Sunday, March 2, 2003

The head of CIRCAC stepping down
KENAI (AP) -- Jim Carter, the executive director of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council, is retiring.

Resort road proposals picks up momentum
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to have a road link Chena and Arctic Circle Hot Spring resorts is gaining momentum in the form of additional road proposals.

Alaska weather may get even wackier before it's over
UNDATED (AP) -- The wanton warmth that has embraced most of the state since November -- ruining recreation while flirting with a new warm-winter record -- is about to get slapped aside by a prim, old-fashioned Arctic snap.

Anchorage crime rates rise slightly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second straight year, the number of serious reported crimes rose in Anchorage.

Judge delays trial for man accused of multiple crimes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A judge has delayed a trial for a man accused of murdering a woman in an Ester apartment, stabbing a man in Fairbanks the same day and conspiring to kill three other people.

Anchorage woman struck, killed by pickup truck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 37-year-old Anchorage woman was killed after being struck by a pickup truck early Saturday morning.

Lawmakers considering new lobbying law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers are considering two measures that could weaken state regulations governing how much lobbyists have to disclose to the public.

Valley child dies in single car rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 5-year-old child died Friday afternoon after the car she was riding in rolled over on the Parks Highway.

Snowfall opens snowmachining in Denali, Hatcher Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Snowfall in Denali Park and at Hatcher Pass has opened up areas to snowmachine use.

Study says state's mining reputation slipping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's image as a place to explore for and develop minerals is slipping in the world mining industry, according to an annual survey presented to state lawmakers, commissioners and members of the Murkowski administration.

No new wilderness needed in Tongass, agency decides
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service says there's no need for any more wilderness in the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

2003 Iditarod takes off from Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Temperatures hovered above freezing and the trucked in snow looked more like pulverized ice, but that didn't keep dogs from pawing the air and yipping their impatience to get started Saturday in the 31st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Economist testifies in price-fixing fisheries suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An economist testified Friday evidence exists there was a conspiracy to fix prices in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon markets.

Report shows poor and minorities pay more for insurance
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rural Alaskans and residents in low-income urban neighborhoods pay more for their auto and homeowners insurance.

State issues public health alert for hepatitis in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- State health officials have confirmed a case of Hepatitis ''A'' in Kodiak.

Fish and Game boards stumped over commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) -- The boards that oversee fishing and hunting in Alaska are at an impasse over their nominations for the next Fish and Game Commissioner.

2003 Iditarod takes off from Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Temperatures hovered above freezing and the trucked in snow looked more like pulverized ice, but that didn't keep dogs from pawing the air and yipping their impatience to get started Saturday in the 31st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Kmart closing affects Soldotna
The city of Soldotna likely will see some sales tax benefit when the Big Kmart in Kenai closes its doors. But Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker said shoppers may bypass his city all together in search of bargains.

Wagoner, Wolf hear concerns about Fish and Game head, state funding for education
Kenai area residents got a chance to speak directly to their Legislative delegation Saturday at a town hall meeting with Rep. Kelly Wolf and Sen. Tom Wagoner at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building.

School board, unions reach agreement
Negotiating teams from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its teacher and support staff associations reached a final-hour contract agreement early Friday morning, averting arbitration and a potential employee strike.

If both sides in debate on Iraq are wrong, how can anyone know what's right?
Liberals make me sick; conservatives are idiots.

Contract resolution what's best for kids
It's the best news we've heard in a long time: After more than a year of negotiations, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the unions representing teachers and support staff have reached an agreement.

Board of Fish should meet on the Kenai
Among the issues the Alaska Board of Fisheries will discuss when it meets in Anchorage later this month are Kenai River rules that it passed last year. Those rules, which turned the early-run of Kenai kings into a catch-and-release fishery unless the fish are very big or very small, created a firestorm of controversy on two fronts.

GOP harmony sounding off key
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is used to dealing with political enemies. It's some of his friends who are giving him headaches these days.

