Monday, December 10, 2001

Kenai refineries boost security
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four industrial refineries on the Kenai Spur Highway are implementing security measures following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Regents approve new economics chair
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A chair in economics financed by a $5 million gift from the late Anchorage banker Elmer Rasmussen has been formally approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska.

State seeks dismisal of rural public safety lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state attorney has asked a Superior Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit by rural communities and Alaska Native groups that alleges state discrimination through inadequate police protection in villages.

BP gas-to-liquids plant to employ fuel cell technology
KENAI (AP) -- BP's gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski will be powered by fuel cell technology by mid-2003, company officials said.

State expected to use more from savings account than previously thought
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska will need to draw $906 million from its dwindling savings account to balance the state budget this year, the Revenue Department now estimates.

Icy conditions leads to two-car crash with 14 injuries
JUNEAU (AP) -- A car slid off the road and struck a group of people who had stopped to help victims of an earlier car accident here this weekend, Juneau Police said.

North Pole man indicted on child molestation charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 49-year-old North Pole man is accused of molesting four children and trying to solicit a fifth.

Nikiski man and friends hike from Florida to Canada
KENAI (AP) -- When Nikiski's Ray Ford announced he was going to hike from the southern tip of subtropical Florida to the frigid maritime shore of Canada, his family, friends, acquaintances and former classmates all doubted his sanity and his ability.

Tanker truck fumes explode at Anchorage port
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Quick action by two workers kept a fire from spreading after fumes from a tanker truck exploded near the Port of Anchorage.

One Coast Guardsman dies another injured in fall while hiking
KODIAK (AP) -- One off-duty Coast Guardsman was killed and another injured over the weekend after a hiking accident on Pyramid Mountain, the Coast Guard said Monday.

AIDEA backs $10.7 million loan for veneer plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A $10.7 million bank loan for Gateway Forest Products was approved Thursday by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. That leaves the veneer mill operator, now under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, one step away from getting the infusion.

Akasofu made a fellow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is being honored for his work in the study of the aurora borealis, the sun and the Earth's magnetosphere.

Biologist wants hunter's grizzly record wiped off the books
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A retired salmon biologist is taking aim at a hunter's big game record.

John Pennington to head FEMA's Region 10
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Washington Rep. John Pennington has been appointed director of Region 10 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FAA considers new air routes over Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing more than a dozen new air routes over Anchorage to safeguard small planes from potentially deadly jet turbulence.

Lance Mackey, recovering from cancer, wins Chugiak 50 sled dog race
CHUGIAK (AP) -- Fresh out of cancer treatment and with a feeding tube still in his stomach, Iditarod musher Lance Mackey cruised to a first-place finish in Sunday's Chugiak 50 sled dog race.

Fairbanks teen collapses and dies after soccer practice
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 13-year-old Fairbanks boy collapsed and died soon after finishing indoor soccer practice, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

Friends and admirers remember Celia Hunter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Hundreds of friends and admirers gathered for a memorial at the Chena River Convention Center to remember Celia Hunter: pilot, adventurer and environmental advocate.

Anchorage doctor's license suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Following complaints on laser procedures performed, the Alaska State Medical Board has suspended an Anchorage doctor's medical license.

Fairbanks man arrested for carrying a pipe bomb
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was charged with misconduct after a pipe bomb was found in his coat pocket following a high-speed pursuit, Alaska State Troopers said.

Admiralty Island bear attack victim: 'I was getting killed'
JUNEAU (AP) -- Kenneth Horton will spend months trying to heal wounds inflicted in five seconds by a brown bear on Admiralty Island.

Fisheries panel approves protection measures for seabirds
ANCHORAGE (AP) Endangered short-tailed albatrosses and other seabirds with a fatal attraction to bait from longline fishing vessels got a safety net Sunday in regulations approved by a federal fisheries panel.

Petitioners challenge retailers on standing by stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People who gather signatures for various ballot initiatives made a symbolic stand in front of several big box stores here.

