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Friday, March 30, 2001

Anchorage man crushed by beams
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed Wednesday after being crushed by beams at a building materials company.

Labor leaders endorse ANWR drilling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Labor leaders have sided with Alaska's senators in support of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying the work would benefit the nation's economy.

Kenai teacher wins presidential excellence award
KENAI (AP) -- Liz Burck, a Kenai Central High School science teacher, has been named the Alaska winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Scammers take aim at Alaskans with fake sweepstakes calls, claims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A telemarketing scam promising a sweepstakes award is targeting Alaskans, the attorney general's office says.

'Dandelion Warriors' to return to Denali in June
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dandelion warriors will descend upon Denali National Park and Preserve in June for the third annual battle against the familiar flower.

Veneer plant resumes operations as financing package moves ahead
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Gateway Forest Products veneer mill resumed operations Tuesday. That came as its managers rushed to prepare an interim financing proposal to submit at next week's Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting.

PenAir ends service to Bethel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- PenAir has canceled its Bush service out of Bethel.

Admiral: Wainwright needs more and better housing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief of the U.S. Pacific Command acknowledges there are serious housing problems at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, but he's not sure how the military will find the money to handle it.

former Homer company president convicted of federal fraud charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former president of a Homer company has been convicted on federal fraud charges.

Senate approves bill revising campaign law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska legislators and their staff could use state resources to support or oppose ballot questions that are constitutional amendments under a bill that passed the Senate on Thursday.

Coast Guard recognizes arrival of spring in buoy fashion
JUNEAU (AP) -- The capital city is experiencing one of its annual rites of spring.

Norton reiterates support for drilling in Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton is describing her trip to Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a ''fact-finding mission'' she hopes will ease the fight in Washington over whether to open the refuge to oil development.

Rural schools court ruling gets subdued reaction in Legislature
JUNEAU -- A judge's opinion that the Legislature violates the state constitution and federal civil rights law by discriminating against rural schools in allocating construction money may have little immediate effect, the co-chairman of the House Finance Committee said Wednesday.

Two reappointed to Board of Fisheries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries have been reappointed to new three-year terms.

State moves toward Sterling Highway upgrade near Cooper Landing
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state has hired an engineering firm to recommend a redesign of the twisting Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing.

Denali Park musher wins Denali 300 race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lisa Fredric of Denali Park has won the inaugural running of the Denali 300 sled dog race.

Senate passes bill protecting voters from workers' mistakes
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that could prevent election workers' mistakes from invalidating voters' ballots.

British adventurers ditch Bering Strait trek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two British adventurers aiming to be the first to drive a motorized vehicle across the Bering Strait apparently have abandoned their mission after their customized snowmobile was damaged during testing this week.

Kodiak senator proposes head tax for education
JUNEAU -- Sen. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, is proposing a $100 per person employment tax to pay for schools.

Senate passes bill that would award diplomas to vets
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House unanimously approved a bill Friday that would let the state award diplomas to World War II veterans who did not finish high school.

Senators want governor to pay more for state airplane
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate finance subcommittee wants the governor to pay more for using a state airplane so that the money can be used to hire more state troopers.

Native corporations report sharp rise in revenues over decade
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska Native regional corporations saw their revenues grow by 250 percent over the past decade, a new report says.

Human skull found on Kodiak beach
KODIAK (AP) -- A human skull was found Wednesday at Cape Alitak on Kodiak Island.

Quake near Cold Bay
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake was recorded Friday near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula.

Yearling moose needs rescue after dining mishap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The moose poop was scattered 30 feet along the icy, sloping driveway. That's why Lee Carpenter noticed it Tuesday as he rumbled his big Arctic Express Towing and Recovery rig past a neighbor's house on Kantishna Drive in Eagle River just before it hits Monte Road.

Green Party of Alaska to convene this weekend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Green Party of Alaska will convene here over the weekend to elect officers, discuss philosophy and pass resolutions.

Report: Alaska ranks No. 2 in number of adult women who smoke
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new report says Alaska ranks second in the nation in the number of female smokers per capita.

Sen. Drue Pearce loses bid for one federal job; in line for others
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Senator Drue Pearce has been passed over for a spot on the federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Sitka Sound sac roe herring catch tops quota
SITKA (AP) -- Seiners in the Sitka Sound are over the top, as far as sac roe herring is concerned.

