Friday, April 18, 2003

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 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.

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

Anchorage boys death is ruled a drowning
ANCHORAGE (AP) An autopsy shows that one of the young Anchorage brothers who were missing two weeks had accidentally drowned in the partially frozen pond where their bodies were found.

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.

Men accused of pornography involving Fairbanks girl
ANCHORAGE (AP) A San Francisco man is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old Fairbanks girl and filming the whole thing for sale.

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.

Name of Fairbanks teen accused in fatal shooting released
FAIRBANKS (AP) Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Fairbanks boy accused of fatally shooting a friend showed an extreme indifference to human life.''

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

Educators question loss of control under new federal law
ANCHORAGE (AP) Jonathan Ward knows more about caribou than most seventh graders.

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

Suspect in reindeer shootings turns self in
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 20-year-old man suspected of killing five reindeer and wounding two more at a Butte farm in January turned himself in to authorities Friday.

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.

Moratorium on new Kenai guides dropped
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is backing away from a planned freeze on the number of Kenai River fishing guides.

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.

Rescue crew re-creates dangerous mission
ANCHORAGE (AP) A sports camera crew is in Alaska filming a much different but perhaps even more challenging endeavor members of the Alaska Air National Guard as they fly a helicopter next to mountain walls and lower pararescue jumpers to the rocks below.

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

Alaska man dies of injuries from fiery crash
SEATTLE (AP) An Alaska man has died of injuries suffered in a fiery one-car crash near suburban Woodinville that left a close friend in serious condition.

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.

Capital roiled with gambling debate
JUNEAU (AP) Gambling is a hot issue in Alaska's capital as legislators consider a proposal to boost state revenues by allowing video gambling machines in bars and clubs.

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.

Murkowski plans $50 million salmon campaign
JUNEAU (AP) The state plans a national advertising campaign promoting Alaska wild salmon'' as part of a $50 million plan to aid the state's struggling fishing industry.

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.

Bill would drop minimum wage for more teens
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska businesses would be able to pay anyone under 20 years old less than minimum wage under a bill approved this week by a House committee.

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.

More mineral exploration slated in Yukon
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Mineral companies will more than double their exploration spending the Yukon this summer, according to government officials.

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.

Agrium planning layoffs at Nikiski plant
NIKISKI (AP) The Agrium fertilizer plant here is expecting to announce layoffs in the coming weeks. The company says the layoffs are needed to stay competitive in the international fertilizer market.

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.

Native corporation Koniag wants to invest in gas line
KODIAK (AP) The Native corporation Koniag Inc. has joined a growing number of companies in the Pacific Star Energy consortium, a group of Alaska companies hoping to own a slice of a pipeline to deliver North Slope natural gas to the Lower 48.

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.

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.

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

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.

Villages go dry again after failed alcohol experiments
ANCHORAGE (AP) Pilot Station and Atqasuk have decided to return to dry status after voting to relax their alcohol laws last fall.

Lopez grand slam wins it in 10th for Braves
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Island favorite Javy Lopez hit his second homer of the game, a grand slam in the 10th inning that set off a festive celebration and sent the Atlanta Braves over the Montreal Expos 14-8 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

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.

Pedro bounces back to beat Devil Rays
BOSTON Even in freezing temperatures, Pedro Martinez bounced right back from the worst outing of his career.

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.

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.

Small investors still wary of buying individual stocks
NEW YORK (AP) Wall Street pundits keep calling this is a stock-picker's market, suggesting the only way to make money right now is by buying individual stocks.

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

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

Teens struggling to find summer work in down economy
NEW YORK (AP) Seventeen-year-old Tim Tetens would like very much to find a job for this summer, but he hasn't had any luck so far.

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.

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.

So wheres that post-war corporate spending surge?
NEW YORK (AP) Those hopes for a post-war surge in corporate spending are fizzling fast. Businesses aren't ready to put money toward capital goods just yet.

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

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.

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

Petal power: Flowers are a feast for the eyes and pleasing to the palate, too
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Flowers can be more than a feast for the eyes. Many are pleasing to the palate, too. Savvy cooks forage their flowerbeds, not only their vegetable gardens when prepping for meals.

