Thursday, March 14, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Moderate earthquake strikes east of Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook the Andreanof Islands region Thursday morning.

Energy report predicts ANWR oil would cut U.S. need only slightly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling likely would reduce America's dependence on foreign oil in 2020 from 62 percent to 60 percent, according to a Department of Energy report.

Knowles endorses Native leader for fisheries council
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has nominated an Alaska Native leader to the federal North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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.

Baby-shaking case ends in mistrial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trial of an Anchorage day care provider accused of shaking a baby to death ended in a mistrial when the child's mother admitted on the witness stand that she had lied to a grand jury.

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.

Veterinarian forms uncommon bond with eagles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crippled by an amputated wing, caged for 13 years, the eagle's predator eyes warn visitors he is still a wild creature.

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

Game board approves adult-child moose hunt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game has taken the unprecedented step of establishing a drawing permit hunt for adult-child pairs on 2,800 acres of the Delta Junction Bison Range.

Iditarod champion takes oath of citizenship in Nome
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Iditarod champion Martin Buser took the oath of citizenship Wednesday from a judge in a parka and a polar bear hat at the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Plane lands on belly without warning in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A small commercial plane touched down with its landing gear up Wednesday at Fairbanks International Airport.

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.

Senate bill targets state Supreme Court spill ruling
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to overturn an Alaska Supreme Court ruling requiring state regulators to look harder at oil companies spill response plans was passed in the Senate on Wednesday.

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

Public weighs in on budget plan in House Finance
JUNEAU (AP) -- From Dillingham to Fairbanks, Alaskans spoke up about proposed budget cuts now under consideration by the House Finance Committee.

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.

Alaska receives millions in taxes paid by hunters, anglers and boaters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive more than $14 million in excise taxes to be used for sport fish restoration.

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.

Peace Corps workers' dividend bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill allowing Peace Corps volunteers to receive permanent fund dividends while out of the country passed the state House on Wednesday.

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.

Quest musher files protest over forced withdrawal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A musher who was forced to scratch from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has filed a protest.

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.

Young asked to resume chairmanship of Resources Committee
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young was asked earlier this year to resume the chairmanship of the House Resources Committee, but essentially turned down the House leadership.

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.

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.

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.

Business Briefs
Diet seminar held today in SoldotnaHomer Boys and Girls Club to host Chamber MixerUnited Way board of directors changesAnchor Point planning group receives land donationMunicipal clerk named statewide first vice presidentPopp named HiSpeed Gear! sales managerLearn to see networks from hackers' perspectiveNew methods for home remodeling and new homes to view

Don't put off speedy remedy for taxing times until later
I procrastinate, therefore I am. This is the annual mantra that applies to many tax filers. I know. I'm one of those people. Each year, I've dreaded filling out all that darn paper work and sending it off to the Internal Revenue Service. Why?

Basketball tourney brings economic boost
The central Kenai Peninsula will play host to basketball fans from across the Southcentral region beginning today as teams from 10 high schools converge on the area for the Region III/4A and District 3/3A championship tournaments.

B&B group addresses statewide service
Bed and Breakfast operations need to cooperate with each other as well as other tourist and recreation businesses, in the view of Karen Cauble, president of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Alaska.

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.

Brewing supply store hops into niche market
The desire to drink a good beverage, and the need to be creative have combined to give momentum to a moderately growing trend. Home brewing beer, wine and even sodas, as opposed to buying these drinks at the store can become a labor of love, for those willing to invest the time. But Rod Matson, owner of Kenai Brewing Supplies, said those dedicated few helped turn his part-time interest into a full-time business.

Quest musher files protest over forced withdrawal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A musher who was forced to scratch from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has filed a protest.

Pilot outfits ultralight for ice fishing outings
SPOKANE (AP) -- Lonnie Roth is blessed with two gifts. One is the ability to see possibilities where others don't, such as using an alfalfa field as a runway or an ultralight airplane as an ice-fishing sled.

Hikers and bikers can opt for custom-made topographical maps
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- Everybody needs help coping with life's ups and downs. For hikers, bikers, boaters and the like, a new breed of tool is evolving to smooth the way -- custom-made topographical maps.

Game board approves adult-child moose hunt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game has taken the unprecedented step of establishing a drawing permit hunt for adult-child pairs on 2,800 acres of the Delta Junction Bison Range.

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.

Norwegian earns top rookie tag
NOME, Alaska -- At nearly every checkpoint along the trail, the two rookie mushers from Norway arrived and left within minutes of each other -- and sometimes simultaneously.

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.

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

Buser takes oath of U.S. citizenship
NOME, Alaska -- Iditarod champion Martin Buser took the oath of citizenship Wednesday from a judge in a parka and a polar bear hat at the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

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.

Southwest Alaskan finds purpose in carving, culture
BETHEL -- 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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

New exhibit shows how NYC mourned after attack
NEW YORK -- The clock sits frozen, forever recording a moment in time: 8:50 a.m., Sept. 11, 2001.

