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In the news Disease testing delayed after lab damaged in quake ANCHORAGE — A state health lab was damaged in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck south-central Alaska, delaying scientists’ ability to test for tuberculosis, botulism and other dangerous diseases. The Nov. 30 quake damaged 13 of the Anchorage facility’s secure testing rooms, forcing staff to send bacteria samples to labs in California and Washington state, the Anchorage Daily News reported this week. Germ-resistant walls made from layers of fiberglass cracked during the quake. The specialized walls help protect lab scientists from getting infected while conducting tests, said Bernd Jilly, chief of Alaska State Public Health Laboratories. Staff members are working to decontaminate the damaged rooms — a process that takes two days for each room, Jilly said. Doors have been sealed with plastic and tape, so hydrogen peroxide can be pumped in to kill microbes. The lab needs about $200,000 in repairs, and it’s uncertain when the rooms will be fixed, Jilly said. The building is considered “critical infrastructure,” so the state has placed it at the top of the repair list, he said. While the testing delays do not present an “acute danger” to public health, the slowdown complicates the facility’s goal of protecting against highly infectious diseases, Jilly said. Some doctors are not able to quickly get results needed to properly treat and prevent illnesses. Final test results for tuberculosis and botulism are faced with weeklong delays, Jilly said. “Patients are left in limbo for longer than they need to be left in limbo,” Jilly said. “There’s a double-edged sword in this unknown period of time, and the shorter you can make that period of time, the better it is for the individual, the community and the whole health care system.” — Associated Press

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Educators call for action

District staff rally at school board meeting, talk of strike By VICTORIA PETERSEN Peninsula Clarion

A sea of red flooded the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers Monday night, when hundreds of educators, support staff and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees attended the Education Board meeting, wearing red in solidarity and support of getting a contract. After public comment, the district employees moved outside to rally for a contract, and discuss a potential strike. Two full busses of employees from Homer and Seward, along with employees from the central peninsula, were packed into the assembly chambers, with many people sitting on the floor and filling up all three of the chamber’s entryways. Now in the second semester of the school year, teachers and staff are still without a contract. Arbitration between the district and unions is expected Feb. 26-

Cities grapple with online retailer taxation By KAT SORENSEN Peninsula Clarion

District employees leave the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Monday, to rally for a fair contract. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

27, but staff said they hope to find a contract sooner, without arbitration. Stephanie Cronin has been teaching in the district for 20 years. Her family

lives in Seward, where her children attend Seward High and Seward Middle School. During public comment, Cronin spoke on behalf of teachers and staff across the

peninsula. “Today, we have worked 100 days, over 32 weeks without a contract,” Cronin said. “During this time we See RALLY, page A14

Amazon has started charging sales tax in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and municipalities are struggling to work out the logistics. Earlier this month, Amazon filed to start collecting and paying sales taxes but zip codes in the borough overlap between borough and cities, making it difficult to separate purchases made inside and outside of city limits. Kenai City Councilmember Tim Navarre is See TAX, page A14

House surprised as Knopp gets speaker nomination By KEVIN BAIRD Juneau Empire

A surprise nomination for Rep. Gary Knopp, RKenai, to be Speaker of the House spoiled what seemed like an imminent victory for House Republicans on Tuesday morning. In the end, both House speaker nominations failed with Knopp and Rep. Dave Talerico, R-Healy, each garnering 20-20 splits from the House. Coming into the 29th day of session, House Republicans expected Talerico to be nominated Speaker of the House. This was due to a news report in the Anchorage Daily News, published Monday, in which

Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, talks to the media about his nomination for Speaker of the House at the Capitol on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Knopp said he would vote for a Republican speaker. Knopp would have been the vote to carry a Republican

majority of 21 representatives. Those hopes soured Tuesday when Rep. Louise

Stutes, R-Kodiak, nominated Knopp, splitting the vote with Talerico. Leading up to the vote, Rep. Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan, called Knopp “a tireless champion for all Alaskans” and said it would be important the majority “work effectively regardless of party affiliation.” Ortiz said that’s important because he has no party affiliation. Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, then asked if Knopp would explain this unexpected nomination and referenced the news report. “I never said who I would support,” Knopp said. “I am in support of a Republican nominee, myself.”

Sharon Jackson, R-Chugiak, called the nomination “a very interesting occurrence.” The House will continue its record-setting run Wednesday, with no House speaker and no organization. It cannot conduct business. It will mark the 30th day of session. The previous record was 21 days of disorder set back in 1981. Knopp also said Republicans missed out on a chance to elect a GOP speaker. “You could say that the Republicans voted against one of their own today and could’ve had a Republicanled caucus,” Knopp said. See KNOPP, page A2

Marijuana industry testifies against control board nominee By MOLLIE BARNES Juneau Empire

The marijuana industry is not happy with Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Alaskans voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2014, but the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association thinks the governor is trying to undo that through his leg-

islation and appointments. “Under the guise of rolling back a controversial criminal justice bill, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has again shown a lack of regard for the will of Alaskan voters,” stated an AMIA’s press release. The association said Senate Bill 32, one of the governor’s four proposed crime

bills, includes language that would make it a felony to possess 25 or more cannabis plants or various amounts of scheduled VIA drugs (including marijuana concentrates). They said there are no exemptions in the current text of the bill for legal marijuana businesses, leaving small cannabis business owners fearful of what

comes next. “In SB 32 they’re trying to take possession of a small amount of marijuana,” said AMIA Executive Director Cary Carrigan in an interview with the Empire. “I don’t know how they’re going to determine if something is what you bought or something that is illegal.” AMIA leaders are calling

for clarity in the language of the bill that it will not affect licensed operations. “If this was unintentional, we expect a quick fix from the Dunleavy administration,” said Carrigan in a press release. “Gov. Dunleavy has long aligned himself with the concept of states’ rights yet seems to

See BOARD, page A2

Hayden named publisher Sterling high-speed of Clarion, Homer News pursuit ends in arrest By BRIAN MAZUREK Peninsula Clarion

By MICHAEL ARMSTRONG Homer News

Sound Publishing Inc. has appointed Jeff Hayden publisher of the Homer News and the Kenai Peninsula Clarion. Hayden started his new position on Monday, Feb. 11. “I am pleased to put the day-to-day operations of the Homer News and Peninsula Clarion in Jeff’s capable hands,” said Terry Ward, regional publisher and vice-president for Sound Publishing. “Jeff has a deep-rooted desire to help See NEWS, page A3

Jeff Hayden poses at the Homer News on Tuesday, in Homer. Hayden has been named publisher of the Kenai Peninsula Clarion and the Homer News. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A Soldotna man has been charged with reckless driving and endangerment after being involved in a high-speed chase with a passenger in the car, according to an affidavit filed by state troopers on Sunday. Travis Mchone, 32, was driving southbound on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Cooper Landing on Saturday when a trooper going northbound recognized his vehicle, a red Pontiac Grand Am. According to the affida-

vit, the same trooper had attempted to stop Mchone for speeding the night before, but Mchone did not pull over and instead drove down several frontage roads until troopers had lost sight of him. After confirming it was the same vehicle and driver as before, the trooper made a second attempt to stop Mchone. According to the affidavit, Mchone turned his right blinker on to indicate he was attempting to pull over, but suddenly switched to his left blinker and passed the car in front See ENDS, page A14


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make an exception when it comes to marijuana.” The association’s press release said the AMIA is looking into the potential legal issue this bill might cause if the language is not amended to clarify exemption for licensed operations. “We are looking into the potential legal issue of undoing the people’s vote through legislation and any constitutional implications that may arise,” said Lacy Wilcox, legislative liaison for the AMIA in the

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“They like to blame me for being 21 and not supporting the caucus. They had the same opportunity today. They chose not to take it.” By calling himself “21” Knopp is referring to the fact that if he were to vote for Talerico, the GOP would have a majority of 21 representatives. Without him, the House Republican caucus remains at 20 members. Some in the Capitol have speculated the House would form a majority after the budget is released on Wednesday, but Knopp disagrees. “I don’t think it will galvanize or polarize one side or the other,” Knopp said of the budget. “You’re not going to go caucus with anybody based on a budget item. You may agree with them on the one item and disagree with them on the next.” He was then asked what it would take for a House majority to form and elect a speaker. “There’s a lot of people just adamant about positions of power. Some are just adamant about being down the party line, and it’s more about the party than public policy,” Knopp said. “I think when people

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press release. “I hope that the Department of Law can work with the Legislature to amend the bill to include specific language that removes ambiguity for law enforcement and alleviates the fears that have arisen in the industry.” The governor’s appointment of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control board also caused an uproar in the industry. “We didn’t think he was going to be an enemy to the industry,” Brandon Emmett told the Empire in previous reports. Emmett is the current seatholder whom Stiver would take over for should her nomination be confirmed.

Stiver has a history of speaking against marijuana legalization. She was involved in a failed 2017 effort to ban marijuana operations in Fairbanks. The Fairbanks area has become a prominent growing region for the legal industry. The Senate Labor and Commerce committee heard testimonies about her appointment on Tuesday. Carrigan said there were 61 people who testified, 54 of them who spoke against her nomination. “The fact that Vivian even got this far is bad,” Carrigan said. “If the support is out there for that person you know it, they’re going to show up. We can’t go to a place where

it slows the industry down so much that we start losing revenue, losing jobs. If someone puts the brakes on [the industry] that’s going to create a problem where the black market will start to fill back in.” He said that people at the meeting who testified against her also offered up four to five other names of people who would be more suitable for the position. “There’s this undercurrent of trying to push back the marijuana industry,” Carrigan said in an interview with the Empire. “But look at the votes. They go 70-30. People want [pot] here. So I just don’t understand.”

start agreeing about that, it’s about what’s in the best interest regardless of where they sit in the organization. I think you’ll finally get there when people start realizing this needs to be about what’s the greater good and not about the party.” Party lines There are 40 members in the House of Representatives. The party breakdown is 23 Republicans 16 Democrats, and one non-partisan in Ortiz. Knopp has remained adamant about the need for a strong bipartisan majority and said he was “not siding with anybody.” Two other Republicans, Stutes and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, RAnchorage, been caucusing with the House Coalition. That’s three Republicans who are not caucusing with the party, hence the 20-20 split on Tuesday. Knopp was asked if representatives are apprehensive about crossing party lines. “There’s definitely fear of party reprisals. Especially for some of the freshman,” Knopp said. “Especially in light of what the party did last year. It was a massive divider. It divided us all across the state. The party did a lot of damage.” Knopp is referring to the 2018 election. Tuckerman Babcock, who was thenAlaska Republican Party

chair and is now chief of staff to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, targeted three Republicans for caucusing across party lines in the House Majority Coalition during the 30th Legislative session. Republicans Stutes, LeDoux and former Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer were a part of the House Majority Coaltion. As a result, Babcock tried to block them from appearing on the ballot as Republicans, but the Alaska Supreme Court struck this down. Babcock later wrote an open letter asking these three representatives to run as Democrats or other po-

litical affiliation. “While you have every right to abandon your old team and align with another political party, your old team has every right to abandon you and align with another candidate,” Babcock wrote in an open letter. In the end, Stutes and LeDoux ran as Republicans and were able to retain their seats. Seaton ran as a Democrat in Homer and lost to Rep. Sarah Vance, a Homer Republican. Rep. Chuck Kopp, RAnchorage, nominated Talerico to be Speaker of the House.

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Mildred Jean Koski

August 9, 1927 - February 10, 2019 Longtime Kasilof resident, Mrs. Mildred Jean Koski, 91, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at her home in Kasilof with her family by her side. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, 2016 at Birch Ridge Community Church, 33325 Echo Lake Road – Soldotna. Pastor Marvin Tate will be officiating. Jean will be interred at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park Cemetery in Kasilof next to her husband Joseph following services. Pallbearers will include Brian Koski, Keary Koski, Catherine Tate, Cody Tate, Reid Schmelzenbach and Laura Schmelzenbach. Jean was born Aug. 9, 1927 in Keystone, Nebraska. She graduated High School in Nebraska. In May of 1960 she moved to Alaska living in Soldotna and finally Kasilof at her Home Fish Site. She had a daycare for many years, decorated cakes for weddings and birthdays and was a commercial Set Net fisherman as well. She was a member of the Birch Ridge Community Church and volunteered at Central Peninsula Hospital from 1972 to 1976. Jean loved sewing, knitting, crocheting and painting. The family wrote, “Jean loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; She had many friends who loved her for her gracious heart. Jean enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up on the beach and participating in the family commercial set net business. One of her favorite stories was telling the kids how she would go out in the mud barefoot to pick fish. Jean has been blessed to finally go home to her Lord, Jesus, her husband Joe and daughter Debra.” She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E. Koski; daughter, Debra Southwick; her parents; her brothers, Paul and Jerry; sisters, Lucille, Roberta and Ruby. She is survived by her son, Gary J. Koski of Kasilof; grandsons, Brian Koski of Kenai, Keary L. (Kaeli) Koski of Soldotna, Charles (Tania) Southwick of Gooding, Idaho and Richard Nierstheimer of Airways Heights, WA; granddaughters, Catherine E. (Cody) Tate of Soldotna and Laura D. (Reid) Schmelzenbach of Soldotna; brother, Coy Bowen of Idaho and 11 great-grandchildren. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit or sign her online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.

