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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Zack Steer wins Copper Basin 300
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- Zack Steer of Palmer won the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race Monday.

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.

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.

Leman disqualifies marijuana petition
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Loren Leman stopped an initiative drive seeking to decriminalize marijuana, ruling Tuesday that hundreds of signatures collected were not valid.

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

Woman found dead after house fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters who responded to a burning home early Tuesday found the body of a woman in the living room.

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.

Police find porn on foster parent's computer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage foster parent jailed last week on a child pornography charge related to a video also had downloaded child pornography onto his computer, police said Monday.

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.

Scientist have no quick answer to salmon crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As king salmon swarmed into Oregon's Columbia River last year, Alaska salmon harvests dropped to their lowest levels in more than a decade.

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.

Two killed in vehicle accident in Petersburg
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The Southeast community of Petersburg is mourning the loss of two young people killed in a weekend vehicle accident.

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

One acquitted, one sentenced in Ketchikan child porn cases
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Superior Court jury acquitted a Ketchikan man Friday of child pornography charges. In a separate case, another Ketchikan man was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $1,000 for possession of child pornography.

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.

Murkowski orders department reorganization
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski ordered a reorganization within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to merge new anti-terrorism duties with the state's disaster response efforts.

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.

Veneer plant suitors await state log permit
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The parties interested in operating the Ketchikan Gateway Borough's veneer plant are awaiting a state log storage permit for Ward Cove before proceeding with lease plans, according to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

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.

City, Army Corps improve downtown Juneau salmon habitat
JUNEAU (AP) -- Salmon migrating to downtown Juneau will get a break with new spawning habitat being added to Gold Creek.

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.

Lawmakers want to keep credit scores out of insurance
JUNEAU (AP) -- When state Sen. John Cowdery's daughter's insurance rates skyrocketed after she got a new truck last year, he was outraged.

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.

Four youths charged with stealing Anchorage cars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four youths charged with vehicle theft and resisting arrest Monday may be responsible for 20 or more similar thefts since Jan. 1, according to Anchorage police.

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.

Illness closes Ketchikan school
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A rapid outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among students and staff members brought Holy Name Catholic School to an early close Friday.

Osmar receives Governor's Emergency Medical Services Citizen Award
1984 Iditarod Champion Dean Osmar found himself in the spotlight again last week, but this time it wasn't for winning a dog sled race. Osmar was selected to receive the Governor's Emergency Medical Services Citizen Award, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously passed a resolution commending him for achieving the high honor.

Seldovia Volleyball team honored for their first State Championship
The Seldovia Sea Otters recently competed in the Class 1-2-3A West State Volleyball Championships in Anchorage, and finished their perfect 28-0 season with the schools first ever state title.

Kenai River Trading Post keeps old time tradition alive
Trading Posts have been an important part of Alaskan and American history. More than a place to barter goods, trading posts became a bridge or catalyst for building or breaching trust and relationships between cultures.

Meeting the challenges of caring
Alaska's population is aging, and more and more Alaskans are finding themselves with the opportunity of caring for an elder loved one, family member or friend. Becoming prepared to be a caregiver can optimize the experience.

Hecks receives Research/Administrator Award for 2002
The Governor's Emergency Medical Services Research/Administrator Award is given to an individual who successfully develops a new approach, technique or device to improve Emergency Medical Services in Alaska, or to an outstanding administrator in the EMS field.

Iditawalker will hike to Nome again
"Iditawalker" Denis Douglas of Soldotna will be attempting his third hike starting January 25th. Douglas has made the 1,049-mile trek to Nome along the Iditarod Trail alone and on foot twice before, and like the original Iditarod dogsled serum run in 1925, Douglas will be walking to help those in need.

Zack Steer wins Copper Basin 300
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- Zack Steer of Palmer won the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race Monday.

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.

Legislators: Credit cores, insurance should not mix
JUNEAU -- When state Sen. John Cowdery's daughter's insurance rates skyrocketed after she got a new truck last year, he was outraged.

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 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

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.

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

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.

Private dentists to be represented on governing board
Plans for a proposed dental clinic for underinsured and uninsured clients are moving forward as scheduled, and private dentists will get representation on the clinic's governing body.

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.

Austerman aims to help ailing seafood industry
A host of problems plaguing Alaska's seafood industry must be addressed if this economic engine is to regain its strength and compete in future markets, Sen. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, said.

School district facing one of its most challenging tests
William Cook appreciates the education he's receiving in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

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.

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.

Casey Gordon Porter
Nikiski resident Casey Gordon Porter died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Sterling. He was 30.

David Deitrick
Sterling resident David Deitrick died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 81.

Lawrence Staats
Nikiski resident Lawrence Staats died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at his home in Nikiski. He was 48.

Percy J. Blatchford
Alaska native Percy J. Blatchford died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

Adolph J. Osterhaus
Kenai resident Adolph J. Osterhaus died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

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.

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

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.

New national storm brews over opening ANWR to exploration
Is the trans-Alaska oil pipeline half full or half empty?

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.

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.

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

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
Soldotna chamber to discuss millennium trailSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaAlaska Railroad to host open houseClothes Closet open todayUSDA rep to speak to Kenai chamberTrappers association to meet WednesdayCaregiver support group to meet

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

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

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

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

South Carolina woman could be oldest in U.S.; records unreliable
AIKEN, S.C. -- Gussie Brown sat underneath the hair dryer in Mattie C. Hall Care Center, held her hand up and examined her perfectly painted, mauve fingernails through squinting eyes.

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.

Tennessee hoops coach shooting for win No. 800
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pat Summitt began her coaching career in 1974 with a loss and a handful of dirty uniforms.

Bulls hang on to beat Knicks
CHICAGO -- Jalen Rose scored 28 points and Tyson Chandler had a career-high 19 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls nearly blew a 20-point fourth quarter lead before beating the New York Knicks 101-94 Monday night.

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.

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

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.

Serena survives first round
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams' bid for her fourth straight Grand Slam title is alive -- barely.

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.

Pens upend Bruins
BOSTON -- Jan Hrdina scored the game-winning goal with 5:58 remaining and Sebastien Caron made 31 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

Raiders, Eagles headed for rematch?
When the Philadelphia Eagles last went to the Super Bowl 22 years ago, they ran into the Oakland Raiders.

Fisher, Nedney: Acting comment was just a joke
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeff Fisher doesn't think a joke by one of his players will taint the Tennessee Titans' overtime victory over Pittsburgh. But for anyone who still thinks kicker Joe Nedney faked a dive, Fisher is ready to put that notion to rest.

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

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

Sports Briefs
Warriors split in YakutatSabres file for bankruptcy protectionOfficials investigating prep phenom's car

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