Sunday, January 27, 2002

Teen charged with attempted murder
WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla teen-ager was arrested Friday on a charge of attempted murder after he allegedly shot a 75-year-old woman in the face.

Redistricting trial ends after three weeks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board crumpled under the pressure of lobbyists and special interest groups when assigned the difficult task of coming up with a new statewide voting map, a lawyer said Friday.

Controversial Valdez doctor to take leave of absence
VALDEZ (AP) -- The Valdez doctor who got into a confrontation with a snowmachiner in 2000 is taking a leave of absence from the Valdez Medical Clinic later this year.

Nelchina caribou herd fails to migrate for winter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Instead of migrating as usual, most of the Nelchina caribou herd is staying put around Summit Lake and Paxson this winter.

Knowles calls for $212 million bonds for construction projects
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles introduced legislation to float $212 million in bonds to pay for a two-year school construction and maintenance plan.

Anchorage contractor says Kmart owes for renovations to Alaska stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage construction contractor said Kmart Corp. owes his company and several other local contractors for work to renovate four Alaska stores last year. Kmart has filed for reorganization and protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Trident puts its Clark's Point cannery on the market
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Trident Seafoods has put its Clark's Point cannery on the market.

Two pit bulls stolen in Soldotna burglary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- They're supposed to guard the home. But instead, two pit bulls are among the items stolen by burglars who broke into a Soldotna home.

Republican leaders want tribal status reconsidered
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican leaders in the state Legislature want the Bush administration to reconsider the formal status granted tribal governments in 1993.

German company tapped to promote Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland could be headed to Fairbanks in the near future.

Coast Guard, fishing boat aiding vessel with severe icing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fishing boat that sustained severe icing in the Gulf of Alaska was being escorted by a Coast Guard cutter to Ketchikan Friday night.

Authorities find two suspected methamphetamine labs in North Pole
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Drug officers have found two suspected methamphetamine labs in North Pole homes.

Troopers begin probe of Sitka police department
SITKA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers were set to begin an investigation Friday of possible criminal misconduct in the Sitka Police Department, according to city officials.

Historic Unalaska torpedo shop faces demolition
UNALASKA (AP) -- It is a ragged building now, a steel skeleton slowly and painfully shedding its skin alongside a modern runway.

Denali Railroad project could move forward this summer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Preliminary work on a railroad into the north end of Denali National Park and Preserve could begin as early as this summer.

Anchorage print shop equipment auctioned to pay debt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People looking for deals packed Frontier Printing Services Friday for a liquidation auction of equipment once used by the Anchorage business that was damaged in what police initially called a hate crime.

Phillips Alaska wants to cut gas line risks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials with Phillips Alaska Inc. say they want Congress to streamline federal permitting before the company moves ahead with a North Slope natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

Juneau woman says talk show caused her stress, anxiety
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A syndicated talk show host is being sued by a Juneau woman who says she suffered post-traumatic stress as a result of his show.

Kasilof musher battles to get back in the race
Competing in the Iditarod is a challenge for any musher who attempts it. Being a rookie musher with a yearling team makes it even harder.

Ceremonial start kicks off T-200 race
It was hard to tell who was more excited Saturday morning in downtown Kenai before the ceremonial start of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race -- the kids or the dogs.

Following ABC's of health spells success
The ABC's for good health, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are: aim for fitness, build a healthy base and choose sensibly. The USDA has produced a brochure packed with information on how to build a healthy lifestyle using the ABC's entitled, "Using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

Doctors: Don't forget about aspirin's benefits
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal panel of doctors is urging people not to forget about aspirin's benefit for the heart, as high-profile drugs designed to lower cholesterol and treat pain continue to hit the market.

Meeting highlights good future for oil industry
ANCHORAGE -- Despite lower oil prices, uncertain prospects for a North Slope natural gas pipeline and cutbacks now under way at BP Exploration Alaska Inc., there's a lot of oil and gas in Alaska and the industry has a good future.

Fire that destroyed restaurant still under investigation
When two fires erupted last fall in quick succession at Pizza Pete's restaurant in Soldotna, the second gutting the building and destroying the structure's interior, most people wondered, "What caused the second fire?"

High-tech U.S. planes hunt for boats carrying al-Qaida leaders
OVER THE NORTHERN ARABIAN SEA -- High above the Arabian Sea, U.S. surveillance planes are searching the waves and examining ships, trying to close off a key escape route for al-Qaida leaders wanting to flee Afghanistan.

