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Wednesday, April 2, 2003

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.

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.

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

Elmendorf squadron presents Letterman's Top Ten
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some military personnel based at Elmendorf Air Force Base will share the spotlight Friday night with TV late-night host David Letterman.

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

Canada considers lifting ban on offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Canadian government is planning to hold public hearings and conduct a scientific review that could reopen offshore oil and gas drilling along the British Columbia coast.

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.

Three teens accused of setting fire at Palmer dairy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three teenagers intentionally set a fire in February that gutted the historic Matanuska Maid dairy complex in Palmer, authorities said.

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.

Woman charged with bringing alcohol to Anaktuvuk Pass
BARROW (AP) -- A 51-year-old woman has been charged with bringing alcohol into Anaktuvuk Pass, North Slope Borough police said.

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.

Back-to-back quakes jolt Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two back-to-back earthquakes from the same epicenter jolted Interior Alaska Tuesday night.

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

Anchorage murder case goes to jury
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Testimony has ended in the Anchorage murder trial of Joshua Wade, who is charged with killing Della Brown.

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.

Canada considers lifting ban on offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Canadian government is planning to hold public hearings and conduct a scientific review that could reopen offshore oil and gas drilling along the British Columbia coast.

Troopers investigate Tenakee body
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Search and rescue teams found a body in Tenakee Springs Tuesday, but town and law-enforcement officials will not say if the remains are of a Juneau woman who has been missing since last week.

Infant murder trial begins in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan teenager is on trial for the death of his girlfriend's infant son last year.

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.

Anchorage voters go to the polls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide on a multitude of measures.

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.

Former assemblyman leads Anchorage mayor's race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Assemblyman Mark Begich was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's mayoral election in Anchorage, but whether he can avoid a runoff remains to be seen.

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.

Kodiak to host 26 high schools
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak will play host this week to 26 Alaska high schools gathering for a student government and leadership conference.

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.

Juneau high school musicians do well at festival
JUNEAU (AP) -- Musicians from Juneau-Douglas High School scored well at a music festival in Florida.

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.

Response barge tow line breaks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. response barge was stranded when its tow line broke, the company said Tuesday.

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.

House passes PFD bill broadening eligibility
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The House passed a bill that would allow people to receive permanent fund dividends if they leave the state to care for terminally ill grandparents.

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.

Senate OKs teacher housing bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bill that would provide housing loans to Alaska teachers without a down payment through the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. was passed Monday by the state Senate.

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

Senate plan would give raises to younger teachers, not veterans
OLYMPIA (AP) -- Beginning teachers would get cost-of-living raises, but their more experienced counterparts would go without under the budget plan sketched out Tuesday by the Senate's majority Republicans.

FAA's Capstone program fares well in Southeast weather
JUNEAU (AP) -- L.A.B. Flying Service chief pilot Chuck Thompson and company operations director Lynn Bennett landed an aviation first when they flew a Piper Seneca II from Anchorage to Juneau on Friday.

Air Canada files for bankruptcy protection
TORONTO (AP) -- Air Canada has become the latest major airline to file for bankruptcy protection as it seeks concessions from unions and government assistance amid the long worldwide slump for air travel.

Angels get their rings against Rangers
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels got their rings, then they played like champions.

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.

Kent homers in first at-bat as Houston takes season opener from Colorado
HOUSTON -- Jeff Kent hit a home run in his first at-bat for Houston and Jeff Bagwell homered twice as the Astros won their season opener Tuesday night, 10-4 over the Colorado Rockies.

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.

Jeter to miss at least a month with injury
TORONTO (AP) -- Even the highest payroll in baseball couldn't prepare the New York Yankees for what they face now -- playing without leader Derek Jeter for at least a month.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Ninilchik's run of state titles great; Ketchikan also won four straight
From the Clarion, March 30: "...becoming the first team in Alaska basketball history, boys or girls of any class, to win four consecutive titles."

Elimination of Alyeska school won't solve state budget woes
They call it House Bill 174. I call it folly!

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!!!!"

HEA leadership fails to answer questions about spending
Is Homer Electric Association the next Enron?

