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In the news Unalaska expects record number of cruise ships UNALASKA — A record number of cruise ships are expected this year in Unalaska, in the Aleutians. Carlin Enlow, executive director of the local convention and visitors bureau, says 20 ships are scheduled, a big jump from past years. There were eight last year. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports the first ship is scheduled to arrive May 6. The season extends through September. The challenges of more visitors include coordinating buses from the port, extra pedestrian traffic and managing greater demand at stores and restaurants. Enlow says there also is a lack of infrastructure to handle a large influx of people and that the visitors’ bureau doesn’t solicit ships. The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association has invested in local ventures that would provide bike rentals and offer tours and recreational equipment.

Search suspended for pilot missing northwest of Anchorage ANCHORAGE — Search efforts have been suspended for a singleengine aircraft that went missing in south-central Alaska earlier this month, authorities said. Timothy D. Twohy has been missing since March 5 after his Cessna 172 was reported overdue northwest of Anchorage, the Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday. The 61-year-old pilot had taken off from Farewell Airport and was headed to Wasilla — a flight that usually takes 60 to 90 minutes, search officials said. His plane is believed to have gone missing in the Rainy Pass area. Rescuers were unable to pinpoint his location through radar data because of the area’s rugged terrain, Alaska Air National Guard Lt. Col. Keenan Zerkel said. A signal from the plane’s electronic locator transmitter has also not been detected. — Associated Press

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Barr reports no collusion with Russia By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO, CHAD DAY and JULIE PACE Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, Attorney General William Barr declared Sunday. That brought a hearty claim of vindication from Trump but set the stage for new rounds of political and legal fighting. Trump cheered the outcome but also laid bare his resentment after two years of investigations that have shadowed his administration. “It’s a shame that our country has had to go through this. To be honest, it’s a shame that your president has had to go

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One, Sunday, at Palm Beach International Airport, in West Palm Beach, Fla., en route to Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

through this,” he said. Democrats pointed out that Mueller found evidence for and against obstruction and demanded to see his full

report. They insisted that even the summary by the president’s attorney general hardly put him in the clear. Mueller’s conclusions,

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summarized by Barr in a four-page letter to Congress, represented a victory for Trump on a key question that has hung over his presi-

dency from the start: Did his campaign work with Russia to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton? That was further good news for the president on top of the Justice Department’s earlier announcement that Mueller had wrapped his investigation without new indictments. The resolution also could deflate the hopes of Democrats in Congress and on the 2020 campaign trail that incriminating findings from Mueller would hobble the president’s agenda and re-election bid. But while Mueller was categorical in ruling out criminal collusion, he was more circumspect on presidential obstruction of justice. Despite Trump’s claim of total exoneration, Mueller did not draw a conclusion one way or the other on whether he sought to stifle the Russia investigation through his actions including the firing of former FBI director James See BARR, page A2

‘Immoral’, ‘sickening’

House Finance holds 1st community meeting on budget in Juneau By ALEX MCCARTHY Juneau Empire

As dozens of Juneau and Douglas residents spoke to the House Finance Committee on Friday night, there was fear in many of their voices — but there was hope in others. The meeting was the first in a series of community meetings the committee is holding around the state to gather Alaskans’ thoughts on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget. While many of the 68 people who testified said they were scared or used words like “immoral” and “sickening” to describe the budget, many of them said they were heartened by

Members of the public wait to share their thoughts on the governor’s budget to the House Finance Committee at the Alaska State Capitol on Friday. (Alex McCarthy/ Juneau Empire)

the number of people who showed up to share their thoughts. A few main themes

stood out during the comments. Principally, many who spoke said they would either take a smaller Per-

manent Fund Dividend or would pay a state income tax to help the state raise revenues so it wouldn’t have to slash spending as much as the governor has proposed. Douglas resident Laura Steele summed up many of the comments as she spoke about the impact that a $3,000 PFD could have on the state. “Don’t get me wrong, I would love the idea of having an extra $3,000,” Steele said. “I’d love it. It would be great for me. But I love my neighbors, their children, our elders and our state so much more than I love that idea.” While many people said they’d gladly give up get-

ting a PFD, some of them acknowledged that there are many people throughout the state who depend on the annual payments to support their families. Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, said in an interview after the meeting that she was impressed with the way people showed up and expressed a willingness to help out. “I think Alaskans are ready to contribute to the revenue stream and are asking for an income tax,” Hannan said. “Of course, there are people who mentioned and talked about the significant impact of cutting the PFD harms the people who have less financial stability See HOUSE, page A3

Kodiak man dives into scallop fishery By ALISTAIR GARDINER Kodiak Daily Mirror

KODIAK — With regards to scallops, Tom Minio could accurately be described as erudite. On Thursday afternoon, Minio sat in the galley of his vessel, the Provider, explaining what makes the best product, while the metallic screeches of boat work drifted

in from other parts of the vessel. “The market really loves the big stuff, which I don’t understand. I don’t like eating big scallops,” he said. “It’s just like old halibut, you know: the bigger they are, the older they are and the tougher they are.” Younger, smaller scallops, Minio said, “don’t look as impressive,” but are much sweeter and more succulent.

For those in the industry, scallop size is referred to on a scale that indicates how many scallops make up a pound of meat. “You get a big scallop like that — a 0/10,” Minio said, holding his hands in a circle to illustrate a circumference of several inches, “I mean, they look beautiful, but they’re old. I always tell everybody, buy the 20/30. But those fancy

River City Books goes solar By BRIAN MAZUREK Peninsula Clarion


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Construction is underway on the new River City Books location in Soldotna, and owner Peggy Mullen has taken the change in location as an opportunity to make her business solar-powered. With the help of Ben May, owner of Anchorage Solar, Mullen invited the community to a presentation on Saturday about the potential of solar energy on the peninsula. Those who attended were able to hear from May how solar technology has advanced in the last few years, and he broke down the financial

A technician from Anchorage Solar installs vertical solar panels at the new location for River City Books in Soldotna on Saturday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

details of investing in solar technology for homes and businesses. May also touched on the environ-

mental benefits of solar power — a 20-panel system could see a carbon

See SOLAR, page A2

restaurants, they want real big ones and they’re willing to pay a lot more money for them.” Mino said he tries to sell only 20/30s locally — if you order scallops at Henry’s or at the Kodiak Inn, chances are you’re eating product that Tom Minio caught. Minio has been fishing scallops out of Kodiak for 40 years. He started when he

was 18 years old and doesn’t know anyone who’s been doing it longer than he has. With a small number of limited entry permits available and the quota around Kodiak decreasing, other fishermen and vessels dropped out of the fishery — but Minio held on. During the most recent season, the Provider was the only vessel fishing scallops in the Kodiak See DIVE, page A3

Man who tracks down stolen vehicles enters plea deal ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alaska man has agreed to a plea deal that includes a promise to stop chasing after stolen vehicles. Officials said that 54-year-old Floyd Hall pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment resulting in a 30-day suspended sentence and a $500 fine, the Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday. The terms of Hall’s three-year probation sentence include a pledge to refrain from chasing anyone driving a suspected stolen vehicle, officials said. The newspaper reports that Hall can remain in-

volved with a citizens’ group calling itself the “A Team” that relies on tips from social media to recover stolen automobiles. Hall engaged in a 19-month court case resulting from an August 2017 charge of reckless driving for what police say was a high-speed chase but Hall contends only involved following the vehicle. Joshua Fink, Hall’s attorney, said prosecutors initially requested that Hall not be allowed to “chase, follow or otherwise pursue” suspected stolen vehicles during his probation, but agreed to scale it back to simply “chasing.” The See PLEA, page A3

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Comey. According to Barr’s summary, Mueller set out “evidence on both sides of the question” and stated that “while this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Barr, who was nominated by Trump in December, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in May 2017 and oversaw much of his work, went further in Trump’s favor. The attorney general said he and Rosenstein had determined that Mueller’s evidence was insufficient to prove in court that Trump had committed obstruction of justice to hamper the probe. Barr has previously voiced a broad view of presidential powers, and in an unsolicited memo last June he cast doubt on whether the president could have obstructed justice through acts — like firing his FBI director — that he was legally empowered to take. Barr said their decision was based on the evidence uncovered by Mueller and not affected by Justice Department legal opinions that say a sitting president cannot be indicted. Mueller’s team examined a series of actions by the president in the last two years to determine if he intended obstruction. Those include his firing of Comey one week before Mueller’s appointment, his public and private haranguing of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Rus-

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al efficiency of solar versus other forms of energy to the viability of solar in Alaska and the role of utility companies in renewable technology. Several people spoke to May after the presentation to discuss the specifics of installing solar panels in their own homes and businesses. People were also able

to get an up-close look at the solar panels being installed at River City Books by the Anchorage Solar technicians. This presentation on solar panels was the beginning of a four-month Book to Action Climate Series — spreaheaded by Cook Inletkeeper — that aims to bring environmentally

conscious citizens together to formulate local action on creating a greener society. The series is inspired by the book “Drawdown” written by Paul Hawken and published in 2017. The next local event will be at the Soldotna Public Library on Thursday, March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

sia investigation because of his work on the campaign, his request of Comey to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, the White House’s first national security adviser, and his drafting of an incomplete explanation about his oldest son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. Mueller’s findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don’t entirely remove the legal threats the president and associates are facing. Federal prosecutors in New York, for instance, are investigating hush-money payments made to two women during the campaign who say they had sex with the president. Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated Trump in campaign finance violations when he pleaded guilty last year. The special counsel’s investigation did not come up empty-handed. It ensnared nearly three dozen people, senior Trump campaign operatives among them. The probe illuminated Russia’s assault on the American political system, painted the Trump campaign as eager to exploit the release of hacked Democratic emails to hurt Hillary Clinton and exposed lies by Trump aides aimed at covering up their Russia-related contacts. Thirty-four people, including six Trump aides and advisers, were charged in the investigation. Twenty-five are Russians accused of election interference either through hacking into Democratic accounts or orchestrating a social media campaign to spread disinformation on the internet. Sunday’s summary — and its suggestion that Mueller

may have found evidence in support of obstruction — sets up a fight between Barr and Democrats, who called for the special counsel’s full report to be released and vowed to press on with their own investigations. “Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the special counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report,” they said. Trump’s own claim of complete exoneration “directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility,” they added. Trump was at his Florida estate when lawmakers received the report. Barr’s chief of staff called Emmet Flood, the lead White House lawyer on the investigation, to brief him on the findings shortly before he sent it to Congress. Mueller submitted his report to Barr instead of directly to Congress and the public because, unlike independent counsels such as Ken Starr in the case of President Bill Clinton, his investigation operated under the close supervision of the Justice Department. Barr did not speak with the president, Mueller was not consulted on the letter, and the White House does not have Mueller’s report, according to a Justice Department official. Though Mueller did not find evidence that anyone associated with the Trump campaign coordinated with the

Russian government, Barr’s summary notes “multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.” That’s a likely reference not only to a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Donald Trump. Jr. expected to receive damaging information on Clinton from a Kremlin-connected lawyer, as well as a conversation in London months earlier at which Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos was told Russia had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of thousands of stolen emails. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, said Congress needs to hear from Barr about his decision and see “all the underlying evidence.” He said on Twitter, “DOJ owes the public more than just a brief synopsis and decision not to go any further in their work.” Barr said that Mueller “thoroughly” investigated the question of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia’s election interference, issuing more than 2,800 subpoenas, obtaining nearly 500 search warrants and interviewing 500 witnesses. Trump answered some questions in writing, but refused to be interviewed in person by Mueller’s team. Barr said Mueller also catalogued the president’s actions including “many” that took place in “public view,” a possible nod to Trump’s public attacks on investigators and witnesses. In the letter, Barr said he concluded that none of Trump’s actions constituted a federal crime that prosecutors could prove in court.

