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Monday, February 11, 2002

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.

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.

Glass tile business moving to Idaho
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sandhill Industries is moving out of state so that the glass tile business can grow.

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.

Former Alaska Folk Festival official gets restitution break
JUNEAU (AP) -- Despite his conviction for embezzlement, a former treasurer of the Alaska Folk Festival will not have to pay full restitution to the nonprofit group.

Group touts new convention center through ad blitz
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Advertisements are running in newspapers, and on radio and television, to promote a hike in the hotel tax to help pay for an estimated $100 million convention center.

Ogan proposes Permanent Fund checkoff
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, is proposing to let people donate money to their local schools by checking off a box on their permanent fund dividend application.

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.

Light earthquake hits near Sand Point
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula area Monday morning.

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.

Dog dies in mishap on Yukon Quest trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Top mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race were closing in on the Circle checkpoint at late morning Monday and race officials reported that a dog died in a mishap.

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.

Wasilla historical group drops lawsuit over sewage cleanup
WASILLA (AP) -- The Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society dropped a lawsuit against the city of Wasilla last week.

Coast Guard rescues fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued three fishermen after their boat hit a rock and sank in the Gulf of Alaska off Cape Chiniak.

Cleanup of gas leak at Sterling to begin this month
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has ordered the Anchorage-based company that owns a closed Sterling gas station to begin work to identify the extent of soil and groundwater contamination caused by a leaking underground fuel tank.

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.

Stebbins fire destroys clinic, washeteria
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A weekend fire destroyed the building that houses the washeteria, health clinic and two apartments in the western Alaska village of Stebbins.

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.

Troopers investigate homicide in Pilot Point
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers were investigating a possible homicide in the village of Pilot Point in Southwest Alaska.

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.

New Fisheries Service chief takes on agency beset with lawsuits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service is an agency people love to hate. You can tell by all the lawsuits pending against it.

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.

Coast Guard rescues fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued three fishermen after their boat hit a rock and sank in the Gulf of Alaska off Cape Chiniak.

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.

Researcher says anglers on Kenai River need to be limited
ANCHORAGE (AP) - The number of people fishing on the Kenai River must be limited to preserve the vitality of the river, a retired state researcher said Sunday.

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.

Thomas Tetz leads Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Canadian musher Thomas Tetz was leading the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on day 2 of the 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

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.

Coast Guard says second vessel being investigated
ANCHORAGE -- A second vessel is being investigated for possible tampering with pollution prevention equipment used to treat oily discharge water from a foreign ship, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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.

Three Anchorage police officers help with Olympics security
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage Police Department officers are helping provide security at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Congressional audit delays Chugach forest management plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A final revision of the Chugach National Forest management plan was due to be unveiled last month, but a congressional audit has delayed the process.

Yukon man leads pack on Yukon Quest day 2
FAIRBANKS -- Canadian musher Thomas Tetz was leading the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on day 2 of the 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

National Geographic takes on filming of Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS -- 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.

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.

Bridge Access Road trail still stalled
Bikers, joggers, walkers and inline skaters soon will be able to find safe passage between Kenai and Soldotna along the Kenai Spur Highway. But not along Bridge Access Road. Not yet, anyway.

School district, unions runs into brick wall at ground-rules meeting
Contract talks for school employees are mired in controversy before they even have begun.

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.

NOAA program surveys developing storms for more accurate forecasts
OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- 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.

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.

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

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

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.

Olympic goers won't get stuck in traffic this year
SALT LAKE CITY -- The official descriptions of the transportation system don't mention Atlanta. Not by name, anyway.

Even the weather was perfect at the opening ceremonies
SALT LAKE CITY Right on time and as if on cue Friday night, all the clouds that hung over Salt Lake City disappeared to reveal the rest of the world.

Missed photo opportunity
Hello from SLC, I always knew I as not a photographer. I just never knew how much I wasn't until Friday night.

High-flying performance earns first U.S. gold in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- Old school, meet the new school. Snowboarder Kelly Clark, in an Olympic event that's all of 4 years old, soared above the halfpipe course to win America's first Winter Games gold on a day when other countries snapped decades-old winless streaks in more traditional sports.

Pin trading is not what it used to be
SALT LAKE CITY It seems that enough horror stories were swapped prior to the 2002 Winter Games to have crippled another, equally familiar Olympic trade.

Anchorage police officers help with Olympics security
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage Police Department officers are helping provide security at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Officers Bob Glen, Slav Markie-wicz and Ken Cole are spending February in Salt Lake City as part of a team of more than 2,000 officers pulled from across the nation for the world games.

Going big at the halfpipe means standing tall the podium
PARK CITY _ This was big. Or so they kept saying.

Pre-luge to spectacular matchup
To most Americans, luge is not just a cult sport, but one that only the truly demented ever master. Few of us, after all, understand the desire to hurtle feet-first down a slope that drops nearly 40 stories at speeds approaching 90 mph.

Street's final run
SALT LAKE CITY -- This is it for Picabo Street. She'll have to ski from behind and beat the world's best in her final bid for another Olympic downhill medal.

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.

