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Monday, February 10, 2003

Report suggests changes in utility regulator
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A telecommunications consultant has recommended changes in the policies and procedures of the state agency that regulates utilities.

Archbishop Hurley says former priest admitted abuse
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Former Anchorage Archbishop Francis Hurley said Friday he should have offered counseling to a teenager who was sexually abused by a priest more than 20 years ago.

Man charged in fatal accident in Allakaket
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Allakaket man has been charged with manslaughter for the traffic-related death of a man in the village last summer.

Man killed in Hatcher Pass slide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man is dead after an avalanche Sunday afternoon in Hatcher Pass.

Murkowski's gag order choking debate for some
JUNEAU (AP) -- While in the U.S. Senate, Frank Murkowski would often hold informal press conferences in a small office in the wings of the capitol.

Katz agrees to stay on in Washington
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- John Katz, director of the governor's Washington office, remains on the job, despite his announcement in November that he would retire once Gov. Frank Murkowski took office.

One dead, another critically hurt in separate accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy died and a 43-year-old woman was critically injured in separate traffic accidents in Anchorage, police said Saturday.

West Valley wins state wrestling championship
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Most of the teams were already conceding the title to the West Valley Wolfpack before the championship finals of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament started Sunday night at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

Rasmuson Foundation gives $1 million grants to clinics
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks area health clinics have received $1 million each from the Rasmuson Foundation.

Mushers get e-mail with changes in Iditarod route
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have been notified by e-mail that the race restart will be moved north to Fairbanks or Nenana, due to rapidly deteriorating trail conditions in Southcentral Alaska.

Murkowski comments on national security alert
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski called on Alaskans to be vigilant and directed state officials to aid in responding to a heightened national security threat level issued by the Bush administration Friday.

Yukon Quest is restarted, due to rough trail conditions
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- One day after the start of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, race organizers arranged for a restart in Carmacks, due to rough trail conditions.

Education commissioner praises challenge of federal law
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal No Child Left Behind Act will put teeth into Alaska's own school reform efforts, Education Commissioner Shirley Holloway told a House committee Friday.

Race is on in 20th Yukon Quest
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Twenty-three teams headed down First Avenue on Sunday in the 20th running of the thousand-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Palmer man flees Anchorage police, shoots himself
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer man shot and killed himself after fleeing from Anchorage police Thursday night, officers said.

Foresters consider wasp to counter leaf miners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A parasitic wasp may be introduced in Anchorage next year to counter the explosion of leaf miners decimating leaves of birch trees.

Army increases security at Alaska bases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army in Alaska stepped up security Saturday at Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright in response to the nation being put on heightened terrorist alert.

Murkowski urges secretary: No more wilderness
JUNEAU (AP) -- Environmental groups and Gov. Frank Murkowski are awaiting a response to a request to prohibit reviews for new designated wilderness areas in Alaska.

Ex-security guard gets year in prison
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former security officer has received a one-year prison sentence as part of a plea bargain in federal court.

Ketchikan officials say state out of line over airport report
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has fired back at state criticism of how its airport is run, citing undocumented claims, unprofessional behavior and hidden agendas in an inspection report.

Kodiak's role diminished in new missile defense plans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kodiak Launch Complex could play a smaller role than originally planned in the nation's missile defense system.

Three years pass without Fairbanks CO violation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough is lobbying to be removed from the federal Environmental Protection Agency's list of ''nonattainment'' communities after three-years without a carbon monoxide violation.

Third trial in double homicide goes to jury
KENAI (AP) -- Closing arguments wrapped up Friday in the third trial of Billy D. Smith, accused in the 1994 murders of two Kenai Peninsula residents.

Aniak man seeks body of lost cousin beneath icy river
OLD ANIAK (AP) -- Almost every day for two months now, Nick Sakar has drilled holes into the ice over Aniak Slough, looking for his second cousin.

House approves Greely extension resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- A resolution supporting a 70-mile rail extension to Fort Greely passed the House on Friday.

Delta Junction plans municipal upgrades with missile money
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Federal missile defense money will help upgrade three Delta Junction municipal buildings.

Former lawmaker Bob Giersdorf dies
JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags are at half staff through the weekend in memory of former state Rep. Bob Giersdorf, who died Wednesday in Seattle. He was 67.

