Monday, April 16, 2001

Army in Alaska has new chief of operations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lt. Col. Lawrence Fussner has been selected as the new chief of operations for the Army in Alaska.

Adak votes for incorporation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Adak have voted overwhelmingly to become a city, according to state elections officials.

Airplane drops part on commercial flight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Beech 1900-series aircraft owned by Frontier Flying Service lost a small piece of its engine covering somewhere over Talkeetna during a Tuesday morning flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

April 12: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on preserving the Interior's voice:
The numbers don't lie: between 1990 and 2000 the largest population growth in Alaska took place in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

State says Kenai Peninsula can expect early fire season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula can expect an early fire season because conditions are unusually dry for this time of year, state fire officials say.

April 12: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on ALPAR:
A recent survey of Alaska's rural residents showed that Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling is the environmental group they know and like best.

Halibut IFQ approved for charter boats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council on Saturday approved allocating millions of pounds of halibut in quota shares to the charter boat industry.

April 11: Anchorage Daily News on Alaska's revenue forecast:
The state Department of Revenue makes its spring forecast today. In December, the department projected a $514 million deficit for fiscal year 2002 which begins in July. Oil prices have dipped, so now the gap is likely to surpass $600 million.

Troopers charge husband in shooting death of rural woman
ANCHORAGE -- A 38-year-old man from the Kuskokwim River village of Chuathbaluk has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife.

Anchorage man killed in single-vehicle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died early Sunday after he rolled his vehicle while driving northbound on the Seward Highway near the Potter Creek trail head to Chugach State Park.

South Korea may join high seas drift net enforcement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- South Korea's ambassador says the country will probably join an international group that coordinates enforcement of a high seas ban on drift net fishing for salmon, according to Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

Whiteouts prompt first-ever cancellation of Arctic Man
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Whiteout conditions over the weekend prompted the first cancellation of the Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic in the event's 16-year history.

Whaling captains get set for spring hunt
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow's whaling captains are getting ready for the spring whaling season, scheduled to start within the next few weeks.

Official fire season to begin early on portions of Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tinder dry conditions are responsible for an earlier start of the official fire season in many areas of Alaska this spring.

Native activists plan economic reaction to racism
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska Native activists announced Saturday they have formed a boycott committee to take economic measures that will advance civil and human rights of Alaska Natives.

State officials say census numbers almost on target
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The census people flew into Hobart Bay last year, stayed for 15 minutes and then took off again.

Woman arrested after failing breath test and driving
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman was arrested Thursday night after she requested and failed a breath test for alcohol then drove anyway.

Federal grant allows for expansion of Yukon Flats Center
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Yukon Flats Center will be able to expand classroom space and program offerings to the nine Alaska communities it serves thanks to a $1.2 million federal grant.

As returns get more complicated, rural residents seek tax help
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- You would think that someone who lives off the land for the most part would have a simple tax return.

State has until Friday to decide whether to appeal
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's top attorneys are analyzing a federal appeals court ruling that said the state's sex offender registry law is too harsh.

Birds, seals welcome infrequent fish visitor to Haines
HAINES (AP) -- Eagles, gulls, seals and beachcombers are scooping up Pacific capelin, a smelt-like fish and harbinger of spring that appears here only occasionally.

Mining company wants to double tailings facility
JUNEAU (AP) -- A mining company wants to double its tailings facility on Admiralty Island -- already one of the largest tailings dumps in the country.

BP, state officials deny allegations of safety problems at Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP officials say allegations of unsafe operating procedures and understaffing at the Prudhoe Bay oil field are mostly old news that have been addressed.

State officials say census numbers almost on target
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The census people flew into Hobart Bay last year, stayed for 15 minutes and then took off again.

Man missing after inflatable raft swamps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Soldotna man was missing Sunday after his small inflatable raft swamped in rough water in the Kenai Fjords area southwest of Seward, authorities said.

