Monday, April 28, 2003

Man sentenced in Palmer killing
PALMER (AP) A Palmer man has been sentenced to 119 years in prison for robbing and killing an elderly woman here.

New TOTE cargo ship docks in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Midnight Sun, one of two newly built Totem Ocean Trailer Express cargo ships, made its first port call Saturday to Anchorage.

Anchorage man recovering from stab wounds
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man was stabbed at least a dozen times inside an apartment late Thursday and police are looking for his attacker, who may have had his finger bitten off during the fight.

Alaska Bush author dies at 86
ANCHORAGE (AP) Dick Proenneke, who lived alone in a remote cabin and kept journals published as the classic Alaska memoir One Man's Wilderness,'' has died at age 86.

Agrium announces layoffs at fertilizer plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Agrium fertilizer plant in Nikiski will lay off 65 employees over the next few months, the company has announced.

McKinley climbing season begins
ANCHORAGE (AP) The climbing season has begun at Mount McKinley.

Senate Finance sends budget to the floor

Ice Classic officials say ice could go out any day
FAIRBANKS (AP) The ice on the Tanana River could go out this week, said organizers of the Nenana Ice Classic.

Former soldier convicted of assault, acquitted of attempted murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) A former Fort Wainwright soldier who shot a Chicago man last year was convicted of misdemeanor assault Friday but acquitted of attempted murder and felony assault.

SeaLife Center completes winter renovations
SEWARD (AP) Work has been completed on a major reconstruction project at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

President declares disaster from March storms
WASHINGTON (AP) President George Bush has declared a major disaster in Alaska due to damage from severe winter storms last month.

Military veterans join peace group
JUNEAU (AP) A group of U.S. military veterans who live in Juneau is seeking a formal affiliation with a national peace organization.

Fake enemy missile to be launched from Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) A simulated enemy ballistic missile will blast off in November from the Kodiak Launch Complex if all goes well.

Anchorage bookstore owners honored
ANCHORAGE (AP) The owners of a used-book store in Anchorage have been named Alaska's Small Business Persons of the Year for 2003 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Senator Murkowski addresses former colleagues
JUNEAU (AP) U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told her former state House colleagues Friday she's working on incentives to get a North Slope natural gas pipeline built, and backing a tax credit for stay-at-home parents.

Woman killed inside her Nunaka Valley home
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman was killed inside her Nunaka Valley home in east Anchorage, police said.

Troopers say chapel shooting investigation could take weeks
BIG LAKE (AP) The investigation into the shooting deaths of two suspected burglars by a pastor at a Big Lake Church will take as long as several weeks, according to the top Alaska State Trooper in Palmer.

Firefighters training for a likely busy season
WASILLA (AP) Firefighters in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna area are training hard for what they expect will be a busy fire season.

Missile agency doubles missile potential at Fort Greely

Woman killed inside her Nunaka Valley home
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman was killed inside her Nunaka Valley home in east Anchorage, police said.

Anchorage man sentenced for manslaughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday for killing a man dating his estranged wife.

Firefighters training for a likely busy season
WASILLA (AP) Firefighters in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna area are training hard for what they expect will be a busy fire season.

Boy injured after falling out of vehicle
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 5-year-old Sterling boy suffered a broken leg after he apparently fell out of a moving car and under the rear tire last week.

Admiralty Island mine seeks to spread tailings area
JUNEAU (AP) A mine on Admiralty Island wants to expand its tailings disposal area to accommodate more ore reserves.

Construction prices soar in Delta Junction
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) The city of Delta Junction is finding prosperity has its price.

Barrow teenager's kick ties world record
ANCHORAGE (AP) A teenager from Barrow tied a world record in the one-foot high kick at the Native Youth Olympics.

One of Alaska's oldest bars holds final last call
KODIAK (AP) After nearly half a century, the Breakers Bar had its final last call Wednesday night. Owner Ruth Brechan and her family have decided to call it quits to the liquor business.

UAF drops graduation invocation
FAIRBANKS (AP) In an effort to make it more inclusive, the University of Alaska Fairbanks commencement ceremony will have no invocation this year.

Groups worry about gaming bills
ANCHORAGE (AP) In the tiny Aleutian Islands village of Nikolski, residents rely on pull-tab gambling money from games played 900 miles away for basics such as the satellite phone that links them to the outside world in bad weather.

