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Thursday, January 23, 2003

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?''

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.

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.

Permanent Fund Corp. reverses job offer
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has reversed a decision to hire Juneau city tourism director Maria Gladziszewski as its communications director.

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 man assaulted, then arrested on warrants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police responded to a report of a stabbing Wednesday night and ended up arresting the injured man for outstanding warrants.

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.

Anchorage police investigate homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the death of a woman, found in her home Wednesday, as a homicide.

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 investigate Koliganek fatality
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a man in the southwest Alaska village of Koliganek.

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.

Juneau couple indicted on cocaine conspiracy charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau couple has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

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.

Anchorage men indicted on counterfeiting indictment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage men have been indicted on charges of bank fraud, conspiracy and witness tampering.

State rejects appeal to boost snow crab harvest
KODIAK (AP) -- Spurred by the furious harvest of snow crab in the Bering Sea, the Pacific Northwest Crab Industry Advisory Committee on Tuesday asked for an increase in the 23.69 million pound quota, but stock managers said no.

Ketchikan man indicted on child porn charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Ketchikan man has been indicted on charges of possessing child pornography and fraudulent use of a credit card.

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.

Trapper Creek fights to save its school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Mat-Su Borough School District has proposed closing Trapper Creek Elementary.

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

Environmental activists oppose pipeline amendment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Environmental activists are crying foul over legislation offered by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski that they say would block any legal challenge to the recent right-of-way renewal for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

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.

Binge eating grounds Kodiak eagles
KODIAK (AP) -- At least eight eagles had to walk awhile Tuesday after bingeing on fish guts in the back of a seafood processor truck.

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.

Murkowski to deliver first State of State address
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski delivers his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Thursday where he will outline his plans for the state.

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.

Dyson introduces abortion consent bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Women would have to certify that they've been informed of the risks of abortion before having the procedure under a bill introduced by state Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River.

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.

Forces on both sides of abortion issue rally at capitol
JUNEAU (AP) -- Groups on both sides of the abortion issue rallied Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol to mark the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

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.

Fort Wainwright brigade prepares for big changes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright brigade in June will begin its transformation into a more mobile and lethal unit.

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.

Task force to recommend ways to fix salmon industry
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state task force given the job of fixing Alaska's ailing salmon industry will recommend that the Legislature consider at least a half-dozen bills to help fishermen, processors and communities.

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.

Rose, MLB still talking
NEW YORK (AP) -- The baseball commissioner's top deputy met with Pete Rose and his business agent in Florida last month, part of negotiations that could lead to the reinstatement of the sport's career hits leader.

Business Briefs
Health organization elects new board membersSoldotna church offers financial seminarsWholesale gift show to be held

BP 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.

Timber industry plants new seed
The Kenai Peninsula timber industry is taking its first steps at trying to make a comeback.

California apartment rents show West's biggest changes
SAN FRANCISCO -- A sturdy economy saddled Southern Californians with the West's highest apartment rent increases last year while a high-tech shakeout continued to deflate prices in the San Francisco Bay area, according to a study released Tuesday.

Photo: Move 'em out
A flatbed trailer loaded with 60-foot random pipes sits in the rail yard in Anchorage last week.

Kmart names new CEO
DETROIT -- The board of Kmart Corp. named a new chief executive Sunday to replace James B. Adamson, the company director named last year to shepherd the retailer's bankruptcy reorganization.

No place like Nome for Homer band
A well-connected Homer band landed a gig with the governor over the weekend and left those in attendance dancing the night away.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Livin' Luvin' Dancin'
An advertisement for "Livin' Luvin' Dancin,'" the dance performance at Soldotna High School this weekend, could sound like an infomercial with all the added bonuses included in it.

'The Simpsons' to break record for longest-running TV sitcom
NEW YORK -- Perpetual 10-year-old Bart, his clueless dad Homer and the rest of the Simpsons clan are about to go into TV history as stars of the longest-running sitcom ever.

Art Briefs
Church hosts Easter musicalMembers meeting slatedFlute-making workshop to be heldGCI solicits poems for insert>Talent show accepting actsWriter's Night accepting submissions

Seldovia residents voice concerns on lease sales
SELDOVIA --The turnout was small, but voices were loud in Seldovia Tuesday at a public hearing on proposed Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sales.

Photo feature: Roe vs. Wade anniversary
Nine-year-old Tilly Hileman is among a dozen anti-abortion demonstrators who conducted a protest march and candlelight vigil at Kenai Spur Highway and Bridge Access Road in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Defense says Customs real culprit in case of dog cruelty
SHELBY, Mont. (AP) -- An attorney for two Alaska residents charged with nearly 200 counts of animal cruelty told a Justice Court jury Wednesday that U.S. Customs Service officials made a difficult situation worse.

Assembly considers imposing deadline to file for tax breaks
Senior citizens, disabled veterans and their surviving spouses who are eligible for annual breaks on their borough property taxes would have just three years in which to file for exemptions they may have missed under an amendment to the borough tax code introduced Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Soldotna resident ready for third Iditarod Trail trek
Soldotna resident Denis Douglas is preparing for his charity trek from Anchorage to Nome along the Iditarod Trail again this year. However, for the first time, he is adding the extra distance from Nome to Barrow to the trip.

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

Letters to the Editor
Palmer's credibility gone

Applause
Community shows its generosity

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.

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.

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

Internet sales should be fair game for taxes
It may now be time to look more closely at the national moratorium on taxing Internet sales.

Congress sends wrong message to the people
In a reversal of folk wisdom, which holds, ''If it ain't broke, don't fix it,'' Congress has taken something that was fixed, and it has broken it.

Around the Peninsula
District to hold public meetingFish and Game committee to meetSteering committee to meetHistorical society to hold meetingSki team to sell prom accessoriesNew health centers board electedHospital service area board to meetCanine Good Citizen class offeredKWF seeks photographs

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

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

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.

Menu
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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Jagr leads Caps past slumping 'Canes
WASHINGTON -- Jaromir Jagr had two goals and an assist as the Washington Capitals beat the slumping Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 Wednesday night.

Allen leads Bucks to win over Celtics
BOSTON -- Ray Allen scored 34 points and Sam Cassell had his second career triple-double as the Milwaukee Bucks capitalized on the absence of Antoine Walker to defeat the Boston Celtics 106-97 Wednesday night.

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

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.

Sports Briefs
Marlins, Rodriguez agree to $10 million contract

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.

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.

Sorenstam ponders PGA Tour possibilities
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam has dominated her competition on the LPGA Tour the last two seasons. Her next challenge might be against the men.

Venus, Serena to meet in final; Roddick wins marathon
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Blisters, a big deficit and two match points couldn't derail the ''Serena Slam.'' Now only her sister stands in Serena Williams' way.

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.

Completing the puzzle: Raiders found veterans, Bucs went for coach
SAN DIEGO -- The Oakland Raiders found a missing ingredient in guys like Rod Woodson, Bill Romanowski, Sam Adams and Jerry Rice -- all owners of NFL championship rings.

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.

Longhorns hook No. 800 for Conradt
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas coach Jody Conradt spent a week dismissing the 800-victory milestone as just another step in the quest for a Big 12 championship.

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.

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

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.

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