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Monday, March 11, 2002

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.

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.

March 8, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says lawmakers are underfunding state university
In politics and finance, remember the adage: Don't believe everything you hear.

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.

March 5, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says legislative relocation is a distraction
Think we'd get better government if we moved the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough?

Iditarod vets give expertise, get adventure in return
KALTAG (AP) -- From a sled dog's perspective, the people in the green parkas probably seem a little nosy. Helpful, nice, but awfully curious.

UAF team puts clean car engine in snowmachine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has mounted a small car engine, complete with catalytic converter, in a snowmachine to compete against clean snowmobile designs from engineering students at 15 other universities.

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.

UA president receives award for supporting academic freedom
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton received an award from a national group in recognition of his support of academic freedom.

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.

Buser leads mushers out of Shaktoolik
ELIM, Alaska (AP) -- Big Lake musher Martin Buser maintained his record-breaking pace but barely held on to the lead Monday morning in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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

Iditarod officials report first dog death of 2002 race
RUBY, Alaska (AP) -- Race officials have reported the first dog death in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

Psychiatric patient gets lost for three hours
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A patient from Alaska Psychiatric Institute was temporarily missing during a supervised weekend shopping trip in a downtown Anchorage mall.

Buser in lead, losing ground to Brooks
SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska -- Martin Buser, who is moving along at a record pace in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, reaching Shaltoolik at 11:42 a.m. Sunday after pushing through gusts to 48 mph along the coast of Norton Sound.

Interpreter helps ice sculptors get to Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The reverberations of Sept. 11 have made Mimi Chapin's job as interpreter for Ice Alaska more important than usual.

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.

Custody dispute turns deadly in Mexico
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River woman is in Mexico, searching for her 2-year-old daughter as she tries to cope with her son's death.

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

March 4, 2002 The Voice of the Times says lawmakers should not have to be doing the administration's job
Let's see if we've got this right. According to those who love to jab needles in the hide of the Republican legislative leadership in Juneau, it's wrong -- dead wrong -- for lawmakers to expect various governmental agencies to prioritize the tasks they face.

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.

March 10, 2002 The Juneau Empire says science, not ideology, should drive federal wildlife decisions
A controversy over water usage in the Oregon-California Klamath Basin is receiving national attention. The facts break down like this: Last March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued statements claiming that if local farmers used their normal allocations of water, suckers in a nearby lake would be killed due to a lowered water level in the lake. Based on the report with supposedly scientific underpinnings, a federal judge cut off irrigation water supplies from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River to the Klamath Irrigation Project. For the first time in 100 years, farmers were left without water.

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.

Buser leads mushers out of Shaktoolik
SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska (AP) -- Ramey Brooks has cut half an hour from the lead of Martin Buser in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but the three-time champion from Big Lake still had a lead of two and a half hours, with a bigger team than his closest pursuer.

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.

Early morning quake measures 4.5
PALMER (AP) -- A quake was a magnitude of 4.5 was felt early Sunday in Anchorage and Seward, but no injuries or damage were reported, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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.

Ketchikan veneer plant wants cash from creditors
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Lawyers for Gateway Forest Products want the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Ketchikan Pulp Co. and Foothill Capital Corp. to provide $400,000 for attorney fees and other administrative expenses.

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.

Tourism survey: ''Mixed reviews'' for 2002
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bookings for 2002 are a mixed bag, Alaska tourism businesses reported in a recent survey for the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, with many in the industry predicting they'll attract about the same number of visitors as last year.

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.

Southwest Alaskan finds purpose in carving, culture
BETHEL (AP) -- Vernon Bavilla was at a crossroads in his life. He had just been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for attempted sexual abuse of a minor. His wife was divorcing him. He'd been thrown out of his house. He needed a job and a reason to stay away from the alcohol that had been the source of so much trouble in his life.

EPA allows Alaska log transfer sites to operate
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency will allow timber companies to operate log transfer sites in Alaska waters, although it will take more public comment on new rules that govern the sites.

Red Sox get rejection from Twins skipper
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston's search for a new manager will take longer than expected after the team contacted more clubs Sunday seeking permission to talk to potential managerial candidates.

Tourism survey: ''Mixed reviews'' for 2002
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bookings for 2002 are a mixed bag, Alaska tourism businesses reported in a recent survey for the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, with many in the industry predicting they'll attract about the same number of visitors as last year.

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.