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Around the Peninsula Sterling Senior Center breakfast The Sterling Senior Center will be serving breakfast on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. The menu includes sausage, bacon, ham, scrambled eggs, pancakes and biscuits and gravy. $10 for Adults, $5 for children. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds benefit the center. For further information call 262-6808.

Seward Fish & Game Advisory Committee election meeting The Seward Fish & Game Advisory Committee will hold an election meeting on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, located at 410 Adams Street in Seward. Agenda will also include a review of the BOF meeting, discussion of BOF Cook Inlet proposals to submit, and any other items of business that may properly come before the committee. For more information contact Jim McCracken at 362-3701.

Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee election meeting

Caregiver Support workshop, open house

org. Please direct eligibility and technical questions about the online grant system to The Alaska Community FoundaKenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program tion at Workshop and Open House will take place in the Blazy Mall, Suite # 209 on Tuesday, March 26 from 11 a.m.-2 SPEAK meeting p.m. Workshop Presentation 1-2 p.m.: “The Family Guide SPEAK (Support Group for families of children who to Alzheimer’s Disease” focuses on strategies to help deal live though disabilities) will be meeting the third Thursday with behavior issues such as perception of reality, agitation, of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Love Inc. building 44410 hallucinations, sleeplessness, sundowning, wandering and K-Beach Rd. Parents, Grandparents, Guardians, and care incontinence. Call Sharon or Judy at (907) 262-1280, for givers service providers and resource representatives are more information. encouraged and welcome to come and participate. Please no children, childcare is not available. Questions call 907CIRCAC board of directors meeting 252-2558 or 907-953-6325. Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRAl-Anon support group meetings CAC) is holding its Board of Directors Meeting on Friday, April 5 at 9 a.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture AssociaAl-Anon support group meetings are held at the Central tion building, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kenai, AK Peninsula Hospital in the Kasilof Room (second floor) of the 99611. The public is welcome to attend. For an agenda, di- River Tower building on Monday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 7 rections or more information, call 907-283-7222 or toll free p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Park around back by the ER and 800-652-7222. Meeting materials will be posted online at enter through the River Tower entrance and follow the signs. Contact Tony Oliver at 252-0558 for more information.

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The LeeShore Center will be holding its monthly board CIRCAC is giving away two $2,500 scholarships to meeting at The LeeShore Center on Wednesday, March 28. graduating high school and college-age students pursuing The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. For coursework in environmental sciences or maritime technical The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee further information call 283-9479. and vocational studies. Applications can be filled in online at will hold an election meeting on Thursday, April 4 at the For Kenai River Center at 6 p.m. Also on the agenda will be Trauma Workshop more information, call 907-283-7222. The deadline to apply preparing BOF proposals, and any other business that may A Trauma Workshop will take place on March 30, 1-4 is March 26. come before the committee. For more information contact p.m. at Soldotna United Methodist Church with Trauma SpeMike Crawford at 252-2919. cialist, Lisa Schmitter. This workshop will explain trauma “Alaskans Choose Respect” Awareness the physiological and psychological impact it can have. The LeeShore Center cordially invites you to join us for Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) test and Visit the Facebook page for the Trauma Workshop at https:// the 10th Annual “Alaskans Choose Respect” Awareness Kenai Kennel Club will be offering a Canine Good Citi- Event March 27 in support of state-wide efforts to raise zen Advanced (CGCA) test on Sunday March 31 at 10:30 awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. We will a.m. at Kenai Kennel Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy Unit 21 Kenai Peninsula Foundation grant cycle meet at noon in Kenai on the Frontage Road in front of the (behind Home Gallery in the mall Job Center is in). Your Kenai Peninsula Foundation 2019 competitive grants cy- gazebo at Leif Hansen Park at noon and walk to the Kenai dog must have successfully passed the CGC test before cle is open from March 6 to April 3. We are currently accept- Visitors & Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served. testing for CGCA. To register for the CGCA test or with ing applications. Please direct general questions to KPF’s For more information contact the Education and Training any questions, contact Paula at Program Manager, Hadassah Knight, at hknight@alaskacf. Assistant at 283-9479.

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difference is the “high rate of speed,” Fink said. The prosecuting attorney declined to comment. Hall said the A Team previously broached the possibility of a partnership with police without success. Anchorage Police Capt.

Sean Case said that while police appreciate information from the public and regularly partner with community watch groups, they draw a line when citizens might harm themselves by becoming involved with suspects. “You don’t know (a suspect’s) criminal history, you don’t know how violent they are, you don’t know if they’re armed,” Case said.

LIO Schedule Monday, March 25 6:30 p.m.: The House Resources Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Confirmation: Jason Brune, Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Testimony will be taken. 7:30 p.m.: The House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss HB 39 Approp: Operating Budget/Loans/Funds and HB 40 Approp: Mental Health Budget. 2 minute testimony limit.

Tuesday, March 26 1:00 p.m.: The House Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss HB 23 Snowmobile Registration Fees. Testimony will be taken. 1:30 p.m.: The Senate Labor & Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss SB 69 Exempt Charitable Gaming From Permit / Fees, SJR 8 U.S.- Mexico Canada Agreement on Trade, SB 83 Telecommunications Regulation / Exemptions, SB 52 Alcoholic Beverage Control; Alcohol Regulation and SB 44 Telehealth: Physician Assistants; Drugs. Testimony will be taken.

Wednesday, March 27 6 p.m.: The Senate Judiciary Committee public hearing to discuss SB 23 Appropriation: Supplemental Payments of Prior Years’ PFD and SB 24 PFD Supplemental Payments. Testimony will be taken. 6 p.m.: The Senate State Affairs Committee public hearing to discuss SJR 4 Constitutional Amendment: State Tax; Intiative. Testimony will be taken.

Thursday, March 28 1:30 p.m.: The Senate Labor & Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss SB 52 Alcoholic Beverage Control; Alcohol Regulation. Testimony will be taken.

Friday, March 29 3:30 p.m.: The Senate Resources Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss SB 90 Cook Inlet: New Administrative Area; Permit Buyback. Testimony will be taken. All teleconferences are held at the Kenai LIO 145 Main St Lp #217, Kenai, AK 99611 unless otherwise noted. To confirm call 283-2030 or email To listen / watch online go to

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fishery. Minio initially came to Kodiak in the early 1970s as a teenager to fish crab. In 1979, Minio got onto a scallop boat in Seward. “The guy who came with the boat into Seward wanted to take the trip off. And the skipper I was working with on a crabber at the time was an older scalloper,” Minio said. “He decided to take the boat out, and he took me and my dad along. That’s how we ended up on scallop boats. At the end of the season, they all took off crabbing again and I said, ‘I think I’ll stick around here’ and I’ve been doing it ever since.’” Minio said he’s never been tempted into entering another fishery. Even with the current short seasons — the fishery was, in the 1980s and 1990s, open year-round — Minio said he makes enough money and has no inclinations to go into a different fishery. Having arrived in Alaska with his father Pete, Minio still runs a family boat. Both his son, Thomas, and daughter, Bobbie, are among his eight-to-12 person crew. His son is his first mate and runs the vessel when Minio takes time off, but he may not stay in scallop fishery forever. “My son wants to run tugs and stuff, he’s been getting his license for that,” Minio said. “But my daughter, she said she’s going to retire when I retire, so we’ll see what happens.” Minio explained that, given a combined GHL of 105,000 lbs for all the Kodiak areas that opened, the most recent season should have

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and means, so I think we’ve got to see a combination of an income tax and a reduction in the PFD.” Hannan, who has stated many times that she’s in favor of an income tax, said the series of meetings — where committee members listen to people from around the state sharing their thoughts on the state’s budget — are important for legislators and constituents alike to learn more about how the budget affects Alaskans. Rep. Dan Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, chairs the committee and presented beforehand about Alaska’s fiscal history and the current situation the state is in. He spoke primarily about how paying out a $3,000 PFD without raising revenues would affect the state budget. Many of the people who testified asserted that they don’t think this is an

been short — but the vessel was plagued with mechanical issues. The work being done on the vessel Thursday was a clean-up job, following the replacement of several major pieces of equipment during the season. “We had to tear all the old stuff out and cut in new stuff, so you’ve got weld spots all over and cut spots,” he said. “Now, we’re just cleaning it all up again and trying to get it back looking like a boat again, instead of looking like a bomb went off down there,” Minio said that typically the maximum length of a scallop fishing trip is 20 days before they come back to deliver fish and spend a couple of days in the harbor. Given the low GHL, he said they should have been done fishing by the end of October — but this year, their last trip was at the end of January. “Blowing our winches was one of our big problems,” he said, wearily. “We had to come back to Kodiak and order new winches — they came all the way from the East Coast, so by the time we got them here, got the new engine in for them, it was almost five weeks that we lost right there.” After a trip to fish near Yakutat, the Provider returned to fish the areas around Kodiak — at which point the freezer system on board broke. “It was just a lot of problems,” Minio said. “And, we just got done putting a lot of money into the winches before that — all brand new hydraulic systems and everything. But the system was overpowered and it ended up chewing up the new gears and winches.” While the quota was so low that the mechanical is-

