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Monday, May 13, 2002

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.

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, Senate poised to negotiate rural funding measure
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House on Monday upheld its plan to prevent 22 rural school districts from losing state supplemental funding until a new study on education costs is completed.

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.

Scientists try heat to find reliable way to count walrus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The heat contrast between the icy Bering Sea and Pacific walrus may help scientists count and protect the population of the one or two-ton animals.

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.

Anti-tobacco forces protest lack of spending
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Legislators are refusing to spend as much as they promised on a major state campaign against tobacco use, according to advocates with the American Cancer Society.

Brewing culture expands in Homer
HOMER (AP) -- As beer becomes something of an art form, Homer is establishing itself as a place where connoisseurs can look for a taste unique to the Kenai Peninsula. With one brewery in existence, and another on the way, Homer could easily become the beer capital of the Kenai Peninsula.

Ambitious plans for this session falling by the wayside
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ambitious plans touted by Republicans in the House and Senate are piling up as wrecked hulls along the road out of Juneau.

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.

Alaska Airlines reports increase in passengers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Airlines increased its passenger miles for April but finished with first-quarter losses.

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

May 6, 2002 The Voice of the Times supports arming of commercial pilots
A nagging sense of worry is felt by many airline passengers these days every time they board a flight. Not even the heightened security precautions that are part of the post-9/11 check-in process completely erase concerns that someone on board may be a terrorist.

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.

May 7, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says salmon labeling could help troubled industry
Government action can't cure all that ails Alaska's salmon industry, but one idea nearing fruition in Congress could provide significant help. Thanks to U.S. Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski, the omnibus agriculture bill awaiting final passage would require all salmon sold in stores to be labeled wild or farmed and to disclose its country of origin. Labels would be voluntary during a two-year phase-in, then become mandatory.

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.

May 9, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. urges Senate to 'stop planning for a miracle'
It's time for the Senate to act. For too long, the conservative Republican majority has taken a shortsighted approach to the affairs of state, pinning all its economic hopes on a single commodity that has grown increasingly scarce.

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.

May 5, 2002 The Juneau Empire reminds all elected officials of the Open Meetings Act
''People in an open society do not demand infallibility from their institutions, but it is difficult for them to accept what they are prohibited from observing.'' -- Warren Burger, former chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1980.

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.

Tanana River floods homes at Salcha
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dozens of Salcha homes were turned into waterfront property over the weekend when a half-mile-wide ice jam caused the Tanana River to overflow its banks.

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.

Senate rejects rural school funding measure; negotiations begin
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate rejected a plan that would prevent 22 rural school districts from losing state supplemental funding until a new study on education costs is completed.

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

Police talk to Fairbanks stabbing victim before she dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State medical examiners are to perform an autopsy today on a Fairbanks woman found stabbed early Saturday morning.

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.

House passes bill increasing penalties for slow drivers
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that toughens penalties for slow drivers who delay traffic passed the House Sunday by a vote of 34-3.

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.

House passes bill to publish timeliness of judge's decision
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House passed a bill Sunday to include information on the timeliness of a state court judge's decisions in the state Voter's Guide when a judge comes up for a retention vote.

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.

Mat-Su superintendent decides to quit
PALMER (AP) -- The superintendent of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District has resigned.

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.

Fairbanks free clinic gets grant to expand
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A free clinic her has received a $3.2 million federal grant to build a new $6.4 million facility.

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.

Young mother of three stabbed to death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A young woman was stabbed to death early Saturday morning, according to Fairbanks police, who gave few details of the crime.

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.

Board may delay catch-and-relase rule for Kenai
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state Board of Fisheries may delay a controversial new catch-and-release rule for the Kenai River's early run of king salmon. But the reprieve would be limited and would only last a year.

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.

Icebreaker changes route to address whaler concerns
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An icebreaking ship used for Arctic research will change its sailing schedule after Eskimo whalers said the ship's original intended route might disrupt the spring hunt of bowhead whales.

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.

Oyster farmer wants spot off Kenai fjords park
SEWARD (AP) -- The wild, rugged Kenai fjords of a pristine national park are no place for a commercial oyster farm, National Park Service officials say. But a Seward entrepreneur wants to see a tiny corner of the remote sea coast sporting the trademark buoys and lantern nets.

Miss Alaska picked for Miss America pageant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A nursing major at the University of Alaska Anchorage will represent Alaska in the Miss America pageant this year.

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.

Boston loses slugger with broken finger
SEATTLE -- Boston slugger Manny Ramirez is expected to miss at least 4-to-6 weeks with a broken left index finger that could require surgery, Red Sox team physician Dr. Bill Morgan said Sunday.

Twins fall to Mussina's hot hand
MINNEAPOLIS -- Five Yankees in a span of eight batters hit home runs and Mike Mussina was tough on the Twins again for New York in a 10-4 victory Sunday and three-game sweep of Minnesota.

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.

Cardinals rebound from 8 runs down
CINCINNATI -- J.D. Drew hit a two-run homer off Danny Graves (1-1) in the eighth inning Sunday as the St. Louis Cardinals pulled off their biggest comeback in 10 years, rallying from an eight-run deficit to a 10-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Alaska Airlines reports increase in passengers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Airlines increased its passenger miles for April but finished with first-quarter losses.

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.

Awareness, prevention are keys to better health
In celebration of National Women's Health Week, today through Sunday, Alaska women are asked to consider the following health risks:

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.

