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Sunday, March 16, 2003

Restaurateur going strong in retirement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At age 63, Jim Bookey decided it was time to retire. So he bought three hamburger joints.

Woman's body found near Ship Creek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman's body was found Friday morning near Ship Creek in Anchorage, police said.

House signs off on Senate supplemental budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $71.8 million supplemental spending plan that includes money to lobby Congress to open the coastal plain to oil exploration won approval Friday in the House.

Ketchikan man charged with attempted murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 46-year-old man faces charges of attempted murder after an incident Friday in which he tried to fire a rifle at another man after a dispute over tobacco, according to Ketchikan police.

Bill would let retiree head Education Department
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Friday that would let Gov. Frank Murkowski hire a retiree to head the Department of Education and Early Development without that person having to repay benefits.

Delta man faces child sex abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 72-year-old Delta Junction man faces charges he sexually assaulted a young girl living in his home.

Mushers make their way to Nome
NOME (AP) -- One day after Robert Sorlie of Hurdal, Norway claimed victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, mushers continued to make their way to Nome.

Two UAF shooters earn NCAA titles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Senior Matt Emmons of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has added another national title as he rounds out his college career. UAF freshman Jamie Beyerle also earned her first individual collegiate championship Friday.

Tourism groups speak out against tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tourism groups spoke out against a proposal by Gov. Frank Murkowski to impose a $15 tax on out-of-state vacationers.

Four elected to Doyon board
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four members have won election to the board of the Doyon Ltd. Native corporation.

Fairbanks says no to money to clean up junkyard
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough has voted against providing public money to clean up a junkyard.

Packed and ready, air Guard waits
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Salcha resident Liz Beyer has two sets of bags packed. One contains a uniform in desert browns, the other holds a green camouflage suit.

Alaska educators wrestle with 'highly qualified teacher' requirement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If President Bush's new school standards had taken effect this year, principal Andy Haviland of White Mountain School would be out of compliance. And he'd have plenty of company in rural Alaska.

Tourist industry wants more state money
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska travel industry is asking the Legislature for $14 million in state money to lure visitors, a request that marks a dramatic change from the ''millennium plan'' set up three years ago.

Bill would allow restitution for nonprofit victims
JUNEAU (AP) -- If volunteers for a nonprofit have to spend hours of their own time investigating a crime, the group could get restitution under a bill that passed the House on Friday.

Man sentenced to prison for beating Juneau woman
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man with more than 40 prior convictions has been sentenced to a year in prison for assaulting a woman. The relatively short sentence is partly because his latest victim was drunk when he beat her, prosecutors said.

Juneau expands bear problem areas
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau is expanding the boundaries of four ''bear problem areas'' in an effort to keep bears out of garbage-filled Dumpsters.

More mushers arrive in Nome
NOME (AP) -- One day after Robert Sorlie claimed victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, mushers continued to make their way to Nome.

Nikiski man, Sterling woman hurt in crash
A Nikiski man and Sterling woman were involved in a head-on crash Friday at Mile 67 of the Sterling Highway in Turnagain Pass, near the rest area.

Power restored, fires controlled
After two days of stirring up fires, felling trees and knocking out power, the high winds that blasted the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday and Thursday died down Friday, giving responders a chance to get a handle on the havoc left behind.

Conditions ripe for fires
This winter's unusually warm weather and relative lack of snowfall has been a boon to residents who dread the typical Alaska winter. But the mild winter conditions come at a price -- a much higher fire danger than is normally experienced this time of year.

Billy D. Smith sentencing postponed until June 20
The sentencing of convicted murderer Billy D. Smith was postponed Friday until June 20 by Superior Court Judge Elaine Andrews.

Health issues, tests draw big crowd at annual Village Fair
A healthy crowd of Kenai Peninsula residents packed Soldotna High School on Saturday for the eighth annual Village Fair, a community event designed to promote positive health and safety issues.

Proposed gaming change would raise $12.5 million in taxes
Proposed amendments to state charitable gaming statutes governing pull-tabs would raise an estimated $12.5 million in new tax revenue by cutting the number of winning ducats available to players.

First glimpse of bridge revealed
Soldotna residents and government officials came together Wednesday to get their first look at the new Kenai River bridge, expected to be completed by late 2005.

