Friday, January 17, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Stevens measure would bar appeals of Tongass decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens has included in a spending bill a measure that would prevent environmentalists from appealing a pending Forest Service decision about development in the Tongass National Forest.

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

About 120 army medical personnel to get smallpox vaccine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 120 medical personnel from Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks and Fort Richardson in Anchorage will soon be vaccinated against smallpox.

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

Drug probe at Eielson widens
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The number of people at Eielson Air Force Base suspected of using illegal drugs has grown to include 25 people, base officials said Thursday.

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.

Sampson named to head Alaska AFL-CIO
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former Fairbanks North Star borough Mayor Jim Sampson has been elected the executive president of the Alaska AFL-CIO.

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

Alaska unemployment rate jumps in December
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate rose sharply in December.

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.

Murkowski appoints four to fish board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski chose a commercial fisherman, a former sport fish director, a seafood marketing consultant and a fish processing representative to serve on the state board that regulates Alaska's fisheries Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska crude increases with anxiety over Venezuela and Iraq
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A nearly two-month labor strike in Venezuela that has crippled exports coupled with anxiety that the United States will go to war with Iraq is easing Alaska's budget deficit.

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.

Ferry workers hit with possible Norwalk-like virus
JUNEAU (AP) -- Eight ferry crew members are recovering this week after another outbreak of what appears to be a Norwalk-like virus on a state vessel, officials confirmed Wednesday.

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.

Homer takes steps to purchase UA land
HOMER (AP) -- The Homer City Council has authorized the purchase of 220 acres of watershed land near the city reservoir from the University of Alaska.

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.

State responds to Kmart closures
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development is ready to aid the more than 900 employees of Alaska's Kmarts when those stores close here, according to the state labor commissioner.

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

Fairbanks hospital workers consider union
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Workers for the largest private employer in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are taking another look at joining a labor union.

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.

Delta Junction pitches school sale near missiles to military
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delta Junction city and school officials say they would be willing to part with a school building located just a mile from the new missile defense site, if the price is right.

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.

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.

Third trial begins for Kenai man accused of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A third trial has begun for a man accused of killing and dismembering a Kenai Peninsula couple nine years ago, then dumping their remains in the deep water off Homer.

Owners attempt to add weight to All-Star game
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Baseball owners decided unanimously Thursday to give the All-Star game winner home-field advantage in the World Series. Now it's up to players whether to put the change in place.

ALL BUSINESS: Dividend tax-cut plan taxing to understand
NEW YORK (AP) -- When tax experts find the government's proposed dividend tax cut tough to decipher, it's no wonder the rest of us are confused over who could potentially get what when.

Insurance regulators urge Americans to 'get smart' about coverage
NEW YORK (AP) -- Does your family have enough life insurance? Are you paying the best possible rate for your car insurance? Would damage to your house and property be fully covered in a fire or a flood?

Dollar's woes not all bad news
NEW YORK (AP) -- The dollar tumbles against most major currencies, and this is good news? For the struggling U.S. economy, it may very well be.

Watercooler
ONLINE JOB PITFALLS: Internet job sites might seem like a great idea to a job seeker, but they can be a nightmare for the people who have to sort through all the resumes.

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.

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.

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.

Stores target baby boomers with stylish body-shaping lingerie
NEW YORK (AP) -- When it comes to lingerie shopping, Andrea Pass, like many other baby boomers, shudders at the idea of a girdle.

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.

It's official: Yukon Quest will proceed on schedule
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Education, public safety head Wolf's priority list
Education and public safety top the list of his priorities, said freshman Rep. Kelly Wolf.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Erosion funds head federal wish list
In addition to discussing a smoking ban, the Kenai City Council on Wednesday:

Arguments in Wagoner case to be heard today
The Alaska Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments this morning in a case that could decide if Sen.-elect Thomas Wagoner assumes his Senate District Q seat Tuesday when the 23rd Legislature's first session opens.

Smith's third trial in Enzler-Bellamy murders opens
ANCHORAGE -- After three and one-half days of jury selection, attorneys presented opening arguments in Anchorage Thursday in the third trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith.

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.

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.

Kenai debates smoking
The winds of change that are set to clear the air of smoke in Soldotna restaurants later this year and left several restaurant owners fuming may be blowing toward Kenai.

Putting best foot forward
Today's the day.

Donald H. Murphy
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Donald H. Murphy died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at his home in Cooper Landing. He was 69.

Ronald Wayne Elerick
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Ronald Wayne "Preacher" Elerick died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, in Boise, Idaho. He was 58.

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.

Olga (Kozevnikoff) Prince
Seward resident Olga (Kozevnikoff) Prince died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, of natural causes at Wesley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward. She was 86.

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

Oilers Corner Oilers sign Spartan pitcher
Michigan State University pitcher Tim Day has signed with the Peninsula Oilers for the 2003 season. Day established a school record for wins with 11 in 2002 and was rewarded by being named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team.

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.

