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Saturday, November 30, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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