Around the Peninsula

Last month’s Tie One On was so much fun we are doing it again. Learn to Tie Flies at Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s popular fly tying night. The Ninilchik Community Neighborhood Watch Family friendly. All skill levels welcome. Vices and fly would like to give public notice that we are now working tying equipment supplied. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 together for a safer community. We encourage support at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna. and participation. Contact your local nonprofit organization at 907-202-2103 or 907-398-8067.

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge February events Winter visitor center hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday. —CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW CONDITIONS: Fire and Ice Winter Fun Day at Dolly Varden Lake for all ages. Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. —PEEPs (Preschool Environmental Education Program) Enjoy an hour of hands-on wildlife games, crafts, storytime and more. For ages 2-5. Thursday, Feb. 21. Two sessions: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. —Winter Walks, 1-hour guided snowshoe walks every Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Snowshoes provided with pre-registration. Call 907260-2820. —Saturday Wildlife Movies: “Refuge Film” at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. “Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom” at 1 p.m. “Alone in the Wilderness” at 3 p.m

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local businesses with their marketing and a passion for community journalism. Those two combined will serve the Kenai Peninsula well for years to come.” Hayden, 62, moved to Alaska from Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. He most recently worked as publisher for GateHouse Media. GateHouse had been the former owner of the Homer News, Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire before Sound Publishing purchased the three Alaska papers in May 2018. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity here,” Hayden said. “We’ve got a very dedicated and well educated staff of folks at both locations. “I see great things coming from our two locations for our advertisers and readers.” Raised in Albany, New York, Hayden graduated from the State University of New York, Albany, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He started in publishing when he worked for his father’s Reach Michael Armcompany, Lee Printing of strong at marmstrong@ Albany. After working for homernews.com.

Central Peninsula Hospital is holding a Health Fair on March 23 from 8 a.m. to Noon in the River Tower on the CPH campus. Blood Chemistry Panels, Thyroid, Prostate, Vitamin D (D2&D3) and A1C tests will be available. You must be 18 years or older to have blood work done. Community health partners are invited to participate as a vendor. Contact Camille Sorensen at 7144600 or csorensen@cpgh.org for an application. Deadline for vendor registration is March 18.

KDLL Adventure Talks: Antarctica and back Join KDLL Adventure Talks at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center for photos and stories from Soldotna Dr. Kristin Mitchell, who just returned from a monthlong trip to Antarctica. And tune in to KDLL 91.9 FM at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 for an on-air interview with Dr. Mitchell about the Homeward Bound program, a leadership collaboration between women working in STEMM. Admission is free for KDLL members or $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.kdll.org or KDLL 91.9 FM on Facebook, or call Jenny at 283-8433.

Al-Anon support group meetings are held at the Central Peninsula Hospital in the Kasilof Room (second Fireweed Fiber guild meeting floor) of the River Tower building on Monday at 7 p.m., The public is welcome to join the Fireweed Fiber guild Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Park around back by the ER and enter through the River Tower en- meeting Saturday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Soltrance and follow the signs. Contact Tony Oliver at 252- dotna Public Library. Bring your projects to work. There will be spindle demonstrations and spinning wheel demon0558 for more information. strations. The guild is a non-profit organization which promotes crafts and artistry in the fiber industry.

Hospice Spring Volunteer Training

Registration is open for Hospice of the Central Pen- Soldotna Library Friends needs a board insula’s Spring Volunteer Training. Training is over two weekends, March 22-23 and 29-30 at Christ Lutheran member Church in Soldotna. Volunteers must be 18 years or oldJoin the Soldotna Library Friends Board. We have board er and be able to pass a background check. Lunch and positions waiting for a volunteer to fill them. Contact 907snacks are provided. Call the office at 262.0453 or visit 252-5812 for more information. Come to the Annual Meetwww.hospiceofcentralpeninsula.com for more info. ing on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Soldotna Public Library Joyce Carver Community Room.

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his dad through high school and college, Hayden left to work for Nestle’s as a second-shift production manager. After eight years he returned to the family business, and then worked as advertising director at the Times News, Erie, Pennsylvania, and then Trinity Holdings in Erie. He later published the Pennysaver in Erie. Hayden worked as a consulant before his position at GateHouse. Although new to Alaska, Hayden has family in Homer. His wife, Vicky’s, sister and husband live here. Used to the harsh winters of upstate New York and the Pennsylvania mountains, Hayden said of the Kenai Peninsula, “I think I came up here to get warm.” Sound Publishing is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Black Press, a Victoria, British Columbia company with publications in Canada, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska and California. Founded in 1975 by current chairman and owner David Black, Black Press owns more than 150 publications.

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Caregiver Support Meeting Training: Part 2 of DVD presentation with Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA: Progression of Dementia Seeing Gems-Not Just Loss will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center. Training covers which level of dementia your care partner experiences to customize your caregiving techniques. Teepa Snow explains the appropriate levels of care needed during different stages, which types of behaviors to expect, appropriate activity, and much more. Please join us to share your experiences as a caregiver, or to support someone who is a caregiver. Please call Sharon or Judy at (907) 262-1280, for more information.

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KPC Showcase: “Have I Heard of You?” KPC Showcase presents: “Have I Heard of You?”: Writing What You Love and Publishing In An Ever Changing Market on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the McLane Commons at Kenai Peninsula College. When you tell someone you are a writer, common follow up questions usually include “Have I heard of you?” and “Can I find your stuff on Amazon?” If you aspire to be a published author, Dr. Casey J Rudkin and her writing and life partner James Rudkin have some suggestions for plotting a path through the uncertainty that is the ever changing publishing market. Writing under the pen name JC Rudkin, they will also have a short reading from their story “Your Plaintive Cries” from the recently published The Living Pulps edited by Oscar De Los Santos.

Get involved in Soldotna History! 2019 General Membership Meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Donald E. Gilman, Kenai River Cen- Humanist Happy Hour ter, Funny River Road. Speaker — Clark Fair. QuesHumanist Happy Hour will take place on Thursday, tions? Carmen 262-2791. Feb. 21 at Pizza Paradisos in Kenai at 6 p.m. Happy Hour is an informal gathering where freethinkers can get together and chat while enjoying good food and fine liFarm & Food Friday bations. No set topic or philFarm & Food Fridays are informal monthly meetups osophical challenges, just a for anyone interested in local food or farming of any way to connect and to get to kind, held the third Friday of the month, 8:30 – 9:30 know one another! For more a.m. at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna. The Feb. 15 topic is the information please contact impact of the state budget on agricultural development. info@lastfrontierfreethinkFarm & Food Fridays are sponsored by Kenai Soil & ers.org. Water Conservation District and Kenai Local Food Connection. Call Heidi at 283-8732 x 5 for more information.

Shamrock Shuffle Fun Run/Walk Shamrock Shuffle Fun Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, March 17 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on K-Beach Road in Soldotna. 1.5 Mile and 3 Mile runs. Registration 1-2 p.m. 2 p.m. start. Entry Fee $10 Youth, $20 Adult, $50 Family. *Age group awards * Door prizes. Proceeds to benefit the Soldotna Whalers Wrestling Club. For more information call 262-1721 or 252-2959.

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Serving the Kenai Peninsula since 1970 Jeff Hayden Publisher ERIN THOMPSON......................................................... Editor DOUG MUNN........................................... Circulation Director FRANK GOLDTHWAITE......................... Production Manager

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A time for discussion, healing and listening Barely into the start of Black

History Month, we are reminded the 28-day observance in February is intended to recognize the contributions to society by the “African diaspora,” an admittedly unfamiliar term to many. In its simplest format, it refers to “the dispersion of any people from their original homeland.” In this context, it applies to the indigenous populace of Africa who international slave traders kidnapped — for centuries — from their homeland and shipped across a vast ocean to be sold to wealthy landowners. Over the course of American history, black men and black women not only contributed strong backs and forced free labor to an oppressive system, they also offered creative thought and innovative expression; hence, the purpose of Black History Month. The monthlong celebration is not just an American value whose birth in this nation came in 1926 with the creation of its precursor, Negro History Week, it is also observed in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. In this country, Black History Month was first proposed in February 1969, by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University. Seven years later, the monthlong observance gained acceptance when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. With the declaration, he urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” In subsequent years, Black History Month — whose celebration is often preceded in communities by observances of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in mid-January — evolved into a heartfelt recognition of a people who endured the worst of times by lending a diversity of thought, culture and experience to new homelands whose own people benefited from the forced mix. Whether American society’s new diversity has ever reached its best of times is a question long debated. In recent years, most would agree it has not. Too much modern-day turbulence has rocked our nation’s people — people of all shades, not just the black and not just the white — to such extremes that a common query among our neighbors truly suggests, “Have we learned nothing from our past?” Such an answer lies with individual perspective, and most certainly with personal experience. But we know this: To talk about it openly is a step toward reconciliation. To ignore it is to turn our backs — as well as our hearts and minds — on a moral conscience that reminds us all men, and all women, are created equal in the eyes of our Creator. And if such equality fills the heart of the One, then surely it can fill our own. Yet, just as some are uncomfortable discussing a divine being, others are just as uneasy when facing matters of race and racism. They should not be. It is a common ground among all people, regardless of individual views, or cultural or denominational difference. This is why an ongoing series of community programs hosted by Lee University and the school’s Cultural Diversity Committee should serve as a breath of fresh air. Whether the initiatives are delivered as panels or lectures or exercises in faith, all are mindful of this fundamental: It is OK to talk about race. It is good to discuss racism. Open debate can open minds. Open expression can heal unseen wounds. Open eyes will open ears. — The Cleveland Daily Banner, Feb. 2

Dunleavy: An Honest Budget

One promise I made to Alaskans was to present you with a permanent fiscal plan, one in which we tackle our economic challenges and start bringing fiscal responsibility to Juneau. Combined with a series of legislative proposals and constitutional amendments, a major element of that commitment is addressing the state’s out-of-control spending. This year, we’re presenting the Legislature with an annual budget that takes an open and straightforward approach. Rather than starting with the bloated budgets of the past and asking ourselves “where do we cut,” we did exactly what Alaskan families and small businesses are forced to do when faced with financial hardship. We started from the ground floor and built an annual budget where the amount we spend aligns with the amount we bring in, an approach that built a budget up rather than reducing a budget down. As we’ve all seen, for too long, politicians haven’t been honest when it comes to the numbers and the seriousness of our fiscal woes. We’ve seen misleading figures and confusing budget tactics; we’ve relied on massive amounts of savings and Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends to grow the size and reach of government — all while never seriously tackling the issue of spending. Today I’m here to say: Those days are over. We can no longer spend what we don’t have, and we can’t pretend otherwise. The economic outlook Alaska faces today is dire. After burning through nearly every dollar in the state’s savings account — more than $14 billion during the past four years — we are faced with another $1.5 billion deficit, and less than a year in reserves. The gradual glide path approach, which lawmakers called for repeatedly since the rapid decline in oil prices, never came to fruition. Oversized budgets and outmatched spending continued with little recourse. In building this budget, my team and I worked across government to identify efficiencies, duplication and cost savings to restore the core principles of government responsibility. We built a balanced budget in which expenditures do not exceed revenues; a budget that shows Alaskans the realities of where we are and the

A laska V oices G ov . M ike D unleavy tough choices that have to be made. We looked for logical constraints on government and built a budget based on these core tenets: • expenditures cannot exceed existing revenue; • the budget is built on core functions that impact a majority of Alaskans; • maintaining and protecting our reserves; • the budget does not take additional funds from Alaskans through taxes or the PFD; • it must be sustainable, predictable and affordable. The foundation of my budget is based on the principle that expenditures cannot exceed revenues. For the first time in decades, our budget will match the money we spend as a state with the revenue we bring in as a state. This year, based on the revenue we have identified and the dollars made available through previously enacted law, we built a budget based on $4.6 billion in revenue. The differences in funding, the consolidation of core services and the changes to programs take a serious approach to our financial situation, while reflecting a sincere commitment to put the full amount of the Permanent Fund dividend back into the hands of Alaskans. Our focus also prioritized the core functions of government, functions that impact a majority of Alaskans. This truth-in-budgeting-approach examined required state obligations, the size and scope of government, services and needs, and resulted in a budget that for the first time gets our fiscal house in order. It includes a number of governmentwide initiatives to improve effectiveness and refocus spending, including constraints on government travel, limits on top-tiered government wages, reforms to government procurement and reorganization of staff and departments. While

some will describe these and other reforms as drastic, I say to them: Show me a proposal that stops our unsustainable spending trajectory and accounts for our current financial dilemma. In order to protect what little savings remain, we have prioritized maintaining and protecting what little we have left in reserves. The days of spending everything we have and avoiding the tough decisions for our future must end. If this spend-at-all-cost mentality is allowed to persist, Alaska’s economic outlook will only grow darker and the future of the Permanent Fund dividend will diminish by the day. Based on the will of the people and a sincere belief that we can’t tax our way out of these fiscal challenges, my budget proposes no new revenues from Alaskans. While some wish to ignore Alaskans and propose billion-dollar taxes and PFD grabs to close our financial gap, I’ve made clear that this is out of line with the core beliefs of most Alaskans and the promises I made on the campaign trail. And finally, our budget takes a sustainable, predictable and affordable approach. We must reset the spending clock and realign expenditures with the realities we face today. We must transform government at its core, right-size spending, eliminate duplication and prioritize programs to match our reality. Though we’ve been blessed financially in the past, we must establish a government that can weather the storm of low oil prices and save for the next generation of Alaskans. As your governor, I will always be honest with you. I will treat the people’s money with the care and respect it deserves. As the details of my budget proposal are unveiled over the coming days, I ask all Alaskans to consider the alternative. Continuing down the path of oversized budgets, outsized spending and out-of-line priorities will only jeopardize the future of our state. For those demanding more spending, including those in the Legislature, we must respectfully insist: Where will the money come from? We must be honest with ourselves and align our spending with our revenues in order to bring about a brighter future for Alaskans.

