Saturday, December 14, 2002

Truck driver tests sober after Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A truck driver involved in a wreck on the Seward Highway that killed five people in a prison van had not been drinking before the crash, Alaska State Troopers said.

UAS plan to cover Ketchikan mural sparks reaction
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The University of Alaska Southeast plans to demolish a 24-year-old mural painted by Native students on one of its buildings as part of a remodeling project and some residents are not happy with the decision.

Wards Cove plans to shutter fish processing plants
JUNEAU (AP) -- One of Alaska's oldest and largest fish processing companies, Wards Cove Packing Co., announced Thursday it is halting its salmon operations after 75 years.

Police investigate allegations teacher assaulted student
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police and Anchorage School District officials are investigating an allegation that an award-winning fourth-grade teacher assaulted a child during a field trip last week, school officials said Thursday.

Anchorage seeks surge in visitors in December
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Meetings and conventions in Anchorage during December will bring in more than $2.5 million in economic impact, according to an estimate by the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Nenana school district seeks help with payment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Faced with a drop in funding from the state the Nenana City School District has asked the city to make the next two payments on the district's high school boarding home.

Murkowski vacationing in Houston before stop in D.C
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski will spend three days in Houston visiting with friends, some of whom are in the energy industry, a press spokesman said.

Six saved from gas poisoning by alert dispatcher
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six people, including three children, were rescued early Thursday morning after a 911 dispatcher realized a caller and her family were suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.

Virus hits Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan is experiencing an outbreak of a Norwalk or Norwalk-like virus and state health officials are asking for the public's help to slow its virus spread.

Sterling man arrested on sex abuse charges
STERLING (AP) -- A man from Sterling has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a minor.

Court lifts injunction to law barring forest development
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday lifted an injunction that suspended the Clinton administration's ''roadless rule,'' which banned logging and road construction on a third of national forest lands.

State got $17 million in federal grants to fight crime
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska received $17 million in federal grants this year to combat crime.

Plan caps fishing on Karluk River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Native regional corporation and the federal government have reached an agreement for a 10-year conservation easement allowing limited public access to the Karluk River.

Williams still looks for buyer of Alaska assets
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Williams Cos. has found a buyer for its Memphis refinery, but its North Pole and Alaska properties are still unclaimed.

Murkowski mulls judicial appointments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Judicial Council has sent Gov. Frank Murkowski five nominees from which to choose his first two judicial appointments.

Man charged with kidnapping ex-girlfriend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and choking his 17-year-old former girlfriend, according to police.

FEMA provides grant money to fight terrorism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive nearly a half-million dollars to better prepare state and local governments to fight terrorism, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday.

Anchorage police identify woman killed by car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pedestrian killed Nov. 27 has been identified by Anchorage police.

Haines man killed in fatal fire in Thorne Bay
THORNE BAY (AP) -- A Haines man is dead after a trailer fire Thursday night in Thorne Bay.

Holidays elicit good will toward needy men, women and children
NEW YORK (AP) -- For many Americans, the holidays are a time of giving to family and friends -- and to needy people they might never know.

United Airlines' employee stock ownership program doomed from start
NEW YORK (AP) -- United Airlines didn't have a chance.

OFFICE PARTY PITFALLS: Ah, the office holiday party, when co-workers gather to celebrate the season together! But amid the chicken wings and egg nog, there are legal pitfalls aplenty that employers should consider.

Fines for corporate wrongs not tough enough
NEW YORK (AP) -- Remember all that talk about coming down hard on corporate misdeeds? Maybe it was only talk.

When it comes to retirement, there are things more important than money
NEW YORK (AP) -- Annie Gullion retired from her job as a social worker in 1991, and her life since then has been anything but sedentary.

Residents think way back before recalling winter similar to this one
Older folks at senior citizen centers from Sterling to Nikiski don't recall a winter as mild as this on the Kenai Peninsula and many are appreciative of the fresh covering of snow the area started receiving Wednesday.

'Flower streets' may get paved
Soldotna's so-called "flower streets" may soon be getting a new look.

Photo feature: Iluminated view
The moon rises above Hidden Lake (foreground), Skilak Lake and the Kenai Mountains shortly after sunset earlier this week.

Low-cost health care answers area need
People with a stomach ache and little cash in their pockets have a choice of where to go for low-cost health care on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Organizers vow to open doors on time, despite uncertainty over initial funding
No longer will there be the need to travel north or south for dental care. Underinsured and uninsured dental care will become a reality in the central Kenai Peninsula.

