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Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Talkeetna residents form group to deal with bear problems
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite $300 spent bear-proofing the garbage bin at the Alaska Railroad depot in downtown Talkeetna last year, the bruins got in a parting shot.

Two Alaskans compete in team events at Winter Games
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two Alaskans competed Monday in team events at the Winter Games in Utah.

Frontier Flying Service seeking $10 million post-attack loan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Frontier Flying Service Inc. is asking for a $10 million federal loan to help it recover from the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Feb. 14, 2002 The Voice of the Times applauds Bush's pay raise for military
Increased military spending is on the way because Congress will not tinker too much with the recommendations by President George W. Bush to beef up America's military.

Butteri continues to lead Yukon Quest pack
PELLY CROSSING, Yukon (AP) -- Peter Butteri of Tok remained on top of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race late Monday morning, when he was the first to arrive at Pelly Crossing.

Feb. 14, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner chastises Rep. Young for session absences
It was just a couple of weeks ago that we noted some disappointment with Rep. Don Young's explanation as to why he left Washington early in December.

Butteri holds lead in Quest
STEWART RIVER, Yukon (AP) -- Peter Butteri of Tok remained on top of the Yukon Quest as the leaders went through Stewart River, 99 miles past the halfway point at Dawson.

Feb. 15, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion urges U.S. Senate to pass campaign bill
If you've been following the Olympics, you've been following the controversy surrounding the pairs skating competition.

Sick newborn airlifted from Wrangell
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard said Monday it helped airlift a newborn girl in Wrangell who was suffering from respiratory distress.

Feb. 14, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. encourages passage of school bond package
Legislators should support a school construction proposal introduced by Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel.

Fishing crews safe after two boats sink near King Cove
JUNEAU (AP) -- Five fishermen were safe after being rescued from two sinking vessels Monday morning in unrelated incidents near King Cove.

Feb. 12, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News praises first step in tax discussion
State Rep. Con Bunde probably couldn't have caused a greater stir at the Feb. 6 House Finance Committee meeting if he had jumped from his desk and starting swinging from a chandelier.

Troopers investigate report of man with video camera in ladies' room
NIKISKI (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said they will forward charges to the district attorney's office against a man who went into the women's restroom with a video camera at the Nikiski swimming pool Saturday night.

Anchorage ski jumper Alborn mulls future
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Alan Alborn's gut tells him to keep jumping. His bank account tells him to quit and find a job that pays. His coach won't tell him what to do, but he wants Alborn to keep jumping. His parents probably wouldn't mind telling him to stop jumping, but they'll support whatever he chooses to do.

Alaska businesses save money swapping goods
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It's so Alaskan -- businesses going Dumpster-diving.

North Star plans mental health facility in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North Star Behavioral Health System plans to build a 60-bed residential treatment facility in Wasilla for emotionally disturbed children.

Anchorage tells fire halls to eliminate risque magazines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City firefighters have been told to get the girlie mags out of the fire stations.

Airlines take advantage of federal program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As of Jan. 24, 266 of the nation's airlines have received more than $3.8 billion in federal aid to offset losses attributed to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Feb. 11, 2002 The Ketchikan Daily News urges federal funds for pipeline protection
Fears for the safety of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline peaked when it became evident terrorists were looking for targets that would cause untold destruction and worldwide publicity. Perhaps the federal government should include funds for its security in the proposed 2003 budget.

Exchange students receive welcome home and farewell serenade
A sweetheart serenade is a Spanish tradition dating back hundreds of years, but brought to life on the Kenai Peninsula this year by local Barber Shop quartet members John Vaughn, Dan Thornton, Larry Willard, and Mykle Ables, known as "4 on the Richter Scale."

SoHi Robot near ready to compete
As you read this, the completed SoHi Robot is on its way from Soldotna to Seattle where it will face its first regional match of "Robotic ball" at the end of March.

Hospice Wine event greatest success ever
Over $11, 500 dollars was raised for the work of the Hospice of the Kenai Peninsula last week at the 5th Annual Wine Event and Auction held at the Soldotna Senior Center. "It was the cooperation and s

Walter Ward to the third power
Long time Kenai Peninsula Borough resident and popular School District Associate Superintendent, Walt Ward, joined his son Walt Ward, 22 year KPBSD teacher and present work coop specialist, and his grandson, Walter C. "Walley" Ward, KCHS senior, to promote the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Job Shadow program recently at the Paradisos restaurant in Kenai.

Peninsula Job & Career Fair planned
"It's a jungle out there! Only the strong survive," hollered Marie English, Peninsula

Butteri holds lead in Yukon Quest and another dog dies on trail
CARMACKS (AP) -- Peter Butteri of Tok held onto his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race early Tuesday.

Butteri holds lead in Quest
STEWART RIVER, Yukon (AP) -- Peter Butteri of Tok remained on top of the Yukon Quest as the leaders went through Stewart River, 99 miles past the halfway point at Dawson.

