Monday, March 4, 2002

Karluk School's two teachers resign
KODIAK (AP) -- Karluk School's two teachers are being allowed to resign after months of discussion failed to resolve problems at the Kodiak Island school.

UA gets less than hoped for in early budget deliberations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The spending plan proposed by House Republicans includes a smaller increase for the University of Alaska than its administrators requested.

House passes minimum wage increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to raise Alaska's minimum wage to $7.15 an hour next year passed the state House on Friday.

IHS doctors disciplined for sexual misconduct, medical errors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dr. Thomas W. Michaelis spent two months in an Ohio prison in 1991 for trying to molest four teen-age girls.

Seward man charged with threatening judges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seward man was arrested Friday on charges of threatening to assault a federal judge and a federal magistrate in the performance of their duties.

Feb. 26, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News blasts proposal to cut state's Kid Care program
Time ran out earlier this month before Dr. David Alexander could tell a state House committee hearing what he thought of state Rep. John Coghill's proposal to cut state medical coverage for pregnant women and children who don't have health insurance.

Faculty senate president wants oversight on classified research
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The president of the Faculty Senate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has proposed a plan that would require all classified research proposals pass through a faculty committee, the chancellor and the university president before being submitted to the granting agency.

Feb. 26, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the upcoming ANWR debate in the Senate
The Senate is expected to take up debate on sweeping energy legislation this week -- legislation that already has proved divisive on a number of issues including the question of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

Attorney says accused pipeline shooter will appeal federal conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The attorney for accused trans-Alaska pipeline shooter Daniel Lewis says he will appeal a federal conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ice Classic officially kicks off
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The 86th annual Nenana Ice Classic is officially under way, now that a familiar structure is in place on the frozen Tanana River.

Knowles appoints state space and missile defense officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Army National Guard colonel has been appointed the first assistant adjutant general for space and missile defense.

Railroad straightens first three miles of track to Mat-Su Valley
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Railroad Corp. has completed the first in a $78 million series of track improvements between Anchorage and Wasilla.

Dillingham fire at school was intentionally set
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire at the Dillingham school this week was arson, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Military seeks permit for radar
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has applied for a wetlands permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction of a portion of the nation's new missile defense system at Eareckson Air Station on Shemya Island.

Legislature hires attorney to defend parental consent bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislative Council voted to spend $300,000 on an attorney to defend an abortion bill that had been ruled unconstitutional by an Anchorage Superior Court judge.

Web site offers latest updates on gas line project proposals
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dave Harbour is a self-appointed news service, when it comes to the idea of an Alaska natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

Swingley set to defend title in 30th running of Iditarod
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is confident and matter of fact without sounding boastful when he talks about his chances for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Boulding forges ahead to lead in the Iditarod
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Charlie Boulding of Manley forged ahead late Monday morning to take the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

And they're off! Iditarod teams set out on trail to Nome
WASILLA (AP) -- Sixty-four mushers and more than a thousand dogs headed out under a cloudless blue sky Sunday for the 30th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Snowmachiner dies after striking moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 39-year-old snowmachiner died Monday after a collision with a moose on a street in Aniak.

Homer teen dies in fishing accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 16-year-old Homer youth died Friday afternoon in a fishing accident in the Gulf of Alaska.

Ice farm manager gears up for ice art championships
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Andy O'Grady, who grew up on a small farm in Minnesota in the 1930s, has fond memories of the family ice house.

Kivalina residents sound off about school closure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some 200 parents, elders and students packed the McQueen School gym in Kivalina for a community meeting Friday, two days after the Northwest Arctic Borough School District abruptly shut down classes, citing ''threatening and assaultive behavior'' against teachers.

New York Port Authority Police officer on hand for K-9 dedication
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New York Port Authority Police Officer David Lim was on hand Friday for the dedication of a dog named Sirius.

Norwegian musher sprains ankle before race; handler takes team
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Norwegian musher Harald Tunheim was sidelined with a badly sprained ankle and had to watch the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on television while a handler ran his team.

Feb. 24, 2002 The Juneau Empire on triumph, tragedy and emotions
On Thursday in a Utah ice rink, Sarah Hughes realized the American dream, skate-scripting a new Cinderella story and establishing a lifetime of name recognition in four magical minutes. Forevermore, she will be associated with figure-skating perfection, the triumph of the underdog and Olympic gold. All this at 16.

