Friday, January 4, 2002

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.

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.

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

Ualaska residents, tribal council protest arrival of strip club
UNALASKA (AP) -- Local citizens, led by the tribal council, are protesting the opening of a Unalaska's first strip club, aimed at entertaining cash-rich fishermen.

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.

Two juveniles charged in $100,000 Anchorage school vandalism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested in an expensive weekend vandalism incident at an Anchorage high school, police say.

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.

Nome youth home director ousted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The acting director of a Nome youth home was dismissed Wednesday after one week on the job and five days after the state removed the home's teen-age residents.

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.

Local developer buys Anchorage City Hall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A local real estate developer has closed a deal to buy the eight-story City Hall building at 632 W. Sixth Ave. from Weyerhauser Co.

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.

Two from hunting party plead innocent to illegal hunting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A big-game guide and a Tennessee hunter pleaded innocent Thursday in federal court to charges of illegal hunting practices.

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.

Victim of bear attack rebuilds face
JUNEAU (AP) -- Kenneth Horton has received star treatment by well-wishers and knowing smiles from those who have stood in his shoes.

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.

Judge finds evidentiary hearing needed in Tongass roadless case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge leaning toward arguments made by environmental group lawyers offered Thursday to issue an injunction against logging in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

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.

Refrigerant spills at pipeline pump station
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. estimated Wednesday that nearly 25,000 gallons of refrigerant brine solution may have spilled from the refrigeration loop beneath the warehouse and shop area at a pipeline pump station.

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.

Fairbanks borough mayor asks for resignation from chief of staff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Citing differences in philosophy and management style, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Rhonda Boyles asked for the resignation of her chief of staff Wednesday.

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.

Station attempts live transmission of Legislature via Internet
JUNEAU (AP) -- When the Legislature convenes in 2002, every word uttered on the state record will be broadcast live on the Internet.

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.

Longtime Anchorage attorney Edgar Boyko dies in Washington hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Alaska Attorney General Edgar Paul Boyko -- a longtime Democrat who served under a Republican governor -- died on Tuesday in a Washington hospital, a family spokesman said. He was 83.

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.

Woman enters plea in car crash case
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman accused of crashing a Chevrolet Suburban into a stone wall, seriously injuring two of her four children, pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony assault charges.

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.

Federal money comes through for threatened park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Back in October, state parks chief Jim Stratton was at his wits' end over how to fight the riverbank erosion that is considered a threat to historic Rika's Roadhouse on the Tanana River near Delta Junction.

Condition of man shot by trooper improves
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man shot by an Alaska State Trooper last month has been moved out of the intensive care unit at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Kerosene, crude oil mixture spilled at Williams North Pole refinery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An estimated 2,000 gallons of a kerosene and crude oil mixture spilled at the Williams Alaska Refinery in North Pole early Thursday.

Online holiday sales prove strong in an otherwise gloomy holiday selling season
NEW YORK (AP)-- Online sales this holiday turned out to be something to cheer about in an otherwise gloomy selling season.

Manufacturing hard-hit, housing and banking holding up in recession
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Sonja Heinrich was laid off from her job as a machine operator at Briggs & Stratton Corp. in the spring of 2000, she figured it would be just a couple of months before she was called back to work. That hasn't happened yet.

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.

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.

Will economy take off, or is talk of a recovery pie in the sky? Airline industry offers clues
NEW YORK (AP) -- Travel spending is often first to be cut from a family or corporate budget when the economy is hobbled, and the last to be restored when business is on the mend.

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.

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.

Gen Xer could be in position to 'teach your parents well'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many of the children of America's baby boomers are already young adults, and they have learned a thing or two about the world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Art Briefs
Rehearsals for Requiem to start in January

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

Session to go out over 'Net
JUNEAU (AP) -- When the Legislature convenes in 2002, every word uttered on the state record will be broadcast live on the Internet.

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.

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.

Area law enforcement agencies report no significant incidents
For the most part, revelers on the Kenai Peninsula played it smart and safe Tuesday night as they rang in a new year. Soldotna and Kenai police as well as the Alaska State Troopers all reported a slow to average night.

Photo feature: Fashion statement
Tim Todd opts for informal wear while paying Jessica Tromblee for a book after registering for a computer class at Kenai Peninsula College Thursday afternoon. The college hosted an open house to greet new and returning students.

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.

First bombing since Dec. 28 targets suspected terrorist compound
WASHINGTON -- U.S. warplanes struck a military compound Thursday in eastern Afghanistan where members of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network were regrouping, the Pentagon said. It was the first American airstrike since Dec. 28.

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

Joe T. Bartos
Soldotna resident and Alaska Native Joseph T. "Joe" Bartos died unexpectedly at home on Jan. 1, 2002. in Soldotna. He was 38.

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

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign Boilermaker

Alaskans Teela, Steer, Hakkinen headed for Olympics
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Jeremy Teela was a little kid when he told his mom he was going to be in the Olympics. Rachel Steer was barely a teen-ager when she started training for them. And Jay Hakkinen was groomed to be a Olympian for eight years.

