Monday, December 24, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Park Service sets compensation workshops
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Park Service will hold several workshops in Southeast Alaska to help people apply for compensation for losses from commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay.

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.

Windstorm cuts power to large areas of Kenai Peninsula
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Some residents of the Kenai Peninsula were cut off from electric power for more than a day when a windstorm whipped across the region over the weekend.

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.

Proposed pavilion at Juneau campus gets Rasmuson grant
JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to build an outdoor pavilion on the University of Alaska Southeast campus received a major boost last week when the project got $150,000 in grants from the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.

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

Man dies after stolen truck smashes into his vehicle
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died early Sunday after his truck was broadsided by a stolen pickup speeding down a major Anchorage street, according to Anchorage police.

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.

Adak residents say mail slow to arrive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Since the demise of Reeve Aleutian Airways, people in remote Adak have experienced delays in getting mail, with priority mail occasionally taking two or three weeks to arrive and nonpriority packages a month or more, according to Mayor Agafon Krukoff.

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.

Kuskokwin 300 race committee unsure of purse amount
BETHEL (AP) -- Organizers of the Kuskokwim 300 say they may have to cut the purse for the state's premier middle-distance mushing race to less than the planned $100,000.

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.

Man robs Anchorage bank
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lone robber held up a bank in the Muldoon area Saturday afternoon, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

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.''

November unemployment holds steady in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent in November, the same as October, state economists report. The November rate is lower than the 6.1 percent for the same month in 2000.

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

Outlaw riders rile city residents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City law forbids riding snowmachines anywhere in Alaska largest city. But in nearly every neighborhood, residents report snowmachiners buzzing down the streets, through back yards, along utility rights of way, in parks and gravel pits. And some say police don't write citations even when they stop the violators.

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.

Troopers stop teen on Dalton with 75 bottles of alcohol
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An 18-year-old apparently attempting to smuggle about 75 bottles of alcohol up the Dalton Highway was thwarted by Alaska State Troopers Saturday afternoon at the Dalton Highway checkpoint.

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

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

Young Marines collect Toys for Tots at Big K in Kenai
In the midst of the Christmas shopping rush and sub-zero temperatures, members of the Arctic Young Marines set up posts to collect Toys for Tots in Kenai at the Big K-mart and in Soldotna at Fred Myers.

ABATE members go on shopping spree to fill up Santa's Sleigh
They choose to ride big bikes rather than reindeer, but when it comes to being Santa's little helper, they're one of the biggest on the Peninsula. They are the men and women of ABATE, Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education.

$20K from Phillips guarantees all fifth graders a Challenger mission in 2002
All fifth graders of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) will experience a mission to outer space next year at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai, thanks to a $20,000 grant from Phillips Alaska.

Bringing a touch of elegance to the busy holiday season
Bringing a touch of elegance and nostalgia to the holiday season, Connie Davis, of Alaska C&C Stables in Soldotna, has driven her matched team and carriage at many of this Season's events, indoors on ice at the Soldotna Sports Center, and outdoors during sub zero temperatures at Tree lighting ceremonies.

Kenai Rotarians prove to be warmer than the weather
Even with the help of the warm-hearted Kenai Rotarians, donations at the traditional Salvation Army kettles were running behind last year according to Lt. Craig Fanning of the local Salvation Army.

NOW PLAYING Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
All the rabid Tolkien fans out there can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Hollywood didn't screw it up; Lord of the Rings is awesome. Where there was every possibility that the audience would be presented with a hollowed out, effects heavy, cheese-fest, we are given, instead, a richly told, fully realized epic masterpiece. Whew.

Nikiski woman, volunteers cooking up holiday cheer
Christmas can be a lonely time for people with no friends and family in the area. A group of Nikiski volunteers are planning to keep that loneliness at bay this Christmas by filling people's hearts with holiday cheer and their stomachs with a home-cooked dinner.

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.

Passenger tries to ignite sneaker
BOSTON -- Preliminary FBI tests found explosives in the sneakers that a passenger tried to ignite aboard a Boeing 767 jetliner, and the man was charged Sunday with the federal crime of assaulting a flight crew.

