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Sunday, February 3, 2002

Unalaska takes first step to ban public nudity
UNALASKA (AP) -- Less than a month after the opening of a strip club here, the Unalaska City Council has taken the first step toward an ordinance that would bar public nudity.

Percentage of Outside workers on the decline
JUNEAU (AP) -- The percentage of nonresident workers in Alaska reached its lowest point in a decade in 2000, according to the state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Kodiak rocket launches millions into Alaska economy
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Star launch in September brought $4.4 million into the Kodiak's economy and increased the size of Kodiak's payroll by about $1.3 million, according to a university report.

Search resumed for plane reported to be in trouble
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search was resumed Saturday for a plane that witnesses said appeared to be in trouble.

House backs bill modifying standards for natural hot springs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Hot springs developers will not have to meet the same standards as concrete public swimming pool owners under a bill that passed the state House on Friday.

High court says DEC revise spill rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that state environmental regulators don't have a strong enough definition of a law requiring oil-transporting companies to keep the ''best available technology'' on hand to contain and clean up spills.

Sheldon Jackson College interim president made permanent
SITKA (AP) -- The interim president of Sheldon Jackson College has accepted the job on a permanent basis.

Man dies in three-vehicle crash in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE -- A 48-year-old man died from injuries sustained in a three-vehicle crash in Anchorage Friday.

Judge finds no wrongdoing by state redistricting board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board worked in good faith when it came up with a new district voting map for the state of Alaska, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Man severs hand aboard trawler
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man severed his hand while working on a commercial fishing vessel in the Bering sea, the Coast Guard said.

Fairbanks women of science reach out to students
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ryan Middle School hosted a meeting of the minds Thursday afternoon, giving teen and preteen girls a chance to meet some of Fairbanks' leading female scientists and mathematicians.

Prisoners find spiritual inspiration behind bars
BETHEL (AP) -- In a large gymnasium a group of 20 young men and women sit on benches, their heads bowed into hymnals as their voices rise and fall along with the notes of ''Pass me not.''

Four Dam Pool ownership passes to communities
KODIAK (AP) -- Ownership of the Four Dam Pool hydroelectric projects passed from the state Friday into the hands of those who use their power.

Anchorage children's agency reopens after financial crisis
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A scaled-down version of the Anchorage Center for Families has reopened, following a financial crisis last month.

DEC says BP still not complying leak-detection rule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is among several pipeline operators that have been slow to comply with a 10-year rule to install oil-leak detection systems on some of the state's large oil trunk lines, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Russian processors seek entry to pink salmon fishery
PETERSBURG (AP) -- A Seattle-based company wants a state permit to bring up to eight Russian fish processors into Alaska waters this summer, but U.S. processors say they will protest the entry.

Clearing the air: Indoor pollution takes breath away
How would you know if the air inside your home is unhealthy? Answering these question could help you or family members.

Legislator says closed caucus turned up budget options
Debating state budgetary matters in secret makes him uncomfortable, Rep. Mike Chenault said Thursday, but the kind of frank exchange Alaska House members of both parties got during Wednesday's closed-door caucus may have helped set a healthy tone of cooperation.

Schools face dire cutbacks
Kenai Peninsula schools may suffer layoffs, bigger classes, fewer student opportunities and possibly even a staff strike next fall depending on events in the next few months.

Chamber presents service awards at Friday banquet
Service -- of all kinds -- to the community was the theme Friday night as the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet Friday night at the Soldotna Elks Lodge.

Closed Soldotna ski hill damaged by vandals
The Karen Street Recreational Area in Soldotna received somewhere between $700 and $1,000 in damage -- the work of vandals -- in the past week.

Fiscal gap limits funding options
If a significant funding increase does not come from Juneau this year, schools on the Kenai Peninsula will likely see teacher layoffs, frozen wages, larger classes and possibly even school closures in the future.

Public participation key to solving state, school district woes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Dis-trict is facing some tough decisions.

Letters to the Editor
Mad or not, Young should do his job and show up for work

It's not just Enron's confusing accounting practices that don't add up
WASHINGTON -- Those who view Enron's bookkeeping as convoluted should consider the federal budget, where $4 trillion has just disappeared down an accounting rabbit hole. Talk about fuzzy math.

Spouse's absence fuels loneliness, appreciation
The phone rang and jolted me awake. The digital clock said the time was nearly 1 a.m. I staggered out of bed and answered it.

Ask the Mayor
School district funding: Why is there a problem?

A look at the Kenai Peninsula's past ...
Alaska Road Commission Crew, Kenai

Hunt, Randall-Boucher to marry in Hawaii
Amanda Hunt and Adam Randall-Boucher, both of Soldotna, have announced their plans to wed Monday, April 15, 2002, at 2 p.m. in Kauai, Hawaii. Pastor Harold Kilborn will officiate.

