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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Salvation Army buys Anchorage property to consolidate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Salvation Army's Alaska Division has bought nearly four acres in Midtown Anchorage where it plans to construct $14 million in buildings to consolidate and expand many of its local services.

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.

Winds kindle wildfire danger in Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities are warning residents of Anchorage and the Matanuska and Susitna valleys that strong winds, dry weather and unusual ground conditions have created an early wildfire hazard, and they discouraged any kind of burning.

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.

Disrupting flight costs Houston man $38,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from Texas must pay $38,000 to Northwest Airlines for disrupting a flight last November, prompting the crew to divert to 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.

Murkowski plan a blow to southern power line
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget would pull out a major financial underpinning of the proposed Anchorage-Kenai electrical intertie by taking back $27 million in interest that's accrued over the past decade on a grant for the project.

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.

Committee to take up ANWR bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. House Resources Committee will consider Alaska Rep. Don Young's bill to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

National Native News moves to New Mexico
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A nationally-syndicated Native American radio program is ending its 16-year history in Anchorage and moving to New Mexico.

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.

Man arrested on drug trafficking charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was charged with drug trafficking for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into the western Alaska village of Stebbins.

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.

Seattle company buys fish plant in Seward
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seattle-based company has bought Resurrection Bay Seafoods, a processing plant in Seward owned by Wards Cove Packing Co.

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.

Bill would require state to pay smaller share for drug, alcohol programs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state would pick up a smaller share of the cost of drug and alcohol treatment and prevention programs under a bill that cleared a Senate committee Monday.

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.

Defense opens case in sockeye salmon collusion trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of Trident Seafoods testified Monday that no other processor or importer told him what price to pay harvesters in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon.

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:

Soldotna facility becomes certified in hospice care
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Alaska has a second facility certified to provide Medicare-licensed hospice care.

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.

National Native News moves to New Mexico
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A nationally-syndicated Native American radio program is ending its 16-year history in Anchorage and moving to New Mexico.

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.

Habitat Division employees notified of layoffs, transfers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The main state agency charged with protecting fish and wildlife habitat will lose 22 jobs under a reorganization plan by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

$12,500 in cash prizes for the Caring For The Kenai 2003 contest
As the contest deadline for the 13th Annual Caring For the Kenai (CFK) environmental awareness contest sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium draws near, there is good news for high schools and participating students.

Rotary District Governor doesn't miss a Club
Arvind Phukan, originally from India, came to Alaska in 1974 to design the arctic section of the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

The Great TV Turn Off
For the last few years the birthday of the late great children's author, Dr. Seuss, has been an occasion to get kids excited about reading at Redoubt elementary school, the Kenai Library and the Boys and Girls Club.

Soldotna Chamber honors community members with annual awards
A capacity crowd filled the Soldotna Elks Club last week for the 44th Annual Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

Visually challenged dog heads up musher's team
KALTAG -- A casual observer might overlook the milky left eye of the dog leading Frank Sihler's team in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. But the Wasilla rookie wastes no time telling acquaintances that Wiley is 10 years old -- and visually challenged.

Sorlie first out of Unalakleet
UNALAKLEET -- Norwegian musher Robert Sorlie has been running ahead of the competition for days, but he said Monday he's feeling pressure to speed up in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

RV park putting lots up for sale
For more than 15 years it has operated as a recreational vehicle park drawing vacationers to the shores of the Kenai River. However, spurred by requests from longtime tenants who want to buy lots, the owner of River Quest RV Resort now wants to subdivide the land and sell it.

Tourism summit ignites search for new identity
Collaboration. Cooperation. Coalition.

Gov's proposal not well received
Response to the proposal in Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget presented last week for a visitor user fees was not well received by members of the tourism industry.

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.

Kenai loads cop cars with cameras
Every Kenai Police Department patrol vehicle soon will be equipped with a digital video camera, thanks to a $27,000 grant approved by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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.

Austerman testing Alaska's waters to possibly open fish farming door
HOMER -- Alaska's fisheries will shift from today's rural lifestyle to a business-oriented industry geared toward competing in global markets, the governor's special fisheries adviser, Alan Austerman, said recently.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

William 'Bill' Forrest
Soldotna resident William "Bill" Forrest died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Providence Hospital 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.

Norma B. Carey
Soldotna resident Norma B. Carey died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna with her family on both sides after a difficult struggle with lung disease complications. She was 75.

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?

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.

Permanent fund should be used to help pay for state government
Signs of real political courage are beginning to emerge in Juneau.

Letters to the Editor
Proposals would give lobbyists even more influence in JuneauAlaska elected mushroom farmer; now we will reap what we plantedPeace marchers not being honest in their protests against war

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.

Applause
Read my lips, governorBake sale is sweet success

Advisory panel not out to bash guides; public says there are too many guides
There have been numerous comments made recently regarding the early run of kings. As with every other highly charged issue regarding our fisheries, some of the comments are based on agendas, personal feelings or experience; others are based on socio-economic or biologic data; and some are based on all of these.

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

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

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Clothes Closet open, donations neededTOTE rep to speak at Soldotna chamberPhotographers guild plans meetingEra rep to speak at Kenai chamberDOT to discuss bridge projectHistorical Society to discuss fishingGardeners plan lecture seriesPlanned Parenthood seeks nominations

Club News
Elks table tennis winners announced

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.

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

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.

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

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

New Web site launched to help senior citizens access drug programs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new Internet-based program has been launched to help the elderly more easily identify programs that will save them money on prescription drugs.

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.

Hoch finishes off Furyk at Doral
MIAMI -- One clutch putt made Scott Hoch look smart for waiting overnight to continue his playoff.

CIA's Peterson makes the most of his abilities
Looks can be deceiving. Just take a glance at the long list of opponents the Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team has surprised this season.

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.

Photo feature: Shadow of things to come
A skateboarder casts a shadow last weekend in Soldotna on a ramp at the city's skateboard park. The facility was still closed for the season but boarders were planning on meeting with the city to get it opened again.

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.

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.

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.

Alabama, Indiana, Texas Tech on NCAA tournament bubble
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama was ranked No. 1 briefly, Indiana reached last year's national title game, and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight always has his teams ready when it matters.

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.

Team Alaska skiers win Junior Olympic titles
Team Alaska's Katie Ronsse and Brett Broda both won sprint titles Monday as the 2003 Junior Olympics commenced at Birch Hill in Fairbanks.

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.

Sports Briefs
Homer sweeps SkyviewSeward wins two over HoustonWells agrees to $100,000 fine for book

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.

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