Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Anchorage teen dies in Cooper Landing rollover
KENAI (AP) -- An Anchorage teenager died Sunday in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Cooper Landing. Her mother and the driver of the pickup truck were injured.

Retired trooper named top law officer by Murkowski
JUNEAU -- Bill Tandeske was named commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety on Monday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Resort closure affects more than tourists in Central
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Arctic Circle Hot Springs closed for the winter last October, the village of Central lost one of the few attractions drawing visitors to town.

Iron Dog remains canceled despite efforts of racers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Snowmachiners who had hoped to race in the Iron Dog 2000 this year tried without success Tuesday night to get the race's board to reverse its decision to cancel the race.

Forest Service names new Chugach forester
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has selected a 25-year agency veteran as forest supervisor for Chugach National Forest.

Noorvik teen arrested on attempted murder charge
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A teen from Northwest Alaska village of Noorvik is facing a charge of attempted murder, Alaska State Troopers said.

Investigators say methamphetamine lab starts hotel fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Chemicals from a suspected methamphetamine lab ignited a blaze in a Fairbanks hotel, causing the evacuation of about 20 occupants and thousands of dollars in damage to the building.

Wards Cove tells fishermen to pack up, pay up
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The Wards Cove Packing Company is telling fishermen from Seattle to Egegik that it's time to settle up their accounts and move their gear off company property.

Rules Committee gives chairman more power
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Rules Committee has decided to quit meeting regularly to schedule bills, turning that power instead over to the chairman, Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage.

Nonresident hire in Alaska up slightly in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The number of nonresidents working in Alaska increased slightly from 2000 to 2001.

Health groups recruit for Alaska villages
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska health care organizations from tribal to university institutions have kicked off initiatives and training programs to attract physicians to remote areas of the state and to train and retain providers from within.

Fire destroys historic Palmer building
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wind-whipped fire destroyed a historic building in downtown Palmer Tuesday night, drawing a crowd of onlookers and sending fire crews scrambling to protect nearby structures.

Anchorage man slashed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was attacked and slashed so severely his scalp was exposed Monday night.

Neighbors protest after approval of fish plant
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly voted unanimously Monday to allow Alaska Glacier Seafoods to build a fish-processing plant in Auke Bay and neighbors are threatening legal action.

Group works to organize nonunion university workers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group backed by a state employees' union and the American Federation of Teachers is working to organize most of the remaining nonunion workers at the University of Alaska.

Murkowski to seek funds for pipeline authority
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski plans to appoint a board and seek funding for a new natural gas pipeline authority created by voters in November.

Alaska programs face cuts under Bush budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President Bush's proposed $2.23 billion budget for fiscal year 2004 would cut millions from the Denali Commission and from spending on Alaska Native education but would add money for missile interceptors at Fort Greely and new oil lease sales on North Slope.

State waits for response on Ketchikan airport inspection
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A November inspection of the Ketchikan International Airport revealed deficiencies that threaten its operation, according to a letter from state to borough officials.

GCI announces 2002 earnings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communications Inc. expects to see revenue of $367.8 million for 2002, a 2.9 percent increase over 2001.

Citizens group says Alaskans shut out by Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- It's going to be more difficult for Alaskans to follow the flow of some proposed laws from afar after a seemingly minor change in the Senate Rules Committee, a citizens watchdog group said Tuesday.

Silver Bay Logging files for bankruptcy protection
JUNEAU (AP) -- Wrangell-based Silver Bay Logging has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing depressed lumber prices and increased costs of harvesting federal timber in Southeast Alaska.

Ketchikan faces backlash for hosting state meet
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Last October, Rick Collins got the gift he had desired most of all in seven years as head wrestling coach at Ketchikan High School -- hosting the state championship.

Economic growth termed moderate for Fairbanks in 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Fairbanks economy is stable and solid even though 2002 was relatively slow for most of the city's companies, according to a state economist and representatives of the Interior business community.

Judge wants second look at plea agreement in shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge Monday balked at a deal giving a wife killer five years, saying she questioned ''whether or not the sentence is appropriate in light of the facts.''

Murkowski blasts habitat division
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state habitat division has a reputation of delaying and derailing major construction projects and a change is overdue, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Monday.

Jury selection continues in price-fixing case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jury selection continued Tuesday in a case that charges Bristol Bay seafood processors and buyers with price-fixing.

Legislators propose redesigning state seal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group of state representatives has proposed redesigning the seal of Alaska to better reflect the state's cultures and to recognize the contributions of Natives.

Panther cheerleading squad roller skates toward nationals
A group of Skyview cheerleaders are working their way to the National Cheerleading Associations competition in Anaheim California.

Ice Carvers & Harvesters battle thawing temperatures
It takes more than a village to raise ice when El Nino brings thawing temperatures in the dead of winter.

