Thursday, November 28, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Turkey is still the top, but some Alaskans will go for game
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Anchorage hunter Dave Adams prides himself on providing wild game for his family year-round. So what's on his table come Thanksgiving?

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.

Airport inspector: monkey skull ashtrays no longer shock
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Wildlife inspectors at Alaska's largest airport have just about seen it all, from the woman who tried to hide a monkey under a large hat to the woman who had a bear gall bladder tucked in her bra.

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

Two Native Corporations get military work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Army has selected subsidiaries of two Alaska Native corporations to maintain three of the state's military installations.

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.

Glaiser appointed to head state elections division
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Laura Glaiser, a long-time legislative assistant, was named to head the state Division of Elections on Wednesday.

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.

Agrium looks at impact of gas supplies
KENAI (AP) -- Agrium's problem of not being able to get enough natural gas could significantly impact the Nikiski plant, company officials say.

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.

Commission finds pipeline operators overcharged shippers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A state watchdog commission said that oil companies that operate the trans-Alaska oil pipeline have overcharged in-state refineries from 1997 through 2000, and has ordered them to pay refunds.

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.

Thanksgiving meals off the beaten path from deep-fried to tofu
JUNEAU (AP) -- This Thanksgiving some feastgoers won't be sinking their teeth into turkey meat slow-roasted in the oven.

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.

Attacking bear was a blur of fur
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The bear came from nowhere to grab Mike Harmening by the leg as he slipped along the edge of a Hinchinbrook Island muskeg Monday looking for Sitka blacktail deer.

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

Prosecutor focuses on DNA evidence
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The prosecutor in the trial of a man accused of shooting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has turned his focus to physical evidence.

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.

Duncan lashes out at what he calls 'whisper campaign'
JUNEAU (AP) -- Commissioner Jim Duncan lashed out at what he called a ''whisper campaign'' accusing him and other Democrats of illegally using state telephones to wage a get-out-the vote effort prior to the Nov. 5 election.

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

Icy conditions contributed to airman's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Eielson Air Force Base airman on patrol was killed when he slipped on the ice and was struck by vehicle on the base flight line.

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.

Fairbanks man who stole officer's guns gets six years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a Fairbanks man to nearly six years in prison for stealing guns from a police officer's private vehicle more than a year ago and trying to sell them on the black market.

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.

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.

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.

Overturned propane truck shuts down highway, residents evacuated
GIRDWOOD (AP) -- Residents were evacuated and the Alyeska Highway closed for eight hours after a tanker truck carrying 780 gallons of propane tipped on its side, Alaska State Troopers said.

Tech stocks may look hot, but understand what's driving the gains
NEW YORK (AP) -- Call it stock surfing. Catch the wave at just the right time or wipe out.

Retailers expect a modest holiday season
NEW YORK (AP)-- All those coupons and pre-Thanksgiving sales from the nation's retailers haven't enticed Linda Foley to get a head start on her holiday shopping. In fact, this year, she's taking her time.

Tax planning now can save you money next April 15
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many people think all the good tax breaks go to the rich. But there are steps even average wage earners can take to reduce their income tax burden.

Soldotna auto dealer expands to Kenai, focuses on customers
If money is the apple pie of business, then it can be presumed that the biggest kid at the table will eat the most -- if not all. So when a smaller kid is able to survive, and even thrive, in this kind of environment, that smaller kid is doing well.

All a'board
Three snowboarders decided to take a risky ride with plenty of obstacles -- that is they took the uncertain jump into entrepreneurship.

Business Briefs
Wells Fargo volunteer share the spirit of giving Streiff named to All-American team Marine trades meeting to discuss owners guide CIRI releases native directory

As boomer parents' inheritances dwindle, family disputes grow
NEW YORK (AP) -- As an estate planning attorney, Les Kotzer said he was taught to focus on helping clients save money. That view changed, he said, after a visit one day from a baby boomer couple.

Raise African violets and see nostalgia bloom
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- During holiday gatherings long past, when to grandmother's house we'd go, memories were made of cooking odors from the kitchen, cozy heat from the wood stove and scores of African violets arrayed along window sills.

Art Briefs
Visitors center closed today Arts and crafts sale to be held Auditions for UAA play scheduled Festival of Gingerbread planned Film contest open for entry Poetry contest announced KPC magazine accepting submissions

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Author's ideas come from people, life around him
Writing is like a muscle; it doesn't strengthen if it isn't exercised regularly. This is the perspective of Michael Armstrong of Homer, and he should know -- he's been flexing his writing muscles for over 20 years.

Junior Miss program back again
The Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program is on its way back to Soldotna, offering high school girls a chance to show off their achievements and compete for a number of prizes, including college scholarships.

Kids make art at new museum
NEW YORK -- It's a museum guard's worst nightmare: children plucking heads off sculptures, placing their palms on paintings and moving around the artists' works.

Flea Circus infests New York
NEW YORK -- Saturday was turning out to be a hard day for Professor Adam Gertsacov.

