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Thursday, November 29, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Former village police officer charged in Stebbins shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former village police officer has been charged Wednesday with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the shooting of the mayor of Stebbins.

Emergency order closes winter moose hunt near McGrath
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The winter moose hunt near the Interior town of McGrath has been canceled because there are too few bull moose, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Wednesday.

Warning signs part of governor's proposed avalanche program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Avalanche alert signs are included in a $750,000 avalanche-safety program proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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

State game managers restrict Fortymile caribou hunt
FAIRBANKS -- State game managers have put emergency restrictions in place for the Fortymile caribou winter hunting season that opens Saturday.

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.

Student hospitalized 10 weeks after friend died of encephalitis
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage middle-school student has been hospitalized with inflamation of the brain, 10 weeks after another student from the same school died of a similar condition.

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.

Rate of AIDS growing for Alaska Natives
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Natives are infected with HIV and AIDS at a higher rate than caucasion Alaskans -- and state health officials aren't sure why.

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.

Anglers protest plan strategy to save winter king fishery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dozens of fishermen gathered in Homer this week to plan a strategy to save winter fishing for king salmon in Kachemak Bay.

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.

UAF basketball player accused of kidnapping now facing rape charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player charged with kidnapping a former girlfriend at knifepoint now is accused of sexually assaulting the 18-year-old woman.

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.

Alaska Airlines rep removed from crash inquiry panel
SEATTLE (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines engineer has been removed from a panel investigating the crash of Flight 261 because National Transportation Safety Board officials felt he was hindering the probe, a newspaper reported Thursday.

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.

Funeral procession to conclude service for slain trooper
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A funeral procession will conclude a service Friday for slain Alaska State Trooper Hans Roelle.

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.

Marine weather broadcasts expanded
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard and the National Weather Service plan to triple the area in Alaska where mariners can receive continuous weather reports on VHF radios.

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.

Backers of two initiatives say they have enough signatures
JUNEAU (AP) -- Groups pushing ballot initiatives to move the Legislature and raise the minimum wage say they've got enough signatures to get their ideas before voters next November.

Wasilla boy dies in Parks Highway traffic accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla boy died Tuesday night after the pickup truck in which he riding was struck by a second pickup that crossed the centerline near mile 42.5.

Brink named deputy Alaska forester
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Steve Brink has been appointed deputy regional forester for resources for the Alaska region, U.S. Forest Service chief Dale Bosworth announced this week.

Minnesota won't let Twins skip out early
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Twins' landlord and the Minnesota attorney general asked the state's Supreme Court on Wednesday to deny a quick appeal of a judge's order that would likely keep the team alive for one more season.

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.

Leave the Kleenex at home
''I think the story is so compelling,'' he said, ''that it needs to be told.'' Leave the Kleenex in a drawer. The over-under on how long it will take some august member of the House Judiciary Committee to shed the first tear is never.

Stock market falls again
NEW YORK -- Investors' nagging uncertainty about the economy prompted them to collect more profits Wednesday, sending stocks down sharply and the Dow Jones industrials tumbling by triple digits for the second straight day.

Inheriting money from parents not always simple
NEW YORK -- It's a topic that makes some baby boomers feel squeamish but fills others with anticipation: inheriting their parents' estates.

What to look for when shopping for the perfect gift computer
If Santa's going to lay a PC on someone this year, here are some general guidelines:

Business Briefs
EDD to host open houseContracting seminar to be heldSanta Claus needs volunteer helpProject management training offered

Hunter bags deer after finding half its rack months before
AVON, Minn. (AP) -- In mid-August, John Eisenschenk found half a deer rack along the road. Three months later, in a curious fluke, a deer missing half a rack emerged out of a stand of trees during Eisenchenk's annual hunt.

Author recounts wet, wild adventures
Where is the step that began author Jill Fredston's journey? When she first put her hands to a set of oars as a child and discovered freedom on the waters of Long Island Sound? Or when she and her husband, Doug Fesler, sailed out of Seattle bound for Skagway, some 72 days and 1,410 miles in the distance?

Art Briefs
'Sound of Music' auditions plannedPotters Guild to sell clay works SaturdayArtwork wanted for upcoming show

Annual specials spice up TV viewing for the holidays
LOS ANGELES -- The cartoon Grinch is back, and so is Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Claus. How much more do we need for a warm and fuzzy holiday TV season?

First Thursday concept aims at bringing arts to the crowds
Art Works gallery owner Marty Hapeman likes to get people involved in art, in all of its forms. To further her goal, she created what is fast becoming a new tradition in Soldotna: the First Thursday Art at the Y.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Book signing planned Friday
Drawn by the currents that her book "Rowing to Latitude" is creating, author Jill Fredston will be at River City Books in Soldotna from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Plays sought for annual Prince William Sound theatre conference workshop
The Prince William Sound Community College Last Frontier Theatre Conference, featuring Edward Albee and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Playwright Award, is preparing for the 10th annual Last Frontier Theater Conference, June 15-24.