NOW PLAYING: The New Guy
Actor D.J. Qualls looks and moves like a limp piece of spaghetti being jerked hither and thither by hidden wires. He's like a seventeen year old Kramer. With a hawk nose and nearly seven feet of unadulterated gawkiness, no one could deny that he is the perfect person to play the perennial loser, the high school geek. That he is able to endow such a cliched role with such a sweet likability is the main reason The New Guy flies more than it falls.

Senate rejects rural school funding measure; negotiations begin
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate rejected a plan that would prevent 22 rural school districts from losing state supplemental funding until a new study on education costs is completed.

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.

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.

House, Senate poised to negotiate rural funding measure
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House on Monday upheld its plan to prevent 22 rural school districts from losing state supplemental funding until a new study on education costs is completed.

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.

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.

House passes bill to publish timeliness of judge's decision
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House passed a bill Sunday to include information on the timeliness of a state court judge's decisions in the state Voter's Guide when a judge comes up for a retention vote.

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.

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

House passes bill increasing penalties for slow drivers
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that toughens penalties for slow drivers who delay traffic passed the House Sunday by a vote of 34-3.

Ambitious plans for this session falling by the wayside
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ambitious plans touted by Republicans in the House and Senate are piling up as wrecked hulls along the road out of Juneau.

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.

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

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.

Pizza Pete's comes down
Work crews were busy last week bringing down the charred remains of Pizza Pete's in Soldotna, which was destroyed Oct. 10 in two early morning fires.

Amendment may allow state to waive review for Forest Oil Cook Inlet well
The Alaska Senate moved Friday to reverse the effects of a week-old Alaska Supreme Court ruling that had looked like a major setback for a Forest Oil Corp. project to sink a fifth well at its Osprey oil production platform in upper Cook Inlet.

Political fight keeps telecommunication competition at bay on Kenai Peninsula
A political fight between the Alaska Senate and House could mean decreased telecommunications competition on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Cason elected to football Hall of Fame
From 1968 until 1971, Nikiski resident Rod Cason was one of the most dominant offensive tackles to play at the NAIA level of collegiate football. Last month, Cason learned his accomplishments had earned him a place in college football's ultimate shrine: the Hall of Fame.

Almost ready
Marinette Marine launched the USCGC Hickory, a 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender on Saturday in Marinette, Wis. The Hickory is the 12th Juniper Class tender and the seventh of the "B Class" built by the corporation. After additional outfitting and sea trials, the Hickory will be ported in Homer.

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

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.

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

Sally Bailie
Longtime Kenai resident Sally Bailie died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at her home. She was 63.

Senate should get moving on president's judicial appointments
There is no acceptable excuse for the U.S. Senate's refusal to act on judicial appointments.

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.

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

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.

House passes 5 measures aimed at improving Alaska's financial stability
The Legislature will end its 2002 session Tuesday, with one possible session on subsistence already being discussed and the possibility of another to deal with Alaska's fiscal health.

Letters to the Editor
Alcohol tax may give state cushion, but it won't improve Alaskans' livesBoard of Fisheries decisions target residents, not guidesFish board does not need another Cook Inlet sport fish advocate

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Nurses to visit Nikolaevsk todayBooth space applications for festival due todayPastor to address women tonightMS conference to be held TuesdayArctic Games to be discussed at chamberInvestment program to offer savings tipsChildren sought for rallyUsed fishing tackle needed for area youthsDance studio presents "The Toy Store"

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

Community Schools
Most Soldotna Community School classes require preregistration. If you are interested in a class or activity but are not preregistered, call the Soldotna Community School office at 262-6768 to check on space availability, location changes and cancellations.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Is it legal to pass a car on the right if it is turning left?

Peninsula People
Area men enlist in U.S. ArmyHEA honors peninsula youthNikiski student earns place in research programKCHS girl wins scholarship

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

Births
Tyra and Aaron DormanKenn M. Davidson and Jeffery C. Hanson

Photo feature: Stars and Stripes
Nick Whitaker salutes as fellow Young Marines Josh Ireland, Steve Whitaker, Justin Nusunginya and Bryan Nusunginya fold a memorial flag. On Sept. 12, a team of emergency services workers from Alaska left for New York to help in the recovery effort at the World Trade Center. The flag went along and flew over the site where the Alaska 1, Disaster Medical Assistance Team worked.

Community News
Food bank awarded grant moneyNative Celebration needs volunteersKCHS plans retirement celebrationMDA camp seeks volunteer counselors

Photo feature: Shining on
Gene Dyson and Elisha Tarries clean windows Saturday in a building at the Soldotna Homestead Museum on Kalifornsky Beach Road across from the trooper post. A crew of volunteers worked Wednesday to prepare the facility for its opening for the summer tourism season.

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.

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.

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

Trinidad takes aim at Hopkins
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Felix Trinidad was talking about his next opponent shortly after knocking out French journeyman Hacine Cherifi.

Late shot lifts Leafs
OTTAWA -- The Toronto Maple Leafs won't go away quietly.

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.

Clutch-shooting Kobe saves Lakers' day
SAN ANTONIO -- Kobe Bryant says he loves playing in San Antonio, and his second straight fourth-quarter rescue job was proof.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna boys soccer leaves Seward seeing Stars

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.

Jamison, Delk, Pierce dismantle Detroit
BOSTON -- The Detroit Pistons couldn't stop Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce -- not at the same time, at least.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Taking off Kidd gloves
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Unless they find a way to stop Jason Kidd, the Hornets will never play another game in Charlotte.

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.

'Canes win; Irbe holds Montreal to single goal
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maybe Paul Maurice really does have two No. 1 goaltenders.

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.

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.

Scientists try heat to find reliable way to count walrus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The heat contrast between the icy Bering Sea and Pacific walrus may help scientists count and protect the population of the one or two-ton animals.

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