Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Condon: Oil prices higher, production lower
JUNEAU (AP) -- North Slope oil is expected to fetch a higher price per barrel over the next several years than previously expected, state Revenue Commissioner Wilson Condon said Tuesday, meaning less of a strain on the state's budget.

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.

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.

Native American Bank looks for foothold in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Bank executive John Beirise couldn't go along with the ''acquire and fire'' mentality that gripped the banking industry in the mid-1990s, so he launched off on his own.

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

How oil pipeline officials handled the 'big one' of 2002
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Standing on a platform atop the trans-Alaska oil pipeline about 10 miles north of Delta Junction, Kerry Erickson had just lowered a bucket of tools to the ground.

Psych ER gives police another option
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Police Department has a new facility to turn to when responding to situations involving people who are mentally ill. Those individuals can be triaged in one location: a special emergency room added to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Elder recalls old ways at Native American History month
FAIRBANKS -- Howard Luke's memories of Fairbanks during the 1930s and later requires listeners to use their imaginations.

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.

Vintage military aircraft flies over Kodiak again
KODIAK (AP) -- Sitting in the familiar cockpit, Roger Bartels flicked switches and checked gauges. With a grin on his face he said, ''You know I was nicknamed the The Ghost after I landed this thing.

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.

Alaska: Where's winter?
Anchorage, Fairbanks and other parts of Alaska are reporting a very mild winter.

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.

Anchorage man sentenced in cocaine conspiracy case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a cocaine distribution case.

Man and his snowmachine rescued from crevasse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With savvy and muscle, eight members of the Northern Lights Snowmachine Club helped rescue a snowmachiner stuck for an hour in a crevasse near Summit Lake.

Nurses reach tentative agreement with Soldotna hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nurses have reached a tentative contract agreement with Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

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.

Flags lowered in memory of late corrections officer
ANCHORAGE -- State flags were lowered to half staff Wednesday in memory of James Hesterberg, the state corrections officer who died last week in a collision on the Seward Highway.

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

Young vows to push construction of Knik Arm bridge
ANCHORAGE -- Congressman Don Young said he still is solidly in favor of building a bridge across Knik Arm.

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.

Refuge area opens to personal-use logging
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Harvesting firewood for personal use is now allowed at a section of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Researchers to discuss big earthquake at conference
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Researchers will discuss the Nov. 3 earthquake at a conference in San Francisco next month.

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

Report on Anchorage dispatch system faults city
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage officials knew of serious flaws in the police dispatch center but failed to fix them, according to a state investigation into Patti Godfrey's 48-minute wait for help after she was shot in August.

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.

Fans cheer UAF basketball team
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The celebration continues. Fans in downtown Fairbanks cheered Tuesday afternoon as the University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball team held a brief victory parade commemorating their historic championship of the 2002 Top of the World Classic over the weekend.

Fisheries board postpones December meeting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries has decided to postpone its December meeting in Cordova at which it was to take up the future of dipnetting on the Copper River.

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.

Small business takes big effort
Starting up a small business, especially for the first time, is not an endeavor for the faint of heart.

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.

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.

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.

Lower operation capacity could cause Agrium to downsize
Even with the short-term fix of a 30-day natural gas supply, Agrium officials said the cutbacks to gas delivery from Unocal to the Nikiski plant could have a significant impact on Agrium's operation.

Dam lake break to flood Kenai River
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Skilak Lake and the lower Kenai River due to the release of the Skilak glacial dammed lake. The Kenai River is expected to reach a minor flood stage at Kenai Keys by this morning and at Soldotna by Thursday evening.

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.

Trial in animal cruelty case now slated for January
A trial has been scheduled for the week of Jan. 22 in Kenai District Court for a woman charged with nine counts of animal cruelty.

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?

DNR commissioner signs pipeline right-of-way lease
The plan to build a 32-mile-long pipeline between Ninilchik and Kenai cleared one of its final hurdles Tuesday when Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Pat Pourchot signed a 30-year right-of-way lease for the Kenai-Kachemak Natural Gas Pipeline at a ceremony in Anchorage.

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.

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.

Ricky G. Lester
Soldotna resident Ricky G. Lester died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, in Soldotna. He was 51.

