Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Exit exam delay bill passes Senate Finance
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee on Monday approved a bill that would delay the high school exit exam requirement until 2004.

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.

Senator files bill to ban northern gas pipeline route
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula state senator has introduced legislation that would prohibit construction of the northern route under consideration for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, and he's getting a lot of support.

March 25: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on regulating snowmachine safety:
''We don't need to regulate 99 percent of the people because of the mistakes of the few,'' Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, said last week, dismissing statutory initiatives for improving snowmachine safety.

School district suspends juveniles accused in paint ball shootings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two students at Chugiak High School allegedly involved in paint ball attacks against Alaska Natives have been suspended for the rest of the year.

March 22: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Operation Northern Edge
There is a surreal aspect to war games as large as the present Northern Edge exercise.

Southcentral Council approves subsistence moose and caribou hunts
KENAI (AP) -- The Southcentral Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council has approved a proposal to open subsistence moose and caribou hunts for all rural Kenai Peninsula residents.

March 22: Anchorage Daily News on race relations in Alaska:
Police work finally led to the arrest and charging of suspects this week in high-profile crimes against Al

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.

School district suspends juveniles accused in paint ball shootings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two students at Chugiak High School allegedly involved in paint ball attacks against Alaska Natives have been suspended for the rest of the year.

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

Alaska export totals are reported mixed; statistics distort results
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska exported some $2.5 billion worth of goods to foreign countries last year, state officials say.

Denali wolf pup surviving on own after mother's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wolf pup left to fend for itself appears to be surviving after researchers at Denali National Park and Preserve accidentally killed its mother.

State's highest court allows property tax on oil to stand
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has resolved a two-decades-old legal argument over how communities tax the oil industry. The decision sided with the North Slope Borough and the City of Valdez.

Group files initiative application to move legislative sessions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sponsors of an effort to move legislative sessions out of Juneau are a step closer to putting the question on the state ballot.

City Council accepts Alcan police building bid
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The City Council has accepted a bid by Anchorage-based Alcan General Inc., to begin building a police station in the downtown this year.

Airline passenger arrested for allegedly causing disturbance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was arrested after causing a disturbance aboard an airplane and threatening fellow passengers, federal authorities said Monday.

Homer man wins salmon tournament
HOMER (AP) -- A Homer resident is $7,199 richer after landing a 40.89-pound king salmon and winning the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

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.

Two rockets to go up from Kodiak this year, three next
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak will see two more rocket launches this year and at least three next year, according to Pat Ladner of the Alaska Aerospace Development Corp.

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.

March 25: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on polling places on military installations:
Sen. Ted Stevens had to go to the new secretary of Defense to get a special exemption to permit the city to put two polling places on Anchorage's military bases for the April 3 municipal election.

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.

State's highest court allows property tax on oil to stand
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has resolved a two-decades-old legal argument over how communities tax the oil industry. The decision sided with the North Slope Borough and the City of Valdez.

Alaska export totals are reported mixed; statistics distort results
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska exported some $2.5 billion worth of goods to foreign countries last year, state officials say.

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.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
'64 earthquake featured at chamber meetingEDD Board meets tonightBlood drive held at KCHSHomer Chamber discusses halibut IFQsSeward holds economic forumMayor Bagley speaks in Kenai Wednesday

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

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

313 anglers turn out for king derby
The one-day Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, held Sunday, found Homer resident John Bolbos walking away with $7,199 for his tournament-record winning catch of a 40.89-pound feeder king salmon.

Homer man wins salmon tournament
HOMER (AP) -- A Homer resident is $7,199 richer after landing a 40.89-pound king salmon and winning the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

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

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.

Village Fair celebrates safety, healthy community
The Healthy Communities-Healthy People working group and Central Peninsula General Hospital are organizing the sixth annual Village Fair, including a health fair, job fair and Safe Kids fair.

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.

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

Photo feature: Taking a break
Nathan Holcomb takes a shot last weekend during a pool game against a friend at the Kenai Recreation Center's teen center.

Planners explore highway option
Engineers studying reconstruction of the Sterling Highway by Cooper Landing are considering a route across Cooper Creek on the south side of the Kenai River.

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.

Torgerson files bill to ban northern gas pipeline route
'We're not the only reserves within North America. We don't have a lock on the market. We have to be economical.'

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.

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

Blood bank manager leaves post
Calling it the hardest thing she's ever done, Suzie Kendrick resigned from the Blood Bank of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Center, over the weekend, citing irreconcilable differences with the nonprofit corporation's chief executive officer, Thom Hathaway.

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.

Snowmachine regs now in effect could alleviate problems
''We don't need to regulate 99 percent of the people because of the mistakes of the few,'' Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, said last week, dismissing statutory initiatives for improving snowmachine safety.

Applause
Sterling club appreciates support from community Fund-raiser for Ryan Nelson brings out best in community

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.

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.

Applause
KCHS students hold audience's attention with great performance

Letters to the Editor
Unions not only help workers, they also benefit communitiesIt's politically incorrect to present other side of gender unfairnessAmerican Correctional Association offers reliable prison comparisonHomer officials, city council need more appropriate meeting area

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

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.

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?

Community news
Movie series presented by hospice Murkowski seeks interns

Taking flight
Gayle Buben's third-grade class from Soldotna Elementary School shows off rockets created on a recent visit to the Challenger Learnng Center of Alaska.

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

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.

Cable executive's wife takes on senior issues show at 79
PHILADELPHIA -- Suzanne Roberts enjoyed a privileged childhood and an equally comfortable life as an executive's wife, socialite and mother of five.

Senior Briefs
Senior Center activies throughout the peninsula for this coming week

Senior Menus
Senior Centers throughout the peninsula provide noon time meals. These are the menus for the coming week.

Boilermakers, Irish, Lady Bears join Huskies at Final Four
Diana Taurasi dominated with her shooting and court savvy as Connecticut rolled into the women's Final Four again with a 67-48 victory over Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

In realm of leg maladies, outfielder remains on a tear
A week from opening day, this was not what the Cincinnati Reds wanted to see from Ken Griffey Jr.

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.

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.

Woods takes second straight
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods crouched and cupped his hands over his brow to study the slope in his 45-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole. Out of the corner of his eye, across the water to a tiny patch of land, he could see his final challenge.

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.

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.

Kenai senior gives lesson on basketball's intangibles
Kenai Central High School senior Jessi Reilly plans on being an accountant, a career revolving around numbers.

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.

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.

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.

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