Friday, December 28, 2001

State signs new credit card deal
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state has signed a long-term contract with First National Bank Alaska to provide credit card services for state agencies.

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.

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.

Fairbanks airport seeks subisidy for service to Germany
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks International Airport officials are asking the Fairbanks North Star Borough to pledge $50,000 to $250,000 to help lure Condor German Airlines back to Fairbanks.

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.

Crews continue work to restore power in Homer area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were continuing work Friday to restore power to fewer than 100 homes in the Homer area.

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.

Police find holes in sock theft story
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau teen made up a story that he was forced at gunpoint to give up his cell phone, checkbook and socks, police say.

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.

Fairbanks businesswoman dies in Mexican diving
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Linda Lewis, a well-known Fairbanks businesswoman and volunteer, died while scuba diving in Cancun, Mexico, Wednesday.

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.

Pipeline shooting trial set for next month in Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The man charged with shooting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline will be tried in Fairbanks, not Anchorage a federal judge has ruled.

State restricts smoking on ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Smokers traveling the Alaska Marine Highway will find fewer places to light up under a newly clarified policy.

Stevens says feds, state must cooperate on village erosion threat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cost of relocating Northwest Alaska villages threatened by coastal erosion will require federal, state and local cooperation, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday.

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.

Suspect in fatal crash surrenders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man wanted on suspicion of stealing a pickup truck and smashing into another truck earlier this week, killing a man, turned himself in to police Thursday.

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.

Homer company wins contract to build visitor center
HOMER (AP) -- A Homer construction company has won the federal contract to build a headquarters and visitor center for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer.

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.

Ketchikan police seek information in beating murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Police are focusing their investigation into the murder of Ketchikan utility worker on his whereabouts late Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day.

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.

Cook Inlet opened to all marine traffic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Improved ice conditions allowed the Coast Guard to open Cook Inlet to all marine traffic Thursday.

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.

Spill identified at Juneau treatment plant
JUNEAU (AP) -- State officials have identified the substance that shut down part of the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant this month as aromatic mineral spirits, but they are not sure where it came from.

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.

Stevens says bypass mail bills stalled in Congress but still alive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Legislation to reform Alaska's bypass mail system failed to move forward in Congress this year but will be revived next session, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday.

New charged filed in car shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Prosecutors have upgraded a charge against a man riding in the back seat of a car whose gun fired and struck a fellow passenger Dec. 18.

Web closure slows work for Interior employees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than three weeks after Department of Interior Web sites were shut down, federal employees are struggling to find ways to work without the Web.

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.

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.

Retirement communities remake image to cater to boomers
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

Executives are concerned that party behavior could get out of hand
HOLIDAY PARTY ALERT: It's been a stressful fall, with shock of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a deep economic slump, and that could trigger unusually heavy drinking at some company parties this holiday, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

Here's a 'to do' list to help you get a handle on your personal finances
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ever wish you could get ahead of the game when it comes to managing your personal finances?

Boomers are becoming grandparents, and businesses love it
At Vickie Evans' house, a bassinet is on standby. So are burping pads, Lilliputian nail clippers, and a portable playpen -- all courtesy of a shower hosted by her friends.

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.

Boom gone bust, recession shakes workers, reshapes outlooks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Anthony Samawova slumped out of the state unemployment office, stared down at the pavement and reminisced about the good old days when the economy was sweet.

Bonuses in bankruptcy common, but not always popular with rank and file
BOSTON (AP) -- In 1996, when chief executive officer Gary DiCamillo joined Polaroid Corp., the company had 10,000 employees and its stock was trading at more than $40 a share. Five years later, Polaroid is bankrupt, thousands have been laid off, and its shares trade for pennies each.

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

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.

Stone gardens inspire meditation, evoke nostalgia and can be oh-so aesthetically pleasing
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Mention of a rock garden evokes images of plants against a background of stones. But stones also have a dramatic mystique and beauty suited for solo performances of their own.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Mother finds hope, comfort in marathons
On New Year's Eve, the clock makes a short journey from one year to the next, carrying hope for a bright future.

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.

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.

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.

Weather gives HEA linemen temporary reprieve, but nearly 100 families still without power for 6th day
Unforeseen natural occurrences are part of the fabric of life in Alaska, but after nearly of week without power, some residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula might be hard pressed to think they are overprepared for anything Mother Nature might throw their way.

POWs to be housed in Cuba
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has chosen a U.S. Navy base in Cuba as the ''least worst'' place to hold Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners after they are removed from Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday.

Abandoned puppy gets happy ending in Homer
HOMER -- Holly Beary, a fuzzy, brown puppy with a playful temperament, had a rough morning Dec. 20.

Holiday shoppers leave merchants jolly
Now that Christmas is past, retailers around the nation are counting receipts with anxiety.

Keaton Kerry Walker
Keaton Kerry Walker died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, from a lifelong battle with cancer. He was 23.

