Friday, May 2, 2003

Man gets 10 years for killing 16-year-old girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) A North Pole man was sentenced Wednesday to ten years in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl last July.

Bill would impose 3 percent sales tax
JUNEAU (AP) A bill calling for a year-round 3 percent sales tax was introduced Wednesday in the House. Gov. Frank Murkowski did not rule out supporting the proposal, although he said he prefers a seasonal sales tax.

Government to cut 6,000 screening jobs, but small Alaska airports are gaining screeners
WASHINGTON The government announced plans Wednesday to eliminate 3,000 more airport screening jobs by the end of September.

Invocation at UAF graduation ceremony reinstated
FAIRBANKS (AP) University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton said there is no good reason to stop an 80-year tradition, so he halted plans to drop the invocation at the graduation ceremony of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Salcha gets flooded again
FAIRBANKS (AP) Salcha residents are dealing with another round of flooding, less than three months after icy overflow seeped into some homes.

Man killed in rollover south of Wasilla
WASILLA (AP) A Wasilla man died Wednesday night when he was ejected from the car he was driving and it landed on him, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Jury finds for state in Big Lake fire case
PALMER (AP) Jurors in the Big Lake fire trial spent just four and a half hours Wednesday deciding that state firefighters weren't negligent in their attempts to control Alaska's most destructive wildfire.

Some Ice Classic winners have guessed right before
ANCHORAGE (AP) It feels good'' to be a winner of this year's Nenana Ice Classic, says Sandy Masterfield of Palmer.

Anchorage man fights air rage charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man is fighting a federal felony charge of interfering with a flight crew on a Valentine's Day trip from Seattle.

Democrats demand protection for dividend
JUNEAU (AP) Democrats say they'll demand long-term protection for the permanent fund dividend in exchange for their votes to fund the coming year's budget.

Delta hearing favors Pogo mine
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) City officials favor construction of the Pogo gold mine near their community, they said at a public comment meeting on the mine conducted by the government agencies responsible for issuing permits for the $250 million project.

U.S. must listen to Canada on Alaska gasline incentives, Canadian official says

Flags lowered for Ralph Perdue and Nadine Price
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska flags were lowered at all state offices Thursday in memory of Alaska Constutional Convention editor Nadine Price, who died last week.

Alaska's small airports to get more screeners
ANCHORAGE (AP) A federal government plan eliminating thousands of airport screening jobs nationwide substantially increases the number of screeners at Alaska's small airports.

Plan would base longevity bonuses on need
JUNEAU (AP) Senior citizens would have to prove financial need to continue getting monthly longevity bonuses under a measure being considered by the Senate Finance Committee. Dozens of older Alaskans testified against the idea Wednesday night.

Sockeye trial goes to jury May 27
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit isn't going to drag on into summer, the judge says.

Gambling bill running out of time
ANCHORAGE (AP) A proposal to allow video gambling machines in bars and clubs to help balance the state budget appears dead or nearly so as the Legislature enters its final weeks.

House approves tax break for new gas production
JUNEAU (AP) Companies could get a tax credit for bringing new natural gas on line under a bill that passed the House on Thursday.

Supreme Court won't hear Tok trapping case
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal of the nearly $200,000 damage award against an animal rights group whose Alaska researcher cut an injured wolf out of a Tok man's trap back in 1997.

King Cove votes to raise levy
ANCHORAGE (AP) The village of King Cove has voted to raise its local sales tax.

Energy bill passes Senate committee; toughest fights ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) Loan guarantees for building a North Slope natural gas pipeline are included in an energy package that won approval Wednesday from a Senate committee, which dodged some contentious issues from car mileage to climate change.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Native corporation
ANCHORAGE (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Native corporation in Goodnews.

High oil and gas prices boost ConocoPhillips' net income
HOUSTON (AP) High oil and gas prices and high worldwide refining margins boosted ConocoPhillips' first-quarter net income to $1.4 billion, the company said Wednesday.

Board's vote puts railroad closer to terminal purchase
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Railroad Board has authorized management to finalize a deal that would have the state-owned railroad purchase the dormant Seward coal terminal.

Rehabilitated young sea lion released back to the wild
ANCHORAGE (AP) Five days after a little female sea lion named Faith was rescued off the rocky beach south of Ketchikan last June, its health began to fail. It had a blocked digestive tract, followed by a debilitating infection.

