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Thursday, May 9, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Fairbanks potholes abound after rainy weather
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The soggy weather in Fairbanks has left numerous potholes around the city and state and local officials are straining their budgets to deal with repairs.

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.

Knowles, House leaders urge Senate to act on fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- With only days left in the Legislature's regular session, Gov. Tony Knowles and House leaders urged the Senate to act on a pair of revenue-raising bills to close the state's budget deficit.

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.

Sciences Academy says air quality measures should remain in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Scientists who advise Congress recommend keeping in place federal air quality standards that have placed Fairbanks on the same bad air list as Los Angeles.

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.

Galena woman sleepless over winning Nenana Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mildred Stickman thought someone was playing a joke on her when her phone rang at 11:30 Tuesday night in Galena and a woman told her she was one of six winners in the Nenana Ice Classic.

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.

Senate approves 'issue ad' bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a bill aimed at tightening laws that cover how campaign advertisements can be financed.

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.

Alaska BLM chief takes Washington job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska director of the Bureau of Land Management has been named a deputy director of the federal agency nationwide.

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.

Jacobsson seeks governor's office on Green ticket
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaska Native activists have paired up as a Green Party ticket for the state's top two elective offices this fall.

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.

Committee urges consideration of nuclear-tipped missile interceptors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Armed Services Committee wants the Pentagon to consider arming interceptors of the national missile defense shield with nuclear warheads.

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.

Fairbanks man charged with sexually assaulting teen girls
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 26-year-old Fairbanks man was charged Tuesday with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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.

Senate panel gives permanent fund bill chilly reception
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first clash between House and Senate leaders over using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to close the state's budget deficit played out on Wednesday.

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.

Accused serial rapist pleads not guilty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of multiple rapes has pleaded not guilty to a 10-count indictment.

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.

Sentencing hearing for Mike Maad continued
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The sentencing hearing for Nezar ''Mike'' Maad has been continued until May 23, his attorney said.

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.

House lawmaker reheats debate over state food inspectors
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House lawmaker is reheating the debate over the state's food inspection program, introducing a bill on Wednesday to eliminate the program.

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.

Forest officials issue fire warning for Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- Forest officials said Wednesday that continued dry weather has increased the fire risk in state and national forests in Southeast Alaska.

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.

Civil rights committee issues report on racism in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly a year and a half after Alaska Natives were pelted with paintballs in Anchorage, a committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued its report Wednesday on racism in Alaska.

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.

State Senate votes to compensate state workers called to active duty
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the state to continue paying the salary and benefits of state workers in the military reserves who are called to active duty.

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.

Juneau health center workers rescue bear cub
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Juneau Public Health Center workers rescued a black bear cub that appeared to be wounded and without a mother.

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.

Air Force praised for quick response to Elmendorf fuel spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup of a jet fuel spill at Elmendorf Air Force Base is nearly complete -- an effort that won the praise of state environmental officials.

Robbers attempt to steal Wasilla marijuana
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Armed robbers attempted to steal marijuana plants early Tuesday that were being illegally grown in a Wasilla home.

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.

Unlucky Devil Rays drop 13th straight
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano homered twice as Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 7-2 Wednesday night, extending the Devil Rays' losing streak to 13 games -- longest in the majors in more than five years.

Rueter beats Mets for win No. 100
NEW YORK -- Kirk Rueter won his 100th career game, beating the New York Mets for the first time in 13 tries, and the San Francisco Giants beat up on former teammate Shawn Estes in an 8-2 victory Wednesday night.

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.

Business Briefs
First National Bank Alaska announces new officersNew telephone features available to Alaska disabledEdward Jones to offer college savings programVendors invited to gun showAll states offer college savings

Cruise ship port project fee cleared
JUNEAU -- Cruise lines will be charged $1.73 per passenger for Juneau port improvement projects, the Juneau Assembly has decided.

Brewing culture expands in Homer
HOMER -- As beer grows from being simply the elixir of the common man to an art form to be traded in, Homer is establishing itself as a place where connoisseurs of barley and grain ferments can look for a taste unique to the Kenai Peninsula. With one brewery in existence, and another on the way, the Homer area could easily become the beer capital of the peninsula.

Seattle making big splash in cruise industry
SEATTLE -- Seattle, known for its planes, software and coffee, is starting to make a splash in the cruise industry, riding a new wave of interest in the Alaska market.

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.

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.

Art Briefs
Summer music festival announcedWriters' conference scheduledFireweed Art Gallery looking for volunteers

KPC hosts exhibit featuring watercolors
A garden of ethereal, watercolored flowers has sprouted up in the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery.

May Faire celebrates Renaissance with music, food, frivolity
The Kenai River Council on the Arts is holding a festival of Medieval proportions at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling. It will be full of hearty food, authentic costumes, Shakespearean actors, performances by area bards and maybe even a sword fight or two -- if someone partakes too heavily of the mulled wine.

Magazine aims at nonanorexic
NEW YORK -- Little by little, fashion magazines have been breaking a long-standing taboo by picturing models in sizes that actually resemble most American women. A new magazine called Grace is going even further, honing in exclusively on the most underserved group of readers: Women who wear sizes 12 and up.

