Tuesday, April 9, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Federal panel to deliberate on crab fisheries
ANCHORAGE (AP) - Options for privatizing Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands crab fisheries are expected to attract the most debate as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council begins its April meeting Wednesday.

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.

Troopers identify body and cause of death of man found frozen
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old Fairbanks man found frozen in Cripple Creek died from hypothermia associated with alcohol, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Natives who filed lawsuit say more troopers needed in the Bush
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have provided more officers in rural Alaska, but those efforts aren't enough to cure an imbalance in law enforcement between rural and urban Alaska, Native leaders testified Monday.

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.

Group launches campaign to defend permanent fund
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group calling itself the 83% Coalition is launching what it says is a campaign to protect the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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.

Trapper kills last wolf in Denali's Sanctuary pack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A trapper killed the last known surviving wolf of the Sanctuary wolf pack that roamed Denali National Park.

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.

Alaska tourism outlook brightens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new survey indicates the tourism season ahead may not be as bleak as was anticipated last fall.

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.

Warrant issued for Anchorage man who allegedly made fake crash report
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A warrant has been issued for an Anchorage man who filed a false report of a plane crash, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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?''

Phillips reports 1,200-gallon spill at Kuparuk field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. said a pin-size hole in a production line caused a 1,200 gallon spill of water and oil at the Kuparuk oil field Sunday.

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.

Anchorage hotel under construction destroyed by fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hotel under construction in Downtown Anchorage was destroyed by fire early Tuesday.

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

Senate approves measure to give Legislature power to freeze hiring
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans approved a measure on Monday that would allow the Legislature to impose a hiring freeze, a power now reserved for Democrat Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Ogan released from hospital
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan was released from the hospital Saturday, three weeks after suffering a major heart attack.

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.

Troopers investigate woman's death near Sutton
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said Monday they are investigating the death of a 65-year-old woman whose body was found in her home near Sutton.

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.

Leader of state's criminal prosecutors quits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The deputy attorney general who supervises criminal prosecution in Alaska resigned Monday in the wake of two controversial cases and scathing criticism of her office by a state judge and a federal judge.

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.

Man charged after running gate at Elmendorf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An apparently delusional man ran a gate leading onto Elmendorf Air Force Base over the weekend, Anchorage police said.

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.

Alaska Seafood International lays off half its workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Seafood International has laid off half its work force since January, but company officials say many of the cuts may be only temporary, pending several prospective sales orders.

Kohring bill would allocate trail money to rural roads
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Half of the $15 million in federal funds allocated annually to trails would instead go to build new gravel roads in rural areas, under a bill sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla.

Bill to limit cell phone use receives little support
JUNEAU (AP) -- A call to ban hand-held cell phones while driving has been put on hold.

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.

Baseball offensive production drops in first week of season
NEW YORK -- Pitchers are striking back. While Barry Bonds seems immune, home runs during the first week of the season dropped to their lowest level in five years and scoring plunged to its lowest point since 1993.

Detroit scraps Garner
DETROIT -- Somebody had to go following the Tigers' 0-6 start. Detroit decided two was better, so the team fired manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith on Monday.

Biggio hits for cycle
DENVER -- Craig Biggio hit for the cycle and drove in four runs, leading the Houston Astros over Colorado 8-4 Monday in the Rockies' home opener.

Yankees keep on rolling against Blue Jays
TORONTO -- Robin Ventura had six RBIs and Alfonso Soriano had a career-high five hits as the New York Yankees won their sixth straight since an opening-day loss, a 16-3 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

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.

Alaska Seafood International lays off half its workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Seafood International has laid off half its work force since January, but company officials say many of the cuts may be only temporary, pending several prospective sales orders.

Boys & Girls Club hosts After Hours community open house in Kenai
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula hosted an After Hours community open house at the clubhouse in Kenai last week.

Peak boosts final week of local United Way campaign
April 15th is not only the deadline for filing IRS returns, but it's also the final day of the United Way 2001 campaign. Last week executive director Eve Gebhardt and 2001 Campaign chairman Bruce Posse were all smiles as Peak Oilfield Service Co. President Mike O'Connor presented them with a check in the amount of $225,589, the largest local United Way contribution in Peak's history.

Local Essay winners sweep State awards
Some 300 young people from the Central Peninsula submitted essays last fall in the VFW's Youth Essay scholarship program on the theme, "Is Freedom Really Free?" After a panel of local judges selected the winners, those essays were sent on to the state level of competition.

97 Jr. Miss plans to come home to practice medicine
1997 Alaska Junior Miss, Skyview graduate, and Rotary scholar, Hillary Moore, was home recently for a brief internship with Dr. Alex Russell, Soldotna Pediatrician. Ms. Moore is current

Local Job Fair at KPC tames the jungle
One of the most highly publicized Job Fairs ever on the Kenai Peninsula took place last week at Kenai Peninsula College. A month prior to the event a multi-media and personal information campaign proclaimed the fierceness of the jungle like market place when it came to finding a job in Alaska.

Getting Hooked on Kenai
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is casting a new program to promote local business called "Get Hooked On Kenai."

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.

Senate approves measure to give Legislature power to freeze hiring
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans approved a measure on Monday that would allow the Legislature to impose a hiring freeze, a power now reserved for Democrat Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Kenseth cruises to victory in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Maybe practice is overrated. Matt Kenseth won the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 on Monday despite running only five laps in practice at Texas Motor Speedway.

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.

Anchor Point snowmachiner found safe
A lost snowmachiner walked out of the woods safely Monday near Ninilchik, Alaska State Troopers said.

Soldotna man crushed in accident
A Soldotna man was found dead early Monday morning at Peak Oilfield Services in Nikiski.

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.

Borough lines drawn in boundary changes
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly district boundaries are about to undergo wholesale changes.

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.

Boat wake study released
To what extent is boat traffic eroding the banks of the Kenai River? So far, the only answers to that question have come in the form of either anecdotal evidence from property owners and other user groups or piles of data compiled through government studies.

Kenai firefighters begin climb to dedicate mountain
Two Kenai firefighters set off across Cook Inlet today with two goals in mind: to summit an unclimbed mountain and to further commemorate a monument the Kenai Firefighters Association dedicated to firefighters lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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.

Candace 'Candy' J. Biesecker
Lifelong Alaskan Candace "Candy" J. Biesecker died Saturday, April 6, 2002, peacefully at home from complications of multiple sclerosis. She was 50.

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.

Jennie Malchoff
Port Graham resident Jennie Malchoff died Monday, March 25, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. She was 69.

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.

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?

Legislative process discussed Typical day, session at the state
I would like in this week's message to attempt to explain some of the legislative process.

Lawmakers, not voters, must make difficult 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.

Letters to the Editor
Keeping state on daylight saving time has benefitsResidents need to take closer look at claims of pork industryState parks are for the people, not for the bureaucrats

Around the Peninsula
Budget work sessions startSensory Integration presentation tonightCARTS partners to meet WednesdayRC&D District to discuss slaughterhouseSenior center plans annual saleHabitat for Humanity to dedicate homeChurch to host kids carnivalUnited Way plans annual meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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.

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.

Brind'Amour lifts Hurricanes
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Rod Brind'Amour scored early in the third period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday night in a possible first-round playoff preview.

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

Pistons clinch division title
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons clinched their first division title since their championship era 12 years ago, beating the Atlanta Hawks 105-99 Monday night.

Glaze's dedication culminates in ASAA state title for Bulldogs
Nikiski senior Sally Glaze spent nearly all her life getting a basketball education. In late March, she had quite a graduation ceremony.

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.

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?

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