Monday, January 13, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Conference looks at results of ocean research
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists are gathered this week in Anchorage for an ambitious ocean research conference that will provide data on killer whales, sea lions, fisheries, salmon stocks, climate change and the oceanography of the Gulf of Alaska.

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.

Subsistence board takes up customary trade issue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board takes up the issue of trading subsistence caught fish for cash when it meets Tuesday in Anchorage.

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.

Jan. 10, 2003 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says gasline authority should be funded
The guy with the gas line idea, Anchorage longshoreman Scott Heyworth, has approached Gov. Frank Murkowski with the expected follow-up question after the passing of Ballot Proposition 3 in November's election.

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.

Jan. 6, 2003 Anchorage Daily News on Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend estimate
Those Alaskans who map out their finances, along with those of us who at least intend to do so, got more information on New Year's Day when the Alaska Permanent Fund estimated the 2003 dividend at $1,200 -- provided the stock market holds steady.

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.

Jan. 10, 2003 Voice of the Times on committee assignments for Sen. Murkowski
All things considered, Lisa Murkowski's committee assignments as a freshman member of the U.S. Senate couldn't have been better.

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.

Jan. 6, 2003 Anchorage Daily News on new salmon labeling law
If Alaska's salmon industry is to enjoy prosperity again, it will have to distinguish wild salmon as an environmentally friendly, better-tasting product compared with farm-raised fish.

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.

Study finds belugas roam Arctic Ocean with ease
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A summer study found that beluga whales from Point Lay roamed deep into the Arctic Ocean.

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

Man convicted in DWI death arrested again on DWI charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who was convicted in the drunken driving death of a 10-year-old boy has been arrested again on a drunken driving charge.

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.

Palmer meat plant sale draws interest after slow start
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Renewed interest in the fate of the Mount McKinley Meat and Sausage Plant in Palmer could mean new life for the state's money-losing venture.

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.

Utilities want tighter run rural subsidy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A statewide group of utilities wants state regulators to take a hard look at an electric-power subsidy for rural Alaskans and the rural power producers that receive it.

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

Neighbors dispute land sale near Ketchikan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some Ketchikan residents are unhappy with the way the University of Alaska handled a pending sale involving a parcel of state land to a timber company.

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

Jan. 12, 2003 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner forecasts upcoming ANWR battle
Is the trans-Alaska oil pipeline half full or half empty?

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.

Fishermen rescued off Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five fishermen were rescued from a life raft as their boat sank about 75 miles off Kodiak.

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.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Best & Worst of 2002
They say time flies when you're having fun, and I guess it must be true, because here we are; best and worst time come again.

Wagoner: School funding tops his legislative agenda
Senator-elect Thomas Wagoner has filed a bill that seeks to boost state spending on schools by about $100 per student, a move he said is not as much as is needed, but a step in the right direction.

Rather than protesting, many Indian tribes embracing bicentennial
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Before plunging his keelboat into the Missouri River and heading for Indian country, Meriwether Lewis sent his mother a parting letter, telling her not to worry.

Some bicentennial events along route of expedition
Events marking the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition will be held at hundreds of places along the transcontinental route. Below are ''signature events,'' designated by the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

On 200th anniversary of journey, a look back is a hard look at ourselves
ON THE MISSOURI RIVER (AP) -- With sunset light gleaming on his paddle, the young man in the old-fashioned military uniform pushes the canoe against a current as determined as the passing of time.

Excerpts from expedition's journals
The journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are many things -- legal documents, whose precisely drawn maps helped define U.S. boundaries; scientific reports, with detailed descriptions and even drawings of many previously unrecorded species; and literature of a uniquely American kind.

A thumbnail sketch of Meriwether Lewis
Meriwether Lewis was born Aug. 18, 1774, in Albermarle County, Va., a neighbor of Thomas Jefferson. He was an Army off

At trail's end, a historic vote that few remember
PACIFIC COUNTY, Wash. (AP) -- No great crowds gather at the monument to democracy here.

