Monday, December 23, 2002

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

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.

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.

Trooper director retires
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska State Trooper director Col. Randy Crawford surprised law enforcement officers gathered for a ceremonial badge pinning in Soldotna on Friday by announcing his retirement.

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.

Nome man dies in traffic accident
NOME (AP) -- A Nome man died after he was struck by a vehicle Saturday night.

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.

Selawik girl injured in snowmobile accident
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A Selawik man was charged with driving while intoxicated and assault after a sled he was pulling behind a snowmobile struck and injured a 9-year-old girl.

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

Rika's Roadhouse project hits setback
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Alaska State Parks officials have been dealt a setback in their efforts to turn a long-vacant building at Rika's Roadhouse into an interpretive center to focus on the region's transportation history.

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.

Murkowski, Stevens back Frist as Senate GOP leader
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's U.S. Senate delegation expressed praise for Bill Frist, chosen Monday as the new Republican Senate leader.

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.

Klondike 300 canceled
BIG LAKE (AP) -- The Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race has been canceled due to poor trail conditions.

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.

Beaver colony in Dredge Lakes to be killed
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service plans to kill a colony of beavers in the Dredge Lakes area.

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.

Alaska Power & Telephone files for bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Alaska Power & Telephone Co. bought an interest in paving company Summit Alaska Inc. last year, the move was supposed to provide stability through diversification, but the strategy backfired.

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.

Goldstream Valley home destroyed by fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A fire destroyed a Goldstream Valley home Sunday afternoon, killing the occupant's two dogs.

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.

Tribes file lawsuit against DFYS
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaska Native tribes have filed a lawsuit, accusing the state of violatiing state and federal laws regarding the care of Native children in state custody.

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.

Cutter Alex Haley heads home to Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley was headed home to Kodiak for Christmas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hall asking members to weigh in on Rose
NEW YORK -- Count out Robin Roberts from the proposed meeting between commissioner Bud Selig and the Hall of Fame's 58 living members regarding Pete Rose's possible reinstatement.

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."

Now Playing: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Let no one say that Peter Jackson's stunning achievement with his first installment of Lord of the Rings was a fluke. The Fellowship of the Ring was incredible and lauded by critics the world over. The next chapter, The Two Towers, more than meets expectations. There is a very simple reason for this, and I hope it's one Hollywood takes a hard look at for future franchises. The Two Towers is not a sequel, but a continuation.

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.

Teens get involved in Kenai
Running a government may sound like a job that's just for adults, but in Kenai, young people play a role as well.

Photo feature: It's all down hill from here
Archer Larned, front, and her sister Jennifer head for a wipe out on a sledding hill behind Skyview High School Sunday morning. Some areas of the central peninsula received additional snow during the weekend.

2 promoted, 1 retires from trooper force
Alaska State Trooper director Col. Randy Crawford surprised a group of law enforcement officers gathered for a ceremonial badge pinning in Soldotna on Friday by announcing his retirement from the force.

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.

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.

Gloria Marie Hamilton
Former Ninilchik resident Gloria Marie Hamilton died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at her home. She was 76.

Letters to the Editor
SPCA of the Kenai Peninsula clarifies its status, purpose Community Rivers coalition taking control of Anchor River Will dental community help quench need or pour fuel on burning issue? Wrestling community calls foul against ASAA for shoddy treatment Mr. Ross may be skilled attorney, but hes wrong about church law CIRI shareholder unhappy with board, wants dividend

Lott's resignation necessary; Senate needs better leader
The resignation of Trent Lott as majority leader in the U.S. Senate was timely and necessary.

Two organizations changing lives of Sterling students, their families

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.

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.

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.

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

Peninsula People
SoHi grad earns bachelors degree Area students win cash in patriotic poetry contest

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.

My Christmas wish...
Bob Peters of Kenai asks Santa for a bigger library at the Kenai Public Librarys open house Dec. 12.

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai visitors center to be closed Hospital to sponsor sitter classes Free cancer screening planned Center offers free clothing

DEmmarie Catherine Lee Flowers Thomas "Ryder" Leete Landon Larry Rogers

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:

Community News
Food bank plans Christmas dinner, holiday closings Literacy carnival planned for February VHPA to hold national reunion

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.

Not much settled as final week looms
It's the most muddled playoff picture in NFL history.

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.

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
Petersburg tops Homer

Titans, Raiders first AFC teams to get into playoffs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Tennessee Titans clinched the AFC South by beating Jacksonville 28-10 Sunday, becoming the first AFC team to earn a playoff berth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Utah snaps Grizzlies' five-game win streak
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Karl Malone and Matt Harpring scored 17 points each as the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-74 Sunday.

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.

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