Saturday, February 22, 2003

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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