Sunday, April 6, 2003

Two charged with importing alcohol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men have been arrested on charges of importing alcohol into the village of Noorvik, Alaska State Troopers report.

Kott says state should consider closing gap with lottery
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill introduced in the House on Friday would establish a statewide lottery to help close the state's fiscal gap.

Bill would change frequency of spill plan renewals
JUNEAU (AP) -- Companies wouldn't have to renew their oil spill plans as frequently under a bill that passed the House on Friday.

Prosecutors continue questioning in Ketchikan murder case
JUNEAU (AP) -- Prosecutors tried Friday to establish a timeline to show that Jose M. ''Che'' Mateu murdered his father in Ketchikan three years ago.

Renkes says he misspoke about plea bargains
JUNEAU (AP) -- Attorney General Gregg Renkes -- who told reporters Thursday he would crack down on plea agreements in child sexual assault cases -- now says he misspoke.

Railroad considers buying Seward coal terminal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A proposed deal for the Alaska Railroad to buy coal-loading facilities at Seward could re-ignite sales of the fuel to South Korea but railroad officials say they need more time to determine whether the arrangement is fair.

Man admits making counterfeit checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty in federal court stealing more than $50,000 by making counterfeit checks and passing them at local banks.

Debate on drilling brought to Arctic refuge village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Robert Thompson is against oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because of what happened at the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Alcohol tax boosts programs, but not as much as critics want
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sporting a ''dime-a-drink'' button, Matt Felix was among a handful of activists who sat through meeting after meeting of the Legislature for two years, pushing a boost in the state's alcohol tax.

Prosecutors present final witness in baby killing trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A forensic pathologist testified Friday that 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell's death was a homicide.

Boost in business license fee passes committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would the price of a business license is headed to the House Finance Committee.

Slow winter gives troopers time for fish violators
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have issued nearly three dozen citations to dipnetters who improperly fished in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers last summer.

Republicans turn back habitat resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republicans lined up behind Gov. Frank Murkowski Friday over his decision to strip the state's habitat division of its permitting authority.

Anchorage man sentenced in wife's shooting death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who shot his wife to death but claimed it was an accident was sentenced to five years in prison Friday.

NPR-A, Foothills reserves called huge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. now believes the hydrocarbon potential of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and Foothills regions of the North Slope is as great as the huge Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk fields combined -- in the neighborhood of 17 billion barrels of crude.

UAF ousts fire chief
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has fired its safety services director, who oversees the campus fire and police departments.

Student arrested for carrying gun to school
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 17-year-old student was arrested Friday at West Valley High School after administrators found a loaded handgun in his backpack. The youth was not identified.

Priest avoids jail time in embezzlement case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge Friday sentenced an Orthodox Church of America priest who embezzled about $70,000 in Sitka to a halfway house and home confinement instead of jail.

Royals run season record to 5-0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Runelvys Hernandez allowed two hits in seven innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Saturday and became the first major league team to start 5-0 after a 100-loss season.

Sosa put 500 behind, thinks bigger numbers
CINCINNATI -- George W. Bush's worst moment in his old job was a doozy.

Griffey injured in Reds defeat
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. dislocated his right shoulder while trying to make a diving catch Saturday in the Cincinnati Reds' 9-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

United States needs to take stand against international bullies
Have you ever been on the school grounds and watched a bully push a small kid around? Did you feel a rage within that prompted you go to the defense of the victim or did you feel fear that the bully would spot you and torture you as well? Did you turn around quickly so that you wouldn't be noticed?

State must eliminate predators to ensure survival of game animals
The timing of John Toppenberg's April Fools Day opinion article, entitled "Myths Drive Wolf Decision," couldn't have been more appropriate, since he attempts to convince this community that his "Myth" article is not only true, but that he actually knows what he's talking about. That in itself is a fairy tale of epic proportions.

Time is now for Nikiski residents to be heard on consolidation plan
After writing a letter to the editor about consolidation of our elementary schools, my neighbor Jennie Hammond approached me with a proposal and report to reconfigure Nikiski elementary schools into K-3 and 4-6 grade groupings.

Earnhardt wants fourth straight win at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes for an unprecedented fourth straight Talladega Superspeedway victory Sunday, and nobody would be happier for him than former driving star Buddy Baker.

