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Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Low-income clinic set to open in Soldotna
KENAI (AP) -- The new year will bring a new clinic to the central Kenai Peninsula to serve low-income patients.

Business picks up for Anchorage seafood plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Business at the once floundering Alaska Seafood International is now going swimmingly, according to Russell Schreck, the company's new chief executive officer and board chairman.

Oregon group protests land transfer at Hatcher Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A decision by state officials to give 3,000 acres of state land in Hatcher Pass to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has been appealed by an Oregon-based environmental group.

New Juneau smoking law in effect
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new ordinance banning smoking in and near most public places went into effect in Juneau on New Year's Day.

Veneer plants closes while owners seek logs
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Gateway Forest Products veneer mill shut down on Dec. 22 and will remain closed until about Jan. 14 due to a lack of logs.

Man found dead outside Barrow home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 39-year-old Barrow man was found dead Sunday morning across the street from his home.

Application for permanent fund dividends opens Wednesday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans can begin applying for the 2002 Alaska Permanent Fund on Wednesday but state officials are hoping they choose an improved online application available Jan. 7.

Gov. Tony Knowles names Ramseur as chief of staff
JUNEAU (AP) -- David Ramseur will take over as top aide to Gov. Tony Knowles after chief of staff Jim Ayers leaves on Jan. 4, the governor's office said Tuesday.

Full plate and election on the horizon for Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- When the Legislature returns Jan. 14, lawmakers will contend with a looming $1.1 billion deficit and a lame-duck governor who has asked for an increase in state spending.

Judge says redistricting plan improperly splits Eagle River, Chugiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republicans scored a victory Monday in one of their challenges to the state's redistricting plan.

Cook Inlet belugas staying past summer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When pilot Glen Ballard guided his Era Aviation helicopter about 500 feet above frigid Cook Inlet last week, he was startled by unexpected motion among shifting ice pans near the Monopod oil production platform.

Survivor of McCarthy massacre killed in fatal fire remembered as hero
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chris Richards, the self-proclaimed mayor of the ghost town of Kennicott who died in a cabin fire one week before Christmas, was remembered by friends and relatives over the holidays as a rough-edged Alaskan who cared deeply about his neighbors, his dog and the fate of his historic Wrangell Mountain hometown.

Homer man cited in collision with state trooper
HOMER (AP) -- A 22-year-old Homer man driving without headlights and with an obscured windshield crashed into an Alaska State Troopers patrol car Saturday evening, troopers reported.

Study says Anchorage smoking ban working better than expected
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's tough smoking law, in effect for one year, is working better than expected and has not hurt local businesses, according to a new report.

City bus injures Juneau man
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man hit by a Capital City Transit bus Friday night is in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Anchorage decline in homicides continues in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage murders declined in 2001 for the sixth straight year and might have hit the lowest point in at least 27 years, tentative year-end figures show.

Host of new laws take effect after the new year
JUNEAU (AP) -- On New Year's Day the party ends for merchants caught selling tobacco to underage smokers in Alaska.

Fairbanks police to get new station, but no new furniture
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- While Fairbanks officials say they expect the new police headquarters on Cushman Street to be completed on schedule and within budget, the station's furnishings are another matter.

Anchorage woman assaulted after accepting ride, alcohol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted Saturday night by a man who gave her a ride as she walked along a downtown street, Anchorage police said Monday.

Judge says redistricting plan improperly splits Eagle River, Chugiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republicans scored a victory Monday in one of their challenges to the state's redistricting plan.

Vandalism estimate at high school hits $100,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Damage at the construction site of the new Dimond High School is now estimated to be more than $100,0000.

Researchers say high levels of vitamin A linked to hip fractures in older women
CHICAGO (AP) -- Too much vitamin A may increase the risk of hip fractures in older women, according to a new study that researchers say suggests the need to reevaluate the levels in supplements and fortified food.

Peninsula's political landscape likely will see major alterations
We cannot know what surprises nature or world events hold for the Kenai Peninsula, but we can predict that 2002 will have plenty of home-grown issues on the political and economic fronts.

No quick resolution to war in new year
WASHINGTON -- The new year brings new complications for the Bush administration as it tries to finish the job inside Afghanistan.

Orientation, open house planned at KPC this week
Kenai Peninsula College invites the community to find out more about its campus as the new semester begins.

It may be changed world, but first baby of new year still delivers joy
Tyler Anthony Morrison and his family celebrated two holidays Tuesday, New Year's Day and Tyler's birthday. Tyler was born to Christina and Jay Morrison of Nikiski at 8:43 a.m. at Central Peninsula General Hospital, making him the first central peninsula baby of the new year.

Herbert 'Herbie' Baker
Soldotna resident Herbert "Herbie" Baker died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001. He was 84.

Let's resolve to live up to our potential
... New Year's resolutions have become a joke because few people abide by them.

Where's the camouflage?
Photo after photo of Marines chasing Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan show the troops in standard-issue camouflage gear -- jungle camouflage. The problem is, there's no jungle in Afghanistan. And according to the Marine Corps Commandant James L. Jones, the corps' complete order of 23,000 desert and woodland camouflage gear will not be delivered for four years.

Predictions: Better economic times, more attacks
WASHINGTON -- A majority of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction and that their own finances will get better, an Associated Press poll says. But they also fear more terrorist attacks are likely in 2002.

Photo feature: Ice-scape
Despite spring-like temperatures, beached sea ice along Kenai's shore still speaks of winter. The forecast is calling for continued warm temperatures with snow and rain later in the week.

10 tips to help quit smoking
1. Get plenty of water -- at least two quarts every day to help you deal with stress.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and game advisory council to meet todayHealth clinics canceledCarving club offers classSafari Club International chapter to meet

Resolution 2002: Resolving to find solutions
Can it possibly be the start of another year already?

Some 2001 resolutions become reality
In the throes of making New Year's resolutions, it is always inspiring to hear of others who have successfully gone where we hope to tread in the new year. The following are stories of the progress some Floridians made on their 2001 resolutions.

Experts offer tips to help you reach goals this year
Here are some tips from the experts on keeping a resolution to maintain a new healthy activity or let go of old unwanted habits in 2002:

Jan. 1 may be worst day of all to kick smoking habit smoking
Smokers planning to quit the first of the year should think twice.

Kicking old habits requires new approaches
Happy new year! As you put up the new calendar, did you make a promise to yourself? "This year I'll really do it," you said. "I'll get in shape, quit puffing, drop those extra pounds ... ."

Capitals sink Isles
WASHINGTON -- Andrei Nikolishin and Jeff Halpern scored on back-to-back shots at the end of the second period Tuesday as the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-2.

South Carolina salvages win
TAMPA, Fla. -- Daniel Weaver's 42-yard field goal with no time left barely cleared the crossbar, giving No. 14 South Carolina a 31-28 win over No. 22 Ohio State in the Outback Bowl Tuesday.

Friedel the star in showdown of US National Team goalies
LONDON (AP) -- Brad Friedel had the big saves but Kasey Keller had the shutout as American goalies faced off in England's top league for the first time.

Win puts Oregon in hunt for share of national title
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The dazzling Ducks of Oregon have a new cheer: C'mon Nebraska!

Hard-up Clippers take slumping Blazers
LOS ANGELES -- Jeff McInnis scored 23 points and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 112-97 Tuesday night in a matchup of struggling teams.

Willingham ready to take the reins at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- When he learned three weeks ago that Notre Dame had hired George O'Leary as its football coach, Tyrone Willingham told Irish athletic director Kevin White he had made a mistake.

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