Monday, May 6, 2002

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.

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.

Relief from Alaska mosquitoes leads to birdhouse hobby
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When woodworker Jim Crum and his wife moved to a home with a swamp out back, they were attacked by one of Alaska's most bloodthirsty hunters -- Alaska mosquitoes.

State departments plan Interior burns
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two state departments are planning up to six prescribed burns in Interior Alaska to benefit wildlife and to reduce the risk of less manageable fires in the future.

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 approves bill tightening rules on abortion
JUNEAU (AP) -- The GOP-controlled Senate is poised to pass a bill that tightens rules for abortions.

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.

April 29, 2002 The Voice of the Times supports research 0on global warming
The U.S. Senate last week unanimously adopted the Climate Change Strategy and Technology Innovation Act proposed by Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska and Robert Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat.

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.

May 2, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. backs increase in state alcohol excise tax
State trooper reports have an all-too-common theme: Alcohol believed to be a factor.

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.

May 3, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion urges passage of military veterans legislation
Forget apple pie and motherhood. If you want red, white and blue, veterans are as American as it gets.

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.

May 2, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner doesn't want to give up the farm to get the gas pipeline
Here it is, the very end of a legislative session, a time when legislators can often be seen hurriedly trying to push through their favored measures before adjournment. That's certainly not news; it's the way the system works.

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.

Developer faces deadlines for restoring 14-story Anchorage landmark
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City officials have granted another extension to a developer who wants to renovate the 14-story MacKay Tower, but say it's probably the last.

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.

School population, funding falls on Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Next school year, Kenai Middle School's art program will be axed, along with reading and math tutoring. Kids will have a harder time getting into electives such as drama and home economics, and class sizes will grown.

Man dies after rollover
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A North Pole man died early Saturday after rolling his pickup truck.

Chickaloon man wounded in Wasilla shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chickaloon man was shot Sunday afternoon near the entrance to McDonald's on the Parks Highway in Wasilla, but the victim was not saying much about how it happened, according to police.

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.

Alaska tops list of per capita federal spending
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Even by Alaska standards, it was a big week. During seven days in mid-April, the federal government issued at least $625 million in grants, loans and contracts in the state.

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.

Late spring keeps fire danger down for now in Fairbanks, Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The wettest April in Fairbanks in almost 100 years hasn't necessarily put a damper on the threat of wildfires in the Interior, according to the people who are paid to worry about fire.

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.

Slaughterhouse closure will hurt farmers
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Closing one of the two federally-inspected slaughterhouses on the Alaska mainland will hurt agriculture, but some of those most affected say the move is necessary because the plant does not operate efficiently or profitably as a state entity.

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.

Delta principal received honor
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Her staff says she ''has a mother's heart, is extremely knowledgeable, and has the skill to meld the two together.'' They especially appreciated Delta Elementary School principal Sandra M. Hill's efforts when the nearby Fort Greely School closed two years ago. Now Hill has been honored as the Alaska Distinguished Principal of the Year. The Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals will present the award to Hill in October.

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.

Some guesses aren't likely to lead to Ice Classic jackpot
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Some guesses in the Nenana Ice Classic -- like April 31 and Dec. 31 -- aren't likely to yield a jackpot when the ice finally goes out on the Tanana River.

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.

Police follow new leads in old UAF murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Investigators say a riddle on a restroom stall is among the fresh tips they've received just days after the nine-year anniversary of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie's murder in a dormitory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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.

Underwood to take command for Coast Guard
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new commander is taking the helm of the 17th Coast Guard District, which covers Alaska.

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.

Alaska could face economic downturn
KENAI (AP) -- Despite declining oil revenues, diversification has given Alaska's economy remarkable resilience in recent years, say state labor economists. But sluggishness in Alaska's manufacturing and resource-extraction industries could bring a Lower 48-style recession, one state economist suggests.

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.

Coast Guard, preservationists remembers fallen in Unalaska cemetery
UNALASKA (AP) -- As a Coast Guard Academy cadet in 1989, Kevin Nash spent a brief day restoring grave sites of long-dead sailors at the Unalaska City Cemetery.

