Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Jan. 23, 2002 The Valdez Star champions a natural gas pipeline terminating in Valdez
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that a natural gas pipeline would be an economic boon for the entire state. Everyone agrees, at some point, it would mean jobs for Alaskans and increased revenue for the state.

Alaska travel industry launches interstate travel campaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Travel Industry Association on Monday launched an advertising campaign to promote travel within the state.

Four Alaska mushers compete in Wyoming sled dog race
DUBOIS, Wyo. (AP) -- Four Alaska mushers are racing in the 7th annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming, which began Saturday.

Knowles pushing package of veterans bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants the public to approve a $500 million bond sale to continue a veterans mortgage program.

Straw-bales make for high-tech Fairbanks home
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- From the outside, the home of Gerald Goodman and Joan Lessard looks like any other large house under construction in the hills surrounding Fairbanks.

Humanities forum seeks teens for urban-rural exchange
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Humanities Forum is looking for students who want to participate in the Urban-Rural Youth Program.

Jan. 22, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on campaign finance veto
Despite Gov. Tony Knowles' best effort, the Legislature's Republican majority overrode his most important veto. Without a single vote to spare, the Legislature rammed through a bill that reopens the door to big-money influence peddling in Alaska elections.

Unocal 2002 capital budget to keep pace with last year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unocal Alaska's 2002 capital budget will keep pace with last year's budget, according to a company official.

Smyth overcomes late start to win Tustumena 200
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Big Lake musher Ramey Smyth won the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race Saturday evening, crossing the finish line just two minutes before two-time defending champion Jeff King.

Fire destroys Mekoryuk office; firefighting efforts hampered by storm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of the village of Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island are looking for funds to rebuild an office destroyed by fire last week.

Kasilof athlete prepares for winter Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Versatility is part of the job description for biathletes. For Jay Hakkinen, it's a trait that could broaden his post-Olympic employment opportunities.

Red Dog's new trucks keep tight seal on dust
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The company that carries ore from the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska is using a new $4.2 million fleet of trucks with tightly covered trailers to reduce the potential of spilling lead and zinc concentrate.

Providence seeks to build $25 million psychiatric facility
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Providence Alaska Medical Center wants to build a $25 million, 60-bed psychiatric facility in Anchorage, and has asked the state for approval to go ahead with the project.

Stevens backs GOP tribal status inquiry
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens says a letter sent last month by Republican legislative leaders to the Interior Department was a legitimate request for clarification of tribal powers in Alaska.

Jan. 24, 2002 The Voice of the Times on photographing red light runners
It was only a matter of time before frustration with red light runners would prompt someone to suggest that Anchorage automatically snap pictures of violators and send them a ticket in the mail.

Kenai pipeline will connect new gas source
KENAI (AP) -- A $100 million pipeline planned along the Sterling Highway will bring natural gas to the southern Kenai Peninsula and add to the supply flowing north to serve the big markets in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Japanese losing interest in Alaska herring eggs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In Japan, an island nation with a huge appetite for seafood, the economy is down and tastes are changing as people get older. That's causing hard times across the Pacific for herring fishermen like Andy Golia.

Bill to allow visually impaired to vote unassisted
JUNEAU (AP) -- Visually impaired people could be able to vote without assistance by the sighted under a bill introduced in the state Senate on Monday.

Moose-vehicle collision numbers up in Matanuska-Susitna Borough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A surge in the moose population in the Palmer-Wasilla-Big Lake area is being blamed for an increase in the number of collisions between moose and vehicles.

Sternwheeler to once again cruise Inside Passage
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sternwheelers have not cruised the Inside Passage in more than a century, but that's going to change next summer.

Young minds take Internet trek with ice worm scientists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Armed with a sophisticated ice borer, professor Daniel Shain went hunting Sunday on Byron Glacier for a scientific treasure -- the tiny, fragile ice worm.

Legislative Council to hire consultants for gasline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two additional consultants would be added to assist a legislative committee studying an industry proposal to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48 under a plan approved Monday by a legislative panel.

Crime in North Slope Borough drops more than 10 percent
BARROW (AP) -- North Slope Borough Police Chief Paul Carr thinks he knows why crime dropped over 10 percent last year.

Denali gets new leader
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new superintendent for Denali National Park and Preserve plans to continue working on issues of access and visitor facilities for the state's busiest national park.

After last year, Quest mushers looking forward to better trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mushers competing in this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race can look forward to a much better trail.

House Dems, Republicans join forces on fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The entire House of Representatives will meet in a closed caucus to try to come up with a long-term fiscal plan that can make it through the Legislature this year.

Knowles proposes bonding package for office repairs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is proposing a $136 million plan to fund repairs on state facilities.

Jan. 24, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. on Gov. Knowles proposed budget
Gov. Tony Knowles' plan to close the state's $1.2 billion fiscal gap shows how low we've sunk. Newspapers across the state have ballyhooed it, not necessarily because it will work, but because at least someone is trying.

Economists: Alaska risks recession
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Economists say Alaska is facing a recession, even if proposed solutions to the state's chronic budget problems are put in place.