Retired trooper and son die in accident on Parks Highway
WILLOW (AP) -- A retired trooper and his son died Saturday night in an accident north of Willow, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Former governor joining Texas law firm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Former Alaska Gov. Steve Cowper is moving to Texas to join a law firm where he will specialize in energy and environmental issues.

Couple accused of cashing bad checks worth $30,000
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks couple opened an account at a local bank with only $47 but wrote about $30,000 in checks without depositing another cent, according to police.

Inquiry questions whether GCI can buy second cable
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Justice Department is investigating whether GCI's bid for a 2,000-mile fiber-optic cable would give it a monopoly on phone and data traffic between Alaska and the Lower 48.

California traffic expert has some tips for Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A transportation expert from San Francisco has come up with a few ideas to ease traffic in Anchorage.

Tourism survey shows advance bookings down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A survey of Alaska's tourism industry shows that advance bookings for next summer's visitor season are down by an average of 23 percent, far below the expected overall drop of 40 to 60 percent.

Major League owners start shopping spree
BOSTON -- After pleading poverty in front of Congress last week, baseball teams gathered Sunday to spend some more money on free agents at the winter meetings.

Sox seek new coach
BOSTON -- The Red Sox have approached former major league managers Whitey Herzog and Felipe Alou about serving as bench coaches alongside inexperienced Boston manager Joe Kerrigan.

Journey turns into more than a hike for Ray Ford
When Nikiski's Ray Ford announced he was going to hike from the southern tip of subtropical Florida to the frigid maritime shore of Canada, his family, friends, acquaintances and former classmates all doubted his sanity and his ability.

NOW PLAYING: Ocean's 11
The temptation for a critic to turn the review of a high profile remake into a comparative essay outlining the weakness

Hunting bin Laden
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Armed with photographs of wanted terrorists, U.S. Marines scoured the roads of southern Afghanistan on Saturday for Taliban and al-Qaida leaders who might have slipped out of Kandahar as the former ruling militia abandoned its last stronghold.

Fund-raiser planned for residents of ravaged Kasilof homestead
The community of Kasilof is banding together to assist four longtime residents who lost all their possessions in a Nov. 15 fire.

Millions in northern Afghanistan awaiting aid from Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- With millions of people facing winter cold, disease and hunger in northern Afghanistan, humanitarian relief has been moving painfully slowly by river barge from neighboring Uzbekistan.

New power plant gets tested at BP
The British Petroleum gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski will begin using a state-of-the-art, power plant by mid-2003, BP officials said.

Attacks taking toll on tourism
The results of a travel industry poll released this month paint a discouraging picture of the state of Alaska tourism this year.

Community rallies to aid fire victims
A house is more than a roof overhead. And losing one means a loss greater than the mere physical possessions destroyed.

Karzai works out new government in city of Kandahar
TORA BORA, Afghanistan -- American bombers pounded the hills and caves of Tora Bora on Sunday, trying to soften al-Qaida defenses for a ground assault by Afghan tribesmen. Pakistani forces moved to seal off escape routes on their side of the border.

Charities team up to allow incarcerated parents to still play Santa
At the end of Wildwood Road, far removed from shoppers rushing home with their presents, sits the frost-covered buildings of Wildwood Correctional Center. Behind a chain link fence topped with razor-sharp coils of wire, some 250 Alaska inmates are serving their sentences. Clanking metal gates and locked doors keep them separated from Kenai Peninsula residents.

Orthodox church opens new center
The Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska has big plans for education, outreach and fellowship that are manifested in the new St. Yakov Center for Orthodox Christian Learning.

Journey turns into more than a hike for Ray Ford
When Nikiski's Ray Ford announced he was going to hike from the southern tip of subtropical Florida to the frigid maritime shore of Canada, his family, friends, acquaintances and former classmates all doubted his sanity and his ability.

Christina Haeg
Christina Haeg died on Dec. 6, 2001, at her home in Kenai. Arrangements are pending with the Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Heeth Manning Wellborn-Tyson
Kenai resident Heeth Manning Wellborn-Tyson died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at his home. He was 16.

Oilers sign another Drew
The Peninsula Oilers have signed Stephen Drew, an infielder from Florida State University.

