Tuesday, March 4, 2003

State chamber of commerce seeks lobbyist rule change
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pair of bills in the Legislature would dramatically loosen the requirement that people seeking to influence lawmakers must register as lobbyists.

Musher ends chemo just in time for Iditarod
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three days after doctors removed a third of Charlie Boulding's cancerous colon last summer, the 60-year-old dog driver was back on his feet.

Young introduces bill to provide land for Native veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressman Don Young introduced a bill that would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide land for Native veterans.

State plans to close correspondence school
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Education Department proposes closing its statewide correspondence school, Alyeska Central School, in late June in an effort to save $1.2 million in state spending.

31st Iditarod kicks off in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sixty-four dog teams pushed off on the frozen Chena River on Monday, launching the 31st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race along a novel route born out of Alaska's warm winter.

Coast Guard searches for freighter that struck boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 101-foot crab boat and a freighter, estimated to be about 500 feet long, collided near Akun Island in the Bering Sea early Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Groups survive close calls with avalanches
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two groups of skiers survived avalanches Saturday in Hatcher Pass.

Valdez processor faces new charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Valdez seafood processor with a history of pollution and permit violations is in trouble with the government again.

Nenana Ice Classic tripod raised
NENANA (AP) -- It's that time of year again.

Anchorage schools drop racial preference clause
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board has dropped a policy that allows minority students faster access to the district's popular optional and alternative programs.

House approves warnings for explicit e-mail
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some e-mails containing sexually explicit materials could be more easily blocked or deleted under a measure approved in the House on Monday.

Norwegian musher jumps into lead in Iditarod
MANLEY (AP) -- Musher Robert Sorlie of Hurdal, Norway jumped into the lead early Tuesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

B.C. mine construction near Taku River could start next year
JUNEAU (AP) -- Construction of a British Columbia mine that environmentalists say threatens the Taku River could begin as soon as spring 2004, according to the developer.

31st Iditarod kicks off in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sixty-four dog teams pushed off on the frozen Chena River on Monday, launching the 31st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race along a novel route born out of Alaska's warm winter.

Scientists seek whales sightings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska mariners are being asked to keep track of cruising killer whales this week to find out how many swim near the state in the winter.

Murkowski proposes curbs to environmental lawsuits
JUNEAU (AP) -- Environmental groups who unsuccessfully sue the state could be forced to pay attorney fees under a measure proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Lathrop wins Alaska Academic Decathlon
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Lathrop High School team took first place Saturday in the statewide Academic Decathlon in Anchorage.

Speaker calls dividend one of Alaska's worst mistakes
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Speaker Pete Kott said Monday that creating the permanent fund dividend program was one of the worst mistakes Alaska ever made.

Fairbanks clinic to offer abortion services
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the first time in more than three years abortion is available in Fairbanks, with the opening of a Planned Parenthood of Alaska clinic.

Cajun style cuisine, a generous community and Bridges stretch After the Bell's Budget
In an effort to continue the After the Bell programs at area schools through this school year, the After the Bell Board of Directors threw a Cajun dinner and auction last week that brought them very close to meeting their goal.

My Column by James Brown
So how about this weather? I shouldn't even get started because I know that I'll just go on and on like anyone else I know. Oh well, that's the whole point of a column isn't it? To just rant and rave about petty, yet incredibly annoying or just plain stupid topics, right??? Sorry if you don't share the same opinion.

Former Homeschooler named Chamber Student of the Month
Home school is a popular alternative for many parents on the Kenai Peninsula, but the question of when to transition a child to public school is an open debate with as many different opinions as there are families that home school.

Boys & Girls Club Talent Show videotape headed to Nationals
It was a full house last week at the Boys & Girls club annual Talent Show in Kenai.

Private investment could bring dorms to KPC
When Gary Turner stepped into the job as director at Kenai Peninsula College, he hit the ground running and hasn't slowed down since.

Long run looks good for Marathon
In spite of the warm weather conditions, all of Marathon Oil Company's projects on the Kenai Peninsula are going well and are on schedule according to Bill Barron, Operations Superintendent for Marathon in Alaska.

