Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Fairbanks man opens water business
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A local businessman has opened a bulk water distribution depot to fill the gap left by Golden Heart Utilities, which turned off its First Avenue spigot.

State warns drivers about stiffer DWI law
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The law on drunk driving is stiffer this year for the New Year holiday, and the state has been running newspaper and television ads across Alaska reminding people about the lower level of blood-alcohol that could mean an expensive DWI conviction, or worse

Woman chooses traditional face tattoo
UNALASKA (AP) -- In a world where ancient traditions and cultures are disappearing, 20-year-old Laresa Syverson is proud of her Aleut-Unangan heritage.

Dec. 20, 2001 The Nome Nugget finds enlightenment in being a little lighthearted
They say one doesn't have to be crazy to live here, but it sure helps. It's so much fun to live in a town that can laugh at itself and not let world politics dash our spirits.

Musher gives up Iditarod dream -- for now -- to serve country
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Like so many others in the military, Blake Matray has had to put his life on hold to support the war in Afghanistan.

Dec. 28, 2001 The Voice of the Times finds more evidence of news bias in reporting
The big-time media folks like to deny they show bias in their news reporting, despite undeniable evidence to the contrary.

Man dies in Fairbanks vehicle accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on the Steese Highway Sunday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

Dec. 27, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News calls for better protection in the Bush
Last Thursday's fire in the village of Sleetmute destroyed what bigger communities would call their downtown. Imagine Anchorage losing a major hospital, city hall, a recreation center and the water utility headquarters, and you have some sense of the scale of the loss.

Another group takes crack at Kenai fishing plan
KENAI (AP) -- A coalition of residents with roots on the Kenai Peninsula says it has come up with a blueprint for solving divisive fishing disputes. Of course, not everyone is buying into the plan.

Dec. 27, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. criticizes Knowles administration for oil industry appeasement
Gov. Tony Knowles' $4.8 million initiative to please the oil industry and environmentalists dances a fine line between compromise and deceit.

Remote hatchery for sale: $2 million or so
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Web surfers cruising eBay, the giant online auction site, now can bid serious money on a fish hatchery on the Noatak River.

Dec. 28, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion says Congressional pay raise comes at bad time
It didn't make the front page, but it shouldn't go unnoticed.

Alaska Native upstages tae-bo star for kick record
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Hollywood fitness guru stood poised to claim a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. A television crew was on hand to record the attempt at the highest martial arts kick in history. A patsy from Alaska nobody had ever heard of was hired to make it all look like a competition.

Gift returns include unwanted dogs, cats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Animal Shelter is bracing for an influx of unwanted pets.

Vandals cause damage at Anchorage high school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Vandals broke into a construction site at Dimond High School and caused damage that one police officer estimated at ''several tens of thousands of dollars.''

Now Playing: Ali
Michael Mann's Mohammad Ali biopic begins in several places at once. We see the champ-to-be training in low rent Rocky-style. We see him also as a small child and view his first experiences with prejudice. As well, we are shown bits and pieces of Sonny Liston, the then heavyweight champion of the world, defending his title. And all this is intercut with sounds and shots of Sam Cooke singing to crowds of screaming fans. Thus, the film's beginning is an excellent belweather for the rest of the movie: visually striking, well acted, and, ultimately, unfocused.

Soldotna woman threads together quilt idea
This is the time of year when the importance of family and friends takes center stage, and one Soldotna woman is trying to do something for those who lost their loved ones Sept. 11.

2001, We're not sorry to see you go ...
Somber national and international events touched even the Kenai Peninsula, casting a pall over the last quarter of 2001. The terrorist attacks on the United States caused disruptions of air travel, losses for tourism businesses, mobilization of family members in the military, anthrax scares and heightened security concerns on the peninsula. But plenty happened closer to home, too.

Government agrees on function of peacekeepers
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The new Afghan government has reached an agreement with international peacekeepers on how they will function in the coming months, the country's interim foreign minister said Sunday.

Marjorie Phyllis Harris
Soldotna resident Marjorie Phyllis Harris died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna of natural causes. She was 82.

Out with the old year, in with 2002
Maybe the best thing that can be said about 2001 is that in a few short hours it will be over.

Seeking normal, U.S. carries on
There is no pill to undo evil, no magic word to resurrect the good old days when jetliners didn't turn into bombs and anthrax didn't come in the mail. Since Sept. 11, America has struggled to find a new normal, one that could wrap itself around the sharp edges of terror and war.

Attacks turn other news into trivia
President Bush was in Florida, promoting plans to boost reading skills. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared ''war on bureaucracy'' at the Pentagon. Health groups were busy on the eve of ''National 9-1-1 Day'' -- meant to raise awareness about heart attacks. That was Sept. 10.

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Pamela and John CastenholzSarah Lea and Derrek John Howell

Community News
CIRCAC honors "Volunteers of the Year"Boys and Girls Club receives education grant

Wildwood Officers Honored
Correctional officers Roy Smith and Aaron Meyer have been named employees of the Year for 2001 for the Wildwood Correctional Complex. Nominations for the annual honor are submitted by the staff of Wildwood and selected by an employee selection committee. Selections are made based on peer support, demonstrated professionalism, performance, service to the state and Wildwood and support and assistance provided to their fellow employees.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Snowmachines constantly drive through my neighborhood and sometimes along the highway. This is illegal, isn't it? Is it enforced?

Peninsula People
Area students graduate from collegeStudents from peninsula make honor rollSoHi grad pledges with fraternityStudent earns distinction on cheer squad

Around the Peninsula
Chamber meetings canceledKPC to hold registrationFamily storytelling program plannedSkate ski clinic to be heldEmergency siren scheduled to soundNonprofit funding availableHistorical society plans business meetingHealth center receives accreditation

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Area athletes stay focused on big picture
There have been times I've wondered if we have our priorities straight -- if we know there's more important things in life than touchdowns, goals and home runs. After all, we dedicate a section in every paper to sports while schools coverage appears once a week.

Gators beat Belmont, Stanford wins at home
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Brett Nelson had 19 points and Udonis Haslem added 18 as No. 3 Florida used three big runs to tie a school record with its 10th straight win, 107-55 over Belmont on Sunday.

Two playoff spots still open
The Seattle Seahawks are getting what they need to stay in the NFL playoff race.

USC can't come close
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 6 Stanford beat Southern California 78-66 on Sunday in a battle of Pac-10 unbeatens.

Jordan shows he still has air
WASHINGTON -- After a few weeks of describing his comeback as part of a plan to turn the Washington Wizards into a winning franchise, Michael Jordan reminded everyone that it's also about Michael Jordan.

High Heat doesn't stall Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points as the Detroit Pistons snapped a seven-game losing streak and handed Miami its sixth straight loss, 86-80 Sunday night.

Predators fight tooth and nail, Blues scoring rush prevails
ST. LOUIS -- Pavol Demitra and Scott Young each scored two goals to lead St. Louis over Nashville.

Eagles soar over Giants, clinch NFC East title
PHILADELPHIA -- David Akers kicked a 35-yard field goal with 7 seconds left, and the Philadelphia Eagles clinched their first NFC East title since 1988 with a 24-21 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.

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