Monday, May 12, 2003

ACS sells most of yellow pages business
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. has raised about $118 million to pay down its debt by selling off most of its directory business.

Bill would give dividends to Peace Corps volunteers
JUNEAU (AP) Peace Corps volunteers could keep getting permanent fund dividends while they're out of the country under a bill passed Friday by the state House.

Bill would give dividends to Peace Corps volunteers
JUNEAU (AP) Peace Corps volunteers could keep getting permanent fund dividends while they're out of the country under a bill passed Friday by the state House.

Scientists get look at eider behavior in Seward center
SEWARD (AP) Only a few weeks after 12 young spectacled eiders settled into their new aviary at the Alaska SeaLife Center, researchers tossed them a pair of colored ping-pong balls.

Body of missing Aniak teen found in Kuskokwim River
ANCHORAGE (AP) The body of a 16-year-old Aniak boy was found floating on the Kuskokwim River, 75 miles downriver from a slough where he was believed to have fallen through in December, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

BP nears end of million-acre lease sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) BP Exploration (Alaska) has sold its acreage in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and in the Brooks Range foothills on Alaska's North Slope, according to BP spokesman Daren Beaudo, and is just finishing a lease sale for the rest of roughly a million acres the oil giant is shedding in the oil-producing region.

Senate approves cigarette tax stamp bill
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate has approved a bill to make it easier to prosecute sellers of black market cigarettes.

Appeals court mulls role of dealer in drug death
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Court of Appeals is pondering whether a person who sells drugs to someone who ends up dead of an overdose should be held responsible to some extent for that death.

Fort Richardson couple accused of starving daughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fort Richardson couple is accused of long-term abuse that left their 4-year-old daughter starving and dehydrated, authorities said Friday.

Doctoral degrees up at UAF
FAIRBANKS (AP) The University of Alaska Fairbanks granted 36 doctorates Saturday, the largest number ever. The 36 Ph.D's were among more than 900 students receiving diplomas.

Man's tintinnabulary talents will be sorely missed at church
SITKA (AP) Sunday mornings won't sound the same after Sasha Hartman moves away this week.

Stevens denies pressuring Smithsonian
WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens praised the Smithsonian Institution's decision to tone down a photo exhibit on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and move it to a less prominent gallery but said the decision had nothing to do with him.

House eliminates state funds for community schools
JUNEAU (AP) State support for community schools programs would go away under a bill passed by the House.

Man with famous name wins drug case appeal
FAIRBANKS (AP) The state Court of Appeals has agreed that a drug conviction against a Fairbanks man with a famous name should be overturned in part because the name was not sufficient reason for a package to searched.

RCA issue could get complicated again
ANCHORAGE (AP) A battle over the state's utility regulating panel led to a special session last year. This year, the governor asked for a simple extension of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. But a substitute that would put the Legislature firmly in the Alaska telecom wars is now in the House Finance Committee.

Supreme Court justice says appointments becoming more political
FAIRBANKS (AP) The appointment of judges has become increasingly political and applicants' personal views are becoming more important than their legal expertise, a panel of prominent judges led by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Friday.

Senate approves vehicle registration hike
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to increase the cost of registering a vehicle in Alaska was approved in the Senate on Friday.

House committee shelves seasonal sales tax
JUNEAU (AP) The House Ways and Means Committee is likely to shelve a plan to impose a statewide seasonal sales tax in favor of a more simple tax plan.

Sampson appointed to head education department
JUNEAU (AP) Roger Sampson was named to be the next education commissioner by Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday.

Murkowski pans latest predator control legislation
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski may support predator control, but he said Friday that he doesn't support governor control.

Unocal pays penalty for inlet clean water violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) Unocal Corporation has agreed to pay a $370,000 federal penalty for a series of Clean Water Act violations at 11 of the company's Cook Inlet drilling sites, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.

Young explains ANWR vote absence
WASHINGTON (AP) Alaska Congressman Don Young said Friday and award ceremony and traffic kept him from the House floor last month when he missed a vote on whether to drill for petroleum in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Bill gives correspondence school one-year reprieve
JUNEAU (AP) Supporters of the state's correspondence school would have another year to find a way to keep the program going under a bill passed Friday by the House.

Fans flock to meet famous bird guide
ANCHORAGE (AP) Hundreds of local bird lovers flocked around premier bird artist and best-selling bird guide author David Allen Sibley when he blew into Anchorage for less than 24 hours.

Elephant boot camp trains pachyderm keepers worldwide
GUY, Ark. (AP) When Betty Boop gets a pedicure, it's a world-class day at the spa.

EPA fines Unocal for clean water violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) California-based oil company Unocal Corp. has agreed to pay $370,000 in penalties for Clean Water Act violations at its Cook Inlet operations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday.

House bill revises state art program
JUNEAU (AP) A bill changing a state requirement that 1 percent of a public building's construction costs be spent on art passed the House on Friday.

