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Monday, February 19, 2001

Coast Guard ends search for man overboard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man who apparently fell off a fishing boat about 300 miles south of Kodiak.

State files complaints against Anchorage plastic surgeon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Division of Occupational Licensing filed more than 20 accusations against Dr. Steven Nathanson last week, saying his actions during multiple plastic surgeries showed professional incompetence and negligence.

Rollover spills six tons of zinc concentrate near Red Dog Mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About six tons of zinc concentrate spilled in a blowing storm Friday morning when a truck overturned on the road from the Red Dog Mine to its port facility.

Teen burglary suspect found dead
PALMER (AP) -- A 17-year-old burglary suspect was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Sunday night after a standoff with Alaska State Troopers.

Iditarod adds scratched Quest musher
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Less than a week after scratching from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race because of a family medical emergency, Fairbanks musher Sonny Lindner was approved as a late entry in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Dog dies in Yukon Quest
EAGLE (AP) --As mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race hit the trail after a 36-hour break, race officials announced the first dog death in the race.

Unemployment jumps in January
JUNEAU (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska increased 1.7 percent to 7.8 percent in January, following a typical midwinter pattern, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Anchorage man killed in vehicle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed early Sunday after driving his vehicle through a red light and striking a dump truck.

Troopers seize Kenai Peninsula marijuana plants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers and local police served two search warrants on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday and seized 146 marijuana plants.

February 17: Anchorage Daily News on civic literacy:
Alaska's exit exam has stimulated an important debate about what graduating high school students should know. So far, the discussion has focused on math, reading and writing. But there's another basic subject students should masters: civic literacy.

University land proposal nixed over possible sale to federal government
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Legislative efforts to give the University of Alaska a package of land that it could use to produce revenue have stumbled over a parcel near Healy.

February 19: Voice of the Times on the visit by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi.
Give a salute to Anthony Principi, the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He's the first member of President George W. Bush's Cabinet to visit Alaska -- and he didn't waste any time.

Resolutions come easy for legislators
JUNEAU (AP) -- It's an annual winter exercise for lawmakers, crafting a resolution urging Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

February 19: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the Special Olympics:
The biggest sporting extravaganza ever hosted by Alaska will feature participants and spectators numbering in what's expected to be the thousands, and drawing from some 80 nations around the world.

Osmar moves into Quest lead at halfway point
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Tim Osmar of Ninilchik took the lead at the halfway point in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Voice of the times on a proposal to break up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court:
Maybe at last, in this new Congress, action finally will be taken to reduce the size of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new 12th Circuit from the rubble.

Murkowski introduces pilot retirement bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has re-introduced a bill he says would alleviate a growing pilot shortage.

Three mushers battling for Quest lead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three mushers were battling for the lead Sunday halfway through the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Seavey family pulls together to achieve Iditarod dream
STERLING (AP) -- Mitch Seavey was just a boy when he began chasing the dream of winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

President resigns after 10 years
BETHEL (AP) -- The president and chief executive officer of the Kuskokwim Corp. has resigned after 10 years.

Three earthquakes rattle Southeast
PALMER (AP) -- Three earthquakes with the same epicenter rattled Southeast Alaska on Saturday.

Soldiers head to California for desert training
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Sixteen Army National Guard soldiers from the Northwest Arctic are headed to the Mojave Desert in California for three weeks of training.

Extreme ski championships in Valdez run out of money, volunteers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The World Extreme Skiing Championships are dead for now, according to Valdez organizers.

Man pleads no contest to shooting dogs
NOME (AP) -- A man who confessed to shooting three sled dogs in area dog lots could receive up to five years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

Knowles defends stance on highway route for gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles defended his policy Friday that backs building a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway to Canada and the Lower 48.

Businesses look forward to Special Olympics next month
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage businesses are banking on the upcoming 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games to give them a boost following the cancelation of the Fur Rendezvous sled dog races.

