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Thursday, December 19, 2002

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.

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.

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.

NovaGold finds more gold at Donlin Creek
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- NovaGold Resources is reporting that it has discovered an additional 4 million ounces of gold at its massive Donlin Creek property 150 miles northeast of Bethel.

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.

One dead, one injured in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating a shooting early Thursday that left one man dead.

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.

Mat-Su schools lay off 48
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, facing a $3 million budget deficit, is laying off 48 employees.

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.

CIRI sells part of Valdez tour company back to Stephens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. says a lack of passengers is forcing it to shut down its Valdez tour boat operations at the end of December. The company will return the business to former owner Stan Stephens.

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.

Subsistence board approves rainbow trout fishery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal subsistence board has approved a subsistence fishery for rainbow trout in the Bristol Bay region.

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.

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.

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.

Business owner protests licensing fee sent to Seattle
KENAI (AP) -- Business owner Claudia Knickerbocker wanted to renew her business license by mail, but when she saw she was required to send a check to Seattle, she considered breaking the law.

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.

Ben Stevens says he is not in the running
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Sen. Ben Stevens is not interested in an appointment to the U.S. Senate, he said during a press conference in Anchorage on Wednesday.

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.

Kenai assembly awards contract for river restoration
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has awarded a contract for riverbank restoration along one of the most popular red salmon fishing sites on the Kenai River -- about 400 feet of shoreline below the Kenai River Center in Soldotna.

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.

Juneau considers new cruise ship docks
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Planning Commission got its first look Tuesday at proposals for two cruise ship docks south of downtown. Pedestrians and traffic topped the list of concerns.

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.

Alaska's drunken driving fatality rate goes down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's alcohol-related traffic death rate has gone down by more than half in the last 20 years but remains well above the national average, a government study shows.

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.

NMFS takes public comment on crab buyback proposal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service will take public comment until Jan. 27 on a proposed $100 million buyback program in the crab fishery.

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

Board postpones meeting on ''rural'' determination
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has postponed a meeting it had scheduled for next month to begin the process of determining which parts of Alaska should be considered rural.

Klawock teens injured in car accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two teenage girls were transported to Seattle for emergency medical treatment after a single-car accident last week near Klawock.

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.

Kent strikes deal with Astros for $18.2 million
NEW YORK -- Jeff Kent signed with Houston on Wednesday, the New York Yankees neared agreement with Hideki Matsui, and Boston and Texas made pickups as more free agents decided where they'll play next year.

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.

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.

Holiday tips: 'Tis the season to be giving
The holiday season is a time for giving, and many charities step up their appeals this time of year. Make certain your donations go to charities worthy of your support.

Kenai spa rubs dogs the right way
Looking around the room, with the large oil painting portraits of assorted dog breeds, scented candles flickering soft light and the easy listening of the mood music emanating from the tape deck, it was easy to understand the wave of relaxation washing over Forest Gump's face.

Business Briefs
Assistance available for oil and gas inspectors

Another union reaches deal with US Airways on concessions
ARLINGTON, Va. -- US Air-ways employees represented by the Communications Workers of America reached agreement for a second round of concessions, saying they feared the bankrupt carrier would shut down if they didn't acquiesce.

Hundreds of toys unavailable on Amazon, Toys 'R' Us site
SEATTLE -- Just eight days before Christmas, customers shopping for toys on the joint Toys 'R ' Us-Amazon.com Web site are finding that hundreds of toys pictured on the site are out of stock or discontinued.

From A to Zeppelin, 'Lord of the Rings' makes its mark on pop culture scene
LOS ANGELES -- Deep into their quest to destroy the evil One Ring, the hobbit Samwise Gamgee asks his friend Frodo if people will ever write ''songs and tales'' about their adventures.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
WHIZ Kids program availableHoliday carolers for hirePratt Museum announces scheduleYouth acting workshop offeredPoetry contest announcedSocial dance workshops offeredUAA musical auditions to be heldJoAnn and Monte release new CD

Rock 'n' roll museum to open
ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa (AP) -- After five years of planning, the Iowa Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame Museum is scheduled to open Jan. 25 in this Iowa town.