Athletics muffle Indians behind Halama's quality start
OAKLAND, Calif. John Halama held Cleveland hitless until the seventh inning and Erubiel Durazo hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Indians 6-3 Saturday.

Blue Jays offer $1 tickets to show Toronto is safe
TORONTO (AP) In an effort to show that Toronto is safe despite the SARS outbreak, the Toronto Blue Jays' parent company is offering $1 dollar tickets for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers.

Macias homers to lift Expos past Astros
MONTREAL Jose Macias hit his first homer of the season with one out in the 10th inning as the Montreal Expos extended their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Ten strangers come together at an old run-down roadside hotel. Mysteriously, one by one, they start dropping like flies. Who is t

Senate Finance revises budget
JUNEAU Senate Republi-cans on the Finance Committee crafted a budget Friday that would draw more from the state's Constitutional Budget Reserve than Gov. Frank Murkowski had asked and provide more money for public schools and the University of Alaska.

HJR 26 presents 3-way win for all Alaskans
I support House

Water-dousing incident proves to be eye-opener for protester
To Mr. Webster: I am the one who started the demonstrations at the Borough Building, and that same group of people eventually decided to do the nightly protests at the "Y." I want to assure you that we did not intend to pose as a threat to you or your family.

Young bowlers enjoy tourneys, thanks to community support
YABA Bowling Tournaments (Young American Bowling Alliance)

Funds raised at banquet will help buy new seating for fairgrounds
The Kenai Peninsula State Fair would like to thank everyone who took part in the first fund-raiser banquet. It was truly amazing the quality of services and merchandise that were donated by local businesses and individuals.

Busch races to second win of year at Auto Club
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Kurt Busch became the first two-time Winston Cup winner of the season Sunday, passing Jamie McMurray 12 laps from the end of the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway.

Layoffs will hurt, but sky is not falling, officials say
Agrium's announcement it will cut some 65 high-paying jobs, reducing its workforce by 20 percent by the end of June, is not welcome news to the Kenai Peninsula economy, but neither does it signal the end of the world, government officials said this week.

Agrium cutting 65 positions
Agrium USA Inc. unveiled a reorganization plan for its Nikiski fertilizer plant Wednesday, letting the 296 employees know that by the end of June there will be 65 fewer positions to fill and that some of them will be gone.

Building supply business shows interest in Kmart
The future of the empty Big Kmart building in Kenai may be getting a little clearer, but some questions still remain.

Soldotna center talent show entertains
Folks at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center laughed uproariously and applauded generously as members entertained through song, dance and a lot of comedy Thursday during the center's first talent show.

Scouts share experiences at Thailand 2003 Jamboree
Among the more than 20,000 scouts who attended the 2003 World Scout Jamboree in Thailand this past winter, few traveled further than Soldotna's Jon Buchholz, 17, and Nikiski's Stephen Noble, 16.

Marlene Rae Schanrock
Kenai resident Marlene Rae Schanrock died Friday, April 25, 2003, at her home. She was 65.

Joseph Foglia
Joseph Foglia died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 71.

Harold Raymond 'Hal' Halldorson
Former Soldotna resident Harold Raymond "Hal" Halldorson died March 11, 2003, in Long Beach, Wash. He was 76.

Ralph Eugene Ash
Longtime Alaska resident Ralph Eugene Ash died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at his Kenai home. He was 81.

Hilma Marie Voss
Hilma Marie Voss died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at her assisted living home, Country Living, in Sterling. She was 94.

Ronald Garroutte
Ronald Garroutte of Ninilchik died Monday, April 21, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a long battle with cancer. He was 55.

Political connections pay off for businesses that get Iraq contracts What others say
... Now that the sounds of the war are fading, the clink, clink of U.S. business interests in Iraq is clearly audible.

Summer on its way
Did the traffic increase over the past week or is it just our imagination?

House Bill 259 offers more cost-effective alternative than existing system
For many years, the state of Alaska fully funded pupil transportation costs by reimbursing school districts for 100 percent of the costs.

Volunteers say 'yes' to making difference in their communities
It's been said before, but it bears repeating: Volunteers make the world go 'round.

Spring a time of major changes, challenges for area high school seniors
When I was a kid, this was always the toughest time of year.

Photo feature: Melting away
Broken fragments of ice line the shore of a small pond next to the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing last week. With recent temperatures hitting the mid-50s, winter's remnants are fading fast.

