Friday, January 24, 2003

State rejects appeal to boost snow crab harvest
KODIAK (AP) -- Spurred by the furious harvest of snow crab in the Bering Sea, the Pacific Northwest Crab Industry Advisory Committee on Tuesday asked for an increase in the 23.69 million pound quota, but stock managers said no.

Trapper Creek fights to save its school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Mat-Su Borough School District has proposed closing Trapper Creek Elementary.

Troopers investigate Koliganek fatality
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a man in the southwest Alaska village of Koliganek.

Alaska riders included in big federal spending bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has adopted two riders included in a major spending bill that would bar court challenges to the new trans-Alaska Pipeline right-of-way agreement and a Forest Service decision on wilderness in the Tongass National Forest.

Dyson introduces abortion consent bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Women would have to certify that they've been informed of the risks of abortion before having the procedure under a bill introduced by state Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River.

Man charged with Anchorage woman's murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with the murder of a woman found dead Wednesday in the East Anchorage apartment they shared.

Anchorage man assaulted, then arrested on warrants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police responded to a report of a stabbing Wednesday night and ended up arresting the injured man for outstanding warrants.

Ketchikan woman pleads guilty to methamphetamine charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Ketchikan woman has pleaded guilty to intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Anchorage men indicted on counterfeiting indictment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage men have been indicted on charges of bank fraud, conspiracy and witness tampering.

Companies charged with wasting herring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Criminal charges have been filed against three companies and two individuals charged with wasting fish from the 2001 Togiak herring fishery.

Binge eating grounds Kodiak eagles
KODIAK (AP) -- At least eight eagles had to walk awhile Tuesday after bingeing on fish guts in the back of a seafood processor truck.

State of State-Text
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Legislature, distinguished guests, my fellow Alaskans. Nancy and I thank the people of Alaska for providing us yet another opportunity to serve this great State. Thank you for bringing us back home.

Fort Wainwright brigade prepares for big changes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright brigade in June will begin its transformation into a more mobile and lethal unit.

Alyeska to cut 12 jobs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. will eliminate 12 positions from its companywide engineering and projects department, a spokesman said.

Permanent Fund Corp. reverses job offer
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has reversed a decision to hire Juneau city tourism director Maria Gladziszewski as its communications director.

Earthquake rattles Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An earthquake initially measured at magnitude 5.5 rumbled through the Interior at 7:52 p.m. Thursday.

Anchorage police investigate homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the death of a woman, found in her home Wednesday, as a homicide.

Vet says dogs were mistreated for months, maybe years
SHELBY, Mont. (AP) -- Dozens of dogs found in a tractor-trailer en route from Alaska to Arizona last fall when it was stopped at the Canadian border appeared to be suffering from months and maybe years of neglect and abuse, a veterinarian testified Thursday

Juneau couple indicted on cocaine conspiracy charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau couple has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Galaxy captain: Multiple disasters on day fish boat sank
SEATTLE (AP) -- Fire, explosion, men overboard -- the skipper of the 180-foot fishing boat Galaxy says he was prepared to handle any one of those things.

Ketchikan man indicted on child porn charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Ketchikan man has been indicted on charges of possessing child pornography and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Legislative task force decides on salmon fixes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state task force told to come up with fixes for Alaska's salmon industry decided Thursday to forward more than a dozen proposals to the Legislature.

Environmental activists oppose pipeline amendment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Environmental activists are crying foul over legislation offered by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski that they say would block any legal challenge to the recent right-of-way renewal for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

State to close snow crab season Saturday
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab fishery will close at 6 a.m. Saturday when the fleet of 191 boats is expected to have reached the quota of 23.7 million pounds, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday.

Murkowski to deliver first State of State address
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski delivers his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Thursday where he will outline his plans for the state.

High wind blows freight containers into Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU (AP) -- Strong wind lifted four 10,000-pound freight containers off a docked barge, breaking chains that held them down, and dumped them in Gastineau Channel on Wednesday.

Forces on both sides of abortion issue rally at capitol
JUNEAU (AP) -- Groups on both sides of the abortion issue rallied Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol to mark the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Group says Planned Parenthood flouted rape law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People answering the phone at Planned Parenthood offices in Alaska flouted sexual abuse reporting laws and in one case urged a caller to lie about her boyfriend's age to help him avoid prosecution, according to defense testimony offered Wednesday in a trial challenging the state's parental-consent law.

