Wednesday, November 21, 2001

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

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.

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.

Museum receives collection of Gold Rush-era artifacts
NOME (AP) -- A collection of artifacts worth over $200,000 has been donated to the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum in Nome.

FAA to build remaining half of Bush network
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration will begin the second stage of a $140 million satellite-based communications network serving Alaska next spring.

Sexual abuse suspect arrested after 10-hour standoff in Galena
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A suspect in a sexual abuse case was arrested after a 10-hour standoff in Galena, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Light earthquake rattles Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake rattled Kodiak Wednesday morning, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer said.

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.

Massachusetts lawmaker says Kenai refuge report proves ANWR a bad idea
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Oil work on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is the ''Achilles heel'' in the arguments for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a Massachusetts congressman said.

UAS to administer federal education grant
JUNEAU (AP) -- The University of Alaska Southeast will coordinate a federal grant to help Alaska Natives get associate degrees in Early Childhood Education.

Falling oil prices widen state's budget gap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Falling crude prices could result in revenues plunging as much as $300 million lower than expected this budget year, according to Annalee McConnell, Gov. Tony Knowles' budget director.

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.

California fugitive arrested aboard fishing boat in Ketchikan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 43-year-old fugitive from California was arrested this week on a fishing boat in the Ketchikan harbor.

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.

Man arrested in Juneau on sex assault charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 29-year-old man was arrested in Juneau over the weekend after a woman said she woke up to find a man in her bed.

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

Fairbanks prosecutor leaving after 26 years in job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After 26 years as a district attorney in Fairbanks and 30 years working for the state, Harry Davis is retiring at the end of this month.

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.

Port of Anchorage boosts land, water, air security
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New security measures have been established at the Port of Anchorage, where the bulk of the products destined for the Railbelt are brought in. The measures include increased patrols from the U.S. Coast Guard by land, air and water.

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.

Man rescued from water-filled ditch after car overturns
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Ketchikan man was rescued Monday from an overturned car submerged in a ditch. James Galley, 70 was in critical condition Tuesday in Ketchikan General Hospital.

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.

Millions to fund Alaska marine projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Congress has approved spending about $40 million to study Steller sea lions and millions more for other marine mammal science, fisheries labs and federal research ships to benefit Alaska, thanks to Sen. Ted Stevens.

Man accused of stabbing brother in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old man has been arrested for stabbing his brother during an argument in Anchorage, police said.

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.

Ichiro adds American League Most Valuable Player to credentials
NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki won his fourth Most Valuable Player Award, just like Barry Bonds. Only the first three came in Japan.

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.

Boys and Girls Clubs receive check
Agrium presented the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula a check for $10,000. The generous donation will underwrite the 2002 Golf Tournament, which is a fundraiser for the club.The check was presented at the 2001 Economic Outlook Forum held at the Kenai Peninsula College on Friday, November 16.

BP's new Gas to Liquid plant is on schedule for spring completion...
Construction of BP's new $86 million dollar GTL facility is on schedule and on budget, according to Steve Fortune, Engineering Manager for the plant being built in Nikiski.

KCHS Middle School Choir delights Kenai Rotary Club...
Even though Veterans Day is always observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month of every year, the legal holiday is celebrated

Junior Miss contestants from all over Alaska come to the Kenai...
Alaska has crowned a Junior Miss every year since 1959. Last week Alaska Junior Miss 2001, Kara Merrill, a Soldotna High School graduate, left her college classes and returned home to crown the new Junior Miss. Accompanied by 17 contestants from around Alaska, Kara joined the Soldotna Rotary Club for lunch last week and gave them a preview of talent to be presented at the program.

ERA Aviation is striving to fulfill intense new FAA regulations ...
There were times after September 11th when officials at ERA aviation questioned if they would be able to stay in business because of all the new requirements, according to ERA sales and marketing director, Michael LeNorman.

Filmmakers already working on next adventures of Harry Potter
LONDON -- No sooner had Harry Potter fans caught their first screen glimpse of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry then the cameras were already rolling on the further adventures of the boy wizard and his pals.

Now Showing: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
Magic. Pure magic. Finally, a movie comes along that is able to capture the spirit of a well-written book exactly. I hate to use this phrase lightly, but Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is an instant classic.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

It's no holiday to televise Macy's parade
NEW YORK -- Bill Bracken hasn't had Thanksgiving off in years, but at least he can sleep late. He reports for work Thursday at 2 a.m. Most of his co-workers have to be there at midnight.

Art Briefs
'Sound of Music' auditions plannedArtwork wanted for upcoming showEntries sought for KPC magazine

Garth Brooks takes break from retirement 'Scarecrow' brings singer back to spotlight
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Garth Brooks' cellular phone buzzes incessantly on a desk across the room at Capitol Records. He rubs his eyes and ignores it. ''I feel like I am so slow right now,'' he says. ''I don't remember it moving this fast. But it moves fast. So, (I'm) catching up.''

Book retells tales of narrow escapes
Spike Walker's new book, "Coming Back Alive," is the perfect remedy for a case of separation anxiety brought on by fishing gear stored for the winter and a boat sitting safely high and dry.

Special books make special gifts
Give your friends and family a break from the computer. Give a book:

Race Schedule
Feb. 18th to Nov. 23rd

This Week's Race: New England 300
Where and When

Fifth title marks Hendrick's resurgence
ATLANTA -- No matter how bad things got, Rick Hendrick always maintained a level of stoic confidence.

Money Leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $6,549,349 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr 5,311,6793. Dale Jarrett 4,511,914

Finally, a happy ending
ATLANTA -- The racing community will be on the road during Thanksgiving. A convoy of trucks loaded with race cars and tools will push like a circus caravan headed to the Northeast for yet another show.

