Monday, March 26, 2001

Historic Nenana depot damaged by driver
FAIRBANKS -- A pickup truck moving between 55 and 70 mph slammed into the historic Nenana railroad depot Thursday night, sending an old safe flying through a wall and knocking out the building's windows.

Rampart senator introduces hate crimes bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Georgianna Lincoln introduced a hate crimes bill Friday that lets prosecutors file tougher charges against people who commit crimes motivated by prejudice.

Three wolves die in Denali after collaring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three wolves in Denali National Park and Preserve died this month after being darted for collaring, and the park has suspended its wolf collaring program until an investigation is completed.

Six bond issues on tap for April 3 municipal election
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A half-dozen bond issues will be decided in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election, ranging from parks to roads, fire stations to transit centers.

Kodiak complex launches third rocket
KODIAK (AP) -- The third launch at Kodiak's Rocket Launch Complex went off perfectly, officials of the facility said Friday.

Fish processor and son sentenced in illegal halibut harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of Kenai Custom Seafoods and his son were sentenced Monday to federal prison for purchasing illegally harvested halibut, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Fugitive arrested in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fugitive wanted on a homicide charge in San Diego was captured Thursday at an Anchorage apartment, according to Alaska State Troopers.

House approves missile defense position
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House approved a bill Monday that would let the state hire an assistant adjutant general for space and missile defense in the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Senate bill would look at gender bias in state pay
JUNEAU (AP) -- State senators want to find out whether gender bias affects pay for state workers. They passed a bill Friday that would pay for a $50,000 study of the issue.

Cod processor disappears, baffles co-workers, officials
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities and co-workers are baffled by the disappearance of a fish processing worker over the weekend.

Anchorage school district to discipline paintball shooters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School District will discipline two Chugiak High School students authorities believe participated in paintball attacks against Alaska Natives, but school authorities are still deciding how severely to punish them.

Anglers spotted on the upper Kenai River
KENAI (AP) -- Spring is here, and die-hard anglers have already been spotted on the upper Kenai River the past few weekends.

Chat room predator sentenced to two years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 22-year-old Fairbanks man whose meeting in an Internet chat room led to sexual relationship with a minor was sentenced to two years in prison Friday.

Fairbanks man dies after crash at busy intersection
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was killed over the weekend when he ran a red light at one of the city's busiest intersections and collided with another vehicle, authorities say. No one else was injured.

Village turns out for unscheduled landing of Delta flight
ANCHORAGE -- The community of Cold Bay nearly quadrupled Friday night when a Delta Airlines jet was forced to make an unscheduled landing in the Alaska Peninsula community 40 miles from the start of the Aleutian Islands.

Mild earthquake felt in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An earthquake shook the Fairbanks area Sunday morning.

UAA hockey coach is out
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The coach of the hockey team at the University of Alaska Anchorage has been removed from his job.

Conference looks for solution to sea otter deaths
CORDOVA (AP) -- Dozens of sea otters found washed up on beaches near Cordova could be dying from eating fish waste discharged into Orca Inlet by seafood processors.

House passes bill to take Social Security numbers off drivers' licenses
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House unanimously approved a bill Friday that would keep Social Security numbers off drivers' licenses in Alaska.

Venetie's traditional chief dead at age 87
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Abraham Christian, Venetie's traditional chief, died Saturday at age 87.

Rural senator objects to mandatory borough bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Finance Committee members sparred Thursday over a Fairbanks lawmaker's plan to look at organizing rural areas into boroughs.

Voters asked again to decide on new Eagle River high school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Voters will decide next week whether Eagle River needs a new high school for 800 students at a cost of more than $40 million.

Murder case pits brother vs. brother
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jerry Medina is in town from Canada, here to offer a reward for the capture of the man he believes killed his older brother.

Anchorage officials look for answers to public inebriates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City officials and public service agencies are exploring ways to deal with a growing problem of public inebriates.

Organizers seek ballot initiative for cruise ship passenger head tax
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Organizers are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would require cruise ship passengers in Alaska to pay a $75 head tax.

