Thursday, May 8, 2003

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.

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.

Legend turns big grizzly into monster proportions
ANCHORAGE (AP) A massive grizzly has taken on mythical proportions since it was killed in Prince William Sound 19 months ago.

State ferry's second trip to Dutch Harbor delayed
UNALASKA (AP) The Alaska state ferry Tustumena was stuck at the dock in Homer with a mechanical problem Thursday instead of heading for Dutch Harbor.

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

Stowaway sentenced to community service
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Oregon man has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for stowing away on an Alaska state ferry.

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.

Alcohol a factor in teen crash
JUNEAU (AP) Alcohol was involved in a weekend car crash in Juneau that left three local teenagers hospitalized in Seattle, police said.

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.

GCI quarterly revenue better than last year
ANCHORAGE (AP) General Communication Inc. reported its first-quarter revenue rose 5 percent, gaining profits of $2.6 million over the $2.2 million earned during the same period last year

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.

Native corporation invests in auto-sharing business
ANCHORAGE (AP) Bristol Bay Native Corp. has invested $1 million in a car-sharing service based in Seattle.

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.

Ketchikan hospital deals with two false SARS alarms
ANCHORAGE (AP) Ketchikan General Hospital tested its SARS isolation procedures after two patients showed some SARS virus-like symptoms.

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.

Search continues in Anchorage for missing woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) Relatives and friends have been searching Anchorage greenbelts, trail heads and parking lots for a 21-year-old missing woman.

Help available for people affected by windstorm
ANCHORAGE (AP) Disaster recovery centers opened in Palmer and Anchorage Wednesday for people affected during the March windstorms in parts of Southcentral Alaska.

Bidders spend almost $1 million in oil, gas lease sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) Speculators bid nearly $1 million this week for oil and gas leases in Cook Inlet and the North Slope Foothills.

Ceremonial hammer comes home to Tlingit clan
SITKA (AP) Katlian's Hammer, a Russian blacksmith hammer used as a weapon by the Tlingit chief Katlian in the 1804 battle at the mouth of the Indian River, has been returned to the Kiksadi clan after 30 years in possession of the National Park Service.

Prison bills on hold while issues get new look
ANCHORAGE (AP) Rival bills to build a large prison are on hold in Juneau as Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration takes a look at corrections issues.

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.

Alcohol a factor in teen crash
JUNEAU (AP) Alcohol was involved in a weekend car crash in Juneau that left three local teenagers hospitalized in Seattle, police said.

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.

House approves change to coastal management program
JUNEAU (AP) A bill revamping the Alaska Coastal Management Program passed the state House on Wednesday, over objections from some representatives that it reduces local control over development projects.

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.

House goes along with Senate plan to cut Denali KidCare
JUNEAU (AP) The state House decided Wednesday night to go along with a Senate plan to reduce the number of people eligible for state health care through Denali KidCare.

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.

Public interest lawsuit bill clears House committee
JUNEAU (AP) Environmental groups and others challenging state resource agency decisions in court could pay more in legal costs under a bill that passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

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.

House committee approves permanent fund bill
JUNEAU (AP) The House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution Wednesday to put a constitutional amendment before voters that changes the way permanent fund payouts are calculated.

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.

Knowles talks to top Democrats in Washington, D.C.
ANCHORAGE (AP) Former Gov. Tony Knowles made a quiet visit to Washington this week where he was spotted in the halls of the Senate.

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 panel approves vehicle registration fee increase
JUNEAU (AP) Registering a motor vehicle in Alaska will be a little more expensive under a bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

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.

Wireless feature requires opt-out from customers
ANCHORAGE (AP) ACS Wireless and MTA Wireless both recently added voice-activated dialing to their calling features, and are offering it free to customers for a trial period.

North Pole parents can decide where sixth-graders go
FAIRBANKS (AP) North Pole parents will get to choose whether sixth-grade students stay in elementary school or graduate to middle school next fall.

House Finance approves rental car tax
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to impose a tax on rental cars and recreational vehicles passed the House Finance Committee on Wednesday.

Joule taken to hospital after apparent heart attack
JUNEAU (AP) Rep. Reggie Joule was flown to an Anchorage hospital early Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.

Ocean Beauty image as price leader challenged
ANCHORAGE (AP) A processor's claim of a competitive Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery came under fire Wednesday by fishermen's attorneys who called Ocean Beauty Seafoods a price follower in a shrinking market.

UAF professors receive award
FAIRBANKS (AP) Three University of Alaska Fairbanks professors have been honored for their decades of service to the university, and each will get a check for $10,000.

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.

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.

Maintaining inlet's infrastructure critical to industry, say officials
ANCHORAGE Industry and state efforts are under way to extend the operating life of Cook Inlet's aging oil production platforms.

Business Briefs
Mrs. Fields Cookies founder to be featuredSmall business expo set for SaturdayDEC to offer free food handling classTransportation forum set for June 2

Measure would give companies incentives by reducing royalties
ANCHORAGE Legislation aimed at extending the operating life of aging Cook Inlet platforms by reducing the state royalty on declining offshore fields was approved by the House Oil and Gas Committee late last month. Similar legislation is in the state Senate.

