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Thursday, December 26, 2002

Three killed in Big Lake crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were killed and two others hospitalized following a three-vehicle accident near Big Lake.

Forest Service decides not to kill beaver colony
JUNEAU (AP) -- After hearing from Gov. Frank Murkowski, the U.S. Forest Service has decided not to kill a troublesome colony of beavers in the Dredge Lakes area this winter.

Troubled airlines present additional challenge for FAA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When an airline is in financial distress, the Federal Aviation Administration increases vigilance to ensure maintenance isn't compromised. But with two huge airlines in Chapter 11 and the FAA facing criticism for not doing enough to monitor a third, some lawmakers question whether the agency is up to the task.

Endangered species may benefit from Viagra sales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Viagra appears to be cutting into the market for endangered animals harvested illegally and sold on the black market as cures for impotence, according to a study by a University of Alaska Anchorage professor.

Postal Service effort brings gifts to St. Michael
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service organized a drive to bring Christmas presents to the Norton Sound village of St. Michael, where a post office fire 10 days ago destroyed gifts for dozens of families.

Tanacross man charged with sexual assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Tanacross man was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a family member at a Tanacross residence Monday afternoon.

Many governors forced to look at tax hikes they never imagined
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee shocked legislators recently with a proposal to raise the general state sales tax by five-eighths of a cent.

Fairbanks theater robbed again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the second-time this year, the Regal Cinemas theater in Fairbanks has been robbed at gunpoint.

School Board votes to buy land for school complex
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Despite being unhappy with the offer, the Delta/Greely School Board has unanimously voted to buy 37 acres of Mental Health Trust land to build a school complex.

Radar now monitors icebergs in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A radar system that scans Prince William Sound oil tanker lanes for dangerous icebergs has begun transmitting images to shipping managers in Valdez.

Man convicted of giving alcohol to teens in jail again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man convicted earlier this year of giving liquor to teens who were later involved in a fatal car crash is in jail again, this time for failing to complete community service work.

New minimum wage law takes effect Jan. 1
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 14,000 Alaskans could see a raise beginning Jan. 1 when the state's new minimum wage law takes effect.

FNA director steps down
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Native Association director Annette Freiburger has resigned after two years in the top job, saying she wants to spend more time with family.

New Native artist unveils sculpture
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Othniel Art Oomittuk screwed 500-pound bones into the frozen ground last week.

Lions share of sea lion funds go to Washington state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference has released a report on how it distributed $30 million in federal funds among more than 15,000 individuals, businesses and communities.

Feds concede state owns submerged lands
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal government conceded recently that Alaska owns much of the submerged lands in the Tongass National Forest.

Couple killed in fatal crash traveling for family holiday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Willow couple killed in a three-vehicle crash on the Parks Highway on Monday was on their way Outside to visit family for the holidays, friends said.

Major league baseball's free agents face buyers' market for 2003 season
NEW YORK -- The bear market isn't just on Wall Street anymore. Just ask baseball's free agents.

RCA issues new competition rules
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska ordered Alaska Communications Systems to file monthly status reports, to share its resources and to provide equitable customer care for General Communication Inc. in a ruling issued Dec. 5.

Share of sea lion funds go to Washington state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference has released a report on how it distributed $30 million in federal funds among more than 15,000 individuals, businesses and communities.

Business Briefs
CPGH board to hold special meeting

Bowling for dollars
HONOLULU -- It's snowing outside, family members have just polished off their Christmas dinner and someone in the house flips on ESPN to watch the inaugural ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl at sun-drenched Aloha Stadium.

Kmart reports $383 million loss; still trying to rebound
DETROIT) -- Bankrupt retailer Kmart Corp. posted a loss of $383 million in the third quarter, as sales lagged and the company fought to rebound from its Chapter 11 filing.

Magazine names Persons of the Year
NEW YORK -- The year's biggest scandals -- the intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks and the collapses of Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc. -- earned three whistleblowers the honor of Time magazine Persons of the Year.

