Wednesday, February 13, 2002

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

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.

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.

Freeman holds lead in Yukon Quest
EAGLE (AP) -- Musher Joran Freeman of Fairbanks was holding on to a healthy lead Wednesday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Young moose walks on greenhouse roof, falls through
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A young cow moose took a walk on a roof Tuesday and made Anchorage history.

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.

AFN reluctantly agrees to back Knowles' subsistence amendment
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Federation of Natives officials have pledged to get behind Gov. Tony Knowles' subsistence amendment 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.

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.

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.

Committee hears details on sales tax proposal
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 6 percent seasonal sales tax could raise up to $300 million a year, but it could also raise the cost of living and have other unintended consequences for Alaska businesses.

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.

Cut in child health program faces opposition
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to drop the number of Alaskans eligible for a state health insurance program drew fire Tuesday from health care providers and those who would be affected by such cuts.

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.

Knowles proposes floating $17 billion in gasline bonds
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska would float $17 billion in tax exempt bonds for a natural gas pipeline to be built on the North Slope under a plan proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Man charged with dragging dog behind truck
KENAI (AP) -- A Soldotna man was charged with driving while intoxicated and animal cruelty after he drove into a ditch with his dog tied to the back of his truck.

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.

Federal court hearing on Tongass scheduled to start Wednesday
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal court hearing will be held this week to look at the impact of an injunction against logging in the Tongass National Forest.

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:

Jury finds Mike Maad guilty of all counts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A jury declared Nezar ''Mike'' Maad guilty of federal fraud charges Tuesday following nearly a week of testimony in the Anchorage businessman's trial.

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.

Kenai borough assembly introduces ordinance for Kachemak ferry study
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has introduced a measure to fund a study of daily ferry service between Homer and one or more communities on the south side of Kachemak Bay.

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.

Baseball approves takeover of Expos, sale of Marlins
NEW YORK (AP) -- In an unprecedented move, baseball owners unanimously approved the takeover of the Expos by the commissioner's office and the sale of the Florida Marlins to Montreal's current owner.

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.

Freeman moves to front of 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.

Freeman holds lead in Yukon Quest
EAGLE (AP) -- Musher Joran Freeman of Fairbanks was holding on to a healthy lead Wednesday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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

Adding up the costs: Legislators tally pluses, minuses of sales tax
JUNEAU -- A 6 percent seasonal sales tax could raise up to $300 million a year, but it also could raise the cost of living and have other unintended consequences for Alaska businesses.

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.

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.

Proposal would aid inlet fish industry
Back in the day, when making a small fortune hauling sockeye from Cook Inlet seemed commonplace, good fishing practices often amounted to filling boat holds with as many salmon as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Blaze destroys home off Funny River Road
A fire destroyed a home Tuesday afternoon off Mile 16 of Funny River Road.

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.

High winds sweep central peninsula
About 350 Homer Electric Association customers were without power briefly Tuesday after high winds blew a tree across a power line in the North Fork Road area between Anchor Point and Homer.

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.

Man gets 5 years in jail for molesting 3 children
A Nikiski man convicted of three counts of child molestation has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, with seven suspended and five to serve, according to Kenai District Attorney Dwayne McConnell.

Clovis H. Kingsley
Former Ninilchik resident Clovis H. Kingsley died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at his home in Seldovia. He was 77.

Bryan DeTienne Staton
Former Soldotna resident Bryan DeTienne Staton died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. He was 21.

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

Barbara Erlwein Taylor
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Barbara Erlwein Taylor died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage after a lengthy illness. She was 59.

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

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.

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

An eyewitness report from the center of the figure skating controversy.
Monday night was exciting. Not only did I see one of the roughest collisions I've seen in any sport (incredibly, in pairs figure skating), I witnessed what is being described as one of the greatest controveries in Olympic history.

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.

Flawless performance not enough for pairs skating gold
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.

Skating result prompts calls for ISU inquiry
SALT LAKE CITY -- Figure skating judges have drawn criticism for years, their whims and shenanigans raising questions about whether the sport even belongs in the Olympics.

Silver medal is gold to Canadian pairs skaters
SALT LAKE CITY -- A sport that offers men in frills and women in mini prom gowns featured a pancake block.

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.

Spotlight on Todd Hays
SALT LAKE CITY -- Todd Hays has fought tougher opponents than the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the group that shut down one of the main engines on his four-man bobsled.

