Friday, December 14, 2001

Moderate quake jolts Sand Point
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake jolted Sand Point on Thursday.

Knowles wants more money for oil and gas oversight
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants $4.8 million more to strengthen oversight of Alaska's aging oil facilities and streamline new oil and gas exploration.

Unocal, Marathon propose natural gas line for Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unocal and Marathon oil companies say they plan to begin soon to apply for a permits to build a natural gas pipeline to bring gas to the lower Kenai Peninsula.

Federal Subsistence Board won't govern over marine waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has decided it will not govern subsistence fishing in marine waters now controlled by the state.

FAA administrator attends memorial for workers killed in October crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal Aviation Administrator Jane Garvey traveled to Anchorage Thursday for a memorial service to honor two FAA workers killed in the line of duty.

Airline meal cuts result in Anchorage layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Airline catering companies are slashing staffs nationwide after major airlines drastically reduced meal service earlier this fall.

Soldotna man dies in Cordova avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a Soldotna man was found early Thursday after an avalanche in Cordova.

Fort Yukon man charged with attempted murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man is facing a charge of first-degree attempted murder for allegedly trying to strangle a Fort Yukon woman.

Lack of hot water could create hatchery dilemma for state
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska anglers better not want to catch any more fish in the next year or two, because the state can't grow them.

Treaty withdrawal will mean missile defense construction in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Construction of a missile defense system in Alaska can proceed with President George Bush's decision to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty with Russia, state and federal officials said Thursday.

Two men arrested for murder of Anchorage woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men have been charged with murdering a woman who disappeared the same day she received a large check from a Native corporation.

Jury finds big game guide innocent of violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a jury just eight minutes to find big-game guide James ''Jake'' Jacobson innocent of hunting and guiding violations.

Jury finds big game guide innocent of violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a jury just eight minutes to find big-game guide James ''Jake'' Jacobson innocent of hunting and guiding violations.

Cold creates ice jams on Kenai River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Subzero temperatures are freezing the Kenai River, prompting concern about damage to bankside docks, stairways and landings from the grinding ice chunks, according to the National Weather Service.

Doyon declares $3.49 a share dividend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doyon Ltd., the Interior Native corporation, has declared a dividend of $3.49 a share.

Conservation group buys 37 acres near Anchor River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Nature Conservancy has bought 37 acres near Anchor River to protect the area against encroaching development.

Tourism group proposes marketing blitz
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Travel Industry Association has come up with a plan to combat an expected drop in tourism with an aggressive marketing campaign featuring television, print advertising and direct mail.

Magistrate refuses to provide Maad with a public defender
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal magistrate refused Thursday to appoint a public defender for a businessman arrested on bank fraud charges.

Gas pipeline price tag now must include security concerns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gas companies studying a proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48 say the line could cost more than their initial estimates, in part because of security concerns after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Ferry officials apologize for leaving casket
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Marine Highway System officials issued an apology for leaving the body of a family member behind when the ferry Aurora left Sitka.

Winter paddlers find Kenai River peaceful and serene
COOPER LANDING (AP) -- From the parking lot just off the Sterling Highway near the Kenai River bridge, the path to the water on a cold November day is more luge run than boat ramp, but Jack Mosby is not about to let that stand in his way.

Federal Subsistence Board won't govern over marine waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has decided it will not govern subsistence fishing in marine waters now controlled by the state.

Fish and Game predicts better sockeye run in 2002
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a better sockeye run in 2002.

Knowles wants $9.2 million to expand Smart Start
Gov. Tony Knowles will ask the Legislature for $9.2 million in new state spending for a broad range of children's initiatives to be added to his proposed fiscal 2003 budget.

Eielson Air Force Base troops to spend holidays in Kuwait
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Almost 700 airmen from Eielson Air Force Base -- or almost a quarter of the base's complement -- will be spending three months in Kuwait.

Unalaska police chief resigns
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska's police chief has resigned, effective immediately.

Yankees ready to welcome Giambi into fold, Red Sox unload Everett
BOSTON -- While the New York Yankees prepared to welcome Jason Giambi and reached a preliminary deal to add outfielder Rondell White, their biggest rival got rid of its biggest problem.

