Sunday, March 23, 2003

Mobile mammography van heading for Latin America
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A mobile clinic that's provided mammograms to more than 10,000 women across Alaska is being sent to Central America because new federal regulations say its X-ray dosage is too high to be used here. A smaller van will replace ''Mollie,'' as the 43-foot van has been called.

Man indicted on attempted murder charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Takory Stern, 19, of Fairbanks was indicted last week on charges of attempted murder and assault in the Sept. 21 shooting of another man in Fairbanks apartment.

State reaches tentative deal with union
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state reached a tentative deal with all but two of its labor unions by a Friday deadline, the governor's office said.

Predator control correction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a March 21 story about , The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Board of Game has set a population target of between 3,000 and 3,500 moose for a 520-square-mile study area near McGrath where predator control measures have been approved.

Port Lions man accused of sexual abuse of girl
KODIAK (AP) -- A Port Lions man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in his household.

Big Anchorage seafood plant thinks small
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Managers at a big seafood plant built here with state money are recasting the company as a smaller, less ambitious operation.

Death claims flamboyant Fan Man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- To his friends, he was James Miller, gentle and fun-loving, passionate about hiking, mountain climbing, and above all, flight.

Haines needs volunteers to build playground
HAINES (AP) -- Children in Haines are getting a new playground this summer, and the city of Haines needs volunteers to build it.

Three arrested on crack charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three people have been arrested on drug charges after authorities received a tip that people were making crack cocaine in a local hotel, according to Alaska State Troopers.

War protesters gather in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 150 people gathered Thursday in Fairbanks to protest the war in Iraq and more protests are planned for Saturday.

Fairbanks man charged with abusing 8-year-old
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 41-year-old Fairbanks man has been charged with having sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl.

Fish and Game takes step toward predator control in McGrath
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Employees of the Department of Fish and Game will conduct spotting flights near McGrath to provide trappers with information on where to find wolves, the agency said Friday, announcing a predator control program for the Interior village.

Silos will be ready on deadline, company pledges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A clock in Boeing's offices counts the minutes -- down to the nearest tenth of a second -- until Sept. 30, 2004. That's the date Boeing is scheduled to finish its work on the silos at Fort Greely that will house America's new missile defense system.

Safety net may not catch more seniors
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state's safety nets for older Alaskans may not catch any more needy people if the longevity bonus program is eliminated.

Alaska faces $30 million bill from fee lawsuit, someday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state of Alaska faces a bill of nearly $30 million to pay refunds to commercial fishermen from other states who forked over triple the amount paid by Alaskans for the necessary licenses and permits.

Panel may lower priority for Anchorage's coastal trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The committee that decides transportation priorities for Anchorage served notice Thursday it may bump the proposed extension of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from near the top of the trail-building list to a far lower ranking.

Vazquez could miss Expos' opener with bad calf
Montreal ace Javier Vazquez could miss the team's season opener because of a strained calf muscle.

Taking on Half Dome: Teen tells of trek up peak
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Clutching a steel post in my right hand, dangling about 300 feet above the weathered granite of a canyon ledge, I struggled to get a hold on the cliff. The National Park Service notice at the trailhead had said, ''Half Dome cables to be taken down for repair this Sunday.''

Cuts will affect rec center
Since it was built in 1980, the Kenai Recreation Center has been a popular attraction in Kenai.

Peninsula activists voice concerns of war
The can was open and worms were everywhere as war proponents and antiwar activists met again Saturday to debate their differing ideologies in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building on North Binkley Street in Soldotna.

Security up on peninsula
Although the Kenai Peninsula has received no direct threats related to the war in Iraq, the U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska National Guard and Alaska State Troopers are on heightened awareness for possible trouble.

Board of Fish seeks consensus on king issues
ANCHORAGE -- Now it's up to the board. Committee F, the committee tasked with sorting through the management of Kenai and Kasilof early-run king salmon, spent all day Saturday trying to find a consensus on several key issues relating to how the state should manage the two rivers. It wasn't an easy task.

Nancy Lee Mapes
Soldotna resident Nancy Lee Mapes, known to many as "Granny," died quietly with family present on Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at her home in Soldotna. She was 69.

