Monday, April 15, 2002

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.

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

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.

New program eases transition to adulthood for older foster children
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is trying to make it easier for older foster children to successfully enter adulthood.

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.

Fish observer program extended through 2007
ANCHORAGE(AP) -- Federal fishery managers on Monday voted to extend through 2007 a regulation requiring observers on groundfish vessels. The rule had been due to expire at the end of this year.

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.

House approves increase in drivers license fees
JUNEAU (AP) -- Drivers' license fees would go up by $5 under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

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.

Condon: State revenue picture improves a bit
JUNEAU (AP) -- North Slope oil prices will average nearly $1 higher per barrel this year than state officials estimated earlier, cutting the state budget deficit, the state Department of Revenue said Monday.

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.

Popular UAA professor may lose job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A popular engineering professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage was denied tenure and may lose his job.

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.

April 8, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News offers a fiscal plan for Alaska
Alaska's $1 billion-a-year fiscal gap is a serious problem, but it is manageable if we keep our heads and act decisively. The best way is to keep our balance, to take something from each of several sources while ratcheting up changes gradually. Here is a proposal for how:

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.

April 10, 2002 The Voice of the Times suggests another state revenue source
For reasons increasingly hard to fathom, there are among us those whose vision for Alaska's future happily includes taxes of all kinds, including the most onerous and sure-to-grow tax of all, an income tax.

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.

April 14, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner sees ANWR in a global context
Recent international events have once again highlighted the urgent need for the United States to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

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.

April 12, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion on special session costs
Here we go again. Like death, taxes and the annual return of swallows to San Juan Capistrano, a legislative ''special'' session is on tap again in Juneau. Once again, the focus will be on finding a solution to one of the state's most enduring and long-festering controversies -- subsistence. The source of the controversy is a small minority of Republican senators who are preventing the necessary two-thirds vote to place the issue where a vast majority of both lawmakers and the voters who put them there want it -- on the ballot.

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.

At least a dozen caribou killed in Kenai avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State and federal game biologists say at least a dozen Killey River caribou died in a March 5 avalanche.

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

Two snowmobilers found in crevasse on glacier south of Portage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two snowmobilers survived falling about 70 feet into a crevasse south of Portage on Sunday with minor injuries.

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.

Two Gambell brothers die when snowmachine runs out of gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two brothers from the village of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island were found dead Saturday night on a mountainside about a mile and a half from the village.

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.

Federal biologists study sea otter decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal scientists will be counting the number of Aleutian sea otters over the coming months to determine if they should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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.

Businessman plans Alaska to Minnesota bus service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage-based businessman plans to begin bus service from Alaska to Minnesota next month.

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

Alaskans head east for Boston Marathon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At least 38 Alaskans will be among the runners lining up for the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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.

Crab fishery plan advanced by federal council
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal fishery managers moved a step closer Sunday to developing a plan to privatize lucrative crab fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

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.

UAF rifle coach resigns to take Olympic team job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle team is losing its coach.

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.

Palmer man arraigned in shooting of Sutton woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers say theft was a motive behind the shooting death of a Sutton woman earlier this month.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Braves fall to Florida shutout in Miami
MIAMI -- A.J. Burnett pitched a four-hitter and third-string catcher Ramon Castro homered twice to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Sunday.

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.

Minnesota helps Tigers continue losing streak
MINNEAPOLIS -- Even with a two-run lead in the eighth inning, the Detroit Tigers still couldn't win.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CPGH offers help for those who can't sleep
The benefits of a good night's sleep can go a long way. Be it productivity on the job from being well-rested or a clear memory thanks to brain cells that have had time to properly regenerate, sufficient slumber carries a wide array of benefits. It can even save a life.

NOW PLAYING: Changing Lanes
New York movies inevitably take on one of two distinct personas: cheery, vibrant, perky movies that say, "Come to New York, this is where it's at!" or downbeat, concrete jungle sagas that groan, "God, I just need to get out of the city for a while." After 9-11, we haven't seen a whole lot of that side of the Big Apple, but with Changing Lanes, the darker side of the grand old lady makes it's appearance once again.

