Sunday, February 16, 2003

Shoeshiner's honesty is rewarded
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A shoeshiner at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will get a free trip to Chicago to visit family because he's an honest man, says his new benefactor, who owns a couple of Alaska strip clubs.

Soldotna starts letter campaign for soldiers
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Mayor Dave Carey wants members of the U.S. armed services in the Persian Gulf region to know his city cares about them. The Soldotna City Council is standing behind the mayor, appropriating $500 to set up a letter-writing program and buy stamps.

Anchorage police boost patrols to deter terrorists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are beefing up patrols by 50 percent this weekend in response to national warnings of possible terrorist attacks.

Russian processors back seeking pink salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state is surveying Alaska fish processors to determine if there's room to allow Russian fish processors to buy pink salmon this year.

Yukon Quest teams wrap up rest in Dawson City
DAWSON CITY, Yukon (AP) -- Defending champion Hans Gatt of Atlin, B.C., was the first musher to hit the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race trail, leaving Dawson City Friday after a mandatory 36-hour layover.

Volunteer firefighters injured responding to call
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two volunteer firefighters on their way to an emergency were injured Saturday after their vehicle left the roadway and rolled.

Texan halts investment career for Iditarod adventure
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) -- Randy Chappel hadn't planned on leaving a career as an investment manager in Arlington, Texas, to run a team of sled dogs in Alaska's most famous race.

Big Lake man charged with attempted murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Big Lake man was charged with attempted murder Friday after shots were fired at two people, Alaska State Troopers said.

Trial begins for man accused of murdering Coast Guard officer
UNALASKA (AP) -- A trial began Friday for a man charged with murdering a U.S. Coast Guard officer on St. Paul Island.

Police break up crowd outside Anchorage teen dance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A series of fights involving scores of teenagers Sunday ended with two arrests and a crowd of about 300 dispersed by police in riot gear using pepper spray.

Prisoner dies in apparent jailhouse suicide
PALMER (AP) -- An inmate at the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility apparently jumped to his death early Friday.

Gatt maintains healthy lead in Quest
EAGLE (AP) -- Defending champion Hans Gatt led mushers into Eagle Saturday, reaching the first Alaska checkpoint in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race at 5:54 p.m.

Denali Park opens to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali State Park will open Monday to snowmachines, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Veneer plant faces problem with log storage permit
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough could be facing an uphill battle in getting the local veneer plant running again.

Railroad roadmaster chooses outdoors over desk job
HEALY, Alaska (AP) -- Steve Love seems to know every rock slide, mud slide and sinkhole that has struck the roughly 125 miles of the Alaska Railroad from Gold Creek Station to Rex Crossing.

Former tribal judge faces child molesting charges
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A former Klawock tribal judge, has been indicted by a Ketchikan grand jury on charges of molesting an 11-year-old girl.

Prisoner dies in apparent jailhouse suicide
PALMER (AP) -- An inmate at the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility apparently jumped to his death early Friday.

Guide gets 60 days for helping clients break law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage guide has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after admitting he helped his clients break fishing laws and contracted for an illegal hunt, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Prisoner recaptured near Palmer prison
PALMER (AP) -- A prisoner at the Palmer Correctional Center was recaptured Thursday afternoon a couple hours after he walked away from a minimum-security area of the facility.

BP issues report on welder's death on North Slope
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Water that froze in a pipe led to the death of a welder on the North Slope Dec. 21, according to an investigation of the incident.

Feds plan limited legalization of subsistence bird hunting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forty years ago, 138 men, women and children carrying 138 ducks went to a federal game warden in Barrow and asked to be arrested. Their crime: subsistence hunting.

Peace group barred from Anchorage parade
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group called Alaskans for Peace and Justice were thrown out of the Fur Rendezvous Parade before it started Saturday because parade organizers received complaints it was too political.

Bill would put $3.1 million into ANWR lobbying
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state's ongoing campaign to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling would get a $3.1 million boost under a bill introduced Friday.

Libraries receive 100 computers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 80 community libraries across the state, mostly in the Bush, will get new computers as the result of a gift from the foundation set up by Microsoft Corp. leader Bill Gates.

Union representing habitat employees protests change
JUNEAU (AP) -- The union representing workers in the state's habitat division says Gov. Frank Murkowski's plan to eliminate jobs there could be a contract violation.

Cardinals move Ankiel to bullpen
JUPITER, Fla. -- Rick Ankiel just wants another chance to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals, even if that means coming out of the bullpen.

Gatt keeps Quest lead
EAGLE (AP) -- Defending champion Hans Gatt led mushers into Eagle Saturday, reaching the first Alaska checkpoint in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race at 5:54 p.m.

It's time to shape up
You may have noticed all the attention lately directed at increasing the physical activity of our aging population.

New research challenges 30 years of nutritional dogma
Is it just possible that Dr. Robert C. Atkins was right? That his high-fat, low-carb plan, ridiculed for 30 years as dangerous nonsense, actually is a good, safe way to lose weight?

NOW PLAYING: Daredevil
Thank goodness for X-Men. Why am I singing the praises of a movie that, on the surface anyway, has nothing to do with our comic book feature of the week, Daredevil? I thank the creators of X-Men for the simple fact that they proved that comic to film projects were viable again.

