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Thursday, April 18, 2002

Resort again gets Four Diamond rating
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Resort's Prince Hotel and Seven Glaciers restaurant have again won AAA's Four Diamond honor.

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.

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.

Senate restores food inspectors program eliminated under House plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate budget leaders, reacting to a loud public outcry against eliminating the state's food inspectors, have reversed the proposed cut.

Alaska appeals court reverses Crime Stoppers conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A phone call to the Crime Stoppers tip line in Petersburg led to Donald Richards' arrest for growing marijuana in his home.

ANWR Drilling proponents celebrate, opponents regroup
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Opponents of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge prepared for a celebration at a downtown bar Thursday after the Senate soundly defeated proposals to open the refuge.

Shellfish farming bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Wednesday designed to boost the state's tiny shellfish farming industry.

Knowles signs spill bill defining best technology
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Wednesday that environmentalists claim rolls back a court decision about what ''best available technology'' means in regulating how oil companies clean up spills.

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

House eases burden for marijuana evidence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Law enforcement agents would process a smaller amount of marijuana to assist in prosecuting drug suspects under a bill approved in the House.

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.

Native leaders ask Congress for Native hunting and fishing priority
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Several Alaska Native leaders and a lawyer argued for a Native hunting and fishing priority and more wildlife management agreements with tribes at a congressional hearing Wednesday.

Senate proposal calls for zero funding increase for university system
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Senate's operating budget chief has introduced a proposal to give the University of Alaska the same amount of state funds as lawmakers approved last year.

Groups sue to stop army from firing on Eagle River flats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three environmental groups and the Chickaloon tribe have filed a lawsuit to stop the Army from using the Eagle River Flats firing range and to clean up the unexploded munitions.

Women pressure lawmakers to keep funding cancer treatment
JUNEAU (AP) -- Last year breast cancer advocates lobbied the Legislature to fund treatment of breast and cervical cancer. This year they are asking lawmakers to keep paying for treatment.

Senate rejects oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate by a wide margin on Thursday rejected oil development in an Arctic wildlife refuge that has been a centerpiece of the Bush administration's energy agenda.

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.

Fairbanks borough voters to consider fuel tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough will vote on whether to impose a fuel transfer tax to reduce property taxes.

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

Savoonga man spends two days in snow cave before rescue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island spent two days in a snow cave before being rescued Wednesday.

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.

Glennallen man sentenced for harassing anglers
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- A Glennallen man has been sentenced to community service, ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and to attend an ethics course as punishment for harassing people while they were fishing on the Klutina River.

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.

Chugach schools lauded by lawmakers for innovative lessons
JUNEAU (AP) -- It wasn't that long ago that the tiny Chugach School District in Southcentral Alaska faced problems as fundamental as the three ''R's.''

Moderate earthquake jolts Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake struck near Talkeetna Wednesday evening and was strongly felt in the town.

Judge calls activist's nonpartisan party idea a joke
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A judge in Anchorage has put an end to an activist's claim that voters who register as nonpartisan should be considered members of his newly formed Non-Partisan Party.

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.

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.

Manny's many RBIs push Sox past Jays
TORONTO -- Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, once again leading the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 10-3 Wednesday night.

Braves lose Maddux, slip past Mets
NEW YORK -- Rafael Furcal drove in two runs with a triple and single Wednesday as the Atlanta Braves lost starter Greg Maddux early but ended a four-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets.

New ballparks can't put cover over decaying state of baseball
New ballparks were going to save baseball. At least that was the thinking a few years ago.

New hair, nail shop grows in
For those living north of the city of Kenai, getting a new hairstyle or a pedicure no longer requires a drive all the way into town.

Tourism and the fine art of impressionism
Understanding the level of service that customers both desire and expect is just one of the many fundamental components necessary for any successful business.

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

Business Briefs
Hoyt named community bank presidentLearn how to finace small businessesNew Tesoro Alaska president namedAlyeska Prince wins AAA Four Diamond recognitionDeadline extended on small business disaster loanNew summer ale released

Federal council advances crab plan
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.

Author tells of Wisconsin hiking trails
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin is hiking heaven. From the ridges and marshes near Lake Michigan to the forests of the Northwoods and the moraines of eastern Wisconsin, there's plenty to see and experience when you're on foot.

Minnesota now wants a limited hunting season for prairie chickens
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When the first white settlers rolled into Minnesota, they were delighted to discover flocks of tasty prairie chickens on the state's southern boundaries.

New books appeal to both children, adults
If fascinating photographs and colorful illustrations define a children's' book, then "Bears of Alaska -- the Wild Bruins of the Last Frontier" and "Storm Run -- the Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race" are definitely for children. But if science, geography and historical facts are meant for adult readers, then these two books are perfect for an informative, enjoyable and inspiring timeout for grown-ups.

More young women taking up the guitar
CHICAGO -- Back in high school, the only people Jean Kahler knew who played guitar were guys. They weren't very good, she says, but they were their own little club.

