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Thursday, February 21, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Nova Gold story correction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a Nov. 19 story about possible development at a gold deposit at Donlin Creek by NovaGold Resources Inc., The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of one of the owners of the property.

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.

Man charged with sexual abuse of 4-year-old boy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 50-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old boy and possessing more than eight thousand images of child pornography on his computers.

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.

University president seeks increased funding from state
JUNEAU (AP) -- Despite a looming fiscal gap, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton is pitching his case for more state funds for higher education.

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

Man involved in fatal collision indicted on murder charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man involved in a fatal head-on collision last year on the Parks Highway near Wasilla has been indicted on murder, assault and drunken driving charges.

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.

Anchorage man accidentally shot to death while cleaning gun
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 44-year-old man apparently shot himself to death accidentally while cleaning a gun in his home early Wednesday, police said.

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

Two sentenced for giving alcohol to teens in crash that killed officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage men were sentenced Wednesday for supplying alcohol to teens involved in a fatal car crash with an Anchorage police officer last year.

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.

Man found guilty of Nenana trapper murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nenana man was found guilty Wednesday of murder in the shooting death of a Nenana trapper last year.

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.

Private prison bill faces competing proposals
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative proposal for a private prison in Whittier calls for a bigger facility than one turned down by voters last year in Kenai. The legislation faces two competing proposals for adding prison space in Alaska.

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.

Gatt wins 1,000-mile Yukon Quest sled dog race
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Canadian musher Hans Gatt grabbed the lead with a little more than a hundred miles to go Wednesday and went on to win the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.''

University president seeks increased funding from state
JUNEAU (AP) -- Despite a looming fiscal gap, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton is pitching his case for more state funds for higher education.

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.

Judge rules Alaska Central Express can continue mail service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bankruptcy judge has ruled that Alaska Central Express can continue to provide mail service while challenging the U.S. Postal Service in a legal dispute, the airline said Wednesday.

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.

Gatt wins 1,000-mile Yukon Quest sled dog race
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Canadian musher Hans Gatt grabbed the lead with a little more than a hundred miles to go Wednesday and went on to win the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Moses bill would use Permanent Fund for community dividend
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's Permanent Fund could easily sustain a plan to use $89 million for local services that are now supported by state coffers, a fund official said Wednesday.

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.

Angler harvest cut for Kenai River sockeye
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries slashed Kenai River sockeye salmon quotas for sport anglers Wednesday and gave commercial driftnetters some hope of expanded fishing opportunities.

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.

Snowmachiners get stuck outside Cantwell
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mitchell Stoutenberg and Lewis Allen passed a crucial test Sunday they don't suggest anyone else take.

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.

Justice: court's role changing with Alaska's problems
JUNEAU (AP) -- Diversion programs that focus on treatment rather than jail sentences have worked elsewhere and show promise in Alaska, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe said Wednesday.

Troopers release name of woman killed in Parks Highway accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers on Wednesday released the name of a woman who died in a single-vehicle accident on the Parks Highway.

Police investigate deaths of two men found in Fairview apartment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the two men found dead in a Fairview apartment building Tuesday night apparently died from natural causes, Anchorage Police said.

Agrium workers negotiating for new contracts
Workers at the Alaska Nitrogen Products fertilizer plant in Nikiski can hope to have new contracts by April 1.

Tourism marketing funding approved
JUNEAU -- 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.

Business Briefs
Organization opens for realtors2002 charter vessel logbooks availableHomer Chamber sponsors outdoor funNew doctor comes to Snowder ChiropracticKenai Peninsula Youth Facility bid awardedCurves joins 'Food for Friends' drive

Entrepreneur gives Soldotna something new to Chat about
Wouldn't it be nice to have a place to sip on a latte, chew on a sandwich and check e-mails during lunch without worrying about office policies for personal Internet usage or eating at the desk?

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.

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.

Gatt wins 1,000-mile Yukon Quest sled dog race
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Canadian musher Hans Gatt grabbed the lead with a little more than a hundred miles to go Wednesday and went on to win the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Montana Democrats trying to overcome antigun image
BOZEMAN, Montana (AP) -- Montana Democrats are trying to shake the party's antigun image, and some say they're victims of their national party.

Viewers determine how art pieces related in latest KPC exhibit
"Not Certainly," a found object art installation by Anchorage artist Dan Mohr, is very aptly named. The display, at the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery, has the power to evoke several responses from viewers, the most common being along the lines of "what the ...?"

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Alaska life with furry friends
A look at "Gold Rush Dogs" By Claire Rudolf Murphy and Jane G. Haigh, and "Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team" By Pam Flowers with Ann Dixon

New Jersey pizza place becomes food for the soul
CAMDEN, N.J. -- There are plenty of places where poets gather, but most aren't like this.

Art Briefs
Writing submissions due FridayPoetry workshop to be heldToppenberg, Daniels sweep Guild show

Community dividend sought
JUNEAU -- The Alaska Permanent Fund could easily sustain a plan to use $89 million for local services that are now supported by state coffers, a fund official said Wednesday.

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

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

This week's race: Subway 400
Where and when

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

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.

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?

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.

Arness to seek Senate seat
Longtime school board member Joe Arness announced Wednesday he has filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission declaring he will run against Sen. Jerry Ward in the Republican Party primary for the new Alaska Senate District Q seat.

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.

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.

