Friday, February 8, 2002

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

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.

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.

State watchdog for the elderly quits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state watchdog for the elderly has resigned, becoming the third person to leave the post since 1999.

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.

Essential Air Service gets funding boost
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Department of Transportation has renewed the Essential Air Service contract to provide air service for five Southeast communities.

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.

Accused North Pole molester taught in private school, despite conviction
NORTH POLE (AP) -- When Kenneth Rarick was teaching children at Jubilee Christian School in 1996, details of his past misconduct with young boys were readily available to the public, meticulously documented in aging court files.

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.

Yukon Quest Mushers
Mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race:

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.

Legislature hires law firm for pipeline issues
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines has hired a Washington, D.C. law firm to represent it on pipeline issues.

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.

Kake Tribal emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal bankruptcy judge has approved Kake Tribal Corp.'s bankruptcy reorganization plan, company officials said.

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.

Man indicted for false distress call
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury in Anchorage has indicted a Yakutat man for allegedly making a false distress call.

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

Sex offender registry would drop molester's name if not convicted again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Until his plea, Kenneth Rarick was among 2,800 convicted sex offenders who are about to be dropped from Alaska's sex offender registry.

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.

Pioneers' Home ordered to develop improved treatment plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Pioneers' Home has been ordered to develop a plan to improve care at the home or face a ban on new admissions.

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

Jury awards $150,000 to Juneau woman in talk radio trial
JUNEAU (AP) -- A jury awarded a Juneau woman $150,000 to punish a California radio-show production company for destroying a tape she wanted as evidence in a lawsuit.

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

Plan to hold subsistence hearings in Fairbanks turned back
JUNEAU (AP) -- A move to take the subsistence debate to Fairbanks, where resistance to a rural priority has traditionally been strong, was turned away by Senate Democrats on Friday.

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.

Knowles plan would use tax-exempt bonds to finance pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 could be back on track with the help of the Alaska Railroad, Gov. Tony Knowles said Thursday.

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.

ChevronTexaco adds to Alaska exploration, development budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ChevronTexaco Corp. plans to spend $37 million on exploration and development in Alaska this year, up 48 percent from the $25 million the company spent last year.

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.

Man convicted in fight that broke trooper's ankle
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A man who scuffled with Alaska State Troopers during a drug arrest has been convicted of assault and tampering with evidence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boomers fuel growth of adult education
NEW YORK (AP) -- Katrina Brown was busy raising a family and working full-time as a manager for the Long Island Rail Road. But deciding she needed more, Brown enrolled in an online master's degree program two years ago with the University of Phoenix.

Overshadowed by recession and war, tarnished tech titans take a back seat at World Economic Forum
NEW YORK (AP) -- It appears the power of the computer -- and its cousin, the Internet -- won't solve the world's problems after all.

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.

Shop smart for that Valentine's Day diamond
NEW YORK (AP) -- As Valentine's Day approaches, many Americans are looking to buy a diamond or other gemstone for that special someone.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Budweiser Shootout
Where and When

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

Activities may feel budget ax
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is in danger of drastic changes. Only a groundswell of popular support can save it from deteriorating, was the message at the public hearing on its budget for the 2002-2003 school year.

Chamber to sponsor job shadow program
Scores of Kenai Central High School Students will miss class Wednesday, and Principal Berry Swenson is OK with that. They will have better things to do.

Knowles' plan would finance pipeline
JUNEAU -- A proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 could be back on track with the help of the Alaska Railroad, Gov. Tony Knowles said Thursday.

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.

Station owner vows to fight
The Federal Communications Commission has intensified its fight to get seven area radio translators off the air.

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.

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.

Joyce Ellen Gibbs
Anchorage resident Joyce Ellen Gibbs died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She was 53.

Oilers Corner
Perkins agrees to return to Oilers

2002 Winter Olympic Daily Schedule
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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.

