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Friday, March 14, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Puppy saved after being plucked from Thomas Basin
KETCHIKAN (AP) A puppy plucked from the icy waters of Thomas Basin was brought back to life, thanks to the love of her owner and extraordinary measures taken in a hospital trauma room.

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.

Consultants discuss Ketchikan Harbor upgrades
KETCHIKAN (AP) More than 60 people showed up to hear what consultants have in mind for upgrading the Ketchikan port and harbors.

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.

Ground search called off for missing brothers
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three days after two young brothers disappeared while playing near their home, police are shifting gears from a search to a criminal investigation.

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.

Game Board proposes land-and-shoot wolf hunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Board of Game has proposed land-and-shoot wolf hunting in the Nelchina Basin, northeast of Anchorage.

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.

Anchorage hospital trims 60 jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Regional Hospital is cutting nearly 60 jobs, citing lower-than-expected patient volume.

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.

Fierce wind storm causes damage, injuries
ANCHORAGE (AP) Winds gusting to 109 mph at the control tower closed Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for nine hours, and caused damage and at least two injuries Thursday in Southcentral Alaska.

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.

Panel approves elimination of community schools funds
JUNEAU (AP) A bill eliminating state funding for community schools programs passed its first legislative committee Thursday.

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.

Correspondence school advocates decry closure
JUNEAU (AP) Advocates for a state-run correspondence school appealed to a House committee on Thursday not to back Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to eliminate the program.

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.

Senate approves supplemental budget
JUNEAU (AP) A $71.8 million supplemental spending bill to fund natural disaster relief, as well as pay for lobbying Congress to open the arctic refuge to oil exploration, was approved Thursday by the Senate.

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.

Leman: Murkowski committed to working with rural leaders
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska's lieutenant governor told Native leaders in the Interior that Gov. Frank Murkowski is committed to working with rural Alaska and resolving the subsistence issue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trident executive knew of no agreement to reduce prices to fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) A processing company executive said Thursday that he knew of no agreements between processors and importers to reduce prices to fishermen for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon.

Baseballs spring training turns surly with brawls, brushbacks and a threat
TAMPA, Fla. Bud Selig walked into his hotel room, turned on the TV and got set to relax by watching his favorite sport. Instead, he saw Mike Piazza bull-rushing the mound, trying to beat up Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota.

An added burden of unemployment benefits are taxable
NEW YORK (AP) There's no way to avoid income taxes, even if you've lost your job.

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.

Lavish CEO severance deals are bad for business
NEW YORK (AP) Congratulations, you're fired! Now you can walk away with more money than you were getting while working.

Looming needs of aging Boomers forcing high-tech to improve disabled access
NEW YORK (AP) To Annemarie Cooke, the world looks somewhat like an Impressionist painting. Details and colors are washed out, and anything beyond arm's length is almost impossible to make out.

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.

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

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

Watercooler
ONLINE TAXES: We love the Internet. Can't live without it, and can't recall how we ever managed before it took over the world, right?

Gone fishin'
Ron Osborn, of Post Falls, Idaho, docks his boat after three hours of fishing on Hauser Lake under stormy skies Monday, March 10, 2003, in Hauser Lake, Idaho.

Kings for a day
Last Friday night, I got a call from my buddy Dan, asking me if I wanted to go fishing.

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.

Sorlie first racer into Nome, drives away with top prize
NOME Norwegian Robert Sorlie's final opponent was brutal weather, and he beat it Thursday to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

Norwegian musher makes his home country proud
OSLO, Norway (AP) Focusing on speed, Norwegian firefighter Robert Sorlie made his country proud by becoming the first Norwegian to win Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bill would hike funds for schools
JUNEAU (AP) Some House Republicans want to divert part of the stream of oil money now going into the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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.

Jurors misunderstood instructions in Nikiski couples animal cruelty trial
SHELBY, Mont. The collie-abuse trial of Jon Harman and Athena Lethcoe-Harman ended in a hung jury in January in part because jurors mistakenly thought they had to find the couple guilty of five elements of animal cruelty in order to convict them.

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.

Medical community faces tough decisions on pain prescriptions
Last August the Alaska State Medical Board suspended the license of Anc

Detecting addiction one of first steps in dealing with problem
John Cook, of Sterling, said his family has suffered from the negative aspects of the prescription pain medicine OxyContin.

