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Friday, February 1, 2002

Nulato man dies in snowmachine accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man has died of injuries he suffered in a snowmachine accident.

Biologists predict solid year for Southeast pink salmon fishermen
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Southeast Alaska fishermen could harvest as many as 30 to 50 million pink salmon this summer, according to predictions by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Man killed while crossing Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man died Wednesday night after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing the Glenn Highway.

Kohring leads lawmakers in absences
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Since the Legislature convened Jan. 14, Vic Kohring has spent more time outside the capital than in it. But Kohring says he plans to collect $1,740 in per-diem pay for his time away from Juneau.

Prosecutors add charges in Juneau stabbing
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man was arraigned Tuesday on charges that he stabbed an acquaintance more than 20 times and then destroyed evidence.

Five men indicted on federal robbery, firearms offenses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted five alleged gang members on federal robbery and firearms charges stemming from three robberies at the Spenard Motel in January 2001.

Rep. Young says he missed votes because he was mad at Senate
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young says he missed House votes in December because he got mad at the Senate and left town early.

For FAA technicians in Alaska, the commute can be the toughest part of the job
MIDDLETON ISLAND (AP) -- When a winter snow storm blanketed the runway on this lonely, wind-swept island in the Gulf of Alaska last month, Jim Simpkins and Rich Edwards couldn't get to work.

Idita-rider auction raises less than expected
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Iditarod's auction of rides with mushers has fallen short of its fundraising goal, but race organizers say they are pleased that the Idita-rider program managed to generate $81,000 in bids this year.

Interior official seeks review of subsistence councils
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Interior Department has ordered a review of the makeup of the citizen councils that help direct subsistence management on federal lands in Alaska.

Kodiak body shops busy from accident damage
KODIAK (AP) -- It will take until spring to repair all the vehicles damaged in accidents during a snow storm last week, according to local body shops and insurance companies.

Tesoro posts record year earnings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. reported record profits of $88 million for 2001, up 32 percent from the previous year.

Ketchikan councilman loses seat after absences
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan city councilman has lost his seat after missing more than half of the meetings in the last six months.

NANA posts year loss of $8.6 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- NANA Regional Corp. lost $8.6 million last year, its first loss since 1993, said Marie Greene, the Alaska Native company's new president.

Tourism industry urges residents to travel the state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State tourism boosters are asking Alaskans to help ease the expected downturn in tourism this year by exploring their own back yard and by inviting friends and relatives for a visit.

Head of liquor lobbying group faces the latest of multiple DWI charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage nightclub owner who heads a lobbying group for bars, restaurants and liquor stores is facing a charge of drunken driving.

Jury convicts Anchorage man of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been convicted of murder in connection with a July 2000 shooting.

Missile defense contractors face giant task on bids
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Construction contractors face a daunting chore to put together a $100-250 million proposal that will detail how they will build a missile defense test site in Fort Greely.

Gambell teen arrested for alleged sexual assault
NOME (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy from the village of Gambell is being held in Nome for an alleged sexual assault on a three-year-old girl.

Fisheries permit broker charged with theft
HOMER (AP) -- A fisheries permit broker in Homer was charged with theft Wednesday.

Nulato man dies in snowmachine accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man has died of injuries he suffered in a snowmachine accident.

University seeks protection of counseling records
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An attorney hired by the University of Alaska says prosecutors should not have access to the counseling records of a student-athlete charged with kidnapping and sexual assault.

Biologists predict solid year for Southeast pink salmon fishermen
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Southeast Alaska fishermen could harvest as many as 30 to 50 million pink salmon this summer, according to predictions by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Revenue report: Few benefits of owning stake in pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska has few incentives to owning a stake in a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48, said a Department of Revenue report.

Senate approves $1 million payment to Arctic Power
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would give $1 million to a group lobbying Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling passed a hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday.

Committee eyes oil and gas subsidy
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislators are debating whether to expand an oil and gas subsidy program that a state official says does little to speed up development and costs the state a lot of money.

