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Tuesday, April 15, 2003

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

Police must separate demonstrators and loggers
HOMER (AP) -- Police were forced to separate demonstrators and loggers after a Native corporation went ahead with clear-cutting on 14 acres in the heart of Homer.

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.

House debates wildlife viewing fee bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to charge tourists $15 for a wildlife viewing pass has gained limited support in the state House.

Elmendorf Air Force Base wins top food award, again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chicken is fresh and the Jell-O is wiggly.

Sitka man fined for hunting violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sitka man was hit with $7,500 in hunting fines for shooting a goat the same day he was airborne, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Fairbanks man dies in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks man died when he crashed his motorcycle in North Pole, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Begich wins Anchorage mayoral race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Assemblyman Mark Begich won the race for Anchorage mayor Monday, squeezing out a victory by just 18 votes over Mayor George Wuerch.

Fire season declared two weeks early in Southcentral
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fire season began Tuesday -- two weeks earlier than normal -- in Southcentral Alaska.

Local governments want share of motor fuel increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- Local governments maintain nearly half of the state's roads and should get a portion of the motor fuel tax increase proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski, said a group representing municipalities.

House bill pushes gambling as budget savior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Legislation is moving through the state House to expand Alaska gambling as a way to help balance the budget.

Processor says boycott bucked law of supply and demand
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A defendant processor in the Britol Bay sockeye salmon lawsuit said Monday that market conditions and fishermen's boycott to protest prices prompted lower prices for fewer fish in 1991.

Permanent Fund trustees propose amendment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Permanent Fund trustees are working on a proposed constitutional amendment that would cause a major change in how money is spent from the state's $23 billion oil wealth savings account.

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

Kodiak man facing tax charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kodiak man is facing tax charges in Florida, according to federal officials.

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.

Murkowski seeks historic trails agreement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski wants an agreement with the federal government to protect historic trails as public rights of way across Alaska's federal lands.

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.

Crab plan draws protests from crab coalition
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A final plan to divide up Alaska's crab fisheries, allocating the amount fishermen may harvest and processors may process drew fire Monday from crab fishermen.

Local governments want share of motor fuel increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- Local governments maintain nearly half of the state's roads and should get a portion of the motor fuel tax increase proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski, said a group representing municipalities.

Godzilla strikes again in New York
NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui broke a tie with a three-run homer in the sixth inning to give Cuban defector Jose Contreras his first major league victory as the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-9 on Monday night.

'Montreal' completes sweep in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Fernando Tatis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning as the Montreal Expos completed a four-game sweep of their first series in their new part-time home, beating the New York Mets 5-3 Monday.

Photo feature: Signing off
Steve Judge and Joe Moyer of Cook Inlet Lighting take down the "K" and the rest of the giant letters from the Big Kmart store in Kenai on Monday. The store closed Sunday.

With a little help from her friends
Long time Peninsula resident and teacher Jan Hanrahan is closer to a new van this week, because of a little help from her friends.

Jazzmom to be "Exposed" to the Peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula Performing Arts Society specializes in bringing talented Alaskan artists to the local area from a variety of musical stylings.

Mock Trial Team receives Borough Commendation
The SoHi Stars Mock Trial team last month earned the right to be Team Alaska by winning the Alaska State Mock Trial Competition in Anchorage, and unseating the team from Chugiak for the first time in seven years.

Bringing home the bird?
For many years the Peninsula Retrievers Club has been helping hunters and their favorite companions train together for the mutual pleasure of both man and canine.

Roses help send local students to college
As local high school seniors prepare for graduation, local Rotary Club members prepare roses to help them fund their college education.

NOW PLAYING: Anger Management
Jack Nicholson is a true talent. If there was any question of that, just look at the two completely different roles he has embodied this year.

Auction and benefit once again show caring side of community
I wish to thank all the businesses and people who donated items for the Becky Langston Chinese auction and benefit and for all who came to help make it a great success.

Many contribute to successful basketball season for youths
The Boys and Girls Club's seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league recently concluded its season. Boys and girls from throughout the central Kenai Peninsula area had the opportunity to be a part of a team, get a little exercise and socialize with their friends.

Lady Stars recognize winning team includes help from others
The Soldotna Lady Stars basketball team would like to thank the many people who showed their support and helped make our wonderful memories ones that will never be forgotten.

Story of women marathoners brings back fond memories
Wow! What an inspirational story regarding the four women marathoners from Kenai and Soldotna ("Runners support each other on road to Boston Marathon.")

Americans should not forget past friendship with French
The position of the French leaders does not necessarily reflect the position of most citizens of France. Perhaps we should be admonished for our French bashing.

Alaskans don't have a clue about how good they have it
Alaska is by no means the only state in the country that is suffering at the hands of volatile economic markets and questionable political leadership.

Anti-war protesters should expect others to disagree
Re: Water for our troops and Jeff Webster

Gordon wins Virginia 500
MARTINSVILLE, Va. With 35 laps of frustrating failure behind him and only 13 left to pass Bobby Labonte, Jeff Gordon did what he thinks any other driver would have done.

City to split costs for paving with residents
The Soldotna City Council voted Wednesday to approve the creation of two special assessment districts (SADs) that will allow the city to split the cost of paving eight Soldotna streets with local residents.

Caring for the Kenai contest Wednesday
The 13th annual Caring for the Kenai environmental awareness contest will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Kenai Central High School Little Theater.

