Tuesday, February 6, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Rasmuson leaves $10 million to Boy Scouting in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Millionaire banker and philanthropist Elmer Rasmuson left a $10 million trust fund to Boy Scouting in Alaska before he died two months ago at the age of 91, a spokesman says.

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.

Woman dies in house fire at Eagle Village
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A residential fire killed a woman in the small community of Eagle Village over the weekend.

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 accused in Nenana shooting death plead innocent at arraignment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men accused in the murder of Nenana resident John Burk pleaded innocent at their arraignment Monday.

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.

NEA staff agrees on contract; returns to work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The statewide teachers union and its staff have reached a deal on a new four-year contract, ending a strike by the union's 23 employees.

Hamilton praises legislators for funding increase, asks for more
JUNEAU (AP) -- Along with his annual demand for more money, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton praised lawmakers Monday for energizing the school's students, faculty and supporters with last year's infusion of cash.

NEA staff agrees on contract; returns to work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The statewide teachers union and its staff have reached a deal on a new four-year contract, ending a strike by the union's 23 employees.

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.

Alaska Republicans back Bush voucher and faith-based initiatives
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's congressional delegation is backing President Bush's school voucher proposal and his funding initiative for faith-based institutions.

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.

Knowles' task force recommendation no suprise -- more money for schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- A task force appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to study Alaska's school funding system issued a report echoing the governor's repeated calls for more money for education.

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.

Bill would eliminate requirement for Social Security numbers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Monday that would eliminate the requirement that people provide their Social Security numbers when applying for hunting or fishing licenses.

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

Constitutionality of service area bill debated
JUNEAU (AP) -- Supporters and opponents of a bill giving more power to residents of service areas that provide road and fire service debated the measure's constitutionality Monday.

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.

Trailbreakers try to tame jumbled blocks of ice on Quest trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Volunteer trail breakers have attacked huge slabs of ice on the Yukon River with chain saws, using brute force to cut a trail through the jumbled ice for the running of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

BPA chief outlines challenges
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- For the past few weeks, Washington state lawmakers angry about the impact of California's energy crisis on the Pacific Northwest have questioned the wisdom of continuing to send electricity to the Golden State.

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.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 3:30 p.m.

Around the Peninsula
Environmental monitoring committee meets

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.

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai. For more information on teleconferences, call 283-2030.

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

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.

School district looks toward new vocational education era
Advancing technology and a predicted shortage of skilled workers make vocational education more important than ever. But on the Kenai Peninsula two decades of public school budget cuts have gutted vocational programs.

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.

Photo Feature:Lady in waiting
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School student Shauna Hall skis past fencing near the Nikiski Pool while waiting for her turn on the trail during a race last weekend.

UA president praises legislators for funding increase
JUNEAU -- Along with his annual demand for more money, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton praised lawmakers Monday for energizing the school's students, faculty and supporters with last year's infusion of cash.

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.

Task force recommendation no surprise -- more money for schools
JUNEAU -- A task force appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to study Alaska's school funding system issued a report echoing the governor's repeated calls for more money for education.

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.

Former Arco exec promotes natural gas hub
'If you own a 12.5-percent share in the hub and in the pipeline to the hub, you know the price, and you have a voice in setting the policies that determine the price.' --Ken Thompson, former Arco Alaska Inc. president

Ribbon cut for alcohol treatment center
Saturday's ribbon-cutting for a residential drug and alcohol treatment center fulfilled the dream of a social worker.

Dee Woodrow Power Sr.
Homer resident Dee Woodrow Power Sr. died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 59.

Vera Ivora Johnson
Former Nikiski resident Vera Ivora Johnson died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2001, in Medford, Ore. She was 87.

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.

John B. Luy and D. Joseph Luy
Kenai residents John B. Luy and son D. Joseph Luy died Sept. 28, 2000, in an airplane accident while traveling from Spokane, Wash. to Kenai.

Wayne Edward Roberts
Nikolaevsk resident Wayne Edward Roberts died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 72.

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.

Researchers try to answer questions surrounding atomic tests on Amchitka
BYLINE2:By NED ROZELL

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.

Alaska interests best served if gas goes to multiple markets
Yukon Pacific is hardly a neutral player

Applause
Sterling school says thanks

Applause
Researchers try to answer questions surrounding atomic tests on Amchitka Phillips Alaska donation benefits Kenai seniors

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.

Happy Birthday, President Reagan
It is difficult to imagine Ronald Reagan having lived 90 years. Even when he became "the oldest man ever elected president," as commentators frequently reminded us in 1980, his youthful exuberance about life and about America made him appear ageless.

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

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.

Quotable
''People, I think, recognize that we are going to have tax relief.''

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.

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

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

Births
Chrystal and Scott Leighton

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.

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

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling Seward

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling Seward

Chair's magnetic pulses improve bladder control
TRENTON, N.J. -- Like millions of Americans, Mari Lynn quietly suffered for years from stress incontinence.

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.

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.

Berdahl doesn't let success go to her head
Laura Berdahl pauses for a moment before answering a question -- but the basketball never stops.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iverson dashes through snow to thrash Nuggets
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson, a late arrival at the First Union Center because of a snowstorm, scored 37 points and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 99-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

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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