Sunday, January 20, 2002

No delays reported due to baggage checks at major Alaska airports
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- No major delays were reported at Alaska's two largest international airports Friday, when a federal law requiring increased baggage screening took effect.

Iditarod falls short of Iditarider funds goal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Iditarod Trail Committee is looking for a last-minute surge of bids from people who want to ride with mushers at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race race in March.

ANWR lobbying bill on fast track before Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to give a nonprofit group $1 million more to continue lobbying for the opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is positioned to zoom through the Legislature.

BLM pursuing Beaver Creek buyouts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Land Management hopes to buy out private property owners along Beaver Creek, which was designated as a ''national wild and scenic river'' by Congress in 1980s.

GED students to see changes in exam
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Students seeking a General Equivalency Diploma will take a test radically different than the ones offered the last 14 years.

Survey could mean dipnetters won't have to pay fee
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A state transportation survey could mean that dipnetters won't pay to scoop salmon out of the Copper River this summer at Chitina.

Murkowski says more dialogue needed to solve state fiscal problems
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska's fiscal crisis has been exacerbated by the lack of dialogue between the Legislature and governor -- something he can fix if elected governor, Sen. Frank Murkowski said.

Federal dollars fuel Alaska Railroad building boom
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly $300 million in federal funds is fueling a building boom for the Alaska Railroad.

Income tax could cost family of four $1,150
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' proposed income tax would cost the average Alaska household about $1,150, according to administration estimates.

Archaeological find turns into landmark court case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A round white bone protruded from the moss beneath a limestone crag. Ian Lynch dropped to his knees and dug in the dirt with his fingers. He lifted a skull and gazed into the eye sockets of a human child.

Minority Democrats want special election to replace U.S. Senator
JUNEAU (AP) -- Minority Democrats in the state Legislature are proposing a measure to create a special election to replace a U.S. Senate vacancy.

Deck worker struck by 700-pound crab pot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 34-year-old man was struck in the chest by a 700-pound crab pot while working on a crab boat in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard said Saturday.

Sealaska announces joint venture in plastics
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska Corp. and Nypro announced Thursday they have entered into a joint venture for a plastics injection molding operation in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Fuel found in Cooper Landing stream
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small diesel spill might have gone unnoticed if not for a program that taps volunteers to gauge the health of salmon-spawning tributaries feeding the Kenai River.

Unemployment rate up but still low
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate rose in December, when about 18,650 people were jobless and looking for work.

Men charged in UAF construction thefts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks men and two female juveniles have been charged with stealing power tools from a University of Alaska Fairbanks construction site over Christmas break.

Sorting myth from fact during flu, cold season
There's no such thing as stomach flu. And no, you shouldn't starve a fever.

Army takes over, Marines leave Afghan base
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Bent under the weight of backpacks, M-16s and rocket launchers, U.S. Marines on Saturday took flights out of Afghanistan, after handing over to the Army the military base they set up in the Taliban heartland.

Boat wakes return to KRSMA agenda
Kenai River Special Management Area advisory board members were brought up to speed on several projects affecting the management area in their meeting at the Kenai River Center on Thursday.

Kasilof residents split over future of community
Attempts to create a unified community council and action plan for Kasilof met a mixed reception at a meeting organized by the Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development District Thursday night.

Sean O'Loughlin
Soldotna resident Sean O'Loughlin died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, in Portland, Ore. He was 79.

Ask the Mayor
Question: How big is the Kenai Peninsula Borough and what is the population?

High-tech dreams clash with computer's desires
I'm guilty. I admit it. I have worked for a newspaper consistently for the last 11 years. And during that time, I've sat behind a desk with a large glowing object on it, and I still don't understand what makes it tick.

Strategists wonder if Sept. 11 brought about changes in voters' attitudes
WASHINGTON -- Thrown off balance by President Bush's post-Sept. 11 popularity, Democrats are struggling to find their footing in the run-up to the November midterm elections. But so far, they're not finding much traction on any issue other than the economy.

Lack of security just as scary as shortage of education funding
As the United States ponders security issues in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, one wonders: How secure is secure enough? And, how much are we willing to pay for that security?

Around the Peninsula
Alaska Independent Blind meeting scheduledHospital service area board to meetPublic health clinic closed for holidayPDK to present informational panelRed Cross offering CPR classesHomer chamber to hold awards programSnaring seminar to be offeredWinter fun day to be held at the refugeHomer Community School offering multiple classesGuide registration forms availableWomen's brunch to be held

Kenai couple turns peninsula life into treasured time
Through the telescope strategically placed in their Kenai living room, Phil and Betty Ames watch ships sailing up and down Cook Inlet.

Web sites help out first-year parents
The Extension Office has received a newsletter series from the University of Wisconsin-Extension entitled, "Parenting the First Year." This parenting information is presented in 12, eight-page newsletters that focus on the month-to-month development of a child during the first year.

Odd lodging: Staying in caves, igloos, under the sea, treehouses
Ever dream of sleeping under the sea? Or reliving your childhood up in a tree? How about a fantastical winter wedding in an elaborate igloo? Or spending a week as lighthouse keepers? These unusual lodging establishments offer something special for travelers in search of a little whimsy:

Schools staff seeking increase
Negotiations began Friday in what bode to be difficult contract talks between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and unions representing its teachers and support staff.

Photo feature: Motoring
Mike Christian hops over a jump during a snowmachine ride alongside the Kenai Spur Highway Saturday morning. Outdoor enthusiasts still have their eyes on the clouds as they hope for more snow.

SkyHi boys, SoHi girls roast rivals
The Soldotna Stars stole the spotlight at their home opener against Skyview's girls basketball team Saturday evening. Soldotna took the ball -- and the game -- and ran with it, defeating the Panthers 58-34.

Palmer hockey's shocker
It should come as no surprise to followers of hockey, particularly Team USA, that the skaters from Palmer High School saw fit to alter the appearance of the Soldotna Sports Center early Friday.

Sports Briefs
Minnesota tops Alaska AnchorageHaas leads Bob Hope ClassicDunhill Championship

After long break, Nikiski earns split with ACS
The Nikiski High School girls basketball had no trouble getting back into the swing of things after a month off, defeating the visiting Anchorage Christian Schools Lions 59-29 Friday in a District 3/3A game.

Hurricanes summon third-period rally to tie New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Defenseman Aaron Ward scored with 2:53 left to cap a two-goal third-period rally, giving the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-3 tie with the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

SoHi's Knight skis to Besh Cup victory
Soldotna's Brent Knight led the contingent of skiers at the Besh Cup competition in Homer Saturday, taking the top spot in the boys J1 category at McNeil Canyon Trails.

Ninilchik girls start season with Heritage Tourney crown
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team swept their games at the Heritage Christian Tournament, defeating the Delta Huskies 66-21 on Friday and finishing off the tourney with a 40-38 win over the host Eagles Saturday.

Controversial replay ruling helps Patriots top Raiders in snowstorm
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots plowed into the AFC championship game with a big push from the referee.

Stars down Mustangs
A defense that had been cause for Soldotna hockey coach Pat Nolden to worry has now become a source of pride.

Jordan picks up victory in return to Chicago
CHICAGO -- Michael Jordan offset a career-high nine turnovers with 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in Chicago as a visiting player, leading the Washington Wizards to a 77-69 victory over the Bulls on Saturday.

No. 1 Duke breezes past No. 14 Wake Forest
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jason Williams had 23 points, Dahntay Jones added 22 and Carlos Boozer had 20 and 18 rebounds as top-ranked Duke rolled over No. 14 Wake Forest 103-80 Saturday.

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