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Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Holiday murder trial begins
KETCHIKAN (AP) A man accused of beating another man to death during the holidays two years ago begins his trial Tuesday.

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.

Knik River search yields no sign of missing woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) Volunteers searched the Knik River for a missing 21-year-old woman but found no sign of her.

Knapp says economy explains Bristol Bay prices
ANCHORAGE (AP) A University of Alaska resource economist said Tuesday that world market forces were the culprit in driving down prices Bristol Bay fishermen received for their sockeye salmon harvest.

House resolution seeks fix to Patriot Act
JUNEAU (AP) The state House is asking the federal government to fix parts of the USA Patriot Act that may infringe on civil liberties.

Barrow man dies in snowmachine crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Barrow man has died in a snowmachine crash, North Slope Borough Police said Tuesday.

Bill calls for revised disciplinary rules for doctors
ANCHORAGE (AP) A bill introduced in the state House calls for significant changes in how the Alaska State Medical Board investigates doctors accused of violating the law.

Kenai man charged in fatal highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Kenai man is charged with second degree murder in the highway deaths of an Anchorage couple last fall.

Proposed Anchorage law would ban curbside panhandling
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage Assembly member wants to outlaw curbside begging in the city.

House measure would repeal Chitina dipnet fee
JUNEAU (AP) Dipnetting at Chitina shouldn't mean a dip into your wallet, the state House has concluded.

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.

Senate approves Permanent Fund formula bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to redirect back into state coffers millions in oil revenues bound for the permanent fund was approved by the Senate on Monday.

Man dies in early morning fire at home
NOME (AP) A 53-year-old Nome man died Monday as he was being medivaced to Anchorage following an early morning fire at a home.

Senate approves timber as No. 1 use of state forests
JUNEAU (AP) The state Senate has approved a bill that would change the primary purpose of state forests from multi-use to timber harvesting.

Slashed ferry fund worries Southeast mayors
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Feds make another multimillion dollar pink salmon buy
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Asbestos found at Anchorage construction site
ANCHORAGE (AP) Construction workers have discovered buried asbestos at the site where the new Alaska Psychiatric Institute is being built.

House committee passes sales tax, sends to joint committee
JUNEAU (AP) A co-chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee says the odds are in favor of the Legislature enacting a sales tax this session.

Energy Department to discuss plans for Amchitka
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Department of Energy will discuss its long-term plans for Amchitka Island at meetings in Dutch Harbor and Anchorage this week.

House committee votes to extend life of RCA
JUNEAU (AP) A House committee backed away from several amendments aimed at the state agency that regulates utilities Monday and instead voted to simply extend the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for another four years.

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.

Senate moves bill forward to discourage lawsuits
JUNEAU (AP) A bill moved forward Monday in the Senate to discourage lawsuits from people injured in sports and recreational activities.

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.

Murkowski backing oil tax break
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski said Monday he's backing a tax break intended to encourage new oil exploration.

Senate approves Permanent Fund formula bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to redirect back into state coffers millions in oil revenues bound for the permanent fund was approved by the Senate on Monday.

Young wants changes in Patriot Act
WASHINGTON (AP) Rep. Don Yo

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.

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.

Berkman leads Astros past Pirates
PITTSBURGH Lance Berkman hit one of Houston's three solo homers and drove in three runs to lead the Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 Monday night.

May is Proclamation Month
May is a busy time for local elected officials, the Borough budget was introduced at the Assembly meeting last week in Seward, along with five proclamations designating official purposes for specified days and weeks for the entire "Lusty month of May."

Wildlife Art celebration opens at KCVB
The anticipated grand opening reception of the Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art drew over 800 local community members last Saturday.

Umpires Association ready to play ball
As the baseball season gets underway on the Kenai Peninsula, a new group has been organized to enhance professionalism on our local diamonds at all levels of the game.

UAA President Hamilton visits Peninsula
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton was on the Peninsula last week for commencement exercises in Homer and other Kenai Peninsula campuses, but he wasn't here only to congratulate and speak to those graduating.

