Tuesday, March 18, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Police say missing brothers likely abducted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are now considering the case of two young brothers who disappeared from their South Anchorage neighborhood a week ago a criminal abduction.

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.

Vandals cut brake lines on 50 buses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Vandals cut brake lines on 50 school buses, disabling the Eagle River and Chugiak bus fleet and leaving about 2,700 students without their normal transportation to school.

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.

Seniors criticize longevity bonus cut
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 100 senior citizens turned out at the Anchorage Senior Center Monday night to criticize Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to eliminate the state's longevity bonus program.

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.

Ogg chosen to replace Stevens in House district
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Dan Ogg was appointed by Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday to fill a vacant House District 36 seat.

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.

Bill would shift dollars from trails to roads
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring state transportation officials to spend more on roads and less on trails, waysides and other ''enhancements'' passed the Senate on Monday.

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.

McGuire proposes changes in lobbying law
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state's definition of a lobbyist would require a calculator rather than a stopwatch under a revised bill heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

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.

Strong quakes occur near Amchitka
PALMER (AP) -- Two strong earthquakes occurred Monday near Amchitka.

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.

UAF extends rocket launch season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Poker Flat Research Range has extended its rocket launch season, the University of Alaska Fairbanks said Monday.

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.

Buddy Streeper wins sprint race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Twenty-one-year-old Buddy Streeper has won the 58th annual Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race.

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.

Alaska looks to Ireland's fish marketing strategies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The executive director of the World Trade Center Alaska says a marketing program designed to promote Irish-hatched and raised salmon might be an effective tool to sell Alaska fish.

House committee backs telemarketer list bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) Freedom from telemarketers should be free of charge, the House State Affairs Committee concluded last week.

Ice sculptures suffer in deep freeze
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After this year's unusually warm winter, a funny thing happened at the World Ice Art Championships last week.

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.

Fairbanks man has big plans for burn barrel business
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A visit with his sister several years ago ignited Ken Soles' business idea -- customized burn barrels.

Police identify woman found near Anchorage port
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police have identified the woman found dead near the Anchorage port Friday morning.

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.

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.

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.

Piazza, Mota forced to sit for role in brawl
Mike Piazza might not be in the New York Mets' lineup on opening day. The crosstown rival Yankees aren't sure when Steve Karsay will pitch again.

Local Elks Hoop Shoot State Champs head for Oregon regional competition
Kelsey VanAntwerp has been shooting hoops since she was four years old, and at nine years of age she is on her way to Oregon to compete in the regional Elks Hoop Shoot competition.

To Moscow with Love
Long time friends of Steve and Betsy Arbelovsky gathered last week to send the couple off with hugs and well wishes for their new adventure in Moscow, Russia. Both Steve and Betsy grew up in Nikiski and graduated from Kenai High School.

SoHi Stars take their first Mock Trial state title
Under the tutelage of LaDawn Druce, Soldotna High School has claimed their first State Mock Trial Championship.

International exotic foods featured at annual AFS dinner
The American Field Service (AFS), through their foreign student exchange program, offers local residents an opportunity to know young people from distant lands, as well as the chance for our youth to live and study in foreign countries.

Kenai Peninsula to host '06 Arctic Winter Games
It was nearly three years ago Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley reported to the Borough Assembly that he was going to explore the feasibility of the Peninsula hosting the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG).

Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware hosts biggest Ice Fishing Derby ever
More than 260 fish were brought in at the 2003 Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware Ice Fishing Derby, and according to store manager Scott Miller, that was the most fish ever registered in the Derby's six-year history.

KPBSD implements changes
Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Vocational Education have gone far beyond the hopes of superintendent Donna Peterson in the past three months, turning what could have been just another forum for complaints into a foundation for a whole new entity dedicated to protecting and expanding career education options for students across the peninsula.

Law offices suffer storm damage
Cold wintry winds Friday night are being blamed for broken water pipes that caused severe damage to law offices of Baldwin and Butler on North Willow in Kenai over the weekend.

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.

School district, industries ready to revamp voc-ed
A plan to revive the role of vocational education in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is off and running, thanks to the efforts of a group of community members.

Measure could increase exemption
A measure introduced in the Alaska Senate early last week would allow municipalities to exempt up to $50,000 of real estate value from local property taxes.

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Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperWater, sewer service policy focus of council 03/17/03

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Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperPhoto feature: Blown away 03/17/03

Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperServing time: Youth Court members, judges sworn in 03/17/03

Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperShenanigans planned today 03/17/03

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Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska Newspaper Club News 03/17/03

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Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperSoHi captures state mock trial title 03/17/03

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Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperWar with Iraq: What?s the right thing to do? 03/17/03

Richard 'Rick' Graham
Longtime Kenai resident Richard "Rick" Graham died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna, where he had been a resident for five years. He was 58.

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Critical incident buckets supplied

Letters to the Editor
Here's a suggestion for lobbying law that might prove effectiveWhy is catch-and-release bad only when applied to early run of kings?Fish farming not the answer to seafood industry's woes

U.N.'s Anan keeps low profile
He has been the quiet man through months of crisis. Officially the world's chief advocate of peace, the U.N. secretary-general has been conspicuously silent at times in the face of looming war. And that, say some who know the United Nations best, is just how Kofi Annan should have been handling Iraq.

Murkowski should have told Alaskans their help is needed
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.

Around the Peninsula
Genealogy class plannedWrede to speak at Homer chamberClothes Closet open, donations neededState to conduct review of disability servicesPrograms aid communication with hearing impairedSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaDay camp plannedHospital CEO to speak to chamberNorth Peninsula chamber meets ThursdayNikiski dance concert slated

Photo feature: Feeling green
Logan Boyle showed his Irish spirit from the window of the 4-H bus during Soldotna's St. Patrick's Day Parade on Monday.

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'Spinster Millie' gives in; aging hands tie the knot
MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) -- For three-quarters of a century, Mildred Bobe resisted flirts, turned down proposals, always found ''something wrong'' with the men who were interested. Relatives called her ''Spinster Millie.''

War could postpone NCAA games
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA will consider postponing games in the men's and women's basketball tournaments and other national championships if war with Iraq begins this week.

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.

Devils tie Flyers for lead in Atlantic
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sami Kapanen had a goal and two assists and the Philadelphia Flyers beat New Jersey 4-2 on Monday night to move into a first-place tie with the Devils in the Atlantic Division.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai identical twins have unidentical games on the court
Want to be able to tell Kenai Central seniors and identical twins Erin and Erica Smith apart?

Blazers burn up Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arvydas Sabonis scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 95-88 Monday night.

Sports Briefs
Cronk, Schafer named region MVPsNinilchik boys sweep Bristol BayNinilchik girls sweep Bristol BayUCLA fires Lavin

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.

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.

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