Sunday, February 17, 2002

Habitat looking for North Pole applicants
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Habitat for Humanity wants to build a house in North Pole, but there is one problem. It can't find anyone interested in taking advantage of the program.

Victim of Soldotna attack in coma
KENAI (AP) -- A 20-year-old Soldotna man accused of raping and severely beating a woman remained in custody Friday in lieu of $250,000 dollars cash bail and a court-approved third-party custodian.

Bill aims to update state welfare reform law
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposed change in state welfare law could put more money into subsidizing the wages of people trying to move off welfare.

President relaxes with party faithful at Republican fund-raiser
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 200 people, most of them Republicans who wrote $1,000 checks to get in, watched President Bush's Elmendorf speech on a big screen television while noshing on shrimp and sausage in the atrium at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Nenana Police Department again loses half of its fleet
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the second time in six weeks, the Nenana Police Department has lost half of its two-car fleet.

Butteri has nice lead in Yukon Quest
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) -- About the only person calling Peter Butteri the surprise leader of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is -- Peter Butteri.

Timber companies, economists weigh impact of logging injunction
JUNEAU (AP) -- A logging injunction in the Tongass National Forest cost Viking Lumber more than $1 million last year, a company official said during a hearing on Thursday.

BP says natural gas pipeline financially out of reach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP's chief executive said the estimated $15 billion to $20 billion pricetag on an Alaska natural gas pipeline puts it out of reach financially.

Marathon increases spending in Alaska for 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co. plans to increase its capital budget this year in Alaska.

Coffee dispute could be nearing a resolution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Carrs Safeway grocery chain is sending signs that it might back down from booting local coffee roasters from its stores and replacing them with coffee giant Starbucks.

Husband gets 60 years for knifing wife and son
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who nearly knifed his wife and son to death was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Fish board aids disabled anglers, charitable works
ANCHORAGE (AP) - Disabled anglers are getting a boost from the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Butteri leads Yukon Quest
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) -- About the only person calling Peter Butteri the surprise leader of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is -- Peter Butteri.

Nanwalek school spill cleanup to cost $230K
Borough risk managers have asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to approve spending nearly $230,000 to finish cleaning up diesel-contaminated soil at Nanwalek Elementary-High School and replace playground equipment removed during excavation work last year.

Soldotna council moves to clean up waste water
The Soldotna waste water treatment plant, which purifies city sewage before emptying it into the Kenai River, will receive a new ultraviolet disinfection unit as well as a third, larger clarifier, which filters impurities from the water. Both additions will improve on the city's current sewage sanitizing process.

How teacher salaries compare to others
Are teachers' salaries in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District low, or high? Or is the picture more complex than that?

District teachers, losing buying power, seek higher pay
Kenai Peninsula teachers say they need more pay, and this is the year they will insist on getting it.

Homer school budget hearing highlights depth of woes
HOMER -- Snowballs rattled off the Homer High School library windows Monday night as the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District hosted a public hearing on the district's budget problems.

Blood bank calls shortage 'critical'
The Blood Bank of Alaska is running dry from a critical shortage in donations this winter.

King harvest limits fixed
Fishers planning on angling for a Kenai River king salmon this spring had better make sure it's a big one. The Alaska Board of Fisheries passed a measure Saturday that significantly impacts anglers' ability to take home early-run kings.

Sophie Margie Bradley
Longtime North Pole resident Sophie Margie Bradley died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, surrounded by loved ones at her son Leslie's home in Kenai.

Corene Ross
Kenai resident Corene Ross died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Central

Mederese M. Chamberlain
Anchorage resident Mederese M. Chamberlain died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at her home of natural causes. At her request there will be no services.

Eve K. Williamson
Soldotna resident Eve K. Williamson died Wednesday, February 13, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Ohno's crash puts future in question as focus returns to athletes
SALT LAKE CITY -- A quick reminder from the Winter Games: The Olympics are still about the athletes.

U.S. and Russia tie in middle round in Men's Hockey
KEARNS, Utah In a game not quite as miraculous but almost as dramatic as the last one they played on American ice, the United States and Russia tied 2-2 in the middle round of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Your guide to the Olympics for Sunday, February 17
TV listings for Monday, Feb. 18, plus Olympic trivia

Winter Olympics just feel warmer
SALT LAKE CITY _ The towering metal stands at the downhill venue, packed full of flag-waving fans, looked like a United Nations gathering, sans the headphones and translators.

Ohno falls out of place in men's short-track
SALT LAKE CITY -- Apolo Anton Ohno's bid for four gold medals will fall short.

Gold Medal showdown approaches for Women's Hockey
SALT LAKE CITY -- The United States women were two players short.

Kenai Peninsula skiers make tracks into Winter Olympics
The Olympics five-ring symbol, representing the union of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America, needs a new link. One for the Kenai Peninsula.

Professional athletes hurting Olympics
SALT LAKE CITY -- There was a hockey game on last night that you probably didn't watch.

Joey Cheek takes third in men's speed-skating
KEARNS, Utah America's newest speed-skating sensation had a brutal wait Saturday and by the end of it was satisfied just to finish anywhere in the top three.