Small-town Alaska mystery a refreshing read
Murder isn't anything to smile about, but this Valdez-based mystery, complete with wet snow, closed airports and road-blocking avalanches is sure to have readers grinning and nodding in recognition. Throw in the sarcastic ramblings of lead character Leona Skavitch and an outright laugh or two might result.

Poetry workshop to be held
A poetry slam workshop will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The workshop will be followed by an evening poetry slam performance from 7 to 9 p.m. at Buster's Coffeehouse behind Summit Cleaners in Kenai.

Writers Night brings out best in peninsula authors
Central Kenai Peninsula writers will wax eloquent, not to mention imaginative, poignant, humorous and expressive, to listeners at the Central Peninsula Writers Night at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Art Briefs
Music scholarship auditions to be heldVisual arts scholarships offeredPercussion workshop to be held in HomerWriters conference plannedIrish musicians to play in Soldotna

"Getting out of the Tub" by Laura Faeo
Editor's note: The following excerpt is from a piece by Laura Faeo. She will read the entire story at the Central Peninsula Writers Night Friday at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

This Week's Race: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400
Where and when

In the Spotlight: Buckshot Jones
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Point Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 6452. Ryan Newman 5713. Ward Burton 565

Answer is blowing in the wind
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- NASCAR's recent trip to the wind tunnel merely proved what everyone figured all along: Ford and Dodge enjoy an advantage over Chevrolet and Pontiac.

Young drivers challenge old favorites to win series
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- When Cale Yarborough finished last at the 1976 Daytona 500, he bounced back with nine victories to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 - Nov. 17

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $1,683,4272. Elliott Sadler 1,158,0553. Sterling Marlin 924,935

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

Hospital takes precautions, but anthrax not expected
A business office employee of the Central Peninsula General Hospital was confronted by the threat of anthrax on Tuesday morning when she opened a postmarked business envelope and found what appeared to be white powder.

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.

Bridge options mulled
An alternate bridge could be a possible means for alleviating traffic that construction on a Sterling Highway Kenai River bridge might cause.

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.

Point Possession land sale rejected by borough assembly
Some folks may be chomping at the bit to bid on remote tracts of land at Point Possession, but they're not going to get that chance anytime soon.

Testimony favors taxes over cuts
Balancing an out-of-whack state budget may be a noble goal, but doing it by axing education spending, undercutting support systems for the poor and disabled, or risking public health by limiting food safety inspections at restaurants is the wrong way to go about it.

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.

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.

DNA testing heralds hope of cutting crime
Assessing its short but stunning track record over the past decade, Attorney General John Ashcroft describes DNA analysis as the truth machine of law enforcement.

Letter to Editor
Good reasons to oppose expansion of gas drilling in Kenai refugeIt's still unclear how new first-run king policy is best for conservationBig fish need to get to spawning grounds to produce more big fish

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.

Investments in children, subsistence protection, sustainable budget still key issues
Today is the half-way mark in this year's legislative session, in which Alaskans have an historic opportunity to resolve three vital issues affecting future generations.

Voters clear on message to California congressman
Voters in California on Tuesday did for Gary Condit what old-fashioned common sense apparently could not -- they pushed him out of office.

Applause
Hockey tourney great success because of community support

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:

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?

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

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
Multiple sclerosis group meets todayScholarship applications due FridayHistorical society meeting slatedABCS enrollment lottery applications dueScholarship pageant planned for weekendMedical benefit dinner plannedDenney to speak at Alliance meetingWomen voters sponsoring pork forumBake sale plannedAK Independent Blind to meetAARP to meetD.A.R.E. to hold culmination ceremony

Photo feature: Picture perfect
Sister Anna Fox photographs her mother, Sue, on the beach in Kenai Wednesday afternoon. Fox has been serving in the area as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is returning home to California today. Her mother was here visiting.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Bulldogs girls mount District 3/3A title hunt
The District 3/3A Championship Basketball Tournament tips off today in Nikiski, and while the Anchorage Christian Schools boys and the Nikiski High School girls enter the tournament with perfect marks in district play, every coach and player knows anything can happen come tournament time.

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

Chelios pushes Red Wings past Oilers in overtime
DETROIT -- Chris Chelios' goal four minutes into overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Celtics' Pierce drains six 3-pointers as Boston rips down Nets
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce scored 23 of his 32 points in the second half, hitting six 3-pointers Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics gained ground on the Eastern Conference-leading New Jersey Nets with a 97-89 victory.

Region III/4A tourney squads looking up at Wasilla boys, girls
End-of-the-season basketball tournaments can be cruel because a whole season of accomplishment can go out the window with one upset.

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.

Veterinarian forms uncommon bond with eagles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crippled by an amputated wing, caged for 13 years, the eagle's predator eyes warn visitors he is still a wild creature.

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.

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.

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