Air carriers now must help nation keep track of who's coming, going
It became tragically obvious after the attacks Sept. 11 that the U.S. had little information about potential terrorists entering this country. The U.S. is legendary for the openness of its society and borders, and policing the nation's myriad official and unofficial entry points is a monumental challenge.

Post-Sept. 11 attitudes may offer right climate for rebuilding family
You wouldn't expect a man who's just written a book called "The Broken Hearth" to be an optimist.

Sterling students have fun with artDonation benefits shop program

Letters to the Editor
It should be no mystery about what causes AIDS

A miracle amid the devastation?
NEW YORK -- With the World Trade Center death toll shrinking to somewhere around 3,000, many hesitate to speak of a miracle or a success. But those are the words they are using when they remember that thousands of others got out alive before the towers collapsed.

Anti-terror law changes rules
Three hundred and forty-two pages. Three hundred and fifty subject areas. Forty federal agencies. Twenty-one legal amendments.

Board of Fisheries should reconsider winter king decision
The Alaska Board of Fisheries should rescind its November decision that establishes a year-round five-fish limit on king salmon taken from Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay.

'Unfortunate' gifts provide valuable lessons for today's wise men Christmas presents past
Behold, the power of Christmas: What other holiday could popularize giving angels enemas with the business end of a Douglas fir and selling a beverage with as unappetizing a name as "nog"?

Peninsula People
Electric Lights Parade winners announcedArea residents complete law enforcement trainingSoldotna ophthalmologist attends national seminar

Father, son share more than family name at Soldotna church
Son and father duos fill the world. U.S. President George W. and his father, George H.W. Fox Television's Bart Simpson and his father Homer. Actor Peter Fonda and his father Henry. Musician Arlo Guthrie and his father Woodie. Legendary race car driver Dale Earnhardt and his father, Ralph.

Photo feature: A song for the season
Children from Cook Inlet Academy sing Christmas carols for the crowd during Friday's tree lighting ceremony at Parker Park next to the Soldotna Senior Center.

Bend and stretch: Make the holidays meaningful
If you can spare a moment, this might be a good time to explore how you will spend the next few weeks leading up to and including the holidays. The following statements are quoted from a Montana Cooperative Extension publication designed to help people analyze how they invest their resources such as time, money and personal energy related to the holidays.

Ask a Trooper
Question: What is the law regarding headlights on automobiles used on state roads? How powerful can they be and how many can be used? Express the power in watts rather than candlepower or provide a conversion. What are the rules on mounting?

Exhibit: Mass production, smaller families affected image of Christmas for kids
WASHINGTON -- Cheaper, mass-produced goods and smaller, more prosperous families made it possible for American parents to live up to the image of a fat, generous Santa Claus and his big bag of toys.

Community News
Arts fellowship availableGirl Scouts council receives grantHouse to be raffled offHomer Community Schools announcementsAlaska SeaLife Center UpdateTrack ASLC rehab seals with Project Master

Life expectancy in U.S. reaches all-time high of 76.9 years
ATLANTA -- Life expectancy in the United States has climbed to an all-time high of nearly 77 years, while infant mortality has dropped to the lowest level on record, the government reported Wednesday.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Eagles plan Christmas dinnerChoir performs todayMeeting about Cook Inlet salmon fisheries slatedFuture health center subject of chamber meetingFur stretching and pelt care discussedRC&D meeting coming upReforestation activities to be reviewedBasketball league taking registrationsFur Rendezvous memorabilia availableAdvisory board members soughtSubsistence booklets ready for review

And I want ...
Elder Mary Patsy sits on Santa's lap and shares her Christmas list with him and Mrs. Claus during their brief visit to the Eskimo village of St. Mary Nov. 30 as part of the Alaska National Guard's Operation Santa.

Photo feature: Fund-raiser
The Midnight Sun Riders, a 4-H horse group, sell hand-made America-themed crafts at Big Kmart for the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. Seated from left to right are Molly McIsaac, group president, Angeleah Wood, group treasurer, and Lindsey Sanders, guest helper. The club took donations and earned $232, all of which was donated to the fund.

