Sunday, February 4, 2001

Salvation Army official charged with sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pastor in the Salvation Army has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

Organizers cancel two Fur Rendezvous sled dog races
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Race organizers have canceled two sprint mushing races connected with the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.

Drinking water standards worry Kenai Peninsula officials
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula communities may face considerable expense to remove arsenic that occurs naturally in their drinking water if new federal regulations signed by the Clinton administration are allowed to take effect.

New machine to benefit Chena River
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Instead of being dumped back into the Chena River, minerals removed at the water treatment plant will be disposed of at the landfill thanks to a new $860,000 machine.

Raven blamed for Ravens-Giants Super Bowl outage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Football fans in south Anchorage hoping to tune in to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl last Sunday were blindsided by a local raven.

Alaskans generous about organ donation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kelly Gibson lay dead at the hospital after a snowmachining accident. Even though her heart was still beating, her brain had shut down and there was no hope.

University professional, technical workers consider union
FAIRBANKS -- An effort has begun to organize administrative, professional and technical staff members of the University of Alaska.

Two dead in Eureka avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a second snowmachiner killed in an avalanche northeast of Anchorage was recovered Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Searchers find missing Stebbins men
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two brothers missing on a snowmachine trip since Wednesday have been found.

One dead, one missing in Eureka avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One snowmachiner died and one is missing and presumed dead in an avalanche Saturday about 20 miles south of Eureka Lodge.

CIRI board shakes up leadership
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The board of Cook Inlet Regional Inc. has ousted the board chairman of the Native regional corporation.

Searchers continue to look for missing teens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It's been more than a month, but villagers from Golovin and across the Seward Peninsula continue to search daily for two ninth-graders who apparently became disoriented in a whiteout and drove their snowmachines into the sea.

Videotapes clinch hunting cases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wildlife enforcement officers received a treasure trove of videotapes after a feud erupted over the estate of longtime Bush pilot Floyd Saltz, who died in a 1998 plane crash.

Failed grocer warns of unpaid bills
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Failed grocery store chain Alaska Marketplace has warned vendors not to expect payment on outstanding invoices. At least not in full, or any time soon.

Mental Health Trust transfers land for possible psychiatric hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state will take ownership of about half of a 76-acre parcel of property that houses the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and the McLaughlin Youth Center.

Farmers back right-to-farm bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska farmers are lining up in support of legislation seeking to ensure that newcomers to an area cannot sue a neighboring farm because of a distaste for the smell or noise.

Resident work force grows
The percentage of Alaska residents in the state's work force was greater in 1999 than in any year since 1988, with resident workers making up 82 percent of all workers, according to a report prepared by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Bill would allow more charter schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- The number of charter schools allowed in Alaska could double and they could receive more money if a new bill makes its way through the Legislature.

Valdez man sentenced for assaulting disabled man
VALDEZ (AP) -- A Valdez man convicted of assaulting a developmentally disabled client in his care has been sentenced to five years in prison, with two years suspended.

Grieving daughter seeks DWI changes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Grieving for a father killed by a drunken driver, Cindy Cashen went to a legislative hearing looking for tougher alcohol laws. She left disappointed.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Ready to go
Barking dogs, noisy people and lines of cars are the kinds of things that bring law enforcement running to most neighborhoods. But no one in the vicinity of Kasilof's Tustu-mena Lodge was complaining Saturday morning.

I'm not sure why I go to see movies like Valentine, unless it's the need to indulge in an occasional guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to work up even that much enthusiasm for this sad waste of time.

Cabin fever reliever: Getting into the flow of activities
It's February and unless we get some good snow soon we could experience a difficult bout with cabin fever. Some people seem to be better at filling leisure time than others.

Sense of Adventure
Cathryn "Cathy" Pearce has been around the world pondering the adventures and great deeds of centuries past. But for the here and now, Kenai Peninsula College's first full-time history professor finds the peninsula one of the most interesting places of all.

