Monday, April 22, 2002

Kenai police chief announces resignation
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai chief of police will leave his job next month.

Jury finds two men innocent of murder in Saxman man's death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan Superior Court found two men innocent of murder in the death of a man who was struck, fell and hit his head.

Public defender pleads no contest to misdemeanors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An assistant public defender has pleaded no contest in a case that brought down the chief prosecutor of Alaska.

Health and Social Services conducts statewide survey
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Health and Social Services will conduct a statewide survey on fetal alcohol syndrome.

Man indicted in Sutton killing
PALMER (AP) -- A man accused of killing a Palmer-area woman early this month while burglarizing her home was indicted Thursday on murder, burglary and theft charges.

Gas pipeline tax break bill moving quickly
JUNEAU (AP) -- A measure giving up to $500 million in tax breaks for construction of a natural gas pipeline is moving quickly in the House.

Four injured in Cook Inlet platform fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four people were injured Saturday when a fire broke out on an oil platform in Cook Inlet, Alaska State Troopers said.

April 20, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News urges ending the hyperbole in ANWR debate
At 54-46, the Senate vote against oil exploration in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge looks like a major thumping of Alaska's two senators and drilling proponents.

House Republicans refuse to support budget package
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republicans are refusing to support a budget plan that could have bridged Alaska's $1 billion revenue gap.

April 19, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on university budget request
The state's higher education system had no luck at all in the House convincing legislators that an increase in funding is necessary for the next fiscal year. In fact, what University of Alaska system leaders ended up with when the dust settled in the House was flat funding -- essentially, a cut.

Anchorage man convicted in federal opium smuggling case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was convicted in federal court Friday of trying to smuggle 57 pounds of opium to Anchorage from Los Angeles, a federal prosecutor.

April 17, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on higher oil prices and state fiscal woes
The recent bounce in oil prices is welcome news for Alaska, but $21 a barrel oil isn't going to fix the long-term problem with state finances.

Carnival Corp. agrees to $18 million fine for illegal dumping
MIAMI (AP) -- Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise ship operator, pleaded guilty Friday to federal ocean pollution charges and agreed to pay $18 million in fines and restitution. The discharges didn't involve Alaska waters.

April 16, 2002 The Voice of the Times says it's time to stop wasting time on time
The ladies and gentlemen of the Legislature are wasting far too much time on a nutty proposal to eliminate daylight time in Alaska.

Anchorage man guilty of attempting to smuggle opium
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was convicted in federal court Friday of trying to smuggle 57 pounds of opium to Anchorage from Los Angeles.

Anchor Point may study construction of harbor
KENAI (AP) -- Residents of Anchor Point are exploring the possibility of constructing a harbor to help boost the local economy.

Huhndorf plans return to CIRI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Roy Huhndorf, one of Alaska's most prominent Native leaders, has launched a campaign to return to Cook Inlet Region Inc.

Three appointed to farm panel
PALMER (AP) -- The Bush administration has named three state committee members to the U.S. Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency in Alaska.

Sitka fisherman hauls up giant squid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As Sitka fisherman Kevin Kambak hauled in black cod from the deep ocean southwest of Yakutat last weekend, he was startled to find a hooked halibut rising with a big, brown thing snarled on its back.

Northern Edge exercise to include missile launch from Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Air Force plans to launch part of a converted Minuteman missile from Kodiak this week as part of its annual Northern Edge military exercises in Alaska.

Food bank nets bounty of salmon
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Community Food Bank is swimming in fish.

Science team studies Arctic snow, climate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A six-person team is traveling from Nome to Barrow by snowmobile this month, hauling a compact computer lab on skis, as part of a scientific investigation of snow cover, climate change and Arctic haze pollutants.

Bill targets get-rich-quick scams
JUNEAU (AP) -- Get-rich-quick scams might be harder to pull off in Alaska under a bill that passed the House on Friday.

Despite conviction, UAF student wins student government seat
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kelsey Hough was convicted April 2 of counterfeiting $100 bills, but that didn't hurt his chances in student elections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Outdoor recreation liability bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill shielding outdoor recreation businesses from some liability for accidents passed the House on Friday.

Fairbanks fugitive tracked down in Ontario
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For 26 years, fugitive Howard Myers lived a quiet life as John Murray, a name he had picked off a tombstone in his travels across Canada.

Bill would let schools more easily survey students
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Friday that eases restrictions on schools trying to survey students about drug use, sexual activity, exercise habits and other private issues.

