Saturday, January 5, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Barrow basketball downs Homer boys

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.

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