Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Forest Oil says inlet field is bigger than first thought
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forest Oil Corp. says its new Cook Inlet field may hold much more oil than originally thought.

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.

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.

Missile defense project hailed in Delta Junction
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- City, union and missile defense officials are waiting for details to emerge following President Bush's announcement that he is expanding the Ground-based Midcourse Defense missile program.

Holland American hires Shively
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- John Shively is Holland America Line's new public face in Alaska.

Search continues for missing Petersburg pilot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The search for a plane missing since last Friday continued Wednesday in Southeast, Coast Guard officials said.

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.

Missile defense project hailed in Delta Junction
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- City union and missile defense officials are waiting for details to emerge following President Bush's announcement that he is expanding the Ground-based Midcourse Defense missile program.

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

CIRI cuts salaries, employees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. has laid off 13 staffers, cut executive and director pay, and eliminated some perks in an effort to slash overhead by 25 percent.

News ambulances head for six Southeast towns
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Metlakatla Fire Department announced the arrival of a brand-new ambulance Sunday night by driving it through the community with sirens blaring and lights flashing.

Fee targets property owners for excessive police calls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Assembly has approved a measure that gives police the power to impose a $500 fee when officers have to make repeated visits to residences.

Greene to step down from Superior Court
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Mary Greene will step down in February after 18 years on the bench.

Selawik man charged with attempted murder in stabbing
SELAWIK (AP) -- A man from the Northwest Alaska village of Selawik was charged with first-degree attempted murder Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed his nephew, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Doctors opting out of Medicare after reimbursement cutback
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Health care providers affiliated with Medicare will take an estimated 4.4 percent reimbursement cut under a rule expected to go into effect in February.

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.

Murkowski orders Juneau road study to move forward
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski ordered state transportation officials to again examine building a road from here to Skagway, making good on a campaign pledge to jump-start the stalled project.

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.

Road projects high on Interior lawmakers wish list
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly members laid out their legislative priorities Monday, including a new road linking the Chena and Circle hot springs resorts.

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.

Wards Cove hires firm to sell plants
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Wards Cove Packing Co. has hired an investment-banking firm to sell the nine seafood processing plants it owns in Alaska, including two in Ketchikan.

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.

Aftershocks continue in Interior
FAIRBBANKS (AP) -- Alaska has been averaging more than 100 earthquakes a day along the Denali Fault since a magnitude 7.9 earthquake rocked the Interior on Nov. 3.

Anchorage man wounded in apparent robbery attempt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was shot and wounded inside his home during an apparent robbery attempt Tuesday.

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.

Braves leave options open in building staff
NEW YORK (AP) -- Atlanta traded for Russ Ortiz and signed Paul Byrd on Tuesday, a day after the winter meetings ended, giving the Braves plenty of options heading into Greg Maddux's decision whether to accept salary arbitration.

Baseball's average salary jumps again
NEW YORK (AP) -- The average major league baseball salary rose to nearly $2.3 million this year, a 7.3 percent increase that was the smallest since 1998.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

It's snow fun
Sierra Baldwin is surrounded by her classmate's winter clothes as she removes her snowsuit in Jane Allen's kindergarten class after recess at Soldotna Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

State eliminates step in business license process
"How can we say 'buy Alaska' when you can't even get a business license in Alaska?"

911 system counts on caller info
When Anchorage police took 48 minutes to find the home of former Public Safety commissioner Glenn Godfrey the night he was fatally shot, many wondered what went wrong.

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.

River repair contract gets OK
The allure of Alaska red salmon draws thousands of avid anglers to the banks of the Kenai River each year, but that activity has proved detrimental to the very environment that helps ensure the species' existence, habitat watchers say.

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.

Andrew E. McClue
Kenai resident Andrew E. McClue died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was 28.

South being unfairly criticized
The smoldering controversy over racially insensitive statements made by Sen. Trent Lott has been elevated to the status of a fare-thee-well wish toward the Mississippi Republican by large contingents among civil rights leaders, Democrats, Republicans and the media.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Local group should not be confused with Alaska SPCA, Equine RescueSchool board contributes to erosion of peninsula's public education

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.

As terrorists become more aggressive, U.S. must fight back
The plot to kill U.S. diplomats abroad is further evidence of the need to persevere in the war on terrorism.

Dental system in need of repair
I have practiced dentistry in the Kenai-Soldotna area for the past 25 years. In that time I have watched the slow erosion of the Medicaid system. One by one, medical and dental providers have thrown up their hands in frustration and quit the "system." Why?

Around the Peninsula
Center offers free clothingSoldotna pool offers swim lessonsWeb site renovation workshop plannedHealth centers to sponsor meetingDisabled veterans to meetBoys and Girls Club plans art exhibitHospice offers carols for donation

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

Students of the Month
The following students were named December Students of the Month at various schools around the district

Students seek help with paper on Alaska
The following letter was sent to the Clarion by two students at St. Johns Episcopal School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. To respond to the students' inquiry, send a letter to St. Johns Episcopal School, room 20, 30382 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.

Skyview High students build tasty treats out of gingerbread
Home economics met construction this week in Emily Sims' culinary arts class at Skyview High School.

Nenana school district seeks help with payment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Faced with a drop in funding from the state the Nenana City School District has asked the city to make the next two payments on the district's high school boarding home.

Students vote 2 girls 'cutest couple'
CRETE, Ill. -- Their story has played out like the name of a popular lesbian movie: ''The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love.''

Around the District
Schools close for holiday breakAfter the Bell offers holiday programsChallenger Center offers winter missionsDistrict offers AVTEC, KPC scholarships

KPC to offer bachelor's degree in elementary education
The University of Alaska Anchorage's new bachelor of arts in elementary education degree will be available at KPC. The four-year professional degree results in certification for grades kindergarten through six.

District School News
News from schools around the district

White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

North Texas takes New Orleans Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Kevin Galbreath ran for 130 yards and a 35-yard touchdown, and North Texas intercepted Cincinnati's Gino Guidugli five times en route to a 24-19 victory Tuesday night in the New Orleans Bowl.

Michigan State topples Loyola of Chicago
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Chris Hill had 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as 15th-ranked Michigan State beat Loyola of Chicago 80-54 Tuesday night for its 34th consecutive win over a non-conference opponent at home.

Jordan torches Atlanta
ATLANTA -- All Michael Jordan needed to rebound from one of the worst games of his career was to play against the Atlanta Hawks.

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.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B team goes 3-1 on road tripAlyeska to open Chair 3KPSC coaches finish certification courseWashington State's Price leaving for AlabamaJohnson will be first majority black owner

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.

OSU gets three All-Americans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ohio State is No. 2 in the polls and No. 1 in AP All-Americans.

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.

Flyers tie Stars
PHILADELPHIA -- Keith Primeau and Mark Recchi scored power-play goals 59 seconds apart in the third period, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers into a 2-2 tie with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Brewer uses passing skills to make gifts for teammates
Any time Kenai Central High School's Owen Brewer gets the puck on his stick, something exciting is going to happen.

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.

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.

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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