Fairbanks student prepares for National Geographic Bee
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When he was younger, 13-year-old Yan Matusevich had a world map as big as his bed hanging on his bedroom wall.

Modest bump in state unemployment rate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska rose to 7.4 percent in March, state labor officials said Friday, up from 7.2 percent in March of last year.

Customs, immigration officers meet all at Alaska Highway station
BORDER CITY (AP) -- The nearest pizza is 20 miles away, in Canada.

Snowmobilers recount harrowing fall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When snowmobiler Mike Gribbon came to, he found himself standing on a wedge of ice 75 feet deep inside a glacier near Portage. Blood-streaked ice rose against his chest, hips and face. A wall pressed his back.

Expos take lead in East
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Expos took over sole possession of first place in the NL East, beating the New York Mets 6-3 Sunday as Lee Stevens homered and drove in three runs.

Blue Jays top Yankees to put end to four-game skid
NEW YORK -- Eric Hinske hit his first career home run in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays survived a stunning collapse to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 Saturday.

Reds finally find a way to knock on Wood
CHICAGO -- Juan Encarnacion drove in four runs as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 Saturday, their first victory over Kerry Wood in eight tries.

Clemens, Yanks rip Blue Jays
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens was dominating Sunday, and so was Alfonso Soriano.

Huhndorf plans return to CIRI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Roy Huhndorf, one of Alaska's most prominent Native leaders, has launched a campaign to return to Cook Inlet Region Inc.

Carnival Corp. agrees to $18 million fine for illegal dumping
MIAMI (AP) -- Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise ship operator, pleaded guilty Friday to federal ocean pollution charges and agreed to pay $18 million in fines and restitution. The discharges didn't involve Alaska waters.

HEA seeks funds to prevent future power loss
Dead spruce along an eight-mile stretch between China Poot and Sadie Cove are considered a threat to Homer Electric Association's power lines serving communities on the south side of Kachemak Bay. The utility cooperative is seeking funds to log those trees.

Japanese 'Earth Simulator' supercomputer beats U.S. computer as world's fastest
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new Japanese supercomputer has taken the title of world's fastest away from an American computer, zipping along nearly five times faster than its closest competitor.

Fakery persists as China moves into world trade pantheon
CHENGDE, China -- With four floors of merchandise and 200 vendors, the cavernous Chengde Shopping City has it all. There's Snoopy bedding straight from Peanuts -- ''the Woreld-Famous Comic Strip.'' There are Swoosh-festooned duffels straight from the ''Nikey'' factory.

Modest bump in state unemployment rate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska rose to 7.4 percent in March, state labor officials said Friday, up from 7.2 percent in March of last year.

Sitka fisherman hauls up giant squid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As Sitka fisherman Kevin Kambak hauled in black cod from the deep ocean southwest of Yakutat last weekend, he was startled to find a hooked halibut rising with a big, brown thing snarled on its back.

NOW PLAYING: The Scorpion King
After seeing The Mummy a few years ago, it certainly came as no surprise when the sequal arrived. Big summer action flicks are the whole reason sequels exist. People want more, and are usually willing to sacrifice plot, characterization, acting, whatever, to get it. Those things aren't generally the reason moviegoers came back anyway.

Outdoor recreation liability bill passes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill shielding outdoor recreation businesses from some liability for accidents passed the House on Friday.

Republicans refuse to support budget package
JUNEAU -- House Republicans are refusing to support a budget plan that could have bridged Alaska's $1 billion revenue gap.

Earnhardt rules Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. managed to avoid a 24-car wreck late in the Aaron's 499 and held off teammate Michael Waltrip for his second straight victory at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gordon struggles as high-profile divorce unfolds
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon headed for driver introductions before a recent race, fighting his way through a throng of fans. Alone.

Platform catches fire; 4 injured
A fire on Unocal's King Salmon oil and gas platform resulted in injuries to four workers Saturday afternoon.

Kenai police chief to step down in May
There will be a change in leadership at the Kenai Police Department come the end of May, when Dan Morris resigns as chief.

Mediation center idea moving forward
Police officers normally become involved in conflict situations after a law already has been broken, but Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford said it doesn't always have to be that way.

KPD taps into national missing children system
The Kenai Police Department now has access to a national emergency alert system for locating missing children.

Council supports plans for facility
The Kenai City Council voiced its support for the concept of constructing a 36-bed residential psychiatric treatment facility for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescents.