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

Herbert Baker
Soldotna resident Herbert Baker died Tuesday, Dec . 25, 2001, at the Heritage Place Nursing Home. He was 84.

Oilers Corner
Creighton Kahoalii has signed to return to the Oilers for the 2002 season.

Security measures should not put environment at undue risk
In 1988, when I was mayor of Valdez, I participated in a group that devised three terrorist attack scenarios to evaluate whether the authorities could protect the trans-Alaska pipeline system and the tankers that ship oil from the terminal in Valdez.

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Critical comments ignore protection of both U.S., Alaska constitutions

Letters to the Editor
KBAY has best radio programmingTeachers' vacation: fact, fiction

Applause
Freddy Frogs' brighten children's hospital visits Thanks for help with 13th annual Nikiski Tip Off Tournament

Applause
Fund-raiser support appreciated

Congressional pay raise comes at bad time for rest of U.S.
It didn't make the front page, but it shouldn't go unnoticed.

Unusual mammal may be roaming woods of peninsula
Several years ago, I am 99 percent certain that I saw a mammal not previously recorded -- to the best of my knowledge -- on the Kenai Peninsula. It was in the early fall with a light dusting of snow on the ground.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Ski clinic offered Sport fish plan open for comment

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.

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
Health center closed for holidays OEM warns of siren test Funds available for nonprofits Swim team tryouts scheduled Borough seeks committee members KDLL meeting planned Clothing available at WRCC

Experts divided over impact of attacks
To the congregation at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., it must have seemed like their city had been born again.

Church council criticizes Bush administration on domestic fight against terrorism
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Council of Churches criticized the Bush administration's prolonged detention of hundreds of mostly Middle Eastern men as part of the terrorism investigation.

Religion Briefs
Candlelight service for unborn planned Service scheduled at AAJC Special services slated Musical planned Christmas Eve

U.S. Catholics asked to pray for peace on New Year's Day, a response to terrorism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Roman Catholics to pray for peace on New Year's Day in response to Sept. 11.

Complaint filed against openly gay Seattle Methodist pastor; first step toward possible removal
SEATTLE (AP) -- A complaint has been filed against the openly gay pastor of Woodland Park United Methodist Church, the first step toward his possible removal.

National Catholic Reporter raises issues many in the church would like to keep private
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The National Catholic Reporter, a small, independent newsweekly more than three decades old, prides itself on being ''a place where the forbidden conversations can occur.''

All wrapped up in presents or his presence?
Quick, little fingers (and some not so little) made short work of the pretty paper that protected packages in bright, beautiful colors. Strewn about or piled high, the bows, ribbons and paper no longer conceal the gifts so thoughtfully purchased.

National Catholic Reporter raises issues many in the church would like to keep private
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The National Catholic Reporter, a small, independent newsweekly more than three decades old, prides itself on being ''a place where the forbidden conversations can occur.''

Conservative Episcopal priest, accused of preaching without license, faces church charges in Texas
LANHAM, Md. (AP) -- An Episcopal priest who has clashed with church leaders over his conservative views will be tried in a church court for preaching at a suburban Washington parish without the approval of his bishop.

American Jews wrestle with old question: Reconcile with Germany?
NEW YORK (AP) -- The question still roils the Jewish community: Is reconciliation with Germany possible or even desirable after the slaughter of 6 million?

Mormons sue New York suburb over zoning rules prohibiting new temple construction
HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) -- The Mormon Church has filed a federal lawsuit against the Town of Harrison over zoning rules that would restrict the size and height of a proposed temple.

Weather takes toll on ski trails
For skiers braving the Kenai Peninsula's treacherous roads to get to their favorite trails, a whole new series of hazards await.

Ward goal pushes Hurricanes to victory
TAMPA, Fla. -- Aaron Ward scored his first goal in 64 games as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday night.

Jackets win for Mac
SEATTLE -- Georgia Tech's players chanted ''We want Mac! We want Mac!'' as they accepted the inaugural Seattle Bowl trophy.

Eagles try to clinch what should already have been clinched
It shouldn't have come down to this for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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.

Holiday Hoops tips off in Kenai
The holiday season wouldn't be complete without a trip to the gym for some roundball nostalgia, and alumni from the central peninsula's high schools are ready to oblige in Saturday's Holiday Hoops Alumni Basketball Classic.

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.

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.

Capriati earns nod as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
In late 1988, when Jennifer Capriati was 13 and about to turn pro, she played in an exhibition event in Haverford, Pa. Some players worried she was too young to start a career and would be off the tour within a few years; others were certain she was too talented not to become a star.

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.

Internet photos, story increase size, legend of grizzly shot in October
ANCHORAGE -- It Was A Big Bear -- its front legs spanning 11 feet from claw tip to claw tip, its skull the size of a beer keg, its paws as big as a man's chest.

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