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Tuesday, November 27, 2001

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.

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.

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.

No action this year on energy bill, including ANWR
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate action on energy legislation, and a likely confrontation over whether to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, is being put off until next year.

Study: Put ferries on hub-and-spoke system
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Marine Highway System should move to a hub and spoke system in the northern Panhandle, linking small towns directly to Juneau, according to a study that also suggests a high-speed vehicle ferry connecting the capital with Haines and Skagway.

Fort Yukon man charged with burglarizing village care center
FORT YUKON (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man has been charged with burglarizing the Native Village Care Center, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Saxman man charged with stabbing brother
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Saxman man was charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of his older brother, authorities said.

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

Sterling writer dies at 86
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Elsa Pedersen, a Sterling writer, historian and homesteader who wrote her own obituary, has died at 86.

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.

Trawler owner agrees to pay $250,000 fine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of a South Korean fishing boat has agreed to pay a $250,000 fine for illegally trawling for pollock inside United States waters in the Bering Sea.

Scientists find Alaskan and Russian salmon getting smaller
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Salmon from two rivers in Alaska and Russia have shrunk in size in what scientists say could be a decades-old fight for food in the Gulf of Alaska.

Federal panel looks at Fairbanks air quality
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal panel of scientists is studying Fairbanks' air quality as borough officials urge residents to plug in their cars to keep emission levels down.

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.''

Small market, high costs blamed for keeping Alaska gasoline prices up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's gasoline prices are not dropping at an equal pace with falling crude prices.

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.

Two teens arrested in weekend shooting for Stebbins mayor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Stebbins teen-agers have been arrested in the weekend shooting of the village mayor, Robert Ferris.

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.

Supreme Court refuses Katie John appeal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to waive a deadline and allow the Legislative Council to appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the nation's highest court.

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 ... ''

North Slope mayor calls bond bill a slap at borough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak is looking for allies in the oil industry to help derail a legislative proposal that would limit his borough's taxing powers.

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.

Ferry builder's lawsuit for $500,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- What once was a $53 million lawsuit against the state over construction of Alaska's newest state ferry has been settled. The state will pay a subcontractor for Halter Marine Inc. $500,000 and an insurance company will chip in $750,000.

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.

Park Service expects late flood of Glacier Bay applications
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fewer than two dozen people have applied for compensation over commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay, according to the National Park Service. The application period for a share of $23 million in federal funds began in September and closes Jan. 28.

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.

Owners set to meet, but won't decide on contraction
NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is expected to get a term extension when owners meet Tuesday in Chicago, but it appeared no decision will be made on the Minnesota Twins and Montreal Expos.

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

Outdoors By John Perkovich
Steve Dambacher and I landed on the Karluk River with Seahawk Air out of Kodiak Island at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6th. We were surprised to find about 8 inches of snow on the ground and it was windy and cold. We saw numerous brown bear sows and cubs near the mouth of the river as we flew over the Karluk Lake area. On shore, where we landed, we found a large brown bear track and, little did we know at the time, this track belonged to the bear I would end up shooting three days later.

Soldotna opens new ski hill...
Kids didn't flock to the new ski hill on Karen Street in Soldotna on opening day last weekend, but as the wind died down and the temperatures rose and schools closed for the Thanksgiving Day weekend, more families began to enjoy the new facility.

Christmas comes to the Kenai Peninsula...
It was a calm and balmy winter day for the 24th Annual Holiday tradition known as Christmas Comes to Kenai. Hundreds of families patiently lined up outside the Chamber Log Cabin in Kenai to wait their turn to see Santa Claus, receive reindeer antler headbands, free chocolate and cookies, and a carriage ride from "Blackjack" the Christmas horse, complete with sleighbells ringing.

SoHi XC Runners honored by Borough Assembly...
The 2001 Soldotna High School Boys Cross Country Team has proven they are champions indeed. For the third time they went to the state competition as the team that everyone wanted to beat, but no one could.

Challenger Center gets a new sign...
A new sign will be going up at the site of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. Thanks to a generous $15,000 grant from Agrium.

EDD holds 2nd Annual Economic Outlook Forum
The theme of this year's Economic Outlook Forum for the Kenai Peninsula was, "Working Together to Build our Economy" and the two day conference drew leaders and interested participants from all over the state as well as the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Lines at DMV? Check the live Web cam
How many times have you gone in for a driver's license renewal at lunch time, only to find a standing-room-only crowd of people with the same idea?

