Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Four hurt in car-bus accident
WASILLA (AP) Four people including two school children were injured Tuesday afternoon after a car struck a bus.

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.

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.

Alaska Sea Grant program hires new director
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Sea Grant College Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has hired Brian Allee as its new director.

Vandals cut brake lines on 50 buses
ANCHORAGE (AP) Regular school bus service for Chugiak and Eagle River students resumed Wednesday after mechanics repaired brake lines on 50 school buses that were vandalized sometime before Monday morning.

Juneau taxi driver beaten and robbed
JUNEAU (AP) A taxi driver was beaten and robbed and his cab stolen, police said.

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.

Documents show pressure applied to lower prices to fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Japanese importer pressured processors of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon to sharply lower prices paid to fishermen in 1991, according to documents presented Tuesday in a price-fixing suit.

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

D.A. says trooper justified in shooting disabled man
ANCHORAGE (AP) A state trooper was justified when he shot and killed a disabled man Jan. 4 during an encounter at a Sterling Highway pullout, the Kenai district attorney has determined.

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.

Measure would allow larger property tax exemption
KENAI (AP) A measure introduced in the Alaska Senate would allow municipalities to exempt up to $50,000 of real estate value from local property taxes.

Man wounds wife, shoots self
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man shot and wounded his estranged wife Tuesday and then shot and killed himself, according to Anchorage police.

State reaches tentative contracts with five unions
JUNEAU (AP) The state has reached tentative labor contracts with five unions. The agreements call for the state to pay $75 a month more per employee in health insurance costs.

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.

State gets grant for mining education, safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state has received a federal grant of nearly $43,000 for mine, health, and safety training and education.

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.

Committee passes bill requiring clergy to report abuse
JUNEAU (AP) Members of the clergy would be required to report child abuse under a measure that passed the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

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.

Fish, Game boards choose commissioner nominees
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski will choose between two candidates to head the Department of Fish and Game.

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.

Wind storm may have set record
ANCHORAGE (AP) Winds that hammered Southcentral Alaska last week may have been the strongest gusts ever measured at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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.

Judge rejects demand for rape victims testimony
ANCHORAGE (AP) A rape victim subpoenaed by the defense in a murder trial does not have to testify, the judge in the case ruled Tuesday.

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.

Fairbanks assembly considers cold weather testing park
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough should help develop a cold weather testing park, according to the mayor and her new economic development coordinator.

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.

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.

NCAA tournament schedule doesnt waver in face of impending conflict to remove Hussein
NEW YORK Baseball canceled its season-opening series in Japan because of the threat of war in Iraq and other sports discussed whether military action would cause changes to their schedules.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Formula figures lung cancer risks
WASHINGTON How long and how much you smoked, and how long it's been since the last puff, make a difference in the risk of getting lung cancer.

Saddam mocks Bush threat
In an edgy prelude to war, Saddam Hussein mocked an American ultimatum Tuesday to surrender power, and the Bush administration claimed public support from 30 nations for its international coalition supporting Iraq's disarmament.

Trooper will not face charges in shooting
The Kenai District Attorney will not criminally prosecute Alaska State Trooper Arthur "Jesse" Osborn in the Jan. 4 shooting death of Casey G. Porter, calling the shooting "justified."

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.

'Uncommon strength'
For as long as his family can remember, 13-yea

Board of Fish talks kings
Although the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Anchorage is supposed to be dealing primarily with statewide shellfish issues, you wouldn't know it by listening to Tuesday's public comments.

Illness forced Osmar out of Iditarod running
Dean Osmar knew what he was getting into when he decided to run in the

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.

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.

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.

State seeks notice of wind damages
Kenai Peninsula Borough residents who suffered property damage resulting from the wind storm that swept across Southcentral Alaska last week are urged to notify the Office of Emergency Management.

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.

Mark Adamson
Kenai resident Mark Adamson died Friday, March 14, 2003, following surgical complications. He was 53.

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.

Applause
Prom dress sale serves as benefit for SoHi's Cross Country Ski Team

Letters to the Editor
Cost of war with Iraq too great for decision to be made too quickly Comedians routine too vulgar to be considered family fare Citys proposal about rec center does disservice to community Love INC helps neighbors in need; financial support will be wisely used

At least Murkowski has made attempt to bridge budget gap What others say
Gov. Frank Murkowski deserves credit for attempting to deal with the state's fiscal problems even though his proposals are causing political pain.

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

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.

Applause
Critical incident buckets supplied

Host of what-ifs surround best case scenario of quick victory in Iraq
WASHINGTON Winning a war against Iraq seems a certainty, but the imminent conflict holds many possible hazards and unknowables for the United States.

Around the Peninsula
Programs aid communication with hearing impaired

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.

'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.''

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

District 3/2A Tournament
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Homer High School

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.

Senators blustery performance steadier than Hurricanes winds
RALEIGH, N.C. Jason Spezza had two goals, and Wade Redden added a goal and an assist as the Ottawa Senators became the first NHL team to reach 100 points with a 6-5 victory Tuesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

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?

District 3/2A brand of madness set to commence at Homer High
Take your marks ... get set ... here we go!

Jefferson hits for 27 as Nets beat Celtics
BOSTON Richard Jefferson matched his career-high with 27 points and the New Jersey Nets beat the Boston Celtics for the second time in six days, 87-74 Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Whalers nab second place Russ Bybee gets Iditarods red lantern

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.

Tomjanovich treats cancerous tumor
HOUSTON (AP) Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich has a cancerous tumor on his bladder lining that the team said will be treated without surgery.

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

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.

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