Wednesday, March 5, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Kenai teachers, district reach tentative agreement
BODY: KENAI (AP) The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has reached a contract agreement with its teachers.

Judge orders second trial in border dog animal cruelty case
CHOTEAU (AP) Two people from Alaska will have to face a second trial on 181 charges of animal cruelty, Justice of the Peace Pete H

Murkowski likely to propose $200 million in budget cuts
BODY: JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski is expected to propose about $200 million in cuts to state programs during a speech to the Legislature tonight, his budget chief said Tuesday.

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.

Commission recommends formation of boroughs
BODY: FAIRBANKS (AP) The state Local Boundary Commission has concluded that seven different unorganized areas of the state meet the criteria for potential organization into boroughs.

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.

Governor proposes closing state correspondence school
JUNEAU (AP) The state education department is proposing to close its statewide correspondence school, Alyeska Central School, i

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.

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.

Second man pleads guilty in check scam
BODY: ANCHORAGE (AP) A second man has pleaded guilty in a check cashing scam that involved counterfeit state checks.

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.

Arson charge dropped against man charged with murder
BODY: FAIRBANKS (AP) Prosecutors in Washington state have dismissed an arson charge against William Holmes of Fairbanks, allowing his extradition to California to face charges of fatally shooting two men on Christmas Eve.

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.

Facing new competition, Alaska fishermen turn to regional brands for salmon
BODY: ANCHORAGE, Alaska In the new world of Alaska regional seafood marketing, sockeye salmon will be on ice seconds after theyre plucked from the sea. Theyll be coddled like newborns to prevent bruising.

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.

Norwegian musher maintains lead, first into Ruby
BODY: RUBY, Alaska (AP) Norwegian musher Robert Sorlie held onto his lead Wednesday, becoming the first musher to reach the Yukon River village of Ruby in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

Senior programs moved to Health and Social Services
JUNEAU (AP) The Murkowski administration announced plans Tuesday to move senior citizen programs to the Department of Hea

Democrats cry foul over Ruedrich appointment
JUNEAU (AP) Republican lawmakers confirmed the appointment of GOP head Randy Ruedrich to a state commission overseeing oil and gas issues during a contentious session Tuesday.

Some Craig residents unhappy with proposed helipad location
KETCHIKAN (AP) Some residents of Craig are unhappy with a plan to build a new helipad at Cemetery Island and want to work with the city to find a

Boston-New York rivalry gets added spice from Giambi brothers
BODY: FORT MYERS, Fla. A full house watched brothers Jason and Jeremy Giambi face each other for the first time in the fierce Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sorlie leads pack on to Yukon River
TANANA Norwegian Robert Sorlie was the first musher to leave the Tanana checkpoint Tuesday evening to maintain his early lead in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Everythings fine, he said. Im havin

Chamber awards presented
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce handed out community and business awards Friday at its 44th annual awards banquet at the Soldot-na Elks Lodge.

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.

Photo feature: Cool Cat comes to Kenai
The cat in the hat, also known as Amanda North, signed certificates of participation and stamped the hands of Shannon and Whitney Esteban as part of the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration Sunday at the Kenai Community Library.

U.S. may withdraw Iraq resolution
WASHINGTON With other nations opposition hardening, the Bush administration left open the possibility Tuesday that it would not seek a United Nations vote on its war-making resolution if t

Road, rail rumors put to rest
The Kenai Peninsula is rife with scuttlebutt and rumors about plans to connect with the rest of the state.

Upcoming road projects
The following are other projects the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has slated for the Kenai Peninsula:

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.

Kenai vies for OEM facility
The upper floor of the Pacific Rim Institute of Safety and Management facility in Kenai disproves the statement "if you build it, they will come."

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.

Jerry Dean Newell
Anchorage resident Jerry Dean Newell died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at his Bear Valley homestead. He was 72.

Ruth Y. Brewster
Longtime Alaska resident Ruth Y. Brewster died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 78.

Jeannette Louise McDonald
Kenai resident Jeannette Louise McDonald died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at her residence in Kenai. She was 59. At this time, no local services are planned.

Patricia Ann Severe
Kenai resident Patricia Ann Severe died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 74.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Continued weapons inspections wont help disarm Iraq People should be asking more questions of the government Board of Fisheries eliminates locals from participation in fish meeting Board of Fisheries eliminates locals from participation in fish meeting

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.

Politicians, taxes partly to blame for high cost of fuel
As robins will herald the arrival of spring in a few weeks, the chirping of politicians accompanies the rising price of oil.

Nation slow to increase number of women holding public office
WASHINGTON While its the pre-eminent nation in technology, a superpower intent on exporting democracy, the United States lags far behind Old Europe and some Third World countries when it comes to electing women to high political office.

Around the Peninsula
Steering committee to meet Thursday Gardeners plan lecture series Twin City Raceway meeting planned EDD to host visitors industry summit Prom dress sale to benefit ski team AFS dinner set for Sunday Womens brunch planned Winter king derby slated Applications for visitor services available

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

Around the District
Spring break approaches Artists in Schools applications due April 1 Scholarship lists available

Hats off to Dr. Seuss
Some might say it was a Seuss-abration Sunday at the Kenai Community Library, where more than 100 children and their parents gathered to perform skits, eat cake, play

Keeping current: KPCNN information system up and running
After a lot of planning and coordination from several departments, the Kenai Peninsula College News Network has been launched.

Schools around the District
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Mountain View Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Tustumena Elementary Connections IDEA Kenai Middle School Soldotna Middle School Kenai Central High Nikiski Middle-Senior High Ninilchik Skyview High Soldotna High Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Reading, writing and routers Students build houses
PASCO, Wash. When Phonsy Phothisene graduates from Pasco High School, hell have the usual reading, writing and math skills, plus at least one more the basics of homebui

Child find sessions planned in Nikiski
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Districts pupil services department will conduct a child find this month in the Nikiski area to identify preschool age children who may benefit from a special needs preschool.

Menus around the district

Use caution when researching on Internet
Many parents may not be aware of the seriousness of the improper use of technology and its impact on student assignments. School administrators must err on the side of education; thus the need for this article educating parents regarding the increasing problem of plagiarism.

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

NBA Olympic players would face out-of-competition testing
COPENHAGEN, Denmark NBA players on Olympic teams will face out-of-competition, random drug tests for the 2004 Athens Games starting July 1 as part of a global program that is expected to be approved Wednesday.

Sports Briefs
Baseball official likely to meet with Roses manager ts official: Baker the NL All-Star skipper

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.

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.

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.

Rice, Brown stay together in Oakland
erry Rice suggested last season he might play until hes 45. Now he has a contract that will pay him until hes 46.

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.

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.

Wizards lose game to Raptors, Jordan to spasms
BODY: WASHINGTON The Washington Wizards lost a game to Toronto and lost Michael Jordan to back spa

Jones: Pretenderor champ?
In just a week, Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson did their part to add a spark to a heavyweight division paralyzed by Lennox Lewis inactivity.

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

Senators bruise Maple Leafs
BODY: OTTAWA Radek Bonk, Mike Fisher, Karel Rachunek and Wade Redden scored power-play goals as the Ottawa Senators took full advantag

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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