Increases in the prevalence of overweight, obesity and severe obesity among adults in the United States, based on Body Mass Index, a measure of weight relative to height.

Ideal diet
Some findings from recent studies on diet and exercise:

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shareholder wants answers from Ninilchik Native Association board
Who's who among Alaska Natives?

Students fight hunger with pennies
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank wishes to thank Rosy Thompson, Soldotna After the Bell coordinator, and the Soldotna Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade students who participated in the "Pennies War" for the collection of $388.12 toward fighting hunger on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Murkowski budget team targets small businesses with message
On April 7, Gov. Frank Murkowski along with several units of his "Special Republican Guard" spearheaded by Cheryl Frasca, budget director, rolled out of Juneau on a mission to visit chambers of commerce statewide.

Theres no way CIRI qualifies as a tribe; its a business
CIRI a tribe? I don't think so!

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.

ANWR unlikely in 2003
There are valid arguments that it is in the country's interest to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, but politics is keeping just enough members of the U.S. Senate from supporting the idea with their votes to prevent it from happening, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkow-ski said Wed-nesday in Kenai.

Bill promotes volunteerism among retired health workers
In an effort to encourage physicians and other health-care workers to continue providing services to Alaskans as volunteers after they retire, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, has introduced a bill that would provide them immunity from civil damages should they be sued.

DNR commissioner rescinds moratorium on Kenai River guides
The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources has rescinded an earlier order by the department to place a moratorium on new Kenai River sportfishing guide permits.

Giving new life to old platforms wins Caring for Kenai contest
A trip to an offshore oil platform several years ago inspired Kristen Frederic to start thinking about Cook Inlet's future once the oil is gone.

KPC's role in community impresses regents
The University of Alaska's Board of Regents is meeting this week in Kenai, giving Kenai Peninsula College an opportunity to show off.

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.

Caring for the Kenai Winners
The 13 finalists in the Caring for the Kenai contest shared nearly $13,500 in cash prizes for their winning ideas. The following is a list of winners, the amount of money each won individually and for their school's science department, and the student's idea

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.

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.

Kenai council names Osborne to empty seat
Persistence pays off. Just ask John "Ozzie" Osborne Sr

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.

Smoking ban will go into effect in October
Starting in October, Kenai restaurant patrons will be able to enjoy the aroma of their food without it being overpowered by tobacco smoke, whether they would rather smoke or not.

Crime stoppers offers reward in assault case
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect allegedly involved in a felony assault in Soldotna.

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.

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

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

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

Only 1,066 days left before Games begin
With the Kenai Peninsula Borough signing on to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games during a ceremony earlier this week, residents need to roll up their sleeves.

Osborne good choice to fill council position
Congratulations, Ozzie!

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.

Group takes novel approach to boosting moose numbers
I am writing to tell of an interesting meeting I had on April 3 with a new organization in our state. Three individuals with the Alaska Moose Federation, including the chairman, the secretary-treasurer and the chief photo

Hiking carries couple through wifes cancer
MISSOULA (AP) On a June day in 1988, Katie Gibson and Scott Bischke got married in a chapel in Big Sky.

Soldotna trekker returns from long walk to Nome
He's baaaaack.

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoor Briefs

First American up Everest revisits mountain
SEATTLE Four decades after becoming the first American to stand atop the world, Jim Whittaker is heading back to Mount Everest.

Wildland fuels are the one component of the fire environment we can change
Well, here we go again. Another wildfire season is fast upon us a bit earlier than normal this year, it would seem. It's not like it snuck up on us we were all aware of the lack of snow this winter.

Around the Peninsula
Rummage sale to support field trip Meeting for local chapter of UNA-USA set Apple tree pruning workshop scheduled Drug speaker planned United Way to meet Aircraft escape seminar planned Volunteers needed for frog survey RCD plans monthly meeting

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

Voice of the Faithful begins alternate Catholic charity drive in Connecticut
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A local Voice of the Faithful chapter has started a charity fund as an alternative for Catholics who don't want to donate to the Bridgeport diocese's annual fund-raising drive, a tactic Voice chapters have employed elsewhere.