sues didn’t impact the volume of the catch, the extended period over which the vessel was out meant higher cost of operations. Minio pointed out that it required paying fishery observers for several months more than they would otherwise have had to, because the Kodiak fishery has a 100 percent observer coverage regulation. “Then we went out in January to fish the southeast side of Kodiak, the experimental area. We didn’t have much luck in that area,” Minio said. The reopening of Kodiak’s southeast district was proposed to the Board of Fish last year by the Alaska Scallop Association, a partnership of three Kodiakbased scallop vessels, one of which is the Provider. The southeast district was closed in the early 1970s because of concerns over crab bycatch in the region. The ASA proposal stated, “since 1993 scallopers have been required at their own cost to carry observers 100 percent of the time. Using data from the observers, ADF&G and the Scallop Association are able to compile information on where potential crab ‘hot spots’ are and have fishermen avoid them.” The organization argued that, since these regulations allow fishermen to keep bycatch levels within the allocated limits, the southeast area should be reopened for fishing. In March, the Board of Fish unanimously voted to reopen the district. Minio said scallop fishing is a lot of testing the waters to find a cluster of scallops. The vessels will do 15-20 minute test tows and see what comes up in the gear. If it comes up empty, they’ll move over

slightly and start again, moving across the area in a grid. “If you start to get half a bushel or a bushel, you start working the area,” he said. One thing that a layman may not consider is that scallops swim. Minio said they’ll return to areas that were highly productive one season to find nothing during the next. “They get around pretty good,” Minio said. “They’ll drop off the edge, you know, they’ll go all the way down 80 or 90 fathoms and then come back up.” For the newly opened southeast side, Minio took a small crew and started to find a couple of spots with scallops. Due to the machinery-failure delays, however, the Provider was fishing at the same time as a number of longliner vessels, which prompted the Provider to head back to port. “We didn’t want to get in their way — especially a new area, a new fishery, we didn’t want to get in trouble. We just figured we’d hit it this next season,” Minio said. “It’s a big area, it’s going to take time to track them down.” Next year, Minio said they’ll aim to fish the area before the longliners start fishing. He wasn’t expecting to immediately hit gold in the southeast area anyway — the last time an area reopened after several decades of closure, it took fishermen two full seasons before the area started to hit the GHL. Over the past few seasons, that area has becomes one of Kodiak’s most productive. “It was the southwest side — they expanded that area this season and that area went really well. It was one of our best fishing areas,” Minio said.

either/or situation. If the state finds another revenue stream, they said, there could be a way for people to get a hefty PFD without the state having to make drastic cuts to services such as the Alaska Marine Highway System or the University of Alaska. People who testified came from all corners of the community. Elected officials on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly and the Juneau Board of Education talked about how the state might save money but municipalities would have to pay more under Dunleavy’s budget. Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Chuck Bill said the cost to providers would be “outrageous” if the state cut more than $400 million in Medicaid funding as proposed. Multiple students in the Juneau School District said they don’t want their teachers to have to have huge class sizes as a result of budget cuts. Juneau Police Chief Ed Mercer urged the committee to fund more prosecutors to help combat rising

crime rates in the state. Many retirees, young professionals, business owners, parents and others agreed that they want to stay in Alaska and it would be harder to do so if so many state services were cut. Jon Lyman — who moved to Alaska 50 years ago this year and has lived all over the state — said the aspect of Alaska he loves the most is the way everyone comes together and helps each other, and he urged the legislators to get to-

gether and figure out how to go forward. “It is the people that come and help you. It is the people you rely upon time and again,” Lyman said. “What this proposal does, is it tears us apart by saying, ‘I’ve got to have my $3,000’ instead of, ‘I have to participate in this state.’” Seven more House Finance Committee community meetings are scheduled, in Ketchikan, Mat-Su, Bethel, Kenai, Anchorage, Sitka and Fairbanks.

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What Others Say

Without insects, humanity faces a bleak future This may surprise anyone who’s

been caught outside on an early summer night in Maine, but the number of insects is declining rapidly — and that’s not good for anyone. The first global review of reports of insect population decline confirmed what researchers have feared for a while — that the loss, rather than just regional, is in fact worldwide. Around 41 percent of all insect species have seen a decline in the last 10 years, the study said. By weight, insects are dying off at a rate of 2.5 percent per year, and have been for some time — which would mean complete disappearance within a century. Some examples of the harm already, the study said, are the loss of 58 percent of butterfly species on English farmland from 2000 to 2009, and the disappearance of half of all bee species in Oklahoma from 1949 to 2013. The dire evidence aligns with earlier studies. One found a 76 percent decrease in flying insects over just a few decades in German nature preserves. Another study, which returned to the Puerto Rican rain forest after 40 years, found almost no butterflies, and far fewer birds. Moths, grasshoppers and spiders were disappearing, too; the number of frogs and birds was cut in half. The decline of non-insect species shows how interconnected these ecosystems are — it is impossible to lose a component as essential as insects and not see a change in the lives of other, dependent species. “Two out of every three species on Earth is an insect, and they represent an incredible diversity,” Bob Peterson, president of the Entomological Society of America, told National Public Radio about the most recent study. “Without insects, and what they do in our landscape, in our ecosystems, many of those ecosystems would completely collapse.” The latest study says changes in agriculture and land use is to blame, as well as climate change. Those factors have led to habitat loss, the widespread use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and increasingly inhospitable temperatures in the tropics. All of it is alarming — but scientists are still quite in the dark when it comes to the population collapse of insects. To figure out just what is happening, why and what to do about it, more information is needed. That’s where Maine is pitching in. The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is teaming with Maine Audubon to study the decline here, where there are anecdotal signs of losses in butterflies, dragonflies, beetles and other insects. The department has put out calls to entomologists and ecologists to see what there is for data out there. Then they’ll start analyzing the data, with the goal of conducting a long-term survey of insect populations. We should pay attention to the results. There are many good reasons for fighting climate change, and for moving away from large-scale industrial agriculture. Saving insects — the building blocks of our ecosystems — may not be the most popular, but it may be one of the most important. — Portland Press Herald, March 18

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Why Warren is wrong about the Electoral College

Elizabeth Warren, the pointy end of the spear of Democratic radicalism, has called for the end of the Electoral College. “My view,” she said at a CNN town hall, “is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.” Her statement elicited the support of other 2020 candidates. The same people who complain daily about Donald Trump violating norms are now openly advocating eliminating the Electoral College and packing the Supreme Court. Democrats obviously want to beat Trump and win the presidency going forward. There are simpler, less far-reaching expedients than trying to dump the Electoral College, beginning with nominating a more appealing candidate than Hillary Clinton. If Democrats could manage that, and win both the popular vote and an Electoral College majority, their concerns about the current system would suddenly evaporate. The case against the Electoral College is, first, as Elizabeth Warren said, that it supposedly ensures that some votes don’t matter: In heavily blue or red states, voters on the other side are effectively disenfranchised. This isn’t true, though. All votes are counted toward the outcome in every state. Voters from Republican, rural areas in California, for instance, aren’t disregarded; they are simply outnumbered. If it is the considered progressive

view that this is tantamount to disenfranchisement, California could immediately mitigate the problem by splitting its electoral votes by congressional district the way Nebraska Rich Lowry and Maine do. Another argument is that the Electoral College bears the moral stain of slavery. But the debate over how to select the president that took place at the Constitutional Convention was between the large and small states. Slavery wasn’t mentioned, except in an ambiguous remark by James Madison. The Electoral College was indirectly touched by the notorious slavery compromise only because states were allocated electors based on their senators and congressional districts, and slaves were counted as 3/5ths of a person for purposes of congressional representation. When the 3/5ths clause was abolished 150 years ago, the Electoral College continued to operate as usual. Then there’s the question of proportionality. The way the Electoral College distributes electors isn’t strictly proportional to the population of the states, yet the big states still are hugely important. The 84 electoral votes of automatically blue California and New York are an enormous step toward Electoral College victory. It’s understandable, of course, that Democrats feel aggrieved by how Hillary Clinton lost. But 2016 wasn’t a true test of

the popular vote, given her opponent wasn’t contesting the campaign on those grounds. Trump’s team was, rightly, trying to eke out an Electoral College victory rather than run up the score in Republican states. Yes, Clinton walloped Trump by nearly 2-1 margins in California and NewYork, but that didn’t get her anything except greater permission to act the sore loser. What Democrats want is effectively to make California and New York the kingmakers in presidential politics, and not have to bother with the middle of the country and smaller, more rural states. This is exactly the approach that the Electoral College is meant to foreclose. Opponents of the Electoral College have made some progress in getting blue states to agree to award their electors to the popular-vote winner, a deal that would go into effect when states equaling 270 electors join the compact. This arrangement would surely lose its allure as soon as it meant awarding the electoral votes of these states to Donald Trump, or any other Republican. In the Trump era, Democrats are in a perpetual state of panic. They should remember that the electoral map is always changing. Before 2016, it was thought the Electoral College favored Democrats. It shouldn’t be beyond their conceiving that they can win again under the long-established rules of America’s foundational governing document. If it’s true that they can’t, they have only themselves to blame. Rich Lowry can be reached via email at

