Current weather

  • Scattered clouds
  • 54°
    Scattered clouds

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Young skips end of session to raise re-election money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young was raising money in Texas for his re-election when the rest of Congress was finishing up its work last session, according to his most recent campaign disclosure report.

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.

Troopers confiscate guns from servicemen
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers seized several handguns from a group of Eielson Air Force Base servicemen after their car was pulled over on the Richardson Highway.

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

Knowles signs bill to give $1 million to ANWR lobbying group
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill on Tuesday to give an additional $1 million to a lobbying group pushing Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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.

Shortt to become Fairbanks school superintendent
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks school board announced Monday that Assistant Superintendent Ann Shortt will be the Fairbanks North Star School District's new superintendent.

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.

Freeman moves to front of Yukon Quest pack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Peter Butteri was the first Yukon Quest musher to reach Slaven's Cabin early Tuesday, while Joran Freeman jumped ahead of the pack becoming the first to leave.

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.

Education officials outline exemptions for exit exam takers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State education officials have come up with proposed guidelines to determine which students should be exempt from the state's high school graduation qualifying exam.

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.

Jury deliberates fate of Anchorage businessman charged with fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage jury continued deliberations Tuesday in the federal bank fraud trial of Nezar ''Mike'' Maad.

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.

Biathlon team has high hopes for Teela
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Let's hope Spc. Jeremy Teela of the U.S. Army is good at following commands, because here are his marching orders for Wednesday's sprint race at the Winter Olympics:

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.

Fairbanks man charged in police standoff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police have charged a Fairbanks man for allegedly holding three people hostage for more than an hour in an apartment.

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.

Dog dies in mishap on Yukon Quest trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tok musher Peter Butteri had more than a half-hour lead over Fairbanks musher Joran Freeman coming into the Circle checkpoint Monday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Knowles proposing 20 percent income tax, other measures
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans would pay a state income tax that's 20 percent of their federal tax bill under a plan being pushed by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Fiscal policy caucus pushing deadline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Members of the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus want work on all other legislation stopped until a long-term fiscal plan passes the House. And they want that plan over to the Senate by early March.

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.

Fairbanks police officer wins Golden Gloves match
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police officer Pearl Turney laid down the law in Tacoma, Wash., in late January and she used her fists to do it.

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.

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

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.

CruiseWest announces cutbacks
HAINES (AP) -- A longtime fixture on Southeast Alaska cruise ship schedules won't be back this year.

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.

Freeman moves to front of Yukon Quest pack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Peter Butteri was the first Yukon Quest musher to reach Slaven's Cabin early Tuesday, while Joran Freeman jumped ahead of the pack becoming the first to leave.

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Mothman Prophecies
To set the record straight, let's clear up a few misconceptions right at the outset. The Mothman Prophecies is not about a geeky entomology student who gets bit by a radioactive moth and gains the power to see the future. I know, I know, there's nothing cooler than a guy with giant, dusty moth wings and ten-foot crime fighting probiscus, but we're just going to have to wait for Hollywood to figure that out

Fiscal policy caucus pushing deadline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Members of the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus want work on all other legislation stopped until a long-term fiscal plan passes the House. And they want that plan over to the Senate by early March.

CARTS makes changes to program
Central Kenai Peninsula residents may find getting around a little more difficult in coming months, but not because of the weather.

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.

Borough considers ferry service in Kachemak Bay
The very remoteness of the south side of Kachemak Bay is both an appealing virtue and vexing drawback, a constant conflict between being a lovely place to visit and not being able to get there from here -- at least easily.

Drunk drags dog; draws cruelty to animals charge
A Soldotna man was charged last week with driving while intoxicated and cruelty to animals after driving his vehicle into a ditch with his dog in tow behind it.

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.

Kaitlyn Marie Hudson
Kenai infant Kaitlyn Marie Hudson died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at the Providence Alaska Medical Center Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Anchorage. She was 1 day old.

Satoe Kano Haywood
Longtime Kenai resident Satoe Kano Haywood died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, in Anchorage. She was 77.

Orelious 'Bud' Martin
Nikiski resident Pastor Orelious "Bud" Martin died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 81.

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.

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.

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

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.

Olympics trivia
What's on TV today, and other neat-to-knows

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.

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

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

Biathlon team has high hopes for Teela
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Let's hope Spc. Jeremy Teela of the U.S. Army is good at following commands, because here are his marching orders for Wednesday's sprint race at the Winter Olympics:

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.

Bloom chooses olympics over big 12
SALT LAKE CITY Reporters keep asking Jeremy Bloom if he regrets missing last year's memorable University of Colorado football season. If he's sorry he wasn't around for the 62-36 kicking of Nebraska, or the thrilling 39-37 Big 12 championship win over Texas.

Rodeo part of Cultural Olympiad
SALT LAKE CITY -- A calf-roper from Mount Vernon, Ark., is part of the 2002 Winter Olympics. It appears an anomaly among all the lugers, skiers and skaters. That's the design.

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.

Alaskans fall short in the 20 k biathlon
HEBER CITY, Utah Here's a new one. America's top two biathletes claimed they might have done better in Monday's 20-kilometer race at the 2002 Winter Olympics if they hadn't been so pumped up by a large, pro-American crowd.

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.

U.S. snowboarders sweep men's halfpipe
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Americans swept. Georg Hackl settled. And a pair of Canadian skaters stewed.

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.

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.

First figure skating medals awarded stir controversy
SALT LAKE CITY -- Despite a magnificent challenge by a pair of Canadians, Russia added another solid layer to the most amazing dynasty on ice Monday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Medals Ceremony venue a good place to have unabashed patriotism
SALT LAKE CITY - The boldest performance mandate ever made by the United States Olympic Committee didn't go far enough.

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.

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

Applause
Kenai council's support for arts organization, center appreciated

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.

Letters to the Editor
Parents need to get involved; times are changing within school districtLaws should be common sense; saving kids should be priority

Legislators are either part of budget solution or obstacle to fiscal plan
As the old saying goes, if you are not part of the solution, you may be part of the problem.

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

Births
Gabriele and Gary ReedShaulane and David ShadleyJana and Brian Ormond

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

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

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.

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.

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

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?

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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber meeting todayKasilof Historical Society to meetMini-grant is topic of discussionPratt offers cultural opportunitiesKPC offers weekend coursesSmall farms mini-series to startWorkshop teaches syrup tapping, processingBoys and Girls Clubs event promotes literacyNominations being accepted for awardsHospital plans workshopsHunter certification to be required

Virginia woman who became U.S. citizen at 105 turns 110
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Consuelo Moreno likes her daily routine.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Photo feature: Olympic dreamer?
Max Burdick, 14, completes a run on his snowboard at Karen Street Recreation Area in Soldotna last weekend.

The Next Level
Kenai's Hansen making a splash at AlmaSoldotna's Christensen contributing at CornellKenai's Kornelis plays big at RPI

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.

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.

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.

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

Kenai's Gabriel Jr. born into hockey
It's next to impossible to find a hockey event on the Kenai Peninsula that doesn't have a member of the Gabriel family involved in one capacity or another.

Sports Briefs
Buser takes Goose Bay 120Dog dies in mishap on Yukon Quest trailCapitals top LightningMaple Leafs 5, Thrashers 4Red Wings 3, Canadiens 2Avalanche 5, Bruins 2Kings 2, Stars 1

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.

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.

CONTACT US

  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS