Wednesday, February 6, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Quake shakes Anchorage, no immediate reports of injuries or damage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two sharp earthquakes jolted downtown Anchorage early Wednesday, knocking items off shelves, setting off alarms and causing downtown buildings to shudder. But there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor seeks second term
KENAI (AP) -- The mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor announced this week he will seek a second three-year term.

Upper Cook Inlet salmon management plan up for scrutiny
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries convenes a two-week session Wednesday in which it will look at how to better manage Upper Cook Inlet salmon fisheries.

Anchorage teen acquitted of assault charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen-ager who hit another boy in the head with a metal baseball bat last year was acquitted Tuesday of assault charges.

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.

Kaltag man convicted of murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Kaltag man was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend Aug. 17.

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

Carrs, Safeway replace locally roasted coffee with Starbucks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Starbucks, the nation's largest specialty coffee chain, is edging out locally roasted coffee at some Carrs stores.

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.

Sharp quake hits Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A sharp earthquake jolted downtown Anchorage early Wednesday.

Nome university workers placed on leave pending investigation
NOME (AP) -- Two employees of the Northwest Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation at the campus.

National Geographic to film Yukon Quest for documentary
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A National Geographic documentary crew will follow teams in this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, making a one-hour film to be broadcast later this year.

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.

Jury finds in favor of Los Angeles radio talk show host
JUNEAU (AP) -- A jury Tuesday found that a Los Angeles radio talk show host did not intentionally injure a Juneau woman -- or invade her privacy -- with comments he made about her on his show.

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.

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.

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.

Opening statements made in Maad fraud trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nezar ''Mike'' Maad either lied to qualify for government-backed loans and other financing, or he was a self-made businessman who made unintentional errors, according to opening statements Tuesday in the Anchorage businessman's fraud trial.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough considers beautification tax break
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough is considering giving a tax break to private property owners who beautify their land or buildings.

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.

Halford says no long range fiscal plan to emerge from Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- It's unlikely any major tax measure will pass in the state Senate that closes Alaska's billion dollar budget deficit, Senate President Rick Halford said Tuesday.

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.

Fairbanks Home Depot to hire nearly 140 people
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 1,300 people applied for jobs at a new Home Depot store here where nearly 140 people will be employed, the home improvement company said.

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.

State officials: Driver's license required to operating snowmobiles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials of two state agencies say they have learned that state law requires operators of snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles to possess a driver's license, unless the machines are driven on private property.

Alaska receiving federal bioterrorism funds
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska will receive $6.9 million dollars in federal money to prepare for potential biological terrorism events, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Tuesday.

Legislation would raise drivers' license fees
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska driver's license fees may go up $5 to help pay for a more secure digital photo ID system.

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.

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.

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.

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.

National Geographic to film Yukon Quest for documentary
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A National Geographic documentary crew will follow teams in this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, making a one-hour film to be broadcast later this year.

Senate: Gap closure unlikely
JUNEAU -- It's unlikely any major tax measure will pass in the state Senate that closes Alaska's billion dollar budget deficit, Senate President Rick Halford said Tuesday.

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.

Judge's ruling darkens cyberspace for wildlife refuge staff
Anyone trying to get information from the Department of the Interior's Web sites probably knows about the futility of attempting this at present.

KRSA approves funding requests
Programs and projects to keep the Kenai River healthy topped the agenda at the Kenai River Sportfishing Association's quarterly business meeting last month.

Snowmachiners rescued near Lost Lake
Two snowmachiners trapped by weather conditions near Seward on Sunday were rescued by the combined efforts of police, fire and aerial rescue teams from Bear Creek, Moose Pass and the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps, as well as troopers and the U.S. Forest Service.

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.

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.

Harry Hawkins
Soldotna resident Harry Hawkins died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a lengthy illness.

World Trade Center flag will fly at Games
SALT LAKE CITY -- The tattered flag from the World Trade Center will fly over the Winter Olympics, but U.S. athletes won't carry it into the opening ceremony as planned.

U.S. team checks into Olympic digs
SALT LAKE CITY -- Figure skater Todd Eldredge and his American teammates needed an extra 10 minutes to get through security at the Olympic Village.

