Thursday, December 20, 2001

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.

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.

Accused businessman freed, confined to home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A printing company owner accused of bank fraud and of lying on bank loan applications was released from jail Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines escapes federal charges for problems in Oakland
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A three-year federal grand jury investigation of the Alaska Airlines maintenance and repair operation in Oakland has ended with a decision not to file criminal charges.

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.

Accused businessman suspected in damage to print shop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nezar ''Mike'' Maad and his wife are principal suspects in the damaging of their own print shop for insurance money, a federal prosecutor said.

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.

Program that subsidizes flights to small airports needs more money, Transportation Department says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An anti-terrorism package awaiting final approval in Congress provides $50 million to maintain air service to 113 small cities through next year, despite a drop in airline passengers since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Alaska's poverty rates increase 15 percent higher in decade's time
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 15 percent more Alaskans were living in poverty in the late 1990s than in the previous decade, according to Census Bureau estimates released this week.

DEC regulators pulled off oil-spill oversight jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has stripped authority from two regulators overseeing North Slope oil spill cleanup, in part because they allegedly nitpicked in their industry reviews, the agency's commissioner said.

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.

Guard's involuntary deployment is first in state since WWII
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Members of an elite military air rescue squadron are in Kuwait in the first involuntary call-up of Alaska National Guard troops since World War II.

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.

Dental license returned, then suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state dental board reinstated the license of Anchorage dentist Leeland Cho Wednesday night, before suspending it again an hour later saying he was professionally incompetent.

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.

Gold Cup victory sends Alborn to Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ski jumper Alan Alborn of Anchorage is headed to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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.

Leman says subsistence and fiscal gap likely to go unresolved
JUNEAU (AP) -- Resolving the state's long-festering subsistence controversy and a plan to close a $1 billion hole in the state budget are unlikely to emerge this legislative session, said Senate Majority Leader Loren Leman.

Fisheries council director resigns
KODIAK (AP) -- Clarence Pautske, the executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, is leaving to run the newly established North Pacific Research Board.

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.

Suspect Shot, CORRECTIVE
In a Dec. 19 story about a man shot in a gunfight with Alaska State Troopers The Associated Press erroneously attributed a description of the shooting to trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson. Wilkinson did not disclose the type of weapon and did not relate the sequence of events.

State undecided on first choice for Ketchikan island crossing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A state Department of Transportation spokesman said this week the state has not selected a preferred alternative for crossing Tongass Narrows.

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.

Most dogs rescued from Sterling home now adopted
KENAI (AP) -- Most of the 66 dogs rescued in early November from a yard outside of Sterling have been adopted, according to Ethel Christensen, executive director of the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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.

Fourth former champion signs up for Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A fourth former winner has signed up for the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Alaskan's enormous brown bear continues to grow on the Internet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It Was A Big Bear -- its front legs spanning 11 feet from claw tip to claw tip, its skull the size of a beer keg, its paws as big as a man's chest.

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.

Quake jolts island in Aleutians, no damage reported
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A moderate earthquake jolted residents of Unimak Island in the near Aleutians early Thursday but there were no reports of damage, officials at the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.

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.

Alaska may already meet new federal student testing requirements
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska may already comply with the nationwide student testing requirements that Congress has approved and President Bush is expected to sign.

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.

Mackie hired as lobbyist for Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former state Sen. Jerry Mackie has been hired by the city of Juneau to a one-year, $40,000 contract as a lobbyist.

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.

Generator spills fuel at Pump Station 6
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 760 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a generator Monday morning at Pump Station No. 6 of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Museums in line for money for whaler, trader connections
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Efforts to explore the 19th century intersection of Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and New England cultures could get several million dollars under the education bill approved by Congress.

Suspect shot by state trooper remains in critical condition
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man shot in a gunfight with an Alaska State Trooper remained in critical condition Wednesday, suffering from a wound to his lower abdomen and severe hypothermia.

Profit-taking yields mixed reports from Wall Street
NEW YORK -- Technology selling pressured stocks Wednesday, resulting in a mixed market despite strong gains in the financial and energy sectors.

Attacks-weary travelers look for carefree escape to sunny beaches
TULUM, Mexico -- Only weeks ago, Leila Voight was trying to persuade hesitant tourists to visit her secluded cabanas south of Cancun. Now, they are begging her for rooms.

Cruise line puts itself up for auction
LONDON -- P&O Princess Cruises PLC has changed course and put itself up for auction, announcing Wednesday it would give shareholders time to study a $4.4 billion takeover bid from Carnival Corp. that it had spurned in favor of a merger with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Mall kiosks, craft shows can be retail lab, or do year's business in a month
ANCHORAGE -- Those carts, tables and booths that mushroom in malls for the holidays may look small in size, but they have a big impact. For the malls, holiday kiosks mean more places to shop and, as a result, more shoppers.

Journey to Alaska changes writer's life
"Looking for Alaska" By Peter Jenkins

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Singing after World Trade Center brings fame to cop in New York
NEW YORK (AP) -- He's become the voice of New York's grief and strength since Sept. 11 -- a voice heard around the world.

Kenai exhibit showcases photographers view of state
The current exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center gave photographers license to use their lenses to capture their ideas of what defines Alaska.

