Thursday, January 24, 2002

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.

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

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.

New manager picked for emergency team
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been chosen to lead Alaska's Type 1 Incident Management Team, one of only 16 in the nation.

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.

Heavy contamination found at former Sterling gas station site
KENAI (AP) -- A gasoline leak from a subsurface storage tank at a former Sterling gas station is raising concerns about the safety of drinking water in nearby wells, including one at an elementary school.

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.

Child care providers ponder state licenses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Home child-care provider Karen Muehlenkamp has already decided she will become state licensed.

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.

Fairbanks representative injured in car accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Rep. Joe Hayes was hospitalized Tuesday night after a two-vehicle accident in Juneau.

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.

Army cancels missile launching project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Even before they were officially announced, the Army canceled a series of 20 missile launches targeting state lands in the Brooks Range with hazardous liquid-fueled rockets and clusters of 40-pound dummy payloads screaming like bullets at 1,000 feet per second.

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.

Man dies of injuries suffered in accident Sunday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pedestrian struck by a car Sunday afternoon has died of his injuries.

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.

Trident's South Naknek plant to remain closed this summer
NAKNEK (AP) -- Trident Seafoods won't be opening its plant in South Naknek this summer, the company announced Thursday.

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.

Moderate earthquake occurs near Yakutat
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake occurred Thursday about 30 miles northeast of Yakutat in Southeast Alaska, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer.

Fairbanks man sues Corrections Department over son's suicide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The father of a man who attempted suicide while being booked into the Fairbanks Correctional Center in May has filed lawsuit charging the Department of Corrections with negligence.

Board of Game tightens laws restricting wolf hybrids
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game is taking a new approach to enforcement of state laws that prohibit owning or selling wolf hybrids.

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.

Board of Game orders predator control plan for area near Skwentna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game on Wednesday ordered the state Department of Fish and Game to draw up plans to reduce the number of bears and wolves in the area surrounding Skwentna.

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.

Nulat man sentenced for murdering brother
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man convicted of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of his brother last April was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison.

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.

Some hunters go to great lengths to display their trophies
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Walk into Bill Waugaman's living room and you feel as if you should be paying admission.

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.

Counterfeit money show up in Soldotna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Someone with a color printer apparently has been passing off rough-looking counterfeit bills at Soldotna restaurants and stores, according to the city's police department.

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.

Agency looks for companies interested in Norton Basin
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal agency is looking for companies interested in exploring oil and gas opportunities in Norton Basin as a way perhaps to bring natural gas to western Alaska communities.

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.

Lobbyist testifies about how redistricting plan got approved
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lobbyist for a group that successfully promoted a new state redistricting map testified Thursday she sought support from the Knowles administration, but was disappointed by the response.

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.

Marijuana, alcohol seized in Point Hope
BARROW (AP) -- North Slope Borough police seized marijuana and liquor from a home in Point Hope during an investigation last week.

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.

House approves adding verse to state song
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House agreed unanimously Wednesday to add a verse honoring the contributions of Alaska Natives to the official state song.

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.

Salmon, tourism marketing money fails -- for now
JUNEAU (AP) -- An attempt to piggyback help for the tourism and salmon industries onto an Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lobbying bill failed Wednesday.

Alaska staff returns to cleaned up U.S. Senate buildings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After a $14 million cleanup to eradicate anthrax spores, staff members for Alaska's U.S. senators moved back into the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday for the first time in three months.

Sun returns to Barrow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Barrow residents on Wednesday saw the sun for the first time since 1:41 p.m. Nov. 18.

Industry pursues all the anglers for fear of lost tourism revenue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska anglers may love to badmouth the nonresidents who clog the state's salmon streams every summer, but fewer visitors could mean fewer fishing opportunities for residents.

Business Briefs
New Sterling restaurant announces grand openingPipe supply company announces positions filledHomer honorees to be named at chamber mixerAlaska Pacific Bancshares announces dividendNew health center now openUnocal to hold meeting on area drilling

Exxon Valdez oil lingering
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.

Workers should beware of filling 401(k) accounts with company stock
NEW YORK -- For workers, the lesson of Enron's collapse is supposed to be that they shouldn't put all their retirement eggs in one basket of stock. But that is a lesson some of the nation's biggest companies and their employees have all but ignored.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteers fuel success of T-200 race
Like all sled dog races, the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race would not be possible without the support of countless sponsors and volunteers.

Industry pursues all the anglers for fear of lost tourism revenue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska anglers may love to badmouth the nonresidents who clog the state's salmon streams every summer, but fewer visitors could mean fewer fishing opportunities for residents.

Some hunters go to great lengths to display their trophies
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Walk into Bill Waugaman's living room and you feel as if you should be paying admission.

Plays sought for Prince William Sound conference
The Prince William Sound Community College Last Frontier Theatre Conference, featuring Edward Albee and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Playwright Award, is preparing for the 10th annual Last Frontier Theater Conference, June 15-24.

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

Art Briefs
Lip sync contest applications availableBeer poems sought for contestArt festival looking for musicians, vendors

Photo feature: Beetle Bears
Bear sculptures from beetle-killed spruce fill the back of peninsula artisan and wood carver Ken Flowers' truck. He said proceeds from the sale of his art is the mainstay of his family.

