Thursday, December 27, 2001

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.

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.''

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.

Fairbanks man was high-marking when avalanche hit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dwayne Dufford of Fairbanks was high-marking when he got caught in an avalanche, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

9th Circuit says seafood companies did not discriminate
SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's finding that two seafood companies did not discriminate against Filipino and Alaska Native salmon-cannery workers in Alaska.

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.

Murkowski sees ANWR dream slip away in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge never seemed closer than in 2001 for Sen. Frank Murkowski.

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.

Fairbanks man sentenced for sexual assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man indicted on charges he sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents last year was sentenced to spend four years in prison.

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.

Anchorage schools cast wary eye on Stevens' physical education grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal education bill passed last week includes a $50 million grant program to support daily physical education classes in public schools. The measure was included at the request of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

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.

Anchorage police make arrest in 1998 disappearance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 1998 murder case has been solved with the arrest of a 28-year-old suspect, Anchorage police said Wednesday.

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.

Suspect in fatal truck crash flees hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man suspected of causing a fatal crash Sunday ran away from the hospital where be was being treated for injuries.

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.

Authorities seek information on suspicious death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are seeking information about a companion of a 56-year-old woman found dead in suspicious circumstances Dec. 20.

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

State will begin accepting offers on royalty gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state will begin accepting offers to purchase Alaska North Slope royalty gas, the state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday.

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.

Family, fellow inmates help prisoners cope at Christmas
KENAI (AP) -- Not everyone who woke up Tuesday morning had the chance to spend time with loved ones.

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.

Students seek to preserve flume tales
JUNEAU (AP) -- An elementary school class plans to assemble an oral history of the Gold Creek Flume, a structure that's been a Juneau landmark for more than a century.

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

Norwegian Cruise Lines adds second ship visiting Haines
HAINES (AP) -- Two of Norwegian Cruise Lines biggest ships will anchor Haines 2002 cruise ship schedule, doubling large-ship visits next season.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Double play: Giuliani nears deals with Yankees, Mets for new parks
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees and Mets could make their biggest off-season acquisitions with the help of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani: a pair of new $800 million stadiums.

Bonds nips Armstrong in balloting for AP Male Athlete of the Year
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a year he began 0-for-21 at the plate, Barry Bonds couldn't have done much better for himself.

Business Briefs
Credit Union 1 wins community service awardCommercial aviation trade show scheduledCoast Guard offers safety training to crab fleet

Stevens hopes $80 million study will help keep fishing industry alive
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.

Retirement communities catering to baby boomers
NEW YORK -- Steve and Jodie Ostrin moved to a retirement community five years ago, but they're not slowing down just yet. In between rounds of golf, working out and traveling, the couple both work full-time, sometimes out of a home office.

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.

Firemen raising flag becomes enduring image from Sept. 11
NEWARK, N.J. -- The photo has appeared on T-shirts, buttons and Christmas ornaments. It hangs at firehouses across the nation. A mural of it was painted on the walls of a Louisiana prison. And copies were left as a calling card in Afghanistan by U.S. commandos.

Area bars, restaurants plan to ring in new year
The Kenai Peninsula may not have its own glass ball to drop and ring in a new year, but, nonetheless, residents have the opportunity to rock until they drop.

Good, old home cookin'
"The New Alaska Cookbook -- Recipes From the Last Frontier's Best Chefs"

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Music world gives plenty of wacky, tacky to entertain
At the end of the year, it's customary to look back and make lists: who sold the most albums, who had the biggest song, the best tour, and so forth.

In the spotlight: Bobby Labonte
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TexasLives: Trinity, N.C.Drives: No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Triumph and Tragedy
Dale Earnhardt Jr. created a lasting image after winning the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, where his father was killed during the season-opening Daytona 500. The elder Earnhardt's death marred an exciting season of racing.

Kerry Earnhardt plods along trail blazed by father
ATLANTA -- They quit school, married young, had children, divorced, married again, had more children and struggled to make ends meet. The similarities between Kerry Earnhardt and his father, Dale Earnhardt, are alarming.

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 bring annual dose of cheer to area movie theaters
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day give a seasonal boost to one of the central peninsula's smallest but most visible business types: movie theaters.

No sign of bin Laden
WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence hasn't picked up any credible signs of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts in about two weeks, and officials on Wednesday scoured a newly aired videotape of him that contains clues suggesting it was made around the time he vanished.

Drivers find going anything but easy
Mother Nature and Old Man Winter combined to leave Kenai Peninsula residents a chilling surprise Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. After bludgeoning much of the lower peninsula with gale force winds Saturday, the duo upped the ante and, with moisture still hovering in the air, turned up the temperature Tuesday evening to just below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Vehicle accidents, loss of power plague residents
Foul weather continues to take its toll on the Kenai Peninsula, now in the form of freezing rain.

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.

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.

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.

Carla Jean Cutting
Former Soldotna resident Carla Jean Cutting died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, in Nowata, Okla. She was 49.

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.

Tolerance Commission's report offered legislators chance to lead, not snipe
The problem with Alaska politicians is they question motives before they applaud results.

Result of war on terrorism could be more stable energy sources for West
WASHINGTON -- A game of oil politics is being played on the sidelines of the U.S.-led war against international terror. The result could be new, more stable energy sources for the West and perhaps even warmer relations with an old foe, Iran.

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.

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Letters to the Editor
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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

Wild turkey study tracks the species northward range
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) -- The late Aldo Leopold, known as ''The Father of Game Management,'' projected that the range of wild turkeys could go across southern Minnesota and through the Mankato and Red Wing areas.

Jackson skiers try luck in Antarctica
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Climbing up an icy face on the Nordenskjold Peak -- a 7,500-foot peak on South Georgia Island near Antarctica -- Jackson residents John Griber and Rick Armstrong were presented with one of those soul-searching moments that hits every climber if he stays with the sport long enough -- to continue or turn around.

Polaris' new center in Roseau is an experience
ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) -- The newest attraction in this community known for snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and hockey isn't a museum.

New book highlights outdoorsman's adventures
LIVINGSTON (AP) -- Former Park County Sheriff Charley Johnson remembers a surprise October blizzard that blew through this area nine years ago.

Photo feature: Winter fun
Andrew McClue takes a break to watch his son, Anson during a recent afternoon of sledding on the bluff above the waste water treatment plant in Kenai. With rain and warmer temperatures in the forecast, sledding conditions are likely to drop off in coming days.

Around the Peninsula
Alumni basketball scheduledVisitors center closes for holidaysSafe Sitter class has space availableProgram helps create family stories

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

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.

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

Issel resigns post with Nuggets
DENVER -- Since 1975, Dan Issel had been synonymous with the Denver Nuggets, first as a player, then as general manager, president and -- twice -- as head coach.

Gelinas nets two to leave Leafs fluttering
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Martin Gelinas scored twice over the final 7 1/2 minutes as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in a battle of division leaders Wednesday night.

Bonds nips Armstrong in balloting for AP Male Athlete of the Year
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a year he began 0-for-21 at the plate, Barry Bonds couldn't have done much better for himself.

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.

Sports Briefs
TSN ranks most powerful people in sportsAngels sign Sele to 3-year dealDilfer to start for Seahawks in San DiegoMariners sign Sierra to one-year, $1.9 million dealVaughn trade deadline extended to Thursday

Duncan's 53 points not enough for win
SAN ANTONIO -- Steve Nash scored 27 points and made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 53-point effort by Tim Duncan to beat the San Antonio Spurs 126-123 on Wednesday night.

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.

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