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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

April 22, 2002 The Petersburg Pilot says industry opposition to tax doesn't hold water
Overall, the travel and adventure businesses presented weak arguments to the city council Monday night on the pending ordinance to revoke the sales tax exemption of local operators. Many testified that this will be a tough year as bookings are down when compared with this time last year. Since the ordinance may not be implemented for more than a year or two, the current economy will in all likelihood change.

Anchorage woman donates land to botanical garden
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Longtime Anchorage resident Oro Stewart has donated 50 acres in Potter Valley to the Alaska Botanical Garden.

Southeast King quotas shoot up
JUNEAU (AP) -- King salmon commercial and sport quotas in Southeast Alaska this year are the highest in years, state officials said.

Bill linking PFD to welfare eligibility stalls
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that could cut welfare payments to families when they receive permanent fund dividends stalled Tuesday in the House.

Federal health center funding increased
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal government has increased the amount of money it spends on community health centers in Alaska for the second time in a year.

Oil company executives deny plotting to keep gasoline prices high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Oil executives disavowed internal memos obtained by congressional investigators that suggest a campaign to manipulate gasoline supplies to boost prices, especially in California and the Midwest.

Cook Inlet oil platform back in production after fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Cook Inlet oil platform damaged by a fire that injured four workers is pumping oil again, according to co-owner Unocal Corp.

House votes to cap punitive damages from air disasters
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a measure Tuesday that limits punitive damages paid by Alaskan air carriers for crashes.

Senate probe says some oil companies forcing up price of gasoline
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While the industry often blames gasoline price spikes on market-driven shortages, a congressional investigation has found that some oil companies reduce supplies when markets are tight to force up prices and profits.

Senate approves bill to force governor to chose priorities
JUNEAU (AP) -- State departments would have to rank their programs in order of importance under a bill passed in the Senate on Tuesday.

Three rescued after skiff capsizes near Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan sea urchin diver rescued three people unable to swim to shore after their 12-foot-long skiff capsized Saturday in the Tongass Narrows.

Migratory birds begin making appearances in Barrow
BARROW (AP) -- Despite temperatures that still get down to zero, migratory birds have begun arriving in Barrow.

Judge allows limited Tongass timber harvests
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Right-of-way clearing for the Swan Lake-Lake Tyee electrical intertie and five other timber harvests on the Tongass National Forest can proceed, according to a ruling Friday by U.S. District Court Judge James K. Singleton.

Evidence may have been destroyed in effort to fight hotel fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cause of the fire that destroyed a hotel nearing completion in downtown Anchorage remains a mystery, and the Anchorage Fire Department is looking into whether firefighters may have disturbed the scene so much that investigators may never be able to determine what happened.

April 22, 2002 The Voice of the Times urges daylight savings time year round
Since we said, as we did a few days ago, that the Legislature is wasting time with a bill to outlaw daylight-saving time in Alaska, we have come up with a new idea. If the lawmakers are going to continue dabbling with the clock, they should quit thinking about banning daylight time and take a big leap in the other direction.

Knowles calls on British Columbia to continue fish farm moratorium
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Tuesday called on the government of British Columbia to continue a moratorium on new fish farms.

Lots of Chitina salmon but closed road limits access
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dipnetters can expect a bounty of salmon in the Copper River, but reaching the Chitina spot won't be so easy.

Boyfriend admits to abuse of baby that died
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 16-year-old charged with killing his girlfriend's baby will be tried as an adult, Ketchikan Police said.

BP gets tough on tanker ballast creatures
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While oil companies go to great lengths to protect the environment, Simon Lisiecki is the first to admit that it's strange for them to want to find a way to kill tiny sea creatures.

BP agrees to let tourists travel to Arctic Ocean
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has relented and will allow tour operators to drive visitors to the shores of the Arctic Ocean.

Child slasher sentenced to concurrent 99-year terms
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who slashed school children under the delusion that he could send them to God by killing them was sentenced to two concurrent 99-year prison terms Monday morning.

Expert says Welton blaze deliberately set
PALMER (AP) -- Whoever set the blaze that killed 14-year-old Samuel Welton nearly two years ago left a clear trail, according to an independent fire investigator.

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.

Senate approves resolution supporting U.S. ban on flag burning
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate passed a resolution on Monday urging Congress to outlaw flag burning.

