Wednesday, May 8, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Fairbanks grocer hauls in huge Hawaiian marlin
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- All day, Fairbanks grocer Jeffrey Russell sweated in the hot tropical sun hoping to find the big fish in the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaiian island of Kona.

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.

Military pushes bird kill measure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives is set to consider a bill that would exempt the military from a ban on accidental killing of migratory birds, as well as some other environmental laws.

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.

Six ticket holders win Nenana Ice Classic
NENANA (AP) -- Six Alaskans will split the $304,000 jackpot in the Nenana Ice Classic after the ice went out of the Tanana River at the Interior city Tuesday night.

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.

House lawmaker reheats debate over state food inspectors
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House bill introduced Wednesday would reheat the debate over eliminating the state's food inspection program.

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.

Bill would extend notice on mobile home evictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Wednesday that would require landowners to give more notice in some cases before evicting tenants from mobile home parks.

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.

Accused woman's boyfriend says he didn't know insurance details
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The boyfriend of a Wasilla woman accused of murdering her son said he was unaware that Suzette Welton had made him trustee of life insurance policies she took out on her two boys.

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 shows progress in personal income growth
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska ranked fourth best among states for personal income growth in 2001, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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.

Supreme Court upholds murder sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A sentence of 99 years without parole has been upheld by the Alaska Supreme Court against Maureen Malloy, convicted in the 1995 kidnapping, torture, and first-degree murder of Kathryn Harms.

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.

Two men arrested, two sought in Anchorage shootout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four men in two vehicles exchanged gunshots Tuesday afternoon in east Anchorage and continued the gun battle as they zoomed along the Glenn Highway to another section of the city.

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

Private company begins non-emergency ambulance calls in Fairbanks
FAIRANKS (AP) -- A private ambulance company has begun taking some non-emergency calls and city officials estimate the result could be up to $50,000 less revenue this year earned by the Fairbanks Fire Department.

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.

Clerk, attorney reject Fairbanks borough recall attempt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough clerk has rejected a recall attempt by a Two Rivers group seeking to oust the mayor, the assembly and the school board.

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

Juneau OKs new cruise ship fee for port projects
JUNEAU(AP) -- Cruise lines will be charged $1.73 per passenger for Juneau port improvement projects, the Juneau Assembly has decided.

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.

Green Star hands out three awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A nonprofit environmental group has recognized three Alaska businesses for recycling, reducing waste, preventing pollution and increasing energy efficiency.

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.

Senate approves measure requiring longer highway use
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a measure on Tuesday to require the state transportation department design some highways that last longer.

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.

Talkeetna man pleads guilty to child pornography charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Talkeetna man has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, federal prosecutors said.

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.

Railroad completes fuel tank car renovations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Major repairs on the wheels and suspension systems of most fuel cars that use the Alaska Railroad have been completed.

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

Three men questioned following shootout in east Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men in a blue Chevy Impala exchanged gunfire Tuesday with two men in a white sport utility vehicle, police said.

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 restrictions on abortion funding
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure on Tuesday that would place greater restrictions on state-funded abortions.

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.

Ekwok flooding forces residents from homes, destroys smokehouses and fish-drying racks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When the water began to rise in Ekwok, tearing fish-drying racks from the banks of the Nushagak River and sending ice chunks down village streets, it didn't surprise lifelong resident Luki Akelkok.

ABC Board finds alcohol violations at five Interior liquor stores
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Clerks at five Interior liquor stores were issued summons last month for selling alcohol to a minor in an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board sting.

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.

Yankees send Devil Rays to 12th straight defeat
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano drove in two runs and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 5-2 on Tuesday night to send the Devil Rays to their 12th straight loss -- the longest slide in the major leagues since 1997.

Wood hurls complete-game win for Cubs
CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood struck out nine in his first complete game in a year, and Alex Gonzalez drove in four runs as the Chicago Cubs beat Bud Smith and the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Fairbanks grocer hauls in huge Hawaiian marlin
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- All day, Fairbanks grocer Jeffrey Russell sweated in the hot tropical sun hoping to find the big fish in the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaiian island of Kona.

Angling for position: High, turbid water needn't sink high hopes
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- Saddle up to your favorite spring chinook hole and stake a claim. That might be the best way to fish for salmon in the high water of spring runoff.

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.

Hiker has scaled about 60 Wasatch peaks, plans book
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- In the summer of 1995, Mike ''Mick'' Wenzbauer was on the 14,433-foot Mount Elbert in Colorado when hail, snow and lightning forced him and a climbing buddy close to the summit to instead run down the mountain seeking cover.

Juneau OKs new cruise ship fee for port projects
JUNEAU(AP) -- Cruise lines will be charged $1.73 per passenger for Juneau port improvement projects, the Juneau Assembly has decided.

