Sunday, May 4, 2003

Light earthquake hits Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) A light earthquake struck Alaska's Interior Friday morning.

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.

Grocery bags not welcome in many Alaska villages
ANCHORAGE (AP) Outside the Western Alaska village of Emmonak, white plastic shopping bags used to start appear

Top fish, wildlife enforcement officer resigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state's top fish and wildlife officer retired last week in response to a proposal to combine the Alaska Department of Public Safety's two biggest divisions.

Education secretary plans field trip to rural Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige will tour rural schools Monday and Tuesday, and Alaska education officials hope he will see they have little chance of meeting provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law without help.

Vetoed abortion bill reintroduced in House, Senate
JUNEAU (AP) House Majority Leader John Coghill has introduced a bill that would restrict the use of state funding to pay for abortions for poor women.

Borough declares flooded Salcha disaster area
FAIRBANKS (AP) For the second consecutive year, the Fairbanks North Star Borough has declared a Salcha subdivision a disaster area after Tanana River floodwaters forced some people from their homes.

Dry spring puts damper on burn permits
FAIRBANKS (AP) Dry, windy weather has prompted the state Division of Forestry to suspend burning in much of Interior Alaska plus the Kenai Peninsula, the Matanuska and Susitna valleys and the Copper River basin.

Constitutional amendments clear committee
JUNEAU (AP) Two constitutional amendments that would affect state budgets in years to come passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday.

Firm hired to polish Anchorage's image
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage has an image problem, and city boosters have turned to an East Coast public relations firm to help solve it.

Critics: Smithsonian gives Arctic exhibit cold shoulder
WASHINGTON (AP) A photo exhibit showing untouched wilderness in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge opened Friday at the Smithsonian Institution but not exactly as earlier planned.

Judges deny request for delay in mayor's election
ANCHORAGE (AP) A panel of three federal judges has denied a request for an order that would have prevented mayor-elect Mark Begich from taking office.

Bill would let small businesses join insurance pool
JUNEAU (AP) Small businesses and nonprofit agencies could pool together in hopes of getting a better deal on health insurance under a bill that passed the House on Friday.

Fairbanks man convicted of fraud
FAIRBANKS (AP) A 68-year-old man was convicted Friday of defrauding the Veterans Administration.

Appeals panel to hear Anchorage voting law complaint
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three judges have been appointed to hear a complaint about a change to Anchorage voting laws.

Fairbanks boy critical after bike-truck accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) A boy riding a bicycle was seriously injured Thursday after he apparently crossed in front of a pickup truck on a South Fairbanks road.

Massachusetts legislator defends ANWR wilderness bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said people would not be prohibited from using snowmachines under his bill to make the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain an official wilderness area.

Murkowski: Legislature will meet budget targets
JUNEAU (AP) House and Senate leaders need to find $100 million more in either budget cuts or new revenues, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Friday.

Princess Tours president discusses Alaska tourism
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's tourism industry needs to cater more to an emerging market: Americans who are taking shorter, less expensive vacations, a cruise line executive told a Juneau crowd.

Kodiak Assembly OKs Afognak sale
KODIAK (AP) The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has endorsed state acquisition of 17,000 acres of North Afognak Island. The move came Thursday.

Juneau man sentenced in lighter fluid dousing case
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau man accused of dousing his girlfriend with lighter fluid has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Shorter life spans for men called 'silent health crisis'
WASHINGTON Like many men, NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning used to shrug off pain.

Gene is found for often fatal disease that rapidly ages children
WASHINGTON A rare disorder that turns children into old people and often causes them to die in their teens has been linked to a single genetic mutation, a finding that may help science learn more about normal aging as well.

Summer art show depicts Alaska's untamed animals
Spring is here and many species of wildlife are starting to come out their burrows and dens or are returning from their out-of-state winter homes.

Nadeau in critical condition a day after crash
RICHMOND, Va. Jerry Nadeau was in intensive care with head, lung and rib injuries from a crash in Winston Cup practice, and his vital signs are very good,'' team general manager Jay Frye said Saturday.

Nemechek wins rain-shortened Pontiac 400
RICHMOND, Va. Blunders like missing pit road have surely cost Joe Nemechek in his career. The mistake cost him 24 spots Saturday night, but this time he had 173 laps and the car to more than make up for it.

Process starts for borough budget approval
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly begins formal consideration of a proposed $55.6 million fiscal year 2004 budget Tuesday.

Park fees to remain the same this summer
Seasonal fees went into effect Friday and are the same as they have been for the past few seasons.

Damaged campsites await funds from floods
Campers looking to pitch tents and boaters expecting to launch into Cook Inlet at Deep Creek beach this spring could be in for a bit of a shock.

