Friday, April 25, 2003

Bill would put 15 percent tax on car rentals
JUNEAU (AP) House Speaker Pete Kott wants to make travelers help pay for Alaska government by putting a 15 percent state tax on car rentals.

Alaska dog named Hero of the Year runner-up
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Alaska dog won second place in the Kibbles 'n Bits Dog Hero of the Year Award, the dog food company announced Wednesday.

Troopers call off search for Canadian climbers
PETERSBURG (AP) Alaska State Troopers have called off the search for two Canadian climbers missing on the remote Devil's Thumb north of Petersburg, trooper Chris Umbs said on Tuesday.

Police nab teens with stolen pickup after chase
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three teenage boys were arrested after they stole a pickup and refused to stop for an officer, police said.

Carbon monoxide regulations working in many areas
WASHINGTON Once a far-reaching menace, carbon monoxide emissions from cars and pickups are now a stubborn problem mostly in the West, where weather and terrain tend to trap pollution, the National Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

Police arrest two men in tire-slashing spree
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two young men have been arrested in connection with last week's tire-slashing spree that destroyed at least 89 tires on vehicles, Anchorage police said.

Two burglary suspects shot at Big Lake church
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two men were shot and killed Thursday in what Alaska State Troopers say was an attempted burglary at a Big Lake church.

Troopers identify church shooter as pastor
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers said a pastor was the gunman in the Big Lake church shooting that left two men dead.

Bears destroy doors and more at Katmai Lodge
ANCHORAGE (AP) If there's a shortage of doors in Anchorage, blame the brown bears of Bristol Bay.

New exploration for Fairbanks Gold
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks Gold Mining is exploring a field six miles northeast of its Fort Knox Mine and mill.

Education Department announces commissioner applicants
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three educators have applied to be commissioner of the state Department of Education and Early Development.

Game board denies wolf trapping extension
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Board of Game has turned down a proposal that would have extended the wolf trapping season in the McGrath area another month.

Begich wins mayoral contest
ANCHORAGE (AP) Mark Begich claimed victory in the Anchorage mayor's race Wednesday after a recount of more than 63,000 ballots.

Drunken driver gets six months
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau woman who crashed her car into three other vehicles while driving drunk, fled the scene and tried to elude police on foot was sentenced to six months in prison.

Senate committee passes relaxed lobbying law
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Wednesday to relax the state's lobbying laws.

Juneau's only mortician makes every death dignified
JUNEAU (AP) A little dab of pink for the cheeks, a quick flip of a small black wand to lift the lashes amid the lingering scent of embalming fluid, and a cadaver is ready for its final picture.''

Chugach Alaska announces dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Chugach Alaska Corp. has announced a dividend of $16 per share for its shareholders. The dividend will be mailed out next Thursday.

Clergy abuse reporting bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) The state House approved a bill Friday requiring clergy members to report child abuse or neglect, although some representatives expressed concern the bill erodes the wall between church and state.

One of twins in plane disruption pleads to theft charge
MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) One of the twin sisters arrested two years ago for rowdy antics that resulted in their plane being diverted to Anchorage has pleaded no contest to theft.

Murkowski appoints Kennai to Office of Children Services
JUNEAU (AP) Marcia Kennai has been chosen to head the state's Office of Children's Services.

Charges against taxidermist dismissed
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state has dismissed charges against a Palmer taxidermist who was accused of illegal sales.

Firm admits asking processors to cut prices to fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) A major Japanese trading firm urged two processors to cut prices to Bristol Bay salmon fishermen in the 1991 season in order to wipe out a buyer's market, a company executive testified Thursday.

Whittier drops head tax to lure Princess back
ANCHORAGE (AP) Princess Cruises is returning to Whittier in the 2004 season following a city council decision to repeal a $1 per passenger head tax on cruise passengers.

Governor, Congress members differ on head tax limit
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski set off a squall in the Capitol last week when he said a state head tax on cruise ship passengers would run afoul of a new federal law.

