Wednesday, January 30, 2002

North Pole man suspected of setting up third meth lab
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man suspected of setting up a third methamphetamine lab in his home has been arrested, police said.

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.

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.

Pipeline shooting trial set for Sept. 23
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The trial of the man accused of shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been postponed.

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.

Controllers didn't try to stop get going wrong way on taxiway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air traffic controllers say they didn't try to stop the wrong-way takeoff of a China Airlines jet last Friday because they feared it was going too fast to stop.

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.

Unocal discovers pipeline leak at Swanson River field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An underground pipe containing a mixture of warm water, oil and natural gas sprung a leak Tuesday, in the Swanson River field in Nikiski.

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.

Anchorage residents to take non-binding vote on subsistence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage voters will weigh in on the subsistence debate with a non-binding ballot question included on the city's April 2 municipal ballot.

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.

Stevens, Murkowski say Bush speech emphasized unity
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The largely positive response to President George W. Bush's first State of the Union speech Tuesday night was the result of a careful script designed to emphasize unity, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' said.

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

Delta Junction fire leaves family of 12 homeless
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction family of 12 is homeless after a weekend fire.

Ten mushers to compete in Junior Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Defending champion Ellie Claus will lead a field of 10 mushers when the third annual Junior Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race gets under way Saturday.

Group proposes hotel tax to pay for convention center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Proponents of a new Anchorage convention center asked the Assembly on Tuesday to put a hotel tax increase on the municipal ballot in April.

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.

Fishermen, tourists to see tighter security in Prince William Sound
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fishermen and tourists will see armed Coast Guard boats patrolling the waters of Prince William Sound this summer.

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.

Wasilla woman dies in collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla woman died Wednesday morning after her car crossed the centerline at Mile 9 of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway and was struck by a pickup truck.

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.

Alaska authorities warned that Texas escapees could be headed here
MONTAGUE, Texas (AP) -- The escape of two convicted killers and two murder suspects raised questions about security and overcrowding at the jail where they overpowered guards with a makeshift knife and set off a massive manhunt.

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.

Crouching grouches caucus calls for cuts and tripwire taxes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A group of Republican lawmakers want state government and fellow legislators to share in some of the pain that Alaskans will be feeling if new taxes are approved.

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.

Bear committee chairman is stepping down
JUNEAU (AP) -- The chairman of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee is stepping down and plans to limit his involvement in Juneau's bear problem.

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.

Chugiak man dies after Sterling Highway collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chugiak man died from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on the Sterling Highway, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Man charged in stabbing
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man was arrested and charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with a stabbing Friday, city police said.

'Bong hits' banner gets students suspended
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two students have been suspended from Juneau-Douglas High School for participating in the display of a banner reading ''Bong Hits 4 Jesus'' as the Olympic torch passed the school last week.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Ten mushers to compete in Junior Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Defending champion Ellie Claus will lead a field of 10 mushers when the third annual Junior Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race gets under way Saturday.

Legislature receives borough's 'wish list'
Highlighting health, safety and maintenance projects, Kenai Peninsula Borough officials recently handed state lawmakers their annual legislative wish list, hoping borough necessities will win favor when compared to similar needs facing communities throughout Alaska.

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.

Crouching grouches caucus calls for cuts and tripwire taxes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A group of Republican lawmakers want state government and fellow legislators to share in some of the pain that Alaskans will be feeling if new taxes are approved.

Excerpts from the president's address
Excerpts from the text of President Bush's State of the Union address, as provided by the White House:

Astronaut sees role for Alaska
Alaska's first astronaut, Bill Oefelein, was in Kenai Monday as a guest of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. He spoke to students in Kenai about modern space exploration.

Swanson River field well springs small leak
A leak in an underground flow line at one of Unocal's wells in the Swanson River oil field was found Tuesday morning. Early estimates were that between 20 and 60 barrels of produced water were spilled at the site, located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge approximately a quarter-mile from the Swanson River.

Service area boards make needs known
Capital requests from borough service areas are part of the legislative package presented last week in Juneau by Kenai Peninsula Borough officials. Here is a list of the projects or needs topping the wish lists of each of those service areas. Only the amount requested from the state is shown. In some cases, project funding includes a sizable local match:

Bush says terrorists still threaten U.S., vows to revive economy
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Tuesday night that tens of thousands of terrorists still threaten America -- ''ticking time bombs, set to go off'' -- and promised to stalk them across the globe. In his first State of the Union address, he pledged a battle of equal vigor to revive the ailing economy.