U.S. makes broad-based government condition for rebuilding assistance
KOENIGSWINTER, Germany -- Afghan factions can expect no aid for rebuilding their war-ravaged country unless they agree on a broad-based government, a senior U.S. official said Monday on the eve of U.N.-sponsored talks.

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.

Bush warns helping terrorists in any way won't be tolerated
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Monday the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is ''just the beginning'' of the fight against terrorism, and he warned Iraq and North Korea there would be consequences for producing weapons of mass destruction.

Fish branding moves forward
The search is on for a name to give Cook Inlet seafood. The Cook Inlet brand steering committee hopes to have a trademarked name for salmon and eventually other seafood harvested here by the second quarter of 2002.

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.

FBI warns of possible gas pipelines threat
WASHINGTON -- The FBI has warned energy companies that Osama bin Laden may have approved plans to attack North American natural gas pipelines and facilities if he's captured or killed, a warning that prompted a tightening of security.

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.

Bin Laden supporters still fighting
MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- Northern alliance troops aided by U.S. special forces fought a pitched battle in a sprawling mud-walled fortress for a second day Monday with captured loyalists of Osama bin Laden. Five Americans were wounded by a stray U.S. bomb.

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.

Overseer of victims' fund named
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed an expert in handling mass casualty cases to oversee a compensation fund for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and their families.

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.

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.

U.S. Marines battle armored column
SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN -- Newly landed U.S. Marines cemented control of an outpost in the Kandahar region Monday as Navy fighter jets attacked a convoy of armored enemy vehicles moving near the base in southern Afghanistan.

Elsa Louise Pedersen
Sterling resident Elsa Louise Pedersen died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, at her home in Sterling. She was 86.

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

Letters to the Editor
Problems bush teachers face not unique to rural parts of stateLots of laws create specific privileges for some, not allPresident Bush's honorable ways earn him invitation to Kenai home

Back to normal: more dumb laws
President Bush has encouraged all Americans to return to a normal life and some lawmakers are obeying. They are returning to the practice of passing dumb and outrageous laws.

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.

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.

Alaska Junior Miss program appreciates community support
The Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program held its annual competition Nov. 17 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. Seventeen high school seniors from around the state converged on the Kenai Peninsula for a week-long stint in preparation to compete for the title of Alaska's Junior Miss 2002.

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

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. ...

New welfare reform efforts reward those who help themselves
Alaska has been, for several years now, an example of successful welfare reform on the state level.

Photo feature: Sled ride
Francine Reuter of Anchorage hitches her dog team for a fun run near Soldotna Municipal Airport last weekend. The lack of snow is posing a challenge for outdoor enthusiasts, but forecasters are predicting possible snow showers by the weekend.

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

Around the Peninsula
Alaska Legal Services rep to visit SterlingWRCC to hold monthly board meetingClothing available to those in needConservation district meeting scheduledRed Cross classes offered this weekBlood drive planned at KPCSpaghetti feed plannedAvalanche warning workshop offered'Fibber McGee and Molly' show plannedWeather bumps fireworks display to January'Big Brothers' needed

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

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.

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

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

Births
Jan Bookey and Scot Pace Yvette Sandel and Matt Neal

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?

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.

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.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

'French Chef' moves her kitchen
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- For 40 years, Julia Child's home in Massachusetts has been the site of gastronomic perfection and experimentation, a place where the souffle always rises and the duck roasts at just the right temperature.

Bucs' Sapp too sticky for Rams
ST. LOUIS -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the verge of elimination from the playoff race, needed some fire. Warren Sapp obliged.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

New York clips Hawks
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell tied his season-high with 29 points, scoring New York's final eight, as the Knicks got Marcus Camby back in their lineup and defeated the Atlanta Hawks 88-83 Monday night.

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.

Tale of twins
Want a quick look at the quirky psychology that goes on between twins? Then take a minute to try and figure out what's going on with Nikiski seniors, and identical twins, Tony and Wayne Aitken when it comes to wrestling styles.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Camby activatedFrancis out with foot injuryBure on injured reserveIAAF investigates jumper

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.

Van Poppel first free agent in offseason to sign
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Right-hander Todd Van Poppel became the first of the 155 free agents to sign, agreeing Monday to a $7.5 million, three-year contract with the Texas Rangers.

Hoyas dump Grambling State
WASHINGTON -- Wesley Wilson set career highs with 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 16 Georgetown to a 103-69 victory over Grambling State on Monday night.

'Canes, Gators sit on top of BCS
Miami and Florida moved closer to playing the biggest game yet in their long, often bitter rivalry.

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