Friday, December 20, 2002

Ketchikan borough sues Gateway Forest Products, Ketchikan Pulp
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has filed a lawsuit against Gateway Forest Products and the Ketchikan Pulp Co., contending the two companies conspired to defraud the borough.

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.

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.

Gov. Murkowski appoints daughter to fill Senate seat
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Saying it was time for the next generation of Alaskans to start building seniority in Congress, Gov. Frank Murkowski Friday appointed his daughter to succeed him in the U.S. Senate.

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.

Short bio of Lisa Murkowski

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.

Power could be issue for Donlin Creek mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Development of a gold mine at Donlin Creek hinges on one major issue: how to bring enough power to the remote area northeast of Bethel to process the ore. Donlin Creek has what is considered one of the world's largest gold deposits.

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.

Valdez fish plant faces fine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Valdez seafood plant is facing a fine of $137,000 for alleged illegal dumping. The Environmental Protection Agency has filed a complaint against Nautilus Foods, based in Bellevue, Wash.

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.

More officers for holiday patrols
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies across the state are increasing the number of officers patrolling the roads during the holiday season.

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.

Study says Alaska leads nation in firearms stolen
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska leads the nation in the number of firearms stolen per thousand homes, according to a report released Wednesday by a Washington, D.C., based gun-safety group.

Juneau grocers merge, Alaska Industrial Hardware to move in
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two grocery stores will merge next month, clearing space for an Anchorage-based hardware store to move to the capital.

Plan calls for releasing 7.2 million fish next year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's fish stocking plan calls for releasing 7.2 million fish into Alaska waters next year and more than 35 million over the next five years.

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

Dog team up for adoption at Fairbanks animal shelter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A team of sled dogs with all-star bloodlines is up for adoption at the Fairbanks North Star Borough animal shelter.

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.

Kenai woman opens pet spa
KENAI (AP) -- Looking around the room, with the large oil painting portraits of assorted dog breeds, scented candles flickering and mood music coming from the tape deck, it was easy to see why Forest Gump was deeply relaxed.

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.

Agrium manager upbeat about gas shortage
KENAI (AP) -- The North Kenai Agrium plant is expected to operate at less than capacity for at least the next two years due to dwindling reserves of natural gas in Cook Inlet.

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.

Kenai borough schools consider cutting teachers next year
HOMER (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is developing plans for cutting 55.5 teaching positions for the 2003-2004 school year.

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.

Fairbanks man convicted of robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was convicted Wednesday of robbing a bank of about $7,000 in March.

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.

One dead, one injured in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting early Thursday that left one man dead.

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.

Four Alaska fire departments get grants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government will send nearly $250,000 to four Alaska fire departments in the form of grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the United States Fire Administration.

Guard, picks up 3rd graf prvs ''The boys''
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Scammon Bay teenagers riding a snowmachine were rescued Thursday afternoon on pack ice west of Hooper Bay.

Matsui goes to Yanks; Maddux still a Brave
NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui is coming from Japan, Ivan Rodriguez may be going there and Greg Maddux is staying at home in Atlanta.

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.

Holiday shopping tips for procrastinators
NEW YORK (AP) -- With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, procrastinators find themselves dashing through the stores in search of last-minute gifts. They will have a lot of company.

Investors face big risks when buying bankrupt companies' stocks
NEW YORK (AP) -- A cheap ticket? Don't count on it getting you too far.

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.

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.

Coke sets precedent with decision to stop earnings forecasts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nothing good can come from the pressure that Wall Street puts on companies to meet their earnings estimates.

SINGING COMMUTERS: We've all seen them out on the highways and byways, the crooning commuters who make like Placido Domingo behind the wheel.

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 ' Web site are finding that hundreds of toys pictured on the site are out of stock or discontinued.

Boomer views about the workplace change with age
NEW YORK (AP) -- The days of a six-figure income and pricey client lunches are behind her, but former marketing and branding consultant Doniece Sandoval has no regrets.

Business Briefs
Assistance available for oil and gas inspectors

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.

Spinning their wheels
The unseasonably late winter weather has been affecting peninsula residents in a myriad of ways, and local mushers are no exception.

Most mushers aren't in it for the money
To some observers, it may seem like professional mushing is solely about the purse, a statement that couldn't be further from the truth.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Residents speak up for clinic
The plight of a proposed dental clinic for the under- and uninsured was front and center Wednesday night.

Holiday hoopla poses plethora of pet pitfalls
The holidays are a magical part of the year that allow people to spend extra time with family and loved ones, but they also can create special dangers for pets.

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.

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.

Man arrested after refusing to leave church
A Kachemak City man who said he was only trying to exercise his right to pray was arrested Sunday afternoon at St. John's Catholic Church in Homer after refusing to leave to make way for a piano recital.

