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Monday, February 3, 2003

Daughter of former Anchorage Times publisher dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Elaine Atwood, the sole surviving daughter of former Anchorage Times editor and publisher Bob Atwood, died Thursday in Anchorage, according to her family.

Proposal would shorten legislative sessions
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to shorten legislative sessions was introduced Friday in the Senate.

Jury selection begins in Bristol Bay price-fixing suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jury selection begins Monday in a class action lawsuit brought by Bristol Bay fishermen who accused processors and buyers of conspiring to fix prices in the world's largest salmon fishery.

Juneau physician recalls astronaut as friend who truly enjoyed life
JUNEAU (AP) -- Dr. Laurel Clark, one of seven astronauts to die in the space shuttle Columbia on Saturday, embraced life and heard the music in ordinary things, says Dr. Deb Lessmeier of Juneau, a close friend.

Serum run canceled due to low snow conditions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The commemorative serum run from Nenana to Nome has been canceled for this year, race organizers said Friday.

Wolf control issues in limbo
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Whether the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will kill any wolves this winter now that Gov. Frank Murkowski is in office remains up in the air.

Holdmann retakes lead in Wyoming sled dog race
JACKSON, Wyoming (AP) -- Gwen Holdmann won the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming Saturday.

Murkowski pays for trip on private jet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski has reimbursed former Alaska banking executive Ed Rasmuson for a ride home from a Scotland hunting trip in Rasmuson's private jet last month.

Conviction of teen who encouraged school shooter overturned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a Bethel teen found guilty of second-degree murder for urging Evan Ramsey to take a shotgun to school in Bethel and open fire back in 1997. The appellate court's decision came Friday.

Kenai social service groups, government meet on homeless
KENAI (AP) -- Representatives of church groups, local government, nonprofit organizations and the community will come together Wednesday for the Kenai Peninsula Homeless Summit.

Murkowski appoints Brady to permanent fund board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Carl Brady Jr. was appointed to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board of trustees on Friday.

Juneau residents to get indoor ice rink Thursday
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau residents can test the ice at the Treadwell Arena for the first time Thursday.

State proposes fine for BP well explosion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State safety officials have proposed a $6,300 fine against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. for a North Slope well explosion that critically injured an oil field worker last August.

Antifreeze poisons dogs in Soldotna neighborhood
KENAI (AP) -- A recent spate of dogs poisonings in a Soldotna neighborhood has pet owners wondering whether someone is intentionally trying to harm dogs.

Two more men charged in sex assault case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two additional Fairbanks men have been arrested in a case involving the multiple sexual assault of two runaway girls.

Murkowski learns the ropes in Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no manual that can tell Lisa Murkowski what she needs to know, no helpful handbook that begins, ''So, you've just been appointed to high political office.''

Former Fish and Game chiefs slam habitat division plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five former commissioners of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are urging Gov. Frank Murkowski drop his plans to take away the power over development projects from the state fish and game habitat division.

Wasilla rider fifth in Michigan snowmobile race
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) -- A Minnesota man has won the I-500 snowmobile race here for the fourth time. A Wasilla rider was fifth in Saturday's race.

Cook Inlet gas exploration planned
KENAI (AP) -- A Texas-based company is planning an aggressive seismic testing program on the west side of Cook Inlet near Tyonek to look for natural gas.

Turnagain Pass closed to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Off-road areas in Turnagain Pass, 60 highway miles south of Anchorage, are now closed to motorized use, while areas in Denali National Park and Preserve where snowmachining is normally allowed still hasn't had enough snow to open to motorized use.

Bill would prevent governor from naming senator
JUNEAU (AP) -- Democrats want Alaska's next vacancy in the U.S. Senate to be filled by the voters instead of the governor.

Voznesenka man sentenced for crash that killed daughter
KENAI (AP) -- Efrem Erofeeff, 27, of Voznesenka, was sentenced Friday to three years in jail with all but 12 months suspended for negligent homicide and two years in jail with all but six months suspended for assault. He will have to serve a total of 1 1/2 years.

Third Mateu murder trial starts Monday
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The third murder trial of 19-year-old Jose ''Che'' Mateu is scheduled to begin Monday in Ketchikan.

