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Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Murkowski names acting commissioners
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three commissioners will remain at their jobs at least temporarily under the Murkowski administration, the governor's office said.

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.

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.

Cold building research center gets funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government will provide $175,000 for design of a center that will do research on home construction in cold climates.

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.

Juneau man charged with assault
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man with more than 40 criminal convictions in Alaska since 1987 pleaded innocent Tuesday to beating and attempting to sexually assault a woman who had given him a place to stay.

Anchorage landmark store closes after 87 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A landmark among Anchorage businesses has closed its doors.

Governor tours oil and gas division
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- On his first full day in office Gov. Frank Murkowski met with officials in the state Division of Oil and Gas, an agency that oversees the state's most important revenue stream.

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.

Fairbanks businesses snared in gambling raids
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police served 14 search warrants and seized gambling paraphernalia, records, documents and more than $22,000 in a series of raids Tuesday.

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.

Police seek public's help in identifying woman killed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are asking for help identifying a pedestrian who was struck by a car and killed last week as she tried to cross a street in East Anchorage.

Judge refuses to reduce bail for Soldotna man
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Superior Court judge has again refused to reduce the bail of a man charged with the attempted murder and sexual assault of a Soldotna woman.

State to recount ballots cast in Anchorge state House race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nonpartisan state House hopeful Pat Abney has requested a recount of ballots in her 37-vote defeat to Republican Mike Hawker in the Nov. 5 general election.

Beetle-killed forests slated for timber sales
KENAI (AP) -- Hundreds of acres of forest killed by the spruce bark beetle near Ninilchik and Homer will be up for bid in mid-March.

Palmer men missing on snowmachine outing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two snowmachiners missing since Sunday near Eureka Lodge were found safe Wednesday.

Barrow man arrested in assault case
BARROW (AP) -- A Barrow man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting two women.

Charge reduced against Houston man in flight disruption
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have reduced the charge against a Texas man who claimed to be a terrorist on a flight to Tokyo and allegedly threatened the flight crew last month. The flight was diverted to Anchorage.

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.

Permanent fund board blasts Deutsche Bank
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has blasted a major New York financial services company for concealing what the fund's board says was a serious conflict of interest.

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.

Murkowski names acting commissioners
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three commissioners will remain at their jobs at least temporarily under the Murkowski administration, the governor's office said.

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.

Flying boxcar correction
KODIAK (AP) -- In a Nov. 27, 2002, story about a vintage Fairchild C-119 ''Flying Boxcar'' cargo aircraft recently repaired and reflown, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the airplane was featured in the 1965 James Stewart film, ''The Flight of the Phoenix.''

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.

Fairbanks school board member unhappy with new policy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Not every one is happy with the new policy concerning students and military recruiters.

Postal Service provides instructions for North Pole postmark
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The United States Postal Service says customers wanting a North Pole postmark on their holiday cards and letters are facing a Dec. 15 deadline.

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.

Athletics ship AL's top closer to White Sox
CHICAGO -- Billy Koch's reward for being the AL's top closer is a moving van.

Food Bank volunteers prepare Thanksgiving Day baskets
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, prepared some 60-holiday food baskets for local distribution last week.

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.

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.

Murkowski inaugurated
JUNEAU -- Frank Murkowski was sworn in as the eighth governor of Alaska during a ceremony here at Centennial Hall Monday.

Photo feature: In the swing of winter
Dwight Kramer laughs as Bob Drewes watches his golf ball fly through the cloudy sky above the Kenai Golf Course Tuesday afternoon. Skiers usually occupy the grounds this time of year but a small group of dedicated golfers are using the snow-free greens instead.

Borough tax changes 'administrative'
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will vote to amend 16 provisions of the borough sales tax code at Tuesday's assembly meeting. Borough Finance Dir

Unfair practice claim denied
An unfair labor practices complaint filed against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District by area teacher and support staff unions is without probable cause, the Alaska Labor Relations Agency ruled last week.

Minor crash closes main Kenai runway
The Kenai Municipal Airport's main runway was closed for nearly an hour Tuesday afternoon when a twin-engine Cessna crashed upon landing.

Nikiski brother saves sister from drowning
Four-year-old Olivia Mapes was playing in her yard on Wapiti Road in Nikiski with her bunnies Saturday afternoon -- just before she almost died.

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.

School district honors 3 for community service
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has been sailing a rough course the last several weeks, with most school board meetings consumed by parents, teachers and students discussing ongoing contract negotiations.

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.

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.

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.

