Friday, May 16, 2003

Stevens wants limit on TV station ownership
FAIRBANKS (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens is trying to prevent a change in federal rules on broadcasting that would allow major companies to control a larger piece of the national market.

Akiak man dies of apparent hypothermia at fish camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 59-year-old man was found dead at a fish camp near the Kuskokwim River village of Akiak, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Steese fire chief fired amid allegations
FAIRBANKS (AP) The volunteer fire chief in the Steese area has been fired over allegations he misrepresented his job experience and forged signatures in an employee disciplinary case.

Official halibut subsistence fishing begins
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's new federal halibut subsistence fishing program has begun.

Democrats lose effort to curb lobbying bill
JUNEAU (AP) House Democrats failed Wednesday to curb a bill that would relax state lobbying laws.

Contract upsets environmentalists
ANCHORAGE (AP) A fund-raising contract awarded to the former head of Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council would allow him to keep part of any funds given to the group by Congress.

Three mistrials is enough in murder case, prosecutors decide
KETCHIKAN (AP) A man accused of killing his father won't face a fourth murder trial unless new evidence comes up, prosecutors have decided. After three mistrials in two years, the state dismissed first-degree murder charges against 20-year-old Jos M. ''Che'' Mateu.

Jury finds two men guilty of second-degree murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage jury has found two men guilty of second-degree murder in the August 2001 beating death of a 53-year-old man.

Woman severely burned after catching nightgown on fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage woman was being treated at an Oregon hospital with severe burns suffered after she caught her nightgown on fire while smoking.

St. Michael hunter finds bones that could be human
ANCHORAGE (AP) Dozens of bones that could be human have been found in a remote area of the Norton Sound region, Alaska State Troopers said.

Democrats lose effort to curb lobbying bill
JUNEAU (AP) House Democrats failed Wednesday to curb a bill that would relax state lobbying laws.

Anchorage Assembly takes step toward commuter rail
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage Assembly has adopted a resolution supporting the creation of a regional transportation authority that would fund and administer a commuter rail link between Anchorage and the Mat-Su area.

Panel concludes Fur Ball ruckus a riot
ANCHORAGE (AP) A citizens panel investigating a ruckus at a February teen dance in Anchorage has concluded there were four core causes of the riot.

Hunter fined for illegally killing black bear
FAIRBANKS (AP) A former Clear Air Force Station resident will pay a $1,000 fine for crawling into the den of a black bear sow and cubs and fatally shooting the sow last year.

Knapp did not rule out sockeye market manipulation
ANCHORAGE (AP) A University of Alaska economist who testified for processors in the Bristol Bay price-fixing suit has talked about possible manipulation of prices by those processors in the past, a Superior Court jury was told Thursday.

Juneau woman keeps Tlingit herbal traditions
JUNEAU (AP) In the tidy kitchen of her assisted-living apartment in Juneau, Flo Kenney, 69, brews potions devil's club juice for fatigue and caribou leaf salve to soothe tennis elbow or, even, to heal flesh rent by a black bear's claws.

Soldotna man honored for 2000 river rescue
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman survived a jump off the Sterling Highway Bridge in Soldotna three years ago thanks to three off-duty Coast Guard officers and a lodge owner who came to her rescue.

Teen hopes palms take hold in Ketchikan yard
KETCHIKAN (AP) Daniel Potts, 13, somewhat new to the world of gardening, turned an academic eye to a small Majesty palm tree growing outside his family's house near Refuge Cove last Thursday.

Juneau flasher faces another exposure charge
JUNEAU (AP) A 42-year-old state worker who completed a sentence for indecent exposure is again accused of exposing himself.

Senate approves oil tax credit bill
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to provide tax credits for companies that explore for oil in Alaska passed the state Senate on Thursday.

Family of missing woman increases reward to $40,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) The family of a 21-year-old woman who disappeared from her Anchorage apartment has increased the reward for her safe return.

House passes bill relaxing lobbying rules
JUNEAU (AP) The House passed a bill Thursday relaxing state lobbying laws to lengthen the period of time some people could spend attempting to influence government before they must register as a lobbyist.

Murkowski oil tax credit moving quickly in Senate
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed tax credit for oil exploration could come up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday, just three days after it was introduced.

Senate approves phase-out of longevity bonus
JUNEAU (AP) The state's senior citizen longevity bonus program would be phased out over the next five years under a bill passed Thursday in the Senate.

Recreational liability bill passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to help shield Alaska sports and recreational companies and operators from liability lawsuits.

Senate approves bill to raise campaign limits
JUNEAU (AP) A bill that doubles the amount of money people can contribute to state political campaigns was approved by the Senate Thursday.

House Republicans appeal to Democrats to end session peacefully
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Senate approves gaming tax increase
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate approved a measure Thursday to increase the tax on the state's pull-tab industry.