Day planner holds keys to life
Wow! I'm tired! I've been up for little over an hour and I've checked and responded to e-mails, taken my husband to work, straightened up the kitchen, started laundry and fed the dogs.

This time around, United States offering cash rewards to reluctant allies
WASHINGTON -- To pay for the 1991 Persian Gulf War and its aftermath, the United States passed the hat among willing coalition partners. Washington isn't finding many eager donors as it prepares for a second -- and unpopular -- war with Iraq.

It's time for Alaska to consider using its budget options
"State budgets are under siege. The faltering national economy, declines in the stock market, contractions in manufacturing and high-tech sectors and soaring health costs have combined to undermine the stability of state budgets."

CES Explorers trains emergency crews of the future
After spending a couple nights learning about the theory and methods for extricating car crash victims from their vehicles, it was now time to put the theory into practice.

Magee, Martin announce engagement
Erin Kristine Magee of Kenai and Robert Edward Martin were engaged Oct. 2 in Girdwood and plan to marry July 26, 2003, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai.

Nikolaeva, Johnson marry in Russia
Natalia Nikolaeva and Theodore Johnson were married Sept. 14, 2002, in a civil ceremony at the Wedding Palace next to the River Neva in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Bride's attendant a real pussycat
PARKER CITY, Ind. (AP) -- Eileen Oren's maid of honor was peaceful as a pussycat, but Bob Taylor's best man was one wild cat.

Harris, Barnes plan July wedding
Laura L. Harris of Anchorage and Philip H. Barnes have announced their plans to marry on July 26 at Alaska Botanical Gardens in Anchorage.

Adams, Shockley wed in Kenai
Veronica Christy Adams and Manuel Shockley were married Sept. 30, 2002, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kenai.

In trying times, military couples hurry to marry
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- With his wedding five minutes away, Army Pvt. Sam Minton has a lot on his mind. The bride hasn't shown up yet. She's eight weeks pregnant. And he's shipping out in four hours.

Around the Peninsula
Advisory committee to hold special meetingChamber to hold St. Patrick's Day FestivalGenealogy class plannedWrede to speak at Homer chamberLiver health workshop plannedPratt kicks off Bear FestivalTack swap planned

In Time of Need; Securing lives -- so now what do we do?
For the 50 of you who attended our In Time of Need forum, you know we had a great time. Really, who would have thought learning about emergency preparedness could be so fun?

My best friend
Ryann Hansen, a sophomore at Kenai Central High School, gives new family member Chester a lift at a Pop Warner football game.

Just call it puppy love: Man risks life to save pet
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.

KPSOA recruiting soccer officials
The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Officials Association (KPSOA) is seeking recruits to officiate the upcoming high school and middle school soccer seasons.

Team Alaska heats up Junior Olympics
The weather was cold but the skiing was hot this past week at the 2003 Junior Olympics National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Fairbanks. Team Alaska handily beat out the other nine regions to retain the trophy for the fifth straight year.

'Dawgs nip Seward for district title
In a game where the margin between scores never climbed above five points, perennial girls District 3/3A tournament and Kenai Peninsula rivals Nikiski and Seward battled it out until the very last second in the championship game. Literally.

Kodiak sinks Homer's hopes
Kodiak senior Chad Mortenson is a poster boy for the kind of effort it was going to take to get the Bears past Homer and into the state tournament Thursday at Homer High School.

Love III 20 under to lead field at Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Davis Love III is widely considered the top player in the Honda Classic field.

Kardinals eliminated by Knights
The bid of the Kenai Central girls basketball team to return to the state tournament came up short Saturday in the third-place game of the Region III/4A basketball tournament at Homer High School.

Soldotna girls out of Palmer's reach in girls semifinals
The Soldotna girls basketball team used its height to reach a lofty goal Friday at the Region III/4A basketball tournament at Homer High School.

Panthers edge Kardinals to advance
The Skyview boys put four players in double figures Friday to end the chance of Kenai returning to the state tournament at the Region III/4A basketball tournament at Homer High School.

Warriors best Stars for crown
The coaching staff of the Wasilla girls basketball team came to Saturday's Region III/4A championship game against Soldotna wearing white and red Hawaiian shirts.

Selection Sunday comes with turmoil in college basketball
INDIANAPOLIS -- In a typical March, college basketball fans would be arguing about whether their favorite team will make the NCAA tournament.

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