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Thursday, April 12, 2001

Six-month term for indecent exposure, camera incident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha man has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading no contest to charges he exposed himself to a 5-year-old girl and also tried to spy on showering teen-age girls via a hidden camera lens two years ago.

Airline steps up Prudhoe flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines plans to add three more flights per week between here and Prudhoe Bay starting May 22, the airline said.

Cook Inlet's known reserves won't be enough in a few years, study says
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southcentral Alaska will face natural gas shortages by the middle of the decade unless new reserves are discovered, a new study says.

Judge lifts campaign contributions limit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's $5,000 limit on contributions to a political party violates rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge has ruled.

Cold-weather runners dream of blizzard at Boston Marathon
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After a long winter of obsessive training, images of conquest in the upcoming Boston Marathon have begun to invade Andy Holland's dreams.

Prison plan is full of holes, legislators say
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some Republican lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula have blasted a plan, supported by a bill in the Legislature, that would allow a joint venture to build and operate the state's first private prison near Kenai.

Competition unravels mysteries of the atlatl
UNALASKA (AP) -- Dozens of curious hunters took to the old ballfield last Saturday, with hopes of discovering the mysteries of an ancient weapon.

Spring means awakening, hungry bears
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A sure sign that winters grip has weakened and that spring is on its way are fresh bear tracks in slushy snow.

One defendant in Nenana murder trial pleads no contest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of the two men charged with the January murder of Nenana resident John Burk will not be heading to trial.

Pilot speeds rescue of downed plane with handheld radio
BETHEL (AP) -- Quick thinking of a Bethel pilot brought a swift end to what could have been a deadly disaster on the tundra.

Ferry officials expect delays in repair of Columbia
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Alaska Marine Highway System announced changes in its schedule Tuesday in anticipation of delays in the repair of the state ferry Columbia.

Faribanks math team best in state
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a no-stress math test.

Senate President Rick Halford's mother dies
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate adjourned abruptly Tuesday when Senate President Rick Halford, R-Chugiak, received word that his mother had died.

City charges novelty store owner under changes to drug item law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city has filed a criminal charge against one of two store owners whose merchandise was seized by police last month under a city drug paraphernalia law.

Man wins bias suit against Army National Guard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former civilian worker at the Army National Guard has won a $230,000 judgment against the Guard in a discrimination case.

New study highlights pollution at tank farm
HAINES (AP) -- As much as 4,600 gallons of diesel fuel per year may be leaking from the old Haines Army Fuel Terminal into Lutak Inlet, according to a new pollution study.

House passes measure to add 8,000 acres of critical fish habitat to state park.
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A bill that would add 8,000 acres to the state park that protects the Kenai River has passed in the state House of Representatives.

Metals mining will keep Fairbanks busy this season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- This Interior city will be a jumping off point this year for geologists in search of platinum and palladium, making the area the second busiest in the state behind Southeast Alaska, mining experts predict.

Alcohol reading of man killed after leaving shelter was 0.188.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who was killed while crossing a downtown street had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit after he left a center where inebriates are taken to sober up, according to a state medical examiner's report.

Poll shows pessimism on fisheries future
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A poll released Wednesday by an environmental coalition says Alaskans are leery of the loss of fishing industry jobs and wildlife in the oceans and pessimistic about the future of state fisheries.

Inmate says guard made racist remarks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An inmate has accused a Palmer Correctional Center officer of making racially charged comments and contends the prison system has failed to address the matter.

House passes school safety bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at addressing school violence was unanimously approved by the House Wednesday.

Fish board takes up issue of who gets halibut catch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal fisheries panel this week wades into the question of whether charter boats should have an automatic share of the ocean's halibut.

Tense debate precedes vote on paintball resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- After a tense, angry debate Wednesday, the Senate voted 16-2 in favor of a narrowed version of a House resolution condemning recent paintball attacks on Alaska Natives in Anchorage.

House committee considers bill lowering blood-alcohol limit
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Transportation Committee took up bill Tuesday that would set a lower blood-alcohol limit to define drunk driving.

Sen. Stevens addresses joint session of Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Wearing a tie decorated with pigs, Sen. Ted Stevens addressed a joint session of the Alaska Legislature Wednesday, speaking on everything from oil and gas development to the national missile defense system and prevention of alcohol abuse.

State receives one bid to design, build fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Marine Highway System has received just one bid for design and construction of a high-speed catamaran to serve as a day boat between Sitka and Juneau.

Alaska Natives sign agreement formalizing tribe-state relations
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Delegates from about one-quarter of Alaska's 229 federally recognized tribes signed an agreement Wednesday formalizing relations between state government and tribal leaders.

