Sunday, December 16, 2001

Parent charged with attacking elementary school teacher in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The mother of an Anchorage fifth-grader is accused of attacking her daughter's teacher in the classroom.

Sen. Murkowski calls for gas line meeting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski is calling for those interested in developing Alaska's North Slope gas reserves to a meet in Washington D.C. early next year.

Study shows Alaska's glaciers shrinking rapidly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most of Alaska's glaciers have been shrinking in a meltdown that began at least two centuries ago and appears to be accelerating, according to a new comprehensive study that drew on thousands of historical and scientific sources.

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

Doyon interviews candidates for corporation president
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doyon Ltd., the Interior Native corporation, will soon have a leader at the helm again.

Unalaska students learn about cold-water survival
UNALASKA (AP) -- While most American third- and fourth-graders are concentrating on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, children in Unalaska are getting additional lessons in skills to help them survive in the harsh climate of the Aleutian islands.

Denali superintendent accepts post at Grand Tetons
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The superintendent at Denali National Park and Preserve has been chosen as the new superintendent of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Knowles to ask for $180 million in increased spending
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles proposes spending at least $179.9 million more in his fiscal 2003 budget, calling for significant increases in education and anti-terrorism measures.

Federal report shows Alaska fishing deaths still high
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new federal safety report says Alaska's commercial fishing industry has made considerable progress in reducing fatalities in boat sinkings, but adds there are still too many deaths involving deck and dock accidents.

Arab-American businessman remains in jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal magistrate refused Friday to release an Arab-American businessman from jail even though he was willing to surrender his passport and wear an electronic monitoring device.

Shellfish growers turn to geoducks
SEWARD (AP) -- A group of shellfish growers in Southeast Alaska is establishing a geoduck farm.

Senate military bill includes funds for Clear subcontractors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A military spending bill allows $8 million to go to subcontractors who believe they were shortchanged on the construction of a new radar at Clear Air Force Station.

Officials warn of avalanche dangers at Hatcher Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State parks officials have issued an avalanche warning for the Hatcher Pass area.

Photo feature: On ice
Stephanie Almaraz, above, skates to "Jingle Bell Rock" during the Denali Ice Club's presentation of "A Classical Christmas" at the Soldotna Sports Center Thursday night.

Santa's helpers getting holiday letters answered
Jolly Old St. Nick is getting by with a little help answering children's wish letters.

Southern peninsula set for new pipeline project
It wasn't the cookies and coffee that attracted the crowd at Anchor River Inn on Thursday evening. It was tables filled with information on the Kenai Kachemak Pipeline Project.

From New York to North Pole, anthrax won't halt Santa's letters
SANTA CLAUS, Ind. -- Pat Koch stood before a neighborhood garden club, making her annual plea for volunteers to help answer the thousands of letters to Santa that pour into this little town's post office each holiday season.

Al-Qaida on ropes
TORA BORA, Afghanistan -- Besieged al-Qaida fighters offered again Saturday to surrender as a new report surfaced that Osama bin Laden could be in the region. Opposition commanders feared the offer was just another ploy, and U.S. bombers kept up a relentless attack from the air.

Peninsula charities grapple with problem of homelessness
Anyone who thinks homelessness is one of those big-city problems that only exists in places like New York City or San Francisco can think again.

Few lasting scars from controversial election
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's stunning decision that all but declared George W. Bush president provoked warnings that the court had grievously wounded itself with partisan divisions. A year later, those fears seem unfounded and there is no sign of enmity among the justices.

Bin Laden tape shows arrogant, clueless tyrant
In the videotape released Thursday, Osama bin Laden ... allows that he was pleasantly surprised by the (Sept. 11) destruction, for which he seems to take ample credit. "We calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy. ... I was thinking that the fire from the gas in the plane would collapse the area where the plane hit and all the (World Trade Center tower) floors above it only. This is all that we had hoped for."

My Best Friend
Melroy finds it easy to get in the Christmas spirit with his accessories. Melroy belongs to Robbie Carroll and Susan Kenyan of Kasilof.

Holiday traveling has its rewards, challenges
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the inn; The children were whining and raising a din: ''Santa won't find us cause we're in a strange town.'' But holiday travel need not let you down.

Publications make great gift ideas
As I browsed through our publication rack at the Extension office, I started to see a multitude of gift giving ideas for the holidays. Many of our publications are free and some we have to charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing. Perhaps some of these titles will inspire an idea for you.

Parents say 'lighthearted' Christmas song not very amusing
GRAYSON, Ga. (AP) -- The partridge leaves the pear tree with a gunshot blast, and the three French hens wind up in soup for the sick.

Carlson, Spencer to wed this week
Elsa Carlson of Kenai and Blair Spencer of Ogden, Utah, have announced their plans to marry in a morning ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at the Salt Lake City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple.