Murkowski names two to Fish Board
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski announced two appointments Wednesday to the Board of Fisheries.

Orioles wipe out Tigers in twin bill
DETROIT Jay Gibbons broke up Mike Maroth's no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the eighth and the Baltimore Orioles went on to score six runs with two outs to sweep a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers with a 6-4 win Thursday.

All-Star game gains importance
NEW YORK Baseball players agreed to a two-year experiment Thursday to give home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star game.

Johnson on mend
PHOENIX (AP) Four-time NL Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday afternoon, his first operation in seven years.

Cubs pound Giants in extra innings
SAN FRANCISCO Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second home run of the game, and Sammy Sosa followed with another shot, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Western-led oil boom in Iraq far from done deal
The overthrow of Saddam Hussein puts petroleum companies closer to their goal of tapping the world's second-largest proven reserves. A Western-led oil boom in Iraq, however, is still far from guaranteed.

Adding value to one's home
NEW YORK The arrival of spring signals to many homeowners that it's time to start redecorating and remodeling. Experts caution, however, that not all home improvements are good investments.

Business Briefs
Insurance agents honored

Photography guild show opens today
William Heath's photograph "Autumns Past" is one of the images on display in the Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild's spring show at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Kenai.

All-reality TV cable channel planned to air in 2004
LOS ANGELES The audience appetite for reality television could be tested by a planned cable channel that will offer a diet of all reality, all the time.

Superhero movies succeed, multiply
LOS ANGELES Look! Up on the screen! It's ... a superhero!

What's Happening
Best Bets

Novel retells one of Alaska's amazing tales
Move over Nostradamus. Alaska has its own prophet, and the story of his life is so odd and wonderful that it is a mystery so few know his name.

Bing Crosby fans celebrate singer's 100th birthday
HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. In a glade of towering eucalyptus trees south of San Francisco looms the Bing Crosby manor, its tall red-brick facade and peaked gray-blue slate roof resembling a stately house of England.

'Jerry Springer the Opera' hits the stage
LONDON All my guests have guilty secrets,'' sings an onstage Jerry Springer.

Instead of taxes, Alaska should use permanent fund earnings
Several letter writers have suggested that the fa

Trash disposal tips
Winter's snow has melted, and with it the most convenient excuse for people to put off spring cleaning.

Area legislators consider tax options
Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer said Tuesday he believes an income tax would be better than a sales tax for Alaskans and Alaska businesses, but his Republican colleague from the central Kenai Peninsula, Rep. Mike Chenault of Nikiski, says he's not so sure.

Residents take part in National Day of Prayer
About 85 Kenai Peninsula residents of all ages joined their prayers for the nation, its people and leaders with others across the state and country Thursday as part of the 52nd annual National Day of Prayer.

Motorcycle crash injures 2
Two people were taken by ambulance to Central Peninsula General Hospital following a motorcycle-van crash in Kenai on Saturday afternoon.

Peninsula sports show kicks off today
Now that spring weather is inviting Alaskans outdoors, what better way to kick off the adventure than by attending the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show this weekend at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Spring weather prompts community cleanups
Spring cleaning may be a dirty job, but with warm temperatures and sunny skies making more frequent appearances on the Kenai Peninsula, now is the time to do it.

Fate of Kenai airport screeners up in the air
While some airports in the state will get significantly increased numbers of Transportation Security Administration screeners, the Kenai Municipal Airport is still up in the air as to what its fate with the TSA will be.

Denise Doreen 'Bianca' Eckhardt Caulkins
Denise Doreen "Bianca" Eckhardt Caulkins died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at her home in Palmer. She was 36.

Betty Elizabeth Warren
Former longtime Kenai resident Betty Elizabeth Warren died Friday, March 14, 2003, in Ajijic, Mexico She was 85.

End of war now blurs with rebuilding nation
... This war in Iraq will lack the finality

HEA candidates share some thoughts; District 1: Bruce Passe
I have been a full-time Alaska resident for 41 y

HEA candidates share some thoughts; District 3: John M. Standefer
The election for the HEA co-op board of directors is drawing to a close for another year and final votes may still be cast in Homer at the annual meeting on May 7.

