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Sunday, January 26, 2003

Murkowski's permanent fund decision scares Democrats
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski wants to use the muscle of the Alaska Permanent Fund's $23 billion investment portfolio to open corporate doors for Alaska.

Dispatchers help parents deliver baby at home
JUNEAU (AP) -- A baby was born at a Lemon Creek area home Thursday morning with the help of police and fire department dispatchers.

Tlingit woman gets award for language expertise
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bessie Cooley used to be punished for speaking Tlingit. Now, she's getting an award from the queen of England for using her Native language.

Wayward puck leaves legislator Seekins in stitches
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- New state Sen. Ralph Seekins looks a little roughed up right now, but not because of anything that happened to him during his first week in the Legislature.

Civilians to receive smallpox vaccinations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state plans to start vaccinating civilians for smallpox next month in Anchorage.

Moderate earthquake occurs in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake struck near the Aleutian Islands Saturday night.

Eagle historian, author Elva Scott dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former mayor of Eagle instrumental in restoring the community's historic buildings has died.

Three men arrested in counterfeit checks case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men suspected of making counterfeit state checks have been arrested in Anchorage.

Planned Parenthood admits worker erred
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Planned Parenthood of Alaska employee exercised bad judgment in advising a caller about how to deal with a possible pregnancy, and has since been retrained, according to the head of the organization.

Man dies after Anchorage home fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died after his apartment caught fire Friday night, Anchorage fire officials said Saturday.

Homicide suspect says he has stress disorder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused in the beating death of a counselor for homeless veterans was a former client of the victim who became her live-in boyfriend and was being investigated for fraud, according to court documents.

Man pleads guilty in life insurance fraud case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of scheming to fake his own death so his wife could collect insurance money has pleaded guilty to one federal mail fraud charge, admitting he intended to defraud life insurance companies of $3 million.

Dozens of Iditarod fans bid to ride musher sleds
WASILLA (AP) -- Martin Buser was a bargain at $1,500 when final bidding began in the 2003 Idita-Rider auction Friday.

Man gets 60-year sentence for 1996 Anchorage homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-yar-old man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1996 death of a teenager in Anchorage.

Governor's permitting plan once rejected by Hickel
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to have Fish and Game Department habitat permits issued by the Department of Natural Resources is not new.

Family sues trooper, state for fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lawsuit has been filed against the state of Alaska and a state trooper who shot and killed a man Jan. 4.

Kenai borough backs lower Cook Inlet petroleum exploration
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough supports proposed lease sales by the U.S. Minerals Management Service that would open roughly 2.2 million acres of lower Cook Inlet to oil and gas exploration.

Former Anchorage mayor runs for old office again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Anchorage Mayor Rick Mystrom is trying to win his old job back.

Coast Guard says four fishing boats crossed to Russian waters
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard directed four U.S. fishing vessels into port after the agency detected them fishing in Russian waters Wednesday and Thursday.

Troopers investigate apparent homicide in Palmer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Palmer man as a homicide.

Woman designs Alaska-tough packrafts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Being a loving mother, Sheri Tingey couldn't say no when her river-rafting son made one little request. Could she make him a packraft tough enough to take into the Alaska wilderness?

Homer crowd says no to oil lease
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 250 people showed up at a federal hearing in Homer to show their opposition to a proposed oil and gas lease sale in lower Cook Inlet.

Four men arrested in Fairbanks sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four men have been arrested in Fairbanks on charges of sexually abusing two girls.

NMFS says killer whale petition may have merit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service will review a petition to designate a Prince William Sound killer whale group as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Weather can be harsh on dry skin
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Winter's chilly temperatures can bring out the worst in skin.

Advisory group struggles to agree on fishery
Despite a marathon meeting Thursday, the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game advisory committee failed to agree on what recommendations it will make to the Alaska Board of Fisheries regarding management of early-run Kenai River king salmon.

Soldotna, Kenai city officials hold meeting
Putting aside a rivalry as old as the towns themselves, the leaders of Kenai and Soldotna came together Monday for the first joint meeting of city officials.

Witnesses disagree on how dogs' transportation handled
SHELBY, Mont -- The regional head of the Humane Society and a sled dog racer from Seeley Lake, Mont., disagreed Friday over whether conditions in the tractor-trailer used to transport 181 animals from Alaska to Montana were cruel and inhumane.

Peninsula opinions differ on lease sales
The battle over two proposed federal oil and gas lease sales in Cook Inlet is shaping up as a struggle between north and south.

Edward W. Liebenthal
Longtime Alaskan Edward W. Liebenthal died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Friendship Terrace Assisted Living in Homer. He was 84.

Louise Pounds McDonald
Louise Pounds McDonald died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, in North Richland Hills, Texas. She was 75.

