Sunday, December 23, 2001

North Pole meth lab operator sentenced
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Like so many people throughout Alaska's history, Crist Bigler came north in 1997 to find an out-of-the-way spot and carve out a living. The difference was that Bigler tried to do it by making methamphetamine.

Dillingham crash review yields nothing unusual so far
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Peninsula Airways pilot Gordon Mills did not call for help or say anything unusual before his Cessna 208 plunged into the tundra shortly after taking off Oct. 10 from Dillingham, according to an investigation update from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Man gets nine years for gun burglary
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nenana burglary that yielded two pistols has led to a federal prison sentence of more than nine years for a man nicknamed ''The Leprechaun.''

Longtime Alaska entrepreneur announces retirement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dale R. Lindsey, a longtime Alaska entrepreneur, is retiring as president and chief executive of Harbor Enterprises Inc. in Seward.

Planned youth facility gets low bids
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The lowest bid for a planned Kenai Peninsula-based youth detention facility came in at $3.3 million, well under the $3.7 million budget set by the state.

Extreme ice conditions close upper Cook Inlet to single-hull barges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Upper Cook Inlet was closed to single-hulled tanker barges Friday after an Anchorage-bound vessel encountered impassable ice floes.

School evacuated after fire breaks out
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 500 students were evacuated when a fire broke out at an elementary school near Wasilla.

Authorities investigate suspicious death in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the death of a 56-year-old woman whose body was found inside her trailer home.

New York shipbuilder low bidder for Alaska fast ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- A New York shipbuilder is the low bidder for a state contract to build two fast ferries at a cost of $67.9 million, state transportation officials said.

Three men indicted on counterfeit charges in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three Fairbanks area men have been indicted on charges they counterfeited $100 bills and tried to pass them off at two businesses.

Nenana school superintendent put on leave
NENANA (AP) -- The City of Nenana School District has removed its superintendent.

Anchorage gunshot victim dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old man who was shot in the head by a friend has died of his injuries.

Fire destroys main building in Sleetmute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The main structure in the village of Sleetmute burned Thursday night, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Twins announce 2002 schedule
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Twins still don't know if they have a future, but they finally have a schedule.

Holiday charitable programs find success
Christmas will be a lot merrier for about 430 families this year, thanks to the efforts of area charitable Christmas programs Sharing the Spirit and the Sears/Mountain View Christmas Drive.

Search set to intensify
WASHINGTON -- The American military patrolled the skies over Afghanistan on Saturday in pursuit of Osama bin Laden and his soldiers as a new leader was installed in Kabul.

Plight of Afghan orphans prompts Americans to action
It was the empty look in the girl's eyes in the newspaper picture that caught Michelle Porter's attention.

Storm knocks out power
Supercharged winds of more than 80 miles per hour blind-sided portions of the Kenai Peninsula Saturday morning, taking out trees, power and phone lines.

Burst pipe floods Soldotna church
Parishioners of Soldotna Church of God were forced to look for a new and drier home Thursday after a water main in the building burst, drowning the basement of the church in five to six feet of water.

Mazar-e-Sharif girls head back to school
MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- The news was broadcast on television and radio. Mullahs announced it in the mosques. Teachers even went door to door to spread the word personally.

Most of us still have something to be grateful for
There is nary a year in the 225-year history of the United States of America which hasn't been tinged by tragedy of some sort.

All I want for Christmas is ...
Dear Santa,

Candidate Leman should lead, follow, or get out of the way
"I don't think it has to be done this year. ... It will be incumbent on the next Legislature."

Young Santa asked to spread cheer elsewhere
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- A 6-year-old boy who dresses up like Santa Claus and doles out presents has been told by a local mall to take his holiday cheer somewhere else.

Photo feature: Taking care of business
Chris Fulgham and Michael Knight carry presents home after shopping in Soldotna Saturday afternoon.

Photo feature: Let it shine
The Gustkey residence on Aliak Drive in Kenai is illuminated with a holiday message.

Mystic Seaport turns back the calendar to 19th-century yuletide
MYSTIC, Conn. -- Evergreen trees top the masts of the tall ships along the Mystic River, announcing the vessels will be in port for the holidays.

Homemade, heartfelt holiday gifts leave lasting impressions
It's crunch time. I don't have to remind you that Christmas is only two days away.

My Best Friend
Tommy and Leitha Broome of Kenai deck their halls for the holidays with their Lhasa apso Sir Royal Scampy Doodle Dandy, also known as Scamp.

Around the Peninsula
Christmas decorating contest winners announcedChamber luncheons on holiday hiatusSkate ski clinic offeredSafe Sitter class has space availableFunding available through United WaySocial Security representatives will visit areaLock-up fund-raiser plannedAward banquet for heroes to be held

Animal technology: Microchips help reunite lost pets with owners
PHILADELPHIA -- Each day, Patrick McCallion takes his 13-month-old dog Stewart to the corner park, where the exuberant yellow Lab mix can run loose with his pooch pals. But the park isn't enclosed.

Jordan miffs Knicks again
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan had another Madison Square Garden moment to remember, hitting a tiebreaking jump shot with 3.2 seconds left as the Washington Wizards beat the New York Knicks 87-86 Saturday night for their ninth straight victory.

Homer girls take Grace Invitational crown
The Homer High School girls basketball team dropped their final game of the Grace Classic basketball tournament 35-22 to Skyview Saturday, but the Mariners did clinch the tournament title.

Area skiers finish strong at Besh Cup
Skiers from the Kenai Peninsula made a strong showing in the first Besh Cup event of the season Saturday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Skyview heads into Christmas on upbeat note after upending Nikiski
The Skyview High School hockey team went into the holiday break on an up note, defeating Nikiski 6-1 Friday in a nonconference game at Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski.

Grapplers still face litany of problems in getting all of Alaska's programs back together again
Alaska wrestling has taken the first step back to having a unified season. In a coaches meeting following last week's Alaska Schools Activities Association fall state wrestling tournament, a decision was made to begin mending the separated seasons that have existed in the sport for nearly six years.

Senators finally get Devils' number
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike Fisher scored midway through the second period and Jani Hurme stopped 23 shots for his fourth career shutout Saturday, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Denver head coach takes paid leave
DENVER -- Denver Nuggets coach Dan Issel took a paid leave of absence Saturday, the day he was to return from a four-game suspension for shouting an insensitive ethnic remark at a fan.

Bulldogs blow past Seahawks
A bumpy road trip only got bumpier once the Seward basketball teams arrived in Nikiski Friday night.

Sports Briefs
U.S. team announces final six playersAttorney General asking questions about Sox saleJockey killed in race at Beulah Park

Janikowski boots away Titans game
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Through all of Sebastian Janikowski's off-field troubles, the Oakland Raiders always have been able to count on his reliable left leg.

Jayhawk has happy homecoming in North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Jeff Boschee, playing in his home state for the first time since high school and before a state-record crowd of 13,280, scored 23 points to lead No. 3 Kansas to a 108-77 victory over North Dakota on Saturday.

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