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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014 Soldotna-Kenai, Alaska

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Question Will the EPA’s move to preemptively block the Pebble Mine discourage other industrial development in the state?: n Yes; or n No To place your vote and comment, visit our Web site at www. peninsulaclarion. com. Results and selected comments will be posted each Tuesday in the Clarion, and a new question will be asked.

Iditarod 2014 Peninsula mushers’ progress as of 10:30 p.m. Monday:



4. Mitch Seavey, Sterling, out of White Mountain M 36. Paul Gebhardt, K Kasilof, out of Unalakleet 37. Kristy Berington, Kasilof, out of Unalakleet 39. Travis Beals, Seward, out of Unalakleet 41. Anna Berington, M Kasilof, out of UnalakK leet 43. Danny Seavey, Seward, in Unalakleet 51. Monica Zappa, Kasilof, in Nulato Find more Iditarod coverage on Page A-6.

Inside ‘Rescuing children has always been a political issue for Democrats, but they aren’t being rescued’ ... See page A-4

‘Even a successful professional can also be a sexual predator’ ... See page A-5

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Kory Duperron, 11, laughs with Rocky Sherbahn, 10, after the two slipped on a patch of ice Monday in Kenai.

Students DARE to ‘just say no’ By DAN BALMER Peninsula Clarion

Sixty-six Kenai students from Mountain View Elementary School received diplomas which confirmed their commitment to “just say no” to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. Fifth-grade students from Martine Dikes, Renee Christensen and Rebecca Walker’s class at Mountain View graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program Thursday at a ceremony in the Kenai school gym. DARE instructor Alex Prins, an officer with the Kenai Police Department, said the purpose of the program is to help kids develop live skills and decision making through lessons that arise in daily situations. The 10week course not only teaches kids the dangers of drugs, but also teaches kids how to make good decisions, he said. “Our society needs people that know how to make better decisions,” he said. “Being able to work with the school district and share teaching tools with the kids, it’s a great place to

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Catherine Kaminski, right, performs a skit Thursday during graduation from the DARE program at Mountain View Elementary. The two were among 66 graduates from the 10-week program.

start.” Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said fifth-grade students on the verge of entering middle school are at the age when peer

pressure plays a ‘significant role’ in their lives. Since the course is taught once a week, for one hour a day, in each fifthgrade class, he said it is impor-

tant that the parents continue to DARE message at home. The Kenai Police Department has been involved with teaching the DARE program within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for more than 20 years, Sandahl said. Next month, Kenai Police Officer Paul Cushman will begin teaching DARE to fifth-graders at Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Sciences with their graduation set for May, he said. Prins said the Kenai Elks Lodge has been a major supporter of the program and would not be possible without their contributions. The support of the teachers and school staff for allowing him the time to come in has been tremendous, he said. Dikes, a fifth-grade teacher at Mountain View, said the DARE program has great potential to make a positive impact for the entire community. She said the school is working on getting the kids to understand how to problem solve and DARE helps with that. “The kids are at an age with See DARE, page A-8

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Reworked permit bill up for debate BECKY BOHRER Associated Press

JUNEAU — A bill that stalled in the Senate last year over concerns it limited public involvement in permitting decisions resurfaced Monday. But critics say the reworked version of HB77 being considered by the Senate Resources Committee doesn’t go far enough in addressing those concerns. Two of the more controversial pieces of that bill dealt with general permits and who could apply for water reservations to guarantee certain levels of flow in a river or stream for things like fish and habitat protection. The draft removed language that critics said gave the Natural Resources commissioner too much power in granting general permits.

In this Tuesday March 4, file photo, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the courthouse with his lawyers Richard Scheff, left, and Ellen C. Brotman, following a day of motions at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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It also called for public comment on proposed general permits found unlikely to cause “significant or irreparable harm” to state land or resources. Under the proposal, a decision to issue a general permit could be appealed, but once the appeal period has ended and a permit is issued, the permit could not be appealed based on subsequent activities that adhere to terms of the permit. Wyn Menefee, chief of operations for the state Division of Mining, Land and Water, has said the type of activities that would fall under that category are fairly small, such as boat storage on a river or See HB77, page A-8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the destruction Monday of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency more than five years ago. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, who is overseeing an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the agency, issued a nationwide order Monday to safeguard evidence until March 19, when he will hold a hearing on extending the deadline further. The secret federal court that approved the agency’s surveillance has required that documents be purged after five years for privacy reasons. On Friday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court denied the federal government’s request to keep the records for the sake of pending lawsuits. The NSA, which has acknowledged obtaining phone numbers and other information on all U.S. calls, was prepared on Tuesday to destroy all records collected more than five years ago, according to court documents. White said he was enforcing an order he had issued in an earlier NSA surveillance case that halted evidence from being destroyed. He wrote that “the Court would be unable to afford effective relief once the records are destroyed” and before he decided if their collection was legal. The plaintiffs in the lawsuits include civil rights, environmental and religious groups as well as gun organizations and marijuana advocates. The NSA started collecting domestic phone call records in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Since 2006, the agency has obtained warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Sexual assault trial dealt blow Military could be improperly prosecuting trial MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The sexual assault case against an Army general was thrown into jeopardy Monday when the judge said the military may have improperly pressed ahead with a trial to send a message C




about its determination to curb rape and other widespread misconduct. Judge Col. James Pohl refused to dismiss the charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair but offered the defense another chance to plea-bargain the case with a set of military officials not previously in-

volved with the matter. The twist comes with the Pentagon under heavy pressure from Congress and beyond to combat rape and other sex crimes in the military. Late Monday, the Senate unanimously approved a bill making big changes in the military jusSee TRIAL, page A-8





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Little spending on marijuana initiative Money spent primarily on signature drive to get issue on ballot FAIRBANKS — A ballot measure that would make sales of marijuana legal under Alaska state law has seen little early campaign spending by advocates and none by opponents. The measure was placed on the Aug. 19 primary ballot by initiative and would follow Colorado and Washington in making marijuana regulation more like alcohol regulation, the Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner reported. Spending on the referendum on Alaska’s oil tax structure has reached more than $4 million this year. The marijuana initiative has attracted about $132,000 in early spending by the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy

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Project. Most of the money was devoted to the signature drive that placed the measure on the ballot and hiring a public relations firm. Taylor Bickford of Strategies 360, the Seattlebased public relations firm, said the “yes” campaign will focus on getting voters to the polls because primaries historically have low turnout. Marijuana legalization failed in 2000 and 2004, but advocates are riding a tail wind of public opinion change, Bickford said. “The landscape is much different than it was 10 years ago when this issue was being discussed. Public opinion has shifted so rapidly,” he said. “The general lack of opposition

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(to the initiative) is a reflection of public opinion.” Smart Approaches to Marijuana, headed by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., opposes the initiative. The group has listed no campaign spending. Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, which has membership in southeast Alaska, announced last week it would work with Kennedy’s group to fight legalization in Alaska and Oregon. The ballot measure would continue prohibitions on smoking in public and possession by people under 21. Pot could be sold at state-licensed stores. State Sen. John Coghill, RNorth Pole, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, opposes the measure. More people will use marijuana if laws banning it are reversed, he said. “Some people are going to

compare it to alcohol. Alcohol is a problem. I just don’t want to add a problem,” Coghill said. “I’ve spent the last couple of years holding people accountable who misuse alcohol. We’re going to end up with the same problem with the misuse of marijuana.” State Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, supports the measure. The state has been unable to stop the illegal drug trade, he said, and he considers marijuana less harmful than alcohol. “We have more than 50 years of failed drug policy. When I was a kid, you could buy drugs in the schoolyard; today they still can,” he said. “We have not had a policy that makes sense.” The Alaska Legislature likely will not take a side in the debate this year, Guttenberg said. Legislators generally avoid the subject, he said.









Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Community Calendar Today 10:30 a.m. • Take Off Pounds Sensibly, for all ages, meets at the Kenai Senior Center. For more information call 907-283-3451. Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at URS Club, 405 Overland Drive. Call 907-262-1917. • Kenai Bridge Club plays party bridge at the Kenai Senior Center. Call 907-252-9330 or 907-283-7609. 1 p.m. • National Family Caregiver Support Group meets at the Soldotna Senior Center. Call Shelley at 907-262-1280. • Free Seated Zumba Gold at the Kenai Senior Center. New participants, active older adults, and chair-bound or limited mobility participants are encouraged. 5:30 p.m. • Nikiski Senior Service Area board meets at the Nikiski Senior Center, 50810 Island Lake Road. Call 907-776-7654 for more information. 6 p.m. • 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. Call 907262-4892. 6:30 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group at Central Peninsula Hospital, Redoubt Room, Soldotna. 7 p.m. • Lost & Found Grief Self Help Group at Christ Lutheran Church, 128 Soldotna Ave. For more information, call 907-4203979. 8 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It works” at URS Club, 405 Overland Drive, Kenai. • AA North Roaders Group Step and Traditions Study at North Star Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 907242-9477. • Alcoholics Anonymous Ninichik support group at United Methodist Church, 15811 Sterling Highway, Ninilchik. Call 907567-3574. 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

Around the Peninsula Family Caregiver Support meeting looks at diet tips


to 5:15 p.m. at the Sterling Community Center. Sterling Elementary students will meet in the school lobby after school and walk over to the SC Center together. $20 per participant. Visit the SCC website at for a registration form or stop by the SC Center in person. Call 740-8018 for more info. Registration is limited.

Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Meeting, today at 1 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Center. The presentation will Swim America lessons available include a video from the Mayo Clinic, “Eat Well to Feel Well,” There is still time to sign your children up for the next and some tips from the Mediterranean Diet. Come share your SwimAmerica session at Skyview Pool starting on Tuesday, experiences as a family caregiver with others. Call Shelley at March 18 and ending on Thursday, April 10. SwimAmerica is the 907-262-1280. leading learn-to-swim program in the United States, and classes are being offered for children ages 3-teenage. Class times are Garden Club talks high tunnels 4:15-4:45 p.m. and 4:50-5:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays The Central Peninsula Garden Club will host a presentation for four weeks. For more information or to register your child, on “What’s New With the High Tunnel Program — LOTS!” at please contact Joanne Wainwright at 262-5308 or joswims@ 7 p.m. today at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building, Mile 16.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Soil Conservationist Pam Voeller will share new program details and a panel of experienced, local tun- Fly-tying demonstration planned nel growers will show and tell what has worked for them. The The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Sportspresentation is free and open to the public, with refreshments and man’s Warehouse present “Bar Flies 2, Tie One On: An Evening sometimes door prizes. of Free Fly tying Instruction and Demonstration.” The event will be hosted by Brendyn Shiflea, KPTU Board member and avid Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner Football fly fisher, at the Main Street Grill in Kenai, Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. sign ups under way Sign ups have begun for the 2014 Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner football season. Go to Take a break with inspirational speaker warner/ to signup. An early bird discount is going on until April Peninsula Take-A-Break will meet Wedensday, March 19 15, saving $50 per player. Sibling discounts also are available. from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Solid Rock Conference Center, For more information, email Mile 90.5 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. The program will include music and a special feature with Bonnie Nichols to discuss Central Peninsula Hospital volunteer opportunities, and Little Leaguers take the field inspirational speaker Mary Lou Cragg. Lunch is $12. For reserKenai Little League is offering its annual clinics at Kenai Mid- vations and complimentary child care, call Susan at 335-6789. dle School through the end of April, excluding Spring Break. Clin- RSVP by March 16. ics are Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. (ages 4-7); Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. (ages 8-13); Fridays 6-8 p.m. (softball, all ages). For more information, Coast Guard Auxiliary to discuss boating please call 283-6507 or email The Kenai Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct it’s monthly meeting on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. Soccer club kicks off at the Nikiski Fire Station No. 1, 44800 Kenai Spur Highway. The Sterling Soccer Club is starting up at the Sterling Com- The public is cordially invited to join us to share ideas and informunity Center for boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-6. mation about boating. For more information, contact the Flotilla Instructors are Jennifer Waller and AnnMarie Rudstrom. The Commander at 776-8522 or the Vice Flotilla Commander at 776Club will meet for 7 weeks, Tuesdays, March 18-April 29, 3:50 8457.

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

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A light dusting Blowing snow obscures Marathon Road Monday in Kenai.

Flight cancellations take a toll on airline revenue By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer

DALLAS — Airlines are still tallying up the damage from this winter’s storms, but solid demand for travel means they are likely to weather the rocky start to 2014 in good shape. Reports from some of the airlines point to higher average prices, and executives say spring bookings look strong. This has been the worst winter for flight cancellations since the government started keeping

track more than 25 years ago. The top four airline companies by miles flown — American, which includes US Airways; United; Delta; and Southwest — have canceled nearly 75,000 flights this year. Snow and ice storms have fouled schedules at big airports in Chicago, Atlanta, the New York City area and elsewhere. Since Jan. 1, Delta Air Lines Inc. has canceled 17,000 flights. In weaker times for the industry, that might have been devastating, said Ed Bastian, the

airline’s president. Those cancellations will cut revenue by $90 million and pretax earnings by $55 million, but Delta still expects to post a record profit for the first quarter, usually the weakest season for airlines, he said. And for April, the start of the second quarter, revenue per mile for bookings is running well ahead of the April 2013 pace, Bastian added, speaking at a J.P. Morgan investor conference in New York. United Airlines canceled 23,000 flights due to weather

in January and February. About 90 percent were on its United Express regional service, which will hurt revenue, said United Continental Holdings Inc. Vice Chairman Jim Compton, although he didn’t give a figure. American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that it had canceled 28,000 flights in January and February, up 164 percent from the same two months last year. “There’s going to be some one-time effect on profitability from canceling that many flights,” said CEO Doug Park-





er. He said the company would offer a dollar estimate in early April. Despite the cancellations and delays, American said it expects a key revenue figure to rise by between 2 and 4 percent in the first quarter. The statistic — revenue for each seat flown one mile — goes up when planes are more crowded and when passengers pay higher average fares. Southwest Airlines Co. said Monday that the same figure was up 5 percent in February. The storms helped by pushing

more people on to remaining flights. Chief Financial Officer Tammy Romo said that Southwest canceled 2,500 flights in February after scrubbing 4,000 in January. All the dark clouds of this winter may contain another silver lining for airlines: Travel agents have been swamped by people looking to escape the cold. “This really, really tough winter that we’ve seen has actually driven significant demand,” said JetBlue Airways Corp. CEO Dave Barger.

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EPA goes too far on Pebble Mine U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Friday did what supporters of the proposed Pebble mine feared she would do: initiate a review process that could preemptively prevent the mine project from proceeding. The action isn’t just one that the mine project’s supporters feared, however. It’s also an action that riles those who believe a project should at least be presented in full through a permit request before running the risk of being squashed by the government. The Pebble Limited Partnership has not sought a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, which is now prohibited by the EPA administrator’s action from even approving one if it were to be submitted. The EPA administrator initiated the rarely used process under section 404 of the Clean Water Act. A letter to the affected parties from the director of the agency’s Region 10 says that the agency will conduct a review, “consistent with the law and the best scientific information available,” that could lead to restrictions. The letter clearly carries a tone that suggests that the agency has already determined that it won’t allow Pebble to proceed. Yet the EPA itself doesn’t even seem certain of the level of impact from the proposed mine. This is indicated by the wording of the agency’s news release announcing the administrator’s decision. The news release says the agency’s process will be looking for options to protect the Bristol Bay salmon fishery from “the potentially destructive impacts” of Pebble. It says Pebble “has the potential to be” one of the largest open pit copper mines ever developed and that it “could threaten” the salmon fishery. But the agency also claims, in the same news release, that Pebble “would likely result in significant and irreversible harm to the salmon and the people and industries that rely on them” and “would likely cause irreversible destruction of streams .” Which is it? Is it potential damage or is it likely and irreversible damage? This is precisely why the EPA shouldn’t act until a permit request has been made. At that time, the Corps of Engineers and the EPA will have a detailed proposal on which to pass judgment. To date, that hasn’t been the case. Whether the Pebble mine is good for Alaska isn’t the issue today. It may not be good for the state and specifically for the Bristol Bay region. What is the issue, though, is how the government treats a proposal. If ever there is an example of overreach by a federal agency, the EPA administrator’s decision to go out of her way to put up a major roadblock in front of the Pebble mine at this early stage is it. — Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, March 1

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Advice for the Republican Party OXON HILL, Md. -- The first “people” I recognized on arriving at last week’s Conservative Political Action Committee gathering just outside Washington were two “stormtroopers” and a Wookiee from the 1977 film “Star Wars.” Some of the speeches also expressed sentiments from the past, though not as cleverly as those in costume: Obama is a bad president, even a bad man. America looks weak before the world. Government is too big and taxes too high. “The Force” seemed to have left the building, or perhaps it never arrived. Perhaps the most interesting speaker was the outgoing governor of Texas, Rick Perry, who has experienced a minor makeover. Those dark-rimmed glasses he now wears give him a more serious appearance. Perry also seems to have taken a crash course in public speaking because he revealed a passion that was lacking in his brief 2012 presidential campaign. Perry did something else which even The Washington Post took note of, though not as many delegates did. He appeared on a panel to discuss prison reform. “Tough on crime” has long been a conservative red meat issue and Perry wanted people to know that being tough on crime could also mean “smart on crime.” He’s talking alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders and rehabilitation, more than punishment. In a state that ranks first in executions, Perry has become an advocate for

reforming the criminal justice system. That’s a position that won’t get him many standing ovations, but it is a positive alternative to the angry and negative image projected by too many conserva- Cal Thomas tives. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was right to urge his fellow Republicans to “start talking about what we’re for and not what we’re against.” A bigger issue waiting to be seized by Republicans is education reform. In New York, a battle has erupted between Governor Andrew Cuomo, a sudden proponent of at least partial school choice when it comes to charter schools, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has pledged to close charter schools and return mostly poor and minority children who are succeeding in them to failing public schools. In an opinion essay for The Daily Messenger newspaper, Cuomo sounded like a Republican: “ is not about the districts and not about the pensions and not about the unions and not about the lobbyists and not about the PR firms -- education is about the students, and the students come first.” He added: “We know that too many

public schools are failing. Over 200 failing schools -- 6 percent grade level for reading, 5 percent grade level for math. We need new ideas. ... The education industry has said the same thing for decades: more money, and more money, and more money, and it will change. We spend more money per pupil than any state in the nation; we’re number 32 in results. It’s not just about putting more money in the public school system, it’s trying something new and that’s what charter schools are all about.” Rescuing children has always been a political issue for Democrats, but they aren’t being rescued. Too many are drowning in failed, monopolistic government schools. Conservatives and Republicans should be riding to their rescue, saying something like this: “It is a form of child abuse to deny any child a decent education. Education is a child’s ticket to the future, but too many liberal Democrats have stamped those tickets ‘invalid’ by forcing them to remain in schools where their chances of succeeding are greatly diminished.” If conservatives really want to attract more minority voters they will help their kids. It’s positive, it’s optimistic, and it will work. During the 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy repeatedly said: “We can do better.” So can conservatives. So can Republicans. So can America. Even a Wookiee might agree.

Letters to the Editor Deep Creek needs help I love Deep Creek Recreation Area. It is located in the town of Ninilchik. I have been drawn back to the park since my first visit in 1992. I have camped beachside, dug for clams, used the boat launch and fished for salmon and Dolly Varden in the nearby anadromous river. I have watched the breathtaking sunsets on Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt across the inlet, seen the eagles soaring high above the cliffs and photographed the many shorebirds that inhabit the saltwater marsh. And, once, I even watched two young moose make their way through the busy campground. You need to know what’s happening to the park if you have ever visited Deep Creek or plan to in the future. Deep Creek State Recreation Area is in dire need of funding to save it from complete loss. Erosion, understaffing and deferred maintenance is taking its toll. Most of the beachside campsites have eroded into the inlet, the riverbanks are crumbling into the river, the restrooms are rusting away and the boat launch is unusable. If the erosion is allowed to continue the commercial boat launch in the park will also be in jeopardy. The Alaska State Parks currently has millions of dollars of unfunded deferred maintenance in Alaska’s State Parks. This area has been under funded and short staffed for years. Help is needed requesting funding to save Deep Creek from the erosion problem and to maintain and manage it. The loss of Deep Creek Beach will be far reaching. The community of Ninilchik, the residents of the State of Alaska and the tourism industry, will feel the impact because people from all over the state and world visit this very special place. Did you know that the Ninilchik Beach campground, at the nearby Ninilchik State Recreation Area was recently been lost to erosion? The state can’t afford to lose another of its treasures. Please help save Deep Creek. Take a few moments, call or email your legislators and park officials. Let them know how much this park means to you. n Governor Parnell by email at sean. or by phone on 907465-3500. n Joe Balash, Natural Resources Commissioner, or on 907-269-8431. Thank you so much. Joan Witteman Ninilchik

Fish board actions do little to conserve kings Mark Hamilton, president of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) recently opined that the Board of Fish (BOF) meetings had produced a “clear victory for Kenai kings.” I disagree, and believe that any objective person would disagree as well. Many have suggested that the blame for lack of kings lies with the offshore fisheries. Scientific studies show that minimal interception actually occurs. (Google: NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFSAFSC-244). Others suggest that Cook Inlet set net interception is the culprit, but science does not support this theory either: ADFG statistics illustrate that CI set netters catch less than 13% of the second run and 0% of the first run. This leaves reasonable observers with one rational conclusion: In river habitat of Kenai kings may be stressed to a near breaking point. C