Earnhardt wins Busch race, his third victory of Speed Weeks
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on the verge of doing something his father never did at Daytona: a Speed Weeks sweep.

No big rush for supplies, but security still a priority
Americans in some parts of the country may be preparing for the worst now that President George W. Bush has raised the security threat level to orange and war with Iraq seems imminent, but here on the Kenai Peninsula, life appears to be going on normally.

Survey garners comments about how to manage Kenai
One hundred and seven people completed written comments as part of the State Parks 2002 Kenai River Recreation Use Impact Monitoring Project. Comments ranged from accounts of the day's fishing to suggestions on how to manage the Kenai River.

Survey confirms anglers feel crowded on Kenai
Respondents to a recently completed Alaska State Parks recreation use survey said they felt more crowded on the Kenai River in 2002 than those who participated in a similar survey 10 years earlier.

Some protest war; others, the protesters
Young and old, men and women, for and against, sums up the diverse crowd that showed up for the anti-war demonstration in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building on North Binkley Street Saturday morning.

Jane Addams, others tried to prevent 'war to end all wars' from starting
Often, when Presidents Day rolls around, my thoughts drift back to my grade school days at Jane Addams Elementary on Chicago's South Side.

U.S.-Iraq: What's the next move?
WASHINGTON -- Barring a huge turnabout, President Bush is unlikely to gain U.N. support for war with Iraq. His choice is to face up to long odds and try again, or to bypass the Security Council and wage war with Britain and several other allies at the U.S. side.

Americans must show support for those in military
Those who were alive during the Vietnam war remember the conflict on two fronts. There was the fighting in Asia, and there was the fighting at home among ourselves.

Hutchings, Winslow marry in Maine
Amy M. Hutchings and Stephen E. Winslow were married Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, in Norridgewock, Maine.

Around the Peninsula
Health nurse to visit NikolaevskForest service to hold scoping meetingKDLL board to meetAdvisory committee to meetCES board meeting rescheduledSoldotna chamber plans awards banquetCPGH to offer Safe Sitter classKCHS class of '88 seeks membersAfter the Bell to hold fund-raiser

Computer fans log on to next generation of games
Suddenly, you appear at the bottom of some war-scarred hill, assault laser rifle in hand, ready for action. The crimson sky above, charred craters all over the ground, shattered, lifeless trees in your periphery and obvious human remains scattered here and there remind you of the post-apocalyptic nightmare you've stepped into.

Nightingale, Seater plan August wedding
Tracie Janine Nightin-gale and Charles Duane Seater, both of Nikiski, have announced their plans to marry on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003.

Keep family's pets in mind when planning for disaster
Pets enrich our lives in many ways and in return they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Responsible pet owners need to be prepared in order to protect their pets should disaster strike.

My Best Friend
Jacob and Jenn Barkman of Soldotna took this picture of their dog McKinley last winter. Normally, when he's not doubling as a musk ox, he's very fluffy and lovable, the Barkmans said.

Alinghi rallies to take 2-0 lead in America's Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Alinghi of Switzerland passed Team New Zealand on the downwind run to the finish and held on for a heartstopping win and a 2-0 lead in the America's Cup on Sunday (Saturday night EST).

Asham lights lamp twice as Islanders depose Kings
LOS ANGELES -- Arron Asham had his third career two-goal game, and Jason Blake also scored as the New York Islanders beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Saturday.

Soldotna skaters fall victim to Chugiak, fatigue
The goal of Soldotna at the Class 4A state hockey tournament was to get a win and play three games.

Soldotna girls escape overtime test against Palmer
Soldotna's girls narrowly escaped an overtime defeat at the hands of a quickly surging Palmer Moose hoops squad Saturday in Palmer.

Kenai boys top Palmer, Nikiski girls upset Seward
The Kenai boys basketball team battled back on the road against a tough Palmer defense Friday to defeat the Moose 60-50 in Region III/4A play.

Minnesota State-Mankato tops UAA
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Adam Gerlach put Minnesota State-Mankato ahead in the third and the Mavericks defeated Alaska Anchorage 6-3 Saturday night in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action.

Arizona conducts Frye of Southern California
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Channing Frye scored a career-high 25 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots as No. 1 Arizona beat USC 86-59 on Saturday.

Service takes title in four OTs
Overtime? Sure, why not. In fact, let's play four.

Mickelson, Woods set to clash at Buick Invitational
SAN DIEGO -- A script right out of Hollywood came together in a span of 20 minutes late Saturday afternoon in the Buick Invitational, when two players made birdie putts from the same line on the 18th green.

Mustangs buck Kards from fourth-place saddle
The Kenai Central High School hockey team had a tough game to end its season Saturday, dropping a 6-0 decision to the Chugiak Mustangs in the fourth-place game at the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Road-weary Mavs beat the Heat
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds and matched his career high with eight assists as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 98-92 on Saturday night.

SoHi boys, SkyHi girls defend crowns
McNEIL CANYON -- The Soldotna boys and the Skyview girls both successfully defended their Region III cross-country skiing titles during the two days of competition that wrapped up here Saturday.

Nikiski finishes in third
The Nikiski Bulldogs hockey program eclipsed a milestone Saturday, going deeper into the Alaska School Activities Association's Greatland Conference Tournament than ever before.

Kardinals pick up first state victory
Kenai Central hockey's lead dogs once again towed the Kardinals into unchartered territory.

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