Sunday, March 24, 2002

Soldotna man dies from auto accident injuries
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A Soldotna man died of injuries received when he fell asleep while driving on the Sterling Highway and lost control of his sport utility vehicle, Alaska State Troopers said.

Air Force pilot found dead in apartment searched earlier for child porn
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Air Force Base pilot was found dead Friday in an apartment that was searched earlier in the week as part of an international child pornography investigation. Police said he committed suicide.

Bill would have state handle crimes on ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislators acted Friday to close a loophole that prevented a rape on a state ferry from being prosecuted.

Fairbanks teen arrested for pointing BB gun at girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly pointing a real-looking BB gun at a 13-year-old girl.

On Little Diomede, mail delivery is still an adventure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Years after man walked on the moon, walrus-skinned boats still delivered mail to Diomede.

Grand jury indicts three in illegal dumping case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage federal grand jury has handed down indictments of a ship captain and two chief engineers connected to illegal dumping.

Harvard museum anthropologist in Alaska to learn more about spoon carvings
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bear cradles an otter in one carving. In another, a mysterious beast rests head-to-head with a human, their tongues connected.

Two rescued when fishing boat sinks west of Cape Ommaney
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Sitka fishermen were rescued when their fishing boat sank west of the southern tip of Baranof Island, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

Not registering for draft could cost dividend
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Lisa Murkowski wants to provide young men with a potent reminder to register for the draft when they turn 18. She's sponsored a bill to take away their permanent fund dividend if they don't.

Computer tags help scientists track halibut
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For five months, the feisty 60-pound Pacific halibut with the nickname Lip roamed the Gulf of Alaska, its movements monitored by a tiny computer tag anchored below its dorsal fin.

Delta Junction man convicted of assaulting boys
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction jury convicted a man Friday of 19 counts of sexual impropriety with minors.

Murkowski points to Eielson in ANWR push
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In his push for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Sen. Frank Murkowski points to the Eielson Air Force Base personnel who returned from patrolling Iraq.

House Finance passes two bills to use Permanent Fund revenues
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House committee approved two bills that would begin closing the state's projected $1 billion budget shortfall with Alaska Permanent Fund earnings.

State officials pick winners in name-the-ferries contest
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two new fast ferries will be named Chenega and Fairweather.

Search called off for missing snowmachiner
HOOPER BAY (AP) -- The search for a Hooper Bay man missing two weeks was called off Friday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Statisticians boot 'tinned' salmon out of British shopping basket
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The British government's Office for National Statistics has booted canned salmon from the ''basket'' of goods and services it tracks to compile a monthly Retail Prices Index, and Alaska marketers worry that the country's taste for the product is dying out.

Survey finds parents aren't talking to their kids about inhalants
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska has a slightly higher rate of inhalant abuse than the rest of the country, though the problem is much more severe in some rural villages, according to health officials.

Anchorage mother sentenced for assaulting fifth-grade teacher
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A judge sentenced an Anchorage mother to 90 days in jail for assaulting her daughter's teacher in front of a class of fifth-graders.

Unalaska recycling program gets national attention
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska's recycling program is being held up as a model for other small communities nationwide.

Healy coal mine says layoffs may be coming
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jeff Cornelius had told his wife, Linda, to quit her job as a bank accountant so the family could move from Fairbanks to Healy, where he works as a heavy equipment mechanic at Usibelli Coal Mine.

Tempers flare over proposed alcohol tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. John Harris, R-Valdez, doesn't say much in the House Finance Committee.

Two indicted on murder-for-hire charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage residents already facing fraud charges were indicted Friday in a murder-for-hire plot, charged with conspiring to kill a federal prosecutor, a federal judge and a witness.

Computer tags help scientists track halibut
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For five months, the feisty 60-pound Pacific halibut with the nickname Lip roamed the Gulf of Alaska, its movements monitored by a tiny computer tag anchored below its dorsal fin.

Seward painters turn Dumpsters into works of art
In most circumstances, describing a painting as "fit for the trash" would be a major insult. But the Seward Parks and Recreation Department's 10 new works of art are exactly that.

Deferred maintenance projects piling up at sites
For most of his seven-year career as director of the Alaska Division of Parks, Jim Stratton has managed the state's 121 parks, recreation areas and historical locations under a kind of sword of Damocles -- the budget axe wielded by state lawmakers held aloft by the fraying hair of dwindling state revenues.

Businesses, residents would feel parks loss most
Recreational users and business owners will likely be the groups most affected if the Legislature goes ahead with a proposal to cut more than a million dollars from the state parks budget.

Job fair aiming for success stories
Sometimes a person needs a little help. Just ask Jennifer Denomie of Nikiski.

Budget woes may result in park closures
Eager campers could find themselves barred from some of the most beautiful sites on the Kenai Peninsula at the height of the summer season if budget cuts approved Monday by the Alaska House of Representatives become law.

Bush administration involvement in Mideast dialogue increasing
WASHINGTON -- American involvement in Middle East peacemaking is a familiar part of the process, but finding the right level is a challenge for the White House.

