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Sunday, January 13, 2002

Anchorage seafood plant places product in Sam's Club stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Seafood International premiered a jalapeno-spiced salmon dish in Sam's Club stores all over the country Thursday, an event the company's chief executive declared as ''a great day for Anchorage.''

Plethora of new bills await Legislature when it returns of Monday
JUNEAU (AP) -- A seasonal sales tax, a new verse in the state song and a plan to require some insurance companies to pay for contraceptives are among the proposed laws the Legislature will tackle when it returns to work on Monday.

Donley calls for state hiring freeze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Dave Donley is urging the Knowles administration to freeze hiring of new state employees for nonessential positions.

Buser leads Copper Basin 300, Jonrowe not far behind
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- Halfway through the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race, Martin Buser of Big Lake was leading the race Sunday, just 10 minutes ahead of DeeDee Jonrowe, last year's winner.

Legislature facing tough tax issues that promise tougher election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Lisa Murkowski takes a fatalistic view of her political future.

Alaska fishermen find farmed salmon a formidable foe
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Dick Jacobsen was a kid, his family had to abandon his home village of Squaw Harbor on Unga Island along the south Alaska Peninsula. The island's industries had dried up, the people had fled and finally the school closed.

Ketchikan borough seeks more candidates for manager's job
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will readvertise its opening for a chief executive officer.

Unalaska strip club opens despite protests
UNALASKA (AP) -- A strip club has opened in the heart of a heavily Native neighborhood in Unalaska despite protests that it is harmful to the community.

Stevens defends jet leasing idea
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens has no apologies for proposing that the Air Force lease a fleet of new 767 jets as refueling tankers.

Young far outpaces colleagues on missed votes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young missed more votes on the floor of the House of Representatives last year than nearly every other member of Congress.

Knowles taking aim one last time at subsistence, fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles enters his last year in office vowing to take up two of Alaska's most intractable problems: A decade long stalemate over subsistence and a budget deficit that is expected to top $1 billion.

Name released on victim of fatal Glenn Highway rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The name of a Wasilla man who was killed in a rollover on the Glenn Highway has been released.

Economic impact of military grows in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The economic impact of Elmendorf Air Force Base on the Anchorage economy grew by more than $80 million in 2001, to a total of about $664 million, military officials said.

Pipeline group delivers signatures for ballot initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Backers of an all-Alaska pipeline to carry North Slope natural gas to market have turned in more than 42,000 signatures for a November ballot initiative.

Alaska's first lady warns of danger to children from alcohol
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Children drink an alarming amount of alcohol, and Alaska's first lady wants people to know about it as a first step toward countering the problem.

Anchorage children's center to stay open
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several programs will continue at the Anchorage Center for Families, which has announced it was temporarily closing to sort out a financial tangle that left the child abuse prevention agency running in the red.

Nenana school board accepts resignation of superintendent
NENANA (AP) -- The Nenana City School Board on Thursday unanimously accepted the resignation of its superintendent, Terry Bentley.

Survey says Anchorage public bus system has room for improvement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A survey of 2,300 people has confirmed what Anchorage bus riders have said for years: The city's public bus system offers inadequate service.

Kenai mayor pitches idea of trading city land for armory
KENAI (AP) -- In an attempt to acquire a ready-made community center for the city, Kenai Mayor John Williams is pitching a trade of municipal land for the Army National Guard's armory.

Legislature facing tough tax issues that promise tougher election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Lisa Murkowski takes a fatalistic view of her political future.

Special forces on mop-up duty
KHOST, Afghanistan -- The United States intensified its anti-terror campaign in turbulent eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, dropping bombs on suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hide-outs as a small group of U.S. special forces searched for renegade followers of Osama bin Laden.

Torgerson: Price of oil can't close state budget gap
Once, Alaska could rely on America's conflicts to prop up the price of oil, but that hasn't been the case with the anti-terrorism battle in Afghanistan, Sen. John Torgerson said Thursday.

Census alters make-up of planning commission
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission will have a new look come July 31, one that, in theory, should mean fairer representation for the borough's 49,700 residents.

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

Kwan, Cohen, Hughes make Olympics
LOS ANGELES -- This one was not for the doubters. It wasn't for the audience or even the judges. Michelle Kwan's sixth national title was all about satisfying someone else.

Letters to the Editor
Postal service should deliver what it promises customers

Science books don't teach irrefutable laws of physics
It is a fact in life that some people are simply not suited for certain professions. O.J. Simpson, for instance, would not make a good marriage counselor, Wilt Chamberlain would not cut it as the pope and Tipper Gore would have no business being the lead singer for the Beastie Boys.

Ask the Mayor
You may be eligible for tax exemption

Economy moves into spotlight
WASHINGTON -- Trying to keep a nation behind him during war and recession, President Bush turned again to Alan Greenspan for help in pushing his economic policies. The Fed chairman may not be forthcoming this time.

Fiscal Policy Caucus provides fine starting point for Legislature
When the Alaska Legislature convenes on Monday, it will face one issue that overwhelms all others in importance: the state's $900 million-plus fiscal gap.

