Thursday, March 13, 2003

Alpine satellites construction could begin in 2005
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Construction could get underway in the winter of 2005 with production beginning the following summer on the first of five small oil and gas deposits near the Alpine oil field.

Alaska Natives applying to be part of alcoholism study
JUNEAU (AP) A research study is being conducted in Southeast that couples a drug used to decrease alcohol cravings with one that alleviates depression.

Intense search turns up no track of missing brothers
ANCHORAGE (AP) A massive search of a South Anchorage neighborhood has failed to turn up any sign of two young brothers who disappeared Monday.

Bill would divert oil dollars to education
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some House Republicans want to divert part of the stream of oil money now going into the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Tourism summit held to increase visitors to the Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) About 50 people gathered for a summit last week to discuss ways of making the Kenai Peninsula more of a tourist destination.

Fierce wind storm causes damage, fans wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North winds gusting to more than 70 miles per hour roared through Southcentral Alaska late Wednesday and early Thursday, spinning debris through the air, knocking out power, damaging buildings and fanning wildfires in Palmer and Anchor Point.

U.S. attorney reopens investigation into Alaska Airlines crash
SEATTLE (AP) Federal authorities have reopened a criminal investigation into the January 2000 crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, the airline's parent company disclosed Wednesday.

Game board rejects, bear, wolf hunts in Chugach park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game has turned down proposals to allow hunting of brown bears and wolves in Chugach State Park.

Bush getting close to winning on Arctic oil drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) Soaring energy prices and the precarious nature of Persian Gulf oil are boosting the chances Congress will approve oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Game Board backs predator control near McGrath
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game voted unanimously Wednesday to kill wolves and move brown and black bears from a 520-square mile area near McGrath.

Juneau OKs land deal for Herbert River property
JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Assembly has approved providing matching funds to put 148 acres of coastal wetlands and wildlife habitat into public hands.

Norwegian wins Iditarod dogsled race
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Norway's Robert Sorlie cruised to victory Thursday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race, after grabbing an early lead and fighting off a late challenge in the last 170-miles of the race.

Trident goal was to lower prices to fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) A processor planned to lower prices to fishermen in 1992 to benefit producers and marketers, according to a document introduced in a lawsuit alleging price-fixing in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

Norwegian wins Iditarod dogsled race
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Robert Sorlie, a Norwegian musher who lost and then regained the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, was first across the finish line early Thursday.

Body found near Resurrection Trail is identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state medical examiner has identified the body of a man found by hunters on Sunday near the Resurrection Trail.

Norwegian ''rookie'' makes his country proud
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Focusing on speed and breaking records, Norwegian firefighter Robert Sorlie made his country proud by becoming the first Norwegian to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Stevens vows to fight cuts to essential air service
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Bush administration wants to cut the cost of subsidizing air service to small towns in Alaska and elsewhere by making the towns put up some of the money.

Boy killed in vehicle collision with moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A boy died Wednesday from injuries sustained when the car his mother was driving struck a moose on the Glenn Highway north of Anchorage.

Sorlie is first into White Mountain
WHITE MOUNTAIN, Alaska (AP) Norway's Robert Sorlie fought off a spirited challenge from musher Ramy Brooks, retaking the lead early Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Senate panel approves hike in studded tire fines
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate bill to impose a tax on studded tires also now includes an increase in fines for driving on studs out of season.

Kenai equips police cars with cameras
KENAI (AP) Police cars in Kenai will soon be equipped with a digital video camera, thanks to a $27,000 grant approved by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

Stock designation may cost fishing area
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Catch numbers for sockeye salmon from Hugh Smith Lake have fluctuated with fewer fish returning to spawn.

House committee hears motor fuel, tire tax
JUNEAU (AP) A 12-cent per-gallon hike in the state's motor fuel tax may be asking too much without assurances that the money will improve state roads, said the chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Intense search turns up no track of missing brothers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A massive search of a South Anchorage neighborhood was expanded Wednesday but failed to turn up any sign of two young brothers missing for two days.

Murkowski budget has money for Interior roads
FAIRBANKS (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed capital budget includes transportation and improvement projects for the Interior, including big improvements to Fairbanks International Airport.

Survey: Domestic processors can handle Southeast salmon runs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Domestic fish processors say they can handle this year's pink salmon runs in Southeast, Prince William Sound and Kodiak -- the areas that foreign processors are eyeing, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Longevity bonus cut likely to face stiff opposition
JUNEAU (AP) A proposal to save $47.5 million a year by ending the senior citizens' longevity bonus program is likely to face stiff opposition.