AP Analysis

A cloud lifts over Trump, but at a cost By JULIE PACE AP Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON — The cloud that has hung over President Donald Trump since the day he walked into the White House has been lifted. Yes, special counsel Robert Mueller left open the question of whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation. Yes, separate federal probes still put Trump and his associates in legal jeopardy. And yes, Democrats will spend the coming months pushing for more details from Mueller, all while launching new probes into Trump’s administration and businesses. But at its core, Mueller’s investigation gave the president what he wanted: public affirmation that he and his campaign did not coordinate with Russia to win the 2016 election. The findings, summarized Sunday by the Justice Department, are sure to embolden Trump as he plunges into his re-election campaign, armed now with new fodder to claim the investigation was little more than a politically motivated effort to undermine his presidency. “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this,” Trump said. “To be honest, it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this.” Mueller’s investigation stretched on for nearly two years, enveloping Trump’s presidency in a cloud of uncertainty and sending him into frequent fits of rage. The scope of the probe was sweeping: Mueller issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, obtained nearly 500 search warrants and interviewed 500 witnesses, including some of the president’s closest advisers. And Trump’s ultimate vindication on the question of collusion with Russia came at a steep cost. The investigation took down his campaign chairman, his White House nation-

al security adviser and his longtime lawyer. It revealed the extent of Moscow’s desire to swing the 2016 contest toward Trump, as well as Trump’s pursuit of business deals in Russia deep into the campaign. And the Justice Department didn’t explain why so many Trump associates lied throughout the investigation. But in the end, Mueller concluded that those lies were not an effort to obscure a criminal conspiracy by Trump and his advisers to work with Russia. There was smoke, and plenty of it — including an eyebrow-raising meeting between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer — but ultimately, no fire. “Good day for the rule of law. Great day for President Trump and his team,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down.” Democrats quickly sought to puncture Trump and fellow Republicans’ jubilation, vowing to subpoena Mueller’s full report, which remains a secret. After spending years questioning Trump’s ties to Moscow, the Democrats’ focus is shifting to the question Mueller pointedly left unanswered: whether Trump obstructed the investigation by firing FBI Director James Comey and dictating a misleading statement about his son’s meeting with the Russian lawyer. “The fact that special counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay,” House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement. The fight for those documents will be lengthy and contentious, particularly against the backdrop of the 2020 presi-

dential election. It will involve complex debates over the rules that govern special counsel investigations, which put a member of Trump’s Cabinet in charge of summarizing Mueller’s findings for the public, and a president’s right to keep his private discussions out of the public eye. Previewing the case Democrats will make to get more details about Trump’s actions, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., declared: “Executive privilege cannot be used to shield or hide wrongdoing.” For Trump and his associates, the argument will be far simpler: Democrats already tried to go after the president once and failed. “Just as important a victory as this is for President Trump, this is a crushing defeat for Democrats and members of the media who have pushed the collusion delusion myth for the past two years. That officially ends today,” said Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign official. Trump’s legal troubles are far from over. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are pursuing at least two criminal inquiries involving the president or people in his orbit, one involving his inaugural committee and another focused on the hush-money scandal that led his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to plead guilty last year to campaign finance violations. New York Attorney General Letitia James is also looking into whether Trump exaggerated his wealth when seeking loans for real estate projects and a failed bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. But in the hours after Mueller’s findings were released, those investigations appeared to be a world away for Trump. As he walked into the White House Sunday night, he pumped his fist to a group of supporters and declared, “America is the greatest place on earth, the greatest place on earth.”

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Schools Chance Percival

Kenai Central High School KCHS is continuing their Pennies for Patients fundraiser to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bring your spare change to school from March 19 to March 29 and donate it in your favorite teachers classrooms! KCHS will also be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, March 28. Students will be able to get parent permission forms to be able to donate blood. The Lady Kards Basketball team competed in the 3A State Tournament this past weekend. This was the Lady Kards first trip to state in 18 years and caps off a successful and hard fought season. Be sure to congratulate the Lady Kards Basketball players on their season! The Kardinal Cheerleaders also traveled to their state tournament this past week and earned the 2nd place spot. Be sure to congratulate the cheerleaders on their hard work this year! The KCHS Honor Band will travel down to Homer to take part in the District Mass Band. Students from all around the district will travel to Homer and work together to perform a joint concert on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Soldotna High School Cinderella’s Closet needs donations and a new home! Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella’s Closet 2019. This is a program which helps ALL area high school students (KPBSD and home-schooled) with free dresses, shoes, and accessories for prom and homecoming. We have helped over 850 ladies in the past 11 years, 145 last year between prom and homecoming! We accept year-round donations of prom and homecoming dresses, suits of all sizes, dress shirts, male dress shoes, and accessories. All sizes are welcome, however, we are in particular need of dresses in size 12 to 18. Items can be dropped off at the main office of Soldotna High School or Soldotna Prep School between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are not in the central peninsula, drop items at the closest KPBSD school’s office and ask them to send them through KPBSD district mail to SoPrep, attention Cinderella Closet. Since the donations are made to a school, tax donation forms can be issued by SoHi upon request. If you have any questions, please email epokryfky@kpbsd. org for more info or visit and like us on Facebook: @ cinderellacloset.kenai Over the years this project has received tremendous support from our community and local businesses, such as Walgreens, PayLess Shoes, Fred Meyer, Walmart, Summit Cleaner, and so many residents donating items and or their time. Unfortunately this year we are in need of a new location for opening the Cinderella Closet to our students. It would be fantastic if we could find a permanent location for storing and collecting donations year aound and open the doors to students in need at regular times of the year, for Prom and Homecoming (or other formal school events). We really care about this project because we see year after year how many students we have been able to help. We confide in the support of our community for finding a suitable location for hosting the Cinderella’s Closet of our school district. Thank you on behalf of our students! The after-school tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. There are 2 buses that leave at 4:15 p.m. You must be on the route list to ride the bus. See Ms. Wear in the library to find out more information and/or get on the bus list. You can also email her at or call 260-7036. Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at Click on Varsity Jackets, find our school by State, select Soldotna High School, starting at $149 you can personalize it anyway you would like. Makes a great Christmas gift! SoHi Pool Schedule M,W,F Morning Lap 6:30-7:30 a.m. Sport Calendar - Teams?entityId=21192 or There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose. If you need a transcript sent to a college or NCAA or a similar agency, then you will need to log on to: www. to order transcripts to be sent. The request is then forwarded to SoHi. After processing, it then goes through cyberspace… rather than the US mail… to get to its destination, which is much faster! ALL transcripts that are headed for NCAA, colleges, etc. have to be processed this way! FINAL TRANSCRIPTS! A final transcript is one that shows your second semester grades… If you order your transcript when we are IN second semester, you will need to make sure you choose “next grading period” when you go on to Parchment… that way your transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent. Kaleidoscope Thank you, to all the wonderful Volunteers here at Kaleidoscope that help make our school the “Out of This World” place it is. We appreciate all that you do! The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Sense of Humor – To laugh and be playful without harming others. Monday, March 25 · PTA meeting @ 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 · Lottery @ 4 p.m. in the library Upcoming Events April 3 - Early release @ 2:10 p.m. April 8-April 12 - Sue Snyder will be working with our staff and students April 10 - Family Night with Sue Snyder @ 5:30 p.m. Come sing, dance, and play with Dr. Sue Snyder, visiting trainer with the Total Learning Institute which focuses on arts integration. All families are invited to attend! April 15 – APC meeting @ 4:15 p.m. April 15-18 - Registration week for new incoming Kaleidoscope students

April 18 – After Testing Fun Night for 3rd-5th grade April 19 - Vacation day! No school April 25 – 5th grade will be visiting KMS; Bingo for Books @ TBD April 26 – Student placement forms are due to the office by 4 p.m. April 29 – Safe Kids will be here with bike helmets for sale May 1 – Early Release @ 2:10 p.m.; Bike Rodeo for 1st – 5th grade Volunteers Volunteers are welcome any time at Kaleidoscope! Background checks and volunteer training are required for each school year to be an approved volunteer. Go to for the links. Background checks may take up to 2 weeks to be processed. Volunteer Indemnification forms are to be completed 2 days before each study trip. Redoubt Elementary Starting March 29- April 4 we will be doing our Peaks Testing grades 3-6, please make sure your child attends school and comes well rested. March 29 our 6th grade will be hosting a family movie night, we will be playing Mr. Popper’s Penguin, families are welcome to attend. Admission will be $5.00 per person and baked treats will be available to purchase as well. Our next early release day is April 3@ 1:45 p.m., there will be Boys & Girls club after school. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home that day. Dare Graduation will be April 5 @ 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School. Kindergarten and new student registration for school year 2019/2020 will be held April 8 and 9 at our school. Please make sure to have proof of address and birth certificate. Prior to new students starting in the fall they must be up to date on vaccinations and have a physical on file. Open house for Kindergartners starting in the fall will be April 15 at 9 a.m. There will be a delayed start for current kindergartners, school will start at 11 am and end at 3:18 p.m. Pre- K forms are available in our office, applicants must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, and must be within our attendance area. Screenings will be held in April. Pre-enrollment forms (pink) went home recently. Please take the time to fill out the form and let us know that your child(ren) will be attending Redoubt next year. Connections Dates To Remember: · 03/26 – Gym Time @ Soldotna Sports Complex: Skating from 1-2:30 p.m. FREE for Connections students · 03/26 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. · 04/09 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. · 04/10 - High School Eligibility Due · 04/16 - CENTRAL PEN: Gym Time at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m. · 04/16 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. · 04/18 - Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below) · 04/23 – CENTRAL PEN: GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up · 04/23 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. · 04/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below) · 05/03 & 05/04 – FULL: Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies contact Derek Bynagle for more info · 05/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details or (907) 224-9035 Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring: Connections is very excited to have Sara Hadfield and Rebecca Weaver, from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every week to offer free tutoring to families. Sara specializes in language arts and English as a Second Language (ESL). Her schedule will be Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. starting Wednesday, Feb. 13. Rebecca specializes in a variety of subjects: math, physics, chemistry and science. Her schedule is Thursdays from 11:00am to 2 p.m. If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call our office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment. Iditaread Started March 1: Connections annual Iditaread program started March 1! So get out your favorite books or those you haven’t read yet and start keeping track of your reading minutes. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, see your local Office for a prize! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (714-8880) or email: for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider. Happy reading and MUSH ON! Soldotna Office: Thursday Art Share: The Soldotna office is celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! Submissions can be dropped off anytime during the month, an art activity will start promptly at 3:15 p.m. on the Art Share day, see below for dates. · April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 18th from 3-4 p.m. **please note: any and all submissions are welcome regardless of theme** 2019 Homeschool Talent Show: The 2019 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for homeschool students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, art, skits, whatever!). Talents of all types and ability levels are encouraged and there will also be an art display at the entrance to show off Connections student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in participating in the talent show, or to get more info – PEAKS: ALL CONNECTIONS FAMILIES: You can find, printable resources and additional information regarding the test here: https://education.alaska. gov/assessments/peaks/StudentPreparation And Online Training Tools Practice Tests here: The above tests are not “scored” and will not show whether students got questions correct or incorrect. If you

