Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Sheffield is the busiest host on the political fund-raising scene
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Gov. Bill Sheffield loves a party, but he wants his guests to bring their checkbooks.

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.

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

Athabaskans may get compensation for medical experiments
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gilbert Stephens remembers the ''beep, beep, beep'' of the machine that monitored the radioactive iodine as it coursed through his bloodstream.

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.

Borough mayor seeks $200,000 for tourism bureau
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Borough Mayor Rhonda Boyles is asking the assembly to give $200,000 to the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau to market Fairbanks as a tourist destination.

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.

Solvent-like chemical detected in city's waste plant
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are investigating the source of an unknown chemical that made its way into a city waste treatment plant.

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.

Feds open upper Kenai River to subsistence fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Subsistence fishing for salmon and other fish will soon be legal on the upper Kenai River and other federal waters on the Kenai Peninsula, and salmon dipnetters will share the Copper River with fish wheels.

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.

Alaska Rep. Don Young unhappy with how bill was handled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's Rep. Don Young and several House Transportation Committee members are criticizing a spending bill approved last week.

Nikiski department trains for wet rescues
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

Phillips Petroleum to reduce Alaska spending
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. said it plans to spend $807 million in capital projects for its Alaska oil business next year, down $18 million from this year's budget.

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.

State, feds reach agreement on cleanup of Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A plan for how the U.S. Navy will find and clean up unexploded ordnance on Adak Island has been signed by state and federal officials.

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.

FBI investigation into hate crime leads to bank fraud arrest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Syrian-born businessman who received thousands of dollars in support after someone spray-painted ''We hate Arabs'' and broke equipment at his business days after the terrorist attacks was arrested Tuesday on bank fraud charges.

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

New missile defense test sites likely included in Pentagon budget
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- New missile defense testing sites in Alaska appear to be on track for inclusion in the Defense Department's annual spending bill.

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.

Senators object to NextWave deal benefitting Native wireless venture
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two U.S. senators are raising objections to a proposed deal that would let three Alaska Native corporations keep control of wireless telephone radio frequencies purchased in January.

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.

FBI investigation into hate crime leads to bank fraud arrest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Syrian-born businessman who received thousands of dollars in support after someone spray-painted ''We hate Arabs'' and broke equipment at his business days after the terrorist attacks was arrested Tuesday on bank fraud charges.

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.

Bush flying service to give pilots Alaska Native culture course
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's pilot shortage has resulted in local airlines recruiting from foreign countries to find qualified employees to fly Bush routes.

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.

UAF gets $1.9 million grant for village-based students
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $1.9 million grant to teach science, math, engineering and technology courses to rural students.

Park service plans $22 million visitors center for Denali
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve officials hope to build something the park has never had before, an information center to welcome park visitors.

Big trade heats up winter meetings
BOSTON -- A big, old-fashioned blockbuster brought baseball's winter meetings to life Tuesday, with the New York Mets acquiring second baseman Roberto Alomar from Cleveland in an eight-player trade.

Players, owners can't reach contraction consensus
BOSTON -- Players and owners failed Tuesday to finalize an agreement that would delay eliminating teams until at least 2003, and the meetings were scheduled to resume after an overnight break.

Little League adopts stricter guidelines
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Teams in next year's Little League World Series will have to carry more detailed documentation of the eligibility of their players, including proof of age and residency.

The Tradition of Holiday Window Art Continues
With the help of Mother Nature's frosty crystal decorations outside, and the wonderland window art of Bunny Swan-Gease inside, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the Kenai Peninsula.

New Center is being organized for mediation and community dialogue
The Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue (CMCD) is a newly formed non-profit organization based on the Kenai Peninsula. According to Heidi Chay, one of the founders of the new group, many people from Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer have been working on the new project during the past year, "The idea is to create safe forums, lots of learning opportunities, and skills for resolving conflict constructively and expressing differences constructively," said Chay.

Economic Development District holds open house and selects new executive director
The Economic Development District of the Kenai Peninsula held it's second annual open house last week. During the well attended event, Randy Daly, President of the EDD Board of Directors took the occasion to announce the Board's selection of Jim Carter, former finance manager, to become the person to take over as executive director when Betsy Arbelovsky leaves.

Outdoors... Great Alaska Shootout, Karluk River Style...
I begin with Day six of our fourteen-day Karluk River hunting trip on Kodiak Island. We spent the first part of the day finishing skinning my bear and getting the hide and skull back to camp. The heavy snow, wind, and darkness chased us back to camp before we were done the night before. Bringing our saws with us the next morning, we were able to cut out the brush surrounding the bear making our job much easier.

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.

Study suggests teens heed parental advice to not smoke
CHICAGO (AP) -- Defying the stereotype of the defiant teen-ager, new research suggests teens are much less likely to smoke if they think their parents disapprove of the habit.

American kids are getting fatter at an alarming rate, study says
CHICAGO -- American children are getting fatter at an alarming rate, with the percentage of significantly overweight black and Hispanic youngsters more than doubling over 12 years and climbing 50 percent among whites, a study shows.

