Saturday, December 21, 2002

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Murkowski
Short bio of Lisa Murkowski

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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
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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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