Story hour at River City Books
Kathy Wartinbee had a captive audience during her Stories for Kids hour Saturday at River City Books -- at least while the listener's dad was holding on to him.

Hollywood gears up for summertime
LOS ANGELES -- So many summer movies, so many question marks.

Art Briefs
Poems sought from Kenai poetsPratt Museum seeking volunteersWriters' conference scheduledVisual arts scholarships offered

Student talent
"Peaceful Cabin," an oil painting by Timothy Fowler, is one of several pieces on display in the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery's "Student Art Show." The student show will be on display at the gallery through April 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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.

Continued cancer treatment funding urged
JUNEAU -- Last year breast cancer advocates lobbied the Legislature to fund treatment of breast and cervical cancer. This year they are asking lawmakers to keep paying for treatment.

Intense lobbying precedes Senate vote over Arctic drilling
WASHINGTON -- Despite intense lobbying over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, big oil companies largely have kept silent, their attention on exploration elsewhere.

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.

Senate restores food inspectors program eliminated under House plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate budget leaders, reacting to a loud public outcry against eliminating the state's food inspectors, have reversed the proposed cut.

Knowles signs spill bill defining best technology
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Wednesday that environmentalists claim rolls back a court decision about what ''best available technology'' means in regulating how oil companies clean up spills.

Drivers say punishment was fitting for Harvick
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The way NASCAR handled Kevin Harvick last week at Mar tinsville, Va., got the attention of everyone, including Harvick.

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17, 2002

Winston Cup series needs to make changes
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The war of words between Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway proved to be nothing more than a big misunderstanding, but it also exposed one of the biggest problems on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Point Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,2092. Matt Kenseth 1,1823. Mark Martin 1,080

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $2,032,8262. Elliott Sadler 1,472,8893. Sterling Marlin 1,438,608

This Week's Race: Aaron's 499
Where and when

In the Spotlight: Hut Strickland
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Assembly approves schools money
Educating children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will cost nearly $90 million next year, more than a third of which will come from local taxes.

Impact of cuts outlined
"If the public is willing to live with these cuts, I'll support that. I just don't want people to say, 'I didn't know' or 'I didn't understand,'" Glenn Godfrey told members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

Catch-and-release decision should be scrapped King plan fails us all
When longtime Board of Fisheries observers hailing from diverse interest groups all slam the board process in this newspaper, we must suspect that "something is rotten in Denmark."

State prosecutor's recent resignation was easy way out
The recent resignation of Alaska's chief prosecutor Cynthia Cooper comes at the end of much public attention regarding her handling of two controversial cases: the prosecution of an Anchorage assistant public defender and the attempt to prosecute a sex offender in violation of a federal court order. Cooper said she was prompted to resign because "intense media coverage of the (Wally) Tetlow case had impaired her effectiveness."

Applause
Youth Restoration Corps thanks all who helped with pike program

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.

Letters to the Editor
Reader wonders if KRSA really represents the 'public' interestCuts to State Parks demonstrate inconsistency of Alaska Legislature

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.

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?"

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

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

Aberdeen taxidermist strives to perfect art
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) -- Like many taxidermists, Roger Heintzman's business started small. Upon graduating from the North American Institute of Taxidermy in Minneapolis in 1987, he began doing part-time taxidermy work in a tiny room in the basement of his Aberdeen home.

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
Author to speak at libraryRed Cross to hold disaster trainingMake-A-Wish Foundation looking for volunteersBagley to speak at Homer chamberSBDC offering business seminarsPDK to hold banquetMen's community dinner plannedBoys and Girls Club holding soccer registration

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pacers, Raptors make playoffs; Bucks flop
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Milwaukee Bucks failed in their last chance to clinch an NBA playoff berth, losing by 34 points to the Detroit Pistons -- 123-89 -- as Ben Wallace all but locked up the rebounding title Wednesday night.

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:

Flyers shut out Senators
PHILADELPHIA -- The Ottawa Senators had most of the chances. The Philadelphia Flyers got the only goal.

Canucks shock Red Wings in overtime
DETROIT -- A hush fell over Hockeytown. Henrik Sedin scored an unassisted goal, off the shoulder of Detroit's Igor Larionov, at 13:59 of overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 win over the Red Wings on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.

Sports Briefs
Ex-heavyweight champs to fight in Atlantic CityDajuan Wagner plans to enter this year's NBA draftPoor pitching sends Rocker to the minorsIreland's soccer team tops United StatesCalhoun says Butler still hasn't made up his mindNBA fines Hawks, Magic players for fightWalker's injury is minor, Harnisch to have surgery

Photo feature: Free lunch
A moose takes advantage of brush cleared from the side of the Bridge Access Road earlier this spring.

Denali deaths often a matter of wolf versus wolf
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Like the tourists who hope to see them, wolves in Denali National Park and Preserve come and go.

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