Officer shoots himself in foot
ANCHORAGE (AP) An 18-year veteran on the Anchorage police force was hospitalized Thursday after he accidentally shot himself in the foot, according to police.

House passes public interest lawsuits bill
JUNEAU (AP) The House passed a bill Thursday that could force public interest groups to pay some or all of the government's legal costs if they are on the losing end of lawsuits.

Reed hurls a gem as Twins scrap for win
MINNEAPOLIS Rick Reed pitched a three-hitter and the Minnesota Twins got into yet another scrap, clearing the benches late in their 7-0 win Wednesday night over the Kansas City Royals.

Schilling strikes out 14 Phillies in Arizona victory
PHILADELPHIA Curt Schilling pitched a two-hitter for his second consecutive shutout, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Wednesday night.

Randa keys four-run 14th for Royals
MINNEAPOLIS Slumping Joe Randa keyed a four-run 14th inning with a leadoff double to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Minnesota Twins 9-5 Thursday.

More boomers have hip and knee replacements
NEW YORK (AP) When she felt a dull ache in her left hip three and a half years ago, Sarah Jane Francis knew instantly what lay ahead.

Watercooler
KIDS STRESS: Losing a job is the height of stress for most of us, especially as the bills don't stop.

Are stocks now climbing too high?
NEW YORK (AP) Did we hear worries about too much buying being muttered on Wall Street this past week? We haven't heard that kind of talk in a long while.

UAA soars with aviation additions
ANCHORAGE The Avia-tion Technology Division at the University of Alaska Anchorage has a new $2.5 million simulator and is leasing two new training airplanes, worth $134,000 each.

Declining dollar likely to boost U.S. economy
WASHINGTON Americans planning for European vacations should be braced to pay more. Ditto for people eyeing European cars. The reason: The dollar's value has hit a four-year low against the euro.

The mystery of executive pensions
NEW YORK (AP) We know the salaries of the top executives. We know how much their annual bonuses are. We know how many stock options they have.

Alaska Pulp settles unfair labor case for $11.5 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) Some 95 ex-pulp mill workers will split $11.5 million now that the Alaska Pulp Corp. and the National Labor Relations Board have settled an unfair labor practices case stemming from a 1987 strike at the defunct Sitka plant.

''Sunset'' provisions in Fair Credit Reporting Act spark debate
NEW YORK (AP) Most American consumers have come to take the Fair Credit Reporting Act for granted.

EPA fines Unocal for clean water violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) Cali-fornia-based oil company Unocal Corp. has agreed to pay $370,000 in penalties for Clean Water Act violations at its Cook Inlet operations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week.

Business Briefs
Resource transportation forum set for June 2

Hooligan
It's that time of year again, spring is here and fish are already beginning to enter the rivers, and among them, the tricky little eulachon are starting to arrive.

What do you mean you can't do anything about the weather?
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Gardeners subscribing to that old refrain about being able to talk about the weather but not being able do anything about it might profit by meeting meteorologist Bill Blackmore.

What's Happening
Best Bets

'Highways of the Kenai Peninsula'
The new Kenai Highway, now under construction, will eventually connect Anchor-age, Seward, Homer, Kenai and intermediate points.

Art Briefs
Pattern designer has new book

'The Matrix Reloaded' shoots blanks
Andy and Larry Wachowski should double-check their ammo. The brothers behind 1999's visionary The Matrix'' are shooting blanks with The Matrix Re-loaded,'' the first of two sequels due this year.

Milestone - for the 'Milepost''Alaska bible' publishes 55th anniversary edition
Every summer the swarms of tourists head north for an Alaska adventure. They are a diverse lot, from RV nomads to backcountry hikers to Harley bikers. But one thing that unites them is they probably carry a copy of "The Milepost."

Memoir shows challenges of fishing families
"Surviving the Island of Grace"

Hike in pull-tab taxes approved by State Senate
JUNEAU The Senate approved a measure Thursday to increase the tax on the state's pull-tab industry.

Many make 'Midnight in Paris' prom memorable event for SoHi students
On behalf of the Soldotna High School Class of 2004, we would like to thank the following people for their help and support in making SoHi's "Midnight in Paris" prom an enjoyable and memora

To politicians, cutting state spending will be last resort
I find it very disturbing that

Robertia's column appreciated; recent events disheartening
Kudos to Mr. Robertia for outlining some very salient points having to do with the ultimate outcome of the war with Iraq as well as shedding light on some of the reasons our government chose to engage in this war in the first place.

Greater Kasilof area overlooked again by officials in borough
I was disappointed to see that the Kenai Peninsula Borough has neglected to include the areas of K-Beach, Kasilof, Cohoe and Clam Gulch in public hearings to assess the transportation needs of our communities.

