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Thursday, January 3, 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.

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.

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.

Man found floating in Kodiak harbor
KODIAK (AP) -- The body of a Kodiak man in his early to mid-50s was found floating in the city's St. Paul Harbor late Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Sitka company gets $7 million order for more NY ferries
SITKA (AP) -- A Sitka shipbuilder has received a $7 million contract to build more ferries for New York, an unanticipated consequence of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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.

Youth home in Nome closed while state investigates staff misconduct
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials have temporarily closed a Nome youth home until they complete an investigation into reports of staff misconduct.

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.

Alaska search dogs to get leftover rescue supplies from NYC
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska dogs used in search and rescue operations are getting supplies left over from canine search operations at the World Trade Center site in New York City.

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.

Poker Flat rocket launches to study aurora
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cornell University professor Paul Kintner Jr. is crossing his fingers for some ''big whopping aurora.''

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.

Johnson picked to head U.S. Marshals Service in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- President Bush has nominated a longtime employee of the U.S. Marshals Service to head the agency in Alaska.

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.

Whittier picks Cornell as partner in private prison venture
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The City of Whittier has turned to a familiar player as it tries to attract a private prison.

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.

Alaska students help track work of science project
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Southeast teen-agers will help students around the country keep track of the work of world-renowned scientists gathered on the Kenai Peninsula at the end of the month for a research expedition.

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.

Ketchikan approves sale of hydroelectric facilities
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan City Council voted to pursue a $73 million deal to allow communities that operate the Four Dam Pool to purchase state-owned hydroelectric facilities.

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.

Nenana police chief survives rollover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nenana Police Chief Milt Haken emerged unscathed from a Monday morning Parks Highway accident that demolished a department Chevrolet Caprice -- half of the two-car Nenana Police fleet.

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.

Daughter of former UAF athletic director injured in Hawaii
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The daughter of the former head of athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was badly hurt in a swimming accident in Hawaii on Christmas Day.

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.

Police report relatively few drunken driving arrests under 0.08
Police departments around the state say relatively few DWI arrests were made during the New Year's holiday despite a tougher new 0.08 drunk driving law being on the books for the first time in Alaska.

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.

Federal court hearing planned to discuss Tongass logging injunction
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal court hearing Thursday will discuss whether an injunction against logging is needed in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Airlines has good holiday season, plans to hire more flight attendants
SEATTLE (AP) -- Though most major airlines continue to struggle after the Sept. 11 attacks, Alaska Airlines is having a successful holiday season and is optimistic enough to gear up to hire more flight attendants.

Prudential downgrades Kmart stock Day ends down 13 percent
DETROIT -- Shares of Kmart Corp. tumbled more than 13 percent Wednesday when an analyst downgraded the stock to ''sell,'' citing disappointing fourth quarter sales and the retailer's ''precarious'' cash position.

Few problems reported first business day of euro change
BERLIN -- Cashiers across Europe were on the front lines of the largest currency changeover in history Wednesday, taking on the central role of getting old money out of circulation and new euros into the pockets of consumers.

Atlanta company buys brewing company
YAKIMA, Wash. -- The central Washington pub where the founder liked to brag that he started the wave of modern microbreweries has been sold to an Atlanta corporation.

Leman's roots run deep on the Peninsula
State Senator Loren Leman, an Anchorage Republican, may have spent the last 13 winters in Juneau as a state legislator, but he has never missed a commercial fishing season in Ninilchik since he was conceived there 51 years ago.

New After the Bell programs slated for Nikiski and Seward communities
The New Year sees two new sites opening for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula with programs to model the successful After the Bell Program in Soldotna. The new sites are located in Nikiski and Seward.

Crime Stoppers, new life for an old idea
As the war on terrorism continues into the New Year, one of the important strategies being employed is not only high tech surveillance or security equipment, but also an effective idea that has been around forever.

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.

Art Briefs
Rehearsals for Requiem to start in January

Author of Nancy Drew books pens weekly newspaper column at 96
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Millie Benson's desk doesn't stand out from any others in the newsroom. Tucked away in a corner, it is cluttered with papers and books.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

U2 earns most concert money
NEW YORK -- The rock band U2 had the second biggest tour ever during a year in which concert industry business was off but ticket prices continued to rise, an industry trade publication said last week.

