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Monday, April 8, 2002

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.

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.

April 3, 2002 Voice of the Times says lawmakers, not voters, must make hard decisions
In the Legislature at Juneau, in the Assembly chambers in Anchorage, in states and cities across the land elected officials are becoming experts at copping out.

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.

April 3, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on cutting aid to poor
Alaska's $1 billion-a-year fiscal gap is a convenient bogeyman for anti-government ideologues in the Legislature. It gives them a ready excuse to attack any government activity they don't like. ''How can we afford (fill in the blank),'' they can say, ''when we have a shortfall of $1 billion a year?''

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.

April 3, 2002 The Juneau Empire says a state sales tax would hurt local governments
On April 1 the Juneau Assembly joined other Southeast Alaska communities in taking a firm position against the proposed 3 percent statewide sales tax. The sales tax measure was proposed by House Finance Committee to help close the state's fiscal gap by as much as $240 million.

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.

April 4, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner supports enterprise zone idea
Alaska has long depended heavily on the oil and gas industry to keep its government and services viable. Lately, that hasn't been the boon it used to be. The state continues to rely on that industry for the bulk of its revenues, but the money clearly has slowed down and the effects are felt throughout the state.

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.

Halford: Avalanche money isn't high priority
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A proposal to fund an avalanche safety program supported by Gov. Tony Knowles isn't likely to make it through the Legislature, according to Senate President Rick Halford.

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.

Abortion reporting bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring doctors, hospitals and clinics to report all abortions to the state passed the House unanimously Monday.

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

Soldotna man crushed to death in trailer accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 51-year-old Soldotna man died early Monday morning after a flatbed trailer fell on him, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Veteran musher killed by runaway snowmobile
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Veteran musher and outdoorsman Fred Jordan of Tanana was killed after he was struck by a runaway, driverless snowmachine early Sunday morning.

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

Agency will compensate fishermen for required monitoring equipment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service will reimburse Alaska fishermen up to $2,000 for the cost of vessel monitoring system units.

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.

Scientists report findings about ancient Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- From the Bering Sea to the rain forests of Southeast, archaeologists dug and sifted through thousands of years of Alaska history last year, uncovering a past more complex and varied than once thought.

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

Cook Inlet field shows more promise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The fourth exploration well drilled by Forest Oil Corp. from its Cook Inlet platform indicates the Redoubt Shoal field holds 100 million barrels of recoverable oil, the company says.

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.

Kenai give pink slips to 32 teachers
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Thirty-two Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers got an unwelcome handout from their employer last week -- a pink slip.

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.

Earthquake near Willow
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake shook parts of Southcentral Alaska just before midnight Saturday, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. The quake was felt in Wasilla, Palmer, Anchorage and Girdwood.

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.

British adventurers abandon quest to cross Bering Strait
ANCHORAGE -- A pair of British adventurers have abandoned their attempt to drive an extensively modified snowcat across the Bering Strait this year, according to a producer for a cable television network who accompanied the expedition.

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.

One incumbent, one challenger elected to MEA board
PALMER (AP) -- One incumbent and one challenger were elected to the board of Matanuska Electric Association Saturday in a fairly close election.

Smokejumpers get the jump on geese in return to Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In Alaska, smokejumpers start out as snow jumpers.

Park Service buys Wrangell-St. Elias inholding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service has acquired the Chititu Mine, a 907-acre private parcel in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the agency announced.

Martinez, Red Sox steal home win from Camden
BALTIMORE -- Pedro Martinez won for the first time since last May 30, rebounding from an awful opening day performance to pitch six strong innings Sunday and lead the Boston Red Sox over the Baltimote Orioles 4-1.

Extra-inning swing saves Altanta from Mets sweep
ATLANTA -- Marcus Giles turned his frustration into something positive Sunday. Giles hit a three-run homer in the 14th inning Sunday to lead the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 5-2 and avoid a three-game sweep.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Just a 'Little' mushing
Kenai sisters Kendra, 5, and Kelsey Pisa, 2, pose with Iditarod musher Jon Little of Kasilof March 30. The girls attended a fund-raiser for Little with their parents, Raquel and Anthony Pisa, a week before the Iditarod began.

NOW PLAYING: Blade II
There really should be two separate categories for action flicks. You've got your standard action movie where the bitter burnout Cop/FBI Agent/Ex-Navy Seal takes out a whole band of terrorists/bank robbers/aliens single-handedly. And then there's your comic book action flick. It's pretty much the same thing except for the fact that everyone has special powers, and the good guy spends a whole lot of time posing dramatically, with his sword raised, or his guns at the ready. It's almost like Madonna's Vogue is playing somewhere just off the soundtrack for the audience.

