Monday, January 28, 2002

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.

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.

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

Jan. 23, 2002 The Valdez Star champions a natural gas pipeline terminating in Valdez
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that a natural gas pipeline would be an economic boon for the entire state. Everyone agrees, at some point, it would mean jobs for Alaskans and increased revenue for the state.

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.

Jan. 24, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. on Gov. Knowles proposed budget
Gov. Tony Knowles' plan to close the state's $1.2 billion fiscal gap shows how low we've sunk. Newspapers across the state have ballyhooed it, not necessarily because it will work, but because at least someone is trying.

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.

Jan. 24, 2002 The Voice of the Times on photographing red light runners
It was only a matter of time before frustration with red light runners would prompt someone to suggest that Anchorage automatically snap pictures of violators and send them a ticket in the mail.

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.

Providence seeks to build $25 million psychiatric facility
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Providence Alaska Medical Center wants to build a $25 million, 60-bed psychiatric facility in Anchorage, and has asked the state for approval to go ahead with the project.

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.

Jan. 22, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on campaign finance veto
Despite Gov. Tony Knowles' best effort, the Legislature's Republican majority overrode his most important veto. Without a single vote to spare, the Legislature rammed through a bill that reopens the door to big-money influence peddling in Alaska elections.

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.

Japanese losing interest in Alaska herring eggs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In Japan, an island nation with a huge appetite for seafood, the economy is down and tastes are changing as people get older. That's causing hard times across the Pacific for herring fishermen like Andy Golia.

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.

Four Alaska mushers compete in Wyoming sled dog race
DUBOIS, Wyo. (AP) -- Four Alaska mushers are racing in the 7th annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming, which began Saturday.

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.

Moose-vehicle collision numbers up in Matanuska-Susitna Borough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A surge in the moose population in the Palmer-Wasilla-Big Lake area is being blamed for an increase in the number of collisions between moose and vehicles.

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

Smyth overcomes late start to win Tustumena 200
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Big Lake musher Ramey Smyth won the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race Saturday evening, crossing the finish line just two minutes before two-time defending champion Jeff King.

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.

Young minds take Internet trek with ice worm scientists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Armed with a sophisticated ice borer, professor Daniel Shain went hunting Sunday on Byron Glacier for a scientific treasure -- the tiny, fragile ice worm.

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.

Alaska travel industry launches interstate travel campaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Travel Industry Association on Monday launched an advertising campaign to promote travel within the state.

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.

Crime in North Slope Borough drops more than 10 percent
BARROW (AP) -- North Slope Borough Police Chief Paul Carr thinks he knows why crime dropped over 10 percent last year.

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.

Kasilof athlete prepares for winter Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Versatility is part of the job description for biathletes. For Jay Hakkinen, it's a trait that could broaden his post-Olympic employment opportunities.

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.

After last year, Quest mushers looking forward to better trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mushers competing in this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race can look forward to a much better trail.

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

Straw-bales make for high-tech Fairbanks home
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- From the outside, the home of Gerald Goodman and Joan Lessard looks like any other large house under construction in the hills surrounding Fairbanks.

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.

Big Lake, Denali mushers go head-to-head to finish
As fresh snow continued to drift from the heavens, man and man's best friend closed out the second day of the Tustumena 200 Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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."

NOW PLAYING: A Beautiful Mind
Going by nothing more than description, a love story about the life of a schizophrenic economics professor would not be my first choice for a night at the movies. Throw in Ron Howard as the director, Russell Crowe as the aforementioned mad professor, and Ed Harris as a shadowy government agent, and I'm starting to change my mind.

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?"

Pipeline will connect area to new gas source
Three energy companies operating on the Kenai Peninsula have united in one common purpose.

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.

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.

CIA, Special Forces wage own war
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- They are the secret warriors in America's hidden war: CIA and Special Operations forces who ride into battle on pickup trucks, dune buggies and helicopters.

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.

Hammond to Legislature: Back off PFDs
HOMER -- Former Gov. Jay Hammond doesn't think much of the proposals floating around Juneau that would help span the state's billion-dollar fiscal gap by capping Alaskans' permanent fund dividends.

