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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015 Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Vol. 45, Issue 124

Question Do you agree with the University of Alaska Regents’ decision to raise tuition? n Yes, it’s appropriate given the anticipated budget shortfall. n No, it’s not fair to students.

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Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska Initiative legalizing recreational use takes effect as regulators work on details By MOLLY DISCHNER Associated Press

JUNEAU — Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings. Making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana was the

goal of a coalition including libertarians, rugged individualists and smallgovernment Republicans who prize the privacy rights enshrined in the state’s constitution. But when they voted 53-47 percent last November to legalize marijuana use by adults in private places, they left many of the details to lawmakers and regulators to sort out. Meanwhile, Alaska Native leaders

worry that legalization will bring new temptations to communities already confronting high rates of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and suicide. “When they start depending on smoking marijuana, I don’t know how far they’d go to get the funds they need to support it, to support themselves,” said Edward Nick, council member in Manokotak, a remote village of 400 that

is predominantly Yup’ik Eskimo. Both alcohol and drug use are prohibited in Nick’s village 350 miles southwest of Anchorage, even inside the privacy of villagers’ homes. But Nick fears that the initiative, in combination with a 1975 state Supreme Court decision that legalized marijuana use inside homes — could open doors to drug abuse.

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In the news

School district continues work on 2016 budget

House passes resolution for school choice week





JUNEAU (AP) — A resolution seeking to designate a week next January as “Alaska School Choice Week” turned into a House floor debate over public schools and vouchers. Several Democrats voiced opposition to HCR 2, saying there are already many choices within public education. The resolution references National School Choice Week. Rep. Andy Josephson expressed concerns with Alaska joining a movement that he said is corporatebacked and in some cases challenging public school institutions. Republican Rep. Lynn Gattis, the resolution’s sponsor, said the measure is about empowering parents.

Fur Rondy sled dog races canceled ANCHORAGE (AP) — Organizers of Anchorage’s annual winter festival have canceled sled dog races, citing unseasonable weather. Officials announced Sunday that the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship sled dog races are being canceled. The races were scheduled to begin Friday and continue through March 1. Officials say warm weather and heavy rain left unsafe conditions for competitors.

Correction The Clarion’s “Find Fred” promotion was inadvertently omitted from Sunday’s edition. Look for Fred in Wednesday’s Clarion.

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By KELLY SULLIVAN Peninsula Clarion

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion

Getting some sun

A bald eagle basks in the afternoon sunshine above the busy Sterling Highway near Kasilof on Monday.

Minimum wage set to increase By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press

JUNEAU — Alaska’s minimum wage will rise to $8.75 an hour Tuesday, giving a pay increase to thousands of workers. Voters in November overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour, effective Jan. 1. Because the state constitution calls for ballot measures to take effect 90 days after election results are certified, the raise doesn’t take effect until Tuesday. A second increase, to $9.75 per hour, is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 under the initiative. The minimum wage is to

be adjusted for inflation annually after that. Before Tuesday’s increase, about 5 percent of Alaska jobs, or about 16,000 positions, paid $8.75 or less, said Dan Robinson, chief of the Research and Analysis Section of the state labor department. About 9 percent of jobs — or 28,000 — paid $9.75 or less, he said by email. Affected industries include seafood processing and restaurants, he said. The increase to $8.75 an hour, Alaska’s first minimum wage hike in just over five years, will rank the state’s minimum wage ninth, along with New York, among the 50 states and the District of Columbia,

Kodiak shelter seeks pets from around state KODIAK (AP) — The Kodiak animal shelter is reaching out to other shelters around Alaska to find extra dogs for the island community, which has seen low numbers of adoptable pets recently. The first dog transferred to the town became available for adoption this week. Kyla, a 2-year-old sled dog, arrived earlier this month from the Kenai animal shelter, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported. “She is a very sweet dog and her personality is phenomenal,” Kodiak shelter manager Jean Lilly said. “She gives kisses and loves to play.” Lilly said Kyla was being

spayed Friday and was up for a possible adoption next week. Pets will be transferred to Kodiak as they are available and as space is available on flights because the transportation is donated. Lilly said the shelter began reaching out to other shelters, as well as rescue groups, about the pet-transfer effort in November. The Kodiak shelter is currently working with two rescue groups about other possible transfers, according to Lilly. The Kodiak shelter is particularly interested in working with shelters where animals See PETS, page A-10

according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Voters in three other states also approved increases in their minimum wages last year, and legislatures in several states and the District of Columbia also approved hikes last year, according to the organization. Ed Flanagan, a former state labor commissioner and a sponsor of the initiative, said he is glad to see other states increasing their minimum wage and he would still like to see the federal minimum wage increase. Initiatives sponsors did not claim that $9.75 an hour would be what one would call a true living wage, Flanagan said. “But the whole idea is that

it’s a helluva lot better than what they were making before,” he said, adding, “There’s going to be people better off.” Dale Fox, president and CEO of the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, said concerns he has heard about the minimum wage increase mainly involve the equity of giving raises to employees who make “good money” through tips. His group supports the concept of tip pooling that would include dishwashers, cooks or other back-of-the-house employees, workers that don’t normally benefit from gratuities. That issue has been the subject of litigation.

The Board of Education will be asked to approve the 20152016 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget on April 6, and must submit the finalized version to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly by May 1. Currently the projected budget totals just more than $167 million, with a $6.5 million deficit, $2.6 of which will come directly from the General Fund Balance for health care costs. The state will also be cutting $2.26 million in one-time funding, which will increase the deficit even further, said Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support Dave Jones. Health care costs include a 13 percent increase, which was recommended by the School District’s Health Care Broker, according to the budget. As this year’s Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget development nears an end, Jones has been hosting series of public meetings across the Kenai Peninsula to breakdown the final numbers. Preceding each budget hearing was a discussion on the school district pools. This year closing down one of the school districts aquatic facilities was not discussed. Jones said the pools are running a nearly $800,000 deficit, but the goal right now is only to reduce that number. For the school district, the bigger picture is to implore the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly See BUDGET, page A-10

FAA releases draft rules for unmanned aircraft systems By ELWOOD BREHMER Morris News Service-Alaska/ Alaska Journal of Commerce

Unmanned aircraft operators were given an outline for flight standards Feb. 15 when the Federal Aviation Administration released its proposed rules for drone flights. The draft regulations are a major step toward integrating widespread commercial use of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace. Also known as UAS, unmanned aircraft system flights have been approved by the agency for several years on a C




case-by-case basis. The Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking expands on the commonalities of approved flights. Currently, UAS flights are allowed only by nonprofit ventures for research and educational purposes and a very select group of commercial entities, primarily film companies. “Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a

formal statement. Common UAS would be limited to craft less than 55 pounds with flights restricted to line-of-sight operations, constraints found in most certificates of authorization, or COAs, issued by the FAA for flights today. ConocoPhillips obtained the first commercial COA in 2013 for research in the Chukchi Sea and BP got the first overland commercial authorization from the FAA in May 2014 for North Slope surveillance. “We have tried to be flexSee RULES, page A-10





A-2 Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AccuWeather 5-day forecast for Kenai-Soldotna

Barrow 8/0







Partly sunny

Partly sunny

Intervals of clouds and sunshine

Cloudy with snow in the afternoon

Snow mixing with rain in the p.m.

Hi: 37 Lo: 23

Hi: 36 Lo: 15

Hi: 37 Lo: 17

Hi: 39 Lo: 22

Hi: 36 Lo: 18

The patented RealFeel Temperature® is an exclusive index of the effects of temperature, wind, Sunrise humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, Sunset pressure and elevation on the human body.

10 a.m. Noon 2 p.m. 4 p.m.

30 41 38 32

Daylight Length of Day - 9 hrs., 56 min., 41 sec. Daylight gained - 5 min., 33 sec.

Alaska Cities Yesterday Hi/Lo/W

City Adak* Anchorage Barrow Bethel Cold Bay Cordova Delta Junction Denali N. P. Dillingham Dutch Harbor Fairbanks Fort Yukon Glennallen* Gulkana Haines Homer Juneau Ketchikan Kiana King Salmon Klawock Kodiak

First Feb 25

Today 8:20 a.m. 6:17 p.m.

Full Mar 5

Moonrise Moonset

Today 10:25 a.m. 1:52 a.m.

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Kotzebue 36/27/sf 37/28/c 37/33/c McGrath 37/31/sf 41/34/sf 37/23/pc Metlakatla 49/37/pc -1/-4/c 8/0/sf Nome 32/22/pc 33/24/pc 30/14/pc North Pole 33/26/sn 40/26/pc 38/27/pc Northway 33/11/c 41/37/sn 43/30/c Palmer 40/34/sn 36/29/sf 32/15/pc Petersburg 46/41/r 43/32/c 36/5/sf Prudhoe Bay* 7/-3/sf 37/30/pc 36/23/pc Saint Paul 36/24/sn 39/33/pc 39/31/pc Seward 45/37/sf 32/23/c 28/7/pc Sitka 45/43/r 27/19/sf 22/3/pc Skagway 46/43/c 41/34/sf 30/14/pc Talkeetna 39/34/sn 38/32/i 30/10/pc Tanana 32/20/sf 46/42/c 43/29/c Tok* 32/19/sf 45/38/r 41/28/pc Unalakleet 41/25/c 46/42/r 44/32/c Valdez 36/34/c 46/38/c 48/38/c Wasilla 41/36/sf 38/33/sf 16/12/sf Whittier 40/37/c 40/29/pc 39/23/pc Willow* 42/34/c 46/36/c 48/38/c Yakutat 45/43/r 44/33/pc 41/36/pc Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.

Unalakleet McGrath 26/14 32/1

Tomorrow 11:00 a.m. 3:05 a.m.

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Kenai/ Soldotna 37/23 Seward 34/23 Homer 41/28


From the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai

24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. 0.06" Month to date ........................... 0.38" Normal month to date ............. 0.74" Year to date .............................. 0.87" Normal year to date .................. 1.70" Record today ................. 0.48" (1970) Record for Feb. ............. 2.80" (1955) Record for year ............ 27.09" (1963) Snowfall 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. Trace Month to date .............................. 1.2" Season to date ......................... 15.6"

Valdez Kenai/ 37/25 Soldotna Homer

Dillingham 36/23

Juneau 44/32

National Extremes

Kodiak 41/36

Sitka 44/36

(For the 48 contiguous states)

High yesterday Low yesterday

85 at Tamiami, Fla. -36 at Land O Lakes, Wis.

State Extremes High yesterday Low yesterday

Ketchikan 48/38

49 at Metlakatla -4 at Barrow

Today’s Forecast

(Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation)

Snow and ice will slide across the South today with rain from Florida to coastal Texas. Snow will mark the arrival of more cold air in the North Central states. Rain and snow are in store for the Southwest.

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High ............................................... 41 Low ................................................ 34 Normal high .................................. 31 Normal low .................................... 12 Record high ........................ 46 (1970) Record low ....................... -26 (1996)

Anchorage 37/23

Bethel 30/14

Cold Bay 38/27


Fairbanks 28/7

Talkeetna 40/18 Glennallen 30/14

National Cities Yesterday Today Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W

Readings through 4 p.m. yesterday

Nome 25/19

New Mar 20

Unalaska 41/30

Almanac From Kenai Municipal Airport

* Indicates estimated temperatures for yesterday Today Hi/Lo/W


Today’s activity: Active Where: Auroral activity will be active. Weather permitting, active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Barrow to Anchorage and Juneau, and visible low on the horizon from King Salmon and Prince Rupert.


Tomorrow 8:17 a.m. 6:19 p.m.

Last Mar 13

Prudhoe Bay 13/0

Anaktuvuk Pass 21/5

Kotzebue 24/16

Sun and Moon


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Aging boomers boost senior population FAIRBANKS (AP) — Aging baby boomers are significantly boosting Alaska’s senior population, while younger age groups are maintaining their numbers, according to the state Department of Labor. Alaska’s senior population — age 65 and older — in 2014 reached 71,080, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. The number jumped by 3,388 between July 2013 and July 2014, according to the department. Births and migration are filling in the lower ages, according to the department. “Baby boomers had a lot of kids,” said state demographer Eddie Hunsinger. “Echo boomers, or millennials, have been

‘The need will continue to grow as Baby Boomers age, and then it will eventually cap out.’ — Darlene Supplee, Fairbanks Senior Center moving into their 20s and filling them in to a good degree. People are migrating at ages around early 20s to 40s, which are prime working and familybuilding ages, and are accounting for continued increases.” Alaska has more baby boomers in comparison to the overall population than anywhere in the Lower 48, Hunsinger said. Many moved north to take jobs between about 1970 and 1980,

NASCAR to promote STEM education By KIMBERLY HEFLING AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON — It takes a lot of geometry and physics to get a race car to go 200 laps at speeds that can top 200 mph. In a nod to the often overlooked science behind races like Sunday’s Daytona 500, NASCAR is announcing a years-long commitment to promote “STEM” — the buzzword for science, technology, engineering and math — inside classrooms and out. The NASCAR Acceleration Nation initiative focuses on the three D’s of speed — downforce, drafting and drag — and includes instructional materials for teachers. The effort announced Friday is a way for NASCAR to show the fun side of engineering and math and to encourage fans to view NASCAR in a new way, said Brent Dewar, NASCAR’s chief operating officer. “A lot of people see cars racing and they love the sport for the sporting element of cars winning, and racing and passing,” Dewar said. “Behind all of that is pure science. It’s the horse power, and it’s drag and C




it’s aerodynamics.” Driver Carl Edwards was a substitute teacher in Columbia, Missouri, long before he became known for his back-flip off cars after winning races. For him, one of the biggest teaching challenges was keeping students’ attention, and he hopes that bringing race cars into science discussions will spark interest. Edwards said that with every lap, scientific data is involved, from tracking the statistical probability of crashing at different parts of the race to the amount of fuel used by the engine at different speeds in various throttle positions. Although he said he still uses the science and math he learned in school, Edwards wishes he’d learned even more. “You can take any part of the car and talk about how it was engineered and why it’s designed the way it is to interact with the rest of the race car, and there’s a physics or a math or a science lesson in any of that,” he said. As part of the initiative, NASCAR partnered with publisher Scholastic Corp. to develop fact sheets and quizzes primarily for middle school teachers focused on aerodynamics.

