Wednesday, March 26, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Mine owners seek natural gas in shale
ANCHORAGE (AP) Teck Cominco Alaska Inc. said it plans to drill two natural gas test wells this summer near its Red Dog lead-zinc mine.

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.

Teen sentenced to eight years for golf-club beating
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage teenager has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the golf-club beating of a 71-year-old man last summer.

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.

Anchorage ski jumper retires from U.S. Ski Team
ANCHORAGE (AP) Champion Anchorage ski jumper Alan Alborn announced his retirement from the U.S. Ski Team.

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.

Man stabbed outside Anchorage convenience store
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man was stabbed and robbed as he walked outside an Anchorage convenience store, police said.

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.

Slick roads blamed for trooper car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) Icy road conditions was blamed for a head-on collision between a pickup truck and an Alaska State Troopers K-9 patrol car in Big Lake.

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

Haines voters repeal tour tax
HAINES (AP) Haines voters are siding with a campaign to repeal a borough-wide 4 percent tour tax.

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.

Missing Anchorage brothers found dead
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Two young brothers who disappeared from their Anchorage neighborhood two weeks ago have been found dead in a pond half a mile from their home.

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

Judge rules against Anchorage taxi reform group
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Superior Court judge has ruled against a group seeking a ballot initiative to open up Anchorage's taxi permit system.

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.

Bill disputes fee to dipnet Copper River salmon in Chitina
FAIRBANKS (AP) The majority leader in the House has introduced a bill that would do away with the $25 fee to dipnet salmon in the Copper River at Chitina.

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.

Murkowski visits Fort Greely
FAIRBANKS (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski visited Fort Greely and said he's impressed with the work being done on the missile defense project.

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.

Proposed education cuts running afoul in House
JUNEAU (AP) House Republicans are split on a plan by Gov. Frank Murkowski to cut millions in spending for Alaska schools.

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.

Bill would repeal minimum wage inflation proofing
JUNEAU (AP) House Rules Committee Chairman Norm Rokeberg wants to repeal the requirement that Alaska's minimum wage rise with the consumer price index.

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.

Unocal working on applications for gas projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) Unocal Corp. said exploration and drilling of two small natural gas deposits near the Swanson River oil field on the Kenai Peninsula could begin as early as next winter.

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.

Kenai king plan favors residents
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Board of Fish Tuesday gave greater priority to Alaska fishermen for Kenai River early king salmon and greater protection to rebuilding stocks of trophy fish.

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

House committee delays action on studded tire bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to impose a $10 fee for new studded tires stalled in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday amid opposition from some lawmakers and those affected by it.

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.

Missing Anchorage brothers found dead
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two young brothers who disappeared from their Anchorage neighborhood two weeks ago have been found dead in a pond half a mile from their home.

DH provides leadership for young team
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. Back home in Colorado this winter, Ellis Burks read the papers and listened to TV reports. He couldn't find a positive story about the Cleveland Indians anywhere.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Regulations passed
On the Kenai River On the Kasilof River

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

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?

Drug concerns addressed
Kenai Peninsula residents came together March 14 and 15 to discuss ways to curb pain drug abuse. Members of the heath care, police, clergy and s

Peninsula man indicted for sex abuse of minors
A 66-year-old man is scheduled for arraignment in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday afternoon on 11 counts of sexual abuse of minors.

Fish Board changes early-run regulations
In an effort to balance the protection of large Kenai River king salmon with resident harvest opportunities, the Alaska Board of Fisher

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

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.

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?

Letters to the Editor
Thoughts on war with Iraq War with Iraq is taking one giant step backward Peninsula legislators should lead way for progressive tax formulas

Guides must take lead in reducing their numbers on the Kenai
Three recent surveys have all echoed the same paramount theme too many guides. It's a fact, not a myth, th

Interior Secretarys description did not help case for ANWR
Interior Secretary Gale Norton should have known better than to call the coastal

Spirit of Youth award givespriceless boost to winner KPC students say thanks for tour of Alpine facility KCHS senior recognizes winners in poster contest for civics project

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Hospice meeting scheduled Hospital board to meet Good Karma Inn to host mixer Nikiski dancers plan concerts Soccer tryouts slated Advisory committee to discuss meeting

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.

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

Students of Month
The following students were name March Rotary Students of the Month at Soldotna High School:

Native teacher learning own history
FAIRBANKS 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.

Teacher helps military children face fears
FORT BRAGG, N.C. Sharess Harrell can relate to her kindergarten students, many of whose parents have been deployed.

Around the District
Area teacher earns national award Area administrators recognized for library support Career, technical education conference slated

Rotarian shenanigans help out SoHi mock trial team
The state champion Soldot-na High School Mock Trial team received a boost to its travel fund Thursday when the Soldotna Rotary Club dedicated money raised during its regular luncheon meeting to the team.

Schools around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementar Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Connections IDEA Kenai Middle School Soldotna Middle School Kenai Central High Skyview High Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Kenai Cooperative Preschool Kenaitze Cuya Qyutanen Head Start Peninsula Grace Preschool Ridgeway Preschool Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Passion helps student excel at science
WASHINGTON Ibraheem Mohammed gets so engrossed reading at night that he sometimes forgets to fall asleep. He speaks four languages, writes poetry and likes being well-rounded, not just because it sounds cool.''

Students brave elements to tour North Slope Alpine facility
Despite the high winds the peninsula experienced earlier this month, six KPC students managed to get to Anchorage and hop a plane for a North Slope tour.

Nationwide, young people take stand
CHICAGO The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq is awakening the activist spirit in America's youth, with many adding their voices to the war debate and taking to the streets for the first time in their lives.

Striking a chord
Area singer and guitar player Mike Morgan uses music and pop culture to open a dialogue with students at Kenai

Lunch menus for area schools

In brief
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District hosted an academic pentathlon competition March 3.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

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.

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

Hot Wings: Detroit tames Wild
DETROIT Curtis Joseph earned his 40th career shutout, and Igor Larionov had a goal and two assists as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Tuesday night.

Road trip: Family follows Bulldogs, Fighting Irish
INDIANAPOLIS Joel and Jordan Cornette know this year's NCAA tournament has been rough on their parents.

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.

Round of 16 a chance for coach to build reputation
AUSTIN, Texas Rick Barnes will be the only coach at the Alamodome this weekend who hasn't won a national championship.

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.

Bryant propels Lakers to win
ATLANTA Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away from the Atlanta Hawks for a 108-91 victory Tuesday 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.

Infant son of Bucs Jurevicius dies
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The infant son of Tampa Bay receiver Joe Jurevicius has died nearly 10 weeks after being born prematurely during the Buccaneers' run to the Super Bowl.

Splinter group to challenge ISUs rule
WASHINGTON A year after the Salt Lake City debacle, figure skating has more chaos on its hands.

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.

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