Thursday, December 12, 2002

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

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.

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.

Sitka black-tailed deer spotted in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sitka blacktailed deer was reported bounding across the road this week in what was apparently the first modern sighting in Anchorage.

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.

Defendants ask to withdraw plea in murder-for-hire case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage defendants accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a federal judge and prosecutor have asked a U.S. district judge to withdraw their guilty pleas.

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

Murkowski orders road maintenance to continue
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski directed state transportation officials to continue highway and aviation maintenance at last year's levels on Wednesday.

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.

Barton tapped to be acting transportation commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) -- Retired state transportation Commissioner Mike Barton was picked to temporarily head up the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities on Wednesday.

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.

Alaska gets customized topographic map machine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With a few taps on a touch screen, a machine at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center will print out customized topographic maps on tear-resistant waterproof paper.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Man rescued after apparent suicide attempt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Alaska State Troopers rescued a man Wednesday morning who apparently tried to hang himself.

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

Hit king should be enshrined
America forgave Richard Nixon, George Steinbrenner pardoned Billy Martin, and Marge Simpson let Homer back in the house at least a thousand times.

Native American Bank looks to enter Alaska
ANCHORAGE -- Bank executive John Beirise couldn't go along with the ''acquire and fire'' mentality that gripped the banking industry in the mid-1990s, so he launched off on his own.

North Star to be sold to UHS
Universal Health Systems Inc. of King of Prussia, Pa. announced Nov. 25 that it plans to buy Anchorage-based North Star Behavioral Health System.

Business Briefs
Era helps local food banksBusiness Web development workshop offered

Mail-order dos and don'ts
The Christmas holiday is just around the corner and many gift-givers turn to catalogs as a convenient, timesaving way to shop from home. The Better Business Bureau once again offers tips on buying by mail.

Celebrants say the festive spirit worth the cost of holiday lighting
'Tis the season to decorate with lights. For this reason, many homes and businesses are decorated with colorful lights to celebrate the holidays. Some of the light displays are elaborate. Others are more simple.

Native groups study federal service delivery
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating on a budget
(NAPS)-When trying to get the most value for your holiday dollar, look at a product's durability, not just its cost. Items that last are the ones that provide the best value.

Renowned party planner shares hottest entertaining trends
(NAPSI)-The holidays bring family and friends together to enjoy good company, good conversation and great food and drinks.

One out of four holiday shoppers report serious knee pain
(NAPSI)-The holiday season can be a real pain in the neck, knees, legs, and back for people with osteoarthritis (OA). In fact, a recent survey

Politeness Among Americans on the Rise
(NUI) - Americans are more courteous and thoughtful than ever, according to a recent survey that tracks trends in etiquette and gift giving.

How to make the most of a short shopping season
(NAPSI)-With only 26 days between Black Friday and Christmas, the official holiday shopping season is shorter than ever this year.

Tips To Make Your Fte A Feat
(NAPSI)-Whether your merrymaking guests are hundreds of clients and coworkers expecting champagne and foie gras, or a cluster of out-of-town relatives expecting some eggnog and an air mattress, your evening ought to sparkle.

The hottest toys of 2002
(NAPSI)-Finding the right gift for the kids on your shopping list can be more like child's play if you know how to select toys that elicit, "Oh wow!" instead of, "what now?"

Helping is the greatest holiday gift you can give to others
(NAPSI)-Many people find that it can be a struggle to see beyond the commercialism of the season to find the joy and fulfillment that lie at the heart of the holidays.

One-stop shopping for all your holiday gifts
(NAPSI)-This holiday season, give yourself the gift of easy holiday shopping.

Showing friends you care: friendship tips for hectic holidays
(NAPSI)-The holiday season brings about a desire to share the fun and festivity of the holidays with good friends.

A Blooming Bouquet Of Creative Gift Ideas
(NAPSI)-One gift idea growing in popularity this holiday season is blooming bulbs. Baskets, planters and floral displays with blooming bulbs are a gift that can brighten spirits during the colder months.

