Friday, December 7, 2001

Fairbanks air travel on rebound after Sept. 11
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Air travel in Alaska's Interior was down following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, but now air travel appears to be getting back to normal.

State to transfer Hatcher Pass Land to borough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials have agreed to give the Matanuska-Susitna Borough title to more than 3,000 acres of land in Hatcher Pass, over the objections of some local residents and wildlife officials who say the transfer could damage the environment.

Man dies in camp behind Anchorage Wal-Mart
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man living in a camp behind an Anchorage Wal-Mart store was found dead last night.

Agreement would let Alaska Native Wireless keep frequencies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Native Wireless would retain the rights to billions of dollars worth of telephone radio frequencies it won in an auction earlier this year, under a settlement between the government and NextWave, the original owner of the frequencies.

Revised rules boost CDQ potential in Western Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal fisheries panel on Wednesday agreed to boost trip limits for halibut to 10,000 pounds in specific community development quota areas.

Nikiski mulling law enforcement options
KENAI (AP) -- The North Peninsula Community Council is looking for ways to prevent crime in the unincorporated areas north of the city of Kenai.

Senate backs money for second Inter-island ferry
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- With its first, brand-new ferry arriving in Alaska in about two weeks, the Inter-island Ferry Authority received good news about funding for its second.

Reporter of Unalaska weekly arrested on heroin possession charge
UNALASKA (AP) -- A Dutch Harbor Fisherman reporter has been arrested for allegedly receiving heroin in the mail.

State panel recommends long list of racism reforms
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state panel created following racially motivated paintball attacks on Natives in Anchorage issued a long list of reforms on Thursday it says will help heal intolerance in Alaska.

Chugach School District wins national award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugach School District has won a prestigious national award.

Military resort in Seward reopens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A popular vacation getaway for Alaska's military is open for business this winter after all.

State expected to use more from savings account than previously thought
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska will need to draw $906 million from its dwindling savings account to balance the state budget this year, the Revenue Department now estimates.

Senate panel approves labels on foreign seafood
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska fishermen won a victory Tuesday when the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved a provision that would force retailers to label foreign seafood products to show country of origin.

Companies donate $4 million to university under agreement with state
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and Phillips Petroleum have presented the University of Alaska Foundation with checks that total more than $4 million.

Pipeline office collects comment on TAPS renewal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than 230 individuals and groups from nearly 40 states have contributed opinions to the proposal to renew leases for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Man dies after being struck by pickup truck in Napakiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Napakiak man died after he was struck by a pickup truck on a village airport road, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Two arrested on unrelated drug charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men were arrested Tuesday in Anchorage for trying to transport drugs, Alaska State Troopers said.

Public assistance checks bound for Southeast misplaced
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Anchorage post office has misplaced roughly 700 public assistance checks and 4,500 medical coupons bound for poor elderly and disabled people in Southeast.

State closes Fortymile caribou winter hunt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fortymile caribou winter hunting season will close at midnight Friday because the quota has been reached, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

NTSB brings agencies together for Cook Inlet crash rescue plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When an Era Aviation helicopter carrying five people crashed into Cook Inlet in October, it illuminated the difficulty of rescuing crash survivors from the icy waters adjacent to the state's busiest airport.

Man attacked by bear on Admiralty Island
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man who was mauled by a grizzly bear Wednesday was reported in satisfactory condition after surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Yakutat man held on drug charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers arrested a Yakutat man on drug charges Nov. 20 as he was trying to make his way to the Southeast town.

Wasilla council considers sales tax to pay for sport center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Wasilla City Council is considering a measure to raise the city sales tax to pay for a new multiuse sports arena that would include a hockey rink and basketball courts.

Governor orders flags lowered for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered Alaska flags lowered to half-staff Friday for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Gease named to top job at Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau01
KENAI (AP) -- Ricky Gease has been hired as the new executive director of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau.

State will take testimony on hot water discharge into Fairbanks river
FAIRBANKS -- State officials have reversed their stand and agreed to hold a public hearing on the discharge by a utility of hot water into the Chena River, which runs through downtown Fairbanks.

Traffic accident injures Anchorage man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 32-year-old Anchorage man was critically injured Wednesday after his car crossed two lanes of traffic and struck another vehicle.

