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Wednesday, January 22, 2003

State rejects bear sanctuary application
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau nonprofit group is reworking plans for a bear sanctuary after the state ruled against its proposal to rehabilitate problem bears.

Troopers distribute drunk-driving video
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have distributed about 400 copies of a free video, aimed at reducing the number of drunk driving deaths around the state.

GCI to publish competing Anchorage phone book
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phone companies General Communications Inc. and Alaska Communications Systems have been battling over phone service in the Anchorage area and soon they'll be competing over phone directories.

Murkowski names Fradley as communications director
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, has named Dennis Fradley to be his communications director, a position he held for Murkowski 12 years ago.

Scientists sift through new sea lion research
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- They were just two 17-month-old Steller sea lions on the prowl, searching for fish off Perry Island in Prince William Sound, but these animals, nicknamed Perry and Lindy, had an audience.

Vandals damage dozens of cars north of Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Vandals battered and ransacked at least 24 vehicles parked in remote areas outside Talkeetna last weekend, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

PETA protests wildlife park proposal
HAINES (AP) -- Plans to open a wildlife park near Haines have run afoul of the world's largest animal rights organization.

Era plane slides off runway at Kipnuk
BETHEL (AP) -- An Era Aviation flight from Bethel to Kipnuk had a rough landing Tuesday.

Fog stops investigators from reaching site of avalanche
REVELSTOKE, British Columbia (AP) -- Heavy fog prevented investigators on Tuesday from reaching the remote site in British Columbia's jagged mountains where an avalanche killed seven backcountry skiers, including three Americans.

Williams wants new storage tank in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Williams Alaska Petroleum Inc. wants to build a new fuel storage tank at the Port of Anchorage.

Advisory board pans decision on Kenai River guides
KENAI (AP) -- State officials have modified a proposal by the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board to place a moratorium on new Kenai River sport fishing guide permits.

Trial begins for man charged in 2000 beating death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trial has begun for a man charged in the beating death of an Anchorage woman in September 2000.

Texas fugitive arrested after scuffle in store
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A fugitive wanted on cocaine trafficking charges was arrested after a struggle in a Carrs store Sunday.

Sen. Murkowski names chief of staff
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska's new U.S. senator has picked a new chief of staff for her Washington, D.C. office.

Parents protest possible closure of Trapper Creek Elementary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Seven residents of Trapper Creek picketed in front of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District headquarters in Palmer on Tuesday, protesting a possible closure of the community's elementary school.

Anchorage police say woman's death was homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The death of the woman found Monday inside an East Anchorage trailer has been ruled a homicide, police said.

Troopers investigate connection between Fort Yukon deaths
FORT YUKON (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday they are investigating a connection between a weekend fatality and a suicide in Fort Yukon.

Man gets prison term for pointing gun at girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man frustrated by frequent intrusions onto private property in his rural neighborhood had the right to investigate when he heard gunshots in the area last August, but went too far when he pointed a rifle at a 12-year-old girl on his neighbor's land, a Superior Court judge said.

Anchorage hotel destroyed by fire, completed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Less than a year after a devastating fire, Aspen Hotels is opening a new hotel Wednesday in downtown Anchorage.

Poker Flat researchers hope to collect data on aurora
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists at the Poker Flat Research Range near Fairbanks will be watching the aurora borealis very closely Wednesday night in hopes of learning more about the phenomenon.

Anchorage police investigate third death at trailer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the death of a woman found Monday in an east Anchorage trailer.

Fairbanks district studies how time is spent in schools
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Recess, assemblies, getting settled in the morning: School is full of things that aren't strictly academic.

Kenai volunteer aids seized collies in Montana
KENAI (AP) -- Seized collies that have lived with feces-encrusted coats in Shelby, Mont., are finally getting groomed.

BP says it focuses on safety after poor 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP had a bad year for workplace safety last year and the oil company must step up its safety efforts, according to the head of the company's Alaska operations.

Foundation promises two million for Yukon Kuskokwim Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Rasmuson Foundation will donate $2 million to a Yukon Kuskokwim career learning center in Bethel, the center announced Monday.

Oregon woman sues Salvation Army in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Oregon mother has sued the Alaska division of the Salvation Army, accusing the social service agency of allowing a former youth services officer to transfer to Oregon while knowing he had been accused of molesting young boys in Alaska.

Neighbors pass the hat to clean up junkyard
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Neighbors of a junkyard are so fed up with the mess, they're taking up a collection to clean it up.

Idita-Rider auction attracts urban adventurers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Beverly Nelms sums it up succinctly: ''Why would a 67-year-old woman from Texas want to spend a weekend in ice and snow, with dog poop flying in her face?''

Thieves menace Juneau parking lot
JUNEAU (AP) -- A car break-in in downtown Juneau may leave a key member of the local mountain rescue team sitting on the sidelines for future emergencies.

