Thursday, February 14, 2002

Nikiski man sentenced to jail for child molestation
KENAI (AP) -- A Nikiski man who was convicted of three counts of child molestation will spend five years in jail, Kenai District Attorney Dwayne McConnell said.

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.

Ordinance calls for Cook Inlet salmon branding project
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member is sponsoring an ordinance to fund the Cook Inlet Sockeye Branding Project, a program that would tie quality assurance to an inlet brand.

Fuel spills at Valdez Petroleum Terminal
VALDEZ (AP) -- An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Wednesday at the Valdez Petroleum Terminal.

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.

President Bush plans Anchorage stopover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President George Bush is expected to make a stop in Anchorage Saturday on his way to Tokyo.

Cruise West cutbacks story correction
HAINES, Alaska (AP) -- The Associated Press erroneously reported on Feb. 12 that CruiseWest vacation cruise line closed its Anchorage reservation office and planned to lay off workers at its Seattle office.

Murkowski amendments included in Farm bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski contributed to two amendments in the Farm Bill that was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate this week, a Murkowski spokesman said Thursday.

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.

Trial begins in man charged with murder of Nenana trapper
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of one of two men charged with the murder of Nenana trapper John ''Mackie'' Burk.

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.

Soldotna man charged in rape, beating
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old Soldotna man has been arrested in connection with the rape and beating of a Soldotna woman earlier this month.

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.

Yukon Quest leaders heading for Dawson City
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Front-runners in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race were making their way to Dawson City Thursday morning.

Court nullifies logging permits in Tongass National Forest
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court nullified as many as 100 logging permits Wednesday, a decision mainly affecting tree harvesters in the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska.

Light earthquake strikes Southcentral
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake struck Southcentral Thursday morning and was felt in parts of Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

Environmental economist pans contributions of metal mining
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A report commissioned by environmental groups in Fairbanks and Juneau says future development of the state's economy is not likely to come from mining of metals.

President Bush plans Anchorage stopover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President George Bush is expected to make a stop in Anchorage Saturday on his way to Tokyo.

Ferry Service story correction
KENAI (AP) -- In a Feb. 12 story about ferry service between Homer and south Kachemak Bay communities, Peggy Boscacci was identified as the secretary-treasurer for the city of Seldovia. Boscacci is the secretary-treasurer for the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce.

Officials say Permanent Fund dividends to drop
JUNEAU (AP) -- Annual Permanent Fund dividend checks paid to Alaskans are expected to drop over the next several years after enjoying a near-record payout last year, fund officials said.

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.

Senate approves seafood amendments to Farm bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate unanimously approved three amendments to the Farm Bill, which were authored by Sen. Ted Stevens and aimed at helping Alaska's commercial fishing industry.

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.

Fishery consolidation bills aim at curing ailing salmon industry
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bills aimed at increasing the efficiency of Alaska's beleaguered salmon industry are moving through the Legislature.

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.

Bill aims for better voting options for disabled
JUNEAU (AP) -- Visually impaired voters could one day vote in private under a bill that passed the state House on Wednesday.

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.

Bill for expedited workers comp hearings clears House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A measure allowing quicker workers' compensation hearings in some cases passed the state House on Wednesday.

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.

Woman found at downtown motel died of hypothermia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who was found dead earlier this week on the outdoor walkway of a closed downtown motel died of exposure to cold, an autopsy has determined.

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.

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.

Shareholders could boost cruise merger
LONDON -- P&O Princess Cruises PLC faces a possible mutiny Thursday when it asks shareholders to approve a friendly merger that would create a new world leader in the cruise ship business.

Business Briefs
Spenard Builders Supply employee awardedAccounting firm sets up new branch in SoldotnaPatient group teaches accident financial recoveryInvestNet to be held in AnchorageMarketing conference and business mixerHomer chamber addresses post-Sept. 11 economy

RDC says federal, oil money won't last
Making Alaska less dependent on government and oil spending is important to maintaining the state's economic stability in the long run.

Soldotna business finds success from sugar rush
A Soldotna business woman expects to find her candy and gift franchise in a sweet predicament by the end of the day today. Hoping to capitalize on the change of pace from the ordinary floral Valentine's Day gifts, she is looking forward to realizing success on what could be her biggest day.

Canadians racing for home
EAGLE (AP) -- Two Canadian mushers vied Wednesday for the lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race after leaving the last checkpoint in the United States.

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.

As second fiddle to the better known Iditarod, Yukon Quest sled dog race matures
When Nenana musher Bill Cotter won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race back in 1987, he didn't carry a stove in his sled to melt water for dog food. Instead, he just built a fire whenever he needed to mix up some food.

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.

Hunter uses stuffed geese to attract live game birds
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Mitch Sanchotena has a secret weapon for goose hunting. Eighteen of them, to be exact.

Rockers give Old World music a nudge
CLEVELAND -- Polka rocks. More and more aficionados are infusing the music with rock 'n' roll in hopes of showing a new generation that polka is not just Old World music played on big accordions by men in polyester suits.

Art Briefs
Writers night accepting submissionsBoys and Girls Clubs promote literacySubmissions sought for magazine

Kenai Performers get ready to take to the stage this weekend
The Kenai Performers will make the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium come alive with the sound of music as they present the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic beginning Friday at 8 p.m.

Now showing: Rollerball
You know you're in trouble when you started seeing previews and ads for a movie nearly two years before it actually hits the theaters, unless, that is, the movie in question has George Lucas stamped on it. I looked and looked and, unfortunately, Rollerball has no such stamp.

