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Sunday, January 5, 2003

Trident agrees to $1 million penalty for pollution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Trident Seafoods Corp. has agreed to pay $1 million for air pollution violations at the company's huge Akutan processing plant in the Aleutian Islands.

Utilities question cost of Kenai intertie
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Railbelt utilities have decided to take another look at the cost of building a second Anchorage-Kenai power intertie.

Man charged with assaulting pregnant girlfriend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was charged with punching his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach, kicking her several times and squeezing her between the bed and a wall.

Song Pak is master of defense and healing
JUNEAU (AP) -- Song Pak has studied pain from many sides -- as a martial arts master, a holistic healer and the victim of blows that brought him close to death.

Former state employee faces more charges of stealing
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former Alaska Department of Education and Early Development employee accused of stealing at least $246,000 from the state has been charged with more counts stemming from the alleged crime.

Woman killed, three injured in auto accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was killed and several other people injured late Friday when the car she was driving collided with a truck on Minnesota Drive, police said.

Heli-skiing industry hits turbulence in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Helicopter skiing and snowboarding are a growing industry in many snowy climes, but in Alaska they're having a hard time lifting off.

Police arrest four robbery suspects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four men were arrested early Saturday and charged with robbing and beating a man, Anchorage police said.

China's booming economy could help Alaska exports
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The booming Chinese economy and development in the Pacific Rim could be just what's needed to increase Alaska's exports in the coming year, federal and state trade officials say.

Lawyer files suit to block soft money law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lawyer has filed a lawsuit in attempts to block a new state rule requiring Alaska's political parties to disclose their sources and uses of so-called soft campaign.

Salcha monitors Tanana River overflow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A winter flood watch for the Tanana River in Salcha has been canceled.

Banks warned to watch out for phony state checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's commissioner of revenue is warning banks to question any large state checks made out to individuals.

Inquiry clears Anchorage officers in fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities say Anchorage police officers were justified in shooting a robbery suspect who died of his wounds.

Tacoma man charged with trying to kill second person
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A Washington state man, already charged with murdering a Fairbanks woman and setting fire to her apartment to cover up the crime, has been charged with trying to kill a second person the same day, according to court documents.

Troopers release names of officers involved in shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers on Sunday released the name of the trooper who shot and killed a man near Soldotna as he charged his car toward another trooper after refusing to get out of his vehicle.

Sex offender faces charges for playing Santa
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 62-year-old Ketchikan man faces possible revocation of his probation for playing Santa Claus. Roger L. Bailey was convicted in 1995 of felony sexual abuse of a minor, and his probation limits his contact with children.

Merger expected to double Kinross' size
FAIRBANKS -- A pending merger between Kinross Gold Corp. and two Canadian companies would make Kinross the seventh-largest gold producer in the world.

Norquest interested in Ketchikan plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Norquest Seafoods is interested in purchasing a fish processing operation in Ketchikan now owned by Wards Cove Packing Co., which announced recently it was shutting down all nine of its salmon processing plants.

Trooper shoots and kills man in Soldotna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper shot and killed a man in Soldotna who refused to leave his truck and then drove it at another trooper, the agency said Saturday.

Anchor Point resident found dead in truck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula woman was found dead in a truck on New Year's Day, Alaska State Troopers said.

Moose expert heads to Saudi Arabia
KENAI (AP) -- In his years with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Soldotna's Kris Hundertmark has seen a lot of interesting animals. He even once wrote a paper about a ''unicorn'' moose that had but one antler growing straight from the top of its head.

Vandals smash vehicles in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are looking for the vandals who shattered windows on more than a dozen vehicles in East Anchorage.

Fairbanks riverboat business founder dies at 82
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The founder of a popular Fairbanks riverboat attraction has died at the age of 82.

NOW PLAYING: Gangs of New York
Hollywood is a strange animal indeed. Everything depends upon the almighty box office, except when it doesn't.

Nikiski man dies in vehicle accident
A 48-year-old Nikiski man died Saturday as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident on Holt-Lamplight Road in Nikiski.

Hospital board OKs wage increases
Central Peninsula General Hospital employees can look forward to more money in their pockets for the new year.

Man shot trying to run over trooper
Alaska State Troopers shot and killed a Nikiski man early Saturday morning in Sterling.

State Park cabins up for grabs
Although January might not seem like the best time to plan a trip into the Alaska back country, it's actually ideal for reserving an Alaska State Parks public-use cabin for the upcoming summer.

Man finds Anchor Point woman dead in his truck
The state medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a 57-year-old woman found in the cab of a truck in Anchor Point Wednesday.

Kenai council ups property owners' responsibilities
Many things could be said about the Kenai City Council, but being lax in their meeting schedule is not one of them.