Officials want older Alaskans to pay for state's excess spending
I think I have figured out the source of our present senior tug-of-war over the longevity fund. The leaders of our government who are backing the elimination of this fund since we are not dying off fast enough to please them, are really not completely cut off from their mother's apron strings.

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.

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

Teachers vote in favor of contracts
School teachers and support staff employees in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District voted this week to ratify their new contracts.

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.

FAA's Capstone program fares well in Southeast weather
JUNEAU -- L.A.B. Flying Service chief pilot Chuck Thompson and company operations director Lynn Bennett landed an aviation first when they flew a Piper Seneca II from Anchorage to Juneau on Friday.

Kenai to install toll booths? April Fools!
An unidentified prankster celebrated April Fool's Day by announcing a creative solution to the city of Kenai's financial woes -- installing toll booths around the city.

Accused murderer's trial set
The murder trial of Oklahoman Barry J. McCormack Sr. has been set for the week of June 2 in Kenai Superior Court.

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

Charlotte Lavina 'Grams' Murdoch
Longtime Alaska resident Charlotte Lavina "Grams" Murdoch died at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna on Thursday, March 27, 2003, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 80.

James L. 'Jim' Hendershot
Kenai resident James L. "Jim" Hendershot died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 67.

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

Freedom to disagree with or support leaders makes America strong
The United States of America is a great nation. It is a country of freedoms which we cherish and hold dear.

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.

Applause
Soldier in Japan appreciates getting news from home

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.

Photo feature: Heading downstream
Water from the Russian River courses around rocks and ice at the falls above the river's confluence with the Kenai River earlier this week.

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

Around the Peninsula
Streiff to speak at Kenai chamberFood bank reception plannedEagles auxiliary plans spaghetti feedRally time changedOyster benefit planned

Council representatives sought to advise KPC director, staff
Because of a number of term expirations, KPC is looking for five energetic individuals to serve on the KPC College Council. The council serves an important public advisory role for the college and seeks to have representation from all sectors of the Kenai Peninsula.

Students hear 90-year-old wrongful death case in mock trial project
More than 90 years after the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean, a jury has found the company that owned and operated the ship responsible for at least one death in the accident.

Western universities work to recruit more Native American teachers
CRESWELL, Ore. -- In the hectic hive of his fifth-grade classroom, 10-year-old Andrew Barker is hunched in front of a computer, deep in a story he's writing about an imagined journey through the depths of the Grand Canyon.

Pupils dancing in the aisles
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Connie Mains wanted to give her kindergartners a glimpse into her life outside the classroom.

Around the District
Homer job fair set for FridayUAA summer registration opens this week

Photo feature: Pay up
Ryan Walton, right, a Soldotna High junior and a member of the Challenger Learning Center's robotics team, shaves Central Peninsula General Hospital physician James Zirul's last week at the hospital.

Teachers, students keep memories of historical school alive in Georgia
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Suppor-ters of a long-abandoned school that once served black children in rural South Georgia are working to have the structure declared a historic treasure.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available 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.

UConn women hold off Boilermakers
DAYTON, Ohio -- Connecticut was inconsistent all season. The Huskies were inconsistent against Purdue. For UConn, that was still good enough to get back to the women's Final Four.

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

Pistons push Wilkens to all-time losses lead
TORONTO -- Lenny Wilkens tied the NBA record for most career coaching losses, going down to defeat for the 1,106th time Tuesday night as Richard Hamilton scored 20 points and Ben Wallace had 20 rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons past the Toronto Raptors 92-85.

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.

Doherty resigns post at North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Three years ago it seemed so right. North Carolina hired a young coach who had played college ball for Dean Smith and alongside Michael Jordan.

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.

Rangers revive playoff hopes
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers were 3:59 away from their sixth straight year without a postseason appearance when Alex Kovalev scored to forge a 2-2 tie Tuesday night with the rival Islanders.

Sports Briefs
Piazza's suspension cut to four gamesNen has strained shoulderTyson, Lewis likely to fight on same June 21 card

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.

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.

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