Friday, November 29, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Man admits keeping deposits from Anchorage businesses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old man has acknowledged he kept thousands of dollars in deposits he collected from Anchorage businesses while working as a security officer last year.

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.

Good weather helps crews remove oil from grounded boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Good weather conditions have let salvage crews remove more than 1,300 gallons of oil aboard a Japanese squid boat grounded on Afognak Island.

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.

Woman dies of injuries from crash on Old Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 69-year-old woman died after her Subaru was hit head on by a pickup truck on the Old Glenn Highway in Birchwood.

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.

Denali Park starts taking reservations for 2003 season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve will begin taking advance reservations Sunday for the 2003 season.

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.

Native corporation wants to use herbicides on Long Island
ANCHORAGE -- A plan to spray herbicides on Long Island in Southeast has reignited old animosity between the Haida and Klukwan tribes.

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.

Stevens Village teachers at odds with parents
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Conflicts with teachers at the Stevens Village school have prompted some parents to withdraw their children from classes.

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.

Fairbanks couple dies when car crushed by logs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks couple was killed when a truck carrying a load of lumber overturned and crushed their car in British Columbia, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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.

Four people killed in holiday accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four people were killed in three separate accidents in Anchorage, police said Thursday.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

Kenai celebrates Christmas season
The annual "Christmas Comes to Kenai" celebration gets under way at 10 a.m. today.

No snow presents obstacle for some
The holiday season has arrived, but without the usual accompaniment of snow.

Number of inquiries to borough indicate businesses still see opportunity here
An increasing number of inquiries about conditions on the Kenai Peninsula are coming from industries, businesses and individuals considering relocating here, testimony perhaps to the relative vitality and variety of opportunity to be found in one of Alaska's more diverse economies, an official with the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Community and Economic Development Division said this week.

7-year-old Lily Arnett of Nikiski to sing at Murkowski's inauguration
Lily Arnett has been singing since she could talk. Now, her favorite hobby is about to pay off. The 7-year-old Nikiski girl has been asked to sing the state song, "Alaska's Flag," at Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski's inauguration ceremony Monday in Juneau.

Area trooper promoted to captain
Lt. Tom Bowman, commander of the Alaska State Troopers' E Detachment, headquartered in Soldotna, has been promoted to captain.

Not a toy: Pellet guns should be considered dangerous weapons
Parents might want to think twice before running out to get that special Daisy Powerline Airstrike 240 Pistol pellet gun for their teen this Christmas.

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

Historic Kenai book now available
"Alaska's Kenai Peninsula: The Road We've Traveled," a new local history book, has just been released by the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Postlewait returns to Oilers
Oregon State pitcher Jake Postlewait has signed to return to the Oilers for the 2003 season. The left-hander split time in the 2002 season working as a starter and out of the bullpen. Postlewait, a junior who spent the 2002 season at the home of Tony Diekins, is from Corvallis, Ore., and is studying communications.

Kasilof historical association appreciates auction supportBorough mayor, employees show importance of blood donations

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.

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.

Heart of season: giving to others
Here's hoping everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and is rested for the frenzy of the holiday season that begins in earnest today.

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.

Kenai spreads holiday spirit
While out hunting for deals on toys and sweaters today, don't forget to check out Kenai's traditional holiday celebration, "Christmas Comes to Kenai." This annual event, sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, actually has little to do with commerce and a lot to do with community.

Letters to the Editor
Annual fishing derby promotes government deals, not conservationKCHS should appropriately honor cheerleaders' accomplishments

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.

Glacier National Park losing its namesakes
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. (AP) -- When naturalists first hiked through Glacier National Park more than a century ago, 150 glaciers graced its high cliffs and jagged peaks. Today there are 35.

Traditional Thanksgiving fare decks many tables, but plenty of fish and game to be found as well
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Anchorage hunter Dave Adams prides himself on providing wild game for his family year-round. So what's on his table come Thanksgiving?

Delayed winter provides pluses and minuses for peninsula animals and plants
This warm fall weather is strange, indeed. Just when I was hoping to put down some ski tracks in fresh powder, we get another round of heavy rains, mudflows, road closures and howling northeast winds.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge area opens to firewood cuttingForest Service requests input on INHT project

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

Around the Peninsula
Domestic violence group to meet FridaysChurch plans musical eventsHomer nurse to visit south peninsula communitiesYouth facility advisory board meeting plannedHomer coffee shop to host chamber mixerHEA, chambers sponsor light competitionsLibrary to hold open house

A recipe for holiday thankfulness to God
Well, by now most of us have thoroughly enjoyed our Thanks-giving holiday. We have spent time with loved ones, feasted on familiar Thanksgiving recipes and even tried some new ones.

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.

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.

Cathedral's textile laboratory faces fire restoration
NEW YORK -- 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.

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.

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.

Religion Briefs
Native outreach fellowship to meetRenown guitarist to play at Sunday servicesTexas group seeks poetry from KenaiClothing ministry openFriendship closet open Wednesdays

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.

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

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.

Wide, shaped skis, snowboard attire all the rage on slopes
SALT LAKE CITY -- Fat is here to stay. So is soft. And baggy is cooler than ever, too. Winter has arrived, and with it comes the latest in ski and snowboard equipment, accessories and clothing.

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:

Lions serve as eraser to New England's mistakes
DETROIT -- Getting a punt blocked, throwing an interception in the red zone and racking up nine penalties usually is a recipe for defeat. Unless the opponent is the Detroit Lions.

Chicago rips past Coyotes
PHOENIX -- Alex Zhamnov had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks scored four times in the first period to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night.

Mississippi doubles up Mississippi State
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Eli Manning hit Chris Collins with two touchdown passes to lead Mississippi to a 24-12 victory over Mississippi State on Thursday night in the Egg Bowl.

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.

Young gun Vick makes MVP run
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- At the start of the season, Michael Vick was like anyone else about to make his debut as a starting quarterback. The playbook was still a bit confusing. He wasn't quite sure what opposing defenses might throw at him.

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.

IOC votes to keep visit ban
MEXICO CITY -- The International Olympic Committee on Thursday overwhelmingly upheld the ban on member visits to bid cities, the major reform enacted following the Salt Lake City scandal.

Spartans muzzle Montana
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Adam Ballinger scored nine straight points at the start of the second half as No. 9 Michigan State beat Montana 80-60 on Thursday night in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Magic won't be whole until Hill's ankle is whole
ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Grant Hill sprints down the floor and finishes a fast break with a dunk, he gives the Orlando Magic every reason to believe he can lead them on a big playoff run.

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

Indiana snaps Mavs' 15-game win streak
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban bit his lower lip as he walked off the court, wearing a look of dejection and disappointment for the first time since last spring.

Conner eliminated from America's Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Dennis Conner's ninth America's Cup campaign ended Friday when his New York-based team, Stars & Stripes, was eliminated from the 31st Cup regatta by OneWorld of Seattle.

Chargers beware: Broncos run better in daylight
The NFL schedule is kind to the Denver Broncos this week: They get to play in daylight.

Sports Briefs
Report: Mets may owe city $1 million in unpaid rentMathieu to open France's Davis Cup title defense

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.

At end of this season, Jordan to retire again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Jordan said Thursday he will retire for the third and final time after this season and resume his role as partial owner of the Washington Wizards.

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.

Cowboys still masters of Redskins
IRVING, Texas -- Steve Spurrier stirred up most of the Dallas Cowboys with a comment he made 10 months ago.

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