Thursday, November 21, 2002

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.

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

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.

Hiker finds meth lab components
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A person walking in a wooded area found what local drug investigators suspect is a medium-sized methamphetamine lab stored near Mile 342 of the Richardson Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Deadline Friday for land auction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Friday is the last day to submit a bid for state-owned land in the sealed-bid auction conducted by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

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.

Land swap would aid Southeast Native corporations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaska Native corporations would be the big winners from a controversial land exchange that cleared the U.S. Senate this week.

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.

State backs away from changing rules for disabled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Knowles administration has dropped plans to revamp the state's home and community-based care program for the disabled, leaving the thorny issue to the incoming administration of Frank Murkowski.

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.

Senate approves university land grant
FAIRBANKS --The U.S. Senate gave Sen. Frank Murkowski a parting gift Wednesday night by passing a bill that could put 750,000 acres of land under the University of Alaska's control. But the deal could be stopped by just one member of the House of Representatives.

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.

Anchorage man indicted on rape charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man is accused of sexually assaulting three women.

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.

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.

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

Accused Kasilof trapper pleads not guilty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kasilof man has pleaded innocent to carelessly setting traps and snares that led to the deaths of three bald eagles.

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

Wrangell paper celebrates 100 years of publishing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Wrangell Sentinel celebrated its 100th anniversary Wednesday, making it the longest continuously operating newspaper in the state.

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.

Murkowski names three key administration posts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski named three people Wednesday to head key posts in his administration overseeing the budget, legal matters and day-to-day state operations.

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.

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.

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.

Senator-elect accused of failing to disclose interests
KENAI (AP) -- Two Kenai Peninsula voters have filed suit contending Senator-elect Thomas Wagoner 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.

Agrium payroll 9 percent of borough wages
Because its jobs pay so well, the "multiplier" effect of Agrium Corp.'s ammonia and urea fertilizer plant in the Kenai Peninsula economy is extraordinarily high, says Jim Calvin, managing director of McDowell Group, a Juneau-based economic consulting firm.

Business Briefs
KPEDD to host economic outlook forumFirst National Bank receives 5-Star rating

Stream clearing questions
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.

New smart carts could breed retail caste
MORAGA, Calif. -- What if a shopping cart became a computer on wheels, a sales vehicle sophisticated enough to analyze individual buying habits so it could pinpoint which shoppers got the best prices?

For the holidays, targeted e-mail ads are all the rage
NEW YORK -- This holiday, the war among retailers to win consumers' attention isn't just being played out on selling floors and Web sites. It's heating up in shoppers' e-mail inboxes.

Carving a niche, ice in business world
FAIRBANKS -- As if six months of frozen fingers aren't enough, two local artists want to make ice sculpting a year-round art form.

Art Briefs
Nutritional class offeredAuditions for musical this weekendArts and Crafts Emporium starts SaturdayHoliday bazaars, craft fair to be heldAlaska cookbooks wantedCash raffle continues

Take the chance to see great art locally
November is fast coming to an end and once it's gone, so will be the chance to see two fine annual shows at local galleries.

Steinbeck son not up to dad's excellence
In his author's note, John Steinbeck's son, Thomas, notes that storytelling -- around the dinner table or during other family gatherings -- was a sport that everyone, young or old, played.

Bond franchise, Bronsan getting old
Perhaps it's time to say goodbye to Mr. Bond. Not that there's anything wrong with Pierce Brosnan. After four films as James Bond, the role fits him like a perfectly tailored tuxedo.

Move over 'Macarena,' here comes the 'Ketchup Song'
MADRID, Spain -- Now that the ''Macarena'' has become a distant memory, along comes ''The Ketchup Song'' -- and dance.

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

Newman, Johnson set new standard
ATLANTA -- Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson are regarded as the best group of rookies to ever join the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

In the spotlight: Greg Zipadelli
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Drivers begin testing for 2003 season
One day after winning the NASCAR Winston Cup title, Tony Stewart tested a Chevy Monte Carlo on Monday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing is already preparing to make a transition from Pontiac to Chevrolet.

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

FINAL standings
1. Tony Stewart 4,8002. Mark Martin 4,7623. Kurt Busch 4,641

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $5,279,4052. Jeff Gordon 4,981,1683. Ward Burton 4,849,884

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.

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.

Hospital design funds win OK
Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. got $400,000 Tuesday to begin design work for a proposed $38 million to $43 million expansion of its Soldotna facility.

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

No deal between unions, district
School district contract mediation failed Wednesday night after two long days of talks between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its teachers and support staff associations.

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.

Transition meeting tonight in Kenai
An organizational meeting to discuss Governor-elect Frank Murkowski's transition to the state's highest office will be held today in Kenai.

Seven honored for heroism
If there is one thing Americans have learned in the past year, it's that the country is full of everyday heroes. And the Kenai Peninsula is no exception.

Donald Edison Hallstead
A memorial service for Kasilof resident Donald Hallstead will be held today at 2 p.m

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

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

Grace Lucille Johnson
Kenai resident Grace Lucille Johnson died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of natural causes. She was 81.

Janice C. Smallwood
Soldotna resident Janice C. Smallwood died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 55.

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.''

When it comes to security, El Al provides great model
In aviation-security circles, Israeli commercial air carrier El Al leads the pack. So much so, in fact, that congressional leaders have used El Al as a model upon which to base new domestic aviation-security regulations.

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

Community support makes basketball league possibleSkyview students benefit from time with mentors

Government should explore contracting out some services
Privatization of government services is a worthy goal at the federal level as it is at the local and state levels. There are many areas in which private contractors, bidding against one another and against public agencies, can provide quality service efficiently and sometimes even at reduced cost.

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

Photo feature: Lighting up the season
Linda Swarner hangs lights across the front of her home on Rogers Road in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

Around the Peninsula
Veterans to hold meetingBuilders association plans banquetCES to hold board meetingChamber prepares for lights paradeClub to hold auctionFamily center plans potluckGroups organize carnival

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.

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:

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

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

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.

School lunch menus for the week.

Delk's shooting rips apart Nets
BOSTON -- Tony Delk and Shammond Williams each scored 21 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 96-79 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals.

Sports Briefs
NHL selects Hamister bid to buy SabresSelig forms marketing task forceExpos to play 22 games in San JuanMan pleads guilty in Breeders' Cup scamBoxer fined $100,000 for steroid useRockies, Williams meet; trade still in worksVotaw says Augusta owes it to golf to invite women

Nuts Can't Administer Athletics
You have to wonder what's in the food at the NCAA cafeteria to make the people so mean. (Play along for the moment: How mean?)

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

Maddox making another comeback
PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Maddox went from a football game to an X-ray table, with a doctor hovering above him and asking the quarterback to squeeze his hand.

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.

Markov helps Canadiens mark off another OT win against Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Andrei Markov scored the winning goal as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime for the second time in three nights, winning 3-2 Wednesday.

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.

Tech's Suggs sets record, loses game
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- November in Blacksburg always seems to have Big East championship implications, and it did again Wednesday night. This time, though, it was West Virginia that stayed alive.

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.

Rivalries play into national title hunt
Two of college football's top rivalries will have more at stake than just trophies and braggin' rights: There's a national championship hanging in the balance when No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 12 Michigan, and Washington visits No. 3 Washington State.

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.

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