And the real winners are...
SALT LAKE CITY -- "David Citations for the interesting and weird, Winter Olympics version I:

Luge is not the perfect spectator sport
PARK CITY, Utah -- Seen any good luge lately? Don't blink. Whoops, in the time it has taken you to read this, three sliders have shot down the run.

Mesler achieves Olympic dream, just not how he dreamed it
SALT LAKE CITY _ Steve Mesler dreamed of being an Olympian. A Summer Olympian. Maybe the next Bruce Jenner or Dan O'Brien.

U.S hockey picks up tie with speedy Russians
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- Brett Hull scored off his own rebound with 4 1/2 minutes left and the United States -- outshot and outskated most of the night by super-fast Russia -- managed a 2-2 tie Saturday.

Twist of fate makes Bradbury an instant celebrity
SALT LAKE CITY -- Steven Bradbury didn't come to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games with a realistic chance of winning a gold medal.

Kasilof Olympian makes history
HEBER CITY, Utah -- Jay Hakkinen couldn't see the leader board or hear the public address announcer, but the roar of the American crowd told him something special was happening.

No smiles-all-around compromise for U.S. vs. Russia Men's Hockey
SALT LAKE CITY -- Was there a French judge in the house? Here you had an event with Russians on ice, a seemingly superior performance not fully rewarded and, in the end, a tie. It was almost like figure hockey.

Sports have one week to reclaim Olympics
SALT LAKE CITY -- This is the point in the road where you start asking, are we there yet? When the scenery all starts to look alike and you've heard the same old song too many times.

U.S. Men's Hockey off to fast start
SALT LAKE CITY -- Most of them pulled into town on Thursday morning still feeling the effects of the NHL games they'd played the previous night.

Ask the Mayor
Question: What is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?

Bad advice doesn't make public speaking more fun
I am picturing you in your underwear. You, yes, you, reading this column right now, are being imagined in your skivvies by someone you don't even know.

Rep. Young's record raises concern about who he is representing
Dear Congressman Don Young, For more than two decades you've been the congressman for all Alaska. Very frankly, however, your constituents are starting to think you are taking us for granted.

Message may be clear, but Bush's straight talk sometimes offends
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, still taking a crash course in diplomacy, is getting pointers from an unlikely trio: Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Democratic rival Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Photo: Kenai Commercial Store
This 1949 photo is of the inside view of the Kenai Commercial Store on Mission Avenue near the bluff in Old Town Kenai.

Crowell, Tapia marry in Kenai
Maggie Crowell and Jared Tapia, both of Soldotna, were married Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at the Kenai Courthouse.

'Living on Less' hints save money
There's a growing trend in America to simplify. I consider myself in a transition of simplifying my life as well. In a few weeks in this column I plan to share information about sustainable living. However, this week I want to feature a publication I received from the University of Missouri-Columbia titled "Living on Less."

My Best Friend
Mookie finds a comfortable spot to take a break and stretch out for a while between games of fetch. The photo was taken by his owner, Jay Barrett, who lives off Kalifornsky Beach Road, when they lived in Dillingham several years ago.

Around the Peninsula
Presidents' Day closures set for MondayHomer health center closed for Presidents dayWomen invited to brunch, lecturesParts of Chugach National Forest open to ridersCIRCAC to meetRealtors to hold general meeting

Study suggests less than 8 hours sleep is good for health
CHICAGO -- Don't fret if you don't get eight hours of sleep a night -- new research suggests adults live longer if they get six or seven.

Iron Dog set for 19th year
The 2002 Tesoro Iron Dog 2000 Snowmobile Race is set to get revving today. The race is run north from Wasilla to Nome and then continues southeast from Nome to Fairbanks. The course covers a total of 1,838 miles and is the longest snowmachine race in the world.

Soldotna skaters eliminated from state in consolation semis
The Soldotna High School hockey team's season ended quietly.

SoHi boys, SkyHi girls take titles
The day was crisp and clear. Eagles soared high above Nikiski and the sun shone just enough through the 30-degree air to warm the spirits of young competitors vying for the title of "the best."

No. 4 Oklahoma blitzes Kansas State in second half
NORMAN, Okla. -- Aaron McGhee scored 22 points, Jason Detrick had a career-high 21, and fourth-ranked Oklahoma used a 19-3 second-half run to break the game open and beat Kansas State 73-62 Saturday.

McCarron leads Nissan
LOS ANGELES -- Scott McCarron holed a 50-foot eagle putt from just off the 17th green for a 6-under 65 Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead over Toru Taniguchi in the Nissan Open.

Bulldogs sweep Heritage
Nikiski's Sally Glaze and David Holloway both came up with solid second halves to lead the host Bulldogs to a sweep of District 3/3A foe Heritage Christian Friday night.

Some Mormons stop Sabbath prohibitions
SALT LAKE CITY -- As an active Mormon, Edward Sommers usually tries to spend Sundays in church. This week, however, the mining engineer will be driving a bus between Salt Lake City and the Olympic venues.

Kenai Central cagers score sweep of Seward
The Kardinals dismantled Seward Saturday 60-34 in the Kenai gymnasium. Kenai was led in scoring by Erica Shinn, who contributed six buckets and 2-for-2 free-throws. Karli Knudsen added four buckets and three foul shots.

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