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.

House committee votes to extend life of RCA
JUNEAU (AP) A House committee backed away from several amendments aimed at the state agency that regulates utilities Monday and instead voted to simply extend the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for another four years.

Senate moves bill forward to discourage lawsuits
JUNEAU (AP) A bill moved forward Monday in the Senate to discourage lawsuits from people injured in sports and recreational activities.

House committee passes sales tax, sends to joint committee
JUNEAU (AP) A co-chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee says the odds are in favor of the Legislature enacting a sales tax this session.

House resolution seeks fix to Patriot Act
JUNEAU (AP) The state House is asking the federal government to fix parts of the USA Patriot Act that may infringe on civil liberties.

Bill calls for revised disciplinary rules for doctors
ANCHORAGE (AP) A bill introduced in the state House calls for significant changes in how the Alaska State Medical Board investigates doctors accused of violating the law.

Senate approves Permanent Fund formula bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to redirect back into state coffers millions in oil revenues bound for the permanent fund was approved by the Senate on Monday.

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

More on dousing; dictionary lists 43 definitions, uses term for 'water'
Having stood by since April 1

Democrats forcing Republicans to live up to conservative label
It's often confusing to understand the source of proposed legislation. Are the interests of our state and society at stake, or are the

Support makes field trip possible
The students in Ms. Hoffman's class at Sterling Elementary would like to recognize and thank all of those groups and individuals who contributed to help make their end of the year field trip across Kachemak Bay possible.

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

Despite what governor says, income tax fairest way to tax
I will say this for Gov. Murkowski, he is not content to rest on his laurels. The mushroom farmer got elected by feeding us bull pucky. Now he is trying to convince us that an income tax (the fairest tax of all) is a bad tax for Alaska,

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.

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.

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.

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.

What would it take to turn Kmart into Home Depot?
The clock is ticking as national home improvement retail chain Home Depot determines whether it will move into the now-empty Big Kmart building in Kenai. A decision will be made by June 5.

Home Depot visits; Business signs 30-day lease to check Kenai spot
ATLANTA Home Depot has less than a month to decide whether to bring its home improvement retail brand, and possibly more than 120 skilled jobs, to the Kenai Peninsula. But officials must mull the details of the lease price and decide whether the peninsula customer base will generate enough revenue to support the store.

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.

Soldotna man receives Coast Guard award
The U.S. Coast Guard presented its Meritorious Public Service Award to Soldotna business owner Doug Green on Friday for his help in rescuing a woman from the rushing waters of the Kenai River in 2000.

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.

Cooper Landing museum finally coming to life on Thursday
For more than 30 years, Mona Painter has dreamed of a museum someday opening in Cooper Landing. Now that dream will become a reality.

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.

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.

Loveda Louise Hobbs
Kenai resident Loveda Louise 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.

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.

Alaskans soon will pay for some state services
As the close of the 23rd legislative session looms ominously near, lawmakers are scrambling to build support for passage of a measure to levy a state sales and use tax.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meet tonight

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

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

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

Senior Briefs
AARP to hold meeting

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Mighty Ducks show plenty of spunk
ST. PAUL, Minn. Anaheim didn't need overtime to beat Minnesota this time, just an opportunistic penalty kill, strong defense and another outstanding performance by its unflappable goalie.

Coin toss bounces for Stars
Both the Soldotna and Nikiski high school boys soccer teams would have preferred

Woods skipping Colonial, will play twice before U.S. Open
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. Tiger Woods is skipping the Colonial, and will likely go to the U.S. Open having played only two tournaments since the Masters.

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.

Nets complete Celtics sweep
BOSTON Jason Kidd swished a 3-pointer with a second left and the sweep assured a little highlight for the Boston Celtics to remember what a great player he is.

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.

Case in point: Derby-winning jockey proves we're always ready to believe the worst
Admit it: The first reports of jockey Jose Santos' funny'' ride on Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide sounded almost too familiar to NOT be true.

Sports Briefs
Skyview football booster club meets today

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.

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.

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