Sunday, March 10, 2002

Juneau monoskier ready to go for the gold on Saturday and Sunday
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the last few years, Joe Tompkins' dream has been to compete in the Winter Paralympic Games.

Administrator says Kivalina school could reopen March 18
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief executive of the Northwest Arctic Borough School District says Kivalina's only school could reopen March 18 -- if school officials receive commitments from the villagers to back the school's discipline policy.

Oral historians record, then protect, Alaska's words
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sit down at one of two desktop computers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks library and you can hear voices from the past come to life.

Buser maintains solid lead in Iditarod
KALTAG, Alaska (AP) -- Martin Buser popped B.B. King into his compact disc player and left Kaltag for Unalakleet on Saturday afternoon, maintaining a solid lead in the Iditarod trail Sled Dog Race.

Phillips Alaska reduces cost-of-living allowances
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 600 employees of Phillips Alaska Inc. were told this week they will earn less money starting next year when the company reduces cost-of-living allowances by 25 percent.

Navy report says ice cap could give way to open water
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The polar ice cap has been shrinking so fast that regular ships may be steaming through the Northwest Passage each summer by 2015, and along northern Russia even sooner, according to a new U.S. Navy report.

Wasilla voters OK sales tax for sports center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wasilla residents have given the go ahead to building a new multi-use sports center in town and to raising the city sales tax to pay for it.

North Slope police make booze arrests
BARROW (AP) -- Three Barrow residents have been charged with selling alcohol without a license after search warrants were served at three homes.

Buser wins gourmet meal as first musher to the Yukon River
RUBY (AP) -- It's not your typical breakfast of champions. It was 5 a.m. when a sleepy eyed Martin Buser sat down to a gourmet meal that included smoked chicken pecan salad, chilled roast pork tenderloin, large prawns stuffed with lobster, fruit tart flambe and champagne.

Troopers investigate deaths of three in separate incidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating three unattended deaths.

BOG meets with three new members
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game began a 10-day meeting Friday with three new members weighing in on a variety of issues including predator control and restricting harvests.

Beauty queen displays cool talent
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Among beauty pageant contestants, Dominique Colell of Camarillo, Calif., may be unique.

Olympia beer bottle gets better with age in Seldovia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lots of people love Olympia beer. In Seldovia, they love one bottle.

Frozen well forces prison to use bottled water
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials at the Palmer Correctional Center near Sutton had to truck in bottled water and portable toilets last week for inmates and staff after lines for a well supplying water to the prison froze.

Tyonek woman dies after truck hits snowmobile
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Tyonek woman was killed Friday when her snowmobile collided with a truck on Point MacKenzie Road south of Wasilla.

Anchorage airport reviews newest jetliner wrong turn
ANCHORAGE -- A Nippon Cargo Airlines plane preparing for takeoff from Anchorage last weekend rolled onto a taxiway instead of a runway, but air traffic controllers quickly caught the mistake and steered the craft back on the correct path.

Cancer society promotes diet, exercise to reduce risk of cancer
WASHINGTON -- The American Cancer Society, worried about a nation that does too little exercise and grows more obese, is putting a new emphasis on exercise as a way to reduce the risk of getting sick and dying of cancer.

Swingley's farewell tour deserves Alaska's respect
Like a line of recreational vehicles on the highway or a zoning ordinance, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Doug Swingley has sparked the ire of Alaska again.

Buser wins gourmet meal as first musher to the Yukon River
RUBY (AP) -- It's not your typical breakfast of champions. It was 5 a.m. when a sleepy eyed Martin Buser sat down to a gourmet meal that included smoked chicken pecan salad, chilled roast pork tenderloin, large prawns stuffed with lobster, fruit tart flambe and champagne.

Two peninsula mushers scratch from Iditarod
Two area Iditarod mushers have been forced to pack up their dogs and head back to the peninsula.

NOW PLAYING: We Were Soldiers
To be perfectly honest, I was not planning on seeing We Were Soldiers, Mel Gibson's highly anticipated Vietnam flick. First, Vietnam movies start to wear on you after awhile. They're always bitter and depressing, and usually pretty l

Employees picket during contract talks
A crowd of school employees gathered Saturday in front of the Borough Building for a union rally, complete with pickets and speakers.

Nikiski death still being investigated
Investigation continues into the death of 61-year-old Nikiski airport mechanic, Gerald Sibley, who was found the morning of Jan. 4, dead on the floor of the Nikiski hangar where he lived and worked.

