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Tuesday, January 8, 2002

State to pay $1.5 million to drop claims on Columbia repairs
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan shipyard operator will receive $1.5 million as part of a negotiated settlement with the state over delays in returning the ferry Columbia to service last year.

North Slope rabies quarantine extended
BARROW (AP) -- The North Slope Borough's public health officer has extended a rabies quarantine due to the continuing presence of rabid foxes.

New clinic opens in Soldotna
KENAI (AP) -- A new medical clinic that opened Monday in Soldotna aims to provide better access to health care for families and individuals who are under-insured, uninsured or lack primary care physicians.

Kenai Fire Department receives federal grant for equipment
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Fire Department will receive $82,800 from the federal government to obtain new personal protective gear for firefighters.

Firefighter shirt sales produce $25,000 for fund
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Fire Fighters Association has sent a check for $25,100 to a relief fund for New York firefighters from the sale of 2,700 t-shirts.

State recommends $190 million Pennock crossing for Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN -- The state is recommending two bridges touching on Pennock Island as the best way to improve access to Gravina Island, where Ketchikan's airport is located. The project could cost $190 million, officials say.

Minimum wage initiative certified for November ballot
JUNEAU (AP) -- An initiative to raise Alaska's minimum wage by $1.50 was certified to appear on the ballot in November 2002.

Trans-Alaska pipeline shifts, moving anchors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. are trying to figure out why the trans-Alaska oil pipeline apparently shifted recently, moving several inches.

Three moderate quakes shake Far Aleutians
PALMER (AP) -- Three moderate earthquakes shook the Far Aleutians Sunday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Doyon picks new president
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Doyon Ltd. board member has been chosen to serve as the Alaska Native corporation's president.

January 2: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on another round in the ANWR fight
When the 107th Congress convened almost a year ago, the possibility that Congress might approve opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling was looking pretty good.

Woman charged with assaulting baby sentenced to seven years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A young mother convicted of severely injuring her infant son was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.

BP cutting 20 percent of Anchorage jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is cutting about 120 of its employees, or 20 percent of the work force at its headquarters here.

Print shop owner charged with fraud asks to have trial moved
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The public defender representing an Anchorage businessman facing federal fraud charges wants the trial moved outside Alaska because of what he calls massive and prejudicial pre-trial publicity.

Court battle begins over new state redistricting map
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A court battle began Monday over whether Alaska's new redistricting plan violates the state constitution.

Tax hike, dividend cap OK with chamber crowd
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A majority of those at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday said they favored raising taxes and shrinking the Permanent Fund dividends to close the state's looming fiscal gap.

Manokotak man dies after snowmachine goes through standing water
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A Manokotak man is dead after the snowmachine he was riding became submerged in open water on the Weary River, about nine miles east of the village, Alaska State Troopers said.

Teen suspects in Dimond High vandalism spree on emergency suspension
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage teens are on emergency suspension after being charged with causing more than $100,000 in damage to the new Dimond High School, currently under construction.

Borough says fliers make false claims about zoning proposal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A proposed plan to bring zoning to the most highly populated part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is still a month away from a public hearing, but it has already triggered a backlash among some residents.

January 7: Anchorage Daily News on Gov. Tony Knowles and the growing fiscal gap
Tony Knowles opens the new year, his last as governor, in an awkward place on the ship of state.

Denali remains closed to snowmobiles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve continues to be closed to snowmobiles, except for travel on frozen rivers.

January 4: Voice of the Times on the start of the Legislative session
With the Legislature scheduled to open its 2002 session on Jan. 14, Alaskans can be forgiven if the prospect makes them nervous.

January 3: Alaska Newspapers on police protection in rural Alaska:
The Department of Public Safety is trying to dodge a bullet. It's on trial for allegedly providing inadequate and racially discriminatory police protection in rural Alaska.

Alaska Native Heritage Center commissions totem pole
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Native Heritage Center has commissioned a 30-foot totem pole by artist Nathan Jackson.

