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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Roadkill intended for charities is stolen
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Hundreds of moose are killed by cars and trucks each year on roads in Alaska's Interior.

Advisory group struggles with Kenai king limits
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game advisory committee will meet Monday to consider just what recommendations it will make to the Alaska Board of Fisheries regarding management of early-run Kenai River king salmon.

Fourth man arraigned on child sex abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl was arraigned on felony charges Saturday. He was the fourth man accused of abusing the girls.

Light earthquake felt in Seward, Anchorage and Palmer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small earthquake struck near Seward Tuesday afternoon and was felt as far away as Palmer, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer said.

NTSB says ice caused fatal Dillingham crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fifteen months after a plane crash that killed 10 people in Dillingham, The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the crash was probably caused by ice on the wings of the Cessna 208.

Ice road over Chena River closed by overflow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation has blocked off access to the ice road over the Chena River on the west side of Fairbanks, due to overflow.

Salmon logo wins international graphics recognition
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A regional Alaska salmon-marketing logo has been selected as one of about 600 to appear in a book honoring high-quality graphics.

Wuerch files to run again for Anchorage mayor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor George Wuerch has filed to run for re-election on April 1.

Southcentral heat bills likely to rise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An era of cheap heat for Southcentral Alaska is ending, according to Enstar Natural Gas Co., the utility that keeps half the state's population warm.

Work resumes on northern intertie
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If the weather cooperates and construction goes smoothly, the northern intertie, intended to deliver power between Fairbanks and Healy more efficiently, could be operational by October.

Juneau man arrested after standoff
JUNEAU (AP) -- Police arrested a man Monday who threatened to kill himself and three officers.

Apartment worker saves infant from flooding sink
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A maintenance worker looking for the source of a hot water outage in a South Anchorage apartment building rescued a hypothermic infant from an overflowing bathroom sink Monday morning.

Fewer belugas seen in Cook Inlet during June count
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The annual June count of Cook Inlet's beluga whales has produced an abundance estimate of only 313 animals, the lowest number ever reported, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

ConocoPhillips to drill fewer wells
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. plans to drill fewer exploration wells this year. But exploration spending will be on par with that of recent years because this year's wells tend to be in remote areas, pushing up costs

Fairbanks musher leads Wyoming race
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Fairbanks musher Gwen Holdman was holding the lead Monday two days into a major sled dog race in the Lower 48.

Murkowski issues order reorganizing corrections
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Anchorage Jail would be merged with another facility and an internal auditor would be added to the state Department of Corrections under a reorganization ordered Monday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Nome reindeer head for Alabama
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 30 reindeer from Nome made a stopover here Saturday afternoon, heading for a life of star appearances with Santa at malls in a region where snow is nearly as rare as reindeer.

Rokeberg backing two permanent fund bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Rep. Norman Rokeberg would like to increase the state's share of oil revenues normally flowing to the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Outlook cloudy for summer tourism
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bookings for the Riverboat Discovery started well his year but have tapered off, leaving Interior tourist businesses wondering about the summer season ahead.

Labor Department creates Business Partnership Division
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Labor and Workforce Development is creating a new division to deal with worker training grants.

Kuskokwim ice road provides transit, danger
BETHEL (AP) -- The taxi lurched and slipped down an icy track toward Napaskiak. A glaring sun warmed the cab, and country music blared from the radio.

Seward Highway accident boosts Corrections budget
JUNEAU -- The state Department of Corrections may need up to $1.2 million extra this year to cover medical costs from a Seward Highway accident, in which five people were killed and four were injured.

BP's experimental GTL plant to operate in two months
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP hopes to begin operations at its experimental gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski in the next two months.

State reduces charges against Palmer taxidermist
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer taxidermist charged with illegally selling Alaska big game trophies nearly two years ago now faces reduced charges in state court.

Our people our competitive advantage
Addressing the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance last week, members of the Kenai Peninsula Industry Careers Committee (KPICC) detailed their topic entitled, "Our Competitive Advantage is Our People."