Letters to the Editor Time the House got to work As a lifelong Alaskan, I wholeheartedly support the actions taken by Rep. Gary Knopp (R) during the 31st Legislature. In today’s political environment, we cannot afford to be one party or the other. The political divide is getting us nowhere fast, and Alaskans know better than anyone how to work together and put aside our political differences to get the job done. Unfortunately, the majority of the Republicans in the House believe they can get things done on their own accord, without working with anyone else. It should be clear to all that Republicans do not singularly represent Alaska, we need to raise and embrace our diverse voices to succeed. Rep. Knopp has all of Alaskans in mind by being courageous enough to vocally recognize that a Republican-led administration, Senate and House will not do justice for representing the whole of Alaska. He realizes that we need one joint coalition to alleviate the biases already in place. He has been open and honest about his transactions. When he was brave enough to go against his party and not confirm Rep. David Talerico (R), which would hand the Republicans the majority in the House, his fellow Republicans chastised him, going as far as call-

ing him a “terrorist” and “traitor.” Security at the capitol building needed to be upped because there were death threats made against him. This is not the Alaska that I know and love. On the contrary, when Rep. Louise Stutes (R) nominated Rep. Knopp for Speaker of the House, the 20 Republicans that reprimanded Knopp for voting against his own party, in turn, voted against him. Hypocrisy is alive and well in the Republican Party. Rep. Dan Ortiz (D), while speaking his support for Knopp said “through cooperation, we can represent ALL Alaskan’s interest in a very positive way.” I believe Rep. was speaking for all Alaskans who are frustrated that the job is not getting done due to egos and stubbornness. The House Democrats have demonstrated they are ready and willing to work, it is now the House Republicans who are holding up the process. Rep. Knopp does not represent my district — but he represents me as an Alaskan who doesn’t wish to see partisan control ruin our great state. I urge the House Republicans to do what’s best for Alaska — not just their party. We elected our representatives to get a job done, a job that is not getting done because of party differences. It’s time they roll up their sleeves and work together. Please, call your representatives and

urge them to get to work by electing Knopp as Speaker of the House, so we can have a bipartisan leadership in the House that will work for ALL Alaskans. — Susie Jenkins-Brito, Dillingham

Kudos to Knopp The moderates in District 30 are so proud of Rep. Gary Knopp! If Dunleavy‘s unhinged agenda is successful, it’s possible that it could cost the lives of many vulnerable Alaskans and destroy infrastructure that it has taken decades to develop. To me, it looks like Dunleavy‘s intention is a grand transfer of wealth from Alaska‘s treasury to the Outside business interests that funded his campaign through their PAC. We respect and admire Gary so much for his efforts to resist this assault on our state. You know, it’s very possible that Gary may not be re-elected but at least he will be able to sleep at night knowing that he stood up to some evil, destructive people. God bless you, Gary! — Eric Treider, Soldotna


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Senate backs major public lands bill By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates four new national monuments. The measure, the largest public lands bill considered by Congress in a decade, combines more than 100 separate bills that designate more than 350 miles of river as wild and scenic, create 2,600 miles of new federal trails and add nearly 700,000 acres of new recreation and conservation areas. The bill also withdraws 370,000 acres in Montana and Washington state from mineral development. The Senate approved the bill, 92-8, sending it to the House. Lawmakers from both parties said the bill’s most important provision was to permanently reauthorize the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country. The program expired last fall after Congress could not agree

National debt hits new milestone, topping $22 trillion

In this file photo, the home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

on language to extend it. The hodgepodge bill offered something for nearly everyone, with projects stretching across the country. Even so, the bill was derailed last year after Republican Sen. Mike Lee objected, saying he wanted to exempt his home state of Utah from a law that allows the president to designate federal lands as a national monument protected from development. Lee’s objection during a heated Senate debate in December forced lawmakers to start over in the new Congress, culminating in Tuesday’s Senate vote. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican who clashed with Lee on the

Senate floor, said the vote caps four years of work to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and protect public lands. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the bill enhances use of public lands and water, while promoting conservation and sporting activities such as hunting and fishing. The bill includes provisions sponsored by more than half of the senators, Murkowski said, applauding a “very, very collaborative” process. Sen. Richard Burr, RN.C., called the Land and Water Conservation Fund one of the most popular and effective programs Con-

gress has ever created. The program uses federal royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling to fund conservation and public recreation projects around the country. The fund is authorized to collect $900 million a year but generally receives less than half that amount from Congress. “This victory was a long time in the making, and it is the result of the steadfast efforts of many who care deeply about America’s natural treasures,” Burr said Tuesday. “Protecting this program is the right thing to do for our children, grandchildren and countless generations so that they may come to enjoy the great American outdoors as we have.”

Trump not ‘thrilled’ with border deal but leaning toward it

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) By JILL COLVIN, ANDREW TAYLOR, ALAN FRAM and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he’s been demanding for his Mexican border wall. Trump said he would need more time to study the plan, but he also declared he was not expecting another shutdown this weekend

when funding for parts of the government would run out. He strongly signaled he planned to scrounge up additional dollars for the wall by raiding other federal coffers to deliver on the signature promise of his presidential campaign. “I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,” Trump said of the proposed deal. “But the wall is getting built, regardless. It doesn’t matter because we’re doing other things beyond what we’re talking about here.” Accepting the deal, worked out by congressional negotiators from both parties , would be a disappointment for a president

who has repeatedly insisted he needs $5.7 billion for a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the project is paramount for national security. Trump turned down a similar deal in December, forcing the 35day partial shutdown that left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks and Republicans reeling. There is little appetite in Washington for a repeat. Lawmakers tentatively agreed Monday night to a deal that would provide nearly $1.4 billion for border barriers and keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. The agreement would allow 55 miles (88 kilometers) of new fencing — constructed using existing designs such as metal slats— but far less than the 215 miles (345 kilometers) the White House demanded in December. The fencing would be built in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Full details were not expected to be released until Wednesday as lawmakers worked to translate their verbal agreement into legislation. But Republican leaders urged Trump to sign on.

“I hope he signs the bill,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who joined other GOP leaders in selling it as a necessary compromise that represented a major concession from Democrats. Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., expressed optimism Trump would be on board. “We believe from our dealings with them and the latitude they’ve given us, they will support it,” he said. “We certainly hope so.” Others were less upbeat. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who traveled with the president to a rally in Cornyn’s home state Monday night, said, “My impression flying back with him from El Paso last night is that he thinks it’s pretty thin gruel.” A presidential rejection of the deal could plunge Congress into a new crisis, as lawmakers have no clear Plan B. They need to pass some kind of funding bill to avoid another shutdown at midnight Friday and have worked to avoid turning to another short-term bill that would only prolong the border debate.

Notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman convicted By TOM HAYS Associated Press

NEW YORK — Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel. Guzman listened to a drumbeat of guilty verdicts on drug and conspiracy charges that could put the 61-year-old escape artist behind bars for decades in a maximum-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the breakouts that made him a folk hero in his native country. A jury whose members’ identities were kept secret as a security measure reached a verdict after deliberating six days in the expansive case. They sorted through what authorities called an “avalanche” of evidence gathered since the late 1980s that

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Guzman and his murderous Sinaloa drug cartel made billions in profits by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S. As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury, and his wife watched the scene, both with resignation in their faces. When the jurors were discharged and Guzman stood to leave the courtroom, the couple traded thumbs-ups. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan lauded the jury’s meticulous attention to detail and the “remarkable” approach it took toward deliberations. Cogan said it made him “very proud to be an American.” Evidence showed drugs poured into the U.S. through secret tunnels or hidden in tanker trucks, concealed in the undercarriage of passenger cars and packed in rail cars passing through legitimate points of entry — suggesting that a border wall wouldn’t be much of a worry. The prosecution’s case against Guzman, a roughly 5½-foot figure whose nickname translates to “Shorty,”

included the testimony of several turncoats and other witnesses. Among them were Guzman’s former Sinaloa lieutenants, a computer encryption expert and a Colombian cocaine supplier who underwent extreme plastic surgery to disguise his appearance. One Sinaloa insider described Mexican workers getting contact highs while packing cocaine into thousands of jalapeno cans — shipments that totaled 25 to 30 tons of cocaine worth $500 million each year. Another testified how Guzman sometimes acted as his own sicario, or hitman, punishing a Sinaloan who dared to work for another cartel by kidnapping him, beating and shooting him and having his men bury the victim while he was still alive, gasping for air. The defense case lasted just half an hour. Guzman’s lawyers did not deny his crimes as much as argue he was a fall guy for government witnesses who were more evil than he was. In closing arguments, defense attorney Jeffrey Licht-

man urged the jury not to believe government witnesses who “lie, steal, cheat, deal drugs and kill people.”

WASHINGTON — The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $22 trillion for the first time. The Treasury Department’s daily statement showed Tuesay that total outstanding public debt stands at $22.01 trillion. It stood at $19.95 trillion when President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. The debt figure has been rising at a faster pace following passage of Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut in December 2017 and action by Congress last year to increase spending on domestic and military programs. Michael Peterson, head of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, says “our growing national debt matters because it threatens the economic future of every American.” Peterson said that interest on the national debt already costs more than $1 billion daily, and “as we borrow trillion after trillion, interest costs will weigh on our economy and make it harder to fund important investments for our future.” The national debt is the total of the annual budget deficits. The Congressional Budget Office projects this year’s deficit will be $897 billion, which would be a 15.1 percent increase over last year’s imbalance of $779 billion. The CBO is projecting that the deficit will keep rising in coming years and will top $1 trillion annually beginning in 2022 and never drop below $1 trillion through 2029. Much of the increase will come from rising costs to fund Social Security and Medicare as baby boomers retire.

Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary MOSCOW — Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a situation that has both terrified and delighted the locals: the polar bears that moved into a populated area. It’s not the first time that polar bears have come to Novaya Zemlya, but their numbers this time are striking. More than 50 bears have been spotted in the archipelago’s main town of Belushya Guba. Regional authorities in Russia declared a state of emergency over the weekend after the bears peered into homes, entered buildings and gorged at a garbage dump outside the town. Polar bears mostly live on sea ice, where they hunt seals as their main food. A decline in the seal population or the shrinking amount of sea ice as the Arctic warms might have brought them to land, experts have theorized. Russian officials don’t have an immediate solution. Actions under consideration include relocating the dump that gives the bears a banquet and removing the bears. The scientists coming from the national natural resources agency will be equipped to sedate the bears and haul them away. “That’s just an option; at the moment it is being considered, but there’s no 100-percent guarantee it will be applied,” said Alexander Gornikh, regional head of the natural resources agency. The ferocity of polar bears may worry many people, but some are also thrilled by the spectacle. Cell phone videos taken in the area come with sounds of humans exclaiming over bear sightings. “Thank you! It’s so cool! We have seen polar bears,” one woman is heard saying after she spotted a female bear and two cubs. “Bye, baby, bye!”

