Friday, February 15, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Butteri first into Dawson
DAWSON CITY (AP) -- Tok musher Peter Butteri holds a two-hour cushion at the halfway point of the Yukon Quest, as racers take a mandatory 36-hour break in this historic mining town.

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.

Massage parlor owner convicted on 96 federal charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal jury has found a Fairbanks massage parlor owner Bruno Bordonici guilty of 96 felony counts in a verdict that took nearly an hour just to read aloud.

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.

President to visit Anchorage Saturday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President Bush will give a speech and attend a Republican Party fund-raiser in Alaska on Saturday, the White House has confirmed. The president is stopping for a few hours on his way to Asia.

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

Bus driver accused of sexual abuse of girls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 51-year-old Anchorage city bus driver is facing charges that he sexually abused three young sisters who live in his trailer park.

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.

Youth arrested in Pilot Point killing
PILOT POINT (AP) -- A juvenile has been arrested in the killing of a Pilot Point woman, Alaska State Troopers report.

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.

Ferry system cuts April fares
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Marine Highway is cutting most passenger fares in April by 49 percent.

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.

Man who was shot by trooper indicted
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted Timothy Chad Lobdell on a charge of attempted murder in an incident involving an Alaska State Trooper last December.

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.

Former fire chief sentenced to two years in prison
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The former chief of the Ester Volunteer Fire Department has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling more than $56,000 from the department.

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

House panel grapples with minimum wage bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican lawmakers faced with a popular ballot initiative to raise the state's minimum wage fear politics could derail their own increase.

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.

State puts revised sex offender list back online
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state sex offender registry returned online Thursday with 3,000 fewer names listed.

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.

Yukon Quest leaders heading for Dawson City
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Twenty teams competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race were headed Thursday to Dawson City, the first checkpoint on the Canadian side of the 1,000 mile race.

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.

Knowles says momentum behind subsistence amendment
JUNEAU (AP) -- A constitutional amendment on subsistence was introduced by Gov. Tony Knowles on Thursday that he hopes will break a decade-long stalemate over the issue.

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.

Tongass timber sale hearing continues in federal court
JUNEAU (AP) -- Eight Southeast Alaska timber sales are being scrutinized in a hearing being held this week in federal court in Juneau.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Commission considers fining BP over Prudhoe valve failures
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State regulators are considering fines or other enforcement action against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. because of high failure rates on wellhead safety valves at Prudhoe Bay.

Samsung's rise fraught with bribery, nepotism charges
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Long before the Enron scandal broke in the United States, the people of South Korea were grappling with questionable corporate business dealings.

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.

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

Couples need to consider women's special needs in retirement planning
NEW YORK (AP) -- Women live longer than men. Those who work typically earn lower wages, and they often drop out of the work force to care for babies or ailing parents, reducing their pension and retirement benefits.

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.

Take an inventory of your retirement assets
NEW YORK (AP) -- A lot of people worry that they haven't saved enough for retirement, and in many cases, that's true. If you want an idea of where you really stand, you should take a financial inventory.

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.

Leaders heading to Dawson City
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Twenty teams competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race were headed Thursday to Dawson City, the first checkpoint on the Canadian side of the 1,000 mile race.

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.

Study says kids in day care may have fewer colds later
CHICAGO (AP) -- There may be a payoff to all the sniffling and coughing by children who attend day care: A study suggests they will probably get fewer colds in elementary school.

CDC: Half of heart disease deaths happen before patients get to hospital
ATLANTA (AP) -- About half of all deaths from heart disease happen before the patient can get to a hospital, the government reported Thursday, a finding health officials called alarming.

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.

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

Income taxes get committee debate
JUNEAU -- A legislative committee looking at state income tax proposals Thursday found itself grappling with the question of how to balance the tax burden between rich and poor.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Early-run harvest limits proposed
A proposal before the Alaska Board of Fisheries that would limit the early-run king salmon fishery on the Kenai River is generating a king-sized debate over how the resource should be managed.

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.

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

Photo feature: Room for rent?
A young bull moose looks in on apartment Manager Gail Phenuff's morning coffee at her Kenai complex on Redoubt Avenue.

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.

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.

Victim's family sets up relief fund
The Soldotna woman who was beaten, raped and left for dead in her home Feb. 2 is a longtime Alaskan who had lived in the central peninsula for only two years.