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.

Olympic Trivia - Wednesday
Your guide to the Olympics for Wednesday, February 13. Plus some fun extras.

Estonians keep Norway from building cross-country medal count
MIDWAY, Utah -- The Norwegians knew someone eventually would challenge them as the world's elite men's cross-country team. They just didn't expect it this soon.

Moseley wins crowd, not medal in moguls
PARK CITY, Utah Two great dinner rolls does not a banquet make.

'I'd do it all over again'
Six months ago, Ron ''Stubby'' Street cracked open a fortune cookie and stared at the slip of paper inside. ''Someone you know will make you very proud,'' it said.

Picabo goes down swinging
SNOWBASIN, Utah -- She bent over and kissed the top of the mountain. This was it. Twenty-five years after that first run down Porfrey Peak. Six surgeries since the horrific crash in Switzerland. Four years of getting ready for the short drive from Park City to Snowbasin. One last delay.

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.

Americans earn medals in moguls, speedskating
SALT LAKE CITY -- Officially, it's the XIX Winter Games -- which may be one X too many.

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

U.S. and Canada only real competitors in women's hockey
SALT LAKE CITY -- Team orientation was over a week ago. All the sticks were taped and the skates sharpened with plenty of time to spare.

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.

Men's short program
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gliding, sliding and tip-toeing forward and backward across the ice, Russia's Alexi Yagudin placed himself in gold medal contention in men's figure skating Tuesday night at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Security makes being a spectator an uphill climb.
SALT LAKE CITY -- While one of the signature events at these Olympics is the downhill, the challenge is often uphill for those who watch.

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:

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.

Some fear national energy policy will strip protections from sensitive areas
WASHINGTON -- With much of the public debate over drilling on public lands centered on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, western conservationists fear that a national energy policy now being developed will strip protections from 300 million acres of public lands in the lower 48 states.

Letters to the Editor
When it comes to people, is area undergoing 'global cooling'?Commercial fishing industry can't stop tide of farmed fish

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

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

Applause
Public radio fund-raiser aids victims of domestic violence, sexual assault

Bush's budget fuels optimism for ANWR
It is a promising sign that the Bush administration has included a projected $1.2 billion in federal oil leasing revenue from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in its proposed 2004 budget.

Just blowing in the breeze
At right, waves and blowing snow become one during Tuesday's high winds. Below, Butch Anderson shields his eyes from the sun as he watches the wind drive waves ashore from the

Miniature poodle wins best-in-show
NEW YORK (AP) -- Almost everyone at Madison Square Garden acted surprised except for Surrey Spice Girl.

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

Around the Peninsula
CARTS monthly meeting todaySocial Security rep in Kenai todayPlanning, zoning commission to hold sessionSBDC offers seminarMinistries to hold fund-raiser for NicaraguaRed Cross offers CPR classSkijor races scheduledSmall farms mini-series to startWorkshop teaches syrup tapping, processingGardeners to present lecture seriesInternet marketing workshop to be held in KenaiSki clinic offeredBoys and Girls Clubs event promotes literacyNominations being accepted for awardsHospital plans workshopsHunter certification to be required

Job fair will help employers, workers
Kenai Peninsula College will host the first Kenai Peninsula Job and Career Fair March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brockel Building.

Bush creates advisory board for advancing historically black centers of higher learning
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Tuesday created a presidential advisory board for historically black colleges and universities.

Around the District
Conferences, no classes straddle weekendSchool board meets MondayBook winners advance to state competitionKCHS students head to workSoldotna Elks honor studentsHonor societies nominate students for scholarshipsEarly childhood educators meetKCHS announces Students of the MonthNinilchik announces Students of the MonthSMS announces Students of the MonthAfter the Bell celebrates Alaska

Teens, mentors get to know each other better at Skyview High School
A friend who takes time to listen is priceless. But during the rocky years of adolescence, finding good advice or breaking away from the same old "group" to get more perspective can be hard.

District School News
News from schools around the district

School Menus
There is no school Thursday, Friday or Monday. White or chocolate milk is served at each meal.

Teens, like diamonds, shaped by pressures
Everybody loves a diamond, or even two. But would you still crave that precious jewel if you knew the stress, challenge and defeat it had to endure?

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

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

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

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

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