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Tuesday, March 26, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage man killed in fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed in a fire at his condominium early Monday.

Kenai residents wary of proposed large pig farm
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai residents are expressing concerns about the environmental impact of bringing a large-scale pig operation to the peninsula.

Two accused in murder-for-hire plot plead innocent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage residents charged by a grand jury with plotting to kill two federal employees and two other people, including a witness, pleaded innocent Monday in U.S. District Court.

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.

Fairbanks woman dies in fall down glacial crevasse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman was killed when she fell about 90 feet down a crevasse while crossing a glacier about 45 miles south of Delta Junction Sunday.

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.

Fairbanks woman dies in fall down glacial crevasse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 28-year-old Fairbanks woman was killed when she fell about 90 feet down a crevasse while crossing a glacier about 45 miles south of Delta Junction Sunday.

Measure would raise maximum criminal fines
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fines for everything from murder to shoplifting could be going up.

Judge rules 1998 English-only law violates free speech
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A law requiring government workers to speak only English when conducting public business violates constitutional guarantees of free speech and serves no compelling public interest, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

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.

Dillingham snowmachiner dies in accident
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A Dillingham man was killed Monday in a snowmachine accident, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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

Sales tax, Permanent Fund bill move out of House Finance
JUNEAU (AP) -- A statewide sales tax proposal and a bill to use Permanent Fund earnings for state government passed a House committee on Monday.

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.

Anchorage's new jail to be dedicated this week
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A ceremony will be held this week to dedicate Anchorage's new $58 million jail.

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.

Dime-a-drink alcohol tax bill lacks key supporter in House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to increase the state's alcohol tax by a dime a drink may be on the rocks in the House.

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.

Alaska parish priest remembered for love of ministry and flying
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Perhaps the most telling testament of the Rev. Jim Kelley's ministry were the photographs that so often lined his pockets.

Officer finds unregistered snowmachines
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police Officer Jeromey Lindhag was looking for stolen snowmachines on the Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race trail.

El Nino could bring better weather to Southeast Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- The weather in Southeast Alaska could be warmer and drier this summer because of the development of El Nino a hemisphere away.

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

Soldotna misses huge storm, but not St. Paddy's Parade
Leave it to the luck of the Irish. While Anchorage was closing streets due to a record breaking snowfall for a 24-hour period, Soldotna Police closed down the Sterling Highway from Bailey's Furniture to the Y, so that local residents could enjoy the 12th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Outdoors
Each year at this time the ice fishing slows down as we get a little closer to spring. That doe not mean you can't catch any fish, however what it does mean is you will have to work a little harder to catch your fish.

Unocal Alaska boosts spring clean up
It's been nearly six months since anyone has seen much un-snow-covered ground, and even though the calendar says spring is officially here, it promises to be a while yet before winter residues subside on the Kenai Peninsula.

Businessman's Sled dog race draws St. Patrick's Day crowd
Some 50 vehicles and nearly 100 spectators showed up at the Soldotna Airport last week to watch the traditional running of the Peninsula Sled-dog Racing Associations (KSRA) businessman's race.

Nikiski gets a new Fire Chief
Former Nikiski Assistant Fire Chief Dan Gregory, is now the new chief of the highly acclaimed Nikiski Fire Department.

March named American Red Cross Month
The month of March has been designated as "Red Cross Month" by Presidential Proclamation to celebrate its achievements since 1905. Locally, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, joined the celebration by issuing a proclamation recognizing March as Red Cross Month.

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.

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.

Alcohol tax may dry up, lacks support
JUNEAU -- A bill to increase the state's alcohol tax by a dime a drink may be on the rocks in the House.

Measure would make crime pay even less
JUNEAU -- Fines for everything from murder to shoplifting could be going up.

Veto fight brews
Borough Mayor Dale Bagley has vetoed a resolution of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly that urged the Alaska Legislature to adopt a long-range fiscal plan, because it didn't call for spending cuts and ignored the potential positive impact of major projects like drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and construction of a natural gas pipeline.

Sales tax, Permanent Fund bill move out of House Finance
JUNEAU (AP) -- A statewide sales tax proposal and a bill to use Permanent Fund earnings for state government passed a House committee on Monday.

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.

Technology helps businesses better follow visitor leads
The Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new system to connect its 250-plus members to potential customers and visitors to the Kenai area. And the bureau staff said members are enjoying immediate results.

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.

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.

Feasibility of slaughterhouse to be studied
The Kenai Peninsula could become a much more dangerous place to be a cow, goat, sheep or even a buffalo if the Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development District has anything to say about it.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Anna Marie Bellm
Kenai resident Anna Marie Bellm died Friday, March 22, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 53.

Constitutional convention topic at League meeting
Gordon Harrison and John Havelock will discuss the pros and cons of a constitutional convention when the League of Women Voters of Alaska holds its annual convention on the central peninsula next month.

All budget options should be on table to get best answer
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.

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.

Do Alaskans want to modify constitution that has served us well for 47 years?
Editor's Note: The League of Women Voters periodically submits articles describing its positions on relevant topics and rationale for taking them. The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

Letters to the Editor
Capital move issue hurts Alaska

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.

Glacier Bay on list of threatened parks
WASHINGTON -- Mountain views in some of the country's signature national parks are clouded by air pollution, while historical monuments are crumbling because for lack of cash, a park advocacy group says.

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.

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

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

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'

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber meets todayHomer chamber to discuss vocational education'Get to Know Kenai' Breakfast set for ThursdaySoccer referee clinic to be held SaturdaySpecial use permit applications dueUsed book sale plannedSCI offers scholarship, young hunter award

Photo feature: Letting the light shine in
Randall Pippin touches up the paint on a window sill at United Methodist Chu

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

It's never too late for grandma's letter
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) -- Martha Croft recently got an unusually special delivery: a 50-year-old letter from her grandmother.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Charlotte forward left Hoosiers early
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kirk Haston faithfully tapes each Indiana basketball game, reads stories about the team and is in constant contact with many of the Hoosiers.

Celtics nip Heat
MIAMI -- Erick Strickland scored a season-high 23 points, including a pair of 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, leading Boston to a 87-82 victory over Miami on Monday night.

The Next Level
The Next Level highlights peninsula athletes that have gone on to compete beyond the high school level.Kasilof's Hakkinen completes World CupKenai's Hansen 22nd at national meetKenai's Reilly finishes season for UAASoldotna's Green wraps up first year with UAAKenai's Canady finishes first year at North Dakota

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.

Tyson, Lewis to fight June 8 in Memphis
If everything goes as planned -- a big if when Mike Tyson is involved -- the next time Tyson and Lennox Lewis see each other it will be in the ring.

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

Oklahoma, Duke, Tennessee to join Huskies at Final Four
MILWAUKEE -- Sue Bird and the unbeaten Connecticut Huskies bounced the party crashers right out of the NCAA tournament.

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.

Sports Briefs
Whalers to host wrestling tourneyWhalers having successful seasonPettitte healthy, Ventura hurt for YankeesMartin suspended for two games by NBAHuggins: I'm staying at Cincinnati

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.

Flyers' Primeau returns by shaking up Leafs
PHILADELPHIA -- Keith Primeau celebrated his return to the Philadelphia lineup with two goals as the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 4-1 victory Monday night over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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

Coverdale still hobbled by bad ankle
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- While starting point guard Tom Coverdale hobbled around campus on crutches Monday, Indiana practiced with Coverdale's likely replacement, freshman Donald Perry.

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.

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

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