Bride and groom tie the knot with telephone lines
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) It was a first for the bride, the groom and even the judge.

Drive-thru offers coffee, weddings
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho At the Rev. Al Holm's drive-thru espresso place, you can get a latte, a mocha, or a husband.

National Volunteer Week celebrates those who give so much
Keeping in touch with lifelong friends is crucial to Jean Partch. Jean, a resident at Heritage Place nursing facility in Soldotna, has spent years keeping up with the lives of her childhood friends through letters. Most are women she met in preschool or earlier, before she even knew how to write, but though decades have gone by, they have stayed a part of her life.

Time for a new beginning
"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new."

Student writers explore domestic violence
The Women's Resource and Crisis Center recently announced the winners of its Sexual Assault Awareness Month Poetry-Essay contest.

It's headaches, heartaches for military fiancees trying to plan big day alone
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. Save-the-date cards for Tiffany Gerlt's wedding have gone out. The music is booked. But Gerlt has no idea when her fiance, deployed to the Middle East, will come home.

Rebecca Marczesky and Heath Lakin Midori and John Creighton

Different perspective
Charro Jose Cervantes rides a steer backward in the Jinete de Toro, or bullriding event, during a charreada, or Mexican-style rodeo, Sunday at the San Antonio Charro Ranch in San Antonio.

Peninsula People
Soldotna student to graduate from college Soldotna woman to compete for Mrs. Alaska title Soldotna man serves in Tokyo

Community News
WalkAmerica slated for Saturday Food bank seeks help with garden Architecture scholarship available Teen environmental program planned Keep an eye out for bikes USS Long Beach reunion planned

Around the Peninsula
DEC plans food handling class Womens recovery group meets tonight Mediation center plans meeting WRCC board to meet KPC commencement scheduled Church plans garage sale Kayak festival planned

My Best Friend
Nine-year-old Brooke Hughes and Spice show that guinea pigs can be real party animals. Spice belongs to Brooke and Teslin Hughes of Soldotna.

When pet can't travel, consider boarding at kennel, hiring sitter
At some point, many pet owners will have to face the question of what to do with their dogs while they are away. Animals can't go on all trips, and friends and relatives may not always be willing or reliable. Consequently, pet boarding or pet sitting may be necessary.

Minnesota outshoots Canucks in third to even second-round series
OTTAWA (AP) Roman Cechmanek stopped 33 shots for his second career playoff shutout and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Sunday night to even their second-round series.

SkyHi boys take Invitational
Saturday was definitely a good day to be a Panther. Particularly for the Skyview boys track and field team that took first place in the Skyview Invitational Track and Field meet with a team score of 127 points. Even some mishaps turned into gold for the Skyview boys.

What to expect from 2003 Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Just last weekend, D. Wayne Lukas was still looking for a horse to enter in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Couples grabs first victory in 5 years
HUMBLE, Texas Fred Couples was overwhelmed and nearly speechless after capping his first victory in five years with a birdie on the final hole of the Houston Open.

NFL teams stockpile defensive linemen
NEW YORK NFL teams did their best Saturday to stem the league's increase in offense.

Late goal gives Palmer girls a tie against Soldotna
A Palmer goal in the closing seconds of a Region III match spoiled what was otherwise a perfect day for the Soldotna High School soccer team.

Shaq lifts Lake Show over Timberwolves
LOS ANGELES Shaquille O'Neal had 34 points, 23 rebounds and six assists Sunday as the three-time defending NBA champions rallied for a 102-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves to tie their first-round playoff series 2-2.

Devils top Lightning for 2-0 series lead
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jamie Langenbrunner made Vincent Lecavalier's already tough game that much worse.

Williams sisters sweep Czechs in Fed Cup play
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) The Williams sisters were a nation unto themselves.

Black Hurricane says QB pick based on race
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Derrick Crudup Jr. claims race was a factor in the competition for the starting quarterback job at Miami, which he lost last week to Brock Berlin.

Skyview's boys clean up act
If reputations hold, it should surprise nobody that a boys soccer game at Skyview High School last Thursday almost degenerated into a brawl.

With Sloan ejected, Jazz hold off Kings
SALT LAKE CITY The Utah Jazz didn't play like a team trying to salvage some respect. They looked more like a team with plans to advance.

Panthers hold off late flurry by Palmer
The game-deciding goal Friday at Skyview was scored on one of Palmer's favorite plays.

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