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Sunday, February 9, 2003

Judge orders Mateu trial out of Ketchkan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins on Thursday reversed her earlier decision and ruled that the third murder trial of 19-year-old Jose ''Che'' Mateu will be moved to Juneau.

Third trial in double homicide goes to jury
KENAI (AP) -- Closing arguments wrapped up Friday in the third trial of Billy D. Smith, accused in the 1994 murders of two Kenai Peninsula residents.

Marubeni reaches settlement in price-fixing case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Marubeni Corp., a major defendant in the $1 billion Bristol Bay salmon price-fixing lawsuit, has reached a $25 million settlement in the case, the company announced Friday.

Fog-delayed state wrestling tournament finally starts
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Delayed by fog for one day, the Class 4A state wrestling tournament finally get started Saturday.

Murkowski's gag order choking debate for some
JUNEAU (AP) -- While in the U.S. Senate, Frank Murkowski would often hold informal press conferences in a small office in the wings of the capitol.

Iditarod organizers plan to move race restart north
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Iditarod race organizers met Saturday morning to explore the feasibility of holding the March 2 restart in Fairbanks because of dismal trail conditions to the south, mushers said.

Fishing groups split over Murkowski permitting plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some members of the United Fishermen of Alaska are objecting to letter from the group's president that Gov. Frank Murkowski displayed as an endorsement of his plan to take permit power from the state's Habitat Division.

One dead, another critically hurt in separate accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy died and a 43-year-old woman was critically injured in separate traffic accidents in Anchorage, police said Saturday.

Archbishop Hurley says former priest admitted abuse
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Former Anchorage Archbishop Francis Hurley said Friday he should have offered counseling to a teenager who was sexually abused by a priest more than 20 years ago.

Army increases security at Alaska bases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army in Alaska stepped up security Saturday at Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright in response to the nation being put on heightened terrorist alert.

Murkowski comments on national security alert
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski called on Alaskans to be vigilant and directed state officials to aid in responding to a heightened national security threat level issued by the Bush administration Friday.

Ex-security guard gets year in prison
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former security officer has received a one-year prison sentence as part of a plea bargain in federal court.

Former lawmaker Bob Giersdorf dies
JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags are at half staff through the weekend in memory of former state Rep. Bob Giersdorf, who died Wednesday in Seattle. He was 67.

Rasmuson Foundation gives $1 million grants to clinics
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks area health clinics have received $1 million each from the Rasmuson Foundation.

Report suggests changes in utility regulator
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A telecommunications consultant has recommended changes in the policies and procedures of the state agency that regulates utilities.

Kodiak's role diminished in new missile defense plans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kodiak Launch Complex could play a smaller role than originally planned in the nation's missile defense system.

Palmer man flees Anchorage police, shoots himself
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer man shot and killed himself after fleeing from Anchorage police Thursday night, officers said.

Man charged in fatal accident in Allakaket
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Allakaket man has been charged with manslaughter for the traffic-related death of a man in the village last summer.

Education commissioner praises challenge of federal law
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal No Child Left Behind Act will put teeth into Alaska's own school reform efforts, Education Commissioner Shirley Holloway told a House committee Friday.

State files appeal on pipeline charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is appealing a regulatory decision cutting rates for oil shipped through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline to in-state customers.

House approves Greely extension resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- A resolution supporting a 70-mile rail extension to Fort Greely passed the House on Friday.

Iditarod organizers explore moving restart north
ANCHORAGE -- Iditarod race organizers met Saturday morning to explore the feasibility of holding the March 2 restart in Fairbanks because of dismal trail conditions to the south, mushers said.

Amount of sleep connected to heart disease
CHICAGO -- Too little sleep -- or too much -- may raise the risk of developing heart disease, according to a study of nearly 72,000 nurses.

FDA seeks legislation, not court fight, to push for child drug research
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration won't appeal a court decision that threw out rules that required drug companies to test in children adult medicines commonly given to kids.

Oldies but goodies: Films that feature older romance
My mother has a boyfriend -- an electrical engineer named Ray. I had always hoped that when Mom found love again it would be with someone who owned a movie theater or an awesome collection of vinyl records, but the truth is, Ray seems to be a good guy.

Kenai council listens to feedback on proposed smoking ban
In Kenai, a restaurant patron can still have a drink, an extra helping of onions and the greasiest side dish of their choice, but they may not be able to have a cigarette with their meal for much longer.

Inability to get up road to refuge cancels event
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge had to call of it's annual Family Fun Day on Saturday due to icy road conditions leading to and from refuge headquarters.

Warm temperatures, rain once again blamed on El Nino
Blame El Nino. According to the National Weather Service, the warm, rainy conditions which have plagued drivers, sled dog racers and snowmachiners all winter are the direct result of a complex weather pattern that is forcing warm air centered over the Pacific Ocean north into the Gulf of Alaska.

Decision goes to jury in third Billy D. Smith trial
Assistant district attorney John Wolfe countered the closing arguments in the trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith, calling the defense a "squid defense."

Legislators need to allocate more money to schools
Education -- and what it costs -- clearly is on Alaskans' minds and in the headlines.

