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Friday, December 21, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Natural gas pipeline, LNG project not feasible, consultant says
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An energy consulting firm says that developing the North Slope's natural gas fields is not feasible for at least 13 years.

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.

Defense bill holds millions for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska made out ''like a bandit'' in the annual Defense appropriations bill that the U.S. House and Senate passed Thursday, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said.

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.

House fire in Kennicott kills one
KENNICOTT (AP) -- A house fire in this historic mining town left one man dead, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Destruction of train station sends commuters back to the future -- on the ferry
NEW YORK (AP) -- Anna Maloney's commute used to be simple -- from the Jersey City, N.J., waterfront to downtown Manhattan, right into the train station at the World Trade Center.

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.

Judge on redistricting lawsuit says single military district not illegal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A claim that the military in Anchorage has been illegally deprived of political clout by the state's new redistricting plan was dismissed Thursday.

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.

Glennallen man cited for harassing fishermen
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- A Glennallen man has been charged with harassing fishermen during the summer.

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.

Task force recommends more state spending on tourism
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lacking its own independent analysis, a task force appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles recommended the Legislature approve a special interest group's request to spend $12.5 million in promoting tourism in Alaska.

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.

Kodiak begins to see sea lion mitigation checks
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak residents prevented from fishing because of measures to protect Steller sea lions began to see mitigation checks in the mail this week.

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.

Big game guide, three others, charged in 18-count federal indictment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has issued an 18-count indictment against a big game guide and three others, alleging federal wildlife violations, evidence tampering and illegal pesticide use.

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.

UAF students charged with holiday dorm burglaries
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three University of Alaska Fairbanks students have been charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into dorm rooms while students were away during the Thanksgiving break.

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.

Recall effort in Mat-Su falls short
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An attempted recall of Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Tim Anderson and Assemblywoman Kelly Ladere appears to be over for now.

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.

Ruptured sprinkler line closes boarding school three days early
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Students at a Nenana boarding school started their holiday break three days early after a broken sprinkler line forced the evacuation of a newly opened dormitory Sunday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Baseball's free agency heats up
NEW YORK -- Johnny Damon closed in on a $30 million, four-year contract with Boston and Hideo Nomo returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday while David Wells neared a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Board member unmoved by complaints over ruling
HOMER -- More than 135 people packed a Best Western-Bidarka Inn meeting room last Thursday hoping to persuade a key member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries that he had made a mistake in pushing for reduced Cook Inlet king salmon bag limits.

Cave search on tap
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan is considering sending several hundred Marines, and possibly a smaller number of Army troops, to the mountainous Tora Bora area to join the search for clues to the remnants of the al-Qaida network.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Winter solstice marks gradual return of light
Here we are in what some call "the land of the midnight sun." But this time of year, we are suffering the other side of that coin in what might better be called "the land of the midday gloom."

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.

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.

Oilers Corner
Junior outfielder Jason Waugh of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., has signed with the Oilers for the 2002 season.

There's no shame in depression; give yourself gift of help
'Tis the season to be jolly. Or is it? For most Alaskans, this is a joyous time of year. The holiday season brings with it each year a renewed sense of good will and an optimistic anticipation of the new year.

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

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.

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.

Applause
Gift boosts wellness program

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.

Letters to the Editor
Santa, please give legislators ability to do math, some courage Marriage license does nothing to protect person from HIV New group getting involved in fish fights may be just whats needed

Applause
Bowling associations donation will help feed hungry on peninsula Soldotnas first Parker Park Tree Lighting brilliant success Kenai shows its warm hospitality during wrestling championships

DNA from poached moose extends long arm of law in refuge
I recently taught a class at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia for new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Officers. To liven up the class, I related a moose-poaching case from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, where I had made some instructive mistakes but still came out alright.

Christmas Bird Count returns to peninsula
Nature lovers are invited to participate in a fun holiday tradition that yields serious results. The 102nd annual Christmas Bird Count on the central Kenai Peninsula is scheduled for Dec. 30 this year.

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.

Surviving winter all about attitude
This is supposed to be the best of times. But for many Alaskans facing dark, cold and a Christmas thousands of miles away from family and friends, this can quickly become the worst of times.

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 Brief
Fourth former champion signs up for Quest

Around the Peninsula
Christmas skate show planned Craft sale to be held Santa to visit senior center Racing Lions to hold Christmas gala Photography show to be held in Kenai Visitors center closed for holidays Christmas Eve show planned Public meeting cancelled Winter cribbage tournament set to begin School district seeks committee members

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

Southern Baptist mission board uses money leverage with District of Columbia affiliate
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board confirmed reports that it plans to use financial leverage to make programs of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention ''consistent with the direction of our denomination.''

