Thursday, April 3, 2003

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.

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.

Haines-area village corporation holds off on dividends
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Southeast village corporation will not issue dividends until the stock market recovers, according to a board member.

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.

Two suspected methamphetamine labs discovered
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Suspected methamphetamine labs were found in two Fairbanks homes this week, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Opening statements presented in Mateu murder trial
JUNEAU (AP) -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys have presented strikingly different portrayals of the relationship between Jose ''Che'' Mateu and his father, Jose R. Mateu, the man he is accused of killing.

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.

State proposes regulations on logging herbicides
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is proposing regulations that would allow a Native-owned logging company to spray alder-killing herbicides on clear-cuts to help speed the reforestation cedar and spruce -- cash crops.

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.

Murkowski takes helicopters out of mix in McGrath
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski won't allow helicopters or state employees to kill wolves as part of a predator control program around McGrath.

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

Third trial of man accused of killing father begins
JUNEAU (AP) -- The third trial of 20-year-old Jose M. ''Che'' Mateu got under way Tuesday with jury selection in the state capital after two juries in Ketchikan both deadlocked on first-degree murder charges filed against Mateau in the killing of his father.

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

House creates committee to tackle fiscal issues
JUNEAU (AP) -- A special House Ways and Means Committee will take on legislation to address the state's chronic budget shortfalls, House leaders said Wednesday.

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.

Kenai Peninsula teachers ratify contract
KENAI (AP) -- Teachers and support employees in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have ratified new contracts.

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

Kohring wants to gives tax decision to voters
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Vic Kohring wants to take the power to tax away from the Legislature and give it to the voters.

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.

Body found in Tenakee missing woman's, residents say
JUNEAU (AP) -- Though officials on Wednesday would not confirm the identity of a body found partly buried in Tenakee Springs Tuesday, friends and family of a 19-year-old Juneau woman who disappeared March 26 told the Juneau Empire it is her body.

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.

Study of offshore drilling would be costly, Canadian official says
VANCOUVER (AP) -- It could cost $100 million (Canadian) or more to study the impact of lifting an offshore oil-drilling moratorium on Canada's Pacific Coast near Alaska, Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson said Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Witnesses testify in baby murder trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Josh Rowden was affectionate and caring with the infant boy he is accused of killing, according to people who testified at the Ketchikan teenager's murder trial this week.

These seats are Monstrously good
Kenmore Square -- and its landmark Citgo sign -- is at my back, the nightclubs of Landsdowne Street are below, the Boston skyline is off in the distance. On the right, I would almost be able to touch the left-field foul pole that welcomed Carlton Fisk's famous homer into history.

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 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.

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

Brown impressive in Dodgers win
PHOENIX -- Kevin Brown, in a performance that bodes well for the Los Angeles Dodgers, shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks on three hits in six-plus innings of a 5-0 victory Wednesday night.

A-Rod's 300th not enough for Texas
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 300 homers, but the Anaheim Angels beat the Rangers 11-5 Wednesday behind home runs from Troy Glaus, Brad Fullmer and Darin Erstad.

Photo: In Jeopardy
Marleny Villalobo, left, Karina Soriano and Gissela Rivera, right, study cosmetology at the Marshall Academy in Marshall High School in Fall

Marathon to expand Ninilchik Unit
Marathon Oil Company has filed an application with the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas to dissolve an oil and gas production area known as the Falls Creek Unit a few miles south of Clam Gulch and add its 630 acres to the much larger Ninilchik Unit that completely surrounds it.

Business Briefs
Process industry to hold forumNonprofit workshop scheduledUSDA home loan limits raised

10 tips to help avoid tax-season problems
WASHINGTON -- For taxpayers looking for ways to avoid the last-minute rush for preparing and filing tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service offers these tips:

College to become school of fish
Parents and spouses: Don't be surprised if a child or significant other starts talking excitedly about spending a chunk of this summer in school.

Photo feature: Summer in winter
Bob Summer has a view of Jean Lake and the Kenai Mountains as he descends Skyline Trail near Cooper Landing recently. The trail is mostly hard-packed snow with a few icy areas.

'Urban Cowboy' survives Broadway
NEW YORK -- Forget mechanical bulls.

