Friday, November 30, 2001

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.

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.

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.

UAF basketball player indicted on kidnapping and rape charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player has been indicted on kidnapping and rape charges.

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.

Officials say dumped fuel likely evaporated before hitting ground
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Air France jet dumped 30 tons of fuel southeast of Fairbanks but the discharge probably evaporated before it reached the ground, state and federal officials 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.

Search for driver in fatal crash limited when he left halfway house
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who caused Tuesday's fatal crash on the Parks Highway walked away from an Anchorage halfway house in July, and apparently authorities did little to find him.

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.

Task force suggests state approve marketing funds to boost tourism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Next year's tourism season will be a disaster unless the Legislature approves millions of dollars in emergency marketing funds, Alaska travel industry leaders said.

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.

Anchorage murder suspect's lawyer claims police coercion
ANCHORAGE -- Claiming police coercion, an attorney for an Anchorage murder suspect has asked a judge to throw out incriminating comments made by her client and secretly taped by two friends.

Senate Republicans to get votes Monday on ANWR, cloning ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski and other Senate Republicans won the right Thursday for a vote on an energy bill that includes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Foundation names college teacher Alaska professor of the year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Carnegie Foundation has named a mathematics professor at Matanuska-Susitna College as Alaska's 2001 professor of the year.

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.

Fairbanks man faces pollution charge in Soldotna diesel spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has charged a Fairbanks motorist with violating Alaska's oil pollution laws after he unwittingly spilled diesel he had mistakenly pumped into his gasoline-powered van.

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.

Successful test could lead to more complex missile defense experiments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A successful test this weekend of part of the Pentagon's missile defense program would lead to more complicated and realistic tests soon, the head of the program said Friday.

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.

GCI seeks to add local service in 10 cities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communications Inc. has filed an official request to begin local telephone service in 10 Alaska communities, principally in the Kenai Peninsula and Fairbanks regions, the company said Thursday.

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.

Plaintiffs want appeals court to revisit spill damage issue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill damage lawsuit have asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling by a three-judge panel of that court that the $5 billion in punitive damages ordered by an Anchorage jury is too high.

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.

BP: Gas pipeline does not make economic sense
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than $100 million spent on studying the feasibility of delivering North Slope gas to the Lower 48 indicates the project does not make economic sense, BP's gas expert told industry executives on Thursday.

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.

Study: substance abuse costs Alaska $614 million a year
JUNEAU (AP) -- Substance abuse costs Alaskans more than half a billion dollars annually, according to a new report.

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.

Contractors could resort to snowmaking to speed power line work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If it doesn't snow soon, contractors may be making their own fluffy white stuff so they can work on a high-voltage power line in the Interior.

Dead snowy owl turned over to university museum
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- There's a reason bird watchers were able to get so close to a snowy owl that showed up in Fairbanks about a month ago -- it was on its last legs.

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.

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.

Maybe seller should give consumers the store
NEW YORK (AP) -- Retailers and other business people worried that customers are loath to spend can take a tip from the automotive and housing industries: Give 'em the store and they'll beat a path to your door.

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:

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.

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

New tax law increases opportunities to save for retirement
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're among the many Americans worried that you haven't saved enough for retirement, take heart. The tax law passed by Congress earlier this year will let you greatly increase your retirement savings starting in January.

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.

Tools hit the spot in garden gifts
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- In choosing Yule gifts for a gardener, think practical.

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.

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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Photo feature: Morning stroll
Bev and Jim Blanning are framed by trees covered with hoar frost as they walk along Marathon Road with their dog Molly shortly after sunrise Thursday.

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.

U.S. military adjusting mix of troops to accommodate possible next mission
WASHINGTON -- The American commande

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.

SoHi grad rides with NASA for close look at meteor shower
As a student at Soldotna High School, Greg Merkes was more interested in photography than science.

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.

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

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.

Avalanche knowledge as important as having all the right equipment
Alaskans hear the warnings so much

Carnival committee says thanks Movie showing big hit for students

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

Letters to the Editor
Defensive driving key to keeping roads as safe as possible all year

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.

Where will the war on terrorism lead?
The Marines are in Afghanistan. The Taliban is dug in at Kandahar, and the fight does not promise to be easy, but now it's a superpower in the air and on the ground against the remains of an army that never had full control of one of the poorest nations on earth.

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.

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.''

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.

Avalanche workshop returns
There are three reasons to attend the avalanche hazard workshop on Saturday. The first was made frighteningly clear during a similar workshop sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough last year.

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.

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.