Send holiday greetings that support the fight against breast cancer
(NAPSI)-Millions of greeting cards filled with messages of love, joy and peace will be sent this holiday season.

Charitable Gifts Recover The Spirit of the Season
(NUI) - My family celebrates, in a major way, any chance we get. So the holidays are a favorite time of year for us, bringing excitement and anticipation, but also the stress that comes with these hectic days.

Delightful Ways To Deck The Halls
(NAPSI)-While you're enjoying the sights and lights of the holiday season, you may care to consider the past and present form some traditions may take.

Celebrating Christmas "Down-Under" style
(NAPSI)-An Australian Christmas feast, while not normally kangaroo and vegamite, is decidedly different from the tradition

Eat Healthy During the Holiday Celebrations
(NAPSI)-Are you anxious about maintaining a healthy diet during the upcoming holiday festivities? The Cancer Research Foundation of America (CRFA) offers a few healthy eating tips for all those special occasions. A well-balanced diet and exercise can reduce your risk of cancer and other health problems!

Cut out your search for hand-made holiday decorations
(NAPSI)-The holiday season is jam-packed with lights, gifts and especially decorations. Now there's a do-it-yourself option that allows you to create decorations that are flexible, customizable and inexpensive. All you need is a computer, a jigsaw and a little creativity.

Homemade Gifts That Fit Your Budget
(NUI) - Some people go to the store for holiday gifts. Linda Carucci goes to the kitchen.

Hosting a great party this year
(NAPSI)-The holiday season means hosting and attending more parties. A few simple tips offered by the creators of "The Great Party Guide" can help ensure it's a fun and memorable time for everyone.

You can wing it with gifts for bird lovers
(NAPSI)-If you know someone whose heart flutters fondly at the thought of birds, giving gifts may be simple and fun this season.

Creating an extraordinary buffet with rich, flavorful bread
(NAPSI)-Few things can make a holiday table more festive than serving a holiday bread.

Make The Most Of Your Holidays: Holiday shopping: quick tips to save money in minutes
(NAPSI)-With holidays quickly approaching, it's never too late to think about creative ways to save money. By pinching some pennies now, rather than after the holidays, you can start 2003 off on the right foot.

How to survive hectic office and holiday parties this year
(NAPSI)-Office and other holiday parties don't have to be a painful obligation, nor should they become so much fun that your reputation is jeopardized. Follow this simple holiday party survival guide:

Spending more meaningful time with children throughout the year
(NAPSI)-In the 21st century, family dynamics have changed. Now more than ever, we must commit ourselves to the needs of the country's children.

Houston faces career test
NEW YORK -- Whitney Houston, who released her first album in four years this week, has succeeded in getting the public's attention -- but not for her music.

Jackson awaiting last of 'Rings' trilogy
NEW YORK -- Peter Jackson's middle movie may suffer a severe case of middle-child syndrome.

Photographers capture different areas of Alaska
If the word "tundra" conjures up only images of a stark, wind-swept frozen wasteland, then the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has a photography exhibit on display that will radically expand the horizons of what most people think of as the landscape of the far north.

Art Briefs
Poetry contest announcedKPC magazine accepting submissionsLast Frontier conference accepting plays

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Exhibit looks at history of black photography
ATLANTA -- In the early days of the Civil Rights movement, photojournalist Moneta Sleet Jr. took hundreds of pictures while covering a then-unknown minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., for Ebony magazine.

2003 Schedule
February 9 to November 16, 2003

Reaching young fans
NASCAR president Mike Helton (center) is accompanied by employees of Burroughs and Chapin Construction Co. during groundbreaking ceremonies

NASCAR getting far too expensive for its own good
ATLANTA -- Although Tony Stewart had the worst finishing average of any champion since the NASCAR Winston Cup Series went to the points system in 1975, he still managed to win more than $9.16 million last season.

