Current weather

  • Scattered clouds
  • 54°
    Scattered clouds

Friday, February 16, 2001

Pearson to succeed Nakamura as director of public health
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Karen Pearson has been appointed the new director of public health to replace Dr. Peter Nakamura.

Clean air advocates urge Bush administration to keep new diesel rules
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Vehicle manufacturers and clean air advocates came together Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to urge the Bush administration to stand behind new rules requiring clean diesel fuel.

Bill would remove Social Security numbers from drivers' licenses
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would take Social Security numbers off drivers' licenses had its first hearing Thursday.

Young says oil producers should pick highway route for pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young accused oil producers Thursday of playing games by not choosing the Alaska Highway route for a natural gas pipeline.

House bill would create road task force
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Wednesday approved a bill that would set up a task force to look at developing roads in mostly remote areas of the state.

Murder charges to be dismissed against Rocky Seaman's mother
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai prosecutor said he plans to dismiss murder and conspiracy charges against Joan ''Avis'' McGahan, the mother of Rocky Seaman.

Senate approves resolution opposing road-building ban
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday urging President George W. Bush to overturn the ban on logging and road-building in roadless areas of the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

Snowmachiners damage university research site
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Snowmachiners broke through a fence at the University of Alaska Fairbanks agricultural research fields Tuesday, wreaking havoc with sensitive research.

State trolling for answers to drop in license sales
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fewer Alaskans are getting hooked on fishing and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to find out why, because as the number of fishermen shrinks, so does the agency's budget.

Salvation Army captain faces charges for sexual abuse of a minor
KENAI (AP) -- A Salvation Army captain has been charged with four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor will be facing a jury trial in May.

Delta Junction area declared agricultural disaster area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Delta Junction area has been designated a disaster area by the Department of Agriculture, U.S. Rep. Don Young announced Wednesday.

Southeast towns adjust to barge company shutdown
JUNEAU (AP) -- Small towns and villages in Southeast Alaska are trying to make do without a barge company that served them for 38 years.

Pearson to succeed Nakamura as director of public health
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Karen Pearson has been appointed the new director of public health to replace Dr. Peter Nakamura.

Republicans grill Knowles administration about gasline spending
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans grilled Knowles administration officials over urgent budget requests related to a gas pipeline Thursday, questioning whether the money is really needed so soon and challenging the notion that following the Alaska Highway is the best route for the state.

House approves ANWR resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House approved a resolution Wednesday urging the U.S. Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

Taylor's school funding bill spreads North Slope's wealth
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Robin Taylor's plan to revamp the state's school funding system would spread financial goodies from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to his own Southeast Alaska district, while yanking millions in state aid and local taxes out of the North Slope Borough.

Bill protects voters from election workers' mistakes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill protecting voters from some election workers' mistakes passed the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday.

Alcohol board fails to renew Southeast fair liquor license
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected renewal of the Southeast Alaska State Fair beer and wine license Wednesday after fair officials could not demonstrate that half of their restaurant's sales were for food.

HATCHER PASS: do winter camping.
HATCHER PASS (AP) -- The wind came cold from the north in the night, driving loose snow in rippling waves along the valley floor. Overhead, the twinkling stars had long since disappeared behind draperies of scudding clouds.

Halibut charters could get IFQs
KENAI (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is considering a proposal to issue individual fishing quotas to halibut charter operators.

Tokyo gas chief says Japan looks to Alaska to fill its energy needs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Japanese gas company official says Alaska's untapped gas reserves could be a key source of supply to the Asian market in ten years.

Kenai Refuge-Snowmachines, CORRECTIVE
KENAI (AP) -- In a story reported Feb. 13 on the opening of portions of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to snowmachines, The Associated Press erroneously referred to refuge manager Robin West as a woman. West is a man.

State closes Bering Sea snow crab fishery
UNALASKA (AP) -- State Fish and Game biologists announced Wednesday they would close the Bering Sea snow crab regular season just before midnight.

Osmar moves into Quest lead at halfway point
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Tim Osmar of Ninilchik took the lead at the halfway point in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

State lawyer lays out legal hazards in exit test
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state lawyer began laying out legal hazards the state may face in requiring a high school exit exam as a House committee took testimony Wednesday on whether to delay the test.

Jury rules Carrs not liable in injury lawsuit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court jury has ruled that the Carrs supermarket chain was not liable for injuries sustained by a Fairbanks woman.

Feds, state still wary after a year of federal subsistence takeover
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first year of the federal government's takeover of subsistence fishing on most Alaska waters was uneasy, and bigger conflicts may be ahead, state and federal officials told lawmakers Wednesday.

