Thursday, January 30, 2003

Marijuana initiative sponsors suing state
JUNEAU (AP) -- Backers of an initiative to decriminalize marijuana are suing the state to try to get the measure on the ballot.

Anchorage park named for Petratrovichs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Assembly has unanimously approved a resolution to name the downtown park next to the old Anchorage City Hall after Alaska Native civil rights leaders Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich.

Man indicted for alleged sex abuse of North Pole girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 26-year-old man has been indicted on charges he had sex in August with a 13-year-old North Pole girl he met over the Internet.

Negotiator helps end armed standoff near Palmer
PALMER (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers took a Palmer man into custody Thursday morning after an armed standoff.

Legislature pays Irwin's legal bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature will pay nearly $7,000 for legal fees incurred by Senate Republican majority press secretary Ron Irwin as a result of an ethics complaint.

Alaska population grows since census
JUNEAU (AP) -- The latest estimate of Alaska's population has been completed by the state Department of Labor.

Four charged with shooting highway signs, light
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four people were charged with shooting Steese Highway road signs from a moving vehicle Saturday.

Lynden Air Cargo wins defense contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lynden Air Cargo, an Anchorage-based company, has been awarded a $9.3 million Air Force contract for ''indefinite'' airlift services in the Pacific region.

Assemblyman conducts borough business from Hawaii
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula Borough assemblyman will be representing his Kalifornsky district by long-distance telephone until March.

Coast Guard searches for man missing from ship
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Romanian man was reported missing Thursday from a ship in western Alaska and the Coast Guard launched a search.

Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race canceled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Warm winter weather has claimed this year's Tustumena 200 sled dog race.

Three more candidates to run for Anchorage mayor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three more candidates have joined the race for Anchorage mayor.

May arguments expected for Legislature move suit
JUNEAU (AP) -- Advocates for moving the Legislature are contesting results of a failed ballot initiative and calling for a new election in 2004.

Shirilla leads Wyoming sled dog race
JACKSON, Wyoming (AP) -- Montana musher Melanie Shirilla has widened her lead in the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming.

Board rejects proposal to share Sitka Sound herring
SITKA (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted unanimously Monday against a proposal calling for equal shares among fishermen in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.

Three men arrested for shooting in state park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage men have been arrested for shooting firearms in Chugach State Park.

Two face methamphetamine charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two people are under arrest after Alaska State Troopers discovered a small-scale methamphetamine lab in a residence in the Gold Rush Estates trailer park.

Fish board takes up Copper River fishery issues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries will take up changes to several fisheries in the Copper River basin, including the Chitina dipnet fishery, during a seven-day meeting that starts Friday in Cordova.

Two more vessels ordered to port for fishing in Russian waters
KODIAK (AP) -- Two more boats have been ordered to port after the Coast Guard detected them fishing in Russian waters.

McClatchy reports record earnings in fourth quarter
SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Newspaper publisher McClatchy Co. exceeded analysts' expectations to post record earnings Thursday of $39 million in the fourth quarter, finishing off 2002 with the highest annual profits ever posted.

Forfeiture provision proposed in bootlegging bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Anchorage state representative has introduced a bill that would allow the state to seize vehicles used to smuggle liquor into dry communities.

Sen. Murkowski gets more subcommittee assignments
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will serve on subcommittees of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.

Police investigate Fairbanks man's death as homicide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police are investigating the death of a man found Monday evening as a homicide.

Passengers on small carriers to be weighed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Airline passengers traveling in rural Alaska will soon be weighed, so the Federal Aviation Administration can determine if the weight estimates it uses are accurate.

Alaska delegation backs Bush on Iraq
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's Republican senators backed President Bush's call to attack Iraq and said the U.S. has the moral grounds to do so if Saddam Hussein doesn't prove he has disarmed.

Juneau commission approves new docks
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two private cruise ship docks won permits from the Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Mallott recovering from emergency surgery
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Native leader Byron Mallott is recovering in a New Zealand hospital after undergoing emergency surgery Saturday evening to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Bill clarifies victims' advocate's authority
JUNEAU (AP) -- Several lawmakers want to make clear that a state victims' rights advocate can get involved in municipal as well as state cases.

Hydro project may get boost from regulatory shuffle
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposed hydroelectric project for Juneau may get a boost from the governor's proposal to make the state Department of Natural Resources the lead agency for permitting of development projects.

