Tuesday, April 23, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Trial begins for Fairbanks man accused of murdering girlfriend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Fairbanks man charged in the beating death of his girlfriend last year had a history of domestic violence.

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

Child molestation case went weeks without response
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state inquiry blames bad weather, poor communication and confusion for a delayed a response to a child molestation case on St. George Island earlier this year.

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.

State public safety officials back VPSO program in testimony
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state-financed program that trains and pays public safety officers for villages in rural Alaska is still the best way to keep peace in the state's remote villages, Alaska State Troopers said as a two-week trial in Anchorage drew to a close.

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.

State renews bid to pull doctor's license
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state opened a hearing to consider revoking Dr. Steven Nathanson's license to practice medicine Monday, but neither Nathanson nor his attorney showed up.

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.

House agrees to require meth lab cleanup
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring cleanup of former methamphetamine labs passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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.

Grant to help fund Bush sewer projects
ANCHORAGE(AP) -- A $23.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the state continue to supply rural Alaska with safe water and sewer systems.

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.

Providence helping nursing home
ANCHORAGE(AP) -- A Seward nursing home cleared a key hurdle Monday when it proved to state regulators that its patients were not in immediate jeopardy.

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.

Anti-stalking bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives has passed legislation fixing a glitch in state laws related to stalking.

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.

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 through the House.

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.

Fairbanks man gets 99 years for killing woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for stabbing a woman to death.

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.

Consumer protection added to car dealer bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Car dealers would have to give buyers some information about a used car's history under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

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

Man enters plea in Sutton killing
PALMER (AP) -- A man accused of killing a Palmer-area woman early this month pleaded innocent Monday in Palmer Superior Court to charges of murder, robbery, theft and fraud.

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.

State-owned gas line plan passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill calling for possible state ownership of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope passed the House on Monday.

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.

State sets up Web site to help recruit teachers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Education and Early Development has set up a Web site to help Alaska school districts attract more applicants for teaching jobs.

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.

Council honors keepers of the tribal way of life
JUNEAU (AP) -- Their knowledge is priceless. Their minds contain a wealth of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian songs, stories, memories and protocol. And now 12 elders from around Southeast officially can call themselves ''treasures.''

Delta awaits impact of missile site
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Even some business people who may benefit from up to $250 million in construction work for a missile test site at Fort Greely say they have mixed feelings about what the boom means to this small town.

Slides close Hatcher Pass
ANCHORAGE(AP) -- A weekend storm dumped more than four feet of snow at Hatcher Pass, closing the road through the pass.

Endangered Twins, Expos sit atop AL Central, NL East
MINNEAPOLIS -- When commissioner Bud Selig perused the standings Monday, he saw Minnesota leading the AL Central and Montreal heading the NL East.

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.

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

Indians dirty White Sox
CLEVELAND -- Danys Baez pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings in the cold and Travis Fryman and Russell Branyan homered as the Cleveland Indians snapped a six-game losing streak Monday night, beating the Chicago White Sox 4-2.

Oil prices bounce then fall in volatile trading
LONDON -- World oil prices have been gyrating today. Prices rose initially when Ali Rodriguez, OPEC's chief executive, was picked to run Venezuela's national oil company. But prices fell later in the day when Saudi Arabia gave assurances that it would fill any real market shortage.

Echo Lake Superior Meats & Processing Under New Ownership
Echo Lakes Superior Meats & Processing has been under new ownership since June 2001. Jim & Sharon Clark, the principal owners, along with a friend, Randy Yost purchased the business, known to many, as Echo Lake Lockers.

No worries for Cook Inlet gas supply
A few years ago concern was being expressed that by the year 2012 the Cook Inlet might experience shortages of natural gas. Speculations of soaring utility bills and images of gas shortages when it's thirty below in Alaska spread rapidly.

Soldotna Scout Troop 1616 flies offshore to tour Unocal's Steelhead Platform
Earlier this month a few lucky Boy Scouts from Soldotna Troop 1616 were the guests of Unocal Alaska on a tour of the Steelhead Platform in Cook Inlet.

Annual Home Show at Sports Arena draws hundreds ready for spring construction
There was a long line Saturday afternoon waiting to get into the Home Show at the Soldotna Sports Center. According to Cindy Heaverley, executive officer for the Kenai Peninsula Builders Assoc., the event's sponsor, the crowd that turned out between 12 and 3:00pm Saturday, broke all previous records for attendance.