Raymond 'R.D.' Darrill Smith
Longtime Alaskan Raymond "R.D." Darrill Smith died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 58.

Star Trek characters offer hopeful vision for future, lessons for today's world
"So, are you a trekkie?" It's a question I'm often asked, and it's usually followed by snickering or belittling comments like, "Isn't that just for pre-pubescent teen-agers and comic book geeks?"

Lots of difficult work, cooperation will pave road to brighter future
Alaskans hoping that Gov. Frank Murkowski had some kind of magic bullet to cure the state's financial woes and jump start its economy may have been disappointed by his State of the State speech Thursday night.

State of the Union speech set for Tuesday; Bush prepares to detail Iraq policy
WASHINGTON-- President Bush is readying his State of the Union speech in unusually trying times that are marked by a shaky economy, expanding federal deficits, the longest stock market decline in 60 years, increased worries about terrorism and escalating nuclear tensions with North Korea.

Photo feature: Weathering the wind
Dune grass, seemingly rooted in snow, stands in rigid defiance against blustery winter winds at Kenai Dunes Beach.

Man swimming length of river to make point
KELLER, Wash. (AP) -- A swimmer neared the halfway point in a 1,250-mile journey down the Columbia River -- a trip designed to raise awareness of its pollution levels and to encourage a cleanup.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and game advisory committee to meetFAS presentation plannedNorth Peninsula chamber meeting plannedHospice wine tasting plannedRefuge fun day plannedHospital board to meetYoung Marines seek volunteersBlood bank needs blood

Couple celebrates 60th anniversary
Paul and Jessie Mettille of the Heritage Place Long-Term Care Center in Soldotna celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Monday, Jan. 20, 2003.

Rogers, Legg plan May wedding
Valerie Jeanne Rogers and Adam Legg were engaged Nov. 21, 2002. The couple plans to marry Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Emergency preparedness saves lives
It is common knowledge that following a large-scale disaster there is a lag time of about 72-hours. That is three days, before help may arrive.

Trail conditions behind Nikiski pool make for enjoyable competition
The Kenai Klassic was hosted by Kenai Central High School, but it was Nikiski high school coach Dale Bakk making the friends at Saturday's meet at the trails behind the Nikiski pool.

Sixers pull out victory over Heat
MIAMI -- Keith Van Horn scored 26 points and Allen Iverson added 25 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Miami Heat 97-91 on Saturday.

Nikiski hockey nears school wins record
The Nikiski hockey team broke open a 3-3 game by scoring five unanswered goals in the third period to defeat Glennallen 8-3 Friday in Greatland Hockey Conference play at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink.

Skyview girls topple Kenai
The Skyview High School girls basketball team stole a page from Kenai Central's playbook Friday, using its corps of quick guards to pressure the Kardinals ballhandlers up and down the court.

Kenai, SoHi hockey get sweep in valley
The Kenai Central High School hockey team completed its trip to the Valley with a win, defeating the Colony Knights 7-5 in a North Star Conference game at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

Heatley heats up net vs. New York
NEW YORK -- Dany Heatley scored three goals to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Inside and outside, Soldotna girls too much for Homer
HOMER -- Four varsity basketball teams from Soldotna and Homer high schools met and tangled here in Region III/4A action Friday. Three of those teams are playing ball in hopes of someday landing themselves among the elite teams in Class 4A. The other team continues to prove that they are already there.

SkyHi, SoHi play to split
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team remained perfect this season, defeating a surprisingly feisty Skyview squad 68-43 in Region III/4A play Saturday at Soldotna.

No. 1 Arizona comes back from 20 points down to stop Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Salim Stoudamire led a 10-0 run to open the second half and No. 1 Arizona rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat No. 6 Kansas 91-74 Saturday.

Stars, Panthers shine at borough wrestling
Fierce competition defined the final regular season meeting of the big-schools wrestling teams at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Skyview.

Frazar takes lead into final round of Phoenix Open
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Harrison Frazar separated himself from his challengers with a birdie on the 17th hole Saturday, and took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

Cook Inlet Academy boys pick up district win over Seldovia
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team netted a big win Saturday, defeating the visiting Seldovia Sea Otters 57-45 in District 3/2A play.

Sports Briefs
KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Daron Rahlves' excitement over a milestone victory on the notorious Hahnenkamm wasn't diminished by a shortened course.

Athletes can benefit from training in the water
WASHINGTON -- Aquatic exercise programs are not just for grandmas riding foam floats. Water is good for athletic training, too, and experts say more athletes are making use of it.

Seward girls assert supremacy against Valdez
The Seward girls, ranked first in Class 3A in the first prep poll, blew out Valdez 61-32 Friday in nonconference basketball action in Seward.

Agassi takes Aussie title
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi just keeps getting better with age.

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