Thursday, January 10, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Group seeking to move legislative sessions turns in signatures
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group seeking to have legislative sessions held in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough instead of Juneau says it gas collected enough signatures to put he measure on the November ballot.

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.

Alyeska resumes cleanup at site of pipeline shooting spill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has begun the second phase of cleanup and restoration of the oil spill that occurred last October when a bullet pierced the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

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.

North Pole man dies in fall from roof
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 38-year-old North Pole man died after falling from a ladder.

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.

Woman finds $10,000 on the street, in the wind
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was finishing the last of her holiday shopping in downtown Anchorage last month when she spied what most shoppers only dream of: $10,000 in cash lying on the street.

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.

Anchorage center to prevent child abuse shuts down temporarily
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Center for Families has temporarily shut down most of its operations for three weeks while officials with the child abuse prevention agency try to unravel a financial tangle that's left the agency running in the red.

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.

Group forecasts continued growth for Anchorage economy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's economy will continue to grow this year, although at a slower rate than last year, according to a forecast by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.

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.

Video showcases Juneau snowboarders and skateboarders
JUNEAU (AP) -- It looks more like flying than riding. The skateboarders and snowboarders featured in Project Alaska One, an action-packed video made almost entirely in Juneau, spend more time airborne than earthbound.

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.

Gulkana River's popularity prompts new attention from government regulators
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Once one of the state's best-kept king salmon fishing secrets, the Gulkana River has been attracting the attention of more and more anglers over the past decade as other roadside fisheries have become crowded.

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.

Groups appeal Cleveland Peninsula timber sale
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and The Wilderness Society have appealed the U.S. Forest Service' proposed Emerald Bay timber sale on the northwest side of Cleveland Peninsula.

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.

Troopers identify tools taken from man killed during a robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers on Wednesday identified the tools taken during a robbery in which an airplane mechanic was killed on the Kenai Peninsula last week.

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.

Legislators begin arriving in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- The ferry Tustumena sidled up to the downtown dock on Tuesday for the first time in 10 years to disgorge about 25 lawmakers and staff.

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

Ketchikan maintains reputation for rain in 2001
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The year 2001 did nothing to diminish Ketchikan's reputation for rain.

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.

Fort Wainwright soldier sentenced in sex assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright sergeant was sentenced to more than 8 years in prison Wednesday after pleading no contest to charges he sexually assaulted two Fairbanks teens.

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.

Cruise company wins merger OK
LONDON -- P&O Princess Cruises PLC has won approval from German authorities for its planned merger with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., sailing past the first of three regulatory obstacles to the deal, the British company said Tuesday.

Native wireless company petitions FCC for redress
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.

Many young college grads face crushing debt, recession
Christian Miller can't get a car loan and, at age 27, has returned to his parents' New Jersey home, forced back by the double load of credit card debt and student loans.

Business Briefs
Chugach lowers retail and wholesale fuel surchargeKenai Peninsula SBDC hosts workshop on marketingMade in Alaska workshops to be heldCredit union wins national community service awardAviation and trade show scheduled for FebruaryWholesale Alaskan Gift Show to be held

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.

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.

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.

Musher turns business into traveling educational show
Mushing isn't what it used to be. At least it hasn't been for Anchor Point musher Doug Ruzicka's sled-dog touring business, MushHusky!

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.

Auditions bring out talent, nerves
On Nov. 29, the Kenai Performers held their first night of auditions for "The Sound of Music." I did not attend this audition, but I was told that more than 160 hopefuls did.

Interest in silent films grows
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. -- Idela Warton's eyes light up when she talks about the silent film era -- her era. At 87, she remembers the pre-talkie days.

Actor shares 'Dirt' from 1-man show
Marcos Martinez, who is as expressive and energetic as he is experienced in theater, is spending the week in the central Kenai Peninsula giving theater enthusiasts a rare opportunity to witness a world-class actor perform a world-traveled play.

Art Briefs
Writers night accepting submissionsPatriotic art show on display

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

Baxter Black builds empire from cow stories
BENSON, Ariz. -- He calls them arrows in the sky, and Baxter Black has shot off plenty.

Fords go faster in traffic
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- If the final two hours of a three-day test session at Daytona International Speedway is any indication, Ford's strength will be found in numbers.

Common Racing Terms
Here you will find some common racing terms explained.

Teams accuse fleet of holding back at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Although his cars dominated the first three days of testing, Terry Laise left Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday with more concerns than satisfaction.

