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Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Wolf-hybrid credited with saving Fairbanks family in house fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Rottweiler-wolf hybrid is credited with saving a family of five when a fire broke out in their Fairbanks home over the weekend.

Tenakee Springs says no to VPSO contract
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tenakee Springs no longer has local law enforcement because the city could not reach an agreement for a new contract with the Tlingit-Haida Central Councils Village Public Safety Officer program.

House passes bare bones $2.2 billion spending plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $2.2 billion spending plan that makes deep cuts of many state services passed the House of Representatives on Monday, clearing the way for tax talks.

Board investigates ground collision of jets at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a weekend ground collision of an Eva Airways cargo jet and an Alaska Airlines plane at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Stranded couple rescued near Manokotak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers rescued a Twin Hills couple who were left stranded when their snowmachine broke down on a fishing trip.

Raven's electrocution on Anchorage power line causes outage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A raven knocked out power in downtown Anchorage and an adjacent neighborhood when it struck an overhead electrical line.

UA adjuncts approve contact
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Members of the union representing University of Alaska adjuncts have ratified a contract that calls for a 10 percent pay increase over three years.

New York Rangers sign UAF's Bobby Andrews
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Less than a week after playing his final hockey game for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bobby Andrews has signed on with the New York Rangers.

Kivalina school reopened Monday
KIVALINA (AP) -- Kivalina's only school reopened Monday, more than two weeks after the school was closed because staff complained that they were being physically and verbally harassed.

Talkeetna city bid appears headed for defeat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Talkeetna residents apparently want no part of a measure to turn the town into a city.

World Ice Art bring lights down to Earth
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jill Mulholland can't stop raving about the lights in Fairbanks -- but unlike most winter visitors, she's not referring to the dancing green ones overhead.

House Finance plans to hear sales, not income tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- A statewide sales tax -- and not an income tax -- will be the linchpin of an overall plan to close the state's $1.1 billion budget deficit, House fiscal leaders said Tuesday.

Paintball shooters hit five Anchorage pedestrians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of people drove around parts of north Anchorage shooting green paintballs at pedestrians from a white Ford Explorer with tinted windows, police said.

Earthquake occurs near Iliamna
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake occurred Tuesday morning 60 miles northeast of Iliamna, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer.

Cook tackles armed robber in Fairbanks lounge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Oasis Restaurant and Lounge can put a sign up in its window, ''Beware of Cook,'' after a cook named Cook nabbed an armed robber who interrupted his pool game early Sunday morning.

Alaska trooper named 2001 Trooper of the Year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Trooper Larry Erickson has been named the 2001 Trooper of the Year.

Paintball shooters hit five Anchorage pedestrians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of people drove around parts of north Anchorage shooting green paintballs at pedestrians from a white Ford Explorer with tinted windows, police said.

Chirikof Island cattle may have to find new home
KODIAK (AP) -- The cattle herd on Chirikof Island will be moved this summer unless the state is willing to trade land with the federal government to acquire the island, said rancher Wayne McCrary.

Ogan remains in critical condition after heart attack
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives held a moment of silent prayer on Monday for Rep. Scott Ogan who remained in stable but critical condition after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

Measure clarifies compensation rules for sexual assault
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House has passed a bill clarifying that sexual assault victims are not to be blamed for their attacks when their cases come before the Violent Crimes Compensation Board.

Slow drivers could face higher fines
JUNEAU (AP) -- Driving too slowly could cost more than driving too fast under a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday.

Bill changing rural school funding passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives has agreed to temporarily halt a part of the school funding formula that critics say hurts some rural schools and has contributed to a so-called ''urban-rural divide.''

Alaska SeaLife Center's future is looking brighter
SEWARD (AP) -- The future of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is looking up, according to Tylan Schrock, the center's executive director.

Out with the old, in with the new, soldiers don black berets
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Soldiers at Fort Wainwright have a new look.

Lack of volunteers forces Alaskaland museum to close
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The African-American Community Museum at Alaskaland won't be open this summer because the museum has too few volunteers.

Galena man accused of assaulting witness in brother's felony case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Galena man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting a witness in his brother's felony case.

Stevens changes position on campaign finance reform bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has changed his position on a campaign finance reform bill being debated in the Senate.

Teachers rally in support of education
As the mercury hovered near zero and many Peninsula residents enjoyed the perfect conditions for outdoor winter activities under sunny skies, a group of several hundred teachers, their families and supporters, formed ranks along Binkley Street in Soldotna.

Outdoors
Wow is the only word that I can use to describe the past two months of my life here in Alaska. On January 12th I exercised one of the rights of being an Alaskan by performing the wedding ceremony for two dear friends of mine Steve Dambacher and Heidi Erickson.

