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Friday, April 19, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Jury convicts accused pipeline shooter of burglary
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Daniel Carson Lewis, facing charges he shot a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, is already making regular trips to court on separate, unrelated cases.

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.

Bill plugs loophole in hunting law
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bill that seeks to stop nonresidents from hunting big game in Alaska without a guide is headed to the governor's desk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bill allowing deduction in seafood workers' pay passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House narrowly approved a bill Thursday that would let remote seafood plants deduct room and board from workers' pay -- even if that means the pay falls below the minimum wage.

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.''

Shooter arrested in Palmer gun mishap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting at a Palmer home that injured a 47-year-old man.

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.

Man accused of molesting children in Alaska
EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP)-- A 74-year-old East Hampton man is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted two children in Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

Fairbanks geese of the season arrive in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first geese of the season arrived in Fairbanks on Thursday and received a rude welcome.

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

State-owned gas line plan advances
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill calling for possible state ownership of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope is moving through the Legislature.

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.

Sen. Stevens proposes allowing Alaska Natives to drill in refuge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens says he will introduce an amendment to allow the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. to drill for oil on its 92,000 acres of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

State fills watchdog position for elderly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has hired Ronald Cowan as the state's new long-term care ombudsman.

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

Wasilla woman arrested after troopers find evidence of meth lab
PALMER (AP) -- A Wasilla woman was arrested after materials used to manufacture methamphetamine were found in two cars and a shed behind her home, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Season's first bruin spotted near Kincaid Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's first bear of the season is awake and ambling through neighborhoods near Kincaid Park, prompting daily calls to the state Department Fish and Game to report its whereabouts.

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.

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.

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

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.

U.S. boomers not alone; some affinity with boomers overseas
CHICAGO (AP) -- Boomers of the world, unite.

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.

There are many ways to profit from those tax refunds
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service says some 93 million Americans -- roughly seven out of every 10 tax filers -- are getting a refund on their federal income taxes this year, and that refund will average $1,954.

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.

Some plant heirlooms loom larger than others
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Even among heirlooms, some loom above the rest. Take plants and flowers as an example.

U.S. food supply is getting safer, figures suggest
ATLANTA (AP) -- Food poisoning from dangerous bacteria like E. coli and salmonella has dropped dramatically in the United States in just six years, suggesting that stepped-up measures to make the food supply safer are taking hold, the government said Thursday.

Husband of Alzheimer's patient who disappeared at Dallas airport sues airline
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- The husband of a 70-year-old Alzheimer's patient who vanished while changing planes at a Texas airport in December has sued American Airlines for $10 million.

Even without weight loss, exercise drives down blood pressure, studies show
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fifty-four studies' combined data put the weight of evidence behind the benefit of aerobic exercise to control blood pressure.

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.

Sterling hunter finds nook for trophy bear
The bear is back. In October 2000, Sterling Resident Lee Riley shot an 800-pound, 9-foot-6-inch bear along the Kenai River near Skilak Lake. Last week, Riley's prize was returned to him in trophy form after nearly a year and-a-half with a taxidermist.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17, 2002

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

New owner takes over Soldotna auto dealership
Kenai Chrysler owner Bob Favretto closed a big deal Wednesday, as his purchase of Seekins Ford in Soldotna was finalized. The move means Favretto now owns car dealerships in both Kenai and Soldotna.

Platform fires injues 4
A fire on Unocal's King Salmon oil and gas platform resulted in injuries to four workers Saturday afternoon. Four people were transported to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Advisory committee angles for hook and release of KRSA director
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send a letter to state legislators and the governor opposing the nomination of an area fishing guide to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Photo feature: Gimme five
Lee Riley's hand is dwarfed by the paw of a 9-foot-6-inch brown bear he shot in October 2000. He received a mount of the bear earlier this week.

Negotiating teams mull alternative
Paying for health care coverage is one of the primary points of debate in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District contract negotiations. But who should bare the load of this expense for district employees?

Eleanor June Smith
Longtime Nikiski resident Eleanor June Smith died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 80.

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."

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

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."

Prevention education program DAREs area kids to just say 'no'
Tuesday night in Soldotna, 280 fifth- and sixth-graders from five elementary schools reached the milestone of graduation from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education progr

Peninsula residents should send would-be hog farmers packing
In the continuing saga of how really friendly and good a neighbor the mega-hog industry can be, here is another example of a major "Oops!" from Waste News, April 1, 200

State, borough need to examine potential hazards of pork project
It's time for all Alaskans to take a hard look at the "pork" issue. It seems strange to me that we could develop an industry that would pay to import it's raw material -- grain -- raise the hogs in a challenging, non-efficient climate, pay to ship the pork overseas and still make a profit. I believe the only way this would be possible would be to bypass the many regulations being placed on the industry in the Lower 48 or overseas.

