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Saturday, February 16, 2002

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Applause
Student says thanks for 'School Bus to Space'

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.).

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.

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

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.''

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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