Wells show no contamination near Sterling gas leak
KENAI (AP) -- Samples from six drinking water wells show no gasoline contamination resulting from a leaking underground storage tank at a closed Sterling gas station, according the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Fort Yukon village corporation to get unused military property
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fort Yukon village corporation will receive a parcel of unused military property because Rep. Don Young didn't want a federal agency to take possession of it.

School funding change clears first hurdle
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House panel Wednesday approved a bill to suspend a part of the state's school funding formula that critics have said penalizes some rural schools.

Rep. Don Young lashes out at Fish and Wildlife Service
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young has lashed out at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, accusing the agency of abusing its authority and spreading flawed scientific information.

New community ferry down for repairs
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Inter-Island Ferry Authority's new vessel was down for repair most of this week while awaiting spare filters for its variable pitch control system.

Panel approves bill to make voting easier for blind
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lynne Koral said she's been trying since 1994 to get the Division of Elections to provide secret ballots for the blind.

Business Briefs
Edward Jones tops Fortune Magazine listGCI offers cable modem Internet accessHomer chamber announces awardsSeward chamber names new executive director

Many seek help in handling holiday debt hangovers
NEW YORK (AP) -- As the bills for Christmas spending come rolling in, a lot of Americans start feeling stressed about their debts.

Saved by the bell: Boomers no longer expected to pay for kids' weddings
You've seen the kids through braces, through college, and now it's finally time to think of your retirement.

Stocks bounce back
NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve gave Wall Street the positive economic outlook investors have been seeking, and stocks rallied even though the central bank declined to lower interest rates again.

Martha Stewart sticks by Kmart -- for now
NEW YORK -- The future of Kmart's crown jewel of brands, Martha Stewart, hinges on a decision by the bankruptcy judge overseeing the discount chain's reorganization.

Anchor Point chamber honors HEA
ANCHOR POINT -- The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce awarded its "Golden Deed Award" to Homer Electric Association at the chamber's annual banquet Saturday.

Unocal 2002 capital budget to keep pace with last year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unocal Alaska's 2002 capital budget will keep pace with last year's budget, according to a company official.

Scientists show elastic protein is key to aging, emphysema
Scientists have identified a stretchy protein they say is associated with the ravages of aging and chronic diseases such as emphysema.

Life changes, but it does go on after loss of kidneys
GRANVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- John Matheny is in the kitchen, a box of plastic wrap in one hand, a tube of numbing cream in the other. He smears the white paste over his slightly bruised left forearm, then wraps it to keep his shirt clean.

Art Briefs
First Thursday events for February setJazzmania returnsPratt Museum seeking volunteers

There's more city than sex on 'Sex and the City' tour
ABOARD THE ''SEX AND THE CITY'' TOUR BUS -- The driver hasn't even pulled away from the starting point at New York's ritzy Plaza hotel (where Mr. Big got married) and the bachelorette party in the back is already going strong.

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

Photo feature: Big ice
Leo Vait of Homer, left, Jim Culhane from Davis Block and Concrete Company in Soldotna, middle, and Matt Hambrick of Anchorage unload a 3,000-pound block of ice at the Soldotna Sports Center on Wednesday.

Marion the Magnet's author drawn to writing book for kids
Sharon Hackleman of Soldotna took her own advice about the power of positive thinking when she wrote and self-published her book, "Marion the Magnet's First Mission."

Soldotna artist featured at Kenai Fine Arts Center
The walls of the Kenai Fine Arts Center will be graced with oil paintings and photographs by Soldotna artist Mark Anderson starting Saturday.

Romantic stories sought for Chicken Soup series
Do you have a heart-warming, insightful and-or funny story about romantic love?

'Black Hawk Down' recaptures real events
With ''Black Hawk Down,'' producer Jerry Bruckheimer more than redeems himself for the drippy debacle ''Pearl Harbor.'' And he can thank director Ridley Scott for that.

In the Spotlight: Kevin Harvick
A short bio of your favorite NASCAR racers

NASCAR hopes boxes yield crash data
UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400. Earnhardt was in Las Vegas this week preparing for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.

