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Monday, December 3, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Nov. 27, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner weighs voting ease against voter apathy
More than 60 percent of voters who responded to the informal survey tucked inside the mail-in ballots during the consolidation election back in August said they liked the new process.

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.

Nov. 27, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News pays respects to fallen peace officer
Alaskans pause this week to honor Hans Roelle, the state trooper killed Saturday by a suicidal man who also killed his own two children. Trooper Roelle's death is a reminder of the risks that peace officers constantly take to protect us all.

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.

Nov. 30, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News chastises GOP lawmakers on reapportionment stance -- again
Once again, GOP legislative leaders have made a dubious foray into a thoroughly partisan redistricting lawsuit. They are providing publicly funded legal help to an attorney who represents Republicans attacking the redistricting plan.

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.

Dec. 2, 2001 The Voice of the Times on a judicial appointment holdup
Perhaps we were overly optimistic -- maybe even a bit naive -- in suggesting last week that state Superior Court Judge Ralph Beistline would have a quick and easy time en route to confirmation as a new member of the U.S. District Court in Alaska.

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.

ANWR effort stalls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican bid to force speedy Senate action on ANWR drilling fizzled on Monday. That didn't mean the issue was dead, just that backers couldn't get the 60 votes needed for a vote on an amendment that combined the House energy bill and a temporary ban on human cloning.

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.

Kenai group works to memorialize firefighters with mountain
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Firefighters Association hopes to honor firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York with a memorial mountain.

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

New landing strip opens at Merrill Field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ski-equipped planes now have a new place to land and take off in Anchorage.

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.

Wildlife officials say project would fill in 30 acres of vital habitat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state plan to build an interchange at the Parks and Glenn Highways is drawing criticism from state wildlife officials who say it could destroy productive salmon-producing wetlands.

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.

Manley, Eureka phone service restored after four days
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cold weather hampered workers and lengthened what was supposed to be a 12-hour telephone outage to almost four days in Manley Hot Springs and Eureka last week.

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.

Small size of salmon fry in Skilak Lake troubles biologists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game say there are signs Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula isn't as robust a nursery for young salmon as it once was.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smoltz will stay in Atlanta, signs three-year deal
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz, who thrived with Atlanta after being moved to the bullpen, agreed to a three-year contract with the Braves on Sunday.

NOW PLAYING: Behind Enemy Lines
One week after Spy Game proved that you can breathe fresh life into a tired old genre, Behind Enemy Lines proves that it's just as easy to beat a dead horse. Filled to the brim with fighter pilot clichs and gruff shots of Gene Hackman, Lines tries hard but crashes and burns anyway.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. attacks Taliban defenses
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Relentless U.S. airstrikes pummeled the defenders of Kandahar Sunday with anti-Taliban forces within 20 miles of the last militia stronghold. A U.S. Marine officer said his troops might join the assault.

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.

Expansion plans in the works for CPGH
An expansion plan for Central Peninsula General Hospital could nearly double its square footage, put a satellite facility in Kenai and cost as much as $60 million to $70 million.

Federal government selling oil drilling leases in eastern Gulf, first time since 1988
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- In a sale that was limited under a compromise between the Bush administration and the president's brother, the federal government this week is selling petroleum drilling leases off Florida's Gulf Coast for the first time in more than a decade.

Flu bug arrives; worst to come
With school and job absenteeism up and sneezes and sniffles heard everywhere, the cold and flu season is definitely upon us, though public health officials say the worst is probably yet to come.

Charlene 'Muzzie' Carol Getty
Kenai resident Charlene "Muzzie" Carol Getty died of cancer at her home Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, surrounded by family and friends. She was 70.

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.

Then and now: Patriotism mixed with fear
WASHINGTON -- People stood shoulder-to-shoulder outside the White House in anxious vigil. Washington hostesses dashed off notes canceling teas. The zoo made contingency plans to kill its poisonous snakes.

Military tribunals show lack of confidence in U.S. system of justice
The Bush administration's unilateral decision to allow creation of military tribunals to try and sentence accused terrorists caught in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks is a step backward for the United States' efforts to promote democracy throughout the world and is damaging to U.S. leadership in the quest for human rights.

Moment when Americans heard about Japan's attack frozen in time
WASHINGTON -- It took 60 years for Bernice Kinsler to understand completely the tears that flowed during a family reunion at a New York City hotel on Dec. 7, 1941.

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.

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.

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

Births
Mary Louise Ford and Eric Paul WardYvette and Matt Neal

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.

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.

Soldotna student receives scholarship
Travis Cain, a freshman at Colorado State University from Soldotna, has been awarded the Willis T. Johnson Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 from the College of Engineering for the 2001-2002 school year. Cain is a computer engineering major and is a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School.

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.

Dates that will live in infamy: How presidents got the news
President Roosevelt got first word of the attack on Pearl Harbor in the quiet of a White House Sunday. President Bush learned of the unfolding terrorist attacks as he visited a school in Sarasota, Fla. How they got the news:

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

Veterans groups seek assistance
With Pearl Harbor Day just around the corner, members of the area veterans organizations ask any unafiliated veterans to lend a hand with services provided to the community.

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

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Could you tell me the difference between a yellow and a white speed limit sign?

Community News
S.P.C.A. has puppies to adoptScholarship program still accepting applicationsStudent exchange program offeredBoys and Girls Club to hold art exhibitScholarship offered to head-of-household womenPost Office Santa Claus volunteers neededHoliday mailing deadlines coming upKenai library schedule announced

Around the Peninsula
School board meets todayCanine Good Citizen test plannedHoliday carols available for donationAlert siren to be testedChurch hosts dessert and show

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:

Elks table tennis winners announced
The winners of the weekly Soldotna Elks Table Tennis Tournament held Wednesday were Andy Szczesny and Joe Szczesny, first place; Chad Botirius and Rob Coreson, second place; and Chuck Winters and Ray DeBardelaben, third place. For more information or to play, call Ray at 262-7415.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Photo feature: Attention getter
Xander Miller, 3, is a captivated audience of one as Christian Aldeman, Lisa Boylan, Rachell Owens and Ivy McDaniel practice a routine during a break in hockey action Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Young Kardinals give Panther cubs education in hockey
The Kenai Central High School hockey team defeated Skyview 9-2 Saturday in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Soldotna boys, Skyview girls take ski meet
The Soldotna boys and Skyview girls started off the high school ski season with victories Saturday at the Homer Invitational at Ohlson Mountain.

Duke hands Louisiana Tech holiday surprise with win in Holiday Classic
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Still smarting from a pair of losses to unranked teams, 14th-ranked Duke was grateful for a feel-good win.

Arizona ruins Raiders' comeback in overtime
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bill Gramatica kicked a 36-yard field goal with 7:31 left in overtime and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Oakland Raiders.

Terrapins escape loss at hands of Princeton
WASHINGTON -- Lonny Baxter had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 5 Maryland rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Princeton 61-53 Sunday in the first round of the BB&T Classic.

Homer hockey splits a pair of games
The host Homer hockey team defeated Glennallen 1-0 Friday before dropping an 8-0 North Star Conference decision to Wasilla.

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.

Hurricanes dissipate during extra period
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jeff Halpern scored with 1:36 left in overtime Sunday and the Washington Capitals rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.

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