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Wednesday, April 10, 2002

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

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.

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.

Water samples show oil pollution in Kenai River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Water samples taken from the Lower Kenai River during the peak of the sportfishing season in the past two summers have found oil pollution that exceeds the state's health standard for fish and other aquatic life.

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.

Fairbanks drug bust nabs eight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eight people were arrested by drug agents Tuesday at an alleged crack house.

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.

Nulato man found dead near Koyukuk
GALENA (AP) -- A man from the Yukon River village of Nulato was found dead late Tuesday night.

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.

Nixon campaign sign goes to history group
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 42-year-old political sign for presidential hopeful Richard Nixon, discovered last month in Anchorage, will go to an historic preservation group.

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.

Sutton woman was shot, troopers say
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sutton woman found dead in her home was shot, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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

National team sent in to investigate Anchorage hotel fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was sending a 25-agent national response team to Anchorage to assist with the investigation of a fire that destroyed a downtown hotel.

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.

Senate fast-track bill gives Redistricting Board $50,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board would get a fraction of the money it requested to complete work on the state's legislative map under a measure passed in the Senate on Tuesday.

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.

Senate approves bill to make more criminals ineligible for PFD
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill approved in the Senate would greatly expand the number of people who could forfeit their permanent fund checks due to criminal convictions.

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

'Fiscal realities' reduce penalties in DWI bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The sponsor of a bill to get tough on drunken driving has removed key provisions because they cost too much.

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.

School district gets 4,500 responses to school start change proposals
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School District headquarters has been bombarded with more than 4,500 e-mails and comment cards on proposals to change the start time of the school day at local high schools.

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.

Fairbanks elementary school students disciplined over caffeine pills
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eight students at a Fairbanks elementary school have been disciplined over caffeine pills brought on campus by one of the students, school officials said.

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.

Fairbanks to grant tax exemptions to companies with new ideas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Businesses that introduce a new industry or trade to Fairbanks will be eligible for property tax exemptions approved by the city council this week.

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.

Third man charged in Creek Street robbery
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 22-year-old Petersburg man has been jailed on charges that he was one of three men who invaded a Juneau couple's home last year and demanded money.

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.

Group targets Stevens for what it calls pork-barrel spending
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group that targets what it considers pork-barrel spending has taken Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to task.

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.

Anchorage police arrest four men in alleged assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four men have been arrested in connection with the assault of two other men in Anchorage, police said.

Finley on track as Tribe edges Twins
CLEVELAND -- Chuck Finley, who had to skip his first start last week after a domestic dispute with his wife, pitched six shutout innings Tuesday night as the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game, 5-4 over the Minnesota Twins.

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.

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.

Rolen's double does in Braves
PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Rolen homered and drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh inning Tuesday night, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Senate fast-track bill gives Redistricting Board $50,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board would get a fraction of the money it requested to complete work on the state's legislative map under a measure passed in the Senate on Tuesday.

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.

Senate approves bill to make more criminals ineligible for PFD
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill approved in the Senate would greatly expand the number of people who could forfeit their permanent fund checks due to criminal convictions.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Plan aims to make 'orphan pools' viable
Spread out amongst the aging but still producing reservoirs of oil and natural gas beneath Cook Inlet lie pockets of product cut off from the main pools by geologic formations, according to available high-tech seismic data.

Film festival offers look at peninsula's history
The Kasilof Regional Historical Association is hosting an unusual film festival Thursday evening. The group has assembled rare old footage from the region and is offering the public a unique opportunity to travel back in time.

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

Grants awarded to help preserve juvenile salmon
Roads, habitat destruction and even other fish pose serious threats to Cook Inlet salmon -- juvenile salmon in particular.

Daniel Richard Baines
Daniel Richard Baines died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Red Dog Mine near Kotzebue. He was 47.

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.

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

Proposed program could diversify Alaska economy
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.

Letters to the Editor
Former Alaskan urges continued informed care for Kenai RiverKenai Peninsula horse lover shares hobby with readersForest Service survey available to all residents of SterlingChristian solution awaits conflict in Middle East

Brett Huber's presence on Board of Fisheries not good for Alaskans
When Bob Dylan sang "The Times They Are A-Changin,'" he wasn't thinking about Alaska's fisheries, but he could have been.

Applause
Mushers help make Special Olympics fund-raiser a success

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

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.

Photo feature: All gone
What a difference a week can make. At top, ice surrounds Birch Island next to the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge in Kenai during last week's warm, sunny weather. Above, both the sun and ice are gone but the river is open for the season.

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

Around the Peninsula
Economist to speak at Job CenterCaring for Kenai presentations to be heldSterling Senior Center plans saleDistrict Democratic caucus scheduledSafety Day Fair planning underwayArea women professionals to speak at retreatHost families sought for exchange students

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a male Chesapeake Bay retriever chocolate Labrador mix puppy for $74 with neuter surgery, vaccines and license included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Menus
What's on the menu for area public school students

It's a print
Fifth-grader Cora Chidester watches at Shala Dobson presents a printmaking lesson to students at Mountain View Elementary.

Recession forces U.S. schools to make painful budget cuts
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Debbie Godfrey likes the school where her son Dylan is a first-grader. She is comfortable with the teachers and the principal in the small brick building tucked into a quiet suburb near her apartment.

Ice fishing expedition enhances sixth-grade science curriculum, community involvement
Sometimes the students know more than the teachers. In some ways, this was true last week when North Star Elementary teacher Teresa Zinck took her class of sixth-graders ice fishing on Stormy Lake.

Thank you: Teachers leave lasting impact on graduating student
"It's the bread and butter!" The famous words of history teacher Mr. Phillips in his attempt to explain the basics of life left a lasting impression for my sophomore year. To his dismay, I probably remember more of his catch-phrases and real-life lessons than the Buddhism and Muslim religions in his world history class.

Around the District
School board meets MondayChallenger class scholarship applications dueGustkey, Hoffman named outstanding educatorsHost families sought for exchange students

Four director candidates to visit college this month
After many long hours of extensive review and discussion, the search for a new director at Kenai Peninsula College has resulted in the selection of four finalists from a pool of forty applicants. These candidates are: Gary J. Turner of Carnation, Wash.; Richard K. Swanson of Portland, Ore.; Dr. Paul R. Dauphinais of Wells, Maine; and Dr. Peggy Poling of Clayton, N.M.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the Homer Middle School, Nikiski Junior-Senior High School, and Ninilchik School honor rolls for the third quarter:

Experts: School violence down, but offenders getting younger
CHICAGO -- Twaun Asphy was hanging out on the playground before school when he saw them -- a crowd of students from a rival elementary school, approaching fast and swinging baseball bats and planks of wood at any child in their path.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Sports Briefs
Whalers wrestle to tourney titleArea girls compete in hockey championships

New course, same guy to beat
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods walked briskly out of the Augusta National clubhouse Tuesday morning and was headed for the first tee, unaware of a small problem his caddie had already solved.

The Next Level
Dougherty helps Bison to NCAA titleKenai's Hansen named most valuable

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.

Canadiens back in playoffs for first time in four years
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens had plenty to celebrate. Saku Koivu was satisfied with a return to normalcy.

Ewing leaves Garden a winner
NEW YORK -- Patrick Ewing got a rare start, made the game's first basket and went out a winner in what might have been his final game at Madison Square Garden as the Orlando Magic clinched a playoff berth with a 108-97 victory Tuesday night over the New York Knicks.

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.

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