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Wednesday, March 27, 2002

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.

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.

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

Three dead in apparent suicide-homicides in Chefornak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were found dead in an apparent double murder-suicide Tuesday morning in the Western Alaska village of Chefornak, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Water main break floods street, float plane base
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A water main near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport burst Monday night, flooding a portion of a busy roadway and the southeastern part of Lake Spenard with 3 million gallons of treated water.

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.

Fairbanks police search for bank robbery suspect
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police were searching for a man who robbed a branch of the First National Bank Alaska Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Fairbanks man sentenced to 19 years for sex assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 20-year-old Fairbanks man convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl last April was sentenced Tuesday to serve 19 years in prison.

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

Tight budget leaves Pioneers' homes beds empty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A recent $400,000 renovation at the Pioneers' Home in Palmer added 20 new rooms, but the beds are likely to remain empty due to a lack of funding for additional staff, state officials said.

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

Athabaskan elder Doris Charles dead at age 99
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doris Charles, an Athabaskan elder who helped Katie John in her fight for subsistence rights, has died.

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.

Bill would let canneries deduct housing from wages
JUNEAU (AP) -- Seafood processors in remote areas of Alaska want to be able to deduct the cost of room and board from the minimum wage they're required to pay workers.

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.

Juneau city manager is retiring
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau city manager Dave Palmer has decided it's time to step down.

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.

Three dead in apparent suicide-homicides in Chefornak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were found dead in an apparent double murder-suicide Tuesday morning in the Western Alaska village of Chefornak, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Bus driver calls police, orders woman who ate candy bar off bus
JUNEAU (AP) -- A city bus driver called police after he told a woman to stop eating a candy bar, but instead she popped two more bites into her mouth and then refused to get off the bus.

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.

Rep. Scott Ogan's condition improving
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan, who suffered a heart attack March 16, continues to improve, although his condition is still considered critical, his staff said.

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.

Tribal nations sign pact to protect gas pipeline interests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thirty-five tribal nations from the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Alaska have signed a protocol to look out for each other's interests if a natural gas pipeline is built.

Tourism marketing could be in line for $2 million
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's tourism industry could receive some emergency funding from the Legislature after all, a key Senate leader said Tuesday.

Retired teachers bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska teachers who took advantage of early retirement incentives a few years ago could come back to work under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday.

Selig says no lockout through World Series; union says he's fooling fans
NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig pledged Tuesday not to lock out players through the World Series but left open the chance that owners would impose new work rules during the offseason, a move that could trigger another strike this summer.

Rocker tagged for four runs in exhibition game
John Rocker might not be up to replacing the injured Jeff Zimmerman as Texas' closer.

Tourism industry officials hopeful
Although signs of a thaw are appearing, Alaska's tourism industry remains under the wintry chill the Sept. 11 events cast over worldwide travel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Senator proposes $2 million for marketing help
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's tourism industry could receive some emergency funding from the Legislature after all, a key Senate leader said Tuesday.

Retired teachers bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska teachers who took advantage of early retirement incentives a few years ago could come back to work under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday.

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.

School district Juneau trip back on track
Citizens concerned about area public schools are packing their travel bags again. The on-and-off plans for a lobbying trip to Juneau are back on, with the first person due to leave Tuesday for the state Capitol.

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.

Army Corps of Engineers opens regulatory office in Kenai
Anyone on the central peninsula wishing to place fill material in a waterway can now get filled-in on permit information and requirements without having to go to Anchorage.

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.

Snowmobiles, ATVs may be permit-free
It may come as a surprise to Alaskans in love with backcountry motor sports, but in order for them to drive a snowmobile, boat or airplane anywhere but on private property, state law says they must have a valid Alaska driver's license.

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

Anchorage advisory vote will send clear message to Juneau
''Vote like your life depends on it. My message is simple: It does.''

Letters to the Editor
Becker's fans wish him well in battle with FCC

Continued Palestinian-Israeli violence threatens Bush's anti-terrorism strategy
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's ability to aggressively push his anti-terrorism strategy in the Middle East -- including possible action against Iraq -- may hinge on what happens at an Arab League summit.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Capital move issue hurts Alaska

Bush riding high, but will fall follow?
For George W. Bush, these are the best of days, politically speaking. Let's hope his handlers aren't setting him up for a big tumble.

Applause
Community, state have benefited from Sweeney's public service

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.

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.

Photo feature: Summer's coming
Thursday's sun silhouettes Michael Carter and Joshua Souders as they play on the muddy beach in Kenai.

Pet of the Week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a female Abyssinian cat for $75.60 with spay surgery and vaccines included. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

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

Around the Peninsula
WRCC board to meetBranding meeting plannedSubsistence proposals due FridayFood bank plans its first Easter dinnerMarketing workshop to be heldBenefit dinner, auction scheduledKindergarten teachers to hold information night

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

Soldotna High students learn first aid techniques
Katy Pankoski walks into the room, finding a person lying on the floor unconscious. After checking the scene for safety and sending a bystander to call 911, Pankoski checks the victim's breath, administers rescue breathing, checks the pulse and begins CPR.

KPC gears up for job, career fair
The Kenai Peninsula Job and Career Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College. This fair is for everyone, not just students.

Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

KPC shop to get new equipment
This fall the Kenai Peninsula College welding shop will be the first in Alaska to use new high-tech welding hoods for instruction. Called a Power Air Purifying System, it is a relatively new technology combining a standard welding hood with a fresh air supply.

Around the District
School board meets MondayHome-school group hosts book saleSoHi principle recognizedSoldotna teacher receives awardInternship, scholarship deadlines approach

With future around the corner, high school takes back seat
"Okay guys, don't forget to study for the psych test Monday," says your second-hour teacher. At the sound of these dreaded words, you might not think of "studying" as too difficult. You have the whole weekend, right?

District School News
News from schools around the district

Honor Roll
The following students have been named to the honor roll for the fall semester at Soldotna High School and Wings Christian Academy

Superintendent Peterson notes highlights of third quarter
Meetings, committees and trainingChanges and firstsAwards and recognitionUsual but important events

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

District 3/2A schools hoop it up at Cook Inlet Academy
What's that you say? Alaska's Class 3A and 4A high school basketball teams have packed up for the season, but you're not quite ready to to trade gym shoes for waders?

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.

Memphis, South Carolina advance to NIT championship game
NEW YORK -- With Dajuan Wagner on his team, John Calipari's job is easy.

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

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

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.

Late Panthers goal upends Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Marcus Nilson scored a power-play goal with 4:19 left in the third period, and Wade Flaherty earned his first NHL win in 14 months as Florida ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Montreal Tuesday.

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.

McGrady notches 20 points, 11 boards in return to court
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady had 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in his first game back after suffering back spasms last week, and the Orlando Magic beat the slumping Chicago Bulls 96-82 Tuesday night.

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.

Memphis mayor expects Tyson-Lewis to pay off big
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Welcoming the Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson fight to Memphis has nothing to do with morality -- it's about business.

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.

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