Mayoral candidates want partial recount of recount
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage mayor's race has come down to a potential recount of a recount.

Guardsmen return home from Middle East
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE (AP) After spending months in Saudi Arabia, 11 members of the Alaska Air National Guard got a hero's welcome home this week.

Low prices due to poor quality, fish importer says
ANCHORAGE (AP) A major Japanese trading company

House grapples with requiring clergy to report abuse
JUNEAU (AP) Most legislators agree child abuse should be reported, but they don't agree on how far state law should go in making churches report it.

Rules for halibut subsistence published
JUNEAU (AP) Residents of rural communities and Alaska Native groups with a tradition of subsistence fishing will be allowed to catch 20 halibut a day under new federal halibut subsistence fishing regulations that take effect May 15.

Republicans reject GOP member of ethics committee
JUNEAU (AP) Senate Republicans rejected the confirmation of Shirley McCoy to the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics on Thursday.

Fort Yukon man faces sex assault charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) A 43-year-old Fort Yukon man has been accused of rape.

Getting initiatives on ballot could get tougher
ANCHORAGE (AP) A bill moving through the House would make it harder for Alaskans to get initiatives on the ballot.

More cruise ships in Glacier Bay considered
JUNEAU (AP) The National Park Service may boost the number of cruise ships allowed to visit Glacier Bay National Park to 184 from the current 139, according to an agency project manager, who said the visits could be ramped up gradually starting next year.

Senate finance adds millions for education
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved changes in next year's operating budget that would give $9.5 million more to the University of Alaska.

Baseball issues Toronto SARS warning
NEW YORK When the Kansas City Royals play in Toronto on Friday, they'll be cautious about where they eat meals, with whom they spend time, and how they sign autographs for fans.

Maddux's mastery reddens Cardinals
ATLANTA Greg Maddux allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Wednesday night for their eighth win in nine games.

Orioles pitchers fold up White Sox
BALTIMORE Jason Johnson pitched six innings of one-hit ball and Jeff Conine hit a three-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles beat Bartolo Colon and the Chicago White Sox 7-1 Wednesday night.

Man charged in Wrigley cell phone incident
CHICAGO (AP) A 21-year-old man was charged Thursday night with misdemeanor reckless conduct for allegedly throwing a cell phone onto Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game.

Royals win 10 in a row at home
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Joe Randa hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Thursday to become the first team since 1987 to win its first 10 home games.

Utley grand slam propels Phillies to victory over Rockies
PHILADELPHIA Chase Utley hit a grand slam in his first major league game as a starter, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Colorado Rockies 9-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

American's CEO misjudged basis for executive perks
NEW YORK (AP) Who cares what executives at other companies are making when your business is at bankruptcy's doorstep?

Credit bureaus move to speed handling of identity theft
NEW YORK (AP) The nation's three major credit bureaus are trying to make it easier for consumers to sort out problems stemming from identity theft.

Foreigners still shunning dollar-backed assets
NEW YORK (AP) This seems to be a battle the United States hasn't yet won: getting the world to invest here again.

OPEC expected to agree to curb production of oil
VIENNA, Austria (AP) Oil producers are pumping 2 million barrels a day in excess of the world's needs and OPEC members will study all the scenarios'' for restoring balance in crude markets, the cartel's president said Wednesday.

Debt detestable to most, but experts say many boomers will take it into older years
NEW YORK (AP) A new car would be so nice it's $29,000 and the interest rate is practically zero. Or a swimming pool that would be fun, and the bank is offering a home equity line to help finance it.

Travel agents hit turbulence
Penny's Travel Agency in Kenai closed its doors at 6 p.m. on April 11. Owner Teena Dyer told a client several days before that she would continue business through that weekend.

INDUSTRY SWITCHERS: You've lost your job, and the search for a new one may be discouraging. But you stand to improve your odds by considering a new industry.

