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Thursday, May 2, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Big game guides plead guilty to illegal taking of game
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaska guides pleaded guilty in federal District Court on Thursday to assisting in the illegal taking big game.

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.

Police say fleeing suspect stole clothes from dryer
EAGLE RIVER (AP) -- A young man broke into a home and stole some clothes from a dryer in an attempt to change his appearance, police said.

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

Mat-Su offers contract to superintendent
WASILLA (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board unanimously voted to renew the contract for superintendent Pat Chesbro.

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.

Judge rejects organization as guardian for homeless veteran
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A nonprofit corporation that acts as a guardian for people who cannot manage their own affairs has been rejected in attempts to gain further control of the assets of a homeless veteran.

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.

Fort Yukon woman wins housing retrial
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court jury has ruled in favor of a former Fort Yukon homeowner who charged her housing authority with being responsible for a 1995 house fire that caused the death of her 3-year-old son.

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.

Popular UAA engineering professor gets tenure, despite recommendation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Lee Gorsuch has overruled a university administrator and awarded tenure to a popular engineering professor who otherwise would have lost his job.

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.

Usibelli Coal moves ahead with planned layoffs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. said it has not been able to reach a contract agreement with a South Korea power company and, as a result, will proceed with the planned layoff of one-third of its work force this month.

Thai scientist gets 'royal' treatment from local loyal Thai community
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Thai researcher honored at a conference in a downtown hotel Tuesday for her work in public health drew both the applause of her scientific colleagues -- and a royal welcoming party of local Thai-Americans.

Moses' vote switch raises suspicions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Carl Moses of Unalaska has raised suspicions for switching sides on a proposal to offer the oil industry $760 million in tax breaks for a natural gas pipeline the day before receiving $12 million for harbor projects in his district.

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.

Juneau attorney named new head of state's criminal law agency
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau attorney has been named the new head of the Criminal Division of the Department of Law, Attorney General Bruce Botelho announced Wednesday.

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.

Republicans block efforts to dislodge alcohol tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans beat back an effort to send a dime-a-drink alcohol tax increase to the floor for a vote Wednesday, despite claims of widespread support for the measure.

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.

Veterans, Knowles pushing hard on legislation
JUNEAU (AP) -- Leaders of veterans groups said Wednesday they will launch ''an aggressive assault'' to get legislators to act in the next two weeks on a package of veterans' bills Gov. Tony Knowles is pushing.

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.

Brown bear spotted near Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A brown bear was seen wandering around near Anchorage's Kincaid Park this week. State biologists said it is the first brown bear spotted in Anchorage this spring.

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 plan to use an income tax, permanent fund earnings and an alcohol tax increase to close the state's budget deficit is expected to go to the House on Thursday, House leaders said.

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.

Anchorage police name officer who fatally shot man in standoff
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police said a veteran officer was involved in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man last week.

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.

Native pageant gives contestants opportunity for leadership
JUNEAU (AP) -- Amber Ebarb wasn't sure she wanted to apply for the Miss Tlingit Haida Youth Leadership Pageant because the word pageant conjures up images of swimsuits.

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.

Senate approves coastal zone bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a measure Wednesday that eliminates a citizens' appeal process that oil companies complain can delay drilling projects on the North Slope.

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.

Couple embraces new niche raising alpacas for their fleece
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When visiting the Faiks farm, prepare to come nose to nose with an alpaca. And opportunity.

Anchorage man charged with sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 22-year-old Anchorage man is facing five counts of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

Rockies post first back-to-back shutouts at Coors
DENVER -- In took eight years for consecutive shutouts to be pitched at Coors Field. Denny Neagle limited Pittsburgh to three hits in eight innings, and the Colorado Rockies extended their winning streak to five by beating the Pirates 6-0 Wednesday night.

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.

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.

Red Sox salvage rough outing for Martinez
BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez homered twice, and Jose Offerman went 4-for-4 Wednesday night to salvage another rough outing at Fenway Park for Pedro Martinez and lead the Boston Red Sox to a 15-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

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.

Big Lake couple finds new niche raising alpacas for their fleece
ANCHORAGE -- When visiting the Faiks farm, prepare to come nose to nose with an alpaca.

Business Briefs
Bambace named new Ford general managerCPGH CFO announces resignationEdward Jones to host women's investing broadcastFree small business fair in AnchorageSmall Business Expo to be held in May

State opens gas, oil bids in North Slope Foothills, Cook Inlet areas
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

Washington vintners hold tight on pricing -- for now
YAKIMA, Wash. -- California vintners have been discounting some of their wines as demand drops and foreign competition increases, but Washington wineries aren't ready yet to follow the leader.

Homer halibut fishing contest opens
Wednesday marked the beginning of the 2002 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. With $174,000 in prize money up for grabs, the Homer Chamber of Commerce, organizer and primary sponsor of the event, hopes to improve on the more than 16,000 tickets sold last year.

Best Foot Forward: Spring Hikes
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Rock climbing and mountain biking can wait. When the first warm sun of the year washes down the mountainside, most +outdoor+ nuts just want to take a long walk.

