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Friday, March 21, 2003

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.

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.

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 deal with union
JUNEAU (AP) The state has reached a tentative deal with its largest labor union, the Alaska State Employees Association.

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

Alaska unemployment rate rises in February
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's unemployment rate rose slightly in February, the state labor department said.

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.

Coast Guard plans helicopter pad in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities plan to build a helicopter landing pad in Ketchikan.

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.

Downed planes spilled fuel set for removal
ANCHORAGE (AP) Plans were under way to remove aviation fuel seeping from a state plane that made an emergency landing on a Matanuska River sandbar.

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.

Police name man who shot his wife, killed himself
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police have released the name of the man who shot his estranged wife and then killed himself.

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.

Fish and Game biologist big on owls
FAIRBANKS (AP) When owls speak this spring, Jack Whitman will be listening.

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.

BLM concludes public meetings on NPR-A proposals
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Bureau of Land Management has concluded the last of a series of public meetings on five proposed drilling sites in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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.

Alaskan Smoked Porter to be sold in England
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Though it's not yet distributed in all 50 states, Alaskan Smoked Porter soon will be sold in the United Kingdom, the company announced this month.

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.

Yukon Delta refuge manager honored
ANCHORAGE (AP) The manager of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge has been named refuge manager of the year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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.

UAA building becomes Wells Fargo Sports Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) The University of Alaska Anchorage welcomed Wells Fargo Bank Alaska as the newest Seawolf'' Thursday after the two signed a sponsorship deal worth $425,000.

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.

High-ranking firefighters grilled on Big Lake fire
PALMER (AP) Lawyers for property owners who were victims of the 1996 Big Lake fire grilled two high-ranking state firefighters this week in a class-action lawsuit.

Economist says competition for salmon was intense
ANCHORAGE (AP) Processors competed intensely for fish in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, and it makes sense that most paid the same price for the salmon, an economist testified Thursday in a price-fixing suit being argued in Superior Court.

Anchorage murder trial recessed for jury travel
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage murder trial is in recess until Tuesday to accommodate some jurors with pre-existing spring break travel plans.

Watercooler
JOB INTERVIEWING: Your resume got you in the door, and now it's time for the interview. What are they going to ask?

Business Briefs
Processing worker benefits availableTravel industry offers scholarships

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.

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.

Individuals like cash now, but will they in times ahead?
NEW YORK (AP) Cash may be king to individual investors these days, but whether it stays that way could have a great effect on the stock market's future moves.

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.

More employers cutting health benefits for future retirees
NEW YORK (AP) A few days each week, Jody Maxfield and two or three co-workers grab sandwiches and sodas and gather at a table in an office cubicle to share lunchtime conversation and worries about the future.

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.

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

A good time to start caring for your lawn is now, while the snow still lingers
EDITOR'S NOTE Dean Fosdick retired in May 2001 after 23 years with The Associated Press, 15 of those as Alaska bureau chief. He covered the Exxon Valdez oil spill, volcanoes, galloping glaciers and harvesting Alaska-grown, 100-pound-plus cabbages.

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.

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

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.

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

'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).

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Area families await return of loved ones
As the war with Iraq kicks off overseas, most of the nation is riveted to televisions and newspapers, waiting for reports of each air strike or ground battle. For many, the troops involved are nameless. They're "our boys," but little more.

Community support gives soldiers boost
Patrick Espy, Dustin Dreifuerst and Joshua George are only three of several Kenai Peninsula residents serving in the military overseas.

5 indicted for February burglary in Kenai
Five people were indicted in Kenai Superior Court last Friday in connection with a Kenai residential burglary investigation. Two of the five are being held at the Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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.

Annual Guard training fuels noise complaints
Increased activity at the Kenai Municipal Airport over the past two weeks from the Alaska Air National Guard and Alaska Army National Guard has generated some grumbling from Kenai residents who don't like hearing planes rumbling overhead at night.

Kenai City Council considers ban on smoking in all public buildings
Calling all smokers. The Kenai City Council will consider an ordinance that would ban smoking in all public buildings in the city -- including bars -- at its April 16 meeting. The council expects to face opposition to this ordinance and hopes to hear from supporters of smokers' rights, as well as those in favor of the ban at the meeting.

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.

Council will continue working to monitor the transportation of oil in Cook Inlet
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has won U.S. Coast Guard recertification for another year, CIRCAC officials said last week.

Raymond D. Bannach
Kenai resident Raymond D. Bannach died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 50.

