Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Craig mayor takes stand in state redistricting trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The mayor of Craig testified Monday that Alaska's new redistricting map makes it impossible for Prince of Wales Island residents to receive fair representation.

Jan. 10, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. applauds effort to bring on more Native teachers
Ilisagvik College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks know that to strengthen our rural communities, we must start with the educational system.

Video cameras capture DWI arrests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police arrested 40 percent more drunk drivers during the recent holiday season than they did two years ago.

Drug agents seize two kilos of cocaine in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Drug enforcement agents confiscated 2 kilograms of cocaine from a Los Angeles man at the Fairbanks International Airport early Saturday morning.

Father and daughter die in Summit Lake avalanche
SUMMIT LAKE (AP) -- A father and his 13-year-old daughter were killed while snowmachining near Summit Lake glacier when a cornice of snow gave way, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Legislators begin debate on anti-terror costs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers began dissecting Gov. Tony Knowles' $102.1 million anti-terrorism package in a committee hearing on Tuesday.

Eielson airman shot, killed at trailer park
FAIRANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old Eielson Air Force Base airman was shot and killed early Sunday morning at a mobile home park south of Fairbanks.

Anchorage school deficit vanishes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School District's expected budget deficit has disappeared.

Bethel man killed in snowmachine accident
BETHEL (AP) -- A Bethel man was killed early Sunday in a snowmachine accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Trial begins for man charged with murder after basketball game
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trial of an Anchorage man charged with murder after a basketball game began Monday in Anchorage Superior Court.

Jan. 13, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges a state budget solution
A possible fiscal crisis has been looming over the state of Alaska for many years now. But state leaders have been more than willing to let the issue slide rather than face the hard decisions necessary to find a long-term solution.

Leader of state employee union suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Saying he had engaged in ''conduct imminently dangerous to the welfare of the local,'' the executive board of ASEA-AFSCME Local 52, one of Alaska's largest state employee unions, has suspended its president.

House hears second verse of Flag Song
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Youth Choir gave the state House a chance to hear -- literally -- one of the bills they'll probably vote on this year.

Briefs from the Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Republican state senators were named to chair key committees vacated by former Sen. Drue Pearce, who left in June to take a job with the Bush administration in Washington, D.C.

Ketchikan man found guilty of sexual assault
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan jury found Frank W. Mooney guilty of first-degree sexual assault Friday after less than a day of deliberation.

Fish board approves cooperative plan for Chignik sockeye fishery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Looking for ways to revive the ailing Alaska salmon industry, the state Board of Fisheries approve a dramatic change in the way one of the state's major salmon fisheries operates.

Lawmakers waste no time in debating closing fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers facing two of the most intractable problems before state government received a peptalk by House Speaker Brian Porter on Monday.

Joint legislative committee hires gasline consultant
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Fairbanks economic research firm was hired by a joint legislative committee to research North Slope natural gas issues.

Spill review looks at issue of clamps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is reviewing whether it needs to modify clamps used to control potential pipe leaks.

Report says a prime piece of Permanent Fund real estate could be sold
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A New York development company may be interested in buying the Alaska Permanent Fund's flagship real estate property -- the Tysons Corner Center mall just outside Washington, D.C.

Jan. 8, 2002 The Voice of the Times on Democratic hopes in 2004
The Democratic National Committee is expected to make changes in the rules for Democratic party primaries that could make the 2004 primary season quite short.

Gatt wins Copper Basin 300
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- Canadian mushers finished in the top three spots of the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race on Monday.

Jan. 7, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on the options left to a lame duck governor
Tony Knowles opens the new year, his last as governor, in an awkward place on the ship of state.

Briefs from the Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Republican state senators were named to chair key committees vacated by former Sen. Drue Pearce, who left in June to take a job with the Bush administration in Washington, D.C.

Fairbanks man killed in trailer park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was shot and killed early Sunday at the Lake View Terrace Trailer Court, Alaska State Troopers said.

Wilderness Society names new regional director
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Wilderness Society has named a new Alaska regional director.

Snow crab season to open Tuesday
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab season is expected to open Tuesday amid efforts to change the system.

Lawmakers waste no time in debating closing fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers took a first step toward a possible statewide tax aimed at closing the $1.1 billion deficit in Alaska's budget when they returned to work on Monday.

Eielson airman shot, killed at trailer park
FAIRANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old Eielson Air Force Base airman was shot and killed early Sunday morning at a mobile home park south of Fairbanks.

Home is where the heart (and $90 million) is for Bonds
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds knew he'd stay with San Francisco the day he reported to spring training last February.

The Kenai Chamber wants you in 2002
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is surging into the New Year with a new president and "A Salute to Our Unsung Heroes," the 25th anniversary Town & Gown Awards Banquet.

