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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014 Soldotna-Kenai, Alaska

Vol. 44, Issue 132

School district adopts 6-year capital plan

Question Is this breakup? n Yes, it sure feels like spring. n No, winter still has a ways to go. To place your vote and comment, visit our Web site at www. peninsulaclarion. com. Results and selected comments will be posted each Tuesday in the Clarion, and a new question will be asked. Suggested questions may be submitted online or e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

By KAYLEE OSOWSKI Peninsula Clarion

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education unanimously approved a six-year plan for improvement projects for fiscal years 2015 to 2021 at its Monday night meeting. The district will submit the plan to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development in late August to seek funding for various maintenance and capital projects. Projects on the wish list for fiscal year 2015 in order of priority include: n Kenai Middle School asbestos removal and office remodel priced at $7.5 million; n Homer High School re-

Iditarod 2014 Peninsula mushers’ progress as of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday:

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Above: Jacob Bisset waits to play Tuesday during a city league seven-team single elimination tournament at the Kenai Recreation Center in Kenai. Bisset’s team, Super Friends, was up next. Left: Jason Daniels takes a shot during the tournament. Photos by Rashah McChesney/ Peninsula Clarion

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Committee advances bill rejecting pay raises JUNEAU (AP) — The House Finance Committee has advanced a bill that would reject pay raises for the governor, lieutenant governor and main department heads. SB125 was moved from committee without objection Tuesday. The bill would reject pay raises that were recommended by the State Officers Compensation Commission as a way for those offices to catch up with pay increases for other executive-branch employees.

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JUNEAU — President Barack Obama has proposed cutting the funding for the federal coordinator’s office for Alaska gas line projects. Federal coordinator Larry Persily said Tuesday that it’s not just a matter of money but also of the office’s authority. The office was created as part of a 2004 law aimed at helping advance an Alaska gas pipeline project that would serve North American markets. The project has shifted focus in recent years, and the state Legislature

is currently weighing whether the state should pursue an equity stake in a liquefied natural gas project that would be capable of overseas exports. Persily said his office provides a service in educating the public and policymakers on how liquefied natural gas projects work. He said he doesn’t lobby or advocate, just provides information. He recently testified before the Legislature’s Senate Finance Committee, which is considering a bill aimed at advancing the Alaska project into a stage of preliminary engineering and See CUT, page A-12

Students located after leaving school campus By RASHAH McCHESNEY Peninsula Clarion

School officials at Tustumena Elementary called state troopers after two students were reported missing from their classroom. District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff called the incident a “serious student discipline situation,” and said no one was in any danger. The school district did not issue an alert or media re-

lease during the three hours the two were missing, though Erkeneff made a Facebook post later in the evening on the district’s Facebook page announcing that the two had been located. In response to a comment from a parent, Erkeneff wrote that no alert was issued as KPBSD was following the lead from law enforcement. “This post was simply proactive in case rumors spread; we wanted everyone to know

the students were safe.” The two students did not return to their classroom and would be disciplined according to Kenai Peninsula Board of Education policy governing truancy, Erkeneff said. Those discipline regulations include parental/guardian notification, in-house suspensions, community service, suspension or referral to the juvenile justice system for chronic cases, according to board policy.

When the two were reported missing, Tustumena staff did a sweep of the building and paged them to the front office before calling troopers. Tustumena Elementary school principal Doug Hayman did not want to comment on how the school handled the incident. He sent an email through Erkeneff. “Because this involved law enforcement and minors, please call our district office for details. Thank you,” he

wrote. “It was immediately determined it wasn’t an abduction,” Erkeneff said. Staff determined this by watching surveillance video and finding footprints in the snow, she said. “They were just wandering around being kids,” she said. Reach Rashah McChesney at rashah.mcchesney@peninsulaclarion.com.

Man arraigned on rape charges Begich rebuts By Dan Balmer Peninsula Clarion

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roof with a $5.6 million price tag; n Kachemak Selo new school construction with a cost of $16 million; n Homer High fire alarm upgrade at $275,000; n Chapman Elementary School window and siding replacement priced at $500,000. The next million dollar projects don’t make the list until 2019 with Ninilchik, Seward and Skyview High Schools’ tracks listed at $4 million and a $2 million turf field for Seward High School. The following year sees a $1 million parking and traffic upgrade for Mountain View Elementary and $16.5 million for phase three of a district-wide re-roofing project.

Federal pipeline office funding cut

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A Soldotna man already facing attempted sexual assault and burglary charges in connection with a December home invasion and attack on a 23-year-old woman in her home last December has been indicted on new charges of kidnapping and sexual assault in connection with a November rape of an 18-year-old Soldotna woman. Shane D. Heiman, 39, was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court Tuesday. A Grand Jury added five more charges Friday after investigators said DNA evidence matched Heiman to the November sexual assault. Heiman was indicted Tues-

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Shane D. Heiman, 39, was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court Tuesday on further charges stemming from November and December sexual assaults of two Soldotna women.

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JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s campaign is running radio ads taking aim at Charles Koch and David Koch, the billionaire backers of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity. The group, in an ad that began running last month, said Begich is on record supporting a carbon tax and urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make it a priority. That claim stemmed from a 2010 letter Begich signed with 11 other senators. The letter, which revolved around energy policy, included a line that read: “First, we

believe the scale of this challenge dictates the need for a comprehensive solution that includes making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions.” Americans for Prosperity, in announcing the ad buy, included a link to the letter with that sentence underlined. Begich told reporters Monday that he does not support a carbon tax and did not agree with everything in the letter. He said his intent in signing was to make sure the Senate did not lose the discussion on climate change See BEGICH, page A-12


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NASA plans mission to Jupiter moon By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON — NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter’s watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life. The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning some kind of mission to Europa. No details have been decided yet, but NASA chief financial officer Elizabeth Robinson said Tuesday that it would be launched in the mid2020s. Robinson said the high radiation environment around Jupiter and distance from Earth would be a challenge. When

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NASA sent Galileo to Jupiter in 1989, it took the spacecraft six years to get to the fifth planet from the sun. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute astronomer Laurie Leshin said it could be “a daring mission to an extremely compelling object in our solar system.” Past NASA probes have flown by Europa, especially Galileo, but none have concentrated on the moon, one of dozens orbiting Jupiter. Astronomers have long lobbied for a mission to Europa, but proposals would have cost billions of dollars. Last year, scientists discovered liquid plumes of water shooting up through Europa’s ice. Flying through those watery jets could make Europa cheaper to explore than just circling it or landing on the ice, said NASA Europa scientist Robert Pappalardo. NASA will look at many competing ideas for a Europa mission, so the agency doesn’t

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This Feb. 13, 1979 photo released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Feb. 22, 1979 shows the planet Jupiter and two of its moons, Io, left, and Europa, center. The Voyager 1 spacecraft was about 12.4 million miles from Jupiter when the photo was made.

know how big or how much it will cost, Robinson said. She said a major mission goal would be searching for life in the strange liquid water under the ice-covered surface. Harvard astronomer Avi

Loeb said going to Europa would be more exciting than exploring dry Mars: “There might be fish under the ice.” Online: NASA’s Europa website: http://1.usa.gov/1lxcQCd

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Obituaries Billie Ann McClellan Granath Billie Ann McClellan Granath passed from this life on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Edmond, Okla. She was 80. Born August 28, 1933, Franklin Parish, Liddieville Community, La., to Clarence and Mary Jane McClellan, Billie was the youngest of 10 children. When she was but 4 months old, her mother passed away and Billie was mostly reared by her sisters, Geneva McClellan Morris and Francis McClellan Clark. In fact, Geneva had an infant child, Yvonne, at the time of Billie’s birth. Geneva took baby Billie and nursed the tiny child as her own. Billie graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas in 1952. While attending high school in Marshall, Billie was a member of the choir. She had a beautiful singing voice and was selected to sing a solo at a Billy Graham Revival. Billie met Gene Granath in Hobbs, N.M., where they were married on Sept. 10, 1952. Together Billie and Gene had four children. Billie worked hard to be a good mother and to help support her family. She worked as a hair stylist In Lovington, N.M., a secretary at Tuboscope in Odessa, Texas, and for the City of Kenai. She also worked diligently with her husband to build the family business of Industrial Instrument Service Company in Kenai. Billie and Gene loved to entertain in their home, play golf together and travel to Hawaii. They were fabulous dancers and instilled a love of music and dance in their children. Nothing made them happier than spending time with their grandchildren. A famous beauty with dazzling green eyes, Billie was known throughout her life for her kind nature, her eager smile and her love of laughter. Billie was a believer in Jesus and was a member of the East Kenai Church of Christ. Billie is survived by her husband, Gene, of Kenai; son, Bryan Granath, of Winnemucca, Nev.; grandson Lowell and his wife Karleta of Kenai; daughter, Valerie Morin of Kenai; grandchildren, Lori Ann Williams and Dayton Williams of Kenai; daughter, Cindi Jaques of Anchorage; grandchildren Melissa Bradley of Anchorage, and Meagan Leon and husband, Gabriel, and great-grandchildren, Riel and Gabriel Jr. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Lisa Webb, and husband, Michael, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren, Valerie Dittner, and husband, Will of Houston, Texas, and Michaela Williams

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The Peninsula Clarion strives to report the deaths of all current and former Peninsula residents. Notices should be received within three months of the death. We offer two types of death reports: Pending service/Death notices: Brief notices listing full name, age, date and place of death; and time, date and place of service. These are published at no charge. Obituaries: The Clarion charges a fee to publish obituaries. Obituaries are prepared by families, funeral homes, crematoriums, and are edited by our staff according to newspaper guidelines. Obituaries up to 300 words are charged $50, which includes a one-year online guest book memoriam to on Legacy. com. Obituaries up to 500 words are charged $100, which also includes the one-year online guest book memoriam. Tax is not included. All charges include publication of a black and white photo. Obituaries outside these guidelines are handled by the Clarion advertising department. How to submit: Obituaries may be submitted directly to the Clarion, online at www.peninsulaclarion.com, or by mail to: Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, Alaska, 99611. Pre-payment must accompany all submissions not already handled by a funeral home or crematorium. Deadlines: Submissions for Tuesday – Friday editions must be received by 2 p.m. the previous day. Submissions for Sunday and Monday editions must be received by 3 p.m. Friday. We do not process obituaries on Saturdays or Sundays unless submitted by funeral homes or crematoriums. Obituaries are placed on a space-available basis, prioritized by dates of local services. Copyright: All death notices and obituaries become property of the Clarion and may not be republished in any format. For more information, call the Clarion at 907-283-7551.

and husband John, also from Houston, Texas; and sister Francis McClellan Clark of Simsboro, La. Mrs. Granath was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary Jane McClellan, siblings Mida McClellan Sanders, Geneva McClellan Morris, Rodolf McClellan, Gerald McClellan, J.T. McClellan and three brothers that perished as infants; grandson, Aaron Eugene Granath and great-grandson, Jaden David Grossnickel. The funeral service and visitation to honor Mrs. Granath will be on Saturday, March 8, at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston, La. Visitation begins and 10:00 a.m. and the service will follow at 11:00 a.m. In keeping with her wishes, Billie will be interred beside her mother and father at Ogden Cemetery in Liddieville, La. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Billie to Good Shepherd Hospice, 4350 Will Rogers Parkway, Suite 400, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73108. To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

Diana Jean (Anderson) Hackney Kenai resident, Ms. Diana Jean (Anderson) Hackney, 54, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at her home in Kenai. Memorial services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway between Kenai and Soldotna at Mile 6. Diana was born August 5, 1959 in Kermit, Texas. She graduated high school in Texas and moved to Kenai later in life. She worked at the fish canneries in the summer for many years. Her family wrote, “She loved her father and Marie, and her step sister and nieces. She suffered bravely through her many serious health problems. She was a skilled quilt maker and seamstress.” She is survived by her father, Doug Anderson of Kenai; step-mother, Marie of Kenai; mother, Amy Anderson of Cold Springs, Colo.; sisters, Cheryl Fortaliza and Darlene Garvais, both of San Diego, Calif.; step-sister, Tia Holley of Soldotna; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit Diana’s obituary and online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.

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Around the Peninsula Fly-tying demonstration planned The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Sportsman’s Warehouse present “Bar Flies 2, Tie One On: An Evening of Free Fly tying Instruction and Demonstration.” The event will be hosted by Brendyn Shiflea, KPTU Board member and avid fly fisher, at the Main Street Grill in Kenai, Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Providence Imaging Center hosts mobile mammogram screenings The Providence Imaging Center Mobile Mammography coach will be at the Soldotna Providence Imaging Center Clinic at 35670 Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday, March 29. Screenings take just 15 minutes. A doctor’s order or referral is not needed. To set up an appointment call 907-2123151 or toll-free 888-458-3151. Pre-registration is required no later than the day before the event.

St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off Soldotna’s 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is scheduled to start at 4:40 p.m. Monday, March 17. The parade starts at the Bailey’s Furniture parking lot and proceeds down the Kenai Spur Highway toward the Y.

Sen. Micciche back for visit Sen. Peter Micciche will be in Soldotna, Saturday, March 8, from 1-3 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building, Assembly Chambers at 144 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, for a Town Hall Meeting. Stop by to find out what is happening in Juneau on issues vital to Alaskans. Call 907-465-2828 for more information.

Triumvirate bookstore seeks volunteers The Triumvirate Theatre bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna is seeking volunteers. For more information, call Ruth at 398-9683.