Buser leads mushers out of Shaktoolik
SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska (AP) -- Ramey Brooks has cut half an hour from the lead of Martin Buser in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but the three-time champion from Big Lake still had a lead of two and a half hours, with a bigger team than his closest pursuer.

Iditarod officials report first dog death of 2002 race
RUBY, Alaska (AP) -- Race officials have reported the first dog death in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

'Urban Iditarod' hits streets of San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Urban Iditarod hit the hilly streets of San Francisco over the weekend and featured 150 humans dressed like dogs and pulling shopping carts.

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

Web site offers personal Iditarod touch
A 17-year-old from the town where the National Iditarod Historic Trail begins is using the Internet to combine dog mushing with the information age.

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.

Buser leads mushers out of Shaktoolik
ELIM, Alaska (AP) -- Big Lake musher Martin Buser maintained his record-breaking pace but barely held on to the lead Monday morning in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

Iditarod vets give expertise, get adventure in return
KALTAG (AP) -- From a sled dog's perspective, the people in the green parkas probably seem a little nosy. Helpful, nice, but awfully curious.

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

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.

Soldotna residents protest basin
As a side effect of pending construction on the Kenai River bridge on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities plans to build a sedimentation basin on land intersected by Riverside Avenue and Marcus Street.

Attendance encouraged at bridge meeting
Sometime in mid- to late 2003, construction will begin on the Sterling Highway to widen the bridge going across the Kenai River in Soldotna. The project will take a toll on the central Kenai Peninsula, and on Soldotna residents and businesses, in particular.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Legislators need to tell Alaskans hard truths about state budgetAlaskans should speak out about fish board nominationsHomer will continue to value freedom over more governmentOil companies not improving record of hiring more Alaskans

Buck stops with 22nd Legislature
The governor's proposed budget for fiscal year 2003 is nearly one billion dollars in the red.

Applause
Many contribute to successful cross country ski season at Nikiski

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?

Is ferry feasibility study worth cost?
Traveling to the south side of Kachemak Bay is like visiting another world. The geology is different, the vegetation is different and the pace of life is different. Part of the mystique of the south side of Kachemak Bay is its semi-remote location, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world.

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.

Photo feature: Making tracks
Danny Hughes gets an early start on the dirt bike season Saturday afternoon on the beach in Kenai. His ride was short, though, as the tide was high enough to cover all but a little exposed sand.

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.

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans' listsKenai student honored at UNCArea residents enlist in Army

Around the Peninsula
SeaLife rep to speak at chamberHistorical Society meeting slatedCaribou Cabin Hoppers plan family daySweeney's offers fashions for Moms on the RunSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaCook Inlet Lions 'Putting on the Ritz'St. Patrick's Day festivities plannedKPC offers short computer coursesBenefit dinner, auction scheduledFriends of Pets offers coupons

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.

Lip sync, choreography contest lets Soldotna youth show off skills
The Showin' Off the Kids lipsync and choreography competition was held March 2 at Soldotna High School. Four winners in each category were awarded U.S. Saving Bonds from First National Bank of Anchorage and Wells Fargo Bank Alaska.

Births
Sara Jane and Zakeriah Jason SmithAngie and Edward ChallansWendy and Mark Winans

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.

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.

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.

Crime Stoppers alert
A plate-glass door-pane was broken at the Soldotna Bible Chapel on 300 W. Marydale Ave. sometime during the night of Feb. 19. The damage is estimated at $300.

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.

Club News
PEO Sisterhood officers elected

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.

Community News
Scholarship program planned for SaturdayChallenger offers classroom scholarships'Will to Win' application deadline approachesHomer Community School makes announcementsASLC plans spring bird week

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.

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.

Sterling students get visit from area musher
Some lucky elementary school kids got a chance Friday to meet with a few of their canine heroes.

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.

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.

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.

Kuchar wins Honda Classic by two strokes
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Matt Kuchar could have done this years ago.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Colorado College tops Alaska AnchorageNinilchik girls top CCS

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.

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.

Tourney seeding close to home
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first NCAA tournament that tried to keep teams closer to home features two old hands and two first-timers in the top spots.

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.

Big 12, SEC favorites lose conference finals
Big 12 Conference At Kansas City, Mo. ChampionshipAtlantic Coast Conference At Charlotte, N.C. ChampionshipSoutheastern ConferenceBig Ten Conference At Indianapolis Championship

Hasek homecoming spoiled by 5-1 defeat to Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dominik Hasek's homecoming proved short and miserable, as he was pulled 40 minutes into a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.

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.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski and Heritage split Saturday gamesBaseball bargaining resumes Monday

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.

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