Game Board backs predator control near McGrath
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- All seven members of the Alaska Board of Game voted Wednesday to kill wolves and move brown and black bears from a 520-square mile area near McGrath.

Plaintiffs' attorneys challenge Trident documents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Attorneys argued Wednesday over documents showing a processor of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon made slim profits on 220 million pounds of fish.

Room and board could come out of remote workers' pay
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fish plant workers in remote parts of the state could get smaller paychecks under a rule change proposed by the Murkowski administration.

Tight oil markets struggle with Iraqi export shortfalls
VIENNA, Austria -- A surge in world oil output last month has left producer countries with too little spare capacity to fully offset a wartime halt in supplies from Iraq, the International Energy Agency warned Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Wrede to speak at chamberSeeking best older workerWards Cove to receive aid

Trying to resurrect Seward coal export
Last summer, economic duress in Interior Alaska directly impacted economic growth on the Kenai Peninsula when Healy-based Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. lost a major long-term sales contract to South Korean client Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. While the loss meant a 30 percent work force reduction for the company, it also curtailed coal export from the Alaska Railroad freight terminus in Seward, taking some effect on jobs there.

ERA boosts safety with flight simulator
It was an investment that ERA Aviation could not refuse.

Brooks takes race lead from Sorlie
KOYUK, Alaska Ramy Brooks took the lead Tuesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after battling strong headwinds on the way to this coastal town.

Norwegian ''rookie'' makes his country proud
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Focusing on speed and breaking records, Norwegian firefighter Robert Sorlie made his country proud by becoming the first Norwegian to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Norwegian wins Iditarod dogsled race
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Robert Sorlie, a Norwegian musher who lost and then regained the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, was first across the finish line early Thursday.

Dare to dream big: Author, illustrator accomplish goal of publishing book
Marcella Bremond doesn't measure the success of her first book by the number of copies sold. For her, it's more a matter of accomplishing what she set out to do.

Comedians to perform stand-up routines at KPC
The halls of Kenai Peninsula College will be filled with laughter Friday evening, which will be a welcome way to herald in spring break after a week of mid-term exams.

AP movie reviewers agree on 'Chicago' to win at the Oscars; disagree on others
Suicidal depression and conflict between good and evil may be the dominant themes in most of this year's Oscar best-picture nominees. But the smart money is riding on the contender that just wants to have fun.

Art Briefs
Art designs due FridaySpring break theater workshop offeredGallery soliciting bead worksPoetry contest announcedBoutiques searching for arts and crafts

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

Poet fiddles around skillfully with language
Ken Waldman plays the fiddle, writes poetry and travels the byways of Alaska. But, above all, he tells stories.

Money Leaders:
1. Michael Waltrip $1,744,9362. Kurt Busch 1,317,5663. Matt Kenseth 807,420

Points Leaders:
1. Matt Kenseth 6182. Tony Stewart 5693. Michael Waltrip 543

Newsmaker: Bobby Labonte
Bobby Labonte won last week's race at Atlanta and heads into Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 in Darlington, S.C., as the fifth-ranked driver in the standings.

New templates make it harder for teams to cheat
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The days of operating in the gray area of NASCAR's rulebook have been replaced with red, green, yellow and blue templates.

Harvick: Chevy has best teams
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Kevin Harvick has steered clear of controversy ever since NASCAR ''parked'' him for one race in April 2002.

This week's race: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400
Where & When

Village Fair to include health and safety exhibits, activities
Everyone is invited to Village Fair 2003, a health and safety exposition at Soldotna High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Dust stirs up air-quality advisory
Recent high winds, combined with unusually dry winter conditions have conspired to shroud the Kenai Peninsula in a dusty haze for the past week.

Civic leaders seek answers for drug problem
As a community summit on the illegal abuse of prescription pain medicine gathers this weekend, Kenai Peninsula civic leaders will discuss the problem and attempt to find a solution.

Peninsula drug problem growing
Donna Stocks has conceded that, to some degree, she will just have to live with pain that lingers from a nearly 16-year-old automobile accident.

Police trying to find solution to increased use of narcotic
Law enforcement officers agree no simple answer satisfies the question, "Why does the Kenai Penin-sula have only 6 percent of the state's population but 15 percent of the Medicaid prescriptions for OxyContin?"

Kenai couple takes on adventure abroad
Steve and Betsy Arbelovsky are saying goodbye to the Kenai Peninsula and hello to a new adventure in Russia.

High winds create chaos
Strong winds wreaked havoc on the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday, spreading a wild fire outside Anchor Point, downing power lines and interrupting electricity service.

Assembly: Lowell Point will vote on service area powers
Residents of a remote community south of Seward who have seen avalanches and severe weather produce conditions that could prevent rescue and fire equipment from reaching them in time to save life and property won approval Tuesday to provide those services for themselves through a new service area.

