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Monday, January 6, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Flooding leaves Salcha residents stranded
FAIRBANKS(AP) -- The state Department of Transportation said access to Salcha remained cut off by flood waters on the Old Richardson Highway Monday and it could be Wednesday before the waters freeze sufficiently to allow construction of an ice road.

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.

Ketchikan surfer rescued by Coast Guard
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued a surfer Sunday from the waters off Ketchikan.

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.

Nikiski man dies in traffic accident
KENAI (AP) -- A 48-year-old man died over the weekend in a traffic accident on an icy road in Nikiski.

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

Family says man shot by troopers was disabled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The man who was shot and killed by a state trooper Saturday near Soldotna was disabled and couldn't have responded quickly to a trooper's demand that he get out of his car, a family member said.

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.

New rural affairs adviser hopes to bridge divide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's new adviser on rural affairs has been a North Slope oil lobbyist, labor negotiator, Native beauty queen and college rugby player.

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula disaster unemployment aid deadline looms
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Disaster unemployment assistance is still available to people who lost work because of Kenai Peninsula flooding.

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.

Another aftershock from Denali quake shakes Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A light earthquake rattled the Interior early Monday.

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 sentenced in Ketchikan beating death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the beating death of his former friend.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Program helps those helping others
As medical science further extends life expectancies and as the elderly population in Alaska continues to grow, it is becoming more likely that many Alaskans will one day be responsible for caring for a parent or older family member.

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

Green with envy
For many gardeners, the winter is a time of frustration, cabin fever or boredom. However, there are some gardening chores that can be done to help maintain sanity until spring arrives.

Coping as a caregiver
Being a full-time live-in caregiver for an elderly family member is a challenging role to fulfill, especially when first adjusting to it.

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.

Community puzzled by action resulting in Nikiski man's death
Alaska State Troopers are still trying to figure out what happened early Saturday morning when Casey G. Porter was killed. The answer, however, is not likely to come for several weeks yet.

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.

New policy at CPGH could be big benefit
Less could mean more as Central Peninsula General Hospital adopts a new workers' compensation insurance policy this year that would pay the facility back for reduced staff injury claims.

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

School board to tackle budget, consolidation
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education heads back to work today with plenty on its plate.

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 killed in accident ID'd
A 48-year-old man died over the weekend in a traffic accident on an icy road in Nikiski.

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.

Labor department offers assistance
Individuals out of work as a result of the October flooding may find out more about how to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

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.

Businesses lose power
Several Kenai businesses were without power for approximately four hours Friday, after a piece of underground equipment failed.

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.

Arthur Snyder
Longtime Soldotna resident Arthur Snyder died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 92.

Casey Porter
Nikiski resident Casey Porter died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Sterling. He was 30.

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

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

Tom Harbick
Nikiski resident Tom Harbick died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in an automobile accident in Nikiski. He was 48.

Questions and answers about conflict that may or may not happen
WASHINGTON -- The Navy is loading everything from bombs to junk food onto ships on the East Coast. Helicopter pilots are getting their personal affairs in order in Mississippi. Some infantrymen have already packed their rucksacks in Georgia.

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.

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.

Applause
Business support helps make holiday easier for some families

Cloning of humans doesn't fit definition of needed progress
Questionable credibility of the claim notwithstanding, it is hard to cast the idea that a group has successfully cloned a human being as a positive achievement for mankind. ...

Letters to the Editor
If Alaskans arent careful, state will resemble other places soon Elected officials should remove rose-colored economic glasses

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

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.

Community News
Elks table tennis results announced Arbor Day foundation offers membership, trees Applications available for scholarship program Events needed for Homer Winter Carnival PenDOG plans annual elections Host families needed for exchange students

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

Around the Peninsula
Safari Club International meeting Tuesday SoHi pool offers swimming lessons KPC student orientation, open house set CRPC plans flood forum

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.

Births
Jessica and Marcus Cravens of Sterling announce the birth of their son, Elisha Moses Cravens, at 2:03 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at Frontier Midwifery Services in Soldotna. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

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.

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

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

Experiencing family fun Churches host bonding event at Skyview
Central Kenai Peninsula churches banded together for "Come Experience Family," an event they described as "a sure cure for the winter doldrums."

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.

Peninsula People
Kenai grad earns degree Skyview student to head to Sweden Area students join Army Seward grad stationed in Japan Tustumena 200 association names student winners Peninsula students make grade at Oregon State Voice of Democracy winners announced

Kostelic siblings make Alpine skiing history
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia -- This was a day like no other in skiing for the Kostelic family. Ivica and Janica Kostelic became the first brother and sister to win World Cup Alpine races on the same day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Detroit burns Chicago
CHICAGO -- Jason Woolley took a pass from Brett Hull and scored 1:11 into overtime Sunday night as the Detroit Red Wings stunned the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.

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.

Spurs saddle Clippers
LOS ANGELES -- Tim Duncan had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his 25th double-double of the season and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Clippers 94-86 Sunday, sending Los Angeles to its sixth straight loss.

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

A scrambler's dream
Saturday night scramble: Michael Vick vs. Donovan McNabb.

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.

Blue Devils survive battle of unbeatens
CLEMSON, S.C. -- J.J. Redick scored 22 points and third-ranked Duke took a likely step to No. 1 with an 89-71 victory over Clemson on Sunday night in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

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.

Fuamatu-Ma'afala gives Pittsburgh fabulous finish
PITTSBURGH -- The Cleveland Browns never have gotten over The Drive by John Elway. Now they've got to live with The Comeback by the quarterback who was once supposed to be the next Elway.

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.

Wild-card favorites come from behind to win
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buried in a 24-point playoff hole after a season of missed opportunities, the San Francisco 49ers finally woke up.

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