Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Tribal buildings in Sitka go smoke-free
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tribal organizations in Sitka have decided to ban smoking in their buildings.

Environmental decision due on Pogo soon
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A draft Environmental Impact Statement due out in January will likely provide the go-ahead for the huge Pogo gold mine near Delta Junction, according to federal environmental regulators.

Weekend rains flood Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Heavy rains flooded parts of the southern Kenai Peninsula over the weekend, damaging roads as crews finished repairs from October floods in the same area.

Delta Junction man dies in Richardson rollover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction man died in a single-vehicle rollover on the Richardson Highway over the weekend.

New police dog helps village in fight against drugs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fort Yukon police have a new recruit named Raven, a 1-year-old drug-sniffing black Labrador retriever.

Flags lowered in memory of former Kodiak legislator
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags to be lowered to half staff Tuesday in memory of former legislator Ed Naughton, who died Friday at 72.

Aniak man drowns in Kuskokwim River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old Aniak man drowned over the weekend when his uncle drove a snowmachine into the Kuskokwim River, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Light earthquake strikes near Paxson
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake struck the east central region of Alaska Tuesday morning.

Alaska farmer grows his own turkeys
MATANUSKA VALLEY (AP) -- Anthony Schmidt is not your typical American poultry farmer.

Hogan named as deputy OMB director
JUNEAU (AP) -- Retired budget analyst Jay Hogan was named to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget when Gov. Frank Murkowski takes office next week, Murkowski announced Tuesday.

BP pulls out of Arctic Power lobbying group
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP is withdrawing from Arctic Power, the lobbying organization that is pushing to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and suspending its contributions to the group.

State grants new 30-year pipeline lease
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state on Tuesday granted the trans-Alaska oil pipeline another 30-year lease to continue operating across 344 miles of state land.

Alaska union leader resigns to take bigger job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mano Frey, a leader of organized labor in Alaska for a quarter century, is leaving the state to accept a new and more powerful job in Seattle.

Fairbanks man sentenced for choking wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to six years in prison for twice choking his wife until she passed out.

Weekend rains flood Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Heavy rains flooded parts of the southern Kenai Peninsula over the weekend, damaging roads as crews finished repairs from October floods in the same area.

Bus driver who abandoned students tells his story
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage school bus driver who walked away from unruly charges last week has spoken out about his actions.

Lack of snow halts Fairbanks snowmachine sales
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- You would think being in the snowmachine business would be a good gamble in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Ulmer slightly led Murkowski in spending
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican Frank Murkowski spent about $13 a vote in his winning bid for governor, while Democratic opponent Fran Ulmer spent about $18.50 a vote.

Grant gives firefighters new gear
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A $117,772 federal grant to the North Pole Fire Department will provide new equipment for the full-time and volunteer firefighters.

Man accused in plane threat gets court hearing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A businessman from Houston accused of threatening passengers on a trans-Pacific flight got his first court hearing here Monday, but he was sent back to jail afterward with no bail set.

Interior villages favor Yukon River highway link
GALENA (AP) -- Representatives from nearly every village from Manley to Unalakleet filled Galena's community hall last week to discuss a Yukon River highway to link Interior villages.

Man dies after fight in Dillingham
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A man died after a fight in Dillingham Saturday night, according to police.

Court upholds murder conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Adam Hamilton in the 1999 stabbing death of a his best friend.

Kenai inventor travels tough road
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Clifford Dent is nearly broke because of his breakaway bolt system for highway sign and light posts.

Earthquake-damaged Northway Airport reopens
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Northway Airport is back in business following temporary repairs to damage caused by the Nov. 3 earthquake.

State Champion SoHi Swim Teams honored by Borough Assembly
The many regional championship flags that adorn the wall of the Soldotna High School swimming pool attest to the continuing dedication and commitment of the coaches

Southern Intertie Project passes environmental hurdles
An additional transmission line to carry power between Anchorag

WRCC exceeds fundraising goal
"We have a very loving and generous and giving community, they've been with us for 18 years now," June Harris, President of the Women's Resource & Crisis Center, told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week

Brown bagging it with the Mayor
The tradition of the Borough Mayor's Brown Bag lunch was started during Mike Navarre's administration as a means of staying in tou

Have Carolers and Characters - will travel
Thanks to Carol Ford and the Kenai Performers, this year you'll be able to warm up the winter holidays with a little a capella harmony by some real characters from holidays past.

