Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Forfeiture provision proposed in bootlegging bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Anchorage state representative has introduced a bill that would allow the state to seize vehicles used to smuggle liquor into dry communities.

Labor Department creates Business Partnership Division
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Labor and Workforce Development is creating a new division to deal with worker training grants.

Apartment worker saves infant from flooding sink
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A maintenance worker looking for the source of a hot water outage in a South Anchorage apartment building rescued a hypothermic infant from an overflowing bathroom sink Monday morning.

Byron Mallott correction
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Associated Press incorrectly reported on Jan 28 that Alaska Native leader Byron Mallott had a blood clot removed from his brain. The clot was removed from a membrane between the skull and the brain.

Two more vessels ordered to port for fishing in Russian waters
KODIAK (AP) -- Two more boats have been ordered to port after the Coast Guard detected them fishing in Russian waters.

Anchorage park named for Petratrovichs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Assembly has unanimously approved a resolution to name the downtown park next to the old Anchorage City Hall after Alaska Native civil rights leaders Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich.

Wuerch files to run again for Anchorage mayor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor George Wuerch has filed to run for re-election on April 1.

Two face methamphetamine charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two people are under arrest after Alaska State Troopers discovered a small-scale methamphetamine lab in a residence in the Gold Rush Estates trailer park.

Murkowski issues order reorganizing corrections
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Anchorage Jail would be merged with another facility and an internal auditor would be added to the state Department of Corrections under a reorganization ordered Monday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Man indicted for alleged sex abuse of North Pole girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 26-year-old man has been indicted on charges he had sex in August with a 13-year-old North Pole girl he met over the Internet.

Marijuana initiative sponsors suing state
JUNEAU (AP) -- Backers of an initiative to decriminalize marijuana are suing the state to try to get the measure on the ballot.

Police investigate Fairbanks man's death as homicide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police are investigating the death of a man found Monday evening as a homicide.

Assemblyman conducts borough business from Hawaii
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula Borough assemblyman will be representing his Kalifornsky district by long-distance telephone until March.

Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race canceled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Warm winter weather has claimed this year's Tustumena 200 sled dog race.

Ice road over Chena River closed by overflow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation has blocked off access to the ice road over the Chena River on the west side of Fairbanks, due to overflow.

Alaska delegation backs Bush on Iraq
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's Republican senators backed President Bush's call to attack Iraq and said the U.S. has the moral grounds to do so if Saddam Hussein doesn't prove he has disarmed.

Work resumes on northern intertie
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If the weather cooperates and construction goes smoothly, the northern intertie, intended to deliver power between Fairbanks and Healy more efficiently, could be operational by October.

Legislature pays Irwin's legal bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature will pay nearly $7,000 for legal fees incurred by Senate Republican majority press secretary Ron Irwin as a result of an ethics complaint.

ConocoPhillips to drill fewer wells
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. plans to drill fewer exploration wells this year. But exploration spending will be on par with that of recent years because this year's wells tend to be in remote areas, pushing up costs

Mallott recovering from emergency surgery
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Native leader Byron Mallott is recovering in a New Zealand hospital after undergoing emergency surgery Saturday evening to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Rokeberg backing two permanent fund bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Rep. Norman Rokeberg would like to increase the state's share of oil revenues normally flowing to the Alaska Permanent Fund.

May arguments expected for Legislature move suit
JUNEAU (AP) -- Advocates for moving the Legislature are contesting results of a failed ballot initiative and calling for a new election in 2004.

Seward Highway accident boosts Corrections budget
JUNEAU -- The state Department of Corrections may need up to $1.2 million extra this year to cover medical costs from a Seward Highway accident, in which five people were killed and four were injured.

Hydro project may get boost from regulatory shuffle
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposed hydroelectric project for Juneau may get a boost from the governor's proposal to make the state Department of Natural Resources the lead agency for permitting of development projects.

Light earthquake felt in Seward, Anchorage and Palmer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small earthquake struck near Seward Tuesday afternoon and was felt as far away as Palmer, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer said.

Our people our competitive advantage
Addressing the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance last week, members of the Kenai Peninsula Industry Careers Committee (KPICC) detailed their topic entitled, "Our Competitive Advantage is Our People."

Visioning a Library
If you could build a library just like you wanted it to be, How would it look? On Tuesday, February 4, after the Library Commission meeting at the Kenai City Hall,(approximately 6:30 p.m.) you'll have the chance to brain storm your ideas.

Volunteer effort drives Peninsula bid for 2006 Arctic Winter Games
By the time the International Committee (IC), that will make the final decision of where the 2006 Arctic Winter Games are to be held, touched down at the Kenai Airport last week, over 3,000 volunteers had signed up in support of the effort to bring the games to the Peninsula.

