Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Boy, 8, killed in Fairbanks vehicle collision
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy was killed in a head-on collision in Fairbanks Sunday night.

Strong winds blow cargo units off dock in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Strong winds tore through Kodiak over the weekend, shutting down power and blowing three empty 40-foot refrigerator cargo units at the CSX Lines dock into the water.

Jan. 16, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says why it supports increasing alcohol tax
Count on liquor industry advocates to do their best to tie liquor tax proposals into the drive for a comprehensive fiscal plan in Juneau -- thereby diverting attention from liquor-tax policy and onto the even more important question of fiscal sanity.

Pentagon could spend up to $250 million in Alaska for missile system
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Defense may spend up to $250 million on missile defense work in Alaska during the next two years, according to information released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Jeff King wins 6th Kuskokwim 300
BETHEL (AP) -- Jeff King won the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race early Monday, for an unprecedented sixth victory in the race.

Day of kayaking turns into fight for life
HOMER (AP) -- A young couple, close to death from hypothermia, were trapped beneath a sea cliff on an island in Kachemak Bay last week after their kayak flipped in strong gusts.

FAA, airport spending $15 million to soundproof 650 homes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will spend $15 million over the next decade to insulate homes rattled by airplane noise.

State seeks to revise child-care subsidies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Education is considering changes to the state child care subsidy system tht would help low income families save money.

Jan. 17, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. notes parallels between civil rights and subsistence rights
The second session of the 22nd Legislature convened Jan. 14, the day before Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

State gets $365,000 federal grant to promote seat belt use
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government has awarded the state a $365,000 grant to promote seat belt use.

Homer woman missing, feared dead after kayak overturns
HOMER (AP) -- A Homer woman is missing and feared dead after a weekend kayaking mishap near Tutka Bay.

A record 10 Alaskans headed to Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five Alaskans were named to the U.S. Olympic Cross-country Ski Team Monday, bringing to 10 the number of Alaskans headed to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City next month.

Knowles to ask for $21 million to market salmon, tourism and oil
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will ask the Legislature for $20 million to aid the state's salmon and tourism industries in marketing plans.

Mitch Seavey wins Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mitch Seavey of Seward crossed the finish line at 2:33 p.m. Monday to win the 2002 Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race, a mid-distance qualifier for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Exxon Valdez spill scientists to gather in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than three dozen scientists studying the effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill are meeting in Anchorage this week.

Alaska commuter pilots tell researcher they're pressured to fly
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Pilots for small air carriers in Alaska say they are pressured to fly under unsafe conditions and that companies with crash records have poorer safety practices, according to two recently published studies.

Jan. 11, 2002 The Petersburg Pilot says fairwell to one of its pioneers
Chris Christensen passed away just days after Christmas this year. We'll miss all the stories he shared with us about life in Petersburg and on the farm in South Dakota.

Alaskans seek rule change for foreign cargo carriers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens last year unsuccessfully sought to allow foreign air cargo planes landing in Alaska to move their foreign goods to other aircraft and air carriers bound for U.S. destinations.

Jan. 17, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges lawmakers to craft a fiscal plan
With some major issues facing Alaska state government, it will be a year of tough decisions for legislators. Perhaps the biggest challenge lies in resolving the state's financial worries.

Three arrested in two Juneau robberies
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three man were arraigned Monday on robbery charges after arrests in two unrelated incidents.

Villagers working together to reconstruct destroyed building
SLEETMUTE (AP) -- A wooden staircase leading to a pile of twisted metal and charred oil drums is all that remains of the village's multiplex building, destroyed by an electrical fire on Dec. 20.

Cook Inlet beluga population appears to be growing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cook Inlet beluga whale population continues to show signs of recovery after a decade-long decline.

Thespians practice Suzuki method for The Sound of Music
Tapping into an actor's inner-levels of energy is what professional actor Marcos Martinez says the Suzuki method of acting is all about.

Hospice to hold A Special Kind of Evening
According to Hospice supporters, a special kind of caring deserves a special kind of evening, so that is the theme for this years Hospice Raffle, wine tasting, and auction, to be held Saturday, February 9th, from 7:00pm 10:00pm, at the Soldotna Senior Center.

4-H Youth Conversation draws community leaders
New ideas are dawning among local 4-H youth and their leaders as the national organization celebrates its Centennial Anniversary. To put legs under some of those ideas, local 4-H leaders held a "Conversation on Youth Development" with representatives of the local community recently at the Kenai Alternative School.