State Senate takes aim at Clinton gun policy
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate approved a resolution Thursday calling on the Bush administration to reverse anti-gun ownership policies put forward by President Bill Clinton.

Kodiak teen injured in fatal car crash taken out of intensive care
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak teen who was critically injured in a fatal car accident last week has been removed from intensive care in an Anchorage hospital.

Outside Marines battle cold in military exercise
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In the battle between the red and blue forces over the Alaska Interior, four light armored vehicles camouflaged only by the Alaska landscape waited to defend their allies' radar site from an enemy horde of invading A-10s.

Soldotna mayoral election too close to call
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Soldotna still doesn't have a new mayor, after five months of speculation, three months of campaigning and two elections.

Senate approves bill changing mobile home eviction notice requirements
JUNEAU -- Tenants of mobile home parks who face eviction will have more time to relocate or money to help them do so under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

State Senate approves exit exam delay
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would put off the day students have to pass a test to get out of high school until 2004. The bill would also let some students get diplomas through waivers or alternative assessments.

Labor leaders pursuing minimum wage increase initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- State labor leaders say they plan to take their case for a minimum wage increase to the voters instead of waiting for the Legislature to act.

DEC: BP and Phillips keeping environmental promises on North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Co. are doing a good job of keeping environmental promises made about their North Slope operations, the Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday.

Final count in on Ketchikan head tax
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- With all the votes counted, a proposed tax initiative in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough has failed.

Redistricting brings out odd alliances
UNALASKA (AP) -- Setting new legislative districts in the far western reaches will prove to be a matter of debate for residents of District 40 this year with the closure of Adak Naval Air Station.

Fairbanks woman charged with stabbing boyfriend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An 18-year-old woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the back during an argument, then trying to stitch up the wound.

More irrational exuberance?
NEW YORK (AP) -- If investors were termed overly exuberant when they pushed the stock market to unsustainable heights, what term is to be used in describing the newfound confidence of the American consumer?

When misery is deepest, opportunity might be brightest
NEW YORK (AP) -- The new, standard, all-purpose, no-risk stock market forecast is: ''the market may not have reached its bottom yet -- too many still feel bullish -- and when it does, don't expect a sharp recovery.''

Tarnished gold prices improve
RENO, Nev. -- The depressed gold market is showing renewed luster these days, and not just due to burned stock market investors looking for a safe haven. Analysts say much of the spurt is due to dealers who have been selling gold they didn't own -- and who now are scrambling to cover their speculation.

American Greetings to cut 1,500 full-time jobs
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Hurt by competition from the Internet and cut-rate greeting cards, American Greetings Corp. said Tuesday it will lay off 1,500 employees, or 13 percent of its full-time work force, and close six plants.

Delphi issues earnings warning, says will cut 11,500 jobs
DETROIT (AP) -- Delphi Automotive Systems Corp., the world's largest auto parts supplier, said Thursday it will cut 11,500 jobs under a major restructuring plan prompted by a soft auto market.

Firm may give fish plant new life
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A New York investment firm has agreed to buy a 51 percent interest in a struggling South Anchorage fish processing factory, Alaska Seafood International says.

Business Briefs
Open-air market seeks vendorsBeluga Realty has new office Visitors bureau plans sportsman show boothInternet auction, grant-writing workshops offeredPhillips makes management changesPenAir ends service to BethelHull named to head Employment Security Division

Ketchikan voters nix head tax
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Residents of this Southeast Alaska city have voted down a $5 head tax on visiting cruise ship passengers.

Mergers Produce Paradoxes, Not Easy Answers
Some paradoxes often associated with banking mergers:

Giving and getting -- more Baby Boomers look to volunteerism
CHICAGO (AP) -- It is the largest, most affluent and probably most self-indulgent generation in American history.