Team Alaska makes record setting performance at Arctic Winter Games
The Arctic Winter Games is a circumpolar celebration of sports and culture that includes teams from Alaska, Greenland, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta, Nunavut, Nunavik/Quebec, and two Russian providences Chukotha and Magadan.

Timber Wolf Lodge in Soldotna introduces fine dining to the Kenai Peninsula with "The Cabin" restaurant
Mike & Michelle Beals and their two boys, Michael and Jason, are starting their fifth year with Timber Wolf Lodge located in Soldotna on the Kenai River.

Community says farewell to Ornithologist, Botanist, and Artist Boyd Shaffer
His paintings hang in some of the most beautiful homes in Alaska, the book he wrote on plants of the Kenai Peninsula is used as a text for Alaskan Botany classes, and his knowledge of birds is locally unsurpassed. He was a former employee of Walt Disney, and he's a friend of anyone with an inquisitive mind.

Photo feature: Colorful -- and hopeful -- sign
A bouquet of crocuses rises from the mostly barren ground in front of Soldotna Elementary School last week. The tiny flowers are an early harbinger of spring.

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.

Search for budget solutions goes on
Refusing to accept the growing view that Alaska's ominous fiscal gap won't be addressed this session, Kenai Peninsula members of the House of Representatives said Monday they won't quit searching for some combination of spending cuts and taxes that can pass.

State-owned gas line plan passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill calling for possible state ownership of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope passed the House on Monday.

Consumer protection added to car dealer bill
JUNEAU -- Car dealers would have to give buyers some information about a used car's history under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Survey asks public's opinion on management of forests
About 400 Kenai Peninsula residents can expect to receive phone calls regarding their opinions on forest management in the coming weeks.

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.

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.

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

Much work still to be done before Legislature adjourns for summer Session's end drawing near
As of the publication date for this article there will be just 19 days remaining until the end of this session. Many issues are as yet unresolved and your continued comments and testimony on the various matters before us are still of great importance. While schedules get very hectic at this time of year, I hope you will stay in contact. A lot of issues are flushed out in the last few days, and I want to continue to represent your concerns and to do the best job that I can on your behalf.

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

Legislature's failure to fund education bad for state's future
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.

Ask the Mayor
Flood-plain building permit explained

Letters to the Editor
Dedicated school district teachers need local and legislative supportYouthful creativity should be unleashed on state budget processRecent legislative decision about PFD eligibility raises questions

Success of peninsula job fair not possible without a lot of supportRepublican women say thanks to all who helped with fund-raiser

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

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Mayor to speak at Homer chamberRed Cross offers community trainingKenai chamber to discuss Cook Inlet oilUnited Way plans meeting, seeks volunteersNikiski church plans men's dinnerCooper Landing to discuss fish regulationsMarch of Dimes plans WalkAmerica eventArtist applications being acceptedDevelopmental screening offeredSafety Day Fair planning under wayWomen's group looking to volunteer

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.

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

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stuck bus turns into adventure
A chance meeting last week turned a misfortune into a memorable and merry occasion. It also demonstrated that sometimes the best lessons are learned outside the classroom.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area senors

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

ZIP code error leaves Wisconsin seniors without a nutrition program
MILWAUKEE -- Seniors in Wisconsin will miss out on fresh broccoli, asparagus and other produce because an application for $612,500 in federal aid missed the deadline by three weeks.

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.

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

U.S. soccer tabs World Cup team
NEW YORK -- The United States will head to the World Cup with one of the oldest teams in the tournament.

Nets, SuperSonics tie playoff series at 1-1
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets shook off the playoff jitters with a few things even more valuable in the postseason than a half-court offense -- Jason Kidd, a great defense and a big dose of self assurance.

Panther Ely Evanson gets past obstacles
The Skyview football team's 32-0 victory over Homer during the 2000 season is not only a good example of how senior Ely Evanson's difficulty hearing can be a problem.

Kings top Avalanche, cut series deficit to 2-1
LOS ANGELES -- This time, three goals were enough for the Los Angeles Kings. Ziggy Palffy scored twice, Jason Allison had a goal, and Adam Deadmarsh added an assist as the Kings defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Monday night to trail 2-1 in their first-round playoff series.

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.

Sports Briefs
SoHi soccer ties, beats GraceISU technical committee looking at new options

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

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.

Encounter fatal for bear near Sterling
Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers in Soldotna responded to a report of a bear attack Sunday west of Sterling.

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