MBAs get extra help to land jobs
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Patty Buchek usually works with senior managers in her position with an executive search firm. But her recent clients included University of Maryland MBA candidates in need of coaching and some hand-holding as they went off to their first job interviews.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Book showcases jewels of refuge system
The United States is celebrating the centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge system this year. It's an especially big deal in Alaska because we have far more refuge lands here than anywhere else in the country.

Junior theater members put on a honey of a play
It's tough to improve on a classic.

Art Briefs
Potters guild holds sale SaturdayWriters' conference slatedPoetry contest welcomes submissionsBooth space for festival availablePratt soliciting ornament designsATY offers summer classesMuseum solicits fiber artwork

James Dean gallery on the move
FAIRMOUNT, Ind. (AP) The curator of a gallery of James Dean memorabilia plans to move the display from the film star's hometown.

Ailey's 'Revelations' changes classroom
NEWARK, N.J. Nine dancers stand in a tight wedge formation, heads thrown back, ready for their opening steps. They are a study in concentration until one smacks his lips loudly and the others dissolve into giggles.

House approves change to coastal management program
JUNEAU (AP) A bill revamping the Alaska Coastal Management Program passed the state House on Wednesday, over objections from some representatives that it reduces local control over development projects.

House goes along with Senate plan to cut Denali KidCare
JUNEAU (AP) The state House decided Wednesday night to go along with a Senate plan to reduce the number of people eligible for state health care through Denali KidCare.

House committee approves permanent fund bill
JUNEAU (AP) The House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution Wednesday to put a constitutional amendment before voters that changes the way permanent fund payouts are calculated.

Tustumena PTO pays tribute to outstanding teachers, staff
Our public school system continues to be closely examined. Education experts and government leaders have suggested all kinds of ways to strengthen our education system. And at the forefront of implementing these ideas are our teachers.

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

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.

Newsmaker: Kim Wood
In honor of Mother's Day, Kim Wood, daughter of Wood Brothers Racing founder Glen Wood and sister to current car owners Len and Eddie Wood, talks about her mother's role in racing. Bernece Wood saw the sport evolve from its ban on women in the garage area to women drivers and car owners.

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $2,312,2012. Kurt Busch 2,172,4113. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,975,228

Owners seeking drivers
ATLANTA All of a sudden it's a driver's market on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

This week's race: Charter Pipeline 250
Where and when

Multi-car owners are turning NASCAR into a Team sport
ATLANTA Rick Hendrick wasn't the first car owner to have more than one race team. But just about everyone on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series now agrees he's the first to make it work.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,6192. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,599 3. Kurt Busch 1,452

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.

Decision to leave gravel roads alone this summer kicks up a little dust
Anyone who lives on an unpaved road in the summer knows that some degree of dustiness is an unavoidable fact of life.

Prodigy Alaska high bidder in lease sale
Prodigy Alaska LLC was the high bidder in Wednesday's Cook Inlet Areawide 2003 state oil and gas lease sale, bidding a total of $415,386 on seven tracts totaling 21,120 acres.

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.

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.

Peninsula groups benefit from gaming on different levels
For some nonprofit groups, acquiring a state gaming permit may be necessary only for rare fund-raising events. For others, who raise significant sums, gaming is the lifeblood of their charitable operations.

Ordinance to spend $55 million approved by assembly in Seward
Running the Kenai Peninsula Borough in fiscal year 2004 is expected to cost just over $55.6 million, including $31.1 million earmarked for schools.

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.

Daniel Kenneth Dunbar
Former Soldotna resident Daniel Kenneth Dunbar died Sunday, May 4, 2003, at the Muskogee Regional Medical Center in Oklahoma. He was 40.

Maxine Cowan-Sterling
Maxine Cowan-Sterling of Canon City, Colo., died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, in Canon City. She was 90.

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

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.

Alaska Peninsula road shows value of access
The Denali Commission describes itself as an innovative federal-state partnership ... to provide critical utilities, infrastructure and economic support throughout Alaska.''

Country lacks key ingredient for prolonged imperial adventures: willing people
WASHINGTON The word empire'' is being used more often these days to describe America's global role. With Saddam Hussein out of the way, President Bush wants to transform not only Iraq but neighboring countries as well.

Around the Peninsula
Small business expo set for Saturday

Around the Peninsula
Forest Oil official to speak at Nikiski chamberWRCC holds domestic violence workshopKPC closes for campuswide meetingBlood drive plannedWomen For Sobriety meeting plannedDOT requests inputKayak festival planned

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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
The end of

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Lakers lose grip on Spurs series
SAN ANTONIO Bruce Bowen called it the game of his career, and given his performance and what was at stake, it's easy to see why.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: A primer on golf
The origin of the word "golf" from its Celtic beginnings is vague, uncertain and, quite possibly, the biggest joke ever played on modern man by his prankish ancestors.

Wizards cut ties with Jordan
WASHINGTON Imagine that, an NBA team showing Michael Jordan the door. Even he was shocked.

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.

Wild wards off elimination again
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild won't go away, or stop scoring.

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

Lewis is volleyball's answer to 'Hoosiers'
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. Dude, Lewis University's volleyball team isn't a bunch of tall, blond California kids. They don't have the cash or the fancy facilities like the big schools.

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.

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

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