Sunday, April 7, 2002

Knowles to call Legislature into special session for subsistence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles plans to call the Legislature into special session in May to tackle subsistence, he said Friday.

Judge refuses to open city-industry meeting
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state judge has denied a Juneau man's request to open meetings between the North West CruiseShip Association and a group of city officials and employees.

Railroad technology puts caboose into retirement home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The end is near for the lowly caboose.

Whittier tunnel doesn't bring flood of visitors
WHITTIER (AP) -- The road project through the Whittier tunnel began with big ambitions. But so far, visitor numbers haven't boomed.

BP plans to limit access to Prudhoe Bay
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- BP Alaska Exploration Inc. plans to suspend commercial tour access through the Prudhoe Bay oil field to the Arctic Ocean this summer, citing security concerns.

Man accused of murdering girl at Tahoe hangs himself in jail
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- A man charged in the murder and kidnapping of his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter hanged himself in jail, authorities said Saturday.

Plan calls for managing world's largest brown bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After 20 years of trying, the state has come up with the first comprehensive plan for managing the world's largest brown bears.

Police don't believe account of woman attacked on campus
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska Fairbanks police have concluded that a kidnapping and sexual assault reported by a 20-year-old student did not actually occur.

Legislature to consider new telemarketing curbs
JUNEAU -- A bill to strengthen laws that bar telemarketers from targeting people who want to be left alone is being considered in a House committee next week.

Denali Park earthquake felt in Fairbanks
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake that struck near Denali Park Saturday morning was felt in Fairbanks.

U.S. Senate committee plans subsistence hearing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled an oversight hearing on Alaska subsistence hunting and fishing issues in Washington later this month.

Troopers say baby suffocated in mother's coat
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A baby died because she suffocated in her mother's snowmachining coat, Alaska State Troopers said.

Alaska Teamsters endorse Murkowski's race for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Teamsters on Friday endorsed Sen. Frank Murkowksi in his bid for governor.

Federal probe clears UAA of racism allegations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal civil rights investigators have cleared the University of Alaska Anchorage of racism charges lodged by a graduate student.

Daylight-saving bill wakes up Alaskans
JUNEAU (AP) -- Judging from messages to Rep. Lisa Murkowski's office, people are as worried about having to set their clocks forward Sunday as they are about paying taxes or losing permanent fund dividends.

Cost of repairing pipeline climbs to $20 million
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The cost of repairing the trans-Alaska pipeline and cleaning up a 286,000 gallon oil spill caused by a bullet hole has climbed to $20 million, according to the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

Snowmachine closure for part of Denali State Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The area of Denali State Park above timberline and east of the Parks Highway is being closed to snowmachine use after this weekend.

Yankees shut out Devil Rays
NEW YORK -- Orlando Hernandez pitched one-hit ball over eight innings to win his first start of the season, Ron Coomer homered in his first at-bat with the Yankees and New York beat Wilson Alvarez in his return from a two-season layoff, topping the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-0 Saturday.

San Francisco remains only undefeated team
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds had a spectacular sliding catch with the bases loaded and scored the go-ahead run on J.T. Snow's sixth-inning single as the San Francisco Giants won their fifth straight game, beating the San Diego Padres 4-1 Saturday.

Legislature to consider new telemarketing curbs
JUNEAU -- A bill to strengthen laws that bar telemarketers from targeting people who want to be left alone is being considered in a House committee next week.

Daylight-saving bill wakes up Alaskans
JUNEAU (AP) -- Judging from messages to Rep. Lisa Murkowski's office, people are as worried about having to set their clocks forward Sunday as they are about paying taxes or losing permanent fund dividends.

NASCAR jacks up speed
FORT WORTH, Texas -- All this talk about record-breaking speeds at Texas Motor Speedway amuses the Winston Cup drivers.

Pros, cons of constitutional convention debated
Voters from around the state gathered at the Kenai River Center Saturday at noon to hear experts debate the pros and cons of voting for a state constitutional convention in the upcoming November election.

Citing lack of funding, district lays off 32 teachers
Thirty-two Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers got an unwelcome handout from their employer last week -- a pink slip.

Social service cuts painful
It may not amount to the shootout at the OK Corral, but the stage has been set for a legislative showdown over proposed cuts to state social service programs between those who say government is too big and must be cut and those who say additional cuts are just too painful to bear.

Children, elderly, disabled affected
Cuts proposed by the state Legislature to the Department of Health and Social Services budget could have widespread implications, including loss of federal funding, fewer public services and less financial aid for Alaska's low-income, disabled and elderly citizens.

Fishers, teachers turn out for Ward
"This is your town meeting. I want to hear exactly what it is you'd like me to do," Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Nikiski, told a standing-room-only crowd Friday night at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building. And for the next three hours, Ward got plenty of suggestions.

William W. "Bill" Thompson Jr.
William W. "Bill" Thompson Jr. died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at his home in Kenai. He was 67.

Mark Allen Black
Kenai resident Mark Allen Black died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at his home in Kenai. He was 42.

Pig farming doesn't have to be dirty
Large-scale confined pig production creates the opportunity for a degree of environmental protection that cannot be achieved in smaller less intense operations. Although this potential has not been achieved in every situation, it is a potential available to a community if it wishes to make a commitment to that quality of development.

