Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Proposal: Glacier Bay cruise ships to remain at current levels
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Park Service is recommending that the number of cruise ships allowed to visit Glacier Bay National Park each year stay at current levels, with the chance of increasing in the future.

Fairbanks borough eyes jobs cuts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About a dozen Fairbanks North Star Borough jobs could be cut due to budget reductions, according to the borough's personnel director.

Ex-pound dog becomes mushing star
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A young husky mix dog adopted from the Fairbanks North Star Borough's animal shelter has become a star on the junior sprint-mushing race circuit.

Resolution could slow down citizen initiatives
JUNEAU (AP) -- A measure that would make it harder for citizens to put initiatives on the ballot passed its first committee Tuesday.

Flights help scientists understand sea ice changes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A NASA airplane flew west out of Fairbanks on Saturday scanning a swath of Alaska's coast to learn how the area's climate is changing.

Anchorage airport millions over construction budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A huge makeover project at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is running $186 million over the original budget.

Native teacher is learning her own history
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Karen Dullen will soon embark on a journey that will take her back to a pivotal point in the history of both her own family and many other Alaska Natives.

Chickaloon man dies in Glenn Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chickaloon man died in a crash on the Glenn Highway, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

State wants old sex offender list online
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is asking a federal judge to reverse a ruling that required authorities to take some sex offenders off a Web site.

Lynden, Western Express offer Canada-Alaska service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lynden Air Freight Inc. has joined forces with Western Express Airlines to offer door-to-door cargo service.

Trial on hold in Big Lake fire lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Big Lake fire civil trial is taking two weeks off.

Pilot hurt in kit-plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 44-year-old pilot was seriously hurt when a home-built plane he was flying crashed on take-off in Seldovia.

Wasilla man indicted on weapons charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man who led Alaska State Troopers on a six-hour manhunt in June 2001 was charged by a grand jury last week in U.S. District Court with two counts of being a felon in possession of weapons.

Selawik man fatally injured in snowmobile accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Selawik man died Tuesday after suffering a severe head injury on his snowmobile.

Murkowski budget slows 2003 legislative session
JUNEAU (AP) -- The 2003 legislative session is moving along slowly with lawmakers at the halfway mark passing just three bills and 11 resolutions out of the 418 different measures introduced this session.

Salmon tournament correction
HOMER (AP) -- In a March 24 story about the Winter King Salmon Tournament in Homer, The Associated Press reported erroneously the weight of the winning catch. The winning salmon weighed 28.58 pounds.

Fan man correction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a March 21 story about the death of James Miller, known as the Fan Man for his stunts flying a paraglider, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the last name of Miller's brother. His name is Eric Miller, not Eric Williams.

Ministers open reward fund for case of missing boys
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A private reward fund has been opened to help generate leads in the case of the missing Anchorage brothers.

Congress crafting gas line legislation once again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Congressional committees are crafting more legislation to promote building a natural gas line from Alaska's North Slope to the Lower 48.

Police shooting suit moved to federal court
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wrongful death lawsuit stemming from an officer-involved shooting in Fairbanks has been moved to federal court.

Two indicted on fraud charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted two Alaska men on charges that they defrauded a Veterans Affairs program of $450,000.

Anchorage airport millions over construction budget
ANCHORAGE -- A huge makeover project at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is running $186 million over the original budget.

Musher experiments with new dog harness design
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new harness design may help cut down on sled dog injuries, according to a former Iditarod champion.

Soldotna man wins salmon tournament
HOMER (AP) -- A Soldotna man won $13,524 for catching a king salmon weighing 25.58 pounds.

Glacier Bay fishermen, processors get compensation checks
JUNEAU (AP) -- After more than four years of waiting, fishermen, processors and communities affected by commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay have started to receive federal compensation.

Bill calls for $100 cruise ship head tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill calling for a $100 head tax on cruise ship passengers was introduced Monday.

Fairbanks rural utility installs backup battery system
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Slightly larger than a computer hard drive, Golden Valley Electric Association's new 160-pound batteries look like a cross between a car battery and a Tupperware suitcase.

