Monday, March 31, 2003

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.

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

Wasilla man dies in single-vehicle crash
WASILLA (AP) A 28-year-old Wasilla man died in a single-vehicle accident, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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

Kodiak fisherman drowns near Sitka
KODIAK (AP) A Kodiak fisherman drowned near Sitka.

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.

City acquires 8 acres from state agency
KENAI (AP) Soldotna just gained 8.11 acres of prime riverfront property.

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.

Congress considers black bear baiting ban
FAIRBANKS (AP) Hunters would be barred from baiting black bears on federal land under legislation introduced by a senior Republican congressman.

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.

Fairbanks teen dies in gun mishap
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks teenager died after a gun his friend was handling went off, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Man arrested in weekend homicide in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the beating death of a man inside an east side trailer over the weekend.

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.

Public Safety department mulls over agency merger
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Department of Public Safety might merge its two largest agencies.

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.

Deadline for applying for PFD dividend is here
ANCHORAGE (AP) The deadline for applying for a 2003 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend has arrived.

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.

Quake occurs near Denali Park headquarters
FAIRBANKS (AP) An earthquake occurred Sunday morning near park headquarters in Denali National Park.

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

Federal money will go toward raptor center
JUNEAU (AP) Federal money secured by Sen. Ted Stevens will go toward helping injured eagles, owls and ravens at a new perch near the Brotherhood Bridge.

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.

North Pole refinery to undergo inspection and maintenance
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Williams Alaska North Pole refinery will undergo a two-week shut down in May for a regular inspection and maintenance that could mean up to $2 million for Alaska contractors.

Cleanup targets PCBs in Drury Gulch
KODIAK (AP) The four-acre swatch of land just west of the coast Guard Base is barely noticeable from the road, but for more than 30 years the Navy used it as a dumpsite for industrial and metal waste.

Police investigate mans death as homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police are investigating a death on the city's east side as a homicide.

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.

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.

Rangers rip up Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The ThunderStix and rally monkeys were out in force and Game 7 winner John Lackey was on the mound.

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.

As disaster films go, The Core is not a bad movie. It's got your requisite melodrama, big explosions, and global terror. It's just that it's a little out of place.

A thought to ponder about the war in Iraq
The other evening, late, my husband, Randy, and I were watching CNN news on the war in Iraq. One segment came to a conversation between the reporter and the pilot of an F-14 Tomcat.

How long have most longevity bonus recipients lived in Alaska?
It would be most interesting to find out how many of the current 18,000 longevity bonus recipients were residents of Alaska prior to the loss of the Rodney Vest case.

No one wants war, but president, troops deserve nations support
To Cheri Edwards and other anti-war demonstrators:

Ninilchik wants to honor those in military from Kenai Peninsula
Some Ninilchik residents, along with American Legion Post No. 18, are in the process of gathering names and branch of service for Kenai Peninsula military servicemen and women who are participating in the war with Iraq or anywhere else in the world.

United nation is strong; mother of Marine appreciates support
I would like to send my deepest and sincerest thanks to Scott and Pam Carter for the ribbon and flag on my tree.

Answers to catch-and-release questions reveal ones values
Lately it's been asked, in letters to the Clarion, when catch-and-release became a negative and destructive practice, and why catch-and-release is bad only when applied to early-run Kenai kings.

President Bush understands world has changed since 2001 attacks
As our nation enters a time of war against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, I want to express my total support for President George W. Bush.

A thanks to veterans and an idea to help protesters understand war
This is two messages in one.

Still some steps to take before school district contracts settled
During the past few weeks, many people have said to me, "You must be relieved that your contract is settled!"

Newman gets second career NASCAR win
FORT WORTH, Texas Things finally went right for Ryan Newman on Sunday.

Research project could help with oil spills
Mark Johnson made waves Saturday when he presented his upcoming research project at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Associa-tion's annual meeting.

Today is Seward's Day
Seward's Day commemorates the United States signing the treaty that bought Alaska from Russia, signed on March 30, 1867.

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.

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.

Council feels water pressure
Having access to clean, treated water is a convenience of living in a city, but that convenience comes at a price -- which may soon rise in Kenai.

Smoke clears in Soldotna eateries
Soldotna restaurants are now officially smoke free.

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.

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

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

In this war of liberation, troops take great pains to avoid civilian deaths What others say
Anyone restricting his news intake to the alternative reality in the liberal media might easily get the impression that the U.S.-led effort to liberate Iraq is failing.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes continue today Soldotna chamber to meet Tuesday SBDC presents workshops Kenai chamber to discuss tax season, July 4 Kenaitze Head Start to host garage sale 'Spring Breathing' workshop slated Safari Club plans annual dinner Blood bank needs blood

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.

Community schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities starting this week. For more information, call 262-6768.

Club News
Soldotna Lions select Citizens of the Year

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

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.

Showin Off the Kids winners announced
The following are the results of Soldotna Community Schools' Showin' Off the Kids lip sync competition, held March 15:

Hero in the making Kenai man studies to be military firefighter
"Heroes made here."

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.

Peninsula People
Pee Wee 1 Ice Hawks hockey team Soldotna grads make grade Kenai couples son studies in London Kenai students graduate from college Seward woman graduates from basic training

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.

Residents serve in armed forces
The Clarion is collecting names and other information on local people serving in the military. An initial list appeared in Friday's edition of the Clarion.

Community News
Nominations being accepted for First Lady Awards

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

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.

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.

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.

Orangemen, Longhorns fill out Final Four
ALBANY, N.Y. Carmelo Anthony cut the down the net, then stuck strands underneath his brand new white cap that showed the next stop for the Syracuse Orangemen: New Orleans.

Eagles keep title loss in perspective
Sure, it's not the championship trophy, but members of the Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team weren't hanging their heads as they left the Service High School gym after losing by three points, 59-56, to Hydaburg in the title game of the Alaska School Activities Association state 2A tournament.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tsalteshi Triathlon returns under mountain-bike format
After a three-year hiatus, the Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon will return on Memorial Day, which this year is on May 26.

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.

Nowitzki leads rout of Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS Dirk Nowitzki scored 33 points in 34 minutes as the Dallas Mavericks beat the lethargic Minnesota Timberwolves 119-95 Sunday.

Devils storm past Islanders
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Martin Brodeur became the first NHL goaltender to post four 40-win seasons as the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Islanders 6-0 Sunday.

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

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.

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

Whole lotta Love triumphs at TPC
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Davis Love III provided the charge everyone expected from Tiger Woods and delivered a performance every bit as dominant in The Players Championship.

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.

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