Friday, March 7, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Sen. Murkowski introduces 9th Circuit breakup bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced a bill to break the federal court system's large Western circuit in two.

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.

Avalanche danger in Hatcher Pass area significant
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state Division of Parks is warning people planning to head to the mountains this weekend that there are significant avalanche hazards in the Hatcher Pass area.

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.

Fairbanks pinched by doctor shortage
FAIRBANKS (AP) The small pool of doctors who treat the elderly and the poor in Fairbanks is shrinking.

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.

Proposal to ax APOC sparks critics
JUNEAU (AP) Critics are howling over Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to abolish the state agency that oversees campaign finance and lobbying activities in the state.

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.

Plane that crashed at Juneau Airport was overloaded
JUNEAU (AP) An investigation into a plane crash last year at the Juneau airport has determined the plane was overloaded.

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.

Protest promised if state approves predator control
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska can count on a tourism boycott if wolves are killed to boost moose populations for hunters, the president of a national animal rights group told the Alaska Board of Game on Thursday.

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.

Elementary principal dies in car accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) An elementary school principal on her way to work was killed Thursday morning in a four-car accident on the Glenn Highway near Eagle River.

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.

Kenai tourism industry sees strength in numbers
KENAI (AP) The director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District said the visitor industry needs a boost and he thinks he knows how to do it.

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.

Armed robber pistol whips couple
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage couple was pistol whipped during an attempted robbery Thursday morning outside their home in east Anchorage, police said.

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.

West Valley High students hold war protest
FAIRBANKS (AP) More than 100 high school students in Fairbanks participated in a class walkout at West Valley High School to protest the possibility of war with Iraq.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Redskins stay active in market
The Washington Redskins, by far the most active team in the first week of free agency, struck again Thursday, signing New York Jets' return man Chad Morton to an offer sheet.

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

As America ages, few doctors want to specialize in elder care
NEW YORK (AP) Lisa Skinner, a chief resident at UCLA School of Medicine, thought about specializing in the treatment of old people, and even got a master's degree in geriatric social work. In the end, she opted to pursue general internal medicine.

Watercooler
SKIPPING VACATION: Vacation is as an indispensable benefit of our work lives flee the office, reflect, rejuvenate, travel, read, sleep late and generally improve your disposition as an employee.

Consumers could benefit from food-business scandals
NEW YORK (AP) Could accounting scandals actually save you money? Maybe not in the stock market, but at your local supermarket.

Keep shuffling the pieces when dealing with problem growing areas
Dean Fosdick retired in May 2001 after 23 years with The Associated Press, 15 of those as Alaska bureau chief. He has covered the Exxon Valdez oil spill, volcanoes, galloping glaciers and harvesting Alaska-grown 100-pound-plus cabbages. He can be reached at: deanfosdick(at)netscape.net

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.

Norways Sorlie widens gap
KALTAG (AP) Norway's Robert Sorlie set a blistering pace of 11 miles per hour as he maintained his lead Thursday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, arriving first at the Kaltag checkpoint.

Dietitian studies succulent menus of competitors
RUBY Martin Buser dines on tenderloin steak and butter-drenched shrimp along lonely stretches of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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

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.

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.

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
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Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Speeds all relative at NASCARs fastest track
HAMPTON, Ga. When Atlanta Motor Speedway was redesigned in 1997, it gained a 37,000-seat main grandstand, 44 luxury suites and an expanded press box. Most importantly, the track became the fastest on the Winston Cup circuit.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Peninsula legislators give mixed reviews to Murkowski's budget
Gov. Frank Murkowski may have a tough row to hoe over the next couple of months if he's to convince some members of the Kenai-Kodiak Caucus to vote for elements of the $2.17 billion general fund spending plan he outlined Wednesday.

We won the Games
It's official: The 2006 Arctic Winter Games are coming to town.

Kenai officials: It could be worse
Due to Big Kmart closing down, low interest rates and other factors, funds are already tight for the city of Kenai. The budget proposal Gov. Frank Murkowski unveiled Wednesday would make funds tighter still.

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.

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.

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

Governor proposes school funding cuts
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski is proposing to cut spending on schools next year by nearly $28 million, partly by giving them less help busing their students and repaying their bond debt.

Mining nixed in 3,000 of Chugach
The U.S. Department of the Interior has withdrawn approximately 3,000 acres of the Chugach National Forest from consideration for mining activities in a move meant to further protect the Russian River ecosystem.

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.

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Bills favor special interest wants over legitimate needs of Alaskans Governor needs to listen to Alaskans before he acts Early-run kings managed for fishing opportunity, not protection of fish What are area chambers doing to support sportfishing industry? School libraries should not be part of budget reductions

Nothing will keep Bush from war with Saddam What others say
Soon enough, President Bush will give the order whereby the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and a few allies begin a war to overthrow a cruel tyrant and provide an opportunity for democracy to take root in an unlikely venue.

Applause
Two exhibits worth taking in Many acts of kindness, support sweeten annual senior dinner

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.

Catching a buzz
There's a buzz on the street and it's not the sounds of gossip or hearsay, but rather the buzz of the honey bee as peninsula apiculturists gear up for the spring beekeeping season.

Outdoor Briefs
Sterling Ducks Unlimited fund-raising event March 15 Organizations raising funds to stock Homer Spit Lagoon Homer winter king derby March 22

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ecologist defends mountain hemlock
My recent column on mountain hemlock has generated some lively debate among the readers.

