Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Board weighs new legislative districts
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board remained divided along partisan lines as it met Monday to plan its strategy in the wake of a March 21 Alaska Supreme Court ruling that struck down much of its work.

Foresters undecided about reforestation with alien trees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State and federal foresters are trying to decide if private landowners on the Kenai Peninsula and around Anchorage should be allowed to use public money to replace beetle-killed spruce trees with nonnative trees.

UAA students study workplace sex on TV
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A study by seven students at the University of Alaska Anchorage chronicling television's approach to sex in the workplace has been accepted for publication in a professional journal.

Terrorism responders to fish for free in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Firefighters, police and emergency medical workers who responded to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could fish for free in Alaska under a bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

Threats, misbehavior reportedly continue at Kivalina school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two weeks after the school was reopened in the Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina, educators report a resumption of student misbehavior, including a threat against a teacher, profanity and vandalism.

CIRI reports record profits, wins lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. posted a $434 million profit last year -- a record for an Alaska Native corporation.

State gets grant to promote health and safety training
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the state a $42,800 grant to promote mine safety.

University president released from hospital
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton was released Tuesday from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Bill would make it easier to hire minors
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives approved a bill Monday aimed at making it easier for businesses to hire minors.

Troopers find body of man frozen in creek
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers spent more than three hours Monday cutting through nearly a foot of ice to recover a body found frozen in Cripple Creek, about six miles southwest of Fairbanks.

March 27, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News supports court decision on English-only law
Superior Court Judge Fred Torrisi had the issue dead to rights on March 22 when he ruled in a case from Togiak that the 1998 law requiring government workers to speak only English infringes on free speech and serves no compelling public interest.

Russian mission man dies of hypothermia in steam bath
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the Yukon River village of Russian Mission died of hypothermia in a steam bath Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

March 28, 2002 The Ketchikan Daily News fears environmentalists' next target
First, there was don't extract. That's long been the mantra of national environmental groups who've lobbied hard to exterminate resource extraction industries in Alaska.

Fire Department Closes Midtown hotel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Fire Department closed the Northern Lights Hotel for safety violations Monday, giving the 60 guests two hours to pack up and move out.

Geologist revels in hearse-turned-camper
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jeff Rogers, an Ester-area geologist, generally tools around in a mundane red Toyota 4Runner, distinguished only by its rock-minded ''MINEIT'' vanity plates. But far more revealing is the other car sitting down the hill from Rogers' Old Nenana Highway home: the one that only makes it out twice a year.

Kivalina team calls school, village dysfunctional
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kivalina community has low educational expectations coupled with a ''pervasive community tolerance of student misbehavior'' supported by some parents, according to a report from a team charged with sorting out problems at the village school.

Lodge's hat collection recognized by Guinness book
KENAI (AP) -- A collection of more than 20,000 hats at a Kasilof lodge has been certified as the world's largest by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Ogan's medical condition improving
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan's health continues to improve. Seventeen days after the Palmer Republican suffered a major heart attack, he is no longer under sedation and is breathing without help from a respirator, said his Juneau aide, Linda Hay.

Alaskaland story correction
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- The Associated Press reported that a funding agreement made between the federal government and the Fairbanks North Star Borough in 1967 could affect present plans to develop Alaskaland. The funding agreement was made between the federal goverment and the state of Alaska.

Alaska crude hits a six-month high
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unrest in the Middle East helped to push the price of Alaska North Slope crude oil to a six-month high Monday and state officials say the increase could help trim about $60 million from the projected $865 million state budget gap.

Biologists look to hunters to thin Killey River caribou herd
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State game biologists say they are looking to hunters to thin the Killey River caribou herd on the Kenai Peninsula.

Bill to extend immunity to legislative staff passes committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to extend to legislative staff the current immunity provisions that protect legislators passed a House committee on Monday.

March 28, 2002 The Voice of the Times suggests closing another tax loophole
Legislators who are looking for new state revenue sources may want to examine what amounts to a major loophole in Alaska's existing tax structure.

New Fish Board members named
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed three new members to the state Board of Fisheries.

Two men die in Eagle River avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men died Sunday when they were buried in an avalanche in Eagle River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Bill lets commissioner overrule Fish Board in some cases
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill clarifying when the Fish and Game commissioner can overrule Board of Fisheries decisions passed the state House on Monday.

March 28, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. mourns the loss of Rev. Jim Kelley
It is a tribute to the Rev. Jim Kelley's passion for the Cathlic church that he died doing the two things he loved most: ministering and flying.

Teachers, school workers reject contract offer
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Teachers and other employees of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have rejected a contract offer.

Alaska Air plans Long Beach, Calif., flights
SEATLLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines is planning to add service to the Long Beach airport south of Los Angeles.

Flurry of Kenai Peninsula road projects planned
KENAI (AP) -- Work beginning this summer on a host of road and trail projects in the Kenai Peninsula is expected to bring millions in state and federal funds to the local economy.

Johnson, Diamondbacks open with shutout of Padres
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson pitched a six-hitter for his first shutout in 10 opening-day starts, and the Arizona Diamondbacks opened defense of their World Series championship by beating the San Diego Padres 2-0 Monday.

