Friday, April 5, 2002

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.

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

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.

Park Service purchases inholding in Wrangell-St. Elias park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service has purchased a 900-acre inholding within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

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.

Yukon Quest denies protest by Freeman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Rivers musher Joran Freeman won't get an apology or the return of his $1,000 entry fee from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Yakutat man pleads guilty to making false distress call
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Yakutat man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to a charge of making a false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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.

Judge orders state to study effects of True North gold mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks Superior Court judge has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to study what effect the True North gold mine may be having on neighboring tourism businesses.

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.

ANWR review unnecessary, Lieberman says
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he objects to the Interior Department's decision to take another look at a report that found oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could harm caribou populations.

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.

Knowles to call Legislature into special session for subsistence
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will call the Legislature into special session to deal with the subsistence issue at the end of its business in May, he said Friday.

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.

Rep. Ogan gets pacemaker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Representative Scott Ogan has had a pacemaker implanted in his heart.

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.

Lawsuit says law enforcement efforts in rural Alaska ineffective
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lawsuit being heard in state Superior Court in Anchorage contends there is an unequal level of law enforcement in Alaska. Lawyers for plaintiffs say the lesser standard of police protection found in rural, primarily Native, communities amounts to racially separate, unequal treatment.

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.

Correspondence regs compromise on religious materials
JUNEAU (AP) -- Megan and Michael Simila's high school biology textbook teaches photosynthesis, the parts of a plant cell, the anatomy of an earth worm -- and that God is responsible for the complexity of life.

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.

Fish summitt seeks solutions to falling salmon prices
KODIAK (AP) -- Alaska's often acrimonious commercial fishing groups buried the hatchet Thursday to unite against a common problem: a market for salmon that has bankrupted some fishermen, closed processors and devastated local economies.

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.

Fairbanks men face prison in case involving fake drugs and money
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks men tried to take revenge on a drug dealer who sold them breath mints they thought was $2,000 worth of the drug Ecstasy, a prosecutor said during a change of plea hearing for the pair this week.

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.

FCC to return millions to Native partnerships
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Native partnerships that bid on wireless telephone frequencies last year will get 85 percent of their multimillion dollar investments back while the U.S. Supreme Court considers a dispute over the auction.

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

Dogipots to be installed in Ketchikan parks
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan dog owners are getting a new tool to help them clean up pet droppings in public places.

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

Tourism plan again in doubt in Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to give $2 million to the state's tourism industry for an emergency marketing campaign is again in doubt in the state Senate.

Man faces charges for eluding police, ramming patrol car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 22-year-old man eluded Anchorage police and was speeding on the Glenn Highway before he slammed into a patrol car early Thursday morning, police said.

Man charged with sexually abusing former girlfriend's daughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 22-year-old Anchorage man is accused of sexually abusing a former girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter.

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.

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.

Good news for retirement savers: IRAs just got better
NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the best tools for saving for retirement -- the Individual Retirement Account -- has just gotten better.

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

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.

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.

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.

Despite push for tax e-filing, old-fashioned paper returns still the rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite heavy electronic-filing promotion by the IRS and makers of tax software, most of this year's income tax returns will still be stamped and mailed the old-fashioned way.

Baby boomers rethink early retirement
NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a great notion -- retiring at 55, maybe as late as 60, while still enjoying the same fabulous lifestyle of travel, good food, theater and more.

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.

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.

Gardeners recruited for hand-to-hand campaign against invasive plants
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Some of the most colorful exotics arrived in the colonies destined for such planter notables as Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

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.

'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.

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:

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

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Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Legislation to give $2 million to travel industry association stalls in Senate committee
JUNEAU -- A proposal to give $2 million to the state's tourism industry for an emergency marketing campaign is again in doubt in the state Senate.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 2002 - Nov. 17

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

Outage darkens Soldotna
Much of downtown Soldotna lost power Thursday afternoon for about 90 minutes, giving some businesses an unexpected break.

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.

Summit seeks fix for low fish prices
KODIAK -- Alaska's often acrimonious commercial fishing groups buried the hatchet Thursday to unite against a common problem: a market for salmon that has bankrupted some fishermen, closed processors and devastated local economies.

Ward legislation signed into law by Gov. Knowles
With its sponsor, Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Nikiski, at his side, Gov. Tony Knowles affixed his signature to a bill allowing salmon and halibut products sold in Alaska to be labeled as wild, as well as free of antibiotics, hormones and dyes.

Photo feature: Breakup
Ducks swim in a lead in the Kenai River below the Soldotna bridge Thursday afternoon. The river's ice pack is breaking up rapidly as spring advances.

Kenai council addresses airport electrical woes
The Kenai Municipal Airport was without runway lights for a few hours March 28 after a circuit board shorted out and started smoking, Rebecca Cronkhite, airport manager, reported to the Kenai City Council at its Wednesday meeting.

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

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.

