Saturday, January 18, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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
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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Panthers pin Stars Heritage boys, girls sweep Seldovia

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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