NOW PLAYING: Kate & Leopold
Despite all apparent evidence to the contrary, Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman's new cheesy, treacly, time-travel romance, Kate & Leopold, isn't cheesy or treacly at all, and actually has very little to do with time travel. It's genuinely funny and sweet, without making me want to gag even once. Just another pleasant surprise in a Christmas movies season that has yielded very few duds.

Senators, Blair promise to stand fast
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair and nine U.S. senators swept into this former Soviet airbase north of Kabul on Monday and promised Afghan leaders their full support in rebuilding the shattered country.

Trooper investigation goes on in Nikiski murder
An Alaska State Troopers' investigation continues into the death of a North Kenai airplane mechanic. Authorities acknowledged they are conducting a murder investigation, but will not release any details about the circumstances of the death or any leads they have.

Homer annexation facing close scrutiny
The Alaska Legislature will go through Homer's annexation petition with a fine-toothed comb, and it isn't a guaranteed outcome, Sen. John Torgerson said last week.

1,500 troops head to Cuba
WASHINGTON -- About 1,500 soldiers are heading to the U.S. Navy base in Cuba to prepare for the arrival of al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners. The biggest prize -- Osama bin Laden -- remains uncaptured, though there's a growing belief he's gone to Pakistan, two U.S. senators said Sunday.

Fire department gets breath of fresh air
The Kenai Fire Department received more than $80,000 from the federal government to get new equipment. The equipment in question -- personal protective gear -- will save lives.

Glen McCollum Sr.
Kenai resident Glen McCollum Sr. died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at his home in Kenai. He was 84.

Gerald Sibley
North Kenai resident Gerald Sibley died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at a Nikiski hangar where he lived and worked as an airplane mechanic. He was 61.

Frieda Nell Rogerson
Frieda Nell Rogerson died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, with her family at her home in Broken Bow, Okla. She was 71.

Gerald 'Sib' Sibley
Kenai resident Gerald "Sib" Sibley was found dead Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, in the aircraft shop where he lived. He was 61.

Opening of ANWR should be included in U.S. energy policy
When the 107th Congress convened almost a year ago, the possibility that Congress might approve opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling was looking pretty good.

Letters to the Editor
Anti-sportfishing letter sounds like salmon hypocrisy to writerLegislators mislead public about use, purpose of permanent fund'Stevens' money' does disservice to U.S. constitution, taxpayers

Applause
Sterling groups unite to make holidays brighter for others

Letters to the Editor
Article makes it clear author knows little about church historyPuppies' tragic deaths point to need for responsible humans

Handling of American Taliban not biggest issue facing president
The fate of John Walker, the American citizen who fought for the Taliban, is hardly the most pressing issue facing the Bush administration.

Time has come for ANWR
The long overdue debate in the United States Senate on oil and gas exploration on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge finally began in the first week of December. Along the way, unfortunately, it was temporarily mixed-in with other issues.

Photo feature: Trail blazers
A group of friends use snowshoes to access the trails at the Kenai Golf Course last weekend.

Photo feature: End of the season
Ronald McMillan removes a Christmas wreath from the fence in front of his home at the corner of Sunrise Court and Kobuk Street in Soldotna last week. "I guess it's time," he said.

Births
Barbara and Jeff Belluomini Sarah Lea and Derrek John HowellBrandy and Marcas KensingerRachel E. and Caleb L. PlateAngela Young and Mitch Berg

North Kenai Marine is prepared to fight
Calvin T. Lundy of North Kenai is the kind of guy who will take on a chore job to ensure team success -- no matter how difficult or distasteful it may be, said Charmaine Lundy, Calvin's mother. Calvin is making use of that trait as he serves his country in Afghanistan.

Around the Peninsula
Safari Club International chapter to meetRussian historian to give talkKDLL annual meeting scheduledTown and Gown banquet slatedExit Glacier caretaker neededBear viewing permits open for application

Around the Peninsula
EDD to host workshopSwim team tryouts plannedSchool board meets todayOnline dividend applications availableHealth center hours temporarily changedPFLAG meeting scheduledChamber meetings resume after holidaysSBDC workshop slatedCARTS meeting plannedRC and D to meetGardening program beginsBoys and Girls Club board meeting scheduledSchool budget review committee seeks membersHistorical society membership meeting slatedSS administration to visit areaFund-raiser planned for MDATown and Gown banquet slated

Ask a Trooper
Question: I have a 17-year-old daughter who said several people have tried to convince her that marijuana is legal for personal use. There is nothing she can say to convince them differently. I know at one time a small amount was legal.

