Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Anchorage fire inspectors hunts for hazards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Fire Department has been stepping up apartment building inspections, and inspectors say they're finding ample evidence that it's a good idea.

Alaska wildlife manager may get Pacific regional post
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The current Alaska director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been nominated to lead the entire Pacific region, with headquarters in Portland, Ore.

Man found dead in Fort Yukon may be hit-and-run victim
FORT YUKON (AP) -- A 49-year-old man was found dead in Fort Yukon early Saturday morning, apparently knocked down by a vehicle and left on the ground by the driver, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers distribute drunk-driving video
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some family members of people who died in drunk driving accidents are upset over an Alaska State Trooper video that uses photos and names of victims without families' permission.

Swingley drops out of Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley has dropped out of this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Troopers investigate connection between Fort Yukon deaths
FORT YUKON (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday they are investigating a connection between a weekend fatality and a suicide in Fort Yukon.

Stevens gets fancy office suite as Appropriations chair
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens controls not only the nation's spending, but also one of the most stunning office suites in the capitol.

GCI to publish competing Anchorage phone book
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phone companies General Communications Inc. and Alaska Communications Systems have been battling over phone service in the Anchorage area and soon they'll be competing over phone directories.

ATV driver says he didn't see dog team before collision
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have forwarded charges to juvenile authorities against a 16-year-old boy who struck a sled dog team with his all-terrain vehicle in North Pole Friday night and fled the scene.

Anchorage hotel destroyed by fire, completed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Less than a year after a devastating fire, Aspen Hotels is opening a new hotel Wednesday in downtown Anchorage.

Ketchikan Indian Community holds election
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Indian Community is holding its annual election Monday.

Fog stops investigators from reaching site of avalanche
REVELSTOKE, British Columbia (AP) -- Heavy fog prevented investigators on Tuesday from reaching the remote site in British Columbia's jagged mountains where an avalanche killed seven backcountry skiers, including three Americans.

Quest mushers have varied diet programs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's not an exact science, but each musher has a special formula for what to pack for dogs and human in the 30-some bags sent to the 10 checkpoints along the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Anchorage police investigate third death at trailer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the death of a woman found Monday in an east Anchorage trailer.

Kings win first place, Red Lantern in Kuskokwim 300
BETHEL (AP) -- The Kings of Denali Park opened and closed the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race.

Troopers distribute drunk-driving video
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have distributed about 400 copies of a free video, aimed at reducing the number of drunk driving deaths around the state.

Police hunt suspect for cashing counterfeit state checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are looking for a man suspected of cashing $29,000 worth of counterfeit state treasury checks.

Kenai volunteer aids seized collies in Montana
KENAI (AP) -- Seized collies that have lived with feces-encrusted coats in Shelby, Mont., are finally getting groomed.

Bills offer veto authority on Anchorage trail route
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two legislators have filed bills that would give the Legislature veto power over any attempt to extend Anchorage's coastal trail through a state wildlife refuge.

Advisory board pans decision on Kenai River guides
KENAI (AP) -- State officials have modified a proposal by the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board to place a moratorium on new Kenai River sport fishing guide permits.

King wins Kuskokwim 300 again
BETHEL (AP) -- Musher Jeff King of Denali Park won the Kuskokwim 300 Sunday for the third straight year, as his daughter was bringing up the rear.

Scientists sift through new sea lion research
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- They were just two 17-month-old Steller sea lions on the prowl, searching for fish off Perry Island in Prince William Sound, but these animals, nicknamed Perry and Lindy, had an audience.

Anchorage man pleads guilty to ecstasy charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to possessing 500 tablets of the drug ecstasy with the intent to distribute it, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Neighbors pass the hat to clean up junkyard
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Neighbors of a junkyard are so fed up with the mess, they're taking up a collection to clean it up.

House Republicans pick Coghill as majority leader
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republicans chose Rep. John Coghill -- a fiery conservative who once stormed out of the GOP camp over subsistence -- as their majority leader on Sunday.

Texas fugitive arrested after scuffle in store
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A fugitive wanted on cocaine trafficking charges was arrested after a struggle in a Carrs store Sunday.