Mackey takes Knik 200
WASILLA (AP) -- Lance Mackey of Kasilof won the Knik 200-Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race Sunday.

Anadarko fourth quarter beats Wall Street expectations
HOUSTON (AP) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. beat Wall Street's expectations with fourth-quarter earnings boosted by higher commodity prices and higher oil sales volumes. Anadarko is a significant player on Alaska's North Slope, with a minority share of the Alpine field and significant exploration acreage.

Quest teams get pre-race check
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dogs from half a dozen teams set to race in the 20th running of the Yukon Quest got a checkup Saturday.

Unalaska pet owners seek euthanasia alternative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of pet owners wants Unalaska officials to devise a more humane way of killing animals than shooting them.

Two former Interior lawmakers get state appointments
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Interior lawmaker, Mike Miller, will take over the leadership of the state Department of Administration, while another, Steve Frank, will serve on the board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Saturday.

Bad trail conditions force cancellation of Iron Dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Add another to the growing list of wintertime events canceled due to warm weather.

Nenana Ice Class ticket price goes up
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ticket sales began Saturday for the annual Nenana Ice Classic, but there's a significant change this year -- the price has gone up.

Two more arrested in Fairbanks at meth lab
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Authorities arrested two men at a residence with a suspected methamphetamine operation.

Families sue over school stabbings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The families of two Anchorage elementary school students stabbed on campus by a mental patient are suing the Anchorage School District, Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Southcentral Counseling.

Snowmachiner opens fire on reindeer at farm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are looking for a man on a snowmachine suspected of shooting a .22-caliber rifle into a herd of reindeer at a farm near Palmer.

Knick crown claimed for Kasilof
WASILLA (AP) -- Lance Mackey of Kasilof won the Knik 200-Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race Sunday.

Low snow dooms Serum Run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The commemorative serum run from Nenana to Nome has been canceled for this year, race organizers said Friday.

T-200 poster contest goes on without race
Now in its fourth year, the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race poster contest has become an important part of the race itself.

Fairbanks girl named Alaska Junior Miss
Rachel Warbelow of West Valley High School in Fairbanks was named the 2003 Alaska Junior Miss at the state competition in Soldotna on Saturday.

NOW PLAYING: Final Destination 2
Whatever you do, do not go see this movie by yourself! If you do, you'll end up like me, lamely trying to toss witty comments over your shoulder in a pathetic attempt to join someone el

Photo feature: Heavy duty
Max, a well built Siberian husky, shows what he was bred to do by pulling more than 650 pounds in the State Championship Dog Weight Pull.

Fun and 'Games'
Bob and Bonnie, two horses from Alaska C and C Stables, were giving free sleigh rides at the Soldotna Sports Center as part of the Peninsula Winter Games on Saturday.

Borough looks at personal property rule
Kenai River guides soon may have to demonstrate they've complied with the Kenai Peninsula Borough's personal property tax law in order to obtain a state river guide permit.

Homeless summit planned for Wednesday
Representatives from church groups, local government, nonprofit organizations and the community will come together under one roof Wednesday for the Kenai Peninsula Homeless Summit.

Pet poisonings puzzle owners
A recent rash of dog poisonings from Community College Drive in Soldotna has pet owners in the area baffled and concerned.

Leman: Administration focusing on efficiency
Alaska Lt. Gov. Loren Leman said Friday that the Murkowski administration's initial focus is on making government more efficient and clearing roadblocks to natural resource development.

Voznesenka man sentenced for crash that killed daughter
A long, awkward silence gripped Judge Harold Brown's Superior courtroom Friday afternoon as a young Russian couple embraced before the husband was led off to jail, sentenced for the negligent homicide of their 8-month-old daughter and for injuring two other family members.

Juneau woman recalls friendship with astronaut
Dr. Laurel Clark, one of seven astronauts to die in the space shuttle Columbia on Saturday, embraced life and heard the music in ordinary things, says Dr. Deb Lessmeier of Juneau, a close friend.

CPGH rates to increase
New rates, will take effect this month in the Central Peninsula General Hospital's radiology, emergency and in-patient departments. While prices for some of the facility's services and medical procedures will jump, others will enjoy a decrease as the hospital seeks to align its prices more evenly with statewide rates and, more specifically, with CPGH's competitors.

