Sunday, May 5, 2002

Residents hog-tie suspect until authorities arrive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of a Hatcher Pass-area home tied up a 22-year-old domestic violence suspect after wrestling him to the floor.

Boom truck operator survives accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The operator of a 10-ton boom truck survived, as did his dog, after his truck fell into the water at a Ketchikan dock.

House authorizes general obligation bond package
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a package of bills Friday that would put more than $400 million in general obligation bonds before the voters in November.

Committee rejects Knowles' plan to shrink tax break
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Saturday proposed cutting in half a proposed tax break for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, but a legislative committee ignored his suggestion.

Man suspected of helping wife commit suicide arrested in Ohio
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 32-year-old Alaska man suspected of helping his wife commit suicide has been arrested in Sandusky, Ohio.

National guard leaving security posts at Alaska airports
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hundreds of Alaska National Guard soldiers and airmen are leaving security posts at Alaska's airports because the federal money has run out.

Bill clarifies correspondence school rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at preventing the Department of Education and Early Development from toughening rules for statewide correspondence schools passed the House on Friday.

Teen-ager gets unexpected ride on Chena River ice
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager got a brief, unintentional ride on a large piece of Chena River ice near the Cushman Street Bridge.

Study would consider state takeover of federal program
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate voted Friday to spend about $200,000 to study whether the state should take over a federal wastewater permit program.

Case dropped against attorney for bringing weapon to court
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Prosecutors have dropped their case against a prominent Fairbanks attorney arrested for bringing a weapon into the Rabinowitz Courthouse for an evidentiary hearing.

Target shooting, fireworks banned at Parks rest stop
PALMER (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management has banned target shooting and the discharge of fireworks at the Knik River access off the Glenn Highway.

Mountain guide rescued after falling in crevasse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A mountain guide and his three clients were rescued in the Talkeetna Mountains after the guide fell roughly 50 feet into a crevasse and broke nine ribs.

Man dies in Ruby motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Ruby man died after trying to jump a ramp with his motorcycle, Alaska State Troopers said.

Job growth in Alaska expected to slow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's job growth is expected to slow a bit over the next two years, state labor economists say.

Man accused of videotaping girls changing in his home
PALMER (AP) -- A Houston man was arrested Thursday on charges of indecent photography after authorities found two hidden cameras in his cabin, along with dozens of videotapes of teen-age girls and young women changing clothes, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Washouts briefly closes part of Steese Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The towns of Central and Circle were temporarily cut off from road access to the rest of Alaska Friday after ice clogged several culverts sending water rushing across the road.

Fairbanks school district cancels summer school lunch program
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District said it will discontinue its summer lunch program this year since so few children use it.

Knowles assents to concealed-carry bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill letting people with permits to carry concealed weapons in other states carry their guns in Alaska will become law.

Senate Republicans predict tax plan dead on arrival
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate leaders left little doubt on Friday that a House plan to close a budget deficit with new taxes and Alaska Permanent Fund earnings was dead on arrival.

Study provides most precise insight into age at which fertility starts to drop
LONDON -- Human fertility starts to decline earlier than previously believed, new research suggests, providing the most precise insight yet into when biological clocks start ticking loudly -- at age 27 for women and 35 for men.

Bill clarifies correspondence school rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at preventing the Department of Education and Early Development from toughening rules for statewide correspondence schools passed the House on Friday.

Knowles assents to concealed-carry bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill letting people with permits to carry concealed weapons in other states carry their guns in Alaska will become law.

Committee rejects Knowles' plan to shrink tax break
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Saturday proposed cutting in half a proposed tax break for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, but a legislative committee ignored his suggestion.

Senate Republicans predict tax plan dead on arrival
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate leaders left little doubt on Friday that a House plan to close a budget deficit with new taxes and Alaska Permanent Fund earnings was dead on arrival.

Rain suspends Pontiac 400
RICHMOND, Va. -- Rain that delayed the start of the Pontiac Excitement 400 Winston Cup race for two hours Saturday night returned shortly after the race began, forcing it to be suspended until Sunday.

Roadside trail taking shape along Spur
Summer construction along the Kenai Spur Highway may be an inconvenience to area residents now, but by the end of the summer their patience will be rewarded with a brand new pedestrian and bicycle trail.

State future shaky
Despite declining oil revenues, Alaska's economy over the past few years has shown remarkable resilience thanks to efforts at diversification, say state labor economists with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workplace Development.

Rally for school funding draws crowd
Hundreds of peninsula residents stood up for education Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Demand for health care driving hospital expansion
A clear indication of the growing demand for health care services in Alaska can be seen in the expansion plans of major medical facilities, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workplace Development.

Challenger center appeals rejection of oversized sign
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska made one last pitch for approval to build an oversized sign for its facility along the Kenai Spur Highway.

