Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Companies reaffirm Donlin Creek gold estimates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two companies are reaffirming an estimate that the Donlin Creek gold project holds 25 million ounces of gold.

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.

Runway repairs mean more flights over East Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Beginning in May, most jets taking off from Anchorage's international airport will head over East Anchorage instead of traveling over Cook Inlet.

Man sentenced to four years for flare-gun attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who shot his ex-wife's fiance with a flare gun has been sentenced to four years in prison.

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

Klawock women charged in pull-tab scam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging two Klawock women with mail fraud and conspiracy.

Diocese committee meets with man alleging abuse
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau Diocese lay committee has met with the man who has accused a priest of sexually abusing him in the early 1980s.

Anchorage boy's autopsy mirrors brother's
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Drowning was the cause of death of a 5-year-old Anchorage boy who had been missing with his brother last month, according to an autopsy report.

Interior officials brace for early fire season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska fire officials are worried that wildland fire season could come early to the Interior unless nature cooperates with a healthy dumping of snow or rain in the coming month.

Dillingham couple rescued after plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Dillingham couple was rescued after crashing their plane in the surf, the Coast Guard said.

$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.

Fairbanks soldiers face charges in UAF dorm incident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three Fort Wainwright soldiers are accused of sneaking into a University of Alaska Fairbanks dormitory, entering some women's rooms uninvited.

Pogo gold mine construction could begin in December
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If final permits are cleared for the project, construction could begin in December on the $250 million Pogo gold mine development near Delta.

Filing discloses Sen. Murkowski's finances
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski shares her largest investment with her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski, according to a filing released by the Secretary of the Senate after two deadline extensions.

Defense economist takes issue with processor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An economist testified Monday that the dramatic increase of farmed salmon imported to Japan posed serious price competition for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon from 1989 to 1995.

Group wants to turn wasted fish into food
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska food banks and soup kitchens should be getting the millions of pounds of halibut bycatch thrown overboard every year, says the head of the Alaska Food Coalition.

State considers ending subsidy on ethanol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski is proposing to cut a state subsidy of ethanol gasoline for Anchorage drivers that costs $2.5 million annually.

Federal judge asks question of higher court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge in Anchorage wants a three-judge panel from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court to consider what action to take in a lawsuit challenging a new election law in Anchorage.

Two killed in car rollover on Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people died when their car rolled on the Glenn Highway near Eagle River, Anchorage police said.

Recount of Anchorage mayoral ballots begins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Election workers in Anchorage have started recounting more than 63,000 ballots cast for mayor April 1.

Murkowski's Senate account largely undistributed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's leftover U.S. Senate campaign account remains untouched for the most part.

Minor earthquake felt in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A minor earthquake occurred Monday afternoon near Anchorage, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

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.

Tok man dies in collision with moose
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A Tok man died in an auto collision with a moose, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Airport noise to worsen this summer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Anchorage residents will hear much more jet noise this summer because of runway repairs at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Seismic study holding up port expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A seismic study of the ocean floor is holding up a major expansion of the Port of Anchorage.

Couple designs user-friendly Tsimshian language course
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former Metlakatla couple has developed a ''user-friendly'' Tsimshian-language curriculum that will be the basis for courses taught this summer in Southeast Alaska.

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 slam Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Alfonso Soriano hit a grand slam and Nick Johnson homered twice to give David Wells more than enough support as the New York Yankees completed their second straight season sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 15-1 victory Monday.

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.

KPB Assembly honors local Champs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously passed 3 commending resolutions at last weeks meeting. The Ninilchik High School Girls Basketball Team was honored for winning their fourth straight State 2A Title under the direction of Coach Dan Leman, who received his sixth Small Schools Coach of the Year award.

Nikiski Captures First Place Honors In 13th Annual "Caring For The Kenai" Competition
Kristen Frederic, a sophomore at Nikiski High School, seized the coveted "Caring For the Kenai"(CFK) trophy last night, and a $1,500 cash prize by taking top honors in the 13th Annual CFK environmental competition sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium.

Full house at 24th Annual Home Show
The 24th Annual Home Show had a "full house" of exhibitors with a record number of visitors on Saturday, according to Paul Moses of Spenard Builders Supply.

Volunteers help kids get breakfast
A few years ago Love, Inc. began a pilot breakfast program when it came to their attention that there were a lot of kids that were starting the day without an adequate breakfast.

Historic day for the Kenai Peninsula
It's official, the ink is dry on the contract and the count down to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games has begun.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

Academic recognition banquet honors students with top grades
On March 31, Kenai Central High School held its 11th academic awards banquet for 145 students who earned a 3.5 or above GPA during the 2002-2003 fall semester. Full-time students at KCHS are eligible for an academic letter if they have two consecutive semesters of 3.5 or above GPAs.