A recent study (google: Turbidity Monitoring on the Lower Kenai River) illustrates clearly that turbidity caused by power boats elevates water quality to unacceptable State and Federal standards. This fact was ignored by the board. Dirty water is bad for salmon, especially kings who, for the most part, spawn in the mainstem of the Kenai. The banks of the Kenai have been chronically eroded over the past 30 years as a direct result of wakes generated by up to 600 boats per day. This powerful fleet of commercial guides has targeted kings on their spawning beds for more than 30 years. Thousands of hooks per day are deployed directly on spawning beds for most of the summer. The attendant noise pollution, exhaust, and wakes do not contribute to a successful spawning experience for kings. The BOF could have taken some steps in the right direction to improve the quality of life for kings in the river. They could have implemented more “drift only” days. They could have provided for spawning sanctuaries. But they did not. The reason? Mark Hamiltons’ KRSA lobbied the board to deny these actions. Does this sound like a conservation group to you? The BOF process has been lauded by some as an open and democratic process. Sure, everyone is allowed to speak, but the lobbying happens behind the curtain and most actions are predetermined prior to the obligatory public testimony. In essence, KRSA and their paid staff in collaboration with a cooperative BOF, control the details of the commercial fisheries management plan in Cook Inlet; a commercial fishery that provides 5% of the global production of wild sockeye. Raise your hand if this makes any sense to you. You may have heard about the proposed initiative that, if approved by the courts, would eliminate set netting in Cook Inlet. This is the initiative brought forward by KRSA founding father Bob Penney that would, if passed, eliminate more than 500 working families in Cook Inlet. This initiative was sponsored by many KRSA present and past board members, including current president Mark Hamilton. Eliminating set netters will never solve in river habitat problems. The Endangered Species Act, in Federal Law, is designed to take action to protect a species when one or more of the following factors exist: 1) damage to, or destruction of, a species’ habitat; 2) over utilization

of the species for commercial, scientific, or educational purposes; 3) disease or predation; 4) inadequacy of existing protection; 5) other natural or manmade factors that affect the continued existence of the species. I believe that most of these five factors exist, and have existed on the river for many years. With awareness that the early king run in the Kenai has been virtually decimated without any interference whatsoever from commercial fishermen, perhaps it is time to look beyond the BOF process for meaningful relief for Kenai River king salmon. Putting political considerations ahead of sound scientific management is morally, scientifically, and intellectually wrong. In the final analysis, the Kenai kings may pass onto the endangered species list at the hands of those who have created the illusion that they are protecting them. Frank Mullen Homer Write: Peninsula Clarion P.O. Box 3009 Kenai, AK 99611

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Nation & World Around the World Court-martial is thrown into jeopardy; judge sees undue influence in sex case FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The sexual assault case against an Army general was thrown into jeopardy Monday when the judge said the military may have improperly pressed ahead with a trial to send a message about its determination to curb rape and other widespread misconduct. Judge Col. James Pohl refused to dismiss the charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair but offered the defense another chance to plea-bargain the case down with a different set of military officials. The twist comes with the Pentagon under heavy pressure from Congress and beyond to combat what the military says is an epidemic of rape and other sex crimes. On Monday, in fact, the Senate was expected to approve legislation cracking down on misconduct. Pohl reviewed newly disclosed emails in Sinclair’s case and said he found evidence of unlawful command influence in Fort Bragg officials’ decision to reject a plea deal before the trial began late last week. Under the military code of justice, the decision was supposed to be decided solely on the evidence, not its broader political implications.

Crimean Tatars fear return of Russian rule in historical homeland now part of Ukraine SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — The arrival of Russian troops in Crimea has opened old wounds among the Crimean Tatars, who were deported during World War II. Fearing that once again they will be unwelcome in their homeland, some are organizing community-watch patrols to protect their families and homes in a place they strongly feel should remain part of Ukraine. Tensions have grown with preparations to hold a referendum on Sunday on whether Crimea should stay in Ukraine or join Russia. “It turned out that there’s a sudden sense of danger,” said Dilyaver Reshetov, who heads the watch group in Simferopol’s Akmechet neighborhood. While Crimea’s ethnic Russian majority may be in favor of joining Russia, Muslim Tatars have rallied to support the new Ukrainian leaders in Kiev. This, they fear, will make them a target of rising Russian nationalism on the Black Sea peninsula. Shortly after pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine two weeks ago, about 20,000 Tatars turned out for a rally in Simferopol, the Crimean capital, in support of the new pro-Western government in Kiev. They were confronted by a smaller pro-Russia rally, and at least 20 people were injured in clashes.

Colorado officials report roughly $2M in recreational pot taxes in January C




DENVER — Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world’s first accounting of the recreational pot business. The tax total reported by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes. Colorado legalized pot in 2012, but the commercial sale of marijuana didn’t begin until January. Washington state sales begin in coming months. The pot taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Voters approved the pot taxes last year. They declared that the first $40 million of the excise tax must go to school construction; the rest will be spent by state lawmakers. Colorado has about 160 state-licensed recreational marijuana stores, though local licensing kept some from opening in January. Local governments also have the ability to levy additional pot sales taxes if they wish.

How can jet disappear? It’s happened at sea; finding any trace can take days KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — In an age when people assume that any bit of information is just a click away, the thought that a jetliner could simply disappear over the ocean for more than two days is staggering. But Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is hardly the first reminder of how big the seas are, and of how agonizing it can be to try to find something lost in them. It took two years to find the main wreckage of an Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. Closer to the area between Malaysia and Vietnam where Saturday’s flight vanished, it took a week for debris from an Indonesian jet to be spotted in 2007. Today, the mostly intact fuselage still sits on the bottom of the ocean. “The world is a big place,” said Michael Smart, professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia. “If it happens to come down in the middle of the ocean and it’s not near a shipping lane or something, who knows how long it could take them to find?” Amid the confusion, officials involved in the search say the Malaysian jet may have made a U-turn, adding one more level of uncertainty to the effort to find it. They even suggest that the plane could be hundreds of kilometers from where it was last detected. Aviation experts say the plane will be found — eventually. Since the start of the jet age in 1958, only a handful of jets have gone missing and not been found.

China’s Communist Party abuses officials into confessions; part of anti-corruption efforts LILING, China — The local Chinese official remembers the panic he felt in Room 109. He had refused to confess to bribery he says he didn’t commit, and his Communist Party interrogators were forcing his legs apart. Zhou Wangyan heard his left thigh bone snap, with a loud “ka-cha.” The sound nearly drowned out his howls of pain. “My leg is broken,” Zhou told the interrogators. According to Zhou, they ignored his pleas. China’s government is under strong pressure to fight rampant corruption in its ranks, faced with the anger of an increasingly prosperous, well-educated and Internet-savvy public. However, the party’s methods for extracting confessions expose its 85 million members and their families to the risk of abuse. Experts estimate at least several thousand people are secretly detained every year for weeks or months under an internal system that is separate from state justice. — The Associated Press


Combat military sexual assault By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill late Monday making big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault, including scrapping the nearly century-old practice of using a “good soldier defense” to raise doubts that a crime has been committed. On a vote of 97-0, the Senate rallied behind a bipartisan plan crafted by three female senators — Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republicans Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Deb Fischer of Nebraska — that would impose a half-dozen changes to combat the pervasive problem of rape and sexual offenses that Pentagon leaders have likened to a cancer within the ranks. “Unanimous agreement in the U.S. Senate is pretty rare — but rarer still is the kind of sweeping, historic change we’ve achieved over the past year in the military justice system,” McCaskill said after the vote. Still, that unanimous support was in sharp contrast to last week, when military leaders vigorously opposed a measure by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., that would have stripped commanders of their authority to prosecute cases and given that power to seasoned military lawyers outside the chain of command. The Senate voted 55-45 for that farther-reaching bill, but that was five votes short of the necessary 60. Though expressing certain reservations, the Pentagon had been generally accepting of the new bill. The House could act on the

‘Unanimous agreement in the U.S. Senate is pretty rare — but rarer still is the kind of sweeping, historic change we’ve achieved over the past year in the military justice system.’ — Claire McCaskill legislation as a stand-alone measure or incorporate it into the massive defense policy bill that it pulls together in the spring. This “is not the end of this,” Ayotte said in brief remarks on the Senate floor after the vote. “We will make sure reforms that have been passed are implemented, that commanders are held accountable for a climate within their unit of zero tolerance and that victims of sexual assault are treated with dignity and respect.” The new legislation would change the military rules of evidence to prohibit the accused from using good military character as an element of his defense in court-martial proceedings unless it was directly relevant to the alleged crime. The “good soldier defense” could encompass a defendant’s military record of reliability, dependability, professionalism and reputation as an individual who could be counted on in war and peacetime. McCaskill described it as “the ridiculous notion that how well one flies a plane should have anything to do with whether they committed a crime.” The chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Monday that the “military culture has been slow to grasp the painful truth that even a successful pro-

fessional can also be a sexual predator.” Under the bill, the defense could still be used in the sentencing phase. The Pentagon has indicated that it is crucial as commanders adjust sentences to allow for plea agreements. The measure also would give accusers a greater say in whether their cases are litigated in the military system or civilian and would establish a confidential process to allow alleged victims to challenge their separation or discharge from the military. In addition, it would increase the accountability of commanders and extend all changes related to sexual assault cases to the service academies. In cases where a prosecutor wanted to move ahead with a case but a commander disagreed, the civilian service secretary would be the final arbiter. The Pentagon has reservations about that last provision, suggesting it could have a chilling effect on majors and captains if they think every decision gets kicked up to the service secretary. Meanwhile on Monday, at Fort Bragg, N.C., Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was on trial on sexual assault charges. In his court-martial, which began last week, the 51-year-old former deputy commander of

the 82nd Airborne Division is accused of twice forcing a female captain to perform oral sex in Afghanistan in 2011 during a three-year extramarital affair. He has admitted to the affair but denied assaulting the woman. The Senate bill now goes to the House, where Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Monday, “The entire House is proud of the bipartisan reforms on this important issue included in last year’s defense authorization bill, and we will review this legislation to determine the best way to consider additional reforms in the House.” The Pentagon has estimated that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted in 2012, based on an anonymous survey. Many victims are still unwilling to come forward despite new oversight and assistance programs aimed at curbing abuse, the military says. Some changes already have been made in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Outraged lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — rewrote parts last year, stripping commanders of their ability to overturn military jury convictions. That law also requires a civilian review if a commander declines to prosecute a case and requires that any individual convicted of sexual assault face a dishonorable discharge or dismissal. The law also provides alleged victims with legal counsel, eliminates the statute of limitations for courts-martial in rape and sexual assault cases and criminalizes retaliation against victims who report a sexual assault.

