Thursday, March 21, 2002

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.

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.''

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.

Biologists focus on killer whales in study of Steller declines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Killer whales preying on Steller sea lions might be one reason Alaska's sea lion population remains depressed, scientists say.

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

Native corporations report economic impact for 2000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Native regional and village corporations paid out $350 million in wages within the state and $64.5 million in dividends in 2000, according to a report released Thursday.

Bill to change fishery buyback law passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at making it easier to buy back commercial fishing permits cleared the House on Wednesday.

Motorist surrenders after 54-mile chase in Glennallen area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old man surrendered to Alaska State Troopers after leading them on a 54-mile chase on the Glenn Highway, troopers said.

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.

Fairbanks man accused of receiving cocaine in mail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 25-year-old Fairbanks man has been charged with receiving more than a pound of cocaine in the mail.

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.

Knife-wielding man wakes sleeping couple in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man attacked a couple with a knife while they slept in an Anchorage apartment, police said.

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.

U.S. marshals nab Alaska fugitive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska fugitive has been caught in California, nearly 16 years after he skipped out on robbery charges in Anchorage.

Task force will look at Juneau's smoking ordinance
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly decided to appoint a seven-member task force to look at the impact of the city's smoking ordinance on charitable gaming.

Man injured when falling steel beams crush car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man suffered possible broken ribs after 20 tons of steel broke loose on the car he was sitting in.

Rep. Ogan's condition improves slightly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan's condition has improved slightly, although he remains critically ill four days after suffering a severe heart attack.

A rare great spotted woodpecker brings fame to Caswell Lake
CASWELL LAKE, Alaska (AP) -- Fred Virrazzi was sitting at his computer in Carteret, N.J., when he got the big news: A rare woodpecker had taken up residence at a remote cabin near Talkeetna.

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.

House Finance takes up plan to dole out earnings to communities
JUNEAU (AP) -- House budget leaders plan to use $59.3 million in Permanent Fund earnings to provide state assistance to local communities.

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.

Juneau woman severely injured in accident
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 19-year-old Juneau woman was severely injured when her pickup slid head-on into a truck on a Washington highway.

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.

Four Alaskans win presidential math, science teaching awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaskans were among teachers scheduled Wednesday to receive the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teaching.

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.

Heavy snowfall postpones BLM burn
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The heavy snowfall over the weekend has forced the federal Bureau of Land Management to postpone its plans to burn slash piles in Anchorage.

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.

Police officers join missing children alert system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police officers in four Alaska cities have joined a Florida-based group that helps find missing children.

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.

Alaska must decide how to implement low sulfur fuel rule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will have to decide by the beginning of next month how a new ultra-low sulfur rule for diesel fuel will be implemented in the state.

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.

Fish board revises snow crab rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State fisheries officials on Wednesday approved new rules for harvesting snow crab that will allow fishing to continue even if the overall catch must be reduced.

Snow drought forces early halt to Intertie work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Work on the Northern Intertie construction has shut down a month earlier than expected due to the lack of snow in the Interior.

Kmart financial worries continue
NEW YORK -- Sarah Johnson used to shop for toiletries, light bulbs and other basics at her local Kmart, while driving 30 minutes to Target for fashion and other nonessential items. That all changed a month ago, after a trip to buy picture frames at Kmart turned out to be an exercise in futility.

Business Briefs
ABHA to host parade of new Anchorage homesVolunteers needed to promote HomerWorkshop targets disaster readiness for documentsWells Fargo announces two new community liaisons

Kasilof station seeks presence in Homer
A newcomer to the Homer airwaves, KMJG has quietly been playing a steady stream of commercial-free top 40 oldies during the day and volunteer programs ranging from hip-hop to Celtic in the evenings and on weekends for more than a year now.

Nabors works to keep safe environment
Safety, growth and cooperation. Those were the themes discussed Tuesday by Jim Denney, president of Nabors Drilling.

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.

Columbia River chinook run exceptional, but coho numbers down
It's a situation Washington and Oregon fishery officials never thought they'd see: More than twice as many fall chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River than coho.

Peninsula poets learn it's all in the presentation
The existence of an Alaska Poetry League is something that should not surprise anyone, since nothing could be more conducive to the writing of poetry than long Alaska winters and long Alaska nights.