LIO Schedule Community Calendar Today 10:30 a.m. • Pre-School Storytime at the Soldotna Public Library. Call 262-4227. 11 a.m. • Wee Read at the Kenai Community Library Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at URS Club, Kenai. Call 262-1917. 5:30 p.m. • Weight loss and health support group, Christ Lutheran Church. Call 362-1340. 7 p.m. • Card games, Funny River Community Center. • Narcotics Anonymous support group “Clean Machine” at Central Peninsula Hospital’s Redoubt Room, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna. Call 907-335-9456. 8 p.m. • Al-Anon Support Group at Central Peninsula Hospital in the Augustine Room, Soldotna. Call 2520558. The Community Calendar lists recurring events and meetings of local organizations.To have your event listed, email organization name, day or days of meeting, time of meeting, place, and a contact phone number to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

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Wednesday 8:30 a.m. The House Finance Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 112 Repeal Film Production Tax Credit and HB 181 Mining License Revenue; Revenue Sharing. 2 minute testimony limit. Wednesday 3:15 p.m. The House Labor & Commerce Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 152 PERS Termination Costs, HB 302 Public Accountants, HB 328 Board/Licensing of Massage Therapists and HCR 15 Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Testimony will be taken. Wednesday 4:30 p.m. The House Finance Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 266 Appropriations: Operating Budget / Loans / Funds and HB 267 Appropriations:

Mental Health Budget. 2 minute testimony limit. Friday 3:15 p.m. The House Labor & Commerce Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 247 Peace Officer / Firefighter Retirement HB 316 Workers’ Compensation Medical Fees. Testimony will be taken. All teleconferences are held at the Kenai Legislative Information Office, 145 Main Street Loop No. 217, Kenai, unless otherwise noted. To confirm call 283-2030 or email Kenai.LIO@akleg.gov. To listen or watch online go to http://alaskalegislature. tv/.


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Alaska needs volcanic peace of mind If the Earth is going to blow up, it’d

be nice to know about it. Too bad the U.S. Congress doesn’t think so. Thanks to federal budget cuts, the Alaska Volcano Observatory can no longer monitor many volcanoes threatening to blow. The observatory’s funding peaked at $9 million several years ago. In 2013, the observatory’s budget dropped from $4.5 million to $4 million per year, not enough to maintain the entire network of seismic stations that give Alaskans early warning. Fifty-two volcanoes have erupted in Alaska since recordkeeping began with the Russians. Thirty-three of those have had sensors installed. Of those, five are no longer working. Five others work only intermittently. This month, the observatory issued a bulletin: “The Alaska Volcano Observatory has experienced numerous seismic station failures and our ability to monitor activity at some volcanoes has failed or is heavily impaired.” Among those “some volcanoes” are mountains that have erupted ferociously in recent memory, scattering ash and debris over wide areas. The consequences can be deadly. In 1989, one year after the observatory was founded, Mount Redoubt erupted near Anchorage. A Boeing 747 flew through the volcanic ash cloud, which choked all four of the aircraft’s engines. The plane’s pilots managed to restart those engines before the aircraft crashed into Cook Inlet, but it was a close call. All four engines needed to be replaced, and mechanics remarked that it seemed as if the plane had been sandblasted in flight. In 2009, Redoubt erupted again, one month after Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized the observatory as a wasteful use of tax dollars. When Redoubt blew, the observatory provided crucial information that minimized the impact on air travel across Alaska. Ground-based sensors can detect building pressure before an eruption. Without that advanced warning, the volcano observatory can only confirm that a volcano has erupted. It cannot say that one is preparing to erupt. Alaska’s economy relies upon its aviation industry. If a volcano is building toward an eruption, planners need time to reroute planes to safety. Bush communities cannot survive without air service, and Alaska’s economy will suffer without air travel to bring tourists, and more importantly, supplies to roadless communities. Repairing Alaska’s network of volcanic sensors will cost between $2 million and $2.5 million more per year, administrators say. Alaska’s Congressional delegation should make this funding a priority. Without it, Alaska risks a much larger hit to its economy. We understand that Congress is trying to cut its budget, not add to it, but peace of mind shouldn’t have a price tag. — Juneau Empire, Feb. 26

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Costly games over Ukraine

One of the worst parts of a sudden global crisis like the one that has erupted over Ukraine is that we have no idea what’s really going on. The diplomats and intelligence people of our national-security apparatus, along with our political leaders, are playing their Cold War games mostly in secret. The bigger problem is that we can’t be sure that even they have any idea what’s going on. What’s does it mean when President Barack Obama warns Soviet — uh, excuse me, I mean Russian — President Vladimir Putin that “there will be costs” if he sends the military into Ukraine? Is there something ominous about that diplospeak? Apparently not, since Putin responded by sending troops into Ukraine. More importantly, when Vlad makes his moves, what can the United States really do but grumble or bluster and hope against hope some miscalculation by someone doesn’t make the situation worse? Short of a shooting war with Russia, what can the U.S. and E.U. really do to punish an invasion? Boycott the upcoming economic summit in Sochi? Big deal. End trade talks? Another slap in the wrist with a wet noodle. Has Putin calculated correctly that after Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and the Europeans are depleted, really unable to muster a forceful response as he pursues his expansionist dreams to avenge the fall

Letters to the Editor An open letter to the graduating class of 2026 You are about 5 or 6 years old, enthusiastic, inquisitive, and high-powered. You love Dr. Seuss books, making spinouts on your bike, peanut-butter sandwiches, Wild Kratts, and the word “awesome.” You especially love to roughhouse with Dad and exercise with Mom. Let’s see … you happily hop off to school every day and are not embarrassed to be seen with Mom or Dad. But anyways, I digress (you can ask your Mom or Dad what that means). I am writing this letter to you because I read a book that really inspired me and I thought you might like to hear what I have to say. Let me read you a passage from that book: “Then I caught the eye of the President sitting in the first row and felt gratitude bursting inside me, an overwhelming gratitude unrelated to politics or position, a gratitude alive with Abuelita’s joy and with a sudden memory, an image seen through the eyes of a child: I was running back to the house in Mayagüez with a melting ice cone we called a piragua running sweet and sticky down my face and arms, the sun in my eyes, breaking through clouds and glinting off the rain-soaked pavement and dripping leaves. I was running with joy, an overwhelming joy that arose simply from gratitude for the fact of being alive. Along with the image, memory carried these words from a child’s mind though time: I am blessed. In this life I am truly blessed” (from “My Beloved World,” by Sonia Sotomayor). Do I still have your attention? The author of this book is the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. The Supreme Court is the highest federal court in the United States. To become a Supreme Court justice, you have to be appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. In other words, Sonia Sotomayor is a very important woman. In that passage, you will notice that as Sonia is about to take the oath of office for the Supreme C

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of the Soviet Union? Already many Republicans are dumping all over Obama, scoring whatever points they can, screaming for some kind of demonstration that the U.S. of A. is still able to bend the rest of the Bob Franken planet to its will. The blame is misplaced, given that it was their Bush administration that drained the military with its poorly thought-out adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The harsh reality is that America is not quite as super a superpower as we once were. Certainly, Putin knows that and has forced Obama to play with a weak hand. From an optics point of view, the president probably should reconsider standing out there and making threats like “there will be costs,” which, to be honest, comes across as namby-pamby. Western leaders can warn that a Russian invasion will be a “grave mistake” all they want, and Mr. Putin can ignore them. Presidents Obama and Putin talk on the phone, and we’re told that the conversations are testy. Meanwhile, nervous American and European officials “consult.” What does that mean? Do they seek ways out of the impending confrontation,

Court, her mind takes her back to when she was a little girl in Puerto Rico. Those were her first thoughts as she glanced at the President of the United States. To all you little boys and little girls out there, seize the day and live life to the fullest! Dream big! If you want to become an astronaut or a Supreme Court justice, it’s all in your hands. Before you know it, you will be throwing your caps in the air and going off to college. Here is one more little passage I would like to read to you: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms” (from “Walden,” by Henry David Thoreau). And so, class of 2026, I am now off to the woods with my kids, “to drive life into a corner” and build lasting memories. ... Maybe, just maybe, as my kids are about to embark on the greatest journey of their lives, they will think of those simple, yet memorable moments. But before we build those memories, let me figure out what my kids did to my living room. Gotta go ... Nadia Anders, mother of a 6-year-old, 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and 8-month-old, Nikiski

Changes to education system need careful vetting The Constitutional amendment to use state funds for private schools has lots more work by the current legislature before it is sent to the people. This major change to Alaska’s Constitution should be fully vetted and passed by the current legislature before something so important is sent to the people for a vote. The ac-

or do they talk about the wife and kids? It’s a real shame that we don’t know whether our wives and kids, all of us, are in danger, or whether maybe this is all some sort of contrivance. It actually was easy to see this one coming. It was hitting the fan in Kiev while the Olympic athletes were hitting the slopes in Sochi. It was obvious that Mr. Putin would delay provocative action till his expensive ego trip had ended. After that, if he has something up his sleeve he surely would reveal it. On cue, he has. What’s disconcerting is that the West seems so surprised and unprepared. Hopefully, after everyone has milked all the drama out of this, there will some sort of agreement to stand down, an unsatisfying solution that at least avoids all-out war. But that will be after a lot of posturing and irresponsible saber-rattling. Then we can move on to the next crisis, a domestic political one perhaps, anything to feed the pundit beast. Hopefully it will be a controversy where the players let it all hang out, compared with the inherent secrecy of the Ukraine melodrama. There “will be costs” all right, but most of them will be to the tattered credibility of our leaders. Bob Franken is a longtime broadcast journalist, including 20 years at CNN.

countability issues have not been widely understood nor have the long term ramifications for public education been carefully and thoroughly studied. These are major legislative issues that should be fully clarified. The other issue that has not been widely discussed is the example of Finland. Finland’s public schools are fully funded by the state. These students have the highest achievement level in the world. There are no private schools in Finland. All public schools are fully funded. Sammy Crawford Kenai

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n On Feb. 27 at 2:26 p.m., a 62-year-old man, of Soldotna, reported the theft of an outboard motor from a boat stored at Poacher’s Cove in Soldotna. Loss is estimated at $6,500. Investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Alaska State Troopers at 2624453 or Crimestoppers at 2838477. n On Feb. 21 at about 3:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the intersection of Sterling Highway and Moraine Vista Street in Kasilof for a twovehicle collision. Investigation revealed that Fred Hershberger, 87, of Soldotna, driving a 2008 Ford Escape, collided with Andrew Fox, 57, of Kasilof, driving a 2006 Kai Sportage, who was stopped, attempting to turn left onto Moraine Vista Street. All occupants were wearing safety restraints. Hershberger received medical attention and was cleared on scene. No citations were issued. n On Feb. 19 at about 5:20 p.m., troopers responded to the intersection of Kalifornsky Beach Road and Poppy Lane in Soldotna for a twovehicle collision. Investigation revealed that Hannah Glaves, 18, of Kasilof, driving a 2007 Toyota Yaris, failed to observe a traffic signal device and collided with Daniel Poulin, 50, of Soldotna, who was driving a 2008 Chrysler 300. Kathryn Johnson, 63, of Soldotna, a passenger in the Chrysler 300, was injured during the collision and was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for injuries. Glaves and Poulin reported no injuries. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and were able to be driven away from the scene. Glaves was cited for negligent driving not CMV and proof of insurance to be carried and exhibited on demand. n On Feb. 27 at 12:54 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Lastan Tom Williams, 51, of Seward, on a traffic stop for speeding. During the traffic stop, troopers smelled an odor that resembled the odor of marijuana. It was discovered that he was in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. He was issued a misdemeanor citation for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled

Police reports substance. n On Feb. 22 at about 12:00 a.m., troopers contacted Michael Irving, 57, of Seward, for an equipment violation near downtown Seward. Investigation revealed that Irving was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the Seward Jail on $500 bail. n On Feb. 21 at about 12:00 a.m., troopers contacted Megan Stahl, 21, of Seward, on a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, troopers smelled an odor that resembled the odor of marijuana. It was discovered that she was in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. She was issued a misdemeanor citation for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. n On Feb. 21 at about 12:00 a.m., troopers contacted a juvenile male on a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, troopers smelled an odor that resembled the odor of marijuana. It was discovered that the juvenile was in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. The juvenile was issued a misdemeanor citation for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. n On Feb. 27, wildlife troopers cited James Neumayer, 31, of Homer, for obstructing/hindering lawful trapping, thirddegree theft and fifth-degree criminal mischief. In January 2014, two separate trappers contacted Alaska Wildlife Troopers, reporting that their traps had been stolen from their trap lines outside Anchor Point. Investigation revealed that Neumayer had removed a total of five traps in early January and brought them to his residence. The following weekend, Neumayer returned to the area and set off and discarded another trap set by one of the trappers in the same location where one was previously taken. Both trappers were properly licensed and trapping lawfully on state land. Neumayer is cited into Homer District Court on April 1. n On Feb. 27, Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Andrew Rosencrans, 24, of Homer, for

failing to submit his 2013-14 RC566 permit hunt report to Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Bail is set at $110 in Homer District Court. n On March 1 at 1:16 a.m., the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol, Kenai Peninsula Team, conducted a traffic stop on a silver 2011 Chevrolet passenger car, after observing the vehicle commit a moving violation. Investigation revealed that Leslie E. London, 24, of Clam Gulch, was driving under the influence. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $500 bail. n On Feb. 27 at 9:41 p.m., the Bureau of Highway Patrol, Kenai Peninsula Team, stopped a blue 1991 Toyota car near Mile 109 of the Sterling Highway. Jordan Richard Ferguson, 32, of Ninilchik, was identified as the driver. Investigation revealed that his license was revoked and that he had a limitation on his license requiring him to have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he drove. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $1,000 bail. n On Feb. 27 at 11:14 p.m., the of Highway Patrol, Kenai Peninsula Team, contacted a male at a gas station in Soldotna who had been reported as a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately). Investigation revealed that Gregory R. Monk, 46, of Hawaii, was intoxicated and had driven to the station. Monk was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $500 bail. n On Feb. 27 at 18:11 a.m., the Highway Patrol, Kenai Peninsula Team, stopped a red 1982 Toyota pickup near Mile 95 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that Michael William Crawford, 33, of Homer, was in possession of marijuana, a schedule VIA controlled substance, and that he had destroyed some of it, in an attempt to prevent troopers from recovering it. He was arrested for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial and held without bail pending arraignment. n On March 2 at 10:36 a.m.,

Kenai police responded to a report of shoplifting at Safeway. Dorothy Duncan, 70, of Kenai, was issued a summons for third-degree theft and released from the scene. n On March 1, at 8:13 Kenai police responded to the Bow Bar for report of a disturbance and arrested Brian W. Asplin, 34, of Kenai, for second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree assault and drunk on licensed premise. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. n On Feb. 28 at 8:27 a.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop on Linwood lane. Toni R DeMello, 37, of Kenai, was arrested for fourthdegree misconduct involving a controlled substance, driving while license revoked and failure to insure vehicle. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial. n On Feb. 28 at 9:29 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report of a dangerous driver inbound to Kenai from Mile 8 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Ruben G. Esparza, 21, of Anchorage, was issued a summons for failure to insure vehicle and released from the scene. n On Feb. 27 at about 2:00 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Cody G. Fine, Sr., 26, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. The vehicle was released to a sober driver. n On Feb. 27 at 11:12 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop near Mile 13 of the Spur Highway. Nicholas G. Vincent, 27, of Kenai, was arrested for felony driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. The vehicle was impounded. n On March 3 at 6:09 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a single vehicle rollover at Mile 157 of the Sterling Highway. A blue 1993 Toyota pickup was southbound from Anchor Point, when Martin Munoz, 31, of Anchor Point, hit a patch of black ice and lost control of the vehicle, crossing the centerline and striking the guardrail, causing the vehicle to roll onto its side. Anchor Point Emergency Medical Services responded and took Munoz to the South Peninsula Hospital for minor

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House Finance moves VPSO firearms bill JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow for village public safety officers to carry a firearm while on duty. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, was in response to the shooting death of village public safety officer Thomas Madole at Manotak last year. It had been the first killing of a village public safety officer since Ronald Zimin in South Naknek in 1986. Edgmon and others contend that violence in rural Alaska is on the rise and nonprofits that hire the officers, known as VPSOs, should be allowed to arm the officers. However, the number of felonies and misdemeanors handled by rural courts at Barrow, Bethel, Dillingham, Kotzebue and Nome has remained steady over the last two years, according to figures provided by the Alaska Department of Law. In 2013, those courts saw 1,102 felony cases as opposed to 1,166 cases in 2012. The same courts handled 4,643 misdemeanors in 2013 as opposed to 4,894 cases in 2012. Last year, there were four other instances when village public safety officers were threatened with weapons, but in two cases, they were an armed member of law enforcement at the time. The officers are employees of nonprofits and are not state employees. They are under the supervision of the Alaska State Troopers. Several troopers have spoken against the bill, noting that the safety officers wouldn’t be properly trained to use deadly force. Others complained about liability issues for the state since it is mostly nonprofit organizations that employ the safety officers. The role of a village officer is seen as a first responder to a village’s emergency needs including law enforcement, fire, search and rescue, and medical. The bill moves to the House Rules Committee.