Drivers get back on track in sports cars
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- While some NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers are complaining about the demands of the 38-race season, a handful can't seem to get enough.

Wintry blast of snow, ice grips Midwest
A major winter storm that hit the nation's midsection crippled Kansas City, Mo., and Oklahoma City on Thursday with a heavy coating of ice that glazed highways, snapped tree limbs and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.

New health center dedicated
Doors were officially opened Wednesday at the peninsula's newest health care facility.

Homer businesswoman arrested on theft charge
The owner of Northern Enterprises Permit and Boat Brokerage was taken into custody Wednesday night on a theft charge at her home in Homer.

Spill cause located
A small oil spill in the Swanson River oil field is believed to have been caused by internal corrosion of the pipeline carrying the produced water that spilled Tuesday morning, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Iraq, Iran, North Korea to get closer scrutiny
WASHINGTON -- The United States will watch closely to see what Iraq, Iran and North Korea do next, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned Wednesday, a day after President Bush singled them out as part of a dangerous ''Axis of evil.''

Terror warning issued
WASHINGTON -- The United States could face terrorist surprises ''vastly more deadly'' than the Sept. 11 attacks that killed more than 3,000 people, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday.

Hospital contract awaits hearing
Borough and hospital negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to renew the lease and operating contract between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. for another five years.

Board of Fisheries chair gets earful at meeting
Alaska Board of Fisheries Chair Ed Dersham could breathe a little easier Wednesday night at the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee's meeting, but not much.

Deadline extended in threat to kill kidnapped reporter
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A group claiming to hold kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl extended the deadline for killing him by one day in an e-mail sent Thursday and warned his abduction is just the beginning.

Winter Games schedule
Schedule for the Winter Games being held this weekend

Ice carvers square off in competition at Peninsula Winter Games
A winter wonderland of frozen figures is materializing at the Soldotna Sports Center as area carvers chip, scrape, etch and chainsaw blocks of ice into translucent, glittering forms for an ice-sculpting competition.

Hayward John Wik Sr.
Nikiski resident Hayward John Wik Sr. died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, after a struggle with stroke complications. He was 60.

Alicia Heath
UAA student Alicia Marie Heath died Jan. 20, 2002, at Providence Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was 20.

Oilers Corner
Stambersky back in Oilers dugout

Wild mustangs ''gentled'' by trainers, sold after Olympics on Internet auction
ERDA, Utah (AP) -- Gently pushing his brown muzzle, Jackie Glanville tells the mustang named ''Dusty'' to give her some room.

New Mexico painter twice commissioned for Olympics art
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- With the haunting images of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still fresh in his mind, New Mexico artist John Nieto was starting on a new job: creating a painting for the Olympics.

Salt Palace will be one of world's largest broadcast centers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Tucked inside the Salt Palace Convention Center are the brains of the broadcast world for the 2002 Winter Games.

No reason to hide public's business
Q: What do the Bush administration and the Alaska House of Representatives have in common?

Stockpiled nerve agent should be destroyed sooner, not later
The Army needs to stop ''exploring options'' and commit now to speeding up the destruction of the deadly VX nerve agent stockpiled at Newport in western Indiana. Otherwise, it is inviting disaster.

Company fortunes linked to computers
A 105-year-old retailer has declared bankruptcy while a 7-year-old dot.com has declared its first quarterly profits, and the tale of both is a tale of a changing America, and especially of an America transformed by computers.

Games provide reason to get out, enjoy winter
Looking for something to do this weekend?

Letters to the Editor
Clarion mistake embarrassing, hurtful to those who are involved Letter writer was wrong; panels chair didnt threaten guides Investment in quality education truly strengthens the economy Alaskans could reap rewards from four years of deprivation Seiners should not be exempt from states wanton waste laws

Applause
Many contribute to success of combined food-blood drive

Letters to the Editor
New way of negotiating necessary to get district to desired destinationLet's hope Clarion errors don't discourage applicants for councilAssembly member's arrogance continues to insult residentsAmerica should start paying attention to own needs firstStory on KESA, annexation issues needs to be set straightTalkative movie-goers wreck experience for rest of audience

Conflicts between skiers and snowmobilers in popular backcountry area
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The first snows have recently arrived, but already the parking lot at Mores Creek Summit is full of trucks with empty snowmobile trailers and SUVs with roof racks popped open like clam shells.

