Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Pedestrian killed crossing downtown Anchorage street
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pedestrian died Tuesday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck on a downtown Anchorage street.

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.

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.

Fairbanks looks for matching funds for federal bus grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal government will deliver money for new buses and bus station work in Fairbanks this year, but finding the required matching funds may be a challenge.

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.

Nenana school board to consider budget cut
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Nenana school board is poised to cut nearly 10 percent from its 2001-2002 operating budget, the result of lower-than-anticipated enrollment and spending on a boarding home construction project.

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.

Native wireless company seeks $550 million refund from FCC
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Native Wireless wants the Federal Communications Commission to refund about $550 million the company paid last year after successfully bidding on wireless licenses now mired in the courts.

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.

Doyon President, CORRECTIVE
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a Jan. 8 story about Orie Williams appointment as President of Doyon Ltd., The Associated Press incorrectly reported that Williams would serve for six months. There is no time limit to Williams' term.

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.

Surgeon suspended by state fights to get license back
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One month after having his license to practice medicine suspended by the state Dr. Steven Nathanson testified that he treated his patients appropriately and was harmed financially and personally by the state's decision to file accusations against him.

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.

Former drug counselor sentenced on cocaine charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman who had once worked as a drug counselor before being arrested for selling cocaine to an undercover officer was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday in Superior Court.

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.

Native wireless company seeks $500,000 refund from FCC
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Native Wireless wants the Federal Communications Commission to refund about $550 million the company paid last year after successfully bidding on wireless licenses now mired in the courts.

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

BP to replace faulty valve four years after worker complaints
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. said Tuesday that it will replace a faulty valve used to isolate oil and gas leaks at Prudhoe Bay.

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.

Troopers say man may have been murdered during robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An airplane mechanic murdered on the Kenai Peninsula last week may have been killed during a robbery, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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.

Mine officials hope to expand at True North deposit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Gold Mining officials want to expand gold mine operations at the True North deposit after getting favorable results from an aggressive exploration program last year.

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.

Kodiak fishermen get ready for tanner crab harvest
KODIAK (AP) -- Tanner crab pots will go into Kodiak waters next week again as fishermen get their second chance since 1994 to harvest crabs in two sections of the Kodiak District.

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.

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

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.

Board member explains change in Anchorage-Valdez vote
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A member of the state redistricting board testified Tuesday that she changed her position on a key part of the plan after viewing an aerial photograph.

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.

Judge orders owner of emaciated horse to forfeit it to city
JUNEAU (AP) -- This city now owns a horse that nobody wanted.

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.

Wizard of Oz headed for Hall of Fame
NEW YORK -- Ozzie Smith had it all the way. The Wizard of Oz, who made a career out of turning difficult plays into dazzling ones, was easily elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday in his first year of eligibility.

A Different Kind of Broker
Quick! Name the only major brokerage house that didn't drink the dot-com Kool Aid. That didn't participate in any IPOs of ridiculous, worthless companies whose stocks soon went to zero. That refused to offer online trading. That in November 1999, near the peak of the tech stock bubble, sent 2.3 million letters to every one of its clients warning them about "investors' increasingly unrealistic expectations regarding the future performance of the stock and bond markets," and noting in particular "a great deal of risk in the 'dot-com' fad."

KPC welcomes 2002 with an Open House
Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) held new student orientation sessions, spring semester registration, and a community open house last week. It was an opportunity for members of the community and interested students to stop by and get a taste of what KPC campus life is like. There were a number of demonstrations including fly tying and floral arrangements as well as several round tables with core-curriculum faculty members talking about their specialty areas.

New Peninsula Beauty Supply opens on K-Beach
Women as well as men who prefer using professional products can now shop locally, thanks to Michelle Maher, owner of the new Peninsula Beauty Supply.

CARTS gets earmarked for another $500K in 2002
Shortly after the New Year the Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) got some good news. For the third consecutive year, CARTS received notice of a Congressional earmark appropriation.

A few thoughtful questions....
There are many things I like about living in Alaska and now that I'm beginning to know my way around a little more here it makes outdoor activities a little easier and more enjoyable.

Marcos Martinez to perform
It'll be a one-night stand for Marcos Martinez who performs the one-man show known as "Holy Dirt" this weekend, but the show is not the only reason the well-known professional actor is coming to town.

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.

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.