Making the Most of a Short Shopping Season
(NAPSI)-With only 26 days between Black Friday and Christmas, the official holiday shopping season is shorter than ever this year.

Personalized golf balls are a popular gift
(NAPSI)-When it comes to finding a terrific gift for the golfer in your life, here's some helpful advice: Keep it simple and think dimples.

Holiday Gifts With No Strings Attached
(NAPSI)-New products that operate using wireless technology provide practical and affordable ways to impress even difficult persons on your holiday gift list.

Deck The Halls In Style
(NAPSI)-The holidays can be a perfect time to let your creativity flow and add extra-special touches to your home with fresh cut flowers and seasonal evergreens. Decorating is more dramatic if you give each room its own center of attention. For an unconventional approach, use miniature trees. They make a big impact in a small space.

How you can have a good Christmas today, and everyday
(NAPSI)-Do you remember the warm, wonderful feelings Christmas brought to you as a child? While we can't go back to our childhoods, we can take steps to make this Christmas as warm and memorable as those of our childhood.

High-Tech Holiday Shopping Tips: Finding The Perfect Electronic Gift
(NAPSI)-The newest gizmo, the hottest doohickey, the latest and greatest gadget...it seems that each holiday season comes with an overwhelming list of "must have" gifts, especially when purchasing for a self-proclaimed "techie."

More Efficient Gift Shopping
(NAPSI)-This holiday season, gift givers can wrap up their shopping and help the environment at the same time.

The Holidays Go Digital: Turning Moments Into Memories
(NAPSI)-The holidays are the perfect time to capture the moments you spend with family and friends in digital photos and videos to enjoy for seasons to come. But capturing those special holiday moments as lasting digital memories can become a complicated chore instead of a fun holiday activity for the whole family.

Seeking The Season's Hottest Toys: Sanity-Saving Shopping Tips
(NAPSI)-As parents begin to unpack the holiday decorations, stock up on wrapping paper and create budgets for the upcoming season of gift-giving, schoolyards are already abuzz about the latest and greatest "must have" toys of the season.

Making quick gifts with a personal touch and minimal money
(NAPSI)-Contrary to what some people might think, you don't have to start thinking about the holidays in July to create personalized gifts.

Holiday Fire Safety: Check Your List Twice
(NAPSI)-Make fire safety part of your holiday planning. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports that home fires occur

'Tis the season to be safe: Tips to prevent injury
(NAPSI)-Winter brings colder temperatures, snow, and the holiday season, making it an ideal time to travel or participate in such activities as skiing, snowboarding or ice-skating.

Two young artists share their dreams of peace
(NAPSI)-By designing a holiday greeting card about children's dreams of peace, two children are sharing their hopes of peace with children around the world.

Keep Your Cool During Hectic Holiday Entertaining: Use These Hot Ideas From Your Freezer
(NAPSI)-Holiday cooks can't wait to impress their guests with delectable hors d'oeuvres, gourmet meals and festive party dishes. But how can these holiday entertainers create an impressive spread without all the stress?

Stocking Stuffers Under $5
(NAPSI)-It doesn't have to be hard to buy inexpensive stocking stuffers for teenage boys. They like the big things-from computers and video games to bikes and DVDs-however, so to find something small that they think is "cool" can be a challenge.

Gift-Giving Trends for this holiday season
(NAPSI)-Increasingly, it seems, Americans believe there's no place like home for the holidays-and nothing like gifts they can use at home.

Making the holidays more meaningful to your child
(NAPSI)-This time of year, we're bombarded with holiday messages. Every year they start earlier and earlier. Many retailers begin holiday advertising right after Halloween, promoting extravagant gifts, elaborate decorations, new clothing, lavish parties and special food. No matter what your personal beliefs, children are likely to hear a lot about Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Ramadan.

Icon, Heirloom And a True American Treasure
(NAPSI)-Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the adventurers in your life? Consider a new book that captures a true American icon as never seen before.

Eat Healthy During the Holiday Celebrations
(NAPSI)-Are you anxious about maintaining a healthy diet during the upcoming holiday festivities? The Cancer Research Foundation of America (CRFA) offers a few healthy eating tips for all those special occasions. A well-balanced diet and exercise can reduce your risk of cancer and other health problems!

Crafty ways to spend quality time
(NAPSI)-Parents looking for a crafty way to spend time with the kids during the holiday season may be interested in the following fun, creative and economical activity. It provides "together time" with kids and keeps them entertained during winter break.

