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Sunday, January 12, 2003

Glacial silt helps Juneau woman sell soap
JUNEAU (AP) -- If Stacie Varner has learned anything in her 17 months owning a business in Juneau, it's that business people have to be thick-skinned.

Man injured sledding at Chena Hot Springs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 40-year-old man injured his back while sledding down a hill behind Chena Hot Springs Resort on Thursday.

Host of new bills filed in advance of Jan. 21 session
JUNEAU (AP) -- It would be more difficult to get an initiative on the ballot, easier for some to get a permanent fund dividend check and illegal to send anonymous spam e-mail under bills filed by lawmakers Friday.

Fishermen accept $1.85 a pound for snow crab
UNALASKA (AP) -- Bering Sea snow crab fishermen have accepted a price of $1.85 a pound -- 45 cents higher than last year -- and will start fishing Wednesday.

Assembly member, son sue over accident with city bus
JUNEAU (AP) -- Assemblyman Stan Ridgeway has filed a lawsuit in Juneau Superior Court against the local government he represents.

Pioneer Charles Brewster dead at age 86
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Philanthropist and successful businessman Charles Brewster died at his winter home in Hawaii. Brewster was 86.

Coast Guard announces cutter for Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard's presence in Alaska will increase this year with a new cutter to be based in Valdez.

Hunters receive large fines for moose and bear kills
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two out-of-state hunters and an Eagle River man received heavy fines for offenses committed during a hunt in western Alaska, including killing a black bear sow and her two cubs.

Foster parent charged with child porn possession
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was charged with possession of child pornography Thursday after he was turned in by his foster child.

Scott's Qatar assignment extended
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- What started out as a roughly three-month stint as the commander of about 2,000 active duty, reserve and National Guard troops in Qatar has turned into a six-month deployment for the newly appointed head of the Alaska Air National Guard.

Murkowski named chairman of water-power subcommittee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has been selected to another leadership position in the Senate.

Murkowski in Scotland hunting pheasant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski spent this weekend hunting pheasant in Scotland.

Permanent fund hires new communications director
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau's tourism director has been hired as communications director for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

Snowless, warm winter hard on mushers and snowmachiners
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of the warmest, driest winters on record has organizers of Alaska's extreme races hoping for some extreme weather.

Kivalina residents form bucket brigade to control fire
KIVALINA (AP) -- Residents of the island community of Kivalina formed a bucket brigade to control a house fire that broke out next to the fuel tank farm.

Juneau slightly warmer, wetter than normal in 2002
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau's weather last year was slightly warmer and wetter than normal, according to meteorologist Julia Ruthford.

Flu deaths in U.S. rising sharply
CHICAGO -- Despite the advent of a vaccine four decades ago, flu-related deaths in the United States have risen dramatically since the 1970s, and influenza now claims more lives each year than AIDS, researchers say.

Study: Being fat at 40 cuts 3 to 14 years off your life
PHILADELPHIA -- People who are overweight at 40 are likely to die at least three years sooner than those who are slim, meaning that in terms of life expectancy, being fat during middle age is just as bad as smoking, researchers say.

Area fish-game advisory board seats new members after vote
After a nomination process reminiscent of Russian River combat fishing, 13 members of the public were elected to the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee Friday night at the Kenai River Center in Soldotna.

Kasilof couple's pets pit them against fairly new state law
A Kasilof couple who raises and shows hybrid wolves is challenging a relatively new Alaska law that prohibits people from advertising animals as part wolf by name or description.

Natural gas prime target of lease sales
Two federal oil and gas lease sales proposed for the Outer Continental Shelf waters of lower Cook Inlet and Shelikof Strait in 2004 and 2006 would expose sensitive fish and wildlife habitat to the threat of pollution, said the head of the Homer-based Cook Inlet Keeper, an organization lining up to fight the effort to open the area to exploration.

Harriett Irene Swanson Amundsen
Longtime Soldotna resident Harriett Irene Swanson Amundsen died Friday, Jan. 10, 2002, following a short illness at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 86.

It's who, not what, that makes Arctic Winter Games life-changing experience
Having been involved with the Kenai Peninsula Borough's bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, I was well aware of what the games were, but until I watched my daughter enter into the Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, 2002 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremonies, I had no idea of who the games were.