Webster should do right thing: apologize, plead guilty for actions
Dear Mr. Webster: Our freedom gives us choices and now you have a choice to apologize for doing unto others what you would not want done to you, your son, your family or friends. I can understand your reasons , but I cannot allow your actions to represent me as your neighbor in Soldotna.

Lecture series helps restless gardeners survive winter
The Central Peninsula Master Gardeners would like to thank all who participated in this season's Winter Lecture Series.

Webster-and-crew's aim way off in water-dousing incident
I've gone through a number of reactions to the short video clip "water4ourtroops," which wraps Jeff Webster-and-crew's water-dousing act of civil disobedience in "patriotic" tones and images.

Alaskans need to tell legislators more money needed for schools
Although negotiated agreements have been approved between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its employees, the matter is not yet ended. The school district has already cut 14 positions from custodial staffs, and may cut more, since there is still a projected $1.7 million shortfall, as last I read.

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.

Soldotna's Chief Gifford recipient of national award
'This profession is a very hard profession, and I have had good mentors throughout my career.' -- Shirley Gifford, Soldotna Police chief

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.

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.

Cities oppose raising tax exemption
A Senate bill now before the Legislature which would allow the current $10,000 exemption on property taxes to be boosted to $50,000 may be attractive to property owners, but it isn't finding any favor with some city officials, who say if circumstances force them to offer the exemption it will hurt their revenue streams.

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.

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

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

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.

Clam fans dig in
It was wham, bam, thanks for the clams, this past weekend along the shores of the Kenai Peninsula from Homer to Kasilof.

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.

HEA races buzzing along
The race is on as ballots for the Homer Electric Association board of directors elections went out earlier this month and should be in members' hands.

Charlie M. Young
Clam Gulch resident Charlie M. Young died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 62.

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

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.

To protect its credit rating, Alaska must bridge financial gap
All Alaskans happily should note that the $461.9 million in general obligation bonds for roads and schools authorized in last year's general election were gobbled up last week by hungry bidders who look at Alaska like Emeril eyes a Cajun dish.

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

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Around the Peninsula
PERS retirement planning seminar scheduledMacDowell to speak at Alliance meetingPeterson to speak at Homer chamberPDK to honor outstanding educatorsEDD speaker to appear at chamberJuvenile justice committee to meetDrug speaker plannedOutdoor club to meetJohnson Lake Loop bridge to be discussedBuilders association to meet Thursday

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

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 harbors start of area's history
The city of Kenai is the largest city on the Kenai Peninsula and a convergence of salmon fishing, oil exploration and tourism.

Emergency information
Anywhere on the peninsula, call 911 for emergency ambulance and fire assistance, even on the road.

Preserving the pristine views
Residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of Alaska's environment. Keeping the state clean for years to come takes the cooperation of both. The Kenai Peninsula has many trash, recycling and RV dumping sites. Please, remember to use them and keep Alaska beautiful.

Peninsula has fun things for kids of all ages
Turn off the TV and step away from the Nintendo. School may be out, but that's no reason for children to stop learning or playing. Many organizations on the Kenai Peninsula offer programs and activities to keep kids happy and busy.

Information
Visitor centers and chambers of commerce have brochures, pamphlets and books on lodging, restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities.

Orthodox churches add unique touch of history
The Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church sits on the bluff in Old Town Kenai.

Soldotna: Heart of the peninsula
Summer events culminate during Soldotna Progress Days with a parade, rodeo, community dinner and other family activities. This year's event will be July 25 through 27.

Homer adds distinctive flavor to the Kenai
Sunshine glistening from the surface of Kachemak Bay can almost be blinding as you crest Baycrest Hill overlooking Homer.

Kenai Peninsula Facts
Size of the Kenai Peninsula in square miles: 25,600, of that only 15,600 is land.

Fun, scenery draw crowds to Seward
Known as the "Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park," Seward is a picturesque town on Resurrection Bay, 126 miles south of Anchorage.

Senior centers offer activities for visitors
Traveling senior citizens are welcome to stop by one of the seven senior centers on the Kenai Peninsula for lunch or a visit.

Peninsula towns add to Alaska's charm
From quaint seaports to rustic mountain retreats, the Kenai Peninsula offers a variety of small town experiences away from its hub communities.

Refuge is wilderness playground
Encompassing more than 1.9 million acres, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has enough room to accommodate thousands of yearly human visitors, as well as the hundreds of plant and animal species who call the refuge home.

