Saturday, December 29, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Outdoor Briefs
Ski clinic offered Sport fish plan open for comment

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.''

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.

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.''

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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