Saturday, January 11, 2003

Anchorage police investigate home invasion robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are looking for two men who invaded a home Thursday morning.

Iron Dog officials delay start of race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Organizers of the Tesoro Iron Dog Race have delayed the start of the long-distance snowmobile race by one week.

Kenai borough buys UA land for Seldovia landfill
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has approved spending $632,000 to buy land from the University of Alaska for a new landfill in Seldovia.

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

Troopers seek information on missing Virginia girl
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released a missing juvenile poster for a Virginia girl who may be living in the Fairbanks or North Pole areas.

Alaskans have special interest in North Korea standoff
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While the nuclear standoff between the United States and North Korea galvanizes international attention, Alaskans may be forgiven for taking a somewhat parochial interest.

Warmer climate creates engineering challenges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's warming climate is creating new challenges for state crews grappling with damage to road surfaces, bridges and channels.

Crews reopen a portion of flooded Old Richardson highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Department of Transportation crews have partially reopened the Old Richardson Highway to four-wheel-drive traffic after a road grader broke up ice caused by floodwaters from the Tanana River.

Unalaska authorities arrest eight on drug charges
UNALASKA (AP) -- Authorities in Unalaska arrested eight people Thursday for allegedly selling illegal drugs to an undercover agent.

Man charged with Alaska murder indicted in conspiracy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Tacoma, Wash., man charged last week with the Dec. 27 murder of a woman in an Ester apartment and the attempted murder of another person in Fairbanks has now been accused of conspiring to murder three other people in Fairbanks.

Unruly passenger banned from air travel for one year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River man who threatened a flight attendant has been banned from air travel for one year, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Forty mushers entered in Copper Basin 300
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- The Copper Basin 300, one of the state's premier mid-distance sled dog races, gets under way Saturday in Glennallen.

Cape Fox names new CEO
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Cape Fox Corp. has hired the chairman of Alaska Pacific University's Business Administration Department as its new chief executive officer.

Eagle River man pleads guilty to same-day airborne hunting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing a moose on the same day he was airborne.

Quakers question No Child Left Behind clause
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Quaker organization wants the Juneau School District to tell parents about their rights to opt out of a portion of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Suspected meth lab in Fairbanks raided
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Drug investigators kicked in the door of a motel room Thursday and interrupted two men in the middle of cooking what is suspected to be methamphetamine.

Young retains House leadership positions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, will retain his chairmanship of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and his vice chairmanship of the Resources Committee, it was announced Thursday.

Engineering professor builds program around needs of village students
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A frazzled 51-year old white guy from Chicago who started his career shoveling snow at an Arctic pipeline camp is performing miracles at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Alaskans honor Binkley at Fairbanks memorial service
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The mourners came to Capt. Jim Binkley's memorial service wearing bunny boots, parkas, Carhartts, moosehide, fur and good cloth overcoats.

Becoming a parent to a parent a difficult task, especially from afar
NEW YORK (AP) -- As her mother has aged, Debbie Stacy has found herself gradually becoming a parent to her own parent.

Don't expect tax cuts to mean big boost in dividend payouts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even if a new economic stimulus plan wipes out taxes on dividends for investors, don't count on companies rushing to boost their payouts as a way to woo people to buy their stocks.

Watercooler - JOB SEARCH BLUES:
People who are looking for work expect their task to become even harder this year.

In Antarctica, 'each tomato, each cucumber becomes a jewel, precious'
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Robert Taylor may have the coolest job of any gardener on Earth. He's the resident greenhouse technician at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Navajo doctor is twice the healer
PHOENIX (AP) -- Before seeing his patients, Dr. Michael Tutt sits quietly as nurse Anna Barber folds and ties his waist-long black hair into a traditional Navajo knot, or tsiiyl.

New permanent fund spokesperson named
JUNEAU -- City Tourism Director Maria Gladziszewski will move to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. as its communications director.

Ready to do some business
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development isn't just about handing out unemployment checks or enforcing labor laws. It's about helping private enterprise, government and the public connect to create a better economy for the state.

Thorny issue slows paving
The Soldotna City Council is taking time to pave the flowers.

Help available to those wanting to quit drinking
The Christmas holidays prompt many to quit drinking and abusing drugs, according to Kenai Peninsula alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers.

Richard Warren Craig Chernikoff
Richard Warren Craig Chernikoff died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 9 months old.

Oilers sign UCLA right-hander
UCLA right-handed pitcher Kyle Wilson has joined the 2003 Oilers team. The 6-foot-2 sophomore is from Valencia, Calif.