Business Briefs
Bed and Breakfast association to meet

Lawsuits seek 'dyed' label on farmed salmon
YAKIMA, Wash. A Seattle law firm is suing the country's three largest grocery chains, contending they failed to disclose to shoppers the coloring additives that turn farm-raised salmon pink.

Casting call
To all the yearning anglers who thought they might die or go mad before the next year's salmon season, your eleventh hour call has come in.

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KPC aspiring artists show their skills in student show
The art department at Kenai Peninsula College has become a popular way of expanding one's skills at creating and appreciating art, for people pursuing it as a hobby or a career.

Boutiques searching for crafts
Bad Girls of the North is seeking artists, artisans and crafters for its 2003 holiday unique boutiques. There will be an Anchorage show, a Fairbanks show and a Matanuska-Susitna area show.

Pilot's story soars with thrilling details
Mercy Pilot: The Joe Crosson Story

Legislature mulls over pending bills
As the first session of the 23rd Legislature heads into its final month, bills on an array of subjects proffered by lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula are winding their way through the legislative process.

House grapples with clergy abuse report laws
JUNEAU Most legislators agree child abuse should be reported, but they don't agree on how far state law should go in making churches report it.

For freedom's sake, people need to speak up for what's right
When I was a kid, my dad used to remind us of the quote: "My right to swing my arm ends where your nose begins." It was a clear, simple picture of the structure of freedom in society. Freedom ends at the point of violent contact.

One-party control of government does not bode well for Alaskans
For most of my adult life I have considered myself to be a conservative and have pretty much been in agreement with the Republican agenda.

It is no one's right to assault someone who thinks differently
I'm a very politically conservative and opinionated Alaskan.

Incident could inspire community to truly 'consider the children'
It deeply saddens me to be writing this letter. I've lived here for more than 25 years and never have been so disappointed in my community. When anyone in our community thinks a 44-year-

Kenai Builders Association helps to save lives in Alaska
Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center would like to say "thank you" to the Kenai Builders Association for hosting our first

Student's apology reflects well on him, his parents
Reading in the April 17 paper, I was quite impressed with the letter from Matt Travers, Skyview High School senior. It took a lot of courage for Matt to apologize to the people who witnessed his "prank."

Living within a budget today replaced with 'give me' mentality
I would like to make a response to Mr. McLeod's letter printed in the Peninsula Clarion on April 21.

Man who doused protesters with water responds to critics
Without a doubt many of you have chosen sides now, and you are more than eager to stand with those who have come against our government and soldiers.

Local National Day of Prayer event set for noon Thursday
As our country is fully at war, God's people are turning to him to seek protection and peace. In 1863 the United States Congress established the National Day of Prayer as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman.

Throwing water on protesters tarnishes image of peninsula
I find it incredible that an attorney and other Kenai Peninsula residents are suggesting that throwing water on people voicing their opinion is like a water balloon fight.

Johnson defends win at California
FONTANA, Calif. Success for Jimmie Johnson is rooted in his consistency.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,330

This week's race: Auto Club 500
WHERE: California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Ken Schrader still has fun despite 12 winless years
FONTANA, Calif. The other George Bush was president when Ken Schrader won his last race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit. But that doesn't mean he's forgotten how to win.

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $2,147,266

Season has seen variety in winners
FONTANA, Calif. The rare open weekend for Easter gave NASCAR a chance to look back at the first quarter of a season that doesn't end until Thanksgiving.

Newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 in the Winston Cup Series point standings for all but three races in his young career. He returns to the California Speedway as the defending champion. He recently t

Race Schedule
Date Race (TV network) Winner

Proposed pesticide laws draw fire
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is drafting new regulations affecting the use of pesticides, including specific provisions covering aerial spraying for forestry vegetation management.

Burn ban announced for Kenai Peninsula
The Alaska Division of Forestry in Soldotna has suspended all open burning on Kenai Peninsula private, state and municipality lands during daytime hours.