Severe early winter may have forced muskrats to seek better life
It was on one of the few above-freezing days we had in back in mid-November that I came across an unexpected track of an animal.

Northwest Forest Pass here to stay -- for now
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Third-generation Oregonian Mary Bentsen doesn't mince words in describing how she feels about the growing use of recreation fees on public lands.

Search for counterfeit money takes turn for the humorous
The fact that most businesses are more alert to counterfeit money these days has been turning up some more pleasing sidelines.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski blood drive planned for today Awards banquet set for today Resource Development Council meets Art guild to hold reception Soldotna Historical Society board to meet Food bank plans Souper Bowl of Caring Monthly Red Cross classes scheduled Annexation committee schedule announced Performance literacy workshop scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Williams to speak at North Peninsula chamberFood bank to hold 'non-marathon'Bagley to speak to councilArt guild to hold receptionShaffer to discuss new bookSnowmachine safety course planned

Sterling pastor turns author to publish book for Christians
Lee E. Scaggs of Sterling has published a book titled, "Enter God's Rest." The author's goal for the book is to see Christians set free from the bondage of guilt, shame, self-condemnation and the judgements of others. It reveals how to be at peace and rest, "by grace through faith."

Muslim pilgrims from Iran will be allowed to visit Shiite shrines in Iraq
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iraq said Monday it would allow Shiite Muslim pilgrims from Iran to fly to visit holy shrines in Iraq, another step toward normalizing relations between two former enemies.

Hopes for spiritual and economic renaissance accompany Mormons' Snowflake temple
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's second Mormon temple, perched on a butte above the tiny town of Snowflake, goes on public display during an open house Feb. 2-16. It will serve nearly 35,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northeastern Arizona.

Funeral workers at Tehran's vast cemetery busy with business of burial
BEHESHT-E-ZAHRA, Iran (AP) -- After his first day working at his traditional profession, Safar Azadinejad had nightmares and lost his appetite.

New Age author Marianne Williamson won't cut church's ties with the Unity faith
WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- A best-selling New Age author and leader of the Church of Today said at Sunday services that her congregation won't be quitting the Association of Unity Churches.

Washington's Episcopal diocese elects new bishop who backed incumbent in dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Episcopal priest who supported church authorities in a dispute with conservatives has been elected bishop of the church's 40,000-member Diocese of Washington, where the dispute took place.

French fries, religion mix during weekly gospel show at McDonald's
DAYTON, Tenn. -- On a foggy Thursday night in the town best known for the Scopes Monkey Trial, it's almost gospel time at McDonald's.

Domino's Pizza founder wants to build a 25-story crucifix in Michigan
ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan wants to build a massive free-standing crucifix at his Domino's Farms office park. At 25 stories, it would be only 51 feet shorter than the torch's tip on the Statue of Liberty.

Archbishop of Canterbury keeps busy, but church struggles with decline
LONDON -- When Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey retires on Oct. 31, he will step down with a decidedly mixed record, say critics on both the left and right.

Renovation of Milwaukee's Catholic cathedral is nearly complete, despite dispute
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A $4 million-plus renovation of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is near completion despite objections from some churchgoers, with dedication ceremonies set Feb. 8-10.

Boston Archdiocese gives authorities names of priests accused of sexual abuse
BOSTON (AP) -- Acting on a pledge made by Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the Archdiocese of Boston provided authorities the names of priests accused of sexually abusing children during the past four decades.

Religion Briefs
Conference begins Saturday Clothing ministry open Saturday Spiritual poems sought

Pound puppies can work well as skijor companions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Back in the 1960s, an old-timer named E.S. Nordby told me how he delivered the mail to mining camps above Valdez. He strapped on skis, hung the mailbag over his shoulder, put his butt in a sling and hitched up to a husky.

