Wednesday, December 19, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Department of Corrections launches major recruitment camapaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wanted: Men and women willing to work with criminals. No experience needed. Must be at least 21 years old. Background check required. Starting pay: $33,300 a year.

Medicaid funding boost unlikely this session
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Prospects are dimming in Congress this session for a boost in the federal money that helps Alaska and other states provide health insurance to poor people.

Frontier Printing owner indicted on five fraud counts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nezar ''Mike'' Maad, owner of Frontier Printing Services has been indicted on five fraud counts.

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.

Noatak man charged with attempted murder in ax attack
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A man from the Northwest Alaska village of Noatak has been charged with attempted murder.

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.

Throttle part blamed for crashes in older small planes, newspaper says
BOSTON (AP) -- Excessive wear on a throttle linkage part has been blamed for more than a dozen crashes or forced landings of older Cessna planes, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

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.

Anchorage man sentenced to 75 years for murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Samuel Jay Camanga, charged with the 1999 murder of Morgan ''Wolfie'' Gorsche, was sentenced Tuesday to 75 years in prison.

Governor names new director of habitat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state director of the National Parks Conservation Association has been chosen to head the state Division of Habitat.

Education bill includes Alaska Native education programs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The national education bill passed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday greatly expands programs designed to help Alaska Natives do better in school.

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.

Murkowski wants more resource extraction and road out of Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski wants more resource extraction to stabilize the state's economy and he wants a road out of Juneau.

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.

Woodshop fire closes Skyview High School
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Skyview high school reopened Wednesday, one day after a fire filled much of the school with smoke.

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.

Kenai man sentenced for sexual assault
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai man was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, with four years suspended, for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in June 2000.

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.

Railroad officials fear close encounters with snowmachines, trains
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As head of security for the Alaska Railroad, Dan Frerich dreads seeing snowmachine trails near railroad tracks. Even worse are snowmachine tracks between the rails.

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.

State, Red Dog mine owner reach settlement on air permit violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Teck Cominco Alaska has agreed to pay up to $827,000 to settle government claims that the company violated its air emissions permit at the Red Dog Mine.

Anchorage man charged with shooting fellow passenger in car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old man riding in a car was charged with first-degree assault Tuesday after apparently shooting another passenger in the head.

Ketchikan borough assembly votes to help with shipyard bonds
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted unanimously Monday night to use its $5 million shipyard development fund as a bond guarantee account to help Alaska Ship and Drydock obtain a federal contract.

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 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

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

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.

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

Federal funds bolster United Way coffers
The Kenai Peninsula United Way will get a chance to play Santa with $48,706 in federal funds this year.

No injuries or major damage from blaze originating in school's ventilation system
Fire and ice don't mix. Skyview High School students and staff learned this lesson the hard way late Tuesday morning as a fire from the wood shop vent system forced a mass exodus of the building into minus 12-degree weather.

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

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.

Seized dogs mostly adopted out
Most of the 66 dogs rescued in early November from a yard on Spruce Lane outside of Sterling have been adopted to good homes, according to Ethel Christensen, executive director of the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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.

War focus shifts
WASHINGTON -- The United States is entering a new phase of the war in Afghanistan now that the partnership with Afghan fighters has all but broken the Taliban and al-Qaida as organized fighting forces.

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.

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.

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

Kids learn life skills in basketball league

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.

Some things should be dropped from package Congress wants to give
Like most of us, Congress is waiting till the last minute to decide what to give this holiday season.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Five-point grading scale recognizes students who choose tough classes One way to interpret song points to reason for celebrating Christmas Those who fish, hunt must learn to respond to threat PETA poses Has legislator forgotten he pledged he would not touch dividend? God warns about witchcraft, sorcery throughout the Bible

Around the Peninsula
Group to perform in Sterling Vision, blindness class offered Santa coming to town Skate program slated for Friday Holiday cheer planned at senior center Racing Lions to hold Christmas party Clinics canceled Food bank seeks holiday basket donations

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

School news around the district
News from area schools.

School Menus
School lunch menus for peninsula schools

Holidays offer gifts, plus new semester registration at KPC
Finals week is over, and Kenai Peninsula College students are breathing sighs of relief. They have another semester under their belts and are one step closer to their degrees or certificates.

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

Around the District
Holiday break begins Saturday Budget Review Committee accepting applications Challenger space center plans holiday programs Phillips Alaska provides space education aid School performances now online Day care center offers federal food program Small schools cause bigger gains

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the Soldotna High School first-quarter honor roll.

High school, college students meet during holidays
I hear adults say the vast majority of high school seniors return to the state they grew up in, if not their hometown. I also hear that Alaska has the highest number of students fleeing after graduation.

Holidays highlight crafts in the classroom
Santa's elves aren't the only little people cranking out gifts this time of year.

Rats! No pets allowed
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A high school principal has banned a girl from having her senior picture appear in the yearbook because she used her pet rat as an accessory.

Senior Briefs
Senior center activites throughout the peninsula

Lunch Menus
Lunch menus at senior centers throughout the peninsula.

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

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?

Miami notches fourth-lowest point total in NBA history in loss to Jazz
MIAMI -- A surprisingly bad season took an embarrassing turn for the worse Tuesday night as the Miami Heat were held to the fourth-lowest point total in NBA history, losing 95-56 to the Utah Jazz for their 18th loss in 23 games.

'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.

Colorado State kicks off bowl season with win over North Texas
NEW ORLEANS -- North Texas came into the New Orleans Bowl with a losing record, and Colorado State made sure the Mean Green left that way.

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.

Duke edges Kentucky 95-92 in overtime gem
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Williams scored a career-high 38 points, including 23 of his team's final 31 in regulation, and top-ranked Duke beat No. 7 Kentucky 95-92 in overtime in the Jimmy V Classic for their 20th consecutive victory.

Bruins dominate, Thrashers hang on for win
BOSTON -- Dany Heatley scored at 3:58 of overtime as the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 despite being outshot 55-14 Tuesday night.

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.

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