Alice "Oma" Emma Becker Dominick
Nikiski resident Alice "Oma" Emma Becker Dominick died Monday, April 29, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 88.

Conservation concerns, not conspiracy, prompts new fishing regulations
New fishing regulations for early run king salmon in the Kenai River were prompted by conservation concerns, not by some conspiracy to deprive local anglers of the opportunity to catch, cook and eat early run king salmon. Recent theories accuse Joe Connors of the Kenai River Professional Guides Association and Brett Huber of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association of just such a conspiracy at the recent meeting of the Alaska Board of Fish meeting in Anchorage. Let's look at the facts.

Conflicts of interest should nix nominee to Board of Fisheries
Every year, or so it seems, a new verse gets added to the Kenai Peninsula's ongoing lament over fish and fish-related issues.

Those who embrace life, despite painful events, offer fount of inspiration Triumphing over life's tragedies
I am constantly amazed by the tenacity of the human spirit. One night last week, I talked to my sister on the phone. As I wandered around my apartment, bemoaning my rapidly fading plants -- I wish they'd just tell me when they were thirsty -- she told me a story about one of the families in my church back in Oregon.

Chambers, Hayward marry in Kenai
Lisa Chambers and Phil Hayward were united in marriage Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the First Baptist Church in Kenai. Pastor Dean Nichols officiated.

My Best Friend
Briggs, a 3-year-old St. Bernard, finds a quiet place to nod off at Amanda Meyer's home in Kenai.

Around the Peninsula
Police chief to speak on professionalismSPCA offers assistanceDOT rep to speak at North Peninsula councilHealth group to meetMuseum cleanup plannedMarketing council offers host trainingHealth centers meeting scheduled

Who's watching the kids? National study details child care work force
SEATTLE -- Nearly one-third of paid child care workers are relatives who often lack training and government oversight, according to a national study released Wednesday.

A look into the past: First borough mayor's tax campaign
The first Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor (chairman) was Harold Pomeroy, who is shown here campaigning in the 1964 Soldotna Progress Days Parade.

Pierce, Juliussen plan Alabama wedding
Barrington Dell Pierce and Timothy Andrew Juliussen have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, in Luverne, Ala.

After 25 years, Kenai fire captain still burns for the job
You might go for years without them, and you hope to avoid them. But if you get in big trouble, you pray they will show up fast.

'Dawgs, Cats take Homer Invite titles
The Nikiski girls and Skyview boys won the team titles at the Homer Invitational track meet Saturday at Homer High School.

Hawaii wins first NCAA volleyball national title
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Costas Theocharidis had 19 kills as Hawaii won its first NCAA men's volleyball title Saturday night, beating Pepperdine 29-31, 31-29, 30-21, 30-24.

Hurricanes can't lose at home in playoffs
RALEIGH, N.C. -- There was a time in the second half of the season that the Carolina Hurricanes couldn't buy a win at home. Now, they've got four straight -- in the playoffs.

War Emblem runs for the roses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- War Emblem showed up at Bob Baffert's barn a mere three weeks ago. Even the trainer joked that he would need his best and shortest training job to win the Kentucky Derby.

Kings beat Mavs out of the blocks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Vlade Divac knew he might be the slowest player on the court in this high-speed series, so he showed the Sacramento Kings how to walk almost as effectively as they run.

Skyview booters blow past Hawks
The Skyview girls soccer team defeated Houston in Houston Friday 3-0. The teams played the first half to a deadlock, ending the period without a point between them.

Celtics down Philadelphia, move on to face Detroit
BOSTON -- From one great rivalry to another. The Celtics routed the Philadelphia 76ers 120-87 on Friday night to earn a second-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons, the Bad Boys of the 1980s who succeeded Boston as the Eastern Conference's dominant power.

Maple Leafs outlast Senators in triple-overtime marathon
TORONTO -- Gary Roberts was still kicking himself for missing on a 2-on-1 break when another scoring opportunity presented itself.

Trainer remembers Seattle Slew's Triple Crown
Trainer Billy Turner passed on Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Maybe next year, he said. Maybe next year he'll have a reason to spend the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs.

Soft drinks, burgers raise risk of dehydration
WASHINGTON -- What athletes take in may dry them out. Carbonated drinks and hamburgers can wind up causing dehydration, experts say.

Schaap wins Red Smith Award
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dick Schaap went about the business of journalism with a twinkle in his eye, never taking himself or his subject too seriously.

Sports Briefs
Czech Republic edges United StatesChoi leads Compaq ClassicNelson in front at Bruno's Memorial ClassicRain delays Chick-fil-A Charity Championship

'You wish that 100 yards could last forever'
He left this place last year with curses ringing in his ears. Bob Baffert vowed to come back. He always does. It's only one reason why he's the best trainer in thoroughbred racing.

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