Monday, December 16, 2002

Murkowski trip includes turkey hunt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's trip to Texas will include more than personal meetings.

Naltrexone study extends to Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Researchers studying a drug used to decrease alcohol cravings have expanded their work to include Juneau.

Anchorage man charged in girlfriend's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man is accused killing his live-in girlfriend in October.

Fabe reappoints all four presiding judges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe has announced the reappointment of the presiding judges of the state's four judicial districts.

Shemya Island runway gets asphalt award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Runway 10-28 on Shemya Island has won the equivalent of an asphalt Academy Award for its longevity.

Anchorage schools superintendent gets raise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage School District superintendent Carol Comeau has won a raise and a contract extension from the Anchorage School Board.

Young improves but still misses 15 percent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young's attendance in Congress improved this year, but he still missed more votes than nearly all his House colleagues in 2002.

Snow deadline set for Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lack of snow and uncommonly warm temperatures could cancel the next Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Anchorage United Way chief resigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The head of United Way in Anchorage has resigned.

Quest attracts 29 mushers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The number of entrants in the 2003 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race stands at 29.

UAF names vice chancellor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has named a new vice chancellor for administrative services.

Audubon Society holds its 103rd annual Christmas Bird Count
JUNEAU (AP) -- Mew gulls float in the sky above the Mendenhall Wetlands as a trumpeter swan glides on a waterway behind a frosted field, and a kingfisher watches an otter claim a sculpin. Bob Armstrong, Dave Fremming and Sharon Fremming saw it all, joining in the Audubon Society's 103rd annual Christmas Bird Count.

British Columbia gives tentative approval to Tulsequah Chief Mine
JUNEAU (AP) -- The government of British Columbia has approved the proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine 40 miles northeast of Juneau and 60 miles south of Atlin in northwestern B.C.

Murkowski offers old spending plan to meet deadline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski needs more time to prepare a budget for the June 30 start of fiscal year 2004.

Report: Army sprayed two chemicals along pipeline route
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Steve Howdeshell, an environmental program manager for the Tanana Chiefs Conference, had heard for years that the Army may have sprayed Agent Orange along an old pipeline corridor between Haines and Fairbanks.

Utilities discuss future of Kenai intertie project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Representatives of six utilities are meeting in Anchorage this week to determine if the $100 million Kenai Intertie project should go forward.

Fire destroys St. Michael post office
NOME (AP) -- A major fire in the village of St. Michael destroyed the post office and the Alaska Commercial Co. store Saturday morning.

Man killed in vehicle accident in Soldotna
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai man is dead after a rollover accident in Soldotna.

Clinic to offer Interior's only abortion services
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Planned Parenthood of Alaska plans to open a clinic in Fairbanks next year whose services would include abortion, a procedure not available in the Interior since 1999.

Search continues Monday for plane missing in Southeast
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The search continued Monday for a pilot overdue on a hunting trip to Admiralty Island.

Anchorage man sentenced for filing false tax returns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for filing false tax returns.

Anchorage schools get federal fitness funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School District has received a $389,000 federal grant to promote physical education.

Nobel Prize laureate takes UAA chair
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A winner of this year's Nobel Prize for economics will teach at the University of Alaska Anchorage next year, the university announced Friday.

State blamed for Glenn Highway woes near Sutton
WASILLA (AP) -- A section of the Glenn Highway near Sutton rebuilt just two years ago is failing.

Sealaska announces dividend
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Native regional corporation for Southeast Natives will pay a dividend of $1.82 per share to about 11,500 of its 16,000 shareholders today.

Elmendorf soldiers to help Guam over holiday
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE (AP) -- About 70 soldiers at Elmendorf Air Force Base are headed to Guam for the holiday season, military officials said Saturday.

Biologists say chronic wasting disease not likely here
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Wildlife biologists and veterinarians are not worried about chronic wasting disease spreading to deer, moose and caribou in Alaska, but they aren't taking any chances with the deadly disorder threatening deer and elk populations in the Lower 48.

Fort Greely work blessed with warm winter weather
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Winter's late arrival has been a blessing for contractors working on the missile-defense project at Fort Greely.

Warm weather plays havoc with Interior trapping
FAIRBNKS (AP) -- Veteran Fairbanks trapper Ron Long summed up this year's trapping season so far in two words. ''Absolutely horrible,'' Long said.

Community groups helping Santa respond to letters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Community groups again this year are helping Santa respond to all those letters and cards from children.

Property next to True North shows promise
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When the president of Avalon Development saw a 2-foot wide streak of gold sandwiched between gray-colored quartz in the hills north of Fairbanks, he got excited.

Aftershock strikes near Paxson
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake rattled the Interior Saturday morning.

Major League Baseball winter meetings begin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The winter meetings sprung to life Sunday night after 2 1/2 days of inactivity, with Edgardo Alfonzo signing with San Francisco and four quick trades that sent Erubiel Durazo, Jeremy Giambi and Rey Ordonez to new teams.

Griffey wants to keep wearing Reds uniform
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- While baseball executives shuttled from room to room trying to work out deals, Ken Griffey Jr. telephoned his general manager Saturday and made it clear he didn't want Cincinnati to trade him.

