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Sunday, May 12, 2002

Teens accused of beating man in Sutton
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four juveniles have been arrested in connection with a Christmas Eve assault of a 36-year-old man in Sutton, Alaska State Troopers said.

Minority Democrats say they want more for education, veterans and PCE
JUNEAU (AP) -- Minority Democrats say they want more for schools, veterans and power subsidies to rural communities in the closing days of this legislative session.

Anchorage woman fights off attacker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman taking pictures in an Anchorage park fought off an attacker by hitting him in the head with her camera, police said.

Sponsor says gas line tax break bill is dead
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would have provided nearly $600 million in tax breaks for builders of a North Slope natural gas pipeline will not make it through the Legislature this session.

Senate approves $1.2 billion capital budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a $1.2 billion capital budget for next fiscal year that includes construction and maintenance projects from the North Slope to the Panhandle.

House passes bill letting doctors collectively negotiate
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Saturday that would let doctors band together to negotiate with insurance companies.

State Senate passes bill to prosecute crimes on state ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate passed a bill Friday to close a loophole that prevented prosecution of a rape that occurred on a state ferry.

Senate passes bill that seeks donations to close the fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican Majority in the state Senate is taking a kinder, gentler approach to closing the state's fiscal gap -- it's asking for donations.

Plans call for lowering Whittier tunnel fees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state plans to reduce the cost of driving through the Whittier Tunnel after residents complained the toll was discouraging visitors and unfair to them.

Alaska history requirement fails to pass
JUNEAU (AP) -- An attempt to require Alaska history as a graduation requirement failed in the Legislature on Saturday.

Man in car accused of trying to run down woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old man was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a woman after they had sex in his vehicle in an Anchorage parking lot, police said.

House tries to force Senate to consider school funding bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Saturday took action to force the Senate to consider a school funding bill that's aimed at easing urban-rural tensions.

Man accused of sex abuse, impregnating 14-year-old
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 24-year-old Fairbanks man has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after a 14-year-old girl in Anderson got pregnant, Alaska State Troopers reported.

House energizes debate over utility regulatory agency
JUNEAU (AP) -- As the clock winds down for the state agency that regulates utilities and telephone companies, a House panel on Saturday tried to revive it.

Federal government buys more pink salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal government is spending $2 million more on Alaska salmon for food assistance programs, according to Gov. Tony Knowles.

Senate passes veterans bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three bills proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles to aid veterans passed the Senate unanimously Saturday.

Senate passes bill aimed at environmental suits on drilling, munitions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate took action Friday to undo an Alaska Supreme Court decision on permitting requirements for the discharge of oil drilling wastes in Cook Inlet.

Cold spring means late wake-up call for Denali National Park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A cold, wet spring meant a late wake-up call for ground squirrels and grizzly bears in Denali National Park and Preserve, but the National Park Service is hoping to have tour buses running on time.

Defense bill contains $129 million for Wainwright projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Contained in a Defense Department budget bill approved by the U.S. House this week are seven Fort Wainwright projects totaling about $129 million.

Jury deadlocks in baby sitter rape trial
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court jury could not reach a verdict in the trial of a man charged with raping a baby sitter at knifepoint.

Devil Rays top Orioles, halt 15-game skid
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays ended their 15-game losing streak in startling fashion when Randy Winn hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Baltimore 6-4 Saturday night.

Mets edge Rockies, end six-game losing streak
NEW YORK -- Joe McEwing hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets snapped a six-game losing streak Saturday with a 4-3 victory over former teammate Mike Hampton and the Colorado Rockies.

Even without weight loss, exercise drives down blood pressure
WASHINGTON -- Fifty-four studies' combined data put the weight of evidence behind the benefit of aerobic exercise to control blood pressure.

Obesity treatment gains popularity in hospitals, doctors' offices
NEW YORK --A lifetime of attempted diets didn't stop Andy Schlesinger from ballooning to 705 pounds.

House energizes debate over utility regulatory agency
JUNEAU (AP) -- As the clock winds down for the state agency that regulates utilities and telephone companies, a House panel on Saturday tried to revive it.

Huber nomination up for vote
The Legislature will meet Monday to decide whether to accept a controversial Soldotna resident's appointment to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Senate passes veterans bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three bills proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles to aid veterans passed the Senate unanimously Saturday.

House passes bill letting doctors collectively negotiate
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Saturday that would let doctors band together to negotiate with insurance companies.

Minority Democrats say they want more for education, veterans and PCE
JUNEAU (AP) -- Minority Democrats say they want more for schools, veterans and power subsidies to rural communities in the closing days of this legislative session.

Senate passes bill that seeks donations to close the fiscal gap
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican Majority in the state Senate is taking a kinder, gentler approach to closing the state's fiscal gap -- it's asking for donations.

State Senate passes bill to prosecute crimes on state ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate passed a bill Friday to close a loophole that prevented prosecution of a rape that occurred on a state ferry.

Alaska history requirement fails to pass
JUNEAU (AP) -- An attempt to require Alaska history as a graduation requirement failed in the Legislature on Saturday.

Senate OKs capital budget
A state capital budget bill worth $1.2 billion is heading to the Alaska House after being approved by the Alaska Senate Friday, and it includes a nice chunk of change for the Kenai Peninsula.