Volunteer effort drives Peninsula bid for 2006 Arctic Winter Games
By the time the International Committee (IC), that will make the final decision of where the 2006 Arctic Winter Games are to be held, touched down at the Kenai Airport last week, over 3,000 volunteers had signed up in support of the effort to bring the games to the Peninsula.

Lopeman lights up for the Polar Bear leap
Last week was the sixth time that Kathy Lopeman, a well-loved nurse at the Oncology Infusion Center at Central Peninsula General Hospital, leaped into the frigid waters of Resurrection Bay.

Visioning a Library
If you could build a library just like you wanted it to be, How would it look? On Tuesday, February 4, after the Library Commission meeting at the Kenai City Hall,(approximately 6:30 p.m.) you'll have the chance to brain storm your ideas.

Photo feature: Blanketed
A rock cairn marks the summit of Skyline Trail from which clouds can be seen moving into the valley below.

NOW PLAYING - Darkness Falls
"Remember, when the Tooth Fairy comes, don't peek." Now, I don't know about you, but I don't recall that being a part of the story I heard growing up. In fact, I don't remember hearing anything about the

Rep. Rokeberg backs taking revenues from permanent fund
JUNEAU -- State Rep. Norman Rokeberg would like to increase the state's share of oil revenues normally flowing to the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Photo feature: Heating up?
The warm rays of sun shine over frozen Headquarters Lake at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on a crisp winter day.

Testimony favors Harmans' treatment of dogs during trip
SHELBY, Mont. -- A man who began the trip from Alaska with accused animal abusers Jon Harman and Athena-Lethcoe Harman testified Monday that he grew frustrated because Lethcoe-Harman insisted on stopping for several hours each morning to water and exercise her 170-plus collies and other dogs.

Long distance: Assembly member Davis conducts borough business from Hawaii
District 1 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member John Davis will represent his Kalifornsky district by long-distance telephone until the meeting of March 11, while he basks in the sunshine in Kona, Hawaii.

Caucus focuses on joint cause
Two members of the Alaska Senate have joined with four colleagues from the House to form what they hope will be a strong and unified voice for the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak.

House fires spark interest in fire protection
Three house fires in Kasilof in less than two weeks have again brought attention to the fact that the community lies outside the Central Emergency Services fire protection district and many homes there are uninsurable.

Kenai Wild gets grant to begin second year
Kenai Peninsula Borough officials said the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding program, the organization behind the Kenai Wild quality brand sockeye, should be set to make a sophomore run this spring. By "set," officials said they meant the nearly $400,000 to operate the program has been acquired.

Airport facility takes off
After experiencing a little turbulence with its communications systems, the Kenai Airport Operations Facility is finally up and running at full capacity.

Plan to extend arctic drilling season gets chilly reception from environmentalists
Petroleum exploration in arctic Alaska has for decades occurred during the coldest months of the year to protect the ecosystem. Now, a plan to extend the season has environmentalists worried about the impact on wildlife and the likelihood that oil and gas production will spread more quickly to remote areas.

Peninsula viewers get mixed signals on Super Bowl Sunday
Super Bowl Sunday almost became a super bust for many football fans on the Kenai Peninsula when microwave translators conked out leaving the game's over-the-air signal somewhere in limbo.

Evelyn M. Jorgenson Curran
Evelyn M. Jorgenson Curran, of Danvers, Mass., died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass., after a brief illness. She was 89.

Extreme early-run measures don't address issue, only hurt guides
Thursday night I attended the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Board, and I returned home near midnight literally full of anguish and disgust, once again reminded of why I swore-off these meetings years ago.

Applause
VFW Ladies Auxiliary says thanksGrant will go to resource libraryExercise proves kids in good hands

Letters to the Editor
Board of Game supports wildlife management, not preservation Coalition wants to control policy for lower peninsula watersheds Racing Lions sno-cross slated for Feb. 1 Writer takes blame for bad information about committee

Ketchikan residents kept in dark about university land sale
It's done, but it wasn't well done. The University of Alaska put a piece of its Ketchikan property up for sale in recent months. It advertised the sale in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau. UA officials also say the sale appeared on the state's Web site, but it isn't there any longer and no way exists for the public to verify it ever was.