Organizations serving seniors in Fairbanks are having trouble keeping up with the added numbers. The Fairbanks Senior Center provides meals and daily exercise classes and expects the senior population to triple by 2030. “I think getting seniors to a salon for a haircut can be just as

important as feeding them, but because of budget constraints, we have to choose,” said director Darlene Supplee. The Senior Center provides about 250 meals per day and has about 4,000 seniors in the exercise classes each year. The center provided about 40,000 meals in 2013, and Supplee is projecting 48,000 this year. “The need will continue to grow as Baby Boomers age, and then it will eventually cap out,” Supplee said. The additional seniors could make Alaska more urban-centered and racially diverse.

Clarion Question Results The Clarion question for last week was:

Are you facing a tax penalty for not having health insurance?

Results are not scientific

Monday Stocks Company Final Change Agrium Inc.............. 109.89 +1.43 Alaska Air Group...... 64.14 — ACS...........................1.69 -0.02 Apache Corp........... 66.22 — AT&T........................ 33.85 -0.23 Baker Hughes.......... 62.92 -0.57 BP ............................41.22 -0.06 Chevron...................107.86 -0.74 ConocoPhillips......... 66.92 -0.46 ExxonMobil...............89.01 -0.91 1st Natl. Bank AK...1,595.00 +20.00 GCI.......................... 14.46 +0.03 Halliburton............... 43.22 -0.14 Harley-Davidson...... 62.39 -1.09 Home Depot............112.28 +0.04 McDonald’s.............. 94.31 +0.12 Schlumberger.......... 85.54 -0.34 Tesoro.......................91.67 +1.09 Walmart................... 84.60 +0.30 Wells Fargo.............. 55.10 +0.27 Gold closed............1,202.32 +0.36 Silver closed............ 16.33 +0.09

Dow Jones avg..... 18,116.84 -23.60 NASDAQ................4,960.97 +5.01 S&P 500................ 2,109.66 -0.64 Stock prices provided by the Kenai Peninsula Edward Jones offices.

Oil Prices Friday’s prices North Slope crude: $50.12, down from $54.82 on Thursday West Texas Int.: $50.34, down from $51.16 on Thursday









Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Obituary Melvin Lloyd Alborn

Cinderella’s Closet opening soon

Melvin Lloyd Alborn, 90, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 of natural causes at his home. Memorial services will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 11600 Elmore Road, in Anchorage with Pastor Voss officiating. The family welcomes flowers at the service. Melvin was born July 15, 1924 to Lloyd and Hazel (Kever) Alborn in Perry, Iowa. He served in the Army Air Corps until his honorable discharge in 1945. Melvin came to Alaska in 1951 with his GMC dump truck to work in road construction, helping to build the state’s road infrastructure until retirement from the Teamsters in 1977. Married in 1952, Melvin and Lorraine raised their five children in Anchorage. He enjoyed spending time with family, tending to the big lawns and gardens at his five acre home in Anchorage and relaxing at his Kenai Lake cabin in Cooper Landing. His family wrote, “He will be fondly remembered for his kind, gentle and optimistic spirit, making friends wherever he went. He was deeply loved and cherished by his friends and family.” Melvin was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Hazel Alborn; a brother Frank Alborn; a sister Marie Schleuger; and grandson, Eric Brown. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lorraine Alborn of Anchorage; sons, Jerry (Ruth) Alborn of Dover, Delaware, and David (Mary) Alborn of Anchorage; daughters, Julie (Dave) Terdan of Side Lake, Minnesota, Lisa (Mark) Sutherlin of Anchorage, and Drs. Lori (Ed) Brown of La Jolla, California; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 11600 Elmore Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99516. Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory. Please visit Melvin’s obituary and online guestbook at

Cinderella’s Closet will be open March 24, 26, and 31 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the theater dressing rooms at Soldotna High School. Look for the pink signs! This is a program to assist local ladies in need with free prom dresses, shoes, and accessories. Cinderella’s Closet has helped 396 ladies in the past 5 years. Last year, the program provided items to 54 local students from Soldotna High, Cook Inlet Academy, Skyview High, River City Academy, Kenai Central High, Nanwalek, Port Graham, Susan B. English (Seldovia), and Nikiski High. It is housed at SoHi, but is open to any peninsula high school students. Cinderella’s Closet is still taking donations of prom dresses, shoes, and accessories. These can be dropped off to the main office at Soldotna High School between 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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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 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 907-2837551.


formance of “Play On!”, a comedy about the hazards of producing a play, by Rick Abbot. Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $40, and will include a complete Italian dinner with coffee and dessert. The 6 p.m. performance on Saturday will have a silent auction of local services and goods. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinée on Saturday. Tickets will be $15. The Soldotna Drama Troupe is comprised of students participating in a Drama trip to London, and all proceeds from this event go toward their trip funds.

STEMventure Camps planned for spring break

The Challenger Center of Alaska in Kenai will host STEMventure Camps during spring break, March 9-13. Camps will include: Grades K-3 — Rocketry, Robotics, Simple Machines, Ice Cream Engineering, StarLab, and more; Grades 4-6 — Climate Change, Careers in Science, Thermal Engineering, Forces and Motion, Team Building, and more. Registration is now open. Interested in an all-inclusive overnight option? Please contact the Challenger Center for additional details. ConnecDiabetes support group to meet tions and I.D.E.A approved vendors. On March 2, a type one diabetes support group will by Contact: or 907-283held at Soldotna Hospital in the Denali room from 5-6 p.m. 2000. for type one diabetics of all ages and their friends or family. For more information, contact Mariah Prosterman at mariah. Fish and Game Advisory Committee to meet The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet AquaculIdita-Swim at Nikiski Pool ture building on K-Beach Road. The agenda will include preNikiski Pool’s annual Idita-Swim competition starts March paring comments for the Board of Game Southcentral Region 3-April 30. Come swim or water-walk your way to fitness all proposals. For more information contact Mike Crawford at in the spirit of the Last Great Race. Every 50-yard lap swam or 252-2919. walked counts as 1 mile toward your trip to Nome. $20 admission fee includes an Idita-Swim T-shirt. W.E.L.L. class meets in Nikiski Call 776-8800 for more information. Join W.E.L.L. (Wise Elders Living Longer) at the Nikiski Senior Center on Island Lake Road every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Caregiver support group for a half hour exercise class. The class originated with the Keto talk about heart month naitze Indian Tribe. Most of it is accomplished sitting on a chair. The next Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Pro- Mary Olson, 776-3745, is the instructor and has been doing the gram Caregiver Support Meeting is today at the Soldotna Se- class for over two years. Please call with any questions. nior Center at 1:00 p.m. The topic is National Heart Month. Join us to share with other caregivers. For more information, Parenting workshops available call 907-262-1280. Alaska Christian Ministries and South Central Parenting will offer Practical Positive Parenting weekly workshops from Kenai Historical Society to meet in Nikiski 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 3-April 21, with additional The Kenai Historical Society will meet on Sunday at 2:30 sessions April 28-May 21, at Peninsula Christian Center, 161 at the Nikiski Senior Center. Speaker for the meeting will be Farnsworth Boulevard in Soldotna. Workshops include family Shauna Thornton talking about early homsteading on the Pen- dinner and group study of family needs such as: child developinsula. A van will be provided for those needing a ride. It will ment; character development; communication challenges; famleave the Kenai visitors Center at 1:30. Space is limited. For ily communication; behavior changes; positive discipline; and more information call June Harris at 283-1946 or e-mail ke- challenging behaviors, with activities and care for children and teens. The cost is $35.00 per family. To register call 9082.

Drama troupe hosts dinner theater

Submit community announcements to news@peninsulaclarThe Soldotna Drama Troupe presents a dinner theater per-

Community Calendar Today 8 a.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous As Bill Sees It Group, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Unit 71 (Old Carrs Mall). Call 398-9440. 10:30 a.m. • Take Off Pounds Sensibly, for all ages, meets at the Kenai Senior Center. For more information call 907-283-3451. • Toddler Story Time (18 Months-PreK) in the Children’s Area at the Soldotna Public Library. Get up and get moving with stories, songs, and silly fun that encourages your toddler’s language skills! For more information, call 907-262-4227. Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Suite 71 in the old Carrs Mall in Kenai. Call 262-1917. • Kenai Bridge Club plays party bridge at the Kenai Senior Center. Call 907-252-9330 or 907-283-7609. 12:30 p.m. • Well Elders Live Longer exercise (W.E.L.L.) will meet at the Nikiski Senior Center. Call instructor Mary Olson at 907-776-3745. 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. • Stress Relief QiGong Practice in the Community Room at the Soldotna library. Enjoy meditation to restore balance to the entire body. Easy and fun exercises. No previous experience or level of physical ability necessary. Parents and children are welcome! With Duane Gibson.





4 p.m. • LEGO Club (Ages 6 and up) on Tuesdays in the Community Room at the Soldotna Library. Tell your stories and build your world with Legos. Bring a friend with you and let your imagination go wild. Adult supervision needed for those under the age of 10. 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 907-262-4892. • Have you lost a child, grandchild, or adult sibling of any age? The Compassionate Friends of the Kenai Peninsula meets at the Soldotna Public Library. For more information, email tcfofthekenai@ or call Leslie at 907-398-3113. 6:30 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous “Speaking of Solutions” 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 907-420-3979. 8 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It works” at URS Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, 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 907-567-3574. The Community Calendar lists recurring events and meetings of local organizations. To have your event listed, email organization name, day or days of meeting, time of meeting, place, and a contact phone number to

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200 years of peace between America and Canada This week, we celebrate the 200th

anniversary of ratification of the Treaty of Ghent. It’s probably not something you think about often. That treaty, ratified by the U.S. Senate on Feb. 17, 1815, ended the War of 1812. Since that treaty was ratified, the United States has enjoyed peaceful relations with its closest neighbor, Canada. American-Canadian relations have been good for so long that the notion of hostility between our two nations is absurd. The idea of a barbed-wire border fence between America and Canada is farther away than the possibility of a tunnel to Russia. Good relations didn’t come naturally. Canada and America are two different countries with different ideas on the issues. That we enjoy good relations is the product of hard work by thousands of people, diplomats and ordinary citizens alike, past and present. Lately, this newspaper has focused on the problems Alaska is having with Canada — transboundary mines, the Prince Rupert ferry terminal — but today, we’d like to say thank you to Canada and think about all the reasons we have to be grateful for good relations. The Canadian-American border is the longest unmilitarized border in the world. Americans and Canadians daily cross the fringes of their countries without difficulty. We might grouse about having to go through a customs check, but the process is by and large easy. This week marked the culmination of the 2015 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. Mushers sped across the ice and snow from Whitehorse to Fairbanks and were acclaimed on both sides of the border. This summer, thousands of tourists will cross the border in recreational vehicles and on the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad. Canada is Alaska’s fourth-largest trading partner, behind only China, South Korea and Japan. One hundred years ago this week, the Dawson News telegraphed this newspaper, saying: “Greetings and congratulations on the anniversary of a hundred years peace between America and Great Britain. May it be permanent and the northern neighbors continue to prosper under the two flags.” We don’t know what the future will bring, but we hope the next century will hold more Alaska-Canada cooperation and less discord. As the Empire said in its response to the Dawson News telegram 100 years ago, “Let Alaska-Yukon influence be exerted constantly toward the end that the 5,000mile American-Canadian boundary shall remain unfortified as a monument to enlightened ... civilization.” — Juneau Empire, Feb. 19

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Who loves America?

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat — and winning praise in some quarters — for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Obama’s love for America. Speaking at Manhattan’s upscale “21 Club” at a gathering of economic conservatives hosting potential Republican presidential candidates (Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker attended this one), Giuliani said: “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” The White House fired back, agreeing with Giuliani that it was a horrible thing to say. Giuliani refused to retract his comment in several subsequent TV interviews, but he added that the president seems to spend more time apologizing for America and criticizing the nation he was twice elected to lead than he does praising it. That is legitimate commentary, but questioning the president’s love for America is not. This recalls the debate over the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. Supporters of that war said anti-war protesters

didn’t love America because they were opposed to the policies of President Lyndon Johnson and later President Richard Nixon. “America, Love it or Leave it” became their favorite slogan. Bumper stick- Cal Thomas ers stamped with that sentiment — some printed in red, white and blue — were attached to pickup trucks with gun racks and Confederate flags, as well as luxury cars. If you didn’t support the president in wartime, you were accused of undermining the country and not loving it as much as those who did support him. For some this smacked of idolatry. “My country, right or wrong” is a sentiment long attributed to Commodore Stephen Decatur, one of the fathers of the U.S. Navy. According to American Thinker, in 1804, he led an expedition that succeeded in freeing sailors aboard the USS Philadelphia, which had been seized by Barbary pirates off Tripoli. After scuttling the ship, Decatur later set sail for North Africa in command of nine ships that effectively destroyed the pirates’ operations and resulted in a treaty.

On returning home in 1816, Decatur was celebrated as the Conqueror of Araby. At a banquet in his honor he said, “Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!” It sounds noble and arouses patriotic fervor in many hearts, but when a country is wrong — as in its prosecution of the Vietnam War and, it would appear, in Iraq — it doesn’t weaken it to say so. But in saying so, the admission and the motivation must be for the purpose of improving and strengthening the country, not belittling it, or saying that we as a nation have failed “to live up to our ideals,” which President Obama has said. There is — or ought to be — a difference between jingoistic expressions of love for America and the kind of love that can admit error while celebrating the virtues that make people want to come here. We should have a debate on what has made America great and worth loving and not on whether the president loves the country. Debate the president’s policies, yes. Ascribing motives to him gets us nowhere. Email Cal Thomas at

Presidential race is revving up in Texas By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas doesn’t open the voting in presidential campaigns like Iowa and New Hampshire do, but the 2016 Republican race already feels well underway in America’s largest conservative state. Much earlier than usual, potential candidates, operatives and donors are maneuvering for advantage here. The urgency comes from Texas’ moving its election from the end of the primary calendar toward the beginning. Which, for Republicans, changes everything. Already, would-be presidential hopeful and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has recruited the state’s Republican Party chairman to handle communication strategies. Former Gov. Rick Perry is enlisting powerful Texas donors to prove he’s serious about 2016, notwithstanding his flame-out three years ago. New Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is stepping forward as a more prominent conservative voice as his father Jeb readies a run, and Sen. Ted Cruz is building a broader fundraising apparatus. Texas’ plan to hold its 2016 primary on March 1 means that only the traditional two early voting states, along with South Carolina and Nevada, would predate it, though some other states may eventually move their primaries up too. In 2012, Texas’ primary came in late May, when the GOP race was already settled. Traditionally, opening the campaign with small states has allowed the candidates to concentrate on connecting with highly motivated groups of voters rather than wooing the masses, and gradually building momentum. Adding an early behemoth like Texas makes a difference. More than 150 delegates to the GOP nominating convention are at stake in one place, dozens more than Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada combined. And Texas’s 270,000 square miles requires more campaigning by television across 20 cash-draining media markets. Thus, no longer would Texas be primarily a political ATM, where national GOP C




candidates come to stockpile campaign cash they can spend elsewhere. And Texas donors may have to decide sooner where to place their money. “Maybe a lot of donors will play the field and put money on everybody,” Dave Carney, a top political adviser to Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign. “If you’re really for one of them, though, you’re going to want to get involved now since they’re all going to need resources.” Having so many Texans and former Texans in the race is helping stoke the campaign atmosphere. Perry flexed his fundraising muscle this month by announcing the backing of nearly top 90 donors. At least some of those on the list, however, say they see it more as a salute to Perry’s gubernatorial accomplishments than an endorsement of his future campaign. “That wouldn’t be out of the question, that something would come up and I would support somebody else,” said Red McCombs, the billionaire one-time owner of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Tea party darling Cruz has proven to be a powerhouse fundraiser among activist conservatives nationwide. But Rick Tyler, a spokesman for Cruz’s Jobs Growth and Freedom political action committee, said the senator won’t overlook his home state’s mainstream donors. “Texas is a very large state. I have every confidence that Senator Cruz is going to compete,” said Tyler, former spokesman for 2012 presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. Paul, the son of longtime Texas Rep. Ron Paul, will benefit from the connections of state Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri, a Perry backer in 2012 who announced he’s stepping down next month to join team Paul. Non-Texan candidates are jockeying for position here, too. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed up Dallas-based Ray Washburne, former finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, for his likely 2016 campaign.