Alaska mechanic taped supervisor saying he altered maintenance records
SEATTLE (AP) -- A mechanic for Alaska Airlines has testified that he wore a hidden microphone, at the request of federal agents, and recorded a supervisor admitting he falsified an aircraft maintenance record.

Tokyo gas chief says Japan looks to Alaska to fill its energy needs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Japanese gas company official says Alaska's untapped gas reserves could be a key source of supply to the Asian market in ten years.

Body of teen-age girl found in Manokotak identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state medical examiner has identified the body of a teen-age girl found in Manokotak as Roxanne N. Moore, 14, who lived in the Southwest village, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Consumer confidence was perhaps needlessly dashed
NEW YORK (AP) -- This is a rough time for American consumers, their confidence raised giddily high by an era of good times, then shocked by recession warnings, and then told that things might really not be so bad.

More Business Highlights,
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan signaled Tuesday that further cuts in interest rates may be needed to help an economy facing significant ''downside risks.'' He said President Bush's effort to speed up tax relief won't prevent recession.

BP Amoco's operating profit surges 93 percent
LONDON -- Higher prices for crude oil and the integration of newly acquired businesses more than offset pinched profits in the chemicals business and helped BP Amoco PLC nearly double its fourth-quarter operating profit to $4.09 billion.

-Business Highlights,
SEATTLE (AP) -- Still battling a federal judge's order to break up the company over antitrust violations, Microsoft Corp. is now under investigation for possible anticompetitive behavior stemming from its stake in a rival software manufacturer.

Mushroom farm flourishing in niche
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Behind the trees on a one-lane road north of Sebastopol, in two corrugated tin sheds with an indistinguishable sign, lies the largest medicinal mushroom farm in North America.

Maybe you should mix those hearts and flowers with some dollars and cents
NEW YORK (AP) -- After the hearts and flowers of Valentine's Day, perhaps it's time to start talking about the dollars and cents of your relationship.

Business Briefs
State plans Cook Inlet oil and gas lease saleTesoro reports record earnings Alyeska plans major maintenanceFord promotes child booster seatsU.S. Chamber recognizes pro-business votesBakery offers classesYouth EnviroBiz club formedPhillips declares dividendPhillips promotes MeyersRegulatory commission plans moveMMS releases Cook Inlet study

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

LIO Schedule
Today 3:15 p.m.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank presents weekend eventsBlood donations neededExit exam preview offered for Nikiski teensBridges meeting slatedMonthly contra dance to be heldSoHi teacher-parent conferences MondayAlaska Independent Blind meets SPCA warns of possible horse lice

Around the Peninsula
Literacy program seeking volunteersDisabled American Veterans meeting todayLeague of Women Voters will meet todayKenai Peninsula sonar programs overview todayAdvisory board to discuss variety of topics Blood donations badly neededMonthly contra dance to be heldSoHi teacher/parent conferences MondayArt showing in Homer

Osmar moves into Quest lead at halfway point
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Tim Osmar of Ninilchik took the lead at the halfway point in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Kleedehn stays in front in Quest
PELLY CROSSING, Yukon Territory -- Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race officials were waiting Wednesday night for word on race leaders from volunteers staffing a dog drop at Stewart River.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentIn the FutureDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Restaurant offers food, entertainment before show
Charlotte Legg has a deal for those interested in a well-rounded theater experience.

MusicMan
Those stepping into the Kenai Central High School Auditorium over the next three weekends might feel like they've stumbled into a time machine. But the trip will be well worth it.

Annual Snow Rondi sports western theme
It's "west meets west" at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce "Western Fun in 2001 Snow Rondi."

Art Briefs
Mystery convention starts todayAuthor plans visitSingers wantedBead artists soughtArts center accepting entriesGrant applications available

State lawyer lays out legal hazards in exit test
JUNEAU -- A state lawyer began laying out legal hazards the state may face in requiring a high school exit exam as a House committee took testimony Wednesday on whether to delay the test.

Pipeline funding request gets Senate look
JUNEAU -- Senate Republi-cans grilled Knowles administration officials over urgent budget requests related to a gas pipeline Thursday, questioning whether the money is really needed so soon and challenging the notion that following the Alaska Highway is the best route for the state.

State, feds still uneasy
JUNEAU -- The first year of the federal government's takeover of subsistence fishing on most Alaska waters was uneasy, and bigger conflicts may be ahead, state and federal officials told lawmakers Wednesday. Fe

Final 2000 points standings
The final points standings for 2000

Marlin, Skinner edge Earnhardts at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The draft is back at Daytona, and so is the last-lap drama.