Points Standings
1. Jeff Gordon 4,9842. Tony Stewart 4,6083. Ricky Rudd 4,582

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.

Northern alliance said to be as bad as Taliban on rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Tahmeena Faryal, her face hidden, said the Taliban and the northern alliance ''have outdone each other'' in carrying out massacres and violating women's rights in Afghanistan.

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.

Warlord consolidating power in Afghan city of Herat
HERAT, Afghanistan -- Anti-Taliban warlord Ismail Khan's men have set up a checkpoint on the border with Iran and taken control of the main hospital and prison. He's even planning local elections -- but he said Tuesday he has no ''desire for power'' himself.

Food bank lends hand to area families in need
With just a few cans of food and some rice left on the shelf, Scott Woline and Juanita "Ann" Hill went to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank for help three winters ago.

Northern alliance to participate in talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The alliance that controls Afghanistan's capital and much of its countryside agreed Tuesday to attend power-sharing talks in Germany next week. A battlefront commander claimed thousands of Taliban fighters had defected from Kunduz, the last bastion of the Islamic militia in the north.

Return to normalcy does not include tours at White House
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Tuesday he regretted that the White House is shutting the door to the public during the holiday season, halting a tradition that has delighted generations of Americans. The threat of new terrorist attacks required it, he said.

New case of anthrax suspected
WASHINGTON -- A letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy was laced with billions of anthrax spores, authorities said Tuesday, and a suspected case of the most deadly form of the disease mysteriously appeared in Connecticut.

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.

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.

Event kicks off holiday
Christmas Comes to Kenai, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday, promises new features as well as the traditional events to delight spectators and create another year of holiday memories.

Kabul's mood lighter, but traditions don't fall as fast as Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Scores of women shed their burqas and marched through the streets of Kabul to demand new rights Tuesday. Then, dutiful Afghan wives, they covered up again and hurried home.

More troops to be sent
WASHINGTON -- Marines now aboard assault ships in the Arabian Sea are likely to be sent into Afghanistan, possibly this week, to join Army special operations troops already there, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

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.

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

Daniel James Boudreaux
Daniel James Boudreaux of Kenai died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001. He was 3 weeks old.

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

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.

World may have changed, but we still have blessings
The events of and since Sept. 11 have the potential to color most Americans' Thanksgiving holiday in one of two ways:

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.

Snow season gets warm welcome
This is a very big "thank you" to many folks and local merchants for all their help and donations to make the "Snow Machine Kickoff Party" a success.

Charm offensive will not win war
The weapon of choice following the hoped for vanquishing of the Taliban appears to be kindness. President Bush on Monday invited 50 ambassadors from Muslim countries to the White House for a traditional Iftar meal, breaking the sunrise-to-sunset daily fast of Ramadan. The ambassadors knelt and touched their foreheads to the floor of the East Reception Room. It's unlikely they were praying Lee Greenwood's lyrics for "God Bless the USA."

Buy-out of commercial fishers is option that deserves study
Editor's Note: The following letter was written to Alaska legislators and submitted for publication.

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?

Christmas Comes to Kenai schedule of events
From Santa arriving on a fire truck to the annual fireworks display

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.

Community Thanksgiving dinners to served
In a spirit of thanksgiving, friends and families across the Kenai Peninsula are joining together. Some have already shared a meal. Others are just a day away from sharing mouth-watering menus with good company.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Phillips to speak at Kenai chamberCommunity Thanksgiving service plannedSalvation Army Thanksgiving dinner ThursdayImmunization clinic canceled ThursdayCommunity Thanksgiving service SundayCookies for sale nowEvening story time at Kenai libraryNinilchik Native Descendants bazaar coming up

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

Career Day points students in right direction
Kenai Peninsula College sponsored its 12th annual Career Day Nov. 9. Hundreds of high school students from around the peninsula participated.

Mind game keeps kids in check
The hottest game at Mountain View Elementary School these days involves more mental muscle than heavy lifting.

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.

Around the District
Schools closed for holidayChallenger mission planned

Honor Rolls
The following students were named to the Nikiski Middle-Senior and Skyview High Schools' first-quarter honor roll.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Unique problems of bush schools require special attention
To most central peninsula residents, the thought of a school implies a suburban facility with hundreds of students, dozens of staff members and an array of extracurricular activities.

Principal plunges on promise
JEANERETTE, La. (AP) -- A school principal jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet to a keep a promise to reward students for better test scores.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

Blessings come to mind on holiday
Lord, we thank you for this blessed meal, our wonderful family and for all the happiness in our lives.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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.

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.

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.

Bulldogs, Panthers renew rivalry on the mat
Due to a number of key wrestlers missing on both sides, both Skyview coach Neldon Gardner and Nikiski coach David Martian said the host Bulldogs' 48-15 dual meet victory over the Panthers Tuesday doesn't have much significance in the overall scheme of things.

Pistons take down Raptors for third straight victory
TORONTO -- Clifford Robinson scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half as the Detroit Pistons won their third straight game with a 88-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

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

Blue Devils blow away Gamecocks
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Mike Dunleavy started a 19-0 run with a 3-pointer added eight more points before it ended just before the halftime buzzer, and No. 1 Duke beat South Carolina 81-56 Tuesday in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

Rangers bring shutout streak to abrupt halt
NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers emphatically ended Patrick Roy's shutout streak with a 5-3 rout of the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Stars skate past Homer
The Soldotna High School hockey team shut out Homer Tuesday 14-0 in nonconference action at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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