Fish Board looks at Southeast herring fishery
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Whether to open West Behm Canal in Souheast Alaska to commercial fishing for herring is one of the issues being considered by the Alaska Board of Fisheries starting Monday in Sitka.

Mayor opens legislative office in Kenai borough building
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley has established a legislative teleconference office at the borough building in Soldotna.

Fred Meyer eyes Ketchikan lot
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Fred Meyer is considering purchasing about nine acres for a large grocery store near 4 Mile North Tongass Highway.

Foundation promises two million for Yukon Kuskokwim Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Rasmuson Foundation will donate $2 million to a Yukon Kuskokwim career learning center in Bethel, the center announced Monday.

Celebrating the Iditarod as a National Millennium Trail
Long before Hobo Jim, or even the late Joe Redington Sr., (commonly referred to as the Father of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race) had even heard of the Iditarod Trail, it was a significant part of Alaska's history...

Bob & Lora Craig honored by Borough Assembly
The husband and wife team of Bob and Lora Martin were both selected to receive commendations from the State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Council on Emergency Medical Services for their outstanding contributions to the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department.

Soldotna boy chosen as finalist in GAP Casting Call
The odds were about a quarter of a million to one when Kimberly Van Antwerp took a photo of her 11-year-old son James and submitted it to the GAP Casting Call.

Of Fish and Friends
I was on a plane flying from Anchorage to Kenai and met an elderly lady from Kasilof who identified herself as Mary Lamm. I was not sure what went through this lady's mind when this big burly guy with long hair sat down

Sharing over 60 years of dance experience
Norma Cooper began studying the rudiments of classical ballet in a small town in New York when she

A spoonful of magic helps the medicine go down
Remember looking for some magic that would get your homework done when you'd been procrastinating and playing around?

Reservations open for State Park cabins
Although many Alaskans like to make reservations for tropical destinations in the dead of winter, according to Chris Degernes, Kenai Area Superintendent of Alaska State Parks, it's the best time to get your reservations for State public use cabins in Kach

Quest mushers have varied diet programs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's not an exact science, but each musher has a special formula for what to pack for dogs and human in the 30-some bags sent to the 10 checkpoints along the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

King wins Kuskokwim 300 again
BETHEL (AP) -- Musher Jeff King of Denali Park won the Kuskokwim 300 Sunday for the third straight year, as his daughter was bringing up the rear.

Kings win first place, Red Lantern in Kuskokwim 300
BETHEL (AP) -- The Kings of Denali Park opened and closed the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race.

Swingley drops out of Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley has dropped out of this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

NOW PLAYING: Chicago
News Flash: Chicago, the hip new musical that is taking Hollywood by storm, is not showing on the peninsula this week. What is showing is such a pallid assortment of trash, drivel, and already-seens, that I was compelled to make the trip to Anchorage for a little culture. I had to see what all the fuss was about. I think I get it.

KRSMA board members not pleased with changes made by acting commissioner
The acting commissioner of Alaska State Parks has modified a proposal by the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board to place a moratorium on new Kenai River sport fishing guide permits.

Alaskans voice opinions on war
The question of whether the United States should go to war with Iraq is one that generates a variety of responses.

Office designated as LIO for borough officials
Saying it would save time and money, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley has established a legislative teleconference office at the Borough Building in Soldotna. Borough and school district officials will use it to testify before state legislative committees during the upcoming session of the 23rd Alaska Legislature.

Kenai woman takes active role at 'Camp Collie'
The seized collies that have lived with their urine-soaked, feces-encrusted coats at the Marias Valley Fairgrounds in Shelby, Mont., for the past several weeks are finally getting groomed.

Crews aim for start on pipeline
When construction workers begin showing up along the side of Kalifornsky Beach Road or the Sterling Highway in the next few weeks, don't be alarmed.

Spending more on school could help in long run
Spending another $50,000 for additional architectural services on the proposed Seward Middle School project could save the Kenai Peninsula Borough as much as $1.4 million in the long run, according to borough finance officials who are urging passage of an ordinance appropriating the funds.