Wolf-eel to be displayed at Alaska SeaLife Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wolf-eel, a serpentine fish with sharp canine teeth and powerful molars, will soon go on display at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Lawmakers, Knowles reach agreement on tax plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republican and Democrat leaders meeting with Gov. Tony Knowles on Monday reached a compromise in an effort to jump-start stalled talks over closing the state's budget deficit using taxes and the permanent fund.

Young researcher tracks pollution through mussels
JUNEAU (AP) -- At the state science fair in Anchorage last month, Natalie Hale showed off her mussels. Now the Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore is getting ready to demonstrate at an international science fair how the mollusks can track pollution.

Anchorage man arrested at Kodiak airport in cocaine bust
KODIAK (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested at the Kodiak airport over the weekend after officers found more than a quarter of a pound of cocaine in his possession, Kodiak police said.

April 25, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. urges lawmakers to heed vote on subsistence
The Legislature should no longer ignore the voices clamoring for a subsistence solution.

Joe Green announces departure from Legislature
JUNEAU -- Rep. Joe Green, R-Anchorage, announced Monday he will not seek re-election to the Legislature.

April 24, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says House budget defies court abortion ruling
Alaska legislators take an oath to support and defend the constitutions of the United States and the state of Alaska. That oath is being blatantly violated by some anti-abortion legislators. Directly defying a decision by the Alaska Supreme Court last summer, this year's House-passed budget contains a ban on funding abortions for the poor.

House passes private prison bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill clearing the way for a 1,000-bed private prison in Whittier passed the House on Monday.

Russians travel to Alaska to learn about free-market health care
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ten health care professionals from the Russian Far East are coming to Anchorage next month to learn more about how to provide health care in a market economy.

Russian bombers probe U.S. airspace, U.S. fighters respond
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Russian heavy bombers skirted U.S. airspace off the coast of Alaska last week, prompting the U.S. Air Force to scramble two F-15s to intercept them, defense officials said.

Fish trade comment deadline Tuesday
JUNEAU (AP) -- Comments on a federal proposal regulating the customary trade and cash sale of subsistence-caught fish must be submitted by Tuesday's deadline.

Remarkable Rijo hasn't lost knack for getting batters out
CINCINNATI -- Jose Rijo gets the sign, drops his head, twists his body and goes into the same deliberate motion that he used when he was the 1990 World Series MVP.

Yankees open West Coast swing with win
SEATTLE -- In their first trip West this season, the New York Yankees repeated their success from last year's playoffs.

Los Angeles takes two games at Wrigley Field
CHICAGO -- Kazuhisa Ishii became the first Los Angeles rookie to win his first five decisions since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Sunday in the opener of a doubleheader.

League addresses Roberts, Tucker hits
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell addressed the media covering Game 6 of the Toronto-New York playoff series by speaker phone Sunday to defend the league's decisions on hits by Toronto's Gary Roberts and Darcy Tucker in Game 5.

Orioles shut down Boston
BOSTON -- Rodrigo Lopez shut Boston down for five innings, and Geronimo Gil and Melvin Mora homered to lead Baltimore past the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Monday night -- the Orioles' eighth win in 10 games.

Phillies blow lead at San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Reliever David Coggin walked in the go-ahead run as the Philadelphia Phillies blew a five-run lead and lost their sixth straight game, 8-5 to the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

SoHi sweeps top three in 12th Annual "Caring For The Kenai"
Kaitlin Vadla, a sophomore at Soldotna High School captured the coveted "Caring For the Kenai"(CFK) trophy, by taking top honors in the 12th annual CFK environmental competition sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium.

Dance Emporium students move at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium
A standing room only crowd gathered last week at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS for the Dance Emporium's 9th annual recital, "Move, Dance, and be Born."

May proclaimed Motorcycle Awareness Month
For several years motorcycle enthusiasts on the Kenai Peninsula through the efforts of organizations like Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education (ABATE), Harley Owners Group (HOG) and Women on Wheels (WOW), have come together to change the image of motorcycling and promote safety for riders.

Not too young to brag about a tattered old flag
It was more than the brightness from the spring sunlight that sparkled in everyone's eyes at last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting. It was the star spangled hope that shown through the eyes of eight-year-old Jake Darrow, as he recited his forensic piece "The Old Ragged Flag."