Bosnian most-wanted fugitive shot dead after massive manhunt SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia police shot and killed the country’s most-wanted fugitive Tuesday after a huge manhunt for the suspect in the slayings of a police officer and another person. Edin Gacic died after a shootout with officers near Sarajevo, police said. A policeman was slightly wounded in the shootout, Sarajevo police commissioner Mevludin Halilovic said. Police sealed off the snow-covered mountainous area where Gacic had been located after a search involving hundreds of police and other security officers. Halilovic said police received hundreds of tips, but one that came from state intelligence agency OSA on Monday evening proved to be correct. “We surrounded and secured the wider area and the location itself so that there was no way for him to pull out,” Halilovic explained. He said Gacic refused to surrender to police. — The Associated Press

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P ioneer P otluck ‘G rannie ’ A nnie B erg

About cold weather and keeping warm NORTH NIKISKI, ALASKA 1985 to 2013 Year 2013 This recent cold snap has reminded me of our earlier days after we built our house in the mud and the rain in 1989. That winter, it snowed so much we were snowed in. We had to leave our vehicle at the cul-de-sac about a block away and we walked out, or in, all that winter. Although we are not homesteaders, we have a lot of friends who are. They have shared their stories and recipes with us. I feel my family has homesteading qualities — as it takes a certain type of hardy individual, hard, hard work, love of the outdoors, love of nature animals and good friends. But trips to the outhouse in the middle of the winter at below zero will make you leave Alaska or stay because you love Alaska. Falling trees and chopping wood, splitting and stacking and hauling it into our house — making a fire in the cold, cold woodstove and, of course, the trips to the outhouse. The trips, bundled up, sometimes walking over and around snowdrifts, will make you one hardy person. Bob has shoveled his share of pathways to the outhouse and sometimes the path had 6-foot walls. There are many stories about how to heat the seat of an outhouse. The one we liked the best was just taking a toilet seat with you that was warmed, parked behind the woodstove, hanging on a wire hanger. You grabbed it, as you hurried out the door after you are all bundled up. It takes a lot of advance planning! See ANNIE, page A7

Food

For more streamlined chicken enchiladas, use a slow cooker By America’S Test Kitchen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Chicken enchiladas offer a rich and complex combination of flavours and textures, but traditional cooking methods can be tedious. We wanted a more streamlined recipe for chicken enchiladas—one that utilized our slow cooker to make the filling and that enabled the enchiladas to be quickly assembled and finished in the oven. First we created a simple but flavourful red chile sauce with onion, garlic, spices, and tomato sauce, then braised chicken thighs directly in the sauce, which both enhanced the flavour of the sauce and ensured moist, flavourful meat for our enchilada filling. Monterey Jack cheese complemented the rich filling nicely, while canned jalapenos and fresh cilantro rounded out the flavours and provided tang and brightness. When it came time for assembly, we brushed the tortillas with oil and microwaved them to make them pliable. After experimenting with oven temperatures and times, we found that baking the assembled enchiladas covered for 15 minutes in a 450 F oven resulted in perfectly melted cheese, and the edges of the tortillas did not dry out in the process. Serve with sour cream, diced avocado, sliced radishes, shredded romaine lettuce, and lime wedges.

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

Servings: 4-6 Cooking time: 4 to 5 hours on low Slow cooker size: 4 to 7 quarts 1 onion, chopped fine 1/4 cup vegetable oil 3 tablespoons chili powder 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 (15-ounce) can toma-

This undated photo shows Chicken Enchiladas in Brookline, Mass. (Daniel J. van Ackere/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

to sauce 2 teaspoons sugar 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed Salt and pepper 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (2 cups) 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro 1/4 cup jarred jalapenos, chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas Microwave onion, 2 tablespoons oil, chili powder, garlic, coriander, and cumin in bowl, stirring occasionally, until onions

are softened, about 5 minutes transfer to slow cooker. Stir in tomato sauce and sugar. Season chicken with pepper and nestle into slow cooker. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 4 to 5 hours on low. Transfer chicken to cutting board, let cool slightly, then shred into bite-size pieces using 2 forks. Combine chicken, 3/4 cup sauce, 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack, cilantro, jalapenos, and lime juice in bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat

oven to 450 F. Spread 3/4 cup sauce over bottom of 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Brush both sides of tortillas with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Stack tortillas, wrap in damp dish towel, and place on plate microwave until warm and pliable, about 1 minute. Working with 1 warm tortilla at a time, spread 1/3 cup chicken filling across centre of tortilla. Roll tortilla tightly around filling and place seam side down in baking dish arrange enchiladas in 2 columns across width of dish. Pour remaining sauce

over enchiladas to cover completely and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack. Cover dish tightly with greased aluminum foil. Bake until enchiladas are heated through and cheese is melted, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. ——— Nutrition information per serving: 460 calories 227 calories from fat 25 g fat (9 g saturated 0 g trans fats) 105 mg cholesterol 1014 mg sodium 30 g carbohydrate 5 g fiber 5 g sugar 28 g protein.

Try this dimpled, chewy, herb-topped deep-dish focaccia tablespoons of oil. Be sure to reduce the temperature immediately after putting the loaves in the oven.

ROSEMARY FOCACCIA

This undated photo shows Rosemary Focaccia in Brookline, Mass. (Carl Tremblay/ America’s Test Kitchen via AP) By America’S Test Kitchen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Centuries ago, focaccia began as a by-product: When bakers needed to gauge the heat of the woodfired oven—focaccia stems from focolare and means “fireplace”—they would tear off a swatch of dough, flatten it, drizzle it with olive oil, and pop it into the hearth to bake as an edible oven thermometer. From there evolved countless variations on the theme—the stuffed pizzalike focaccia in Puglia and Calabria, the ring-shaped focaccia in Naples, focac-

cia made from rich or lean doughs, and even sweet versions. That said, it’s the dimpled, chewy, herbtopped deep-dish focaccia alla genovese that’s most fundamental. As is traditional, our recipe starts with a sponge—a mixture of flour, yeast, and water that ferments for at least 6 hours before it’s added to the bulk dough. The sponge helped develop gluten (which gives breads structure and chew), depth of flavour, and a hint of tang. Rather than knead the dough, we simply used a series of gentle folds, which developed the glu-

ten structure further while also incorporating air for a tender interior crumb. (This method was also helpful because our dough was quite wet and therefore difficult to knead the more hydrated a bread dough, the more open and bubbly its crumb—a characteristic we were looking for in focaccia—because steam bubbles form and expand more readily.) Fruity olive oil is a requisite ingredient, but when we added it straight to the dough, it turned the bread dense and cakelike. Instead, we baked the bread in cake pans coated with a couple

Servings: 12-16 (Makes two 9-inch round loaves) Start to finish: 4 1/2 hours plus 6 hours fermenting time Sponge: 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour 1/3 cup water, room temperature 1/4 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast Dough: 2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups water, room temperature 1 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast Kosher salt 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary For the sponge: Stir all ingredients in large bowl with wooden spoon until well combined. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature until sponge has risen and begins to collapse, about 6 hours (sponge can sit at room temperature for up to 24 hours). For the dough: Stir flour, water, and yeast into sponge with wooden spoon until well combined. Cover bowl

tightly with plastic and let dough rest for 15 minutes. Stir 2 teaspoons salt into dough with wooden spoon until thoroughly incorporated, about 1 minute. Cover bowl tightly with plastic and let dough rest for 30 minutes. Using greased bowl scraper (or rubber spatula), fold dough over itself by gently lifting and folding edge of dough toward middle. Turn bowl 45 degrees and fold dough again repeat turning bowl and folding dough 6 more times (total of 8 folds). Cover tightly with plastic and let rise for 30 minutes. Repeat folding and rising. Fold dough again, then cover bowl tightly with plastic and let dough rise until nearly doubled in size, 30 minutes to 1 hour. One hour before baking, adjust oven rack to uppermiddle position, place baking stone on rack, and heat oven to 500 F. Coat two 9-inch round cake pans with 2 tablespoons oil each. Sprinkle each pan with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer dough to lightly floured counter and dust top with flour. Divide dough in half and cover loosely with greased plastic. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time (keep remaining piece covered), shape into 5-inch round by gently tucking under edges.

Place dough rounds seam side up in prepared pans, coat bottoms and sides with oil, then flip rounds over. Cover loosely with greased plastic and let dough rest for 5 minutes. Using your fingertips, gently press each dough round into corners of pan, taking care not to tear dough. (If dough resists stretching, let it relax for 5 to 10 minutes before trying to stretch it again.) Using fork, poke surface of dough 25 to 30 times, popping any large bubbles. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon rosemary evenly over top of each loaf, cover loosely with greased plastic, and let dough rest until slightly bubbly, about 10 minutes. Place pans on baking stone and reduce oven temperature to 450 F. Bake until tops are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Let loaves cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and transfer to wire rack. Brush tops with any oil remaining in pans and let cool for 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. ——— Nutrition information per serving: 158 calories 45 calories from fat 5 g fat (1 g saturated 0 g trans fats) 0 mg cholesterol 81 mg sodium 24 g carbohydrate 1 g fiber 0 g sugar 3 g protein.


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. . . Annie Continued from page A1

Bob and friend JT built our outhouse as a “state of art.” It has a seethrough corrugated roof, linoleum on the floor, bright yellow toilet seat and a sun-powered light inside. Spring and summer is no problem at all. I actually enjoy the trip. We used our outhouse for four years, and then I needed running water and a bathroom. All I had to do was ask. Bob built a very nice bathroom, installed a tub and shower. Added an outside entryway and hooked up the long-awaited washer and dryer — to running water!! No more carrying water up and down the hill. No more heating water on the woodstove. No more taking baths in a dish pan in the kitchen. No more lugging laundry in or out into the cold to the car, driving to the laundromat, hauling clean clothes back to the car. Back home, out of the car, loading on a sled and up the hill and down the hill to our house. We did that for four years!! We did, however heat our house with the same woodstove, as we prefer wood heat. Besides that, we got our daily exercise hauling in wood. We played the game of who’s going to bring in the wood, but most of the time we helped each other. Cooking on our woodstove inspired my first book, “Cookin’ on the Wood Stove.” It was a challenge to figure out how or what to cook. I just put myself in the shoes of my grandmother and my mother in earlier days and it worked. I guess we can call ourselves homesteaders even though we did not clear land, plow the fields and plant a crop as required for homesteading. My hat is off to those hardy, tough people. They knew how to survive in the land of the North. We had our land cleared with a bulldozer; we built our house in the rain and the mud. We read to each other by candlelight and lanterns. We laughed a lot and we worked hard. We wish we could do that again — well, just once in a while. NOW, WINTER of February, 2019 I wrote that story in 2013 and now in 2019. We are having several different kinds of weather. Rain, ice, snow — lots of it —drizzle and this morning, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, we have pea soup fog, with drizzling, very light rain, encasing everything in ice. Bob has used up every space in our yard to pile snow 10-feet tall. The very good thing about this is we do not have to traipse to the outhouse anymore, and we have a vehicle that will get us up the hill and to our destination. I give a large shout-out to our Subaru — vintage 1998. Bob’s Olds 88 1998, does a fine job of getting us where we are going, except in deep snow. Bob and his knowledge of Wyoming weather and roads get us through all the winter times. He is amazing. We have lived here 30 years and have no reason to go anywhere else. Bob built all the buildings, my sewing room, the woodshed and, with help, his cave. Our house is snug and comfortable. We have made some changes. We are not using the woodstove anymore. We now have a Rinnai propane heater that keeps us warm. No more chopping, splitting and hauling wood into the house every evening. That’s very nice!! We now get water from a well. In the middle of the winter, Bob does not have to battle his way down to the pump house at the edge of the lake anymore to see what happened to the pump — again! That was a brutal job in the deep snow! Bob still hauls wood into his cave each day but has a nice wire buggy with large wheels that help him. And while I am talking about him — he still works half days for Felix at M&M, Nikiski, as a meat cutter. This week he worked all week. Of course, this would be the week that it snowed every day so he had to plow snow when he came home from work. He will be glad to get back to his twice-a -week work schedule. Not to bad for a 77-year-old man. And guess what? We would not have it any other way!!

MOIST APPLESAUCE-LEMON MUFFINS Follow the directions exactly. In a 1-quart measuring cup heat in the microwave: 1 cup low-fat milk. Stir in 1 cup old-fashioned oats — not the quick kind Stir in 1/4 cup applesauce 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Cool this mixture for 10 minutes. While cooling, mix the following in another bowl: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoons salt Stir dry ingredients with a fork until well mixed. Add the cooled milk mixture, stirring very gently until flour is just blended. Batter will be lumpy. Do not over mix. Fill sprayed or foil-lined muffin tins 3/4 full. Sprinkle with a pinch of oats and sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake in hot oven of 400 degrees for 18 to 20 min. Next time you bake another batch, try the following. Add dried cranberries or fresh cranberries about 1/2 cup. Or 1/2 cup each: dates, walnuts or chocolate chips. Or, try 1 cup fresh blueberries or 1 cup diced fresh strawberries. For a new different taste, sprinkle with sugar and cardamom in place of cinnamon. These freeze very well.

PECAN PUFFS This is from our friend Judy. 1 cup butter room temperature 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 cups flour 1 cup chopped pecans Cream butter add powdered sugar. Add vanilla mix slightly, and then add flour. Mix well, add pecans and mix. Use small cookie scoop or a teaspoon to scoop out dough and shape into small balls. Place in refrigerator 24 hours or overnight. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while warm. Tips for making a round cookie: Use only real butter Be sure they are well chilled and hard before baking Roll in powdered sugar while warm and when cool hide them away in a bowl with lid. Give as gifts to friends and bake another batch for Bob Our dear friend Dan Fenton Loved these also.

