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Wednesday, May 1, 2002

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

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

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.

Two armed men steal medical marijuana from Anchorage home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two armed men forced their way into an apartment early Wednesday, bound the hands of two men with duct tape and stole medical marijuana allowed under Alaska law.

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.

State opens gas, oil bids in North Slope Foothills, Cook Inlet areas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Canada company active in Mackenzie Valley natural gas exploration helped set a record Wednesday for most oil and gas acres leased in a single sale in Alaska.

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.

House Republican leaders say new revenue proposal has a chance
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new revenue proposal to deal with Alaska's fiscal gap may pass the Legislature this year, according to House Republican leaders.

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.

Thieves steal ATM machine, but get no cash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thieves stole an automated teller machine in Willow Monday, but they didn't get any cash.

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.

Galena teen charged in knife attack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 17-year-old Galena teen allegedly stabbed two school mates with a hunting knife at a party in Galena early Monday morning.

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.

Ice Classic organizers say winners will share $304,000 jackpot
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Those who guess the correct time of breakup on the Tanana River will share a jackpot of $304,000 this year.

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.

Sterling Highway closed by flooding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A portion of the Sterling Highway has been closed by flooding.

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.

Fairbanks man pleads no contest to molesting girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has pleaded no contest to attempted sexual abuse of a minor and faces a maximum of 13 years in prison.

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.

Insurance agent says Welton's policies for sons were unusually large
PALMER (AP) -- An insurance agent said the $100,000 life insurance policies Suzette Welton took out on her two sons were unusually large for children.

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.

Senate considering exemption for Army firing range
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Army has fired a pre-emptive strike against environmental groups suing to shut down the Eagle River Flats artillery range.

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.

Knowles administration pushes changes in gas tax bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Knowles administration could support a bill waiving some taxes on a proposed natural gas pipeline if legislators agree to shrink the tax break and make other changes.

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.

Urban bear darted in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A troublesome black bear foraging in Anchorage neighborhoods is now wearing a tracking collar that will record the animal's location every half hour.

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage driver gets 12 years in drunken driving accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 69-year-old man who injured four people when he crashed into two motorcyclists in October 2000 has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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.

Pair acquitted of Ketchikan murder arrested a week later
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two men who were acquitted of murder April 19 have been arrested in Klawock.

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.

Juneau officials mulls over cruise ship port project charges
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly is trying to reach a consensus on a plan to charge cruise ships for port projects and is considering reimposing tonnage fees.

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.

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.

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.

Young's bill aims to arm airline pilots
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young is sponsoring a bill to allow airline pilots to carry guns into the cockpit of commercial airliners, saying armed pilots could be the last line of defense against terrorism.

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.

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.

Figueroa helps himself in Brewers win over Braves
MILWAUKEE -- Nelson Figueroa settled down after a rocky first inning and hit a two-run single off Greg Maddux in the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

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.

Angels embarrass Indians at Jacobs Field
CLEVELAND -- Ramon Ortiz (2-3) got all the runs he could ever need and Troy Glaus had five RBIs Tuesday night as the Anaheim Angels rolled to their fifth straight win, 21-2 over the reeling Cleveland Indians.

Photo feature: New shoes
Mark Fielden hustles a tire onto a spin balancing machine Tuesday morning at Alyeska Sales and Service in Kenai. Tuesday was the last day drivers could use studded tires on Kenai Peninsula roads. "It's been pretty wild," shop owner Jerry Wortham said. "This is the busiest I've seen it in 25 years." At left, a stack of work orders waits for attention.

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."

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.

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."

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.

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.

Bill OK'd forcing governor to prioritize
JUNEAU -- 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.

House Republican leaders say new revenue proposal has a chance
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new revenue proposal to deal with Alaska's fiscal gap may pass the Legislature this year, according to House Republican leaders.

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

PFD bill delayed in House
JUNEAU -- A bill that could cut welfare payments to families when they receive permanent fund dividends stalled Tuesday in the House.

Young's bill aims to arm airline pilots
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young is sponsoring a bill to allow airline pilots to carry guns into the cockpit of commercial airliners, saying armed pilots could be the last line of defense against terrorism.

Knowles pushes changes in gas tax bill
JUNEAU -- The Knowles administration could support a bill waiving some taxes on a proposed natural gas pipeline if legislators agree to shrink the tax break and make other changes.

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 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.

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.

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.

Fish board nominees go before House
The Alaska House of Representatives will begin hearings today to determine if the governor's nominees to the Alaska Board of Fisheries should be kept or released, and several area legislators say they plan on giving at least one nominee the hook.

