Sunday, November 25, 2001

Turkey nowhere in sight at Inupiat Thanksgiving feast
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For about 100 people in Fairbanks, Thanksgiving meant celebrating Inupiat style.

UAF athlete charged with kidnapping
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player has been arrested on charges he kidnapped a former girlfriend at knifepoint Wednesday night.

Man shoots trooper, two children, self in Wasilla
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) -- A 24-year-old Wasilla man shot a trooper, his two children, and himself Saturday after a dispute with his girlfriend, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Federal government looks at changing subsistence rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Louie Wagner is keeping a close eye on proposed new federal regulations governing the sale of subsistence foods.

Protecting 1,500 miles between Alaska and Canada a daunting task
Hyder Alaska is a tiny dot at the extreme southern corner of Alaska's panhandle lying next to Canada. At the headwaters of the Portland Canal, it's an international cul-de-sac where the line between the countries is blurred.

UAS senior looks at Haines Mission
JUNEAU (AP) -- It was more than religion that prompted the Tlingits around Haines to request a mission be established in their community, according to researcher Debbie McBride.

Troopers arrest three in Mat-Su marijuana sweep
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An interagency narcotics team arrested three Wasilla men and is seeking charges against other suspects in a major marijuana sweep this month, Alaska State Troopers said.

INS had ordered massage parlor owner deported
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The owner of a massage parlor who is facing 124 federal counts should have been deported in the early 1990s, according to court documents.

Mat-Su land sale sours high bidder
WASILLA (AP) -- The losing bidder in a farm land sale at Point MacKenzie is accusing the state agriculture board of rigging a deal that gave the 625-acre dairy farm to the current renters, even though they offered nearly $100,000 less than the high bid.

Anchorage winter carbon monoxide levels going down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage and Fairbanks are among just seven U.S. cities that still must prove they can keep carbon monoxide levels within federal limits.

Medicaid changes stop state 'double dipping' for funds
Federal changes in programs that buy health insurance for low-income Alaskans have ended the state's heretofore legal method of double dipping into federal Medicaid funds, meaning a $18.7 million shortfall in next year's state budget.

Quick work saves Fairbanks warehouse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Firefighters from six departments responded Friday to a warehouse blaze, and confined most of the damage to a single wall.

Producers of reality TV show get big taste of Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Producers of a new reality TV show based on the notion that Alaska has plenty of attractive bachelors looking for marriage had hoped for a taste of winter. They got it.

Former UAF student admits sex assault in dorm
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has admitted sexually assaulting a drunken 26-year-old student back in March as part of a plea agreement.

Juneau postal worker put on Cipro as precautionary measure
(JUNEAU) (AP) -- A doctor has put a Juneau postal worker on Cipro as a precaution against anthrax after the woman sought medical help last week for a rash on her nose.

Plane rides not for the birds
SEWARD (AP) -- Raising 100 baby chicks isn't something homesteader Penny Hardy usually does this late in the year. But Hardy is concerned her opportunity to continue raising her own fryers may soon be taken away.

Coast Guard rescue busy on day before Thanksgiving
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While some people left work early Wednesday to begin Thanksgiving festivities, two Air Station Kodiak crews were busy flying medical missions from villages.

Whittier now pushing for private prison deal
KENAI (AP) -- After two other Alaska communities abandoned plans for a private prison in the face of public opposition, Whittier is now stepping in. The city is trying to try to drum up support from the state Legislature and private contractors to build an 800-bed medium-security prison.

Five juveniles arrested as suspects in Anchorage crime spree
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five people, including two teen-agers, were in custody Friday after being arrested for robbing a 13-year-old girl and driving a stolen pickup truck in Anchorage Thursday.

Preventing spread of germs important during flu season
The results of a recent survey conducted by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) revealed the workplace often is a weak link in the attempt to prevent the contraction and spread of infectious diseases.

Change seeks more accessible process
Proving its own point, an ordinance seeking to change the way the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly conducts business sparked discussion and testimony during a Tuesday afternoon committee meeting, but quietly sailed through introduction without comment. It is now poised for a Jan. 8 hearing; however, assembly members say there may not be the votes needed to enact the changes being called for by sponsor Grace Merkes, of Sterling.

Senior Taliban member defects, blames al-Qaida
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The most senior Taliban member to defect so far blamed Osama bin Laden and Taliban hard-liners Saturday for transforming Afghanistan into a terrorist haven and bringing on a disastrous war with the United States.

Taliban fleeing Kunduz
BANGI, Afghanistan -- A trickle of surrendering Taliban became a flood Saturday, and those laying down arms were greeted like brothers by northern alliance fighters besieging Kunduz. It was unclear whether a hard core of foreigners loyal to Osama bin Laden would opt to fight to the finish.

Photo feature: Christmas Comes to Kenai
Lights blur past spectators at Friday's electric light parade in Kenai. The event was one of several Christmas Comes to Kenai activities.

Anti-Taliban militia leader believes bin Laden hiding in eastern Afghanistan
JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- A senior anti-Taliban commander here said Saturday he believes Osama bin Laden is nearby, moving by night on horseback and sleeping in caves during the day.

Chamber of commerce, KCHS team up on new mentorship program
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Kenai Central High School are teaming up to expand on a 6-year-old job shadow program, with semester-long mentorships.

Taliban opposition forces positioning to gain complete control in northern Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. airstrikes pounded suspected terrorist hideouts among Afghanistan's tunnels and caves. Taliban fighters surrendering Saturday in their last northern stronghold moved the opposition closer to control of the city of Kunduz.