GERMAN-STYLE MAC-N-CHEESE This comes from Good News Pres(byterian) in the Our Daily Bread column sent to me every month from La Salle, Colorado — Thanks sister Elaine Oster! 8 ounces of macaroni 12 ounces of Polish or kielbasa sausage, thinly sliced 1/4 cup butter 2 large onions, chopped 1/4 cup flour 2 cups milk 4 teaspoons spicy mustard 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese Cook and drain macaroni. Brown sausage slices in 1 tablespoon of butter and set aside. Add remaining butter and brown onions, stir in flour and cook until bubbly. Stir in milk and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients, except the cheese. Place macaroni sausage mixture in a shallow 3-quart baking dish and place shredded cheese on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Recipe was from Doris. Thanks!

The perfect rich, meaty ragu achieved with baby back ribs By America’s Test Kitchen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ragu can be made from any meat or combination of meats, but the earthiness of a pure pork ragu is undeniably attractive—and great comfort food. Most recipes for traditional pork ragu use pork shoulder and a hard-to-find, bony cut like neck, shank, or feet to give the sauce great body. We were determined to use just one: Quick-cooking pork sausage or lean pork loin were parched after braising. We needed a collagen-rich cut of pork, which would have deep flavour and a melting texture after long cooking—and the bones included. Baby back ribs fit the bill perfectly. We tried using all baby back ribs and found the resulting ragu rich and meaty with perfect silkiness. For a classic Italian flavour profile, fennel took the place of celery in the ragu’s base and ground fennel rubbed into the ribs echoed the anise flavour. Simmering the garlic head whole right in the sauce yielded sweeter softened cloves that we squeezed back into the sauce when tender. With fresh herbs and red wine, our ragu tasted balanced and far more complex than its simple preparation would suggest. This recipe makes enough sauce to coat 2 pounds of pasta. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

PORK RAGU

Servings: 8 Start to finish: 3 hours 2 (2 1/4-to-2 1/2 pound) racks baby back ribs, trimmed and each rack cut into quarters 2 teaspoons ground fennel Kosher salt and pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped fine 1 large fennel bulb, stalks discarded, bulb halved, cored, and chopped fine 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped fine 1/4 cup minced fresh sage 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons dry red wine 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and crushed coarse 3 cups chicken broth 1 garlic head, outer papery skins removed and top quarter of head cut off and discarded Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300 F. Sprinkle ribs with ground fennel and generously season with salt and pepper, pressing on spices to ad-

This undated photo shows Pork Ragu in Brookline, Mass. (Joe Keller/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

here. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add half of ribs, meat side down, and cook, without moving them, until meat is well browned, 6 to 8 minutes transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining ribs set aside. Reduce heat to medium and add onion, fennel, carrots, 2 tablespoons sage, rosemary, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to now-empty pot. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits, until vegetables are well browned and beginning to stick to pot bottom, 12 to 15 minutes. Add 1 cup wine and cook until evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and broth and bring to simmer. Submerge garlic and ribs, meat side down, in liquid add any accumulated juices from plate.

Cover and transfer to oven. Cook until ribs are fork-tender, about 2 hours. Remove pot from oven and transfer ribs and garlic to rimmed baking sheet. Using large spoon, skim any fat from surface of sauce. Once cool enough to handle, shred meat from bones discard bones and gristle. Return meat to pot. Squeeze garlic from its skin into pot. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons sage and remaining 2 tablespoons wine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. ——— Nutrition information per serving: 559 calories 273 calories from fat 30 g fat (10 g saturated 0 g trans fats) 168 mg cholesterol 628 mg sodium 11 g carbohydrate 3 g fiber 5 g sugar 56 g protein.

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Celtics prevail in East showdown over 76ers Boston continues dominance over Philly in East By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 26 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining, and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 on Tuesday night. Al Horford had 23 points and Jayson Tatum scored 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Celtics continued their dominance over the Sixers. Playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who sprained his right knee Saturday night, the Celtics beat Philadelphia for the third straight meeting this season after defeating Philadelphia in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. Butler couldn’t get a desperation 3 off in time before the buzzer sounded as the Sixers dropped their first game in three since acquiring Tobias Harris in a flurry of moves last week.

of pivotal 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant had 28 points and seven assists, and the Warriors rallied from behind for the third consecutive game and beat the Jazz. Curry had 24 points on 8 of 19 shooting. The two-time MVP missed his first five shots beyond the arc and finished 5 of 14 on 3s. Klay Thompson scored 22 and DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Golden State to its fourth straight win and 16th in 17. Donovan Mitchell had 25 points and seven rebounds for Utah. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 16 rebounds. Gobert’s double-double is his 46th of the season. The Warriors came back from 17 down to beat Phoenix on Friday and were down 19 to Miami on Sunday before winning. Both of those deficits were at halftime. This time Golden State fell behind 91-84 early in the fourth before going on a 21-4 run.

double from LeBron James, who had 28 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds. The Hawks scored just seven points in the final 6:33 but managed to hold on. Taurean Prince delivered a key 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and Young darted past James for a lay-in and a foul that thwarted any hope of a Lakers comeback. Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram scored 19 points apiece for the Lakers.

MAGIC 118, PELICANS 88

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Disgruntled star Anthony Davis scored three points on 1-of-9 shooting, outplayed badly by big man Nikola Vucevic as Orlando beat listless New Orleans. Davis played 24 minutes in his third game since his agent told New Orleans the six-time All-Star wanted to be traded to a championshipcontending team and won’t sign an extension with the Pelicans. Vucevic had 25 points and 17 HAWKS 117, rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 22 LAKERS 113 points, and Jonathan Isaac scored a ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Trae career-high 20 points, including 16 WARRIORS 115, Young had 22 points and 14 assists, in the first quarter, when Orlando John Collins also scored 22 points raced to a 39-11 lead. JAZZ 108 despite foul trouble, and Atlanta OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ste- beat Los Angeles. phen Curry overcame a sluggish The Hawks snapped a three- SPURS 108, GRIZZLIES 107 night shooting and made a pair game losing streak despite a tripleMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — La-

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum goes up for a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Marcus Aldridge scored 22 points, including San Antonio’s final seven, as the Spurs broke a four-game losing streak by beating Memphis. Memphis rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. had a chance to tie the game with two free throws with a second left. He missed the first, and, in attempting to miss the second, banked it in, allowing San Antonio

to run out the clock. Memphis was led by a career-high 33 points from Avery Bradley, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline. Jonas Valancunius, also a trade deadline acquisition, had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Patty Mills also scored 22 for San Antonio.

SoHi JV tops Duke rallies to stun Louisville CIA programs Down 23 points, Blue Devils end up as winners

Staff report Peninsula Clarion

The Soldotna JV programs both prevailed over the Cook Inlet Academy teams Tuesday night in nonconference play. The SoHi JV boys won 56-24, while the SoHi JV girls picked up a 29-16 win over the host Eagles. In the boys game, the Stars quickly built a lead as Josh Pieh netted 10 of his team-high 14 points in the first half. SoHi took a 35-13 halftime lead, then held on with tight defense as CIA only managed one field goal in the third quarter. Mason Ziegler led CIA with eight points while teammate Hunter Moos added six. In the girls game, Adara Warren provided eight points for the Eagles. The SoHi JV was held scoreless in the second quarter as the Eagles led 10-5 at the half, but the Stars came alive and won the third quarter 11-4 to take a two-point edge, before finishing it off with a 13-2 run.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cam Reddish made a tying 3-pointer with 1:28 left and the go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds remaining, helping No. 2 Duke overcome a 23-point second-half deficit to beat No. 16 Louisville 71-69 on Tuesday night. After making 2 of 17 shots to open the second half, the Blue Devils (22-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got hot and shut down the Cardinals over the final 9:54. Zion Williamson (27 points, 12 rebounds) ignored foul trouble and instead drew whistles in his favor, making 8 of 9 from the line before Reddish added a couple of 3s in between free throws — the last two of which followed an official review of a play under Duke’s basket. Christen Cunningham tried to tie it for Louisville (17-8, 8-4), but his jumper in the lane bounced off the rim and into Williamson’s hands as the final seconds ticked off. The Blue Devils celebrated as they left the court after completing the second-biggest secondhalf comeback in program history. No. 19 LSU 73, No. 5 KENTUCKY 71 LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kavell Bigby-Williams’s tip-in at the buzzer lifted LSU to a win over Kentucky. With the game tied after Keldon Johnson made two free throws with 6 seconds left, Skylar Mays drove the length of the court. His shot missed but Bigby-Williams got the offensive rebound and scored to give the Tigers their first win over the Wildcats since 2009. It was just the sixth time ever that LSU (20-4, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) has beaten Kentucky (20-4, 10-2). Tremont Waters, who finished with 15 points to lead the Tigers, hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to give LSU a two-point lead before

Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) looks to shoot as Louisville center Steven Enoch (23) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) Johnson’s free throws tied it.

PENN STATE 75, No. 6 MICHIGAN 69 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Lamar Stevens scored 15 of his 26 points in the first half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Penn State to an upset of Michigan. Penn State pulled away in the first half as its star heated up and Michigan played the second without its coach. Michigan coach John Beilein received back-to-back technical fouls and

was ejected for arguing with officials as the teams entered the locker rooms after the first half.

No. 10 MARQUETTE 92, DEPAUL 73 CHICAGO (AP) — Markus Howard scored 36 points, Sam Hauser had 17 and Marquette cruised by DePaul. Howard went 12 for 21 from the field and 8 for 10 at the free-throw line in another impressive performance. He has scored at least 30 points in four of his last five games.

Bruins snap Blackhawks 7-game win streak By The Associated Press

BOSTON — David Krejci, Danton Heinen and Brad Marchand each scored during a four-minute span at the end of the first period and the Boston Bruins beat the Blackhawks 6-3 on Tuesday night to snap Chicago’s seven-game winning streak. Krejci scored again in the third period, when Marchand picked up his third assist, to help the Bruins win for the fifth time in six games. Jake DeBrusk and Heinen each had a goal

and two assists, and Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots for Boston. Peter Cehlarik also scored for Boston, and Patrice Bergeron had a pair of assists. COYOTES 5, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nick Cousins scored his first gamewinning goal of the season and Darcy Kuemper made 41 saves to lead Arizona. The Coyotes snapped an 0-3-1 slide on the road, while handing Vegas its fourth con-

secutive home loss, the second games. time in franchise history it’s lost four straight at T-Mobile LIGHTNING 6, Arena.

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STARS 3, PANTHERS 0 SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Anton Khudobin recorded his second shutout of the season and Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist as Dallas topped Florida. Esa Lindell also scored, and Alexander Radulov had two assists for Dallas, which snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in eight

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Brayden Point added a goal and two assists, and Tampa Bay doubled up Calgary. Kucherov has 88 points, including seven over his last two games. Kucherov and Point (72) are the second pair of Tampa Bay teammates to reach See NHL, page A9

Nikolaevsk boys 75, Aniak 59 The Warriors picked up a nonconference victory Tuesday at home over Aniak. Michael Trail scored 14 of his game-high 26 points in the first quarter for Nikolaevsk, which led 39-30 at halftime. Aniak stayed close and trailed 52-44 entering the fourth quarter, but the Warriors finished it off with a 23-15 kick in the final period of play. Nikolaevsk also got 17 points from Kosta Nikitenko, 14 from Justin Trail and 13 from Isaak Fefelov. Nikitenko helped the Warriors finish strong with 14 points in the fourth quarter. Aniak got 27 from Carl Morgan. The scheduled game between the Nikolaevsk and Aniak girls was cancelled Tuesday.

15. King Cove’s Jason Duarte led the T-Jacks with 30 points. King Cove girls 79, Seward 35 The Class 1A girls from King Cove took a win from 3A Seward Tuesday with 34 points from Elaina Mack. Mack drilled six 3-pointers on the way to the win. Seward was paced by Anevay Ambrosiani with 13 points. Tuesday boys

Warriors 75, Halfbreeds 59 Aniak 16 14 14 15 —59 Nikolaevsk 23 16 13 23 —75 ANIAK (59) — Kelila 2, Steeves 18, Lee 0, Wise 0, Morgan 27, Hunter 12, Morgan 0. NIKOLAEVSK (75) — Brown 0, Fefelov 13, Nikitenko 17, J. Trail 14, Kalugin 0, D. Nikitenko 0, Mumey 5, M. Trail 26. 3-point FG — Aniak 13 (Morgan 7, Steeves 6); Nikolaevsk 7 (Fefelov 3, K. Nikitenko 3, Mumey 1). Team fouls — Aniak 5; Nikolaevsk 7. Fouled out — none. Stars 56, Eagles 24 SoHi JV 13 22 11 10 —56 CIA 5 8 4 7 —24 SOLDOTNA JV (56) — Reutov 11, Johnson 3, Pieh 14, Johnson 2, Matheson 8, Spies 0, Johnson 8, Wilson 10, Ducker 0. CIA (24) — Moos 6, Boyd 1, Johnson 2, Cragg 0, Bears 0, Leaf 2, Walsh 0, Anderson 0, Van DeGriff 1, Peterson 0, Ziegler 8, Boyd 4. 3-point FG — SoHi JV 8 (Reutov 3, Matheson 2, Johnson 2, Johnson 1); CIA 0. Team fouls — SoHi JV 19; CIA 5. Fouled out — Johnson. Seahawks 64, T-Jacks 52 King Cove 10 15 8 19 —52 Seward 13 17 12 22 —64 KING COVE (52) — Gould 10, Severion 4, Aichele 2, Duarte 30, Kuzakin 0, Lind 0, Brandell 6. SEWARD (64) — Basalo 4, Spanos 14, Koster 15, Moriarty 3, Ingalls 5, Pfeiffenberger 17, Jarvis 2, Nilsson 4. 3-point FG — King Cove 5 (Duarte 2, Gould 2, Brandell 1); Seward 1 (Ingalls). Team fouls — King Cove 14; Seward 6. Fouled out — Severion.