NASCAR fans, drivers, journalists have many reasons to Give thanks
NASCAR champion Tony Stewart joined employees and Olympic champion Carl Lewis (back left) at a McDonald's i

French driver eyes NASCAR
ATLANTA -- Alain Prost, the Frenchman who won four Form ula One championships, is making a study of NASCAR racing on behalf of some possible European sponsors.

Benny Parsons
In the Spotlight

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

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.

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.

Small stores still thriving amid giants
When several large, nationwide chain stores began moving to the central Kenai Peninsula a de

Lessons in giving
Students in Kerri Nelson's third-grade class know a thing or two about Thanksgiving.

Everyone invited to today's dinner
The Salvation Army will offer a Thanksgivi

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.

Election challenge trial set for Jan. 2
For the second time in two days, an Alaska Superior Court judge refused Wednesday to stop the Alaska Division of Elections from certifying the Senate District Q election results expected Friday.

Kenai River gets higher
Due to flooding caused by a Skilak glacial lake outburst, the state Department of Natural Resources advised boaters to stay off the Kenai River until water levels subside.

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.

Richard Lowell Tucker
Richard Lowell Tucker of Kenai died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, in Forney, Texas. He was 56.

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

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

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

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.

November full of cruel cuts
November comes around every year and every year is not a disaster -- just some Novembers. A few I particularly recall.

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.

Thanks at Thanksgiving: Gettys' work at cemetery results in grateful family
All to often life is taken for granted by the living, and sometimes we can take those who have passed for granted as well. The story I have to tell happened to my family.

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

Peninsula Clarion counts its blessings
Soon the holiday season will be in full swing -- a blur of holiday shopping, parties and too much to do in too little time.

SoHi teams grateful for supportRed Cross says thanks

Faith, family, friends contribute to rich life
Several years ago I had a premonition I'd reach the end of the trail in 2002, my 80th year. Subsequent signs and portents seem to underscore that likelihood.

New styles, gear ring in the snow sports season
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Fat is here to stay. So is soft. And baggy is cooler than ever, too.

Some say deer processing a big hole in the nation's food safety net
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- It's a Thursday night in Duluth's Gander Mountain sporting goods store. Bill Hesselgrave has drawn a crowd.

Warm and fuzzy: Eugene firm produces custom winter wear
As a junior at the University of Oregon in 1996, Scott Jones didn't like the quality or look of the fleece jackets available on retail racks.

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

Around the Peninsula
Chugach closed to snowmachines Fish and Game advisory committee to meet Defensive driving class offered CIRCAC board to meet in Anchorage Biologist to discuss bears Club to hold auction

Officials: Warren Jeffs new head of fundamentalist church
COLORADO CITY, Ariz. (AP) -- Warren Jeffs will succeed his late father, Rulon Jeffs, as president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, according to people connected with the polygamous sect.

Controversy surrounds delay of influential, $6 million study of American Jews
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It was supposed to be an important moment in American Judaism.

Cathedral's textile laboratory faces its most daunting task
NEW YORK (AP) -- Inside the hushed Textile Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, workers spend the day bending over centuries-old tapestries and carpets from collections nationwide, carefully analyzing fiber, cleaning and re-warping.

Canadian government, Anglican church strike deal over abuse lawsuits
TORONTO (AP) -- The Canadian government and the Anglican Church of Canada have reached a tentative agreement to settle thousands of lawsuits Indians brought alleging abuse at aboriginal residential schools.

Domino's founder to build new town, university
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- The founder of Domino's Pizza plans to build a Roman Catholic university and college town covering more than 5,000 acres in southwest Florida.

U.S. Muslim teens balance sports schedules with Ramadan
DETROIT (AP) -- For Muslim teens who play high school sports, observing Ramadan and its monthlong fasting from sunrise to sunset is a challenge.

Methodist pastor among activists detained in West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A United Methodist pastor from Washington state was among a group of protesters detained after demonstrating against Israel's construction of a security fence near the West Bank town of Tullkarem.

Around the District
Schools close for ThanksgivingSchool board to meet Monday

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.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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?

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

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.

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

Finley, Mavs unstoppable
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Michael Finley had his way against the league's best defensive team while leading the unbeaten Dallas Mavericks within one victory of making NBA history.

Slick start helps Oilers notch win
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ryan Smyth scored two goals 19 seconds apart in the first period as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 Wednesday night.

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.

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.

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.

Heels stymie 'Hawks
NEW YORK -- Freshman Rashad McCants energized North Carolina with some nearly flawless shooting Wednesday night and led the Tar Heels to a 67-56 victory over No. 2 Kansas in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

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

Notre Dame looks to solidify BCS berth at USC
Notre Dame-USC is important again.

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.

Mornhinweg can't twist in the wind this weekend
If the New England-Detroit game Thursday goes into overtime, Marty Mornhinweg has one major burden off his back:

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.

Keeping things in perspective
Ask Tiger Woods what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving and he doesn't mention his victories in the Masters and the U.S. Open this year, all the other titles he's won or the money he's made.

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