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Friday, March 15, 2002

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

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.

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.

Caribou highway hunting banned
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Archers no longer will be allowed to hunt caribou from the roadway along the Dalton Highway Corridor.

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.

Iditarod committee oversight shortchanges mushers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Iditarod mushers might have taken home bigger winnings this year if not for an oversight by the organization that runs the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

Yukon government eyes Alaska as tourist source
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- The Yukon government wants to attract more summer visitors from Alaska.

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.

State unemployment rate falls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in February, state labor officials said.

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.

UAF head hockey coach named CCHA coach of the year
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Central Collegiate Hockey Association has honored the head hockey coach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Rabies epidemic could be spreading south
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The rabies epidemic in northern Alaska may have spread south.

Lost Toksook Bay snowmachiner rescued
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 51-year-old Toksook Bay man was found safe and sound after getting lost on a snowmachine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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.

Attorney elected new president of Tanana Chiefs Conference
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Buddy Brown, an attorney who grew up in the Koyukuk River village of Huslia, has been elected president of Tanana Chiefs Conference.

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.

Alaska Natives express anger over House plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Natives expressed anger Thursday over a House Finance plan to eliminate state funding for subsistence.

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.

Conservation projects receive federal funding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fifteen conservation projects in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska will receive approximately $200,000 in federal grants.

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.

Captain, engineers charged with polluting waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The captain of a foreign-flagged vessel and two engineers have been charged with keeping false books to conceal the dumping of waste oil and sludge from two ships.

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.

Official says pipeline initiative's goals could cost millions
JUNEAU (AP) -- It could cost up to $250 million to carry out the goals of a gas pipeline initiative that's set to appear on the November ballot, a state official said Thursday.

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.

Sales tax plan clears hurdle in the House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to impose a 3 percent statewide sales tax to help close a hole in the state budget passed a House committee on Thursday.

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.

Unalaska City Council passes adult entertainment regulations
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Unalaska City Council has passed strict regulations that will require a new strip club to relocate.

Wildlife photographer wants state to stock McNeil river to attract bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wildlife photographer is widely circulating an e-mail he wrote, urging the state to start stocking McNeil River with chum eggs to supplement the salmon runs and attract more bears.

Avoiding 'red flags' can keep you out of IRS auditor's office
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's the letter Americans dread most -- a cordial invitation to visit the local Internal Revenue Service office for an audit.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

Baby boomers help NASCAR grow, their kids likely to drive sport in future
Stock car racing has developed from a Southern sport to national pastime, from dusty racetracks to luxury box-studded speedways.

No place like Nome
Soldotna veterinarian Jayne Hempstead drives a dog team up Front Street in Nome with Col. Norman Vaughan carrying a box of diphtheria serum as the Serum Run Expedition reaches its terminus Wednesday. Joining Hempstead from the centra

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.

Winter king derby returns to Homer
Subfreezing temperatures. Icy ocean spray breaking over the bow of your boat. A 40-pound chinook, struggling at the end of your line. March means winter king salmon fishing at its best.

Groups discuss extinction threat to medicinal, aromatic plants
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Herbal shampoo and medicine makers could learn something from American Indians about harvesting medicinal and aromatic plants without endangering some vanishing and valuable species.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 - Nov. 17

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Chamber, city council partnership pitched
City government and the chamber of commerce must form a partnership for the well-being of the community, Kenai Mayor John Williams and city council member Duane Bannock told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

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.

District contract cost figures called 'worst-case scenario' by president of union
The first contract proposal the teachers' union brought to the negotiating table would cost the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District more than $10 million, district officials say.

Administration hoping incentive measure will save money, prevent layoffs
Educators thinking about retiring got a nudge in that direction Wednesday, when the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced a new proposal.

Parents' Juneau trip OK'd
Armed with an opinion from an Alaska Public Offices Commis-sion staffer, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made it clear Tuesday that it will spend borough funds to send parents and students to Juneau to lobby on behalf of borough schools.

Bill would name bridge to honor Soldotna soldier
The state House of Representatives this week passed a measure that would name the Sterling Highway bridge spanning the Kenai River at Soldotna in honor of David Douthit, the only Alaskan to die in military service during the 1991 Gulf War.

Kenai schedules comprehensive plan workshop
The city of Kenai will hold a comprehensive plan workshop March 23 at the Kenai Senior Center. The purpose of the

James Snow
Soldotna resident James Snow died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. He was 78.

Estella Eagle
Kenai resident Estella Eagle died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign another Oregon State player

Recent actions do not serve best interest of state, Alaskans, fish or fisheries
This is to express our extreme dissatisfaction with the recent Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet salmon issues. In addition, we are displeased with the actions of the Department of Fish and Game staff, especially the lack of leadership demonstrated by the commissioner of Fish and Game.

Alaskans show they know score on budget gap
Legislators who continue to think that Alaskans don't believe the state budget crisis is real might have been surprised by the testimony received by the House Finance Committee this week on its proposed $2.2 billion operating budget.