Rescue hovercraft need rescue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two hovercraft purchased at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for Cook Inlet rescues had to be rescued Saturday afternoon.

Judge orders Mateu trial out of Ketchkan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins on Thursday reversed her earlier decision and ruled that the third murder trial of 19-year-old Jose ''Che'' Mateu will be moved to Juneau.

Mammoth ivory stolen from mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three pieces of woolly mammoth ivory tusk were reported stolen from the Fort Knox Gold mine on Thursday.

Fishing groups split over Murkowski permitting plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some members of the United Fishermen of Alaska are objecting to letter from the group's president that Gov. Frank Murkowski displayed as an endorsement of his plan to take permit power from the state's Habitat Division.

Fog-delayed state wrestling tournament finally starts
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Delayed by fog for one day, the Class 4A state wrestling tournament finally get started Saturday.

Marubeni reaches settlement in price-fixing case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Marubeni Corp., a major defendant in the $1 billion Bristol Bay salmon price-fixing lawsuit, has reached a $25 million settlement in the case, the company announced Friday.

Iditarod organizers plan to move race restart north
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Iditarod race organizers met Saturday morning to explore the feasibility of holding the March 2 restart in Fairbanks because of dismal trail conditions to the south, mushers said.

State files appeal on pipeline charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is appealing a regulatory decision cutting rates for oil shipped through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline to in-state customers.

Iditarod organizers explore moving restart north
ANCHORAGE -- Iditarod race organizers met Saturday morning to explore the feasibility of holding the March 2 restart in Fairbanks because of dismal trail conditions to the south, mushers said.

Amount of sleep connected to heart disease
CHICAGO -- Too little sleep -- or too much -- may raise the risk of developing heart disease, according to a study of nearly 72,000 nurses.

FDA seeks legislation, not court fight, to push for child drug research
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration won't appeal a court decision that threw out rules that required drug companies to test in children adult medicines commonly given to kids.

NOW PLAYING: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
What a cool title. In fact, what a cool idea for a movie. It's got it all: romance, battle of the sexes, laughs, tears; the ultimate chick flick, but one that

Oldies but goodies: Films that feature older romance
My mother has a boyfriend -- an electrical engineer named Ray. I had always hoped that when Mom found love again it would be with someone who owned a movie theater or an awesome collection of vinyl records, but the truth is, Ray seems to be a good guy.

Earnhardt's quest stalled by showers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't get the chance to give his Winston Cup competitors another reason to consider him the favorite in the Daytona 500.

Inability to get up road to refuge cancels event
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge had to call of it's annual Family Fun Day on Saturday due to icy road conditions leading to and from refuge headquarters.

Photo feature: Decked out
T.J. Cox eyes his hand while playing cards with Rachel Killian, Duncan Harris and Bridget Middaugh (not pictured) at the Kenai Teen Center Saturday night.

Kenai-Kodiak teleconference opens lines of communication
Residents of the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak got the chance to bend the ears of several members of the Kenai-Kodiak Caucus on Thurs-day, as the Republican team of Southcentral Alaska lawmakers held its first constituent teleconference.

Kenai council listens to feedback on proposed smoking ban
In Kenai, a restaurant patron can still have a drink, an extra helping of onions and the greasiest side dish of their choice, but they may not be able to have a cigarette with their meal for much longer.

Arby's heading to Homer
The owners of the nine Arby's restaurants in Alaska reached an agreement this week with Harbor Enterprises Inc. and will open their 10th Arby's facility at the Petro Marine Services station in Homer.

Warm temperatures, rain once again blamed on El Nino
Blame El Nino. According to the National Weather Service, the warm, rainy conditions which have plagued drivers, sled dog racers and snowmachiners all winter are the direct result of a complex weather pattern that is forcing warm air centered over the Pacific Ocean north into the Gulf of Alaska.

Decision goes to jury in third Billy D. Smith trial
Assistant district attorney John Wolfe countered the closing arguments in the trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith, calling the defense a "squid defense."

New purchase has ministry flying high
Missionaries stationed in the Alaska Bush or other rural areas face a difficult enough task with their work, not to mention the added rigors of isolation and the lack of conveniences of urban life.

