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Monday, March 18, 2002

Flags lowered to honor Eldor Lee
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered flags lowered to half-staff Friday and Saturday in memory of Eldor Lee of Petersburg.

Cathay Pacific Airways resumes flights to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly six months after it stopped landing in Anchorage, Cathay Pacific Airways has resumed 14 passenger flights a week through the city on trips between Hong Kong and Toronto.

Seward students put together sea lion skeleton
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marc Swanson's sixth-graders were up to their elbows in sea lion this year.

Last Iditarod musher crosses Nome finish in record time
NOME (AP) -- The winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race reached Nome in record time. And so did the last musher to cross the finish line.

Company applies to build air cargo staging area in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chicago-based design firm has proposed building a $43 million air-cargo staging area on undeveloped land next to the FedEx hub at Anchorage's international airport.

Barrow seal hunters rescued from sea ice
BARROW (AP) -- Rescuers used helicopters to pluck 18 seal hunters from islands of sea ice that broke away in the Arctic Ocean offshore from Barrow Sunday afternoon.

Bill lets fishermen take steps to shrink fleet size
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed legislation Friday aimed at helping Alaska salmon fishermen make their financially troubled industry more efficient.

Elmendorf officials say no further cleanup needed at contamination site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- No new monitoring is planned for a contamination cleanup site at Elmendorf Air Force Base, a military spokeswoman said.

Alaska FBI launches Web site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The FBI's Alaska field office has launched a presence on the Internet.

House leaders back away from eliminating subsistence division
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republican leaders backed away from a plan to eliminate the state office that oversees subsistence after outcry from Alaskans offended by the proposed cut.

Air Force chief of staff to speak in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The chief of staff of the Air Force will appear in Fairbanks next month.

March 11, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News calls House budget cutting shortsighted and wrong
House Speaker Brian Porter and Finance Committee Co-chair Eldon Mulder decided earlier this month that delaying a fiscal plan in order to work on the budget will actually help in the long run. Rep. Mulder dictated deep cuts for 15 of the 18 major agencies in the budget. The thinking goes something like this: Once people see the Legislature is serious about cuts, and see how painful they are, the public will be more willing to support a fiscal plan that ends the free ride Alaska has enjoyed for two decades.

Judge finds no wrongdoing by state redistricting board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Attorneys representing seven municipalities plus individual Alaskans took their last shots at the state redistricting plan Friday before the Alaska Supreme Court.

March 14, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. calls for more school funding, not budget cuts
The closing of McQueen School in Kivalina is a stark example of why the Legislature should consider raising new revenue through taxes instead of bringing down the budget ax to close the $865 million budget deficit.

Bill lets state continue temporary water use practice
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources would be able to continue issuing temporary water use permits without public notice under a bill that passed the House on Friday.

March 13, 2002 The Voice of the Times says Legislators' detractors are playing politics
Why do the Republican legislative majority's most vocal foes pretend they cannot begin to fathom why state spending should be reined in before lawmakers set about imposing new taxes or using money from the Permanent Fund to help fund government?

DeeDee Jonrowe dog dies during surgery
NOME (AP) -- A second dog that competed in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has died, race officials said Friday.

March 15, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion says Alaskans know the score on budget gap
Legislators who continue to think that Alaskans don't believe the state budget crisis is real might have been surprised by the testimony received by the House Finance Committee this week on its proposed $2.2 billion operating budget.

Federal judge decides against citing state attorney
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge decided Friday not to cite a state attorney for contempt of court over prosecution of the state's sex offender registration law.

Ogan in critical condition after heart attack
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan remained in critical condition Monday morning after suffering a serious heart attack over the weekend at his Palmer home.

Missile agency says environmental groups settle lawsuit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Environmental groups have settled a lawsuit they filed against the military claiming that the biological impacts of the latest missile defense testing plan need more study.

Anchorage snowstorm sends jumbo cargo jets to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Anchorage's record snowstorm forced 18 wide-body cargo planes to divert to Fairbanks International Airport.