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.

Seattle sweeps Yankees series
NEW YORK -- Ruben Sierra homered and drove in four runs and Joel Pineiro held down the New York Yankees for six innings as the Seattle Mariners completed a three-game sweep with a 10-6 victory Sunday.

Berkman, Houston offense hand Mets bull pen bludgeoning
HOUSTON -- Lance Berkman homered twice to tie Sammy Sosa for the major league lead and had five RBIs Sunday as the Houston Astros routed the New York Mets 12-1.

Nikiski's apple expert helps others branch out
Eleven central Kenai Peninsula residents trekked out to Nikiski Saturday morning, to take part in a yearly ritual involving genetic manipulation, limb splicing, cross breeding and other scientific mumbo jumbo.

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.

Forget about the internet scuttlebutt. Forget about the years two companies spent wrestling for the rights. Forget all those people who said there's no way a Spider-Man movie could possibly be any good. The first time you see Spidey swing into action, you'll be hooked. Thank goodness, they did it right.

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.

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.

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.

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

HEA votes to be counted at Tuesday meeting
Change is on the horizon at the Homer Electric Association, as final votes come in that could seat new board members and introduce new legislation on member margin payouts.

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.

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.

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.

Winter games bid gathering momentum
Support for bringing the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to the Kenai Peninsula is gaining momentum faster than a springtime avalanche.

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.

Kenai's budget drops into red
Low interest rates have caused the city of Kenai's budget to dip into the red this year, to the tune of $335,000, forcing the city to make some tough choices between cutting the budget and raising taxes.

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.

Israel has most to gain by assisting U.N. team
The Israeli government blundered by attempting to delay arrival of the United Nations team to investigate what happened during Israel's attack on the Jenin refugee camp.

Thanks to all those who ensured success of Tommy Ellison benefit

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.

Letters to the Editor
Last week's tax vote predictable; public should vote on tax bills

U.S. must keep Iraqi dictator from attacking
Once again, Saddam Hussein is challenging the defensive flights by United States and British aircraft over ''no-fly zones'' in Iraq. President Bush must act to prevent the Iraqi dictator from moving out of his box. If Saddam is not punished for attacks on air patrols, he may try to repeat his past strikes against the Kurds in the north and the Shiites in the south. ...

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.

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

Peninsula People
Area students earn Montana State scholarshipsSoldotna man earn Silver Beaver AwardArea students graduate from University of IdahoKenai student earns scholarship in NebraskaNikiski youth wins competitive scholarship

Parent inspection can keep kids safe at summer camp
Just For Kids Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Fairbanks, has issued a checklist for parents planning to send their children to summer camp.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Young to speak at community councilSPCA offers pet surgery, vaccinationsKCHS to host Pops concertAssembly to meet in SewardTesoro reps to speak at Kenai chamberPublic Health Center announces eventsTax workshop planned for small businessesCES board plans monthly meetingTorch Run comes to KenaiHospice to discuss volunteer opportunitiesCIRCAC seeks public committee memberNew Web site focuses on floodplains

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.

Amorette and Steve Payment, Jr.Christine and Michael PlateLisa Walters and Latell Coleman

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I often see one car or truck towing another down the highway with ropes or some other shaky connection. It does not seem safe. Is it against the law?

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.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Community News
Connections families invited to demonstrationHomer community classes still open

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.

Montreal ties up series 1-1
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Montreal Canadiens wanted more hunger and hustle in Game 2 against Carolina. Mission accomplished -- with a lot of help from Jose Theodore.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kidd lifts Nets past Charlotte
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With the game on the line, Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets stepped up and Baron Davis of the Charlotte Hornets disappeared.

Sports Briefs
Stars tie Moose, lose to WarriorsLeafs' Lumme out indefinitely with concussion

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Inkster wins Chik-Fil-A
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (-- Juli Inkster overcame an extended layoff to win the rain-plagued Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 Sunday for a two-stroke victory.

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.

Fourth-quarter heroics save L.A. playoff run
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal's day got off to a bad start, and it would get worse before getting better.

'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.

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

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.

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