Troopers distribute drunk-driving video
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some family members of people who died in drunk driving accidents are upset over an Alaska State Trooper video that uses photos and names of victims without families' permission.

Celebrating the Iditarod as a National Millennium Trail
Long before Hobo Jim, or even the late Joe Redington Sr., (commonly referred to as the Father of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race) had even heard of the Iditarod Trail, it was a significant part of Alaska's history...

Bob & Lora Craig honored by Borough Assembly
The husband and wife team of Bob and Lora Martin were both selected to receive commendations from the State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Council on Emergency Medical Services for their outstanding contributions to the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department.

Reservations open for State Park cabins
Although many Alaskans like to make reservations for tropical destinations in the dead of winter, according to Chris Degernes, Kenai Area Superintendent of Alaska State Parks, it's the best time to get your reservations for State public use cabins in Kach

Of Fish and Friends
I was on a plane flying from Anchorage to Kenai and met an elderly lady from Kasilof who identified herself as Mary Lamm. I was not sure what went through this lady's mind when this big burly guy with long hair sat down

Soldotna boy chosen as finalist in GAP Casting Call
The odds were about a quarter of a million to one when Kimberly Van Antwerp took a photo of her 11-year-old son James and submitted it to the GAP Casting Call.

A spoonful of magic helps the medicine go down
Remember looking for some magic that would get your homework done when you'd been procrastinating and playing around?

Sharing over 60 years of dance experience
Norma Cooper began studying the rudiments of classical ballet in a small town in New York when she

Democrats hope two more seats boost leverage
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Democrats hope the two seats they picked up last fall give them more influence this year in a Republican-controlled Legislature.

Crews aim for start on pipeline
When construction workers begin showing up along the side of Kalifornsky Beach Road or the Sterling Highway in the next few weeks, don't be alarmed.

KPC instructors honored
The Kenai Peninsula Industry Careers Committee honored six Kenai Peninsula College instructors Tuesday for their commitment to the new process technologies program at the college.

Alaskans voice opinions on war
The question of whether the United States should go to war with Iraq is one that generates a variety of responses.

Jury picked in couple's case of animal cruelty
SHELBY, Mont. -- A jury of four men and two women has been seated in the animal cruelty trial of Athena Lethcoe-Harman and Jon Harman, the Nikiski couple whose truckload of collies and other animals was discovered Oct. 31 at the Canadian border 30 miles north of Shelby.

Soldotna boy makes for model citizen
James Van Antwerp would rather play football in the mud than pose in front of a camera. But just because the sixth-grader likes getting dirty doesn't mean he doesn't clean up well.

Legislature starts session House, Senate get new opportunity to fix old problems
JUNEAU (AP) -- The 23rd Alaska Legislature began Tuesday with a lot of new faces facing the same old problems.

Timothy Duncan Fulgham
Soldotna resident Timothy Duncan Fulgham died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in Soldotna. He was 46.

Arlene Thelma Church
Kenai resident Arlene Thelma Church died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at her home. She was 76.

Kay Jackson Mitchell
Sterling resident Kay Jackson Mitchell died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in the presence of her family. She was 73.

Letters to the Editor
Kenai's soon-to-be vacant Kmart building would make great capitol Palmer's comments on commercial fishers only divide community

ANWR numbers: Who really knows what potential is?
It wasn't terribly surprising ... to learn that a study of the media's reporting of oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge found the estimates to be, as a rule, inflated.

Incumbents don't need 're-elect' number at or above 50 to win vote
Currently, it appears Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., and Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., are the early frontrunners among Democrats who hope to challenge President George W. Bush in 2004, according to the latest InsiderAdvantage poll.

Voters want, Alaska needs legislators working together
When the Legislature gets down to business this week, there will be a big shift in the way business will be done in Alaska's capital city. No big surprise, given the outcome of last November's big sweep by Republicans.

Letters to the Editor
Smoking ban would benefit Kenai, businesses, customersBorough teleconference office should be open to public useSundays should be for God; other days are OK for activitiesIt's easy to criticize police personnel until you need helpMinors should need parental consent before getting abortion

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to discuss inlet lease sales Community Schools registration to start Fish and game advisory committee to meet Old films to highlight meeting Blood bank needs blood BHospice wine tasting planned Refuge fun day planned School to hold enrollment lottery Talent show applications available Japanese dinner planned

Around the Peninsula
KPC director to speak at chamberEDD plans meeting on timber industryDistrict to hold public meetingsCenter to host incorporation workshopAdoption information classes planned

Scholarship opportunities
The following is a brief list of scholarship opportunities for high school students. Information on these scholarships is available online or by checking with high school counselors.

Schools around the district
Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Soldotna MIddle School Connections Interior Distance Eduction of Alaska Kenai Central High Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Health matters
Hospital clean meets bedroom cozy. That's Bekkie Jackson's office.