Bill would mean fewer qualify for state medical help
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state would save about $258,000 next year and about 100 fewer Alaskans would get state-funded medical care under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Usibelli hopeful coal will head to Korea, again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Usibelli Coal Mine is negotiating with Korean buyers in hopes of providing Healy coal once again to an Asian power plant.

Quake felt near Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An earthquake occurred very early Monday near Delta Junction.

Reds' manager Boone firms up pitching staff
Jimmy Anderson is in the Cincinnati Reds' rotation, Kent Mercker is in the bullpen and Barry Larkin could wind up in the outfield.

Record crowd attends 8th Annual Health Fair
More people than ever turned out for the 8th Annual Health Fair that has become an early spring tradition on the Kenai Peninsula.

CANstruction yields 1,516 pounds of food for the hungry
The 2003 CANstruction competition, a benefit for the Kenai Peninsula Food Band, tipped the scales at 1,516 pounds of food to help feed those in need on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kards' Hockey Champs honored by Assembly
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, in keeping with it's tradition of honoring students that excel in academic as well as athletic challenges, unanimously passed a resolution commending the Kenai Central High School Hockey team for capturing the 2003 Region III/4A North Star Conference Championship title.

Lions Club honors citizens for service
The Soldotna Lions Club is a popular service organization that is identified with programs related to sight conservation and services to the blind or visually impaired.

Kenai Chamber bids farewell to Carol
Carol Bannock left to join her husband Duane in Anchorage last week, and to begin a new career with Era Aviation. Duane Bannock was appointed to be the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Murkowski last month.

My Column by James Brown
Is it Wednesday already? Boy, how time flies. With my busy schedule, I can hardly keep track any more.

A great day for the Irish on the Peninsula
Twelve years ago, in cooperation with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Mike Sweeney started the very first St. Patrick's Day Parade on a typical cold, snowy and blustery spring day with more people participating in the parade than watching from the side.

NOW PLAYING: Dreamcatcher
Usually, when I go to see a movie adapted from a popular novel, I arrive with a sense of skepticism, the feeling that I will have to lower my standards somewhat in order to fully enjoy the picture.

Busch repeats at Food City 500
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch, a runner-up three times this season, earned his first win of the year Sunday and defended his Food City 500 title by gambling on pit strategy and avoiding all but one of the 17 cautions at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Democrats say halfway point lacks progress
Alaska House and Senate Democrats noted Wednesday what they called a remarkable lack of progress as the 23rd Legislature nears the halfway point of its first session, and they laid the blame on Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed budget and the confusion it has caused within the ranks of the majority Republicans.

LEPC keeping public informed
Where are the emergency shelters in your neighborhood? What kind of bottles should emergency water be stored in? Can pets be brought to shelters?

Sterling Highway accident kills Anchorage woman
An Anchorage woman was killed Saturday afternoon in a car accident near Anchor Point. Several other individuals also were injured in the collision, which is believed to have been caused by icy road conditions.

Residents oppose longevity bonus cut
Longtime Kenai Peninsula residents overwhelmingly oppose the elimination of Alaska's longevity bonus program.

Kenai chamber to keep handling July 4 events
Never fear, parade fans, Kenai's Fourth of July celebration is back on track.

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.

John 'Jelly' Carl Standefer
John "Jelly" Carl Standefer died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 79.

Bertha McCracken
Sterling resident Bertha McCracken died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at home with her family. She was 96.

Alaskans should face facts about state's financial condition
Gov. Murkowski has everyone's attention. His budget address to the legislature last Wednesday has citizens talking. Some claim he broke campaign promises. Others debate the question: When does a user fee turn into a tax? The debate will continue and the fact of the matter is that the Legislature is going to have to buy into a some of the concepts brought forth by the governor.

Big reward helps flush out al-Qaida network
Pakistani authorities have apprehended more than 400 al-Qaida suspects since Sept. 11, 2001. Among them was an obscure Egyptian radical, described as an al-Qaida foot soldier, who surrendered during a raid last month.

Best 'thank you' military could receive is Americans involved in community Are we exercising our rights?
In these times of war, when we call upon the young men and women of this great nation to give of themselves the ultimate sacrifice to preserve and to protect our freedoms here at home, I need to ask: How many of us appreciate those freedoms?