Taiwan president postpones trip to Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) The president of Taiwan has postponed a two-week trip that included stops in Alaska because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Palmeiro 19th slugger to surpass 500 career home run milestone
ARLINGTON, Texas As soon as Rafael Palmeiro knew the ball was going to stay fair, the Texas slugger dropped his bat and started trotting the bases like he had 499 times before.

Cubs walk off with win over Cardinals
CHICAGO Alex Gonzalez hit his third extra-inning home run of the season, a solo shot with one out in the 10th that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

No. 500 helps Texas undo Cleveland
ARLINGTON, Texas Texas slugger Rafael Palmeiro hit his 500th career homer in his last chance to get it at home.

Clemens earns win No. 298 vs. Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. Roger Clemens earned his 298th career victory, pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning and leading the New York Yankees over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Moose is putting on a clinic as the victories mount
Inside the plate. Outside corner. High strikes. Low strikes. Mike Mussina can put his pitches anywhere he wants nowadays.

Class offers veggie tales
Gardening in Alaska can be a challenge. Cool soil temperatures and short growing seasons dissuade many green thumbs from even attempting a garden, but for those in the know, it's quite easy to grow a successful and rewarding garden.

Mothers swap cells with offspring at birth, but retain those cells throughout life
Moms, as you reflect on Mother's Day, here's news just for you: Even if your kids have grown up and moved away, they probably still carry a part of you with them.

Special section stories should have looked beyond central peninsula
I am writing this letter as an individual, however, presently I am president of Homer Senior Citizens Inc. My term expires May 15.

Change of campground to 'resort' raises concerns
The former Porters Campground, now called River Quest, is being replatted into a "premier exclusive resort."

Tolerance means respecting one's right to hold different beliefs
Sheryl Main, you have misunderstood my import of Christian tolerance. I did not imply that Christians tolerate or should tolerate child abuse, murder and everything else you mentioned, except "false" religions.

Lesson in 'Alaska Economics 101': Alaskans own all state's resources
I can't recall the number of times that I've heard people, mostly politicians, make the false statement that our citizens pay the least amount of tax in Alaska. The indisputable fact is that we pay the most! Learn the facts and educate your

Permanent fund dividend is compensation, not a handout
The way I see it, there seems to be a very strong drive by members of the Legislature to get a bigger share of the pie, the permanent fund dividend.

Castroneves' velocity wins Indy 500 pole
INDIANAPOLIS Helio Castroneves wiped away tears of joy Sunday after he reached yet another goal at the Indianapolis 500.

Nikiski couple's trial date set for May 27
CHOTEAU, Mont. -- A retrial of accused collie abusers Jon and Athena Harman of Nikiski has been set for May 27 in Anaconda, Mont., nearly 300 miles south of the Canadian border where authorities discovered the dogs in a tractor trailer last fall, a justice of the peace announced Friday.

Bill to end adverse possession in Alaska goes through Senate
The Alaska Senate has passed a bill that would wipe the 800-year-old common law doctrine of adverse possession from Alaska law.

Photo feature: Colorful light
The sun sets behind the Chigmit Mountains west of Cook Inlet last Wednesday evening.

Scouts serve up 35th annual breakfast
The pancakes were hot, the sausage was steaming, the fruit was fresh and the Boy Scouts were busy during the annual Mother's Day breakfast Sunday at the Kenai Elks Lodge.

Soldotna welcomes soldier home
Not the falling rain, 40-degree temperature or even the hour delay from traffic could keep the community from coming out to show their support for returning soldier Amie Joy.

Kenai park finds permanent home
At its Wednesday meeting, the Kenai City Council passed an ordinance dedicating $32,000 to paving a spot by the softball fields behind Little Ski-Mo's, so it can become the permanent location for the park.

Teens: 'We just want to hang out'
Teens who frequent the Teen Center on the top floor of the Kenai Recreation Center fear new managers will force them to comply to Boys and Girls Club rules and force them to join in Boys and Girls Club programs.

Mold spores, pollen taking toll on respiratory systems
Among the assorted aggravations attending the advent of breakup are the measurable amounts of mold wafting in the wind.

Sides still clash on rec center issue
The Kenai City Council, Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission and representatives of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula met Tuesday to give the groups and the public another opportunity to voice and address concerns over a proposed partnership between the club and the city to operate the Kenai Recreation Center.

Joshua James Moore
Joshua James Moore died Monday, May 5, 2003, due to premature lungs at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 6 days old.

Wesley Earl Bethje
Longtime Nikiski resident Wesley Earl Bethje died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 78.

Marguerite Lambert
Happy Valley resident Marguerite Lambert died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at her home in Happy Valley. She was 89.

Verla Spaulding
Soldotna resident Verla Spaulding died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 80.

Dr. Timothy Powers
Soldotna resident Dr. Timothy Powers died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 48.

Loveda Hobbs
Kenai resident Loveda Hobbs died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

AIDS battle continues What others say
There is no nobler work for the United States than in taking leadership in the global fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the U.S. House rightly approved a bipartisan bill to commit $15 billion over the next five years to HIV prevention.