Letters to the Editor
You dont have to agree with Bush to support those serving in military Clarion shows its biases by ignoring inaugural ball

Applause
Volunteers, sponsor help make annual sno-cross race a success Souper Bowl of Caring helps hungry neighbors on peninsula

Shuttle tragedy should not delay war
Despite the national trauma resulting from the loss of the Columbia and its crew, our flash poll conducted last week shows that 75 percent of Americans believe the shuttle explosion should not delay U.S. action in Iraq.

Legislators need to allocate more money to schools
Education -- and what it costs -- clearly is on Alaskans' minds and in the headlines.

U.S. fuel-efficiency numbers get worse
President Bush's pledge to spend $1.2 billion to help develop more environmentally friendly cars is an excellent long-term investment for this country.

Banana Forks doing just fine
KENAI -- Kenai resident Banana Forks is in good condition following emergency surgery and a three-week stay in an Anchorage "hospital" last month. Sources say the 1994 Ford Ranger is comfortably resuming her normal schedule with little to no lingering pain.

Democrats fail to grab attention
WASHINGTON -- These are trying times for Democrats, especially those seeking their party's presidential nomination in 2004. No matter how hard they try to grab attention, their voic-es are being drowned out by the thunder of war drums and other events that have let President Bush shape and dominate the national agenda.

Kids should give peas a chance
It's a daily nightmare that happens at dinner tables all over the nation. The parent prepares a meal, and the child refuses to eat it. If it doesn't come out of a box with a toy inside, Junior isn't interested.

Udovich, Johnson to wed
Jessica Udovich and Brian Johnson, both of Kenai, have announced their plans to marry.

Marshall, Stevens to marry in June
Christina A. Marshall and Warren L. Stevens, both of Lancaster, Calif., have announced their plans to marry Saturday, June 21, 2003, at the Peninsula Christian Center in Soldotna.

Peninsula People
Kenai student to participate in law forum in D.C. Kenai student makes grade at KPC Nikiski student inducted in KPC honor society Students named to deans lists at Grove City College Sterling youth inducted in high school honor society Kenai student earns scholarship Senators make military academy nominations

Have a sandwich, and a wedding ring
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) -- A local restaurant has proven to be a great place to lose something.

Community Schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed to serve as a reminder for registered participants. If you are interested in a class or activity but are not preregistered, call the Soldotna Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Kenaitze youth go for gold
The Native Youth Olympic team representing the Kenaitze Indian Tribe IRA participated in the state Junior Native Youth Olympics in January in Anchorage, marking the first time the tribe has had a junior team at the event.

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

Rogers, Legg plan Anchorage wedding
Valerie Jeanne Rogers and Adam Legg have announced their plans to marry on Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

After months of e-mailing, couple becomes engaged at first meeting
It's Feb. 14, 2002, and a young woman is sitting anxiously in the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

McDowell, Livesay wed New Year's Day
Milica George-Ann McDowell and Trevor Jay Livesay were married, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at the Maui Prince Resort tropical gardens in an afternoon ceremony. Bob McCollor officiated.

Births
Rochelle and Dean Denlinger Kristina Libby and Truk Sederholm Melissa and Chris Lopez Susan and Patrick Houlihan

Around the Peninsula
Ultimate Frisbee begins at SkyviewLibrary offers Internet classHospital board to meetSeniors to discuss budgetSled dog association to meetWomen's brunch plannedFAS workshop plannedCollege to hold Mardi GrasCharter school to conduct enrollment lotterySafety course offered

Community News
Dementia care programs begin this weekend Young Marines plan parent boot camp

Unmelodic mail
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) -- The mail must go on, but the melodies will stop.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital service area board to meet tonight Business center to offer seminars Library to host Internet class Era representatives to speak in Soldotna Livestock forum offered Kenai chamber plans Job Shadow meeting Kenai to present comprehensive plan draft Steering committee to meet Homer chamber plans February mixer AMVETS ladies to host dinner, raffle Safety course offered Boys and Girls Club to host talent show

Contest to fix the country's health care system being held
SEATTLE -- A $10,000 prize can be yours! All you have to do is fix America's ailing health care system.

Finding a cure for the common mold
Molds are a form of fungi, usually microscopic in size. They reproduce by releasing spores into the air that settle on surfaces and under the right conditions, grow. Mold often can be seen and is sometimes detected by a musty odor. Mildew is a common mold.

