Sunday, February 2, 2003

Anadarko fourth quarter beats Wall Street expectations
HOUSTON (AP) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. beat Wall Street's expectations with fourth-quarter earnings boosted by higher commodity prices and higher oil sales volumes. Anadarko is a significant player on Alaska's North Slope, with a minority share of the Alpine field and significant exploration acreage.

Conviction of teen who encouraged school shooter overturned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a Bethel teen found guilty of second-degree murder for urging Evan Ramsey to take a shotgun to school in Bethel and open fire back in 1997. The appellate court's decision came Friday.

Two more arrested in Fairbanks at meth lab
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Authorities arrested two men at a residence with a suspected methamphetamine operation.

Quest teams get pre-race check
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dogs from half a dozen teams set to race in the 20th running of the Yukon Quest got a checkup Saturday.

Third Mateu murder trial starts Monday
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The third murder trial of 19-year-old Jose ''Che'' Mateu is scheduled to begin Monday in Ketchikan.

Two former Interior lawmakers get state appointments
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Interior lawmaker, Mike Miller, will take over the leadership of the state Department of Administration, while another, Steve Frank, will serve on the board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Saturday.

Unalaska pet owners seek euthanasia alternative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of pet owners wants Unalaska officials to devise a more humane way of killing animals than shooting them.

Nenana Ice Class ticket price goes up
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ticket sales began Saturday for the annual Nenana Ice Classic, but there's a significant change this year -- the price has gone up.

Bad trail conditions force cancellation of Iron Dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Add another to the growing list of wintertime events canceled due to warm weather.

Families sue over school stabbings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The families of two Anchorage elementary school students stabbed on campus by a mental patient are suing the Anchorage School District, Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Southcentral Counseling.

Bill would prevent governor from naming senator
JUNEAU (AP) -- Democrats want Alaska's next vacancy in the U.S. Senate to be filled by the voters instead of the governor.

Two more men charged in sex assault case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two additional Fairbanks men have been arrested in a case involving the multiple sexual assault of two runaway girls.

Murkowski appoints Brady to permanent fund board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Carl Brady Jr. was appointed to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board of trustees on Friday.

Holdmann retakes lead in Wyoming sled dog race
JACKSON, Wyoming (AP) -- Gwen Holdmann won the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming Saturday.

Serum run canceled due to low snow conditions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The commemorative serum run from Nenana to Nome has been canceled for this year, race organizers said Friday.

Former Fish and Game chiefs slam habitat division plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five former commissioners of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are urging Gov. Frank Murkowski drop his plans to take away the power over development projects from the state fish and game habitat division.

State proposes fine for BP well explosion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State safety officials have proposed a $6,300 fine against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. for a North Slope well explosion that critically injured an oil field worker last August.

Snowmachiner opens fire on reindeer at farm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are looking for a man on a snowmachine suspected of shooting a .22-caliber rifle into a herd of reindeer at a farm near Palmer.

Daughter of former Anchorage Times publisher dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Elaine Atwood, the sole surviving daughter of former Anchorage Times editor and publisher Bob Atwood, died Thursday in Anchorage, according to her family.

Jury selection begins in Bristol Bay price-fixing suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jury selection begins Monday in a class action lawsuit brought by Bristol Bay fishermen who accused processors and buyers of conspiring to fix prices in the world's largest salmon fishery.

Cook Inlet gas exploration planned
KENAI (AP) -- A Texas-based company is planning an aggressive seismic testing program on the west side of Cook Inlet near Tyonek to look for natural gas.

Proposal would shorten legislative sessions
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to shorten legislative sessions was introduced Friday in the Senate.

Low snow dooms Serum Run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The commemorative serum run from Nenana to Nome has been canceled for this year, race organizers said Friday.

Fun and 'Games'
Bob and Bonnie, two horses from Alaska C and C Stables, were giving free sleigh rides at the Soldotna Sports Center as part of the Peninsula Winter Games on Saturday.

Columbia breaks apart just before landing
High over Texas and just short of home, space shuttle Columbia fell to pieces Saturday, raining debris over hundreds of miles of countryside. Seven astronauts perished.

Homeless summit planned for Wednesday
Representatives from church groups, local government, nonprofit organizations and the community will come together under one roof Wednesday for the Kenai Peninsula Homeless Summit.

Borough looks at personal property rule
Kenai River guides soon may have to demonstrate they've complied with the Kenai Peninsula Borough's personal property tax law in order to obtain a state river guide permit.

Leman: Administration focusing on efficiency
Alaska Lt. Gov. Loren Leman said Friday that the Murkowski administration's initial focus is on making government more efficient and clearing roadblocks to natural resource development.

Voznesenka man sentenced for crash that killed daughter
A long, awkward silence gripped Judge Harold Brown's Superior courtroom Friday afternoon as a young Russian couple embraced before the husband was led off to jail, sentenced for the negligent homicide of their 8-month-old daughter and for injuring two other family members.