1,500 factories in Bangladesh to be inspected By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK — About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a five-year safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries, according to organizers of the agreement. In a conference call Monday, organizers said inspections were performed on 10 factories last November and December, and by the end of March, 250 inspections will have been completed. About 250 inspections are expected to be conducted each month. The inspections have started with the high-risk buildings that have more than five floors. Reports from the first 30 inspections of 10 factories will be available online Tuesday. The reports identify problem areas such as lack of automatic sprinkler systems, locked fire escapes and electrical issues and identify steps to fix the problems. A media briefing will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that day. The country has about 5,000 garment factories. “It’s an aggressive plan,” said Brad Loewen, chief safety inspector of the Bangladesh Accord Foundation, which is overseeing the pact. Thirtyeight teams of international fire, electrical, and structural engineers are working with Bangladeshi engineers and technicians on the inspections. The legally binding agreement, signed last May, was created in response to a building collapse on April 24, 2013, that killed more than 1,100 garment workers and was the deadliest disaster to hit Bangladesh’s garment industry. It exposed harsh and unsafe conditions for many of the 4 million workers working in the world’s second-largest clothing producer after China. The collapse took place five months after a fire killed 112 people in another garment factory. Loewen told the media that the factories will be given two weeks’ notice before the inspection. After the inspection, the owner will discuss remediation with representatives.

A report will be published six weeks after the inspection. He said there will be follow-up visits to verify that problems were fixed. When asked why the group was giving the factory owners heads up on the inspections, Loewen said that the group needed to work with the industry. “We’re not trying to catch people,” he added. Two of the 10 factories whose reports will be available Tuesday had to close part of their operations because serious structural issues were detected. The global agreement, known as the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, has been signed by mostly European brands and only a handful of U.S. brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch and PVH Inc., the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. The deal requires companies to pay up to $500,000 per year to administer the program. On top of that, they’re also responsible for ensuring that enough money is available to pay for renovations and other safety improvements. According to the pact, worker representatives have the power to initiate enforcement proceedings against companies that fail to comply with their obligations. The pact is being backed by labor groups such as the Clean Clothes Campaign and Workers’ Rights Consortium. The International Labour Organization acts as the independent chair. Separately, more than two dozen North American retailers including Gap Inc., WalMart Stores Inc., VF Corp. and Target Corp. signed a fiveyear agreement that aims to improve safety conditions but seeks to spread accountability across a wide spectrum, from the local government to the factory owners. The initial pact, signed last July, requires that all the factories they do business will be inspected within a year. Inspection results will be made public. The North American alliance said that it has inspected 365 factories out of a total of 830 currently being used in C




Bangladesh by its members. The remaining inspections will be completed by July 10. VF noted Monday that it uses a total of 91 factories in Ban-

gladesh, and it has inspected 79 percent of that total. The remainder will be completed by May, the clothing maker said.

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Dallas player collapes on bench Peverley OK after scary incident, but game against Blue Jackets gets postponed By The Associated Press

DALLAS — When the pounding of their sticks on the boards didn’t get the attention of the officials, Dallas Stars players jumped off the bench and onto the ice while the game was going on. Their teammate, Rich Peverley, had collapsed, and Stars coach Lindy Ruff was among those trying frantically to carry him into a nearby tunnel. After the game stopped and the chaotic scene played out, Peverley was stabilized, transported to a hospital and in good condition Monday night. But for several anxious minutes on the ice, the Stars stood in stunned silence, clearly in distress, unsure what had happened to a player just

six months removed from undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat. “When he dropped, it was red alert,” Ruff said after the game between Dallas and Columbus was postponed with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 in the first period. “Don’t worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don’t want to play, and I don’t want to coach the team right now.” Stars forward Erik Cole tried to rush into the tunnel just after Peverley was carried through, only to be turned away. He then gnawed at the thumb on one of his gloves while he waited for word on what the players would do next. Sergei Gonchar stared blankly near

fellow defenseman Trevor Daley, who was hunched over on the bench, wiping his face with a towel. “I was scared,” Ruff said. Play was halted at 6:23, and the postponement was announced about 30 minutes later. Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospitals said Peverley was treated “successfully” for a cardiac event at American Airlines Center. “We provided oxygen for him,” Salazar said. “We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring. “As soon as we treated him, he re-

gained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was.” Many in the hushed crowd lingered long after the postponement was announced “as a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency.” The NHL didn’t say when the game would be rescheduled. Peverley’s wife, Nathalie, accompanied him to a hospital, and the Stars essentially told the Blue Jackets they weren’t up for finishing the game. “They’re shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that,” John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. “They were shaken to the core.” Peverley missed the preseason and

the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical. He made his Stars debut on Oct. 5 against Washington. “We monitor him closely for a different type of arrhythmia he has,” Salazar said. “He does have a preexisting condition, and the condition — a normal quivering of the heart that does not allow him to send blood to places where he needs to, in his brain and heart.” Peverley sat out last week’s game at Columbus because of an irregular heartbeat. He had felt strange after last Monday’s game and couldn’t fly. He played in Dallas’ next two games before Monday.

UConn women remain perfect UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — New league, same result. It’s another championship for UConn. Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament. “You have a goal on October 15 when you start and the whole process is about that. New league, new coaches, new venue that was all exciting for us,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t know how many conference championships the American is going to host in their lifetime, but we won the first one and there’s something special about that.”

It’s the 19th conference tournament championship for the Huskies, who won their first 18 in the Big East Conference. With the victory, UConn (340) becomes the 14th team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss. It’s the sixth time that the Huskies have accomplished that feat. They’ve gone on to win the national championship four of those years. UConn got off to a quick start, scoring the first eight points of the game. Louisville trailed 2820 with 6 minutes left in the first half before Stewart took over. Her three-point play started a 12-2 run to close the half. Stewart, the tournament’s MVP, had seven points during the burst as UConn led 40-22 at the break.

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Mitch Seavey arrives at the White Mountain checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday.

Pistorius gets ill King, Zirkle battle for Iditarod during his trial MARK THIESSEN Associated Press


PRETORIA, South Africa — Hunched over, vomiting into a bucket by his feet and retching loudly, Oscar Pistorius was vividly reminded at his murder trial Monday of the gruesome injuries he inflicted on his girlfriend when a pathologist described how the Olympian fatally shot her multiple times with bullets designed to cause maximum damage. The testimony by Prof. Gert Saayman, who performed the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp’s body, was so graphic that it was not broadcast or reported live on social media by journalists under an order from Judge Thokozile Masipa. Saayman methodically listed the extent of the three main gunshot wounds Steenkamp suffered on Valentine’s Day last year when she was shot by the double-amputee runner in the right side of the head, the right hip and

the right arm through a toilet cubicle door. The pathologist said Steenkamp, 29, was hit by special Black Talon bullets and that the head shot from Pistorius’ 9 mm pistol was probably almost instantly fatal, causing brain damage and multiple fractures to her skull. Bent over while sitting on a wooden bench, Pistorius vomited when Saayman reached his right hand up toward the right side of his own head to show the entrance and exit wounds in Steenkamp’s skull. Masipa briefly halted the testimony to ask chief defense lawyer Barry Roux to attend to his client. The judge later asked whether Pistorius was able to understand the proceedings as he sat with hands clasped over his ears, his body heaving. “Is your client fine?” the judge asked Roux. Roux replied: “It’s not going to be fine.”

NOME, Alaska — In a year marked by injuries and dangerous conditions, the final stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were coming down to either a record-tying number of wins or the first woman to claim victory in 24 years. One of those appeared to be the likely outcome of this year’s nearly 1,000-mile race across Alaska, as the first two mushers arrived at the second-to-last checkpoint Monday morning. They were Jeff King, 58, and Aliy Zirkle, 44, both of Alaska. King, a four-time champion, is attempting to become the race’s second five-time winner. He arrived at 7:02 a.m. at the White Mountain checkpoint, 77 miles from the finish line in Nome, and left at 3:02 p.m. AKST, fulfilling exactly the eight-hour rest requirement there. Zirkle, 44, who has finished

second in the last two Iditarods, arrived at 7:59 a.m. She began the chase for King on the Bering Sea ice when she left the checkpoint at 4 p.m. A winner could reach the finish line as soon as early Tuesday, with mushers on what appears to be a record pace despite poor trail conditions. Not to be counted out just yet is 2012 champion Dallas Seavey, who was running third and pulled into White Mountain at 9:48 a.m. King and Zirkle have been leap-frogging each other in the latter portion of the race. “We were flying through there,” King told the Iditarod website following Sunday’s run between the checkpoints in Elim and Koyuk. “I really thought I would open up a big space between me and Aliy,” he said. But he quickly added that, as he has done before, “I have underestimated the speed of her team and what she can get out of it.”

He believed he was far ahead of her, but then saw her headlamp near the village of Golovin. Zirkle remained optimistic, telling the website: “I know I have a lot fans rooting for me. Believe me, I am trying.” The last woman to win the race was four-time champion Susan Butcher in 1990. Libby Riddles was the first female winner, taking the crown in 1985. King won the Iditarod in 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2006. Rick Swenson, of Two Rivers, is the race’s only five-time champion. If King wins, he’ll also become the Iditarod’s oldest champion. That record is held by Mitch Seavey, who was 53 when he won last year. Mitch Seavey was running in fifth place Monday. The trail this year has been marked by poor conditions because of a lack of snow after a warm winter by Alaska standards. A number of mushers were injured at the beginning of the

race as their sleds ran on gravel near the Dalzell Gorge. One musher, Scott Janssen of Anchorage, had to be rescued by a National Guard helicopter crew after breaking an ankle. Snowless conditions again greeted mushers as they reached the western coast of the nation’s largest state. The race began March 2 in Willow with 69 teams. As of Monday evening, 16 mushers had dropped out and one was withdrawn, leaving 52 teams on the trail. While the mushers rested in White Mountain, volunteers and city workers prepared Nome for the finish. The Iditarod banner was hung over the finish line, the famous burled arch. City crews on Sunday also trucked in snow to give the mushers a path once they leave the Bering Sea ice. “Yeah, I know, it’s funny to see people dumping snow on a street instead of taking it off the street,” said Greg Bill, the See RACE, Page A-7

Knicks send Philadelphia to 17th straight loss By The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss. Amare Stoudemire added 23 points, and J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony each had 22 as the Knicks won their fourth game in a row. Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Tony Wroten also had 23 points for the struggling 76ers. The Knicks, who trailed by 12 points in the first quarter, took their biggest lead of the game, 110-89, on the fourth of Hardaway Jr’s five 3-pointers with 7:37 left and never led by less than 12 the rest of the way. HEAT 99, WIZARDS 90 MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points and Miami clinched a playoff spot. Chris Bosh scored 22 for the Heat, who

snapped a three-game slide and moved within one game of Indiana in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Ray Allen added 13 for Miami, which was down one midway through the fourth before Wade sparked a 12-0 run with five points, three assists and a block at the rim. The Heat never trailed again, and avoided their first four-game slide since 2011. Bradley Beal scored 18 points, Martell Webster added 17 and Drew Gooden scored 15 for the Wizards.