Though Texas’ convention delegates would be awarded proportionately, the early race could be cut-throat enough to trim the GOP field sooner than usual. Also-rans might not have much money left to fight on. “Texas is an expensive state in which to campaign compared to the four early states,” said Bill Crocker a former Republican National Committeeman from Texas. “That in itself is a very good test.” George P. Bush, who just finished running a statewide campaign, says his father, the former Florida governor who was born in oil town Midland, can appeal to Texans because of his potential to unify disparate GOP factions nationwide. Jeb Bush also has Dallas-based Allison McIntosh, who was Mitt Romney’s 2012 Texas finance director, backing him. “I think everybody who’s disenchanted with Perry and his stumbles last time, and anybody who’s more moderate and wants a candidate that can get elected instead of just nominated, like Ted Cruz, would be natural to go to Jeb,” said Lionel Sosa, a San Antonio consultant who served as a Hispanic media expert for George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

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Business Business News Chambers set schedules n The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. A presentation by Peninsula Community Health Services is planned. RSVP to 262-9814. n The Soldotna and Kenai Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon at noon March 3 at the Kenai Visitors Center. A panel-based discussion on Merit-Based Judicial Selection & Retention in Alaska with Senior Judge Elaine Andrews, Susanne DiPietro, Executive Director of the Alaska Judicial Council, and Don McClintock with Justice Not Politics Alaska will discuss key features of Alaska’s Judiciary Article of the Constitution, how the Judicial Council operates and the importance of fair and impartial courts. RSVP to 283-1991 or 262-9814. n The Soldotna and Kenai Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon at noon March 4 at the Kenai Visitors Center. A presentation on Economic Impact Report Findings by Dennis McMillian of The Foraker Group is planned. RSVP to 283-1991 or 2629814.

Wells Fargo promotes Shockley to district manager Wells Fargo has promoted Chris Shockley to Kenai Peninsula district manager, responsible for oversight of Wells Fargo’s retail banking stores in Homer, Kenai, Seward and Soldotna. Shockley has been helping Wells Fargo customers Chris Shockley succeed financially in Alaska and Arizona for seven years. Most recently, he served as Homer store manager. He began his career as a teller in Arizona where he served as a lead teller, personal banker and service manager. Originally from Skagway, Shockley moved back to Alaska in 2011 to serve as Wells Fargo Kotzebue store manager. He volunteers in the community as Ducks Unlimited Kenai Peninsula district chairperson.

Johnson earns Excellence in Profession award C




Alaska USA Mortgage Company Assistant Vice President Rhonda Johnson has earned the Excellence in Profession award from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Excellence in Profession award is presented to an individual who has attained and personified the highest level of excellence in their business or profession. “Rhonda’s knowledge of the Submitted photo m o r t g a g e Alaska USA Mortgage Com- p r o g r a m s pany Assistant Vice President available to Rhonda Johnson, right, re- borrowers is ceives the Excellence in Pro- so extensive. finds fession award from Soldotna She Chamber of Commerce board a way for many, many president Ryan Kapp. families to realize their dream of homeownership,” says Becky Hutchinson, Area Vice President II of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, who has worked with Johnson for almost 18 years. “These programs often require a mountain of paperwork and consistent follow-up with the borrower and the lender. Rhonda’s calm and patient demeanor keeps borrowers calm and on task, with the end result being a home.” Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage industry, including originating, processing, closing, underwriting, and management. She also manages Alaska USA Mortgage Company offices in Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer, and has developed four classes for the Alaska real estate community, all of which have been certified by the State of Alaska Real Estate Commission. Johnson is also a frequent guest on Homer radio, providing mortgage financing information to listeners, and she holds mortgage financing classes for local builders on the Kenai Peninsula.

Construction Academies honors Weaver Bros.

of their Alaska businesses. The communities highlighted in the Employer of Excellence include: Anchorage, Aniak, Bristol Bay, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai Peninsula, Ketchikan, Mat-Su, and Nome, Weaver Bros. Inc., in Kenai, has supported the construction academies by participating in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Job Shadowing program, and hiring students who have taken welding classes as welder helpers. For more information regarding the Alaska Construction Academies (AkCA), contact the training director, Mandy Beaulieu, or access the website at

Nomination period open for HEA Board of Directors seats Homer Electric Association is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors. The cooperative’s Board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area. This year, the District 1 (Kenai-Nikiskiparts of Soldotna) seat held by Kenai resident David Thomas will be on the ballot. In District 2 (Soldotna-Sterling-Kasilof area) the seat currently held by Soldotna resident Dave Carey will be up for election. In District 3 (Kasilof-Homer-Seldovia area), HEA members will vote for the seat currently held by Jim Levine of Homer. HEA directors are elected by district, with members voting only for the director in their respective district. Members interested in being on the ballot must fill out a Candidacy Packet that requires the candidate to gather at least 15 signatures from current HEA members that live in the district where the candidate resides. The Candidacy Packet is available at HEA offices in Kenai and Homer and online at The deadline to submit the Candidacy Packet is 5 p.m. on March 6. Completed packets can be dropped off at either the Kenai or Homer HEA office. Ballots will be mailed out to HEA members on April 3, and the results will be tabulated and announced at the Annual Meeting on May 7 at Homer High School. For additional information contact Joe Gallagher at 907-283-2324

Junior Achievement Raffle tickets available The Kenai Junior Achievement Committee has put together a raffle fundraiser for the 2014-2015 school year. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds benefit Junior Achievement programs on the Kenai Peninsula. Winning tickets will be drawn on March, 21, 2015 at the Kenai River Brown Bears hockey game. You need not be present to win. First place is $1,000, Second place is $600 and third place is $400. To purchase tickets, please contact Janet Johnson at or 907-257-1669 or Renee Rybak at r.rybak@ or 907-395-4505.

Small business series offered Small business workshops will be offered in Fairbanks and by webinar around the state. The series is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, UAF Community and Technical College and the Alaska Small Business Development Center. Extension economic development specialist Kathryn Dodge said the workshops will provide guidance to small business owners interested in starting or expanding their businesses. Participants may attend one or all of the workshops. Topics include: — Creating a one-page business model canvas, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 Anyone who wishes to connect by desktop may contact Dodge at 907-474-6497 or Each class costs $25. Register online at See details about the classes at

Job Center hosts training The following job skills workshops will be offered at the Peninsula Job Center the week of Feb. 23: Monday, Feb. 23 — No classes scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 24 — 10:30 a.m., Career Ready 101 Lab Wednesday, Feb. 25 — 9 a.m., WorkKeys® Testing; 3 p.m. Job Search Strategies for the Ex-Offender Thursday, Feb. 26 — 10:30 a.m., Interviewing Skills Workshop Friday, Feb. 27 — No workshops offered All workshop are free of charge to the public. Those interested in attending any workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can reserve space by clicking on the “Schedule Workshops” option located on the main screen in your ALEXsys account (, call 335-3010, or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy., Suite #2. Business hours are MondayFriday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding state and federal holidays.

Alaska Construction Academies were created in 2006 to attract and train young people and adults for entry-level jobs in construction and trade apprenticeship programs. The high levels of satisfaction expressed about the Construction Academies by participants and Alaska employers, led to the creation of Alaska Construction Academies FY2015 Employers of Excellence. The key to the success of all the Alaska Construction Academies is two-fold: 1) students and adults who take advantage of the quality education and training offered through the construction academies; and 2) the employers who hire and invest in the graduates of the construction academies. Alaska Construction Academies FY2015 Employer of Excellence documents 11 emBusiness announcements may be submitted ployers who are training and hiring construction academy graduates to add to the success to

Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Handling employees’ social media posts By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — When one of Ileaa Swift’s employees posted homophobic comments on Facebook, the reaction was quick. “It posted around 1 in the morning. The next morning, when I got up, I had all these calls and emails and hate mail,” says Swift, owner of Swift Travel Deals in Little Rock, Arkansas. Whether it’s comments about news events, long-held beliefs or a bad joke, an employee’s offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites can damage a company’s image and profits. If the comments are racist, homophobic, sexist or against a religious group, tolerating discriminatory comments puts an employer at risk for lawsuits and losing customers. Small businesses are typically unprepared when they are thrust into the spotlight in such a negative way. While many large companies have social media policies, small companies often don’t.

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

In this Feb. 3 photo, Ileaa Swift, certified travel agent-owner of Swift Travel Deals, checks her emails on her smartphone, in Dallas. Swift fired one of her agents after her online arguments cost the Little Rock, Ark.-based company business.

and other inappropriate posts” and that the person no longer worked for Brown. Emails and phone calls seeking comment were not returned. Roy E. Abbott Futures in Minneapolis posted a notice on its website last month saying it condemns “any and all racist, ethnic and sexual or gender discrimination of any kind,” and it was looking into an incident involving one of its brokers. Later that day, it said the broker was no longer associated with Superstar or not Abbott. The company declined When Swift’s staffer posted comment beyond what was on her comments on the travel the website. agency’s Facebook page last fall, Swift warned her to stop. Duty to act “They didn’t agree with what we stand for,” Swift says. Employers must take disciThe staffer persisted, mov- plinary action when they learn ing her comments to her own about posts containing language page. The employee’s online attacking people for their race, arguments with people enraged sexual orientation, gender or by her posts cost the company religion, says Nicholas Woodbusiness, including bookings field, an attorney with The Emfrom gay and lesbian clients. ployment Law Group in WashSwift fired her. ington, D.C. If the worker isn’t “It’s one of the hardest things fired, employers can be sued I’ve had to do because she was under federal and state anti-disa superstar agent, but we have crimination laws for allowing a to respect (our customers),” hostile environment to exist in Swift says. their companies. “You are required by law to maintain a diverse and respectNot alone ful workplace,” Woodfield says. Brown’s Car Stores, an auto dealership chain in the Wash- Get expert help ington, D.C., area, posted a notice on its website late last While clearly discriminayear stating it took action in re- tory posts can be grounds for sponse to an employee’s “racist dismissal, owners still need to

be sure they’re on solid legal ground, says Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage PEO, a human resources provider based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He recommends employers consult HR providers or employment law attorneys. Lawsuits brought by fired employees are expensive, and if a court determines a termination was wrongful, the costs could be crippling. Comments on social media may offend some people but might not be enough grounds for dismissal. For example, a man whose wife just filed for divorce posts, “I hate women.” A court might call that venting, not discrimination against women.

Create a policy HR professionals and employment law attorneys recommend written social media policies. Run the policy past a professional to make sure it would hold up in court. “They need to have some guidelines (for employees) out there,” attorney Woodfield says. Swift has changed her social media policy so staffers can’t post on the company’s page. She also monitors their personal pages. “I do make sure that there’s nothing there that would be detrimental to our company,” she says.

Saving for retirement: Obama proposal sets up Wall St. fight By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Barack Obama on Monday called for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts, a change that could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street. The Labor Department submitted a proposal to the White House Monday that would require the brokers who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments to disclose to their clients any fees or other payments they receive for recommending certain investments. “If you are working hard, if you are putting away money, if you are sacrificing that new car or that vacation so you can build a nest egg for later, you should have the peace of mind of knowing that the advice you are getting for investing those dollars is sound,” Obama said in a speech to the AARP, the retiree advocacy group. “These payments, these inducements incentivize the brokers to make recommendations that generate the best returns for them but not necessarily the best return for you.” The proposed rule, which could be months away from actual implementation, has been the subject of intense behindthe-scenes lobbying, pitting major Wall Street firms and financial industry groups against a coalition of labor, consumer groups and retiree advocates. Americans increasingly are seeking financial advice to help C




them navigate an array of options for retirement, college savings and more. Many people provide investment advice, but not all of them are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest. Under current rules, brokers are required to recommend only “suitable” investments based on the client’s finances, age and

how much risk is appropriate for him or her. The rules would make brokers handling retirement accounts obligated to put their clients’ interests first. “The challenge we have is right now there are no uniform rules of the road that require retirement advisers to act in the best interests of their clients,” Obama said.





A-6 Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Nation & World

Around the World Nuclear deal? US and Iran appear to be edging toward historic pact; obstacles remain GENEVA— Edging toward a historic compromise, the U.S. and Iran reported progress Monday on a deal that would clamp down on Tehran’s nuclear activities for at least 10 years but then slowly ease restrictions on programs that could be used to make atomic arms. Officials said there were still obstacles to overcome before a March 31 deadline, and any deal will face harsh opposition in both countries. It also would be sure to further strain alreadytense U.S. relations with Israel, whose leaders oppose any agreement that doesn’t end Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to strongly criticize the deal in an address before Congress next week. Still, a comprehensive pact could ease 35 years of U.SIranian enmity and seems within reach for the first time in more than a decade of negotiations. “We made progress,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said as he bade farewell to members of the American delegation at the table with Iran. More discussions between Iran and the six nations engaging it were set for next Monday, a senior U.S. official said.