Outdoors
Each time I am able to go for a period of time here without making plans for another hunting and fishing trip some place I actually get some things done here at my home. This winter I was able to get some things fixed or repaired around my home that I have been meaning to do for several years.

Southeast King quotas shoot up
JUNEAU (AP) -- King salmon commercial and sport quotas in Southeast Alaska this year are the highest in years, state officials said.

Lots of Chitina salmon but closed road limits access
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dipnetters can expect a bounty of salmon in the Copper River, but reaching the Chitina spot won't be so easy.

Photo feature: Looking ahead
Celia Anderson watches as Ricky Gease and Gary Freeburg try a location for a painting by Soldotna artist Mark Anderson at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center during preparations for "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape." The show, which Celia Anderson curated, features a number of different forms of art and fills much of the center. It opens Wednesday.

Lawmakers, Knowles reach agreement on tax plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republican and Democrat leaders meeting with Gov. Tony Knowles on Monday reached a compromise in an effort to jump-start stalled talks over closing the state's budget deficit using taxes and the permanent fund.

House passes private prison bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill clearing the way for a 1,000-bed private prison in Whittier passed the House on Monday.

Senate approves resolution supporting U.S. ban on flag burning
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate passed a resolution on Monday urging Congress to outlaw flag burning.

Senate approves bill to force governor to chose priorities
JUNEAU (AP) -- State departments would have to rank their programs in order of importance under a bill passed in the Senate on Tuesday.

House votes to cap punitive damages from air disasters
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a measure Tuesday that limits punitive damages paid by Alaskan air carriers for crashes.

Tips for keeping the fire out
The State of Alaska Division of Forestry reminds people that wildfire season is fast approaching. Here are a few steps people can take to help reduce the risk of causing a fire:

Impact of e-mail breach discussed
Contract negotiations between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and union negotiating teams were canceled this week in light of an alleged e-mail security breach.

Wildfire season closing in
The 2002 wildfire season is approaching faster than a wind-fueled, beetle-killed spruce inferno.

Gas pipeline plan dashed, but 3 wells near Ninilchik may produce
The hope for natural gas to be piped to the southern Kenai Peninsula was dashed Thursday when Unocal and Kenai Kachemak Pipeline LLC announced a decision to suspend exploration in that area. A chance, however, remains for gas distribution south of Ninilchik.

United Way exceeds goals for campaign
The Kenai Peninsula United Way raised $781,541 this year, which is more than it has ever raised before in its yearly fund-raising campaigns, announced Evy Gebhardt, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula United Way.

HEA tries -- again -- to buy utility in Seward
Homer Electric Association made an offer to purchase Seward's city-owned electric utility last Monday, but city officials want to weigh their options before accepting or declining.

Shareholders ponder CIRI choices
Cook Inlet Region Inc., the most profitable of Alaska's Native corporations, is in the midst of a leadership struggle.

Groups work together to protect Anchor River
If all goes as organizers hope, private property at the mouth of the Anchor River will soon be sold to a coalition of conservation groups and closed to development, forever protecting the wildlife and salmon habitat.

Applause
Peninsula food bank says thanks for support at annual Home Show

Applause
Forget-Me-Not Care Center appreciates bank employeesLove INC celebrates 15 years of meeting community needsCurves for Women food drive most successful in food bank history

Alaskans ready to end debate on subsistence
The Legislature should no longer ignore the voices clamoring for a subsistence solution.

Letters to the Editor
Ward, school board taken to task for lack of positive action

Ask the Mayor
Question: What is GIS and what is the function of the GIS Department?

Group urges placement of subsistence amendment on ballot Issue advocacy promoted
This is an exciting time for citizens and for all of us who care about the future of our state, country and world. In Alaska, the Legislature is making decisions that affect the lives of all of us. The Congress is deliberating on ideas of importance to all U.S. citizens. The world is watching events that could ultimately change the world as we know it.

Ferry system funding cuts bad for economy of Southeast Alaska
Because our highway in Southeast Alaska runs over water, its importance is far greater than a conventional road system because it operates on a limited schedule and each user pays for the privilege.

Requiring BP to pay fair market taxes would put state back in black
Recently, a group of well-intended, lifelong Alaskans reunited to hopefully save the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend from the Alaska Legislature's deceptive "fiscal plan." We call ourselves the "83 Percent Coalition."

