Evergreen finishes drilling eight wells in Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Less than 30 days after starting its first well, the Alaska subsidiary of Evergreen Resources Inc. has finished drilling the eighth and final well in its shallow natural gas exploration project north of Anchorage.
Sales aren't warming for winter businesses in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- From heating oil to firewood to snow plows, if it has anything to do with cold or snow it's not selling in Fairbanks, still experiencing one of the warmest winters ever.
Amerada Hess selling pipeline share
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Amerada Hess Corp. is selling its entire 1.5 percent interest in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline to ConocoPhillips, according to filings with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which must approve the sale for it to go through.
Anchorage landmark store closes after 87 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A landmark among Anchorage businesses has closed its doors.
911 call leads to pot bust
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A marijuana-growing operation in Soldotna was discovered Friday after Alaska State Troopers responded to a 911 call from someone who reported his turkey stolen, troopers say.
Barrow man arrested in assault case
BARROW (AP) -- A Barrow man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting two women.
Yupik face cultural conflict over moose-hunting ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Age-old Yupik tradition is running headlong into modern big-game management on the lower Kuskokwim River this winter as hunters grapple with a proposed cease-fire on moose.
Interior road crews hope for snow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As Interior-area manager for the Department of Transportation, Ron Reitano doesn't usually hope for snow. But things are a little different this year.
Newspaper remains in running to buy Fairbanks TV station
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If federal regulators decide to allow companies to own television stations and newspapers in the same town, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner could end up with a local television outlet.
Federal grant helps with Juneau land purchase
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal grant will help put 148 acres of private land in Juneau into public hands.
Seward plans to add hundreds of new boat slips
KENAI (AP) -- A plan calls for adding hundreds of boat slips to the Seward Small Boat Harbor as well as improving services for boaters, city officials say.
Cleanup of grounded vessel at Afognak nears completion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cleanup of spilled oil and other waste from the Japanese commercial fishing boat Genei Maru No. 7 is nearing completion, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.
TotalFinaElf opening Alaska office
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- TotalFinaElf, the European oil giant, is planning to open an Alaska office here next month.
Man sentenced to 25 years for crash that killed boy
PALMER (AP) -- A man convicted of second-degree murder in the drunk-driving crash that killed a little boy last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
State looks at opening more land for farming
WASILLA (AP) -- State officials are looking at two new projects to spur farming in Alaska, one near Kenny Lake just south of Glennallen and another near Big Lake.
University, union to use mediator
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska and one of its faculty unions are at an impasse in labor negotiations and will begin meeting with a mediator in early January.
Light quake near Tok
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake was detected Saturday night in the Interior, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer. No damage or injuries were reported.
Anchorage strip club robbed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A strip club in Anchorage was robbed early Monday by an armed man who also stole a car belonging to one of the employees, police said.
Murkowski inauguration Monday in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski will be sworn in as Alaska's governor Monday at Centennial Hall.
Wilderness camp still in limbo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chenik Camp, the Cook Inlet wilderness getaway that was supposed to be burned to the ground by now, is still standing and will be at least through winter.
Trial in baby killing delayed again
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The trial of a Ketchikan teenager accused of killing his girlfriend's infant son has been delayed for a second time.
BP Exploration compiles list of Alaska prospects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has spent the last year marketing its exploration acreage on the North Slope of Alaska.
Murkowski sworn in as state's eighth governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Frank Murkowski was sworn in as the eighth governor of Alaska during a ceremony here at Centennial Hall Monday.
Inupiat woman shares story of AIDS tragedy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Health officials trying to stem the spread of AIDS among Alaska Natives are hoping an Inupiat woman will help to crack the wall of silence about the virus in rural Alaska.
Hundreds respond to Gov-Elect Murkowski's Town Meetings
It was reported by an Anchorage TV station that 50 some people showed up at Governor-elect Murkowski's Town Meeting in Anchorage, but almost four times that number turned out last week at the organizational Town Meeting held at the Kenai Senior Center.
What's wrong with the picture?
This is not a file photo from last spring, not a shot taken in a greenhouse, no mirrors or digital enhancements were used, this is a simple outdoor photo taken last week on the day before Thanksgiving along Kobuk Street in Soldotna.
Food Bank volunteers prepare Thanksgiving Day baskets
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, prepared some 60-holiday food baskets for local distribution last week.
World Vision president at Kenai Chamber
Robert Odom, National president of World Vision, Love INC, has seen the needs of the poor around the world.
Growing up -- and out
Susan Larned's dreams are coming true.
Bridges getting another glance; Recent flooding has state officials looking down road
In the aftermath of significant bridge damage from October and November floods on the southern Kenai Peninsula, state highway officials are just beginning to regroup and start looking ahead.
Seward harbor plan adds hundreds of new slips, nearly 12 acres
A major expansion of Seward Small Boat Harbor, now in the planning stages, would add roughly 11.7 acres of protected moorage with hundreds of new slips.
