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Tuesday, December 4, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Eielson personnel deployed in wake of terror attacks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eielson Air Force Base personnel are seeing their first large deployment since the Sept. 11 attacks, but Air Force officials are not giving any details about where they've been sent or what their duties are.

Bush administration changes stance on Tulsequah mine
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Interior has dropped many of its objections to the proposed reopening of a British Columbia mining operation near here.

Knowles chief of staff leaving state government
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' longtime chief of staff Jim Ayers is leaving state government to head a regional office for a new environmental group.

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.

Deep freeze, lack of snow keeps plumbers, towing companies busy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dhana Krause doesn't expect to see much of her husband until it warms up. That's a fact of life when you own a pumping and thawing business in Fairbanks.

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.

Salvation Army sued by families of sex abuse victims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Families of eight children have filed a lawsuit against the Salvation Army, alleging the organization failed to protect their children from sexual abuse by a minister in the Salvation Army Church in Kenai.

FCC lets rural residents hook into Internet through schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- Residents of many rural villages will be able to connect to the Internet through their local schools under a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission released Monday.

Man pleads no contest to sexual assault charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man accused of raping and beating a woman while holding her captive in an abandoned downtown house in April pleaded no contest Monday to felony sexual assault.

Flu season arrives early but probably has not peaked
KENAI (AP) -- The cold and flu season has arrived but public health officials say the worst is probably yet to come.

Woman found dead with toddler
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was found dead and her toddler uninjured in an apartment Monday. The woman's name has not been released.

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.

UAF gets grant to look at Native health issues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks is getting $11 million over the next five years to look at how behavior, genetics and nutrition affects obesity, specifically in Alaska Natives. The research will also look at how obesity is related to diabetes and heart 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.

Munoz to run against Elton in state Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cathy Munoz, a former Juneau Assembly member, plans to run as a Republican candidate for the state Senate, she said Monday.

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

Soldotna hospital considers expansion
KENAI (AP) -- An expansion plan for Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna could nearly double its square footage, put a satellite facility in Kenai and cost up to $70 million.

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.

Federal land to be conveyed to lighthouse group
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal government will convey 1,505 acres of land at Point Retreat to the Alaska Lighthouse Association under an appropriations bill approved by a U.S. House and Senate conference committee.

Tests before TAPS construction showed bullet could pierce pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The people who built and approved the trans-Alaska oil pipeline knew before it was done that a bullet from a hunting rifle could punch a hole through the half-inch metal.

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.

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.

Soldotna's new Mayor likes his job
Newly elected Soldotna City Mayor Dave Carey gave his first report to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week, and underscored how much he was enjoying the job.

Quilt Kits Alaska
A new quilt shop is about to open right here on the Kenai Peninsula. Later this week Terry and Dennis DiBetta will announce the date for the grand opening of Quilt Kits Alaska located just 14 minutes north of Kenai on Douglas Lake. Watch for publication of details and directions.

Central Peninsula General Hospital looks to expand after months of planning with community
Jerome Seigfreid, Administrator for Central Peninsula General Hospital (CPGH), and Diana Zirul, Chairman of the CPGH Board, discussed expansion options presently being studied by the Hospital.

Photo feature: Frosty the Patriotic Bearman
Too patriotic to hibernate, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's flag waving mascot was adorned with rainbows of ice crystals last week as frigid temperatures returned to the Peninsula after a mild Thanksgiving weekend.

VOD's "Reaching out to America's Future" essays judged...
There were over 500 entries from six local schools received in this year's Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship essay program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "This year we had a greater number of students participating than ever before, and last year we had more entries from our Kenai area, then the rest of the state combined," said Rachel Jurco of the VFW Women's Auxiliary.

Boating Lawman of the year selected
Officer Bill Berkhahn of the Alaska Department of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has spent the last few years patrolling the Kenai River. His efforts to promote boating safety while enforcing boating regulations along with his work in schools teaching life jacket education, has earned him the honor of being selected Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National Association of Boating Law Administration. His peers at the division of Parks and Recreation nominated Berkhahn for the distinguished honor.

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.

Photo feature: Hanging on
Hoar frost formed during the recent cold spell clings to tree branches on the Kenai River flats last week. Forecasters are calling for temperatures near or below zero today and for them to slowly rise to the mid-20s by the weekend.

Soldotna brothers put plans on ice to help in Olympics
"Who would have thought a couple of kids from Soldotna would end up being involved in the Olympics?" asked Valerie Popper-Anderson, a 1987 graduate of Soldotna High School who now lives in Salt Lake City.

