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Sunday, April 28, 2002

Applications being taken for village police officer academy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Applications are being accepted for a two-week program to train village police officers, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Anchorage woman dies in single-car accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman died after her car rolled on a busy west side street Saturday night.

Seventy-four teams compete in Native Youth Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Leroy Shangin had a strategy for the Alaska high kick at this year's Native Youth Olympics.

Veterans Affairs secretary pledges help for Alaska vets
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The man in charge of veterans affairs in the United States said strategies are in the works to give Alaska veterans access to federal or state veterans homes.

Fish and Game puzzled by caribou deaths
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has called a halt to capturing caribou with immobilizing drugs while it investigates why an unusually high number of the animals have died.

Juneau jury deadlocks in assault trial, convicts on evidence charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- After deliberating for nearly two days, a jury could not decide whether a Juneau man who stabbed an acquaintance more than 20 times was guilty of assault.

Juneau resident feels effect of dry spring
JUNEAU (AP) -- Wells running dry in Juneau? Dixie Hood believed she'd never run out of water in Juneau, but it's happened. Hood is a victim of Juneau's driest spring on record that has left her well pump on Back Loop Road sucking air.

Juneau cruise season to begin with new dock restrictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau residents will be able to walk along downtown docks this summer with some limits, according to city and U.S. Coast Guard officials.

Fiscal plan meetings resume on Saturday with no headway
JUNEAU (AP) -- Several House lawmakers emerged from a meeting Saturday with Gov. Tony Knowles with no resolution on breaking the impasse over tax proposals aimed at the state's deficit.

Anchorage police arrest suspects in holdup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two 20-year-old men were arrested shortly after a man was robbed outside a south Anchorage bank Sunday morning.

Whitakers says Mulder threatened to kill state fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fairbanks Rep. Jim Whitaker says the powerful co-chair of the House Finance Committee threatened to kill a state fiscal plan and punish Fairbanks because of Whitaker's push to transform a bill that offers tax breaks for a natural gas pipeline.

Astacio comes close to Mets' first no-hitter
NEW YORK -- Pedro Astacio didn't allow a hit until Geoff Jenkins lined a single to left field with one out in the seventh inning Saturday, and the New York Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1.

Boston's Lowe throws no-hitter vs. Devil Rays
BOSTON -- Derek Lowe, who couldn't keep his job as a closer, pitched the first no-hitter at Fenway Park since 1965, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-0 Saturday.

Photo feature: Shopping
Ed Barcus looks at all terrain vehicles with his grandson Tyler Saturday at the Sports, Recreation and Trade Show at the Soldotna Sports Center. The show continues today.

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.

Youngsters to receive pedometers in pilot program to battle obesity
DENVER (AP) -- Pedometers in the form of matchbook-size belt clips will hopefully make walking more fun for 200 Denver youngsters as part of a pilot program aimed at battling childhood obesity.

Chips, french fries contain substance that may cause cancer
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Potato chips, french fries and other high-carbohydrate foods contain a substance that may cause cancer, according to a study released Wednesday by Swedish food authorities.

Too much processed meat could increase diabetes risk in men
WASHINGTON -- Eat too many hot dogs and they can bite you back. A study shows a diet heavy in processed meats, including hot dogs and bacon, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 50 percent in men, researchers say.

NOW PLAYING: Murder By Numbers
Murder By Numbers sounds like it should be a remake of an old 50's noir detective story, something like Dial M for Murder, or Double Indemnity. That could have been a fun movie to go see. Maybe Sandra Bullock could've been the updated, jaded P.I., and some blonde pretty boy could've been the mol. Instead, we are served up the same old thing; the standard potboiler with the standard characters in a standard setting. Murder By Numbers? More like moviemaking by numbers.

Fiscal plan remains elusive
JUNEAU -- Several House lawmakers emerged from a meeting Saturday with Gov. Tony Knowles with no resolution on breaking the impasse over tax proposals aimed at the state's deficit.

Mulder unhappy about less favorable tax break for campaign contributor
JUNEAU -- Fairbanks Rep. Jim Whitaker says the powerful co-chair of the House Finance Committee threatened to kill a state fiscal plan and punish Fairbanks because of Whitaker's push to transform a bill that offers tax breaks for a natural gas pipeline.