Qualifying lineups for Daytona
At Daytona International Speedway

New designs at Daytona
It's going to be awful tight.

NASCAR troubles refuse to let up for Fox Sports
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Fox Sports got a graphic example of how embarrassing poor preparation can be.

Racing protects sponsors
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Fox now realizes there's nothing more sacred in racing than a sponsorship. The televi

Schedule
2001 NASCAR Schedule

Fuel economy may be factor in race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - This afternoon's Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races at the Daytona International Speedway might become a matter of miles per gallon, not miles per hour.

Final 2000 MONEY LEADERS
Final 2000 money leaders

Industry ponders future
Federal managers are considering Individual Fishing Quotas for Alaska halibut charter boat owners, a Homer skipper said, and the eventual goal is to allow halibut IFQs to be bought and sold between the commercial and charter fleets.

Window shopping in the job market
More than 100 Kenai Central High School juniors got a sneak peak Wednesday into the occupations of their choice through the annual job shadow program.

Troopers, district attorney, among 13 named in lawsuit; state to fight
The state is denying three bounty hunters' allegations that their civil rights were violated.

U.S., British planes strike south of Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. and British warplanes struck Iraqi air defenses south of Baghdad on Friday night, triggering anti-aircraft fire and sirens across the Iraqi capital that drove frightened residents from the streets.

Salvation Army captain arraigned
A man charged with four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor will be facing a jury trial come May.

Council mulls halibut charter IFQs
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council seems poised to privatize another portion of Alaska's halibut fishery.

Photo feature: Top Shelf
If the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence then the freshest twig must be at the top of the tree.

Proposed agreement would shorten Seaman sentence, drop charges against mother
A Kenai jury concluded Thursday that Loreese "Loree" Hennagin may fairly be presumed dead, though her body has not been found since she disappeared four years ago.

Valentine's Day fire totals Soldotna mobile home
A family is showing true heart, pulling together after tragedy struck early Valentine's morning, and is asking the community to do the same.

Borough to spend federal money to clear dead spruce trees
Even as the Kenai Peninsula Borough is preparing to accept and begin spending $7.5 million in new federal money aimed at mitigating the fire danger posed by dead spruce trees, a $2 million program funded last year already is working to reduce the hazard.

House under construction dealt $15,000 in fire damage
Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, 911 received a cellular telephone call from a building contractor

Jesse Perkins
Former Kenai resident Jesse Perkins died at his parents' home in Vancouver, Wash., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001. He had been in a coma since he was injured in an accident in March. He was 22.

Gulf War over; U.S. still battles Iraq s
WASHINGTON -- The 10th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait is fast approaching, and Secretary of State Colin Powell will be there to help the Kuwaitis celebrate Iraq's defeat. But as the milestone looms, the Iraqis are talking as though they are the ones who are entitled to exult.

Residents show interest in shaping peninsula's destiny
Does it ever seem like the same bunch of people does everything that needs to be done? Like a couple of dozen folks run local government and the chambers of commerce and the nonprofit agencies around the peninsula? Like the same people pack the audience for community events? Like it's hard to find a place to serve because those places are locked up?

Letters to the Editor
\In age of computers, airline lags behind in serving its customersMoney from Salvation Army thrift stores goes to keep things runningEven agencies that help others have their share of bills to pay

Napster ruling protects all intellectual property
The federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a trial court's preliminary injunction against Napster's online exchange of copyrighted music and issued a convincing rebuttal of the company's arguments that its members engage in a fair use of copyrighted material. The decision is a major victory for the music record industry, and more broadly for all creators of original material.

Letters to the Editor
Parents should examine their role in education if child fails exit examU.S. should not forget its promises to those who safeguard freedom Figures, not generalizations, needed in snowmachine story

Job Shadow Day benefits students, employers alike
In all the talk of the high school exit exam, there's an underlying theme: how best to prepare kids for life after graduation.

Pacific Northwest must address effects, if any, of pesticide on salmon
A lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency over its alleged failure to address the impacts of pesticide on salmon may open a difficult new chapter in the effort to save the fish.

Tips for shutterbugs
While most people enjoy Alaska's winters during the short daylight hours, there is a sky full of activity available to those with warm clothing and patience.

Habitat study raises concern for peninsula caribou herds
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is home to five different herds of caribou.

HATCHER PASS: do winter camping.
HATCHER PASS (AP) -- The wind came cold from the north in the night, driving loose snow in rippling waves along the valley floor. Overhead, the twinkling stars had long since disappeared behind draperies of scudding clouds.

State trolling for answers to drop in license sales
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fewer Alaskans are getting hooked on fishing and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to find out why, because as the number of fishermen shrinks, so does the agency's budget.