Josephine 'Jo' Bertha Jarvis
Kenai resident Josephine "Jo" Bertha Jarvis died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 75.

Story assignment leads to reflections on discreet discrimination in society
I recently was assigned to cover a story on the Native Youth Olympics, a story that deals with a unique facet of Alaska Native heritage that has transcended time.

War gives Bush new political strength
President Bush is acting forcefully against Iraq in just the political nick of time. And his bold move to go ahead with a war likely will earn him soaring job approval ratings.

ANWR arguments need fine-tuning before next round
Last week's defeat in the U.S. Senate of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge provides more proof of the truth that close only counts when it comes to horseshoes and hand grenades.

Local athletes prepare for Native Youth Olympics
Rigid as a plank, beads of sweat dripping from his brow, T.J. Olick can feel the searing pain in his fatiguing muscles, but he doesn't let it stop him from methodically hopping on his knuckles a few yards more.

Around the Peninsula
Women's sobriety group to meetFlood damage topic at Soldotna chamberFishing group set to meet WednesdayPothast to speak at Kenai chamberNewbould to discuss Caring for the KenaiTraffic study meeting plannedVolunteers sought for Easter musicalTack swap plannedSBDC offers business seminarChild development screening available

Too much ado about busyness
"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin, real life. Then there was always some obstacle in the way -- something to get through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid -- then life would begin. At last, it dawned on me, that these obstacles were my life." -- Father Alfred D'Souza

Krivopustova, Carlyle plan March wedding
Natalya Valeryevna Krivopustova and William Cody Carlyle have announced their plans to marry Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Advanced Business Service building in Soldotna. Randall Eberline will officiate.

My best friend
Logan Parks, 6-year-old grandson of Roy and Sharon Baldwin of Soldotna, takes a break with Kootz, a 13-year-old "puppy." Grandma says just watching the two play makes her tired, too!

'Mouser' improves his lot in life after being shot, rescued
Mouser the cat, now surrounded by a loving family, has a warm house to live in and soft pillows to rest on, but life wasn't always this good for Mouser. He suffered some hard knocks and endured some extensive surgery before his story came to a happy ending.

Schafer leads Wasilla past Crimson Bears
The Warriors survived a battle with the Crimson Bears in the championship semifinals Friday at the Class 4A state tournament, notching a 45-53 victory.

Nikiski takes seventh state championship in 12 years
ANCHORAGE -- They can't always be pretty.

Agassi blows past Chang
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Andre Agassi earned the victory. Michael Chang settled for a curtain call. As the two longtime rivals walked off the stadium court, Agassi graciously took a sideline seat so Chang could bask alone in one last round of applause at Key Biscayne.

Hawks top Pacers
ATLANTA -- Theo Ratliff blocked a potential game-winning dunk by Jermaine O'Neal in the final seconds Saturday night to help the Atlanta Hawks to a 92-89 victory over Indiana, sending the Pacers to their 11th consecutive road loss.

Woods dominates at Bay Hill Invitational
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Even when competing against Ernie Els, Tiger Woods was the only show at the Bay Hill Invitational -- as usual.

Bulldogs find way to plunder Vikings
ANCHORAGE -- Fearless. Unyielding. Undaunted. Game. This is how Nikiski girls basketball coach Ward Romans instructed his team to play through the Alaska Schools Activities Association State Class 3A tournament. And that's what he got Friday night when the Bulldogs (22-4 overall) defeated Petersburg 43-29 at the Sullivan Arena.

Schafer leads Wasilla past Crimson Bears
The Warriors survived a battle with the Crimson Bears in the championship semifinals Friday at the Class 4A state tournament, notching a 45-53 victory.

CIA boys, Ninilchik girls take titles
As reigning state champions, the Ninilchik girls and the Cook Inlet boys each came into the District 3/Class 2A basketball tournament at Homer High School as the teams to beat.

Stars storm to third place
ANCHORAGE -- "That was a different team." These were the pregame words Lathrop head coach Tim Hagedon used to describe his team in a 55-51 home loss to Soldotna in December after blowing a 15-point fourth-quarter lead.

Arizona survives two overtimes from upset-minded Gonzaga
SALT LAKE CITY -- Arizona moves on, but not before a double-overtime thriller that ranks with the best in NCAA tournament history.

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