Banana Forks doing just fine
KENAI -- Kenai resident Banana Forks is in good condition following emergency surgery and a three-week stay in an Anchorage "hospital" last month. Sources say the 1994 Ford Ranger is comfortably resuming her normal schedule with little to no lingering pain.

Democrats fail to grab attention
WASHINGTON -- These are trying times for Democrats, especially those seeking their party's presidential nomination in 2004. No matter how hard they try to grab attention, their voic-es are being drowned out by the thunder of war drums and other events that have let President Bush shape and dominate the national agenda.

Unmelodic mail
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) -- The mail must go on, but the melodies will stop.

Contest to fix the country's health care system being held
SEATTLE -- A $10,000 prize can be yours! All you have to do is fix America's ailing health care system.

After months of e-mailing, couple becomes engaged at first meeting
It's Feb. 14, 2002, and a young woman is sitting anxiously in the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Udovich, Johnson to wed
Jessica Udovich and Brian Johnson, both of Kenai, have announced their plans to marry.

Have a sandwich, and a wedding ring
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) -- A local restaurant has proven to be a great place to lose something.

McDowell, Livesay wed New Year's Day
Milica George-Ann McDowell and Trevor Jay Livesay were married, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at the Maui Prince Resort tropical gardens in an afternoon ceremony. Bob McCollor officiated.

Finding a cure for the common mold
Molds are a form of fungi, usually microscopic in size. They reproduce by releasing spores into the air that settle on surfaces and under the right conditions, grow. Mold often can be seen and is sometimes detected by a musty odor. Mildew is a common mold.

Around the Peninsula
Ultimate Frisbee begins at SkyviewLibrary offers Internet classHospital board to meetSeniors to discuss budgetSled dog association to meetWomen's brunch plannedFAS workshop plannedCollege to hold Mardi GrasCharter school to conduct enrollment lotterySafety course offered

Rogers, Legg plan Anchorage wedding
Valerie Jeanne Rogers and Adam Legg have announced their plans to marry on Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Marshall, Stevens to marry in June
Christina A. Marshall and Warren L. Stevens, both of Lancaster, Calif., have announced their plans to marry Saturday, June 21, 2003, at the Peninsula Christian Center in Soldotna.

Kids should give peas a chance
It's a daily nightmare that happens at dinner tables all over the nation. The parent prepares a meal, and the child refuses to eat it. If it doesn't come out of a box with a toy inside, Junior isn't interested.

Perfection not required
There is a long-standing belief that all white cats with blue eyes are deaf. This is not the case. Although the majority of white cats with blue eyes will be deaf, not all cats that fit this description will be unable to hear.

My best friend
Jasmine Clock of Soldotna uses her best friend, Buddy, a beagle, to convey the message: Don't go outside without a coat and boots! Jasmine's mom, Nina, sent in the photo.

Richardson provides All-Star highlights
ATLANTA -- Jason Richardson's bounce pass off Carlos Boozer's forehead was the highlight of the afternoon. His final throw-down in the dunk contest was the perfect ending to the night.

Earnhardt outduels Gordon
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. powered past Jeff Gordon five laps from the end Saturday night and held off the four-time Winston Cup champion to win the Budweiser Shootout.

Playoffs to be best-of-7
ATLANTA -- NBA commissioner David Stern delivered two pieces of news Saturday night, announcing that Darko Milicic of Yugoslavia will be eligible for the 2003 draft and that the first round of the playoffs will be changed from best-of-5 to best-of-7 this season.

SkyHi girls, SoHi boys ski to titles
McNEIL CANYON -- The rain refused to let up. A slushy trail showed bits of brush poking through here and there and spectators huddled beneath umbrellas and fishing slickers.

Skyview in second after day 1
KETCHIKAN - After a one-day delay due to fog, the focus of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament finally was where it belonged - on the wrestlers and not the weather.

Kards top Stars, take conference
The Kenai Central High School hockey team won its first Region III/4A North Star Conference championship Saturday, scoring a pair of goals in the final 3:03 to knock off Soldotna 3-2 at the Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

Panthers get by Kenai in two OTs
Skyview's Laurel Creel calmly hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left in the second overtime to ice a 44-40 Region III/4A win over Kenai Central Saturday at Skyview.

Homer boys survive tense final 30 seconds vs. SoHi
The Soldotna girls basketball team defeated Homer Saturday evening at the Soldotna gymnasium in what appeared from the scoreboard to be an easy victory, while the Homer boys team was chased to the wire by the Stars, defeating Soldotna in the final seconds.

Avs top Red Wings again
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche kept Brett Hull out of the 700-goal club and their unbeaten streak alive.

Florida refinds winning touch against Alabama
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Bonner scored 21 points Saturday to help top-ranked Florida rediscover its winning ways, 75-56 over slumping No. 22 Alabama.

Soldotna girls show depth of weapons against Seahawks
Roger Steinbrecher has the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A. Roger Steinbrecher was happy with the way his Seward girls played Friday night at Soldotna. Roger Steinbrecher's team still lost by 16 points.

Kenai basketball notches sweep of Bulldogs
Three is most definitely the magic number for the Kenai Central boys basketball team -- 3-pointer, that is.

No. 1 Cook Inlet Academy boys blow past Homer Christian
The Cook Inlet Academy boys, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, picked up a 74-37 District 3/2A victory over Homer Christian School Friday.

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