President Obama calling for tighter rules for retirement account brokers WASHINGTON— Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Barack Obama on Monday called for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts, a change that could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street. The Labor Department submitted a proposal to the White House Monday that would require the brokers who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments to disclose to their clients any fees or other payments they receive for recommending certain investments. “If you are working hard, if you are putting away money, if you are sacrificing that new car or that vacation so you can build a nest egg for later, you should have the peace of mind of knowing that the advice you are getting for investing those dollars is sound,” Obama said in a speech to the AARP, the retiree advocacy group. “These payments, these inducements incentivize the brokers to make recommendations that generate the best returns for them but not necessarily the best return for you.” The proposed rule, which could be months away from actual implementation, has been the subject of intense behindthe-scenes lobbying, pitting major Wall Street firms and financial industry groups against a coalition of labor, consumer groups and retiree advocates such as the AARP.

French president pledges to protect Jewish community as anti-Semitism is on the rise PARIS — French President Francois Hollande said his country must offers protection and affection to the Jewish community as anti-Semitism is on the rise in France. “Jews are at home in France, it’s the anti-Semites who have no place in the Republic,” Hollande said in a speech Monday at a prestigious annual dinner of the country’s main Jewish organization. Many French Jews feel increasingly worried about antiSemitism, particularly coming from young Muslims who embrace radical ideology propagated online. France has Europe’s largest Jewish population, about half a million. More than 7,000 emigrated to Israel last year. Hollande noted that acts against Muslims are also on the rise in France.

Supreme Court fight over health insurance subsidies focused on meaning of 4 words WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. The lawsuit focuses on the health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, that have been set up to allow people to find coverage if they don’t get insurance through their jobs or the government. The challengers argue that the health law provides subsidies only to people who get their insurance through an exchange “established by the state.” But most states have not established their own marketplaces and instead rely on the federal The administration says that consumers in all 50 states are eligible for subsidies and that Congress would not have passed a law that omits help for so much of the nation. Q. Why is the eligibility for subsidies such an important part of the law? A. Aware of failed efforts on the state level to reduce the number of uninsured, the architects of the health law included three related requirements: Insurers can’t deny coverage because of “pre-existing” health conditions; almost everyone must be insured, in order to get enough healthy people into the system; and consumers who otherwise would spend too much of their paycheck on their premiums get financial help in the form of tax credits. That last piece, the subsidies, is designed to keep enough people in the pool of insured to avoid triggering a so-called death spiral of declining enrollment, a growing proportion of less healthy people and premium increases by insurers.

Peanut consumption in infancy helps prevent peanut allergies in kids at high risk For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing infants like these to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering that risk by as much as 81 percent, doctors found. Instead of provoking an allergy, early exposure seemed to help build tolerance. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the results “without precedent” and said in a statement that they “have the potential to transform how we approach food allergy prevention.” His agency helped fund the study, the largest and most rigorous test of this concept. — The Associated Press

Girl bomber kills 5 in Nigeria By ADAMU ADAMU Associated Press

POTISKUM, Nigeria — A girl as young as 10 blew herself up in a busy market in northeastern Nigeria, killing herself and four others, and fueling fears Islamic extremists are using kidnapped girls as suicide bombers. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack Sunday, which also seriously wounded 46 people, but it bore the hallmarks of Nigeria’s homegrown extremist group, Boko Haram. The girl, who appeared to be no more than 10 years old, got out of a tricycle taxi in front of the busy cell phone market in Potiskum and minutes later her explosives detonated, according to Anazumi Saleh, a survivor of the attack who suffered head injuries. Authorities were not immediately able to confirm the girl’s identity or her precise age from her remains. In recent months, Boko Haram has begun using teenage girls and young women for suicide bombings in marketplaces, bus stations and other busy areas, but the girl in Sunday’s attack appeared far younger. It is not clear whether the girls and women have set off the explosions themselves, or whether the detonations were controlled remotely. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sinful” in the local Hausa language, attracted international condemnation when its fighters kidnapped 276 mostly Christian schoolgirls from a boarding school in the northeastern town

of Chibok in April. Dozens escaped but 219 remain missing. Boko Haram has said the girls have converted to Islam and been married off to extremist fighters. Boko Haram’s violent campaign in Nigeria killed at least 10,000 people last year, according to the Council on Foreign Affairs. At least 1.6 million people have been driven from their homes in the group’s brutal five-year uprising to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation of 160 million people divided between mainly Muslims in the north and Christians in the south. Potiskum, the capital of Yobe state, has been the target of repeated attacks. In November, a suicide bomber disguised in a school uniform set off explosives hidden in a backpack during an assembly at a high school, killing at least 48 students and wounding 79 others. Meanwhile, Boko Haram denied a Ministry of Defense statement that Nigeria’s military had retaken the border garrison town of Baga. It has been reported that troops from Nigeria and neighboring Chad were retaking towns and villages held for months by Boko Haram even as the extremists attack other northeastern communities. Scores of civilians have been killed in such attacks in recent days. “Baga still is under the control of the mujahedeen and any claim by the regime that they took the city is their usual lie,” said a brief message posted on the Twitter account of Al-Urwa

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In this photo taken on Thursday, Chadian soldiers on top of a truck, left, speak to Cameroon soldiers, right, standing next to the truck, on the border between Cameroon and Nigeria as they form part of the force to combat regional Islamic extremists force’s including Boko Haram, near the town of Fotokol, Cameroon. A girl suicide bomber as young as 10 blew herself up at a busy market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, killing four others and seriously wounding 46 people, a witness and hospital records show.

Al-Wuthqa, a group that releases propaganda for Boko Haram, according to the SITE intelligence monitoring service. The Associated Press was trying to verify the situation in Baga, a town on Lake Chad near the border with Cameroon where the extremists are accused of killing hundreds of people in a January attack after Nigerian troops fled. The government hopes the military will be able to reclaim enough territory to allow presidential elections March 28, which Boko Haram is threatening to disrupt. The vote looks to be the most closely contested ever in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer. Boko Haram, which denounces democracy as a corrupt Western concept, has warned it

will disrupt the elections by attacking polling stations. The group has indicated it may soon join up with the Islamic State group, according to a message posted Sunday on Twitter, according to SITE. Boko Haram began emulating the Islamic State group last August, declaring it had established an Islamic caliphate in territory it controls in northeastern Nigeria. “We give you glad tidings that the group’s Shurah Council is at the stage of consulting and studying, and we will let you know soon the group’s decision in respect to pledging allegiance to the caliph of the Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the group said in the message, referring to the Islamic State leader.

Christie needs more money in pension funds By MICHAEL CATALINI and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the state’s Democrat-controlled Legislature must find $1.57 billion to put into pension funds for retired public workers, a judge ruled Monday in a decision that comes as a major legal blow to the governor as he prepares to run for president. Unions for public workers sued Christie after he announced last year he would not make the full pension payments he had agreed to in a 2011 overhaul that was one of his main accomplishments. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s ruling could force big changes in the state budget late in the fiscal year. “In short, the court cannot allow the State to ‘simply walk away from its financial obligations,’ especially when those obligations were the State’s own creation,” she wrote in the ruling, released a day before Christie is scheduled to make his budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1. The judge didn’t issue a deadline for a solution, but she was clear the state’s obligation was to pay $1.57 billion more into pension funds. The state government will appeal, the governor’s office said in a combative statement. “Once again, liberal judicial activism rears its head with the

court trying to replace its own judgment for the judgment of the people who were elected to make these decisions. This budget was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor with a pension payment,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement. “The governor will continue to work on a practical solution to New Jersey’s pension and health benefits problems while he appeals this decision to a higher court where we are confident the judgment of New Jersey’s elected officials will be vindicated.” Representatives of government employees, meanwhile, declared victory. “It’s a win for all of the participants in the fund and the retirees,” said Kenneth Nowak, a lawyer who argued the case on behalf of the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union. Christie, who’s laying the groundwork for a presidential run but hasn’t announced a candidacy, said reducing payments last year and this year was the only reasonable way for the state to balance its budgets after tax revenue fell short of expectations last year. The legal dispute centered on whether the state was contractually bound by the governor’s 2011 promise to make up for missed or reduced pension payments over a seven-year period. The 2011 pension deal was

Tanker truck with 8K gallons of fuel crashes, catches fire PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a tanker truck carrying roughly 8,000 gallons of fuel caught fire on a southern New Jersey highway, spewing thick, black smoke into the sky. The driver managed to get out of the vehicle and suffered only minor injuries. He and a firefighter were treated at a hospital. The fire broke out when the truck overturned shortly after 11 a.m. Monday on the Route 90 on-ramp to Route C




130 in Pennsauken. It wasn’t clear what caused the truck to overturn. Firefighters dousing the truck with foam and were able to extinguish the blaze within about 30 minutes. Smoke could be seen 5 miles away, in downtown Philadelphia. Homes near the crash site were briefly evacuated as a precaution. The Delaware River Port Authority, which oversees the on-ramp, is investigating.

one of Christie’s major accomplishments as governor and served as evidence he could work with Democrats to deal with one of New Jersey’s persistent financial issues. But it has become a thorn in his side. Last year, even before the scramble to balance the budget, Christie decried the cost to taxpayers as too high. When revenue came in under projections, he funded most of the gap by cutting contributions. He said he’s still making good on the state’s current obligation while suspending efforts to catch up from past underpayments. He reduced the contribution from a planned $1.7 billion to $700 million last year. He wants to contribute $681 million rather than the planned $2.25 billion this year. The Legislature adopted a version of the budget that would have made the full pension payment, but Christie used

a line item veto to implement his approach. Democratic lawmakers on Monday said in light of that the judge’s ruling was no surprise. “If the governor had signed the budget we presented to him last June, we would not be confronted with this massive fiscal crisis,” state Senate President Steve Sweeney said. At a court hearing over the cuts in January, the state attorney general’s office, representing the Christie administration, was in the unusual position of arguing that a law signed by Christie to make the deal more ironclad violated the state’s constitution. It argued that a law should not require spending of future legislatures. Unions say the law is constitutional and it’s only fair: Public workers had their contributions increased and saw their retirement ages raised, while retirees had their cost-of-living increases suspended.









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Families of 3 missing UK girls urge ‘Please come home!’ By SYLVIA HUI Associated Press

LONDON — Turkish police searchedMonday for three missing British schoolgirls believed to be headed to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group as their frightened families issued urgent pleas begging the girls to return home. The girls, said to be “straightA students” from the same east London school, disappeared last Tuesday without leaving any messages. Authorities said they boarded a Turkish Airlines plane to Istanbul. The relatives of Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, broke down in tears as they spoke of their fears in televised interviews on British TV. “We miss you. We cannot stop crying,” said Abase Hussen, Amira’s father, clutching a teddy bear Amira gave to her mother on Mother’s Day. “Please think twice. Don’t go to Syria.” The case has captured wide attention in Britain, where authorities say at least 500 people

‘I cannot see why this isn’t considered a child protection issue. These young girls have been groomed online. They have been trafficked.’ — Aamer Anwar, lawyer have left for Syria to join extremists and fear they pose a terrorism threat when they return. Authorities have been criticized after it emerged that, before the girls disappeared, Begum had online contact with a fourth girl, Aqsa Mahmood, who left for Syria in 2013 to become a “jihadi bride.” Aamer Anwar, the lawyer for Mahmood’s family, argued that the police failed to engage with communities. “I cannot see why this isn’t considered a child protection issue,” he said. “These young girls have been groomed online. They have been trafficked.” The girls took advantage of lax regulations governing international air travel for unaccompanied minors, which makes it

relatively easy for teens to travel without parental permission. Many major airlines place no restrictions on children over 12. The Turkish Airlines website states written permission is needed for children between seven and 12 to travel unaccompanied, but does not mention rules for children over 12. European Union officials have discussed tightening these rules in recent months. In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said Monday that Turkish and British authorities were working diligently to locate the girls. “They are working closely to find them ... and to find out what motivated them,” spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, calling

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This is three image combo of stills taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police in London on Monday, Kadiza Sultana, 16, left, Shamima Begum,15, centre and and 15-year-old Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Tuesday Feb 17, 2015. The three teenage girls left the country in a suspected bid to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group.

for closer cooperation to prevent foreign fighters from using Turkish territory to join the Islamic State group. “Turkey cannot struggle against foreign fighters on its own,” Kalin said. “Why aren’t they being stopped at the bor-

der? If there was information on the possibility that they may be joining terrorist activities, you should be conducting your efforts to prevent it at your border gates.” The families said there were no signs that the girls were in-

terested in extremism or had planned to go abroad. The police said the girls were interviewed in 2014 in connection with the disappearance of another friend, but said there was nothing to suggest they were at risk.