Peninsula welcomes Arctic Winter Games Site Committee today
The Kenai Peninsula has the unique opportunity today to show off on the world stage.

Applause
'Household 2003' enjoys success because of community support

Letters to the Editor
Shooting was unnecessary; government abuses its power DFYS not held accountable; it does more to harm than good

Outgoing Kenai Peninsula representative says thanks for opportunity
I wanted to write to thank my supporters for having had the opportunity to serve in Alaska's Capitol the past two years.

Efficiency allows Little to tackle new job, maintain kennel
Jon. Even the name itself smacks of efficiency. The "h" is a nice letter and all. Tall. Stout. And graceful in its curve. But when it comes to Jon, the "h" is not needed. Three letters. Three sounds. Perfect.

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoor club planning activities

The aurora borealis -- lighting up Alaska's nighttime sky
I have always been fascinated by northern lights. However, it wasn't until my college years while on field study at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska that I actually first saw them.

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

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank needs blood Pratt Museum to host community conversation Youth ski trip planned Folk dancers plan first dance of year Alliance to meet Business center offers incorporation workshop

Dalai Lama urges Buddhists to reject materialism
GAYA, India (AP) -- The Dalai Lama led Tibetan Buddhists' highest worship ceremony, calling for the rejection of materialism, greed and violence.

Swedenborg Chapel in midst of Harvard tries to hang on
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- For more than a century, the tiny Swedenborg Chapel has been located in the middle of the stately environs of Harvard University. If it doesn't make a $2 million payment by the end of March, it may be absorbed by them.

New California law expected to shift focus of priest scandal west
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's been two decades since Carlos Perez-Castillo says he was molested by a Roman Catholic priest. During those years, the former swimmer with Olympic aspirations dropped out of high school, had careless sex ''to prove I was a guy'' and suffered a series of failed marriages.

Financial burden for churches an issue in preservation fight
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The City Council should reject a proposal that would bar residents from nominating churches, synagogues and other religious buildings for historic status, the city's Historic Review Commission said.

United Methodist bishop accused of violating church teaching
CHICAGO (AP) -- A group of United Methodist clergy and lay people have accused Chicago Bishop Joseph Sprague of violating church teaching on salvation and the virgin birth of Jesus.

Vatican official heads to Vietnam to assess aid needs
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II has sent a senior official to Vietnam to assess aid needs and meet with Roman Catholic leaders in that nation, the Vatican said Monday.

In the workplace, religion becomes an increasing source of tension
NEW YORK (AP) -- By the time Carol Grotts arrived for her first day at Brink's Inc., she'd completed the company's orientation program and submitted to a background check, then had her fingers pressed into an ink pad.

Members upset with church's decision not to let women vote
RIPON, Wis. (AP) -- A Lutheran congregation is losing members over a decision to maintain a policy barring women from voting on church issues.

InterVarsity's insistence on conservative Christian student leaders runs afoul of colleges' policies
After 65 years of work on American college campuses, the respected InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has been battling recently with administrators at several dozen schools.

Greek Orthodox whose church was destroyed on 9-11 mark Epiphany
NEW YORK (AP) -- Members of a tiny Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks returned Sunday to lower Manhattan to mark Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Religion Briefs
Bible study group meets Dinner theater planned Christian country musician to perform Easter musical practice begins Trumpet of Faith conference continues Homer church gives away coats Healing Rooms open every weekend Friendship closet open Wednesdays Religious poems sought Writers sought for faith anthology

Skiers take the good, take the bad
Just as the viewers of "The Facts of Life" did, skiers of Tsalteshi Trails will have to take the good, and take the bad, in the upcoming week.

Jaguars hire coach
The Jacksonville Jaguars were looking for a coach who could relate to the players and put fans back in the seats. They hired Jack Del Rio, a whirlwind of a guy who once played linebacker in the NFL and sometimes looks like he wishes he still did.

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

Expect a Super Bowl between Eagles, Raiders
Jon Gruden wants to dispel the notion that his Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't play well in cold weather or at Veterans Stadium.

Kwan back on top; Goebel leads men
DALLAS -- Give it up? Maybe Michelle Kwan is just getting warmed up.

Eagles knock off Panthers
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team opened the 14th annual Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament in thrilling fashion Thursday, defeating the Skyview High School Panthers 45-43 at Nikiski.

Bucs look to get raised up over Eagles' wings
TAMPA, Fla. -- Warren Sapp will never forget walking off the field after losing to Philadelphia in the playoffs the past two years. He can't imagine experiencing that pain again.

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

Venus gains fourth round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Venus Williams gained plenty of experience in playing out of trouble.

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

Titans go for Bowl that counts
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Any player would gladly exchange a trip to the Pro Bowl for a trip to the Super Bowl.

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.

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
Panthers pin Stars Heritage boys, girls sweep Seldovia

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.

Moose's winter diet pretty plain
FAIRBANKS -- How much wood could a cow moose munch if a cow moose could munch wood?

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