Sunday, December 22, 2002

One killed, one injured in Alaska Peninsula crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal employee was killed and another seriously injured in a plane crash in southwest Alaska.

Medical board suspends Anchorage doctor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has suspended an Anchorage doctor for six months following accusations that he was treating patients while under the influence of alcohol.

Parishioner arrested after failing to stay quiet during recital
KENAI (AP) -- A Kachemak City man who said he was only trying to exercise his right to pray was arrested last weekend at St. John's Catholic Church in Homer after refusing to leave to make way for a piano recital.

North Slope workers killed on the job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Slope worker was killed when he was struck by a plug that blew out of the 28-inch pipe he was working on, a BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. spokesman said Saturday.

Republicans searching to fill Murkowski's vacancy
JUNEAU (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski had barely taken office when the search to fill the void in the state House began Friday.

New forest rules silence snowmachines in Moose Pass
MOOSE PASS (AP) -- New federal rules for the Chugach National Forest for the first time have silenced the sound of snowmachines in the Moose Pass area.

Cleanup fears put brakes on Kenai sports complex proposal
KENAI (AP) -- Plans for a 24-acre sports complex on a former landfill site are on hold because of fears that developing the area will trigger a massive cleanup effort.

Rural residents changing view on Bush roads
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A decade ago, Yukon River villagers would have been riled up at the idea of extending the Elliott Highway from Manley Hot Springs downriver to Ruby, Kaltag or Nome. But times, and attitudes, have changed.

Bomb found on Ketchikan school playground
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An explosive device was found on the playground of a Ketchikan elementary school, police said.

Santa's helpers in Fairbanks get busy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Santa's Clearing House in Fairbanks, an annual Christmas charity run by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, is doing a bustling business.

Homer volunteer charged with sex abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A volunteer chaperone for a teen program in Homer is accused of giving prescription painkillers to teenagers under his supervision, buying alcohol for them and having sex with a 16-year-old girl.

Alaskans donate Christmas boxes for Russia orphans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ten-thousand shoe boxes stuffed with everything from small toys to toothbrushes and are being sent to orphans in the Russia Far East.

Wildlife division finalizes strategic plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Division of Wildlife Conservation has completed its strategic plan and mailed it to advisory committees and organizations around Alaska.

Sled dogs find new homes for the holidays
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- All but two of fourteen sled dogs brought to the Fairbanks North Star Borough animal shelter have been adopted in time for the holidays.

Broken scanner slows airport screening in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The X-ray machine that scans carryon baggage at the Ketchikan International Airport is broken, causing security personnel to conduct hand-searches on all carryon baggage.

Alaska's unemployment rate in November outpaces U.S.
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate for November was 6.7 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month, according to state labor officials.

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.

Fairbanks man indicted on federal fraud charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Fairbanks man on 45 counts, including fraud and money laundering, for allegedly receiving Veterans Administration checks intended for his mother after she had died.

Helicopter landings allocated for Juneau Icefield
JUNEAU (AP) -- Four companies will share the allocated number of helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield, under a plan developed by the U.S. Forest Service following a decision that set the number of landings there through 2007.

Fisherman pays fine for IFQ violation
JUNEAU (AP) -- Violations of federal fishing rules have resulted in a $22,000 fine for a Kodiak fisherman.

Ideas offered for a healthy new year
We're down to the wire. Those of us who plan to purchase gifts for loved ones may be feeling the pressure. As I was beginning to panic the other day, I took a moment to relax and breathe and realized if you ask people what is important to them many will reply, "my health."

KRSMA sets its priorities for 2003
Acting in the spirit of the season, the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board on Thursday made its priorities list for the upcoming new year.

Season is a merry one for business
It appears Kenai Peninsula residents are in the mood to light up and go a-land grabbin' this Christmas season.

Lighten up! Residents get into decorating
For 11 months out of the year, these houses look perfectly ordinary. A stranger driving by might give a quick glance to a green lawn or a well-kept garden, then turn their eyes back to the road without so much as an inkling of the surprise that lurks out of sight in these homes, stacked neatly away in garages, basements and backyard sheds.

John Bannock
Longtime Kenai resident John Bannock died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2002, after a brief illness. He was 75.

Richard Glen Rupard
Richard Glen Rupard died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with his wife by his bedside. He was 82.

Peninsula offers perfect place for winter games
Those who live on the Kenai Peninsula, especially those who have lived in and traveled to other parts of the state, know the peninsula is the very best of Alaska.