Man runs from home as train derails nearby, engulfs property By JOHN RABY Associated Press





ANSTED, W.Va. — Morris Bounds Sr. wanted to make sure his home was tidy when his wife was let out of the hospital, so he cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed their bedroom. While doing the mindless chores, he noticed his cellphone on the bed and thought to himself: “I might need this.” After all, friends and family had been coming and going from the house since his wife’s heart surgery, and he expected her home any day. Bounds grabbed his cellphone off the bed and walked into the kitchen. As soon as he did, he heard the harrowing squeal of colliding metal and looked outside into the snowstorm. Just 50 feet away, he could see a train crashing. He bolted out the front door as fast as his bad knees could take him. He didn’t have time to grab his shoes and trudged through the snow in his socks. Temperatures were in the teens. Turns out, having the cellphone helped save his life. “I just had a second to look and a second to run,” Bounds told The Associated Press on Monday, exactly one week after 27 cars of a CSX train went off the tracks next to his home. As he ran, the wreckage burst into spectacular fireballs that shot into the sky. The yard was on fire and “it blew that hot oil on both sides of me, all over the house, my trucks.” “If I had been there an-

other second, it’d probably have killed me,” Bounds said. “Glass was flying everywhere behind me. The walls were caving in. I hadn’t run like that in years.” Bounds is still having trouble grasping what happened. His home of 25 years is ruined. His trucks were destroyed. Decades of photos and keepsakes are gone. Bounds, a 68-year-old retired machinist, suffered only inhalation injuries. No one else in the area was hurt. But it could have been much worse. His daughter, Sarah Anderson, and two grandchildren had been staying at the home while Bounds’ wife, Patty, was in the hospital. Patty Bounds had convinced her daughter to go home to Ohio over the weekend to get a few things before coming back for another stay. Patty Bounds had had heart bypass surgery, came home and then went back to the hospital with the flu on the Friday before the crash. Had she been there, Bounds Sr. believes she never would have gotten out. Bounds had also been waiting on his son to come by and clear snow. The storm had just dumped more than 7 inches on his narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Kanawha River and railroad tracks in southern West Virginia. His son, who lives 400 yards away, was on the way to his parents’ house when he had to turn around to get a snow shovel. When Morris Bounds Jr. got

to his own house, he decided to rest rather than head back out into the snowstorm. “I sat down in the chair momentarily, my little dog jumped on my lap and all of a sudden I heard this roaring, like thunder. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!” the younger Bounds said. About that time, his dad was running from his burning home. Residents across the river a few hundred yards away saw Bounds escape his home. Some yelled to see if he needed help. Trapped between the burning house and the river, Bounds ran some more and called his son. “He was screaming my name, ‘Morris, please help!” the son said. “’There’s a train! I’m running through fire! Everything’s going to blow up. The train’s wrecked. My house is completely engulfed in flames. Everything’s in flames and I’m on the other side of the flame. I need you to come get me.” His son raced over and found his dad had made it several hundred feet away from the home in his tattered socks. “That picture is still stuck in my mind: His mouth wide open, gasping for air, trying to get to my truck,” Bounds Jr. said. Bounds Sr. said he still requires treatments to help with his breathing and can taste something funny inside his mouth. Investigators have not determined what caused the crash. The train was carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude. Oil leaked into a Ka-

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Clean up continues near Mount Carbon, West Virginia, Monday, where a train that derailed and sent a tanker with crude oil into the Kanawha River. A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has begun as work continues to remove the overturned tank cars from the site, federal officials said Sunday. A fire sparked by the Feb. 16 derailment in Mount Carbon prevented investigators from gaining full access to the crash scene until this weekend.

nawha River tributary, forcing nearby water treatment plants to temporarily shut down. The fire took four days to burn out and work continues to remove the overturned tanks. CSX has said it will compensate Bounds for his losses. He now has only memories of a peaceful life along the Kanawha River and doesn’t plan to rebuild on the property. “I could have lost these grandbabies, my daughter, my son,” Bounds said, his voice breaking. “That’s what tears at you so bad. If anyone had been in that house but me ... if I’d been in the next room, I would have died.”

Message to students: Turn in the drug dealers By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — Wesleyan University’s president on Monday urged students to come forward with knowledge of anybody distributing drugs on campus following a rash of hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly. A total of 12 people — 10 Wesleyan students and two visitors — received medical attention over the weekend, including some who attended a rave music show Saturday night. “If you are aware of people distributing these substances, please let someone know before more people are hurt,” President Michael Roth wrote in a letter to campus. The school became aware of the problem early Sunday after several students showed up seeking treatment at a Middlesex Hospital near campus, university spokeswoman Lauren Rubenstein said. Two students listed in critical condition Sunday were airlifted for treatment in Hartford, 20 miles north of the campus in Middletown. Two others were taken by ambulance to Hartford Hospital in serious condition.

‘When we see these people in the emergency department and they claim to have taken Molly, we don’t pay attention to that word anymore. It’s so commonly not MDMA, we just start from square one and say it’s some sort of drug abuse.’ — Dr. Mark Neavyn, chief of toxicology, Hartford Hospital Neavyn

Four others were expected to be released from Middlesex on Monday, Roth said. Molly is a term used to describe a refined form of Ecstasy, a synthetic drug also known as MDMA. It can drive up body temperature and cause liver, kidney or cardiovascular failure. Dr. Mark Neavyn, chief of toxicology at Hartford Hospital, said users who believe they are taking Molly are often receiving different kinds of designer drugs, with ranges of purity and potency making the health risks unpredictable. He said testing is underway to confirm what drugs the Wesleyan patients took. “When we see these people in the emergency department

and they claim to have taken Molly, we don’t pay attention to that word anymore. It’s so commonly not MDMA, we just start from square one and say it’s some sort of drug abuse,” Neavyn said. It was not the first such episode this year at the private school of nearly 3,000 students. Wesleyan health officials said in a campus-wide email on Sept. 16 that students had been hospitalized the previous two weekends after taking Molly. Students were urged to visit the school’s health center if they had questions or concerns. In his Monday letter to campus, Roth included a telephone number students can call to make a confidential report.

“These drugs can be altered in ways that make them all the more toxic. Take a stand to protect your fellow students,” he wrote. Some of the students who required medical attention attended a rave at the school’s Eclectic Society social house on campus, Rubenstein said. The show featured disc jockeys from New York who go by the name Swim Team. They did not immediately return an email seeking comment. “Some of the students were there but not all of them, and there is not necessarily a connection there,” Rubenstein said. “They are really looking all over campus.” The hospitals and the school declined to provide updated patient conditions Monday, citing privacy concerns. Middletown police Chief William McKenna said his department was pursing information about a “bad batch” of the drug. “Our first and foremost goal is to obtain information on the batch of Molly that was distributed to the students on the campus,” McKenna said. “This information is critical in ensuring the recovery of those students affected.” C




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Harden’s triple-double downs T-wolves By The Associated Press

HOUSTON — James Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Harden got off to a slow start, missing his first seven shots. He got going late in the first quarter, had 13 points at halftime and was a rebound away from wrapping up his fourth career triple-double entering the fourth. Houston led by nine at the start of the final period, but Andrew Wiggins led a charge that cut the lead to one

point with less than 4 minutes left. The Rockets took over after that, using a 14-2 run, with five points from Harden, to make it 111-98 with less than a minute to go. Wiggins scored 30 for the Timberwolves, who lost for the third time in four games.

Randolph had 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies improved to 15-3 since Green joined the team on Jan. 12. They won using balanced scoring with no one getting 20 points. Memphis led by eight before the Clippers scored seven in a row to close to 8887, but Chris Paul lost the ball and Conley was fouled. He made both and the game ended with Matt Barnes throwing the ball into the hands of Courtney Lee. Paul had 30 points and 10 assists for GRIZZLIES 90, CLIPPERS 87 the Clippers, with Jamal Crawford scoring LOS ANGELES — Mike Conley 15 points off the bench. scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and Memphis hung on to snap the Clippers’ HEAT 119, 76ERS 108 four-game winning streak. MIAMI — Luol Deng made 11 of 14 Marc Gasol added 14 points and Zach

shots and scored 29 points, Goran Dragic added 23 points and 10 assists, and Miami set a season high for scoring. Dwyane Wade scored 18 for the Heat, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. Hassan Whiteside added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which shot 55 percent. Hollis Thompson scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which got 18 from Nerlens Noel, 16 from Robert Covington, 12 from Henry Sims and 11 from Isaiah Canaan. It was a good-news day all around for Miami. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game that Chris Bosh — who has blood clots on a lung, a season-ending issue — will be going home “soon” from a

hospital where he’s been treated since late last week.

BULLS 87, BUCKS 71 CHICAGO — Tony Snell scored 20 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and surging Chicago pounded Milwaukee on the boards. Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls enjoyed a whopping 62-41 advantage on the glass. Joakim Noah had eight points and 16 rebounds on his bobblehead night, and Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points and nine boards. Milwaukee shot 34 percent (30 for 89) See NBA, Page A-9

Gomez scores, Devils triumph By The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — Cory Schneider had 38 saves for his third shutout of the season and the New Jersey Devils posted their first four-game winning streak in two years with a 3-0 decision over the fading Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. Scott Gomez tallied on a first-period breakaway and Mike Cammalleri had breakaway and empty-net goals in the third period for New Jersey which had not won four in a row since early February 2013. The win moved the Devils within eight points of a wildcard spot in their long shot bid to make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. It also gave them points in 14 of their last 16 games at the Prudential Center (11-2-3).

Mike Smith made 25 saves for the Coyotes, who lost their season-high sixth in a row. Ducks 4, Red Wings 3, SO ANAHEIM, Calif. — Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg scored in the shootout as the Ducks rallied from a 2-0 hole. The Ducks looked out of it before scoring three goals in a fourminute third-period flurry to take the lead — leaving a sizable contingent of Red Wings fans in shock after they turned the Honda Center into a de facto home game for most of the night. Francois Beauchemin buried a shot from just inside the blue line at 12:57 of the third after Andrew Cogliano whacked home a rebound to finally put the Ducks on the board and Emerson Etem beat Jimmy Howard through the legs 90 seconds later.

Batters, hurry up! Manfred wants to speed up games By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX — Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball. Manfred, speaking publicly on the changes for the first time since they were announced last Friday, said the rules are a “measured” approach worked out with the players’ association. This season, batters will be required to have one foot in the batter’s box and pitchers and batters will be required to be ready to go at the conclusion of television commercials. “The issue of attracting a younger audience and a pace of game is related,” he said. Manfred said he has four children in their 20s. “I have a passing familiarity with that generation,” he said, “and one thing I can say

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for sure is their attention span seems to be shorter than the rest of ours.” Last season, the average length of a major league game was a record 3 hours, 2 minutes. “I certainly want to reverse the trend of increasing the length of the game,” Manfred said, “and I’m really intent on the idea that we’re going to have an average game time that’s going to start with a ‘two’ next year as opposed to a ‘three.’” The commissioner spoke at a news conference on spring training media day, an event that draws the managers and general managers from the 15 clubs that train in Arizona. Any rules changes have to be done with the cooperation of the players’ association, Manfred said. “I talked with (players union executive director) Tony Clark on Thursday, the night before

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Kansas State forward Nino Williams, left, and Kansas forward Perry Ellis, right, struggle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kansas, Monday.

Kansas State shocks Kansas By The Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. — As the final seconds ticked away on the massive new video board hanging from the rafters, an ocean of purpleclad Kansas State students began to spill onto the floor. In a season full of failures, the Wildcats finally had reason to celebrate. Nigel Johnson scored a career-high 20 points, Nino Williams hit a clinching jumper in the final minute and Kansas State rallied to beat eighthranked Kansas 70-63 on Monday night. “I’ve talked all season

about not dwelling on the past, not thinking about the future, focus on today,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said, “and I think they did that.” Williams finished with 15 points in his final regularseason game against the Jayhawks, and Thomas Gipson added 12 points as the Wildcats (14-15, 7-9 Big 12) overcame an eight-point, secondhalf deficit to beat their bitter rival for only the fifth time in the past 54 meetings. The Jayhawks (22-6, 11-4) trudged off the court as students poured from the stands into a mad pile, celebrating the big-

gest highlight of what has been a dreary season in Manhattan. Weber even had to shield Kansas counterpart Bill Self from the crush of fans. “I wasn’t nervous for me, but there were several students that hit our players — not saying with fists, but you storm the court, you run in, you bump people,” said Self, whose team watched the Wildcats storm the court against them last year, too. “Somebody is going to hit a player, the player is going to retaliate, you’re going to have lawsuits — it’s not right,” Self said. “At least (celebrate)

around center court.” No. 17 LOUISVILLE 52, GEORGIA TECH 51 ATLANTA — Terry Rozier scored 22 points and darted into the lane to hit the go-ahead basket with 20 seconds remaining, helping Louisville rally from a 13-point deficit with under 10 minutes remaining to beat Georgia Tech. In the frantic final seconds, Marcus Georges-Hunt tied it at 48 for the Yellow Jackets with a drive to the hoop, but Louisville (22-6, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) took off the other way for Rozier’s basket just seconds later.

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NASCAR gets exactly the Daytona 500 it needed DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt. Dozens of cars were wrecked, and on the morning of NASCAR’s season-opening showcase, reigning series champion Kevin Harvick warned “we’re going to tear up some (more).” So there was every reason to feel anxious going into “The Great American Race.” It wasn’t necessary, as the Daytona 500 proved entertaining and trouble free — exactly what NASCAR needed. “It was a great day, a really good event, and we enjoyed it,” NASCAR chairman Brian France said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR radio. After Jeff Gordon, racing in his final Daytona 500, led the field to green, he set the pace and led a race-high 87 laps as the event settled into a rhythm. With anticipation building for the final 50 miles, known as go-time at superspeedways because the intensity inches toward its fevered pitch, the racing picked up tremendously. Drivers fanned out three-wide all the way through the field as cars rode doorto-door in some of the most breathtaking racing in years. It was Joey Logano for Team Penske who grabbed the checkered

round of Daytona 500 qualifying, which was an absolute debacle under a new format. An accident in the first group sesn he its sion sent several drivers to backup cars, and NASCAR’s biggest stars pounced on the sanctioning body for creating someJ enna Fryer thing that favored entertainment over flag, albeit under caution because when practicality and speed. the racing is that frenzied, something The final session was calculated is always going to give. A wreck in the scheming, as drivers idled on pit road middle of the field occurred on the last watching a clock tick down before they lap of the two-lap sprint to the finish, made a hurried last-gasp run for the and NASCAR threw the yellow flag that pole. It was a mockery of the system and froze the field. NASCAR needed just three days before Logano, a 24 year old from Connecti- it set restrictions in place for the Xfinity cut who is cementing himself as one of and Truck Series qualifying. NASCAR’s next stars, drove to victory The new rules didn’t help much — lane. The drivers who finished second, Xfinity qualifying was marked by its own third and fourth headed for post-race multi-car pileup. media obligations, their moods light and Danica Patrick had her share of drama playful even though they’d failed to catch after a pair of incidents with Denny Logano with the win on the line. Hamlin forced her into two different That last-lap caution? Maybe it robbed backup cars. After their second fracas, NASCAR of a potentially spectacular she angrily confronted him on pit road finish, but after 10 messy days, everyone for a heated confrontation that Hamlin just needed a drama-free event. repeatedly tried to soften by placing his The first exhibition of Speedweeks, hand on her shoulder while presenting a with drivers racing for the first time since measured defense. November, lived up to what it always has The two made up a day later, but been: A crash-fest with only a dozen or attention swiftly moved on to real-life isso cars running at the end. It’s a product sues and away from the typical NASCAR of the race not counting toward anything controversy. of significant value, and drivers shaking A Delaware family judge issued a the rust off after an idle offseason. lengthy opinion that found Kurt Busch But things went amiss during the first almost certainly committed a domestic







assault against an ex-girlfriend last fall. NASCAR immediately suspended the 2004 champion, and Busch urgently tried to appeal. He spent several hours Saturday before a three-judge panel, which ultimately upheld his indefinite suspension. He filed to have his case heard before NASCAR’s final appeals officer, and the hearing was scheduled for the eve of the Daytona 500. But as Busch prepared his defense, younger brother, Kyle, was in a violent crash into a concrete wall during Saturday’s Xfinity race. He broke his right leg, his left foot, and forced Daytona officials to admit they had failed in safety precautions by not having a SAFER barrier where Busch hit the wall. The track vowed to cover every inch of the speedway in expensive SAFER barriers to atone for its error, but it was too late for Kyle Busch. He was in surgery at the same time the appeals officer denied Kurt Busch’s attempt to be reinstated for the Daytona 500. For the first time since 2000, a Busch brother was not in the Daytona 500, and both are out for an undetermined length of time. So by the time the actual event rolled around, it was time for just one easy day. NASCAR got it, along with a new winner and every indication that this season might be one very bumpy ride.









