Sunday, December 29, 2002

One dead in Fairbanks fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A fire Friday morning killed a resident in a Fairbanks apartment building, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Fairbanks man among two slain in California
REDDING, Calif. (AP) -- Shasta County Sheriff's deputies have identified a pair of slaying victims killed Christmas Eve and found near Interstate 5.

Maniilaq supervisor arrested in identity theft scheme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The business supervisor at the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue has been arrested in connection with a credit card scheme.

Shutdown of fish plant creates ripple effect
JUNEAU (AP) -- Jobs weren't the only thing lost this month when Wards Cove Packing Co. decided to close the Excursion Inlet fish processing plant.

Photos show warming of North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Photos of North Slope tundra taken in the 1940s are dramatically different from photos of the same areas taken more than 50 years later.

Chitina buildings added to national historic register
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two 92-year-old buildings in Chitina once used by workers for the Copper River and Northwestern Railway have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Man pleads innocent to having sex with three teens
KENAI (AP) -- A 35-year-old Sterling man pleaded has pleaded innocent to eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Biologists get glimpse of secret lives of moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Through frolic and mishap, these were very particular moose.

Alaska airports face security deadline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska airports have until Tuesday to install new bomb detection equipment for the next round of federal airport security measures.

Service sector jobs explode in past decade
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jobs in Alaska's service sector have exploded over the past decade while the number of jobs in industries that produce goods, such as oil and gas, timber, fishing and mining, have declined.

Gold Rush Days cookhouse destroyed by fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire has destroyed a Juneau structure used as a cookhouse during Gold Rush Days, a yearly summer fair.

Little-known fault could cause big problems
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A little-known fault, the Castle Mountain fault which runs through the Matanuska and Susitna valleys, could produce a strong earthquake, according to a scientific study published this fall.

Investigators probe fatal fire near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Authorities on Saturday continued to investigate a fatal apartment fire near Fairbanks.

Investigators probe fatal fire near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Authorities on Saturday continued to investigate a fatal apartment fire near Fairbanks.

Kenai Peninsula roads patched; permanent fixes ahead
KENAI (AP) -- Emergency patches have been completed on Kenai Peninsula roads, bridges and culverts damaged by back-to-back floods this winter, and state transportation officials are now looking ahead to more permanent repairs.

Troopers crack down on holiday drunken drivers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said extra patrols will be on the lookout across the state for holiday revelers who drink and drive.

Three accused in murder attempt plead innocent
KENAI (AP) -- Two men and a woman have pleaded innocent here to felony charges including first-degree attempted murder.

Fisheries board reschedules Cordova meeting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries has rescheduled a meeting in Cordova that was postponed earlier this month.

Earthquake strikes Aleutian Islands area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake struck the Aleutian Islands region early Saturday morning.

State launches nationwide hunt for new DFYS director
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Murkowski administration has launched a nationwide search for someone to fill what some call the hardest job in state government: director of the Division of Family and Youth Services.

Stores pushing effort to attract women, offering hands-on lessons
ACWORTH, Ga. -- Although Barbara Milliken wanted to take wood shop in high school, her principal said it would be a disruption to the all-male class. She was steered to home economics instead.

Endorsement annoys some GOP faithful
Republican Sen. John Torgerson violated his party's rules when he publicly backed a Republican Moderate candidate running against a Republican incumbent in the November election, a top party official said last week.

Kenai Peninsula residents to join prayer for peace
The Kenai Peninsula may be far away from the areas of international instability that have been making headlines this year, but that doesn't mean residents here are powerless to affect what happens in troubled areas of the world.

Kasilof resident begins work on freight sleds to be used in 2004 trek
Dick Blakeslee is doing his part to make sure people don't forget the history of the Iditarod Trail -- or those who built the sleds used along the 1,000-mile trail between Seward and Nome.

Historic, cultural aspects of Iditarod Trail focus of proposed expedition
For thousands of years, the 1,000-mile-long Iditarod trail linking Seward and Nome has been used by everyone from Native Alaskans tracking herds of animals to gold miners in search of the mother lode. Now, in an effort to preserve and celebrate the trail, a Kasilof-based group has begun work on a unique project designed to bring the trail's many cultural and historic aspects to light.

