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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014 Soldotna-Kenai, Alaska
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tion. On behalf of south beach landowners she requested the City of Kenai restrict all motorized vehicles access to the south beach between Dunes Road and the mouth of the Kenai River. Having a direct public access and parking area off of the Inlet Salmon Road would mitigate the damage being inflicted, she said. Ken Tarbox of Kenai addressed an issue raised by the Kenai Watershed Forum of how people migrate upstream to fish, which damages the marsh vegetation. He recommended the city close fishing in these areas for the entire month of July. “As the dipnet population grows, you see the trend of people moving to fish in other areas,” he said. “It is damaging along the banks. You need to take care of it.”
JUNEAU — Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it took a step that could ultimately lead it to prohibit or restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region. The EPA announced Friday that it was exercising a rarely used authority under the Clean Water Act to protect the region’s world-premiere sockeye salmon fishery from large-scale mining. In a letter to agency officials that day, Geraghty called the EPA’s actions premature and said they prevent the state — the majority landowner in the watershed — from “exercising its rights and responsibilities in response to an actual mine proposal.” The state, those behind the proposed Pebble Mine and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had 15 days from Friday’s announcement to submit information showing no “unacceptable adverse effects” to aquatic resources would result from mining-related discharges or that actions could be taken to prevent such impacts, according to a letter sent to them by Dennis McLerran, a regional administrator with the agency. While regulations call for responses within 15 days, he said a “reasonable extension” could be granted. If McLerran is not satisfied with their response, the agency would publish proposed restrictions or prohibitions on mining at the Pebble deposit and gather public comment. There would be a second round of consultation before a final decision was made. Geraghty said “good cause” existed to stop the clock on that
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Peninsula mushers’ progress as of 10 p.m. Wednesday:
5. Paul Gebhardt, Kasilof, in Cripple 11. Kristy Berington, Kasilof, in Ophir 13. Anna Berington, Kasilof, in Ophir 20. Mitch Seavey, Sterling, in Takotna 41. Travis Beals, Seward, in McGrath 43. Danny Seavey, M Seward, in McGrath K 46. Monica Zappa, Kasilof, out of Nikolai Find more Iditarod coverage on Page A-10.
In the news NRA weighs in on campus guns JUNEAU (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday heard testimony from the National Rifle Association on a bill that would change current practice and allow people to carry concealed firearms on University of Alaska system campuses. NRA spokesman Brian Judy addressed arguments that have been made by University of Alaska President Pat Gamble over not allowing firearms on campuses. Judy said both the U.S. and Alaska constitutions allow an individual the right to bear arms for self-protection. He wondered by what right the university, a state entity, can’t disavow that. Gamble attended but didn’t speak. He is scheduled to give testimony next week, when the bill will be heard again.
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Building for the arts
Steve Greer holds a piece of slat wall in place Wednesday as he helps with renovations at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai.
Kenai continues dipnet debate City proposes overnight beach closure for cleaning, safety By DAN BALMER Peninsula Clarion
The City of Kenai held their second work session on the dipnet fishery Tuesday night and 11 citizens shared their input as the city continues to troubleshoot ways to better manage the growing event. Among the hot topics discussed was limiting motorized access to south beach, night closure for beach cleanup, clarification of parking and camping fees, riverbank erosion from boat wakes and the disruption of wetland vegetation from fishermen migration. Two Kenai City Council members were present Tuesday, Robert Molloy and Brian Gabriel. Mayor Pat Porter, City Manager Rick Koch and city attorney Scott Bloom were present, along with several other department directors. Harbor
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Members of the public listen to Kenai City Manager Rick Koch give his recommendations to the city council at a dipnet work session Tuesday evening at Kenai City Hall.
Commissioners Tom ThompKenai resident Astrid Friend son, Bob Peters and Phillip started off the public comments Morin also participated in the representing the South Beach work session. Waterfront Landowners Coali-
Concerns raised with Former chief justice opposes charter school bill state Judicial Council change By MIKE COPPOCK Associated Press
JUNEAU — Members of the state House Education Committee raised concerns on Wednesday that Alaska could end up with more school districts if charter schools are authorized by entities other than local school boards. The discussion came as the panel considered a bill sponsored by Rep. Lynn Gattis, RWasilla, that would grant chartering authority to government agencies, education-related nonprofits, and accredited postsecondary institutions. Currently, the authority rests with local school districts. Gattis told the committee, which she chairs, that her intent was to debate aspects of the bill and identify elements that could be incorporated into Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill, also before the committee. Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, said Gattis’ bill could create new school districts.
“We are at a fundamental stage of creating new school districts and new funding,” Seaton said. If charter schools are authorized by entities other than local school boards, funding would have to be provided directly by the state, he said, meaning new school districts would be created. Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, RAnchorage, asked if a school district could authorize a charter school within a different school district under both bills. She said the Matanuska-Susitna School District currently operates a charter school at Eagle River within the Anchorage School District. “There is no prohibition against this,” state education commissioner Mike Hanley See SCHOOL, page A-10
By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNEAU — A former chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court said Wednesday he doesn’t see a need to change the state’s constitution to alter the makeup of the Alaska Judicial Council. Walter Carpeneti told the House Judiciary Committee the current system has worked well. He said there is a heavy burden on those who want to change the constitution to show that there is a problem, and he doesn’t see one here. The council’s responsibilities include screening applicants for and nominating to the governor candidates for judicial vacancies. The council also evaluates the performance of judges and recommends to voters whether judges should be retained for another term. The council is made up of C
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Former Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti testifies against a proposed constitutional amendment to change the makeup of the Alaska Judicial Council during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday in Juneau.
three attorney members cho- bers appointed by the governor sen by the Board of Governors and subject to legislative conof the Alaska Bar Association firmation. The chief justice of and three non-attorney memSee COUNCIL, page A-10
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Dog credited with snowmachiner rescue ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 52-year-old Alaska man says his dog saved his life after a snowmobile crash left him injured in the woods. The Anchorage Daily News says Otis Orth of Trapper Creek was rescued more than 24 hours
after he crashed the snowmobile Sunday in the MatanuskaSusitna Borough. Orth says his 2-year-old golden retriever, Amber, kept him warmer then he would have been alone. He was injured, unable to move, in temperatures
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were among responders, who transported Orth by helicopter to Providence Alaska Medical Center. Orth is being treated for an injured neck, dislocated arms and frostbite.
Scientists learn butterfly wing pattern secrets This combination of photos provided by researchers shows a toxic Common Rose butterfly (Pachliopta aristolochiae), top, whose wing markings are mimicked by a Common Mormon butterfly (Papilio polytes), middle. At bottom is a non-mimetic female Common Mormon butterfly. To fool predators, some butterflies create wing color patterns that make them resemble their unpalatable cousins. Only recently have scientists been unraveling how they do that, and now researchers have identified the gene that does the trick for this Asian swallowtail, reported in the journal Nature.
NEW YORK (AP) — To fool predators, some butterflies create wing color patterns that make them resemble their unpalatable cousins. Only recently have scientists been unraveling how they do that, and now researchers have identified the gene that does the trick for an Asian swallowtail. In fact, it’s a surprise that just one gene can let females of the species, sometimes called the common mormon, produce the elaborate wing markings of toxic relatives. Scientists had proposed that it would take a cluster of genes. “We were very shocked
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below freezing. On Monday afternoon, the dog went barking to nearby snowmobilers. Locals responded, bringing a generator and a hairdryer to keep Orth warm in his wet clothes. Alaska State Troopers
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Silver closed.............21.18 +0.01 Dow Jones avg..... 16,360.18 -35.70 NASDAQ................ 4,357.97 +6.00 S&P 500................1,873.81 -0.10 Stock prices provided by the Kenai Peninsula Edward Jones offices.
Oil Prices Tuesday’s prices North Slope crude: $109.98, down from $111.55 on Monday West Texas Int.: $103.33, down from $104.92 on Monday
when we found it was just the one,” said Marcus Kronforst of the University of Chicago, senior author of the study published online Wednesday by the journal Nature. The gene was already known to play a different role, basically telling body cells whether the insect is male or female. It was apparently co-opted to take on the second job of controlling wing patterns in females, Kronforst said. The gene acts as a switch, regulating other genes to produce wing patterns that mimic those of any of three species of toxic butterflies.
Peninsula Clarion, Thursday, March 6, 2014
Community Calendar Today 8:30 a.m. • TOPS AK No. 220 Kasilof weigh-in at CES Station 6, 58260 Sterling Highway. Meeting starts at 9 a.m. Call 2627319 or 252-3436. 10 a.m. • TOPS AK No. 164 Soldotna weigh-in at First Baptist Church, 159 S. Binkley. Meeting starts at 11 a.m. Call 2627339. Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at URS Club, Kenai. Call 262-1917. 5:30 p.m. • Free Seated Zumba Gold at the Kenai Senior Center. New participants, active older adults, and chair-bound or limited mobility participants are encouraged. 6 p.m. • AA Step Sisters at Central Peninsula Hospital. Call 262-2304. • Weight Watchers, Woodruef Building, 155 Smith Way, Soldotna. Doors open at 5:15; joining members should arrive by 5:30; Getting Started session for newcomers at 6:30. • TOPS AK 20, Soldotna, weigh-in at Christ Lutheran Church, 128 North Soldotna Avenue, Soldotna. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 262-1557. • Celebrate Recovery, Midnight Son Seventh-day Adventist church on the corner of Swires Rd. and Kenai Spur Hwy in Kenai. Dinner is at 6 p.m.; Recovery Lesson at 6:30 p.m.; Open Share groups at 7:15 p.m. Email rking4@mac. com or call260-3292. 7 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “Dopeless Hope Fiends” at 607 Frontage Road, Kenai. • Square dance group at Ninilchik Senior Center. • Alcoholics Anonymous “Unity Men’s Group” meets downstairs the Salvation Army building in Soldotna. 8 p.m. • AA Attitude of Gratitude at URS Club, 405 Overland Drive. Call 283-3777. • AA North Roaders Group at North Star Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 242-9477. • Alcoholics Anonymous Ninichick support group at United Methodist Church, 15811 Sterling Highway, Ninilchik. Call 907-567-3574. 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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Around the Peninsula Coast Guard Auxiliary to discuss boating
Aqua Zumba offered in Nikiski Aqua Zumba will be offered at the Nikiski Pool at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call the pool at 907-776-8800.
The Kenai Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct it’s monthly meeting on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. Alaska Judicial Observers at the Nikiski Fire Station No. 1, 44800 Kenai Spur Highway. The public is cordially invited to join us to share ideas seeks courtroom volunteers and information about boating. For more information, contact Alaska Judicial Observers is looking for volunteers to obthe Flotilla Commander at 776-8522 or the Vice Flotilla Com- serve in courtrooms. Volunteers must be able to take notes, mander at 776-8457. complete paperwork and sit for up to 2 hours at a time. Volunteers are screened to ensure that they have not been a victim of a violent crime, have no criminal background and have no Woodturners to meet cases pending before the court. Volunteers go through approxiThe Kenai Peninsula Woodturners Chapter will hold its mately 40 hours of classroom and courtroom training and then March meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the woodturning are asked to evaluate for a minimum of 10 hours per month in shop in the log building, mile 100 on the Sterling Highway, just the courtroom closest to your home. For more information call a few miles south of Soldotna where Echo Lake Road meets 907-646-9880. the highway. There will be a demonstration. Visitors are always welcome. Questions? Call 801-543-9122.
Swim America lessons available There is still time to sign your children up for the next SwimAmerica session at Skyview Pool starting on Tuesday, March 18 and ending on Thursday, April 10. SwimAmerica is the leading learn-to-swim program in the United States, and classes are being offered for children ages 3-teenage. Class times are 4:15-4:45 p.m. and 4:50-5:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks. For more information or to register your child, please contact Joanne Wainwright at 262-5308 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden Club talks high tunnels
Marine Safety Instructor Training available
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is conducting a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC in Seward, from April 1 to April 6. This is an intensive train-thetrainer course that prepares individuals to effectively teach coldwater survival procedures, use of marine safety equipment, and vessel safety drills. Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared to teach AMSEA’s U.S. Coast Guard approved Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training, pending authorization from the Coast Guard. Participants will co-teach a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training in Seward on April 7. The cost for the course is $875 for AMSEA members and $995 for non-members. For more information or to register call AMSEA at 907-747-3287 or visit the AMSEA website at www.amsea.org.
The Central Peninsula Garden Club will host a presentation on “What’s New With the High Tunnel Program — LOTS!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Build- Tax help available ing, Mile 16.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Soil ConservationAARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available to provide ist Pam Voeller will share new program details and a panel of experienced, local tunnel growers will show and tell what has free tax preparation services at the Sterling Area Senior Center worked for them. The presentation is free and open to the pub- starting Feb. 4. Volunteers will be available every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tax preparers will be available by appointment lic, with refreshments and sometimes door prizes. on March 8 and April 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tax filers should bring a copy of last year’s tax return, W-2 forms from each Square dance classes held in Ninilchik employer, unemployment compensation statements, SSA-1099 Beginning square dance classes will be held on Thursday (Social Security), all 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099nights, from 7-9 p.m. at the Ninilchik Senior Center. For more B, etc.) showing interest or dividends and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assets, 1099-MISC showinformation, call 907-567-3312. ing miscellaneous income; 1099-R (pension), forms showing federal income tax paid, dependent care provider information, Pinochle club season under way receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions, Social SeThe Eagles Aerie No. 4317 on North Cohoe Loop in Kasilof curity cards or other official documentation, and a picture ID will host the Kasilof Pinochle Club. The group plays Saturdays for yourself and spouse if married filing jointly. Volunteers are at 12:30 p.m. Entry fee is $2 per week, with awards paid out not able to do rental property with depreciation, business with at the end of the season. Come for a winter of fun. For more inventory or business use of a home. For more information or to make an appointment, call the information, call Jay at 252-6397. Senior Center at 262-6808.
Family History Center on winter hours
Totem Tracers explore family trees
The Family History Center, 159 Marydale Ave., is open The Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society and The Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 Kenai Community Library will present “Your Family Tree — p.m. to offer one-on-one assistance, classes and a wealth of genealogy sites to aid in research. For more information, call Getting Started,” Saturday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the Kenai Community Library meeting room. The presentation will in907-262-3581. clude instructions on how to use pedigree charts and family group sheets to begin tracing your family tree. Attendees will Cribbage tournament continues be partnered with a Kenai Totem Tracer member as a menThe Soldotna Lions 20th annual Kenai Peninsula Cribbage tor. The group will be exposed to internet research through Tournament continues every Saturday at 3 p.m. through May 3 Ancestry.com and Find a Grave and two genealogy software at the American Legion Post 20, 902 Cook Street in Kenai. The programs. Tips on finding living relatives will be shared. Parpublic is invited to participate. For more information, call Ray ticipants should bring a writing implement and whatever information they have on their family. at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.
Sterling Community Center offers activities
Idita-Swim at Nikiski Pool
The Sterling Community Center now offers Co-ed Basketball on Sundays, 6-8 p.m., and Competitive-style Volleyball on Mondays, 7-9 p.m. for high school age and adults. The center is located next to Sterling Elementary School. For more info, call 262-7224, www.sterlingcommunityclub.com, or facebook Sterling Community Center.
