Friday, April 11, 2003

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.

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.

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.

House approves bill to legalize roadside memorials
FAIRBANKS (AP) The state House unanimously approved a bill to legalize roadside memorials honoring car crash victims.

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.

Anchorage man dies from windstorm injuries
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man has died from injuries received during last month's big windstorm.

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.

Man sentenced to 40 months for insurance fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 39-year-old man was sentenced to 40 months in jail for insurance fraud.

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.

Teen accused of trying to mail marijuana to Kaltag
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks teenager is accused of trying to mail a package of marijuana to Kaltag.

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.

Lawsuit challenges new Anchorage runoff election law
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a change in local election law.

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 doctor killed in avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage doctor was killed in an avalanche while skiing in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

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.

Anadarko debuts new drilling platform
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has begun drilling a gas hydrate well south of Kuparuk. It is the first time anyone has purposefully drilled a well on the North Slope seeking methane hydrates, or natural gas trapped in frozen ground.

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.

House endorses drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge, rejects fuel economy measure
WASHINGTON (AP) The House Thursday night endorsed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, setting up a likely confrontation with the Senate as Congress struggles to produce a comprehensive energy policy.

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.

Corbus: Oil revenue lower than expected
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's money woes appear worse with the release of the state's latest revenue forecast Thursday.

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.

Senate approves cuts to childrens health care program
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate approved legislation Thursday to save about $2.1 million next year by providing health care to fewer pregnant women and children.

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.

House Republicans approve $2.3 billion budget
JUNEAU (AP) House Republicans approved a $2.3 billion operating budget on Thursday over the objection of minority Democrats who say it shortchanges education and other essential programs.

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.

Governor has procedure to open heart artery
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski underwent a procedure to open what doctors discovered was a nearly blocked heart artery, his cardiologist said Thursday.

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.

Bill reduces state support for some treatment programs
JUNEAU The state Senate passed legislation Thursday that would cut state support for drug and alcohol treatment.

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.

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.

Expos avoid sweep at paws of Chicago
CHICAGO Tony Armas Jr. struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven scoreless innings as the Montreal Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Royals stay unbeaten, Tigers remain winless
DETROIT Raul Ibanez homered and drove in three runs to lead the unbeaten Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the winless Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

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.

WOMEN WORKERS: The bank, the post office, the laundromat do you ever see these places on a weekday?

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.

Boomers are good at saving, but not good enough
NEW YORK (AP) Retirement is starting to loom for the oldest of the baby boom generation, but few of them are prepared for the financial perils of old age, experts say.

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.

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.

Reserve, National Guard troops called to active duty qualify for interest, tax breaks
NEW YORK (AP) Shortly after Yolanda Kilbride's husband was called up for active duty by the Marine Corps, she took advantage of a little-known law to shore up their finances.

Accounting changes to deflate earnings
NEW YORK (AP) Lower earnings might not be such a bad thing for investors if they are coming down for the right reason.

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.

CDC chief very concerned about possible workplace spread of SARS virus
ATLANTA (AP) The respiratory virus known as SARS has appeared to spread in the United States only to family members of health workers with close contact to an infected person.

Super slow workouts add muscle for those who can take the strain
WASHINGTON (AP) Dan Fitzgerald takes 10 seconds to lift a weight that other people lift in four. It takes him five seconds to ease it back down, even though others can do that in two.

Cabin system to link Ptarmigan Lake, Paradise Valley trails
ANCHORAGE By trekking between a string of proposed backcountry cabins where you reserve a bunk instead of the whole building, hikers could soon wander through two wild valleys on the Kenai Peninsula toting little more than a day pack.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Politicians pro-education until it comes time to fully fund it
Oh, how often politicians forget the promises they make to the people when it comes to our children's needs and e

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.

Community support for student exchange fund-raiser appreciated
The Kenai-Soldotna AFS-USA Chapter of the student exchange program wishes to thank all those who supported our recent fund-raiser dinner.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

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

Home show planned for Saturday, Sunday
The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association's 24th annual Home Show is this weekend at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

Bagley: Peninsulas future bright
Despite recent layoffs in the oil and gas industry and the closing of Big Kmart, Kenai's largest taxpayer, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley says he believes the future of the peninsula's economy is bright.

School consolidation sparks disagreement
Elementary schools in Nikiski are bound to look different in the coming years, but just how different remains to be seen.

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

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.