Task force to recommend ways to fix salmon industry
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state task force given the job of fixing Alaska's ailing salmon industry will recommend that the Legislature consider at least a half-dozen bills to help fishermen, processors and communities.

Second man sentenced in Juneau arson fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man convicted of burning down a Juneau self-storage building was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday.

UAA officers shoot belligerent moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Campus police at the University of Alaska Anchorage shot and killed a cow moose Tuesday night after the animal had menaced students and charged the officers.

Six charged in Mat-Su thefts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six people connected to burglaries or thefts in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have been arrested since Sunday, including three charged with firing shots an attempted home invasion.

Rose, MLB still talking
NEW YORK (AP) -- The baseball commissioner's top deputy met with Pete Rose and his business agent in Florida last month, part of negotiations that could lead to the reinstatement of the sport's career hits leader.

WHO'LL BE THE BOSS?: Companies are focusing more on planning for their future leadership, spurred by an aging work force and a sense of vulnerability, according to a survey by J. Howard & Associates, a Boston-based consulting firm.

Baby boomers warm up to PDAs, complex cell phones
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not that Candace Talmadge is a technophobe.

Photo: Move 'em out
A flatbed trailer loaded with 60-foot random pipes sits in the rail yard in Anchorage last week.

What's really driving new dividend programs?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Executives might have a roundabout way to give themselves a big pay raise. And it could come under the guise of helping shareholders.

Timber industry plants new seed
The Kenai Peninsula timber industry is taking its first steps at trying to make a comeback.

Strategies to help deal with those holiday credit card hangovers
NEW YORK (AP) -- If your mailbox is flooded with credit card bills -- reminders that perhaps you overspent at Christmas -- take heart. There are strategies you can adopt to pay them down and get on a path to fewer holiday debt hangovers in the future.

California apartment rents show West's biggest changes
SAN FRANCISCO -- A sturdy economy saddled Southern Californians with the West's highest apartment rent increases last year while a high-tech shakeout continued to deflate prices in the San Francisco Bay area, according to a study released Tuesday.

Are big bonuses during bankruptcy greed or need?
NEW YORK (AP) -- A company files for bankruptcy, thousands of workers lose their jobs and the stock price becomes nearly worthless. So what do its executives and managers do?

Business Briefs
Health organization elects new board membersSoldotna church offers financial seminarsWholesale gift show to be held

BP focuses on safety after poor 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP had a bad year for workplace safety last year and the oil company must step up its safety efforts, according to the head of the company's Alaska operations.

Kmart names new CEO
DETROIT -- The board of Kmart Corp. named a new chief executive Sunday to replace James B. Adamson, the company director named last year to shepherd the retailer's bankruptcy reorganization.

Art Briefs
Church hosts Easter musicalMembers meeting slatedFlute-making workshop to be heldGCI solicits poems for insert>Talent show accepting actsWriter's Night accepting submissions

Livin' Luvin' Dancin'
An advertisement for "Livin' Luvin' Dancin,'" the dance performance at Soldotna High School this weekend, could sound like an infomercial with all the added bonuses included in it.

'The Simpsons' to break record for longest-running TV sitcom
NEW YORK -- Perpetual 10-year-old Bart, his clueless dad Homer and the rest of the Simpsons clan are about to go into TV history as stars of the longest-running sitcom ever.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

No place like Nome for Homer band
A well-connected Homer band landed a gig with the governor over the weekend and left those in attendance dancing the night away.

NASCAR is rethinking 2004 lineup
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Part of NASCAR's plan to change its racing lineup in 2004 is paying greater attention to each racetrack.

Dale Jr. wants to slow down off the track
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- When the white-hot lights focused on Dale Earnhardt Jr. from close range Tuesday, it was easy to understand just how much the third-generation driver's life has veered out of control.

2003 schedule
Feb. 9: x-Daytona International Speedway (168,000 seats),

Soldotna resident ready for third Iditarod Trail trek
Soldotna resident Denis Douglas is preparing for his charity trek from Anchorage to Nome along the Iditarod Trail again this year. However, for the first time, he is adding the extra distance from Nome to Barrow to the trip.

Goll: Some tracts likely to be removed
Based on what's been heard so far, certain tracts near the mouth of Kachemak Bay and down around the Barren Islands eventually could be removed from proposed federal Lease Sale 191 scheduled for 2004, according to the regional director of the U.S. Minerals Management Service.

