Saturday, March 15, 2003

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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