Phipps celebrate 50 years together Bob and Irene Phipps of Kenai celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a sightseeing trip to Oahu, Hawaii, in October and November.
Married Nov. 1, 1951, at the First Christian Church in Pendleton, Ore., the Phipps have spent most of their married life in Oregon, Washington, California and the Philippines and on various military assignments after Bob was recalled to active duty in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Around the Peninsula
Hanukkah celebration plannedHealth centers topic at chamber lunchClass on low vision, blindness to be offeredCrimestoppers topic at chamber lunchAmvets meeting plannedSterling Senior Center has band, SantaToys for Tots program under wayKenai Peninsula SPCA seeks assistanceSubsistence booklets ready for review

Images of Christmas past inspire hobby
It's nostalgia time, baby boomers. Imagine you are still a little shaver in your flannel pajamas with the attached feet. It is Christmas morning. You bound out of bed and race to the living room. Under the tinseled tree is a big box with your name on it.

Slutskaya, Yagudin rise up at Grand Prix
KITCHENER, Ontario -- Russia's Irina Slutskaya edged American star Michelle Kwan in the Grand Prix finals for the third consecutive season Saturday night.

Raiders stomp on Chargers' magic Flutie; Giants clip Cardinals
SAN DIEGO -- Darrell Russell and William Thomas intercepted Doug Flutie's passes to kill San Diego drives and the Oakland Raiders beat the Chargers 13-6 in a wild finish Saturday to clinch their second straight AFC West title.

Spartans wrap up 50th straight home victory
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Marcus Taylor had 19 points and Adam Ballinger added a career-high 18 as No. 23 Michigan State beat No. 6 Arizona 74-60 Saturday to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 50 games.

Sports Briefs
Ski race called offCirillo traded to Mariners for three pitchersRed Sox get pitching helpSlovenian sets record in 100 medleyFort Myers woman gets two aces in one round

Warriors cut loose Cowens
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors fired coach Dave Cowens on Saturday after just 105 games with one of the NBA's most downtrodden franchises.

Bowled over
Get out the pompoms and strike up the pep bands. Alert the alumni and admissions offices. The glut of college football bowls is about to begin from sea to shining sea.

Canada selects Lindros
TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Lindros, who has successfully returned to the NHL after more than a year away from hockey, was one of 15 players added to the Canada's Olympic team Saturday.

Ex-Cowboy to remain in jail on drug charges
DALLAS (AP) -- Former Dallas Cowboys lineman Nate Newton will spend the holidays in a federal prison at Seagoville in southeast Dallas County until drug-trafficking charges against him are resolved, a judge decided.

Iverson erupts for 40 points
CLEVELAND -- Allen Iverson shot 18-for-29 and scored 40 points Saturday night to help the Philadelphia 76ers snap their seven-game losing streak with a 94-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Eagles girls take Cook Inlet Classic
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team won the CIA classic after going undefeated through the tournament that ended Saturday evening. Unalaska held on to win the boys tournament, staving off a surging CIA comeback in the fourth quarter of the final game Saturday.

Furman, Montana to meet for title
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Eric Emerson scored on a 1-yard run with 8:24 left as Furman beat two-time defending champion Georgia Southern 24-17 on Saturday in the Division I-AA semifinals.

Panthers defend state title
Skyview High School finally reached the top of the mountain. The Panthers scored 249 team points to clinch their second straight Alaska School Activities Association State Fall Wrestling Championship Saturday, edging Nikiski by 20 points for the title.

Despite lies, Notre Dame likely to win again
The tapestry that was Notre Dame football was enough to mask five years of mediocrity. But it took only five days to begin unraveling.

SoHi skaters move to 3-0 vs. Kenai Central
The Kenai Central High School hockey team hosted Soldotna Friday night at the Soldotna Sports Center, and while the Stars beat the Kardinals for the third time this season, the gap between the two teams is starting to shrink.

Juneau, Service wear Nikiski Tip-off crowns
The Juneau-Douglas girls and Service boys took championships at the 13th annual Nikiski Tip-Off tournament Saturday.

Holyfield, Ruiz fight to draw
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- John Ruiz and Evander Holyfield both proclaimed victory, but neither got it.

Eagles girls take Cook Inlet Classic
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team won the CIA classic after going undefeated through the tournament that ended Saturday evening. Unalaska held on to win the boys tournament, staving off a surging CIA comeback in the fourth quarter of the final game Saturday.

Nikiski skaters drop two games
Nikiski's hockey team saw the beginning of a rough weekend, meeting multiple defeats on its trip to the Interior. Thursday evening, the Bulldogs could only muster one point, scored by sophomore forward Brett Allemann, against Tri-Valley. The Warriors razed Nikiski 10-1.

Capitals parade past Thrashers
WASHINGTON -- Jaromir Jagr ended a scoring slump with two goals and the Washington Capitals beat struggling Atlanta 5-2 Saturday, extending the Thrashers' winless streak to seven games.

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