Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Juneau assembly considers metal lids for large trash containers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The city's industrial trash containers may be in line for some heavier lids to deal with garbage bears.

Highway engineers tackle problem of widening Kenai River bridge
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Highway engineers planning to widen the Sterling Highway bridge over the Kenai River are faced with a difficult problem.

Mother sentenced for recklessly injuring her child
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for recklessly injuring her infant daughter last summer when she drove her car into the Chena River.

Senate approves out-of-state concealed weapons law
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposed law requiring Alaska law enforcement to honor concealed handgun permits from all 49 states was approved in the Senate on Wednesday.

Forest Service wants to ban mining along Russian River
KENAI (AP) -- A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit mining along a stretch of the Russian River is drawing criticism from a Cooper Landing man.

Amended minimum wage bill seeks to remove union initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee approved a Republican plan to raise the state's minimum wage and duplicate a labor union's initiative set to go on the November ballot.

Coast Guard crewmember medevaced to Seattle
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A crewman on the Coast Guard cutter Storis was medevaced from Sand Point to Seattle Sunday after he accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Friday deadline looms for state lottery for bear-watching permits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People have until Friday to sign up for a chance at getting a bear-watching permit for the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

Troopers investigate death in Port Heiden
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers in Dillingham are investigating the death of a 23-year-old man in Port Heiden.

Six people hurt after pickup runs red light in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six people were injured when a pickup truck ran a red light in Anchorage and crashed into another pickup truck, police said.

Two snowmachiners die on weekend rides
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two snowmachiners died over the weekend in separate incidents. That brings the number of fatalities associated with snowmobiles in Alaska to 12, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Initiative to move sessions to Valley gains enough signatures for ballot
ANCHORAGE -- Supporters of an initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have collected more than the required signatures to get it on the November ballot, according to election officials.

New fish oil-diesel blend could benefit rural villages
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's groundfish harvest may energize more than the coastal economy if a unique demonstration of Bering Sea fish power works out.

Delta Junction wants state to pay prison lawsuit debt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delta Junction wants the state to help pay a $1 million debt for the city's settlement of a private prison lawsuit.

Police seek teen charged with shooting woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wasilla police are looking for a teen-ager charged with attempted murder last month in the shooting of a 75-year-old woman.

Wasilla teen-ager arrested in Canada
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla teen-ager wanted for violating conditions of his release was taken into custody Tuesday after running out of gas near the Canadian border, Alaska State Troopers said.

North Pole woman sentenced in abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks judge has sentenced a 52-year-old North Pole woman to 2 1/2 years in prison for repeatedly beating three children in her care.

Fiscal Policy Caucus begins to sharpen pencil to a finer point
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bi-partisan caucus wrestling with the state's budget deficit wants to raise $1 billion from new taxes, spending cuts and possible changes in the Permanent Fund this session.

Warming could lead to Arctic shortcut
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For centuries, explorers have dreamed of sailing through Arctic passages as a shortcut between Europe and Asia.

Suspect in fatal crash enters innocent pleas
PALMER (AP) -- A man accused of causing a head-on collision on the Parks Highway in which a young boy was killed has pleaded innocent to charges of murder, drunken driving and assault.

Trial begins for man accused of shooting the trans-Alaska pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal trial got underway Monday for a man accused of shooting the trans-Alaska pipeline and spilling more than 285,000 gallons of crude oil.

Measure would put railroad, ferries under joint authority
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Sen. Jerry Ward proposes to help solve the state ferry system's budget problems by coupling it with the Alaska Railroad and giving the new system 500,000 acres of state land.

Measure sets buffer zones for loggers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Loggers in Interior Alaska would have to spare more trees close to lakes and streams under legislation that passed the House on Monday.

Ketchikan men charged with child pornography
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two Ketchikan utility workers are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on child pornography charges.

Use of drugs could lead to tougher sex assault sentences
JUNEAU -- Rapists who try to incapacitate their victims with drugs or alcohol could face tougher sentences if House Bill 297 becomes law.

Mother sentenced for recklessly injuring her child
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for recklessly injuring her infant daughter last summer when she drove her car into the Chena River.

Alaska air carriers being squeezed by insurance premiums
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska air carriers are being squeezed by skyrocketing insurance premiums and a dwindling number of companies willing to write policies.