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Stars 29, Eagles 16 SoHi JV 5 0 11 13 —29 Eagles 5 5 4 2 —16 SOLDOTNA JV (29) — Widaman 0, Brantley 8, Cannava 7, Burns 5, Cook 0, Leadens 5, McElroy 0, Spies 2, Fischer 2. CIA (16) — Henderson 6, Hyatt 2, Nelson 0, Dohse 0, Nelson 0, Castenholz 0, Cragg 0, Hammond 0, Warren 8. 3-point FG — Soldotna JV 0; CIA 0. Team fouls — Soldotna JV 11; CIA 9. Fouled out — none. T-Jacks 79, Seahawks 35

Seward boys 64, King Cove 52 The Seward boys earned a non conference win over Class 1A King Cove Tuesday in Seward. Max Pfeiffenberger led the charge for the Seahawks with 17 points while teammate Connor Spanos had 14 and sam Koster chipped in

King Cove 18 17 26 16 —79 Seward 7 12 8 8 —35 KING COVE (79) — Newman 4, Newton 17, Mack 34, Kuzakin 0, Brandell 8, Duarte 12, Brandell 0, Calver 0, Yatchmeneff 2. SEWARD (35) — Lemme 0, Ambrosiani 13, Schilling 4, Sieverts 7, Jackson 5, Dougherty 0, Casagranda 0, Sewell 6, Siemanski 0. 3-point FG — King Cove 11 (Mack 6, Newton 3, Brandell 2); Seward 1 (Ambrosiani). Team fouls — King Cove 14; Seward 6. Fouled out — none.


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70 points in 57 team games. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier did it in 2006-07. Cedric Paquette, Anthony Cirelli, Yanni Gourde and Steven Stamkos also scored for the NHL-leading Lightning, who are 5-0-2 over the last seven games. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves.

SABRES 3, ISLANDERS 1 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel set up two goals in leading Buffalo to a win over Metropolitan Division-leading New York. Jason Pominville scored the go-ahead goal 6:49 into the second period. Jeff Skinner scored off a faceoff draw won by Eichel, and Johan Larsson sealed the victory with 2:25 left. Linus Ullmark stopped 24 shots to improve to 3-0-1 in his past four starts. The Sabres improved to 3-2-1 six games into a seven-game homestand. Overall, Buffalo improved to 28-21-7 and picked up its 63rd point, one more than last season.

BLUE JACKETS 3, CAPITALS 0 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made 13 of his 20 saves in the third period to lift Columbus over Washington. Anthony Duclair, Nick Foligno and Artemi Panarin scored for the Blue Jackets, who won their fourth straight and remained in third place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind Washington. Bobrovsky recorded his 27th career shutout. Braden Holtby had 29 saves and held off the Blue Jackets on four power plays with a few close calls.

HURRICANES 4, SENATORS 1 OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Carolina scored four unanswered goals in the third period to beat Ottawa. Micheal Ferland and Justin Williams also scored for the Hurricanes, who wrapped up a season-long five game trip. Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves. Mark Stone scored for the Senators, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Anders Nilsson made his third straight start and stopped 33 shots.

RED WINGS 3, PREDATORS 2 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou scored at 4:08 of the third period, and struggling Detroit beat Nashville to snap a threegame skid. Luke Glendening had a goal and an assist, Nick Jensen had two assists and Dylan Larkin also had a goal for Detroit. Goalie Jimmy Howard made 32 saves for the win. Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban scored for Nashville, which has lost three straight for its longest skid since losing four straight between Dec. 17-22. Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg had two assists apiece.

BLUES 8, DEVILS 3 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alex Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbashev each scored twice and St. Louis won its seventh straight game. Jaden Schwartz, Ryan O’Reilly, Mackenzie MacEachern and Tyler Bozak also scored for the Blues, whose eight goals were a season high. St. Louis’ winning streak is its longest since Jan. 17Feb. 5, 2015, when it also had seven consecutive victories. Rookie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves to win his sixth straight start, becoming the second goalie in Blues history with a winning streak of at least six games. Brent Johnson twice won seven

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Scoreboard basketball NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 42 16 .724 — Boston 36 21 .632 5½ Philadelphia 36 21 .632 5½ Brooklyn 29 29 .500 13 New York 10 46 .179 31 Southeast Division Charlotte 27 29 .482 — Miami 25 30 .455 1½ Orlando 26 32 .448 2 Washington 24 33 .421 3½ Atlanta 19 38 .333 8½ Central Division Milwaukee 42 14 .750 — Indiana 38 19 .667 4½ Detroit 26 29 .473 15½ Chicago 13 44 .228 29½ Cleveland 12 45 .211 30½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Houston 33 23 .589 — San Antonio 33 26 .559 1½ Dallas 26 30 .464 7 New Orleans 25 33 .431 9 Memphis 23 35 .397 11 Northwest Division Denver 38 18 .679 — Oklahoma City 37 19 .661 1 Portland 33 23 .589 5 Utah 32 25 .561 6½ Minnesota 26 30 .464 12 Pacific Division Golden State 41 15 .732 — Sacramento 30 26 .536 11 L.A. Clippers 31 27 .534 11 L.A. Lakers 28 29 .491 13½ Phoenix 11 47 .190 31 Tuesday’s Games Atlanta 117, L.A. Lakers 113 Boston 112, Philadelphia 109 Orlando 118, New Orleans 88 San Antonio 108, Memphis 107 Golden State 115, Utah 108 Wednesday’s Games Brooklyn at Cleveland, 3 p.m. Milwaukee at Indiana, 3 p.m. Detroit at Boston, 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New York, 3:30 p.m. Washington at Toronto, 3:30 p.m.

Houston at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Memphis at Chicago, 4 p.m. Miami at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Sacramento at Denver, 5 p.m. Golden State at Portland, 6:30 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 6:30 p.m. All Times AST

Longwood 80, SC-Upstate 58 North Florida 74, Kennesaw St. 66 Stetson 54, Jacksonville 46 UNC-Asheville 51, Presbyterian 45

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EAST Boston College 66, Pittsburgh 57 Davidson 79, Fordham 69 Penn St. 75, Michigan 69 Quinnipiac 98, Rider 88, OT St. Bonaventure 76, Saint Joseph’s 51 St. John’s 77, Butler 73, OT SOUTH Duke 71, Louisville 69 LSU 73, Kentucky 71 Maryland 70, Purdue 56 Mississippi St. 81, Alabama 62 MIDWEST Bowling Green 79, Cent. Michigan 72 Buffalo 76, Akron 70 Drake 72, S. Illinois 69 E. Michigan 66, Ohio 57 Marquette 92, DePaul 73 Michigan St. 67, Wisconsin 59 Missouri 79, Arkansas 78 W. Michigan 76, N. Illinois 74 SOUTHWEST Kansas St. 71, Texas 64 Texas A&M 73, Georgia 56 FAR WEST San Diego St. 71, Colorado St. 60 UNLV 77, Air Force 72

Women’s College Scores EAST Monmouth (NJ) 71, Manhattan 63 Rider 75, Iona 64 SOUTH Florida Gulf Coast 61, NJIT 42 Gardner-Webb 65, Winthrop 52 Hampton 61, Campbell 50 High Point 69, Charleston Southern 62 Liberty 74, Lipscomb 60

in a row in 2000 and 2001.

JETS 4, RANGERS 3 WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele had two goals and an assist as Winnipeg edged New York. Jets defenseman Joe Morrow recorded his first goal of the season and Andrew Copp also scored for Winnipeg. Mika Zibanejad scored twice and Pavel Buchnevich had the other goal for the Rangers. Mats Zuccarello added two assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves for the Jets, who have at least a point in their past nine home games (8-0-1).

FLYERS 5, WILD 4 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — James van Riemsdyk scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, as Philadelphia bested Minnesota. Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist and Ivan Provorov also scored for the Flyers, who are 11-2-1 since Jan. 9.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, AVALANCHE 2 DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri and Kasperi Kapanen scored power-play goals 22 seconds apart in the second period, Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots and Toronto extended Colorado’s winless streak to eight games.

Sports Briefs Mets, DeGrom set contract deadline PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom wants to hear the New York Mets’ best pitch on a multiyear contract by opening day — and the team thinks that’s a good call, too. New general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who was deGrom’s agent before switching sides at the bargaining table last fall, told reporters Tuesday at spring training there’s “no reason for a distraction to carry into the regular season.” He said the club will continue discussions with deGrom this spring and see where they lead. That leaves about six weeks to get a deal done before the Mets’ season opener March 28 at Washington. However, the 30-year-old deGrom cannot become a free agent until after the 2020 season, so the sides could always reopen negotiations next offseason. Last month, the Mets and deGrom agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration — a raise of $9.6 million over his 2018 salary. Van Wagenen clarified Tuesday that he will indeed be involved in any talks with deGrom about a long-term deal. The rookie GM said he recused himself from the pitcher’s arbitration negotiations to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Cubs president sets high standards MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein criticized emails from the patriarch of the family that owns the team and said Addison Russell won’t play for Chicago again unless he meets the team’s high expectations while completing his domestic violence suspension. Splinter News published emails last week that included Joe Ricketts making Islamophobic comments, such as “Islam is a cult and not a religion.” Others included conspiracies about former President Barack Obama’s birthplace and education. Ricketts, who founded TD Ameritrade, apologized for the emails. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts last week said in statement that his father’s emails don’t reflect the values of the Cubs. “The emails were upsetting to read, and especially upsetting to think that some of our fans were put into a position where they had to consider their favorite team and some of those types of views,” Epstein said Tuesday ahead of the start of spring training.

SOUTHWEST Texas 61, Oklahoma St. 55

NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay 57 42 11 4 88 223 159 Toronto 56 35 18 3 73 200 159 Boston 57 32 17 8 72 168 148 Montreal 56 31 18 7 69 172 162 56 28 21 7 63 165 171 Buffalo Florida 55 23 24 8 54 168 192 Detroit 57 22 28 7 51 159 188 Ottawa 56 21 30 5 47 173 205 Metropolitan Division N.Y. Islanders 56 33 17 6 72 161 136 Washington 57 31 19 7 69 192 183 Columbus 55 32 20 3 67 180 167 Pittsburgh 56 29 20 7 65 193 173 Carolina 57 29 22 6 64 167 164 Philadelphia 57 26 24 7 59 167 190 N.Y. Rangers 56 24 24 8 56 159 186 New Jersey 56 21 27 8 50 162 194

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division 57 36 18 3 75 198 163 59 33 21 5 71 182 154 56 29 22 5 63 145 140 55 28 22 5 61 163 162 57 27 25 5 59 160 167 56 22 23 11 55 182 188 57 23 25 9 55 185 209 Pacific Division San Jose 57 34 16 7 75 210 177 Calgary 56 34 16 6 74 205 167 58 31 23 4 66 172 162 Vegas Vancouver 57 25 25 7 57 164 181 Arizona 56 25 26 5 55 150 163 Edmonton 55 24 26 5 53 159 184 Los Angeles 56 23 28 5 51 136 171 Anaheim 56 21 26 9 51 127 182 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffs. Winnipeg Nashville Dallas St. Louis Minnesota Colorado Chicago

Tuesday’s Games Columbus 3, Washington 0 Buffalo 3, N.Y. Islanders 1 Dallas 3, Florida 0 Boston 6, Chicago 3 Tampa Bay 6, Calgary 3 Carolina 4, Ottawa 1 Philadelphia 5, Minnesota 4 Winnipeg 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 St. Louis 8, New Jersey 3 Detroit 3, Nashville 2 Toronto 5, Colorado 2 Arizona 5, Vegas 2 Wednesday’s Games Edmonton at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. Vancouver at Anaheim, 6:30 p.m. All Times AST

transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with OF Eric Young Jr. on a minor league contract. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Assigned RHP A.J. Cole outright to Columbus (IL). National League SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Claimed RHP Jose Lopez off waivers from Cincinnati. Designated LHP Josh Osich for assignment. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Signed RHPs Henderson Alvarez, Aaron Barrett, Scott Copeland, J.J. Hoover and Ronald Pena; INF Brandon Snyder; and OF Chuck Taylor to minor league contracts. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Fined LA Clippers F/C Montrezl Harrell $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan. Women’s NBA ATLANTA DREAM — Signed F Lynetta Kizer to a training camp contract. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Named Don Shumpert coaching fellow and Rusty McKinney defensive assistant coach. BUFFALO BILLS — Signed OL Spencer Long to a three-year

contract. Re-signed CB Lafayette Pitts to a one-year contract. CHICAGO BEARS — Named Chris Jackson defensive assistant coach. HOUSTON TEXANS — Released WR Demaryius Thomas. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Announced the retirement of defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Released DE Vinny Curry. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Pittsburgh F Evgeni Malkin one game for high-sticking Philadelphia F Michael Raffl during a Feb. 11 game. CAROLINA HURRICANES — Reassigned F Patrick Brown to Charlotte (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Traded G Marek Mazanec to Vancouver for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick. SOCCER Major League Soccer D.C. UNITED — Aquired M/D Chris McCann off waivers. MONTREAL IMPACT — Announced F Orji Okwonkwo was loaned to the team from Bologna (Italy). NASHVILLE — Named Chance Myers chief scout and Ally Mackay assistant general manager. NEW YORK RED BULLS — Signed F Mathias Jorgensen to a multiyear contract from Odense (Superliga-Denmark). United Soccer League LOUDOUN UNITED — Signed G Calle Brown and M Omar Milton Campos. COLLEGE HIGH POINT — Named Zach Haines men’s soccer coach. INDIANA STATE — Agreed to terms with football coach Curt Mallory on a two-year contract extension. NEW MEXICO — Named Jesse Tupac assistant volleyball coach and recruiting coordinator. PENN STATE — Named Scott Sidwell deputy director of athletics-external.