Dodge raises the bar
ATLANTA -- Now that questions about getting up to speed on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series are answered, Dodge now has a different question for 2002: Can it win a championship?

Racing's off-season rejuvenates drivers
ATLANTA -- The last thing Kevin Harvick wants to do during his time away from the busy racing season is take a vacation.

Surrender ultimatum ignored
TORA BORA, Afghanistan -- A U.S. B-52 aircraft bombed the Tora Bora area on Wednesday after cornered al-Qaida forces ignored a surrender deadline set by the opposing tribal eastern alliance.

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.

Permit buy-back proposal scrapped
A couple dozen commercial fishers gathered Monday night to discuss options for improving the Cook Inlet salmon fishery.

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 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.

Sockeye forecast cautiously optimistic
Expect a few more sockeye to run in 2002 than in previous years. But just a few. After a lull in red salmon harvesting over the past two years, Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials say the numbers for next spring are looking up.

Early freeze-up expected to take toll on salmon harvests
The cold snap may have ended, but its effects may ding the fishing season years down the road.

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.

Wynona Diane Brown-Nichols
Former Soldotna resident Wynona Diane Brown-Nichols died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at her home in Anchorage.

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.

William Abe Zimmerman Jr.
Kenai resident William Abe Zimmerman Jr. died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at his father's home in Kenai. He was 39.

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.

Art guild appreciates support for annual holiday arts-crafts fair

Letters to the Editor
Harry Potter books, movie teach wonderful lessons for lifePeninsula doesn't need hog farm

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.

Economic stimulus package not needed
Every day that the stimulus package now stalled in Congress doesn't pass makes it less urgent that it ever pass.

Slow economy fuels partisanship
WASHINGTON -- Legislation to stimulate the economy is stimulating an outbreak of political combat instead, the White House and Republicans on one side, Democrats on the other in a clash over recession-related issues likely to play out next year in mid-term elections.

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

Pet of the Week, Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a trio of 3-month-old male kittens this week. Each cat is $47 with neuter surgery and vaccines included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
CARTS advisory meeting slatedRed Cross class offered tonightSanta Claus visits plannedHealthy Communities meeting ThursdaySled dog association meeting to be heldCommunity play and potluck coming upSport fish plan open for comment

Orientation is best way for new students to start
Spring semester is just around the corner with the first day of classes beginning Jan. 7. Kenai Peninsula College encourages anyone planning to attend college for the first time to come to the new student orientation. Sessions are planned for 9 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. Jan. 2. To reserve a space, call Student Services at 262-0330.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Around the District
Holiday break approachesAfter the Bell expands to NikiskiScholastic, first lady promote reading ventureASTF seeks teacher proposalsNinilchik announces Students of the MonthTolerance Commission touches on schools issues

Honor Rolls
The following students were named to the Homer Middle School and Kenai Middle School first-quarter honor roll.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

Federal appeals court declares Louisiana school prayer law unconstitutional
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal appeals court Tuesday declared unconstitutional Louisiana's school prayer law, which evolved from allowing a moment of silent meditation in 1976 to permitting spoken prayer in public classrooms.

Schools take part in giving
'Tis better to give than to receive, the adage goes, and charitable deeds are a major theme of the Christmas season.

House-Senate committee OKs sweeping education bill
WASHINGTON -- A sweeping $26.5 billion education bill that would require schools to test millions of students annually in reading and math was approved by a bipartisan House-Senate committee Tuesday.

Finding pieces of the puzzle is part of the journey
Recently, some friends and I ventured to the outskirts of Kenai to watch our brutal hockey team outscore our friendly local rivals. We found comfortable seats far enough from the hollering of fans, yet close enough to the glass for viewing the vicious action.

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

Local Sports Briefs
State wrestling championship set to go at KCHSCIA Classic tips off ThursdayAlumni hoops tournament recruiting playersIcehawks draw, lose to FAHA squad

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.

Senators draw with Isles
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Marian Hossa's power-play goal with 3:24 left in regulation lifted the Ottawa Senators into a 2-2 tie Tuesday night against the New York Islanders and former teammate Alexei Yashin.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jordan's magic sparks Wizards to victory over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Michael Jordan scored 16 points and had nine assists early, and Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 30 points as the Washington Wizards beat the Memphis Grizzlies 91-81 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Crouch, Grossman top All-America team
Quarterbacks Eric Crouch and Rex Grossman added a new twist to the AP All-America team -- the Heisman Trophy winner and runner-up are both on it.

No. 3 Maryland cruises
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Byron Mouton scored 17 points and sparked a 13-0 run at the start of the second half that carried No. 3 Maryland to its eighth straight victory, 91-55 over Monmouth on Tuesday 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

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.

Photo feature: Taking a breather
A yearling moose rests in the fresh snow among dense trees near Kenai Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for more snow today before a return to deep freeze conditions later in the week.

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