Wednesday, April 17, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Whittier prison bill now includes beds in Bethel
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill calling for a private prison to be built in Whittier now also calls for expanding a public prison in Bethel. The measure passed the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

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.

Senate approves bill to include dividend checks in welfare eligibility
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some low income families that receive permanent fund dividend checks would temporarily lose public assistance under a bill passed in the Senate on Tuesday.

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.

McKinley climbing season gets under way
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The climbing season has begun on North America's highest peak.

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.

Businessman resurrects Alaska Canine Cookies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Canine Cookies Inc., which filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last year, is back in business.

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

Concealed carry bill headed to governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would let people with permits to carry concealed weapons in other states also carry their guns in Alaska is headed to Gov. Tony Knowles' desk.

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.

National Park Service to retire some crab pot fishery permits
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Park Service is planning to spend about $700,000 to retire some limited-entry permits in the Southeast tanner crab pot fishery.

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.

Corps of Engineers announces Alaska missile defense contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $250 million contract to built test bed facilities for a national missile defense system was awarded Tuesday to Fluor Alaska, the Army Corps of Engineers announced.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Fort Yukon man found dead near snowmachine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man was found dead near his snowmachine Tuesday, two days after he was last seen alive, Alaska State Troopers said.

Houston beats Cincinnati with long ball
CINCINNATI -- Lance Berkman became the first major leaguer this season to homer three times in a game, driving in five runs as Houston hit five home runs in beating Cincinnati 8-3 Tuesday.

Tigers defeat Devil Rays for first win
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers ended their losing streak against the team that started it.

Eight ballparks set record lows for attendance in first two weeks of 2002 season
NEW YORK -- Many of baseball's gleaming new ballparks have a different sight this season: thousands of empty seats.

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.

Businessman resurrects Alaska Canine Cookies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Canine Cookies Inc., which filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last year, is back in business.

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.

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.

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.

Senate approves legislation to include dividend checks in welfare eligibility
JUNEAU -- Some low income families that receive permanent fund dividend checks would temporarily lose public assistance under a bill passed in the Senate on Tuesday.

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.

Concealed carry bill headed to governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would let people with permits to carry concealed weapons in other states also carry their guns in Alaska is headed to Gov. Tony Knowles' desk.

Photo feature: On the move
Carrie Hollier, Amy Warfle and Violet Holley zip along Kobuk Street in Soldotna with loaded backpacks Tuesday afternoon while training for an upcoming wildland firefighting exam. Their goal was to carry the 40-pound packs three miles in less than 45 minutes. They finished with enough time for a coffee break.

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.

Scientists ponder future of peninsula's waterways
The Kenai Peninsula has plenty of good water. Or does it? Is the water good enough for healthy salmon runs? And will the peninsula have enough water by the end of this century?

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.

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

School board gets resignations
Parents objecting to health class subject matter now have a second alternative, following action taken by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education Monday night.

Conditions halt ascent of Mount St. Florian
Two Kenai firefighters were foiled by avalanche conditions in their attempt to summit the newly named Mount St. Florian last week. But they are already making plans to go back and try it again this summer.

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.

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.

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

John Byron Alexander
Kasilof resident John Byron Alexander died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at his home on Tustumena Lake Road. He was 64.

Debra Levon Koski-Southwick
Longtime Soldotna resident Debra Levon Koski-Southwick died April 14, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna following a lengthy illness. She was 48.

Letters to the Editor
Gasline plan would allow industry to take unfair advantage of state

'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.

State can no longer cut way out of budget crisis
Recently, the state House of Representatives debated a difficult Alaska political question: taxes. The question relative to the debate was not, "are taxes necessary?" The question was, "since a tax is necessary, which of the options available -- a sales tax or an income tax -- is more appropriate?"

ANWR debate should heed global context of U.S. energy needs
Recent international events have once again highlighted the urgent need for the United States to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

Taxes not needed when much remains to be cut
This spring, while enduring the chaotic, anti-freedom atmosphere in Juneau, I was compelled to think of where we could further cut wasteful spending in the government bureaucracy.