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.

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.

Sterling water OK'd
Test samples from six drinking water wells show no gasoline contamination resulting from a leaking underground storage tank at a closed Sterling gas station, according to an official with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

Harvey Elwood Buzzell
Kenai resident Harvey Elwood Buzzell died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, of congestive heart failure at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Amelia F. Pfuhlman
Soldotna resident Amelia F. Pfuhlman died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna of natural causes. She was 103.

Robert F. Ashley
Seward resident Robert F. Ashley died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at the Wesley Rehab Center in Seward of natural causes. He was 80.

Nikiski production showcases student talent, committed teachers

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
What about fake IDs?

Holiday drive a success

Guantanamo Bay camp offers better conditions than cave in Afghanistan
The scene on film, taken recently at the terrorist detainment camp at Guantanamo Bay naval base, is harrowing. Captives are shown in leg shackles and handcuffs, wearing blacked-out goggles. That, human rights groups insist, proved the United States was using psychological torture in violation of both U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions.

Letters to the Editor
Fish farming would be economic boon to Alaska, commercial fishersBoard of Fisheries deserves thanks for choosing to make tough callsOverzealous law officers may be infringing on people's rightsSome reasons why few attend advisory committee meetingsGroups should be fully identified so readers will know their agendaElected leaders should blame themselves for Enron fiascoLegislators waiting for miracle to solve state's money woesTourism industry needs to pay fair share for doing business here

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

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game advisory committee meets todayOwens to speak at chamber todayHealth center to hold open house todayWilliams to speak at North Peninsula chamberFood Bank to hold non-marathonBagley to speak to councilTickets available for hospice fund-raiserDevelopmental screening offered

Challenger Center launches school visits
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has found a way to get Alaska school children into outer space: an unusual school bus.

Students explore outer space from inside the classroom walls
It was dark. Gradually, as eyes adjusted to the dimness, pinpoint stars became visible overhead and a fuzzy quarter moon rose above the horizon. "We need to adjust the gyroscopic stabilizers."

Around the District
Crucial budget sessions plannedSchool board to meet MondayChoirs join for concertStudents prepare for Ocean Sciences BowlNew student works onlineAlaska Permanent Fund inspires contestPoster contest seeks student entriesBoys and Girls Club offers programsAluminum can recycling drive startsSkyview announces Students of the MonthSoHi announces Students of the Month

Short courses give students a taste of college
Although late registration for the current semester has passed, opportunities are still coming up at Kenai Peninsula College. Some people don't realize KPC offers short courses that you can register for up until the first day the class meets.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Bearcats plunder Pirates with press
CINCINNATI -- Steve Logan and Field Williams scored 18 points apiece, and the nation's toughest defense added a new twist -- a pesky full-court press -- as No. 4 Cincinnati beat East Carolina 75-48 Tuesday night for its 20th straight win.

Tyson denied a boxing license by Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Mike Tyson was denied a boxing license Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

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.

Cavaliers snap 12-game slide
CLEVELAND -- Wesley Person scored 27 points, Andre Miller had 17 and 12 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 12-game losing streak with a surprising 114-81 win Tuesday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

SoHi girls edge Bulldogs by two
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team rallied from a six-point deficit after three quarters to defeat Nikiski 37-35 in a nonregion game Tuesday at Nikiski.

Warner wants five Super Bowl rings before his playing days are through
NEW ORLEANS -- Usually, Kurt Warner talks a lot without saying much at all. Blah, blah, blah.

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.

Devils show hustle for new coach
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Kevin Constantine's reputation as a strict disciplinarian jolted the New Jersey Devils to play scared -- and win.

Mourning returns to All-Star game
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alonzo Mourning, sidelined for nearly all of last season by a kidney disorder, added another achievement to his comeback when he was picked Tuesday for the NBA All-Star game.

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.

Wolverines change pace in win over CIA
In the 2000 NCAA Final Four, Michigan St. defeated Wisconsin in a slowdown game of peach-basket hoops before outrunning Florida in a run-and-gun final.

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.

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.

New England confident with Brady or Bledsoe taking snaps on offense
NEW ORLEANS -- Tom Brady is younger, nimbler and throws short, quick passes. Drew Bledsoe is experienced, stands taller in the pocket and throws deep.

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

Bear committee chairman is stepping down
JUNEAU (AP) -- The chairman of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee is stepping down and plans to limit his involvement in Juneau's bear problem.

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