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Monday, February 5, 2001

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.

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

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.

Mother of missing girl moving forward with civil suit
KODIAK (AP) -- The mother of a missing teen-ager is moving forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against the two people who authorities believe were the last to see the girl alive.

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

Permanent Fund grows in January
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's $27.4 billion Permanent Fund rose about $548 million in value last month as its stock and bond portfolio grew.

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.

Judge rules pull tab operators owe nearly $1 million in back taxes
JUNEAU (AP)-- A judge has ruled that local pull tab operators should pay a 1-percent sales tax on their gross receipts.

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.

Jeff King wins Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Musher Jeff King has twice entered the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, and twice won.

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

Nome wind project moves forward
NOME (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has given a green light to the Nome Wind Turbine Demonstration Project.

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

Questions raised by whales found roaming Cook Inlet this winter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Beluga whales appear to be hanging around Cook Inlet this winter, but scientists tracking the mammals don't know what they eat.

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.

Ice Classic tickets go on sale around Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tickets for Alaska's oldest and richest game of chance have gone on sale and Alaskans will have until April 5 to guess when the ice will break up on the Tanana River and trip the tripod at the small Interior community of Nenana.

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.

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

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.

Hundreds of earthquake sensors to be installed across Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three hundred earthquake monitors will be installed across Alaska in the coming years.

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.

February 4: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on the loss of Maj. Gen. Edward Pagano:
Like hundreds of thousands of other young Americans when World War II broke out, Edward G. Pagano entered the Army as a buck private. By the time he retired, he was a major general -- a decorated veteran with a Purple Heart awarded for wounds suffered on Okinawa, in one of the toughest battles in the annals of the American military.

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

February 3: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on multiple markets for Alaska natural gas:
Yukon Pacific is hardly a neutral player in the debate over how best to market North Slope gas, but two decades of promoting export shipments to Pacific Rim utilities suggests the company's views and expertise shouldn't be lightly dismissed.

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.

February 2: Juneau Empire on going after pulltab revenues:
It really is no surprise that retired Supreme Court Justice Jay Rabinowitz ruled three pulltab operations may not decide unilaterally that they don't have to pay any sales taxes.

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.

February 5: Anchorage Daily News on Internet access around the Bush:
Thanks to the Denali Commission and a recent draft report on telecommunications access in the Bush, we now have a clear picture of how far into rural Alaska the telecommunications revolution has penetrated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 3:30 p.m.

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.

Around the Peninsula
KP-PLUG to meet TuesdayBereavement group meeting plannedSlide show slated at historical meetingHealthy Communities meeting slatedGebhardt fund-raising event Friday Charter school to conduct lottery

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.

Two-time winner breaks course record
It became quite clear that Denali musher Jeff King felt comfortable in the snow and trails of the Caribou Hills on Sunday.

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.

NOW PLAYING:Valentine
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.

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.

'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.

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.

Economic concerns aired at city's forum
The long awaited and much anticipated Kenai Economic Development Forum drew more than 120 people to the Kenai Senior Center on Saturday to hear business and community leaders air their feelings about the state of the city.

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

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.

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.

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.

Cool! Ice sculptors show off talents at winter games
Ice clinking in a tall glass is the perfect match for a hot summer day. Chunks of ice, sculpted into art, also were the perfect match for the Peninsula Winter Games, thanks to some creative thinking and a lot of artistic talent.

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.

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

North chamber gives back at banquet
Laughter bellowed from the back room of the the Lighthouse Inn Saturday as guests mingled in a party atmosphere at the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

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.

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.

Helen E. Hatch-Jones
Alaska native Helen E. Hatch-Jones of Seward died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at the Wesley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward. She was 80.

Applause
Sterling school says thanks

Americans need their money more than government does
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has given President Bush's tax proposal boost. Let's see the Congress move forward on Bush's across-the-board tax cut.

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

Letters to the Editor
Writer offers another perspective for expectant father to consider

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.

Bush's education plan should be given every opportunity to succeed
Candidate George W. Bush told Americans that improving education to ''leave no child behind'' topped his priority list. Now President Bush has demonstrated his commitment to that theme by offering a promising education agenda as his first major policy proposal.

Variety of issues before legislators
Shortly after resigning from the Kenai Peninsula school board in December, I found myself on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives being sworn in by Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer. My wife, Tanna, and my staff were present for the swearing in.

Politicians adept at reinventing language
WASHINGTON -- Welcome to the Bush ''era of responsibility,'' marked by its faith-based institutions, opportunity scholarships and exploration for energy in the ''ANWR'' -- that's Alaska to most Americans.

Community feature: Bon voyage
Team members from the city of Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula Borough applaud the successful launch of a probe to rendezvous with a comet at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska last week, where the city hosted the borough to a flight.

Community News
Ping pong tourney resultsAlumni from 1981 soughtHost an exchange studentNew Alaska Junior Miss crowned

Peninsula People
Soldotna woman receives law degree Students named to dean's listKenai residents enlist in NavySoldotna man departs on Sea Term Cruise

Births
Chrystal and Scott Leighton

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Can you please explain what I should do if I get pulled over?

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. If you did NOT preregister, please call the Soldotna Community School office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance.

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.

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

Stars, Bulldogs end regular season with win
The Soldotna hockey team completed its regular season late Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center with a 3-0 North Star Conference victory over rival Skyview.

Six area skiers make nationals
The Kenai Peninsula had a total of six skiers qualify for the Junior Olympics Sunday at Birch Hill in Fairbanks in the final Junior Olympic Qualifying Series race of the year.

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

Lakers, Knicks each get tough victories
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant, his shooting touch off, still scored 26 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 100-94 Sunday.

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

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.

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

Hakkinen finishes 41st at World Championships
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 21, placed 41st in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the World Championships Sunday in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

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

North America All-Star hockey edges World
DENVER -- It was the worst day ever for goalies in a setting that is never good for the men in the nets.

Mixed feelings about XFL debut
LAS VEGAS -- David Diaz-Infante pulled the black jersey over his shoulder pads and looked in the mirror. He chuckled at the blinking red lights on the wireless microphone under his Las Vegas Outlaws uniform.

Pro Bowl standings now 16-15
HONOLULU -- Rich Gannon got the AFC off to a winning start in the Pro Bowl, then took the rest of the day off.

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.

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

Excuses don't pass legal muster
WASHINGTON -- Tens of millions of Americans dutifully pay their income taxes and file an annual return, but there are always a few who refuse -- many using arguments ruled frivolous by the courts.

Tax questions? Here's how to reach tax agency experts
How to get IRS information and help via the Internet, the telephone and the fax:

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