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Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Torgerson will not seek re-election
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Sen. John Torgerson will not seek re-election this November, he said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Oil and gas incentive bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House voted Wednesday to continue an oil and gas exploration incentive that is set to expire in 2004. House Bill 307 would extend the program, which has never been used, to 2007.

Number of bills filed on the deadline day
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to move the legislative session to the Matanuska Susitna Borough was introduced in the Legislature on Tuesday.

Kotzebue man charged with illegally shipping, possessing alcohol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 48-year-old Kotzebue man was charged Tuesday with felony possession of alcohol with intent to sell.

Juneau man held without bail for allegedly assaulting baby
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man was being held without bail Tuesday for allegedly disconnecting a 7-week-old baby from an oxygen machine and assaulting the infant's mother.

Four charged with cocaine possession in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage residents were arrested last week on federal felony charges of possession of cocaine with a street value of more than $1 million.

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.

Gatt leads Quest mushers out of Braeburn
BRAEBURN, Yukon (AP) -- The top two teams in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race left the Braeburn checkpoint early Wednesday for the 109-mile-run to the finish line in Whitehorse.

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.

Fish board approves changes to Kasilof salmon fishery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fishing from motorized boats will no longer be allowed on the Kasilof River under changes approved Tuesday by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Juneau-raised woman competes in Survivor television show
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman raised in Juneau is one of 16 contestants competing for $1 million on the television show, ''Survivor: Marquesas.''

Anchorage police investigate fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police were investigating the fatal shooting of a man in what appeared to be a home invasion and robbery.

Economist says income tax least regressive
JUNEAU (AP) -- The average Alaskan would pay about 3 percent of his gross income to the state under Gov. Tony Knowles' proposed income tax measure, an economist told a House committee on Tuesday.

Two men found dead in Anchorage apartment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police were investigating the deaths of two men found Tuesday night in their apartment.

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.

Senate Finance approves funding for tourism, with a catch
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's travel industry would get $6 million to market the state to vacationers this year under a plan approved by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

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

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.

Alaska history bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska students would have to study Alaska history under a bill that passed the state House on Tuesday.

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.

Ammonia leak sickens workers
UNALASKA (AP) -- An ammonia leak at Westward Seafoods in Unalaska Tuesday afternoon sent more than a dozen workers to the local clinic.

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.

Murkowski calls for new attitude to address fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday that Alaska needs to change its mentality, not raise taxes, to deal with the state's financial problems.

Knowles appoints three new Game Board members
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles announced the appointment of three new members to the state Board of Game on Wednesday.

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."

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.

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

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

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.

Gatt leads Quest mushers out of Braeburn
BRAEBURN, Yukon (AP) -- The top two teams in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race left the Braeburn checkpoint early Wednesday for the 109-mile-run to the finish line in Whitehorse.

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 maintains Yukon Quest lead out of Carmacks
CARMACKS (AP) -- Peter Butteri of Tok held onto his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Tuesday.

Eagle River senator introduces measure to move legislative session to Mat-Su
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to move the legislative session to the Matanuska Susitna Borough was introduced in the Legislature on Tuesday.

House explores revenue options
JUNEAU -- The average Alaskan would pay about 3 percent of his gross income to the state under Gov. Tony Knowles' proposed income tax measure, an economist told a House committee on Tuesday.

In the spotlight: Tommy Baldwin
A short bio of your favorite nascar racers

This week's race: Subway 400
Where and when

Race Schedule
The dates of upcoming races, plus information about last season's races.

Raceways compete to fill stands
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The Georgia billboards promoting the race last October at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway made Ed Clark think: Why would a race track one state away advertise in the shadows of the Atlanta Motor Speedway?

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $1,383,0172. Elliott Sadler 957,0373. Geoffrey Bodine 644,187

Teams get one engine
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- A week ago, Doug Yates went through as many as 12 engines during practice sessions and qualifying for the Daytona 500 before deciding exactly which ones would be under the hood for Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd.

Point Standings
1. Ward Burton 1802. Elliott Sadler 170 3. Geoff Bodine 165

Torgerson won't seek re-election
Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to another term in the Alaska Senate.

Legislature holds fate of Homer annexation
Homer's two-year-long ordeal is nearly over as the south Kenai Peninsula community's controversial petition to annex surrounding territory faces its final hurdle -- the Alaska Legislature.

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.

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

Ailing schools may get boost
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is fishing for ways to help its cash-hungry school district, and it has hooked a potential $2 million windfall in the process.

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.

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.

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.

Judge goes easy on inexperienced hunter
A 21-year-old Soldotna resident convicted last week of taking an illegal Dall sheep was given a minimal sentence by Judge Jonathan Link, who also allowed the young man to act in his own defense.

