Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Dec. 24, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on military action overseas and peace at home
The Associated Press reported that the news rocked old friends and family in the Bronx, where Steven Checo attended high school.

Scientists tracked unusual voyage of abandoned vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An abandoned fishing vessel that ran aground on Afognak Island near Kodiak in early November took an unusual five-month journey across the Pacific Ocean, traveling much faster and farther north than expected, say two scientists who study marine currents.

Dec. 27, 2002 Voice of the Times sees two years of uphill for new Sen. Murkowski
As a new U.S. senator, Lisa Murkowski will enjoy the perks that come with high office and the heady experience of being a member of the nation's most exclusive club.

Body of missing Petersburg pilot found
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The body of a missing Petersburg pilot has been found, Petersburg police said.

Dec. 29, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner sees Murkowski appointment as a gamble
Gov. Frank Murkowski's appointment of his daughter to his vacated seat in the

Jury selection begins in Anchorage murder case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of an Anchorage man charged with raping and beating a woman and leaving her body in a shed in Spenard two years ago.

Anchorage police identify body found in apartment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Police have identified the man found dead Saturday in his Lake Otis Parkway apartment.

Men posing as DEA agents invade Anchorage home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two armed men posing as federal drug enforcement agents pushed their way into a South Anchorage home Monday, bound three people with duct tape and demanded the combination to a gun safe, Anchorage police said.

River erosion exposes graves near Dillingham Hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Erosion of a steep riverbank below Dillingham's Kanakanak Hospital has exposed an increasing number of coffins and bones from unmarked graves in recent years.

Judge gives probation inspector greater access at BP
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge has broadened the powers of a probation officer charged with policing BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s environmental and safety performance on the North Slope.

Murkowski names Craig Campbell as adjutant general
JUNEAU (AP) -- Col. Craig Campbell was named head of state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on Monday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Three nominated to replace Murkowski in state House
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage Republicans, including veteran lawmaker Eldon Mulder, have been nominated to replace U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the state House.

Dec. 24, 2002 Anchorage Daily News says Exxon profits from settlement delays
Thirteen years have passed since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and Exxon is still fighting the multibillion-dollar award of punitive damages handed down in federal court. Under orders from a f

Pipeline issue a challenge for new administration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska would collect about $110 million more each year if shipping charges for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline were cut to match a recent decision by state regulators.

Top Yukon Quest musher puts team up for sale
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Despite the fact that training is going well and his dogs look good, top Yukon Quest musher Peter Butteri of Tok is putting his team up for sale.

Suspected bank robber arrested
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man wanted in two bank robberies has been arrested, authorities said Monday.

Lufthansa retires Boeing flight out of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lufthansa has retired its Boeing 747 cargo run out of Fairbanks. The jet lifted off Friday for the last time.

Hunter gets lost due to malfunctioning compass
JUNEAU (AP) -- A local hunter became lost overnight on Douglas Island after magnets in his mittens caused his compass to give inaccurate readings.

Gateway Borough moves ahead with sludge facility
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Plans are moving forward to build a sludge composting facility in Ward Cove for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Dec. 27, 2002 Anchorage Daily News says tariffs ruling means state made a bad deal
In 1985, the administration of Gov. Bill Sheffield struck a multibillion-dollar deal that ended an eight-year dispute over the rates charged to ship oil through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Art Show inspires creativity
The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai is one of more than 3,300 clubs across the nation that joined in a search to recognize the talents of young artists.

Bell ringing competition helps Salvation Army
According to Craig Fanning of the Salvation Army in Kenai, Kettle donations this year were up $6,600 over last year for a total raised from the bell-ringing coming in at approximately $25,000.

After the Bell coin wars yields 776 meals for Food Bank
Karen Strash, Soldotna Boys & Girls Clubhouse director, recently

Hunter gets lost due to malfunctioning compass
JUNEAU (AP) -- A local hunter became lost overnight on Douglas Island after magnets in his mittens caused his compass to give inaccurate readings.

Now Playing: Catch Me If You Can
The premise for the new Leonardo DiCaprio/Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg film, Catch Me If You Can, sounds a little iffy. A guy is able to successfully impersonate a pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, and pass millions of dollars in bad checks, all before the age of eighteen? No way.

Cab rides free tonight
In an effort to keep people safe on the roads tonight, central Kenai Peninsula taxicab companies will offer free taxi service in and around Kenai and Soldotna.

Sales vary boroughwide
The latest figures show the economy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough was a mixed bag during the third quarter of 2002, which ended Sept. 30, according to the borough's latest quarterly report.

Photo feature: Winter's return
Winter's cold manifests itself in icicles hanging from a house in Sterling.

Soldotna woman's goals leading her to Oxford
When opportunity knocks, Christina Reasner answers.

Peninsula has good news, too
It's not always easy to find the good news, especially in a year that some critics have labeled mediocre, if not dull.

