Friday, February 13, 2004

Bonds' trainer among those fingered by grand jury for drug distribution
WASHINGTON Barry Bonds' personal trainer, a track coach and top executives of a San Francisco-area nutritional supplements lab were charged Thursday with running an illegal drug distribution operation.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleCredit union to host chamber eventExpert to lecture on fishing cooperativesSmall business workshop offeredGCI to hold investor conference callNominations for health care excellence soughtCPGH gives awardsEra Aviation adds electronic ticketingCustomers asked to clear snow and iceCPGH board elects new officers

Toy makers battle Wal-Mart over prices
NEW YORK Led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., discount retailers won a war with other toy stores this past holiday season. Now toymakers, a casualty in that bitter fight, have decided to make their own stand.

Developer considers Petersburg for sawmill
JUNEAU (AP) A Washington timber developer wants to inject some much-needed dollars into Petersburg's economy by building a new sawmill.

Over-50 boomers a rich, mostly untapped market
CHICAGO (AP) Grandmother or not, Ann Dickerson isn't interested in prescription drugs, medical insurance, RVs or the other products aimed at over-50 consumers.

Official questions foreign interns project
FAIRBANKS (AP) Hotel Owner Doris Lundin can make polite small talk in the language of her Japanese customers. What she really needed was for someone to explain to foreign guests at the Fairbanks Hotel how to catch a cab and how to flush the toilet.

Opposites can attract and work things out when it comes to love and money
NEW YORK (AP) Jamie Diaferia had always assumed he and his wife would split financial chores, but it didn't work out that way.

Hints of stock market rotation appear
NEW YORK (AP) Boring may be in. Daring may be out.

The winter's (fish) tale
Never let it be said the Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai Fishing Academy doesn't know how to show someone a good time.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Theme and variation
At first glance, the heavily-outlined acrylic painting done in vibrant reds and aquamarine seems to have very little to do with a watercolor and graphite piece of subtle hues and shading on an adjacent wall, and even less to do with a quilted vest hanging in the center of the room.

After long wait, 'Star Wars' saga to debut on DVD in September
LOS ANGELES (AP) ''Star Wars'' fans will finally get the Force-feeding they've been asking for.

Art Briefs
Painting group to meetCommunity choir holds rehearsalsTalent show applications availableHomer holds community conversationWriting submissions acceptedLogo design contest announcedStudents' stories, photos wantedAssault awareness writing contest heldStatewide poetry contest announced

Anthropologists create portrait of tribe
Fate dealt the Han Athabaskans a strange hand.

Sandler mostly leaves gross for engrossing
Adam Sandler's new movie ''50 First Dates'' is a romantic comedy that has a goofy take on the question of predestination: If you start out from the same place, under the same circumstances, in the same state of mind, will your day end the same way?

Search is on for viable options for safety of Nikiski community
I attended the meeting Feb. 4 at Nikiski Senior Center, in which residents expressed outrage and anger at the lack of response by Alaska State Troopers for the rash of recent burglaries. Having been burglarized three times over the last six years has left us guarded and untrusting. Listening to other people's anger only made my anger resurface again.

Hard-working Alaskans don't get help they need; welfare moms do
Something is wrong with this picture. Recently a family member found out that he has a ruptured disc in his neck causing him a great deal of pain. His doctor wants him to have surgery as soon as possible. This guy is a very hard-working family man. He has worked very hard since he was old enough to obtain a job, meaning that he has been paying taxes and more taxes. His wife checked with Medicare to see if they could get some assistance considering that they have no family insurance. They were denied all because he enjoys working hard and taking care of his family.

Community's celebration of first baby of new year humbles mother
I am the mother of the first baby of the year 2004. The honor came as a surprise to me, but what came as a bigger surprise was the response from the community.

Percent of market value approach, income tax would solve problem
This year the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation will receive a projected $300 million to add to the $27.5 billion principal of the fund. This is a constitutional requirement.

Story mentioned James Price's political failures, not his successes
I'm writing to point out and amend an oversight in reporter Hal Spence's story on the Gov. Frank Murkowski recall campaign ("Group starts effort to recall governor," Jan. 29).

Nikiski Elementary not closed; some action steps to consider
On Jan. 29, I read with great interest Jenni Dillon's front-page story on Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Peterson's decision not to recommend further school closures to the school board. In the final analysis, it appears that the penny-wise but pound-foolish decision to close schools is not even penny wise!

Earnhardt, Sadler win qualifiers at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Dale Earnhardt Jr. sent a message Thursday to the rest of the field for the Daytona 500 look out for Junior.