Skateboarders seek hassle-free activity
Josh Peterson, like many teens his age, sees nothing wrong with pursuing one of his favorite summertime hobbies -- skateboarding. The 13-year-old Soldotna youth and his friends ride their skateboards to school and get together after school to practice their moves in driveways, sidewalks, parking lots and city streets around Soldotna.

Murkowski, Veterans Affairs chief tour new Kenai clinic
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski flew into Kenai Saturday to show support for military veterans, and he brought some backup.

Schools, food bank team up for two-day call for non-perishables
A canned and non-perishable food drive scheduled for this week will involve the very people who need the food the most during the summer -- kids.

Ulmer discusses education funding, meets with fishers
Anyone wanting to catch Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer on the Kenai Peninsula this weekend didn't have to go far, but they had to be quick.

Oilers shuffle roster as season draws closer
As the 2002 season approaches, the Peninsula Oilers have made several roster pages.

Father warmed by daughter's discovery of wonders of universe
My 9-year-old daughter had a recent revelation. Nothing earthshaking, just a dawning appreciation for how truly insignificant we are in the "grand scheme of things."

Letters to the Editor
Teachers deserve respect, decent quality of life for all they doBoard of Fisheries decision offers opportunity for fishers to unite

Economic climate shows importance of buying locally
The recent U.S. Senate vote blocking oil exploration and development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was a blow not just to the Kenai Peninsula, but to all of Alaska, and, indeed, the United States.

New York City students donate prom gowns to W.Va. girls
CLAY, W.Va. -- It was not her favorite color, and it hung from a rack made from two-by-fours and pipes, but it was the perfect prom dress for Jennifer Mullins: It had straps, it came with a wrap, and it was free.

My Best Friend
Marion Williams' grandson Daniel Redfern loves to visit Bruno in Kasilof. "Bruno is my pal, and I do love him," he said.

Soldotna couple heroes to others
James "Lucky" Kirk sits in front of a microphone, tuning his guitar and chatting with band members on either side of him. Nearby, his longtime companion, Lou Abbott, nods at microphone checks and waits for the music to begin.

Runaway horse startles commuters on bridge in Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- It was not something early morning commuters expected to see -- a horse running loose on one of the city's most heavily traveled bridges.

A look into the past: CAA Station, Kenai, 1946
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) built this flight control center on the Kenai River bluff near the present Kenai Senior Citizens Center in 1946.

Photo feature: Eye opener
Brian Cote comforts Jasmine Eskilida at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Friday afternoon as they watch rescuers from Nikiski Fire Department "save" classmates from mangled cars during a drill in the school's parking lot.

Region III soccer breaks into North, South divisions for 2002 season
Some peninsula soccer coaches are not happy with a new division system that they said gives Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna valleys teams an advantage in qualifying for the Region III tournament.

Sports Briefs
Riggs wins Auto Club 300 from last place

Nikiski earns win, draw vs. Mariners
The Nikiski High School boys soccer team collected its first win of the season Saturday, defeating Homer 4-1 in a Region III match at Nikiski.

Hornets upend Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Baron Davis wasn't stopped by having a game-winning basket taken away in the last second of regulation.

Galaxy can't shoot Rapids
PASADENA, Calif. -- John Spencer scored four minutes into overtime as the Colorado Rapids withstood a 21-shot barrage from the Los Angeles Galaxy for a 1-0 victory Saturday.

'Canes exorcise Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ron Francis scored a power-play goal in the second period and the Carolina Hurricanes ended 16 years of playoff frustration Saturday, eliminating the two-time def-ending Eastern Confer-ence champion New Jersey Devils with a 1-0 victory in Game 6 of their first-round series.

Jerry Jones earning praise for draft, offseason moves
IRVING, Texas -- Back when Jerry Jones spent his time and money drilling oil wells, he had two ways to try to find a gusher. He could do his homework and methodically pick the spot most likely to produce, or he could be a wildcatter who took big risks and moved dirt on a whim.

Peninsula teams finally get in full meet
After only scratching the surface of the track and field season with messy weather hindering performances, the Alaska skies opened up over the Skyview High School track Saturday afternoon to allow sun, warmth, thawing, and more importantly, competition.

Fish and Game puzzled by caribou deaths
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has called a halt to capturing caribou with immobilizing drugs while it investigates why an unusually high number of the animals have died.

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