It's official: Yankees land Giambi for whopping $120 million
BOSTON -- The big names went to the big markets at the winter meetings.

Skyrocket: Baseball's average salary up 18 percent to $2.14 million
BOSTON (AP) -- Baseball's average salary broke the $2 million barrier for the first time this season, and the New York Yankees led the major leagues with an average of nearly $4 million.

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

Native wireless venture questioned in Congress
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.

Online retailers work harder to convert browsers into buyers.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Online holiday traffic might be surging, but e-tailers, like their brick and mortar counterparts, are working hard to turn cautious browsers into shoppers.

Pair invents watering system for holiday trees
CURTIN, Ore. -- No one can accuse Nick Lusk of ignoring his wife. As soon as she asked him to take down the Christmas tree on May 16, he did so without argument.

Telecommuting interest grows since Sept. 11
Until Sept. 11, software engineer Marcella Parsons worked long days at the office for a Silicon Valley networking company and dreamed of retiring to the mountains someday.

Banish winter with house plants
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Whether you're an expert in the greenhouse or just a windowsill guy, indoor plants expand the joy of gardening through the year. And new cultivars add the thrill of discovery.

Wild hogs make better target than Bambi
VICTORIA, Texas -- I don't want to shoot Bambi. In the first place, Bambi isn't big enough. And Faline, his girlfriend, isn't legal to shoot in the county where I hunt. So instead, I have opted to go after a four-legged nuisance that plagues many ranchers.

Soldotna girl, 11, turns October outing into big moose memory
When you can't find what you're looking for, sometimes taking a peek from a different perspective can open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Alan Jackson helps country rediscover its relevance with song
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- At last month's Country Music Associa-tion Awards, Alan Jackson sang a new song about the ordinary man's reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

'Behind Enemy Lines' rides wave of wartime patriotism
''Behind Enemy Lines'' repeatedly surprises with how good it is -- only to fall apart in maudlin excess during the final minutes. Is this an unforgivable sin? Not really.

Photographers capture dazzling skies
Bursting with dazzling photographs and descriptive text, the beauty and mystery of the aurora are expertly captured between the covers of "Northern Lights -- the Science, Myth and Wonder of Aurora Borealis."

Hospice sing-a-grams bring cheer to businesses for holidays
Hospice of the Central Peninsula is delivering holiday cheer for a good cause, complete with jingle bells, sign language and even a barbershop quartet.

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

Art Briefs
Photo seminar planned SaturdayRehearsals for Requiem to start in JanuaryNew Year's Eve plans sought

Arts help us to remember Sept. 11 -- and to forget
NEW YORK -- The poems are taped to church gates just outside ground zero. They are calling out to remind us, like a pleading chorus. ''We must remember/so we can change'' reads one couplet, typed out on plain white paper.

Al-Qaida gets new ultimatum
TORA BORA, Afghanistan -- Joined by U.S. special forces on their front lines in the eastern mountains, Afghan tribal commanders set a new deadline Wednesday for trapped al-Qaida fighters to surrender -- and said they must hand over their leaders as well.

Assembly takes up hospital contract
If no one hears a tree when it falls in the forest, does it still make a sound? Applied to Tuesday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly, the answer is yes.

Borough administration seeks revision of 5-year agreement with hospital
With only a few days left before a Dec. 31, 2001, "trigger date," the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration has notified Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. that it wants to make changes to the five-year lease and operating agreement.

Photo feature: Makin' movies
While fans watch two wrestling matches underway in the gym at Kenai Central High School Thursday, Petersburg wrestler Jack Marsh watches a closed-circuit television broadcast of a match underway in the school's wrestling room on the opening day of the state championships.

Subsistence fishery to open on Kenai
There was cautious reaction to the Federal Subsistence Board's Tuesday ruling that rural residents of the state may subsistence fish on portions of the upper Kenai River, in Skilak and Kenai lakes and in the waterways of Lake Clark National Park.

Blaze claims Kenai home
A fire burned unnoticed for several hours in a multi-level Kenai home Wednesday morning after the residents left for the day. The home was destroyed, but there were no injuries in the blaze.

