Sunday, February 24, 2002

Agency wants to poison lakes to rid them of longnose suckers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has come up with an idea for ridding three lakes of unappealing northern longnose suckers.

Nineteen young mushers to run Jr. Iditarod
WASILLA (AP) -- Nineteen young mushers will be heading out on the trail Saturday for the 25th running of the Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Hilton guests come down with pool rash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A malfunction in an automatic chlorinating system is being blamed for causing a rash to break out on dozens of guests of the Anchorage Hilton Hotel.

Palin, VanMeter win Iron Dog Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Todd Palin and Dusty Van Meter won the 2002 Tesoro Iron Dog Classic snowmachine race Saturday, edging Marc McKenna and Eric Quam by about a minute and a half.

Snowmachine license bill clears first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill removing a requirement that people have a license to drive a snowmachine cleared its first committee this week.

Fairbanks man charged with sexual abuse of a minor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man on probation for an abuse conviction has been charged with sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl last year.

State declares rabies epidemic along northern coast
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State epidemiologists say a rabies epizootic -- an epidemic among animals -- is under way in northern Alaska.

Man snatches pain killers from hospital pharmacy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man barged into Providence Alaska Medical Center's pharmacy Friday afternoon and stole an undisclosed quantity of a powerful pain killer, then apparently escaped in a distinctive vehicle -- a van from Hooters Restaurant.

Another plan to cap state finances emerges
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska doesn't have an income or sales tax, but there's a plan in the House to rein in both.

Two men robbed in separate Fairbanks home invasions
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Multiple assailants robbed and ransacked two homes early Thursday morning after tying up the occupants at gunpoint.

Canadian authorities question hitchhiker in death of Alaskan
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Canadian authorities have questioned the hitchhiker picked up by an elderly Alaska man who was found bludgeoned to death last year in British Columbia.

Police shoot Anchorage man's pickup truck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with assault after police said he tried to run down an officer.

Kenai Peninsula looks for riches in birch sap
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

Biologists ponder two-headed moose fetus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A two-headed fetus was discovered this month in a cow moose harvested near Clear Air Force Station.

Rural residents face reduced power cost subsidy
BETHEL (AP) -- Tracy Rischer spent several nights last winter huddled up in blankets in a dark home because her electricity had been cut off.

Netricity hires firm for study of North Slope data center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Netricity LLC has hired Parsons Engineering Inc. to study the economics and markets for a proposed $1 billion data center on the North Slope.

Nineteen young mushers to run Jr. Iditarod
WASILLA (AP) -- Nineteen young mushers will be heading out on the trail Saturday for the 25th running of the Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Soldotna doctor ready for 2nd Iditarod
John Bramante is ready to make a second go. The Soldotna physician will set out from Anchorage Saturday for his second attempt at the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail.

Schools' woes go to Capitol
Under law, only the Alaska Legislature can give the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District the additional money its teachers, support staff and administrators say they need to give students a quality education.

State Supreme Court justice swears in new Youth Court
Kids don't always have to be in trouble to get involved in the legal process.

Withdrawal of Russian River parcel sought
A proposal by the U. S. Forest Service to withdraw land along the Russian River from possible mining is pitting a Cooper Landing man against the U.S. government.

Negotiations take turn for positive
Progress found its way onto the contract negotiation table Friday following a change in the tone of talks between teacher and support union representatives and representatives from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Jack Williams
Anchor Point resident Jack Williams died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer of cancer. He was 69.

Thomas Woodford
Former Soldotna resident Thomas "Skip" Woodford Sr. died Sunday Feb. 17, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 69.

Hockey history awaits
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- For three periods, two hours and one history-making afternoon, it will be bigger than Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

What you see isn't always what you get when it comes to Ohno
He left juvenile delinquency and some of the best skaters in the world in his wake.

U.S. finally breaks through in bobsled
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Olympic number for Saturday -- lucky and unlucky -- was two.

Ask the Mayor
Question: What does the siren we hear at noon on Thursdays mean?

