Thursday, February 7, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Kenai assembly rejects beautification tax break
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members rejected an ordinance Tuesday that would have given property owners a tax break for beautifying their property.

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.

Measure would raise bar for initiatives
JUNEAU (AP) -- Citizens trying to create law through initiatives would have to work harder to get their ideas on the ballot under a proposal that cleared a House committee Thursday.

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.

House committee approves increase in minimum wage
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's minimum wage would rise to $7.15 per hour under a bill passed by a House committee this week.

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.

Carnival raises hostile offer for P&O Princess to $5.4 billion
MIAMI (AP) -- Refusing to take no for an answer, Carnival Corp. came up Thursday with its fourth hostile offer for P&O Princess PLC in an effort to prevent P&O from merging with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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.

Alaska governor chides Safeway in clash over Starbucks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has stepped into a brewing coffee war.

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.

Delta Junction seeks school to replace Fort Greely school
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- City and school officials in Delta Junction have asked the Alaska congressional delegation to find federal money for a new school since the existing one at Fort Greely is too close to the proposed National Missile Defense test site.

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.

Bodies of Cantwell avalanche victims recovered
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The bodies of a father and his teen-age daughter killed in an avalanche last month were recovered this week by members of the Alaska Alpine Rescue Group of Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Anchorage man fined $3,000 for killing moose calf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and restitution Wednesday for shooting a moose calf with a pellet rifle as the animal wandered in his yard last July.

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.

Man impersonating fire marshal inspects Fairbanks businesses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police and fire officials in Fairbanks are trying to figure out why a man has been visiting businesses in recent days, pretending to be a fire marshal.

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.

Alaska governor chides Safeway in clash over Starbucks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has stepped into a brewing coffee war.

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

Bill would force governor to choose priorities
JUNEAU (AP) -- State departments would have to rank their programs in order of importance under a bill that passed the House on Wednesday.

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.

Fewer older kings headed for Kenai
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Trophy king salmon -- back to fresh water after five years on the high seas -- will be in shorter supply this summer on the Kenai Peninsula, a state fisheries biologist said Wednesday.

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.

House committee approves spending cap plan
JUNEAU -- A Republican plan to cap state spending won approval in a House committee on Wednesday.

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.

Rocket successfully launched at Poker Flat Research Range
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A rocket to study the aurora was successfully launched Wednesday from the Poker Flat Research Range, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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.

League reprimands UAA, Wisconsin for brawl
MADISON, Wisc. (AP) -- The University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Wisconsin are being reprimanded for a brawl that took place at the end of a hockey game Saturday night.

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.

Juneau man charged with sexual assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Juneau man has been charged with sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor.

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.

Percentage of Alaska women seeking prenatal care continues to drop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The percentage of Alaska mothers receiving late or no prenatal care increased in 1999, continuing a trend begun in the mid-1990s, according to a report on the health of America's babies.

Income, sales taxes added to booze tax bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- An alcohol tax increase bill unexpectedly turned into an income and sales tax bill Wednesday in the House Finance Committee.

Stocks falter again
NEW YORK -- Wall Street waded through another disappointing session Wednesday, dropping for the fourth straight day as investors looked in vain for firm indications that business is improving and corporate accounting can be trusted.

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

Sept. 11 aftermath taught travel companies a lesson in small business survival
NEW YORK -- Imagine that your company's business virtually disappears in an instant. None of your customers is buying -- in fact, all they want to do is cancel orders, and there's no telling when they'll be back.

Talks break down over control of pesticides in salmon waters
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- After settlement negotiations broke down, environmentalists said Tuesday they were pressing ahead with a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce pesticide pollution in salmon streams.

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.

Traveling exhibit shares history of Alaska quilts
When the term "art" is spoken of, several forms usually come to mind, like painting, drawing, sculpting, music and theater. Until fairly recently, one art form has been largely unrecognized as such.

Art Briefs
Lip sync contest applications deadline SundayScience discoveries featured in course seriesArt festival looking for musicians, vendors

'Frontier Adventure' provides plenty of entertainment
Don't let the title of this book fool you. It may have been almost 50 years since the first of these previously published pieces appeared in print, but some of Homer author Jim Rearden's cast of characters cut their adventurous trails across Alaska much earlier than that.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

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.

