Friday, February 21, 2003

Jet lands after blowing tire
JUNEAU (AP) -- A medical jet landed safely at Juneau International Airport on Monday despite a flat tire.

Anchorage Archdiocese forms abuse review committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Catholic Archbishop Roger Schwietz has formed a new, independent committee to re-examine past allegations of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Anchorage.

Fairbanks assembly backs illegal cabins
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks borough assembly has passed a resolution asking that the military not tear down all the illegally built cabins in the Tanana Flats. But Army officials say the cabin removals will continue.

Gatt can't explain Yukon Quest success
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When musher Hans Gatt crossed the finish line of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Thursday morning, even he couldn't explain how he was able to lengthen a 90-minute lead in Dawson City, Yukon to a 12-hour lead for his second straight win.

Airborne romance ends in arrests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A flight that started with kisses and coos on Valentine's Day ended with a drive to jail for two Anchorage men and an Olympia, Wash., woman.

Former transportation officials weigh in on habitat
JUNEAU (AP) -- Four former transportation commissioners weighed in on a plan to remove permitting duties from the state's habitat division in a letter released by the Murkowski administration on Thursday.

Murkowski says she will back Iraqi invasion if Senate votes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will back a resolution supporting war in Iraq if it comes before the Senate for a vote, she said Wednesday.

Ketchikan drivers get too close to video store
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A video store took an accidental pounding from two members of a Ketchikan family Monday night.

Anchorage teen shot by teen playing with handgun
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head Wednesday afternoon by another teenager playing with a handgun, Anchorage police said.

Holloway to retire in March
JUNEAU (AP) -- Education Commissioner Shirley Holloway is retiring in March, Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration announced Thursday.

UAA seeks smaller budget hike
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents has submitted its annual budget request, asking for a $13.6 million increase in general state appropriations and $42.4 million more for capital projects.

Free credit report bills get scrutiny
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislators are talking about requiring credit agencies to provide consumers with a free credit report every year.

Anchorage man pleads guilty in check scheme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of bank fraud in connection with a counterfeit check cashing scheme.

State surveys Alaskans on more predator control
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A week after unveiling a predator control plan to boost moose numbers near McGrath, state game officials are surveying Alaskans to determine their views on doing the same thing in the Nelchina Basin.

Former champ ponders retirement from Yukon Quest
CIRCLE (AP) -- Two-time champion John Schandelmeier is contemplating making this 20th edition of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race his last.

Permanent fund trustees call for oil probe
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is calling for an investigation into whether oil industry practices on the North Slope are shortchanging the state. The impetus for the action comes from the new trustee appointed recently by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Alaska Airlines applies to serve Guadalajara
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines has applied for authority to provide nonstop service between Los Angeles and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Administrative appeals change on the horizon
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate President Gene Therriault is backing a plan to centralize the state's administrative appeals process.

Trooper investigated for shooting put on desk duty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper under investigation for a fatal shooting on the Kenai Peninsula was taken off patrol duty on Wednesday and placed in an administrative job at trooper headquarters in Anchorage.

Troopers try to identify victim of serial killer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are making another try at identifying a murdered woman nicknamed ''Eklutna Annie,'' more than 20 years after her decomposed body was found buried along a power line outside Eklutna.

Iditarod ceremonial start short on snow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With the restart moved to Fairbanks, Iditarod officials are now scrambling to make sure there's enough snow on city streets and trails for the ceremonial start of the race March 1.

Ketchikan processing plant gets new owner
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan fish plant that was scheduled for shutdown this year will instead remain in business under the son of its founder.

Ruedrich, Palin get oil commission jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday appointed Alaska Republican Party chairman Randy Ruedrich and Republican lieutenant governor runner-up Sarah Palin to state jobs overseeing the oil and gas industry.

State Sen. Stevens called to testify in salmon lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the fish-processing companies accused of conspiring to fix the price of salmon wants to put state Sen. Ben Stevens on the witness stand to testify in the processors' defense.

UA seeks smaller budget hike
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents has submitted its annual budget request, asking for a $13.6 million increase in general state appropriations and $42.4 million more for capital projects.