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.

Curing salmon woes
JUNEAU -- Bills aimed at increasing the efficiency of Alaska's beleaguered salmon industry are moving through the Legislature.

Maker of seat belt files suit
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Simpson said all he wanted was an apology. Now he's taking NASCAR to court.

Daytona 500
The first big race of the new season. Where and when.

Twin 125 lineups
Daytona Beach, Fla., Race length: 50 laps, 125 miles, Lap length: 212-mile tri-oval

Marcis prepares for final run
Veteran drivers Dick Trickle (from left) and Jim Sauter talk with Dave Marcis during Wednesday's practice for the Daytona 500. Marcis, one of the last drivers who runs his own team, will retire after Sunday's Daytona 500.

Spotlight on Robbie Loomis
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Drivers' safety takes priority at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Drivers in today's Gatorade 125 qualifying races are convinced of two things: The races will be safer than a year ago, and they will be far less competitive.

Canadian sport fishing suffering
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Canada's multibillion-dollar sports fishery is collapsing so rapidly it may suffer the same fate as commercial cod on the East Coast and salmon in the West, a group of scientists has warned.

Stormy conditions subside
Peninsula residents can expect the weather to improve slightly today after the strong wind and heavy snows of Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.

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.

Longtime couples share secrets for lasting love
Forget the chocolate, the secret to a special Valentine's Day is to show your sweetheart the love you feel for them every day. And an unexpected gesture of appreciation, like flowers or a card, can't hurt.

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.

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

Burning slash smokes neighborhood
Burning slash piles in Kenai may be scaled back considerably in the wake of a burn last month that, through no one's fault, got out of hand and raised concern among both citizens and city council members.

Subsistence lawsuit progresses
Dale Bondurant's fight against the federal government goes on.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Official: Judge 'pressured
SALT LAKE CITY -- Five days into the Winter Games, it's impossible to keep the Americans off the medal stand -- or to avoid the growing controversy over the pairs figure skating decision.

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.

Hakkinen places 26th in biathlon
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah -- American biathlete Jay Hakkinen ran out of gas Wednesday shortly after he ran out of ammunition.

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

Olympic trivia for Valentines Day
Today's TV schedule, plus interesting tidbits

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.

Salt Lake is less commercial than Atlanta
Give Salt Lake credit. It doesn't have the stifling commercialism of Atlanta. This isn't to say that there isn't some sort of corporate tie-in wherever you turn.

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.

Skating controversy continues
SALT LAKE CITY -- Facing a combative international press corps that questioned the credibility of his sport, the head of the International Skating Union acknowledged Wednesday that one of his own officials questioned the judging in Monday's pairs figure skating event at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

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

Mens freestyle skate tonight promises to enthrall
SALT LAKE CITY -- Three major questions surround the men's free skate Thursday night:

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.

Alaskan jumper Alan Alborn falls short
PARK CITY, Utah Alan Alborn didn't land where he was hoping to Wednesday. He didn't even land where he had to in order to challenge the world's best K120 ski jumpers.

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.

NASCAR appeals to Olympians' need for speed
SALT LAKE CITY _ Utah native John Stephens has a "3" on the window of his Chevy truck.

'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.

More than all the comforts of home
Hello from SLC, Somebody remind me to call down to personnel when I get back. I've got to see what I can do about getting these same working conditions back in Savannah.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Where's media's sensitivity when it comes to Mormons?
Mormons apparently are exempt from the media's politically correct concern about sensitivity toward religious minorities.

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.

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.

Is anyone really surprised by Olympics 'Skategate'?
SALT LAKE CITY -- Go figure. A skating controversy. You didn't see this coming, did you?

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
Part of blame for Enron debacle should fall on elected officials

Congress should act to protect workers' retirement accounts
President Bush has called on Congress to get to work immediately on his proposal to enact pension law changes that would prevent another Enron-style scandal.

First 'Snocross Race'proves successful with 60-plus riders

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

Old fashioned tube sledding catches on
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- When Paul Swanson proposed a tubing hill for the Eaglecrest ski area, he figured it would be a good way to get people who don't ski or snowboard up to the city-owned winter recreation area.

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

Recycled trees protect Yuba fish
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Christmas trees are great for holding ornaments, but who would think they'd also make great homes? Yet that's what about 2,000 of the former holiday symbols will be used for.

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
MS society meets todayClass to discuss stress reductionCPGH hosting community education lectureWorkshop teaches syrup tapping, processingGardeners to present lecture seriesPlanned Parenthood plans auctionBoy Scout troop celebrates anniversarySnowmobile fun run and raffle plannedInternet marketing workshop to be held in KenaiSki clinic offeredBoys and Girls Clubs event promotes literacy

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

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

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.

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.

KCHS students sample job shadow program
Students who are interested in flying spent time at the Alaska Flying Network in Kenai Wednesday as part of the Job Shadow Day sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

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?

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.

Sports Briefs
Rickey Henderson, Red Sox reach dealU.S. soccer drops friendly to Italy

State hockey championship hits Sports Center ice
The U.S. men's hockey team doesn't hit the ice in Salt Lake until Friday. For those wishing to "light the fire within" before then, the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championship starts today.

SoHi, Homer cagers split
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team notched a 55-33 Region III/4A victory at Homer Tuesday. The Homer boys managed to make the evening a split, defeating the Soldotna boys 46-27.

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