Thursday, May 16, 2002

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Behind Maddux, Braves snap three-game skid
SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Maddux pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning, and Vinny Castilla homered and drove in three runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 Wednesday to end a three-game losing streak.

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.

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.

Colon pitches Indians past Orioles
CLEVELAND -- Bartolo Colon pitched eight strong innings, and Russell Branyan finally delivered with the bases loaded, giving the Cleveland Indians a 3-1 win Wednesday night over the Baltimore Orioles.

Teck Cominco, NANA hurt by Red Dog mine losses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The company that runs the Red Dog mine in northwest Alaska expects the operation to lose $40 million to $50 million this year.

Plans call for lowering Whittier tunnel fees
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

Business Briefs
Anchorage to Host Energy Frontiers ConferenceDeadline extended on small-business disaster loan Chugach Electric names new general manager

Competition heats up in Homer air service
HOMER -- South peninsula air travelers will have another option to get to and from Homer, Anchorage and Fairbanks when Frontier Flying Service begins scheduled daily service today.

Air traffic will be normal by August, Boeing jet sales lag
SEATTLE -- Airline passenger traffic is expected to be back to normal levels by August, but airplane sales won't fully recover from the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks until around 2004, Boeing Co. executive Nicole Piasecki said Tuesday.

Alaska travelers are flying more often
FAIRBANKS -- Alaska Airlines increased its passenger miles for April but finished with first-quarter losses.

Art Briefs
Musicians wanted for music festivalDrama summer camp announcedGuitar, dance classes offered

Photo feature: A faire to remember
Mark Anderson demonstrates punishment for coming to the May Faire without proper attire.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Troubled ABC yanks 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' off fall schedule
NEW YORK -- Once the hottest thing on TV, ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' is now down to its final lifeline.

ABC replacing 'Politically Incorrect' with show starring Jimmy Kimmel
NEW YORK -- ABC has pulled the plug on ''Politically Incorrect,'' which battled sinking ratings and, after Sept. 11, advertising erosion due to host Bill Maher's reference to past U.S. military action as ''cowardly.''

Edward Albee's 'The Goat' honored as best play
NEW YORK (AP) -- ''The Goat,'' Edward Albee's provocative work about an unusual relationship, was named best play by the New York Drama Critics' Circle.

Peninsula chefs cook up a storm!
Gourmet chefs in the central Kenai Peninsula, whether practicing, rusty or aspiring, had an opportunity to test their originality and culinary skills this month in the first Kenai River Cook-off.

Republicans and Democrats entrenched as session goes into overtime
JUNEAU (AP) -- The rural and urban divide that Gov. Tony Knowles says is driving a wedge between Alaskans is also splitting the state's Legislature.

Snowmachine and off-road vehicle license bill passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill removing a requirement that people have a license to drive snowmachines and other off-road machines passed the Senate on Wednesday.

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.

Senate rejects minimum wage increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposed increase in the state's minimum wage.

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

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.

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

Money leaders
Nascar money leaders so far.

Points standings
Point standing so far.

Old-man Sterling Marlin leads pack of young guns
Forty-four-year-old Sterling Marlin is sitting on top of the Winston Cup Series points standings despite a challenge from younger drivers like Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth. Marlin could be the third-oldest Winston Series champion.

this week: The Winston
About this weeks NASCAR race.

Winston weighs options
CONCORD, N.C. -- The city of Charlotte is still feeling the sting of losing its National Basketball Association team to New Or leans.

In the spotlight
This week's spot light is on Matt Kenseth

Race schedule
Previous winners.

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.

Soldotna official touts benefits of Arctic Winter Games
The Kenai Peninsula wants to play with the big boys. The borough plans to bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

Beetle program shifts gears
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation Office is switching tactics in its hazardous tree removal program to increase efficiency. Instead of chasing down property owners to get permission to cut down trees, program officials are having property owners come to them.

Board of Fish to tackle new king regulations
Teleconference sites for the special Board of Fisheries meeting to discuss early-run Kenai River king salmon sport fishing regulations, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, have been announced. The teleconference can be heard at the Legislative Information Offices in Kodiak and Seward or at the Alaska Fish and Game offices in Soldotna, Homer, Anchorage and Juneau.

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.

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

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

Juneau grad signs up with Oilers
Garrett Schoenberger was thinking about playing in the Northwoods League in Wisconsin this summer when the call came. The Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League were offering a spot to Schoenberger, a 2000 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate who is playing college baseball for Arizona State University.

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
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

American Jews give Israel's economy needed boost by shopping on Internet
PHILADELPHIA -- When Jane Scher told other guests at a bat mitzvah that she had ordered a gift from an Israeli shop, they became interested.

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.

Arab-Americans say U.S. should remain neutral in volatile Palestinian-Israeli fight
WASHINGTON -- For years, James Zogby couldn't get some U.S. politicians to even meet with him. Some refused donations, others endorsements. Over time Zogby made headway, gaining political influence for Arab-Americans and the causes they care about.

Too little made of Carter's presidency, too much made of his ventures today
No one can quite explain the riddle of Jimmy Carter. And those who chronicle history seem to be as confused as those of us who have witnessed Carter's rise to the presidency, his subsequent defeat by Ronald Reagan, and his later resurrection as "America's greatest former president."

U.S. policy on Cuba hypocritical at best
He's not our man in Havana. He holds no portfolio from the Bush administration. Nor ever will where Cuba is concerned. But ex-president Jimmy Carter, representing the Carter Center in Atlanta, is visiting Cuba this week.

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Around the Peninsula
Legal matters seminar scheduledKRSMA to meetRCD to hold monthly meetingHospice fund-raiser plannedOpening ceremonies to honor hometown heroesHarley-Davidson blood drive plannedStallion parade to be held SundayState FAS committee to meetMoms invited to brunch

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

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.

Making tracks
First-grade students from Redoubt Elmentary hike back to their school Tuesday after adding their contribution to a mural at the end of Knight Drive in Soldotna.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Joints plague Hingis
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Martina Hingis may have to give up tennis because of joint injuries, her doctor said Wednesday.

Roy blanks Sharks as Colorado takes Western Conference semifinals
DENVER -- Elimination games never seem to worry the Colorado Avalanche. Patrick Roy is the reason.

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

Birch Ridge Report
Moose, caribou, eagles, ducks, robins, sparrows, frogs in the pond -- these are the sights and sounds of summer at Birch Ridge Golf Course. While it is early in the golf season (at least by Alaska standards) the fairways are turning green and the greenskeepers are hard at work revitalizing the greens. It is amazing to see the amount of grass that has come back on the greens this past week and to see the fairways quickly developing.

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

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?

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.

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.

Kenai Golf Report
Well, here we are once again looking forward to long, warm sunny days, picnics, camping, beachcombing, hiking, fishing, softball games, summer jobs, gardening and canoeing. Then, of course, there are those who will spend as much time as possible on those Kenai Golf Course fairways and greens.

Sports Briefs
Pena is Royals' choice for managerRogge says IOC ready to act in doping casesFinley, wife trade abuse, drug accusationsDe La Hoya: Tyson's a 'circus act'

Nets reach conference finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After leading the New Jersey Nets to their best NBA season, Jason Kidd has taken them someplace new in the postseason -- their first Eastern Conference finals.

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