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Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Austerman picked as special assistant to fisheries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed state Sen. Alan Austerman to become his top fisheries adviser on Monday.

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.

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.

Buoys track ocean junk
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wasilla pilot and high-tech entrepreneur Tim Veenstra was eating lunch at a marine science conference in Anchorage a few weeks ago when a buoy rang his cell phone from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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.

Mat-Su wants ferry to sail until Knik Bridge is built
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is moving ahead with plans for a ferry between Anchorage and Point MacKenzie, even though Sen. Ted Stevens -- once the project's most powerful advocate -- has withdrawn his support.

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.

Alaska delegation adds Tongass Riders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's congressional delegation is trying to add riders to a national spending bill that would loosen restrictions on logging in the Tongass National Forest.

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.

Girdwood company wins heliskiing contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Helicopters can continue to fly skiers and snowboarders into the Chugach National Forest backcountry this winter after the U.S. Forest Service approved a one-year permit for a Girdwood company.

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.

Man accused of molesting two enters plea agreement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man arrested in August on charges of taking pornographic pictures of four minor teenage boys and molesting two of them faces a maximum of nine years in prison after agreeing to a plea deal in Fairbanks Superior Court.

Volunteers continue search for missing kayaker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers and the Coast Guard have ended their search for a woman missing in a kayak near Seward, but local volunteers continued to look for her Monday.

Union opposed to shift in habitat permitting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials with a union that represents state workers said Gov. Frank Murkowski will have a fight on his hands if he follows through with plans to streamline habitat permitting.

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

Frontrunners in Quest leave Pelly Crossing
PELLY CROSSING, Yukon (AP) -- Mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race were leaving the Pelly Crossing checkpoint Tuesday, headed for the next checkpoint at Dawson 203 miles away.

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.

Senator falls ill during committee hearing
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Ralph Seekins, R-Fairbanks, was taken to the local hospital here after briefly losing consciousness during a committee hearing on Tuesday.

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.

Fisherman say processors kept them guessing on prices
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A permit holder in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery said Monday that processors often kept fishermen guessing about what price their catch would net until well after the end of the season.

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.

Hundreds gather in Barrow for Inupiaq celebration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hundreds of people are gathering in Barrow for an Inupiaq celebration hosted by the area's whaling captains.

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.

Buoys track ocean junk
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wasilla pilot and high-tech entrepreneur Tim Veenstra was eating lunch at a marine science conference in Anchorage a few weeks ago when a buoy rang his cell phone from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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

Group ministers to Alaska Bush missionaries
KENAI (AP) -- Missionaries stationed in the Alaska Bush face a difficult task, and with the added rigors of isolation and the lack of everyday conveniences the burnout rate can be high.

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.

Legislators look at renewing gas incentive act
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers have started work on legislation to provide the ''fiscal certainty'' major oil and gas companies operating in Alaska say they need to pursue a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

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.

"The Wiz" is coming
Once again it's show time for the Kenai Performers as they present "The Wiz" that razzle-dazzle odyssey to Oz, opening February 14th, Valentines evening at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

Warm weather doesn't diminish Winter Games
Despite un-seasonably warm temperatures, enough snow and ice remained on the Kenai Peninsula to have the largest Peninsula Winter Games ever held.

Republicans throw Grand Old Party for Murkowski/Leman
There is a broad consensus that last week's Governor's Inaugural Ball at the King Salmon Motel and Convention Center in Soldotna was the biggest formal party the Peninsula has ever thrown.

KPB Deputy Clerk elected President of State Association
Sherry Biggs has been a Deputy Clerk for the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the last five years and in her position prides herself in always knowing what is scheduled for an Assembly meeting.

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.

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Legislators look at renewing gas act
JUNEAU -- Lawmakers have started work on legislation to provide the ''fiscal certainty'' major oil and gas companies operating in Alaska say they need to pursue a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

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.

Replacement interest expressed
Kodiak Sen. Alan Austerman's appointment Monday to the position of fisheries policy adviser to the governor frees up the Senate seat representing Senate District R, which encompasses Homer, Seward and Kodiak Island.

Photo feature: Making a splash
A driver tries to dodge a puddle on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai last weekend. The forecast calls for more of the same for the next few days.

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.

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 airport may be site of expansion
An Anchorage-based civil aviation consulting company is considering the Kenai Municipal Airport as a location for expansion. But the airport will have to contend with the airport in Palmer, which is closer to the company's headquarters.

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.

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.

Senator appointed to fisheries post
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday appointed state Sen. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, to the position of fisheries policy adviser.

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.

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.

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

Tournament travel woes underscore fiscal challenges Alaska schools face
The weather-embattled ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State 4A Wrestling Champion-ships held Feb. 8 and 9 may have enlightened some Alaskans who read the numerous headlines describing the woes of travel-weary teams trying to get to Ketchikan.

Letters to the Editor
Governor's decision may put valuable environment at riskIs Cook Inlet Keeper's mission curbing economic development?Library brainstorming session shows need to share informationParents, don't let it take a tragedy for your child to get your attentionGuided-nonguided issue is discrimination, pure and simple

State is not private business and can't be managed as one
For all the reams of paperwork and megabytes of data that flow to and from our state's capital, some of the most powerful messages are those that are left unsaid.

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

Around the Peninsula
Era reps to speak at Soldotna chamberSmall business center offers workshopsPFLAG plans monthly meetingInternational adoption class tonightLivestock forum offeredPhotographers Guild meets tonightSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaEconomic census forms due WednesdayCPGH to hold cardiac patient reunionMasks are focus of historical society talkCIRCAC committee to meet FridayNonprofit marketing training planned

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

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.

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

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.

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

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

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

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Senators pushing measure to protect elderly from abuse
WASHINGTON -- Two senators hope to combat abuse against the elderly with a bill that would better train workers to detect abused senior citizens and require FBI criminal background checks of nursing home aides.

Hull pots goal No. 700
DETROIT -- Brett Hull became the sixth player in NHL history to score 700 goals as the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Monday night.

No. 23 UConn nets quality win over No. 17 Syracuse
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut needed a big-time win and the 23rd-ranked Huskies got it Monday night by using balanced offense and solid defense to beat No. 17 Syracuse 75-61.

Terriers upset Eagles for Beanpot title
BOSTON -- It doesn't matter that Boston College is ranked higher than Boston University or that the Eagles beat their crosstown rivals three times during the regular season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'It felt good just being out there'
He passed on the perfect ending the last time he had the chance.

Sports Briefs
Rangers reacquire Kovalev from Penguins

Green surprises favored Earnhardt with pole victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. had planned to beat everybody this month. He just hadn't figured on Jeff Green.

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.

Melvin not very busy as M's start spring training
PEORIA, Ariz. -- For once, Bob Melvin went to work at the ballpark and found little to do.

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

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

Verba's upbeat attitude keeps Panthers pumped
Attitude is everything in high school sports. Just ask Skyview High School senior Ann Verba.

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