Drivers awarded with millions
ATLANTA -- Bill Elliott was the first driver in NASCAR Winston Cup Series history to win more than $1 million in a single season. But his $2.4 million effort in 1985 now seems like chump change.

Kenai offers advice to incoming administration
When Gov. Frank Murkowski begins making state policy decisions, he'll do so having received plenty of input from communities around the state.

Assembly scraps sales tax revision
Charter operators got what they wanted Tuesday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly tossed out proposed changes to the way fish guides charge their customers borough and city sales taxes.

Driver manual provides tips for accident safety
What do you do if you're the first one on the scene of an accident with injuries? What if you hit a moose or someone's pet dog or cat?

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.

Forming alliances: Group looks at education options
There's a new force in town working to enhance education for Kenai Peninsula students.

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

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.

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.

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

Helene A. Hatfield
Kenai resident Helene A. Hatfield died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital from a long battle with cancer. She was 63.

Betty Karsten
Soldotna resident Betty Karsten died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 88.

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

Bush presidency will hinge on economy
After whistling past the midterm elections, the Bush administration is shaking up its economic team in the face of lagging growth and increasing joblessness.

New Barbie sends ugly message
The Bratz doll toy package trumpets proudly: Toy of the Year. Chosen by whom? Penthouse?

Those who supported academic awards banquet deserve high marksRedoubt PTA raises funds with help from numerous community donorsVolunteers help make Soldotna tree lighting a glowing success

Letters to the Editor
Government officials, wealthy deny health care access to others

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.

Pyongyang's policies only serve to hurt North Korea's impoverished people
WASHINGTON -- The onset of winter may seem an inopportune time for the United States to stop shipping sorely needed heavy oil to North Korea, where temperatures of 20 below zero are routine at this time of year.

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.

Delayed dusting
Brittany Adams struggles to keep up with Kevin McGee and his dog Bear as they skijor on Wednesday's fresh snow near Redoubt Avenue in Kenai.

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

Around the Peninsula
Power outage under investigationPierce to speak at North Peninsula chamberIndustry Outreach plans speakerFolk dancers to host contra danceHospital changes meeting dateCES participating in food collectionHospice offers carols for donationChristmas food drive under wayExtension service to offer gardening classLabor department offers disaster assistance

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

School lunch menus for next week on the Peninsula

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Heisman finalists include two 'Canes
NEW YORK -- Top-ranked Miami's Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee are Heisman Trophy finalists, the first time since 1994 that teammates were among the top five in the voting.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Favre says he's sorry for obscene gestureGuilty pleas set to end prosecution in scamsOneWorld ties Prada 1-1; Alinghi beats OracleGebrselassie sets world best for road 10,000 metersReports: NFL cites poor officiating in Vikings' lossMorriss pledges commitment to winning at BaylorKent wants to return to Giants

Canucks get three goals to top Avalanche
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brendan Morrison and Daniel Sedin scored power-play goals and the Vancouver Canucks overcame Joe Sakic's 500th career goal to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Wednesday night.

High school phenom ready for national stage
CLEVELAND -- Tighten the laces on your sneakers, America. LeBronmania is finally going prime time.

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.

Sonics snap 76ers' 10-game home winning streak
PHILADELPHIA -- Brent Barry sank a 3-pointer and Gary Payton made two free throws in the final 23 seconds to lift the Seattle Supersonics to a 92-88 comeback win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, snapping the Sixers' 10-game home winning streak.

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.

Suggs wins Lombardi Award
HOUSTON (AP) -- Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs, who set an NCAA record with 22 sacks this season, won the Lombardi Award on Wednesday night as the nation's top collegiate lineman.

No. 20 Kansas hands Tulsa its first defeat
TULSA, Okla. -- Nick Collison had 26 points and 12 rebounds as 20th-ranked Kansas handed No. 17 Tulsa its first loss this season, beating the Golden Hurricane 89-80 Wednesday night.

Banks draws on strong family ties
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brad Banks was among the fortunate.

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