Sunday, April 14, 2002

Fire investigators look into cause of warehouse fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fire investigators are looking into what caused a fire that damaged an empty warehouse.

Bill would let board create kids-only fisheries
JUNEAU (AP) Young people could have a fishing hole to themselves under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

Redistricting board begins crafting court-ordered plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Five members of the state's Redistricting Board began the work of devising a new reapportionment map on Friday to satisfy a court order.

Whale migration to Alaska is under way
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The migration of gray whales from the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to waters off Alaska is well under way.

Barrow residents enjoy spring festival despite below zero temperatures
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow residents turned out in force for the spring festival even though there was a blizzard, winds of 20 mph and temperatures stayed below zero.

Supreme Court decision could affect Exxon Valdez judgment
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) A U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the size of jury awards in civil cases could affect the $5 billion judgment still pending in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case.

Unalaska strip club abruptly closes
UNALASKA (AP) -- A strip club in Unalaska abruptly closed its doors after only three months of operation.

Court mulls over protected speech lawsuit
JUNEAU (AP) A lawsuit filed by a former Juneau high school student raises questions about what constitutes protected speech and what determines a school event.

Superintendent: No change in Anchorage high schools start times
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage high school classes should continue to start at 7:30 a.m., said school district superintendent Carol Comeau.

Fairbanks man still in critical condition in Seattle
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man remained in critical condition following a car crash last week in a Seattle suburb.

Bethel City Council makes changes in water requests
BETHEL (AP) -- Bethel residents can no longer call the city for extra water delivery if they run out.

Wasilla man dies in snowmachine crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla man died after he drove a snowmachine off a cliff in Hatcher Pass.

Palmer man charged with murdering Sutton woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer man has been charged with murdering a Sutton woman found shot to death in her home, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

Board approves Kenai school contracts
KENAI (AP) Kenai Peninsula Borough teachers and support staffers finally have new contracts.

Alaska's cowboys recite poetry
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If you were looking for cowboys Friday night, you weren't going to find them on the ranch.

Eagle river man dies after snowmobile falls into crevasse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River snowmobiler died Saturday when he plunged into a deep, mile-long crevasse south of Portage.

Surviving climber describes tragedy on Mount St. Elias
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Inching his way down a 45-degree ice face on Mount St. Elias, choosing his route carefully to avoid what would be almost certain death if he fell, John Griber turned when he heard a swishing sound above.

Fort Knox mine owner links up for Ontario project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The owner of the Fort Knox gold mine north of Fairbanks has agreed to combine operations with another company in the Porcupine district of Ontario, Canada.

Concealed carry bill narrowly passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon in another state could also carry a gun in Alaska under a bill that narrowly passed the House on Friday.

Board says missile defense would consider nuclear-tip interceptors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Department of Defense advisory board is reviewing whether a national missile defense system should be equipped with nuclear-tipped interceptors.

House approves closed meeting provision
JUNEAU (AP) The Legislature could go behind closed doors to talk about homeland security concerns under a measure passed in the House on Monday.

Rookies dominate 2002 Arctic Man
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men normally on a quest for gold brought home the green at the Tesoro Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic on Friday.

Woman injured in highway crash with three bison
ANCHORAGE (AP) A California woman was injured when her rental car struck three bison on the Alaska Highway near Delta Junction, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Redistricting board considers changes to legislative map
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board approved a new legislative map on Saturday after talks with several groups that had fought the plan previously.

Greenish material in drums still a mystery, but initial tests don't indicate hazard
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The greenish material found in two dozen 55-gallon drums at Fort Greely remains a mystery, but so far there's no indication they were filled with chemical weapons or hazardous waste.

Fans pack Metrodome for opener
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter sat at his locker after playing in front of his first sellout crowd at the Metrodome.

Red Sox come back on Yankees, Rivera
BOSTON -- Mariano Rivera sat by himself in the dugout and threw his hands in the air. A brief fit of frustration, but an uncommon display for a dominant closer who rarely fails -- and shows emotion even rarer still.

Bonds passes Killebrew
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 574th home run, moving past Harmon Killebrew into sixth place on the career list, and the San Francisco Giants sent the Milwaukee Brewers to their seventh straight loss, 3-2 Saturday.

St. John's wort weakens cancer drug
SAN FRANCISCO -- St. John's wort appears to interfere powerfully with a common cancer drug for weeks after people stop taking the herbal supplement, a study shows.

Study: Eye drops work as well as patches in children with lazy eye
CHICAGO -- Eye drops are just as effective as eye patches for treating ''lazy eye'' and are less likely to be shunned by children, a study shows.

Pregnancy weight gain may increase cancer risk
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a new twist on the dangers of extra weight, a study found that women who gain too much during pregnancy face an increased risk of breast cancer later in life.

Studies show fish oil can help prevent heart disease deaths
CHICAGO -- Women can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by eating fish at least twice a week, researchers say in a study that found benefits similar to those previously seen in men.

Health clubs fall short of being prepared with defibrillators
WASHINGTON -- With research showing a slightly higher risk that people's hearts may give out during exercise, doctors are calling on health clubs to buy portable defibrillators.

Budget cuts threaten DEC programs
Alaskans out for a night on the town, students in a school lunch line, even shoppers at the corner grocery could soon be playing a kind of Russian roulette with their health if proposed funding cuts to the state's food safety program go into effect, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation warned last week.