Minimum wage hike could make business tough
Some small business owners are concerned that the hike in minimum wage that takes effect Jan. 1 will force them to raise prices and lay off workers.

Quest attracts 29 mushers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The number of entrants in the 2003 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race stands at 29.

Snow deadline set for Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lack of snow and uncommonly warm temperatures could cancel the next Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Competition biggest concern for area docs
Helping needy people receive dental care is a goal that everyone can agree is honorable.

Dentists cite Medicaid program as root of problem
The fact that access to dental care is lacking for under- and uninsured central Kenai Peninsula residents is not an issue that garners much debate. What is debated, however, is why access to dental care is lacking and what can and should be done about it.

Biker groups gather toys for tots
Usually one doesn't think of black leather-clad bikers and children's toys in the same vein, but the two extremes do come together this time of year as motorcyclists from the Kenai Peninsula shop for toys for tots.

Borough assembly prioritizes its wish list
Alaska's Republican-led Legislature and administration have promised to keep a lid on government spending while looking for ways to boost revenues through resource development.

Fish and Game seats up for grabs
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will have 12 seats up for election at its Jan. 10 meeting.

Fred Meyer looking at Homer
Putting to rest a longstanding rumor, a spokesperson for Fred Meyer has confirmed the chain is looking into opening a store in Homer.

Kenai man dies in early morning crash; 1 man in critical condition
A Kenai man was killed and a Soldotna man injured in a single-car accident early Sunday morning.

Land dispute expected to carry into 2003
A disagreement between the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the Kenai Peninsula Borough over parcels of land at Cooper Landing and Seldovia that the borough wants as part of its municipal land entitlement appears likely to stretch well into next year, according to borough officials.

Andrew McClue
Kenai resident Andrew McClue died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 28.

Donald Lynn Dedrick
Donald Lynn Dedrick of Medford, Ore., died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at his home. He was 41.

William Nelson Sr.
Kenai resident William Nelson Sr. died at his home Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002. He was 80.

Larry Gregg Guilbeau
Kenai-Soldotna resident Larry Gregg Guilbeau died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage due to complications resulting from a motor vehicle collision with a moose in Soldotna in October. He was 44.

Community's help needed to revitalize vocational education
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's a question that grows dreams among the young. The possibilities are endless -- firefighter, doctor, writer, artist, social worker, ballerina, rock star, teacher, architect, biologist. The list is only limited by one's imagination.

Applause
Boys and Girls Club basketball scores -- thanks to volunteersAgrium, chamber, others help make the holiday season special

High debt stymies college graduates
While the Kenai Peninsula looks at ways to train and put its young people to work, it also should consider ways to help college students graduate free of student-loan debt -- and return home to work.

As celebrations change, family remains most important part of holiday
Thank God it snowed! I was starting to feel a little guilty about the lack of snow. After all, shortly after writing my last column about my fear of Alaska winters, I went out and bought a set of cross-country skis, hoping to attack the unfamiliar season with proactive enthusiasm.

Letters to the Editor
Fishing guides try to force locals from Kenai River with tax change

Letters to the Editor
Kodiak fishery not the problem with early run Kenai king returns

Bush administration finds 'with us or against us' policy not easy to enforce
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's Iraq policy has become a high-wire juggling act, where every move to appease one ally threatens to undermine other friends.

Photo feature: Catching a little sun
Janne Lillestol and Mark Moe walk on the beach Saturday in Kenai as the day's last light hits the Chigmit Mountains on the west side of Cook Inlet. In one week, on winter solstice, daylight slowly will begin increasing.

Lamb, Augur plan December wedding
Michele Lamb and Calvin Augur will be married Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at The Old Church in Portland, Ore. Pastor Tim Walker will officiate.

Around the Peninsula
College to present musicalChugach closed to snowmachinesHomer school presents winter concert Hospital changes meeting dateDevelopment center to sponsor workshop

Holidays good time to teach consumer skills to children
When children want to buy gifts during the holidays it presents a timely opportunity to teach about sharing and about consumer skills.

Community Schools
The winter program catalog for Homer Community School will be mailed to residents, the Homer Public Library and area businesses in Homer and Anchor Point on Thursday or Friday.

My Best Friends
Michelle Trumpler of Kasilof poses with her two kittens -- Rochella and MeBella. Michelle's mother, Aida Trumpler, said having the kittens around was comparable to having "two terrible 2s" in her home.

Hero of the week: Christopher Mapes
While at Prudhoe Bay, I received an alert on my computer about an emergency situation at my sister's home. My niece, Olivia Mapes, had fallen through the lake ice and nearly died.

Anchorage houses suggested for historic status
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Historical Commission has nominated two World War II-era cottages for the National Register of Historic Place.

Births
Marty and Chris Zoda of KenaiMabel and Gene Crandell of Kenai

Teacher ruins Santa for kids
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Much to the dismay of some parents, officials at an elementary school will not discipline a substitute teacher who told kindergartners that there is no Santa Claus.