Senate, House reject budgets
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House unanimously rejected the Senate's version of the operating budget Tuesday and the Senate rejected the House's spending plan.

State to end year with surplus, but deficits returning
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state will do a little bit better than break even this fiscal year.

Knowles, Senate Finance differ on school funding approaches
JUNEAU (AP) -- As Gov. Tony Knowles was calling on the Legislature to spend more money on schools, two floors up the Senate Finance Committee was debating a bill that would do that -- at least for most schools.

House approves bill limiting nonprofit's campaign contributions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Wednesday approved a bill limiting campaign contributions by certain nonprofit groups.

Mandatory borough bill passes Senate, but may stall in the House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate has passed a bill that could eventually force some unorganized communities into boroughs.

State rejects sole bid to build fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state has rejected the only bid it received for a fast ferry designed to operate as a day boat between Juneau and Sitka.

Modern adventurer traces early Arctic explorers' footsteps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wandering in circles on the snow-crusted tundra somewhere between Prudhoe Bay and Kaktovik in the spring of 1992, then 64-year-old Dick Griffith gave into the anguish Arctic explorers have known since the days of Peary and Shackleton.

Legislation takes park creation out of hands of administration
KENAI (AP) -- Legislation introduced last month could severely restrict additions to state parks.

Bill would pay for school costs study
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state would spend $350,000 to study how much it costs to run schools in different parts of the state under a bill that passed the House on Thursday.

Bush takes on one of the biggest challenges ever
NEW YORK (AP) -- George W. Bush aims to put his brand on government by taking on perhaps the most challenging domestic battle he will ever face, more difficult even than winning the nation's highest elective office:

Tax form 1040 can be good financial planning tool
NEW YORK (AP) -- Each year after the rush of tax-filing season, financial planner Gary Schatsky likes to sit down with his clients to study their federal income tax returns and find ways to improve their spending, saving and debt management.

American becomes nation's largest carrier with TWA deal
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Though American Airlines has completed its acquisition of most of the assets of Trans World Airlines, there's an even tougher job on the horizon for the country's new No. 1 carrier.

Judge names mediator in Napster case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge has named a Silicon Valley high-tech veteran to mediate on technical issues plaguing the record industry and Napster's online song-swapping network, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Children need to get familiar with aging parents' finances
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Mary Kay Redefer celebrated her father's 80th birthday the other day in Chillicothe, Ohio, there was obvious cause for joy. There also was reason for concern.

Long-term care insurance not for all
Q: My employer recently started offering long-term care insurance through a group program. Should I buy a policy?

Amazon to take over Borders Group's online bookselling operations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Borders Group Inc., the nation's second-largest book retailer, is abandoning its money-losing online business and turning it over to Amazon.com Inc. as part of a new partnership between the two companies.

Ford warns of defect
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is warning customers of a defect that can break the rear windows on some 2002-model Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicles.

Business Briefs
FNBA earnings riseUnocal donates to community cleanupZirul opens new officeSeward chamber announces April activitiesTesoro promotes pairRetail workshop offered todayGCI links Southwest schools to the InternetPhillips declares dividendPhillips denies Russian talks, Iraq activities

Running on empty?
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southcentral Alaska will face natural gas shortages by the middle of the decade unless new reserves are discovered, a new study says.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Spring brings blood drive in SoldotnaRoad projects to be discussed at luncheonWeekly chamber meeting slated for todayMeeting scheduled for todayPhillips to present forum for future Committee meeting plannedSenior Easter dinner ThursdayCar wash FridayFund-raiser planned to help Funny River areaMarine guide offered to boat owners Pet owners: Beware of eagles

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Monthly meeting today HC-HP committee meeting plannedFood bank board members to meet Senior Easter dinner todayFarewell potluck todayAfter hours celebration todayVolunteer appreciation to be heldHomer gardeners to present slide showBake sale SaturdayBridges board of directors to meet SaturdayArctic Young Marines to sell eggsSmall business workshop slated

Rotary Clubs establish new transportation funds at CPGH
Members of the Soldotna and Kenai Rotary Clubs have created a new fund to assist the transportation needs of individuals with difficulties getting to Central Peninsula General Hospital for therapy treatments.

Assembly and Mayor Bagley honor Special Olympic Athletes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution last week commending local Special Olympians, Samantha Baker, of Kenai, Jolene Clark, of Ho

Fresh vegetables like asparagus tend to bring out spring fever
(NAPSA)-In spring a food lover's fancy turns to thoughts of asparagus. In ancient times harvesting the wild asparagus, famous for their medicinal qualities, was a springtime ritual.