Religion Briefs
Longest night service slated Present wrapping offered Birthday service scheduled Nikiski church plans candlelight service Special services scheduled Musical planned Christmas Eve Cantata to be performed Monday Grace Lutheran plans childrens service Candlelight carol service scheduled New Life plans community service

New York churches search for the right tone this Christmas
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's been a somber few months at All Souls Church.

Language students post advent calendar on Internet
DALLAS (AP) -- Southern Methodist University students in Paula Lemmon's Latin classes are counting the days to Christmas, using a twist on the conventional advent calendar. This one is posted on the Internet.

SMU Latin language students post an Advent calendar on the Internet
DALLAS (AP) -- Southern Methodist University students in Paula Lemmon's Latin classes are counting the days to Christmas, using a twist on the conventional Advent calendar. This one is posted on the Internet.

Portable chaplain's kit simplifies support for troops in field
NATICK, Mass. (AP) -- In 17 years as a military chaplain, Lt. Col. Ben Richardson has turned truck hoods into altars and Iraqi hotel balconies into pulpits. Loose cartons have served as makeshift office furniture.

Wisconsin's first Wiccan prison chaplain says she'll help inmates, not evangelize
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The first Wiccan minister to serve as a Wisconsin prison chaplain says her job is to work with prisoners and volunteers of all faiths, not to convert people to witchcraft.

Church of England and Methodists contemplate 'engagement' and possible reunion
LONDON (AP) -- The Church of England and Methodist Church should make a formal pledge to work together toward ''fuller visible unity'' and heal their two-centuries-old split, a joint report said.

Southern Baptists hail new 'Lord of the Rings' movie, though some attacked 'Harry Potter'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Some conservative Christians have attacked the movie ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' and related books by J. K. Rowling, claiming they foster occult religion. But two Southern Baptist theologians are hailing J.R.R. Tolkien's ''Lord of the Rings'' fantasies.

Bin Laden edges Bush in reporters' survey on the year's top religion newsmaker
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A survey of North American religion reporters, issued Wednesday, named Osama bin Laden the year's top religion newsmaker, edging out President George W. Bush.

U.S. Orthodox seminary, Harvard Divinity School name leaders
CRESTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary named church history professor John H. Erickson as dean to succeed the Rev. Thomas Hopko, who retires in June.

Birth is celebration of heavenly father's present to us
Why do we give gifts to each other at Christmas if it isn't our birthday that we are celebrating?

Fresh snow brings ski paradise
New snow and a temperature rise of 30 to 40 degrees has the ski scene on the Kenai Peninsula re-energized for the weekend.

Wildlife refuge finally able to open to use by snowmachiners
Here's an early Christmas gift for eager snowmachiners. Portions of the 2 million-acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will open to snowmachining as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, according to Robin West, refuge manager.

Stevens' aide to carry Olympic torch in Washington, D.C.
JUNEAU (AP) -- Carol White, chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, will carry the Olympic torch when it passes through Washington, D.C. on Friday, the senator's office said.

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.

High school alumni set to take ice
The holiday season is building toward its climax, and that can mean just one thing -- it's time for the annual alumni hockey hockey game.

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.

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.

Stars get Primeau treatment in Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Keith Primeau scored the game-winner midway through the second period, and Brian Boucher made 29 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Thursday night.

New York fizzles latein loss to Memphis
NEW YORK -- Shane Battier scored 21 points, including a tiebreaking jumper with 9.8 seconds left, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated New York 90-88 Thursday night as the Knicks missed five shots in the final 6 seconds.

Pittsburgh pummels North Carolina State
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Antonio Bryant was healthy enough to give Pittsburgh its first bowl win since 1989.

Saturday games are most meaningful this week
The New England Patriots never expected to be in position in the 15th week of the season to take control of the AFC East.

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.

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.

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.

Sports briefs
Team Alaska announces badminton tryouts Kenai girls defeat Kodiak cagers Skyview splits with Grace Kenai hockey skates past Wasilla Maier to ski Alpine for first time since crash

The Next Level
Kenais Schmidt named to all-conference team Soldotnas Christensen joins Cornell College team Kenais Hansen diving for Alma College Kenais Reemtsma wraps up season with Cedarville

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.

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.

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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