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

Kenai woman has soft spot for Santas
It's deceiving. When you drive past Lorraine and Dave Clare's house in Kenai, one would never suspect what's inside. However, there are telltale signs.

Peninsula People
Kenai youth ranked Eagle ScoutKasilof student earns academic scholarship

Innes, Robertson wed in Colorado
Lisa Delena Innes and Justin Edward Robertson were married Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, in an outdoor ceremony at the Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs, Colo. Pastor Brent Williams of West Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colo., officiated.

Photo feature: Family project
Lenora, Emilia, Dennis and Juliana Taylor return home with a Christmas tree they cut near Marathon Road on Saturday. A sunny sky and warm weather made the outing fun, they said.

Groups helping Santa respond to kids' letters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Com-munity groups again this year are helping Santa respond to all those letters and cards from children.

Around the Peninsula
Health centers plan meetingDisabled veterans to meetBoys and Girls Club plans art exhibitPenDOG annual Christmas meeting setCES participating in food collectionRefuge offers Christmas treesChoir offers holiday programPioneers to gather recipesHospital to sponsor sitter classes

Seles tops Kournikova
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Monica Seles showed no effects of the foot injury that hampered her last season and beat Anna Kournikova 7-6 (6), 6-4 Saturday night in the Minnesota Tennis Challenge.

Wild slow Hurricanes down to breeze
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Dwayne Roloson stopped 33 shots and just missed his second shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Sunday.

Sports Briefs
Kardinals win, Panthers lose

Fines roll out for Vikings, Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The bad blood between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers didn't die down any when the NFL finally handed down fines for their brawl last week.

Gators snap Terps' nonleague home winning streak
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Anthony Roberson scored 20 points as No. 14 Florida ended No. 18 Maryland's 87-game nonconference home winning streak with a 69-64 victory Saturday.

Nikiski's Lorenzo, Penhale nab state titles
The Nikiski High School Bulldogs, along with 45 other wrestling teams from across the state, left it all on the mat Saturday in Homer at the Alaska School Activities Association State 1-2-3A Wrestling Championships.

Reckoning day for AFC leaders
MIAMI -- Ricky Williams ran for a modest 101 yards, but Miami's defense limited the NFL's top-ranked offense to a mere 218 yards, beating the Raiders 23-17.

Mavs hunt down Grizzlies, remain unbeaten at home
DALLAS -- Steve Nash scored 17 points in the first quarter as Dallas built a big lead, then took over again when things got close in the third quarter to lead the Mavericks past the Memphis Grizzlies 104-87 Saturday night.

Sports Briefs
FLORENCE, Ala. -- David Kircus was determined not to repeat last year's disappointment when Grand Valley State lost to North Dakota in the final minute of the Division II championship game.

Byrd beats Holyfield to win IBF heavyweight title
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Chris Byrd exposed Evander Holyfield and embarrassed him. About the only thing Byrd didn't do Saturday night was make Holyfield quit.

NFL sets overtime record
When Seattle's game at Atlanta went to overtime Sunday, it set an NFL record for OT games in a season at 22.The previous record of 21 was set in 1995.

Wizards ease on past Toronto in road win
TORONTO -- Michael Jordan tied a career-low with two points, but Jerry Stackhouse had 28 and the Washington Wizards beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 95-82 on Sunday.

SkyHi boys, Nikiski girls take close tilts
Curiosity killed the Cats Friday night. "People are curious. When you lose four starters, you wonder who's going to step up," said Nikiski girls basketball coach Ward Romans after the Bulldogs defeated the host Skyview Panthers, 56-54, in the season opener for both teams.

Kodiak boys blow past Soldotna
The Kodiak boys basketball team finished up a successful swing through the central Kenai Peninsula Saturday with an 81-35 victory over host Soldotna in Region III/4A basketball action.

Flyers dull Sabres as Esche gets first shutout
PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Esche recorded his first shutout for Philadelphia and Donald Brashear and Eric Desjardins scored as the Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 Saturday night.

SoHi's depth shows in rout of Warriors
With the holidays coming up, Soldotna hockey coach Pat Nolden is happy to see his team in a giving mood.

Kardinals shrug off sickness, Panthers
Necessity is the mother of invention. Friday night at the Soldotna Sports Center, due to the ailing state of his team, Kenai Central coach Brian Gabriel Sr. invented a new strategy: racquetball on skates.

Stars slide to ski crown
The Soldotna boys cross-country skiing team finished first Saturday at the two-day Mat-Su Pursuit meet at Hatcher Pass north of Wasilla. The Skyview girls finished second behind West Valley.

Montana game farms offer prime targets ... for cameras
KALISPELL, Mont. -- Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts share a common goal: They want to see animals ''up close and personal.''

That's one big snow angel
Kalluk (Ka-look), the San Diego Zoo's male juvenile polar bear frolics in some of the 18 tons of snow created by the zoo for its resident polar bears Saturday.

Visiting whales get special attention
HOMER -- It was before midday last week and Cy St-Amand and Renn Tolman had been discussing the art of skiff building at Tolman's Kachemak Drive shop. St-Amand glanced at the harbor seals basking on a prominent rock just off shore at Miller's Landing and noticed something out of the ordinary.

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