would like a practice test with answers to score, please use the printable resources to score your own student (the test booklets are the printable version of the online tests). CENTRAL PENINSULA FAMILIES: The Soldotna office is in the process of scheduling the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS), April 1thru April 12 at Soldotna Prep, for our Central Peninsula families. Letters with details will be sent out March 18, if you have any questions please call us at 7148880. HOMER FAMILIES: Available testing dates are March 28 and 29 and April 1, 2 and 3. Please follow this SignUpGenius Link for testing information and to sign up for testing sessions. go/5080c4ca9ab2ba1f85-homer2 If you are unable to use the link please give the office a call at 226-1880 to schedule your student’s testing sessions. SEWARD FAMILIES: April 9 & 10 Testing Times for both days: • 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Make up testing on the 11th with Julie Lindquist in the Seward office. For more information or to schedule your testing time please call or email Julie @ 224-9035 or K-Beach Elementary • Dates To Remember:· 03/26 – Gym Time @ Soldotna Sports Complex: Skating from 1-2:30 p.m. FREE for Connections students • 03/26 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:302:30 p.m. • 04/09 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:302:30 p.m. • 04/10 - High School Eligibility Due • 04/16 - CENTRAL PEN: Gym Time at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m. • 04/16 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:302:30 p.m. • 04/18 - Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4 p.m. (more info below) • 04/23 – CENTRAL PEN: GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up • 04/23 - HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:302:30 p.m. • 04/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below) • 05/03 & 05/04 – FULL: Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies contact Derek Bynagle for more info • 05/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.usor (907) 224-9035 Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring: Connections is very excited to have Sara Hadfield and Rebecca Weaver, from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every week to offer free tutoring to families. Sara specializes in language arts and English as a Second Language (ESL). Her schedule will be Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm starting Wednesday, Feb. 13. Rebecca specializes in a variety of subjects: math, physics, chemistry and science. Her schedule is Thursdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm. If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call our office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment. Iditaread Started March 1: Connections annual Iditaread program started March 1st! So get out your favorite books or those you haven’t read yet and start keeping track of your reading minutes. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, see your local Office for a prize! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (714-8880) or email: for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider. Happy reading and MUSH ON! Soldotna Office: Thursday Art Share: • The Soldotna office is celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! Submissions can be dropped off anytime during the month, an art activity will start promptly at 3:15 on the Art Share day, see below for dates.· April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 18 from 3-4 p.m. **please note: any and all submissions are welcome regardless of theme** 2019 Homeschool Talent Show: The 2019 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 30th from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for homeschool students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, art, skits, whatever!). Talents of all types and ability levels are encouraged and there will also be an art display at the entrance to show off Connections student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in participating in the talent show, or to get more info – PEAKS: ALL CONNECTIONS FAMILIES: You can find, printable resources and additional information regarding the test here: https://education.alaska. gov/assessments/peaks/StudentPreparation And Online Training Tools Practice Tests here: The above tests are not “scored” and will not show whether students got questions correct or incorrect. If you would like a practice test with answers to score, please use the printable resources to score your own student (the test booklets are the printable version of the online tests). CENTRAL PENINSULA FAMILIES: The Soldotna office is in the process of scheduling the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS), April 1thru April 12 at Soldotna Prep, for our Central Peninsula families. Letters with details will be sent out March 18, if you have any questions please call us at 7148880. HOMER FAMILIES: Available testing dates are March 28 and 29 and April 1, 2 and 3. Please follow this SignUpGenius Link for testing information and to sign up for testing sessions. go/5080c4ca9ab2ba1f85-homer2 See BRIEFS, page A6

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Syrian force clears area retaken from IS

California grower recalls avocados

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group on Sunday and arrested a number of militants hiding in tunnels, a day after declaring military victory and the end of the extremists’ self-styled caliphate. The U.S.-led coalition said the clearing operations will continue until the area is secure. A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who goes by the nom de guerre Mervan The Brave, said Baghouz village where the militants made their final stand is “full of all kinds of explosives.” He said SDF forces have detonated land mines and suicide belts left behind by the militants. The Kurdish Hawar News Agency reported that during the combing SDF forces arrested a number of militants found hiding in combat tunnels. Mervan The Brave confirmed the reports but had no further details. Other activist groups monitoring the area reported limited clashes between remaining militants and SDF fighters. In a series of tweets,

Around the Nation ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A Southern California company is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination. Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego, said Saturday that the recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. The company says they were sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire. There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the avocados. The company says it issued the voluntary recall after a routine inspection of its packing plant revealed samples that tested positive for listeria. The company says avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry are not being recalled and are safe. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause fever and diarrhea, and more dangerous complications in pregnant women.

A column of smoke from operations by backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) head out on an operation in Baghouz, the Islamic State group’s last pocket of territory in Syria, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

the U.S.-led coalition said the SDF continued “backclearance operations” to rid Baghouz of any militants or weapon caches. “The Syrian Democratic Forces will continue to deny Daesh a physical space and influence in the area and work to deny them the resources they need to return,” it said using the Arabic acronym for IS. “This back-clearance operation will be deliberate

and thorough and help ensure the long-term security for the area.” A day earlier, a Syrian driver working with NBC News reporters was killed by an explosive device that went off in a house used by the SDF as a command post and a media center for journalists covering the fighting in Baghouz. Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, said in a statement that network

employees escaped unharmed and that the reason for the explosion was being investigated. He expressed “deepest sympathies” to the driver’s family and said the network is in touch with them to “support them however we can.” The victory announced in Baghouz on Saturday marks the end of a devastating fiveyear campaign by an array of forces to retake territories held by IS in Syria and Iraq.

American Airlines extends 737 Maxrelated cancellations NEW YORK — American Airlines is extending cancellations of flights through April 24 due to the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, as federal regulators continue to investigate two deadly crashes involving the plane model. Southwest Airlines is also continuing to make cancellations. American has 24 Boeing 737 Max aircraft in its fleet, and said Sunday that it will be canceling about 90 flights a day. Not every flight that was previously scheduled to be on a Max aircraft will be canceled, and some flights scheduled to fly on other aircraft types may ultimately be canceled. The airline said it will contact affected fliers directly. — Associated Press

Petrochemical cleanup continues; Houston Ship Channel closed HOUSTON (AP) — An emergency dike has been repaired and a fire-damaged petrochemical tank stabilized during cleanup of leaking oil products that closed part of the Houston Ship Channel, the operator of the complex said Sunday. Authorities are still trying to determine what caused a March 17 fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company’s Deer Park facility, which left several petrochemical tanks damaged or destroyed. In a Wednesday, March 20, 2019 photo, maritime traffic Some tanks leaked oil moves through the Houston Ship Chanel past the site products and a containment of now-extinguished petrochemical tank fire at Interconarea was breached Friday, tinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas. (Brett leading to the mixture reach- Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP) ing the ship channel, said Brent Weber, an ITC spokes- closed to traffic that day. waiting for the waterway to man. The channel — one of Weber said the berm was reopen, and the U.S. Coast the busiest commercial wa- fixed by Sunday. Guard hopes to reopen the enterways in the country — was At least 52 vessels are tire Houston Ship Channel by

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If you are unable to use the link please give the office a call at 226-1880 to schedule your student’s testing sessions. SEWARD FAMILIES: April 9 & 10 Testing Times for both days: • 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Make up testing on the 11th with Julie Lindquist in the Seward office. For more information or to schedule your testing time please call or email Julie @ 224-9035 or jlindquist@ Soldotna Elementary Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: March 28 Talent Show 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the gym April 3 Early Release Day 1:55 p.m. April 22-26 Kindergarten Registration April 25 Kindergarten Round-Up 12:30-1:30 p.m. Parents can register kindergartners April 22-26 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Please bring birth certificates and immunization records. Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Title 1 Pre-K program. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary. Applications are located at the front office. Mountain View Elementary Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: March 28 Talent Show 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the gym April 3 Early Release Day 1:55 p.m. April 22-26 Kindergarten Registration April 25 Kindergarten Round-Up 12:30-1:30 p.m. Parents can register kindergartners April 22-26 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019. Please bring birth certificates and immunization records. Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Title 1 Pre-K program. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary. Applications are located at the front office. Skyview State Performance Testing (PEAKS – Performance Evaluation for Alaska Schools) will begin today. Please have students to school on time.

Monday morning, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said. The massive fire more than a week ago thrust plumes of black smoke into the air and burned on and off for days. Harris County and ITC officials initially said air quality was not affected by the blaze, but by Thursday the National Guard was called in and residents were warned to stay inside for their own safety because of high levels of benzene in the air. The chemical evaporates quickly and can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and headaches, with worse symptoms at higher levels of exposure. Weber said Sunday that the company had been concerned about the possibility of benzene fumes escaping one tank dam-

Track and Field begins Monday, April 1. This is a nocut sport. Any student who wishes to join Track must turn in the required sports forms before participation. Forms can be picked up at the Front Office or printed from the Skyview Blog. 8th graders interested in Student Council in high school need to sign up for Mrs. Pothast’s FOL on Tuesday, April 2 in Room C106. This FOL will be an information meeting where the Soldotna High Student Council process will be explained and necessary paperwork distributed. The FOL is open now for interested 8th graders to sign up. This process is open to ALL 8th graders — you do not have to be in Panther Student Council currently to be considered. Please see Mrs. Pothast with any questions. Justin Bordelin was chosen as the Quarter 3-Chamber Student of the Month. He was honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, March 27. Congratulations Justin! Yearbooks are on sale for $30. Included in the price is two free personalized pages. Order online by visiting the Skyview Blog. Nikiski Middle/High Monday, March 25 Mass Band – Honor Band @ Homer Tuesday, March 26 Mass Band @ Homer – Concert begins at 6:00 p.m. $5 Adults - $3 Students & Seniors PEAKS Testing will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-28, for grades 6-10. Monday, April 1 Middle School track practice begins. Wednesday, April 3 EARLY RELEASE – Students released at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, April 4 KPBSD Art Show @ Kenai Fine Arts Center - 5:30 - 8 p.m. Our High School Basketball Teams represented us well at the Region Tournament in Seward! The girls team took 2nd place and the boys team took 6th. On the girls side Kelsey Clark, Emma Wik, and Bethany Carstens were selected to the South Central Conference First Team. Kaitlyn Johnson and Lillian Carstens were selected to the South Central Conference Second Team, and Kaycee Bostic was selected to the Good Sport Team. For the boys, Jace Kornstad and Cody Handley were selected to the South Central Conference First Team. Noah Litke was selected to the South Central Conference Second Team, and Shane Weathers was selected to the Good Sport Team. Congratulations to Jace Kornstad, he is the March Kenai Rotary Student of the Month!

aged in the fire that contained pyrolysis gasoline. Starting Saturday, officials were pumping the flammable gas out of the tank to reduce that risk. That container has been secured and air monitoring continues, Weber said. “We are in a safe place as far as protecting our responders and protecting the community,” Weber told a news conference Sunday morning. He didn’t elaborate. Company officials say no pyrolysis gas leaked from the tank into the water. A statement Sunday from Harris County Public Health said there continues to be a low health risk to the general public. Some tanks were significantly damaged while others have very little product left in them, Weber said. Crews will

be going through each tank to remove any leftover product. Oil products could be seen along a 2-mile stretch of the waterway, according to Lt. Cmdr. Jarod Toczko, another Coast Guard spokesman. Most of the product reached a bayou but oil booms were helping to protect the area. “The majority of the product is contained with booms,” Toczko said. About 60,000 gallons of oil product had been recovered from the water by Sunday, he said. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Friday that ITC has a history of environmental violations and filed a lawsuit against the company, vowing to hold it “accountable for the damage it has done to our environment.”