A fairy tale version of the water dousing
Once again it was Sir Webster's Day, that day of days long honored and observed down through the nation's history, the glory eternal, the pride of the proud.

In fairness to buyers, Kenai Wild label should exclude hatchery fish
I read with great interest Don Johnson's recent piece on deceptively labeling Alaska salmon as "organic." He is absolutely correct in his analysis. This is not the first time this "organic" authenticity issue has been raised against the

Many contribute to success of Mother's Day breakfast
As the Scoutmaster for Troop 357 I would like to thank the following people for their help with the 35th Annual Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast.

Board of Fisheries strikes again; won't members ever learn?
I just returned from an extended stay in the Lower 48. One of the first things I did upon my return was to check for regulation changes on the Kenai River. I see that the Board of Fisheries has struck again!

Work of many make Nikiski prom evening to remember
The Nikiski High

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $2,312,2012. Kurt Busch 2,172,4113. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,975,228

This Week's Race: The Winston
Where and When

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,6192. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,5993. Kurt Busch 1,452

All-star race gives drivers a million reasons to win
CONCORD, N.C. If baseball really wants to spice up its all-star game, it should follow in the steps of stock car racing. Instead of offering home-field advantage to the winning league during the World Series, just offer $1 million to the players on the winning team.

Newsmaker: Jay Frye
Jay Frye, general manager of MB2/MBV racing teams, which include driver Jerry Nadeau, talked about the injuries to his driver and his prognosis.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Daisy not ready for Winston
CONCORD, N.C. Ryan Newman won't have the same car he drove to win The Winston all-star race last year. Instead, he will drive a Dodge that hasn't been good enough to earn its name.

Bail lowered for Kenai man
Bail was changed to $25,000 in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday for Erwin J. Petterson Jr., the Kenai man charged with four counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of an Anchorage couple killed in a motor-vehicle accident last fall.

Program cuts will affect area
A cost-cutting measure passed Tues-day by the Alaska House that is estimated to save the state $1.6 million will compel nonprofit drug and alcohol programs to raise more than twice what they do now to be eligible for vital state grants.

Photo feature: In remembrance
Public safety officers from across the peninsula stand at attention Thursday afternoon with roses representing each of the 39 officers who have died in the line of duty in Alaska. They were participating in a ceremony at the Soldotna Police Department recognizing National Police Memorial Day.

'Mercury Classic' bill would help raise funds for Boys and Girls Club
Almost every day of the week, the voices of scores of excited youngsters echo through the gymnasium at the Boys and Girls Club of Homer.

Kenai teacher earns top BP award
They are teachers at schools small and large, instructing students in everything from general studies to math and science and from health to home economics. They span the Kenai Peninsula, teaching everywhere from Nan-walek to Homer and from Seward to Kenai.

Federal cuts will be felt by programs for juveniles
The chair of the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee recently told the group it faces some serious grant funding issues in the near future.

Ceremony to honor fallen police officers
There will be a ceremony at 3 p.m. today at the Soldotna Police Department as part of National Police Memorial Day. The names of Alaska police officers killed in the line of duty will be called and roses will be laid in their memory.

Vandals leave mark on Kenai cemetery
It's always difficult to cope with losing a loved one, but for a few Kenai Peninsula residents, things have been even harder the last few weeks.

Weber State nursing program graduates 13
Fate played its hand in the life of Syerenna Van Bruggen this week as she and 12 other students graduated from Weber State University's extension nursing program in Soldotna.

Dr. Timothy B. Powers
Soldotna resident Dr. Timothy B. Powers died Saturday, May 10, 2003 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 48.

Roger Bernard Haselow
Sterling resident Roger Bernard Haselow died Sunday, May 11, 2003, near his home in Sterling. He was 63.

Federal agencies still failing to communicate
One critical breakdown exposed by the

Country in danger if people fearful of speaking out
French philosopher Voltaire often is attributed with having said: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Community not supportive of water-throwing incident
Mayors Dale Bagley and Dave Carey agree that throwing water on peace protesters is wrong!

Security measures mimic McCarthyism
People were interrogated in secret, asked if they were a member of the Communist Party or a Communist sympathizer. Those who crumbled, or took the Fifth Amendment, were often brought back in public sessions to be openly challenged.

Refuge Notebook
Perhaps our early warm and sunny spring is Mother Nature's way of apologizing for the disappointing snow conditions of the past winter. If you're like me, you've long since swapped your cross-country skis and snowshoes for hiking boots and Extra Tuffs.

Outdoor Briefs
Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon slated for Memorial Day Boat safety checks coming up Kayak Fest offers something for all paddlers Cowboy Action Fun Shoot Saturday Parks Canada to review backcountry safety

Outfitters cater to baby boomers with a variety of travel packages
When outdoor gear and apparel retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. launched REI Adventures in 1987, the travel division catered mostly to hard-core outdoor enthusiasts.

