Thursday, March 6, 2003

Senate approves breast and cervical cancer bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill extending Medicaid coverage to eligible women for breast and cervical cancer treatment passed unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday.

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

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.

Senate passes resolution calling for road construction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Senate passed a resolution Wednesday supporting construction of a road linking Chena and Arctic Circle Hot Springs resorts.

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

Alaska athletes place high in ski championships
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Cross-country skiers from Germany, Norway and Slovakia put Alaska on the map Wednesday at the NCAA Ski Championships.

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.

Norwegian musher first to leave Galena
GALENA (AP) -- Top teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race passed through the Galena checkpoint early Thursday, with Norway's Robert Sorlie maintaining his lead.

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.

Salch man on trial for allegedly assaulting baby
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha man is on trial, accused of assaulting his girlfriend's 9-month-old baby, whose injuries included three broken bones and bruising to his head.

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

Lieberman introduces ANWR wilderness bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has introduced legislation to designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain as official federal wilderness, but he acknowledged that his bill has little chance of passage.

Court system offering more alternatives
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Court System is trying to keep more people out of court -- or at least out of traditional, adversarial court proceedings.

Tanker traffic shut down for ice
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard shut down oil tanker traffic in Prince William Sound for eight hours Tuesday morning after new ice radar detected ''wall-to-wall'' ice in shipping lanes during a dark, foggy night.

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

Feb. 25,2003, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on supporting Arctic Power
Congress returns to work today, and the next week or two in the Senate likely will see important movement in favor of those hoping to open a slice of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

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.

Norwegian musher first to leave Ruby
RUBY, Alaska (AP) -- Norwegian Robert Sorlie was the first musher Wednesday to leave the Yukon River village of Ruby as he kept distance between himself and other teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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 deep cuts and taxes to balance budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski proposed spending plan on Wednesday night that would spare few Alaskans the pain of deep cuts and increased taxes for the next fiscal year.

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.

Alaska Railroad agrees to pay penalty, upgrade equipment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad Corp. has agreed to pay the federal government $150,000 and upgrade emergency response equipment because of a 1999 derailment and fuel spill about 40 miles north of Talkeetna.

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.

Feb. 27,2003, Voice of the Times on Clinton games in Tongass tangle
Sen. Ted Stevens gives a fascinating account of the treachery he encountered with President Bill Clinton on the Tongass National Forest.

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

Hungry wolves killing dogs in Ketchikan area
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Hungry wolves are killing dogs in the Ketchikan area, according to a state wildlife management biologist.

Bill would let voters pick issues-only ballot
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that passed the House on Wednesday would let voters pick an ''issues-only'' ballot in a primary election.

Assembly member to propose government consolidation
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly member said he will bring forth a resolution to draft a charter for a consolidated municipality.

Why the 'Boss' is always on the warpath
He dreams of the day when there will be a sports league with no managers or players, just owners. No need for actual games, just wall-to-wall meddling.

Cone perfect in '03 exhibition debut
JUPITER, Fla. -- David Cone, who once pitched a perfect game, happily settled for a perfect inning Wednesday.

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

Iditarod lead pack taking shape in Ruby
RUBY -- Norwegian Robert Sorlie was the first musher Wednesday to leave the Yukon River village of Ruby as he kept distance between himself and other teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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

Nikiski production 'Encore! Encore!' back for more
After the success of the Nikiski High School drama, debate and forensics team's "Encore! Encore!" production last November, the show is getting an encore of its own.

Authors share their work at Writers' Night
Whether it's a sonnet by Shakespeare or a supermarket tabloid, all writing is meant to be read.

Author's quirky first novel full of surprises
Paul Brynner subtitles his first novel "a different kind of Alaska fiction." That and the unusual cover painting promise that "The Conception of Sphinx" holds surprises. And the book delivers on that promise.

Art Briefs
Art designs solicitedGallery soliciting bead worksAuthor visits Kachemak Bay campusFine arts camp accepting registrationsPratt Museum solicits fiber arts pieces

Cheap and stylish, Argentina becoming Eden for TV commercials, movie makers
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- In sync with cranking 1970s funk, a black Cockney cab blows past a cafe full of well-heeled Londoners, leaving them choking on billows of smoke.

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

Strummer's death answered question of whether the Clash would re-form
NEW YORK -- One Sunday morning last December Joe Strummer faxed a message to Paul Simonon, his old friend from the Clash. Simonon was the holdout.

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $1,676,8662. Kurt Busch 1,251,4763. Jimmie Johnson 924,011

This week's race: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Where and when

Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second last week at Las Vegas and said he believes his team is finally on track to contend for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

Points Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip 4612. Matt Kenseth 4583. Jimmie Johnson 447

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Weather at track is focus of study
HAMPTON, Ga. When the NASCAR Winston Cup Series moves to Atlanta Motor Speed way every spring, two things come to mind: fast speeds and weather.

Fight to keep second race goes to state Capitol today
AMPTON, Ga. -- The battle to keep racing dates on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule will make a pit stop at the Georgia state Capitol.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Razdolna School could be closed
HOMER -- Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board members are considering the temporary closing of the Razdolna School in coming weeks after an inspection found serious electrical problems in the building.

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

Peninsula tourism industry seeks boost
Jim Carter, director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, said he believes the Kenai Peninsula visitor industry needs a boost. One that he thinks can come from collaboration.

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

School board news
Also Monday night, the school board...

Searches yield items from robbery
As part of a Kenai burglary investigation, police searched two residences in Soldotna and one in Sterling on Tuesday and found most of the stolen items. Two people were arrested.

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.

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

Mildred C. Griffing
Longtime Alaska resident Mildred C. Griffing died in her sleep Sunday, March 2, 2003, at the Anchorage Pioneer Home. She was 90.

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

2004 presidential predictions
A year away from the Democratic presidential primaries, let's go out on a limb and make two predictions.

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.

Murkowski right to show restraint in giving funds to Arctic Power lobbying
... (T)he next week or two in the Senate likely will see important movement in favor of those hoping to open a slice of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

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.

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

A 'peak' of snow
Sun highlights the Chugach Mountains near Turnagain Pass earlier this week.

Around the Peninsula
Prom dress sale to benefit ski teamRacing meeting plannedCooper Landing festival set to goDefensive driving class offeredService area board to meetSteering committee meets next ThursdayBridge work session plannedCharter school to hold enrollment lotteryKCHS classmates sought

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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Maple Leafs acquire Nolan from Sharks
Owen Nolan, the San Jose Sharks' franchise scoring leader and their captain since 1998, was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

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.

Cujo backstops Wings win
DETROIT -- Curtis Joseph made 33 saves as the Detroit Red Wings won their seventh straight game, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Wednesday night.

Broncos grab Plummer, Chargers get Boston
The Arizona Cardinals have been one of the NFL's biggest losers on the field. On Wednesday, they were the big losers off it.

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

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

Celtics make it a sweep of Knicks
BOSTON -- Antoine Walker scored 34 points and Tony Battie blocked the potential game-tying shot in the final seconds as the Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks, 97-95, for the eighth consecutive time Wednesday.

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.

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

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.

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