Sunday, December 2, 2001

Alaska-Anchorage 4, Wisconsin 1
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Greg Zaporzan had a goal and two assists to lead Alaska-Anchorage over the University of Wisconsin Friday night.

Victim's rights advocate dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who pioneered the victim's rights movement in Alaska after her parents were murdered died at her Anchorage home Friday after a fight with a rare disease.

Snowmachiners taking toll on Kenai flats
KENAI (AP) -- Increased riding by illegal snowmachiners on the Kenai River flats is a threat to the habitat there, rangers say, but they don't have the resources to patrol the area.

Fewer visitors could be stopping at Seward next summer
SEWARD (AP) -- While early, there already are some indications there could be fewer visitors to Seward next summer.

Fairbanks summer fine arts camp axed during repairs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks is canceling its summer fine arts camp for the next two years, citing financial constraints and concerns about providing a quality program during renovations to the campus Fine Arts Complex.

Black cod season wraps up
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Alaska's 2001 black cod season wrapped up in mid-November and now state and federal managers will evaluate the fishery to work out the 2002 quota.

Supreme Court: State may be liable in 1992 crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Families of seven Army National Guard servicemen whose plane crashed into a Juneau mountain back in 1992 may be able to sue the state for damages.

Bering Sea offers hope for right whales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- They were thought the rarest whales in the world, virtually extinct across their former range in the North Pacific Ocean.

Gas group submits suggestions for launching gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state task force has come up with 61 suggestions on how to advance the construction of a multibillion-dollar North Slope natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 that would pass through the state and along the Alaska Highway.

November second driest on record
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- November was a very dry month. According to the National Weather Service, November was the second-driest on record with less than 3 inches of snowfall. Records have been kept for about 95 years.

Slain trooper remembered for courage, service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 16 girls on the Flames soccer team lined up next to the flag-draped coffin of their coach, Alaska State Trooper Hans Roelle. In a hushed, somber tone, they offered a final ''We Got Spirit'' cheer in his honor.

Independent drillers find opportunity at Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In its heyday, the Prudhoe Bay oil field produced 10 million barrels in a week, but production peaked in 1988 and has been falling off ever since.

Judge agrees with GCI on local phone competition
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has upheld a regulatory panel's order allowing GCI to offer local phone service in Juneau and Fairbanks.

Environmentalist pioneer Celia Hunter dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A pioneer Alaska environmentalist died Saturday in Fairbanks.

Dalton to close for gas line repairs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rugged Alaskans planning to cruise up the Dalton Highway into the Arctic next week may face some waiting.

Fiscal Caucus starts budget debate with revenue suggestions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than a third of Alaska's 60 legislators agreed Saturday to use new revenue proposals -- including a cap on permanent fund dividends, a sales tax and an income tax -- as a launching pad for coming debates over the state's financial hole.

Native community, educators seek solutions to Native student problems
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Organizers of the first Alaska Native Education Summit rented conference space anticipating fewer than 400 participants wanting to solve problems faced by Native students in public schools.

Robbers injure elderly couple in their home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two elderly Anchorage residents are recovering after their home was invaded by robbers early Saturday morning.

Family wants apology after state ferry leaves casket behind
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Southeast Alaska family wants an apology from the state ferry system after the captain of the Aurora ordered his crew to set sail from Sitka just as a hearse drove up with a body headed for Angoon.

Division of Elections receives minimum wage signatures
ANCHORAGE -- A spokeswoman for the state Division of Elections said Friday petitioners for a citizen vote on increasing the minimum wage likely have collected the required minimum of 28,783 registered voters' signatures.

Legislators look for budget cure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A third of Alaska's legislators are taking yet another shot at addressing the state's upcoming budget crunch.

State ups size of Homer annexation area
The city's proposed annexation that started out at 25.6 square miles, then shrank to 3.4 square miles, now is up to 3.9 square miles in the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development's final recommendation to the Local Boundary Commission.

Collapse of enemy can't ensure safety
WASHINGTON -- Danger to U.S. troops in Afghanistan is increasing as the Taliban militia and al-Qaida disintegrate, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warns.

Fall Classic becomes Soldotna family affair
Among the cheers, signs and purple-painted faces that made up Section 108, three men sat sharing their first, and most likely last, World Series game together.

Peak named in honor of Sept. 11 firefighters
Firefighters all over the country mourned the loss of 343 fellow firefighters in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York and have searched for ways to raise money, donate equipment and show their support any way they can. The Kenai Firefighters Association of the Kenai Fire Department is showing its support in a big way -- a 4,000 foot way.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign two Blue Raiders

Community Schools says thanks
Soldotna Community Schools recently celebrated National Community Education Day. River City Books kindly donated a percentage of its sales for the day to our local community education program. Bookstore owner, Peggy Mullen, helps us celebrate each year, and we are proud of the work we do together to further community education in Soldotna.