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.

Search continues for sailor lost at sea
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A search for a U.S. sailor who fell overboard from an aircraft carrier entered its second day Sunday off the coast of Southern California.

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.

Will Picabo have chance to defend Olympic crown?
It turns out Picabo Street still has a chance -- albeit a slim one -- of defending her super-G Olympic gold medal.

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.

Soldotna representative says fiscal plan necessary for individual, state well-being New session, new priorities
As we in the Legislature begin the second half of the 22nd legislative session, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in 2002.

U.S. relations with Yasser Arafat, now at a low, filled with hope, disappointment
WASHINGTON -- The White House lawn, where Yasser Arafat once found his longed-for legitimacy, could soon be fenced off to him.

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

Legislature should note parallels between civil, subsistence rights
The second session of the 22nd Legislature convened Jan. 14, the day before Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

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.

Ladies Auxiliary says thank you for help on patriotic arts program

Ask a Trooper
Question: I was recently stopped and given a traffic ticket by a Fish and Game officer. I noticed their trucks say state trooper on them. What exactly is their authority? Are they supposed to write traffic tickets?

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

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Shooting stars
Winners and sponsors in the Soldotna Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Competition held Jan. 12 are pictured left to right

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.

Cancer activist carries torch
Former Juneau resident Mike Miller, a prostate cancer survivor and cancer awareness activist, carried the Olympic torch in front of the Capital building in Juneau last week as the torch made its way to Salt Lake City for the start of the Olympic Games.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community Schools classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

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

Natalie Olson of Kenai and Russ Wallace of Anchorage announce the birth of their daughter, Malaya Renae, on Dec. 17, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Community News
Board of directors selectedNational pageant accepting applicationFamily Fun Day scheduledNaval ship reunion plannedHomer Community Schools announcementsBoys and Girls Club classes to be held

Peninsula People
Montana State University announces dean's listSoHi student nominated to West PointSoHi grad completes boot camp

Around the Peninsula
Minerals Management Service to hold meetingsLocal group to train mediatorsKenai Chamber to meetAwards banquet set for FridaySoldotna Historical Society board to meetHabitat for Humanity seeks applicantsHomer carnival seeks informationMothers invited to seminar

Blue Devils have no use for Cavalier attitude
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jason Williams scored 27 points, Carlos Boozer added 25 and No. 1 Duke shot 68 percent in the second half to race past No. 7 Virginia 94-81 Sunday night.

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.

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.

Sixers get revenge on sleepy Lakers
PHILADELPHIA -- Phil Jackson will not be coaching the Western Conference team at the All-Star game. The Philadelphia 76ers made sure of it.

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.

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.

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.

Faulk earns homecoming in New Orleans with 159 rushing yards
ST. LOUIS -- They call themselves ''The Greatest Show on Earth.'' While the St. Louis Rams aren't always great, they were certainly too much for the NFC to handle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Montreal gets 10,000th home goal
MONTREAL -- Sergei Berezin scored the 10,000th home goal in Canadiens franchise history early in the third period, helping Montreal beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Sunday.

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

Bledsoe fills in for injured Brady as New England stops Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Drew Bledsoe never expected to be a backup at this stage of his career. The New England Patriots never expected he would be the one to take them back to the Super Bowl.

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

Forrest was underdog but doesn't consider victory an upset
NEW YORK (AP) -- He might have been a 7-1 underdog, but Vernon Forrest doesn't consider his victory over Shane Mosley an upset.

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.

Sports Briefs
Kards skaters top PalmerBobsledder claims she was mischaracterizedDiMarco wins by defaultChargers, Schottenheimer close in on contractUSA men's soccer tops El SalvadorTwo more short-course world records brokenUS women's soccer tops China

Which QB starts the Super Bowl?
Picking a starting quarterback is not supposed to be this hard. Not when you're headed to the Super Bowl, and especially not when your team is on the hook for $900,000 to one guy and $103 million to the other.

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.

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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