Hakkinen makes good on Olympic dream
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 24, clinched his second straight trip to the Winter Olympics Thursday in Heber City, Utah.

Afghanistan allies have goals beyond those of U.S. military
WASHINGTON -- For the United States, the goal is clear: find Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and end al-Qaida.

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.

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.

New year presents new opportunities to make a difference
The new year's possibilities stretch before us like a limitless sky. What will the year bring?

Letters to the Editor
Division of church, state as important now as ever Scare tactics no solution to divsive issues of fish allocation

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. ...

Outdoor Briefs
Exit Glacier caretaker needed Bear viewing permit applications accepted Sport fish plan open for comment

How have wildfires affected the peninsula's caribou population?
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to have my name drawn for a caribou hunting permit for the Kenai Mountains. I have hunted white-tailed deer and mule deer for many years in the Midwest, and this was my first caribou hunt. I didn't take an animal, but I certainly enjoyed the excitement of the hunt and the scenic hike above treeline.

From sled runners to cockpit
FAIRBANKS -- Like so many others in the military, Blake Matray has had to put his life on hold to support the war in Afghanistan.

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.

Around the Peninsula
CES board to meet Learn to carve PFLAG meeting planned Kenai Peninsula RC and D annual meeting slated KDLL annual meeting scheduled Cribbage tournament held Saturdays Blood donations needed

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

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.

Fox and Geese: Clean, new, unmarked year awaits
"Fox and Goose" is a great game to play. You begin with one medium-to-large size yard. Add two or more children. Oops! I almost forgot -- add sufficient snow to cover the yard and enable the children to make paths or trails clearly defined.

Yazidis: Followers of obscure sect accused of devil worship
YARMOUK COMPOUND, Iraq (AP) -- Tucked away in a mountainous area in northern Iraq is the Yarmouk Compound, home to followers of an obscure faith derided by some as a religion of devil worship.

Schulte waiting for official permission for retirement
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Archbishop Francis Schulte is waiting for a letter, one with the Vatican seal and signed by Pope John Paul II, telling him when he can officially retire as Roman Catholic archbishop of New Orleans.

Committee chairman wants prayer to open meetings
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) -- The new chairman of the school committee wants to begin each board meeting with a prayer.

Non-muslims offer aid after Islamic mosque in Ohio vandalized
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Non-Muslims have offered space, money and other support for worshippers after vandals drilled holes in the floors of the city's oldest mosque, ripped up copies of the Quran and pulled water pipes from walls.

Muslims urged to dispel misconceptions
ATLANTA (AP) -- Muslims from across the Southeast are being urged to visit churches and synagogues, and hold open houses at mosques to try to dispel misconceptions about Islam, especially after Sept. 11.

Churches come to aid of flooded congregation
Area churches are lending their support and facilities to the Soldotna Church of God after a flooded basement forced the congregation to move out of the building two weeks ago.

Greek Orthodox offer icon electronic card service
NEW YORK (AP) -- Orthodox Christians can send icon cards via e-mail for many occasions as part of a new service offered by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Churches, synagogues buy 'fair-trade' gourmet coffee
SEATTLE (AP) -- It's a regular church activity: sipping coffee with fellow worshippers after the hymns and sermons.

Three hundred years on, Russian Old Believers hang on in Oregon
WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) -- An old woman wearing peasant clothes and a kerchief stands in front of a Russian church topped by gilded cupolas.

Police arrest cook in December slaying of priest at north-central New Mexico monastery
BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) -- A short-order cook who has done jail time in four states was charged Thursday with fatally stabbing and bludgeoning a priest who worked at a treatment center for troubled clergymen.

Activists demonstrate against war, confronting cardinal at cathedral
BOSTON (AP) -- A group of Roman Catholic peace activists protested in front of Cathedral of the Holy Cross and confronted Cardinal Bernard Law, arguing church teachings do not allow support for the U.S. military action in Afghanistan.

Ex-Klansman ruled competent in '63 church bombing
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A judge ruled Thursday that former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry is mentally competent to stand trial on murder charges in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls.

Religion Briefs
Flooding relocates services for Soldotna church Speakers visit planned Sunday Musical planned by teens

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.

Suitable skiing returns to most portions of central peninsula
People aren't the only ones trying to recover from the holiday season. Ski trails across the peninsula are gradually shaping up after a rough Christmas and New Year's.

Seward skiers aim high
ANCHORAGE -- Winter still had the higher elevations of the Kenai Mountains locked in its grip in June when Jerry Dixon got the call reporting fresh ski tracks cutting down 5,265-foot Mount Alice near Seward.

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.

Sports Briefs
Barrow basketball downs Homer boys

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.

Penguins left stranded by Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jason Blake had a goal and an assist as the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 Thursday night.

Place in the spotlight a long time coming for Miami coach Coker
A crooked smile creased Miami coach Larry Coker's face when his 21-year-old cornerback walked off the field after touching the national championship trophy and told his friends he would savor this win for a ''lifetime.

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.

Hurricanes harvest 'Huskers for national title
PASADENA, Calif. -- They danced their way to the stands, waving white towels at the Miami fans who filled one corner of the Rose Bowl.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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