US women beat Canada LONDON, Ontario (AP) — In a defensive battle, Hilary Knight was in the right place at the right time. Alex Rigsby made 33 saves and Knight scored as the United States earned a 1-0 victory over Canada on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series between the rivals. Knight poked a rebound behind goalie Emerance Maschmeyer with 1:40 left in the second period to quiet the announced crowd of 9,036 at Budweiser Gardens. “We had a lot of girls skating in front of the net, so it was literally a puck that just bounced in my direction,” Knight said, “but obviously all the work was done on the front end in order for me to get that opportunity.” The Americans have beaten the Canadian women eight of the past 10 times

at major tournaments. Of those 10 games, there was a difference of more than two goals only twice. Six of the games were decided in overtime or a shootout. “We said our approach to this series is we’re going to use it to help us get better for the world championships,” Canadian coach Perry Pearn said. Canada had the better opportunities in the first period. The closest the Canadians came to scoring was when Blayre Turnbull sneaked

behind the defense and cut in on Rigsby from the right face-off circle. Rigsby made a sprawling save. Tempers flared in front of the Canadian net as time was running out in the first. The result was minor penalties to both teams, leaving them to close out the period playing 4-on-4. The Americans continued their strong defense in the third period as Canada was relentless in pursuit of the tying goal. Rigsby was solid throughout.

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2019. There are 321 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, was found dead at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas; he was 79. On this date: In 1633, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition, accused of defending Copernican theory that the Earth revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. (Galileo was found vehemently suspect of heresy, and ended up being sentenced to a form of house arrest.) In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots. In 1935, a jury in Flemington, New Jersey, found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was later executed.) In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was officially established. In 1945, during World War II, Allied planes began bombing the German city of Dresden. The Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans. In 1974, Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union. In 1984, Konstantin Chernenko (chehr-NYEN’-koh) was chosen to be general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee, succeeding the late Yuri Andropov. In 1988, the 15th Winter Olympics opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 1996, the rock musical “Rent,” by Jonathan Larson, opened offBroadway. In 1998, Dr. David Satcher was sworn in as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States during an Oval Office ceremony. In 2013, beginning a long farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services inside St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. In 2017, President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned following reports he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, died after falling ill at an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; two women are accused of killing him by smearing a nerve agent onto his face. Ten years ago: A $787 billion stimulus bill aimed at easing the worst economic crisis in decades cleared both houses of Congress. Peanut Corp. of America, the Lynchburg, Va.-based peanut processing company at the heart of a national salmonella outbreak, filed for bankruptcy. A female suicide bomber targeted Shiite pilgrims in Musayyib, Iraq, killing at least 40. Five years ago: Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland dominated her favorite event at the Sochi Olympics, winning the women’s crosscountry 10-kilometer classical race despite skiing with a fractured foot; Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu won the men’s short program on a night that four-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko retired from competitive skating. Actor Ralph Waite, 85, died in Palm Desert, California. One year ago: President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, said he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a porn actress who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Trump. Ahmad Khan Rahimi was sentenced in New York to multiple terms of life in prison for setting off small bombs in New York and New Jersey, including a pressure-cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block; the attacks in September, 2016, left 30 people injured. A bichon frise named Flynn was named best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York, a choice that seemed to surprise most in the packed crowd at Madison Square Garden. Today’s Birthdays: U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager (ret.) is 96. Actress Kim Novak is 86. Actor George Segal is 85. Actor Bo Svenson is 78. Actress Carol Lynley is 77. Singer-musician Peter Tork (The Monkees) is 77. Actress Stockard Channing is 75. Talk show host Jerry Springer is 75. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is 73. Singer Peter Gabriel is 69. Actor David Naughton is 68. Rock musician Peter Hook is 63. Actor Matt Salinger is 59. Singer Henry Rollins is 58. Actor Neal McDonough is 53. Singer Freedom Williams is 53. Actress Kelly Hu is 51. Rock singer Matt Berninger (The National) is 48. Rock musician Todd Harrell (formerly with 3 Doors Down) is 47. Country musician Scott Thomas (Parmalee) is 46. Singer Robbie Williams is 45. Singer-songwriter Feist is 43. Rhythmand-blues performer Natalie Stewart is 40. Actress Mena Suvari (MEE’-nuh soo-VAHR’-ee) is 40. Rock musician Dash Hutton (Haim (HY’-ehm)) is 34. Actress Katie Volding is 30. Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (also known as Prince Michael Jackson I) is 22. Thought for Today: “The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs; it will pity you for what you lose, but never for what you lack.” -- Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian-French author (17821857).


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Study: No leaking radiation from nuclear site By RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — The latest round of testing on Alaska’s remote Amchitka Island found no radioactive material has leaked from locations where the federal government conducted underground nuclear tests there decades ago, a federal official said Tuesday. Environmental samples tested in 2016 show no subsurface migration of radioactive material, said Jason Nguyen with the U.S. Department of Energy. Samples tested in 2011 also showed no “excessive risk” was found, he said. The department funds sample testing conducted on the island every five years. “Our preliminary results for 2016 are showing that that conclusion still holds,” Nguyen said as he moderated a panel discussion Tuesday at an environmental forum in Anchorage. A final report on that study is expected later this year. Nguyen, the department’s site manager for Amchitka work, also said a 2014 earthquake with a magnitude 7.9 damaged the caps of three drilling mud pits on the now-uninhabited

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have spent countless hours of our own personal time in the evenings and weekends to provide an excellent education for our students. We’ve spent thousands of our own dollars to enhance our learning in our classrooms. We want to continue

island. But he said none of the diesel-fuel filled mud was exposed. The damage has not yet been repaired. Three nuclear tests were conducted between 1965 and 1971 on Amchitka, located in the Aleutian Islands chain 1,340 miles southwest of Anchorage. The island was occupied by Aleuts for thousands of years. But they were long gone by the time the U.S. military built a base

there during World War II as a strategic defense post, said Bruce Wright, the science adviser for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, a tribal organization for Alaska’s Aleuts including those on the closest occupied location, Adak Island, 200 miles east of Amchitka. Wright was among the speakers at Tuesday’s gathering. Wright’s group is a part-

ner with the Department of Energy in the periodic sampling tests, including the latest studies. “And so far, we’re not seeing any leakage,” he said. “That’s good news.” The 2011 sampling report said tests indicated that seafood harvested near the now-unoccupied island is safe to eat. The report also said radioactive material from the nuclear tests has

remained in the subsurface of each blast location, with the exception of small concentrations of radioactive material detected in several places in subsurface water after the first nuclear test. The first of the nuclear blasts, dubbed Long Shot, was launched in 1965 with a goal of improving detections of underground nuclear explosions. The second test, called Milrow, was conducted in 1969 to assess detonations of much larger bombs. The final blast, called Cannikin, the largest underground nuclear test in U.S. history, was launched in 1971 as a weapons-related test. That detonation lifted the ground 20 feet and was equal to the 400 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, according to information on the National Park Service website. Between 700 and 2,000 sea otters were killed by pressure changes caused by the explosion. Amchitka, which became part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in 1980, was part of another refuge when it was chosen for the nuclear tests, given the island’s remoteness and existing infrastructure from

to do this. We want to work as a team. But it is hard when you as our leaders continue to treat us this way during contract negotiations. Every few years we go through the same drawn-out battle only to end up in arbitration.” The district has spent $16,252.50 on legal fees related to contract negotiations, according to documents provided by the district at Monday’s school

board work sessions. Cronin said the lack of a contract has been difficult for employees in the district. “Teachers want to stay here to work and raise families, but the lack of a contract and constant uncertainty about the costs of health care are making it hard for many to stay,” Cronin said. “…We look around the country and we see our colleagues standing

up demanding that they are respected. We are feeling the pain and frustration that our fellow educators felt in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina and Los Angeles, and this is what it would look like here on the Kenai Peninsula.” That last line of Cronin’s public comment was the cue for employees to vacate the assembly chambers into the borough building’s lower parking lot, where a short rally took place. Educators and support staff, most of them wearing red, and several who were waving signs demanding a fair contract, stood in a circle outside the chambers chanting “fair contract now.” David Brighton, president of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association, addressed the crowd, encouraging employees to attend the Feb. 19 Borough Assembly meeting and to contact their school board representatives. Brighton said arbitration begins at the end of February, and through arbitration, the end of April would be the soonest employees saw a contract. Boos and jeering arose from the crowd, and talks of an upcoming strike were discussed, but Brighton wouldn’t commit to a specific date. The cost of health care has been a focal point during negotiations. In her public comment to the school board, Cronin said employees in the district are taking home less in real dollars, compared to last year, due to

increasing health care costs. “Rather than meeting with us to negotiate a solution to health care you created an emergency enrollment in September where more than 400 employees took on more risk and will pay more when they use their health care because they couldn’t afford the rising cost of the premium,” Cronin said. Cronin said this move created a $1.2 million savings for the district that was not used to improve salaries and benefits for employees. “(The school board) took (the savings) out of the budget to use it elsewhere,” Cronin said. “We believe that was patently wrong and deceptive at best.” A reduction of $1,170,029 for district health care contributions resulted from the transition of employees from the traditional plan to the high-deductible health plan, and employees opting out of health care coverage, according to a document provided at Monday’s school board work sessions clarifying the January 2019 budget revisions. Employees switching to the highdeductible health plan will collectively save approximately $849,300, which are funds that individuals may use to pay for deductibles and out-of-pocket costs when health care is needed, the document said. During Monday’s school board work sessions, school board Vice President Zen Kelly confirmed with district staff 15 employees opted out of the district’s health

care programs. According to the clarifying document, employees who opted out will collectively see around $74,700 less in premium payments from their paychecks. Dave Jones, assistant superintendent for the district, said the district doesn’t have the new revenue sources to pay for the salary and benefit increases requested by employee unions. “So we’re back to the same situation we were in prior to negotiations: find alternative internal savings or new revenue,” Jones said at Monday’s school board work sessions. “We haven’t been able to identify alternative savings within the budget, and the state and borough haven’t come forward with additional revenue. In fact, as we’ve discussed, the state has come forward with a reduction of money to us.” The district’s expenditures have exceeded their revenues for eight years in a row. The public comments and rally come in a wake of increased action by employees to get a contract. Last week, staff hosted walk-ins and walk-outs at several schools across the peninsula, and residents have expressed support for education at the most recent Borough Assembly meeting. There are no official plans for a teacher strike. Employees are required to notify the district 72 hours in advance of a strike.

was then that Mchone got his vehicle stuck in a snowbank and troopers were able to apprehend him with the assistance of a K-9 unit, according to the troopers. Troopers realized at that time that Mchone was driving with a passenger. The passenger told troopers that she tried to get Mchone to stop several times during the chase and that Mchone told

her repeatedly to shut up and light him a cigarette, according to the affidavit. Mchone faces one count of failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, a class C felony, one count of third-degree assault, a class C felony, one count of reckless driving, an unclassified misdemeanor, and one count of reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.

der 99611 are getting taxed and I don’t want the city of Kenai to have that.” Kenai City Council plans to address the issue with a resolution introduction at their next meeting. The Alaska Municipal League also created a working group to address the issue, with the hopes of having a correct way to apply sales tax for online retailers by later this spring. In the meantime, Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom

said that customers who believe they’ve been improperly taxed can reach out to the borough and Amazon to address the issue. “We’ve been trying our best to work with the borough,” Bloom said. “I anticipate them doing something pretty shortly, as far as introducing legislation at the borough level.”