Budget worries district
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed state budget could mean even more hardship for the financially strapped Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and administrators in the district are trying to figure out just what to do about the situation.

Blame it on winds
Trees fell. Lights went out. Heat went off. Internet service was disrupted. Planes were diverted. A wildfire still burned.

Raymond E. Spagnola
Former Ninilchik resident Raymond E. Spagnola died Saturday, March 8, 2003, while traveling in Ballard, Wash. He was 78.

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

Prescription needed for community ailment of abuse of painkillers
It's appropriate that during this weekend's Village Fair which is billed as a celebration of healthy communities Kenai Peninsula residents will tackle one of their weaknesses: the abuse of prescription drugs.

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

Commercial fishers, processors need to work together for fair price
Notice to all Cook Inlet commercial fishermen: The 2002 salmon season was a direct insult to most of us for the price paid for sockeyes. Some of us were paid as low as 5

Letters to the Editor
Proposal favors nonresidents over residents using a guide

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.

Happy 100th birthday to Americas best kept secret
Today is the 100th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System. When President Theodore Roosevelt made Florida's tiny Pelican Island a refuge for birds on this date in 1903, he wrote the first chapter of a great American conservation success story.

Seven lost hikers chilly but OK
A bone-chilling misadventure in Kachemak Bay State Park ended happily when a U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescued six hikers late Saturday night and another just after first light on Sunday morning.

Youth Conservation Corps summer jobs available
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Kenai Fjords National Park both are accepting applications for summer Youth Conser-vation Corps jobs.

Soldotna researcher lends expertise
Giant panda bears are in trouble -- serious trouble, but Alaska bears could help save endangered pandas.

Sterling Ducks Unlimited event slated for Saturday
The newly organized Sterling Ducks Unlimited committee will host its first fund-raising event from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 15 at Moosequitos in Sterling.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski warming shelter opens Eagles to host traditional Irish dinner Scholarship pageant set for Saturday Area police to participate in health fair CARTS offers rides to Village Health Fair Day camp planned

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

Chinese Catholic leader urges head of Hong Kongs church to be patriotic
BEIJING (AP) A leader of mainland China's state-sanctioned Catholic Church has urged Hong Kong's top Roman Catholic to support a proposed law to limit allegedly subversive activity.

Rift over gay clergy reaching critical point in Presbyterian Church
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The rift in the Presbyterian Church (USA) over actively homosexual clergy has reached another critical point, with developments in two important cases.

Leaders of Conservative Judaism to revisit gay issue
NEW YORK (AP) The lawmaking body for the Conservative branch of Judaism has agreed to reopen discussion of its ban on same-sex unions and ordaining homosexuals.

Having faith in God can help vanquish discouragement
Discouragement. It's an unpleasant subject to most of us.

Saudi Arabia will never permit Christian churches, top official vows
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) As Islam's birthplace, Saudi Arabia will never allow churches to be built, said Prince Sultan, the defense minister.

Mormon romance novels a hit among readers in the church
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Most romance novels are filled with details of how the heroes and heroines consummate their love.

Two American Muslim political groups announce merger
WASHINGTON (AP) The American Muslim Council and American Muslim Alliance, which have both sought more Muslim involvement in U.S. politics, plan to merge into the new National American Muslim Federation.

At 104, widow of traveling evangelist strong in mind, faith
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) On weekday afternoons, 104-year-old Laura Keeble sits in her nursing home room, content to watch Oprah Winfrey on television.

Students said to liberalize on abortion while attending Catholic colleges
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) Students become more liberal on abortion and other matters while attending Roman Catholic colleges and universities, according to the president of a Falls Church-based group that says schools should strictly follow church teaching.

Religion Briefs
Native fellowship meets Bible study group meets Author Querin to speak Conference studies Genesis Friendship closet open Healing Rooms open Poetry contest seeks entrants Writers sought for anthology

SoHi girls open with win
The Soldotna girls basketball team did it with defense Thursday in the opening round of the Region III/4A basketball tournament.

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

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.

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.

North boys teams sweep first round
The Palmer boys basketball team was too balanced to fall Thursday in the opening round of the Region III/4A basketball tournament at Homer High School.

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

'Dawgs defeat 'Hawks
The Nikiski High School boys basketball team opened the District 3/3A tournament with a big win, defeating rival Seward 71-62 Thursday at Anchorage Christian Schools in Anchorage.

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.

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