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Friday, February 9, 2001

Big Lake's thin ice swallows another vehicle
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A family of four was forced to swim Sunday after their Chevrolet Suburban fell through ice on a channel of Big Lake.

Jury adds $12 million in punitive damages in diet drug lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court jury added $12 million in punitive damages Wednesday to a million dollar award won by an Anchorage woman against a diet drug maker.

Getting good glide on skis can take less than 10 minutes
KENAI (AP) -- Waxing a ski can be about as simple and cheap, or complicated and expensive, as the skier wants to make it.

Legislators seek answers on gas pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers spent the last couple of days prodding major oil companies for assurances that Alaskans will benefit as much as possible from a proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

Quest racer plans extended trip to Nome
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A rookie Yukon Quest musher plans a pit stop at Fairbanks before continuing on all the way to Nome to raise money for a man disabled in a car accident.

Bounty hunters file federal lawsuit
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Three bounty hunters have filed a lawsuit in federal court in which they allege that state officials violated their civil rights.

Maryland negotiating with Duke player's mother hit by bottle
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The University of Maryland is negotiating a settlement with the mother of Carlos Boozer, the basketball star from Juneau.

Easement eases minds of snowmachiners
KENAI (AP) -- Snowmachiners will have new access to the popular Caribou Hills now that the University of Alaska and the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation have agreed on a first-of-its-kind easement across university-held land in Clam Gulch.

'Chlorine Lagoon' keeps Alaska kayakers sane during winter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- They arrive in their bunny boots and parkas, lugging snow-covered kayaks into Hamme Pool.

Perkins fined over sexual harassment charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Deputy Labor Commissioner Dwight Perkins was ordered Thursday to pay fines and restitution and perform 30 days of community service for making an unwanted sexual advance.

Dredge owner wins lawsuit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks jury has awarded $120,000 to the owner of a gold dredge near Chicken who claims he was hindered from moving it and making it into a tourist attraction.

Two Fairbanks residents being considered for Board of Regents
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks residents are among 13 applicants being considered for two vacancies on the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Iron Dog race struggles with too much snow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While some Alaska mushing races have been canceled for lack of snow, the state's best-known snowmobile race is struggling with too much.

Mat-Su Borough residents can pay property taxes online
PALMER (AP) -- Property owners in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough can now pay their property taxes online.

Bush needs to sway GOP senators to allow Arctic drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To win the centerpiece of his energy plan, President Bush will have to change some minds among seven Republican senators who staunchly oppose oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Senate unanimously approves new pipeline safety measures
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's aging network of oil and natural gas pipelines would come under new inspection standards and operators would be subject to higher fines under legislation the Senate passed Thursday.

Freighter loses logs in rough seas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A freighter loaded with logs lost about one-third of its cargo in rough seas in the Bering Sea Thursday, Coast Guard officials said.

Former state Rep. Marcus F. Jensen dead at age 92
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former territorial senator and state Rep. Marcus F. Jensen has died at his home in Fritz Cove.

Fairbanks men chalk up 13,000 miles exploring Arctic on snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- From the edge of the Bering Sea in northwest Alaska across the vast Arctic to Baffin Island on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean, the winter wanderings of Roger Siglin and Dick Hattan cover 13,000 miles.

ANWR drilling backers say now is the time to press for bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski will join other Republicans later this month in submitting an energy package that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development.

Cigarette suspected in fataly fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A fire that killed an Eagle Village woman Saturday could have been caused by a cigarette, according to the State Fire Marshal's office.

Teacher charged with sexual abuse jailed for additional
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer teacher charged with sexual abuse of a minor turned herself in to Alaska State Troopers Wednesday night for violating terms of her release by having contact with her victim, a 16-year-old student.

Woman sues Carrs over entrance fall
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An attorney for a woman who fell while entering a Carrs grocery store three years ago claimed Tuesday that store employees failed to take adequate precautions to protect customers.