Adopting policy of war escalates cycle; more atrocities can be expected
Things appear to be winding down in the Middle East theater. Now our warrior administration can proudly strut around with another feather in its hat, having proved to the world that America rules by force, not by diplomacy.

Victory in Iraq doesn't win war on terrorism What others say
President Bush earned the right to celebrate and yes, to strut a bit aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln ..., and the pilots and sailors aboard earned the right to come home.

University offers acres of diamonds to those who seek
Readers likely are familiar with Russell H. Conwell's "Acres of Diamonds" or some version of it.

New faces complicate tax-cut politics
WASHINGTON President Bush's economic team has changed completely in just six months, brings lots of new faces with little experience in dealing with Congress. And now is just when he most needs help in pushing through his tax cut.

Community News
MDA marks May as ALS Awareness Month Sitka Institite offers tobacco prevention, video camp Peterson Bay Lodge to host chamber mixer Homer Community Schools announces events USS Sperry plans military reunion

March of Dimes thanks residents and sponsors
The Peninsula Clarion received the following letter from the Alaska Chapter of the March of Dimes:

Around the Peninsula
Workshop to shed light on solar energy Community brainstorming planned Skyview seeks help with grad party Meeting to look at CARTS progress Safari Club to meet Barbecue fund-raiser planned Dena'ina celebration slated Volunteers needed for cemetery cleanup 4-H tree sale set for Saturday Seat open on Fish and Game board

Peninsula People
Kenai woman receives bachelors degree Kasilof student spends break serving Kenai student recognized in Whos Who Sterling youth earns scholarship KCHS student recognized Area boys place in chess tournaments

Andrea and Mathew Goodman Monica and Mike Frost David and Gayle Claborn

Parental care for illegal moms sparks debate
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. When Monica became pregnant with her first child three years ago, she was thousands of miles away from her family in Mexico and terrified.

Club takes hobby to lofty heights
"Reverse Cuban eight." The terse words carry over Lenny Perry's shoulders from behind as a sharp buzz penetrates the air of the cotton-clouded blue Sunday morning sky from above. That buzz is created by a canary yellow, red-and-blue-striped aircraft that twists and dances overhead following Perry's every whim, and in time to the commands he is given from a caller Mark Carr who stands just to the left and behind Perry.

CPGH to acknowledge National Hospital Week
This week (May 11-17) is National Hospital Week a time to celebrate the power of caring and recognize the work of the professionals who make it possible. A hospital is a place where knowledgeable people and power

Rabbits make cute, cuddly, cunning pets
Spring is here! And so are all those cute baby bunnies that welcome the end of another long winter.

My best friend
This photo of Elwood, an 11-year-old chow, was taken after he came indoors after a fresh snowfall. Elwood belongs to Diane Taylor, Dan Skipwith and their sons, Kelly and Clancy, of Soldotna.

Canada, Sweden confident with goalies for title game
HELSINKI, Finland Canada and Sweden have a chance to set things right, but must depend on backup goalies in the title game at hockey's world championships.

L.A., Philly get even
LOS ANGELES The three-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers won a most difficult game without coach Phil Jackson.

Toms leads at Wachovia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. A chip-in for eagle and a brilliant fairway bunker shot enabled David Toms to pull away from the pack Saturday in the Wachovia Championship.

Borough track meet results

Nikiski boys, girls finish soccer season on high note as teams look to regions
The Nikiski High School soccer teams wrapped up the regular on a high note, defeating the visiting Ketchikan Kings in a pair of nonregion matches Friday in Nikiski.

Mighty Ducks tame Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks had the Minnesota Wild just where they wanted them in overtime, with an unbeatable goalie.

Lakers cut Spurs' lead to 2-1; Nets go up 3-0 on Celtics
LOS ANGELES Four days after severely spraining his left ankle, Devean George played.

Philly hits boards, grabs win at home
PHILADELPHIA Every time there was a missed shot, the Philadelphia 76ers showed just how desperate they were.

Panther football boosters to meet
The Skyview High School football booster club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the schools foyer. All parents of football players are encouraged to attend to meet the new coach, Ty Salness.

Picture raises suspicions about Funny Cide's jockey
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The jockey who won the Kentucky Derby aboard Funny Cide is being investigated by track stewards who examined a photo of him possibly holding something besides his whip as he crossed the finish line.

Cowboy's Haywood dies
DALLAS (AP) Dallas Cowboys running back Ennis Haywood died Sunday, a day after being placed on life support with an undisclosed illness. He was 23.

Skyview boys, SoHi girls take borough titles
Did Saturday's cold, damp, rainy, miserable weather slow down the 2003 Kenai Borough Meet at Skyview High School?

On the road and in overtime, Ducks show pluck
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are winning the close ones, and they've been nearly unbeatable away from home.

Sometimes a smack attack can bite back
Now that the NBA playoffs are getting serious, expect an epidemic of trash talk, players creeping into each other's heads and amusing themselves with contemptuous chatter.

Rain postpones Indy pole qualifying
INDIANAPOLIS Scott Dixon was primed and ready for Indianapolis 500 pole qualifying Saturday when the rain started falling.

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