Tuesday, May 7, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Railroad locomotive leaks diesel into Seward rail yard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Railroad locomotive leaked about 500 gallons of diesel fuel in the Seward rail yard this week.

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

House attempts to provide lower cost insurance
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Tuesday aimed at lowering insurance costs for small businesses, self-employed individuals and nonprofit groups.

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.

Sealaska loses money for second consecutive year
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the second consecutive year, Sealaska Corp. lost money last year.

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.

Guardian bill stalls in Senate committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill to reform Alaska's troubled guardianship system that serves vulnerable adults is stuck in a Senate committee but could re-emerge in a new form next year, its sponsor said.

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.

Holes spotted around Nenana Ice Classic tripod
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents of Nenana awoke Monday to find open water above and below the Nenana Ice Classic's wooden tripod, the first evidence that surface ice is weakening after a cold, snowy spring.

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.

Ice jam floods Ekwok
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A flood caused by an ice jam on the Nushagak River hit the village of Ekwok in southwest Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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.

Conservation group moves to protect Anchorage estuary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A conservation group wants to buy land around the only creek within Anchorage proper with a real tidal marsh.

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.

Sealaska loses money for second consecutive year
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the second time in the company's history, Sealaska Corp. lost money last year.

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

Suit challenges Chignik salmon co-op
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two commercial fishermen have sued the state Board of Fisheries to try to block a plan to divide the sockeye salmon catch at Chignik.

Anchorage shelter offers felines a cozy refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 34 abandoned cats left to fend for themselves in an Eagle River home last month by tenants who vanished into the night are mostly ready for adoption, and about 10 have already moved on to new digs.

Fairbanks airport manager announces retirement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks International Airport manager Doyle Ruff will retire July 1.

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.

President to help add to Stevens' campaign account
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- President George W. Bush will attend a campaign fund-raiser Thursday for Sen. Ted Stevens at a Washington, D.C. office building.

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.

Holes spotted around Nenana Ice Classic tripod
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents of Nenana awoke Monday to find open water above and below the Nenana Ice Classic's wooden tripod, the first evidence that surface ice is weakening after a cold, snowy spring.

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.

UAA history professor wins Edith R. Bullock prize
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Steve Haycox, a history professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is $15,000 richer as the winner of the 2002 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence.

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.

UAF announces winners of 2002 Usibelli awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three University of Alaska Fairbanks professors each will receive $10,000 as the recipients of the top cash prize given to faculty each year.

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.

Action delayed on gas tax break bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House delayed action Monday on a bill that would give tax breaks to builders of a proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline.

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.

Supreme Court says state erred on platform permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exploratory drilling at a new oil platform in Cook Inlet is in limbo in the wake of a ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court that the state made a mistake when it decided the Osprey Platform didn't need a project-specific discharge permit for drilling waste.

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.

Senate approves group pool insurance plan for small air carriers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a bill Monday to allow Alaska small air carriers to create insurance pools to ease the rising cost of coverage.

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.

Man shot by boater in Prince of Wales Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 40-year-old Thorne Bay man was recovering in a Seattle hospital Monday following a weekend shooting at a Prince of Wales Island dock.

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.

State won't appeal judge's ruling in English-only case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Knowles administration isn't appealing a judge's ruling in March that threw out Alaska's 'English-only' law.

Rep. Scott Ogan returns to legislative duties
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan celebrated his 50th birthday Monday by scraping the frosting off his cake.

Brewers Dunn in by Cincinnati
CINCINNATI -- Adam Dunn hit a grand slam in front of Cincinnati's smallest crowd in 10 years, and the Reds overcame Joey Hamilton's hamstring injury to beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 Monday night.

Red Sox notch sixth straight victory
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rey Sanchez drove in two runs as the Boston Red Sox won their sixth in a row, beating Tampa Bay 5-3 Monday night to hand the Devil Rays their team record-tying 11th straight loss.

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.

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.

Seattle Mariners have the determined look of a champion team
The flowers of May are nothing but memories by October. Likewise baseball games. A sweep in the spring means little in the fall.

Sealaska loses money for second consecutive year
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the second time in the company's history, Sealaska Corp. lost money last year.

Sealaska loses money for second consecutive year
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the second consecutive year, Sealaska Corp. lost money last year.

Alaska 600 MS Bike Tour dwarfs other events
Governor Knowles has proclaimed May as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) month. According to the Alaska Division of the National MS Society some 1,100 Alaskans live with MS, which can cause a wide variety of symptoms includ

Great Bear sighted at the "Y" in Soldotna
When Les Anderson caught his world record King Salmon in the spring of 1985, he owned Peninsula Ford at the "Y" in Soldotna. Then Les decided he would spend more time fishing and sold the dealership to Ralph Seekins, who put the Soldotna "Y" on the map with a series of TV ads for Seekins Ford.

Phillips funds grant for Food Bank
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank got a boost for their new education program last week with a $10,000 check from Phillips Alaska. "We're very pleased to be able to support the Food Bank with this grant," said Cook Inlet Operations Manager for Phillips, Lindsey Clark in presenting the check to Food Bank officials at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Kenai Alliance presents awards
As in most organizations that sponsor events there are those behind the scenes who do the bulk of the work and seldom get recognized.

