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Friday, March 29, 2002

House rejects income tax measure by slim vote
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republicans beat back a largely Democrat proposal to impose a statewide income tax on Wednesday.

Spill reported at Mountain Village
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The drinking water well at Mountain Village has been shut down, following a fuel spill.

Nabors Alaska Drilling threatens to strike
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Union workers at Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc. are threatening to strike over wages and benefits.

Remodel reveals old political poster
ANCHORGE (AP) -- A piece of Anchorage history was unearthed Thursday when workers removed siding on a Midtown building and discovered a billboard-sized poster from the 1960 presidential campaign.

Bush administration moves to repudiate government biologists' report on impact of oil drilling in Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration acted Friday to repudiate a report by government biologists that concluded drilling for oil in an Alaskan wildlife refuge would pose substantial risks to the Porcupine caribou herd and other wildlife.

University president Hamilton hospitalized
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton was hospitalized in Fairbanks for an undisclosed ailment.

Vitamin settlement distributed to charities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Money from the settlement of a lawsuit against vitamin manufacturers is being used to feed the hungry.

Federal biologists cite potential harm to wildlife from proposed Arctic refuge oil drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Caribou and other wildlife are vulnerable and may face substantial risk if oil is developed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, according to a study by government scientists.

Chena River ice road closed with the arrival of spring
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of Fairbanks' surest signs of spring probably won't occur this year.

Fort Wainwright soldiers investigated for shooting a moose
FORT WAINWRIGHT (AP) -- Four soldiers at Fort Wainwright are being investigated for the illegal shooting of a moose, Wainwright officials said Thursday.

University president Hamilton hospitalized
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton remained hospitalized Friday in stable condition in Fairbanks after suffering complications from a snowmobiling mishap.

Convicted arsonist pleads innocent to new charges
JUNEAU (AP) -- A convicted arsonist arrested for allegedly setting fire to a general aviation hangar at the Juneau Airport pleaded innocent to charges of felony arson, burglary and theft.

First gray whales spotted off Seward.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tour vessel has reported the first confirmed gray whale sighting in Alaska waters so far this season.

Flags lowered for Edgar Paul Boyko
JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags will be lowered Friday for former state attorney general Edgar Paul Boyko, a Democrat who served from 1967 to 1968 in the first administration of Gov. Walter Hickel.

Anchorage man killed in auto accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was killed Wednesday morning in a vehicle accident near the University of Alaska Anchorage, police said.

Plane almost flips on Bethel airstrip
BETHEL (AP) -- Myron Naneng had a gut feeling the Grant Aviation Navajo airplane was going to hit turbulence from the Northern Air Cargo jet that had just landed on the Bethel airstrip.

Anchorage businessman declares candidacy for lieutenant governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ernie Hall, an Anchorage businessman and activist who led a campaign against a statewide property tax cap, announced Wednesday he is running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Perhaps Japan's cherry blossoms hold key to Nenana Ice Classic
NENANA (AP) -- The bloom of cherry blossoms in Japan has influenced at least one Nenana Ice Classic prediction.

Senators call for hiring freeze
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate officially asked Gov. Tony Knowles to freeze state hiring Wednesday, but the governor does not intend to heed the request.

Eagle River avalanche traps man for 30 minutes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An avalanche in Eagle River buried a skier for about 30 minutes Thursday evening before his companion was able to dig him out. Two dogs with the pair died.

Armed man robs Fairbanks bank
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An armed man robbed the First National Bank Alaska and then fled in a vehicle, Fairbanks police said.

Scientist plans to track salmon with robot boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hiroshi Ueda is a Japanese fish physiologist with a dream: He wants to send a self-propelled ''robot boat'' to follow a salmon on the animal's two-month excursion from Alaska to Japan.

Fire damages historic Ketchikan home
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- One of Ketchikan's oldest homes was damaged by fire earlier this week.

Baby boomers increasingly victims of age discrimination
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ron Heater was laid off about two years ago. Despite mailing and hand delivering ''hundreds and hundreds of resumes,'' he says, he still hasn't landed a new job.

New Boeing technology designed to increase airplane safety in skies
SEATTLE -- From the outside, the Boeing 737-900 looks much like any other airplane. But inside, the aerospace giant's technology demonstrator is in a class all its own. Puffy white insulation surrounds the windows, wires run down the aisles and along the walls, and nearly bare bulbs illuminate the very few seats. Huge computer monitors display graphics that look more like Microsoft Flight Simulator than actual pilots' equipment.

Novell attorney testifies against Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- As efforts to settle the Microsoft antitrust case dragged on in 2000, a Utah state lawyer asked software maker Novell for help in drafting a new definition that would benefit Novell, according to an e-mail released by Microsoft lawyers.