From one Blood Bank to another, a "Double Hitter" blood drive
The Peninsula branch of the Blood Bank of Alaska held the first blood drive of the new-year at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on K-Beach Rd. last week. The event was the first "double hitter" for the local Blood Bank and according to manager Rita Wydra is going to be an annual event.

Osprey Platform in the Cook Inlet has a well-documented history
The newest addition to the family of oil drilling and producing platforms in the Cook Inlet, is Forest Oil Corporation's Osprey Platform. At a luncheon address last week before the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance, Darrell Korman, Construction Supervisor for Forest Oil, shared an interesting power point slide presentation that covered the history of the Osprey from its inception, construction, and present preparation for production in the Cook Inlet.

First Lady applauds YRC
At a public presentation during last weeks Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, Youth Restoration Corp. (YRC) executive director, Kelly Wolf, thanked the Assembly and Borough Mayor Dale Bagley for their personal support and work on YRC projects, and presented the Mayor and the Assembly a framed photograph of the members of last year's YRC, accompanied by a letter of appreciation from First Lady Laura Bush.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship program tops 500 entries
It was a record-breaking year for the VFW sponsored Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program, with over 500 students from the Central Peninsula entering essays on the theme "Reaching Out to America's Future."

Soldotna High School Student stands up for her rights in Washington D.C
Last year, Jennifer McCard won 1st Place in the statewide VFW Voice of Democracy Program, and an expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Skyview High charters Rotary Interact club
Soldotna Rotary Club members and School District officials gathered at the Skyview High School Library last week for the official chartering of the second Rotary Interact Club on the Kenai Peninsula.

Alaska mushers compete in sled dog race in Wyoming
DUBOIS, Wyo. (AP) -- Four Alaska mushers are racing in the 7th annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming, which began Saturday.

Wisconsin musher wins Little T race
The first musher in the Tustumena Little T Sled Dog Race came in Sunday morning, hours before daylight. Jason Young from Oconte Falls, Wis., took first place in the 100-mile offshoot of the Tustumena 200, arriving at the Tustumena Lodge at 7:39 a.m.

Smyth snatches $10,000 with T-200 finish
Tustumena 200 results

Big Lake, Denali mushers go head-to-head to finish
As fresh snow continued to drift from the heavens, man and man's best friend closed out the second day of the Tustumena 200 Sunday.

NOW PLAYING: A Beautiful Mind
Going by nothing more than description, a love story about the life of a schizophrenic economics professor would not be my first choice for a night at the movies. Throw in Ron Howard as the director, Russell Crowe as the aforementioned mad professor, and Ed Harris as a shadowy government agent, and I'm starting to change my mind.

Lancaster says special session needed
Before passing any laws that would require more spending, state lawmakers should hold a special session within the regular session that aims at one target -- a workable long-range fiscal plan, Republican Rep. Ken Lancaster of Soldotna said Monday.

Closed caucus slated to discuss fiscal plan
JUNEAU -- The entire House of Representatives will meet in a closed caucus to try to come up with a long-term fiscal plan that can make it through the Legislature this year.

CIA, Special Forces wage own war
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- They are the secret warriors in America's hidden war: CIA and Special Operations forces who ride into battle on pickup trucks, dune buggies and helicopters.

Search continues for sailor lost at sea
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A search for a U.S. sailor who fell overboard from an aircraft carrier entered its second day Sunday off the coast of Southern California.

Parker fills empty city council seat in Soldotna
The Soldotna City Council had only to sit through one session without former member Kurt Olsen, who vacated his seat Jan. 9 to work with Sen. John Torgerson's staff. In Wednesday's meeting, the council voted unanimously to name former Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Director Lisa Parker in Olsen's position.

Unsung heroes praised at chamber ceremony
Dressing up in January in Kenai usually means slipping into snow pants, gloves and boots. On Saturday night, however, locals were donning gowns and ties instead of Carhartts and Sorels as the Kenai Senior Citizens Center played host to the 25th annual Kenai Chamber of Commerce ceremony.

Hammond to Legislature: Back off PFDs
HOMER -- Former Gov. Jay Hammond doesn't think much of the proposals floating around Juneau that would help span the state's billion-dollar fiscal gap by capping Alaskans' permanent fund dividends.

U.S. Special Forces put end to occupation of hospital by al-Qaida
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Afghan troops backed by U.S. Special Forces wearing ''I love New York'' buttons lobbed grenades into hospital Monday then stormed the burning ward, killing all six al-Qaida gunmen in a firefight.

Pipeline will connect area to new gas source
Three energy companies operating on the Kenai Peninsula have united in one common purpose.

Will Picabo have chance to defend Olympic crown?
It turns out Picabo Street still has a chance -- albeit a slim one -- of defending her super-G Olympic gold medal.

Letters to the Editor
What about fake IDs?

Soldotna representative says fiscal plan necessary for individual, state well-being New session, new priorities
As we in the Legislature begin the second half of the 22nd legislative session, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in 2002.