Miniature dog sleds from Nikiski bring touch of Alaska to the world
Silently tucked between yipping and howling dogs who eagerly tug at their harnesses and warmly clothed mushers whose shouted commands give the animals direction, sits a third member of this well-known team: the sled.

Good idea, but bad timing
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A quirky running club that uses pink flour to help guide its joggers has run into a sign of the times.

Clemens, Townsend plan June wedding
Maggie Clemens and Ryan Townsend of Kipnuk have announced their plans to marry Saturday, June 15, 2002, in Noonan, N.D.

Photo feature: Winter games
Gary and Tammy Hanley and Chelsey Howle enjoy a sleigh ride in the crisp winter air Saturday. The ride was part of the Peninsula Winter Games.

Vancouver police dog revived in resuscitation
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- A city police dog named Bear was revived by mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation after his heart stopped when he stepped on an exposed electrical plate, officer said.

Around the Peninsula
Shaffer to speak at Kenai LibraryBoys and Girls Club taking soccer registrationsEntrepreneur seminar plannedCIRCAC schedules meetingsSki swap scheduledCare Center offering parenting educationHome applications due Feb. 11Internet class offeredInternet marketing workshop to be held in KenaiHomer health center closed for Presidents dayChicken pox vaccine unavailable until MarchHealth fair planned

Man's best friend turns out to be pretty good detective, too
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Shorty the dog should probably consider a career in law enforcement.

Carter, Trotter united in beach ceremony
Jesse Carter of Nikiski and John Trotter of Anderson were married Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, in a private sunset wedding on the beach in Maui, Hawaii, and spent their honeymoon exploring Maui and Oahu.

My Best Friend
Baleen, a 10-year-old miniature schnauzer, found a way to get into the spirit of the holiday season. Baleen is owned by "Irish" Thomson of Kenai.

Prisoners find spiritual inspiration behind bars
BETHEL (AP) -- In a large gymnasium a group of 20 young men and women sit on benches, their heads bowed into hymnals as their voices rise and fall along with the notes of ''Pass me not.''

SkyHi boys, Kenai girls wear Klassic crowns
Having some of the area's top cross-country skiers out of town for a Besh Cup event in Fairbanks certainly didn't dampen the competitive spirit of those that stayed on the peninsula Saturday.

Photo feature: Close finish
Young snowmachine riders speed to the finish line in a junior novice race held Saturday at a gravel pit across from the Division of Forestry in Soldotna. The race was part of the Peninsula Winter Games.

Jones stops Kelly in seventh round to move to 46-1
MIAMI (AP) -- Roy Jones Jr. stopped Glen Kelly in the seventh round Saturday to set up a possible showdown with Bernard Hopkins.

Az Hakim looks forward to having happy family again
Several hours before kickoff at Sunday's Super Bowl, federal inmate No. 24003-037 will sit down in front of the TV in the day room at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta and scan the numbers on the jerseys of players going through their pregame paces.

Kenai boys, girls stomp over SoHi
Home-court advantage may have had a hand in Soldotna High School's basketball losses at Kenai Central High School Saturday. Maybe not. Either way, the Kardinals defended their nest with the boys defeating Soldotna soundly, 54-29, and the Kenai girls cruising past the Stars 51-34.

Nikiski basketball teams notch sweep of Seward
The Nikiski boys and girls basketball teams both picked up victories over District 3/3A rival Seward Friday night.

Massive crowd gets Stars show
When the Kenai Central High School Kardinals and the Soldotna Stars get together for a hockey game, it draws a crowd -- and for good reason.

World tops North America
LOS ANGELES -- Nikolai Khabibulin's perfect goaltending gave his Russian Olympic teammates high hopes for Salt Lake City and left other All-Stars shaking their heads.

U.S. soccer gets past Costa Rica
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The United States won the championship of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean region for the first time since 1991, upsetting Costa Rica 2-0 Saturday in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Perez takes four-stroke lead at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Pat Perez made three birdies on the back nine of a golf course he had never seen, giving him a 2-under-par 70 on Saturday and a four-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Sports Briefs
Alaska-Anchorage tops WisconsinKelly, Stallworth, Hampton, Casper, Allen make HallNFL unanimously approves Falcons sale

Nets rip Raptors
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd had 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his second straight triple-double, leading the New Jersey Nets past the Toronto Raptors 98-91 Saturday.

Pats look to cap magical season
NEW ORLEANS -- Even now, after the New England Patriots have turned last year's last-place finish into a trip to the Super Bowl, coach Bill Belichick winces when recounting the team's early season problems.

Golden Eagles halt Cincinnati's win streak at 20
MILWAUKEE -- Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and Cordell Henry had 20 as Marquette routed No. 4 Cincinnati 74-60 Saturday, stopping the nation's longest winning streak at 20.

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