Wednesday, December 11, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Searchers recover bodies, flight recorder in Arkansas plane crash
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The bodies of three people, including an Alaskan, were recovered Wednesday, two days after their twin-engine plane crashed in rugged terrain in western Arkansas.

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.

GOP, Demo chairmen draw challenges, but aren't worried
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington's high-profile Republican and Democratic chairmen have drawn challengers, but insist they'll win re-election handily next month.

Former state representative Pignalberi dies
HAINES (AP) -- Former state Rep. Marco Pignalberi died Tuesday of a massive heart attack in Haines, where he worked as city manager.

ConocoPhillips and BP donate $3.9 million to UA Foundation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ConocoPhillips and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. have donated $3.9 million dollars to the University of Alaska Foundation.

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.

World Plus victims get payments from trustee
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has made a payment of $5.6 million to claimants in the Fairbanks-based World Plus investment scam.

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.

State extends comment period on Coastal Trail extension
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has decided to extend the comment period on the proposed route for the southern extension of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage by 60 days, to March 7.

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.

Former state Rep. Hayes to head UAF Alumni Association
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former state Rep. Joe Hayes of Fairbanks has a new job.

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.

Eielson airmen detained in drug raid
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nine airmen at Eielson Air Force Base have been detained on suspicions of using marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, cocaine and steroids.

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.

Native groups study delivery of federally funded services
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Native groups are working to find ways to streamline and economize the delivery of federal services to the state's 229 federally recognized tribes.

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.

New report says tougher cruise ship rules working
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new state report says tougher regulations designed to protect Alaska's waters from cruise-ship pollution effectively protect the environment.

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

State report says cruise ship rules working
(Anchorage-AP) -- A new state report says tougher regulations on cruise ship pollution are protecting the environment.

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

Flight 261 report offers little comfort for victims' families
SEATTLE (AP) -- Nearly three years after the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, those who lost loved ones say it comes as no surprise that federal investigators have blamed poor government oversight, inadequate maintenance -- and ultimately a lack of grease that caused one of the plane's tail components to fail.

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.

Man flees with cash from Northrim Bank
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man robbed a Northrim Bank in Midtown Anchorage on Monday, according to the FBI.

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

Hageland official believed dead in Arkansas plane crash
EAGLETON, Ark. (AP) -- The president of Anchorage-based Hageland Aviation Services was a passenger aboard a twin-engine plane that crashed in mountainous terrain in western Arkansas, company officials said Tuesday.

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

Crewman dies, two injured on log carrier south of Adak
KODIAK (AP) -- One crewman died and two others were seriously injured on board a log carrier 180 miles south of Adak on Monday.

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

Murkowski vows to clean up department of labor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski vowed this week that his new labor commissioner would ''clean out'' a state department that has deteriorated and become highly politicized.

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.

Red Dog Mine posts third-quarter loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Red Dog mine near Kotzebue posted an operating loss of $10 million in the third quarter despite higher zinc production, according to Teck Cominco, the mine operator.

Trooper finds suspected meth lab at lake cabin
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fish and Wildlife trooper stumbled across a suspected methamphetamine lab Sunday as he checked out a report of trespassing at a Harding Lake cabin.

Selig, Rose talking about reinstatement
NEW YORK -- Pete Rose may finally be getting his second chance.

Nursing education gets community boost
In an attempt to reduce the shortage of qualified Nurses in the Central Peninsula, several community stakeholder groups that included healthcare providers, educators, and community support organizations, came together recently to sponsor an event to raise money for student nurse scholarships.