Third trial scheduled in Ketchikan murder case
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A third trial has been scheduled for an 18-year-old man accused of murdering his father even though prosecutors have not decided retry the case.

Fairbanks board denies middle school travel to nation's capital
FAIRBANKS -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board has denied a request by a middle school group to travel to Washington, D.C. for a social studies outing out of fear the children could be harmed in a terrorist attack.

State panel recommends long list of racism reforms
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans may soon be singing a new tune.

Woman treated for smoke inhalation after fire at senior center
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 93-year-old woman was treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns after a fire at the Juneau Senior Center on Tuesday.

North Pole man indicted on child sex abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been indicted on charges he sexually abused children.

Susan Knowles tapes anti-smoking message
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's first lady, a reformed smoker, is a spokeswoman for a crusade to help pregnant women quit smoking.

Mr. Selig goes to Washington
Bud Selig walked into Congress on Thursday wearing a nice suit with the pockets turned inside out.

Selig prepares to address Congress on baseball's losses
Baseball had an operating loss of $232 million this year, including a major league-leading $52.9 million by the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a report that will be given to Congress on Thursday.

Testimony in players' grievance over contraction plan recessed until Monday
IRVING, Texas -- After two days of testimony, the grievance by baseball players to block owners from eliminating two teams recessed Wednesday with the first witness still on the stand.

Government improves Education IRA, Section 529 college savings plans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Saving for college is about to get easier.

Practicality marks boomers' wish lists
They might be known as the ''me'' generation, the yuppies, the ones living in a material world. But not so this holiday shopping season as spendthrift baby boomers decide less is more.

Retailers report lackluster November sales; mall-based merchants particularly hard-hit
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fears of a dismal holiday shopping season deepened Thursday as the nation's big retailers said their November sales dropped short of expectations.

Microsoft introduces software system to run vehicular gadgets
DETROIT -- Even as automakers and suppliers wrestle with the question of how many and which onboard electronic gadgets consumers are willing to pay for, Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of its software platform to operate the devices.

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'Solid Brass' tales capture adventures of diving in Cook Inlet
Watching Cook Inlet's surging tides is an awesome thing. But watching isn't author Bob Wick's style. In his book "Solid Brass," Wick shares what inlet tides are like below the surface.

All bets are off -- 'Ocean's Eleven' is the clear winner
Forget every other heist movie that came out this year -- and there was a vault full of them. ''Ocean's Eleven'' is the one with the goods.

Instructors' works on exhibit at art gallery for December
The Faculty Show at the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery gives students and art patrons alike a chance to view the creative sides of six KPC faculty members.

Jeff Gordon in the spotlight
Series champion Jeff Gordon and his wife, Brooke, arrive at the NASCAR Awards Banquet in New York.

Penske loses veteran
ATLANTA -- The shakeup at Penske South Racing started last week when the No. 12 race team was dissolved. It continued Wednesday with the resignation of Rusty Wallace's crew chief.

Stewart sounds off on NASCAR at awards banquet
NEW YORK -- The people that invited Tony Stewart to New York last week certainly made it worth his while. The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., along with other sponsors of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, handed Stewart a check for more than $1.5 million in season-ending bonuses and awards.

Kenai plan coming together
The city of Kenai would be a safe city, with cultural attractions within easy walking distance of a well-defined downtown core. S

Just how cold is it, anyway?
It got cold. It got real cold. But, hey, what do you expect in Alaska in the winter?

Nikiski mulling law enforcement options
The North Peninsula Community Council is out to help take a bite out of crime in the unincorporated areas north of the city of Kenai.

Marines attack Taliban convoy in their first offensive ground action in Afghanistan
SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN (AP) -- U.S. Marines attacked a Taliban convoy Friday, killing seven fighters -- including al-Qaida loyalists -- in the Americans' first offensive ground action since setting up base in southern Afghanistan.

Taliban flee Kandahar; Omar's whereabouts uncertain
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taking their weapons with them, Taliban forces abandoned their last bastion Kandahar on Friday, and witnesses said joyous residents poured into the streets and tore down the Taliban white flag. Afghanistan's interim prime minister said Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was missing and would be arrested if found.

Stop-and-go surrender: Handing over an Afghan city is often a messy affair
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- In Afghan warfare, giving up is never as simple as it sounds.

