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Friday, January 11, 2002

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 has collected enough signatures to put he measure on the November ballot.

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.

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.

Foster named district attorney for Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Assistant District Attorney Teresa Foster has been appointed as the new district attorney in Fairbanks.

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.

Police reinvestigate baby death
JUNEAU (AP) -- Police are taking another look at the suffocation death of a 6-month-old baby last fall at the request of prosecutors. The request came after the baby's mother was accused of drunken driving in an accident that seriously injured two of her other children.

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.

Prosecutor files motion to block moving Maad trial out of state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal prosecutor says publicity surrounding damage to an Anchorage businessman's printing shop is not enough to warrant moving his bank fraud trial out of the state.

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.

''Sourdough'' Mike of Fly By Night fame dies at 50
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ''Sourdough'' Mike McDonald, a musician known for his deep baritone voice, comic performances at the Fly By Night Club and love of children died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer.

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.

Fairbanks borough declines request for funds from German airline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Condor German Airlines won't be get any financial backing from the borough government -- at least for now.

Tourism musher finds more customers at schools
KENAI (AP) -- The sled dog tour business isn't what it used to be, so Doug Ruzicka is going back to school.

Workers clean up diesel spill at Ahtna subsidiary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 760 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Corp., a subsidiary of Glennallen-based Ahtna Inc., state environmental officials said Thursday.

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.

Supreme Court tackles negligence issue involving police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court followed the lead of other states in a ruling Friday that said injured police officers and firefighters can't sue people whose negligence caused them to be called out in the first place.

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

Court declines to revisit Exxon Valdez punitive damages ruling
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court is declining to reconsider its November ruling that threw out as excessive the $5 billion punitive-damages verdict against Exxon Mobil Corp. for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

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.

Coast Guard halts fishing vessel ferrying cannery workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard ordered a fishing vessel to port Wednesday after determining it was operating in an unsafe manner by having too many people on board.

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.

Law Department finds no wrongdoing in Ketchikan gas increases
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The state attorney general's office has found no wrongdoing by Ketchikan gasoline sellers in the wake of prices that climbed sharply after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

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.

Valdez City Council votes to charge Coast Guard
VALDEZ (AP) -- The Valdez City Council has voted to charge the U.S. Coast Guard mooring fees to tie up at the city dock.

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.

Hammond and Leask agree to co-chair Ulmer's gubernatorial campaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer's campaign for governor is getting help from former Republican Gov. Jay Hammond and the past president of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

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

Borough considers grant for aerial imaging of spruce beetles
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

Suit filed in death of teen killed during parade
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The mother of a North Pole teen crushed to death by truck pulling a float in a parade last July has filed a negligence lawsuit.

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.

Last-minute shoppers save many retailers' holiday sales results; discounting erodes profits
NEW YORK (AP) -- A surge of last-minute shopping saved many retailers from a disastrous holiday performance, but the heavy discounting that fueled it was expected to hurt fourth-quarter profits.

Ford to close 5 plants in restructuring; worldwide job losses to total 35,000
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. said Friday it would shed 35,000 jobs, close five plants and eliminate four vehicles in a restructuring that the CEO called ''painful but necessary.''

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

Low-income women looking for good jobs get help with wardrobe
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Some women dress for success. Sylvia Larson, a divorced mother with no income, just wanted a dress presentable enough for a job interview.

What will baby boomer retirees drive? Not their father's cars, but maybe their kids'
NEW YORK (AP) -- They buy SUVs, Camrys and Beemers today, but what will baby boomers be driving in retirement?

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.

Consumers need to watch out for $100,000 deposit insurance ceiling
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many Americans know that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. protects their accounts at banks and savings institutions for up to $100,000.

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.

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.

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!

Colorful cabbages brighten wintry streets
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- They may give you a start when you first see them.

Young athletes increasingly turn to muscle-building drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- High school athletes are increasingly turning to drugs and other chemical aids to build leaner, stronger bodies, researchers say.

Human clinical trials begin of potential novel treatment for diabetes
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A substance that has cured diabetes in some laboratory animals is now being tested on people.

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.

Art Briefs
Writers night accepting submissionsPatriotic art show on display

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bush warns Iran
WASHINGTON -- President Bush warned Iranian officials Thursday not to harbor al-Qaida fighters fleeing Afghanistan and not to try to destabilize the country's new government.

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."

Photo feature: One on none
Troy Glidden, a junior varsity hockey player at Kenai Central High School, has the ice to himself as he practices shots after school Thursday.

Ninilchik entrepreneur turns to Internet for opportunity
The Internet brings a world of information to even the most out-of-the-way places and gives users opportunities not previously available. Lawrence Baker of Ninilchik is seizing that opportunity to provide a little extra income for his family.

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.

Annexation issue confronts assembly
When the boundaries of the new Kachemak Emergency Service Area were drawn last year, Miller's Landi

Kenai mayor seeks building for community center, offers airport land
The city of Kenai made an offer the Army National Guard may not refuse.

Richard 'Dick' Hubley
Sterling resident Richard "Dick" Hubley died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at his home near Sterling. He was 74.

Kevin Shannon Duffy
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Kevin Shannon Duffy died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, in Florida after a long, courageous battle with leukemia. He was 50.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign southpaw for 2002

School negotiations will serve public best if done in open
One of the most important issues, maybe the most important issue, facing the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the weeks and months ahead is the upcoming negotiations between the school district and its teachers and support staff.

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.

Palmer, Clarion lynch commercial fishers
After reading Les Palmer's recent article opining on his visit to the last Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting, I had a whole new appreciation for the Alaska Natives in Anchorage who felt the sting of paint balls shot at them by spoiled, ignorant, white boys with nothing else to do but pick on someone who would never have an equal chance to fight back.