Administration says hiring freeze unnecessary
JUNEAU (AP) -- A hiring freeze for some state jobs would not close a growing state deficit but instead ''nickel and dime'' important services to Alaskans, a Knowles administration spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Diamondbacks' Williams breaks left leg, expected to miss opening day
For Matt Williams, spring training is becoming a series of bad breaks. The Arizona third baseman broke his left leg and dislocated his left ankle during a routine fielding drill Monday and is expected to miss opening day.

Yastrzemski won't give up rod and reel for bat and ball any time soon
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Just because Carl Yastrzemski likes the incoming owners of the Boston Red Sox, don't expect him to devote much more time to the club.

Seward musher has simple race goal: to win
Seward musher Mitch Seavey always has claimed that trying to predict the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a sure way to be wrong.

First-time Iditarod musher sets sights on Nome's finish line
Judy Merritt is about to realize a dream. After a long wait, the 41-year-old Moose Pass woman is finally setting out on her first Iditarod Trail.

Fiscal Policy Caucus begins to sharpen pencil to a finer point
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bi-partisan caucus wrestling with the state's budget deficit wants to raise $1 billion from new taxes, spending cuts and possible changes in the Permanent Fund this session.

Initiative to move sessions to Valley gains enough signatures for ballot
ANCHORAGE -- Supporters of an initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have collected more than the required signatures to get it on the November ballot, according to election officials.

Fish Board makeup disputed
If Alaska's ailing fisheries are to be winners on the world market, decisions on how those fisheries are run should be made by experts in the field, not political appointees who may have little real-life fishing experience, says Rep. Drew Scalzi, R-Homer, sponsor of a bill to change the way members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries are appointed.

Latest beetle infestation deadliest ever
Devastation in the forest of the southern Kenai Peninsula due to the spruce bark beetle has been so complete that most of the seed-bearing mature trees are dead, which will make it hard for the forest to regenerate, said a scientist with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation Program.

CO incidents drop with detectors use
Some gifts are more valuable than others. Just ask Nikiski Fire Department Battalion Chief Warren Isham who responded to one carbon monoxide call this season.

Swanson River drilling fuels debate over ANWR
To drill or not to drill in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the thorniest issues being debated in Congress.

Beetle-killed spruce clearing expected to be OK'd
Forestry experts say it's the most devastating infestation ever recorded and predict still more Kenai Peninsula spruce trees will suffer attack this summer when spring warmth again puts millions of bark beetles to flight.

DOT, DEC talk about bridge reconstruction
The area near the Soldotna bridge was the main topic Thursday night at the Kenai River Special Management Area board meeting. The majority of the meeting was taken up by discussion on how the area should be managed for environmentally friendly growth and development.

Mary Louise Hunter
Former Kenai resident Mary Louise Hunter died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, in Juneau. She was 40.

Muehlegg's B sample also turns up positive
MADRID, Spain -- Johann Muehlegg, the cross-country skier stripped of a gold medal for doping, learned Tuesday that the ''B'' sample of his urine test had also proved positive.

Winter Olympics, X Games appeal
SALT LAKE CITY -- Once a genteel celebration confined to quaint country retreats, the biggest, hippest Winter Olympics in history edged closer to looking like an X Games.

Olympics over, but Russian anger continues
MOSCOW -- Though the Winter Olympics are over, resentment still runs high in Russia.

NHL wins big with Olympics
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- The United States couldn't repeat 1980. Canada finally put 1952 to rest.

Applause
Mrs. Banks taught students how we treat one another is importantMrs. Banks was incredible teacherReporter's work garners praise

Decision minimizes importance of fish as food for Alaskans
It was during his successful campaign for governor in 1994 when Tony Knowles first made popular the statement: "The most important fish is the one on Alaska's dinner table." A variation of that theme has been used countless times since.

Letters to the Editor
New fishing regs don't address current lack of enforcementCatch-and-release fishing nothing more than playing with one's foodBoard of Fish actions take away harvest opportunities for residentsNew fish board policy's effect will be to deplete Kenai kingsNorth peninsula community center can wait; bike trails more important

Nation of origin should be noted on seafood products sold in U.S.
Want to know where your shirt was made? Check the label. Most items we buy at retail stores have labels or other indicators of the country where they were produced. The information is helpful and, in some instances, can influence whether we buy something or leave it on the shelf.

U.S. soldiers undertake jobs which look less like fighting, more like uniting Keeping peace in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan are taking on more jobs that look like peacekeeping and nation-building: They're repairing hospitals, schools and waterworks. They set up a medical school. They're going to help train an Afghan army.

