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Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Buser wins fourth Iditarod in record time
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Waving a large American flag as he entered the finish chute, Martin Buser claimed his fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Tuesday, winning in record time.

Knowles says Republican budget cuts go too far
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House Republican plan to make deep cuts in state spending goes too far and puts essential state services at risk, Gov. Tony Knowles said.

Bodies of two men found at Anchorage snow dump lot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police were investigating the deaths of two brothers whose bodies were found in a city snow dump lot Monday.

BOG tables expansion of buffer zone to protect Denali area wolves
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game has tabled a proposal to expand a no-hunting, no-trapping buffer zone to protect wolves that stray outside Denali National Park and Preserve.

Proposals call for doubling shellfish farming in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- The number of shellfish farms in Alaska could more than double under proposals moving through the Legislature.

Jonrowe struggles with sick dog, finishes 16th
WHITE MOUNTAIN (AP) -- While the crowds in Nome cheered Martin Buser's record victory in the 30th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, another well-known and veteran musher was struggling with a sick dog and desperately trying to hang on to a top-20 finish.

Judge Beistline becomes Alaska's next federal judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has a new U.S. District Court judge.

Energy report predicts ANWR oil would cut U.S. need only slightly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling would reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by just 2 percent in the next two decades, according to a new report.

Bodies of two men found at Anchorage snow dump lot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police were investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found in a city snow dump lot Monday.

Game board calls for identification on residential traplines
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Traps set out in residential areas around Fairbanks must now be marked with identification tags, under a new ruling by the Alaska Board of Game.

Flags to be lowered for former Craig legislator
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered Alaska flags flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of former Craig legislator Charles M. Jones.

BLM plans large burn in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some Anchorage residents might see smoke rising from trees in the coming week.

Disabled to get more privacy in voting
JUNEAU (AP) -- Disabled voters may enjoy more privacy at the polls, thanks to a new law.

Energy report predicts ANWR oil would cut U.S. need only slightly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling would reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by just two percent in the next two decades, according to a new report.

Necropsy shows Iditarod dog died of neck injury
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- The dog that died in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race suffered a spinal injury in its neck when it got tangled up in the gangline, according to race officials.

Fairbanks man charged with abusing infant daughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was arrested Wednesday, accused of stuffing so much toilet paper down his infant daughter's throat that it had be surgically removed.

Accused child molester loses sentencing appeal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 60-year-old career child molester has lost an appeal to the sentence he received in his latest offense.

Police find owner of stolen artifacts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have located the owner of artifacts found alongside a snowmachine trail north of the city.

Martin Buser reaches Nome to claim 4th Iditarod victory in record time
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Martin Buser cruised down Front Street behind his dog team Tuesday to claim his fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, finishing in record time.

House plan eliminates school cafeteria and restaurant inspections
JUNEAU (AP) -- The mystery meat served in some school cafeterias may remain a mystery under a legislative plan to do away with state food inspectors.

Necropsy shows Iditarod dog died of neck injury
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- The dog that died this week in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race suffered a spinal injury in its neck when it got tangled up in the gangline, according to race officials.

Man scheduled to go on trial for double murder
KENAI (AP) -- A man charged with murdering a Kenai Peninsula couple more than eight years ago is scheduled to go on trial Sept. 17.

Ketchikan nurses approve hospital pact
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Nurses in Ketchikan have ratified their first contract with Ketchikan General Hospital.

Retired police officers go back to work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Anchorage Police Department officers are marking their retirement by reporting back to work.

Stevens has substantial cash for re-election campaign
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens has raised substantial cash to help finance his re-election campaign this year.

Alaska gas not being counted on to help meet rising gas need
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gas consumption in the United States is likely to rise 48 percent by 2020, but Alaska gas isn't being counted on to help meet that demand, according to a senior official with the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Knowles embarks on trip to promote tourism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles was joined by 20 state and business leaders Tuesday for a one-week trip to England and Germany to promote Alaska tourism, seafood and energy development.

Ulmer authorizes gas pipeline referendum for ballot
JUNEAU (AP) -- Voters may be deciding in November whether to authorize the state to build and operate a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

Rivera released by Yankees, accused of stealing from Jeter's locker
TAMPA, Fla. -- A baseball player's locker is a sacred place -- the one private place in his very public world. Ruben Rivera learned that invading that sanctum can be a most serious offense.

