Sunday, March 9, 2003

Poor trail conditions force yet another Iditarod change
KALTAG (AP) -- Halfway into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, poor trail conditions have forced yet another route change in the Last Great Race, officials said Saturday.

Poor trail conditions force yet another Iditarod change
ANVIK, Alaska (AP) -- Halfway into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, yet another route change has occurred because of poor trail conditions, race organizers said Saturday.

Tourism leaders unhappy with Murkowski proposal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to collect $8 million from tourists isn't getting a warm reception, particularly from people in the tourism industry.

Nonprofits fear cuts in Murkowski budget
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Executives with nonprofit groups in the Fairbanks area are concerned about Governor Murkowski's proposal to cut aid to nonprofits.

Alaska fire crews join shuttle search effort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Five Alaska firefighter crews will fly to Texas Monday to help find pieces of the shuttle Columbia.

Accounting change forces ACS to report $185 million loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems posted losses totaling $185 million last year.

Man gets 25 years for raping UAA student
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping and choking a 19-year-old student at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Light quake shakes Adak
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake was reported near Adak Island in the Aleutians Friday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

House passes $69 million supplemental budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $69 million supplemental spending bill to cover the costs of firefighting, natural disasters and other unanticipated expenses that sprang up this year was approved by the House on Friday.

Company agrees to buy Wards Cove Naknek plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seattle-based company has agreed to buy the Wards Cove Packing Co. cannery in Naknek.

Fishermen rest case in price-fixing lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lawyers representing thousands of commercial salmon fishermen have rested their case in the Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit.

Museum hopes to collect enough Alutiiq recipes for cookbook
KODIAK (AP) -- Do you think you have the best family recipe for akutak? Don't even know what akutak is?

Lots of fast food, TV triple the risk of obesity
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Bulletin from the medical front: Eating fast food and sitting hours on end in front of the TV are really terrible for the waistline.

ACS tries to link fat, cancer in public mind
WASHINGTON -- The American Cancer Society, suggesting that the cancer risk in flab is as bad as the risk in tobacco, is about to start a drive to encourage people to lose weight and get more active.

Study of hibernating bears may help with osteoporosis
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Understanding a bear's long winter nap might yield the key to fighting osteoporosis in humans.

Fish board wants residents to be heard
Anyone wishing to have their opinion on early-run Kenai king salmon heard by the Alaska Board of Fisheries will get an unusual opportunity next Sunday during a special meeting of the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee.

Peace meditation planned for today
In light of current world events, it seems ironic the Season for Peace and Nonviolence -- the days between the anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi 's death, Jan. 30, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, April 4 -- should be happening right now.

Rite-Aid store site changes hands
The wide open space in the Peninsula Center Mall, formerly known as Rite-Aid, has new owners as of last week.

Legion commander: Vets need health care
The commander of the nation's largest veterans organization called on Americans to pressure the president and Congress to fund health care for veterans before paying what he termed "blackmail" to countries for permission to station troops there in preparation for a possible attack on Iraq.

Karen L. McDaniel
Soldotna resident Karen L. McDaniel died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 50.

Josephine B. Jarvis
Kenai resident Josephine B. Jarvis died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Heritage Place nursing Home in Soldotna. She was 75.

Margaret Evelyn McGahan
Longtime Nikiski resident Margaret Evelyn McGahan died of cancer Thursday, March 6, 2003, surrounded by some of her children and grandchildren at her homestead residence.

Letters to the Editor
What to do with the hard question?Governor's budget differs from campaign promises

Bush's willingness to go it alone could prove damaging over time
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is staking out a lonely position in forcing a U.N. vote on Iraq that he's likely to lose. It's an unusual strategy. And if he does lose and goes to war anyway, it could jeopardize America's dealings with other world powers for years to come.

Even couch potatoes now can excel in Olympic sporting competitions
It is a sad fact of human existence that the older you get, the more doors of opportunity are forever closed and dead bolted behind you.

Committee sees peninsula's best asset: its people
Talk about making a slam dunk and bringing home the gold.