Efforts for Homeland security to increase in the year 2002
In the wake of last year's terrorist attacks, even remote communities like the Kenai Peninsula are receiving visits from officials charged with homeland security. Last week, General Korenek, Commander of the Alaska Army National Guard, accompanied by Jim Harris, Recovery Manager for the Alaska Division of Emergency Services, addressed the first meeting of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce in 2002.

Wildlife refuge stays open for snowmobiling
The unseasonably warm weather on the Kenai Peninsula has measurably reduced the protective snow cover on parts of the vast Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR).

Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer addresses the Soldotna Chamber
Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer addressed the first meeting of 2002 for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week at the Riverside House. Buffeted by windy weather that delayed her arrival, the Lt. Governor wasted no time in getting to the issues that are forecasting a turbulent legislative session in Juneau.

Alaska Materials Exchange tops $2 Million in savings
The Alaska Materials Exchange (AME) is a program for businesses that find themselves with an excess of usable materials that they no longer need. The AME is a free service designed to help Alaskan businesses reuse materials and find alternatives to throwing valuable materials into Alaska's landfills.

Watershed Forum discusses results of water quality study
Several years ago all of the state, federal, and local agencies that are responsible for taking care of the Kenai River agreed that there was a major gap in data regarding the water quality of the river, according to Robert Ruffner, executive director of the Kenai Water Shed Forum.

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.

Swingley heats up AttaBoy
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley won the inaugural Oregon AttaBoy 300 World Cup sled dog race on Sunday, finishing more than 15 minutes ahead of the second-place musher.

Gatt wins Copper Basin 300
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- Canadian mushers finished in the top three spots of the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race on Monday.

Lawmakers jump in on budget debate
JUNEAU -- Lawmakers took a first step toward a possible statewide tax aimed at closing the $1.1 billion deficit in Alaska's budget when they returned to work on Monday.

Briefs from the Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Republican state senators were named to chair key committees vacated by former Sen. Drue Pearce, who left in June to take a job with the Bush administration in Washington, D.C.

Forum examines threats from aging pipelines
Beneath the seas of Cook Inlet and beneath the ground of the northern Kenai Peninsula, a generation of oil pipelines is aging. How to avoid spills from them was the subject of a forum Thursday in Soldotna.

Lawmakers jump in on budget debate
JUNEAU -- Lawmakers took a first step toward a possible statewide tax aimed at closing the $1.1 billion deficit in Alaska's budget when they returned to work on Monday.

Scalzi gets feet wet on fishing issues
House Speaker Brian Porter set what he hoped would be the tone of the second session of the 22nd Legislature on Monday when he urged his colleagues to set aside their differences and personal agendas and focus on finding a way to bridge the fiscal gap.

Chenault: Cuts key to budget fix
Alaska lacks a long-range fiscal policy because its oil wealth has always been there to undermine the political will needed to create one, Rep. Mike Chenault said in an interview Monday shortly before the opening gavel of the second session of the 22nd Legislature.

Soldotna checks into senior tax breaks
The city of Soldotna is actively exploring the possibility of offering a tax break to senior citizens renting their homes. Although no action was taken on the issue at Wednesday's Soldotna City Council meeting, the council weighed the pros and cons of the idea and received feedback from a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Partnerships play key role in being prepared
Alaska will remain safe from harm because of community partnerships established long before there was a heightened sense of awareness of potential terrorism threats.

Military wants to cut back fighter patrols
WASHINGTON -- The military has flown more than 13,000 fighter-jet patrols over American cities since Sept. 11 at a cost exceeding $324 million. Now it wants to cut back.

Terrorists leave mountain of evidence
WASHINGTON -- From Afghanistan to Europe to the U.S. Midwest, suspected terrorists, often beating a hasty retreat from their homes, camps and caves, have left behind a mountain of suspicious items that U.S. investigators are combing for clues.

Ward wants spending capped
It will take an amendment to the Alaska Constitution to compel a spending limit on state government, Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, said Monday of last week.

Jess M. Chapman
Soldotna resident Jess M. Chapman died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from congestive heart failure after a brief illness. He was 72.

Jimmy W. Deal
Former Alaska resident, Jimmy W. Deal died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at his home in Missouri. He was 75.

Lyle Psick
Ninilchik resident Lyle Psick died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

Conrad 'Con' Potter
Former Alaska resident Conrad "Con" Potter of Issaquah, Wash., died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. He was 73.

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

Legislators return to Juneau
Editor's Note: The legislative session gets under way in Juneau today. As in the past, the Kenai Peninsula's legislative delegation has been invited to keep residents informed of what's happening in this column, which will run weekly during the session. Kenai Peninsula legislators will take turns writing the column.

Alaska moving full speed ahead toward financial brick wall
A possible fiscal crisis has been looming over the state of Alaska for many years now. But state leaders have been more than willing to let the issue slide rather than face the hard decisions necessary to find a long-term solution.

