Monday, January 14, 2002

Nenana school board accepts resignation of superintendent
NENANA (AP) -- The Nenana City School Board on Thursday unanimously accepted the resignation of its superintendent, Terry Bentley.

Stevens defends jet leasing idea
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens has no apologies for proposing that the Air Force lease a fleet of new 767 jets as refueling tankers.

Pipeline group delivers signatures for ballot initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Backers of an all-Alaska pipeline to carry North Slope natural gas to market have turned in more than 42,000 signatures for a November ballot initiative.

Ketchikan man found guilty of sexual assault
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan jury found Frank W. Mooney guilty of first-degree sexual assault Friday after less than a day of deliberation.

Anchorage seafood plant places product in Sam's Club stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Seafood International premiered a jalapeno-spiced salmon dish in Sam's Club stores all over the country Thursday, an event the company's chief executive declared as ''a great day for Anchorage.''

Eielson airman shot, killed at trailer park
FAIRANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old Eielson Air Force Base airman was shot and killed early Sunday morning at a mobile home park south of Fairbanks.

Young far outpaces colleagues on missed votes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young missed more votes on the floor of the House of Representatives last year than nearly every other member of Congress.

Lawmakers waste no time in debating closing fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers facing two of the most intractable problems before state government received a peptalk by House Speaker Brian Porter on Monday.

Survey says Anchorage public bus system has room for improvement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A survey of 2,300 people has confirmed what Anchorage bus riders have said for years: The city's public bus system offers inadequate service.

Video cameras capture DWI arrests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police arrested 40 percent more drunk drivers during the recent holiday season than they did two years ago.

Knowles taking aim one last time at subsistence, fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles enters his last year in office vowing to take up two of Alaska's most intractable problems: A decade long stalemate over subsistence and a budget deficit that is expected to top $1 billion.

Spill review looks at issue of clamps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is reviewing whether it needs to modify clamps used to control potential pipe leaks.

Kenai mayor pitches idea of trading city land for armory
KENAI (AP) -- In an attempt to acquire a ready-made community center for the city, Kenai Mayor John Williams is pitching a trade of municipal land for the Army National Guard's armory.

Bethel man killed in snowmachine accident
BETHEL (AP) -- A Bethel man was killed early Sunday in a snowmachine accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Unalaska strip club opens despite protests
UNALASKA (AP) -- A strip club has opened in the heart of a heavily Native neighborhood in Unalaska despite protests that it is harmful to the community.

Jan. 8, 2002 The Voice of the Times on Democratic hopes in 2004
The Democratic National Committee is expected to make changes in the rules for Democratic party primaries that could make the 2004 primary season quite short.

Name released on victim of fatal Glenn Highway rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The name of a Wasilla man who was killed in a rollover on the Glenn Highway has been released.

Jan. 10, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. applauds effort to bring on more Native teachers
Ilisagvik College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks know that to strengthen our rural communities, we must start with the educational system.

Anchorage children's center to stay open
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several programs will continue at the Anchorage Center for Families, which has announced it was temporarily closing to sort out a financial tangle that left the child abuse prevention agency running in the red.

Jan. 7, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on the options left to a lame duck governor
Tony Knowles opens the new year, his last as governor, in an awkward place on the ship of state.

Donley calls for state hiring freeze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Dave Donley is urging the Knowles administration to freeze hiring of new state employees for nonessential positions.

Jan. 13, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges a state budget solution
A possible fiscal crisis has been looming over the state of Alaska for many years now. But state leaders have been more than willing to let the issue slide rather than face the hard decisions necessary to find a long-term solution.

Plethora of new bills await Legislature when it returns of Monday
JUNEAU (AP) -- A seasonal sales tax, a new verse in the state song and a plan to require some insurance companies to pay for contraceptives are among the proposed laws the Legislature will tackle when it returns to work on Monday.

Fairbanks man killed in trailer park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was shot and killed early Sunday at the Lake View Terrace Trailer Court, Alaska State Troopers said.

Economic impact of military grows in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The economic impact of Elmendorf Air Force Base on the Anchorage economy grew by more than $80 million in 2001, to a total of about $664 million, military officials said.