Photo feature: De-icing
Captain Bill Furlong washes the remains of winter away from the Kenai Fire Department last Friday. Melting snow will get a boost from Mother Nature in the coming days, as forecasters are calling for temperatures in the 40s in the coming days.

Platform worker still in hospital
Three of the four people injured Saturday in a fire on an oil platform in Cook Inlet have been released from the hospital, a spokeswoman for Unocal said Sunday.

Anchor Point looks at possible harbor
Launching a boat from the beach at Anchor Point can be a dangerous activity, especially when the wind picks up.

Natives win environmental prize for fighting ANWR
SAN FRANCISCO -- As Congress and President Bush have debated whether to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, three indigenous spokespeople have worked to ensure that potential effects on the land, its wildlife and their people are not overlooked.

William M. "Bill" Burnett
Kenai resident William M. "Bill" Burnett died Friday, April 19, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 71.

Season is reminder of the importance of responsible choice
The lengthening days and rising temperatures mark the changing of the seasons on the Kenai Peninsula. Soon, the snow geese will return, the lifeless grays and browns of winter will be replaced by vibrant, regenerative greens, and before we know it, salmon will be running again.

Letters to the Editor
Parks director clarifies intent of position on budget cutsBad budget cuts threaten to relegate state to third-world status

Family reunion brings opportunity to experience post 9-11 travel
Leaving Kenai was the first step in surprising my mom for her 70th birthday, and I can't tell just how big of a step that was.

Ask the Mayor
Flood-plain building permit explained

President's Middle East balancing act
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is engaged in a careful balancing act as he seeks a U.S. role in the Mideast that does not alienate conservative activists in his party or the moderate Arab states he is courting for his war on terror.

No easy solutions for any involved in Mideast conflict
Because the United States is an indispensable ally to (Israel), (Ariel) Sharon has made a gesture -- he would withdraw from the West Bank and be prepared to participate in a great international conference on the Middle East, but without (Yasser) Arafat.

Applause
4-H Club recognizes its benefactors during National Volunteer WeekSoHi ski team says thanks to sponsors for successful season

Around the Peninsula
Pork proposal Soldotna chamber topicMake-A-Wish Foundation looking for volunteersSBDC offering business seminarsPDK to hold banquetChallenger head to speak at NikiskiFish and Game sponsors bear-baiting clinicHunter education programs plannedNurse to visit NinilchikYCC job application deadline nearsEstate planning seminar scheduledHost families sought for exchange students

Community News
Ford offers scholarships to Alaska teensASLC opens new whale exhibitConservation group promotes computer recyclingHomer Community Schools updates program

Peninsula People
Area student named to dean's listKenai student joins summit in Washington, D.C.Soldotna woman begins athletic training program

Soldotna man well known for getting things started
Who'll get us started? That's a question constantly on the lips of Soldotna auctioneer Norm Blakeley. Since 1979, Blakeley has been honing his unique auctioneering skills, not only to grow a thriving business, but to help just about anyone who needs him.

Protesters for diverse causes join forces for day of demonstrations
WASHINGTON -- Marching with puppets and placards and armed with many messages, tens of thousands of protesters joined forces on a warm spring Saturday to demonstrate peacefully against everything from U.S. policy in the Mideast to globalization and corporate greed.

My Best Friend
Frank Bush of Kasilof says his black Labrador retriever's name is "JJDDDDS," although he doesn't say what it stands for. Frank did say JJ likes to take over his chair when he's not using it to read the Clarion, though.

Community Schools
This is a list of classes/activities that begin this week, to serve as a reminder to registered participants. If you are interested in a class or activity but are not preregistered, please call the Soldotna Community School office to check on space availability, location changes and cancellations.

McSheehy, Ingels to wed in Homer
Robin McSheehy and Richard Ingels have announced their intentions to wed on Friday, May 31, 2002, in Homer. The couple plans to hold a "celebration of love" reception following the ceremony.

Births
Kierstin Brown and Cory Kellyulie Booth and Kingsley MirekuTonja and Clark WhitneyWillow King and Kelly Hagelund

A look into the past: Ninilchik 1960
Ninilchik was founded in 1847 as a subsistence agricultural retirement community for families of the Russian American Company.

Around the Peninsula
Dump truck route meeting scheduledKDLL planning board meetingBakery to host Homer chamber mixerHomer car wash plannedSears Elementary Carnival scheduledMediation center planning free seminarMS conference to be held May 14Potluck, bingo night plannedRed Cross to hold disaster trainingSmall farms mini-series concludes

Catfish creations catapult country cafe to culinary celebrity
INDIANOLA, Miss. -- Silver-haired ladies gather in a storeroom at The Crown on weekdays to chat and play cards, while local businessmen feast on their favorite catfish dishes.

