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Tuesday, February 5, 2002

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.

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

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.

Woman shot by police in standoff sentenced to four years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman shot by police snipers after a five-hour standoff last May was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

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.

Troopers, Coast Guard investigate sex assault at Coast Guard housing
KODIAK (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers and the Coast Guard are investigating a sexual assault at Coast Guard housing in Kodiak.

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.

Two Fairbanks men charged with trying to steal safe
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks men were arrested early Monday for allegedly trying to steal a 500-pound safe from the Fairbanks Moose Lodge.

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.

Pilot killed in crash of Yute cargo plane
BETHEL (AP) -- A Wasilla man was killed Monday when the cargo plane he was piloting crashed on a flight from Bethel to Chevak, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Gas producers, pipeline companies hold talks in Washington, D.C.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's natural gas producers met in Washington, D.C. Monday with U.S. and Canadian pipeline companies to discuss development of Alaska's North Slope natural gas reserves.

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.

Alaska collects $6 million in mining revenues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has received $6.7 million from the Minerals Management Service as its share of mineral revenues collected on federal lands in 2001.

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.

Head of liquor lobby steps down citing publicity over DWI arrest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of the Anchorage group that lobbies on behalf of bars, restaurants and liquor stores is stepping down, citing publicity about his most recent drunk driving arrest.

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.

Owner of Kimball's Dry Goods dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of the oldest continuously operating business in Anchorage has died.

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.

Donley wants simple majority to spend reserve funds
JUNEAU (AP) -- A leading Senate Republican wants a constitutional amendment to close a loophole that he says requires millions in backroom deals to pass a state budget.

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.

Workers clean up spill at Teller School
TELLER (AP) -- Workers continued Monday to clean up an oil spill at the Teller School caused when an employee forgot to shut off a transfer pump.

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.

Anchorage police say boy was kidnapped and tortured
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy was held against his will and tortured over the weekend, Anchorage police said.

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

House approves $6 million for tourism marketing
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House approved $6 million in emergency marketing money Monday to help the tourism industry counter the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks on the United States.

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.

Ellie Claus wins Junior Yukon Quest for second year in a row
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 15-year-old musher from Chitina guided her young team of 10 dogs to victory in the 120-mile Junior Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race for the second consecutive year.

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.

Apprenticeship program teaches new work skills
BETHEL (AP) -- Alex Evan holds a torch to two sections of copper piping, melding the reddish-brown pipes together with a silver scar.

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

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.

Court's action all but kills contraction
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal of an injunction that forces the Twins to fulfill their Metrodome lease, all but killing baseball's contraction plan for this season.

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.

New Cottonwood Health Center opens in Soldotna
The new Cottonwood Health Center, on Coral Street in Soldotna, is now open to provide medical services for the community.

Ice Fishing in Kenai
While many folks were watching the ceremonial start of the T-200 Dog Sled race in Kenai, a few miles away, Soldotna Rotarians and community volunteers were braving the sub-zero temperatures to do a little fishing for ice.

Kenai Ice Rink celebrates official dedication
The Kenai Ice Rink and the new refrigeration unit received its official dedication last week. City officials along with a color guard from the VFW, American Legion, and Young Marines were on hand for the ceremony as temperatures hovered around the zero mark.

The New Ice rink opens in Sterling
A few years ago, members of the Sterling Community Club built an outdoor ice rink in Sterling, but according to Bob Oakes, Club president, there were problems with the surface heaving.

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.

Ellie Claus wins Junior Yukon Quest for second year in a row
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 15-year-old musher from Chitina guided her young team of 10 dogs to victory in the 120-mile Junior Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race for the second consecutive year.

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.

Bagley files intent to run again
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley said Monday he would seek re-election to another three-year term as the borough's chief executive.

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.

BP head fills in for Murkowski at chamber awards banquet
It was hoped that U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, would be able to speak at Saturday's North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, but instead the senator stayed in Washington to aid the Kenai Peninsula in a different capacity.

Ordinance would give property owners tax break
Private property owners across the Kenai Peninsula Borough soon may be eligible for a tax break merely for beautifying their land or buildings.

Proposed standards could stifle prospects of new subdivisions
The days when speculating developers made an easy buck subdividing property and selling home sites in the Kenai Peninsula Borough while leaving behind an aggravation of muddy, pitted and often impassible neighborhood roads may be gone, but their legacy survives.

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.

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.

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.

States dipping into savings accounts to weather economic storms
PHILADELPHIA -- Many state governments are coming to the conclusion that, fiscally speaking, it's raining.

Letters to the Editor
Sport fishing isn't just about fish; it's about peninsula's quality of lifeAll Americans share equal access to Alaska's fish, wildlife, watersGate across beach access road ineffective way to beef up securityYoung not representing Alaska by not showing up for votes

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.

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

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.

Here's one way to get new revenue for state: tax Alaskans' dividends
The governor is looking for new tax revenue to finance the state's increasingly expensive operations.

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

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

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.

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

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

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announcedArt guild announces officers

Around the Peninsula
Public hearings on school budget continueBusiness adviser addresses Soldotna chamberRegistration open for music classHospice hosts fund-raiser SaturdayAllergy group changes meeting plans

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Ski Town pumps out Olympians
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Tourists fly in from thousands of miles away to float down the fluffy powder at this Rocky Mountain resort. In town, locals pump water onto a hill so their kids can race on ice.

Nets dethrone Kings
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Keith Van Horn broke out of a scoring slump with 25 points, and Jason Kidd added 14 points to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 117-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings in a matchup of the top teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences on Monday night.

Rowell turns disappointment into desire
Getting cut from a competitive basketball team in seventh grade didn't kill Skyview senior Josh Rowell's desire. It only made it stronger.

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.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Palmer girls cagers stop SkyviewTwelve compete at sled dog racePeninsula Winter Games Sled Dog RacingRaiders' Russell charged in sexual assault case

Detroit's Hasek holds up Avalanche
DENVER -- They threw slap shots, backhanders and rebounds at Dominik Hasek, and even took a shot after the goalie lost his stick.

Kansas tops Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kirk Hinrich shot 10-for-10 from the foul line and scored 26 points Monday night as No. 2 Kansas beat Kansas State 98-71 in a game marred by four technical fouls and the ejection of Wildcats coach Jim Wooldridge.

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

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.

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.

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