Youth Restoration Corp to give Mother Nature a helping hand
For the last three years the Youth Restoration Corp (YRC) has been working towards promoting environmental stewardship while building community support. Adding to that support last week at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon was Phillips Alaska, prese

Sixth annual Village Health, Safe Kids, & Job Fair has huge success
If the turn out for the sixth annual Village Health & Safe Kids Fair at Soldotna High School is an indicator of health awareness and concern for saf

Helping hands in our area
The good old days when Alaskans helped their neighbors whenever a need came up, whether it was setting a ridge pole on a log cabin, fixing a broken vehicle, or planting a garden, is not just part a part of Alaska's colorful history, but is the substance of the spirit of our community today.

Big winner in a little package
She's too young to know what she wants to be when she grows up, but Kimberly Schilling already has a good start toward a college education. Kimberly, the daughter

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films.

Actors add a touch of western flair for latest stage production
There's no business like show business, and Twin Cities Produc-tions proves the phrase is true with the latest musical comedy, "Annie Get Your Gun."

Art Brief
Pier One auditions planned

State to end year with surplus, but deficits returning
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state will do a little bit better than break even this fiscal year.

House committee considers bill lowering blood-alcohol limit
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Transportation Committee took up bill Tuesday that would set a lower blood-alcohol limit to define drunk driving.

Knowles, Senate Finance differ on school funding approaches
JUNEAU (AP) -- As Gov. Tony Knowles was calling on the Legislature to spend more money on schools, two floors up the Senate Finance Committee was debating a bill that would do that -- at least for most schools.

Senate, House reject budgets
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House unanimously rejected the Senate's version of the operating budget Tuesday and the Senate rejected the House's spending plan.

Sen. Stevens addresses joint session of Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Wearing a tie decorated with pigs, Sen. Ted Stevens addressed a joint session of the Alaska Legislature Wednesday, speaking on everything from oil and gas development to the national missile defense system and prevention of alcohol abuse.

Schedule
Nascar Winston Series schedule.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders.

Race schedule needs to see some changes
FORT WORTH, Texas -- There was quiet confidence in Eddie Gossage's voice as he watched from a posh luxury suite while 210,000 racing fans exited the Texas Motor Speedway.

Nascar busch series pepsi 300
When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Points standings
Nascar Winston Cup series point standings.

Tragedy matures Junior
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The play ful, sometimes arrogant bounce in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s swagger was lost in a split second Feb. 18. That was the day he watched in his rear-view mirror as his father slammed into the fourth-turn wall on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Closing arguments next as trial over Nikiski shooting incident nears end
It could be anybody's Alaska dream cabin. Made of logs, surrounded by spruce and birch trees, not too many neighbors. The deep puddles in the gravel road running past it help maintain its isolation. A U.S. flag waves lazily from the top of a pole on the right side of the cabin.

Photo feature: Yard work
Erik Charlie, 4, takes a rake to some of the snow that remains in his front yard in Old Town Kenai Tuesday afternoon.

Business mentoring program can help youths rebound
The educational grants coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District said she has learned a lot about the qualities that help children bounce back from trouble.

Kenai City Council to screen manager applicants tonight
The Kenai City Council will get down to the nuts and bolts of finding a city manager tonight as it begins the review process of the 15 applicants that have made it past the first round.

Nudson innocent on all counts
Zebulon E. "Zeb" Nudson, the Nikiski man on trial for killing Justin Meireis and wounding three others at his home on March 12, 2000, was found innocent of all 10 charges against him Thursday afternoon in Kenai Superior Court.

Closing arguments contrast claims of self-defense, illegality of taking a life
Twelve people -- a jury of his peers -- hold the future of Zebulon E. "Zeb" Nudson, 23, of Nikiski, in their hands.

Cleanup raises hopes, worries
Fertilizing naturally occurring bacteria seems to be cleaning an underground dry cleaning fluid spill by the Kenai River in Soldotna faster than expected.

James A. McDowell
Homer resident James A. McDowell died at his home on Sunday, March 11, 2001, of heart disease. He was 86. Memorial services will be held at a later date. His ashes will be inurned at the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery, in Homer, also at a later date.

Under current circumstances, Reagan legacy push unseemly<
A group of prominent Republicans is campaigning to have Ronald Reagan replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.

Applause
Many contribute to success of Love INC's annual dinner

Health care remains hot issue, even as it simmers on political back burner
Remember the so-called health-care crisis in this country? It might not be on the political agenda these days, and it isn't making headlines.