Group makes it their business to bring classical, jazz music to peninsula
The Performing Arts Society continues its winter season with the Alexander String Quartet concert, the second event the group has sponsored this year.

Quartet makes classical appearance
The Performing Arts Society kicks off the new year in classical style. The Alexander String Quartet will perform at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Carrillo appointed planetary envoy
Attention Earthlings: Rob Carrillo has been chosen as a Solar System Ambassador.

IBEW lights up holidays for needy family
This Christmas season, electrical linemen swarmed the southern Kenai Peninsula hoping to restore Christmas lights to their former brilliance in time for Dec. 25. While they may have missed their mark by a day or so, workers associated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are not unfamiliar with bringing the Christmas spirit to peninsula families.

Terror trial on tap
WASHINGTON -- In little more than 20 minutes at court, two things became clear: Zacarias Moussaoui's lawyers are concerned about finding impartial jurors next fall just after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. And the judge doesn't see a problem.

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.

Flight director eyes seat on space shuttle mission
It isn't visions of sugar plums dancing in Daniela Martian's dreams. It's space. As seen from the controls of the space shuttle.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kenneth Goodwin
Kenai resident Kenneth Roy "Goodie" Goodwin died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001

Bush follows in long tradition of contradicting campaign stands on foreign policy
WASHINGTON -- Meaning it as a compliment, George Mitchell remarked the other day that President Bush had reversed himself on ''nation-building'' with his tough policy on Afghanistan.

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.

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

Shoe bomb incident highlights importance of security, vigilance
There's evidence that we're getting over the natural anxiety that followed the terrorist attacks. The number of prescribed sleeping pills and tranquilizers, for example, is down. But that doesn't mean we've become complacent. ...

Senator disputes importance of budget solution in upcoming session
I usually resist the urge to respond to editorials, even when their linkage with reality is tenuous. Your Dec. 23 editorial was, however, so far afield in both tone and content that it deserves a response.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Siren test scheduledStorytelling program plannedSmall business workshop to be heldSocial Security Administration to visit peninsulaFund-raiser planned for MDATown and Gown banquet slatedExit Glacier caretaker needed

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.

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

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 ... ."

Photo feature: Self serve
Gail McCarthy waits to help her husband Pat carry sand back to their truck at a pile the city of Kenai maintains for public use. The sand is located on Willow Street past the animal shelter. "Bring a pick ax," Pat McCarthy said.

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:

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

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

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring an adult male Siamese for $12 with rabies vaccination included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Author of Nancy Drew books pens weekly newspaper column at 96
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Millie Benson's desk doesn't stand out from any others in the newsroom. Tucked away in a corner, it is cluttered with papers and books.

Gators hand Maryland an Orange Bowl crush
MIAMI -- Brock Berlin. Rex Grossman. Heck, Steve Spurrier probably could have suited up and thrown for a touchdown or two Wednesday night.

Timberwolves hound Milwaukee
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 19 rebounds and Anthony Peeler added 18 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the shorthanded Milwaukee Bucks 95-77 Wednesday night.

Players chosen for Pro Bowl
NEW YORK -- Tom Brady made it to the Pro Bowl. So did three members of the Carolina Panthers, a team with one win. And so did Garrison Hearst, who came back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for two years and seemed to have ended his career.

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.

Boozer pumps in 23 in blowout
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 13 rebounds and No. 1 Duke extendeded its winning streak to 22 games with a 106-71 victory over Davidson on Wednesday night at the Charlotte Coliseum.

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.

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

Cornhuskers set to challenge Miami
PASADENA, Calif. -- An unlikely matchup in an unlikely setting seems to be the perfect way to end a most improbable college football season.

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.

Sports Briefs
Russell suspended for one year for drug useTyson leaves Cuba after dispute

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.

Francis becomes fifth player in NHL history to reach 500 goals, 1,000 assists
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bill Guerin scored two goals, and Glen Murray added one in the opening 12 minutes as the Boston Bruins used a four-goal first period to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 Wednesday night.

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.

Hakkinen moves closer to Olympic berth
Kasilof's Jay Hakkinen, 24, took a big step toward earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team Wednesday in Heber City, Utah.

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