Letters to the Editor
Alaska's fishing industry must realize quality is key

Photo feature: Snow Rondi parade
A color guard leads the Anchor Point Snow Rondi parade Saturday. Events continued through the weekend.

Around the Peninsula
DEC representative to speak at Kenai chamberTourism, Internet marketing workshop todayCommunity council to meet FridayCoalition to discuss fishery managementSkyview reunion plannedRestoration video to airForum to discuss grant fundingSkinning clinic planned

Around the Peninsula
Bagley to speak at Soldotna chamber todayKenai Aviation Safety meeting tonightCrisis center board to meet WednesdayKenai historical society to meetYRC video to air SundayDinner supports student exchangeCook Inlet Lions present 'Putting on the Ritz'Charter school invites applicants

School Menus
What's on the menu for our area public school students

Around the District
News from schools around the district

But can it play ball?
Soldotna High School teacher Bill Carlson, left, and junior Seth Chavka work to put the finishing touches on a robot designed by students while parents and students look on.

BP honors 5 Kenai Peninsula teachers for excellence
BP Exploration Alaska has announced its BP Teachers of Excellence award winners for the first semester from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Teen-driving law not enforced
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A state law designed to keep new teen drivers from carting around their friends seems to be little enforced, even in Clark County, where a Vancouver boy's 1999 death partly inspired the law.

Students send strong message to legislators
There was a "road show" on its way to Juneau to spread the message that full funding of the University of Alaska is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come. That was the message that 14 University of Alaska students traveled 2,275 miles to deliver.

District School News
Required exams begin next weekSchool board to meet Monday in HomerPeninsula students take top honors in VFW contestSMS retains Battle of Books titleKBEA offers scholarships

Guest instructor links practical and pure art
Viewing fine arts as electives outside the education mainstream is an obsolete idea in the 21st century, according to Mark Anderson.

Honor Rolls
The following students were named to the first-semester honor rolls at Kenai Central High School and Homer Middle School.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Author says it's never too late to pursue a new dream
FONDA, N.Y. -- Although more than a decade has passed since Ludima Gus Burton happened to read her first romance novel, she clearly remembers the title and author.

Sports Briefs
Nikolaevsk boys top RamsLemieux says season-long pain isn't getting betterBlues lose Tkachuk for weekRichardson lashes out at criticsEnron asks bankruptcy judge for more timeClosing set for Wednesday, changes to follow

Giambi returns from injury, White hurt in Yankees camp
The New York Yankees welcomed back one expensive free agent on Tuesday and almost immediately lost another.

Cap capsizes Ravens' ship
The Baltimore Ravens are paying the price for trying to win a second straight Super Bowl last season.

Determination, faith help CIA senior on the court and in life
Glaciers may be big and slow, but one of the most impressive features of these wonders of nature is that once they get moving, they're impossible to stop.

T'wolves take sting out of Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wally Szczerbiak scored 24 points, and Kevin Garnett added 21 to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-92 victory over Charlotte on Monday night, the Hornets' third straight loss.

Jordan placed on injured list
WASHINGTON -- Hobbled throughout his comeback by a painful right knee injury, Michael Jordan is taking a break to have arthroscopic surgery.

Sports Briefs
Jayson Williams charged shooting deathHughes to appear on Wheaties box

East Carolina shocks No. 9 Golden Eagles
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Travis Holcomb-Faye scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half and East Carolina pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the college basketball season Tuesday night, holding No. 9 Marquette to six points over the final 12 1/2 minutes to stun the Golden Eagles 51-46.

NBC Sports, Williams part ways
TRENTON, N.J. -- Jayson Williams is out for now as an NBA analyst for NBC Sports. The former NBA All-Star has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a limousine driver. Williams surrendered to authorities Monday and is free on $250,000 bail.

Lakers complete season sweep of Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Shaquille O'Neal scored 28 points and Kobe Bryant added 27 as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-89 Tuesday, completing a two-game season sweep.

Devils whir by New York 4-3
NEW YORK -- Scott Gomez scored twice, and Canada's gold medal-winning goalie Martin Brodeur made 21 saves as the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Pats play coy with Bledsoe
BOSTON (AP) -- The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have been too busy trying to prepare for Friday's start of free agency to worry about trading quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

Photo feature: Watchful eyes
Two bald eagles sit in a tree above the Soldotna landfill last weekend. A sizable population of the birds keep close tabs on trash deliveries during the winter.

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