Monday, February 4, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Alaska communities share $600,000 in economic development grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Twenty-eight Alaksa communities will share $600,000 in economic development grants.

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.

Research to use ultrasound to count Kenai River salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The same sonar technology that allows parents to view an unborn child in the womb may be used to to estimate the number of salmon that make it upriver to spawn.

Quest dogs fit and frisky for vet check
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mushers planning to compete in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race passed their last major hurdle Saturday when veterinarians checked dozens of canine athletes. Forty-two mushers are signed up to start the 1,000-mile race Saturday.

Suspects arrested in armed robbery of Fairbanks theater
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police arrested three men on charges they robbed a multiplex theater at gunpoint early Sunday morning.

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.

Feb. 1, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner scolds Don Young for missed votes
Rep. Don Young took the time this week to explain to reporters -- and Alaskans -- why he left Washington early in December, missing the last two weeks of House votes. Those 44 votes contributed to Young having the highest percentage of missed votes last year in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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

Jan. 31, 2002 Voice of the Times suggests a solution to the state's budget woes
The governor is looking for new tax revenue to finance the state's increasingly expensive operations.

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.

Jan. 30, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on House closed caucus
Here's what's wrong with today's scheduled closed-door meeting of the entire Alaska House of Representatives to talk about the state's fiscal gap: It won't work. Just when it's most important to build trust among Alaskans, this meeting undermines it. What we need now is more, not less, openness in coping with Alaska's highest public policy priority.

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.

Feb. 1, 2002 Peninsula Clarion finds fault with the House closed caucus
Q: What do the Bush administration and the Alaska House of Representatives have in common? A: Both think the public doesn't need to know how the public's business is conducted.

Alaska pork projects top $111.8 million from congressional delegation
JUNEAU (AP) -- Seward would get its bus stop and trolley. Palmer, its pedestrian trail.

Jan. 31, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner criticizes House members for closed meeting
For all intents and purposes, it was the entire Alaska House of Representatives that gathered together Wednesday evening to mull over the state's fiscal problems.

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.

Wasilla legislator has tough time saying exactly where he lives
JUNEAU (AP) -- There is one question that Vic Kohring does not want asked. Where do you live? There is no easy answer for the Republican representative from Wasilla.

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.''

Soldotna woman sexually assaulted, badly beaten
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A Soldotna woman was found seriously injured in her home Saturday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Most expensive and least expensive lawmakers in 2001
Here are the most expensive and least expensive members of the Alaska Legislature for 2001, according to a report by the Legislative Affairs Agency.

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 suspended for possible crashed plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search for a plane that witnesses said appeared to be in trouble near Palmer was suspended Saturday after no signs of a crash was detected.

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.

Court upholds decision on British Columbia mine permit
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Canadian appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that the government permit for a mine near Juneau is invalid because a Native group's concerns weren't addressed.

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.

Judge: Leykis case may not go to jury
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman's lawsuit against radio talk-show host Tom Leykis pits the constitutional right to speak freely against the common law right to be left alone, the judge said Saturday.

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.

Murkowski calls meeting on gas line
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Players in the debate over where and when to build a natural gas line from Alaska's North Slope will gather Monday for a closed meeting called by Sen. Frank Murkowski in the nation's capital.

Man being chased by police surrenders to troopers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man had an apparent change of heart Friday night, ending a pursuit by turning himself in at the Fairbanks headquarters of the Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Unocal focuses on future in area
Unocal field superintendents discussed the projected longevity of the Unocal operation in Cook Inlet and the factors that influence that longevity.

Quest dogs fit and frisky for vet check
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mushers planning to compete in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race passed their last major hurdle Saturday when veterinarians checked dozens of canine athletes. Forty-two mushers are signed up to start the 1,000-mile race Saturday.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Black Hawn Down
Black Hawk Down is nothing less than harrowing. I just want to say that right off the bat because, though the movie is excellent, and worth your money, it hits you like a ton of bricks, and you should be prepared.

