Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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.

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

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.

Former Bettles man gets 5 years in sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Bettles man has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for his conviction of molesting two of his daughters several times and threatening them with a handgun.

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.

Apollo 17 astronaut visits Barrow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator from New Mexico Dr. Harrison Schmitt got a warm reception in Barrow Tuesday night.

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.

Shareholders get second $100,000 dollar distribution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Akhiok Kaguyak Inc. sent out the second and final $100,000 installment to shareholders Wednesday in one of the largest payouts ever made by an Alaska Native corporation.

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.

Committee tours Alaska cities vying for Arctic games
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Competition is heating up among Alaska communities hoping to host the Arctic Winter Games in 2006.

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.

Subsistence board adopts customary trade rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board adopted a regulation Tuesday that allows rural residents to trade or sell subsistence-caught fish among themselves or to non-rural residents.

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.

Study says media overstated ANWR potential oil
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Major U.S. newspapers, broadcasters and magazines have generally overstated the amount of oil likely to be recoverable from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to a group of government-funded researchers.

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.

Masek says she wants to be majority leader
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Beverly Masek, R-Willow, wants to replace Lisa Murkowski as the next state House majority leader.

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.

Fairbanks Sam Goody store closes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of Fairbanks' Sam Goody stores closed last week as part of a cost-trimming effort by Best Buy Co., its parent company.

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.

Ketchikan school reopens
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Catholic school reopened Tuesday after most of its students stayed home with a gastrointestinal illness Friday.

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.

Rep. Young proposes reviving Susitna Dam project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Congressman Don Young wants to resurrect plans to dam the Susitna River for a massive hydroelectric project.

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.

Juneau woman pleads innocent to assault, failure to aid
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman has pleaded innocent to charges she left the scene of a December drunken-driving accident that injured three people.

Juneau car dealer, assistant plead guilty to fraud
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former consignment car dealer and his top sales manager pleaded guilty Monday to charges they defrauded customers.

Panel finds press secretary violated ethics code
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate Republican majority's press secretary violated the state ethics code last fall by calling a news conference to blast a speech by then-gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer.

Matsui's introduction draws ton of attention
NEW YORK -- Even the mayor showed up to greet Godzilla.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Chenault begins second term with education high on his list
Rep. Mike Chenault, returning to Juneau to begin his second term in the Alaska House of Represen-tatives, said he's not sure if the Legislature will vote on a long-range fiscal plan this session.

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.

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.

Kenai Kmart store to close Nationwide retailer to cut 326 outlets, 37,000 jobs
Monday, everything was normal for Bonnie Flynn. The Kenai mother of two left her job for a day off on Tuesday, expecting little would change until she returned.

Public invited to show support for games' bid
The International Arctic Winter Games site committee will visit Kenai and Soldotna Friday to inspect and evaluate the Kenai Peninsula's ability to host the 2006 games.

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

David Soren Deitrick
Longtime Sterling resident David Soren Deitrick died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, from advanced Parkinson's disease at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 81.

Margaret Ellen White
Sterling resident Margaret Ellen White died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of liver disease. She was 67.

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

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

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

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

Poll: Bush's approval rating at 58 percent
President Bush's job approval has slipped to 58 percent in a new CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll, the first time it has fallen below 60 percent in that poll since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

New U.S. senator likely to see plenty of committee action What others say
All things considered, Lisa Murkowski's committee assignments as a freshman member of the U.S. Senate couldn't have been better.

Cottonwood Health Center's melanoma clinic big success

Letters to the Editor
Guides should be regulated as commercial operations School district situation concerns entire community; show you care Letter writer apologizes for making personal attack Clarion ignores eastern part of peninsula in its coverage

Bush takes aim at potential Democratic contenders for White House
WASHINGTON -- President Bush says he pays no mind to the Democrats jockeying for his job, but his aides are closely watching potential opponents and stepping up their efforts to keep the White House.

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

Around the Peninsula
USDA rep to speak today at chamber Social Security rep to visit peninsula Church to present dinner theater Chamber awards planned KMS students to raffle off boat

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

Now is the time for seniors to consider future plans
For high school seniors, the second semester is a time when the rubber meets the road. This is the time of ye

Schools turn to fund-raisers to pay salaries
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With money tight and times tough, parents and teachers across the nation are holding fund-raisers to pay teachers' salaries and benefits.

Missed walk-in registration? You haven't missed the boat
KPC just completed general walk-in registration last week, but that doesn't mean college is out of the question for the 2003 spring semester. Students can continue registering for classes through Friday.

Student of Month
The following students were named Students of the Month at Mountain View Elementary School:

District plans budget hearings
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is in the process of seeking community feedback for its 2004 fiscal year budget. Public budget hearings will be held

Schools around the District
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Center Mountain View Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai MIddle School Soldotna MIddle School Connections Interior Distance Eduction of Alaska Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

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.

Around the District
Students get 4-day weekend Redoubt After the Bell seeks tutors AVTEC, KPC scholarships available

Smile, it's the Tooth Fairy
The Tooth Fairy is coming.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the second quarter at Wings Christian Academy:

School menus for this week

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.

Summitt gets 800th career win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pat Summitt became the first coach in women's college basketball history to win 800 career games when No. 5 Tennessee beat No. 25 DePaul 76-57 Tuesday night.

NHL finances remain strong
NEW YORK -- On the day the Buffalo Sabres became the second NHL franchise in a week to declare bankruptcy, the league signed a $1 million sponsorship deal with the Kellogg Company.

Injury-plagued Raptors find a way vs. Wizards
WASHINGTON -- Rafer Alston and Damone Brown -- players just signed from a developmental league -- helped the injury-ravaged Toronto Raptors stun the Washington Wizards 84-75 Tuesday night.

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

Bengals tap Lewis to turn around franchise
CINCINNATI -- The architect of one of the NFL's greatest defenses will try to resurrect its worst team.

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

Thrashers hire Hartley as coach
ATLANTA -- If Bob Hartley wanted a challenge, he came to the right place.

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.

Fans fill seats, Ottawa fills Tampa Bay's net
OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime earned his third straight shutout, and Radek Bonk and Martin Havlat each scored twice to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

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.

No sweat for Agassi
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Three-time champion Andre Agassi breezed to a second-round victory over Lee Hyung-taik in the Australian Open on Wednesday, losing only one game in the match.

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.

Sports Briefs
KPHA squad sweeps two games NFL seeks out high school coaches

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.

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

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