Holiday season wouldn't be the same without a little snow on the ground
What is it about snow and Christmas? We all know the birth that started the whole thing took place in a desert somewhere between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, a region not particularly famous for its horse-drawn sleighs gliding merrily across fields of snow lined with towering pine trees.

Words not always easily eaten
WASHINGTON -- Loose lips have sunk or threatened many a political career before Trent Lott's self-inflicted woes led to his resignation as the incoming Senate majority leader.

Waitress gets huge Christmas gratuity
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) -- Waitress Sarah Nilsen got an early Christmas present in the mail this week: A $10,000 tip from one of her regular customers.

Around the Peninsula
Community dinner plannedGingerbread houses on displayFamily fun night plannedHomer High merchandise on saleSoldotna pool offers swim lessonsAdvisory committee to hold electionsResidents warned about snow hazardsPioneers to gather recipes

My Best Friend
Casey Card doesn't have too much to worry about as long as her baby-sitter Ajax is around. The English Mastiff keeps a close eye on the great-granddaughter of Alice Card of Sterling.

Olson, Olack announce engagement
Madelyn Olson and Brian Olack plan to marry Saturday, April 26, 2003, in Reno, Nev.

Wilson, Hammel marry in August
April Wilson and Michael Hammel of Hillsboro, Ore, were married Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, in an evening ceremony in Oregon City, Ore., at the Grand Oregon Lodge. Roger Moore officiated.

Books make good gifts for children, adults
Books don't require batteries or modems, and they don't torment the reader with pop-up ads. If you give one this holiday season, you're really giving hours of quiet pleasure:

Hawks topple Philadelphia
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 28 points as the Atlanta Hawks overcame the absence of Glenn Robinson and a season-ending injury to Emanual Davis to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 79-77 Saturday night.

USC takes NCAA volleyball crown
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Katie Olsovsky had 16 kills as top-seeded Southern California defeated Stanford 3-1 in the NCAA women's volleyball championship on Saturday. It is USC's second title since winning the inaugural championship in 1981.

Turco gaffe propels Devils past Stars
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jeff Friesen scored the go-ahead goal on a giveaway by Dallas goaltender Marty Turco and John Madden scored twice to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-3 over the Stars on Saturday.

Palmer piles up penalties in North Star Conference loss
While the score of Kenai Central High School's 8-1 North Star Conference victory over visiting Palmer was impressive, equally impressive was the rest of the stats on the score sheet -- most notably, Palmer's 13 penalties for 53 minutes compared to Kenai's seven penalties for 14 minutes.

Sports Briefs
Oracle again beats OneWorldArtest misses first trip back to ChicagoArizona's Walton receives college degreeRebraca leaves game with irregular heartbeat

Cooper leads Panthers past Seward at Elks Showdown
The Skyview High School boys basketball team rebounded from Friday's loss to Palmer with a 53-49 win over Seward Saturday at the Palmer Elks Showdown.

Vikings play role of spoiler
MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Moss played out of position, and 43-year-old kicker Gary Anderson seemed beyond range. Yet both delivered in a big victory for the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday.

CIA boys, girls grab crowns
The home teams got to keep the trophies as both CIA basketball teams claimed the championship titles for the three-day the 2002 Cook Inlet Classic basketball tournament, that closed Saturday at Cook Inlet Academy.

SkyHi girls, SoHi boys ski to fourths
The Service boys and girls cross-country skiing teams swept the Lynx Loppet Friday and Saturday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

No. 1 Arizona falls prey to tenacious defense of LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jaime Lloreda had 19 points and 13 rebounds and LSU held on for a 66-65 victory over No. 1 Arizona on Saturday night.

Bulldogs rub out Panthers
Skyview wasn't the only one surprised by John Schwenke Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The Nikiski sophomore goalie also surprised himself.

Mount Union storms to Stagg Bowl title
SALEM, Va. -- Dan Pugh ran for 253 yards and four touchdowns and set a slew of records Saturday as Mount Union won its third straight Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl and seventh in 10 years, beating Trinity 48-7.

Soldotna senior sparks conference victory over Colony
Johnny Mills and Ben Tikka each scored a pair of goals, but it was Derek Martin who provided the spark for the Soldotna High School hockey team with a goal and an assist in his return from injury as the Stars defeated Colony 6-3 in a North Star Conference game Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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