Photo feature: Bright light of winter's night
Wednesday's nearly full moon rises above spruce trees in Kenai shortly after sunset.

Old trash could prove hazardous to Kenai proposal
The Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission has spent two years developing their vision for a 24-acre "sports complex" area for the city, complete with baseball fields, soccer fields and a BMX bike track.

Council considers new pay structure, other issues
In other action Wednesday, the Kenai City Council:

Student helper receives burns for cookie treat
When an 8-year-old North Star Elementary School third-grader burned her arm while helping in the school kitchen Dec. 10, her mother got mad.

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.

Oilers Corner Oilers sign Oregon State hurler
Sophomore Oregon State University pitcher Mike Ekstrom has joined the 2003 Oilers.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Difference between rich and poor illustrated in dental care debate Patients without insurance cant even work out dental payment plans Dentists care more about money than helping those in distress

Spirit of Christmas can be uncovered by giving to others
If you're having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit, there's an easy remedy: think of others.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Increasing class size harms students, educators alike

For the birds: Soldotna area Christmas Bird Count slated for Saturday
This is a great time of year to get away from the hectic holiday hustle, and set aside some quality time for birding

Outdoor Briefs
Cabin Hoppers urge caution in Caribou Hills Chugach National Forest closed to motorized use

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 Peninsula
Schools to play charity hockey game Benefit fund-raiser planned Support group meets today Drive to benefit blood bank, food bank planned Gingerbread houses on display Cabin Hoppers urge caution in Caribou Hills Hospital changes meeting date

Conservatives continue to pressure new archbishop of Canterbury
LONDON (AP) -- Keeping pressure on the new archbishop of Canterbury, several evangelical groups in the Church of England have issued a statement contending that sexual ethics should be a ''first order'' concern of the church.

Poll: Religion more important in U.S. than in other countries
Religion is much more important to Americans than people in other wealthy countries, according to an international poll released Thursday which found the United States is more spiritually akin to many developing nations.

Formerly homeless, young Catholic creates program for homeless youth
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- As a child, Angela Lariviere bounced among temporary housing, rundown hotels and other people's couches 39 times in a search for stability -- the only constant in life being religious faith.

Annual mass Islamic prayer held in Bangladesh
TONGI, Bangladesh (AP) -- More than 3 million Muslims raised cupped hands and sought divine blessings for peace and prosperity at an annual celebration that has been a religious tradition here for decades.

Church Briefs
Children present musical Clothing ministry open Longest Night service planned Christmas music performed Jesus birth celebrated Potluck and musical planned Cantata service scheduled Christmas Eve service slated Bible Chapel features choir Childrens bell choir featured

Peninsula Love INC receives Christmas gift of money, support
Dear brothers and sisters of the body of Christ of the Kenai Peninsula: Greetings and blessings in the name of Jesus, our savior.

Pope decries abuse of political authority in Middle East conflict
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II decried abuse of political authority in the Middle East, writing in a message released Tuesday that the region needs leaders who will carry out policies based on respect for human rights and dignity.

ACLU concerned about Provo's Monday night policies
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Civil libertarians are questioning a city policy barring public schools from planning events on the night that the Mormon church has directed its followers to stay home with their families.

With Cardinal Law gone, will lay lobbying power remain a factor in U.S. Catholicism?
Rank-and-file Roman Catholics driven by the clerical sex abuse crisis to fight for reform within the church are about to find out if their movement can handle success.

Chicago-area religious leaders march to protest war in Iraq
CHICAGO (AP) -- More than 1,000 people joined local religious leaders protesting a possible war with Iraq.

Just like the ones I used to know ...
A white Christmas is no longer the stuff of dreams for central Kenai Peninsula skiers.

Palmer cuts down Nikiski
The Palmer Moose sent the Nikiski High School hockey team on a bit of a roller coaster ride Thursday, handing the Bulldogs a 9-3 nonconference defeat at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Nets blow past Lakers in NBA Finals rematch
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A rematch of the NBA Finals was nothing like the original.

Skyview girls, boys, Seward girls win at Showdown
The Skyview girls, Skyview boys and Seward girls all picked up wins Thursday in the opening round of the Palmer Elks Showdown 2002.

Playoff picture could remain unclear until final week
Here's how quirky the AFC playoff picture is with two weeks to go:

Tar Heels tar Vermont
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Rashad McCants scored 19 points, and Jackie Manuel added 14 as No. 23 North Carolina forced 23 turnovers in an 80-54 victory Thursday night over Vermont.

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.

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.

Texans get two representatives in Hawaii while lowly Bengals nab one
NEW YORK -- The Tennessee Titans just got new incentive in their quest for an NFL title.

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

Maple Leafs light up Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ed Belfour came within 96 seconds of his sixth shutout of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 Thursday night.

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.

What goes around ...
Pat Riley was fined $50,000 for saying a few NBA refs hold grudges against him.

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.

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.

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.

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