Judge: Soldotna man accused of attempted murder is flight risk
A Kenai Superior Court judge again has declined to reduce the bail for a man charged with the attempted murder and sexual assault of a Soldotna woman.
Infected forests going up for sale
Hundreds of acres of beetle-kill forest near Ninilchik and Homer will be up for bid in mid-March as the Alaska Division of Forestry continues its practice of removing hazardous trees from populated areas through timber sales.
JUNEAU -- Frank Murkowski was sworn in as the eighth governor of Alaska during a ceremony here at Centennial Hall Monday.
Citizens offer mix of ideas at new governor's town meetings
JUNEAU -- If recent town meetings in Juneau are an indication, it won't be easy for Gov. Frank Murkowski to please everyone. He'd have to shrink the budget gap yet spend more money.
Holiday travelers aim to fly
There's a lot to be said for taking a relaxed approach to holiday planning, but not when it comes to booking holiday travel plans.
Tips to help flying holiday travelers
The Transportation Security Administration offers the following tips to holiday travelers to keep airport security lines short and stress levels low:
Fish and Game biologist still settling in
A quick look around Jeff Selinger's office shows the new area management biologist for the central Kenai Peninsula has spent more time getting acquainted with his new position than getting unpacked.
Warder Clifford Showalter IV
Sterling resident Warder Clifford Showalter IV died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at his home in Sterling from complications of colon cancer. He was 37.
Soldotna resident Arthur Hutchison died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.
Richard Lowell Tucker
Kenai resident Richard Lowell Tucker died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at his parents home in Forney, Texas. He was 56.
Donna Lee Kartchner
Soldotna resident Donna Lee Kartchner died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at home. She was 52.
Letters to the Editor
Recreation industry should take note of proposed sales tax changes
NATO's expansion reflects changes throughout world
NATO's enlargement from 19 to 26 states ... in Prague underlines the alliance's continuing military and political role in Europe after the
Pollsters face new challenges
'Americans are losing sight of the critical role that polls can play in a democratic, consumer-oriented society such as ours.'
Hospice appreciates support Band fund-raiser great success Group shows commitment to youth
Critics need to give new governor some room on budget math
It's been just over three weeks since the election. And in another three weeks the new governor must submit a state budget for the coming fiscal year.
Teacher, students get royal treatment at AML conventionNursing education fund-raiser proves to be great successFifth-graders learn to aim highBusinesses support mission tripCommunity education celebrated
What month is this?
Green grass confuses the seasons as Brad Brown rides home from a Christmas shopping trip in Kenai last weekend. There's still no snow in the forecast, as temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-40s this week.
Around the Peninsula
Defensive driving class offeredYoga classes offeredMeeting set for Fish and Game committeeChurch to package cookiesGuild to hold holiday saleLodge plans installation of officersCollege to present musical
Church sponsors Christmas cookie sale Hospice offers holiday Sing-a-Grams Kenai library plans December events Forest council seeks members
he following is a list of Soldotna Community School classes and activities beginning this week. The list is printed as a reminder to registered participants.
Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold luncheon Youth facility advisory board meeting planned Homer coffee shop to host chamber mixer City's Christmas tree lighting to offer festivities Fishers association plans meeting Homer nurse to visit south peninsula communities
What's on the menu for our area seniors
Love of students motivates aging school teacher
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Teach-ing high school was the last job Hazel Haley wanted. After 65 years in the classroom, she can't imagine her life without it.
What activities are available for our area seniors
Houston, Thomas help New York past weak Cavaliers
NEW YORK -- Allan Houston scored 29 points and Kurt Thomas had a career-high six blocks to go with 22 points as the New York Knicks dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers their 15th straight loss, 125-93 Monday night.
Former Orioles pitcher McNally dead at 60Thome agrees to sign with PhilliesWarner's forgettable season worsensPanthers expect to lose PeppersBears' Thomas out for season
Receiver highlights Raiders win
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jerry Rice snorted when he saw the commemorative T-shirts and the ceremonial silver football that festooned Tim Brown's locker after another historic night for the Oakland Raiders' venerable receiving duo.
It's all over in the NFC, AFC playoff spots still up for grabs
Three-quarters through the NFL season, the race for the playoffs should be hitting its peak.
Brodeur continues to hex Flyers
PHILADELPHIA(AP) -- Even with first place in the Atlantic Division on the line, the Philadelphia Flyers couldn't find a way to beat Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.
Boston bids kid hello
The kid was everywhere, always asking questions. When he was on the public relations staff of the San Diego Padres, he'd corner Tony Gwynn and pick his brain about players and game situations.
Brown grabs 1,000th catch
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders receiver Tim Brown joined an exclusive club Monday night, becoming the third NFL player with 1,000 catches -- and for once stealing the spotlight from teammate Jerry Rice.
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