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College baseball until August?

. . . NBA

the defensive tone early with two first-quarter blocks of Tim Duncan and finished with seven points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two Continued from page A-8 steals. The Jazz have held their last five opponents under 100 points. from the field in its second straight Duncan had 14 points and 10 loss after a stretch of nine wins in rebounds. Boris Diaw chipped in By ERIC OLSON 10 games. Ersan Ilyasova had 15 13 points and Cory Joseph had 10. AP Sports Writer points and 11 rebounds in his first start since Jan. 27 at Miami. The college baseball season CELTICS 115, SUNS 110 Chicago played without key would run from April to August reserves Taj Gibson and Kirk HinPHOENIX — Avery Bradley rich, who were away from the team scored 23 points, Isaiah Thomas instead of the traditional February to June under an ambitious due to an illness. burned his former team with eight plan by West Virginia coach critical points in the last two minutes, and Boston held off Phoenix. Randy Mazey. PELICANS 100, Mazey has been working Boston made a season-high 14 RAPTORS 97 3-pointers, 10 in the first half as on the idea for years, but it has NEW ORLEANS — Alexis the Celtics ran out to a 19-point drawn increased attention beAjinca capped a 16-point perfor- league against the struggling Suns. cause of the cold wave that has mance with a go-ahead layup in But Phoenix cut the lead to one on caused scheduling havoc the the final minute, and New Orleans a 3 from Eric Bledsoe with 2:33 first two weeks of the season erased an 18-point deficit to beat remaining. even for teams in the South. Thomas, just four days reToronto. “It’s a screaming reminder Luke Babbitt scored a season- moved from his deadline-day trade of, ‘What the heck are we dohigh 18 for New Orleans, includ- to Boston, scored 21 points in his ing playing right now?’” Mazey ing a clutch 3-pointer that gave the return. Bledsoe had 21 points and 10 said Monday from MorganPelicans their first lead of the game assists in the Suns’ eighth loss town, where the temperature with 1:55 to go. The clutch outings by the two in the past nine games. Brandon was in single digits and 4 inches reserves helped New Orleans over- Knight, acquired in another Suns come the absence of All-Star An- deal last Thursday, had 20 in his thony Davis and Ryan Anderson, first start for his new team. who were both injured Saturday night in Miami. NETS 110, NUGGETS 82 Continued from page A-8 Newly acquired Norris Cole scored 15 for New Orleans. Omer DENVER — Brook Lopez led Asik added 14 points and 11 re- seven Nets players in double fig- the changes were announced,” bounds, and Tyreke Evans had 13 ures with 19 points, and Brooklyn Manfred said. “I had a very pospoints and 12 assists. won its second consecutive road itive conversation with Tony. Kyle Lowry scored 22 for game. We began these discussions Toronto, which lost its second Deron Williams added 16 with a conceptual understandstraight. Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 12 assists, and Thadpoints and 14 rebounds. deus Young scored 15 in another ing between Tony and me that solid outing for the Nets since his we were going to proceed with acquisition last week from Min- caution on pace of the game.” JAZZ 90, SPURS 81 He said they wanted to nesota in exchange for Kevin GarSALT LAKE CITY — Trey nett. Brooklyn, coming off a 114- make sure nothing was done Burke scored 23 points and Utah 105 win at the Los Angeles Lakers to “change the way the game is handed San Antonio its third last Friday, won back-to-back road played.” straight loss since returning from games for the first time since midManfred declined to specuJanuary. the All-Star break. late on what might be done if Danilo Gallinari had 22 points the rule changes don’t have the The Jazz used an energetic defensive effort to turn a season-high for the struggling Nuggets, who desired result. 22 Spurs turnovers into 17 points. have lost 16 of 18 — including “I have said repeatedly that Forward Gordon Hayward scored seven in a row at home. It matches I think pace of play is going to 18 despite a poor-shooting night, their longest losing streak at the while Derrick Favors added 14 Pepsi Center since also dropping be an ongoing, multi-year evoseven straight from Feb. 6 to March lutions,” Manfred said, “a sepoints and 10 rebounds. Jazz center Rudy Gobert set 2, 2003. ries of changes over a period of

West Virginia coach Mazey floats idea of season change of snow covered the Mountaineers’ new field. Mazey said the NCAA’s new governance structure, which gives more autonomy to the five most powerful conferences, make this a good time to change the baseball calendar. Mazey would need a conference to submit his proposal into the NCAA legislative process. American Baseball Coaches Association executive director Craig Keilitz said Mazey raises good points, but the proposal ranks behind scholarship rules and other issues on the coaches’ list of priorities. Mazey said starting in April and playing through the summer would increase ticket rev-

enue and possibly television coverage. Other benefits: decreasing the amount of money northern programs spend on travel in February and March; reducing missed class time and raising four-year graduation rates because players would be enrolled in summer school; and cutting the number of injuries associated with playing in the cold. Mazey said he’s surveyed coaches at Power 5 programs and that more than half, to varying degrees, support his idea. However, drafted players, especially those whose teams make the NCAA tournament, would have to hold off signing with major league teams that selected them in June.

An agreement also would have to be reached with ESPN to move the College World Series from June to August. Summer leagues, such as the Alaska Baseball League, would lose their supply of Division I players. Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said he would favor pushing the season back two weeks, to the first week of March, but he wouldn’t want to play past the Fourth of July because that would interfere with prime recruiting time. North Carolina coach Mike Fox said he likes Mazey’s idea. “I don’t know if it’ll gather enough momentum,” Fox said, “but I’m in favor of playing in warm weather.”

experiment with a pitch clock in the Arizona Fall League. We were pleased enough with the experiment that it was expanded it to Double-A and Triple-A. “I have no set position with respect to whether we’re going to go beyond that at this point,” he said. He said, “The reason we’re doing experimentation is to make sure we understand it really well before we make a decision on what we’re going to do at the big league level. And obviously that’s a (collective) bargaining topic as well.” A sampling of managers showed they are in favor of the new rules. “I don’t think it’s going to be a major adjustment,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “Except for a few guys.” “There’s guys you sit there in the dugout and then they take time. We were pleased with the 45 seconds in between pitch-

ers,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Get your tail in there and let’s go.’ That (the rules) hopefully will eliminate that.” With stricter rules in the minors, the next generation will be accustomed to a faster pace, Arizona manager Chip Hale said. “It’s going to take some time,” he said. “Once you get this generation of minor league kids that are even under harder rules to the big leagues, you’ll see them play the game quicker. And you might not even have to have rules.” Players are subject to a possible $500 fine for violating the batter’s box rule. Manfred said the names of those fined will not be made public. As for the drop in offense in the majors, Manfred said he’s waiting to see if it really is a problem before considering any changes to help. He was asked about the pos-

sibility of eliminating the call of low strikes. ‘If and when we reach the conclusion that we have a lack of offense problem that’s persistent and needs to be addressed,” he said, “there’s a list of topics that we’ve thought about and that is one on the list.” Manfred said it was just speculation of possible action when he earlier spoke of eliminating defensive shifts. On another matter, Manfred said whether he would do anything about Pete Rose’s ban from baseball “will depend on whether or when I receive a request from Mr. Rose.” “I’m not going to comment on the substance of Mr. Rose’s situation since ultimately I have to make that decision,” Manfred said. “But the process will be set as a result of private communications between Mr. Rose and my office.”

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Police report says Jones threatened woman

Sports Briefs Bears have quiet day at Top Prospects





In a game pitting Kenai River Brown Bears against each other, Midwest beat the North American Hockey League Selects 4-1 on Monday at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tyler Andrews, Maurin Bouvet and Jack Gessert of the Bears were on Midwest, while Bears forward Tanner Schachle is on the NAHL Selects. None of the four had a point in the game. In other games, Central topped North 4-1 and Team USA 18U defeated South 9-2. The tournament concludes today when North takes on Midwest at 7 a.m. AST, South takes on Central at 10 a.m. AST and Team USA 17U takes on NAHL Selects at 1 p.m. AST. Gessert also was named an Easton Central Division Star of the Week on Monday. Gessert, who is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, had an assist in Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Johnstown (Pennsylvania) Tomahawks. He then had four goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 6-5 Saturday win. Gessert now has 41 points in 41 games, including 26 goals. “Through a tough season, Jack has stuck with it and risen to the occasion and this past weekend was a great example,” Kenai River head coach Geoff Beauparlant said in a released statement. “He is a leader on our hockey team and would be a nice addition to any NCAA Division I program.”

Scott Davis has Iron Dog lead Soldotna’s Scott Davis, riding with Anchorage’s Aaron Bartel, had the lead in the Iron Dog on Monday night. Davis, a seven-time champion, and Bartel were the first racers to Galena, where they declared their eight-hour layover at 5:56 p.m. The next team was just four minutes behind. McGrath is 585 miles into the 2,031-mile race. Cory Davis, who is Scott’s son, and Ryan Simons, of Canmore, Alberta, were in sixth place, reaching McGrath at 7:38 p.m. and also declaring their layover. Also from the Peninsula, Soldotna’s Ashley Wood and Anchorage’s Rachel Kidwell were in 24th place and Soldotna’s Mark Carr and Willow’s Micah Huss were in 25th place.

Stewart-Haas sticks with Smith KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Stewart-Haas Racing is sticking with Regan Smith in place of suspended driver Kurt Busch. SHR made the announcement Monday, one day after Smith drove the No. 41 Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish in the Daytona 500. Smith will be behind the wheel for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It will be his seventh Sprint Cup Series start at the track. The 2008 Cup Series rookie of the year, Smith also will continue driving full time in the Xfinity Series. NASCAR suspended Busch last week after a Delaware judge said the 2004 champion almost surely choked and beat his former girlfriend at Dover International Speedway last fall. Chevrolet suspended ties with Busch, but SHR has not decided who will drive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next week.

Jones uncorks 12-3 in broad jump INDIANAPOLIS — Byron Jones might have made one giant leap up the NFL draft boards Monday. Actually, make it two big leaps. On the last day of workouts at the NFL’s annual scouting combine, the Connecticut cornerback soared 12 feet, 3 inches in the broad jump. That was 15 inches farther than the second-best defensive back and 8 inches longer than the best listed in the NFL scouting combine database. Gil Brandt, a longtime Dallas Cowboys executive who still works with the combine, believes it a record. He couldn’t remember anyone topping 12 feet. In addition, Jones’ distance was longer than the Olympic record of 11.38 feet, set by Ray Ewry in 1904. The event was discontinued in the Olympics after 1912 and the IAAF, track and field’s governing body, no longer sanctions or certifies broad jump records. World-class athletes also don’t train for the broad jump and if they did, the record would probably be much longer. Nobody could stay with Jones in the vertical jump, either. He went 44.5 inches, going 3 inches higher than the next closest finisher. Everyone seemed surprised, except Jones. “My personal (broad jump) record was 11-7. That’s what I was doing at the training facility and I obviously broke that,” he said by phone. “It feels good to put a PR (personal record) up.”

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A University of Louisville police report states former Cardinals guard Chris Jones sent a woman a text last Tuesday threatening to “smack” her. Hours later, he was suspended from the team. Jones, 23, was reinstated late last week following the

one-game suspension, and then dismissed from the team Sunday. Coach Rick Pitino said Jones was initially suspended for violating team rules. Jones returned to the team after meeting unspecified conditions for reinstatement. Pitino has not said why Jones

was dismissed. But after Louisville’s 52-51 victory Monday night at Georgia Tech, the coach said, “unfortunately, we’ve got to move on. They’re like your children. You don’t like to see anybody be hurt. But there’s also accountability and doing the right things. He didn’t. He didn’t.

Now, he’s got to get his life together, get on with life.” The incident report obtained Monday states the woman went to Jones’ apartment early Tuesday, but he left. After waiting three hours for Jones to return, she left after “messing up” his room.

Scoreboard Basketball AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 22, 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. Kentucky (65) 27-0 1,625 1 2. Virginia 25-1 1,526 2 3. Gonzaga 28-1 1,471 3 4. Duke 24-3 1,448 4 5. Wisconsin 25-2 1,390 5 6. Villanova 25-2 1,306 6 7. Arizona 24-3 1,228 7 8. Kansas 22-5 1,111 8 9. Notre Dame 24-4 1,109 10 10. N. Iowa 26-2 1,032 11 11. Wichita St. 25-3 930 13 12. Iowa St. 20-6 887 14 13. Utah 21-5 876 9 14. Maryland 22-5 695 16 15. North Carolina 19-8 655 15 16. Oklahoma 19-8 622 17 17. Louisville 21-6 613 12 18. Arkansas 22-5 564 18 19. Baylor 20-7 473 20 20. West Virginia 21-6 453 23 21. SMU 22-5 357 21 22. VCU 21-6 182 25 23. Butler 19-8 165 19 24. San Diego St. 22-6 117 — 25. Providence 19-8 72 — Others receiving votes: Georgetown 58, Michigan St. 56, Murray St. 42, Oklahoma St. 25, Ohio St. 12, Valparaiso 10, Texas A&M 8, Rhode Island 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Oregon 1, Texas 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 22, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Kentucky (32) 27-0 800 1 2. Gonzaga 28-1 746 2 3. Virginia 25-1 725 3 4. Wisconsin 25-2 709 4 5. Duke 24-3 690 5 6. Villanova 25-2 648 6 7. Arizona 24-3 603 7 8. Notre Dame 24-4 552 10 9. Kansas 22-5 530 8 10. Northern Iowa 26-2 506 11 11. Wichita State 25-3 460 13 12. Utah 21-5 442 9 13. Iowa State 20-6 425 14 14. Maryland 22-5 347 15 15. Louisville 21-6 324 12 16. Arkansas 22-5 297 17 17. Oklahoma 19-8 288 17 18. North Carolina 19-8 272 16 19. West Virginia 21-6 214 22 20. Baylor 20-7 202 20 21. SMU 22-5 178 21 22. San Diego State 22-6 99 25 23. Butler 19-8 73 19 24. VCU 21-6 70 — 25. Michigan State 19-8 48 — Others receiving votes: Georgetown 31, Providence 28, Murray

State 23, Valparaiso 16, Ohio State 10, Oklahoma State 10, Stephen F. Austin 9, Texas A&M 6, Davidson 4, Oregon 4, Purdue 4, Mississippi 3, Boise State 2, Colorado State 2.