George A. Denison
Sterling resident George A. Denison died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Stone Brook Assisted Living near Soldotna. He was 79.

Coming out in the wash: Cool facts on water temperatures, laundry stains
The two most common types of questions we receive in the Extension Office related to laundry problems are stain removal and water temperature.

Around the Peninsula
Art guild to meet todayFlood aid deadline approachingRadio board to meetSafari club to meetBlood drive plannedHearing loss seminar plannedHistorical society to meetTalent show scheduledCanine Good Citizen class offered

More teens seeking spa massages, facials, pedicures
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- There's nothing like a good massage or even an eyebrow waxing to relieve a little teen-age angst. So says 17-year-old Jessica Schwartz, who frequents a day spa in her suburban Chicago hometown every other week.

Sleep-deprived children more prone to accidents, experts say
WASHINGTON -- To wake parents up to the importance of snoozing, sleep experts warned last Tuesday that seemingly energetic children who dodge bedtime for other activities are more prone to injury, poor school performance and crankiness.

Tracking the February sky
In this month's column, I'm listing a few Internet resources, especially useful for observations before the winter is over and before the nights become too short.

My best friend
Mike Johnson of Soldotna and Tsunami, a Shiba Inu, do some fishing. The two spend a lot of quality time together.

Tips for picking perfect pet
Picking the perfect companion animal can seem difficult, but with a bit of patience, a little prior research and some careful consideration, making this lifetime commitment can be quite easy.

Bad winter claims Iron Dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Add another to the growing list of wintertime events canceled due to warm weather.

Panthers capture regions
The Skyview High School wrestling team benefited from the luck of the draw, edging out the Wasilla Warriors to capture the team title at the Region III/4A Championships hosted by Wasilla Friday and Saturday.

Huskies knock off Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. -- Diana Taurasi and second-ranked Connecticut breezed to their record 59th straight victory, easily defeating No. 1 Duke 77-65 Saturday night.

Nikolaevsk boys take own tourney
The Nikolaevsk boys high school basketball team captured the title at their own tournament, defeating Matanuska Christian 63-50 Saturday in Nikolaevsk.

South takes Hula Bowl
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) -- Minnesota's Dan Nystrom made a 44-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to cap a 24-point fourth quarter in the South's 27-24 victory in the Hula Bowl on Saturday night.

No. 1 Ninilchik girls blow out No. 5 Seldovia
Fresh off a victory over Cook Inlet Academy, the fourth-ranked girls Class 2A team in the state, the Ninilchik girls affirmed their top ranking by defeating No. 5 Seldovia 50-18 Friday in District 3/2A action.

Sports Briefs
With James on sideline, lawyer considers appealFrancis says he's done with dopingMacInnis, Roy lead West to skills victory

Nikolaevsk boys take own tourney
The Nikolaevsk boys high school basketball team captured the title at their own tournament, defeating Matanuska Christian 63-50 Saturday in Nikolaevsk.

Nikiski sets new victories record on ice
The Nikiski High School hockey team had an exciting weekend, sweeping a two-game Greatland Conference series with Tri-Valley to set a new school record for wins in a season with nine.

Stars sweep Kards
For this night at least, it was the Soldotna boys, not the Soldotna girls, flaunting explosion on offense.

Stars wrap up top seed in North Star Conference tourney
"Can I say, 'solid,' one more time?" Soldotna hockey coach Pat Nolden asked after the Stars defeated Kenai Central 4-0 Friday in North Star Conference play at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Texas snaps Cowboys' 15-game winning streak
AUSTIN, Texas -- Royal Ivey and T.J. Ford each scored 17 points and No. 3 Texas ended No. 9 Oklahoma State's 15-game winning streak with a 78-65 victory Saturday.

Soldotna skiers take Nikiski Relays
Teamwork took on a new face Saturday at the Nikiski Relays when boys and girls teams found themselves cooperating in competition.

Pacers top Celtics without suspended Thomas
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal, Brad Miller and Reggie Miller all had double-doubles as the Indiana Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 109-100 Saturday night while playing without suspended coach Isiah Thomas.

Comeback of Kenai boys comes up short vs. Chugiak
A late fourth-quarter run was not enough to save the Kenai Central boys basketball team Saturday at home against Chugiak, as they lost to the Mustangs 64-51 in nonconference action.

Lots of changes in store for taxpayers this spring
WASHINGTON -- The big news for taxpayers preparing their 2002 tax returns this spring is a bevy of new incentives -- to save for college and retirement, to file returns electronically and to plan for a more secure financial future.

To avoid common errors, check return twice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before filing your tax return, make this final error check.

2 easy ways to track your refund
WASHINGTON -- Already spent that refund? Wondering when you'll see the money? All you need is a computer or telephone to find out.

IRS urges taxpayers to file electronically
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's easier this year to file your taxes electronically -- and probably for free.

Photographer John Toppenberg captures a side of nature that few get to see
Catching a glimpse of John Toppenberg at work on the lake in front of his Sterling home would naturally raise several questions from a curious passer-by.

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