U.S. Senator Murkowski looks forward to the re-opening of the Hart Building in D.C.
"I have high, high, hopes, and so does my staff that has been dispersed all over Washington D.C.," said U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski when asked if he would finally be able to return to his office in the nations capitol.

Winter rainbows on the Kenai Peninsula?
While spring, summer and autumn rainbows are not too unusual on the Kenai Peninsula, January rainbows, appear rather unique even to old Alaskan Sourdoughs. That's because the major elements of sun and rain that cause the spectrum to appear are rare occurrences in January.

Seavey returns to T-200 after several-year absence
The field of 32 teams for the 2002 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race is packed with some of the top names in mushing.

Mitch Seavey wins Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mitch Seavey of Seward crossed the finish line at 2:33 p.m. Monday to win the 2002 Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race, a mid-distance qualifier for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

From there to here: T-200 makes big gains
As many Alaskans can tell you, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race traces its origins to a famous serum run from Nenana to Nome. Like the Iditarod, the Kenai Peninsula's Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race has its roots in a similar, if less urgent dog-powered trek.

Ceremonial start gives kids a free ride
The 2002 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race gets under way Saturday with a ceremonial start in Kenai at 10 a.m. The ceremonial start gives special-needs children from the community the chance to ride along with mushers and experience firsthand what sled dog racing is all about.

After her 3-year-old grandson dies from rare eye cancer, grandmother pushes for eye exams for children
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) -- The signs of cancer were in the photos. The chubby, golden-haired toddler wore a big smile as he sat on Santa's lap. But unknown to his family, the white dot captured on film in his right eye was a tumor reflecting light.

Advocacy groups battle to ease religious restrictions at Catholic hospitals
On the 29th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, advocacy groups called for Roman Catholic hospitals to ease restrictions on emergency abortions and contraceptive procedures -- and urged politicians to threaten the facilities with funding cutoffs.

Laws protect privacy of students, so screening for mental illness difficult, experts say
After failed law student Peter Odighizuwa allegedly stormed the Appalachia School of Law and killed the dean, a professor and a student, acquaintances said they knew he was troubled.

Study casts doubt on value of exercises to fight low back pain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study to test the conventional wisdom that low back pain can be limited by strengthening muscles around the hip has found that the training didn't help.

World's fifth recipient of self-contained artificial heart released from hospital
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Vietnam veteran who became the world's fifth recipient of a self-contained artificial heart has been released from the hospital.

Best & Worst Movies of 2001
With Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve come and gone, and the media's year-end-list mania coming to an end, I decided this was an appropriate time to foist my picks on you the readers.

Helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 2, injures 5
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghan-istan -- A U.S. helicopter crashed in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan on Sunday, killing two Marines and injuring the other five on board. It was the third fatal crash of a U.S. military aircraft in the campaign.

Group delves into possible borough land uses across inlet
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will receive 10,000 acres of state entitlement lands on the Kustatan Ridge, across Cook Inlet, in the near future. In anticipation of the land transfer, the West Side Development Project, a group of borough residents, community leaders and business persons, have begun to explore just how the lands can benefit everyone on the peninsula.

Kenai council debates copier paper trail
The city of Kenai will copy steps to secure bids for duplication machines in city hall -- with some modifications. A resolution that was to award the bid of a five-year copier lease contract of more than $17,000 was sent back for review and rebidding at Wednesday's meeting of the Kenai City Council.

Photo feature: Standing proud
A stiff breeze keeps the American flag flying high above Beluga Beach in Kenai over the weekend.

Reflections on 2001, plans for 2002 Constitutional spending limit could be important step in closing fiscal gap
Before I share my legislative priorities with you for the upcoming session, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on the past year -- the national events as well as the personal tragedies and triumphs from 2001.

Support for youth essay program appreciated

Spirit of the season enhances church's Christmas choral event

Seniors keep watch over waterways
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- They wade into cold streams with color-wheel gauges to test phosphate, nitrate and sulfate levels. They scoop sediment from stream beds, noting its color and smell.

Events of past year transform not just presidency, but Bush
WASHINGTON -- Friends notice more gray in his hair and more confidence in his voice. Few people call him an isolationist anymore. Fewer still question whether he's up to the job.

Rumsfeld, Daschle winners in first year of term, bin Laden, Greenspan losers
WASHINGTON -- In the first year of George W. Bush's presidency, the war on terrorism turned Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld into a television star and exiled Vice President Dick Cheney to the land of secure, undisclosed locations.

On Bush's popularity
... Bush's popularity depends to a large degree on the fact that he has acted in a statesmanlike way, that he has been above the political bickering and acted for the security of the nation. But there are critics.

