Monday, April 21, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Girl dies in Anchorage apartment fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 4-year-old girl died Sunday morning in an apartment fire in Anchorage, a fire official said.

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

Company offering rewards for info on bus vandalism
ANCHORAGE (AP) A company is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for vandalizing 50 buses.

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.

$3.9 million worth of marijuana seized at crossing
BLAINE, Wash. (AP) U.S. border officials seized nearly 800 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents last week at the Blaine commercial truck crossing.

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.

Fairbanks youngsters scoop up Easter eggs
FAIRBANKS (AP) About 200 children were let loose at Pioneer Park on Saturday for an Easter egg hunt.

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.

Science and technology foundation could be cut
JUNEAU (AP) The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation may soon be a victim of the governor's budget ax if lawmakers in the state Senate can't be convinced not to cut the program.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cincinati ends 5-game skid in San Juan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Pinch-hitter Adam Dunn and Felipe Lopez hit consecutive home runs in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds connected six times in all to beat the Montreal Expos 7-5 Sunday and stop a five-game losing streak.

Yankees continue dominance over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS Mike Mussina pitched seven strong innings, and Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams homered as the New York Yankees beat Minnesota 8-2 Sunday for their 12th straight victory over the Twins.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Bulletproof Monk
If there were an award given for most cumbersome and obvious title of the year, it would go in a landslide to Bulletproof Monk. I can't imagine what the filmmakers were thinking, other than the fact that it sounds

Area dentists should be ashamed; they dont serve needy clients
RE: Recent article on new dental clinic for the needy.

Why not blame fewer visitors to peninsula on fear of terrorists?
"My oldest brother was drafted and served in Vietnam and, although I was very young, I saw the effect the anti-war protesters had on him.

Rep. Seaton wrong; public does understand House Bill 11
The House of Representatives it appears wants to solve the over-spending problem (deficit) by throwing more money at the problem our money, the people's money. It won't bother them a bit because it's yours, not theirs!

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.

Those who would silence their opponents dont cherish freedom
Is throwing water on peaceful, anti-Bush-policy demonstrators supposed to be an example of American-style faithfulness to freedom? It's the opposite I'd say.

Tolerance is not defining virtue of Christianity, but Jesus loves all
This letter is late in coming. It is in response to a letter to the editor by a lady named Bethany Swenson.

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.

Education concerns expressed to Wolf
Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, held the second town hall meeting of his brief tenure in the Alaska Legis-lature on Saturday in Kenai, answering questions about the state's budget situation and telling residents what he thinks about a wide range of issues facing Alaska.

Alaska author visiting KPC today
At age 91, Mary Carey is satisfied with life.

Officials explain court dismissals
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series looking at criminal charges that are dismissed by the court in Kenai and why charges are dismissed.

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.

School debate: 1 building or 2?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will tackle two major issues at its regular meeting tonight. A plan to consolidate schools and the district's fiscal year 2004 budget -- both of which have been controversial topics throughout the school year -- will receive additional discussion at the meeting.

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.

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.

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.

Archaeologists explore historic site
In honor of Archaeology Month, the Kenai Peninsula College Anthropology Department hosted a lecture and slide show last week on the Kijik National Historic Land-mark within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

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.

Photo feature: Leader of the pack
Daniel Kaser leads members of his family and friends on a bike ride on the Unity Trail alongside Kalifornsky Beach Road last week.

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.

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

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.

Measure helps all manufacturers of value-added products, not just Agrium
There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about the effects of House Bill 57/Senate Bill 50 and the motives of those who stand most to profit from its success.

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?

FairTax deserves serious discussion
At last there may be reason for hope among those who recognize the need for fair taxation.

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.

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

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

Jenna and Adam Link Doug and Rona Hodges Amy and James Milburn RLudmilla and Brian Baranek Ronald and Grace Engebretson

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."

Peninsula People
Cheerleading squad takes second place. Ninilchik student makes basketball history SoHi student receives PDK scholarship Kasilof student earns national recognition Soldotna woman excels at university Area man finishes basic training Nikiski grad completes military police school Former Soldotna resident hired in Oregon

Kenai students 'DARE' to live drug-free lives
Students from five Kenai fifth-grade classes graduated Tuesday from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

Around the Peninsula
LAC meeting canceled Nikolaevsk clinic rescheduled Nutrition classes continue today Apple tree workshop slated for today Kenai library hosts TV-free event Women For Sobriety meets tonight NAMI hosts video presentation, support group PERS retirement planning seminar scheduled MacDowell to speak at Alliance meeting Peterson to speak at Homer chamber PDK to honor educators at banquet League of Women Voters to meet Boys and Girls Club soccer sign-ups end Friday Mediation center plans annual meeting Advisory committee to meet

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

U.S. women aim at winning Boston Marathon
BOSTON The 1983 Boston Marathon was dubbed Joanie's Record Run'': Joan Benoit shattered the world record and set a course record she held for almost 20 years.

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.

St. Louis attempt to close out series gets Canuckled under
ST. LOUIS The first-round playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks has quickly gone from lopsided to a toss-up.

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

McGrady scores 43 for Magic playoff record
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Tracy McGrady made the NBA's best defense look bad.

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.

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

Love wins MCI Heritage on fourth playoff hole
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) There must be something special about that Harbour Town lighthouse for Davis Love III.

Overtime strikes thrice for Lightning
WASHINGTON It took 11 seasons for the Tampa Bay Lightning to win a playoff series, so they didn't care if it took a few extra overtimes.

Kansas mens basketball program to name former Illinois coach Williams successor
LAWRENCE, Kan. Bill Self met with the Kansas players Sunday night to discuss his plans for the team, a day before he was to be introduced as the new coach of the Jayhawks.

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