BP shows support for community with grant to assist food bankFoundation's donation of copier will get workout at hospiceSoHi's 'Dessert Concert' fabulous treat in more ways than oneCompany's help benefits Big Brothers-Big Sisters programKCHS students appreciate business ethics seminar

Open, public exchange of ideas necessary to solve budget woes
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.

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.

Worried about terrorists, states consider restricting public records, meetings
Governors and state legislators are weighing whether to clamp down on the public's access to government documents and meetings, driven by worries that terrorists could use the information to plan attacks or escape capture.

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

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
Regulation changes would limit opportunities for home schoolersMuch still left in state government that could be cut to fill budget gap

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

Around the Peninsula
Chicken pox vaccine is availableMusic class starts todayPlanning commission to hold meetingQuilt exhibit coming to visitor centerSiren test scheduledSocial Security Administration to visit areaAnnexation committee schedule announcedBoys and Girls Club taking soccer registrationsAvalanche safety class availableSnowmachine safety course plannedTalent show applications available

Manhattan school reopens near ground zero
NEW YORK -- The rhythm of the new school year broke on the morning of Sept. 11 at P.S. 234. Students huddled in shuttered classrooms and then evacuated the school as the World Trade Center burned and collapsed three blocks away.

Photo feature: Better late than never
Alton Jameson, 76, talks to friends at Bayfield High School, in Bayfield, Colo., Jan. 24 after receiving his high school grad

White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Around the District
Public hearings on school budget continueHomer tops Academic DecathlonKenai dinner raises funds for bandFamily Fun Day planned for SundayReaders 'battle' in district contestWorkshop features books, dessertsSkyview announces Students of the Month

Japan adventure touches Sterling students
The cranes are piling up by the hundreds: golden, patterned or all the colors of the rainbow; as big as a foot tall to barely and inch across. Little fingers, increasingly nimble as they practice, are making more and more.

District highlights noted from second quarter of school year
Changes and firstsAwardsMeetings, committees and trainings of noteUsual but important events

Volunteers vital to college mission
In his recent State of the Union address, President George W. Bush asked Americans to consider some form of national service or volunteer work to help strengthen our nation. Kenai Peninsula College is one of the organizations that directly benefits from the Corporation for National Service, the federal administrator of programs that put volunteers into service around America.

Principals, teachers removed at schools ID'd as failing
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- School district officials are removing principals and teachers at four troubled schools after state audits found inadequate teaching, weak leadership and buildings marred by graffiti.

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.

Photo feature: High flyer
Cory Davis, 13, takes his snowmachine for a walk after school Tuesday afternoon on a track his family has constructed in a gravel pit next to their home. He said he has been riding since he was about 2 years old.

Ninilchik cagers vanquish Knights
The Ninilchik High School boys basketball team opened up their game against the Community Christian School Knights of Homer with a 19-2 run on its way to a 74-41 win in District 3/2A pay Tuesday in Ninilchik.

Isbister tip-in goal propels Islanders past Blues
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Brad Isbister scored a tip-in goal midway through the third period as the New York Islanders completed a rally from three one-goal deficits and defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 Tuesday night.

Gators post victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brett Nelson shot 4-for-8 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points and seven assists, leading No. 8 Florida to a 72-63 victory over South Carolina on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

Late surge saves Jordan, Wizards
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan, shut down by Vince Carter in the first half, scored 20 of his 23 points after halftime as the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 99-94 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

Sports Briefs
Astros want out of Enron naming rights dealBaseball postpones contraction until 2003Dolphins hire Turner as offensive coordinatorLaw, three others added to Pro Bowl

Settlement reached in beaning lawsuit
WICHITA, Kan. -- Chicago Cubs prospect Ben Christensen settled a lawsuit Tuesday filed by Anthony Molina, the batter standing in the on-deck circle when beaned by a warmup pitch in a college game three years ago.

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

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.

1.2 million turn out to laud Patriots
BOSTON -- The New England Patriots were dismissed as mediocre, called lucky when they moved through the playoffs, and seen as sacrificial lambs in the Super Bowl.

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