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.

HEA still working to get residences hooked up
Crews of Homer Electric Asso-ciation linemen are doing everything they can to get Christmas trees lit again in time for Santa's trip to the southern Kenai Peninsula.

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.

It's a small world after all
Christmas and other December holidays are observed around the world, and the season reminds us that sometimes the extended Family of Man can get together for a good time.

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.

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.

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.

Airport kiosk sparks debate
The Kenai Municipal Airport will have a new piece of furniture proudly displayed in its lobby to greet the new year. After a lofty debate in last Wednesday's Kenai City Council meeting, a new kiosk, emblazoned with Challenger Learning Center logos and designed to collect quarters from airport patrons, will spend a year-in-wait in the airport's waiting area.

Sept. 11 tragedy moves people to mark Christmas with charitable donations
Omar Aqeel is no 12-year-old spendthrift. Despite his cushioned upbringing in affluent Pebble Beach, Calif., he washes cars and delivers newspapers to earn his own money. He saves the fruits of his youthful entrepreneurship.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
Editor's Note: For several years on Christmas Eve, the Peninsula Clarion has reprinted this famous editorial written by Francis P. Church. It first appeared in the New York Sun on Sept. 21, 1897.

Through the eyes of a child
There's another holiday tradition at the Peninsula Clarion: the publication of Christmas greetings from Kenai Peninsula children.

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,

Letters to the Editor
Legislators in Fiscal Caucus show courage with their recent plan

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."

Around the Peninsula
Christmas Eve musical plannedSanta Claus comes to peninsulaPublic Health Center closedVisitors center closes for holidaysFood donations neededToys needed for Christmas collection

Peninsula People
Nikiski grad earns degreeStudent receives scholarshipHonor society accepts Soldotna student

Shine on
Holiday lights shine through a window at the Bookey residence on Walker Lane in Kenai Sunday morning.

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.

Boys and Girls Club gets boost
Agrium presents the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula a check for $10,000. The donation will underwrite the 2002 golf tournament, a fund-raiser for the club.

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

Home for the holidays takes on special meaning
Yellow ribbons are fluttering in the frigid breeze this week from a 20-foot Christmas tree outside the Anchor Point Roadhouse.

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

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.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Do the holidays make your job harder or easier?

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

Community News
Homer organizations awarded grantsVolunteers sought for exchange program

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.

Jessica Stack and Jeffrey Yeoman

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

Torch honors victims, passes through NYC
NEW YORK -- The Olympic torch paused for a solemn ceremony in front of the Statue of Liberty on Sunday night before Mayor Rudolph Giuliani carried it on the final leg in New York.

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.

Sports Briefs
Kenai girls take Joe Floyd tourneySoldotna cagers sweep SewardKenai skaters take down PalmerHall leads peninsula at Besh Cup

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.

NFL playoff picture comes into view
LANDOVER, Md. -- Linebacker Brian Urlacher caught a 27-yard touchdown pass, his first career NFL reception, from holder Brad Maynard with 9:55 left Sunday, giving the Chicago Bears a 20-15 victory over the Washington Redskins.

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.

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.

U.S. skaters sets gears for speedskating golds
KEARNS, Utah -- With the advantage of skating on their home track, U.S. speedskaters appear certain to leave the Salt Lake City Olympics with more medals than they won at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Peninsula high schools relive glory days on ice
While Kenai and Soldotna's current hockey teams were busy duking it out on the ice in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys, alumni went stick to stick and helmet to helmet for three hours of hockey action Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Who's in, who's out
The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots clinched playoff berths Sunday in vastly different manners.

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

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.

Milwaukee confounds Spurs' duo
SAN ANTONIO -- While San Antonio has figured out most of the rest of the NBA, the Spurs can't seem to solve the Milwaukee Bucks.

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

Nedved wrister rings in for Rangers
NEW YORK -- Petr Nedved's off-balance wrist shot with 1:01 left gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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