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Monday, November 26, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Barrow gets first electronic message board
BARROW (AP) -- The sun has set for the winter in Barrow, but the northernmost city has a new source of light these days.

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.

Fairbanks McDonald's fails to mend fences with new barrier
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Perhaps Robert Frost wasn't right on the money when he wrote, ''Good fences make good neighbors.''

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.

Humanities forum conference opens study of state's needs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Humanities Forum has spent about $250,000 on two studies to learn what issues Alaskans care about and what they want out of the next two decades.

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.

Frozen Chena River doubles as an ice bridge for drivers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Leave it to intrepid drivers to use the frozen Chena River as a shortcut instead of taking the more circuitous asphalt routes.

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.

Pedestrian hurt after triggering four-car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 64-year-old homeless man was injured in a four-car crash that was triggered when he tried to cross an Anchorage street, police said.

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.

Man killed, woman injured in Fort Yukon snowmachine accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 40-year-old snowmachiner died and his passenger was injured in a snowmachine crash in Fort Yukon, 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.

Anchorage hospital launches $3.2 million remodel of neonatal unit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage hospital is beginning a $3.2 million remodel of its neonatal unit.

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.

Nov. 23, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News challenges lawmakers to lead in budget decisions
News that Alaska's budget crisis gets deeper with the latest d

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.

Nov. 23, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion encourages hearts to remain open and giving
''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 ... ''

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.

Nov. 22, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. finds parallels between Thanksgiving and subsistence debate
Alaska's legislators could learn a lot from their children this Thanksgiving.

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.

Nov. 19, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner applauds new effort to further welfare reform
Alaska has been, for several years now, an example of successful welfare reform on the state level.

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.

Chugach forest remains closed to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugach National Forest remains closed to snowmachines because there's too little snow, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Economy doesn't slow shoppers
The big sales, early-morning deals and store promotions Friday heralded the official beginning to the Christmas shopping season.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Spy Game
Ever since the Berlin Wall fell, Hollywood has been going through a kind of mourning period. The Cold War made for easy pickin's when it came to story

Photo feature: Crafts aplenty
Sue and Heidi Biggs look at pottery Courtney Kratzenberger had for sale Friday at an arts and crafts fair sponsored by the Kenai Art Guild at Kenai Central High School.

Council OKs funds to maintain ice rink
Skaters will have the pleasure of professionally groomed ice at the Kenai rink this winter after all. The city council approved a contract with DR Ice of Soldotna for the amount of $65,539 to resurface the ice and maintain the new refrigeration system.

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.

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.

Kunduz falls to alliance
BANGI, Afghanistan -- The northern alliance claimed to have seized the Taliban's last northern stronghold Sunday after a two-week siege, and hundreds of foreign fighters who had been captured in the area died in a chaotic prison uprising put down in part by U.S. airstrikes.

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.

Photo feature: Crafts aplenty
Above, Sue and Heidi Biggs look at pottery Courtney Katzenberger had for sale Friday at an arts and crafts fair sponsored by the Kenai Art Guild at Kenai Central High School. At left, shoppers navigate around booths in the gymnasium.

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.

U.S. airstrikes helped subdue Taliban prison riot
WASHINGTON -- A first wave of U.S. Marines landed near the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on Sunday as American airstrikes helped subdue an uprising by Taliban prisoners of war at a fortress in northern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

Afghan tribal leaders say they control part of key road leading to Taliban stronghold
CHAMAN, Pakistan -- Anti-Taliban tribal fighters in southern Afghanistan cut a key road leading to the Islamic militia's stronghold of Kandahar and were approaching the city, tribal leaders said Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

Senate Democrats criticized by Bush aides as stalling on stimulus package
WASHINGTON -- With Congress returning this week, top Bush administration officials prodded the Democrat-controlled Senate on Sunday to act on a stimulus proposal, and defended the president's emphasis on corporate tax cuts as a cure for the limping economy.

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

These are times that test foundation of democracy
Nothing tests a nation's traditions of democracy and adherence to the rule of law so much as war, when the impulses of both the government and the governed are to find safety and security.

Applause
Nikiski Neighbors Noel Tree project appreciates past help, needs moreCommunity helps WRCC exceed fund-raising goal by $22,000Peninsula donors appreciated

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.

Letters to the Editor
United States did not deserve what happened to it Sept. 11

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.