Cheryl Brumlow
Kenai resident Cheryl Brumlow died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002 at her home. She was 43.

Ruby Shortes
Long time Soldotna resident Ruby Shortes died at her home Friday, December 27, 2002. She was 75.

Oilers chasing Rainbows
The Oilers have signed University of Hawaii teammates Brian Finegan and Nick Ponomarenko for the 2003 season. Both are juniors and have transferred from Cuesta College.

Don't mar holiday celebrations by drinking, driving
Most people know the right things to do to stay safe and healthy. They know they should eat more fruits and veggies and less ice cream and cake. They know they should exercise more and watch TV less. They know they should wear personal flotation devices when they are on the water. They know they should scrape the ice and snow off their car before they drive. They know they should lift with their legs, not their back.

Events of 2002 will shape new year
WASHINGTON -- All during the past year, Democrats scrambled without success to regain their footing against the Republicans and their popular president with political momentum fueled by the public's anxiety about terrorism.

Old year ripe with good whines
It sucks to be me. This is the new-millennium, self-loathing battle cry I generally give out before plunging off into a deep session of astral introspection, bludgeoning my own spirit from within with the spades of guilt for my worldly transgressions and trying to find a way out of whatever mess I've made for my life at the time.

Photo feature: Holiday lights
The Christmas lights may be coming down, but the northern lights are still up. Dancing ribbons and localized bursts of green, orange and pink could be seen overhead in Kasilof Thursday night in a display that lasted several hours.

Getting ahead means looking back on 2003
We've come to the end of 2002 and the beginning of 2003. New Year's Day is a day of reflection for me -- time to look back at how the past year has gone and what my aspirations are for the next 364 days of my life.

'Tis the season to hurt one's back while improperly shoveling snow
AMARILLO, Texas -- Some folks look forward to snow in the winter, and others dread it like the plague.

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank faces shortageFood Bank to close for inventoryWord peace meditation plannedPioneers gather recipesKenai council meeting rescheduledHospital to sponsor sitter classesCaregiver support group to meetCPHC board of directors seat available

Weddings trends add new twists to plans in 2003
CHATHAM, NY -- Brides and grooms are redefining "traditional" weddings -- and in 2003 more couples will be finding different ways to include a personal aspect into their weddings, according to Lisa Light, owner of Destination Bride in Chatham, N.Y.

Louisville defeats rival Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky transfer Marvin Stone scored 16 points as Louisville beat No. 14 Kentucky 81-63 Saturday.

Giants back up coach's talk
Unlike other coaches' slogans, Jim Fassel's seem to work. At least they get his New York Giants where they want to go.

Sports Briefs
Sutter named coach of FlamesPutzer wins giant slalom, Kostelic finishes secondTwo men arrested sneaking into Augusta

Giants clinch wild card berth with 10-7 victory
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After spending four quarters trying to give away a wild card berth, the New York Giants got one anyway -- courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chiefs flounder in Oakland showers
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders worked their ''bad weather plan'' to near perfection.

Stackhouse leads Wizards past Hawks
WASHINGTON -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Washington Wizards broke a three-game losing streak with an 84-76 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Home for the holidays: Alumni relive glory days in Kenai hoops tourney
Why would anybody want to return home to play basketball with or against the same people they saw on the courts when they were in high school?

Hokies take Tire Bowl; Alamo goes to Badgers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wali Lundy spent most of his life chasing Avon Cobourne. In their first head-to-head meeting, he finally passed him.

Williams top female athlete of 2002
Serena Williams is a model of serenity at changeovers during her matches: Hands clasped over her lap, eyelids shut. Occasionally, she'll glance at a little piece of paper with notes she's jotted, reminders such as ''Look at the ball.''

Stars undefeated at Aztec Holiday Classic in San Diego
Stars undefeated at Aztec Holiday Classic in San Diego

Osgood withstands Hurricanes
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Chris Osgood made 25 saves as the New York Islanders earned their first shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory Saturday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

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