Peninsula Center Mall gets new tenant
Anyone who thinks there isn't much available for a dollar these days obviously hasn't been to Lori Stevens' Dollar Store lately -- which is exactly what prompted Stevens to move her business from the outskirts of commercial Kenai to the Peninsula Center Mall in downtown Soldotna.

Braun recognized for sales excellence
Dave Keating, owner and broker of Freedom Reality, recently recognized Fred Braun, of North Kenai, as top sales agent for 2001. An associate broker with Freedom Realty, Braun was involved in more than $12 million in real estate sales last year.

New AIH site open
Hardware enthusiasts on the peninsula now have 28,000 square feet of nuts, bolts and a lot more to choose from, thanks to the opening of Alaska Industrial Hardware's new Kenai store.

Wage, benefit issues cause workers at Nabors Alaska to threaten strike
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Union workers at Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc. are threatening to strike over wages and benefits.

Inflation and legislative inaction drive up tax bills in some states
For taxpayers in at least a half-dozen states from Alabama to Hawaii, next month's bill will likely take a bigger bite than last year's because legislators don't account for inflation when they craft tax law.

Modern technology helps chase refuge rainbows, Dolly Varden
The Kenai River supports one of the most popular sport fisheries for rainbow trout and Dolly Varden in Alaska. Both species are caught throughout the Kenai River, although the majority of fishing effort is above and below Skilak Lake on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Columbia River chinook run exceptional, but coho numbers down
It's a situation Washington and Oregon fishery officials never thought they'd see: More than twice as many fall chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River than coho.

Shop owner wants to sink fluorocarbon fishing line
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Fly fishing shop owner Steve Schmidt is drawing an invisible line in the sand over both new and old fishing technologies that are harmful to the environment.

Long unthinkable, spring goose season now may be necessary
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) -- Not long ago a spring goose season would have been unthinkable. The basic tenets of wildlife conservation prohibit the hunting of birds just before breeding season.

Injury merry-go-round lands actress Jodie Foster in 'Panic Room'
LOS ANGELES -- Some cinematic karma involving mishaps to a couple of actors from Down Under brought Jodie Foster and director David Fincher together in "Panic Room," which opens Friday.

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

'The Rookie' not fit for short attention spans
If there's a near fatal flaw to Disney's ''The Rookie,'' which opens Friday, it's that the film takes a timing cue from its real-life subject, an average guy finally realizing his major-league dream when he's well on in years.

Book approaches Native history one day at a time
"A Reference in Time -- Alaska Native History Day by Day"

Gage show turns ordinary into extraordinary
Anchorage photographer Hal Gage is a shining example of an artist making something so complicated look so easy.

Snowshoe artisans among last to follow traditional Athabaskan technique
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Nick Dennis travels by snowmachine to the outskirts of the tiny Native village of Nikolai looking for rare stands of birch. Two hundred miles north in Huslia, George Yaska scans ridgetops for birch stands during the fall moose hunt.

Senate bill changes cost-of-living pay for nonunion workers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that could save the state money by changing cost-of-living pay for new nonunion state workers.

Income tax KO'd in House
JUNEAU -- House Republicans beat back a largely Democrat proposal to impose a statewide income tax on Wednesday.

Senators call for state hiring freeze
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate officially asked Gov. Tony Knowles to freeze state hiring Wednesday, but the governor does not intend to heed the request.

Chenault recognized for remembering WWII lend-lease program
Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, was one of four Alaska politicians recognized last month for his role in remembering the Alaska-Siberia Lend-Lease Program.

Levy contributes to tourism marketing elsewhere, but not yet on peninsula
While some tourist destinations around the country, and even in Alaska, benefit from room tax revenue, the Kenai Peninsula is not included on this list.

Photo feature: Inbound
The shadow of an Air National Guard C-130 rushes up the bluff in Kenai as the plane practiced touch-and-go landings at Kenai Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon.

Fuel spill sites cause concern
It doesn't take long for thousands of gallons of gasoline to spill into the ground unnoticed. Discovering the leaks and cleaning them up is a far different matter.

Chamber audience gets lunchtime serving of safe-driving tips
Virtually anyone old enough to watch television or read a magazine probably knows it's stupid to drive while intoxicated, not to mention that it can land you in jail -- or worse.

Anchorage businessman to seek Democratic nod for lieutenant governor
ANCHORAGE -- Ernie Hall, an Anchorage businessman and activist who led a campaign against a statewide property tax cap, announced Wednesday he is running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Wildlife refuge, other Department of Interior offices online after 3-month shutdown ends
After months of being caught in a cyber black hole, the U.S. Department of the Interior has finally re-emerged into the light of the information age.

