Sunday, April 20, 2003

Doctor, nurse plead guilty to health care fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage doctor and his wife, a nurse, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to charges of health care fraud.

Nikolaevsk teen convicted of murdering brother
UNALASKA (AP) -- A jury here has convicted a Nikolaevsk teenager of murdering his brother.

High Court upholds Legislature's use of tobacco funds
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Supreme Court upheld a decision by the Legislature to earmark $93 million in future tobacco settlement funds for rural construction projects.

Renowned pathologists testifies, comments in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Perched on the side of a bed in a downtown hotel room, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden is breathlessly attempting to juggle two telephones.

Composting system could solve small-town waste problems
HAINES (AP) -- A new garbage composting system here is being watched closely by small towns around the nation as a possible solution to solid waste disposal.

Defense's ''other suspect'' testifies in Mateu trial
JUNEAU (AP) -- The man the defense claims could have killed Jose R. Mateu took the stand Friday in the third murder trial of Mateu's son.

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

Well-traveled doctor retires after 44 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dr. Bill James spent his last day at Chief Andrew Isaac Clinic on Wednesday reminiscing about his 44-year career as a physician, enjoying a potluck and participating in a final round of teary farewells.

School alligator has mysterious demise
PALMER (AP) -- Mitch the alligator spent the past year and a half in the greenhouse at Palmer High School, living large.

Realtors pan bill changing dual agent disclosure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill that would change disclosure requirements when one agent or brokerage represents both the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction has drawn sharp criticism from some members of the industry.

Initial plan for mine road finished
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Initial planning for an industrial road linking the Donlin Creek gold deposit to the Kuskokwim River is nearly finished and the design phase will begin next month, according to a state transportation official.

Senator wants Game Board authority for predator control
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state senator is advocating a measure that would allow the state Board of Game to authorize airborne predator control programs without backing of the governor.

Processor questioned on farmed salmon purchases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska fish processor, testifying Friday in the Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit, defended his company's decision to sell Chilean farmed salmon in Japan.

Game department plans Anchorage bear awareness campaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State game officials will begin a media blitz next month urging Anchorage residents to help keep bears wild and alive -- or face a $100 fine.

Sealaska distributes $3 per share
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska, the Juneau-based corporation for Southeast Alaska Natives, is paying out $4.8 million in dividends to its shareholders.

No relief: Benitez blows fourth save chance
NEW YORK -- New York Mets' Armando Benitez blew his fourth save chance this season, allowing two runs in the ninth inning of a 6-5 loss to the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Kansas City still winning, Tigers still down and out
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Desi Relaford homered and Raul Ibanez had a two-run single in a five-run third inning as the Kansas City Royals beat Detroit 9-2 Saturday to hand the Tigers their 15th loss in 16 games this season.

Soldotna seniors say thanks for donations
Soldotna Senior Citizens Cen-ter would like to thank Credit Union 1 for its wonderful donation in support of the Meals-on-Wheels program for area seniors. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

Mock trial winners set sights on New Orleans
In March, we -- Justin Johnson, Pehr Hartvigson, Jennifer McCard, Mark McCartan, Matt Meacham, Ryan Meyers and Haley Smith -- won the State Mock Trial Championship and will advance to the National Mock Trial Competi-tion in New Orleans in May.

Anonymous tip leads to meth bust
Officers from the Kenai and Soldotna police departments, Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit spent Saturday afternoon dismantling a methamphetamine lab in a residential Kenai neighborhood.

DNR rescinds moratorium on Kenai River
Kenai area State Parks Super-intendent Chris Degernes was not happy to be the bearer of bad news Thursday evening at the monthly meeting of the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board.

Photo: Hopping off the shelves
A stuffed Easter bunny is one of a few items left at Carrs in Kenai on Saturday. The shelves had been fully stocked with candy, baskets and other festive products during the week, but last-minute shoppers helped clear the shelves.

Educational visit; UA officials hear good news
The University of Alaska's Board of Regents meeting concluded Friday at Kenai Peninsula College on a positive note.

Royalty measure that could help Agrium OK'd by House
When profit margins are tight, it is vital that costs are well known. But for manufacturing companies purchasing gas from producers, laws governing the way the state sets royalties on its share of natural gas resources can make that kind of knowledge hard to come by, and uncertain, say proponents of an Alaska House bill that would stabilize gas prices.

