Wednesday, May 15, 2002

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 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.

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.

Senate President Rick Halford says he will not seek reelection
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate President Rick Halford announced Tuesday night he will not seek another term.

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.

Company reviews North Pole for possible petrochemical plant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- North Pole is one of two locations under consideration by Williams Companies for a plant that could turn North Slope natural gas into plastics if a gas line is built.

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.

Whale hunters, crew plucked from ice floe
ANCHORAGE -- About 75 people taking part in a whale hunt were lifted by helicopter from an ice floe Sunday after Arctic Ocean shore ice broke free and began to drift west of Barrow.

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.

Teen suspected in Fairbanks vehicle thefts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A suspect in a rash of Fairbanks car thefts was arrested Monday.

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

Anchorage man accused of smashing into police cars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old Anchorage man smashed a stolen sport utility vehicle into two police cars trying to stop him Monday night, police said.

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.

Young proposes more Denali access for snowmobiles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Don Young would open more of Denali National Park and Preserve to snowmobiles.

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.

Expert says fatal Wasilla fire was not arson
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Arson did not cause a fire that killed 14-year-old Samuel Welton two years ago in his family's Wasilla duplex, a fire expert testified Tuesday.

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.

Federal jury convicts two of robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. District Court jury has convicted two men of robbing the Spenard Motel. Another man was acquitted.

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.

Washout halts plans for Alaska Railroad passenger service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Railroad passenger trains were scheduled to roll today between Anchorage and Fairbanks but a washout north of Talkeetna will delay that until at least Thursday.

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.

Lawmakers vote to extend session in effort to approve budget, bonds
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Legislature voted shortly before midnight to extend their session by two days to resolve an impasse over the state's budget.

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.

Republican majority again refuses to take up Knowles appointments
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles gave members of the Legislature a second chance to vote on his appointments to four key boards.

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 on drilling permits, firing ranges
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Tuesday that would undo a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court decision on permitting requirements for oil drilling wastes in Cook Inlet. The bill also would exempt firing ranges from state waste disposal permitting requirements.

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.

Knowles orders state flags lowered to honor fallen officers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has ordered state flags lowered on Wednesday in memory of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

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.

Alaska Airlines, ASMI promote fish with bookmarks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to promote the state's wild salmon.

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.

Alcohol tax hike makes it through
JUNEAU -- An increase in the state's alcohol tax has officially made it through the Legislature.

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.

Hudson says will not seek another term
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Bill Hudson, R-Juneau, who founded a controversial bipartisan group of lawmakers that pushed for new taxes to fix the state's chronic budget problems, will not seek re-election.

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.

Consumer group names Murkowski biggest recipient of nuclear lobby
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The nuclear power lobby has contributed $144,000 in campaign contributions to Sen. Frank Murkowski since 1997, according to Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

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.

Federal government joins local agencies to promote genuine Native art
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission is getting more involved in protecting and promoting Alaska Native art this tourist season with a public education campaign to help consumers tell the real from the fake.

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.

House approves bill limiting abortion funding
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Tuesday that could limit state funding for abortions for poor women.

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.

Stephenson, Cardinals keep Cubs down
ST. LOUIS -- Garrett Stephenson returned to the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation with four solid innings, helping extend the Chicago Cubs' losing streak to six in an 11-2 victory Tuesday.

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.

Salmon, Appier skin Tigers
DETROIT -- Tim Salmon homered and drove in four runs, and Kevin Appier scattered three hits over seven innings as the Anaheim Angels beat the woeful Detroit Tigers 9-2 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

House approves bill limiting abortion funding
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Tuesday that could limit state funding for abortions for poor women.

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.

Republican majority again refuses to take up Knowles appointments
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles gave members of the Legislature a second chance to vote on his appointments to four key boards.

Lawmakers vote to extend session in effort to approve budget, bonds
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Legislature voted shortly before midnight to extend their session by two days to resolve an impasse over the state's budget.

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.

Alcohol tax hike makes it through
JUNEAU -- An increase in the state's alcohol tax has officially made it through the Legislature.

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.