Defense says Customs real culprit in case of dog cruelty
SHELBY, Mont. (AP) -- An attorney for two Alaska residents charged with nearly 200 counts of animal cruelty told a Justice Court jury Wednesday that U.S. Customs Service officials made a difficult situation worse.

Murkowski outlines five-year plan for Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski said he will reverse the state's hemorrhaging budget deficits with belt tightening and new oil during his first State of the State address to the Legislature on Thursday.

Photo feature: Icy glow of winter
The pink glow of nearby street lights casts a surreal tint on ice covering this shrub outside the Kenai River Lodge in Soldotna, seemingly trapping the plant's greenery on a winter night. The natural ice sculpture is actually illuminated from behind by a green flood light.

Several measures address education funding
The Legislature, only one week into its first session, already is considering a number of bills related to education funding.

Proposed oil-gas lease sales win support of borough
The Kenai Peninsula Borough supports proposed lease sales by the U.S. Minerals Management Service that would open roughly 2.2 million acres of lower Cook Inlet to oil and gas exploration.

Legislative study finds inequities in school funding
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is underfunded by the state, according to a recently released study for the Alaska Legislature.

Assembly considers imposing deadline to file for tax breaks
Senior citizens, disabled veterans and their surviving spouses who are eligible for annual breaks on their borough property taxes would have just three years in which to file for exemptions they may have missed under an amendment to the borough tax code introduced Tuesday.

Seldovia residents voice concerns on lease sales
SELDOVIA --The turnout was small, but voices were loud in Seldovia Tuesday at a public hearing on proposed Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sales.

Photo feature: Roe vs. Wade anniversary
Nine-year-old Tilly Hileman is among a dozen anti-abortion demonstrators who conducted a protest march and candlelight vigil at Kenai Spur Highway and Bridge Access Road in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

Edward Liebenthal
Longtime Anchor Point resident Edward Liebenthal died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Friendship Terrace in Homer. He was 84.

Elva Ruth Scott
Longtime Eagle City resident Elva Ruth Scott died of natural causes Friday, Jan. 10, 2003. She was 83.

Oilers Corner
Oilers stockpile pitchers

Lease sales offer hope for economy
Central Kenai Peninsula residents should take advantage of the opportunity to support two proposed oil and gas lease sales during a public hearing scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Congress sends wrong message to the people
In a reversal of folk wisdom, which holds, ''If it ain't broke, don't fix it,'' Congress has taken something that was fixed, and it has broken it.

Letters to the Editor
Palmer's credibility gone

Many contribute to successful SoHi Tip-Off Tournament

Letters to the Editor
Current fish, game management policies illustrate anarchy in action

Internet sales should be fair game for taxes
It may now be time to look more closely at the national moratorium on taxing Internet sales.

Lease sales good for borough
It's time to drill for oil and gas in Cook Inlet federal waters

Community shows its generosity

Dinosaurs and modern mammals developed comparable traits
Although the dinosaurs and today's mammals are separated by more than 65 million years -- an immense gap of time too great for our minds to comprehend -- many of the dinosaurs developed traits comparable to those of today's modern mammals.

Women on target
Peering through the scope, Jennifer Tabor aligns the cross hairs on the red dot that centered the target 300 yards away. She gently rolled the safety off with her thumb, then let out a slow exhale while steadily squeezing the rifle's trigger.

Around the Peninsula
Auxiliaries join together for Saturday lunch Snowmachine course canceled Volunteer firefighters sought Swim lessons to start Art guild meeting planned Groundhog Day fund-raiser planned Hospital service area board meeting canceled Health clinics scheduled

Around the Peninsula
District to hold public meetingFish and Game committee to meetSteering committee to meetHistorical society to hold meetingSki team to sell prom accessoriesNew health centers board electedHospital service area board to meetCanine Good Citizen class offeredKWF seeks photographs

Muslims ask religious leaders to repudiate Florida Baptists' sign
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked state religious leaders to repudiate a roadside sign at First Conservative Baptist Church that reads: ''Jesus Forbade Murder. Matthew 26:52. Muhammad Approved Murder. Surah 8:65.''

Man rejected by Mennonite sect crusades against the denomination
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- It's been more than three decades since he was excommunicated by a small, conservative Mennonite sect -- effectively severing his relationship with his wife and six children -- and Robert Bear continues his fight against the denomination.

Billy Graham announces another 2003 appearance, in Oklahoma City
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Rev. Billy Graham's office said Tuesday he will hold revival meetings June 12-15 in downtown Oklahoma City.