Chilling images of war found
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The guns and ammunition were expected. The poster of New York's Twin Towers set against Afghan mountains was not.

Command structure growing among prisoners
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Military guards at a detention camp at Guantanamo Bay say they have noticed a command structure emerging among the terrorist suspects being held there, camp leaders said Saturday. The leaders seem to surface during prayer sessions.

John Patrick McDonald
Soldotna resident John Patrick McDonald died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of natural causes. He was 86.

Toasting Alaska's Olympians
The Great Land can be a not-so-great place to live if one spends too much time lamenting over what this state is not.

Legislature should heed the growing call to act on fiscal plan
The cry for a long-range fiscal plan is getting louder. From many corners of the state, private citizens, independent economists, civic organizations and business groups alike -- of all political stripes -- are weighing in on the need for legislators to address the budget gap this session.

Enron not only firm to seek U.S. help, just less successful than others
WASHINGTON -- Enron officials may have wound up empty-handed when they came calling on the Bush administration. But corporate pleas for government help are hardly novel. For years, distressed companies have been beating a well-worn path to Washington.

Letters to the Editor
Poor resource management today means no resource tomorrow

Ladies Auxiliary says thank you for help on patriotic arts program

Around the Peninsula
Meeting to address changes in child care rulesOpening of health building celebratedFish and game advisory committee to meetTax assistance available by appointment

Taxi! Follow that road!
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Patricia Agness wanted to see the nation. So she hopped into a cab.

House of newspapers stands tall
ROCKPORT, Mass. -- There's an old adage in the newspaper business that's meant to keep journalists humble: ''Today's newspaper is tomorrow's fish wrapper.'' That saying doesn't hold true at The Paper House.

My Best Friend
This is a familiar sight for Rikki the sheltie. Rikki has been Kim Rudge-Karic's traveling companion since 1990. The two have traveled by plane, boat and even helicopter together. They live in Kasilof.

Stars sweep Homer
No chart or compass or map -- not even the wise Aristotle himself could help the Mariners find the constellations Saturday at the Soldotna High School gymnasium. The Stars were much too high for Homer's players to reach.

Pittsburgh notches sixth straight win
NEW YORK -- Radek Dvorak had two goals, and Eric Lindros and Theo Fleury both scored their 20th of the season to lead the New York Rangers past the Washington Capitals 6-3 Saturday.

Carter tops Jordan in votes for All-Star game
NEW YORK (AP) -- Vince Carter won the overall balloting, Michael Jordan made it for a 13th time and Steve Francis and Antoine Walker also cracked the starting lineups for the NBA All-Star game.

Capriati keeps Aussie crown
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Jennifer Capriati refused to wilt, pulling off her greatest comeback on the court where she rejuvenated her career.

Bulldogs boys get weekend sweep
The Nikiski boys took a 13-4 lead after the first quarter en route to posting a 63-31 victory over Susitna Valley Saturday in Nikiski.

Johansson tops Safin for trophy
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Thomas Johansson broke down Marat Safin's power game with brilliant shot making of his own to win the Australian Open championship 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) Sunday.

Knicks play late to topple Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Latrell Sprewell scored 31 of his 48 points in the fourth quarter and the first overtime and the New York Knicks survived a pair of game-tying 3-pointers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 129-127 in double-overtime Saturday.

Catawba football player dead, four others injured in shooting
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- A college football player was killed and four students were wounded in a shootout outside a Catawba College residence, police said Saturday.

No. 4 Cincinnati runs winning streak to 19
TAMPA, Fla. -- Steve Logan scored 27 points and No. 4 Cincinnati made 17 of 19 free throws over the final six minutes Saturday to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games with a 78-68 victory over South Florida.

SoHi boys, Su Valley girls ski to titles
Saturday's chilly conditions didn't seem to bother any of the participants in the Nikiski Classic Sprint Relays at the Nikiski Community Trails.

Kenai Central cagers score sweep of Skyview
The Kenai Central boys basketball team's victory over Skyview was a Dunn deal.

Nikiski girls pick up pair of district victories
The Nikiski girls shut out Susitna Valley in the first quarter Saturday en route to a 57-20 victory over the Rams.

Soldotna skaters blow past Palmer 15-0
The Kenai Central High School hockey team did everything but put the puck in the net Friday, dropping a North Star Conference game 3-1 to the visiting Colony Knights at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Nelchina caribou herd fails to migrate for winter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Instead of migrating as usual, most of the Nelchina caribou herd is staying put around Summit Lake and Paxson this winter.

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