CLIPPERS 112, SUNS 105 LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 shots before fouling out as the Clippers won their eighth straight. Darren Collison scored 20 points and Chris Paul added 17 points and 11 assists for the Pacific Division leaders, who were 55.1 percent from the field and improved to 23-1 when shooting at least 50 percent. Goran Dragic had 23 points and five assists during a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Suns, who slipped a half-game behind idle Memphis for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and are 1 1-2 behind Dallas. Phoenix hasn’t made

the postseason since 2010 under coach Al- a dunk. vin Gentry, now a Clippers associate head Knight confounded Orlando with a coach. quick first step and threw down a dunk for a 74-71 lead with 10:57 left after Ramon Sessions went high for an outlet pass in the BOBCATS 105, NUGGETS 98 lane and patted the ball back to his driving CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Jefferson backcourt mate. The lead swelled to 95-81 with 2:49 scored 26 points and Kemba Walker added 24 as Charlotte won its seventh straight at left before Orlando mounted its own late charge to get within three off a 3 from home. Jefferson made 10 of his first 14 field- Jameer Nelson with 35 seconds left. But the Bucks hit their foul shots late goal attempts and also had a game-high and Orlando was hurt after Nikola Vucevic 12 rebounds. Walker added seven assists for the Bobcats, who also received a big was whistled for an offensive foul with 22 boost from Gary Neal off the bench. seconds left. Neal made his first six field-goal tries, including three 3-pointers, and ended up NETS 101, RAPTORS 97 with 19 points. NEW YORK — Deron Williams and Josh McRoberts added 15 points for Charlotte, including a key 3-pointer with Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points 6:15 left at the shot-clock buzzer to extend and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer Charlotte’s lead to 90-82 after Denver had with 1:14 remaining to lead Brooklyn past Atlantic Division-leading Toronto. cut it to five at 87-82. Pierce finished with 15 points and Joe Ty Lawson scored 24 points to lead the Johnson added 14 for the Nets, who won Nuggets. their season-high eighth straight at home. Brooklyn moved three games behind ToBUCKS 105, MAGIC 98 ronto in the Atlantic. MILWAUKEE — Brandon Knight Kyle Lowry scored 21 points to lead scored 24 points and sparked Milwaukee’s Toronto, which had won nine of its previrousing rally from an 18-point deficit with ous 11. C




The Nets trailed 94-92 after Lowry split the defense in the lane for a lay-up with 2:15 left. Brooklyn then answered with five straight points as Andray Blatche’s reverse lay-up tied the score at 94 and Pierce followed with a 3-pointer.

HAWKS 112, JAZZ 110 SALT LAKE CITY — Kyle Korver scored 26 points and Paul Millsap added 23 to help Atlanta outlast Utah to snap a six-game losing streak. Jeff Teague had 14 points and the Hawks used a late 16-4 run to end a 10game road skid and salvage a win at the end of a gloomy six-game road trip. The Jazz led 96-93 after Trey Burke’s 3-pointer, but Korver started an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer and then a contested jumper to beat the shot clock. Trey Burke made a layup before Millsap countered with two free throws and Korver added two of his own. Trailing 109-100 with 26 seconds left, the Jazz made it interesting with 10 points in the last 16 seconds. Burke scored 23 points and Marvin Williams had 18 for the Jazz, who have lost six of their last seven.









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Scott Hughes helped hammer nails at the finish line Sunday. The University of Pittsburgh student made his first trip to the Iditarod and the nation’s northernmost state as part of a church group doing mission work. “It’s amazing,” Hughes said of his visit to Nome. Temperatures there were below zero Monday morning. The Iditarod winner receives $50,000 and a new truck. The 29 teams after that get cash prizes decreasing on a sliding scale. All other teams finishing the race receive $1,049. John Baker holds the fastest finish in Iditarod history, covering the trail from Anchorage to Nome in eight days, 18 hours and 46 minutes in 2011.

Iditarod’s development director. “To really dress it up and make it safe for the dog teams, we have to spread a layer of snow down for them to run on.” About 200 volunteers also have descended on Nome to make other last-minute preparations, including getting the dog lot ready to receive teams, constructing the finish chute and prepping the souvenir stand. Bill McCormick of Greensboro, N.C., volunteered for his first Iditarod in 1998 and has been back every year since. “I like being part of putting something on,” said the retired engineer whose job as a volunAssociated Press writer Rateer is to drug test the dogs. “I enjoy the people. It’s like fam- chel D’Oro in Anchorage contributed to this report. ily now.”

Crosby’s Pens defeat Caps The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Sidney Crosby had a hand in both early goals as Pittsburgh converted on two of its first three shots Monday night, Chris Kunitz scored twice, and the Penguins beat Alex Ovechkin’s struggling Washington Capitals 3-2. Crosby finished with his 30th goal and two assists to raise his NHL-leading point total to 87, matching his uniform number. The Penguins beat Washington for the seventh consecutive time and overtook idle Boston for the Eastern Conference’s best record. KINGS 3, FLAMES 2 CALGARY, Alberta — Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to lead Los Angeles to its eighth straight win. Justin Williams and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings. Mike Cammalleri and Brian McGrattan scored for the Flames, who lost for just the second time in their past nine games at the Saddledome.


late instead of squandering a lead.

Scoreboard Basketball The Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Florida (50) 29-2 1,610 1 2. Wichita St. (15) 34-0 1,574 2 3. Villanova 28-3 1,454 6 4. Arizona 28-3 1,435 3 5. Louisville 26-5 1,237 11 6. Virginia 25-6 1,186 5 7. Duke 24-7 1,185 4 8. Michigan 23-7 1,143 12 8. San Diego St. 27-3 1,143 10 10. Kansas 23-8 1,087 8 11. Syracuse 27-4 1,055 7 12. Wisconsin 25-6 973 9 13. Cincinnati 26-5 922 15 14. Creighton 24-6 752 13 15. North Carolina 23-8 709 14 16. Iowa St. 23-7 572 16 17. Oklahoma 23-8 472 23 18. Saint Louis 26-5 433 17 19. Memphis 23-8 367 20 20. New Mexico 24-6 344 21 21. UConn 24-7 330 19 22. Michigan St. 23-8 318 22 23. VCU 24-7 205 — 24. Ohio St. 23-8 165 — 25. SMU 23-8 152 18 Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 82, Stephen F. Austin 56, Oregon 39, Texas 31, Harvard 27, Kentucky 19, Baylor 18, UCLA 14, Nebraska 8, Iowa 4, Tennessee 2, George Washington 1, NC Central 1

USA Today Top 25 Poll

AVALANCHE 3, JETS 2, OT DENVER — Matt Duchene scored 2:33 into overtime, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots to lift Colorado over Winnipeg. John Mitchell and Andre Benoit also scored for the Avalanche, who have won five of six. Dustin Byfuglien scored both goals for the Jets.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, DUCKS 1 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and two assists, and Toronto celebrated coach Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim with a victory. Paul Ranger scored and Jonathan Bernier made 43 saves as the Maple Leafs opened a five-game trip with their third consecutive victory, leapfrogging Montreal into second place in the Atlantic Division.


OTTAWA, Ontario — Seth Jones scored at 3:49 of overtime M and Nashville defeated Ottawa. ISLANDERS 7, Ryan Ellis broke in alone on K CANUCKS 4 goaltender Robin Lehner and VANCOUVER, British Co- Jones was there to bang home the lumbia — Matt Martin scored the loose puck. winner in the Islanders’ seven-goal third period, and New York erased COYOTES 4, a three-goal deficit in the final LIGHTNING 3, SO frame to beat Vancouver. TAMPA, Fla. — Radim Vrbata Martin made it 5-4 at 10:04 for the third for the Islanders, who re- scored the lone shootout goal to versed a recent trend and rallied lead Phoenix past Tampa Bay.

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The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 9, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record 1. Florida (25) 29-2 2. Wichita State (7) 34-0 3. Villanova 28-3 4. Arizona 28-3 5. Louisville 26-5 6. Duke 24-7 7. San Diego State 27-3 8. Virginia 25-6 9. Michigan 23-7 10. Kansas 23-8 11. Syracuse 27-4 12. Cincinnati 26-5 13. Wisconsin 25-6 14. Creighton 24-6 15. North Carolina 23-8 16. Iowa State 23-7 17. Saint Louis 26-5 18. Oklahoma 23-8 19. Memphis 23-8 20. New Mexico 24-6 21. Connecticut 24-7 22. Michigan State 23-8 23. SMU 23-8 24. Ohio State 23-8 25. VCU 24-7

Pts Pvs 793 1 775 2 721 6 678 3 654 9 591 4 584 10 581 5 536 12 509 8 497 7 447 15 440 11 384 13 350 14 269 17 252 16 221 23 195 20 177 21 152 19 129 22 94 18 84 — 71 —

Others receiving votes: Kentucky 43, Gonzaga 32, Texas 27, Oregon 21, Southern Miss. 21, Stephen F. Austin 17, Baylor 15, Iowa 10, Harvard 8, UMass 8, Nebraska 5, Louisiana Tech 3, Pittsburgh 3, George Washington 1, Kansas State 1, Oklahoma State 1.

The Women’s Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Record 1. UConn (36) 33-0 2. Notre Dame 32-0 3. Louisville 30-3 4. Tennessee 26-5 5. West Virginia 29-3 6. Stanford 28-3 7. Baylor 28-4

Pts Prv 900 1 864 2 799 3 784 6 719 7 711 4 698 9

8. South Carolina 27-4 665 5 9. Duke 27-6 607 10 10. Kentucky 24-8 563 12 11. Maryland 24-6 537 8 12. North Carolina 24-9 504 13 13. Nebraska 25-6 464 16 14. Penn St. 22-7 408 11 15. Texas A&M 24-8 402 15 16. NC State 25-7 374 14 17. Purdue 21-8 247 17 18. Gonzaga 27-4 229 21 19. Iowa 26-8 226 23 20. Michigan St. 22-9 210 19 21. Oklahoma St. 23-8 203 18 22. Middle Tennessee 26-4 180 22 23. DePaul 25-6 115 25 24. California 21-9 64 20 25. Bowling Green 27-3 49 — Others receiving votes: Southern Cal 48, Chattanooga 45, Oregon St. 35, BYU 15, Rutgers 11, Arizona St. 9, UTEP 5, James Madison 3, Marist 3, LSU 2, St. John’s 2.

