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Monday, March 10, 2003

House passes $69 million supplemental budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $69 million supplemental spending bill to cover the costs of firefighting, natural disasters and other unanticipated expenses that sprang up this year was approved by the House on Friday.

Accounting change forces ACS to report $185 million loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems posted losses totaling $185 million last year.

American Legion commander calls for better health care
KENAI (AP) -- The commander of the nation's largest veterans organization called on Americans to pressure the president and Congress to fund health care for veterans before paying ''blackmail'' for stationing troops abroad for an attack on Iraq.

Senate passes bill easing regulatory spill rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- Oil operators would have longer to file spill prevention and contingency plans for state oversight under a bill passed in the Senate on Monday.

Alaska fire crews join shuttle search effort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Five Alaska firefighter crews will fly to Texas Monday to help find pieces of the shuttle Columbia.

Sorlie on the move again after a hearty meal
KALTAG, Alaska (AP) -- Norwegian musher Robert Sorlie was on the move and ahead of the pack again early Monday, leaving the Kaltag checkpoint at 4:41 a.m.

Coldfoot visitors center opening delayed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The opening of a $5 million federal visitors center at Coldfoot on the Dalton Highway will be delayed a year.

Habitat Division employees notified of layoffs, transfers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The main state agency charged with protecting fish and wildlife habitat moved a step closer to extinction Friday with word that 22 jobs will be chopped May 1 under a reorganization plan by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Murkowski's campaign rhetoric collides with budget realities
JUNEAU (AP) -- The rosy political rhetoric that helped Gov. Frank Murkowski win election last November collapsed this week under the weight of the state's budget woes.

Young reintroduces Native work preference bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young has reintroduced legislation to force Alaska's federal park and refuge managers to contract out construction, maintenance and research work to Alaska Native tribes.

Company agrees to buy Wards Cove Naknek plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seattle-based company has agreed to buy the Wards Cove Packing Co. cannery in Naknek.

Wind storm flips plane, ignites blazes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wind gusts to 50 mph stirred up big dust clouds along Anchorage streets Sunday, flipped a plane at Merrill Field and sent trees crashing into power lines.

Museum hopes to collect enough Alutiiq recipes for cookbook
KODIAK (AP) -- Do you think you have the best family recipe for akutak? Don't even know what akutak is?

Tuntutliak man killed on Anchorage street
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the western Alaska village of Tuntutliak died Saturday after he was struck by a car in East Anchorage.

Poor trail conditions force yet another Iditarod change
ANVIK, Alaska (AP) -- Halfway into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, yet another route change has occurred because of poor trail conditions, race organizers said Saturday.

Board of Game postpones predator control discussion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game has postponed a discussion on predator control in the McGrath area that was originally scheduled for Monday.

Credit union supervisor pleads guilty to credit car thefts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former supervisor for Alaskan Federal Credit has pleaded guilty to stealing more than a half-million dollars over six years.

Hunters find body near Resurrection Trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hunters looking for bear near the Resurrection Trail Sunday found the body of a man in thick brush about a mile and a half from the trail head.

Bethel man killed on Anchorage street
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Bethel man died Saturday after he was struck by a car in East Anchorage.

Visually challenged dog leads musher's team
KALTAG, Alaska (AP) -- A casual observer might overlook the milky left eye of the dog leading Frank Sihler's team in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Nonprofits fear cuts in Murkowski budget
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Executives with nonprofit groups in the Fairbanks area are concerned about Governor Murkowski's proposal to cut aid to nonprofits.

March 5, 2003, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on governor's game management stand
Two recent actions point to confusion in the game management philosophy in the administration of Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Light quake shakes Adak
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake was reported near Adak Island in the Aleutians Friday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

March 5, 2003, Voice of the Times praises new permanent fund thinking in Juneau
Signs of real political courage are beginning to emerge in Juneau.

Fishermen rest case in price-fixing lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lawyers representing thousands of commercial salmon fishermen have rested their case in the Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit.

March 3, 2003, Voice of the Times on Alaska properties found for sale on eBay
Shoppers using the eBay online auction and marketing service these days may find some unique Alaska items for sale. They include:

Poor trail conditions force yet another Iditarod change
KALTAG (AP) -- Halfway into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, poor trail conditions have forced yet another route change in the Last Great Race, officials said Saturday.