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

Shalyna Jean-Lynn Patow
Shalyna Jean-Lynn Patow was stillborn Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

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

Federal education legislation needs financial support
It's been more than a year since the''No Child Left Behind Act,'' hailed and marketed by the Bush administration as a landmark piece of public schools legislation, was signed into law. Its emphasis is on accountability in the classroom, making sure that every student in the United States has a chance at a quality education. ...

Letters to the Editor
More drift-only days on Kenai also would benefit salmon stocks Recommendations favor nonresidents over locals

Many contribute to success of career-technical conference Soldotna After the Bell program appreciates areas generosity National Barrel Horse Association says thanks for support during 2002

Letters to the Editor
Change in gaming regulations would hurt local charitiesStudents need diverse courses, teachers with passion for subject

North Korea may pose more danger than Saddam does What others say
Iraq masks a second emerging crisis, no less dangerous, perhaps even more: North Korea.

Recent poll results indicate happy end of reality programming is coming soon
The first and arguably best "reality" TV show was called "Survivor." Now, the reality shows that have overloaded the prime-time airwaves for the last few years may soon be struggling to survive. Although their ratings remain high, our latest national poll suggests that reality TV may soon be -- in the words coined by the "Survivor" show -- "kicked off the island" of American TV.

Cuts to pupil transportation, grants, debt reimbursement are cuts to education
No one understands better than school administrators school superintendents, business officials and principals how difficult it is to balance a budget, and we admire Gov. Frank Murkowski for his courage to propose drastic reductions in state spending.

Around the Peninsula
Eagles plan traditional Irish dinnerCabin Hoppers plan fun dayAdvisory committee to hold special meetingFree church dinner plannedChamber to hold St. Patrick's Day festivalBorough art show plannedState to conduct review of disability services

Around the Peninsula
Sled dog association gathering slated Steering committee meets Thursday CPCS board to meet KPC to present comedy showcase Scholarship program set for Saturday Genealogy class planned Nikiski dance concert slated Health center now taking appointments

Building skills
T.C. Dyer works with advisor Doug Gordon during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Career and Technical Student Orgnaization conference Feb. 28 at Kenai Peninsula College.

Students of Month
The following students wereamed February Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School:

Comedy Showcase: Big-time performer heads to peninsula
The KPC Showcase series will present its first-ever comedy show at 8 p.m. Friday in the Brockel Building. Tickets are $5 for all students and $10 general admission and a

Around the district schools
Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Montessori Charter Mountain View Elementary Redoubt 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 Peninsula Grace Preschool

Fourth-grade researchers collect data for NASA
They don't have white lab coats, and they're not rocket scientists.

School menus for this week

Around the District
Schools close next week for spring break District offers scholarships

End of the road for Region III/4A
Homer is a city known as the end of the road. It also will be the end of the road for 10 Region III/4A basketball teams in the 2002-03 season.

Sports Briefs
CIA boys beat Homer ChristianNikolaevsk nets district winSource: NFL to let eight officials goCyclist dies after fall in Paris-Nice raceNFL's blacks form first formal organization

Iverson answers Pacers in late rally
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson had 31 points, shooting 16-of-19 from the foul line, and Keith Van Horn scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as the Philadelphia 76ers came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 96-93 Wednesday night.

Senators Bonk Boston, keep top spot in NHL
OTTAWA Radek Bonk scored 28 seconds into overtime as the Ottawa Senators held onto their lead atop the NHL standings with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

New England signs prize free agent Colvin
For once, the Washington Redskins didn't make the biggest news in free agency.

Maybe LeBron James has the right idea
Need a quick A? Enroll in Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball'' at the University of Georgia no attendance required.

District 3/3A holds court at ACS
The Seward boys team started its revival against Nikiski. Today, the Seahawks hope to continue that revival.

Villanova snaps Huskies winning streak at 70 games
PISCATAWAY, N.J. On the eve of the NCAA tournament, defending national champion Connecticut suddenly seems vulnerable.

Khabibulin runs unbeaten streak to 10 games in Kings victory over Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ruslan Fedotenko scored the go-ahead goal with 2:49 left and goalie Nikolai Khabibulin ran his unbeaten streak to a career-high 10 games as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 Wednesday night.

Jordans wizardry beats out McGradys magic
WASHINGTON Tracy McGrady outscored Michael Jordan 43-23 in their final regular season matchup. The victory, however, went to Jordan.

NHL trade deadline spurs deals
In the final 24 hours before the NHL trade deadline, all 30 teams got into the act, making it one of the busiest dealing days in league history.

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