Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Anchorage police suspend search for missing woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) An official search has been suspended for a 21-year-old Anchorage woman who disappeared over the weekend.

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.

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.

Four arrested in connection with suspected meth lab
FAIRBANKS (AP) Four Fairbanks residents are charged in connection with a suspected methamphetamine lab found at a mobile home.

U.S. Supreme Court justice to take part in Fairbanks convention
FAIRBANKS (AP) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is scheduled to visit Fairbanks this week to take part in a three-day convention of the Alaska Bar Association.

Adviser warns that state's bonding rating at risk
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state's financial adviser said Alaska's bond rating is at risk of being lowered because state legislators haven't moved toward a long-term fix for the state's huge, recurring budget shortfall.

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.

Coastal districts complain bill weakens local control
JUNEAU (AP) Officials in some coastal areas are fighting a bill they say reduces their power to decide how development occurs in their communities.

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.

Senate committee approves 15 percent tax on pull tabs
JUNEAU (AP) A Senate committee approved a bill to impose a higher tax on pull-tab gambling Tuesday.

Anchorage man dies in crash on Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man died in a single-car rollover on the Seward Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Unalaska City Council votes in favor of crab plan
UNALASKA (AP) The Unalaska City Council voted unanimously to support a plan to give quotas to fishing vessel owners and processing companies in the Bering Sea crab fishery.

Troopers investigate death of a man killed by gunshot
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers were investigating the death of a 34-year-old Houston man who was killed by a gunshot.

State puts up $10 million in roads money
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski campaigned on a gravel dream: new roads built in far-flung parts of Alaska to open up country to more oil, timber and mining development.

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.

Education secretary continues rural Alaska tour
SAVOONGA (AP) Not many school administrators can say their offices are larger than their homes. The principal of Savoonga's only school can, but he's not bragging.

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.

Mistrial declared in third Mateu murder trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) A jury in the third trial of a man charged with murdering his father has failed to reach a verdict, forcing a mistrial to be called Tuesday, according to the Ketchikan Daily News.

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.

Season's first cruise ship arrive in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) The first cruise ship of the 2003 season has docked in Juneau.

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.

Unocal working to extend aging platform life
ANCHORAGE (AP) Unocal Corp. is working with the state to extend the life of Cook Inlet's aging oil production platforms, according to the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Woman accused in club thefts and credit card fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage woman is accused in a string of health-club thefts and credit card fraud going back two years.

Anchorage man survives throat slashing
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man survived having his throat slashed by a woman he met and brought to his apartment, police said Tuesday.

Reds' Larkin makes homer heroic return
CINCINNATI Barry Larkin returned from the disabled list and delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night to give the Cincinnati Reds a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Red Sox give Royals first home loss of year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Doug Mirabelli had four hits and Todd Walker drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox beat Kansas City 7-3 Tuesday night, handing the Royals their first loss in 12 home games this season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

True spirit of peace avoids strife, not exemplified by demonstrators
This is not in defense of Mr. Webster because he failed to exercise self control which is not acceptable behavior.

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.

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.

This smoker realizes too late how damaging cigarettes are
This letter details circumstances directed to all youngsters who smoke cigarettes wherever they may be. It deals with health circumstanc

Mr. Webster deserves thanks; protesters did nothing constructive
Evil can onl

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.

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.

Gambling addiction can lead to devastating consequences
Alaska may be devoid of thoroughbred racetracks and Las Vegas-style casinos, but it isn't free from the devastating downside to gambling, say psychiatrists who study gambling behavior.

3 area lawyers vying for judge's position
Three of eight attorneys who have applied for the position of Kenai Superior Court judge practice law on the Kenai Peninsula.

FEMA representatives to meet with state, local agencies
Severe March windstorms caused roughly $3.2 million in damages to public facilities across Southcentral Alaska, including about $500,000's worth on the Kenai Peninsula, according to preliminary federal estimates.

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.

Millions of acres up on lease sale block
About 4 million acres stretching most of the length of Cook Inlet went on the block Monday in a competitive lease sale state officials hope will generate interest from oil and gas companies.

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.

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.

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.

Alaskans should consider how best to pay for education
Repairs to education funding now seem to be on the right track, with a majority of the Senate Finance Committee showing the courage late last week to reject some of Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed reductions.

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.

Will bigger state agency really mean better coastal management?
Alaska has more than 33,000 miles of spectacular coastline, the most of any sta

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Small business expo set for Saturday

The high school track team is finishing up its season with boroughs this weekend at Skyview and regionals the following weekend at Su Valley.

Peninsula students celebrate salmon
It's hard not to love school when your classroom is an outdoor carnival.