Bill would regulate home inspectors
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would regulate home inspectors passed its first committee Wednesday.

Poker Flat rocket gathers data on northern lights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A rocket launch late Monday night from the Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks has thrilled scientists by gathering huge amounts of data linked to the aurora, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute said.

Byron Mallott correction
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Associated Press incorrectly reported on Jan 28 that Alaska Native leader Byron Mallott had a blood clot removed from his brain. The clot was removed from a membrane between the skull and the brain.

BP's experimental GTL plant nearing startup in Nikiski
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP hopes to begin operations at its $86 million experimental gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski in the next two months, knowing success could liberate a mother lode of natural gas from the North Slope and help extract natural gas from other remote areas of the world.

Oil giant cuts back exploration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. plans to drill fewer exploration wells this year. But exploration spending will be on par with that of recent years because this year's wells tend to be in remote areas, pushing up costs

Stop information theft
The Better Business Bureau system has joined a group of federal, state and local organizations and national advocacy groups to launch the fifth annual National Consumer Protection Week, Feb. 2-8.

Business Briefs
Builders to have dinner meetingEntrepreneurship workshop offeredUnemployment tax refund availableCharter logbooks available for 2003Entrepreneur University to be heldHotel donates to Red Cross

Art Briefs
Part of visitors center closedMuseum hosts free dayMagazine accepting submissionsArts entries acceptedPoetry contest announcedFine arts camp accepting registrationsPratt Museum solicits fiber arts piecesPlay conference accepting submissions

The Donnas grow up, don't lose their rockin' teen-girl sound
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sticking to nearly the same sound that got them booed during their debut performance as kids at a Palo Alto middle school, The Donnas have paved a nine-year path from obscurity to success.

Novelist uses Alaska stage for chilly love story
Alaska is more than a geographic place. For many, it represents an internal landscape as well: a frontier, an adventure, an opportunity or a mystery.

Battle brewing over Broadway music
NEW YORK (AP) -- A battle could be brewing over the sound of music on Broadway and how many people play it.

San Francisco Opera to reduce performances
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The deficit-ridden San Francisco Opera will reduce the number of its performances over the next three years in an effort to shrink the annual operating budget from about $60 million to $45 million.

Homer dance troupe brings show to central peninsula
A week before last winter's first full-fledged show by the Jazzline Dancers, choreographer Jocelyn Shiro-Westphal swore she wouldn't soon be pulling together another massive program.

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

Area students vie for title of Alaska's Junior Miss
Ten area high school students will be among the 22 contestants in the Alaska's 2003 Junior Miss competition taking place Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Daytona Speedweeks

Rudd anxious to get started with new team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ricky Rudd admits the obvious: The younger drivers on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit are making it tough on the veterans if not with performance, with the sport's infatuation with youth.

Sports cars are waning in popularity
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Once a powerful and formidable series, sports car racing might never be as popular as it was 20 years ago.

Nikiski firefighters stop blaze before it destroys log home
Efforts by Nikiski firefighters saved the Parsons Lake Road house of David Tuttle Tuesday evening, but not before fire damaged the roof and some upper-story rooms.

Photo feature: Winter's ups and downs
Winter weather doesn't stop Cori Holmes and a schoolyard chum from having fun on the teeter-totter during recess at Kenai Cooperative Preschool.

Bush: Saddam Hussein deceiving, not disarming
WASHINGTON -- Building a case for war against Iraq, President Bush said Tuesday night he has fresh evidence th

Assembly members carry concerns to Juneau
State lawmakers with constituents within the Kenai Peninsula Borough got an earful about the borough's solid waste and education funding needs this week when members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly visited the capital on their first lobbying mission of the 23rd Legislature.

Enstar reports growth in 2002
Enstar Natural Gas Co. has seen increased activity recently in the central Kenai Peninsula. But officials said there is a limit to what the company's reserves from the Cook Inlet region can produce if more discoveries aren't made.

Wisniewskis honored for community service
After a year, or in some cases 25 or more, of hard work and dedication to their community, several Kenai residents were formally recognized for their contributions in a somewhat ironic ceremony Saturday -- the irony being that recognition and awards have nothing to do with why they volunteered in the first place.

