Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Coast Guard keeps sharp eye on ship dumping in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has increased scrutiny on large ships around the Aleutian coast, as a result of an ongoing investigation into alleged oil dumping.

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.

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.

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.''

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Quakes shake Aleutians
PALMER (AP) -- Earthquakes rattled the Aleutians late Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Judge upholds decision to require economic study of True North mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge is sticking by his decision to require an economic impact study of the True North gold mine.

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.

Flu hits Anchorage school children
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State health officials say what appears to be a second flu outbreak has sickened Anchorage school children.

Repairs on fire-damaged oil platform could take until May
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cook Inlet oil platform that was damaged by a weekend flash fire could be out of service until mid-May, according to Unocal Corp.

Stevens won't push for Native drilling rights in Arctic Refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens said he won't push to give oil drilling rights to Native corporations that own land within the borders of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Quake shakes Adak
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake rattled Adak Tuesday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Customs Service reinstates old flight clearance rules in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Customs Service has reinstated the clearance rules that were in effect prior to Sept. 11 for passengers on flights stopping in Alaska.

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.

Motorcyclist critically injured in Anchorage accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was in critical condition Tuesday from injuries received when he tumbled down a 90-foot embankment on his motorcycle.

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.

Senate Finance tries to tighten abortion rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday tightening the rules for state funding of abortions.

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.

Troopers say Kenai brown bear shooting was justified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai man was justified in the weekend shooting of a brown bear, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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.

Knowles to take more active role in fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles met with a dozen House members on Tuesday in hopes of breaking an impasse over tax proposals to close a state budget deficit.

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

Trial begins for Juneau man accused of stabbing acquaintance
JUNEAU (AP) -- Trial began Tuesday for a Juneau man accused of bludgeoning and stabbing an acquaintance in January.

Teen testifies at his mother's murder trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jeremiah Welton, who survived a house fire that killed his 14-year-old brother, told jurors that he didn't know whether his mother started the fatal blaze as prosecutors charge.

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 remain atop NL East
MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero and Brad Wilkerson each hit two-run singles and the first-place Montreal Expos extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

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.

Giambi returns with win
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi tried not to take it personally. Showered with boos in his first trip to Oakland as a Yankee, Giambi doubled then scored on Jorge Posada's home run in the seventh inning as New York beat the Athletics 2-1.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Making music
Above, middle school students listen to direction from guest conductor Bruce Phelps at the conclusion of a mass rehearsal for Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Mass Choir Festival at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

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.

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.

Knowles urges budget solution
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles met with a dozen House members on Tuesday in hopes of breaking an impasse over tax proposals to close a state budget deficit.

Senate Finance tries to tighten abortion rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday tightening the rules for state funding of abortions.

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.

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.

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.

New subdivision plan approved
The plat for a controversial proposed subdivision went back to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission Monday night amid objections from neighboring homeowners.

Possible security breach in school district e-mail system investigated
An alleged security breach in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's e-mail system is threatening to derail already contentious contract negotiations between the district and unions representing teachers and support workers.

Repairs on damaged Cook Inlet oil platform could take until May
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cook Inlet oil platform that was damaged by a weekend flash fire could be out of service until mid-May, according to Unocal Corp.

Troopers say Kenai brown bear shooting was justified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai man was justified in the weekend shooting of a brown bear, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Families, teachers urging TV-free week
In the early 1970s, musician John Prine was singing about it. Today, many parents, teachers, and librarians are talking about it. Television.

Tips for helping keep TVs turned off
The following tips are suggested by the National TV-Turnoff Network

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

Shane Matthew Hawkins
Shane Matthew Hawkins of Kenai died Monday, April 22, 2002, of bone cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital, the same hospital in which he was born. He was 26.

David Wright
Soldotna resident David Wright died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at his home in Soldotna. He was 30.

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

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.

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.

President's Clear Skies initiative best option for clean environment
It was just like old times Monday -- George Bush and Al Gore delivering dueling messages. Gore, eyeing another White House bid, trashed the president's environmental policies in an Earth Day speech in Nashville, Tenn.

Letters to the Editor
Reader wonders why information in Clarion TV guide is incorrectKRSA motivated by self-interest, not serving Joe FishermanBiased committee not playing fair with Board of Fish nomineeKRSA, not commercial fishers, responsible for controversyWhich would resident fishers prefer, Alaskaland or Subsistenceland?Guides' group supports nomination of KRSA director to Board of Fish

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Youth dancers to performKPC to hold graduation ceremoniesFree skate day plannedCIRCAC committee to meetMay meeting of Safari Club canceledSafety Day Fair planning under wayWomen's group looking to volunteer

District School News
News from schools around the district

Future problem-solver students prepare to be leaders of tomorrow
It's the year 2022 and there is a land shortage throughout North America. Large patches of land have been deemed unusable, contaminated by garbage and toxic waste. These wastelands are called "brown fields."

Future problem solvers: And the winners are...
The teams that placed first overall in each age group, as well as the second-place overall team in the senior division are invited to the national competition in Storrs, Conn., June 6 to 9.

Teacher-astronaut will carry on dream
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Barbara Morgan, the teacher-astronaut tapped to fly in space in 2004, said Tuesday she will be carrying on Christa McAuliffe's dream.

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.

Nikiski team cleans up at state meet
Nikiski Drama, Debate and Forensics team state winners include:

Flag poetry winners announced
Winners of the Ladies Auxiliary-sponsored American Flag Poetry Program include:

College plans graduation ceremony to honor class of 2002
Help us honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Kenai Peninsula College's Class of 2002 by marking your calendars and planning to attend the graduation ceremony. The big event is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. This will be KPC's 32nd annual commencement exercise and 120 individuals will receive college degrees.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area public school students

Around the District
Summer clubhouse registration planned

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.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area senors

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.

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.

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

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.

Red Wings top Canucks, tie series
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Steve Yzerman scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds into the third period as the Detroit Red Wings evened their first-round playoff series with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Vancouver Canucks.

Magic stops Hornets' buzz
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tracy McGrady couldn't have felt any better. His back barely bothered him and the Orlando Magic evened their playoff series with the Charlotte Hornets.

Sports Briefs
Whalers shine at tournamentAthletes compete at freshman-sophomore meetWilliamson wins NBA's Sixth Man Award

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.

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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