Father and daughter die in Summit Lake avalanche
SUMMIT LAKE (AP) -- A father and his 13-year-old daughter were killed while snowmachining near Summit Lake glacier when a cornice of snow gave way, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Alaska's first lady warns of danger to children from alcohol
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Children drink an alarming amount of alcohol, and Alaska's first lady wants people to know about it as a first step toward countering the problem.

Snow crab season to open Tuesday
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab season is expected to open Tuesday amid efforts to change the system.

Ketchikan borough seeks more candidates for manager's job
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will readvertise its opening for a chief executive officer.

Buser leads Copper Basin 300, Jonrowe not far behind
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- Halfway through the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race, Martin Buser of Big Lake was leading the race Sunday, just 10 minutes ahead of DeeDee Jonrowe, last year's winner.

Alaska fishermen find farmed salmon a formidable foe
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Dick Jacobsen was a kid, his family had to abandon his home village of Squaw Harbor on Unga Island along the south Alaska Peninsula. The island's industries had dried up, the people had fled and finally the school closed.

Legislature facing tough tax issues that promise tougher election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Lisa Murkowski takes a fatalistic view of her political future.

Swingley heats up AttaBoy
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley won the inaugural Oregon AttaBoy 300 World Cup sled dog race on Sunday, finishing more than 15 minutes ahead of the second-place musher.

Buser leads Copper Basin 300, Jonrowe not far behind
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- Halfway through the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race, Martin Buser of Big Lake was leading the race Sunday, just 10 minutes ahead of DeeDee Jonrowe, last year's winner.

Legislature facing tough tax issues that promise tougher election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Lisa Murkowski takes a fatalistic view of her political future.

Partnerships play key role in being prepared
Alaska will remain safe from harm because of community partnerships established long before there was a heightened sense of awareness of potential terrorism threats.

Terrorists leave mountain of evidence
WASHINGTON -- From Afghanistan to Europe to the U.S. Midwest, suspected terrorists, often beating a hasty retreat from their homes, camps and caves, have left behind a mountain of suspicious items that U.S. investigators are combing for clues.

Census alters make-up of planning commission
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission will have a new look come July 31, one that, in theory, should mean fairer representation for the borough's 49,700 residents.

Torgerson: Price of oil can't close state budget gap
Once, Alaska could rely on America's conflicts to prop up the price of oil, but that hasn't been the case with the anti-terrorism battle in Afghanistan, Sen. John Torgerson said Thursday.

Ward wants spending capped
It will take an amendment to the Alaska Constitution to compel a spending limit on state government, Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, said Monday of last week.

Special forces on mop-up duty
KHOST, Afghanistan -- The United States intensified its anti-terror campaign in turbulent eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, dropping bombs on suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hide-outs as a small group of U.S. special forces searched for renegade followers of Osama bin Laden.

Forum examines threats from aging pipelines
Beneath the seas of Cook Inlet and beneath the ground of the northern Kenai Peninsula, a generation of oil pipelines is aging. How to avoid spills from them was the subject of a forum Thursday in Soldotna.

Richard Hubley
Sterling resident Richard "Dick" Hubley died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at his home near Sterling. He was 74.

Jess M. Chapman
Soldotna resident Jess M. Chapman died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from congestive heart failure after a brief illness. He was 72.

Kwan, Cohen, Hughes make Olympics
LOS ANGELES -- This one was not for the doubters. It wasn't for the audience or even the judges. Michelle Kwan's sixth national title was all about satisfying someone else.

Economy moves into spotlight
WASHINGTON -- Trying to keep a nation behind him during war and recession, President Bush turned again to Alan Greenspan for help in pushing his economic policies. The Fed chairman may not be forthcoming this time.

Legislators return to Juneau
Editor's Note: The legislative session gets under way in Juneau today. As in the past, the Kenai Peninsula's legislative delegation has been invited to keep residents informed of what's happening in this column, which will run weekly during the session. Kenai Peninsula legislators will take turns writing the column.

