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Tuesday, December 18, 2001

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.

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.

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

Fairbanks group seeks return of Arctic Winter Games
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Local civic leaders are working to bring the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to the city.

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 woman tentatively identified as fire victim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state medical examiner is awaiting medical and dental records to identify a woman killed in a weekend trailer fire in Palmer.

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.

Anchorage exceeds federal carbon monoxide standards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City officials are urging motorists to use block heaters to cut down on air pollution during the extreme cold, after the city exceeded federal carbon monoxide standards.

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

Hearing officer recommends dentists license be reinstated
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's dental board failed to cite specific statutes or regulations when it summarily suspended Dr. Leeland Cho's dental license and should drop the case against him, a hearing officer has ruled.

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.

Company ordered to pay fishing crews more for pollock roe harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- American Seafoods Co., the largest operator of Bering Sea fishing ships, should pay crew members an extra $1.86 million for work during last winter's pollock season, a federal judge in Seattle has ruled.

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.

Woman booted off ferry after assault charge
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Juneau woman was asked to leave the state ferry Matanuska in Ketchikan over the weekend after allegedly assaulting two crew members.

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.

Anchorage stores report shortages of some Christmas items
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With a week left until Christmas, Anchorage residents will have to hurry if they hope to pick up many of the trappings of Christmas, from tinsel to trees.

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.

Suspect shot by trooper in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 24-year-old Fairbanks man was in critical condition Monday after he was shot by an Alaska State Trooper who returned fire in an early-morning incident, troopers report.

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.

300 Ketchikan votes to approve Four Dam Pool sale
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan City Council voted to pursue a $73 million deal to allow communities that operate the Four Dam Pool to purchase the state-owned hydroelectric facilities.

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

Subsistence committee submits its proposal
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposed constitutional amendment on subsistence was submitted Monday to Gov. Tony Knowles after three months of tweaking in an attempt to dissolve the knotty issue that's confounded politicians for more than a decade.

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.

Public defender will represent murder suspect in third trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- When Jose M. Mateu is tried a third time on charges that he murdered his father, he will have a new defense attorney.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Re-kindling the light that has burned throughout the ages
On December 9th the first candle of Hanukkah was kindled on the Ke

Outdoors
At right, Ted with his great granddaughter Sherrell Krizman who is currently going to college and commercial pilot flight school in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The first Parker Park Patriotic Christmas tree lighting a success
A new Holiday tradition was started last week at the new Parker Park in Soldotna.

Students from CIA carol for Seniors
For the last thirteen years, Becky Dwinnell's students at Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) have created a holiday tradition by caroling at various places

A Celebration of Remembrance is held by Hospice
2001 has been a year of loss and tragedy for all Americans, and those who lost personal loved ones during the year gathered last week for a Celebration of Remembrance.

KNWR open for Christmas tree cutting
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been open for cutting Christmas trees since right after Thanksgiving, and according to Refuge manager Robin West, folks may be waiting for some warmer weather to stalk that perfect family tree. "A few people got right out there after Thanksgiving and got their trees immediately, but of the several hundred families that usually cut trees, I expect a lot of them have been waiting for the weather to warm up a bit," said West. The family tradition of cutting a tree has increased over the years with many families having their favorite areas on the Refuge to find their tree according to West. Trees may be taken anywhere on the Refuge except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground, or picnic area. No tree cutting is allowed at the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road. Also the public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. The best Christmas tree cutting tips, if you are venturing onto the KNWR for the first time, according to West, "You need to find a little drier area so that you're getting white spruce rather than some of the more scraggly black spruce in the more swampy area, but there are lots of places to go. Out on Funny River road is a popular area and Marathon Rd. is a nice area go out towards the end there and work toward the power line because most of those trees are going to be removed as they grow up any way, so there a quite a few to choose from out there," said West.

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.

Not Another Teen Movie NOW PLAYING
What a lousy movie. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. Satire and parody are no longer synonymous with clever writing and biting observations. The Farrelly brothers ended all that cl

EDD's new director sees bright future
Jim Carter will officially accept his new position as the director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District Thursday, but he already has big plans for the organization.

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

Tribal fighters, U.S. special forces continue to hunt for Osama bin Laden, his army
TORA BORA, Afghanistan -- Heads bowed and hands bound behind their backs, 18 al-Qaida fighters captured in the fall of Tora Bora were paraded in front of reporters Monday as Afghan tribal soldiers and U.S. special forces hunted Osama bin Laden and what's left of his fleeing army.

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 general fund increases
The city of Soldotna is a little richer this year. Bill Coghill of the certified public accounting firm of Mikunda Cottrell reported the city's general fund account grew by $750,000 in the past year, bringing the total to $6 million.

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.

Kenai man receives 12-year sentence for rape of minor
A Kenai man was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison -- with four years suspended -- for raping a 13-year-old girl June 13, 2000.

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.

Photo feature: Don't forgt to look both says!
A young moose crosses the entrance to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce recently.

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.

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

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

Jerry Hudson
Anchorage resident Jerry Hudson died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at his home. He was 55.

Technology will help ease rural-urban split
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.

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

Applause
Kids learn life skills in basketball league

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.

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.

Applause
Fine art curriculum made possible by dedication of staff, community

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.

Terrorists' flight across border raises delicate issues of jurisdiction for U.S.
WASHINGTON -- Pakistan seems a natural destination for al-Qaida fighters and perhaps Osama bin Laden as U.S.-backed forces solidify control of Afghanistan.

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.

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

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to meet today Am Vets monthly meeting planned Fish and Game committee to meet Free clothing available Committee seeks new members

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.

Club News
Table tennis winners announced

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

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.

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

Montessori charter school proposed
The Kenai Peninsula may get a new school next fall.

Senior Briefs
Senior center activites throughout the peninsula

Lunch Menus
Lunch menus at senior centers throughout the peninsula.

Meanwhile, New Orleans spectators embarrass themselves
NEW ORLEANS -- The St. Louis Rams are riding Kurt Warner's arm toward the Super Bowl.

There's something about Mary
What is it about Kenai Central High School's Mary Krusen?

Browns president apologizes for comments
CLEVELAND -- With more time to reflect, Browns president Carmen Policy apologized to everyone.

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.

Sports Briefs
Stars skate past Panthers Peter Kim had a four-point night and Derek Martin and Nels Hansen each had three points as Soldotna cruised past Skyview Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center in North Star Conference action.

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.

'Hawks king Wings
DETROIT -- Jocelyn Thibault stopped 28 shots, and Alexei Zhamnov and Mark Bell had goals as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 Monday night.

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.

School comes to coach's defense in incident with Compaq Center general manager
So now we know how Texas Tech is going to handle outbursts by Bob Knight.

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.

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.

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