Thursday, April 10, 2003

E-mail harassment bill passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sending harassing electronic mail would be a crime under a bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Leading educators call for more schools money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton warned of budget ''carnage'' if a spending plan now under debate in the state House is adopted.

MEA board member ousted for not taking drug test
PALMER (AP) -- A member of the Matanuska Electric Association board was ousted from the panel for failing to follow a new drug-testing rule.

Murkowski has surgery to open blocked heart artery
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski underwent surgery Wednesday night in Anchorage to open a blocked heart artery.

First geese of spring arrive in Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first Canada geese of the season have landed in Delta Junction.

Son pleads not guilty in mother's stabbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 27-year-old man accused of stabbing his mother to death has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Anchorage hospital experiences SARS false alarm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage hospital responded to a suspected case of severe acute respiratory syndrome this week that turned out to be a false alarm.

U.S. Senate approves whaling captain tax deduction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eskimo whaling captains could deduct hunting expenses from their income taxes under a charitable taxes bill passed by the U.S. Senate.

Importer pressed for low fish prices, memos show
ANCHORAGE (AP) - Documents presented Tuesday in a price-fixing lawsuit detail efforts by a Japanese importer to lower prices paid to Bristol Bay fishermen in 1991.

State sells bonds for school and transportation projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has sold nearly $462 million in bonds to pay for school and university construction and maintenance, as well as highways, ports and harbors and other transportation projects across the state.

House Republicans reject Democrat amendments to budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House is poised to approve a fiscal 2004 spending plan that restores more than $50 million in cuts proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Beating murder trial goes to jury
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The question of whether Joshua Wade murdered Della Brown then dumped her body in an Anchorage shed is now in the jury's hands after 10 weeks of testimony.

Troopers say teens planted gun
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 17-year-old West Valley High School student accused of bringing a loaded gun to school Friday has been cleared of charges after Alaska State Troopers determined the weapon was planted in his backpack.

Mother says son alive an hour after shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman said her own investigation of her son's shooting death six months ago shows he lay alive and bleeding for an hour inside a mall parking lot because of a dispatcher's error.

Sitka radio station broadcasts whale sounds
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka radio station KAQU is broadcasting what may initially sound like static. But listen closely and you will hear the underwater sounds of the ocean near Whale Park, and maybe even whales.

Murkowski flown to Anchorage hospital
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski was flown to an Anchorage hospital for evaluation Wednesday night after apparently suffering dehydration, his office said.

Errant rocket recovered
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Parts of an errant rocket have been retrieved by a team from Poker Flat Research Range.

Planners give OK to golf course
JUNEAU (AP) -- After six years of debates over design and environmental impacts, the Juneau Planning Commission has unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a West Douglas golf course. Commissioners rejected a proposal to ban the use of pesticides on the course.

Judge lifts protective order against trooper
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court Judge has denied a request for a long-term domestic violence protective order against an Alaska State Trooper involved in the fatal shooting of a disabled man in January.

House Republicans turn back Democrat amendments
JUNEAU (AP) -- Majority Republicans in the House considering a fiscal 2004 spending plan turned back efforts to spare the state's correspondence school and restore millions in education funding during budget debates on Wednesday.

Targeting environmental suits proves challenging
JUNEAU (AP) -- Murkowski administration lawyers are trying to come up with a way to make environmental groups pay more legal costs when they sue the state. But a couple of the approaches they've tried haven't panned out.

Man get five years for assault
KENAI (AP) -- An Anchorage man convicted of a July assault near Kenai has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Jury acquits teen in baby's death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan teen was acquitted Tuesday of charges that he killed his girlfriend's baby.

Senate panel advances gas line aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee have agreed to $18 billion in federal loan guarantees for developers of a proposed pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48.

Juneau to tackle issue of dogs on trails
JUNEAU (AP) -- Do dogs belong on city trails?

Teen accused of sex abuse of girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy has been charged with locking a 16-year-old girl in a back room of a fast food restaurant and sexually assaulting her while the two were working together last month.

Sex offender names returned to state Web site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Responding to a court order, the Alaska Department of Public Safety has returned 3,000 names to the state's sex offender registry Web site.

Historic bar in Ketchikan closing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- It will be the last last call at the Fo'c's'le Bar Saturday night. Owner Jamie Elkins, the third generation of his family to run the business, says Ketchikan's oldest bar is closing.

Geese arrive earlier than expected in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Just one day after a dozen geese touched down in Delta Junction, six birds landed Wednesday at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, surprising some locals who say they arrived sooner than expected.

Matsui conks home run in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam for his first major league home run, leading the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins 7-3 Tuesday in their home opener.

Royals stay perfect by stopping Detroit
DETROIT -- Dee Brown hit his first career grand slam and Brent Mayne added a three-run shot as the unbeaten Kansas City Royals downed the winless Detroit Tigers 9-6 Wednesday.

Giants, Padres total 26 runs at Pac Bell
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pedro Feliz had a career-high four hits for San Francisco as the Giants beat the San Diego Padres 15-11 Wednesday in the highest-scoring game at 3-year-old Pacific Bell Park.