IRS makes electronic filing easier
How to get IRS information and help via the Internet, the telephone and the fax:

Nikiski mulls options
A group of intrigued Nikiski residents gathered at the Nikiski Senior Center Thursday to discuss incorporation options.

Children mean tax breaks, but rules often tricky
WASHINGTON -- The unbridled joy of children extends into to the federal tax code, where parents can qualify for breaks for education expenses and student loans, adoption costs and even for simply having a child at all.

'Alternative minimum tax' no longer limited to wealthy Americans
WASHINGTON -- The number of taxpayers likely to be entangled in the complex alternative minimum tax is projected to reach 1.5 million this year, twice as many as three years ago. Increasingly, unsuspecting middle-class people are being affected.

Efforts to reform IRS still on track
The federal agency Americans love to hate, the Internal Revenue Service, continues to struggle with legal reforms aimed at giving taxpayers more rights and a huge reorganization intended to improve efficiency and service.

Taxpayers not facing big changes this year
WASHINGTON -- While taxpayers don't face tumultuous tax law change this filing season, they will get new personal exemptions and standard deductions -- and they've got an extra day to file tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service.

Lots of ways to pay a tax bill
WASHINGTON -- From credit cards to installment plans, the Internal Revenue Service offers taxpayers several options if they can't pay their tax bills in full.

Violations lead to fines, loss of plane
ANCHORAGE -- Wildlife enforcement officers received a treasure trove of videotapes after a feud erupted over the estate of longtime Bush pilot Floyd Saltz, who died in a 1998 plane crash.

Salvation Army captain arrested on sex charge
Kenai Police arrested Cleland Troy Trickel, 44, shortly after noon Thursday on four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Trickel was a captain serving with the Salvation Army in Kenai.

Investing pitfalls can mean more taxes
As mutual funds increase in popularity and more employees are compensated with stock options, taxpayers must beware of some pitfalls that can mean a big tax bill from the Internal Revenue Service.

SPH layoffs lead to resignation
HOMER -- Dr. Paul Eneboe has resigned as South Peninsula Hospital's chief of staff, saying he is too angry over the way five upper-level managers were dismissed from their jobs two weeks ago to be effective in the facility's top medical position.

Dipnet permit fee could enhance popular fisheries
There's that four-letter word again: fish.

Bush's foreign policy: work in progress
WASHINGTON -- President Bush hopes to employ the same techniques to engage foreign leaders that he has been using to court congressional Democrats: ''look them in the eye'' and find common ground.

At best, hot shows reflect questionable values; what's the attraction?
What is the purpose of these new television shows that keep popping up?

Corr, McCauley celebrate New Year's Eve with wedding
The bride is the daughter of Phillip and Jill Cooper of Casper, Wyo. She is a 1989 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

My Best Friend
When this photo was taken, Sam only had one eye and was very arthritic, but he still loved to play and chase the ball.

Sports Briefs
Chmura acquitted of sex assault charges North America gets first skills victory Coker to succeed Davis at MiamiMickelson enjoys a sunny view from the topRace for lead tightens at halfway pointTszyu adds WBA title to WBC crownHeisley to meet with Stern at All-Star break

Nikiski boys top ACS in District 3/3A play
The Nikiski High School boys basketball team edged Anchorage Christian Schools 52-51 in a District 3/3A game Saturday in Anchorage.

SoHi girls, SkyHi boys wear crowns in Nikiski
Winning isn't everything, but a victory sure can make a team feel good about itself.

Oilers Corner
The Oilers are happy to announce Jackson Coleman will return for a third season.

Hakkinen finishes 31st at World Championships
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 21, finished 31st in the 10-kilometer sprint race Saturday in Pokljuka, Slovenia, in the first day of the World Championships.

Stars skate all over Kards
Call the Kenai Central High School hockey team Star-crossed.

Soldotna boys take down Wasilla
The Soldotna Stars girls and boys basketball teams split their Friday double-header as they hosted the Wasilla Warriors.

Kenai girls get region sweep
Three bounces and then it teetered on the edge of the end for the Kenai Kardinals Saturday.

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