Electric Light parade brings thousands to watch in Kenai
The largest shopping day of the year culminated in Kenai with an electric light parade that rivaled the creativity of a Disneyland event, and challenged police who closed down the Spur Highway for more than an hour as the parade pass

Hanukkah lights burn brightly in Jewish homes
For Jewish families it's a time to remember that a miracle happened there. The celebration originated from t

Kenai gets Hooked on Christmas
Fewer people than ever before headed to Anchorage on the day after Thanksgiving to kick off their holiday shopping, according to local merchants who reported record sales activities. "It was our best year ever. People we

Mild weather gives boost to winter construction
With early winter ice storms causing power outages along the eastern seaboard of the United States, freezing temperatures in Florida, six inches of snow in Ohio, and Colorado ski reso

Art Fair draws thousands
More than 140 vendors, artists and artisans from as far away as Fairbanks, Kodiak and Homer came to the Kenai Peninsula on the day following Thanksgiving for the traditional Arts & Crafts Fair sponsored by the Kenai Art Guild. It w

After the Bell kids are having a coin war
Learning about and becoming aware of the community they live in is a goal for the members of the After the Bell program at Soldotna Elementary School, according to site director Karen Strash. In the com

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.

Studs dig in, with or without snow
Seventy-two days into the 197-day studded tire season, and Kenai Peninsula drivers have only experienced two days of actual snowfall.

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.

Generous donation allows Kasilof woman to saddle up
Since she was a little girl, Vicki Sorrels loved horses.

Friends set up account for man hurt in accident
A Soldotna man critically injured in a head-on collision Thursday night is getting help from his friends.

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.

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.

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

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

Helene A. Hatfield
Kenai resident Helene A. Hatfield died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Terence (Terry) G. McMahon
Terence (Terry) G. McMahon died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at his home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, from cancer. He was 72.

Africa's famine woes continue
Famine once again is stalking the African continent. Regrettably, it will be harder to stir the world to offer aid this time.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Former mayor mourns passing of Soldotna finance director Kenai bridge should be considered during Soldotna widening project FCC move will create monopolies, limit peoples access to information Wagoners behavior shows hes not interested in local constituents

Economy in holding pattern
Back in July, I reported the White House was working with longtime GOP "pro-growth" political and economic leaders on a new, aggressive economic policy.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Emergency services schedules briefing College council to meet Library to hold open house Sled dog association to meet Cross-cultural potluck planned Hospice offers carols for donation Christmas food drive under way

KPC boldly goes where no class has gone before
KPC is taking a bold step into distance delivery education next semester by offering two classes via interactive video.

School lunch menus for next week on the Peninsula

Student of Month
Students of the Month at Mountain View Elementary At Kenai Central High School: At Sterling Elementary:

Sixth-grader works way through school
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Toward the end of his fifth-grade year last spring, Jason "Jay" Osterbuhr felt very strongly about what his next year in school would bring -- he had to go to Grand Island Central Catholic.

Spicing up education
Ann Haddox reads to the children in the after school cooking club. Reading stories related to what the kids will make is part of the program.

Around the district
Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Center Mountain View Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Kenai MIddle School Soldotna MIddle School Interior Distance Eduction of Alaska Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Ninilicik Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Kansas district starts random drug testing
CONWAY, Ark. -- The first 40 students in the Conway School District were randomly tested for drugs last Wednesday, following the board of education's vote this summer to approve random testing of students in extracurricular activities in grades seven through 12

Professors troubled by parents' complaints
Sociology professor Gary Stokley recalls when meeting the parents of his students at Louisiana Tech University was limited to a few handshakes at graduation.

Students afraid despite drop in weapons, crime
WASHINGTON -- Metal detectors and surveillance cameras have sharply reduced weapons and crime at the nation's schools, but a government report says students are more afraid on school grounds than off because of a problem that hasn't changed: the school bully.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu 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.

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.

Who went too far?
With $200,000 on the line, Tiger Woods dug his feet in the bunker, waggled his sand wedge over the ball and was at the top of his swing when the silence was pierced by a nerve-racking noise he has come to despise.

Canadiens snap Bruins win streak
BOSTON -- Goalie Jeff Hackett stopped the NHL's top team as the Montreal Canadiens beat Boston 4-2 Tuesday night and ended the Bruins' three-game winning streak.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Pippen inspired by MJ
WASHINGTON -- In his first game against Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen had one of his best games of the season.

Willingham named Sporting News Sportsman of the Year
NEW YORK -- Just about a year ago, Notre Dame football was in turmoil, the program shaken by a 5-6 season and embarrassed by hiring a coach who had embellished his resume.

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.

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.

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