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Friday, April 26, 2002

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

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.

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.

Alaska Civil Liberties Union sues Juneau school board over free speech
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Civil Liberties Union is suing the Juneau School Board, saying the district violated the free-speech rights of a high school student who waved a banner that read ''Bong Hits 4 Jesus'' during the Olympic torch run.

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.

Anchorage hotel destroyed will be rebuilt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owners of the Anchorage hotel that burned to the ground April 9 say they plan to rebuild and are aiming to open March 1, 2003.

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.

Anchorage investigators suspect arson in office fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage fire investigators say it appears that a fire that caused about $200,000 in damage Wednesday morning to a Midtown Anchorage office building was intentionally set.

Estate to repay in World Plus investment scam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The estate of RaeJean Bonham's deceased brother will have to repay more than $500,000 collected through Bonham's World Plus investment scam, according to an order from a federal jury.

Anchorage man dead after early morning shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was shot to death early Friday after pointing a gun at police officers.

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.

Ice still 44 inches thick for Nenana Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bad news for people who bought April guesses in the Nenana Ice Classic: The Tanana River is showing no sign of budging.

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.

Anchorage man dies in construction fall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died Friday after a fall at a construction site.

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.

Railroad says Gold Creek fuel cleanup not working
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad's attempt's to clean up 120,000 gallons of fuel spilled at Gold Creek in December 1999 aren't working and railroad officials have told state environmental regulators they want to stop trying to remove the spilled fuel.

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.

Dry Unocal wells hurt chances for Homer gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hopes for natural gas service in Homer dimmed this week when Unocal Corp. announced it would halt drilling efforts in the Anchor Point area after three wells south of Ninilchik failed to pan out.

State offers special help to laid-off veneer mill workers
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The state is offering special services to help workers who lost their jobs when Gateway Forest Products veneer mill shut down.

Spring storm throws northern Alaska back into winter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A spring storm with an identity disorder threw a large part of Alaska back into winter Friday with snow and strong winds buffeting much of northern Alaska.

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.

Amendment puts brakes on tax break bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Finance Committee Co-Chairman Eldon Mulder halted action on a natural gas line tax break bill Friday after losing a vote on a key amendment.

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.

Knowles names Medal of Honor recipient as homeland security chief
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Drew Dix, a Fairbanks resident who received the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, has been named as the director of a proposed homeland security office, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Friday.

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

Road to Hatcher Pass reopened
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The road to Hatcher Pass has been reopened.

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.

Amendments to shrink size of private prison fail
JUNEAU (AP) -- An attempt to scale back the size of a private prison in Whittier and expand state prisons elsewhere failed Friday.

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.

House approves bill changing attendance for some first graders
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that makes some 6-year-olds comply with the same compulsory attendance requirements as older students passed the House on Friday.

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

Senate passes lean budget considering lean budget with some increases
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a budget on Friday that cuts virtually every state agency in response to a looming fiscal deficit.

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.

Panama ship engineer pleads guilty in oil dumping case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief engineer of a Panamanian-flagged ship has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and making false statements during an investigation into potential oil dumping.

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.

Anti-terrorism bill passes state House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at getting tough on potential acts of terrorism passed the House on Thursday.

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.

E-mail breach adds more turmoil to Peninsula school negotiations
KENAI (AP) -- An alleged security breach in the e-mail system of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has put new tension between the district and two employee unions facing upcoming contract talks.

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.

Seafood industry coordinator in Dillingham to recruit workers
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Gearing up for the upcoming fishing season, the state seafood industry coordinator was in Dillingham this week to recruit workers for seafood businesses.

Marathon Oil happy with natural gas tests on Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co. said it is encouraged by the results of tests at a new natural gas reservoir on the Kenai Peninsula.

Marathon Oil happy with natural gas tests on Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co. said it is encouraged by the results of tests at a new natural gas reservoir on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

Lieber, Sosa, Shields lead Cubs past Giants
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs won their 15th straight Wrigley Field game started by Jon Lieber, beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday as Sammy Sosa homered and Delino DeShields hit a go-ahead grounder.

'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.

Martinez stops Sox slide
BALTIMORE -- Pedro Martinez limited the Baltimore Orioles to one hit in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-0 victory Thursday.

Religious orders getting into senior housing business
BARTLETT, Ill. (AP) -- When Sister Jean Conzemius looks a dozen years into the future, she sees her order's retirement fund dried up and about 30 nuns trying to support the 230 or so who no longer work.

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.

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.

Boomers give restaurants taller orders for better food, ambiance and service
What Scott Hildula considers a nice restaurant is one where his kids can draw on the paper-covered tables. For Dan Leinweber, it's a glass of wine and quiet. Karen Wright craves comfort and a healthier menu.

Get ready, get set -- then go after a mortgage
NEW YORK (AP) -- The arrival of spring signals the start of home buying season, and many young apartment renters are wondering if they can afford a house.

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.

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

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.

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

From yoga to walks, employers are finding ways to encourage good health
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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Anti-terrorism bill passes state House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at getting tough on potential acts of terrorism passed the House on Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17, 2002

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.