Soldotna boy makes for model citizen
James Van Antwerp would rather play football in the mud than pose in front of a camera. But just because the sixth-grader likes getting dirty doesn't mean he doesn't clean up well.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperTax tips: IRS offers amnesty to certain tax evaders 01/20/03

Timothy Duncan Fulgham
Soldotna resident Timothy Duncan Fulgham died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in Soldotna. He was 46.

Kay Jackson Mitchell
Sterling resident Kay Jackson Mitchell died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in the presence of her family. She was 73.

New Board of Game appointments represent limited view of wildlife
Survey after survey has told us that when it comes to the management of our wildlife Alaskans want a Board of Game comprised of people representing a broad range of values to be in charge.

Dr. King's life still serves as model to follow
President Bush's proclamation on today's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday:

Letters to the Editor
Smoking ban would benefit Kenai, businesses, customersBorough teleconference office should be open to public useSundays should be for God; other days are OK for activitiesIt's easy to criticize police personnel until you need helpMinors should need parental consent before getting abortion

Dr. King's dream still offers vision for U.S.
Editor's Note: Today the United States observes Martin Luther King Day. In honor of the occasion, excerpts of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech follow. The speech was delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C

Voters want, Alaska needs legislators working together
When the Legislature gets down to business this week, there will be a big shift in the way business will be done in Alaska's capital city. No big surprise, given the outcome of last November's big sweep by Republicans.

Photo: Delayed reaction
On behalf of the Auk-Kwan, Juneau's original settlers, Alaska native Rosa Miller, center, greets members of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee with grandson Lee Miller Jr. standing behind her at Juneau's new Treadwell Arena on Sunday in Juneau.

Births
Sadie and Steve Fisher of Homer

Around the Peninsula
KPC director to speak at chamberEDD plans meeting on timber industryDistrict to hold public meetingsCenter to host incorporation workshopAdoption information classes planned

Around the Peninsula
Take-A-Break to host women's brunchKPC director to speak at chamberThe Alliance to meet TuesdayTotem Tracers offer genealogy classChamber to discuss inlet lease salesSenior board plans meetingChurch offers dinner, dramaCES seeks volunteersSteering committee to meet Thursday

Teens express visions of unity in mural contest
Unity is simple: It's about people and communities coming together.

Community Schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed as a reminder to registered participants.

Community News
Literacy carnival heading to SoldotnaApplications available for talent showUSS Canberra seeks crew members for reunion

Peninsula People
Area students make the gradePeninsula residents join ArmyElks table tennis tournament results announced

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Scientists look at why elderly fall, how to reduce injuries
WASHINGTON -- The elderly man stepped onto an elevated track and began walking, sensors measuring his gait, muscle use and the force of each step. Suddenly he slipped -- and cameras filmed his limbs flailing as he fought to stay upright.

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

Sports Briefs
Seward hoops splits with GraceKings win first place, Red Lantern in Kusko 300IOC investigating alleged torture of Iraq athletes

Nikiski senior relishes role of directing hoops squad
Even though it's January, she wore sandals Thursday afternoon before the first game of the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament at Nikiski High's gymnasium. But on the court, Karen Rabung has had to step into a much larger pair of shoes in her senior year at Nikiski.

Al's act is back in silver and black
Bellbottoms are back. So, too, is Al Davis. Appar-ently without bothering to change his clothes.

Swashbuckling on gridiron
SAN DIEGO -- A Super Bowl of the high seas: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Cavs fire Lucas
CLEVELAND -- John Lucas couldn't make winners out of the Cleveland Cavaliers, so Keith Smart is getting a shot. He's made a big one before.

Raiders head to San Diego behind veteran play
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tinged with a touch of gray, the Silver and Black are back in the Super Bowl.

Tampa wins NFC title game in frigid Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't have to worry about cold weather any more.

USOC to form panel to review charges
DENVER -- The U.S. Olympic Committee plans an independent investigation of Lloyd Ward following the resignation of five members angered by his exoneration on ethics charges.

Razorbacks stymie No. 2 Lady Tigers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Between Shameka Christon's shooting at one end and Arkansas' sticky zone defense at the other, the Razorbacks frustrated Louisiana State at every turn.