Strange, wonderful TV journey of 'The X-Files' ends
LOS ANGELES -- C'mon over here and let us plant a big farewell kiss on dark, droll, gory, sexy, devious, paranoid, sly, subversive, baffling, marvelous you -- ''The X-Files.''

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

'Spider-Man' creates likeable hero with predictable battles
Oh, the hardships of the sensitive teen-age boy. Plotting a future. Trying to catch the eye of the girl next door. Adapting to changes in his body, including those pesky cobweb emissions and the tiny, clingy hairs that make scaling walls a snap.

Alutiiq display combines then, now
Echoes of the past mingle with Alutiiq voices of the present and hopes for the future in one of the most extensive Alutiiq exhibits ever assembled in Alaska, now on display at the Pratt Museum through September.

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 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.

Senate approves 'issue ad' bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a bill aimed at tightening laws that cover how campaign advertisements can be financed.

Knowles, House leaders urge Senate to act on fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- With only days left in the Legislature's regular session, Gov. Tony Knowles and House leaders urged the Senate to act on a pair of revenue-raising bills to close the state's budget deficit.

House lawmaker reheats debate over state food inspectors
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House lawmaker is reheating the debate over the state's food inspection program, introducing a bill on Wednesday to eliminate the program.

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.

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.

State Senate votes to compensate state workers called to active duty
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the state to continue paying the salary and benefits of state workers in the military reserves who are called to active duty.

Senate panel gives permanent fund bill chilly reception
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first clash between House and Senate leaders over using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to close the state's budget deficit played out on Wednesday.

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,6452. Matt Kenseth 1,5133. Kurt Busch 1,454

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 - Nov. 17, 2002

In the Spotlight: Jeff Green
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

This Week's Race: Busch 200
Where: 1.058-mile oval at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

Keller's success no longer is overlooked
ATLANTA -- For most of the previous three seasons, Jason Kel ler was remembered more for being Jeff Green's teammate on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit than for winning four races.

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $2,333,1812. Sterling Marlin 1,762,5743. Tony Stewart 1,693,289

Nadeau leaves Hendrick
ATLANTA -- Tony Furr was first to go from Hendrick Motor sports' No. 25 UAW Chevrolet. Now it's Jerry Nadeau's turn.

Proposed borough budget introduced
A new borough budget is one step closer to completion. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced a $52.2 million fiscal year 2003 budget ordinance Tuesday at its meeting in Seward and is set to take testimony over the next few weeks from the administration, department heads, service area boards and the general public before agreeing on the final numbers by June 4.

Two incumbents retain seats on HEA board
Homer Electric Association members elected three members of its board of directors and approved a ballot proposition at the cooperative's annual meeting Tuesday evening at Soldotna High School.

School closings weighed
As the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District walks the tightrope to balance its budget each year, some recurring questions arise.

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.

Habitat for Humanity celebrates anniversary
The smell of barbecue filled the air outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna Sunday afternoon as families and business people gathered to celebrate Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity's 10th anniversary.

Donald Leroy Burns Sr.
Donald Leroy Burns Sr. died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 76.

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.

Parents should take obesity study seriously
An alarming new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a sharp increase in the number of children diagnosed with obesity-related illnesses, including diseases doctors once saw almost exclusively in overweight adults.

Applause
Kenai Peninsula walkers help save babies' lives with their stepsCommunity supports helps send 11 Wings students to competition

Arafat, Sharon should take chance at peace proposed summit offers
Seizing what he calls a ''new window of opportunity,'' Secretary of State Colin Powell announced last week that the United States and three partners -- the European Union, Russia and the United Nations -- are preparing a Middle Eastern peace conference to take place this summer. ...

Natural gasline incentive bill must be fair to all Alaskans
Most Alaskans would agree to give industry a tax incentive if they could be assured it translated into Alaska jobs, a growing economy and sharing the benefits when assuming some of the risks.

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

Legislature still manages to adequately address priority needs of Alaskans
At the beginning of this legislative session the folks in our district gave me a clear agenda regarding the budget, size of government, education, public transportation, economic growth and protection of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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

Photo feature: Lookout
Tom Wells and Shannon Dukes use binoculars to look for wildlife on the mountains above Cooper Landing earlier this week.

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
Bike rodeo todayCounseling services board to meetFree investment seminar offeredMurkowski staff to visit peninsulaSenior center presents guardianship programSafety day plannedSPCA offers assistance

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

Nikiski girls top Skyview; boys draw
The Nikiski High School girls soccer team finished its Region III Southern Division schedule without a loss to a peninsula team, defeating the visiting Skyview Panthers 2-1 in Wednesday's rainy conditions.

Leafs saved by instant replay
OTTAWA -- Here's a switch: The Toronto Maple Leafs actually had good things to say about NHL officials.

Sports Briefs
Seward hosts track meetStrawberry serving sentence at Gainesville prison

MVP not an exact science
Rod Thorn had this much right: ''Everybody who votes brings a different idea of what it is to the table.''

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.

Celtics' depth buries Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Boston Celtics showed there's more to their team than just Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker.

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Season getting under way at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Hard to imagine another winter has passed and the golf course has opened.

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

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.

Sports Briefs
Car show scheduled for Saturday

Juneau health center workers rescue bear cub
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Juneau Public Health Center workers rescued a black bear cub that appeared to be wounded and without a mother.

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