Baker, Cubs triumph in opener at Wrigley
CHICAGO -- Dusty Baker quickly warmed to Wrigley Field.

Gasoline prices will keep declining
WASHINGTON -- Gasoline prices will continue to decline through the summer because of falling crude oil prices and optimistic expectations for the war in Iraq, the Energy Department said Tuesday.

Photo: Devastating economic impact
A shopkeeper sits dejected in her ceramics and knick-knacks shop as tourists and local residents stay away amid fears of the SARS virus in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

IMF forecasts weak global recovery
WASHINGTON -- The global economy will experience slower-than-expected growth this year because of the Iraq war, and if the conflict does not end quickly the consequences could be much more serious, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.

Lodge owners unable to give business away
This time wasn't successful, but Kenai Lake Cabins and Tackle Shop owners say they are considering making another go at relieving themselves of their Cooper Landing business.

Seafood, minerals boost exports
Alaska's export revenue for 2002 increased by $100 million over the previous year, statistics released by the governor's office indicate.

UAA to discuss Alaska salmon returns
University of Alaska Anchorage will hold a free workshop to discuss salmon returns. The success of Alaska's wild salmon fishery ultimately depends on the amount of fish available to harvest and the intensity and duration of fluctuations in run strength.

Homer writer wins Pushcart award
Homer writer Nancy Lord believes that Alaska's literary community is thriving, but that it is underappreciated nationwide.

Art Briefs
May Faire scheduledMount Marathon race art contest extendedT-shirt design contest announced

'Anger Management' film not as contrived as it could have been
Everything about ''Anger Management'' screams contrivance:

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Frank memoir gets to the heart of rural Alaska
Growing up Native in an Alaska village in the 20th century was heartbreaking, says author Velma Wallis.

Display by Iraqi, Palestinian artists gives new insight into misunderstood cultures
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Some paintings capture the simple beauty in a complex and chaotic land: a patio and garden in splashes of vivid color, or a lone cactus in shades of grays and purple.

Mock trial is great experience for all
On March 28, in the courthouse in Kenai, I was honored to attend a trial that I can only describe as extraordinary. The attorneys as well as the witnesses, jury and court bailiffs demonstrated professionalism well beyond their years. All of those involved were in Berni and John Wensley's fourth grade classes from Mountain View Elementary.

Community donations to remember 'Eadie' Henderson appreciated
I wish to thank each and everyone who made donations for the headstone for Ethel "Eadie" Henderson. She was a great lady and thank you all for remembering all she did for the people and the community.

Legislators should protect, not restrict, Alaskans' rights
I strongly oppose legislation which restricts the initiative process. Rather than its stated purpose to "encourage broad, statewide support," House Bill 31 and House Joint Resolution 5 do the opposite. This proposed legislation would create difficult and unnecessary requirements, which would make initiatives more expensive and difficult to get on the ballot.

Alaskans should contact legislators if they want to save dividends
Would you be surprised to find out that the first resolution introduced by the 23rd Legislature was to take your permanent fund dividend away? Kiss your permanent fund dividend goodbye if Rep. Rokeberg gets has his way with House Joint Resolution 1.

Community support appreciated
Buster's first mini-concert was a big success thanks to so many wonderful people. We won't try to mention everyone by name because we don't want to leave anybody out.

Daughter grateful for troopers' work in mother's murder case
I would like to take a moment to personally thank the Alaska State Troopers and, in particular, the Cold Case Unit for getting an indictment in my mother's murder case.

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $2,083,2912. Kurt Busch 1,804,4263. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,620,602

This week's race: Virginia 500
WHERE: Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,2332. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,1043. Kurt Busch 1,046

Some say NASCAR bends rules for its top stars
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- There is no yellow out-of-bounds line at the Martinsville Speedway. But that doesn't mean Sunday's Virginia 500 will be free of controversy.

Newsmaker: Andy Graves
Andy Graves, the team manager for Chip Ganassi Racing's three-car team that includes Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears, isn't surprised NASCAR faces controversy for not black-flagging Dale Earnhardt Jr. after he drove below the yellow line during last Sunday's race in Talladega, Ala.

Racing is rough in Virginia
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Martinsville Speedway is the smallest and slowest raceway on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. But it packs a big punch when it comes to triggering anger.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Resolution: U.S. should offer safety and freedom
America's war on terrorism should not be waged at the expense of long-valued, constitutionally protected civil rights, says a resolution to be considered Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Kenai budget to impact resident wallets, services
If the Kenai City Council passes the proposed fiscal year 2004 city budget, Kenai residents will notice a change to their wallets and some of the services the city offers next year.

Kenai budget to impact resident wallets, services
If the Kenai City Council passes the proposed fiscal year 2004 city budget, Kenai residents will notice a change to their wallets and some of the services the city offers next year.

Kenai's efforts to cut budget raise concerns
A meeting to discuss a proposal in which the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula would partner with the city of Kenai to operate the Kenai Recreation Center starting July 1 raised more questions than answers.

Murkowski administration pitches budget on peninsula, seeks ideas
The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget team has spent the first 100 days of the new administration making tough decisions on how to reduce state spending.

