Sunday, December 8, 2002

Soldotna man joins federal fish board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Soldotna man has been picked to serve on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the top advisory board for Bering Sea and other major commercial fisheries.

APOC says Outside attack ads broke campaign laws
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission is standing by its earlier ruling that an Outside organization broke state campaign laws with ads attacking Gov. Tony Knowles and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

Students charged with stealing teacher's credit card number
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three students from Marshall have been charged with fraud crimes after apparently using a teacher's credit card to order drug paraphernalia.

Fish Board makes no changes in Chignik salmon co-op
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries ended a three-day meeting and made no significant changes to the commercial salmon cooperative in Chignik.

Judge reduces Exxon Valdez punitive damage award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge has reduced the punitive damage award against Exxon Corp. for spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound 13 years ago -- but only by 20 percent.

Logging violations expand on Afognak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Logging violations performed by workers for the Afognak Native Corp. are worse than anticipated, state officials say.

Hawker Anchorage state House win upheld in recount
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Mike Hawker was declared the winner of an Anchorage House seat following a recount Friday by the state Division of Elections.

BP changes hiring policy for Alaska workers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- BP has changed its hiring policy for Alaska workers.

RCAC makes recommendations for new air quality permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) - An environmental watchdog group on Friday approved recommendations for a streamlined air quality operating permit for the Valdez Marine Terminal.

Analysis finds very low Amchitka cancer risk
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A risk analysis by a U.S. Department of Energy contractor finds that the odds of a person contracting cancer caused by a nuclear leak at Amchitka Island are ''infinitely low.''

Security tighter along U.S.-Canada border
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The border between the United States and Canada is becoming more secure without long lines at crossing points, according to top U.S. and Canadian officials. About 1,500 miles of the Canadian border is shared with Alaska.

Terrorist attacks helped break airport's growth streak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon helped break a 10-year revenue growth streak at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Hawker Anchorage state House win upheld in recount
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Mike Hawker was declared the winner of an Anchorage House seat following a recount Friday by the state Division of Elections.

Biologist appointed as Anchorage area fisheries manager
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been appointed as the agency's area management biologist for the Anchorage, Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound sport fisheries.

Man dies in head-on collision
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A Soldotna man died after a head-on crash Thursday night about five miles north of here, Alaska State Troopers report. Another Soldotna man was critically injured.

Anchorage man sentenced in crack cocaine case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has received a 15-year prison sentence in a crack cocaine conspiracy case.

Estimate: Census didn't find 15,000 Alaskans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Census Bureau estimate of the number of people missed in the 2000 census indicates 15,000 Alaskans weren't counted, the largest percentage undercount of any state.

UA regents choose new chairman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents has chosen a new chairman.

Defense plan has National Guard manning missiles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Army National Guard personnel would handle any emergency use of missile defense testing sites in the state under plans being considered by the Defense Department.

Senator-elect to pay financial disclosure fine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission has approved a reduced fine against state Sen.-elect Tom Wagoner for omitting information from a state financial disclosure form.

Convicted killer sentenced
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man convicted of fatally shooting his ex-wife and her roommate has been sentenced to 96 years in prison.

Study says more samples needed before Anchorage port expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new study says extensive sampling of the ocean floor of Cook Inlet is needed before a proposal to expand the Port of Anchorage can go forward.

Clemens, Maddux, Kent offered arbitration
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Jeff Kent were offered salary arbitration by their old teams, Ray Durham moved across San Francisco Bay to the Giants, and Texas said goodbye to catcher Ivan Rodriguez on a busy deadline night in baseball.

Older women can safely have babies
CHICAGO -- There's no medical reason to prevent healthy women in their 50s from turning back their biological clocks and having babies with donated eggs, researchers say in the biggest study of motherhood after menopause.

Exercise may make cholesterol less damaging
BOSTON -- Researchers using a new method for measuring cholesterol are offering a familiar message: Get some exercise.

NOW PLAYING: Analyze That
Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal are taking it easy. A few years ago, someone talked De Niro into lampooning his famous mobster image in the surprisingly successful comedy Analyze This. Since then, he's done more easy comedies than serious dramas, and it really looks as though he is starting to get comfortable.

Dental facility brushed aside -- for now
The effort to establish a dental facility in Kenai for Medicaid, uninsured and underinsured patients met with opposition Thursday evening at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Team effort stressed at forum
In order for the Kenai Peninsula to grow and prosper, business leaders, government officials and educators must work together to develop comprehensive and innovative strategies that will benefit the region's diverse economy.