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

Letters to the Editor
Some suggestions, observations on filling states budget gap Faith takes many forms; tolerance is defining virtue of Christianity All differences aside, groups should work to enhance early run of kings

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.

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

Reflections on U.S. action against Iraq
There's nothing like a war to help put things in perspective. Remember how the nation felt after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks? We were reminded of what's really important.

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

Missions of departments of Fish and Game, Natural Resources in conflict
I would like to make one thing perfectly clear: I am a strong supporter of developing Alaska's resources. A reasonable way out of our current fiscal difficulty is by developing our natural resources.

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.

Bruins get top billing at Alaska Bear Festival, March 28-29 in Homer
The fifth Alaska Bear Festival will take place in Homer March 28 and 29, with a variety of activities focusing on bear viewing in Southcentral Alaska.

Naturalist completes field guide to willows
Willow, spruce, birch -- anyone who has spent time outdoors can attest to the fact that there are a lot of trees throughout most of Southcentral Alaska, but many of these trees look alike to the layman and defy identification.

Younger families find adventure, comfort in RVs
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) Jeanette Shallenberger and her family have always enjoyed spending time outdoors.

Military turns to outdoor gear makers to equip soldiers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) That spiffy new high-tech tent or backpack you just bought may have been wear-tested by G.I. Joe.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer winter king derby starts Saturday Arctic Man classic set to begin April 9 Avalanche victim owned outdoor equipment maker

Around the Peninsula
Wagoner to take public opinion on longevity bonus Recreation service area to meet KDLL board to meet Soccer club to hold tryouts

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

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.

Perhaps today will be the day that Jesus comes back
Perhaps today. Sounds like the motto of a pack of procrastinators. Or it may is the theme of some wishful thinker's weekly meeting

North Korea rejects U.S. concern over religious freedom
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea rejected U.S. concern about religious freedom in the communist country, calling American criticism a slur campaign.

Church Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonight Choir performs concert tonight Author Querin to speak Womens retreat planned Conference studies Genesis Poetry contest announced Christian group sponsors contest

National Association of Evangelicals to be led by Colorado pastor
WASHINGTON (AP) The National Association of Evangelicals announced Monday that its new president will be the Rev. Ted Haggard, who leads Colorado's largest Protestant church.

Thousands of pages of church files released in Boston reveal the pattern for abuse crisis
BOSTON (AP) The allegations have been sordid, the details shocking and the numbers higher than anyone expected.

Diplomats visit head of banned Vietnamese Buddhist group
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) Eight diplomats from the European Union and the United States met the hospitalized patriarch of a banned Buddhist group for the first time in more than two decades, the Paris-based International Buddhist Information Bureau says.

Kentucky artist depicts a modern, even tattooed, image of Christ
VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) When artist Stephen Sawyer envisions Christ, the image is usually something other than a man in white robe and sandals. Sawyer paints a contemporary Jesus in blue jeans, wearing a T-shirt, even sporting a tattoo.

Southern Africas Anglican archbishop rebuffed on Zimbabwe proposal
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, the leader of Anglican churches in South Africa and four neighboring nations, announced a new effort to restart dialogue toward a political settlement in troubled Zimbabwe.

Friends, family honor Baptist missionary killed in terrorist bomb attack
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Friends and relatives celebrated the tireless work and Christian values of Bill Hyde at a memorial service for the Southern Baptist missionary, who was killed by a terrorist bomb in the Philippines.

Students, faculty protest despite Catholic universitys rollback on play cancellation
CINCINNATI (AP) Citing academic freedom, some 200 students, professors and others attended a protest rally even though Xavier University reversed a decision to bar performances of The Vagina Monologues.''

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.

NCAA tourney sees three upsets, four that were close
Central Michigan, Arizona State and Tulsa provided the first-round upsets Thursday.

Nikiski's Rabung stands tall against Kotzebue
Nikiski's Karen Rabung scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Bulldogs defeated Kotzebue 56-35 Thursday in the opening round of the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

ASAA State 3A and 4A Basketball Championships
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Sullivan Arena, Anchorage

Eagles, Wolverines advance to finals
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team and the Ninilchik School girls advanced tot he championship game of the District 3/2A tournament with wins Thursday at Homer High School.

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

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.

Juneaus 3-pointers cant stop blazing touch of Soldotna girls
ANCHORAGE In the end, the Soldotna girls basketball team built a mountain too high for the Crimson Bears girls to climb.

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.

Six golfers lead at brutal Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. A score that would have left Tiger Woods in the middle of the pack at most PGA Tour events kept him in contention Thursday as he bids for his fourth straight title at the Bay Hill Invitational.

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.

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.

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