Pork project good for peninsula
President Bush recently spoke at a town meeting in California. The president said that we have the technology available to develop ANWR in an environmentally safe way. He went on to say that unemployment benefits needed to be extended and would be for those who needed them. However, we all need to work together to create jobs, "unemployment checks are no substitute for paychecks."

Ask the Mayor
Question: What is the function of the Borough Office of Risk Management?

Pork project leaves too many questions, concerns unanswered
It's difficult to knock ideas about economic development and new industry. After all, Alaskans spend a lot of time talking about those just how much the state needs sustainable jobs for the future. We say we value visionary ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. After all, if we're smart, looking at things differently is how we can avoid the mistakes of others. We say whatever we do we must protect our unique environment. After all, that's why most of us choose to live in Alaska -- no matter what kind of work we do.

Photo feature: Streaker
Comet Ikeya-Zhang glows in the night sky above Clam Gulch Friday. The celestial body is faintly visible low in the northwestern sky beneath the constellation Cassiopeia and should remain visible most of this month. Scientists believe the comet is the same one that appeared in 1661.

My Best Friend
Dennis and Mary Lusk of Kenai are thrilled to have a new puppy in the house. Andy was 10 weeks old in this recent photo. The Lusks expect Andy to have fun when the snow melts, since he has yet to see -- and play in -- dirt.

Around the Peninsula
Safari Club club seeks young huntersChristianity and nature discussion plannedHospital board to meetBorough reminds public of gas disposal policySoccer tryouts scheduledArtist applications being accepted

Smith, Swaim to marry in Soldotna
Harmony Rose Smith and Christopher D. Swaim have announced their plans to marry Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall will officiate.

Heading west: Ride the Web around the sights of western Washington state
Get some fresh air into your lungs on your next vacation by exploring the mountains, forests and seashore of western Washington state, where Puget Sound, the Pacific, the Olympic Peninsula and the Cascade range are just part of the whole experience.

Haberthur, Hunt to wed in May
Angela Lyn Haberthur and Tyler James Hunt, both of Soldotna, have announced their plans to marry Saturday, May 4, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Kenai. The Rev. Stephen S. Brown will officiate.

People are getting sick of bad behavior
NEW YORK -- People say you're rude. You walk around bleating into that cell phone as if you're the only person for blocks. You curse like Madonna on Letterman, your kids think the world is their personal playground, and you drive like a maniac.

A look into the past: Cordova Airlines initial flight
This Cordova Airlines DC-3 is shown taking off from the Soldotna Airport in 1964. Gov. Bill Egan was on hand for this, the inaugural flight from the airport. These sturdy planes complete with stewardesses operated for almost 10 years flying mostly between Soldotna and Anchorage. In the early 1970s a fatal crash ended Cordova Airlines' flights. This text was written by Marge Mullen and Alan Boraas. The photograph is part of the photograph archives of the Anthropology Lab at Kenai Peninsula College.

Soldotna librarian breathes fresh air into old myths
"Shhhhhhhhhh!" This is an admonition rarely heard at the Joyce K. Carver Soldotna Library. And only on the most extreme occasions from head librarian Dorothy Bishop. She is possibly one of the liveliest personalities working at the library, and has been for nearly 25 years.

Snowmachine closure for part of Denali State Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The area of Denali State Park above timberline and east of the Parks Highway is being closed to snowmachine use after this weekend.

Spurs dig in Mavericks
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan made an 18-foot jumper with two seconds left and finished with 33 points, leading the San Antonio Spurs to an 89-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Kvasnikoff pours in 43 points in upset of Point Hope; Franchino keys Cook Inlet boys
The Ninilchik and Cook Inlet Academy boys advanced to a championship clash with victories Friday at the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Service High School in Anchorage.

Purvis takes O'Reilly 300
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Jeff Purvis won the NASCAR Busch O'Reilly 300, leading only the last six laps under caution Saturday after he took just two tires on his final pit stop and was in front when rain put an end to the race.

Goosen leads at BellSouth
DULUTH, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson's putter let him down again. Retief Goosen was there to take advantage Saturday.

Rangers round up Bruins
BOSTON -- Matthew Barnaby set up a pair of first-period goals by Petr Nedved and added an empty-net score, helping the New York Rangers boost their slim playoff hopes by beating the Boston Bruins 6-4 Saturday.

Gophers take first NCAA title in 23 years
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota had been waiting 23 years for an NCAA hockey title, so nobody minded that the winning goal was scored by someone from out of state.

CIA boys top Ninilchik for state crown
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team was playing for the last shot. After two failed attempts, the Eagles finally got it.

Sports Briefs
Riverskate continues today at sports centerCame Home punches ticket to Kentucky DerbyGreene caught at finish line in relayStrother again wins twice; Stanford has two winners

Wolverines make off with third straight Class 2A state championship
On one of these annual spring trips to Anchorage, Ninilchik High School girls basketball coach Dan Leman is going to remember his foul weather gear.

U.S. takes 2-1 lead with doubles victory
HOUSTON -- The United States has the lead and history on its side in its Davis Cup match with Spain.

CIA boys top Ninilchik for state crown
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team was playing for the last shot. After two failed attempts, the Eagles finally got it.

Plan calls for managing world's largest brown bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After 20 years of trying, the state has come up with the first comprehensive plan for managing the world's largest brown bears.

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