Nikiski North Star NNS students in third through fifth grades will be participating in statewide PEAKS testing over the next couple of weeks. Today is the fifth grade math test and Tuesday (March 26) is the fifth-grade reading and writing tests. The third-grade will have their math test on Wednesday and their reading and writing test on Thursday. The fourth-grade will be testing next week. Please remember to have your child get a good night of rest, eat a healthy breakfast and arrive at school on time. Good luck on your test! The NNS Science Fair was a huge success! Congratulations to the following participants: 3rd grade – 1st place Olivia Jaqua, 2nd place (tie) Sadie Porter and Bella Michlitsch, Noah Anding, Amari Carranza and Cody Fine. 4th grade – 1st place Eli Brigham, 2nd place (tie) Milly and Emma Horning, Lovina Napoka and Ava Spurgeon, Brody Nelson, Conner Ley and Rex Wittmer, and Emery Quick and Alena Ellis. 5th grade – 1st place Morgan Simac and 2nd place Kain VanZandt and Wyatt Burris. Overall grand champion with a perfect score and earning a scholarship to Anchorage for the State Fair is 4th grader Eli Brigham! Kenai Middle School PEAKS testing begins this week. We will kick off Monday with a fantastic and fun assembly. Also, don’t forget the Pancake Breakfast that happens Tuesday morning for all students! Join us for pancakes and sausage made especially for students by the KMS Staff! Breakfast begins at 7:20. 6th Grade Basketball continues through this week. There is still time to join in the fun however students must turn in a completed sports packet before participating. There is no cost for 6th grade basketball. Speaking of sports, KMS track begins April 1 with a meeting after school from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Track is open to all students at Kenai Middle. Again, sports packs must be completed and turned in prior to practicing. Packets and fees should be turned in at the first meeting on April 1. Thursday, March 28 is the 8th Grade Field Trip to Solid Rock. Permission slips and $15 fee should be turned in ASAP. Students will need any extra snacks they may wish to take as well as winter gear. This includes, snow boots, snow pants, a warm coat, hat and gloves. Layers are a good idea! Don’t be late to school; buses leave promptly at 8AM. We would like to wish Gregory Fallon good luck as he competes in the State Geography meet in Anchorage on Friday, March 29. #gokossacks The deadline to order yearbooks is drawing near. Fliers are available at the office if you need more information. Yearbooks must be ordered online.


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Duke escapes upset bid By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Zion Williamson hit a layup over 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall in the closing seconds and RJ Barrett’s putback provided the margin of victory as topseeded Duke held off UCF 77-76 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16. Aubrey Dawkins finished with 32 points for UCF, but his tip-in try for the win just missed with less than 2 seconds left. VIRGINIA 63, OKLAHOMA 51 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Surprise starter Mamadi Diakite scored 14 points and had nine rebounds as No. 1 seed Virginia beat Oklahoma, leading nearly the entire game. The Cavaliers (31-3) led for all but three minutes of the second-round contest and cranked up its trademark, stifling defense. The

Sooners (20-14) hit just four upset. of their last 18 shots in the first half and trailed 31-22 at OREGON 73, the break. UC IRVINE 54 VIRGINIA TECH 67, LIBERTY 58

six points in overtime and Tennessee held off Iowa to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Ehab Amin sparked Oregon out of a long drought to start the second half and the Ducks became the only double-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16 by beating UC Irvine. Payton Pritchard led 12th-seeded Oregon (25-12) with 18 points, Louis King added 16 and Amin had 12 points and three steals. The Ducks have won 10 straight after a lackluster start to the season and will play top-seeded Virginia in the South Regional semifinal on Thursday.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Kerry Blackshear had 19 points and nine rebounds as fourth-seeded Virginia Tech topped Liberty to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 52 years. Ahmed Hill added 14 points and Justin Robinson scored 13 to help the Hokies (25-8) beat their instate rivals and advance to a matchup with top-seeded Duke. Darius McGhee scored 15 points to lead Liberty (29-7), which won its first tournament game ever on TENNESSEE 83, Friday against Mississippi IOWA 77 State. Caleb Homesley was COLUMBUS, Ohio — held to eight points on 3-for11 shooting after scoring 30 Two-time SEC player of the points to key the first-round year Grant Williams scored

HOUSTON 74, OHIO STATE 59 TULSA, Okla. — Corey Davis scored 21 points to help Houston defeat Ohio State. NORTH CAROLINA 81, WASHINGTON 59 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Luke Maye and Nassir Little each scored 20 points and top-seeded North Carolina breezed past Washington. TEXAS TECH 78, BUFFALO 58 TULSA, Okla. —Jarrett Culver had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in third-seeded Texas Tech’s rout of the Buffalo Bulls in the West Region.

Scoreboard Golf Valspar Scores

Sunday at Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead) Palm Harbor, Fla.; Purse: $6.7 million Yardage: 7,340; Par 71 Final Paul Casey (500), $1,206,000 70-66-68-72—276 Jason Kokrak (245), $589,600 69-71-66-71—277 L. Oosthuizen (245), $589,600 70-72-66-69—277 Sungjae Im (123), $294,800 70-67-71-70—278 Bubba Watson (123), $294,800 69-71-70-68—278 Ryan Armour (92), $224,450 70-72-68-69—279 Dustin Johnson (92), $224,450 69-69-67-74—279 Jon Rahm (92), $224,450 71-68-72-68—279 Austin Cook (73), $174,200 69-67-72-72—280 Luke Donald (73), $174,200 67-70-70-73—280 Denny McCarthy (73), $174,200 68-74-69-69—280 Scott Stallings (73), $174,200 69-68-70-73—280 Lucas Glover (55), $121,940 72-67-72-70—281 Bill Haas (55), $121,940 72-70-69-70—281 M. Hughes (55), $121,940 70-72-68-71—281 Matt Jones (55), $121,940 73-68-68-72—281 Curtis Luck (55), $121,940 70-68-70-73—281 Jim Furyk (44), $84,420 69-71-68-74—282

Basketball NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB x-Toronto 51 23 .689 — x-Philadelphia 47 26 .644 3½ Boston 43 31 .581 8 Brooklyn 38 36 .514 13 New York 14 60 .189 37 Southeast Division Miami 36 37 .493 — Orlando 35 38 .479 1 Charlotte 34 39 .466 2 Washington 30 44 .405 6½ Atlanta 26 48 .351 10½ Central Division y-Milwaukee 55 19 .743 — x-Indiana 45 29 .608 10 Detroit 37 36 .507 17½ Chicago 21 53 .284 34 Cleveland 19 55 .257 36 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division x-Houston 47 27 .635 — San Antonio 43 31 .581 4 New Orleans 31 44 .413 16½ Memphis 29 44 .397 17½ Dallas 29 44 .397 17½ Northwest Division x-Denver 49 23 .681 — Portland 45 27 .625 4 Oklahoma City 43 30 .589 6½ Utah 43 30 .589 6½ Minnesota 33 40 .452 16½ Pacific Division x-Golden State 50 23 .685 — L.A. Clippers 44 30 .595 6½ Sacramento 36 37 .493 14 L.A. Lakers 32 41 .438 18 Phoenix 17 57 .230 33½ x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Sunday’s Games L.A. Clippers 124, New York 113 Milwaukee 127, Cleveland 105 Indiana 124, Denver 88 Charlotte 115, Toronto 114 Houston 113, New Orleans 90 San Antonio 115, Boston 96 Golden State 121, Detroit 114 L.A. Lakers 111, Sacramento 106 Monday’s Games Philadelphia at Orlando, 3 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 4 p.m. Phoenix at Utah, 5 p.m. Brooklyn at Portland, 6 p.m. All Times ADT

NCAA Tournament EAST REGIONAL Second Round Sunday, March 24 Duke 77, UCF 76 Virginia Tech 67, Liberty 58 Regional Semifinals Friday, March 29 Duke (31-5) vs. Virginia Tech (26-8), TBA Michigan State (30-6) vs. LSU (28-6), TBA SOUTH REGIONAL Second Round Sunday, March 24 Virginia 63, Oklahoma 51 Tennessee 83, Iowa 77 Oregon 73, UC Irvine 54 Regional Semifinals Thursday, March 28 Virginia (31-3) vs. Oregon (2512), TBA Tennessee (31-5) vs. Purdue (25-9), TBA MIDWEST REGIONAL Second Round Sunday, March 24

Charley Hoffman (44), $84,420 69-74-69-70—282 Sung Kang (44), $84,420 71-71-72-68—282 Rory Sabbatini (44), $84,420 70-69-73-70—282 Brian Stuard (44), $84,420 68-72-69-73—282 Vaughn Taylor (44), $84,420 74-69-71-68—282 Julián Etulain (33), $54,270 69-73-71-70—283 Zach Johnson (33), $54,270 71-72-70-70—283 Kevin Kisner (33), $54,270 67-75-72-69—283 Russell Knox (33), $54,270 67-76-67-73—283 Henrik Stenson (33), $54,270 70-73-69-71—283 Nick Taylor (33), $54,270 71-70-67-75—283 Joel Dahmen (24), $39,817 66-72-76-70—284 Anirban Lahiri (24), $39,817 70-71-75-68—284 Sam Burns (24), $39,817 69-74-67-74—284 Rafa Cabrera Bello (24), $39,817 71-71-71-71—284 Billy Hurley III (24), $39,817 74-69-71-70—284 Brandt Snedeker (24), $39,817 70-70-73-71—284 Shawn Stefani (24), $39,817 68-71-73-72—284 Wyndham Clark (17), $30,150 71-70-72-72—285 Dylan Frittelli (17), $30,150 72-71-67-75—285 Satoshi Kodaira (17), $30,150 70-71-72-72—285 Joaquin Niemann (17), $30,150 69-73-70-73—285 Nick Watney (17), $30,150 71-72-69-73—285 Jonas Blixt (13), $24,120 74-69-72-71—286 Russell Henley (13), $24,120 69-72-71-74—286 C.T. Pan (13), $24,120 71-70-71-74—286

