Sunday, February 10, 2002

Anchorage rapist sentenced to 30 years in prison
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man convicted of sexually assaulting five Native Alaska women was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday.

Mulder backing two Permanent Fund bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- One of the most powerful legislators in the House, Finance Co-Chairman Eldon Mulder, is backing two bills to spend permanent fund earnings.

Anchorage man sought after robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man tried to rob a Spenard hotel and then used a knife to rob an east side gas station early Friday, according to Anchorage police.

Potlatch held to honor incoming Doyon president
NENANA (AP) -- A potlatch held to honor the incoming president of Doyon was a chance for the people of Nenana to rejoice.

Engineers blame pipeline shift on response to bullet hole damage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trans-Alaska pipeline shifted more than a foot toward Prudhoe Bay in October at a site south of the Brooks Range after Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. took steps to stop the flow from a bullet hole.

Alaska's Nina Kemppel finishes 30th in last Olympics
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Even a seasoned veteran like four-time Olympic cross-country skier Nina Kemppel can make a strategic error in a race. The best she can hope is that those mistakes don't happen at a big event like the Olympics.

NOAA program surveys developing storms for more accurate forecasts
OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN (AP) -- Behind the cockpit of the Gulfstream jet, flight meteorologist Stan Czyzyk counted the seconds until the next launch of instruments tracking an evolving storm poised to threaten the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Worn suitcase holds treasure for Museum of the Aleutians
UNALASKA (AP) -- The old black suitcase had been sitting in a corner for so long, no one at the museum in Texas could remember where it came from. There was no paper trail. A single word, perhaps a name, was associated with the bag - Blahuta. The only other thing anyone knew was that the contents came from the Aleutians.

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.

Monson leads Yukon Quest at Angel Creek checkpoint
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former champion Dave Monson maintained an early lead all the way to the first official checkpoint at Angel Creek as the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race got under way Saturday.

Kohring wants to repeal snowmachine license law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, wants to repeal a state law requiring people to get a license to drive a snowmachine.

Alaska, Australia finds suggest dinosaurs may have been warm blooded
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The success of dinosaurs on land masses near both poles has led an Alaska paleontologist and two Australian colleagues to suggest they may have been warm blooded.

Juneau police chief resigning
JUNEAU (AP) -- The police chief of Juneau has announced he's resigning. His last day will be April 26.

Russia fishing enforcer defends country's record
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial fishing in the Russian Far East is not as lawless and poacher-plagued as some have portrayed it, according to a commander with Russia's coast guard.

Craig murder sentenced to 50 years
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Craig man convicted of killing another man with a splitting maul was sentenced Friday to 75 years in prison with 25 suspended.

Monson leads Yukon Quest at Angel Creek checkpoint
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former champion Dave Monson maintained an early lead all the way to the first official checkpoint at Angel Creek as the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race got under way Saturday.

Scalzi, Moses propose measures using permanent fund's earnings
JUNEAU -- One of the most powerful legislators in the House, Finance Co-Chairman Eldon Mulder, is backing two bills to spend permanent fund earnings.

Some Kenai businesses may see paper work cut
Some Kenai businesses could get a break on their paper work.

Telecommunication competition means consumer choices
Choices, choices, choices. Kenai Peninsula residents already have a series of options when selecting telecommunication services.

As of Friday, no arrests in Feb. 2 Soldotna assault
Although a search warrant was served Wednesday to a suspect in the Feb. 2 sexual assault in Soldotna, no arrests had been made as of Friday.

ZipMart cleanup set to begin this month
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has ordered the Anchorage-based parent company of a closed Sterling gas station to begin work this month to identify the extent of soil and groundwater contamination caused by a leaking underground fuel tank.

Tony J. Correia
Kasilof resident Tony J. Correia died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna from complications of a stroke. He was 77.

Harris Lee Gordon
Homer resident Harris Lee Gordon died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. He was 96.

Jerome Atchison
Former Kenai resident Jerome C. Atchison of Montague, Mich., died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002. He was 63.

Silver streak for U.S.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The U.S. Olympic team wanted a fast start in the Winter Olympics -- and with a pair of silver medals, they got one.

Alaska's Nina Kemppel finishes 30th in last Olympics
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Even a seasoned veteran like four-time Olympic cross-country skier Nina Kemppel can make a strategic error in a race. The best she can hope is that those mistakes don't happen at a big event like the Olympics.

All 10 Alaskans bring different stories to games
One Alaskan is competing in the Winter Olympics a record fourth time for a female U.S. cross-country skier, while another gave up a high-paying job as a securities trader to return to athletic competition.

Security earns gold in first big Olympics test
SALT LAKE CITY -- By the time airplanes began flying again into the Salt Lake airport, President Bush had already been safely ushered away and the Olympic flame burned above a nearly empty stadium.