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.

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.

Borough proposes property tax cut
Homeowners could be paying less in the way of property taxes starting in July if the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approves a proposed cut in the tax rate when it adopts the fiscal year 2003 borough budget later this spring.

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.

Schools fight misconceptions
Listening to folks on the radio talk shows, chatting with friends over coffee or even voicing opinions at school board meetings, it is obvious many people have misconceptions about public schools on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Hot seat: School superintendent weathers the flak
Legislators and state officials have raised her ire. Some employees accuse her of treason. And parents call her up at all hours to vent frustrations.

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.

Senator looking forward to upcoming battles
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, visited the Kenai Peninsula Saturday, appearing as keynote speaker at the Republican patriotic dinner, a fund-raising event hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Republican Women. The event was timed to coincide with the peninsula's Republican convention, held over the weekend in Kenai and Soldotna.

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.

Candace 'Candy' J. Biesecker
Lifelong Alaskan Candace "Candy" J. Biesecker died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at her home in Soldotna. She was 50.

William W. 'Bill' Thompson
Longtime Kenai resident William W. "Bill" Thompson died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at his home. He was 67.

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.

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

Tiny footprint in a vast wilderness, or giant spider web threatening wildlife?
WASHINGTON -- An industrial footprint covering 2,000 acres -- or a spiderweb of roads, rigs and pipelines over an area of Alaska hundreds of times that size?

Sales tax would hurt municipal autonomy
On (April 1) the Juneau Assembly joined other Southeast Alaska communities in taking a firm position against the proposed 3 percent statewide sales tax. The sales tax measure was proposed by the House Finance Committee to help close the state's fiscal gap by $200 million.

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."

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 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.

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.

Births
Christina J. Frizzie and Troy E. EnglandShannon and Daniel ElseyApril and David OrthKelly and Jeff ConawayFebra and Joey Hensley

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.

Community News
Kenai Community Library announces April eventsAlaska McDonald's wins award of meritAurora Heights to sponsor youth carnivalASLC wins grant, plans conference

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.

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.

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

Community Schools
A list of Soldotna Community Schools classes activities that begin this week, to serve as a reminder to registered participants.

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.

Ninilchik man serves with Navy in Cuba
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- Within hours of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, U.S. Navy sailors were gearing up for a variety of missions that would become Operation Enduring Freedom. While some troops went to New York City and others to Afghanistan, Navy Seabees, like Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas H. Spencer of Ninilchik, were deployed to the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Seabees are responsible for a variety of construction projects at Camp X-Ray, the al-Qaida and Taliban detention facility.

Around the Peninsula
Sears to host kindergarten information nightSCI scholarship applications duePublic invited to city budget workshopsKenai chamber plans meetingRed Cross plans Homer training sessionsFood handling course planned in SoldotnaSmall business center hosts seminarsArea women professionals to speak at retreat

Peninsula People
Area student makes dean's listSeward woman graduates basic trainingKasilof man's son joins Army

Photo feature: Kidding around
Angeleah Wood and Olympia Chambers love Wood's goat Toby during a 4-H Awareness Day at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna Saturday. The event featured displays and a petting zoo.

4-H brings animals, education to mall
The annual 4-H Awareness Day was held Saturday at the Peninsula Center Mall. A pig, a goat, three lambs, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs were out to greet the public. Many 4-H youth were there to help show youngsters the animals.

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.

Speaker to explore God, environmental links
Christianity and environmentalism have had a turbulent relationship in American society. But according to Peter Illyn, they are inseparably linked and augment each other.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Griffey out at least 3-to-6 weeks after injuring kneeDuke's Williams wins Wooden Award

Goosen lays golden egg to win BellSouth Classic
DULUTH, Ga. -- Retief Goosen knows how to bounce back from disappointment, which he showed again Sunday in the BellSouth Classic.

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.

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

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.

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 state win 'gift from God'
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team certainly had a lot to think about Saturday night -- their faith, a fallen teammate and coach ready to ride off into the sunset.

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.

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.

Roddick clinches Davis Cup semis for U.S.
HOUSTON -- Andy Roddick at last feels like he belongs on the U.S. Davis Cup team. And why shouldn't he?

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.

Shaq's 40 beat Heat
MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal, returning from a wrist injury that sidelined him for two games, scored 40 points Sunday to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 96-88 victory over the Miami Heat.

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.

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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