Anchorage office heavily damaged by vandalism ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage office of a nonprofit organization has been heavily damaged by vandalism and a 17-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the crime. The Anchorage Daily News says the Fireweed Lane office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Alaska was broken into on Sunday morning. Police say the office was smeared with blood, soaked with water and strewn with shattered window glass and broken equipment. Police say the suspect was found within an hour of the initial report and he has been charged with felony counts of criminal mischief and burglary. His name has not been released because he is a minor. Kristin George, the organization’s board president, says five computer monitors also were destroyed, as well as phones and a printer, artwork and medical supplies. — The Associated Press

injuries. n On March 2 at 3:15 p.m., troopers contacted a vehicle for speeding in Homer. A passenger in the vehicle, Renee Cardwell, 24, of Homer, was known to have an active warrant for her arrest. A search in

the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) confirmed Cardwell with the active warrant for five counts of second-degree theft. Troopers arrested Cardwell on the warrant and took her to the Homer Jail on $5,000 bail.


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Around the Nation Kerry to visit Kiev; West considers sanctions on Moscow for military incursion into Ukraine WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday will be reinforcing Washington’s support for the new government in Kiev, as the U.S. and its top allies grapple with whether to slap Moscow with sanctions for its military takeover of Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region. Kerry left Monday for the Ukrainian capital. The European Union’s foreign ministers, meantime, issued a Thursday deadline for Russia President Vladimir Putin to pull back his troops or face a rejection of visa liberalization and economic cooperation negotiations long in the works. Western leaders point to huge hits that Russia’s natural gas, uranium and coal industries would take if sanctions cut off exports to the EU, its largest customer. Still, Western governments acknowledge that few options exist beyond economic and diplomatic penalties, and critics said Obama administration efforts are too little, and too late, after years of trying to foster friendlier relations with Russia. President Barack Obama on Monday described the Russian advance as a violation of international law. He called on Congress to approve an aid package for the new Ukrainian government and repeated earlier threats that the U.S. will take steps to hobble Russia’s economy and isolate it diplomatically if Putin does not back down.

Obama unveils $4 trillion campaign-year budget that focuses on growing the economy WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is unwrapping a nearly $4 trillion budget that gives Democrats an election-year playbook for fortifying the economy and bolstering Americans’ incomes. It also underscores how pressure has faded to launch bold, new attacks on federal deficits. Obama’s 2015 fiscal blueprint, which he is sending Congress Tuesday, was expected to include proposals to upgrade aging highways and railroads, finance more pre-kindergarten programs and enhance job training. The White House said it would also enlarge the earned income tax credit to cover 13.5 million low-earning workers without children, expand the child care tax credit for some parents and make it easier for workers to contribute to Individual Retirement Accounts. A revamping of corporate income taxes and higher tobacco levies would help pay for some of the initiatives. White House aides say Obama’s blueprint would obey overall agency spending limits enacted in December that followed a pact between Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, DWash., the heads of the House and Senate budget committees. Yet Obama will propose an additional package of $56 billion in spending priorities, the aides say, half for defense and half for domestic programs. It would be fully paid for by cutting spending and narrowing tax loopholes, such as boosting collections from U.S. firms doing business overseas, they said.

Professor says Michigan should move slowly on gay marriage, cites study of young adults DETROIT — The author of a controversial study of adult children often cited by opponents of gay marriage defended his work in court on Monday but also said it was too early for social scientists to make far-reaching conclusions about families headed by same-sex couples. University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus testified for more than three hours as a witness for the state of Michigan, which is defending a ban on gay marriage. The constitutional amendment, approved by voters in 2004, is being challenged by two Detroit-area nurses in a rare trial. Regnerus was the leader of a study that screened thousands of people, ages 18 to 39, and found roughly 250 who said they grew up in a house where a mom or dad eventually had a samesex relationship. He found they were more likely to have problems — welfare dependence, less education, marijuana use — than young adults from stable families led by heterosexuals. But he later acknowledged that his study didn’t include children raised by same-sex couples in a stable relationship.

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Woman killed, 7 hurt in gas leak blast BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI Associated Press

EWING, N.J. — A gas leak and subsequent explosion destroyed at least 10 houses and damaged dozens of others at a suburban town house development Tuesday, killing a woman and injuring seven workers, authorities said. The body was not discovered until late in the day, on a car near the site of the explosion, after authorities had thought the neighborhood had escaped the blast without any deaths. Lt. Ron Lunetta said officials were not able to identify the victim and will await an autopsy for positive ID and cause of death. He added that no one else was believed to be missing. It also was not clear Tuesday night if the woman who was killed was inside or outside a residence when the explosion occurred. At least 55 units in the complex were damaged, police said, including at 10 that were destroyed. Officials were hoping that some of the displaced residents would be able to return to their homes by late Tuesday night, but said the majority of them would not be able to go home until Wednesday morning at the earliest. Many of the displaced residents were being sheltered at a local fire house, while others were staying with family and friends. Officials said they would try to accommodate residents who were being kept out of their homes but wanted to briefly return there so they could get their pets or important items, such as medications. Ewing police said they would be at the site overnight to secure

the area and continue the investigation where possible, noting that those efforts would be hampered by the darkness and the large amounts of debris. The events leading to the explosion began with a contractor working to replace electric service to the house that later blew up, officials from the utility PSE&G said. Around noon, the utility got a call that the contractor had damaged a gas line. Crews were repairing the line about an hour later when, PSE&G spokeswoman Lindsey Puliti said, “there was an ignition.” The force from the explosion buckled windows in an apartment complex nearby, said resident Marsha Brown, and pictures fell from her walls. “It felt like a bomb,” she said. She ran to the town house complex, saw a home engulfed in flames and two utility workers on the lawn with injuries that apparently included broken bones. She said she saw another worker on a sidewalk crying, being held by a woman. At least one home was a blackened pile of rubble, and others had damage, including windows that were blown out. Debris was widely scattered, with insulation hanging in some tree branches. “My body was shaking. I like to say I am calm, but I was shaking,” said Brown, who had a day off from her job as an infant hearing screener at a hospital. “You could feel the flames, everything.” A resident of the complex, Bryan Gentry, drove home minutes after he heard an explosion and as he got closer, saw a black smoke cloud. The fire was intensely hot, he said, and he saw one person walking away from the fire who appeared to be

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Debris is seen in the trees, as a firefighter, center back, looks through rubble after an explosion at a townhouse complex Tuesday, March. 4, in Ewing, N.J. Authorities say just three of seven people hurt in the gas explosion will need to be admitted to a hospital, and a hospital official says none has life-threatening injuries.

stunned. “It was just unreal,” he said, adding that emergency crews responded “really fast.” The seven people injured were all utility workers, authorities said. Just three of those victims, all close to the blast, had to be hospitalized and none of

those injuries was considered life-threatening, said Dr. Louis D’Amelio, trauma chief at Capital Regional Medical Center in Trenton. They included concussions, broken bones and minor shrapnel wounds, he said.

ate in 2012 and yanked Republicans nationwide further right, Texas candidates willingly went along. U.S. Sen John Cornyn, who didn’t get an endorsement from his fellow Texas senator, routed his primary challenger. “I say they are not going far right enough,” said Marlin Robinson, 56, after casting his primary ballot in Houston. “They need to go further right, as far as I’m concerned because I’m tired of this liberal crap that’s running this country.” Attorney General Greg Abbott clinched the Republican

nomination for governor and Davis locked up her party’s selection, thereby making official a showdown poised to become a record-shattering arm’s race of fundraising in a Texas gubernatorial election. In another sign of a rightward drift, state Sen. Dan Patrick, who drew heat from even fellow Republicans for bemoaning an “invasion” of immigrants coming across the Texas-Mexico border, appeared headed for a runoff in the lieutenant governor’s race with longtime incumbent David Dewhurst.

First primary in Tx as GOP pushes right By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans picked the state’s attorney general in the fight to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry, while a rising Democratic star coasted to her party’s nomination Tuesday night during the nation’s first statewide primary. Warnings about Democrat Wendy Davis’ star-making run for Texas governor threatening two decades of Republican dominance dealt complacent conservatives a new reason to vote. So

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did a rare opportunity to select an entirely new stable of leaders after 14 years under Perry. Perry’s decision to not seek re-election launched a stampede of 26 Republican candidates vying for six of Texas’ top offices. Among them was George P. Bush, the 37-yearold nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who easily won the nomination for land commissioner in his political debut. In the first primary since Ted Cruz barreled into the U.S. Sen-

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Top prosecutor replaced before Army Gen. trial By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Less than a month before an Army general’s trial on sexual assault charges, the lead prosecutor broke down in tears as he told a superior he believed the primary accuser in the case had lied under oath. Lt. Col. William Helixon had urged that the most serious charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair be dropped because they rely solely on the woman’s accusation that he twice forced her to perform oral sex. But those above the seasoned sex crimes prosecutor overrode him, rebuffing an offer from Sinclair to plead guilty to lesser charges. Defense attorneys allege the top brass moved forward because they were worried about the political fallout that would result if the charges were dropped. Helixon was pulled from the case after leading it for nearly two years, after a superior officer took him to a military hospital for a mental health evaluation, according to testimony. Following a daylong hearing, a judge ruled the case should go

to trial. Opening statements are set for Thursday. “No offense to Lt. Col. Helixon, but I don’t care what he thinks and neither should the court,” Lt. Col. Robert Stelle, who replaced Helixon as lead prosecutor, told the judge. The case against Sinclair, believed to be the most senior member of the U.S. military ever to face trial for sexual assault, comes as the Pentagon grapples with a troubling string of revelations involving rape and sexual misconduct within the ranks. Influential members of Congress are also pushing to remove decisions about the prosecution of sex crimes from the military chain of command. Sinclair, the former deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne, has pleaded not guilty to eight criminal charges including forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. He faces life in prison if convicted of the sexual assault charges. Lawyers for the married father of two have say he carried on a three-year extramarital affair with a female captain under his command during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The admission of an affair will almost

certainly end his Army career. In pretrial hearings, prosecutors have painted Sinclair as a sexual predator who abused his position and threatened to kill the accuser and her family if she told anyone of their relationship. The Associated Press does not publicly identify the alleged victims of sexual assaults. Helixon, who was described as dealing with “personal issues,” wasn’t called to testify Tuesday. But among those called to the stand was Brig. Gen. Paul Wilson, a high-ranking military lawyer stationed at the Pentagon. Wilson said another general sent him on the morning of Feb. 8 to check on Helixon, who was then staying in a room at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington. He said he arrived to find Helixon appearing drunk and suicidal. “He was in the midst of a personal crisis. He was crying. He was illogical,” Wilson testified. “I truly believed if he could have stepped in front of a bus at the time, I think he would have.” The lead prosecutor had become convinced the accuser lied under oath when she testi-

fied in January about evidence collected from a cellphone. The captain testified that on Dec. 9, shortly after what she described as a contentious meeting with prosecutors, she rediscovered an old iPhone stored in a box at her home that still contained saved text messages and voicemails from the general. After charging the phone, she testified she synced it with her computer to save photos before contacting her attorney. However, a defense expert’s examination suggested the captain powered up the device more than two weeks before the meeting with prosecutors. She also tried to make a call and performed a number of other operations. Three additional experts verified those findings. Wilson testified that Helixon was distraught that the accuser had lied to him. “I served with him in combat in Afghanistan, making targeting decisions with people’s lives on the line. I have never seen another human being in a state like that,” he said. Wilson said he took Helixon the emergency room of a nearby military hospital at Fort Belvfor a mental health evaluation. Though a psychiatrist

who interviewed the prosecutor declined to admit him for treatment, Wilson said he told Helixon’s immediate superior back at Fort Bragg that the prosecutor was no longer fit to handle the case. “He was not fit for any kind of duty. I would not have trusted him to drive a car,” Wilson said. In an unusual move, the defense called Richard Scheff, Sinclair’s lead lawyer, to the stand. Scheff testified that Helixon had confided in him that he was concerned the case had become too politicized. “He said everyone on his team had reasonable doubt,” Scheff said. “He said, ‘I’m going to be the guy who gets hurt in this. I’m going to have a problem.” The defense introduced a December letter the military lawyer assigned to represent the accuser sent to Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the commander at Fort Bragg. Under military law, it was up to Anderson to decide whether or not to accept Sinclair’s plea offer. Writing on behalf of the accuser, Capt. Cassie L. Fowler urged Anderson to reject the deal, suggesting that to do oth-

erwise would “have an adverse effect on my client and the Army’s fight against sexual assault.” “Acceptance of this plea would send the wrong signal to those senior commanders who would prey on their subordinates by using their rank and position, thereby ensuring there will be other victims like my client in the future,” Fowler wrote. Military judge Col. James Pohl said Fowler’s letter to Anderson was improper, but did not constitute evidence of unlawful command influence. Anderson is a three-star general, the judge said, while the special victim’s advocate is just a captain. After the ruling, Sinclair’s lawyer suggested that the Army was sacrificing Helixon’s career and reputation to pursue a flawed case. “Today’s testimony was deplorable,” Scheff said. “The government undertook a vicious character assault against someone they previously called their ‘rock star’ sex crimes prosecutor, because he was the only Army leader with the integrity to stand up to politics. People should be rewarded for honesty, not punished for it.”