Oilers sign freshman all-American Oilers Corner
Loyola Marymount University sophomore outfielder Joe Frazee has signed with the Oilers for the 2003 Alaska Baseball League season. Named to

Government not doing enough to protect borders
Arizona border residents are so weary of illegal aliens hoofing through local properties that they plan to station armed members on public land this weekend to stop them from crossing the border from Mexico.

Letters to the Editor
Vocational education a valuable resource for students, communit Cab driver saved lives by stopping intoxicated driver outside bar

Oral history project documents interesting past of refuge and peninsula
You know you're getting old when you get asked to be interviewed for a Kenai Peninsula and National Wildlife Refuge oral history project.

Alaska gets topographic map machine
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

Finding the perfect tree part of the holiday fun
Christmas is rapidly approaching, and for many folks, the holidays just don't feel right without a nice, green tree dressing up the household.

Outdoor Briefs
State Parks passes for 2003 now available Winter king salmon plans to take effect Dec. 29 Subsistence Board seeking comment

African Methodist churches using $12.6 million grant for exercise programs
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Members of African Methodist Episcopal Church congregations in South Carolina will benefit from a three-year, $12.6 million grant for exercise programs through an unusual project.

Baptist church stages Texas-sized Christmas pageant
PLANO, Texas (AP) -- In a state where everything seems bigger, a Baptist church is staging a Christmas pageant that is pure Texas-sized.

Massachusetts Episcopal bishops say Vatican comments could spur anti-gay hate crimes
BOSTON (AP) -- Two Episcopal bishops say that anti-gay comments from the Vatican could lead to hate crimes in the United States.

Religion Briefs
Christmas musical tonight Native fellowship to meet Holiday kids program planned Singles conference slated Christmas musical presented Jesus birth celebrated Clothing ministry open Potluck and musical planned Healing Rooms open Friendship closet open Wednesdays Precept Ministries training institute planned Writers sought for faith anthology

Indiana Nativity scene goes on wheels to skirt government ban
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Ever since a Nativity scene was banished from the courthouse grounds by Tippecanoe County commissioners in 1999, Jack Ruckel has marked Christmas by putting a portable manager display on his pickup truck and parking it outside the building.

Indians aim to form cohesive plan to protect sacred lands
INDIAN PASS WILDERNESS, Calif. (AP) -- A faint footpath threads through volcanic rock and glittering quartz near the Colorado River -- desolate land considered sacred by the Quechan Nation and profitable by a Nevada gold mining company.

Adding 'special ingredients' makes Christmas memorable
Something everyone seems to take special joy in around the holidays are the special goodies that no doubt make us fat but taste so wonderful. Often these are not too different from things we might enjoy all year around, but have extra "special ingredients."

Franklin Graham remaking father's ministry with activist emphasis
BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- He's no Billy Graham -- and Franklin Graham, son of the world's most famous evangelist, says that doesn't bother him a bit.

Controversial Catholic radio station in Poland files for TV license
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's controversial Roman Catholic radio station has filed with authorities to launch a satellite TV channel, the head of the nation's broadcasting board said Sunday.

Yeshiva University chooses a non-rabbi as president for the first time
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yeshiva University has chosen the president of Hillel, the organization for Jewish college students, to be its president starting next June. Richard M. Joel will be the first non-rabbi in the post.

Episcopal Church questions plan to move headquarters to seminary campus
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Episcopal Church appears ready to kill its plan to move denominational headquarters across town to the campus of General Theological Seminary.

Nation gets first glance of James
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James didn't try to put on a one-man show. He did anyway.

Penn State's Johnson nabs pair of awards
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Penn State's Larry Johnson ran away with the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards Thursday night during the college football awards show.

Sizzling Senators nudge closer to Bruins
BOSTON -- Todd White scored a short-handed goal and assisted on another score that keyed Ottawa's four-goal second period Thursday night as the Senators sent the Boston Bruins to consecutive losses for the first time this season with a 5-2 victory.

Nikiski, Seward set for state wrestling meet
The last time the Alaska School Activities Association sponsored a Class 1-2-3A state wrestling championship, in December 1999, the Nikiski High School squad entered the meet as the four-time defending champion, only to be upset by archrival Seward.

Panthers take down SoHi in dual meet
Soldotna wrestling coach Sarge Truesdell wrestled under Skyview coach Neldon Gardner. The two coaches also work together at Soldotna Middle School. Thus, there were no secrets heading into Thursday's dual meet between the rival Panthers and Stars.

Wasilla freezes Nikiski
The Kenai Central High School hockey team dug itself a hole and was unable to climb out, dropping a 5-2 nonconference decision to the visiting Houston Hawks Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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