Orioles jolt Clemens, Yankees at Camden Yards
BALTIMORE -- Tony Batista jolted Roger Clemens with a grand slam and Scott Erickson won his first outing in 20 months as the Baltimore Orioles opened their post-Cal Ripken era by beating the New York Yankees 10-3 Monday.

Major league season, Cleveland wide open
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Cleveland Indians' new era -- pitching instead of power hitting -- got off to an impressive start.

Baseball's opening day never gets old
NEW YORK -- Some say that baseball is a dying game, that it's too slow and doesn't grab kids the way it used to.

Salmon fishers, processors 'brand' together for industry
The future of the Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishery depends on the ability for fishers to deliver a consistent, high-quality product to the marketplace. That's the idea behind the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding Project, an idea that is garnering a lot of attention within the industry.

Peninsula economy better than anticipated
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., raised fears for the economy among those in the Kenai Peninsula business community -- especially those in the tourist industry.

The "Little" team that did the Iditarod
There's a lot to think about after your dream of mushing your own dog team the 1,000 miles to Nome has come true. There's even more to consider when as a relative new comer to the sport your team finishes fourth, ahead of a long line of veteran mushers in the greatest race on earth.

The mighty Kenai starts to break up
As the month of March departs and April springs forth on the Kenai the massive ice build up that remains along the Kenai River makes it hard to believe that last year the River never even froze over.

Pulling together for the future of Kenai
Kenai City government and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce have had a good working relationship over the years. Now comes a call from City and Chamber leaders for the forging of a new partnership to pull together on specific issues for the well being of the entire community.

Nabor's neighborhood
It's a big neighborhood for Nabors Industries, one of the premier oil and gas drilling companies in the world.

Hospice hangs a new sign
Ever since Hospice of the Kenai Peninsula moved to their new offices on Tyee Street in Soldotna last summer, they have been without a sign.

Spring is just around the corner and all the fun things we do here in Alaska each summer are just about to begin. Green houses will be blooming and everyone will crawl out of their winter homes and be spending more and more time outdoors. Even the tourists will come back unless of course we go ahead and vote to raise 400,000 hogs here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Dog sledding for donations
Winners of the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association's annual businessmen's and women's race pose after the race.

"It's called a panic room, a safe room; a castle keep in medieval times," the slick real estate agent tells Jodie Foster (as well as the rest of us) at the start of David Fincher's latest venture into the land of paranoiac thrills and twisted bad guys. Only the guy behind Seven and The Game could so successfully make a room designed to ease your fear into such a scary place. Because, though the panic room will keep the evils of the world out, it also keeps you in.

Bill lets commissioner overrule Fish Board in some cases
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill clarifying when the Fish and Game commissioner can overrule Board of Fisheries decisions passed the state House on Monday.

Bill to extend immunity to legislative staff passes committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to extend to legislative staff the current immunity provisions that protect legislators passed a House committee on Monday.

Tustumena Lodge officially enters book of world records
You have to take your hats off to John and Suzie Cook.

Parent pitches for P.E. class changes
One motivated mom is trying to whip her school's physical education program back into shape.

HEA wants local disaster declared from winter storm
The brutal storm that roared across the Kenai Peninsula Dec. 22 blew down hundreds of trees and destroyed electrical lines, power poles, transformers and conductors, added up to damages in excess of $1.6 million, according to Homer Electric Association estimates.

Fish summit starts Thursday
Alaska State Sen. Ted Stevens and Gov. Tony Knowles will co-host an Alaska Fish Summit Thursday in Kodiak. The purpose of the summit is for processors, fishers, regulators and other interested parties to meet and discuss the various issues facing Alaska's fishing industry, according to Bob King, Knowles' press secretary.

Ninilchik Native Association sketchy about future pork plans
More information has arisen about plans to push pork purveyance on the Kenai Peninsula, as Ninilchik Native Association Inc. representatives spoke up to place some distance between their organization and the Alaska Pork Project Inc.

Canneries open despite uncertain season ahead
Four area canneries are open, but the outlook for the seafood processing industry on the Kenai Peninsula is still uncertain.

Adam David Knudsen
Kenai resident Adam David Knudsen died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, in Salt Lake City as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 21.

Myrtle Jewell (Toso) Johnson Edwards Grimm
Myrtle Jewell (Toso) Johnson Edwards Grimm died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at her home in Kenai. She was 86.

Dawn M. Shoemaker
Nikiski resident Dawn M. Shoemaker died Monday, April 1, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 34.

Evan Michael Sweatt
Evan Michael Sweatt, infant son of Kevin and Kelli Sweatt of Soldotna, was born and died Friday, March 15, 2002, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Community support cements regional tourney's success

Letters to the Editor
Is Legislature cutting necessary services, leaving fluff alone?Two issues deserve commentUniformed majority cannot be trusted to protect individual rights

Court case graphic reminder of pet owners' responsibility
Convictions for second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter recently in a highly publicized trial in California serve as a timely reminder that pet owners have a legal responsibility to protect others from their animals. The results of that trial also should serve as a reminder that pet owners have a duty not just to their animals' potential victims but to the animals themselves.