Last-minute income tax filers still have hope
If the only things certain in life are death and taxes, then anyone still holding onto income tax returns are at death's door knocking as time until the deadline winds down.

Not everyone unhappy to see inspections end
The state should get its fingers out of food inspections. At least that's what the owners of a popular local sandwich shop say. They say they're more than happy to see the Legislature debating whether to cut food inspections from the Department of Environmental Conservation's budget.

Employees challenge district authority by following rules
If they do their jobs exactly the way they are supposed to, according to the letter of their contract instructions, all heck will break lose.

Cost of supplies often borne by teachers
Getting low pay is a big problem, but having to pay work-related expenses out of pocket makes it worse.

How much do educators work?
Summers off, two weeks of Christmas vacation, that week of spring break and seven-hour school days: At first glance it looks like school employees have a pretty cushy schedule.

Diverse projects presented in Caring For the Kenai competition
Fourteen high school students pitched their ideas on how to protect the environment of the Kenai Peninsula Friday night at Kenai Central High School, in the 12th annual Caring For the Kenai competition.

Dan Marsters
Sterling resident Dan Marsters died Friday, April 12, 2002, at his home in Sterling. He was 27. Funeral arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Alice L. Whipple
Alice L. Whipple died Thursday, April 11, 2002 at the Sitka Pioneers Home in Sitka, where she lived for the last 11 years. She was 89.

Albert Hugh Ivey
Homer resident and former Fairbanks resident Albert Hugh Ivey, died April 10, 2002 at his home after a long struggle with lung cancer. He was 67.

Time, circumstances never been better for Arctic oil exploration
Alaska senator and gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski is part of a U.S. Senate team that will introduce an amendment Tuesday calling for safely exploring the Arctic coastal plain for oil.

Capital's undeserved negative reputation overridden by natural beauty, diversity
I don't know what the exact mathematical formula is, but as the number of days of the legislative session decreases, the number of lobbying efforts increase.

Letters to the Editor
Teacher retirements a loss to schools and the communityLegislature 'brutally insensitive' for proposing cuts to social services

Alaskans should demand fair oil value
In 1974, Saudi Arabia established "OPEC terms," a tax equaling 85 percent of the profits the oil companies received from the sale of OPEC oil, plus a 20 percent royalty. (Royalty is oil government keeps.)

Sacagawea's son: Through the mist of two centuries, a portrait emerges
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sacagawea carried her infant son on her back when she trudged along with Lewis and Clark on their Voyage of Discovery to the Pacific. Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was 55 days old when the explorers left Fort Mandan in present-day North Dakota in 1805 and headed west into the unknown.

A look into the past: Kenai Joe's and Eadie's
This photo was taken inside Kenai Joe's Bar in Kenai in the early 1950s by Virgil Dahler.

My Best Friend
Samantha Roofe's best friend is Ellie, a Jack Russell terrier, especially since Samantha's brother left for college. The two live in Kenai.

Passion for art, beauty keeps Soldotna woman young
Kathleen Knowlton won't reveal her age, but her stories assure that she's been on this earth long enough to do a whole lot of living.

Sports Briefs
Oakley's stint with Bulls ends on injured listBuddha's best in Wood MemorialHarlan's Holiday outduels rival in Blue Grass StakesMiller to miss next scheduled startCubs sign Gilkey to minor league contract

Dunks rule Senior All-Star Game
Webster's definition of the Seventh Annual Senior All-Star Game was the same as his definition of any other basketball game.

Boston Marathon winner's whirlwind year not over yet
BOSTON -- After winning the Boston Marathon last year, Lee Bong-ju returned home to a parade and a rally in the plaza outside Seoul's city hall. In the 12 months since, he has been revered in a manner befitting South Korea's first Boston champion since the Korean War.

Small schools, big show
The Alaska School Activities Association has done a great job making the state 3A and 4A basketball championships the centerpiece of the high school athletics championship season. For my money, though, you can't beat the atmosphere you find at the tournament ASAA hasn't made into such a big deal -- the 1A and 2A tournament.

Arnie's Army marches at Augusta for last time
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Arnold Palmer strolled through the mist and fought back the tears. His long goodbye to the Masters came to a melancholy close Saturday.

Cold bath may help athletes go longer
WASHINGTON -- An ice water bath may help distance runners prepare for a race.

Finley, Van Exel lead Mavericks in rout of SuperSonics
SEATTLE -- Michael Finley scored 29 points and Nick Van Exel added 22 as the Dallas Mavericks rolled over the Seattle SuperSonics 116-99 Saturday night.

Tiger pounces into tie for Masters lead
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Look past the muck and the mess covering Augusta National. This Masters is shaping up to be a real beauty.

London Marathon breaks new ground with athlete blood tests
LONDON -- The London Marathon sets itself apart Sunday, and not just for its powerful field or the possibility of a world record. It will become the first major marathon to conduct blood tests on all elite entrants.

Foreign players shine at Augusta National
The trade deficit for April could be in line for a big hit. Because unless Tiger Woods can hold off a leaderboard packed with more foreigners than the U.N. Security Council, another one of those expensive green jackets is headed overseas.

Flyers clinch division
PHILADELPHIA -- Adam Oates and Mark Recchi scored as the Philadelphia Flyers won the Atlantic Division title with a 2-1 victory Saturday over the New York Rangers.

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