Fans line up for "Lord of the Rings" premier
LOS ANGELES -- From hard-core fans to some who couldn't read past the first pages of the books, people flocked to theaters like hobbits on a pilgrimage to Middle-earth to see the much-anticipated debut of ''The Lord of the Rings'' early Wednesday.

Rough driving might continue in NASCAR
Although NASCAR isn't on the verge of becoming ''Days of Thunder,'' one of Robert Duvall's best lines from the rough-and-tumble 1990 movie about big-time stock car racing hasn't been lost on Jeff Gordon.

Gordon: enough is enough
ATLANTA -- Drivers have screamed for years the racing schedule for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is too long. At least one, newly-crowned champion Jeff Gordon, is doing something about it.

2002 NASCAR schedule
NASCAR race schedule for 2002

Earnhardt's death is the defining event of 2001 season
Curtis Vance, of Newland, N.C., is hugged by his son, Curtis Vance Jr., 8, as he pays his respects among the collection of momentos placed in front of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. headquarters in Mooresville, N.C.

Final 2001 points standings
NASCAR final point standings for the 2001 season.

Hendrick team not resting on laurels
CONCORD, N.C. -- Tired of the frozen smile that had been plastered to his face over the course of a two-day photo shoot, Jimmie Johnson was in need of some real comic relief.

Photo feature: Just a peek
High above fog obscuring Cook Inlet, Wednesday's first sunlight strikes Mount Redoubt's peak, previewing yet another cold, sunny day for the central peninsula.

Author brings book pitch to Seward
Only two months after publication, "Looking for Alaska" is in its fourth printing, according to author Peter Jenkins. Jenkins was in Seward on Monday to discuss the book and autograph copies.

Storm watch issued for eastern peninsula
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a winter storm watch for western Prince William Sound and the Kenai Mountains.

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.

Soldotna men receive anthrax scare
An anthrax scare Wednesday afternoon involving two Soldotna men yielded no evidence to cause alarm, said Sgt. Charles Tressler of the Soldotna Police Department.

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.

13 dead in prisoner uprising
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Dozens of al-Qaida prisoners who were picked up after fleeing Tora Bora stormed their Pakistani guards on a bus Wednesday, seizing their weapons and opening fire in a mass escape that left six guards and seven fighters dead.

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.

Donovan J. Lee
Donovan J., "D.J.," Lee, of Soldotna and Cordova, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, in an avalanche in Cordova. He was 37.

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.

Saddam Hussein should be removed from power
So, Saddam Hussein has a sense of humor. Who knew? But there's no other way to view his call for an emergency Arab summit in aid of the Palestinians except as a joke.

President Bush faces tricky transition as he considers options for Phase II
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is at a tricky turning point as the war in Afghanistan winds down without the capture of Osama bin Laden or the defeat of the al-Qaida terror network.

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

Officials do about-face on Persian Gulf War vets' health complaints
For years, the federal government has cast a skeptical eye on the health complaints of Gulf War veterans, problems that veterans groups insist are linked to service in that conflict.

Gift boosts wellness program

Letters to the Editor
Group doesn't practice what it preaches about protecting river

Conserve School teaches environmental ethics and leadership
LAND O' LAKES, Wis. (AP) -- Even on a rainy autumn afternoon, Conserve School is breathtakingly beautiful -- rippling with clear lakes, blazing with golden maples, cushioned with sphagnum moss bogs where wine red pitcher plants capture insects.

Outdoor gift guide has something for every budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Christmas is approaching like an F-15 with its afterburners lit up, and you don't have a clue as to a gift for that adventuresome outdoors person in the family, circle of friends, office, etc.

Around the Peninsula
Committee seeks new members Blood drive to be held today Christmas pot luck planned Donations needed KPC orientation and registration scheduled KDLL meeting planned Christmas trees available Refuge open for Christmas tree cutting

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

School news around the district
News from area 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.

School Menus
School lunch menus for peninsula schools

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

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.

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.

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

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

Marshall rallies for victory in GMAC Bowl shootout
MOBILE, Ala. -- Marshall and East Carolina piled up the points so quickly that even the coaches had trouble keeping track.

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.

Blackhawks one-up Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Steve Sullivan scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:49 left in the third period, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-5 victory Wednesday night over the Buffalo Sabres.

After further review, it's still a bad idea
Just so there's no confusion, let's get something out of the way. The people in Cleveland and New Orleans who threw bottles, batteries, coins, cans and at least one portable radio down from the stands are fools.

Six Olympic hockey team roster spots left to fill for Salt Lake Games
NEW YORK -- Mike Richter took his place in goal for the U.S. Olympic hockey team Wednesday night, another step in his successful comeback from major injuries to both knees.

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.

Bonds, Boone accept arbitration, Gonzalez passes
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds will stay with the San Francisco Giants, deciding Wednesday to accept the team's offer of salary arbitration rather than remain in an uncertain free-agent market.

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.

Jordan, Wizards scorch Kukoc, Hawks; Celtics, Hornets win
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan blistered former Chicago teammate Toni Kukoc and scored 23 points as the Washington Wizards beat Atlanta 103-76 Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.

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.

Gold Cup victory sends Alborn to Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ski jumper Alan Alborn of Anchorage is headed to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Alaskan's enormous brown bear continues to grow on the Internet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It Was A Big Bear -- its front legs spanning 11 feet from claw tip to claw tip, its skull the size of a beer keg, its paws as big as a man's chest.

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