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Friday, November 22, 2002

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.

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.

Attorney general closes gasoline investigation
JUNEAU (AP) -- Attorney General Bruce Botelho closed a three-year investigation of Alaska's petroleum industry finding ''insufficient evidence'' of price fixing.

Independent drillers like North Slope prospects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exploring for oil on North Slope traditionally has been the work of giant oil companies. But independents are now getting into the game as the big firms pull back.

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.

Anchorage bus driver walks out
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage bus driver apparently reached the end of his rope before he reached the end of his route this week. School officials say the driver, whom they didn't identify, stopped his bus a couple stops before the end of the route Wednesday afternoon, got out, and walked away.

Arizona seasonal worker reported missing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are looking to the public for help locating a missing seasonal worker.

Two arrested on armed robbery charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man and woman were arrested Wednesday on charges they robbed a Fairbanks man of $1,300 at gunpoint in his home early 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.

Prosecutors drop sign-burning case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Prosecutors have dropped charges against a man who stood on a sidewalk last month and burned a Murkowski-for-governor campaign sign.

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

Agencies to open disaster aid centers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents of the Slana and Tetlin areas with questions about recovering from the Nov. 3 earthquake will have a chance to receive one-on-one assistance starting Saturday.

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.

6-year-old boy dies when dresser falls
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 6-year-old boy died when a dresser tipped over on him Thursday while his mother was checking on laundry at a local women's shelter, according to police.

Republicans: Murkowski good for resource development
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new speaker of the House and the new Senate president said Thursday that having Frank Murkowski as Alaska's next governor is a good thing for resource development.

Yale awards grant to help save Alaska Native language
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- The Endangered Language Fund at Yale University has awarded a grant to a Russian researcher who is trying to help preserve a Native language spoken in Alaska and Siberia.

Salcha flooding recedes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The flooding in Salcha caused by an ice jam in the Tanana River has receded.

Abuse accusations against priest referred to police
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Catholic diocese is asking police to investigate sexual abuse allegations against a priest by a former Juneau resident who said he was molested as a boy between 1979 and 1982.

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.

Consumer watchdog group chides state for investigation
JUNEAU (AP) -- An attorney general's investigation into high gas prices that came up empty this week is another example of the state's failure to protect Alaskans from predatory businesses, the head of a consumer watchdog group said on Friday.

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.

Kodiak museum seeks to concerve Alutiiq language
KODIAK (AP) -- The Alutiiq Museum is working to revive a critical piece of Alutiiq heritage by developing a dictionary and establishing a center for the disappearing language.

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.

Road network could link villages
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Governor-elect Frank Murkowski campaigned on a theme of building roads to rural Alaska, but he may see his campaign pledge become real sooner than he thought.

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.

Bill allows non-Natives to aid whalers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Native hunters from Alaska's coastal villages could ask non-Native boat operators to help haul whales to shore in emergencies, under legislation that passed in the final hours of the U.S. Senate session and now goes to the president.

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.

Defense says pipeline shooting investigation flawed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The investigation of the shooting of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline was flawed and designed to implicate Daniel Lewis, an attorney for Lewis said Wednesday on the third day of trial.

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.

Juneau man accused of soliciting sex from teenager
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man is accused of attempting to lure a minor into illicit sex acts by promising trips and driving lessons.

Plane diverted after threat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Boeing 747 en route from Minneapolis to Tokyo was diverted to Anchorage Thursday and searched by bomb-sniffing dogs after an unruly passenger claimed to be a terrorist, according to the FBI.

Northway elder struck by dart
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Roy Sam was standing between his truck and a gas pump Thursday at a Fairbanks service station when the Northway elder felt something prick his calf.

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

WebMD in the pink at nexus of health providers, patients and payers
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Marty Wygod's years in the health care business put him in an excellent position to treat the ills of WebMD Corp.

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.

Beach condos, townhouses, cabins -- boomers keep market for second, third homes booming
NEW YORK (AP) -- After losing $700,000 on Wall Street, Steven Style has stopped buying stocks. But he's still investing -- in real estate.

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?

