Saturday, November 24, 2001

Man arraigned on sex charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man accused of having sex with an unconscious woman was arraigned Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court. The woman later told police that when she woke up, her pants were on backwards.

Troops aid in construction for ice radar
VALDEZ (AP) -- Fort Wainwright soldiers and two Chinook helicopters were dispatched to Prince William Sound last week to help erect a tower for a new ice detection radar system.

Alleged con artist caught after scamming $13,000
UNALASKA (AP) -- A convicted check forger who walked away from a Montana jail last summer the day before he would've been paroled was taken into custody again this month for allegedly passing more bad checks in Unalaska and Cordova.

Governor wants $17 million more annually for ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants nearly $17 million more for the Alaska Marine Highway System to improve ferry operations next fiscal year.

Alaskans get into swing of charitable giving
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The situation at Bean's Cafe would have sent panic through an ordinary soul. But not Mary Wells.

Terrorist attacks prompt scores of first-time blood-bank donors to give
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Until Sept. 11, Jim Decker had given blood only sporadically through donation campaigns at BP, where he works as a corporate lawyer.

Halibut season ends with prices down, some quota uncaught
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Ripples from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks weakened prices at the end of Alaska eight-month halibut season, which closed Nov. 15 with about three million pounds of the quota remaining.

Residential school provides home for troubled teens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An innovative residential school for troubled Alaska Native teens and others with behavioral or substance abuse problems was dedicated this week.

Ketchikan man killed in tractor accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 55-year-old Ketchikan man was killed when the tractor he was riding overturned Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers reported.

High number of influenza cases reported in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State health officials are reporting 123 Alaskans sick with influenza, more encounters this early in the flu season than in recent years.

Charter operators don't like changes in king salmon rules
SEWARD (AP) -- A decision by the Board of Fisheries to set a year-round five-fish limit on king salmon taken from Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay has upset some charter boat operators.

Tourism officials say next year's outlook is grim
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's tourism industry needs state help to compete with international destinations for an expected drop in vacationers traveling next season, the state's top travel industry official said.

Judge rules murder trial should be in St. Paul
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trial of a man accused of murdering a U.S. Coast Guard officer on St. Paul Island will be tried in that remote community, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Man dies after running into street
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 38-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon after he was hit by a car in Midtown Anchorage, according to police.

Nation's retailers anxious as difficult holiday shopping season begins
NEW YORK -- This holiday, Joseph Moran plans to spend $800, or about 25 percent less than last year, by looking for deals and buying more practical gifts.

Business Briefs
Mediation workshops offeredKenai woman joins staff at copier sales company

Unemployment rate forecast to rise
WASHINGTON -- For four weeks in a row, fewer Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits, suggesting that the steep increase in layoffs after the terrorist attacks may be abating.

Prices hurting mining industry
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.

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.

Princess Cruises merges with Royal Caribbean to form largest cruise company
LONDON -- P&O Princess Cruises PLC is merging with Miami-based Royal Caribbean Ltd. in a deal worth about $3 billion that creates the world's largest cruise ship company in an industry hurt by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Sisters by chance, huntresses at heart
GAP MILLS, W.Va. -- The Dianas are a small sorority, but strong strings tie them together. Bowstrings and heartstrings.

Moose hunt bags workers' comp cheats
BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Maine's popular moose hunt is bagging more than moose.

Like day-after shoppers, money lures NASCAR drivers to track
LOUDON, N.H. -- At first, racing in the cold on the day after Thanksgiving was the last thing NASCAR's drivers wanted to do. Now that there's big money on the line, no one would dare miss it.

Photo feature: Unwrapping another holiday season
Terry Bookey of the city of Kenai attaches an ornament to a light pole alongside the Spur Highway earlier this week. Kenai launches the holiday season today with its Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration.

Bin Laden's foreign supporters present problem for America
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of Osama bin Laden's core Arab supporters in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz -- and thousands more who've already melted into the countryside -- pose a perplexing problem for the United States.

New perils come with cold winter
TERMEZ, Uzbekistan -- Numbed by cold, hundreds of displaced Afghans leave makeshift tents of clothing scraps every evening to seek shelter in the homes of relatives, friends or anyone willing to house them. And December hasn't even begun.

Bounty on bin Laden pose new question: Who wants to be a billionaire?
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Ahmed Samir, 14, muses happily about the Great Osama bin Laden Search. After all, he calculates, $25 million in reward money is enough to feed his family for 10 years.

Old-style schools get new attention
Former state Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer, could have talked about her bid to be Alaska's next lieutenant governor when she appeared before the Kenai Chamber of Commerce crowd Wednesday at lunch, but nary a word about her campaign was spoken.

Taliban give up Kunduz
BANGI, Afghanistan -- Taliban commanders agreed Thursday to let northern alliance troops into their last stronghold in northern Afghanistan to oversee a surrender of the besieged city of Kunduz, anti-Taliban officials said.

Staffing formulas raise school board's concern
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board set the 2002-2003 budgeting process into motion at its Monday meeting by approving staffing formulas for the year.

Sharing the Spirit: A chance to give, receive
Not all children who wake up Christmas morning without a present under the tree are on Santa's naughty list during the year. Some simply come from families that can't afford the luxury of Christmas presents, much less turkey dinners or other embellishments during the holiday season.