Red Sox hire Little to manage club;
Boston has a new manager in Grady Little, who knows enough about the turbulent history of the Red Sox to admit his warm welcome won't last if he doesn't win.

Strawberry arrested for breaking center rule
OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Darryl Strawberry was jailed Tuesday, his 40th birthday, for breaking a rule at the drug treatment center where he had been serving two years of house arrest.

ANWR job count disputed
WASHINGTON -- Pitching the president's energy agenda, Interior Secretary Gale Norton told a farm group in Arkansas last week that oil drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge would produce more than 700,000 jobs.

Peninsula contingency will travel to Greenland in pursuit of Arctic Games
While many Alaskans will be heading to palm tree laden places for Spring Break, a group from the Kenai Peninsula is heading slightly further north to Baffin Island in Greenland and Canada. The group's mission is to gather information and lend credibility to the Peninsula's bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

A Great day for a Health Fair
The Village Fair was an idea that was born seven years ago as the result of a survey conducted by Healthy Communities/Healthy People, according to Soldotna City Councilwoman Jane Stein.

No green eggs & ham at Redoubt Elementary, but lots of Cats in hats
For the last three years, Sharon Hale, the volunteer coordinator at Redoubt Elementary School has been celebrating the birthday of the one of the most renowned children's authors of all time to help kids fall in love with reading.

Contingency planning is a high priority for industry and government
Following the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, the state legislature enacted laws that are still among the strictest in the nation with respect to oil contingency planning. Alaska has very specific standards on how long it may take to contain spills that are on open waters, according to Jeffery Mach, Oil and Gas Coordinator with Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation.

Home school carver takes first place at Fur Rondy
The ancient craft of woodcarving is experiencing a renaissance on the Kenai Peninsula, thanks to carvers and mentors like Del Otter of Sterling.

Sixth Graders plan a new park for Soldotna
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a group of Anne Pfitzner's six grade students at Soldotna Elementary School, went to the Village Fair at SoHi to showcase their plan for a new park in Soldotna at the former DOT site next to the Soldotna Creek Park.

State Public Use Cabins are filling up fast
As people from all over the world finalize their plans to visit the Kenai Peninsula this summer, Chris Degernes, Alaska State Parks Kenai Area Superintendent, is encouraging local residents to beat the stampede and get their reservations made for the public use cabins that are available on the Peninsula.

Game board calls for identification on residential traplines
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Traps set out in residential areas around Fairbanks must now be marked with identification tags, under a new ruling by the Alaska Board of Game.

Wearing o' the green in White Mountain
Though St. Patrick's Day is still a few days away, volunteers at the White Mountain checkpoint are getting into the spirit of things.

Martin Buser reaches Nome to claim 4th Iditarod victory in record time
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Martin Buser cruised down Front Street behind his dog team Tuesday to claim his fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, finishing in record time.

Jonrowe struggles with sick dog, finishes 16th
WHITE MOUNTAIN (AP) -- While the crowds in Nome cheered Martin Buser's record victory in the 30th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, another well-known and veteran musher was struggling with a sick dog and desperately trying to hang on to a top-20 finish.

Iditarod Notebook
AND THE SPIRIT OF ST. PATRICK AWARD GOES TO...: Though St. Patrick's Day is still a few days away, volunteers at the White Mountain checkpoint are getting into the spirit of things.

Norwegian takes Iditarod's top rookie honors by three minutes
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- At nearly every checkpoint along the trail, the two rookie mushers from Norway arrived and left within minutes of each other -- and sometimes simultaneously.

Top Ten Finishing Mushers
Top ten Iditarod mushers, their hometowns, and their finishing times

Photo feature: Dog tired
One of Tim Osmar's dogs snuggles in his blanket and takes a nap during a rest from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in the Yukon River village of Kaltag, Sunday.

Buser cruises into Nome
NOME, Alaska -- Waving a large American flag as he entered the finish chute, Martin Buser claimed his fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Tuesday, winning in record time.