Telemark's popularity gaining on the slopes
WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) -- ''Free your heel, and let the telemark set you free,'' a telemark skier yelled from Mary Jane's Galloping Goose lift as a group of novice telemarkers inched down a green run.

Skijoring with pound puppies
ANCHORAGE -- Back in the 1960s, an old-timer named E.S. Nordby told me how he delivered the mail to mining camps above Valdez. He strapped on skis, hung the mailbag over his shoulder, put his butt in a sling and hitched up to a husky.

Cross-country skiers facing best trail conditions of winter
With fresh snow falling pretty much all week, excellent skiing has returned to the Kenai Peninsula.

Photo feature: Access permited
Kris Parsons and Michael Bell climb the slopes of the Alpenglow Ski Area near Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002. Arctic Valley Road, which leads to the ski area, has recently reopened to the public. Access to the road and ski area, which are on U.S. Army land, had previously been restricted after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Snowmachiner, skier conflicts on rise
BOISE, Idaho -- The first snows have recently arrived, but already the parking lot at Mores Creek Summit is full of trucks with empty snowmobile trailers and SUVs with roof racks popped open like clam shells.

Ninilchik splits with Cordova
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team continued to set a blistering pace in Class 2A play Wednesday, defeating visiting Cordova 47-23 in a nondistrict game.

Blue Devils take apart Tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Mike Dunleavy scored 23 points and Jason Williams added 18 for No. 1 Duke in an 87-58 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night that made the Blue Devils the first team to win four straight games at the Smith Center in the building's 16-year history

Second-year QB picked to start ahead of veteran Bledsoe
NEW ORLEANS -- Tom Brady wins again. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick picked Brady as the starting quarterback for Sunday's Super Bowl, choosing the former backup over three-time Pro Bowl player Drew Bledsoe.

NFL legend 'Night Train' Lane dead at 73
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dick ''Night Train'' Lane hounded wide receivers with his ferocious tackles and quarterbacks with his interceptions.

Faulk voted NFL Player of the Year
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk, who led the NFL in total yards and touchdowns this season, won his second straight NFL Player of the Year award Wednesday.

Can Belichick's guile slow down St. Louis?
NEW ORLEANS -- The only thing standing between the St. Louis Rams and yet another Super Bowl blowout could be a 49-year-old coach with a reserved demeanor and a knowledge of defense that's in his genes.

Soldotna skaters defeat Bulldogs
The Soldotna hockey team posted a 10-3 nonconference win over Nikiski Tuesday at Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski.

Yashin scorches Rangers
NEW YORK -- Alexei Yashin scored three goals in the first period and got involved in a second-period melee as the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers 6-3 Wednesday night.

Where's the conflict?
Tom Brady or Drew Bledsoe? Puh-leez. Was it really worth waiting three days to find out who will play quarterback for a New England team that couldn't beat St. Louis with Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas both lining up behind center?

Kobe, Shaq undo Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shaquille O'Neal had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Kobe Bryant had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 111-93 Wednesday night.

Schwarzrock takes two-stroke lead
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Brent Schwarzrock played his final eight holes in 8-under par and finished with a 64, giving him a two-stroke lead Thursday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Sports Briefs
All Star Basketball Camp taking applicationsLions to stage Sno-Cross event SaturdayYork, Chelios added to NHL All-Star rosterU.S. bobsledder suspended for 9 months

Jordan tortures Cavaliers again
CLEVELAND -- Michael Jordan did it to Cleveland again, hitting an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer Thursday night to give the Washington Wizards a 93-92 win over the Cavaliers.

No. 3 Stanford women down California to win 13th straight
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell had 12 points and 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season as third-ranked Stanford beat California 79-52 Wednesday night for its 13th straight victory.

Kenai skaters manage to shake off Panthers
Through almost two periods of play, the Skyview High School hockey team had an answer for everything the Kenai Central squad threw at it.

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