Eugene F. Becker
Anchor Point resident Eugene F. Becker died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. He was 77.

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

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.

Arafat succession complicated by violence
WASHINGTON -- The latest Mideast violence threatens anew Yasser Arafat's position as Palestinian leader, raising the question of who would be next. The answer is complicated by the fact that his likeliest successors are lying low.

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.

Retirements at KPC loss to community as well as campus life
Add change to that short list of things which are certain.

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

By turning regulation over to industry, Legislature thumbs nose at public
The Legislature has fast-tracked a package of bills that hands regulation to industry and undermines the Knowles administration's commitment to "Doing it Right." Alaska Conservation Voters, representing 34 member organizations, met with Gov. Tony Knowles March 26 seeking his help regarding these measures that pose a threat to Alaska's clean air, clean water and other environmental resources.

2001 Mystery Hills wildfire offers firefighters snapshot of 1947
The big, lumbering thunderheads marched single-file northeast along the western foothills of the Kenai Mountains.

Outdoors Briefs
Black bear baiting permits available Sierra Club club seeks young hunters

Catering to high-tech hunters
CRESWELL, Ore. -- In its third year now, BowTech faces a dilemma any start-up would envy: The compound-bow maker can't keep up with the sizzling demand for its innovative archery products.

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

Around the Peninsula
Senator plans community meeting Senator plans community meetingGenealogy society to meet Senator plans community meetingSpring carnival set for Saturday Senator plans community meetingSalmon branding meeting scheduled Senator plans community meetingRepublican district convention scheduled Senator plans community meetingEconomist to speak at Job Center Senator plans community meetingHealing classes canceled Senator plans community meetingCraft fair planned Senator plans community meetingMarch of Dimes plans WalkAmerica event

Egypt's controversial Islamic jurist retires
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A top Muslim authority, whose rulings sometimes embarrassed the government and fellow theologians, has retired.

Egyptian Christian actress granted divorce under Islamic law after 10-year court battle
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- In an unprecedented court verdict, Christian actress Hala Sidqi has won a 10-year court battle to divorce her husband, an outcome previously obtained in Egypt only by Muslims.

Correspondence regs compromise on religious material
JUNEAU -- Megan and Michael Simila's high school biology textbook teaches photosynthesis, the parts of a plant cell, the anatomy of an earth worm -- and that God is responsible for the complexity of life.

Sudan's leading Islamic ideologue, under house arrest, is hospitalized
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- The former speaker of the Sudanese parliament -- Muslim opposition leader Hassan Turabi -- has been hospitalized for dehydration, his wife said.

Malawi's Catholic bishops criticize government in Easter message
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) -- Malawi's seven Roman Catholic bishops issued an Easter message attacking the government as not aggressive enough in fighting corruption and a food crisis.

Protestant policies on sexual conduct of clergy
What some major U.S. Protestant denominations say about the sexual conduct of clergy.

Mealtime prayers at Naval Academy may cease, depending on VMI appeal
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Mealtime prayers at the U.S. Naval Academy might cease if the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upholds a lower court's ban on saying grace at Virginia Military Institute.

Religion Briefs
Mens community dinner planned today Methodist church to have guest minister Clothing ministry closed in April

Nebraska Supreme Court is asked to define what constitutes a church
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The Nebraska Supreme Court is being asked to decide what defines a church in a case stemming from a liquor license granted to an Omaha convenience store that was challenged by a nearby church.

Protestants face abuse scandals, too
The flood of sex abuse allegations against priests this year has focused attention on the Roman Catholic Church, but Protestant denominations have also faced sex scandals involving clergy over the years.

After losing its temple and renowned library, Sikh community determined to rebuild
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stench of smoke lingered for weeks after the Sikh Cultural Society was gutted by fire -- an early morning blaze that destroyed the first Sikh temple on the East Coast, home to a congregation of thousands.

Tips for avoiding falling prey to fraud
Just walk away. Just hang up the telephone. Just tell the person at the door no thanks, you're not interested.

Ski season winding down -- but not done
"Winding down" is a term a lot of groomers are using this week. "Done" is a term none are using.

Injured hand forces postponement of De La Hoya-Vargas
LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya pulled out of his May 4 fight with rival Fernando Vargas on Thursday after a doctor recommended the WBC champion rest a hand injured in sparring last week.

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.

Elkington fires 8-under to lead BellSouth event
DULUTH, Ga. -- Looking ahead to the Masters, Phil Mickelson sneaked off to a college course to work on his short game.

CIA, Ninilchik boys move on
The Ninilchik boys won their first round game in the Class 2A state tournament Thursday at Service High School in Anchorage because they were able to force a key player to foul out.

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

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.

Ninilchik girls rain treys on Tri-Valley
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team, the two-time defending state 2A champion, began its run at another state crown by defeating Tri-Valley 68-24 in the opening round of the Alaska School Activities Association State Championships Thursday at Service High School in Anchorage.

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.

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.

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.

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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