Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Suspected bank robber arrested
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man wanted in two bank robberies has been arrested, authorities said Monday.

Three nominated to replace Murkowski in state House
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage Republicans, including veteran lawmaker Eldon Mulder, have been nominated to replace U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the state House.

River erosion exposes graves near Dillingham Hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Erosion of a steep riverbank below Dillingham's Kanakanak Hospital has exposed an increasing number of coffins and bones from unmarked graves in recent years.

Body of missing Petersburg pilot found
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The body of a missing Petersburg pilot has been found, Petersburg police said.

Pipeline issue a challenge for new administration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska would collect about $110 million more each year if shipping charges for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline were cut to match a recent decision by state regulators.

Jury selection begins in Anchorage murder case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of an Anchorage man charged with raping and beating a woman and leaving her body in a shed in Spenard two years ago.

Gateway Borough moves ahead with sludge facility
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Plans are moving forward to build a sludge composting facility in Ward Cove for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Men posing as DEA agents invade Anchorage home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two armed men posing as federal drug enforcement agents pushed their way into a South Anchorage home Monday, bound three people with duct tape and demanded the combination to a gun safe, Anchorage police said.

Judge gives probation inspector greater access at BP
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge has broadened the powers of a probation officer charged with policing BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s environmental and safety performance on the North Slope.

Hunter gets lost due to malfunctioning compass
JUNEAU (AP) -- A local hunter became lost overnight on Douglas Island after magnets in his mittens caused his compass to give inaccurate readings.

Art Show inspires creativity
The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai is one of more than 3,300 clubs across the nation that joined in a search to recognize the talents of young artists.

Bell ringing competition helps Salvation Army
According to Craig Fanning of the Salvation Army in Kenai, Kettle donations this year were up $6,600 over last year for a total raised from the bell-ringing coming in at approximately $25,000.

After the Bell coin wars yields 776 meals for Food Bank
Karen Strash, Soldotna Boys & Girls Clubhouse director, recently

Hunter gets lost due to malfunctioning compass
JUNEAU (AP) -- A local hunter became lost overnight on Douglas Island after magnets in his mittens caused his compass to give inaccurate readings.

Rain brings disaster; fish program brings renewal in 2002
2002 was a tumultuous year on the Kenai Peninsula, as everything from unusual weather to controversial politics combined to bring change to numerous areas of peninsula life.

Cab rides free tonight
In an effort to keep people safe on the roads tonight, central Kenai Peninsula taxicab companies will offer free taxi service in and around Kenai and Soldotna.

Peninsula has good news, too
It's not always easy to find the good news, especially in a year that some critics have labeled mediocre, if not dull.

Donation provides rides for children

Letters to the Editor
Times are tough, but we can trust God to always keep his promisesDark side to conservative belief: All people are not created equally

Those in military make it possible for 'peace on earth'
The Associated Press reported that the news rocked old friends and family in the Bronx, where Steven Checo attended high school.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital board to meet todayInterfaith devotion plannedFund-raiser planned for familySocial Security representatives to visit area

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Mr. Christmas says this season will be last for Wonderland
KILLINGLY, Conn. -- For 35 years, Mervin Whipple has personally greeted -- and counted -- some 1.4 million visitors from all over the country to his renowned annual Christmas Wonderland -- a free light display numbering 120,000 bulbs and including moving figures.

Stars win Aztec Holiday Classic
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team continued to sizzle on its holiday trip to San Diego, defeating a team from Ocean Lakes, Va., 50-29 in the championship game of the 20th annual Aztec Holiday Classic.

Campo, Coughlin and LeBeau out; Parcells on the way in?
America's Team fired its coach. America's laughingstock did, too. And Jacksonville got rid of the only coach it has ever had.

The good, the bad, the in between
O.J. Simpson strolls onto the football field at an Orange Bowl practice and finds himself welcomed by the USC coach and players like a prodigal son come home.

Rams beat 49ers
ST. LOUIS -- In their season finale, the St. Louis Rams looked more like defending NFC champions than the underacheivers who finished two games below .500.

Capitals send Buffalo to sixth straight defeat
WASHINGTON -- Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist in his return from the injured list as the Washington Capitals extended Buffalo's losing streak to six games with a 4-3 victory Monday night.

From gridiron to ski trails, spirit of competition alive and well on peninsula
A look at sports on the Kenai Peninsula in the year 2002:

Gophers leg out win vs. Arkansas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Minnesota coach Glen Mason had his way, Dan Nystrom would not have been the Most Valuable Player of the Music City Bowl.

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