Over-investing in company stock in 401(k) plans could cost you
NEW YORK (AP) -- Don't you get it? Over-investing your retirement savings in your company's stock may cost you big, maybe for the rest of your life.

Watercooler
STUFFED LIKE A TURKEY: When it comes to Thanksgiving, we're stuffing our homes as tightly as our turkeys.

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.

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.

Lack of snow has mushers spinning their four-wheelers
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.

Jonrowe gets Taco Bell as sponsor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali Foods Inc., the owner of the state's Taco Bell franchises, has entered into a multiyear sponsorship agreement with Iditarod musher Dee Dee Jonrowe.

Biotech goal: sweet-smelling blue roses
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Roses are red, and a variety of other colors. But they've never been blue -- an omission legions of rose breeders have sought for centuries to remedy.

Insurers begin charging more for some hospitals and doctors
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some insurance companies are trying yet another tactic to drive down health care costs, using tiered medical coverage to steer patients from high-priced hospitals and doctors to less expensive ones.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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

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

Skating for a good cause
Members of the Denali Ice Club, from left, Jacob Shearer, 12, Katie Shearer, 10, Amanda Ritchie, 7, and Megan Walrath, 7, rehearse at the Soldotna Sports Center for their upcoming "Will Skate For Food" fund raising event Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Photo feature: Sand for season of ice
Bill Cookson carries sand Thursday afternoon from a pile the city of Kenai stocks for public use. The sand is located at the end of Willow Street near the animal shelter.

Mediation produces optimism
Mediation efforts may have failed to yield a new contract for Kenai Peninsula teachers and support staff workers, but that doesn't mean the negotiation process is over.

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.

Toastmasters, um, helps people hone, ah, speaking skills
Public speaking can cause some stomachs to flutter, but with the help of Soldotna Toastmasters, the butterflies may learn to fly in sync.

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.

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.

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.

City, borough officials want financial plan
Concern that state lawmakers may again consider a statewide sales tax, municipal governments will keep a close eye on the 23rd Legislature and the administration of Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski, municipal officials from the Kenai Peninsula said this week.

District attorney orders horses back to owners
The Kenai District Attorney's office decided Thursday to not reverse its decision ordering the return of two horses by Alaska Equine Rescue to their rightful owners.

Kathy L. Anderson
Longtime Kenai resident Kathy L. Anderson died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a long illness. She was 53.

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

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

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.

Oilers Corner
University of Houston catcher Brett Logan has signed for the 2003 season.

Letters to the Editor
Ward should not try to sidestep will of people by challenging vote Sports, other activities should be cut before increasing class sizes While natural gas supply dwindles, borough, state officials fiddle Environmentalists should not be branded as enemies of Alaskans

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.

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

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.

Homeland security bill padded with measures that don't belong there
President Bush on Tuesday received the legislative victory he asked voters for in the last election when the Senate passed the homeland security bill.

Seattle man has high hopes for new sled
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- David Levy loves the sensation of zipping down a snow-covered slope, the cold wind in his face, his body twisting and turning along the way.

Knowledge, awareness can help backcountry travelers avoid tragedy
"Man has evolved while great continental ice sheets have waxed and waned through time, and he still has many lessons to learn in the art of living with ice."

Dandelions threaten other flowers at Exit Glacier
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.

Refuge ski trails get summer makeover
All of you cross-country skiers are probably getting a little frustrated with the current lack of meaningful snow. If you are anything like some of my skiing friends the skis, boots, and poles have been inspected and cleaned at least twice, and you hang on every syllable of the weather forecasts. Perhaps you even bought some of those skis with rollers -- so you can get that stride perfected in the school parking lot before the snow arrived.

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
Advisory council to hold meetings Performers to hold auditions Community school sponsors fair Caregivers offer support program Ice club plans fund-raiser Teen center to hold dance Senior center to hold blood drive

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

In Muslim world, militants shaking balance between secular and spiritual at weekly prayers
QOM, Iran (AP) -- First they prayed, holding their palms to the heavens as an act of devotion to God. Then they chanted, clenching their fists in anger against perceived enemies of Islam.