Knowles: Republican budget cuts go too far
JUNEAU -- A House Republican plan to make deep cuts in state spending goes too far and puts essential state services at risk, Gov. Tony Knowles said.

Soldotna looking for cemetery
An eternal resting ground after death for Soldotna citizens has evaded the city since its establishment. But now, city officials are looking into possibly correcting this oversight.

Car crash in Nevada claims Kenai victim
A car accident in Reno, Nev., claimed the life of former Kenai resident Justin Hogue, 19, Saturday night, Reno police said.

Controversial subdivision OK'd
A controversial proposed development was given the go-ahead Monday against the protest of neighboring homeowners.

Public gets chance for budget input
Kenai Peninsula residents get a chance to bend the ears of state lawmakers on spending Wednesday when the House Finance Committee begins hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2003 state operating budget.

Bagley proposes new plan for land
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley has proposed a substitute plan for subdividing land at Point Possession that is meant to ease concerns raised recently by members of the borough assembly.

Defendant in 2000 Nikiski shooting seeks $90 million in damages
A former defendant against the state is seeking a total of $90 million in fees for "extensive damage" from District Attorney Dwayne McConnell, Alaska State Trooper Daniel E. Donaldson, and the State of Alaska -- $30 million from each.

Trial date set for man accused of killing couple in 1994
More than eight years after a Kenai Peninsula couple disappeared, the man charged with their murders is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 17

Yupik cultural leader to speak to area youth
Earl Polk, a member of the Alaska Native sobriety movement and a Yupik cultural leader will speak at several sites in the Kenai-Soldotna area Wednesday and Thursday. Although he is well-known throughout Alaska, this will be his first tour of the central Kenai Peninsula.

Francis "Bud" Williams
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held for Soldotna resident Francis "Bud" Williams at 2 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 10046 in Soldotna. Mr. Williams died Jan. 15, 2002, in Whidby Island, Wash.

Vivian Revoe Epperson
Longtime Soldotna resident Vivian R. Epperson died Monday, March 11, 2002, at her home on Tote Road following complications from a prolonged illness. She was 70.

Frank W. Moore
Kenai resident Frank W. Moore died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at his home. He was 81.

Justin Hogue
Kenai resident Justin Hogue died Saturday, March 9, 2002, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Reno, Nev. He was 19.

Science, not ideology, should drive decisions where wildlife involved
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.

Legislative proposal would have Alaskans eating at their own risk
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but in the most advanced country in the world, we have come to take for granted that at least lunch will be free from food poisoning.

Holding university's funding steady shows lack of vision for future
In politics and finance, remember the adage: Don't believe everything you hear.

Alaska needs 'revolution' to cut budget
It's always with the best of intentions that government agencies are created and go about their business of controlling us. But we find:

KRSA took position on every issue before board; it welcomes others to join its work
Since the recent Board of Fisheries meeting, some attention has been directed toward the board's changes to the management of early-run king salmon on the Kenai River. While opinions have been prevalent, the facts have not.

Home, community-based services should be considered before nursing homes Options exist for long-term care
In 1998, the United States Supreme Court ruled on a landmark case with far-reaching implications. The case posed the question: What is the responsibility of states when they allocate Medicaid money?

Applause
Soldotna seniors say thanks for donations

Pet of the Week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a pair of dachshunds for $88.20. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call the shelter at 283-7353 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber meets todaySeminar to provide libertarian trainingPublic radio holding fund driveWilliams, Bannock to speak at Kenai chamberCARTS advisory partners to meet WednesdayConservation-development district to meet ThursdayPDK discusses educator trainingABCS enrollment lottery applications duePoetry slam workshop set for SaturdayCPR class offeredBenefit dinner, auction scheduledRepublicans to hold district conventionFriends of Pets offers couponsDiet seminar Thursday in Soldotna

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber membership drive todaySocial Security reps visiting peninsulaSecond birch syrup workshop scheduledBear-baiting clinic plannedHunter certification to be requiredBenefit dinner, auction scheduledVisitor services permit applications available

Vocational education programs working at HHS
Last year, Aaron Hunting welded a boat in school. For his efforts, he was named Homer High School's vocational Student of the Year, but a greater reward came when he stepped off the stage, award in hand. An audience member immediately offered Hunting a job.

