Thursday, January 16, 2003

Coast Guard announced cutter for Valdez
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard will send its cutter Long Island to Valdez this fall, the agency announced Wednesday.

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.

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.

Grant upgrades Kenai library computers
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Community Library patrons will have newer, faster computers later this year, courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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.

Inter-island Ferry celebrates first anniversary
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Inter-island Ferry Authority celebrated the ferry Prince of Wales' first year in scheduled service Wednesday with a brief sailing around Pennock Island.

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.

Ketchikan board approves new charter school
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A new charter school will be part of the Ketchikan School District next school year if it enrolls at least 155 students.

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.

Interior mayors head to D.C. in search of funds
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three Interior mayors are teaming up to take on Washington.

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

Forest Service lifts Moose Pass-area snowmachine ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has suspended a decision to ban snowmachines from a popular network of trails near Moose Pass to give community residents and others more opportunities to discuss it.

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.

Anchorage woman killed in fire identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Fire Department on Wednesday confirmed that the woman who died early Tuesday when a fire broke out in her living room was Dawn Barbara Grande.

Kodiak residents feel earthquake
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake centered 65 miles south of the city of Kodiak rattled residents of the community Wednesday.

Fewer new jobs forecast for Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Local economic forecasters have lowered their expectations for job growth in Anchorage, saying they expect to see about 1,700 new jobs in the area this year.

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.

Teacher accused of assault won't be charged
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City prosecutors said they will not press charges against Ravenwood Elementary School teacher Susan Brusehaber, who was accused in December of choking a student while on a field trip to Wal-Mart.

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.

Iditarod will go on, despite poor trail conditions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Although trail conditions border on horrible at the moment, Jack Niggemyer, race manager for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, said the Iditarod will go on, no matter what.

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.

Four Alaska firefighter departments get federal grants
WASHTINGTON (AP) -- Four Alaska fire departments have received Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Fire Administration grants worth more than $140,000.

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.

Juneau orders noisy company to seek permit
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau construction company has been ordered to seek a permit to continue noisy activities it says it has engaged in since 1989.

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.

Ketchikan considers cold storage facility
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Local fishing industry and government representatives are honing a plan for community-owned cold storage in Ketchikan.

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.

It's official: Yukon Quest is a go
WHITEHORSE (AP) -- The annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will start in Whitehorse on Feb. 9 after all, the event's marketing manager said Wednesday.

Ketchikan property owners protest UA land sale
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Property owners opposing a University of Alaska land sale have submitted a notice of intent to sue the university if it proceeds with plans to transfer the land to a Ketchikan logging company.

Ketchikan virus identified as Norwalk-like
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The bugs plaguing Ketchikan stomachs in recent weeks have been confirmed as Noroviruses.

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

Hospital board trims outside marketing work
In an effort to curb its spending, Central Peninsula General Hospital officials will more closely control the Kenai Peninsula Borough-owned hospital's marketing and graphic design expenses.

NPR gets $14 million
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A private foundation is giving $14 million to National Public Radio, $10 million of which will support news and public affairs programs at the network's 714 stations.

Business Briefs
Business, Citizen of The Year candidates namedSBDC sponsors incorporating workshop

Flexible schedules common, but not always official company policy
WASHINGTON -- Scott Carver is a morning person who likes to get to work at DuPont early so he can leave while it's still light outside.

Interest rates making younger homeowners
CHICAGO -- Record-low interest rates are prompting people in their early 20s to do something they hadn't thought possible at their age: buy a home.

Warm weather not expected to delay T-200
As the 20th annual Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race prepares to kick off Jan. 25, many big-name mushers already have signed up, despite no end in sight for one of the warmest, driest winters on record.

Iditarod will go on, despite poor trail conditions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Although trail conditions border on horrible at the moment, Jack Niggemyer, race manager for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, said the Iditarod will go on, no matter what.

Renovation allows fresh look at old art
BALTIMORE -- The dead white guys -- and their female muses -- are back at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Rarefied Light
The statewide traveling exhibition "Rarefied Light" is in part designed to showcase the versatility and innovations of Alaskans working in the photography medium. This year it showcases the creativity and expertise of two local artists as well.

Many no-shows at American Music Awards
LOS ANGELES -- The biggest winners turned out to be MIAs at the 30th annual AMAs, including Eminem, winner of a leading four American Music Awards.

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.

ANWR effort gets new push by Senate GOPs
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans intend to push anew to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, this time using a legislative procedure that would prevent Democrats from blocking their move with fewer than 50 votes.

2003 Schedule
February 9 to November 16, 2003

Limiting autograph time won't fix clutter in garage
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR completely overhauled the Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Pontiac Grand Prix. It also gave the Dodge Intrepid a new front bumper and the Ford Taurus a new trunk.

Drivers say tires reduce competition
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- If Rusty Wallace had his way, the tires on his new Dodge Intrepid would wear out every 50 laps. After all, what's another $1,400 when it's the difference in winning a $150,000 race?

Library upgrade in works
Kenai Community Library patrons will have some newer, faster and more versatile computers at their disposal later this year, courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

State will offer help to Kmart's employees
With 932 jobs earmarked for elimination when Alaska's five Kmarts close in this spring, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development has begun to unfold plans to lend assistance to workers who will be affected.

Seaton working on fish, prescription measures
Rep.-elect Paul Seaton, R-Homer, said he's working on a fisheries bill that would permit fishers to harvest the eggs of aged chum and pink salmon and toss the carcasses overboard.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Adolph J. Osterhaus
Kenai resident Adolph J. Osterhaus, also known as "Uncle Joe" or Joe, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 62.

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

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.

Can U. S. stay course on education reform?
Education reform may be at a crucial turning point, judging from the views of one of the leaders of the movement.

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.

Cottonwood Health Center's melanoma clinic big success

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.

'Household 2003' enjoys success because of community support

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
Senior service area board to meetFish and game advisory committee to meetClean boating tide books availableBear activity seminar plannedCardiac patient reunion planned

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

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

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:

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.

School menus for this week

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

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

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.

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

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

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 bring gaudy reputations to big game
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- It's easy to get lost in Oakland's locker room. Not because of the size of the place, but because of the people in it.

49ers fire Mariucci
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For all his charm and success with the San Francisco 49ers, Steve Mariucci couldn't please owner John York.

Williams takes second-round win, $1,500 fine for audible obscenity
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams was back in ''Serena slam'' form Thursday.

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.

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.

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

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.

Throwing Kleenex at the couch
I don't know why the idea of full-time NFL referees seems so funny.

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.

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.

McNabb prepared for vaunted Bucs' defense
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb had little trouble running away from Atlanta's Keith Brooking and Patrick Kerney. It won't be easy to escape Tampa Bay's Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks.

Sports Briefs
Nikolaevsk teams sweep YakutatColon, El Duque traded in three-team dealWorld Series home field could go to All-Star winnerHingis 'not even thinking of a comeback'Clark becomes fourth All-American to turn pro

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

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