On the Strip: Gourmet items take their place in Vegas buffet lines
LAS VEGAS -- Kelly O'Neill peered into the pans on a recent Saturday night at Le Village Buffet in the Paris Las Vegas Casino: Seafood bouillabaisse. Salmon flambe with sorrel sauce. Veal stew marengo.

Photo feature: Fraidy-cat
Michelle Seaman's kitten Butterbean finds a bit of comfort on Seaman's shoulder Saturday morning while waiting in line for a free rabies shot.

Around the Peninsula
AFS dinner set for tonightNutrition class offeredEducation group to meetMeeting set for photographers guildSled dog association gathering slatedCabin Hoppers plan fun dayAdvisory committee to hold special meeting

A complete lack of taste
From time to time, I am called upon to taste things and offer an opinion.

Hard facts about water, laundry
We get numerous calls at the Extension Office regarding laundry problems related to water with high iron concentration. There are ways to prevent these problems, which often appear as yellowed whites.

Culbertson, Gomez marry in Flagstaff
Kimberly Culbertson and Esteban Gomez were married in an outdoor ceremony Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at the Rierdan Mansion Historic State Park in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Delago, McCaughey announce engagement
Maria Jean Delago and Christopher McCaughey have announced their plans to marry in June.

New York unveils a 'working man's red' wine
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A new wine grape more than 50 years in the making is being touted as a healthy, hardy ''working man's red.''

Soldotna man turns 100
Soldotna centenarian Warren Moore says the secret to longevity is no secret at all.

Dogs do see in color
Dogs have good eyesight, but it differs from that of humans in many ways.

My best friend
Candy Stanley, who can't be seen, mesmerizes Lily, Levi and Maisy with chicken livers. Lily and Levi belong to Stanley. Maisy's owner is Catherine Perry of Clam Gulch, who submitted the photo, said the three dogs are best friends.

Seward girls blow past Heritage in District 3/3A play
The Seward girls basketball team received 20 points from Michelle Dieckgraeff Friday at Seward to defeat Heritage Christian 71-41 and run its District 3/3A record to 7-2 and its overall record to 17-4. Heritage dropped to 4-13 and 1-7.

Hoch, Tway share lead at Doral
MIAMI -- Don't feel sorry for Scott Hoch the next time he complains of an injury.

Kenai boys avenge loss to Soldotna
Both the Soldotna girls and Kenai Central boys showed they can learn from their mistakes Friday at Kenai in Region III/4A play.

Nikiski girls go 10-0 in district
The Nikiski High School basketball teams played a pair of intense, physical games Friday night, splitting with District 3/3A opponent Houston at Nikiski.

Sports Briefs
Hingis: 'My dreams are over'Sanders stuns Klitschko with knockoutAlaska Fairbanks blanks Alaska AnchorageFirst tie in World Cup slalom; Miller struggles

Blackhawks put Fleury on waivers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Theo Fleury, the Chicago Blackhawks' troubled right wing who has battled alcohol abuse, was put on waivers Saturday, according to several reports.

Carter erupts for 43 points as Raptors fly past Hawks
ATLANTA -- Vince Carter scored a season-high 43 points, the 11th 40-point game of his career and his first in nearly a year, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 107-98 Satuday night.

SoHi boys can't score upset of SkyHi
As Soldotna High School boys basketball coach Bill Withrow put it, not bad for a bunch of 5-foot-9 guys.

Lady Mariners blow past Kenai, claim Southern Division No. 3 seed
Homer basketball teams visited Kenai Central Saturday poised to sweep their weekend visit to the central Kenai Peninsula. Following Friday victories over Skyview's boys and girls teams, the Mariners teams added two more wins to spoil the Kardinals' senior night recognition.

Gardner leads No. 1 Arizona past Oregon
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Gardner scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the second half and No. 1 Arizona pulled away to beat Oregon 88-80 on Saturday.

Capitals bruise Bruins
BOSTON -- Sean O'Donnell scored his first goal of the season halfway through overtime Saturday, leading the Boston Bruins past the Washington Capitals 5-4 for their third straight win.

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