Republican group shows support for gay marriage By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press

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SALT LAKE CITY — A group of Republicans has come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. Led by former Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas, 20 Republicans signed a friend of the court brief submitted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Denver that is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. The list also includes former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Republican National Committee chairman Kenneth Mehlman and several state legislators from Wyoming and Colorado. Melhman came out as gay in 2010 and has worked to bring together Republicans willing to step forward in support of gay marriage. Denver attorney Sean Gallagher, whose firm wrote the 30-page argument, said the fil-

ing shows that many prominent Republicans are re-examining their stance on gay marriage. The group call themselves “conservatives, moderates and libertarians who embrace the individual freedoms protected by our Constitution,” embrace Reagan’s idea of the Republican Party being a “big tent,” and share Goldwater’s belief that the party shouldn’t “seek to lead anyone’s life for him,” the brief says. “It is precisely because marriage is so important in producing and protecting strong and stable family structures that (we) do not agree that the government can rationally promote the goal of strengthening families by denying civil marriage to same-sex couples,” the argument says in the conclusion. Washington, D.C., and 17 states, mostly in the Northeast, allow same-sex marriage. Others may soon follow depending on how federal appeals courts, and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court, rule on state bans that have been overturned. Including Utah and Oklahoma, six federal judges have issued pro-gay-marriage rulings since the Supreme Court’s

decision in Windsor v. U.S. in June that struck down part of the federal anti-gay-marriage law. The latest came last week in Texas. In Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, announced Tuesday the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal a judge’s decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries. That came as the state’s attorney general, also a Democrat, announced that he would not pursue the case further. Democratic attorneys general in at least seven states — Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Oregon, Kentucky and Nevada — have declined to defend same-sex-marriage bans that have been challenged in court by gay couples. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that his state counterparts are not obligated to defend local laws banning same-sex marriage if they believe the laws violate the U.S. Constitution. The gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma were passed by voters in 2004. They

were overturned by separate federal judges in each state within a month of each other in December and January. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal has assigned the same panel of judges to review both cases, which are on a fast track, but has decided to hold two different hearings. The court will discuss Utah’s case on April 10 and Oklahoma’s on April 17. The appeals court must decide if it agrees with the federal judges in Utah and Oklahoma who ruled that the bans violate gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. More than a dozen groups and organizations filed friend of the court briefs Tuesday ahead of the midnight deadline. The American Sociological Association told the court that the claim from state attorneys in Utah that same-sex parents can’t be good parents is contradicted by “abundant social science research.” “Unsubstantiated fears regarding same-sex parents do not overcome these facts and

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provide no justification for upholding the marriage bans,” the brief from sociological association said. The American Military Partner Association said the “uneven patchwork of marriage equality” is hindering efforts to recruit and retain same-sex couples who fear they’ll be stationed in a state that doesn’t recognize their union. A coalition of people and groups from religions that include Episcopal, Unitarians, Methodists and a group called Mormons for Equality argued for gay marriage saying that “American religious panorama embraces a multitude of theological perspectives on lesbian and gay people and same-sex relationships.” Last month, a coalition of religious organizations that included Catholics, Mormons and Southern Baptists urged the appeals court to uphold the bans

in both states, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society. In making its case for gay marriage, Tuesday’s filing from the Republican group points to decades-old words from Goldwater, the longtime U.S. senator from Arizona who aggressively advocated for conservative principles. He died in 1998. The group cited this passage from his 1960 paper, “The Conscience of a Conservative.” “For the American Conservative, there is no difficulty in identifying the day’s overriding political challenge: it is to preserve and extend freedom,” it said. “As he surveys the various attitudes and institutions and laws that currently prevail in America, many questions will occur to him, but the Conservative’s first concern will always be: Are we maximizing freedom?”


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Putin talks tough but cools tensions over Ukraine By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press

MOSCOW — Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Tuesday that Russia has no intention “to fight the Ukrainian people” but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev’s fledgling government and Moscow agreed to sit down with NATO. Although nerves remained on edge in Crimea, with Russian troops firing warning shots to ward off Ukrainian soldiers, global markets catapulted higher on tentative signals that the Kremlin was not seeking to escalate the conflict. Kerry brought moral support and a $1 billion aid package to a Ukraine fighting to fend off bankruptcy. Lounging in an arm-chair before Russian tricolor flags, Putin delivered a characteristic performance filled with earthy language, macho swagger and sarcastic jibes, accusing the West of promoting an “unconstitutional coup” in Ukraine. At one point he compared the U.S. role to an experiment with “lab rats.” But the overall message appeared to be one of de-escalation. “It seems to me (Ukraine) is gradually stabilizing,” Putin said. “We have no enemies in Ukraine. Ukraine is a friendly state.” He tempered those comments by warning that Russia was willing to use “all means at our disposal” to protect ethnic Russians in the country. Significantly, Russia agreed to a NATO request to hold a special meeting to discuss Ukraine on Wednesday in Brussels,

opening up a possible diplomatic channel in a conflict that still holds monumental hazards and uncertainties. While the threat of military confrontation retreated somewhat Tuesday, both sides ramped up economic feuding in their struggle over Ukraine. Russia hit its nearly broke neighbor with a termination of discounts on natural gas, while the U.S. announced a $1 billion aid package in energy subsidies to Ukraine. “We are going to do our best (to help you). We are going to try very hard,” Kerry said upon arriving in Kiev. “We hope Russia will respect the election that you are going to have.” Ukraine’s finance minister, who has said Ukraine needs $35 billion to get through this year and next, was meeting Tuesday with officials from the International Monetary Fund. World stock markets, which slumped the previous day, clawed back a large chunk of their losses Tuesday on signs that Russia was backpedaling. Gold, the Japanese yen and U.S. treasuries — all seen as safe havens — returned some of their gains. Russia’s RTS index, which fell 12 percent on Monday rose 6.2 percent Tuesday. In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average was up 1.2 percent. “Confidence in equity markets has been restored as the standoff between Ukraine and Russia is no longer on red alert,” said David Madden, market analyst at IG. Russia took over the strategic peninsula of Crimea on Saturday, placing its troops around its ferry, military bases and border posts. Two Ukrainian warships remained anchored in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, blocked from leaving by Russian ships. “Those unknown people without insignia who have

seized administrative buildings and airports ... what we are seeing is a kind of velvet invasion,” said Russian military analyst Alexander Golts. The territory’s enduring volatility was put in stark relief Tuesday morning: Russian troops, who had taken control of the Belbek air base, fired warning shots into the air as some 300 Ukrainian soldiers, who previously manned the airfield, demanded their jobs back. As the Ukrainians marched unarmed toward the base, about a dozen Russian soldiers told them not to approach, then fired several shots into the air and said they would shoot the Ukrainians if they continued toward them. The Ukrainian troops vowed to hold whatever ground they had left on the Belbek base. “We are worried. But we will not give up our base,” said Capt. Nikolai Syomko, an air force radio electrician holding an AK47. He said the soldiers felt they were being held hostage, caught between Russia and Ukraine. There were no other reports of significant armed confrontations Tuesday in Ukraine. Amid the tensions, the Russian military on Tuesday successfully test-fired a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile, fired from a launch pad in southern Russia, hit a designated target on a range leased by Russia from Kazakhstan. The new Ukrainian leadership in Kiev, which Putin does not recognize, has accused Moscow of a military invasion in Crimea, which the Russian leader denied. Ukraine’s prime minister expressed hope Tuesday that a negotiated solution could be found. Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a news conference that both governments were talking again, albeit slowly. “We hope that Russia will understand its responsibility in

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Secretary of State John Kerry stands beside a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev,Ukraine, Tuesday. The Shrine of the Fallen, located on Institutska Street, honors the fallen Heroes of the “Heavenly Sotnya” (Hundred). Over the course of the EuroMaidan protests, almost 100 protesters were killed by police.

destabilizing the security situation in Europe, that Russia will realize that Ukraine is an independent state and that Russian troops will leave the territory of Ukraine,” he said. In his hour-long meeting with reporters Tuesday, Putin said Russia had no intention of annexing Crimea, while insisting its residents have the right to determine the region’s status in a referendum later this month. Crimean tensions, Putin said, “have been settled.” He said massive military maneuvers Russia has conducted involving 150,000 troops near Ukraine’s border were previously planned and were unrelated to the current situation in Ukraine. Russia announced that Putin had ordered the troops back to their bases. Putin hammered away at his message that the West was to blame for Ukraine’s turmoil,

Nepal says no more litterbugs on Everest By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal — Litterbugs, beware: Nepal is making new rules to persuade trekkers to clean up after themselves on Mount Everest, in the hopes of clearing the tons of rubbish now clogging the world’s highest peak. Starting this spring, Nepali officials at Everest base camp will check that each climber descends the mountain with approximately 8 kilograms (18 pounds) of trash — the amount the government estimates an exhausted climber discards along the route. “We are not asking climbers to search and pick up trash left by someone else,” said Maddhu Sudan Burlakoti, head of the mountaineering department at the Tourism Ministry. “We just want them to bring back what they took up.”

The goal is to make sure no new trash will be left on Everest, which has earned the nickname “the world’s highest garbage dump” because of the tons of crumpled food wrappers, shredded tents and spent oxygen cylinders littering the mountain. The government has long asked climbers to clear their trash, but there was no mechanism to check what people brought down. There also was little or no enforcement despite threats — which were rarely carried out — to withhold $4,000 climbing deposits for polluting teams. The government did not say what action it would take against climbers who descend without the 8 kilograms of trash. Some 230,000 people — nearly half of Nepal’s yearly foreign visitors — came last year specifically to trek the Himalayas, with 810 attempting to

scale Everest. More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit since 1953, when it was first conquered by New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay. Hundreds of others have died in the attempt, while many have succeeded only with help from oxygen tanks, equipment porters and Sherpa guides.

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Nepal authorities have never had much control over what happens at the mountain’s extreme altitudes and remote regions. Instead, private trekking companies organize logistics and report any problems. They are also left to clear the trash, launching yearly expeditions to bring down whatever hasn’t been covered over by ice and snow since the last season’s climbers tossed the refuse the side.

saying its actions were driving Ukraine into anarchy. He warned that any sanctions the United States and European Union place on Russia for its actions will backfire. Russia’s Foreign Ministry derided American threats of punitive measures as a “failure to enforce its will and its vision of the right and wrong side of history” — a swipe at President Barack Obama’s statement Monday that Russia was “on the wrong side of history.” The EU was to hold an emergency summit Thursday on whether to impose sanctions. Moscow has insisted that the Russian military deployment in Crimea has remained within the limits set by a bilateral agreement concerning Russia’s Black Sea Fleet military base there. At the United Nations, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N.,

Vitaly Churkin, said Russia was entitled to deploy up to 25,000 troops in Crimea under that agreement. The Russian president also asserted that Ukraine’s 22,000-strong force in Crimea had dissolved and its arsenals had fallen under the control of the local government. He didn’t explain if that meant the Ukrainian soldiers had just left their posts or if they had switched allegiance from Kiev to the local pro-Russian government. Putin accused the West of using fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision in November to ditch a pact with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia to fan the protests that drove him from power and plunged Ukraine into turmoil. “I have told them a thousand times ‘Why are you splitting the country?’” he said. C

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Witness cries at Pistorius murder trial By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press

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PRETORIA, South Africa — For two days, the witness in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius kept her composure. Then, just as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was the memory of the screams she heard on the night that the double-amputee athlete fatally shot his girlfriend in his South African home. Michelle Burger, a neighbor of Pistorius who took the stand on the second day of a trial watched around the world, remained calm through intense questioning by the chief defense lawyer. In a final exchange with the lead prosecutor on Tuesday, however, emotion washed over her as she recalled what she described as the terrified screams of a woman early on Valentine’s Day last year. “When I’m in the shower, I relive her shouts,” Burger said in an apparent reference to her trauma just after the shooting, when a police captain took her statement. When Gerrie Nel, the prosecutor, asked her about her emotions at the time, she said the experience was “quite raw” and her voice broke. Nel asked her how she was coping now. “I’m coping fine,” Burger insisted. “It’s been a year.” Burger, a university lecturer, lives 177 meters (193 yards) from Pistorius’ house, where his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, died in what the runner said was an accident. Burger testified that she heard a man and a woman shouting, then the sound of four gunshots. She said the woman’s screams continued during the gunshots and quickly faded away after the final one. She was the first witness called by the prosecution, which contends that Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp after a loud argument. Her testimony contradicts Pistorius’ account. He says he fired four times through the toilet cubicle door, hitting Steenkamp three times in the head, arm and hip or side area after thinking she was a dangerous intruder. He has pleaded not guilty. The defense contends that Burger may have been asleep when the gunshots were fired, and then mistakenly thought she was hearing gunfire when in fact it was the sound of Pistorius breaking the toilet cubicle door with a cricket bat after realizing he had shot his girlfriend. During cross-examination of Burger, chief defense lawyer Barry Roux suggested that she was mistaken in saying that she heard a woman screaming and that it was actually Pistorius shouting for help in a high voice after accidentally shooting Steenkamp. Giving sometimes grisly details of the killing of the 29-year-old model, Roux said Steenkamp was shot in the head, which would have resulted in brain damage and “no cognitive function” and so she wouldn’t have been able to scream just after the last bullet struck, as Burger testified. Roux said that an expert would later testify in the trial that “with the head shot, she (Steenkamp) would have dropped down immediately.” Burger disagreed. “I heard her voice just after the last shot,” she said. “It faded away.” Her husband, Charl Johnson, also testified that “the last scream faded moments after the last gunshot was fired.” Burger also said that the man she heard — before the sound of the gunfire — was calling for help, a piece of testimony that muddied the prosecution’s narrative that Pistorius was the aggressor. Challenged by Roux, Burger speculated that perhaps the voice was that of Pistorius ridiculing Steenkamp’s calls for help. “Was it a mockery? I don’t know. I’m not Mr. Pistorius,” she said. Pistorius, who faces a minimum of 25 years in prison without parole if convicted of premeditated murder, took notes during testimony and huddled with lawyers during adjournments. His collected demeanor contrasted with his sometimes distraught be-

havior during a bail hearing last year, when he sobbed in court. At one point on Tuesday he covered his ears, but it wasn’t clear why. Pistorius, 27, was born without fibula bones because of a congenital defect and his legs were amputated when he was 11 months old. He has run on carbon-fiber blades and was originally banned from competing against ablebodied peers because many argued that his blades gave him an unfair advantage. He was later cleared to compete. He is a multiple Paralympic medalist but he failed to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Steenkamp’s mother, June, said in a television interview that she did not want to live