Lopeman lights up for the Polar Bear leap
Last week was the sixth time that Kathy Lopeman, a well-loved nurse at the Oncology Infusion Center at Central Peninsula General Hospital, leaped into the frigid waters of Resurrection Bay.

Photo feature: Blanketed
A rock cairn marks the summit of Skyline Trail from which clouds can be seen moving into the valley below.

Rep. Rokeberg backs taking revenues from permanent fund
JUNEAU -- State Rep. Norman Rokeberg would like to increase the state's share of oil revenues normally flowing to the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Hanes submits resignation to committee
Saying he was frustrated with several issues relating to last Thursday's meeting, Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee member Joe Hanes resigned before Monday's meeting.

Trial expected to be handed to jury today
SHELBY, Mont. -- Accused collie abuser Athena Lethcoe-Harman testified Tuesday that, contrary to suggestions she starved her truckload of collies, she fed them nearly 200 pounds of dog food a day as she and her husband drove them south from Alaska last October

Testimony favors Harmans' treatment of dogs during trip
SHELBY, Mont. -- A man who began the trip from Alaska with accused animal abusers Jon Harman and Athena-Lethcoe Harman testified Monday that he grew frustrated because Lethcoe-Harman insisted on stopping for several hours each morning to water and exercise her 170-plus collies and other dogs.

T-200 will have to wait for 2004
The 2003 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race has been canceled, due to poor trail conditions.

Photo feature: Winter's ups and downs
Winter weather doesn't stop Cori Holmes and a schoolyard chum from having fun on the teeter-totter during recess at Kenai Cooperative Preschool.

Bush: Saddam Hussein deceiving, not disarming
WASHINGTON -- Building a case for war against Iraq, President Bush said Tuesday night he has fresh evidence th

Kenai Wild gets grant to begin second year
Kenai Peninsula Borough officials said the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding program, the organization behind the Kenai Wild quality brand sockeye, should be set to make a sophomore run this spring. By "set," officials said they meant the nearly $400,000 to operate the program has been acquired.

More limits added to fish list
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee finally agreed Monday on what recommendations it will make to the Alaska Board of Fisheries regarding early-run Kenai River king salmon.

Peninsula viewers get mixed signals on Super Bowl Sunday
Super Bowl Sunday almost became a super bust for many football fans on the Kenai Peninsula when microwave translators conked out leaving the game's over-the-air signal somewhere in limbo.

Long distance: Assembly member Davis conducts borough business from Hawaii
District 1 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member John Davis will represent his Kalifornsky district by long-distance telephone until the meeting of March 11, while he basks in the sunshine in Kona, Hawaii.

Glenn Alan Heathers
Longtime Kenai resident Glenn Alan Heathers died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in Anchorage. He was 62.

Evelyn M. Jorgenson Curran
Evelyn M. Jorgenson Curran, of Danvers, Mass., died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass., after a brief illness. She was 89.

Letters to the Editor
Community needs to let Wal-Mart know its store would be welcome Kenai doesnt need vacant building;it needs Wal-Mart to fill the void New governor has vision to invest in Alaska, its people Decision to increase class size means less teachers, programs This should be year legislators do what is right for Alaska Taxpayers need to say Enough! to taxes, Yes to leaner government Russian program should be seen as investment, not area to cut

Ketchikan residents kept in dark about university land sale
It's done, but it wasn't well done. The University of Alaska put a piece of its Ketchikan property up for sale in recent months. It advertised the sale in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau. UA officials also say the sale appeared on the state's Web site, but it isn't there any longer and no way exists for the public to verify it ever was.

Game board picks not matter of who hunts, who doesn't What others say
The hunter versus nonhunter rhetoric is ballooning like a bowl full of sourdough on a warm June day since Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed six hunters to the Alaska Board of Game. ...

VFW Ladies Auxiliary says thanksGrant will go to resource libraryExercise proves kids in good hands

Letters to the Editor
Does Southcentral have10-year or 25-year supply of natural gas?KRSMA board should be studied for potential conflicts of interestKenai River management about politics, money, not resource

Around the Peninsula
Whalers wrestling to begin Art guild meeting planned Groundhog Day fund-raiser planned Blood drive planned Library commission to meet Irish trio to perform Refuge fun day planned Hospital board to meet

Around the Peninsula
Book club meets tonightAdoption information classes plannedHomer Public Health changes clinic datesWRCC board to meet WednesdayRanger, historian to speak to historical societyKMS to raffle off boatEra to sponsor chamber awards mixerDisaster assistance application deadline nears

Some students who switched schools are transferring back
PORTLAND, Ore. -- In the halls of diverse, blue-collar Marshall High School, 15-year-old Karen Kullberg fits right in, with her fishnet stockings, black spike heels and red and blue feathers stuck in her hair.

