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Thursday, March 27, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Guilty verdict in case of mother accused of daughter's murder
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- Jurors have found former Alaska woman guilty of first-degree murder in the throat-slashing death of her 9-year-old daughter at a Lake Tahoe campground.

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.

Islamic hackers use Homer Web site to promote al-Qaida
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An extremist Islamic group hacked into an Internet bulletin board run by a Homer area high school student, turning it into an al-Qaida propaganda outpost calling for attacks on the United States in response to the war on Iraq.

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.

Man arrested in mother's fatal stabbing near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 27-year-old man fatally stabbed his mother in their home near Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Human remains found near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Human remains have been found near Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Anchorage mayor declares windstorm disaster
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The mayor of Anchorage has declared a disaster emergency in the city from a wind storm that whipped up millions of dollars in damage to private, public and commercial buildings earlier this month.

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.

Kotzebue man dies in snowmobile crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kotzebue man has died following a snowmachine crash on the Selawik River, Alaska State Troopers said.

NOAA to go forward with center at Lena Point
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is going forward with plans for a scaled-down fisheries research center at Lena Point.

Fairbanks woman dies in Parks Highway crash
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 20-year-old Fairbanks woman died and a Seward woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision on the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Judge rules state can repost names of sex convicts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that the state can return the names and photographs of convicted sex offenders to an Internet site.

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

Autopsy results show no signs of trauma in brothers deaths
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Preliminary autopsy results show no obvious signs of trauma in the deaths of two young Anchorage brothers whose bodies were found this week in a partially frozen pond.

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

Islamic hackers use Homer Web site to promote al-Qaida
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An extremist Islamic group hacked into an Internet bulletin board run by a Homer area high school student, turning it into an al-Qaida propaganda outpost calling for attacks on the United States in response to the war on Iraq.

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.

Audit finds improper spending by aviation officials
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal audit triggered by improper spending by federal aviation officials in Alaska has found millions of dollars in questionable spending elsewhere in the nation.

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.

House approves fish transport bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to allow commercial fishermen to pool their resources to transport fish to market passed the House on Wednesday.

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.

Murkowski pitching proposals to legislators, public
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski is pitching his budget, both inside and outside the Capitol.

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.

Permanent Fund board tables proposal
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation trustees delayed action on a plan to make the fund work more like an endowment during their meeting Wednesday in Anchorage.

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.

Senate panel takes up lobbying law change
JUNEAU (AP) -- More than half of the professional lobbyists working to influence the Legislature could do so anonymously under a bill in the senate, said a state lobbying regulator.

Fertilizer plant bill would cost state more than $11 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill that would help the Agrium fertilizer plant on the Kenai Peninsula could cost the state more than $11 million in lost revenue.

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.

Women still trail men at highest salary levels , Census survey says
WASHINGTON -- Women hold nearly half the executive and managerial jobs in the United States, but they fall short of men at the top rungs of the salary ladder.

Business Briefs
Process industry to hold forumNonprofit workshop scheduledHammon receives outstanding service award

South Peninsula Hospital gets new computer system
South Peninsula Hospital unveiled a new $1.08 million computer system earlier this month, one that will increase medical safety by ensuring that hospital patients can only receive the medications prescribed by their doctors and fully document patient care.

Insurance reserves face questions
State legislation that would allow small businesses and nonprofit groups to form a pool of their employees to secure health insurance coverage faces an uphill push in the state capitol.

Regulations passed
On the Kenai River On the Kasilof River

Nikiski dancers put on eclectic, theatrical show
The Nikiski High School Dance Troupe will be riding high this weekend, when their high kicks, high-class sets and costumes and highly creative dances combine to create a performance that conforms to a high standard of excellence.

New San Francisco museum presents complex picture of Asian art
SAN FRANCISCO -- If Asian art brings to mind an indistinguishable jumble of bronze Buddhas, lacquered boxes, jade miniatures and painted silk, San Francisco's new Asian Art Museum wants to expand your Eastern horizons.

Art Briefs
May Faire scheduledPoems accepted in FairbanksPoetry contest ongoingBoutiques searching for craftsT-shirt design contest announcedFine arts camp accepting registrations

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

'Head of State' theme has been overdone
''Head of State'' stars Steve Martin and Queen Latifah as an uptight white guy and a funky black woman who form an unlikely friendship after meeting on the Internet.

New history compelling despite flaws
Alaskans imagine themselves as uniquely rugged individuals, surviving on the edge and triumphing over harsh nature. But historian Stephen Haycox says some of Alaskans' most cherished assumptions are myths.

Retailers miffed about Potter
NEW YORK -- The U.S. publisher of the ''Harry Potter'' series has revised a controversial program that sells books directly to students. Retailers had complained they were losing business.

Judge Link dies
Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. Link died late Tuesday evening after a short illness. He was 59.

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

Device could extend life spans of landfills
A machine capable of shredding trees, lumber and even concrete was demonstrated for Kenai Peninsula Borough waste management officials earlier this month at the Homer Baling Facility.

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

Leadership training workshop offered
Kenai Peninsula residents can participate in a day of leadership training featuring three recognized experts in business, sports and organizational management Friday at the Soldotna Church of God.

Arrest made in 1985 murder
An Oklahoma man has been indicted in the 1985 murder of Opal Fairchild of Soldotna.

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.

Bill would make state more attractive place for mining businesses
A bill now pending before the Legislature could remove a significant impediment to investment in Alaska by the mining industry.

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

Letters to the Editor
Legislators really do not want to hear from public on budget cutsProtesters need to remember military keeps U.S. free countryThose against war need to come up with better slogans on their signsAnti-war protesters accomplish nothing by holding their signs

Applause
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

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

Around the Peninsula
Black bear baiting clinics plannedDefensive driving class offeredDomestic violence support meeting canceledNinilchik endowment dinner plannedKCHS plans academic banquetKenaitze Head Start to hold garage salePop Warner cheerleading sign-ups plannedHistorical society plans show-and-tellKCHS class of '83 seeks graduates

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Menu
Lunch menus for area schools

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.

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.''

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

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.

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

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

All-time NFL leading rusher Smith signs on with traditionally woeful Cardinals
PHOENIX -- The NFL's career rushing leader believes he still has some yards left in those 33-year-old legs. The Arizona Cardinals sure hope so.

Young Blue Devils take on veteran Jayhawks
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rebuilding just isn't part of the deal at Duke.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys look to defend titles
Sure, the Cook Inlet Academy boys and the Ninilchik School girls high school basketball teams are the defending Alaska School Activities Association state 2A tournament champions, but this is a whole new year and, as fans of small-schools basketball in Alaska are fond of saying, anything can happen in the state tournament.

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.

Sports Briefs
A-Rod returns in midseason formKwan wins qualifier, Cohen third, Hughes sixthBurk assails CBS, Augusta NationalMourning wants to play next season

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

The king and the peasant
A month before LeBron James drove a Hummer to school and started modeling $400 ''throwback'' jerseys, a coach in Texas offered $1 to any player on his team who took a charge in a game.

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.

Sabres saddle Panthers with loss
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Daniel Briere's power-play goal late in the second period gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Florida on Wednesday night, the Panthers' fourth straight loss.

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.

Warriors keep Celtics suffering
BOSTON -- Jason Richardson scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors broke open a close game early in the fourth quarter to hand the Boston Celtics their sixth straight loss, 107-95 Wednesday night.

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.

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