Gordon's win a happy note for tragic season
NEW YORK -- Jeff Gordon is the champion of stock car racing, and for the first time in nearly a year, everything finally seems to make sense in the sport.

Final 2001 points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 5,1122. Tony Stewart 4,7633. Sterling Marlin 4,741

2001 race schedule and winners
Feb. 18th to Nov. 23rd.

Winston Cup 2002 Schedule
First race: Feb. 10: (X) Budweiser Shootout, Daytona International Speedway, (904) 253-7223 for tickets

What will factor into 2002 race?
NEW YORK -- A year ago, Jeff Gordon and car owner Rick Hendrick sat near the back of the main ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during the NASCAR Awards Banquet.

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.

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.

Outside security force rejected for Afghanistan
KOENIGSWINTER, Germany -- The northern alliance rejected the United Nations' proposal for an international security force for Afghanistan, insisting Wednesday that a security force -- theirs -- is already in place.

LNG panel disbands after 3-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.

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.

Funny River man travels to disaster site with Red Cross
Martin Radvansky is trained to handle disaster situations. But after serving in relief efforts for two hurricanes, the magnitude of the World Trade Center destruction in New York was something even he had not witnessed before.

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.

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.

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.

Salvation Army crisis counselor gets close look
It can be difficult to find much good in the biggest terrorist event in the history of the United States, but Envoy Craig Fanning, stationed at the Kenai Salvation Army Church, said he was thankful for his experience serving as a crisis counselor at ground zero in New York after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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.

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.

Cloning should not be allowed
A Massachusetts firm has announced the first successful cloning of human embryos. The company believes that cloning human cells will accelerate the development of new treatments for Parkinson's disease, ALS, diabetes, AIDS, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and numerous other maladies.

Zeal to fight terrorism must be matched with zeal to protect liberties
On Sept. 25, while emotions were still raw, eight in 10 Americans told a New York Times/CBS News Poll they expect to forfeit some personal freedoms to make the United States safer.

Letters to the Editor
Earlier assembly meeting time will not accommodate most peoplePoachers taking peninsula's mooseState constitution requires equal access to fish, wildlife, waters

Applause
Help with reception appreciatedSponsors make hockey happenSoldotna elves give Santa a hand

Science taking wrong path when it comes to cloning
A small, privately funded laboratory near Boston claims to have cloned human embryos, sparking a controversy that reaches to the nation's moral foundation.

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. ...

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.

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?

House passes bill to create wildlife refuge in Detroit River
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Industrial property along an 18-mile stretch of the Detroit River will be transformed into a wildlife refuge under a bill approved by the House this week.

Musher finds dreams and history in his love of the land
BARROW (AP) -- For dog musher John Tidwell III, history is found in the creaks and groans of his hand-built basket sled.

A specialist at surviving in the wilderness
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- Greg Davenport, survival specialist, wrote that a few years ago, during the survival-training week he spent in a one-man rubber raft on Oregon's Nehalem River, ''I had more fun than at any other time during my training.''

A magical winter wonderland awaits kids of all ages
KENAI (AP) -- Many people can't fathom why people remain in Alaska during the winter months. Some folks see the season as a lifeless, dreary and depressing time of year. Yet there are so many things to discover and explore.

Around the Peninsula
Hockey referee seminar offeredKPRMC press conference to be heldPublic health nurse schedules rural visitsCPR/first aid instructors soughtS.P.C.A. in need of funds, personnel

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Jordan leads Washington past Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Jordan should criticize his teammates more often.

CART circuit faces new identity crisis
As CART heads into the future, the big question facing the Champ-car series seems to be: What does it want to be?

It's the story of another test for New England's Brady bunch
Everyone seems to be raving about Tom Brady, who has energized the New England Patriots since Drew Bledsoe was hurt against the New York Jets in the second week of the season.

Sabres rattle Capitals for 5-2 win
WASHINGTON -- Maxim Afinogenov and Slava Kozlov scored early goals for Buffalo as the Sabres took advantage of defensive breakdowns for a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday 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.

No. 6 Gators make quick work of Wildcats
DURHAM, N.H. -- Brett Nelson scored 20 points in the first half Wednesday night, leading No. 6 Florida to a 108-56 victory over host New Hampshire before the largest college basketball crowd in state history.

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.

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.

Photo feature: On the lookout
A small car passes near a young moose alongside the Sterling Highway in Soldotna Wednesday morning. More than 80 of the animals have been killed on peninsula roads since July

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