Nevertheless, key questions go unanswered, major issues left unresolved
WASHINGTON -- President Bush emerged from his first foreign policy test with widespread praise for his diplomatic juggling act and low-key leadership style. But the bargain he struck to free 24 Americans from China has left prickly questions unanswered.

More federal money does not translate into educational success for students
The report cards keep getting worse. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest tes

Others will pick up gap created by tax changes
House members, Democrats and Republicans

Letters to the Editor
Trail would not hurt wildlife, if people, pets did not stray Homer Electric Association board in need of new blood, fresh ideasTimothy McVeigh should be made example for all terrorists Unions help people better themselves, their familiesUnions will promise whatever it takes to win workers' votes

UA system plays vital role in Alaska's future
The University of Alaska has made great strides in the two years since President Mark Hamilton enlisted the Legislature's assistance in reversing years of systemwide decline.

Modern adventurer traces early Arctic explorers' footsteps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wandering in circles on the snow-crusted tundra somewhere between Prudhoe Bay and Kaktovik in the spring of 1992, then 64-year-old Dick Griffith gave into the anguish Arctic explorers have known since the days of Peary and Shackleton.

Angler's story stars a large cast
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More flowery, saccharin prose is written about fly casting than probably any other aspect of angling. Like Ken Griffey Jr. or Tiger Woods' swing, there is a grace that materializes in a well-suspended fly line, with or without a strike at the end of the swing.

Bald Eagles Bounce Back in Minnesota
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Minnesota's growing bald eagle population is running out of room.

Competition unravels mysteries of the atlatl
UNALASKA (AP) -- Dozens of curious hunters took to the old ballfield last Saturday, with hopes of discovering the mysteries of an ancient weapon.

Nikiski debaters win state
In a stunning upset, the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Drama, Debate and Forensics Team held its own against the traditional favorites at the state tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday and brought home two trophies.

Conservation District keeps students busy
The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District is expanding its education outreach this year. The program, which is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, now offers contests for students and teachers.

Around the District
No school Friday'Science Circus' comes to townGirl Scouts invites home schoolersSchool board meets MondayTropical trip hits high note for KCHS bandWings hosts Christian school conventionKCHS announces Students of the MonthSMS announces Students of the MonthStudents of the Month namedConference addresses school violence Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer will give the keynote address Scholarships available for asthmaticsAfter the Bell

Arts take over at KPC
Career exploration seminarKenai Peninsula College Art GalleryOpera samplerSunday Showcase

News from schools around the district
News from schools around the district

Skyview senior heads for Northern Arizona University
The get-together to celebrate Skyview senior Erika Edwards signing a national letter intent ended up being more of a celebration of Edwards' humility and dedication than it was of her accomplishments.

Poof! Wizards make Bulls' road woes vanish
WASHINGTON -- The Chicago Bulls ended a franchise-record 25-game road losing streak Wednesday night with a 113-109 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Sabres shut down Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Dominik Hasek stopped 31 shots -- including Mark Recchi's first-period penalty shot -- as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

McGwire conks first tater in Cards vicotry
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire ended an 0-for-12 season-opening slump with an opposite-field home run, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 Wednesday night.

Miami beats buzzer, 76ers
MIAMI -- Tim Hardaway sank a 22-footer with 5.6 seconds left, and the Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 83-81 Tuesday night despite Allen Iverson's 41 points.

Alaska Shootout future in question
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA management council has approved a proposal that could seriously hurt recruiting of teams for the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage and the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks.

If he returns, it's as Error Jordan
I think it would be great to see him play again -- in the Senior All-Star Game. The name Michael Jordan belongs on a wall in the basketball Hall of Fame, hanging above the hardwood floor of the United Center and on all the jerseys that people still wear while they "want to be like Mike."

Deja vu all over again in first round of Stanley Cup playoffs
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres face the same dilemma -- how to beat a Czech goalie.

Yanks sweep Royals, take first in AL East
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alfonso Soriano and Paul O'Neill had three RBIs apiece as the New York Yankees completed a sweep of the six-game season series against Kansas City with an 8-5 win Wednesday.

2001 Peninsula Runners' Calendar
Print this out and keep for the dates and times of the spring and summer runs.

Area club hits the ground running
Picture this. It's 5 a.m. on a rainy summer morning and your alarm clock rings. Oh yeah, you remember. You were going to get up, drive over to Seward and do the Lost Lake Trail today by yourself.

Spring means awakening, hungry bears
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A sure sign that winters grip has weakened and that spring is on its way are fresh bear tracks in slushy snow.

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