Gas terminal promotional funds fading
Since 1999, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has appropriated more than $200,000 to promote Nikiski as the terminus of a natural gas pipeline and the peninsula as a location for oil and gas development, according to borough financial records.

Head-on collision kills Soldotna man; 1 injured
One man died and another was in critical condition following a head-on collision on Sterling Highway in Sterling Thursday night.

Hassien Allon Sliman
Sterling resident and longtime Alaskan Hassien Allon Sliman died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was 44.

Joel L. Wilkins
Longtime Soldotna resident Joel L. Wilkins died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at her home in Soldotna. She was 64.

Letter to the Editor
Anger over accident delay case of road rage

President shakes up his team to re-energize weak economy
WASHINGTON-- Faced with an economy going nowhere, President Bush acted like the owner of a losing baseball team -- he fired the manager and shook up the team. The replacements will be asked to re-energize a weak economy, restore confidence on Wall Street and persuade Congress to accept a big new stimulus package.

Peace, good will and catalogs
Could U.S. post office employees be frustrated civil engineers? I'm curious, because some of them around here have been exhibiting certain latent talents along those lines.

Need for new dental clinic also highlights trouble with 'system'
There's plenty of evidence that a dental clinic to serve Medicaid, uninsured and underinsured patients is needed on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Choo-choo exhibit has kept hobbyists on track for 25 years
STRASBURG, Pa. -- Three-year-old Ryan Coyle could barely contain himself as he stared wide-eyed at the toy trains gleaming in their display cases at the exhibit hall entrance. His grandfather was pretty impressed, too.

New baby, new job: Officer disfigured in fiery accident tries to reclaim his life
EDITOR'S NOTE -- A three-part Associated Press serial in June told how a police officer struggled to survive after a fiery patrol car crash burned away his face. This story details how he has since reclaimed his life.

Holiday plans let you control cash flow
Soften your urge to splurge this holiday season with a spending plan.

Mister Mayor
He doesn't advertise in the newspaper or post gaudy billboards. He doesn't make commercials bad-mouthing fellow community members or solicit votes with phone calls. He just goes ahead and serves the community.

Photo feature: Greeting Santa
The Nelson family waves as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Parker Park during Soldotna's Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday night.

My Best Friend
Matti the golden retriever takes a break from her usual walk through town to enjoy the Kenai River. Matti belongs to Bill (pictured) and Sharon Radtke of Soldotna.

Skiers drive to Hatcher Pass to find snow
If the snow doesn't come to you, you have to go to the snow. Kenai Peninsula schools Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Seward did just that Friday and Saturday for the Mat-Su Hatcher Pass Invite.

Blues increase blues for Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Martin Rucinsky and Al MacInnis scored first-period goals, and Fred Brathwaite made 24 saves as the St. Louis Blues beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 Saturday.

Nikiski finishes 2-1 on road trip
The Skyview High School hockey team played its fourth overtime game of the season Friday, but in the sudden-death format, the Panthers didn't have a chance to answer the Moose as they had three times prior to the extra period in a 4-3 North Star Conference loss.

Sports Briefs
FAIRBANKS -- Alaska Fairbanks broke open a close game with four third-period goals and defeated Wayne State 6-2 Friday in nonconference collegiate hockey action.

Skyview takes Jerry Palmer team duals tournament
The Skyview High School wrestling team grappled its way to a first-place finish at the Jerry Palmer team duals tournament Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

No. 2 Texas slides past George Washington
WASHINGTON -- James Thomas had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, and led two key second-half runs as second-ranked Texas beat George Washington 100-92 Saturday.

Miami to meet Ohio State for national title
Miami and Ohio State are set for the national title game, and both Washington State and Georgia were added to the Bowl Championship Series invitation list on Saturday.

Hawks slip past cranky Pistons
ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson and Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 23 points apiece as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 94-92 Saturday.

Navy blows past Army
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- While close games have been a tradition in the annual Army-Navy game, Midshipmen quarterback Craig Candeto made sure there was nothing traditional about Saturday's game.

Stars edge Kardinals
One thing is for certain: Whenever Kenai and Soldotna meet up on the ice, something interesting always seems to happen.

Harrington on target at Target Challenge
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Padraig Harrington stole the script and the show from Tiger Woods in the Target World Challenge.

Can't behave? Don't play
Two stories involving the suspension of football players for use of illegal substances have made headlines of late.

Klitschko stops McCline in big heavyweight bout
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wladimir Klitschko showed he had a lot of patience, and almost as much power. Together, it was a combination that was simply too much for Jameel McCline.

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