More limits added to fish list
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee finally agreed Monday on what recommendations it will make to the Alaska Board of Fisheries regarding early-run Kenai River king salmon.

Animal cruelty case ends with deadlocked jury
SHELBY, Mont. -- A mistrial was declared Wednesday night in the animal cruelty case involving a truckload of collies that was discovered when their Nikiski owners tried to cross the Canadian border into Montana last fall.

Hanes submits resignation to committee
Saying he was frustrated with several issues relating to last Thursday's meeting, Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee member Joe Hanes resigned before Monday's meeting.

Trial expected to be handed to jury today
SHELBY, Mont. -- Accused collie abuser Athena Lethcoe-Harman testified Tuesday that, contrary to suggestions she starved her truckload of collies, she fed them nearly 200 pounds of dog food a day as she and her husband drove them south from Alaska last October

T-200 will have to wait for 2004
The 2003 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race has been canceled, due to poor trail conditions.

Glenn Alan Heathers
Longtime Kenai resident Glenn Alan Heathers died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in Anchorage. He was 62.

Louise Pounds McDonald
Louise Pounds McDonald died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, in North Richland Hills, Texas. She was 75.

Holiday kindness appreciated

Letters to the Editor
Community needs to let Wal-Mart know its store would be welcome Kenai doesnt need vacant building;it needs Wal-Mart to fill the void New governor has vision to invest in Alaska, its people Decision to increase class size means less teachers, programs This should be year legislators do what is right for Alaska Taxpayers need to say Enough! to taxes, Yes to leaner government Russian program should be seen as investment, not area to cut

Game board picks not matter of who hunts, who doesn't What others say
The hunter versus nonhunter rhetoric is ballooning like a bowl full of sourdough on a warm June day since Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed six hunters to the Alaska Board of Game. ...

Bush more credible on war with Iraq than on homefront agenda
(Tuesday) ... night, President Bush offered the most specific explanation to date for his drive to make war on Iraq. Less forceful, and less credible, was his outline of a domestic battle plan.

Bush's tough talk appealing at home, but presents problems negotiating abroad
WASHINGTON -- In the nuanced world of diplomacy, President Bush speaks in blunt terms: dead or alive, good or evil, with us or against us. A more difficult task will be to match his stark rhetoric with the hard evidence against Iraq being demanded by doubting allies and skeptical Americans.

Letters to the Editor
Be careful what you wish for; Wal-Mart would hurt, not helpScope of proposed cuts at Ninilchik go far beyond school's wallsMany animal lovers anxiously waiting for outcome of collie case

Photo feature: Perfect perch
Bald eagles fill the trees at the Soldotna landfill recently, apparently waiting for Kenai Peninsula residents to bring in some tasty discards. As many as 30 eagles at a time have filled the treetops behind the landfill operations building.

Around the Peninsula
Bradford Memorial race canceledKMS to raffle off boatNorth peninsula council to meetTimber meeting plannedMarketing workshop plannedHospice wine tasting plannedHospital service area board to meetTurnagain Pass closed to motorized useVolunteer firefighters sought

Around the Peninsula
Whalers wrestling to begin Art guild meeting planned Groundhog Day fund-raiser planned Blood drive planned Library commission to meet Irish trio to perform Refuge fun day planned Hospital board to meet

Foreign students stuck in States without jobs
NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) -- Ligia Faria came to this town at the edge of the Cascades from Santo Andre, Brazil, last month, hoping to spend the winter in affordable lodging while working at a ski resort.

Some students who switched schools are transferring back
PORTLAND, Ore. -- In the halls of diverse, blue-collar Marshall High School, 15-year-old Karen Kullberg fits right in, with her fishnet stockings, black spike heels and red and blue feathers stuck in her hair.

Tribe plans fund-raiser to support heritage programs
Members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe often are invited to teach school children about their heritage. But the group does even more to reach out to young people in the community. The

Borough school lunch menu for next week

Young philanthropists not only work for charities, they start them
Already part of a generation known for its commitment to volunteerism, a growing number of young people are not only helping good causes but starting their own charities, say adults who track philanthropy.