Soldotna awards contract for line extension
The City of Soldotna moved forward Wednesday night with a plan to extend the city's water and sewer main lines to Sharkathmi Avenue north of town.

Sterling pair charged in horse theft
Alaska State Troopers received a call Wednesday from a Sterling man saying a horse he reported stolen was being advertised for sale on Tradio.

Photo feature: Bare bear
Sheryl Sotelo, a teacher at Cooper Landing Elementary School, watches at left as students Fran Daly, Joy Bartlett, Mike Williams, Kirstin Forbes and volunteer Lee Post work on the rib bones of an adult brown bear the school is reconstructing.

Coalition making headway for job training
A new coalition for improved career and technical education is gathering speed and partners.

House bill pays more attention to animals
Neglected and abused domestic pets and livestock would get a faster response from Alaska's state veterinarian than afforded under current state statues if a bill introduced last week in the Alaska House becomes law, proponents say.

Noteworthy students, staff singled out
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education honored a number of students and school workers with awards at its meeting Monday night.

Harry Edgar Casson
Harry Edgar Casson died Monday, April 14, 2003, in his Anchorage home. He was 75.

Joseph N. Foglia
Kenai resident Joseph N. Foglia died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 71.

Corinne Marguerite Snyder
Corinne Marguerite Snyder died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 75.

Teddy Paul Guthrie
Nikiski resident Teddy Paul Guthrie died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003, at his home in Nikiski. He was 49.

Reiner Tholke
Longtime Soldotna resident Reiner Tholke died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a long illness. He was 64.

Alaska residents carry lightest tax burden in nation
As policy-makers at every level of government consider new ways to raise revenue, cut services and, in general, make ends meet, Alaskans should consider the following from the Tax Foundation:

Relentless diplomacy key to Mideast peace
Now that Americ

Give-and-take needs to be restored at U.N.
With the shooting war in Iraq

National Wildlife Refuge System started on tiny Florida Island 100 years ago
This year marks the 100th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which includes the two million acres of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge with headquarters in Soldotna.

Kachemak kayak fest scheduled
The second annual Kachemak Kayak Fest has been scheduled for May 23 through June 1 in Homer. For a detailed listing and event schedule, check out the festival Web site at

Black bear baiting permits available
Permits for black bear ba

Rescue crew re-creates dangerous mission
ANCHORAGE (AP) A sports camera crew is in Alaska filming a much different but perhaps even more challenging endeavor members of the Alaska Air National Guard as they fly a helicopter next to mountain walls and lower pararescue jumpers to the rocks below.

Volunteers needed for wood frog survey
The Alaska Natural Heritage Program in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be conducting amphibian surveys this spring in the Cook Inlet area and is asking the public to help find frogs.

Park Service updates Denali backcountry plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) The National Park Service is putting the finishing touches on a new backcountry management plan for Denali National Park and Preserve.

Around the Peninsula
United Way to meet

Around the Peninsula
League of Women Voters to meet Sears accepting applications, planning events Bed and breakfast group to meet Bike show planned College plans arts celebration Volunteers needed for frog survey SoHi sports meetings planned CIRCAC committees to meet Wastewater installer training planned Lifeguard sign-ups continue Blood drive planned Hospice training offered

Illinois diocese takes on sainthood cause for archibishop and TV pioneer
EL PASO, Ill. (AP) Karen Fulte sits amid a room full of photos, books and other items related to Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a pioneer of television who made the nation his pulpit.

Bishop says he won't break 'pastoral relationship' with Daschle or anyone else
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Carlson said he would never break off dialogue or a pastoral relationship with anyone,'' after an article implied a breach had developed between the prelate and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle over abortion.

Catholic group protests New Jersey college drama
LAWRENCE, N.J. (AP) Despite a protest statement from a Roman Catholic group, a controversial play opened on Good Friday at Rider University without disruption.

Malaysian churches dismayed by ban on Bible
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Malaysian church leaders and lawyers have urged the government to lift a ban on a Bible in the Iban language.