House Finance approves rural school funding bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to suspend a portion of the state's school funding formula that gives less money to some rural schools was passed in the House Finance Committee on Saturday.

Anchorage schools closed as city tackles record snow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Schools were closed in Anchorage Monday as residents tried to dig out from under a record snowfall over the weekend.

Hooper Bay school launches curriculum with heavy dose of culture
HOOPER BAY (AP) -- When Robert S. Gutierrez applied for the principal's position at the Naparyarmiut School, he promised to promote the local Alaska Native culture. Now he's keeping that promise.

Palmer legislator suffer heart attack
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan suffered a heart attack over the weekend and was in critical condition Sunday at an Anchorage hospital.

Senate Finance approves dime-a-drink alcohol tax increase
JUNEAU -- A Senate committee on Friday approved a measure to raise the state's alcohol tax by a dime a drink.

Doug Swingley gets married in Nome
NOME (AP) -- Montana musher Doug Swingley got married Sunday under the burled arch that marks the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Bill would let optometrists prescribe more drugs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska House approved a measure Friday that would let optometrists prescribe more types of medication than currently permitted.

Moderate Earthquake rattles Atka in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake rattled the Aleutian Island village of Atka last Saturday night.

Crabs mating undisturbed yield greater harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) - A National Marine Fisheries Service biologist is urging that amorous crabs in Chiniak Bay be left alone to mate.

Candy from Mexico sickens Palmer students
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of students at Colony Middle School in Palmer became ill Thursday after eating candy a fellow student brought back from Mexico.

Bill would do away with daylight savings time in Alaska
KENAI (AP) -- Daylight savings time doesn't make sense for Alaska.

Rich take expected from Donlin Creek gold deposit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- NovaGold Resources Inc. could produce 1 million ounces of gold a year at its Donlin Creek project in Southwest Alaska, officials said.

District's top official says Kivalina school will reopen Monday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kivalina's only school will reopen Monday, even though the community has not come to an agreement regarding discipline standards.

Legally blind Klukwan man suddenly regains sight
HAINES (AP) -- An 86-year-old Klukwan man who has been legally blind for the past 16 years recently saw his grandchildren for the first time and is looking forward to reading his Bible again after regaining a portion of his sight.

Bill would change voting requirements on consolidation
JUNEAU (AP) -- Municipal mergers could need more voter support under a bill approved by House on Friday.

Groups look for ways to aid children of inmates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new Alaska project aimed at helping children of prison inmates kicked off Friday.

House Finance Committee sends bare bones budget to the floor
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House panel approved a stripped-down state budget for next year that sends a strong message to Gov. Tony Knowles: Don't forget to cut state spending before you leave office.

Fairbanks man charged with assaulting infant, woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was indicted Wednesday on charges he stuck his fingers down the throat of his 7-week-old daughter and that he choked his girlfriend, the child's mother.

Vidro, Leiter return to mound for spring fling
Jose Vidro came back for Montreal and Al Leiter took the mound again for the New York Mets. Both stars professed themselves ready for opening day.

Henderson angers Yanks' Hernandez
Orlando Hernandez and Rickey Henderson didn't treat their matchups Saturday like it was only spring training.

Study reaffirms mammograms save lives
LONDON -- Amid a debate over whether mammograms save lives, major new research has reaffirmed that routine screening reduces breast cancer deaths, though not as much as previously believed, experts say.

Last Iditarod musher crosses Nome finish in record time
NOME (AP) -- The winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race reached Nome in record time. And so did the last musher to cross the finish line.

NOW PLAYING: Showtime
Robert De Niro has apparently been attempting a kind of anti-Robin Williams career turn of late. Whereas the former manic stand-up comedian has peppered his career with somber Oscar-worthy dramas like Awakenings and Dead Poet's Society, De Niro, the consummate dramatic actor, has filled the latter part of his rsum with Analyze This, Meet The Parents, and now Showtime. Rocky and Bullwinkle notwithstanding, this new comedic niche he's carved out for himself seems to be working out quite well.