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

Third Junk Yard Comedy Club ready to go
Get ready for a riot -- of laughter that is.

Assault suspect in custody
The Soldotna man arrested for the Feb. 2 beating and sexual assault of a Soldotna woman is being held at Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai in lieu of $250,000 bail and a court-approved third-party custodian.

Russell H. Moody
Former Kenai resident Russell H. Moody died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, in Mesa, Ariz. after a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

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

Donald C. Heininger
Former Sterling resident Donald C. Heininger died of heart failure Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, in Portland, Ore. He was 75.

Alicia Marie Heath
Services will be held next week for former Kenai resident Alicia Marie Heath, who died Jan. 20, 2002, at Providence Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign Bruin for 2002 season

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.

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:

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

Naomi Lang will become the first Native American woman to participate in the winter games
SALT LAKE CITY -- The oddest couple forms America's best hopes in the suddenly spotlighted ice dancing competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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

Apolo Anot Ohno has come a long way from his beginnings
SALT LAKE CITY As he entered the final turn of the first step down whatever path he will follow in Salt Lake City, Apolo Anton Ohno looked up from his rhythmic stride to steal a look over his shoulder.

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.

This U. S. Olympic Hockey Team will be facing pressure - not necessarily related to getting the gold
SALT LAKE CITY -- They departed the Nagano Olympics in disgrace, leaving behind a 3-1-2 record in pool play, a disappointing 4-1 loss in the quarterfinals and some broken furniture in their rooms.

The Olympics definitly not "Mormon games"
SALT LAKE CITY -- Cross-currents of culture -- old Utah and new Utah -- were mingling and flowing smoothly late one 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.

Is curling really an olympic sport?
OGDEN, Utah The International Order of Obsessive Compulsive Ice Bowlers convened just outside Salt Lake City again Thursday, and, wouldn't you know it, an Olympic event broke out.

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.

No controversy over who won gold in the Mens Figure Skating event
SALT LAKE CITY As cheers filled the Salt Lake Ice Center and big numbers lit up the scoreboard, another great figure skating upset was confirmed Thursday night.

Bobsledder: 'I did what I had to do'
A man would let Satan sit in the back of his sled if he were convinced that would make it go faster.

Canadian skating pair awarded gold medal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Canadian figure skating pair was awarded a gold medal Friday after the sports top officials uncovered judging misconduct in a controversy that has dominated the Winter Games.

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

Many of the concert goers stay outside the gates
SALT LAKE CITY -- It was 25 degrees Wednesday night as we stood on the streets watching Bear Naked Ladies.

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.

Women's hockey gains momentum at the winter games
SALT LAKE CITY -- It was only eight years ago when the temporary sign that welcomed visitors to her home town proclaimed River Falls, Wis., as "the summer

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

Olumpic trivia for 2/16
TV listings for Saturday, 2-16 and other items of interest

Goebel grabs bronze; controversy lingers
SALT LAKE CITY -- Like an inversion above the Utah valley, the contentious debate over judging in the pairs figure skating lingered over the Olympics for a fourth day -- although it lifted a bit when U.S. skater Tim Goebel grabbed a well-deserved bronze

Klug wins bronze in men's parallel giant slalom
PARK CITY, Utah _ A broken boot buckle? After all this _ the wait for a kidney transplant, the six-hour surgery, the recovery, the training, the runs to get into the final four of an Olympic snowboarding event _ was it possible that Chris Klug's story would be stopped by, of all things, a broken boot buckle?

What do skating and biathln have in common?
SALT LAKE CITY -- One group prances about in sequins and sashes, sometimes in what seem like Halloween costumes by Dior.

Alternate gold awarded pairs Jame Sale and David Pelletier
SALT LAKE CITY The wildest turnaround ever in a sport built on twists and spins was performed off the ice Friday when the International Skating Union awarded an alternate gold medal in pairs figure skating to Jamie Sale and David Pelletier.

Olympic Trivia for Friday 2/15
TV listings and other olympic trivia

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

Political process can score '10' if Senate passes campaign bill
If you've been following the Olympics, you've been following the controversy surrounding the pairs skating competition.

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.

Student says thanks for 'School Bus to Space'

Letters to the Editor
Part of blame for Enron debacle should fall on elected officials

Fund-raisers, analysts spot potential loopholes in campaign finance rules
WASHINGTON -- Sweeping revisions in campaign laws approved by the House would markedly change the way big fund-raisers have been doing business but would leave avenues for corporations and unions to keep giving large donations.

