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Tuesday, December 17, 2002

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

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.

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

Stevens says opening ANWR is No. 1 priority
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration will be his top priority when Congress reconvenes next month.

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

Sen. Stevens defends majority leader Lott
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is defending Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, who has come under fire for recent comments that seemed to embrace segregation.

Democrats pick minority leaders
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Ethan Berkowitz was chosen by state House Democrats on Monday to serve again as minority leader next session.

Murkowski narrows list of Senate candidates to six
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski has whittled the list of candidates for his old U.S. Senate seat to six, but says it may take him until Christmas to make his selection.

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.

Subsistence fishermen want harvest of Bristol Bay trout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal subsistence board opened three days of meetings in Anchorage Tuesday, with the subsistence harvest of rainbow trout in Bristol Bay on the agenda.

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.

Lower 48 landfill operators compete for Alaska's trash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southeast towns faced with increased environmental regulations and near-capacity landfills are washing their hands of garbage problems and barging trash to the Lower 48.

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.

Light snow cover aiding moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state wildlife biologist says the unusual weather this winter is helping moose.

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.

Flight engineer detained, sent south
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Polar Air Cargo flight engineer was detained by federal authorities Nov. 30 at Elmendorf Air Force Base for falsifying U.S. citizenship documents.

Supreme Court hears arguments in gay benefits case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in whether the state and the municipality of Anchorage must extend benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian employees.

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.

Moves expected after winter meetings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Baseball executives started heading home Monday from the quiet winter meetings, expecting a flurry of moves later in the week.

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.

Double duty donation helps stock local Food Bank
During their October on-air membership drive, Pickle Hill Public Radio station KDLL teamed up with Safeway Foods of Soldotna to encourage members to make an additional donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Third Economic Outlook Forum meets expectations
Although still in the process of evaluating the 75 some overall program evaluation questionnaires that were returned, Jim Carter, executive director of the Economic Development District, feels that the third Kenai Peninsula Economic Outlook Forum more than met the organizers expectations.

CIA Carolers deck hospital halls with music
For many years Becky Dwinnell, known affectionately as "Miss Becky" to her students at Cook Inlet Academy, has been bringing the kind of joy that only a young heart can deliver to those shut in for the holidays.

Cantata celebrates Hope
A re-telling of the story of the first Christmas with contemporary styling and humor was presented last weekend at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on K-Beach Rd. Called Christmas Dessert 2002

Rotary Scholarships to focus on community service
Rotary Student of the Month has been an ongoing program of the Soldotna Rotary Club that has been recognizing students who are going the extra mile or showing significant improvement in their schoolwork for over a decade.

River Cities light up for the Holidays
At the White House in Washington D.C., President Bush did the ceremonial lighting of the national Christmas Tree, and here in the twin river cities of Kenai and Soldotna the celebration of community Christmas tree lighting is getting larger every year.

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

NOW PLAYING: Star Trek: Nemesis
Am I a Trekkie or am I Trekker? Well, I've never been to a convention, and I never can remember when any of the series are on TV (Sunday night at 11:00?), but you put one of the movies on the ol' VCR and I'm hooked. For that matter, if I happen to scan past one of the episodes on UPN (The All-Star-Trek-All-The-Time Channel), I can't turn it off.

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.

KPC tuition rising
Tuition at Kenai Peninsula College will rise with a University of Alaska rate hike starting in the fall of 2003, but KPC administrators are implementing plans to keep the tuition increase from adversely affecting students.

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.

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.

Survey shows pets getting many presents for holidays
On Dec. 25, many Kenai Peninsula residents may be saying "hairy Christmas," because this holiday season owners are pampering their pooches and catering to their cats in a myriad of new ways.

Nurses, CPGH sign new 3-year contract
The bargaining unit for Central Peninsula General Hospital nurses and the board of the nonprofit CPGH Inc. that manages the Kenai Peninsula Borough-owned hospital announced Monday that both groups ratified and signed the agreement on a new three-year contract for nurses.

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

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

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

Murkowski should have been more clear about vacation
If you're a hunter about to wrap up a 22-year career in the U.S. Senate and launch yourself headlong into a four-year commitment as governor of the country's largest state -- one that's oil resource heavy, to boot -- it might not be such a bad idea to book yourself a little break down in south Texas with some of your oil producing huntin' buddies.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Assembly acted correctly; sales tax change would have been unfairWar on global terrorism only way to ensure world peace

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.

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

Gore's decision not to run will help lesser-knowns challenge Bush
WASHINGTON -- Al Gore's decision to forgo the 2004 presidential race opens the field for lesser-known Democratic candidates and complicates President Bush's re-election strategy. The more predictable, vulnerable Gore gave way to fresher faces.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold luncheonChamber to host speakerDevelopment center to sponsor workshopFrontier to set off fireworksHabitat home to be dedicated

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.

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

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Kenai youth ranked Eagle ScoutKasilof student earns academic scholarship

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Big truffle not cheap
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- This truffle was no trifle. A restaurateur and director of television commercials spent $35,000 on an enormous, 2.2-pound white truffle -- an exotic mushroom grown in Italy and prized by gourmets around the world.

NFL lesson of the week: Beware of upstarts with nothing to lose
Contenders often learn the hard way about teams with nothing to lose. Just ask the Saints, Falcons and Jets.

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.

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.

Rangers take overtime tilt
NEW YORK -- Mike Dunham made 25 saves in his Rangers debut, and Petr Nedved scored 2:25 into overtime as New York snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night over the San Jose Sharks.

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.

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.

Sonics dump Cavs
CLEVELAND -- Gary Payton moved into ninth-place on the career assists list, adding nine more to his total Monday night as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-98.

Heisman: It's a full-time job
The Heisman Trophy he won a year ago is still in its original packing crate, somewhere in his mother's house back in Omaha.

McNair, Titans run over Pats
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve McNair didn't need to practice to beat the defending Super Bowl champions. He didn't need to throw the ball, either.

Sports Briefs
Kardinals win, Panthers lose

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.

Covering both ends
A magpie keeps watch on one end of a snag on the Kenai bluff as an eagle monitors the opposite side last week.

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