Musher ends chemo just in time for Iditarod
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three days after doctors removed a third of Charlie Boulding's cancerous colon last summer, the 60-year-old dog driver was back on his feet.

31st Iditarod kicks off in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sixty-four dog teams pushed off on the frozen Chena River on Monday, launching the 31st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race along a novel route born out of Alaska's warm winter.

NOW PLAYING: Cradle 2 the Grave
There are good movies, there are bad movies, and then there are movies like Cradle 2 the Grave, which I classify as inconsequential; movies no one will be talking about two weeks after their release, and next year no one will even remember them coming out.

Kenseth wins gamble
LAS VEGAS -- Matt Kenseth solidified Roush Racing's hold on Las Vegas Motor Speedway by winning the UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 on Sunday -- giving his team its fourth victory in the track's six-year Winston Cup history.

CPGH, Aetna teaming up
Central Peninsula General Hospital's services now will be available to more patients. Hospital administrators elected Thursday to enter an agreement to be a preferred provider organization for Aetna Health Management members.

Soldotna man still walking Iditarod trial
For those who are wondering about Soldotna's Denis Douglas, the Iditawalker traveling on foot from Anchorage to Nome then on to Barrow, he is alive and well despite the challenging conditions from this year's weird weather.

Harmans to go back to court for animal cruelty
CHOTEAU, Mont. -- Jon Harman and Athena Lethcoe-Harman of Nikiski will be tried a second time on animal cruelty charges stemming from the discovery of 181 animals, mainly collies, in their tractor trailer last fall, a Teton County justice of the peace ruled Monday.

Arizona residents scout out Harmans' new property
Upset by the saga of the collies in Montana, Diane Troxell of Arizona wondered what type of facility dog owners Jon Harman and Athena Lethcoe-Harman had in mind if and when they relocated their dogs to her part of the world.

SALMON project tracks currents in Cook Inlet
A project designed to measure surface currents on Cook Inlet using radar was introduced to directors of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council in Kenai on Friday.

Contest prepares teens for careers in construction
"Can we build it? Yes, we can!" Although the popular phrase has come to be associated with Bob the Builder, it was heard loud and clear in the construction competition held at Kenai Peninsula College on Friday.

Bills aim to speed up permit process
As Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration actively seeks quicker returns from Alaska's resource wealth, state lawmakers of both parties are proposing bills designed to speed up the state's sluggish permitting process and remove perceived impediments to development.

Groups survive close calls with avalanches
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two groups of skiers survived avalanches Saturday in Hatcher Pass.

Jeb Bush sides with brother against states
The National Governors Association is a very exclusive club. Membership is limited to 50, and every one has to win a state election. The members, now split 26-24 between Republicans and Democrats, tend to be all for one and one for all for the good of their states.

Non-prescription drugs often cause major damage
The heatstroke death of a Baltimore Orioles pitcher has again focused attention on the dangers of ephedra as a weight-loss aid. But this country's nonprescription drug problem is much larger than one risky diet pill.

Applause
Kenai Indian Tribe event succeeds thanks to community help

South peninsula residents should reexamine opposition to drilling
More than quite a few years back my father explained America's fascination with the automobile in a way I could immediately grasp. Freedom of mobility once you set out on the road blurs the lines between rich and poor and makes each person a master of their own destiny for a brief moment in time.

New Mexico should declare war on tobacco products
Albuquerque oncologist Dr. Barbara L. McAneny and anti-tobacco activist Thomas Ramsey detail the disconcerting failure of the state to combat one of its most serious public health hazards -- smoking.

Numerous factors help spur rising gas prices
The Department of Energy reported last week that average per-gallon gasoline prices went up 8 cents in one week. In fact, since the end of 2002, the price of a gallon has gone up 29 cents, on average. By the end of last week, the American Automobile Association reported, the average national price was $1.66, a nickel below the record average of $1.71, which was reached in May 2001.