College offers short course to help community deal with depression
"Cabin fever," a commonly known term to most Alaskans, is a well known phenomenon in northern climates. When cabin fever gets out of control, clinical depression can set in. Clinical depression affects more than 18 million Americans, according to U.S. News & World Report. It weakens the immune system and can contribute to serious health problems.

Student's pictures make Time's 'best' list
ATHENS, Ga. -- It was the middle of the night when David Marck and his troop of U.S. Army soldiers landed in Afghan-istan. They formed a single-file line, careful to stay on the concrete because they did not know where the landmines might be.

Foreign students stuck in States without jobs
NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) -- Ligia Faria came to this town at the edge of the Cascades from Santo Andre, Brazil, last month, hoping to spend the winter in affordable lodging while working at a ski resort.

Young philanthropists not only work for charities, they start them
Already part of a generation known for its commitment to volunteerism, a growing number of young people are not only helping good causes but starting their own charities, say adults who track philanthropy.

Dena'ina visitors bring past back to life for students at Sears Elementary School
The past was alive and well at Sears Elementary School last week.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Montessori Charter Mountain View Elementary Redoubt Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Soldotna MIddle School Kenai Central High Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Peninsula Grace Preschool Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Borough school lunch menu for next week

Tribe plans fund-raiser to support heritage programs
Members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe often are invited to teach school children about their heritage. But the group does even more to reach out to young people in the community. The

Fairbanks district studies use of time in schools
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Recess, assemblies, getting settled in the morning: School is full of things that aren't strictly academic.

Nontraditional January classes provide 'school without the school'
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Smith College professor George Robinson worked the classroom, trying to convince students he was psychic by offering details about their lives -- including names of family members and descriptions of childhood neighborhoods.

Washington state's poorest schoolchildren often in rural areas
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- When schools need money to provide extra help for disadvantaged children who have fallen behind in reading or math, one place they can get it is from federal Title I funds.

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

Drug companies to pay $80 million for allegedly blocking cheaper generics
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two drug companies have agreed to pay $80 million to settle allegations they conspired to keep a cheaper, generic version of a blood pressure medication off the market.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Title IX up for debate
WASHINGTON -- Supporters of the status quo for Title IX were dealt a setback Tuesday when a Bush administration commission issued procedures that stated its final report ''will not include minority views.'' Commissioner Donna de Varona said the procedures are ''tantamount to a gag order.'

Brodeur bedevils Red Wings
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Scott Niedermayer and New Jersey took advantage when Detroit had too many men on the ice, and Martin Brodeur made 16 saves as the Devils beat the Red Wings 1-0 Tuesday.

Pistons notch last-minute win over Boston
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Corliss Williamson scored 10 fourth-quarter points, including the go-ahead free throws with 33.9 seconds left, as the Detroit Pistons beat the Boston Celtics 86-83 Tuesday night.

Stars skaters edge Skyview in NSC play
The Soldotna High School hockey team gave itself a cushion with a pair of first-period goals Tuesday, defeating Skyview 4-1 in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Miller secures Pacers win
MIAMI -- Reggie Miller sank a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to put the Indiana Pacers ahead to stay, then added a layup with 41 seconds left in a 102-95 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Lions finally fire head coach Mornhinweg
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions fired coach Marty Mornhinweg on Monday -- a month later than expected.

Predators put away Sabres with first-period scoring flurry
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Vitali Yachmenev and Rem Murray scored 58 seconds apart in Nashville's three-goal first period to lead the Predators to a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Soldotna girls zone out Bulldogs
The Soldotna girls basketball team was in an impossible-to-stop zone on both ends of the floor Tuesday night in Nikiski.

Bucs look to next year, history says they shouldn't
SAN DIEGO -- The best players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in their prime, and the offense should get better as Jon Gruden tinkers.

Sorenstam can stretch her limits
The idea was to test her considerable skills against the best men in her sport, the chance of a lifetime for a woman at the top of her game.

Defying age, redefining limits
They are champions for the ages and heroes of the middle-aged. Andre Agassi, bald and still beautiful in his movement on the court, is a Grand Slam champion again at 32 with his fourth title in the Australian Open's summer swelter.

NBA All-Star reserve voting leaves Stackhouse, Rose feeling snubbed
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan is an All-Star for the 14th time. Karl Malone won't be for the first time since 1987.

Zobeck helps Soldotna cagers achieve goals
With the rate at which the Soldotna High School girls basketball team is reaching its goals, the Stars should be set to take over the world sometime this summer.

Sports Briefs
James cleared in Hummer inquiryTearful Maier rejoices in World Cup victory

Robbins' Super Bowl absence still a mystery
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The disappearance of Oakland Raiders All-Pro center Barret Robbins before the Super Bowl was still a mystery Monday night.

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