Deep freeze taking toll on area
Cold weather can have a chilling effect on many aspects of life when the temperature dips below zero. Fortunately, there are several remedies to keep those vehicles, pipes and other cold-weather victims operating smoothly.

Photo feature: Freeze-wheelin'
Rebecca Wilson is dressed for the weather as she rides along the Kenai Spur Highway to a bank in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

Who should get to go fishing?
Aiming for the wisdom of Solomon's sword, the Kenai Peninsula Resource Management Coalition -- KPRMC -- is seeking an equitable division among peninsula users of fish, game, flora and fauna.

Milton James 'Turk' Turkington Jr.
Longtime Homer resident Milton "Turk" Turkington Jr. died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer after a long bout with cancer. He was 79.

James R. Little
Former Kenai resident James R. Little died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 79.

Freida K. Edwards
Kenai resident Freida K. Edwards died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 79.

Debbie J. Howard
Kenai resident Debbie J. Howard died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, in her home, surrounded by her family, after a battle with lung cancer. She was 44.

Economics 101: When wealthy reduce spending, poor are hurt
There's a little ditty from the 1961 Broadway musical "Carnival" that says something, in a different context, about the class warfare fought by Democrats against Republicans:

Surrender hinges on fate of Taliban's spirtual leader
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Among the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar's word was always law. Now, as the purist Islamic movement collapses, its leaders are desperately trying to salvage safety for the bearded, one-eyed cleric who led them to rule -- and to ruin.

Applause
School appreciates flag-folding ceremony in honor of Veterans DayStudents learn Iditarod lessons in special clinic

Peninsula veterans remember day of infamy
Dec. 7, 1941: The date of devastation to the U.S. naval fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor is remembered as an unprovoked attack by Japanese bombers and fighter planes that left a scene of exploding, burning, smoking, sinking ships and wounded and dying American military peace-time enlisted service personnel.

How far do Americans' free-speech rights go?
You have the right to peaceably assemble -- it says so right in the Bill of Rights. You can even carry signs that protest something or other and, if you feel like it, march around and say mean things for a few hours.

World should see terrorists punished
President Bush claims to want Osama bin Laden ''dead or alive,'' but it's plain what he'd prefer. He shares the hankerings of Vice President Dick Cheney, who says he'd happily take the man's head on a platter. Summary execution might bring a tidy end to this horrible tale, but tidiness isn't everything. There's also the matter of justice.

U.S. marks Pearl Harbor anniversary
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Kunio Iwashita, a Zero fighter pilot during World War II, says it was only on Sept. 11 -- six decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor -- that he realized how Americans must have felt back then.

Energy policy, ANWR deserve clean debate, free of unrelated issues
Today's political test: What do a railroad retirement bill, a six-month ban on human cloning and national energy policy, including opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration and development, have in common?

All in fun for wilderness survival specialist
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Greg Davenport, survival specialist, wrote that a few years ago, during the survival-training week he spent in a one-man rubber raft on Oregon's Nehalem River, ''I had more fun than at any other time during my training.''

Barrow musher finds good dreams, history in his love of the land
BARROW -- For dog musher John Tidwell III, history is found in the creaks and groans of his hand-built basket sled.

Losing one of your own: Sept. 11 tragedies touch refuge system
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a small agency, as federal agencies go. I've heard this said in a variety of ways, such as "the entire Service budget costs less than one MX missile," and other such comparisons.

Twisted beaks, mostly on chickadees, stump area biologists
Bird biologists are puzzling over a disturbing problem: a plague of chickadees with deformed beaks.

Around the Peninsula
Alert siren test plannedSoroptimists to meet todayEvening story time at Kenai libraryNinilchik Fire Department meeting slatedAviation safety meeting to be held todayResource Development Council meeting plannedHospice to hold remembrance celebrationSwimming tryouts to be heldWomen's holiday luncheon planned

Around the Peninsula
Tree-lighting ceremony planned Divorce support group to meet Church hosts dessert and show Cook Inlet RCAC board of directors to meet CPR classes available Christmas bazaar to be held Kenai Eagles plan Christmas dinner Meeting about Cook Inlet salmon fisheries slated RC&D meeting coming up Basketball league taking registrations Fur Rendezvous memorabilia available Advisory board members sought

Methodists win approval to send devotional to armed forces
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The United Methodist Church has won permission from the U.S. military to send an updated version of a World War II devotional to members of the armed forces.