Legislature should note parallels between civil, subsistence rights
The second session of the 22nd Legislature convened Jan. 14, the day before Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

Applause
Holiday drive a success

U.S. relations with Yasser Arafat, now at a low, filled with hope, disappointment
WASHINGTON -- The White House lawn, where Yasser Arafat once found his longed-for legitimacy, could soon be fenced off to him.

Administration should come clean on Enron
Democratic attempts to tar the Bush administration with the Enron scandal have thus far mirrored Gertrude Stein's opinion of Oakland, Calif.: There's no there there.

White House could lose showdown; perception is administration hiding something
WASHINGTON -- The White House readiness to go to court rather than release details of Vice President Dick Cheney's meetings with energy officials poses a political risk for President Bush and his party.

Peninsula People
Montana State University announces dean's listSoHi student nominated to West PointSoHi grad completes boot camp

Around the Peninsula
Minerals Management Service to hold meetingsLocal group to train mediatorsKenai Chamber to meetAwards banquet set for FridaySoldotna Historical Society board to meetHabitat for Humanity seeks applicantsHomer carnival seeks informationMothers invited to seminar

Births
Natalie Olson of Kenai and Russ Wallace of Anchorage announce the birth of their daughter, Malaya Renae, on Dec. 17, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Community News
Board of directors selectedNational pageant accepting applicationFamily Fun Day scheduledNaval ship reunion plannedHomer Community Schools announcementsBoys and Girls Club classes to be held

Around the Peninsula
Opening of health building celebratedFish and game advisory committee to meetMeeting planned at WRCCFish and Game requests shellfish permitsResource Development Council meetsMonthly Red Cross ClassesMothers invited to seminar

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Ask a Trooper
Question: I was recently stopped and given a traffic ticket by a Fish and Game officer. I noticed their trucks say state trooper on them. What exactly is their authority? Are they supposed to write traffic tickets?

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community Schools classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Cancer activist carries torch
Former Juneau resident Mike Miller, a prostate cancer survivor and cancer awareness activist, carried the Olympic torch in front of the Capital building in Juneau last week as the torch made its way to Salt Lake City for the start of the Olympic Games.

Shooting stars
Winners and sponsors in the Soldotna Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Competition held Jan. 12 are pictured left to right

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Starry, starry Knight
Ask Brent Knight's teammates about him, and the first thing they'll tell you is he prefers to be called Brenton, or, even better, Mookie. That will be followed with some tongue-in-cheek comments, but, eventually, they'll get serious for a moment.

Rangers lit up by Lightning strike
NEW YORK -- Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 42 shots, 22 in the third period, and Vincent Lecavalier scored on a breakaway as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 1-0 Monday night.

Devils try to shake up team by canning coach
WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) -- No more Mr. Nice Guy, and the New Jersey Devils have only themselves to blame.

No. 2 Kansas rocks Missouri
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Drew Gooden had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Kirk Hinrich added 23 points Monday night as No. 2 Kansas beat No. 22 Missouri 105-73 after leading by only a single point at halftime.

Sports Briefs
Kards skaters top PalmerBobsledder claims she was mischaracterizedDiMarco wins by defaultChargers, Schottenheimer close in on contractUSA men's soccer tops El SalvadorTwo more short-course world records brokenUS women's soccer tops China

Forrest was underdog but doesn't consider victory an upset
NEW YORK (AP) -- He might have been a 7-1 underdog, but Vernon Forrest doesn't consider his victory over Shane Mosley an upset.

Sixers get revenge on sleepy Lakers
PHILADELPHIA -- Phil Jackson will not be coaching the Western Conference team at the All-Star game. The Philadelphia 76ers made sure of it.

Which QB starts the Super Bowl?
Picking a starting quarterback is not supposed to be this hard. Not when you're headed to the Super Bowl, and especially not when your team is on the hook for $900,000 to one guy and $103 million to the other.

Pats to decide QB Wednesday
NEW ORLEANS -- Nothing like a great quarterback debate to get Super Bowl week off to a hot start. And nothing like a coach seasoned in the art of evasion to draw out the drama a few more days.

Faulk earns homecoming in New Orleans with 159 rushing yards
ST. LOUIS -- They call themselves ''The Greatest Show on Earth.'' While the St. Louis Rams aren't always great, they were certainly too much for the NFC to handle.

NFL takes extra security measures for Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS -- At this year's Super Bowl, even the high rollers will be walking. So much in America has changed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and America's biggest sporting event is no exception.

Bledsoe fills in for injured Brady as New England stops Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Drew Bledsoe never expected to be a backup at this stage of his career. The New England Patriots never expected he would be the one to take them back to the Super Bowl.

Sports Briefs
CIA boys, girls sweep three gamesNevada officials have yet another Tyson dilemmaWilliams released from hospitalExpos, Twins only teams under consideration

Blue Devils have no use for Cavalier attitude
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jason Williams scored 27 points, Carlos Boozer added 25 and No. 1 Duke shot 68 percent in the second half to race past No. 7 Virginia 94-81 Sunday night.

Montreal gets 10,000th home goal
MONTREAL -- Sergei Berezin scored the 10,000th home goal in Canadiens franchise history early in the third period, helping Montreal beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Sunday.

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