UA president asks for new research vessel
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton visited Washington, D.C., this week with a wish list in hand.

Feb. 27, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion says recent fish board decision minimizes importance of fish as food for Alaskans
It was during his successful campaign for governor in 1994 when Tony Knowles first made popular the statement: ''The most important fish is the one on Alaska's dinner table.''

New York Port Authority Police officer on hand for K-9 dedication
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New York Port Authority Police Officer David Lim was on hand Friday for the dedication of a dog named Sirius.

Daschle: ANWR drilling all but dead
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is all but dead for now, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Sunday.

Senate gives final passage to conceal carry law
JUNEAU (AP) -- A law requiring Alaska law enforcement to honor concealed handgun permits from all 49 states won final approval in the Senate on Friday.

And they're off! Iditarod teams set out on trail to Nome
WASILLA (AP) -- Sixty-four mushers and more than a thousand dogs headed out under a cloudless blue sky Sunday for the 30th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Education site tracks caribou as a sign of spring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North American school children can keep a close eye on the Porcupine Caribou Herd thanks to a free education Web site.

Man pleads guilty to harassment
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man accused of exposing himself in the front window of his home has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge.

House budget would shave $157.4 million from Knowles budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- House budget leaders are proposing a stripped down state spending plan for next year that slashes more than $157 million from Gov. Tony Knowles spending plan.

Canadian accused of pot smuggling
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 46-year-old Canadian man tried to smuggle 42 pounds of marijuana into Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers, but he was nabbed on his boat near a remote Southeast Alaska island.

BPs GTL plant in Nikiski is on target for April start
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pilot plant in Nikiski for testing BPs technology to convert natural gas to liquid fuels is on track to start by April, a project manager said.

Sealaska plans to close plastics plant
JUNEAU (AP) -- A money-losing plastics factory in Washington state owned by two Alaska Native corporations will halt production next month and close down in June, according to Sealaska Corp. executives. It's not clear what that will mean for the Southeast corporation's shareholders.

Suspect in brutal Soldotna assault pleads innocent
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A 20-year-old man charged with the attempted murder and brutal sexual assault in early February on a Soldotna woman has pleaded innocent to five charges against him.

State reduces staff at Dalton Highway checkpoint
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State public safety officials on Friday ceased 24-hour operation of the Dalton Highway security checkpoint, citing uncertainty over whether the Legislature will pay the bill.

CDC finds no link among recent rash outbreaks in schoolchildren
ATLANTA (AP) -- A national study of recent rash outbreaks in school children has found no common cause, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Exercise encouraged during, after pregnancy
WASHINGTON -- Pregnancy and birth make big changes in a woman's life, and doctors want women to consider adding one more.

And they're off! Iditarod teams set out on trail to Nome
WASILLA (AP) -- Sixty-four mushers and more than a thousand dogs headed out under a cloudless blue sky Sunday for the 30th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

King, Seavey have rivalry of their own
The biggest tactical mistake Seward's Tyrell Seavey made in trying to defend his Junior Iditarod Sled Dog Race crown this year didn't actually come during the race.

Swingley set to defend title in 30th running of Iditarod
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is confident and matter of fact without sounding boastful when he talks about his chances for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

And they're off! Iditarod teams set out on trail to Nome
WASILLA (AP) -- Sixty-four mushers and more than a thousand dogs headed out under a cloudless blue sky Sunday for the 30th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Boulding forges ahead to lead in the Iditarod
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Charlie Boulding of Manley forged ahead late Monday morning to take the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Ankle mishap slows Tunheim
ANCHORAGE -- Norwegian musher Harald Tunheim was sidelined with a badly sprained ankle and had to watch the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on television while a handler ran his team.

Iditarod Notebook
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- THE CARE AND FEEDING OF MUSHERS: Much is known about what sled dogs need to eat to stay healthy. Jim Gallea of Seely Lake, Mont. is trying to learn more about how mushers should eat.

House passes minimum wage increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to raise Alaska's minimum wage to $7.15 an hour next year passed the state House on Friday.