St. Paul man found guilty in Coast Guardsman killing
ST. PAUL ISLAND, Alaska (AP) -- A white wooden cross with Timothy Harris' name stands at the spot where he was shot across from the U.S. Coast Guard station on this wind-swept island in the Bering Sea.

Two rescued when fishing vessel sinks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 42-foot fishing vessel sank Tuesday morning in Wells Bay in northcentral Prince William Sound, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Anchorage teen killed by teen playing with handgun
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy died Thursday after he was shot in the head by another teenager playing with a handgun, Anchorage police said.

Email harrassment bill passed
JUNEAU (AP) -- Harassing someone by e-mail would be a crime under a bill that passed the House on Wednesday.

Church investigates parishioner complaints
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Episcopal Diocese of Alaska is investigating ''clear and credible complaints'' that a clergyman has engaged in sexual exploitation of adult parishioners.

Research vessel to be overhauled in Portland
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Portland, Ore., shipyard will overhaul a federal research ship before it returns to Alaska.

State Chamber bookkeeper charged with embezzlement
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bookkeeper for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce faces felony charges after officials uncovered an embezzlement that included cashing a dead woman's check.

Murkowski appoints Stevens to fill Senate seat
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski has appointed Rep. Gary Stevens to an unexpired state Senate seat representing Kodiak Island and parts of the Kenai Peninsula.

Third Northwest pilot convicted of tax evasion
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Northwest Airlines pilot who claimed Alaska residency has been convicted of felony tax evasion.

Gatt wins Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Hans Gatt won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race Thursday, becoming the first musher ever to win the 1,000-mile race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks two years in a row.

Fairbanks man arrested in Arizona
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in Arizona and charged with shooting a man twice in a Fairbanks apartment last September.

Man dies in Anchorage crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 38-year-old man died early Thursday morning after his car went out of control and he smashed into a power pole, Anchorage police report.

A drug policy that helps no one
The blame has to begin with the kid himself. But it better not end there.

Angelos calls for ephedrine ban; Ephedra Council defends product
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos called on major league baseball to ban ephedrine, a stimulant that may have contributed to the death of pitcher Steve Bechler.

Weight-loss supplement under scrutiny after pitcher's death
An NFL player caught taking ephedra is often subject to harsher penalties than if he snorted cocaine. An Olympic athlete can lose a medal by taking the supplement.

Automakers not ready to give up on minivan just yet
DETROIT -- Twenty years after Baby Boomers fell in love with the minivan and made it part of America's suburban landscape, the breadbox on wheels has been largely pushed aside by a surge in the popularity of SUVs.

Timber industry gets jump start
Kenai Peninsula Timber Inc. has the basic infrastructure it needs to begin making a market for area beetle-kill spruce wood. And in the coming weeks, the fledgling organization will put together plans to begin making the operation work.

Alaska 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.

Population, health-care costs growing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The biggest reason Americans are spending more on hospital care is that more people are using hospitals, industry groups said Wednesday.

Oil prices peak, nearing 12-year high
NEW YORK -- The price of oil is nearing levels not seen since 1990 as the U.S. prepares for a potential war in Iraq at a time when crude supplies are extremely tight.

Eaglecrest offers ski refunds
JUNEAU (AP) -- Too little snow is prompting the Eaglecrest Ski Area to offer refunds to people holding season passes.

Gatt wins Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Hans Gatt won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race Thursday, becoming the first musher ever to win the 1,000-mile race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks two years in a row.

Gatt proves amiable to re-Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Hans Gatt won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race Thursday, becoming the first musher ever to win the 1,000-mile race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks two years in a row.

Two-time Yukon Quest champion contemplates retirement
CIRCLE (AP) -- Two-time champion John Schandelmeier is contemplating making this 20th edition of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race his last.

Anchorage tries to get ready for Iditarod ceremonial start
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With the restart moved to Fairbanks, Iditarod officials are now scrambling to make sure there's enough snow on city streets and trails for the ceremonial start of the race March 1.

Ice fishing a great way to enjoy winter months
Peninsula high school students were greeted by a light breeze, clear blue skies, and the warm rays of the sun, despite the below freezing temperatures during last Sunday's Ice Fishing Derby at Johnson Lake in Kasilof.

