Thursday, April 11, 2002

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.

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.

Labor chief blasts proposed fish processor deduction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A proposed pay deduction for fish processors is under fire by opponents, including state Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan.

Troopers out at Arctic Man competition
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have assigned 14 troopers to make sure the crowd doesn't get out of hand at the 17th annual Arctic Man competition.

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.

Suspect take a plea in toddler's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man originally charged with murdering his girlfriend's 2-year-old son pleaded no contest Wednesday to manslaughter.

Fairbanks defense attorney accused of carrying metal knuckles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A prominent Fairbanks defense attorney has been arrested for producing what authorities called metal fighting knuckles at the beginning of an evidentiary hearing.

Wasilla couple arrested on drug charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Wasilla residents were arrested after a search of their residence found a methamphetamine lab in operation, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Man convicted of trying to smuggle cocaine through Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Los Angeles man charged with trying to smuggle nearly 4.5 pounds of cocaine through Fairbanks International Airport in January has been found guilty in federal court.

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.

Labor chief blasts proposed fish processor deduction
JUNEAU (AP) -- A measure that would allow fish processors to deduct $15 a day from employee paychecks to pay for food and housing in remote areas of Alaska stalled Thursday in a House committee.

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.

House passes bill removing snowmachine license requirement
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would eliminate the need for a license to drive a snowmachine passed the House on Wednesday.

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.

FedEx warns employees to stop feeding moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal Express issued a memo to its employees Wednesday, urging workers to stop feeding a young, motherless moose that had been hanging around the company's hub at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

House passes bill removing snowmachine license requirement
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would eliminate the need for a license to drive a snowmachine passed the House on Wednesday.

Fairbanks fuel tax supporters deliver petition signatures
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Supporters of a 2-cent-a-gallon fuel transfer tax initiative submitted more than 2,000 signatures Wednesday to the Fairbanks North Star Borough clerk.

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.

Man convicted of attempted murder for shooting at neighbor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court jury found a North Pole man guilty of first-degree attempted murder on charges he fired two shots last November at a neighbor who had stopped his truck to say hello.

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.

Teen-ager accused of attempted rape in Anchorage mall parking lot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man saved a woman who apparently was about to be sexually assaulted by a teen-age boy in the parking garage of a Downtown Anchorage shopping mall, police said Wednesday.

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.

Sterling man charged in connection with home robbery and assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 27-year-old Sterling man was in custody Wednesday following his arrest after allegedly robbing a home with a another man.

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.

Juneau man gets two years for sex crimes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 21-year-old Juneau man has been sentenced to about 2 1/2 years in prison for two sexual assaults last year.

'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.

Federal grants awarded to help protect juvenile salmon
KENAI (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded several grants to Alaska organizations to help protect young salmon from threats like roads, habitat destruction and even other fish.

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.

House budget leaders pass supplemental spending plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee approved a supplemental spending plan on Wednesday that includes money for the state's tourism industry and past anti-terrorism expenses.

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

Senate panel takes up bill to build several prisons
JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to expand the state's already overcrowded prison system garnered support from both community leaders and some lawmakers Wednesday.

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

Plan aims to make orphan oil pools viable
KENAI (AP) -- Spread out among 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.

Juneau man dead in plane crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- A pilot was killed after his Beechcraft airplane crashed into wetlands outside the Juneau International Airport on Wednesday, Alaska State Troopers 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.

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.

Phillies topple Braves
PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Burrell's two-run homer in the 11th inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

Tigers' terrible start stretches to 0-8
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers' losing streak stretched to eight -- their worst start in a half-century -- as Frank Thomas capped a five-run fifth inning with a three-run homer that led the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 win Wednesday.

Teamsters endorse Murkowski
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Teamsters on Friday endorsed Sen. Frank Murkowski in his bid for governor.

Last-minute tax tips
For those of you who still haven't filed yet... a little extra help

Wall Street rebounds on upbeat Sears outlook
NEW YORK -- An upbeat earnings outlook from retailer Sears, Roebuck lifted Wall Street out of its malaise Wednesday, sparking a broad rally across the market on hopes that profits are improving and that higher stock prices will prove justified.

OPEC not planning to replace Iraqi shortfall; Iran moderates stance
LONDON -- OPEC has no plans to pump more oil to replace the crude Iraq is withholding from the market, reasoning that the recent spike in oil prices will ease once violence between Israel and the Palestinians abates, the group's top official said Wednesday.

Railroad technology phases out caboose
ANCHORAGE -- The end is near for the lowly caboose. That little boxcar linked to the back of a freight train, used primarily as an observation platform for railroaders, has been all but replaced by modern technology in the Lower 48.

Sled dogs can turn your heart to mush
NORDEN, Calif. (AP) -- Real dogsledders, it turns out, don't say ''Mush! ''That's an old Hollywood thing,'' says Brian Maas as he steps onto the rear platform of his sled. ''We say 'Hike!' or 'Let's go!' -- anything but 'Mush!''

Sturgeon fisherman will use anything to capture the big fish
STOCKBRIDGE, Wis. (AP) -- Few folks can rival sturgeon fishermen when it comes to innovation. Given only a hole in the ice to work with, those fishermen have been known to use practically anything -- toilet seats, brightly colored toys, coffee mugs or Jell-O molds -- to draw the big fish out of the murky depths.

Gardeners thoughts turning to spring
Ice still glazes the side roads, and the morning mercury sinks below freezing, but spring has arrived -- on the calendar at least.