Vogue to feature plus-size model
NEW YORK (AP) -- Vogue magazine has opened its coveted fashion-spread pages to a plus-size woman for the first time.

World Ice Art brings lights down to Earth
FAIRBANKS -- 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.

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

Nikiski artist creates stained glass for church
To members of the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai, an artistic memorial dedicated to deceased members of the congregation sounded like a bright idea.

Art Briefs
Pratt Museum seeking volunteersArt festival looking for musicians, vendorsWriters' conference scheduled for June

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.

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.

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.''

House Finance takes up plan to dole out earnings to communities
JUNEAU (AP) -- House budget leaders plan to use $59.3 million in Permanent Fund earnings to provide state assistance to local communities.

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.

Bill to change fishery buyback law passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at making it easier to buy back commercial fishing permits cleared the House on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

Assembly members address chamber
"The borough works very hard for this community," Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Tim Navarre told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

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.

Staying ahead of breakup
It may not be time to round up the animals two by two, but area streets have been experiencing some flooding in the past four days as the sun pushed daytime temperatures above freezing.

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.

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.

Jeremy Bennett
Former Soldotna resident Jeremy Bennett died Monday, March 4, 2002, in Clarkston, Wash., due to complications from an extended coma. A memorial service and burial were held in Clearwater, Idaho, on March 8, 2002.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Letters to the Editor
Legislator's trip to Las Vegas did not cost Alaskans a dimeAmericans take nation for grantedBoard of Fish failed to act on Kenai River habitat issuesWay district jobs were nixed should be cause for concern

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.

Insurance rates no longer tied to claims, but are based on secret formula
Some phrases make a person cringe. "Male pattern baldness" is especially chilling to me. "Your insurance premium is being adjusted" makes others shudder.

China finds U.S. lacking in human rights arena
The Chinese government has issued a report on human rights in the United States and, to no one's surprise, has found America sadly wanting.

'Microcredit' projects help fight terrorism by addressing poverty
Perhaps the most desirable aid prosperous nations like the United States can provide the people of Third World nations is aid that helps lift them out of poverty.

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.

Couple's business flourishes by offering folks taste of simple life
ELY, Minn. (AP) -- Northern Minnesota's boundary waters wilderness, with its fragrant pines, pristine lakes, bountiful wildlife and serene remoteness, casts a spell on visitors.

Record snowfall boosts showshoe sales, rentals
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- With record levels of snowfall this winter, it has become a blowout season for ski resorts in Central Oregon. With 10 feet of snow evenly blanketing the Cascades' floor, snowshoeing is also getting a boost.

Around the Peninsula
Disabled American Veterans meeting tonightKDLL board to meetBuilders association meeting tonightBlizzard affects blood supplySecond birch syrup workshop plannedArea writers collection now availableFair association potluck plannedSwimming lessons offeredBoys and Girls Club to host soccer clinicDomestic violence education seminar to be held

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

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.

Bulldogs must face well-balanced field
The last time the Nikiski boys and girls basketball teams both went to state, in 1996, both teams came home with state titles.

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

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.

Celtics sweep Cavs in season series
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce had 22 points and 10 rebounds, scoring 11 during a 14-0 fourth-quarter run as the Boston Celtics beat Cleveland 96-70 to sweep the season series against the Cavaliers.

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.

Kardinals cut down on preparation time
For some coaches, the state tournament can be akin to medical boards in terms of preparation.

McKay stars as Stars cut down St. Louis
DALLAS -- Randy McKay had two assists in his debut with Dallas as the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Hockey death raises questions about safety, liabilityIna-Zimmerman win bronzeCalifornia teen swimmer sets world recordBraves acquire Blanco from BrewersNFL confident it can make flexible TV schedule

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.

A rare great spotted woodpecker brings fame to Caswell Lake
CASWELL LAKE, Alaska (AP) -- Fred Virrazzi was sitting at his computer in Carteret, N.J., when he got the big news: A rare woodpecker had taken up residence at a remote cabin near Talkeetna.

Biologists focus on killer whales in study of Steller declines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Killer whales preying on Steller sea lions might be one reason Alaska's sea lion population remains depressed, scientists say.

In pursuit of wild ticks
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- When Jim Clover waves the white flag, it's not a signal he is surrendering to the little blood suckers. Nope, the tick expert is just starting the hunt. The 3-foot-square flannel flag makes an excellent tick trap.

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