Letters to the Editor
Palmer's criticism of committee unfair

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.

Letters to the Editor
Its sport fishers fault if they feel committee representation unfair Guide, sport fisher would be warmly welcomed to panel Preventing unwanted pets far better than killing litter of pups

Bowhead whales may be the world's oldest mammals
While helping Alaska Native whale hunter Billy Adams cut sections of blubber from a bowhead whale, biologist Craig George pressed his knife into a deep scar in the whale's skin.

Gulkana's growing popularity prompts new attention from federal government regulators
FAIRBANKS -- 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.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Snaring seminar to be offered Exit Glacier caretaker needed Bear viewing permits open for application

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.

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
School district seeking committee members Cribbage tournament continues Genealogist to speak at historical society meeting Peninsula author to hold book signing Support meetings for caregivers planned Fish and Game Advisory meeting scheduled AARP meeting to be held Community meeting planned in Kasilof

Utah's Catholics find unity in being a minority
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- When people talk about ''The Church'' in Utah, they're not talking about the Roman Catholic Church.

Hong Kong Christian groups say Bible arrest highlights religious risks in China
HONG KONG -- Church groups say the arrest of a Hong Kong businessman for allegedly smuggling thousands of Bibles to underground Chinese Christians highlights the risks of religious involvement in China.

Religious and social conservatives encourage President Bush on human cloning ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Religious and social conservatives have written President Bush commending his ''moral leadership'' in opposing human cloning and urging the U.S. Senate to pass a House bill outlawing the practice.

FBI is investigating vandalism at the oldest mosque in Ohio's capital
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The FBI is investigating vandalism at the city's oldest mosque, and authorities say the culprits could face harsher penalties if federal civil rights or local ethnic intimidation charges are invoked.

Religion and violence: Connection between the two grows in post-Cold War
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From bloodshed in the Bible and the combat of the Crusades to today's terrorist attacks in the United States and suicide bombings in the Mideast, violence in the name of religion has a long history.

Episcopal Church plans talks on special bishops for conservative parishes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Episcopal Church headquarters said Tuesday that its hierarchy's closed-door March meeting will discuss whether -- and how -- to provide special visiting bishops to serve conservative parishes that oppose their regular bishops.

One of the nation's oldest religious periodicals gone
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Disciple magazine, one of America's oldest religious periodicals, is going out of business, by action of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) publishing board. A special concluding issue in March will be the last.

As Russia celebrates Christmas, President Putin hails Orthodoxy's role
MOSCOW (AP) -- As Russian Orthodox believers marked Christmas under reckoning of the old Julian calendar, President Vladimir Putin toured the ''Golden Ring'' of historic religious towns east of Moscow and extolled Orthodoxy in a Christmas message to the nation.

World may have changed forever, but we still believe
They tell us the world has changed forever. War has changed; peace has changed. Science and ethics have changed; society and family have changed. Whey the very foundations stagger and rock from side to side, how do any find the balance to stand?

Egypt begins retrial of 57 Muslims and 39 Christians over clashes two years ago
SOHAG, Egypt (AP) -- The 57 Muslims and 39 Christians charged with murder or other offenses after Muslim-Christian clashes in el-Kusheh two years ago are on trial for the second time.

Christian Coalition settles a racial discrimination lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Christian Coalition has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by 10 black female clerical workers. Terms were not disclosed.

Religion Briefs
Spiritual poems sought Musical planned by teens Aglow meeting planned Study group to meet Thursday Conference slated at Christian center

Skiers waiting for snow
It's usually not a good sign when one is planning to host a high school ski meet Saturday, yet hears a rumbling, looks out the window and is greeted by thunder and lightning in the middle of the week.

Park access plan coming
Snowmobilers pass through the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, in West Yellowstone, Mont.

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.

Duke tops Jackets
DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 2 Duke bounced back from its first loss of the season, getting 23 points apiece from Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy and forcing 18 first-half turnovers in a 104-79 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Nets rip Clippers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kerry Kittles scored 16 of his 18 points in the third quarter and the New Jersey Nets welcomed Kenyon Martin back from his second suspension by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 108-89 on Thursday night.

Foul shots push SkyHi past Bears
During his heydey with the Chicago Bulls, Dennis Rodman used to say, "I can make my free throws when I have to."

Panthers, Stars notch victories
The Skyview Peninsula Challenge girls high school basketball tournament proved to be aptly named as teams from the Kenai Peninsula proved to be too great a challenge for their opponents from other parts of the state to overcome.

Bruins crown Kings, tick off third straight victory
BOSTON -- Bill Guerin scored his team-leading 24th goal and added two assists as the Boston Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-0 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.

Hockey star shocks Avalanche organization by having surgery on left foot
DENVER -- Peter Forsberg had surgery on his left foot Thursday and will miss the Olympics and the rest of the NHL regular season, shocking Colorado Avalanche teammates and coaches who expected him to rejoin the team within days.

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.

First round of NFL Playoffs to offer an intriguing series of reruns
We've seen this before -- a week ago.

Vikings coach Tice promises to fire up team
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Mike Tice took firm control of the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, shaking up his staff amid a report that he would hire disgraced coach George O'Leary as an assistant.

Sports Briefs
Kenai, Nikiski to square off for endowment Woods struggles in New Zealand Kwan leads after short program Eldredge wins sixth U.S. title

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.

Surviving Selig gets tougher
It's time for Bud Selig to let go of contraction. If not, then it's time for him to go.

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.

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

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.

Area wildlife gene pool challenged
HOMER -- When state Department of Fish and Game biologist Gino Del Frate spotted a free-ranging ferret that had been killed on the side of the road in Ninilchik awhile back, he was troubled.

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

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.

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