House clarifies phone taxation
Alaskans using wireless telecommunications devices often make calls from beyond the area of their service provider. That has led to confusion nationwide about where such phone services may be taxed, sometimes resulting in the same call being taxed in more than one jurisdiction.

Popular author, artist resigning KPC position at end of term
Boyd Shaffer has never applied for a job in his life, yet he has never been unemployed and has never had a job he didn't love, he said.

William J. "Bill" Kraus
Longtime Soldotna resident William J. "Bill" Kraus died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital shortly after an automobile accident. He was 69.

Felicia Piceno
Former Alaska resident Felicia Mary Carol Piceno died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, in Mt. Angel, Ore. She was 56.

Juanita Belle (Van Ronk) Benson
Juanita Belle (Van Ronk) Benson died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital. She was 73.

Applause
Community, business support contributes to tourney's successSchool appreciates support for Battle of the Books

Letters to the Editor
Only company would benefit from pig farm on peninsulaAlaskans should not let legislators destroy nation's finest park systemState's budget must be cut; some Alaskans already pay enough taxes

Outlook for Arab summit cloudy
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Amid the chaos of angry words, walkouts and stay-at-home protests, Saudi Arabia presented a peace plan Wednesday to an Arab summit riven by internal conflicts and historical hatreds. The lack of unity could make it difficult to sell the plan and its promise of normal relations between Israel and the Arab world.

Proposed 'dime-a-drink' tax increase should be beyond legal limit
There's something suspiciously amiss in Juneau right now. Intrinsic to the Legislature's eagerness to demagogue a ludicrous increase of 300 percent in alcohol taxation is something far more sinister, subtle and suspect. Senate Bill 347 and House Bill 225 are temporarily bound up (by the slightest of margins) in each respective branch.

Letters to the Editor
At what level is state spending stupid, not compass Alaska should reject daylight-saving time

N. J. community schedules night with no activities
There's probably not a person in the country who hasn't thought "too much to do, too little time to do it."

Snowshoe makers use traditional technique
ANCHORAGE -- Nick Dennis travels by snowmachine to the outskirts of the tiny Native village of Nikolai looking for rare stands of birch. Two hundred miles north in Huslia, George Yaska scans ridgetops for birch stands during the fall moose hunt.

Everest expedition: Ascent with purpose
NEW YORK -- On her milestone fifth anniversary of surviving breast cancer, backpacking granny Midge Cross is taking on another small challenge: climbing Mount Everest.

Around the Peninsula
Traveling choir to give free concert tonightFish and Game sponsors bear-baiting clinicsBranding meeting planned6 P's Party slated for Friday nightFolk dance plannedNorth Peninsula Community Council to meetCooper Landing chamber to discuss Web sitesHunter education programs plannedCommunity resource directory now availableUnited Way needs volunteersReception to honor retiring college staffSoccer referee clinic to be held Saturday

Around the Peninsula
Food bank planning its first Easter dinner Women's group looking to volunteer Special-use permit applications due Soldotna ski hill closed for season Bake sale planned Meeting planned for Cook Inlet fishers Vessel monitoring presentation to be held

At Easter, pews may be full, but it's getting harder to fill U.S. Protestant pulpits
HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- Easter 2002 is a bit special for First Presbyterian Church, a granite landmark that features a Tiffany stained-glass window portraying Jesus' resurrection.

U.S. synagogues organize Passover start in helping Jews of Argentina
NEW YORK (AP) -- American synagogues have teamed up with 32 synagogues in Argentina to help feed Jews suffering during that nation's economic crisis.

Ten Commandments plaque is favorite backdrop for weddings in Tennessee county
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Ten Commandments plaque in the Hamilton County courthouse is serving as the backdrop for a makeshift wedding chapel.

Mormon mini-epic has Hawaii premiere
LAIE, Hawaii (AP) -- Oscar-winning director Kieth Merrill didn't film his spectacular mini-epic about Jesus Christ appearing in ancient America for commercial success, he said, but to present a distinctive belief of his own Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Minnesota church breathes life into da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
BRAINERD, Minn. -- By day, Baretta Barker-Peterson works as a technician at a casino. Tony Gage works for the state highway maintenance department.

Greek Orthodox parishes given two weeks for input on long-pending governing charter
NEW YORK (AP) -- A dispute in the United States' Greek Orthodox Archdiocese over the way it is governed was worsened when parishes were given just two weeks to respond to a proposed, new charter.

Frail pope struggles through Holy Week services
VATICAN CITY -- A frail Pope John Paul II struggled through Holy Thursday ceremonies in St. Peter's Basilica, twice ceding his place at the ornate main altar to other clerics.