Men’s Scores TOURNAMENT Colonial Athletic Association Championship Delaware 75, William & Mary 74< Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship Manhattan 71, Iona 68< Mid-American Conference First Round E. Michigan 72, Cent. Michigan 60< Miami (Ohio) 71, Kent St. 64< N. Illinois 54, Bowling Green 51, OT< Ohio 76, Ball St. 64< Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference First Round Norfolk St. 78, Md.-Eastern Shore 74< Savannah St. 61, SC State 47< Southern Conference Championship Wofford 56, W. Carolina 53< Summit League Semifinals IPFW 64, S. Dakota St. 60< N. Dakota St. 83, Denver 48< West Coast Conference Semifinals Gonzaga 70, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 54<

Women’s Scores TOURNAMENT America East Conference Championship Albany (NY) 70, Stony Brook 46< American Athletic Conference Championship UConn 72, Louisville 52< Big 12 Conference Championship Baylor 74, West Virginia 71< Big East Conference Semifinals DePaul 100, Marquette 90< St. John’s 68, Creighton 63, 2OT< Horizon League First Round Valparaiso 76, Detroit 69< Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship Marist 70, Quinnipiac 66< Mid-American Conference First Round Ball St. 73, Kent St. 38< N. Illinois 81, E. Michigan 76, OT< Toledo 61, Ohio 44< W. Michigan 82, Miami (Ohio) 72< Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference First Round Florida A&M 86, Delaware St. 58< Md.-Eastern Shore 70, Norfolk St. 66< Savannah St. 82, Morgan St. 71< Mountain West Conference First Round San Diego St. 63, Air Force 56< UNLV 78, San Jose St. 75< Utah St. 69, New Mexico 66< Patriot League Semifinals Army 68, American U. 55< Holy Cross 75, Navy 56< Southern Conference Championship Chattanooga 71, Davidson 45< Summit League

Dimond’s Kuper retires from NFL DENVER — Broncos offensive lineman Chris Kuper, a Dimond High graduate, is retiring after struggling with an ankle injury the last two seasons. Kuper, a fifth-round pick in Denver’s 2006 draft, started 79 games at guard over eight seasons. He dislocated his left ankle in the last game of the 2011 regular season, and though he started another seven games after that, he never returned to his previous level. Kuper was the last player left on the Denver roster from a 2006 draft class that included Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Elvis Dumervil.

North Pole’s Colledge to be released PHOENIX — The Arizona Cardinals will release starting guard Daryn Colledge on Tuesday, freeing up more cap space for free agency. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the team’s plans. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because Colledge’s release cannot be official until Tuesday. Colledge, who started every game in his three seasons with the Cardinals, already had tweeted a goodbye to Cardinals fans, and then confirmed to The Arizona Republic that he was leaving the team. He has not missed a game in his eight NFL seasons, even playing with a fractured leg last year. “Want to thank you the fans and the Cardinals for an amazing opportunity,” Colledge said on Twitter. “A great organization headed in the right direction.”

Seahawks keep Bennett for 4 years RENTON, Wash. — Michael Bennett gambled last offseason that playing on a one-year deal in Seattle would pay off in the future with the long-term contract he always wanted. He was proven to be correct. Bennett now has a Super Bowl title and a new four-year contract that will keep him with the Seahawks. “I don’t know if there was any doubt, but there was a lot of speculation a lot of teams tried to get me to come there,” Bennett said Monday after signing his new deal. “But ultimately I wanted to come back and play with these guys and win some more games.” Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle. But he never made it all the way to the start of free agency Tuesday after the Seahawks came up with a satisfactory deal. Terms were not announced by the team. Pro Football Talk reported Bennett’s deal was worth about $28.5 million with $16 guaranteed. Bennett said there were other teams offering more money, but the guaranteed amount was most important. Bennett was thought to have been strongly pursued by Chicago, where he had a chance of joining his brother, Martellus, with the Bears. But he ultimately decided to return to Seattle. — The Associated Press C




Semifinals Denver 76, IUPUI 69, OT< South Dakota 72, S. Dakota St. 58< West Coast Conference Semifinals BYU 77, Pacific 64< Gonzaga 68, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 60<

NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Toronto 35 27 Brooklyn 32 30 New York 25 40 Boston 22 41 Philadelphia 15 48 Southeast Division x-Miami 44 17 Washington 33 30 Charlotte 30 34 Atlanta 27 35 Orlando 19 46 Central Division x-Indiana 46 17 Chicago 35 28 Detroit 24 39 Cleveland 24 40 Milwaukee 13 50

Pct GB .565 — .516 3 .385 11½ .349 13½ .238 20½ .721 — .524 12 .469 15½ .435 17½ .292 27 .730 — .556 11 .381 22 .375 22½ .206 33

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division San Antonio 46 16 .742 Houston 44 19 .698 Dallas 38 26 .594 Memphis 36 26 .581 New Orleans 26 37 .413 Northwest Division Oklahoma City 46 17 .730 Portland 42 21 .667 Minnesota 31 31 .500 Denver 27 36 .429 Utah 22 42 .344 Pacific Division L.A. Clippers 45 20 .692 Golden State 40 24 .625 Phoenix 36 27 .571 Sacramento 22 41 .349 L.A. Lakers 22 42 .344 x-clinched playoff spot

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Monday’s Games Charlotte 105, Denver 98 Brooklyn 101, Toronto 97 Miami 99, Washington 90 New York 123, Philadelphia 110 Milwaukee 105, Orlando 98 Atlanta 112, Utah 110 L.A. Clippers 112, Phoenix 105 Tuesday’s Games Boston at Indiana, 3 p.m. Sacramento at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. San Antonio at Chicago, 4 p.m. Milwaukee at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Houston at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. Portland at Memphis, 4 p.m. Dallas at Golden State, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT

Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L Boston 64 42 17 Toronto 66 35 23 Montreal 66 35 24 Tampa Bay 65 34 24 Detroit 64 29 22 Ottawa 65 28 25 Florida 64 24 33 Buffalo 64 19 37 Metropolitan Division Pittsburgh 64 43 17 N.Y. Rangers 65 35 26 Philadelphia 64 33 24 Columbus 64 33 26 Washington 66 30 26 New Jersey 65 28 24 Carolina 64 27 28 N.Y. Islanders 67 25 33

OT Pts GF GA 5 89 204 143 8 78 196 199 7 77 166 166 7 75 186 171 13 71 171 179 12 68 185 213 7 55 156 206 8 46 128 188 4 90 204 159 4 74 171 162 7 73 183 188 5 71 186 178 10 70 193 200 13 69 161 167 9 63 160 184 9 59 188 228

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division St. Louis 64 Chicago 65 Colorado 65 Minnesota 64 Dallas 64 Winnipeg 66 Nashville 65 Pacific Division Anaheim 65 San Jose 65 Los Angeles 66 Phoenix 65 Vancouver 67

44 14 6 94 211 145 38 13 14 90 223 172 42 18 5 89 199 172 34 22 8 76 158 157 31 23 10 72 185 179 30 28 8 68 182 192 27 28 10 64 156 194 43 15 7 93 208 160 41 17 7 89 199 157 38 22 6 82 162 139 30 24 11 71 181 188 29 28 10 68 157 181

Calgary 65 25 33 7 57 152 194 Edmonton 65 22 35 8 52 162 212 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games Phoenix 4, Tampa Bay 3, SO Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2 Nashville 4, Ottawa 3, OT Colorado 3, Winnipeg 2, OT Los Angeles 3, Calgary 2 N.Y. Islanders 7, Vancouver 4 Toronto 3, Anaheim 1 Columbus at Dallas, susp. Tuesday’s Games Nashville at Buffalo, 3 p.m. New Jersey at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 3 p.m. Detroit at Columbus, 3 p.m. Phoenix at Florida, 3:30 p.m. Washington at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m. Dallas at St. Louis, 4 p.m. Edmonton at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Toronto at San Jose, 6:30 p.m. All Times ADT

Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Optioned LHP Tim Berry and C Michael Ohlman to Bowie (EL). Reassigned C Brian Ward to their minor league camp. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed to terms with RHP Cody Allen, LHP Scott Barnes, RHP Carlos Carrasco, C Yan Gomes, INF Erik Gonzalez, RHP Preston Guilmet, LHP Nick Hagadone, INF Jason Kipnis, OF Carlos Moncrief and RHP Bryan Price on one-year contracts. Renewed the 2014 contract of RHP Zach McAllister. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Optioned LHP Chris Dwyer to Omaha (PCL) and LHP John Lamb, INF Cheslor Cuthbert and OF Lane Adams to Northwest Arkansas (Texas). Assigned RHPs Kyle Zimmer, Jason Adam, Aaron Brooks and Sugar Ray Marimon; C Juan Graterol; INF Brandon Laird and OFs Jorge Bonifacio, Gorkys Hernandez, Melky Mesa and Paulo Orlando to their minor league camp. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Optioned LHP Michael Roth to Salt Lake (PCL). Reassigned RHP Jarrett Grube, RHP Michael Morin, RHP Mark Sappington and LHP Justin Thomas to their minor league camp. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Optioned OF Shane Peterson to Sacramento (PCL), RHP Raul Alcantara to Midland (Texas) and RHP Michael Ynoa to Stockton (Cal). National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Named Horacio Ramirez coaching assistant. CINCINNATI REDS — Named Chris Speier special assistant to the general manager. HOUSTON ASTROS — Optioned LHP Luis Cruz, RHP David Martinez, OF Domingo Santana and C Max Stassi to their minor league camp. NEW YORK METS — Optioned OF Cesar Puello, RHP Erik Goeddel, LHPs Steven Matz and Josh Edgin and INF Wilfredo Tovar to minor league camp. Reassigned LHPs Jack Leathersich and Adam Kolarek; RHPs Logan Verrett, Chasen Bradford and John Church; C Kevin Plawecki; INFs Danny Muno and INF Dustin Lawley; and OFs Brandon Nimmo and Cory Vaughn to minor league camp. PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Reassigned RHP Jameson Taillon, INF Matt Hague and C Carlos Paulinoto their minor league camp. Optioned RHP Casey Sadler to Indianapolis and INF Alen Hanson and LHP Joely Rodriguez to Altoona (EL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Optioned RHP Angel Castro, OF Mike O’Neill and OF Rafael Ortega to Memphis (PCL). Reassigned RHP Kurt Heyer, RHP Boone Whiting, INF Patrick Wisdom, C Carson Kelly, C Casey

