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Sunday, March 30, 2003

Creditors start lining up for shot at dividends
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For creditors in Alaska, 8 a.m. Tuesday is a crucial moment.

Three indicted in Palmer man's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Wasilla residents have been indicted on murder and other charges in the January death of a Palmer man, Alaska State Troopers said.

National company buys Aero Services
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A national company has purchased Juneau-based Aero Services, Inc., which offers aircraft refueling and cargo handling.

Teens suspected of shooting into Anchorage home arrested
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police arrested three teenage boys suspected of firing a gun into an Anchorage home.

Decision expected on new wilderness areas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Opposing interests are putting pressure on Secretary of Interior Gale Norton to set guidelines for the consideration of new designated wilderness areas in Alaska.

Settlement expected soon in sea lion lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A resolution may be in sight for a long-running federal lawsuit filed by environmental activists seeking tougher commercial fishing restrictions off Alaska to protect endangered Steller sea lions.

Board working to pick education commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Board of Education and Early Development has outlined a process for picking a new education commissioner that will last until at least May.

Study: Seals affected by approaching ships
JUNEAU (AP) -- Harbor seals near Yakutat are more likely to vacate their ice floes when cruise ships approach them, a new study says.

House approves breast and cervical cancer bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill extending Medicaid coverage to eligible women for breast and cervical cancer treatment passed unanimously Friday in the House.

Alaska medical board in top 10, consumer group says
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Once again, the watchdog for Alaska physicians has been ranked in the top 10 by a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

Sealaska seeks title to remaining ANCSA lands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sealaska Corp. is seeking title to the remaining forest it's owed under the decades-old Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

No buyer yet for North Pole refinery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Have bills to pay, must sell: A North Pole refinery and two associated terminals, 3 percent ownership of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and 29 convenience stores. Now accepting offers.

Murkowski expresses optimism for gasline deal
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski hopes to wrap up negotiations by the end of the year on a deal with major players in a North Slope natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, he said Friday.

George W. Bush's father will throw first pitch in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI -- Former President Bush will fill in for his son and throw a ceremonial first pitch Monday before the Cincinnati Reds' season opener.

Angels out to prove World Series title not a fluke
Darin Erstad and the Anaheim Angels haven't even gotten their World Series rings yet and they already know the skeptics doubt whether they can repeat as champions.

Braves chase another crown with revamped rotation
As always, the Atlanta Braves plan to ride their stellar starting rotation right back into the playoffs. Only this time they're counting on a different set of arms.

Arraignment Tuesday for man charged with murder
Arraignment has been scheduled for Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court for the Oklahoma man charged with the 1985 murder of Opal Fairchild of Soldotna.

City acquires 8 acres from DOT
The city of Soldotna is the proud new owner of 8.11 acres of riverfront property in the heart of town.

Lawmakers asking for budget cut suggestions
Sharp spending cuts proposed in Gov. Frank Murkowski's fiscal year 2004 budget have drawn howls of protest from those whose lives would be impacted by a loss of funding.

Annabelle K. Tweedy
Longtime Kenai resident Annabelle K. Tweedy died Friday, March 28, 2003 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 83.

Wisdom of big tax cuts questioned
WASHINGTON -- The longer and nastier the war with Iraq gets, the harder it will be for President Bush to muster support from skeptical lawmakers for those big tax cuts he is seeking.

Board of Fisheries should adopt rule to fix its process
It wasn't all bad news that came out of the recent Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting.

In times like these, kids' hockey game is reminder of what matters
Six months ago, I didn't know a blue line from two-line pass and "Face/Off" was just some 1997 Hollywood drivel.

Follow the Web to Oregon's scenic Cascades
Need a destination for your next vacation? Think about exploring the snow-covered peaks, dense forests and spectacular waterfalls of the Cascade Range in southern Oregon.

