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Tuesday, April 16, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Kasilof man injured after his truck lands on natural gas facility
KENAI (AP) -- Officials with Marathon Oil say no natural gas leaked after a flatbed truck left the Kenai Spur Highway on Monday afternoon and landed on a valve facility at North Miller Road.

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

Eight left homeless by fire
ANCHORAGE(AP) -- An Anchorage apartment fire left eight people homeless early Tuesday morning.

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.

Senior center donates medical supplies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugiak Senior Center is donating $80,000 worth of medical supplies to residents of Chukotka in the Russian Far East.

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:

Regents approve adjuncts' contract
FAIRBANKS(AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a three-year contract with its adjuncts' union Monday.

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.

Anchorage school board approves contract for teachers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board unanimously approved a new three-year contract for teachers Monday.

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.

House tightens concealed carry bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Monday closed a potential loophole in a measure to let people from other states carry concealed weapons in Alaska.

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.

Alaskan cracks top 100 in Boston Marathon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kevin Brinegar accomplished one of his life's goals Monday. The 32-year-old Fairbanks man managed to finish among the top 100 in the Boston Marathon.

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.

Mine, state seek reversal of judge's request for economic study
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Gold Mining and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources have asked tht a Superior Court judge reconsider his request for an economic impact analysis of the True North gold mine.

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.

Redistricting map pits several incumbents against each other
JUNEAU (AP) -- At least a dozen Republican incumbents would run against each other in the Aug. 27 Primary under a new reapportionment plan crafted over the weekend.

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.

Russia agrees to flights from Alaska to Russian Far East
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Russian officials have agreed to grant new air routes from Alaska to three cities in the Russian Far East, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Monday.

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.

Rural health grants for telecommunications
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Grants for telecommunications services are going to more than a dozen rural communities to help them pay for health care, according to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

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.

Man accused of five rapes after DNA matching
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After matching three DNA samples, police have accused a former Anchorage resident of raping five women since 1996.

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.

Searchers locate bodies of missing climbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The bodies of two men who died descending Mount St. Elias last week have been spotted from the air, the National Park Service said Monday.

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

House tightens concealed carry bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Monday closed a potential loophole in a measure to let people from other states carry concealed weapons in Alaska.

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.

Canadian man hospitalized after parachute malfunction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Canadian man was seriously injured early Monday morning after he tried to parachute from the top of a vacant 14-story building in downtown Anchorage, police said.

Big Lake commuter uses his plane to avoid traffic jams
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- On his daily commute between Big Lake and Anchorage, Bill Kramer barely has time to finish a cup of coffee.

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.

Mets rally for 12-inning comeback vs. Atlanta
NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza homered twice and Edgardo Alfonzo hit a game-winning single in the 12th inning as the New York Mets rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Monday night.

Red Sox take series finale against Yanks
BOSTON -- Derek Lowe struck out a career-high nine, allowing just two hits in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Monday.

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.

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

Special Services Work Program: Training and finding jobs for youth with special needs
The Special Service Work Program at Kenai Central High School is striving to develop student vocational abilities and identify jobs that are available in the community.

April 8th officially proclaimed Ginger Steffy Day in Soldotna
Monday April 8th was not only Ginger Steffy's birthday and her first day of retirement as Director at Kenai Peninsula College, but it was Ginger Steffy Day in Soldotna by official proclamation of Soldotna City Mayor David Carey.

Rotary Scholarship Roses bring the fragrance of spring
Ever since the first Rotary Club was chartered on the Kenai Peninsula in 1979, funding scholarships for local youths has been an on going community service project for Rotarians.

Environmental ideas receive special recognition
The Annual "Caring For The Kenai" (CFK) environmental awareness contest sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium Nitrogen Products is in full swing.

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.

House tightens concealed carry bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Monday closed a potential loophole in a measure to let people from other states carry concealed weapons in Alaska.

Accident closes highway
A single-vehicle traffic accident Monday afternoon critically injured one man, closed the Kenai Spur Highway and shut off power in the Nikiski area.

Oil, gas possibilities will bring inevitable changes
Recent activities on the lower Kenai Peninsula demonstrate the oil industry's faith that commercial quantities of oil and gas can be found.

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.

Group benefits from Homer man's dream
For the first time since the Cook Inlet Keeper began operations more than six years ago, its employees have windows with a real view and office doors that actually shut, and a lot more.

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.

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.

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

Are better roads ahead?
Revised subdivision road standards being considered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly could be adopted tonight.

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

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

Dan R. Marsters
Sterling resident Dan R. Marsters died Friday, April 12, 2002, at his home in Sterling. He was 27.

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

Shelton B. Miller
Former Kenai resident Shelton B. Miller died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at a hospital in Tyler, Texas. He was 80.

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.

'Tax Me More' fund could pave way to fiscal solvency
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.

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.

Frivolous expenditures mark Homeland Security funding request
As legislators returned to Juneau in January we were faced with the most difficult budget situation in nearly a decade. Revenue shortfalls and increased need for services created a difficult climate and tough decisions still need to be made.

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.

Applause
Peninsula Job and Career Fair a big successAfter the Bell spring break program appreciates recent helpLandscaping workshop owes success to volunteers, participantsSoldotna chamber says thanks for St. Patrick's Day Celebration helpVoznesenka School students appreciated visit from state trooper

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Jepsen to speak at Alliance luncheon'Made in Alaska' featured at Soldotna chamberCouncil plans final budget work sessionArea elementary schools join for DARE graduationState officials to speak at chamber breakfastAARP plans last spring meetingsKRSMA meeting scheduledSoldotna Historical Society to meetSoccer teams plan garage sale

Births
David and Zita SpannJessica L. and Daniel F. Martin

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

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.

Photo feature: Wet and wild
A man, who said his only name was Mark, huddles under the spray of a "water rocket" on the beach in Kenai last weekend. He used a bicycle tire pump to charge the bottle with air before releasing it to the sky.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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.

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.

Schaafsma ready to reach for the Stars
This spring's slow melt is making it tough on those that would like to be running fast.

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

Rose leads Bulls to win over 76ers
PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Rose scored 32 points, including two foul shots with two seconds remaining, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 98-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Sports Briefs
New York Rangers fire LowHarvick fined $35,000, probation extended

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 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.

NHL playoff matchups set
By limping into the playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings have made a first-round series win over the eighth-seeded Vancouver Canucks seem far from automatic.

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

Kenyans sweep 106th Boston Marathon
BOSTON -- Kenyans are back on top of the Boston Marathon, reclaiming a winning tradition that's now as much a part of the race as Heartbreak Hill.

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.

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.

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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