House passes bill on drilling permits, firing ranges
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Tuesday that would undo a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court decision on permitting requirements for oil drilling wastes in Cook Inlet. The bill also would exempt firing ranges from state waste disposal permitting requirements.

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.

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.

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.

Trash pickup becomes class project in Sterling
A group of Sterling Elementary School students got a chance to spend an entire morning tromping through ditches and playing with trash. By the time they were done, all that was left was a nice, clean roadside.

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.

New salmon rules in limbo
A special meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries called to discuss delaying the new catch-and-release rules for early-run king salmon on the Kenai River may in fact be a way for the state to enforce its new regulations.

Ira Russell Smith
Nikiski resident Ira "Rusty" Smith died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at his home in Nikiski. He was 73.

Sally Bailie
Kenai resident Sally Bailie died peacefully at home in the arms of her loving family on Saturday, May 11, 2002.

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

Leadership needed to ease trade tension
Despite the conciliatory rhetoric, President Bush's (recent) meeting with European leaders at the White House ... reportedly did little to ease growing trans-Atlantic trade tensions. The European Union threat to retaliate in June for the punitive tariffs Bush recently imposed against steel imports is still on the table.

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 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.

Letters to the Editor
This passenger would gladly give up air miles for lower faresDemocrats in U.S. Senate should confirm Bush's judicial nomineesAny subsistence solution should preserve equal protection of allSubsistence proposal is disaster waiting to happen all over Alaska

Applause
Student effort results in gift of lifeHabitat says thanks for support

Carter provides role model
The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press quote sources who say that Mr. Clinton has talked to executives at NBC about hosting his own show.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Legal matters seminar scheduledHistorical society plans rummage saleCheechako News editions soughtBuilders to hold meetingSBDC sponsoring tax workshopFellowship group plans potluckHospice informational meeting plannedSoldotna ski team to hold car wash

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

Pet of the Week Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a 1-year old female cat for $62 with spay surgery and vaccines included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

North Star beach field trip reaps rich rewards
Many Kenai Peninsula school classes make field trips to the beach this time of year. Some even travel across the water at Seward or Kachemak Bay to seek out the most spectacular tide pools and other habitats.

Students of the Month
Congratulations to the following April students of the month.

Linguists debate ASL as foreign language
WASHINGTON -- Foreign language classrooms across the country are growing increasingly silent. Instead of tackling French, German or other more commonly taught languages, students are learning to speak with their hands.

One last lesson: Remember to take the bad with the good
For the past school year, this section has been reserved for my writings, ideas and thoughts for the seniors of 2002 in Kenai and Soldotna. I have been privileged to voice my opinions, experiences and -- hopefully -- helpful advice.

Menus
What's on the menu for our area public school kids

District School News
News from schools around the district

Around the District
Hot lunch service ends ThursdayWeb site offers ACT chatSummer classes will provide extra helpKCHS teacher nationally recognizedArea students earn scholarships

Co-curricular program offers solution to nursing shortage
Kenai Peninsula College is committed to sponsoring programs that address workforce development for the future needs of Alaska businesses. One of the occupations facing massive shortages is nursing. KPC was happy to see 10 individuals complete their first year of training and graduate as licensed practical nurses May 2. They are on track to become registered nurses upon completing the program.

Ohio class seeks Alaska postcards
A class of vocational studies high school students in Ohio is seeking information on other states for a U.S. geography class.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Young proposes more Denali access for snowmobiles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Don Young would open more of Denali National Park and Preserve to snowmobiles.

Wooden's lessons about life
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- He quotes Cervantes, Thomas Gray and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Celtics put away Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- It was appropriate the Boston Celtics had to beat an opponent from their most recent glory years to get back to the Eastern Conference finals.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Kenai Golf Course ready to openRamos to retire at end of MLS seasonFlyers hire Hitchcock as coachNew campaign to back Rose's bid for Hall

Leafs win Game 7 to advance to Eastern Conference finals
TORONTO -- The resilient Toronto Maple Leafs keep advancing in the playoffs because Alexander Mogilny continues to score big goals in Game 7s.

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

Hurricanes hungry and healthy heading to East finals
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Just who are the Carolina Hurricanes and what in the name of Southern fried chicken and collard greens are they doing in the Eastern Conference finals?

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.

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.

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