Bill would let optometrists prescribe more drugs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska House approved a measure Friday that would let optometrists prescribe more types of medication than currently permitted.

Senate Finance approves dime-a-drink alcohol tax increase
JUNEAU -- A Senate committee on Friday approved a measure to raise the state's alcohol tax by a dime a drink.

Bill lets state continue temporary water use practice
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources would be able to continue issuing temporary water use permits without public notice under a bill that passed the House on Friday.

House OKs bill aimed at helping fishers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed legislation Friday aimed at helping Alaska salmon fishers make their financially troubled industry more efficient.

Budget with $100 million in cuts set to go before House Monday
JUNEAU -- A House panel approved a stripped-down state budget for next year that sends a strong message to Gov. Tony Knowles: Don't forget to cut state spending before you leave office.

House passes fish bill
Too many boats and too few salmon selling for depressed prices have made life tough on the high seas for Alaska fishers. However, a bill passed Friday by the Alaska House may improve things a bit if the Senate agrees.

Bill would do away with daylight savings time in Alaska
KENAI (AP) -- Daylight savings time doesn't make sense for Alaska.

Winston Cup has odd early look
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has an odd look. Tony Stewart is in the chase for the Winston Cup championship after four races while Jeff Gordon is way behind.

Martin wins at Carolina
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- For the first time in years, Sterling Marlin starts every race thinking he can win. Even from the last starting spot in the field.

Speaker brings inspirational message to peninsula youths
A water bottle is taped to the corner of a table in the Sterling Elementary School gym. A small ball of paper and tape balances on the mouth of the bottle.

SeaLife Center outlook brightens
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward has survived some rough seas, but now, for the first time, it looks like smooth sailing lies ahead.

Program offers kids chance to explore peninsula's history
Area students may be getting a break from school this week, but that doesn't mean they're taking a break from learning.

Assembly nixes ferry service study for now
Saying the move was premature, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said no last week to spending $75,000 for a Kachemak Bay ferry service feasibility study.

Homer dock getting needed face-lift
For the better part of four decades, the city of Homer's prime link to the sea has been a timber dock built by the U.S. Corps of Engineers after the 1964 earthquake.

Record snowfall reported in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE -- Anchorage was buried under a record snowfall Sunday that kept most people indoors, while city crews hustled to clear roads and police answered a barrage of calls from motorists in ditches.

Movement of money may signal new threat
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network has stepped up its financial activity markedly in recent weeks, suggesting some leaders are reasserting control and may be seeking to finance more attacks against American interests, a U.S. official says.

Soldotna to get funds for erosion
Soldotna will receive $450,000 to repair erosion to some Kenai River banks within the city limits.

Debate centers on how far state should go in supervising those who receive public education funds
When the state of Alaska pays for the education of a student at home, how involved should it be in the outcome?

Estella E. Eagle
Longtime Kenai resident Estella E. Eagle died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

Susanne Zeppenfeldt Erdmann
Former Kasilof resident Susanne Zeppenfeldt Erdmann died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, in La Paz, Mexico. She was 51.

Justin Hogue
Lifelong Kenai resident and University of Nevada Reno student, Justin Hogue, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, in Reno as a result of an automobile accident. He was 19.

James E. Snow
Kenai resident James E. Snow died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 78.

Keith Harrsch
Kenai resident Keith Harrsch died Friday, March 15, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 47.

Could weapons inspectors head off second Gulf war?
WASHINGTON -- The idea appeals to many: The Iraqi weapons that so concern President Bush should be uncovered and destroyed by U.N. weapons inspectors. That way Saddam Hussein would be defanged and all the uncertainties of a second Gulf war could be avoided.

Ask the Mayor
What is borough's role in 911 system?

Applause
Academic excellence honored

It's important for all Alaskans to learn about budget crisis
A debate that will frame the short- and long-term financial future of Alaska is raging in Juneau. It should be raging in every household as well.