SoHi hosts State Jr. Miss final
Young women from Nome to Wrangle Alaska competing for the 2003 State Jr. Miss Title spent last week on the Kenai Peninsula for a week filled with rehearsals, luncheons and personal appearances.

Kenai Chamber honors Kenai Kings & Queens
"I just really love this community and the way they treat people," said a long time Peninsula resident as she left the 27th Anniversary Town & Gown Awards Ceremony last week.

Rotary Youth Exchange builds lasting friendships
It's a long way from Argentina to Alaska and the differences in language and culture are huge. It's a huge step for a young person to volunteer a year of their life to be an exchange student and leave all that is familiar, home, family and friends to live and study in a foreign land, especially the land of Igloos and Polar bears, but the dividends are also huge.

Senate Democrats accuse Republicans of doing business behind doors
JUNEAU -- The Senate Rules Committee has decided to quit meeting regularly to schedule bills, turning that power instead over to the chairman, Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage.

Legislators propose redesigning state seal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group of state representatives has proposed redesigning the seal of Alaska to better reflect the state's cultures and to recognize the contributions of Natives.

CES aims for improved services
Members of the Central Emer-gency Services service area may see some new faces in different places at the department, but the changes shouldn't raise an alarm.

KPC working to add dorms for students
Gary Turner's first year as director of Kenai Peninsula College is shaping up to be a busy one, but that's the way he likes it.

Gilman takes post at congressional office
The Kenai office of the Alaska congressional delegation has a new face.

Photo feature: Remembering seven
Nancy Anderson and Audrey Russell walk Tuesday afternoon past seven roses tied to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska's flagpole in honor of the seven astronauts who perished in last weekend's Columbia disaster. The Kenai facility is one of 43 Challenger Centers built following the 1986 shuttle disaster that also killed seven. It's mission is to inspire students to study science, math and technology.

Anchorage woman killed in Cooper Landing accident
A single-vehicle rollover accident in Cooper Landing Sunday resulted in the death of a 19-year-old woman and injuries to two other occupants of the vehicle.

Audit shows borough's general fund decreased
During fiscal year 2002, the money available for operating the Kenai Peninsula Borough, its general fund, shrank by $2.1 million from the previous year, according to the latest comprehensive annual financial report released earlier this month.

New judge found for Nikiski couple's trial
SHELBY, MONT. -- A justice of the peace in a nearby county has agreed to preside over a new trial of accused collie abusers Jon Harman and Athena Lethcoe-Harman and will set a trial date and place as quickly as possible, he said Tuesday.

Borough plans to throw support behind lease sales
A resolution to be considered at today's meeting would put the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on record as supporting the proposed federal Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales 191 and 199.

Frank Bing Lee
Kenai resident Frank Bing Lee died Thursday Jan. 30, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 75.

Millie 'Mim' Effler
Pioneer Alaskan and Homer resident Millie "Mim" Effler died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, in Escondido, Calif. She was 78.

RayLee Brickey
Former Alaska resident RayLee Brickey died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, in Grants Pass, Ore. He was 55.

Darrel G. Ployhar
Darrel G. Ployhar of Lexington, Ore., died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, in the home of Kent Ployhar and Jackie Robinson in Kennewick, Wash. He was 68.

Bush earns praise for economic plans, strategy with Iraq
By almost any standard, President George W. Bush hit a grand slam with his State of the Union speech. ...

Letters to the Editor
Communitys encouragement would be appreciated by Marine If small stores are to survive, than they must be able to compete State should eliminate welfare to municipalities, nonprofit groups Chambers Fourth of July decision disappoints visitor

Change will harm Alaska's fish
As former commissioners of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, with a combined experience spanning 30 years, we urge Gov. Frank Murkowksi to keep the responsibility to protect the habitat of Alaska's salmon, trout and other fish resources within the Department of Fish and Game and not transfer this authority to the Department of Natural Resources.

Letters to the Editor
Students' successes prove Russian program a keeperShould people who are better fishers be punished for that?Borough support of lease sales leaves public out of the process

Exempting pipeline right of way from legal action prudent course
We all know the deep, resonant clang that comes from beating an empty 55-gallon steel drum.

Photo feature: Painted sunrise
The rising sun paints a rainbow of colors in the sky and on the snow-covered Kenai River flats along Bridge Access Road on Thursday.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to discuss future work force Ice fishing derby has begun Trooper to speak at North chamber League of Women Voters to meet Celebration planned for Seward centennial Family Fun Day canceled Lip sync contest planned

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber meets TuesdayEntrepreneurship workshop slatedEDD plans second timber meetingLibrary commission meeting, visioning session setKenai Curves hosting blood driveFish and Game committee to meet, fill guide seatTrooper to speak at North chamberLeague of Women Voters to meetCelebration planned for Seward centennial

Texas colleges to slice at least $1 million
AMARILLO, Texas -- Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University are each preparing to cut more than $1 million from their current fiscal year budgets, the result of Gov. Rick Perry's mandate requiring state agencies to cut spending.