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

Florence M. Lindman
Former Alaskan Florence M. Lindman died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at Bethany Covenant Home in Minneapolis.

Capitol Hill changes mean economic hope
Finally, with the political landscape changing on Capitol Hill, there is hope for a real economic stimulus package.

Good works for wrong reasons
Often I'm amazed at the subtle social brainwashing our children are subjected to as they struggle to get the one thing they attend school for: an education.

SoHi teams grateful for supportRed Cross says thanks

Soldotna seniors appreciate generous community support

Environmental disasters still cannot be prevented
The oil spill from the tanker Prestige which sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the Spanish coast ... represents the inability or inadequacy of the world's most advanced nations to prevent environmental disasters.

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
Setting the record straight on 'Seven honored for heroism'Public posting of settlement helps educate public about labor issuesLove can help killer whales

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Santa requests wish listsEagles host dinner for seniorsAuthor to speak at libraryHospice offers carols for donationChugach forest offers Christmas treesHabitat accepts homeowner applications

District School News
News from schools around the district

Zambia's AIDS plague robs children of teachers
LUSAKA, Zambia -- Almost every hand in the sun-washed classroom at Kaplunga Girls High School shoots up in stark answer to a simple question: How many of you have lost a teacher to AIDS?

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Around the District
Schools close for ThanksgivingSchool board to meet Monday

Area high school students investigate options at KPC career fair
The fair returned to the Kenai Peninsula, but there weren't any big tents, Ferris wheels or roller coasters -- it was the 13th annual career fair.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first semester at Kenai Middle School

Photo: Kids aren't dummies
Teacher Lee Moore enlists the help of dummy, Archie, during a Latin lesson for second-graders at Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai last Friday.

Mold found in schools causes health, financial problems
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- To protest a menace in their school, nearly 1,000 students at East High School in Memphis skipped homeroom one day.

Area agency offers USDA free, reduced-price meal program
Home for the Future announces that it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low income families may qualify for free or reduced price meals.

College plans to offer applied science nursing degree in 2005
KPC encourages anyone interested in pursuing a nursing degree to attend an informational meeting presented by Marie Samson of the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing.

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.

Senior Briefs
Activities at the area Senior Centers.

Lunch menus at the area Senior Centers

Sirois gets hat trick as Stars stop Panthers
The Soldotna High School hockey team took a 3-0 first-period lead, and goaltender Jon Verhelst withstood a second-period barrage by the Skyview Panthers as the Stars notched a 6-0 win Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Bruins douse Flames for another home win
BOSTON -- Glen Murray scored his fourth career hat trick, Brian Rolston added a pair of goals and John Grahame stopped 29 shots as the streaking Boston Bruins defeated the Calgary Flames 7-2 Tuesday night.

No. 13 Marquette whips Eastern Illinois
MILWAUKEE -- Dwyane Wade scored 28 points on 13-of-16 shooting in No. 13 Marquette's 97-74 rout of Eastern Illinois on Tuesday night.

Peninsula high school sports
High school sports schedule for today.

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.

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.

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.

Fans cheer UAF basketball team
FAIRBANKS -- The celebration continues. Fans in downtown Fairbanks cheered Tuesday afternoon as the University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball team held a brief victory parade commemorating their historic championship of the 2002 Top of the World Classic over the weekend.

SkyHi wrestlers topple Mariners
Taking advantage of five forfeits, the Skyview wrestling team defeated Homer 53-15 Tuesday night at Skyview High School.

Sports Briefs
Lewis to have season-ending shoulder surgeryDetmer doubtful for Sunday; Feeley to startPolice: Wallace admitted to smoking marijuanaOneWorld, Prada go 2-0 up in quarterfinalMcPherson blasts FSU coaches for dismissalPhillies extend Bowa's contractRoger Cedeno arrested for DUI in Manatee CountyIverson has a shot at Olympic teamNCAA clears Romberg of any wrongdoing

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.

Shaq, Lakers cannot stand Heat in Miami
MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal was held to 15 points in his third game since returning from toe surgery as and the Miami Heat won for just the third time this season, beating Los Angeles 97-85 Tuesday night.

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

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.

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