Rasmus and C Cody Stanley to their minor league camp. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NEW YORK KNICKS — Signed G Shannon Brown and F Earl Clark to second 10-day contracts. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS — Assigned G Allen Crabbe to Idaho (NBADL). NBA Development League NBADL — Announced the addition of a franchise in White Plains, N.Y., to begin in the 2014-15 season. IDAHO STAMPEDE — Acquired F Vander Blue from Delaware. FOOTBALL National Football League ATLANTA FALCONS — Promoted Mark Collins to outside linebackers coach. Named Andrew Thacker defensive assistant. Signed OL Mike Johnson to a one-year contract extension. BUFFALO BILLS — Named Thad Bogardus defensive quality control coach. CAROLINA PANTHERS — Resigned FB Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and OL Garry Williams to a one-year contract. CHICAGO BEARS — Terminated the contract of RB Michael Bush. DALLAS COWBOYS — Signed P Chris Jones. DENVER BRONCOS — Announced the retirement of OL Chris Kuper. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Resigned CB Sam Shields. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed LB Justin Hickman to a contract extension. Promoted Brad White to assistant linebackers coach. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Announced DE Jason Babin voided the final two years of his contract. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Released DL Cory Grissom, RB Sam McGuffie, WR TJ Moe and LB Taylor Reed. NEW YORK JETS — Released WR Santonio Holmes. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Signed DE Michael Bennett to a multiyear contract. Canadian Football League TORONTO ARGONAUTS — Released DT Khalif Mitchell. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Los Angeles F Jordan Nolan one game for punching an unsuspecting opponent, Edmonton F Jesse Joensuu, during a March 9 game. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Agreed to terms with D Dillon Fournier on a three-year contract. DETROIT RED WINGS — Recalled C Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Recalled F Colton Sissons from Milwaukee (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer PORTLAND TIMBERS — Signed MF Will Johnson to a multiyear contract. COLLEGE APPALACHIAN STATE — Announced they will not renew the contract of men’s basketball coach Jason Capel. BINGHAMTON — Announced they will not renew the contract of women’s basketball coach Nicole Scholl. BROWN — Announced the retirement of women’s basketball coach Jean Marie Burr. CASTLETON — Named Tony Volpone football coach. GEORGIA SOUTHERN — Named Alex Atkins offensive line coach. HOFSTRA — Named Joe Staub head strength and conditioning coach. MINNESOTA STATE — Named Jake Dickert defensive coordinator. SANTA CLARA — Announced they will not renew the contract of women’s basketball coach Jennifer Mountain. XAVIER (NO) — Named Jason Horn athletics director.





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mooring buoys — not coal leases, oil and gas or mineral leasing, or something like the proposed Pebble Mine. The department says it has the authority to use general permits now and is just trying to clarify that in the law. Menefee called it an efficiency measure that can save time and money for the applicants while still protecting the environment. Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, said she was “deeply concerned” about people having one opportunity to testify on general permits. She said she continued to have a hard time with that provision. Under the version of HB77 that passed the House last year before stalling in the Senate for lack of support, governmental agencies could apply for water reservations, but individuals or groups could not. The draft would continue to allow individuals or groups to apply for water reservations. But Menefee said limitations were imposed to make sure the process was not used as a tool to delay projects. The commissioner would decide when an application is processed, and an applicant would have to provide at least Clarion file photo five years of data to support the application. If Clark Whitney Jr. presents a scroll of the “extinct rivers” of North America during his testimony the reservation was approved, it would be issued on HB77 Dec. 10, 2013, in Soldotna. He called the proposed bill a “ruse to get mining in under to a state agency. Menefee told reporters that’s because comthe radar.”

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a lot of peer pressure and things happening in the world with the things they see on TV, they are not always making good choices,” she said. “Adults don’t always make good decisions. If you don’t learn now you’re not going to learn when you turn 18.” Dikes said having a police

officer in the classroom interacting with them has a positive influence with the kids, rather than only dealing with police when in trouble. When Officer Prins leaves the class to go on a call she tells the kids, somebody probably made a poor decision. Prins, in his third year teaching DARE, previously worked as a teen probation officer in Florida. He said his experience has made him comfortable talking with young people.

Terrorism trial for Bin Laden’s son continues LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press

NEW YORK — Jurors at the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law watched him threaten there would be no end to the “storm of airplanes” on videotapes made in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks Monday just before a British man testified by video from London that he trained to blow up a plane in late 2001 with a shoe bomb. Prosecutors showed the New York jury video clips of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, threatening Americans in the weeks after the terror attacks to set the stage for testimony from Saajid Badat, a 34-yearold United Kingdom resident who refuses to testify in the United States because he faces terrorism charges in Boston that could send him to prison for life. Badat said he trained with failed shoe-bomber Richard Reid to carry out separate shoe-bomb attacks aimed at downing planes over America or in Europe in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks were carried out with four hijacked airplanes. He pleaded guilty in England in 2005 to conspiring to harm an aircraft and served six years in prison before his sentence was shortened through his cooperation. \ His plea came in connection with a 2001 plot to down an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes. Prosecutors are using Badat’s testimony to show that Abu Ghaith, as al-Qaida’s spokesman, was in the thick of a conspiracy to create a second wave of airborne terrorism attacks while the debris left by the toppled twin towers of the World Trade Center was still burning. Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaida. If convicted, the 48-yearold onetime imam at a Kuwaiti mosque could face life in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

Immediately before Badat’s testimony, prosecutors showed jurors a 50-second clip of a 5-minute videotape of Abu Ghaith from Oct. 9, 2001, in which he threatens that “America must know that the storm of airplanes will not abate, with God’s permission.” Alluding to martyrdom, he said there were “youths who are yearning to death just as Americans yearn to live.” Then prosecutors showed nearly 2 minutes of an 8-minute videotape from Oct. 13, 2001, in which Abu Ghaith threatens America again, saying some in the U.S. had not understood the gravity of his earlier message. “The storm of aircrafts will not stop,” he said at one point, according to an English translation of Arabic statements that was introduced as a court exhibit. “We strongly advise Muslims in America and the Britain, the children and those who reject unjust American policies, not to board aircraft and we advise them not to live in high-rises and tall buildings.” Despite many months spent in al-Qaida training camps and locations in Afghanistan from 1999 through 2001, Badat testified that he did not recognize a photograph of Abu Ghaith and did not recall having ever seen or heard him. Badat said he had seen bin Laden as many as 50 times during his time in camps and guest houses. During testimony at a 2011 Brooklyn terrorism trial, Badat said bin Laden told him shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks that he believed a follow-up terrorism attack could doom the American economy. He said he backed out of the shoe-bomb plot in December 2001 because of his reluctance, fear and the effect it would have on his family. Abu Ghaith is the highestranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11 attacks.

panies, nongovernmental organizations and individuals don’t always stick around, and this would ensure the reservation persisted. He told the committee the department has never approved a water reservation application by an individual or group. About 35 such applications are pending. The bill also would limit administrative appeals to people “substantially and adversely affected” by a decision, who “meaningfully participated” in the public comment process. Lisa Weissler, a consultant and attorney, said the basis of the bill is flawed. “It’s not about helping the public interest and keeping the public involved,” she said in an interview. “It’s the opposite of that.” Lisa Wade, council member for the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council, said in a release that there was no consultation with her council or other tribes that she was aware of on “this harmful legislation, and once again this bill is being rushed through the Senate without adequate time for public review.” Public testimony is scheduled on the bill on Wednesday. Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, who asked that the bill be sent to Senate Resources for further consideration after hearing concerns from his constituents during the interim, called the bill a compromise. He said he was pleased with the movement by the administration and, based on the limited amount of time he’d had to study the draft, said he thought it largely addressed the primary concerns of his constituents.

“As a probation officer I would help get kids out of trouble,” he said. “The difference in DARE is I get the opportunity to keep kids out of trouble in the first place.” During the graduation ceremony, students from classes performed skits to demonstrate how to make sound decision making despite peer pressure. Sitting in three rows in front of the stage, each class wore a different style DARE T-shirt. Every student needed to

write a DARE essay in order to graduate. Two students from each class were selected to read their essay. Andrea Beile, from Mrs. Christensen’s class, Rain Spotted-Eagle Wong, from Mrs. Dikes and Kaya Cox, from Mrs. Walker’s class presented to the fourth grade class earlier in the day. Kristi Anderson, Herald Ochea and Madeline Edelen read their essays at the graduation ceremony. Ochea said DARE taught him to be a good communica-

tor. He said he doesn’t want to smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol because he wants to be healthy. Catherine Kaminski, from Mrs. Christensen’s class, said she learned a lot of valuable lessons from DARE. She said she enjoyed performing on stage. In her scene, she faced peer pressure from a friend who was offering her beer at a party, but she stayed strong and said no. “It is important to help people out with their lives and

avoid drugs, she said. Kenai Police Sgt. Jay Sjorgen said the department’s involvement with the community starts through the DARE program. “It’s setting a good foundation for kids to make the right choices in life and have a positive future because of it, “he said.

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among a high-ranking Washington-based Army lawyer, the prosecutors and the commanding general overseeing the case. The judge said he doesn’t believe the whole case was tainted, just the decision on a plea agreement. He also criticized prosecutors for not giving defense lawyers the emails sooner: “The only reason we are in this conundrum is because of the government’s late notice.” Meanwhile, the Senate approved 97-0 a military-justice bill that would scrap the nearly century-old use of the “good soldier defense” to raise doubts that a crime has been committed. Currently, those accused of wrongdoing can cite their good military records. The Pentagon has estimated that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted in 2012, based on an anonymous survey. Many victims are unwilling to come forward despite new measures to curb abuse, the military says. Last week, Sinclair pleaded guilty to three lesser charges involving adultery with the captain and improper relationships with two other female Army officers. Those charges could

bring 15 years in prison. A trial then began on the remaining sexual assault charges. Now, in light of the judge’s ruling, the defense could ask to withdraw Sinclair’s guilty plea to those lesser charges. In December, Sinclair’s accuser came out against a plea bargain on the more serious sexual assault charges in a letter sent by her attorney, Capt. Cassie L. Fowler. Fowler suggested that the proposed deal would “have an adverse effect on my client and the Army’s fight against sexual assault.” “Acceptance of this plea would send the wrong signal to those senior commanders who would prey on their subordinates by using their rank and position, thereby ensuring there will be other victims like my client in the future,” Fowler wrote. Though prosecutors deny any consideration was given to Fowler’s comments about the potential fallout, the emails turned over to the defense Saturday show they did discuss her assertions. One top military lawyer at Fort Bragg quoted her letter and said he found Fowler “very preachy.” It was Lt. Gen.