Hakkinen looking to get U.S. respect
SALT LAKE CITY -- American biathlete Jay Hakkinen has his sights set on the medal stand at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Ask the Mayor
Why must borough contractors pay Davis-Bacon wages?

Letters to the Editor
Charter schools are part of system; they provide alternative choiceBishop Creek timber sale raises questions that should be answered

True romantics will find countless ways on countless days to show they care
Roses are red. Lilies are yellow. Thursday of this week definitely won't be for this fellow.

Panel looks for best transportation ideas for upper Cook Inlet
Transportation is always among the common themes that emerge when economic development and quality of life issues are discussed.

Applause
Soldotna seniors appreciate help with awards banquet

School district's budget forums wrap up this week
Residents still have an opportunity to participate in an informational presentation, question-and-answer session and discussion forum about the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's operating budget for the 2002-2003 school year.

Government releases $128 million for family caregivers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- States will soon receive $128 million in grants to help people who care for elderly relatives at home.

Photo: Soldotna 1965
Soldotna emerged during the mid-20th century as a classic western highway town. Whereas most other towns on the Kenai Peninsula got their start as fishing, mining or railroad towns, Soldotna is where it is because of the intersection of the Sterling and Kenai Spur highways and the Kenai River bridge.

My Best Friend
The wagging tail might be the only way to distinguish the real animal in this photo. Peggy Arness of Kenai sent in this shot of her Brutus snuggling up with his favorite stuffed elephant.

Pet defines true meaning of cat walk
HIBBING, Minn. (AP) -- An orange tabby cat managed to find his way back home, after a 350-mile journey across two states.

More women thrust into care-giving role
WASHINGTON -- At 69 and responsible for caring for her quadriplegic husband, Evie Rosen-Budd watches her health and tries to exercise regularly.

Around the Peninsula
Family Fun Day today at SkyviewChamber luncheon to focus on jobsAARP to meetHospital plans workshopsNominations being accepted for Trails and Rec. AwardsBlood bank has urgent need for bloodHunter certification to be requiredPratt Museum offers cultural opportunities

Being prepared is best plan of defense
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management and the Local Emergency Planning Committee work hard to educate the public in preparing for the potential disasters on the peninsula, such as wildland fires and earthquakes. Now, after Sept. 11, we have to ask, are we as individuals and families ready for a terrorist attack?

Peninsula author helps shape area history
Lois Hudson Allen's entire life was spent preparing for the publication of her only book -- "Alaska's Kenai Peninsula."

Photo feature: Playing it safe
Matthew Thompson, 10, rides a snowmachine around a course next to Soldotna Middle School during Saturday's Safe Kids Children's Snowmachine Safety Event. Several hundred youngsters had the chance to learn the proper way to ride and operate snowmachines and parents had the opportunity to purchase helmets at greatly reduced prices, according to organizer Dena Cunningham.

SoHi routs Kenai, earns state berth
It wasn't pretty. In fact, Friday's Region III/4A high school hockey tournament semifinal between Soldotna and Kenai Central at the Soldotna Sports Center at times resembled a WWF steel cage match rather than a hockey game, with a crowd that at times was on the verge of turning into a mosh pit to boot.

Gannon steals show as AFC steals Pro Bowl
HONOLULU (AP) -- Tom Brady could only watch as Rich Gannon stole the show in the Pro Bowl.

SoHi boys, SkyHi girls win boroughs
The Soldotna boys and Skyview girls claimed the team titles in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Cross-Country Skiing Championships Saturday at the Mile 12 Ski trails in Seward.

Alaska Anchorage skates past Minnesota State
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Anchorage scored twice in 13 seconds to erase a one-goal deficit and hung on to defeat Minnesota State 3-1 Saturday night, gaining a split of the two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

Soldotna comes out flat as Colony skates to 4-1 victory in Region III championship game
Soldotna High School's knock-down, drag-out win over Kenai in Friday's semifinal

Nikiski girls take fourth place at Lynx tourney
The Nikiski Bulldogs took fourth place in the 2002 Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School in Anchorage, Saturday.

Blue Devils match best start in history
ATLANTA -- Jason Williams scored 28 points and Mike Dunleavy added 23 as No. 1 Duke beat Georgia Tech 95-63 Saturday, matching the best start in school history.

Bruins declaw Panthers for unbeaten string of six
BOSTON -- Byron Dafoe made 22 saves and Boston extended its unbeaten streak to six games as the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 Saturday.

Panthers swept after hitting Kenai's intense guarding
After the host Kenai Central girls basketball team put on a defensive clinic Friday night, the Kardinals boys put on a graduate seminar on man-to-man defense.

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