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

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.

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.

Applause
Hockey tourney great success because of community support

Mountain lion 'sightings' on refuge still unsubstantiated
In the summer of 2001, two seasonal staff members on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge were together driving down Swanson River Road. Suddenly, on the road ahead of them appeared an unusual animal. After crossing the road, it paused in the vegetation at the edge of the road long enough for them to get a good look at the animal, which they described as a large, long, brown cat with a long tail. They claimed it definitely was not a wolf, coyote, or lynx.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Cook Inlet Lions present Putting on the Ritz Scholarship applications due today ABCS enrollment lottery applications due Scholarship pageant planned for weekend CPR class offered St. Patricks Day festivities planned Overeaters Anonymous to meet Sunday Community radio holding fund drive Nurses to visit area village Kenai River advisory board to meet Planning workshop scheduled Used book sale set for April 5 Elementary schools seek foster grandparents

Religion Briefs
Mens community dinner today Clothing ministry open Saturday Nikiski church plans events>

'Intelligent design' gains attention in Ohio debate, but many science educators are skeptical
Stakes were high Monday at a meeting of an Ohio Board of Education panel. Up for discussion: whether high school biology students should be told about potential problems with Darwinism and evidence that life on Earth was planned.

10 marriages: Help is there
Once upon a time, in a land very much like ours, 10 couples got married. It was wonderful! All 10 were madly in love. The future was bright. Their hopes were high. The world was very good, and they would live happily ever after.

Patriarch Bartholomew visits ground zero, pledges rebirth of church
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians, visited ground zero and vowed to rebuild an Orthodox church destroyed in the terrorist attacks.

Plagiarism in the pulpit -- citing sources an issue for clergy
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Plagiarism charges have caused trouble lately for historians and college students, and even clergy are being questioned about whether they should cite more sources from the pulpit.

U.S. Jewish survey indicates increase in synagogue affiliation but decline in other ways
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new survey has found that just over 1 million U.S. Jewish households, or 44 percent, are affiliated with a congregation, up from 880,000 families in a parallel survey a decade ago.

Chorus to sing in Kenai
The 40-voice male chorus of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will sing at Grace Lutheran Church and School at the 11 a.m. service March 31, Easter Sunday.

Orthodox Jewish leaders issue policy on cloning
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two leading Orthodox Jewish groups have taken a position on cloning, saying they support using the process to cure diseases but oppose it for reproductive purposes.

Bob Jones III wants wants to shed fundamentalist label
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The president of Bob Jones University says he wants to shed the school's fundamentalist label because the term has been equated with terrorist in the minds of many people since Sept. 11.

Lawyer hired to complain about church bells in Genoa
GENOA, Italy (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest has promised to cut back the number of times he rings the church bells after a parishioner called in her lawyer to complain.

Spring skiing in full bloom
Thus far, the benefits of grooming central peninsula ski trails are still outweighing the costs, and that's good news for area cross-country enthusiasts.

New Tsalteshi equipment shed enhances conditions for skiers
Bill Holt and Tom Seggerman talk about Tsalteshi Trails Association's new grooming equipment shed. The building has made it easier for groomers to keep the ski trails behind Skyview High School in shape this season.

Landowner fights snowmachiners' fees
An East End Road landowner who has been battling in court for years to keep snowmachiners off his property has been told to pay $13,000 for his unsuccessful legal fight.

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.

Montgomery, Smith step up as Kenai girls push past Palmer
Kenai coach Jim Beeson's injury-plagued Kardinals girls squad overcame a tenacious Palmer comeback to limp into the second round of the Region III/4A tournament Thursday at Soldotna High School.

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.

Photo feature: What's your sign?
Soldotna High School cheerleaders hang a banner in the gym at Skyview Thursday afternoon before the start of the Region III/4A basketball tournament.

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.

Soldotna girls blow past Kodiak
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team needed a quarter to figure out Kodiak's pressure defense Thursday in the opening round of the Region III/4A tournament at Skyview High School.

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.

Wasilla girls stop Homer
The inside-out game of the Wasilla girls basketball team quickly turned Homer inside-out Thursday in a Region III/4A tournament basketball game at Soldotna High School.

Warriors stand tall
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team was able to keep its collective chin up despite taking one on the chin in the opening round of the Region III/4A tournament Thursday at Skyview High School.

SkyHi girls get Knighted
The Skyview High School girls basketball team couldn't cut quite deep enough into Colony's lead Thursday as the Knights hung a 60-40 loss on the host Panthers in the opening round of the Region III/4A tournament.

Bulldogs dominate Rams boys
When a bulldog bites into something, it doesn't let go. Not until it's ready to.

Gonzaga, USC knocked out as low-seeded teams spring upsets
Sure didn't take long for low-seeded teams to pick up right where they left off last year in the NCAA tournament.

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.

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