Art exhibit shows off full year's worth of hard work
The artists responsible for this weekend's show at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center have mastered the mediums of monochromatic drawing and print making, dabbled in watercolor and tempera panting and shown their prowess at sculpture and graphic arts -- but they much prefer working with glitter glue.

Gift ideas abound for racing fans
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Pam Harris thought the gift shop at Atlanta Motor Speedway had everything to satisfy the most ardent race fan. She was wrong.

Drivers get a fraction of revenues
ATLANTA -- The NASCAR Winston Cup Series is ranked first in attendance and second in television ratings among all professional sports.

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.

Companies tackle holiday rush
Time has almost run out for folks who like to wait until the last minute to send Christmas presents.

Company's presence on peninsula strong despite gas shortages
Due to dwindling reserves of natural gas in Cook Inlet, the North Kenai Agrium plant is expected to continue operating at less than capacity for at least the next two years.

Power restored after Monday and Tuesday night outages
Power outages plagued the north Kenai Peninsula area Monday and Tuesday even-ings, causing power loss to approximately 4,000 Homer Electric customers from Sterling to Nikiski.

Nonprofits seeking homes
The Kenai Fine Arts Center is home to the Kenai Arts Guild and the Kenai Potters Guild, as well as a rotating collection of members' art exhibits and wares. The building provides the groups with an exhibit gallery, offices and working space for pottery classes, "clay throwing" and a kiln burner.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

A quick look at history reveals senator's true feelings on race
President Bush's efforts to attract blacks to the Republican Party suffered a big setback last week when Senate Republican leader Trent Lott made a seemingly pro-segregationist remark.

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.

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
Increasing class size harms students, educators alike

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

Mississippi should decide fate of Lott
There can be no argument that U.S. Sen. Trent Lott has done much good for Mississippi and the Coast area.

Applause
Contractors who worked to repair flood damage deserve thanksRegion volleyball tournament succeeds thanks to volunteers

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
Frontier to set off fireworksDisabled veterans to meetSchools to play charity hockey gamePenDOG annual Christmas meeting setCommunity dinner plannedHospital to sponsor sitter classesAdvisory committee to hold electionsPioneers to gather recipes

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

Menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.''

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Pittsburgh stomps Ohio State
PITTSBURGH -- Brandin Knight scored 17 points, had six assists and teamed with teammate Julius Page to shut down Ohio State star Brent Darby as No. 4 Pittsburgh beat the Buckeyes 69-49 Wednesday night.

Long string of Johnson's success now includes NBA ownership
Robert Johnson took $15,000 of his own money and built it into a television network that made him the nation's first black billionaire.

Unraveling Avs get rid of Hartley
DENVER (AP) -- Bob Hartley led the Colorado Avalanche to four straight Western Conference finals and a Stanley Cup championship in 2001.

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.

Grizzlies let Jordan, Wizards stay hot
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan took over the game early, scoring 18 of his season-high 33 points in the first quarter Wednesday night as the Washington Wizards extended their winning streak to three with a 118-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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

Lowly Sabres slice scuffling Bruins
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Chris Gratton scored his first goal in nearly a month and added three assists as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the slumping Boston Bruins 4-2 Wednesday night.

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.

Woods faces longest layoff of his career
Tiger Woods is giving up golf for swimming and a stationary bike, part of rehabilitation from knee surgery that will force him to take the longest break of his pro career.

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.

Sports Briefs
Judge: Bonds ball must be sold, proceeds splitUCLA hires Karl Dorrell as football coachWashington State hires Doba as coachRiley fined $50,000 for criticizing officialsSampras to play in 2003; will skip Australian OpenMichigan State pursuing SmithDonovan happy to stay in the USAHolyfield to have surgery on left shoulderBibby returns to practice

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.

Marshall tops Louisville in GMAC Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Byron Leftwich threw four touchdown passes in his final game to lead Marshall to a 38-15 victory over Louisville in the GMAC Bowl on Wednesday night. Marshall (11-2) won a bowl game for the fifth consecutive year, the longest such streak in the nation. Top-ranked Miami has won four straight.

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

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.

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