Ward measure seeks sale of public property
There is a Texas ranch comprising more acres than all the private property in Alaska combined, says Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Kenai, who has sponsored a bill to put a million acres of state-owned territory on the auction block.

District negotiations edge forward
Saturday's contract talks between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its employees were cordial and productive. But the hard parts lie ahead.

Daniel D. Jorgensen
Soldotna resident Daniel D. Jorgensen died Thursday, March 7, 2002, in Eagle River. He was 25.

Stephen S. Wade
Kenai resident Stephen S. Wade died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 30.

What changed after Sept. 11?
WASHINGTON -- Americans know anything could happen anywhere at any time. But it hasn't. They know Osama bin Laden has not been hunted down. Maybe tomorrow.

Ask the Mayor
Where do our tax dollars go?

Living on peninsula offers new adventure every day
I love an adventure. I'm not talking about the bungee jumping off bridges or leaping out of airplanes sort of thing. I like the kind of adventure that lasts, that challenges not only momentary guts, but stamina and lasting courage.

Permanent fund's silver anniversary cause for celebration
Believe it or not, it has been 25 years since the first deposit of dedicated oil revenues was made to the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Dig for hidden treasure in your freezer
My first winter in Alaska was in 1993. I remember when March arrived I began feeling restless. No trees or flowers were blooming; there were no signs of spring, yet the calendar said it was supposed to be spring.

My Best Friend
For five years, Bobo has been the constant companion of Deborah and Buzz Moore of Anchor Point. They said he likes to ride on the four-wheeler, the front-end loader and go hunting.

Soldotna bridge, 1953
This 1953 photo shows a leisurely visit on the Soldotna bridge in early spring. The traffic wasn't too heavy back then.

Russia train museum is window to history
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- The scores of steam engines, diesel and electric locomotives on display in St. Petersburg's converted Warsaw Railway Station provide an unusual window into Russia's history.

Morocco could be start of a beautiful vacation
Try something a little exotic on your next big vacation, a visit to the casbah, a trek across the desert, maybe even a fast ride to Marrakech.

Dogs aren't only ones going for rides
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) -- Taking your precious bundle of joy out for a spin in a carriage isn't just for babies anymore.

Soldotna woman puts heart, soul into children's lives
Outside Ridgeway Montessori Preschool, children waddle like penguins through the yard -- bundles of coats, hats and scarves climb on playground equipment and chase one another in an endless game of tag.

Chapman, Pontius to wed in Anchorage
Rainee Marie Chapman and Benjamin Joseph Pontius have announced their plans to marry March 22, 2002, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Anchorage Temple. A ceremony and reception will be held later that evening at the Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood.

Juneau monoskier ready to go for the gold on Saturday and Sunday
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the last few years, Joe Tompkins' dream has been to compete in the Winter Paralympic Games.

Team Alaska skiers take Junior Nationals
Team Alaska beat out seven other regions for the Alaska Cup at the 2002 Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships, which were completed Saturday in McCall, Idaho. The honor means once again Alaska has the top group of junior skiers in the country.

Red Wings pummel Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Dominik Hasek stopped 28 shots in stretching his unbeaten streak to 15 games Saturday in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Geography to play role in NCAA selection
INDIANAPOLIS -- When the NCAA tournament bracket is released Sunday, it will have the familiar interlocking lines ready for the names of teams advancing toward the Final Four.

Kenai boys cruise past Homer
The Kenai Central High School boys basketball team capped its regular season with a 58-33 win at Homer in Region III/4A play Saturday.

Kardinals boys streak past SoHi
The host Soldotna girls basketball team used desire to notch a 40-33 victory over Region III/4A rival Kenai Friday.

Sports Briefs
Colorado College tops Alaska AnchorageNinilchik girls top CCS

Hot 76ers clip Hawks
ATLANTA -- Allen Iverson scored 28 points and Speedy Claxton added 18 as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-91 Saturday night for their sixth win in seven games.

N.C. State kicks No. 2 Maryland out of ACC tourney
Anthony Grundy scored 24 points, and Julius Hodge sank a big 3-pointer with 1:17 left to key North Carolina State's 86-82 upset of No. 2 Maryland in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Stars cagers get blown SkyHi
The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat -- there was no need to span the globe to find those Saturday, both were to be found in abundance at Skyview High School.

Weir, Wetterich tied for lead at Honda Classic
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Mike Weir and Brett Wetterich were tied for the lead at 14 under when the third round of the Honda Classic was halted because of darkness.

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