State can no longer ignore budget's red ink, but decisions not easy
My office has had many phone calls, e-mails and faxes critical of the governor's proposed budget cuts.

Letters to the Editor
Birthday party for Dr. Seuss is wild, wonderful library affairMock Trial Teams say thanks to volunteers for their help4-H appreciates Soldotna resident's time and video expertiseAARP says thanks to all those who participated in Village FairGroups take CAN-do attitude toward conquering hunger

Letters to the Editor
A nation united in prayer could quickly bring war to an endDuring time of conflict, Americans should support elected officialsLetter writer voices sentiments of others about catch-and-releaseSome scenarios to test Palmer's convictions on catch-and-release

Photo feature: Mixed message
Signs of spring and evidence of winter come together last week in front of Kenai Peninsula College. Forecasters are calling for a continuation of mixed weather for this week.

Photo feature: Branching out
Mark Hall cleans up the remains of a tree he removed from a yard on Pine Avenue in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. "The people decided they wanted it down before it blew down," Hall said. He said that this was a good time of year to remove or trim problem trees.

Kayla Saltzgiver and Todd MearsBrandy and Ryan Nelson of SoldotnaAngeline Morrill and Matthew Lincoln QuinerVirginia Morgan and Thomas Gossard

Ask a Firefighter
Question: If I am in a public building and there is a fire, what should I do?

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans' listsKasilof student named in 'Who's Who'Soldotna woman completes zoological training

Around the Peninsula
Drive planned for Nikiski school consolidationChild development screening availableWomen invited to brunchKDLL board meets todayKenai Chamber to discuss mentoring programWRCC board plans meetingFishers fund group to meetDiscussion group kicks off in KenaiGood Karma Inn hosts chamber mixerSoccer tryouts slated

Club News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results announced

Hero of the week
My letter is written with the deepest appreciation and thanks to our local Central Emergency Services. What I say here in words cannot compare to what I have experienced so recently.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes continue todayNorth Peninsula rec board to meetWomen invited to brunchKDLL board meets TuesdayOilers offer scholarships for seniorsTack swap plannedSBDC offers business seminarChild development screening available

Community News
Anchorage High School class of 1953 plans reunion

Veteran fights to clear name
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- He was court-martialed for fraternizing with the enemy at the end of World War II -- convicted and fined for speaking to a German teen-ager while her mother was washing uniforms for him and his captain.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Why upsets aren't quite as upsetting as they used to be
They are called ''mid-majors,'' apparently because ''floor mats'' was already taken.

Eisley sparks Knicks' run to take control in win
NEW YORK -- Howard Eisley hit two 3-pointers as part of an 8-0 run to end the third quarter, putting the New York Knicks in control for good in a 100-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

Indiana has new Hoosiers to root for
INDIANAPOLIS -- Of all the schools from this basketball-crazy state to reach the round of 16, Butler probably would seem the least likely.

Stars capture Pacific crown
DALLAS -- Brenden Morrow scored a pair of first-period goals and Marty Turco had to make only 12 saves in his return from an 18-game absence as the Dallas Stars wrapped up the Pacific Division title with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

Sweet 16 has eight intriguing matchups
Close games, upsets, and new faces. The opening two rounds of the NCAA tournament gave fans everything they could want.

Woods gives a 'so good it's sickening' effort
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Not even a nasty bout of food poisoning could stop Tiger Woods from winning the Bay Hill Invitational for the fourth straight year.

And the winner is ...
What could be better than March Madness? The Oscars?

Sports Briefs
NFL Europe season to proceed as scheduledSanders, Theismann, Bell selected to college hall

Late goal gives Bruins victory over Leafs
BOSTON -- Mike Knuble scored the tiebreaking goal 15 seconds into the third period on Monday night to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Mike O'Connell's home debut as Boston coach.

Bulldogs rip Louisville by hitting 14 3-pointers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A team of blue-collar kids with crew cuts from a tiny Indiana school beat a powerhouse in the big tournament.

Spurs blow past Lakers
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had 27 points and Tony Parker scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as the San Antonio Spurs beat Los Angeles 98-89 Sunday for a four-game regular-season sweep of the Lakers.

Sports Briefs
Senette, Besse make all-tournamentSoldotna man takes Winter King tourney

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