Letters to the Editor
Postal service should deliver what it promises customers

Letters to the Editor
All residents encouraged to take part in advisory committee process

Fiscal Policy Caucus provides fine starting point for Legislature
When the Alaska Legislature convenes on Monday, it will face one issue that overwhelms all others in importance: the state's $900 million-plus fiscal gap.

Applause
Concert provides feast for soulLaidlaw comes to rescue

Science books don't teach irrefutable laws of physics
It is a fact in life that some people are simply not suited for certain professions. O.J. Simpson, for instance, would not make a good marriage counselor, Wilt Chamberlain would not cut it as the pope and Tipper Gore would have no business being the lead singer for the Beastie Boys.

Ask the Mayor
You may be eligible for tax exemption

Photo feature: Beach bound
Rebecca Lambourn walks with her dog Danny down stairs leading to the beach at the end of Forest Drive in Kenai Saturday afternoon.

Photographer finds fun at Disney World
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As a professional photographer specializing in wildlife, I have trekked some of the world's most exotic game preserves, from the jungles of India and Nepal to the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. I know a wart hog when I see one and I was not expecting to be impressed by Disney World's Animal Kingdom.

Bringing back the past
Old photos: they fill the yellowing pages of dusty albums, pile up in drawers and fall from between the pages of books passed down in the family. Too often, their origin and descriptions are forgotten, and they get tossed out when the old makes way for the new.

Around the Peninsula
AMVETS meeting scheduledKenai River quality study results givenDAV meeting date changedRealtors meeting planned for ThursdayAARP meeting ThursdayLeague of Women voters to meetSBDC workshop to be heldAlaska Independent Blind chapter meeting slatedMDA to hold lock-up fund-raiserChange in Chugach-related phone numbersMotorized use restricted on Chugach National Forest

Youth development topic of discussion
The best ideas for youth development in the central peninsula community were discussed Thursday at the Kenai Alternative School as part of an effort to create the agenda for youth development nationwide. Youth and adults were challenged to describe what youth need to achieve success in their lives at the Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century convened by 4-H.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team to hold tryoutsSmall business seminar scheduledMeeting to be held for care giversFish and Game committee to meetCommunity meeting planned in KasilofBlood donations neededHospital Service Area Board to meetSnaring seminar offeredNominations sought for annual banquetDevelopmental screening offeredTickets available for auction, wine tastingHomer Winter Carnival slated for FebruaryHospital now accredited for mammography

Community News
First Lady's Volunteer Awards open for nominationsHomer Community Schools announcementsAlaska SeaLife Center news

Scientists find pets can catch dangerous infections from owners
CHICAGO -- Scientists who worry about the spread of nasty germs from animals to people have found the opposite can also happen: Cats and dogs catch bad things from their owners.

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Carrot concoction keeps out the cold
January is National Soup Month. For me, the word "soup" conjures up feelings of warmth and comfort. I would bet just about everyone has a favorite soup. This week I'd like to share one of my favorites. This recipe made with our Alaska-grown carrots just doesn't get any sweeter or more elegant.

Peninsula People
Area students earn high marksKenai woman given lifetime achievement awardNikiski Hoop Shoot winners announced

Ask a Trooper
The recent column about snowmachines on roads and in neighborhoods generated some feedback I'd like to address. This subject clearly riles many people, including "Sleepless in Kenai."

Photo feature: Going long
While the Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens controlled the field on television, Jan Standefer had Skyview's gridiron to herself Sunday morning. Local skiers are doing their best to avoid fumbles as groomers work to tackle icy trails.

Lack of snow closes parts of refuge
Unseasonably warm weather is threatening to cut short the snowmachining season in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this year.

Eagles' victory over Bucs may spell end for Tampa Bay coach
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb has the Philadelphia Eagles headed for Chicago and the second round of the playoffs. After another postseason failure, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can only watch and wait, perhaps for Bill Parcells.

Woods struggles in New Zealand
PARAPARAUMU BEACH, New Zealand -- Australia's Craig Parry birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the New Zealand Open as Tiger Woods failed to mount a serious challenge.

Agassi withdraws in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian Open lost defending champion Andre Agassi to an injury and second-seeded Gustavo Kuerten to a five-set upset Monday (Sunday EST).