Cribbage players put skills, luck to test for charity
"You rat!" "Go for it, God hates a coward!" "If you go out to the parking lot and your tires are flat, don't talk to me!" From the sound of cards shuffling and some of the statements being made, a passerby might think they were overhearing a high-stakes poker game in a tough bar room.

Winter stars start fading from view
The planets this month are still Saturn and Jupiter, the latter being the brightest object in the evening sky, high in the south. Saturn is 40 to 50 degrees to the west of Jupiter, somewhat fainter and appearing yellow-red beneath the pentagon-shaped constellation Auriga.

Around the Peninsula
Club plans reading eventSCI slide show slatedEDD to host visitors industry summitInstaller training offeredCooper Landing festival plannedKPC to present comedy showcaseSoccer club to hold tryoutsKCHS reunion plans being made

The hunt is on! Find hidden treasure in the freezer
My first winter in Alaska was in 1993. I remember when March arrived I began feeling very restless. No trees or flowers were blooming; there were no signs of spring, yet the calendar said it was supposed to be spring.

Nothing's too good for Fido
ATLANTA -- When walking the aisles of your neighborhood pet store this spring, don't be surprised to find kosher animal food, cat breath mints or bacon-flavored popcorn for dogs.

My Best Friends
Doc and Cholco find something interesting to check out, creating a humorous image from this side of the tree. Doc, a black Labrador retriever, belongs to Laura Maciariello, and Cholco, a chocolate Lab, belongs to Kevin Kier.

Price is right as Oklahoma tops Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Hollis Price scored 23 points, including two free throws with 7 seconds to play, and No. 3 Oklahoma held off Texas A&M 69-64 Saturday.

Roenik's game winner pushes Flyers past Bruins
BOSTON -- Jeremy Roenick scored his second goal of the game one minute into overtime, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Boston Bruins.

Wright's 11-month-old daughter dies
DALLAS (AP) -- Sierra Wright, the 11-month-old daughter of Memphis Grizzlies' center Lorenzen Wright, died Saturday morning at the family's home in Memphis, Tenn.

Sports Briefs
Swiss breeze to America's Cup sweepRedskins stay busy with signing of Noble, UpshawMiller third behind Von Gruenigen in giant slalom

No. 1 Huskies wrap up 10th straight Big East title
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Ann Strother scored 13 points and Diana Taurasi added 12 as No. 1 Connecticut beat Providence 70-52 on Saturday and won its 10th straight regular-season Big East title.

No. 1 Wasilla teams impress large Kenai crowd
Suspenseful, it wasn't. Impressive, it was. Both the Wasilla girls and boys basketball teams showed a large crowd why they are the No. 1-ranked Class 4A teams in the state Friday night in sweeping host Kenai Central in Region III/4A action.

Spurs top Kings, win for 12th time in last 13 games
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker matched his career high with 32 points, including 19 in the first quarter, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 108-100 victory over Sacramento on Saturday.

Wasilla snaps Stars' 19-game win streak
All things being equal, somebody still had to lose.

Woods, Toms to tangle in Match Play final
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Pushed to the limit for the first time all week, Tiger Woods advanced to the final of the Match Play Championship on Saturday by making a clutch 5-foot par putt on the 19th hole and then watching Adam Scott miss from 3 feet.

Heritage boys top Cook Inlet Academy in overtime
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team went to double overtime before falling to Heritage Christian, one of the top District 3/3A teams, 71-68 Saturday in Anchorage.

Jones takes belt from Ruiz
LAS VEGAS -- Roy Jones Jr. surprised John Ruiz by not running. There was nothing surprising about the masterful skills he used to become a heavyweight champion.

Bulldogs get sweep of Grace
For those that might not have had a chance to catch the Nikiski High School girls basketball team in action for the past couple of weeks, hold on to your hats -- the Bulldogs are looking as formidable as ever, as demonstrated by their 57-27 victory over District 3/3A opponent Grace Christian Saturday in Nikiski.

Skyview girls finish fourth in state, Soldotna boys nab seventh
"It was definitely the best ski meet I've been to," Soldotna High School senior Dan Harro said Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of the Alaska School Activities Association State Cross Country Ski Championships in Fairbanks.

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