‘When I’m in the shower, I relive her shouts.’ — Michelle Burger, witness with bitterness. “I’ve lost everything that’s important to me, and still, I can forgive. I can forgive,” she told NBC’s “Today” show. “One must forgive.” June Steenkamp was in court Monday, hoping to look Pistorius in the eye. But, she said, Pistorius “never looked my way, or he didn’t have an opportunity to do that.” Judge Thokozile Masipa will ultimately deliver the verdict and decide on any sentence. South Africa has no

trial by jury. Tuesday’s proceedings were interrupted when Masipa ordered an investigation into allegations that a South African television channel was broadcasting a photograph of Burger during her testimony — against a court order guaranteeing privacy to witnesses who request it. “I am warning the media,” the judge said, “if you do not behave, you are not going to be treated with soft gloves by this court.”

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Maori king refuses meeting with British prince WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s indigenous Maori king has refused to meet with Prince William and wife Kate when they visit the country next month, saying Tuesday that officials organizing the royal couple’s schedule didn’t allow enough time. Officials had offered up to 90 minutes for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to visit King Tuheitia at his sacred meeting ground, the Turangawaewae Marae. Elaborate Maori protocol dictates that important welcoming ceremonies can often last several hours. In a statement, King Tuheitia said one Maori leader had noted that Maori royalty was “not some carnival act to be rolled out at the beck and call of anyone.” Tuheitia said he estimated there would have been just seven minutes for the royal couple to mingle and meet people on the marae after the ceremonial greetings were completed. The decision was criticized by New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, who said that 90 minutes seemed “generous” given the royal couple’s busy schedule. Royal officials in London did not directly comment on the cancellation, but said the program for the trip had been signed off by the New Zealand government and that several events would “recognize the significance of Maori culture.”


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Get ready for a lot of tournament hoops action The weekend starts today with the Class 1A Peninsula Conference tourney at Skyview High School By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion

For those area hoops fans despairing that both the Northern Lights Conference and Southcentral Conference tournaments are happening off the Peninsula this year, don’t despair. There is still basketball this weekend at the Peninsula Conference tournament at Skyview High School. A lot of basketball. The tournament opens with eight games today, with a total of 27 games scheduled to be played by the time the tournament wraps up Saturday. The event is so big that the Peninsula Conference had to tap Lara McGinnis as the

tournament director because it would be too difficult for just one school to host. “No school in the region except Lumen (Christi) has a facility that can handle the size the tournament has grown to,” Ninilchik coach Rod Van Saun said. Van Saun said the 16 teams come with an average of 12 to 14 people, meaning 192 to 224 can be in the gym before anybody even pays to get in. “There are a lot of longterm, small-schools basketball fans on the Peninsula that come and support the kids and travel a long way to do it,” he said. At stake at the tournament are two girls passes and two boys passes to the Class 1A

Peninsula Conference tournament

at Skyview High School Today’s games —Ninilchik girls vs. Birchwood Christian, 10:30 a.m. —Lumen Christi girls vs. Seldovia, 1:30 p.m. —CIA girls vs. Wasilla Lake Christian, 5 p.m. —Kodiak ESS boys vs. Lumen Christi, 9 a.m. —Ninilchik boys vs. Wasilla Lake, Noon —Seldovia boys vs. Birchwood Christian, 3:30 p.m. —CIA boys vs. Nanwalek, 6:30 p.m. —Nikolaevsk boys vs. Kodiak ESSLumen Christi winner, 8 p.m.

state tournament in Anchorage. The general consensus among coaches is that somebody will have to pull an upset to keep Nikolaevsk and Cook

Inlet Academy from the girls berths, while the boys berths are up for grabs. On the girls side, Nikolaevsk and CIA have represented the conference at state the past two years. Last season, Nikolaevsk won the conference title but the Eagles topped the Warriors for the 1A state title. Nikolaevsk finished 12-0 in the league this year and 20-2 overall, with one of those losses coming out of the league to CIA. The Warriors have a firstround bye and open with the Ninilchik-Birchwood Christian winner Thursday at 5 p.m. Warriors coach Bea Klaich said the girls teams have improved a lot this season, so the

championship game is no sure thing for her squad. “Ninilchik played us pretty close just last week,” Klaich said. “We only beat them by 11. “Compared to the beginning of the season, they’ve come a long way.” CIA, whose only two losses in the conference came to Nikolaevsk, opens with seventhseeded Wasilla Lake Christian at 5 p.m. today. The Eagles and coach Rustin Hitchcock will be seeking a fifth-straight trip to state and a fourth conference title in five years. Lumen, the No. 3 seed, faces No. 6 seed Seldovia at 1:30 p.m. today. The Sea Otters finished 2-10, including double

jeopardy games, in the conference and 1-14 overall. Seldovia coach Tiffany Haller wrote that her team will be working on the basics — running plays aggressively, blocking out, following shots and shooting when open. “If our girls could grow 10 inches in the next 48 hours that would be awesome too,” Haller wrote in an email. The Ninilchik-Birchwood game will be at 10:30 a.m. today. The Wolverines, the No. 4 seed, finished 6-6 and 11-11, including a 39-17 victory over Birchwood. Ninilchik has been buoyed by the return of Jessica Rogers in the middle this year. See HOOPS, page A-11

Gators cruise to 22nd straight win The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Michael Frazier II set a Florida record with 11 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 37 points, leading the top-ranked Gators to a 72-46 victory against South Carolina on Tuesday night. Florida (28-2, 17-0) has won a school-record 22 straight games to move within one win of a perfect Southeastern Conference regular season. Frazier kept the Gators in the game when his teammates struggled in the opening half. Florida took control with a 23-5 run midway through the second half. Frazier broke the 28-year-old Florida mark of Joe Lawrence, who made nine 3s against California on Dec. 27, 1986.

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Kristy Berington mushes down the Iditarod Trail in the middle of the Farewell Burn during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday.

Lack of snow plagues teams ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four veteran mushers are out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race because of injuries on the treacherous trail. DeeDee Jonrowe, Lynwood Fielder and Mike Santos

scratched Tuesday in Rohn, while Jim Lanier left the race at Rainy Pass. Iditarod officials said in a release that Jonrowe told checkpoint personnel she was “beat up physically” in the

Dalzell Gorge. Fielder cited “physical injury from driving the Dalzell Gorge passage.” The 74-yearold Lanier told officials he injured his leg. Officials said Santos

scratched for personal reasons, leaving 64 mushers in the race. A lack of snow is causing dangerous conditions in the gorge, with many mushers crashing their sleds.

Stauskas scored 24 points and Michigan shot 70 percent from the 3-point line to win its first outright Big Ten title since 1986. Stauskas had a career-high seven 3-pointers in nine attempts. The Wolverines (22-7, 14-3) were 16 of 23 from beyond the arc overall.

GEORGETOWN 75, No. 13 CREIGHTON 63 WASHINGTON (AP) — D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Georgetown frustrated Doug McDermott until late in the game. Markel Starks added 17 points and a career-best 11 assists, and Jabril Trawick had 15 points for the Hoyas (17-12, 8-9), who shot 54 percent and advanced their cause as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament.

GEORGIA TECH 67, No. 7 SYRACUSE 62

BAYLOR 74, No. 16 IOWA STATE 61

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and Georgia Tech stunned struggling Syracuse. Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost three of four coming into the game and dropped three more spots in the rankings after starting the season with 25 straight wins and spending three weeks at No. 1.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Brady Heslip scored 18 points, and Baylor got a much-needed boost to its NCAA tournament hopes. There were 15 lead changes and four ties before Heslip put the Bears (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) ahead with a tiebreaking 3 with 2:14 left — the start of a game-ending 13-0 run.

No. 25 KENTUCKY 55, ALABAMA 48

No. 12 MICHIGAN 84, ILLINOIS 53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Kentucky ended a CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Nik two-game losing streak.

Devils beat Red Wings with late goal from Brodeur The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in what might have been his last game with the Devils, and Stephen Gionta scored the tiebreaking goal with under 37 seconds left to lift New Jersey to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Adam Henrique, Marek Zidlicky, and Travis Zajac also had goals for the Devils (2723-13), who closed within one point of Detroit (28-21-12). Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings against Brodeur, who has been the subject of trade rumors leading up to Wednesday’s NHL dealing

deadline. Gionta put the Devils ahead for good when he tipped Mark Fayne’s point shot past Jimmy Howard for the winning goal. BRUINS 4, PANTHERS 1 BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored three goals for Boston in a win over Florida, hours after the visiting Panthers made a series of deals to retool their lineup. Jarome Iginla also scored for the Bruins, who kept former Boston goalie Tim Thomas busy all night with 39 shots on goal. It was possibly Thomas’ last game for the Panthers, who earlier Tuesday acquired veteran Roberto Luongo from Vancouver. Thomas allowed three goals be-

fore Krejci scored in an empty net with 14 seconds left. Boston backup goalie Chad Johnson had a much quieter night, facing 24 shots as the Bruins beat Florida for the seventh straight time. Johnson had a shutout until Florida defenseman Brian Campbell scored with 7:13 left.

BLUE JACKETS 4, STARS 2 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artem Anisimov scored twice, including a late insurance goal, and Columbus held off a third-period rally to beat Dallas. The Blue Jackets have won three in a row and are vying for only their second postseason appearance since joining the NHL in

2000. Columbus scored on the first shot of the game and bolted to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Boone Jenner, R.J. Umberger and Anisimov against backup Dan Ellis. Ellis was shaky early in making his first appearance since Feb. 1.

PENGUINS 3, PREDATORS 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Niskanen scored his second goal of the game 7:29 into the third period, and Pittsburgh beat Nashville to snap a three-game skid. Niskanen and the Penguins helped ruin the return of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne in his first game since Oct. 22 following an E. coli infection in his surgically re-

paired left hip. Chris Kunitz scored a goal, and Sidney Crosby had three assists to add to his NHL-leading point total. The Penguins have not lost more than three straight this season.

AVALANCHE 4, BLACKHAWKS 2 CHICAGO (AP) — Tyson Barrie scored a tiebreaking powerplay goal with 7:10 left, and Colorado topped Chicago for its third straight win. The Avalanche reached 40 victories faster than any team in franchise history. They also improved to 3-1 against the Blackhawks this season and moved within one point of the Stanley Cup champions for second in the Central Division.

Paul Stastny completed the scoring with an empty-netter with 32.6 seconds left. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon got an assist on Stastny’s 20th goal, extending his point streak to 12 games and tying Wayne Gretzky’s record for an 18-year-old player, set in 1979-80.

BLUES 4, LIGHTNING 2 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and goalie Ryan Miller won his first home start in St. Louis’ win over Tampa Bay. T.J. Oshie’s short-handed goal tied it in the second period and he assisted on Steen’s 29th of the season for the Central Division See NHL, page A-11

Canucks’ Luongo headed back to Florida in trade TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer

Roberto Luongo thought he was untradeable. The Panthers found a way to bring him back to Florida. After nearly eight years apart, Luongo was the centerpiece of a fourplayer trade between Florida and the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. The Panthers sent goalie Jacob Markstrom — once considered their future in net — and forward Shawn Matthias to the Canucks for Luongo and forward Steven Anthony. It’s a bold move for the Panthers, who almost certainly will wind up missing the playoffs for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons. “We’re getting a great goalten-

der, a proven commodity,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. “Jacob has got great upside but we needed to make a statement and Luongo’s numbers are terrific. He’s already been in this community and is a very popular figure in the South Florida area. And I just like what he brings to the table, giving us stability and his experience and a chance for us to win. You have to pay the price to get guys like this.” And the Panthers paid a big price. Markstrom’s potential had been spoken about for years and he certainly could have been a more affordable option than Luongo, whose $64 million deal doesn’t expire until the end of the 2021-22 season. “Jacob’s a great young goaltender,

with a lot of potential, but that’s what you have to pay sometimes,” Tallon said. So now the question in Florida becomes what to do with Tim Thomas — the winning goalie when Boston topped Luongo and Vancouver in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Thomas was with the Panthers, ironically enough in Boston for Tuesday’s game, when the deal for Luongo went down. Thomas has a no-trade clause, and Tallon expected to meet with him no later than Wednesday morning to see how the 39-year-old wanted to proceed. Thomas started in net for Florida on Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins. Around the start of that game, Luongo tweeted that he and Thomas C

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solid with those two guys.” Tallon also said Matthias and his agent both expressed that they would prefer a change of scenery, and that the Panthers had no issue in making that happen. Florida already has undergone a coaching change this season from Kevin Dineen to Peter Horachek, and the big trade comes one day after longtime team president and CEO Michael Yormark announced he was leaving the organization to work for rap mogul Jay Z and his Roc Nation agency. Nonetheless, the Panthers found a way to make the huge deal, and bring back a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist and two-time Olympic gold medalist with 367 career victories and a 2.51 goals-against average.

