Monday, May 5, 2003

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.

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.

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.

House panel balks at campaign finance rollback bill
JUNEAU (AP) A House committee is not going along with a plan to increase the amount of money people can contribute to election campaigns.

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.

Eielson commander returns after eight months
FAIRBANKS (AP) The commander of the 168th Air Refueling Wing on Eielson Air Force Base returned Sunday along with two other guardsmen after a prolonged deployment to Qatar and Bahrain.

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.

State official says Ocean Beauty didn't conspire on her watch
ANCHORAGE (AP) A state commercial fisheries commissioner said Monday that for as long as Sealaska Corp. owned the processor, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, the company never tried to artificially lower prices paid for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon.

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

Wildfire near Kashwitna contained
ANCHORAGE (AP) Firefighters brought a wildfire near Kashwitna under control with the help of air tankers dropping fire retardant.

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.

Anchorage police launch search for missing woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police were searching for a woman who recently moved from Talkeetna.

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

Three teenagers critically injured in Juneau crash
JUNEAU (AP) Three teenagers were in critical condition after their car hit a guardrail and flipped in Juneau over the weekend.

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.

Audit says DFYS wastes thousands in travel costs
ANCHORAGE (AP) A new state audit has found hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs are wasted each year by the Division of Family and Youth Services.

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.

Coast Guard search for man who fell overboard
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Coast Guard searched unsuccessfully for a man who fell overboard near Valdez.

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.

Anchorage man dies in motorcyle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man died after losing control of his motorcycle while apparently trying to run from police, Anchorage police said Sunday.

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.

Ice jam that caused Tanana River flooding breaks
SALCHA (AP) An ice jam on the Tanana River that caused flooding in Salcha broke Saturday to the relief of residents.

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.

Campaign could give trout a fighting chance
ANCHORAGE (AP) A campaign by state biologists may give rainbow trout in Anchorage area lakes a fighting chance against northern pike.

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.

Teens help save lives in Aniak
ANIAK (AP) One cold, snowy night 10 years ago, Pete Brown's 14-year-old son Jeremiah was struck by a four-wheeler as he was walking home from the village gym.

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.

Sen. Murkowski working on getting power plant loan
FAIRBANKS (AP) Sen. Lisa Murkowski is working on getting a $125 million loan to the state's development agency to rebuild an experimental power plant in Healy.

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.

Interior looks to the possibility of wind power
FAIRBANKS (AP) Golden Valley Electric Association is considering wind power in its search for more ways to generate electricity in the Interior.

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.

Funeral service held for Athabaskan leader Ralph Perdue
FAIRBANKS (AP) A funeral service was held for Athabascan leader Ralph Perdue who died last week at the age of 73.

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.

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.

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.

Morris, Rolen propel Cardinals past Expos
ST. LOUIS Matt Morris pitched a six-hitter and Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer Sunday as the St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up a perfect six-game homestand with a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Expos.

'Cy Young' outduels 'Cy Old' in New York
NEW YORK Barry Zito outdueled Roger Clemens in a marquee matchup of the last two AL Cy Young winners, blanking baseball's top-scoring team for eight innings and pitching the Oakland Athletics over the New York Yankees 2-0 Sunday.

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.

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.

Carvers find their niche building special carousel
Many remember riding a carousel or merry-go-round as a child, perhaps even recalling which was their favorite pony or other animal to run to when the attendant let the riders through the gate.

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.

Assembly heads to Seward for meeting
Seward hosts the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday and members are expected to approve a pair of ordinances accepting and appropriating grants meant to improve disaster response and make life safer for residents of the peninsula.

Collies moved from Shelby to Great Falls
GREAT FALLS, Mont. Six months ago, 181 collies and other animals rode 2,240 miles in a crowded tractor trailer from Alaska to the Canada-Sweet Grass, Mont., border station, a trip that culminated in their owners' arrests on cruelty to animal charges.

Soldotna skate park dedicated
The Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 had its official dedication ceremony Saturday morning for the Soldotna Elks Little League Skate Park at Tyee Street and Marydale.

Borough faces over $1 million in storm repair
Repairing damage left by the heavy flooding in October and November of last year will cost the Kenai Peninsula Borough roughly $1.1 million, while a March windstorm is expected to add an additional $43,000 to repair costs, according to borough Finance Director Jeff Sinz.

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.

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.

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.

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

Many residents don't know how to properly care for flag
I am writing this letter today because I have a deep concern that many people are not disposing of their old flags with the respect and protocol in which a flag is supposed t

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

Legislators have lots of work before end of session on May 21
Less than a

Webster acted on convictions; he should plead 'no contest'
I applaud Jeff Webster for his dousing of the war protesters in

Mentors make difference in lives of their students
The Aspirations Advocate Program is based on the premise that the deve

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.

Reaction to Agrium layoffs shows it's all about the economy
"Layoffs will hurt, but the sky is not falling," officials say.

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.

Senate amendments to HB 69 put business interests above public
Today, the Alaska House of Representatives will again be asked to concur with Senate amendments to House Bill 69 Regulation of Shallow Natural G

Alaskans should let legislators know what's on their minds
A balanced budget, protecting the permanent fund, full funding for education, roads and law enforcement?

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.

Around the Peninsula
KCHS concert set for Tuesday

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

Community News
Kenai library announces upcoming events

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.

Peninsula People
Nikiski senior prepares for Air ForceKenai Alternative student enlists in ArmyKenai student finishes boot campKenai student to graduate from UAAKenai grad earns top honors at Boise StateFormer resident graduates collegeArea students named to deans' listsKBEA announces scholarship winnersKids take prize at Homer Community CleanupBoys and Girls Club litter patrol honored

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.

Kenai grad raises money for cancer
Julianne Awrey, a 2001 Kenai Central High School graduate a

Athletes return home from state contest
The Kenaitze Indian Tribe IRA Native Youth Olympic team returned home this week after competing at the state contest in Anchorage on April 26 and 27.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Mavs, Pistons take Game 7s
DALLAS With the Dallas Mavericks on the brink of an epic meltdown, Dirk Nowitzki went to the gym and worked on his shot.

Top NFL draft pick Palmer gets first taste of pro football
CINCINNATI Wearing a bright orange jersey and an unfamiliar number, Carson Palmer took his first NFL snaps during the Cincinnati Bengals' minicamp this weekend.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MVP goes to Duncan
SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan has trouble thinking of himself as an individual on the basketball court.

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.

Flesch wins HP Classic in playoff
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Steve Flesch made a 35-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the HP Classic of New Orleans for his first career victory.

Sports Briefs
FIFA moves women's World Cup from China

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.

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.

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.

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