Letters to the Editor
Short-term greed fueling drive to drill in Arctic wildlife refuge

Enron Corp. failure: Political chickens come home to roost
As the Enron political pot starts to boil, the Bush administration needs counseling summed up in one word: cand

More people seeking help for depression, and that's good news
The number of Americans seeking doctors' help for depression has zoomed, with an astonishing tripling of treatment rates in the 10-year period ending in 1997, according to a study published last week.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Is it legal for the public to kill a moose that is obviously injured beyond survivability? Varying degrees of trauma could be misconstrued as a fatal wound, however sometimes trooper/wildlife protection response is slow due to other priorities, and the animal may lay in pain, and/or present a road hazard.

Photo feature: Sitting pretty
Gary Foster's dog Selawik is all dressed up with somewhere to go as she waits in the bed of his truck at the Kenai Post Office.

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Chrissy and Jay MorrisonCrystal GriffithTeresa and James Danielson

Peninsula People
Central peninsula residents enlistKenai students named to Dean's List

Around the Peninsula
SoHi adds hours to pool schedule Registration open for music class First aid class scheduled Nominations needed for annual awards banquet Tickets available for Hospice fund-raiser Developmental screening offered

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Around the Peninsula
Public comment sought on teachers' contract talksUFA rep to speak at CIAACounseling service to hold annual meetingWorkshop on workplace age differences setTown and Gown banquet slatedChugach National Forest phone numbers change

Senior Briefs
Senior center activities throughout the peninsula

Lunch Menus
Senior center lunch menus throughout the peninsula

Lambe second at JOQ event
Skyview student Stephanie Lambe led all peninsula skiers Saturday at a Junior Olympics qualifying race at the McNeil Canyon Ski Trails in Homer.

Holloway catches on quickly in football, life
It's not unusual for a few kids in every high school class to be athletically gifted. And it's not unusual for a few kids in every high school class to be exceptionally coachable.

Hornets saddle New York with 111-68 embarrassment
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks were embarrassed in their most-lopsided home loss ever, falling to the Charlotte Hornets 111-68 Monday for their eighth straight defeat.

Jeff King wins 6th Kuskokwim 300
BETHEL (AP) -- Jeff King won the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race early Monday, for an unprecedented sixth victory in the race.

He carried the helmet, now he owns the scalp
During a stopover in Green Bay, when he was struggling just to land a job as a backup, one of Kurt Warner's rookie chores was to carry Brett Favre's helmet.

Hingis stops Zanetti
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Martina Hingis advanced to the Australian Open semifinals Tuesday by winning her hardest match of the tournament.

Slow-starting Cavaliers down Florida State
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Chris Williams scored 24 points, including the first three in a 19-6 run to begin the second half, and No. 10 Virginia pulled away to beat Florida State 91-74 Sunday.

NFL explains controversial ruling
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Upon further review, the NFL will review its rule governing what separates a fumble from an incomplete pass.

Red Wings top Senators
DETROIT -- Detroit captain Steve Yzerman collected his 1,000th career assist on Mathieu Dandenault's game-winning goal 59 seconds into overtime as the Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Sunday night.

Rams, Steelers show they're complete
PITTSBURGH -- Bill Cowher's forte as a player was special teams. His area of expertise as an assistant coach was defense.

Soldotna hockey knocks off fourth Anchorage school
For the first time in the 20-year history of the program, the Soldotna hockey team has defeated four Anchorage schools in the regular season.

Blues top Bruins for franchise-record ninth straight win
BOSTON -- Bryce Salvador scored with 2:12 left in overtime and the St. Louis Blues set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive win, 4-3 over the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Capriati moves to quarterfinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Defending champion Jennifer Capriati fought her way into the Australian Open quarterfinals Monday, beating determined Rita Grande 6-3, 7-6 (9).

Holloway catches on quickly in football, life
It's not unusual for a few kids in every high school class to be athletically gifted. And it's not unusual for a few kids in every high school class to be exceptionally coachable.

Panthers' Bure to return against Montreal
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Panthers right wing Pavel Bure will play Monday against Montreal after missing five games with a fractured left hand.

Sports Briefs
Koznik, Oester share victory in slalomMiller third in slalom despite breaking poleYagudin takes European title

Rams play pick Pack
ST. LOUIS -- More records fell at the hands of the St. Louis Rams.

Mickelson takes Bob Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- A five-month layoff seemed to make Phil Mickelson even better.

Steelers' resolve wilts Baltimore
PITTSBURGH -- The Steel Curtain would have loved this.

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