Two charged with abuse, child porn in remote Southeast raid
SITKA (AP) -- A married couple was arrested Friday morning on a remote island north of Sitka on felony charges of sexual abuse of a minor, unlawful exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography, Sitka police said.

Troopers seize Kenai Peninsula marijuana plants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers and local police served two search warrants on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday and seized 146 marijuana plants.

Man charged with choking rural doctor
UNALASKA (AP) -- A California man was charged with three felonies after choking a doctor at an Unalaska clinic and fleeing in a stolen car.

State files complaints against Anchorage plastic surgeon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Division of Occupational Licensing filed more than 20 accusations against Dr. Steven Nathanson last week, saying his actions during multiple plastic surgeries showed professional incompetence and negligence.

Judge rules again for Alaska Pulp in timber contract dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Pulp Co. has won another round in its ongoing claim of damages over the loss of its timber contract with the U.S. Forest Service.

Extreme ski championships in Valdez run out of money, volunteers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The World Extreme Skiing Championships are dead for now, according to Valdez organizers.

Knowles seeks restitution collection service
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles said Friday he wants to help crime victims collect restitution by setting up a collection service in the state Department of Law.

Three earthquakes rattle Southeast
PALMER (AP) -- Three earthquakes with the same epicenter rattled Southeast Alaska on Saturday.

Snow slides close access to the east side of Hatcher Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A series of snow slides in recent days has closed access to the east side of Hatcher Pass.

Sen. Murkowski angry about delay in Army hospital
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski is angry with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a delay in plans for a new Army hospital at Fort Wainwright.

House guts Knowles' gasline spending proposals
The House passed a supplemental budget Friday that drastically scales down urgent spending sought by Gov. Tony Knowles to promote development of a gas pipeline, inserting instead $1.5 million to lobby for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Federally-funded program to tackle problem of inhalant abuse
BETHEL (AP) -- A federal grant is funding the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. Inhalant Intervention Project to provide long-term treatment for inhalant abusers.

Flags lowered to honor former state Sen. Pete Walsh
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags lowered to half staff through Saturday in memory of Nome state Sen. Pearse ''Pete'' Michael Walsh.

Seward Highway project nearing completion amid problems
SEWARD (AP) -- Homer contractor Larry Herndon was pleased when his company won the $14.6 million bid for the Seward Highway Mile 8 to 18 road project.

Divers find source of Cook Inlet oil leak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The source of a Cook Inlet oil leak, and the resulting weeklong shutdown of Unocal's Dolly Varden production platform, was traced Thursday to a hole smaller than a quarter-inch in an undersea pipeline.

Around the Peninsula
Final SoHi conferences held todayPeer counselors to lead mothers groupBoard meeting slatedAlaska Independent Blind to meet todayConference to be held in SoldotnaCARTS tops agenda at chamber lunchKDLL board to meetMeeting held to voice ideas, concernsFirst sphere weekend plannedCIRC Advisory board to meetKBEA scholarship applications available

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Four-week class promotes change Open house focuses on dogs Workshop held at senior centerBed and breakfast association to meetBear viewing applications available Soldotna, Nikiski economic forums planned

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Mushers' families, friends monitor race from afar
While peninsula mushers Tim Osmar, of Ninilchik, and Sig Stormo, of Funny River, focus on finishing the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, fans at home focus on sending their support and keeping the home fires burning.

Seavey family pulls together to achieve Iditarod dream
STERLING (AP) -- Mitch Seavey was just a boy when he began chasing the dream of winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Minnesota musher wins U.P. 200
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) -- The top two winners in this year's U.P. 200 Sled Dog Championship crossed the finish line just 11 minutes apart.

Dog dies in Yukon Quest
EAGLE (AP) --As mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race hit the trail after a 36-hour break, race officials announced the first dog death in the race.