Photo feature: Looking good
Jack Keck works hard cleaning up the Bernie Huss Memorial Fitness Trail on Saturday during Kenai City Cleanup Day. He and others spent the day collecting several bags of rubbish.

Annual recreation show gets people out and thinking about summer
The armada of ATVs, RVs, boats and trailers in front of the Soldotna Sports Center this weekend could only mean one thing the return of the Kenai Peninsula Sport Rec and Trade Show.

Ralph Eugene Ash
Longtime Alaska resident Ralph Eugene Ash died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at his Kenai home. He was 81.

Art show far more than pretty pictures
From now through Sept. 6, residents and visitors have the opportunity for up-close views of the whole range of Alaska wildlife, not just those fish, animals and birds that normally make their home on the Kenai Peninsula.

Clarion receives awards
We beg readers' indulgence as we take a few minutes to pat ourselves on the back.

Tax cut poses dilemma for Bush
WASHINGTON President Bush faces an intriguing predicament as he switches from waging war to promoting his economic stimulus plan. Economic recovery is vital to his 2004 re-election hopes but could be poison for his tax cut.

Flying rats say summer's here
Does anyone else feel like they're in a Hitchcock movie lately?

Earl, Martin marry in Kenai
Holly Anne Earl of Nikiski and Jason Craig Martin of Kenai were married Thursday, March 20, 2003, in Kenai.

Main, Ulrich plan July wedding
Summer Kathryn Main and William Donald Ulrich of Eagle River have announced their plans to marry Saturday, July 26, 2003, in an afternoon ceremony at the Soldotna Church of God.

Around the Peninsula
Lifeguard sign-ups end MondayWRCC plans domestic violence workshopWork session about Kenai Rec Center slatedUniversity president to speak at chamber lunchWinnie-The-Pooh' characters visit Kenai libraryLeague of Women Voters to meet

The sky in May: Eclipsing into summer
I recognize that now in Alaska the nonastronomy time of the year begins because the nights are so short. But nevertheless this May brings along three great celestial events if one happens to travel on the particular dates.

Hodel, Hansen to wed Saturday
Kimberly Dawn Hodel and Avery Loren Hansen, both of Soldotna, have announced their plans to marry Saturday, May 10, 2003, in an afternoon ceremony at Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor s Randy Parshall and Monty Hipp will officiate.

Daring, dashing dachshunds
Affectionately referred to as wiener dogs by some, the dachshund is one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds to the layman pet enthusiast.

My best friend
Seven-year-old Myles Cullenberg of Homer enjoys spoiling his best friend, Fern Hickory. Myles' grandmother, Velma Edens, says Fern likes to be held and loved, and she doesn't mind wearing her new fleece coat that was sewn just for her.

Verplank commands HP Classic
NEW ORLEANS Scott Verplank shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to remain three strokes ahead of the low-scoring field after the third round of the HP Classic of New Orleans.

De La Hoya stops Campas
LAS VEGAS Oscar De La Hoya gave Yory Boy Campas a beating, then made a promise to Shane Mosley.

Blazers seek big revival
DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks started the season with 14 straight victories, one shy of the league record. They finished the regular season with 60 wins, a franchise best.

Skyview boys, Seward girls take Homer Invite
The Seward High School girls and the Skyview High School boys ran away with the team titles Saturday at the Homer Invitational.

Sports Briefs
FIFA moves women's World Cup from China

Soldotna boys edge Knights
It took the Soldotna High School boys soccer team more than an hour, but the Stars finally capitalized on their man advantage late in the second half en route to a 1-0 victory over visiting Region III foe Colony Friday.

Price fired as 'Bama football coach
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Mike Price was fired by Alabama without coaching a single game because of behavior including a night at a topless bar another embarrassment for a once-proud football team.

Comeback victory against Nikiski keeps Skyview unbeaten
The Skyview High School boys soccer team showcased the style of play that has them unbeaten this season, rallying from a one-goal deficit to defeat Nikiski 3-2 Saturday in a Region III-Southern Division match in Nikiski.

Utah's Stockton plans to retire
SALT LAKE CITY When Jerry Sloan joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach in 1984, his biggest question about a skinny rookie named John Stockton was his durability.

Kentucky Derby shows its Funny Cide
LOUISVILLE, Ky. The winner was a gelding, the first in 74 years. The favorite finished second and his foot was fine. Baffert and Lukas hardly mattered.

Stars stay alive in Duck hunt
DALLAS Playing with the determination that earned them the top seed in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars cooled off Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Saturday.

Macrozonaris beats Montgomery in Mexican Grand Prix
MEXICO CITY Nicolas Macrozonaris of Canada edged world record-holder Tim Montgomery of the United States in the 100 meters at the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday night.

Kenai boys, girls make big strides
The sunny weather Friday and Saturday matched the disposition of Kenai boys coach David Landry after a pair of games against Wasilla and Colony.

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