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Sunday, March 31, 2002

With help from air freight, Orthodox Jews follow ancient laws in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Like other Orthodox Jews in Alaska, Raquel Bodie packs an extra suitcase when she takes a trip Outside.

Student sentenced for assaulting incapacitated woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former University of Alaska Fairbanks student was sentenced to four years in prison Friday morning for sexually assaulting another student in his dorm room last March.

State buys brake inspection system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has a new device that can detect bad brakes and other mechanical problems on trucks and buses traveling at highway speeds.

Alaskaland renovation plans at standstill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An agreement made by the Fairbanks North Star Borough 35 years ago has halted plans to develop Alaskaland into more of a tourist attraction.

Father ticketed for allowing children on snowmobiles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chris Prigge is snowmachining at Turnagain Pass this weekend as he has done many times during the past 11 years. For the first time, though, the Anchorage resident might prohibit his children from driving to comply with an obscure state law he ran afoul of a week ago.

Mat-Su Valley's only bowling center closes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Valley Lanes, the only place to bowl in the Matanuska-Susitna area, has gone out of business.

Knowles turns down Russian firm's processing plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has turned down a Seattle-based company's proposal to bring Russian fish processing boats into Alaska waters to buy salmon this summer.

Romanian immigrant practices egg-painting art from homeland
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eggs are everywhere in Ida Camelia Groetsema's home, but the orbs weren't dropped there by a bunny and they aren't evident only at Easter time.

Juneau bears waking from winter slumbers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The bears of Juneau are waking from their winter slumbers about the same time that new laws concerning bears and garbage go into effect.

Man arrested in Ketchikan murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the December beating death of a Ketchikan utility worker.

DEC praises BP, Phillips for performance on North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State regulators say two of Alaska's big oil companies are keeping their environmental promises at their North Slope oil fields.

Fairbanks firefighters rescue fugitive kitten
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks firefighters couldn't say no to Conny Funderburk's plea to pluck her calico kitten, Mira, from a tall tree.

State starts work on on-the-fly vehicle weighing, inspection system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new electronic screening system planned for Alaska's busiest stretch of highway will allow weight- and safety-compliant commercial vehicles to truck past a state inspection station.

Plane crashes while landing at Goose Bay airstrip
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a small plane at the Goose Bay airstrip northwest of Anchorage.

Redistricting board broke and forced to ask GOP for funds
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board doesn't have the money to finish work on a new legislative map ordered by the state Supreme Court.

Juneau fisherman's body found offshore near Elfin Cove
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard is investigating the death of a 39-year-old Juneau fisherman whose body was found near Elfin Cove in Southeast Alaska.

Alaska delegation to leave for Kamchatka
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of Aleut Natives and government officials leaves were to leave Friday night for a weeklong mission to Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.

Early morning crash closes Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A morning crash Saturday injured two and briefly closed the Glenn Highway in Anchorage.

Ulmer, Hall say they'll work closely before primary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A joint press conference not withstanding, Fran Ulmer and Ernie Hall say they're not running as a team to be the Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor.

Adventurers prepare for Bering Strait crossing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two British adventurers attempting to be the first to drive across the partially frozen Bering Strait had a successful test run in their all-terrain vehicle and were doing final checks Friday before setting out for Russia within the next few days.

Police link pocket money to cash from bank robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with driving while intoxicated was linked to a bank robbery after authorities found $5,000 in his pockets.

Boy hit by car seriously injured
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy was critically injured when he was struck by a car while skateboarding, police said.

Baseball 2002: Changed rosters alter pennant chase
That little bloop single by Luis Gonzalez proved to teams and fans everywhere that indeed it was possible: the New York Yankees could be beaten.

Photo feature: Job fair
Participants discuss the employment market during Saturday's job fair at Kenai Peninsula College. The event was well-attended by both employers and prospective employees.

DEC praises BP, Phillips for performance on North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State regulators say two of Alaska's big oil companies are keeping their environmental promises at their North Slope oil fields.

Ambitious 'Requiem' unites 250 musicians
Every Wednesday night for the past four months a group of about 30 central peninsula residents has gathered in a classroom at Kenai Peninsula College under glaring fluorescent lights and surrounded by butcher-paper and marker posters from an education class held earlier in the day for the opportunity to be part of something greater than themselves.

Brush clearing to improve visibility near Cooper Landing
Highway safety could be affected if proposed cuts to the Department of Transportation budget are enacted by the Legislature.

Teacher unions rally against pay proposal
HOMER -- Cold fingers, curious stares and even a moose wandering through their picket line didn't deter as many as 90 teachers and education staff from bringing their message to the street Tuesday night in Homer.

School District contract offer rejected
Money still divides administrators and employees of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

No shortage of road projects planned
Millions in state and federal funds will pour into Kenai Peninsula economy this summer as work begins on a host of vital road and trail projects from Hope and Seward to Homer.