Wave Wholesale to reorganize under bankruptcy protection
BETHEL (AP) -- Wave Wholesale Co. has halted construction of a retail center in Bethel, laid off workers and plans to sell off some businesses as part of its effort to reorganize under federal bankruptcy protection, company officials said.

Ulmer, elections director urge quick action on primary rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state elections director urged lawmakers Wednesday to act quickly on a new law for the Alaska primary, warning that waiting until next year could overburden election officials already faced with newly redrawn election districts.

Unalaska to hold mayoral election Monday
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska residents will choose a new mayor Monday from among five candidates for the job.

Judge rules against Princess in grounding case
JUNEAU (AP) -- A judge has ruled Princess Cruises cannot sue the state for failing to discover that a marine pilot was taking an anti-depressant medication when he grounded the Star Princess near Juneau in 1995.

Light quake shakes western Cook Inlet
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook western Cook Inlet early Friday morning. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

State narrows choices to build fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Marine Highway officials have narrowed their choice for building the state's first fast ferry to two shipyards.

CDC confirms source of botulism in Southwest Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that three of 14 villagers from Manokotak contracted botulism after eating fermented beaver tail almost three weeks ago.

Federal government awards transportation grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal grants totaling nearly $4.3 million have been awarded to improve transportation services in Anchorage and Whittier, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens announced Tuesday.

Linguist says rural Alaska kids face language handicap on exit exams
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A study by a University of California linquist suggests rural children face cultural handicaps on school exit exams.

One killed in fiery wreck on Parks Highway
TALKEETNA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating a fatal, fiery head-on collision Wednesday night on the Parks Highway near Trapper Creek.

Business Briefs
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. missed Wall Street's earnings expectations for the first time in 3 1/2 years despite a nearly 50 percent gain in quarterly profits, blaming the slip on the softening U.S. economy.

Mat-Su port dock may be unstable
WASILLA -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has been advised to stop using its new port at Point MacKenzie because of concerns about the stability of the dock.

Say what?
NEW YORK -- In the movies, computers are always good listeners. In real life, they only hear what they want to hear.

Phillips to buy Tosco
Phillips Petroleum Co. has agreed to buy Tosco Corp. in a $7 billion stock transaction.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Gebhardt fund-raising event Friday Basketball tournament canceledState archery championships slatedRed Cross offers classmmunization clinic canceledBlood drive to be held in mallAdvisory board to discuss variety of topicsMonthly contra dance to be heldFirst sphere weekend planned

Around the Peninsula
Tesoro representative to speak at luncheon Multiple Sclerosis self-help meeting Healthy Communities meeting to be heldKasilof Historical Society to meet Slide show to be presentedBrown bear slide show to be held Kids art show showingGenealogy workshopAnnual hospice auction and wine tastingBiologist to discuss lynx Kenai, Soldotna class of 1981 reunion Center to provide for those in need Rotary club in need of computers Art showing in Homer

LIO Schedule
The House Transportation Commiuttee will hold a public hearing on higway and state road safety, winter trails study and the gravel to asphalt program. Listen only.

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.

Quest special for area musher
Competing in the Yukon Quest is no small thing.

Homer musher plans extended trip to Nome
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A rookie Yukon Quest musher plans a pit stop at Fairbanks before continuing on all the way to Nome to raise money for a man disabled in a car accident.

Different mushers, different quests
Some might call it the toughest race on earth -- others call it a grueling 1,000-mile race through North America's toughest terrain from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to Fairbanks.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and Exhibits EntertainmentIn the FutureDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Community chorus to meet Bead artists sought Authors to visit Kenai, Soldotna Mystery convention planned in February

Art is her middle name
On her business card, her name is presented "mARTy."

Anthropologist expands stories of Eskimo culture
LOS ANGELES -- There's a delicious scene in the made-for-TV movie ''These Old Broads'' in which Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor play off their rocky real-life past.

