Thursday, March 20, 2003

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

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.

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.

Barrow conference wraps up
BARROW (AP) -- A three-day conference bringing North Slope Borough elders and teenagers together wrapped up Thursday in Barrow.

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

Four hurt when speeding car hits school bus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four people were injured when a speeding car crashed into a school bus near Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Search continues for missing Anchorage brothers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have received numerous calls about the disappearance of two young brothers more than a week ago.

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

Engine fire forces emergency landing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state pilot and his passenger emerged uninjured after making an emergency landing on a sandbar of the Matanuska River.

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.

War won't derail state sports events
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The war with Iraq won't interfere with several state-level sports championships and contests in Alaska.

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.

Airport monitored for signs of mystery illness
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The local office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the lookout for a dangerous new pneumonia.

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.

Start of war heightens vigilance in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The start of the war against Iraq has heightened vigilance by Alaska homeland security officials, who said they've been preparing for possible terrorism attacks since Sept. 12, 2001.

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.

Halibut prices higher than last year
JUNEAU (AP) -- A couple of weeks into this year's longer halibut season, prices processors pay to fishermen are higher than last year.

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.

Kevin Duffy picked to head Fish and Game Department
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday picked Kevin Duffy to head the state Department of Fish and Game.

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.

Alaskans respond to ANWR decision
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The Senate's vote on opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration had Alaskans like Faith Gemmill on the edge of their seats Wednesday morning.

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.

Appeals court vacates change of venue order
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has vacated a ruling that would have moved a Ketchikan man's third murder trial to Juneau.

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.

Man charged with sexually abusing 15-year-old girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

State looking for campground managers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State parks officials are looking for people interested in managing three campgrounds and recreations sites in the Fairbanks area.

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.

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.

Helping car owners make a deal
Looking to sell an automobile? There have always been several ways to go about it, from placing a classified ad, to friendly word of mouth. And of course, one could always try parking the vehicle in plain view of open traffic with a price tag and phone number and letting fate (and maybe a generous wax job) work its magic.

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

More oil is being pumped, but U.S. stocks remain low
WASHINGTON -- Global oil production has been on a rebound for weeks, but so far little of it has reached U.S. shores, according to the Energy Department.

Business Briefs
Processing worker benefits availableTravel industry offers scholarships

Employers try using paycards for payroll
NEW YORK -- Sharon Baker always relished getting paid. It was the paydays themselves she could do without.

Clarion announces management change
Tom Janz, formerly the marketing and circulation manager for the Peninsula Clarion, has been promoted to general manager of the Alaska Star, a weekly publication in Eagle River.

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.

Scrap Happy
The word "scrap" does not generally evoke artistic connotations.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Juried exhibit shows what's hot in local art
Juried art shows are a great way to see what's new and exciting in the local art scene. The 2003 Juried Art Exhibit on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai offers an opportunity to do just that.

Oscar planners nix long lists of winner thank-yous
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar acceptance speeches can be as boring as recitations from a phone book -- a droning list of lawyers, agents, managers, stylists and publicists unknown and unimportant to the world outside Hollywood.

'Dreamcatcher' can't excuse being awful
''Dreamcatcher'' is unspeakably bad -- and shockingly so -- considering that it's an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, from the director of ''The Big Chill'' (Lawrence Kasdan) and the writer of ''Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'' (William Gold-man).

Art Briefs
Gallery soliciting bead worksPoems accepted in FairbanksT-shirt design contest announcedPoetry contest announcedBoutiques searching for craftsWriters' conference slated

This week's race: Food City 500
Where and when

Race Schedule
Feb. 16 to Nov. 16, 2003.

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $1,819,3862. Kurt Busch 1,421,2913. Jimmie Johnson 1,052,156

NASCAR, drivers make arrangements in case fighting starts
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Eddie Jones made two sets of reservations for his race team's trip to the Texas Motor Speedway. One involves the use of private and commercial airplanes; the other involves a couple of modified passenger vans.

Wallace eager for Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- No matter how bad things get for Wallace, he knows the chance for redemption always comes twice a year when the NASCAR Win ston Cup Series moves to Bristol Motor Speedway.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 7602. Tony Stewart 7033. Michael Waltrip 698

Fund-raiser to benefit coach
Joe Perletti, has taken a lot of hits and hard falls during his time coaching over the last 10 years, but back in January he had a fall on the ice he couldn't get up and skate away from -- a fall so serious it almost killed him.

Committee appointed for king discussions
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up two days of public hearings Wednesday at the West Coast International Inn in Anchorage by appointing members of the public to serve on six committees to further discuss individual issues before the board.

Bill funds Ninilchik DOT site
The supplemental spending bill signed by Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday includes funding to reopen the Ninilchik road maintenance station through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

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

Nadia K. Oskolkoff
Nadia K. Oskolkoff died in her sleep Sunday, March 9, 2003, in Kodiak. She was 91.

Avoiding war would only make world far more dangerous place
Now, war is not only unavoidable but, in our view, necessary. It is necessary both to eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and to preserve the credibility of the international order that set out to disarm Iraq in 1991. This task is made all the more urgent by the global war on terror.

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

Letters to the Editor
Flying U.S. flags one way to show support for U.S. troops, familiesRussian studies should be viewed as investment in future work force

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
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

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.

Diplomacy has failed
Diplomacy has failed, and most of what remains is to count down the hours until the shooting starts

How will U.S. define victory?
WASHINGTON -- Americans knew the Gulf War was won when U.S. troops saw a liberated Kuwait in the rearview mirrors of their Humvees.

Photo feature: Life goes on
Pat Newton shovels Wednesday's still-falling snow from her driveway in Kenai as her flag flutters in the breeze.

Around the Peninsula
Programs aid communication with hearing impaired

Around the Peninsula
Social Security rep to visit HomerPRISM representative to speak at chamberVeterans meeting slatedBuilders to meet in KenaiGardeners to host compost tea workshopSafe Sitter class starts todayWagoner to take public opinion on longevity bonusSpring fling canceledTack swap planned

NBA games paused for Bush's address
NBA basketball games came to a halt or had their starting times delayed Wednesday night during President Bush's speech announcing that the United States had launched a war against Iraq.

Sometimes it's the road
It's not just about the knuckleheads. Some nights, pro sports should be about the good guys, too.

Sports Briefs
Wolverines open with winFreestyle wrestling meet at Soldotna

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.

Dunham, Lindros lead Rangers to victory
NEW YORK -- Mike Dunham made 27 saves for his second straight shutout, and Eric Lindros had two assists to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-0 victory Wednesday night over the Buffalo Sabres.

Stars hope for another Cinderella run
In 1993, the last time the Soldotna girls basketball team made an appearance at the state tournament, the Stars were not ranked as the top team in the state heading into the tournament.

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

Bulldogs ready to defend state 3A title
You've been running hard for what feels like hours. Your legs are starting to go to jelly, you're gasping for every breath, and you're wondering if the last thing you ate is going to stay where it's supposed to. But your team is counting on you, and you have to block everything else out, focus on the rim and step up to the line for a crucial foul shot ... and that's just in practice.

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

Artest whistled for eighth flagrant foul in Pacers win
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Artest committed his eighth flagrant foul of the season just five seconds after tipoff, then scored 18 points as the Indiana Pacers cruised to a 102-72 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

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

ASAA: Tourneys will go on as planned
In a statement released Wednesday, the Alaska School Activities Association said its state basketball championships, as well as other state activities, would continue as planned despite war with Iraq.

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.

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.

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