The Nikiski Pool’s annual Idita-Swim competition runs through April 30. Come swim or water-walk your way to fitness all in the spirit of the Last Great Race. Every 50-yard lap counts as 1 mile toward your trip to Nome. The registration fee includes an Idita-Swim T-shirt. For more information please contact Nigel at 776-8800.
Flint Hills objects to state stance on cleanup FAIRBANKS (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell’s position on the cleanup of soil contaminated at the North Pole Refinery will make it impossible to sell the plant, according to the owner. Flint Hills Resources last month announced it would close the refinery and lay off 81 employees. Costs from the cleanup of sulfolane, a liquid used in refining oil, were a primary reason, according to the company. The company also cited a competitive disadvantage from the high cost of crude oil drawn from the trans-Alaska
pipeline and the high costs of energy because of a lack of access to natural gas. Parnell in a letter Monday to Flint Hills Resources said the state will hold the company liable for the cleanup of sulfolane contamination but will not hold a refinery buyer liable. Flint Hills CEO Brad Razook replied to Parnell by letter Tuesday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. The state position will doom a sale, Razook said. “I am now in the position of having to tell the buyer that it
appears the state of Alaska has no interest in seeing this refinery operate in the future without extracting unreasonable concessions from Flint Hills,” Razook wrote. State standards for sulfolane release are too low, he said. The standards make it difficult to distinguish between new and old spills, he said, and Flint Hills would be liable for future spills. Flint Hills has appealed the spill standard and is awaiting an initial decision due this month on whether the appeal will be heard. Parnell’s spokeswoman Sharon Leighow in a statement repeated the governor’s claim that he had cleared a path for a refinery buyer.
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What Others Say
Local governments right to act on gas pipeline concerns Officials in several Alaska municipal
governments have begun expressing concern about how their respective communities have been left out of the natural gas pipeline talks between the administration of Gov. Sean Parnell and the leaders of the three major oil companies operating on the North Slope. The local officials, including Mayor Luke Hopkins of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, are concerned about the impact that a January agreement between the administration and the oil companies might have on local property taxes. Specifically, they point to a provision authorizing the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to negotiate financial terms of a gas pipeline with the three oil companies. Those negotiable terms include allowing the companies to pay local property taxes through a system known as “payment in lieu of taxes” rather than through the usual value-based system that applies to residential and commercial property and that can fluctuate from year to year. Mayor Hopkins and leaders of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the North Slope Borough, and the city of Valdez are mobilizing to get a feel for the potential impact. They say it’s urgent because the Legislature is considering bills that would implement the agreement reached between the governor and the oil executives. What these local leaders want to do is hire one or more consultants to rapidly gauge the impact the agreement could have on property taxes that would be levied on the gas pipeline as well as on taxes levied on existing oil company property. The idea is for each of the four local governments to provide $50,000 for the work. The funding request by Mayor Hopkins is scheduled to be considered at a Thursday work session of the Finance Committee of the Borough Assembly. Language accompanying the funding ordinance spells out the mayor’s frustration: “(M)unicipalities were not invited to comment on the terms of the Heads of Agreement, and to date, have not been invited to participate in the state’s ongoing efforts to negotiate with the producers nor received any briefing or information about the potential impacts to municipalities. .” Most Alaskans — and probably most local government officials — would agree that construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope is in the state’s best interest. Nevertheless, local leaders need to be assertive in making sure their local governments aren’t harmed in the process. That’s what they are supposed to do. Spending $50,000 now to join with other municipalities to get some good information about the property tax impact is a smart investment. Coming up short in property taxes on oil company property, whether on the gas pipeline or on existing property, could affect your own property tax bill. — Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, March 4
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By GARRY TRUDEAU
President Obama’s potent changes
There are few, if any, people who have more moral authority in the black community than President Barack Obama. Last week, he put it to good use. The president launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, aimed at fostering achievement among minority young men. He gathered black and Latino teenagers in the East Room of the White House to exhort them in a highly personal speech. He recounted visiting a program in Chicago for promising kids who have gotten into some trouble. They sat in a circle and shared their stories. “I explained to them,” the president said, “that when I was their age I was a lot like them. I didn’t have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.” This is a potent message from one of the most powerful and famous men on the planet to kids who find themselves growing up in exactly such tough circumstances. He coupled his message of encouragement with a call to reject “excuses” and to realize “you’ve got responsibilities, too.” At times, the president spoke in terms you would expect to hear at the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank. He cited the dismaying numbers of black and Latino kids who grow up in fa-
Letters to the Editor Budget issues can be addressed without more taxes In Mayor Navarre’s announcement to run for re-election he made several statements that are audacious at best and surely deflecting poor management by the borough, under the guise of “it’s the seniors’ fault” that Kenai Peninsula Borough service areas are in need of additional funding. From the mayor, Feb. 25: Seniors use emergency services more than any other group, but they’re exempt from paying for them. He said if he doesn’t evaluate that area of the budget, the burden is going to shift to other demographics. In other words: It’s the seniors’ fault! Another slap at seniors or poor political advice? Either way it is an odd way to start a political campaign. Let’s set the record straight with facts versus political rhetoric. Fact: Seniors (65 plus) are covered by Medicare. Fact: Medicare pays for medically necessary transport to hospitals or emergency care facilities when billed. (Source — Medicare.gov) The Mayor can simply direct the borough finance department to bill Medicare for the emergency services. It is not difficult and will reduce the service area tax burden on all residents. If Mayor Navarre is not comfortable doing this on his own, I am quite sure the Assembly would support him on the issue. It does not need a department or a committee, just a directive to the borough Finance Director. In addition, Medicaid pays for medically necessary transport to hospitals or emergency care facilities when billed. (Source — medicaid.gov). Most health insurance policies pay for medically necessary transport and now that we have Obamacare, by law, everyone must have insurance. Fact: The borough can bill for all emergency service and reduce the overall tax C
therless households, before noting, “We know that boys who grow up without a father are more likely to be poor, more likely to underperform in school.” It may have been the most conservative Rich Lowry speech of his presidency (granted, a low bar), in that it acknowledged contributions of family that can’t be replaced by government. No one will ever mistake President Obama for Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the social scientist turned senator who angered the left with his inconvenient observations about the breakdown of the black family, but there was a touch of Moynihan in the speech. The president plugged his usual programmatic hobbyhorses, although with some humility. When it comes to the lives of these kids, government interventions “cannot play the only — or even the primary — role.” “We can help give every child access to quality preschool and help them start learning from an early age,” he continued, “but we can’t replace the power of a parent who’s reading to that child. We can reform our criminal-justice system to ensure that it’s not infected with bias, but nothing keeps a young man out of trouble like a fa-
burden on all residents. There are only two reasons for not billing: poor management or financial malfeasance. Mr. Mayor, the first reaction should not be blame seniors, blame residents and raise taxes. You have the reins of leadership and can fix the perceived problem with your pen. Manage finances, reduce taxes and reduce rhetoric. Now, in addition to seniors, the blame for budget shortfalls is also being put on KPB residents voting to raise the residential tax exemption to $50,000. The KPB is not losing revenue — the residents voted to keep their own money. The $1.5 million the borough will use to offset the exemption raise is not excess revenue, it is excess collection of taxes from residents. It is not the mayor’s or the borough’s money — it is excess tax collected from borough residents. KPB residents voted to reduce their taxes and keep their hard earned money. Budgets reflect future spending projections — propose less and spend less. It is not magic, it is management. Fact: It is the job of the mayor and the borough to manage borough finances and to support and honor the will of the people. The will of the people is clear. Embrace it, support it and move forward. Additional comments can be found at KPBSeniors.com Peter Zuyus Homer
Hospital CEO supports ‘take it outside’ legislation I have watched the smoke-free campaign make significant ground over the last several years. As a healthcare professional, I would be remiss if I didn’t support a proposed law that would prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces, businesses and public places. Of course the reason this legislation is being proposed is to prevent non-smokers from being
ther who takes an active role in his son’s life.” For all its virtues, though, the speech was incomplete. The building block of family is, of course, marriage, a word that the president uttered only once, when he said we should remove “the barriers to marriage.” He didn’t say that couples should marry before they have kids and that fathers should be married to the mothers of their children. He said instead, in deliberately hazy language, that “we need to encourage fathers to stick around.” But the absent-father crisis is almost entirely a function of the breakdown of marriage. “For most men, marriage and fatherhood are a package deal,” University of Virginia scholar Bradford Wilcox points out. “If you want one, you need the other.” President Obama has often said that he set the goal for himself of being a better dad than his own AWOL father. But it’s not just that Obama is involved in his daughters’ lives, it’s that he’s married to Michelle. The president doesn’t want to outrage elite left-wing sensibilities by forthrightly advocating heterosexual marriage. So he leaves out the one institution that can have the biggest impact on the lives of children that he is sincerely passionate about. Until he is willing to cross this cultural red line, his bully pulpit can only be half-full. Rich Lowry can be reached via e-mail: email@example.com.
exposed to second hand smoke. We now have plenty of science to support the fact that second hand smoke is dangerous. Just look up The Health Consequences of Smoking report. It’s all there; I don’t need to recite facts and figures as we all now know that smoking is a major threat to our public health. I know we do things differently up here in Alaska and don’t want or need anyone telling us what to do. Asking people to “take it outside” is a reasonable compromise to protect other people’s health from the effects of second hand smoke. Much of Alaska has already adopted similar smokefree laws but many areas remain in Alaska where they do not have health powers to enact such a law. The legislation introduced doesn’t prohibit smokers from being hired or anything like that. They will just have to “take it outside” and away from an entrance or air intake. We have enacted a smoke-free campus policy at our hospital and it was received well upon implementation. I suspect businesses that will be required to go smokefree under the proposed legislation will enjoy the same results. People will thank you, just as they did at our hospital. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, it’s a health issue. Please support House Bill 360 and Senate Bill 209. Rick Davis, CEO Central Peninsula Hospital
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Business News Chambers set schedules n The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets at noon on Tuesday at Frosos Restaurant. A presentation from Shanon Hamrick, Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, is planned.RSVP to 262-9814. n The Kenai Chamber of Commerce next meets at noon on Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor Center. A presentation on the Polar Bear Project at the Alaska Zoo by Eileen Floyd is planned. RSVP to 283-1991.
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Flowers adorn the entrance to Lea’s boutique, a new adult shop located on the Kenai Spur Highway just north of Soldotna, on Friday. Co-owners Steve and Lea Stuber say they want to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for people who shop for intimate products.
Something for everyone New boutique aims to make shopping for intimacy products comfortable, enjoyable By DAN BALMER Peninsula Clarion
Couples looking to bring a spark back to their relationships have a new store in town to check out. Lea’s Boutique, located on the Sterling Highway just north of Soldotna, opened in time for Valentine’s Day with the intention of being the ultimate destination for intimacy products on the Kenai Peninsula. Owners Steve and Lea Stuber, who have been married for 10 years, plan to change the dirty label attached to adult shops by branching out and supplying something for everyone. “We are a clean, comfortable store that anyone can feel comfortable coming in,” Steve Stuber said. “Couples intimacy is so important. You hear people married for 10-15 years and don’t have that spark anymore. We want them to come in here and buy something simple and put the snap back into their marriage.” With more than 2,800 individual items in the store, people can find gifts for any occasion from lingerie, bathrobes, massage oils, body lotions, Liberator pillows as well as bachelorette party accessories and intimacy products. Stuber said their intention is to make the front half of the store bright, clean, classy and inviting. The store does not sell any pornographic material. A “toy” room is separate and for adults only. In three weeks, Lea’s will sell and fit bras, something hard to find on the peninsula, Stuber said. In addition to carrying regular and sports bras, in May they will have a full line of mastectomy and surgical bras, a new service for Alaskans, he said. All seven store employees have been trained and certified for professional bra fitting. Lea’s will supply bra sizes hard to find, from band sizes ranging from 28 to 56 and cups up to size N. Stuber said at their grand opening from Feb. 12-14, sales were amazing. He said business was three times what they pro-
jected and nearly five times as many customers in the store. “After the first day of the sale, word got out we were a clean, nice store that people didn’t feel icky to go into,” he said. “These stores are becoming increasingly popular throughout the country. The dirty bookstore mentality is going away.” Natasha Mallet, the store’s manager, said items have been flying off the shelf and she has had to reorder every day the past three weeks. “We started out with two of everything then went up to six and I still can’t keep up,” she said. “It has been amazing.” Lea Stuber said the education of the staff in being familiar with all the products is important. Being able to suggest items and inform customers on certain products goes a long way in making people more relaxed, she said. The best selling item has been the selection of high-end lingerie from Rene Rofe, a sexy but affordable line, she said. Steve Stuber said they carry plus size outfits up to 5X and have lingerie to cover up the midsection. He said he used to weigh 420 pounds and knows what it’s like to be a bigger person and not be able to shop for clothes. “Just because a woman is heavier doesn’t mean she can’t be sexy,” he said. Lea’s Boutique has a number of items available for men. In addition to bamboo loungewear, they carry a medical pump device to help guys who have prostate cancer or suffer from erectile dysfunction, he said. In the toy room, Lea’s has a wide selection of massagers, including the LELO brand, which in a recent Cosmopolitan Magazine article was described as the best couple’s massager there has ever been, he said. The Stubers became interested in opening an adult shop while spending their anniversary in Las Vegas last year. A friend and business partner in Minnesota owned a shop and recommended they check out the adult trade show to fa-
miliarize themselves with the products, Lea Stuber said. After selecting Nalpack to supply all their products, the Stubers began renovation of the recently purchased two-story building, formerly a taxidermy shop. They purchased the building for $270,000 and have installed floor heating, a new boiler and are renovating the upstairs where they will sell the fitted bras. Stuber said nearly 70 percent of women wear the wrong bra size, and without the proper support could have lower back issues. By having a professional bra fitting, those problems can be corrected, she said. Kenai resident Alissa SeeleyKipp said her shopping experience at Lea’s was enjoyable. She said she visited the store during their soft opening in late January and was pleased with the bright and inviting ambiance. “I was impressed as soon as I walked in,” she said. “The selection is incredible and they are open to suggestions.” She said the staff was friendly and knowledgeable, but their credit card machine wasn’t working so she had to take her purchase across the street to Tobacco Distress. The young man working at the tobacco shop rung up her discreet purchase graciously, she said. Lea’s Boutique is currently setting up a website where customers can go online and have 20,000 items accessible to them. Steve Stuber said the website still allows customers to shop locally because it will be their credit card processing and people will not be redirected to another site, so nobody else would have their information. Customers will have the option to order from their home and have it delivered to their house. Stuber said Lea’s Boutique is unlike any store in the state and they hope to provide something for everyone, while making them feel at ease. “Customers will drive where this business heads,” he said. “The more they communicate with us the better we can do for them.”
group for Prince William Sound, as authorized under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The application has been submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard, which is charged with assessing whether the council fosters the general goals and purposes of OPA 90 and is broadly representative of communities and interests as envisioned under OPA 90. The application is open for public review until March 7 under federal register docket number USCG-2013-1003. The full text of the federal register notice can be found at www.regulation. gov using the docket number. Comments may be submitted on line at that website. The recertification application is available for public review on the council’s website at www.pwsrcac.org. To obtain a printed copy, contact the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, 3709 Spenard Road, Suite 100, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Call 907-277-7222 or toll-free 800-4787221. Comments on the application may be sent to: Commander, 17th Coast Guard District (Dp), PO Box 25517, Juneau AK 99802, Attn: LT Tomas Pauser, Inspections & Investigations. Comments also can be forwarded to the docket manager at the address indicated. All correspondence must include the docket number. The Coast Guard will be taking comment until March 7.