Photo feature: Beach bound
Rebecca Lambourn walks with her dog Danny down stairs leading to the beach at the end of Forest Drive in Kenai Saturday afternoon.

Scientists find pets can catch dangerous infections from owners
CHICAGO -- Scientists who worry about the spread of nasty germs from animals to people have found the opposite can also happen: Cats and dogs catch bad things from their owners.

Bringing back the past
Old photos: they fill the yellowing pages of dusty albums, pile up in drawers and fall from between the pages of books passed down in the family. Too often, their origin and descriptions are forgotten, and they get tossed out when the old makes way for the new.

Photographer finds fun at Disney World
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As a professional photographer specializing in wildlife, I have trekked some of the world's most exotic game preserves, from the jungles of India and Nepal to the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. I know a wart hog when I see one and I was not expecting to be impressed by Disney World's Animal Kingdom.

Carrot concoction keeps out the cold
January is National Soup Month. For me, the word "soup" conjures up feelings of warmth and comfort. I would bet just about everyone has a favorite soup. This week I'd like to share one of my favorites. This recipe made with our Alaska-grown carrots just doesn't get any sweeter or more elegant.

Around the Peninsula
AMVETS meeting scheduledKenai River quality study results givenDAV meeting date changedRealtors meeting planned for ThursdayAARP meeting ThursdayLeague of Women voters to meetSBDC workshop to be heldAlaska Independent Blind chapter meeting slatedMDA to hold lock-up fund-raiserChange in Chugach-related phone numbersMotorized use restricted on Chugach National Forest

Lack of snow closes parts of refuge
Unseasonably warm weather is threatening to cut short the snowmachining season in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this year.

Lindros, Rangers receive true Philly welcome
PHILADELPHIA -- Eric Lindros got a raucous reception from his former fans Saturday, while the rest of his New York Rangers teammates took a beating from the Philadelphia Flyers.

No. 11 UCLA pulls off upset of No. 1 Kansas
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barnes scored 27 points and No. 11 UCLA got key contributions from everybody else to beat No. 1 Kansas 87-77 Saturday, snapping the Jayhawks' 13-game winning streak.

Intensity takes Kardinals to Tip-off title
Work hard and good things happen -- convincing his players of that might have been the toughest thing Kenai Central High School boys basketball coach Rich Bartolowits had to do this weekend.

Kenai cruises by SoHi
The stage was set Saturday for what promises to be a season-long struggle between the girls basketball teams from Kenai Central and Soldotna. From the sidelines of the championship game of the Skyview Peninsula Challenge tournament, Soldotna coach Mark Tuter yelled encouragement at his team.

Faulk, Strahan tabbed unanimous AP All-Pros
Michael Strahan, who set the single-season sacks record, and Marshall Faulk, with yet another 2000-yard season, were unanimous choices Saturday to The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team.

Four Red Wings voted to starting All-Star lineups
NEW YORK (AP) -- Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom led all players in fan balloting for the NHL All-Star game, receiving 211,486 votes to earn a spot Saturday in World team's starting lineup for the Feb. 2 game in Los Angeles.

Netminders stand on heads as Kards play to tie with Wasilla
Both the Kenai Central High School and Wasilla hockey teams thought they should have had a North Star Conference win when they met at the Soldotna Sports Center Friday.

Don't expect Ice Bowl II for Packers-49ers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Don't expect Ice Bowl II. When the San Francisco 49ers play at Lambeau Field on Sunday, this will be the deepest into January the Green Bay Packers have ever played a home game.

O'Neal ejected for fighting as Chicago shocks Los Angeles
CHICAGO -- In one of the most violent and stunning games of the NBA season, the Bulls shocked the Lakers 106-104 in overtime after Shaquille O'Neal was ejected for fighting.

Defense should rule for Dolphins-Ravens
MIAMI (AP) -- Combine two dominating defenses with a pair of turnover-prone, spasmodic offenses led by erratic quarterbacks, and you've got Sunday's playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.

CIA boys wrap up Kodiak JV tourney
The Kodiak girls and the Cook Inlet Academy boys won first place in the Kodiak High School Booster Club Junior Varsity Basketball Tournament Thursday through Saturday. Both teams closed out their respective tournaments with 3-0 records.

Woods struggles in New Zealand
PARAPARAUMU BEACH, New Zealand -- Australia's Craig Parry birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the New Zealand Open as Tiger Woods failed to mount a serious challenge.

Sports Briefs
Kenai-East game has time changeNorth Dakota ties Alaska-AnchorageAlaska-Fairbanks tops MichiganNikiski hockey drops two games

Raiders end season of Jets
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jerry Rice showed the Oakland Raiders it's never too late to turn back the clock -- on a matchless career or on a troubled season.

Kenai defense stops SoHi
There are two ways to get in a locked door without a key. The first is to use intricate tools and technique. The second is to resort to spartan intensity and simply bust the door down.

Eagles' victory over Bucs may spell end for Tampa Bay coach
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb has the Philadelphia Eagles headed for Chicago and the second round of the playoffs. After another postseason failure, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can only watch and wait, perhaps for Bill Parcells.

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