Photo: Belle of the ball
Gov. Frank Murkowski congratulates Kelsie Leaf after she sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at the his inaugural ball at the King Salmon Motel in Soldotna on Friday evening.

School board to consider budget, consolidations again
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is working its way through a couple of outstanding issues this week, as it prepares for its twice-monthly work sessions and meeting today.

Kenai library looks to future
The Kenai Community Library has many things to offer its patrons, including books, computers, Internet access and children's story time. What it doesn't have is a coherent vision for future development and the funding to make that development happen.

Columbia breaks apart just before landing
High over Texas and just short of home, space shuttle Columbia fell to pieces Saturday, raining debris over hundreds of miles of countryside. Seven astronauts perished.

Dana Wackler
Former Soldotna and Sterling resident Dana Wackler died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, surrounded by family and friends at her home in Anchorage after a long struggle with lung cancer. She was 48.

James Dale Waller
Kenai resident James Dale Waller died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 97.

George A. Denison
Sterling resident George A. Denison died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Stone Brook Assisted Living near Soldotna. He was 79.

Lease sale ball bounces into assembly's court
(The recent) ... public hearings on proposed oil and gas lease sales for lower Cook Inlet provided a case study in democracy in action. The hearings, conducted in Seldovia, Homer and Kenai, were set up to bring grass-roots feedback into the decision-making process.

Applause
Support enables student to run in California eventAnnual event allowing residents to give food, blood is big success

Letters to the Editor
Russian program should not be cut from school district budgetRussian program serves both educational, economic needsBest use of ANWR oil may be to leave it for future generationsFish and Game commissioner doesn't understand Kenai RiverEducation opportunity: What is race's role in college admissions?

Sleep-deprived children more prone to accidents, experts say
WASHINGTON -- To wake parents up to the importance of snoozing, sleep experts warned last Tuesday that seemingly energetic children who dodge bedtime for other activities are more prone to injury, poor school performance and crankiness.

Around the Peninsula
Flood aid deadline todayHomer Winter Carnival plans under wayNPCC to meet tonightPratt Museum reopensSoldotna chamber meets TuesdayEntrepreneurship workshop slatedEDD plans second timber meetingKenai chamber to discuss future work force

Around the Peninsula
Art guild to meet todayFlood aid deadline approachingRadio board to meetSafari club to meetBlood drive plannedHearing loss seminar plannedHistorical society to meetTalent show scheduledCanine Good Citizen class offered

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

More teens seeking spa massages, facials, pedicures
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- There's nothing like a good massage or even an eyebrow waxing to relieve a little teen-age angst. So says 17-year-old Jessica Schwartz, who frequents a day spa in her suburban Chicago hometown every other week.

Births
Serena and Shawn Houser

Coming out in the wash: Cool facts on water temperatures, laundry stains
The two most common types of questions we receive in the Extension Office related to laundry problems are stain removal and water temperature.

Tracking the February sky
In this month's column, I'm listing a few Internet resources, especially useful for observations before the winter is over and before the nights become too short.

Community News
Kenai Teen Center plans activitiesChildren's dance classes availableVFW Ladies Auxiliary offers scholarship

Community Schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed to serve as a reminder to registered participants.

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans' listsSoldotna student interns at DA officeKenai youth offered college scholarshipNinilchik woman completes basic training

My best friend
Mike Johnson of Soldotna and Tsunami, a Shiba Inu, do some fishing. The two spend a lot of quality time together.

Tips for picking perfect pet
Picking the perfect companion animal can seem difficult, but with a bit of patience, a little prior research and some careful consideration, making this lifetime commitment can be quite easy.

Bad winter claims Iron Dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Add another to the growing list of wintertime events canceled due to warm weather.

Turnagain Pass closed to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Off-road areas in Turnagain Pass, 60 highway miles south of Anchorage, are now closed to motorized use, while areas in Denali National Park and Preserve where snowmachining is normally allowed still hasn't had enough snow to open to motorized use.

