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Wednesday, March 6, 2002

High court to review wireless dispute
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over the ownership of wireless phone frequencies, a conflict that has tied up millions of dollars belonging to several Alaska Native corporations.

Fairbanks motorists help catch runaway dog team
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Tom Fisher saw the dog team coming down the road at him, it was a sight that demanded action.

House passes animal euthanasia bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Animal control officers would be able to administer euthanasia drugs to some animals under a bill passed Monday in the House.

Musher Hans Gatt puts himself to the ultimate test in sled dog racing
NIKOLAI (AP) -- Take the Iditarod and multiply by two. That's what Hans Gatt has done.

Bill would prohibit schools from recommending psychiatric drugs
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state Senate committee took testimony Monday on a bill that would prohibit school staff from recommending drugs to control children's behavior problems.

Former AFN president appointed to Permanent Fund board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Janie Leask, former head of the Alaska Federation of Natives, was appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to the Permanent Fund board on Wednesday.

Virus kills tons of sardines off Vancouver Island
VICTORIA, B.C. (AP) -- Tons of dead Pacific sardines are floating in Quatsino Sound on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island -- the victims of a virus.

Not in Our Town fund to be dissolved
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fund set up in Anchorage out of sympathy for an Arab print shop owner is being dissolved.

Hundreds want to adopt dead caretaker's dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Owners of a remote lodge whose caretaker died in a tree-cutting accident say they've been flooded with phone calls from people who want to adopt the dead man's dog.

Fairbanks massage therapist found guilty of sexual assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks massage therapist accused of inappropriately touching three clients in Barrow has been found guilty of six counts of second-degree sexual assault.

Knowles: More money for children saves money in long run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles defended his proposal for higher spending on children's programs Monday, saying the moves will actually save money in the long run.

''Dirty Dozen'' squadron heading to southern Iraq
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Members of the ''Dirty Dozen'' are being deployed to southern Iraq, Elmendorf Air Force officials said.

House Fiscal leaders plan to swap labor contracts for cuts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cutting millions from state coffers will not be done without pain, and the pain will be felt by the public, a key Republican lawmaker said Monday.

Dead caretaker's loyal dog finds new home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new home awaits Buddy, the black Labrador retriever that stayed by his dead owner's side for 12 days after a tree-cutting accident on a remote Prince William Sound island.

Hundreds want to adopt dead caretaker's dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Owners of a remote lodge whose caretaker died in a tree-cutting accident say they've been flooded with phone calls from people who want to adopt the dead man's dog.

Fielder first out of Ophir as leapfrogging continues
OPHIR (AP) -- The leapfrogging among mushers continued Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Labor Study: Alaska pay averaged below national, regional level
JUNEAU (AP) -- Annual pay earned by Alaskans in 2000 was below both the national average and the average for the five Pacific states, according to a U.S. Department of Labor study released Tuesday.

Lawsuit filed in musher's fatal accident
FAIRBANKS -- The widow of Two Rivers musher Jerry Louden has filed a $100,000-plus lawsuit accusing a Wasilla musher with causing the truck accident that killed her husband last summer.

Iditarod champion musher Swingley says he's retiring from this race
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Lagging far behind the top competitors, Montana champion dog musher Doug Swingley said Tuesday he's retiring from the competition in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

DEC regulator resigns after reassignment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A top regulator has resigned from the Alaska Department of Environment Conservation, 2 1/2 months after she was stripped of authority to oversee some North Slope oil activities.

High court to review wireless dispute
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over the ownership of wireless phone frequencies, a conflict that has tied up millions of dollars belonging to several Alaska Native corporations.

Kivalina school remains closed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kivalina's school remained closed this week as details emerged about what went wrong over the past several months in the small Inupiat village.

Fiedler takes lead on speedy Iditarod trail
RAINY PASS (AP) -- This normally quiet lodge was bustling with activity Monday as nearly two dozen dog teams bedded down for a rest as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race moved into its second day.

British Columbia pilot charged with drug misconduct
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Canadian pilot's suspicious activities led to his arrest on drug charges last week.

Bill would make adults liable for providing alcohol to kids
JUNEAU (AP) -- Adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers could be liable for the damages those drinkers cause under a bill approved by the House on Monday.

Competing prison proposals get hearings
JUNEAU (AP) -- Competing prison proposals came up for debate Tuesday in the Capitol. A House committee looked at a plan to build one large private prison in Whittier, while a Senate committee took up a bill to expand state-run prisons around the state.

Senate approves disabled parking bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- People who illegally park in spaces reserved for the disabled would pay heavier fines under a measure unanimously passed in the Senate.

Teen charged with firing blanks at passing motorist
KENAI (AP) -- A Nikiski teen-ager was charged with assault Saturday after firing blank cartridges at a vehicle from the window of a pickup truck near Sterling.