Ice tower in Motley gives climbers plenty of thrills
MOTLEY, Minn. (AP) -- Bob Wangerin couldn't have answered his ringing cellular phone on a recent weeknight if he had to.

What is the aurora?
Cosmic rays, the real thing, are the power behind the aurora borealis and its southern counterpart, the aurora australis.

Religious leaders mobilizing more against capital punishment
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Religious leaders in the South and around the nation are speaking out against capital punishment more loudly than ever, emboldened by a shift in public opinion and cases of innocence on death row.

Religion Briefs
Missionary to speak at SolFirstParty Club scheduled at CIA

Bishops encourage dialogue about quality of farm life
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Economic expansion has failed to benefit many Kansas farmers, the Roman Catholic bishop of the Dodge City Diocese said in announcing a church initiative to preserve small farms and rural life.

South Dakota religious leaders want legal protections
PIERRE, S.D. (AP)-- A state measure designed to enhance and protect religious freedoms may be unconstitutional, legislators have been told.

In North Dakota, legislators approve Ten Commandments and prayer in classrooms
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The state senate has voted to endorse a bill that allows schools to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms as part of an exhibit of historical documents.

Women become consecrated virgins in rare Catholic rite
NEW YORK (AP) -- At the bridal shop, the saleswomen were puzzled.

Church membership in America tops 151 million
NEW YORK (AP) -- Total U.S. church membership is 151,097,906 in 320,697 congregations, according to the ''2001 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.'' Three-fourths of those members belong to the 10 largest denominations.

'O, You Gotta Have Heart'
The title of a popular song of yesteryear -- "O, You Gotta Have Heart" -- can have at least three things said about it. First (for the Engl

Hard to swallow Girl who cannot digest communion wafer gets no help from Catholic Church
BOSTON -- When 5-year-old Jenny Richardson goes to McDonald's, she says hold the bun for the burgers or orders only fries. She also doesn't share birthday cupcakes with her friends.

Catholic agency names 'Crouching Tiger' best movie of 2000
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The film assessment office sponsored by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops has named ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,'' a Mandarin-language martial arts epic, the best movie of 2000.

Limits on federal grants, loans for online students questioned
Alarmed that fly-by-night diploma mills were fleecing students and the government, Congress in 1992 barred federal student loans and grants from anyone enrolled in correspondence schools. Federal dollars would now pay only for college anchored in the classroom.

Online Student Aid
To gauge the impact of federal limits on aid to students in online programs, Congress in 1998 permitted the U.S. Education Department to waive those limits for a variety of institutions. In retu

Groomers finally have rough week
Trail groomers on the central peninsula got a chance this week to make up for all the work they missed out on earlier in the winter when there wasn't any snow.

Iverson hits for 40 as 76ers rip Lakers
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson got a standing ovation for what he did in the All-Star game, then added another accolade -- an ''M-V-P'' chant from the Philadelphia fans -- to his wonderful week.

Gretzky era finally starts for Phoenix
PHOENIX -- The Wayne Gretzky era began Thursday for the Phoenix Coyotes when the former hockey great and developer Steve Ellman acquired the team for $90 million.

East moves to semis of state hockey tourney by topping Kenai
Kenai Central High School's first goal of its Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championship opening-round game against East High School went according to plan -- a tight forecheck created a turnover in the Thunderbirds' zone and the Kardinals were able to take advantage with a score.

Lemieux's goals tone down Wild
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux scored twice in the third period as Pittsburgh, frustrated for most of two games by Minnesota's neutral zone trap, rallied to win 2-1.

Top Kenai Peninsula Cross-Country Skiers
Includes six races: Mat Su Pursuit, Classic; Mat Su Pursuit, Freestyle; Seward Invitational; Kenai Invitational (Homer); Homer Invitational; Borough Championships (Homer). Includes only those races in which all six Peninsula schools competed.

Dallas extends Cleveland's losing streak
DALLAS -- Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points each and Nowitzki pulled down 15 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks extended Cleveland's losing streak to nine games, 102-81 Thursday night.

SoHi boys mount title defense. Region skiers set for battle
A lot has changed since Region III cross-country ski teams began practice on Oct. 23.

Sports Briefs
Silver Salmon Swim-a-thon set for todaySeward Nordic Classic set for March 10College football 'classics' explodeLiverpool fans stabbed in RomeCanucks trade Potvin to KingsProsecutors drop assault investigation of Benitez

Kardinals face off with Thunderbirds in first round of state hockey tournament
Perhaps the motto on the I.D. tags that Kenai Central High School hockey team managers passed out after Wednesday's practice says it best: Small bird, big attitude.

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