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

Around the Peninsula
Prom dress sale to benefit ski team Racing meeting planned Cooper Landing festival set to go Defensive driving class offered

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

Railroad asks for rabbis help after tank car derailment
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When a train derailed in northwestern Minnesota, the Canadian Pacific Railway called a rabbi for help.

Dancing and drinking: Evangelical Wheaton College liberalizes its venerable behavior pledge
In the world of evangelical colleges, it was a moment to remember a shift on roughly the same level as a single-sex school turning into a coed institution.

2003 church yearbook gives picture of black denominations
NEW YORK (AP) A widely used annual report on membership in North American religious groups includes statistics for a leading black Protestant denomination for the first time in three years.

Religious leaders urge parishioners to rally against slots
BALTIMORE (AP) Religious leaders are growing more vocal in their opposition to a proposal by Gov. Robert Ehrlich to bring 10,500 slot machines to four racetracks.

Dispute between pastor, lay church leaders, divides Serbian Orthodox parish
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) The tiny Serbian Orthodox church tucked away among a block of aging row houses usually attracts little notice in this central Pennsylvania town.

Leader of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to retire early
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Rev. Richard L. Hamm, plans to leave the top post in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in October, two years before his present term is up.

God provides aid through Love INC
People of the Kenai Peninsula are starting to understand and address the problem of the homeless. It has been a fairly hidden issue until now.

Pittsburgh council approves church exception for historic nominations
PITTSBURGH (AP) Unlike other buildings, religious structures can only be nominated for historic status by their owners under a new policy one councilman derided as the immaculate exception.''

Church Briefs
Native fellowship meets Purity Conference slated Peace service planned Womens Aglow to meet Bahais prepare for New Year Friendship closet open Bible study group meets Healing Rooms open weekends Conference studies Genesis Poetry contest seeks entrants Writers sought for faith anthology

Jagr breaks from slump, Capitals draw with Thrashers
WASHINGTON Jaromir Jagr broke out of a slump with two goals and an assist and Ivan Ciernik scored with 2:57 left in regulation to lift the Washington Capitals into a 4-4 tie with the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.

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.

Bulls snap Warriors six-game win streak
CHICAGO Eddy Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night as the Chicago Bulls beat Golden State 119-105 and snapped the Warriors' six-game winning streak.

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.

Blue Devils avenge defeat to Seminoles
DURHAM, N.C. Shelden Williams had 12 points and season-high 17 rebounds and No. 10 Duke forced 24 turnovers in a 72-56 victory over Florida State on Thursday night.

March sadness
Something about this time of year makes it hard to say student-athlete'' without cracking up.

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.

Smith, Filipenko to wed
Tessa Smith and Mark Filipenko have announced their plans to marry. No date has been set.

How invitations make a first impression
Every bride knows her guests first impression of her wedding comes from the invitation. Invitations not only set the tone for the even

Hot New Trends in Todays Bridal Gowns
Today's trends in bridal gowns place the focus on a bride's uniqueness and individuality more than the dress.

Stacy Olson and Jeff Johnson announce plans to wed in April
Stacy Olson and Jeff Johnson are to be married April 6, 2003. Their ceremony will take place on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

Wedding Cakes: How-to Guide
In years past, wedding cakes often accounted for more symbolic value than dining enjoyment at a reception. Fortunately, the days of tasteless white cake and nondescript frosting are long gone.

Mullican, Williams announce wedding plans
Linzy May Mullican of Federal Way Washington and Nick Williams III announce plans to wed on the 21st of November in the year 2003.

Hollier and Kvasnikoff plan spring wedding
Gary Hollie and Debra Kvasnikoff of Soldotna plan a spring 2003 wedding.

Weddings On A Budget
Many couples are shocked to learn the average wedding will cost over $10,000. In larger cities, that amount can easily top $15,000. However, with good organizational skills, a bit of ingenuity and some flexibility, it can be done cheaper.

Tuttle and Starkweather announce their engagement
Jon Tuttle and Lindsay Starkweather are announcing their engagement.

June wedding planned for Gehrke, Conright
Darlene Gehrke of Nikiski, and Jack Conright of Nikiski announce their plans to wed at 2:00pm on June 14, 2003. The wedding will be held on Hesketh Island in Kachemak Bay.

Schemanski, Doss to wed
Tera Schemanski of Soldotna and Levi Doss of Nikiski have announced their plans to marry Sunday, July 20, 2003, in an afternoon ceremony at the Soldotna Nazarene Church. Greg Newell will officiate.

Boedeker, Hyde to wed in June
Tara Boedeker will wed Ross E. Hyde in Shakopee, Minnesota on June 22, 2003. Tara is the daughter of Thomas and Tanya Boedeker of Soldotna and a 1996 graduate from Skyview High School. She received her BA in Political Science with emphasis

Engagement Rings Through The Ages
(NAPSI)-The engagement ring's romantic traditions resonate throughout time. The Romans first introduced the betrothal ring as a plain, iron hoop. According to Macrobius, a 5th century R

Photo Tips for Wedding Guests
Now that June is almost here, chances are that you will be attending a wedding or two sometime soon.

How to Announce your marriage in the Clarion
The Peninsula Clarion wants to help newlyweds share the news of their marriage with others in the community.

Saying I Do Can Be Even Better The Second Time Around
(NAPSI)-A second wedding means another chance to be the blushing bride, so take this opportunity to indulge in a beauty regimen that will make the years disappear.

Linthicum and Pannell plan a June wedding
Kimberly Linthicum and Nathan Pannell will marry June 28, 2003 in Sterling.

The big day
Jewel and Jason Alvis at the Kenai Senior Center on the bluff.

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