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Monday, December 9, 2002

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

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.

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.

Aniak teen missing, feared drowned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teenage boy from the village of Aniak is missing and feared drowned.

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.

Earthquake rattles Paxson
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled Interior Alaska on Monday and was felt by residents of Paxson at the junction of the Richardson and Denali highways.

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.

Anchorage houses nominated for historic designation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Historical Commission has nominated two World War II-era cottages for the National Register of Historic Place.

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.

New ASTF head says agency will focus on fewer projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new head of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation says his focus will be on providing funds for fewer projects and getting more hands-on control of those enterprises it funds.

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.

Healthy stocks boost Bering Sea pollock allocation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal fisheries officials on Sunday boosted the allowable catch of healthy pollock and Pacific cod stocks in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands for 2003.

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.

Anchorage doctor fined for inappropriate conduct
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage doctor was fined $3,000 by the Alaska State Medical Board for engaging in inappropriate sexual contact at work during the past 20 years.

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.

Two rescued after snowmachine sinks
WHITE MOUNTAIN (AP) -- Two people were rescued after their snowmachine sank in water while traveling from Golovin to White Mountain, state troopers said.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Counsel available for victims
Peninsula residents who suffered damage or losses due to the severe winter storms and flooding over the last two months now have counsel available locally to help them recover from the disaster.

Please stand by: TV stations hit technical difficulties
Kenai Peninsula residents who use antennas to receive Anchorage television stations are catching static.

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.

Preschool patriotism Students pumped about return of classmate's father
Like the electrons of an atom circling its nucleus, so were the children at Kenai Cooperative Preschool on Friday morning. The reason for their blur of motion and excitement -- the return home of the father of one of their classmates.

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

Republican strategy now centers around getting voters to the polls
WASHINGTON -- Republicans' success at turning out voters in the 2002 midterm election means the GOP will make the aggressive voter turnout strategy borrowed from Democrats and organized labor an essential part of its campaigns.

Letters to the Editor
False information, gossip unfairly prejudice Starkweather case

Government building ark after rains start
The Department of Homeland Security, for months a gargantuan concept, is now a gargantuan federal agency -- on paper, at least, where its skeleton now is drawn. What it will become in the flesh, and exactly when that form will take its final shape, remain anyone's guess.

U.S. must reduce need for Saudi oil
Like a long marriage, the U.S.-Saudi relationship is full of compromise and accommodation -- and of persistent conflict that, by necessary agreement, isn't much mentioned till it flares into crisis.

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.

Iraq's future depends on what head U.N. weapons inspector uncovers
WASHINGTON -- It's hard to imagine anyone whose words are more subject to international scrutiny these days than Hans Blix, chief of the U.N. team that began searching for forbidden weapons in Iraq last week.

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Educating educators Soldotna woman completes degree, continues studies Kenai student named to college concert choir Soldotna man graduates basic training Soldotna woman enters Navy

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.

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.

Community News
Challenger Center offers winter programs Boys and Girls Club hosts arts exhibit Hospice offers holiday 'Sing-a-Grams'

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.

Births
Jennifer and Joseph Germain of Nikiski announce the birth of their son, Tyler James Germain, at 12:05 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at For Mother and Child Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to hold meeting Christmas blood drive planned Folk dancers to host contra dance CES participating in food collection Choir offers holiday program Clothing ministry open Blood Bank to award community heart Blood Bank alerts donors Pioneers to gather recipes

Tips to manage holiday eating
NEWTON, Kan. -- Parties and family gatherings are an essential part of the holiday season. But parties usually are accompanied by overeating. Rhonda Horsch, director of the dietary department at the Newton, Kan., Medical Center, offered some tips from The American Dietetic Association on how to keep your holiday healthy.

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.

Christmas cookies beware: Holidays can be happy and healthy
AMARILLO, Texas - Green-and-red frosted cookies are enough to crack even the strongest resolve. Such sugary temptations are the land mines dieters must tiptoe past during holidays.

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.

State fire officials urge safe use of candles during holiday season
Christmas trees, advent wreaths, fires in the hearth and the warm glow of candles can make for a great holiday scene -- or a tragic one.

Hero of the week
On Nov. 15 and 16, my husband experienced a medical emergency involving many kind, helpful people. He received an excellent, prompt response, and we are confident we are on a correct health course.

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

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.

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

Heisman attention focused on McGahee
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Willis McGahee has three losses this season, all to Miami teammate Ken Dorsey in a video game.

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.

Orange Bowl matchup seems Rose Bowl-like
While there's no surprise about who's playing for the national title in the Fiesta Bowl, the Orange Bowl has a matchup that looks more suited for Pasadena than Miami.

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.

Vermeil's Cheifs eliminate St. Louis post-season possibilities
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Cleveland Browns are alive in the AFC playoff race after sweating out an officials' review with no time left against Jacksonville.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Blazers burn Toronto
TORONTO -- Bonzi Wells scored a season-high 29 points and Rasheed Wallace added 20 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 104-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

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.

Harrington lets Tiger make the mistakes
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Two holes into the final round, Padraig Harrington extended his lead to eight strokes over Tiger Woods and then braced for the worst Sunday in the Target World Challenge.

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.

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.

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.

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