Religion Briefs
Nikiski church events to mark Easter Episcopal church events to mark Easter Special services planned at Lutheran church AAJC to end fast on Sunday Soldotna church to hold Good Friday service Choir to perform for Easter Stained-glass window to be dedicated on Easter Mens community dinner planned

Convert hopes to become country's first black woman rabbi
DENVER (AP) -- Alysa Stanton's spiritual journey started in her childhood, when she and her family attended a Pentecostal church. As a young adult, she explored other religions, eventually choosing Judaism.

Monks lift siege at shrine where they believe the Buddha attained enlightenment
GAYA, India (AP) -- Nearly 250 Buddhist monks ended a two-day siege of a shrine in India after the local government pledged to consider their demand for Buddhist control of the site.

Mormon reconstruction of historic Nauvoo Temple nearly complete
NAUVOO, Ill. (AP) -- Mormon hotelier and farmer William H. Walker heeded the call more than 150 years ago, devoting one day in every 10 to building a grand temple envisioned as the spiritual home of his fledgling religion.

Montana double murder case raises issue of religious retreats
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Attorneys for Alan Reavley say they'll fight prosecutors' attempts to use his comments at a Roman Catholic retreat to convict Reavley of a double murder 37 years ago.

Study: Hints, but no firm proof, that religious charities are more effective than secular ones
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Early evidence shows religiously based social service programs might be more effective than secular ones, but studies have been few and their methods uneven, a University of Pennsylvania survey concluded.

Cross maker recalls crucifixion of Jesu
HEAD:Cross maker recalls crucifixion of Jesus

Alborn wins third national title
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage ski jumper Alan Alborn won his third national championship Wednesday and decided to not retire after all.

Homer Sea-to-Ski Triathlon Saturday
With grass slowly starting to reveal itself in some areas, and snow staunchly staying put in others, the Kenai Peninsula right now is firmly entrenched between winter and summer.

Good skiing can still be found
With grass slowly starting to reveal itself in some areas, and snow staunchly staying put in others, the Kenai Peninsula right now is firmly entrenched between winter and summer.

District 3/2A tourney gives cross section of state
With Western Alaska schools Unalaska and Bristol Bay,

Ninilchik boys top Nikolaevsk to advance to title game
The Ninilchik High School boys basketball team defeated Nikolaevsk 65-48 Thursday to advance to the championship game of the District 3/2A basketball tournament.

Area high school hockey seniors face off with Kings
Tonight, area hockey fans will get a chance to say goodbye to this year's hockey seniors and, in effect, to the sheet of ice at the Soldotna Sports Center for another year.

Ninilchik girls sink Unalaska
The Ninilchik girls basketball team came out and played about like one would expect the defending state champion and nine-time defending district champion to play in the opening round of the District 3/2A tournament Wednesday at Cook Inlet Academy.

Germany rolls past U.S. soccer team
ROSTOCK, Germany (AP) -- Germany scored three goals in a 7-minute span to beat the United States 4-2 Wednesday night in an exhibition game to prepare the teams for the World Cup.

Senators snap losing streak
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Martin Havlat scored two goals and had an assist and Patrick Lalime stopped 27 shots as the Ottawa Senators won for the first time in five games as they beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Kent State loses Heath to Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- After a 30-win season and whirlwind ride through the NCAA tournament, Stan Heath was hired Thursday as the successor to Nolan Richardson as the coach at Arkansas.

Ducks take Women's NIT championship
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- After going her entire college career without a game-winning shot, Catherine Kraayeveld now has two, and the Oregon Ducks finally have a championship.

Ninilchik boys buck Raiders
The only way the Unalaska boys were going to stop Ninilchik senior Buck Kvasnikoff Wednesday was by fouling him and putting him on the free-throw line. The Raiders figured that out too late in a 62-60 loss in the opening round of the District 3/2A tournament at Cook Inlet Academy.

Serena finally gets best of sister Venus
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- At the end, Serena Williams' shots were accompanied by grunts louder than her tangerine dress.

Final Four teams have something to prove
ATLANTA -- When Dean Smith finally won his first national championship in 1982, no one was happier for him than Roy Williams.

Wagner picks up tournament MVP
NEW YORK -- As Dajuan Wagner came out of what could be his last game in college, he clasped hands and bumped chests with his teammates. Fans cheered and chanted ''One more year!''

Talented UConn looms over women's Final Four
SAN ANTONIO -- Tennessee, Duke and Oklahoma have everything it takes to win a national championship -- talented players, smart coaches, ambition and drive.

Magloire, Mashburn pace Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamaal Magloire scored 21 points and Jamal Mashburn added 20 as the Charlotte Hornets extended their winning streak to seven games with a 111-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

First gray whales spotted off Seward.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tour vessel has reported the first confirmed gray whale sighting in Alaska waters so far this season.

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