Friday, December 27, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Earthquake, governor's race mark Alaska in 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The year 2002 in Alaska was marked by tragedy in the Bering Sea, groundbreaking for a national missile shield, a contentious governor's race and one of the most massive earthquakes in North America.

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.

Kids learn the art of hunting, survival
JUNEAU (AP) -- Paul Hamby waved a set of polypropylene long underwear in front of a classroom of sixth-graders at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

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.

Wide-awake grizzly spotted in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When a Fairbanks-area trapper looked out his window on Christmas Eve, he saw a grizzly bear snacking on bait stored in buckets in the yard.

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.

Program targets chronic inebriates of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Charged with no crime and not in jail, a man faced a Fairbanks judge with his next 30 days hanging in the balance.

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.

Eight apply for Fairbanks court vacancy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eight people have applied to fill the state Superior Court seat in Fairbanks being vacated by Judge Mary Greene.

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

Anchorage fire displaces six families
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage fire officials said it would be at least a week, possibly longer, before six families displaced by a fire can return to their apartments.

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.

Fairbanks man dies of hypothermia
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 20-year-old Fairbanks man died of hypothermia after apparently spending the night outside in temperatures near zero.

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

Light quake shakes Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A light earthquake shook the Interior Thursday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Kenai Peninsula has its own homegrown celebrities
KENAI (AP) -- During the summer months, rich and famous celebrities from the worlds of sports, politics and entertainment vacation on the Kenai Peninsula to take advantage of outdoor recreation and world-class fishing.

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

UAA debate coach honored by Carnegie Foundation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A debate coach at the University of Alaska Anchorage has been named Alaska Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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.

Federal agency seeks applicants for utilities grants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal agency is looking for applicants interested in taking advantage of nearly $15 million in grants to help with high energy costs.

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.

Police say lack of evidence problem in rape reports
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau police say only one of four reports of rape since October may be prosecuted.

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.

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.

Anchorage man arrested in credit union robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 30-year-old Anchorage man was arrested and charged with bank robbery after a Midtown credit union was held up Thursday, the FBI said.

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.

Troopers get $2 million to fight illegal drugs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are getting $2 million from the federal government to fight illegal drugs.

Commission raises issue of Delta Junction borough
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- A state commission has some Delta Junction officials scurrying to head off what they think could be another attempt to force them into a borough.

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.

Boomers flock to birding, spend freely on hobby
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jill Anderson likes to escape from her high-pressure job to a serene weekend world where she can stroll through the woods in solitude.

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.

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.

Sales tax on Internet buys could help fill budget gaps
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- As states across the country struggle with deficits well into the billions, many officials are beginning to eye sales taxes on online shopping -- which may seem like chump change but could spare countless small government programs.

CAREER RESOLUTIONS: If you still make a list of yearly resolutions, finding a new job might rank up there with losing weight, drinking less and quitting smoking.

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.

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.

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.

A better business world in 2003?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fast-forward to the end of 2003. Things are looking good. Really good.

Financial resolutions to help you prosper in the new year
NEW YORK (AP) -- Getting rid of those 10 ugly pounds. Spending more time with the family. Quitting smoking. Cleaning the attic, the basement, the garage.

A new aquarium means taking your gardening underwater
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Most people this time of year have taken their gardening indoors. A fortunate few, like me, got aquariums as early Christmas presents and we've taken our gardening underwater. More properly, we're aquascaping.

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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."

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.

Man charged with sex abuse of 3 minors; bail set at $100,000
A 35-year-old man pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor Thursday in Superior Court in Kenai.

Alaska moose expert heads to Saudi Arabia
In his years with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Soldotna's Kris Hundertmark has seen a lot of interesting animals. He even once wrote a paper about a "unicorn" moose that had but one antler growing straight from the top of its head.

Paperwork now focus of road fixes
Immediate emergency work on roads, bridges and culverts damaged by back-to-back floods in late November and early December have mostly been completed, and state transportation officials are looking ahead to more permanent repairs.

Rape prosecutions lagging in Juneau, police say
JUNEAU -- Juneau police say only one of four reports of rape that led to much-publicized investigations since October may be prosecuted. A women's advocate is worried about the message the disclosure sends victims.

Armory plans shelved
The desire for a community center in Kenai still has not materialized as the calendar year comes to a close. One proposal for a site has remained in stasis with little hope, it seems, of coming to fruition.

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.

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.

3 accused of attempted murder plead 'not guilty'
Two men and one woman were arraigned in Superior Court in Kenai on Thursday on numerous felony charges including first-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault and vehicle theft.

Photo feature: Flying fun
A raven plays with a piece of trash while flying in the wind above the bluff in Kenai earlier this week.