Lost key costs Anchorage thousands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A single key lost by the Anchorage Fire Department has forced the city to re-key more than 700 lock boxes mounted outside businesses, schools and other buildings.

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank in need of donorsBoard meeting slated Domestic violence seminar offeredKenai council to hold work sessionsClub house to close for trainingSeniors to hold salesTraining the trainer classes to be heldSummer activities fair plannedApple grafting workshop planned

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
Brunch planned to benefit residents Easter meal, activities slated AARP to meetDr. Anderson to speak at dinnerBook fair planned Historical society board to meetAnnual lock-up planned for MDA fund-raiser

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.

NOW PLAYING: Along Came A Spider
My dad called me from Texas the other night and got the answering machine. Beep "How do you know when to talk on these things? Oh. Hi, I was just calling to see how y'all are. And I wanted to go see that Spider movie. But I need to know if Morgan Freeman's the bad guy.

Longtime theater man, Gordon Griffin, prepares for his final scene
In Bremerton, he met and married Paula Caraway in 1968. She attended college while he finished his naval career and worked at various jobs.

Angry neighbor's rampage leads to night of terror
HOMER -- An enraged man shot up a remote cabin near Homer, sending three people fleeing into the forest during a night of terror.

Carey era under way in Soldotna
The David Carey era began in Soldotna on Wednesday night when the lifelong Soldotna resident was sworn in as mayor by City Clerk Patricia Burdick.

Photo Feature: Solemn Procession
Worshipers carry a cross up Kobuk Street in Soldotna as they mark the Stations of the Cross in an observance of Good Friday organized by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Seaman gets long sentence
A Kodiak jury failed to convict Rocky Nestor Seaman of murdering Loreese "Loree" Hennagin, but a district court judge said he had no trouble finding that Seaman had indeed killed her.

Photo feature: Getting to know you
Analisa Selden and her 14-month-old son Liam pet Drifter Saturday during 4H-Animal Awareness Day at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Cooper Landing business seal's new deal
It could be pondered why Popeye the Sailor Man gets so strong after eating a can of spinach, but how much stronger would he have been after eating a Sacketts' Kenai Grill vacuum-packed meal?

Drilling plan draws concerns
Officials with Phillips Alaska Inc. told an Anchor Point crowd Wednesday that a planned drilling operation a quarter-mile from Stariski Creek will not endanger the environment nor have much of an impact on nearby residents.

Recovery of oil patch keys economic upswing in Alaska
ANCHORAGE -- Wanted: Workers who know their way around an oil field. Salaries in the high five digits. Report to eager employers in Alaska, and don't forget to bring a heavy coat.

Photo feature: Special housewarming
Members of the community sing "Bless This House" in the front room of the Kunnuk family's new Habitat for Humanity home in Soldotna during a dedication ceremony Friday.

Spring bunnies keep area rabbitry hopping
Easter evokes images of the Resurrection, spring, eggs, white lilies and, of course, bunnies.

Former mayor backs prison
Setting himself apart from the Soldotna City Council, Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, added his support to legislation approving the Kenai Peninsula Borough as the home of Alaska's first private prison.

Steven J. McClain
Soldotna resident Steven J. McClain died of natural causes at Central Peninsula Hospital Friday, April 13, 2001. He was 56.

Larry W. McRae
Homer resident Larry W. McRae died of cancer Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 60.

Rashaw John Welch
Starrucca, Pa., resident Rashaw John Welch died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his home after an illness. He was 78.

Safe schools, strong foundation in basic skills, vision for future all part of equation
Alaska is one of the most prosperous states in the United States, and as such our children should have the best education possible. Every child deserves a world-class education in a safe, drug-free environment where the best, brightest and most devoted teachers teach them. We are very fortunate to have exceptional teachers on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Easter story as told in the Bible
Today Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Below is the Easter story as told in the gospel of Luke in the New Testament.

It took whole community to produce Village Fair

'Thanks, Mom' doesn't say it all
This year, like every year, I don't know what to get my mom for her birthday.

