Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Governor criticized for not allowing aerial wolf control
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's reluctance to authorize aerial wolf control near McGrath has left some people feeling betrayed.

Medicaid bill changes would bump people off Denali KidCare
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate committee proposed Monday saving about $2 million next year by providing health care to fewer pregnant women and children.

Backers of gas-line initiative say Murkowski shortchanging effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Backers of a voter-approved effort to build a gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez are upset with Gov. Frank Murkowski's decision to put just $150,000 into the state-owned authority the voters mandated.

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.

Body found in Tenakee is Maggie Wigen
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state medical examiner's office has determined that the body found last week in a shallow grave in Tenakee Springs is 19-year-old Maggie Wigen.

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.

Anchorage teens arrested in truck thefts, vandalism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage teenagers are under arrest, accused of stealing and destroying two late-model pickup trucks, Alaska State Troopers said.

Federal panel approves crab plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal panel has approved the finishing touches on a plan to divide up Alaska's crab fisheries, allocating the amount fishermen may harvest and processors may process.

Fairbanks man convicted of sexual abuse of minors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been convicted of sexually abusing two teenage girls last year.

Garbage man hauls 15 tons a day
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mark Hardesty hauls 15 tons of garbage a day from Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright or North Pole. He fell into the job after graduating high school, and he now earns more than $22 an hour.

Activist jailed on trespassing charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A political activist and candidate for the Chugach Electric Association Board was arrested in Anchorage over the weekend for distributing election fliers outside the city-owned Sullivan Arena during a sports show.

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.

Military waste toxins the focus of Fairbanks meeting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The effects of military hazardous waste sites and weapons testing on Alaska communities will be the focus of a Fairbanks conference expected to draw an estimated 100 scientists, community leaders, health professionals and activists.

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.

Pandas make brief stop in Anchorage on way to Memphis
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two giant pandas from China made a brief stop in Anchorage this week on their way to their new home in Memphis, Tenn.

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.

Juneau panel OKs mining law changes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau Assembly committee has approved changes to the city's mining law, paving the way to make it easier to establish and operate mines in rural areas of the Juneau borough.

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.

Pioneers' Home resident spends cold night outside
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau Pioneers' Home resident spent a cold night outside after a morning fall went unnoticed.

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.

Gains in other industries offset seafood losses
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska's salmon industry saw more jobs disappear last year along the Gulf of Alaska, continuing a trend that has seen a 38-percent decline in seafood industry employment there over the past eight years.

Alaska couple awaits details of son awarded Bronze Star
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Their son has been awarded a Bronze Star for heroic or meritorious service in Iraq, but Nick and Kathi Goddard of Juneau don't know why.

Production up in MLB's first week
NEW YORK -- Look out, pitchers! The lowly Chicago Cubs had the biggest opening-day win by any team in 52 years, with Corey Patterson driving in seven runs.

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.

Back-to-back-to-back dingers secure Braves win over Marlins
ATLANTA -- Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning Monday, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Florida Marlins 3-0.

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.

April proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Month
At last week's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley issued an official proclamation making April Sexual Assault Awareness Month on the Kenai Peninsula.

Local runners to compete in Mother of all Marathons
While the mild winter has been a bane to winter sports enthusiasts, it has been a blessing to local runners training for the 107th running of the mother of all marathons Boston Marathon.

Vaughn's Mini Mart now serving Shell gasoline
Early in March, a change was happening to Vaughn's Mini Mart on K-Beach Road. The red Texaco signs were being replaced with bright yellow Shell signage.

Food Bank Fantasy Feast increases awareness
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Fantasy Feast at the Soldotna Senior Center last week turned out to be a taste of reality and an experience in awareness that no one was expecting.

CFK Finalists prepare for oral presentations
From nearly 500 entries in the 13th Annual Caring For the Kenai (CFK) environmental awareness contest, a broad based panel of 8 judges have selected 13 finalists to compete in the oral presentation portion of the contest for over $5,000 in cash awards.

Weekend rallies support Troops
Not since the attacks of 9-11 has there been such a patriotic display at the "Y" in Soldotna.

10 tips for eating healthier
1. Eat less margarine, better shortening and oil. These items are a big waste of calories and sometimes promote heart disease. Instead, choose low-fat or nonfat margarine. On toast try honey or jam instead of artery-clogging butter. Avoid frying foods like fish and chicken.

Health week targets obesity
There's an epidemic sweeping across America at an unprecedented rate, and it's not limited to any particular age, gender, race or ethnic group -- it's an epidemic known as obesity.

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

Antarctic explorer offers wisdom applicable to school district's woes
The March issue of the Skyview High School newsletter contained some positive guidelines for the present school district difficulties. I would like to quote some of Mr. Pothast's remarks. He quoted some mottoes of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who was stranded with 27 men for almost two years in the Antarctic.

Living in Alaska is bonus enough; state can't afford free lunches
Thanks to modern medicine and better hygiene, Americans' life expectancy has risen to age 75 and older. Clearly, how are we supposed to continue paying $100 to $250 per month in longevity

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

Nikiski residents to make 'wish list'
The North Peninsula Community Council is seeking ideas from Nikiski area residents about what road improvements they would like to see.

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.

Hospital improvements may go before voters
South Peninsula Hospital Service Area residents could be voting July 1 on a proposed $10.5 million general obligation bond package to add further additions to the Homer medical facility.

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

Statistics explain why it's necessary to call attention to child abuse
Why do we need a declaration naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month?

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

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.

Photo feature: Blowin' in the wind
Justin Schaffner launches his daughter's kite on the bluff next to Vintage Pointe Manor in Kenai on Saturday afternoon.

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

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Chambers to host state budget repsPFLAG to meet tonightBagley to address Kenai chamberWorkshop to explore business funding sourcesHistorical society to discuss village excavationSpaghetti feed plannedWolf to speak at town hall meetingSeniors plan Trash and Treasure Sale

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

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

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.

CDC: Senior-citizen population to double
ATLANTA -- America's population of senior citizens is expected to double by 2030 to 71 million, and the nation needs to begin preparing for the demands they are going to put on the health care system, the government said recently.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

Maybe it's time for Williams to consider taking job at Carolina
Roy Williams looked as if he lost 10 pounds, his face drained, his eyes rimmed red.

Orangemen defeat Jayhawks to clinch NCAA championship
NEW ORLEANS -- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got the final four seconds right this time.

Ailing wrist could hamper Jagr's first playoff series with Caps
ODENTON, Md. -- After years of beating the Washington Capitals in the playoffs, Jaromir Jagr finally gets a chance to help them win a series.

Miyara's skills a good fit with champion Bulldogs
Sure, Nikiski is a hotbed for girls high school basketball, but how about Okinawa, Japan?

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.

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.

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