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

KPBSDistrict elementary forensics champions
The following students won at the district tournament Saturday at Soldotna High School.

School board members carry message of need to Juneau
On Feb. 22, I had the privilege of flying to Juneau with fellow school board members Deb Germano and Al Poindexter to attend the Association of Alaska School Boards' Leadership Conference and Legislative Fly-In.

Intel names nation's top 10 young scientists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Colorado high school student who invented a glove that converts American sign language into text on a portable screen has won a top award for young scientists.

Around the District
Spring break next weekScience conference features peninsula teachersPDK discusses educator trainingLabor council offers scholarshipNinilchik School announces Students of the Month

Forensics challenges students to speak their minds
Public speaking and the poise it requires are important skills. In addition, collecting an audience and releasing your inner ham can be just plain fun.

KPC campus hosts vocational conference
Kenai Peninsula College hosted the 10th annual Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Career and Technical Student Organizations Conference March 1. The conference theme this year was "Building America's Future Today," and high school students from all over the peninsula came prepared to compete with their peers.

Student's unusual request grabs attention of business
HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- Kate Shermak's teacher gave her and her classmates an unusual assignment: Write to a local business and make an absurd request.

District School News
News from schools around the district

UAF puts 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.

Honor Rolls
The following students were named to the first semester honor roll at Cook Inlet Academy and Soldotna Middle School

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Florida university reaches out to seniors
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ham Hutchinson is reveling in the past and loving it. For two hours every Friday, he can be found in a college course called ''History of the United States: 1945-1963.''

Skyview senior enjoys sharing trails with family
If the family that plays together, stays together, then what happens when you put them all on skis?

Gonzaga steamed about NCAA seeding
SPOKANE, Wash. -- A No. 6 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament means Gonzaga is still struggling for respect, forward Zach Gourde says.

Siena keeps on winning
DAYTON, Ohio -- The team that couldn't win during the regular season has figured it out at tournament time.

Heat hotter than Suns
MIAMI -- Reserve Jim Jackson scored 23 points to lead a balanced offense Tuesday night as the Miami Heat won again in their late-season pursuit of a playoff spot, 90-78 against the Phoenix Suns.

Clippers creep toward playoffs with victory over Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- Darius Miles had three soaring dunks among his 20 points Monday night, and the Los Angeles Clippers crept closer to a playoff berth with a 108-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Drowsy in Dayton as NCAA begins
DAYTON, Ohio -- C'mon in, Alcorn State and Siena. Lace 'em up and learn firsthand what it's like to play in the only NCAA tournament game that inspires more dread than dreams.

Duke's Williams not only repeats, he's a unanimous All-America pick
Jason Williams was a unanimous selection to the AP All-America team Tuesday, the second year in a row the junior guard was picked for the first team.

Huggins goes soft on Bearcats
CINCINNATI -- Four strands of white nylon net drooped from the rim, waiting to be snipped in the final act of a championship celebration.

Dallas signs Glover
La'Roi Glover, the NFL sack leader in 2000, is now a Dallas Cowboy, the biggest-name free agent signed by Dallas since Deion Sanders seven years ago.

Opposition unlikely to dissuade D.C. from licensing Tyson
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It would take a surprise, last-round knockout to keep Mike Tyson from getting a boxing license in Washington. The judges' scorecards are already well in his favor going into Tuesday's public hearing.

Rangers pull out last minute win
NEW YORK -- Sandy McCarthy scored with 45.5 seconds left to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night in a game where all the goals were scored with less than six minutes remaining.

Stars snap skid vs. Caps
WASHINGTON -- Sergei Zubov had a goal and two assists as the Dallas Stars snapped a two-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Photo feature: Enjoying the view
A cow moose pauses while browsing on the bluff in Kenai shortly after the sun set behind Mount Redoubt Friday night. The peninsula is receiving nearly 12 hours of daylight again.

Photo feature: On the prowl
A raven squawks as it patrols a snowbank for edible trash. Warm temperatures are exposing a winter's worth of litter.

BOG tables expansion of buffer zone to protect Denali area wolves
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game has tabled a proposal to expand a no-hunting, no-trapping buffer zone to protect wolves that stray outside Denali National Park and Preserve.

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