Fire season starts early
Prevailing dry weather conditions, too little water content in the winter's snowfall and the amount of fuel in the form of grass and insect-killed spruce have combined to lead state forestry officials to declare and early fire season for Southcentral Alaska.

Robert L. Garr
Kenai resident Robert L. Garr died peacefully in his sleep Thursday, April 17, 2003 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 88.

Lenora 'Sam' Lashley
Former Kenai resident Lenora "Sam" Lashley died Monday, March 31, 2003, in Grant, Neb. She was 70.

Saddam, bin Laden: Still missing, to Bush administration's chagrin
WASHINGTON -- Just when U.S. officials began to believe they'd heard the last from Saddam Hussein, there he was again -- maybe -- greeting a crowd in video footage supposedly taken days after a bomb strike that was meant to finish him off.

Resurrection story reason to celebrate
Today Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Below is the Easter story as told in the gospel of Luke in the New Testament.

Freedom doused at home
The war is over, and I'm told we've won, although our leaders haven't declared victory, yet. At this point, what victory have we claimed? And at what costs?

Around the Peninsula
Dramatized sermon set for EasterFood bank to host Easter dinner todayCarey book-signing plannedPDK to honor outstanding educatorsJuvenile justice committee to meetCollege plans arts celebration

Soldotna native is wild for working with big animals
"Good morning, Jambo," Tasha Van Vleet said to one of the cats in her care as she made her morning rounds. Jambo responded with a yawn.

Miracle of metamorphosis experienced at Butterfly World
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. -- Ileana Garica of South Florida has just entered the Tropical Rainforest exhibit at Butterfly World. She raises her camera and prepares to shoot.

Practice for teams for everyday living
Watching the final four teams play in the NCAA Basketball Championships made me think of how often sports serve as a metaphor for teamwork in everyday living. As Bobby Knight said, "Everyone wants to be a championship team and no one wants to come to practice."

Peeps -- from handmade sweet to icon of kitsch
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- To many people, Marshmallow Peeps are a must-have in children's Easter baskets.

America by the numbers: Homes, jobs, cats, dogs and lottery tickets
WASHINGTON -- Here's the truth about cats and dogs: Canines rule in American households, though just barely.

Dogs can be wonderful trail blazers, but some precautions are necessary
Imagine being in your tent on a mountain ridge after a long day of hiking. Curled beside you is your best friend. As he begins to nod off, you can hear quivering half-snores and feel his paws begin to twitch against you as he descends into deep sleep.

My best friend
This cute cocker spaniel is ready for Easter. Sent in by Douglas Derby.

Assault charge hits three Bucks
TORONTO (AP) -- Hours after losing an NBA playoff game in New Jersey, Gary Payton, Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey of the Milwaukee Bucks surrendered to police in Toronto and were charged with assault for a fight earlier this month outside a strip club.

Sports Briefs
Dementieva, Davenport reach finalJeter takes grounders during rehabMichael Schumacher edges brother for pole

NFL quarterbacks no longer exclusively in first round
NEW YORK -- The first pick in next weekend's NFL draft probably will be a quarterback, and four or five QBs could go in the first round.

Suns shock San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO -- Two bank shots from 3-point range -- one by Amare Stoudemire late in regulation; the other by Stephon Marbury at the buzzer in overtime -- gave the Phoenix Suns an unlikely victory.

Garnett, Wolves trying to end playoffs streak
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett's inability to lead his team to playoff success has sullied his otherwise stellar career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kung holds on for Takefuji title
LAS VEGAS -- Annika Sorenstam would have liked one more round. The way she played on the back nine, a few more holes might have been enough.

Area golfers get quick jump on season
It's hovering at about 38 degrees, the course is brown and muddy, the sky is overcast and Kenai's Joe Lyons is standing next to his golf clubs and beaming.

Soccer season starts on time
The biggest news to start this year's high school soccer season may just be that the season is actually starting -- for the first time in several seasons, the first week of the season hasn't been postponed while teams wait for snow to melt.

Skyview boys earn win, draw in Valley
The Skyview High School boys soccer team opened the season on the right foot, notching a win and a draw on a trip to the Matanuska-Susitna valleys.

Runyan inspires students
WATERTOWN, Mass. -- On days like this, Marla Runyan doesn't mind being known as a blind runner.

Flyers shred Maple Leafs
PHILADELPHIA -- Sami Kapanen picked an opportune time to break out of his yearlong scoring slump.

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