Sunday, December 30, 2001

It's Christmas all year in North Pole
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Others might be packing away holiday lights, candles, stars and Santas around this time.

Appeals court says police must limit hand searches
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police can't order a suspect to open his hand during an investigative stop unless officers fear the hand might hold something dangerous to them, the Alaska Court of Appeals says.

Judge sides with businesses suing petition signature gatherers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage judge has sided with retailers that sued a local activist to keep signature gatherers from petitioning on their properties.

Police say courts should have passed on rape admission
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are disturbed that the court system didn't tell them about a university basketball player's rape admission shortly before he is accused of kidnapping the same woman.

Attacks, development plans, paintball shootings mark Alaska in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The year 2001 will be remembered in America for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and in Alaska for the ripples they caused -- soldiers at airports, heightened alerts at military bases, an outpouring of red, white and blue on lapels, pickup trucks and holiday displays.

Leeches make a medical comeback, help Alaska boy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most patients count on drugs to get them well. But what if the cure depended instead on a living, bloodsucking animal that many people look at with disgust?

There's no retirement home for aging wildlife in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In his almost 30 years as a wildlife biologist in Alaska, Pat Valkenburg has never seen a caribou die of old age.

Anchorage man accused of turning rifle on two officers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old man was arrested after he pointed a rifle at two Anchorage police officers before surrendering the weapon, police said.

Study: Many Alaskans don't get alcohol treatment until they land in prison
JUNEAU (AP) -- Many criminals need treatment for alcohol or drug abuse but don't get it before they land in prison, a new study suggests. The administration says the study bolsters its request to boost spending on treatment of alcohol and drug abuse by $5.5 million.

Man charged in fatal Anchorage car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 23-year-old man has been charged with four felony counts, including manslaughter, for a traffic crash in Anchorage that killed a 51-year-old man.

Alaska bars gear up for post-attack New Year's Eve celebrations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- American flags. Fried chicken and apple pie. A rock version of the national anthem.

Ketchikan airport evacuated following bomb threat
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Authorities are investigating an anonymous bomb threat that shut down the Ketchikan International Airport for more than an hour Friday.

Anchorage gets $50,000 federal grant to protect birds, habitat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Good news for bird lovers in Anchorage: The city is getting a $50,000 federal grant to protect birds and their habitat.

Utility wants cost of additive added to bills
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Golden Valley Electric Association wants its customers to pay for an additive that helps reduce sulfur dioxide emissions when coal is burned at its Healy power plant.

Leeches make a medical comeback, help Alaska boy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most patients count on drugs to get them well. But what if the cure depended instead on a living, bloodsucking animal that many people look at with disgust?

Airport restaurant gets new tenant
The management changeover in the airport restaurant is complete: Wings Family Diner is now open for business.

No holiday rest for emergency personnel
The festivities of the holiday season will wind down following New Year's Day, and life on the Kenai Peninsula will return to business as usual.

2001 'best of times' for oil and gas industry
ANCHORAGE -- 2001 was an uncommonly good year for Alaska's oil and gas industry. Prices remained strong for the millions of barrels of crude oil the industry produced and shipped mostly to the West Coast and for the millions of cubic feet of natural gas produced and consumed within the state.

Bin Laden hunt continues
WASHINGTON -- American-led forces pursued Osama bin Laden and clues to his whereabouts Saturday in a campaign President Bush said involved new tactics to ''rout a new kind of enemy.''

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

Putting people first should be top priority for all in new year
A new year. A fresh start. A renewed hope for the future.

New Year's resolution made 10 years ago still making a difference Change sticks day at a time
Say what you want about unkept New Year's resolutions. This year I'm celebrating one I made 10 years ago. There isn't a Dec. 31, or even many days since then, that I haven't made it all over again.

World paints different America
Abdel Malek does not hate America. He just doesn't like it as much anymore.

So, would you consider this a 'moooving' violation?
EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Three cows that wandered off a farm have been hoofing around suburban Easton for about three months, defying efforts to bring them home.

Victorian-era resort focuses on relaxing
CARSON, Wash. -- Carson Hot Springs Resort, which dates back to 1901, hasn't done much to keep up with the world around it. It long ago fell out of step with more elaborate spas. The springs' own brochure boasts that staying at the hotel and cabins is like traveling back in time.

Around the Peninsula
Financial workshop offeredBear viewing permits open for applicationBlood bank in need of donations

Overcoming mental challenges can be hardest part of exercise
WASHINGTON -- For most new exercisers, it's easier to quit than to get fit. Keeping the will to stick with a program can be the hardest exercise.

Bucs steal play from Ravens' book in win
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers virtually assured themselves a playoff berth with a victory that shows how dangerous they could be in the postseason.

Jordan rebounds from off night to score 51 in win over Hornets
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 51 points and set franchise records with 24 first-quarter points and 34 points in a half Saturday night as the Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a 107-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

In 2001, the thrill of victory was tempered by the agony of reality
As we pause to look back at sports on the Kenai Peninsula in 2001, it's best to also pause and reflect how the significance of sports has been brought into greater focus in 2001.

Ninilchik alumni shoot the lights out
Ninilchik School was a beacon of light in an otherwise dim day of storm recovery Dec. 23.

Ringing in the New Year by bringing out the old at Holiday Hoops tourney
Everything old was new again Saturday at the Holiday Hoops Alumni Basketball Classic at Kenai Central High School gymnasium. The rivalries between Kenai and Soldotna High were revived during the men's alumni game and the "Old Timers" game and the struggle for supremacy flared up again between the alumnae of the North Road and the recently graduated Kardinals women.

Top-ranked UConn Huskies Cash in on No. 23 Old Dominion, 84-70
NORFOLK, Va. -- Swin Cash scored 19 of her career-high 29 points in the first half, and Sue Bird had 22 points and a handful of great plays to lift No. 1 Connecticut past No. 23 Old Dominion 84-70 Saturday.

2001: A sports odyssey
Whoever imagined 2001 would be an odyssey must have known something about sports. What a journey it turned out to be.

Sports Briefs
Kemppel four-time U.S. cross-country OlympianGailey hired as Georgia Tech coach

Butler nips Hoosiers at buzzer
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's 39-game winning streak in the Hoosier Classic is history.

Late field goal lifts Hawkeyes
SAN ANTONIO -- Nate Kaeding kicked a 47-yard field goal with 44 seconds left to give Iowa a 19-16 victory over Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday

There's no retirement home for aging wildlife in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In his almost 30 years as a wildlife biologist in Alaska, Pat Valkenburg has never seen a caribou die of old age.

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