In the spotlight: Tony Stewart
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

Plane crash kills 7 Marines
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. military plane carrying at least seven Marines crashed into a mountain in Pakistan Wednesday night. There were no initial signs of survivors.

Assembly OKs funds for beetle test program
Satellite imagery and photos shot from high-flying aircraft soon could be deployed in the battle against the spruce bark beetle infestation that has devastated forests on the Kenai Peninsula.

Seldovia spill response team loses out
HOMER -- For the first time in its 12-year history, the Seldovia Oil Spill Response Team no longer has the contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to help coordinate efforts by its Spill Emergency Response Vessels in the event on an offshore oil spill.

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.

Meeting format to remain the same
There will be no changes in the regular 7 p.m. start time for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings, nor any alterations in the way assembly committees conduct their business in the hours preceding the evening general sessions, at least for now.

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.

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.

4-H 'conversation' part of centennial celebration
As part of its centennial celebration, 4-H has initiated "The National Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century."

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

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

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.

Neither party painting true picture of tax cut's impact
WASHINGTON -- Claims and counterclaims by Republicans and Democrats paint a confusing picture about the impact of President Bush's big tax cut. Seeking political advantage, both parties use numbers that don't tell the whole story.

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.

Unemployment rate shows U.S. economy needs stimulus bill
The surest indication yet that Congress still needs to do something about the economy comes in government data that's all but impossible to spin. It's in the unemployment figures. At 5.8 percent, the official rate of unemployment is higher than it's been in almost seven years.

Letters to the Editor
Palmer's criticism of committee unfair

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."

Video showcases Juneau snowboarders and skateboarders
JUNEAU (AP) -- It looks more like flying than riding. The skateboarders and snowboarders featured in Project Alaska One, an action-packed video made almost entirely in Juneau, spend more time airborne than earthbound.

Jackson skiers try luck in Antarctica
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Climbing up an icy face on the Nordenskjold Peak -- a 7,500-foot peak on South Georgia Island near Antarctica -- Jackson residents John Griber and Rick Armstrong were presented with one of those soul-searching moments that hits every climber if he stays with the sport long enough -- to continue or turn around.

Gulkana River's popularity prompts new attention from government regulators
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Once one of the state's best-kept king salmon fishing secrets, the Gulkana River has been attracting the attention of more and more anglers over the past decade as other roadside fisheries have become crowded.

Around the Peninsula
Historical group features Russian eraRC and D to hold annual meetingSoroptimist meeting plannedChamber meeting to be heldBoys and Girls Club board to meetGardening program scheduledSBDC to hold workshopCharter logbooks dueSport fish guide, business forms available

Pet of the Week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a female German Shepherd mix puppy for $88.20 with license, vaccines and spay surgery included. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

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

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.

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

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.

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

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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

Liberal arts schools take closer look at influence of athletics
BOSTON -- At Amherst, the hockey coach also runs the golf team. Bowdoin doesn't charge admission for the football games, because there aren't any gates at the stadium. At Williams, the marching band doesn't really march at the games.

Wings get rough with Vancouver
DETROIT -- Kris Draper's goal 2:26 into overtime completed a comeback from a three-goal, third-period deficit that lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday.

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.

Sports Briefs
Two more Japanese players likely in majorsAll-Americans Williams, Fonoti leaving for NFLTeammates eager for Forsberg's return

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.

Nebraska no match for top-ranked Jayhawks
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Nick Collison had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Drew Gooden notched his seventh double-double in as many games and No. 1 Kansas routed Nebraska 96-57 Wednesday night for its 13th straight victory.

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.

Smith, Spurs too much for Celtics down the stretch
BOSTON -- Steve Smith scored 13 points in the final 6:20, including a go-ahead jumper with just over a minute to play to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 93-90 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Warner named NFL's MVP
Kurt Warner won his second MVP award in silence. Plagued by damaged vocal chords, Warner was unable to talk about it Wednesday when he won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award, surpassing the likes of Dan Marino and John Elway in the process.

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.

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.

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.

Research to determine whether Maine's coyotes mixed with wolves
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- Researchers from Canada and Maine are working to determine the origins of Maine's coyote population, and their findings may have a bearing on plans to reintroduce wolves in the Northeast.

A bald eagle launches toward takeoff as an Air National Guard C-130 approaches Kenai for a touch-and-go landing Wednesday afternoon.

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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