Fiedler leads mushers into Rohn
NIKOLAI (AP) -- Linwood Fiedler arrived in Rohn at 4:38 p.m. Monday, giving him the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Man pleads guilty in Juneau sexual assault
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 24-year-old Juneau man pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a woman while she was drunk and passed out at a party Sept. 15.

UA president honored by National Association of Scholars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska president Mark Hamilton will be honored by the National Association of Scholars next weekend.

Ocean Beauty intends to aquire Cook Inlet Processors
KODIAK (AP) -- Ocean Beauty Seafoods has signed a letter of intent to acquire Cook Inlet Processors, according to Bill Terhar, president and chief executive officer of Ocean Beauty.

Iditarod front-runners reach Nikolai
NIKOLAI (AP) -- Top teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race left the Alaska Range behind and traveled through the night, reaching this Interior village on the Kuskokwim River early Tuesday.

Senate bill targets state Supreme Court spill ruling
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Alaska Supreme Court ruling that requires state regulators to look harder at oil companies spill response plans would be overturned by a bill that passed a Senate committee this week.

Police find active meth lab in Anchorage motel room
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police responding to a 911 call found an active methamphetamine lab in an Anchorage motel room.

House finance leaders consider cut to ferry system
JUNEAU (AP) -- House budget leaders are considering a $5 million cut in the state ferry operations budget.

Wasilla man dies in snowmachine accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 45-year-old Wasilla man died Monday night from injuries received in a snowmachine accident on Knik Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

Norwegian mushers handle Iditarod's bumpy trail as teammates
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Sled dog racing isn't generally considered a team sport. But the three Norwegian mushers racing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year refer to themselves as Team Norway.

State employees required to take sensitivity training
JUNEAU (AP) -- All state managers must take diversity training and some other state employees will receive similar training under an order signed by Gov. Tony Knowles on Tuesday.

Iditarod champion musher Swingley says he's retiring from this race
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Lagging far behind the top competitors, Montana champion dog musher Doug Swingley said Tuesday he's retiring from the competition in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Top Iditarod teams reach Nikolai
NIKOLAI, Alaska (AP) -- Top teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race left the Alaska Range behind and spent much of Tuesday resting in the afternoon sunshine in this Kuskokwim River village.

Tourism funding remains in doubt in the Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to provide emergency marketing aid to the state's tourism industry lacks support among majority Republicans in the Senate, said Senate President Rick Halford.

Indian's Escobar out with knee injury; Jeter, Giambi dinged up
Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi will probably just miss a couple of spring training games. The Cleveland Indians might have much more to worry about.

Kerrigan out with Red Sox; Escobar out for season
The Boston Red Sox took another step in their transformation under new ownership, firing manager Joe Kerrigan on Tuesday and replacing him with interim manager Mike Cubbage.

Back to back commending resolutions for Skyview wrestlers
Last year the Skyview Panthers wrestling team made history by winning their first ever state wrestling championship. This year they added to that benchmark, the first ever back to back state titles and returned to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers for another resolution of commendation last week.

Arness throws his hat into a new ring
The day after State Senator John Torgerson announced that he would not seek re-election to the senate, popular school board member and long time Nikiski resident Joe Arness, announced that he would challenge Sen. Jerry Ward in the Republican primary for the new senate district Q seat.

CFK '02 to include ideas for natural disaster preparedness
The sponsors of the annual Caring For the Kenai (CFK) environmental awareness contest, Unocal Alaska, and Agrium, are not resting on the laurels of their past program successes. According to Denise Newbould, Agrium's Environmental Health and Safety Superintendent, the contest has expanded its program to include ideas for natural disaster preparedness.

Home Schooler's have Connections
Through a program of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD), over 400 home school children receive services through a program called Connections. Erling Hofseth is the principal of the program which started about three years ago.

Torgerson takes his hat out of the ring for State Senate race
Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week that he will not be seeking re-election to the state senate seat that he has held for eight years.

Fairbanks motorists help catch runaway dog team
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Tom Fisher saw the dog team coming down the road at him, it was a sight that demanded action.

Lake full of lunkers draws fishermen
LAKE RUFUS WOODS, Wash. (AP) -- If you see beauty in a sumo wrestler, you'll adore reeling in the rainbows from Lake Rufus Woods.

Colorado department receives Grade A for youngster's elk hunt
DENVER (AP) -- In 27 years as a hunter, Brian Soliday has heard the carping, and watched the slings and arrows hurled in the general direction of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The Frederick resident feels compelled to disagree.