Careful consideration needed when weighing Point Possession issue
Kenai Peninsula Borough residents need to weigh in on the current assembly debate about whether the borough should auction off roughly 860 acres in the Point Possession area in August.

All Alaskans should pay something toward education
I have listened with interest to Gov. Tony Knowles' proposal to add $1.2 billion in new taxes over the next three years.

Successful presidents learn art of talking tough, compromising, claiming victory
WASHINGTON -- Despite his lofty wartime approval ratings, President Bush has not been winning many battles on the domestic front. Few Americans seem to notice and Bush does not seem to mind.

Agility competition wins gold for strengthening family bond
It was a year and a half ago that I sat down to write a column about my dog Bailey.

Wolf watchers get good seats to comeback
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Cliff Browne huddles against the cold air, his camera lens pointed toward two distant dots on a hazy horizon. Daylight has broken, and the gray wolves are showing themselves.

Photo feature: Life's a birch
Andy DeVolder works to tap a birch tree as Tim O'Brien and Stephanie Rickabaugh watch Saturday afternoon during a one-day workshop sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development District.

Balance tests: Is it your wake-up call?
Many of us take our balance for granted. Experts now realize that balance begins to deteriorate for most of us in middle age and the changes are so subtle we may not even be aware of the problem until we are in our 70s.

Around the Peninsula
Scholarship applications soughtTalent show comingForeign exchange dinner plannedSt. Patrick's Day parade to be heldHomer Health Center closed for holidayAdult education program offeredMeeting to focus on homelessLandowner workshop planned

Kenai to Soldotna Ski Stampede - circa 1960
The Kalifonsky Nordic Ski Club sponsored an annual cross-country ski race between Kenai and Soldotna. One year they went from Kenai to Soldotna and the next they went the other way. The course mostly followed the Kenai Spur Highway, and between 60 and 80 skiers normally took part.

Experts say studies needed on effects of Sept. 11 terror attacks on children's health
NEW YORK -- Researchers are charting the health of firefighters and iron workers who toiled at the World Trade Center site. They are studying women who were pregnant at the time of the attacks, and even examining the search-and-rescue dogs that worked at ground zero.

Peninsula woman follows instinct to teach
Iola Banks of Kenai knew what she wanted to do in life at a young age.

My Best Friend
Copperfield, a golden retriever, bundles up for winter weather at his home in Soldotna. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula part time and in Parker, Colo., the rest of the year with owner Naomi Gaede Penner.

Palin, Kasilof's Van Meter win Iron Dog Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Todd Palin and Dusty Van Meter won the 2002 Tesoro Iron Dog Classic snowmachine race Saturday, edging Marc McKenna and Eric Quam by about a minute and a half.

Kodiak scores region triumphs at Skyview
Balloo would have been proud. The Panthers were on the learning end of the Bear necessities.

SoHi takes fourth
The Soldotna High School boys and the Homer High School girls each finished fourth Saturday in the mixed-technique relays, the final event of the Alaska School Activities Association State Cross-Country Skiing Championships at the Birch Hill Recreation area in Fairbanks.

Nikiski boys pull away from Houston in second half
The visiting Nikiski boys basketball team overcame a three-point deficit at halftime for a 63-50 District 3/3A victory Friday over Houston.

Kenai girls top Colony for weekend sweep; boys lose to Knights
Add two to the number of road kills on the "Give a moose a brake" signs along the peninsula's highways.

Seward boys, girls drop district games at Houston
The Seward High School boys and girls basketball teams dropped District 3/3A games at Houston Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Penn State pole vaulter killed in fall

Mavericks top Kings in battle of division leaders
DALLAS -- Steve Nash scored 28 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 21 rebounds, and Dallas got plenty of help from its newcomers, as the Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 111-97 Saturday in a battle of division leaders.

Colony blows by Soldotna boys
The good players -- the really good players -- realize it's the last word that counts.

Biologists ponder two-headed moose fetus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A two-headed fetus was discovered this month in a cow moose harvested near Clear Air Force Station.

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