Leftover bond funds aimed at school repairs
Soldotna Middle School would get four much-needed classrooms and a modern fire-suppression sprinkler system under a proposed borough ordinance reappropriating nearly $1.9 million in unspent proceeds and accumulated interest from a 2000 general obligation bond sale.

Borough landfill project to get funds
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to approve a resolution Tuesday authorizing the sale of up to $7.04 million in general obligation bonds to pay the costs of improvements to the Central Peninsula Baling Facility at Soldotna.

Awareness day gives insight to 4-H activities
"Cock-a-doodle-doo!" announced the rooster. Several children jumped back startled by the noise, but then approached again smiling after being assured it was OK by Mary Lambe.

North Road extension agreement reached
Federal, state and borough officials have penned an agreement launching the first phase of the Kenai Spur Road extension project that eventually will extend the Kenai Spur Highway 26 miles beyond its current terminus at Captain Cook State Recreation Area.

Income tax forms due in by midnight
Taxes done yet? If not, one may be hard-pressed to get them completed and sent off by the close of the filing deadline tonight.

Doris M. Haskell
Former Kenai resident Doris M. Haskell died Saturday, April 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was 61.

Muriel 'Ruth' Lofstedt
Longtime Kenai resident Muriel "Ruth" Lofstedt died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 76.

U.S. Constitution does not protect acts meant to terrify
Free speech is one thing. Conduct is another -- especially when it is conduct that, by its very nature, is intended to terrify or intimidate others.

Murkowski goes soft on wolf control plan What others say
What happened to the best science'' approach for implementing a predator control program around McGrath?

War in Iraq will produce heroes who deserve countrys support
"Who are the heroes?" you ask.

Coalition troops shift emphasis to protecting Iraqis, helping them self-govern
WASHINGTON -- By any normal gauge, the war with Iraq is over. Saddam Hussein's government is gone, all key cities are seized, major combat is winding down and two aircraft carriers are going home.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes continue today Hospital service area board to meet Women For Sobriety meets tonight Public health clinics planned Soldotna chamber to discuss trade KDLL board meeting slated Group offers family reunion planning session Parenting classes to be offered Skyview basketball awards banquet planned Sen. Murkowski to speak at Kenai chamber KPC to host anthropology presentation Games contract signing, reception planned Fish and Game rep to speak at north chamber AARP to offer Medicare training session

4-H Awareness Day winners announced
The following youngsters won awards at the 4-H Educational Awareness Day:

Around the Peninsula
Public health clinics plannedInformative brunch scheduledSoldotna chamber to discuss tradeAlliance to meet todayKDLL board meeting slatedGroup offers family reunion planning sessionParenting classes to be offeredSkyview basketball awards banquet plannedFish and Game meeting canceledKPC to host anthropology presentationNikiski group seeks signatures to keep school open

Births
Charly and Chris Dullum Nate and Charlotte Saavedra Bettina and Lambert Lavea Sharon and John Harris

Community News
CARTS receives grant for Kinder program Volunteer conference slated ACT registration deadline approaches Boy Scouts honor troops KCHS classes plan reunions Navy announces upcoming reunions

Community Schools
The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities starting this week. It is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone who is interested in a class but not preregistered should call Soldotna Community Schools at 262-6768.

Peninsula People
Residents honored in state hero ceremony Soldotna student makes grade at UAA Students earn MSU scholarship offers Kenai student honored at university Skyview grad to finish college

1 woman, 1 career: 62 years of service
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Being two hours late for your first day of work and accidentally head-butting the governor isn't exactly the best way to start a career in state government.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Fans turn violent after hockey championship
Fans from the winning and losing teams at the NCAA hockey championship threw bottles and rocks, smashed store windows and set trash bins on fire in separate outbreaks of violence that resulted in more than 100 arrests.

Weir first Canadian Masters winner
AUGUSTA, Ga. A Maple Leaf grows among the towering pines of Augusta National.

Williams returns to North Carolina roots
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- In the end, Roy Williams knew it was time to return to his roots, to the storied program in powder blue where he learned his craft as an assistant at his beloved alma mater.

Brodeur posts shutout to beat Bruins 3-0
BOSTON Martin Brodeur's latest shutout has the New Jersey Devils a win away from the second round and the Boston Bruins wondering how to get the puck past him.

Sports Briefs
Jazz owner reaches apparent peace with MaloneMalone, Bibby added to U.S. national teamBulls hire Paxson to replace Krause as GM

Winning with what he has left
He was a kid, and the greatest golfer of all time wrote back and told him not to change a thing. It might be the best advice Mike Weir ever got.

Soldotna's Houglum excels in giving, not taking, credit
A couple of faxes received for this story go a long way toward showing why Soldotna senior Chris Houglum excels in the midfield.

Wallace trey saves Portland from L.A. comeback
PORTLAND, Ore. Rasheed Wallace hit a 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Los Angeles Lakers 101-99 Sunday to break a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.

Detroit rules in East
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs Monday night, escaping with an 89-88 victory over Cleveland when Smush Parker's dunk attempt bounced off the back rim as time expired.

Mighty Ducks push Wings to brink of elimination
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The upstart Anaheim Mighty Ducks have the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in deep trouble.

Sports Briefs
Bulldogs get first win against Wasilla Basketball awards banquet to be held Injured umpire leaves hospital Radcliffe sets world best

Photo feature: Blending in
Willow ptarmigans use patches of snow for cover in the Chugach Mountains near Skilak Lake earlier this month. Soon the birds will molt into their summer foliage.

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