Ice Fishing: Getting started isn't hard to do
Ice fishing is a most democratic institution. It doesn't cost a lot of money, and the fish don't seem to care much about your pedigree when it's feeding time.

Ouch! Gene determines pain levels
WASHINGTON -- When it comes to pain, people can be wimps, stoics or somewhere in between. Now scientists have found one reason -- a variation in a single gene that shows stoics really can tolerate more pain.

Survey aims to identify teen depression
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers are offering a computerized screening tool to high schools for free in hopes of identifying teenagers who are suffering from depression.

Trapping has special regulations on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
For those looking for an excuse to get out this winter and explore the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and its wildlife, the trapping season started Nov. 10 for many of the peninsula's furbearers, and it runs through the end of March for several species.

Quilting on the Kenai
Alaskans often dedicate the winter months to producing arts and crafts that are functional as well as beautiful.

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

Artifacts
If you want to see art, you go to an art gallery. If you want to see historic relics, you go to a museum. Simple, right?

Art Briefs
Writers' Night deadline nearsBoys and Girls Club holds showArts entries acceptedPoetry contest announcedPart of visitors center closed

Mystery in a common place
When many people think of the Appalachian lifestyle they envision a hillbilly sitting on the front porch, wearing bibbed overalls, smoking a corncob pipe and drinking moonshine from a jug. However, these images are stereotypes placed upon Appalachians by outsiders.

This week's race: Subway 400
Where and When.

Stewart ready for 'real' start of season
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Ask Tony Stewart a question, he will give you an answer. That's why it should be no surprise Stewart was one of many who were glad to have the Daytona 500 out of the way.

Newsmaker: Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson returns to the North Carolina Speedway at Rockingham on Sunday for the Subway 400. The raceway is special for the former American Speed Association and NASCAR Busch Series champion because i

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $1,390,7062. Kurt Busch 1,022,4513. Jimmie Johnson 712,876

Young drivers making lasting impressions
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- It took Kurt Busch a year and a half to figure out how to handle the pressure of being a driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Winston Cup Points Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip 1852. Kurt Busch 1703. Jimmie Johnson 170

Race schedule
Feb. 16 to Nov. 16, 2003

Panel tweaks fishing ideas
After nearly five hours of discussion Wednesday night, the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee decided to make several minor adjustments to early-run Kenai and Kasilof River king salmon proposals it will offer to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Bannock bids farewell to Kenai City Council
Amid reminiscing, a few tears and expressions of thanks and good luck in his future endeavors, Kenai City Council member Duane Bannock resigned his council position at the board's Wednesday meeting.

Pipeline work on schedule
Work on the Kenai-Kachemak Natural Gas Pipeline soon to link Kenai with new gas fields near Ninilchik is meeting construction deadlines so far, a spokesperson for Enstar Natural Gas Co. said Thursday.

Murkowski taps Kodiak representative, leaving open House slot
Just a month into the new legislative session, Kodiak Rep. Gary Stevens is moving to the state Senate.

Assembly takes stance on ANWR
A resolution urging Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration passed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, but not before assembly member Milli Martin of Homer took a lonely stand in defense of what she called the gem of the arctic.

Communications rule tabled
The more they discussed it, the more complicated things became. In the end, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly tabled a resolution that aimed to clarify how and when members of various borough boards and commissions could communicate with nonborough agencies and officials.

Karl Joseph Johnson
Karl Joseph Johnson, 3-month-old son of Mark and Kathy Johnson of Nikiski, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at home.

Letters to the Editor
Honor students make winter craft fair a big successHistory competition made possible thanks to area businessesWildwood group commits positive act for the communityUnocal helps keep roof over Peninsula Art GuildCommunity comes together to support reading carnivalSoldotna hockey team inspires with stirring performance

Letters to the Editor
Parents, community need to show support for peninsula educatorsNikiski Elementary, Kenai Alternative could be combined

Bush, Blair face big war questions
Whether you agree with them or not, there's no denying that the millions of protesters the world over who voiced opposition to a possible war with Iraq last weekend made a statement.

Osborne the logical choice to fill vacant Kenai council seat
The Kenai City Council could save itself and residents a little time when it comes to filling the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Duane Bannock.

