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Saturday, February 2, 2002

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Oilers Corner
Stambersky back in Oilers dugout

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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