Moseley makes his own additions to the U.S. team uniforms
SALT LAKE CITY -- They looked like nice, neat young kids in their powder blue vests and white turtlenecks. They looked like the cast of Up with People, or a poster for the Young Republicans.

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.

Rodriguez speed skates his way to be the first Floridian to qualify for Winter Olympics
KEARNS, Utah -- It's starting to appear as if the pre-Olympic hype and expectations are starting to wear on Jennifer Rodriguez.

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.

Todays TV highlights
Your guide to complete Olympic coverage, plus other interesting facts and stats

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.

U.S. Olympic Finishes - Sunday
Anchorage's Alborn takes 11th in Ski Jumping

Women's mogul finals
PARK CITY, Utah -- Competing with gold and silver glitter on her cheeks and eyebrows, Shannon Bahrke gave America its first medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics on Saturday.

9-11 made the Olympics that much more important
SALT LAKE CITY - On 2-11 there was vigorous competition at a variety of Winter Olympic venues. And people were talking Picabo Street, figure skating and women's hockey. Thank goodness.

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.

Jay Hakkinen helps U. S. Biathlon make a come back
SALT LAKE CITY -- American biathlete Jay Hakkinen has his sights set on the medal stand at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

How Olympic Hockey has changed since American's 1980 gold medal
SALT LAKE CITY -- It's so infrequent that humility and honor meet that when they do, it always works. It's a choice combination every time.

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.

Nothing can kill spirit that Olympics kindles
The 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics have been dogged by controversy: the vote-buying scandal, the subsequent shake-up of the International Olympic Committee, bickering over drug testing and -- especially since Sept. 11 -- the insistence on airtight security. Now there's a flap over NBC's decision to wrap events in "storytelling" packages to run hours later in prime time.

Applause
Soldotna seniors appreciate help with awards banquet

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.

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

Fiscal responsibility means establishing fair way to pay for essential services
Though I wish this article were about holding a fishing line, I think I'd better leave articles on that subject to Stan Harrington or Les Palmer. Rather, this article is about our task as legislators that requires us to hold the line on new spending -- something that's always difficult and a lot less enjoyable

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
A bee line: Parable of a hive and a honey pot that ran dry

Golden moment: Honor, humility meet On the scene at the Olympics
SALT LAKE CITY -- It's so infrequent that humility and honor meet that when they do, it always works. It's a choice combination every time.

Just passing through
Michael Seward makes his way across the Kenai Spur Highway on his bike last week.

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?

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.

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.

Births
Gabriele and Gary ReedShaulane and David ShadleyJana and Brian Ormond

Batter up! Soldotna man heads to umpire school in Florida
C'mon blue ... which game are you watchin'? Whaddaya, blind? Kill the ump! In his 30-plus years as a baseball umpire, Soldotna resident Joe Malatesta has heard it all. So why would he get out of bed at 5 a.m. every morning for 5 1/2 weeks to study a craft everyone seems to loathe?

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

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.

Announcements
Boys and Girls Clubs welcome directorHomer honors citizens, businessesACF seeks internship applicationsAfter the Bell II offers after-school activitiesSpace remains in Homer Community School classes

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.

Guantanamo Bay soldier has Soldotna ties
Lt. Col. Bill Costello, right, of Jersey City, N.J., visits with U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during the politician's visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community Schools classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC to meet todayWomen invited to brunch, lecturesInternet class offeredCare Center offering parenting educationParents needed for After Prom activitiesPeninsula Allergy meeting rescheduledBlood bank has urgent need for bloodKasilof Historical Society plans meetingPratt Museum offers cultural opportunitiesSmall farms mini-series to startBoys and Girls Clubs event promotes literacyNominations being accepted for awardsHunter certification to be required

Peninsula People
Area students earn high marksArea teens nominated to military academiesSoldotna resident graduates from training

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."

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

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.

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.

Clemson stuns Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Roger Mason Jr. scored 23 points and sparked a 15-0 second-half run Sunday to lead No. 10 Virginia to an 85-71 victory over Clemson, snapping the Cavaliers' four-game losing streak.

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.

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.

U.S. Davis Cup team continues winning
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Patrick McEnroe's decision to mix youth with experience paid off in a first-round Davis Cup sweep of Slovakia, and might make his work a bit easier as he prepares for the second round.

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.

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.

Huskies win strong over Virginia Tech
STORRS, Conn. -- Tamika Williams scored 15 points and Swin Cash had 14 points and five steals to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 77-42 victory over No. 23 Virginia Tech on Sunday.

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.

Bryant named All-Star MVP, cruises despite Philly boos
PHILADELPHIA -- The booing began when Kobe Bryant was introduced, continued after he made a series of game-turning plays and reached a crescendo when he was handed the All-Star MVP trophy.

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.

Jordan's play barely air
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Jordan's explanation of his missed dunk was nearly as entertaining as the moment itself.

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.

Olazabal chooses best driver for Buick Invitational
SAN DIEGO -- Jose Maria Olazabal sank a birdie putt on No. 18, caught a few rays on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, then started hitting balls in case of a playoff.

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.

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