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Friday, December 6, 2002

Fairbanks mayor shakes up police department
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mayor Steve Thompson has appointed a new head of city police operations in an effort to improve the effectiveness of the department.

Nikiski teen saves sister from near drowning
KENAI (AP) -- When a friend told Jean Mapes that the family's dog had fallen into Thetis Lake about 50 yards from her home, she sent her son to pull the animal out of the shallow water.

Labor agency rejects unfair labor practices charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hearing officer for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency has rejected a charge of unfair labor practices filed last summer by unions against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Lewis found guilty in pipeline shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks jury said Friday that Daniel Lewis is guilty of all five counts against him in last year's shooting of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Railroad opens new depot at Alaska airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new Alaska Railroad depot at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is complete and ready for business, starting next spring.

Body spotted near Savoonga disappears
JUNEAU (AP) -- Efforts to recover a body that washed up last month on St. Lawrence Island about 20 miles east of Savoonga have failed.

Vandals damage Palmer fairgrounds
PALMER (AP) -- Police are searching for vandals who broke into the state fairgrounds near Palmer last week and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Kodiak man dies in Homer boat fire
HOMER (AP) -- A Kodiak man died Sunday in the Homer harbor during a fire on a 58-foot steel commercial fishing boat.

Mystrom to run for mayor of Anchorage again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former mayor of Anchorage will seek the job again.

Senate completes reorganization, taps freshmen for top spots
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican Legislature has begun to gear up for the first session in nine years under a GOP governor.

Crash landing closes Kenai's main runway
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Municipal Airport's main runway was closed for nearly an hour Tuesday afternoon when a twin-engine Cessna crashed upon landing.

Kenai borough prepares for transportation study
KENAI (AP) -- It's been 10 years since the Kenai Peninsula Borough performed a wholesale review of its transportation infrastructure, but a borough planners are set to begin a study with the help of a hefty state grant.

Permanent Fund market losses reach peak
JUNEAU (AP) -- The permanent fund posted a 7.3 percent quarterly loss in September, the largest three-month decline in its 26-year history, said a report by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

Fog continues disruption of Juneau flights
JUNEAU (AP) -- Louise Earnest sat on the floor next to three empty children's car seats Thursday morning near the Alaska Airlines desk at Juneau International Airport.

State contracts for new ferry that will serve Metlakatla
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state has contracted to build another vessel for the Alaska Marine Highway System to run between Metlakatla and Ketchikan.

Woman declines plea bargain in wolf hybrid case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first person to be charged under a new law banning the advertisement of wolf hybrids for sale is fighting the state in court.

Man charged with robbing credit union
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with bank robbery for stealing $800 from a credit union in south Anchorage.

Work-related deaths increase in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While the number of work-related deaths in Alaska declined in the 1990s, the number last year increased for the second year in a row, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Alaska Native Wireless seeks to cancel license deal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three Alaska Native corporations that bought rights to wireless frequencies in major U.S. cities have formally asked the government to cancel the deals.

Man shot, robbed during drug deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man was shot Wednesday night in what police say was a drug deal that turned into a robbery.

President declares disaster in parts of Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has declared parts of Alaska a major disaster as the result of storms and flooding.

Residents question long road closure after fatal accident
KENAI (AP) -- Poor weather conditions, the severity of a fatal crash and limited Alaska State Trooper staffing combined to close the Seward Highway for nearly eight hours last month, and some Kenai Peninsula residents are questioning why.

New geoduck testing aimed an more live sales
JUNEAU (AP) -- Southeast Alaska's commercial divers should find more opportunities to put lucrative, live geoduck clams on the market this winter under a new health-testing plan.

Former Sitka priest admits to fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Russian Orthodox priest has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for embezzling money from his Sitka parish.

Scientists: Fishing not main cause of sea lion decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists asked by Congress to find out why the Steller sea lion population has plummeted in Alaska have concluded commercial fishing probably is not the main culprit.