Ski jump qualification and several training sessions cancelled because of weather
PARK CITY, Utah -- Spectators, 14,000 strong, endured shuttle bus delays, shivered through security lines, then walked one mile uphill in driving snow Friday morning only to see the first competitive event cancelled at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Kemppel braces for wild start
SALT LAKE CITY -- For someone born in a Colorado canyon after her mother fell while rock climbing, Alaska's Nina Kemppel seems uniquely qualified for the mad-scramble start to her first race of these Winter Olympics.

Impression of Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY A tapestry of people and scenes as this city gets ready to host the 2002 Winter Olympics:

Prepared as never before, Salt Lake City waits -- and hopes for best
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Olympics open Friday in a jittery world changed by terrorism and protected by a $310 million security effort unprecedented in the history of sports.

Hackl aims for a luge ride into Olympic history
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Don't be fooled by Georg Hackl, the easygoing Bavarian who will wear lederhosen for a boot-slapping dance at a folk festival and then wash down a tall glass of cool wheat beer.

Winter Olympics royalty
SALT LAKE CITY -- The first thing you notice is the hair and makeup; absolutely impeccable. You wouldn't have said that of the biathletes, sliders or short-track speed skaters during their pre-Olympic press conferences.

Olympic opening ceremonies can be very emotional
SALT LAKE CITY -- Mark Grimmette understands the dilemma.

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.

What is the foreign reaction to these games?
SALT LAKE CITYI have to admit that I came here with a warning on the ready

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

So safe, it's scary
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Back home, everyone wants to know if it feels safe walking around at the Olympics, if athletes and fans are consumed with dread about a terrorist attack or lunatic bombing or something nobody ever thought could happen.

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

Olympic torch arrives in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Olympic torch entered Salt Lake City on Thursday the same way the Mormon pioneers did 155 years ago -- aboard a covered wagon.

2002 Winter Olympic Sport Schedule
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Grimmette to help crry the Ground Zero American Flag
The sticker on their luge was well-intended and heartfelt. "We remember the innocent victims of Sept. 11,'' it read.

2002 Winter Olympic TV Schedule
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Eldredge, Grimmette head athletes to carry WTC flag
SALT LAKE CITY -- One is a soldier, taking time off to ski and shoot for gold. Another was Ohio Firefighter of the Year in 1999, now ready to slide headfirst down an ice chute at 80 mph. A third was in New York when the World Trade Center was attacked.

Here is a rundown of Alaska's Olympic athletes as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News:
Overview of Alaska's Olympians

Alaskan seeks first U.S. Olympic medal in 78 years
PARK CITY, Utah -- Whether strapped to skis or soaring on wings, Alan Alborn has been flying solo most of his life.

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.

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.

More than one way to bridge gap
It appears that the Fiscal Policy Caucus is starting to understand that budget reductions are essential complements to its proposals to close the state's budget gap by raising revenues. We in the "Crouching Grouches Caucus" have a great deal of respect for most of the folks in the Fiscal Policy Caucus, and we appreciate the courage and diligence that they have shown. Nonetheless, they appear to see a somewhat different road to a solution than we do.

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

Lawmakers take steps toward closing budget gap, but is it enough?
There was lots of news out of Juneau this week on issues related to closing the state's almost billion dollar budget gap. That's how it should be. If anything else is the priority, lawmakers are working on the wrong thing.

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.

Letters to the Editor
World is not all bad; paper should recognize good things Inconsiderate driver forces teen-ager off road, into ditch

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

However it's defined, subsistence is still just a way of life
It is my culture, my way of life: living from the land, picking berries, canning and drying fish, eating wild game.

Outdoor photo feature: Birds eye view
Three bald eagles check out a noisy raven clucking in the branches below Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, in Anchorage, Alaska. The birds spend most of their days sitting in trees to conserve their energy during the cold Alaska winters while they keep a sharp look out for food, which the raven may become if the eagles get hungry enough.

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
Young Marines to host informational meeting Ski swap scheduled Developmental screening offered Hospice fund-raiser set for Saturday CIRCAC schedules meetings Red Cross offers CPR class Family Fun Day planned for Sunday Foster parent workshop planned Foot care discussion planned Kenai planning commission to hold work session SBDC offers financing seminar Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss

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

Almanac: U.S. ranks third in Roman Catholic population
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The 63,683,030 Roman Catholics in the United States form the world's third-ranking Catholic population, the ''Catholic Almanac'' for 2002 reports.

