Wednesday, April 16, 2003

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.

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.

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.

BLM may relax drilling restrictions near NPR-A lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is hoping to loosen restrictions on oil and gas drilling in the wildlife-rich Teshekpuk Lake area.

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.

Bill keeps APOC alive, boosts contribution limits
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration has dropped a plan to do away with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

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.

New Alaska approach on Blue Cross change
ANCHORAGE (AP) The new director of the state's Division of Insurance plans to take an arms-length approach to discussing the proposed conversion of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield into a for-profit company.

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.

House approves Permanent Fund royalty bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to redirect millions in oil revenues from the permanent fund to state spending passed the House on Tuesday.

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

Congress backs organic wild fish label
ANCHORAGE (AP) Congress has approved a provision to allow wild seafood to be labeled as organic.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Dodgers stop Expos Puerto Rico party
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico With the Montreal Expos on the verge of winning their fifth straight game at their new home, Gary Sheffield homered leading off the ninth inning and Marcus Giles hit another starting the 10th to give the Atlanta Braves a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

Red Sox hold off feisty Devil Rays
BOSTON Shea Hillenbrand broke a ninth-inning tie with his fourth hit of the game, and the Boston Red Sox withstood a collapse by their bullpen to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-5 Tuesday night.

Umpire attacked by fan
CHICAGO (AP) A fan came out of the stands during Tuesday night's game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox and attacked first base umpire Laz Diaz. Security and players came to Diaz's aid and the fan was quickly taken away.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thanks for communitys generosity
A big thank you to each one who attended the benefit at the Elks Club on April 5 and those who contributed in any way toward the purchase of a handicapped van. I appreciate your generous spirit!

Its possible to support U.S. troops without supporting war decision
Recent letters to the Clarion and callers to the KSRM program, "Sound Off," have stated that the dousing of anti-war protesters with water by persons who do not agree with their message is justified.

Extremist reply on predator control proves point of recent column
My thanks to Keith Phillips for his virulent comments about the predator control column I wrote recently.

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.

Photo feature: Last-minute paper work
Leigh Tacey shops for tax forms at the Soldotna library Tuesday afternoon. The forms were a popular item yesterday.

Peninsula to sign on as official games host
The Kenai Peninsula's bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games becomes official today at 1:30 p.m., when a contract signing ceremony is held at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

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.

Internet prescription database proposed
Filling a prescription at the pharmacy may soon include having your identification and prescription history checked against an Internet database, if a bill proposed by Rep. Mike Chenault becomes law.

Breakup wreaking havoc on peninsula
State and borough road maintenance crews are responding to spring-like breakup conditions that are making some Kenai Peninsula roads almost impassable due to huge mud holes.

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

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 peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2003, in the arms of her loving husband of 56 years at their home in Kenai. She was 76.

Dee Miles Hayes
Seward resident Dee Miles Hayes died Friday, April 11, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 84.

Spread of democracy in Middle East unlikely
The mere thought that democracy will wash over Iraq and carry away other Arab countries in the Middle East like a domino effect is naive and unrealistic.

Where are weapons of mass destruction?
Weapons, weapons, everywhere but still no smoking gun. Despite the presence of hundreds of thousands of troops, the coalition in Iraq has yet to discover any weapons of mass destr

Many misunderstand HB 11
I am writing this letter to explain House Bill 11. Apparently there has been some public misconception relating to this bill. HB 11 requires the state to deposit the constitutionally mandated 25 percent of all oil royalties into our permanent fund.

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.

Choice is quality education now or incarceration, public assistance later
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has been committed to providing a quality education f

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai DAV chapter to hold elections School carnival scheduled Mall plans Easter egg hunt Easter egg hunt planned Church plans Easter performances Alliance to meet next week

11-year old awarded medal in prestigious science contest
ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) Judges at this year's Washington State Science and Engineering Fair weren't sur

UA regents to meet in Kenai for 1st time in 9 years
KPC is excited to welcome the University of Alaska Board of Regents to the Kenai Peninsula for their regularly scheduled meeting. The meetings will be Thursday at the Kenai Merit Inn and Friday at the KPC campus in Soldotna.

Shout out
Members of the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School drama, debate and forensics team pose with their awards from the state competition in Anchorage.

Oregons budget produces teacher poaching
PORTLAND, Ore. Over at booth 725, Dallas-area schools recruiter Mark Speck was working the crowd of would-be teachers with the practiced finesse of a car salesman slapping backs, handing out souvenir watches and talking up life in a region that will need 8,000 new teachers next year.

School news around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementar Soldotna Elementary Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Connections IDEA Kenai Middle School Soldotna Middle School Kenai Central High NIkiski MIddle-Senior High Ninilchik Skyview High Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Wings Christian Academy Kenai Cooperative Preschool Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

High school senior develops award-winning project of dissecting worms to study growth hormone
CONWAY, Ark. If you think females aren't good at math and science, meet Ally Toll. She blows that theory out of the water along with the competition.

Diesel major has drive to pass
LEVELLAND, Texas Rebecca Funk knew nothing about diesel-powered vehicles when she entered South Plain College's automotive program two years ago.

School menus for next week.

Around the District
Schools closed Friday School board meets Monday

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

The Next Level
Three area athletes to play at VCSU

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.

Nets wrap up Atlantic thanks to 76ers loss
CHICAGO Eddy Curry made his first eight shots on his way to a career-high 31 points, and Jamal Crawford matched his career best with 33 as the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-106 Tuesday night.

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.

Penguins fire Kehoe after missing playoffs
PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for a new coach who is comfortable working with no-names and prospects, not superstars.

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.

Boston extends season
BOSTON Martin Brodeur is vulnerable, after all. And the Boston Bruins are still alive in the NHL playoffs.

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

Speed, discipline set to be installed at UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Roy Williams needed a few minutes to muster the courage to sit in the chair behind his desk the spot once occupied by Dean Smith.

Report alleges drug coverup by committee
NEW YORK (AP) A former USOC director for drug control accused the committee of running an ineffective testing program that failed to punish athletes who got caught, according to documents he gave Sports Illustrated.

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.

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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