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Friday, January 3, 2003

Dividend application enrollment begins
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans can begin enrolling for their 2003 Permanent Fund Dividend on Thursday, the state revenue department said.

Chugach National Forest partially opened to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugach National Forest has been partially opened to snowmachines, according to the Forest Service.

California tribe pays Sealaska for aborted casino
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sealaska Corp. has been repaid for its investment in a San Pasqual tribal casino in California, a tribal official said.

Kenai man arraigned for allegedly writing bad checks
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai man was arraigned on a variety of charges after being arrested at the Soldotna Fred Meyer store for allegedly trying to write bad checks twice in the same day.

Alaskans can expect $1,200 dividend if market holds up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If Wall Street doesn't take a downturn in the next six months, eligible Alaskans will get a full permanent fund dividend of roughly $1,200 this coming fall.

Body of man who died in canoeing accident recovered
ALEKNAGIK (AP) -- The body of a man who died in a canoeing accident New Year's Eve on Lake Aleknagik has been recovered, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

End of Healy coal-hauling contract hurts railroad
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad expects an $8 million drop in revenues for 2003 due to a decline in freight after the loss of its Healy coal shipments last year.

Upper Kalskag boy killed in accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Upper Kalskag boy was killed in an accidental shooting on New Year's Eve, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Earthquake rattles Umnak Island
JUNEAU (AP) -- An earthquake struck south of Umnak Island in the Aleutians late Tuesday.

Coldfoot Truck Stop quietly celebrates the New Year
BARROW (AP) -- Staff at the Coldfoot Truck Stop on the Dalton Highway celebrated quietly on New Year's Eve.

Several new laws take effect after Wednesday
JUNEAU (AP) -- Several new laws that took effect Wednesday will affect some veterans, motorists, volunteer firefighters, major shareholders and minimum wage workers.

Sweeney, Johnson appointed to posts in Murkowski administration
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sam Johnson, former commander of Elmendorf Air Force Base, was named to head up the state's homeland security efforts.

Salcha residents gear up for rare winter flood
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Salcha residents spent New Year's Eve braving 30-below temperatures to build a protective wall against rare winter floodwaters near the Tanana River.

Murkowski picks Nancy Dahlstrom for House seat
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski chose Nancy Dahlstrom to fill the term of his daughter, Lisa, in the Alaska Legislature on Thursday.

Chugach rescue highlights shortcomings in backcountry system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are working with the Anchorage Fire Department to better coordinate their backcountry rescues.

Search continues for good water for Kenai
KENAI (AP) -- The search for good water for Kenai continues after the latest test well proved too dirty to use.

Authority backer seeks $2 million budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scott Heyworth, the chief backer of a ballot initiative creating the state natural gas pipeline authority, is seeking $2 million in funding for the newly created office.

Murkowski to pick Nancy Dahlstrom for House seat
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski will pick Nancy Dahlstrom to a state House seat vacated when he appointed his daughter to the U.S. Senate, The Associated Press has learned.

Trapper pleads guilty to snaring two eagles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kasilof trapper pleaded guilty to illegally snaring two bald eagles as part of a plea agreement in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

Anchorage police investigate New Year's Day shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating a New Year's Day shooting that hospitalized a 30-year-old woman with a wound in her back.

Kenai Peninsula taxicab companies offer free rides
KENAI (AP) -- Taxicab companies in the central Kenai Peninsula offered free rides Tuesday night to make New Year's Eve safer.

Tesoro sells off 30 stations in four states
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. has sold 30 of its retail outlets in four states, including Alaska, for about $41 million.

Canada launches gun-registration program
JUNEAU (AP) -- Beginning Jan. 1, Alaska gun owners bringing firearms into Canada will have to clear an additional hurdle or two at customs.

Delta Junction woman gives highway birth
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Someday Wesley Scott Hollembaek can tell people he was born in rush-hour traffic on the Richardson Highway in Fairbanks.