March 5, 2003, Anchorage Daily News says lawmakers on right track with permanent fund
More and more, legislators are talking sensibly about the Alaska Permanent Fund. The fund and its yearly dividend payment are not an entitlement, said House Speaker Pete Kott on Monday. But they're important to Alaska's economy and shouldn't be just cut off.

Tourism leaders unhappy with Murkowski proposal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to collect $8 million from tourists isn't getting a warm reception, particularly from people in the tourism industry.

Seven-course banquet awaits first musher to Kaltag
KALTAG, Alaska (AP) -- The menu had long been set for the seven-course banquet awaiting the first musher to complete the Yukon River portion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Man gets 25 years for raping UAA student
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping and choking a 19-year-old student at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Low snow pack levels increase risk of early fire season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's lack of winter may lead to an early and risk-elevated fire season this spring.

Condor to return to Fairbanks without guarantee request
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Summer passenger flight service between Frankfurt, Germany, and Fairbanks by Condor-Thomas Cook Airlines will resume this year without a request for Alaska money to buffer the financial risk.

Gunshots injure five in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four men survived gunshot wounds late Friday and early Saturday in three separate shootings. Another man survived after shooting himself.

Lots of fast food, TV triple the risk of obesity
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Bulletin from the medical front: Eating fast food and sitting hours on end in front of the TV are really terrible for the waistline.

Study of hibernating bears may help with osteoporosis
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Understanding a bear's long winter nap might yield the key to fighting osteoporosis in humans.

ACS tries to link fat, cancer in public mind
WASHINGTON -- The American Cancer Society, suggesting that the cancer risk in flab is as bad as the risk in tobacco, is about to start a drive to encourage people to lose weight and get more active.

Sorlie leads Iditarod mushers into Kaltag
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Norwegian Robert Sorlie continued his march north Sunday, stopping for less than 20 minutes at Eagle Island on the Yukon River as other leaders rested in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

NOW PLAYING: Tears of the Sun
The term "ethnic cleansing" is so antiseptic, so empty, it reminds me of a Stanley Kubrick set piece. The term is chilling, but never has its modern usage been brought so forcefully home to me than in Antoine Fuqua's follow up to Training Day, Tears of the Sun

Murkowski's campaign rhetoric collides with budget realities
JUNEAU (AP) -- The rosy political rhetoric that helped Gov. Frank Murkowski win election last November collapsed this week under the weight of the state's budget woes.

Legion commander: Vets need health care
The commander of the nation's largest veterans organization called on Americans to pressure the president and Congress to fund health care for veterans before paying what he termed "blackmail" to countries for permission to station troops there in preparation for a possible attack on Iraq.

Walaszek accepts role with tourism council
The Kenai Chamber or Commerce's loss is the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council's gain.

Soldotna care facility expands Medicare services
The international hospice symbol is in the shape of a heart. It was appropriate, then, that on Feb. 14 -- Valentine's Day -- Soldotna's 1st Choice Home Health Care Inc. became certified as just the second Medicare-licensed Hospice provider in Alaska.

Rite-Aid store site changes hands
The wide open space in the Peninsula Center Mall, formerly known as Rite-Aid, has new owners as of last week.

Peace meditation planned for today
In light of current world events, it seems ironic the Season for Peace and Nonviolence -- the days between the anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi 's death, Jan. 30, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, April 4 -- should be happening right now.

Fish board wants residents to be heard
Anyone wishing to have their opinion on early-run Kenai king salmon heard by the Alaska Board of Fisheries will get an unusual opportunity next Sunday during a special meeting of the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee.

Wolf: Nonprofits should report lobbying expenditures to donors
Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, wants people who donate to nonprofit organizations to know exactly what their money's going for.

Assembly to tackle insurance cost hikes
Following a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday's meeting in Soldotna, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to appropriate $216,950 to cover an increase in this fiscal year's property insurance premium made necessary by rapidly rising insurance costs.

Peninsula lawmakers seek changes
A legal doctrine with roots in common law by which squatters may acquire ownership rights to the land of another under certain specific conditions would be excised from Alaska statutes under a bill introduced Friday by Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai.

Margaret Evelyn McGahan
Longtime Nikiski resident Margaret Evelyn McGahan died of cancer Thursday, March 6, 2003, surrounded by some of her children and grandchildren at her homestead residence.

Norma B. Carey
Soldotna resident Norma B. Carey died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 75.

Josephine B. Jarvis
Kenai resident Josephine B. Jarvis died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Heritage Place nursing Home in Soldotna. She was 75.