Births
Justin and Crystal Fite TrickelKatie Mae RowlandRachael Woodward and Dorion Carter

Ask a Trooper
Question: I have noticed a car running around town with two Alaska license plates being displayed. The one on the front is a personalized plate, yet the other

Community Schools
The following list of classes/activities that begin this week serves as a reminder to registered participants. If you are interested in a class or activity but are not preregistered, call the Soldotna Community School office to check on space availability, location changes and cancellations.

Around the Peninsula
Tires must be changed todayEDD speaker to address Soldotna chamberUnited Way seeks volunteersRiver coalition to meet TuesdaySears to host fund-raising carnivalRed Cross offers first aid classApple workshop plannedWalkAmerica slated for SaturdaySoHi pool hosts life-saving classNames sought to honor military deadHost families sought for exchange students

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC committee meets todayLibrary hosts storytelling programEDD director to speak to Soldotna chamberSnowmachine use ends in Chugach National ForestKenai chamber to discuss tax lawsSafety Day meeting scheduledPlanning coalition to meet this weekCooper Landing to discuss subsistence regulationsBlood bank suffering shortageDEC plans food-safety classesCommunity clean-up plannedDevelopmental screening offeredHospital to offer safe sitter coursePlans set for Relay for LifeBrain injury group to sponsor awareness walk

Peninsula People
Area student named to dean's listSterling woman wins scholarship pageantSoldotna youth awarded baseball scholarship

Area agencies receive computers, office furniture from Phillips Alaska
Area nonprofit agencies gathered at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Wednesday to pick up their share of office supplies, computers and furniture donated by Phillips Alaska.

Community News
Poster contest winners announcedKCHS class of 1992 seeks membersUSS Long Beach to hold reunionLibrary to kick off summer reading programHomer Community School alters spring program

Photo feature: The cutting edge
Denali Ice Club members Stephanie Bishop, Tory Coursen, Stephanie Almaraz, Katie Shearer, Carissa Young, coach Sherry Eddings, Hillary Schneider and Joseph Bishop pose with their trophies after the Portland Ice Skating Club's Springfest Competition in Vancouver, Wash. The six-person team brought home 37 trophies, including four gold triathalon medals.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Music makes birthday special
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Inez Burdick got a special gift on her 95

Coleman saves 'Sixers from first-round sweep
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson was a franchise player on Sunday.

Islanders slide past Toronto
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In simple white lettering on a black screen above the ice, the video monitor implored the New York Islanders to win ''For Kenny and Michael.''

Ferguson DQ sought; French federation prepared to fight
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Two key American witnesses in the Olympic figure skating scandal want the U.S. member of the International Skating Union council disqualified from a hearing Monday, claiming she prejudged the case in favor of the French judge and federation chief.

Sports Briefs
Strawberry sentenced to 18 months in prison

Saarland healthy for Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Saarland was out for a bath on this overcast morning at Churchill Downs, standing quietly near Barn 43 as he was being sponged down.

Indy installs soft walls
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Workers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were installing soft walls Monday even as IRL officials scheduled a Wednesday news conference to announce a decision regarding the new safety device.

Sports Briefs
Skyview has unsuccessful weekend road tripStars fall to ColonyRoddick beats Sampras to defend title

Raptors not extinct just yet
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors, a team that had every excuse to quit long ago, have pushed the Detroit Pistons to a deciding Game 5.

Canadiens bounce Bruins from playoffs
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens weren't content just to make the playoffs.

Lakers, Mavericks get first-round Western playoff sweeps
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Los Angeles Lakers used to have a bitter rivalry with Portland. Now the only intrigue is watching how many points the Lakers can spot the Trail Blazers before coming back to torment them.

Karli Knudsen keeps Kardinals kickin'
All the successful girls athletic teams at Kenai Central High School over the past couple of years seem to have at least one common denominator: In some way, shape or form, Karli Knudsen figures into them.

Nowitzki leads charge past 'Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Dallas Mavericks can score, and it doesn't matter where they play or who's taking the shots.

Photo feature: Just passing through
Canada geese perform a fly-by in front of Vintage Pointe Manor in Kenai last week. A few snow geese also have been spotted on the Kenai River flats. The snow geese make the flats an annual stopover point on the way north to their summer feeding and nesting grounds.

Migratory birds begin making appearances in Barrow
BARROW (AP) -- Despite temperatures that still get down to zero, migratory birds have begun arriving in Barrow.

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