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Saturday, January 4, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Applause
Peninsula residents support worthy cause

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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