Karen Conway Hergott
Former Kenai resident Karen Conway Hergott died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at her home in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. She was 47.

William Forrest
Soldotna resident William Forrest died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 64.

Broderick Daniel Isiah Hetherton
Broderick Daniel Isiah Hetherton died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003. Broderick's death was due to pre-term delivery in which his lungs were not developed enough for him to survive outside the womb.

Karen L. McDaniel
Soldotna resident Karen L. McDaniel died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 50.

Letters to the Editor
Kenaitze Headstart director should be commended for her workA letter to the president; thoughts on war, peace and sovereign God

Even couch potatoes now can excel in Olympic sporting competitions
It is a sad fact of human existence that the older you get, the more doors of opportunity are forever closed and dead bolted behind you.

Board of Fisheries cannot ignore disparity between guided, nonguided catch
For more than a year, we have been inundated with articles and letters to the editor about declines in the early-run of king salmon, problems with guides, the ethics of catch and release and loss of resident opportunity to harvest a fish for the table.

Oil companies not to blame for high price of gasoline
Are oil companies gouging us? Across Orange County, drivers now are paying above $2 a gallon for 91 octane and nearly $2 even for 87 octane. It was only 18 months ago that we were paying about $1.41 a gallon. Home heating oil and natural gas prices have increased just as fast.

Committee sees peninsula's best asset: its people
Talk about making a slam dunk and bringing home the gold.

Citizens should not have to trade civil rights for security
When passengers book a flight and check their bags, are they also checking their civil rights?

Applause
Land trust seeks public's ideas for development of Platt Park

Bush's willingness to go it alone could prove damaging over time
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is staking out a lonely position in forcing a U.N. vote on Iraq that he's likely to lose. It's an unusual strategy. And if he does lose and goes to war anyway, it could jeopardize America's dealings with other world powers for years to come.

Letters to the Editor
What to do with the hard question?Governor's budget differs from campaign promises

Photo feature: Springing forth
Spring flowers sprout on the remains of winter's drab palette alongside Soldotna Elementary School Saturday morning.

Around the Peninsula
AFS dinner set for tonightNutrition class offeredEducation group to meetMeeting set for photographers guildSled dog association gathering slatedCabin Hoppers plan fun dayAdvisory committee to hold special meeting

A complete lack of taste
From time to time, I am called upon to taste things and offer an opinion.

New York unveils a 'working man's red' wine
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A new wine grape more than 50 years in the making is being touted as a healthy, hardy ''working man's red.''

Photo: Second sight
Soldotna Lions Club President Tim Musgrove, right, and Sight Conservation chair Jan See display one of the clubs new drop stations for used eyeglasses.

Hard facts about water, laundry
We get numerous calls at the Extension Office regarding laundry problems related to water with high iron concentration. There are ways to prevent these problems, which often appear as yellowed whites.

Community News
Symphony to sponsor scholarship competitionLove INC seeks bicycle donationsAdult softball players invited to season meetingSeaLife Center opens Bering Sea exhibit

Culbertson, Gomez marry in Flagstaff
Kimberly Culbertson and Esteban Gomez were married in an outdoor ceremony Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at the Rierdan Mansion Historic State Park in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

Soldotna man turns 100
Soldotna centenarian Warren Moore says the secret to longevity is no secret at all.

Births
Amanda and Chris FalgoutAutumn and Troy Taylor Melissa Klimpke and Ron Chenault

On the Strip: Gourmet items take their place in Vegas buffet lines
LAS VEGAS -- Kelly O'Neill peered into the pans on a recent Saturday night at Le Village Buffet in the Paris Las Vegas Casino: Seafood bouillabaisse. Salmon flambe with sorrel sauce. Veal stew marengo.

Peninsula People
Area man graduates Navy recruit centerSoHi student wins Violet Richardson awardKenai grad completes basic trainingSoldotna student receives scholarship

Photo feature: Fraidy-cat
Michelle Seaman's kitten Butterbean finds a bit of comfort on Seaman's shoulder Saturday morning while waiting in line for a free rabies shot.

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
Hospital service area board meets tonightEducation group to discuss child needsTOTE rep to speak at Soldotna chamberPhotographers guild plans meetingEra rep to speak at Kenai chamberDOT to discuss bridge projectCPGH head to speak at north chamberCharter school lottery deadline nearsShowin' Off the Kids this weekendScholarship program set for SaturdayWomen's brunch planned

Delago, McCaughey announce engagement
Maria Jean Delago and Christopher McCaughey have announced their plans to marry in June.