Osmar running second in Quest
ANCHORAGE -- Eight mushers left Dawson City, Yukon Territory, by early Saturday evening on their way to the first American checkpoint at Eagle in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Three mushers battling for Quest lead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three mushers were battling for the lead Sunday halfway through the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

NOW PLAYING:Down to Earth
I know exactly what you're thinking: "Down To Earth? What's that?" No, it's not a drama based on the Spacestation Mir, and it's not a lame teen-love-angst flick starring Leelee Sobieski (that was Here on Earth). Down To Earth is Chris Rock's latest comic venture but, unfortunately, in a couple of weeks you'll still be asking yourself that same question.

4-H Pet Project molds responsible pet owners
For those of us who enjoy the company of pets, we know how they enrich our lives. As I look back at my own childhood, I can see how pets helped me develop a foundation of nurturing skills, responsibility and much, much more.

Winter reflections
Nothing moves more swiftly than the plunge into an Alaska winter. Eternal sunshine and joys of summer activities quickly fade. It sounds bleak.

NASCAR great dies in horrible Daytona crash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- He was The Intimidator, the Man in Black, and right to the end, Dale Earnhardt was every bit the brusk daredevil who drew millions to his sport.

Win comes with cost as NASCAR legend Earnhardt dies tragically
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It figured somebody would find a way to beat Michael Waltrip, a non-winner over his 15-year Winston Cup career, as the Daytona 500 wound down to the precious final laps Sunday.

Black History Month is time to reflect on minority
February is national Black History Month. But don't expect a big public observance on the Kenai Peninsula.

Black History Month has deep roots
Black History Month owes its origin to Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), one of the founders of modern Black studies.

When it comes to being heart smart, knowledge is power
Cardiovascular disease -- the No. 1 killer in the United States -- faces a formidable foe on the Kenai Peninsula. Celebrating American Heart Month, survivors of heart disease, medical professionals and the peninsula's youth take stock of the battle being waged and victories being claimed.

Divers find source of Cook Inlet oil leak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The source of a Cook Inlet oil leak, and the resulting weeklong shutdown of Unocal's Dolly Varden production platform, was traced Thursday to a hole smaller than a quarter-inch in an undersea pipeline.

Tower plans rile Skyline residents
Living on high ground has its advantages and disadvantages. Of the former are better views and low flood potential. Of the latter, there is always a chance someone will want to put a 180-foot cellular telephone tower in your neighborhood.

Awareness, training key to assisting in time of emergency
"Cardiovascular disease kills approximately one million people in the United States each year -- that's one death every 33 seconds," according to the American Heart Association.

Photo feature: Airborn
Taylor Adams catches some blue sky while snowboarding Saturday at a new park on Karen Street in Soldotna.

Vandals strike southern communities
Buildings in Ninilchik and Anchor Point fell victim to acts of crime sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

New session, old resolution
JUNEAU -- It's an annual winter exercise for lawmakers, crafting a resolution urging Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

Say 'cheese' : Photo Feature
Carol Keller videotapes competitors in the Region III Cross-Country Skiing Championships at Tsalteshi Trails Friday afternoon as her husband Bill and other fans cheer.

Group helps visually impaired
Failing vision can be terrifying, said Soldotna High School teacher Mack Tappana.

Is U.S. already in recession? Not yet
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is walking a careful line when he speaks of ''economic pain on the horizon.''

Applause
Many businesses, individuals make basketball program possibleThanks for help with patriotic arts program competition

Alaskans should benefit as much as possible from any future gasline project
One of the most important issues facing the Alaska Legislature this session is the possibility of a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48. As

Safety, responsibility should prevail in lieu of meaningful laws
How far should government go to protect people from risky behaviors? Are attempts to legislate common sense ever

U.S. companies' layoffs really not best business practice in final analysis
Typical America: A wave of layoffs is crossing the country and most people still see something positive behind it. What in Europe would lead to huge protests is interpreted in the United States as management strength.