New decade for Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center
As the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center (KVCC) prepared to open their new exhibit "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape," members of the community gathered last week to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Downtown Nikiski gets new Beauty Shop
It's been a long time since downtown Nikiski has had a beauty shop. There have been in home cosmetology services available in the Nikiski area, according to Lois Garretson-Macy, one of the owner/operators of the new Nikiski Hair, Nails, & Supply, but no full service beauty shop in the area.

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.

Residents encouraged to learn to grow trees
The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District wants to help area gardeners take a bite out of the spruce bark beetle problem.

NOW PLAYING: Spider-Man
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.

House attempts to provide lower cost insurance
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Tuesday aimed at lowering insurance costs for small businesses, self-employed individuals and nonprofit groups.

Guardian bill stalls in Senate committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill to reform Alaska's troubled guardianship system that serves vulnerable adults is stuck in a Senate committee but could re-emerge in a new form next year, its sponsor said.

Action delayed on gas tax break bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House delayed action Monday on a bill that would give tax breaks to builders of a proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Senate approves group pool insurance plan for small air carriers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a bill Monday to allow Alaska small air carriers to create insurance pools to ease the rising cost of coverage.

Operating budget exceeds $52 million
Operating the Kenai Peninsula Borough will cost approximately $52.2 million in fiscal year 2003, including the nearly $30.1 million going to run borough schools and $11.7 million needed for day-to-day duties of the various borough departments.

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.

Nurse program takes step forward
The Kenai Peninsula is one step closer to solving a nursing shortage, and a group of area students are a step closer to fulfilling their dreams.

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.

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.

Agenda focuses on boundaries, roads
Revised assembly district boundaries, proposed new road standards and money for school greenhouses where tree seedlings would be raised for reforestation efforts are among a host of issues the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will take up today at 7 p.m. at Seward City Hall.

Diesel leak contained in Seward railroad yard
A failing fuel filter in a locomotive began leaking diesel into the ground at the Alaska Railroad Corporation's Seward yard Monday. The leak was discovered at about 2:30 p.m. and could spill up to 1,300 gallons of fuel into the yard, said spokesperson Patrick Flynn.

Borough ordinance offers restructuring options
Hoping to initiate discussion among assembly members and the public, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Tim Navarre has proposed an ordinance that would offer voters this fall two ways to restructure the Kenai Peninsula Board of Education.

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

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.

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. ...

Letters to the Editor
Special interests win, Alaskans lose with private prison measureParks help Alaskans, others afford to travel around stateState officials should quit picking on peninsula; options for parksKenai Peninsula property owners should sell their beetle-killed treesRepublican Moderate Party offers option to status quoSeveral reasons committee opposes Huber's nomination

Applause
Builders association thanks SBS for its generous support

Applause
Thanks to all those who ensured success of Tommy Ellison benefit

Legislators must weigh gas pipeline incentives against Alaskans' needs
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.

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.

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.

Community News
Connections families invited to demonstrationHomer community classes still open

Photo feature: Brushing up on patriotism
Thomas Wagenaar, right, helps Nalana Phillips pick paint from her hair Saturday at a mural Soldotna High School seniors are painting on Knight Drive.

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

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?

Around the Peninsula
SPCA offers pet surgery, vaccinationsHospital speakers to address Soldotna chamberGifford to speak on professionalism in workplaceKCHS to host 'Pops' concert tonightCARTS partners to meetHistorical society plans garage saleLions plan cemetery cleanupTorch Run comes to KenaiHospice to discuss volunteer opportunitiesOpportunities for volunteers will be discussed.CIRCAC seeks public committee memberNew Web site focuses on floodplains

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

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

Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Change urged in law barring former offenders from nursing home jobs
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Laura Garvey takes pride in her transformation into a responsible adult since she was convicted of burglary for breaking into a paint store in 1979.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Duncan wins MVP
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, among the NBA's leaders in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, has won the league's Most Valuable Player award, a league source said Monday.

Mavericks-Kings series all square
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Steve Nash's 30 points were the most of his postseason career, and he celebrated by catching his breath.

Kenai booters hand Seahawks loss
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team defeated Seward 1-0 Monday, picking up valuable Southern Division points in a Region III match at Kenai.

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

Paralyzed Washington safety Curtis Williams dies
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington safety Curtis Williams always smiled, even confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down.

'Things happen for a reason'
No one can say exactly when new money becomes old. But apparently a month is pushing it. Maybe that's why so many people kept asking trainer Bob Baffert and Prince Ahmed Salman, his deep-pocketed Saudi benefactor, whether they felt like they ''bought'' the Kentucky Derby.

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.

Senators hang on for 3-2 victory
OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime could laugh about losing his shutout by giving up two goals in the final three minutes.

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.

Soft walls get first live test at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- At first, it appeared ''soft'' walls would allow Robby McGehee to walk away from his hard crash almost unscathed.

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.

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.

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