Friday, May 3, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Retriever that stood by dead lodge caretaker put to death by new owner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Buddy, the black Labrador retriever who drew national attention for his loyalty, is dead.

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.

Chena River sees 'classic' breakup
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Chena River was littered with huge chunks of ice Thursday after what hydrologists called a ''classic'' breakup.

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.

Matanuska-Susitna school superintendent will stay on
PALMER (AP) -- Pat Chesbro will stay on as head of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District despite demands for her resignation from unions representing many district employees.

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.

North Pole man enters plea in sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man who faced multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor on charges he molested his daughter has reached a plea agreement in Superior Court and will not go to trial.

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.

Mulder says he will run against Lisa Murkowski
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Rep. Eldon Mulder, co-chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee, will seek re-election, he said Thursday.

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.

House passes income tax plan, takes up alcohol and dividends
JUNEAU (AP) -- A statewide income tax and a plan to use millions in permanent fund earnings passed the House on Thursday as part of a proposal to close the state's deficit.

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.

Worker douses small fire at North Pole refinery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A worker is credited with quickly dousing a small fire that broke out at the Williams Alaska Petroleum refinery in North Pole.

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.

Boater gets lost in Prince William Sound in new vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard launched a search this week for an Anchorage man who took a friend out for a ride in his new pleasure boat and got lost in Prince William Sound.

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.

$3 million grant launches aviation safety program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration is funding a new aviation safety project in Alaska.

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.

Workers at Juneau businesses busted for selling tobacco to minors
JUNEAU (AP) -- Workers at four Juneau businesses have been cited for selling cigarettes to minors, authorities said Thursday .

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.

Senate turns down Alaska history requirement
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate on Thursday blocked an attempt to require Alaska high school students to learn Alaska history.

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.

Gas pipeline would be economic windfall for Yukon, study says
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- An Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline would greatly boost the Yukon both before and after construction, according to an economic analysis commissioned by the Yukon government.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Conference committee on energy bill has ANWR supporters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Even senators who support oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge say the issue is dead, but Sen. Frank Murkowski insists there's good news this week in the selection of the committee charged with crafting the final energy bill.

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.

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.

Seattle outfielder hits four home runs, including two in one inning
CHICAGO -- Mike Cameron was always known as the guy who took away home runs.

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.

Sosa powers Cubs past Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Sammy Sosa homered in consecutive at-bats, giving him four in two games, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 Thursday to end their season-high five-game losing streak.

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.

High-tech incubator Idealab fights for survival
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Big-dreaming entrepreneur Bill Gross once personified the giddiness of the Internet economy as he hatched both clever and kooky startups at Idealab, his business incubator.

Companies seek to cater to weakening boomer vision
NEW YORK (AP) -- Richard Isoldi never had vision trouble before, so when reading became a bit difficult he postponed seeing an eye doctor for two years. The 46-year-old Houston banker now has reading glasses, but wears them as little as possible.

Variety of mortgages, both fixed-rate and adjustable, available for home buyers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Borrowing money to buy a home can be a nail-biting experience because it's the biggest financial transaction many people make in a lifetime.

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.

New ergonomic tools give gardeners more power and pleasure
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Maybe they should print this warning on seed packets: ''Gardening can be hazardous to your health.''

Antibiotic slows Lou Gehrig's disease in mice
An ordinary antibiotic slowed the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease in mice, suggesting a potential new approach for treating people, researchers report.

Gene therapy making comeback after French success
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Companies pursuing gene therapy cures are quietly regaining lost momentum and claiming vindication after experiments in France apparently helped rid four ''bubble boys'' of their immune deficiency diseases.

Sodas, burgers and supplements raise the risk of dehydration, experts say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- What athletes take in may dry them out. Fast foods like hamburgers and carbonated drinks such as sodas can wind up causing dehydration, experts say.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Income tax passes House
JUNEAU -- A statewide income tax and a plan to use millions in permanent fund earnings passed the House on Thursday as part of a proposal to close the state's deficit.

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.

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.

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

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17, 2002

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

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

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

Budding biologists take walk on beach
HOMER -- Beach hoppers, barnacles, gunnels and chitons, mussels, moonsnails, sea pork and tritons, tubeworms and sea stars and cockles and kelp, were found living in tide pools with almost no help. Identifying the wee critters, however, took a bit of professional expertise.

Photo feature: Family affair
Photo by M. Scott Moon Donovan Smith holds his father's hand in prayer during a recognition of the National Day of Prayer held Thursday at the old courthouse building in Kenai. Speakers led prayers for America, emergency workers and reconciliation. Those in attendance also sang "God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace."

