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Thursday, January 31, 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.

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.

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.

New community ferry down for repairs
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Inter-Island Ferry Authority's new vessel was down for repair most of this week while awaiting spare filters for its variable pitch control system.

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.

Tourism industry urges residents to travel the state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State tourism boosters are asking Alaskans to help ease the expected downturn in tourism this year by exploring their own back yard and by inviting friends and relatives for a visit.

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.

Rep. Young says he missed votes because he was mad at Senate
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young says he missed House votes in December because he got mad at the Senate and left town early.

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.

Jury convicts Anchorage man of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been convicted of murder in connection with a July 2000 shooting.

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.

Man killed while crossing Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man died Wednesday night after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing the Glenn Highway.

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.

Gambell teen arrested for alleged sexual assault
NOME (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy from the village of Gambell is being held in Nome for an alleged sexual assault on a three-year-old girl.

'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.

Idita-rider auction raises less than expected
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Iditarod's auction of rides with mushers has fallen short of its fundraising goal, but race organizers say they are pleased that the Idita-rider program managed to generate $81,000 in bids this year.

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.

Nulato man dies in snowmachine accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man has died of injuries he suffered in a snowmachine accident.

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.

Biologists predict solid year for Southeast pink salmon fishermen
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Southeast Alaska fishermen could harvest as many as 30 to 50 million pink salmon this summer, according to predictions by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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

Biologists predict solid year for Southeast pink salmon fishermen
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Southeast Alaska fishermen could harvest as many as 30 to 50 million pink salmon this summer, according to predictions by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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.

Kodiak body shops busy from accident damage
KODIAK (AP) -- It will take until spring to repair all the vehicles damaged in accidents during a snow storm last week, according to local body shops and insurance companies.

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.

Senate approves $1 million payment to Arctic Power
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would give $1 million to a group lobbying Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling passed a hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday.

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.

Prosecutors add charges in Juneau stabbing
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man was arraigned Tuesday on charges that he stabbed an acquaintance more than 20 times and then destroyed evidence.

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.

Wells show no contamination near Sterling gas leak
KENAI (AP) -- Samples from six drinking water wells show no gasoline contamination resulting from a leaking underground storage tank at a closed Sterling gas station, according the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

Ketchikan councilman loses seat after absences
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan city councilman has lost his seat after missing more than half of the meetings in the last six months.

School funding change clears first hurdle
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House panel Wednesday approved a bill to suspend a part of the state's school funding formula that critics have said penalizes some rural schools.

Nulato man dies in snowmachine accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man has died of injuries he suffered in a snowmachine accident.

Stocks bounce back
NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve gave Wall Street the positive economic outlook investors have been seeking, and stocks rallied even though the central bank declined to lower interest rates again.

Business Briefs
Edward Jones tops Fortune Magazine listGCI offers cable modem Internet accessHomer chamber announces awardsSeward chamber names new executive director

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.

Anchor Point chamber honors HEA
ANCHOR POINT -- The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce awarded its "Golden Deed Award" to Homer Electric Association at the chamber's annual banquet Saturday.

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.

Art Briefs
First Thursday events for February setJazzmania returnsPratt Museum seeking volunteers

'Black Hawk Down' recaptures real events
With ''Black Hawk Down,'' producer Jerry Bruckheimer more than redeems himself for the drippy debacle ''Pearl Harbor.'' And he can thank director Ridley Scott for that.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Romantic stories sought for Chicken Soup series
Do you have a heart-warming, insightful and-or funny story about romantic love?

Marion the Magnet's author drawn to writing book for kids
Sharon Hackleman of Soldotna took her own advice about the power of positive thinking when she wrote and self-published her book, "Marion the Magnet's First Mission."

There's more city than sex on 'Sex and the City' tour
ABOARD THE ''SEX AND THE CITY'' TOUR BUS -- The driver hasn't even pulled away from the starting point at New York's ritzy Plaza hotel (where Mr. Big got married) and the bachelorette party in the back is already going strong.

Soldotna artist featured at Kenai Fine Arts Center
The walls of the Kenai Fine Arts Center will be graced with oil paintings and photographs by Soldotna artist Mark Anderson starting Saturday.

Photo feature: Big ice
Leo Vait of Homer, left, Jim Culhane from Davis Block and Concrete Company in Soldotna, middle, and Matt Hambrick of Anchorage unload a 3,000-pound block of ice at the Soldotna Sports Center on Wednesday.

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.

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.

In the Spotlight: Kevin Harvick
A short bio of your favorite NASCAR racers

Drivers get back on track in sports cars
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- While some NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers are complaining about the demands of the 38-race season, a handful can't seem to get enough.

