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.
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.
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.
Colorado man dies in fall into Matanuska Glacier
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Colorado man was killed when the snowmobile he was riding plunged into a crevasse on the Matanuska Glacier.
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.
Dog dies in Iditarod
NOME (AP) Officials in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have reported the first dog death in this year's race.
Sutton man killed by falling rock
ANCHORAGE (AP) An 85-year-old Sutton man was found dead along the Glenn Highway on Saturday and Alaska State troopers say he may have been killed by falling rock.
Environmental groups criticize federal bycatch plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) Environmental groups are criticizing federal regulators for a new national strategy for reducing the dumping of unwanted fish, sea mammals and other creatures in the nation's commercial fisheries.
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.
Economists see big pay day in salmon lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) Lawyers are not the only ones expected to earn large sums of money in the Bristol Bay salmon trial now under way in an Anchorage courtroom.
Restaurateur going strong in retirement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At age 63, Jim Bookey decided it was time to retire. So he bought three hamburger joints.
Jonrowe, Boulding honored as inspirational by Iditarod
NOME (AP) Iditarod mushers DeeDee Jonrowe and Charlie Boulding, both recovering from cancer, share this year's award for the Most Inspirational Musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
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.
March 12, 2003 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner calls governor on campaign promises
Much newsprint and broadcast time is being spent debating whether the revenue increases in Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed budget are taxes or user fees and whether, if they are taxes, he broke a campaign promise not to impose any.
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.
March 11, 2003 Anchorage Daily News on Gov. Murkowskis proposed budget cuts
Only weeks before the election that made him governor, Frank Murkowski asked voters to give him a chance and to hold him accountable.
Four elected to Doyon board
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four members have won election to the board of the Doyon Ltd. Native corporation.
March 16, 2003 Juneau Empire calls governors budget proposal a first step
Since Gov. Murkowski rolled out the components of his budget plan on March 5, lawmakers and constituents from all quarters have been engaged in a very public dialogue ranging from harsh recrimination to reluctant acceptance.
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.
March 14, 2003 Voice of the Times says governor deserves credit for getting started
Gov. Frank Murkowski deserves credit for attempting to deal with the state's fiscal problems even though his proposals are causing political pain.
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.
Police identify woman found near Anchorage port
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police have identified the woman found dead near the Anchorage port Friday morning.
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.
UAF wins NCAA rifle championship
FAIRBANKS (AP) The University of Alaska Fairbanks won the NCAA rifle championship Saturday, the fifth straight for the Nanooks and sixth overall.
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.
Residents see drawings of new Soldotna bridge
KENAI (AP) Soldotna residents and government officials last week got their first look at a proposed new Kenai River bridge, expected to be completed by late 2005.
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.
Tree clearing in park draws Anchorage lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) The city has filed a lawsuit against a Hillside property owner who city officials say mowed down spruce, birch and other trees in a municipal park.
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 committee backs telemarketer list bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) Freedom from telemarketers should be free of charge, the House State Affairs Committee concluded last week.
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.
Garbage bear leaves Anchorage for Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage garbage bear completed a hazardous journey south to the Kenai Peninsula, including a crossing of treacherous Turnagain Arm, before losing its life sometime last year.
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.
Anchorage man charged in shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man was charged with assault, weapons misconduct and possession of cocaine early Sunday after shooting a gun downtown at several people, Anchorage police said.
Teens suffer leg wounds in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three teen-agers were shot and wounded in the leg during a shooting at a mobile home park in Midtown Anchorage on Saturday night.
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.
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.
Residents speak out on early run king management
The debate over how the state should manage early-run king salmon on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers left the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday, following a flurry of testimony before a special meeting of the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
Adams, Shockley wed in Kenai
Veronica Christy Adams and Manuel Shockley were married Sept. 30, 2002, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kenai.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington topples Avalanche; Hull hat trick lifts Red Wings
WASHINGTON Sergei Berezin had a goal and an assist in the first period, leading the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
'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.
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.
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.
LSU joins womens usual suspects
LSU joined regulars Connecticut, Tennessee and Duke as No. 1 seeds Sunday in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, which might have some suspense now that UConn actually lost a game.
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.
One mans trip through the field of 65: Brackets 101
The only form that gets more use in March than an NCAA tournament bracket sheet is a 1040a for taxes, and that one doesn't have to be finished for another month.
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.
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.
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.
Mavs survive Sacramento royal flush
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Steve Nash saved the Dallas Mavericks from getting swept in the season series by one of their primary tormenters.
Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas top seeds for NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS In a season full of scandal, the NCAA tournament selection committee restored some order to college basketball.
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.
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.
Kentucky comes back to defeat Mississippi State in conference championship
NEW ORLEANS No. 23 and No. 24 will add up to No. 1 for Kentucky going into the NCAA tournament.
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