Saturday, December 28, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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