LIO Schedule
Today 3:15 p.m. - HB 175 3:30 p.m. - SB 121, SB 148, SB 153

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 information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Endowment dinner planned Historical Society to meet Sunday Boys and Girls Club offers class Space available for Sterling sale Marine guide offered to boat owners

Around the Peninsula
Knowles to speak at bear festival SaturdayLittle League registration today, SaturdayFAS training set for Monday and TuesdayKBEA scholarship applications availableVillage Fair planned for SaturdayAuction slated to raise fundsDucks Unlimited banquet plannedHistorical society meeting plannedLibrary celebrates National Library WeekNorth Peninsula Community Council to meetNikiski seniors plan bazaarAdvisory committee to meetSpace available for Sterling saleKCHS choir reunion planned for June

Dying for entertainment
At the senior center I get volunteered a lot for a lot of things. That's how this all came about.

Student exhibit
Stan Warta and his sons Christian and Aaron spend the morning together at Kaladi Brother Coffee Company in Soldotna Saturday.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorages Events and Films.

Dying for entertainment
At the senior center I get volunteered a lot for a lot of things. That's how this all came about.

Art Briefs
Clock-makers show deadline is Friday Scholarship program to showcase teensOpera to hold auditionsJuneau to host quilt exhibit

Art Briefs
Clock-makers show deadline is Friday Scholarship program to showcase teensOpera to hold auditionsJuneau to host quilt exhibit

Computer class leads to new lab
A weekly visit to Kenai Central High School by the Kenai Senior Center has grown into a popular outing.

Senate approves exit exam delay
JUNEAU -- The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would put off the day students have to pass a test to get out of high school until 2004. The bill would also let some students get diplomas through waivers or alternative assessments.

Families team up to rebuild dynasties
FORT WORTH, Texas -- When your last name is Andretti, you expect more than two victories in a career of 233 races. And when your last name is Petty, you expect more than three victories in the past eight years.

MONEY LEADERS
Winston Cup series money leaders

Safety must be addressed collectively
FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's not in writing, and it's never been said on the record. But drivers on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series know that challenging the sanctioning body's authority is every bit as bad as using an illegal engine or tricked-up gasoline.

Harrah's 500
Where: Texas Motor Speedway's

Points standings
Point standings so far in the Winston Cup series.

Schedule
Winston cup schedule

DEC: BP, Phillips keeping promises on North Slope
ANCHORAGE -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Co. are doing a good job of keeping environmental promises made about their North Slope operations, the Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday.

Sickness in jury delays Nudson trial for a day
Illness sidelined the jury trial of Zebulon Nudson, 23, of Nikiski, on Wednesday, after one juror called in sick.

Assembly prison hearing mostly talk
Pros, cons and all points in between were expressed by residents Tuesday night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's public hearing on the proposed private prison project.

Mayor addresses Kenai chamber
Mayor Dale Bagley painted a rosy picture of the Kenai Peninsula Borough in an address to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce during its weekly luncheon Wednesday at the Old Town Village Restaurant.

Public weighs in on alternatives for building Cooper Landing bypass road
Traffic safety and protecting the Kenai River from toxic spills were top concerns raised at meetings to examine alternatives for rebuilding the Sterling Highway by Cooper Landing.

Animal control not on borough agenda
Despite the cost to taxpayers of large numbers of unwanted animals at area shelters, animal control is not an issue in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Proposal sparks mixed response
Enthusiastic support for, as well as whole-hearted opposition against the private prison being proposed was heard by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday night.

Borough's elected officials offer opinions
It wasn't just the public that had its say at Tuesday's public prison hearing.

Proposal sparks mixed response
Enthusiastic support for, as well as whole-hearted opposition against the private prison being proposed was heard by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday night.

Telephone scam making the rounds
The promise of sweepstakes-winning awards over the telephone is too good to be true, according to Attorney General Bruce Botelho.

Assembly prison hearing mostly talk
Pros, cons and all points in between were expressed by residents Tuesday night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's public hearing on the proposed private prison project.

Photo feature: On a roll
Bowman McDonald skates down Kaknu Way after Kenai Central High School let out Thursday afternoon.

Crime Stoppers
Information on theft of survey equipment sought

Borough's elected officials offer opinions
It wasn't just the public that had its say at Tuesday's public prison hearing.

Violence in schools can't be stopped by legislation
If only passing legislation would remove all the bullies from the school playgrounds and cafeterias and hallways between classes.

Economy 101: Wall Street not whole picture; look to Main Street
Call it the Yo-Yo Market, with apologies to the great cellist. Stocks were up, way up ... then they were down, way down. Up again, down again. Just what is going on here, and what does it say about the state of the economy?