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of him in excess of 100 mph. The trooper followed Mchone nearly 20 miles as Mchone sped through Sterling. Eventually, Mchone made a sharp right onto Grandview Road and turned down a power line trail. It

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concerned that residents are being taxed unfairly. “The public does have a right to be upset,” Navarre said at a recent council meeting. “They are getting taxed and there is not a process in place. They are collecting the tax, and how do we know in which jurisdiction. People in Nikiski un-

the former military base. Other projects that followed at Amchitka include the construction and operation of a radar station. The island is now uninhabited. Radiation-related cancers were far more common among scores of people who worked on Amchitka than among the general population, according to health screenings done through a federal government program. The program compensated hundreds of workers for medical costs. Others, like Hayden McClure of Palmer, Alaska, received no compensation because he worked there many years after the nuclear blasts. The 71-year-old retired heavy equipment operator is convinced his blood cancer, lymph disease, bone lesions and other health problems stemmed from the 75 days he spend digging trenches on the island in 1988. A fellow worker developed leukemia and died the following year, he said. “I didn’t have any medical problems until I went there,” he said of his time on Amchitka. McClure said he is now free of cancer after undergoing stem-cell therapy.

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KPC Showcase: “Have I Heard of You?” KPC Showcase presents: “Have I Heard of You?”: Writing What You Love and Publishing In An Ever Changing Market on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the McLane Commons at Kenai Peninsula College. When you tell someone you are a writer, common follow up questions usually include “Have I heard of you?” and “Can I find your stuff on Amazon?” If you aspire to be a published author, Dr. Casey J Rudkin and her writing and life partner James Rudkin have some suggestions for plotting a path through the uncertainty that is the ever changing publishing market. Writing under the pen name JC Rudkin, they will also have a short reading from their story “Your Plaintive Cries” from the recently published The Living Pulps edited by Oscar De Los Santos.

Humanist Happy Hour Humanist Happy Hour will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Pizza Paradisos in Kenai at 6 p.m. Happy Hour is an informal gathering where freethinkers can get together and chat while enjoying good food and fine libations. No set topic or philosophical challenges, just a way to connect and to get to know one another! For more information please contact info@ lastfrontierfreethinkers. org.

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100+ Women Who Care head into their 2nd year

100 Women head into their second year.

There a lot of women who care in our community. 100+ Women Who Care is a local group of women who gather four times a year for a one-hour meeting, learn about local charities, and each donate a $100 check to a charity that the group selects. This combined donation makes a real impact, without time-consuming fundraising events and planning, says local organizer and member Tami Murray, of the Kenai Watershed Fo-

rum. According to Murray, the idea started with young women in Texas back in the 1980s raising funds for baby cribs. The idea took off and now there are hundreds of chapters across the country, including five in Alaska and two chapters — one in Homer and one in the Kenai/Soldotna area — on the peninsula. The local chapter heads into its second year with the next quarterly meeting scheduled for March 28. “The results have been

outstanding,” said Murray in an interview. “A hundred women or as many as we can get together and meet quarterly. In our area, it’s the last Thursday of each quarter at a location to be determined. If you are a member in good standing, which means you have been a member for at least one quarter, your name gets put into a hat and three names are drawn and if your name is drawn you get to pitch for your favorite nonprofit or cause in our community.

“After the pitches, all the ladies present vote and the cause with the most votes gets the funds. And even if you are not at the meeting, you are committed to give $100 to the winning organization,” she explained. The local chapter presently has 77 members according to Murray but the goal is to reach 100 or more so that each quarter a local not for profit receives $10,000 or more with no expenses for fund raising events. In their first year the

group has contributed more than $10,000. “It’s really fun, everyone knows someone who is involved with our 100+ women and we ask members to bring a friend, if they join that night they can vote, but not pitch and we all learn about the needs and services in our community,” said Murray. At the December 2018 meeting, the Kenai Peninsular Food Bank was the winning organization, as See 100+, page A2

23rd Soldotna Trustworthy Ice Fishing Derby well underway

Meet the Author Last Frontier Freethinkers will be hosting a luncheon for Dan Barker, co-president of Freedom from Religion Foundation, at Odies Deli on Friday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Dan has written a new book called “Mere Morality” and will be discussing God and Government: Protecting the wall between church and state. For more information please contact info@lastfrontierfreethinkers.org.

Sterling Community Rec Center annual meeting Attention Sterling residents! Would you like to meet new people, have fun, and help make decisions on new and old programs for the Sterling Community Rec Center? The annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Sterling Community Center at 6 p.m. We need people that are interested in being on the Board of Directors to call the Center at 2627224. See EVENTS, page A2

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Maggie, Jazmine & Scott hold the hand carved trophies to be awarded in this year’s Ice Fishing Derby.

It began as a sure cure for cabin fever and an incentive to get families to experience the beauty of Alaska’s great outdoors in the middle of winter. Created by the Miller family-owned Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing, the Ice Fishing Derby has become a favorite event for young and old alike during the month of February, with fantastic prizes to be won.

The Derby kicked off Feb. 1 and already some great fish have been brought through the ice and the leader board is filing up. “We started off this year on the 1st with our very own Derby Queen Jazmine bringing in the first fish which was a nice 3-pound rainbow to get things started, and it’s been going great ever since. Lots of folks

signing up and some really nice fish coming in,” said Scott Miller. “I was excited to bring the fish through the ice. It’s always fun getting out there. I like going out early in the morning when it’s nice and cold. It’s beautiful out there and when you bring in a big fish and the kids see it they get super excited and want to go for it too,” said the

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Derby Queen, who has only been ice fishing for three years. You can meet Jazmine at Soldotna Hardware when you come in to register for the derby or to enter you fish and she may even share a few secrets on how she landed her 3-pound rainbow.

“I don’t get out as much as I’d like to, but it’s no secret that the big fish like the ladies. But what I’m really hoping is a kid brings in a fish that will bump me down the leader board.” The weather conditions have been different for all See ICE, page A2


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pitched by Bonnie Nichols. “We don’t have to belong to the organization we are pitching, but it’s something we are passionate about for the cause or acute need and if your name is drawn you get to share that need. Or if your name

is drawn you can pass the pitch to someone else who is a member at that time. In my case, I was aware of increasing food insecurity in our community and the new programs the food bank is implementing by opening the Fireweed Diner for evening meals. Janice Nightingale actually told me if she was chose she would have me pitch for her and that’s

what happened,” said Nichols. Women can join at any time by checking out 100+Women Soldotna online or contacting any member or getting in touch with Tami Murray at the Kenai Watershed Forum. 2019 meetings will be held at a location to be determined on March 28, June 27, Sept. 26 and Dec. 26.

Kelly Keating presents her heart for spa and neuter clinics at 100 women event.

Linda Hutchings pitches for her favorite non-profit at December’s 100+ Women’s event.

Bonnie, Mary and Kathy, along with all the other members of 100 women, write their checks to the winning nonprofit organization.

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Ice Fishing Derby Queens Maggie & Jazmine with Scott Miller invite you to come in and sign up for prizes in this year’s derby.

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Sterling Community Rec Center Daily Event Schedule February —Pickleball: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. —Weight room: Open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday (Free weights, squat rack, rowing machine, cardio bikes, tread mill, elliptical, and yoga balls/mats) —Zumba: Mondays at 6 p.m. —Teen Center: Air hockey, fosse ball, video games, Wi-Fi, and gym time. —Home school gym time: Fridays at 12-2 p.m. —After school red program: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Registration anytime Call for information 907-262-7224. Adults $3 per visit, seniors $2 per visit, teens $2 per visit, and children $1 per visit

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet be on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenai River Center, located at 514 Funny River

Road. Agenda will include Joint Board proposals, Board of Game proposals, and any other business that may properly come before the committee. For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board meeting The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gilman River Center on Funny River Road, Soldotna. Agenda topics include committee and agency reports. The public is welcome to attend. If you have any questions about the meeting you can contact Jack Blackwell at 907-262-5581, Ext 21.

Land Management Division letters of interest The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Land Management Division is calling for letters of interest from people looking for new agricultural land. The hope is that people will share some details that the borough can use to inform the program design. The kinds of major points officials think would be helpful in a letter include the size and general location needed, along

with any other criteria that would be essential for the person’s production plans, and maybe an indication of the time frames that people are thinking if they were to take on an area of land with production goals. Letters should be addressed to KPB Land Manager, 144 North Binkley St., Soldotna AK 99669. More information can be found at kpb.us/ land

KCHS 1969 reunion The KCHS 1969 50th High School Reunion will take place on July 26 at 6 p.m. at Pizza Paradisos. Dorothy Lou Hermansen, Maryam Gray House and Sheryl House Martin are serving as the event’s planning committee. Visit the Facebook page “KCHS 1969 50th Reunion” for more information. Graduates may register through that page, or by emailing Dorothy Hermansen at hootowl@chugach.net.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge February events Winter visitor center hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday. —Fire and Ice Winter Fun Day at Dolly Varden Lake for all ages. Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. —PEEPs (Preschool Environmental Education Program) Enjoy an hour of

the derbies and Miller wants folks to be safe and careful where they fish this year. “The smaller lakes are good, but you always want to wary and cautious when we have warm ups like we’ve had this year. We have a lot of overflows on the lakes this year, so when you’re out on the lakes use caution. I wouldn’t be driving your rigs on the lakes this year, as the lakes have been thawing and freezing and that doesn’t make the best ice. And if you are on a snowmachine, be cautious of the overflow. And on the big lakes like Skilak or Kenai Lake, which just froze up, do a walk out. Better safe than sorry. You don’t want go through the ice,” said Miller. hands-on wildlife games, crafts, storytime and more. For ages 2-5. Thursday, Feb. 21. Two sessions: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. —Winter Walks, 1-hour guided snowshoe walks every Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Snowshoes provided with pre-registration. Call 907260-2820. —Saturday Wildlife Movies: “Refuge Film” at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. “Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom” at 1 p.m. “Alone in the Wilderness” at 3 p.m

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Meeting Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Board of Directors will meet Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m., in the conference room at its Kenai office located at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The meeting is open to the public and an agenda will be posted at www.ciaanet. org.

‘Show Us Your Heart’ exhibit Come join us at Kenai Fine Art Center for the February exhibit opening of “Show Us Your Heart.” The heart shape itself is symbolic, intriguing and can be manipulated in such interesting ways. See artist interpretations, meet the artists, and join art enthu-

One thing’s different about this year’s derby is the lack of a prize for the largest pike. “Fish & Game has done a great job in eradicating pike from our lakes and that’s a good thing. They’ve pretty much finished up that effort and I don’t think there are any pike to be had out there this year so no prize. They’ve done a good job protecting our salmon and lake trout for the future. Twenty years ago we had two to three hundred pike entered in the derby and last year only a couple. So we are happy to eliminate that category from our derby,” said Scott. Once again, woodcarving artist John Iverson has handmade all the trophies for each categories that spread across all age groups with divisions for kids, men and women that will be given out at the traditional awards ceremony along with a myr-

iad of other prizes donated by the derby sponsors. One of the divisions that is really gaining in popularity is the catch-and-release category, according to Miller. Catch-and-release participants can send photos of their catch in to Soldotna Hardware as long as they have signed up before they go fishing. Fish also must be brought through a hole in the ice and caught on a freshwater peninsula lake. Anyone interested can sign up for free at the Trustworthy store in Soldotna on the Sterling Highway or by liking their Facebook page. When you bring a fish in to the store the Derby Queen, Jazmine or Maggie, will take a photo and post it on the leader board. For more information visit the Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing website.

siasts at the 1st Thursday open house. The Kenai Fine Art Center is located across from the Oiler’s Bingo Hall and next to the Historic Cabins. 283-7040, www. kenaifineart.com The show will hang until February 28th.

Public Health announcement: Make sure your immunizations are up to date

Peninsula Take-ABreak luncheon Peninsula Take-A-Break luncheon will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Special feature Sue Mann, Artsy Junkin, and Susanna Evins, Mountain Mama Originals. Speaker: Gail Kennedy, “Beauty to Ashes.” Luncheon $12. Complimentary child care. Solid Rock Conference Center, Mile 90.5 Sterling Highway. For reservations call Susan at 3356789 or 440-1319.

Spirit of Our Rivers Gala Spirit of Our Rivers Gala will take place on Feb. 23, from 7 p.m to midnight at the Peninsula Center Mall. Join your friends for cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres, live music, dancing plus some incredible door prizes. $200 person, $130 of your entry is a donation. No live auction, no silent auction. Just an evening of fun! All proceeds benefit the Kenai Watershed Forum. Tickets available online at www. kenaiwatershed.org.

Now is a good time to make sure your immunizations are up to date. Measles outbreaks are happening as close as Washington State, a common travel destination for many Alaskans. Our public health officials are urging Alaskans to ensure that all of their immunizations, including the MMR vaccine, are current. Protect yourself and your family – and the whole community! To learn more, including vaccine requirements for schools and daycares, visit immunize.dhss.alaska. gov. For local questions community members can call Kenai Public Health at 907-335-3400.

Soldotna Library Friends needs a board member Join the Soldotna Library Friends Board. We have board positions waiting for a volunteer to fill them. Contact 907-2525812 for more information. Come to the Annual Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Soldotna Public Library Joyce Carver Community Room.


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