Letters to the Editor
All residents encouraged to take part in advisory committee process

Enron probe 'not a witch hunt'
WASHINGTON -- The expanding investigation into the collapse of Enron Corp. and the company's close ties to the Bush administration could quickly turn into a consuming political liability for President Bush in spite of his currently high approval ratings. And Democrats are pressing hard for just that.

Applause
Concert provides feast for soulLaidlaw comes to rescue

Letters to the Editor
Everyone was right about encore played by Alexander String Quartet

Around the Peninsula
Swim team to hold tryoutsSmall business seminar scheduledMeeting to be held for care giversFish and Game committee to meetCommunity meeting planned in KasilofBlood donations neededHospital Service Area Board to meetSnaring seminar offeredNominations sought for annual banquetDevelopmental screening offeredTickets available for auction, wine tastingHomer Winter Carnival slated for FebruaryHospital now accredited for mammography

Peninsula People
Area students earn high marksKenai woman given lifetime achievement awardNikiski Hoop Shoot winners announced

Photo feature: Slick moves
Peter G. Castel braves the ice in Old Town to walk to a friend's house Monday afternoon. Sunday's light snowfall quickly turned to puddles Monday morning.

Ask a Trooper
The recent column about snowmachines on roads and in neighborhoods generated some feedback I'd like to address. This subject clearly riles many people, including "Sleepless in Kenai."

Around the Peninsula
Borough to hold spruce bark beetle discussionsMonthly AMVETS, auxiliary meeting plannedSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaCommercial fishing future to be discussedTickets available for auction, wine tastingHomer Winter Carnival scheduled for FebruaryHospital now accredited for mammography

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Youth development topic of discussion
The best ideas for youth development in the central peninsula community were discussed Thursday at the Kenai Alternative School as part of an effort to create the agenda for youth development nationwide. Youth and adults were challenged to describe what youth need to achieve success in their lives at the Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century convened by 4-H.

Community News
First Lady's Volunteer Awards open for nominationsHomer Community Schools announcementsAlaska SeaLife Center news

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu with our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Actors say fewer older entertainers portrayed
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For years, ''Lou Grant'' television star Ed Asner has worked hard to stay in the business. And it keeps getting harder.

Photo feature: Going long
While the Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens controlled the field on television, Jan Standefer had Skyview's gridiron to herself Sunday morning. Local skiers are doing their best to avoid fumbles as groomers work to tackle icy trails.

13 coaching vacancies yield one black hire
INDIANAPOLIS -- When 13 college football coaching positions opened, the Black Coaches Association believed it had an opportunity to make a difference.

Defending champs flash Super Bowl form in playoff opener
MIAMI -- The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens looked the part.

Flyers top Canadiens
MONTREAL -- John LeClair had two goals, and Philadelphia scored three times in the third period to rally the Flyers to a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night and extend their winning streak to five games.

Buccaneers fire Dungy after six seasons
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tony Dungy era is over in Tampa Bay.

Agassi withdraws in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian Open lost defending champion Andre Agassi to an injury and second-seeded Gustavo Kuerten to a five-set upset Monday (Sunday EST).

Stars light up Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mike Modano scored two goals to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

Schottenheimer out, Spurrier gets courted
WASHINGTON -- A power struggle between owner and coach left Marty Schottenheimer without a job and put the Washington Redskins in position to win the Steve Spurrier sweepstakes.

Maryland turns Georgia Tech into ramblin' wreck
ATLANTA -- Juan Dixon scored 26 points to lead No. 4 Maryland to a 92-87 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

49ers come up empty in quest to root out Packers' green, gold
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre griped at halftime about the way his talent was being wasted. Then he went back out and did something about it.

Redskins hand Spurrier $25 million contract
ASHBURN, Va. -- Steve Spurrier made his mark on the NFL even before coaching his first game or running a practice.

O'Neal to sit for three tilts
NEW YORK -- For once, Shaquille O'Neal can be thankful for his poor aim.

Capriati, Sampras earn wins in Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Jennifer Capriati began defense of her Australian Open championship with precision shotmaking that made short work of Silvija Talaja.

Sports Briefs
Bell romps to top defensive rookie honorsLeon Smith back in the NBA with HawksGiuliani, firefighter to be honored by Little LeaguePrentice raises Red Sox bid to $755 millionRobinson could become manager or GM of Expos

Lakers pummel Grizzlies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant made certain the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers wouldn't miss suspended star Shaquille O'Neal.

Sports Briefs
SoHi boys, Skyview girls take Seward InviteHakkinen 46th, 43rd in World Cup biathlonsBears tear up Seward's den

Clippers streak past Raptors
TORONTO -- Lamar Odom and Michael Olowokandi each scored 16 points as the Los Angeles Clippers ended a four-game losing streak with a 79-72 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

A view of wildlife in which people are the victims
For all of America's vigilance against terrorists, danger does not always come on two legs.

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