Tuesday, February 18, 2003

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.

Trooper that shot man had history of aggression
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several incidents have turned up in Arthur Jesse Osborn's past in a review conducted after the Alaska State Trooper shot and killed a disabled man on a highway turnout in January.

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.

Barton named to head transportation department
JUNEAU (AP) -- Mike Barton was named Tuesday to head the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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.

Interior land plan adopted
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Thousands of acres of state land near the Taylor Highway will be available for remote settlement as part of a new land-use plan adopted by the state Department of Natural Resources.

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.

Permanent Fund recoups some losses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A relatively strong stock market from October through December gave the $22 billion Alaska Permanent Fund a 4.4 percent return on its investments for the quarter, fund officials said.

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.

Anchorage parents, police differ on causes of melee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Angry parents and teenagers bombarded Mayor George Wuerch and Anchorage police commanders Monday with questions about what police are calling a riot that broke out after a Fur Rendezvous teen dance.

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.

Gatt holds onto lead in Quest
CIRCLE CITY (AP) -- Defending champion Hans Gatt was holding onto a comfortable lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Proposals pit public, private prisons
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A proposal to build a 1,200-bed private prison in Whittier is running into competition for state funding from a rival 1,200-bed prison proposed for Sutton in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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.

Snowmachiner caught in avalanche
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- While waiting for the rescue helicopter to arrive, Lucas VanBebber's friends worked to keep him warm and stable.

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.

Man charged with felony assault
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man was charged with felony assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend, dousing her with lighter fluid and threatening to set her on fire.

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.

Former archbishop says he failed abuse victim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A letter from retired Archbishop Francis Hurley apologizing for his failure to help a teenage parishioner who reported sexual abuse by a priest two decades ago was read in churches throughout the Archdiocese of Anchorage.

Lawmaker seeks more restitution for nonprofits
JUNEAU (AP) -- A lawmaker is seeking to change a law he says prevented the Alaska Folk Festival from collecting full restitution from an accountant who embezzled thousands of dollars from the organization in the 1990s.

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.

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

Baltimore pitching prospect Bechler dies of heatstroke
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler died of heatstroke Monday, unable to recover from a spring training workout a day earlier that sent his temperature to 108 degrees.

Quest lead in sure Hans
CIRCLE CITY (AP) -- Defending champion Hans Gatt had a six-hour lead Monday over his nearest competitor in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Timber group forms to combine efforts
Up from the roots of necessity and past failures springs Kenai Peninsula Timber Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to put the lumber industry back on the map on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Photo feature: Getting an early jump on sales
Julie Trudell, right, checks the merchandise as Danielle Williamson waits for more customers at her yard sale in Kenai on Saturday. Normally a spring custom, sale signs are cropping up as people take advantage of the warm weather.

Wildlife troopers keep busy despite quiet fishing season
Just because the winter until now has been too mild to get a lot of folks out ice fishing and trapping on the Kenai Peninsula doesn't mean Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers have been idle.

Lack of rain, snow could precipitate dangerous spring
Late last fall when the Kenai Peninsula was awash with overflowing rivers swelled by intense rainfall, it might have been hard to anticipate the dryness experienced this January and early February.

Lawmaker seeks more restitution for nonprofits
JUNEAU (AP) -- A lawmaker is seeking to change a law he says prevented the Alaska Folk Festival from collecting full restitution from an accountant who embezzled thousands of dollars from the organization in the 1990s.

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.

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.

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.

Everett 'Ev' Faass
Longtime Alaskan Everett "Ev" Faass died in his home in Soldotna on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, with his son nearby, after a lengthy illness. He was 75.

Bertha 'Kay' (Rasmussen) Dillon
Soldotna resident Bertha "Kay" (Rasmussen) Dillon died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 76.

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.

Battle of the Books winners make rest of school proudThose involved in Battle of Books show cooperation, sportsmanshipCommunity's generosity makes scholarship program successfulKids begin to learn lots of life skills on basketball courtEvent teaches kids ways to keep safe when riding snowmachines

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

Terror alert makes it hard to act as if nothing is different
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.

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.

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Holly Mercado and Anthony HieberRochelle and Dean Denlinger

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

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Clothes Closet open, donations needed4-H Rally Day set for todayWomen invited to 'Call of the Wild' brunchCIRCAC committee to meetMarathon rep to speak to The AllianceSoldotna chamber to meet todayForest to hold scoping meetingKDLL board meets tonightGenealogy workshop plannedMarketing workshop slatedCPHC to meet WednesdayCommittee to discuss salmon plansTea party to honor 'Women of Seward'

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

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.

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.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Studies have mixed message for diet and Alzheimer's risks
CHICAGO -- Some dietary fats might help prevent Alzheimer's disease, others may increase the risk and -- contrary to some reports -- antioxidant vitamins may have no effect on the mind-robbing ailment, two studies suggest.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

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

Alfredsson's assists stymie Rangers
OTTAWA -- Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson assisted on goals by Radek Bonk, Mike Fisher and Martin Havlat as the Senators beat New York 3-2 on Monday night to spoil Pavel Bure's return to the Rangers' lineup.

Pistons pump past Heat
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 34 points and Ben Wallace added 19 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons routed the Miami Heat 93-62 Monday night.

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.

Swiss sail to 3-0 lead over Kiwis
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Nothing but stern. That's what Alinghi of Switzerland showed beleaguered Team New Zealand all the way around the course, and the America's Cup is that much closer to going to Europe for the first time in 152 years.

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.

Superlative season rewards Nikiski skater's hard work
It took a lot of seasoning, but finally a hockey season has left just the right aftertaste in the mouth of Nikiski senior Josh Pepper.

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.

Sports Briefs
Snow nearly wipes out Northeast scheduleDecision to start race early saved the Daytona 500Tyson fight officially called off

Mouton's treys push Texas past Texas Tech
AUSTIN, Texas -- Brandon Mouton hit five 3-pointers in the first half to spark No. 3 Texas to a 77-65 victory Monday night over Texas Tech, which played without suspended guard Andre Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer.

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