Marlin fastest finisher in Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- It's already been a strange season for Sterling Marlin after just three races.

NASCAR's Stewart looking to create some momentum
LAS VEGAS -- As unlikely as it is to consider the third race of a very long season as crucial, the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 might be just that for Tony Stewart if he hopes to be a title contender.

How school district dollars get spent
Millions of dollars move through the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District every year. Here, according to the preliminary budget for next school year, is where the average dollar will be spent:

Fisheries permit bill clears House
Alaska House members passed a bill Wednesday that would change the way limited-entry permits for the Bering Sea Korean hair crab and weathervane scallop fisheries are issued.

DEC streamlining oil spill contingency plan process
Spill preparedness is a time-consuming subject for oil and gas companies. However, the wheels of bureaucracy can be oiled somewhat, according to a representative of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Lack of accessible housing proves a stumbling block to independence
For the most part, Soldotna resident Cindy Wood is a typical 22-year-old. She enjoys fishing, skiing and watching movies. She speaks out for causes she believes in and greets challenges head-on. She longs for independence, ready to begin a life on her own.

Where does district money go?
It is difficult to think of $90 million as too small an amount of money. But the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is having a hard time stretching that amount to cover its nearly 10,000 students, about 1,200 employees and 42 schools, including the "Connec-tions" program.

Health plan bad medicine for district
The biggest problem for the Kenai Peninsula School District's bottom line has been the inability to keep up with inflation. Static revenue and rising expenses add up to real cuts.

Forum focuses on area's economy, growth
Diversity is the key to a healthy, growing economy. And several agencies across the state are helping add diversity through a multitude of economic

Increase in Parks and Rec budget could benefit Sports Center
The Soldotna Sports Center may do some upgrading. Not to the facility, but to the staff.

Kenai trying to tap into land deal for city
The city of Kenai is certainly not a desert. However, city officials are in search of more sources of water, nonetheless. And the prospects appear just as bleak.

O.J. "Mac" McGann
Longtime Alaska resident O.J. "Mac" McGann died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, after a month-long stay in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 85.

Vinton O. Edwards
Former Cooper Landing resident Vinton Ogden Edwards died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002 at his home in Anchorage. He was 77.

Where did 'swish' of youth go? Natural pruning of brain cells explains why old dogs can't learn new tricks
So there I was the other night, driving into the paint around a slow-footed center and launching, gracefully ballistic, toward the hoop, the rock balanced ever-so-delicately on my finger tips ready to roll over the rim and in for the score -- just like it did when I was 18. Bonk! "BONK?" I think, as my high-tops touch down on the baseline and I extend my arms to avoid kissing the wall headfirst.

Ask the Mayor
When does the borough mail property assessment notices?

Economic stimulus proposals include natural gas line, railroad, utility plants Variety of bills attack fiscal gap
Editor's Note: The Kenai Peninsula's legislative delegation has been invited to keep residents informed of what's happening in Juneau in this column, which runs weekly during the legislative session. Peninsula lawmakers take turns writing the column.

Pearl's death strengthens resolve to fight terrorism
He is not the first casualty of the war. He is not even the first journalist who has died as a result of the international war on terror. But Daniel Pearl's death is somehow different.

Benefits for jobless should be extended
What recession? A year since it actually began and just three months after it was formally declared, the recession of 2001-2002 shows signs of losing steam already.

Applause
Soldotna seniors say thanks

Community needs to help schools
Over the last couple of months, the topic of funding for education has once again reared its ugly head. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is complaining that the state is not providing adequate or equitable funds that enable it to provide the quality of education we expect. To add fuel to the already boiling pot, the teachers' contracts are up for negotiation. They are rightfully requesting raises that are long overdue and well deserved. Yet the KPBSD is shouting wage freezes and further reductions in teaching and support staff for next year.

Poll: More Americans now believe energy crunch real
WASHINGTON -- Half of Americans believe there is a real energy shortage in this country -- a significant increase from last summer, according to an Associated Press poll.

Changes to fish board worthy of discussion
Like it or not, perception is reality. And the perception of many on the Kenai Peninsula is that the Alaska Board of Fisheries is too political, that the board's actions often advance an agenda other than the wise stewardship of the state's vast fish resources.