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Scoreboard basketball

Atlanta at Portland, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT

NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 33 26 .559 — Brooklyn 29 29 .500 3½ New York 21 40 .344 13 Boston 20 40 .333 13½ Philadelphia 15 46 .246 19 Southeast Division Miami 43 15 .741 — Washington 31 29 .517 13 Charlotte 27 33 .450 17 Atlanta 26 32 .448 17 Orlando 19 43 .306 26 Central Division Indiana 46 14 .767 — Chicago 33 27 .550 13 Detroit 24 36 .400 22 Cleveland 24 38 .387 23 Milwaukee 12 47 .203 33½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division San Antonio 44 16 .733 — Houston 41 19 .683 3 Dallas 36 25 .590 8½ Memphis 34 25 .576 9½ New Orleans 24 37 .393 20½ Northwest Division Oklahoma City 46 15 .754 — Portland 41 19 .683 4½ Minnesota 30 29 .508 15 Denver 25 34 .424 20 Utah 21 39 .350 24½ Pacific Division L.A. Clippers 42 20 .677 — Golden State 37 24 .607 4½ Phoenix 35 25 .583 6 Sacramento 21 39 .350 20 L.A. Lakers 21 40 .344 20½ Tuesday’s Games Golden State 98, Indiana 96 San Antonio 122, Cleveland 101 Houston 106, Miami 103 Oklahoma City 125, Philadelphia 92 L.A. Clippers 104, Phoenix 96 New Orleans 132, L.A. Lakers 125 Wednesday’s Games Houston at Orlando, 3 p.m. Utah at Washington, 3 p.m. Indiana at Charlotte, 3 p.m. Memphis at Brooklyn, 3:30 p.m. Golden State at Boston, 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Dallas at Denver, 4 p.m. New York at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Sacramento at Milwaukee, 4 p.m.

Top-25 College

1. Florida (28-2) 2. Wichita State (31-0) 3. Arizona (27-2) 4. Duke (23-6) 5. Virginia (25-5) 6. Villanova (26-3) 7. Syracuse (26-4) 8. Kansas (22-7) 9. Wisconsin (24-5) 10. San Diego State (25-3) 11. Louisville (24-5) 12. Michigan (22-7) 13. Creighton (23-6) 14. North Carolina (23-7) 15. Cincinnati (24-5) 16. Iowa State (22-7) 17. Saint Louis (25-4) 18. SMU (23-6) 19. UConn (23-6) 20. Memphis (22-7) 21. New Mexico (23-5) 22. Michigan State (22-7) 23. Oklahoma (21-8) 24. Iowa (20-9) 25. Kentucky (22-8)

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

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NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts Boston 61 39 17 5 83 Montreal 63 34 22 7 75 Tampa Bay 62 34 23 5 73 Toronto 63 32 23 8 72 Detroit 61 28 21 12 68 Ottawa 62 27 24 11 65 Florida 62 23 32 7 53 Buffalo 61 18 35 8 44 Metropolitan Division Pittsburgh 61 41 16 4 86 Philadelphia 62 32 24 6 70 N.Y. Rangers 62 33 26 3 69 Columbus 62 32 25 5 69 Washington 62 29 23 10 68 New Jersey 63 27 23 13 67 Carolina 62 27 26 9 63 N.Y. Islanders 64 24 32 8 56 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division St. Louis 61 Chicago 63 Colorado 62 Minnesota 62 Dallas 62 Winnipeg 63

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BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES Agreed to terms with LHP Johan Santana on a minor league contract. CLEVELAND INDIANS Agreed to terms with RHPs Austin Adams, Corey Kluber, C.C. Lee and Bryan Shaw; LHPs T.J. House and Colt Hynes; and INF Lonnie Chisenhall on one-year contracts. Named Gregg Langbehn major league replay coordinator. National League CHICAGO CUBS Named Ted Lilly special assistant to the president of baseball operations and general manager. LOS ANGELES DODGERS Optioned RHP Pedro Baez, OF Nick Buss, RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Yimi Garcia and LHP Jarret Martin to their minor league camp. Reassigned RHP Sam Demel, C Griff Erickson, LHP Daniel Moskos, C Chris O’Brien and LHP Chris Reed to their minor league camp. WASHINGTON NATIONALS Agreed to terms with LHP Mike Gonzalez on a minor league contract.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association CHARLOTTE BOBCATS Signed C Justin Hamilton to a 10-day contract. DALLAS MAVERICKS Assigned G Gal Mekel to Texas (NBADL). MILWAUKEE BUCKS Signed F Tony Mitchell to a 10-day contract. Women’s National Basketball Association ATLANTA DREAM Named Teresa Edwards assistant coach. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS Named Buddy Morris strength and conditioning coach. ATLANTA FALCONS Re-signed DT Corey Peters to a one-year contract. Announced the retirement of RB Jason Snelling. DETROIT LIONS Released G Leroy Harris. Signed DT Corvey Irvin. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Released G Uche Nwaneri. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Released WR Jason Avant. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Released CB Derek Cox, CB Johnny Patrick and FB Le’Ron McClain. WASHINGTON REDSKINS Waived RB Jawan Jamison and RB Davin Meggett. Terminated the contracts of DE Adam Carriker, TE Richard Quinn and P Sav Rocca. National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS Traded F Dustin Penner to Washington for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick. Traded G Viktor Fasth to Edmonton for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a 2015 third-round draft pick. CAROLINA HURRICANES Agreed to terms with G Anton Khudobin on a two-year contract. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Acquired D David Rundblad and D Mathieu Brisebois from Phoenix for a 2014 second-round draft pick. Assigned Brisebois to Rockford (AHL). DALLAS STARS Traded D Stephane Robidas to Anaheim for a conditional 2014 fourth-round draft pick. Recalled F Chris Mueller from Texas (AHL). EDMONTON OILERS Traded G Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick.

FLORIDA PANTHERS Traded D Mike Weaver to Montreal for a 2015 fifth-round draft pick. MINNESOTA WILD Signed RW Zack Mitchell to a three-year, entry-level contract. Reassigned F Stephane Veilleux to Iowa (AHL). NEW YORK ISLANDERS Traded D Andrew MacDonald to Philadelphia for C Matt Mangene, a 2014 third-round draft pick and a 2015 second-round draft pick. OTTAWA SENATORS Traded F Jeff Costello to Vancouver for D Patrick Mullen and assigned him to Binghamton (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES Recalled D David Rundblad from Portland (AHL). Acquired F Martin Erat and F John Mitchell from the Washington Capitals for D Rostislav Klesla, F Chris Brown and a fourth round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. VANCOUVER CANUCKS Traded G Roberto Luongo and F Steve Anthony to Florida for G Jacob Markstrom and F Shawn Matthias. WASHINGTON CAPITALS Reassigned LW Nicolas Deschamps to Hershey (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer COLORADO RAPIDS Signed MF Jose Mari. LA GALAXY Signed D James Riley. SEATTLE SOUNDERS Traded M Alex Caskey to D.C. United for a 2016 third-round draft pick. SPORTING KANSAS CITY Signed M Alex Martinez. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS Signed G Marco Carducci. COLLEGE CASTLETON Named Benjamin Stockwell director of athletic communications. CLEMSON Suspended DE Corey Crawford, OL David Beasley, OL Shaq Anthony and CB Garry Peters one game for violating team rules. DELAWARE Named Rachel Chupein women’s assistant soccer coach. FRESNO STATE Named Marcus Woodson secondary coach. SMU Named Steve Broussard running backs coach. TCU Named Kenny Perry cornerbacks coach.

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HOUSTON — Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds, James Harden added 21 points and the Houston Rockets held LeBron James in check Tuesday night in a 106103 win over the Miami Heat. James had 22 points, one night after setting a club record with a career-best 61 against Charlotte. He acknowledged before the game that he was “extremely tired” and that he spent most of the day sleeping. He had 19 points by halftime, but appeared to drag at

times in the second half and spent the first half of the fourth quarter on the bench. Still, the Heat cut their deficit to three when Michael Beasley hit a 3-pointer with 21.2 seconds left. Harden threw the ball away after that, and Howard accidentally hit James in the face when they both went up to try to grab a long pass. WARRIORS 98, PACERS 96

diana to hand the Pacers only their tory over Cleveland. fourth home loss this season.

THUNDER 125, 76ERS 92 OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had a triple-double in 21 minutes and Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help Oklahoma City defeat woeful Philadelphia for its third straight win.

SPURS 122, CAVALIERS 101

INDIANAPOLIS — Klay CLEVELAND — Danny Green Thompson made a 12-foot turn- scored 24 points and San Antonio around jumper with 0.6 seconds turned to its 3-point shooting to left, and Golden State held off In- shake off a sluggish start in a vic-

CLIPPERS 104, SUNS 96 PHOENIX — Matt Barnes scored 18 of his season-high 28 points in the third quarter and Los Angeles beat Phoenix for its fifth victory in a row.

PELICANS 132, LAKERS 125 LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds, Eric Gordon also scored 28 and New Orleans beat Los Angeles to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Busch to attempt Indy-Charlotte double JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s been 10 years since a driver last attempted running both the Indianapolis 500 and the CocaCola 600 on the same day, a feat so grueling that only Tony Stewart has successfully com-

pleted all 1,100 miles. Now Kurt Busch wants to give “the double” a try and he will have cars capable of winning both races. He said Tuesday he will attempt to make the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for Andretti Autosport. Should he make the May 25 race, Busch would then fly to Charlotte

Motor Speedway to fulfill his fulltime job with Stewart-Haas Racing — a team co-owned by Stewart — in NASCAR’s longest event of the year. “I’m a fan of motorsports, a student of motorsports, and I view this as a challenge for myself,” Busch said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“Memorial Day weekend, the central focus of all motorsports is Monaco, Indianapolis and Charlotte and this is a tremendous opportunity to be right in the middle of it.” Only John Andretti, Stewart and Robby Gordon have attempted the “double,” and no driver has tried since Gordon in 2004.

Peninsula skiers take on Tour of Anchorage Staff report Peninsula Clarion

A number of Peninsula skiers made the trip north to participate in the Tour of Anchorage on Sunday. Due to a lack of snow, the race was shortened from its normal 50-, 40- and 25-kilomter distances to 26K and 19K. The results for finishers listed as being from a Peninsula city follow: WOMEN 19-kilometer classical — 10. Carlin Rauch, Homer, 1 hour, 24 minutes, 3 seconds; 19. Catherine Bursch, Homer, 1:30:40; 35. Joell Slade-House, Homer, 1:44:08; 74. Lisa Renken, Soldotna, 2:09:33; 80. Karen Marquardt, Homer, 2:11:00; 101. Wendy Mc-

Cune, Homer, 2:35:41; 102. Sherry Stead, Homer, 2:35:41. 19-kilometer freestyle — 32. Mieka Chythlook, Kasilof, 1:12:13; 44. Marylynn Barnwell, Seward, 1:13:31; 56. Binget Nilsson, Seward, 1:15:42; 57. Mia Alexson, Homer, 1:15:46; 106. Heather Shank, Seward, 1:23:51; 126. Polly Prindle-Hess, Homer, 1:27:33; 168. Sheryl Nelson, Soldotna, 1:34:56; 183. Kayce James, Cooper Landing, 1:38:30; 185. Patricia Perry, Seward, 1:39:26; 187. Bonniee Dupree, Homer, 1:39:56. 26-kilometer freestyle — 17. Stacey Buckelew, Homer, 1:24:38; 43. Annie Ridgely, Homer, 1:35:27; 53. Mikaela Salzetti, Kenai, 1:37:14; 73. Alison O’Hara, Homer, 1:40:51; 91. Maddie O’Laire, Homer, 1:46:45; 92. Jodi Dura, Kenai, 1:46:52; 98. Helen Lindemuth, Seward, 1:49:01; 129. Madeleine Michaud, Soldotna, 1:59:57; 141. Audrey Russell, Homer, 2:09:42; 150. Christine Anderson, Homer, 2:25:52; 154. Kali Guerrini, Homer, 2:46:39. MEN 19-kilometer classical — 11. Jeremy Kupferschmid, Kasilof, 1:02:30; 29. Trevor Davis, Soldotna, 1:20:55; 40. Mike McCarthy,

Homer, 1:31:09. 19-kilometer freestyle — 41. Charles Rohr, Homer, 1:03:46; 74. Jacob Davis, Homer, 1:07:39; 75. Jordan Beachy, Homer, 1:07:41; 115. Stan Mishin, Soldotna, 1:12:40; 120. Robert Barnwell, Seward, 1:13:09; 121. Tom Bursch, Homer, 1:13:24; 152. Caleb Rauch, Homer, 1:17:00; 172. Dennis Perry, Seward, 1:19:11; 210. Wilbur Nelson, Soldotna, 1:25:13; 281. Michael O’Laire, Homer, 1:51:05. 26-kilometer freestyle — 23. Andre Lovett, Homer, 1:08:35; 27. Jan Spurkland, Homer, 1:09:18; 70. Noah King, Kenai, 1:17:23; 72. Pete Alexson, Homer, 1:17:39; 73. Fox Michaud, Soldotna, 1:18:05; 96. Karl Danielson, Kenai, 1:21:57; 97. Chuck Dimarzio, Seward, 1:21:59; 123. Tim Blackmon, Homer, 1:24:36; 129. Emil Danielson, Kenai, 1:25:11; 153. Daniel Perry, Homer, 1:27:16; 154. Tom Fraychineaud, Seward, 1:27:21; 159. Tony Eskelin, Soldotna, 1:27:31; 161. Sean Ulman, Seward, 1:27:44; 168. Addison Downing, Sterling, 1:28:22; 181. Tanner Best, Soldotna, 1:29:21; 187. John-Mark Pothast, Soldotna, 1:29:50; 189. Colton Diehl, Sterling, 1:29:53; 193. Luke Rosier, Seward, 1:30:11; 197. Dan Harbison, Sol-

dotna, 1:30:43; 200. Alan Parks, Homer, 1:30:57; 205. Tom Seggerman, Sterling, 1:31:31; 227. Nathaniel McGilvra, Soldotna, 1:34:00; 228. James Eaton, Soldotna, 1:34:03; 236. Atz Kilcher, Homer, 1:34:51; 247. Carl Schoch, Homer, 1:35:59; 294. Mark Flanagan, Seward, 1:41:45; 312. Carl Seger, Homer, 1:43:38; 319. Mikel Salzetti, Kenai, 1:44:36; 329. Gary Dickerson, Homer, 1:46:27; 345. Scott Downing, Sterling, 1:49:16; 387. Kevin Walker, Homer, 2:01:46; 400. Deland Anderson, Homer, 2:20:50.