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor

Alaskans, state officials need to invest time, money in education
Alaska has reached critical mass in its efforts to implement a standards-based educational system. It took leadership to turn in this direction under former Gov. Walter Hickel. It took commitment and follow-through from Gov. Tony Knowles to take it to the next level and see it implemented.

Even high-stakes election didn't move voters to polls
Are Americans turned off by politics? Or are they

Moving Legislature just a matter of time
On March 23, a petition to move the Alaska Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough was delivered to the lieutenant governor for certification. For more than 40 years, efforts have been made to make our state government more accessible. So far, all were sabotaged by special interest groups.

Fiscal Policy Caucus knows importance of long-range plan
It's a start, and for that, legislators

Short-sightedness at heart of current crunch; price controls won't cure problem
NEW YORK -- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani last Tuesday mentioned two words not heard from a Republican since

Bird watcher follows favorite fowl
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- For Dan Casey, birdwatching is more than just a pleasant way to get outside and commune with nature; it's his life.

Yearling moose rescued
ANCHORAGE -- The moose poop was scattered 30 feet along the icy, sloping driveway. That's why Lee Carpenter noticed it Tuesday as he rumbled his big Arctic Express Towing and Recovery rig past a neighbor's house on Kantishna Drive in Eagle River just before it hits Monte Road.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer Sea to Ski Triathlon slated for SundayPet owners should beware of eaglesBear-baiting clinic scheduled

Homer Sea to Ski Triathlon slated for Sunday
Peninsula residents get their annual chance to see what a difference a couple hundred feet of elevation can make Sunday at the annual Sea to Ski Triathlon in Homer.

Spring skiing -- It's all about attitude
Jimmy Buffet once sang something about changes in latitude bringing changes in attitude. Buffet, naturally, was talking about life changing for the better as one heads for southerly and warmer climes.

Photographer gets his dream shot of McKinley after two-year wait
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Norio Matsumoto had a vision.

Responsible dog owners always welcome on wildlife refuge
To dog or not to dog, that is the question. Whether it is nobler to leave "Spot" home or take him on an outing -- that is a perpetual quandary that all dog owners face.

Lone wolf left to carry on the pack
A wolf pup makes its way along a ski trail Monday, March 26, 2001, in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

What kind of pet owner are you?
Workers at the Kenai and Soldotna animal shelters deal with two kinds of pet owners: those who are responsible and those who aren't.

Proper handling helps protect horses, people
Farm animals run the gamut from some of the easiest to the most difficult animals to handle. Whether you are picking up a chicken or trying not to get trampled by a horse, the most important part of your body to use is your mind.

Caution, knowledge can help prevent bites, other injuries
Summer is finally approaching and with it comes a lot of anticipated fun and excitement from outdoor activities. Unfortunately some of us will be approached and injured by an unfamiliar or unfriendly animal.

Did you know? Some pet facts from 4-H
Gerbils often use their long tails as an aid in balancing.

Dog owners can fetch information off Internet
The Internet is a great place to retrieve information that is beneficial to our lives overall, and that includes information on our beloved pets. Here are some links that may be useful to all dog owners.

Pets come in all shapes, sizes, abilities
The dictionary defines a pet as any domesticated animal kept as a companion.

Pet portrait benefit slated for April 7 at Rae's Harness Shop in Soldotna
The second annual Clicks for Licks pet portrait benefit will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at Rae's Harness Shop in Soldotna. Each session is $40, which includes an $8 donation to support Friends of Pets.

Pet owners need to think of animals before disaster strikes
Are you prepared?

People's love for pets unleashed in essays
Given the assignment to express in 25 words or less how your pet enriches your life, what would you say? The Delta Society sponsored a contest and asked people to do just that. Eleven themes emerged from the responses. A pet is ...

Animal Tales
This is the cover photo for our special section on pets. Betsy, the cat, gives BB, a black lab, a kiss.

It may work like magic, but this positive reinforcement is rooted in scientific principles of how animals learn
What is a clicker?

Lots of animals mean lots of hard work
Hi! I'm Angeleah. I've been in 4-H for four years now. I'm writing about animals.

Pet problems or questions? Variety of groups ready to assist
A variety of groups on the Kenai Peninsula are willing to help answer your animal questions.

