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Tuesday, December 11, 2001

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.

Dec. 3, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News on the price of a hamstrung state budget
Alaskans were undoubtedly surprised to learn that no one went looking for convicted drunken driver John Knauss after he walked away from a halfway house in July. Tuesday, Mr. Knauss was still at large when his allegedly reckless driving killed a 4-year-old boy.

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.

Subsistence Board mulls fishery proposls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board opened three days of meetings Tuesday to consider a number of proposals dealing with fishery issues.

Woman removed from Alaska Airlines flight
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A woman was removed from an Alaska Airlines plane after allegedly causing a disturbance on a flight to Juneau, airline officials said.

Anchorage dentist has license suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Board of Dental Examiners has suspended Dr. Leeland Cho's dental license after an expert witness said Cho's practice is hazardous to his patients.

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.

Wasilla man pleads no contest to sexual abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Wasilla man pleaded no contest Monday to a charge he fondled a 12-year-old girl while their two families were staying at the Tanana Valley State Fair in August.

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.

UAF athletic director reassigned
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska Fairbanks athletic director Randy Pitney has been reassigned and his contract will not be renewed.

Council sets groundfish quotas, advances crab issues
ANCHORAGE (AP) - A federal fisheries council Monday cut the 2002 harvest of groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska, but kept on even keel on the allowable catch for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

Diesel fule spilled in Deering
DEERING (AP) -- About 1,000 gallons of diesel fuell spilled Monday in the northwest Alaska village of Deering.

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.

Convention planners launch marketing push
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage convention planners have launched a marketing blitz to bring more conventions, meetings and events to the city next year.

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.

Woman removed from Alaska Airlines flight
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A woman was removed from an Alaska Airlines plane after allegedly causing a disturbance on a flight to Juneau, airline officials said.

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.

Alaska economy continues slow growth
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While the Lower 48 has sunk into a recession, the Alaska economy continues to grow, albeit at a slow pace.

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.

Dec. 9, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion urges fish board to rescind 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.

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.

Dec. 4, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the passing of a pioneer environmentalist
Celia Hunter died still doing the work she loved most -- fighting for Alaska's environment.

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.

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.

Mackey fights back
CHUGIAK -- 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.

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

New operators selected to take over airport cafe
If all goes well, the break in service at Wings Cafe should be short. Wednesday, the Kenai City Council approved a contract with Linda and Roger Petrey to operate the cafe at the Kenai Municipal Airport terminal.

Nine hearings on tap for today's meeting
Visions of a busy Tuesday are dancing in the heads of Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly members. That is, if the 260-plus page packet is any indication.

Nikiski department trains for wet rescues
It's about 10 below zero on a sunny Nikiski lake. While few people would even consider ice fishing on it at that temperature, members of the Nikiski Fire Department went swimming in it.

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.

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.

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.

New Afghan leader says main challenge is rooting out terrorism
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Sitting in the sprawling compound of the defeated Taliban leader, Afghanistan's interim ruler pledged Monday to build a new nation -- but said the country must first destroy the terrorists who have held it hostage.

Christina Lynn Haeg
Lifetime Kenai Peninsula resident Christina Lynn Haeg died in her sleep Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at her mother's home in Kenai. She was 20.

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.

Applause
Sterling students have fun with artDonation benefits shop program

Emphasis shifts in war against terrorism; attacks dampen holiday spirits Three months after Sept. 11
WASHINGTON -- From a never-imagined war to a micromanaged manhunt, the pursuit of justice for the terrorist attacks has shifted in the three months since Sept. 11.

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

Legislators need dose of courage to solve Alaska's budget ills
The state's major industries are taking big hits, and the government's fiscal condition is about to reach code red.

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

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.

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?

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

Around the Peninsula
Women's holiday luncheon plannedPeninsula Trappers Association to meetSanta to visit Soldotna mallHoliday Dessert offered at GraceKasilof Historical Society meeting slatedHoliday carols available for donationConflict resolution training offered

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.

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

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.

Club News
Elks Club weekly table tennis winners announced

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

At 100, architect credits long life to job he loves
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A 100-year-old architect advises this for those who want to work into old age: find a job you enjoy.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

St. Joseph's drubs Drexel
PHILADELPHIA -- Na'im Crenshaw scored 18 points and Bill Phillips added 17 as No. 16 Saint Joseph's took an early lead and coasted to an 85-64 victory over Drexel on Monday 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.

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

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.

Jazz stop Mavericks
SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and John Stockton added 21 points and 12 assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 107-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in a rematch of last year's first-round playoff series.

Sports Briefs
Kards fall to BartlettNew speedskating World Record set

Blue Jackets excise Devils to expunge five-game losing streak
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Espen Knutsen ended Columbus' 10-period scoring drought and also had an assist as the Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Skyview senior becomes master at catching up in sports, school
For many high schoolers, an injury that forces them to miss time in their favorite sport during their senior year would be a tragic event akin to not getting a date for senior prom.

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.

Sports Briefs
Baseball's winter meetings stay quietMiller takes slalom for consecutive victoriesThree players, Calgary coach suspended for brawlJohnson, Schilling are Sportsmen of YearVan Exel remains firm in trade demand

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.

Fiedler tosses three touchdowns, Manning throws three interceptions
MIAMI -- Jay Fiedler's mistake-free play has Miami on a three-game winning streak. Peyton Manning's rising interception total has Indianapolis on a five-game losing slide.

BCS is worst idea in sports
Former Florida State coach Bill Peterson was the kind of guy the BCS would love. He was easily confused.

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.

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