Rashah McChesney has been promoted to city editor at the Peninsula Clarion. McChesney joined the Clarion staff in 2012 as a reporter. In addition to her reporting duties, she has taken on photography and Rashah multimedia responsibiliMcChesney ties. In her new position, McChesney will help supervise day-to-day operations of the Clarion’s reporting staff. “This is an exciting opportunity for Rashah and for our newsroom. The energy, enthusiasm and vision she brings to her job will en- Small Business Development hance the Clarion and benefit our readers,” Center plans seminar said Clarion editor Will Morrow. To register for Alaska SBDC seminars got Reach McChensey at rashah.mcchesney@ to http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com and click peninsulaclarion.com, or 907-335-1238. on “Training Events.” Scroll down to “CenLocation” and select “Kenai Peninsula”; Dr. Keith now accepting patients ters click on “Browse” to find the workshop, then The Keith family would click “Sign Up” and complete the information like to welcome Joseph needed. Call Bunny 260-5629 for questions. Keith, of Nikiski, back to Profit Mastery ($200 limited time offer) — the community. Joseph On March 18 and March 19 from 9:00 a.m. to graduated from Nikiski 5 p.m. Bryan Zak will present a 2-day Profit High School in 2005 and Mastery workshop in the Red Diamond Center, pursued higher education Suite 12, in Soldotna. This is your best opporin Portland, Ore. There he tunity for knowledge-driven financial managereceived his B.S. in Human ment education. This 16-hour hands-on course Joseph Keith Biology. He then graduwill help you set goals for the future of your ated from the University of business, control spending and pricing, and Western States with his Doctorate of Chiro- leave with a process to assess the performance practic in 2013. Joseph now works out of Dr. of your business and a strategy to implement Carolyn Snowder’s office in Kenai and is ac- change. In addition to the program content, you cepting new patients. His specialties include will master the material through quizzes, lively sports injuries, pediatric patients, geriatric pa- discussion, guided practice, and real-life applitients, and most extremity conditions. Please cation to your own business. To qualify for job call 907-283-3752 to schedule an appointment bill funding’s limited time offer of $200, you with Dr. Keith at Snowder Chiropractic Clinic must register online before March 10. Only five in Kenai. Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 openings left. You can use our secure UPAY p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. for MasterCard or VISA, or contact Bunny if you prefer to pay by cash or check. If you are a veteran with DD-214 identification, contact Candidates file for Bunny before making payment.
HEA Board election
Three candidates will be on the ballot for three open seats on the Homer Electric Association (HEA) Board of Directors. The deadline to file for the 2014 HEA board election was Feb. 28. HEA directors are elected by the members in their respective district, with members voting only for the candidates residing in their district. This year, there is just one candidate on the ballot in each of the three HEA districts. In District 1 (Kenai — Nikiski — parts of Soldotna area) the candidate is incumbent director Kelly Bookey of Kenai. In District 2 (Soldotna — Sterling — Kasilof), incumbent director Dick Waisanen of Soldotna will be seeking re-election. In District 3 (Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay area), incumbent director Don Seelinger of Seldovia will be on the ballot. The ballots will be mailed to Homer Electric members on March 28. Completed mailin ballots must be received by April 30 in order to be valid. HEA members will also have an opportunity to vote at the Annual Meeting which will be held May 1 at Soldotna High School.
Job center hosts classes The Peninsula Job Center will offer the following workshops the week of March 10: Monday, March 10 — 9:30 a.m., ALEXsys Job Leads; 10:30 a.m., Introduction to ALEXsys and the Job Center; 2:30 p.m., Resume Writing Workshop Tuesday, March 11 — 10:30 a.m., Job Prep Workshop Wednesday, March 12 — 9:30 a.m., WorkKeys® Testing; 10:30 a.m., CareerReady 101 Lab; 3:00 p.m., Job Search Strategies for the Ex-Offender Thursday, March 13 — 10:30 a.m., Interviewing Skills Workshop Friday, March 14 — No workshops offered. All workshops are free of charge to the public. Those interested in attending any of the workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can call 335-3010 or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite No. 2.
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Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pact By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with hightech leaders and sign a probusiness agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown. During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their joint interests in cybersecurity, energy sources and water conservation, and suggested Israel — an arid country with a growing population — might be able to help California cope with its ongoing drought. “California doesn’t need to have a water problem,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has no water problems because we are the number one recyclers of waste water, we stop water leaks, we use drip irrigation and desalination.” Brown said he would welcome their ideas. “Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and there is a great opportunity for collaboration,” Brown said. Wednesday’s visit follows Netanyahu’s meetings with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Monday and his appearance Tuesday at the Los Angeles premiere of a television documentary that features him. This is the first California visit from an Israeli prime
minister since 2006, and Netanyahu planned stops at Stanford University, Apple Inc. in Cupertino, as well as a meeting with WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant who sold his company to Facebook Inc. for $19 billion last month. The agreement the leaders signed follows on several decades of commitments from California and Israel to promote trade, research and economic development. “The best brains in the world are in Silicon Valley and Silicon Wadi,” said Netanyahu, referring to Israel’s tech startup region. And he asked Brown to help get direct flights between San Francisco and Tel Aviv. Netanyahu also took a moment to talk about the reports Wednesday of an interception of an Iranian arms shipment to the terrorists in Gaza. He said the shipment would “rain death and destruction on Israeli civilians and our cities.” “What this reveals is the true face of Iran,” he said. “This regime must not be allowed to have nuclear weapons capability.” He thanked Brown for divesting California’s pensions from Iran. There are hundreds of Israeli firms working in partnership with California companies, and in Silicon Valley ties are particularly tight, with more than 150 Israeli startups based there, according to the consulate general of Israel in
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, shakes hands with California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, before the signing of an agreement to expand cooperation at the Computer History Museum Wednesday, March 5, in Mountain View, Calif. Netanyahu is visiting California, trading a focus on the geopolitics of the Middle East for a Hollywood screening and visits with Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs.
Los Angeles. In addition, the California Israel Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Facebook, Oracle Corp., Microsoft Corp., eBay Inc.’s PayPal and others. Joint Venture Silicon Valley President Russell Hancock said Silicon Valley has become a mandatory stop for state visitors; this year both the French and Haitian prime ministers have toured tech giants in the region. And he said the region has many interests in common with Israel. “Israel is particularly strong in cyber-security, which makes sense given their strong military orientation, use of unmanned air vehicles, and
their national security vulnerabilities,” he said. “Security is also a valley strength, and destined to be a big growth area for us, so it’s natural for there to be some convergence between us.” On Tuesday night, Netanyahu attended the premiere in Los Angeles of “Israel: Royal Tour,” the latest show in a series that will air on public television stations in which heads of state give tours of their nations. “Am I at the Oscars?” Netanyahu joked, drawing a laugh as he spoke at Paramount Pictures’ studio to a group of several hundred local dignitaries and philanthropists.
Family accused in $7M shoplift spree By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press
CHICAGO — A father, mother and daughter from a posh Chicago suburb stole $7 million in merchandise during a decadelong shoplifting spree — traveling to stores nationwide and targeting dolls, toys, cosmetics and other valuables — according to a federal complaint released Wednesday. The three were arrested earlier this week at their $1.3 million Northbrook home after returning from a three-day trip through Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, where authorities say they shoplifted from stores. Working in tandem, the family traveled from their Chicago-area residence to hit businesses in multiple states, including Maryland, Tennes-
see and Florida, according to the 20-page complaint. Branko Bogdanov, 58, Lela Bogdanov, 52, and their 34-year-old daughter, Julia Bogdanov, are charged with one count each of interstate transportation of stolen property. They made initial appearances Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, but did not enter pleas; they’ll be held at least until a detention hearing next week. Someone who answered a phone at their Northbrook residence declined any comment Lela Bogdanov frequently donned a long black skirt with large compartments sewn on the inside during the alleged shoplifting binges and was caught on surveillance cameras leaving some stores with her skirt looking notably fuller than when she entered, the
complaint says. Standing in orange jail clothes Wednesday in federal court, Lela Bogdanov wiped away tears as U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason explained her rights. She followed the proceedings through a Romani interpreter. An unnamed cooperating witness bought many of the stolen items — which included everything from American Girl dolls and Furby robotic toys to coffee and steak knives — at the Bogdanov home, then sold them online through eBay, the complaint says. On their own, Bogdanovs directly sold more than $690,000 in merchandise through eBay, the complaint says. The United States Secret Service led the investigation after Barnes and Noble Inc. and Toys R Us Inc. contacted
the agency about what the complaint describes as “a huge loss in merchandise.” With the help of those companies and eBay, authorities traced stolen items to an the online trading account of the cooperating witnesses, who, in turn, agreed to help in the investigation of the Bogdanovs. Speaking to reporters later Wednesday, the head of the Secret Service office in Chicago, Frank P. Benedetto, said large-scale shoplifting ultimately hurts both stores and their consumers. “If this type of crime continues unchecked, the costs ... will be passed from the retailer to the common shopper,” he said. A conviction on the one count of interstate transportation of stolen property carries sentence of up to 10 years.
WA issues first legal pot business license By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state issued its first legal marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years. Sean Green, who has operated medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, proclaimed the document “beautiful” as it was handed to him at the state Liquor Control Board’s meeting in Olympia. The license will allow him to grow 21,000 square feet of cannabis at his Spokane facility — the first pot that will be grown for sale under the highly taxed system approved by voters in 2012. “Cannabis prohibition is over,” Green declared to applause from a room packed with his supporters. “I’m coming home with jobs, Spokane.” Sales began Jan. 1 in Colorado, the only other state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults over 21. But Colorado already had a regulated medical marijuana system and simply began by allowing medical dispensaries to sell recreational pot; Washington had no regulated medical system, and had to start from the ground up. Washington’s first pot shop is expected to open in June or July. The board expects to is-
sue 334 retail licenses statewide. Green is chief executive of Spokane’s Kouchlock Productions, a company named for the phenomenon of being too stoned to get off the couch. The board’s three members credited the hard work he did to meet all the requirements to obtain a license, including passing criminal and financial background checks, develop-
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ing a board-approved business plan and finding a location that wasn’t too close to schools or daycares. “We’re proud of you,” board chairwoman Sharon Foster said. “We now know there are folks out there who follow the rules and are willing to be participants of this brave new venture in Washington state.” But even the issuance of the first license underscored the
hurdles the industry continues to face. Pot remains illegal under federal law, and despite recent guidance from the U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments, banks continue to be wary of doing business with marijuana businesses. Just last week, Green said, he learned his bank was closing his account because of Kouchlock’s connection to marijuana.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was blocked by bipartisan Senate opposition Wednesday in an emotional postscript to the long-ago murder of a Philadelphia policeman and the legal help his killer received. The vote against advancing Debo Adegbile toward confirmation was 47-52, shy of the majority needed under new procedures Democrats put in place late last year to overcome Republican stalling tactics. In this case, though, to the dismay of civil rights organizations and the White House, Democratic desertions played a decisive role in the outcome. Eight members of Obama’s party joined all 44 Republicans in preventing a final vote. Obama swiftly condemned the action. In a statement, he called it a “travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.” Administration officials left open the possibility the nomination would be withdrawn rather than put to a second vote, although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., is positioned to call for one after changing his “yes” to “no” in a last-minute procedural move.
US Army general to admit guilt on 3 charges in sex case, but denies assaulting junior officer RALEIGH, N.C. — A U.S. Army general accused of sexually assaulting a junior officer will admit guilt on three lesser charges but maintains his innocence on more serious charges stemming from her claim that he forced her to perform oral sex, his lawyer said Wednesday night. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is set to enter the plea Thursday morning before opening statements for his court martial at Fort Bragg. The primary accuser in the case is a female captain who claims Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her family if she told anyone about their three-year affair. Sinclair’s lawyer Richard Scheff said the general will plead guilty to having improper relationships with two other female Army officers and to committing adultery with his mistress, which is a crime in the military. He will also admit violating orders by possessing pornography in Afghanistan and to conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman. Scheff said in an interview that his client is taking responsibility for his actions, but also strengthening his legal position headed into trial by pleading guilty to the lesser counts. By admitting guilt on the charges for which there is the strongest evidence, the married father of two narrows the focus of the upcoming trial to charges that rely heavily on the testimony and credibility of his former mistress.
