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Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Bill could help drunks and their cars get home safely
JUNEAU (AP) -- Drunk drivers and their vehicles could get a ride home if a bill that passed the House on Tuesday has its intended effect.

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.

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.

Kenai borough votes to study potential for industrial park
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough will spend $75,000 to learn if building an industrial park in Nikiski would benefit the economy of the peninsula.

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

Kodiak man charged with attempted murder
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak police arrested a 50-year-old man Tuesday afternoon and charged him with first-degree attempted murder.

Air cargo carrier files for bankruptcy protection
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An air cargo carrier that delivers mail to dozens of Alaska communities filed for bankruptcy protection after losing a legal dispute with the U.S. Postal Service.

Anchorage police investigate vandalism of King monument
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are investigating vandalism of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument on the Delaney Park Strip.

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.

Unocal strikes onshore gas discovery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unocal Corp. has announced the discovery of a new onshore natural gas deposit on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

NTSB says cargo pilot in fatal crash had cocaine in his blood
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of a DC-3 cargo plane that crashed last January near Unalaska had cocaine in his blood.

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.

Scientists say 10,000 gallons of Exxon Valdez oil lingers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 13 years after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, federal scientists estimate about 10,000 gallons of oil remains buried under the shoreline.

Stevens wants salmon summit to study causes, effects of industry woes
JUNEAU (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens wants to convene a salmon summit this spring to look for ways to aid an industry hit hard by a glut in cheaper farm-raised fish.

BP trims cost-of-living, travel money for workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is trimming its cost-of-living allowance and travel money for nearly half of its 1,200 Alaska workers.

Drug agents make second cocaine bust at Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the second time in little over a week, drug agents have caught a man trying to smuggle 2 kilograms of cocaine into Fairbanks though his luggage.

State funds lose $26 million in Enron collapse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three big Alaska public funds lost a total of about $26 million in recent months from the collapse of energy company Enron Corp.

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.

Travel association rejects call for cruise ship passenger tax
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced Tuesday it will oppose Gov. Tony Knowles' proposal for a $30 per passenger cruise ship tax.

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.

Safeway plans renovations for Carrs, Safeway stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Operators of the state's largest grocery chain have started renovation projects at several Anchorage stores with plans to upgrade statewide stores in future years.

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.

Olympic Torch Relay reaches Alaska Thursday
JUNEAU (AP) -- The 2002 Olympic Torch Relay reaches Alaska on Thursday when the flame touches down on board a Delta Connection charter jet at about 2 a.m.

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.

University of Alaska reaches agreement with adjunct professors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with its adjunct professors, the university announced Tuesday.

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.

Committee approves $1.1 million for ANWR lobbying
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House panel Tuesday approved spending $1.1 million more this year to push opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, despite hearing opposition from environmentalists.

Airports want federal money to pay for fingerprinting machines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's larger airports want federal money to purchase digital fingerprinting machines and perform criminal background checks on employees.

Ketchikan assembly rejects advisory vote on bridges to airport
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has rejected a proposed advisory vote on a proposal to build bridges to the island that holds the community's airport.

Taking care of business
Rick Langly, owner of Kenai Mall Barber Shop cuts the hair of Don Reynolds, previous owner on Tuesday. The shop has been in the same location since 1969.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two-time T-200 champ watching race from unlikely vantage point -- as spectator
One of the Tustumena 200's most recognizable mushers will not be in the lineup this weekend as the 19th edition of the Kenai Peninsula's Iditarod-qualifying sled dog race takes to the Caribou Hills.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three children rescued from Clam Gulch bluff
Making rescues from the faces of cliffs may not seem an everyday occurrence to some, but for Matthew Lowe and Timothy Koerber, it was clearly all in a day's work.

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.

Treatment of prisoners defended
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld insisted Tuesday that the United States is treating terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo Bay humanely and in accordance with international rules.

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

Assembly ponders industrial park
Conceding it amounted to a bit of a gamble, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed last week to spend $75,000 to learn if building an industrial park in Nikiski would benefit the economy of the peninsula.

Applause
Spirit of the season enhances church's Christmas choral event

Conflict in Mideast offers new opportunity for peaceful resolution
One should not exaggerate the importance of the three-day meeting of Palestinian and Israeli delegates hosted by President Thabo Mbeki at Stellenbosch last week, nor the role South Africa can play in the resolution of that most intractable of conflicts. ...

Letters to the Editor
Reader wonders what happened to all that early oil money

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.

Rise and fall of Enron Corp.: Too much, too fast corrupts what started out as a good idea
HOUSTON -- Several years before the meltdown, something already seemed out of whack to Tom Brigger at Enron's Corp. headquarters here.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Zager to speak at Kenai chamberFish and Game committee to meetMDA to put citizens behind barsNorth Peninsula Chamber to meetRefuge to hold fun day

Light, but profound look focuses on gap
Kenai Peninsula College has a diverse student population. High school students in the Jump Start program take classes to get a head start on college careers. Senior citizens take classes to continue their quest for knowledge. Many students in between these age categories walk the halls of KPC daily.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Around the District
Seward hosts Jason projectSchool budget meetings beginPanel presents education employment tipsKCHS announces Students of the Month

Special day honors nurses at schools
Today is National School Nurses Day, an occasion to pause and consider their important role in education.

Nikiski classes hold workshop on physics
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School's physics classes held a workshop for elementary and middle school students Jan. 10 and 11 to teach and demonstrate physics. The workshop included 10 different lab stations, each taught by a team of two high school students.

Student Letters
Student writes about character educationStudents want postcards, letters

School Menus
White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

Senior Briefs
Senior center activities throughout the peninsula

Lunch Menus
Senior center lunch menus throughout the peninsula

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.

Indianapolis lures Dungy with five-year deal
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Dungy didn't need much time to get a new job.

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.

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.

Strickland, Heat scorch Bulls
MIAMI -- Rod Strickland scored 20 points and moved into seventh place on the NBA's career assist list as the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to six games with a 92-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.

No. 7 Virginia rallies past Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA -- Travis Watson hit the go-ahead basket with 1:12 to go, and Elton Brown scored a career-high 20 points as No. 7 Virginia rallied for a 69-65 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.

Capriati back in semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Women's defending champion Jennifer Capriati had to play her best tennis. New men's favorite Marat Safin practically had a day off.

Sports Briefs
Kenai cagers sweep NikiskiSummerall-Madden team splitting up

Head official wants no change in fumble rule
PITTSBURGH -- The head of the NFL's officiating department wants to keep the rule that led to the replay decision that helped New England beat Oakland in Saturday's playoff game.

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.

Tyson and Lewis fight -- and it's only a news conference
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Tyson's latest outburst angered Lennox Lewis and landed the president of the World Boxing Commission in the hospital briefly with a sore head. Tyson also was left with some explaining to do if he ever hopes to get Lewis into the ring for real.

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.

Richter backstops comeback
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mike Richter, playing with a touch of the flu, picked up his rookie backup with 35 saves in relief Tuesday night as the New York Rangers stormed back from a three-goal deficit to beat the New York Islanders 5-4.

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.

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.

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

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