Lutheran official clears university over Sept. 11 service
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -- The Indiana district president in the conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod cleared Valparaiso University officials of violating church rules by holding a multi-faith Sept. 11 anniversary gathering.

Church Briefs
Dinner theater planned Christian country musician to perform Easter musical practice begins Bible study group meets Healing Rooms open weekends Friendship closet open Wednesdays Religious poems sought Writers sought for faith anthology

Report: Vietnam intensifies repression of Christian Montagnards
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has intensified a crackdown against indigenous minorities in the Central Highlands where mass protests broke out over land rights and religious repression, a human rights group charged Tuesday.

Kentucky bill would lift statute of limitations on sex abuse suits
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A bill pending in the Kentucky Senate's Judiciary Committee would lift the statute of limitations on child sex abuse lawsuits, allowing plaintiffs to sue decades after alleged molestation.

Jewish members of Maryland Senate object to prayers in Jesus' name
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Baltimore Baptist clergyman Reginald Thomas ended a Monday invocation before Maryland's state Senate with ''in Jesus' name,'' offending Jewish senators.

Year Book puts American Jews at 6,155,000
NEW YORK (AP) -- The newly issued ''American Jewish Year Book 2002'' estimates there are 6,155,000 Jews in the United States, constituting 2.2 percent of the nation's population.

Rain leaves ski trails hard, slick
In the early evening on Jan. 17, Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School buzzed with a flurry of w

Seward skier to compete at World Championships
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Five women and eight men, including 22-year-old Seward High School graduate Aubrey Smith, were named Tuesday to the U.S. ski team that will to compete in the nordic 2003 World Championships.

Raiders get fined for missing interviews
SAN DIEGO -- Just pay, baby.

Yao draws start in All-Star game
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the ball goes up for the opening tip at the NBA All-Star game Feb. 9 in Atlanta, Yao Ming will be the center trying to win the jump ball for the West.

Kings rock Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chris Webber had 26 points and Peja Stojakovic added 22 as the Sacramento Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 Thursday night and complete a sweep of the four-game season series.

Late flurry gives Blues a tie in Chicago
CHICAGO -- Dallas Drake scored St. Louis' third goal in a 16-minute span of the third period as the Blues rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the Chicago Blackhawks 3-3 Thursday night.

Health problems forgotten, Frazar leads tournament
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Harrison Frazar tied his best PGA Tour score with a 9-under-par 62 Thursday to open a two-stroke lead over John Huston and David Toms after the first round of the Phoenix Open.

Longhorns hook No. 800 for Conradt
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas coach Jody Conradt spent a week dismissing the 800-victory milestone as just another step in the quest for a Big 12 championship.

With Gruden, it's Super Bowl or bust
Anyone who thinks Tampa Bay Bucs coach Jon Gruden is intense now should have seen him then.Not only are most of the stories true, they begin even earlier than people know

Jagr leads Caps past slumping 'Canes
WASHINGTON -- Jaromir Jagr had two goals and an assist as the Washington Capitals beat the slumping Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 Wednesday night.

Agassi getting better with age
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi might just be playing as well as ever.

Sorenstam ponders PGA Tour possibilities
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam has dominated her competition on the LPGA Tour the last two seasons. Her next challenge might be against the men.

Sports Briefs
Snowmobile trails committee to meet Ski for Women Sunday in Anchorage Racing Lions sno-cross slated for Feb. 1 SoHi, Kenai skaters rack up victories Sharks acquire holdout McLaren in trade

Sports Briefs
Marlins, Rodriguez agree to $10 million contract

Venus, Serena to meet in final; Roddick wins marathon
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Blisters, a big deficit and two match points couldn't derail the ''Serena Slam.'' Now only her sister stands in Serena Williams' way.

Ninilchik takes two
The Ninilchik boys and girls high school basketball teams each won their opening-round games at the Cordova Tournament Thursday.

Allen leads Bucks to win over Celtics
BOSTON -- Ray Allen scored 34 points and Sam Cassell had his second career triple-double as the Milwaukee Bucks capitalized on the absence of Antoine Walker to defeat the Boston Celtics 106-97 Wednesday night.

Completing the puzzle: Raiders found veterans, Bucs went for coach
SAN DIEGO -- The Oakland Raiders found a missing ingredient in guys like Rod Woodson, Bill Romanowski, Sam Adams and Jerry Rice -- all owners of NFL championship rings.

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