Utility contractor at NJ explosion was fined $100K over safety at other sites; utility defends EWING, N.J. — The contractor working for New Jersey’s largest utility at the site of a town house explosion that killed one resident recently had been fined more than $100,000 by safety regulators for problems at two other sites, but the utility said Wednesday it never had any problems with the construction firm. Blue Bell, Pa.-based Henkels & McCoy was cited last year by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for violations involving signaling, warning signs and protection of workers during excavations. The company is contesting the fines. Henkels & McCoy was working to replace electric service to the blast victim’s home Tuesday when it damaged a gas line, Public Service Electric & Gas said. The utility said it was told of the damage around noon Tuesday and crews were repairing the line about an hour later when “ignition” occurred, obliterating the home, damaging more than 50 others and injuring seven utility workers. At a news conference late Wednesday, a PSE&G director of gas construction, Mike Gaffney, expressed confidence in its contractor. He said the utility had a long-standing relationship with the firm, that it had done good work for the utility and that there had been no prior problems. The victim of the blast was identified as Linda Cerritelli, 62, a resident of the house leveled in the blast. She was a regional office coordinator for a prescription drug unit of the health products giant Johnson & Johnson. - The Associated Press
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Russia, West try to hammer out Ukraine diplomacy
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French President Francois Hollande, left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, talk together while German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, background left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov background right, talk together behind them during a break of a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Wednesday, March 5. Top diplomats from the West and Russia trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine are gathering in Paris on Wednesday as tensions simmered over the Russian military takeover of the strategic Crimean Peninsula. By LARA JAKES Associated Press
PARIS — The United States and Western diplomats failed to bring Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers together Wednesday for face-to-face talks on the confrontation in Crimea, even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced optimism that an exit strategy was possible. “I’d rather be where we are today than where we were yesterday,” he said. The flurry of diplomatic activity came as NATO punished Russia by suspending military cooperation, and the European Union extended $15 billion in aid to Ukraine, matching the amount the country’s fugitive president accepted from Moscow to turn his back on an EU trade accord. After an intense round of diplomacy with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and several European counterparts in Paris, Kerry said the meetings were “very constructive, without promising something that is not defined yet, without raising hopes that are inappropriate to raise.” “I want to be realistic. This is hard, tough stuff, and a very serious moment,” Kerry said. “I personally feel that I have some-
thing concrete to take back and talk to President Obama about,” he added, without specifying what that was. Speaking separately after what he called “a very long day” of discussions on Ukraine, Lavrov said the sides agreed to continue talks in coming days “about how we can help in efforts to normalize the situation and overcome the crisis.” Still, there was no direct meeting between Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart, Andriy Deshchytsia, though the Ukrainian foreign minister said Kerry asked him to delay his flight home in hopes of getting the two to sit down together. In an interview with The Associated Press, Deshchytsia said he had hoped to brief Lavrov on a Ukrainian plan to offer Crimea more autonomy while still claiming it within the country’s borders. Any vote taken toward autonomy would require international observers to replace armed groups in order to work, he said. “Our position is to use all the peaceful means, all the diplomatic ways to settle the issue without victims and tragedy — and without taking territory away,” Deshchytsia said. “We don’t want war with Russia.” But Lavrov was not ready to
meet. Leaving the French Foreign Ministry, he was asked by reporters if he had met with his Ukrainian counterpart. “Who is it?” Lavrov answered. “I didn’t see anybody.” At a news conference at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, Kerry played down the failure, saying there had been “zero expectation” of that, though U.S. officials said that is still the goal. Kerry also repeated the West’s demand that Russia pull its forces from the Crimean Peninsula, saying “Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity has actually united the world in support of the Ukrainian people.” On the ground in Ukraine, meanwhile, volatility reigned. A special U.N. envoy visiting Crimea came under threat by armed men who forced him to leave the region. And hundreds of demonstrators — many chanting “Russia! Russia!” — stormed a government building in eastern Ukraine, spreading concern that turmoil could engulf other Russian-dominated parts of Ukraine. Ukraine’s prime minister told the AP in his first interview since taking office that he still feared Russian President Vladimir Putin might attempt more land grabs:
“Mr. President,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, “stop this mess.” But most of the bargaining chips belonged to Russia, whose troops are fanned out across Crimea and control most of its strategic facilities. Lavrov, speaking in Spain before meeting with Kerry, warned against Western support of what Moscow views as a coup in Ukraine, saying that could encourage government takeovers elsewhere. “We must understand that a bad example is infectious,” he said. While Russia expressed openness to international mediation, a major sticking point has been Moscow’s refusal to recognize Ukraine’s new leaders much less sit down at the table with them. NATO tried to apply pressure on Moscow in its own talks with Russia in Brussels. The alliance’s secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said ambassadors for the 28 member states decided after a meeting with their Russian counterpart to suspend plans for a joint mission as well as all civilian and military meetings. Rasmussen said that because of Russia’s military action in the Crimean Peninsula, “the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation (is) under review.” Rasmussen said NATO will continue to meet with Moscow at the political level but insisted that halting all other cooperation “sends a very clear message to Russia.” One key piece of leverage that the West has over nearly bankrupt Ukraine: hard cash. The three months of protests that triggered Ukraine’s crisis erupted when President Viktor Yanukovych accepted $15 billion in aid from Putin in exchange for dropping an economic partnership deal with the EU. On Wednesday, the EU matched the aid — which the Russians withdrew after Yanukovych’s downfall — and the U.S. topped that up with an additional $1 billion. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s former prime minister — the heroine of Ukraine’s 2004-2005 Orange Revolution and Yanukovych’s arch-enemy — called on the West to force Russia to withdraw troops from Crimea. Yulia Tymoshenko, who was released from prison two weeks ago, said any negotiations about Ukraine’s future should be conducted directly between the U.S., the EU and Russia — and in-
African town turns on Muslim leader By KRISTA LARSON Associated Press
MBAIKI, Central African Republic — The swarm of people showed up on their deputy mayor’s doorstep late on a Friday morning, just before the time of the Muslim prayers. By then, it no longer mattered that he was the deputy mayor. It didn’t matter that the mayor called him a brother, or that his family had lived in Mbaiki for almost a century. It didn’t even matter that his wife was seven months pregnant. It mattered only that he was Muslim. The fate of Saleh Dido shows how far the violence in the Central African Republic has gone, redefining who belongs here by their religion alone. It poses a deeply troubling question in a nation where hundreds of Muslims have been killed in just a few months: If even a prominent local official interviewed by a prominent Western aid group could not be saved in his own hometown, who can? No police officer tried to stop the attack on Dido. No resident helped him as he ran to escape. And by the time the peacekeepers arrived, it was too late. “Dido’s killing is a stain on the world’s moral conscience,” said Joanne Mariner, a senior crisis adviser with Amnesty International who had spoken with him several times. “It’s terribly disappointing that the community — including his neighbors — didn’t protect him.” Mariner noted that many Christians who have tried to help Muslims were threatened themselves, and that Dido trusted the international community to protect him. But nobody did.
Mbaiki is a small town sixty miles south of the capital of Central African Republic, a country of 4.6 million people torn apart by intercommunal violence since early December. Dido’s family had lived in Mbaiki for generations, part of a Muslim minority in Central African Republic of about 15 percent. However, his ancestors hailed from Chad to the north - sharing the same roots as the Muslim rebels who overthrew the country’s government in March last year. Many of these rebels were paid to torture and kill civilians. So when the rebel-backed government fell apart in January, retaliatory attacks against Muslims escalated. As the threat of carnage grew, thousands of Muslims fled Mbaiki in convoys. Not Dido. The 46-year-old lanky father of seven still proudly wore his deputy mayor label pin. He vowed to carry on his duties. People started to call him the last Muslim of Mbaiki. “I was born here; I had my children here,” he told the French newspaper Le Monde in midFebruary. “I have been at the mayor’s office for five years. I took an oath. I am patriotic — why should I leave? I want to live in my country.” When the French defense minister came to visit Mbaiki, the mayor called Dido “a brother” and promised the community would protect him. On Feb. 10, Christians who wanted Dido gone looted his store. Dido lectured the mobs that they were stealing not only his things but the future of Central African Republic. Then the Muslim mayor of another community was killed, and the tension mounted. Dido’s
brother-in-law begged him to leave, friends say. He refused. He even invited a fellow Muslim traveling to the capital to stay at his home. For the Christians of his community, that was the final straw. The word spread — not only was Dido refusing to leave, he was encouraging other Muslims to come back. On Feb. 28, a crowd of nearly 100 people turned up at his home, according to witness accounts. “All the other Muslims have left. Why are you still there?” they demanded. What happened next is disputed. Some neighbors allege Dido fired arrows into the crowd first, wounding several people. Others say he did so only in a desperate attempt to defend his life. Then he began to run. The path to the police station took him a mile (2 kilometers) uphill, past dozens of tin roof homes and phone-charging shacks. No one tried to help. The mob chased him, armed with knives. Panting and exhausted, he made it to the roundabout a few hundred meters (yards) from the police station. There, as he caught his breath, the crowd descended on him. They ripped off his clothes. They slit his throat. They attacked him repeatedly until his head nearly fell off. One woman even cut off his genitals. Two police officers were there. But the attackers threatened to harm the families of anyone who sheltered Muslims, so they did nothing. Police commandant Yvon Bemakassoui declined to discuss the case. By the time peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo arrived, Dido was dead. His corpse lay in a drainage ditch on the side
of the road. The peacekeepers arrested 22 people, including five women, and handed them over to the police. Photos show the suspects lying face down on the ground. They all were set free. Most escaped into the jungle forest outside town, residents say. Nobody was charged. In the meantime, neighbors had ferried Dido’s family to the safety of a Catholic church. The Congolese peacekeepers took them to the capital, where his widow is now weeks away from giving birth. There is one other Muslim man in Mbaiki, who thought he was safe because his family is not from Chad. But after Dido’s death, he is preparing to spend a few months with his children in the capital. Is there a future for Muslims here? He cannot say. Once his laundry dries, he plans to pack. Men still walk about Mbaiki in traditional Muslim gowns and white prayer caps. But they are not Muslims. They are parading about in clothing stolen from the pillaged shops of Muslims like Dido. Mbaiki’s two mosques lie in ruins. Christians stripped the metal roof off one to sell, and now the early rains have flooded it. The looters have also descended upon Dido’s house. The concrete structure is reduced to rubble. On a recent afternoon, small children helped strip what remained of his blue Toyota fourby-four for parts. In the end, even in death, Dido never got his wish to stay in Mbaiki. The Red Cross buried his body in another town three miles away. There are no longer any Muslims in that town either. C
sisted no compromises should be made to appease Moscow. “We believe that the aggressor must leave without any conditions,” Tymoshenko told the AP in an interview. The EU on Wednesday also froze the assets of 18 people held responsible for misappropriating state funds in Ukraine, echoing similar action in Switzerland and Austria. Russia has suggested that it will meet any sanctions imposed by Western governments with a tough response, and Putin has warned that those measures could incur serious “mutual damage.” In Crimea, U.N. special envoy Robert Serry was threatened by 10 to 15 armed men as he was leaving naval headquarters in Crimea, said U.N. deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson. When the men ordered Serry to go to the airport, Serry refused — but then found himself trapped be-
cause his car was blocked, Eliasson said. The Dutch envoy was later spotted by reporters in a coffee shop, as men in camouflage outfits stood outside. He got into a van with the men, and was taken to Simferopol airport. Later, an AP reporter found Serry in the business class lounge of the Simferopol airport. “I’m safe. My visit was interrupted for reasons that I cannot understand,” the Dutch diplomat said. The Obama administration also said it was taking steps Wednesday to support the defenses of U.S. allies. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee the U.S. was stepping up joint aviation training with Polish forces and increasing American participation in NATO’s air policing mission in ithe Baltics.
Israel says naval raid seizes Iranian shipment of advanced rockets bound for Gaza militants JERUSALEM — Israeli naval forces on Wednesday seized a ship laden with rockets allegedly bound for militants in the Gaza Strip, and officials accused Iran of orchestrating the delivery in an elaborate 5,000-mile (8,000-kilometer) journey that included covert stops across the region. The Syrian-made M-302 rockets would have put Israel’s biggest cities well within range of Gaza, where militants already possess thousands of less powerful rockets. During eight days of fighting in 2012, armed groups fired 1,500 rockets into Israel, including several that reached the outskirts of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The naval raid, which took place in the Red Sea hundreds of miles from Israel, came as Iran showed off powerful new ballistic missiles equipped with multiple warheads. The arms bust drew renewed Israeli calls for world powers to toughen their stand in negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program. “Iran has been exposed for what it is. It smiles in the Geneva talks about its own nuclear ambitions, gives soothing words, and as they’re doing that, they’re shipping these deadly weapons to the world’s worst terrorists,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in California during a U.S. visit. “Such a regime must not be able to have the capacity to make nuclear weapons.” Israel believes that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon, a charge Iran denies. Israel says a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to the existence of the Jewish state, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, its development of long-range missiles and its support for hostile militant groups. - The Associated Press
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Seldovia girls notch upset Sea Otters go to OT vs. Lumen Christi to get 2nd win of season By JOEY KLECKA Peninsula Clarion
AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill
Iditarod musher Scott Janssen describes his overnight ordeal while wearing a boot for his broken foot on Wednesday afternoon at his south Anchorage home. Janssen, an Anchorage undertaker known as the Mushing Mortician, was airlifted off the trail to an Anchorage hospital for treatment for a concussion along with a broken bone.
Trail takes toll on mushers Mushing Mortician has to be airlifted to hospital after breaking foot pital after a harrowing ordeal that included crashing his sled, hitting his head on a tree ANCHORAGE — An stump and getting knocked Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race unconscious, and later falling musher was flown to a hos- through ice and breaking his MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
ankle. Scott Janssen, 52, an Anchorage undertaker known as the Mushing Mortician, was back home early Wednesday after getting a cast for the bro-
ken bone he suffered on Tin Creek, about 40 miles from Nikolai. “I made it through the worst part of the trail only to slip on See MUSH, Page A-9
When March Madness rolls around, an upset is usually lurking somewhere, and Wednesday afternoon at Skyview High School, it was the sixth-seeded Seldovia girls toppling the third-seeded Lumen Christi girls 56-47 in overtime. The Sea Otters had just one victory all year but picked a good time to double that victory total at the Class 1A Peninsula Conference tournament. “I don’t know, it was crazy,” said Seldovia coach Tiffany Haller when asked how her team emerged victorious. “I think the girls handled it better than I did. I was having a panic attack.” Seldovia led 21-17 at halftime and 30-29 heading into the final quarter. In the overtime, Seldovia finished off the upset by outscoring Lumen 10-1. Jenna Crosby had 20 points for the Sea Otters, while team captain Olivia Turner had 13 and Marina Chissus had 12. Chissus sank 10 of 14 free throws. Crosby’s tally was particularly impressive considering this is her first year on the basketball court, a big change from her usual setting — a soccer pitch. “She did so well, and Ma-
Peninsula Conference tournament At Skyview High School
Wednesday’s boys games Kodiak ESS 42, Lumen Christi 37 Wasilla Lake 45, Ninilchik 38 Seldovia 77, Birchwood 38 CIA 69, Nanwalek 31 Nikolaevsk 70, Kodiak ESS 44 Wednesday’s girls games Ninilchik 31, Birchwood 27 Seldovia 56, Lumen Christi 47, OT CIA 54, Wasilla Lake 11
Thursday’s games Boys semifinals
Nikolaevsk vs. Wasilla Lake, 6:30 p.m. Seldovia vs. CIA, 8 p.m. Boys consolation Nanwalek vs. Lumen Christi, 9 a.m. Ninilchik vs. Kodiak ESS, noon Birchwood vs. Nanwalek-Lumen winner, 3:30 p.m. Girls semifinals CIA vs. Seldovia, 1:30 p.m. Nikolaevsk vs. Ninilchik 5 p.m. Girls consolation Lumen Christi vs. Wasilla Lake, 10:30 a.m.
rina had an awesome game too,” Haller said. “We have a Kazakhstan exchange student and only three returners. They were just matching each other out there tonight.” Haller, a first-year coach herself and a 1988 graduate of Seldovia School, said the most points her team had scored in a single game previous to Wednesday night was 39. See UPSET, page A-9
Peninsula squads chase state berths in Cordova By JOEY KLECKA Peninsula Clarion
The phrase that most basketball coaches love to hear — “Everyone starts at zero and zero” — will be the motivating force behind every prep hoops team this weekend at the Southcentral Conference tournament. The opening games tip off today, starting with an early 8 a.m. matchup featuring the Houston and Homer girls squads, and finishing with the championship games on Saturday — 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys. At stake is three girls berths and three boys berths to the Class 3A state tournament. Cordova High School will be the site of the tournament, which is a setting with which most teams are familiar. Seward was one of the teams that competed there back in January’s Cordova tournament. The boys side seems pretty set for the moment. The Anchorage Christian Schools and Grace Christian boys are the heavy favorites to meet in Saturday’s championship game, but like the aforementioned phrase suggests, an upset could easily be in the works. ACS (21-1) has a single loss on the season, coming at the hands of an outside team from Texas. The Grace boys (18-6) have three losses to Class 3A teams, two of those against ACS. “They’ve proven themselves throughout the season,” said Skyview boys coach Jesse Settlemyer. “All the other schools have taken turns beating each other, so it’ll come down to that third-place game.” The girls tournament looks to be more open. Nikiski (184) and ACS (17-2) enter as the main favorites, combining for only six losses for the season. “The ACS girls are dominant, they just have five very solid players,” said Nikiski girls coach Scott Anderson. “They’re really aggressive and get after it with the press, and they have a lot of scorers who score a lot of points.” With many visiting teams taking the long ferry ride out of Whittier en route to Cordova, opponents will be getting quite familiar with each other this
weekend before what promises to be an action-packed event. The Skyview teams are heading into their final regional tournament in their school history, before the school closes after the year is done. The Skyview boys begin their tournament with a 4:30 p.m. tilt today against Grace Christian. The Grizzlies are led by coach Chuck Boerger, who is retiring after 36 years of coaching, 21 in Alaska. “It’s going to be difficult,” Settlemyer said about Skyview’s last chance at making it to state. “Whatever team is going to come out of it with the third seed is going to have to battle and play good basketball, and we hope it’s us.” Skyview finished the season on a three-game win streak that left it at 4-6 in the conference and 11-11 overall. Led by seniors Micah Hilbish, Jacob Carlson and junior Tim Duke, the Panthers may be peaking at just the right time. “The energy level is important, we have to be mentally prepared,” Settlemyer said. “It’s going to be key. We can’t afford to take a quarter off.” The bad news is that Skyview was walloped 64-29 the last time the Panthers played Grace two weeks ago. “Obviously, a lot of it will be about controlling the tempo of the game, practicing good ball control, and taking good shots,” Settlemyer said. “We have to get out on their shooters, and limit the number of possessions they get on offense.” Depending on what plays out today, Skyview will be playing either the host Cordova or Seward on Friday. The Skyview girls are also starting their conference tournament with a frightening matchup, as they take on ACS today at 11 a.m. “We’ve just been trying to prepare as if it’s a normal game,” said Skyview girls coach Kyle McFall. “We’ve been working on our press break, being more efficient in the half court and being patient. “Defensively, we’re just trying to clean up our rotations so we can get out on their shooters.” The Panthers took a 70-30 loss to ACS two weeks ago, which started with an 18-0 run
Southcentral Conference tournament championship At Cordova High School Today’s girls games Houston vs. Homer, 8 a.m. ACS vs. Skyview, 11 a.m. Grace vs. Seward, 3 p.m. Cordova vs. Nikiski, 6 p.m. Today’s boys games Houston vs. Homer, 9:30 a.m. ACS vs. Nikiski, 12:30 p.m. Grace vs. Skyview, 4:30 p.m. Cordova vs. Seward, 7:30 p.m.