Indiana ''Amish road'' will make travel safer for believers' buggies
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) -- An ''Amish road'' designed so horse-drawn buggies can avoid dangerous traffic on U.S. 33 is nearly ready for use after two years of planning.

Ex-priest who was abuse victim has unique role as Catholic church tries to reform
CHICAGO (AP) -- Michael Bland said he was molested by a Roman Catholic priest as a child, but his love for the church remained and he later became a clergyman.

Philadelphia Catholics conclude first synod involving laity; results withheld
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- More than 240 Roman Catholics concluded discussions at the Philadelphia Archdiocese's first synod since 1934 and the first to involve lay participants.

Church settles Pennsylvania test case on religious zoning
LIMA, Pa. (AP) -- A small Baptist congregation near Philadelphia settled one of the first challenges of a 2000 federal act that exempts religious groups from most local zoning rules, unless a community can prove they are necessary for public safety.

Federal judge orders Ten Commandments monument out of Alabama Supreme Court building
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Monday that a Ten Commandments monument installed in Alabama's judicial building by the state's chief justice must be removed because it violates the separation of church and state.

Catholic bishops will consider calling historic council at future meetings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's Roman Catholic bishops will hold meetings over the next two years to decide whether to convene an extraordinary council, the first since 1884, on the state of the U.S. church.

Malaysia criticizes Russian president's comment on Islam
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia accused Russia's President Vladimir Putin of insulting Muslims in answering a journalist's question about the war in Chechnya.

Alabama county blocks in-school Bible distribution
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- Local school officials have banned the distribution of Gideons Bibles in public schools after a parent threatened to file suit.

Vatican establishes diplomatic ties with Muslim Qatar
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican said Monday it has established diplomatic relations with the Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, where foreign guest workers outnumber the mostly Muslim native population.

Valparaiso University caught in Missouri Synod Sept. 11 dispute
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -- The president and pastor at Valparaiso University could be defrocked by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod over an interfaith event that marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Baha'i faith rallies for women's rights
The support of Baha'i members in Alaska has added to an overwhelming outcry from more than 170 countries and 100 non-governmental organizations urging an end to worldwide abuses of women and children, as expressed in the 1979 Treaty for the Rights of Women, created at the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Jewish committee joins Muslims, others in issuing Thanksgiving Day readings
NEW YORK (AP) -- The American Jewish Committee said it wants to promote the nation's uniqueness and help unite its people through ''A Thanksgiving Reader,'' which is being distributed free in print form and via the Internet.

Religion Briefs
li> Native outreach fellowship to meet Friendship closet open Wednesdays Precept Ministries training institute planned

Soldotna boys, Skyview girls looking to defend Region III championships
For peninsula ski teams, it's not time to panic, but it's definitely time to pull out some good snow dances.

It's lumpy, but it's snow
It's skiing. It's not good skiing, but it's skiing.

Sapp set to yap
The Green Bay Packers could have clinched the NFC North with a win last week. They didn't, and this week they go to Tampa in a game that could help determine whether Green Bay gets to spend the playoffs at Lambeau Field.

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.

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.

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.

Miami cages Panthers
punt and got the ball at the Miami 30. Rutherford scrambled for 15, then 10 yards to set up a first-and-goal at the 4.

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?)

Khavanov's OT goal pushes Blues past Kings
ST. LOUIS -- Alexander Khavanov got his second game-winning goal of the season when he scored at 1:02 of overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory Thursday night over the Los Angeles Kings.

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.

Sorenstam, Pak, Mallon tied for lead
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam was right where everyone expected her to be Thursday -- on top of her game and at the top of the leaderboard in the season-ending ADT Champion-ship.

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.

Lawyers, sports don't mix
There are things that should make grown-ups ashamed, and sucking every last bit of sportsmanship out of kids' games must be near the top of the list.

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

Panthers top Warriors, Wasilla tames Bulldogs
The visiting Wasilla High School wrestling team split a three-way dual meet with the Skyview Panthers and the Nikiski Bulldogs Thursday at Skyview.

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