Annexed area to feel Homer sales tax bite
HOMER -- Businesses in the newly annexed area of Homer will start collecting the additional 3.5 percent city sales tax on Monday, which should boost city coffers by nearly $600,000 a year. In addition, property taxes from homes and businesses will eventually add another $300,000 or more.

Budget cuts taking aim at DOT services
Budget cuts could mean road services, as Kenai Peninsula residents have known them, are about to bust an axle.

Ask the Mayor
What is required to work near the river?

Change fills springtime air; it's chance to begin anew
Change is in the air: sunshine above, ice and slush below, the buds swelling and the birds beginning to stir.

Resurrection story reason to celebrate
Today Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Here is the Easter story as told in the gospel of Luke in the New Testament.

Will change stop abuse or punish young people with interest in politics?
WASHINGTON-- The new campaign finance law seeks to limit the influence of corporations, unions and rich people -- and also makes it illegal for kids to donate money.

A look into the past: Kenai Commercial Company, 1949
The Kenai Commercial Company near the bluff in Kenai was the only store in the Kenai-Soldotna area in the early 1950s. A Mr. Stephan was the first owner. The store suffered a major fire Chri

Today's Easter Bunny hops in Santa's footsteps
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Easter Bunny is making tracks on Santa Claus' turf, using one of the biggest Christian holidays as an opportunity to lure little tykes and their parents to the mall.

Parents can make prom memorable in all the right ways
Prom night should be a time to remember for always. Remem-bered because of the special dress, the activities and time with friends. Unfortunately, tragedy can sometimes cast a terrible shadow on how a person remembers prom night for

Orthodox Jews follow ancient laws in Alaska
ANCHORAGE -- Like other Orthodox Jews in Alaska, Raquel Bodie packs an extra suitcase when she takes a trip Outside.

No pain, no gain on slopes
Any NBA player whistled for a foul. The singing of W. Axl Rose. A car that hasn't been plugged in trying to start at 35 below.

Father ticketed for allowing children on snowmobiles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chris Prigge is snowmachining at Turnagain Pass this weekend as he has done many times during the past 11 years. For the first time, though, the Anchorage resident might prohibit his children from driving to comply with an obscure state law he ran afoul of a week ago.

Unalaska boys etch win against Sea Otters
The Unalaska boys high school basketball team kept its state tournament hopes alive Friday, defeating Seldovia 43-41 to advance in the consolation bracket of the District 3/2A tournament at Cook Inlet Academy.

Kidd rocks as Nets top 76ers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd had 19 points and 17 assists as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 102-92 to stretch their home winning streak to 11 games.

Cook Inlet girls hammer Raiders
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team defeated Unalaska 55-23 Friday in the consolation bracket of the District 3/2A tournament to stay alive for a shot at berth in the state tournament.

Indiana's Newton plays the star almost nobody saw coming
The tall, skinny kid with the tattoos made the big shots. And grabbed some of the biggest rebounds.

Wolverines boys edge Cook Inlet for district crown
The Ninilchik High School boys basketball team survived a late Cook Inlet Academy rally and few heart-stopping moments with seconds left to play to clinch its first District 3/2A tournament championship in recent memory, defeating the Eagles 49-48 at Skyview High School Friday.

Connecticut, Oklahoma seek women's crown
SAN ANTONIO -- One is from Canada, the other from Long Island.

Davis, Indiana make more magic vs. OU
ATLANTA -- The gimpy point guard. The second-year coach. The team that wasn't even supposed to make it to the Final Four.

Terrapins nip Kansas behind 33 from Dixon
ATLANTA -- It couldn't happen again. It almost happened again. Juan Dixon wouldn't let it happen again.

Sabres cut down Flyers
PHILADELPHIA -- Buffalo defenseman Richard Smehlik scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and Martin Biron made 28 saves as the Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 Saturday.

Ninilchik girls keep District 3/2A title streak alive
The District 3/2A high school basketball tournament might better be named the Ninilchik Invitational.

Webb, Sorenstam tied at Kraft Nabisco
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The LPGA Tour didn't have to wait long to showcase its top stars -- Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb, tied for the lead going into the final round of the first major championship of the year.

Williams sweeps Capriati
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams trailed in the first set, and again in the second, and once more in the tiebreaker, confronting seven set points along the way.

Eagles boys, Otters girls earn state berths
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team soothed a little bit of the hurt from Friday night's one-point loss to Ninilchik in the championship game of the District 3/2A tournament.

Kenai Kings honor area seniors
The Kenai Kings (over 35) Hockey Team defeated a group of seniors from area high schools Friday Night at the Soldotna Sports Center in a benefit game.

Juneau bears waking from winter slumbers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The bears of Juneau are waking from their winter slumbers about the same time that new laws concerning bears and garbage go into effect.

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