Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Candidates for governor differ on racism issues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Depending on which candidate you ask, Alaska's next governor will reduce discrimination by offering new legislation, encouraging a spirit of positive thinking, or doing nothing at all because intolerance isn't a major problem.

Roving cow pilfered again, but she's back on the range
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- You just can't keep a good cow down, if it's popular and made of plywood.

Federal program takes aim at teacher shortage in villages
JUNEAU (AP) -- Michelle Martin saw teachers from the Outside come and go in her town of Kake.

Fairbanks man killed in Cantwell avalanche
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has become the state's fourth avalanche fatality so far this winter.

Soldier killed in Fairbanks vehicle collision
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier was killed in a two-car accident early Sunday morning.

Denali Park chief pleased some park users, frustrated others
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Running Denali National Park and Preserve is not an easy job but Steve Martin handled it well, say citizens and other government officials who worked with him.

For some Guardsmen, Christmas is another day on the job
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fritz Brown will be in uniform and far from home on Christmas, just one of hundreds of Guardsmen activated to provide security at America's airports.

Scientists use $80 million in federal money to probe sea lion decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In what may be the most intense, well-funded investigation ever undertaken into a single species, scientists launched more than 150 studies this year to find out why the Steller sea lion population crashed and remains low.

Dec. 23, 2001 Peninsula Clarion says Legislature 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.''

Violent crimes rattle Christmas Day shoppers in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two unrelated violent crimes were reported at two Anchorage businesses that remained open on Christmas Day.

Wind, rain hamper effort to restore power to Homer homes
HOMER (AP) -- Strong winds and rain on Christmas complicated the task of restoring power to homes left without electricity by a winter snowstorm last week.

Icy Roads cause trouble for Southcentral motorists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rain and temperatures hovering near freezing on Tuesday and early Wednesday produced icy conditions north and south of Anchorage that sent vehicles sliding into ditches.

Anchorage man killed in avalanche near Hope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died in an avalanche Sunday afternoon while snowmachining near Hope.

Coast Guard offers safety training to crab fleet
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard is offering safety training to the crab boat fleet prior to the opening of the crab fishery Jan. 15.

Arctic climate scientists look to the past
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A five-year, $2.5 million federal research program is looking at how the people of Alaska's Arctic can deal with a shifting climate, as well as protecting themselves from weather disasters that may come with the changes.

Police: Ketchikan man murdered outside his home
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 50-year-old man was found dead outside his downtown apartment on Tuesday, the apparent victim of an assault, Ketchikan police said.

Sergeant's in Kuwait when snowmachine prize arrives
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dana Elmore, winner of a $6,000 snowmachine in a recent contest, plans on taking the 2002 Polaris 550 for a spin any day now.

Saxman community center taking shape
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A new Saxman community center roof is essentially complete, according to project manager Dave Jensen.

Former dentist's secretary sought on Unalaska theft warrant
UNALASKA (AP) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a dentist's former secretary accused of illegally purchasing more than 13,000 painkiller and other pills worth nearly $4,000.

Dec. 22, 2001 Anchorage Daily News on proposed subsistence amendment
Eleven Alaskans worked hard to do right and find common ground as they drafted a constitutional amendment to provide a rural subsistence priority.

Longtime UAF registrar decides to retire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Long college admissions-day lines are a thing of the past at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and now one of the campus officials who helped eliminate the wait is stepping aside.

Dec. 19, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. on reaction to Tolerance Commission conclusions
The problem with Alaska politicians is they question motives before they applaud results.

Doctors prevent grandmother from organ donation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Her neighbors were frantically buying their last Christmas presents, decorating the trees, even baking cookies, but Nancy West had other plans to make.

Dec. 19, 2001 The Voice of the Times on upcoming state budget challenges
The governor calls it a ''strong future'' budget, putting a lot more money into children's health programs, public safety and economic development. It's the spending plan he's sending the Legislature for Fiscal Year 2003.

Dec. 23, 2001 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges fiscal plan that calls for more than spending
In recent weeks, Gov. Tony Knowles has been saying a lot about his proposed fiscal 2003 state budget and the increases that will be part of it. What he hasn't been saying much about is how he proposes paying for them.

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.

No charges filed in fatal truck crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are waiting for three people to complete medical treatment before charges are filed in connection with a fatal truck crash Sunday.

Study bolsters evidence linking multiple sclerosis to mononucleosis virus
CHICAGO (AP) -- A common virus may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, new research suggests, bolstering evidence linking the nerve disorder with the Epstein-Barr germ.

Troops celebrate holiday far from home
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- From Mazar-e-Sharif in the north to Kandahar in the south and the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, American forces celebrated Christmas with carols, touch football and turkey dinners -- and missed their faraway loved ones.

Crime Stoppers looking for more local push
Law enforcement on the Kenai Peninsula has a silent partner that is looking for a few good citizens. Kenai Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. has been on the peninsula since 1983, and the organization is looking for all the help it can get.

Peninsula outages continue
Just when Alaskans think they have this state figured out, it throws a curve ball as a reminder that it is far from being tamed.

Holidays tough days for inmates
Christmas Day is a time when many look to share joy and hope with their families, friends and neighbors. But not everyone who woke up Tuesday morning had the chance to spend time with loved ones.

Wayne Sterling
Kasilof resident Wayne Sterling died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 86.

Margaret Nelson
Longtime Alaska resident Margaret Nelson died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at home with her family in Seward. She was 83.

As is, Knowles' budget plan leaves door open to rhetoric, not solution
In recent weeks, Gov. Tony Knowles has been saying a lot about his proposed fiscal 2003 state budget and the increases that will be part of it. What he hasn't been saying much about is how he proposes paying for them.

Letters to the Editor
Adults creating Harry Potter uproar; kids have always enjoyed fairy tales More on Harry Potter: Real danger is religious fanatics, not fantasy tale

Alaska must look out for itself Now is time for state to seriously consider ownership of natural gas pipeline
We Alaskans take pride in our can-do spirit. When a need is identified, we call ourselves to action, take up whatever tools are necessary, and accomplish the required task. We have learned that to wait for others to act on our behalf is not a wise course. We know, too, it is not only our right, but our obligation to act in our own best interest.

Around the Peninsula
Zoning meeting canceledChamber luncheons canceledCIA alumni night plannedAlumni basketball scheduledCribbage tournament starts SaturdayKPC to hold registrationSkate ski clinic planned

Lakers take Sixers in rematch
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers found life without Shaquille O'Neal awfully difficult for more than three quarters Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Pronger back in hospital -- to play Santa

Vegas no vacation for Southern Cal
LAS VEGAS -- With a methodical rushing attack and an overwhelming defensive effort, Utah won the Las Vegas Bowl exactly the way Ron McBride always hoped his team would play this season.

Nittany tandem lead Blue to win
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- It took Penn State half a season to come together. Nittany Lions running backs Eddie Drummond and Omar Easy needed just a week to mesh with their all-star team.

Former college athletes hit books -- again
LOS ANGELES -- Herman Benson saunters across the UCLA campus, books in arm. He is 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, and it's no wonder professors often ask if he's on the football team.

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