Taking the stress out of holiday shopping can be easy
(NAPSI)-Want to wrap up your holiday shopping faster and easier this year? A recent Visa U.S.A. survey found that nearly half (48 percent) of women feel the holiday season is an especially stressful time of year-and the added stress of leaving shopping until the last minute can keep people from enjoying the holiday spirit.

Holiday card benefits animal health and honors animal lovers
(NAPSI)-For a holiday gift that's truly the cat's meow, how about something that not only promotes animal health, but also pays tribute to the animal lovers in your life?

NOW PLAYING: Die Another Day
It is a true testament to the simple of genius of Ian Fleming's super spy character James Bond that he has been able to span forty years and produce twenty fi

Attempt to halt Wagoner certification runs into snag
An Anchorage Superior Court judge has denied a motion for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Alaska Division of Elections from certifying the election in Senate District Q.

Charities prepare for busiest time of year
As area residents begin basting turkeys and buying presents for the holiday season, local charities also are preparing for what is traditionally their busiest time of year.

Sterling Highway remains closed
The Sterling Highway remains closed at the Black Water Bridge at Mile 161. Traffic is being detoured to the Old Sterling Highway.

Cost to play based on where 'toys' kept
When it comes to owning a plane or watercraft in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, property owners truly do have to pay to play. How much they pay varies depending on several factors -- the main one being where that property is kept.

Backhoe stuck in Ninilchik River
A large excavator being used to repair flood damage along the Ninilchik River became mired in the river Sunday morning when its operator attempted to drive it through the floodwaters to the village side of Ninilchik Village Bridge.

Senior facility gets help from grant
The city of Kenai, and the entire central Kenai Peninsula, is $20,000 closer to building an assisted-living facility for senior citizens.

Fund-raiser aims to help nurses
Nurse numbers on the Kenai Peninsula could get a boost as funds were raised to support nursing education, and a new class of nurses may be set to start as early as January.

Borough tax situation causes frustration
Members of the local recreational industry say a proposed amendment to the borough's sales tax code is arbitrary, targets recreational sales unfairly and will put their businesses at risk by forcing their customers to pay more in sales taxes than they do now.

If you build it, will they come?
Nearly 30 commercial spaces stand empty in Kenai and Soldotna. Some old, some new. From the former Pay and Save store in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna to the former first Napa Auto Parts store in Kenai, there are enough abandoned commercial structures to beg the question: In the wake of an often mercurial economy, is this to be expected?

Domestic violence incident causes school to lockdown
Police arrested a suspect in a domestic violence case that carried over onto the grounds of Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School on Friday morning.

Residents stay, highway remains closed
The second severe storm in a month brought with it floods that caused damage to both roads and bridges, but people in rain-soaked areas are determined not to let the water keep them from their homes.

Flag pole goes in with a bang
Boom! High above the banks of the Kasilof River Saturday, four shots erupted into the silence of a late fall afternoon. If he hadn't been halfway across the world, Cameron Wenzel would have loved it.

Further ordinance revisions
Other revisions have been proposed to the Kenai Peninsula Borough sales tax code besides the one dealing with recreational sales. Below is a brief list of what they are:

Michael Kane
Nikiski resident Michael Kane died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 59.

Michael H. Kane
North Kenai resident Michael H. Kane died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at home. He was 59.

DEC improving communication
It's clear from recent events and an editorial ("Contaminated sites not forgotten; more work could be done," Peninsula Clarion, Oct. 18) that there can never be enough communication, information or dialogue when something as vital as the health of the Kenai River is being discussed.

Letters to the Editor
Tax code changes don't result in equity for fishing charter clients Catch-and-release fishing not viable management tool

Letters to the Editor
Superintendent, school board don't pay attention to public testimony Kenai Peninsula Food Bank needs donations now more than ever Resolution in support of Cordova drilling bad for the environment

U.S. should step back, let U.N. team do its job
Many of us assume President Bush or one of his key associates would play the key role in deciding the outc

Bill would restore Endangered Species Act's original intent
When the new Congress convenes the first of the year it will have before it a remarkable bill, one we all

Senate should make filling judicial seats top priority in January
One of the top priorities of the U.S. Senate, when it convenes in January, should be to fill judicial openings.

Soldotna seniors appreciate generous community support

Community Schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community School classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed to serve as a reminder to registered participants.