Looting of Iraqi artifacts harms liberators' cause
Military personnel and journalists were

Spring cleaning gets under way
A mild winter with little snow is no excuse to forego spring cleaning.

HEA candidates share some thoughts; District 2: Dave Carey, HEA board member
It is necessary and appropriate for individuals and businesses to continually evaluate their accomplishments and goals as they move into the futu

North Korea's military thrives
WASHINGTON It is a country with 1.17 million military personnel, the world's fifth largest. Its air force has more than 1,700 aircraft and the navy more than 800 ships.

Week honors the young
Some parents may argue that every day is "Youth Day," but the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks believe young people who represent the nation's greatest resource deserve a week in their honor.

HEA candidates share some thoughts; District 1: Richard deMello
I began the study of electricity many years ago and regretted not having majored in related studies

HEA candidates share some thoughts; District 1: Ron Rainey, HEA board president
For the first time in many years, we have mud slinging by candidates running for the Homer Electric Association board of directors.

Parts of Skilak Lake Road closed
This winter's odd weather has claimed one more casualty as a large section of Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been closed due to poor conditions.

Refuge biologists discuss role of science in Alaska wildlife management
Although the National Wildlife Refuge System is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, you might be surprised to learn that wildlife management was not really considered a science until as recently as 1933.

The scintillating hunt for the wild razor clam
It's been said by some that you haven't really experienced Alaska until you've gone clamming.

Bald eagles pose challenge for Alaska falconers
JUNEAU, Alaska Falconers in Alaska face some unusual perils. Falconers hunt with trained raptors, but in Alaska, sometimes the hunter becomes the prey.

Outdoor Briefs
Kenai Fishing Academy receives sponsorship

Around the Peninsula
O-negative blood in short supply

Around the Peninsula
Superman to speak at chamber lunch

Arenas named NBA's most improved
OAKLAND, Calif. Golden State Warriors guard Gilbert Arenas won the NBA's Most Improved Player award Thursday not that he thought there was much to improve.

NBA draft gets Wade
MILWAUKEE All-American Dwyane Wade will enter the NBA draft and forgo his senior season at Marquette.

Empire Maker is favorite
LOUISVILLE, Ky. The strongest Kentucky Derby favorite in 11 years might have an Achilles' heel.

Ducks flatten Stars
ANAHEIM, Calif. They swept defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit and are one win away from eliminating Dallas, the top seed in the West.

Sports Briefs
Skyview, Homer soccer teams split

Golfers get early opening
Kenai Golf Course set its own record for the earliest official opening since 1986. The greens are in use and the range is open. After a very strange winter that was unkind to skiers, ice skaters and snowmobile enthusiasts

Losing is coach's worst sin
If Larry Eustachy is forced out at Iowa State, his real sin won't be that he was photographed like the star of some Coaches Gone Wild'' video, with a beer in one hand and a student half his age in the other.

Homer boys shuffle Kards
The Homer High School boys soccer team came up with a Region III Southern Division win Wednesday, holding off Kenai Central for a 2-1 win in a rugged, rough and tumble match in Kenai.

Senators awed by Roman grandeur
PHILADELPHIA Often criticized for his unconventional style, Roman Cechmanek again made all the saves in a crucial game.

Trail Blazers stay alive against Mavericks
DALLAS The Portland Trail Blazers are trying to carve a new image: The never-say-die underdogs.

Two years at Texas enough for point guard Ford
AUSTIN, Texas T.J. Ford, the All-American point guard who led a resurgent Texas team to the Final Four for the first time in 56 years, will forgo his final two years and enter the NBA draft.

Sports Briefs
Seward girls, ACS boys take invite

Hot rookie shoots 29 on front nine
NEW ORLEANS After shooting a 29 on the front nine, rookie Akio Sadakata started thinking about making history.

Janson commits to Montana Tech
Kenai Central High School senior Cory Janson has signed a letter of intent to play football next at Montana Tech in Butte, Mont.

Kobe, Shaq too much for Timberwolves
LOS ANGELES Too much experience, too much Kobe, too much Shaq.

Volunteers needed to assess wood frog populations
Imagine yourself taking a leisurely stroll in the twilight of evening. As you move through the woods, coming up on the familiar site of the neighborhood pond, the forest suddenly comes alive all around you.

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