Biker traverses 250 miles of snow and ice
JUNEAU Mike Miller's winter vacation this year was not spent at an enormous outdoor enthusiast gear swap.

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC board to meet in Homer Hazard tree workshop slated for Friday Barbecue to raise funds for Heritage Place garden Sterling seniors host roast and sale Teen center reschedules concert, plans dance Tree sale slated for Saturday Soldotna seniors plan Trash and Treasure sale Coast Guard to offer free vessel checks Car show set for Saturday Cowboy fun shoot planned Peterson Bay Lodge to host chamber mixer May Faire festival, banquet planned Dance studio to provide Entertainment Donations, chaperones needed for Skyview party

Summer youth programs planned through Community Schools
A number of summer youth programs will be offered in the coming months. Registration forms have been delivered to all schools in the Soldotna area and more forms are available at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District central office or the Soldotna and Kenai libraries.

Around the Peninsula
Carter to speak at North Peninsula chamberAARP plans meeting todayParks and Rec Commission plans special meetingFAS workshop planned

Photo feature: Unloading the trunk
Jason Tallman prepares a ride Wednesday at the Golden Wheel Amusement of Alaska's carnival in Three Bear's parking lot in Kenai. The attraction opens this evening and will run until about 6 p.m. Sunday.

Coadjutor bishop says he expects to leave Dallas diocese
DALLAS (AP) A Roman Catholic bishop assigned to the Diocese of Dallas three years ago to succeed Bishop Charles Grahmann when he retired says he expects to be assigned to another diocese instead.

Poll: Catholic approval for bishops drops
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Approval ratings for America's Roman Catholic bishops have declined over the past 18 months, likely over how they handled priests who sexually abused children, a new survey has found.

Evangelical Lutheran theologians propose support for same-sex couples
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two theologians say the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America should consider approving same-sex couples in a new anthology commissioned by presidents of the denomination's eight seminaries.

German Jesuit nears end of campaign for beatifying Pope Pius XII
VATICAN CITY (AP) Neat piles of paper stacked on the floor of the Rev. Peter Gumpel's office testify to the 20 years he has spent researching the case for raising one of Roman Catholicism's most contested figures of the last century Pope Pius XII to sainthood.

Bishop installed for Mid-Atlantic region
TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) The new regional bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in America has been installed, one month after he was unanimously elected to the post by church officials.

Argument over Sabbath points to bigger conflict
NEW YORK Sabbath morning services ended, and thousands of black-clad men in round fur hats and prayer shawls streamed out of synagogues.

Church Briefs
Pastor to teach anger management class Temple dignitary to speak in Sterling Bible school promises oceans of fun Bible school plans Great Kingdom Caper Vacation Bible school planned Summer camp planned God and country rally set Childrens vacation Bible school planned Church offers camp for all ages Sterling church plans vacation Bible school Church seeks names of those in military Friendship closet open Wednesdays Healing Rooms open every Friday and Saturday

Gospel Hall of Famer Roger Breland to head new university center
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Gospel singer Roger Breland will head the new performing arts center at the Baptist-affiliated University of Mobile and will help the center develop music for evangelical churches.

Wild just can't get Jiggy
ANAHEIM, Calif. Jiggy and those amazing Mighty Ducks are one win away from the Stanley Cup finals.

ACC expansion plans have ripple effect across country
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. Intending to shape the next generation of college sports instead of getting swept up in it, the Atlantic Coast Conference is moving forward with its aggressive expansion plan.

Sports Briefs
U.S. favored to host Women's World Cup

Pistons take 3-2 edge vs. 76ers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chucky Atkins won a game the Detroit Pistons could not afford to lose.

Make my words tender and precious today, for tomorrow I may have to eat them
Two questions immediately came to mind after reading Vijay Singh's she-doesn't-belong-out-here'' rant about Annika Sorenstam.

Region soccer: Only the strong survive
The regular season has whittled down Region III soccer's 11 boys and 11 girls teams to just eight each.

Birch Ridge Report: Birch Ridge golfer makes hole in one
Newsflash We interrupt this article for an important announcement:

Cream of Region III crop ready for top
For many Kenai Peninsula prep athletes, this weekend will represent a major stepping stone to greatness.

Nikiski grad O'Donnell has eyes on Athens
ANCHORAGE (AP) When the Olympics roll out the welcome mat for women wrestlers next summer, Tela O'Donnell hopes to be among the first to walk across it.

Devils defeat Senators, take 2-1 edge in series
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Now that Jay Pandolfo has found his scoring touch, it's time to work on his celebration technique.

Duncan sinks 37 to lead San Antonio past L.A. and into conference finals
LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant left the court in tears as the three-year championship reign of the Los Angeles Lakers came to a decisive end.

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