World cargo industry pulling out of its nosedive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In what is good news for Alaska, the world air cargo industry appears to be pulling out of its economic nose dive, according to research conducted by Boeing Co.

Bogus distress call costs thousands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An unidentified man made what appeared to be a bogus distress call Wednesday, taking the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies on a long, costly hunt around Kachemak Bay.

Tacoma man charged in death of Fairbanks woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 22-year-old Tacoma, Washington, man has been charged with murder and arson in the death of a Fairbanks woman whose body was found last week in a burned Ester Apartment.

Commission's list names possible future boroughs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state commission says there are eight unorganized regions of Alaska whose economies may be strong enough to support local borough governments.

Business Briefs
Sidey to discuss stock outlookAssociated General Contractors elect officers

RETIREMENT AGE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Allan Wikman knows the pluses and minuses of life on Social Security.

Watercooler
COMPANY PLANS: Your plans for 2003 might involve losing weight and debt, but sage employers also put together some corporate resolutions.

Insurance woes leave local business hanging
Kenai Peninsula residents who enjoy the sports of rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering may soon find themselves between a rock and hard place when it comes to finding the tools of their trade.

Will boomer retirement lead to a market selloff?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Within the next 10 years, the baby boomer generation will start going into retirement. Among experts, opinions differ widely on what the effect that will have on markets and the economy, but no one is painting a happy picture.

Lessons in liquidation shopping
Every year thousands of businesses close down, move or sell out and hold special sales to clear out their remaining stock of merchandise. To many consumers, "going-out-of-business sales" indicate big savings and limited-time offers. The Better Business Bureau warns, however, that in some cases such sales may not offer the best buys in town.

Fish plant shutdown creates ripple effect in Southeast
JUNEAU -- The closing of Wards Cove Packing Co.'s Excursion Inlet fish processing plant, announced this month, did more than leave northern Southeast with 460 fewer seasonal jobs and hundreds of local fishers without a buyer for next year's catch.

Bankruptcy filings reach 3-month high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bankruptcy filings by individuals and businesses jumped 12 percent in the three months ending in September to a record 401,306, according to data released Monday.

Consumer confidence declined in December, research group reports; level below analysts' forecast
NEW YORK -- A research group's survey of consumer confidence declined sharply in December, largely because of the discouraging employment outlook.

Weekend runs help mushers prep for season
The cacophony of yapping and howling could lead one to believe dogs were being abused, but to those in the know, it is the sound of excitement for dogs prepared to mush as part of the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association's (PSDRA) two runs this past weekend.

Terrorism fears dampen fun of New Year's celebrations
New Year's Day crowds in Pasadena, Calif., screamed and cheered Wednesday as a trio of military stealth planes streaked overhead for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Art Briefs
Poetry contest announcedLocal author published playPratt Museum announces scheduleSocial dance workshops offeredUAA musical auditions to be heldPlay conference accepting submissions

Author honors uncelebrated moments from babyhood
The first year of a baby's life is marked with many milestones that parents feel compelled to preserve.

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

Top stories for 2003 already in the works
ATLANTA -- Official testing for the 2003 racing season starts Tuesday at the Daytona International Speedway. In a 10-day stretch, every team that's expected to compete on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is expected to shake down new cars in preparation for the season-opening Daytona 500.

Another Andretti gets behind the wheel
Marco Andretti, 15, son of CART's winningest driver, Michael Andretti, and grandson to racing legend Mario Andretti, is racing go-karts with hopes of following a family tradition.

Local man faces forgery, theft, burglary charges
A 38-year-old North Kenai man was arraigned on four counts of second-degree forgery, one count of first-degree vehicle theft and one count of second-degree burglary in Kenai District Court on Tuesday.

Recycling breathes new life into Christmas trees
Now that the holiday season has passed, it's time for residents to get rid of those rapidly drying Christmas trees.