Amid beauty of far-away place, traveler remembers what he's been missing
Four months ago, I was sitting with some new friends in the Swiss Alps. We had just finished a three-hour hike through some of the most postcard-perfect scenery imaginable.

Letters to the Editor
Budget cuts hurt some, diminish quality of life for all AlaskansFish board process not conducive to participation by individuals

Working together makes sense for cities, businesses
The theme of "partnerships" cropped up last week is some subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Alaska's fishing industry is facing hard truths, shaking off its complacency
Since Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, spoke about our state's financial situation in a recent legislative article, I would like to take this opportunity to address our fisheries resource issues by offering one word: podsnap.

Photo feature: Drifting into spring
Drifts of wind-blown snow frame a stand of hemlock in Turnagain Pass recently. There is enough snow standing in the pass to equal about three and a half feet of water, according to the National Weather Service.

Photo feature: Green shows through despite snowy day
Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Queens Tammy Sue, Tammi Monet, Tammy Morene and Tammy Jo Bob toss necklaces and candy to the crowd Sunday during the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Anderson, Walsh plan Kenai wedding
Crystal Marie Anderson and Nathan Paul Walsh have announced their plans to marry in Kenai May 18, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony.

Looking inside: Introspection is start to sustainable living
"Time and quality of life are becoming relatively more important than money. Sixty six percent of Americans say they want more balance in their lives. Sixty percent want to simplify their lives."

Community News
Spenard Builders Supply offers scholarshipSenate internships open to high school seniorsHost families needed for exchange studentsHomer Community School adds classes

Around the Peninsula
Public health nurse visits villageIndependent blind group meets tonightDrilling company president to speakBorough capital projects topic at chamberDisabled American Veterans meeting ThursdayKDLL board to meetVeterans organization to hold electionsKenai Peninsula Soccer Club to gatherRefuge offering Youth Conservation Corps jobsRepublican women to host SenatorWRCC community groups announced

Births
Amy and Dave McDonald of SoldotnaLori B. and James C. SpinkaCassandra and Matthew Rankin

My Best Friend
Carol Wentz of Sterling sent in this photo of her cat Snickers. Snickers likes to chase her grouse, Carol said.

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

Norb's Auto and Jean's Surplus
Norb's Auto Repair and Jean's Surplus were in downtown Soldotna in 1963. These buildings were located on the Sterling Highway in the vicinity of the present Thompson's Corner with Jersey Subs and other stores.

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans' listsKenai woman graduates from college with family helpKenai woman graduates in TexasSeward man enlists in ArmyPeninsula athletes win at Special Olympics

Columnist says man with fantasies about girls had to be turned in
MILWAUKEE -- She lost sleep, agonizing over the letter for days. In the end, ''Dear Abby'' columnist Jeanne Phillips decided she had to call police.

Community Schools
Soldotna community classes do not meet this week, Monday through Sunday, due to spring break. The following two classes are exceptions

Ask a Trooper
Question: I have a neighbor who bought a snowmachine from another guy who probably stole it. When he showed it to me he laughed about what a good deal he got on it. When I suggested it was probably stolen, he said he couldn't be charged because he bought it from someone else. Is he breaking the law?

Around the Peninsula
St. Patrick's Day festivities plannedOvereaters Anonymous to meet todayAK Independent Blind to meetCentral Peninsula Health Centers meeting slatedRed Cross offers CPR/First Aid classesKenai River advisory board to meetScholarship applications soughtUsed book sale set for April 5WRCC community groups announced

Caring for kinders
Jennifer Beckmann, executive assistant for Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS), accepts a check last Tuesday from Dr. Henry Krull, orthopedic surgeon in Soldotna and father of a kindergartner.

Mike Sweeney finds a bit o'luck on the peninsula
According to Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a creature that resembles humans, possesses powers of magic, may be helpful or harmful and is able to become invisible at will, which permits mixing unseen with human society.