Dogs do see in color
Dogs have good eyesight, but it differs from that of humans in many ways.

My best friend
Candy Stanley, who can't be seen, mesmerizes Lily, Levi and Maisy with chicken livers. Lily and Levi belong to Stanley. Maisy's owner is Catherine Perry of Clam Gulch, who submitted the photo, said the three dogs are best friends.

Suspended players may miss tournament
PHILADELPHIA -- Gary Buchanan hoped to end his career at Villanova with a trip to the NCAA tournament. Now, he might not even join his teammates at the Big East tournament.

Junior Nationals set to commence in Fairbanks
Six cross-country skiers with Kenai Peninsula connections will try and help Alaska continue a string of success when the 2003 Junior Olympics begin today at Birch Hill in Fairbanks.

Hoch, Tway share lead at Doral
MIAMI -- Don't feel sorry for Scott Hoch the next time he complains of an injury.

Carter erupts for 43 points as Raptors fly past Hawks
ATLANTA -- Vince Carter scored a season-high 43 points, the 11th 40-point game of his career and his first in nearly a year, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 107-98 Satuday night.

Nikiski girls go 10-0 in district
The Nikiski High School basketball teams played a pair of intense, physical games Friday night, splitting with District 3/3A opponent Houston at Nikiski.

Blackhawks put Fleury on waivers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Theo Fleury, the Chicago Blackhawks' troubled right wing who has battled alcohol abuse, was put on waivers Saturday, according to several reports.

Sports Briefs
Hingis: 'My dreams are over'Sanders stuns Klitschko with knockoutAlaska Fairbanks blanks Alaska AnchorageFirst tie in World Cup slalom; Miller struggles

Gardner leads No. 1 Arizona past Oregon
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Gardner scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the second half and No. 1 Arizona pulled away to beat Oregon 88-80 on Saturday.

St. Bonaventure president bows out over troubled team
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- St. Bonaventure President Robert Wickenheiser resigned Sunday, part of the fallout surrounding the troubles of the school's men's basketball program.

SoHi boys can't score upset of SkyHi
As Soldotna High School boys basketball coach Bill Withrow put it, not bad for a bunch of 5-foot-9 guys.

Orangemen program reaches 1,600 wins
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Freshman Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as No. 12 Syracuse beat Rutgers 83-74 Sunday to complete its first unbeaten season in the Carrier Dome.

Seward girls blow past Heritage in District 3/3A play
The Seward girls basketball team received 20 points from Michelle Dieckgraeff Friday at Seward to defeat Heritage Christian 71-41 and run its District 3/3A record to 7-2 and its overall record to 17-4. Heritage dropped to 4-13 and 1-7.

Loss to Sanders halts heavyweight's shot at championship contention
BERLIN -- So much for Wladimir Klitschko's status as a possible successor to Lennox Lewis. In just 207 seconds, the reputation of the 6-foot-7 Ukrainian took a big hit.

Kenai boys avenge loss to Soldotna
Both the Soldotna girls and Kenai Central boys showed they can learn from their mistakes Friday at Kenai in Region III/4A play.

Chicago buries Bruins
CHICAGO -- Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze each scored three goals and had two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 8-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Darkness postpones Furyk, Hoch playoff
MIAMI -- Scott Hoch didn't want to let a chance to win disappear in the dark, so he decided to stop playing Sunday night during his playoff with Jim Furyk in the Ford Championship at Doral.

Knicks inch past Washington in the Garden
NEW YORK -- Demonstrating once again how his presence can rattle the Knicks, Michael Jordan scored 39 Sunday in what was likely his last game at Madison Square Garden, the arena where he had some of his greatest performances. New York blew all but one point of a late 15-point lead and came away with a 97-96 victory.

Lady Mariners blow past Kenai, claim Southern Division No. 3 seed
Homer basketball teams visited Kenai Central Saturday poised to sweep their weekend visit to the central Kenai Peninsula. Following Friday victories over Skyview's boys and girls teams, the Mariners teams added two more wins to spoil the Kardinals' senior night recognition.

Capitals bruise Bruins
BOSTON -- Sean O'Donnell scored his first goal of the season halfway through overtime Saturday, leading the Boston Bruins past the Washington Capitals 5-4 for their third straight win.

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