Stack fire in Soldotna prompts reminder from CES officials
Soldotna fire officials used a Wednesday stack fire to remind homeowners of the importance of properly maintaining their wood-burning heating systems.

Kasilof River salmon fishery overhauled by state board
Fishing from motorized boats will no longer be allowed on the Kasilof River under changes approved Tuesday by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

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.

Angler harvest cut for Kenai River sockeye
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries slashed Kenai River sockeye salmon quotas for sport anglers Wednesday and gave commercial driftnetters some hope of expanded fishing opportunities.

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.

Action on borough mayor's proposal to auction off 860 acres postponed until March 12
Mayor Dale Bagley said his desire to see borough-owned land at Point Possession put on the market is a reflection of his political philosophy that government-held real estate assets should be put in private hands.

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.

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

William 'Roy' Jahrig
Longtime Kenai resident William "Roy" Jahrig passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna following a long battle with cancer. He was 84.

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.

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.

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.

Americans add another handful to medal count
SALT LAKE CITY -- The latest recipe for American medal success: Start with a third generation Olympian winning a gold for his late grandfather. Add a local favorite with multihued hair, a stitched-up Sports Illustrated cover boy, and two more golds.

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

U.S. biathlon relay misses the mark
HEBER CITY, Utah -- It was a historical day in the Olympics, but one the American biathlon team would just as soon forget.

Slipping and sliding into grace
Athletes fall from grace all the time. Apolo Anton Ohno, whose name only hints how different he is from the Olympians crowded around him, is that rare athlete who fell into it.

USA Olympic teams introduces color to the winter games
SALT LAKE CITY -- How old are you when you start to figure out you're fast? Five? Six, maybe? Isn't that about when you realize that every time all the kids run to the same place you get there first?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Beating Germany set USA up for 2nd brush with Russia in hockey semifinals
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah Continuing what is rapidly becoming a less-surprising run through the 2002 Winter Olympics, the United States men's hockey team provided something that surely could not have been expected in a 10-day tournament featuring the best talent in the world.

American women go one and two in the skeleton
PARK CITY, Utah -- The giddy, flighty, 21-year-old kid of the "world skeleton family," who hates snow, won at Olympic gold medal on a snowy day Wednesday.

'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.

Olympic Trivia Feburary 21
TV listings for Thursday, Feb. 21, plus other Olympic neat-to-knows

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.

Third generation olympian wins gold
PARK CITY, Utah -- Jim Shea Jr. wins gold in skeleton. The movie, a trilogy, should already be in the works. Get out hankies. Go buy tissue.

Ohno wins controversial gold
SALT LAKE CITY -- Apolo Ohno got bumped on the last lap again Wednesday night, only this time he got the call and the gold medal.

Alaska ski jumper's future up in the air
PARK CITY, Utah -- 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.

Letters to the Editor
'Cut the budget' supporters will be first to scream when services cutAlaska's financial outlook grim; change in state habits unavoidable

Benefits of campaign finance reform measure should not be oversold
The House passage of a sweeping campaign finance reform bill last week is a heartening recognition of the public's growing desire to check the influence of special interest money in politics.

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.

Congress should say 'I do' to Bush marriage proposal
Encouraging strong marriages is a worthy goal of all nations that are based on democratic principles and a free-market economy. Simply stated, stable marriages promote emotional and physical health, economic security, strong democracies.

Applause
North Peninsula chamber says thanks for successful banquet

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.

Magazine story of illegal fishing technique raises Alaska anglers' ire
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Two sentences in the latest issue of ''Outdoor Life'' magazine are causing quite a stir among Kenai River rainbow trout anglers.

Photo feature: Winter fun
Melania Merritt gets ahead of her sled on a snowbank in Kenai after getting a little help down from Melissa and D.J. Charlie.

Around the Peninsula
ACS official to speak at North Peninsula chamberKRSMA board to meet tonightCPGH hosting community education lectureMaster Gardeners present winter lecturesChief Justice to swear-in youthsGathering to aid fire victimsJunior Olympic Archers will not meetCIAA board to meetResource and Crisis Center board meeting plannedKids to show off in March 2 talent show

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Cat skiers dive into untouched powder at Anthony Lakes
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort has been called a ''ski area time forgot,'' and it proudly lives up to the billing.

ASAA state skiing championship hits Birch Hill trails in Fairbanks
The Kenai Peninsula's high school cross-country ski teams will take to the trails beginning today in Fairbanks, and with the Soldotna boys leading the chrage, there's an excellent chance that an Alaska School Activities Association State Championship team ski title could come to the peninsula for the first time.

Bi-ski allows disabled to enjoy skiing
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- At one time, people with physical disabilities could only dream about skiing on the slopes with their peers.

Snowmachiners get stuck outside Cantwell
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mitchell Stoutenberg and Lewis Allen passed a crucial test Sunday they don't suggest anyone else take.

Iron Dog riders rest in Nome
All 23 of the teams remaining in the Iron Dog 2000 snowmobile race have checked into Nome.

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

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.

High-flying action helps biologists learn about elk health
AFTON, Wyo. (AP) -- Snow billows as the helicopter swoops toward panicked elk, like an eagle going for a rabbit.

Study shows timber wolf population at Camp Ripley might be highest ever
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota's timber wolves are doing better today than at any time since humans came here en masse in the 19th century. While wolves are endangered in other states their status has been upgraded to threatened in Minnesota.

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