Complaint alleges that late, improperly filed bid should not have been awarded contract in latest round of sales
A Kasilof logging company says a competitor was handed an unfair advantage during a recent timber sale when the Kenai Peninsula Borough violated its own bidding rules.

KRSA director, 2 others OK'd by panels
Brett Huber, a controversial figure on the area fishing scene, moved one step closer Wednesday toward becoming a member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

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.

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.

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

Legislature's lack of action on fiscal plan embarrassing , irresponsible
I have come to the conclusion that the projected Alaska budget shortfall is a ruse and not real at all. At least, that's what this anti-education, pro-lobby, do-as-little-as-possible Legislature would like us to believe -- at least until this election year is behind them.

Police officers appreciate support for DARE program Community member recognizes those involved in DARE program

Legislators should say 'yes' to 68,000 veterans in Alaska
"When they were young, our veterans took care of America's needs. Now it's time we do our duty and take care of our veterans' needs as they grow older."

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

Worker bees keep Kenai National Wildlife Refuge running smoothly
The responsibility for the Refuge Notebook articles is rotated among the different departments at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This week it lands on the administrative staff.

Outdoor Briefs
Informational rafting trip planned Salmon rescued after Klamath River diverted

A cheechako's guide to getting wet
Jim Bennett helps Scott Leader complete an Eskimo roll during a two-day kayaking class at the Skyview High School pool Wednesday.

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.

Recreationists, landowners hope improving route will preserve it for future use
Recreational users and area landowners have given their blessing to a plan to reroute the all-terrain vehicle trail to Caribou Lake south of the Caribou Hills to higher ground.

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
Sears to host fund-raising carnival WalkAmerica slated for Saturday Apple grafting workshop planned Free skate day planned Benefit auction scheduled Center to sponsor seminar on professionalism CIRCAC committee to meet MAPTS offering installer training Important notice for Soldotna garage, yard sales

U.S. bishops seem prepared to apply 'zero tolerance' in the future, but what about priests who abused youths in the past?
Zero tolerance. One strike and you're out. America's Roman Catholic bishops are using prosecutors' catch phrases these days as they debate the best way to put a stop to the waves of clergy sex abuse scandals.

Bonds offer cheap financing but sometimes controversy for religious schools
BOSTON (AP) -- When Gordon College needed millions of dollars to build a new dormitory, it joined a growing number of colleges and some private secondary schools using tax-exempt bonds to raise the money.

Evangelical Lutherans elect new bishops in Minnesota, California
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected two new bishops: one in the St. Paul Area Synod and the other in the California-based Sierra Pacific Synod.

Minister accused of plagiarism apologizes, returns
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A minister accused of plagiarism has apologized to his congregation and returned to the pulpit.

Billy Graham's daughter takes a slightly different approach but stays with family business
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Anne Graham Lotz says she doesn't have the gifts that made her father the 20th century's most famous evangelist.

State says 17-foot Jesus statue violating right-of-way laws
NEW WAVERLY, Texas (AP) -- Faith is literally getting in the way for New Waverly resident Evelyn Blazek.

Religion Briefs
Fellowship to meet Dance group to hit the floor tonight Stake conference to be held Bike blessing planned Church changes name Sports clinic, Bible school planned

Reform Jews reach across movement lines in seminary graduation
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York graduation ceremony for Reform movement seminarians will also feature leaders from other branches of Judaism.

Moderate Southern Baptists in Missouri form alternative convention
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) -- Moderate Southern Baptists in Missouri are the latest group to break away from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention.

Presbyterians cut 43 jobs in restructuring; propose $130 million budget for 2003
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has told 43 national staff members they will be laid off immediately in a restructuring to cope with lower investment earnings and changing priorities, church spokesmen say.

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.''

Pistons advance
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons proved all season that they could win without Jerry Stackhouse carrying the scoring load. They did it again Thursday night, right when it really counted.

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

Final spots awarded for Tour de France
PARIS -- Former champion Marco Pantani and 12-time stage winner Mario Cipollini failed to win wild-card places in the Tour de France on Thursday.

Trustees give UAB athletic department a cold splash of reality
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Six years ago, Alabama-Birmingham moved up to college football's top division with hopes of carving a niche in a football-mad state dominated by Auburn and Alabama.

Kenai downs Houston
The Kenai Central High School boys soccer team defeated Houston 4-0 in Region III competition at Houston Thursday.

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.

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

Hasek plays the Blues
DETROIT -- Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek credited defense and a little luck for Detroit's win.

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

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

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.

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.

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