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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Seven arrested for trespassing at IRS office
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Seven people are charged with trespassing after a sit-in at the Internal Revenue Service office in Anchorage to protest the government using their taxes for the military and thus the war in Iraq.

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.

Church hostage-taker gets month in jail, counseling
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man who held worshippers hostage in a Juneau church two years ago and recently threatened ''death and destruction from Juneau to Missouri'' will spend one month in prison and up to a year in counseling.

Small quake strikes near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small earthquake occurred near Talkeetna Thursday morning.

House approves incentive bill for fertilizer plant
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to help the Agrium fertilizer plant on the Kenai Peninsula at a cost to the state of $11.5 million over the next six years passed the House on Wednesday.

Wal-Mart and Boston's Restaurant coming to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks is getting two well-know businesses.

Day care provider found guilty of infant's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage jury found a day care provider guilty of manslaughter in the death of a 9-month-old boy left in her care three years ago.

Three teens charged with vandalism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police arrested three high school students for a rash of vandalism in an East Anchorage neighborhood.

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.

Fairbanks man sentenced in bank robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for robbing a downtown bank of more than $7,000 last year and driving drunk two days later.

Coast Guard and Russians sign maritime border agreement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. Coast Guard commander and a Russian general signed an agreement Wednesday to cooperate on enforcement of the maritime border.

Alaska salmon soon to be labeled organic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska wild-caught seafood can now be labeled organic.

Gambell crew lands first bowhead whale of spring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Gambell whaling crew landed a 75-foot bowhead whale -- the first of the spring season.

Fairbanks teen faces murder charge
Fairbanks (AP) -- A 14-year-old Fairbanks boy is under arrest in the fatal shooting of a friend last month.

Wasilla man indicted on federal criminal tax charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla chiropractor is charged with failing to file federal tax returns for three years.

Three charged with federal tax evasion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were charged by a federal grand jury this week with conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Anti-war van draws unwanted attention
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man said he was told to remove his van from the Fred Meyer parking lot because the vehicle had anti-war slogans painted on the side.

Man acquitted in Anchorage murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been acquitted of murder in the death of a 33-year-old woman whose body was found in a dilapidated Spenard shed. The jury's decision came after ten weeks of witnesses and arguments, and a week of deliberations.

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.

House passes anti-stalking bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a measure Wednesday aimed at closing a loophole in Alaska's anti-stalking laws.

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.

Icicle executive says competition set salmon price
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Yet another top executive of a processing company testified Wednesday that competition rather than conspiracy set prices paid to Bristol Bay salmon fishermen.

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

Murkowski signs cancer treatment bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to continue Medicaid coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatments was signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Air Force announces civilian layoffs at Elmendorf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air Force officials said Thursday that 59 civilian positions will be eliminated at Elmendorf Air Force Base this year.

Red Sox rally to defeat Devil Rays
BOSTON -- David Ortiz hit a tying, two-run single and Jeremy Giambi's RBI double put Boston ahead as the Red Sox rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-4 Wednesday 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.

Baseball reviews security after fan attacks umpire
CHICAGO -- Major league baseball is reviewing ballpark security nationwide after a fan attacked an umpire at a Chicago White Sox game.

Rolen leads Cardinals in rout of Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Scott Rolen hit a pair of two-run homers and Matt Morris pitched six solid innings and hit his first major league home run as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 15-2 Wednesday.

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.

Kenai chamber gets new director, assistant
There are some new faces at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce cabin.

Business Briefs
The future returns for Alaska's salmonHomer Exposure offers bargain rates

Planning for the spoils of war
Lynn Johnson, president of Dowland-Bach Corp. in Anchorage, is shown last week. Johnson says the company could provide wellhead safety control systems, like the one at left, to post-war Iraq.

Overseas ripe with business opportunities
The best opportunities for Alaska businesses to grow lie across the seas. This was the message Greg Wolf, executive director of the the World Trade Center Alaska, delivered to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at its weekly luncheon.

Consumer prices up modest 0.3 percent
WASHINGTON -- Consumers prices rose a modest 0.3 percent in March, largely reflecting higher energy costs. But most other prices were under control, suggesting the nation's inflation picture looks good.

Starbucks teaches taking coffee global
SEATTLE -- It was hardly the most elegant of tastings, but Barbara Rivera still managed to spit with grace.

Organic fish label gets Stevens nod
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Congress has approved a provision to allow wild seafood to be labeled as organic.

Venerable art school nears 200th year
PHILADELPHIA -- It may be nearly 200 years old, but the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is painting itself in a brand new light.

Art Briefs
Poetry contests ongoing Gallery soliciting bead worksBoutiques searching for craftsWriters' conference slatedFine arts camp plannedATY offers summer classesMuseum solicits fiber artwork

'Nine' shows Masterson taking a different tact
NEW YORK -- Mary Stuart Masterson was almost as apprehensive about playing Luisa in the Broadway revival of ''Nine'' as her character is about sharing her husband with paparazzi and a whirlwind of adoring women.

Aurora Firth excels in art after example of her parents
For about as long as she can remember, 16-year-old Aurora Firth has been putting pens to paper and producing beautiful artwork.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Stirring tales honor Alaska's heroes
What would you do if you saw a car crash and burst into flame, a plane fall out of the sky or a small child fall into a river, and you were the only person who could reach them quickly?

