Saturday, December 22, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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