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.

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

Applause
Youth Restoration Corps thanks all who helped with pike program

McKinley climbing season gets under way
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The climbing season has begun on North America's highest peak.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game advisory committee to meetChamber breakfast plannedRed Cross offers CPR/First Aid classesSoroptimists to hold board meetingBuilders to hold dinner meetingCommunity Rivers Planning Coalition to meetRealtors plan luncheonAHFC schedules mold hazards classSki team to hold car washBike show plannedWillow identification workshop scheduled

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.

Pets of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring three male Labrador retriever puppies. Each dog is $74 with neuter surgery, vaccines and license included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

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

Vista volunteer offers early impressions of life on peninsula
"You're going where now?" That was usually the reaction I got when I told people back in my hometown of Philadelphia that I would be moving to Alaska -- and in the middle of winter no less. The idea of coming to Alaska has always lived in my mind somewhere, usually towards the back. One day, last fall, it sprung to the front and before I knew it, I was signed on with VISTA and buying long underwear. The preparations were interesting, to say the least. Into the local outfitter I would go and ask them for their heaviest coat, warmest boots, woolliest socks.

Making an argument
Members of Nikiski Middle-Senior High Schools debate team brought home the first-place award from the state debate tournament last weekend.

SoHi alumnus notes how times, activities have changed
To every kid growing up bored on the Kenai Peninsula: Fifteen years ago, I was trapped at Soldotna High School, sitting in the back of Mrs. Miller's math class, filling out the application for a foreign exchange program as a last ditch effort to escape from Soldotna. I was far too skinny to play sports, "Top Gun" had been playing at the local theater for six months straight, and I couldn't even get to Kenai, having flunked my driver's license test twice (make sure you get the redhead lady when you take your test). Let me tell you, there was nothing to do in that town. Apparently this all has changed.

N.H. court says state education falls short
CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire is not doing enough to hold schools accountable for providing all children an adequate education, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Poor performance forces 3 Chicago schools to close
CHICAGO (AP) -- Three elementary schools will be closed for poor performance, the first time such a drastic step has been taken in seven years of reform efforts in the city's public schools.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the third quarter at Skyview High School or Kenai Middle School

SoHi students study robotics
Six Soldotna High School students spent this winter building their first robot, then traveled to Seattle in March to enter the creation in the 11th annual FIRST Robotics Competition.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Enjoying day-to-day life requires noticing the little things
Growing up, beginning as a young toddler, transforming in that "rotten teenager" and eventually blossoming into a mature state of mind set is the ultimate challenge of life. Getting through it and actually surviving is not an easy job, yet its rewards come in the most unexpected and fulfilling ways.

Around the District
After the Bell makes 'Final Quarter Push'Summer ACT exam registration due May 3

School Menus
What's on the menu for our area public school students. White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Tiger: He's just that good
Charles Barkley should sit down for tea with Colin Montgomerie. About a month before the Masters, the former NBA star accused Augusta National of ''blatant racism'' for making its golf course longer and tougher than ever. Barkley somehow figured the changes would make it more difficult on Tiger Woods.

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.

Racing Lions plan car show for May 11
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will hold the second annual McDonald's Car Show on May 11 in the parking lot of the Kenai McDonald's.

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.

Drag racers, stock car drivers join forces
The auto racing community on the Kenai Peninsula is reacting to the possible interruption of drag racing this summer by bonding together to come up with a solution.

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.

It's Stanley Cup championship or bust for Red Wings
DETROIT -- If the Detroit Red Wings' collection of Hall of Famers fails to win the Stanley Cup, it will be remembered for that disappointment rather than its dominating regular season.

Bucks rout Raptors to stay alive in playoff hunt
MILWAUKEE -- Behind 24 points from Sam Cassell, 23 from Ray Allen and 22 from Glenn Robinson, the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Toronto Raptors 105-89 Tuesday night.

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

Whalers fare well in Homer
The Soldotna Whalers wrestling club fared well in a competition in Homer Saturday. Whalers that competed in the meet include:

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