Saturday, January 12, 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

''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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign southpaw for 2002

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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