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Around the Peninsula
Blood drive held at KCHSHomer chamber to meet Advisory committee to meet Short classes offered at KPCBoys and Girls Club offers classPhotos needed for wall of hopeBanquet tickets on sale

Around the Peninsula
Computer classes offered Home school meeting to be held B and B Association to meet Auction slated to raise fundsVillage Fair plannedAnimal group seeking volunteers, materialsKBEA scholarship applications availableSecretary, members needed for board

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NOW PLAYING:Say it isn't so
Don't you just love a good stroke joke? I don't know about you, but I just can't get enough of the hilarity associated with tormenting someone who is confined to a wheelchair due to a debilitating stroke.

Trent Burnett and Michelle Davis
Davis, Burnett plan Tahoe wedding

Ella Foster and Gabriel Swank
Foster, Swank plan private ceremony

Down on the farm
By the shore of little Loon Lake, beneath the birch trees, nearly hidden by brush, stand about half a dozen tiny structures.

Lucas Stuart and Jodie Frost
Frost, Stuart to wed in July

Both sides outline case
Brought together by actions of their sons on the afternoon of March 12, 2000, Ron Meireis and Larry and Annette Nudson, all of Nikiski, sat only a few feet apart in Kenai's Superior Court Room A on Friday.

KRSMA addition on table
Several Kenai River tributaries and thousands of acres by Kenai, Cooper and Trail lakes would become part of Alaska State Parks under a bill introduced by Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna.

Prison issue opens to public opinion
The private prison project is the focus of a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Senior Center.

Kenai gets new sign code
The Kenai City Council put its stamp of approval on a new sign ordinance after the Planning and Zoning Commission scrapped the old one and hammered out a new one over the winter.

Hungry bears rise from winter slumber
They're back and they want something from you -- your garbage.

Council sends proposals to federal board
A proposal to open subsistence moose and caribou hunts for all rural Kenai Peninsula residents recently won approval from the Southcentral Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council.

Questions abound about future of America's favorite fuel -- natural gas
WASHINGTON-- For a decade natural gas has been the fuel to love. It's clean, plentiful and found close to home. Most important, it was cheap.

State official says reports already received of bruins in Cooper Landing, Sterling
They're back and they want something from you -- your garbage.

Cornell Corrections involved in release of convicted murderer
The absence of crucial pieces of documentation resulted in the release of a convicted murderer from a Cornell Corrections-operated facility in Santa Fe, N.M., earlier this month.

PhotoFeature: Birds of a feather
Crows use the beams of a cabin to ride out a snowstorm in Homer Friday morning.

Seward's Day closures
Today is Seward's Day, commemorating the treaty the Russians and American

Photo Feature: Tax Time
Joe Lyons ponders a handful of tax forms Saturday afternoon before taking them home from the Kenai Community Library.

Father of victim speaks
Sitting in court on Friday, Ron Meireis, of Nikiski, heard his sons -- Robbie and Justin -- described as "thugs" by defense attorney James McComas.

KRSMA addition on table
Several Kenai River tributaries and thousands of acres by Kenai, Cooper and Trail lakes would become part of Alaska State Parks under a bill introduced by Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna.

Food bank takes part in donation challenge
One sentence says it all. No one deserves to be hungry.

Bills with Kenai Peninsula twist
We've passed the halfway mark in this legislative session and I am pleased to have introduced a number of bills that will benefit Kenai Peninsula residents.

Common sense, safety should govern how we talk about, use firearms
Most who have spent any amount of time afield or along a firing line develop a sort of sense about people they feel safe around and will continue to join in hunting or shooting activities.

New worlds beckon as single grandparent turns into uncharted waters
"Grandma Mac doesn't have a grandpa for me," my grandson announced to his parents -- my daughter and son-in-law -- after he recently spent a weekend with me at my cabin.

Census numbers reveal growth trends in surprising places
If there's power in numbers, Sterling and Nikiski may have some newfound clout.

Applause
KCHS students hold audience's attention with great performance

Bush keeps rosy economic outlook
WASHINGTON -- Even in the face of a stock market rout and an economic slowdown, President Bush is sticking to his plan. He is not trimming his spending proposals nor his $1.6 trillion tax cut to reflect a potentially lower surplus from a downturn.

