary
Kasilof resident Donald Edison Hallstead died suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2002, in the arms of his son. He was 68.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Biologists would find numberof brown bears up, if study done Borough should set maximum sales tax and stick with it District needs to make effort to offer competitive wage Early-run Kenai kings being hammered by Kodiak fishery

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

Televised election exit polling results not missed at all
One of the more pleasant aspects of watching this year's election coverage on television was the absence of early projections of winners based on flimsy results gathered in what are known as ''exit polls.''

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Bear activity presentation planned Hospice to host open house Planning coalition meeting set for Thursday Center to hold dance Toastmasters banquet planned Nikiski to host concert, dessert auction Center offers free clothing Residents warned about snow hazards

Around the district
Schools close for Thanksgiving Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Connections Kenai Alternative High Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Ninilicik Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool Sterling Head Start

Hug a teacher: KPC celebrates National Education Week
This week is officially National Educ-ation Week.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Soldotna Middle School:

Schools offer dentistry, receptions, medicine
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Wander down a certain hallway at Molly Stark Elementary School, and before you see it your nose will know it's there: The air is sweet, antiseptic, a bit minty.

Student of Month
The following students were named October Students of the Month at Soldotna Middle School:

School lunch menus for the week.

Sixth-graders learn and teach about state
The costumes made it seem like Halloween all over again in the sixth grade at Tustumena Elementary School on Friday, but instead of dressing up as monsters, clowns and movie characters, the students dressed up as trappers, dog mushers, Captain Cook and even volcanoes.

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.

Muhammad Ali brings message of peace to war-battered Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Muhammad Ali capped his three-day goodwill visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday with a ride through war-battered western Kabul and a visit to the destroyed palace of the country's former king.

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.

Teams count on second-string quarterbacks to keep winning
Earl Morrall, Jeff Hostetler and Tom Brady are the patron saints of backup quarterbacks.

After 20 years, The Play lives on
BERKELEY, Calif. -- From the moment Kevin Moen ran over Gary Tyrrell in Memorial Stadium's end zone in 1982, the man with the football and the man with the trombone have been inseparable in college football lore.

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.

Nash, Nowitzki pace Mavericks
DALLAS -- Steve Nash had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 18 during a game-breaking run in the second quarter that sent the Mavericks past the Los Angeles Lakers 98-72 Tuesday night.

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

Flyers ride Lightning for 3-2 victory
TAMPA, Fla. -- Simon Gagne had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Tuesday night in a matchup of early-season division leaders.

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.

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.

'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.

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