Photo feature: Basking in the sun
Mount Redoubt rises above a low bank of clouds earlier this week across Cook Inlet. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies throughout the week, with a chance of snow this weekend.

Outdoor Briefs
Girdwood company wins heliskiing contractFour overdue climbers found on Rainier

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber plans awards banquetSterling fun day to be held SaturdayAfter the Bell to hold fund-raiserYoung Marines to hold boot campBoys and Girls Club to host talent showCTSO conference plannedDay care providers may be reimbursedKWF seeks photographsBridge work session plannedFood bank competition plannedBlood bank facing shortage

Around the Peninsula
Disabled veterans to meetBuilders to host speaker todaySterling fun day meeting plannedCanine Good Citizen class offeredSewing group to meetCIRCAC board meeting plannedPeace vigil to be held

Church Briefs
Women invited to servicesNative fellowship meets tonightTacos served at Bible studyFund-raiser has no speechesPoetry competition offeredPurity Conference 2003 slatedFriendship closet openBible study group meetsHealing Rooms open weekends

Jesus offers solution to having healthy relationship with God
"Regard others as more important than ourselves" and "encourage one another daily" are examples the apostle Paul encouraged the church to follow if they were to be successful in their Christian walk.

Extreme family skis Mont Blanc
CHAMONIX, France (AP) -- Yuichiro Miura, the first person to ski down Mount Everest, took his pursuit of adventure to the French Alps on Wednesday, tackling an arduous, avalanche-prone course with his son and 99-year-old father.

Alyeska's thin base costs it U.S. Alpine Championships
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has decided to relocate next month's Alpine Champion-ships from Girdwood to the Lower 48, due to poor snow conditions in Alaska.

Funk takes huge lead
LOS ANGELES -- Fred Funk worries that golf is becoming all about power, playing right into the hands of big hitters like Tiger Woods.

Kidd single-handedly lifts Nets over Pacers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd scored 18 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter while being defended by Ron Artest and the New Jersey Nets rallied to a 98-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.

Sport Briefs
KPHA Squirt B notches three wins

Wake Forest wrecks Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Josh Howard scored 24 points and Justin Gray tied his season high with 20 as No. 10 Wake Forest beat Georgia Tech 75-67 Thursday night, ending the Yellow Jackets' 13-game home winning streak.

Bucks, SuperSonics swap Allen, Payton
In a blockbuster five-player deal Thursday at the NBA trading deadline, Ray Allen was sent from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.

Late goal saves Senators after blowing three-goal lead
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Radek Bonk scored on a rebound with 1:15 to play and the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Wednesday night after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period.

Panthers snap Ottawa's recent home fortune
OTTAWA -- Marcus Nilson and Ivan Majesky scored late in the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Let the Tyson-Etienne carnival begin
TUNICA, Miss. -- Mike Tyson playfully nibbled on the arm of his baby boy, who didn't seem all that interested in the new tattoo on his father's face. For those who were, a university instructor was on hand to explain its significance.

Former Syracuse teammates get franchise tags
Former Syracuse University teammates Tebucky Jones and Donovin Darius were designated franchise players by their NFL teams Thursday as a hedge against them becoming free agents.

Ninilchik sweeps Homer Christian
The Ninilchik School high school basketball teams earned a sweep of Homer Christian Tuesday at Ninilchik in District 3/2A competition.

Kenai, Ninilchik notch victories
The Kenai Central High School boys basketball team got a taste of its own medicine -- namely the 3-pointer -- Thursday, but rallied for a 78-63 victory over Unalakleet in the opening round of the GCI Invitational in Bethel.

Burk calls new protest law 'intimidation tactic'
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- The woman leading the fight against the Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership says the city's new protest law is an intimidation tactic designed to stifle free speech during the Masters golf tournament.

Sports Briefs
Tyson shows off tattoo, not much else

Bryant stays hot as Lakers win
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kobe Bryant continued his torrid scoring run with 40 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 93-87 Wednesday despite playing without Shaquille O'Neal for the second straight night.

Peninsula boasts healthy population of wolves
While many people think the wolf is a species that needs to be closely monitored for protection, others see the animal as competition in their pursuit of big game hunting and would like to see it extirpated.

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