Board appointments put special interests, politics over people What others say
Hunting and trapping are an important part of Alaska's heritage. While there are organizations and individuals who would dispute the value of these activities, they are distinctly Alaskan and undeniably worthy of defense as both a rural lifestyle choice and a recreational endeavor.

Letters to the Editor
Does Southcentral have10-year or 25-year supply of natural gas?KRSMA board should be studied for potential conflicts of interestKenai River management about politics, money, not resource

Births
Melinda and Avery Pennington

From clutter... to simplicity
Jackis Story The day Before New Years The best books and organizing tips I found: Time Savers: But I Dont Have the Time ... Victorias Secrets Costly Clutter The Quiz Donations: Where, When, What to Bring Common Household Diseases And the cure Organizing Wisdom:

Peninsula People
Soldotna student graduates college Sterling man joins Navy Kenai youth earns honors at military institute Soldotna youth completes Marine infantry training Sterling woman added to AER board

Community News
SCI offers $1,000 scholarship Alaska Junior Miss coming to Soldotna

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament results announced

Around the Peninsula
Food bank, Head Start offer class FAS presentation planned today Adult fitness swim lessons offered Fish and Game committee to meet Entrepreneurship workshop set Kenai chamber plans job shadow, meeting Rec Center announces winter, spring programs Canine Good Citizen class offered

Around the Peninsula
Book club meets tonightAdoption information classes plannedHomer Public Health changes clinic datesWRCC board to meet WednesdayRanger, historian to speak to historical societyKMS to raffle off boatEra to sponsor chamber awards mixerDisaster assistance application deadline nears

Community Schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. The list is printed to serve as a reminder to registered participants. If you are interested in a class or activity but are not preregistered, call the Soldotna Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Drug companies to pay $80 million for allegedly blocking cheaper generics
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two drug companies have agreed to pay $80 million to settle allegations they conspired to keep a cheaper, generic version of a blood pressure medication off the market.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Sports Briefs
James cleared in Hummer inquiryTearful Maier rejoices in World Cup victory

Bucs look to next year, history says they shouldn't
SAN DIEGO -- The best players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in their prime, and the offense should get better as Jon Gruden tinkers.

Miller secures Pacers win
MIAMI -- Reggie Miller sank a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to put the Indiana Pacers ahead to stay, then added a layup with 41 seconds left in a 102-95 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Tigers control Vandy
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Seimone Augustus scored 21 points as No. 6 LSU shook off No. 18 Vanderbilt for a 70-59 victory Sunday afternoon, its 14th straight win at home.

Capitals top Rangers
WASHINGTON -- Sergei Gonchar had a goal and three assists and the Washington Capitals scored five power-play goals in a 7-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Jackson earns Super Bowl MVP honors
Super Bowl MVPs

Creighton regains 'mojo' against TCU
OMAHA, Neb. -- After an embarrassing loss to Evansville three days earlier, No. 10 Creighton was staring at a 12-point halftime deficit against TCU on Sunday.

Zobeck helps Soldotna cagers achieve goals
With the rate at which the Soldotna High School girls basketball team is reaching its goals, the Stars should be set to take over the world sometime this summer.

Defying age, redefining limits
They are champions for the ages and heroes of the middle-aged. Andre Agassi, bald and still beautiful in his movement on the court, is a Grand Slam champion again at 32 with his fourth title in the Australian Open's summer swelter.

Lions finally fire head coach Mornhinweg
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions fired coach Marty Mornhinweg on Monday -- a month later than expected.

Super Bowl Records
Records set or tied in the 2003 Super Bowl:

Predators put away Sabres with first-period scoring flurry
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Vitali Yachmenev and Rem Murray scored 58 seconds apart in Nashville's three-goal first period to lead the Predators to a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Tampa wins first championship; makes Oakland, Gannon walk the plank
SAN DIEGO -- Just defense, baby!

Gruden: expensive, but worth it
He was racing up the sideline Sunday, features frozen by the most intense kind of concentration, matching the ball carrier stride for stride. All the while, his right fist was punching the air.

Robbins' Super Bowl absence still a mystery
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The disappearance of Oakland Raiders All-Pro center Barret Robbins before the Super Bowl was still a mystery Monday night.

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