Indiana citys clergy plan rival National Day of Prayer events
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) A Christian-centered prayer service at Muncie city hall that excludes other faiths has prompted plans for a rival interfaith gathering there later that day.

Jesus serves as the Prince of Peace
How we all long for peace! Peace in our homes. Peace in our workplace. Peace in our community. Peace in our world.

Russian Muslim groups take opposite sides on holy war against the United States
MOSCOW (AP) A Russian Muslim group branded the head of a rival Islamic organization a false prophet'' for declaring jihad, or holy war, against the United States.

New York Archdiocese suspends background checks
NEW YORK (AP) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York temporarily suspended background checks on priests and other employees that were instituted recently in response to the church's sex abuse scandal.

Church Briefs
Carnival to help Tool Time program Gospel hour planned for Soldotna Senior Center Resurrection story presented tonight National prayer day slated Friendship closet open Wednesdays Healing Rooms open every Friday and Saturday Christian group sponsors poetry contest Writers sought for faith anthology

Focus on the Family announces new leader
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Focus on the Family, a major evangelical media ministry, announced that chairman James Dobson is turning over some duties to former Reagan Cabinet member Don Hodel so he can spend more time speaking and writing.

Romanian Orthodox Church suspends priests who blessed brothels
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Romania's Orthodox Church has suspended 10 Bucharest priests who were filmed blessing brothels, sex shops and a weapons store, church officials said.

Nuns, seeking prayer, not profits, turn to technology
WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) The 50 Cistercian Sisters of Mount Saint Mary Abbey rise each morning at 3, pray until nearly 8 and then begin their work day making chocolate, the labor they have chosen to support themselves and their life of what they call beautiful simplicity.''

New anti-conversion laws pressuring Christians in Hindu-majority India
AHMADABAD, India (AP) The Rt. Rev. Vinodkumar Malaviya, a Protestant bishop in western India, is accustomed to providing food, cattle fodder, clothes and medical care to anyone in need.

Charges dropped against man who converted sex shop to Bible bookstore
PUTNEY, Ky. (AP) Some of the same churchgoing neighbors who tried to run Michael Braithwaite and his adult novelty shop out of town later rallied to his aid, prompting a judge to drop obscenity charges against him.

Area churches plan Good Friday, Easter services this weekend
Abundant Life Assembly Apostolic Assembly of Christ Our Lady of Perpetual Help Peninsula Grace Brethren North Star United Methodist Our Lady of the Angels MoAdim Messianic Fellowship Soldotna Bible Chapel Soldotna Church of the Nazarene Sterling Lutheran Church St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Star of the North Lutheran United Methodist Church of the New Covenant

At Methodists Duke Divinity School, students seek more say on ethics code
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Some students at Methodist-affiliated Duke Divinity School want more opportunity to discuss an ethics policy that requires students and teachers to live in chastity,'' among other things.

Track season heats up despite cool breeze
Thursday's tri-meet between Soldotna, Nikiski and Seward threw a little bit of everything at the runners.

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.

Sports Briefs
SoHi girls open with loss

New Jersey, Ottawa earn first-round series victories
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Martin Brodeur rebounded from a rare bad performance with his second shutout of this postseason as the New Jersey Devils eliminated the Boston Bruins with a 3-0 victory in Game 5 Thursday night.

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.

Lakers quest for fourth straight title begins in their ancestral home
In order for the Los Angeles Lakers to reach the NBA Finals and go for a fourth straight title, they might need to do something they didn't have to do in 2000, 2001 and 2002 begin each Western Conference series on the road.

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.

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.

Gray whales heading toward Alaska waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) The migration of gray whales from the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to waters off Alaska is well under way.

Experiment under way to help Yukons Chisana caribou herd
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) The very existence of the Chisana woodland caribou herd may depend on the success of a unique experiment under way in southwest Yukon to save more newborn calves, says territorial caribou biologist Rick Farnell.

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