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 Feb. 22, 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 (34) 26-1 2. South Carolina 25-1 3. Baylor 26-1 4. Notre Dame 25-2 5. Maryland 24-2 6. Tennessee 23-3 7. Oregon St. 25-2 8. Louisville 23-3 9. Florida St. 25-3 10. Arizona St. 24-4 11. Mississippi St. 25-4 12. Texas A&M 22-6 13. Kentucky 19-7 14. Princeton 25-0 15. North Carolina 22-6 16. Duke 19-8 17. Iowa 21-6 18. Chattanooga 24-3 19. Stanford 20-8 20. Rutgers 20-7 21. F. Gulf Coast 25-2 22. G. Washington 24-3 23. Syracuse 20-8 24. California 21-7 25. Northwestern 21-6

Pts Prv 850 1 807 2 786 3 750 4 699 5 692 6 635 7 618 8 574 9 515 12 483 14 464 15 414 11 401 16 400 17 361 10 263 13 246 20 217 18 164 19 143 22 101 24 86 25 78 — 72 —

Others receiving votes: Seton Hall 44, Minnesota 33, South Florida 30, Nebraska 28, James Madison 18, DePaul 16, Green Bay 16, Oklahoma St. 9, Texas 9, Dayton 7, Oklahoma 6, Ohio St. 4, W. Kentucky 4, Quinnipiac 2, Wichita St. 2, Gonzaga 1, NC State 1, Washington 1.

NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Toronto 37 19 Brooklyn 23 31 Boston 21 33 Philadelphia 12 44 New York 10 45 Southeast Division Atlanta 44 12 Washington 33 23 Miami 24 31 Charlotte 22 32 Orlando 19 39 Central Division Chicago 36 21 Cleveland 35 22 Milwaukee 31 25 Detroit 23 33 Indiana 23 33

Pct GB .661 — .426 13 .389 15 .214 25 .182 26½ .786 — .589 11 .436 19½ .407 21 .328 26 .632 — .614 1 .554 4½ .411 12½ .411 12½

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Memphis 41 14 Houston 38 18 Dallas 38 20 San Antonio 34 22 New Orleans 29 27 Northwest Division Portland 36 19 Oklahoma City 31 25

.745 — .679 3½ .655 4½ .607 7½ .518 12½ .655 .554





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Utah 21 Denver 20 Minnesota 12 Pacific Division Golden State 43 L.A. Clippers 37 Phoenix 29 Sacramento 19 L.A. Lakers 14

34 .382 15 36 .357 16½ 43 .218 24 10 20 28 35 41

.811 — .649 8 .509 16 .352 24½ .255 30

Monday’s Games Miami 119, Philadelphia 108 New Orleans 100, Toronto 97 Chicago 87, Milwaukee 71 Houston 113, Minnesota 102 Boston 115, Phoenix 110 Brooklyn 110, Denver 82 Utah 90, San Antonio 81 Memphis 90, L.A. Clippers 87 Tuesday’s Games Golden State at Washington, 3 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Indiana at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. Toronto at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. All Times AST

Men’s Scores EAST Manhattan 67, Marist 54 St. John’s 58, Xavier 57 SOUTH Alabama A&M 73, Alcorn St. 69 Alabama St. 56, Southern U. 54 Coastal Carolina 72, Longwood 59 E. Kentucky 76, Austin Peay 64 Howard 75, SC State 65 Louisville 52, Georgia Tech 51 Morehead St. 86, Tennessee St. 70 NC A&T 60, Morgan St. 57, OT New Orleans 74, SE Louisiana 73 Norfolk St. 81, Delaware St. 71 Northwestern St. 79, Nicholls St. 57 Savannah St. 63, Florida A&M 52 MIDWEST Kansas St. 70, Kansas 63 SOUTHWEST Incarnate Word 77, Houston Baptist 64 Prairie View 79, Ark.-Pine Bluff 58 Stephen F. Austin 103, Lamar 74 Texas Southern 83, MVSU 73 FAR WEST No major team scores reported

Women’s Scores EAST Bryant 64, Wagner 47 CCSU 72, St. Francis (Pa.) 59 Fairleigh Dickinson 60, St. Francis (NY) 57 LIU Brooklyn 48, Mount St. Mary’s 45 Marist 56, Fairfield 50 Sacred Heart 69, Robert Morris 60 SOUTH Alcorn St. 73, Alabama A&M 49 Chattanooga 56, Mercer 51 Hampton 69, Coppin St. 44 Jacksonville St. 69, E. Kentucky 65 Maryland 65, Penn St. 34 Mississippi 67, Kentucky 59 Morehead St. 90, Tennessee Tech 82 NC A&T 67, Morgan St. 59

Norfolk St. 95, Delaware St. 55 SC State 78, Howard 64 Samford 69, ETSU 46 Savannah St. 77, Florida A&M 55 South Carolina 71, Tennessee 66 Southern U. 72, Alabama St. 58 UConn 94, Tulane 47 UNC-Greensboro 65, Wofford 59 W. Carolina 77, Furman 64 MIDWEST Notre Dame 68, Louisville 52 SOUTHWEST Prairie View 84, Ark.-Pine Bluff 63 Texas Southern 70, MVSU 46 FAR WEST No major team scores reported

Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L Montreal 59 38 16 Tampa Bay 62 37 19 Detroit 58 33 14 Boston 59 29 21 Florida 59 26 21 Ottawa 57 24 23 Toronto 60 24 31 Buffalo 60 17 38 Metropolitan Division N.Y. Islanders 61 39 20 N.Y. Rangers 58 36 16 Pittsburgh 60 34 17 Washington 61 33 18 Philadelphia 60 26 23 New Jersey 60 25 26 Columbus 58 26 28 Carolina 58 21 30

OT Pts GF GA 5 81 157 131 6 80 203 167 11 77 173 153 9 67 157 156 12 64 143 166 10 58 163 161 5 53 167 183 5 39 110 202 2 80 195 172 6 78 185 145 9 77 172 149 10 76 181 152 11 63 161 174 9 59 136 158 4 56 153 180 7 49 130 158

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Nashville 60 40 13 7 87 181 141 St. Louis 59 38 17 4 80 186 146 Chicago 60 35 20 5 75 177 144 Winnipeg 61 30 20 11 71 169 166 Minnesota 59 31 21 7 69 168 156 Dallas 60 27 24 9 63 189 198 Colorado 60 26 23 11 63 159 170 Pacific Division Anaheim 61 38 16 7 83 182 171 Vancouver 59 34 22 3 71 169 155 Los Angeles 58 28 18 12 68 161 152 Calgary 59 32 23 4 68 171 156 San Jose 61 30 23 8 68 171 174 Arizona 60 20 33 7 47 133 201 Edmonton 61 17 34 10 44 140 205 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games Anaheim 4, Detroit 3, SO New Jersey 3, Arizona 0 Tuesday’s Games Vancouver at Boston, 3 p.m. Arizona at N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. Calgary at N.Y. Rangers, 3 p.m. Philadelphia at Carolina, 3 p.m. Buffalo at Columbus, 3 p.m. Montreal at St. Louis, 4 p.m. Colorado at Nashville, 4 p.m. Edmonton at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Dallas at Winnipeg, 4 p.m. Florida at Chicago, 4:30 p.m. Detroit at Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. All Times AST



— Suspended Arizona OF Matt Railey 50 games for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Announced the resignation of senior vice president international operations Paul Archey, effective Feb. 27. American League DETROIT TIGERS — Agreed to terms with LHP Ian Krol, INF Nick Castellanos and RHPs Buck Farmer, Shane Greene, Bruce Rondon, Chad Smith, Alex Wilson and Josh Zeid on one-year contracts. TEXAS RANGERS — Amended the contract of 3B Adrian Beltre, eliminating the team’s conditional right to void 2016 salary. Agreed to terms with INF-OF Elliot Johnson on a minor league contract. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Dustin McGowan on a one-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association SACRAMENTO KINGS — Named Vance Walberg assistant coach. Women’s National Basketball Association LOS ANGELES SPARKS — Signed C Jennifer Hamson. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Agreed to terms with general manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians on contracts extensions through 2018. Released WR Ted Ginn Jr. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Released DT Ricky Jean Francois. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed LB Brian Peters. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Ottawa D Jared Cowen three games for interference against Florida F Jussi Jokinen during a Feb. 21 game. ARIZONA COYOTES — Recalled D Dylan Reese from Portland (AHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS — Recalled F Garrett Wilson. NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Recalled G Scott Clemmensen from Albany (AHL). VANCOUVER CANUCKS — Released LW Tom Sestito. Recalled G Jacob Markstrom from Utica (AHL). WINNIPEG JETS — Recalled F Eric O’Dell from St. John’s (AHL). Placed D Ben Chiarot on injured reserve. COLLEGE COLUMBIA — Named Al Bagnoli football coach. IOWA — Granted men’s basketball G Trey Dickerson a release from his scholarship.





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in enrollment, according to the budget. There was an increase of two intensive needs certified teachers however, as there is a projected enrollment increase of intensive need students, according to the budget. While there are current teacher salary projections, the school district is in the middle of collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Education Support Association, so those numbers will likely be revised before the budget is finalized. The school district’s state required On-Behalf contribution rates for the 2016 fiscal year are not yet available, according to the budget. Called the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the Teacher Retirement System, the two rates currently account for nearly $30 million of the school district’s budget, Jones said. The preliminary budget, available on the school district’s website includes the staffing formulas and the breakdown of each school’s budget. The next preliminary budget hearing will be held on March 2 in the borough assembly chambers in the borough building in Soldotna during the school board meeting.

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FAA Modernization and Reform Act in 2012. UAS pilots, referred to as operators by the FAA, would have to pass an agency aeronautical knowledge test and be at least 17 years of age. Subsequent recurring operator tests would be required every two years. After vetting by the Transportation Security Administration, operators would receive a permanent certificate with a “small UAS rating,” much the same as the existing certifications pilots receive, according

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to fund to the cap this year. Initiative backers promised During the public meetings, Native leaders that communiJones received concerns that ties could still have local control the budget was finalized before under certain conditions. Alasall of the known revenue sourcka law gives every community es were announced. the option to regulate alcohol The borough is not required locally. From northern Barrow to determine its contribution to Klawock, 1,291 miles away until 30 days after the school in southeast Alaska, 108 comboard submits the final budget, munities impose local limits on according to Alaska statute. alcohol, and 33 of them ban it This year’s budget includes altogether. a $44 million contribution from But the initiative did not the borough assembly, Jones provide clear opt-out language said. That is $4.7 less than the for tribal councils and other maximum allowed local contrismaller communities, forcing bution, he said. each one to figure out how to “They have the potential to proceed Tuesday. solve our problem,” Jones said. November’s initiative also Each year the budget process bans smoking in public, but begins with enrollment projecdidn’t define what that means, tions, Jones said. Next year the and lawmakers left the question school district is expecting to to the alcohol regulatory board, see eight less students in diswhich planned to meet early trict classrooms, he said. Tuesday to discuss an emergenImmediately this means less cy response. funding from the state, which In Anchorage, Alaska’s largis based on student enrollment, est city, officials tried and failed Jones said. However, according in December to ban a new comto the budget, State of Alaska mercial marijuana industry. But revenue projections for the Police Chief Mark Mew said 2016 fiscal year include a $50 his officers will be strictly enincrease to the Base Student forcing the public smoking ban. Allocation, which totals $5,880 He even warned people against this year. smoking on their porches if The school district modified Reach Kelly Sullivan at kel- they live next to a park. the teacher salary projections to ly.sullivan@peninsulaclarion. Other officials are still disinclude the projected decrease com. cussing a proposed cultivation ban for the wild Kenai Peninsula. But far to the north, in looking for pets. North Pole, smoking outdoors “If you come in and get on on private property will be OK the wait list and have a specific as long as it doesn’t create a Continued from page A-1 breed in mind, we’ll take that nuisance, officials there said. into consideration,” Lilly said. While the 1975 court decithat can’t be adopted are killed. “We’ll try to fulfill our wait sion protected personal mariThe Kodiak shelter won’t be list as much as possible while juana possession and a 1998 searching for specific breeds helping the kill shelters so an- initiative legalized medicinal but will try to get pets based other dog doesn’t have to be put marijuana, state lawmakers on a long waiting list of locals down.” twice criminalized any posses-

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ible in writing these rules. We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a release. Congress mandated the FAA to draft regulations for commercial UAS flights by the end of this year when it passed the The following dismissals were recently handed down in District Court in Kenai: n A charge of fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure) against Tony R. Cross, 25, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Nov. 14. n Charges of one count of second-degree theft (firearm/ explosive) and one count of violating condition of release against Elizabeth Cruickshank, 34, of Kasilof, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Dec. 6. n Charges of one count of fourth-degree assault and one count of fifth-degree criminal mischief against Richard Carl DeMello, Jr., 71, address unknown, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Dec. 14. n A charge of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance against Bryan P. Dombovy, 19, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Jan. 10. n Charges of one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor and one count of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance against KC Graham Hordemann, 20, of Kenai, were dismissed. Date of the charge was Jan. 17. n A charge of driving while license cancelled, suspended or revoked against Roxanne N. Job, 41, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Feb. 8. n A charge of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance against Louise C. Knight, 23, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Jan. 3. n A charge of violating a domestic violence protective order against Matthew Shane Lay, 18, of Sterling, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Sept. 13. n A charge of driving while license revoked against Lendys Roy Morrison, 50, of Nikiski, was dismissed. Date of the charge was May 5, 2012. n A charge of violating con-

By MOLLY DISCHNER Associated Press

Where can I buy it? You can’t, legally, and JUNEAU — Questions to won’t be able to, for months ponder as Alaska legalizes to come. Retail sales likely won’t begin until May 2016; marijuana: some lawmakers are pushing for further delays. How did this happen? Alaskans voted 53-47 perBut how can I get it? cent in November to legalize Through a green thumb, or marijuana use by adults in non-public places. Posses- a good friend. The law allows sion and transportation of up people to keep all the marito an ounce of marijuana, and juana produced by as many as growing up to six plants, half six plants, and to give it away of which can be mature, is without state penalty. legal as of Feb. 24. The state Who makes the rules? has nine more months to creThe Alaska Alcoholic ate regulations for a commercial marijuana industry whose Beverage Control Board is responsible for regulations pot will be sold and taxed. for now, but with pot already But wasn’t pot already legal to grow, have and use, some lawmakers seemed a legal in Alaska? Yes and no. A 1975 Alaska bit dazed and confused about Supreme Court decision pro- next steps. tected residents with small Local control amounts of pot in their homes Despite Alaska’s constifrom prosecution. But state lawmakers twice criminalized tutionally protected privacy rights, many communities any possession at all.

ban alcohol even inside private homes. Some worry the initiative will bring marijuana in where alcohol has been kept out. Where can I smoke it? Not in “public,” but what that does that mean? Some state laws define it as schools, parks, prisons, businesses, and in general, anywhere accessible to “the public or a substantial group of persons.” But jurisdictions are already disagreeing on the definition when it comes to marijuana. Can Alaskans pack it in? Marijuana is already legal in Washington state and Colorado, and supporters are taking aim now at California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts. But getting drugs to Alaska almost always requires federally-regulated transportation or shipment, so that means growing it at home for now.

sion over the years, creating an odd legal limbo. As of Tuesday, adult Alaskans can not only keep and use pot, they can transport, grow it and give it away. A second phase, creating a regulated and taxed marijuana market, won’t start until 2016 at the earliest. And while possession is no longer a crime under state law, enjoying pot in public can bring a $100 fine. That’s fine with Dean Smith, a pot-smoker in Juneau who has friends in jail for marijuana offenses. “It’s going to stop a lot of people getting arrested for

nonviolent crimes,” he said. The initiative’s backers warned pot enthusiasts to keep their cool. “Don’t do anything to give your neighbors reason to feel uneasy about this new law. We’re in the midst of an enormous social and legal shift,” organizers wrote in the Alaska Dispatch News, the state’s largest newspaper. Richard Ziegler, who had been promoting what he called “Idida-toke” in a nod to Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, reluctantly called off his party.