Letters to the Editor
District should bargain with unions in good faith, with professionalism

Change of address won't change what's wrong with government
Here we go again. Last week, state workers verified that a ballot initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has more than the 28,783 signatures required to be on the November ballot. Sen. Randy Phillips, R-Eagle River, has filed a bill which mimics the ballot measure. If Phillips' bill passes, the initiative would be taken off the ballot.

Kenai graduate uncovers history in north Montana
Nate Murphy may not be making history, but he is touching it. The 1976 Kenai Central High School graduate has spent more than 10 years as the curator of paleontology at the Phillips County Museum in Malta, Mont., and as the director of the Judith River Dinosaur Institute.

Ninilchik School gets behind musher Tim Osmar to help keep him on track
Cupcakes, cookies and candy bars. Familiar fare of school fund-raisers when students want to make a field trip or buy equipment. But "Iditadogs," "chilly" dogs, "pup"corn, puppy chow, slush puppies and dog bone-shaped cookies filled the menu when Ninilchik School students turned the spotlight off themselves and focused it on local musher Tim Osmar, who began his 17th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Saturday.

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Around the Peninsula
Restoration video to air todayDinner to support foreign exchange studentsCooper Landing forming chamber of commerceFund-raising dinner to aid familyPublic radio holding fund driveHistorical society board to meetOutdoor survival brunch plannedCook Inlet Lions 'Putting on the Ritz'Reception to honor retiring college staff

Home-building, buying class scheduled
Are you planning to build, buy or remodel a home anytime soon? Regardless of whether you are in the planning stage or the dreaming stage, Cooperative Extension Service is offering a class you won't want to miss.

Warner, Gifford marry in California
Shirley Warner and Bill Gifford of Soldotna were married Dec. 22, 2001, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Shasta Lake City, Calif.

Only 1 state acts on cell phone ban at the wheel
DAYTON, Ohio -- Many states over the past year have considered banning the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving, but so far only one -- New York -- has taken that step.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Community News
ACF seeks award nominationsBuilders association offers scholarshipsLabor council to offer scholarship

UA gets less than hoped for in early budget deliberations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The spending plan proposed by House Republicans includes a smaller increase for the University of Alaska than its administrators requested.

My Best Friend
Sparky, a pug, lays down for nap time with owner Molly McRae, a 9-year-old fourth-grader. They live in Kenai.

CAN-do attitude
From left, Sally Hoagland, Jenni Mishler and Debbie Hutson from Enstar pose with Vonnie Hanlin, Gladys Deer and Stephanie Carrol from Alaska Communications Systems behind their winning CANstruction submission, titled "No AmeriCAN should go hungry."

Photos: It takes a Village Fair
Jo Linda Seward, above, relaxes Saturday morning as Vicky Gee of the Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center takes her donation during a blood drive at the Soldotna Village Fair at Soldotna High School.

Crime Stoppers alert
A vehicle fire was reported on First Street in Kenai on Jan. 15. The theft of a remote controlled snowmachine was reported to the Soldotna Police Department on Jan. 25 by Don's Hobbies in Soldotna. A report of a stolen snowmachine was received by Soldotna police on Feb. 10.

Around the Peninsula
North Peninsula Community Council meets todaySoldotna health center offers careWinter lectures continueAARP holding driver safety programSocial Security reps to visit peninsulaABCS enrollment lottery applications dueSkyview reunion planned

Hardy, Hamrick wed in Soldotna ceremony
Shanon Hardy and Eldon B. Hamrick Jr. of Soldotna were married Jan. 26, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall officiated.

Births
Laura and Sonny Mese of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Jessie Suzannah Mese, at 2:20 a.m.Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at their home. She weighed 9 pounds and measured 21 inches.

Kenai Spur and Main, circa 1955
This photo looks toward one of the main intersections in Kenai. Today it is the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Main Street, where Paradisos Restaurant is located.

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean's listSeward woman graduates basic trainingAlaska woman named to national Camp Fire boardKenai teen named Youth of the YearKenai teen to compete for state scholarship

Fat hat, no cat. Drat.
Jacob Dye, 4, listens to a Dr. Seuss story at Kenai Community Library Saturday afternoon in a hat he won during a birthday party for the author. The event was one of several that celebrated National Read Across America Day.

