Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Homer plans for jump in cruise ship visits
HOMER (AP) -- Cruise ship travelers will be a more regular sight on the Homer Spit in 2003.

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.

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.

Two bridges damaged in quake must be replaced
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two bridges damaged by last month's power Denali earthquake must be replaced and four others must be repaired, but state officials say the bridges are in good enough shape to make it through the winter.

Universal Health announced plan to buy North Star Behavioral
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Universal Health Systems will buy Anchorage-based North Star Behavioral Health System.

Senate Democrats pick Ellis as minority leader
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Johnny Ellis was chosen minority leader by state Senate Democrats on Monday.

Juneau teen arrested after chase, crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy stole two vehicles, led police on a high-speed chase and crashed into a concrete wall, injuring himself and a friend Sunday, police said.

Sand Point police investigate man's death as homicide
SAND POINT (AP) -- Sand Point police are investigating the death of a man found Sunday as a homicide.

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.

Regulators call on phone competitors to cooperate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State regulators are calling on the two top phone companies in Anchorage to stop their feuding.

Bristol Bay salmon fishermen eligible for NAFTA assistance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has certified about 200 commercial salmon fishermen in the Bristol Bay area as eligible to apply for transitional adjustment assistance under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Alaska Natives say education system fails them
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Educators, parents and former students who gathered at an Alaska Native education conference say the western education system has largely failed them.

Laser signal device attracts Army, borough buyers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage company has caught the attention of the Army, the North Slope Borough Search and Rescue and major mail-order companies with a laser signaling device.

Quake reported in Aleutians
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake occurred in the Aleutians Monday night, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Murkowski names five cabinet members
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed five people to head key cabinet posts and expects to name others in the coming weeks, he said Monday.

Anchorage police release names of offices in shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The names of the three police officers who fired their guns Thursday, killing suspected robber Patrick C. Bailey, have been released.

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

Man killed in vehicle accident at Thompson Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from Chugiak was killed in an accident on the Richardson Highway at Thompson Pass.

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.

Kenai Peninsula hospital reports loss
KENAI (AP) -- Central Peninsula General Hospital reported a 14 percent operational loss for fiscal year 2002.

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.

Airlines vie for Adak-Anchorage service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A decision on jet service between Anchorage and Adak is expected by year's end and Alaska Airlines is leading the competition in endorsements.

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

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.

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.

CPGH shows losses
Central Peninsula General Hospital got its first bad report card in seven years.

Funds coming together for road out north
An ordinance appropriating $1.25 million toward the long-awaited Kenai Spur Highway ex-tension project is on the table for Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Bor-ough Assembly meeting.

Tesoro dropping prepay requirement
After changing all of its Alaska gasoline stations to prepay just over two months ago, Tesoro 2 Go is rescinding that decision for its five Kenai market locations as of today.

Bluff project gains ground
After losing several structures, utilities and hundreds of feet of land to erosion along the Kenai bluff, the city of Kenai is one step closer to getting permission to build a bluff erosion protection project. Or, at least it's closer to finding out whether there's anything it can do to protect the bluff from eroding further.

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

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.

Power-ful topic on tap for assembly
As many as 800 landowners on the northern Kenai Peninsula might use electrical energy were it made available. Today, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider a resolution that could help make that happen.

Marcella Crabtree Dove
Soldotna resident Marcella Crabtree Dove died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 90.

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.

New administration may be able to find way to fill fiscal gap
The much-vaunted fiscal gap on which some political careers are based may just be going away. Its demise has become at least a possibility.

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.

Slow-motion crisis unfolds in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Smoking guns or ironclad explanations. Telltale clues or believable excuses. The world will look for many things in the suitcase full of words known as the Baghdad arms declaration.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Club to hold auctionChamber plans speakerKDLL board to meetChamber changes luncheon topicPierce to speak at North Peninsula chamberEra to assist food bankHomer school presents winter concertSled dog association to meetWomen's center to hold meetingIndustry Outreach plans speakerHospice offers carols for donation

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.

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

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.

Senior Menus
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Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Advocate for black education busy pondering the future of democracy
PHILADELPHIA -- As he celebrated his 100th birthday, Samuel L. Evans didn't want to talk about his past.

Bucks outlast Cavs
CLEVELAND -- Sam Cassell scored 39 points and Anthony Mason had six in the second overtime as the Milwaukee Bucks overcame Ricky Davis' 45 points to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 140-133 Monday night. Davis and rookie Smush Parker, who scored 16 of his 20 points after the start of the fourth quarter, as Cleveland overcame a 21-point deficit to send the game into overtime.

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.

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
UCLA fires Toledo as coachHingis withdraws from Australian OpenLewis interviews for Michigan State jobMartin meltdown costs him tour cardSnow, tapped for Treasury, will resign from Augusta

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.

Titans' Kearse could play this week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Just in time for their push for the AFC South title, the Tennessee Titans will bring back defensive end Jevon Kearse this week, hoping he can play against the New England Patriots next Monday night.

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.

Coyotes, Columbus forge tie
PHOENIX -- Branko Radivojevic scored midway through the third period -- his third goal in five games -- as the Phoenix Coyotes overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-3 Monday night.

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.

Williams runs over Bears
MIAMI -- Ricky Williams topped 200 yards again, this time in a win.

SoHi senior quietly piles up region, state championships
In mushing, it's the lead dogs that often get the most credit. But the other dogs in harness are running just as much, and just as hard.

Indiana rips Vanderbilt
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bracey Wright scored 20 of his career-high 31 points in the first half, and No. 7 Indiana made 10 3-pointers in a 73-56 victory over Vanderbilt on Monday.

Penn State's Johnson bulldozes defenders
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Facing Larry Johnson one-on-one, Michigan State safety Jason Harmon stood the Penn State tailback up at the 4-yard line -- then felt himself being pushed back, step by step, into the end zone.

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