Anchorage Fire Department to cut training to save money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Fire Department intends to put limits on firefighter and paramedic training in order to save money.

Anchorage police shoot robbery suspect
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police shot and killed a robbery suspect in South Anchorage early Thursday morning.

Mets reach three-year deal with Glavine, steal him from Braves
NEW YORK -- For more than a decade, Tom Glavine helped put the Atlanta Braves on top.

Advice books for grade schoolers, teens can be good stocking stuffers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Still hunting for stocking stuffers for your grade schoolers or teens? You might take a look at some of the new books on personal finance, investing and organizing that aim to give children a jump on learning life skills.

The real skinny: Fat fight may crimp junk-food makers' profits
NEW YORK (AP) -- Getting fat wasn't their fault. They blame that on McDonald's.

For many boomers, family telecom bills becoming a new headache
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baby boomers grew up watching their parents pay the bills: phone, gas, electricity, mortgage, probably a car and credit cards.

Watercooler
THE GIFT OF UNEMPLOYMENT: It's a truly Grinchian reality: The boss hands you a pink slip for the holidays. Now what?

Aerobics tries to age gracefully with exercises that are kinder and gentler on the body
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Remember leg warmers?

NOW PLAYING: 8 Mile
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? It's as an appropriate question to ask today as it was three or four years ago when Marshall Mathers (M & M, get it?), angry, white, and young unleashed his dark, yet strangely appealing alter ego on unsuspecting youth and put Eminem on the music map forever.

'Small town' artist finds comedy in life
Only weeks after moving back to Homer with her husband, Lorraine Williams was in a terrible mood.

Fans mark 60th anniversary of Hendrix's birth
SEATTLE (AP) -- Sixty years after his birth, arguably the most influential musician ever to emerge from Seattle is -- at least officially -- almost invisible here.

Keep those holiday blues at bay by getting involved
"What!" I screamed into the phone. "What do you mean I don't have enough travel points to travel to Fiji? I've saved up all my air miles from itty bitty airlines, and stocked up mileage from my grocery purchases for a year, and still I don't have enough to travel four feet past Sterling?"

Art Briefs
Local history book availableCash raffle drawing held FridayChristmas bazaar to be heldPoetry contests open to peninsulaWHIZ Kids program availableFilm contest open for entry

Senate, House gear up for new session
JUNEAU -- The Republican Legislature has begun to gear up for the first session in nine years under a GOP governor.

Unpredictable season helped Home Depot car to title
NEW YORK -- The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season started with Tony Stewart's engine belching white smoke and dying on the third lap of the Daytona 500. It ended with Stewart celebrating a championship amid the smoke and explosions of fireworks.

In the spotlight: Joe Gibbs
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR personalities

Stewart discovers right line of work
NEW YORK -- Tony Stewart once sealed parking lots to pay his bills. He also used to punch a time clock at a machine shop and drove a tow truck.

Troopers explain delay after accident
Poor weather conditions, the severity of the crash and limited Alaska State Trooper staffing combined to create a delay of nearly eight hours as motorists waited for the Seward Highway to reopen last month.

Tentative contract approved for nurses
Nurses and management at Central Peninsula General Hospital completed work on a three-year contract Wednesday that will replace the 3 1/2-year deal that expired Oct. 31.

Wagoner to chair Senate committee
Senate District Q Sen.-elect Tom Wagoner was tab-bed Wed-nesday to chair the Senate Comm-unity and Regional Affairs Committee.

Kenai Wild salmon find growing market Outside
Although Cook Inlet's commercial salmon fleet is currently hibernating for the winter, that doesn't mean those who promote the fishery have cooled their enthusiasm for Kenai's prized fish.

Economic outlook forum set to examine past, plot future
The Kenai Peninsula is widely regarded as one of the most economically diverse areas of Alaska. This weekend, business interests from across the spectrum of local industry will gather to discuss how to further develop the area's varied economy.