Youth Restoration Corps gears up for summer 2002
Last summer the Youth Restoration Corps (YRC) in cooperation with the Young Marines brought some 80 young people from all over America to Alaska to undertake restoration projects on the Kenai Peninsula. According to Kelly Wolf, YRC Executive

Keeping an eye on your bone density
As health consciousness increases on the Kenai Peninsula more people are becoming involved with their personal health care and more services are becoming available.

Visitors to Village Fair receive Therapeutic Touch
With over 82 participants at this year's Health Fair, there were many modern as well as ancient techniques for staying healthy on display.

KPB Assembly honors Alaska Junior Miss Katie Lockwood
Each year more than 5,000 high school senior girls vie for generous scholarships by participating in America's Junior Miss program.

Career & Technical competition draws high school students to KPC
Some 75 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) students, 15 advisors and 15 community volunteers, judges and speakers, converged upon Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) recently for the District wide Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO, competition and conference.

Peninsula mushers ponder plans for future
The competitive long-distance dog mushing season is now over following the completion of the Iditarod. That just means next year is that much closer for the six peninsula mushers who entered this year's race.

House panel proposes sales tax
JUNEAU -- A statewide sales tax -- and not an income tax -- will be the linchpin of an overall plan to close the state's $1.1 billion budget deficit, House fiscal leaders said Tuesday.

Subsistence division avoids elimination
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republican leaders backed away from a plan to eliminate the state office that oversees subsistence after outcry from Alaskans offended by the proposed cut.

Slow drivers could pay more
JUNEAU -- Driving too slowly could cost more than driving too fast under a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday.

Sen. Stevens changes position on campaign finance reform issue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has changed his position on a campaign finance reform bill being debated in the Senate.

Measure clarifies compensation rules for sexual assault
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House has passed a bill clarifying that sexual assault victims are not to be blamed for their attacks when their cases come before the Violent Crimes Compensation Board.

Bill revising school funding passes House
JUNEAU -- The House of Representatives has agreed to temporarily halt a part of the school funding formula that critics say hurts some rural schools and has contributed to a so-called ''urban-rural divide.''

Thin spending plan slips through House
JUNEAU -- A $2.2 billion spending plan that makes deep cuts of many state services passed the House of Representatives on Monday, clearing the way for tax talks.

Point Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 8252. Ryan Newman 7263. Matt Kenseth 682

In the spotlight: Elliott Sadler
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Hard work paying off for Wood
Jon Wood is trying to make a name for himself in the family business.

Money Leaders
1. Elliott Sadler $1,256,4502. Ward Burton 1,762,4103. Sterling Marlin 1,115,580

GM teams angry over not getting help from NASCAR
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Car owner Richard Childress walked into NASCAR's hauler with just one question on his mind. ''Are we getting any help?'' he asked.

Race Schedule
February 17 - November 17 2002

This week's race : Food City 500
Where and When

Mediate, don't litigate
From parent-child arguments to disputes over neighborhood dogs, Kenai Peninsula residents may soon have a new resource to help deal with the conflicts.

Ogan remains in critical condition after heart attack
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives held a moment of silent prayer on Monday for Rep. Scott Ogan who remained in stable but critical condition after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

Budget cuts could mean fewer troopers
Roughly 32,000 residents of the Kenai Peninsula living outside city limits go to sleep each night relying on the Alaska State Troopers for protection. But the man charged with ensuring their safety says he has barely half the troopers he needs to do the job. Worse, he soon may lose still more of his force.

Tests show no evidence of anthrax from hospital
No hazardous substance was found on a hospital business envelope sent for testing on March 12, according to reports from the Alaska State Troopers Criminal Investigative Bureau and the state of Alaska Office of Epidemiology.

Spring arrives in Alaska
Don't be fooled by the mounds of snow. Though budding flowers and baby birds may be a little hard to find, today still marks the vernal equinox, the traditional first day of spring.

Kyle Frederick Braun
Kyle Frederick Braun died in his mother's arms Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. Kyle died at 7:09 a.m., the same hour, minute and place where he was born just 47 days earlier.

Wayne Dorau
Former Ninilchik resident Wayne Dorau died in his sleep March 16, 2002, in Honey Grove, Texas, from complications of a stroke. He was 71.

Keith 'Skeeter' Harrsch
Kenai resident Keith "Skeeter" Harrsch died in the arms of his wife, Judell, and sister, Lou, Friday, March 15, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 47.

Elmer T. Clavell
Soldotna resident Elmer T. Clavell died Monday, March 4, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, after a lengthy battle with acute respiratory distress syndrome and a severe stroke. He was 66.

Kyle Frederick Braun
Kyle Frederick Braun died in his mother's arms Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. Kyle died at 7:09 a.m., the same hour, minute and place where he was born just 47 days earlier.

Dee Anna Potaracke
Former Soldotna resident Dee Anna Potaracke of Kent, Wash., died March 12, 2002. She was 63.

Letters to the Editor
Study of subsistence uses, needs in Cook Inlet set for this springSoldotna should apply pressure to purchase property for bridge

Children are best reason new taxes should be approved
The closing of McQueen School in Kivalina is a stark example of why the Legislature should consider raising new revenue through taxes instead of bringing down the budget ax to close the $865 million budget deficit.