Grace Lutheran
In Christlight this week, the students are learning that the ascended Lord still guides his believers today just as he guided his followers to choose Mathias to replace Judas as one of the 12 apostles.

Schools prepare for end of year
Baccalaureate for central peninsula high schools will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

Soldotna Middle
All books are due in the library by May 14. Eighth-graders with overdue books at the end of the school year will be placed on a list at Soldotna and Skyview high scho

Kenai Teen Center plans events
The Kenai Teen Center will host a last chance high school dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. All high school students are welcome. School identification is required. The cost is $3.

Soldotna High
The next two weeks are filled with senior activities. Seniors are reminded to clear all outstanding fees, return checked out materials and make sure all course work is completed. Senior Awards Night will be Thursd

Aurora Borealis Charter
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Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Thanks to Ridgeway Farms and Miss Nicole for a fun tour. Preschoolers fed and watered horses, soaped and oiled saddles, planted their own tomato plants and walked, trotted, galloped and jumped in the arena.

Educators debate computer use by young kids
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. "Help me catch three purple fish," asked Lucky the Dog, peering over a bathtub of colorful guppies.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to last week's Character Counts award winners: Sharon Alexie, Mandy Anderson, Sasha Anderson, Skye Bender, Jordan Brown, Alex Cook, Cynthia Evans, Nick Ferrell, Christina Fisher

School celebrates 33rd commencement ceremony tonight
This will be a very special, long awaited night for a large group of well-deserving students.

Kenai Central High
There will be an assembly at 1:40 p.m. Thursday to recognize the soccer and track and field participants

Mountain View Elementary
The Future Problem Solving team will be participating in fund-raising activities and seeking sponsorships and donations to help pay for travel and registration expenses for their participation in the national competition in Connecticut next month.

Skyview High
The Student of the Month luncheon will be Thursday.

Sears Elementary
The PTA is recruiting a new treasurer for next year. If you are interested, call Elizabeth Stephens at 283-4193.

Cook Inlet Academy
Fourth-graders are working on a unit on fish tanks and planning a camping trip to Ninilchik on May 15 and 16.

Soldotna Elementary
The Splash Into Summer Reading program assembly will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend.

Wings Christian Academy
Katie Sutton and Zachary Thompson received the cleanest desk of the wee

Tustumena Elementary
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week across America. The Tustumena PTO presented each employee with a small token of appreciation on Monday. On Tuesday morning, refreshments were the treat for the day, and today lunch wil

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool
This week, the students are exploring the world around them, including plants, bugs and earth. The kids planted seeds and got to dig around with a bucket of worms. During a discussion about insects, a spider was captured and observed. Later, it was released back into the wild.

Families interested in home schooling next year can learn more about the program or make an enrollment appointment by calling 262-6315.

Photo feature: Bounce-a-saurus rex
J.D. Quartly worked the giant "Fun Jump" dinosaur and kept the children in line at the Sears Elementary School carnival on Friday. The event was a fund raising effort to pay for school field trips.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
The Hershey's Track and Field Meet is set for Friday at the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School track. Volunteers are needed.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The sixth-grade classes will participate in a field trip to Peterson Bay next week. Mrs. Ca

Montessori Charter
The students had a wonderful time on the field trip to Exit Glacier and the Alaska SeaLife Center on Monday. Thanks to the parents who drove, chaperoned and helped with activities.

Report: Many students with learning disabilities miss out on help they need
WASHINGTON Many schools are ill-equipped to deal with teens with learning or behavioral problems, so a disproportionate number of those children end up in juvenile court, a government report says.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Photo feature: Making a splash
Josie Keene, a fourth-grade student at Ninilchik School, tries to keep dry as the rainbow trout she is carrying tries to swim free Tuesday during the Kenai Peninsula Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake Campground in Kasilof. Youngsters released more than 5,000 rainbow trout into the lake during the event.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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.

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.

SoHi faces Skyview
The Soldotna High School track and field team challenged Skyview in a dual meet Tuesday .

Kenai boys get jump on Nikiski
Just a few minutes into Tuesday's match, Kenai Central High School boys soccer coach David Landry hollered over to Nikiski coach James Coburn, wondering if the Bulldogs had been into the same batch of Prozac as the Kardinals seemed to be.

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.

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

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.

Rested Sacramento jumps all over sagging Mavericks
DALLAS Just six minutes into the Western Conference semifinals, the Sacramento Kings were already in high gear.

Course shapes up beautifully
The Kenai Golf Course is in full swing and all activities are happening. The greens are getting lots of TLC and shaping up. To think it is still only the first week of May is very exciting.

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