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“She missed the first part of the season and it’s been quite the learning experience for those that have never played with her because she’s a dominant scorer and center,” Van Saun said. Van Saun said that for his team to threaten for a state berth, his guards need to complement Rogers by handling pressure and scoring when the opportunity presents itself. On the boys side of the tournament, expect a wild ride. While CIA and Nikolaevsk girls have held sway on the girls side for several years, there is no such stability on the boys side. The two boys squads to make state last year — Lumen Christi and Birchwood Christian — are the Nos. 9 and 6 seeds, respectively. A tournament in Seldovia at the end of February featuring No. 1 seed Nikolaevsk, No. 2 seed CIA, No. 3 seed Seldovia and No. 7 seed Nanwalek showed just how crazy things may get over the weekend. Nikolaevsk won the tournament, but defeated Seldovia and CIA by three points. The Warriors also had just a twopoint lead on Nanwalek after three quarters. The Seldovia-CIA game also was close, with Timmy Smithwick nailing a trey at the buzzer for the win. The Warriors, who get the winner of Kodiak ESS and Lumen Christi at 8 p.m. today, finished 15-1 in the league and 16-6 overall. But Nikolaevsk boys coach Steve Klaich is doing anything but resting easy as his squad chases its first state berth since 1997. “We’ve had a lot of close games,” Klaich said. “There’s a lot of very good basketball teams in this conference. “It’s been a season of threepoint games.” The Eagles open with Nanwalek at 6:30 p.m. today. Under coach Justin Franchino, CIA has reached the conference title game the last four years, but has turned that into state berths twice. CIA beat Nanwalek by double digits twice this season. “They’ve come a long way and can score a lot of points,” Franchino said. “John Romanoff is one of the best play-

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ers in our conference. “We can’t overlook them, and we can’t overlook anybody else at this tournament. There’s at least five teams that have a legitimate chance of winning it.” Franchino said he will count on the senior leadership of Mylon Weems to keep the Eagles focused on the title. At times this season, the coach said his squad has struggled with mental focus, and that has led to some huge comebacks both by CIA and by CIA’s opponents in games. “The positive way to say it is it keeps me on my toes because it’s exciting and you never know what is going to happen,” Franchino said. “But it can also be super frustrating to have so many ups and downs. “The last couple of weeks, we’ve focused on putting stuff together, and we’re potentially peaking at the right time.” Seldovia opens against Birchwood Christian at 3:30 p.m. The Sea Otters topped Birchwood 55-30 earlier this season on the way to an 11-3 record in the league and 11-9 overall. Seldovia didn’t get a chance to play Kodiak ESS. “They are a young, building team, but I certainly don’t want to look past them or come out and have the team play sloppy to start the tournament,” Seldovia boys coach Mark Janes wrote in an email. Ninilchik, the No. 4 seed, opens with a noon game against No. 5 Wasilla Lake. The Wolverines finished 10-6 in the league, losing to Seldovia, Nikolaevsk and CIA twice, but sweeping everybody else. However, way back in the second game of the season, Ninilchik beat Wasilla Lake by just two. Coach Nickolas Finley said the key to the tournament for his squad will be defense. Finley said his team is young, so it doesn’t have a lot of scorers yet. “If we can hold a team under 50, we have a good chance to win,” he said. Junior Sam Mireles has returned to the team the last three games, and Finley said his mature athleticism has added another element to the team. The coach also said his team has prepared for the big conference crowds and big floor by requesting to play the hosts at all tournaments this year, and by practicing at Homer’s gym early in the week.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ales Hemsky scored two goals and the Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak.

leaders. Patrik Berglund started COYOTES 1, CANUCKS 0 the comeback with his third goal GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — in two games, and Vladimir TaraAntoine Vermette scored late in senko’s empty-net score cinched it the first period and Mike Smith with a half-minute to go. stopped 23 shots.

ISLANDERS 3, JETS 2, OT WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Michael Grabner scored on a breakaway 3:53 into overtime as the New York Islanders defeated Winnipeg. Cal Clutterbuck sent a pass from around the blue line up to Grabner, who slipped between two Jets and beat goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

OILERS 3, SENATORS 2

HURRICANES 3, SHARKS 2, OT SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jay Harrison scored with 41.2 seconds remaining in overtime and the Hurricanes won for the first time since the Olympic break. Jiri Tlusty and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Hurricanes, who lost the first four games since the Olympics before capping their five-game road trip with a win.


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removal and office remodel is listed under the A category — health and safety. The problem stems from spray applied asbestos fire proofing material falling from the ceiling. The maintenance department has been removing loose asbestos as it occurs. According to the plan, the office needs to be reconfigured to allow for better visual surveillance of people entering and leaving the school. He said projects also score better when preliminary drawings and other design and planning aspects are ready. Some of the projects on the district’s plan have preliminary plans ready, but getting some other plans to get to that point would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said. The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 14 in the George A. Navarre Administration Building in Soldotna.

However, Pegge Erkeneff, KPBSD spokesperson, wrote in an email if next summer’s roofing projects are completed ahead of schedule and funding is still available, the district would be able to complete additional roofing projects and forgo phase three for 2020. She said when 2020 arrives, the district will look at all of its schools to determine if any maintenance is needed. The board postponed action on the plan at its Feb. 3 meeting and discussed the plan during a work session prior to the board meeting on Monday. Dave Tressler, director of the planning and operations department, presented the plan to the board at the work session. Each project falls under a category from A to G, and projects toward the beginning of the alphabet are more likely to get Kaylee Osowski can be funding, he said. reached at kaylee.osowski@ The Kenai Middle asbestos peninsulaclarion.com.

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design, and on Tuesday he was one of the scheduled speakers on the gas line effort at a meeting of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Persily said having the office around as a project progresses would be helpful. But he said if the office went away, it would not stop the project.

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and a comprehensive energy plan. Two fact-check organizations found the ad distorted or exaggerated Begich’s position. Americans for Prosperity spokesman Levi Russell said Tuesday that the group is “very comfortable” with the contents of its ad and stands behind it. Begich on Monday also took a swipe at the Koch brothers,

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, in a speech to state lawmakers Monday, said he was working to extend the benefits of the office to any Alaska gas project. In addition to Persily, the office of federal coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects currently has three full-time and two part-time employees. The office had had a budget of $1 million a year, a figure that was zeroed out in Obama’s budget request for next fiscal year. which he said was an effort to provide “context” to who is behind the ad. Begich said they had no problem “firing” Alaskans and “leaving dirty water.” Flint Hills Resources, which is owned by Koch Industries Inc., recently announced plans to close the Flint Hills refinery at North Pole, citing the costs from the cleanup of the industrial chemical sulfolane as a major reason. Begich, in his radio ad, refers to them as “billionaire outsiders” who turned their backs on Alaska.

Around Alaska House Finance balks over exit exam

ity say they support returning to a longer legislative session. But Anchorage Rep. Max Gruenberg says he doesn’t think there’s interest among the Legislature’s leadership to do so. Voters in 2006 approved changing the maximum length of a regular session from 121 days to 90 days. The 90-day session took effect for the 2008 session. Since then, there has been periodic talk about, or bills introduced to, return to longer sessions. Minority members have raised concerns with the pace with which some bills are moving and opportunities for public comment. Republican Senate President Charlie Huggins says he supports the idea of 90-day sessions in even-numbered years and budget sessions in odd-numbered years that would run as long as necessary to delve into state budgets.

JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee expressed concern Tuesday over how the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development would terminate the high school exit exam under a bill being considered. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Pete Higgins, a Republican from Fairbanks, would phase out the high school exit examination. It would also give 2,272 Alaskans holding a letter of achievement until June 2015 to take the test. It would cost the state about $1.4 million to extend the contract with the company that performs the test. Rep. David Guttenberg, a Democrat from Fairbanks, said the students in question already have met curriculum require- Alaska: light quake felt in Anchorage ment. That means they could receive a diploma without taking ANCHORAGE — A light earthquake was felt in Anchorage the test, and that could save the state money. and nearby communities. The bill was held by the committee. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the Tuesday evening quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.4. The center says it was also felt in Eagle River, Wasilla, Willow and Talkeetna. Some House Dems support longer sessions There were no immediate reports of damage. JUNEAU — Some members of the House Democratic minor— The Associated Press

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third-degree and burglary in the first degree. Heiman was arrested during a traffic stop in Soldotna on Dec. 13, 2013 after the officer conducting the stop, discovered Heiman matched the description of a man who broke into a home on Tobacco Lane in Soldotna armed with a knife and attempted to sexually assault a 23-year-old woman earlier in the night, according to the police affidavit. He was originally charged with first-degree sexual assault, third-degree assault, first-degree burglary and resisting arrest for the December incident. On Feb. 27, state prosecutors dismissed one count of sexual assault in the first-degree and one count of sexual assault in the second-degree. In all, Heiman faces eight felony charges and one misdemeanor from the two attacks. The new charges stem from a report to the Alaska State Troopers that an 18-year-old woman had been taken from her apartment at knife point and raped repeatedly. The victim said she woke up at about 4 a.m. to someone standing over her with a head-

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lamp in one hand and a knife in the other. The attacker tied her hands behind her back, covered her head with a McDonald’s bag and carried her to his truck, according to her report. The victim told police Heiman was going to slit her throat if she did not do what he told her. She said she was raped for approximately three hours and told she would not survive the encounter. She was able to get out of the vehicle, a dark colored extended cab Chevy pickup, near Skyview High School when her assailant stopped to use the bathroom and from there she ran along the Sterling Highway to the Safeway parking lot in the early morning, according to the affidavit. She was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital where police were notified of the incident. The Sexual Assault Response Team examined her and evidence was collected and submitted to the Crime Lab in Anchorage. On Feb. 24, the DNA collected from the SART exam was matched with Heiman’s DNA. On Jan. 29, Judge Charles Huguelet set the conditions of release to $100,000 appearance with 10 percent in cash with a $35,000 cash performance bond. Huguelet also granted Roland Heiman third party cus-

todianship in a bail hearing at the Kenai Courthouse. State prosecutor Ben Jaffa said Assistant District Attorney Kelly Lawson requested bail be set at $250,000 given the seriousness of the offense and threat Heiman poses to the community. “We may very well be dealing with someone constituted as a serial rapist,” he said. “Safety of the community is of paramount concern.” Heiman’s public defender Josh Cooley said the state’s request of $250,000 is equivalent to $25 million bond. He said bail set by Huguelet is already more than the family can afford to pay. In light of the new charges on Tuesday, Judge Carl Bauman raised the cash performance bond from $35,000 to $135,000 and denied Heiman contact with either of the two victims. During the December attack, police allege that Heiman cut power to a woman’s cabin and entered armed with a 4-inch knife and wearing a headlamp, according to the complaint. The woman woke up when she felt her blanket being pulled off and said “excuse me” to the man standing at the foot of her bed, according to police. The woman freed herself and ran for the door but Heiman pinned her against the

wall and held the knife to her belly, according to police. She then pushed him away, pushed her way through an open door, jumped off a deck and ran to her brother’s home next door, according to the affidavit. The family called 911 to report the incident and Heiman fled the scene according to police. In an interview at her brother’s house, the woman told police that her attacker resembled a man that worked on the home months earlier, but she said she had not seen him since. Police stopped Heiman several miles away along Ski Hill Road heading in the direction of Funny River Road. In the truck, police found a headlamp, an empty sheath for a hunting knife and a shotgun. Heiman denied being at the Tobacco Road residence and attempted to resist arrest as he yelled out, “I can’t go back,” as police placed him in custody. In 2009, Heiman served 23 days in jail when he was found guilty of burglary in the firstdegree and assault in the fourthdegree. Heiman is currently in jail at Wildwood Pretrial Facility. His next court date is Friday, March 7 with Judge Huguelet at the Kenai Courthouse. Reach Dan Balmer at daniel. balmer@peninsulaclarion.com

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eems like Christmas was part about this version of just yesterday and here macaroni and cheese, lies in we are — at the beginthe butter-browned fresh bread ning of the Lenten season and crumbs that top it, sublime on our way to spring. when homemade bread is For many, Lent means available. meatless meals, among them And, while we’re on the those that include cheese. Two subject of things that come out favorite cheese-laden dishes for of a box, there’s no doubt that Lent are lasagna and macaroni no-boil lasagna noodles makes and cheese. fixing the once laborious ItalOver the years, I’ve offered ian casserole easier than ever. Kitchen Ade many macaroni and cheese Four-layered No-Boil Lasagna, Sue Ade recipes, and to be perfectly prepared from a recipe that honest, kids seem to always originated on the back of a prefer the kind that comes Barilla no-boil lasagna box, has straight out of a box. And, it’s not just the become a favorite of mine — and you have told children who lick their plates clean when served me, yours, as well. a bowlful of Kraft’s macaroni and cheese, but Of course, any recipe that comes from a box some adults, too, who grew up with the stuff. can be improved upon with our own homemade A recipe found in a vintage Sunbeam frypan touches, but as a place from which to start, recipe and instruction booklet comes pretty during Lent and other times of the year, these close to having the taste many folks yearn for recipes are good meatless ways to begin. from their macaroni and cheese, due surely to the use of processed sharp American cheese, Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad which guarantees a smooth, curdle-free velvety experience and interest in the culinary arts. She Photos by Sue Ade sauce. (I used Velveeta, also a product of Kraft, has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of for the Sunbeam recipe.) South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached If you’re looking for easy meatless meals to prepare during Lent, you can’t do much better than a panful of lasagna or macaroni and cheese. Besides its ease of preparation, the lovely at kitchenade@yahoo.com.

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If you want to include meat in your lasagna casserole, the original recipe for No-Boil Lasagna, found on a box of Barilla no-boil lasagna noodles, calls for the layering of one pound of cooked and crumbled ground beef or sausage into the lasagna before baking.

Adapted from a recipe by Barilla 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, parAmerica, Inc. mesan cheese, parsley and pepper.