Moore returns as executive director of peninsula food bank
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is going back to the tried and true. Peggy Moore, a longtime board member and one-time executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, has returned to the organization's top position.

Ice jams threaten flooding along river
Last spring, warm weather caused high water on the Kenai River. Now frigid winter temperatures are causing similar problems.

Kathryn Jean (Purintun) Andress
Kenai resident Kathryn Jean (Purintun) Andress died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, from complications awaiting a stem cell transplant at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She was 55.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign infielder from Stetson

Survey: Most Americans have more positive view of Muslims since Sept. 11
On Sept. 11, 19 foreigners from Middle Eastern countries, acting in the name of Islam, boarded U.S. airliners, hijacked them and proceeded with plans that killed thousands of people. So in the last three months, Americans have shown a new distrust and dislike of Muslims. Right? Well, no. A new survey makes it clear that whatever else the public has done in response to the terrorist attacks, it has not blamed them on all Muslims.

Letters to the Editor
Americans should understand what Bill of Rights mean to them Our Bill of Rights: the first 10 amendments to the Constitution Peninsula schools should postBill of Rights for all students to see No child should be forgotten during Christmas season

Borough voters should decide issue of school board districts
A committee appointed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is presently finishing up its review of whether voters should decide on Oct. 1 to change the composition of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District from an at-large basis (all vote for all members) to a district basis (each member elected by voters in that person's neighborhood).

Lack of funding hurting schools
Teachers in New Jersey took extreme job action recently and were jailed. Harsh feelings between the different shareholders in the issue have developed.

Many contribute to success of Voice of Democracy program

Letters to the Editor
'Star Wars' concept fatally flawed; public should not be silent on issue

One thing should not change after Sept. 11: nation's love of liberty
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, almost everyone is rethinking their position on almost everything.

Winter paddlers find Kenai River peaceful and serene
COOPER LANDING (AP) -- From the parking lot just off the Sterling Highway near the Kenai River bridge, the path to the water on a cold November day is more luge run than boat ramp, but Jack Mosby is not about to let that stand in his way.

Cycles of nature evident in short walk through wildlife refuge
After a recent snowfall, I took a midday walk in the woods to look at some of the fine points of winter life.

Bemidji company finds niche with quick, tasty trail food
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) -- Entrepreneurial inspiration can strike in the most unexpected places. Bob and Billie Edwards found it one day deep in the woods, on a paddling trip celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.

Why haven't you died in an avalanche yet?
On March 21, 1999, avalanche expert Jill Fredston awoke, looked out her window, then proceeded to take out her rescue pack and load it with a few sandwiches.

Outdoor Briefs
Ski clinic offered National forest still closed to snowmachines Sport fish plan open for comment

Lack of hot water could create hatchery dilemma for state
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska anglers better not want to catch any more fish in the next year or two, because the state can't grow them.

Around the Peninsula
Reforestation activities to be reviewedKenai Self-Help Group meets at noonChenault to speak at chamber lunchSanta to visit Soldotna mallHealthy Communities-Healthy People to meetBlood bank open todayRC&D meeting coming upSled dog association meeting to be heldFederal program workshop plannedCommunity play and potluck coming upSport fish plan open for commentFood bank seeking holiday food donationsClothing available to those in need

Around the Peninsula
CPR/first aid instructors sought Benefit for Kasilof fire victims tonight Basketball league taking registrations Sleigh rides and Santa at mall Craft sale to raise money for fire station Open house planned at new learning center Family caregiver outreach support program to meet KPC to hold new student orientation KPBSD seeks members for budget review panel

The U.S. Jewish population increased slightly in 2000, annual says
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's Jewish population reached 6,136,000 as of 2000, an increase of 75,000 over 1999, according to the new ''American Jewish Year Book.''

Roman Catholic leaders use teen conference to promote vocations
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A National Catholic Youth Conference encouraged the nearly 24,000 teen-agers attending to consider religious vocations and help reverse the declining number of priests, sisters and brothers.

Robertson confident Christian Coalition can survive, others not so sure
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Christian Coalition was once an influential force in U.S. politics, helping Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in 1994 and championing conservative causes.