Kenai ice rink melting funds at sports center
If you build it, they will come. From Soldotna, that is. When the city of Kenai built a new multipurpose skating facility four years ago, local skaters heralded the rink as an alternative to the crowded Soldotna Sports Center. Last year, Kenai added refrigeration at its rink, making its ice available nearly year-round.

Rev. William Herbert Schaffer
Former Kenai resident the Rev. William Herbert Schaffer died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at Grace Village Health Care in Winona Lake, Ind. He was 98.

Arleen J. Stedman
Soldotna resident Arleen J. Stedman died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Letters to the Editor
Kenai guide association opposes mandatory catch-and-release rule

Global, domestic hazards ahead
WASHINGTON -- Seldom has so much uncertainty been in the air, both domestically and internationally, presenting President Bush and the incoming GOP-led Congress with an abundance of unresolved crises.

A few resolutions for others: It's far easier to tell everyone else what to do than to give up caffeine in winter
New Year's resolutions don't work with me. It seems unreasonable to make a major life change during the most dark and depressing season of the year.

Is congressional seniority in best interest on nation?
Gov. Frank Murkowski did the right thing when he chose Nancy Dahlstrom to fill the legislative term of his daughter Lisa, who he tapped last month to succeed him in the U.S. Senate.

Seasons explained: It's all about tilt
One could just say it's warm and thus summer when we're close to our sun and cold and thus winter when we're far away. However, that cannot be correct, because we had our closest approach to the sun at 91.4 million miles Friday and are farthest at 94.5 million miles on July 3 or 4 -- the average distance being 93.1 million miles.

Around the Peninsula
Ford to speak to historical societyMoving sale held to support familyDisaster assistance deadline nearsKPC plans orientation, open houseKasilof Historical Society to meetPenDOG plans annual electionsFolk dancers plan first dance of year

Dieting doesn't mean not having good food
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "Diet" is a four-letter word that most of us can live without. It is closely related to "can't" as in "can't have." Diet is a dreaded word that makes its way into our lives when we resolve to lose weight.

Hutterite quits column for marriage, baptism
GILDFORD, Mont. -- Some weeks, Lisa Marie Stahl writes about the most routine Hutterite happenings -- a special meal at

Newlyweds flying high after marrying in plane
CONWAY, Ark. -- A Conway couple reached new heights in their relationship when they tied the knot 7,500 feet over Greers Ferry Lake.

Tackling New Year's resolutions
As we round the corner into another new year, plans and resolutions are the topic of some conversations.

Engagement ring returns after 15-year sewer trip
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Call it the diamond in the rough.

Jets shut out hapless Colts
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After what they went through to make the playoffs, what a waste it would have been to exit early.

Denis posts shutout to lead Blue Jackets past Coyotes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Marc Denis made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and Mike Sillinger and Sean Pronger scored first-period goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Phoenix 2-0 on Saturday night to end the Coyotes' four-game winning streak.

A Fiesta that wouldn't end
TEMPE, Ariz. -- For 3 1/2 seconds, Miami was national champion once again.

Greatest national title game ever?
TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Ken Dorsey was sacked by Will Smith on Miami's first play of the Fiesta Bowl, there was a sense something special was about to unfold.

Crimson Tide bounces back against Xavier
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Erwin Dudley had 18 points and 10 rebounds and he and Antoine Pettway each made two free throws in the final 22 seconds as No. 1 Alabama beat No. 19 Xavier 65-58 Saturday.

Harrison tops All-Pro voting
Marvin Harrison was the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team that featured a new look, with 13 first-time choices, including rookie Jeremy Shockey.

Giants look to maintain momentum against 49ers at Candlestick
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kerry Collins and the Giants spent the last month winning a frantic fight to make the playoffs. Jeff Garcia and the 49ers spent it staying out of harm's way.

Miller takes overall lead
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) -- Bode Miller is first American man in 20 long years to lead the World Cup overall standings.

Slick Vick sends Packers packing
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It looked so perfect for Green Bay. Snow falling. Packers in green and gold. Lambeau Field in January.

Steelers look to blacken Browns
PITTSBURGH -- In a wildly unpredictable NFL season filled with improbable finishes and a free-for-all dash to the playoffs, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers hope to restore a sense of order with Sunday's wild-card game.

Seawolves suspend 18 players for book abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than a dozen University of Alaska Anchorage athletes have been suspended and will miss a combined 60 competitions for abusing their textbook allowances.

SoHi tops Eielson
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team finished out the ACS Pepsi Invitational with a big win, coming from behind to defeat Eielson 60-56 Saturday in the consolation championship game at Anchorage Christian Schools.

Jordan goes off for 41 in OT win over Pacers
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored a season-high 41 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter and two overtimes as the Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 107-104 Saturday night.

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