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Sunday, December 1, 2002

State OKs plans for Kenai gas line spur
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has OK'd plans for a new Kenai Peninsula natural gas pipeline that will link reserves in Ninilchik to an existing pipe network to Anchorage.

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.

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.

Repairs to park at Deep Creek could cost $1 million
HOMER (AP) -- It could cost up to $1 million to make repairs to the state park at Deep Creek caused by last weekend's floods.

State library employee indicted for theft
JUNEAU (AP) -- A grand jury indicted an employee of the state Department of Education and Early Development with stealing $150,000.

Teacher arraigned on charge of having sex with student
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teacher at a Christian school was arraigned Friday in District Court on felony charges of having sex with a student.

Fishermen and crew get Exxon Valdez checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 2,000 commercial fishermen and crew will be getting checks for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Corene Schwartz selected as UAF athletic director
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After a yearlong search, Corene Schwartz has been selected over five other candidates to be the next athletic director for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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.

Nikiski girl to sing at Murkowski's inauguration
KENAI (AP) -- Lily Arnett is about to take center stage.

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.

City challenges agency's jurisdiction in 911 case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city of Anchorage is challenging a report issued this week by the new Alaska Office of Victims' Rights.

Knowles donates money for wrecked plane cleanup
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than five years ago, pilots Frank Moss and James Moore were flying a vintage World War II cargo plane when one of the engines fell off and the plane crash-landed into a gravel bar in the Chandalar River. And there it sat.

BLM report recommends renewing pipeline lease
JUNEAU (AP) -- An environmental impact statement by the Bureau of Land Management released Friday is recommending approval for a 30-year right of way grant for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

No one bids for state-run slaughterhouse in Palmer
PALMER (AP) -- The state received no offers at auction for the state-run slaughterhouse in Palmer, despite a rockbottom price of $1 a year.

State changes plan for Haines helicopter operations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has altered parts of its special-use plan for commercial helicopter and heliskiing operations in the Haines State Forest area.

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.

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.

Baseball Hall ballot includes Murray, Smith
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eddie Murray, Lee Smith, Ryne Sandberg and Fernando Valenzuela are among 17 players on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year.

Warm weather worries veteran Quest racer
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Frank Turner has been running the Yukon Quest sled dog race for 19 years, and the 2003 race has him worried.

Former Elmendorf CEO chosen to take over at Soldotna hospital
Central Peninsula General Hospital has a new chief executive officer.

Holiday shopping frenzy gets under way
If the morning after Thanksgiving crowds were any indication, retailers in the central Kenai Peninsula say they are in for a good Christmas season this year.

No changes: General election results certified
The Alaska Division of Elections certified the 2002 general election results Wednesday, and though the final numbers reflect minor changes from preliminary results, the outcomes remained the same for the five legislative seats representing parts of the Kenai Peninsula.

Murkowski administration considering DOT reopening
A spokesperson for Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski said Friday the new administration, which takes power Monday, would consider funding to reopen the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' maintenance depot at Ninilchik.

Early rising shoppers catch sales at stores
Some were there for the socks, others for the flannel sheets, some for toys and some just seemed bewildered they would be up at 5 a.m. when there aren't any fish in the Kenai River.

Permit moratorium positive step toward protecting our river
The two-year moratorium on new Kenai River guide permits is a necessary step in dealing with an increasingly crowded river.

Talent comes in lots of forms; Unsurpassed ability to make things leak, however, won't win any Oscars
Everyone is good at something. Every single person on the face of this planet has one talent or skill or area of expertise that they truly excel at, whether it's a having good memory, being skilled at programming a VCR, burping the alphabet, taking a cannonball to the stomach, having the power to talk their way out of speeding tickets, growing hair on their back and not on their head, having the ability to get elected to public office without the intelligence God gave a garden hose, etc.

My Best Friend
Dudley Abbott of Soldotna says his 2-year-old Lhasa apso, Sammy, has a lot of personality. Sammy also likes to sunbathe.

Photo feature: Fired up for the holidays
Fireworks, at left, blossom above onlookers on the bluff in Kenai on Friday night. The display was the grand finale of a day of activities featured in this year's Christmas Comes to Kenai event.