Soldotna postal carrier clocks 30 years
Richard Huddleston is celebrating 30 years as a U.S. Postal Service employee. He currently works at the Soldotna Post Office.

Upsets abound, Salukis beat Georgia
Never count out UCLA in the NCAA tournament. Suddenly, the same could be said for Southern Illinois.

Mizzou, Kent State reach round of 16; Prince scores 41
Missouri is finally back to playing the way it did at the start of the season. Kent State is simply on the country's longest roll.

Red Wings cruise past slumping Rangers
NEW YORK -- Darren McCarty's goal with 2:08 left in regulation was the game-winner as the Detroit Red Wings beat the slumping New York Rangers 5-3 on Sunday.

Washington shoots Trojans' lights out, advance to face Oregon
SEATTLE -- Giuliana Mendiola is sure the Washington Huskies will shoot just as brilliantly in three days as they did Sunday against Southern California.

Woods lets field back in at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was everywhere he didn't want to be Saturday in the Bay Hill Invitational, making four bogeys in a round of 74 that brought just about everybody into contention.

Nikiski boys earn first trip to state since 1996
The Nikiski High School boys basketball team clinched a trip to the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A Championships for the first time since it won the state title in 1996 by defeating Grace Christian in a 48-42 nail biter at the District 3/3A Championships Friday in Nikiski.

Bay Hill Invitate no match for Tiger
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods began his march to the Masters with his first victory of the year, a four-shot margin at the Bay Hill Invitational on Sunday that was secured by Phil Mickelson's blunders on the closing holes.

Kards, Stars come up short in semis
The Colony girls basketball team showed how much easier demolition can be than construction Friday night in a Region III/4A tournament game at Skyview High School.

Wasilla boys cruise past Kenai for title
The Kenai Kardinals boys basketball team made it as far as the finals of the Region III/4A tournament before hitting the wall that is the Wasilla Warriors. In their last stand in the tournament, Kenai was unable to stand up to the Warriors, losing 67-37 and taking second place in the region.

Seward girls shock Nikiski in title game
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team entered the District 3/3A tournament championship game knowing that Seward was playing some very good basketball.

Kardinals boys headed to state
Nothing came easy in this one. Not free throws. Not layups. And certainly not the first trip to state for the Kenai Central boys basketball team since 1998.

Host Bulldogs take district championship from favored ACS boys
The Nikiski High School boys basketball team took full advantage of playing on its home court Saturday, turning the wood surface into a track and racing past Anchorage Christian Schools 69-45 to claim the District 3/3A tournament championship.

Sports Briefs
CIA boys defeat CCS CIA boys 58, CCS 30

Nikiski boys, Nikiski girls, Seward girls all headed to Sullivan
After seeing the Seward High School girls basketball team advance to the state tournament by virtue of a thrilling two-point victory over Grace, then watching the Nikiski boys hang on for the win in an edge-of-your-seat nail biter against the Grizzlies boys team, the Nikiski girls' 25-point win over Heritage may have seemed anticlimactic Friday night.

UT takes Irish's lucky charm
Tennessee has much more experience than Notre Dame in the role of defending women's national champion.

PGA loses its 'Poison'
Paul Runyan, the former PGA champion known as ''Little Poison'' for beating the biggest names in golf with his crafty short game, died Sunday morning after a short bout with pneumonia. He was 93.

Raptors can't find win in Sacramento
TORONTO -- Chris Webber had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and Mike Bibby scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 116-113 victory Sunday over the hapless Toronto Raptors.

Kenai girls extend season by placing third
Second chances don't come often. So when they do, it's best to capitalize on them.

Bruins bury Red Wings
BOSTON -- Glen Murray scored his career-best 30th goal of the season to break a second-period tie and lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Mourning, Heat mine Nuggets
MIAMI -- Alonzo Mourning, spared a league suspension for his actions the previous night, scored 24 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 101-76 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

Crabs mating undisturbed yield greater harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) - A National Marine Fisheries Service biologist is urging that amorous crabs in Chiniak Bay be left alone to mate.

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