Season treated Southeast Alaska hunters well last year
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- Southern Southeast Alaska hunters had a good season last year. The Etolin and Zarembo islands elk harvest took the most bulls ever in 2001, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Games Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Iditarod champion musher Swingley says he's retiring from this race
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Lagging far behind the top competitors, Montana champion dog musher Doug Swingley said Tuesday he's retiring from the competition in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Musher Hans Gatt puts himself to the ultimate test in sled dog racing
NIKOLAI (AP) -- Take the Iditarod and multiply by two. That's what Hans Gatt has done.

Top Iditarod teams reach Nikolai
NIKOLAI, Alaska (AP) -- Top teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race left the Alaska Range behind and spent much of Tuesday resting in the afternoon sunshine in this Kuskokwim River village.

Fiedler leads mushers into Rohn
NIKOLAI -- Linwood Fiedler arrived in Rohn at 4:38 p.m. Monday, giving him the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Norwegian mushers handle Iditarod's bumpy trail as teammates
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Sled dog racing isn't generally considered a team sport. But the three Norwegian mushers racing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year refer to themselves as Team Norway.

Iditarod musher capitalizes on summers spent on Norris Glacier
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- For many of the more than 1,000 dogs running in Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year, training is shortened by summers spent lazing around the kennel when not running a few laps on the dog wheel or being hitched up to a team that pulls a four-wheeler down a trail.

Iditarod champion musher Swingley says he's retiring from this race
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Lagging far behind the top competitors, Montana champion dog musher Doug Swingley said Tuesday he's retiring from the competition in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Summer job gives Fiedler's team 'Juneau advantage'
As the sled dog teams lined up in Wasilla for Sunday's restart of the 30th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the 1,000 dogs all harnessed up each had already logged thousands of miles of training just from this winter alone.

Tourism funding bill remains in doubt in Senate
JUNEAU -- A bill to provide emergency marketing aid to the state's tourism industry lacks support among majority Republicans in the Senate, said Senate President Rick Halford.

Lancaster attempts to finally rid Alaska of daylight-saving time
Let the rest of the nation "spring ahead" or "fall back" as often as they please. Alaskans would prefer inhabiting the standard temporal sphere year round, thank you.

Nikiski teens charged after shooting blanks at vehicle
"Pure, simple stupidity" was the cause of an encounter near Sterling Saturday night in which several teen-age boys were allegedly involved in firing blank cartridges from a pistol at a passing vehicle from the window of their Dodge pickup.

Glitch puts end to Juneau trip
A delegation of parents had planned to be in Juneau today to meet with legislators about the financial woes of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

No injuries reported in school bus accident
A driver who said he was blinded by the sun was the focal point of a collision with a school bus and another vehicle near the intersection of Reflection Lake Road and teh Sterling Highway at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday.

Busting bioterrorists part of police picture
Being a police officer today involves a lot more than just busting crooks. And in the wake of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the threat of anthrax, the people who protect us are getting more specialized training.

CARTS' kindergarten service in jeopardy
Central Area Rural Transit System is extending its deadline to find funding for its free kindergarten transport program before permanently discontinuing the service.

American helicopters come under attack in deadly air, ground offensive
WASHINGTON -- Seven American soldiers were killed and 11 were wounded Monday when two U.S. helicopters took enemy fire during the most deadly allied air and ground offensive of the war in Afghanistan.

Animal euthanasia bill eases restrictions
Alaska is one of a few states where animal shelter workers lack the authority to administer drugs to euthanize severely injured, mortally sick or abandoned animals.

Terry Lee Boroughs
Soldotna resident Terry Lee Boroughs died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 54.

ASEAN must work as group to combat menace of terrorism
The move by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to link anti-terrorism activities among member countries and coordinate with one another is seen as a vital requisite to both homeland and regional security.

More patriotic? More spiritual? Americans differ on how Sept. 11 changed them
NEW YORK -- ''United we stand'' has been a fitting motto for the nation since Sept. 11, as Americans have pulled together in prayer and patriotism. But if unity in crisis is a national trait, so are doubting and debating.

Applause
Community works together to make kids' activities safer

America's anti-Iraq agenda could spark new flash point
Intentionally or not, the U.S. has recently upped the ante on Baghdad, reinforcing the belief that Iraq is the next target on Washington's anti-terror agenda.

Parents best remedy for reducing problems of teen-aged drinking
Booze binges can be hazardous to anyone's health, but they are especially alarming among teen-agers.

Letters to the Editor
Fiscal plan should be Legislature's first priority; any delay is stall tacticMessage to legislators: Tax oil, not Alaskans

Applause
Mentors' contributions make difference in lives of studentsWinter festival fun for all

It's likely there will be many more casualties as war on terrorism continues indefinitely
WASHINGTON -- Defeating the Taliban, it turns out, may have been the easy opener. After months of what seemed mostly mopping up, the sudden escalation of the war in Afghanistan makes clear that tracking down and eliminating the well-armed, mostly hidden al-Qaida is going to be tougher.