Rally gives opportunity to thank U.S. forces for what they're doing
Beneath a blue sky, bright sunshine and a multitude of stars and stripes, a couple hundred Kenai Peninsula residents gathered in the center of Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai on Saturday to show their support for American troops fighting in the Middle East.

Kenai council passes water, sewer rate hike
Water and sewer rates in the city of Kenai will rise 10 percent effective July 1.

Thelma L. Isaacs
Longtime Alaska resident Thelma L. Isaacs died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage with her family at her side. She was 89.

Cecilia Ann Northcutt
Cecilia Ann Northcutt of Killeen Texas, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, after a long battle with cancer. She was 70.

Reporter's fight to quit smoking brings out inner demons
Disclaimer: The Peninsula Clarion and the writer of this column in no way endorse smoking. It is a dirty, nasty, deadly habit and anyone who currently smokes should quit immediately. Anyone under 25 who does not smoke should not even consider touching a "cancer stick." (To all those nonsmokers over 25, congratulations, you're safe, because let's face it, no one starts smoking as an adult.) All that said, I miss my cigarettes!

By-catch should be donated to Alaskans in need
It seems like a no-brainer. If there were a plan in place to distribute fish to needy Alaskans, fish that would normally go to waste, shouldn't it be carried out?

The April sky
The planets this month are still Saturn and Jupiter, the latter dominant in the southern sky, the former being close to western horizon.

Runners support each other on road to Boston Marathon
Four women -- all older than 40 -- walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer and a glass of water. The second and third come trotting in one behind the other after a brisk jog and each asks for water only, before picking up the bar pretzels.

Child abuse cases rose in 2001; government reports 903,000 victims
ST. LOUIS -- Cases of child abuse and neglect rose slightly in 2001 for the second straight year, government officials said.

Around the Peninsula
Health week focuses on reducing obesityPeterson to address consolidation plansPFLAG to meetBaha'is to host peace devotionsDMV to close for trainingBagley to address Kenai chamberChamber to host budget meetingSpaghetti feed plannedSeniors plan Trash and Treasure Sale

Class offers cold climate home-building techniques
Are you planning to build, buy, or remodel a home anytime soon?

Sauer, Goerke plan June wedding
Angela Loubet Sauer and James Delton Goerke Jr. have announced their plans to marry Saturday, June 14, 2003, in Austin, Texas.

Bathing really is for the birds
Anyone who has a birdbath in their back yard can testify to the joy with which the feathered denizens of their neighborhood splash and preen.

My Best Friends
Chuck and Leila Walker's chocolate lab Sir Remington shows his patriotic side.

Kansas tramples Marquette
NEW ORLEANS -- The Kansas Jayhawks played as though they belonged in the NBA, not the NCAA.

Sports Briefs
KPHA competition squad tryouts scheduledSorenstam leads Office DepotJanzen surges to BellSouth leadUConn duo wins AP women's awardsWest, Smith win men's NCAA honorsGalaxy, Crew open MLS season with a drawCavs ask fans for patienceSpeedskater disqalified for illegal substance useSabres sale closer to fruitionJaguar driver leads Formula One qualifying

Romans, Rabung top 3A all-state girls voting
The Bulldog Nation has more to cheer about.

Bruins wrap up regular season with high-scoring affair
BOSTON -- Glen Murray and Mike Knuble each scored two goals as the Boston Bruins ended the regular season Saturday by rejuvenating their offense with an 8-5 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Suns stay in running for playoff spot
PHOENIX -- Bo Outlaw had season highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns improve their playoff chances with a 111-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Peninsula seniors take to the court in all-star hoops finale
The boys Dark team was caught with its pants down Friday in the Senior All-Star Game at Skyview High School.

Leman, Leman earn 1A-2A girls all-state honors
Ninilchik coach Dan Leman is actually going to have to start earning his Class 1A/2A Coach of the Year honors again.

Woods seizes on historic occasions
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The 4-foot par putt curled out the cup, and the 17-year-old phenom knew he was in trouble.

2003 promises to be a different kind of Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods returns to Augusta National with his size 42-long green jacket, the best game in golf and a parachute.

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