North Carolina 81, Washington 59 Houston 74, Ohio State 59 Regional Semifinals Friday, March 29 North Carolina (29-6) vs. Auburn (28-9), TBA Kentucky (29-6) vs. Houston (33-3), TBA WEST REGIONAL Second Round Sunday, March 24 Texas Tech 78, Buffalo 58 Regional Semifinals Thursday, March 28 Gonzaga (32-3) vs. Florida State (29-7), TBA Michigan (30-6) vs. Texas Tech (28-6), TBA All Times ADT

NCAA Women’s Tournament GREENSBORO REGIONAL Second Round Sunday, March 24 South Carolina 72, Florida State 64 Iowa 68, Missouri 52 Monday, March 25 Baylor (32-1) vs. California (20-12), 5 p.m. Kentucky (25-7) vs. N.C. State (27-5), 3 p.m. PORTLAND REGIONAL Second Round Sunday, March 24 Mississippi State 85, Clemson 61 Arizona State 57, Miami 55 Oregon 91, Indiana 68 Monday, March 25 South Dakota State (27-6) vs. Syracuse (25-8), 3 p.m. CHICAGO REGIONAL Second Round Sunday, March 24 Texas A&M 78, Marquette 76 Monday, March 25 Notre Dame (31-3) vs. Michigan State (21-11), 3 p.m. Missouri State (23-9) vs. Iowa State (26-8), 5 p.m. BYU (26-6) vs. Stanford (294), 7 p.m. ALBANY REGIONAL Second Round Sunday, March 24 Louisville 71, Michigan 50 UConn 84, Buffalo 72 Monday, March 25 Gonzaga (29-4) vs. Oregon State (25-7), 5 p.m. UCLA (21-12) vs. Maryland (29-4), 3 p.m. All Times ADT

Racing STP 500 Results

Sunday At Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. Lap length: 0.526 miles (Starting position in parentheses) 1. (3) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 500. 2. (7) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 500. 3. (13) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500. 4. (17) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 500. 5. (5) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 500. 6. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 500. 7. (10) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 500. 8. (8) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 500. 9. (2) Aric Almirola, Ford, 500.

10. (9) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 500. 11. (29) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 500. 12. (19) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 500. 13. (22) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 500. 14. (16) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 500. 15. (14) Paul Menard, Ford, 500. 16. (15) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 500. 17. (26) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 500. 18. (6) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 500. 19. (1) Joey Logano, Ford, 500. 20. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 500. 21. (12) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 499. 22. (34) William Byron, Chevrolet, 499. 23. (20) Ryan Newman, Ford, 499. 24. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 498. 25. (24) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 498. 26. (25) David Ragan, Ford, 496. 27. (28) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 496. 28. (27) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 494. 29. (31) Matt Tifft, Ford, 494. 30. (18) Erik Jones, Toyota, 491. 31. (23) Michael McDowell, Ford, 491. 32. (35) DJ Kennington, Chevrolet, 489. 33. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 489. 34. (30) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Engine, 365. 35. (36) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, Brakes, 163. 36. (33) Cody Ware, Chevrolet, Brakes, 55. RACE STATISTICS Average Speed of Race Winner: 78.158 mph. Time of Race: 3 hours, 21 minutes, 54 seconds. Margin of Victory: .594 seconds. Caution Flags: 7 for 56 laps. Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers. Lap Leaders: J. Logano 1-5; B. Keselowski 6-324; C. Elliott 325-373; B. Keselowski 374-500. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Brad Keselowski 2 times for 446 laps; Chase Elliott 1 time for 49 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 5 laps.

Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA z-Tampa Bay 76 58 14 4 120 301 202 x-Boston 75 46 20 9 101 233 189 Toronto 75 44 25 6 94 264 223 Montreal 76 40 28 8 88 227 219 Florida 75 33 30 12 78 243 255 Buffalo 74 31 34 9 71 206 244 Detroit 75 27 38 10 64 203 256 Ottawa 75 26 43 6 58 222 278 Metropolitan Division Washington 76 44 24 8 96 260 234 N.Y. Islanders 76 44 25 7 95 212 184 Pittsburgh 76 41 24 11 93 256 226 Carolina 75 42 26 7 91 225 206 Columbus 75 41 30 4 86 228 218

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Philadelphia 76 36 32 8 80 229 252 N.Y. Rangers 74 29 32 13 71 206 245 New Jersey 76 28 39 9 65 208 259

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division x-Winnipeg 75 45 26 4 94 254 218 Nashville 76 42 28 6 90 223 202 St. Louis 75 40 27 8 88 223 205 Dallas 75 38 31 6 82 188 186 Colorado 76 34 29 13 81 240 229 Minnesota 76 35 32 9 79 203 223 Chicago 75 33 32 10 76 248 271 Pacific Division x-Calgary 75 47 21 7 101 268 210 x-San Jose 75 43 23 9 95 266 237 Vegas 75 42 27 6 90 234 206 Arizona 76 36 33 7 79 199 212 Edmonton 75 33 34 8 74 213 249 Vancouver 76 32 34 10 74 207 237 Anaheim 77 31 36 10 72 180 237 Los Angeles 74 27 39 8 62 178 235 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. x-clinched playoff spot z-clinched conference Sunday’s Games Washington 3, Philadelphia 1 N.Y. Islanders 2, Arizona 0 Carolina 2, Montreal 1, OT Chicago 2, Colorado 1, OT Columbus 5, Vancouver 0 Monday’s Games Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 3 p.m. Buffalo at New Jersey, 3 p.m. Florida at Toronto, 3 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 3:30 p.m. Dallas at Winnipeg, 4 p.m. Nashville at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Vegas at St. Louis, 4 p.m. Los Angeles at Calgary, 5 p.m. Detroit at San Jose, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT

Soccer MLS Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE W D.C. United 2 Cincinnati 2 Columbus 2 Toronto FC 2 Montreal 2 Orlando City 1 New York 1 Philadelphia 1 NY City FC 0 Atlanta 0 Chicago 0 New England 0

L T Pts GF GA 0 1 7 7 0 1 1 7 7 5 1 1 7 4 4 0 0 6 6 3 1 0 6 6 4 1 2 5 5 6 1 1 4 5 3 2 1 4 5 6 0 3 3 4 4 1 2 2 2 4 2 1 1 4 7 3 1 1 3 8

WESTERN CONFERENCE Los Angeles FC 3 0 1 10 10 5 Seattle 3 0 0 9 10 3 Houston 2 0 1 7 6 4 FC Dallas 2 1 1 7 5 3 M. United 2 1 0 6 8 5 LA Galaxy 2 1 0 6 5 5 S. Kansas City 1 1 1 4 4 3 Real Salt Lake 1 2 1 4 3 8 Colorado 0 2 2 2 5 8 Portland 0 2 1 1 4 10 Vancouver 0 3 0 0 4 7 San Jose 0 3 0 0 2 9 NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. Sunday, March 24 Cincinnati 2, New England 0

Baseball Spring Training

Sunday’s Games N.Y. Mets 8, Washington (ss) 4 Detroit 18, Toronto 6 N.Y. Yankees 5, Minnesota 3 St. Louis 2, Miami 1 Philadelphia 11, Baltimore (ss) 4

Houston 5, Washington (ss) 3 Pittsburgh 1, Baltimore (ss) 1 Nashville 4, Texas (ss) 3 Colorado 4, Cincinnati 3 Kansas City 3, Texas (s) 3 Chicago White Sox 7, Cleveland 3 Chicago Cubs 24, San Diego 6 Milwaukee 3, Arizona 2 Atlanta 4, Tampa Bay 2 Oakland 5, San Francisco 0 L.A. Angels 8, L.A. Dodgers 4

Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Optioned RHP Evan Phillips, LHPs Josh Rogers and Tanner Scott and C Chance Sisco to Norfolk (IL). Reassigned C Carlos Perez, INF Jace Peterson, and C Andrew Susac to their minor league camp. CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Optioned RHP Jose Ruiz to Charlotte (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS — Signed INF Brad Miller to a one-year contract. Placed RHP Danny Salazar on the 60-day IL. HOUSTON ASTROS — Signed RHP Justin Verlander to a three-year contract. NEW YORK YANKEES — Optioned INF/OF Tyler Wade to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Announced MLB Rule 5 Draft selection RHP Nick Green was returned by Arizona. TEXAS RANGERS — Returned MLB Rule 5 Draft selection RHP Jordan Romano to Toronto. National League CHICAGO CUBS — Agreed to terms with LHP Tim Collins on a one-year contract. Designated LHP Brian Duensing for assignment. COLORADO ROCKIES — Optioned RHP Jeff Hoffman to Albuquerque (PCL). SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Acquired C Erik Kratz from Milwaukee for INF C.J. Hinojosa. Designated RHP Jose Lopez for assignment. Reassigned C Stephen Vogt to their minor league camp. FOOTBALL National Football League NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — TE Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement. HOCKEY National Hockey League DETROIT RED WINGS — Recalled D Dylan McIlrath from Grand Rapids (AHL). Assigned D Libor Sulak to Grand Rapids. LOS ANGELES KINGS — Recalled F Michael Amadio from Ontario (AHL). COLLEGE ALABAMA — Announced the Crimson Tide and men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson have agreed to mutually part ways. Named John Pelphrey interim men’s basketball coach. CALIFORNIA — Fired men’s basketball coach Wyking Jones. GEORGIA STATE — Announced the resignation of men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter to take the same position at Tulane.

Gronkowski says he is retiring from NFL BOSTON (AP) — The party’s over for Rob Gronkowski. Then again, it might just be getting started. The New England Patriots’ fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowlfilled seasons. The four-time All-Pro posted his decision on Instagram, saying that a few months shy of his 30th birthday “it’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.” “It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronkowski wrote in his post. “I will

be retiring from the game of football today.” Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski’s agent, confirmed his client’s decision to retire. The playmaking tight end, who turns 30 in May, leaves as a three-time Super Bowl champion who established himself as one of the most dominant players at his position and one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. His personality — on and off the field — was as big as his biceps, and he always seemed to be the life of the party. “In the nine years that I have known Rob Gronkowski, I have never known him to have a bad day,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “He always has a youthful exuberance about him and is a joy to be around.”