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:

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.

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

State steams on with plan to base ferry in Homer
Homer is not only the end of the road for many highway users, it likely will be the same for passengers on the ferry Tustumena, if the state's plan for transportation is approved as expected.

Scalzi to face election challenge
HOMER -- Citing serious differences over fisheries bills sponsored or forwarded by Rep. Drew Scalzi, R-Homer, a Kachemak City fisher last week declared his intent to try to unseat the first-term incumbent in the Aug. 27 Republican Party primary.

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.

Donna Delores Smith
Sterling resident Donna Delores Smith died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at her home in Sterling. She was 69.

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

Applause
Landscape lecture series sure to make peninsula greener place

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

Letters to the Editor
Locals have to stick together when it comes to fishing regsStory shows how CIRI shareholders can retain control of corporationNational Day of Prayer theme is 'America United Under God'

Congress says 'no' to ANWR without national energy policy
Politics triumphed over policy when the U.S. Senate killed legislation to drill for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Motorcycle riders seek to raise awareness of those with whom they share roads
With the coming of warmer weather one thing is sure: Traffic increases on Kenai Peninsula roads. We begin to see motor homes, boat trailers and motorcycles. Of the three, motorcycles and their riders are often the ones which cause some to say (after an accident), "I didn't see him."

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.

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

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
Kenai chamber to discuss tax lawsSiren test plannedAgrium to conduct training exercisesSoroptimists to meetMuseum hosts exhibit; seeks volunteersMuseum hosts exhibit; seeks volunteersBenefit auction plannedFree skate day planned911 Advisory Board to meetSBDC plans small business expoHospice fun- raiser planned

Students use technology to help preserve history
Elementary school students and 21st century technology are reviving the Kenai Peninsula's past.

Georgia police will enforce curfew on prom night
ATLANTA -- Like Cinderella at the ball, many high school prom-goers in Georgia had better be home by the stroke of midnight.

District School News
News from schools around the district

School food poisonings increase
WASHINGTON -- Food poisonings in the nation's schools are increasing at a rate of about 10 percent a year, according to a congressional study released Tuesday

Photo feature: Kids first
More than 300 parents, teachers, civic leaders and other concerned residents take to the streets in Seward for a march and rally last week in support of funding for schools.

Court: Schools cannot use race in tiebreaking admission decisions
SEATTLE -- The Seattle School District cannot use race as a tiebreaker for high school admissions while it contests a ruling that found its use of the tiebreaker illegal, a federal appeals court panel says.

Around the District
School board meets MondayNew Web site offers teacher informationSummer Clubhouse registration plannedAlaska Teacher of the Year Nominations Opened

AkCLU sues Juneau school board
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.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area public school students

Through times of change, remember to respect, support friends
"Hey those are some ugly shoes!" I remember my freshman language arts teacher reading that opening line from one of our peer's essays. Most of the class was quite taken aback by that statement and utterly curious to hear out the rest of the paper.

College announces summer session classes for lifelong learning
The 2002 summer session at Kenai Peninsula College will be limited to four classes. From math to field archaeology and flora identification, Kenai Peninsula College continues to offer students interesting ways to learn.

Bill to change first-grade attendance passes
JUNEAU -- A bill that makes some 6-year-olds comply with the same compulsory attendance requirements as older students passed the House on Friday.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Pacers, Nets go to Game 5
INDIANAPOLIS -- Instead of riding the bench, Austin Croshere has the Indiana Pacers headed to a Game 5.

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.

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.

Tyson expounds on life, love and training on Maui coast
WAILEA, Hawaii -- Mike Tyson was enjoying another day in paradise, which on Tuesday could be found outside the door of his $1,500-a-night villa only a few steps from the gentle surf off Maui's southern coast.

Sports Briefs
Strawberry sentenced to 18 months in prison

Nikiski booters split with Stars
The Nikiski High School girls soccer team was able to use Tuesday's blustery conditions to its advantage, scoring a goal with the wind at its back, then relying on solid defense to post a 1-0 victory against the visiting Soldotna Stars.

Leafs refuse to wilt vs. Islanders
TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs limped into the second round of the playoffs. At least they'll have the extra home game against Ottawa.

Sports Briefs
Flyers fire BarberFrench judge, federation chief suspended

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.

Urban bear darted in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A troublesome black bear foraging in Anchorage neighborhoods is now wearing a tracking collar that will record the animal's location every half hour.

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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