Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Former coach sentenced for stealing cash
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former high school basketball coach James Hamey pleaded guilty to stealing $1,000 in raffle money from his school during a hearing Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

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.

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.

Anti-smoking activists dismayed by failing grade
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The American Lung Association has given Alaska a failing grade for its efforts to protect its residents from secondhand smoke through smoking bans.

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.

Bader chosen as chief investment officer
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gary Bader was named as chief investment officer for the state Treasury Division, overseeing employee retirement investments and the state's savings account.

California authorities wrapping up double homicide investigation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- California authorities are wrapping up their investigation into a double homicide before Christmas and expect to file charges sometime this week.

Lisa Murkowski sworn in as Alaska's sixth senator
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lisa Murkowski marched down the center aisle of the Senate chamber Tuesday, with her father on one arm and Ted Stevens on the other, to take the oath of office as Alaska's sixth U.S. senator since statehood.

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.

Union eyes worker purchase of Wards Cove plant
KETCHIKAN -- Union fish processing workers want to buy one of the Wards Cove Packing Co. salmon plants targeted for closure.

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.

Sen. Murkowski gets committee seats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's newest U.S. senator, Lisa Murkowski, has been confirmed on four committees she will serve on.

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.

Fire deaths drop in 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska saw fewer fire deaths in 2002 than in any year since 1961, when recording such deaths began, the State Fire Marshal's Office said in a press release.

Holiday campaign results in 16 drunken driving arrests
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A two-week campaign over the holidays to crack down on drunken driving resulted in 16 arrests, Alaska State Troopers said.

Koyukuk man charged with assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man from the Interior village of Koyukuk has been arrested on a sexual assault charge.

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.

Moderate quake reported in Aleutians
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake was reported in the Aleutians early Wednesday.

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.

Valdez finally catches up after snow drought
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Valdez had been in a snow drought for much of the winter, but with more than 8 feet of snow in nine days, the Prince William Sound community back on track to receive its average annual 30 feet of snow.

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.

Sen. Stevens is Senate president pro tempore
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has elected Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, as president pro tempore.

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.

Alaska Air to serve Adak for $1.6 million subsidy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide jet service between Anchorage and the Aleutian Island community of Adak.

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.

Investigation continues into accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are continuing their investigation into the death of an Upper Kalskag boy killed in an accidental shooting on New Year's Eve.

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.

Contaminated water found in Fairbanks subdivision
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tainted water has been found in the groundwater of the College Road subdivision in Fairbanks, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

Attorneys for man shot say trooper overreacted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Attorneys for a man who was shot and killed by an Alaska State Trooper say law enforcement overreacted and they want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate.

Juneau Rain, CORRECTIVE
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Board discusses school closures, consolidations
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education took its first look Monday afternoon at a preliminary long-range plan for consolidating schools. The public apparently was a step ahead of the board, however, as several people turned out to speak their minds on the idea.

Aloha: Hospital sends board member to Hawaii conference
It's true. Central Peninsula General Hospital is sending someone to Hawaii. As a matter of fact, the Kenai Peninsula Borough-owned hospital had originally made plans to send two people.

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.

Norwalk virus hasn't hit area
Norwalk virus, which made many cruise ship passengers sick this summer, has not been reported on the Kenai Peninsula as yet, but it's popping up all over Alaska.

Harry Lee Howell Sr.
Soldotna resident Harry Lee Howell Sr. died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002. He was 74.

Stephen B. Gardner
Former Anchor Point resident Stephen B. Gardner died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003, at Valley Hospital in Palmer. He was 46.

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.

Applause
Good Samaritans go extra mile to return fifth-grader's walletYoung Marines 'get by giving' during Toys for Tots programMany make Holiday Hoops tourney memorable event

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Investigators should be allowed to do their job related to shootingAnchor Point residents fighting rivers group, state employees

Democrats look toward 2004
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic presidential field for 2004 is rapidly taking shape -- with a heavy emphasis on congressional veterans with experience in foreign policy, military and intelligence matters.

Iditarod Trail project preserves history, promotes tourism
The U.S. Forest Service is working on a praiseworthy project to rebuild a 120-mile segment of the Iditarod Trail between Seward and Girdwood.

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

Photo feature: Pooch parking
Naomi Young's dog Shylo finds a parking spot on top of a car in her Linwood Lane yard Tuesday.

Around the Peninsula
Wagoner to speak at Kenai chamberHomer PTSO plan discussionPhotographers guild to meetQuilting brunch plannedFund-raising auction planned

Around the District
PDK to sponsor education panel

Calling all new college students: New student orientation today
Doing something for the first time can be scary. Sometimes the resulting anxiety takes away from the actual experience. KPC would like to take the fear out of going to college by inviting all new students to take part in the Spring 2003 New Student Orientation.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Unconventional school appeals to at-risk students
OAKLAND, Calif. -- It's just another day at the School of Social Justice and Community Development.

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.

Menus
Lunch menus for the area Senior Centers this week

Flyers inch by Sabres for fourth straight win
PHILADELPHIA -- Justin Williams scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

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.

Sports Briefs
Stars skaters top NikiskiMurray, Carter elected to Hall of FameBlue Jackets fire King; MacLean takes over

All four of area's Class 4A boys basketball squads set for neck-and-neck season
As the Kenai Peninsula's students return to school following the holiday break, so too the peninsula high school basketball teams return to the hardcourt.

Tagliabue criticizes officials
NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Tuesday the officiating errors made at the end of the NFC wild-card game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers were ''totally unacceptable.''

On Tap
Peninsula high school sports for this week.

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.

Oklahoma gets past Huskies
NORMAN, Okla. -- Hollis Price scored a career-high 33 points and No. 9 Oklahoma withstood a second-half rally to hand third-ranked Connecticut its first loss of the season, 73-63 Tuesday night.

McNabb gets start Saturday
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb won't be afraid to scramble in his first game back from a broken ankle.

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.

Webber returns strong as Kings defeat Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Chris Webber had 18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists after missing the last two games with a bruised knee, and Mike Bibby added 20 points as the Sacramento Kings beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-76 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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