Saturday, March 31, 2001

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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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