One-parent families on rise around world, mirroring demographic shifts in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- It's not just an American phenomenon: Across the globe, single-parent homes are on the rise.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team holding tryoutsMusicians to perform at senior centersNetwork to discuss allergiesHealthy Communities-Healthy People to meetOrchestra performs children's holiday concertFish and Game committee to meet

Matranga, Shields announce engagement
Shawna Lenee Matranga and Micah Eugene Shields have announced their plans to wed at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan 12, 2002, at Soldotna First Assembly of God Church. Pastor Jim Duncan will officiate.

Club News
Elks Club weekly table tennis winners announced

Sprint format provides thrill a minute
Normally, when one goes looking for a change of pace, the intent is to slow down for a little while.

Bulldogs senior tabbed for Arctic Winter Games
Nuuk, Greenland, seems to be about the last place anybody would go for exposure, unless it's exposure to extreme cold we're talking about.

Nikiski wrestlers dominate Area 3
The Nikiski High School wrestling team will be well-represented at next week's state fall wrestling championships, advancing 18 athletes through the Area 3 Championship -- including eight individual champions crowned Saturday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

Sports Briefs
Kards fall to BartlettNew speedskating World Record set

Panther power rules Area 4 wrestling meet
There hasn't been a panther movement this powerful since Huey P. Newton and Eldridge Cleaver led their men in black through California in the 1960s.

After Van Gundy resigns, Knicks triumph
NEW YORK -- With Jeff Van Gundy undoubtedly watching from the edge of his easy chair, the New York Knicks began a new era without him by beating the Indiana Pacers 101-99 Saturday night.

Kenny Lake skaters cruise past Bulldogs
The Nikiski High School hockey team dropped a Greatland Conference game 4-1 to the Kenny Lake Hawks Friday night at Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski, but the Bulldogs did manage to improve their performance after going scoreless in four straight games.

Teacher schools pupil as Duke tops Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jason Williams scored 14 of his career-high 35 points in the first 4:13, and top-ranked Duke beat Michigan 104-83 Saturday to spoil Tommy Amaker's reunion with his former boss.

Crouch nabs Heisman in whisker close voting
NEW YORK -- Eric Crouch must be really glad he didn't quit the team.

Stars drop 3-2 decision to Dimond
The Soldotna hockey team played Dimond, the top-ranked team in the state, close before losing 3-2 Friday in a nonconference game at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage.

North Dakota wears Division II crown
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Jed Perkerewicz scored on a 1-yard with 29 seconds to play as North Dakota outlasted Grand Valley State 17-14 on Saturday for its first NCAA Division II championship.

Sports Briefs
Minnesota-Mankato tops UAANikiski, Kenai split in hoops

Rams topple Niners for best in West
ST. LOUIS -- Marshall Faulk scored two touchdowns and Kurt Warner threw for two as the St. Louis Rams won a matchup of NFC West leaders Sunday, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 27-14.

Capitals crushed by Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sergei Brylin and Brian Rafalski scored second-period goals as the New Jersey Devils beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 Saturday to reach .500 for the first time since Nov. 17.

Origins of BCS
A brief history of the Bowl Championship Series, which began in 1998

Terrapins down Detroit
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Lonny Baxter scored 17 points as No. 3 Maryland won its seventh straight game and extended its non-conference home winning streak to 81 with a 79-54 rout of Detroit on Sunday night.

Huskers find way to reach Rose Bowl
With no playoff in place, college football almost always comes up with a wacky way to end the season. It came up with a doozy on Sunday.

Hardaway, Suns scorch Raptors
TORONTO-- Penny Hardaway had 27 points, including the winning layup at the buzzer, as the Phoenix Suns beat the Toronto Raptors 91-90 on Sunday.

LSU whips Volunteers to mess up BCS
ATLANTA -- A backup quarterback denied Tennessee a spot in the Rose Bowl and really messed up the Bowl Championship Series.

No. 1 Connecticut shreds No. 8 Louisiana Tech
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Diana Taurasi matched her career high with 24 points to lead top-ranked Connecticut past No. 8 Louisiana Tech 74-50 Sunday.

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