Most expensive and least expensive lawmakers in 2001
Here are the most expensive and least expensive members of the Alaska Legislature for 2001, according to a report by the Legislative Affairs Agency.

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.

Smalley jumping back into election arena
A familiar face is seeking a return to elected office. Former state House Rep. Hal Smalley, D-Kenai, formally acknowledged his intention to run for the newly apportioned District 33 at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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.

Seward bus, trolley and Kenai River Trail included in funds from federal package
JUNEAU -- Seward would get its bus stop and trolley, Palmer, its pedestrian trail.

Super Bowl gives New England fans something to cheer about
Beer bottles fizzed as caps were twisted. Tortilla chips were crunched. Spicy chicken was munched. Smoke and flames flew from barbecue grills in parking lots, on patios and decks. People gathered together to eat, drink and be merry.

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.

Herbert E. Wilborg
Kenai resident Herbert E. Wilborg died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage from complications of open heart surgery. He was 80.

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.

Even Congress finds much to applaud in State of Union speech
In a sense, President Bush's State of the Union address was a massive pep rally. The president, poised and confident -- even articulate -- was interrupted by applause 77 times in 48 minutes.

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

State faces challenge of living within its means without going into recession
One of the most important issues facing the Legislature this session is the fact that Alaska is running out of easy money. State revenue forecasts project the state will spend $900 million more than it takes in this year, and $1.2 billion more in the next year, and the Constitutional Budget Reserve used to fill the gap will be gone by 2004.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Budget problems cannot be solved with cuts alone

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

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.

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

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.

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean's listsSoldotna student graduates college with honorsArea residents graduate basic trainingArea residents enlist in Armed ForcesSoHi grad completes boot campArea gymnast places first in state

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.

Births
Jammie and Ivan Encelewski of Ninilchik announce the birth of their daughter, Talya Mae Encelewski, at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital

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

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announcedArt guild announces officers

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.

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.

Flying high
Several cadets and senior members of the Kenai Composite Squadron were honored at the group's annual Christmas banquet.

Announcements
Cardiac rehab group reunion plannedYouth women's conference scheduled

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.

Ask a Trooper
QUESTION: Is tailgating illegal? What should I do when a car is tailgating me, because it makes me very nervous?

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
School board meets tonightBagley to speak to councilTax assistance available by appointmentLearn about school-workplace partnershipsHomer workshop considers forgivenessYoung Marines host informational meetingFamily Fun Day planned for SundayAllergy group changes meeting plans

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

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.

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.

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.

Gogel pulls shocker at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Redemption for Matt Gogel came in the right place Sunday at Pebble Beach, and it was just as stunning as his setback.

Belichick still loves playbook
Other men win a Super Bowl, and it changes them forever. Nothing of the sort will happen to Bill Belichick. He already has everything he ever wanted.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Knight, Lambe, Hall star at Besh CupStars, Kards notch hockey winsPalmer boys cagers top SkyviewNew IOC chief opens meetingPosada becomes second-highest paid catcher

New England upstages 'Greatest Show on Turf'
NEW ORLEANS -- This Super Bowl was one to remember -- for all the right reasons.

Super Bowl more than a game in post-Sept. 11 world
NEW ORLEANS -- A thrilling finish. A huge upset. Indeed, America got a Super Bowl that was worth all the fuss.

No. 3 Maryland rips North Carolina State
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Juan Dixon scored 27 points, including seven in a 16-2 second-half run that carried No. 3 Maryland past North Carolina State 89-73 Sunday.

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

Jordan gets under Indiana's skin again
WASHINGTON -- After a bit of bumping and shoving, Michael Jordan gave Jalen Rose an elbow to the chest and eventually got free for a layup. As Jordan turned to go downcourt, Rose led with his shoulder and gave Jordan a jarring blow.

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.

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.

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.

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