As TV viewing grows, sport takes steps to expand circuit
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Still perceived by some to be a regional sport, proof of NASCAR's national popularity is reflected in ratings figures provided by Neilsen Media Research. Those figures show that of the 10 largest television markets across the country with the biggest increase in viewership during the last three years, only two Memphis and Tampa are in the South.

This Week: Daytona 500
Where and when

Daytona's police say driver is not at fault
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The Daytona Beach Police Department cleared a paraplegic driver of blame for Sunday's accident that left a speedway worker dead, but the IPower Dash Series and Daytona International Speedway said their investigations will continue.

Newsmaker: Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip has won two of the past three Daytona 500 races. He talks about how those victories changed his life and his career.

Seniors face final chance to pass test
About 56 high school seniors in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are expected to sit next week for their last chance to pass all three portions of the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam in order to receive diplomas this spring.

Crime Stoppers offers reward for information
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the theft of a mounted king salmon.

Career opportunity
Lydia Link helps Don Weller teach physical education to youngsters at Sears Elementary School on Wednesday during Job Shadow Day for Kenai Central High School students, which was sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

Caring for the Kenai isn't just for students
In addition to being a program that teaches environmental awareness to high school students, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District science specialist told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce that Caring for the Kenai also offers opportunities to business.

Captain Cook park may be privatized
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has issued a request for proposals to turn the management of Captain Cook State Recreation Area over to a private operator.

Delegates warm to tax idea
FAIRBANKS Delegates to the Conference of Alaskans on Wednesday warmed to using some Alaska Permanent Fund earnings as a source of state revenue, but not as the sole means of closing the chronic gap in Alaska's budget.

Photo feature: Chippin' away
Fred Murdaugh gets help from his daughter Makayla, 3, as he chips ice from his driveway in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. The forecast is for sleet and icy conditions today and Saturday.

Delegates want dividends kept safe
FAIRBANKS Delegates to the Conference of Alaskans recommended spending some Alaska Permanent Fund earnings for state services, but not without strong protection for the dividend.

Wanda June Kennedy
Wanda June Kennedy died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at her home in Nikiski, with her daughter and friends at her bedside. She was 71.

Randy Dean Esquiro
Nikiski resident Randy Dean Esquiro died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at his home in Nikiski. He was 44.

Hazel Nadine Burch
Anchorage resident Nadine Burch died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at her home of natural causes. She was 86.

Federal agencies must do better job of sharing important information
Two of the key reasons for the creation of the Homeland Security Department were:

Students, employers benefit from events like Job Shadow Day
Older Alaskans worry about younger Alaskans seeking their fame, fortune and future some place other than here. They agonize about ways to stop exporting "our future" and "our greatest natural reso

U.S. looks silly to contest junk food, obesity findings
So, according to the Bush administration, the scientific proof is not conclusive that the consumption of junk food helps cause obesity. Let's see, the White House can find WMDs in the flimsiest of intelligence, but it doesn't believe decades of research showing a link between high-fat, high-sugar foods and weight gain? Hmmm.

In love with the Last Frontier
Why do I love Alaska and Alaskans? Let me count the ways:

Plant fossils tell of a warmer Kenai Peninsula 10 to 20 million years ago
My geology students and I have long enjoyed collecting plant fossils from the eroding bluffs along Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet.

Around the Peninsula
Phi Theta Kappa to hold induction ceremonySoroptimists to meetHealthy communities meeting slatedParent awareness forum slatedCPCS holds board meetingKDLL advisory board to meetFishing cooperative lecture planned

Around the Peninsula
SoHi cheerleaders hold fund-raiser Basketball teams to hold fund-raiser Genealogical society to meet Womens group plans brunch Women voters to meet SPCA to hold fund-raiser Dance classes offered

Church Briefs
Dyson to speak to Soldotna Aglow Easter program practice held Nikiski women hold Bible study Poetry contest announced Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Ceremony celebrates a decade of women priests in Church of England
LONDON (AP) Music by an all-female choir filled St. Paul's Cathedral as more than 100 women priests and 1,000 others marked a decade of women clergy in the Church of England.

Scholars find a unique and varied 'American' Jesus
BOSTON (AP) There's Jesus the distant symbol, and Jesus the gentle friend. There's Jesus the pacifist and caregiver, and Jesus the gruff, muscular warrior.

Priests in South Dakota give part of their pay to abuse victims fund
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) Six months after waves of sex abuse allegations against Roman Catholic priests began hitting dioceses across the country, clergymen in South Dakota decided to do something to help heal both victims and the church.

Affiliation with conservative Episcopal network protested by group in leader's diocese
PITTSBURGH (AP) As a network for conservative Episcopalians opposed to gay clergy was winning support from overseas bishops, its leader came under new attack at home.