Alaska SPCA reduces numbers of unwanted pets with low-cost clinics
Each year, communities throughout Alaska destroy thousands of unwanted animals. Responding to the statewide animal population problem by killing unwanted pets is only a symptom of the problem. A more pro-active solution is critical.

LEPC corralling pet volunteers
The Local Emergency Planning Committee is scouting for a pack of people who are wild about their pets and concerned about the safety of pets on the peninsula in the event of a disaster.

Lots of handling, attention will help make corn snakes friendly, unafraid
Do you get creeped out when you see a slippery, sliding snake? If you do, then I will tell you why you shouldn't be afraid.

Conservative parish rejects liberal bishop's ministry
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- For the second time in a month, Episcopalian Bishop Charles Bennison Jr. will be seated in the congregation -- but not invited into the pulpit -- at a conservative parish opposed to his liberal views on issues like the ordination of women.

Mega-churches find new ways to handle large congregations
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The volunteers dreaded going to church each Thursday evening to begin filling the more than 350 trays for Sunday's Holy Communion.

Putin replaces rabbi on Kremlin advisory board
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin replaced the rabbi who previously represented Russian Jews on a Kremlin advisory council with a rival from an ultra-Orthodox movement, a Kremlin spokeswoman said Wednesday.

At a Catholic university, conservatives complain they are silenced
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Just blocks from Haight-Ashbury, where antiwar demonstrations raged in the 1960s, students and faculty are protesting again, saying their voices are being silenced by the ''brutal'' actions of a university president.

Mormon church president urges girls to stay chaste
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Resist temptation and stay away from premarital sex, Mormon church president Gordon B. Hinckley told a gathering of girls.

Newspaper says Istanbul leaders rejected charter for the U.S. Greek church
NEW YORK (AP) -- Church leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, have rejected a bid for increased self-government from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America, according to the English edition of the National Herald, a Greek-American newspaper.

Religion Briefs
Garage sale starts today Solfirst sportsmen's banquet scheduledChurches plan meeting at KCHS

Start the battle by unleashing heaven
Who is Russell Crowe? Just two weeks ago, I climbed out of my catacomb and found out who this Oscar nominated Australian actor is.

Sports Briefs
Notre Dame sweeps AP women's awardsFlorida restricts access to autopsy photos

Oilers Corner
Chris Mabeus of Soldotna, a three-year member of the Oilers pitching staff, has picked up right where he left off after the 2000 college season and Oilers season, in which he was honored by being named to the Alaska Media's All-Alaska League team. Mabeus, also a former member of the Post 20 Peninsula Twins, has now won four straight this season for Lewis-Clark State College, which is the top-ranked team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll.

Toronto's Domi, fan scuffle in penalty box
PHILADELPHIA -- Tie Domi's latest trip to the penalty box might keep him off the ice even longer.

Seldovia girls, CIA boys both fall to teams from Point Hope at 2A tournament
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team began its Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Championship defense Thursday with a 49-35 win over a team from Unalakleet's Frank A. Degnan school at Service High School in Anchorage.

McGrady leads Magic past Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Tracy McGrady matched a career-high with 44 points and hit a driving bank shot with 2.7 seconds as the Orlando Magic held off a frenzied comeback by Philadelphia and beat the 76ers 96-95 Wednesday night.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys, Seldovia girls set for annual state championship run
The more things change, the more they stay the same, at least as far as the Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Basketball Championships go.

ASAA State 2A Basketball Championships Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Service High School, Anchorage
Results and schedule of State Basketball Championships

Red Wings take control of Central
DETROIT -- Brendan Shanahan broke a tie with 24.4 seconds left in the second period and Detroit went on to beat St. Louis 5-2.

Hawks top Pacers to snap four-game skid
ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 28 points and Nazr Mohammed added 18 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 Thursday night.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys, Seldovia girls set for annual state championship run
The more things change, the more they stay the same, at least as far as the Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Basketball Championships go.

Area will be well-represented at Class 2A state tournament
It looks like the 2A state basketball tournament got a little brighter with the berths earned by the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles boys and the Ninilchik Wolverines and Seldovia Sea Otters girls basketball teams Saturday.

Hungry bears rise from winter slumber
KENAI (AP) -- They're back and they want something from you -- your garbage.

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