Community ideas on school district's finances wanted
It's time for Kenai Peninsula Borough residents to decide if they want to be part of the solution -- or part of the problem -- when it comes to some of the

Coping with life's little traumas
I faced a traumatic experience this morning. No family members or friends died, I wasn't diagnosed with any horrible disease and I'm not being evicted from my apartment or anything -- although I'd almost rather endure one of those situations than the horror that did occur this morning -- I ran out of shampoo.

Computer glitch insists living people are dead
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Believe Cathy Uhl, not the computer, when she insists she's alive.

Buffalo Bill Cody: Where is the Wild West showman really buried?
GOLDEN, Colo. -- High on a mountain overlooking Denver and the Great Plains lies the body of a Wild West icon. Or maybe not

My Best Friends
Doug and Darlene Derby of Soldotna sent in this photo of their clan -- Buffy, on the couch, Sassy, on the right, and Penny.

Book boosts behavior change
We are now 12 days into 2003. How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions?

Peninsula vet brings medicine to farms
With his red, Alaska Farmers and Stock Growers hat, a worn-in rugby shirt and faded blue jeans, work boots and his coarse calloused hands, Jerry Nybakken may look to most people like more of rancher than a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Around the Peninsula
Community council to meetGroup to show historical videoTrappers group set to meet WednesdaySeniors invited to AARP meetingRivers coalition plans Thursday meetingIncorporation workshop plannedRec center plans youth ski trip, other eventsSki team to sell prom dressesHomer Winter Carnival festivities plannedMiddle school holds drift boat raffleWatershed Forum seeks photographs

Snowless, warm winter hard on mushers and snowmachiners
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of the warmest, driest winters on record has organizers of Alaska's extreme races hoping for some extreme weather.

Sports Briefs
Skyview skiers host time trial>Individual boys 6.5-kilometer freestyle resultsIndividual girls 5-kilometer resultsReid romps to top coaching honorsLemieux, Jagr together again as All-StarsFormer world champion in critical condition

Hawks scare off Hornets
ATLANTA -- Dion Glover hit a 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left -- his only one of the game -- and the Atlanta Hawks held on to beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Hornets 87-80 Saturday night.

No. 3 Connecticut slips past Miami in overtime
STORRS, Conn. -- Ben Gordon had 26 points and eight rebounds and No. 3 Connecticut bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 83-80 overtime victory over Miami on Saturday.

SoHi, Seward move to finals
Soldotna and Seward posted victories Friday in the semifinals of the 2003 Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School.

Willingham has plenty to offer to recruits
College football coaches hit the road Monday for the final recruiting push before the national signing day arrives the first week in February. In Tyrone Willingham's mind, nobody else has more to sell.

Jets, Raiders set to renew rivalry
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Any list of classic NFL games will have a sampling of Jets-Raiders matchups. When the teams play Sunday in a second-round playoff game, it will be difficult to replicate those memorable meetings.

Williams tries to complete 'Serena Slam'
SYDNEY, Australia -- The most dominant woman in tennis needs only to win the Australian Open to complete the ''Serena Slam,'' and she gets her shot at a fourth consecutive major starting Monday.

Soldotna blitzes Seward
With trips to Fairbanks and San Diego, the Soldotna High School girls basketball team has had a chance to show off their game to everyone else.

Els gets undesired shootout
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Ernie Els was in control and on top of his game when he stood on the 17th tee Saturday, five strokes clear of K.J. Choi with nothing but green grass and the brilliant blue of the Pacific Ocean on the horizon.

Kodiak captures Tip-Off
A late free throw by Chad Mortenson pushed the Kodiak boys basketball team past the Kenai Kardinals 66-65 Saturday in the championship game of the 2003 Subway Tip-Off Tournament at Soldotna High School.

Vick stopped by McNabb
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb took the snap and dropped into his own end zone. No one was open, so he scrambled to his right, scooted past a defender flying through the air and finally stepped out of bounds with a 19-yard gain.

Stars top Colorado, stretch unbeaten string to nine
DALLAS -- Bill Guerin and Mike Modano showed why they were voted All-Star starters, setting each other up for early goals as the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 Saturday, stretching their unbeaten streak to nine straight.

Buccaneers defense poised to face Garcia, Owens
TAMPA, Fla. -- Derrick Brooks gladly would trade the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award for a Super Bowl ring.

Kodiak, Kenai move to finals of Tip-Off
The Kodiak and Kenai boys basketball teams picked up close victories in the semifinals of the Subway SoHi Tip-Off Tournament Friday night.

Panthers overcome stellar goaltending effort
Friday night had fresh start written all over it for the Skyview hockey team.

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