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Thursday, April 4, 2002

Barrow tourism eyes busy summer after slow winter
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow is emerging from its winter tourism blues.

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.

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.

Kenai borough sees 34 school staffers resign
KENAI (AP) -- Three principals, five special education teachers and some of the district's most experienced teachers -- 34 senior educators in all -- have turned in resignations effective at the end of this school year.

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.

Kenai assembly overrides mayor's veto of fiscal plan resolution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has reaffirmed its support for a state fiscal plan, but it had to bypass the mayor to do it.

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.

House members object to ads attacking Rep. Croft on income tax
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Members of the state House have state their opposition to newspaper ads that singled out Anchorage Representative Eric Croft for attack for his stand on a state income tax.

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.

Drug officers seize marijuana plants in Big Lake
BIG LAKE (AP) -- Drug agents seized about 120 marijuana plants from a home in Big Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Legislators love 'West Wing,' but not its ANWR episode
JUNEAU (AP) -- A recent episode of the television show ''West Wing'' raised the hackles of a number of members of the Alaska Legislature.

Anchorage man charged with wife's killing in 1999
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been arrested and charged with killing his wife nearly two years ago.

House agrees to change in spill response plan law
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that changes the state's oil spill prevention and cleanup laws in response to a Supreme Court ruling passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

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.

Providing booze to minors could become felony
JUNEAU (AP) -- An amended bill that makes it a felony to provide alcohol to some underage drinkers passed the House on Wednesday.

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.

Alyeska to eliminate about 150 jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said Wednesday it will eliminate about 150 staff jobs.

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.

Gambell man accused of trying to stab village police officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 23-year-old man is accused of trying to stab a village police officer in Gambell.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough bids for 2006 Arctic Winter Games
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough is bidding to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

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.

Senate passes Proration bill with little debate
JUNEAU (AP) -- Longevity bonuses and assistance to the poor, elderly and foster parents could be reduced under a bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday.

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.

Juneau man sues city over cruise industry meeting schedule
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man is suing the city over the scheduling of meetings with the cruise industry.

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.

Abortion consent bill approved by Finance Committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring doctors to tell women about risks of abortion and requiring the state to publish a booklet on fetal development and abortion alternatives passed the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

Law enforcement investigators intrigued by UAF student's project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks chemistry student's senior research project is getting some extracurricular attention.

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.

Wells, Rivera post shutout against Orioles
BALTIMORE -- It was just like old times for New York: David Wells pitched marvelously into the eighth inning, and Mariano Rivera took care of the ninth as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 Wednesday night.

San Francisco slugger hits two taters in easy victory against Dodgers
The San Francisco slugger hit another pair of home runs Wednesday night, giving him four in two games and leading the Giants over the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-0.

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.

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

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.

Williams Cos. stock off on report of probe
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Shares of Williams Cos. fell 6 percent Wednesday after a published report said the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating the energy company's financial reporting practices.

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

DEC establishes new policies to minimize diesel fuel exhaust
FAIRBANKS -- All diesel fuel for highway vehicles must have ultra-low levels of sulfur by 2010, Alaska's top environmental official said.

Homer entrepreneur hopes to roll in dough
HOMER -- Looking more like a carpenter than a chef as he gutted a small kitchen at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer, Evan Vogl is following the classic philosophy of the entrepreneur.

Save-U-More store headed for Homer
HOMER -- Burning slash piles and heavy equipment on land just off the Homer Spit Bypass signaled the beginning of work recently on what is planned to be the site of a new and larger Save-U-More store.

Business Briefs
Seminar explains IRAs and 2002 tax law changesBuilders to award scholarshipGovernor seeks nominations for exporter awardsABC of Alaska hosts construction seminar seriesLearn how to avoid mold hazards in the home

Sturgeon fisherman will use anything to capture the big fish
STOCKBRIDGE, Wis. (AP) -- Few folks can rival sturgeon fishermen when it comes to innovation. Given only a hole in the ice to work with, those fishermen have been known to use practically anything -- toilet seats, brightly colored toys, coffee mugs or Jell-O molds -- to draw the big fish out of the murky depths.

Bill would bar aerial moose spotting for hunters
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- After winning his first moose-hunting permit in 21 years of trying, Robert Shelton headed to the north woods last fall and spent 16 days tracking a trophy-sized bull.

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

'Grannie Annie' cookbooks a recipe for home-style fun
Ann Berg of Nikiski, or "Grannie Annie" as she is known to her readers, is keeping her creative juices flowing, her free time occupied and her family and friends fed with her home-style cookbooks.