Letters to the Editor
'Right to work' states mean fewer benefits for workers

Instead of focusing on spending, Americans should look at government results
During the presidential campaign, George W. Bush said that only in Washington would a reduction in the rate of spending increases be considered a "cut."

Military aid to Taiwan: Round No. 2 with China
The return to American soil of the 24-member crew of the Navy EP-3 reconn

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Peninsula People
Trooper receives honor, awardsStudents named to honor listsAirmen graduate basic trainingSoHi grad receives special training Skaters place in skating

Lee Trevey and Craig Macholz
Trevey, Macholz announce engagement

Doug Pike and Lori Cunningham
Cunningham, Pike plan fall wedding

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.

Maria and Brook Brown
Brown, Blea announce recent marriage

Ask a Trooper
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Community news
Clubs name new membersHat contest slated for Seward

My Best Friend
Nancy Wall of Sterling waits as her best pal Bert cools off in Crescent Lake after a long hike.

Mighty mites
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks Mite C team won the Mite C State Championship March 18 in Anchorage They defeated the Anchorage Hockey Association Red Wings 4-2 at the Tesoro Sports Center.

Nancy Stuhlberg and Sean Harwager
Stuhlberg, Harwager to marry in July

Peninsula teens earn international Internet award
Two Kenai Peninsula teen-agers and their coach traveled to Switzerland last month to pick up awards in an international Web page contest.

Nathan and Sheena Mallette
Mallettes celebrate vows in Soldotna

Leah Shay Hoffman and Michael Salzman

Ginni Russell and Joel Hagedorn
Hagedorn, Russell plan summer wedding

Horses shape up for Kentucky Derby
Bob Baffert has another horse in top form for the Kentucky Derby.

Stars, New Jersey, Kings notch win in NHL playoffs
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Benoit Hogue scored with 12 seconds remaining in the first overtime as the Dallas Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Sunday night in Game 3 of their first-round series.

Iverson, 76ers make patchwork out of New York Knickerbockers
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored 27 points and Dikembe Mutombo added eight points and 16 rebounds as the Sixers beat the New York Knicks 89-82 Sunday, snapping a two-game losing skid and defeating a playoff-bound team for just the fourth time in 13 games.

Ninilchik's Whitney, Dan Leman also take home top honors
Good news just keeps rolling in for Cook Inlet Academy senior Chet Nettles and the Leman family of Ninilchik.

Soccer preview
The Kenai Kardinals boys soccer team will be heading onto the field this season with a fairly simple goal in mind -- to play every game to its fullest.

WUSA kicks off in Washington
WASHINGTON -- It was hard to tell why Brandi Chastain was crying. There were too many reasons, good and bad.

Going to Xtremes for XFL top spot
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tommy Maddox threw two touchdown passes, and Saladin McCullough ran for 164 yards on 21 carries as the Los Angeles Xtreme advanced to the XFL's first championship game by beating the Chicago Enforcers 33-16 Sunday.

Sports Briefs
Stargell eulogized by fellow Hall of Famers

Boston shows Yankees how to win second day straight
ATLANTA -- Odalis Perez won his first game in nearly two years, and Brian Jordan and Andruw Jones homered Sunday as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0.

Soccer off to slow start
Soccer players from several central peninsula schools crowd the beach in Kenai for practice last week. Snow and standing water is keeping teams off fields again this spring.

Canucks ready and waiting for Bourque return
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks have no plans to roll out a welcome mat for Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque.

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Soriano steals the show
BOSTON -- Rookie Alfonso Soriano stole the spotlight from Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens with a ninth-inning solo homer that gave the New York Yankees a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Cardinals pitcher issues five walks in loss to Houston
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel walked five and struck out six in five innings Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals lost 7-4 to the Houston Astros, who got a pair of home runs from Chris Truby.

Tax help available for procrastinators
Don't panic: The deadline to file tax returns is Monday, not today, because of Easter Sunday.

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