Lake study shows central peninsula was dry 8,600 years ago
Few people believe me when I tell them that we live in a dry climate here on the central peninsula. The Kenai airport reports 19 inches of total precipitation per year, which is the same as Fargo, N.D.

Outdoor Briefs
National forest still closed to snowmachines Refuge, forest now open for tree cutting

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
Farewell party for KVB director today Potters guild to sell works Deadline for logo designs Saturday Support group plans to meet Aviation safety meeting to be held Ninilchik Fire Department meeting slated Cook Inlet RCAC board of directors to meet Christmas open house planned CPR/first aid instructors sought

World Council of Churches panel working to address Orthodox complaints
BEREKFURDO, Hungary (AP) -- The World Council of Churches is taking steps to address complaints from Orthodox members that their concerns are overshadowed by those of the group's Protestant majority.

Episcopal protest on Palestinian issue highlights Christian-Jewish divide over Israel
BOSTON (AP) -- The pro-Palestinian rally outside the Israeli consulate was as notable for the protesters as their message.

Tennessee group to perform Saturday
The vocal group Acappella will perform at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium Saturday at 7 p.m. For 17 years, Acappella has overwhelmed audiences with performances that demonstrate the richness of the human voice.

Pastor's lesson on doing good deeds has spread to thousands
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) -- A pastor who handed out money to parishioners and urged them to ''go forth and do good in the name of God'' has seen his idea inspire thousands of acts of kindness across the country.

Medley named general secretary of American Baptist Churches
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) -- The Rev. Roy Medley has been elected general secretary of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.

Interfaith group names first Muslim to board
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Interfaith Alliance has named Imam Mahdi Bray as the first Muslim member of the group's board of directors.

In Jesus' birthplace, somber Christmas observances after Israeli incursion
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- A white stone monument rises from Manger Square, dedicated to a 17-year-old Palestinian killed on the spot by Israeli weapons fire.

Early votes oppose striking Presbyterian ban on gay clergy
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A proposal to repeal a ban on gay and lesbian clergy from the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has received little support in early voting.

Good vibrations: Church uses technology to send prayers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- When parishioners at New Hope Baptist Church lose a loved one or fight a serious illness, they don't have to wonder if people are praying for them.

Religious leaders urge Bush to keep commitment to end persecution in Sudan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Religious and civil rights leaders working to end religious persecution in Sudan have urged President Bush not to trade cooperation in the war on terrorism for ignoring the mistreatment of Christians and others.

Religion Briefs
New 2 U clothing ministry open Saturday Live Nativity held this weekend 'High Tea with Teddy' planned Christmas choir open to community members Volunteers sought for breakfast programs Holiday service plans sought

Central peninsula trails offer best snow, grooming conditions
In the 1960s and 1970s, the ski trails at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge were the place to be to ski groomed trails on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Getting out of a bind with binder wax
Classical skiers using the hilly, outer loops at Tsalteshi Trails are like Jerry Springer on his set -- both need an immense amount of friction if they are going to get anywhere. That's what has made skiing at Tsalteshi recently so interesting.

Snowmachines taking toll on area
The problem, as Bill Berkhahn sees it, is that there's just enough snow on the Kenai River flats to ride snowmachines, but not enough to protect the vegetation under the snow from damage the snowmachines may cause.

Eagles move record to 5-0 away from home by humiliating Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Donovan McNabb's dreadful effort last week was probably the worst thing that could have happened to Kansas City.

Beating Jackson State a Rush for Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kareem Rush had his second straight 24-point game and hit six 3-pointers as No. 3 Missouri beat Jackson State 106-68 Thursday night.

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.

Salt Lake costs six times more than Lake Placid
WASHINGTON -- The Salt Lake City Games will cost $1.9 billion, six times the cost of those in Lake Placid in 1980, the last Winter Olympics in the United States.

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.

Carter, Raptors tiptoe past sleeping Grizzlies
TORONTO -- Vince Carter scored 23 points and Antonio Davis added 20, leading Toronto past Memphis 91-88.

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.

Rangers' Richter shuts out Hurricanes
NEW YORK -- Mike Richter made 22 saves for his first shutout in nearly three years to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

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?

To Air, Wizards human
Michael Jordan will be 39 in a few months and already every night is a struggle.

Wrestlers tune up for area meets
Wrestling teams from Seward and Kenai Central pulled into Skyview High School Thursday, and each team was able to glean something from the tri-meet.

Sports Briefs
Hockey referee seminar slated for Sunday Patriots suspend Glenn NCAA denies UCLA's appeal on behalf of Foster

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

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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