Men's volleyball team places fourth in Anchorage tourney
Scott Bremer, Ramon Carreon, Ray Hamby, Curt Shuey, Mel Gabel and Jason Diorec ranked fourth in a statewide men's recreational volleyball tournament in Anchorage Feb. 23 and24.

Stars move up, beat San Jose
DALLAS -- Pierre Turgeon and Jamie Langenbrunner scored 37 seconds apart in the first period, and the Dallas Stars beat San Jose 4-1 Sunday to move within five points of the Pacific Division-leading Sharks.

Arco no sweat for Miller-less Indiana
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Jermaine O'Neal had 29 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana shook off Reggie Miller's suspension to win in the NBA's toughest road arena.

Network president seeks more civility in sports
Five years ago, the major professional, amateur and scholastic sports organizations in America formed the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance, a concentrated effort to promote civility and sportsmanship.

Seahawks ink Dilfer
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks have signed Trent Dilfer to a four-year deal and will make him their No. 1 quarterback heading into training camp.

Hollis hits for 23, leads No. 5 Oklahoma past Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. -- Hollis Price scored 23 points and had some key steals in the second half as No. 5 Oklahoma overcame a sluggish start and then held off Colorado for an 82-71 victory on Saturday.

Els outlasts Woods comeback
MIAMI -- A duel that Ernie Els never wanted turned into a victory he desperately needed Sunday in the Genuity Championship.

Stoudamire sinks Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Damon Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left in overtime as the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to a season-high nine games with an improbable 104-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Huskies prevail after spotty play
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Asjha Jones scored 16 points, and No. 1 Connecticut overcame some spotty play to beat Seton Hall 78-48 Sunday in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.

Lindros gets hat trick vs. Flyers
NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros scored three goals against his former team, leading the New York Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Hornish dominates IRL opener in Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- In a new season with plenty of new competition, IRL champion Sam Hornish Jr. put himself in the same old position Saturday: atop the series standings.

Harrington gunning for No. 1
INDIANAPOLIS -- Joey Harrington isn't thinking about being the No. 1 pick in April's NFL draft.

Blustery day, Els blow away field at Blue Monster at Doral
MIAMI -- Ernie Els made a mockery of the Blue Monster at Doral on a blustery Saturday afternoon and blew away the field with a 6-under 66 to take an eight-stroke lead into the final round of the Genuity Championship.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna's Smith named to all-state first teamGiambi homers twice in debutAlaska Fairbanks tops Alaska AnchorageWilliams scheduled to make first court appearance

Gooden leads Kansas to undefeated season
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Top-ranked Kansas finished the first unbeaten Big 12 season by beating the team that gives the Jayhawks fits.

Bryant throws punch at Miller
LOS ANGELES -- There's rarely a dull moment with Shaq, Kobe & Crew, who have a knack for creating excitement when the regular season grind grows tedious.

Leafs focus after pregame death
TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs tried to turn their attention to a crucial four-game road trip, one day after a pregame ceremony took a tragic turn.

Arkansas, Richardson part ways
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas ended a tumultuous week by buying out the contract of outspoken coach Nolan Richardson.

Thomas questions retaliating, fighting call
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Indiana Pacers reacted angrily Sunday to the NBA's decision to suspend Reggie Miller and Kobe Bryant two games apiece for their fight at the end of a game.

Nonregion games serve as primers
Friday's nonregion high school basketball matchup between Skyview and Nikiski in the Bulldogs' yard proved to be a golden opportunity for both teams.

Sports Briefs
Former NBA star scheduled to appear in courtUnexpecteds make biggest marksPadres blank Mariners in spring ball

CIA boys, girls drop contests at Heritage
The Cook Inlet Academy high school basketball teams dropped a pair of nondistrict games Friday at Heritage Christian in Anchorage.

Nikiski boys, girls get district victories at Grace
The Nikiski High School boys basketball team recovered from Friday's loss by posting a 56-30 District 3/3A win over Grace Christian Saturday in Anchorage.

Education site tracks caribou as a sign of spring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North American school children can keep a close eye on the Porcupine Caribou Herd thanks to a free education Web site.

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