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Monday, April 7, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Brewing company adds tanks
JUNEAU (AP) The Alaskan Brewing Co. has purchased two new brewing tanks to keep up with a growing demand for Alaskan Summer Ale, company official said.

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.

Anchorage woman fights order to take anti-psychotic drugs
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage woman is fighting a recent court ruling allowing state psychiatrists to force her to take anti-psychotic drugs to counter symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia.

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.

Floods damaged Kenai campgrounds and rivers
ANCHORAGE (AP) State parks officials in the lower Kenai Peninsula are hoping to come up with enough money to fully repair the damage done by two torrential floods last fall.

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.

New claims brought against Juneau priest
JUNEAU (AP) More accusations of inappropriate behavior have been made against a Juneau Catholic priest accused last fall of sexual abuse, the Juneau diocese said.

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.

Alaska Railroad gearing up for summer projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Railroad will hold a public hearing next month to help alleviate an annoyance in Nenana, waiting for freight trains to pass.

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.

New claims brought against Juneau priest
JUNEAU (AP) More accusations of inappropriate behavior have been made against a Juneau Catholic priest accused last fall of sexual abuse, the Juneau diocese said.

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.

Governor eyes pull tab funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski has a new proposal in which he wants to take money from pull-tab games and use it for the state's matching funds for nonprofits and to pay for increased state employee health insurance costs.

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.

Hundreds gather in Fairbanks for war rally
FAIRBANKS (AP) Hundreds of people gathered at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the Americans sent overseas to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

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.

Public hearing held on easing Juneaus mine rules
JUNEAU (AP) A public hearing was held on easing Juneau's mine permitting rules that drew strong opinions about environmental safeguards, local control and the Southeast economy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wolves and coyotes suspects in dog killings
ANCHORAGE (AP) At least four dogs in the Hillside area of Anchorage have been killed this winter, probably falling victim to wolves and coyotes.

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.

White Sox overpower Detroit
CHICAGO The Detroit Tigers became the first team in 40 years to start 0-6 in consecutive seasons, giving up nine runs in the eighth inning of a 10-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

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.

Caseys mighty bat wins for Reds
CINCINNATI Sean Casey's tiebreaking solo homer off Mark Guthrie (0-1) in the eighth inning sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Chicago Cubs, completing a discouraging first homestand in their new ballpark.

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

NOW PLAYING: Basic
John Travolta is a good actor. I can say that without any hesitation or even the slightest snicker in my voice. He's proved his versatility and skill in a variety of roles from Saturday Night Fever to Pulp Fiction. He i

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.

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?

Ski team appreciates support from local business, individuals
The Soldotna High School cross country ski team and booster club would again like to thank the businesses that supported us this year:

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.

Kenai man thanks strangers for lending hand in time of need
Please allow me to use your paper as a medium for thanking some folks, most names I do not know, for good deeds and jobs well done.

Numerous community volunteers help make feast a success
Thanks to the kindness and talents of some very special people, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank hosted its first annual Fantasy Feast.

Technological support helps make center more independent
The Staff of the Independent Living Center would like to say a special thank you to Elkshelp and to Richard, who runs the program in Palmer.

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.

Jr. wins record fourth straight at Taladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. About the only thing that went right for Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday was winning the Aaron's 499.

Fair connects job seekers, employers
Job seekers and employers came face to face Saturday at Kenai Central High School for the 2003 Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair.

Seafood jobs drop, others pick up
Alaska's weakening salmon industry saw still more jobs disappear in the Gulf Coast Region during 2002, continuing a trend that has seen a 38-percent decline in seafood industry employment there over the past eight years, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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.

Jim's Landing closes for bank repair
A popular upper Kenai River haul-out spot for drift fishers and rafters is closed for repairs.

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.

Kathleen E. Karluk
Kenai resident Kathleen E. Karluk died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 62.

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!

China should have responded to SARS more forcefully
One of the few things that authoritarian societies, such as China, ought to be able to do better than democratic ones apart from making the trains run on time is to control the spread of infectious diseases.

Biking to work can be act of patriotism
The decision to move against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was based in large part on the calculated fear that the Iraqi

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?

Births
Robin and Jake Struempler David and Gayle Claborn Jill Lorraine and Steven Kenneth Lee

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.

Community Schools
Equine Nutrition with Julie Britton Introduction to Sweep Rowing with Donna Rea

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

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced P.E.O. Sisterhood installs officers

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.

Ask a firefighter
Question: How often should smoke detector batteries be changed?

Around the Peninsula
Cooper Landing public restrooms closed Nutrition classes continue today North Peninsula council meets tonight Nikiski community to discuss school closure Chamber to host state budget reps Bagley to address Kenai chamber Historical society to discuss village excavation Spaghetti feed planned Seniors plan Trash and Treasure Sale

Photo feature: On the prowl
A coyote prances along the bluffs behind the Kenai Senior Citizens Center recently to the delight of several seniors unaccustomed to sightings of the normally less conspicuous animal so close to town.

Peninsula People
Members of the KPHA Pee Wee B team Kenai student named to deans list Soldotna soldier gains special training Panther cheerleaders compete nationally

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.

Community News
Internships available with Sen. Stevens Library announces April events Kenai celebrates National Boys and Girls Club Week

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

UConn heads for another NCAA showdown against Tennessee
ATLANTA Tennessee is back in the women's national championship game for the 10th time, and Gwen Jackson had everything to do with it.

Chicago beats up on playoff-bound Red Wings in regular season filale
DENVER Milan Hejduk scored his 50th goal of the season, and Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 Sunday for a record ninth consecutive division title.

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.

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.

Technology makes golf a brand new ball game
AUGUSTA, Ga. Hootie Johnson walked out to Amen Corner during the 2001 Masters in time to see Phil Mickelson play his second shot into the 455-yard 11th hole, one of the toughest at Augusta National.

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

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