Dental center to open
After much anticipation, Central Peninsula Health Centers Inc.'s vision for dental health care for underinsured and uninsured dental patients will become a reality

Anchorage man gets 5 years for summer assault in Kenai
An Anchorage man convicted of a July assault in Kenai was sentenced in Kenai Superior Court on Monday to spend five years in jail.

James A. Blake X
James A. Blake X of Kenai died Monday, April 7, 2003. He was almost five months old.

Majority of Americans believe Bush best leader to deal with Iraqi dictator
President Bush's iron hand in overthrowing Saddam Hussein is sitting well with most Americans. They prefer his tough-guy methods to the more dovish policies that likely would have come from three Democrats -- his predecessor, his 2000 challenger and his chief critic.

Some patriots lay down lives without citizenship
You don't have to be a citizen to be a patriot. Joseph Menusa, Francisco Martinez, Jose Gutierrez, Jesus Suarez del Solar and Jose Garibay died showing that.

End of war could be in sight, but dangers still remain for U.S. troops
WASHINGTON -- Signs of the collapse of Saddam Hussein's quarter-century of rule are everywhere in Iraq. But as Iraqis take to the streets to celebrate, important loose ends remain.

Difficult times still ahead in Baghdad
U.S. troops haven't exactly nailed down Baghdad yet, but they are moving through the streets at will and using the rest room at Saddam's personal palace.

Story of courage captivates nation
The story of 19-year-old soldier Jessica Lynch is one made to order for Army recruiters.

Around the Peninsula
Photographers guild to meetMurkowski representative to speak at chamberCRPC meeting plannedWrestling club to hold fund-raisersHorse first-aid class planned this weekUsed book sale planned4-H Petting zoo plannedSoccer registration ongoingVolunteer court observers soughtKDLL board to meetChamber plans July 4 meeting

Around the Peninsula
Healthy communities to meetSpay-neuter clinic offeredMurkowski representative to speak at chamberDuffy to speak in KenaiSled dog association to meetKenai Central to hold promApple tree workshop scheduledDEC plans food handling class

Photo feature: Hoop action
Molly Watkins trades hoops with her sister Hannah while riding a unicycle in Kenai last weekend.

Legislature needs to hear education needs from parents, communities
Last month, I was in Juneau attending the Alaska Superintendents Association Last month, I was in Juneau attending the Alaska Superintendents Association Legislative Fly-in. Each year superintendents statewide convene in Juneau to speak to legislators about educational issues. This year, I believe our work with legislators had an impact and was instrumental in their response to the governor's budget (it is not just being accepted).

District School News
News from schools around the district

Photo feature: Blackhawk down
Darrell Rasor, a member of the Alaska Air National Guard, explains the finer details of a Blackhawk helicopter to students at Kenai Central High School on Friday.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Around the District
School board plans special meetingStudents to get day off

High school journalists cover Iraq war at home
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) -- Jenny Klein and Becky Bloom dashed out of class when they heard students at Niles West High School were staging a walkout against the war in Iraq.

Program targets Internet safety
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is trying to make its students a little safer. But that doesn't mean installing metal detectors or hiring security guards for area buildings.

2003 summer session sizzles with opportunities for students
KPC will offer a wide range of classes during the 2003 summer session. Due to many requests from current students and the community at large, KPC has put together the most ambitious summer session offered in many years.

Playoff dreams dim for Wizards
WASHINGTON -- Calling themselves the Bullets once more, the Washington Wizards spoiled the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the franchise's lone NBA championship by losing 87-83 Wednesday night to the Boston Celtics.

Senators go Snow blind vs. Isles
OTTAWA -- Dave Scatchard, Alexei Yashin and Shawn Bates scored, and Garth Snow earned his first career playoff shutout to lead the New York Islanders to a stunning 3-0 victory over the top-seeded Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night in the opener of their first-round series.

Sports Briefs
Kansas fires athletic director BohlHall cancels 'Bull Durham' festivitiesO'Neal skips practice, upsetting his coach

Red Wings eye another run at Stanley Cup
SYOSSET, N.Y. -- Peter Laviolette spoke softly, his voice taxed by an intermittent cough. The message he sent to the NHL's top team was loud and clear.

Hootie controversy overshadows Woods
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods didn't have to hit a single shot for the show to begin at this year's Masters.

Anthony faces huge decision
NEW ORLEANS -- Decisions, decisions.

Cornell favored at Frozen Four
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Minnesota and Michigan have the history, but Cornell might have something better -- an edge in talent.

UConn defends national crown
ATLANTA -- After winning the national championship last year, Connecticut lost its four senior starters but still had the one player it needed -- Diana Taurasi.

Sports Briefs
KPHA girls team takes Coach MacKenaitzes host Youth Olympic MeetStern gives ultimatum to WNBA playersStrawberry released from prisonMartinez says he'd like to finish career in Boston

Jordan gives Cavs one final shellacking
CLEVELAND -- Michael Jordan bid the Cleveland Cavaliers a final, fitting farewell on Tuesday night.

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