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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Former Kmart employee charged with theft at Juneau store
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former security supervisor for Kmart was charged with theft earlier this month after he was denied entry into Canada carrying $33,000 in cash.

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.

Flare gun sets fire in Anchorage trailer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man burst into his ex-wife's trailer home Monday morning with a flare gun, firing two shots that struck her fiance and set the residence ablaze, police said.

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.

Census finds Alaska grandparents parenting again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than half of Alaska grandparents living with their grandchildren are mostly responsible for taking care of the children, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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.

Rep. Guess makes big decision on House floor
JUNEAU (AP) -- In the middle of a House vote on a bill dealing with constitutional conventions, Rep. Gretchen Guess faced the most important question of her life.

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

Corrections officers unveil new formal uniform
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's corrections officers have never had a formal dress uniform, but that's about to change.

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.

Heating oil spill reported at Nulato school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As much as 1,000 gallons of heating oil spilled at the Nulato school, state environmental officials said Tuesday.

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.

Defense opens in Welton murder-arson trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Defense witnesses in the Suzette Welton murder and arson trial suggested Monday that her son was capable of starting the blaze that killed him.

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.

Tracking station gets new work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Gilmore Creek satellite tracking station north of Fairbanks will get new work and upgrades following an agreement between Japan and the United States.

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.

Flooding hits Red Devil, Aniak; Water recedes in Salcha
ANCHORAGE -- Two villages on the upper Kuskokwim River in western Alaska have been partially evacuated because of flooding. Meanwhile, high water receded Monday in Salcha south of Fairbanks.

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.

Subsistence board alters bear hide rule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has rejected a proposal to allow bear parts to be sold by subsistence users, but the members voted to allow black bear fur to be used in handicraft items. That change aligns the federal law with a state rule adopted in 1998.

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.

Halford may hold key to end session with more rural schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative session consumed by Republican rhetoric about holding down government spending may be remembered for its good old fashioned election-year brick and mortar.

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.

Legislature refuses to vote on some Knowles' appointments
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature on Monday refused to confirm any of Gov. Tony Knowles' appointments to the Boards of Fisheries and Game, the University of Alaska Board of Regents or the state Board of Education.

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.

House and Senate approve three veterans bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House and Senate on Monday approved three bills that Gov. Tony Knowles has called part of his priority legislation this session.

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.

Senate Republicans approve alcohol tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to increase the state's alcohol tax by about 7 cents per drink was approved in the Senate on Monday.

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.

House approves 'issue ad' bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at tightening laws covering how campaign advertisements can be financed passed the state House unanimously Monday.

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

Rural school funding change likely to be approved
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some rural school districts that had been gradually losing money under a 1998 school funding formula will probably get a break next year.

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.

DEC announces cantaloupe recall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Susie brand cantaloupe recalled over the weekend by a McAllen, Texas, importer likely was distributed in Alaska, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday.

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.

Director of state juvenile justice division to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The director of the state Division of Juvenile Justice is retiring next month.

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.

Trapper interviews oldtimers to preserve a bit of history
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Randy Zarnke would go to family gatherings as a little boy growing up in Wausau, Wis., the men would gravitate to one side of the room and the women would gravitate to the other.

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.

House passes drunk driving bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill that would make Alaska's drunken driving laws among the toughest in the nation passed by unanimous vote in the House late Sunday evening.

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.

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.

Minnesota tops Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- David Ortiz, in his first game since coming off the disabled list, doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Minnesota Twins overcame an injury to Brad Radke and beat Kansas City 3-2 Monday night.

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.

Cards' Morris throws shutout at Cubs
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris pitched a four-hitter and St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 Monday night in their first game since accusations of sign-stealing last week at Wrigley Field.

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.

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.

Aspen Hotel in Soldotna celebrates official opening
The Aspen Hotel in Soldotna has been open for business since March 11th, but last Thursday was the official grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration.

Homer Grad opens practice in Kenai
In the early nineties, Matthew Pyhala was an active athlete for the Homer Mariners. He was actively involved in sports at an early age and from the time he was eight years old became personally familiar with injuries common to an aspiring athlete, "I started seeing a Chiropractor myself when I was about eight years old and I really saw the benefits of Chiropractic medicine for a young athlete in my own life," Pyhala told members of the Kenai Rotary Club recently.