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

Partnership holds potential to save money, programs
The city of Kenai deserves a gold medal for trying to find creative ways to cut spending and yet save popular programs.

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.

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.

Alaska needs to determine cost of educational needs, then pay up
Every election season we hear it. "I'm pro-education." "We need to fully fund educat

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.

Outdoor club planning activities
The Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club's next planning meeting is scheduled for April 23 at Ruben's restaurant in the Kings Inn in Kenai at 7 p.m.

The hills are alive: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge can be ear opening experience
It's been a quiet winter here on the Kenai, but things are about to change. Migratory bi

Kachemak kayak fest expanded for this year
The second annual Kachemak Kayak Fest has been scheduled for May 23 through June 1 in Homer.

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

Around the Peninsula
Church Basketball Invitational today School to present adolescent issues video Community council to discuss DOT issues Legion plans Easter egg hunt Turn-off TV week scheduled Caregiver seminar slated Outdoor club to meet United Way seeks committee volunteers

Leading scientist defends the Exodus account but puts Sinai in Saudi Arabia
A British scientist is making two claims about Jewish history this Passover season that could surely spark discussion over the Seder meal.

Panel investigates possible miracle attributed to Hawaiis Father Damien
HONOLULU (AP) Doctors and priests have opened a Roman Catholic tribunal in Honolulu to investigate a possible miracle attributed to Father Damien, the missionary to the lepers, who is a candidate for sainthood.

In faith-based test case, appeals court upholds Wisconsin halfway house aid
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin can continue providing taxpayer money for a faith-based halfway house in Milwaukee that provides 24-hour supervised residential care, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Founder suspends project that paid U.S. youths to memorize the Ten Commandments
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A ministry that sought to renew America one child at a time'' by paying young people $10 each to memorize the Ten Commandments has run out of money.

Rutgers University group drops lawsuit after accord on choosing Christian leaders
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) A Christian student group has dropped a federal lawsuit against Rutgers University and agreed to the school's anti-discrimination policy in return for the continued right to select leaders who support its religious purposes.

Imprisoned Baptist leader reaches divorce agreement
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, the jailed former president of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. has reached a divorce agreement with wife Deborah.

Christians see prayer as both a comfort and a tool in war with Iraq
Her Arizona home is thousands of miles from the streets of Baghdad, but Christa Wiggans believes she spans that distance daily with prayers for American troops and their cause.

Church Briefs
Outdoor fellowship day planned Sale to aid African hunger mission Messianic Passover seder presented Martin to speak to Womens Aglow Gospel hour planned Friendship closet open Healing Rooms open Religious poetry contest ongoing Christian group sponsors contest

Holy week celebrated
A community Palm Sunday service will be conducted by the Kenai Peninsula Minist-erial Association at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

Latter-day Saints president urges wars end, support for troops
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Mormon President Gordon B. Hinckley pleaded for peace in Iraq while assuring church members that God would not hold those in the military responsible for what national leaders require.

Scientologists in Germany launch legal bid to end government monitoring
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Germany's Church of Scientology branch launched a legal effort to declare surveillance by security agencies unconstitutional.

Holy week services planned
Abundant Life Assembly of God MoAdim Messianic Fellowship North Star United Methodist Church Our Lady of Perpetual Help Our Lady of the Angels Church Peninsula Grace Brethren Church HSt. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Soldotna Church of the Nazarene Sterling Lutheran

Anchor Point rider wins King of the Hill
For the second year in a row, Brok Shafer was the first one up the mountain.

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.

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

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

New Hampshire, Minnesota move into Frozen Four championship
BUFFALO, N.Y. After a reprieve when replay disallowed a goal against him, Mike Ayers and the New Hampshire Wildcats finally woke up.

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.

Burk asks CEOs to take stand
ATLANTA (AP) Martha Burk called on Augusta National members to take a stand against Hootie Johnson and turn in their green jackets if they don't agree with him on the issue of women members.

Rain, not protest, stops Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. Augusta National finally met its match Mother Nature, not Martha Burk. Four days of heavy rain turned golf's hallowed grounds into a muddy mess and forced the first round of the Masters to be postponed for the first time since 1939.

Caps, Ducks, Wild, Canucks take 1-0 series leads
TAMPA, Fla. Robert Lang scored two goals and Olaf Kolzig made 28 saves Thursday night as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Thursday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Geese spotted in Delta
FAIRBANKS (AP) The first Canada geese of the season have landed in Delta Junction.

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.

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