Thursday, January 9, 2003

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

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.

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.

Alaska Railroad to straighten track
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad plans about $77 million in capital improvements this year, with some of the biggest projects slated for development in and around Anchorage.

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.

Former Fairbanks woman nominated for Grammy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks' homegrown opera star, Viveca Genaux, has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

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.

Anchorage police investigate homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have identified the 50-year-old man who was found dead in a South Anchorage home Monday as Dennis Kane, an employee of the Alaska Department of Transportation.

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.

Three eyeing post of House majority leader
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three people are eyeing the job of House majority leader.

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.

Snowmachine deaths down due to lack of snow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lack of snow around much of the state has meant fewer snowmachine fatalities in Alaska this winter.

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.

James Johnsen named VP for faculty and staff relations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- James R. Johnsen, who has been chief of staff for University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, has been named vice president for faculty and staff relations.

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

Bering Sea snow crab fishery set to open next week
UNALASKA (AP) -- A total of 195 boats are signed up for the Bering Sea snow crab fishery for the Jan. 15 season opener.

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

Officials get view of Salcha area flooding
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In an effort to better understand what is causing flooding in the Salcha area, North Star Borough and state transportation department officials took to the air.

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.

Norton renews federal right of way for TAPS
JUNEAU (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton renewed a right-of-way grant to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline that will allow it to operate for 30 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inventors fine-tune avalanche detector
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- A pair of inventors is using Jackson Hole avalanche paths to test a device that may be able to sense when snowslides occur in remote locations.

Business Briefs
Counseling group names president electHomer chamber offers business listings

Health spending jumps 8.7 percent
WASHINGTON -- Americans' health care spending soared 8.7 percent in 2001, the biggest increase in a decade, as prices surged for everything from prescription drugs to hospital stays.

Homer art studio goes to the dogs Canine captions
Given that the dog-to-human ratio in Homer has got to be above the national average, it was just a matter of time before an artist accepted the canine prompt.

Painting political perspectives
The idea of what constitutes art has been continually expanding since early man first started painting on cave walls. Since that time, the term "art" has evolved to include creations that are not just decorative, but that serve religious, structural, social and functional purposes as well.

Museum caters to belief that Elvis is alive
WRIGHT CITY, Mo. -- Quicker than you could choke down a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, Bill Beeny's roadside ''Elvis Is Alive'' museum serves up plenty for folks with suspicious minds over whether Elvis really ever left the building.

Art Briefs
Gallery soliciting bead worksPoetry contest announcedSocial dance workshops offeredUAA musical auditions to be held

This actor always plays to a full house
NEW YORK -- The star greets his fans in person, peeking out of the basement door. He leads his flock upstairs -- to a theater like no other.

Small-town bookstore attracts large following
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- The landscape in northeastern Arkansas is flat as far as the eye can see.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

2003 Schedule
February 9 to November 16, 2003

Drivers get back into the groove
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even before his vacation started, Mark Martin was talking about getting back to work.

Garage-area access might change
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR is considering a plan to prohibit drivers from signing autographs in the garage area at tracks.

NASCAR inspectors assume 'nice cop' role during testing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There were 21 NASCAR officials patrolling the garage area during this week's test session at Daytona International Speedway, but they weren't looking too hard for problems.

Wagoner lawsuit advances
Attorneys representing two Nikiski residents who say the election of Thomas Wagoner to the Alaska Senate should be overturned have filed an appeal with the Alaska Supreme Court, after losing their case in Alaska Superior Court on Monday.

Fire strikes Sterling home
A mobile home and attached lean-to in Sterling were destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze.

State's convention centers get late-year boost
Alaska convention and visitors centers had a busy December in spite of -- or perhaps because of -- a stagnant year for tourism.

Photo feature: No shortage of snow
Richard Hamilton blows this winter's supply of snow from The Salvation Army's roof while volunteering time for the organization Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for clouds today and more snow Friday.

Seldovia dump site ignites bit of a stink
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved spending $632,000 Tuesday night to buy land from the University of Alaska for a new solid waste disposal facility in Seldovia.

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.

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.

District budgets without figures
Melody Douglas' job isn't getting easier. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District chief financial officer is in a tricky spot this month, as the district begins budgeting for the 2004 fiscal year without a settlement in teacher and support staff contract negotiations.

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.

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

Thomas Harold Harbick
Nikiski resident Thomas Harold Harbick died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in a car accident. He was 48.

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

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

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

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

Transportation security better than it was, but more should be done
Ever since Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland, nearly 15 years ago, killing 270 people, terrorism experts have recognized the danger presented by a bomb in the belly of an aircraft.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Reporters should remember family when writing about accident victimShooting in Sterling calls for us to exercise compassion, good willMan shot by troopers not innocent victim; troopers doing their jobTroopers forced to make life-death decisions while doing their dutyWill troopers admit if they were wrong; what's the whole story?

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.

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 Peninsula
KPC open house, registration todaySled dog association to meet tonightElks to hold Hoop Shoot SaturdayRace seeks volunteersBook club meeting plannedFund-raising auction planned

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.

Around the District
PDK to sponsor education panel

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Ninilchik sweeps Homer ChristianTagliabue implements changes in officiatingSenators miss paycheck but surge to top of NHL

Rangers get back on track at home
NEW YORK -- Bobby Holik scored twice and newly acquired defenseman Boris Mironov had two assists as the New York Rangers snapped a five-game home winless streak with a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

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.

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.

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.

Indiana edges reeling Knicks
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Mercer scored 19 points, Reggie Miller had 18 and the Indiana Pacers came away with an 89-87 victory Wednesday night as the New York Knicks missed three shots on their final possession.

No. 1 Blue Devils rough up Georgetown
DURHAM, N.C. -- Dahntay Jones matched his career high with 22 points and Daniel Ewing added a career-best 19 as No. 1 Duke overcame a poor outing from the foul line to beat a physical Georgetown team 93-86 Wednesday night.

Area small schools look to repeat success
Last year, the small-schools basketball teams on the peninsula cleaned up, with Ninilchik winning Class 2A girls state, Cook Inlet Academy defeating Ninilchik for the Class 2A boys state crown and Nikiski taking home Class 3A girls state hardware.

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

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.

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.''

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