Alvin L. Ehrstrom
Seward resident Alvin Leonard Ehrstrom died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at his home in Seward. He was 65.

Thanksgiving brings reminders of how far we've come -- or not
Has everyone wakened from their after-Thanksgiving day naps yet? Yawn once for yes, twice for no.

Assembly proposal a good way to ensure quality government
The most important questions facing elected officials at all levels of government today are: How do we ensure "the people" are involved in a meaningful way in the political process? How do we ensure "the people" agree they are involved in a meaningful way?

Powell's Mideast 'vision' more like a mirage
Secretary of State Colin Powell told a University of Louisville audience last Monday that he has a "vision" for peace in the Middle East. It's more like a mirage.

My Best Friend
Brenda Tice of Kenai sent in this photograph of her patriotic Chinese pug, Cosmo Kramer. "He's proud to be an American," she says.

Around the Peninsula
Community Thanksgiving service SundayAssistive technology presentation slatedAdvisory board members soughtChugach National Forest open for tree cutting

Kenai Grace Brethren Church continues annual holiday tradition
Five years ago, the Kenai Grace Brethren Church began a tradition of heralding in the holiday season with the Christmas story, complete with angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and even live animals.

Feds debate risks of driving under influence of medicines
WASHINGTON -- Some common medications for colds, allergies or anxiety can impair driving ability as much as alcohol does -- but in ways so subtle that people may not know they're zonked behind the wheel.

Money found on highway yields rewarding experience
KENT, Wash. (AP) -- Christmas came early for Mike Maaf when he stopped to check a package on the road and found $3,400 in cash.

Workman, Krapp wed in June
Lauri Workman and Ryan Krapp were married Saturday, June 16, 2001, in an afternoon ceremony at St. Leo's Church in Minot, N.D. Father Keith Striefel officiated.

One-parent families on rise around world, mirroring demographic shifts in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- It's not just an American phenomenon: Across the globe, single-parent homes are on the rise.

On the rise? Bridal retailers report sales surge following Sept. 11
NEW YORK -- Darcy Rowan and Antal Voros had talked about marriage during their five-month courtship, but it took on sudden urgency after they watched the Sept. 11 attacks unfold on television.

U.S. men's ski team looks to make up for 1998
ASPEN, Colo. -- The U.S. men's alpine ski team is confident the Salt Lake City Olympics will not be a repeat of its dismal performance at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Top-ranked Connecticut rips Rhode Island
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Asjha Jones scored 17 points, and Ashley Battle had a career-high 13 rebounds as top-ranked Connecticut cruised to an 84-38 victory Saturday over Rhode Island.

Army against Navy serves as an American tradition
Navy is 0-9, its program in such disarray that it changed coaches in midseason. Army is 2-8, equipped with a defense that has allowed fewer than three touchdowns just once all season.

U.S. men's ski team looks to make up for 1998
ASPEN, Colo. -- The U.S. men's alpine ski team is confident the Salt Lake City Olympics will not be a repeat of its dismal performance at the 1998 Nagano Games.

2001 Turkey Time Swim Meet Results
Nov. 17 at Soldotna High School Pool

Gonzaga, Marquette bolt through semis
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Dan Dickau hit an off-balance layup and a pair of free throws with less than a minute left and Gonzaga hung on to beat Texas 67-64 Friday night in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Players shut out during first day of Skins Game
INDIO, Calif. -- The way Tiger Woods and his buddies were so accommodating on Saturday, you might think they didn't need the $300,000 up for grabs on the front nine of the Skins Game.

Golden Eagles take Alaska Shootout title
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- David Diggs scored 15 points, hitting all five of his 3-point shots, to spark Marquette to a 72-63 victory over Gonzaga to win the Great Alaska Shootout.

Knicks hand Bulls ninth straight defeat
NEW YORK -- Allan Houston scored a season-high 24 points and Othella Harrington had a season-high 18 before fouling out as the New York Knicks defeated Chicago 78-71 Saturday, sending the Bulls to their ninth straight loss.

Colorado shocker knocks Nebraska from contention
OMAHA, Neb. -- Now what, Nebraska? The No. 2 Cornhuskers' 62-36 drubbing against No. 14 Colorado sent them tumbling from the top of the national championship heap, but not necessarily out of the Bowl Championship Series.

Cowboys: See you later, Sooners
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma's run to the national title last year included a close call against Oklahoma State. This year, the Sooners didn't escape.

Maryland blasts Delaware State
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Lonny Baxter had 18 points and 12 rebounds Saturday as No. 6 Maryland breezed to its 79th consecutive non-conference home victory, 77-53 over Delaware State.

Heinze, Eloranta lead Los Angeles past Sharks
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Heinze and Mikko Eloranta scored less than four minutes apart in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Saturday.

Sports Briefs
UAA drops two to Colorado CollegeUAF athlete charged with kidnapping

Prep hockey kicks into high gear
The peninsula's high school hockey teams have had an opportunity to get a few games under their belts, and the experience has answered some questions and raised some others.

Marey gets wins without rudeness
Last week Texas Tech began its men's basketball season with Bobby Knight at the helm. Remember him? The former University of Indiana coach who was asked to step down by university officials amidst allegations of physically abusive treatment of his players. His 29-year career in Indiana included three NCAA championships, induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame, and film clips of him hurling a plastic chair across a basketball court during a game and choking a player.

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