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.

Bill would extend notice on mobile home evictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Wednesday that would require landowners to give more notice in some cases before evicting tenants from mobile home parks.

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.

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.

Senate approves measure requiring longer highway use
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a measure on Tuesday to require the state transportation department design some highways that last longer.

Senate approves restrictions on abortion funding
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure on Tuesday that would place greater restrictions on state-funded abortions.

House lawmaker reheats debate over state food inspectors
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House bill introduced Wednesday would reheat the debate over eliminating the state's food inspection program.

Four from peninsula earn state award for volunteerism
Recipients of the 2002 First Lady's Volunteer Awards have a wide array of reasons for performing the philanthropic work they do in their communities, but a desire for recognition is not one of them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Ignition locks put responsibility for sober driving where it belongs'Dime-a-drink' alcohol tax passes three-way test on economic activityDon't other Board of Fisheries nominees have conflict of interest?Catch-and-release fishing policies misguided, redefine Kenai RiverLeague opposes bill reducing benefits to those who need them

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
Contribution of office equipment, supplies helps many nonprofitsTrack and field volunteers mean meet runs smoothly

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.

Dime-a-drink tax hike could help fix problems wrought by alcoholism
State trooper reports have an all-too-common theme: Alcohol believed to be a factor.

Applause
Builders association thanks SBS for its generous support

Surfers work to build board for freshwater lake
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Saw in hand, Greg Isaacson set to work on an oversized hunk of polyethylene this week.

Around the Peninsula
Bike safety rodeo plannedAgrium to conduct training exercisesTree growing workshop on tapArt guild plans pottery saleMen's community dinner planned4-H to hold tree sale

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

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.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area public school students.

Conquering fears is first step to moving forward in life
For the past year and a half, one consistent fear has buried itself in the back of my mind. My mother has been urging me to face this fear as long as I can remember, and I finally did last week at the blood drive at Kenai Central.

Around the District
Schools prepare for end of yearInstitute offers training in video, leadershipPhi Delta Kappa honors area educators

SoHi field trip shows chemistry's big picture
It was white as snow and tall as a house. But it sure didn't smell like snow. "Ewww!" chorused a bevy of chemistry students from Soldotna High School.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Students get foot in door with summer jobs with area industrial companies
Kenai Peninsula College's 2002 spring semester has come to a close and another group of happy graduates have flown from the KPC nest.

Washington Supreme Court asked to settle teacher pay dispute
OLYMPIA -- Does ''all'' mean all? That's the $100 million question. The state Supreme Court was asked Tuesday to order the Legislature to pay automatic annual cost-of-living increases for all public school employees. Union lawyers said that was the clear mandate of the voters in approving Initiative 732 in 2000.

Students, parents, staff marvel at 'miracle' of freshman year
Creating Alaska Christian College took more than the seven days of Genesis, but those involved are amazed and delighted at how far and how fast they have progressed.

Vice principal reportedly checked girls' underwear at school dance
POWAY, Calif. (AP) -- A female vice principal allegedly lifted girls' skirts -- in front of male students and adults -- to make sure they weren't wearing thong underwear at a dance.

Car racing first, prom second for Washington high school couple
MONROE, Wash. (AP) -- Nikki Bristol and Billy Coates had their prom night priorities clear -- car racing first, dancing second.

Alaska Christian celebrates first graduation
The Kenai Peninsula's newest college marked an historic milestone Sunday. Eighteen young adults became the first graduates of Alaska Christian College in Soldotna.

College students, teens have trouble finding summer jobs
Last summer, Tracey Lom-rantz was a paid intern for a New York law firm. This year, with a stack of rejections from journalism internships on her desk, she figures she'll wait tables.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available 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.

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

Audette goal sinks Hurricanes
MONTREAL -- Donald Audette struggled for three periods to get a shot on goal and failed. It finally came less than three minutes into overtime and rocked the Molson Centre.

If there's a golf tournament to be played, bet on Quigley being there
When the Senior PGA Tour asked Dana Quigley for some biographical information, he listed baseball, hockey, sports, planes and boats as interests. That's a little misleading.

'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.

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.

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.

Harris leads Nets to Game 2 win
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The vocal adulation for non-MVP Jason Kidd was timid in comparison to the chants for New Jersey's masked man.

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.

Panthers split with Stars
The Skyview High School boys soccer team netted an upset Tuesday, defeating crosstown rival Soldotna 5-2 at Skyview.

Sports Briefs
Car show scheduled for Saturday

Seattle Slew, last living Triple Crown winner, dies
Lexington, Ky. (AP) -- Seattle Slew always had a sense of timing. Winner of the 1977 Triple Crown and sire of more than 100 stakes winners, the big black stallion died Tuesday -- 25 years to the day after his victory in the Kentucky Derby.

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.

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.

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