Tuesday, April 29, 2003

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.

Okaya knew all prospective buyers in Bristol Bay

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

Possible human remains found near Chignik Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three bones that appear to be human have been found near Chignik Bay.

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.

Coast Guard to retire cutter
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Coast Guard cutter with more than two decades of service in Alaska is retiring.

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.

Anchorage man convicted in girlfriend's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) A jury has found an Anchorage man guilty of intentionally killing his girlfriend.

Anchorage airport fighting industry slump
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska's largest airport is fighting a slump in the airline industry by attempting to market value-added services.

Feds address Arctic climate research
FAIRBANKS (AP) Arctic climate research should focus on such concerns as rising winter temperatures, thinning sea ice and thawing permafrost, said the Bush administration's global climate change program director.

Alaska scientists go to South Seas on field trip
ANCHORAGE (AP) Blazing sun, crashing surf and exotic shorebirds on the wing. Days spent hiking white-sand beaches of deserted Polynesian atolls, partly for a chance to see Alaska's rare bristle-thighed curlew in its winter home.

Man accused of defrauding Veterans Administration
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man is on trial on 45 federal charges of defrauding the Veterans Administration out of $63,000.

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

Soldotna water thrower faces criminal charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) Criminal charges have been filed against a man who says he was being patriotic when he dumped water on war protesters in Soldotna.

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

Senate Republicans turn back Democrat amendments
JUNEAU (AP) Senate Democrats unsuccessfully tried to use more than $20 million from the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation endowment to prop up next year's education funding.

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.

Murkowski names two Interior judges
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski has appointed two Fairbanks men to Interior judgeships.

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.

Executive says airport not at risk of becoming flyover city
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage is not at risk of becoming a flyover city anytime soon, according to a Boeing executive.

House approves boost in vehicle registration fees
JUNEAU (AP) The cost of registering a car may be going up.

Arizona whips Marlins
PHOENIX Junior Spivey went 3-for-5 with his first home run of the year and the Arizona Diamondbacks won three games in a row for the first time this season by beating the weary Florida Marlins 7-1 Monday night.

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.

Oh Bother! Pooh Bear comes to Kenai
The Little Theatre at KCHS is alive these days with the characters created by A.A. Milne as Kenai Performers Director Carol Ford works with her cast in preparation for the May 9th opening of the musical classic, "Winnie the Pooh."

Former Soldotna Coach gearing up for 2003 Memorial Day Triathlon
For the first time since 1999, swimmers, bikers and runners will be taking off Memorial Day for a test of endurance and skill at the 2003 Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon thanks to the enthusiasm of Race Director and former Soldotna Coach John Steckel. According to Steckel the event will be attractive to a variety of skill levels.

Connecting daily lives with the Stations of the Cross
For the fifth year, members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna made a 3-mile pilgrimage in honor of Good Friday and the Easter celebration.

Soldotna Mayor honors SoHi Cheerleading Champions
"It's times like this when I just really love this job," said Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey as he gave copies of an official proclamation honoring the 3A/4A Division State Championship Cheerleading squad from SoHi.

Rowing Club makes ready for Crewsing
With only six seasons behind them, the Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club has already achieved international recognition and the cover photo of last month's Rowing News. The national magazine listed Kenai as one of "The Ten Best Places to Row in America." A bit of a surprise to the followers of the stereotypical New England Ivy League sport. Indeed the other places that made the top ten included Boston, Maine, Dartmouth etc.

Photo feature: Dirty work
Heidi Meehan weeds a flower garden in her yard on First Street in Kenai last Friday. "I'm going for garden of the week, so be looking for me," she said.

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.

Protesters object to war; their beef is not against those in military
If a simple yes/no survey was taken of the "Webster Water War" incident, I believe the results would show Mr. Webster could fit the total of his supporters in the bed of his pickup (they could sit on upturned buckets)!

If Mr. Webster's rights have been violated, he should contact police
As an honorably discharged Korean veter

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.

Volunteers add special touch to food bank's Easter dinner
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank hosted its second annual Easter Dinner for the public on April 20. Those attending were served turkey, ham, potatoes, cooked and raw vegetables, and various desserts. The dinner was free to those who attended.

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.

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

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.

2 women arrested for burglary
Two women were arrested early Friday morning after they allegedly tried to burglarize the K-Beach Diner in Kenai.

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.

Alliance gives HEA more power to deal with national issues
Homer Electric Association has joined forces with nearly 600 electricity cooperatives around the country to bolster its voice in the utility industry, officials said.

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.

Motorcyclists help crash stereotypes during show
Few things are as awe-inspiring as the thunderous rumbling and pulsating roar of a horde of bikers.

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.

BLM seeks public's help to better manage lands
The Bureau of Land Manage-ment will conduct public meetings in Alaska locations, including the Kenai Peninsula, to gather input on the job its doing managing public lands.

Electrician suffers burns in accident at refinery
A Kenai man was in satisfactory condition at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Monday where he was taken after being burned in an industrial accident Saturday.

Soldier's mother breathes easier, still awaits son's safe homecoming
Like so many family members and friends on the Kenai Peninsula, Margie Westmoreland of Kenai is holding her breath for news of one local soldier.

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

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

Rebuttal on HB 259: Getting kids to school safely cheaper than alternative
Recently Jim Clark, the governor's chief of staff, a

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.

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.

School bus funding needs further study
In the debate over the various aspects of funding for Alaska's K-12 school system, no one argues that the cost of busing students has risen at the exorbitant rate of 65 percent statewide since 1997.

Rebecca Marczesky and Heath Lakin Midori and John Creighton

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to hear about railroadFishermen's Fund to meet tonightWorkshop planned for Agrium employeesKCHS concert set for May 6Kenai chamber to hold luncheonVolunteers needed for frog surveyLifeguard sign-ups continue

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.

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.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center

Volunteer weather watchers stick to their daily measure for decades
GRAFTON, N.Y. Tempera-ture checks are easy. Everett Wagar simply looks at the thermometer.

Senior Menus

Getting cut in eighth grade inspires Sturm's soccer skill
In soccer, it's called a turn. To execute the move, the player receives the ball facing one way, controls the ball, and takes off dribbling in the opposite direction.

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.

Sports Briefs
Popovich is NBA's Coach of the Year

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.

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.

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.

Stars snap Ducks' six-game playoff win streak
ANAHEIM, Calif. Somebody finally slowed down the Mighty Ducks.

Diversity drops in pro, college sports hires
Women and minorities are losing ground with jobs in professional and college sports, reversing a trend toward greater diversity, according to a study released Monday.

Iverson struggles, Philly surges
NEW ORLEANS The Philadelphia 76ers didn't need a heroic effort from Allen Iverson to regain command of their playoff series with the New Orleans Hornets.

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.

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