First lady puts fresh perspective on U.S. interest in Afghanistan
A bit of history was made Saturday (Nov. 17) as Laura Bush became the first president's spouse to deliver the traditional Saturday morning radio address from the White House. She did so to stress the importance of saving the women of Afghanistan from the brutality they suffer at the hands of extremist factions. ...

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?

Representative democracy takes all of us
Editor's Note: The League of Women Voters periodically submits articles describing its positions on relevant topics and rationale for taking them. The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

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

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.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants.

Ask a Trooper
QUESTION: My teen-age son recently slid off the highway and hit a sign. A trooper gave him a ticket for basic speed, even though he was in a 55 mph zone going about 50. How can he get a speeding ticket?

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.

Peninsula team wins championship
Fifty-six teams took part in the 2001 Special Olympics Alaska (SOAK) State Bowling Tournament held Nov. 18 in Anchorage, including the Central Kenai Peninsula Alley Cats, Fireballs and Lightning Bolts. Thirteen communities were represented at the state bowling playoffs. The 224 athletes, 98 coaches and chaperones and about 100 other volunteers came from Anchorage, Barrow, central Kenai Peninsula, Dillingham, Grayling, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su, Sitka, Tanana Valley and Unalakleet.

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.

SoHi grad honored
Leila Roseann Kimbrell of Soldotna has accepted membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society and was individually honored during a campus ceremony. Kimbrell graduated from Soldotna High School in 1996 and is studying to be a lawyer at University of Alaska Anchorage.

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.

Births
Jan Bookey and Scot Pace Yvette Sandel and Matt Neal

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.

Club News
Weekly ping pong tournament winners announced4-H Club turkey winner chosen

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.

Community News
KPC honors part-timersSoroptimists offer awards programHospice offers holiday sing-a-gramsHomer Community Schools announcements

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.

Community Events
Library open house planned

Taking it to the streets
Teachers from Nikiski Middle-Senior High School rally Wednesday afternoon for increased state funding for education and to raise awareness of issues pending in the upcoming contract negotiations. Left to right, Ward Romans, Debbie Moore, Greta Cox, Carla Jenness and Joe Rizzo.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital auxiliary holds book fairHospital service area board to meetBlood drive planned WednesdayHospital board members to speak at chamberRed Cross classes offered this weekDrive-through Nativity scheduledHoliday carols available for donationCanine Good Citizen test plannedRefuge open for tree cutting

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula team wins championship
Fifty-six teams took part in the 2001 Special Olympics Alaska (SOAK) State Bowling Tournament held Nov. 18 in Anchorage, including the Central Kenai Peninsula Alley Cats, Fireballs and Lightning Bolts.

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

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.

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.

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

Rams match 'D' with Bucs
ST. LOUIS -- No opponent knows the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' stingy defense better than Lovie Smith.

Starine, Denon nose out pack at Hollywood Grade 1 races
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Trainer Bobby Frankel swept Sunday's $500,000 Grade I races at Hollywood Park, with Starine winning the Matriarch and Denon capturing the Hollywood Derby.

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.

Iron Dog 2000 holds rookie workshop
Tesoro Iron Dog 2000 will be holding a rookie workshop Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spenard Builders Supply Shipping and Receiving Warehouse at 4412 Lois Drive in Anchorage.

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.

Raiders keep Giants' heads out of clouds
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Oakland Raiders were playing for something more important than three-game lead in the AFC West or the opportunity to hurt the New York Giants' playoffs chances.

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.

Lightning strike in Hurricane country, black out Carolina scoring
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pavel Kubina and Tim Taylor scored short-handed goals 57 seconds apart, and Nikolai Khabibulin earned his 25th career shutout as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 Sunday.

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.

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.

Hawks outrun Buffaloes
PHILADELPHIA -- St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli put it succinctly. ''I'm just glad they didn't play as good as their football team did on Friday,'' he said.

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.

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.

World Cup skiing makes stop in Aspen
ASPEN, Colo. -- There is another World Cup champion in the Kostelic family now.

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.

Duke christens new home with victory
DURHAM, N.C. -- Top-ranked Duke will have to be content to win with defense and an inside game for now.

Norman kicks in overdrive to win Skins Game
INDIO, Calif. -- With one big birdie putt and one routine par, Greg Norman managed to recapture a bit of his old magic in the Skins Game. He played well, entertained fans and earned a cool $1 million.

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