Sports Briefs
Feofanova tops own world indoor pole vault markManning calls Vanderjagt ''idiot'' during Pro BowlJames sits as his team squeaks out win

No. 1 Ninilchik girls blow out No. 5 Seldovia
Fresh off a victory over Cook Inlet Academy, the fourth-ranked girls Class 2A team in the state, the Ninilchik girls affirmed their top ranking by defeating No. 5 Seldovia 50-18 Friday in District 3/2A action.

Huskies knock off Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. -- Diana Taurasi and second-ranked Connecticut breezed to their record 59th straight victory, easily defeating No. 1 Duke 77-65 Saturday night.

Comeback of Kenai boys comes up short vs. Chugiak
A late fourth-quarter run was not enough to save the Kenai Central boys basketball team Saturday at home against Chugiak, as they lost to the Mustangs 64-51 in nonconference action.

Weir stays steady to win Hope Classic; Haas lets victory slip into drink
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Mike Weir went with caution. Jay Haas went for the green.

Nikiski sets new victories record on ice
The Nikiski High School hockey team had an exciting weekend, sweeping a two-game Greatland Conference series with Tri-Valley to set a new school record for wins in a season with nine.

Nikolaevsk boys take own tourney
The Nikolaevsk boys high school basketball team captured the title at their own tournament, defeating Matanuska Christian 63-50 Saturday in Nikolaevsk.

Panthers capture regions
The Skyview High School wrestling team benefited from the luck of the draw, edging out the Wasilla Warriors to capture the team title at the Region III/4A Championships hosted by Wasilla Friday and Saturday.

NHL has shootoout at Sunrise
SUNRISE, Fla. -- In a trying, troubling season, the NHL almost got the All-Star game wrong, too. Even if Dany Heatley didn't.

Nikolaevsk boys take own tourney
The Nikolaevsk boys high school basketball team captured the title at their own tournament, defeating Matanuska Christian 63-50 Saturday in Nikolaevsk.

South takes Hula Bowl
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) -- Minnesota's Dan Nystrom made a 44-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to cap a 24-point fourth quarter in the South's 27-24 victory in the Hula Bowl on Saturday night.

Stars wrap up top seed in North Star Conference tourney
"Can I say, 'solid,' one more time?" Soldotna hockey coach Pat Nolden asked after the Stars defeated Kenai Central 4-0 Friday in North Star Conference play at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Williams runs away with Pro Bowl MVP
HONOLULU -- Ricky Williams' first trip to the Pro Bowl was worth the wait.

Soldotna skiers take Nikiski Relays
Teamwork took on a new face Saturday at the Nikiski Relays when boys and girls teams found themselves cooperating in competition.

Deacons hold off Carolina advance
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- There are two givens nearing the halfway point of the ACC season -- No. 17 Wake Forest is the surprise team and Josh Howard is the favorite to win the league's player of the year award.

Pacers top Celtics without suspended Thomas
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal, Brad Miller and Reggie Miller all had double-doubles as the Indiana Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 109-100 Saturday night while playing without suspended coach Isiah Thomas.

Sports Briefs
With James on sideline, lawyer considers appealFrancis says he's done with dopingMacInnis, Roy lead West to skills victory

Stars sweep Kards
For this night at least, it was the Soldotna boys, not the Soldotna girls, flaunting explosion on offense.

Texas snaps Cowboys' 15-game winning streak
AUSTIN, Texas -- Royal Ivey and T.J. Ford each scored 17 points and No. 3 Texas ended No. 9 Oklahoma State's 15-game winning streak with a 78-65 victory Saturday.

Lots of changes in store for taxpayers this spring
WASHINGTON -- The big news for taxpayers preparing their 2002 tax returns this spring is a bevy of new incentives -- to save for college and retirement, to file returns electronically and to plan for a more secure financial future.

IRS urges taxpayers to file electronically
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's easier this year to file your taxes electronically -- and probably for free.

2 easy ways to track your refund
WASHINGTON -- Already spent that refund? Wondering when you'll see the money? All you need is a computer or telephone to find out.

To avoid common errors, check return twice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before filing your tax return, make this final error check.

Photographer John Toppenberg captures a side of nature that few get to see
Catching a glimpse of John Toppenberg at work on the lake in front of his Sterling home would naturally raise several questions from a curious passer-by.

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