Letters to the Editor
Troopers actions raise questions,leave victims family devastated Job requires law enforcement officers put their lives on line Why didnt Casey Porters friends stop him from driving? Mr. Porters condition should have prevented him from driving Early-run kings are in trouble; are guides part of the problem? Letter writer meant no harm Vandals should knock it off and leave snowpeople alone

U.S. must carefully defuse threat posed
North Korea already has two nuclear weapons, says Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Teen Center appreciates volunteers, community support for its dances

New Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ecologist comes full circle
Looking at my calendar it's hard to believe only two months have passed since I started my new job as an ecologist for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. It's been a year of major changes, peaking with my wedding this past June. Though it was hard to leave Juneau and Southeast Alaska, my home for 12 years, the rumor was it rains less on the Kenai Peninsula. After being delayed in Tok by an earthquake, we arrived in Kenai just in time for the rain and floods. Thankfully, the natural disasters have become less routine and my schedule more so. I'm also thankful for the great group of people I work with at the refuge.

Vocabulary guide to understanding snowboarders
ALYESKA RESORT, Alaska -- So this kid rips it off the South Face, does a backside 360, stomps it and thinks he's so sick.

Conservation corps hits end of line
ELBA, Minn. -- The rotting box elder that leaned over a pond behind the Whitewater State Park headquarters would make an ideal loafing log for turtles and wood ducks. All it needed was a little help.

Around the Peninsula
KPC registration today Moving sale to support area family Elks to hold Hoop Shoot Saturday Ski teams to sell prom dresses District to hold public meetings Community club to meet Genealogy class planned Blood Bank needs blood

Boston Priests Forum leaders want clergy to speak out against abuse
BOSTON (AP) -- To the Rev. Robert Bullock, the lesson of the clerical sex abuse crisis that began in his own Boston Archdiocese is simple -- priests cannot risk remaining silent and subservient.

Church Briefs
Pastor from Siberia to speak here Trumpet of Faith conference set Bible study offered Homer church gives away coats Dawn Mallette to speak Single parents program offered Training institute planned Healing Rooms open weekends

Even in jail cells, Jesus is there
In an unusual prison cell in Brazil lies an unusual prisoner

Indonesia's main Islamic groups campaign against Islamic law
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's two largest moderate Muslim organizations have called on radical groups to end a campaign for the imposition of Islamic law, or Shariah.

Across the major religions, cloning for human reproduction is denounced
The Raelian movement may or may not prove it produced the first cloned human, but the sect can already claim another distinction: It is virtually the only religious group that says this type of reproduction is a good idea.

Former bishop's name to be removed from church building
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- The name of a former Roman Catholic bishop who resigned last year after admitting to sexually abusing a student will be removed from a church's family life center.

Union Theological seminary leases buildings to raise money
NEW YORK (AP) -- The country's oldest nondenominational seminary has agreed to lease three of its buildings to Columbia University for 49 years as it struggles to shore up its income.

Pittsburgh Episcopal bishop steps back from conservative-liberal fight
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An Episcopal bishop has withdrawn from the feud between another Pennsylvania church leader and a conservative priest over same-sex unions and ordaining women.

Greek Orthodox celebrate Epiphany on shore of Golden Horn
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- Almost a dozen Greek Orthodox competed in the freezing waters of Istanbul's Golden Horn to retrieve a wooden cross in a ceremony Monday commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Poverty contributes to health problems in Arkansas' rural elderly
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- If Grace Seligman had only one or two ailments, selecting a primary-care physician in her hometown of Dumas would be an easier choice.

Central peninsula trails getting by with thin layer of white
Although it may sound like a quote from the movie Scarface, it's peninsula skiers and not Tony Montana saying, "There's just not enough white stuff."

Unhappy trails
The November floods and low snowfall early in the winter have teamed up to create some dangerous areas for snowmachiners in the Caribou Hills.

Kings topple New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Sacramento Kings considered it a measuring stick game. By the time it ended, they were standing a whole lot taller than the New Jersey Nets.

Can Pennington pull a Montana?
Young Joe Montana against old Joe Montana?

Holmes named top offensive player
Priest Holmes accomplished in 14 games what many players can't in two full seasons. His reward: The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.

Kenai, Nikiski start Tip-Off with victories
Palmer, Kodiak, Kenai and Nikiski all picked up wins Thursday in the first round of the 2003 Subway Soldotna Tip-Off Tournament.

Sports Briefs
Warriors drop two in Yakutat Bulldogs skaters top Hawks Home-field advantage goes to Furyk Selig still thinking about All-Star options Rafter announces official retirement

McNabb, Eagles should soar over Falcons
The oddsmakers don't buy the argument that Michael Vick can cancel out Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia.

Flyers strand Islanders for fifth straight victory
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Roman Cechmanek made 24 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Eric Desjardins had a goal and assist in the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

SoHi girls snatch game from Nikiski
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team showed Thursday why they're one of the teams to beat this season on the Kenai Peninsula. So did the Nikiski Bulldogs.

Ottawa seeks owner, files for bankruptcy
OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday, seeking to avoid paying creditors while they look for a buyer.

No. 2 Arizona maintains mastery of Washington State
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Gardner scored 19 points to lead four Arizona players in double figures but the No. 2 Wildcats struggled much of the night Thursday before beating Washington State for the 35th consecutive time, 82-69.

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