Monday, December 17, 2001

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.

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.

Elders court helps Emmonak youth
EMMONAK (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy sits on a wooden bench before a court of elders, wiping away tears as he admits to drinking alcohol because he was angry with his parents.

Inventor says device could call crab to dinner, aid fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- No one calls king crabs like hogs to slop. But that's only because no one's ever tried, says Anchorage businessman and inventor Hal Thompson.

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.

Southcentral Alaska creeping southward, baffling scientists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a shift that's baffled scientists, the earth beneath part of Southcentral Alaska has been inching southward for the past three years.

At least 42 teams enter the 2002 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- At least 42 mushers have lined up to compete in the 1,000-mile 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Palmer trailer fire kills one
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An early-morning fire in a trailer left one person dead early Sunday.

Local Boundary Commission votes in favor of annexation
HOMER (AP) -- The state's Local Boundary Commission voted unanimously to allow the city of Homer to annex about four square miles of surrounding territory.

Fairbanks police warn of thefts of cars left running, unlocked in cold
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are warning Fairbanks motorists that 'tis the season for car thefts.

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.

Sitka company builds ferries for New York
SITKA (AP) -- Allen Marine Inc., has a contract to build four high-speed ferries for a New-Jersey-based commuter company.

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

Juneau teen robbed of his socks at gunpoint
JUNEAU (AP) -- An armed assailant robbed a 16-year-old man of his cell phone, checkbook and socks outside a supermarket this weekend, Juneau Police said Monday.

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.

Two armed robbers caught after Douglas holdup
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two armed men clad in ski masks allegedly broke into an apartment and stole money from a man and woman in Douglas, Juneau Police said Monday.

Massage therapist offers healing hands to Ground Zero workers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Massage therapist Dorothy Burton is bringing her healing hands to the workers at Ground Zero.

UAF students get more scholarship dollars
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Private scholarship awards are increasing for students attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks, officials say.

Troopers say high school student wanted father dead
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A high school senior has been suspended from Ben Eielson High School while Alaska State Troopers investigate an alleged plot in which the young man solicited another teen-ager to kill his father.

Ketchikan cruise ship visitors up last summer
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Nearly 100,000 more cruise ship passengers visited Ketchikan last summer, but that trend could be changing due to the psychological impact of the September terrorist incidents.

Alyeska visits village close to Livengood spill
MINTO (AP) -- Horrified sock puppets gaped at the sight of North Slope crude spurting from the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Ketchikan to install security cameras at high school
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- In an attempt to stem vandalism, the Ketchikan School District began installing security cameras at Ketchikan High School this week.

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

Dec. 11, 2001 Juneau Empire managing editor Steve Reed takes stock during tough times
Today marks three months since everything changed.

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

Dec. 12, 2001 The Voice of the Times scolds two lawmakers for pettiness
Tom Daschle and Patrick J.

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.

Dec. 14, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News praises governor's call for sharper state oversight on oil development
Gov. Tony Knowles wants to spend $4.8 million for 30 new employees to keep a closer watch on the oil industry's environmental and safety work and to speed the permitting processes.

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.

Dec. 13, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. praises FCC action to open internet to the Bush
The Federal Communication Commission's recent decision to increase Internet access in rural Alaska is the first concrete step toward ending the rural-urban divide.

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.

Snowmachine riders tear up Willow airstrip
WILLOW (AP) -- Snowmachine riders have cost thousands of dollars in damage to the Willow airstrip, according to state maintenance crews and air taxi operators.

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

Justice Department awards Alaska over $32 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Justice has awarded Alaska over $32 million to fight crime.

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.

At least 42 teams enter the 2002 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- At least 42 mushers have lined up to compete in the 1,000-mile 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Roadkill program salvages moose for Alaska's needy
ANCHORAGE -- The moose calf loitered near its dead mother when Billy Dickerson Jr. and his nephew arrived to collect the carcass.

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.

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.

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.

New year brings new health clinic
The new clinic to serve low-income central Kenai Peninsula patients will open its doors at the beginning of January.

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

Bin Laden nowhere to be seen
TORA BORA, Afghanistan -- After nine weeks of siege, Afghan tribal leaders claimed victory Sunday over al-Qaida guerrillas at their last stronghold in Afghan-istan. But Osama bin Laden was nowhere to be seen, and U.S. officials said the fighting around Tora Bora was far from finished.

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.

Photo feature: Signs of the times
The symbols of the season come together in one place in front of Kenai Bible Church last weekend.

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

ABATE helps fill Christmas wishes
With their motorcycles put away for winter, ABATE -- Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education -- seem well suited for Santa's sleigh.

Alice C. Cochrane
Longtime Homer resident Alice C. Cochrane died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 68.

Bush has more international leeway for controversial program since Sept. 11
WASHINGTON -- The United States' withdrawal from the landmark Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty is a slap at Russia, China and most of America's European allies. But President Bush's timing in signaling the pullout may limit the damage, thanks to a crest of international good will in the war on terrorism.

American Taliban fighter should face the music
John Philip Walker appears to be a troubled young man. He also appears to be a traitor who took up arms with an enemy force with whom the nation of his birth is at war.

Letters to the Editor
President Bush and family welcome in Kenai anytime

Fine art curriculum made possible by dedication of staff, community

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."

New government in Afghanistan faces minefield of challenge
The promise of billions of dollars for their country obviously nudged them along, and there is no guarantee that their best intentions will not be waylaid by recalcitrant warlords, but the four Afghan factions that signed a pact in Germany this week deserve congratulations for what they have accomplished.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Robin M. and Ronald C. Schoedel III, Crystal and Scott Nygard,Marilyn and Rudy Wilson Jr.

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.

Students learn about cold-water survival
UNALASKA -- 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.

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.

Community News
The Alaska SeaLife Center began the fourth part of a phased plan to repair its facility Friday. The construction is expected to conclude by mid-March.

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.

Big check
The Soldotna/Kenai Bowling Association donated $10,000 from its charitable gaming net proceeds to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Dec. 7 at the food bank.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Is it a state law that motorists must stop for pedestrians at designated crosswalks?

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

Peninsula People
Kenai student earns degree Skyview grad finishes basic training Area optometrists participate in vision program

Club News
Table tennis winners announced

Around the Peninsula
Workshop set for entrepreneurial veterans Swim team holds tryouts Caregiver outreach support program to meet CPGH service board meeting slated Group for blind to meet Community play and potluck coming to Ninilchik Church plans holiday musical

Study shows Alaska glaciers shrinking
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Questionable call leads to Brown beer bash
BYLINE1: CLEVELAND -- Standing near midfield, players and officials watched as enraged Browns fans rained beer bottles, cups and debris down on them.

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.

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.

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.

Woods ends season with comeback
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods won the Williams World Challenge with a spectacular comeback Sunday, then donated the $1 million prize to his foundation.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Overturned call causes near riot by bottle-throwing Browns fans
CLEVELAND -- An overturned call in the final minute helped give the Jacksonville Jaguars a 15-10 win over Cleveland and caused a near riot by bottle-throwing Browns fans Sunday.

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.

Lady Vols clip Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. -- Michelle Snow scored 24 points, and Kara Lawson added 16 as No. 2 Tennessee rallied for a 68-62 victory Sunday over No. 6 Stanford in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

Blue Devils crush A&T, continue winning run
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jason Williams hit six 3-pointers and scored all 18 of his points in the first half as No. 1 Duke beat North Carolina A&T 93-51 Sunday.

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