Photographers capture Alaska spirit
This page highlights most of the winners of this year's Penin-sula Clarion photo contest.

Rules of the riverbank
In fishing, as in many other activities, there are unwritten rules to help guide anglers in matters of ethics, fairness and manners.

Anglers compete to land big one
As the heart of Alaska's sportfishing community, it's no surprise the Kenai Peninsula is home to some of Alaska's oldest and most popular fishing derbies.

Seeking salmon: Where to begin
When you're fishing for salmon, having your line in the water and the right lure isn't enough. You have to be in the right place at the right time.

Helpful hints for clamming up
Of the myriad rich and varied Alaska experiences visitors enjoy each year, one of the best requires them to get their hands dirty. But the reward a bucket full of delectable clams can make for a tasty meal.

Kenai River draws people together
To residents of the central Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai River is "the river." We say "the river" as if there were no others around, or at least no others worthy of mention.

Trips to the saltwater offer variety of pickings
Looking for adventure? Go saltwater fishing.

Fish primer: Getting the basics down
By learning a few things about salmon, tackle and technique, you'll soon be reeling 'em in.

Lakes: Fishing far from the crowds
Looking for a place to fish without having someone's elbow in your ribs?

Trails harbor scenic treasures
There's a lot to see on the Kenai Peninsula, and much of it can be enjoyed by taking a hike. Whether it's a walk through town, on the beach or in the mountains, each view offers a unique view of Alaska.

Alaska Baseball League hosts tomorrow's stars
After a day of flipping flies on the Kenai River, what could be better than an evening spent watching some of the nation's top collegiate baseball talent chasing down flies at Coral Seymour Me-morial Park in Kenai?

Captain Cook has a little of everything
Captain Cook State Recreation Area has it all.

Adventure awaits those with disabilities
Sensory and mobility disabilities are no reason to miss out on the Alaska experience.

Golf: Just 'fore' fun
After going after kings and silvers in the river, those on the Kenai have the opportunity to bag birdies and eagles on the golf course.

West side of inlet offers wilderness adventure
Although easily viewed from the relative civilization of the Kenai Penin-sula, the western shores of Cook Inlet provide a hidden glimpse into Alaska's wild side.

Peninsula events offer variety
Check out all of the events taking place on the Peninsula.

North recreation area is short drive to big fun
The North Peninsula Recre-ation Area at Mile 23.4 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikis-ki is a fun and convenient place to get some exercise while passing through the northern Kenai Peninsula in any season.

Ring of Fire enhances western horizon
The west side of Cook Inlet is home to some of Kenai Peninsula's beautiful but deadly treasures. Some of the world's most active volcanoes face the western peninsula just across the inlet waters, waiting to erupt without a moment's notice.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions 2003 Schedule
Racing schedule.

Camping: Getting back to nature
For outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy camping, the Kenai Peninsula is the place to be. The peninsula is host to a full range of camping amenities, from RV parks to cabins to wilderness campsites.

Racing ideal place for 'tire'd folks
The roar of stock car engines, the thrill of open-wheel sprint cars and the excitement of motocross all will be available this summer at Twin City Raceway.

Bikes take visitors off beaten path
Biking on the Kenai Peninsula offers an alternative way to view the majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes, rushing rivers and innumerable species of wildlife that make up the great outdoors of Alaska.

Catch a glimpse of the wild side
A wide variety of animals call the Kenai Peninsula home, to the delight of residents and visitors alike.

Kenai's Baldwin has eyes on state high jump record
One inch. For most people, improving by an inch wouldn't necessarily be a huge reason to celebrate. For Kenai Central High School senior Dallas Baldwin, clearing one more inch would be the high point of an already impressive career.

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.

Cheruiyot of Fire: Kenyans still rule Boston
BOSTON -- His name sounds like ''chariot,'' and he certainly rolled through the streets of Boston, from Hopkinton to Heartbreak Hill.

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.

Spurs foul shooting beats Marbury's effort, evens series
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio didn't stop Stephon Marbury, but the Spurs did make their free throws down the stretch Monday night, and that was enough for an 84-76 victory over Phoenix to even their playoff series at one game apiece.

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.

Don't use the word 'boycott'
The last time anybody blew a lead this big was the '69 Cubs.

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.

Texans secretive about franchise's second-ever draft
HOUSTON -- Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly dispelled any mystery about the expansion team's first draft pick. Quarterback David Carr already was house-hunting by the time Houston formally chose him at No. 1 in 2002.

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.

Leafs, Wild force Game 7s
TORONTO -- Travis Green scored 10:51 into the second overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Monday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series.

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

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