Pipeline answers sought
JUNEAU -- Lawmakers spent the last couple of days prodding major oil companies for assurances that Alaskans will benefit as much as possible from a proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

NASCAR hosts media circus for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Under a massive tent outside the speedway Thursday, defending Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte sat hunched in a chair behind a table adorned with a black tablecloth and his own laminated nametag.

Joyful noise: Photo feauture
Members of the Soldotna High School Concert Choir, above, perform Tuesday during the Kenai Peninsula Borou

ANWR drilling backers say now is their time
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski will join other Republicans later this month in submitting an energy package that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development.

Easement eases minds of snow-goers
A first-of-its-kind easement across university-held land in Clam Gulch is giving snowmachiners free and clear access into the popular Caribou Hills.

Mayor targets junk cars
Although recent snowfalls are only just beginning to give the Kenai Peninsula a wintry appearance, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley already has his eyes set on spring-cleaning.

Port Graham School water tests reveal high lead content
HOMER -- Testing at several south Kenai Peninsula schools has revealed some tap water with lead levels more than 100 times the accepted level, but state epidemiologists say past cases have shown there is little to no health risk.

Photo feature: Morning Gold
The sun breaks through low clouds and fog as it rises above spruce trees near Kenai Thursday morning.

Schools budget in limbo
This year, a glimmer of hope has lightened the usually grim school budget planning process.

Alexander P. Cerepa Jr.
Al Cerepa of Gold Beach, Ore., died at home on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, after being diagnosed with leukemia on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001. He was 63.

John Haven Franklin
Soldotna resident John Haven Franklin died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at his home in Soldotna. He was 82.

Barbara 'Bobby' Brewis Lindberg
Barbara "Bobby" Brewis Lindberg died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at her daughter's home in Soldotna. She was 83.

Darby Rouswell
Soldotna resident Darby Rouswell died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, in Soldotna. He was 28.

Applause
Many make Soldotna awards banquet evening to rememberNorth Peninsula chamber says thanks for awards banquet supportMany contribute to success of Challenge to Quit Program

Economic forum should be followed by concrete actions
As the author of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes noted: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven."

Letters to the Editor
Fish and Game study irrelevant except as academic exerciseSalvation Army doesn't adequately help family in need of assistance

While President Bush makes nice, Democrats prepare for political warfare
He's only been in office a little more than two weeks, and already President George W. Bush has had members of the Kennedy clan over for eats and a movie, visited a "policy retreat" (if it were only so) of Senat

Passengers will foot bill for flying improvements
The debate over air-travel issues continues, with the latest round of finger-pointing turning to the U.S. government.

Powell plans to review U.S. sanctions policies
New Secretary of State Colin Powell is rightly questioning one of the most overused tools available to U.S. policy-makers -- economic sanctions.

Ghost of Clinton presidency likely will haunt U.S., Israel
One took place here at home, the other in the Middle East. One was decided by a razor-close margin, the other was a landslide of historic proportions.

Survival instincts of animals often better than our own
As a firefighter, there is one question I have been asked repeatedly over the years: "What happens to all the animals during a wildfire?" Well, it's a good question, and I don't think there is one definitive answer.

Getting good glide on skis can take less than 10 minutes
KENAI (AP) -- Waxing a ski can be about as simple and cheap, or complicated and expensive, as the skier wants to make it.

'Chlorine Lagoon' keeps Alaska kayakers sane during winter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- They arrive in their bunny boots and parkas, lugging snow-covered kayaks into Hamme Pool.

Fairbanks men chalk up 13,000 miles exploring Arctic on snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- From the edge of the Bering Sea in northwest Alaska across the vast Arctic to Baffin Island on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean, the winter wanderings of Roger Siglin and Dick Hattan cover 13,000 miles.

Juice: A good idea goes bad
Fruity colors saved Apple Computers. They also revved up a 90s version of the Volkswagen Bug. But here's hoping those same fruity colors flop for the Leatherman Tool Group.

Report: Russian textbooks slight Jews
MOSCOW (AP) -- The American Jewish Committee on Monday urged more attention to Jewish history and culture in Russia, a country with a large Jewish minority and a long history of anti-Semitism.