Troopers launch holiday blitz against drunk drivers
Alaska State Troopers, along with municipal law enforcement agencies, have increased patrols targeting drunk drivers during the holidays.

Juneau gets white Christmas; more snow needed
JUNEAU -- Wednesday's white Christmas didn't bring enough snow to open Eaglecrest, a city-owned ski area here, but managers hope showers predicted for the next few days will bring enough of the white stuff to allow them to consider when to start running the lifts.

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.

Norma Jean Little
Kenai resident Norma Jean Little died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at her home in Kenai. She was 76.

Letters to the Editor
Murkowski's appointment to U.S. Senate a bad choice -- in verse YRC's work will continue after Wolf leaves for Legislature

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.

Bush should revise forest rule, change9th Circuit Court Ketchikan and other resource-development-dependent communities need President Bush.
The Bush administration should revise the roadless rule established by its predecessor. The rule

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

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.

In your own backyard
Over a breakfast of homemade waffles with lowbush cranberry syrup and fresh ground coffee, Tom and Maria Allison enjoy their morning ritual of watching the birds begin to feed as the day's first light arrives.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge head biologist encounters the 'Alaska Contradiction'
I am now four months into my new post as the supervisory fish and wildlife biologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. In that brief time I have sold and bought a house and have experienced many of the concerns that long-time residents have been grappling with for years.

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
CPGH board to meet Hospital to sponsor sitter classes Advisory committee to hold elections Skin cancer screening scheduled Residents warned about snow hazards

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.

Bah'i Community promotes interfaith dialogue
In a statement delivered to religious leaders in Alaska and around the globe earlier this year, the International Bah'i Community called on the world's religious leaders to promote interfaith activities and the oneness of all the world's religions.

Pope's Christmas message: Still time to avoid war in Iraq
VATICAN CITY -- Invoking Christmas peace in a world made fearful by terrorism, Pope John Paul II on Wednesday urged joint efforts to snuff out the ''ominous smoldering'' of conflict in the Middle East, keeping up the Vatican's campaign against war in Iraq.

Poll: Catholic church attendance declines
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Churchgoing among Roman Catholics has dropped significantly as the crisis over priests who molest children has dragged on, according to a survey by the Gallup Organization.

Dean of Episcopal cathedral resigns, agrees to repay funds
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The dean of Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City has resigned and promised to repay church funds he improperly spent over six years.

Former King parsonage being restored, converted into museum
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The former Baptist parsonage where a young Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lived is undergoing $300,000 in renovations to become a museum.

Mormon's BYU bars use of R-rated movies
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- After years of discussion, Brigham Young University has formalized a policy to ensure classroom study is rated PG-13.

Religion Briefs
Watchnight service planned New Years Eve devotion scheduled Healing Rooms open every Friday and Saturday Friendship closet open Wednesdays Precept Ministries training institute planned

A case of religious freedom? American Indian wants son to use peyote
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) -- Jon Fowler wants his 4-year-old son to have the right to take peyote with him. It's a matter of religious freedom, he says.

Turkey's chief rabbi takes office
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's Jewish community has installed Isak Haleva as chief rabbi, a 550-year-old post created when the Ottomans conquered Istanbul.

Nashville ministry pays children $10 each to learn Ten Commandments
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- George Kelley believes the nation has lost its moral conscience and he plans to do something about it -- one child and $10 at a time.

Power of God's presence provides peace
The holidays are great times for visiting with family and friends. We stay up later than normal, eat more than usual and we laugh a lot. These seasonal visits are enjoyed and documented with photos and video recordings, treasures that bring pleasure again later on.

Armstrong voted top male athlete of 2002
AUSTIN, Texas -- To this day, Lance Armstrong insists cancer was the best thing that happened to him.

Sports Briefs
Alumni hoops tourney slated for Saturday Hall of Fame hockey game Saturday

Lemieux sizzles, New York fizzles
NEW YORK -- Mario Lemieux, the NHL's scoring leader, had a goal and two assists Thursday night to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

NFL playoff picture still fuzzy heading into final week
The AFC East race perfectly reflects this season's NFL.

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.

'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.

Panthers take Insight Bowl; B.C. wins in Motor City
PHOENIX -- Oregon State's Steven Jackson got the pregame attention. Pittsburgh's Brandon Miree got the MVP award -- and the victory.

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

Eagles vs. Giants: all a fan could want
All the elements will be there when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Meadowlands on Saturday to play the New York Giants: a nasty rivalry, a lot at stake and, most likely, football weather.

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.

Lakers in disarray
There's no shortage of blame to go around. Answers are another story.

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.

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

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