Good fishing at 3rd Annual Sport, Recreation and Trade Show
The Annual Kenai Peninsula Sport Rec. & Trade Show was a sell out for the third straight year, according to show promoter Terry Coval.

Inner Landscape Art Show at KVCC expresses Alaskans sense of place
Somerset Maugham once wrote, "Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth."

Future Problem Solving champs are washing their way to the International finals
Local State Champions of the Future Problem Solving (FPS) program are dealing with a financial challenge with a proven solution, hard work and community support. Their financial challenge is raising enough money for the team to travel to the International FPS Conference this summer at the University of Connecticut in Storrs Conn.

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:

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.

Legislature refuses to vote on some Knowles' appointments
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature on Monday refused to confirm any of Gov. Tony Knowles' appointments to the Boards of Fisheries and Game, the University of Alaska Board of Regents or the state Board of Education.

House and Senate approve three veterans bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House and Senate on Monday approved three bills that Gov. Tony Knowles has called part of his priority legislation this session.

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.

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.

House passes drunk driving bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill that would make Alaska's drunken driving laws among the toughest in the nation passed by unanimous vote in the House late Sunday evening.

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.

Halford may hold key to end session with more rural schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative session consumed by Republican rhetoric about holding down government spending may be remembered for its good old fashioned election-year brick and mortar.

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 approves 'issue ad' bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at tightening laws covering how campaign advertisements can be financed passed the state House unanimously Monday.

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 Republicans approve alcohol tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to increase the state's alcohol tax by about 7 cents per drink was approved in the Senate on Monday.

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.

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.

Tesoro Alaska president warns against fuel tax
A fuel transfer tax, like the one proposed for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, would only hurt the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Tesoro Alaska President Rod Cason said last Wednesday.

Starkweather trial bumped to September
The Soldotna man charged with the attempted murder and sexual assault of a Soldotna woman will go to trial the week of Sept. 9, the Superior Court decided Monday.

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.

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.

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.

Timber sale glitch leaves splinters
A bark beetle timber sale contract at the center of a battle over the proper application of Kenai Peninsula Borough bid procedures will not be awarded to the winning bidder, the borough assembly ruled last week following a hearing.

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.

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

John Karl Karlsen
Sand Point resident John Karl Karlsen died Monday, May 6, 2002, in Kenai. He was 70.

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

Letters to the Editor
Tax won't stop alcoholism; method using diet, nutrition would helpThere's double standard at work when it comes to oil dischargesCook Inlet Keeper should keep eye on discharges in Homer harborPrisoners need to be close to home when they near end of sentences

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.

Senate should stop planning for budget miracle and act now
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.

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.

Applause
Merchants, parents truly gave students event to rememberCabin Hoppers fun run benefits Safe Kids ProgramSpirit of Alaska opening great success thanks to supportersUnited Way exceeds goal

Photo feature: Sign of spring
High above the reach of last winter's hungry moose, pussy willows catch the light alongside the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing last week.

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

Around the Peninsula
MS conference broadcast todayArctic Games to be discussed at chamberInvestment program to offer savings tipsMurkowski staff to collect community thoughtsTreatment center to be discussed at chamberDEC plans food-safety classesCentral Peninsula Health Centers to meetWorkshop focuses on payroll taxes, paperworkLegal matters seminar scheduledChurch plans June blood driveNames sought to honor military dead

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"

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

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.

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

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

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.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Hurricanes eliminate hapless Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Flash from the BBC: Carolina Conquers Canadiens!

Earthquake triggers Avalanche on Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After an earthquake shook the Compaq Center, Peter Forsberg's goal 2:47 into overtime gave the Avalanche a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night and sent the Western Conference semifinal playoff series back to Colorado for a deciding Game 7.

Physical, mental maturation makes McBride a top runner
The more physically and mentally mature Soldotna senior Kyle McBride gets, the harder he is to catch.

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

Sports Briefs
Nicholas sets two borough recordsMuller's car takes best in showCanseco announces retirementFerrari chairman defends team decision

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.

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.

Kings polish off Mavericks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The high-flying Sacramento Kings have spent nearly four years honing their mercurial game into a reliable method for postseason success.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna boys soccer leaves Seward seeing Stars

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

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.

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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