There’s no such pullback for former television reporter Charlo Greene, now CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club, which is having its grand opening on Tuesday in downtown Anchorage. She’s already pushing the limits, promising to give away weed to paying “medical marijuana” patients and other “club members.” Greene — who quit her job with a four-letter walkoff on live television last year to devote her efforts to passing the initiative — plans a celebratory toke at 4:20 p.m.

to the proposed rule. While many UAS guidelines such as size and flight distance regulations were predictable based on standards found in most COAs, requirements for operators were a big unknown in the industry. Alaska Air Carriers Association Executive Director Jane Dale said in an interview that the regulation plan answers a lot of questions raised by members of her organization, primarily relating to flight restrictions and UAS operator certification.

Alaska’s aviators have expressed wide concern about UAS operator knowledge of the protocols when flying in the national airspace. The draft regulations provide a good starting point, Dale said, and mostly address those concerns. She is also pleased with the daytime and line-of-sight restrictions to UAS flights. Dale said the AACA would be submitting comments to the FAA. The FAA is taking public comments on the draft regulation for 60 days through the Federal Register.

John Parker is president of Kenai-based Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems and a member of the Legislature’s UAS Task Force. He said he is happy with the proposal and that the FAA is requesting comments on appropriate subjects. Parker doesn’t believe requiring a full private pilot’s license to fly a UAS is practical because of stark operation differences. “It’s just a totally different flight dynamic,” he said. However, Parker said he will

suggest the requirement for a full ground school in addition to the proposed certification test, which as he understands it will be similar to the test taken for a private pilot’s license with added material relating specifically to flying UAS in or near terminal airspace. Airworthiness certification would not be required under the proposed rule, a departure from most COAs. However, UAS will likely need to be registered by the FAA similar to general aviation aircraft.

charge, ordered to perform 14 hours of community work service and ordered not to possess dition of release against Chris- controlled substances unless topher Steven Mussman, 29, of with a valid prescription. Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Dec. 22. The following judgments n A charge of driving with- were recently handed down in out a valid operator’s license Superior Court in Kenai: against Spencer James Rogers, 22, of Kenai, was dismissed. n Amber Marie Mead, 24, of Date of the charge was Aug. 8. Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one n A charge of driving while count of second-degree theft license cancelled, suspended, and one misdemeanor count of or revoked against Jeffery P. driving while license cancelled, Schmelzenbach, 44, of Soldot- suspended, revoked or limited, na, was dismissed. Date of the committed Nov. 8. On count charge was Aug. 16, 2011. one, imposition of sentence was n A charge of criminal mis- suspended and she was placed chief – property damage ($250- on probation for three years, $749) against Mildred Zill, 58, fined a $100 court surcharge of Nikiski, was dismissed. Date and a $200 jail surcharge with of the charge was Feb. 6. $100 suspended, ordered to pay restitution, ordered, among othThe following judgments er special conditions of probawere recently handed down in tion, to serve 20 days in prison, District Court in Kenai: not to use, possess or consume any alcoholic beverages to exn Courtney Lee Vander- cess or illegal controlled submartin, 23, of Kenai, pleaded stances, including marijuana or guilty to one count of attempted synthetic drugs, not to possess, fourth-degree misconduct in- apply for or obtain a medical volving a controlled substance marijuana card or act as a careand one count of attempted tam- giver while under supervision, pering with physical evidence, to complete a substance abuse committed Aug. 5. On the count evaluation and comply with of attempted fourth-degree mis- treatment recommendations, to conduct involving a controlled submit to search directed by a substance, she was sentenced to probation officer for the pres360 days in jail with 330 days ence of controlled substances, suspended, fined $1,000, a $50 weapons or stolen property and court surcharge and a $150 jail to have no contact with Kenai surcharge with $100 suspend- Safeway or Walmart. On the ed, forfeited all items seized, misdemeanor count of driving ordered to complete Alcohol while license cancelled, susSafety Action Program treat- pended, revoked or limited, she ment and placed on probation was sentenced to 20 days in jail for three years. On the count of with 10 days suspended, may attempted tampering with physi- perform 80 hours of community cal evidence, she was sentenced work service in lieu of jail time, to 30 days in jail and fined a $50 was fined a $50 court surcharge court surcharge and a $150 jail and a $150 jail surcharge with surcharge with $100 suspended. $100 suspended, had her liAll other charges in this case cense revoked for 90 days and were dismissed. was placed on probation for n Sarah Jane Wynkoop, 18, three years. All other charges in of Kenai, pleaded guilty to this case were dismissed. sixth-degree misconduct inn Deven James Davis, 21, of volving a controlled substance, Kasilof, pleaded guilty to one committed Jan. 17. Imposition count of second-degree theft of sentence was suspended and (access device) and one misshe was placed on probation for demeanor count of first-degree one year, fined a $50 court sur- trespass (in a dwelling), com-

mitted Sept. 29. On the count of second-degree theft, he was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 20 months suspended, fined a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to consume alcohol to excess, to have no contact with victim in this case or with two specific addresses, to submit to a search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of stolen property and was placed on probation for three years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. On the count of first-degree trespass, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 170 days suspended, fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, forfeited all items seized, ordered to have no contact with victim in this case or with two specific addresses and

was placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed. n Michael Shane Nelson, 42, address unknown, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence, committed June 15. He was sentenced to three years in prison with credit for time served, fined $10,000, a $100 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge, had his license revoked permanently, restorable pursuant to conditions in Alaska Statute, is disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for life, subject to reinstatement under Alaska Statute, forfeited vehicle, subject to remission under statute, and ordered to pay restitution. All other charges in this case were dismissed. n Sean Andrew Tourtelot, 22, address unknown, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault (causing fear of injury with a weapon), committed June 19. He was sentenced to five years in prison with three years sus-

pended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use or possess any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including synthetic drugs and marijuana, not to reside where alcoholic beverages are present, not to enter any business establishment whose primary business is the sale of alcohol, not to possess, apply for or obtain a medical marijuana card or act as a caregiver while under supervision, to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, to complete a batterer’s intervention program, to have no contact with victim in this case and was placed on probation for four years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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Seldom-seen wife spends more time with mom than husband DEAR ABBY: I have been married to “Carla” for 16 years. It’s my second marriage. My problem is I never see her. She has always spent more time with her mother than with me. We see each other for about an hour a day after she returns from her mom’s, usually at 9:45 to 10 p.m. I have had several conversations about this with her over the years, but nothing seems to work. We’ll argue and she starts to cry, and it ends without a resolution. Her mother is in her mid-80s and has had her share of health problems. Carla has a sister who could help out, but rarely does. I have had health problems of my own — a kidney transplant and several bouts of skin cancer — but she doesn’t seem to care as much about my problems as she does her mom’s. Her mother even tells her to go home to be with me, to no avail. I love my wife, but my isolation and loneliness are finally getting to me. How can I convince her that this isn’t fair to me or our marriage? How much longer do I take it? — LONELY IN ILLINOIS DEAR LONELY: I feel sorry for both of you. Your wife may be trying so hard to be a responsible daughter that she has forgotten you need her, too. Your sister-in-law should have stepped up and

started doing her share long ago — and she still may if you and your wife talk to her about it together. I don’t know what your schedule is like, but you might have more time with Carla if you went with her to your mother-in-law’s occasionally. It might also improve your communication if the two of you went for marriage counseling. If Abigail Van Buren Carla’s mother has to insist she go home to you, there may be reasons other than her mother’s health for Carla’s spending so much time away. Nothing will change until you get to the bottom of it, so don’t let your wife’s tears prevent you. And if your wife resists seeing a counselor, go without her. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I recently quit our jobs and moved to London from New York. Being a freelancer and having lived here before, he’s never had trouble finding work. But I have just changed careers,


thinking. Tonight: Try to bypass a friend’s rigidity. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH You could end an ongoing argument if you are willing to open up, talk and change the pace. Know when to back off in a conversation — you can do only so much. Realize that you cannot force the other party to talk or change. Tonight: Go for what you want. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Use the morning to pursue what you want. Whether a conversation is one-on-one or within a meeting, it will reveal important information that you are likely to miss if you don’t listen carefully. A little self-discipline will go a long way. Tonight: Let the party begin. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Try not to get so involved with a problem that isn’t really yours. You might see a solution, but it will be better for the other parties to find one on their own. A partner could share a fear that has been scaring him or her. Stay on top of what you want. Tonight: All smiles. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You might want to slow down a bit in order to get a better sense of what seems to be going. Recognize where you could be vested in a certain outcome, and let go of that expectation through detachment; otherwise, you won’t be able to see the big picture. Tonight: Out late. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You might feel as if you have come to an understanding with someone. Don’t just assume that the issue is cleared up, as verification at a later point probably will be necessary. News will head your way that causes a moment of reflection.

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and I’m finding it hard to earn a consistent paycheck here. Despite his constant assurances that he is happy supporting both of us right now, I can’t shake feeling guilty. I have never felt right living on someone else’s dime — not even my parents’ while I was growing up. Should I man up and find a job I don’t exactly love to better contribute, or “keep on truckin’” without guilt with hopes of getting there? — GUILTY IN LONDON DEAR GUILTY: Because of your history, I’m not sure you are capable of happily “keepin’ on truckin’” without contributing financially. For some people, the sense of independence they derive from having a job is important to their selfworth. I say, look around and see if there are some job openings. It’s better than sitting around moping and feeling guilty, and it might give you and your husband a chance to make some new friends. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Hints from Heloise

Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars A baby born today has a Sun in Pisces and a Moon in Taurus if born before 8:54 p.m. (PST). Afterward, the Moon will be in Gemini. HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015: This year you will be very outgoing and communicative at times, yet introspective and reticent at other times. You will spend a lot of time thinking about what you want. You also will change your mind frequently as you juggle these very different facets of your personality. If you are single, you are likely to meet someone of significance after July. You will have difficulty being realistic with your expectations of this person. Remember that he or she is human and therefore not perfect. If you are attached, the two of you might decide to manifest a much-discussed dream. GEMINI changes his or her mind all the time! 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) HHHH You might want to have a long-overdue chat with a friend who lives at a distance. You could be noticing that this person seems more aloof than usual. Know that he or she might be going through some changes that he or she might prefer not to discuss. Tonight: Return calls. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You’ll be in the mood to try something different, yet someone could be holding you back. You can’t avoid a serious talk with a partner or associate with whom you have financial interests. Try to find out more of what he or she is


Tonight: Paint the town red. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH You could be in the midst of working through a problem that you can’t seem to justify or understand. Your attitude could be part of the problem. You also might be feeling the need to withdraw. Know what you want. Tonight: Don’t feel as if you have to do anything. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHHYoucouldbevyingforattention by being aloof. Do you think that will really work? The danger lies in the fact that people will stop responding to you if you keep this up. Make an effort to open a conversation with someone you care about. Tonight: Go along with a suggestion. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You could be overly serious and somewhat touchy. Use the daylight hours to the max, which is when you’ll feel more appreciated. If you feel as if you need a change, go for it. Be direct; shyness or manipulation is likely to backfire. Tonight: Give yourself a break. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHYou might have difficulty getting going in the morning. Take some time just for you; your effectiveness will be multiplied as a result. A friend could be holding back, but you might wonder why. You can ask, but it is unlikely you’ll get a clear answer. Tonight: In the limelight. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Your imagination will be at its peak. How you handle a conversation where someone is withholding information could be important. It will come as no surprise that you likely will have to have this talk again. Be open in a meeting. Tonight: Make it early.

Can fire spark suit against renter? Dear Heloise: Regarding your recent column in the newspaper and the importance of having renters insurance: We were told that if a person does not have renters insurance and a FIRE destroys the home/building, the landlord’s insurance company may sue the tenant for the loss of the structure if the fire is the fault of the renter. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it is well worth looking into in case it is fact. Thank you for your interesting column. — Linda Greene, via email Linda, this is correct, and thank you for a very good reminder! The key wording here is if the cause of the fire can be proven to be the tenant’s fault, which does seem right when you think about the situation. A neighbor left something cooking on the stove and the building caught fire? A tenant left the apartment with a fire in the fireplace, or went to bed with decorative candles still burning in the den? Who is at fault? Not the landlord, and not you. Most people who rent an apartment, condo or house just assume that the landlord’s insurance covers claims of this sort. The landlord’s insurance company usually tries to go after the person at fault. Not having renters insurance (it’s cheap, too!) is a bet you should NOT gamble on. — Heloise Adhesive bandages Dear Heloise: We have several adhesive-bandage boxes, but didn’t know what size was in which box. So we sorted the bandages into sizes, with an example taped to the front of each box. Maybe this hint will help others. — Mary A., Vancouver, Wash.


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The Sphinx cat is viewed by the jury during a twoday international cats exhibition in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday,

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Pal and Karen Marquez of Nikiski shared this photo of Bo the dog and his friend Lucy the cat getting in some quality relaxation.





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