James Anderson, as commander of Fort Bragg, who made the final decision on whether to accept Sinclair’s plea offer. Testifying from Afghanistan by telephone, Anderson said he didn’t thoroughly read Fowler’s letter. The only thing he weighed in rejecting the deal was that the accuser wanted her day in court, he said. But Anderson’s testimony appeared to be contradicted by a Dec. 20 email he sent to a military lawyer. “I have read the letter and made my decision,” Anderson wrote. Scheff, Sinclair’s chief lawyer, told the judge Monday that the Army had been stonewalling him for months for evidence about those discussions. “Every time we asked for these, the government has said we were going on a fishing expedition,” Scheff said. “And each time, we catch fish.” Fowler said Monday that the courtroom maneuvering over her letter was “nothing more than an attempt to take the focus off the general’s gross misconduct.” Associated Press writer Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this report.

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tice system to deal with sexual assault. The judge reviewed newly disclosed emails in Sinclair’s case and said he found the appearance of “unlawful command influence” in Fort Bragg officials’ decision to reject a plea bargain with the general in January. Under the military code of justice, the decision was supposed to be decided solely on the evidence, not its broader political implications. Pohl said the emails showed that the military officials who rejected the plea bargain had discussed a letter from the accuser’s lawyer. The letter warned that allowing the general to avoid trial would “send the wrong signal.” Sinclair’s attorneys have until Tuesday morning to decide whether to submit a plea-bargain proposal again or proceed with the court-martial, which began last week. Sinclair, the 51-year-old former deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, is accused of twice forcing a female captain to perform oral sex on him in Afghanistan in 2011 during a three-year extramarital affair. He has admitted to the affair but denied assaulting the woman. He is believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer ever court-martialed on sexual assault charges. He could get life in prison if convicted. The defense has portrayed the woman as a liar who concocted the allegations after she saw emails between Sinclair and another woman. Richard Scheff, the general’s lead defense lawyer, said the defense has not yet decided what to do. However, he said the new developments vindicate what the defense has been claiming for months — that the Army pressed ahead with a weak case for fear of the political blowback that would result from dropping charges against such a high-profile defendant. “This is an unprecedented situation. It’s a mess created by the government. It wasn’t created by us. We have so many options, we don’t even know what they all are,” Scheff said. Lt. Col. Robert Stelle, the lead prosecutor, declined to comment after the hearing. In December, Sinclair had offered to plead guilty to some of the lesser charges in exchange for the Army dropping the sexual assault charges, but he was turned down. His plea offer was discussed in emails Y


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Stalker starts dating cousin of woman who dumped him tions Vince has sent you over to the police. If he sent them via U.S. mail, the postmarks on the envelopes (and fingerprints) will prove what he has been up to. It may take a restraining order to put an end to this. As to his relationship with your cousin, I agree that if she has feelings for him, she’ll be reluctant to believe anything you tell her Abigail Van Buren isn’t sour grapes. However, if you show her the texts he’s sending you — I presume they’re time-stamped — she may believe you. DEAR ABBY: I have been dating “Dawn” for more than a year. She has an amazing 7-year-old daughter, “Charise,” who started calling me Dad about six months after her mother and I began dating. I love being a “dad” — going to the park, on trips, helping out at school and telling bedtime stories. The problem is, I don’t love Dawn. We don’t get along well anymore. My mother tells me I should find

someone else and have kids of my own, but Charise “feels” like my kid. I can’t imagine losing her. One friend suggested I marry Dawn so I can stay in her daughter’s life, but I want to be in love with the woman I marry. Am I wrong for not wanting to lose a child I consider my daughter, but not wanting to marry someone I don’t love? — SPINNING MY WHEELS IN CALIFORNIA DEAR SPINNING: Charise may “feel” like your child, but she ISN’T. And even though she may call you “Dad,” you AREN’T. Your romance with her mother is already on the downhill slide, so the kindest thing you could do for all concerned is end the relationship. But before you do, it is important that you make clear to Charise that it has nothing to do with her or your feelings for her. Your mother is right. You need to settle down with someone you can love. To follow your friend’s suggestion would be a huge mistake. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, March 11, 2014: This year you experience a natural schism between your mind and your emotions. Many of you might choose to listen to one voice instead of the other. Decide what the right one for you is. If you are single, you will meet several potential suitors. Enjoy the dating process. Mr. or Ms. Right might be right around the corner. If you are attached, your awareness of your feelings and thoughts will evolve into many discussions with your significant other. Add more romance by re-enacting your first date, or other memorable occasions. Some of you might decide to act out your first encounter. Have fun with your sweetie! LEO is a romantic, like you. 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 Misunderstandings seem to lurk, yet there seems to be a sense of emotional connection. You keep ignoring verbal disconnects as if they are nothing. Be aware that, sooner or later, someone will get angry. The good news is that it likely won’t be you. Tonight: Try to keep the peace! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You have a way about you that draws in many people except that one person who seems so distant. Conversations will seem awkward at best, yet the emotional connection endures. Be openminded, even if someone is being sarcastic or difficult. Tonight: Out and about. GEMINI (May 21-June 20)


HHHYou might be overly concerned about your finances, especially when you look at the situation intellectually. Your emotions could be telling you something very different. It boils down to this: How much do you trust your feelings? Tonight: Use moderation. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH You will have a very emotional bond with someone. You could feel so connected to this person, yet you might think and speak very differently from how he or she does. Try to sort out any verbal misunderstandings. Respect your differences. Tonight: Beam in what you want. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH The Lion usually roars, but you might opt to be invisible today. You’ll see a situation evolving, and you could be very worried about the outcome. Share your feelings only if asked. For now, the less said the better. Tonight: Nap, and you will feel much better. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Keep your focus on the whole rather than on the individual. You will be more effective, and others will be more responsive. Confusion surrounds communication, but your intentions will be made known. Use care with spending. Tonight: Where the crowds are. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HH Pressure continues to intensify, no matter what you do. You easily could find yourself feeling angry about the situation. You also could feel financially limited. Make sure that you stay in touch with a boss or older friend. Tonight: Work late if need be. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

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Hints from Heloise

Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars HHHHTake an overview, and refuse to be reactive. Your knee-jerk reactions seem to be right-on, so follow your gut feelings. You instinctively will want control, but that might not be possible at this point in time. Tonight: Tap into your imagination for inspiration. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Deal with others on a oneon-one basis right now. You will find that communication might not be as difficult as you previously thought. Still, there could be some awkward moments. You seem to be holding a lot in. Tonight: Munchies with a friend. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You’ll feed off the energy of those around you. They seem enthusiastic and more than willing to do what it takes to reach a mutual goal. Generally you are the leader, and they are the followers. Enjoy the change and the break from such intensity. Tonight: Go with a suggestion. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH You are able to accomplish a lot and remain focused by pulling away from others. Your persona at work might be more serious than you intend to project. News seems to carry a controversial aspect that could cause a disagreement. Tonight: Don’t push too hard. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHHH Your imagination touches many different realms and subjects. Others notice that faraway look. Some people could feel rejected by your attitude, while others will feel intrigued. A close friend might want to be the most important topic on your mind. Tonight: Avoid a fight.

Money-Back Guarantee of Opinions Dear Readers: A recent column discussed how change is handed back to customers, and the many different ways this can be done. Wow, this really struck a nerve! A lot of you responded! Here are just a “handful” of comments on the matter: * “I am strongly in favor of receiving my coins first, especially at a drive-thru window. My suggestion is for the clerk to offer the coins in one hand and the bills in the other.” — Molly in Spearfish, S.D. (Heloise here: This is a perfect solution!) * “My primary concern is having change counted out while it is being placed either in my hand or on the counter.” — A Frequent Reader, via email * “Coins first and then paper money. That way, the change is safely in your palm, and you can grasp the paper money in your fingers.” — Helen M., Colorado Springs, Colo. * “I understand the frustration of getting your money back all in one lump. Unfortunately, most of these cashiers are being timed on how quickly they help customers.” — A Reader, via email (Heloise here: I’m not sure if this is the case. Yes, they want to speed up the line, but they also want to make their customers happy.) Any cashiers out there who can tell us from your point of view? Please chime in on this “touchy” (pun intended) subject.


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DEAR ABBY: About a year ago, I stopped seeing a man I’ll call “Vince.” Since then he has been stalking me. He sends me texts with photos he took of us while we were dating, but distorts them to make me look like I’m stabbing him in the heart. He sends videos with my head on a dancing Barbie doll. My neighbors tell me they see him drive past my house. (He lives across town.) I refuse to talk to him now because he scares me. Vince has now begun making moves on my cousin “Nancy.” She says their relationship isn’t romantic, but others have told me they have seen them cuddle at restaurants and parks. He still continues to send me scary pictures and emails. How can I tell Nancy about this without her thinking it’s jealous retaliation against their new relationship? I honestly believe he is getting close to her only to spite me and keep an emotional hold on me. His relationship with her has made me afraid to tell her about my personal life or hang out with her for fear that he’ll show up with her. — CONFUSED IN OREGON DEAR CONFUSED: I don’t blame you for feeling intimidated, which is what your stalker is trying to accomplish. You can put an end to it by having your neighbors document his “drive-bys” and turning the pictures, videos and any other communica-

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SD animal cruelty bill moves on to House By NORA HERTEL Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota legislative panel endorsed a measure Monday that would make animal cruelty a felony in South Dakota, the only state without such a law. The House Judiciary Committee voted 10-2 for the measure after hearing testimony from supporters and opponents, sending the measure to the full House. Similar proposed legislation has failed in the past. But State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven, who led the effort to write the bill, said this measure is different because animal welfare supporters, livestock groups, law enforcement officials, veterinarians and local animal control officials worked together to craft it. “It is the result of many meetings and a lot of research,” he said. “What we’re doing is trying to be proactive. We want to clearly state what animal cruelty is and what it is not.” Supporters of the bill include representatives from throughout the agriculture industry. They said it reorganizes the current law and protects the use of animals in agriculture and rodeo. Opponents said Monday that the bill reflects the influence of special interest groups, it might cost the state too much money and the definitions of some terms are not clear in the bill. Lorin Pankratz with the South Dakota Pork Producers, a supporter, said the conversation leading up to this bill began five years ago. He said the existing law had not been updated in 20 years and that the bill was drafted by and for South Dakotans. “We feel that is the right approach. That is the responsible approach,” Pankratz said. “We need to treat our animals and our livestock and our pets in a humane manner.” Jeremiah Murphy with the Stockgrowers’ Association said the bill criminalizes no new acts and offers protections to those in the livestock industry. “We don’t fear this bill,” Murphy said.









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