Responsibility key to developing that remarkable animal-human relationship
The Anderson household is beginning to settle down, finally.

Powell faces big job in reuniting Gulf War coalition against Iraq
It's becoming more and more evident that the unity around the U.N. sanctions imposed on Iraq is cracking. Lots of fresh ideas are needed to make sure that Saddam Hussein is disarmed. A great part of the responsibility must be put on U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Special Olympics athletes win medals
The Special Olympics Alaska 2001 State Winter Games drew nearly 300 athletes and volunteers to Anchorage Feb. 9-11. It was SOAK's largest state winter games ever.

'Sal' makes it her business to serve community
It quickly becomes apparent that it is hard to separate the woman from the business -- hard to separate Sally Hoskins from her pride and joy, Sal's Klondike Diner in Soldotna.

Ninilchik puts heart into Valentine's Day celebration
NINILCHIK -- It was more than just a candlelit dinner for two. It was residents of Ninilchik gathering together on Valentine's Day to pay tribute to friends and family -- some alive, some already passed on.

Peninsula People
Students named to honor listsPing pong tourney resultsDogs are focus of open house SaturdayKBEA scholarship applications availableRotary club in need of computers

Ask a Trooper
Question: I got stopped by a trooper today and was told that my windows were tinted too dark. How can that be, since I paid over $100 to have them done?

My Best Friends
Champer and Missy are considered the guardians of Wilma and Bill Bartlett's family.

CIA girls pull off upset of Seldovia
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team defeated Seldovia 42-38 Saturday in District 2/2A competition.

Carolina scores, edges Boston too
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Josef Vasicek scored with 2:41 left, breaking a 12-game pointless streak as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 Sunday.

Chugiak takes it to East for third place in tournament
Dimond defeated Service 3-2 Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center in the finals of the Class 4A state hockey tournament.

Lathrop stonewalls Kards
The Kenai Central High School hockey season came to an end Friday as the Kardinals dropped their consolation semifinal 3-2 to the Lathrop Malemutes at the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Durant takes Bob Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Joe Durant credits his wife with resurrecting his golf career by getting him to quit thinking so negatively. She couldn't have been too happy after learning what her husband was doing the night before the final round of the Bob Hope Classic.

'Dawgs tear up Moose
The Nikiski girls basketball team took to the hardwood and hunted down the Palmer Moose like a pack of wild dogs Saturday.

Ninilchik team gets big-time coverage
The girls' basketball team of Ninilchik School -- the Lady Wolverines -- appreciates the support of its fans. But when the team played archenemy Seldovia on Feb. 9, they got more attention than they expected. Taking notes and photographing every move were USA Today reporter Sal Ruibal and photographer Jack Gruber.

Rage, Bolts win in XFL ... but ratings continue to drop
NEW YORK -- The XFL is losing viewers at a staggering rate.

Clemson blasts Tar Heels
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson jolted college basketball Sunday, beating No. 1 North Carolina 75-65 on 26 points by Will Solomon and ending the Tar Heels' 18-game winning streak.

Nikiski skaters grab fourth place at state
Nikiski defeated Glennallen 2-1 Saturday to claim fourth place at the Greatland Hockey Conference Championships.

Upsets name of women's games
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Michelle Snow took an inbounds pass with 1.1 seconds left and made a 12-footer, giving No. 2 Tennessee a 75-73 victory over No. 13 LSU on Sunday.

Liebner, Stars still own Tsalteshi
Another big meet at Tsalteshi Trails, another big win for the Soldotna boys and Stars senior Andy Liebner.

Olympic flame on its way to Anchorage
ATHENS, Greece -- In a re-enactment of an ancient ceremony, a flame was lit in Athens on Saturday for the Winter Games of the Special Olympics in Alaska next month.

Knights skaters take fourth place at state
The Colony Knights skated to their best finish at the state tournament, defeating Lathrop 5-1 for fourth place.

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