Road plan under review
It's been 10 years since the Kenai Peninsula Borough performed a wholesale review of its transportation infrastructure, but borough planners are set to study the future of peninsula roads, bridges, airports, trails and more with the help of a hefty state grant.

KPC, UA contract talks halt
The University of Alaska and the union representing full-time faculty members at Kenai Peninsula College have declared impasse in contract negotiations and will meet with a federal mediator starting the first week in January.

Kasilof remembers Ed Borden, dead at 52
On a cold winter night two years ago, Ed Borden revved up his snowmachine to launch it off a snow berm onto the bed of his shiny new pickup truck. He overshot the mark and shattered the cab's back window.

Oilers Corner - Oilers sign a pair of Sun Devils
The Peninsula Oilers have signed a pair of Arizona State University Sun Devils for the upcoming Alaska Baseball League season.

Economic forum will nurture ideas for brighter future
Kenai Peninsula residents once again have the opportunity not only to learn more about where they live

U.S. battles image problem World loves American technology, culture, but rejects U.S. ideas, customs
WASHINGTON -- Global unhappiness with the United States may have gone up in recent years, but there is still a worldwide love affair with things American, a new survey found.

More needs to be done to stop AIDS
In sub-Saharan Africa, the toll that AIDS has taken on people who are 20 to 45 years old has created a demographic shift that's more consistent with what happens in a war.

Applause
Teen center hosts two dancesKids create crafts to share

Groups pushing to limit lawsuits
'Most Americans who know what the issues are would certainly not agree that a mother whose child is killed during a horribly botched delivery should be told that her child's life is worth only $250,000 at most.'

Pearl Harbor Day can't be forgotten
As time passes and the number of World War II veterans dwindles, it becomes easier to overlook that "date which will live in infamy" -- Dec. 7, 1941.

Romancing the stone
Rock climbing isn't just for the fearless few with simian strength and nerves of steel. As the popularity of rock climbing increases, so does the diversity of people climbing.

Plenty of things to be thankful for on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Having entered the holiday season, and getting ready to wrap up another year, it is a great time to reflect on all the many things I have to be thankful for.

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge open to Christmas tree cutting Biologist to discuss bears Saturday Federal Subsistence Board seeking comment

Around the Peninsula
Youth facility advisory board meeting plannedMeeting set for Fish and Game committeeChurch to package cookiesCIRCAC board to meet in AnchorageHospice offers carols for donationHomer coffee shop to host chamber mixerCity's Christmas tree lighting to offer festivitiesBiologist to discuss bearsHistorical society board meeting setABATE to help community childrenHistorical society meets next monthForest offers Christmas trees

Around the Peninsula
li> Church plans musical events Potters to hold holiday sale Fishers association plans meeting HEA, chambers sponsor light competitions Homer nurse to visit south peninsula communities Lunch for seniors offered Folk dancers to host contra dance Development center to sponsor workshop

Photo feature: Trimming the tree
Charlene Moore gives Ben Wyant and her daughter Amber Kenderdine instructions on how to care for the Christmas tree Moore and Kenderdine harvested from a nearby forest Wednesday afternoon in Kenai.

Vietnam's deputy prime minister meets top Vatican officials
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Vietnam's deputy prime minister held talks with top Vatican officials aimed at improving relations, the Holy See announced.

After centuries of escaping destruction, Sarajevo's Haggadah finds a home
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- It survived the Spanish Inquisition, the Bosnian war and the ravages of time. Now a 600-year-old Jewish manuscript, one of Bosnia's most prized artifacts, is on public display for the first time.

Religion Briefs
Church celebrates birth of Jesus Hospice appreciates support Singles conference slated Christmas musical begins tonight Texas group seeks poetry from Kenai Native outreach fellowship to meet Clothing ministry open Healing Rooms open every weekend Friendship closet open Wednesdays

New world Anglican leader explains policies on homosexuals, women bishops
LONDON (AP) -- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who has acknowledged ordaining a practicing homosexual while serving in Wales, says he probably won't do it again.