Mullican, Williams plan November wedding
Linzy May Mullican of Federal Way, Wash., and Nick Williams III have announced their plans to wed Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Wine not as pricey as it used to be
EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- It's enough to make a sommelier shiver. The latest buzz in California wine circles is over two-buck Chuck, the little wine priced at $1.99 that could herald a new era for the once high-flying industry.

Stay calm to overcome fear, prejudice
Long ago on a hillside overlooking an ancient village stood a giant oak known as "the tree that touches the moon." Under the Moon Tree the guardian saint of the village encountered a demon that was poised to spread a deadly disease among all the people. The saint was unable to stop the demon, but he did make the demon promise he would take the lives of no more than 10 villagers.

These kitchen tips are really tops
Cooks are the most inventive people.

Lawler, Bradford to marry in April
Christy Lawler and David S. Bradford have announced their plans to marry Saturday, April 5, 2003, on the beach at Dry Bay on the west side of Cook Inlet. Floyd Seekins will officiate.

Conrady, Meyer tie knot in San Diego
Angie Conrady and Bill Meyer, both of Soldotna, were married Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, in San Diego. Pastor David Plank officiated.

Cabin dweller leaves millions to his church
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (AP) -- Bill Seefeldt's friends thought he was just scraping by, living in a cluttered cabin, clutching coupons and wearing threadbare clothes.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition class offeredBlood bank needs bloodSBDC presents workshopsHistorical society to meetKWF art show ongoingKindergarten info evening scheduledNikiski bake sale and bazaar plannedSeniors plan Trash and Treasure SaleGenealogical groups plan presentations

My best friend
As you can see, Ben Tyrer of Homer and the family kitten, Diego, are very close.

Pets to fly in style on new airline
Companion Air, a new airline preparing to take flight, intends to provide a safer, more compassionate way for pets and their owners to travel.

Trekking through snowstorm in Maine park
BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) -- It was 100 years ago that former governor and philanthropist Percival Baxter first visited the northern Maine wilderness around Mount Katahdin and fell in love.

Warriors edge CIA for crown
A brash Hydaburg squad came from behind to defeat the Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team 59-56 to unseat the defending state champion Eagles in the title game of the Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Championships Saturday.

Michigan State latest team to try solving Longhorns' Ford
SAN ANTONIO -- The day before the South Regional final, Texas' T.J. Ford already was causing problems for Michigan State.

Wolverines keep alive string of Class 2A titles
This time, Ninilchik School girls high school basketball coach Dan Leman got away without getting soaked.

Hinrich erupts for 28 as Jayhawks knock off Arizona for West crown
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nick Collison did it one game, Kirk Hinrich the next.

Meunier-Lebouc leads Kraft Nabisco by three
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- On a day when Annika Sorenstam struggled and a French player led the Kraft Nabisco, a long- hitting 13-year-old gave fans a glimpse into the future of women's golf.

Iverson hits for 38 as 76ers top Hawks
ATLANTA -- Allen Iverson had 38 points, nine assists and eight steals as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 110-89 Saturday night.

Rangers keep playoff hopes alive by beating Bruins
BOSTON -- Alex Kovalev scored two goals as the New York Rangers helped their slim playoff hopes with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Bennett is new Washington State men's coachNemechek wins caution-filled Busch race at TexasRahman, Tua fight to draw; Hopkins stops Hakkar

Wade's triple double sends Eagles to first Final Four since 1977 title
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dwyane Wade sailed high above a defense that had carried Kentucky all season, slamming the ball through the hoop repeatedly in a stunning upset few people expected.

Ninilchik, CIA earn berths in title game
Both the Cook Inlet Academy boys and the Ninilchik girls earned spots in the championship games at the Class 2A state basketball tournament with victories in Friday's semifinals at Service High School in Anchorage.

Kwan joins Americans Button, Heiss with five world championships
WASHINGTON -- Her place among the greats of her sport secure, Michelle Kwan doesn't need to prove anything else.

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