Richard Lowell Tucker
Kenai resident Richard Lowell Tucker died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at his parents home in Forney, Texas. He was 56.

Arthur Hutchison
Soldotna resident Arthur Hutchison died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

Donna Lee Kartchner
Soldotna resident Donna Lee Kartchner died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at home. She was 52.

Marvel Ardel Jeffries
Soldotna resident Marvel Ardel Jeffries died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at her home surrounded by family. She was 57.

Kissinger in no-win situation
The choice of Henry Kissinger to chair the independent commission created by Congress to investigate the circumstances leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has already drawn criticism from some who view Kissinger as less than credible as a truth seeker. But my own concern over the Kissinger selection centers more over a sense of reverence and respect for one of the brightest minds of our time.

Applause
Tustumena school says thanks Donation benefits blood bank

Letters to the Editor
Are Americans being scared out of their inalienable rights?

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.

Applause
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

Newest forecast paints brighter budget picture
The last revenue forecast of the Knowles-Ulmer administration issued last week portends a brighter picture for the state's financi

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

Around the Peninsula
Author to speak at library Historical society plans for speaker PFLAG to hold meeting Hospice offers carols for donation Christmas blood drive planned Folk dancers to host contra dance Refuge offers Christmas trees Hospital to sponsor sitter classes

School Menu
Menu for area schools

Grant helps Penn State nuclear engineering program grow
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jack Brenizer remembers the lean days in the nuclear industry, when one-third of university nuclear engineering programs were eliminated and more than half of the nation's on-campus research reactors closed their doors.

Arkansas court: State failing its children
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas has failed its 450,000 public school children by not devoting enough money to schools and distributing the money unfairly, the state Supreme Court said Thursday.

New law: High schools must help with Pentagon recruiting
BOSTON -- A little-noticed provision in a new federal education law is requiring high schools to hand over to military recruiters some key information about its juniors and seniors: name, address and phone number.

Judge OKs school drug testing
TULIA, Texas -- Drug testing of all students involved in extracurricular activities could be returning to Tulia after a legal challenge was tossed out of federal court this month.

College to host 2003 Economic Outlook Forum
KPC will host the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District's 2003 Outlook Forum from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The annual forum provides a venue that brings together key business leaders, business owners, agencies, educators, politicians and vendors from around the state and the peninsula to examine issues that will most impact the economic climate of the area. KPC feels this important event helps identify what role the college has in providing training for a constantly changing economic environment.

Around the district
Title VII committee to meet this week Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Connections Reads Primary Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Wings Christian Academy

Upside future for kids 'at promise'
Some kids seem surely to be in harm's way -- tough neighborhoods, fractured families, inadequate family income. Yet, in school, these same kids seem to be doing just fine academically. With the odds against them, what's happening to make this difference?

Law requires transfers from failing schools
WASHINGTON (AP) -- School districts cannot use overcrowded classes in better-performing schools as an excuse to keep students from transferring from failing schools, according to new federal regulations.

Universities grapple with speech, copyright issues online
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- With each mouse click, Mathias Crawford moves deeper into a virtually limitless library of free movies, TV shows and DVDs.

Students promote love of reading
Everyone knows reading is important, but in an age of DVDs, computers and other electronic wonders, it's not always easy to convince young children to invest their time in books.

Senior Menus
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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Lions return to bowl
Penn State returned to the postseason after a two-year absence, accepting an invitation Tuesday to play in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Bucks can't stand Jordan's 25 points
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 25 points in his second game as a starter, and the man he replac

Jones, Ruiz face risks in heavyweight title fight
NEW YORK (AP) -- Elusive in and out of the ring, light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. dodged WBA heavyweight champ John Ruiz for two hours Tuesday before showing up at the news conference for their title fight.

First defection doesn't shake Augusta's stance
Augusta National Golf Club showed no signs Tuesday of bowing to pressure to allow women to join, even after a former television executive became the first member to defect from the club over the issue.

Sports Briefs
Former Orioles pitcher McNally dead at 60Thome agrees to sign with PhilliesWarner's forgettable season worsensPanthers expect to lose PeppersBears' Thomas out for season

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.

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.

Islanders slip past Canucks
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Chris Osgood handled Vancouver again, and Alexei Yashin scored with just 1:32 left to snap the Canucks' franchise-best winning streak at 10 games and give the New York Islanders a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

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.

No. 3 Alabama rips UNC-Greensboro
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Erwin Dudley had 18 points, Kenny Walker added 17 and Mo Williams had 13 points and seven assists as No. 3 Alabama beat North Carolina-Greensboro 89-61 on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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