Budweiser Shootout
Where and When

All of racing descends on Daytona
NASCAR Driver Jeff Gordon walked around pit road during the 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race Saturday. The 2001 Winston Cup Series champion will run in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 at the busy Florida speedway.

Two-way radios let fans listen in on conversations between crews, drivers
Driver Tony Stewart (right) talks with crew chief Greg Zipadelli between test runs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fans can tune in to the outspoken Stewart during practices and races.

Spotlight on Jeff Burton
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Assembly says no to beautification plan
Raising the aesthetics of the neighborhood by beautifying your private property may be a welcome -- and expensive -- gesture. But it isn't worthy of a tax break, as far as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is concerned.

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.

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.

Program outlines basics of subsistence fishing
Perhaps no issue in Alaska has the power to confuse people like subsistence. Under the current system, subsistence fishing is managed by both the state and federal governments, depending on where you stand (or float) in Alaska.

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.

Charter school finances get look
Charter school plans sparked emotional testimony at Monday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

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

My wife's an Olympic junkie
"Do me a favor this year, will you?'' she asked pointedly. "Try to get it right this time.'' Always a goal, I replied plaintively.

New-Wave Olympians
Kids, please don't try this at home. Especially from the roof of your house.

Security tight around the temple during the games
SALT LAKE CITY -- Carol John, a lifelong resident of Salt Lake City, knows people who opted for vacation time over working in the city during the upcoming 17 days of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

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.

Ready or not... Olympics are here
SALT LAKE CITY. This place has colder weather than I remember. And a much warmer feel.

Peterson to carry U.S. flag into opening ceremony; Shea to take oath
SALT LAKE CITY -- Short-track speedskater Amy Peterson will open her fifth Winter Olympics by carrying the U.S. flag into the opening ceremony Friday night.

WTC flag will be carried at Olympics' opening ceremony
SALT LAKE CITY -- The tattered American flag recovered from the rubble at ground zero will be carried at the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony Friday night in a compromise of patriotism and protocol.

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Healthy populations of fish have large component of youngNot everyone's dream of quality of life includes long lines of RVs

Former Enron head acts like man with something to hide
Kenneth Lay made his already uncomfortable position worse by refusing the invitation to testify Monday before

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

Sharing the Spiring helps many, thanks to community's support

Super Bowl reminds nation of blessings, despite ongoing war
Just three months ago, an edgy America wondered whether the baseball World Series might be the occasion for terrorists to attack again.

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.

Pets of the week, Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shelter has two ferrets for adoption this week. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
Siren test taking place todayQuilt exhibit at visitors centerPlanning commission to hold meetingCarlson to speak at North Peninsula ChamberSoroptimist meeting set for tonightRed Cross offers CPR classSweetheart dinner plannedHomer carnival seeks informationFoot care discussion planned

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

White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

MVP award means deals for Pats QB
NEW YORK -- Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady is on a magic carpet ride.

Armstrong, U.S. Postal team refuse to appear for French summons
PARIS (AP) -- Three-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong did not answer a summons in a French inquiry into whether his U.S. Postal Service team used doping products during the 2000 Tour.

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.

No. 4 Oklahoma notches 15th straight win by defeating Baylor
NORMAN, Okla. -- Aaron McGhee scored 23 points and reserve Jason Detrick added 18 as No. 4 Oklahoma beat Baylor 70-57 Wednesday night, the Sooners' 15th straight win over the Bears.

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.

Capitals snap four-game skid
WASHINGTON -- Ulf Dahlen had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

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.

Hardaway trey puts New Jersey Nets away
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tim Hardaway hit a go-ahead 3-pointer to ignite a game-ending 16-2 run that led the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-100 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

Region III/4A high school hockey tournament kicks off at Soldotna Sports Center
High school hockey begins its second season today at the Soldotna Sports Center, and while a Soldotna-Kenai Central matchup is anticipated in Friday's semifinals, the peninsula's Region III/4A teams need to make it through today's quarterfinals before setting their sights on a berth at the ASAA State 4A Championships next week.

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.

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.

Photo feature: High profile
A moose searches for browse along a ridge near Soldotna shortly before sunset earlier this week. The time between sunset and sunrise is lengthening by more than five minutes a day now, giving moose -- and others -- more time to take care of daytime business.

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