by ACS. “That was an interesting game because Meghan Powers was in foul trouble and Sam Reynolds was hurt,” McFall said. “Our younger girls really had to step it up in that game, and hopefully those girls will continue to step up again.” Reynolds and Powers, the two seniors on the team, will be on court against the Lions this time around, which could make things closer. Skyview enters the tournament 12-11 overall and 4-6 in the conference, and as the final year, McFall said the team is trying to deflect the pressure that comes with trying to end with a bang. “Even if it wasn’t the last year, state would be our goal,” McFall said. “I think that adds a little too much pressure sometimes.” The Panthers will get either the Houston or Homer girls on Friday, depending on how things shake out. The Seward Seahawks are trying to return both hoops teams to the state tournament. The Seward boys get their conference tournament started with a 7:30 p.m. matchup with the host team Cordova. “I hope that we’re going to keep up the energy, we looked pretty good the last couple of practices,” said Seward boys coach Curtis Berry. “You never know what a ferry ride will do to you. Everybody is literally on the same boat.” The boys finished the season at 12-12 overall and 6-4 in the conference, and Berry said he believes his team is on the right track going into the weekend. “I think we’re at a good place to fight our way into the ring,” he said. “I like the idea that we’re playing the home crowd. I mean, it’s better than an eight or nine morning game. I think C
we can feed off that energy.” Facing up against the home crowd isn’t the easiest thing to do, but Seward beat Cordova 60-56 in overtime back on Jan. 3, then lost 57-54 the next day in an endowment game, so today’s matchup is almost sure to be close. “We don’t have any illusions that it won’t be a dogfight,” Berry said. “Any games will be battles, but we feel like we’re up to the challenge, and we’re going into it.” Led by spirited players such as Matt Moore, Michael Marshall and Michael Wolfe, the Seahawks have proven that they can keep up a high-tempo, high-energy pace throughout games. “It does have something to do with strategy,” Berry said. “We’re a team that likes to go, and we want to push it, we like playing around the edge, rather than slowing it down. “That’s the kind of puzzle we have this year.” The Seward girls are facing a team today that they have beaten once this year already, Grace Christian at 3 p.m. The Seahawks edged the Grizzlies 28-25 in late January, but with over a month since that meeting, Seward coach Mark Clemens said a lot could have changed. “We got to watch them play at the Delta tournament, but everybody’s come a long ways,” Clemens said. “I think it’ll be a good game, and who makes the fewest turnovers will come out with the winner.” The Seahawks finished at 12-11 overall this season, 6-4 in the conference, and the team ended the regular season with two losses, so a jump-start will be needed to ensure a state berth. “I think it’s a good matchup, there’s a lot of even teams in our conference, so any game that one team doesn’t show up for, the other has it.” Six girls from last year’s state team will return to the conference championships this weekend, so experience isn’t a large concern for Clemens. “I think we’re in the right spot, mentally,” he said. “But it just depends. I mean, last year we managed to play our best games at regions.” One of the schools that Cle-
mens said the Seahawks need to watch out for is the Homer Mariners. The boys team has racked up an impressive 16-9 mark this year (5-5 in the conference), and sports a combination of speed and size, and will get their conference tournament started off with a 9:30 a.m. game today with the Houston Hawks. With guards such as Quinn Daugharty and Filip Reutov leading the outside attack, and a big man such as Sheldon Hutt at the post, Homer could give the bracket a shakeup. Depending on what goes down today, the Mariners will face either Nikiski or ACS on Friday. The Homer girls enter the tournament with a 6-4 record in the conference, along with a three-game hot streak. Madison Akers and Tayla Cabana have combined to produce a formidable duo, and the team ended the regular season on a high note, topping Nikiski on Monday, Skyview on Friday and Seward on Saturday. The team will face Houston in the first game of the day today at 8 a.m. Homer coach Connie Akers said she is expecting big things out of her group. “We’re hoping to go to state, that’s our big goal,” Akers said after last Friday’s win over Skyview. “We don’t care what place we get, we just want to go to state.” On the opposite side of the bracket, the Nikiski girls team is raring to go, coming in as one of the tourney favorites. The Nikiski girls finished the regular season at 8-2 in the conference and 18-4 overall, and will face host Cordova today at 6 p.m. “The funny thing about the region tournament is that every team knows they’re two games away from playing at state,” said Nikiski girls coach Scott Anderson. “For our girls, we want to be playing great defense and making it hard for the other team to get quality shots.” The Bulldogs beat Cordova 48-25 at the end of January, but Anderson knows better than to overlook the home team. “That game was closer than it looked, it was 6-6 after the first quarter, and we led 19-13 at the half,” he said. “I think for us, the focus is more on play-
ing aggressively, and playing to win and not to lose. That’ll be the challenge.” Perhaps the team learned a little something in last week’s surprising loss against Homer. Anderson said that game was a wakeup call for his team. “It was a good refocusing time for us, we learned a couple lessons,” Anderson said. “It’s been their goal to make it to state, and they know this is the opportunity to do that. The ball’s in their court.” The Bulldogs’ success has stemmed from shooters such as Rachel Thompson and Emily Lynch, and post players such as Alyssa Darch that can grab crucial rebounds. Anderson said Darch is averaging almost 11 rebounds a game this year, and had 19 against Skyview last week. The league-leading ACS girls start on the opposite side of the tournament bracket this weekend to Nikiski, which could lead to a matchup in the championship game between the top two in the conference. “At this point, we honestly haven’t thought about ACS at all,” Anderson said. “I know our girls have talked about a chance to play them again. We just have all the respect for that team.” Nikiski lost to ACS on Jan. 10, but only by a score of 57-45, putting them as one of the favorites to knock off the favorites. But for now, the Nikiski girls are focused on Cordova. “Cordova has three really good outside shooters, and a pretty big girl inside,” Anderson said. “They’re quick and aggressive, and they play well at home. “If we can play at a faster pace than they want to play, and get out and run and push the ball on the court, we can do good things.” The Nikiski boys enter the tournament with a 6-19 mark for the season (1-9 in the conference), and will start their weekend with a 12:30 p.m. matchup today against the high-powered ACS boys. The Bulldogs lost to ACS 75-30 in early January, and if they wish to pull an upset on the Lions, they will need big games from players such as Seth Carstens, Luke Johnson and Michael Stangel, all starters.
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SoHi girls don’t want to rely on WPI SoHi boys, Kenai girls, Kenai boys have to win their way to Class 4A state By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion
Not surprisingly, the Soldotna girls basketball team would prefer not to use the Winning Percentage Index to get into the Class 4A state tournament. As the Northern Lights Conference tournament gets set to tip off today in Colony, the Stars are third in the WPI. Six girls teams qualify automatically out of their conference tournaments — including the top two finishers at the NLC tourneys. The other two berths go to the schools with the highest WPI. Last year, SoHi thought it was one of those schools when the state brackets were announced only to learn later that a miscalculation kicked them out of state. “We haven’t really talked about WPI and we’re not really counting on WPI after last year,” Soldotna girls coach Doug Blossom said. “That didn’t work out so good. “We want to play Kodiak for the region championship.” The Stars, at 17-5 overall and 7-3 in the conference, are the No. 2 seed. They have a bye today, then play the Kenai-Colony winner Friday at 5 p.m. for a spot in the title game and an automatic state berth.
If the Knights are able to get past the Kardinals, they will set up a big game in the semis. Soldotna edged the Knights at Colony this year, but Colony came back for a 33-29 victory at Soldotna in late February. Blossom said the problem in that game was shooting. He said his team was 19 percent from the floor in the game and missed 13 free throws. “We just talked tonight coming out of a shootaround that the loudest game of the season so far was that Colony game a month and a half a ago,” Blossom said. “The gym was just shaking. “If I was a player, I’d really look forward to playing in that environment. It was even louder than the state tournament.” Keying SoHi’s run will be the post play of senior Katelynn Kerkvliet and the ballhandling of Kelci Benson and Julie Litchfield. Blossom said Makayla Wong’s ankle continues to get better, which makes her even more of a lockdown defender. Unlike the SoHi girls, the other Peninsula teams in the tournament — the SoHi boys and Kenai girls and boys — need to finish in the top two to get to state because their WPI is not good enough. The Soldotna boys, the No. 4 seed,
Northern Lights Conference tournament at Colony High School Today’s games Colony girls vs. Kenai, 6:30 p.m. Palmer girls vs. Wasilla, 3 p.m. Palmer boys vs. Soldotna, 8:15 p.m. Wasilla boys vs. Kenai, 4:45 p.m.
play Palmer, the No. 5 seed, at 8:15 p.m. today. SoHi (11-10, 5-5) has beaten Palmer twice this season. “We’ve played them tough a few times this year,” SoHi boys coach Matt Johnson said last weekend after beating Kenai. “It’ll be a dogfight.” If SoHi wins, a date with host and top seed Colony awaits in Friday’s semifinal, which also serves as a contest for a state berth. The Stars lost to the Knights twice this season. Both the Kenai girls and boys enter the tournament without a win in conference play, but both have reason to be confident that could change this weekend. The Kenai girls, the No. 6 seed, play No. 3 seed Colony at 6:30 p.m. today. The Kardinals (7-12 overall) played the Knights close the first two times the squads faced off last year, but Colony cruised to a victory in the third matchup.
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CIA put seven players in the eight points. scorebook, led by Nicole Moffis with 15 and Danielle Hills Wasilla Lake boys 45, Continued from page A-8 with 13. Ninilchik 38 Maddie Fuller had seven for The Rams, the No. 5 seed, For Lumen, Tori Kruger Wasilla Lake. avenged a loss earlier in the seapumped in 22 points, while Robin Jones had 16. CIA boys 69, Nanwalek 31 son to the No. 4 Wolverines. Ninilchik coach Nickolas FinCook Inlet Academy, the ley said going into the tournaNikolaevsk boys 70, No. 2 seed, roared past No. ment that one of his worries was Kodiak ESS 44 7-seeded Nanwalek and into his young team’s ability to score. The Wolverines scored just The top-seeded Warriors the semifinals. There was a lot of talk be- two points in the first quarter, took care of business in the final late game on Wednesday, pull- fore the tournament about but trailed just 5-2 due to solid ing away from Kodiak ESS in how dangerous Nanwalek is, defense. Ninilchik went on to the second quarter to move on so CIA didn’t mess around — lead 21-19 at halftime. But getting outscored 15-4 in to a semifinal matchup against holding a 25-4 lead after one Wasilla Lake, slated for today quarter and a 42-10 lead at the third quarter was too much halftime. for Ninilchik to overcome. at 6:30 p.m. Timmy Smithwick had 21 Connor Knowles had 16 Jaruby Nelson scored 23 points to lead the Warriors, points for Cook Inlet, while points to lead the Rams, while knocking down numerous Mylon Weems dumped in 19. Braden Thorn had 11. For Ninilchik, Sam Mirales jumpshots, while teammate CIA had nine different players had 19 points, while Tyler PresJonah Fefelov added 13. Wade in the scoring column. John Romanoff had 16 points ley chipped in with 10. Bartleson scored 20 for Kofor Nanwalek. diak. Seldovia boys 77, Kodiak ESS kept the game Birchwood 38 close in the first quarter, holdNinilchik girls 31, ing the lead on a few occasions The Sea Otters, the No. 3 seed, Birchwood 27 and trailed Nikolaevsk 12-9 at opened impressively against the The No. 4 seed Wolverines Warriors, the No. 6 seed. the end of one quarter. Nikolaevsk then began to pulled off a fourth-quarter Seldovia led 15-10 after one press Kodiak hard in the sec- comeback for a victory over the quarter and 35-14 at halftime in ond quarter, forcing turnovers No. 5 Warriors. reaching the semifinals. Ninilchik trailed 8-4 after and grabbing steals to hit on a Calem Collier paced the Sea 15-2 run. The Warriors led 29- one quarter and 12-10 at half- Otters with 33 points, includtime. Birchwood then upped ing connecting four times from 17 at halftime. Three quick buckets in the the lead to 21-17 after three 3-point range. Aiden Philpot first minute of the second half quarters, but Ninilchik finished added 22 for Seldovia. helped douse Kodiak’s hopes of on a 14-6 kick. For Birchwood, Dakota Jessica Rogers paced Ninil- Jones had 11 points, while Tya comeback. chik with 16 points, including ler Keiffer had 10. five in the final quarter. MelisCIA girls 54, Wasilla Lake 11 sa Ehlers had all seven of her Kodiak ESS boys 42, The Eagles, the No. 2 seed, points in the final frame. Lumen Christi 37 Birchwood Christian’s lead cruised into the semifinals with a victory over the No. 7 Rams. scorer was Bryce Vickers with The No. 8 seed Kodiak ESS
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the ice and break my foot,” Janssen told The Associated Press on Wednesday as he recuperated from home. Treacherous trail conditions with little snow have marked the early part of this year’s Iditarod, which started Sunday with 69 mushers. The nearly 1,000mile race spans two mountain ranges, dangerous wilderness and the wind-whipped Bering Sea coast. Janssen’s ordeal began Tuesday when he crashed
his sled between the Rohn and Nikolai checkpoints, hitting his head after he said he bumped across rocks all along the trail. He lay unconscious for at least an hour and awoke to find his sled nearby and his dogs huddled next to him, covered in light snow. As he dismantled his broken seat, another musher came along. Janssen asked him the time, and couldn’t believe an hour, if not two, had passed. “I tripped over there, went full-speed and hit my head on that stump,” he said he told the musher. “I think I went nightnight for awhile.” After caring for his dogs,
“To be perfectly honest, I think it surprised them that we played them so closely in prior games,” Kenai coach Stacia Rustad said. “They made some adjustments and came out fired up with a different mindset. “We came out flat and didn’t rise to their level of intensity.” Rustad said the Kards have been focusing on Colony’s three-quarters court trapping press all week in practice and should be ready to challenge the Knights on their home floor. “I don’t think it matters where we play a team,” Rustad said. “We’re prepared and we’ll just play the best we can and play hard, just like the kids always do.” The coach said the main challenge in the tournament will be scoring points. Leading scorer and senior Justice English will have to come through, and will need help. “Defensively, we feel very strong,” Rustad said. “But you’re not going to beat any Region III team scoring in the 20s, and that’s been our challenge all season.” The Kenai boys, the No. 6 seed, open against Wasilla, the No. 3 seed. The Kardinals (2-20 overall) lost to the Warriors twice this season, but the last loss came in overtime. “If you’re looking for a bright spot, we should have won that game in Ke-
moved on to a game with Nikolaevsk by topping the No. 9 Archangels early Wednesday. Wade Bartleson had 12 points to lead Kodiak ESS, while Cody Robustellini had 11 points. For Lumen Christi, Joey Brown and Cheibuka Lebechi each had 11 points. Wednesday girls Wolverines 31, Warriors 27 Ninilchik 4 6 Birchwood 8
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NINILCHIK (31) — Rogers 7 2-7 16, Sinclair 0 0-4 0, Goins 0 0-0 0, Ehlers 3 1-2 7, Me. Clark 2 0-0 4, Finney 2 0-0 4. Totals — 14 3-13 31. BIRCHWOOD CHRISTIAN (27) — Vickers 4 0-0 8, Craig 2 0-0 4, Roberts 2 1-2 5, Becker 1 1-2 3, Ta. Goward 3 0-0 7. Totals — 12 2-4 27. 3-point goals — Birchwood 1 (Ta. Goward). Team fouls — Ninilchik 7, Birchwood 11. Fouled out — none. Sea Otters 56, Archangels 47, OT Lumen 9 8 12 17 1 —47 Seldovia 9 12 9 16 10 —56 LUMEN CHRISTI (47) — Dickhaus 0 0-0 0, Barnes 0 0-0 0, Jones 7 2-5 16, Thorness 0 0-0 0, Estes 2 0-0 5, Kruger 9 4-9 22, Childs 0 0-0 0, McCormick 0 0-0 0, Zitzow 2 0-2 4. Totals — 20 6-16 47. SELDOVIA (56) — Chissus 1 10-14 12, Meganack 0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Waterbury 4 1-2 9, Swick 1 0-0 2, Turner 6 0-4 13, Crosby 9 2-2 20. Totals — 21 13-22 56. 3-point goals — Lumen 1 (Estes); Seldovia 1 (Turner). Team fouls — Lumen 16, Seldovia 14. Fouled out — Zitzow.