Sept. 11 changes Kasilof man's resolve
For most people, talking about what they do for a living easily can stretch into a long conversation. This is not the case for Intelligence Specialist Seaman Tom Perry of Kasilof. Once he says he works in Naval Intelligence, there isn't much more he's allowed to say.

Community News
Strong dog competition plannedAlaska SeaLife Center news

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our local seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Cats dump Seifert after three years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- George Seifert's tenure with the Carolina Panthers ended Monday in the same way he spent much of the season -- with his players in the dark and most not really caring.

Sports Briefs
Chugiak girls dominate SewardUAA hockey sweeps Michigan TechGarcia off to a strong startTiger assured New Zealand tourney will be safeOhio State coach Fred Taylor dead at 77Miller wins second men's slalom eventPaerson wins fourth straight slalom title

Ottawa lambastes Leafs
OTTAWA -- Ottawa defensemen Karel Rachunek and Wade Redden each had two points as the Senators stopped Toronto's three-game winning streak with a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Sled dog racing comes to Oregon
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A new sled dog race in Oregon that started Monday will bring the sport to people who have barely heard of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, said Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod in 1985.

Second-period goals insulate Jackets from Predators
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Serge Aubin and Rostislav Klesla scored in a span of 36 seconds in the second period as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Sunday.

Stoops watch still on at Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With the recruiting season about to resume, Florida moved closer Sunday to an important deadline to hire a new coach, and Bob Stoops of Oklahoma was still the leading candidate.

No. 21 Longhorns lasso upset of No. 16 Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. -- Heather Schreiber scored 20 points and hit two free throws in the last 6 seconds to lead No. 21 Texas to a 70-68 comeback victory over No. 16 Colorado on Sunday

Low snow enough to slow Quest mushers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race just a month away, mushers are traveling around the Interior looking for adequate snow to train on.

Seminoles knock off No. 1 Duke
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- That Florida State was the first team to beat Duke this season was a big surprise. That the top-ranked Blue Devils did themselves in with poor free throw shooting was a shock.

Sooners topple Huskies
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ebi Ere's driving jumper with 16 seconds left, Oklahoma's only field goal over the final 5 1/2 minutes, gave the No. 5 Sooners a 69-67 victory over Connecticut on Monday night.

Kicker's 53-yard field goal pushes Jets into playoffs
OAKLAND, Calif. -- John Hall kicked a 53-yard field goal with 59 seconds left as the New York Jets clinched a postseason berth with a 24-22 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Sports Briefs
KPHA PeeWee records sweep of WolvesKPHA Mite C second at Wasilla tourneyKing takes Knik 200Lemieux delays comeback until Saturday

Strahan gets sack, can't stop Pack
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Green Bay Packers got just what they wanted Sunday -- the right to open the playoffs next week against San Francisco at frigid Lambeau Field.

Ravens soar into playoff hunt
BALTIMORE -- The same formula that won a Super Bowl for the Baltimore Ravens got the defending champs back into the playoffs.

Alaska's Kemppel takes 16th national skiing crown
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Four-time Olympic skier Nina Kemppel and Carl Swenson ignored soft snow in 45-degree weather Monday to win skating races on the second day of racing here at the U.S. Cross Country Championships. Lars Flora of Alaska was third in the men's race and Kikkan Randall, another Alaskan, finished fourth in the women's competition.

Stoops turns down Florida coaching job
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Bob Stoops said 'No' to Florida on Monday, sending Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley to Denver to talk with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.

Jordan's wife files for divorce
CHICAGO (AP) -- Michael Jordan's wife has filed for divorce, seeking to dissolve her 13-year marriage to the world's most famous basketball player, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site Monday night.

Clippers can't cut it against Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson had 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

Counters find big numbers of little birds
Central Kenai Peninsula bird watchers ended 2001 on an avian high note. Eleven took part Dec. 30 in the 102nd Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society.

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