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Thursday, April 25, 2002

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.

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.

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

Saw may have sparked fire on Cook Inlet oil platform
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal safety agency and two oil companies are investigating whether a power saw ignited the Cook Inlet oil platform Saturday and injure four workers.

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.

BP, state say corrosion caused pipeline rupture
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Corrosion caused the rupture of an oil pipeline last week at the Prudhoe Bay oil field, according to state regulators and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.

Anderson changes parties from Democrat to Alaskan Independence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Nels Anderson Jr. will run for governor as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party.

Former hospital employee charged in sexual assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Alaska Regional Hospital employee has been charged with sexually assaulting a patient under his care.

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

Former Arco head says tax break too generous
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former oil company executive says a bill that would grant as much as $900 million in tax breaks to spur a North Slope gas pipeline is too generous.

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.

Man struck by a snowmachiner fleeing police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 49-year-old man was seriously injured when he was struck by a snowmachine in Pilot Station, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Diesel spill discovered in Koliganek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental regulators are investigating a diesel fuel spill in Koliganek.

Phillips Alaska queries employees about possible staff reductions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska, looking to downsize amid its parent company's pending merger with Conoco, is asking some employees if they want to take retirement or buyout packages.

Former Ketchikan police sergeant sentenced
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A former Ketchikan police sergeant has been sentenced to 10 days in jail or 80 hours of community service for illegally entering a family's Ketchikan home last summer.

Prison Industries
JUNEAU (AP) -- The McKinley Meat Packing Plant -- a slaughterhouse run by the state's prison system since 1987-- will finally fall to the budget ax.

Labor organization backs Ulmer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer's bid for governor has won the support of a labor organization that represents a diverse group of state employees.

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.

Anchorage company wins bid to build Togiak school
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Construction of a new school in Togiak is scheduled to begin this summer.

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.

Nome man convicted of murder
NOME (AP) -- A 34-year-old Nome man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a woman last year.

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.

Senate approves plan to cut power subsidies to Bush communities
JUNEAU (AP) -- Subsidies paid for the high cost of power in some rural communities would be reduced under a bill approved in the Senate on Wednesday.

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.

Juneau expects record number of cruise ship visitors
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau is predicting a record number of cruise ship passengers will visit Juneau this season.

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.

Missile launched from Kodiak as part of Northern Edge exercises
KODIAK (AP) -- The Air Force launched a missile from Kodiak Wednesday afternoon following a brief delay brought on by a fishing boat that strayed into the maritime exclusion zone.

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

Matanuska-Susitna teacher contract talks recess
WASILLA (AP) -- Contract talks between the Matanuska-Susitna School District and its teachers' union have recessed.

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.

CDC study assesses risk factors for pilot fatalities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal study out this week has pinpointed some of the risk factors associated with the high number of pilot fatalities in Alaska.

Tesoro loses bid to limit state price-fixing probe
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled against Tesoro Petroleum Corp. in its attempt to limit the scope of the state attorney general's gasoline price-fixing investigation.

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.

Brewers fall apart in 15th inning
MONTREAL -- Milwaukee center fielder Alex Sanchez dropped Jose Vidro's two-out liner in the 15th inning to allow the winning run to score and the Montreal Expos beat the Brewers 5-4 Wednesday night.

White Sox clobber Sabathia, Indians
CLEVELAND -- Dan Wright outpitched C.C. Sabathia and Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer Wednesday night, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 9-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

'Who made up the rules? Barry?'
Ever since that little dustup in spring training, we wondered what kind of summer it was going to be.

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.

Flood of cruise passengers expected in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau is predicting a record number of cruise ship passengers will visit Juneau this season.

Something sporting in store
The season for outdoor sporting has reached Alaska, and the time to begin procuring outdoor equipment is now. But where should one begin to look for this stuff?

Former Arco head says gas pipeline tax break too generous
JUNEAU -- A former oil company executive says a bill that would grant as much as $900 million in tax breaks to spur a North Slope gas pipeline is too generous.

Companies promote workplace wellness
Margaret Brady and her co-workers at Morrissey & Co. practically have to chase after their boss when they join him for walks along Boston's Charles River.

Business Briefs
Learn how to finance small businessesLocal bankers win trip to national conferenceKenai Chamber publishes membership directoryDeadline extended on small business disaster loanWomen's business workshop and retreat plannedBombace named new Ford general managerSmall Business Expo to be held in May

Call growing to increase natural gas production
Knox Energy Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, drilled 10 new wells in the first half of 2001, shortly after natural gas prices reached all-time highs. When prices collapsed in the second half of the year, though, the tiny father-son business couldn't afford to tap any new wells. Now, after months of inactivity, Knox is ready to drill again in the gas-rich region east of the state's capital.

Salmon health value noted
A recent national study done on the cardiovascular health of nurses may help line the pocketbooks of peninsula fishers.

Teasing moviegoers: Sometimes the movie trailer says too much
LOS ANGELES -- Should moviegoers be teased or spoiled? That's the question facing studio marketers who decide how much to reveal in trailers.

Art fills the plates at Bunnell fund-raiser
Scores of diverse dining dishes dot the walls of the Bunnell Street Gallery this month as part of the annual fund-raiser and membership drive known as the Plate Project.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Ballet's new moves: luring younger fans
PHILADELPHIA -- Think of ballet, and the first things that likely pop to mind are tutus, toe shoes and maybe a sugarplum fairy or two.

Dance group to share culture
Central peninsula residents will have a rare opportunity to see a world-class dance performance when Living Legends, a student dance group from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, perform at the Renee Henderson Auditorium in Kenai Central High School.