My best friend
Jasmine Clock of Soldotna uses her best friend, Buddy, a beagle, to convey the message: Don't go outside without a coat and boots! Jasmine's mom, Nina, sent in the photo.

Perfection not required
There is a long-standing belief that all white cats with blue eyes are deaf. This is not the case. Although the majority of white cats with blue eyes will be deaf, not all cats that fit this description will be unable to hear.

Shaky Love holds off Lehman at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- It's all mental, Davis Love III told himself. Thriving at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a triumph of the mind.

Soldotna girls show depth of weapons against Seahawks
Roger Steinbrecher has the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A. Roger Steinbrecher was happy with the way his Seward girls played Friday night at Soldotna. Roger Steinbrecher's team still lost by 16 points.

No. 1 Cook Inlet Academy boys blow past Homer Christian
The Cook Inlet Academy boys, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, picked up a 74-37 District 3/2A victory over Homer Christian School Friday.

Playoffs to be best-of-7
ATLANTA -- NBA commissioner David Stern delivered two pieces of news Saturday night, announcing that Darko Milicic of Yugoslavia will be eligible for the 2003 draft and that the first round of the playoffs will be changed from best-of-5 to best-of-7 this season.

Jordan is barely 'Air' in final All-Star game; West wins in double OT
ATLANTA -- On a night for Michael Jordan, all he was missing was the game-winning shot.

SkyHi girls, SoHi boys ski to titles
McNEIL CANYON -- The rain refused to let up. A slushy trail showed bits of brush poking through here and there and spectators huddled beneath umbrellas and fishing slickers.

Avs top Red Wings again
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche kept Brett Hull out of the 700-goal club and their unbeaten streak alive.

Garnett gets the MVP
ATLANTA -- Kevin Garnett took over when the NBA All-Star game went into double overtime for the first time ever.

Skyview in second after day 1
KETCHIKAN - After a one-day delay due to fog, the focus of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament finally was where it belonged - on the wrestlers and not the weather.

Panthers get by Kenai in two OTs
Skyview's Laurel Creel calmly hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left in the second overtime to ice a 44-40 Region III/4A win over Kenai Central Saturday at Skyview.

Alaska Lampon's tournament
We've all heard of the disastrous family vacation. The one where the car breaks down, the cabin leaks and all the dysfunctions of the family are amplified, creating the possibility of never having a family vacation again.

Richardson provides All-Star highlights
ATLANTA -- Jason Richardson's bounce pass off Carlos Boozer's forehead was the highlight of the afternoon. His final throw-down in the dunk contest was the perfect ending to the night.

Turmoil still grips USOC
DENVER -- As members of the U.S. Olympic Committee gathered this weekend at a Chicago hotel to work toward fixing the troubled organization, former president Marty Mankamyer was home cleaning out her office and struggling with a malfunctioning Palm Pilot.

Kards top Stars, take conference
The Kenai Central High School hockey team won its first Region III/4A North Star Conference championship Saturday, scoring a pair of goals in the final 3:03 to knock off Soldotna 3-2 at the Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

Panthers grapple to second at state
Traditional powerhouse West Valley, behind three state champions, took its eighth state championship Sunday at the Class 4A state wrestling championships in Ketchikan.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula skiers make Junior Olympics Seldovia boys, girls take titles Seward girls 45, West 39 U.S. ousted from Davis Cup by Croatia

Earnhardt outduels Gordon
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. powered past Jeff Gordon five laps from the end Saturday night and held off the four-time Winston Cup champion to win the Budweiser Shootout.

Homer boys survive tense final 30 seconds vs. SoHi
The Soldotna girls basketball team defeated Homer Saturday evening at the Soldotna gymnasium in what appeared from the scoreboard to be an easy victory, while the Homer boys team was chased to the wire by the Stars, defeating Soldotna in the final seconds.

Florida refinds winning touch against Alabama
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Bonner scored 21 points Saturday to help top-ranked Florida rediscover its winning ways, 75-56 over slumping No. 22 Alabama.

Kenai basketball notches sweep of Bulldogs
Three is most definitely the magic number for the Kenai Central boys basketball team -- 3-pointer, that is.

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