House tries to force Senate to consider school funding bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Saturday took action to force the Senate to consider a school funding bill that's aimed at easing urban-rural tensions.

Defense bill contains $129 million for Wainwright projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Contained in a Defense Department budget bill approved by the U.S. House this week are seven Fort Wainwright projects totaling about $129 million.

Fiscal woes nothing new
Running a budget in the red is nothing new for the city of Kenai.

City council deadlocked over Kenai budget deficit
The Kenai City Council has yet to make unavoidable decisions about the budget and the city's mill rate.

Frank Walter Ostrowski Jr.
Soldotna resident Frank Walter Ostrowski Jr. died Sunday, May 05, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 41.

Albert "Al" Lambert
Happy Valley resident Albert "Al" Lambert died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at his home. He was 91.

Edruth "Bud" David Helwig
Former Kasilof resident Edruth "Bud" David Helwig died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 92.

Never underestimate Mom
I want to tell you a story about baseball. And the magic of a mother's love. Each spring, baseball returns. Just like the grass and the flowers and the birds, baseball leaves in the fall and magically appears again, just as the sun begins to warm the ground.

Do-nothing Senate again opts for path of least resistance
Legislators and others who wonder why the public isn't more involved with the political process and who debate the reasons for public apathy need only look as far as legislative actions this past week.

Letters to the Editor
Alaskans should speak now or forever hold their peaceNew fishing regulations change honored lifestyle on peninsula

Cold spring means late wake-up call for Denali National Park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A cold, wet spring meant a late wake-up call for ground squirrels and grizzly bears in Denali National Park and Preserve, but the National Park Service is hoping to have tour buses running on time.

My Best Friend
Maile Hanson of Sterling says her cat Tigger likes to take naps in the bathroom sink.

Around the Peninsula
Artist applications due MondayNurse to visit NikolaevskAuthor to discuss book in HomerWomen voters plan meetingDisabled American Veterans to meetRowing club sponsors training sessionsRefuge plans canoe dayChildren sought for rallyUsed fishing tackle needed for area youths

A look into the past: Highway superintendent's house, Soldotna Creek
This house is located where Soldotna Creek flows into the Kenai River (behind Don Jose's Restaurant). When this 1965 photo was taken, it was occupied by Ralph and Ruth Soberg.

Heavenly 'dad,' son help steer Soldotna mom through troubles
Barb Johnson has had a tough life. Nevertheless, she not only survives but radiates joy and purpose, thanks to two special relationships: one with God and the other with her son, Mark Davis.

Slovakia takes hockey world title
GOTEBORG, Sweden -- Washington Capitals forward Peter Bondra scored his second goal of the game with 1:40 remaining to give Slovakia a 4-3 victory over Russia Saturday and hand the young nation its first Ice Hockey World Championship gold medal.

Sports Briefs
Crewsers sponsor rowing clinicsHomer Community School hosting track meetNBA owners approve Hornets' moveCapitals fire WilsonNFL to enforce ephedrine banHamilton wins Busch 200 for first NASCAR victoryTrinidad stops Cherifi

SoHi skater drafted into Western Hockey League
Soldotna High School sophomore Billy Smith will be taking his hockey game to the next level next fall.

Kings get Mavs on ropes
DALLAS -- Mike Bibby scored the overtime-forcing and game-winning baskets, but fill-in starter Bobby Jackson put the Sacramento Kings in position for the comeback.

Perseverance pays for Panther runners
A talented class of Skyview boys track and field athletes stuck with it for two years, and Saturday the group continued to earn the success that Skyview coach Rob Sparks had promised them.

Kenai booters cage Panthers
A chilly, dreary afternoon turned up sunny for Kenai Central High soccer teams playing Skyview Friday, as both the Kardinals boys and girls teams blanked their Panther opponents 4-0 and 1-0, respectively in Region III Southern Division play.

U.S. starts final pre-World Cup exhibitions
WASHINGTON -- Less than three weeks before the start of the World Cup, the United States still can't get its full team together.

Dunleavy declares NBA draft elibility
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Mike Dunleavy, while keeping open the possibility that he might stay at Duke, plans to make himself available for the NBA draft on June 26.

Bryant finds groove just in time for Lakers
SAN ANTONIO -- Kobe Bryant played all 48 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs, and struggled to find a shooting groove for nearly all of that time.

Leafs burning over Game 6 loss to Senators
TORONTO -- Toronto's Alyn McCauley would like to have some payback against Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson.

Maruyama leads Nelson Classic
IRVING, Texas -- Ernie Els made a big charge early. Phil Mickelson staggered home down the stretch. At the end of a hot and gusty day at the Byron Nelson Classic, everyone was in the same situation -- trying to catch Shigeki Maruyama.

Detroit shakes Blues
DETROIT -- When nothing less than a Stanley Cup will do, the Detroit Red Wings figure there's no use celebrating along the way.

Skyview, SoHi win borough crowns
In the winter, Soldotna's Sasha Cvetkovski, Ari Goldstein and Janna Schaafsma were regulars in the Soldotna High School weight room.

Photo feature: Which way?
A moose crosses the Sterling Highway near the Soldotna Visitor's Center after pondering a list of options. Alert drivers avoided making the crossing a mishap.

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