Janssen fixed his sled and continued on. There’s a lot of heaven to be seen along the Iditarod route. But, he said, “that part of the trail was all hell.” He made it to Tin Creek and estimated he had only about 7 more miles of nasty trail until it turned good again. But one of his dogs, Hooper, got loose from the line and took off. Janssen said he loosely anchored his sled and tried to call Hooper as he crossed a frozen creek. But just as Hooper heeded the call and trotted back to his place in line, Janssen fell.
nai but we let it get away from us,” Kenai boys coach Ken Felchle said. “Our team is confident we can play with them.” Felchle also said his team has fallen in a favorable side of the bracket. He said the Kardinals lack height, so teams with height like Soldotna and Colony are very hard to match up with. “Wasilla isn’t that way,” Felchle said. “They are more our size. They are not as big of a team as other teams we’ve played.” Felchle said the Kards have been getting closer and closer to a conference victory lately, and that has them confident heading into the tournament. “For the kids, it’s hard because they look at wins and losses, but coaches that have been in it a long time look for improvement every day,” Felchle said. “We have a young team and a program headed in the right direction, but our seniors want to win now and I get that. “We have a chance in the region tournament to give it our best go, and that’s because we’ve made substantial improvement throughout the season.” Felchle said he will lean heavily on seniors Vlad Glushkov, Trevor Shirnberg and Miles Jones for leadership throughout the tournament, just as he has all year.
Eagles 54, Rams 11 CIA 11 16 15 12 —54 Wasilla 0 4 0 7 —11 COOK INLET ACADEMY (54) — Hanna 1 0-0 2, Moffis 7 0-0 15, Taplin 1 0-0 2, Hills 6 1-2 13, Brush 0 0-0 0, Lyons 3 0-0 6, Hammond 3 0-0 7, McGahan 0 0-2 0, Orth 4 1-2 9. Totals — 25 1-6 54. WASILLA LAKE CHRISTIAN (11) — Flanders 0 0-0 0, Mosier 0 0-0 0, Thorn 0 0-0 0, Mahler 2 0-4 4, Fuller 3 1-1 7. Totals — 5 1-5 11. 3-point goals — CIA 2 (Moffis, Hammond). Team fouls — CIA 10, Wasilla Lake 5. Fouled out — none. Wednesday boys Warriors 70, Kodiak ESS 44 Nikolaevsk Kodiak 9
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NIKOLAEVSK (70) — Lasiter 0 0-0 0, K. Molodih 0 0-0 0, Nelson 10 2-2 23, A. Yakunin 3 2-2 8, S. Yakunin 0 0-0 0, N. Fefelov 4 1-1 10, Gordeev 5 0-0 10, F. Molodih 3 0-0 6, J. Fefelov 6 0-2 13, Kalugin 0 0-0 0. Totals — 31 5-7 70. KODIAK ESS (44) — Shugak 0 0-0 0, D. Koozaata 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Robustellini 4 2-3 12, Reft 1 0-0 2, J. Phillips 3 0-0 6, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Evehjem 0 0-0 0, Bennett-Melendez 1 0-0 2, C. Phillips 0 0-0 0, Bartleson 7 4-5 20, B. Koozaata 1 0-0 2. Totals — 17 6-8 44. 3-point goals — Nikolaevsk 3 (Nelson, N. Fefelov, J. Fefelov); Kodiak ESS 4 (Robustellini 2, Bartleson 2). Team fouls — Nikolaevsk 9, Kodiak ESS 7. Fouled out — none. Rams 45, Wolverines 38 Ninilchik 2 19 4 13 —38 Wasilla Lake 5 14 15 11 —45 NINILCHIK (38) — C. Appelhanz 0 0-0 0, Presley 3 3-4 10, Mirales 8 3-7 19, Delgado 1 0-0 2, Koch 0 0-0 0, Bartolowits 0 0-0 0,
Thorn 0 2-2 2, S. Appelhanz 0 0-0 0, White 1 2-4 5. Totals — 13 10-17 38. WASILLA LAKE (45) — J. Stiner 2 4-5 8, B. Stiner 0 0-2 0, Willson 1 0-0 2, Sherbohn 2 0-1 4, Knowles 6 4-7 16, Thorn 4 3-4 11, Palmberg 0 0-0 0, Cook 2 0-0 4. Totals — 17 11-19 45. 3-point goals — Ninilchik 2 (Presley, White). Team fouls — Ninilchik 16, Wasilla Lake 14. Fouled out — none. Sea Otters 77, Warriors 38 Seldovia 15 20 24 18 —77 Birchwood 10 4 12 12 —38 SELDOVIA (77) — R. Waterbury 2 1-2 6, Sedibe 0 0-0 0, D. Waterbury 2 0-0 4, Collier 10 9-9 33, Haller 2 0-0 4, Philpot 7 8-10 22, O’Leary 3 2-4 8, Swearingen 0 0-0 0. Totals — 26 20-25 77. BIRCHWOOD CHRISTIAN (38) — Becker 3 0-0 6, Zellers 0 0-0 0, Goforth 0 0-0 0, Keiffer 4 2-3 10, Sladko 1 0-0 2, Jones 4 3-7 11, O’Neill 1 0-0 2, Zachry 0 0-0 0, Buyse 3 1-2 7, Stone 0 0-0 0, Peterson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 6-12 38. 3-point goals — Seldovia 5 (Collier 4, R. Waterbury). Team fouls — Seldovia 14, Birchwood 17. Fouled out — none. CIA 69, Nanwalek 31 CIA 25 17 12 15 —69 Nanwalek 4 6 7 14 —31 COOK INLET ACADEMY (69) — Uchtman 1 0-0 2, A. Hammond 2 0-0 5, B. Hammond 2 0-0 4, R. Smithwick 2 0-0 5, Barlow 1 0-0 2, Leaf 2 0-2 4, J. Solie 0 0-0 0, T. Smithwick 9 0-1 21, Lyons 0 0-0 0, R. Solie 3 0-0 7, Weems 8 3-4 19. Totals — 29 3-7 69. NANWALEK (31) — X. Romanoff 1 2-2 4, T. Ukatish 2 1-4 5, J. Romanoff 6 2-2 16, Anahonak 0 0-2 0, L. Ukatish 0 0-0 0, Evans 3 0-0 6. Totals — 12 5-10 31. 3-point goals — CIA 6 (T. Smithwick 3, A. Hammond, R. Smithwick, R. Solie); Nanwalek 2 (J. Romanoff 2). Team fouls — CIA 8, Nanwalek 11. Fouled out — none.
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15-day response period until permit applications for the project are submitted and reviewed by the state and federal governments. He requested a meeting to discuss the request in person. It is not clear when the project might move into the permitting phase. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., the mine’s owner, has been looking for a new partner after Anglo American PLC announced last year that it was pulling out, saying it needed to prioritize its projects. EPA officials have said the agency, at any point, could decide further action on its part is unnecessary.
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said. It is also not prohibited in the two bills. But Hanley said it was unlikely for a district such as Fairbanks to authorize a charter school within the boundaries of a distant district such as Anchorage since Fairbanks students would be bused to it. House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, testified on ways that he believed would strengthen charter schools, including converting neighborhood schools into charter schools. “It would free up the list for entering charter schools and assist in the transportation needs
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the state Supreme Court serves as chair. The council needs to have at least four members in agreement to take action. HJR33, which is sponsored by the House Judiciary Committee, proposes doubling the number of non-attorney members on the council from three to six. A similar proposal is pending in the Senate. Supporters say the change would increase the public voice on the council and provide greater balance. In his sponsor statement, Rep. Wes Keller, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the current council membership is “ill-suited to properly meet its constitutional mandate of reflecting Alaska’s diverse geographic and cultural makeup.” Critics say it could politicize the process by increasing the number of appointees chosen by the governor. Senate Minority Leader Hollis French, D-Anchorage, has called it a “court-packing” proposal. The constitution calls for appointments to be made with “due consideration to area representation and without regard to political affiliation.” Ernest Prax, an aide to Keller, told the committee the proposal is not trying to target or attack the council or the actions of the chief justice but rather is seeking to improve how the council works. He said it is aimed in
Geraghty called 15 days inadequate to respond to a potential federal action that will have “enormous” impacts on the regulatory rights and responsibilities and economic well-being of the state. He also said the permitting review process “of an actual proposed project is essential” to the state being able to respond to conclusions reached by the EPA. He said it is also is “impossible” for the EPA to make a pre-emptive decision or know what “corrective action” might be necessary, before those reviews are done. The agency, in a report released in January, found largescale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed posed significant risk to salmon and could adversely affect Alaska Natives in the region, whose culture is built around the fish. of the schools,” Tuck said. He told the committee that the state grant for charter school start-up and a law allowing charter schools to receive federal grant funds will expire in July 2015 and should be extended. Charter school start-up grants from the state amount to $500 per student. “I am really glad there is someone on the other side of the aisle who is willing to join with us in helping with charter schools,” said Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River. Reinbold said several schools in Eagle River and the Muldoon section of Anchorage are only at 80 percent capacity. Both bills remain in committee. part at enhancing the council’s credibility in the mind of the general public and protecting the chief justice from “partisan attack” or the appearance of a possible conflict of interest in casting a deciding vote. The council took more than 1,100 votes on applications for judicial positions between 1984 and 2013, according to information provided to the committee. Of those, there were 15 cases in which the attorney and non-attorney members split and the chief justice broke the tie. Carpeneti told the committee the facts do not bear out the “generalized claim of attorney dominance” on the panel. He also said he didn’t understand the conflict argument. He said the chief justice reviews the decisions of judges all the time and it’s not a conflict to vote in favor of the more qualified candidates who apply. Public comment Wednesday was mixed, with a representative of the Alaska Federation of Natives among those speaking in opposition. A current council member, Dave Parker, and a former state lawmaker and lieutenant governor, Loren Leman, were among those expressing support. Leman said the council is dominated by members of the Alaska bar. Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, RAnchorage, said she was trying to keep an open mind about the proposal but wondered if lawmakers should look instead at the process the council follows in making recommendations.
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Robert Ruffner, the Executive Director of the Kenai Watershed Forum brought up the same concerns about the vegetation around the river at the Feb. 19 Kenai City Council meeting. He said the impacts are coming from foot traffic off of Bridge Access Road, Boat Launch Road, Cannery Road and Sea Catch Drive and will be difficult to restore. If fishing is legally open, but the beach is closed at night, the concern is heightened as people may walk upstream to fish, Ruffner said in an email to Koch for the work session. Koch made his recommendations Tuesday to close the beach from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. to allow the city time to properly clean up garbage, service toilets and rake the beach of fish waste. He said he is aware of the unintended consequences of people fishing elsewhere and would address the issue. Koch said there was also significant confusion with dipnet participants not realizing parking fees did not including camping fees and shack attendants did not do an adequate job of explaining the fee structure. For this year Koch said he recommends a clarification to label day use parking for parking only for $20 and overnight
parking to include camping for $55. People accessing the beach to fish on ATV’s were also a problem last year because they did not pay fees but used city services, he said. A $20 fee for ATV parking is also being considered. A $10 drop-off fee would also reduce people who get a ride to the beach but do not pay for access, he said. Kenai resident Dwight Kramer, chairman of the Kenai Area Fishermen Coalition, said he agreed with Koch’s approach to close the beach at night for safety reasons. Kramer attended the Board of Fish hearings and said they showed a lack of regard for the City of Kenai’s liability concern with the 24hour dipnet fishery. “It is going to take a death before anything changes,” he said. “It is time the city goes on its own authority for the protection and well-being of people. The city needs to put its foot down.” Ricky Gease, the Executive Director for Kenai River Sportfishing Association, suggested the city provide satellite parking and shuttle people to the beach to alleviate traffic congestion. As far as generating more money from fees have people pay for a sockeye stamp, similar to what is done for kings. Carolyn Snowden, who lives in the south beach area said while she agrees it’s everyone’s right to fish, she has seen too much of the negative aspects
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Kenai City Manager Rick Koch discusses proposed changes to south beach access during dipnet season at a Kenai City Council work session Tuesday night.
the dipnet fishery brings on the city. “The fishery is running the City of Kenai,” she said. “It is time to stand up and run the fishery.” Porter made a recommendation to eliminate parking, camping and campfires from the lower portion of south beach where landowners have made complaint of campers disrupting their homes during dipnet season. “Every year this council and harbor commission does what they can to make it better for our residents,” Porter said. Council members Molloy and Gabriel both said they appreciated the input from the community and were given a
lot of good information to share with the rest of council as they discuss the upcoming season in later agendas. Molloy, the harbor commission liaison, said no actions could be taken during the work session. Bob Peters, a Kenai harbor commissioner, said change takes time but thanked everyone for being part of the discussion because everyone is in it together. “I have attended a lot of meetings in this room and seldom have I seen as many folks here,” he said. “There is hope and this is the way it gets changed.” Reach Dan Balmer at daniel.balmer@peninsulaclarion. com.