Letters to the Editor
Fish board erred when it approved yearly bag limit of five kingsBoard's action does more damage to already- hurting fishing industry

Mom's tricks only go so far Four-legged family members motivated to reach for, uh, the treats
Having dogs is not unlike having children. Really. Each one has a distinct personality. Some are quicker to learn than others. Some are more ambitious than others. Some are more athletic. And some, like me, are food motivated.

AIDS epidemic still worthy of high priority in medical research
In a matter of a few short weeks, anthrax has become the nation's No. 1 health concern.

Beachcombing
A lone hiker returns from a walk on the Cook Inlet beach north of Spruce Drive earlier this week.

Around the Peninsula
Drive-through nativity hosted by Kenai churchDevelopmental disorder group offers supportContracting seminar targets jobs, investmentFinancial aid info offered to students, parentsSlavonic choir holds organizational meetingChamber hosts Petroleum News publisherKPRMC hosts a press conferenceAlert siren to be tested

Crowds thin at traditional tourist sites
MOUNT VERNON, Va. -- ''Look. Look. A pumpkin patch!'' A shriek of joy. Arms flapping. A race to beat Little Sister. A dad trailing after. The afternoon sky is powder blue. Orange flecks on the far shore of the Potomac indicate autumn's first embrace. A breeze stirs the grass in a nearby pasture.

Celebrations are good
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- The holidays are good for you. And surely, you can be good for the holidays, too.

My Best Friend
Cole Anderson thinks adopting Gunner, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, from the animal shelter was a good idea. Cole and his parents, Colleen and Laine Lahndt, of Kasilof said Gunner is a great addition to their family.

Dave Carey makes Soldotna his top priority
The mayor of Soldotna coaches wrestling. The government teacher at Skyview High School once ran for state Senate and then attended seminary. One of the board members of Homer Electric Association is trying to paint Soldotna in patriotic splendor, and somebody keeps giving goodies to city employees, high school students and city council members.

Holiday make-aheads: Get out of the kitchen
The December holidays are descending upon us quickly. Consider "make-aheads" to assist with the last-minute rush. Following are some ideas.

Holiday spirit: Red, white and blue dominate holidays color scheme
For many, this year's holiday colors are red, white and blue, and for causes related to the Sept. 11 disasters:

Els remains on top of Nedbank Challenge
SUN CITY, South Africa -- Defending champion Ernie Els shot his second straight 6-under-par 66 Saturday to lead Bernhard Langer by three strokes after three rounds of the Nedbank Challenge.

Can Cowboys do it again?
The low point of Washington's season came Oct. 15, when they fell to 0-5 by losing 9-7 in Dallas in prime time.

No. 13 Georgia crushes UNLV
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Freshman Kara Braxton had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 13 Georgia to a 77-62 win over UNLV on Saturday in the first round of the Oakland Tribune Classic.

Panthers wrestlers back on prowl
In 1999, Skyview wrestling coach Neldon Gardner proved he knows how to make a team peak at the right time when he came back from losing regions to take the state title the next week.

Bradford leads Illinois to victory
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Cory Bradford scored 23 points Saturday night to lead No. 2 Illinois to an 80-56 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Pierce dumps 48 on New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Paul Pierce scored a career-high 48 points despite going just 1-for-16 in the first half and led the Boston Celtics past New Jersey 105-98 in overtime Saturday.

Maier still thinking Olympics
GENEVA -- When Hermann Maier was pulled from the wreckage of a motorcycle crash three months ago, doctors feared he wouldn't survive.

No. 1 Miami knocks down Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Computer games are over for No. 1 Miami -- the Hurricanes will play for a national championship in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3. But just barely.

U.S. soccer happy with draw
BUSAN, South Korea (AP) -- The freshness of the first World Cup in Asia will have the drama of an old rivalry: Argentina vs. England.

Sports Briefs
Wisconsin ties Alaska AnchorageMcCline beats Whitaker; Oquendo defeats Izon

Kenai Central's Shinn signs letter of intent at Western State
Kenai Central High School's Erica Shinn will be taking her hoop dreams to the next level.

Thrashers leave mark on Florida
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Shean Donovan scored two goals, including the game-winner at 7:18 of the third, as the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Saturday.

Wasilla skaters streak past Skyview
The Skyview High School hockey team made some progress Friday in a 5-1 North Star Conference loss to Wasilla at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Cadets sink Midshipmen 102nd Army Navy game
PHILADELPHIA -- Army officers fighting the war on terrorism have reason to cheer.

Cats edge 'Dawgs at North-South tourney
Skyview's wrestling team did a victory lap around the Soldotna gymnasium Saturday to complete its three-day winning swing. The Panthers took first place in 2001 North/South Wrestling Tour-nament, defeating the host team and six other unfortunate contenders with a score of 155 points.

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