'American Bandstand' marks 50th in style
LOS ANGELES -- When Dick Clark first pitched ''American Bandstand'' to ABC as a national series in the 1950s, network executives yawned.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Recipe contest under wayTickets available for Renaissance fairVendor space still available for concertFireweed Art Gallery looking for volunteersPratt Museum seeking volunteers

Classical concert has jam-packed program
Classical music enthusiasts, or anyone who enjoys hearing a well-performed piece of music, will have an opportunity to experience a veritable smorgasbord of styles, instruments, composers and performers at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Exhibit highlights 'inner landscape'
If ever the statement, "there's something for everyone" rang true, it would be in reference to "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape," the contemporary art show that opened Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

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.

Senate approves coastal zone bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a measure Wednesday that eliminates a citizens' appeal process that oil companies complain can delay drilling projects on the North Slope.

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.

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.

Republicans block efforts to dislodge alcohol tax
JUNEAU -- Senate Republicans beat back an effort to send a dime-a-drink alcohol tax increase to the floor for a vote Wednesday, despite claims of widespread support for the measure.

Veterans, Knowles pushing issues hard
JUNEAU -- Leaders of veterans groups said Wednesday they will launch ''an aggressive assault'' to get legislators to act in the next two weeks on a package of veterans' bills Gov. Tony Knowles is pushing.

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.

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 plan to use an income tax, permanent fund earnings and an alcohol tax increase to close the state's budget deficit is expected to go to the House on Thursday, House leaders said.

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.

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $2,234,8062. Sterling Marlin 1,674,8823. Elliott Sadler 1,592,284

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,5152. Kurt Busch 1,3723. Matt Kenseth 1,363

Retired from NBA, Nance takes talents to NHRA
COMMERCE, Ga. -- When Larry Nance, the basketball player, went head to head with brutes Kevin McHale, Charles Barkley and Dennis Rodman, he could rely on his reflexes and relentless determination to get by.

Fans get chance at ownership
ATLANTA -- It claims to be the first effort by a group to sell shares of a race team to fans, but Fanz Racing is another at tempt at an old game.

This Week's Race: Pontiac Excitement 400
Where and when

In the Spotlight: Ryan Newman
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17, 2002

Flooding closes Sterling Highway near Anchor Point
Spring in Alaska means frozen residents can finally dig out from beneath those mountains of accumulated winter snow. However, once that snow melts, it has to go somewhere, and that means area streams have to carry lots of water to the ocean. Sometimes, too much water.

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.

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.

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

U.S. doing right thing by aiding Afghanistan
His turnaround complete and his policies properly aligned, President Bush recently called for a major American role in rebuilding war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Letters to the Editor
What have critics of Huber, KRSA done to protect fish, habitat?Alaskans should contact legislators about Board of Fisheries nomineeNominee will not represent best interest of Alaskans, fish resourcesCook Inlet Academy boys team deserves more recognitionState income tax only deductible if taxpayers itemize deductions

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.

Legislation could stem tide of credit card fraud
Credit card fraud from identity theft now tops $1 billion a year. All a thief needs to do is find a credit card receipt and expiration date, then print a fake credit card with a different name signature strip and magnetic strip. The fake card is then used to run up charges on the original holder's account.

Applause
Landscape lecture series sure to make peninsula greener place

Applause
Group may be packing up, but effort not wasted on childrenCommunity spirit helps others

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."

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'

Camping 101: Novice campers prepare to rough it in the woods
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Spring snows blanketing most of the valleys and mountains surrounding southern Idaho have dampened the enthusiasm for camping and getting out to discover Idaho's wild side.

Around the Peninsula
Siren test plannedCarmichael to give talk on Arctic Winter GamesSoccer registration deadline approachingSchools rally plannedHistorical society to meetHabitat for Humanity plans anniversary partyMediation center planning free seminarBoys and Girls Club gearing up for summerBoys and Girls Club gearing up for summerKCHS soccer team plans garage saleKenai pool offers swimming lessons

Pet of the week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a female adult schnauzer and bassett mix for $88.20 with spay surgery, license and vaccines included. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The Next Level
Kenai's Reilly wins laurels with SeawolvesNikiski's Glaze earns all-academic honors

Philly Answers Celtics with win
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson wouldn't stop himself, and neither could the Boston Celtics.

San Jose takes Game 1
DENVER -- Colorado's momentum was no match for San Jose's rested legs.

Head games: Concussions common and often undiagnosed on soccer field
WASHINGTON -- Concussions are common in soccer, with better training needed for coaches and parents to identify and treat children who may get serious head injuries, according to the Institute of Medicine.

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.

Drivers like 'soft walls' at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Ward hopes he'll be too busy racing to notice the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's new ''soft walls.''

Sports Briefs
Flyers fire BarberFrench judge, federation chief suspended

All-NBA team named
NEW YORK (AP) -- New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd became the franchise's first All-NBA selection Wednesday, joining first-time members Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady.

'You can't just have a show trial'
Once again, French figure skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne is threatening to name names.

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

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.

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.

Raptors prove scarce at annual birdcounting gathering
MILE 119 GLENN HIGHWAY, Alaska (AP) -- ''Look, there's two!'' ''It's a rough legged!'' ''I think it is a dark morph!'' This was big news.

Birds come back late to the Interior
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- There were more vehicles sitting in the parking lot at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Thursday during lunch hour than there were birds dining in the field.

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.

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