Art Briefs
Youth acting workshop offeredPratt Museum announces schedulePoetry contest announcedKPC magazine accepting submissions

Step right up, and pound a nail in your nose!
NEW YORK -- Adam Rinn was stumped by his homework. Sitting before class with his teacher, Rinn explained his frustration.

Leonardo DiCaprio opens in 2 big holiday movies
NEW YORK -- Why not begin where most other interviewers want to, Leonardo DiCaprio suggests.

Self-taught musician releases holiday CD; explores diverse styles
For many people, the Christmas season just wouldn't be complete without Christmas music. Kenai Peninsula music enthusiasts have a chance this year to fulfill their need for Christmas tunes with a locally-produced CD.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

New Native artist unveils sculpture
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Othniel Art Oomittuk screwed 500-pound bones into the frozen ground last week.

2002 was unpredictable year for Winston Cup racing
Brooke Gordon filed for divorce from four-time points champion Jeff Gordon in March, citing "marital misconduct."

Schrader gets new deal as teams struggle
ATLANTA -- Job hunting for full-time work came to an end this week, when Ken Schrader accepted a ride with the final vacancy on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Workers make most of day, despite it being Christmas
Christmas morning, most Kenai Peninsula residents awoke to spend time with their families or simply enjoy a day off. But not everyone.

Numbers show drop in employed
The number of people out of work jumped on the Kenai Peninsula in November, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workplace Development.

Reservists wait for word
The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy the company of family and friends, but for many active and reserve military personnel who can't be with loved ones, it can be a lonely time.

Rodney Wayne Rost 'Rooster'
Soldotna resident Rodney Wayne Rost "Rooster" died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, from a job-related accident in Prudhoe Bay. He was 55.

Allan L. Gillis
Anchorage resident Allan L. Gillis died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of a heart attack. He was 61.

Letters to the Editor
Clarion story misleads public; times changing on advisory panelChurch should be place of prayer, especially during Advent seasonGovernor's selection of daughter to Senate seat redefines nepotism

Georgia representative offers example of Christmas spirit: forgiveness
Fortunately in this holiday season, the spirit of Christmas can help serve as an antidote to the squalor and bitterness surrounding the recent ousting of Republican Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott as Senate majority leader.

Young's poor voting record in Congress nothing to brag about
The undeniable, undefeatable congressman for all of Alaska has done it again. Alaska Rep. Don Young missed more votes than nearly all other members of Congress in 2002.

Photo feature: Rolling right along
Markayla Shipps struggles to budge the base of a snowman she built earlier this week in her front yard on Redoubt Avenue in Kenai.

Around the Peninsula
Immunization clinic times changedKenai Teen Center to host danceMushing fun run offered

Peninsula folks deal with celebrity status
During the summer months, rich and famous celebrities from the worlds of sports, politics and entertainment often vacation on the Kenai Peninsula, taking advantage of the area's world-class fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Bruins stomp Lobos, kicker makes history
LAS VEGAS -- Ed Kezirian's brief time in the spotlight went much better than Katie Hnida's.

Return of Kearse boosts Tennessee's defense
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jevon Kearse is still working himself back into shape. But make no mistake, he's having fun.

Nets win conference finals rematch
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson scored 22 points to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 117-81 victory Wednesday over the Boston Celtics in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals.

Things have changed since last Ohio State-Miami meeting
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Miami and Ohio State last met on a hot August day in New Jersey more than three years ago, a game that looms large as the teams prepare for a rematch in this year's national championship game.

Sports Briefs
Griese questions future with BroncosChargers derail Sanders' return to NFL

'Happy New Year' -- you owe $1.6 million
You'd think the glow of victory, a handsome gold trophy, nonstop parties, bragging rights for two years and a tidy little profit of about $13 million would be enough to keep Europe's Ryder Cup hosts happy for a few months more.

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