Daytona all it's piled up to be
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sterling Marlin should have stayed in the car and left the repairs to his crew.

Teens uncover fun, talent at Junk Yard Comedy Club
The stores are all closed and gated for the night, but the Peninsula Center Mall is packed with people anyway.

Bankruptcy stalls lawsuit against marine broker
HOMER -- Debra Moore, who was indicted for felony theft by a Kenai grand jury on Feb. 8, is not the only marine broker in Homer to come under legal scrutiny in recent months.

Bush impresses small contingent from peninsula
When President George Bush visited Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage Saturday, nearly 4,000 Alaska residents turned out to see him speak.

President presses case to open ANWR
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE -- President Bush, greeted by snowfall on his first presidential visit to Alaska, pressed his argument Saturday for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic wilds here.

Sedge may be enlisting with Nigeria
HOMER -- About 60 years after it was built, the Coast Guard Cutter Sedge may be nearing the end of its useful life as a buoytender out of Homer, but a Nigerian navy admiral and his officers liked the old boat when they took her out for a test drive recently.

Lobbyist helps borough battle for state funds
In a rapidly shrinking pond, every frog leaps for the last lily pad.

Unity Trail encounters some bumps
Once the snow and ice melt this spring, the path will be clear for construction to begin on the Unity Trail. But obstacles remain that could slow the path's progress.

Federal grant helps boost inlet fisheries
Fisheries enhancement programs in Cook Inlet are getting a boost, thanks to the federal government.

Floundering salmon industry seeks help
JUNEAU -- Commercial fisher Leroy Cabana did not intend to speak at a legislative hearing Wednesday on a bill to spend state dollars to market salmon.

Bagley proposes putting 860 acres on auction block
As he promised he would when he announced earlier this month that he would run for a second term, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley has reintroduced a proposal to auction off roughly 860 acres in the Point Possession area.

Vivian L. M. Cole
Nikiski resident Vivian L. M. Cole died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 52.

Tonight Kwan begins the final journey to fulfill her dreams
SALT LAKE CITY -- She once said she dreamed of becoming "the Michael Jordan of my sport.''

U.S. must wait a little longer for bobsleigh medal
PARK CITY, Utah You take a sport, play it on ice and put the athletes in sleds and where do you think the winners are going to come from?

Racine's brakeman questionable
Jean Racine's controversial decision to dump long-time brakeman and close friend Jen Davidson in favor of Gea Johnson last December may come back to haunt her.

Two Alaskans compete
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two Alaskans competed Monday in team events at the Winter Games in Utah.

American hockey keeps on rolling
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Maybe there is something to this home ice advantage.

Aerials training at Rat Lake
PARK CITY, Utah -- It looks like a blast when you see it on TV. You can see why the kids dig it.

Olympics: women's 1,000 meter speedskating
KEARNS, Utah _With Bonnie Blair standing on the top row of the bleachers, furiously shaking a cow bell, Chris Witty kept cranking out world-record splits.

Canadians dry spell in hockey medals continue
SALT LAKE CITY -- There is some debate about where hockey was invented.

Ohno misses Sunday practice
Short track speed skater Apolo Ohno missed his scheduled Sunday practice session after sustaining a 1 1/2-inch cut from his fall at the end of Saturday's 1,000 meter event.

France takes gold in Ice Dancing
SALT LAKE CITY -- You wonder why they bother with three nights of ice dancing at the Winter Olympics.

Time will come for U.S. ice dancers
SALT LAKE CITY -- The broad smile on Naomi Lang's face told the story.

The second pairs figure skating medal ceremony
SALT LAKE CITY -- With multiple hugs and kisses and duplicate gold medals, Canadian pairs skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier and Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze brought a smiling formal conclusion Sunday night to figure skating's greatest controversy.

U.S. Holds 11th in Ice Dancing
SALT LAKE CITY -- Naomi Lang emerged from the free dance Monday night and proclaimed she and ice dancing partner Peter Tchernyshev have never skated better.

It's no-medal-Monday for U.S.
SALT LAKE CITY -- And on the 10th day, they rested -- at least from climbing the medal stand.

Athletes win the day for Olympic spirit
SALT LAKE CITY -- After a week of sour, sweetness took center stage in Olympic figure skating.

Other than ordinary champion
Plenty people go through life with wrong-headed notions. The difference between Steven Bradbury and the rest of us is that he has a gold medal to show for his.

Austrailia brings home another gold
PARK CITY, Utah -- Please don't confuse Australia with Austria. Australia is the one with more gold medals.

Two Alaskans compete in team events at Winter Games
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two Alaskans competed Monday in team events at the Winter Games in Utah.

Olympic Trivia - February 19
TV listings and other neat-to-know Olympic stuff

Trans-Alaska pipeline should be priority for federal security dollars
Fears for the safety of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline peaked when it became evident terrorists were looking for targets that would cause untold destruction and worldwide publicity. Perhaps the federal government should include funds for its security in the proposed 2003 budget.

