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Friday, February 22, 2002

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.

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.

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

Most Yukon Quest mushers cross Whitehorse finish line
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- More than half the mushers competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race had made their way to Whitehorse Friday morning.

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.

Rocket launch lights Interior skies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rockets launched from the Poker Flat Research Range early Thursday left luminous green streaks and curls in the sky.

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.

Group sues to get taxi initiative on Anchorage municipal ballot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group that rounded up enough signatures on a petition to make it easier to get Anchorage taxi permits is suing to place its initiative on the city ballot this spring.

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.

Anchorage schools rethink drug expulsion policy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage school officials are taking another look at the district's drug and alcohol expulsion policy, due to concerns that removing students after two violations hurts more than it helps.

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.

Troopers seize 243 marijuana plants from Meadow Lakes home
WASILLA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers confiscated 243 marijuana plants from a home in Meadow Lakes, near Wasilla.

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.

Volunteer pilots keep Iditarod sled dog race running smoothly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The small waiting room at Spernak's Airways was crowded with more than a dozen pilots drinking coffee, eating donuts and watching fat snowflakes swirl down from a milky white sky onto the runway at Merrill Field.

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.

Community Dividend,CORRECTIVE
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Associated Press reported erroneously in a Feb. 20 story concerning a proposed community dividend program that Rep. Carl Moses was a Republican from Unalaska. Moses is a Democrat.

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.

Fairbanks company to share in large hospital contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks company was awarded a contract to help build a modern replacement for 51-year-old Bassett Army Community Hospital.

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.

Fairbanks senator pushes for state hiring freeze
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fairbanks Republican Sen. Pete Kelly is convinced the state needs a hiring freeze and wants Alaska's voters to give the Legislature the power to demand one.

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.

Commissioner says Senate Finance plan would drain export fund
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate plan to aid Alaska's tourism industry would hurt the state's efforts to promote exports overseas, Community and Economic Development Commissioner Deborah Sedwick said.

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.

Bill would remove coastal zone appeal step
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative committee is looking at doing away with a citizens' appeal process that oil companies complain can delay drilling projects on the North Slope.

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.

Unalska City Council passes nudity ban
UNALASKA (AP) -- In an effort to curtail a newly opened strip club, the Unalaska City Council has passed a prohibition on most forms of public nudity.

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.

Stevens says Afghanistan needs long-term help
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens' trip this week to Afghanistan convinced him that the United State should provide long-term assistance and help the country rebuild.

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage boy, 14, arrested in sex assault at school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Bartlett High School freshman has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl inside the school Wednesday, 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.

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?

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.

Boomers still love high-tech toys, but can't always afford them
NEW YORK (AP) -- Something rather curious happened when MP3 music players hit the market.

Auto loan refinancing can lower cost, but not for everyone
NEW YORK (AP) -- As the Federal Reserve cut interest rates last year, thousands of Americans rushed to refinance their mortgages. Less known is that many also began refinancing other debt, including auto loans.

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

Yukon Quest mushers arriving in Whitehorse
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Nearly half the mushers competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race had made their way to Whitehorse by Thursday.

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.

Moving a continent away means major uprooting for gardeners
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Relocating can mean some educational spadework for gardeners -- especially after a cross-continent move.

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.

Volunteer air force keeps race fueled
ANCHORAGE -- The small waiting room at Spernak's Airways was crowded with more than a dozen pilots drinking coffee, eating donuts and watching fat snowflakes swirl down from a milky white sky onto the runway at Merrill Field.

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.

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

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 ...?"

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

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

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.

Way paved for Homer annexation
The Alaska House Community and Regional Affairs Committee voted 6-1 Thursday against sending a resolution opposing the annexation of 4.6 square miles of territory to the city of Homer, effectively paving the way for the annexation to become law March 9.

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.

Sweet deal just needs to tap into area's birch
A different kind of thick, viscous liquid may be part of the answer to the Kenai Peninsula's economic dependence on oil. A new sweet crude, if you will.

District negotiator benched for today
The mood may be different this morning as the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its two largest employee unions meet to discuss contract proposals.

Photo feature: Snow man at work
Eric Einerson shovels snow away from the fire hydrant in front of his home in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Money separates contract proposals
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its two largest employee unions have put out radically different contract proposals.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign UCLA righty

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.

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.

Hughes gets gold in skating
SALT LAKE CITY -- Another American teen-ager is wearing the Olympic gold medal that was supposed to belong to Michelle Kwan.

US Womens' Hockey looses gold to Canada
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah The team waiting at the quiet end of the ice for happier people to come shake hands have always had a thing about timing.

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.

Two Floridians plan to retire
SALT LAKE CITY _ This is it. The Olympic careers of two Floridians, one native and one transplanted, will end events that begin Friday.