State still needs to tighten its belt More time needs to be spent looking for new sources of revenue -- not taxes
Years ago a close family friend lost his job. It was hard on his wife and three children. The extra money they had saved went to pay for the basics: rent, utilities, food. Nothing was left over. They, like many Alaskans, had to tighten their belts and make do with unemployment insurance, and it was barely enough.

Not everything being done for river's sake is best thing for it
The famous story of "The Emperor's New Clothes" is known to all of us. The emperor wearing nothing is given praise until a small child calls out, "The emperor has no clothes o

Coalition's gratitude overflows for donation of North Fork landRoses are red, violets are blue; workshop a success, thanks to you

Letters to the Editor
Ninilchik Native Association will not pursue pork projectClosing state parks ultimate betrayal by state representativesQuestions about Sterling survey, recent grant award get answers

Congress deserves to hear from Ridge
A refusal to testify always raises the ire of Congress. This is a time-worn rule that Bush administration officials don't seem to understand.

Will 'pristine' ultimately mean landscape devoid of all human activities?
First, there was don't extract. That's long been the mantra of national environmental groups who've lobbied hard to exterminate resource extraction industries in Alaska.

Photo feature: Slow melt
Beached ice from Cook Inlet dissolves into the sand under last weekend's sunny blue skies. Sun is in the forecast all week as temperatures are expected to stay in the 30s.

Community News
Kenai honored for financial reportingNavy units seek crew members for reunionHomer Community School updates programsYouth volleyball players sought for Europe tour

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean's listKenai youth recognized for activitiesHomer woman graduates basic trainingLocal youth place in scholarship pageantKenai woman receives scholarshipKenai woman participates in gala

Community Schools
Most Soldotna Community School classes require preregistration and prepayment. For more information, call the Soldotna Community School office at 262-6768.

Food bank rises to challenge
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is participating in the fifth annual Feinstein Challenge this month to raise additional funds for area programs.

Hero of the week
I was on a family outing with my kids and their friends at the Soldotna Elementary sledding hill when I jumped the fence. My knee hit the top of the chain-link fence. As I was going over, a wire in the fence went into my knee about 2 inches. I paused in shock, stranded at the top of the fence.

Around the Peninsula
Community council to discuss road projectsWRCC offers domestic violence informationBazaar, bake sale planned this weekResource Development Council to meet FridayWorkshop focuses on sensory integrationAdvisory council role open for feedback

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber learns about gardeningCooper Landing chamber to meetKenai chamber to discuss state budgetWorkshop to focus on inexpensive marketingMeeting planned for commercial fishersPlanning coalition to discuss park closuresSenator plans community meeting4-H Awareness Day to be celebratedSpring carnival set for SaturdayMurkowski to speak at dinnerAARP offers free tax help

Club News
Elks table tournament winners announcedKarate club to raise funds for hospital

What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

As boomers age, needs changing in still largely untapped home remodeling market
WASHINGTON -- Experts call it the home of the future: wider hallways, nonslip floors, bathroom grab bars and adjustable shower seats -- all for the comfort and convenience, too, of aging baby boomers.

Williams never quit shouting
He was shouting instructions until the very end. Maryland was ahead by a dozen points, there weren't five full ticks left on the clock and Indiana had the ball for one meaningless last possession. But Gary Williams wasn't taking any chances.

Arctic achievements
With 147 medals in hand, the Alaska contingent returned from the 2002 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland, and Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada, as the most decorated team. Of the nine teams -- from Russia, Greenland, Canada and the United States -- Alaska won the most Ulus, with the Canadian Northwest Territories taking second place with 88.

Maryland takes NCAA title
ATLANTA -- A star who stepped up and a tightly wound coach -- a match made in Maryland, and good enough to turn the Terrapins into national champions.

KPHA Mite C Ice Hawks notch championship
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association's Mite C Ice Hawks won a state championship Sunday, defeating Fairbanks 2-1 in Anchorage in the Mite Tier III state tournament.

Sports Briefs
Blackhawks calm Wild runKipketer sets world road record in New Orleans Snyder will remain head coach at Missouri

UConn women cap undefeated season with NCAA hoops title
SAN ANTONIO -- Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma knew what he was talking about three months ago when he said Oklahoma would be a tough team in March.

Bosick provides horsepower for Ninilchik
Watch the Ninilchik high school girls basketball team for a while, and one of the things that will stand out -- aside from the precise offense, the suffocating press and the stellar shooting -- is how hard the players work just hustling up and down the court.

Experience required: Seniors lead way to championship game
ATLANTA -- Wanted: Basketball players with Final Four aspirations, four years of experience required, must be willing to put the NBA on hold.

Isles down Devils
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Oleg Kvasha and Shawn Bates scored unassisted goals 53 seconds apart in the third period as the New York Islanders came from behind to take sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Sorenstam wins Kraft Nabisco
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam blew past Karrie Webb with back-to-back birdies to seize the lead Sunday, then held off fellow Swede Liselotte Neumann to become the first back-to-back winner in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Lakers inch out Spurs
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers still have San Antonio's number. Barely.

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