CPGH offers help for those who can't sleep
The benefits of a good night's sleep can go a long way. Be it productivity on the job from being well-rested or a clear memory thanks to brain cells that have had time to properly regenerate, sufficient slumber carries a wide array of benefits. It can even save a life.

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.

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.

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.

School talks still stalled
With offers on the table that could tie up monetary aspects of the schools negotiation, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District bargaining team met with negotiators from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Saturday morning to try to close a deal. But after a debate over staff expense, and even an amendment to the district offer, no compromise could be met.

Kenai shelter seeks volunteers
Animal control officers at the Kenai Animal Shelter are struggling between their workload and a lack of volunteers to keep the shelter open to the public during normal business hours.

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.

Chamber looks at state's future
What kind of Alaska do we want to leave for our children and grandchildren?

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.

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.

Debra Southwick
Longtime Kenai resident Debra Southwick died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. She was 48.

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.

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.

Charles R. Childers
Former Kenai resident Charles R. Childers died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at the veteran's hospital in Tucson, Ariz., of a massive stroke. He was 72.

Emma 'Jo' Godes
Longtime Soldotna resident Emma "Jo" Godes died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. She was 70.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

President's energy bill, including ANWR, desperately needed
President Bush's energy package -- ap-proved by the U.S. House and vital to the nation's economy -- is bogged down in the U.S. Senate. Remarkably, what should be the package's primary selling point is, due to overzealous environmentalists, its primary sticking point.

If success is not won soon, President may face new, unfavorable options
WASHINGTON -- Israel, the Palestinians and much of the Arab world have defied President Bush's pleas for peace and tolerance in the Middle East. Without progress soon, Bush may be forced to consider policies that he had previously rejected as too extreme.

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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna library celebrates National Library WeekHospital service area board meets tonightEagles Auxiliary president to visit KenaiMom's on the Run 'Stop into Spring'Jepsen to speak at Alliance luncheonMade in Alaska' featured at Soldotna chamberCouncil plans final budget work sessionFish and Game advisory committee to meetHospice plans youth program

Community News
SeaLife Center to host book signingElementary schools plan group DARE graduationFish and Game plans hunting programsSkyview High classes seek members for reunionsApplications available for festival artist boothsYRC offers summer jobs at refugeTryouts scheduled for competitive soccerWRCC offers class, directory

David and Zita SpannJessica L. and Daniel F. Martin

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Area students named to OSU honor rollSoldotna youth accepted to Harding UniversitySoldotna teen enlists in ArmyKenai woman graduates from college

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did not preregister, call the Soldotna Community School office, at 262-6768.

Students' handmade quilt celebrating Kenai's past, present hangs in airport
Fourth-grade students from Mountain View Elementary School gathered at Kenai Municipal Airport Thursday for the hanging of their community quilt.

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.

His next challenger is just learing on a putt-putt somewhere
Some see the red shirt and melt before the first shot is struck. Others last until an early barrage of birdies makes them start gambling like tourists waiting on a flight home from Las Vegas.

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.

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.

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.

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

Goosen's best Masters finish
AUGUSTA, GA -- He may have lost the Masters Tournament Sunday, but Retief Goosen didn't lose his sense of humor.

Woods cruises, opponents crack
AUGUSTA, Ga. - After Masters Tournament title No. 1, the father said his only begotten son was the messiah.

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.

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.

New world record in London Marathon
LONDON -- Khalid Khannouchi of the United States broke his own world record for the marathon Sunday, winning the London Marathon in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 38 seconds.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna Whalers results from Mid-Valley Tournament, Aril 6, 2002Opponents in the East and West setHarvick parked for Sunday's Winston Cup race for rough driving

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.

Woods wins third Masters, ties Faldo and Niklaus with back-to-back wins
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Not the best players in the world, not a toughened up Augusta National could stop Tiger Woods' march to Masters history.

Prepare for playoffs
Money doesn't always matter, and this NHL season also provided some other surprises -- scoring leader Jarome Iginla, Montreal goalie Jose Theodore and the remarkable run of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Isles defeat Flyers, secure playoff spot
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Dave Scatchard scored early in the third period to break a tie, helping the New York Islanders secure fifth place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff match with Toronto after a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

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.

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

At least a dozen caribou killed in Kenai avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State and federal game biologists say at least a dozen Killey River caribou died in a March 5 avalanche.

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