Eddie Griffin finds his material in his funky, troubled family
LOS ANGELES -- When Eddie Griffin's mother wanted to punish his misbehavior, she hit him with a switch. When he hit her back, she chased him with a car.

Weekend packed with classical music
Classical music fans can get their fix of Beethoven, Bach, Dvorak, Liszt and other great pieces of music at three live performances this weekend.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

In Denali book, climber's pain is readers' gain
Extreme physical discomfort, fear of imminent death and enormous expense are part and parcel of serious mountaineering. And yet people do it for "fun."

'Phone Booth' should have been hung up
Guy held captive in a phone booth by a sniper. As a 10-word Hollywood pitch, it sounds like a cool and novel scenario.

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.

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."

Kenai resident reflects on new life in the 'Last Frontier'
Summer is coming. That means tourist season -- more traffic, more people taking photos of the moose and caribou. And the grocery stores will fill up with folks who can't figure out which aisle the cookies are in.

Legislators continue to ignore public by raiding permanent fund
The representatives that we elected should represent the will of the people. 83 percent of the people of Alaska

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

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

Big-name drivers rally around Vickers after NASCAR rules against him
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brian Vickers was just another new kid in the Busch Series a week ago. Then he had an almost-certain victory taken from him and the list of big-name drivers rallied around him.

Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. can become the first driver to win four consecutive races at the Talladega Superspeedway with a victory in Sunday's Aaron's 499.

This week's race: Aaron's 499
Where and when

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

NASCAR explains decisions
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- NASCAR admitted it made a mistake Sunday during the Winston Cup Series race in al lowing Kurt Busch and Ricky Rudd to get their lap back just before a caution period.

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $1,999,3562. Kurt Busch 1,717,2303. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,416,235

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,0902. Kurt Busch 9353. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 924

NASCAR studies effects of ephedra, carbon monoxide
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- A sport that puts the name of a cigarette and beer company on its letterhead may draw the line with the dietary supplement ephedra.

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.

Anchor Point man arraigned for sexual abuse
A 66-year-old Anchor Point man pleaded not guilty in Kenai Superior Court on Tuesday to 11 counts of sexual abuse of minors.

Wagoner pushes to move state safety lab from Palmer to Anchorage
A bipartisan group of Alaska senators wants to move the state's food safety laboratory from Palmer to Anchorage and put it inside the building now occupied by Alaska Seafood International rather than build a whole new laboratory facility.

Horn to leave center, head up CIRCAC
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska will lose its director, Steve Horn, after next week.

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.

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.

Challenger Center falls short on funds
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai could be running short of operating funds in a matter of a few months as grant monies on which it depends so heavily dry up, Kenai Mayor John Williams told the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday.

CPGH looks to grow after another year in the red
Growth is something David Gilbreath said he hoped to nurture during his tenure at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

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.

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.

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

Applause
Soldier in Japan appreciates getting news from home

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.

Boycott of German, French goods foolish
A boycott of French and German goods has gathered pace in the United States -- a consequence of those countries' continued resistance to the war in Iraq -- but such a movement is economically unsound and an overreaction.

Disagreement over Iraq will hurt world economy
U.S. antagonism with France and Germany over the war on Iraq is beginning to adversely affect global economic talks.

Applause
Local business instrumental in KPC student's pursuit of educationNikiski dance performance truly a sight to beholdRocket project gets big boost from community support

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

Around the Peninsula
Bear baiting clinic slatedTeen Center plans activitiesHistorical society meeting plannedCommunity council to meetLittle League registration date nearsHealthy communities to meetHospital service area board to meet

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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

Lemieux propels Penguins to victory
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux had two assists in what may have been his final NHL game and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for two goals in the closing minutes to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Wednesday night.

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

Sports Briefs
Hutchison earns All-American honorsCongress asks baseball for documents on ephedraBurk wants judge to override sheriff's ruling

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.

Williams, Boeheim get another shot
NEW ORLEANS -- Roy Williams thinks Kansas vs. Syracuse for the national title has a nice ring to 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.

Iverson's double-double leads 76ers past Bulls
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson had 24 points and a season-high 12 assists, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

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.

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.

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