A thumbnail sketch of William Clark
William Clark was born on Aug. 1, 1770, in Caroline County, Va. He was a frontier militiaman and Army officer but had returned to his home near Louisvill

Board to make decision on trade
The Federal Subsistence Board will take final action Tuesday on a proposed regulation to allow cash sales of subsistence-caught fish.

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.

Suspicious fire destroys home; probe continues
Central Emergency Services is investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed most of a small home on Gaswell Road on Sunday morning. No one was at home at the time of the blaze.

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.

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.

Dispatchers from across Alaska attend refresher training in Kenai
Public safety dispatchers and dispatch supervisors from agencies around the state are meeting in Kenai for in-service training on crisis intervention, liability and progressive supervision.

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.

Letters to the Editor
laska's sportfishing industry definitely 'Joe Fisherman'

Seasoned observers of North Korea don't take threats too seriously
WASHINGTON -- When North Korea coupled its decision to get out of a nuclear arms treaty with warnings of a fiery confrontation and world war, Korea-watchers acted as if a flea had landed on their lapels. Flick.

Better Business Bureau unfairly under fire on peninsula
In December, the Better Business Bureau of Alaska hired two residents of the Kenai Peninsula, trained them and sent them back home to establish a presence on the peninsula and to build up our membership base. The ultimate goal is to have enough financial support from member dues to justify an office down on the Kenai.

In war on terrorism, too much information better than not enough What others say
The credibility of the FBI's terror alert system is being questioned after the agency called off a nationwide manhunt because of bogus details from tipsters.

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

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.

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.

Photo feature: Downhill Slide
Norm Bluth heads for bottom while sledding on a hill behind Skyview High School recently. With recent temperatures on the rise, snow sports may be headed for a decline.

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

Peninsula People
Soldotna student earns scholarship Skyview grad named to deans list Kenai grad inducted in honor society Medallion raffle winner announced

Community Events
Homer plans winter carnival events2003 Clean Boating Tide Books available

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

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

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced Group focuses on early childhood development

Community Schools
Homer Community Schools hosts film festival Homer Community Schools adds winter classes

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.

Erin Hansen and Seth Vilhauser Ramona and Richard Malston Kristin and William Morrow Jane and Michael Dorman

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

Shoot for the sky Students face off in 'Hoop Shoot'
It may be a little early for NBA scouts to be looking, but family and friends were in abundance to watch and cheer on kids at the annual Elks "hoop shoot" free-throw contest held Saturday at the Kenai Recreation Center. More than 40 children participated in the morning playoff event.

Around the Peninsula
Around the Peninsula North Peninsula council to meet Social Security rep to visit peninsula Soldotna chamber to discuss millennium trail Study group plans interfaith gathering USDA representative to speak at Kenai chamber Trappers association to meet Wednesday AARP to meet this week Disabled Veterans to meet Rivers coalition plans meeting Pratt Museum to host community conversation Snowmachining opens in Chugach National Forest

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.

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.

Agassi, Williams win first round in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Venus Williams had to shake off some rust. Andre Agassi kept up his winning form from a warmup tournament.

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.

Rice: Forever young
If age can be measured in spirit, Jerry Rice was the youngest player on the field.

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

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Kardinals drop two on road Stars split Anchorage games Wolverines improve winning records Hutchison wins at West Valley Invitational

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.

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.

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.

Duke stays unbeaten
DURHAM, N.C. -- With its resume the last four seasons, there should be no surprise No. 1 Duke is the only undefeated team left in men's college basketball.

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.

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

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.

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.

Ferentz one of many on Jacksonville's list
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have talked with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and will conduct several more interviews to fill their head-coaching vacancy this week, a league source told The Associated Press.

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

Bucs pillage 'Niner offense
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers proved their offense can be just as dangerous as their league-leading defense.

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.

Oakland cools Pennington's Jets
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders found the surest road to the AFC championship game: Stay at home and avoid controversy.

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.

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.

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