Community opposes consolidations
Discussions of a preliminary plan to consolidate schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has met opposition from community members at every turn, and the school board meeting Monday night was no exception.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the second quarter at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School:

Cheney High students remember fallen alum
CHENEY, Wash. -- The students entering Cheney High School Monday had not been born when Michael Anderson roamed these same halls -- a young man on a mission.

New computer systems degree can take students anywhere
There has never been a better time to look at a career in computer technology. Since computer technology permeates almost every aspect of modern life, the opportunities for qualified individuals is essen

Schools around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai Middle School Soldotna Middle School Connections Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Ninilchik Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool Sterling Head Start

Students with ants-in-space project carry on as tribute
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Four high school students plan to finish their ants-in-space experiment started aboard Columbia, seeking to honor the shuttle's seven fallen astronauts and their commitment to scientific discovery.

Shocking additions
Central Emergency Services Chief Jeff Tucker, left, and Capt. Tim Cooper install a new auto-emergency defibrillator into a wall mount at Skyview High School Thursday a

College entrepreneurship programs growing in popularity
DAYTON, Ohio -- The job insecurity that has settled over the nation during the past few years has made the idea of self-employment more appealing to college students.

Around the District
DTP boosters available, required VFW Ladies Auxiliary offers scholarship

Students of Month
The following students were named January Rotary Students of the Month at Skyview High School:

Photo feature: Mass appeal
Homer High School choir students rehearse Tuesday afternoon at Kenai Central High School in preparation for last night's Kenai Peninsula Borough High School Mass Choir concert. Students from across the district participated in the annual event.

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Smaller, safer public housing is just what the elderly seem to want
PITTSBURGH -- At the still-going-strong age of 65, Jessica Wright won't mind if she outlives Garfield Heights. While she figures she still has good years ahead, the best years of the 40-year-old public housing building are long gone.

Ashe's impact felt far beyond tennis
On a winter's day, James Blake gave a clinic for children at the Harlem Tennis Center, the old wood-floored armory where Arthur Ashe once did the same when Blake was a child.

Ketchikan feels resentment for hosting state 4A wrestling tourney
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Last October, Rick Collins got the gift he had desired most of all in seven years as head wrestling coach at Ketchikan High School -- hosting the state championship.

Hinrich's maneuvers lift Kansas past Missouri
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kirk Hinrich scored 24 points and Michael Lee made three key free throws in the final seconds , lifting No. 12 Kansas past No. 21 Missouri 76-70 Monday night.

Robbins' agent confirms center has bipolar disorder
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The agent for Barret Robbins confirmed Monday that the Oakland Raiders' All-Pro center has bipolar disorder, and that he expressed ''remorse and deep sadness'' for missing the Super Bowl.

Clark dunk nets win for Sacramento
DALLAS -- Despite their league-best record, the Dallas Mavericks have been saying all season that the Sacramento Kings are the team to beat in the NBA. The Kings again showed why Tuesday night.

Jagr reaches 500 goals in Caps win
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jaromir Jagr scored three times, giving him 500 career goals, as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
IAAF cautious on Francis statementU.S. women win silver, bronze in Super GPirates owner says no collusion -- now

James still hasn't appealed his ban
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James has yet to appeal his banishment from playing high school basketball, keeping the 18-year-old superstar off the court.

Mariucci set to take reins as new head coach in Detroit
DETROIT -- Cast aside by the San Francisco 49ers, Steve Mariucci found his services in strong demand back in his home state.

Nets forward pumps in 35 as New Jersey bankrupts SuperSonics
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenyon Martin scored a career-high 35 points and Jason Kidd hit a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in overtime to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 109-108 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Monday night.

Peninsula teams prepare for 'milk run'
The Kenai Peninsula's Class 4A wrestling coaches have mixed feelings about having to leave the state to get to the state tournament.

Calhoun faces cancer fight
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut men's coach Jim Calhoun has prostate cancer and is leaving the team for up to a month for surgery and treatment.

Kentucky knocks off No. 1 Florida
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Keith Bogans scored all 15 of his points in the first half and No. 6 Kentucky used overwhelming defense to beat Florida 70-55 Tuesday night, snapping the Gators' 14-game winning streak one day after they moved to the top of the rankings for the first time in school history

Kenai Central's Foley hits mark on court, in classroom
Throughout Ian Foley's childhood, his parents, Kim and Tom Foley, had to deal with broken objects in the living room due to Ian's love for shooting around on a 6-foot hoop.

So long, Comiskey -- hello, U.S. Cellular Field
CHICAGO (AP) -- For more than 90 years, the Chicago White Sox have played in a South Side ballpark called Comiskey Park.

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