Bay conference weighs tides of global change
Scientists from California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska gathered the weekend of April 12-14 to quantify, qualify and generally discuss the indicators and methods of measuring the changes in our global, regional and local environment.

Dog behavior: Good or bad?
"Rover, get down!" screeched the distraught owner as the 70-pound lab jumped on her in an overabundance of energy. She turned to me, anxiety showing in every line of her face, as her 8-month-old puppy swept around her, tangling them both up in the six-foot length of the cotton leash.

Spaying, neutering important steps for responsible owners
About 40 years ago, a woman by the name of Ethel Christensen found a box of discarded puppies on her way to work and decided to take them to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But there wasn't one.

The Easter rat: Humans aren't the only ones who like chocolate
Have you ever heard the story of the Easter rat? Well then, I bet I can tell you about the best version you will ever hear. Here is how it goes:

Horse group offers fun activities for everyone
The Soldotna Equestrian Association Inc., a nonprofit organization, will offer a wide variety of activities for horse enthusiasts this year.

Kennel club's experience shows in community
The Kenai Kennel Club was founded in April 1970. The club's main focus is the betterment of the purebred dog and public education of all genres of dog ownership.

A matter of course Agility keeps dogs, handlers on the run
So Fido can sit, stay and roll over on command, but can he jump through hoops, navigate weave poles and negotiate a teeter-totter?

Llamas make camping easier
Llamas are amazing animals. What are llamas? Basically, if you were going to consider looks, I'd say they look like big goats with a lot of long hair and no horns.

Safety tips
If you are bitten by an unfamiliar animal, try to remember the following.

Millipedes as pets
We are an animal-loving family and have lots of pets. We would choose a more exotic pet over your every day dog or cat, although we have some of those, too. One day my dad came home with a giant African millipede, an extremely exotic pet.

Horse lover's wish a dream come true
Every girl has a love for horses at one time or another, but they often lose interest by the time they're 13. Not so with me.

Pet facilities, groups on the Kenai Peninsula
Pet related groups and services to help you enjoy your pet.

Coyotes even series with favored Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Before the game, Phoenix coach Bob Francis challenged Shane Doan to step up. Before the third period, Francis did the same to Daniel Briere.

Mayweather wins WBC title
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. got the title he wanted, but not the impressive win he needed.

In little surprise, Detroit elects to select quarterback Harrington
NEW YORK -- The NFL draft was definitely for big guys -- with one or two little surprises. The question of where Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington would go was answered early Saturday when, minutes after he was told Detroit wouldn't take him, the Lions changed their mind and did with the third pick.

Leonard leads at Harbour Town
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Making up for years of frustration at Harbour Town, Justin Leonard shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to break the WorldCom Classic's 54-hole scoring record.

Track season starts off slow
The snow and ice blanketing the peninsula's high school tracks has been receding at a glacial pace, but athletes already have visions of warmer days, fast times and long throws dancing in their heads.

Red Wings finally maneuver past Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A big mistake by Dan Cloutier took some of the pressure off Dominik Hasek.

Nets lose homecourt edge to Indiana poise
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In less than 2 1/2 hours, the Indiana Pacers took away what the New Jersey Nets spent 5 1/2 months building.

Ming cleared for NBA draft
BEIJING (AP) -- Yao Ming, a 7-foot-5 center from China, has been cleared to enter the NBA draft.

Amen, Glaze sign scholarship deals
Kenai Central senior Katherine Amen and Nikiski senior Sally Glaze both accepted athletic scholarships to colleges in the past week.

Bird heads to Seattle as UConn players scatter
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Four seniors on Connecticut's undefeated national championship team took one final bow.

Sports Briefs
Knights shut down SeahawksTeam owner critical but stable after plane crashWallace wins NBA Defensive Player of YearRedskins sign Pro Bowl linebacker TrotterGooden leaves Kansas for NBA

Lakers wash out Blazers
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, and Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers began their quest for a third consecutive title by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 95-87 Sunday.

Leonard takes WorldCom title
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Justin Leonard survived some anxious moments Sunday to win the WorldCom Classic, a feat even he considered unlikely just days ago.

As Patriots trade Bledsoe, teams search for another Brady
NEW YORK -- On a day that Drew Bledsoe was traded from New England to Buffalo, the success of the man who replaced him seemed to have an impact on the second day of the NFL draft.

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