NASCAR hopes boxes yield crash data
UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400. Earnhardt was in Las Vegas this week preparing for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.

Spill cause located
A small oil spill in the Swanson River oil field is believed to have been caused by internal corrosion of the pipeline carrying the produced water that spilled Tuesday morning, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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:

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.

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.

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:

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.

Iraq, Iran, North Korea to get closer scrutiny
WASHINGTON -- The United States will watch closely to see what Iraq, Iran and North Korea do next, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned Wednesday, a day after President Bush singled them out as part of a dangerous ''Axis of evil.''

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.

Hospital contract awaits hearing
Borough and hospital negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to renew the lease and operating contract between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. for another five years.

Alicia Heath
UAA student Alicia Marie Heath died Jan. 20, 2002, at Providence Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was 20.

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.

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.

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.

Applause
Nikiski production showcases student talent, committed teachers

Company fortunes linked to computers
A 105-year-old retailer has declared bankruptcy while a 7-year-old dot.com has declared its first quarterly profits, and the tale of both is a tale of a changing America, and especially of an America transformed by computers.

Applause
Many contribute to success of combined food-blood drive

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
New way of negotiating necessary to get district to desired destinationLet's hope Clarion errors don't discourage applicants for councilAssembly member's arrogance continues to insult residentsAmerica should start paying attention to own needs firstStory on KESA, annexation issues needs to be set straightTalkative movie-goers wreck experience for rest of audience

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

Stockpiled nerve agent should be destroyed sooner, not later
The Army needs to stop ''exploring options'' and commit now to speeding up the destruction of the deadly VX nerve agent stockpiled at Newport in western Indiana. Otherwise, it is inviting disaster.

Northwest Forest Pass here to stay -- for now
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Third-generation Oregonian Mary Bentsen doesn't mince words in describing how she feels about the growing use of recreation fees on public lands.

Conflicts between skiers and snowmobilers in popular backcountry area
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The first snows have recently arrived, but already the parking lot at Mores Creek Summit is full of trucks with empty snowmobile trailers and SUVs with roof racks popped open like clam shells.

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

Search for counterfeit money takes turn for the humorous
The fact that most businesses are more alert to counterfeit money these days has been turning up some more pleasing sidelines.

Around the Peninsula
Williams to speak at North Peninsula chamberFood bank to hold 'non-marathon'Bagley to speak to councilArt guild to hold receptionShaffer to discuss new bookSnowmachine safety course planned

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.

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.

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."

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

District School News
News from schools around the district

Telemark's popularity gaining on the slopes
WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) -- ''Free your heel, and let the telemark set you free,'' a telemark skier yelled from Mary Jane's Galloping Goose lift as a group of novice telemarkers inched down a green run.

Pound puppies can work well as skijor companions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Back in the 1960s, an old-timer named E.S. Nordby told me how he delivered the mail to mining camps above Valdez. He strapped on skis, hung the mailbag over his shoulder, put his butt in a sling and hitched up to a husky.

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.

Faulk voted NFL Player of the Year
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk, who led the NFL in total yards and touchdowns this season, won his second straight NFL Player of the Year award Wednesday.

Second-year QB picked to start ahead of veteran Bledsoe
NEW ORLEANS -- Tom Brady wins again. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick picked Brady as the starting quarterback for Sunday's Super Bowl, choosing the former backup over three-time Pro Bowl player Drew Bledsoe.

Kobe, Shaq undo Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shaquille O'Neal had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Kobe Bryant had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 111-93 Wednesday night.

Soldotna skaters defeat Bulldogs
The Soldotna hockey team posted a 10-3 nonconference win over Nikiski Tuesday at Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski.

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.

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.

No. 3 Stanford women down California to win 13th straight
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell had 12 points and 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season as third-ranked Stanford beat California 79-52 Wednesday night for its 13th straight victory.

Yashin scorches Rangers
NEW YORK -- Alexei Yashin scored three goals in the first period and got involved in a second-period melee as the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers 6-3 Wednesday night.

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.

Ninilchik splits with Cordova
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team continued to set a blistering pace in Class 2A play Wednesday, defeating visiting Cordova 47-23 in a nondistrict game.

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.

Sports Briefs
All Star Basketball Camp taking applicationsLions to stage Sno-Cross event SaturdayYork, Chelios added to NHL All-Star rosterU.S. bobsledder suspended for 9 months

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

NFL legend 'Night Train' Lane dead at 73
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dick ''Night Train'' Lane hounded wide receivers with his ferocious tackles and quarterbacks with his interceptions.

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.

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.

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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