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.

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.

Bush orders America back on high alert
WASHINGTON -- President Bush put America on high alert Monday for possible terrorist strikes during the holiday season after U.S. intelligence officials reported an increase in credible threats.

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.

Fighting rages; Afghan factions move forward on government talks
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Tribal fighters battled the Taliban at Kandahar airport Monday, and U.S. warplanes pounded the city and suspected terrorist hideouts along the Pakistan border. Afghan factions meeting in Germany adopted a framework for ruling the country.

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.

Police divided on federal tactics
Police departments nationwide are breaking ranks over Justice Department efforts to interview 5,000 Middle Eastern men, with officers far beyond Oregon concerned about racial profiling. Others are astounded that their colleagues wouldn't cooperate with federal agents.

New lawsuit filed in Salvation Army molestation case
A new lawsuit reopens the case of a Kenai minister convicted earlier this year of child molestation.

U.S., Canada unveil border security plans
MONTREAL -- The United States and Canada signed far-reaching agreements Monday to increase border security and coordinate immigration policies to secure the world's largest trade relationship.

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.

Politics should not be allowed to delay judicial nominations
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.

U.S. wonders if Arafat losing his grip
WASHINGTON -- Yasser Arafat has come back from exile and from U.S. rebuke as a terrorist to gain American recognition and a Nobel Peace Prize.

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.

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.

Israel should be allowed to fight terrorism
Speaking of the murder of more than two dozen Israeli civilians last weekend by what one wire service called "Islamic militants," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld correctly and unequivocally said on NBC's "Meet the Press": "The only way to defend against terrorists is to go after the terrorists."

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.

Photo feature: Hanging on
Hoar frost formed during the recent cold spell clings to tree branches on the Kenai River flats last week.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber hosts BP speakerResource management meeting plannedCPR classes availablePhoto exhibition on display in KenaiAviation safety meeting to be heldNinilchik Fire Department meeting slatedCook Inlet RCAC board of directors to meet

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

Births
Mary Louise Ford and Eric Paul WardYvette and Matt Neal

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.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Justices to clarify rights of older workers
WASHINGTON -- With layoffs expected at many firms hit by recession, the Supreme Court said Monday it will decide if older workers may sue over cutbacks that seem to hit them hardest.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our local seniors

Davie just never got message
Shaking down the thunder isn't just a line from the fight song. It's part of the job description at Notre Dame, something Bob Davie never did understand.

New York cools off Rockets
NEW YORK -- Allan Houston got the better of Glen Rice on the most important play of the game, spoiling Rice's return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since being traded as New York defeated Houston 89-86 on Monday night

Longhorns accept bid to Holiday Bowl
Chris Simms and Texas wanted to wind up in a bowl game in Southern California, and they did. Only the Longhorns will spend the holidays in San Diego instead of Pasadena.

Missouri dodges St. Louis
ST. LOUIS -- Wesley Stokes made a tough 18-footer at the buzzer and No. 2 Missouri survived an upset bid by Saint Louis, 69-67 Monday night.

Knee injury forces Jordan out of action
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than eight years and two retirements later, Michael Jordan is finally going to miss another NBA game because of an injury.

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.

Teen-ager graduates early from PGA Q-school
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA Tour is about to get some peach fuzz. Ty Tryon, the 17-year-old golfer with a man-sized game, became the youngest player in history to earn a PGA Tour card Monday when he closed with a bogey-free 66 to easily finish in the top 35 at qualifying school.

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.

BCS: If Volunteers lose, Nebraska back in
Nebraska is perhaps on the verge of its greatest comeback ever thanks to the Bowl Championship Series standings.

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.

Avalanche bury Ottawa
DENVER -- Joe Sakic had four assists and Adam Foote added three, and the Colorado Avalanche posted their fifth straight home victory with a 4-2 decision over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Panthers look to Keenan
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Panthers owner Alan Cohen reached across the table, grabbed Mike Keenan's right hand and held it up so everyone could see his Stanley Cup ring.

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.

Sports Briefs
Midnight Sun volleyball club to hold tryoutsKPHA Ice Hawks achieve victoryInvestigation of Clippers center continuesJohnson to remain with Marlins

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.

Favre keys Green Bay victory in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Facing a tie game with two minutes left Monday night, the Green Bay Packers weren't worried.

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.

Twins hardened by competitive fire
When you have two older brothers, chances are you're going to grow up a competitive person.

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.

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.

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