Foundation gives 39 church colleges $76.8 million to overcome clergy shortages
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Lilly Endowment is granting $76.8 million to 39 church-related U.S. colleges, Protestant and Catholic, to help overcome growing clergy shortages.

Pittsburgh faces parking dispute over downtown Nativity scene
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- City officials said they would ask a private group, the Christian Leaders Fellowship, to remove signs permitting 10-minute parking near a downtown replica of the Vatican's manger scene. A lawyer complained police violated the U.S. Constitution by granting the parking waiver

By housing world's largest angel museum, Wisconsin church spared destruction
BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- A small museum that sits on the banks of the Rock River in southern Wisconsin is a heavenly spot for angel lovers.

Roman Catholic university's employees protest end of birth control coverage
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- Faculty members and employees at Gannon University, a Roman Catholic school, criticized the administration for removing birth control coverage from their health plan.

Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is set by a lunar calendar and is expected to begin Friday, Dec. 6.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shaida Khan once had to carry an entire raw lamb, chopped up and wrapped, on a long subway ride from Manhattan to Queens.

German close to the pope is chosen dean of the College of Cardinals, succeeding African
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's top theologian, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, has been chosen dean of the College of Cardinals, replacing Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, 80, who wants to return to his homeland of Benin.

'Wake up' to salvation every day, especially Christmas
"'Twas The Night Before Christmas," is a beautiful story of a sleeping family the night before Christmas. I'd like to share another sleeping story.

Jayhawks end skid vs. Central Missouri
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Keith Langford had 23 points to lead four Kansas players with at least 20 and the 14th-ranked Jayhawks rebounded from a two-game losing streak with a 97-70 victory over Central Missouri State on Wednesday night.

Franchione takes Texas A & M coaching position
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Dennis Franchione left Alabama after only two seasons to take over as the new coach at Texas A&M on Thursday.

Mother of Packers star killed in car accident
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The mother of Green Bay Packers defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was killed in a car accident the same day the football player became a father.

ACS earns favorite's tag at Area 2 South meet
It's tempting to say things will be back to normal when the Area 2 South wrestling meet starts today at Houston High School.

The few games left on the schedule will decide a bunch of bowl matchups
The bowl hopes of many teams are riding on just a few games to be played Saturday, the final day of the regular season.

Take care tending to Title IX
Nothing less than the shape of college and high school sports is at stake as the commission on Title IX cobbles together proposals that could revamp a law that has been praised, scorned and challenged for 30 years.

Sports Briefs
Midnight Sun Volleyball Club to meet Dec. 12Dodgers send Karros, Grudzielanek to CubsSharks replace Sutter with WilsonVentura agrees to $5 million deal with Yankees

Robinson shows up old team
ATLANTA -- A day after making peace with Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson stuck it to his old team.

Bruins go overtime to spoil Dafoe's return
BOSTON -- Glen Murray scored twice, including at 1:53 of overtime, to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers and spoil the return of goalie Byron Dafoe.

SoHi senior set to play basketball for NAIA Lions next year
Rachel Besse, a 6-foot-1 senior at Soldotna High School, announced this week that she plans on attending Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., to play basketball.

Thibault snaps Ottawa streak
CHICAGO -- Jocelyn Thibault stopped 28 shots for his fourth shutout and Eric Daze scored as the Chicago Blackhawks stopped the Ottawa Senators' 10-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Skyview grapplers sweep duals KPHA Squirts third at tournament NHL clears Fleury to play

Malone nets 29 as Lakers lose for fourth time in last six games
SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone had 29 points and 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz won for the eighth time in nine games, defeating the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 93-85 Wednesday night.

Scientists: Fishing not main cause of sea lion decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists asked by Congress to find out why the Steller sea lion population has plummeted in Alaska have concluded commercial fishing probably is not the main culprit.

Waterfowl warm to odd weather
The recent trend of warm weather may be bad for outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing, but many nature lovers aren't crying the blues.

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