Minnesotans raise red-and-white Irish setters for hunting
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Good sounds float through the home of Bob and Evan Devlin these days. Micro-barks. Mini-growls. Soprano yips.

Actor will introduce new generation to Twain
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- God, according to that noted expert on the deity, Carl Reiner, hates talking to anyone wearing a tongue ring.

Art Briefs
Beer poems contest ends MondayWriters conference plannedPratt Museum enlists docentsVisual arts scholarships offered

What's Happening
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Nikiski artist finds painting a labor of love
For someone who has never had an art lesson in her life, Nikiski painter and carver Janet Varvais certainly knows what she's doing.

New book revisits the golden era of local kids' TV
NEW YORK -- You know who you are: a viewer of a certain age who grew up devoted to a cop, a clown, a sailor or a cowboy.

Television ratings up across the board for news on cable, broadcast
NEW YORK -- Both broadcast and cable news outlets are showing healthy ratings increases over last year, offering hope to networks that Sept. 11 may have gotten more people in the regular habit of watching news.

'Sweetest Thing' a lowbrow chick flick
Women now have a gross-out comedy of their own. "The Sweetest Thing," which opens Friday, proves that a lowbrow chick flick can be just as cretinous as a big dumb guy movie.

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 panel takes up bill to build several prisons
JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to expand the state's already overcrowded prison system garnered support from both community leaders and some lawmakers Wednesday.

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.

House passes bill removing snowmachine license requirement
JUNEAU -- A bill that would eliminate the need for a license to drive a snowmachine passed the House on Wednesday.

House budget leaders pass supplemental spending plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee approved a supplemental spending plan on Wednesday that includes money for the state's tourism industry and past anti-terrorism expenses.

In the Spotlight: Jimmie Johnson
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Point Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,0822. Matt Kenseth 1,0123. Jimmie Johnson 963

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $1,949,0512. Elliott Sadler 1,415,8403. Sterling Marlin 1,353,016

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 - Nov. 17, 2002

This Week's Race: VIRGINIA 500
Where and when

All-star race gets new rules
Driver Jeff Gordon is surrounded by the media as he talks about defending his title as winner of The Winston all-star race during a news conference at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Wednesday.

Car owner hopes to learn from truck race
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Andy Petree's racing resume is impressive enough: two NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships as a crew chief and a pair of wins last year as a car owner.

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.

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.

Church program puts teacher back in class
Reading is fundamental. This is a general assumption made about many people's grasp of the English language. But the fundamentals of English are what one Soldotna church has set out to help some central Kenai Peninsula residents learn, with the help of a teacher who has been involved before.

Director finalists being reviewed
Kenai Peninsula College is in the final phase of selecting a new campus director. Four finalists are visiting the Kenai Peninsula this month to interview for the job.

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

John Robinson
Soldotna resident John Robinson died Monday, April 8, 2002, in Nikiski. He was 51.

Legislature should examine its own way of doing business
Alaskans have received quite a bit from their government over the years, especially since oil began flowing through the pipeline. We pay no personal state income tax. We enjoy some of the lowest taxes in the United States on gasoline, and only middling taxes on alcohol, given the mind-boggling expense that alcohol abuse creates in the state. The oil industry pays lower taxes than it pays in most regions of the world. At the same time every Alaskan gets a check just for living here.

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

Applause
Mushers help make Special Olympics fund-raiser a success

Applause
Battle of the Books participants offer thanks to those who helpedCANstruction 2002 helped supply stocks of food for hungrySwing choir silent auction success from community businessesSkyview hoops boosters appreciate support for recent tournament

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.

Letters to the Editor
Common sense should dictate best course of action for Kenai kings

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.

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.

A Rude Awakening
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series about what recent events portend for the future of anglers, fishing guides and others for whom the Kenai River is key to their welfare.

Around the Peninsula
RC&D District to discuss slaughterhouseMeyer to speak at chamber todayNordic sports association meets todaySpace available for Young Writers' ConferenceGardening lectures wrap-upSpay-neuter clinic coming to SterlingState Parks recruiting summer employees

Photo feature: Gas bike?
While it might look like Mark Prouty has invented a propane-powered bicycle, he was really just towing the bottle to a Kenai gas station so it could be refilled Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

District School News
News from schools around the district

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

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:

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.

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

House passes bill removing snowmachine license requirement
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would eliminate the need for a license to drive a snowmachine passed the House on Wednesday.

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.

Peninsula sweeps 1A-2A Coach, Player of Year titles
History repeated itself, and repeated itself, in the small-schools portion of the Daily News/Alaska Media All-State Basketball Team.

Sports Briefs
Police investigating Notre Dame football playersGumgate: Gonzo says he'll chew againGriffey healing quickly, could return in 3-6 weeks

Cavs dump Bucks
CLEVELAND -- Wesley Person scored 23 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-81 victory Wednesday night over Milwaukee, extending the Bucks' road losing streak to 10 games.

A grand test at new-look Masters for golfers
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- The hype over the Masters is no longer about the possibility of a grand slam.

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

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

Brodeur's shutout pushes New Jersey past Philadelphia
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur stopped 22 shots, and John Madden scored with 10:42 to play to give the New Jersey Devils a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

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.

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.

Colorado officials to test deer for fatal brain disease
CRAIG, Colo. (AP) -- State wildlife officials have fanned out across northwestern Colorado and are preparing to cull 300 wild deer to learn whether a fatal brain disease has spread.

Fairbanks biologists track sandhill cranes via satellite
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Once a week, Jason Caikoski sits down at his computer and tracks down his four sandhill cranes.

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