Soldotna council tries to aid property owners in DOT conflict
The Soldotna City Council passed two measures Wednesday that would give at least partial relief to business owners who think the state of Alaska is giving them a bum deal.

Shareholders to meet Saturday
Is Cook Inlet Region Inc. healthier than ever? Or is it flirting with disaster?

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.

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.

Knowles, Murkowski, Ulmer to visit peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula is the place to be for some of the state's biggest political names this weekend.

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.

Candidates spar over CIRI's future
Cook Inlet Region Inc., one of the state's largest corporations and a major player in the Kenai Peninsula economy, faces a major challenge to its current management.

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.

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.

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

Sherman Lee "Buck" Manley
Sherman Lee "Buck" Manley died Wednesday, April 10, 2002. He was 86.

Letters to the Editor
Alaska Senate should consider alternatives to burdening the poor Story about National TV-Turnoff Week appreciated by reader Missile defense system a multi-billion-dollar boondoggle Crime or not, pedophilia in Catholic church still a sin

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."

Contract talks should resume quickly with larger goal in mind
The ongoing contract talks between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and unions representing its teachers and support workers appear to have reached a new low this week with allegations from school district officials that e-mailed messages between administration and school board members were intercepted by a third party or parties.

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."

Soldotna videographer brings Great Land to the living room
Television viewing has a spotlight firmly set on one of the Kenai Peninsula's own. Well, more appropriately, one of Kenai's own has the spotlight, and a video camera focused on Alaska outdoor life.

Outdoor Briefs
Coast Guard offers vessel safety checks Peninsula Sport, Recreation and Trade show opens today

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Knowles to speak in Kenai today Health nurse to visit Ninilchik YCC job application deadline is today Carmichael to present on Arctic Winter Games Coast Guard offers vessel safety checks

Antifundamentalist Muslim cleric and rabbi receive honor
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- An Islamic cleric condemned by some Muslims for criticizing fundamentalism and for maintaining close ties with local Jews has been honored for promoting tolerance.

New Hampshire Lithuanian Roman Catholic parish likely to be closed
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- A tiny ethnic Lithuanian parish that is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester is expected to be closed within 14 months.

Interfaith ministry mails checks to 131 race riot survivors
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A Tulsa ministry has mailed reparation checks to 131 survivors of a 1921 race riot, most of whom were children when whites laid waste to black neighborhoods with guns and torches.

Undeterred by critics, faith healer Benny Hinn has built a following
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- If Benny Hinn puts on a remarkable television show, the view from his side of the camera is even more incredible.

Southern Baptists say membership tops 16 million
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, says it grew even bigger last year, adding 92,612 followers for a total membership of 16,052,920.

t's time: Awaken, be ready to serve
This last month I went on a vacation to Arizona. I had a scheduled time to fly out from Kenai to Anchorage, then another scheduled time to fly to Seattle and yet another scheduled time to fly from Seattle on to Phoenix

Fledgling Utah-based church melds wine-making, sexuality, meditation
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Claude Nowell was a 30-year-old graphics salesman and practicing Mormon who says he was just trying to relax after work when the hairless, blue, otherworldly beings first came to him.

Let's stamp out child abuse
Child abuse. Many people cringe inwardly just to read the words. The term represents some of the most reprehensible acts people can inflict on others.

Religion Briefs
Nikiski church plans mens dinner Clothing ministry closed in April National Day of Prayer slated for Thursday Sports clinic, Bible school planned

Union leaders turn to Jewish law to pressure food company
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Jewish labor advocate says managers of a food company that processes kosher meat are violating religious teachings and dietary laws by mistreating workers.

Ski historian leaves his tracks on Baycrest
Dave Brann's world has become an intersection of trails.

Thanks to all those who made this possible ...
To whom it may concern: A couple of Sundays ago, I had a most excellent ski trip in Turnagain Pass. Sliding amongst snow-caked mountains, soaking in the long spring sun and wading ankle deep in powder, it was the stuff of which Alaska dreams are made. In the fine tradition of a Clarion "Applause" letter, I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few of the folks that made this trip possible.

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.

Bruins, Canadiens fighting mad in NHL playoffs
MONTREAL -- A high-scoring but relatively tame playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens turned ugly Thursday night.

Lakers handle Blazers
drives toward the basket against Portland Trail Blazers' Dale Davis, left, during the second half of Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series Thursday in Los Angeles.

'Dawgs, Kards tangle
The Nikiski High School girls soccer team assumed the personality of its mascot Thursday, hanging on with Bulldog determination to earn a scoreless draw against the visiting Kenai Central Kardinals in a Region III match.

Sexual abuse complaint filed against Olympian
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- University of Utah police are investigating a complaint by a Winter Games volunteer alleging she was sexually assaulted by an Olympic athlete.

$20,000 barely covers the phone bill
We used to worry when a girl left home at 14 with a just a suitcase, an overbearing father and a coach to try her luck on the tennis circuit.

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.

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

Photo feature: Watchful eye
A bald eagle rests on the Kenai River flats near Bridge Access Road against a backdrop of Mount Redoubt earlier this week.

Elusive harlequin ducks can be spotted on peninsula's streams
Last month marked 13 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground and spilled large quantities of oil in Prince William Sound.

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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