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.

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

Studded tires help winter cyclists roll on
There are those who may feel that biking is a summer sport, a sport meant only for those times that the roads are free of ice and snow. In the past few years, however, most bikes have been getting larger. Getting tougher. And there is now a studded tire available, targeted specifically for mountain bikes.

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.

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.

Tiny omnivorous mammal maintains low profile on refuge
At birth I weigh about 1 ounce, have yellowish hair and my eyes are shut. At maturity I weigh 3 pounds or more. I am an omnivore, eating both plants and animals, and I spend most of my time in old-growth forest. In fact, research on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has shown that I primarily feed on voles, berries, birds, eggs, and insects, although I like voles best.

Around the Peninsula
Talent show entry forms due today Alaska Independent Blind to meet Performance literacy workshop scheduled River advisory board to meet Workshop to assist landowners Nominations being accepted for award Hospital plans workshops

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

Before God, our hearts can be perfect
This is the month for hearts. Walk in any store and the first thing you see is hearts. Everywhere, there are hearts. Hearts of different sizes, different colors. Children at school making hearts, passing out hearts. What an exciting time of the year.

United Methodist Church reports increases in giving, new attendees
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Despite the recession and falling donations for some charities, the United Methodist Church said giving to general funds last year totaled $171.3 million, up from $153.9 million for 2000.

University of Pennsylvania poll says U.S. teens are as religious as ever
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Disputing some doomsayers, a University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work report says ''today's youth exhibit the same religious trends as previous generations, if not more.''

Presbyterian agencies reach compromise on late-term abortions
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee on social policy has agreed to drop its stance that a late-term, viable fetus may be aborted if there is a lack of resources or commitment to care for a child, Presbyterian News Service reported.

Global economic recession, fear of terrorist attacks keep many pilgrims away from Mecca
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Each year, roughly 2 million of Islam's 1 billion adherents worldwide make their way to Mecca for a pilgrimage that is a pillar of their faith.

Los Angeles school libraries remove Quran edition after complaints on Jewish commentary
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An English translation of the Quran with commentary has been removed from Los Angeles public school district libraries for review after some history teachers complained that certain comments on the sacred Islamic text are anti-Semitic.

Religion Briefs
Fund-raiser planned for ministries Clothing ministry open Saturday Nikiski Aglow to meet Tuesday Womens Bible study planned in March

Assemblies of God congregation thrives in Washington movie theater
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The feature presentation at one Washington movie theater plays every Sunday morning.

Methodist study panel endorses weekly Communion
SEATTLE (AP) -- Though many Protestants celebrate Communion monthly or quarterly, a study committee of the United Methodist Church has endorsed weekly observance.

Conservatives' plan to elect their own bishop could change if Episcopal Church takes action
ROSEMONT, Pa. (AP) -- An organization that opposes women priests says it will defy Episcopal Church rules and nominate a bishop on its own later this year, although it might relent if the denomination authorizes a special bishop to serve alienated conservatives.

Conservatives poised to win the latest Presbyterian fight over actively gay clergy
The voting will run nearly till Easter, but any day now conservatives will win a big victory in a fight over actively homosexual clergy that has bitterly divided the 3.6-million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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.

Weather keeping groomers busy
Ever washed your car only to have it rain that very afternoon and return your car to the disheveled state it was in once the day started?

Homer ski tour brings reminders of what makes Alaska special
As I hurtled toward Homer on a crisp and clear morning last Sunday, carefully navigating rutty and icy curves, a nervous anticipation sapped my body for a reason other than the bobsled-run road conditions.

SoHi boys seek third region title
When something's above you on the food chain, about the last thing you want is for that something to be hungry.

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.

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

Stars can't drive through Service
Through two and a half periods Thursday, the Soldotna High School hockey team had the Service Cougars on the ropes.

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.

Sports Briefs
Area hockey teams fare well in Forest Oil Ice Classic Homer High School looking for soccer coach Gordon, Waltrip win in very different ways McKay interviews for Falcons' GM job New Marlins manager says they're contenders

Skyview hoops sweep
The Skyview High School girls basketball team opened the Valdez Invitational with a win, downing Cordova 60-27 Thursday.

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