Baptist missionary's siblings don't want man executed in Yemen killings
MILWAUKEE (AP) The siblings of an American missionary slain in Yemen Dec. 30 don't want the accused killer executed, though the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty.

Istanbul patriarchate elects Greek Orthodox bishop for New Jersey
NEW YORK (AP) The bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, have unanimously elected Archimandrite Evangelos Kourounis to be the Greek Orthodox metropolitan for New Jersey, ending a vacancy of nearly three years.

An expert says America's activity the next two years could reshape world Islam
In Iraq, American troops patrol the streets of Baghdad. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict shows no sign of letup. Al-Qaida terrorists remain a threat to the United States.

Vegetarian Jesus billboard causes Florida stir
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) Christian and Jewish clergy say a billboard promoting vegetarianism by claiming Jesus was the prince of peas'' is sacrilegious, not to mention historically inaccurate.

Religion Briefs
Leman to speak at sportsmans banquet Samoan Church ministers at SoHi Unitarian-Universalists to meet National prayer day slated Sterling churches join in prayer Vacation Bible study planned Friendship closet open Wednesdays Healing Rooms open every Friday, Saturday Writers sought for faith anthology

Southern Baptist convention posts a 1.2 percent membership gain
NASHVILLE (AP) The Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant body, grew again last year.

What popcorn, kids, pop have in common
Ralph has become a very special friend to me. It all began when he and his family began attending our church in Ohio.

Bulldogs sweep Houston in Region III soccer action
The weather and the high school soccer action continued to heat up Thursday on the peninsula.

Celtics sink shots, Pacers in rough game
BOSTON The Boston Celtics got in the best shots and the Indiana Pacers kept missing as their physical series got rougher.

Skyview's Barnes to play at Pima
Skyview senior Mikael J. Barnes has signed to play football at Pima Community College in Tuscon, Ariz. Barnes is a 6-4, 240-pound offen

American attitude infuriates
This is what makes the rest of the world so mad: All last week, in Olympic-sized headlines that stretched from Down Under to just north of the border, America's image took a pounding.

Elder Andretti walks away from Indy crash
INDIANAPOLIS Mario Andretti crashed during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500, his car sailing through the air Wednesday and flipping end over end.

Philadelphia refuses to give protected home to Hornets
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson didn't have to do all the scoring this time.

Photo feature: Warming up
Jillian Nelson swings at a tennis ball while playing with her sister Allison and "coach" dad, Jim, at Kenai Central High School on Wednesday afternoon. Recent warmer weather has brought people outside. Today's high is expected to hit 53.

Anthony to enter NBA draft
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) With tears in his eyes and his voice trembling, Carmelo Anthony delivered the news most Syracuse fans were expecting but none wanted to hear.

NHL playoffs feature some new contenders
Three Game 7s in one night closed out the first round of the NHL playoffs, leaving Detroit and Colorado the past two champions on the outside looking in on some new clubs in the race for the Stanley Cup.

Save the whales
NEW YORK It's a Save The Whales'' draft.

Survivors: Ducks outlast Stars
DALLAS The eighth and final period began with the public-address announcer telling fans, Good morning.''

Fowl play
A Canada goose chases other geese out of his territory at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks April 17. Over 350 Canada geese already had arrived at the popular migratory bird stop, with thousands more expected throug

Bears rampage through exclusive Alaska fishing lodge
ANCHORAGE At least five marauding brown bears rampaged through the Katmai Lodge, a luxury fishing resort on the Alagnak River, over the winter, demolishing freezers and food stores after busting through a total of 53 doors in search of food.

Study: Yellowstone moose less responsive to predators
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) Researchers who spent five years lobbing urine-soaked snowballs at moose in the wilds of Alaska and Wyoming have noticed that moose in Grand Teton National Park do not react as dramatically as their Alaska kin to the scent of wolves and grizzly bears.

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