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.

Not a good time to be a judge
SALT LAKE CITY -- It was a day when silver medals led to bitter tears and judges' decisions led to bitter threats of a walkout.

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?

Olympic trivia for February 22
Friday's TV listings

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.

The surprising Sara Hughes
SALT LAKE CITY -- Sarah Hughes, the world's newest darling on ice, had that naive sparkle.

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

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.

United we stand - in our diversity
SALT LAKE CITY -- The concept struck Cammie Granato, the leader of the United States women's hockey team, before Sept. 11.

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.

The very complicated scoring system in figure skating
SALT LAKE CITY -- Think you had trouble understanding the computerized BCS football rankings? Try human-driven figure-skating scores.

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.

Olympic trivia February 23
Saturday's TV listings

So who is outwhining whom
SALT LAKE CITY -- And to think we were getting along so well with the Russians.

Pressure on our olympic skaters is itense
SALT LAKE CITY _ The empty rink looks so huge and, well, empty.

Caring for the Kenai contest adds fresh dimension to question
It's a sure sign spring is on its way: There's talk all over the Kenai Peninsula about the annual Caring for the Kenai contest.

What happened to erasing debt?
WASHINGTON -- President Bush wants Congress to let him add $750 billion to the national debt, just months after politicians were talking about erasing the debt instead.

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

$24 Million and Double Dumb
There was a northern State,

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.

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.

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.

Unattended property poses problems for refuge managers, users
In my 20-plus years at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, one of the questions I have heard the most is, "How long can I leave my personal property out on the refuge?" Other variations are, "Can I leave my boat at XYZ lake until next spring?" Or, "Can I leave a tent up to reserve a campsite between vacation weekends in July?"

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
CIRCAC annual meeting set for today Ranger district opens areas to motorized use Arctic Young Marines seeking new recruits CIAA board to meet Snowmobile fun run, drawings planned Ski clinic starts Monday Aviation safety meeting planned Grant funding forum to be held Charter school to hold enrollment lottery Refuge makes applications available

As allegations widen, Vatican sees pedophilia as no longer just an 'American' problem
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- For years, it was seen at the Vatican as mere sensationalism, as a so-called ''American problem,'' or as an orchestrated campaign against the Roman Catholic Church's celibacy requirement for priests.

AIDS crisis bigger threat than global terrorism, Franklin Graham says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaking at a conference of relief workers, Franklin Graham said the AIDS epidemic ''is an even bigger threat to civilization as we know it'' than terrorism.

Unique chapel on aircraft carrier offers solace to many faiths
ABOARD THE USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (AP) -- Far below the thundering flight deck, the largest floating chapel in the United States military offers solace and spiritual guidance for 5,100 sailors and crew members.

Religion Briefs
Nikiski resident attending mission training Mens fellowship dinner planned today Bishop to speak this weekend Open house slated at Bible chapel Devotional gathering planned Womens Bible study to start in March

National Religious Broadcasters president resigns after interview flap
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The president of the National Religious Broadcasters resigned following complaints about a newspaper interview in which he said the group should not lose focus on spiritual issues as it pursues political goals.

'Protestant Hour' radio show comes to television
CHICAGO (AP) -- A version of ''The Protestant Hour'' radio program, now in its 57th year, is coming to television.

Oregon Zen center, school board forge deal
CLATSKANIE, Ore. (AP) -- A Zen Buddhist organization has approval to open a monastery and seminary in a vacant elementary school.

2002 Yearbook on religious affiliation released
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches has ranked the Mormon church among the nation's five largest religious bodies for the first time.

Sterling author draws on Old, New Testament passages for answers
Using a simple question-and-answer format, author Lee Scaggs of Sterling poses questions about living a guilt-, condemnation- and shame-free Christian life, "how to cease forever striving to make ourselves acceptable to God." The answers are drawn from passages of the Old and New Testament.

SoHi boys stand fourth after first day at state ski meet
Nikiski senior Zach Hall led the Kenai Peninsula contingent at the state ski meet Thursday in Fairbanks by placing third in the boys 10-kilometer freestyle race.

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.

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.

Baycrest access altered
Ten acres on Baycrest Hill were reclassified as recreational land by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, paving the way for the property to become the permanent new trail head for the Baycrest Ski Trails.

Ski trails just get better
The best keeps getting better for cross-country skiers on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

Stuck snowmachiners survive frigid night
FAIRBANKS -- Mitchell Stoutenberg and Lewis Allen passed a crucial test Sunday they don't suggest anyone else take.

Cook Inlet notches two wins
Sometimes, when you're playing with Angels, what you really need is a prayer.

Sports Briefs
Iron Dog leaders rest in Ruby Only two deals made at NBA trading deadline

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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