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Wednesday, April 3, 2002

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

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.

Merry Carlson named -suicide prevention coordinator
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Merry Carlson of Barrow has been named coordinator of the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced Wednesday.

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.

Bill requiring reporting of abortion statistics moves out of committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring doctors, hospitals and clinics to report all abortions to the state moved without objection through the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

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.

Rep. Don Young searched at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport selected Alaska Rep. Don Young to be searched before he boarded a flight to Fairbanks.

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.

DEC worker who challenged air permit accused of insubordination
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A worker with the state Department of Environmental Conservation has been accused of insubordination after raising concerns about a proposed air permit for a BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. oil production center on the North Slope.

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.

Anchorage voters nix bed tax hike; want subsistence amendment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage voters sent a message to the Alaska Legislature that they want a subsistence amendment on the November ballot.

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

Gubernatorial candidates talk fish at first debate
KODIAK (AP) -- If it had to do with fish, it was fair game for debate at the first gubernatorial candidate forum of the political season.

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.

Budget proration bill set to go to the Senate floor
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate is poised to take up a bill that makes automatic cuts in some social service programs when funding isn't available.

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.

Democrats fail in attempt to amend spill bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Democrats tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to add requirements to a bill dealing with oil spill prevention and cleanup standards.

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.

Drivers license fees to go up under digital ID bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to increase the fee on drivers licenses by $5 to pay for a more secure digital photo ID system passed a House committee on Tuesday.

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.

Welfare update approved by House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill updating Alaska's welfare laws passed the House on Tuesday.

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.

Providing booze to minors could become felony
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to make it a felony to provide alcohol to an underage drinker if the minor later hurts or kills someone while under the influence.

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 faces cleaner diesel rules
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- All diesel fuel for highway vehicles must have ultra-low levels of sulfur by 2010, Alaska's top environmental official 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.

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.

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.

Anchorage man faces charges in 1999 slaying of wife
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested Tuesday on charges he killed his wife in 1999.

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.

Bonds picks up where he left off
LOS ANGELES -- At this rate, Barry Bonds will break his own home-run record this year.

D-Rays sting Tigers
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Greg Vaughn's two-out single broke an eighth-inning tie and the young Tampa Bay Devil Rays went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5 Tuesday night before a season-opening crowd of 38,142 at Tropicana Field.

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.

Expos open with awkward reunion
MONTREAL -- Cab driver Claude Labelle didn't know the Montreal Expos were opening their season Tuesday night. Yet he could easily reel off the Canadiens' place in the NHL standings.

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.

Red Sox say they feel fine after opening day battering
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez has a 21.00 ERA, Nomar Garciaparra is batting .167, Jason Varitek couldn't throw out two base stealers and the Boston Red Sox are 0-1.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Outdoors
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.

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.

Budget proration bill set to go to the Senate floor
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate is poised to take up a bill that makes automatic cuts in some social service programs when funding isn't available.

Democrats fail in attempt to amend spill bill
JUNEAU -- House Democrats tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to add requirements to a bill dealing with oil spill prevention and cleanup standards.

Drivers license fees would go up under digital ID bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to increase the fee on drivers licenses by $5 to pay for a more secure digital photo ID system passed a House committee Tuesday.

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.

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.

'Cyber-schools' do battle with new state regulations
After months of lobbying and hundreds of letters, parents and staff of the state's 10 statewide correspondence schools put the brakes on new rules they say would have overregulated their programs unfairly.

Borough seeking Arctic Winter Games
The Kenai Peninsula could play host to nearly 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials from sites around the Arctic Circle if a bid by the Kenai Peninsula Borough to bring the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to the peninsula is successful.

HEA openings to be filled in May
Three seats on the Homer Electric Association's board of directors will be up for election next month, and candidates are preparing for the race.

34 staffers opt out of school district
Three principals, five hard-to-replace special education specialists, the district's most senior teacher and a man whose teaching won him a Soldotna community award for youth service -- 34 senior educators in all -- have turned in resignations effective at the end of this school year.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Kinds of attacks that have plagued Israel likely source of more terrorism in U.S.
So much attention in the United States has been focused on the potential detonation of so-called "nuclear suitcases," mass exposure to biological weapons and attacks on major buildings or energy facilities that the most likely immediate threat to our national security has hardly been mentioned.

Letters to the Editor
Review of state programs needed before revenue sources decidedLegislature should explore giving state parks to local governments

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

Closing tax loophole could mean millions for Alaska's coffers
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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Meeting planned for commercial fishersCzarnezki to speak at Nikiski chamberUsed book sale plannedKenai Historical Society to meetSCI offers scholarshipStudents to graduate from DAREAARP offers free tax help

Students visit Capitol, Ground Zero
HOMER -- An annual junior high trip to Washington, D.C., and New York City took on a more serious tone this year as students gazed at Ground Zero, dealt with high security at many facilities and arrived at the airport in New York just as a breach in security forced all passengers to check in again.

Area students named to National Honor Roll
The National Honor Roll recognizes high school students across the country for exceptional academic and extracurricular success. Inductees have attained a level of achievement shared by only about 4.5 percent of high school students.

Offering a helping hand
Students in the Kenai Central High School Interact Club present care baskets to the Women's Resource and Crisis Center on March 29.

Travel, family on tap for college retirees
Come next fall, several familiar Kenai Peninsula College faces will be missing. There are a number of retirements that will go into effect at the end of this school year.

Cheering all the way
Kenai Central High School cheerleaders celebrate their first place trophy at the 2002 State of Alaska ASAA High School Cheer competition.

Indiana student seeks information on Alaska, tourism for school project
My class is studying the United States. Each of us choose a state to learn about and I chose Alaska. For our project, we are going to write a report, set up a visitor's center and even design a float for a parade.

Staying afloat
Students in the Kenai Middle School Canoe Club test the water-readiness of their handmade canoe. The canoe was raffled off online and sold last week for $800.

Kivalina team: Village, school 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.

Districtwide art show features student creations
Ninilchik junior Amy Klapak has been an artist for as long as she can recall.

Time with family helps reinforce true meaning of holiday
Who knew slicing fruit could be so significant? A knife, a kiwi and a glass bowl is all there is to it, right? Well, not exactly.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Around the District
Kindergarten registration dates setSterling student takes second in art contestSMS students make every penny count

Geography bee comes to Anchorage Friday
Peninsula students will put their knowledge to the test at the state-level competition of the 2002 National Geographic Bee in Anchorage Friday.

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.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Photo feature: Going down
Kathy Still watches her brother Ben carve a new line down a slope in the Kenai Mountains above Turnagain Pass Monday afternoon. Deep, dry powder and sunny, warm weather left ideal conditions for skiers and other winter recreators.

Senators clinch playoff berth with win
OTTAWA -- Sami Salo had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 win Tuesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes, clinching a playoff berth.

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.

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.

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.

MJ posts career lows in blowout
WASHINGTON -- The boxscore will show that Michael Jordan scored a career-low two points in a career-low 12 minutes, and that's not the worst of it.

Nicklaus withdraws from 2002 Masters
Jack Nicklaus, the most dominant player at Augusta National with six green jackets won over 23 years, withdrew Tuesday from the Masters because of lingering back problems.

Costas expands his role at HBO
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bob Costas is expanding his role at HBO under a multiyear contract that includes appearances on ''Inside the NFL.''

KPHA Squirt Team takes state title
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks Squirt C team Sunday became the first Squirt C team from KPHA to win a state tournament.

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.

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.

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