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Tuesday, May 6, 2003

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

Senate committee approves tax stamp bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to make it easier to prosecute illegal cigarette sales was approved Monday by a Senate Finance Committee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jury clears man of interfering with flight crew
ANCHORAGE (AP) A federal jury has acquitted a man who was accused of causing a disruption aboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage in February.

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.

Troopers identify man who apparently drowned Saturday
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Glennallen man who apparently drowned when he fell off a boat into icy waters near Columbia Glacier was identified by Alaska State Troopers as Michael Sisco.

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.

Forest Service says logging sale would create jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) A logging sale on east Prince of Wales Island could create about 145 timber jobs, according to Ketchikan-based officials with the U.S. Forest Service.

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

U.S. Education secretary gets close look at rural school
TUNTUTULIAK (AP) U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige was not ready to grant Alaska exceptions to sweeping federal education reforms after visiting a rural village Monday, but he did have an assessment of its educators.

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

Panel deletes inflation proofing from minimum wage
JUNEAU (AP) The minimum wage would not have to keep up with inflation under a bill that passed the House Finance Committee on Monday.

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.

Lobbying bill given fast track to floor
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to relax the state lobbying laws that passed the Senate over the weekend is poised to be on a fast track for a House vote.

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.

Bear that attacked dog is shot and killed
SITKA (AP) A bear was shot and killed Monday near a popular hiking trail after it killed a dog and charged the dog's owner.

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.

'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.

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.

Mountain Man of Pickle Hill
Today he's the general manager of KDLL, Pickle Hill Public Radio, but back in the 1980's after one of those years when things were just not working out very well, Allen Auxier lived the life an early 19th century mountain man.

Stuck up for Prom night
It's prom season on the Kenai Peninsula. The time of year when high school juniors and seniors create the perfect date for a memory that will last a lifetime.

Caribou, kids and kites enjoy early Spring
Spring in Alaska is commonly called "break-up," because of the mud and the slush and the cold, broken windshields, hips, and u-joints.

Future problem solvers work their way to nationals
Time is running short for the state Future Problem Solving champs from SoHi. June 5th, the team is scheduled to leave for Connecticut to participate in the International FPS competition.

Alaska salmon not organic, should not be labeled as such
I would like to address people attempting to redefine the word "organic" with regard to Alaska seafood.

Processing shares in Alaska's fisheries will prove devastating
I am amazed that the issue of crab processor shares continues to be seriously considered. Processor shares will force fishermen to sell most, if not all, of their crab to a limited group of processors which are guaranteed the exclusive right to process that crab.

Lifelong Alaskan, family won't be visiting Soldotna this summer
I, like most thinking Americans, am appalled and disgusted by the actions and words of Jeff Webster. I am perhaps even more disturbed by the apparent support for Mr. Webster's deeds by many in the Soldotna community. Mr. Webster's assault was a classic hate crime, as it was meant to intimidate not just those that he assaulted, but anyone who dared to publicly express an opinion that he opposed. It is no different than the burning of a cross in the yard of an African-American family. The physical damage is minimal, but the message is clear.

Winter road kill numbers down
Imagine yourself in your SUV. It's early in the morning and your late for work. You're groggy from too little sleep, yet your speeding to make it in on time. You reach for that cup of coffee hoping a little caffeine will perk you up.

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.

Bill could limit input on new gas wells
Laws imposed by local governments in the interest of safety, economic development and a healthy environment soon could be waived with the stroke of the pen if state resource managers determined they would interfere with development of shallow natural gas deposits.

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.

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.

Gaming permit process explained
So, your organization wants to get licensed by the state to run a bingo game, hold a lottery or sell pull-tabs? You'll need someone on your staff or board of directors who knows Alaska gaming law.

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.

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.

Gambling on government
On a Tuesday night this winter at the Old Town Bingo Hall, more than 70 people crowded in from the cold to play bingo at a minimum price of $21 per game. Long tables were jammed with people of all ages dobbing at numbered pieces of paper with colorful ink blotters and chatting through a haze of cigarette smoke as a caller read off the next number.

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

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

Time to say thanks to nurses
Today through May 12 has been designated National Nurses Week, which gives us time to think about the contributions that nurses make in our communities. Nurses play a special role in our lives, from their encouraging and supportive presence at the birth of our children to the compassionate care given at the end of a loved one's life.

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?

Alaska not as bad off as many states
This legislative season finds all but a handful of states facing budget shortfalls on a historic scale.

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

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
KCHS Pops' concert tonightBoys and Girls Club partnership meetingWinnie-The-Pooh comes to KenaiBoy Scouts to host Mother's Day breakfast

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.

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

Community News
Kenai library announces upcoming events

Around the Peninsula
KCHS concert set for Tuesday

ACC students graduate in faith-based ceremony
Eighteen students graduated from Alaska Christian College on Sunday, but there was no "Pomp and Circumstance" at the ceremony, literally or figuratively.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

400-meter dash suits Jorgensen
When Flyte Jorgensen was 2 years old, a doctor told his parents, Dale and Gwen, that Flyte had an inherited condition in his feet that might not allow him to run and jump.

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
Bulldogs compete at Juneau InvitationalTsalteshi Trails Triathlon slated for May 26Eustachy steps downBourdais gets first CART win, ends Tracy's streak

Hypocrisy in college athletics
College sports are so steeped in hypocrisy it's hard to tell sometimes who is the most disingenuous: the NCAA, the university presidents, athletic directors or coaches.

Spurs thwart Lakers' comeback
SAN ANTONIO When the San Antonio Spurs let a double-digit lead dwindle to one point, Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers began to look like a throwback to 2002.

It's miracles unlimited for Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. Sandis Ozolinsh scored with 1:06 remaining, lifting the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 4-3 victory Monday night over the Dallas Stars and into their first conference finals.

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.

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

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