Photo feature: Looking for lunch
A bald eagle perches high in a tree overlooking the Kenai River in this wintery scene near Cooper Landing Sunday. Dozens of eagles line the river as if waiting for the next run of salmon.

Holiday figures bright
As the clouds of anticipated retail doom and gloom rolled by, Kenai Peninsula businesses have emerged to report the holidays weren't so bad after all.

Sterling Highway mail thefts investigated
Alaska State Troopers and U.S. postal authorities are investigating reports of mail being stolen from rural boxes along Sterling Highway near Longmere Lake.

Kenai explores new site for water
The latest test well in the city of Kenai's ongoing search for a new source of water has turned out to be too dirty to use, leaving the city to wash its hands of it and move on to a new location.

Utah parents give birth to Alaska son, first baby of 2003
Camille Castillo-Johnson always knew she would have an Alaska baby.

Snowmachines, parking limited in peninsula cities
An area that offers as much open space as the Kenai Peninsula beckons snowmachiners and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy winter weather like few other places, but within peninsula cities winter also brings some restrictions.

Alaska leaders optimistic for 2003
Continuing recession, political unrest and talk of war may make it appear the rest of the world is adrift in a sea of pessimism, but pundits and powerbrokers in Alaska seem to exude a sense of optimism that things are about to get better here in the far north.

Cheryl Ann Brumlow
Kenai resident Cheryl Ann Brumlow died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, in her home. She was 46.

Kurt Karsten
Soldotna resident Kurt Karsten died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at his home. He was 54.

Jane Delores Flegel
Longtime Alaska resident Jane Delores Flegel died in Sun City, Ariz., Monday, Nov. 25, 2002. She was 80.

Kurt R. Karsten
Longtime Soldotna resident Kurt Raymond Karsten died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at his home. He was 54.

Applause
Community support helps feed hungry on peninsulaCommunity kindness helps athlete participate in tourney

Applause
Peninsula residents support worthy cause

Americans anxious about 2003
WASHINGTON -- Nearly two-thirds of respondents in an Associated Press poll said they believe it's prudent to hold off on more tax cuts.

Number of world's free nations grows
There is reason to be encouraged by Freedom House's 30th annual report on electoral democracies.

Letters to the Editor
Sound decisions can only be made when all circumstances considered

2002 stories provide call to action in 2003
There's something about the change of the calendar that sparks an annual inventory of our lives.

Refuge system centennial a chance to celebrate wildlife conservation in America
This year marks the 100th birthday of the first national wildlife refuge. On March 14, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt established Pelican Island, a three-acre island off the Atlantic coast of Florida, as a Federal Bird Reservation to protect pelicans and their habitat.

Outdoor Briefs
Mt. Marathon race applications available Chugach partially opened to snowmachines Grizzly killed north of Fairbanks

Birders of a feather count together
"Not snow, no, nor rain, nor heat, nor night keeps them from accomplishing their appointed courses..."

Around the Peninsula
Moving sale to support area family CRPC plans flood forum Advisory committee to hold elections Skin cancer screening scheduled Basketball teams offer cook book CPHC board of directors seat available

Around the Peninsula
CPGH Safe Sitter classes start todayMoving sale to support area familyLabor department offers disaster assistanceSocial Security representatives to visit areaCookbook sale to support Ninilchik teamsPioneers gather recipesCrisis Center offering Clothes ClosetResidents warned about snow hazards

Walvoord, of Dallas Theological Seminary, dead at 92
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Theological Seminary is mourning the loss of the Rev. John F. Walvoord, a longtime president and chancellor of the evangelical Christian school who died Dec. 21. He was 92.

Reform synagogue group to consider name change
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Reform movement's Union of American Hebrew Congregations will consider changing its name to Union for Reform Judaism at its biennial meeting in November.

