Sunday, November 24, 2002

Kenai District Attorney orders horses back to owners
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai District Attorney is sticking by his decision to have two horses that were found weak and emaciated returned to their owners.

State issues warning to 50 schools to improve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has issued a warning to 50 schools across Alaska: improve or face the consequences.

Businessman blamed for diverting plane due in court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A businessman from Houston is in an Alaska jail for allegedly threatening to kill passengers and claiming to be a terrorist on a flight headed to Tokyo.

MADD: Alaska's drunken driving efforts below par
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska has received one of the worst grades in the nation from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for its efforts to combat drunken driving. Only Montana did worse this year.

Klawock woman indicted on federal drug charges
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Klawock woman on felony drug charges stemming from the sale of methamphetamine from her home.

Anti-abortion group sues over campaign law
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Right to Life Committee has filed a lawsuit in federal court charging that some Alaska campaign disclosure laws violate the First Amendment.

Land bills die in U.S. House
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two land bills that would have benefited the University of Alaska and two Native corporations have reached a dead end.

Eight charged with possession of alcohol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted eight people with smuggling alcohol in to Metlakatla.

State caps number of Kenai fishing guides
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has capped for two years the number of fishing guides allowed on the Kenai River.

Anchorage's shortfall disappears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's $2.5 million shortfall has all but disappeared.

Fairbanks man sentenced in stabbing death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has received a 75-year prison sentence for the stabbing death of his estranged wife last year.

Three mayors to travel to Washington, D.C. in January
NORTH POLE (AP) -- Three mayors will travel to Washington, D.C., in January to meet with two of Alaska's congressional leaders.

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.

Man gets 75 years for stabbing ex-wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man who stabbed his ex-wife 56 times with a knife four days after their divorce was sentenced to 75 years in jail.

State opens area to weeklong moose bowhunting season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is trying to reverse a trend: motorists outnumbering hunters in killing more moose in the Fairbanks Management Area.

Flooding shuts down Sterling Highway again
Homes were evacuated in low-lying areas of the south Kenai Peninsula on Saturday and an 8-mile stretch of the Sterling Highway and two bridges were closed as torrential rains and warm weather combined to once again flood the Anchor River and a number of streams.

Holiday season approaches Kenai
The annual Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration Friday may not be elevated to the level of national fame this year, but organizers and community members are putting in extra effort to make this year's event the most spectacular.

Photo feature: Slip 'n' slide
An Israel Aircraft Industries Astra jet from Fred Meyer sits on the tarmac at Soldotna Municipal Airport after workers pulled it from the grass Friday morning.

Guides limited on Kenai River
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has placed a two-year moratorium on the issuance of new Kenai River guide permits, effective next season.

Nurses union, CPGH reach new agreement
The nurses union and management at Central Peninsula General Hospital reached a tentative agreement Friday evening on a new three-year contract for nurses.

Transitional meetings allow public to give input on 'important' topics
It isn't even Thanksgiving yet, and Kenai Peninsula residents already are putting together their December wish lists.

David John Bormann
Kenai resident David John Bormann died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a long battle with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. He was 42.

Negotiating teams in school contract talks deserve A+ deserve 'A' for effort
Mediation efforts early last week between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the teacher and support staff unions hardly be can considered a failure.

Bush considers making economic proposals more palatable to Democrats
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is poised to move quickly on tax cuts for individuals and businesses once the new GOP-led Congress convenes in January, seeking to spur the economy and take advantage of recent electoral gains.

Traditional Christmas event will include new celebration of Kenai's history Putting past into perspective
Christmas is coming to Kenai again! Celebration and commemoration always go hand in hand. Having begun in1977, this annual event will include festivities, entertainment and an informative walking tour of Old Town Kenai told by knowledgeable people from our community. Everyone is invited to come join us as we relive some of the stories that made Kenai what it is today.

Photo feature: A better view
The sun sets behind Hideout Hill in the Kenai Mountains on a foggy day earlier this month. Forecasters are calling for similar weather -- mainly the clouds -- this week, with the slight possibility of a break on Thanksgiving.

Turkey talk: It's all in the temperature
All across the country this week, home economists and food safety professionals will be doing their best to educate the public on the importance of safe food handling practices related to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Around the Peninsula
HEA, chambers sponsor light competitionsWell contamination may be presentSEA awards banquet plannedCenter offers free clothing.

My Best Friend
Corey Hanson helps his Uncle Troy's cat, Fathead, pose for the camera, while Cory's sister Asia finds the whole thing humorous. Cory and Asia are the children of Heidi Hanson of Soldotna.

Mugger gets taste of his own medicine
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A mugger found that turnabout is fair play.

Resort offers quiet space
SUNDANCE, Utah -- Sundance Village, Robert Redford's own resort at the base of the Wasatch Range's highest peak in Utah, is known worldwide for its annual film festival. But it also offers a low-key, no-hassle escape just about any time of year in what the actor calls rustic elegance.

Food bank serves up holiday cheer
The horn of plenty doesn't fill itself. And as the holiday season approaches, help is often in order for those who either find themselves unable to meet their needs for setting a place for the family meal, or unable to come up with just what to serve.

Britain to allow some pets with passports
LONDON -- Dogs and cats from the United States and Canada will be allowed to enter Britain without enduring the dreaded six-month quarantine -- and just in time for Christmas travel.

Celebrations turn ugly at several college games
Fan celebrations got out of hand after several college football games Saturday, with Washington players being pelted with debris and several people sustaining injuries following victories.

Nikiski icemen get first victory
The Nikiski hockey team picked up its first victory of the season Friday with a 6-4 victory over a Wasilla team made up of varsity and junior varsity players. The game was at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

Isbister, Weinhandl lead Islanders to victory over Trottier's Rangers
NEW YORK -- Brad Isbister scored twice and rookie Mattias Weinhandl had three assists in the third period, rallying the New York Islanders past the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday.

Warriors prevail at North/South
With the two wrestling seasons no longer declassified and fully split, the North/South Tournament had a familiar feel Friday and Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Spurrier finally seems to be getting the NFL game -- sort of
There were giggles around the NFL when Steve Spurrier announced he was making yet another change at quarterback: Danny Wuerffel and Patrick Ramsey, he said, might each get to play a half for his Washington Redskins against St. Louis.

Sports Briefs
Stars pin Knights in dual meetUAF upsets Huskers at Top of the WorldPioneers down SeawolvesMiami of Ohio drops Nanooks

Fiesta time: Victory sends Buckeyes to title game
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Go ahead, Ohio State. It's safe to exhale.

Nikiski's Rabung signs on with UAF cagers
Nikiski senior Karen Rabung signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Wednesday.

Shammond Williams paces Celtics to win over Hawks
ATLANTA -- Shammond Williams stepped into the starting lineup and had 19 points and six of Boston's 17 steals as the Celtics won their third straight game Saturday night, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 109-99.

Americans win luge doubles Cup event
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin opened the World Cup luge season with a doubles victory Saturday, beating Olympic gold medalists Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch of Germany.

Arizona opens with rout
TUCSON, Ariz. -- No. 1 Arizona lived up to the preseason hype and then some in its opener.

Mediate, Janzen lead Shootout
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen are threatening to run away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout title.

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