Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Alaska's export revenue increases in 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's export revenue for 2002 increased by $100 million over the previous year, with the state's two largest exports -- minerals and seafood -- showing gains.

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

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

Retrials sought in 1997 Fairbanks slaying
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two of four men convicted in the 1997 death of a Fairbanks teenager want new trials.

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.

Washington jobless rate decreases to 6.6 percent
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.8 percent in February when adjusted for seasonal factors, the Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.

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.

Railroad reports profit in 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad says 2002 was a profitable year despite a drop in revenue.

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.

Air France pulls out of Fairbanks, bypassing Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Air France Cargo will begin bypassing Alaska after decades of doing business in the state.

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

Stevens says education secretary to visit Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Federal Education Secretary Rod Paige has agreed to visit rural Alaska to see firsthand the problems schools there have complying with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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

Nationwide search launched for new UAF coach
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has launched a nationwide search for a new women's basketball coach.

Seattle company to purchase Excursion Inlet plant
HAINES (AP) -- Ocean Beauty Seafoods announced Monday that it is planning to purchase and operate Wards Cove Packing Co.'s Excursion Inlet cannery.

Congressional delegation announces new grants to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal grants totaling more than $3.8 million have been awarded, Alaska's congressional delegation said.

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.

Texas company North Slope wells yield mixed results
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first round of exploratory drilling on the North Slope by a Dallas-based oil company has yielded mixed results.

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.

Railroad reports profit in 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad says 2002 was a profitable year despite a drop in revenue.

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.

Bill would provide tax credits for salmon industry
JUNEAU (AP) -- Salmon processors could get state tax credits for investing in new equipment under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

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

Sponsor: Lobbying law to undergo a change
JUNEAU (AP) -- The sponsor of a bill to relax the state's lobbying law says he will consider the recommendations of the agency that oversees lobbying.

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

Murkowski declares Southcentral disaster
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski plans to ask for a federal disaster declaration for Anchorage and portions of Southcentral Alaska struck by powerful wind storms in March, he said Monday.

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.

Grant to provide greater access to museum collections
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will improve access to the University of Alaska Museum's cultural collections.

Stevens calls for flexibility in federal education law
JUNEAU (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said he will seek federal funding for ''regional learning centers'' to help rural Alaska meet requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Funeral planned for Anchorage brothers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A weekend funeral is planned for the young Johnson brothers of Anchorage.

Jeter injures left shoulder; Yankees still notch victory
TORONTO -- Derek Jeter dislocated his left shoulder during a collision at third base as the New York Yankees opened their season with an 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Reds fail to get a pair of W's
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. made history with his first-inning double -- the first hit at Great American Ball Park. With a chance to get the Reds back into the game, he struck out.

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.

Rare breed offers bear protection
Nineteen years ago, a moose-hunting trip turned into an 8-day hospital stay for Rollin Braden, former owner of Riverside Auto in Soldotna.

Spring Break, a Mission to Mars
Perhaps the most exotic and exciting spring break destination this year was the planet Mars.

Evans retires and heads south
Jim Evans, Branch Manager and Director of International Sales at Air Liquide in Kenai since 1987, attended his last luncheon meeting of the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance last week.

Jackson to compete in World Championships at Jackson Hole
Scott Jackson was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last weekend to run in the World Championship Snow machine races.

My Column by James Brown
I was going to be lazy and not bother to write anything this week. However, I checked my e-mail and was moved by this message sent to me from my good friend and previous supervisor, George.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!"

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.

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.

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

Theodore Roosevelt right: It is not unpatriotic to criticize president
As an American who has lived through four wars in which this country has been involved (five, if Panama is considered a war) and is a veteran of one of them (Korea), I have a few opinions on this one that I'd like to offer.

Soldiers do appreciate support from Kenai Peninsula residents
AW Robert E. Greene is serving his country on the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier in the war zone. The following announcement was forwarded to him by his sister Kathy Toms, president of the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce, with an attached note from her that simply said, " I will be out there for you!!!!"

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.

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.

Homeland security funding coming to peninsula borough
Funding from the state Division of Homeland Security is coming to the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Racing association makes athletes' day
Two separate organizations came together for a good cause Sunday, when a group of athletes from the Central Peninsula Special Olympics joined the Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association for the annual "Pet-a-thon" at Snaggletooth Kennels in Sterling.

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.

Derald L. Bise
North Kenai resident Derald L. Bise died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

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

Alaskans must voice their opinions about Murkowski's budget
The next several weeks in the Legislature will be important ones for Alaska and warrant the public's close attention.

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.

Governor discounts Alaskans' opinions when it comes to predator control
A recent statewide poll of Alaskans by independent pollster David Dittman revealed that 75 percent of Alaskans were not in favor of killing wolves to boost moose numbers.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to meet todaySBDC presents workshopsNikiski group seeks signaturesDiscussion group to meet in KenaiStudent Art Show kicks off this weekTack swap slatedWorkshop focuses willow identificationChurch seeks names of those serving in Iraq

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:

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

Community News
Nominations being accepted for First Lady Awards

Club News
Soldotna Lions select Citizens of the Year

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

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

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

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.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Campbell Kids keep in touch
CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Can packers, engineers, managers, chefs: A corporation brought them together to make soup. Now retired, they still find themselves drawn to one another -- this time, for the fun of it.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Skyview's Tompkins hits mark in sports, academics
These days, Trevor Tompkins is a 6-foot, 200-pound senior at Skyview High School, set to be one of the region's top track athletes this spring and a college football player next fall.

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.

Tie with Tampa gives Bruins a playoff berth
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins got a key save in overtime from Steve Shields to preserve a 2-2 tie Monday night with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and qualified for the NHL playoffs.

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.

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.

Nets rip Rockets, run winning streak to four
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson had 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, and Dikembe Mutombo delivered an elbow to Yao Ming's throat as the New Jersey Nets won their fourth in a row Monday night, 110-86 over the Houston Rockets.

Sports Briefs
Pitt's Howland meets with UCLA, then with playersGuerin will miss at least two playoff games

Tennessee, Duke capture women's Final Four slots
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee can finally pack its bags. The Lady Vols are headed to the Final Four again.

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.

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.

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