Washington state's poorest schoolchildren often in rural areas
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- When schools need money to provide extra help for disadvantaged children who have fallen behind in reading or math, one place they can get it is from federal Title I funds.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Montessori Charter Mountain View Elementary Redoubt Elementary Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Soldotna MIddle School Kenai Central High Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Peninsula Grace Preschool Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Fairbanks district studies use of time in schools
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Recess, assemblies, getting settled in the morning: School is full of things that aren't strictly academic.

College offers short course to help community deal with depression
"Cabin fever," a commonly known term to most Alaskans, is a well known phenomenon in northern climates. When cabin fever gets out of control, clinical depression can set in. Clinical depression affects more than 18 million Americans, according to U.S. News & World Report. It weakens the immune system and can contribute to serious health problems.

Student's pictures make Time's 'best' list
ATHENS, Ga. -- It was the middle of the night when David Marck and his troop of U.S. Army soldiers landed in Afghan-istan. They formed a single-file line, careful to stay on the concrete because they did not know where the landmines might be.

Dena'ina visitors bring past back to life for students at Sears Elementary School
The past was alive and well at Sears Elementary School last week.

Nontraditional January classes provide 'school without the school'
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Smith College professor George Robinson worked the classroom, trying to convince students he was psychic by offering details about their lives -- including names of family members and descriptions of childhood neighborhoods.

Jones hires Johnson's ex-coach, IAAF freaks
LONDON -- Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery are under pressure to explain why they're working with Ben Johnson's former coach.

Hawks soak up Philly hospitality
PHILADELPHIA -- Glenn Robinson scored 33 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 20 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 97-83 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Leafs survive Hurricanes' winds
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mats Sundin had two power-play goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped their scoring drought and three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory Wednesday might over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Soldotna girls zone out Bulldogs
The Soldotna girls basketball team was in an impossible-to-stop zone on both ends of the floor Tuesday night in Nikiski.

Tiger feeling better
Tiger Woods only made it look easy.

Title IX up for debate
WASHINGTON -- Supporters of the status quo for Title IX were dealt a setback Tuesday when a Bush administration commission issued procedures that stated its final report ''will not include minority views.'' Commissioner Donna de Varona said the procedures are ''tantamount to a gag order.'

Sports Briefs
Whalers wrestling club schedules sign-upsKPHA Squirts win, lose and drawTway, Ames share first-round leadJazz coach suspended for seven gamesArtest suspended four games without payJudge: Rose should be in Hall of FameCone likely to retireTeam might talk to Martinez about contract

Stars skaters edge Skyview in NSC play
The Soldotna High School hockey team gave itself a cushion with a pair of first-period goals Tuesday, defeating Skyview 4-1 in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Rangers fire Trottier after 54 games
NEW YORK -- Bryan Trottier tormented the New York Rangers for 15 years when he starred for the hated New York Islanders.

Brodeur bedevils Red Wings
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Scott Niedermayer and New Jersey took advantage when Detroit had too many men on the ice, and Martin Brodeur made 16 saves as the Devils beat the Red Wings 1-0 Tuesday.

Title IX issue keeps heating up
WASHINGTON -- A divided Bush administration commission considering changes to Title IX debated procedural issues and approved several modest recommendations Wednesday, setting the stage for a combative finish as the most controversial ideas are presented Thursday.

NBA All-Star reserve voting leaves Stackhouse, Rose feeling snubbed
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan is an All-Star for the 14th time. Karl Malone won't be for the first time since 1987.

Callahan says Robbins lost it on eve of game
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Barret Robbins was incoherent and didn't know where he was the night before the Super Bowl, Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan said Wednesday in his first public comments about the troubled All-Pro center.

Pistons notch last-minute win over Boston
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Corliss Williamson scored 10 fourth-quarter points, including the go-ahead free throws with 33.9 seconds left, as the Detroit Pistons beat the Boston Celtics 86-83 Tuesday night.

Louisville runs winning streak to 14 games
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Erik Brown shot 8-of-8 from the floor and scored a career-high 22 points as No. 8 Louisville extended its winning streak to 14 games Wednesday night with a 94-65 victory over Southern Mississippi.

Sorenstam can stretch her limits
The idea was to test her considerable skills against the best men in her sport, the chance of a lifetime for a woman at the top of her game.

CIA, Ninilchik, Seward get top billing in poll
The Cook Inlet Academy boys, Ninilchik girls and Seward girls all were ranked No. 1 in this week's Alaska Media High School Basketball poll, released Wednesday.

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