Friday, December 22, 2000

Earthquake strikes Alaska Peninsula area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula area Thursday afternoon.

Seven arrested on cocaine charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal investigation has led to the arrest of seven Anchorage men on charges related to cocaine distribution.

Nurse's license revoked seven years after homicide plea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Nursing this week revoked Ronald Steven Medley's licenses to practice as a registered nurse and advanced nurse practitioner.

Two boys drown in Akiachak
BETHEL (AP) -- Two little boys from the village of Akiachak apparently drowned after falling into open water while sledding Thursday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers said.

DOT official named director of construction in central region
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has named a longtime employee of the state Department of Transportation to a top construction job.

Two men hang themselves at Anchorage jails
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men being held at state-operated jails in Anchorage killed themselves in separate incidents this week, Corrections Department officials said.

More teens arrested in burglary ring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Seven more teen-agers were arrested this week and accused of participating in a burglary ring that operated in Anchorage over the last three months.

Study finds oil cleanup efforts in icy waters ineffective
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A state report completed this week details BP's inability to mop up spilled oil in slushy water off the Arctic Coast.

Part of state building opens
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska State Employees Federal Credit Union reopened its branch Wednesday in the state-owned Court Plaza Building, sealed since a fuel spill early Sunday.

State takes over extension of Anchorage coastal trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three state agencies are taking over development of a planned 12-mile extension of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from Kincaid Park to Potter Marsh, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Thursday.

Salmon ad has fishing industry rolling with laughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Imagine Jackie Chan vs. the grizzly bear, facing off on a gravel bar. They punch, they twirl and kick, they scream bloody murder, fighting over a fresh red salmon.

Anchorage restaurant owner waives extradition proceedings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Restaurant owner Nick Shabani has decided not to fight extradition to Macedonia but will, instead, return willingly to that country to face a murder charge.

Palmer police issue warrant for drug suspect
WASILLA (AP) -- A $50,000 arrest warrant was issued for a man accused of delivering drugs to a 13-year-old student at Palmer Junior Middle School.

Native diabetes study shows benefits of diet counseling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A researcher studying the effects of diabetes in Alaska Natives has found that people who get one-on-one counseling on their diets tend to eat better.

Railroad to survey commuters for possible servie to Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad is trying to find out what it would take to persuade commuters from the Matanuska and Susitna valleys to ride the rails to work in Anchorage.

Free Fairbanks buses boosting ridership
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough bus system's free ride program is boosting ridership.

Fairbanks launches drunk driving patrols
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Police Department will use a $49,500 grant from the state Highway Safety Office and money from the city to provide $55,000 for overtime patrols starting Friday.

Celebrating winter solstice with the holidays
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Winter solstice may not get the same reverence as its summertime antithesis, but the occurrence, which happened in Fairbanks at 4:39 Thursday morning, is still a marker of rituals.

Air Guard, Civil Air Patrol search for missing plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search was underway Thursday for an overdue cargo plane with two people aboard, the Alaska Air National Guard said.

Flags lowered Friday for former state Rep. Al Nakak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has ordered that state flags be lowered Friday in tribute to former state Rep. Alfred Charles Nakak, who died Tuesday.

Youth workers plan lake revegetation
KENAI (AP) -- Two youth organizations will give Mother Nature some help next year restoring vegetation around a gravel pit turned into an 8-acre lake.

Jury rules in favor of Polaris in snowmachine suit
NOME (AP) -- A Nome Superior Court jury has ruled in favor of Polaris Industries in a case between the company and the estate of a Shaktoolik man.

Coast Guard offers safety checks for crab fleet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard is offering safety checks for the crab fishing fleet before the start of fishing Jan. 15.

Two arrested in Juneau drug raid
JUNEAU (AP) -- Narcotics officers arrested two people after a raid at a Juneau home Wednesday.

Supreme Court rules on teen drinking law
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled it is unconstitutional to revoke the drivers licenses of minors cited for drinking alcohol unless the state follows the due process required in criminal prosecutions.

Conflicting data confuses sockeye salmon forecast
KENAI (AP) -- Two conflicting sets of data have muddied the Cook Inlet sockeye salmon forecast for next year.

Kodiak borough officials ponder appeal of judgment
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is waiting for the opinions of their attorneys before deciding whether to appeal a $1.35 million verdict, plus legal fees, against the borough in a civil negligence suit decided last week.

Statewide school union has its own labor troubles
JUNEAU (AP) -- It represents school employees statewide, but now the National Staff Organization of Alaska is having union problems of its own.

Clinton mulls over legislation for Alaska Native war casualties
FAIRBANKS -- At the end of a twisted legislative path, a bill that would benefit survivors of Alaska Natives who died in the Vietnam needs only President Clinton's signature.

Plane wreckage found, two presumed dead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pilot and co-pilot of a cargo fuel plane were presumed dead Thursday after wreckage was found strewn over a steep mountainside southwest of Anchorage.

Little kids make big market
DENVER -- The flat snow-sports retail business is getting a boost from parents spending record amounts of money on gear and clothing for their children.