Religion briefs
Church hosts dessert and show Toys sought for ministry SolFirst to present 'Christmas in New York' 'High Tea with Teddy' planned Take-a-Break to meet Tuesday Children's program scheduled Hanukkah celebration planned Holiday service plans sought

Poll finds support for Roman Catholic clergy, disagreement on teachings
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A new survey of American Roman Catholics has found strong support for Pope John Paul II and U.S. bishops, but disagreement over church positions such as whether priests should marry.

New leader of Episcopal diocese was once NFL player, cop and Catholic
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A minister who played professional football and later served as a police officer will become the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

Croatian theologian wins religion award
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Croatian theologian has won the 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book on how enemies can resolve their differences.

In dispute over 'godless,' college president accused of trying to skew survey results
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When a college guidebook declared Macalester College students godless, the school president suggested students write to the publisher saying they ''pray a lot or something'' to avoid the ire of religious alumni.

Priesthood commercial gets credit for easing clergy shortage
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is crediting a TV commercial for helping draw more men to the seminary.

Bible sellers report sales boom for this Christmas
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Gary and Terri Dixon used to feel tentative about buying Christmas presents with religious overtones. But in this uncertain holiday season, the ultimate gift of spiritual comfort for Christians -- the Bible -- suddenly seems perfect.

Campaign under way to build Jewish chapel at the Naval Academy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Before Jewish midshipmen gather for Friday evening services, Rabbi Irving Elson makes sure the cross is moved and stored away out of sight.

Pat Robertson resigns from Christian Coalition to refocus on ministry
NORFOLK, Va. -- Pat Robertson resigned Wednesday as president and member of the board of directors of the Christian Coalition, a political force of the religious right.

Senior Egyptian cleric condemns Sept. 11 attacks
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The grand sheik at Egypt's foremost Islamic institution has condemned those who applauded the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and said supporters of the act lack wisdom and honor.

Skiing's good -- if you can stay warm
It's been subzero temperatures, not trail conditions, that have been slowing down central peninsula skiers this week.

This winter a wonderland for ski teams
Last year, area high school ski coaches got a chance to refine their dry-land training techniques. This year, coaches tossed those techniques right out the window.

Penske jumping from CART to IRL
CART co-founder Roger Penske is abandoning the league he helped create for the rival IRL, a stunning move by the most successful owner in open-wheel racing.

No. 2 Missouri dials long distance in win
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Clarence Gilbert scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half and No. 2 Missouri hit a school-record 17 3-pointers in a 117-67 victory over Southern University on Thursday night.

Kidd dishes out 13 assists in New Jersey win over Phoenix
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd was at his unselfish best in his first game against his former team, accumulating 11 of his 13 assists before he even scored a point as the New Jersey Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 106-87 Wednesday night.

Keenan fires up Panthers for win
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Mike Keenan era got off to a perfect start Wednesday night.

Wrestling championship schedules
* -- Times are estimated and subject to change depending on the number of wrestlers in each bracket.

Gators get Spartans
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Behind a career-high 23 points from Matt Bonner and a smothering full-court press, the No. 6 Florida men's basketball team beat No. 24 Michigan State 74-70 Wednesday night.

Khabibulin, Tampa Bay shut out Blue Jackets
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 27 shots for his fifth shutout of the season, and Fredrik Modin scored his 100th NHL goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Thursday night.

Jordan returns as Wizards top Rockets
HOUSTON -- Michael Jordan returned to the Washington lineup and scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period to lead the Wizards to an 85-82 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

USA's 'Miracle' hockey team returns to ice
It's been almost 22 years since they've skated together, a lifetime filled with families and careers and one very special memory.

Seattle Pacific lands Soldotna's Schaafsma
Janna Schaafsma has always been able to hurdle whatever obstacles happened to be in her path with ease.

Skyview, Nikiski favored at area meets
The Kenai Peninsula's high school wrestling teams head into this weekend's Area Championship meets with a common goal: qualify as many wrestlers as possible for next weekend's Alaska School Activities Association Fall State Championships at Kenai Central High School.

Two-time America's Cup winner dies on Amazon
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Masked pirates boarded sailing champion Peter Blake's yacht on the Amazon River, shooting and killing the two-time America's Cup winner when he tried to resist.

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