Peninsula People
Nikiski man graduate recruit training Peninsula men complete law enforcement training Kenai pair score at Special Olympics tournament

Christian organization aids children in Russia
Kenai-based SOAR Interna-tional Ministries will once again provide Christmas stockings to children in Russia.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge reopens firewood area Thanksgiving-Christmas food drive under way Chamber prepares for lights parade Soroptimists to begin fund-raiser Biologist to discuss bears Club to hold auction Family center plans potluck

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

Patsy and Calvin Fertig Jr.

Community News
Equestrians to host awards banquet Post office offers North Pole cancellations Junior Miss contest applications available Camp planned for families dealing with FAS

Around the Peninsula
SEA awards banquet planned TCouncil to hold meeting Lodge plans installation of officers HEA, chambers sponsor light competitions Well contamination may be present Groups organizing carnival

Mashed potatoes
Cheesy mashed potatoes

Cookie Party: friends and one basic recipe-dozens of cookies
(NAPSI)-Imagine offering your holiday guests an assortment of rich, home-baked cookies with chocolate, nuts and more. Don't think you have time to create such sweet treats? That's what friends are for.

Green Bean Soup (Also known as Schaubelsupp) recipe
Zesty green soup.

Apple Sauce with Crunchy Topping
A sweet and nutty alternative to conventional apple sauce

Yule peppernuts
Delightful cookie.

Festive Holiday Punch
Keeps them coming back for more

Green tomato pie
Great recipe to use up those green tomatoes.

Holiday Wassail recipe
Here we come a wassailing... a hot winter drink for your holiday festivities

Seasoned stuffing recipe
Stuffing recipe using wild rice, apples and walnuts.

Grand cookies
Traditional holiday cookie.

Enchilada soup
Zesty winter soup.

Pumpkin Almond Cake
Save those pumpkins for something other than pie this year

Senior Briefs
Activities at the area Senior Centers.

Modesty put aside to help raise funds
PORTLAND, Maine -- Forget the rummage sales and pancake breakfasts. For serious fund-raising, posing in the buff for calendars seems to be the ticket.

Lunch menus at the area Senior Centers

Pack coach challengesSapp block
TAMPA, Fla. -- Green Bay coach Mike Sherman angrily confronted Tampa Bay's Warren Sapp after the Packers' 21-7 loss to the Buccaneers Sunday, complaining that the All-Pro defensive tackle knocked one of his players out of the game with a cheap shot.

Panthers, Ducks push
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Kristian Huselius scored with 14 seconds left in regulation, and Valeri Bure had three assists as the Florida Panthers tied the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-4 Sunday.

Red Sox to name Epstein, 28, GM
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox will hire Theo Epstein as their general manager, a team source told The Associated Press on Sunday night.

Top-ranked Blue Devils defeat No. 2 Lady Vols
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Duke's first week at No. 1 was a rousing success.

Sorenstam caps off her year in style
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam was determined at the start and dominant to the end.

Peninsula high school sports
High school sports schedule for today.

Close finishes, hard hits just another Sunday
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Vick threw for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Warrick Dunn scored twice, and Atlanta's defense used eight sacks and six turnovers to hand Carolina its eighth straight loss, 41-0.

No. 4 Alabama clocks Middle Tennessee St.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Erwin Dudley had 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots as No. 4 Alabama beat Middle Tennessee State 80-65 Monday night.

Comeback kid
This past Friday at the North/South Tournament at Soldotna High School, Skyview's Zac Aragon discovered what everybody in Nikiski already knew -- never underestimate the power of Nikiski senior Joey Wicker to pull off a comeback.

Sixers deep-six Hornets
PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Brown has coached Allen Iverson in all but one of the superstar's six NBA seasons, and says he's never seen him play better.

Lalime blanks Leafs as Ottawa stays hot
OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime made 22 saves as the Ottawa Senators extended their season-high unbeaten streak to seven games with a 2-0 victory Monday night over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bell, Phillies negotiate $17 million, 4-year deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Third baseman David Bell agreed to a $17-million, four-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

NFL calls Sapp's hit on Clifton legal
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said Warren Sapp is not a dirty player and criticized Green Bay coach Mike Sherman for initiating an obscenity-laced argument with the Buccaneers All-Pro defensive tackle.

Eagles lose another QB, win game
SAN FRANCISCO -- Koy Detmer's first start in three years began and ended with an ungainly fall.

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