Religion Briefs
Group to study life of John Single parents program offered Precept Ministries training institute planned Friendship closet open Wednesdays Healing Rooms open every Friday and Saturday

Muslim hip-hop group raps for Allah
This is one hip-hop group that puts The Prophet before profit.

Denial of zoning waiver for Marietta mosque questioned
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Some Cobb County residents are questioning a city panel's decision barring construction of a 70-foot minaret atop a planned mosque.

Tale of two Europes: political unity advances, religious rifts persist
TROYAN, Bulgaria (AP) -- The Bulgarian Orthodox monks on the edge of town keep candles burning around their main treasure: the icon of the Virgin with Three Hands.

Newspaper names Mormon president Hinckley as Utahn of the year
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake Tribune has chosen Mormon church president Gordon B. Hinckley as the newspaper's Utahn of the Year.

Background on the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches
Orthodox Christian Churches and the Roman Catholic Church have been separated since the Great Schism in 1054 in a dispute over papal authority and interpretation of their creed.

Disney cancels weekly Christian worship services
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Walt Disney World is scaling back its Roman Catholic and Protestant services.

Skiers making most of peninsula snow
When it comes to snow this season, cross-country skiers on the Kenai Peninsula have been a bit like college freshman calling home for money -- making the best of what they have, but always appreciative for more.

Sports Briefs
Parcells tells ESPN he's heading to Dallas

Maddox honored for top comeback
Some good came out of the XFL, after all. That's where the Pittsburgh Steelers found their quarterback and The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Tommy Maddox.

Homer girls, Seward boys triumph at ACS tourney
The Seward boys and Homer girls basketball teams picked up victories Thursday in the opening round of the ACS/Pepsi Invitational in Anchorage.

Jordan routs Bulls in return to Chicago
CHICAGO -- Michael Jordan had the United Center rocking just like the old days as he and his trusty sidekicks embarrassed yet another opponent.

Hossa's four goals chop up Thrashers
OTTAWA -- Marian Hossa had a career-high and team-record four goals -- including three straight in the first period -- to lead the financially troubled Ottawa Senators to an 8-1 victory Thursday night over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Buckeyes, Miami set for title tilt
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Miami is well aware of the expectations: Beat Ohio State easily for the national title, then go for a third straight championship and college football's longest winning streak next season.

Trojans blow past Hawkeyes
MIAMI -- Carson Palmer has yet another trophy for his shelf: Orange Bowl MVP.

Sooners romp in Rose Bowl; Notre Dame, Penn State fall
Oklahoma got off to a real rosy start on New Year's Day and Georgia was equally successful.

Cowboys name Parcells their new coach
IRVING, Texas -- Already sporting Cowboys silver and blue on his tie, Bill Parcells is back in the NFL as coach of a down-and-out Dallas team desperate to return to glory.

Home run ball still in legal limbo
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The two men unable to agree on who owned Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball now can't agree on how to sell it.

Familiarity reigns in playoffs
In the season's first week, the Giants played the 49ers, and the Falcons were in Green Bay.

Knicks sink Raptors
NEW YORK -- Kurt Thomas had 26 points and 14 rebounds and Allan Houston scored 15 as the New York Knicks beat Toronto 95-75 Wednesday night, handing the Raptors their eighth straight loss.

Clarett relies on his instincts
The kid relies on his instincts. Every great running back learns to pick his spots, but Maurice Clarett grasped that lesson earlier than most. Ohio State's 19-year-old freshman sensation had little choice; grow up where he did and one false step means you might never get the chance to make another.

Amonte lifts Coyotes
WASHINGTON -- Tony Amonte scored with 3:40 left in overtime to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Oakland QB sets record for completions, leads league with 4,689 passing yards
Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon can add another honor to his record-setting season: NFL Most Valuable Player.

No. 20 Maryland defeats Tennessee in Peach Bowl
Maryland's first bowl victory in 17 years had coach Ralph Friedgren thinking about the effects the win will have on the program.

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