Composer Grill writes music in response to terror
NEW YORK -- By day, Stanley Grill sits in a city office, planning how to spend billions of dollars to keep New York's subways and buses rolling.

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.

Student apologizes for behavior at all-star basketball game
To all viewers that were offended by my action at the Kenai Peninsula high school senior all-star basketball game, I'm truly sorry for my behavior at the end of the game.

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.

Garage sale funds will be used for Kenaitze Head Start graduation
Kenaitze Head Start staff would like to express our sincere gratitude to this community for supporting our first Head Start Garage Sale on April 4 and 5. We appreciate the clothing and monetary donations for the sale, and everyone who shopped during the sale. Thanks to you, it was a tremendous success.

One way to support troops is to protect peaceful protesters
There is a place in the world where people who speak their mind due to religious, moral and political positions are persecuted. There is a place where a grown man uses fear to try to control women and people he knows cannot or will not fight back. There is a place in the world where others rally to such a man and support him.

Career and Job Fair successful because of great partnerships
The Second Annual Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair held April 5 at Kenai Central High School was an extremely successful event due to the great partnerships between various central Kenai Peninsula organizations.

Story on Kenai water, sewer rate increases did not contain key facts
The article that ran in the April 6 Clarion concerning the increase in the sewer and water rates for the city of Kenai's residents and businesses did not contain some very important facts.

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!

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,3302. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,2793. Jeff Gordon 1,191

Cope finds new life in own team
ATLANTA -- Being a former Day tona 500 champion just does not buy the respect it used to.

Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Despite winning the race at Rockingham, N.C., in February, Dale Jarrett's team shook things up last week by firing crew chief Brad Parrott and placing competition director Todd Parrott on indefinite leave. Jarrett recently talked about his season and why the move was necessary.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $2,147,2662. Kurt Busch 1,869,3363. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,733,144

After 54 years, Daytona has become a 'Motorsports Mecca'
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The first hint came on Feb. 22, 1959, when 41,921 fans not including the hundreds who sneaked in under a fence near the ticket booth showed up for the first Daytona 500.

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.

Only 1,067 days left to prepare for sporting, cultural event
The Kenai Peninsula Borough officially signed on to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games -- sort of -- at a ceremony held Wednesday afternoon at Kenai Central High School.

Agrium layoffs in works
In order to remain afloat in a competitive market, Agrium's Kenai Nitrogen Operations is expecting to announce layoffs in the coming weeks.

Man arrested in New Jersey for Nikiski theft
Second-degree theft charges are being prepared by Alaska State Troopers against a former North Kenai man arrested last week in New Jersey.

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.

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.

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.

Assembly to take time to consider resolution on anti-terrorism laws
Further action on a Kenai Peninsula Borough resolution urging Congress and others to review elements of recently adopted anti-terrorism laws that an increasing number of municipalities across the nation say are unconstitutional has been put off until May 20.

South peninsula residents to vote on hospital bonds
South Peninsula Hospital Service Area residents will vote by mail in June whether to approve a $17 million expansion of the hospital and finance a portion of the expansion costs by selling up to $10.5 million in general obligation bonds.

Sherri Ann McMillan-Clement
Kenai resident Sherri Ann McMillan-Clement died Monday, April 14, 2003, at her home in Kenai. She was 48.

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.

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.

Washington puts tobacco funds to excellent use
Think of it as a ''drug court'' for underage smokers.

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.

Alternatives to prisons deserve exploration
The number of inmates in American prisons has reached an all-time high of more than 2 million.

Kenai Peninsula prepares to launch chapter of United Nations Association of USA
Transforming the "what can I do?" plea into action and linking local concerns to issues of worldwide importance, an effort is under way to organize a peninsula chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Car wash plannedWolf to speak at town hall meetingPERS meeting plannedRelay for Life meeting plannedJohnson Lake Loop bridge to be discussedDEC plans food handling classCleanup day plannedLifeguard sign-ups beginChurch seeks military namesKCHS class of '83 seeks graduates

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.

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.

Around the District
Schools closed Friday School board meets Monday

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

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.

Menus
School menus for next week.

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

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.

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.

Chargers send Seau to Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. -- Linebacker Junior Seau joined the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday after passing a physical, completing a long-anticipated trade with the San Diego Chargers.

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.

Former Ninilchik resident chases slopestyle dreams
Don't worry about including the names of all those tricks he used to qualify first in the slopestyle competition at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships last month at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, former Ninilchik resident Travis Kennedy says modestly -- lots of people can do those tricks.

The Next Level
Three area athletes to play at VCSU

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.

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

Ducks prove mightier than Red Wings to advance to conference semifinals
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Steve Rucchin's goal at 6:53 of overtime gave the Anaheim Mighty Ducks a 3-2 victory Wednesday night for a four-game sweep of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

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.

Jordan bids NBA fans adieu as regular season comes to an end
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Jordan played the last game of his illustrious career Wednesday night, receiving a lengthy standing ovation from nearly everyone in the arena -- including the coaches and the other players.

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.

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