Breaking the ice
Lonnie Stanford, right, uses a metal detector to locate a frozen drain on Barnacle Way last week for city of Kenai co-worker Dale Baktuit. The two used steam and shovels to try to free water trapped on the road.

Photo feature: On the fly
Dan Martin keeps tabs on his kite Tuesday during a series of flights from the Bridge Access Road boardwalk. His 2-year-old daughter Kami, not pictured, was less enthusiastic about the afternoon activity.

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a selection of rats this week. Give the shelter staff a call at 262-3969 or visit them on Kobuk Street.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber meets todayKCHS to present student-directed comedyEducation association to hold rallyFund-raising dinner to aid familyCPR class offeredVeterans organization to hold electionsBake sale plannedBenefit dinner and auction plannedSPCA preparing for spay-neuter clinic

Around the Peninsula
Safari Club to meet tonightKenai chamber plans WednesdayNurses to visit area villagesVisitor services permit applications available

Menus
What's on the menu for our area public school students

When life gets tough, friends always come through
Friends come and go. They pop up in the most unexpected places, and you never know how the relationship will turn out. Friends range in levels of maturity and personality, but they never let you down.

Photo feature: Exchanging ideas
Na Sairsuwan does a traditional Thai dance at the AFS banquet Sunday in Kenai. The banquet, an annual event for 22 years, raises funds to assist central Kenai Peninsula high school students in the AFS international student exchange program.

Alaska Legislators open doors for Head Start parents, staff
Head Start parents and staff members visited local legislators in Juneau in February. The Kenai Peninsula, villages as far north as Nome and as far south as Ketchikan and representatives of a variety of Head Start organizations met with their Senate and House representatives. The purpose of the meetings was to encourage support from legislators for Head Start programs statewide.

Around the District
Tests now, vacation laterKenai students score permanent fund bonusSkyview art shines at ocean sciences contestChildren test stage voices SaturdayMusicians perform to aid schoolHomer places at Academic DecathlonProgram seeks worthy youth to honorScholarship program seeks student scientistsPublic invited to learn about Title IKenai Middle School announces Students of the MonthKnowles proclaims School Breakfast WeekArtists in the Schools seek applications

Reception planned for KPC retirees
Kenai Peninsula College is getting ready to say goodbye to several key faculty members at the end of this semester.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Nikiski students make school papers thrive on North Road
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School is the only central Kenai Peninsula high school with a student paper. It even has two.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the second-quarter honor roll at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School and Voznesenka School near Kachemak Bay.

Brothers each victorious in Colorado spelling bee
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- For the first time, brothers have placed first in their grade-level competitions at the Pikes Peak Regional Spelling Bee. And English is their second language.

Light bulb question answered -- finally!
CHICAGO (AP) -- The University of Chicago finally has its own answer to a vexing question: How many students does it take to change a light bulb?

Scientists say protein key to aging
Scientists have identified a stretchy protein they say is associated with the ravages of aging and chronic diseases such as emphysema.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Seminar for care givers held
About 70 health care professionals and home care givers from all over the Kenai Peninsula gathered at the Homer Senior Citizens Center Feb. 22 and 23 for a rare and free opportunity to learn more about dealing with problems of caring for elderly dementia patients.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Tough season, championships all add up for Soldotna senior Ben Histand
Soldotna senior Ben Histand has learned a lot in high school. He's learned so much in math that he couldn't even find a math class to take in town this year. He also learned what it feels like to win two state championships.

Pierce, Walker lead Celtics past 76ers
PHILADELPHIA -- Paul Pierce scored 28 points and Antoine Walker added 17, leading the Boston Celtics to a 100-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Flyers drop Bruins
BOSTON -- Jiri Dopita scored twice and Brian Boucher stopped 21 shots on Monday night as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

With Jordan still hurt, Wizards corral Bulls
WASHINGTON -- Reserve Courtney Alexander scored 26 points as the Washington Wizards won their second straight without Michael Jordan, beating the Chicago Bulls 115-90 Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski's Hall fourth at Junior Olympics2002 Junior Olympics Cross Country ChampionshipsSeward to host basketball, volleyball tourneysMiddle school students compete at boroughs

Penguins earn stripes from lowly Panthers
PITTSBURGH -- Alexei Kovalev scored his second goal of the game with 1:37 left in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 victory Tuesday night over the struggling Florida Panthers.

The Next Level
Morgan Hansen of Kenai, a freshman at Alma College in Alma, Mich., has been named to the 2002 all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's swimming and diving team.

Coach appeals buyout
LITTLE ROCK -- Former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson intends to appeal the university's decision to buy out his contract, his lawyer said Monday.

Researcher pinning down behavior of native dogs
WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Ben Bigalke goes on night patrol a couple of times each week to spy on seven coyotes roaming Wabasha County.

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