Outdoor Briefs
Forest Service closes Twentymile River valley Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby tags 101 fish

Park Service setting up Denali base camps
ANCHORAGE -- The climbing season has begun on North America's highest peak. The National Park Service began setting up its base camps on Mount McKinley this week and a few climbers are already making their way to the summit, said South District Ranger Daryl Miller.

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.

Righting the wrongs
Editor's note: This is the third part in a three-part series about what recent events portend for the future of anglers, fishing guides and others for whom the Kenai River is key to their welfare.

Anchor Point rider fastest up the hill
Brok Shafer of Anchor Point, riding in the modified class, notched the fastest time up Odyssey Mountain in Thompson Pass to claim the title of "King of the Mountain" at the Valdez Mountain Man Hill Climb snowmachine competition April 5 and 6.

Genetic research reveals unique characteristics of Kenai lynx population
Senior author Michael K. Schwartz from the University of Montana reported the results of the first genetic study comparing lynx populations in North America in recent issue of the distinguished international science journal Nature. An Anchorage Daily News article on this research also appeared in the Science section on Feb. 10.

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
Homer Elks holding blood drive Bike show planned Potluck and bingo night planned Small farms mini-series concludes Red Cross to hold disaster training Bryan to present seminar WRCC offering crisis intervention training Library to host storytelling evening

Power of education is a shining light
"Nothing -- and I mean nothing -- is more important to the families i

Evangelism or eyesore? Alabama man turns his yard into a Christian shrine
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- American flags, cozy homes and freshly blooming flowers dot the rural landscape along County Road 86. But it's the crosses -- hundreds of them -- that draw a steady stream of the curious to the otherwise tranquil neighborhood.

Catholic defeats in NY, Massachusetts statehouses blamed on sex abuse scandal By JOEL STASHENKO
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Church has been dealt recent setbacks in two statehouses that both friends and foes attribute to the church's preoccupation with the clergy sex abuse scandal.

Catholic church law gives abusive priests more protection than their victims, some specialists complain
Canon law is an obscure field, even for most Roman Catholics. Yet a look at this body of church rules helps explain how American bishops have handled priests who prey on underage youths.

Florida congregation appeals test case on movement backed by 418,000 Presbyterians
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Florida Presbyterian congregation that was told last month to rescind its endorsement of the conservative ''Confessing Church Movement'' plans to appeal, Presbyterian News Service reported.

Religion Briefs
Kids carnival planned today Fellowship to meet Clothing ministry closed in April

Canonization of first Indian saint draws questions in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II's plan to name Roman Catholicism's first Indian saint has opened divisions in this complex mosaic of a country where Indian and European traditions remain half-reconciled.

Nebraska Supreme Court says ministry assets must be divided in divorce
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Cars, real estate and other property bought by an Omaha pastor in the name of his ministry must be included in his ex-wife's divorce settlement, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled.

Philadelphia evangelicals plan a ''supermarket of ministries''
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An evangelical Christian group plans to buy a long-vacant hospital in the Chinatown area of this city and turn it into a church and ''supermarket of ministries.''

Catholic church law gives abusive priests more protection than victims
Canon law is an obscure field, even for most Roman Catholics. Yet a look at this body of church rules helps explain how American bishops have handled priests who prey on underage youths.

Teacher feared retirement would be a rocking chair, but she's found otherwise
SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. (AP) -- Maurice Musholt was 51 and teaching when her husband coaxed her to retire.

Habs open with win
BOSTON -- Donald Audette scored three goals and Saku Koivu, sidelined most of the season by cancer, assisted on two of them as the Montreal Canadiens returned to the playoffs with a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

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.

Who wants to be a millionaire? Not him
The NFL people keep calling back. They aren't used to being told no. They've never heard a kid say on the eve of the draft that he doesn't want to be a millionaire. They give Rich Williams until the close of business Sunday to come around.

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.

Plenty of linemen in 2002 NFL draft
NEW YORK -- Expect an emphasis on bulk in the NFL draft. There are six coveted tackles who have a ton of talent and a total weight of 1,963 pounds.

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

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

Can anybody beat the Lakers in this year's NBA playoffs?
Let's sum up the NBA playoffs with a five-word question: Can anybody beat the Lakers?

Track season under way
Break up the snow and break out the 2002 track and field season on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Kenai bruins on the prowl
With springtime breakup, comes another season residents on the Kenai Peninsula should be aware of. Wake up.

Be bear aware
Warmer weather in Alaska and more sunlight means people will begin spending more time outdoors. Enjoying Alaska's wilderness, however, means coexisting with Alaska's wildlife. And that includes brown and black bears.

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