Murkowski derides 'decline mentality'
JUNEAU -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday that Alaska needs to change its mentality, not raise taxes, to deal with the state's financial problems.

No charges yet in Kasilof shooting; incident blamed on nightmare
A man who allegedly shot his neighbor through the wall of his apartment in Kasilof claimed to be in the grip of a nightmare when he awakened early Sunday morning to fire his handgun.

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.

Thomas S. Woodford
Former Soldotna resident Thomas S. Woodford died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, in Las Vegas. Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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.

America and Canada on the ice Thursday for gold
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- So much for the Americans' Olympic lovefest with Canada.

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.

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

Ambition only goes so fast
Ambition will make a sled go only so fast. Otherwise, Jean Racine and Gea Johnson would have their gold medals already.

Final upset in Men's aerials
PARK CITY, Utah -- Eric Bergoust knew from the time he hit the ramp that the gold medal was out of his reach.

Olympic Trivia February 20
TV listings for Wednesday, plus other Olympic neat-to-knows

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.''

Two go for the gold tonight in speedskating
SALT LAKE CITY -- One slipped at the start. The other got knocked off balance near the finish.

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

Having the awards separated from the events takes something away
SALT LAKE CITY -- This city doesn't carry the reputation of a party town. It's one of the transformation stories of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake City at night is rocking.

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

Short programs in women's figure skating promises an outstanding night of skating for the long program
SALT LAKE CITY _ The unofficial judges, the fans at the Delta Center, cast their votes with the last notes of Michelle Kwan's musical choice, "East of Eden," still echoing through the building.

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

Womens' bobsled continues tradition of soap type drama
PARK CITY, Utah -- We're not supposed to say "serves you right'' in sports. At the Olympics or anywhere else people put everything they have into something and don't get what they want in return, it is considered shallow and petty and just plain mean to suggest that there are greater injustices in the world.

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.

Pack, hometown boy, makes good
PARK CITY, Utah -- Move over, Redford. Park City has a new poster boy. Joe Buck is about to be replaced by Joe Pack.

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

First African-American wins Olympic gold
PARK CITY, Utah Misdirection usually doesn't work in bobsleigh, a sport in which getting straight from the beginning to the end of a winding track is often risky.

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

Men's hockey gets interesting as teams ready for quarterfinals
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Chairs and fire extinguishers were tossed about at the 1998 Nagano Olympics men's hockey tournament. This time, they're throwing insults.

'Extreme shuffleboard' captures Olympic audience with strategy, suspense
OGDEN, Utah -- They'll never make the X-Games. They're twice the age of most Olympians. And they're more likely to get an endorsement deal from Fuller Brush than Mountain Dew.

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

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

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Majority of those wanting to amend state Constitution have not read itWhy don't Kenai guides use effective catch-release method?Campaign reforms also should ban endorsements by mediaMedia doesn't show any respect to anyone who is truly religious

Recession reaching its end, yet, some banking that average investor won't notice opportunities
Here's the inside story of how some very sophisticated people would like the average investor to fall for their endless economic scare tactics when, in fact, the recession is over.

Those who protect nation long overdue for increase in pay
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.

Applause
North Peninsula chamber says thanks for successful banquet

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game Committee to discuss huntingKenai chamber luncheon todayDisabled American Veterans to meetSterling Community Club to meet ThursdayBoys and Girls Club plans reading celebrationCIAA board to hold 25th annual meetingHealth fair scheduled for March 2

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

District school news
News from schools around the district

A leap of faith: New experiences bring risk, reward
Growing up means stepping into new roles. For example, summer in Kenai means fish and anything related. This explains the scrubby fishers, along with their slimy boots coming into Carrs for a quick bite after an over shift.

Pass your papers to the left: Supreme Court OKs kids grading in classrooms
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that students may grade each other's work in class without violating federal privacy law, deciding the case of a learning disabled boy whose classmates ridiculed his scores and called him a ''dummy.''

Marijuana school project gets OK -- then pulled
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- School officials are considering whether to yank a 13-year-old's science project because it examines medical uses for marijuana.

KPC student heads to the front of the class at Soldotna Elementary School
In January, Gayle Buben's class at Soldotna Elementary School welcomed a new student.

Honor Rolls
The following students were named to the Kenai Middle School, Ninilchik School or Skyview High School honor rolls

Around the District
Student oceanographers compete in SewardDinner supports student exchangeBand students to perform in KenaiChallenger offers final classNational Board Certification planned

Community honors director, professor
Kenai Peninsula College prides itself on the quality of its staff and faculty.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Iron Dog rolls into NomePacers, Bulls make seven-player trade

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.

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.

Photo feature: Steep lunch
A yearling moose and its mother wade through Tuesday's fresh snow to browse for food along the bluff in Kenai.

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