Phillips approves $2.5 billion capital budget
Phillips Petroleum Co. has approved $2.5 billion for capital projects in 2001, up from $2 billion this year, excluding the $6.7 billion spent to purchase Arco's Alaska assets.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
DAV plans meeting 911 board meets today Kenai Visitors Center closing for holidays Next class of recruits soughtHospice volunteers to sing message of cheerRefuge open for holiday tree cuttingChugach areas open to snowmachinesFamily History Library closes for holidays

Around the Peninsula
Community dinner held on Christmas Day Clinic closes next week Completed surveys neededMount Marathon race designs soughtGift ideas to help allCenter to provide for those in need

Art Briefs
New Year's Eve events wanted Writers Night entries sought

The real deal
While another tie, sweater or toilet seat light would be a nice gift to give this year, maybe the receiver would be especially thankful for a one-of-a-kind locally made present that can be found in various area stores.

Music from the north
FAIRBANKS -- Most conductors don't take lip from their players. But Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra musicians, like a lot of folks in Alaska's Interior, aren't shy about confronting officialdom.

Fish and Game releases uncertain sockeye forecast
Two conflicting data sets have cast a fog of uncertainty over the sockeye salmon forecast for next year.

Determination, scholarship put teen single mother back on road to success
Sometimes bad choices can lead to happy endings.

Police, troopers to increase street patrols over holidays
Area law enforcement officials are reminding holiday revelers to think twice before climbing behind the wheel of a car in the coming days.

Everts Fuel plane goes down near Redoubt
Two central peninsula men are presumed dead after an Everts Air Fuel plane crashed north of Tuxedni Bay on the west side of Cook Inlet Wednesday.

Pilot of downed cargo plane also an accomplished engine mechanic
For longtime peninsula pilot Kearlee Wright, Jim Munson was a mechanic without peer, a skilled aviator and a good man.

Two dead in fuel plane crash
Two central peninsula men are presumed dead after an Everts Air Fuel plane crashed north of Tuxedni Bay on the west side of Cook Inlet Wednesday.

Photo Feauture:Taking advantage of conditions
Youngsters take turns cascading down a sledding hill on the playground at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna Wednesday afternoon.

Hanukkah candles get lit tonight
As the dark closes in this evening, families around the world will light special candles and begin observing Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights.

Tesoro pulls plug on Kenai store
A Tesoro gas station next to McDonald's in Kenai is the latest casualty of Tesoro's effort to make the company more profitable.

Jose Bravo
Services for Kenai resident Jose G. Bravo will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Amador (Don) Brazington
Former Sterling resident Amador "Don" O. Brazington died of leukemia on Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 67.

Small oil fields making big difference in state's overall economic health
What others say

Many contribute to success of school's Christmas Fun Fest

Christmas, at its core, is holy-day
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's that time again in the nation's capital. Now that the post-election confusion

It's too soon to condemn BP's decision to hire Texas-based contractor
When BP Amoco announced in June that Nikiski would be the site of an $86 million pilot plant to test technology for turning natural gas into high-quality synthetic crude oil, there was nothing but excitement about the project.

Outdoor Briefs
Some areas of Chugach open to snowmachines Kenai River yields record king salmon

Skiers hopes dashed by weather
By mid-December, peninsula cross-country skiers usually have a buffet of options before them.

Birds of a feather
A pair of ravens admire their work after they took turns pruning themselves on a light pole above the Kenai Spur Highway Thursday afternoon.

Tougher sledding for small teams
While some of the big-name mushers on the Kenai Peninsula have the resources to bring their teams to the snow this winter, things haven't been so easy for the peninsula's smaller mushing outfits.

Skiers hopes dashed by weather
By mid-December, peninsula cross-country skiers usually have a buffet of options before them.

Lack of snow puts Iditarod mushers on the go
Mitch Seavey is dreaming of a white Christmas -- at least one he doesn't have to drive 450 miles to enjoy.

Minister's Message
Peace on Earth and peace in her heart. Migan McKenna tells the story of a woman who desired peace more than anything.

Religion Briefs
Central peninsula churches plan services for Christmas

For 2-faith families, a year of holiday 'convergence''
NEW YORK -- Red-and-green miniature Christmas candles. A blue prayer rug. A black Quran. A red Bible.

Soldotna captures Grace title
The Soldotna boys basketball team held off Grace Christian 63-53 Wednesday night to win the Grace Christian Basketball Classic 2000 in Anchorage.

Dafoe shuts out Maple Leafs
BOSTON -- Byron Dafoe earned his first shutout of the season, and Eric Manlow picked up his first NHL point on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hometown Rebels stomp Razorbacks
UNLV wide receiver Nate Turner catches a game-tying touchdown pass during the second quarter of the Las Vegas Bowl Thursday Las Vegas.

Hoops Classic tips off at Kenai Central High
The Holiday Hoops Alumni Classic basketball tournament will tip off for the fifth straight year Saturday at Kenai Central High School. The one-day tournament gets under way at 9 a.m., with championship games scheduled for 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Alumni renew rivalry on Sports Center ice
The holiday season is traditionally viewed as a good time to renew old friendships. But as the Kenai-Soldotna Alumni Classic hockey game shows every year, the Christmas season also isn't a bad time to renew rivalries.

One last salute for Denver's Mile High Stadium
DENVER -- It was erected in 1948 on the site of a dump. Cynics might say the rusting, rotting structure has come full circle.

Football starts bowling
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Jeff Kelly's 29-yard touchdown pass to freshman Kenny Johnson with eight seconds left lifted Southern Mississippi to a 28-21 victory over No. 13 Texas Christian in the Mobile Alabama Bowl on Wednesday night.

Belfour shelled by Devils
Patrik Elias had a goal and three assists in the opening 10:29 as the New Jersey Devils drove Ed Belfour to the bench and defeated Dallas 4-1 on Wednesday night in their first meeting since beating the Stars to win the Stanley Cup.

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