Almanac says United States ranks third in world Roman Catholic population
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The 63,683,030 Roman Catholics in the United States form the world's third-ranking Catholic population, the ''Catholic Almanac'' for 2002 reports.

Lawsuit contends Jehovah's Witnesses protected pedophiles
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A woman who said her family was shunned after reporting sexual abuse by a Jehovah's Witness leader claimed in a federal lawsuit that the denomination protects pedophiles.

Kentucky woman claims in lawsuit public library fired her for wearing a cross
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A woman who claims she was fired from a public library for refusing to remove a necklace with a cross on it sued the Logan County public library last week in federal court, saying her First Amendment rights were violated.

King's Chapel mixes of history and religion in downtown Boston
BOSTON (AP) -- King's Chapel has survived both war and religious dispute in its three centuries of existence and still manages to thrive in modern, downtown Boston.

In the latest Bible dispute, evangelicals are battling each other over the use of gender
Conservative Protestants often find themselves in theological arguments with liberals about the Bible's historical reliability. But an unholy squabble over Scripture has erupted in recent days that pits evangelicals against each other.

Vatican denies Pope Paul VI considered selling Michelangelo's ''Pieta'' to aid the poor
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican denies that Pope Paul VI considered selling Michelangelo's ''Pieta'' statue, the latest of many rumors that the church has considered using its fabulous art to raise money for the needy.

Southern Baptists want foreign missionaries to endorse newly revised doctrinal statement
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board is asking workers worldwide to endorse the denomination's revised doctrinal statement that created controversy when it was approved in 2000.

Baha'i motivations: Unity and peace are attainable
One of the most distinctive aspects of the worldwide Baha'i community is the hopeful and yet pragmatic way in which its members face the future. Far from fearing it, Baha'is are dedicated to creating a new and peaceful world civilization based on principles of justice, prosperity and continuing advancement.

University of Illinois dean is leaving for new Minnesota Catholic law school
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of St. Thomas School of Law, opened last fall with an openly ''faith-based'' approach to legal education, is hiring away the dean at the well-regarded University of Illinois law school.

California Muslims launch goodwill campaign using billboards
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Billboards designed to improve Islam's image in the wake of Sept. 11 are going up along California highways.

Washington lawsuit contends the Jehovah's Witnesses protected pedophiles
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A woman who said her family was shunned after reporting sexual abuse by a Jehovah's Witness leader claimed in a federal lawsuit that the denomination protects pedophiles.

Samples of the Bible texts in dispute
Some of the changes from the ''New International Version'' (NIV) of the Bible to ''Today's New International Version'' (TNIV):

Religion Briefs
Kenai Aglow to meet Monday Christ Lutheran holds teen program Fund-raiser planned for ministries Nikiski Aglow to meet Feb. 19

Annual Wine and Cheese Tour perks up trails in Homer
Some say the key to life is learning how to balance all of life's various aspects.

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.

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.

Canadiens' Theodore shuts out Pittsburgh
MONTREAL -- Jose Theodore recorded his second straight shutout, and Shaun Van Allen scored with 6:28 left in the second period to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

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.

Kenai, Soldotna advance to showdown
The Skyview High School hockey team fell short in its bid to extend its season for one more day as the Panthers dropped their Region III/4A Championship tournament opener 4-1 to the Wasilla Warriors Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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

Bartlett girls top Nikiski
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team took Bartlett to overtime before falling by two points, 45-43, at the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School in Anchorage Thursday.

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.

Wizards rip up Kings, take fifth straight win
WASHINGTON -- Richard Hamilton scored 33 points, and Michael Jordan had 25 as the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 108-101 Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
Homer Popeye wrestlers to begin practice Five peninsula wrestlers make Team Alaska Canadiens Koivu says cancer is in full remission

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.

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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