Letters to the Editor
Keep Kenai closed until after enough kings have entered the riverHelicopters have no place landing in Moose PassBoys and Girls Club, After the Bell continue unique partnership

Births
Maria and Matthew Dammeyer

Peninsula People
Homer student featured in SoccerAmerica magazineKenai student named finalist in scholarship programLadies Auxiliary announces scholarship winnersArea youth named finalist in competition

Community Schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes offeredBoys and Girls Club celebrates Dr. Seuss birthdaySchool board meets tonight in HomerWomen's addiction recovery program starts todayNorth Peninsula council meets tonightLockwood to speak at Soldotna chamberACS rep to speak at Kenai chamberNorth Peninsula chamber to meet ThursdayDEC plans informational open houseFamily Planning Clinic to close for week

Club News
Soldotna Elks announce table tennis winners

Photo feature: Spring cleaning?
Johnnie Miller washes his truck in his driveway Saturday afternoon. Warmer-than-usual temperatures have created breakup-type weather in the central Kenai Peninsula, turning many vehicles all the same color -- dirt brown.

Community News
'Fun raiser' planned to benefit fair

Photo: Getting warmer
Young hockey players peer through the protective screen at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility as Rick Baldwin, left, and his crew take time out from installing benches and coat hooks in the two warm-up huts they built.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber meets todayBusiness workshop slated in HomerSafari Club to show slides of AustraliaACS speaker to visit Kenai chamberFish and Game rep to speak at chamberCooper Landing festival this weekendInstaller training offeredDefensive driving class offeredSoccer club to hold tryoutsMeeting, museum tour set

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

Older activists won't sit quietly when it comes to issues affecting elderly
NEW YORK -- It's not always easy for these demonstrators to attend meetings and rallies. Some have aches and pains. Others must depend on a van service, having given up driving and public transportation.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Grizzlies get Pierced by Celtics
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Paul Pierce, who missed Boston's last two games with lower back pain, scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Monday night as the Celtics held on for a 111-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Garnett, Szczerbiak knock out Knicks
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists, and Wally Szczerbiak added 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves won their seventh straight by beating the New York Knicks 99-90 Sunday.

Red Wings score eighth victory in nine games
DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and two assists for a career-high four points as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 Sunday night without captain Steve Yzerman.

Sports Briefs
Homer splits games at KodiakDragila breaks world record in pole vault

Sanders belts home run in first game with Pirates
Reggie Sanders homered, drew a bases-loaded walk and drove in three runs in his first game with Pittsburgh, and the Pirates routed a Minnesota Twins' split squad 14-3 Monday.

Ex-Eagles take spotlight in NFL free agency
The Philadelphia Eagles could find it a lot more difficult to defend the NFC East title next season.

Clippers fire Gentry, promote Johnson
LOS ANGELES -- Alvin Gentry's roster of young, talented players just kept losing, and that cost him his job as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Messy Masters awaits
Over the weekend, the Masters slid further down the slippery slope that separates sporting event from spectacle.

Leman loves basketball, basketball loves Leman
Whitney Leman was a rumor long before she was a player on Ninilchik School's high school girls basketball team.

U.S. soccer's future could rest with 13-year-old
BRADENTON, Fla. -- All of 13, Freddy Adu is already being trumpeted as the future of American soccer.

St. John's topples No. 6-ranked Blue Devils with clutch free-throw shooting
NEW YORK -- Marcus Hatten capped a 29-point performance by making a free throw with no time left on the clock and St. John's beat No. 6 Duke 72-71 Sunday, snapping a four-game losing streak by holding the Blue Devils scoreless over the final four minutes.

USOC will move fast to name interim CEO
DENVER -- The last time a U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive resigned, it took a year to find a replacement. The organization can't afford that kind of delay now.

Total world domination
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods completed his sweep of the World Golf Championships on Sunday, building a big lead and then holding off a gritty comeback from David Toms to win the Match Play Championship.

Sports Briefs
USOC's chief operating officer resignsWashburn hurts shoulderUribe will have surgery on broken footReport: Checketts lines up to buy DodgersFresno State banned from postseason

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