Monday, February 17, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Feb. 11, 2003 Anchorage Daily News on church's handling of sex abuse victims
It took 20 years and a bolt of news out of Boston, but retired Archbishop Francis Hurley apologized Friday for doing nothing to help Pat Podvin after Mr. Podvin told him in 1982 about sexual advances by the Rev. Francis Murphy.

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.

Feb. 12, 2003 Voice of the Times praises Sen. Murkowski's transportation bill
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has her priorities straight. The first bill she filed in her new job would provide up to $450 million a year over six years for construction of new roads, ports, docks and trails in Alaska.

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.

Feb. 13, 2003 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on increased alert status
Most people, at some point in their lives, have lived in close proximity to something that can be rather annoying -- airports, busy highways, neighbors with barking dogs, railroad tracks -- but after a time those annoyances blend into daily life and are hardly noticed.

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.

Feb. 16, 2003 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner encouraged by construction plans
We're beginning to get a feel for this new kind of talk coming out of Juneau, and we like it.

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.

Yakutat torn by school dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A dispute between Yakutat's school principal and newly hired superintendent has divided this town of 800 on Alaska's Gulf coast.

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

FEMA to pay $1.4 million for Lime Village washeteria
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay $1.4 million to repair the Lime Village washeteria.

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.

More Kenai River user feeling crowded
KENAI (AP) -- More people felt crowded as they used the Kenai River last year, according to a state parks survey, which compared results to a survey done 10 years ago.

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.

USGS says ANWR crude may be light, sweet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While debate continues over whether to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to petroleum drilling, government geologists say the oil underneath may be the sweet, low sulfur crude in high demand by refiners.

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.

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.

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 builds strong lead in Quest
SLAVEN'S CABIN (AP) -- Defending champion Hans Gatt was building his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race early Monday.

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

Construction industry launches recruitment effort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Construction industry officials say the image of construction workers needs some rebuilding and they've chosen Fairbanks to launch a marketing effort.

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.

Gatt maintains Yukon Quest lead
EAGLE (AP) -- Defending champion Hans Gatt was the first musher to leave Eagle on Sunday morning as he maintained his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yankees' pay to top $150 million
TAMPA, Fla. -- Even before the start of the season, the New York Yankees are smashing barriers.

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.

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?

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

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.

Waltrip regains Daytona crown
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip is the new master of Daytona. He doesn't win anywhere else.

Dale Jr. proves a point
The father would have known how the son felt. Dale Earnhardt Sr. would have been proud, too, to see the way Junior handled his bad luck Sunday and helped a teammate win the Daytona 500.

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.

Trail, road in line for fed dollars
The proposed Kenai Coastal Trail and erosion control project, as well as a project to rebuild and pave one mile of Jones Road in Soldotna to ease safety concerns, are included in a fiscal year 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Bill currently working its way through Congress.

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.

Borough faces skyrocketing insurance costs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider an ordinance Tuesday to pay the Alaska Municipal League's Joint Insurance Association $250,000 to cover a negotiated increase in property insurance costs resulting from skyrocketing insurance premiums following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Vacancy will be council's job to fill
Kenai City Council member Duane Bannock's appointment to director of the state Division of Motor Vehicles means he will relinquish his council seat, leaving a vacancy in the seven-member board.

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.

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.

Government offices closed in observance of Presidents' Day
All government offices, including federal, state, borough and city offices, will be closed today in observance of Presidents' Day.

Oilers complete coaching staff
The Oilers have completed the coaching staff for 2003 with the signing of Darin Everson as assistant coach. Everson is a member of the staff at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis. At the junior college, Everson's duties have included working with infielders, catchers, hitting instructors, camp coordinator and recruiting. These also will be Everson's duties with the Oilers.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Clarion failed to give adequate coverage to Governor's BallBoard of Fisheries contributes to current Kenai River controversyWrestling tournament a success despite logistical hurdlesFormer logger believes Southeast rain forests must be protected

Tax relief would offer some much needed consumer protection
There's no doubt about it. When Alan Greenspan speaks, it is like when E.F. Hutton speaks: Everybody listens.

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.

Photo feature: Nature's handiwork
Ice forms patterns in a parking lot in Soldotna following last weekend's colder temperatures. Forecasters are calling for continued winter-like temperatures below freezing and partly cloudy skies for early this week.

Around the Peninsula
KVCC closed for holidayHealth nurse to visit NikolaevskHomer chamber seeks sponsors for halibut derby4-H Rally Day set for TuesdayWomen invited to 'Call of the Wild' brunchCIRCAC committee to meetMarathon rep to speak to The AllianceSoldotna chamber to meet TuesdayForest Service to hold scoping meetingGenealogy workshop plannedAARP to meet ThursdayAgrium to host blood drive

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

New Soldotna officer to be sworn in today
Soldotna residents are invited to the swearing-in ceremony at 3 p.m. today of Soldotna's newest police officer. The ceremony will be at the Soldotna Police Department.

Holly Mercado and Anthony HieberRochelle and Dean Denlinger

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

Community News
Area KOPS group honored with dinnerBorough offers scholarshipsSoroptimists plan Young Women's ConferenceRed Cross to honor everyday heroesCooperative Extension plans security workshopAWEN plans 2003 conference

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

Peninsula People
KPC professor earns national honorsArea students named to deans' listsSoldotna student inducted in honor societyVan Bruggen receives Women's Opportunity AwardKenai youth to compete in state programSoldotna man completes Army training programArea soldiers complete basic trainingArea youth returns from two-year mission

Community Schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. The list is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Sweet stuff
Morgan Tschida, a second-grader at Sears Elementary School in Kenai, rests on her oversized stuffed animal while eagerly awaiting the start of the Teddy Bear Parade.

Bulldogs take two at Cook Inlet
The Nikiski girls basketball team brought down the Eagles of Cook Inlet Academy Saturday at CIA, 54-25.

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.

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).

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.

Tiger pounces back
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods had no pain in his left knee, no rust in his game and no trouble with Phil Mickelson.

Dahlen, Stars outshine San Jose
DALLAS -- Ulf Dahlen scored while sprawling to the ice, and the Dallas Stars reclaimed the top point total in the NHL with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

San Antonio sets record for wins on one road trip
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tim Duncan had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Emanuel Ginobili grabbed two key offensive rebounds in the final seconds as the Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings 104-101 Sunday for their eighth straight road victory -- an NBA record for one trip.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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