Saturday, December 1, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Carnival committee says thanks Movie showing big hit for students

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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