Democrats promise nonstop campaign
WASHINGTON -- Democrats say they urgently need to start an election winning streak after seeing power slip away both in Congress and the White House over the past six years.

Trent Burnett and Michelle Davis
Davis, Burnett plan Tahoe wedding

Peninsula People
Students attain degrees, college honors Soldotna men complete training

Community Schools
Soldotna Community School is celebrating its 25th anniversary -- 25 years of community education.

Kathleen and Bobby Evans
Kathleen and Bobby Evans of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Dawson Bryce, at 7:02 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Ella Foster and Gabriel Swank
Foster, Swank plan private ceremony

Amber Jean and Terry Gene Gomez
Amber Jean and Terry Gene Gomez of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Marie, at 10:38 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Community news
Movie series presented by hospice Murkowski seeks interns

Ask a Trooper
I have been wondering what the book says about the use of the flashing light on the top of a pickup plowing snow. I have been told that we have to use them when we plow within 50 feet of the highway. Is this right?

Lucas Stuart and Jodie Frost
Frost, Stuart to wed in July

Kodiak boys, T-Birds girls take state titles
The Kodiak Bears boys basketball team silenced all who doubted them as they toppled the giant of basketball Saturday --the East Thunderbirds.

Yankees' Jeter, Dodgers' Brown also could be shelved for start of season
Nomar Garciaparra is doubtful for opening day. Derek Jeter and Kevin Brown might miss out, too.

Woods leads as tourney heads into final round
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Storms left only two hours of daylight for Tiger Woods to start chasing down Jerry Kelly in The Players Championship.

Spartans, Blue Devils, Wildcats, Terrapins in Final Four: Oh my!
Michigan State, the defending champion, and Arizona won Sunday to reach the Final Four along with Duke and Maryland, Atlantic Coast Conference rivals who will meet for the fourth time this season.

Ninilchik girls earn trip to defend state title
The Ninilchik Wolverines girls basketball team showed why they are the defending state champs as they pounded out a win over rival Seldovia Friday in a 43-31 decision to advance to the Region II District 3/2A championship game.

Penguins snap Devils' 13-game winning streak
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Straka scored twice and Aleksey Morozov added the go-ahead goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped New Jersey's franchise-record 13-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Sunday.

Nikiski wins one for pride
While the Kenai Central High School girls and the Soldotna boys were unable to notch a win at the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Basketball Championships, both teams left the tournament with a feeling of accomplishment.

Sorenstam caps remarkable streak
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam didn't need to be spectacular, just steady. It wasn't as exciting as shooting a 59, but in the end it felt just as good.

Gordon gets what fans think he deserves from Stewart after race finish
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Elliott Sadler earned his first career victory and returned the Wood Brothers to the winner's circle for the first time in eight years by outracing John Andretti on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Raptors destroy Canada rivals
TORONTO -- Vince Carter scored 24 points as the Toronto Raptors beat Vancouver 102-92 Sunday, sending the Grizzlies to their ninth straight loss in what might be the final meeting between the Canadian teams.

Blue Devils return to Final Four
PHILADELPHIA -- Duke's been down this road before.

Kwan wins fourth worlds, Hughes takes bronze
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Michelle Kwan has her fourth world championship -- and a big edge heading to the Olympics.

Boston still loves Bourque
BOSTON -- This wasn't the victory lap Ray Bourque was dreaming about during all those years with the Boston Bruins.

Kodiak, East earn trips to final
Kodiak and Anchorage's East High set up a much-anticipated showdown in Saturday's final with victories Friday at the Class 4A boys semifinals at the state basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Kenai, Soldotna come up short
While the Kenai Central High School girls and the Soldotna boys were unable to notch a win at the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Basketball Championships, both teams left the tournament with a feeling of accomplishment.

Ninilchik girls earn trip to defend state title
The Ninilchik Wolverines girls basketball team showed why they are the defending state champs as they pounded out a win over rival Seldovia Friday in a 43-31 decision to advance to the Region II District 3/2A championship game.

Millwood still finds ways to pitch bad
While Kevin Millwood might have wanted to walk off the field in disgust, Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon did just that.

Terps usher Stanford out of tourney
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There are no All-Americans on this Maryland team. It doesn't need any.

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