Applause
Immunizations promoted by 4 area organizations

Visit to Flight 93 crash site
Things were quiet on the back roads of Pennsylvania as we tried to locate the site of the Sept. 11 crash of Flight 93. No traffic to speak of, and few signs to guide us. Mostly just bows of yellow ribbon tied to trees, fence posts, mailboxes.

Applause
Putting-on-the-Ritz show successful, despite low turnout

Some relief for Alaska version of road rage, traffic jams in works
At last, here's some legislation Alaskans can get behind: The Senate this week approved a bill to increase the fine for drivers who have let five or more cars stack up behind them from $30 to $200. It also will cost drivers two points on their driving record.

First step of House budget proposal is holding line on state spending
The continuing fiscal gap between state spending and income gets a lot of attention in Alaska these days, and nowhere more so than in the Alaska Legislature. As the body responsible for passing a balanced budget, our days and nights have been consumed with the gap, and the corresponding need for a long-range budget plan.

Photo feature: On the ball
Destany Trent struggles to hang on as Alex Cook, right, hoists his sister Michelle Halbert onto a snowball the kids made from the weekend's fresh snow Sunday.

Around the Peninsula
Capital projects topic at chamberHealth centers meeting slatedCPR-first aid classes offeredKenai River advisory board to meetAARP to meetWomen voters sponsoring pork forumBuilders association meeting plannedSoroptimist board to meetBoys and Girls Club to host soccer clinicVocational programs top chamber agendaFair association potluck plannedSwimming lessons offered

Iditathon walker hits halfway mark
Racing the Iditarod Trail being pulled behind a team of dogs is considered to be one of the toughest, wildest, wilderness challenges around.

Around the Peninsula
Mediation topic of Soldotna chamber meetingDrilling company president to speakLeague of Women Voters sponsors forumBenefit dinner, auction scheduledWomen's resource center seeks volunteersTax assistance available by appointment

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Technology promises easier 'Net navigation for seniors
NEW YORK -- One of the biggest problems 79-year-old Al Berger has tackled while teaching fellow seniors how to use the Internet is getting them to sit through his lessons.

Photo feature: Last run?
Josh Engholm carves air Sunday at Karen Street Recreation Area in Soldotna. The weekend's snow helped to freshen winter activities. However, the sun returned Monday, melting the new snowfall with temperatures touching the 40s.

Sports Briefs
Little says Martinez, Garciaparra, Varitek readyNFL schedule could have late-season TV switchesRichardson, university president meetNaismith Awards announcedBlank moves closer to making Wolf an offer

New Jersey sends Arnott to Stars
Two years after Jason Arnott took the Stanley Cup out of Dallas, the Stars hope he'll help them bring it back.

Iverson, 76ers turn down Heat
MIAMI -- Allen Iverson scored 33 points, including 21 in the second half as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Miami Heat 91-79.

Montgomery shows it's size of heart that matters
In the case of Kenai Central senior Jamie Montgomery, who says she's 5-foot-4 "on a good day," it's the size of the heart, and not the size of the body, that matters.

Sports Briefs
Indians decide to pass on Rivera; Brown hurtKwan not looking back at OlympicsJordan practices; return date uncertainHuskies coach out after three losing seasonsSpiezio, Klesko to appeal suspensionsCommitte to tour proposed new Hornets home

Rangers pick up superstar scorer Pavel Bure from Florida
NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers acquired forward Pavel Bure in a trade with the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Teen-ager killed by puck
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Seconds after being hit by a puck as she watched an NHL game, 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil held a jacket to her head to staunch the bleeding and walked to an exit.

Hurdler now leaps problems
His track career long over, Edwin Moses is hurdling through life, leaping barriers of poverty, crime, drugs, disease and war.

Canucks spoil Bure's Rangers debut
NEW YORK -- Todd Bertuzzi scored all three Vancouver goals to spoil Pavel Bure's debut with the Rangers as the Canucks beat New York 3-1 Tuesday night.

Monarchs reach royal 16
Old Dominion was playing for both respect and a berth in the NCAA tournament's round of 16. The Lady Monarchs got both.

UCLA hopes it won't need another miracle against Missouri
LOS ANGELES -- Seven years after Tyus Edney's length-of-the-court drive and layup beat the buzzer and Missouri, UCLA hopes it won't take another miracle shot to get past the Tigers.

Flyers tie due to Lightning-quick comeback
PHILADELPHIA -- Sheldon Keefe scored with 1:36 left in the third period to complete Tampa Bay's three-goal comeback Monday night in the Lightning's 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

Blazers remain hot by topping Celtics
BOSTON -- Shawn Kemp had 12 points and 11 rebounds in his second game subbing for the suspended Dale Davis and Portland beat Boston 100-91 Monday night to win for the 15th time in 16 games.

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