Sisley, Misner marry in Virginia
Julie Marie Sisley of Kenai and A.R. Michael Rhys Misner of Kasilof were married Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, in Norfolk Va., by a justice of the peace.

McCloud, Hedlund to wed in Kenai
Misty Lee McCloud of Kenai and Travis Hedlund have announced their plans to marry in a private ceremony in the bride's home on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002.

Book helps with managing holiday time
How much time do you realistically have to devote to preparing for the upcoming holidays? In a book entitled, "Unplug the Christmas Machine," the authors, Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli have women take an honest look at available time.

Chatham, Marlow plan December wedding
Linda Christine Chatham and Sam Marlowe of Elizabethton, Tenn., have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at First Baptist Church in Springfield, Colo.

December sky shines brightly
Christmas is upon us and the best astronomy buy is a starfinder, which costs between $3 and $10. It's also called a planet locator or planisphere, and it is a piece of cardboard with a dial that shows the stars in the sky for any given day, time and year.

Thief's capture worth toasting
PORT ST LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- The finicky shoplifter known as the ''Champagne Bandit'' because he stole only pricey bottles of the bubbly has been arrested, officials said.

Rugged outdoors pulls Pennsylvania native to Alaska, but artistic talents make him a success where he lives
Signs are everywhere. Some give traffic warnings or direction, some advertise events and some try to lure people into businesses.

Foul-tempered turkey not meant for Thanksgiving feast
OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) -- This is one tough turkey.

Around the Peninsula
Eagles plans dinner for seniorsCooper Landing committee to meetSoroptimists fund-raiser winding downCommunity council meeting slatedMeeting set for Fish and Game committeeBiologist to discuss bearsHistorical society board plans meetingGroups organizing carnival

Augusta issue evenly divides polled public
Americans are evenly divided over whether Augusta National Golf Club should have female members, and three-fourths believe Tiger Woods should play in the Masters despite the dispute, an Associated Press poll found.

Sports Briefs
Minnesota-Duluth ties, tops UAA hockeyEberharter wins World Cup downhillPaerson beats Kostelic in slalom

Hip hop, boxing share card in Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Forget Michael Buffer. The ring announcer was Henry ''Discombobulating'' Jones, who told the fans in a half-empty Trump Taj Mahal arena that they were making boxing history.

New York tops Hornets in OT
NEW YORK -- Allan Houston recovered from a scoreless second half to hit a clinching jumper with 13 seconds left, and the New York Knicks beat the New Orleans Hornets 92-86 Saturday in the third overtime game of the season between the teams.

Charleston takes Shootout
ANCHORAGE -- A.J. Harris hit his only basket of the game with 11 seconds remaining to break a 69-69 tie as the College of Charleston defeated Villanova 71-69 Saturday to win the championship of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Miami makes statement in pasting of Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Willis McGahee ran for 134 yards and Ken Dorsey threw for 345 yards as No. 1 Miami defeated Syracuse 49-7 Saturday, leaving one obstacle left in the Hurricanes' path to the national title game.

Canucks run winning streak to 10 games
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Matt Cooke scored a short-handed goal, and the Vancouver Canucks added three power-play tallies to beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 Saturday night and stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games.

France nears a second straight Davis Cup title
PARIS -- With its resilient doubles team buoyed by a crowd pounding ThunderStix, France closed in on a second straight Davis Cup title.

Everybody wins at Skins Game
INDIO, Calif. -- Tiger Woods won more skins. Phil Mickelson won more money. And when the first day of the Skins Game was finally over Saturday, everybody won something.

Erskin leads No. 3 Texas past Seton Hall
HOUSTON -- Deginald Erskin scored 22 of his career-high 24 points in the second half and T.J. Ford added 19 to lead No. 3 Texas to a 78-61 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday.

Villanova's Buchanan catches fire in upset of Michigan State
ANCHORAGE -- A summer's worth of hard work enabled Villanova's Gary Buchanan to bounce back quickly from arthroscopic knee surgery and propel his Wildcats into the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.

UAA tops Montana for seventh place
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Peter Bullock scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Division II Alaska Anchorage defeated Montana 69-52 Saturday for seventh place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

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