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.

Kenny Chesney releases reflective album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- At age 34, Kenny Chesney is finally starting to feel like an adult. Heartbreak and other life lessons have made the singer more reflective, and he grapples with such weighty issues on his new album, ''No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.''

Art Briefs
Recipe contest under wayTickets available for Renaissance fairPerformers needed for May FaireVendor space still available for KDLL concertKDLL festival in need of volunteersVisitors center galleries closed through next weekSummer music festival announced

Spirit of Alaska art
This oil painting by Ken DeRoux of Juneau, titled "Looking South from North Mountain," is one of several pieces of art on display in the Spirit of Alaska, The Inner Landscape art exhibition opening Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

'Star Wars' premiere to raise money for children
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York premiere of ''Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones,'' will raise money for the city's underprivileged kids and children of the victims of Sept. 11, said festival organizers.

Senate approves plan to cut power subsidies to Bush communities
JUNEAU -- Subsidies paid for the high cost of power in some rural communities would be reduced under a bill approved in the Senate on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Parking does little to change Harvick
The camera shot started at his feet and slowly panned up to show Kevin Harvick lounging on a golf cart during pre-race activities. With a sly smile, he leaned in close and sent a message to the national audience.

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17, 2002

Busch rises in ratings
FONTANA, Calif. -- Whether you believe television ratings, attendance figures or the exodus of drivers from the open-wheeled division to stock cars, one thing is clear: NASCAR's second tier, the Busch Series, has lapped its rivals from the Championship Auto Racing Teams and Indy Racing League circuits.

This Week's Race: NAPA Auto Parts 500
Where and When

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $2,135,1062. Sterling Marlin 1,565,7903. Elliott Sadler 1,531,504

In the Spotlight: Robby Gordon
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Racing has lost its stock
FONTANA, Calif. -- The Ford Motor Co. doesn't make a two-door Taurus. General Motors doesn't make a Monte Carlo with a front bumper that's less than 3 inches off the ground. And DaimlerChrysler doesn't make anything that resembles the Intrepid that will race this weekend at California Speedway.

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,3692. Matt Kenseth 1,2603. Rusty Wallace 1,212

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.

Unions say alleged improprieties no reason to delay contract talks
The status of upcoming contract talks between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and two employee unions is still uncertain following an alleged security breach in the school district's e-mail system.

Natural gas study released: Demand expected to outpace supply
Alaska's use of natural gas is expected to grow slowly but steadily over the next two decades, but even a modest rise in demand may create a shortfall in supply by as early as 2009, according to a study conducted for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

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.

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

Photo feature: Into the setting sun
A C-130 climbs above Cook Inlet as the sun sets over the Chigmit Mountains Tuesday night. The plane's crew was practicing touch-and-go landings at Kenai Municipal Airport.

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.

Stevens eyes last-ditch effort to open ANWR
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.

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.

Expected natural gas demand change charted
Where it is available, private homeowners, businesses, industrial complexes and power utilities use Alaska's natural gas, most of which comes from Cook Inlet.

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.

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.

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.

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

Wright K. Brewies
Longtime Kenai resident Wright K. Brewies died Monday, April 22, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 83.

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

Trial of terror suspect illustrates adage about self representation
"If there is any truth to the old proverb that 'one who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client,' the Court ... now bestows a constitutional right on one to make a fool of himself."

Applause
Soldotna scouts appreciate opportunity to tour inlet oil platformFood bank says thank you to all who helped with Easter dinnerSterling Elementary School Spring Carnival a great successSoldotna Enhancement Group gets thanks for landscaping workshopArea Red Cross chapter remembers National Volunteer Week

New book by former governor Hickel a must read for all people 'Alaska solution' proposed
"Regardless of the beauty of the scenery, if an individual is cold, hungry, or unemployed, he is in an ugly environment."

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.

Soldiers, rangers ready McKinley for this year's climbers
KAHILTNA GLACIER, Alaska (AP) -- The mighty Chinook helicopters -- twin-rotor boxcars of the sky -- appeared small and silent far below, rising like tiny insects out of the abyss.

Senior citizens join salmon restoration effort
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- Infant Atlantic salmon are getting a head start thanks to some enthusiastic foster grandparents here.

Climbers want to keep Looking Glass Rock looking good
PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST, N.C. (AP) -- Like a giant granite gumdrop, Looking Glass Rock juts out of the surrounding forest, sort of a beacon summoning climbers from across the Southeast.

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

Around the Peninsula
Horn to speak at North Peninsula ChamberAlcohol treatment center meeting plannedWRCC offering crisis intervention trainingApple grafting workshop plannedTree growing workshop on tapBoys and Girls Club holding soccer registration

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.

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.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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

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

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."

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

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.

Around the District
Summer clubhouse registration planned

Magic tops list of Basketball Hall of Fame nominees
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A few years later than he wanted, Magic Johnson is in position to join friend and rival Larry Bird in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ottawa goalie notches third straight shutout to keep Flyers on the ropes
OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime grabbed a share of NHL history and was quick to share the credit. Lalime posted his third consecutive 3-0 shutout to equal a league NHL record as the Ottawa Senators beat the reeling Philadelphia Flyers before a jubilant, towel-waving sellout crowd of 18,500 at the Corel Centre.

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

Detroit pushes Raptors to brink of playoff extinction
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse showed he can still carry the Detroit Pistons with his shot.

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.

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.

Couple educate Phoenix residents about desert critters
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- On a recent Friday, Jeff Almond got a bobcat call. The animal was in a north Scottsdale yard. On top of a saguaro.

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