Tuesday, January 7, 2003

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.

Alaska inventions have a decidedly northern focus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Richard Martin wanted to build a better poop scoop, and once he did, he reckoned the rest of the world would want one too.

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.

Wasilla man killed in collision of truck, snowmachine
BIG LAKE (AP) -- A 31-year-old Wasilla man died after the snowmachine he was driving smashed head-on into a pickup near Big Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

Anchorage police investigate man's death as homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the death of a 50-year-old man found dead inside his South Anchorage home as a homicide.

Judge calls Wagoner omissions trivial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge in Anchorage has ruled that Tom Wagoner's election paperwork omissions were relatively trivial.

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.

Some stay ANWR drilling more likely with new Congress
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republicans retake control of the U.S. Senate Tuesday and some analysts say that means Congress is more likely to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Associated Press reported erroneously on Jan. 6 in a story about record rainfall in Juneau that winds in Ketchikan were 18 miles per hour. They were 81 miles per hour.

Anchorage teen dies from injuries sustained in accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second person has died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Anchorage late Friday.

Investigators say five shots fired in trooper shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state trooper who shot and killed a Nikiski man near Soldotna over the weekend fired his weapon five times, Alaska State Troopers said Monday in releasing more details from their investigation of the incident.

Health provider, Yale offer Native alcoholics option
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, a Native health provider, has teamed up with Yale University's School of Medicine to study whether certain prescription drugs can curb the desire to drink.

Wasilla man killed in collision of truck, snowmachine
BIG LAKE (AP) -- A 31-year-old Wasilla man died after the snowmachine he was driving smashed head-on into a pickup near Big Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Juneau sets record for rain
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau set a new record for rain this weekend with more than an inch falling on the capital city in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.

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.

Court hears arguments on parental consent abortion law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge in Anchorage has begun hearing arguments in a case challenging a state abortion law that requires girls under 17 to get a parent's permission for an abortion.

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

Man shot outside Anchorage bar
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man is recovering from a bullet wound in his arm and another man has been arrested following a weekend shooting outside a downtown bar, police said Monday.

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.

Anchorage police arrest man for beating woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been arrested in the beating of a woman he paid to have sex with.

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.

Murray looks to lock for Hall of Fame
NEW YORK -- Eddie Murray is certainly headed to the Hall of Fame. With more than 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, there's plenty to put on his plaque.

Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
According to the Institute of Medicine Report to the U.S. Congress, "Of all the substa

Retiring biologist heads to Saudi Arabia
After a fruitful 20-year career with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, biologist Kris Hundertmark is retiring to pursue an even greater zoological adventure.

Homestead Jewelers comes home to Soldotna
In 1987 Rhonda Oehler and her husband opened Homestead Jewelers in the Soldotna Mall. Then in 1996 Rhonda closed the gift and jewelry store and decided to go back to school and try an alternative career, while continuing to make her home in Soldotna.

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.

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.

Priorities top assembly agenda
Opening day of the first session of the 23rd Alaska Legislature is just two weeks away, and tonight the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to adopt a resolution outlining its top priorities and listing capital projects it hopes will win state funding in fiscal year 2004.

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

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.

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

Details emerging in shooting
Alaska State Troopers released more information Monday evening about the investigation into the Saturday morning fatal shooting of Nikiski resident Casey G. Porter by a trooper, while members of Porter's family continued to question whether the shooting was necessary.

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.

Judge: Wagoner complied with laws
Sen.-elect Thomas Wagoner complied with state election laws when he submitted incomplete financial disclosure reports last spring at the time he filed to run for office, an Alaska Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

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.

Photo feature: Gate keeper
Clear blue skies Friday appear to coax a smile from this snowperson, one of two guarding the entrance to the Diamond M Ranch along Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai. Not surprisingly, the clear skies also brought temperatures in negative figures.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Casey Porter trying to turn life around; his death was unnecessary Two wrongs result in mans death; trooper perverted justice Observations on Iditarod Trail and its use on Kenai Peninsula

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. ...

Alaska should pay attention to hunting arguments in Arizona What others say
Alaska and a number of other states have joined Arizona in a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on a ruling that affects the number of permits allotted to nonresident hunters of bull elk and antlered deer in that state.

Business support helps make holiday easier for some families

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

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

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

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."

Around the Peninsula
Homer Community Schools registration open WRCC Clothes Closet open Meeting slated for Frontier board Fish and Game committee meets Friday Steering committee schedules meeting Soldotna Historical Society to meet Historical society plans to show films CPHC board position open Pioneers seek entries for cookbook Ninilchik teams raise money with cookbooks

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

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.

Rural location makes medical care a challenge for elderly in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- If Grace Seligman had only one or two ailments, selecting a primary-care physician in her hometown of Dumas would be an easier choice.

Senior Briefs
What's happening at the area Senior Centers this week.

Lunch menus for the area Senior Centers this week

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.

On Tap
Peninsula high school sports for this week.

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.

Nets rip Atlanta
ATLANTA -- New Jersey took control with an early 12-0 run and went on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-94 Monday night, extending the Nets' winning streak to 10 in a row.

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.

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.

Peppers named top defensive rookie
Not even a four-game suspension could stop Julius Peppers from winning The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award Monday.

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

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.

NFL: Officials missed pivotal call in Giants-49ers
NEW YORK -- This should make dejected New York Giants fans feel even worse: The NFL said the refs botched the call on the final play, an unusual admission about an unusual game.

Pittsburgh tops Fighting Irish
PITTSBURGH -- Ontario Lett scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 6 Pittsburgh to a 72-55 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame on Monday night.

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.

Legwand, Johansson each notch two goals for awakening Nashville
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- David Legwand and Andreas Johansson each had two goals and an assist as the Nashville Predators inched closer to moving out of the cellar in the Western Conference with a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

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