Church council leader urges greater understanding with Catholics, Orthodox
BERLIN (AP) -- The World Council of Churches' top official has called for new efforts to create better understanding between Christian denominations.

Spiritual advisers are center of debate
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- In his last hours on Earth, California death row inmate Thomas Thompson fought to stay alive or, failing that, to be with his spiritual adviser until the last moments.

Religion Briefs
Party Clubs scheduled at schoolsClasses planned at Love INCVeils, trails topic at Kenai Aglow

After murder in congregation, rabbi writes book on lessons from crisis
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- When the wife of the rabbi at Congregation M'Kor Shalom was beaten to death in her living room in 1994, all 4,000 synagogue members felt the loss -- perhaps none more than Gary Mazo.

United States ranks third in world Roman Catholic population
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The United States has 62.4 million Roman Catholics, the third largest Catholic population in the world, according to the 2001 Catholic Almanac.

It's a ''Methodist moment'' in Washington, caucus says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Though the United Methodist Church has lost members and influence nationwide over recent decades, the Bush era is a ''Methodist moment'' in the nation's capital, a conservative religious caucus says.

Atlanta Baptists reopen split on gay issue
ATLANTA (AP) -- Two years after the Georgia Baptist Convention expelled two churches because of their acceptance of homosexuals, the Atlanta Baptist Association has reopened the controversy by voting to keep the churches in the fold.

The perfect storm: God's way of teaching us to cope
Recently I was reading about "the perfect storm." Not the movie that was recently released, but one found in the pages of Scripture. We will get to my reasoning for this observation in a few minutes.

Controversy over policy implementation overshadows upcoming test date
Two dozen grim-faced parents gathered at Kenai Central High School earlier this week to hear hard facts about their children and the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

Upcoming school district budget presentations
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is holding a series of public hearings on the proposed 2001-02 school budget. Assistant Superintendent Patrick Hickey will present the draft budget, answer questions and solicit suggestions.

Skiing hits the big time
There are many things in the sports world these days that don't sound like a big deal, but actually are when the sentences are broken down carefully.

Tour highlights good weekend for skiers
Wine. Cheese. A ski tour to a historic cabin with views of breathtaking Kachemak Bay.

Vikings' Smith says he's done with NFL
MINNEAPOLIS -- Once again, Robert Smith has eluded his pursuers.

Rockets launch in Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley each scored 23 points and Hakeem Olajuwon added 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Houston Rockets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-87 Wednesday night.

Penguins' scoring flurries bury Flyers
PITTSBURGH -- Alexei Kovalev had three goals in his first career five-point game and Jaromir Jagr had two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in flurries to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 9-4 Wednesday night.

Kenai downs Palmer, Skyview skates past Wasilla in opening-round games
The Kenai Central High School hockey team skated to a 6-1 win Thursday in the opening round of the North Star Conference tournament at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

McCarty leads Wings past Leafs
DETROIT -- Darren McCarty had a goal and an assist, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Oilers Corner
Island Movers leave Alaska Baseball LeagueTwo members of the 2001 Oilers had noteworthy weeks.

Stars victorious in First City Shootout
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team defeated Caledonia, British Columbia, 54-50 in the opening round of the First City Prep Shootout at Ketchikan High School Thursday.

Hakkinen leads U.S. biathletes
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 21, was the top American finisher Wednesday at the World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

Everybody's ready -- Let's play hockey
The North Star Conference Region III/4A hockey tournament begins today at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla with teams from Skyview and Kenai Central high schools taking the ice in opening-round games.

Hakkinen leads U.S. biathletes
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 21, was the top American finisher Wednesday at the World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

Yellowstone moose learn hard way to beware of bears, wolves
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Moose that had never seen wolves or grizzly bears didn't try to get away when the predators returned to parts of the Yellowstone basin of Wyoming, but it took only a few bloody encounters for the animals to wise up, researchers say.

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