Change of heart: It's not too late to start a legacy
I don't know when the Christmas season begins in your home, but generally we don't put up the tree or play the Christmas CDs until the weekend after Thanksgiving. One holiday at a time, please.

Religion Briefs
New 2 U clothing ministry open Saturday Church hosts dessert and show Christmas for Kids planned Revelations discussed Special services scheduled Hanukkah celebration planned Christmas musical planned for Sunday Birthday service scheduled Longest night service slated Musical planned Christmas Eve Holiday service plans sought

Vietnam Communists ask Protestants to help maintain order in Central Highlands
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam's Communist Party has asked Protestant leaders in the restive Central Highlands to support government religious policies and help maintain political and social order, state-controlled media reported.

Christians in northeast India plan rally to take Christmas peace vow
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Thousands of tribespeople plan to rally before Christmas to pledge peace and an end of ''mistrust and misunderstanding'' in Nagaland, India's predominantly Christian northeastern state.

Reform Jews applaud Bush leadership but express concern over civil liberties
BOSTON (AP) -- Reform Judaism's synagogue union praised President Bush's leadership since Sept. 11, while urging him to preserve civil liberties during the war on terror.

Lutherans' president wins ruling in dispute over Yankee Stadium interfaith service
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- The Rev. Gerald Kieschnick, new president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, has emerged the winner in an internal spat over another clergy member's participation in an interfaith prayer service.

As church attendance drops, experts divided over long-term religious impact of terrorist attacks
To the congregation at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., it must have seemed like their city had been born again.

Shadow of Sept. 11 worries organizers of World Youth Day
TORONTO (AP) -- The shadow of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has Roman Catholic organizers of next year's World Youth Day promoting the event as more necessary than ever in a troubled world.

National Presbyterian offices take a financial hit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The recession and a brewing protest by conservative congregations are taking a financial toll on national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which anticipates a $2.5 million shortfall in the 2002 budget.

Fresh snow spruces up trails
Moderate snowfall on the central Kenai Peninsula throughout the week has touched up the ski trails perfectly for the weekend, but it looks like skiers are going to have to battle a little cold to enjoy the trails.

Baron flies Hornets past Raptors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Baron Davis had 17 points and a career-high 15 assists and all five Charlotte starters scored in double figures Thursday night as the Hornets rolled to a 104-90 victory over the slumping Toronto Raptors.

Bulldogs sit just behind Skyview at state wrestling
After the first day of the fall state wrestling tournament at Kenai Central High School Thursday, the only thing that had been determined is that the event is running smoother than last year.

Teen goalie stands tall on two prosthetic legs
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Corey Marko loves attention but still doesn't understand why people make a big deal out of his prosthetic legs.

ASAA state championships kick off at Kenai Central
The Alaska School Activities Association State Fall Wrestling Championship kicks off today with matches starting at 10:30 a.m. at Kenai Central High School, and with 24 wrestlers qualified for the competition, the Skyview Panthers appear to be poised to repeat their title performance.

Nuggets coach suspended four games for remarks to fan
DENVER -- Denver Nuggets coach Dan Issel was suspended for four games by the team Wednesday for shouting a profanity and insensitive ethnic remark at a fan.

Group boycotts Nuggets
DENVER -- Hispanic groups launched a boycott Thursday of the Denver Nuggets, demanding Dan Issel be replaced as coach after he shouted an insensitive ethnic remark and a profanity at a fan in the crowd.

Wizards take fourth straight
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds Wednesday night as the Washington Wizards held off a late rally to win their fourth straight, 82-80 over the Miami Heat.

CIA girls notch win at Classic
Opening a new season with a victory is always a good thing, and the Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team did just that Thursday, defeating Matanuska Christian School 45-33 on the opening day of the Cook Inlet Classic.

Hurricanes blow past Panthers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bates Battaglia had two goals and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Soldotna girls topple Service
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team opened up the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament with a 42-32 win over Service at Nikiski High School.

Canadiens dump Flyers, continue hot streak
PHILADELPHIA -- Doug Gilmour scored a power-play goal and Jose Theodore made 31 saves as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
Former NBA player, coach Larry Costello dies at 70Denver QB Griese could miss Kansas City game

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