O'Neal ejected for fighting as Chicago shocks Los Angeles
CHICAGO -- In one of the most violent and stunning games of the NBA season, the Bulls shocked the Lakers 106-104 in overtime after Shaquille O'Neal was ejected for fighting.

Don't expect Ice Bowl II for Packers-49ers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Don't expect Ice Bowl II. When the San Francisco 49ers play at Lambeau Field on Sunday, this will be the deepest into January the Green Bay Packers have ever played a home game.

Intensity takes Kardinals to Tip-off title
Work hard and good things happen -- convincing his players of that might have been the toughest thing Kenai Central High School boys basketball coach Rich Bartolowits had to do this weekend.

No. 11 UCLA pulls off upset of No. 1 Kansas
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barnes scored 27 points and No. 11 UCLA got key contributions from everybody else to beat No. 1 Kansas 87-77 Saturday, snapping the Jayhawks' 13-game winning streak.

49ers come up empty in quest to root out Packers' green, gold
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre griped at halftime about the way his talent was being wasted. Then he went back out and did something about it.

Defending champs flash Super Bowl form in playoff opener
MIAMI -- The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens looked the part.

Schottenheimer out, Spurrier gets courted
WASHINGTON -- A power struggle between owner and coach left Marty Schottenheimer without a job and put the Washington Redskins in position to win the Steve Spurrier sweepstakes.

Faulk, Strahan tabbed unanimous AP All-Pros
Michael Strahan, who set the single-season sacks record, and Marshall Faulk, with yet another 2000-yard season, were unanimous choices Saturday to The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team.

Defense should rule for Dolphins-Ravens
MIAMI (AP) -- Combine two dominating defenses with a pair of turnover-prone, spasmodic offenses led by erratic quarterbacks, and you've got Sunday's playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.

Kenai cruises by SoHi
The stage was set Saturday for what promises to be a season-long struggle between the girls basketball teams from Kenai Central and Soldotna. From the sidelines of the championship game of the Skyview Peninsula Challenge tournament, Soldotna coach Mark Tuter yelled encouragement at his team.

Four Red Wings voted to starting All-Star lineups
NEW YORK (AP) -- Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom led all players in fan balloting for the NHL All-Star game, receiving 211,486 votes to earn a spot Saturday in World team's starting lineup for the Feb. 2 game in Los Angeles.

Stars light up Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mike Modano scored two goals to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

Raiders end season of Jets
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jerry Rice showed the Oakland Raiders it's never too late to turn back the clock -- on a matchless career or on a troubled season.

Kenai defense stops SoHi
There are two ways to get in a locked door without a key. The first is to use intricate tools and technique. The second is to resort to spartan intensity and simply bust the door down.

Clippers streak past Raptors
TORONTO -- Lamar Odom and Michael Olowokandi each scored 16 points as the Los Angeles Clippers ended a four-game losing streak with a 79-72 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Netminders stand on heads as Kards play to tie with Wasilla
Both the Kenai Central High School and Wasilla hockey teams thought they should have had a North Star Conference win when they met at the Soldotna Sports Center Friday.

Sports Briefs
SoHi boys, Skyview girls take Seward InviteHakkinen 46th, 43rd in World Cup biathlonsBears tear up Seward's den

Lindros, Rangers receive true Philly welcome
PHILADELPHIA -- Eric Lindros got a raucous reception from his former fans Saturday, while the rest of his New York Rangers teammates took a beating from the Philadelphia Flyers.

CIA boys wrap up Kodiak JV tourney
The Kodiak girls and the Cook Inlet Academy boys won first place in the Kodiak High School Booster Club Junior Varsity Basketball Tournament Thursday through Saturday. Both teams closed out their respective tournaments with 3-0 records.

Sports Briefs
Kenai-East game has time changeNorth Dakota ties Alaska-AnchorageAlaska-Fairbanks tops MichiganNikiski hockey drops two games

Maryland turns Georgia Tech into ramblin' wreck
ATLANTA -- Juan Dixon scored 26 points to lead No. 4 Maryland to a 92-87 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

A view of wildlife in which people are the victims
For all of America's vigilance against terrorists, danger does not always come on two legs.

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