Panel's focus is to maximize benefits Alaskans receive from gas resources
As many of you know, I am the chair of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines. That has been a primary focus since I was appointed as the chair in May 2001. I want to maximize the benefit Alaskans receive from our natural gas resources.

Democrats seek effective voice
WASHINGTON -- Democrats are fighting a tide of public opinion these days -- especially President Bush's high approval rating -- without benefit of a dominant figure within the party to rally behind.

Applause
Carol Ford's vision, passion make community better place'Sound of Music' cast provides terrific evening of entertainment

Prayer case illustrates lack of common sense
Recently, in a public school, a kindergartner said grace while having a meal at school, and it is now a federal case.

Letters to the Editor
Dog who was dragged behind vehicle sustained serious injuriesFuture of Alaska's children should not depend on oil prices

U.S. needs to present stronger case to allies before targeting Iraq
If the United States next targets Iraq in its war on terrorism, the government needs to lay out a stronger, more specific case to its allies and its own citizens than it has thus far.

Births
Georgina and Greg BraunGarnet Mace

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Community News
Christian class open to area womenApplications available for internship programNew Alpine House up for raffleHomer community schools classes still open

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community Schools classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Food bank helps CANcel hunger
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is sponsoring another CANstruction food drive. Area civic organizations, businesses, corporations, churches, youth and school groups and individuals are invited to create sculptures out of canned and packaged food items. Sculptures can be set up at the Peninsula Center Mall Feb. 23-24 and must be completed by Feb. 25. The sculptures will remain on display at the mall through March 2 and pictures of all entries will be featured at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank booth at the Village Fair March 2 at Soldotna High School.

Peninsula People
Kenai man's son graduates from Air Force basic trainingStudents make dean's listsSoldotna student nominated to West PointKenai Historical Society elects officersKCHS announces Student of the Month

Around the Peninsula
Presidents' Day closures set for todayHomer health center closed for Presidents' DayIndependent Blind meets tonightSmall farms mini-series starts tonightJob fair update topic of Soldotna chamber meetingWomen invited to brunch, lectures'Caring for the Kenai' topic for Kenai chamberFish and Game Committee to discuss huntingMaster Gardeners present winter lecturesNorth Peninsula Chamber to meet Thursday

Modeling takes Sterling teen around the world
Tracking down 18-year-old Charity Reasner of Sterling isn't always easy. In the past two years, she has been busy traveling the world. Though she's back home for a while, this month she can also be found in both YM and Seventeen magazines.

Around the Peninsula
Reading council hosts 'Eat Dessert First'Soldotna chamber meets todayTrappers to host demonstration tonightClass teaches stress reductionBuilders plan membership meetingNorth Peninsula chamber to meet ThursdayPreschool fund-raiser planned for this weekBear viewing permit application deadline approaches

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Nikiski's Hall would rather ski than watch TV
In his famous late-1970s book, author Jerry Mander gives "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television." Perhaps Nikiski senior Zack Hall could be a fifth argument.

Making tracks
Debbie and Gerry Allen ski at the Kenai Golf Course Saturday afternoon. Fresh snow and moderate temperatures have helped to keep trails in good condition recently.

Iron Dog route changes, follows Iditarod
WASILLA -- Organizers of the Iron Dog 2000 were planning to reroute the race this year to keep it off the Iditarod Trail as racers head for the Alaska Range. But the proposed route proved impassable, even for the racing machines.

Terrapins close Cole on Duke
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The last guy out of the Cole Field House should have shut the lights, closed the door and put a padlock on the place.

Tampa lands Gruden
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's long, embarrassing search for a coach ended Monday with the hiring of Jon Gruden, one of the elite candidates they had sought all along.

Sports Briefs
Seward girls knock off GraceKeehn takes pair of skijor racesPSDRA to hold final race of seasonButteri continues to lead Yukon Quest packBrassard, Lee lead Iron DogNo. 1 Kansas 102 blitzes Iowa StateColes out, Langdon back with CavsLakers announcer breaks hip

Wolverines beat Purdue
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Shereka Wright scored 40 points Sunday to lead seventh-ranked Purdue to an 84-73 win over Michigan.

Skiles no longer coaching Phoenix
PHOENIX -- Scott Skiles stepped down as coach of the disappointing Phoenix Suns on Sunday and was replaced by assistant Frank Johnson.

Sports Briefs
Shannon falls off Quest trailFormer Packers Linebacker dead at 60Mattiace takes first PGA win

NFL expansion draft to open with Boselli leaving Jacksonville, moving to Houston
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans are expected to turn to Jacksonville's first college draft pick ever as their top pick in Monday's expansion draft.

Photo feature: On the prowl
Three coyotes move across the Kenai River flats near Bridge Access Road recently. The animals are frequently visible in the area.

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