Microchips reunite lost pets with owners
Imagine yourself lying in bed. It's nearly midnight and you're not even close to getting some shut-eye, despite the fact that this is your fifth sleepless night in a row.

Workshop helps businesses sell by design on Web
What do you wish to accomplish with your Web site? How do you plan to drive visitors to your site? How often will you need to update your content? What is your budget? Who are your resources?

Rain brings disaster; fish program brings renewal in 2002
2002 was a tumultuous year on the Kenai Peninsula, as everything from unusual weather to controversial politics combined to bring change to numerous areas of peninsula life.

Ruby Jean Shortes
Longtime Soldotna resident Ruby Jean Shortes died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at her home in Soldotna. She was 75.

Letters to the Editor
Lack of affordable dental care means children have to suffer Vocational education needs a real fix not more politics

Teachers deserve praise for tireless efforts on behalf of community Preschool raffle raises $1,500, thanks to businesses, volunteers

Those in military make it possible for 'peace on earth'
The Associated Press reported that the news rocked old friends and family in the Bronx, where Steven Checo attended high school.

Donation provides rides for children

Muslims should declare a new kind of holy war
It is high time Muslims across the globe declared a holy war -- of words and peaceful actions, this time -- against the extremists in their midst who are at war against Christians and Jews.

Letters to the Editor
Times are tough, but we can trust God to always keep his promisesDark side to conservative belief: All people are not created equally

Host families needed for exchange students
World Heritage is seeking area host families for high school students from Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico and Brazil visiting the United States through the World Heritage International Student Exchange Program for the 2003-04 school year

Around the Peninsula
Food Bank to close for inventory World peace meditation planned Hospital board to meet Tuesday Student holiday creations on display at mall CPGH to sponsor Safe Sitter course Swimming lesson sign-ups open Advisory Committee to hold elections Blood Bank sponsors awards program

Community Schools
Homer Community Schools has added several new classes to the winter program that are not included in the winter catalog. For more information on the following classes, or to sign up, call Homer Community Schools at (907) 235-6090.

Stealing Christmas -- and the show
Jesse Leman, right, portrays "The Grinch" during an adaptation of the story, performed Dec. 20, by students in Jamie Leman's eighth-grade literacy class at Ninilchik School. Below, Kjersten Skjold plays Cindy Lou Who. The adap

Check, please
Alaska Communication Services representatives Chuck Stauffer and Stephanie Carroll present a $3,707.16 donation to Women's Resource and Crisis Center board president June Harris and executive director Heather Arnett at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting Dec. 18.

Community News
Elks table tennis results announced Food bank receives grant from Fred Meyer Free skin cancer screening available Host families needed for exchange students

Around the Peninsula
Hospital board to meet todayInterfaith devotion plannedFund-raiser planned for familySocial Security representatives to visit area

Peninsula People
Area students cheer squad ranked nationally Area students complete Air Force basic training Homer graduate completes Army basic training Soldotna student graduates from college

Mr. Christmas says this season will be last for Wonderland
KILLINGLY, Conn. -- For 35 years, Mervin Whipple has personally greeted -- and counted -- some 1.4 million visitors from all over the country to his renowned annual Christmas Wonderland -- a free light display numbering 120,000 bulbs and including moving figures.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

The good, the bad, the in between
O.J. Simpson strolls onto the football field at an Orange Bowl practice and finds himself welcomed by the USC coach and players like a prodigal son come home.

Hall Memorial game gives back to community; showcases talent
Giving children a chance to live out their dreams on ice was the cause Saturday night when the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association held its annual Hall of Fame Memorial Hockey Game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Campo, Coughlin and LeBeau out; Parcells on the way in?
America's Team fired its coach. America's laughingstock did, too. And Jacksonville got rid of the only coach it has ever had.

Georgia carried to Sugar Bowl by little brothers
NEW ORLEANS -- Terrence Edwards always looked up to his big brother.

Forsberg hat trick ends Avalanche loss streak
DENVER -- Peter Forsberg had his fifth career three-goal game as the Colorado Avalanche ended a two-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.

Capitals send Buffalo to sixth straight defeat
WASHINGTON -- Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist in his return from the injured list as the Washington Capitals extended Buffalo's losing streak to six games with a 4-3 victory Monday night.

Stars win Aztec Holiday Classic
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team continued to sizzle on its holiday trip to San Diego, defeating a team from Ocean Lakes, Va., 50-29 in the championship game of the 20th annual Aztec Holiday Classic.

Rams beat 49ers
ST. LOUIS -- In their season finale, the St. Louis Rams looked more like defending NFC champions than the underacheivers who finished two games below .500.

Pack loses Lambeau edge; Saints miss cut
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins blew two double-digit leads and the AFC East crown by losing to the Patriots.

Gophers leg out win vs. Arkansas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Minnesota coach Glen Mason had his way, Dan Nystrom would not have been the Most Valuable Player of the Music City Bowl.

From gridiron to ski trails, spirit of competition alive and well on peninsula
A look at sports on the Kenai Peninsula in the year 2002:

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