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1 (9-ounce) box Barilla no-boil lasagna 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese 4 cups (16-ounce package) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided ½ cup (2 ounces) grated parmesan cheese, plus additional cheese for serving 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper 2 (24-ounce jars) Barilla Marinara Sauce Non-stick cooking spray for coating baking pan

Spread 1 cup of sauce on bottom of baking pan. On top of sauce, layer 4 uncooked lasagna sheets, 1/3 of ricotta cheese mixture, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of sauce. Layer again, with 4 uncooked lasagna sheets, 1/3 of ricotta cheese mixture and this time, 1½ cups sauce. Repeat, with another 4 lasagna sheets, the remaining ricotta mixture and 1 cup of sauce. Finally, top with remaining lasagna sheets, the remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 x 3-inches deep baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. (If you don’t have a deep baking dish, just make 3 layers to avoid spillovers in your oven.) Remove 16 no-boil lasagna sheets from box. Do not boil. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Stir in ricotta cheese,

Bake, covered with foil, until bubbly, 50 to 60 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until cheese is browned, about 5 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes, sprinkling with additional parmesan cheese before cutting. To serve, garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Makes 12 servings.

To cook and serve

Macaroni and Cheese thur brand) 1/3 cup granulated sugar ¾ teaspoon salt 1 envelope (2¼ teaspoons) rapid rise or bread machine yeast Non-stick cooking spray, for greasing pans Butter for spreading on baked bread (optional)*

The recipe here, designed for use in a three-quart capacity electric skillet fitted with a vented lid, was found in a vintage Sunbeam frypan recipes and instructions booklet. Kids love it. ½ pound elbow macaroni, or similar size dry pasta product 3 tablespoons butter ½ cup fine fresh bread crumbs, from store-bought or homemade bread (see recipe below) 2 tablespoons grated onion* 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon dry mustard 2 cups milk 1/3 pound processed sharp American cheese, grated Paprika Cook the macaroni as directed on the package label. Drain. Preheat the frypan to 300 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the bread crumbs and brown. Remove from the frypan and set aside. Add the remaining butter to the frypan and sauté the onion at 240 degrees.* Blend in the flour, salt, pepper and mustard. Add milk gradually, stirring until smooth. Stir in ¾ of the cheese. Turn the temperature dial to OFF. Fold in the drained macaroni. Mix lightly with a fork. Top with the remaining cheese and bread crumbs. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover, with vent open. Bake at HIGH SIMMER for 25 minutes, until bubbly and hot.* Serve directly from the frypan. Makes 4 to 6 servings. *Kitchen Ade note: If you do not like the taste of onion in your macaroni and cheese, just leave it out. Be sure to adjust the heat on your frypan so that the dish is not cooking at too high a temperature. Set at MEDIUM SIMMER, my macaroni and cheese was ready in just over 15

Macaroni and cheese is easy to make in an electric skillet. If you don’t have one, finish the dish by pouring the macaroni/cheese mixture into a greased two-quart baking dish and baking in a preheated 375-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned. A topping of buttered and browned fresh bread crumbs is one of the best parts of this dish.

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Homemade Bread Crumbs The use of homemade bread (recipe follows) in a dish calling for bread crumbs makes more difference than you can image. It’s fine, even desirable, to use bread that is a day old for making crumbs, but never use bread that has become stale. n For fresh, soft crumbs, 1 average slice of crustless bread equals about ½ cup crumbs. Do not use bread that is

overly soft. n For dry bread crumbs, use bread (with some crusts left on) that have been placed in a single layer on a cookie sheet and allowed to dry in a 300 degree oven for one hour. 1 average slice of dried bread equals about ¼ cup crumbs. To make bread crumbs in a food processor, place torn pieces of bread into work bowl and pulse until crumbs are desired size, processing no more than 4 slices at a time. If using an electric blender to make crumbs, best C

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Old-Fashioned Basic White Bread (For an 8.5 X 4.5-inch loaf pan)

Spray canister of an electric bread machine lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Place water and oil in canister, then add flour, sugar and salt. With your finger make an indentation in the flour and carefully pour in yeast. (Do not allow yeast to come into contact with liquid). Start machine on dough cycle. When cycle completes, remove dough from canister and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead dough for a few seconds, then roll into an even log, approximately the same length and width (8 x 4 inches) as the bread pan you will be using to bake the bread. Lightly spray an 8.5 x 4.5inch bread pan with cooking spray. Place dough in pan and cover pan with a lightly greased piece of plastic wrap. Let dough rise until it just crowns, about ¾ to 1 inch above sides of pan. (Do not let dough rise beyond sides of pan, or your loaf will be misshapen.) Remove plastic wrap, place pan in a 350-degree preheated oven, and bake for approximately 35 minutes. The bread should be golden brown with an internal temperature of 190 degrees. (Test bread with an instant read thermometer.) Remove bread from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. Makes 1 (8-inch) loaf.

*Kitchen Ade note: For a soft crust, gently rub a thin coating of 1 cup warm (110 degrees) water butter (you can use a stick of butter 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or light straight from the refrigerator) over the olive oil top of bread while it is still hot. 3 cups bread flour (I like King Ar-


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B-2 Peninsula Clarion, Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Grannie Annie is the author of Grannie Annie Cookbook series, featuring Alaskan recipes and stories

About remodeling the old farm house, bathrooms and bedrooms North of Fort Collins, Colo., 1947

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e moved into our beautiful newly remodeled farmhouse, with two big bay windows in the living room, one in the dining room and one in the new bedroom that had real hardwood oak floors, a new bedroom set that mom called limed oak, which consisted of a big dresser with the big mirror, two drawers on each side. That big double bed had a matching bookcase-headboard and nightstands. I think Mom had draperies made for the big bay window to the east and a smaller window facing north. I am almost positive this bedroom was supposed to have been Mom and Dad’s bedroom, but somehow a silent argument occurred and Ginger and I got the beautiful new bedroom. I believe this silent argument was over the bathroom, which was situated down a little hallway behind the kitchen and next to the old bedroom that Mom and Dad had always occupied. The silent argument started over whether there should be a shower or a tub in the bathroom. Mom wanted to tub, Dad wanted a shower. This argument was settled by not having either! Part of the problem was we had a cistern and water delivered every two weeks. Mom was forever reminding us not to waste water. I still am careful about “not wasting water.” We never heard them argue, we never heard cross words between the two — but we did know when they were upset with each other because of the “silent treatment.” They simply did not speak to each other. For example, if Dad wanted the salt and pepper and it was placed in front of my mother, he would ask the person sitting next to Mom to please pass the salt and

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pepper (or the butter or bread). Mom would stare straight ahead as we passed the item to Dad, who always said thank you and carried on with his dinner. So to settle the argument with the bathroom tub-shower problem, we took our bath in the basement in the large cement laundry tubs. Seemed normal to me! If someone asked or if one of my brothers or sisters asked why there was just as sink and toilet stool in the bathroom and not a shower or tub, Mom would say, “Go ask your dad,” and Dad would say, “Go ask your mom.” So we never knew exactly why the bathroom was devoid of a shower or tub. And they avoided each other if the discussion of showers or tubs ever came up! This story still makes me smile! The new living room was long and big with a huge fireplace made of blonde brick, on the east wall and tan or green carpet. Big plush green couch and chair and the old fashioned radio that worked on a battery and a brand new Motorola television (Dad’s pride and joy) two lamp stands and a floor lamp completed the living room. The new dining room had a Duncan-Fife dinning table and chairs, that was placed on a big red, black and gray area rug that protected the wood floors.

A big buffet with beveled mirror held Mom’s gold rim china, crystal and silverware. It also held the Irish linen tablecloths and napkins, nicely starched and ironed for the next holiday occasion. The newly remodeled kitchen was the old farmhouse living room. It was surrounded with kitchen cupboards my Grandpa Cogswell made and the new electric stove, that Mom would stand back and admire and conjure up some of her wonderful dinners and suppers. She loved her electric stove after cooking on the a big old black stove. We had wonderful holiday dinners, complete with formally set dinnerware, crystal goblets, and polished silverware set on a starched and ironed Irish linen tablecloth. Mom worked hard planning, cooking, baking and serving these delicious meals. Dad always saw to it that she had a big fresh bouquet of flowers in the middle of the table. Please do not forget to include in your nightly prayers those who are suffering and need to be healed. Some of you know that my daughter Susan is battleing cancer again and we ask your prayers for her and my niece Sarah. Seek an Angel and God with an open heart and you will always find them. God please Bless our America! The series is written by a 44 year resident of Alaska, Ann Berg of Nikiski. Ann shares her collections of recipes from family and friends. She has gathered recipes for more that 50 years. Some are her own creation. Her love of recipes and food came from her Mother, a self taught wonderful cook. She hopes you enjoy the recipes and that the stories will bring a smile to your day. Grannie Annie can be reached at anninalaska@gci. net.

Peanut butter-banana muffins A great combination!

Great combination! 1 cup flour 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats 1/3 cup Brown sugar 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 cup mashed bananas-about one large one 1/2 cup peanut butter One egg 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 tablespoons butter for topping Preheat oven to 375 degrees and oil or line 12 count muffin tin. Combine 1 cup of flour with 3/4 cup oats. 1/3 cup brown

SantaA one-pan Fe Chicken recipe! Four boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in thirds about 1 pound 1 onion chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes 1 teaspoon lime juice 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon Worchester shire sauce 1 package Mexican Rice 1/4 cup water 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese about 1 cup Coat skillet with 1 teaspoon vegetable

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Every year for the last 12 years the vineyard workers of the Napa Valley have gathered in the soft light of a mid-winter morning, shears at the ready, game faces on, each eager to prove he’s the best man on the job. But this year, there was something a little different about the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ pruning competition. Some of the contestants lining up to hack and slash at the overgrown vines were women. “There’s been this perennial conversation about, ‘Do we include women in the competition?’ And the answer’s always been, ‘Not yet,’” explained Jennifer Putnam, executive director of the group. “This year we looked around the room and just thought, ‘Yes, it’s time.’”

And it was. Not only did the newcomers to the event compete hard, posting excellent scores in technique and quality, organizers announced some hours after the event that the women’s first-place winner, Celia Perez of V. Sattui Winery, had the highest scores for both men and women. Talk about a dazzling debut. The decision to open up the contest to women marks a change in what used to be the nearly exclusively man’s world of vineyard work. There are a lot more women to be seen working in the fields, something that accelerated after the 2008 recession swallowed up other jobs. Meanwhile, the idea of vineyard equality has become accepted as women have progressed, some becoming leaders of “A’’ crews, the muchsought after top harvest teams.

“The cultural shift has now taken place where we felt like the women would be comfortable enough coming to the competition,” said Putnam. Pruning is an important part of vine husbandry that focuses the new growth on vines and helps determine what the next

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oil and heat to medium, add chicken and cook until done 5 to 8 minutes. Transferred to warm plate and keep warm. Add more oil if necessary and add onions and cook until done. Stir in beans and tomatoes with liquid and the lime juice, Worchester shire sauce and water. Cover and increased heat to simmer. Add rice package in chicken and cover again. Reduce to low and let Rice cook until tender about 20 min. put in serving dish or serve from pan and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, cover for a few minutes to partially melt and serve with a big salad.

Buttermilk dressing Almost like ranch dressing

1 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Women join in vineyard competition By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press

sugar and 1 tablespoon baking powder. In another bowl whisk together milk, bananas, peanut butter, egg, oil and vanilla. Stir in milk mixture until flour mixture is just combine. Spoon into a muffin tins. Combine 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup oats 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons of butter Chopped walnuts if desired Combine and crumble over top of muffins and bake in 375 degree oven for 16 to 18 min. until tops are golden. Some of you may have to baked this at 350 degree oven.

harvest will look like. Different techniques are used for different grapes and climates, and skill is as important as speed. For the growers’ contest, workers are first judged on technique, then winners are ranked by time and the finalists battle it out for first through fourth place.

A pinch of cayenne pepper-do not omit as it brings out the flavor and does not add spice. Mix in quart jar and refrigerate at least 2 to 4 hours before serving. Keeps at least one week.

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Girl who loves troubled boy can’t save him all by herself DEAR ABBY: My 13-year-old daughter, “Lizzie,” continues to talk to a 14-year-old boy who is very controlling and abusive to her. I made her stop talking to him, took away her cellphone privileges, and tried to show her how wrong he was for her and that she was going to wind up very hurt. After recently giving her the cellphone back, I learned last night that Lizzie has been talking to him and lying to me about it. He sent her a text that if she didn’t answer his call within seven minutes, he was either going to shoot himself or cut himself. He included a picture of his arm with a knife held against it. She thinks that her compliance is all that’s standing in the way of this boy killing himself. I’m scared for her safety, but she won’t listen to me because she “loves” him. When I called the boy’s mother about it, she became defensive and accused me of implying she was a bad mother. Please tell me how to handle this. — WORRIED MOM DEAR WORRIED MOM: It’s time to have a nonconfrontational conversation with your daughter about the dynamics of emotional blackmail, because that’s exactly what she’s experiencing. Your daughter needs to realize that the boy

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IS WATERMELON NICE ON ICE? Dear Heloise: Can you freeze CUTUP WATERMELON and have it still taste yummy when you take it out? — Mercy W. in Texas Yes, you can freeze watermelon! The texture and taste may be a little different than fresh. It won’t be quite as sweet-tasting, unless you eat the frozen watermelon while it is still slightly frozen, and the texture may not be as firm, but the taste is still there. You can freeze the watermelon cubed or in balls, or puree it and add some sugar for a sweeter flavor, if needed. Remove seeds and rind. Freeze the pieces in a tray, and when frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or container, removing as much air as possible. If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, place the watermelon in a freezer bag and use a straw to remove the air. — Heloise SPONGE SAVER Dear Heloise: I have a love-hate relationship with sponges. They are convenient, but hold so many germs. I came up with this hint: When I am finished, I squeeze out all the excess water and prop it up using a binder clip. I clip it on the shortest side of the sponge, and the sponge sits up and doesn’t touch the sink or counters directly. It gives me peace of mind. — C.K. in Illinois COOKED CHICKEN Dear Heloise: To save time for a quick dinner, I often keep a cooked rotisserie chicken from the store in the refrigerator. I can’t tell you how many times a recipe called for cooked chicken or turkey, and I was able to make it because I had the chicken already in the refrigerator. It’s also great for making chicken-salad sandwiches. — Stephanie L. in New Mexico

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