Zirkle aims for Iditarod title after near misses By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
ANCHORAGE — Almost every musher says Aliy Zirkle will win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. But they’re quick to add, it won’t be this year — if they can help it. Zirkle is attempting to become only the third woman ever to win the nearly thousand-mile race across Alaska and the first since the late Susan Butcher won her fourth title in 1990. Zirkle has come close the last two years, finishing second in both races. Some are wondering if this, her 14th Iditarod, is the year she breaks through. “I would like it to be,” Zirkle said. “I think every single year, you go to the same starting line that you did the year before, and you start fresh.” But she is realistic, knowing that there are other forces at play besides her 16-member dog team, which — incidentally — she calls her best ever. “Me, being dog No. 17, I hope I can coach them and keep them full together. I think that’s probably the wild card. The team is not a wild card,” she said. “But it really comes down to what a musher’s prepared for, what their skills are if they make the right decisions at the right time.” Zirkle was running in 11th place Wednesday. Aaron Bur-
Around Alaska Kawasaki absence causes stir at Capitol JUNEAU — The absence of a Fairbanks lawmaker from the state Capitol on Wednesday caused a bit of a stir. Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki, like a number of other lawmakers, was gone to attend a meeting of The Energy Council in Washington, D.C. But he did not have an excused absence. House Minority Leader Chris Tuck called it a technicality. He said he signed off on Kawasaki’s travel request last month but someone in Kawasaki’s office didn’t turn the paperwork in to the majority. Republican Rep. Mike Hawker, who was chairing House Resources Wednesday, said Kawasaki “led us all to believe” he would be present for a quorum. Four other committee members had excused absences Wednesday, and a planned hearing was not held.
Sterling Highway crash injures 3 ANCHOR POINT — A 51-year-old Homer man suffered life-threatening injuries in a Sterling Highway crash near Anchor Point. Alaska State Troopers say a southbound small truck driven by Mark Shufelt collided Monday afternoon with a northbound sedan. Both vehicles left the west side of the road and rolled multiple times. Shufelt was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the pickup. He was flown to Anchorage in critical condition. Two Ninilchik men were in the sedan. The driver, 56-yearold Donald Krech, and the passenger, 54-year-old Timothy Johnson, wore seat belts and sustained injuries that troopers say are not life-threatening. They were taken to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. The cause of the crash has not been determined. — The Associated Press C
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Aliy Zirkle talks about the snowless trail across the Farewell Burn at the Nikolai checkpoint Tuesday.
meister led the race and was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in Cripple. That’s the halfway mark of the race, and he received $3,000 in placer gold nuggets for the accomplishment. He’s attempting to become the first Nome native to win the Iditarod. Tough, snowless conditions have taken their toll on mushers. So far, 11 mushers from the original field of 69 have scratched, and race officials withdrew another. The race started Sunday near Anchorage and will finish sometime early next week in the Bering Sea coastal town of Nome, on Alaska’s western coast. Zirkle’s team is also well prepped for the race. Her husband, Allen Moore, just won his second concurrent Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, considered by many to
be the toughest sled dog race in the world and a race Zirkle won in 2000. Moore also is racing in the Iditarod, but has given his Yukon Quest winning team to Zirkle. “She’s a great musher, and she will run them well,” said Moore, who will run a young team in the race as a teaching moment for them. “Barring any injuries, hopefully she can be up in the front.” Is she the sentimental favorite? “You know, I would think so, especially being a woman, most people want her to win anyway, especially coming in second the last two years in a row,” he said. Zirkle, who was born in Manchester, N.H., in 1969, first came to Alaska in 1990, midway through getting a degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She lived in a
wall tent on the Alaska Peninsula, counting birds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She returned to college, finished her degree in 1992 and headed straight back to Alaska. After she and Moore married, they built their home in Two Rivers, Alaska, where they hunt moose in the fall and garden in the summer. The defending champion, Mitch Seavey, beat Zirkle into Nome by 24 minutes last year. “I told her at the finish line that I think she’ll probably win the Iditarod some day. If she keeps at it, I’ll bet money she will. She’s very competitive,” he said. But this may not be the year. “Of the several people who are competitive, she has as good a chance as anybody,” Seavey said. “Is it her year? No, there’s three of four other people so the odds are it’s not her year.” In 2012, Mitch’s son, Dallas, beat Zirkle to the finish line by an hour. He said Zirkle has handled coming in second the last two years with the utmost grace. “Strategically, I will try to find weaknesses in her racing style that I will try to take to take advantage of, as with every musher that I think is going to be a challenge out there,” Dallas Seavey said. “But I can’t imagine there being a weakness in her character. She is the ultimate competitor when it comes to character on the race,” he said.
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n The Triumvirate Theatre presents “Aladdin,” March 7 and 8 at Triumvirate North, five miles north of Kenai. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Fridays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $5 for 12 and under and $10 for adults. Tickets available at Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall and at Nikiski High School. n Kenai Fine Art Center is calling for artists to submit pieces for its statewide all-media juried show. Artist Jim Evenson juries this year’s all-media show. Submissions are due not later than 4 p.m, Saturday, March 1, at the Kenai Fine Art Center, with a free public opening reception the following Friday evening, March 7, from 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact Joe Kashi, firstname.lastname@example.org or Shauna Thornton, shaunat@ gci.net. n The Performing Arts Society is proud to present Valerie Hartzell, Classical Guitar, in concert on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church. Ms. Hartzell has taught and performed all over the United States and has won competitions in Italy and France. She is the creator and director of the “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute at Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Texas. Currently she lives in Bedfordshire, UK. Tickets will be $20 General Admission and $10 Students, available at River City Books, Northcountry Fair, Already Read Books, Country Liquor, and at the door. n Alaska Christian College in Soldotna will host the One Hundred Year Celebration of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Travelling Exhibition. Feb. 26-March 8, in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A reception for the public will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the LRC with special guest Harriet Beleal, former president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood. This exhibition was created by the Sitka Historical Society and Museum in collaboration with the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood camps of Sitka to honor the one-hundred year anniversary of the founding of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Alaska Native Sisterhood, the oldest indigenous civil rights organizations in the nation. With its a myriad of historic images, brief bios, quotes, and text, the exhibit provides an overview of the ANS’s and ANB’s rich history, the challenges they faced and overcame, and their tremendous contributions to champion the rights and improve the general well-being and lives of Native peoples. Alaska Christian College is located on Royal Place off of Poppy Lane. n The Corner Cafe in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna will be showing a colorful collection of Hand Painted Art Quilts by Chelline Larsen through the month of March. Call 260-9113 for more details. n There will be a free public opening reception for the 2014 statewide juried fine art show for all flat and 3-D media. Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6-8pm. There will also be a talk about the selected art work by the juror, prominent local artist, teacher and fisherman Jim Evenson. Free refreshments and beverages. Kenai Fine Arts Center 816 Cook Avenue, Kenai. The show will hang through the end of March, with gallery hours WedSat noon to 5pm. n The Sterling Community Center invites artists, crafters, and vendors to participate in its Spring Craft & Vendor Fair to be held Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SC Center. $30 for a space, $10 to rent a table. Limit 1 vendor per product line. Visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com for a registration form, or visit the Sterling Community Center in person. Call 262-7224 or email sterlingcommunityclub@live. com for more information. n A free PEEP’s Children’s Art Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 22nd from 1-4pm. Teachers will provide instruction and encouragement for artists of all ages at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center. This is a great opportunity to get creative for the Kenai Birding Festival’s PEEP’s Art Contest. n AmVets Post 4 in the Red Diamond Center holds blind doubles darts every Friday evening with sign up at 6:30 p.m. Tacos are available; and burn your own steak dinner from 6 to
Picking the classics By Rashah McChesney Peninsula Clarion
When classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell breaks a fingernail, it’s an emergency — especially if she’s on tour. The sounds she pulls from the five nylon strings on her guitar depend on each carefully shaped and smoothly filed nail on her right hand. “It’s like when an oboe player breaks a reed,” she said. “Oh god, I have to start all over.” Fortunately, the longtime performer, teacher and newlyminted UK resident carries a ready supply of glue and fake nails, to avert disaster. “A few days ago I actually had to glue back on my third fingernail, it broke on the right hand” she said. Hartzell will be on the Kenai Peninsula Wednesday, giving concerts at a few local schools, then Friday she’ll perform at 7:30 p.m. at Soldotna’s Christ Lutheran Church.
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Top: Classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell fingerpicks on her guitar Wednesday in Kenai, Alaska. Bottom: Valerie Hartzell plays a piece at Maria Allison’s house in Kenai, Alaska. Hartzell will be giving a solo concert Friday at the Christ Lutheran Church, 128 N Soldotna Ave., at 7:30 p.m. The program will include a mixture of classical and more contemporary pieces and tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students.
The show is sponsored by the Performing Arts Society and tickets are on sale, $20 dollars for general admission and
$10 for students, in Soldotna at River City Books or Northcountry Fair and in Kenai at Already Read and Country Liquor.
Hartzell has played in Alaska before, though primarily she has given concerts in Anchorage, she has not played on the Kenai Peninsula. “I played in Valdez ... oddly enough there was a monsoon that night and I didn’t think anybody was going to come but it was jam-packed,” she said. “One of my first examples of Alaskans built tough.” The show will be a mixture of the more meditative and calming pieces she says people tend to associate with classical guitar, and fast-paced music that will have the audience dancing in their seats. “It’s not a boring instrument,” she said. Neither is it confined to pieces written only for the guitar when in Hartzell’s capable hands. The opening piece for the evening is an adaptation of the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 — an iconic piece, typiSee SHOW, page B-2
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First statewide show for Kenai Fine Arts Center opens Friday
The Bond By Huel Waddell, Kenai
The midnight sun so majestic and long, The sun shining so bright it hurts your eyes Then come the snow, how it blows And so cold one can barely see Then the Northern Lights appear, dancing through the sky, a sight you seldom see “God made Alaska for me.” The moose, caribou, wolves and eagles Without number that roam from Mt. McKinley to the sea, “yes, God made Alaska for me.” My loved ones and friends can not understand How I bond to such a land, all I can say you will have to come to see! Was why God made Alaska for me.
Poems must include the writer’s name, phone number and address. They should be kept to no more than 300 words. Submission of a poem does not guarantee publication. Poems may be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion. com, faxed to 283-3299, delivered to the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay Road or mailed to P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611.
By RASHAH McCHESNEY Peninsula Clarion
It took an afternoon of judging and a whole host of rejected pieces, but local artist Jim Evenson has selected about 40 pieces from all artists statewide to display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. Of those selected the mediums are varied, including paintings, photographs, pottery and fabric pieces and woven baskets. “There were some particularly beautiful pottery works,” he Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion said. Karen Fogarty, volunteer coordinator at the Kenai Fine Arts The fine arts center, 816 Cook Ave., will hold a reception FriCenter, stands among several pieces on display for an upSee ART, page B-2 coming juried show Wednesday in Kenai, Alaska.
Despite gaps, new action flick thrills “Non-Stop” Universal Pictures 1 hour, 46 minutes
This week’s trans-Atlantic thriller “NonStop” is the slickest and most successful, cinematically anyway, of what will one day be known as Liam Neeson’s “tough guy” period. An actor who, for a long time was known mostly for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler, as well as a host of other period leading men in fairly drab movies, has, of late, been taking on the kind of Euro-thriller, revenge action movies that would have starred Charles Bronson in an earlier age. Today, Neeson’s biggest competition for roles is probably the Transporter himself, Jason Statham. These movies are certainly made better by the inclusion of an actor of Neeson’s caliber, but that doesn’t mean they’re any good. “Taken,” “Taken 2” and “Unknown” are all pretty poorly made, but with “Non-Stop,” Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra seem to have gotten
R eeling It In C hris J enness the mix right. Neeson is Bill Marks, an immigrant from Northern Ireland who started his career as an NYPD office, but through a series of unfortunate events, finds himself washed up, broken down, and finishing his career as a Federal Air Marshal. As an aside, I should say how much I appreciate the fact that the filmmakers acknowledge that Marks is from Ireland. It’s a minor plot point and doesn’t play into the film, really, but it keeps the audience from having to wonder why, if this guy’s supposed to be from New York, does he speak with an Irish accent? This is my biggest beef
with Arnold Swarzenegger movies. He’s never from anywhere - you’re just supposed to believe he’s the all-American guy next door — an assumption that is completely ridiculous unless you live next door to Austria. Anyway, kudos to Neeson and Collet-Sera for getting it right. After boarding the plane, incognito as per policy, Marks settles down for a long overnight flight. Seated next to him is an odd woman named Jen Summers, who appears to have a secret or two of her own. Not long into the flight, Marks receives a text on his phone over a closed Federal network threatening to kill a passenger every twenty minutes unless $150 million is deposited into a designated bank account. This sets into motion an ever escalating series of events as Marks must go further and further down the rabbit hole in pursuit of his quarry. When it’s all said and done, everyone is a potential suspect, even our hero See MOVIE, page B-2
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who has to growl the phrase heard so often in the trailer, “I’m not hijacking this plane! I’m trying to save it!” “Non-Stop” is one of those thriller mysteries that is just a blast, whether it makes a lot of sense or not. I have a friend who used to fly commercial jets who I’m sure will be filling me in on the myriad inaccuracies in this film, but in a film like this, technicalities are beside the point. Motives and opportunities fly, landing on everyone from Julianne Moore, who ably plays Summers, to the dweeby guy in coach, to the Muslim doctor, to the captain himself. Unfortunately, like most modern mystery thrillers, it’s kind of a cheat, because it’s not like you can figure it out based on the information given. You can guess, certainly, and that’s most of the fun. In a strange coincidence, both “Non-Stop” and last week’s “Winter’s Tale” feature daughters from the Crawley family on PBS’ “Downton Abbey.” Michelle Dockery, Lady Mary from the show, is Nancy, lead stewardess and old friend of Bill’s. She does a fine job, as does the rest of the cast, though
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cally performed on the cello. Hartzell said she tried to arrange her piece without straying to far from the original. “It’s a beautiful piece, like a prelude should be.” From there, audience members will be taken on whirlwind tour of Paraguay with composer Agustin Barrios, a 20th century composer. “His fast pieces are just gorgeous,” Hartzel said. When she plays the Barrios piece, Hartzell curls herself around the guitar in a posture much more indicative of a classical cellist or a violinist, each break in a line of music is punc-
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This image released by Universal Pictures shows Liam Neeson in a scene from “Non-Stop.”
unlike last week’s appearance of Jessica Brown-Findlay, I was not moved to shed a tear when I saw her. Lady Mary is still alive on “Downton,” and she never as been all that nice. There is plenty of sil-
liness to be had in “Non-Stop.” Though good, it’s definitely a Bmovie with B-movie problems. Plot holes exist and inconsistencies, too. Some plot threads are unceremoniously dropped, while others are left dangling,
unfulfilled. The end, though I won’t spoil it, is too pat to be believed. But all that’s par for the course in a movie like this. “Non-Stop,” however, elevates itself above the pack, in part due to its cramped setting and no-win
tuated by a breath as she sways in rhythm with the song. She has impeccable timing. As she sat in local musician Maria Allison’s studio Wednesday, Hartzell’s fingers flew cross the strings, coaxing sounds out of each string that handily showcased the depth of her technical knowledge. A free-form piece, by American composer John Anthony Lennon should also expand what people traditionally expect from the guitar. “It really bends. There are a lot of slides, harmonics. They’re going to hear the instrument a little bit differently than the traditional plucking strings with the right hand,” she said. The world tour continues with Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, an impressionistic sonata by Mexican
and French composer Manuel Ponce and finally a jazz, afro-cuban, classical and funk fusion piece by French Composer Roland Dyens. “I think audiences love that piece,” she said of the Dyens composition “Fuoco,” or “Fire.” “It’s very jazzy, you definitely tap your feet.” Of all of the pieces in the show, Hartzell said the Dyens one was her favorite to play. “I can be sick, I could be exhausted, I can just get to that piece and play it and it really lifts my spirits. It’s so much fun,” she said. The show is designed to be balanced. “A program can’t have all flow or all energy,” Hartzell said. “Your ear needs variation ... not only with styles but also with tempo.”