Former governor entertains with 'More Tales'
From the laughter sparked by the dedication page to the moist-eyed smile shadowing the closing paragraph, the reader can't escape being pulled into the swirling rhythm of former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond's newest book.

'An Evening Without Sinatra'
Don't let the title be deceiving, "An Evening Without Sinatra," is anything but. The musical comedy, put on by the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School theater department, is packed from opening number to finale with favorites from Ol' Blue Eyes, as well as jazz and ragtime era classics and several songs written by Nikiski English drama teacher Joe Rizzo.

In the Spotlight: Ricky Rudd
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Mike Skinner works to have knee ready for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A month after a surgeon rebuilt Mike Skinner's left knee, he was swinging a hammer at his house and a golf club on the driving range.

Fords get spoiler change for Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ford wanted a major shakeup in the rulebook for next month's Daytona 500; Chev rolet argued its longtime rival didn't need any help.

School board hears employee contract woes
Hundreds of people crowded into the Borough Building Monday evening to request more pay for school employees. The problem is, no one knows where such money might come from.

Bush proposes military increase
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday proposed the biggest increase in military spending in 20 years, nearly $50 billion more next year, and said America ''will not cut corners'' in the war against terrorism.

School board testimony highlights
Following are samples of comments made at the Monday school board meeting regarding upcoming contract negotiations between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the unions representing its teachers and support staff:

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.

District confronts bleak financial forecast
Even as employees gathered Monday to ask the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for more pay, school board members and administrators got bad news dimming hopes for raises.

Gas leak raising concerns in Sterling
Groundwater around a former Sterling gas station is heavily contaminated with gasoline apparently leaked from a subsurface storage tank, state environmental inspectors said Friday.

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.

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.

Joint exploration project strikes pay dirt
Working together can be a gas. Marathon Oil Co. and Unocal Corp. found this out Tuesday afternoon when a joint exploration in Ninilchik struck pay dirt, producing a significant natural gas discovery.

Herbert 'Herbie' Baker
Heritage Place resident Herbert "Herbie" Baker died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, in Soldotna. He was 84.

Barbara (Anselem) Foster
Kasilof resident Barbara (Anselem) Foster died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 83.

Rex C. Wells
Former Kenai resident Rex C. Wells died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, of natural causes at his son's home in Basin City, Wash. He was 79.

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.

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

Illegal immigrants in U.S. doubled in 1990s
WASHINGTON -- The number of illegal immigrants in the United States more than doubled during the 1990s, Census Bureau estimates show.

State's fiscal woes mean hard decisions for elected officials
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.

A place where wildlife photography's not so wild
SANDSTONE, Minn. (AP) -- Standing in the kitchen of his spacious log home on the scenic Kettle River, Lee Greenly leafs through a book about Minnesota's wild wolves.

Snowshoeing comeback -- easy to learn sport requires little equipment
McCALL, Idaho (AP) -- It's a beautiful winter day. A thick morning fog has lifted and exposed a gleaming sapphire sky. A meadow of brilliant white snow looks as inviting as cake frosting and begs to be tracked up.

Man finds way to ice fish without stepping on ice
OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) -- Brian Wilson is a fish out of water. He likes to scuba dive when he is not fishing. He can't stay away from the lake, even if the ice is too thin to walk on.

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

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski blood drive scheduledCribbage tournament continuesSnaring seminar to be offeredHealth center now accredited for mammographyFish and Game requesting shellfish permitsTalent show applications available

Student Letters
Student writes about character educationStudents want postcards, letters

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Kenai cagers sweep NikiskiSummerall-Madden team splitting up

Capriati to defend Aussie Open title
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Defending champion Jennifer Capriati regained control after a shaky second set and advanced to the Australian Open final with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 victory Thursday over Kim Clijsters.

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.

Ninilchik repels Raiders
The Ninilchik High School boys and girls basketball teams posted wins over the visiting Unalaska Raiders Wednesday.

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.

No. 3 Terrapins topple No. 21 Demon Deacons
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Juan Dixon and Steve Blake each scored 19 points Wednesday night to lead No. 3 Maryland to an 85-63 victory over No. 21 Wake Forest, the Terrapins' sixth straight win over the Demon Deacons.

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.

Tyson never disappoints those expecting his worst
People who expect the worst from Mike Tyson are never disappointed.

Sprewell, Knicks grab hold of win
TORONTO -- Latrell Sprewell had 35 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, as the New York Knicks ended their eight-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Tyson apologizes -- sort of -- for actions
NEW YORK -- Saying he's not ''Mr. Politically Correct,'' Mike Tyson made an apology of sorts Wednesday for his part in a news conference melee that could deny him a license to challenge Lennox Lewis.

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.

Fresh crop of coaching geniuses makes its mark on the NFL
ST. LOUIS -- Lovie Smith, genius. Jim Johnson, genius. Mike Mularkey, genius. Boy, that word gets thrown around in the NFL.

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.

Rangers thump Northeast-leading Bruins
NEW YORK -- Theo Fleury capped an eventful 24 hours with a goal and three assists, and Jeff Toms scored a career-high three goals and added an assist in the New York Rangers' 8-4 victory Wednesday night over the Boston Bruins.

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.

To feed or not to feed -- local hunters decide
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Snow falls. Some folks salivate over weekend powder days. Others calculate water content, potato acreage and wheat yields. Larry Orme and Kent Marlor dwell on deer and elk.

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