Blake misses quarters; Shaughnessy advances to quarterfinals; Blake loses
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Meghann Shaughnessy saved five break points in the final game and advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Elena Bovina on Monday.

Bucs coach stays behind to begin intense game preparation
SAN DIEGO -- Jon Gruden was a no-show, and several of his players came in disguise.

Sports Briefs
Skyview takes second at Dimond ClassicBoonstra, Hulen win Besh Cup Freestyle 5KStars fall to ServiceSkyview loses two in roadtrip

UConn women keep on rolling
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Even without much help from leader Diana Taurasi, Connecticut added another victory to its record streak.

Venus, Agassi advance to semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus Williams served at near-record speeds and overcame distractions from the crowd to reach the semifinals.

Late flurry lets Bruins tie Capitals
BOSTON -- Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists for Boston, setting up Glen Murray's slap shot with 4:26 left Monday as the Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the Washington Capitals 3-3.

Photo feature: Coming in for a landing
Katelyn Lessard takes the skis out of skate-style skiing on the ice rink at Skyview High School on Saturday afternoon. She was clowning with friends while waiting to compete in the Besh Cup. .

Isles ground Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Alexei Yashin scored in consecutive games for the first time since mid-October and added a third-period assist Sunday, helping the New York Islanders beat Atlanta 4-1 and end the Thrashers' three-game winning streak.

Bulls top Hawks, end road futility
ATLANTA -- Jalen Rose matched a season high with 37 points and Marcus Fizer added 24 Monday, helping the Chicago Bulls end a 19-game road losing streak with a 115-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Tax Relief for Victims of Spring Breakup Flooding
SEATTLE – The Internal Revenue Service today announced tax relief for Alaska residents in the Presidential Disaster Area affected by the spring breakup flooding that began April 27 and ended May 30, 2002. 

What's New
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The big news for taxpayers preparing their 2002 tax returns this spring is a bevy of new incentives -- to save for college and retirement, to file returns electronically and to plan for a more secure financial future.

E-Filing Gets Easier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's easier this year to file your taxes electronically -- and probably for free.

Tax tips: IRS offers amnesty to certain tax evaders
WASHINGTON -- People using offshore credit cards to hide income and evade U.S. taxes can avoid criminal charges if they come forward by April 15, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska Newspaper Your IRS Advocate 01/20/03
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If trying to resolve a tax problem with IRS has brought you nothing but high blood pressure, there's a place that will help: IRS.

Watch Out for These Scams
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Don't give money to anyone who promises to get you a tax refund or credit for slavery reparations, Social Security taxes, disabled access to pay telephones or any of the other scams that flourish during the tax-filing season.

Revving Up Retirement Savings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taxpayers 50 and older who are worried they haven't been saving enough for retirement can start to remedy that problem immediately.

Tracking Refunds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Already spent that refund? Wondering when you'll see the money? All you need is a computer or telephone to find out.

Calculating Education Benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taxpayers will find a new deduction for 2002 college expenses and tax law changes that make it easier to save for education and to manage state tuition savings plans known as 529s.

Qualifying for an Earned Income Credit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lower-income workers may find it easier this year to qualify for a special tax credit designed to supplement wages and offset the payroll taxes they pay.

Your IRS Advocate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If trying to resolve a tax problem with IRS has brought you nothing but high blood pressure, there's a place that will help: IRS.

Taxes: Tips
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last-minute headaches, missed deductions, possible tax penalties -- all are potential hazards at tax time. Here are some tips from the Internal Revenue Service on how to avoid those problems:

Tax Relief for October%2FNovember Storm Victims
WASHINGTON -- SEATTLE - The Internal Revenue Service today announced special tax relief for Alaska residents in the Presidential Disaster Area damaged by winter storms and flooding during the period October 23 through November 12, 2002.

Taxes: Error Check
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before filing your tax return, make this final error check:

Ins and Outs of Mortgage Deduction
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Riding record-low interest rates, the white-hot mortgage industry lured many Americans into refinancing or buying homes in 2002, but taxpayers must be careful when they figure deductions for mortgage costs.

Photo feature: Rockin' raven
A raven hops into a small pile of snow in search of food near a garbage can in Kenai last week. Snow is still missing from the forecast throughout this week.

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