Hartzell will have cds on sale during her concert, both her solo album “Ex Tenebris Lux” and the all-female trio Presti. She is excited to bring classical guitar to the Kenai Peninsula and hopes audiences will come to appreciate the instrument for its unique sound. “I’m hope that they will be so excited about having gone to a classical guitar concert that they’ll demand more classical guitar concerts,” she said. “It’s really important that audiences be exposed to different instruments. I know that classical guitar isn’t off the beaten path, but compared to the violin, cello or orchestra, I guess it is.”
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8 p.m every Saturday with Karaoke after dinner from 8 p.m. to midnight. n Join Steve and Fern Holloway for Karaoke every Saturday night at the Kenai Moose Lodge. Singing starts at 9 p.m. and everyone is welcome. n An all acoustic jam takes place every Thursday. The jam is as Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the first Thursday of the month, and at the Kenai Senior Center during the rest of the month. Jam starts at 6:30 p.m. n Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has open mic Friday at 6:30 p.m. and live music with TThe Charmers Daughters at 6:30 p.m. n Four Royal Parkers on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna has live music with Bob Ramponi and the Alaska Swing Company Friday and Saturday at 10
scenario. I was a little irritated to be manipulated and manhandled through every plot point, but it was far outweighed by the fun. Judging by the weekend’s box office, where it bested both “Son of God,” and Neeson’s other big
current hit, “The Lego Movie,’ we may be seeing Bill Marks on a plane again soon. “Non-Stop” is rated PG-13 for action violence and some language.
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p.m. n Odie’s Deli in Soldotna has live music Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Pub Quiz night every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. n The Vagabond on Kalifornsky Beach Road will have live music with 150 Grit Saturday at 9 p.m. n The Studio Espresso Shop at Spur Highway and Nikiski Avenue in Nikiski hosts an open mic night on Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. Call 776-7655. n The Bow bar in Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music Fridays, Saturdays at 10 p.m. n Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has poker Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. and live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. n The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and DJ Arisen on Saturdays. n Mykel’s in Soldotna has live music Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. with Robb Justice, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Bob Ramponi.
n The Duck Inn will have live music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday with Robb Justice and Trio. n Main Street Tap and Grill has Wednesday karaoke with KJ Natalia, Thursday acoustic music with Dustin Continued from page B-1 and Friends and Keeley & Nelson, and live music and dancing with 9Spine Friday and Saturday. day from 6 - 8 p.m. and the show will run through March Films n Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and 28. This year was the first time times. the center decided to open the n Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and show up to artists statewide. times. “Most of (the pieces) cam from all over the peninsula,” said Shauna Thornton, board Down the Road president for the fine arts cenn The Pratt Museum in Homer is open Tuesday- ter. She said about 75 pieces Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information and a came in to the center. The show schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org. as open only to those who Submissions may be emailed to news@peninsula- paid a $25 dollar fee to become a member of the center clarion.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Mondays. and Thornton said several new memberships came out of effort. Several artists branched out of their typically displayed mediums, Thornton said. “This something where someone who is typically a watercolorist or a painter or a potter can try something new,” Thornton said. “One or two of them brought in like three different pieces from three differYou never wanted to grow up to be a zooent media. I had no idea that keeper. some of these people could do And yet, your home is filled with wildlife: monkeys on the furniture. Hyenas watching TV. indicating that women are talkers and men “are these things, that they were so Elephants tromping through the house. Mules in more suited to taking action, such as opening a multitalented.” Several of the artists will atthe morning, wolves in the afternoon, and sloths beer, or opening a second beer.” tend the reception and Thornin the evening. Which is not to say that Barry is open to the In other words, you have kids and since kinds of challenges that some commercials tout; ton said usually the events are you’ve spent all this time taming them, you’re in fact, he says, that for older men, “Learning good for networking with other a bear about who they hang out with. So you’ll when to back down from challenges is one of artists. Choosing which pieces to understand the sentiment behind “You Can Date the main reasons he got to be an older man, as display was difficult for EvenBoys When You’re Forty” by Dave Barry. opposed to dead.” Challenges, such as shopping If you want to know what a good father is, in a foreign country, keeping the dog from stop- son. “I stayed a slight distance look no further than this book. Yes, Dave Barry ping every 20 feet during a walk, and becoming away from all the works, when is a good dad: he actually took his daughter, So- a professional author… I judged them so that I couldn’t phie, to a Justin Bieber concert. That was after Here’s one important bit of advice: do not – “the hormone bomb detonated” in his house and DO NOT – drink anything while reading “You see the name of the artist on he was no longer an authority figure. He was Can Date Boys When You’re Forty” unless you them. I didn’t know who anya Dad who knew very little about his little girl, have a heavy towel in front of you. Spewing liq- body was on any of the pictures that were bought in, I didn’t except that her school is “infested” with boys. uid across table or aisle while you’re laughing have any favorites,” he said. He was in his fifties when Sophie was born. isn’t a pretty sight. Evenson picked a best of If he gets his way, he’ll be ninety-two years old And you will laugh because author Dave Barwhen she has her first date. Which will, by the ry is a very funny guy with a knack for know- show, first, second, third and way, be chaperoned by Barry himself, alive or ing what we’re thinking a half-second before honorable mention. “Most of (the pieces) that dead, there on the console. we do – but unlike us, he’s unabashed enough to These are things a man does. He also needs actually say it, with barely a filter. It’s kind of made the show were ... just to be manly, which isn’t easy these days because like spending time with a silly group of Eighth- beautiful in many ways. It’s of “the Baby Boomers.” We are not like our par- Grade boys, only better and just slightly more hard to put into words sometimes why a picture appeals to ents, says Barry. “They were the Greatest Gen- grown-up. you,” he said. eration; we are Generation Wuss.” I loved this book. I laughed, I got a little verkAnd yet, he’s brave enough to have read Fifty lempt, and then I laughed again. I think you will, Rashah McChesney can be Shades of Gray, in order to find out why women too, because “You Can Date Boys When You’re reached at rashah.mcchesney@ are so enamored of it. He discovered that “Wom- Forty” is wildly funny. peninsulaclarion.com en are interested in sex.” Later, he read a study
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Apartments, Unfurnished TWO WEEKS RENT FREE! 3-Bedroom, 1-bath on Redoubt (Kenai). Cats Allowed. Non-Smoking. No ASHA. $916. plus electric. $916. Deposit. (907)335-1950
Apartments, Furnished EXCELLENT OCEAN VIEW! Bay Arm Apartments, Kenai. Accepting applications for 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, utilities included. $25. nonrefundable application fee. No pets. (907)283-4405. KENAI 1-Bedroom, furnished, heat, cable included. No pets. $675. month. (907)283-5203, (907)398-1642. KENAI RIVER FRONT 3 Fully furnished apartments available. Heat, internet & cable included. Washer/dryer on site. 40ft Fishing Dock. No Pets, No Smoking. 3 Miles from Fred Meyer, 1 year lease. (2) 3-Bedroom, 2-bath $1,350. plus electric. (1) 2-Bedroom, 1-bath, includes garage $1,850. plus electric. (907)262-7430
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Reading obituaries may comfort a lonely heart appears in the obituaries. Seeing a familiar name may bring back memories of better times and make her feel more connected to the outside world. — JULIE IN WISCONSIN DEAR ABBY: An obituary is more than a death announcement. It tells a story. It’s often the last memory Abigail Van Buren loved ones have of someone cherished, and it’s the deceased’s introduction to a sea of strangers. Obituaries are scrapbooked and prized, and researched for generations by genealogists, historians and relatives looking to complete their family tree. A well-done obituary is the final word on how a person is remembered. — SANDY IN PENNSYLVANIA DEAR ABBY: Some people, whether or not they live and associate with friends and family, feel a certain emptiness in their lives and look for differ-
ent ways to feel SOMEthing emotionally. Finding the name of someone they know, especially in an obituary, where some of the person’s biography is included, provides the opportunity to feel compassion toward that individual or even feel grateful to still be alive. Not finding a familiar name can seem like a missed opportunity to experience that. — LOYAL READER, ARLINGTON, VA. DEAR ABBY: Please tell “Still Alive” she isn’t alone. I have often wondered why I look through the obituaries half-hoping to see someone I know. I suspect it may be similar to how people slow down to view a car wreck. I’m a sympathetic, caring person; I don’t consider myself weird or cold-blooded. — EMPATHIZING IN HONOLULU DEAR ABBY: I, too, am a daily obit reader. I have lived in this town for more than 50 years, and I know a lot of people here. When I see a name I know, or the name of a family member of a friend, I take the opportunity to send a card to express my condolences. And, by the way, your column appears on the same page as the obituaries in my local newspaper, and I’d never want to miss a day of Dear Abby! — BIG FAN IN TUCSON Hints from Heloise
Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, March 6, 2014: This year detaching from difficult situations in order to find a resolution becomes an art. You often see the problem, but the challenge remains to find the right path that will make the most parties happy. Go to the gym, relax and learn to let go of tension. If you are single, you could meet someone very intriguing. A relationship could develop, and the caring will be mutual and deep. If you are attached, you structure your lives very differently in one area. Be wise. Accept your sweetie rather than try to change him or her. When the two of you are more compassionate, you really enjoy each other. GEMINI often pressures you to make a decision. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH You could be discouraged by someone else’s resentment of you. Your frustration could come to the surface. Consider how to express your feelings without judging the other party. Postpone a friendly chat until tomorrow, if possible. Tonight: Nap, then decide. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHYou’ll dominate to an unusual extent, partially because someone refuses to discuss the issue at hand. Communication easily could get messed up and cause a misunderstanding. Make your choices your own. Let others know where you are coming from. Tonight: Out and about. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH Pretend that you are not in the
room. Just listen and take in information. The results will be far better for you, as well as for others. Keep your opinions to yourself, as they could change rapidly in the next few days. Tonight: Go out and join friends. Be yourself. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH You naturally will shine in a meeting. On some level, you’ll like what you hear or see, even if a disagreement dominates the moment. You might want to see how you can move past this problem — perhaps not today, but in the near future. Tonight: Kick back and relax. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You could be in the midst of some tension that you would like to forget about. Consider eliminating this pressure, and try to resolve the problem soon. Use the late afternoon for meetings and other interpersonal matters. Tonight: Get into weekend mode early. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH If no one is talking or one party is closed down, resolving a misunderstanding could be close to impossible. If you are the party who is closed down, it would better to talk. If it’s the other person, keep reaching out. Tonight: Join favorite people at a favorite place. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You might want to come to an understanding with a loved one before everyone has gotten too involved with a particular issue. Refuse to get stuck. A special friend will try to lighten your mood. Before you know it, you could be laughing. Tonight: Try something totally new. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Your moods could have a big-
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ger impact than you might realize. Be more forthright if you want a problem resolved. You could be vested in this present mental stance as well. Let a partner air out his or her ideas without becoming judgmental. Tonight: Say “yes” to someone’s whims. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHHGowiththemoment,andknow what you desire. You might have kept a lot of your thoughts to yourself, despite your gregarious personality. Others could be stunned by how sensitive you can be. Stay on top of calls and emails. Tonight: Toss yourself into a fun scene. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Upon hearing certain conversations, your mind could jump to better ideas and new ways of handling a personal matter. Follow through on these thoughts more often. Do not feed into a communication issue. Stay open. Tonight: Run some errands on the way home. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH You might opt to stay close to home. You could find others in a strange mood, which will make it difficult to deal with them. A conversation with someone at a distance might make you feel uneasy. Try not to let this get to you. Tonight: Let your spontaneity out. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH Take an overview. Conversations will be about the story, not the real issues below the surface. A close associate, friend or loved one could be more than difficult. At present, he or she might seem more fiery than you have witnessed in a while. Tonight: Head home early.
BE WARY OF CARBON MONOXIDE Dear Readers: CARBON-MONOXIDE DETECTORS should be installed in every household. Designed to alert residents to carbon-monoxide gas (which is colorless and odorless), these detectors help prevent poisoning, which can lead to sickness or even death. Here are some hints from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: * Install detectors inside each bedroom of the house, or within 15 feet of each bedroom. Make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for installation, as instructions will vary with different models. * Have the water heater and furnace checked annually by a professional to make sure they are operating normally. * NEVER use a portable generator or charcoal grill inside the home or garage. * Know the symptoms of poisoning: fatigue, dizziness, nausea and headache. If an alarm sounds, open all windows and get everyone out of the house. Call 911 once everyone is safely outside. DO NOT call from inside the house! Newer carbon-monoxide detectors can last for five to six years. Make sure to test them regularly and replace the batteries when needed. — Heloise KITCHEN TAPE Dear Heloise: The best thing I have found to keep in my kitchen drawer is a roll of masking tape. The tape can be used to tape up and seal all kinds of things: wax paper, plastic bags, box lids, trash wrapped in newspaper, can lids and so on. The tape can be pulled off and put right back on a number of times over. — Marshall W. in Ohio
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DEAR ABBY: “Still Alive in San Diego” (Nov. 22) said she reads the obituaries every day and feels somehow disappointed when she doesn’t see a name she recognizes. She asked if it was “weird” and you told her yes, that it seemed like a lack of empathy. I don’t agree. What’s happening is this woman is lonely and the activity has become the hub of her day. It gives her something — sadly — to look forward to and a sense of closeness to her acquaintances when she recognizes their names. My advice to her would be to find another way to fill the void and not obsess about the obits. Joining a club or taking up a physical activity would allow her to meet people. I’m betting she will feel less of a need to connect to the obituaries if she expands her social circle to include the living. — BEEN THERE, TOO DEAR BEEN THERE, TOO: Your point is well-stated, and it was echoed by other readers who, like you, read between the lines of “Still Alive’s” short letter. Read on: DEAR ABBY: If the letter-writer is ill, disabled, elderly or has outlived most of her companions, it might explain her “letdown” when no one she knows
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