Florida Salvation Army contract challenged on religious freedom grounds
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) Florida county contracts in which the Salvation Army monitors people convicted of misdemeanors while they're on probation have been challenged on grounds of religious freedom.

Students want to drop 'Christian' from Vermont constitution
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont's state constitution says ''every sect or denomination of Christians ought to observe Sabbath or Lord's Day, and keep up some sort of religious worship, which, to them, will seem most agreeable to the revealed will of God.''

Christian Science church considering cuts because of ailing finances
BOSTON (AP) Officials at Christian Science headquarters told employees that troubled finances will force restructuring and an undetermined number of layoffs.

Kenai Peninsula Ski Trails
Conditions on the peninsula ski trails.

Groomers make best of slippery situations
Groomers across the Kenai Peninsula were battling icy conditions on the cross-country ski trails late in the week.

Nets beat Cavs, win 10th straight
CLEVELAND Lawrence Frank improved to 9-0 since taking over as New Jersey's interim coach and the Nets won their 10th straight game Wednesday night, 105-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Joseph injured in Red Wings victory
DETROIT Steve Yzerman scored twice, lifting the Detroit Red Wings past the San Jose Sharks 4-2 Wednesday night in what could be a costly victory.

Crowd jeers eliminated U.S. soccer team
GUADALAJARA, Mexico The boos nearly drowned out ''The Star-Spangled Banner,'' and a few dozen fans chanted ''Osama! Osama!'' as the United States was eliminated by Mexico in Olympic men's soccer qualifying.

No. 7 Gonzaga rolls to 13th straight victory
SAN FRANCISCO Cory Violette had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 7 Gonzaga win its 13th straight game, 71-48 over San Francisco on Thursday night.

Burning rubber: Tire wear a key in Daytona's Twin-125 qualifying races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The new tires for the Daytona 500 will be given their first major test Thursday, and Ryan Newman hopes he learns the secret to managing them.

Bulls' guards click in victory over Celtics
CHICAGO Kirk Hinrich either got a wide open shot or found someone with a better one, and often it was Jamal Crawford.

Brand acts quickly to tighten recruiting rules
FORT WORTH, Texas Stories of high school football stars having wild recruiting trips on college campuses have been around forever. Recently, those whispers have turned into front-page news.

Kenai battles West, history at state tourney
The Kenai Central hockey team has two first-round opponents tonight at Class 4A state hockey tournament: Anchorage's West High and history.

Clarett to enter NFL draft after latest ruling
NEW YORK Maurice Clarett is ready to enter the NFL draft, clearing another legal obstacle Wednesday when a federal judge rejected the league's request to suspend her ruling.

NHL report: Teams lost $273 million last season
NEW YORK Painting a gloomy financial picture that could lead to a lockout, the NHL released a report Thursday that its 30 teams combined for $272.6 million in operating losses last season.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
The Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll, as compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, with team, first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Henson showcases football skills for scouts
HOUSTON Drew Henson tried to show NFL scouts Thursday he can hit a receiver better than he could hit a curveball.

Feds preparing indictments in THG case
SAN FRANCISCO The federal government is preparing indictments against a nutritional supplements lab and its founder, as well as the personal trainer of baseball star Barry Bonds, The Associated Press has learned.

Dimond comes back to edge West Valley
The Wolfpack and the Lynx opened the tournament with a dandy of a game as West Valley scored first, then did all it could to try to hold off the powerful Dimond squad before falling 2-1 at the Soldotna Sports Center in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

A new meaning for the nickname 'Buffs'
The widening sex scandal over recruiting practices at Colorado gives new meaning to the nickname of the school's sports teams: Buffs.

Hawks upset Homer
The Kenny Lake hockey team upset Homer 3-1 Thursday in the opening round of the Greatland Hockey Conference Tournament at the Brett Memorial Arena in Wasilla.

Late goal lifts West past Kardinals
The Kenai Central High School hockey team played to a raucous, standing-room-only crowd at the Soldotna Sports Center Thursday, and the Kardinals put on quite a performance in the opening round of the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships.

A young Walrus takes spotlight from Tiger, Vijay
SAN DIEGO Kevin Stadler can't waddle far without being reminded how much he looks like his father.

Lightning come back to topple Canadiens
TAMPA, Fla. Vincent Lecavalier scored the go-ahead goal with 5:04 left, and the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
SoHi girls lose at Barrow Tournament Homer boys, girls split at Valdez Elks Tournament Nikolaevsk sweeps Fort Yukon

Dividends need to be reported as 'Other Income'
Due to changes in federal tax codes, it makes a difference where Alaskans report their permanent fund dividends this year. Taxpayers should report their dividends as "Other Income" on their federal tax returns, not as dividend income.

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