Art Briefs
Bazaar, bake sale happens todayMusic scholarship auditions to be heldVisual arts scholarships offeredBeer poems sought for contestPoems sought from Kenai poetsPratt Museum seeking volunteersWriters conference planned

Book relates harrowing Greely Expedition
In today's world, the ground covered by the 25 volunteers of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, more commonly known as the Greely Expedition, can be flown over, skied across and kayaked around. Photos of the spectacular glaciers, snow-covered terrain and frozen waterways can be viewed from the comfortable warmth of a home office, thanks to a desktop computer and a connection to the World Wide Web.

'Death to Smoochy' disappoints from get-go
''Death to Smoochy'' comes to you from two people who've mastered the art of edgy comedy:

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.

House OKs change in spill response plan law
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that changes the state's oil spill prevention and cleanup laws in response to a Supreme Court ruling passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

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.

Budget ax falls on social services
JUNEAU -- Longevity bonuses and assistance to the poor, elderly and foster parents could be reduced under a bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Jarrett's crew chief resigns
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dale Jarrett is 24th in the current NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings, so change seemed imminent at Robert Yates Racing.

This week's race: Samsung/Radio Shack 500
Where and when

In the spotlight: Terry Labonte
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Speeds at Forth Worth track scare drivers
FORT WORTH, Tex. - Part of Bobby Hamilton's preparation for this Sun day's race at the Texas Motor Speed way included a trip to the lawyer's of fice. Before he will get behind the wheel of his race car for at the re-paved raceway he wanted to make sure his will was in order.

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $1,856,9272. Elliott Sadler 1,313,4153. Sterling Marlin 1,210,024

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 2002 - Nov. 17

Point Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 9312. Matt Kenseth 8323. Rusty Wallace 815

Assembly vote favors state fiscal plan
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted 6-3 Tuesday overriding Mayor Dale Bagley's veto of a resolution calling upon state lawmakers to draw up a workable and fair long-range fiscal plan before the end of the session.

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.

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.

Program eyes increased affordable housing
The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is offering federal funds to provide affordable rental housing throughout the state.

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.

State convention coming to area
Area voters will have a chance to educate themselves about issues in the upcoming election this weekend.

'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.

Isabella Ladybug LaRoche
Isabella Ladybug LaRoche, infant daughter of Dennis and Anna LaRoche, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at home in Sterling. She was 2 days old.

Dawn Marie Shoemaker
Nikiski resident Dawn Marie Shoemaker died Monday, April 1, 2002, from adrenal gland cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 34.

Jerry Anthony Webb
Kenai resident Jerry Anthony Webb died Saturday, March 23, 2002. He was 49.

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

Bagley must bridge communication gap
In a region as large and diverse as the Kenai Peninsula Borough, good communication from government administrators and elected officials plays a key role in getting things done. But lately, Mayor Dale Bagley seems to be taking one step forward and two steps back on several contentious issues.

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.

Applause
Discussion on Alaska Pork Project highlights democracy in actionSpecial Olympics athletes appreciate mushers, supportAnnual businessperson's sled dog race success for area charitiesCommunity enjoys Soldotna's St. Patrick's Day celebrationLandscaping workshop in Soldotna provides ideas to many businessesStudents get to sample Alaska's diverse cultures during breakFood bank says thanks a ton for CANstruction 2002 projects

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Bazaar, bake sale starts todaySled dog association to meetT-200 board meeting tonightRDC meeting plannedReception to honor retiring college staffGenealogy society to meetArtist applications being acceptedHealing classes canceledMarch of Dimes plans WalkAmerica event

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.

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.

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.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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

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.

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.

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.

Capitals cancel Lightning show as Bondra scores twice
WASHINGTON -- Sylvain Cote scored his first goal in 50 games, and Peter Bondra scored twice as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Wednesday. The Capitals now are tied with the Montreal Canadiens for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Photo feature: Making tracks
Chris Mercado and Derek Killian spread sand on the ice-covered track at Kenai Central High School Wednesday afternoon. Practice started more than three weeks ago but most tracks on the peninsula are still buried under the remnants of winter.

Sports Briefs
Texans will make Carr their No. 1 NFL draft pickDevils' Gomez breaks handUnited States soccer tops MexicoHornets meet all marks for move to New OrleansWife of Cleveland pitcher Chuck Finley arrested

Right knee ends season for Jordan
WASHINGTON -- A day after his worst scoring game ever, Michael Jordan woke up with a swollen right knee and decided enough was enough.

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.

Nets burn Lakers during stretch run
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After blowing an early 19-point lead and falling behind by eight in the fourth quarter, New Jersey scored 16 of the game's final 22 points to defeat the Lakers.

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.

Four peninsula schools rev up title quests in Anchorage today
The fact that Ninilchik will play in the Class 2A state basketball tournament today at Anchorage's Service High School is no surprise. The fact that both the boys and girls will play in the tournament, however, should raise a few eyebrows.

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.

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.''

Feeding plan helps save deer hit hard by extremely cold winter months
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A dry February didn't do much for Utah's deer hit hard by cold.

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