Chamber announces new board members; Agrium gives $15,000 to Challenger center
Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon was the last one at the Old Town Village Restaurant for the year, as it is closing down for the winter.

Timothy Lee Rowlette
Timothy Lee Rowlette of Anchorage died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in Valdez. He was 46.

John F. Carmello
Kenai resident John F. Carmello died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 77.

Kolkhorst becomes first second-generation Oiler Oilers Corner
Chris Kolkhorst, a left-handed hitting infielder from Rice University, has signed for the 2002 season and becomes the Oilers' first second-generation player.

Letters to the Editor
Board restrictions on winter king fishery don't make any sensePalmer offers well-considered insight into subsistence issue

Hard work of lots of volunteers mean successful basketball seasonMail appeal contributions will help ease hunger on the peninsula

Season of giving offers opportunity to share with neighbors in need
"Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive ... "

Interior mushers cope with lean snow conditions
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The aesthetics of training a team of huskies with a four-wheeler aren't quite the same as using a dog sled.

Outdoor Briefs
Avalanche awareness workshop offeredNational forest land still closed to snowmachinesState closing Nelchina caribou huntSkiers encounter wide-awake grizzly

Bad sign of the times in the ponderosa
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- All is not well in the ponderosa pine forests that make Flagstaff a place outdoor enthusiasts love to call home.

Big Chimney man stitches and glues a kayak together
BIG CHIMNEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Randy Elder's kayak glides through the water like a mahogany swan. Elder's paddle blades dip and rise in slow motion, yet his graceful craft appears almost to coast upstream against the Kanawha River's current.

California preserve abounds with natural wonders
LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) -- Many people associate the Altamont Pass with bumper-to-bumper traffic, but a few folks have had more soothing experiences on the range separating the Bay Area and the Central Valley.

Peninsula's magical winter wonderland awaits kids of all ages
Many people can't fathom why we choose to remain in Alaska during the winter months. Some folks see the season as a lifeless, dreary and depressing time of year. Yet, there are so many things to discover and explore.

Utah author draws from state's natural beauty to create her work
CASTLE VALLEY, Utah -- Scooping a handful of green clay out of the Colorado River, Terry Tempest Williams considers smearing it on her face as a natural mud mask.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge open today for tree cuttingMission to Mars set for SaturdayBook fair to be held next weekHospital service area board to meet MondayChristmas wreaths being soldRed Cross classes offered next weekBlood drive planned at KPCLegislature to be honored at receptionCanine Good Citizen test planned

Pope invites reps of world religions to come to Assisi to pray for peace
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II, concerned about the continued impact on humanity of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, invited representatives of the world's religions to come to Assisi, Italy on Jan. 24 for a daylong prayer for peace.

Giving thanks: It's that day again!
Listed below are the Six "Ts" of Thanksgiving:

Religion Briefs
Thanksgiving sale to benefit artistsBaha'i plans celebration SundayChristmas choir open to community membersLive drive-through Nativity plannedToys sought for ministry

Rain takes toll on skier options
Ski trails on the central peninsula have come through the recent warm weather in decent shape, but trails in Homer and Seward have not fared as well.

Huskies' Williams proving he's a hero in the making
SEATTLE -- The drill looked easy enough. Four orange cones formed a square on the Husky Stadium turf, giving players some tight turns to work on speed.

Pacers rookie Tinsley plays game of his life against Jordan
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jamaal Tinsley set an Indiana record with 23 assists and completed a triple-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Pacers' 110-103 victory over Washington on Thursday night.

Flames, Ottawa skate to tie
OTTAWA -- Craig Conroy scored twice and assisted on Jarome Iginla's game-tying goal in the third period as the Calgary Flames tied the Ottawa Senators 4-4 Thursday night.

Huskers try to hold off Buffs again
Colorado is ready to end a decade of exasperating losses to Nebraska.

Syracuse finds star in Duany
NEW YORK -- Kueth Duany grew up in America's basketball heartland -- Bloomington, Ind., where his parents were on the faculty at Indiana University during coach Bob Knight's regime.

Sports Briefs
Illinois holds off PennsylvaniaFrance's Pequegnot wins women's slalom

Detroit winless after failed comeback vs. Pack
PONTIAC, Mich. -- The Green Bay Packers don't feel sorry for the winless Detroit Lions. They're just happy to escape Detroit.

Knee injury to sideline James for season
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dominic Rhodes is no longer Edgerrin James' fill-in. Rhodes is now the starting running back for the Indianapolis Colts.

Illinois claims Big 10
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois players jumped into the crowd, danced on the field and then made their way to the gold trophy marking their first Big Ten title in more than a decade.

Gonzaga, Texas move to semis
Gonzaga and Texas advanced to the semifinals of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Thursday with victories at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Cowboys can't ride Broncos
IRVING, Texas -- The Denver Broncos came to Texas Stadium seeking a spark to ignite a playoff run. Instead, they nearly burned themselves.

Moose numbers show decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Moose numbers are down in the Kenai Peninsula and will probably stay that way for years, according to state wildlife biologists.

Alaskans take advantage of program to reintroduce turkeys to Eastern habitats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Each year, as the snow flies and Alaska's fast slide from fall to winter begins, hunter Vic Van Ballenberghe's thoughts turn to turkey.

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