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Monday, March 25, 2002

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

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.

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.

Homer angler wins $12,000 for record catch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer man is $12,000 richer, thanks to a record catch in the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

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.

Phillips Alaska plans winter exploration drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. is planning exploratory drilling next winter in some of the farthest west leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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.

Alaska bank changes name
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- First Interstate Bank of Alaska is changing its name to Alaska First Bank and Trust.

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.

March 22, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on campaign law changes
Congress passed a campaign reform law this week that will crack down on special interest money, but Alaska has turned in the opposite direction. First, an unfortunate federal court ruling allowed special interests to give unlimited amounts of money to Alaska political parties. Then the Republican-dominated legislature overrode Gov. Tony Knowles' veto to pass a bill locking part of the ruling into state law. The measure legalizes unlimited, secret soft money donations by wealthy individuals.

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.

March 20, 2002 The Ketchikan Daily News on declining state revenue
Cutting back is painful. One day a sports car is the mode of transportation and the next day it's a decade-old, rusty pickup truck. There is some pain in that. But at least the truck has wheels.

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.

March 21, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on revenue options
House Republican budget leaders have put down their fiscal axes and have finally begun discussions of how to raise revenues and close the budget gap. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear all ideas will be included in the debate.

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

March 20, 2002 The Voice of the Times on state budget cuts
Retired publisher and weekly columnist Lew Williams Jr. of Ketchikan is one who watches closely activities that have a special impact on Southeast Alaska.

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.

March 21, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. on Anchorage subsistence advisory vote
''Vote like your life depends on it. My message is simple: It does.'' That urgent call to arms was issued last fall at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference by CIRI President Carl Marrs. The words are especially relevant today. With the recent redrawing of voter districts, the coming election season will be the biggest in state history.

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

Wreckage of plane flown by priest spotted on mountain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The wreckage of a plane flown by a 73-year-old Catholic priest en route to Togiak was spotted Sunday on the side of a mountain seven miles southwest of Manokotak.

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.

Ex-doctor acquitted in wife's slaying could be released
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- A former Port Angeles doctor acquitted by reason of insanity in the bludgeoning death of his wife four years ago may be ready for release from a state mental hospital.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rangers give Rivera 10 days to impress
Ruben Rivera is getting another chance, this time with the Texas Rangers.

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.

Homer angler wins $12,000 for record catch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer man is $12,000 richer, thanks to a record catch in the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

'A Beautiful Mind' wins best picture; Washington, Berry nab acting awards
LOS ANGELES -- Halle Berry became the first black actress to earn an Academy Award in a lead role on Sunday and Denzel Washington became the second black man to win best actor, while ''A Beautiful Mind'' took top honors as best picture.

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.

Murkowski: Opening ANWR about national security
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.

Busch taps Food City feast
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch survived the usual bumping and banging at Bristol Motor Speedway, including the tap he put on Jimmy Spencer, to win his first career race.

2 areas in inlet part of OCS sale
The federal government has announced a proposal to lease an area of its outer continental shelf planning area in Cook Inlet for oil and gas development.

Nikiski group needs hand as it seeks to help others
From building trusses over trailers to fixing roofs to winterizing homes, Nikiski Community Services is working to help elderly, disabled and low-income peninsula residents repair and upgrade their homes.

Some residents think pork proposal stinks
With pending legislation to decide if Alaska will be able to bring home the bacon, residents sat down with a local hog farming promoter to discuss whether pigs would fly on the Kenai Peninsula.

Food bank planning its first Easter dinner
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will host its first Easter dinner from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the food bank, 33955 College Drive, off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

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.

Residents help chart city's future
Kenai residents took an active role in community planning Saturday at the city of Kenai Comprehensive Plan Community Workshop. Fifty-one Kenai residents met from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center to discuss issues in building a comprehensive plan for the future of their city.

Former Soldotna resident honored for rescue
An Alaska State Trooper who rescued an infant from a submerged vehicle in the Chena River near Fairbanks on July 6 has been named trooper of the year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Division of State and Provincial Police.

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.

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

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.

State observes Seward's Day today
Today will be a state holiday in observance of Seward's Day.

William 'Bill' Kraus
Soldotna resident William "Bill" Kraus died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 69.

Budget taking lots of time, but other issues also before Legislature
Today is Day 71 of the second session of the 22nd Alaska Legislature. While budget issues and sources of new revenue are taking up a significant portion of our time, I would like to comment on three issues close to my heart.

Letters to the Editor
Legislature should not fund pork project feasibility studyFuture of peninsula depends on students, their educationRecent decisions about greed, not about protecting king salmon

It's a sad fact of life: Not every 'authority' figure can be trusted
The federal crackdown on a nationwide Internet child pornography ring should be a reminder to parents and children that authority figures are not safeproof.

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.

Ask the Mayor
What is recycled at solid waste sites?

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.

Around the Peninsula
Soccer Club meets tonightForest Oil vice president to speak to chamberFish and Game sponsors bear-baiting clinicsKBEA scholarship deadline approachesRed Cross offers CPR classYouth Conservation Corps jobs availableSCI offers scholarship

March marks Red Cross month
"Helping when help can't wait." That's the Red Cross motto and a statement that Debra Holle lives by.

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.

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

Community Schools
Most Soldotna Community School classes require preregistration and prepayment. For more information, call Soldotna Community School at 262-6768.

Former residents recall Olympics
Dr. Jeff Roderick, a 1989 Soldotna High School graduate who now lives in Rexburg, Idaho, spent six days treating athletes and popping in on events last month at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Roderick is a chiropractor specializing in sports medicine injuries.

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.

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.

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.

Births
April and Jamie ChiltonKristina Pace and Tim Kirsch

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans' listsKenai grad named to Who's WhoSeldovia man elected citizens' council president

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.

Photo: Here piggy, piggy
Sondra Mize chooses at piglet at Echo Lake Feedstore. Mize was one of 29 young people who picked up a piglet for 4-H projects. The pics were trucked in from Copper Center by Terry VanWy who has supplied the pigs for the past couple of years.

Community News
VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary support D.A.R.E.Kasilof area residents in armed forces honoredMS Society offers online educationApplications available for Senate page programAlaska SeaLife Center hosts 'bird week'

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.

The Players Championship offers winning Perks
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A champion no one knew. A finish no one can forget.

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.

Oregon outrebounded 63-34 in tourney loss
MADISON, Wis. -- The Jayhawks met a team that wanted to run with them. They jumped all over the Ducks instead.

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.

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.

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.

Lakers, Bryant hand Kings rare home loss
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant scored eight of Los Angeles' final 10 points and carried the Lakers over the Sacramento Kings, the league's toughest home team, 97-96 after Shaquille O'Neal fouled out with 1:19 left.

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

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

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.

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.

Williams still dances because he doesn't take chances
Roy Williams does not take many chances. Ten points, a dozen, then 15 -- go ahead, try to come up with a lead big enough to keep Williams nailed to his seat. A deep and talented Kansas basketball team tried its best game after game and what it finally learned was this: You can't.

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.

Sports Briefs
Prep hoops all-tournament teams announcedState basketball all-tournament teamsHomer resident takes Winter King derbyCapriati edges Myskina at Key BiscayneNMU's Rick Comley to coach Spartans

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.

Terrapins' Blake gets out of shell
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Back and forth, back and forth -- until Steve Blake spoke up and came through.

Left wing scores twice as Blackhawks snap six-game winless stretch
CHICAGO -- Eric Daze scored his second goal of game on a power play with 1:18 left in overtime to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

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.

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.

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