Ask the Mayor
What is recycled at solid waste sites?

Who do legislative 'majority' leaders really represent?
As legislators attempt to close Alaska's nearly $1-billion budget gap, all options should be on the table and receive open-minded consideration.

My Best Friend
When Bill and Sandy Bailey of Sterling retired a couple of years ago, their Labrador retriever-pointer mix Lefty was happy to go with them. The couple adopted her from a shelter 12 years ago.

Wilson, Hammel plan wedding in Oregon
April Marie Wilson and Michael Hammel have announced their plans to marry in Oregon City, Ore., on Aug. 31, 2002.

Junior Olympic Archers Development Program targets youths on peninsula
In a warehouse off Kalifornsky Beach Road, the modern-day successors to William Tell and Robin Hood busy themselves each Saturday honing their target shooting skills. Kids ranging in age from 8 to 18 take careful aim at round targets placed in front of a distant wall.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber meeting TuesdayWomen's center meeting scheduledCommunity council meeting scheduledSmall farms mini-series continuesBenefit dinner, auction scheduledNurse to visit Nikolaevsk, NinilchikFolk dance planned

A look into the past: Wilson's Store, Soldotna
The Wilson Grocery Store, identified simply as "Store" in this 1952 photo, was built and operated by Don and Verona Wilson, who came to Soldotna from Oregon.

Profile allows for simpler answers in test of lifestyle
Last week I provided you with questions to ponder regarding your values as they may apply to sustainable living. If you struggled with those, don't distress there are other educational tools available.

Web can provide what you need to know to visit Grand Canyon
What, you haven't been to the Grand Canyon yet? Just a few Web sites will show what you've been missing, and help you find most of what you need to plan your visit.

Kards roll to fourth place
The Kenai Central girls got a taste of their own medicine from a bitter pill called the Bartlett defense Saturday during the Class 4A girls state tournament. But persistence was the Kardinals' spoonful of sugar, as Kenai held on to beat the Golden Bears 41-39 in the physical fourth-place game at Sullivan Arena.

Indiana, OU make Final Four
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Once again, Indiana is a Final Four team, although this time with Mike Davis as its coach. And all it took was nearly perfect 3-point shooting.

Nikiski girls edge Buccaneers
Nikiski girls basketball coach Ward Romans sets goals for his team. That's what he did at the beginning of the season, when his team set out to return to the Class 3A state basketball finals after a year off.

Paulson holds lead at The Players Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- On a day of scintillating shots and shocking collapses, Carl Paulson played a steady hand Saturday in The Players Championship and positioned himself for the biggest surprise of all.

Nikiski girls reclaim state title
Who can resist asking the question, "Who let the dogs out?" No matter how much one might detest the song of the same name, it was a question difficult to ignore Saturday when the Nikiski girls defeated Monroe Catholic 60-33 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage to reclaim the Class 3A state basketball championship.

Wrestler finishes perfect
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Cael Sanderson went out perfect. The Iowa State senior completed his record-setting college career Saturday, winning his 159th match without a loss and claiming his fourth straight NCAA title.

Monroe edges 'Dawgs in fourth-place game
If basketball points could be measured in inches, the Nikiski boys would have missed a win by the first notch on the measuring stick. The Bulldogs were inched out of a fourth-place spot in the Class 3A boys state tournament by a Monroe Catholic buzzer-beater that fell in just as the last second ticked off the regulation game clock. The Rams won 50-49 at Sullivan Arena.

Shanahan nets 500th, Wings clinch top spot in West
DENVER -- Brendan Shanahan scored his 500th career goal, breaking a scoreless tie at 7:48 of the third period as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Saturday, clinching the top spot in the Western Conference.

Sports Briefs
Herges moves to Expos, Jackson sent to TigersStreet Cry a surprise winner in Dubai World CupCheever gets first IRL pole for himself, InfinitiShoulder forces Ivanisevic out at Key BiscayneDodgers outfielder Bichette calls it quits

Trail Blazers move ahead of Timberwolves in standings
MINNEAPOLIS -- Damon Stoudamire scored 21 points, and Scottie Pippen added 18 -- 13 in the fourth quarter -- as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Minnesota 108-99 Saturday night, moving ahead of the Timberwolves in the Western Conference standings.

Elusive gold: Kwan finishes second at worlds
NAGANO, Japan (AP) -- One month after failing to win the Olympic gold medal, Michelle Kwan is no longer even the world champion. Kwan lost the world title she held for the last two years, finishing second to Russia's Irina Slutskaya on Saturday at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Kardinals boys suffer tough loss to Chugiak
After a 71-70 loss to Bartlett Thursday morning, the Kenai Central boys were set to rebound against Chugiak Friday night to qualify for a shot at fourth place of the Class 4A boys state basketball tournament.

Connecticut advances with 18-point victory over Penn State
Connecticut faced its toughest test of the NCAA tournament, and still won easily.

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