Peninsula runners do well at Crazy Lazy V Staff report Peninsula Clarion

The mountain running season kicked off Saturday with Crazy Lazy V in Palmer, a six-mile run that starts at the Lazy Mountain trail head, and rises and drops about 3,200 feet. The race is the first of the Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix, a series of seven races that take place over the summer. Runners with Kenai Peninsula connections won both the men’s and women’s races. On the women’s side, Denali Strabel, a 2008

graduate of Seward High School, won at 1:17:53, while Seward’s Hannah Lafleur was second at 1:18:14. Julianne Dickerson, who was born and raised in Kenai and graduated from Wings Christian Academy in 2006 but now lives in Anchorage, was third at 1:22:36, while 2015 Soldotna High School graduate Sadie Fox placed ninth at 1:32:04. The men’s race went to 2009 Cook Inlet Academy graduate Lars Arneson in 1:07:14, while Seward’s Erik Johnson, a perennial Mount Marathon contender, was 11th in 1:15:48.

Today in History Today is Monday, March 25, the 84th day of 2019. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1911, 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York. On this date: In 1634, English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore arrived in presentday Maryland. In 1865, during the Civil War, Confederate forces attacked Fort Stedman in Virginia but were forced to withdraw because of counterattacking Union troops. In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey began leading an “army” of unemployed from Massillon (MA’-sih-luhn), Ohio, to Washington D.C., to demand help from the federal government. In 1915, the U.S. Navy lost its first commissioned submarine as the USS F-4 sank off Hawaii, claiming the lives of all 21 crew members. In 1931, in the so-called “Scottsboro Boys” case, nine young black men were taken off a train in Alabama, accused of raping two white women; after years of convictions, death sentences and imprisonment, the nine were eventually vindicated. In 1947, a coal-dust explosion inside the Centralia Coal Co. Mine No. 5 in Washington County, Illinois, claimed 111 lives; 31 men survived. In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a five-day march from Selma to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. Later that day, civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, a white Detroit homemaker, was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen. In 1975, King Faisal (FY’-suhl) of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness. (The nephew was beheaded in June 1975.) In 1988, in New York City’s so-called “Preppie Killer” case, Robert Chambers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. (Chambers received 5 to 15 years in prison; he was released in 2003 after serving the full sentence.) In 1990, 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City. In 1991, “Dances with Wolves” won seven Oscars, including best picture in a category that also included “Goodfellas,” at the 63rd annual Academy Awards; Kathy Bates won best actress for “Misery” while Jeremy Irons received best actor for “Reversal of Fortune.” In 2006, In Los Angeles, half a million people marched to protest federal legislation to make illegal immigration a felony and build more walls along the border. Ten years ago: Pirates seized the Panama-registered, Greek-owned Nipayia with 18 Filipino crew members and a Russian captain off the Somali coastline. (The ship and crew were released in May 2009.) John Hope Franklin, a towering scholar of African-American studies, died in Durham, N.C. at age 94. Dan Seals, half of the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, later a top country singer (“You Still Move Me”), died in Nashville at age 61. Five years ago: Following a two-day security summit in The Netherlands, President Barack Obama declared that the gathering had taken “concrete steps” to prevent nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists even though Russia and China failed to sign an agreement to beef up inspections. One year ago: In an interview with “60 Minutes,” adult film star Stormy Daniels said she had been threatened and warned to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006. A fire at a shopping mall in a Siberian city in Russia killed more than 60 people, including 41 children. Former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum told CNN that students who have rallied for gun control should instead learn CPR or find their own way to prevent a school shooting. Gun manufacturer Remington filed for bankruptcy reorganization amid years of slumping sales and legal and financial pressure from the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut. Linda Brown, who as a young girl in Kansas became embroiled in a landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that challenged segregation in public schools, died at the age of 75. Today’s Birthdays: Movie reviewer Gene Shalit is 93. Former astronaut James Lovell is 91. Feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem is 85. Singer Anita Bryant is 79. Actor Paul Michael Glaser is 76. Singer Sir Elton John is 72. Actress Bonnie Bedelia is 71. Actress-comedian Mary Gross is 66. Actor James McDaniel is 61. Former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., is 61. Movie producer Amy Pascal is 61. Rock musician Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) is 59. Actress Brenda Strong is 59. Actor Fred Goss is 58. Actor-writer-director John Stockwell is 58. Actress Marcia Cross is 57. Author Kate DiCamillo is 55. Actress Lisa Gay Hamilton is 55. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 54. Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine is 53. TV personality Ben Mankiewicz is 52. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Debi Thomas is 52. Actor Laz Alonso is 48. Singer Melanie Blatt (All Saints) is 44. Actor Domenick Lombardozzi is 43. Actor Lee Pace is 40. Actor Sean Faris is 37. Comedian-actor Alex Moffat (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 37. Former auto racer Danica Patrick is 37. Actress-singer Katharine McPhee is 35. Comedian-actor Chris Redd (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 34. Singer Jason Castro is 32. Rapper Big Sean is 31. Rap DJ-producer Ryan Lewis is 31. Actor Matthew Beard is 30. Actress-singer Aly (AKA Alyson) Michalka (mish-AL’kah) is 30. Actor Kiowa Gordon is 29. Actress Seychelle Gabriel is 28. Thought for Today: “Scratch a pessimist, and you find often a defender of privilege.” -- Lord Beveridge, British economist (1879-1963). Today is Monday, March 25, the 84th day of 2019. There are 281 days left in the year.

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Friends in time of need pull away after mom sobers up Or should I accept that I really messed up and be grateful I had help at all? -- SOBER BUT SAD IN IOWA DEAR SOBER BUT SAD: It would be healthier to keep your eye on the positive and be grateful for the help you were given. It Abigail Van Buren would also be healthier for you to associate with people who make you feel good about yourself, which may not be your family and current friends. In the past I have advised that sometimes it’s necessary to build a support network, or “family of choice.” And this is what I’m recommending you do. DEAR ABBY: I turned 17 last month. I have a boyfriend who is 20, but my parents don’t know about him yet. He wants to get an apartment and have me move in with him on my 18th birthday. However, I promised my mother and father that I would take care of them. I want him to find an apartment nearby, with the promise that I’ll move in with him when I’m ready. How can I do that without

disappointing him or hurting my parents’ feelings? -- UNDECIDED IN PENNSYLVANIA DEAR UNDECIDED: Stop hiding this man from your parents because what you’re doing is immature and dishonest. If his feelings for you are sincere, he would want to meet them, and he wouldn’t ask you to do anything you weren’t ready to do. While the idea of moving in with him may seem romantic, there are more important things you need to accomplish before you do. First among them is to become selfsupporting so you can live independently ON YOUR OWN. That way, if things don’t work out with him as you would like, you won’t be out on the street with nowhere to go. Children weren’t put on this Earth to spend their adult lives taking care of their parents. Unless yours are the exception, both of them should be young and vigorous enough to take care of each other. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Hints from Heloise

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, March 25, 2019: Spontaneity serves you well this year. You land well if you do not overthink your actions. If single, you meet someone out of the blue who intrigues you. You like his or her offbeat manner and style. If attached, the two of you plan a long-awaited trip. SAGITTARIUS has a lot of suggestions about this vacation. Be spontaneous. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHHH Your energy builds all day long. You pitch in willingly and help others if needed. An adventurous idea or project appeals to you. Your sixth sense kicks in, encouraging a risk. New information heads your way, allowing you to feel more independent and free. Tonight: Getting into a new experience. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH One-on-one relating proves satisfying. You hear or share some news that really needs to be kept hush-hush. In a discussion you discover the importance of knowing what to do and when to do it. Start honoring timing more often. Tonight: Take some time to reflect, then decide on your plans. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH You communicate enthusiasm, especially to a close loved one or associate. As you get behind an idea or project, you recognize that success could be more strategic than you realized. With it will come greater responsibility. Is this what you want? Tonight: Share your thoughts with a trusted admirer. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Getting what you want done could take more time than you realize. You could decide to work longer than you intended. Understand that you are human and can do only so much. Tonight: Take a brisk walk to refresh your energy. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHHH You feel energized and ready to go. You are unusually lucky, especially if spontaneous and willing to accept a different type of person or attitude. At a later date, you could look at this period as significant in your life history. Be aware of your actions and words. Tonight: Acting as if you were a kid. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH You attempt to understand what


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a close loved one or partner wants. Be willing to ask for clarification. You could easily misread the conversation, as could the other party. Honor your foundation. Tonight: Head home early. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You seem to naturally defer to a partner or close associate. Communicate the bottom line as far as your willingness to be flexible. Return calls and be responsive to others. You could hear some interesting news, which you will share. Tonight: At a favorite haunt. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Curb an innate possessiveness that could come over you. You recognize the importance of letting go. Nevertheless, you might have difficulty being so nonchalant and easygoing. Your ability to reach out to those in your daily life earmarks your actions. Tonight: Stick to your budget. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHHH All eyes seem to focus on you and look for your leadership. You are unusually fortunate. Your ability to look at the big picture makes a big difference. You communicate creatively to others and help them see that same big picture. Tonight: As you like it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HH You might want to stall when making a decision. Get more facts and/or find a new possibility or path. Stay centered and worry less about the outcome of this decision. More information is forthcoming and will help clear your mind. Tonight: Make it easy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHH You speak your mind and share more of your ideas. A certain group of associates recognizes that you have unusual ideas that often prove to be successful. Express your caring to a special friend. This person needs to hear your voice and appreciation. Tonight: Follow your friends. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH You could experience a high level of stress, yet you cannot come out on top in a work-related issue. Others admire your ideas and presentation. If you relax, you might be surprised at how the end results change. Tonight: A must appearance. BORN TODAY Singer Aretha Franklin (1942), singer/ songwriter Elton John (1947), theologian St. Catherine of Siena (1347)


FAST FACTS Dear Readers: Here are some other uses for pool noodles: * Attach two pool noodles to the inside wall of the garage so you won’t damage the car door when opening it. * Cut down the side and cut to fit a hanger to avoid creases in your pants. * Cut down the side, then cut to fit over the springs of a trampoline. -- Heloise PRE-WASH SPRAY Dear Heloise: I used to have the recipe for your pre-wash spray, but I lost it in a flood. Would you please reprint it for me and others? -- Katie T. in California Katie, this has always been popular with my readers because it’s economical and easy to make. Here it is: Heloise’s Pre-Wash Spray Mix equal parts water, household ammonia and dishwashing (NOT dishwasher) liquid. Place the mixture in a clean, labeled spray bottle. Once you apply this spray to a stain, wash immediately. Keep this out of reach of children and pets. If you are looking for simple solutions to everyday laundry problems, you will like my pamphlet Heloise’s Handy Stain Guide for Clothing. To receive a copy, send $5, along with a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, to: Heloise/Stain Guide, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can order it online at Clothing lasts longer and looks better when properly cared for. My pamphlet also has hints for laundering special-care items and information on understanding care labels. -- Heloise

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