Ulmer urges state fiscal solution
There may be no perfect solution for bridging Alaska's growing fiscal gap, and state lawmakers, the administration and the general public shouldn't wait for one to come along, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer said in Soldotna Tuesday.

Tora Bora sweep nets information
WASHINGTON -- U.S. troops captured two senior al-Qaida fighters and confiscated their computers and cell phones near a huge underground cave complex used by Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, the nation's top general said Tuesday.

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.

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.

District, unions bracing for negotiations
Like the first rumblings of an approaching storm, issues brewing for the upcoming contract negotiations between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its teachers and support staff came to the forefront at Monday's school board meeting.

Glen McCollum
Longtime Kenai resident Glen Rex 'Red' McCollum Sr. died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at his home. He was 84.

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

Jerome Atchison
Jerome C. Atchison of Montague, Mich., died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002. He was 63.

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.

Olympic cauldron unveiled
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The twisting glass and steel tower that will cradle the Olympic flame during the Winter Games rose above Salt Lake City Tuesday, one month before the opening ceremony.

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.

Warlords still divide Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- Afghanistan is once again divided among regional warlords: Rashid Dostum in the north, Gul Agha in Kandahar, Ismail Khan around Herat, Haji Abdul Qadir at Jalalabad.

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

Election-year politics provides excuses for not solving problems
The blame game has returned full-blown to Capitol Hill, and it's dispiriting to see. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle kicked things off Friday, declaring that President Bush's tax cut was responsible for the current recession. Bush, he said, has created the "most dramatic fiscal deterioration in our nation's history."

Applause
Sterling groups unite to make holidays brighter for others

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to meet todayCARTS meeting plannedWorkshop for small businesses scheduledPublic health center cancels clinicsTrappers to hold meetingRed Cross plans CPR and First Aid classesRC and D to hold annual meetingFish and Game advisory committee to meet

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

School Menus
White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

Adventurer broadens students' horizons
Adventure quickens the pulse of young and old alike. Imagine standing on the summit of Mount Everest, mushing down Front Street in Nome or going on a photo safari in East Africa.

Around the District
VFW art contest winners go on displayPeninsula students attend Lego robot contestConservation district offers speech contestNASA offers high school campTeen musicians offered scholarships to InterlochenNinilchik celebrates science fairSMS announces Students of the Month

Gov. Knowles encourages 'Smart Start' at Head Start
Children begin learning language, behavior and self-expression from the day they are born. A child's brain development, training and education are at their most influential between the ages of 1 and 5.

Schools changing emergency plans
LEWIS CENTER, Ohio -- Administrators in the Olentangy school district spent the summer debating whether to require lockdown drills in their nine schools. The Sept. 11 attacks helped them make up their minds.

Resolutions based on good experiences may last longer
2002 resolutions: Are they set?

District School News
News from schools around the district

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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

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.

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.

Kings visit WTC Players remember scouts lost on Sept. 11
NEW YORK -- The police officer who stopped the Los Angeles Kings' team bus at ground zero Tuesday knew this wasn't just another bunch of celebrities with a few hours to spare.

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.

Jets kicker makes most of second chance
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Rejected as unreliable, John Hall spent the final game of the 2000 NFL season on a playground basketball court. A year later, he made the biggest play in a game of big plays by the New York Jets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

No. 6 Cowboys rally to beat Baylor
WACO, Texas -- Maurice Baker, still gimpy from a groin injury, scored consecutive baskets to put the No. 6 Oklahoma State men's basketball team ahead to stay as the Cowboys came back to beat Baylor 68-57 Tuesday night.

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.

Jordan doesn't forget Clippers
WASHINGTON -- In a rare visit to the MCI Center last season, president of basketball operations Michael Jordan threw a tantrum in the owners' box while watching the Wizards blow a 21-point lead and lose their annual home game against the Clippers.

Juan Gonzalez opts for Texas as last signing deadline passes
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eight free agents, including Juan Gonzalez, cut ties with their former teams Tuesday as the last free-agent deadline of the offseason passed.

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.

Flyers' Dopita burns Atlanta
PHILADELPHIA -- Jiri Dopita scored four goals -- a first this season in the NHL -- to tie a team record as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Atlanta Thrashers 7-4 Tuesday night to take over first place in the Atlantic Division.

Photo feature: Buffet
A yearling moose drops to its knees to feed in front of Walker Lane Apartments Tuesday afternoon. This year's light snowfall is making life easier for area wildlife.

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