Wednesday, November 28, 2001

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.

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.

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 arrested in Anchorage for leaving 2-year-old son unattended in car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man in Anchorage has been arrested and charged with child neglect after he left his 2-year-old son locked and unattended in a car for about 40 minutes, 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.

Colony High teacher sentenced for sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former teacher at Colony High School in Palmer has been sentenced to six months in prison for sexual abuse of a student.

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.

Motel clerk turns in carjacking suspects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A motel clerk in Fairbanks turned two carjacking suspects over to police moments after he read about them in the local newspaper.

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.

Funeral set for slain trooper
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A funeral for slain Alaska State Trooper Hans Roelle has been set for Friday in Anchorage

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.

Knowles wants state to fund proposed avalanche program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants the state to foot the $750,000 bill for a proposed avalanche education and early warning program.

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.

Flu worsens problems of ERs turn patients away because of nurse shortage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A shortage of critical care nurses is causing Anchorage hospitals to divert ambulances from emergency rooms, forcing paramedics to look elsewhere, according to doctors and paramedics.

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

Liquified natural gas panel disbands after three year effort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An oil industry group has dispersed after failing to find a cost-efficient way to export liquefied North Slope natural gas in tankers.

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.

Autopsy: alcohol a factor in death of Eileson Air Force Base doctor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An autopsy has found that alcohol contributed to the death of an Eielson Air Force Base doctor at the Hutlinana hot springs, 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.

Platform spills oil into Cook Inlet
KENAI (AP) -- A cracked fitting in a high-pressure pump spewed up to 2310 gallons of oil into Cook Inlet Tuesday, according to state officials, but the oil dissipated quickly and a spill response effort was called off after a few hours.

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.

Cook Inlet fishermen look for marketing niche
KENAI (AP) -- 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 from the Inlet by the second quarter of 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.

DMV puts line cam on the Web
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles has come up with an idea to help customers in the Kenai area. A video camera has been installed so residents can figure out how long the line is with a quick check of the Internet.

Charity brings Christmas to prisoners' families
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The holidays can be a difficult time for anyone separated from family. For those separated by razor wire and steel bars, the season can be even tougher.

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.

Baseball owners give Selig vote of confidence
CHICAGO -- Baseball owners extended commissioner Bud Selig's contract through 2006 but did not take any action Tuesday on the game's most debated issue -- eliminating two teams before next season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Defense department: 'The thought that they'll surrender is not likely'
WASHINGTON -- The stepped-up pace of the war inside Afghanistan also means increased risks: A CIA operative remains unaccounted for, five soldiers are recovering from friendly fire and more casualties are likely with Marines on the ground.

Carey addresses Soldotna chamber
Soldotna mayor Dave Carey blasted the state Department Of Transportation ruling on the right of way on the Sterling Highway Tuesday at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting.

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.

Sober driving awareness campaign under way
Beginning this week, Kenai Chrysler will be joining forces with the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Highway Safety Office in a new public information and education campaign designed to remind drivers the new Blood Alcohol Concentration limit in Alaska is .08.

Up to 55 barrels said to be spilled
Unocal's Dillon oil and gas production platform in Cook Inlet was shut down for about 12 hours Tuesday after a cracked fitting leaking crude oil was discovered.

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.

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.

No action this year on energy bill, including ANWR
WASHINGTON -- 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.

Photo feature: Lighting up
Patricia Thomson, right, watches as her neighbor Roy Smith finishes stringing lights on a tree in front of her home on Nevada Street in Kenai Tuesday afternoon.

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?

Afghan sites may be tied to research on weapons of mass destruction
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon ordered airstrikes Tuesday on an Afghan compound southeast of Kandahar after receiving information it was being used by senior leaders of the Taliban and of al-Qaida and another alleged terrorist group, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said.

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.

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.

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

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.

Poll: Threat of bioterror worries nation
WASHINGTON -- Three-fifths of Americans say they would want smallpox vaccinations if they were widely available, according to an Associated Press poll. The majority said they wanted the vaccine even when they were told that serious side effects could result.

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

Marines change course of war
WASHINGTON -- The call -- ''The Marines have landed'' -- has rung out in conflicts great and obscure, and it can change a war's course. Sometimes comes an overpowering victory, sometimes a morass.

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.

Poll Questions about anthrax attacks
1. Has the U.S. government's handling of the anthrax situation made you more confident, less confident or has it not affected your confidence in the government's ability to protect citizens from terrorist attacks?

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.

U.S. cannot assume worst about foreign students here legally
For generations, immigrants have played a key role in shaping the character of the United States. Almost every facet of American life -- from food to scientific research -- has been influenced by foreign-born people who now call this country home, whether permanently or temporarily. ...

Bounty on bin Laden's head underscores harsh realism
The decision to once again declare a price on Osama bin Laden's head, a bounty as high as $25 million for whomever takes him dead or alive, has appeared to many Europeans to be the sign of a typically American mentality, an attempt to force Texan customs on an entirely different world.

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
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

Around the peninsula
Survey on medical center topic of today's chamber Assistive technology presentation slated Central Peninsula Counseling Services board to meet Potters Guild to sell clay works Saturday Historical society to hear about hospital's progress Federal contracting program topic of seminar Evening story time at Kenai libraryNinilchik fire department plans annual meeting Ninilchik Native Descendants bazaar coming up Class on low vision, blindness to be offered Refuge, forest now open for tree cutting Food bank seeking holiday food donations Cookies for sale now

KPC director earns leadership recognition
Kenai Peninsula College Director Ginger Steffy was honored at the Nov. 19 Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting. Board member Debra Mullins presented Steffy with the 2001 Leadership Award from the Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education.

School Menus
Weeks menus for area schools.

District schools news
News from all of the schools around the peninsula.

Around the district
School board meets Monday High school graduates rate education Head Start conference held in Anchorage

Moose Youth Awareness program helps keep kids on right track
Seeing a moose on the Kenai Peninsula is no uncommon thing. But seeing a moose talking to kids at their classroom is.

From books to capris, newfangled fads catch us all
Four years ago, the first Harry Potter tale was introduced to the world by the English author J.K. Rowing. It was that year, my freshman year, that a new era began for not only the high school life for the class of 2002, but also for the ever-so-popular sensation of Harry Potter.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the first-quarter honor roll.

'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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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.

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.

Keeping their card is the hard part for golfers
The final stage of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament is the toughest six days in golf. For those who survive, the next 10 months don't get any easier.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Last-minute goal draws Isles even with Caps
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mariusz Czerkawski scored his third goal of the game with 46.3 seconds left to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-5 tie with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

No. 12 Syracuse beats up on unranked Colgate squad
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Juan Dixon scored 25 points and No. 5 Maryland built a 20-point lead and held off No. 2 Illinois 76-63 Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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