No forms, no dorms Students without meningitis shots locked out at Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- About 300 students were denied access to their dormitories on Penn State University's main campus this week because they didn't comply with a new state law requiring meningitis vaccinations.

Day-cares offering range of family services
MASON, Ohio -- When Tina Mueller picks up her daughter at day care in the afternoon, she can also grab a gourmet takeout meal of roasted ginger pork loin, or perhaps burgundy beef stew or lemon-pepper chicken.

Around the District
Literacy carnival heading to Soldotna Applications available for talent show KPC Student Union plans winter ball

Group of disabled students use their heads to make music
CANTON, Mass. -- Joe Padula's mouth opens wide as the chorus ''I'll be there for you!'' echoes around the auditorium. The sound fades and Joe breaks into a broad smile. The recorded voice isn't his, but he made it happen with a nod of his head, and that's enough.

College offers fun classes to brighten winter
Although KPC offers quality academic and vocational programs to its students, it also makes a priority of offering classes of interest to the general community. The college has many "experts," both full-time and part-time faculty, who bring their knowledge to the wide variety of classes on campus.

Scientists look at why elderly fall, how to reduce injuries
WASHINGTON -- The elderly man stepped onto an elevated track and began walking, sensors measuring his gait, muscle use and the force of each step. Suddenly he slipped -- and cameras filmed his limbs flailing as he fought to stay upright.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

USOC trouble mounts
The top leadership of the U.S. Olympic Committee urged USOC president Marty Mankamyer to resign Tuesday, blaming her for infighting within the organization and claiming she conspired with a staff member to try and force CEO Lloyd Ward from his job.

Little-known Schuettler continues winning on men's side of tournament
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams moved two wins away from the ''Serena Slam.''

Bulls top Hawks, end road futility
ATLANTA -- Jalen Rose matched a season high with 37 points and Marcus Fizer added 24 Monday, helping the Chicago Bulls end a 19-game road losing streak with a 115-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

USOC to form panel to review charges
DENVER -- The U.S. Olympic Committee plans an independent investigation of Lloyd Ward following the resignation of five members angered by his exoneration on ethics charges.

Rangers chalk up blowout against rival Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Former New York Islanders great Bryan Trottier returned to Nassau Coliseum with the arch enemy and left with a dominant victory.

Venus, Agassi advance to semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus Williams served at near-record speeds and overcame distractions from the crowd to reach the semifinals.

Cowboys squeak out triumph over Baylor
WACO, Texas -- Tony Allen scored 17 points, the last by converting a three-point play with 38.6 seconds left in overtime, and 13th-ranked Oklahoma State held off Baylor 67-64 Tuesday night to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 13 games.

Sports Briefs
Seward hoops splits with GraceKings win first place, Red Lantern in Kusko 300IOC investigating alleged torture of Iraq athletes

Sports Briefs
Skyview skiers host quad meet Popeye Wrestling Club to meet Tuesday KPHA Squirt B takes third at tourney

Gruden, Raiders face awkward reunion
SAN DIEGO -- Squinting into the sunlight, glaring down at the reporters, Jon Gruden did his best to be a good sport.

Late flurry lets Bruins tie Capitals
BOSTON -- Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists for Boston, setting up Glen Murray's slap shot with 4:26 left Monday as the Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the Washington Capitals 3-3.

Miami's Rice gets amped by Super uncle
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- There's at least one player Jerry Rice can no longer beat 1-on-1: his nephew, Darius.

Nikiski senior relishes role of directing hoops squad
Even though it's January, she wore sandals Thursday afternoon before the first game of the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament at Nikiski High's gymnasium. But on the court, Karen Rabung has had to step into a much larger pair of shoes in her senior year at Nikiski.

Texas' Conradt going for 800th career victory
AUSTIN, Texas -- When Jody Conradt started out, she was a physical education teacher who didn't get paid to coach. Back then, women played 6-on-6, and only two players could go the length of the court.

Bucs coach stays behind to begin intense game preparation
SAN DIEGO -- Jon Gruden was a no-show, and several of his players came in disguise.

Mavs disengage Rockets
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 of his 26 points during a gamebreaking second quarter and Raef LaFrentz contained Yao Ming, helping the Dallas Mavericks end a three-game losing streak with a 107-86 victory over the listless Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

Cavs fire Lucas
CLEVELAND -- John Lucas couldn't make winners out of the Cleveland Cavaliers, so Keith Smart is getting a shot. He's made a big one before.

UConn women keep on rolling
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Even without much help from leader Diana Taurasi, Connecticut added another victory to its record streak.

Photo feature: Rockin' raven
A raven hops into a small pile of snow in search of food near a garbage can in Kenai last week. Snow is still missing from the forecast throughout this week.

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